June 20, 2018

HE WAS A GOOD ONE:  In Memoriam: Christopher Stasheff.


MY FACE IS MUCH SHOCKED; SO SURPRISED; WOW: Good news: Stanford Prison Experiment was a lie.

YES, IT CAN BE DONE:  Wealth redistribution the right way.

THIS IS NEWS?  China Industrial Policy Seeks to Steal ‘Crown Jewels’ of U.S. Tech.


ABOUT TIME!  U.S. withdraws from farcical U.N. Human Rights Council.

MY FACE. MUCH SHOCKED. SO SURPRISED:  Occupy Wall Street Tweets About Killing ICE Agents And Twitter Allows It.

ABOUT TIME:  The Commie Cadet Gets Kicked Out of the Army. Finally. Communism is incompatible with an oath to protect the US Constitution.

June 19, 2018

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CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST: ‘About 60 Organizations’ Are Considering a Lawsuit Against the SPLC Following $3M Nawaz Settlement.

OPEN THREAD: There are many open threads, past and future. But this is today’s open thread. Make the most of it, before it’s gone.

HOSTAGE TAKER: Chuck Schumer just exposed the Dems’ whole border crisis charade. “Gee it’s almost like they’d rather have a political issue they can wield against GOP than actually fix the problem.”

UPDATE: “Call Schumer’s bluff. Advance the bill. See if Democrats filibuster,” David French tweets.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Freckling: The new dating trend of the summer. “No, not dating someone with freckles – freckling means casually getting involved with someone over the long, lazy days and light, balmy evenings of the summer months, only to drop them come autumn, when the coats come back out and the freckles disappear again.”

This seems like one of those “trends” that exist largely in marketing offices and the minds of assignment editors.

IF WE DON’T DO IT, CAN WE TRUST WHO WOULD: Sarah Hoyt asks, Should There Be a Space Corps?

AN OPEN LETTER TO MARK ZUCKERBERG: Tell Us What You Mean by ‘Hate Speech.’

Why would he do that? It’s much more fun to keep the dumb f*cks (classical reference) guessing by constantly moving the goal posts — invariably back and to the left, back and to the left, as Oliver Stone would say.

THAT WAS DIFFERENT BECAUSE SHUT UP: Flashback: Both Hillary And Obama Advocated Separating Migrant Families, Strict Border Control.

SLANDER A VETERAN, LET YOUR PUBLISHER APOLOGIZE FOR YOU, THEN HIDE: As pointed out here and and here, The New Yorker’s smarter-than-you Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) has now protected her tweets. What that says to me is the bubble hardens, and those smug elitists just retreat into an ever-smaller echo chamber.

Having legally vetted thousands of stories in my career as a media lawyer, I am always surprised (and disappointed) by reporters who attack someone and justify it by saying “hey, they’re fair game, they stepped up to the plate, they need to learn to take the high inside fastball.” I heard this time and time again when I questioned stories about Sarah Palin, John McCain, Ted Cruz and others. What I can’t understand is why simpering babies hide or whine when the shoe is on their foot. Yes, I’m talking to you, Jim Acosta. Grow a pair or get out of the game.

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ILYA SHAPIRO: Harvard Is Too Discriminating: A lawsuit may eventually give the Supreme Court a chance to clarify its view of racial preferences.

In Fisher v. University of Texas (2013), the justices ruled 7-1 that the use of race in university admissions was permissible only if it was narrowly tailored to achieve “the educational benefits of diversity” and administrators had made a good-faith effort to consider race-neutral alternatives. In 2016, after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, the court ruled in favor of the university in another appeal from the same case. Seemingly exhausted by the topic, the justices held 4-3 that Texas’ idiosyncratic admissions program satisfied the test. Fisher II was the first and only time Justice Anthony Kennedy has approved a use of racial preferences in college admissions. His opinion made clear that the key to surviving judicial scrutiny was “holistic” individualized review rather than quotas or other group-based screens.

