HE SHOULD LOOK AT HOW TARGET AND FOX HAVE DONE LATELY BEFORE HE CAVES: Limbaugh: Looks like Trump is ‘caving’ on border wall.
April 25, 2017
Those killed didn’t just include Syrian “moderate” rebels, but some of our Kurdish allies.
HMM: Malware hunts and kills poorly secured Internet Of Things devices before they can be integrated into botnets. But is it really “malware,” then? “It’s still entirely possible the goal here is to actually help the internet by killing poorly-secured hardware before they can be conscripted into the shitshow that is the internet of things.”
DIFFERENT SINGER BUT THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME: Mattis Slams Taliban as Being ‘Not Devout Anything’ After Massive Base Attack.
FIRST BERNIE SANDERS, NOW ELIZABETH WARREN: Elizabeth Warren to Berkeley protesters: If you don’t like Coulter’s speech, just don’t go.
It’s good advice, but I doubt it will be heeded. Brownshirts gonna brownshirt.
NICK GILLESPIE: Comedy and Moralizing Still Go Together, Sadly.
You can serve sauerkraut and scotch together, but that doesn’t mean they go together.
SO I READ JOHN HAWKINS’ NEW BOOK, 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know, and it’s really quite good. An excellent graduation present.
A HOSTILE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT ON ACCOUNT OF SEX AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS: University of Texas, Austin: Frat Vandals Issue Statement. Well, if the university doesn’t investigate this, it’ll be evidence.
BROWNSHIRTS ON PARADE: BREAKING: Protesters Storm Heritage Foundation. “As the protesters were taken out from the lobby, they all chanted in unison ‘We’ll be back.'”
At least it wasn’t Antifa. But if you really want to make these a fashion accessory on the right, lefties, you’re going about it the right way. I don’t think that will turn out well, though. This country worked hard to build a culture of peaceful, respectful political disagreement, and you’re flushing it without thinking about the consequences, just because of feelz. And because people are being paid to organize it.
On Facebook, Joshua Sharf writes: “If the press were fair, they’d ask every Democrat everywhere to denounce this. Then again, if the press were fair, the Free Beacon wouldn’t be the only ones reporting on it.” Yeah, if Tea Partiers had done this at the Urban League’s HQ, we’d be hearing wall-to-wall reports of how fascism had arrived in America.
EUROCIDE: Kill the EU.
Nationalism is a persistent feature in the political landscape, but it usually lies dormant. Nationalist political movements come to life in the presence of an irritant or an achievable ambition. The European Union acts as a major irritant to nationalism in two ways.
Number one: A multinational governing project is bound to override the wishes of individual nations, especially less powerful ones. The post-financial-crisis governance of the European Union revealed that the government in Brussels had not dissolved realpolitik. If the choice was between the interests of German bondholders and Greek or Irish debtors, the dispute would always be resolved in favor of Germany. Elect a recalcitrant and rebellious government in Athens if you like; it doesn’t matter. The real bosses are in Brussels.
The European Union’s structure, in which most decisions are made by the European Commission, is undemocratic. The commission is not elected, and sometimes the leaders selected to it, like England’s Neil Kinnock, are politicians who have just lost an election. Similarly, Poland’s Donald Tusk ascended to be president of the European Council just before Poland tossed his Civic Platform party out of government at home.
I wasn’t kidding earlier today when I wrote that the “backlash to the backlash to the backlash is when things will turn truly ugly.”
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ace has some thoughts on professors who can’t tell a student paper they disagree with from rape.
Feminists will dismiss this as “mansplaining,” but that’s okay because mansplaining seems to just boil down to “pointing out obvious facts to hysterical feminists.”
WHAT DO YOU MEAN ‘WE,’ KEMOSABE? Obama’s Iran Deal Was Much Worse Than We Suspected.
This is from David Harsanyi who suspected quite a lot all along:
What if Donald Trump had unilaterally shut down every investigation into Russian espionage, released over 20 suspected Russian spies, struck a deal to get rid of sanctions against Russia—in return for honoring deals that had been signed years before—and then lied to the American people about the entire episode?
That’s the Obama Administration’s Iran deal. It might have been the first time the United States has offered extensive concessions to a nation that has continued to destabilize its interests, for nothing in return. But Barack Obama didn’t just support Iran’s position over our allies like Israel (no surprise there, considering his antagonism) or Sunni nations—he supported it ahead of his own Justice Department’s 30-year counterproliferation efforts.
