November 12, 2019

AN IMPORTANT WINTER SAFETY TIP FROM THE GLEN ROSE TX VETERINARY CLINIC:

Even if you don’t own a pet, this is an key health tip to familiarize yourself with.

THIS LOOKS LIKE FUN: Die Behind the Wheel: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Steely Dan. “This is the book of the expanding man.”

IT’S BILL JACOBSON: Conservative Law Professor Challenges Campus Left on Free Speech (and Wins Them Over). “Bill Jacobson, founder and publisher of Legal Insurrection as well as a clinical professor of law and director of the Securities Law Clinic at Cornell Law School, shares his insights on Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College. Jacobson also talks about how he turned a hostile greeting at Vassar College into an incredible teaching experience, and discusses his views on social media censorship. Read the lightly edited transcript below or listen to the podcast.”

SO DO I, AND THEN I’M GRATEFUL FOR TRUMP: Hillary on BBC Radio: ‘I Think About What Kind of President I Would Have Been All the Time.’

OPEN THREAD: Thread away!

WEIRD: HPV may protect against skin cancer.

WE MUST IMPEACH TRUMP IN THE NAME OF ACCOUNTABILITY, INSTITUTIONAL STABILITY, AND THE RULE OF LAW. ALSO, WE’RE GOING TO DO IT BY A SECRET VOTE. A Secret Ballot for Impeachment Would Be a Terrible Idea.

Some people really want to give Trump his Yeltsin-on-a-tank moment. But why should Trump supporters accept an impeachment based on such a procedural travesty? And if they resort to violence, well, we’ve already been told that violence is fine when your opponents are really bad. You know, by the people who care about stability and democracy and stuff.

NEW CIVILITY WATCH: Jane Fonda: Oil Execs, Politicians Who Don’t Support Climate Change Agenda Should Be Tried Like Nazi War Criminals.

Hmmm. How to square the above eliminationist rhetoric with this?

“Inciting to violence” (via clip art?!) — it’s OK when we do it!

IT’S COME TO THIS: NFL Arranges Private Workout For Colin Kaepernick: “NFL clubs were informed today that a private workout will be held for Colin Kaepernick on Saturday in Atlanta. Session will include on-field work and an interview. All clubs are invited to attend, and video of both the workout and interview will be made available to clubs. The NFL arranged this workout opportunity for Colin Kaepernick, and teams will have the opportunity to evaluate his readiness and level of interest in resuming his NFL career. His agents have said he wants to return to the NFL, and the league hopes this provides that chance.”

#JOURNALISM:

WHERE’S SMOD WHEN YOU NEED HIM? The Morning Briefing: Please Climate, Kill Earth So I Don’t Have to Hear About Greta Thunberg Again.

LATE EATING IS BAD FOR YOU IN ALL SORTS OF WAYS: Eating late may mean higher heart disease risk for women. It’s bad for your digestion and tends to make you fat. Which is sad, as I do love a late-night pizza.

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‘GO BACK TO CALIFORNIA:’ Wave of newcomers fuels backlash in Boise.

This city sure knows how to roll up the welcome mat — that is, if you happen to move here from California.

Just consider last week’s mayoral election. It was the most competitive race in recent memory, a referendum on growth in the rapidly expanding capital of Idaho. And candidate Wayne Richey ran on a very simple platform: Stop the California invasion.

His basic plan to fulfill that campaign promise? “Trash the place.”

Richey figured that would be the best way to keep deep-pocketed Golden Staters from moving to his leafy hometown. He blames them for pushing home prices and rents up so high that Boiseans can’t afford to live here on the meager wages most Idaho jobs pay.

At a candidate forum in late October, he had a terse answer for the question: “If you were king or queen for the day, what one thing would you do to improve Boise?”

“A $26-billion wall,” he said, laughing, drawing out each word for maximum emphasis. As in build one. Around Idaho.

Why not a Welcome Wagon strategy instead, to remind voters not to bring into Idaho the same leftist ideology that caused them to flee California in the first place?

(Bumped.)

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER WORD ABOUT GLENN REYNOLDS’ CARBON FOOTPRINT: Arnold Schwarzenegger runs errands in tank-like SUV.