Yet holistic review can facilitate discrimination by concealing a process that amounts to a quota. That’s what Harvard did when it devised this method to cap the number of Jews it admitted in the 1920s and ’30s. The university is now credibly accused of doing the same thing to Asian-Americans.

The lawsuit was filed in 2014, but paused as Fisher played out. It picked up steam in August 2017, when the Justice Department opened its own investigation into Harvard’s use of race. This past April, after the department filed a “notice of interest” that cited the need to allow public access to the lawsuit’s filings, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled that most of the evidence the plaintiffs had obtained in discovery could be made public. It was last Friday, in legal papers filed with a motion for summary judgment—a request that the judge rule against Harvard without a trial, based on facts not in dispute.

The plaintiffs argue that Harvard intentionally discriminates. “An Asian-American applicant with a 25% chance of admission,” the plaintiffs’ motion summarizes, “would have a 35% chance if he were white, 75% if he were Hispanic, and 95% chance if he were African-American.”

That’s not because Asians are weak in areas other than academics that might legitimately be considered in admissions decisions. Harvard’s own documents show that Asians have higher extracurricular and alumni-interview scores than any other racial group, and scores from teachers and guidance counselors nearly identical to whites (and higher than African-Americans and Hispanics). Yet admissions officers assigned them the lowest “personal” rating—an assessment of “positive personality,” character traits like “likability,” “helpfulness,” “courage,” and “kindness,” and whether the applicant has good “human qualities.” It’s reminiscent of the old stereotype that Jews weren’t “clubbable.”

The plaintiffs’ motion asserts that Harvard officials’ testimony “amounts to a confession” of racial balancing. Statistical analysis of public data by Duke economist Peter S. Arcidiacono, whom the plaintiffs hired as an expert witness, reinforces the suspicion that the school manipulates subjective criteria to maintain the same student-body composition regardless of shifts in the pool of qualified applicants. If the admissions office admits what it deems to be “too many” or “too few” students of any race it reshapes the next class as a remedy. The plaintiffs conclude that “Harvard has a desired racial balance and aims for that target”—an approach the Supreme Court has consistently said is improper since it first approved the limited use of race in admissions in 1978.

Related: Racism is wrong, even when Harvard does it.

Plus: Asians Get The Ivy League’s Jewish Treatment.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: The Enlightenment’s Cynical Critics.

BETTER DEAD THAN RUDE? Hmmmm: Pentagon Covering Up Fact That Female Officers Nearly Sank Navy Ship.

(Classical reference in headline.)

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Starbucks also plans to close about 150 company-operated American stores over its next fiscal year. And note this:

The closing stores are often in “major metro areas where increases in wage and occupancy and other regulatory requirements” are making them unprofitable, Johnson said. “Now, in a lot of ways, it’s middle America and the South that presents an opportunity.”

Huh – all the best people told me that #fightfor15 would have no deleterious effect on the food and beverage industry.

IT’S NATIONAL MARTINI DAY: You know what to do.


Read the whole thing.

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: No, Not Everybody You Hate Is a Nazi.

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FASTER, PLEASE: Dad battling brain cancer shows no sign of tumor regrowth after clinical trial.

THIS HAS GOTTEN A LOT LESS ATTENTION THAN IT DESERVES: Sports Tickets, Other Freebies for FBI Leakers Raise ‘Bribery’ Issues, Legal Experts Say. They raise ‘bribery’ issues because, you know, they’re bribery. Both the bribed, and the bribers, should be prosecuted.

(Bumped, because it’s getting a lot less attention than it deserves.)

UPDATE: From the comments: “They go after Trump for the emoluments clause and end up revealing a bunch of Trump haters for bribery.”

Plus: “It’s not bribery bribery if you’ve got a friend in the prosecutors’ office. Especially, when bringing you up on charges will call into question all your sworn ‘testimony’ in trials to put people disfavored by the powers that be in prison.”

