June 21, 2021

MARK JUDGE: Weak Dissent. Another Lazy, Dumb, and Error-Packed Book About Me in High School. “You can add the contents of Dissent to the long list of intentional media calumny about me, Brett Kavanaugh and Georgetown Prep, the high school we attended. At various times in fall 2018, our East German Stasi media told the public that I’d presided over ten gang rapes. That I’d bought and sold cocaine. That all in all I was a volatile mix of Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson and King Kong. Vanity Fair had to issue a correction admitting that a woman who’d said we went to college together in fact had attended a different school. The Washington Post withheld an exonerating witness from their explosive first story about Ford. NBC’s Kate Snow withheld damaging facts about Michael Avenatti, whose fever dreams of drugs and gang rapes were touted by New York magazine as the end of Kavanaugh. Avenatti is now awaiting sentencing for extortion and has two more criminal trials coming up.”

“IT’S A LONG TRADITION IN RHODE ISLAND:” Sheldon Whitehouse’s systemic racism. “As GoLocalProvidence notes, Whitehouse didn’t wait a fortnight after George Floyd’s death before decrying its supposed cause of systemic racism. ‘We hear the voices of the peaceful protestors who have marched. We can and must do better to root out systemic racism in its many forms,’ Whitehouse wrote in a statement at the time. And yet, here’s Whitehouse who’s apparently unwilling to root out systemic racism in a club in which he and his wife have an ownership stake. Notably, this comes the day after the first celebration of the new Juneteenth federal holiday, which Whitehouse enthusiastically supported. D’oh!…If a Republican belonged to an all-white club, the media would never let it go. It certainly seems odd that the national media has yet to make an issue out of this even after 15 years for this prominent progressive Democrat, doesn’t it?”

Not at all. Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.


SPEAKING OF ANTI-COMPETITIVE PRACTICES IN EDUCATION: Georgia Public School Board Blocks Charter School Due to ‘Competition.’

THIS IS BIG: BREAKING: Unanimous Supreme Court Rules for Student Athletes Against NCAA.. “The NCAA couches its arguments for not paying student athletes in innocuous labels. But the labels cannot disguise the reality: The NCAA’s business model would be flatly illegal in almost any other industry in America.” Query: What other things does the higher ed industry do for which that might be the case?

Plus, thoughts on the business implication from Points and Figures.

NOW THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY I’D BEEN HOPING FOR: Airspeeder says it had the first successful test flight for its electric flying racecar.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO SHOP PRIME DAY, please support some of the Helen’s Page authors and businesses such as Old Post Road Oils, Korving & Company, authors of the Before I Go Workbook, or Professor Carol’s Why Freshmen Fail: and How to Avoid It.

KAROL MARKOWICZ: This summer, turn off your screens and boldly go out into the real world.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University of Oregon can discipline students for off-campus offenses under new policy.

OUR ELITES ARE ANYTHING BUT: Portland Can Blame ‘Woke’ DA Schmidt and Singer John Legend for the Police Riot Squad Walk Out.

SEGREGATION NOW, SEGREGATION TOMORROW, SEGREGATION FOREVER! Chapman University hosts racially segregated ‘cultural graduation celebrations.’ “‘There is no separate graduation for exceptional academic achievement, but one for someone’s skin color,’ remarked one student.”

Well, that tells you what’s important to the Chapman University administration, I guess.

HE’LL LAUGH AT THIS ALL THE WAY TO SUB-ORBIT AND BACK: Petitions to Stop Jeff Bezos From Returning to Earth After Space Trip Get Thousands of Signatures.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Audit Everything Until the Stink From Last November Is Gone. “That’s the thing here. Any American truly interested in fair and free elections shouldn’t shy away from examining the kinds of things that happened last year. This, by the way, is different than Stacey Abrams running around acting like she’s the real governor of Georgia because feelings and stuff. There was a lot that went on last November that didn’t pass the smell test.”

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Via a friend:

TOP AND BOTTOM STORY OF THE DAY: Salma Hayek Has No Plans To Stop Posting Bikini Photos: ‘I Have No Shame On It.’

BOB MCMANUS ON THE NYC MAYORAL RACE: Eric Adams the only choice to get kids out of the line of fire.

THAT’S NOT FUNNY: Facebook to update its community standards to clarify what it considers satire. “The Oversight Board pointed out in its recommendation that while Facebook has said it will make exceptions for satire, it doesn’t specify how or what qualifies as satire in its guidelines. Facebook said in its post that in addition to making its guidelines around satire clearer, it would ‘initiate a review of identical content with parallel context,” and may take further action.'”

