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February 19, 2019

IT’S SATIRE, BUT IS IT REALLY? Jussie Smollett Offered Job At CNN After Fabricating News Story Out Of Thin Air.

In all seriousness, Smollett’s continued career as an actor is likely now assured, as his stunt was aimed at all the people Hollywood hates. Just ask Alec Baldwin, who has worked steadily for 20 years, despite his own myriad issues.

TO BE FAIR, PARENTHOOD IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN “GENDER BALANCE:” Parenthood contributes to gender imbalance in STEM employment, but it’s not just an issue for mother.

ACROBATIC COVERING FIRE IN OMAN, CLIFFHANGER VERSION: A soldier from 2nd Battalion, 198th Armored Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Mississippi National Guard, readies his position for cover fire as part of a team movement drill in Exercise Inferno Creek 19. His team is moving through a wadi in Rabkoot, Oman. The soldier’s overwatch position is high risk but his perch may be the best spot to cover soldiers moving forward on the wadi’s floor. I’m guessing he can observe a valley twist or two his squad mates have to negotiate. Photo was snapped Jan. 28, 2019.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Australia’s Obsession With Hopelessly Intermittent Wind & Solar Wrecking Entire Power Grid.

Australians once enjoyed affordable power, reliably delivered: the chaotic delivery of wind and solar changed all that. Australian power prices have rocketed out-of-control: its wind and solar power capital, South Australia pays the highest electricity prices, in the world.

Mass power cuts (aka load shedding and demand management) and mass blackouts are the new normal. And yet, the lunatics responsible are hell-bent on doubling down to deliver the final and fatal blow to Australia’s Eastern Grid (geographically, the largest interconnected power grid on the planet).

As Jo Nova explains, electricity generation and delivery is a finely balanced thing; and the sudden massive surges and collapses that are part and parcel of wind and solar generation are taking their toll, with much worse to come.

Any Rand didn’t write The Return of The Primitive as a how-to guide.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Gender transition hormone therapy may increase cardiovascular risk.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update.

RUN ALL THE CANDIDATES? The Bernie backlash has already begun.

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THE BOSTON HERALD EDITORIALIZES ON SMOLLET AND THE MEDIA: Alleged Chicago hate crime hoax a bad look for many.

As Jussie Smollett’s account of his alleged assault falls apart, it is important to note that politicians, the media and influential voices did their best to fan the flames of outrage, based on nothing but the dark premise that conservatives and Trump supporters are evil.

It is astounding that so many reputable people took Smollett’s fantastical account seriously. Certainly, hate crimes based on race and sexual orientation are a very real thing, but the details surrounding this particular episode centered around a lampoonish representation of a Trump-era bigot.

It was a flimsy yarn from the outset, which only became more precarious with each passing day. That didn’t stop those most deeply invested in the narrative of Evil Trump to jump into action.

Presidential hopefuls Cory Booker and Kamala Harris each labeled the supposed attack a “modern-day lynching,” with Harris adding that, “We must confront this hate.”

Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted, “This is a sickening and outrageous attack, and horribly, it’s the latest of too many hate crimes against LGBTQ people and people of color. We are all responsible for condemning this behavior and every person who enables or normalizes it …”

Joe Biden tweeted, “What happened today to @JussieSmollett must never be tolerated in this country. We must stand up and demand that we no longer give this hate safe harbor; that homophobia and racism have no place on our streets or in our hearts. We are with you, Jussie.”

It wasn’t only those with presidential aspirations who weighed-in, Democratic-Socialist superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez railed against news accounts that qualified their reporting. “There is no such thing as ‘racially charged,’ She tweeted. “This attack was not ‘possibly’ homophobic. It was a racist and homophobic attack … It is no one’s job to water down or sugar-coat the rise of hate crimes.”

Another freshman congressman, Rashida Tlaib, tweeted, “The dangerous lies spewing from the right wing is killing & hurting our people.”

Not to be outdone, Hollywood notables also reacted as expected. Director Rob Reiner tweeted, “The horrific attack on Jussie Smollett has no place in a decent human loving society. Homophobia existed before Trump, but there is no question that since he has injected his hatred into the American bloodstream, we are less decent, less human, & less loving. No intolerance! No DT!”

