August 23, 2019

I’M WITH WILLETT ON THIS ONE: Judge Don Willett Butts Heads With Fellow Trump Appointees Over Qualified Immunity for Cops. “Modern immunity practice—essentially ‘heads government wins, tails plaintiffs lose’—leaves many victims violated but not vindicated.” It’s a judge-made doctrine with no foundation in the Constitution.

But see: Federal court reverses decision granting immunity to off-duty Maryville policeman who held teens at gunpoint.

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS: Stickup ends when cowboy store clerk lassos robber.

PHILIP MULIVOR: Why Red-Flag Laws Are Worse Than You Think.

VIDEO: I talk about social media, politics, beer, and why Whataburger should come to Knoxville on the Beacon Center’s Overcaffeinated Podcast.

TWITTER IS A CESSPIT, EXHIBIT #1,000,006: On Twitter, Some Liberals Are Celebrating the Death of David Koch.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT DEMOCRATS SEE THE PRESS AS PART OF THEIR TEAM, EXISTING TO CARRY THEIR WATER, THIS MAKES SENSE: Democrat Governor Excludes Conservative News Service From Media List.

IMPROVE YOUR HANDGUN SKILLS. I’ve been hitting the range again after taking some time off and it’s definitely important to practice. For me it’s not so much actual shooting accuracy that suffers as speed and precision in gun handling, magazine changes, etc.

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YOU CAN’T TOUCH THIS: Apple’s New Credit Card Stained by Leather, Denim, More. “Somebody at Apple — I’m looking at you, soon-to-be-departing Jony Ive — signed off on giving the physical card a specialty coating which stains when it comes into contact with the two most common materials for pants and wallets.”

SKYNET SAYS DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT: How Do We Stop Driverless Cars And Autonomous Delivery Drones From Becoming Weapons?

I’VE BEEN TELLING YOU WE NEED A STRATEGIC BACON RESERVE, AND NOW THIS: Bacon Prices Could Soar Due to the ‘Pig Ebola’ That’s Devastating the Pork Industry.

Personally, I keep my own tactical bacon reserve, just in case.

GREEN NEW DEAL, THE HOME GAME: Kevin McCloud’s eco homes to lose people up to 97% of the cash they put in.

BIGOTRY AT THE NEW YORK TIMES: Who knew about Tom Wright-Piersanti, and when did they know it?As Glenn pointed out here, Breitbart News discovered that Senior Editor Wright-Piersanti has been polluting social media with racist filth since at least 2009, possibly as early as 2007.

He apologized. And locked down his Twitter account. And as of this writing he inexplicably still works at the ̶T̶e̶m̶p̶l̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶R̶i̶g̶h̶t̶e̶o̶u̶s̶ ̶S̶a̶n̶c̶t̶i̶m̶o̶n̶y̶  The New York Times. He has been posting racist garbage for at least nine years. And it is only logical to assume that some, if not many of his workmates and even superior-ranking editors follow him on Twitter. Is it even remotely plausible that nobody at The Times followed Wright on Twitter and never saw his screeds? I don’t think so.

Click to enlarge.

Which leaves us with the question that must be asked of each and every “Timesman” that worked there between 2007 and now: Did you know? Why didn’t you say anything?  Margaret Sullivan was their Public Editor from 2012 to 2016. How could she have not known? Bill Keller was the paper’s Executive Editor from 2003 to 2011. Did he follow Wright-Piersanti? Did anyone complain to Keller about him? Did Jill Abramson, now under fire for alleged plagiarism by the paper at which she served as Executive Editor from 2011 to 2014 follow Wright-Piersanti?

Look, this isn’t a partisan issue, it’s an honesty issue. This episode is so parallel to the #MeToo movement it’s scary. Being Harvey Weinstein wasn’t bad enough. People were (rightfully, IMHO) being held accountable for looking the other way, for enabling, and even encouraging behavior that can’t be described as anything other than despicable.

