October 21, 2019

LIVING HISTORY: Researchers find second warship from WWII Battle of Midway.

A crew of deep-sea explorers and historians looking for lost World War II warships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the historic Battle of Midway.

Vulcan Inc.’s director of undersea operations Rob Kraft and Naval History and Heritage Command historian Frank Thompson reviewed high frequency sonar images of the warship Sunday and say that its dimensions and location mean it has to be the carrier Akagi.

The Akagi was found in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument resting in nearly 18,000 feet (5,490 meters) of water more than 1,300 miles (2,090 kilometers) northwest of Pearl Harbor.

The researchers used an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, equipped with sonar to find the ship. The vehicle had been out overnight collecting data, and the image of a warship appeared in the first set of readings Sunday morning.

Akagi was scuttled by Japanese destroyers on the morning of June 5, 1942, after being severely damaged the day before. She was done in by a single bomb dropped by SBD Dauntless pilot Lieutenant Richard Halsey Best, flying from the USS Enterprise.

LONGEVITY: Study reveals how collapse of protein processes is driver of aging and death. “Cells undergo natural aging and death, processes that impact a multitude of cellular factors. A new Stony Brook University-led study, to be published in PNAS, provides a biophysical model that reveals how damage accumulates in the shapes of cellular proteins with age and is a trigger to death. The finding opens a door to a better understanding of the molecular origins of age-related neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, which all entail protein damage. Young cells are kept healthy by the positive processes of protein synthesis, degradation, and keeping proteins properly folded (called chaperoning). As cells age, negative processes increase, reducing proteins’ ability to fold. One of these negative processes is oxidative damage, which the research team focuses on in the model. Once negative processes exceed positive ones, protein misfolding becomes rampant and cell death occurs.”

UNLESS HE’S DOING THIS FROM WELL-PROTECTED EXILE OR FROM BEHIND THE BARBED WIRE OF A CONCENTRATION CAMP, HE’S AN IDIOT: O’Rourke Again Compares Trump Administration to Hitler’s Third Reich.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Where Will Hollywood Find the Next Clint Eastwood?

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MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: ‘Rolling Stone’ Produces Terrible List of the 100 Best Singers, Hilarity Ensues. “If you want to put together a list of 100 rock/country/R&B/soul/blues singers, Rolling Stone’s list isn’t quite terrible — but why rank them? What makes Buddy Holly (#48) exactly one better than Donny Hathaway (#49)? (Also, he isn’t.) The whole notion is ludicrous.”

Bonus: “Joe ****er.”

UPDATE: Link was missing before. Fixed now — sorry!

ADVICE: DON’T AVOID DOCTORS FOR DECADES. Man has massive, rotting scrotum removed after avoiding doctors for decades. “By the time the man arrived in the hospital, he reported that he had come to rely on a walker to get around and that his mother took care of most of his daily needs.”

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: How did a Boeing 747 carry the Space Shuttle (video)?

I BALANCE IT OUT WITH RED MEAT, RED WINE, AND COFFEE: Overthinking can shorten your life, according to a new study.

YOU COULD HAVE JUST STOPPED AFTER THE FIRST THREE WORDS: Howard Zinn lied about Christopher Columbus. Here’s how.

CLARITY: The Deep State Comes Out Of The Shadows.

What, exactly, are these career State Department bureaucrats angry about?

They’re mad that several of them “were demoted or sidelined following attacks by the conservative media.”

They complain about what they see as Trump’s “dangerous brand of diplomatic malpractice.”

They’re upset that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn’t publicly support Marie Yavonovitch after Trump removed her from her post as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, and that Pompeo “is willing to sell out the department to keep favor with Trump.”

They’re also enraged that Pompeo gave a speech to the American Association of Christian Counselors and talked openly about the importance of his faith. That, according to Politico, “troubled many diplomats.”

William Burns, deputy secretary of State under President Barack Obama, declared in an article in Foreign Affairs said to “turned heads” in Washington that Trump’s treatment of State Department officials was akin to Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s “savage campaign against ‘disloyalty’ in the State Department.”

Burns conveniently overlooks the fact that there were communists in the State Department. And Pompeo remarked that he appeared to be auditioning to be Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s secretary of state.”

The AP story is more of the same. Diplomats are fuming because of Trump’s push to cut budgets and staff, and this is “a moment of catharsis.”

It’s all about iron rice bowls — the Constitution, rule of law, and political tradition be damned.

These are the same people, as Glenn has pointed out, shrieking that Trump is the one ignoring the constitution, rule of law, and political tradition.

JOHN FUND:  Radical Climate-Change Protests Coming Soon to a City Near You?