It wouldn’t be fair to ask whose side Obama was on, because even Politico has made that perfectly clear.
I think it’s more about preventing undesirable narratives. Of course, it has the opposite effect.
YOUR SCIENTISTS WERE SO PREOCCUPIED WITH WHETHER OR NOT THEY COULD THAT THEY DIDN’T STOP TO THINK IF THEY SHOULD: Eerie tech promises to copy anyone’s voice from just 1 minute of audio.
VIDEO: EL PASO,TX-FBI ASSAULT CRIME=PHOTOGRAPHY. As found by an Insta-reader:
Related: Glenn in the San Francisco Examiner: Citizens have the right to record police.
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THUNDER RUN TO SEOUL: Assessing North Korea’s War Plan.
My own guess is that ROK forces would fight very well—especially on defense. But there are ways in which North Korea may attempt to undermine ROK morale: Both sides consider the other to be cousins awaiting liberation and this could be used as part of a skillful information operations campaign—particularly if ROK forces seek to advance into the North. The possible combat performance of DPRK forces is even less predictable. On the one hand, the DPRK population has been brainwashed from birth. On the other hand, North Korea’s people fear their own leadership and are often on the brink of starvation. It is possible that they might fight fanatically, but also that, given a chance, they would turn on their leaders. We simply don’t know.
The second main variable is the potential DPRK use of WMD. Finding and killing these will be a high priority for ROK/US commanders, but it is possible that some will survive, especially in the first few days. The North’s leaders may decide to use chemical weapons for battlefield advantage or, if they fail to enter Seoul, may seek to blackmail the ROK government with the possibility of chemical or even nuclear attack against it. Of course the use, or even threatened use, of WMD might invite US retaliation in kind, but a desperate or simply risk-taking Kim regime could gamble that our side would blink first.
The third and related variable is what the DPRK regime would do in defeat. Facing defeat, it is possible that army commanders, or even their troops, would turn on the leadership and depose the regime. On the other hand, if Kim retains enough control over his forces but believes that he is on the brink of being deposed, it is possible that he could—with nothing left to lose—simply unleash whatever WMD he still possesses.
Fascinating read, highly recommended.
On April 16, Turkish voters narrowly approved a referendum that replaced their country’s parliamentary democracy with an “executive presidency.” Steven Cook, of the Council on Foreign Relations, was quick to pronounce modern Turkey dead. “RIP Turkey, 1921–2017,” read the headline of the article in which he explained that the Turkish public “gave Erdoğan and the AKP license to reorganize the Turkish state and in the process raze the values on which it was built.”
He rightly noted that the powers afforded the new presidency are vast. The office of Prime Minister has been eliminated; the President, once titular, now has sole and unsupervised authority to appoint and dismiss most judges, all ministers and other high officials, as well as issue decrees with the force of law, dissolve parliament on any grounds, and command the armed forces. Cook wrote that the passage of the Teşkilât-ı Esasîye Kanunu—the Law on Fundamental Organization—marked Turkey’s transition in 1921 “from dynastic rule to the modern era,” and this referendum, he added, brings the era to an end. . . .
I don’t single out Cook for special opprobrium. His name is just first, in alphabetical order, on a long list of experts who pronounced respectful ex cathedra encomiums to the AKP’s democratic instincts, often in near-identical language, throughout this period. This kind of praise, coupled with intimations that the AKP detractors were nothing but a bunch of rotten elitists who hated democracy, issued from a series of prominent think tanks, human rights organizations, university departments, and newspapers in the West. It poured forth, too, from the State Department, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, the IMF, the World Bank, the Council of Europe, and a long list of advisers on promising emerging-market investments. No English-speaking, literate Turk could regard these folk with anything but contempt. It is something of a mystery why this happened, and a torment; it is a story that we should try honestly to understand.
I’m going with a mix of bribery and the soft bigotry of low expectations.
The United States Air Force is facing a crisis, seemingly a recent one, which will define the service for decades to come.