I look forward to Greta Thunberg scolding such a blatant example of eco-hypocrisy.

Earlier: Get Woke, Go Broke: How Climate Activist Arnold Schwarzenegger Became Box Office Poison.

YOU’RE GOING TO NEED A BIGGER BLOG: What Hillary Clinton doesn’t understand about Brexit.

SUPER GAFFE-O-MATIC ‘76: The Top 22 Biden Gaffes of the 2020 Campaign… So Far.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Nuclear Power is the Most Reliable Energy Source and It’s Not Even Close.

EVEN THE DEMS’ WITNESSES SAID TRUMP IS RIGHT ABOUT UKRAINE CORRUPTION: That 18-page, single-spaced memorandum circulated late Monday by the GOP staff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) provides a devastating look at how many of the witnesses who have testified behind closed-doors supported Trump’s view on Ukraine.

Given how HPSCI Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has acted the part of the petty tyrant, including rejecting Republican witnesses and instructing those who have already testified not to answer specific questions put to them by GOPers, don’t be surprised if next El Jefe takes away GOP staff office space, orders their computers permanently unplugged or some other similarly spiteful action.

OLD AND BUSTED: It is very bad for media figures to identify whistleblowers.

The new hotness? ABC scrambles to figure out identity of Amy Robach leaker, who goes by ‘Ignotus.’

Will Ashley Bianco get her job at CBS back?

UPDATE: The Media Holds A Massive Double Standard About Naming Whistleblowers.

SNITCHES GET STITCHES:

AYN RAND DIDN’T INTEND FOR THE RETURN OF THE PRIMITIVE TO BE A HOW-TO GUIDE: Mass extinction — The only way to tackle Extinction Rebellion is by dissecting its ideology.

The only way to tackle Extinction Rebellion is by dissecting its ideology, by explaining what it would mean for human societies if its demands were to be met. The world has already rejected industrialized socialism in the shape of the Soviet Union. The case needs ceaselessly to be made that Extinction Rebellion’s brand of primitive, anti-industrial socialism would be an even surer way to mass poverty.

Read the whole thing.

NEW EMMY CATEGORY ANNOUNCED: BEST COVERING FOR A PEDOPHILE.

From the Babylon Bee, America’s Paper of Record.

Related: CNN’s Brian Stelter Exposes Trump’s DWTS Tweets and Ignores ABC’s Epstein Scandal.

HERESY: Why We Should Reject Diversity and Equity As Values.

TO THINK PEOPLE WERE WILLING TO BRIBE THEIR KIDS’ WAY IN TO THIS DEATHTRAP: USC Student Found Dead In Off-Campus Housing Brings Semester Death Toll To 9.

WHY ARE “PROGRESSIVE” INDUSTRIES SUCH CESSPITS OF SEXUAL ABUSE? McDonald’s workers sue to address ‘systemic problem’ of sexual harassment.

Flashback: Since-dismissed CEO Steve Easterbrook vowed to turn McDonald’s into a ‘modern, progressive burger company’ in 2015.

THOSE VIOLENT SWEDES: As Bombings Spread, Denmark Closes Border With Sweden. “Denmark will temporarily reinstate border controls with Sweden and step up police work along the border after a series of violent crimes and explosions around Copenhagen that Danish authorities say were carried out by perpetrators from Sweden.”

LAWRENCE PERSON: Austin Half-Asses Its Homeless Problem. “So transients camping on business sidewalks are right out, but open public spaces next to ordinary citizens are evidently A-OK to camp and shoot-up on.”

Still, better than San Francisco where they’re fully-assing the problem.

JIM TREACHER: Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono: ‘Believe in Climate Change as Though It’s a Religion.’

Many years ago, the journalist Michael Kinsley noted an odd truth about American political life: “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth — some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.” While there are any number of other gaffes that a politician can make (please refer to anything ever uttered by Joe Biden), this particular type of screw-up has become known as a “Kinsley gaffe.” It can be very embarrassing for a politician to accidentally tell the truth. He’ll usually catch himself and start lying again immediately, and his partisans will pretend to believe the falsehoods over the truth, but everybody still knows he screwed up. He can lie about being momentarily and unintentionally honest, but he can’t unsay it.