NOT SURPRISING: Millennials may be less happy and healthy than their parents by middle age. It’s as if our modern social structures aren’t optimal for human happiness.

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NEW YORK’S SMARTEST LIBELS NEW YORK’S BRAVEST: A Harvard-educated fact-checker for the New Yorker is being excoriated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for “baselessly slandering” a Marine veteran — by falsely accusing him of having a Nazi tattoo, according to reports.

Just an accident. Never mind. Nothing to see here. Doesn’t indicate any confirmation bias. Nope.

THOUGHTS ON TRUMP’S SPACE FORCE IDEA. First, what a bureaucratic defeat for the Air Force. Wow! Their series of procurement debacles has a stiff price. (Though to be honest, the Navy’s been at least as bad). Second, what’s the model for a space force? More like the Air Force, or like the Navy? Or something else? Right now the missions will be unmanned and near to earth, but how long will that last? Will there be Space Marines? (There really need to be Space Marines).

Personally, I think they should drop the normal government procurement model and just contract with SpaceX for launch services in the near future. Also: One reason for a Space Force might be that a new bureaucracy can be really creative and productive for a decade or so before it ossifies into normal bureaucracy. Is there something coming that makes it important that the next decade be that decade?

Discuss these, along with service songs, uniforms, or whatever, in the comments.

IVY LEAGUE ADMISSIONS POLICIES INSPIRE STILL MORE CYNICISM: “And — ironically — when you picture those thousand competition-winning orchestra kids, what ethnicity are you picturing? I’ll bet classical music virtuosity counts for very little in the Ivy League admission process because it would help Asian American applicants. Or does it help a lot when you are not Asian-American but not at all when you are?”

WATCHING THE SAUSAGE GET MADE IN REAL TIME: Nets Flood Broadcasts With 176 Minutes of Separated Kids Coverage.

As the Federalist’s Jesse Kelly tweets, “The last 48 hours is exactly why people on the right are so distrustful of media. They’re extremely powerful and can manufacture outrage on a national level. It’s not journalism. It’s activism that influences policy.”



In a rejection email dated April 11, organizers officially exiled Rocky Mountain MRA from PrideFest, citing for example the group’s one-time screening of the film “The Red Pill,” as well as the fact that the group posted news from The Daily Caller on Facebook.

Oh no, not the Daily Caller! To be fair, Tucker Carlson is almost as extremist as that legendary alt-right figure Dennis Prager – whose educational PragerU YouTube videos have also been added to the SPLC’s “Hate Watch” list.

As Glenn wrote last year, “Think of them as leftist propagandists and grifters and you won’t go far wrong.”

Related: SPLC Apologizes, Pays Settlement to Islamic Reformer It Wrongly Labeled ‘Anti-Muslim Extremist.’


Mr. Trump’s anger at America’s allies embodies, however unpleasantly, a not unreasonable point of view, and one that the rest of the world ignores at its peril: The global world order is unbalanced and inequitable. And unless something is done to correct it soon, it will collapse, with or without the president’s tweets.

While the West happily built the liberal order over the past 70 years, with Europe at its center, the Americans had the continent’s back. In turn, as it unravels, America feels this loss of balance the hardest — it has always spent the most money and manpower to keep the system working.

The Europeans have basically been free riders on the voyage, spending almost nothing on defense, and instead building vast social welfare systems at home and robust, well-protected export industries abroad. Rather than lash back at Mr. Trump, they would do better to ask how we got to this place, and how to get out.

The European Union, as an institution, is one of the prime drivers of this inequity. At the Group of 7, for example, the constituent countries are described as all equals. But in reality, the union puts a thumb on the scales in its members’ favor: It is a highly integrated, well-protected free-trade area that gives a huge leg up to, say, German car manufacturers while essentially punishing American companies who want to trade in the region.

The eurozone offers a similar unfair advantage. If it were not for the euro, Germany would long ago have had to appreciate its currency in line with its enormous export surplus.