So too, bigotry is despicable, and The New York Times has embarked on a campaign to remind us of this self-evident truth. Not only The New York Times, but its cadre, its core leaders and rank-and-file past and present have to be asked these questions. Heaven knows the “media watchers” from the same club won’t ask.

So I’m encouraging you and your friends to ask. Be polite, be direct, don’t use foul language or rabid hyperbole. The emails addresses for some of these people are ([email protected]); ([email protected]) and ([email protected]). This is not a call for harassment or doxxing. These people have made a living communicating with the public and have assumed the very genuine mantle of the public trust in so doing. Thus, asking them politely “what did you know and when did you know it?” is not just fair, but important, and like the #MeToo movement it  starts with ordinary people speaking truth to power.

(Bumped up from late last night.)

DOCUMENT IT THOROUGHLY, BEFORE IT’S GONE. Dive team creates first 4K images of Titanic wreckage. “The exploration team discovered that sea currents, salt corrosion and metal-eating bacteria have caused deterioration to the ship.”

FASTER, PLEASE: Phone Companies Ink Deal With All 50 States And D.C. To Combat Robocalls.

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HMM: Loss of grip strength tied to lower cognitive function, memory loss. So if you exercise enough to boost your grip strength, will you do better? Maybe, as exercise helps prevent brain function loss. But maybe not.

UPDATE NEWSPEAK DICTIONARIES ACCORDINGLY, COMRADE: San Francisco Fights Crime with Euphemisms: Convicted Felons Are Now ‘Justice-Involved Persons.’

MICHAEL BARONE: The End of America’s 30-Year Engagement With China?

The hope through these years was that a more prosperous China would also become more democratic and tolerant at home, and less aggressive abroad. But as foreign affairs journalist James Mann pointed out in his 2007 book, “The China Fantasy,” and as longtime Kissingerian Michael Pillsbury wrote in his 2015 book, “The Hundred-Year Marathon,” China’s leaders weren’t interested in following this script.

On the contrary, Pillsbury argued that they had their own scenario, in which China would embark quietly but steadily on a long-term race to world supremacy by 2049, the 100th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s victory over Chiang Kai-shek.

China would use strategy and tactics laid out by Sun Tzu 2,500 years ago and restore the state to the primacy it enjoyed before the civil wars and invasions that started with the Taiping rebellion in 1849 and ended with Mao’s death in 1976, costing millions of Chinese lives. Before this strife, China had 40 percent of the world’s population and economic production, and an emperor reigning 60 years, who reportedly told the British envoy Lord Macartney in 1793, “Our Celestial Empire possesses all things in prolific abundance” and has “no need to import the manufactures of outside barbarians.”

Xi Jinping, as he disapprovingly watches peaceful marchers in Hong Kong week after week, perhaps feels similarly. His attempted crackdown on the independent judiciary Hong Kong was promised until 2047, and abolition of his 10-year term limit amounts to jumping the gun on Pillsbury’s 100-year-marathon finish line of 2049.

Presumably, Xi has the power to squelch the Hong Kong demonstrators as his predecessors squelched Tiananmen protesters 30 years ago. But not without significant economic cost, which he may be willing to pay. The economic ties symbolized by “Chimerica” are already unraveling. They could be completely split if the Red Army ravages Hong Kong.

Read the whole thing.

21ST CENTURY QUESTIONS: What Happens When a Drone Crashes Into Your Face? An 18-month study? Shouldn’t it take about 18 seconds? Well, actually this was pretty thorough. “ASSURE conducted 512 impact tests and simulations using 16 different vehicles including popular consumer drones like DJI’s Phantom and Mavic Pro as well as various objects and payloads (batteries, wood blocks) with weights ranging from 0.71 to 13.2 lbs. Full anthropomorphic and simplified head-and-neck-only impact tests were done as were Post Mortem Human Surrogate (cadaver) impact tests.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Opt out of all the data sharing you wouldn’t opt in to.

THE 21st CENTURY IS NOT TURNING OUT AS I HAD HOPED: Is Generation Z a Socialist Revolution in the Making?