Or she! It’s 2019, and it’s time we all recognized that women can be every bit as deceptive and untruthful as men. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) certainly is.

Read the whole thing.

AN OPEN LETTER TO GRETA THUNBERG: “You are not a moral leader. But I will tell you what you are.” “Yes, we have betrayed you: by capitulating the world of leadership to bored, attention-deficit children who spout bromides, platitudes and slogans that a rudderless and morally relativistic culture accepts because a significant number of its denizens have become intellectually bankrupt and morally lazy.”

LOOKING FOR A SAVIOR, LESS THAN THREE MONTHS BEFORE IOWA: Can Former Mass. Governor Deval Patrick Rescue the Dems in 2020?

TAMARA KEEL: The Benefits of ‘BBQ Guns.’

CUT YOUR BEACH HOUSE BUDGET FIRST: Cut Military Budget and Apply it to Green New Deal, Jane Fonda’s Protest Advocates.

WINNING: Supreme Court appears inclined to let Trump end DACA program.. This shouldn’t be hard. What’s done by executive order can be undone by executive order. Unless you think there’s a Trump Exception to the Constitution, as apparently many of our best and brightest do.

NONE OF THIS MATTERS: HAN SHOT FIRST. George Lucas changed Han Solo’s scene with Greedo in Star Wars: A New Hope, Disney confirmed. Why can’t people leave Han Solo alone?

“People?” Endlessly editing this scene because Lucas knows he alienated fans badly with his decision to take our first glimpse of Han Solo’s badassery and neuter it away seems to be his purview alone.

THEY’LL MAKE UP THE LOSSES BY HIKING RATES AND CUTTING POWER ON THE VERY SAME PEOPLE: PG&E is offering $13.5 billion to California wildfire victims.

CUI BONO? Prediction: No Impeachment.

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SPACE: China Says Its Mars Landing Technology Is Ready for 2020.

I WASN’T EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: NASA Scientists Detect Huge Thermonuclear Blast Deep in Space. Okay, it’s a distant pulsar, nothing as exciting as the Chinese testing an Orion craft.

BOTTOM STORY OF THE DAY: Republican Mark Sanford drops out of presidential race.

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THE “LOWFAT” STUFF IS ACTUALLY LESS HEALTHY: Farmers to Congress: Allow schools to serve whole milk.

SEN. MAZIE HIRONO (D-HI): We Should Believe in Climate Change as If It’s a Religion, Not a Science.

“…These are times that call for us to do those things that we believe in, and to march, and not just to march, cause that’s important to show solidarity, but then to do those things such as voter registration, get people out to vote, so that we can have people here who are truly committed to human rights, environmental rights — climate change…believe in climate change as though it’s a religion, it’s not a science — and all the things that need to be done, and there is a lot,” Sen. Hirono told the crowd.

While Nietzsche assured the Jurassic “woke” class of the late 19th century that “God is dead,” most of the branches of the “Progressivism” that followed are forms of a substitute religion to fill the void, including both radical environmentalism, and even socialist health care. As the late Tom Wolfe wrote in his epochal 1976 article, “The ‘Me’ Decade and the Third Great Awakening,” “It is entirely possible that in the long run historians will regard the entire New Left experience as not so much a political as a religious episode wrapped in semi military gear and guerrilla talk.” (That line was written with early ‘70s radical chic in mind, but reverberates quite nicely today, given Antifa’s current love of paramilitary cosplay.)

NEWS YOU CAN USE: A Zombie Fighter’s Guide to Strategy.

BUT I WAS ASSURED THAT IT WAS A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHOICE: Heavy Marijuana Use Could Double Stroke Risk for Young People, Study Suggests.

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Ten Reasons Why Impeachment Is Illegitimate.

I WONDER WHAT THEY’LL TALK ABOUT: The Air Force wants the F-35 and F-22 stealth fighters to talk to the secret X-37B space plane.

FREE SPEECH IS ONLY FOR THE PEOPLE I CARE ABOUT: Empathy is Tearing Us Apart. Robert Wright on a new study showing that people who score high on the empathy scale are more likely to applaud efforts by protesters to silence a speaker from the opposing political party. They’re also more likely to be amused by reports that the protesters injured a supporter of the speaker.