KAROL MARKOWICZ: Stop Helicoptering Other People’s Kids. The biggest danger to your kids isn’t human traffickers or pedophiles. It’s “concerned” individuals, mostly underemployed, officious women.

HOUSE GOP TO SEEK SCHIFF CENSURE VOTE TODAY: Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Az.) will seek a vote later today on his resolution censuring House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for a variety of egregious sins, not the least of which being his self-described “fable” about the Trump Ukraine call. Democrats will waste no time tabling the motion, but the Republicans will have made a point, maybe.

 

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: “Everybody Is Freaking Out:” Freelance Writers Scramble to Make Sense of New California Law.

Lefty California freelancers stumble into Robert Conquest’s First Law of Politics: “Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.”

THE CONTINUATION OF FAILED POLITICS BY OTHER MEANS: 2020: The Left Goes to War.

Antifa’s belligerence is happening during good times with the economy humming and with them having full control of the press and social media. They are going to absolutely freak out at the prospect of four more years of a president they’ve been assured for four years wouldn’t even finish his first term.

Of course, the Democrats and the media will do all they can to foment riot — beginning the morning after the election. Expect talking heads and politicos to flood the airwaves 24/7 with a message to the world that refusing to seat Trump for a second term is not only bravery in motion, but democracy in action because it’s the “Will of the People.”

They are delusional now — after losing they will be even more so.

The past is prologue; they clearly believe that screaming loud enough and stamping their feet hard enough will give them the power to negate the election. They also believe they will accomplish this without any opposition. When it doesn’t happen as they envision, they will quickly transition from beating the weak to spilling blood.

As Lazarus Long advised: Keep your powder dry — and keep lots of powder.

NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: Bernie Made Me ‘Recognize My Inherent Value as a Human Being.’

“Make no mistake: This is a religious statement applied to government,” Tyler O’Neil responds. “AOC was granting to government something that never should be granted to human beings. She was effectively saying that the state determines a person’s dignity.”

Nietzsche may have killed God for the left, but man is hardwired to believe in something. Hence the modern left’s collection of intertwined substitute religions.

UPDATE: Politics Now Nation’s Fastest Growing Religion, America’s Paper of Record reports.

IS THERE ANYTHING DONALD TRUMP CAN’T DO? Now he’s got Robert Fisk nostalgic for American empire.

NOW OUT FROM CHRISTOPHER NUTTALL: Favour The Bold.

YOU MIGHT NOT BE INTERESTED IN THE GLEICHSCHALTUNG, BUT THE GLEICHSCHALTUNG IS INTERESTED IN YOUR CHICKEN SANDWICH: ‘Bigotry and Hatred’: First UK Chick-fil-A to Close After LGBT Protest.

ROGER SIMON: Trump’s Labeling of ‘Fake News’ Was an Understatement.

IN THE MAIL: From Kimberley Strassel, Resistance (At All Costs): How Trump Haters Are Breaking America.

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IT’S ZERO PERCENT UNLESS THE HOUSE VOTES TO IMPEACH: ’20 Percent Chance’ GOP Senate Will Remove Trump, Fox Source Says.

CLAIRE BERLINSKI PRESENTS: On Mexican State Collapse: a Guest Post by El Anti-Pozolero.

You may have read the news just a few days back: the Mexican military captured not one but two of El Chapo’s sons in the heart of Culiacán, the Sinaloan capital. One son freed himself—which is to say his entourage and retainers at hand overpowered and killed the soldiers at hand—and then, in a decisive riposte, seized the entire city center of Culiacán to compel the liberation of his brother.

The forces that emerged were in the literal sense awesome and awful. Heavy weaponry that would be familiar on any Iraqi, Syrian, or Yemeni battlefield was brought to bear. More and worse: custom-built armored vehicles, designed and built to make a Sahel-warfare technical look like an amateur’s weekend kit job, were rolled out for their combat debut. Most critically, all this hardware was manned by men with qualities the Mexican Army largely lacks: training, tactical proficiency, and motivation.

Then the coup de grace: as the Chapo sons’ forces engaged in direct combat with their own national military, kill squads went into action across Culiacán, slaughtering the families of soldiers engaged in the streets.

Cowed and overmatched—most crucially in the moral arena—the hapless band of soldiers still holding the second son finally received word from Mexico City, direct from President AMLO himself: surrender. Surrender and release the prisoner.

It’s an absolutely extraordinary episode even by the grim and bizarre annals of what we mistakenly call the post-2006 Mexican Drug War. The Battle of Culiacán stands on a level above, say, the Ayotzinapa massacre, or the Zetas’ expulsion of the entire population of Ciudad Mier. Killing scores of innocents and brutalizing small towns is one thing: seizing regional capital cities and crushing the national armed forces in open fighting in broad daylight is something else.