Previously: Oversight Board Reveals It’s A Rubber Stamp For Facebook Censorship.

IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT THERE, YOU CAN’T MAKE IT ANYWHERE: South Dakota rocked again as a wind turbine plant shuts its doors.

BY ITS FRUIT, THE TREE IS KNOWN: Youth Protest Group Inspired By Greta Thunberg Disbands, Accuses Itself Of Racism.

CRYBULLIES: 85% of ‘liberals’ would report ‘offensive’ prof. “Students were almost as eager to report their classmates: 76 percent of liberals, 57 percent of independents and 31 percent of conservatives say that a student who says something that offends other students should be reported.”

“Tolerance” doesn’t mean what they think it means.

“ANTIRACISM.” Why antiracism zealots are trying to silence black voices like mine.

IT’S MONDAY, SO EXPLAIN THIS: Critics claim Jesus was just a regular Joe Blow who happened to be a great teacher who got in trouble with the authorities and got himself executed. Then the disciples and church leaders over the next many decades created the myth of the resurrection and that Jesus was God Incarnate. But if that were the case, explain this. 

WEIRD HOW INSTITUTIONS CONTROLLED BY THE LEFT ALWAYS SEEM TO WIND UP ANTISEMITIC: Too Jewish For Hollywood: As Antisemitism Soars, Hollywood Should Address Its Enduring Hypocrisy In Hyperbolic Caricatures of Jews.

HMM: Is Pennsylvania on the Verge of a Forensic Election Audit? “Why is State Senator Jake Corman of Pennsylvania fighting so hard that there not be a Forensic Audit of the 2020 Presidential Election Scam?”

MATT TAIBBI: Why Has Ivermectin Become a Dirty Word? At the worst moment, Internet censorship has driven scientific debate itself underground.

Kory had been trying to make such a case, but complained to the Senate that public efforts had been stifled, because “every time we mention ivermectin, we get put in Facebook jail.” A Catch-22 seemed to be ensnaring science. With the world desperate for news about an unprecedented disaster, Silicon Valley had essentially decided to disallow discussion of a potential solution — disallow calls for more research and more study — because not enough research and study had been done. Once, people weren’t allowed to take drugs before they got FDA approval. Now, they can’t talk about them.

“I want to try to be respectful because I think the intention is correct,” Kory told the committee. “They want to cut down on misinformation, and many doctors are claiming X, Y, and Z work in this disease. The challenge is, you’re also silencing those of us who are expert, reasoned, researched, and extremely knowledgeable.”

Eight million people watched Kory say that on the C-SPAN video of the hearing posted to YouTube, but YouTube, in what appears to be a first, removed video of the hearing, as even Senate testimony was now deemed too dangerous for public consumption. YouTube later suspended the Wisconsin Senator who’d invited Kory to the hearing, and when Kory went on podcasts to tell his story, YouTube took down those videos, too. Kory was like a ghost who floated through the Internet, leaving suspensions and blackened warning screens everywhere he went.

One of the challenges of the pandemic period is the degree to which science has become intertwined with politics. Arguments about the efficacy of mask use or ventilators, or the viability of repurposed drugs like hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin, or even the pandemic’s origins, were quashed from the jump in the American commercial press, which committed itself to a regime of simplified insta-takes made opposite to Donald Trump’s comments. With a few exceptions, Internet censors generally tracked with this conventional wisdom, which had the effect of moving conspiracy theories and real scientific debates alike far underground.

A consequence is that issues like the ivermectin question have ended up in the same public bucket as debates over foreign misinformation, hate speech, and even incitement. The same Republican Senator YouTube suspended for making statements in support of ivermectin, Ron Johnson, has also been denounced in the press for failing to call the January 6th riots an insurrection, resulting in headlines that blend the two putative offenses.

“You have these ideas about the need to censor hate speech, calls for violence, and falsity,” Kory says, “and they’ve put science on the same shelf.”

As a result, doctors and organizations that may have little to do with politics but have advocated for ivermectin, from Dr. Tess Lawrie’s British Ivermectin Recommendation Development (BIRD) to California pulmonologist Roger Seheult to many others, have been shut down online with the same unilateral abruptness platforms apply to hate speech or threats.

It’s like there’s an integrated campaign of lies and censorship.

ON SUNDAYS I DO A PROMO POST FOR MOSTLY INDIE WRITERS:  Book Promo And Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli and ‘Nother Mike.

There’s also some vignette writing!