Any guess on which party’s voters score higher on empathy? 

 

NOBODY KNOWS WHAT TELEVISION IS ANYMORE:

These days, television—whatever it is—is on your phone, on your PlayStation, on YouTube, on your laptop, and even, sometimes, on your actual television, the big thing you bought from Amazon. TV is increasingly indistinct from the world of big-budget Hollywood feature films and also from big tech, which now makes shows, the things you watch, in order to sell phones, watches, diapers, plush toys, and lunch boxes. On occasion, TV even seems to be melding with video games and vice versa. You can consume as much of it as you want, from virtually any place you can imagine, on anything that has a screen. TV is everything now, and everywhere, an amorphous cultural and commercial blob backed by billions in tech and media spending. Its cultural dominance is unchecked by anything except your own time, and it is increasingly tailored to your unique interests and obsessions.

Read the whole thing. There’s a massive amount of product being created now, via all of the major players entering the streaming game, the traditional networks, and the cable outlets. But as Sonny Bunch asked last year at the Weekly Standard*, “Overload: Will any shows from the Golden Age of TV endure?”

* Another product of the digital age which met a swift demise.

CHARLES LIPSON:  Bloomberg Will Hit an Iceberg.

PC CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTIM, THIS TIME AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: Andrei Serban, an award-winning film director and a professor at Columbia University, left his tenured position because he can no longer abide the multiplying signs of the school’s swing to communism.

Serban fled his Romanian homeland when it was under the Soviet version of communism, so the man knows evil when he sees it. Matthew Vadum has the details at The Epoch Times. When was the last time you recall a tenured professor leaving for any reason other than moving to a more prestigious campus or going to that great lecture hall in the sky?

 

 

IN A SANE WORLD, HUNTER BIDEN WOULD BE THE PRIMARY TARGET OF A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING: Hunter Biden could be collateral damage as Trump impeachment hearings begin.

DON CHERRY’S IMMIGRANT COMMENTS AND CANADA’S HIGHLY SELECTIVE CULTURE OF FORGIVENESS: “The driving spirit of most current criminal justice reform is that we’re all more than the worst thing that we have done. And earlier this fall, the Canadian public decided that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s multiple occasions of wearing blackface can be forgiven. But apparently that mercy is only available if you’re on a particular side of the political divide.”

Read the whole thing.

REALITY CHECK FOR DREAMERS AT THE SUPREME COURT: DACA in the Dock. What Obama has done, Trump can undo.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Weather Underground Baby Elected San Fran DA, Chaos to Follow. “Weather Underground tried to destroy America through a bombing campaign, but that’s small-scale destruction compared to what you can do to a city, once you grab its reins of power.”

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‘VICTIM-SHAMING:’ Nike makes things worse after runner Mary Cain’s abuse claims.

Former middle-distance runner Mary Cain, once dubbed “the fastest girl in America,” detailed her tragic experience as a member of Nike’s Oregon Project in a video for The New York Times published Thursday.

The 23-year-old Bronxville native recalled the physical and mental abuse she endured when she was 17, while training with Nike’s Alberto Salazar, claiming that the highly touted track and field coach forced her to lose weight and ignored her acts of self-harm.

“I joined Nike because I wanted to be the best female athlete ever,” Cain said in the video. “Instead, I was emotionally and physically abused by a system designed by Alberto and endorsed by Nike.”

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Multiple prominent runners, including New York City Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan, have spoken out in support of Cain. Olympic runner Kara Goucher backed up Cain’s allegations and criticized Nike’s handling of the situation on Twitter Friday.

“So [Nike] responds to [Cain],” Goucher wrote. “Takes the time to victim shame Mary, before saying they will investigate. I hope you come to me, because I have stories to match all of Mary’s claims and so much more. Don’t let this be more lip service, actually do something.”

Nike got the Betsy Ross flag cancelled — isn’t that caring enough for one shoe manufacturer?!

HARSH, BUT FAIR:

That’s from Complete Colorado, which is a local version of Drudge before Drudge got all panicky.