SEEMS LEGIT:

TRUMP KNOWS THIS AND IS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF IT: China’s enormous debt ‘no longer can be ignored,’ analyst says.

21ST CENTURY PROBLEMS: The Complicated Issue of Transableism: Some people born in able bodies feel as if they were meant to have disabilities. How should the medical community be responding? Pointing and laughing would be rude, but these people are mentally ill and should be treated as such.

PERCEPTIVE: “Trump haters are always saying that Trump makes everything all about him. But Barbaro and Herndon are perceiving that Trump rallies are about the people… the people who love Trump. And maybe they love Trump because he creates a space in which they can love themselves. That’s why the slogan is ‘Make America Great Again’ (or ‘Keep America Great’).”

Plus: “The clown car of Democrats are Joni Mitchell at Atlantic City scolding the audience for not paying attention.”

NO ENEMIES TO THE LEFT: 2020 Democrats mostly play dumb when asked to denounce Antifa.

(Classical reference in headline.)

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Florida Man Busted with Trump-Shaped Ecstasy Pills and So Much More.

It’s Florida Man Friday.

ANOTHER WAY TO COUNTER CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD IMPERIALISM: Jeff Goodson says we’re in a New Cold War that requires strategic thinking “analogous” to Cold War containment. The Belt and Road initiative requires pushback because it’s “debt-trap diplomacy.”

Smart thinking isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when most people contemplate Washington. But while China puts lipstick on its trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, smart thinking on what to do about it is starting to settle in.

He cites Burma as an example of the kind of State Dept./USAID “SWAT team” pushback needs to employ:

…at the tactical level, one of the best ideas in years has been operationalized by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Under the leadership of Administrator Mark Green, USAID recently pulled together a high-octane team of interagency technical specialists to help the government of Burma review plans for a multibillion-dollar Chinese-funded deep water port and industrial zone. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the team included USAID and State Department economists, diplomats and lawyers working as a public investment planning SWAT team of sorts. UK and Australian expertise also worked on the effort.

Read the entire essay.

IN THE MAIL: The Best of Jerry Pournelle.

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TO BE FAIR, SOCIALISTS ARE NEVER HAPPY: Hasbro Has a New ‘Monopoly: Socialism’ Game and Socialists Are Not Happy.

WARTHOG ON THE HUNT: Fine photo of an Air National Guard A-10 Thunderbolt II getting in a little target practice at Idaho’s Orchard Combat Training Center.

IF YOU CAN’T BEAT’EM, WELL THEN, JUST REPLACE’EM: That appears to be a key part of Beijing’s emerging strategy for dealing with Hong Kong, replacing it as a world financial center with the city just across the border from it, Shenzhen. Those units of China’s Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) are still nearby.

HIGHER EDUCATION UPDATE: Wisconsin Republicans to reintroduce campus free speech bill. Good.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. All The People Who Think They Are Better Than You Are Much, Much Worse.

Never before have so many snobs had so little to be snobbish about. It’s not like the ruling caste that turns up its collective snout at the people who actually make this country work has a CV full of achievements to back up its arrogance. Our elite is anything but. It’s a collection of pedestrian mediocrities who inherited our civilization from the people who actually created it and fought for it, and like every spoiled child who was handed free stuff by his doting mommy and daddy, our elite is resentful and obnoxious.

We’re ruled by a bunch of Veruca Salts.

Kurt Schlichter, so read the whole thing.

HEH: Journalist Attempts To Buy Guns At Walmart, Ends Up Collapsing The Left’s Anti-Gun Narrative Instead.

Short version: Non-gun owner shocked by the legal hurdles involved in buying a gun, because Obama told her it was so easy.

AFRICAN NATIONS CANCELING DEALS WITH CHINA: Troubles begin for the lender when the lendees realize their kneecaps are in danger.