The media has comported itself badly as well. Almost immediately after getting the Covington Catholic story so wrong, many in the news industry immediately accepted the Smollett story as true.

Astonishingly, a Washington Post writer named Nana Efua Mumford wrote this: “If Smollett’s story is found to be untrue … The incident would be touted as proof that there is a leftist conspiracy to cast Trump supporters as violent, murderous racists. It would be the very embodiment of ‘fake news.’ And that reason, more than any other, is why I need this story to be true.”

In other words, Trump supporters are violent, murderous racists. That dark premise is a lie, fake news and untrue. Let us hope one half of the country can correct their horrifically jaded view of the other half before we lose ourselves.

Hope is not a plan.

FINE, AS LONG AS YOU CAN BYPASS ALL THAT WITH A SWITCH WHEN THEY’RE HACKED: The Army’s Next Infantry Guns Will Have Computerized Fire Control for Unreal Accuracy.

WHY THE COURTS WON’T SAVE CONGRESS FROM ITSELF: Or, why the President will win the wall fight – “Congress has been heading to hell for decades, and it is a bit late to complain about the destination.”

ADMIT MORE PEOPLE TO MED SCHOOL? Oncologist Burnout, Increasing Workloads: What to Do?

I’M JUST GONNA GO AHEAD AND JUDGE HER BY THE FRIENDS SHE MAKES: Farrakhan Praises Omar for Anti-Semitic Language: ‘You Have Nothing to Apologize For.’

UH-HUH: Maduro regime rejects aid, claims it’s sending food to Colombia.

Sending it to Colombian merchants in exchange for US dollars the regime needs to stay alive, maybe. Or perhaps the food aid will be withheld from starving enemies of the state and awarded to well-fed friends of the regime — in fine, old socialist tradition.

THE STORY HAS VANISHED FROM THE HEADLINES, BUT HE’S STILL THERE — AND SO IS SHE: VA Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax rape accuser Meredith Watson: “I’m willing to testify in public.”

DONALD TRUMP: “The Twilight Hour of Socialism.” John Hinderaker: “It is a gloriously Reaganite speech; it is a great speech. In it Trump stands for freedom against the forces of socialism, tyranny and immiseration.”

SOUNDS SCAMMY: What Happened When I Bought A House With Solar Panels.

IT’S ALMOST LIKE AUTOMOBILITY IS CONVENIENT OR SOMETHING: Desperate handwringing in Cambridge, Mass., today as its residents just won’t do what they are supposed to do and give up their cars for public transport.

LYING LIAR OBFUSCATES ABOUT LYING: McCabe Gets Weird on NPR, Refuses to Answer About Lying Under Oath.

NPR’s Morning Edition on Monday split its Andrew McCabe interview into two segments. On the home page they were promoting Russiagate: “Andrew McCabe, Ex-FBI Deputy, Describes ‘Remarkable’ Number Of Trump-Russia Contacts.” On air, that segment never mentioned his lying under oath to the FBI. There was a second segment simply titled “Andrew McCabe Discusses His Firing.” McCabe’s answers were often refusals to answer, which Inskeep spun as “exceptionally careful.” Kudos to NPR for trying to explore it, briefly.

I wouldn’t have expected even that much from NPR. Kudos, indeed.

LIKE, BASICALLY ALL OF THEM? HERE’S A LIST OF HOAX ‘HATE CRIMES’ IN THE TRUMP ERA.

“ARE CORPORATIONS PEOPLE?” IS NOT THE RIGHT QUESTION: At SSRN, my review of Adam Winkler’s We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights.

As the review details, the book has its pluses and minuses, but establishes a fact that many readers, especially on the left, will find surprising and counter-intuitive: when courts hold that corporations are “people” for constitutional purposes, they generally do so to limit corporate rights. In Citizens United and other cases in which corporations’ constitutional rights have been established, the Court is protecting the rights of the corporations’ human owners, not the corporation itself.

Bonus factoid: The supposedly “reactionary” pre-New Deal “Lochner Court” tried to limit corporations’ ability to assert constitutional rights, but the “liberal” New Deal Court, keen to broaden first amendment protections for corporate-owned newspapers, expanded them.