YES, INDEED!  9 Careers More Appealing Than Being A Police Officer In 2021.

YOU MEAN MORE THAN THEY’VE ALREADY BEEN DOING?  HIPAA? CO Public Health Targeting Unvaccinated People.

I’ve got to get out of this place, if it’s the last thing that I ever do….

PULL THE OTHER ONE, IT PLAYS “SHUT UP, YOU CON ARTIST”:  Omar Gaslight Theater: CRT Not In Schools.

WELL, BIDEN WON’T. BUT THE WORD IS GETTING OUT:  U.S. Will Not Push China On Covid Origin.

BACK IT UP AND DO IT AGAIN:  Growing up American.

If we lose the last, greatest hope of mankind, what will future generations think of us?

I RECOMMEND SHE MIGRATE TO CUBA:  Singer Macy Gray Calls for Replacing ‘Tattered and Divisive’ American Flag.

As a gesture of good will we’ll take her to a Florida beach, donate an innertube and a bottle of shark repellent, and stand waving from the shore as she makes for her promised land.

THIS IS GETTING RIDICULOUS:  A disturbing look at corporate Critical Race Theory brainwashing.

HE HAS OFFENDED G-D AND MAN FOR YEARS WITHOUT REBUKE, WHAT SHOULD HE FEAR:  Shameless: Biden shows up to mass as communion issue rages.

It’s not like he believes in a power greater than himself!

EUROPE LOVES THEOCRACY. ALWAYS DID, ALWAYS WILL:  Euro Courts Infringing On Freedom Of Science…Climate Science Being Decided By Courts Instead Of By Proof.


“SOME NUMBER”:  Report on Andrew Cuomo’s Nursing Home Order Confirms Policy ‘Did Lead to Some Number of Additional Deaths’.

I suspected it, when they blew up the Winnie the Flu numbers, but now we know. The left can no longer count.  “A thousand, two thousand, some number”….


Apparently you can employ this magic called “forest management” and stop wildfires. Who knew?

June 20, 2021

THIS IS CNN: Don Lemon: ‘I don’t know’ that US sees black people as ‘fully human.’

“I don’t think America has seen enough people like me. I don’t think America intimately knows enough people like me. I would love America to see black people, especially black gay men, as, and I hate this word, normal, and as human beings, and as part of the culture. … I don’t know if America sees black people and especially black gay men as fully human, and as deserving of the American dream,” he told the Washington Post.


Lemon argued black and white people are “living in two different realities,” saying former President Donald Trump was “the necessary wake-up for America to realize just how racist it is.”

Flashback: Trump May Have Lost, But Trumpism Won. “And you can see a Trump realignment, bigly, in the fact that Trump markedly increased support among blacks, Hispanics, and Asians (not to mention the Holy Grail of Intersectionality, ‘Other’). And in the fact that Trump doubled his support against LGBT voters. And in the fact that Trump only seemed to lose ground among… Whites.”


The independent inquiry into the Manchester Arena bombing of May 2017, in which 22 pop fans were killed by an Islamist extremist, has published the first volume of its report. It makes for chilling reading. The inquiry has found there were numerous ‘missed opportunities’ to confront Salman Abedi, the bomber, and potentially stop him from detonating the device in his rucksack. Most chilling of all is the reason given by one of the key security guards on patrol that evening as to why he failed to question Abedi. He was worried, he said, that asking a brown-skinned man why he was hanging around the arena might be construed as racist.

Take that in. There was a very shifty-looking young man around the foyer and mezzanine of the Manchester Arena towards the end of an Ariana Grande concert, carrying a ‘bulging’ rucksack so large he ‘struggled’ under the weight of it, and a security guard was reluctant to confront him lest he be accused of racism. In the words of the report, this was a significant ‘missed opportunity’. The ‘inadequacy’ of the security guard’s response to the presence of a highly suspicious individual was one of the many misjudgements made on that black, fateful night, the report says. Is it possible that the fear of being thought of as racist is screwing up everyday life, and even hindering sensible action in threatening situations?

As Mark Steyn wrote in 2005, “With hindsight, the defining encounter of the age was not between Mohammed Atta’s jet and the World Trade Center on 9/11, but that between Mohammed Atta and Johnelle Bryant a year earlier:”

Ms Bryant is an official with the US department of agriculture in Florida, and the late Mr Atta had gone to see her about getting a $650,000 government loan to convert a plane into the world’s largest crop-duster. A novel idea.