This is getting very little coverage in the US, so do yourself a favor and read the whole thing.

IT’S BASICALLY ALWAYS A HOAX: Hoax confirmed: ‘Whites Only’ sign at UW-Madison was part of protest for ‘underrepresented students.’

The administration waved off the possibility it was a hoax in its first response to the signs, tweeting that it “stands against hate and racism” and was investigating the “racist” signs. One commenter quickly raised the hoax possibility.

Two hours later the administration abruptly reversed itself, saying the signs were not actually racist.

It can’t be racist if it’s being used to promote an approved message.

TAIWAN ISN’T RUN BY DEMOCRATS. NEXT QUESTION? Taiwan built high-speed rail, why can’t California?

SCHOOL DISCIPLINE: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights makes the claim that K-12 students of different races misbehave in school at the same rates. Under this view, there is no good reason for the fact that African American students get suspended at  higher rates (and that Asian American students get suspended at lower rates) than white students.  It has to be that teachers–one of the most liberal professions in the country–are a bunch racist pigs (or so the logic of the Commission’s argument runs).   The Commission is simply wrong about the underlying misbehavior rates … seriously and inexcusably wrong.  The Commission’s majority just isn’t good at understanding statistics.

This past week Stanford University came out with a study finding that the black-white achievement gap on standardized tests predicts the black-white discipline gap. This is not exactly a surprise, and it is not clear what causes what, but it is interesting.

I DON’T KNOW …  I THOUGHT SHE WAS NICE:  On this day in 1960, the fourth of the Kennedy-Nixon debates was televised.  This is the debate at which Nixon kept saying, “America can’t stand pat.”

The statement was met with chuckles throughout the land.  (For those of you who were born too late to get it, Nixon’s wife was named Pat.)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Advice to Faculty Candidates: How To Write An Effective “Diversity Statement.”

I SPOKE AT PRINCETON’S JAMES MADISON PROGRAM ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA UPHEAVAL A FEW WEEKS BACK, and you can see the video here. My part starts at about 18:40.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Beto Is Wrong About Everything and He’ll Soon Be Gone. “What Beto doesn’t understand is that he is nothing more than a product of the mainstream media’s ‘Turn Texas Blue’ fever dream. He was never going to win his Senate race against Ted Cruz and now he is a weaker version of Pete Buttigieg, offering no real tactical advantage to Democratic voters.”

TORONTO SUN ENDORSEMENT: Andrew Scheer For Prime Minister. “Unlike the Liberals, NDP and Greens, the Conservatives don’t want to remake you in their image. Scheer won’t destroy one region to win votes in another, and he won’t call you a racist if you disagree with him.”

EXPOSED: Mitt Romney’s Fake Twitter Account. “Pierre Delecto?” Romney admits it’s him. “C’est moi.” To his credit, he did like an Iowahawk tweet.

Plus: “More recently, there was a tweet expressing unhappiness at Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria (which Romney has publicly condemned) while also insisting on the Senate’s powerlessness (as Romney a move as there ever was).”

LATE-STAGE SOCIALISM: Venezuela’s Water System is Collapsing.

In Venezuela, a crumbling economy and the collapse of even basic state infrastructure means water comes irregularly — and drinking it is an increasingly risky gamble. Venezuela’s current rate of infant mortality from diarrhea, which is closely related to water quality, is six times higher than 15 years ago, according to the World Health Organization.

But the government stopped releasing official public health data years ago.

So The New York Times commissioned researchers from the Universidad Central de Venezuela to recreate the water quality study they had conducted regularly for the water utility in Caracas from 1992 until 1999.

The scientists found that about a million residents were exposed to contaminated supplies. This puts them at risk of contracting waterborne viruses that could sicken them and threatens the lives of children and the most vulnerable.

“This is a potential epidemic,” said Jose María De Viana, who headed Caracas’s water utility, Hidrocapital, until 1999. “It’s very serious. It’s unacceptable.”

It isn’t unacceptable — it’s damn near inevitable, given the lack of maintenance.

BREXIT AND THE DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT: “These people are not our servants. They are a hostile elite. Their interests are not ours. They despise us. They fear us. They are determined not to give us even the shadow of what we were – perhaps unwisely – promised.”

COLLUSION: Emails Show Zuckerberg Recommended Hires for Buttigieg Campaign. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recommended colleagues as potential hires for Pete Buttigieg’s campaign soon after the South Bend, Ind. mayor launched his presidential bid in mid-April…. Zuckerberg overlapped with Buttigieg at Harvard, where the two shared mutual friends, and Buttigieg was one of the first 300 users of Facebook.”

