May 23, 2019

OPEN THREAD: Make it your own.

IT’S SATIRE, BUT IS IT REALLY? Hunt’s Apologizes For Assuming Manwich’s Sex.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Yale women’s studies professor: Gay white men are symbols of heterosexuality.

Cost of attending Yale College: $72,775.

SARAH HOYT: We Don’t Have a Problem with White Supremacy. We Have a Problem with Leftist Supremacy.

BLUE-STATE CALIFORNIA NOW HARASSING JOURNALISTS:

Let’s assume, hypothetically, that an independent journalist working in Washington somehow obtained a confidential FBI report on the death of a prominent Trump administration official that described its lurid circumstances, including the presence of a woman not his wife and the use of illegal drugs that caused, or at least contributed to, his demise.

Let’s also assume that the Justice Department responded to the disclosure by raiding the journalist’s home and confiscating computers and other tools of his trade, hoping to learn who leaked the report.

Democratic politicians and civil libertarians would erupt in outrage at a heavy-handed government act intended to discourage journalists from delving into areas that officialdom considered off-limits.

So where is that outrage about the San Francisco Police Department’s May 10 assault on journalist Bryan Carmody, who had obtained a police report about the death of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi under exactly those unbecoming circumstances?

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and their silence makes perfect sense.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen Questions Nancy Pelosi’s Patriotism Over Impeachment and We’re Here for It. “Is this one of those ‘inject this into my veins’ moments? I think it is.”

WHEN YOU’RE A DEMOCRAT WHO’S LOST POLITIFACT: Did Kamala Harris flip-flop on independent probes of police shootings? “We rate Harris’ new position a Full Flop.”

IT’S THE DEMOGRAPHY, STUPID: Is U.S. fertility at an all-time low? It depends.

In any case, Cory Booker’s proposed ‘Office of Reproductive Freedom’ should finish things off.

(Classical reference in headline.)

WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE INDICTED ON 18 COUNTS OF CONSPIRACY.

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YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Equality Between the Sexes Means Counting the Number of Lines Women Say in Movies and TV.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Rahm Emanuel, Bailout Critic.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Uncontrollable Orgasms Are A Problem You DON’T Want To Have.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: When the Authorities Tell You to Dissent.

Naturally, I was pleased and even proud to have been accepted into the University of Melbourne’s 2017 Master of Journalism program. I believed, without really thinking about it, that I was in for a challenging year and a half at a school far more rigorous than the one from which I received my baccalaureate. (The University of Oklahoma consistently lands somewhere in the 400s on the Times Higher Education index.)

Of course, I was aware of the complaints directed at Australian universities—that the integrity of their curricula had gradually been compromised to appease social justice activists. Ubiquitous Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson expresses these concerns somewhat apocalyptically:

You may not realize it, but you are currently funding some dangerous people. They are indoctrinating young minds throughout the West with their resentment-ridden ideology… They produce the mobs that violently shut down campus speakers, the language police who enshrine into law use of fabricated gender pronouns and the deans whose livelihoods depend on madly rooting out discrimination where little or none exists… And now we rack up education-related debt, not so that our children learn to think critically, write clearly or speak properly, but so they can model their mentors’ destructive agenda.

It’s natural that these denunciations should sound wildly hyperbolic—a bit like Joseph McCarthy’s claim that there were 81 Communists lurking in the State Department. Who but a political cultist would be willing to believe something like that without seeing it for himself?

He did. Read the whole thing.

REPAIR OF ICONIC ’60S ERA SYNTHESIZER TURNS INTO LONG, STRANGE TRIP FOR ENGINEER:

For years, an urban legend circulated online and in documentaries purporting how part of a groundbreaking musical instrument — versions which are stored at a Bay Area university and other institutions — was dipped in LSD.

Online chatter detailed how musicians who used the instrument would wet their finger, touch the device, and then lick their finger to get a little bit of mind-expanding inspiration.

Now this supposed myth may turn out to be a reality.