The meeting got off to a rocky start when Mr Atta refused to deal with Ms Bryant because she was “but a woman”. But, after this unpleasantness had been smoothed out, things went swimmingly.

When it was explained to him that, alas, he wouldn’t get the 650 grand in cash that day, Mr Atta threatened to cut Ms Bryant’s throat. He then pointed to a picture behind her desk showing an aerial view of downtown Washington – the White House, the Pentagon, etc – and asked, “How would America like it if another country destroyed that city and some of the monuments in it?”

Fortunately, Ms Bryant had been on the training course and knows an opportunity for multicultural outreach when she sees one. “I felt that he was trying to make the cultural leap from the country that he came from,” she recalled. “I was attempting, in every manner I could, to help him make his relocation into our country as easy for him as I could.”

“Better dead than rude,” to coin a phrase.

UPDATE: More examples of “better dead than rude” from one of Glenn’s USA Today columns in 2016:

There were warning signs with the San Bernardino shooters, whose neighbors reportedly didn’t want to call the cops for fear of being thought racist. And there were warning signs with [Omar] Mateen [the Pulse nightclub shooter in Orlando], who apparently had been on security officials’ radar screen for some time but not enough to do anything about it. Classmates of Nidal Hassan said he regularly spouted Islamist propaganda months before he shot up Fort Hood, but the military was too politically correct to do anything and afterward tried for some time to pretend that his deliberate, jihadist attack was merely “workplace violence.”

(Updated and bumped.)

THE COST OF A LEFTIST MOVEMENT AIMED AT REMOVING TRUMP: Why cities can expect 2020’s violent crime spike to last.

OPEN THREAD: Make it special.

SPACE: Space tourism startup flies test balloon 20 miles high over Florida.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Particularly if you’re in the corporate boardroom and letting Twitter flamewars dictate company policy.

Why, it’s like “Twitter sentiment is a Styrofoam iceberg. You may think 9/10 of it is underwater, but actually, 9/10 of it is visible,” to coin an Insta-phrase. Somebody should write a book about this stuff.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: How to Talk Yourself into Believing a Lie.

The backlash against CRT is very real. The notion, for example, that the incensed parents who are descending on school-board meetings in droves have been bamboozled by the Heritage Foundation betrays an unfamiliarity with both how local politics is conducted and the attention parents pay to their children’s education. NBC is one of the first national outlets to even address what has rapidly become a national phenomenon: the outrage over a consensus forged behind closed doors during a once-in-a-century pandemic. On the local level, dispatch after dispatch after dispatch chronicles this organic phenomenon and the surprise with which it has taken supporters of a race-conscious curriculum.

And while we have no way to know if this backlash will have electoral consequences for Democrats on the federal level, municipal elections that hinged on this controversial curriculum have shown that it’s a loser for Democrats. For example, in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Southlake, the slate of candidates who campaigned against a plan not just to teach CRT but to create databases of alleged racial transgressions both in and outside school lost a May election by a resounding 70 to 30 percent of the vote.

It’s whistling past the electoral graveyard to wave this phenomenon off as a fabrication of malevolent right-wing think tanks. More insulting is the notion that it is the right that is somehow obsessed with race. At best, the right can be accused only of noticing that obsession among its opponents.

Exit quote: “The idea that conservatives did anything more than notice this mania is laughable. The legislative efforts on the local level, some of which flirt with violating civic and constitutional propriety, deserve skepticism because this reckoning is entirely organic. Right-wing overreach threatens that emerging consensus. But Republicans should take heart in how Democrats are trying to convince themselves that none of this is real, and no serious person questions the validity of CRT’s sudden ubiquity. They’ll never see it coming.”




One of the issues where Joe Biden and Binyamin Netanyahu disagreed about the most was Biden’s intent to get back into the Iranian Nuclear deal. But if Biden thought that Israel would drop the topic after they dropped Netanyahu he was wrong. At Sunday’s cabinet meeting in Israel, new PM Naftali Bennett trashed Biden’s intention of getting back into the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] as fervently as Bibi ever did. He warned the US and other nations trying to regenerate the JCPOA with Iran to “wake up” following the election of a hard-line murderer as Iran’s new president. reenter the JCPOA, reenter the JCPOA

Iran ‘elected’ hardliner Ebrahim Raisi as its new president on Friday (well, their version of an election). The president-elect – who will be inaugurated in August – is under US sanctions. His nickname is the “Butcher of 1988,” and he’s been linked to the execution and torture of political prisoners, including children and pregnant women.

