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October 23, 2018

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MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Blue Wave’s Biggest Weakness: Voters Reject Political Correctness By Huge Margins.

THE BIG LIE: Rahm Emanuel Says Justice Dept., Trump Trying to ‘Exaggerate’ Chicago’s Crime Problem. “Mayor sees ‘just a lot of political reasons that [Trump] tries to use it as an organizing tool for the rest of the Midwest’.”

Flashback: Chicago Murder Rates Down in 2017, But Still Shockingly High.

ELIZABETH WARREN HAS LOST HER WAY AND SO HAS THE IDENTITY POLITICS-OBSESSED LEFT:

The reduction of identity to percentages of a genome reminded me of another American who pledged to put his DNA results on the line as proof of his right place in the culture: Richard Spencer. He had expected a report of “white,” “white,” “white,” but ended up with something that has remained the subject of anxious jokes—of the kind that would require the combined talents of William Faulkner and Sigmund Freud to interpret—among Spencer and his fellow travelers. His DNA is only 99.5 percent of European origin. The other 0.5 percent includes African heritage and—to the tune of 0.1 percent—“Broadly East Asian and Native American” heritage, according to the report from 23andMe, which uses a methodology not directly comparable to Warren’s test.

When you follow an impulse that puts you in league with Richard Spencer, you have lost your way, and birds have eaten all the bread crumbs that could have led you back home. Only disaster can follow. Thank God the Cherokee Nation’s secretary of state made a statement about the test: Warren was guilty of “undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage,” and “DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship.”

Why, it’s like the alt-right and the elite institutional left are mirror images of each other. Who knew?

CHANGE: Former House Speaker John Boehner part of the American Cannabis Summit.

I DON’T THINK IT REALLY COUNTS UNLESS IT’S ACCOMPLISHED VIA GOVERNMENTAL COMPULSION: EPA cheers decline in U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions under Trump administration: U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions declined 2.7% in 2017.

#JOBSNOTMOBS: Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s California Office Vandalized.

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AND RETURN HIM SAFELY TO EARTH: NASA Tests Astronaut Survival Systems for Orion Splashdowns.

WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT EXPERTS: Anatomy Does Not Determine Gender, Experts Say.

PIERS MORGAN: The media hates him, Hollywood hates him but every hysterical piece of abuse they throw at him just makes Trump stronger and now the Democrats are heading for a midterms disaster.

America’s liberals will respond to the shock poll in the way they respond to all things Trump – with fury, incredulity and by sticking their collective heads in the sand.

‘HOW CAN THIS BE HAPPENING?’ they will wail, uncontrollably.

‘WHAT THE F**K IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE WHO LIKE HIM?’ they will howl into each other’s kale salads.

‘THIS IS THE END OF PLANET EARTH!’ they will sob, in their normal understated manner.

All of which will be music to the ears of Trump, a man who absolutely revels in liberal hysteria because he knows it works for him, as this new poll proves.

The more Trump-bashers scream abuse at and about him, the more it fires up his base – and indeed, the more it fires up Trump himself.

Trump’s secret weapon is no secret, but the Left can’t help themselves.

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SPENGLER: Letter to Chinese friends: We really are different. “Americans never will reconcile themselves to China’s lack of concern for individual rights, for its cruelty to so many of its citizens, and for the absence of mercy in its public affairs.”

More:

China is the world’s oldest living civilization and America is the youngest. How does a new civilization come to be in the first place? It must graft itself onto an older civilization. The American principle is that each individual is sacred, and therefore sovereign, with equal protection under the law and an equal say in governance. Ancient Israel is the wellspring of the American imagination, as I argued in a lecture to the Heritage Foundation in 2016. If China’s national epic is the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, America’s national epic is the King James Version of the Hebrew Bible. America was founded by dissenting Protestants for whom the history of Israel was a map to salvation. It was envisioned by English political theorists who projected a “Hebrew Republic” out of biblical as well as later rabbinic sources, at a time when the Jews had not yet returned to England after their 14th-century banishment, and the Jews were a tiny, scattered and apparently insignificant people.