This “Dear Boss” letter is instructive for describing exactly why so many pilots are choosing not to stay in the Air Force, and are instead leaving to go to the airlines. There is a deep lack of faith in leadership at all levels of the Air Force, but especially at the Squadron Commander and above levels, and, from within, it seems that the organization is promoting toxic managers (not leaders) who are not promoted on their merits, but instead on how well they toe the party line.
Complaints range, but highlights are; a lack of accountability, protection of the deficient leaders at all costs, overemphasis on promotion versus performance, and too much “queep” (an Air Force term for paperwork). There is no single root cause for pilots bailing out in such large numbers, and the issue contains much more nuance than simple bad leadership, but there is a glaring problem that is a significant contributor, and helps illuminate the distinct lack of Air Force leadership: In the USAF pilots are not provided the opportunity for meaningful leader development. I will explain.
Clear out the deadwood, give pilots enough jets to fly, and allow them much more flight time.
HERE WE GO AGAIN? Writers Guild Members Vote for Strike Authorization With 96% Support.
The WGA released the results Monday, a day ahead of the resumption of contract negotiations on a master contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. A work stoppage could start as early as May 2, after the current three-year master contract has expired.
The AMPTP issued a statement in response to the strike authorization announcement: “The companies are committed to reaching a deal at the bargaining table that keeps the industry working. The 2007 Writers Strike hurt everyone. Writers lost more than $287 million in compensation that was never recovered, deals were cancelled, and many writers took out strike loans to make ends meet. We remain focused on our objective of reaching a deal with the WGA at the bargaining table when the guild returns on April 25th.”
I’d have more sympathy if most movie scripts didn’t seem to come out of an automated factory, untouched by human hands.
PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: It’s official: Berkeley hit with lawsuit over Coulter lecture.
The University of California, Berkeley was just slapped with a lawsuit over its mishandling of Ann Coulter’s scheduled lecture on campus.
Young America’s Foundation (YAF) and the Berkeley College Republicans (BCR) filed a suit in federal court suing the school for violating their rights to free speech, due process, and equal protection on Monday. The suit, which is available on YAF’s website, names several Berkeley administrators along with University of California President Janet Napolitano as defendants.
“Though UC Berkeley promises its students an environment that promotes free debate and the free exchange of ideas,” the suit says, “it had breached this promise through the repressive actions of University administrators and campus police, who have systematically and intentionally suppressed constitutionally-protected expression by Plaintiffs … simply because that expression may anger or offend students, UC Berkeley administrators, and/or community members who do not share Plaintiffs’ viewpoints.”
Citing the school’s adherence to its vague “high-profile speakers” policy, the suit charges Berkeley with applying the policy in a way that discriminates against conservative speakers.
Since that’s clearly true, they should have a strong case.
The president said — according to tweets from conservative media at the gathering this evening — that his administration could get the funding for the wall this week or they could come back to it in September.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) quickly seized on the remarks in an off-camera response Monday evening saying it’s good for the country that the president is taking the wall off the table in the funding negotiations.
“It’s good for the country that President Trump is taking the wall off the table in these negotiations. Now the bipartisan and bicameral negotiators can continue working on the outstanding issues,” Schumer said in a statement.
When Chuck Schumer talks about bipartisanship, keep a hand on your wallet.
QUESTION ASKED: Will Dem Leaders Be on Board with Bernie’s Big Tent? “Warren, Pelosi underscore their pro-choice credentials after Sanders stumps for pro-life candidate.”
That there’s this much controversy over the existence of less than a handful of pro-choice Democratic candidates shows that the Big Tent is a myth. But expect to see the appearance of change if the Dems decide to get serious about taking the House next year.
TO BE FAIR, HE ONLY FOUND OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON WHILE PRESIDENT WHEN HE SAW IT ON THE NEWS: Obama: ‘What’s been going on while I’ve been gone?’
IT’S COMPLICATED: French election is a backlash to the backlash.
The backlash to the backlash to the backlash is when things will turn truly ugly.
THEY TOLD ME IF DONALD TRUMP WERE ELECTED WE’D SEE OPEN RACISM ON CAMPUS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Students demand Pomona rescind offer to prof because she’s white.
THEY TOLD ME IF TRUMP WERE ELECTED, WE’D SEE DISCRIMINATORY “LITERACY TESTS” REAPPEAR. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! A Clemson administrator has proposed requiring student government candidates to pass an “intercultural competency” test before being permitted to run for or hold office. Several student senators objected to the “awful” plan, saying it amounts to an ideological purity test that contradicts the very purpose of having a democratically-elected student government.