WELL: Former Overstock CEO: James Comey wanted me to sleep with Maria Butina. “‘There was political espionage conducted against Hillary Clinton, Rubio, Cruz, and Donald Trump,’ Byrne tells the Bulls & Bears panel, and that it was run by Peter Strzok. Byrne then claimed that he’d been offered ‘a billion-dollar bribe’ to keep quiet, that Warren Buffett told him to go public, and that all of this has to do with Strzok, McCabe and others.”

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Granny Maojackets’ Emails Are Back!

The more we learn about the Comey-era FBI, the more it seems as if it functioned as a subsidiary of the Democratic National Committee. The conclusion of this article questions “whether there are two systems of justice inside the FBI — one for the Clintons, and one for the rest of the country.”

Clinton apologists are fond of reminding everyone that they have never been indicted for anything. I’ve written for years that that is because they are very good criminals.

Maybe they’ve had more inside help than we knew.

Pretty sure the “maybe” is rhetorical.

PROBABLY BECAUSE THE ROCK HAS THE LIFESPAN OF KEITH RICHARDS: NASA Names Record-Setting Mars Rock After The Rolling Stones.

I’LL BELIEVE IT’S A CRISIS WHEN THE PEOPLE WHO TELL ME IT’S A CRISIS START ACTING LIKE IT’S A CRISIS:

OUR PARTNER IN MIDDLE EAST PEACE: Abbas Doubles Down on ‘Pay-to-Slay’ Policy, Says Palestinians Will ‘March Into Jerusalem By the Millions.’

MEMRI has the full translation here.

DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH: Justice: 64% of federal arrests are noncitizens, with a 200% increase.

A WARNING TO JEWS: Ignore it at your peril: The Democratic Party is becoming unsalvageable.

IT’S COMPLICATED: Examining Claims About Induced Demand, Adding Road Capacity and Traffic Congestion. “The ‘iron law of roadway congestion’ isn’t.”

Here are some of the limitations with what Duranton and Turner did. First, their detailed analysis deals only with urban Interstates. Analytically, they treat parallel arterials and all other roadways in the metro area as a large blob. That leaves them unable to analyze (as opposed to only speculating about) the extent to which drivers shift trips from parallel arterials to the newly expanded urban Interstate (which would not represent new driving, but simply a re-allocation of existing driving).

Second, the authors’ premise that all such freeways have a “natural level of saturation” implies that all urban Interstates should fill up to the point of serious peak-period congestion. But in fact, actual congestion levels (in both extent and duration) vary considerably among the set of a metro area’s freeways. And the extent of congestion also varies enormously among large metro areas overall. In 2014, Randal O’Toole’s Antiplanner blog provided data on daily VMT per lane-mile on urban freeways around the country, finding a range from as low as 9,000 to a high of 22,000.

Third, since most metro areas in recent decades have added relatively little freeway capacity, the authors’ analytical results, even if correct, would tell us only that making marginal increases in freeway capacity produces little in the way of freeway congestion reduction.

We have a similar real-word experiment going on right where I live. The I-25 “gap” of two-lane highway between Monument (a Colorado Springs exurb) and Castle Rock (a Denver exurb) should have been widened 20 years ago, when traffic first became a noticeable problem. Instead, the decision wasn’t made until about two years ago, and only after two highway patrol officers were killed by oncoming traffic (the shoulders are quite narrow in most places) during routine ticket stops. And instead of two new lanes north and south, we’ll get just one new toll lane in each direction. In other words, the expanded interstate was obsolete at the planning stage, forget about 2022 when it’s finally completed.

Yet our “addiction to cars” or some such will get the blame for the unimproved traffic snarls, accidents, and deaths.

UPDATE: Link was missing. Fixed now — sorry!

WHY ARE THE “MAINSTREAM MEDIA” SUCH CESSPITS OF HATE? The Media’s Intersectional Embrace of Anti-Semitism.

THE CITIZENRY RESPONDS MORE SENSIBLY THAN THE ELITE: Arming up: Gun background checks spike after 80% of mass shootings.

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WHY ARE OUR UNIVERSITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF SEXISM? Women-only STEM college programs under attack for male discrimination.