Read the whole thing.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS, GLOBAL BABY BUST EDITION: Is U.S. fertility at an all-time low? Two of three measures point to yes.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: The Burger Joint Everyone Is Talking About In Your State.

THAT’S DIFFERENT BECAUSE SHUT UP:

FREEDOM OF THE SEAS: China Enraged After US Sails Two Destroyers Through Taiwan Strait.

Any nation opposed to free passage in open waters ought not engage in maritime trade.

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WELL, GOOD — NOW PICK UP THE TRASH: LA Mayor Garcetti Not Apologizing for Supporting U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

(Depressingly modern reference in the headline.)

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Building vs. Buying an AR-15.

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IT ALL ENDED WITH A MEDIUM SIZE BANG: HBO’s Game of Thrones finale drew more viewers than The Bing Bang Theory’s finale, veteran sitcom writer Ken Levine notes on his blog. “Network television ratings continue to plummet. A glaring example was the audience for the final BIG BANG THEORY. They drew 18 million viewers and for that CBS was turning cartwheels. I’m sorry. That’s a low number…Bottom line, when long-running beloved shows don’t draw mega numbers that’s a sure sign that broadcast networks are on their way out. Their argument has always been they’re the easiest platform to access and all they need to get big numbers is a show people really want to watch. You’d think they’d want to see THE BIG BANG THEORY…The GAME OF THRONES finale, which is on HBO that only a percentage of the audience can get drew 19.3 million last night.  Just sayin’.”

IT’S ALWAYS IN THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK: Construction workers find dinosaur fossils in Denver suburb.

SEXISM IS EVERYWHERE: ‘Battle of the Thermostat’: Cold Rooms May Hurt Women’s Productivity. Ladies, if you want to turn up the temperature, you’re going to have to put up with men wearing less. Do you really want that?

ISN’T THAT LOVELY?:  British universities can force old professors to retire in order to boost diversity, tribunal ruling suggests.

PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Geoffrey Rush Awarded $1.9 Million in #MeToo Defamation Case.

THE (RE-)RISE OF THE NATION-STATE: India election results 2019: Modi claims landslide victory. “The hugely popular BJP Hindu nationalist leader brushes aside economic woes to claim another term.”

NATALIE PORTMAN “CREEP-SHAMES” MOBY: “So… she did go out with him a few times and then she realized he was sexually attracted to her? And that makes him ‘creepy’… just because he was so much older. If she was 18, I think that means he was 34.”

To be fair, he wasn’t actually creepy at the time because he was a huge star. He’s creepy in retrospect because he’s not a huge star anymore. If he were still a huge star, he would never have been creepy at all. But it’s not Natalie Portman’s fault that he’s not a huge star now.

GOOD NEWS FOR JOHN BOLTON: Mustaches help guard against sun’s rays, prevent lip cancer.

PROCUREMENT: Putin orders 76 new Su-57 stealth fighters in a desperate attempt to rival the US.

Desperate is right. The Su-57 isn’t very stealthy, the engines are years out of date by Western standards, the order won’t be completed until 2028 (if ever), and Russian maintenance standards probably aren’t high enough to keep that many fifth-generation fighters flying. And even neighboring Poland is seeking to buy nearly three dozen superior F-35s starting in 2026.

GREAT MOMENTS IN SELF-AWARENESS: Kamala Harris tells Stephen Colbert impeachment is a mixed bag, hammers Trump on infrastructure extortion.

President Trump said Wednesday he won’t work with Democrats on infrastructure or anything else until they end their investigations of him. “You’re on the Senate Intelligence Committee,” Stephen Colbert reminded Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Wednesday’s Late Show. “Are you guys going to end the investigation?” “No,” she said. “Let’s just talk for a moment about this.”

So Trump’s “going to hold America’s infrastructure hostage over the issue of the investigation,” Harris said, connecting some dots. Almost half of American families are about $400 of unexpected expenses away from “complete upheaval,” she said. The average set of tires for a car costs $400, she added, and “why do people need new tires? Because the roads are falling apart.”