WHEN THE PARASITE BEGINS CONSUMING THE HOST: Illinois may tax private retirement funds to pay public worker pensions.

MORE, MORE, MORE: Ocasio-Cortez to Bill Gates: ‘I’m All Ears’ for Better Ideas to Tax Rich. “In a recent interview, Gates said her tax plan is too ‘extreme’.”

CONCERN TROLLS: Masked Protesters ‘Occupy’ Border Patrol Museum in El Paso, Deface Fallen Agent Memorial. “F*ck your walls, f*ck your borders, we won’t take your f*cking orders!”

IT FEELS WEIRD THAT I HAVE TO KEEP SAYING THIS, BUT I GUESS I DO, SINCE PEOPLE KEEP GETTING IT WRONG: A fairly recent report of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights asserted that schools in poor and minority neighborhoods receive less money than other schools.  As I think I showed in my dissent to the report, the truth is different: Schools at both the high and low ends tend to get more resources; it’s those in the middle that tend to get less.

One could argue that schools with low-income students need more resources than schools with middle-class students. But it would be nice to have an honest debate about that rather than one full of misinformation designed to outrage people.

I GUESS REDUCING TAXES AND REGULATIONS THAT ARE KILLING THE LEGAL INDUSTRY IS OFF THE TABLE: California’s black market for pot is stifling legal sales. Now the governor wants to step up enforcement.

ON THE WHISKEY POLITICS PODCAST, I talk about Twitter, McCabe, AOC, and Racist Chickens Coming Home to Roost. My reference to Trump’s media style as “double-shotted with grape for good measure” is an Alexander Kent tribute. (Bumped).

UPDATE: I am informed in the comments that I look “older and less fat” in this video. Well, in fact, I am both. Older every year, for some reason, in fact. On the upside, I can now wear 33-waist jeans, which I last did in law school, and when I was in law school I weighed 160, or about 50 pounds less than I do now, so I’m calling that a win, at least.

WHEN TRUMP IS CRITICIZED OVER AT AMERICAN GREATNESS, TAKE NOTE: Chris Buskirk: Trump Promised A Wall And Delivered An Amnesty.

WHITE WOMEN: THREAT, OR MENACE? Prof: White women have gone from slave owners … to Trump supporters.

RECYCLING: Nissan gives EV batteries a second life powering camping trailers.

Nissan’s battery recycling solution is made possible by a device the company created called Roam. It’s a small cube that is packed with the lithium-ion battery cells pulled from first-generation Nissan vehicles and can be hooked up to an Air Opus trailer. Roam can store up to 700Wh of electricity and offers 1kW of electrical output — enough to power devices, small appliances, and the onboard lights and heating system in the trailer. Nissan claims that when the battery is combined with a 400W solar panel, it can provide power to the trailer for a week without interruption. The battery can also be recharged in just one hour when plugged into a 230-volt power outlet.

Clever.

IT’S SATIRE, BUT IS IT REALLY? Amy Klobuchar Pledges To Fight Everyday Americans.

As Fred Siegel wrote in his 2014 history of the American left, The Revolt Against the Masses:

The best short credo of liberalism came from the pen of the once canonical left-wing literary historian Vernon Parrington in the late 1920s. “Rid society of the dictatorship of the middle class,” Parrington insisted, referring to both democracy and capitalism, “and the artist and the scientist will erect in America a civilization that may become, what civilization was in earlier days, a thing to be respected.” Alienated from middle-class American life, liberalism drew on an idealized image of “organic” pre-modern folkways and rhapsodized about a future harmony that would reestablish the proper hierarchy of virtue in a post-bourgeois, post-democratic world.

Just ask former President Obama, whose entire administration seemed devoted to flipping von Clausewitz’s axiom about war on its head, viewing American politics as the continuation of warfare by other means.

COLD WAR II: With or without trade war deal, disputes between China and US set to intensify, says Beijing commentator.

As part of China’s reform and opening up initiative, the state had generally retreated from the market and economy in the period from 1978 to 2008, But since then, the state has made a comeback and altered the direction of China’s economic underpinnings.