Fascinating piece; well worth your time.

FINALLY: 12 days after hurricane, Verizon says Florida network is back to normal. Over a decade ago, efforts to make the cellular networks more reliable were blocked by the industry. Maybe it’s time to revisit that.

WINNING: Trump administration widens Obamacare escape hatch for red states.

YOU’LL TOTALLY BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT: Spanish-language network reporter reveals who is ‘infiltrating’ migrant caravan heading to US.

“The borders in Central American are not as strong as the U.S., which makes it possible for people from Panama and Ecuador to cross easily,” Santa Anna explained. “They cross from Costa Rica, then later go through Guatemala and eventually make it into our country.”

“Yesterday when we were traveling through Guatemala, we noticed people from El Salvador and even people from Bangladesh,” he continued.

“Can you imagine what they had to do to get here?” he said. “They infiltrated themselves in this caravan and tried to cross with the crowd. That would have benefited them greatly.”

This “caravan” is a national security concern, not an immigration issue.

WELL, THAT’S WHERE THE MONEY IS: Deficit Is Rising, So GOP Wants to Cut Social Security, Medicare.

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BUT I HAD BEEN ASSURED BY THE SMARTEST MAN EVER THAT WE COULDN’T DRILL OUR WAY TO LOWER ENERGY PRICES: American Energy: Making Oil Shocks History. “Potential supply disruptions no longer stir a national conversation on thermostats and speed limits. Since 2008, U.S. oil production has more than doubled, and this year, we likely become the world’s top oil producer, passing both Saudi Arabia and Russia. U.S. natural gas production has surged almost 50%, and also now leads the world. Abundant gas is making electricity cleaner and more affordable, and enabling a resurgence in manufacturing and the good-paying jobs that come with it. Energy exports are booming—the U.S. is on pace to become a net energy exporter by 2022, significantly improving our balance of trade. A reduced dependence on energy imports has enhanced national security and strengthened U.S. leverage in foreign relations.”

It can’t be stated often enough that restrictions on fracking mean restrictions on America’s independence, national security, and foreign policy.

THE SUPREME COURT HAS A CHANCE TO ENFORCE HELLER. Something it’s been pretty slack about.

IF YOU PLAY BALL, BALL, I’LL TAX THE FIELD: NFL Games in London Cause Headaches for Players — and a Tax Nightmare. “Players could end up paying 60 percent in income taxes on a single game plus an additional tax in the UK.”

NEW FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: A Council of Economic Advisers report on The Opportunity Costs of Socialism. As someone once said, they’re real, and they’re spectacular.

FASTER, PLEASE: The Caravan Means the Wall Will Be Built, Roger Simon writes.

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MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Blue Wave’s Biggest Weakness: Voters Reject Political Correctness By Huge Margins.

BOOK REVIEW: Warfare in Neolithic Europe: An Archeological and Anthropological Analysis, by Julian Maxwell Heath.

Archaeologist Heath, author of Warfare in Prehistoric Britain and other works, takes on the long-standing claim that Neolithic peoples were peaceful agriculturalists living in harmony with nature.

Heath’s book sounds a lot like Lawrence Keeley’s War Before Civilization (1996). And there is nothing wrong with that. There’s a link to Heath’s book at the end the review.

DON’T MEASURE THE CURTAINS JUST YET, LADY: Pelosi Argues She’s the Speaker Candidate Most ‘Appropriate for the Time.’

BUT DON’T YOU DARE CALL IT A MOB: Ex-Clinton adviser Philippe Reines says it’s OK to confront Republicans in public.

“The real thing to me,” Reines added, “[is] you have a Republican party who is giving aid and comfort to … white nationalists and they’ve become the party of white nationalists and all of their hatred. That’s a bigger deal to me than someone not getting their supper.”

You don’t have to wonder what Reines would say if it was his dinner that was ruined, and his wife who was hounded down the street.