IS ALBERT EINSTEIN NEXT TO MEET THE BIG PC AIRBRUSH? Calling Einstein A Racist Is Perfect For Those Who Can’t Compete With His Accomplishments:

So what does Einstein say in his diaries? “This theory of relativity thing could come in really handy at eliminating inferior races with an atom bomb?” “Let’s enslave uppity Chinese women who want to study quantum mechanics?”

No. Of the Japanese, he says, “Intellectual needs of this nation seem to be weaker than their artistic ones — natural disposition?” Of the Chinese, he considered some that he saw to be “industrious, filthy, obtuse people” and said “it would be a pity if these Chinese supplant all other races. For the likes of us, the mere thought is unspeakably dreary.”

To recap, unlike Columbus, Washington, or Jefferson, who inflicted real pain upon many people through real actions, in 1922, Einstein had some private thoughts that are roughly as offensive as the 15 RealPatriotsAgainstMexico.blogtown.net articles your aunt shared on Facebook last week. Einstein then wrote those unsavory thoughts in a private journal, never spoke them aloud publicly, and never lived a life in accordance with them. The horror…Why is this news for the Knights of Akshully? The answer is fairly simple. Their goal is not to eliminate injustice. If it were, they’d spend their time fighting against the slavery, oppression, and racism that still run rampant in the world instead of attacking historical figures who were increasingly less guilty of perpetuating slavery, oppression, and racism.

Likewise, it’s hard to believe they’re seeking a genuine debate about how much a man’s moral failings ought to affect his legacy, since the answer is always the same: “Terminate with extreme prejudice the one with extreme (or modest) prejudice.” Rather, it seems the Knights of Akshully’s goal is to devise an ethical system that gives them bragging rights over the far more accomplished figures of history.

Read the whole thing. As Paul Johnson wrote in Modern Times:

At the beginning of the 1920s the belief began to circulate, for the first time at a popular level, that there were no longer any absolutes: of time and space, of good and evil, of knowledge, above all of value. Mistakenly but perhaps inevitably, relativity became confused with relativism.

No one was more distressed than Einstein by this public misapprehension. He was bewildered by the relentless publicity and error which his work seemed to promote. He wrote to his colleague Max Born on 9 September 1920: ‘Like the man in the fairy-tale who turned everything he touched into gold, so with me everything turns into a fuss in the newspapers.’ Einstein was not a practicing Jew, but he acknowledged a God. He believed passionately in absolute standards of right and wrong.

He lived to see moral relativism, to him a disease, become a social pandemic, just as he lived to see his fatal equation bring into existence nuclear warfare. There were times, he said at the end of his life, when he wished he had been a simple watchmaker.

The public response to relativity was one of the principal formative influences on the course of twentieth-century history. It formed a knife, inadvertently wielded by its author, to help cut society adrift from its traditional moorings in the faith and morals of Judeo-Christian culture.

A century later, is the age of moral relativity about to devour the legacy of the man who invented the real theory of relativity? The PC police will likely give it their best shot, if only because, as Kevin Williamson wrote last week, in an article ominously titled, “Watch What You Say. Someone Else Is.

The generation that reached what passes for maturity in the age of social media is the most status-obsessed—and hence etiquette-obsessed—since the ancien régime. They are all miniaturists: There hasn’t been an important and original book of political ideas written by an American Millennial, and very few of them have read one, either. But they are very interested in individual pronouns and 280-character tweets. It is extraordinarily difficult for any one of them to raise his own status through doing interesting and imaginative intellectual work, because there is practically no audience for such work among his peers. Worse, the generation ahead of him stopped paying attention to Millennials years ago, and the generation behind him never started.

What that leaves is the takfiri tendency, scalp-hunting or engineering a court scandal at Versailles. Concurrent with that belief is the superstition that people such as Harvey Weinstein or Bret Stephens take up cultural space that might otherwise be filled by some more worthy person if only the infidel were removed, as though society were an inverted game of Tetris, with each little disintegration helping to enable everybody else to move up one slot at a time. Status obsession does funny things to one’s map of social reality. It leads to all manner of bizarre thinking.