Bennett warned that Raisi’s election was “the last chance for the world powers to wake up before returning to the nuclear agreement and to understand who they’re doing business with. These guys are murderers, mass murderers.”

So why did/does Obama and his retreads currently working for President Biden want Iran to have the bomb? Because the loathe Israel, obviously, but also, as Lee Smith wrote in Tablet in late November, because it would help in the fundamental transformation of America – one way or another:

Americans don’t want Iran to have the bomb. In 2015 the House and Senate both opposed the deal by 2 to 1, reflecting the opinion of the American public. So why are Obama and his team so eager to repeat their worst debacle?

* * * * * * * *

The Iran nuclear deal was never about the Middle East, which opposed the deal from the start. It was about America. The Iran deal was a part of the worldview that Obama lays out in his new memoir when he writes that he isn’t “yet ready to abandon the possibility of America.” That’s an interesting locution for a man who was elected president of America twice. What does it mean?

What Obama means is that he understands himself as the president of an America that has not yet been realized. The country he led, and leads, is not the historical American nation-state, but a theoretical place that exists “not just for the sake of future generations of Americans but for all of humankind. I’m convinced that the pandemic we’re currently living through is both a manifestation of and a mere interruption in the relentless march toward an interconnected world, one in which peoples and cultures can’t help but collide,” he writes. “In that world—of global supply chains, instantaneous capital transfers, social media, transnational terrorist networks, climate change, mass migration, and ever-increasing complexity—we will learn to live together, cooperate with one another, and recognize the dignity of others, or we will perish.”

The flawed Americans of the here and now may have elected Obama president twice, but they also cling to things like national borders, religion, and guns. Obama’s America is a place without borders. It’s a country in which Big Tech oligarchs, social media warriors, and powerful bureaucrats join hands to destroy those who don’t follow a media-enforced ruling-class consensus. The wealth of Obama’s America isn’t in the hands of families of any race, color, or creed; it belongs overwhelmingly to an oligarchy that partners with the Chinese Communist Party, which uses its massive pool of slave labor to produce cheap goods that destroy hundreds of thousands of small businesses and reduce millions of American workers to penury.

Obama understands that his prophetic vision of a new world is scary to lots of people who live in the contingent historical construction called America. And the Iran deal is a central component of that vision, or else his aides working through Joe Biden wouldn’t be so keen to make it stick. The point of empowering a regime that is anti-American at its core is to help bring the America that is to heel, so it can be transformed into the America that Obama envisions. If it brings chaos and war to the Middle East, why are the lives of Israelis and Saudis worth more than the lives of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who died last time in the service of one man’s obsessive vision?

Flashback: $400 million sent to Iran as U.S. prisoners released, raising questions.

CAM EDWARDS: Missouri’s Devastating Response To DOJ Attack On 2A Preservation Act (Video).


The film was not a success when it was released in 1968, but its narrative ideology and influence would be lasting. The 90-minute story, a mix of Narcissus and Odysseus set to a backdrop of class anxiety and cultural decline, is basically the same one that would take place over seven seasons of Mad Men; if you knew your Cheever, it was easy to imagine Ned sharing the commuter train into Manhattan with Don Draper. When the AMC series began, it even had Don and his family living in Ossining, NY, the same bedroom community Cheever called home when he died.

I was born the same week Cheever’s original story was published in the New Yorker, seven months after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a Catholic whose family had excelled in their imitation of high WASP style. Ten years or so later, a teacher at my Catholic grade school would screen a very expurgated 16mm print of the film to us during English class. I remember finding it baffling, even scary; if this was what being an adult involved, I was in no hurry to grow up.

The world of The Swimmer was recognizable to me years later, when Ang Lee made a movie out of Rick Moody’s 1994 novel The Ice Storm, set in a Connecticut commuter suburb less than a decade after The Swimmer. It told a similar story from a very Generation X perspective – the unsupervised kids growing up with Watergate and stagflation, their parents active soldiers on the front lines of the sexual revolution, hooking up and coming apart.

When we talk about the youthquake that unsettled and remade Hollywood in the late ’60s, Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider gets cited inevitably. But in hindsight it’s difficult to see that the story of Wyatt and Billy crossing America on their motorcycles was more influential than a flop like The Swimmer, made by a movie star, a post-studio mogul and a pair of middle class bohemians that helped fix the image and pass judgment on a whole social class that, just a decade earlier, was certain that it had taken the commanding heights of society.