Plus: “Facebook has come under fire from other Democratic campaigns during the election cycle, especially by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), who has called for the breakup of giant tech firms. In July, leaked audio revealed Zuckerberg called Warren an ‘existential’ threat to the company.”

HMM: China Makes A Move On OPEC’s No.2. “Following a political backlash in Iran over details of its plans to make Iran effectively a client state through various multi-layered oil and gas deals, China has switched its attention – for the time being at least – to Iran’s equally oil and gas-rich neighbor, Iraq. China has the advantage in Iraq that the northern part of the country – the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan – is already under the control of its increasingly close ally, Russia, with its corporate proxy Rosneft having secured control over Kurdistan’s oil and gas infrastructure in a deal in November 2017.”

The more we frack, the less any of this matters.

DAVID BERNSTEIN: The Irony of Antisemites for Bernie.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Tulsi Gabbard is Anti-Hillary, But Still Far-Left Fringe.

PROGRESS? The US nuclear forces’ Dr. Strangelove-era messaging system finally got rid of its floppy disks.

In 2014, “60 Minutes” made famous the 8-inch floppy disks used by one antiquated Air Force computer system that, in a crisis, could receive an order from the president to launch nuclear missiles from silos across the United States.

But no more. At long last, that system, the Strategic Automated Command and Control System or SACCS, has dumped the floppy disk, moving to a “highly-secure solid state digital storage solution” this past June, said Lt. Col. Jason Rossi, commander of the Air Force’s 595th Strategic Communications Squadron.

It’s tough to beat the security of a format nobody else can read anymore.

THIS IS TRUE: “Researchers say the relationship between testosterone and aggression is weak or nonexistent.” In fact “roid rage,” to the extent it exists, is generally the result of excess estrogen buildup, as testosterone or various steroids are broken down into that hormone, leaving users moody and irritable.

On the other hand, the larger project of separating male and femaleness from biology is basically leftist twaddle.

JOEL KOTKIN: Media Meltdowns and Political Polarization.

The mainstream media increasing appears much like the classic tale of the boy who cried wolf so often that when the wolf showed up no one believed him.

Similarly, since the bust of the Mueller report, and the evaporation of countless other “blockbuster” exposés, the media’s credibility in the ongoing impeachment saga is now widely doubted, even if this time they may actually be right about presidential misdeeds.

This divide can be seen in public perceptions of the news media. Although somewhat improved from its low point in 2016, only 40 percent of Americans, according to Gallup, trust the media, compared to over 50 percent in 1999. As befits the media’s increasingly partisan stance, the small improvement over 2016 comes almost entirely from Democrats. Only 15% of Republicans and barely a third of independents now trust media compared to nearly 70% of Democrats.

Once the news business had enough sense of propriety and professionalism to at least maintain an appearance of objectivity. There’s ample reason, as Glenn Reynolds suggests, to see many mainstream journalists as little more than “Democrats with bylines,” willing participants in what long-time leftist and fiercely anti-Trump reporter Matt Taibbi describes as the upper bureaucracy’s “permanent coup” against Trump. If this “coup” now actually succeeds, it will be one that will simply accentuate hostility to the media among a large segment of the population.

At the very least.

SMART: Home builders ditch Nest products after Google takeover.

This year, we finally started seeing results from Nest’s 2018 demotion from a standalone Alphabet company to a merger with Google. “Nest” is no longer a line of products developed by a company or division and now seems to be a general-purpose sub-brand for any of Google’s smart home devices. We’ve seen several existing product lines be rebranded from “Google” to “Google Nest” like the Google Nest Mini (formerly the Google Home Mini), the Google Nest Hub (formerly the Google Home Hub), the Nest Wifi (formerly Google Wifi), and the Google Nest Learning Thermostat (formerly the Nest Learning Thermostat).

In addition to the death of Nest the company, we’re also seeing the death of the Nest ecosystem. The “Works with Nest” smart home program is being shut down in favor of Google Assistant compatibility, and that means devices that used to communicate with Nest now work differently or not at all. Nest’s account system is also being shut down, and in the future, users will need a Google account.

Even if you’ve never had an account with Google or any of Alphabet’s other subsidiaries, you’re much deeper in with the company than you might realize.

THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND MUCH AT THE ATLANTIC, BUT THEY UNDERSTAND THIS: How Hillary Clinton Boosted Tulsi Gabbard. “Her decision to inject herself into the 2020 election was a mistake. It was exactly the kind of clumsy, self-absorbed move that, despite Clinton’s lifetime in the public eye, revealed a total misunderstanding of how politics work. Far from exposing or thwarting Gabbard, as Clinton loyalists want to believe, the former secretary of state overshot the mark by making an accusation without proof. Gabbard will now dismiss real concerns about her as just so much conspiracy theorizing.”