Not least of which is the continuous search for the next great man to airbrush from history for the tiniest flaws in his thinking, if only out of jealousy.

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CHANGE: A Movement Arises To Take Back Higher Education.

They started insisting on “trigger warnings” and demanding that controversial speakers be disinvited from campus. In fall 2015 a wave of highly publicized protests over racial issues hit Yale and the University of Missouri. In 2016 the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education recorded 43 attempts to disinvite speakers from campus. Then in 2017, mobs at Berkeley and Middlebury rioted against provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and social scientist Charles Murray.

Data back up these anecdotes. A 2017 survey by FIRE and YouGov found that 58% of students said it was “important to be part of a campus community where they are not exposed to intolerant or offensive ideas.” In a Brookings Institution survey from the same year, 1 in 5 students said using violence to stop a speaker was sometimes acceptable.

But we may be turning a corner. According to FIRE, disinvitation demands dropped to 36 in 2017, and only nine have been issued so far this year. At the same time, academics and administrators—some of whom spoke at the Heterodox Academy conference—have taken steps to increase viewpoint diversity on their campuses.

In 2015 the University of Chicago issued a statement validating the importance of free speech in education. To date 42 schools, from Columbia to the University of Minnesota, have adopted the Chicago principles or a statement like it. Last year Mr. George, the Princeton conservative, authored a statement with Cornel West, a Harvard leftist, asserting that “all of us should seek respectfully to engage with people who challenge our views.” It has thousands of signatories, inside and outside academia.

Michael Roth, the progressive president of Wesleyan University, last year announced an “affirmative action” program to bring conservative faculty and ideas to campus. Heterodox Academy has created an educational app called OpenMind to help students learn virtues like intellectual humility and empathy so that they can speak to one another across the divide. So far it has been used in over 100 classrooms.

As encouraging as these initiatives are, there’s a more fundamental shift that needs to take place—a rethinking of identity politics. Rather than promoting a “common-enemy identity politics” that admonishes white people and others with “privilege,” Mr. Haidt said Friday, professors and administrators should embrace a “common-humanity identity politics.” Isn’t that what liberal education is all about?

Yes, but it offers insufficient opportunities for graft and lefty politicking.

VENOM ON A NIGHT EXERCISE: A Marine UH-1Y Venom refuels at a forward arming and refueling point in Yuma, Ariz. Stunning color photo taken by a USMC corporal.

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EVERY COUPLE OF WEEKS, IT’S A “YOU MUST HATE CHILDREN” MEDIA MELTDOWN: Desperate Democrats bedazzled at political prospect of crying kids.


From Scientific American:

In 2015, doctors in Germany reported the extraordinary case of a woman who suffered from what has traditionally been called “multiple personality disorder” and today is known as “dissociative identity disorder” (DID). The woman exhibited a variety of dissociated personalities (“alters”), some of which claimed to be blind. Using EEGs, the doctors were able to ascertain that the brain activity normally associated with sight wasn’t present while a blind alter was in control of the woman’s body, even though her eyes were open. Remarkably, when a sighted alter assumed control, the usual brain activity returned.


Now, a newly published paper…posits that dissociation can offer a solution to a critical problem in our current understanding of the nature of reality. This requires some background…

Perhaps we are all alters. So read the whole thing for background and explanation.

FROM JEFF FOUST, more on the Space Force.

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Border ‘Crisis,’ Senate Hearing Tooth Fairy and Much, Much More. “The elevator pitch version of the IG report can be summarized as follows: the investigation found there was mind blowing bias among senior officials in the FBI/DOJ against Trump and his moron supporters but the officials claimed it didn’t effect any of their investigations so it’s all good.”

ROGER KIMBALL ON COMEY’S FBI: A Comedy of Corruption? Or a Bureaucratic Horror Show?