IT BARELY QUALIFIES AS EVEN A FACADE: Kyrsten Sinema’s moderate facade wears thin.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Trump, Cruz Hug It Out at Raucous Houston Rally.

BUT OF COURSE: Roseanne Banned, Nasty Tom Arnold Thrives.

Christian Toto:

The comic actor is the star of “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes.” The VICELAND series has Arnold searching for video or audio that will end the Trump administration. So far, the search has come up empty.

That’s not stopping him, the show or media outlets from affording him copious press coverage. And then there’s the other side of Arnold.

His Twitter feed is a non-stop assault on President Trump. Nothing uncommon there. Arnold takes it a few steps further, though. He attacked fellow actor Dean Cain as “racist” and “anti-LGBT” recently for pitching his new film, “Gosnell,” at a Christian gathering. Arnold strongly suggested new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is a pedophile with zero proof to back up the claim.

Now, he’s threatening President Trump on social media.

Christian has screencaps of Arnold’s tweets, which would seem to violate Twitter’s Terms of Service. But the appeal to the company’s TOS has become, we shall say, more selective.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, DIVERSITY-PROBLEM EDITION: EXCLUSIVE REPORT: 100 percent of SMU administrators, 98.8 percent of faculty donate to Dems.

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Blue Wave’s Biggest Weakness: Voters Reject Political Correctness By Huge Margins.

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: The Caravan Continues and Much, Much More. “It looks like Mexico will not be stopping the caravan. On Monday, Trump told reporters on Air Force One there is no limit to how many troops he will send to the border.”

USA TODAY: President Trump’s approval rating hits new high as Democratic lead shrinks in tight races, poll says. Don’t get cocky, kids.

SIX REASONS REPUBLICANS SHOULD STILL WORRY ABOUT MIDTERMS: Things are definitely looking up with two weeks left before the 2018 midterms, but LifeZette’s Brendan Kirby points to some continuing realities.

Then go read Byron York’s excellent analysis for the Washington Examiner of the reconciliation of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. And finally check out Jim Antle’s lengthy look, also at WEX, at whether the president can seal the deal and save the GOP majorities come election day.

LEAVING THE QUEEN: A USMC F-35B takes off from the Royal Navy’s new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

THE WORLD’S OLDEST INTACT SHIPWRECK: In the Black Sea off Bulgaria and two kilometers down where “lack of oxygen at that depth preserved it, the researchers said.”

The ship is believed to have been a trading vessel of a type that researchers say has only previously been seen “on the side of ancient Greek pottery such as the ‘Siren Vase’ in the British Museum”.

Short article with excellent photos — worth reading.

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FREEDOM OF THE SEAS: Two Navy warships transit Taiwan Strait.

“USS Curtis Wilbur [DDG 54] and USS Antietam [CG 54] conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit on Oct 22, in accordance with international law. The ship transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows,” said U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Nate Christensen in an email to Navy Times.

Part of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, the Ticonderoga-class Antietam visited South Korea’s Jeju Island last week, following its maneuvers with Royal Thai Navy vessels in the South China Sea.

Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning said it “was certainly not the department’s intent to raise tensions” on Monday, adding that were was “coordination and contact with the appropriate nations” for the transit.

Beijing could use more reminders that their wealth is as dependent as ours is — if not more so — on free navigation of the world’s oceans.

I WISH OBAMA HAD BEEN SIMILARLY OBSESSED: Kudlow: Trump ‘obsessed’ with getting to 5% growth, explains ‘Trumponomics.’

Politicians are often asked what keeps them up at night. Typically the answers are scary.

Not so, apparently, with President Trump.

National Economic Council Chairman Larry Kudlow, one of President Trump’s top policy advisors and an architect of the 2017 tax cut, said that Trump stays awake because he is “obsessed” with rebuilding the U.S. economy and reaching 5 percent growth.