China’s political and economic elites observed the global financial crisis in 2008 and concluded that China’s model of government intervention and state-owned economy system might be superior to the Washington-led western model of free enterprise. In other words, Beijing’s confidence in the so-called China model reached its peak.

It’s interesting that Beijing thinks that what happened in 2007-08 was due to an excess of capitalism, rather than the near-inevitable result of heavy-handed government tinkering with banking and currency, the finance markets, and home-ownership.

Which leads to this:

So when the US raised the issue of structural reform in the current trade talks – essentially asking China to give up the state’s grip on capital, business and technology – Beijing found it very hard to swallow.

I wish we’d take our own advice.

FIGHT SEXISM BY EXCLUDING THOSE ICKY MEN: Only women, transgenders are allowed in GW debate tournament.

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Rosenstein out in March and much, much more. “Why is Mr. 25th amendment Rosenstein still hanging around the DOJ? The good news is he is supposed to be out by mid-March.”

HOW’S THAT SPACE PROGRAM COMING ALONG? Large Asteroid Will Make Close Approach To Earth Today.

GREAT AGAIN:

TOM MAGUIRE: GA House Speaker David Ralston And The Silence of the Dogs.

WHEN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT THINKS IT’S OKAY TO GO AFTER PEOPLE FOR “SPEAKING IN A DEROGATORY WAY ABOUT OUR INVESTIGATIVE EFFORTS.”

MY COMMENT: WHY DON’T THEY WEIGHT SSRN RANKINGS? Law Prof Commentary On The U.S. News Faculty Scholarly Impact Rankings.

REPUBLICANS POUNCE! Left-Leaning Media Runs Interference For Jussie Smollett.

SALENA ZITO: The populist sledgehammer kills Amazon jobs that Middle America would love to have.

Tito Brown can’t imagine driving a perfectly good thing out of a town that hasn’t had a perfectly good thing come its way in a very long time.

At least, a perfectly good thing the size and scope of the Amazon headquarters that ideological politics drove out of Long Island City on Thursday, when Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., danced on the grave of the deal as Amazon walked away from the New York project.

Brown doesn’t really get that. He governs a city with a declining population, a 40 percent poverty rate, and would welcome the opportunity for a project such as Amazon to have considered locating here.

“Oh, any time I can get regional and/or economic growth in my community, I would absolutely want that here,” he said. “It’s budget time.”

Ocasio-Cortez, who has become the leader of the left-wing insurgency within the Democratic Party, slammed the plan in a tweet the moment it was announced in mid-November last year.

She initially said the response to the Amazon announcement from her constituents was outrage, arguing that the tax breaks Amazon would receive should be spent by city and state officials on the subway system and communities instead of billion-dollar corporations.

Which isn’t how tax breaks work. It’s not like there is a pile of money they would hand to Amazon that could have been spent on the subway system, but that is a story for a different day.

What this moment signifies in the Democratic Party is one that has been in existence for several years, but the party establishment and ruling class have been unwilling to face: the leftist populism punching up to take the reins of the party.

And this “populism” doesn’t represent the actual working classes, but the credentialed virtuecrats of the “helping professions” and government bureaucracies. It is the same lower-tier New Class constituency that fueled the Occupy Movement. As Kenneth Anderson wrote: “It’s not populism versus the bankers so much as internecine warfare between two tiers of elites.” In fact, the AOC-style “populism” can be seen as an intensification of that New Class civil war.

Related: Democrats are tearing themselves apart over Amazon.

UPDATE: I really think that the intra-Left class warfare here is fascinating, and offers a significant opportunity to Republicans. Folks in the comments, however, seem interested in other things.

POTEMKIN MISSILE: Russia Tried to Con the World With Bogus Missile. “The Russians hyped a cruise missile launch earlier this year. But a briefing by the CIA and a second agency determined that it was essentially a hoax.”

The alleged Russian misdirection came just days before the United States announced that it would withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty—the treaty that Russia violated, in the U.S. view.

Almost nothing Russia showed off to support its claims at that press conference had anything to do with the missile the U.S. is most interested in, according to an assessment briefing put together by the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

Earlier this month, those two U.S. intelligence agencies determined that the cruise missile canisters and launch vehicle the Russian Ministry of Defense publicly showed at the briefing were not related to the missile that the United States has argued since 2014 violates the 1987 treaty, The Daily Beast has learned.