TITLE IX UPDATE: Judge approves disabled veteran’s lawsuit against university for anti-male bias.

RUN ALL THE CANDIDATES! Report: Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick eyes a 2020 presidential run.

DO PATIENTS GET A SAY IN THIS? Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans.

Don’t be silly. Of course patients don’t get a say.

Google began Project Nightingale in secret last year with St. Louis-based Ascension, the second-largest health system in the U.S., with the data sharing accelerating since summer, according to internal documents.

The data involved in the initiative encompasses lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, among other categories, and amounts to a complete health history, including patient names and dates of birth.

Neither patients nor doctors have been notified. At least 150 Google employees already have access to much of the data on tens of millions of patients, according to a person familiar with the matter and the documents.

Yours is not to wonder why, yours is to cough up data and die.

Related (From Ed): “It’s uncanny how closely the Western elites have come to resemble their unlamented Soviet counterparts,” Richard Fernandez tweets, regarding the suitably Orwellianly named Project Nightingale. “Mass surveillance, propaganda, special academies, secret perversions, etc. But how could it be otherwise? Power creates one face with minor variations.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Women’s college now only requires applicants to ‘identify as women.’

I suspect that this has more with Hollins being desperate for warm, tuition-paying bodies than any special degree of wokeness.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Please Climate, Kill Earth So I Don’t Have to Hear About Greta Thunberg Again. “Because progressives are secular, godless heathens, they have a bad habit of idolizing humans. Crabby little Greta has now become their Goddess of Scold, and she will apparently never go away.”

WITH DNC IN MIND, CITY BANS CARRYING URINE, FECES: San Francisco’s New DA: Public Urination ‘Will Not Be Prosecuted.’

Earlier: San Francisco’s New Socialist, Soft On Crime D.A. Is The Last Thing The City Needs.

(Classical reference in headline.)

STOP OR WE’LL SHOOT: Maduro’s Military Stands in the Way of a Bolivia Repeat in Venezuela.

ARMED HOG LEAVES VEGAS: Well, an A-10C Warthog takes off from Nellis Air Force Base (which is just outside of Las Vegas). But “armed Hog leaves Vegas” has more snap. “Armed Hog splits Vegas” is another option.

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS WRONG WITH NORTHWESTERN’S STUDENT NEWSPAPER?:  If Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism isn’t the most prestigious such program in the country, then it’s darn close.   Yet the editors of its school newspaper recently issued a cloying apology for covering a very newsworthy visit to the the NU campus by Jeff Sessions.   The coverage of the visit and the accompanying protests was evidently triggering for NU’s snowflakes.

Glenn posted something about this last night. But I wanted to re-post it in the morning when more readers would see it.  As a Northwestern grad, this makes me want to burn the place down.   If you have a mind to, please leave comments on the Daily Northwestern web site.  These students need to hear from as many adults as possible.

TOO FEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR CORRUPTION AND GRAFT: Will Health-Care Federalism Ever Have a Chance?

JIM HANSON: Alex Vindman Is Living, Breathing Proof That The Deep State Exists, And It Is Corrupt. “Vindman gave the game away with his prepared testimony. He believes the permanent bureaucracy should reign supreme, and if some elected politician gets crosswise with the solons of the state, then they must act. So he did, as he detailed in his prepared statement and testimony to Congress.”

DON’T GIVE THEM ANY IDEAS: How To Trigger A Global Recession In One Easy Step: Ban Fracking.

WELL, GIVEN THAT U.S.C. STANDS FOR “UNIVERSITY OF STANDARD CORRUPTION,” THIS IS NO BIG SURPRISE: Male Title IX activist expelled after “feminist witch-hunt.” Now it all hangs on USC provost Sally Pratt.

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WELL, GOOD: Nigel Farage Won’t Fight Tories in Election Boost for Boris Johnson.

EVERYTHING SEEMINGLY IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL: The Associated Press asks, “The Democratic presidential race started with a record six female candidates, but only one is polling in the top tier. Is it sexism or just politics?

Why are Democratic Party operatives with social media accounts asking why the Democratic Party is a cesspit of sexism? (Perhaps it’s progress of a sort, since in 2008, Democratic Party operatives with bylines believed that the Democratic Party was a cesspit of racism.)