HILLARY WHO? MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt: Female Politicians Don’t Have Character Issues.

AXIOS: The #MeToo election isn’t happening.

IT’S PART OF HIS PITCH TO SPEND FOUR YEARS FLYING ON THE WORLD’S MOST EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE JET: Bernie Sanders Unveils His Own $16 Trillion ‘Green New Deal’ Plan.

COLUMBIA LAWPROF PHIL HAMBURGER: Education Is Speech: Why New York’s Attempts To Control Private Schools Are Unconstitutional.

EVOLUTION IN ACTION: Vegan parents whose strict diet left baby ‘severely malnourished’ avoid jail. “Authorities discovered the couple’s child so malnourished that at 19-months she weighed just 4.9 kilograms (10.8 pounds). Further medical tests revealed that her bones had not developed since birth. Her development was so stunted she didn’t even have any teeth, Seven News reported. Her parents said they had kept the girl on a strict vegan diet.”

August 22, 2019

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A SECOND LOOK AT OUR OVERLAWYERED STYLE OF WARFARE? SECNAV orders comprehensive review of Navy, Marine Corps JAGs.

HEH.

BUT THE WOKE WHITE PEOPLE AREN’T THE ONES WHO PAY IT: Don Surber: The 5.2% illegal alien tax.


BIGOTRY AT THE NEW YORK TIMES:Who knew about Tom Wright-Piersanti, and when did they know it?
As Glenn pointed out here, Breitbart News discovered that Senior Editor Wright-Piersanti has been polluting social media with racist filth since at least 2009, possibly as early as 2007.

He apologized. And locked down his Twitter account. And as of this writing he inexplicably still works at the ̶T̶e̶m̶p̶l̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶R̶i̶g̶h̶t̶e̶o̶u̶s̶ ̶S̶a̶n̶c̶t̶i̶m̶o̶n̶y̶  The New York Times. He has been posting racist garbage for at least nine years. And it is only logical to assume that some, if not many of his workmates and even superior-ranking editors follow him on Twitter. Is it even remotely plausible that nobody at The Times followed Wright on Twitter and never saw his screeds? I don’t think so.

Which leaves us with the question that must be asked of each and every “Timesman” that worked there between 2007 and now: Did you know? Why didn’t you say anything?  Margaret Sullivan was their Public Editor from 2012 to 2016. How could she have not known? Bill Keller was the paper’s Executive Editor from 2003 to 2011. Did he follow Wright-Piersanti? Did anyone complain to Keller about him? Did Jill Abramson, now under fire for alleged plagiarism by the paper at which she served as Executive Editor from 2011 to 2014 follow Wright-Piersanti?

Look, this isn’t a partisan issue, it’s an honesty issue. This episode is so parallel to the #MeToo movement it’s scary. Being Harvey Weinstein wasn’t bad enough. People were (rightfully, IMHO) being held accountable for looking the other way, for enabling, and even encouraging behavior that can’t be described as anything other than despicable.

So too, bigotry is despicable, and The New York Times has embarked on a campaign to remind us of this self-evident truth. Not only The New York Times, but its cadre, its core leaders and rank-and-file past and present have to be asked these questions. Heaven knows the “media watchers” from the same club won’t ask.

So I’m encouraging you and your friends to ask. Be polite, be direct, don’t use foul language or rabid hyperbole. The emails addresses for some of these people are ([email protected]); ([email protected]) and ([email protected]). This is not a call for harassment or doxxing. These people have made a living communicating with the public and have assumed the very genuine mantle of the public trust in so doing. Thus, asking them politely “what did you know and when did you know it?” is not just fair, but important, and like the #MeToo movement it  starts with ordinary people speaking truth to power.

THE TRUMP 2020 CAMPAIGN THEMES ARE ALL HERE:

HARSH, BUT FAIR:

OPEN THREAD: Go.