Helmut Kohl and Margaret Thatcher stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Ronald Reagan on putting Pershing II intermediate-range missiles into Europe — a move which forced the Soviets to agree to the INF treaty getting rid of everyone’s IRBMs. It’s difficult imagining Western Europe’s current leadership doing anything of the sort.

OVER AT VOLOKH, Everything you wanted to know about anti-BDS laws, part I.

Key point: State laws that require state contractors to certify that they don’t boycott Israel-related companies and individuals are not unconstitutional infringements of freedom of speech under existing Supreme Court precedent, and it’s not a close call. Rightly or wrongly, a string of Supreme Court precedents hold that refusals to deal, even for ideological reasons, are not considered speech.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the ACLU’s jihad against anti-BDS laws is that it’s willing to risk undermining antidiscrimination laws if that’s necessary to take down the anti-BDS laws. The national ACLU has become a far left organization, and the far left’s pathological hatred of Israel overrides other considerations.

A RACIST HAT THAT PROMOTES VIOLENCE: “It reads ‘KAMALA.'”

ED POSTED A LINK YESTERDAY, but Victor Davis Hanson’s Anatomy of a Dead Coup is a terrific summing up of all the Deep State machinations against Trump to date.

CHOOSING SIDES IN THE CULTURE WAR: Surge in Ivy League anti-Trump courses, ‘imminent apocalypse,’ ‘fascism.’ If any of that were true, of course, they’d be afraid to teach those courses.

FASTER, PLEASE: Mulvaney told Trump officials their ‘highest priority’ will be deregulation.

HELL, I’M JUST SURPRISED SHE WAS ASKED AT ALL: Kamala Harris is terribly awkward when asked about Jussie Smollett. “She giggled in response to the idea of lynching!

WHY SOME PEOPLE CHEER WHEN “JOURNALISTS” ARE LAID OFF: On January 29, Two Hate Crimes Occurred. The Media Only Covered The Fake One. Here’s Why.

COMMUNIST FRONT CORPORATION: How Huawei Targets Apple Trade Secrets.

Not just Apple:

Huawei, which recently surpassed Apple to become the world’s second-biggest smartphone maker, has been at the center of a trade fight between the U.S. and China amid accusations by U.S. authorities that Huawei steals technology. In January, the U.S. Justice Department unsealed an indictment accusing Huawei of pilfering trade secrets from wireless carrier T-Mobile USA.

U.S. companies such as Cisco Systems and Motorola have made similar claims against Huawei in civil lawsuits. Earlier this month, Chicago-based Akhan Semiconductor, which makes durable smartphone glass, said it cooperated with a federal investigation into theft of its intellectual property by Huawei. Akhan claims Huawei used the prospect of a business relationship to acquire samples of its glass, which Huawei then took apart and studied.

The Justice Department said Huawei had a formal program that rewarded employees for stealing information, with bonuses that increased based on the confidential value of the information. Huawei employees were encouraged to post stolen information on an internal company website, and they were also given an email address where they could send the information, which was then reviewed by what was known internally as the “competition management group.” Huawei assured employees they wouldn’t be punished for taking such action, the indictment said.

Other smartphone makers have accused each other of intellectual property theft. Most famously, Apple successfully sued Samsung for copying its products. But the accusations against Huawei suggest a more brazen and elaborate system of seeking out secret information.

Beijing’s unspoken pitch to Western busines interests has always been, “We’ll steal less IP from you than access to our consumers and workforce is worth.” But they’re really pushing it.

THEY TOLD ME IF TRUMP WERE ELECTED WE’D SEE RELIGIOUS TESTS FOR PUBLIC OFFICE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Left To State Supreme Court Candidate: You Can’t Be A Good Judge Because You’re A Christian.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Stupid Midwesterners Don’t Understand AOC’s Job-Killing Joy.

AND LESS AND LESS RELEVANT OR COMPELLING: Woke Capitalism On The March: Corporate Ads Are Getting Thirstier And Thirstier. Remember, wokeness is a positional good. There’s never any such thing as being “woke enough,” one must always be more woke than the last woke hero.