“I can tell you after a few months on the job, this man is indefatigable. Donald Trump doesn’t stop. He barely sleeps. It’s almost impossible to keep up with him. He is truly obsessed with restoring American greatness,” he wrote in the insider book Trumponomics, Inside the America First Plan to Get Our Economy Back on Track.

Kudlow’s foreword in the book by Stephen Moore and Arthur B. Laffer, his partners in the 2016 kitchen cabinet of Trump economic advisors, makes the case that while his tactics are unconventional in Washington, Trump is scoring big wins on the economy, trade, taxes and energy.

I think it’s scary to some people.

REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS: Pledging Allegiance to Diversity, and to the Tenure for Which It Stands. “Mathematicians who want tenure at UCLA have to do more than show a facility with numbers. They also have to pledge in writing a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity.”

I’M OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER WHEN DEMOCRATS CLAIMED TO BE AGAINST THIS KIND OF THING: Independent Committee Supporting Ellison Is Half Funded by Alexander Soros.

Although he does not give on the same scale as his father, Alexander Soros is still a significant donor to Democrat and progressive causes. The Washington Free Beacon reported in September that Alex had contributed almost $3 million to Democratic committees this election cycle.

Alex works as the deputy chair of the Open Society Foundations, a grant-making group that describes itself as working “to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.” The Open Society Foundations, meanwhile, receives the bulk of its funding from George Soros.

The independent expenditure committee, calling itself the People’s Lawyer PAC, has spent the bulk its funds on polling, some of which it has published on its website.

While the intent of the committee can not be known, publishing its own polling online appears to mirror tactics detailed in a report from Politico this June describing how independent expenditure committees and PACs can manage to legally coordinate with their candidate by publishing various media in the public domain, even though explicit coordination is supposed to be prohibited by law.

In other words: Don’t get caught being too obvious about it — whatever that means in practice. More generally speaking, vague laws aren’t written for the benefit of those trying to abide by them.

IF BEING BARRED FROM FACULTY MEETINGS IS A PUNISHMENT, I MAY BECOME A BULLY: Tenured Chaired Professor Barred From Faculty Meetings, Conferences For ‘Bullying’ His Colleagues.

Note, however, that they only go after these guys when they’re already on the way out.

YOU MEAN, ASIDE FROM THE TASTY SCHADENFREUDE? Here’s why Hillary Clinton losing her security clearance matters for the rest of us.

Frank Miniter:

Hillary Clinton should have lost her clearance back when the government found out she had classified information on her private servers. Actually, they should have done this even before that; she should have lost her security clearance when she left her public position, as secretary of state, for her private quest to get the nation’s top job.

What other employer allows former employees to access their networks? Companies commonly terminate employees email accounts and access before they even tell them they’ve been let go.

But this isn’t some private company. This is our federal government, an unfathomably large bureaucracy that has a lot of our personal information, top-secret data and so much more in its hands.

All of this should focus our attention yet again on how wide-open our government has allowed itself to become. While doing the research for my new book “Spies in Congress—Inside the Democrats’ Covered-Up Cyber Scandal” it became horrifyingly clear how open congressional offices are to insider threats.

For instance, the group of House IT aides who made up what amounted to a spy ring didn’t even have to undergo background checks to get their insider positions—jobs that allowed them to see and copy all of the emails and more from the members of Congress they worked for.

You’d be fair in thinking maybe this was by design.

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AMERICA’S LONGEST WAR (NATO’S, TOO): Apparent Insider Attack Kills Czech Member of U.S.-Led Coalition in Afghanistan.

The soldier was the fourth Czech service member killed as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization mission to Afghanistan since the Central European country’s parliament approved a plan in June to nearly double its forces in Afghanistan to 390.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday’s attack, which comes days after the bodyguard for the governor of the southern province of Kandahar opened fire on Afghan and U.S. officials following a meeting to discuss security preparations for Saturday’s parliamentary elections.

The Taliban, the country’s largest insurgency, said it was behind Thursday’s shooting spree in Kandahar, in which a top anti-Taliban security official and the provincial governor were killed.