And this is from Tom Nichols, who actually thinks Gabbard is a Russian asset, so you know Hillary’s stuff is playing badly.

Plus, seen on Facebook:

UPDATE: From the comments: “They accuse their enemies of being Russian agents to deflect attention from the increasingly obvious fact that their side – from the NBA to Apple – are all Chinese agents.” If you assert it, it must be so. That’s how this works, right?

PARANOID MUTTERING ABOUT RUSSIANS, RUSSIANS EVERYWHERE ISN’T A GOOD LOOK: Hillary’s Attacks on Tulsi Gabbard Appear to be Backfiring.

SAVAGE: Elizabeth Warren Disappointed After DNA Test Shows Zero Trace Of Presidential Material. And no, this isn’t the Babylon Bee, it’s The Onion.

October 20, 2019

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21ST CENTURY PROBLEMS: Chemsex Addiction.

PETER HITCHENS DIDN’T INTEND FOR THE ABOLITION OF BRITAIN TO BE A HOW-TO GUIDE: Police forces let rapists record their gender as female.

(Classical reference in headline.)

YEAH, PRETTY MUCH: Liberals Smash All Norms of Civility. I hope to teach them to regret it.

UPDATE: Maine Columnist Suggests Sen. Susan Collins Deserves Death Threats. Columnist Bill Nemitz looks exactly as you’d expect.

WASHINGTON STATE VOTERS GET TO DECIDE … AGAIN: Twenty-one years ago, voters in Washington State adopted Initiative 200. Modeled after California’s Proposition 209, its operative clause was as follows:

The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.

The initiative thus outlawed both “affirmative action style” preferences as well as the more traditional kind of discrimination. The vote wasn’t close: 58.22 % of voters supported it.

Unlike Proposition 209, however, Initiative 200 merely created a statute. It did not amend the Washington State Constitution. Some folks has been trying to get the legislature to repeal it ever since. Recently, they got their way. The new legislation is called Initiative 1000.  Adopted on a party-line vote, it purports merely to amend Initiative 200, but in fact it completely guts it.

Fortunately, through the hard work of Washington Asians for Equality, the issue has been forced into a referendum, now titled Referendum 88.  It’s on the ballot for November.

To Washington State Voters: Please vote to reject Initiative 1000’s effort to gut the original Initiative 200 by voting “NO” on Referendum 88 (There are many reasons to vote no, but here some reasons that are less well known.)

To Everyone: The heroic little organization that forced this to a vote—Washington Asians for Equality—is being vastly outspent by the opposition. If you have some extra money, please consider sending it their way. I have dug pretty deep into my pockets. This is important. If we lose this referendum, the MSM will treat it as gospel that public opinion has shifted on this. It won’t matter how much polling evidence there is to the contrary (and there is plenty).

(BUMPED FROM FRIDAY:  Thanks to everyone who already contributed!)

FOUR WAYS PELOSI’S IMPEACHMENT FAILS HILLARY’S WATERGATE TESTS: There was a time a little more than a year ago when Clinton actually had some sensible observations about her role in the 1974 Watergate impeachment, the one against her husband in 1998 and the mockery now hurtling to its denouement.

VICTORY IN THE PARKING GAME: ParKam Is Waze for Parking and Can Get You the Perfect Spot.

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WHY IS CNN SUCH A CESSPIT OF SEXISM? White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Hits Back At CNN’s Anderson Cooper For Mocking Her.

Cooper, who portrays himself as an unbiased news anchor, repeatedly mocked Grisham, saying: “Ooh, Stephanie. You got to increase your vocabulary, I mean, your criticism. Theater now has been used twice. I mean, Grisham clearly doesn’t get to Broadway enough if she, you know, thinks those press conferences are theater.”

“I am a single mom who (proudly) holds three roles in the White House, and I am doing the very best I can,” Grisham said in response. “But I definitely don’t get to Broadway enough.”

Cooper’s segment attacking Grisham came shortly after Grisham hit CNN over the network’s extreme left-wing bias, which was further revealed this last week after James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released more undercover sting videos on CNN.

“America needs real journalism. Real journalists don’t have an agenda,” Grisham tweeted. “They gather and present the news in an unbiased manner. They report the facts – and let the citizens decide. But audio of @CNN meetings, captured by @Project_Veritas, expose a very real agenda.”