OH, DEAR, DEAR LORD:  How Brie Larson Can Really Impact Diversity.

THE FIFTH COLUMN MARCHES ON:  Dems Oppose Bill Alerting ICE To Illegal Immigrants Trying To Buy Guns.

AN INTERESTING CONCEPT:  Hormesis and Government.  And no, hormesis is not a synonym for horsh*t you phillistines.

DON’T THINK OF IT AS DEFACING. THINK OF IT AS TRUTH IN ADVERTISING:  I Disapprove of Dismantling Monuments, But…

MS. LOGAN SHOULD TAKE BACK HER INSULT TO HONEST HORSE SH*T WHICH IS AT LEAST USEFUL AS FERTILIZER:  “That’s Not Journalism, That’s Horseshit”.

CRY BULLIES. WE HAVE THE MOST WHINY RULING CLASS EVER. THEY MANAGE TO BE DESPOTIC AND TIRESOME BOTH. HARD TO ACHIEVE:  Whiny feminism on display.

OH, DEAR LORD: Liawatha Warren Says Officials Can Use 25th Amendment On Pres.

THEY KEEP TRYING TO ERECT IT, AND IT KEEPS COLLAPSING THROUGH LACK OF MORTAR. OR REALITY. OR SENSE. AND THE REST OF US ARE GETTING TIRED OF THIS:  On the Collapse of a National Narrative.

#METOO GOT FAR ENOUGH AND RIDICULOUS ENOUGH IT NOW PROVIDES COVER FOR THE REALLY BAD ABUSERS. IT’S THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF EFFECT. OR IF YOU PREFER THE JUSSIE WHO CRIED MAGA EFFECT:  Casey Affleck’s continued success proves Hollywood’s hypocrisy.

February 18, 2019

ANTISOCIAL MEDIA: Censored: Facebook Bans Conservative Articles on Jussie Smollett Hate Hoax.

HE’D BE WISE TO LAWYER UP, TOO: Rosenstein Will Leave Justice Department.

Related:

OPEN THREAD: Make it special.

OR, AT LEAST, THEY PRETENDED TO BELIEVE, BECAUSE IT ADVANCED THE NARRATIVE:

Plus:

FASTER, PLEASE: Japan approves test of iPS cells for treating spinal injuries. “Japanese scientists will test the use of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to treat spinal cord injuries, a health ministry panel that approved the research project said on Monday.”

NOW OUT FROM MICHAEL ANTON: After the Flight 93 Election: The Vote that Saved America and What We Still Have to Lose.

WEIRD, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE ONLY HAD THE HOUSE FOR A MONTH: Gallup: Record High Name Government as Most Important Problem.

Gallup has asked Americans what they felt was the most important problem facing the country since 1939 and has regularly compiled mentions of the government since 1964. Prior to 2001, the highest percentage mentioning government was 26% during the Watergate scandal. Thus, the current measure is the highest in at least 55 years.

The current percentage of Americans naming government as the most important problem is nearly twice as high as the 18% recorded in November.

Gallup blames the shutdown, but I’m not so sure about that.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: British investigators: Facebook intentionally violated data privacy laws.

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IT’S SATIRE, BUT IS IT REALLY? Nation’s Liberals Devastated After Learning Hate Crime Didn’t Actually Happen.

CBS’S LARA LOGAN CALLS MEDIA ‘MOSTLY LIBERAL’ IN SCORCHED EARTH INTERVIEW: I’M COMMITTING ‘PROFESSIONAL SUICIDE.’

Why is that? As the Washington Post noted in 2006, even Bill Clinton admitted this was true:

…[Bill Clinton] said Democrats of his generation tend to be naive about new media realities. There is an expectation among Democrats that establishment old media organizations are de facto allies — and will rebut political accusations and serve as referees on new-media excesses.

“We’re all that way, and I think a part of it is we grew up in the ’60s and the press led us against the war and the press led us on civil rights and the press led us on Watergate,” Clinton said. “Those of us of a certain age grew up with this almost unrealistic set of expectations.”

Almost…

GOLDMAN SACHS ASKS: Is Curing People A Sustainable Business Model?