LIBEL: Mississippi prof, who went to Georgetown Prep with Brett Kavanaugh, sues HuffPost. The lawsuit was filed in Gulfport, Mississippi.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Nuclear Propulsion Could Be ‘Game-Changer’ for Space Exploration, NASA Chief Says: And the tech could power asteroid-deflecting lasers as well. Well, this is the 21st Century, you know.

SHE’S GETTING THE BERNIE TREATMENT: Payback: Democrats rig Tulsi Gabbard right out of their next debate.

Funny how Democrats can never just let their own process play out. It has to be “nudged” to be sure that the right people win.

WHEN NARRATIVES FAIL: Minorities Don’t Believe Trump Is a Racist. “Trump is winning urban voters and has record support with African Americans.”

THE BABYLON BEE IS RELENTLESS: Reality Criticized For Not More Clearly Distinguishing Itself From Satire.

“The problem with all these real news sites is they’re reporting things that would have been satirical just six months ago,” said a representative for one popular joke-checking website. “It makes it really hard for satire sites to do their job effectively when all this reality is out there muddying the details of satire.”

Heh.

TO BE FAIR, HE SAID “YOU CAN HAVE,” NOT “I CAN HAVE.” Obamas Make Offer for Multimillion-Dollar Martha’s Vineyard Estate. Said last year ‘there’s only so big a house you can have.’

FORESHOCKS ARE A THING: Scientists finally know how big earthquakes start: With many smaller ones.

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SUZANNE VENKER: American men need to take back their manhood. “Men who are overly accommodating get burned, particularly if they’ve married a woman who prides herself on being ’empowered’ or who has absorbed feminist messages about American women’s so-called oppression.”

SOMEBODY SET UP US THE BOMB: CBS’s Gayle King Blames Slavery for No Universal Health Care.

I blame the Growing Slavery Crisis.

(Classical reference in headline.)

NICE, CLEAN, RELIABLE NUKES: Britain’s blackout points to need for more reserves.

IN SOVIET GERMANY, BONDS CHARGE YOU FOR LENDING! “On Wednesday, for the first time ever, the German government sold 30-year bonds at a negative interest rate. The bonds pay no coupon interest at all. Yet bidders at the auction were willing to pay more than the face value they would receive back when the bonds mature.”

Despite its strong credit rating and demand for its bonds, Germany is a big part of the growth problem for the eurozone. The German economy shrank 0.1 percent in the second quarter and could tip into recession with another quarter of falling output.

Negative rates aren’t just an indicator of economic distress. They can cause problems in the financial system, too. They make it harder for banks to turn a profit or for insurance companies to fund their future payouts.

“Why would you want to lend money when you can’t make money?” Sohn said.

Indeed, bank stocks have tumbled — 24% in Europe and 23% in Japan — over the past year.

Most of the negative-yielding debt is in government bonds, in part because they are seen as ultra-safe. But there are also about $60 billion U.S. corporate bonds that are in negative territory.

Something similar is going on with U.S. government debt: The yield on the 10-year Treasury note has sagged to 1.57% — a rate that would amount to a negative one after accounting for inflation. Japan has been stuck in years of low inflation and sluggish growth. And growth rates in Europe have slowed in recent quarters. 

This news seems like good leverage for Boris Johnson and Brexit, and in related news, “Sterling soars as Brexit deal hopes rise,” the London Telegraph reports today.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. The Real Reason Elites Behave Hypocritically On Climate Change Is Because They Want To.

Some people chalk up such hypocrisy to ignorance. “They turn up with unnecessary entourages in helicopters or fast cars and then preach about saving the world,” complained an insider. “They just don’t seem to be aware that they’re the ones burning huge amounts of fossil fuels.”

But it’s inconceivable that the celebrities don’t know they are behaving hypocritically. It’s common knowledge that flying by jet results in significant carbon emissions. If it weren’t, then Harry and Meghan wouldn’t have triggered such an intense reaction.