I disagree slightly with Grisham: real journalists can have an agenda — as long as they disclose it. As John Nolte wrote last week when Shepard Smith abruptly vacated Fox News:

You might not agree with, or even like, Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity, Lawrence O’Donnell, or Tucker Carlson, but at least they have the personal integrity, professional maturity, and moral courage to say This is my opinion. This is what I believe personally. Come at me, bro. At least they have enough respect for their audience, for themselves, and for their profession not to shiver like a punk inside the armor of an Objective Journalist Just Telling the Objective Truth as a means to avoid challenge and criticism.

Fox and MSNBC are pretty open about the worldviews they represent. In contrast, as O’Keefe reported last week: Field Ops Manager At CNN: Zucker’s 9am Calls Are ‘Bulls***;’ “We’re Totally Left-Leaning…(But) We Don’t Want To Admit It.”

BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER: Apple under fire from AOC and Ted Cruz for censoring App Store in China.

BLUE ON BLUE UP NORTH: Justin Trudeau Exploited the Culture of the ‘Woke.’ “A former member of the prime minister’s foreign-policy staff encourages Canadian progressives to consider other candidates.”

Holding Trudeau up as a progressive paragon, Marche then lays down the pragmatist’s verdict: “Canadian progressives, like progressives all over the world, must decide whether they care more about the pursuit of social and cultural change, through the eradication of racist and sexist imagery, or the pursuit of transformative policies.” Notice the false dichotomy presented here as inevitability. Framing the progressive dilemma as a choice between “style” (wokeness) and “substance” (policy) is too simplistic. An officeholder’s style—in my opinion, their character, judgment, reasons for seeking power, and the story they tell and persuade you to believe in—is a perfectly legitimate area for investigation and critique. And if anyone benefited from and exploited the culture of the “woke,” it was Trudeau himself.

Voters were drawn to Trudeau in the first place because of his style as well as his substance. It is a mark of deep lament that Trudeau bears the distinction of getting so many young people excited about politics for the first time and then disappointing them within a single term. “I wasn’t cynical before Trudeau,” a Palestinian Canadian friend remarked to me last month. He was resigned, not even angry. It is a sentiment that could be echoed by many people in the vital suburbs outside Toronto where the upcoming election will be decided.

A little cynicism towards politics, politicians, and government itself is a healthy outlook, so by that measure Trudeau did wonders to improve the health of his fellow Canadians.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: The End of Men’s Magazines. Great piece by Brian Patrick Eha explaining how men’s magazines lost faith in men — and lost their readers.

EsquireDetailsMen’s JournalMaximPlayboy—it would be easier to list the men’s titles that haven’t shut down, cut issues, changed owners, blown up their editorial strategies, or become all but unrecognizable since 2015. In a tough media environment, men’s magazines are suffering more than most. Some—notably, Playboy and Esquire—appear to have decided that appealing primarily to men is no longer the best way forward. Their recent issues serve as signposts toward the future that, we are told over and over these days, is female—or, better yet, divorced from the gender binary altogether. What we stand to lose from their cultural eclipse is a certain ballast and guidance just as men need it most.

Read the whole thing.

MICROBIOME NEWS: Gut microbiota may ‘prevent and cure’ rotavirus. “This discovery was serendipitous. We were breeding mice and realized that some of them were completely resistant to rotavirus, whereas others were highly susceptible. We investigated why and found that the resistant mice carried distinct microbiota. Fecal microbiota transplant transferred rotavirus resistance to new hosts.”

DOG DAY AFTERNOON: San Francisco 49ers become first NFL team to adopt a “‘specifically designated’ emotional support animal, a 49ers spokesperson told CNN.”

Somewhere, the late Bill Walsh, who was a boxer in college, in addition to playing multiple football positions, must be shaking his head and wondering what’s going on with the current incarnation of the team he built.

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: Mastering The Double-Action Revolver.

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CHANGE: Physicists discover new stable form of plutonium.

PREENING INTERRUPTUS: “Acts of planned and gratuitous aggression, including narcissistic aggression — which is what these ‘protests’ are — should be treated accordingly. It’s important that these cossetted pinheads, so gorged on their own sense of entitlement, learn to fear those on whom they recreationally impose themselves. Their expectations of impunity should be shattered.”

Read the whole thing.

WE LIVE IN SOFT TIMES: Mental health days for students: An increasingly accepted reason to stay home from school.