Classical reference in headline.)

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Eric Ciaramella or Voldemort?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Pity the poor avocado-eating graduates: University-educated millennials have absorbed elite values but will never enjoy the lifestyle.

Countless articles have rehearsed the class insecurities of the “left behind” Brexiters. Generally these unfortunates are depicted fulminating over pasties and ale in shabby market towns and grim post-industrial cities outside the London area. The object of their antipathy is the shiny “elite”, plugged into a promise-filled, multicultural urban life and the knowledge economy, seemingly buoyant in the new, frictionless modern world.

Leaving aside its substantive, real-world pros and cons, Europhilia has become a mark of devotion to the culture and worldview associated with this “elite” and the modern world it navigates. It is a value set strongly correlated with tertiary education and that has come to be called “openness”. . . .

Meanwhile, the boom in openness-promoting tertiary education produced not so much a boom in graduate jobs as inflation in the qualification levels required to do the jobs we already had. This has left many young people struggling to service a mountain of debt on salaries that are never likely to show much of the “graduate premium” they were promised.

Today, thanks in part to the “open” economy whose values form the foundation of the “cultural Remain” identity, the cost of living — and especially home ownership — has rocketed. Simple aspirations that were within the reach of the working class in the 20th century are an unattainable dream today for millions of young people far higher up the sociocultural pile. And yet those young graduates have all, in the course of moving away to get their degree, absorbed the “open” value set now explicitly taught in tertiary education.

The result is an Everywhere precariat, that has absorbed the values of a world that has little to offer it in terms of concrete benefits, and resolves this conflict by renting the heavily-subsidised and internet-enabled perks of a smarter lifestyle than it can afford to buy. Where once rentals might have just been housing and cars, today that can even include clothing.

Related: Kenneth Anderson: The Fragmenting of the New Class Elites, or, Downward Mobility.

n social theory, OWS is best understood not as a populist movement against the bankers, but instead as the breakdown of the New Class into its two increasingly disconnected parts. The upper tier, the bankers-government bankers-super credentialed elites. But also the lower tier, those who saw themselves entitled to a white collar job in the Virtue Industries of government and non-profits – the helping professions, the culture industry, the virtueocracies, the industries of therapeutic social control, as Christopher Lasch pointed out in his final book, The Revolt of the Elites.

The two tiers of the New Class have always had different sources of rents, however. For the upper tier, since 1990, it has come through its ability to take the benefits of generations of US social investment in education and sell that expertise across global markets – leveraging expertise and access to capital and technological markets in the 1990s to places in Asia and the former communist world in desperate need of it. As Lasch said, the revolt and flight of the elites, to marketize themselves globally as free agents – to take the social capital derived over many generations by American society, and to go live in the jet stream and extract returns on a global scale for that expertise. But that expertise is now largely commodified – to paraphrase David Swenson on financial engineering, that kind of universal expertise is commodified, cheaply available, and no longer commands much premium. As those returns have come under pressure, the Global New Class has come home, looking to command premiums through privileged access to the public-private divide – access most visible at the moment as virtuous new technology projects that turn out to be mere crony capitalism.

The lower tier is in a different situation and always has been. It is characterized by status-income disequilibrium, to borrow from David Brooks; it cultivates the sensibilities of the upper tier New Class, but does not have the ability to globalize its rent extraction. The helping professions, the professions of therapeutic authoritarianism (the social workers as well as the public safety workers), the virtuecrats, the regulatory class, etc., have a problem – they mostly service and manage individuals, the client-consumers of the welfare state. Their rents are not leveraged very much, certainly not globally, and are limited to what amounts to an hourly wage. The method of ramping up wages, however, is through public employee unions and their own special ability to access the public-private divide. But, as everyone understands, that model no longer works, because it has overreached and overleveraged, to the point that even the system’s most sympathetic politicians understand that it cannot pay up.