“Initial reports indicate the attack was committed by a member of the Afghan security forces,” the coalition said on Monday, adding that two other coalition military personnel were wounded.

What a mess.

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CYBERSECURITY UPDATE: Super Micro reviewing its hardware in search for alleged Chinese spy chips.

“Despite the lack of proof that a malicious hardware chip exists, we are undertaking a complicated and time-consuming review to further address the article,” Super Micro advised to its customers in a letter. Included as part of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, the letter claims “We are confident that a recent article, alleging a malicious hardware chip was implanted during the manufacturing process of our motherboards, is wrong.”

“We trust you appreciate the difficulty of proving that something did not happen, even though the reporters have produced no affected motherboard or any such malicious hardware chip,” asserts Super Micro. “As we have said firmly, no one has shown us a motherboard containing any unauthorized hardware chip, we are not aware of any such unauthorized chip, and no government agency has alerted us to the existence of any unauthorized chip.”

Meanwhile: AWS CEO joins Apple’s Tim Cook in urging Bloomberg to retract its Chinese spy story.

JULIE KELLY: Kyrsten Sinema Reminds Us That Democrats Hate Housewives.

Just as Democrats try to woo suburban moms ahead of next month’s election, along comes Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to remind us how much the Left hates us.

Sinema is running against her Republican House colleague, Rep. Martha McSally, for the open seat vacated by retiring Arizona Senator Jeff Flake. The 42-year-old unmarried bisexual atheist lawyer with a Ph.D. in Justice Studies has some interesting views on life, as you might imagine.

She once wrote that capitalism poses a danger to Americans; she was an anti-war activist in the early 2000s—one of her protest groups distributed flyers portraying U.S. soldiers as skeletons with automatic rifles; she summoned witches to one anti-war stunt; and she mocks her own (adopted) home state as a “meth lab of democracy” whose residents are “crazy.”

Not exactly a winning campaign message when you’re running in Arizona.

But it’s her 2006 profane comments ridiculing stay-at-home moms that now pose a major problem for her party, and could very well cost her the election. Then-state representative Sinema questioned the feminist cred of women who don’t work outside the home and instead chose to care for their families. “These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they’re choosing to live that life,” Sinema said during an interview with a Scottsdale magazine. “That’s bullshit. I mean, what the f— are we really talking about here?”

All the Democrats had to do was not be crazy. . . .

TYLER O’NEIL: Oregon Bakers Who Lost Their Livelihood Over a Gay Wedding Cake Make Appeal to the Supreme Court. “Can a bureaucracy bankrupt a business for its unpopular beliefs?”

“Can” and “should” are two entirely different matters, but we know which way the outrage mob goes.

CAITLIN FLANAGIN: Elizabeth Warren Has Lost Her Way: Trump’s bullying so unnerved the senator that she resorted to a bizarre and tone-deaf move. It’s never “bullying” when it’s done to people on the right.

And there’s this: “But what other Republican politician could force a progressive senator with presidential ambitions to produce a fat dossier attesting to her own whiteness? Is she leading the resistance or trying to join the Savannah Junior League, circa 1952? The PDFs are intended, of course, as an ironclad rebuke to Trump’s claims about affirmative action, but given the way the left interprets race, might they just as easily be regarded as a testament to her own successful claim on white privilege? Becky goes to Harvard.”

AND HERE IS MY SHOCKED FACE AGAIN:  Independent Committee Supporting Ellison Is Half Funded by Alexander Soros.

IS THAT LIKE AN EMPTY CHAIR?  Housley debates empty lectern.

THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE:  Twitter: Yes to Ahmadinejad, no to the Gay Patriot.

IT’S A HOBBY WHILE SHE WAITS FOR THE MOTHERSHIP:  Occasional-Cortex Attempts to Write About Human Rights.

GOOD HEAVENS!  CUE “TRUMP CAUSES HURRICANES” MADNESS:  Cat5 #HurricaneWilla may stop migrant caravan as it slams Mexico.