She does know she’s the senator representing California, the state that has had some of the worst roads in America long before Trump took office, right? Besides, I thought Obama fixed infrastructure, early in his first term.

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MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: The (Almost) Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier. “If China has made the carrier obsolete, then why is China embarked on a huge carrier-building program?”

GLOBAL BABY BUST UPDATE: French mayor offers free Viagra to boost local birth rates.

GOING TO THE SUPREME COURT? The Competitive Enterprise Institute and Rand Simberg file a Supreme Court petition versus Michael Mann’s long-running defamation suit.

YOU MAY NOT BE INTERESTED IN THE GLEICHSCHALTUNG, BUT THE GLEICHSCHALTUNG IS INTERESTED IN YOU: World’s oldest record store bans Morrissey sales over far-right support.

FLOPPING ACES: Bill Maher And The Democrats’ Anti-Catholic Bigotry.

BREAKING: BANKING CEO INDICTED FOR BRIBING MANAFORT TO GET A TRUMP ADMIN GIG.

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON AT VOA? VOA Fires Two More Reporters for Chinese Dissident Interview. “Critics say official U.S. radio caved to Chinese pressure.”

TORIES DROP TO 7% AND BREXIT PARTY SOARS TO 37% IN FINAL POLLING BEFORE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS.

Related: The Brexit Party Poses an Existential Threat to the Tories.

Watching MPs acting out these calculations, including maneuvers by about 20 Tory ministers, some quite obscure, to offer themselves as the next prime minister, I’m reminded of the 1970s movie poster for Jaws 2 showing a pretty bikini-clad water-skier blithely cresting the waves as, unseen behind her, a huge shark is erupting from the water and about to swallow her up. The shark in question is wearing a pinstriped suit and its name is Nigel Farage. The pretty young thing represents the mainstream parties, especially Labour and the Tories.

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With only two days to go before the polls open, Farage was given three boosts that most politicians can only daydream about: a milkshake was poured over him by a bearded Leftie; the prime minister obligingly broke a major promise not to hold a second referendum on Brexit, as if to remind the voters why they were opposing her and supporting him; and an establishment quango, the Electoral Commission, having given the Brexit party a clean bill of health on its financing the week before, responded to an evidence-free demand from former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown that the party’s finances should be investigated for illegal contributions by returning to its offices two days before the election and going through its books again for several hours and finding nothing wrong — almost as if there were, you know, an establishment conspiracy against Farage, Brexit, and the party bearing its name. In fact, there’s almost a conspiracy of events to help them.

In America, veteran leftwing talk radio host Bill Press is the latest to endorse splattering your opponents with chemicals and liquids: Bill Press on ‘Milkshaking’ of Farage — ‘I Love That Idea’ and Hope it Comes to US.

Yeah, but one doubts that Press and Ogburn would find the practice nearly so amusing had the attorney general getting assaulted been Eric Holder. And just imagine the faux outrage they’d summon if the target was Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (or “Occasional-Cortex,” as stated by the great Andrew Klavan at The Daily Wire), or one of those poor defenseless Democrats running for president.

If heaving a milkshake at a politician is fair game, how about coffee? Or paint, as long as it’s watercolors. Surely a pebble or two couldn’t do much harm, providing that the recipient removes his glasses in time. And is there really much difference between pebbles and slightly larger stones, as long as they’re thrown from a distance? After all, these are hated politicians we’re talking about and this is just another form of dissent, albeit assaultive. Right? Right …?

Or as Ace of Spades warns the media, “The rules you make for me, you also make for yourself.”

YOU DON’T SAY: Lawmaker Who Helped Write Obamacare: ‘What We Have Now Is Not Working.’

The fix for a failed government program is always a bigger government program.

LIVING HISTORY: Holocaust Survivors in Same Line at Auschwitz Meet 72 Years Later.

TORNADOS KILL THREE IN CENTRAL US, DAMAGE MISSOURI STATE CAPITAL: “Three people were killed in the small town of Golden City, Missouri, officials said, while the midwestern state’s capital Jefferson City was struck by what the National Weather Service called a ‘large and destructive’ tornado Wednesday night.”