WILL BAUDE: The Supreme Court’s double standard for qualified immunity cases. Qualified immunity is a judicial fiction, the result of activist judging, and has no basis in the Constitution. What we need is a single standard that recognizes this.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ann Althouse on a piece by NYU vice provost Ulrich Baer: “I don’t think I have ever read 4 consecutive sentences containing as much bad writing and bad thinking. I’m a bit awestruck at the badness. I’m certainly glad that it was published. I was going to criticize it, but I think it speaks for itself. I’ll just say thanks for hanging your ideas out where we can see them.”
Our credentialed-but-not-educated elites at work.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Jennifer Bard Sues University Of Cincinnati In Federal Court, Seeks Reinstatement As Law School Dean. Here’s the complaint.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: What Comes After Whittier Shutdown? Plans to close law school spark questions about future shutdowns and worries about impact on student access.
AREN’T HER FIFTEEN MINUTES OVER, YET? Chelsea Clinton, Precocious Regurgitator Of Daft, Left-Wing Bumper Sticker Morality.
IF YOU WANT TO BE AN ARTIST, UNIVERSITY MIGHT BE THE LAST PLACE TO GO: Ignorance as a Method of Critique.
Reading about this strange little controversy reminded me of my college art school experiences, and also filled me with dread. Back in the 1990s I experienced the decaying practices of upper level art education. I can only imagine what the bullying identity politics and virtue signalling of Progressives have turned university art programs into for today’s wishy washy Millennials. From what I have encountered, sophistry has completely devoured the credentialed art world, and inside that bubble, specious double talk stands in for artistic accomplishment.
IT TAKES A HEART OF STONE NOT TO LAUGH LIKE AN HYENA: Hillary camp scrambling to find out who leaked embarrassing info.
TECHNOLOGY IN THE FUTURE MAY NOT BE AS CLOSE AS IT APPEARS: Flying car successfully completes its first flight.
MAYBE THEY CAN BOIL A LIGHT BULB AND CHANGE AN EGG? Survey: 1 In 5 Adults In The UK Can’t Change A Lightbulb, Boil An Egg.
JOBS? WE DON’T NEED NO STINKING JOBS:Cuomo’s war on pipelines is crushing New York’s economy.
The projected loss to the region by 2020 adds up to 78,400 jobs and nearly $7.6 billion in economic activity and “the displacement of $4.4 billion in labor income.” New York alone would see $1.6 billion less in state GDP and the loss of 17,400 jobs. Youch.
Already, Northeasterners shell out 29 percent more for gas than the US average and 44 percent more for electricity. Industrial customers pay twice the national gas average — and 62 percent more for power.
I’m so old, I remember when the left chastised white male patriarchal stalkers because they supported a Clinton woman.
And Chelsea is even less ready for her close-up than Norma Desmond Hillary Clinton.
April 24, 2017
ENDORSED: It’s Time to Crush Campus Censorship. Historically, of course, the only way to get lefties to endorse free speech is to start jailing commies.
“SMART DIPLOMACY:” A LAST WHIMPER. ‘Empty words’: Samantha Power’s apology for this Obama-era offense is ‘too little, too late.’
THAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER-PHRASED: Josh Earnest: Obama will jump in and criticize the new administration if Trump crosses any, er, “red lines.” “I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking it too, as is everyone who worked for the Obama administration on foreign policy: ‘Since when does Obama enforce red lines?'”
Well, murderous third-world dictators need love and understanding. But Republicans. . . .
FASTER, PLEASE: After Decades of Work, a Malaria Vaccine Is Here. “Three African countries have been chosen to test the world’s first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with young children. The vaccine, which has partial effectiveness, has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives if used with existing measures, the WHO regional director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, said in a statement. The challenge is whether impoverished countries can deliver the required four doses of the vaccine for each child, the AP reports. Malaria infects more than 200 million people worldwide every year and kills about half a million, most of them children in Africa.”
It’s a start.
BETTER GASTROINTESTINAL DIAGNOSIS with ingestible “smart pills.” This goes beyond the swallowable cameras.
From the comments, a new GOP ad is suggested: “They won’t behave on stage. Imagine how they’ll behave with your money. The American people deserve better.”
