THE NEVERTRUMP GRIFTERS PROVIDE AN ENDLESS AMOUNT OF COMIC RELIEF. SEEN ON FACEBOOK:

I HAVE A PIECE ON LIBEL REFORM COMING OUT IN THE TENNESSEE LAW REVIEW THAT I THINK IS PRETTY INTERESTING. You can download it here. It was inspired by Clarence Thomas in the McKee v. Cosby case, and I expect the Supreme Court to revisit New York Times v. Sullivan in the not too distant future.

Download it early and often!

UPDATE: Is this some sort of academic coup-counting, people ask. Yes. I need about 300 more downloads to get me into the top 10 list on SSRN.

HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE? Marijuana may harm heart, experts say.

TO BE FAIR, BY ALL APPEARANCES THAT’S BEEN TRUE FOR THEIR ENTIRE LIVES: Aging baby boomers less sharp than their parents, study says.

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LOVE TO CUT YOU DOWN TO SIZE. WE LOVE DIRTY LAUNDRY: ESPN Host Posts Poll: Is It ‘Funny’ That First NBA Player Not To Kneel, An Ordained Christian Minister, Suffered Season-Ending Injury.

WHY NOT TAKE A BREAK FROM THE SERIOUS NEWS FOR A FEW MINUTES? Florida Man Friday: Supercharged Truck Attacker Goes Full T.J. Hooker.

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Great News! New Hampshire Has Made Flying Cars Road-Legal.

BUT ORANGE MAN WANTS US ALL DEAD OR SOMETHING: There’s a Mountain of Evidence That Hydroxychloroquine Is an Effective Treatment for COVID-19.

WAIT, I THOUGHT THE GREEN NUDE EEL WAS THE RELIGION SHE PRACTICED: No, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Not ‘The Future Of The Catholic Church.’

GREAT, NOW TAKE BACK THE HOUSE SO YOU CAN ACTUALLY PASS IT: Tom Cotton Introduces Campus Free-Speech Bill.

WELL, FOR STARTERS, IT’S VERY COLD THERE. Explaining glaciers of solid methane and nitrogen on Pluto.

THINK OF THE PRESS AS A PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE OPERATION AGAINST NORMAL AMERICANS AND YOU WON’T GO FAR WRONG: America’s Racialist Liberal Media.

CRYSTALS HAVE LATTICE STRUCTURES. PERHAPS YOU SHOULD TRY DILITHIUM. Spacecraft of the Future Could Be Powered By Lattice Confinement Fusion.

STUDENT FACES FINE, SUSPENSION FOR ZOOM BACKGROUND OF PRESIDENT TRUMP: He may also have to take a “social justice workshop” if Stockton U. finds him guilty. Man, I miss the days when college admins and other “elites” actually made an effort to disguise their contempt for others.

ROGER KIMBALL: Hidin’ Biden’s basement convention.

Related: “Biden” retreats: What I meant to say was that African-Americans are incredibly diverse, too. “Chances that Joe Biden actually wrote these tweets: <1%.”

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TROLL LEVEL POTUS DJT: Have You Seen the Trump Campaign’s 404 Error Page?

HMM: Native American stone tool technology unearthed in Yemen, Oman. “According to the paper’s authors, the technologies are separated by too much time and space to have been the result of cultural exchange. Instead, the latest discovery is an example of cultural convergence.”

FASTER, PLEASE: U.S. Adds 1.8 Million Jobs, Unemployment Drops to 10.2 Percent.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CORONAVIRUS EDITION: 20% Of Harvard’s First-Year Class Has Deferred. “Using estimates from Harvard’s reported class of 2023 – which counted 1,650 matriculates – this means that roughly 20% of first-year students have deferred from the top-ranked university in the country. Harvard had also anticipated 40% of their undergraduate population choosing to live on campus; they now expect only 25% based on the number of students who have accepted the invitation to do so. If these are the numbers for Harvard, it’s going to be a wild roller-coaster ride for higher education this year.”

S.G. CHEAH: Debunking The Myth Of “Why Billionaires Shouldn’t Exist.”

SCIENCE, UNSETTLED: Europe’s Top Health Officials Say Masks Aren’t Helpful in Beating COVID-19.