OKAY, FINE, BUT IF WE ALSO GET A SUPER FLU, I’M GOING TO HAVE A TALK WITH JOHN RINGO:  Weak sun and El Nino events may create a colder and snowier than normal winter season in much of the eastern half of the USA.

SOMETIMES?  SOMETIMES?????   Why do Climate Advocates Sometimes Misrepresent What Skeptics Believe?  And the answer is, liberal privilege.  They get to fight enemies made entirely out of straw.

JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE A COBBLED TOGETHER BAND, DOESN’T MEAN THEY DIDN’T HAVE REALLY TRIVIA:  7 Amazing [But True] Facts About The Monkees.

WHY? SOME RECYCLING LAW?  UK urged to take back Islamic State ‘foreign fighters’.

THE IMPORTANT QUESTION NOW IS: IS FRANCE WHOLLY OWNED BY THE ONION?  French lawmaker proposes bill to outlaw mockery of accents.

October 22, 2018

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OPEN THREAD: Monday’s almost over.

NARRATOR: IT WAS, BUT THEY DIDN’T FIND THAT OUT UNTIL MUCH LATER. NASA Finds Perfectly Rectangular Iceberg In Antarctica As If It Was Deliberately Cut.

NEW CIVILITY WATCH: Democratic Challenger Drops F-Bomb During Debate in Pennsylvania Synagogue.

(Via Political Wire.)

AMERICA’S CAMP OF THE SAINTS PROBLEM: A vast caravan of unarmed poor migrants are walking* north towards the frontier. A far-right dystopian novel from 1973 foresaw the challenge.

Plus a related question and answer: Did a Univision reporter prove Donald Trump right about the migrant caravan?

Twitchy.com observes that earlier today, Trump tweeted:

Naturally, as Twitchy goes on to note, the DNC-MSM lost it at Trump’s reference to “Middle Easterners” in the caravan. But as Benny Johnson of the Daily Caller writes, “Bangladeshis Joined Migrant Caravan In Guatemala, Univision Correspondent Reports.”

* Who is organizing their support infrastructure?

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): If you really believe in the Russia collusion theory, isn’t it obvious that Putin is behind this as a way to bolster Trump? The real kicker will be when Trump meets them at the border with buses that take them directly to the homes of major Democrat donors in California.

ISN’T EVERYTHING? Got Racism? PETA Says Milk Is a Symbol for White Supremacists.

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BUT IT WAS ALL RIGHT, EVERYTHING WAS ALL RIGHT, THE STRUGGLE WAS FINISHED. HE HAD WON THE VICTORY OVER HIMSELF. HE LOVED BIG BROTHER. Arnold Schwarzenegger Apologizes for Using ‘Girlie Men’ Phrase 14 Years Ago.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Seven Things You’ve Forgotten About the Old Days of the Internet.

REST IN PEACE: The Passing of a WWII Hero: Joachim Ronneberg, 1919-2018. “He led the raid that destroyed the Nazis’ nuclear ambitions.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Myers-Briggs Is Bunk.

Related: Jung at Heart — Reviewing Carl Jung’s persistent hold on our attention.

THIS IS FROM A FEW MONTHS AGO, BUT I HAD MISSED IT: The New York Subway System Is Beyond Repair.

The New York City subway is a miracle, especially at 3 a.m. on a Friday night. But the system is also falling apart, and it’s going to cost billions to keep the old trains running: $19 billion, at least according to one estimate from city planners. The time has come to give up on the 19th-century idea of public transportation, and leap for the autonomous future.

Right now, fully autonomous cars are rolling around Pittsburgh, the San Francisco Bay area, and parts of Michigan, shuttling people from here to there with minimal manual intervention. Instead of fixing the old trains, let’s rip out the tracks and fill the tunnels with fleets of autonomous vehicles running on pavement. The result would be radical improvements in throughput while saving money and increasing the ability of the system to survive a fire, flood, or terrorist attack.