It was just a few months ago they were going to the fainting couches over Trump. Remember? Hillary Ad: “Our Children Are Watching.”
THIS WAS A PROBLEM WITH MY DAD. I DON’T THINK IT HELPED THAT, ALTHOUGH HE WAS AN ATHLETE IN HIS YOUTH, HE NEVER DID REGULAR EXERCISE. Muscle wasting and cachexia in heart failure: mechanisms and therapies. But doing squats before you’re old can’t hurt.
THE NEW REPUBLIC, IN DEFENSE OF DISINVITING ‘HATEFUL’ SPEAKERS. At Hot Air, John Sexton writes:
It has been a banner day for progressives who want to redefine our notions of free speech. Earlier today Allahpundit wrote about Howard Dean’s dubious argument that free speech doesn’t protect “hate speech.” Then Jazz Shaw wrote about a piece published by the New York Times which argues free speech should be restricted for the public good. For the third part of this hat trick, I direct your attention to the New Republic where Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon has a piece titled, “Why Colleges Have a Right to Reject Hateful Speakers Like Ann Coulter.”
The New Republic is altering the deal. Pray they don’t alter it any further.
WHEN EVERYTHING IS TRANSPHOBIC, NOTHING IS: Activist Says Having ‘Genital Preferences’ In Dating Is Transphobic.
“Do your own thing” morphed into “Do what we say” so slowly I hardly even noticed.
FEEL-GOOD ITEM OF THE DAY: Man drinks 13 beers during a half marathon he didn’t train for.
A former high-school cross-country and track athlete, Farnan completed his feat at the Holy Half Marathon on April 1. He finished a Coors Light before starting the race, and then downed another at each mile marker. (He arranged for a friend with a backpack full of reserves to accompany him on a bike.) Still, he completed the race in 1:43:42, running just under eight-minute mile splits, and captured the whole thing using a GoPro. (See it here; includes some not-safe-for-work language.)
“There was no point where I thought I wouldn’t finish,” Farnan says, despite deciding to run just the day before the race. “I thought, you know, I’ll do it, but I haven’t been training properly. How do I run it without being worried about my time?” The answer was “beer.”
Isn’t it always?
CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: Texas “Illegal Knife” Repeal Bill Unanimously Passes Committee. As usual, following Tennessee’s lead.
WHY ARE DEMOCRAT MONOPOLY CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF VIOLENCE? BART takeover robbery: 40 to 60 teens swarm train in Oakland station, rob weekend riders:
According to a police officials, witnesses said 40 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors of a Dublin-bound train car while others streamed inside, confronting and robbing and in some cases beating riders.
The juveniles “committed multiple strong-arm robberies of bags and cell phones,” said a police summary prepared after the incident. “At least two victims suffered head/facial injuries requiring medical attention.”
Alicia Trost, a BART spokeswoman, said Monday that seven robberies had occurred — with victims losing a purse, a duffel bag and five phones. Six people were robbed inside the train car, with a seventh confronted on the platform, she said.
Oakland’s last Republican mayor left office 40 years ago.
COULD WE PARACHUTE OUR WILD TEXAS BOARS INTO IRAQ? Three ISIS Fighters Killed By Long-Range Snipers and Wild Boars But Mostly Wild Boars.
NEWS YOU CAN USE? How to Set Up a Room in Your Home Just for VR.
Tips include a beanbag chair to fall into, and a swivel chair with at least seven feet of clear space around it.
Until VR developers find a way around the amount of stuff and space required by VR, it’s going to remain a marginal consumer technology.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Today’s Posh Victorian Fainting Couches Are Reserved For College Students.
UPDATE: From the comments: “It is culturally loaded. Just not in the direction of the preferred narrative.”
HMM: Beta blocker shows cancer-fighting properties. “A new study finds that carvedilol, a drug typically used to treat high blood pressure, can protect against the sun-induced cell damage that leads to skin cancer. Researchers serendipitously discovered the beta blocker’s cancer-fighting properties after making an error in the lab.”
GOOD TIMES: You Are Richer than John D. Rockefeller.
There really wasn’t very much in the way of movies for you to watch, even though you could afford to build your own home movie theater.
Your telephone was attached to a wall. You could not use it to Skype.