As James Lileks recently wrote on advertising in the 1950s and ’60s, “Turns out that living in near-Utopia has the worst possible effect: you decide to strive for a different Utopia altogether. Come to think of it, though, the roots of it all are in the ads. They’re testaments to happiness, a goal, a mode of living. But it’s not happiness you get because you’ve earned it. It’s happiness that you deserve as an American. That’s where things started to go sideways. It’s a short hop to thinking you deserve it all because you exist.”

SELF-DEFENSE: You know how to shoot a gun. Do you know how to fight with one?

DON SURBER: Onward Social Justice Warriors. “What I liked about the story was the pair’s self-righteousness about the marketing campaign.”

WITH CHINA A GROWING THREAT, BIDEN’S US MILITARY STAYS EVER-VIGILANT: Biden Administration Will Offer Gender Transition Surgery Through VA Healthcare.

NO, THERE WASN’T AN LGBTQ ‘TERROR ATTACK’ ON SATURDAY: It Was Likely a Drunk Driving Gay Chorus Member. “But, according to local media, the suspect in the crash apparently ‘was wearing a Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus t-shirt’ when taken into custody. To that extent, ‘Justin Knight, the chorus’ president,’ confirmed that ‘chorus members were the ones injured and that the driver was ‘part of the Chorus family’…Regardless of the truth, the left could not wait to blame this incident on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. #DeathSantis began trending on Twitter as soon as word got out.”

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Would taller people benefit from bicycles with larger wheels? Speaking as a taller person I would say yes, but perhaps not from the penny-farthing in the illustration.

THAT’S WHAT XI SAID: Cranky NY Times Lashes Out at Right, Claims Virus ‘Far More’ Trump’s Fault Than Xi.

‘YOU CAN LIVE ANYWHERE BUT COLORADO:’ Why Many Remote Job Postings Are Now Actively Excluding One State.

Here’s why.

“A new Colorado law… requires companies with even a few employees in the state to disclose the expected salary or pay range for each open role they advertise, including remote positions,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The rule’s aim is to narrow gender wage gaps and provide greater pay transparency for employees.”

The result?

“To avoid having to disclose that information… some employers seeking remote workers nationwide are saying that those living in Colorado need not apply,” the Journal notes.


IT’S A MARTIAL ART THAT’S GOOD FOR EVERYTHING EXCEPT FIGHTING: Study: Tai chi may improve depression, anxiety, sleep in stroke survivors.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Make Your Own Gravlox.

DROUGHT-STRICKEN COMMUNITIES PUSH BACK AGAINST DATA CENTERS: As cash-strapped cities welcome Big Tech to build hundreds of million-dollar data centers in their backyards, critics question the environmental cost.

“We are going to experience a drier and more water-scare future, and every drop of water counts,” said Newsha Ajami, director of urban water policy at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment. “It’s not just Amazon, Microsoft and Google causing these water footprints. But it’s you and me, searching and needing data that ends up in these data centers.”

Ajami said that water has been historically undervalued as a resource in part because it has been cheap for companies to purchase. While many industries have taken great leaps in reducing their electricity use and carbon footprints, they lag behind in water efficiency throughout their supply chains, she said.

“We often overlook the communities impacted, who are often disadvantaged,” she added. “If it was a wealthy community, maybe they wouldn’t allow the data centers to be built in their backyard.”

Curiously though, NBC News.com, the source of the above article, doesn’t recommend that their readers conserve their Internet use by not going to NBC News.com, nor are they planning to voluntarily shutter their server farms and studio locations anytime soon.

QUESTION ASKED: Why Has “Ivermectin” Become a Dirty Word?

On December 8, 2020, when most of America was consumed with what The Guardian called Donald Trump’s “desperate, mendacious, frenzied and sometimes farcical” attempt to remain president, the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on the “Medical Response to Covid-19.” One of the witnesses, a pulmonologist named Dr. Pierre Kory, insisted he had great news.

“We have a solution to this crisis,” he said unequivocally. “There is a drug that is proving to have a miraculous impact.”

Kory was referring to an FDA-approved medicine called ivermectin. A genuine wonder drug in other realms, ivermectin has all but eliminated parasitic diseases like river blindness and elephantiasis, helping discoverer Satoshi Ōmura win the Nobel Prize in 2015. As far as its uses in the pandemic went, however, research was still scant. Could it really be a magic Covid-19 bullet?

Kory had been trying to make such a case, but complained to the Senate that public efforts had been stifled, because “every time we mention ivermectin, we get put in Facebook jail.” A Catch-22 seemed to be ensnaring science. With the world desperate for news about an unprecedented disaster, Silicon Valley had essentially decided to disallow discussion of a potential solution — disallow calls for more research and more study — because not enough research and study had been done. Once, people weren’t allowed to take drugs before they got FDA approval. Now, they can’t talk about them.