These subterranean highways would be dramatically simpler than public roadways for an autonomous artificially intelligent system because the tunnels could be limited to authorized vehicles only. No jaywalkers on cellphones. No babies in runaway carriages. Just a collection of competing fleets, centrally orchestrated and offering different levels of service to different groups at different prices.

Yes, but would this offer sufficient opportunities for graft?

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Would Traveling Back In Time Destroy The Universe?

MICHAEL WALSH: Trump’s Merkel Moment — and Ours.

QUESTION ASKED: Why Would the Washington Post Hire Someone Like Jamal Khashoggi?

SPACE: NASA issues call for payloads to go on commercial lunar landers.

NOW READING JOHN CARR’S Falkenberg prequel. So far it’s good, but I really wanted a sequel from Jerry Pournelle. He had one mostly finished and I understand the kids were going to get it out, but no word on how that’s going.

UPDATE: My mistake, I misremembered a conversation I’d had with Alex Pournelle. There’s no Falkenberg sequel. It’s a Janissaries sequel, and it’ll be coming out from Baen. There are also a couple of other books in the pipeline, but no Falkenberg, alas. The Carr book’s good, though!

JUST NBC THE BLOODY OBVIOUS: TWITTER IS REVEALING THAT JOURNALISTS ARE MOSTLY LEFT-WING.

Dylan Byers has a piece for NBC News which argues that Twitter is a “minefield” for journalists. Why? Because it often unintentionally reveals that so many of them are left-wing. Byers kicks off the piece with a look at a recent tweet from Politico Editor-in-chief John Harris. I wrote about this story last week. In case you missed it, Harris tweeted this:

The link above is to John Sexton at Hot Air. In his article at NBC, Byers goes on to note:

It also served as a reminder of the perils journalists face on Twitter, where there is a temptation to stray from reporting and share jokes and opinions. One errant observation, or an improperly worded thought, and journalists can find that they’ve inadvertently exposed their own biases to the world — and caused a firestorm in the process.

Hard to believe that in 2018, a journalist is still arguing that his profession strives to be “objective.”

ZOOM: This Is the Quickest Street-Legal Toyota Supra on the Planet. “Drag Week is a competition where entrants must drive their cars from drag strip to drag strip, competing without the assistance of trailers or other cars. Often times, competitors will tow a small trailer full of tools and parts behind their race car, which is pretty bizarre to see. It’s fun to watch, though, and impressive to see how a purpose-built dragster handles being driven so far outside its normal habitat. Despite being street legal, Castillo’s Supra is still monstrously quick. It’s able to lay down seven-second quarter-mile times, struggling to grip the surface with those massive drag slicks.”

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YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO TALK ABOUT THAT: The new taboo: More people regret sex change and want to ‘detransition’, surgeon says.

LIZ SHELD: Poll Shows Strong Public Support for Cigarette Alternatives.

YOU THOUGHT THE SCIENCE WAS SETTLED: We’ve Been Misled About Exercise’s Role in Weight Loss, a Doctor Explains. “Exercise remains the most common practice among nationally tracked persons who are able to maintain weight loss over time. In fact, 90 percent of people who lose significant weight and keep it off exercise at least one hour a day, on average.”

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MICE GET ALL THE BEST STUFF FIRST: First esophagus grown from stem cells transplanted into mice.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO, UM, WHATEVER THIS IS: “A ball-busting female boss at a Brooklyn precinct is under investigation for allegedly stuffing a pair of her panties into a male colleague’s mouth, police sources told The Post on Monday.”

Plus: “She has been on social media spouting man-hating rhetoric about fellow sergeants having ‘little d–ks.’”

SCRAPPLEFACE: Migrant Caravan Goes Home as Trump Buys Honduras.

THE “EPIDEMIC” ISN’T BEING SPREAD BY THE KNIVES: British Trauma Doctors Reveal Horror of Knife Crime ‘Epidemic.’