Indeed, they implicitly acknowledged their hypocrisy. Elton John bought carbon offsets to supposedly cancel out Harry and Meghan’s emissions, while a spokesperson for Thunberg acknowledged, “It would have been less greenhouse gas emissions if we had not made this departure.”

A simpler explanation for the hypocrisy of celebrities who moralize about climate change is that it is a way of flaunting their special status.

Hypocrisy is the ultimate power move. It is a way of demonstrating that one plays by a different set of rules from the ones adhered to by common people. Hypocrisy demonstrates how unaccountable one is to conventional morality.

Such displays work because, unlike wealth, status is inherently subjective. The more of it you are perceived to have, the more of it you actually have.

To be sure, the Duke, the Duchess, and Thunberg didn’t consciously decide to flaunt their status. But neither did Harry and Meghan pledge to never fly private again nor did Thunberg cancel her trip.

And it is a mistake to imagine that human behavior is mostly conscious. Much of human behavior is unconscious and driven by an innate urge for power, of which status is one (highly-social) form.

This also dovetails with James Delingpole’s “Drawbridge Effect:” “You’ve made your money. Now the very last thing you want is for all those trashy middle class people below you to have a fair shot at getting as rich as you are. That’s why you want to make energy more expensive by opposing Keystone XL; why you’re all for environmental land sequestration (because you already own your exclusive country property); and Agenda 21 – which will make all Americans poorer, but you not so much, because you’ve enough cash to cushion you from the higher taxes and regulation with which the greenies want to hamstring the economy.”

IT’S ALWAYS IN THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK: Stardust found in Antarctic snow, scientists say.

MASCOTS OF THE ANOINTED: Why is Jessica Yaniv still on Twitter and not in jail?

(Classical reference in headline.)

I’M GLAD TO SEE PRESIDENT TRUMP SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE SHAMEFUL HATRED AND BIGOTRY THAT INFEST TODAY’S NEWS MEDIA: White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham ‘Disgusted’ by Antisemitism from New York Times Editor.

HE WHO IS WITHOUT ZINN: Review of Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story By Wilfred M. McClay.

There have always been rancorous debates among historians, and schools of history are often tinctured by dogma. But our current predicament is, to some degree, unprecedented. What we might call the pathological view of the United States—American history as a chronicle of injustice, oppression, inequality, violence, and little else—is firmly established in the academy and insulated against institutional dissent by the custom of tenure and the folkways of academic publishing. To make matters worse, one of the seminal texts of contemporary doctrine—Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States (1980)—is also one of the few academic bestsellers of our time.

So McClay has his work cut out for him. Does he succeed? Well, he begins at the beginning—the archaeological evidence of our aboriginal inhabitants—and like most American histories, McClay’s tends to pass a little quickly over the first century-and-a-half of European settlement. But this is a minor complaint. His description of America on the eve of revolution is perceptive and succinct, and capacious as well. The reader never doubts the author’s perspective on the colonists’ revolt, or British government in America, but he tells the story with illuminating clarity and, above all, fair-mindedness. The answer to ignorance is not indoctrination but knowledge.

This virtue in the writing of history is not necessarily self-evident. The American Revolution, like any such episode, was a complicated matter, reaching back in history and forward in effect; and both sides—one is tempted to say all sides—were benighted and heroic, generous and arbitrary, products of their various places and time. George Washington was not without his flaws, and the Loyalists were not without their reasons. McClay sets all this out in crisp detail, balancing his judgment in conjunction with the evidence, flattering his readers to draw their own conclusions.

Read the whole thing, and then, as Glenn quipped this morning regarding a related book, Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America., “Send a copy to the folks at the New York Times.”

SECOND WORLD PROBLEMS: China Has A Great MMA Fighter. Problem: The Communist Government Hates Him.

HATE CRIMES:  The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights just voted to adopt a mammoth report on hate crimes that liberally cites the Southern Poverty Law Center.  I voted against it for several reasons.  One of those reasons is that the federal hates crimes statute, which purports, in part, to be an exercise of Congress’s authority to ban slavery, is unconstitutional, as explained here.

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