HEATHER MAC DONALD ON THE DEFENESTRATION OF PLACIDO DOMINGO:

The AP had spent two years trying to get sources to talk about Domingo; a feminist music critic had also been on the hunt but abandoned the project for lack of cooperating witnesses. After the AP’s persistence finally paid off, other outlets scrambled to catch up. NPR was particularly aggressive but the well of complainants with first-hand experience of Domingo’s womanizing had apparently run dry. Nevertheless, on Friday, September 20, NPR ran a story headlined “Met Opera Faces ‘One More Catastrophic Crisis’ As Employees Must Work With Domingo.” The piece was based on four anonymous sources at the Metropolitan Opera, where the Domingo-starring Macbeth was set to open in a few days.

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There are three possible justifications for Domingo’s scourging, each more unpersuasive than the last. The first is to punish his past behavior. But his alleged infractions occurred decades ago, making punishment too belated to be just or meaningful. None of his accusers brought their objections to anyone in authority. If they wanted to punish him, that would have been the time to do so. Now, the overwhelmingly anonymous nature of the accusations and the passage of time prevent Domingo from mounting a defense. Some of the alleged incidents were undoubtedly more ambiguous than the accusers are disclosing. But without a known accuser, Domingo cannot establish the facts of these incidents, even if he could remember what may have been a fleeting and misunderstood gesture.

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This idea that Domingo poses a current risk to females even in his immediate orbit is pure hysteria. Domingo is a near-octogenarian. The most recent allegations against him, even if they constituted an actual danger at the time, date from over 15 years ago. After those allegations belatedly surfaced, his every movement would have been under a microscope. Were Domingo still inclined at his age to make advances, it would have taken a suicidal recklessness to engage in any behavior that could be massaged into a harassment incident. But, for the sake of argument, let us assume that he let slip, even now, an appreciative glance or ambiguous compliment. Are we supposed to believe, in this era of “strong women,” that a female chorister is so vulnerable and weak that, faced with someone who is operating under a potential death sentence, she can’t simply rebuff an advance? Domingo’s 20 accusers somehow survived the trauma of being propositioned by one of the opera world’s most charismatic stars. Why would the trauma today be so much more lethal to require proleptically snuffing out a still fertile career?

Read the whole thing.

Now that AP has devoted its considerable resources to destroy a — checking notes — 78 year old opera legend, and CNN its own efforts to gin up a moral panic around a comic book movie, when does the left’s new Moral Majority come for what Matthew Walther, writing in The Week in the fall of 2017, the peak of the #MeToo movement, dubbed “The sexual predators everyone still worships:” the world of rock and rap music? As Kay Hymowitz wrote in the LA Times in the following year, “#MeToo feminists may not realize it, but their other target is sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” Doesn’t AP now have to aim their guns there, to prove that they’re not simply shooting down the easy targets that are elderly men who would be nearing the ends of their careers anyway, even without a push from what Heather Mac Donald dubs “the brittle rigidity of contemporary feminism… Drunk on its own power, it is turning its massive armamentarium of narcissistic grievance on male success with an ever more neurotic standard of transgression?”

AT AMAZON, bestsellers in Military History.

I’VE ENCOURAGED HIM TO DO SO: ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author JD Vance on running for office: ‘You never say never.’

THE MEDIA’S JOKER PANIC WAS ALL GINNED-UP NONSENSE:

Then there is CNN, which went big reporting on all things Joker.

“’Joker breaks records despite warnings about violence,” read one headline.

Other CNN headlines read, Joker premiere sparks security concerns,” Joker hits movie theaters with controversy and extra security,” “Aurora victim’s family upset over Joker storyline,” Joker spurs security precautions from the US Army and the Los Angeles police,” Joker expected to break box office records as controversy and anxiety swirls,” Joker shatters box office records despite its controversial depiction of violence,” and Joker uses a song by convicted pedophile Gary Glitter. He’s probably making money off it.”

Now is a good time to remind you that CNN is a subsidiary of Warner Media, which also owns Warner Bros. In other words, these CNN headlines are what we in the news and entertainment business call “cross-promotion.”

The B-movie horror director William Castle was famous for building up a moral panic around his movies in the late 1950s to gin-up plenty of PR. And of course, being known as “Banned in Boston” did nothing but generate additional sales for dozens of lurid novels and movies from the late 19th century until the 1970s. As with Disney’s recent efforts to generate controversy over a black Little Mermaid, Warner Brothers and CNN are apparently simply bringing those promotional efforts into the 21st century.

IOWANS TO BE DECLARED RACIST SHORTLY: Latest Polling Indicates Kamala Harris’ Campaign Has Cratered in Iowa.

DON SURBER ON CHINA: Xi May Face A Coup. “The Taiwan News reported that even though she graduated five years ago, Chairman Xi’s daughter has returned to Harvard for graduate studies. The newspaper speculates that Xi sent her to protect her safety.”