TOM MAGUIRE: Three Billboards Outside Sedalia, Missouri. “The Times acknowledges that enlisting Trump Country in outrage against the police is a tough sell but its nice of them to notice that class, as well as race, may play a role in who gets shot by the police. . . . I have not yet found a study tracking the police use of deadly force with educational attainment as well as race. My strong impression is that a thirty year old white guy in a suit and tie, or business casual, will fare better during a traffic stop than a thirty year old white guy with a denim jacket and neck tattoos.”

ISSUES & INSIGHTS: No Doubt About It: Democrats Are Part Of The Riot Problem. “The Democrats’ silence when asked to condemn Antifa violence is coming through louder than a deranged Joe Biden outburst on the campaign trail.”

MAYBE HE SHOULD ASK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HELP: Portland protesters cause mayhem again, police officer hurt: Protests in Portland, Oregon turned violent again even after the mayor pleaded with demonstrators to stay off the streets.

Portland’s nightly protests turned violent again even after the city’s mayor pleaded for demonstrators to stay off the streets and a police officer hit by a rock early Friday suffered what was described as a serious injury.

The protesters who came out Thursday night clashed with officers near a police precinct station and also used metal bars to disable police vehicles, police said in a statement.

The nightly clashes this week have ratcheted up tensions in the city after an agreement was reached last week between state and federal officials for federal agents to pull back from their defense of a federal courthouse that was prevously the focus of the protesters’ rage.

The strategy initially appeared to calm down the protesters, but violent demonstrations re-emerged on the streets this week, miles away from the courthouse – marking a new phase in the nightly protests for Portland that have happened since May 25, following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Tear gas was used by Portland police on protesters Wednesday for the first time since the U.S. agents left the city. On Thursday, Mayor Ted Wheeler warned the protesters clashing with police that “you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder.”

So much for the summer of love. But Portland’s mayor appears to be part of the general pivot on these protests, which must be hurting the Democrats badly.

NEWS I HOPE YOU CAN’T USE: The Cancel Culture Checklist. “Six signs that show you’re not just being criticized; you’re being canceled.”

A MAJOR CAVE TO TRUMP, AND A MAJOR BLOW TO THE TEACHERS’ UNION, WHICH HAS WILDLY OVERPLAYED ITS HAND: Andrew Cuomo says New York schools will open in the fall.

The Democrats’ internal polls on keeping schools closed must be awful, too.

HOW DO YOU KNOW THE URBAN INSURRECTION HAS FAILED? BECAUSE THE NYT, AFTER FLYING COVER FOR MONTHS, IS THROWING DEMOCRATIC MAYORS UNDER THE BUS: Abolish the Police? Those Who Survived the Chaos in Seattle Aren’t So Sure. What is it like when a city abandons a neighborhood and the police vanish? Business owners describe a harrowing experience of calling for help and being left all alone.

What follows is excellent reporting, a sign that the NYT can still do that if it wants to. But until today it hasn’t wanted to. The Democrats’ internal polling must be truly horrific. Excerpts:

Faizel Khan was being told by the news media and his own mayor that the protests in his hometown were peaceful, with “a block party atmosphere.”

But that was not what he saw through the windows of his Seattle coffee shop. He saw encampments overtaking the sidewalks. He saw roving bands of masked protesters smashing windows and looting.

Young white men wielding guns would harangue customers as well as Mr. Khan, a gay man of Middle Eastern descent who moved here from Texas so he could more comfortably be out. To get into his coffee shop, he sometimes had to seek the permission of self-appointed armed guards to cross a border they had erected.

“They barricaded us all in here,” Mr. Khan said. “And they were sitting in lawn chairs with guns.”

For 23 days in June, about six blocks in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood were claimed by left-wing demonstrators and declared police-free. Protesters hailed it as liberation — from police oppression, from white supremacy — and a catalyst for a national movement. . . .

Now a group of local businesses owners — including a locksmith, the owner of a tattoo parlor, a mechanic, the owners of a Mexican restaurant and Mr. Khan — is suing the city. The lawsuit claims that “Seattle’s unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood, leaving it unchecked by the police, unserved by fire and emergency health services, and inaccessible to the public” resulted in enormous property damage and lost revenue. . . .

The Seattle lawsuit — and interviews with shop owners in cities like Portland and Minneapolis — underscores a key question: Can businesses still rely on local governments, which are now rethinking the role of the police, to keep them safe? The issue is especially tense in Seattle, where the city government not only permitted the establishment of a police-free zone, but provided infrastructure like concrete barriers and portable toilets to sustain it.