“I want to try to be respectful because I think the intention is correct,” Kory told the committee. “They want to cut down on misinformation, and many doctors are claiming X, Y, and Z work in this disease. The challenge is, you’re also silencing those of us who are expert, reasoned, researched, and extremely knowledgeable.”

Read the whole thing.

GOV. ABBOTT VETOES FUNDING FOR TEXAS STATE LEGISLATURE, INCLUDING LAWMAKERS’ PAY: “Abbott said in a statement that ‘Texans don’t run from a legislative fight, and they don’t walk away from unfinished business. ’Funding should not be provided for those who quit their job early, leaving their state with unfinished business and exposing taxpayers to higher costs for an additional legislative session. I therefore object to and disapprove of these appropriations,’ the governor said.”

SYSTEMIC RACISM: VIDEO: Psychiatrist doubles down on claim that white people are ‘psychopathic.’

Well, someone’s looking psychopathic here.


Clapton added that after speaking out he “did get some flack from the people I least wanted to get flack from,” but on the positive side he welcomed the prospect of “becoming a nuisance for [political leaders]. I’d love to be an annoyance to some of them that sit ’round that table; that would give me tremendous satisfaction.”

He also called out the pro-lockdown, pro-vaccine contingent’s use of “propaganda” and their “making it so that you’re responsible for other people’s lives” if you don’t do everything you’re told to do: “I could be labeled a murderer, and people would really believe that.”

Clapton — who added that he’d been reading George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” over the course of lockdowns and vaccine pressures — said such propaganda is “powerful” and “very clever.”

It’s been fascinating to watch the freakout from members of Internet music forums over Clapton’s anti-lockdown comments. Leftists suffer extreme cognitive dissonance over a superstar having different opinions than their own, something every conservative or libertarian takes for granted when he opens up his iPad or Roku box and goes to Netflix or Amazon Music.

* Not all of them — Clapton has assembled a pretty killer band for his tour of the American south in September.

THAT’S RIGHT, BUT NOT IN THE WAY HE MEANS: College President: ‘Critical Race Theory is the new Communism.’


Needless to say, it’s a long interview; at over two hours, I wish there was a highlight reel. But it’s worth it for Weiss’ take on her former employer, the New York Times, and how its current editors are even more terrified of being flamed by social media (spoken about 50 minutes in), than its past editors were of angering the paper’s advertisers. She addresses the paper’s crybully staffers’ meltdown over Tom Cotton’s op-ed last year at about an hour and a half in.

AS A LEGENDARY COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ADVISES, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Lawsuit: Ex-Calif. Sec. of State Conspired With Twitter to Silence Critics, Secure His Path to the Senate.

CALL IT “SETTLER COLONIALISM:” Biden dumping illegal migrants around the nation without notice.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! Get yourself something for being such a great dad. How about a coffee mug or T-shirt from Biblical Greek T-shirts, some Old Post Road Shaving soap or one of the Hard Man Novels.

NOTHING SAYS “CREDIBLE” LIKE ANONYMOUS CHINESE SCIENTISTS: Chinese Propaganda Outlet Trots Out Anonymous Scientists To Combat Lab-Leak Theory.


According to Cruz, a reporter tried to get the Republican senator on a “gotcha” question last week, asking him, “What is critical race theory?” Cruz theorized the Capitol Hill reporter thought the question would trip him up because the reporter likely believes “conservatives are morons,” and they “don’t know what they’re talking about.”

“I explained to him and I said, ‘Well, it’s a theory that derives from Marxism. Carl Marx viewed the entire world as a conflict between classes, between the owners of capital and the working men and women, the proletariat,'” Cruz said. “A fundamental battle in society.”

“Critical race theory takes that same Marxist concept except it replaces ‘class’ with ‘race,'” he explained. “And it says all of America and all of the world is a battle between the races.”

“Critical race theory says every white person is a racist,” Cruz stated. “Critical race theory says America’s fundamentally racist and irredeemably racist. Critical race theory seeks to turn us against each other and if someone has a different color skin, seeks to make us hate that person.”

“And let me tell you right now, critical race theory is bigoted, it is a lie and it is every bit as racist as the Klansmen in white sheets,” Cruz emphatically proclaimed, which was greeted by applause from the conservative audience.

Just ask the guys in the white sheets themselves:

Related: Don’t Ban CRT. Expose It.