LARRY ELDER: The Left’s Battle Against ‘Inequality’ Leaves Out One Critical Factor. “In his book Discrimination and Disparities, economist Thomas Sowell notes that a disproportionate percentage of first-born siblings become National Merit scholars compared to siblings born later, presumably because the first-born starts life with no sibling competition for parental attention. This, says Sowell, illustrates the absurdities of expecting equal results when equal results do not even occur within the same family among siblings raised under the same roof with the same parents.”

P.J. O’ROURKE: It’s time to make rich people uncomfortable again.

Being rich looked very uncomfortable. Rich people’s clothes were stiff and starchy, and they wore lots of them. Rich men were choked by tall collars and pinched by high-button shoes. Rich women were corseted to the point of kidney failure, constrained in so much crinoline and brocade that they might as well have been wearing off-the-shoulder burqas, and encumbered by bustles large enough that they couldn’t turn sideways without knocking over a footman and the parlor maid.

Now we have Jeff Bezos in a New Kids on the Block bomber jacket, Bill Gates outfitted in Mister Rogers’s sweaters and Gloria Steinem’s old aviators and cutting his own hair, Elon Musk smoking pot on a live internet show, and Richard Branson looking like the guy at the end of the bar muttering lines from “The Big Lebowski.” That’s not counting the various plutocrats caught in Us and Star magazines wearing nothing much at all.

If rich people start getting any more comfortable, police will be shooing them off park benches.

Rich people are also having fun — launching their own rocket ships, sending lewd selfies, buying private islands (Manhattan, for example). Having fun was something rich people didn’t used to do, at least not as far as we poor people could tell.

Heh, indeed. Read the whole thing.™

BABYLON BEE:  “Demanding to Know Why He Allowed President Trump to Get Elected, Dems Subpoena God.”

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: The New German Anti-Semitism.

THE 21st CENTURY ISN’T WORKING OUT AS I HAD HOPED: What To Expect During An Ayahuasca Ceremony.

(Via Ricochet’s GLoP podcast.)

FLASHBACK: Ana Navarro Compares Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer to the Holy Spirit.

“Lately, to me, you’re like the Holy Spirit. You are all places at all times. Right. I mean, I do — I see you all over cable news, I see — there’s a seat available if you want to be a co-host at ‘The View.’ There’s people here you can pitch. He’d be a great lady around the table” Navarro ranted.

“[Avenatti] has a bigger calling here. Being a lawyer is minimal compared to what he’s doing,” Joy Behar said.

Navarro interrupted, “The priesthood?”

Behar continued, “He’s out there saving the country.”

That was maybe not entirely accurate.

IT’S TIRED OLD MATERIAL: Award show surprise! Boos meet De Niro’s anti-Trump tirade.

PRIVACY: The future of AT&T is an ad-tracking nightmare hellworld.

EMOLUMENTS: General George Washington and the Bank of England.

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Trump Nopes Out of Chuck & Nancy Meeting, Nadler’s Booster Seat Inside. “So Speaker of the House Pelosi talks to the press before her scheduled meeting with President Trump on infrastructure, insults him and accuses him of a “cover up” and obstructing justice and everyone gets the vapors when Trump has no interest in making deals with the Democrats.”

DANIEL GREENFIELD: America Doesn’t Have an Anti-Semitism Problem. American Politics Does.

MICHAEL BARONE: Will ‘whiteshift’ save America from ethnic strife?

If you’ve been paying any attention at all to journalism in recent years — maybe not a good idea, but if you have — you surely have noticed those stories predicting, often with a certain relish, that the United States is about to become a majority-minority country.

Such predictions, as the Obama administration Census Bureau director noted in 2015, “made demographic change look like a zero-sum game that white Americans were losing.” Such fears may have contributed to Donald Trump’s election the following year. No one wants to vote for the side that seems to be saying, “Hurry up and die.”