Plus:

Many are nervous about speaking out lest they lend ammunition to a conservative critique of the Black Lives Matter movement. In Portland, Elizabeth Snow McDougall, the owner of Stevens-Ness legal printers, emphasized her support for the cause before describing the damage done to her business.

“One window broken, then another, then another, then another. Garbage to clean off the sidewalk in front of the store every morning. Urine to wash out of our doorway alcove. Graffiti to remove,” Ms. McDougall wrote in an email. “Costs to board up and later we’ll have costs to repair.”

The impact of the occupation on Cafe Argento, Mr. Khan’s coffee shop on Capitol Hill, has been devastating. Very few people braved the barricades set up by the armed occupiers to come in for his coffee and breakfast sandwiches. Cars coming to pick up food orders would turn around. At two points, he and his workers felt scared and called 911. “They said they would not come into CHOP,” said Mr. Khan, referring to one of the names that protesters gave to the occupied Capitol Hill area. “It was lawless.” . . .

He had to start chipping in for private security, a hard thing to do when his business had already been hurt by the coronavirus.

But he considers himself lucky — and he was. Even weeks after the protests, blocks of his previously bustling neighborhood remained boarded up and covered in shattered glass. Many business owners are scared to speak out, Mr. Khan said, because of worries that they would be targeted further.

And:

A confusing array of security teams wandered around, armed with handguns and rifles. Some wore official-looking private security uniforms. Others wore casual clothes and lanyards identifying their affiliation with Black Lives Matter. A third group wore all black with no identifying labels and declined to name their group affiliation.

When a tall man in a trench coat and hiking boots walked over to question Mr. Khan, the man spread his coat open, revealing several pistols on harnesses around his chest and waist. He presented a badge on a lanyard that read “Black Lives Matter Community Patrol.”

His name is Rick Hearns and he identified himself as a longtime security guard and mover who is now a Black Lives Matter community guard, in charge of several others. Local merchants pay for his protection, he said as he handed out his business card. (Mr. Khan said he and his neighbors are now paying thousands of dollars a month for protection from Iconic Global, a Washington State-based private security contractor.)

But even the guy asking for protection money is appalled:

Mr. Hearns has had bad experiences with the police in his own life. He says he wants police reform, but he was appalled by the violent tactics and rhetoric he witnessed during the occupation.

He blamed the destruction and looting on “opportunists,” but also said that much of the damage on Capitol Hill came from a distinct contingent of violent, armed white activists. “It’s antifa,” he said. “They don’t want to see the progress we’ve made. They want chaos.”

Many of the business owners on Capitol Hill agreed: Much of the violence they saw and the intimidation of their patrons came from a group these business owners identified as antifa, which they distinguished from the Black Lives Matter movement. “The idea of taking up the Black movement and turning it into a white occupation, it’s white privilege in its finest definition,” Mr. Khan said. “And that’s what they did.”

So InstaPundit readers have known this stuff for months, but people who got their news from the New York Times are only now catching up. Advantage: InstaPundit! But the real question is why is the NYT breaking its relative silence now? Again, I think the polls must be awful, and they’re readying a Biden law and order pivot.

SHE TOLD THE TRUTH, WHICH IS NOT WELCOMED IN THE WORLD OF PUBLIC EDUCATION: Georgia student suspended after posting a photo of a crowded school hallway says it was ‘good and necessary trouble.’ “A viral photo showing students in a Georgia high school crowded in hallways and with few visible masks resulted in the sophomore who posted it being suspended, she said.”

Weird that homeschooling is becoming so much more popular this year.

RICH NATIONS, MEANWHILE, TREAT IT AS ANATHEMA BECAUSE #ORANGEMANBAD: Hydroxychloroquine Helps Poor Nations Overcome COVID-19.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Lincoln Project Retroactively Endorses Obama.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Who will the Lincoln Project endorse next in their anti-Trump delirium?

Answer: Karl Marx, we’re pretty sure.

Before we get to the sordid details, a quick preview of today’s Wrap.

• Portland Mayor admits the obvious.

• A possible cure for lockdown fever: Math.

• Karens, defined.

And so much more, you’d have to be crazy to miss it.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE:

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