MARK STEYN REVIEWS THE DOWNTON ABBEY MOVIE:

A week ago I was having a conversation in the Fox News green room about the Downton Abbey movie with …well, go on, guess: Tucker? Kilmeade? No, it was Tyrus. A hulking ex-professional wrestler who could crush the average effete English earl between his toes doesn’t seem the most obvious fan of Downton’s doings, and we disagreed on Lady Mary, for whom he has an intense loathing and to whose icy bitchery I’ve warmed up over the years. But it does suggest the broad appeal of Julian Fellowes’ “franchise”, and helps explain why, franchise-wise, Downton Abbey clobbered the latest Rambo at the box office: Stallone’s swan song cost three times as much and its box-office take is less than half.

To be sure, if you’ve never seen the earlier capers, it will be largely meaningless as a stand-alone movie — but then that’s true of the new Rambo and X-Men and Ant-Man and everything else at the multiplex. Perhaps, in the manner of The Avengers, they should have subtitled it Downton: Endgame, or Infinity Tea or Age of Carson. Strung around a visit to the Abbey by George V and Queen Mary, the plot hinges on a broken boiler and the servants’ resentment at a toffee-nosed Page of the Back Stairs from Buckingham Palace — so it makes a nice change from the Incredible Hulk ripping yet another hole in the space-time continuum.

Indeed it does, and I can say that as someone who’s watched the movie after only having seen about 15 minutes of the original TV series. Read the whole thing.

FOSSILS VERSUS FOSSIL FUEL: ‘Fossil Fuels Have Got to Go’: Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston Arrested at Climate Change Protest.

THERE IS NO FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO MOCK — OH, WAIT: Cal Poly investigates Instagram photo ‘mocking’ illegal immigrants. Not only is the university powerless to stop students from mocking illegal immigrants, which is just speech, even investigating students who do so is a First Amendment violation.

NOT THE BABYLON BEE: Beto O’Rourke Announces Support for Menstrual Equity Act on National Period Day.

The 21st century is not turning out as I had hoped, to coin an Insta-phrase.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Millennials should avoid the socialism trap.

WHAT EVERY COOK NEEDS: Beef Tallow. For when you don’t want to use bacon grease.

KAMALA THE COP STRIKES AGAIN: Harris Claims Giuliani Has ‘Broken Many Laws’, Can’t Name Any.

When your campaign can’t handle Democratic Party operatives with bylines such as CNN’s Anderson Cooper (in the above link), BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith, and sucks at Photoshop memes, it’s officially not ready for primetime. Time for an upgrade?

UNEXPECTEDLY: “Germany’s attempt to create a multicultural society has ‘utterly failed,’ Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, adding fuel to a debate over immigration and Islam.”

Okay, Angie, now that you’ve admitted the obvious, you want to apologize for calling the people who warned you that it would turn out this way racist xenophobe bigots?

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

Shot:

When you heard the terrible news from Arizona, were you completely surprised? Or were you, at some level, expecting something like this atrocity to happen?

Put me in the latter category. I’ve had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach ever since the final stages of the 2008 campaign. I remembered the upsurge in political hatred after Bill Clinton’s election in 1992 — an upsurge that culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing. And you could see, just by watching the crowds at McCain-Palin rallies, that it was ready to happen again. The Department of Homeland Security reached the same conclusion: in April 2009 an internal report warned that right-wing extremism was on the rise, with a growing potential for violence.

Conservatives denounced that report. But there has, in fact, been a rising tide of threats and vandalism aimed at elected officials, including both Judge John Roll, who was killed Saturday, and Representative Gabrielle Giffords. One of these days, someone was bound to take it to the next level. And now someone has.

It’s true that the shooter in Arizona appears to have been mentally troubled. But that doesn’t mean that his act can or should be treated as an isolated event, having nothing to do with the national climate.

—Paul Krugman, “Climate of Hate,” January 20th, 2011, as quoted at Barbara Streisand’s official Website, barbrastreisand.com.

Chaser:


“‘Wow, this is still up, huh?’ Barbra Streisand posts cartoon of Trump impaled by Pelosi’s high heel,” as spotted by Twitchy, yesterday, who notes, “We know that Jack and Twitter want to elevate the discourse on the platform, and flagging this for removal would be a good start — actually a good continuation, following the deletion of Tom Arnold’s unhinged tweet bringing up JFK during Trump’s visit to Dallas this week.” Twitchy also quotes one Twitter who notes, “I’m guessing the @nytimes won’t be doing a 23 page article on how this incites violence.” One that, if the ideologies were reversed, would likely be quoted by Streisand to her followers on her personal Website.

Flashback: Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History. And additional examples of leftist violence and eliminationist rhetoric at the link.

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