Your luxury limo was far more likely to break down while you were being chauffeured about town than is your car today to break down while you are driving yourself to your yoga class. While broken down and waiting patiently in the back seat for your chauffeur to finish fixing your limo, you could not telephone anyone to inform that person that you’ll be late for your meeting.
Even when in residence at your Manhattan home, if you had a hankering for some Thai red curry or Vindaloo chicken or Vietnamese Pho or a falafel, you were out of luck: even in the unlikely event that you even knew of such exquisite dishes, your chef likely had no idea how to prepare them, and New York’s restaurant scene had yet to feature such exotic fare. And while you might have had the money in 1916 to afford to supply yourself with a daily bowlful of blueberries at your New York home in January, even for mighty-rich you the expense was likely not worthwhile.
Your wi-fi connection was painfully slow – oh, wait, right: it didn’t exist. No matter, because you had neither a computer nor access to the Internet.
Being on the internet all day makes it all-too-easy to get lost in the trees and miss the forest.
This wasn’t a typical Civi War monument to a leader or a battle, but a monument erected to white supremacy, explicitly, following a “revolt” against New Orleans’ racially integrated police department.
THEY CAN’T EVEN MANAGE A PARTIAL REPEAL: Obamacare tax delay unlikely in government funding bill.
The “Health Insurance Tax” is mandated under the Affordable Care Act. It levies insurance companies with a 4 percent to 6 percent tax on every health plan sold in America, with the exception of coverage provided by firms that self-insure their employees.
Republican sources on Capitol Hill said Monday that there are no plans to delay implementation of the tax in a government funding bill that Trump must sign by Friday to avoid a partial government shutdown.
“It’s not on the table for negotiation,” a senior House Republican aide familiar with the budget talks said, requesting anonymity in order to speak candidly.
If that holds, industry sources said that insurance companies would move immediately to pass along the cost of the tax to consumers in health plans being priced for sale later this year for coverage in 2018.
Zero congressmen will have to pay this tax.
FOR THE LEFT, SOCIALISM DENIAL IS HOLOCAUST DENIAL: We’re supposed to remember the horrors of the Holocaust so we’ll never let it happen again. But we haven’t done the same for the horrors of socialism.
Thatcher took over in 1979, at what must be reckoned Britain’s lowest moment. The country had been in decline since 1945, partly because successive governments had sought to inflate away the vast debts Winston Churchill had run up to win the war and partly because of wrong-headed interventionist policies, including the regulation of prices and wages. She faced constant sniping from within her own party and was never much liked by the electorate. The magnitude of her achievement was this: that she defeated every vested interest, took Britain from the being weakest economy in Western Europe to being the strongest, went on to win three general elections and the Cold War – and did it all from a position of relative weakness.
May starts from an altogether more enviable place. She was the overwhelming choice of Conservative MPs – so overwhelming, indeed, that her rivals pulled out of the race. She faces no serious opposition from the other parties. Labor has retreated into far-Left introversion and, according to opinion polls, is heading for its worst defeat since the 1930s, when it first emerged as one of the two main parties. UKIP, which came third in terms of the popular vote at the last election (though the vagaries of the electoral system gave it just one MP) has secured its primary objective – that is, it helped win a referendum on leaving the European Union. Its sole MP, Douglas Carswell, is standing down with a cheerful smile, job done. Its voters are drifting to the party that is actually delivering Brexit, namely the Conservatives.
What May shares with Thatcher is a genuine willingness to turn back the ratchet effect.
SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: Business Transactions and President Trump’s “Emoluments Problem.” “Recently, it has been argued that the term ’emoluments’—as used in the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause and Presidential Emoluments Clause —reaches any pecuniary advantage, benefit, or profit arising in connection with business transactions for value. There is good reason to doubt the correctness of this position.”
The techniques used to wring increasing volumes of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) out of shale continue to evolve, and as they do, producers are facing mounting costs for securing frac sand and for disposing of produced water from the wells. These costs are squeezing producer profits, and—in an era of sustained low hydrocarbon prices—sometimes even flip production economics from favorable to unfavorable.
Historically, American business has thrived on solving logistical problems just like these. If prices are rising for sand and waste-water disposal, that’s a strong profit motive for entrepreneurs to create new efficiencies — not a mortal threat to the fracking industry.