The upper tier is still doing pretty well. But the lower tier of the New Class – the machine by which universities trained young people to become minor regulators and then delivered them into white collar positions on the basis of credentials in history, political science, literature, ethnic and women’s studies – with or without the benefit of law school – has broken down. The supply is uninterrupted, but the demand has dried up. The agony of the students getting dumped at the far end of the supply chain is in large part the OWS. As Above the Law points out, here is “John,” who got out of undergrad, spent a year unemployed and living at home, and is now apparently at University of Vermont law school, with its top ranked environmental law program – John wants to work at a “nonprofit.”

Read the whole thing(s).

November 11, 2019

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BYRON YORK: ANALYSIS: Democrats have a Colonel Vindman problem. “The public now has a transcript of Vindman’s deposition. And those who have taken the trouble to read the 340-page document will have a different picture of Vindman’s testimony than the one presented in early media reports.”

JEFFREY EPSTEIN DIDN’T KILL HIMSELF: Epstein Suicide Inquiry Subpoenas Roughly 15 Jail Employees, Others Reassigned, Placed On Leave.

PUTTING COMMIES IN THEIR PLACE: Evo Morales Finally Went Too Far for Bolivia: The socialist president claimed authoritarian powers in the name of the popular will. But average citizens were fed up with arbitrary rule.

Morales’s departure from office marks both a sea change in Latin American politics and a stinging rebuke to the naïveté of parts of the Western left. Even though there had always been strong evidence of their anti-democratic leanings, new socialist leaders such as Hugo Chávez in Venezuela and Morales in Bolivia were widely celebrated throughout the first decade of the 21st century as the future face of Latin America.

Now virtually nothing remains of their erstwhile appeal. Chávez and his successor, Nicolás Maduro, have made Venezuela deeply authoritarian and shockingly poor. Meanwhile, the Bolivian people have come out in great numbers to stop Morales from violently crushing their protests. . . .

From east to west, and south to north, the dream of Latin America’s so-called pink wave has turned into a nightmare. And the many scholars, writers, and politicians who have for years sung the praises of aspiring dictators like Maduro and Morales should not be easily forgiven for sacrificing the rights of distant people on the altar of their rigid ideology.

Leftists are trash. Never forget that.

PATHETIC, BUT SADLY UNSURPRISING, BECAUSE ELITE HIGHER EDUCATION SUCKS: The Daily Northwestern Apologizes to Students for Reporting News That Triggered Them. A rousing “fuck you” would have been better, but today’s students lack the courage to stand up to idiocy and bullying from their peers. “Activist” should be treated as a synonym for “bullying idiot,” because, well, it actually is a synonym for bullying idiot.

Plus: “The piece must be read in its entirety to be believed. It sounds like parody—something The Babylon Bee would make up for a fake article mocking progressive deference to the hypersensitive.” Well, the Bee has gone from a parody site to America’s newspaper of record — because leftist activists are such bullying idiots that they’re basically beyond parody.

Also: “Is this what students at the country’s most prestigious journalism school are learning these days? That self-censorship is the paper’s best practice if someone is offended by what’s happening in the world?” Yes. That’s exactly what they’re learning there.

Related: Student Government Votes to Support Activists Who Think The Harvard Crimson Shouldn’t Even Quote ICE in Stories. Remember, “activist” is basically a synonym for bullying idiots, and “student government” is basically a synonym for idiots.

OPEN THREAD: A sure cure for those Monday blues.

PUT THE TELESCOPES IN SPACE, TOO: Why Astronomers Worry About the Brightness of SpaceX’s Starlink Satellite Megaconstellation.

CONTRARY TO WHAT WE’RE TOLD, NOT EVERYTHING IS RACIST OR SEXIST:  But, alas, it’s pretty much true that everything is illegal employment discrimination.  That makes the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission extraordinarily powerful (as well as extraordinarily unaccountable).  Read about how it got that way and how to rein it in.

JIM TREACHER: New Yorkers Boo De Blasio At Veterans Day Parade. “And this slice of Americana is brought to you by all our veterans. They fight to preserve our way of life, which includes telling our leaders exactly what we think of them, without fear of reprisal. You can boo your mayor at a parade, or boo your president at a football game, or boo anybody else you want anywhere else you want. It’s your god-given right as an American to tell people who suck that they do indeed suck. Liberty!”

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