But are those trends so inevitable? Not necessarily, writes political scientist Eric Kaufmann, a Canadian who teaches in Britain and is of Jewish, Chinese, and Latino ancestry. His most recent book is called Whiteshift, which he defines as “the mixture of many non-whites into the white group through voluntary assimilation.”

As he points out, something like this has happened before. A hundred years ago, Catholic, Orthodox, and Jewish immigrants pouring into Ellis Island were considered to be of different “races” by white Anglo-Saxon Protestant elites.

Half a century ago, their descendants were regarded as still culturally and politically distinctive in Nathan Glazer and Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s description of New York ethnics groups, Beyond the Melting Pot. A “balanced” ticket in those days had to include Irish, Italian, and Jewish candidates.

Today, all these groups are lumped together as “whites,” even though there are still perceptible, though muted, differences in political attitudes and perspectives between those with different ancestries.

One might go even further back in history. American political culture and institutions have their roots, as the late political scientist Samuel Huntington argued in Who Are We?, in England. In the seventeenth century, unlike almost all other European polities, England welcomed Jews and Huguenots, tolerated Catholics and Quakers, nurtured representative government, and protected individual rights.

That’s a template for an expandable polity — one that gives us and other Anglosphere nations a useful model as we experience ethnic change.

But division is better for the ethnic grifters who run one of our major parties.

WHY ARE THE MEDIA IGNORING CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION?:  We all know why, don’t we?

MAYBE EUROPE NEEDS TO TAKE AN APPROACH TO CHINA MORE LIKE TRUMP’S: Forced Tech Transfers Are on the Rise in China, European Firms Say.

FOR THE SAKE OF THE NARRATIVE, THERE NEEDED TO BE A RUSSIAN SPY. THEREFORE, SHE WAS A RUSSIAN SPY. Maria Butina: jailed for the crime of being Russian: She’s a political prisoner, caught up in the mess of the Mueller probe. “Maria Butina was not a Russian spy. She did not trade sex for influence. She had nothing to do with any clandestine espionage activity, nor did she ever hide her dealings with American political officials. In fact, she unabashedly loved America – perhaps to a fault. But she’s currently sitting in jail, and almost no one will say a word in her defense. The ordeal to which she’s been subjected is jaw-dropping for its recklessness and absurdity.”

As are so many things that have been twisted to fit a narrative shaped by hysteria, denial, and partisan opportunism. All engaged in by people who say they’re defending the “rule of law.”

WHAT I REALLY WANT IS THE AIR FORCE FLYING THINGS SO ADVANCED EVERYONE WOULD MISTAKE THEM FOR UFOs: The Pentagon finally admits it investigates UFOs.

THEY NEVER THOUGHT THEY’D BE CALLED TO ACCOUNT, SO THEY DIDN’T COVER THEIR TRACKS VERY WELL: Victor Davis Hanson: Federal Rats Are Fleeing the Sinking Collusion Ship. “So, how can we tell that the former accusers are now terrified of becoming the accused? Because suddenly the usual band of former Obama officials and Trump accusers have largely given up on their allegations that Trump was or is a Russian asset. Instead, John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Rod Rosenstein are now beginning to accuse each other of wrongdoing.”

ROGER KIMBALL: Restoring The Lost Consensus.

Looking around the cultural landscape today, I conclude that we are in the midst of a sort of negative religious revival: let’s call it America’s First Great Awokening.

Evidence of our society’s wokeness—a false awakening sparked by political grievance—is all around. I’d like to begin with what the philosopher Nicholas of Cusa called the “coincidence of opposites.” Unpacking exactly what Cusa meant by that arresting phrase would take us into the thickets of metaphysical speculation. But we see pedestrian examples of that strange coincidence everywhere. Indeed, one of the great tests of our wokeness is the extent to which many things have mutated into their opposites—not awake but awoke. Inversion is a dominant principle of our social life.