WHAT WOULD A PUTIN STOOGE DO DIFFERENTLY? Biden White House temporarily halts $100 million weapons sale to Ukraine.


Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

AS BIDEN SURRENDERS TO IRAN: Mass Executioner Raisi wins Iran’s Sham Presidential Election.  Ebrahim “The Butcher” Raisi sent some 5000 Iranian dissidents to their deaths in the late 1980s.

DEMOCRATS ARE BECOMING THE PARTY OF WALL STREET, SILICON VALLEY, AND THE GENTRY CLASS: Democrats lost ground with non-college voters of color in 2020.

June 19, 2021

MY FORMER STUDENT MATTHEW MCCLANAHAN WON THIS ONE: Judges Halt Race and Gender Priority for Restaurant Relief Grants.

On May 27 — three days after the 21-day priority period ended — a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit sided with Antonio Vitolo, an owner of Jake’s Bar and Grill in Harriman, Tenn., who said he had “been pushed to the back of the line” because he is a white man.

In a 2-to-1 decision, the court said, “When the government promulgates race-based policies, it must operate with a scalpel.” The Small Business Administration’s “scattershot approach” was unconstitutional, the court found.

Matthew McClanahan, a lawyer for Mr. Vitolo, said his client was pleased with the decision.

A similar case in Texas by the owners of two restaurants — the Lost Cajun in Keller, Texas, and Penn Hotel Sports & Raw Bar in Hershey, Pa. — accused the government of “actively and invidiously discriminating against American citizens solely based upon their race and sex.” Judge Reed O’Connor ruled against the agency on May 28, ordering it to evaluate the plaintiffs’ claims “in accordance with a race-neutral, sex-neutral ‘first come, first served’ policy.”

I’m proud to see my former students standing up against racism.

OPEN THREAD: The stars are indifferent to astronomy.

SPACE: SpaceX stacking giant Super Heavy rocket ahead of Starship orbital flight test (photo). “The plan is this: The Super Heavy-Starship duo will lift off from Starbase, and the huge first-stage booster will come down about six minutes later in the Gulf of Mexico about 20 miles (32 km) off the Texas coast. The upper stage will make its way to Earth orbit, ultimately returning for a soft splashdown about 62 miles (100 km) off the northwest coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai.”


ADMIT IT: YOU LOVE PIZZA. A mini-review and plug for Anthony Falco‘s “Pizza Czar” a combination personal history and a complete compendium on how to make various doughs, sauces, and even cheese. Round pies, pan pies, white pies, traditional pies, nouveau-cuisine pies– it’s all here. And for what it’s worth, Anthony who is not particularly political one way or the other, has been the target and obsession of an irrational internet cancel culture stalker (not going to link him) who has managed to succeed in interfering with the business of an honest working-class guy who made good. So buying the book not only gets you a great cookbook, but sends a big “F-U” to the social justice keyboard warriors.

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SO FAR, I FEEL LIKE THE “VARIANTS” HAVE BEEN OVERSOLD: Everything We Know So Far About The COVID-19 Delta Variant.


To be fair, the Founding Fathers Persons had no sense of which pronouns to use: Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Make Official Titles Gender-Neutral.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Marijuana use in teen years may hinder brain development, study finds.

IT’S A GRIFT: Well-meaning Americans are being suckered into an illiberal political cabal.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Portland Mayor Scrambles as Fallout From Mass Resignations of Portland Riot Squad Begins.

THIS STATEMENT IS AT MOST CONDITIONALLY TRUE: Whether Or Not Men Find You Sexy Has Nothing To Do With Your Size Or Shape.

DECLINE IS A CHOICE: Homeless Man Throws Bottle of Water at Gavin Newsom During Trip to Oakland. “When asked about the incident, Newsom laughed it off with a joke as the Democratic governor also failed to receive a question regarding the sharp increase in homelessness throughout California. As residents continue to worry over the segment of the homeless population that is crazed due to drug abuse and prone to violent behavior, Newsom should consider a form of state-funded boxing programs so Californians can get better at bobbing and weaving.”

Oakland’s last Republican mayor left office in 1977.

MATT ZOLLER SEITZ ON JAMES GANDOLFINI, 1961-2013: A Great Actor, A Better Man.

As Seitz notes on Twitter, “The great James Gandolfini would’ve been 60 today.”

DOES DAD LIKE GOLF? A fun gift would be James Y. Bartlett’s golf mystery series.

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: Texas Governor Abbott Signs Constitutional Carry Bill.

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