The potential to deliver ‘one shot cures’ is one of the most attractive aspects of gene therapy, genetically-engineered cell therapy and gene editing. However, such treatments offer a very different outlook with regard to recurring revenue versus chronic therapies,” analyst Salveen Richter wrote in the note to clients Tuesday. “While this proposition carries tremendous value for patients and society, it could represent a challenge for genome medicine developers looking for sustained cash flow.”

Richter cited Gilead Sciences’ treatments for hepatitis C, which achieved cure rates of more than 90 percent. The company’s U.S. sales for these hepatitis C treatments peaked at $12.5 billion in 2015, but have been falling ever since. Goldman estimates the U.S. sales for these treatments will be less than $4 billion this year, according to a table in the report. “GILD is a case in point, where the success of its hepatitis C franchise has gradually exhausted the available pool of treatable patients,” the analyst wrote.

It’s all a matter of pricing, though don’t expect the “activists” to understand, or care, about that.

TYLER O’NEIL: Facebook Bans Conservative Articles on Jussie Smollett Hate Hoax. “You’re not allowed to say that Jussie Smollett carried out a hate hoax.”

In the old-school blogosphere, freedom of speech still is free — in both senses.

THEY’RE BACK! HOUSE DEMS PLANNING EARMARK RESTORATION: You knew they would as soon as they got back in power. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Nita Lowey (D-NY) think bringing back “directed congressional spending” is just a dandy idea. They must have some new bridges to nowhere to fund.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Will History Survive?

The news that the University of Notre Dame, responding to complaints by some students, would ‘shroud’ its 12 134-year-old murals depicting Christopher Columbus was disappointing. It was not surprising, however, to anyone who has been paying attention to the widespread attack on America’s past wherever social justice warriors congregate.

Notre Dame may not be particularly friendly to its Catholic heritage, but its president, the Rev. John Jenkins, demonstrated that it remains true to its jesuitical (if not, quite, its Jesuit) inheritance. Queried about the censorship, he said, apparently without irony, that his decision to cover the murals was not intended to conceal anything, but rather to tell ‘the full story’ of Columbus’s activities.

Welcome to the new Orwellian world where censorship is free speech and we respect the past by attempting to elide it.

Read the whole thing.

BLOCKING INSTAPUNDIT ON SOUTHWEST AIRLINES’ WIFI? Reader Matthew Elias emails: “Good afternoon, I am on Southwest flight 974 and it appears that Instapundit is blocked. I can access the PJ Media site but when I try to access Instapundit through the PJ homepage or from a saved url it brings up the Southwest home page. I travel Southwest often and have never had the problem before.” Hmm. Anyone from Southwest want to respond to this?

UPDATE: Apparently not. See the comments. Well, good!

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SCIENCE: AAAS: Machine learning ‘causing science crisis.’

POSTMODERN EDUCATION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT? Researchers blame YouTube for the rise in Flat Earthers.

THE INSTA-WIFE: What Do You Do if the SHTF?

JIM TREACHER: It’s Okay to Admit You Were Wrong about Smollett, Even if It Means a Trump Supporter Was Right. “Of course, because Smollett claimed his attackers were Trump supporters, all the people who don’t want Trump to be president had to weigh in. That included most of the current Democratic Party candidates for president.”

J. CHRISTIAN ADAMS: Pat Caddell Could See Over the Horizon. “An urgent pollster prophet.”

SPACE: Will SpaceX Shut Europe Out of the Space Launch Market?

PATTERICO: Trump Courts Streisand Effect in Legal Action Against ‘Team of Vipers’ Author Cliff Sims.

The Streisand Effect is blind to race, sex, gender, religion, creed, and political affiliation.

MIKE KERRIGAN: No Presidents Day car sales for me: What I learned from John Wayne, C.S. Lewis and an old truck.

I didn’t buy a car today, but I bought four new tires and it seemed like they cost as much as a car.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: 7 Ugly Lessons from Jussie Smollett’s ‘Attack.’ “Yes, the media did it again. That isn’t the only brutal takeway from this race-based scandal.”

RELATED: “When, on rare occasion, a hate crime doesn’t happen, that in itself is a hate crime because it allows the criminally hateful to pretend that they aren’t such hateful criminals.”

WELL, GOOD: HPV unlikely to be spread by hands, researchers say.