Consider, to take just one example, the fate of our colleges and universities. Once upon a time, and it was not so long ago, they were institutions dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the transmission of the highest values of our civilization. Today, most are dedicated to the repudiation of truth and the subversion of those values. In short, they are laboratories for the cultivation of wokeness. This is especially true, with only a handful of exceptions, of the most prestigious institutions. The tonier and more expensive the college, the more woke it is likely to be.

There are two central tenets of the woke philosophy. The first is feigned fragility. The second is angry intolerance. The union of fragility and intolerance has given us that curious and malevolent hybrid, the crybully, a delicate yet venomous species that thrives chiefly in lush, pampered environments.

Read the whole thing.

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Is it Ilhan Omar’s Democratic Party now?

(Classical reference in headline.)

HMM: China’s Tariff List Advertises Its Trade War Weakness.

What’s even more revealing about China’s choices are the U.S.-made products that haven’t made any tariff list. They include civilian aircraft and their engines and parts, which had a 2018 export total of $17.73 billion. They include semiconductors and their components, which last year had China shipments that totaled several billion additional dollars. They include the equipment needed to manufacture and inspect semiconductors and their parts, which racked up at least $850 million in 2018 exports to China; devices for conducting chemical and physical analyses (with $912 million in China exports last year); laser equipment ($304 million), motor vehicles, auto parts, and plastics resins and polymers (which each produced billions in exports to China); and billions of dollars’ worth of other products that the Chinese either can’t (yet) make or can’t make in the amounts that they need—or that consist of goods preferred by Chinese consumers over their Made in China counterparts.

America’s tariff lists for Chinese goods have contained any number of obscure, exotic products as well. But from the start, they’ve been dominated by products valued highly by China’s leaders for their industrial and technological importance—especially those covered by the Made in China 2025 program aimed at achieving Chinese global dominance throughout advanced manufacturing and information technology sectors. Subsequently, the Trump administration has added the kinds of consumer products on which the PRC relies heavily for both export earnings and its own domestic employment.

Xi made China’s bid for hegemon status too soon, probably having assumed continued American acquiescence or a President Hillary Clinton — which amounts to the same thing.

GREAT AGAIN: In This Oil Boom Town, Even a Barber Can Make $180,000. “Driven by shale drilling, a gusher of crude production has transformed the Permian Basin into America’s hottest oilfield, turning what was a remote stretch of towns spread among mesquite trees and scrubland into an industrial zone, seemingly overnight. . . . Mr. McGarity’s barbers are raking it in. Those who venture to Pecos can make anywhere from $130,000 to $180,000 per year, he said. He is considering investing in additional trailers to send to farther-flung towns in the oil patch and says the additional revenue may allow him to retire soon. If there’s a bust, he’ll just store the mobile shops until things come back, he adds.”

THE WILLINGNESS OF DEMOCRATS TO WEAPONIZE EVERY INSTITUTION AGAINST REPUBLICANS IS PROOF THAT “RULE OF LAW” IS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN AN ASPIRATION AND A JOKE: New York Legislators Approve Double Jeopardy for Trump Cronies to Protect ‘the Rule of Law.’

THE VERY DEEP THINKING OF OCCASIONAL CORTEX:  “Those white people and their… cauliflower?

THE ANSWER, AS ALWAYS, IS GRAFT: Why Should Anyone Need a License for Anything?

Imagine a US state where locksmiths, pastoral counselors, home security companies, and acupuncturists do not have to be licensed by the government to do business. They could pursue certification with a private organization if they wanted to, but they could decide not to as well. Would chaos ensue?

Recently, the state legislature in my home state of North Carolina approved draft legislation that would undo licensing requirements for 15 professions, including locksmithing, pastoral counseling, and acupuncture. At present, practicing in these professions requires licensure by the state, but this bill would dissolve that requirement for these professions. . . .

And what if the state decides not to serve as licenser? Will private organizations step in? The answer is an almost certain yes. Take athletic trainers, one of the professions the North Carolina bill would remove licensure requirements for. Becoming an “athletic trainer” in North Carolina requires a state license, but becoming a “personal trainer” does not. It turns out, however, that most employers seem to want only certified personal trainers. So where do personal trainers get certified? Often, employers will only hire trainers with college degrees in a field like exercise science. But there are also — you guessed it — private certifying bodies for personal trainers, such as the National Personal Training Institute and the International Fitness Association. Why do employers tend to hire trainers who are certified? Presumably, it’s not because of any government demands, but because they find those trainers to be better for business.

Locksmithing is another profession for which the North Carolina bill would dissolve licensure requirements. To help us predict the outcome for the state’s consumers, we can look to Great Britain, where the government imposes no licensing requirement on locksmiths. British locksmiths can, however, pursue certification with the nonprofit Master Locksmith Association and other similar organizations, which allow locksmiths to advertise as certified. And, true to form, a good many locksmiths voluntarily acquire this certification.

Occupational licensing holds people back, and limits competition.

EDITED BY LARRY CORREIA AND KAYCE EZELL (AND I HAVE A STORY IN IT):  Noir Fatale.

The silky note of a saxophone. The echoes of a woman’s high heels down a deserted asphalt street. Steam rising from city vents to cloud the street-lit air. A man with a gun. A dame with a problem . . .

NOIR.

From the pulpy pages of Black Mask Magazine in the 1920s and 30s, through the film noir era of the 1940s, to today, noir fiction has lured many a reader and movie-goer away from the light and into the dark underbelly of society. Names such as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and James M. Cain; titles like The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, The Postman Always Rings Twice . . . these have inhabited our collective consciousness for decades. Humanity, it seems, loves the dark. And within the dark, one figure stands out: that of the femme fatale.

Here then, Noir Fatale an anthology containing the full spectrum of noir fiction, each incorporating the compelling femme fatale character archetype. From straightforward hardboiled detective story to dark urban fantasy to the dirty secrets of futuristic science fiction—all with a hard, gritty feel.

As Raymond Chandler said, “Down these mean streets, a man must walk who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.” Because, as these stories prove, doing the right thing doesn’t necessarily mean you get the big bucks or the girl. But you do the right thing anyway.

 

 

THE DEATH OF UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS CONTINUES:  EMBATTLED VCU PROFESSOR WAS ONCE MY ART TEACHER. HERE’S WHAT I LEARNED.

FROM NITAY ARBEL: Operation Flash: Episode 1: Knight’s Gambit Accepted.

On March 21, 1943, one man came within a hairbreadth of blowing up nearly the entire Nazi leadership.

In timeline DE1943RG, he succeeded.

Then the conspirators discovered that killing Hitler and his chief henchmen was the *easy* part.

AND WILL THEIR HEADS BE PUT ON PIKES?  (WHAT? IT WOULD CERTAINLY ENCOURAGER LES AUTRES, NO?):  Will the Spygate perpetrators ever be held accountable?

LET ME HAVE AN “UNEXPECTEDLY!”: Wealthy people think they’re better than others, even when they’re not.

THE FATHER OF MODERN TAXONOMY: Carl Linnaeus was born in Sweden on this day in 1707.

BUT DON’T WORRY, WE CAN TRUST THEM TO CUT CO2 EMISSIONS ANY DECADE NOW:  China is pumping tons of banned chemicals into the air.

MY FACE, SO SHOCKED. BEHOLD! IT IS FILLED WITH SHOCK:  Hillary’s Resistance Group Has Pocketed Millions From The DCCC.  It’s almost like it’s associated with Hilary Clinton!

AND THERE IS MY SHOCKED FACE AGAIN:  Dems Tied to Obama’s Pro-Iran ‘Echo Chamber’ Spread Terror Regime’s Anti-Trump Talking Points.

LIKE A LANDED FISH: Madam Speaker Flips and Flops on Impeachment.

LET’S FORGET EVERYTHING BUT MERIT. JUST MERIT:  SAT ‘Adversity Score’ Will Discriminate More, Not Less.

WATCH THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF MY SHOCKED FACE:  Avenatti Indicted, Accused Of Stealing Stormy’s Money.

WAS?  Comey Was a Commie? 

May 22, 2019

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