THE COMPASSION IS ALWAYS SELECTIVE: No protest over 20,000 US kids separated from parents in jail.

Over 20,000 children a year are put into foster care because their American parents are taken to jail, 10 times the number of those separated when illegal immigrant parents try to sneak into the U.S. but are caught, according to a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

However, unlike the congressional outcry over President Trump’s zero-tolerance policy targeting illegal immigration, there has been no mass protest of or investigation into the separation of children from those in jail.

Weird, that.

FEAR OF THE WOKE: Microsoft briefly removes blog post mentioning ICE contract after backlash.


Across the West, existing voters won’t give the left the power it wants, so they’re importing new ones.

THIS IS LIKE THE KKK RUNNING AN AFRICAN-HISTORY PROGRAM: Feminist Academic Launching Masters Program in ‘Masculinities.’ “The center counts feminist icons such as Gloria Steinem, Eve Ensler, and Jane Fonda among its Board of Directors, and it is led by Michael Kimmel, a feminist academic who most recently wrote a book on ‘angry white men’ suffering from ‘aggrieved entitlement.'”

PETER GRANT HAS A NEW BOOK!  An Airless Storm: Cochrane’s Company: Book Two.

Andrew Cochrane and his mercenaries have warded off a deadly onslaught by asteroid thieves. Now they’re riding high, buying more ships and looking for more contracts.

However, the criminal Brotherhood isn’t about to accept defeat – not after Cochrane’s Company killed their Patriarch. They’re out to rebuild, rearm, and get revenge.

What started as a simple patrol job in a deserted binary star system explodes into a multi-planetary arms race, with survival on the line!

THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE:  Gallup: Satisfaction with direction of country highest since 2005.

WHY ISN’T THIS TRAILER RACIST, REACTIONARY, ETC?  Film scribes are swooning over this gun-toting vigilante months after dubbing her kissing cousin a racist (and worse).

YEAH, BUT HE HAS THEM SURROUNDED:  Open season on Jordan Peterson.

CUTTING THROUGH THE FOG:  The truth about separating kids at the border.

AND ALSO:  The truth about separating kids at the border, Part Two.

YEAH… WHAT… THE?  Speaking of dumpster fires.




IT’S BEEN INTERESTING FOR A LONG WHILE.  NOW IT’S BOTH HILARIOUS AND HORRIFYING:  The “Russia! Russia!” court case is getting entertaining.

WELL, THE LEFT IS SURE THEY HAVE NO SOULS:  What You Believe Can Kill You… Or at Least, Kill Your Soul…

THE BETRAYAL GOES DEEP:  Faith in our Fathers.

June 18, 2018

CHANGE: Catholic Bishops Gear Up to Beat Trump in 2020. Well, they’ve proven themselves unable to maintain a community of faith in the U.S., so I guess they need to import a bunch of Catholic immigrants from Mexico and Central America to make up the difference.

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IN THE FUTURE, EVERYONE WILL BE HITLER FOR 15 MINUTES — AND THE FUTURE IS NOW: Lefties claim wounded veteran working with ICE is a Nazi.

After smearing wheelchair-bound Marine Justin Gaertner, wounded in Afghanistan, because they mistook the elbow tattoo of his unit’s insignia as an iron cross, Hollywood lefty Ron Perlman tweeted, “My apologies! I mistook the symbol on this man’s arm before I actually knew the facts. So again, I apologize to the man in this picture for my mistake. Maybe it was the gusto, the relish this agency seems to project in their obsession to racially profile decent people.”

Jenny, things got a little out of hand. It’s just this war and that lyin’ son-of-a-bitch Johnson.

KIDS TORN FROM THEIR PARENTS: As always, the compassion is highly selective.

HEADLINES FROM 1488. Male Feminist Declares: ‘End Chivalry Now.’

(Classical reference in headline.)

IT’S COME TO THIS: Bay Area Elementary School to Be Named After Illegal Immigrant.

IT’S BEEN A BAD THREE YEARS FOR THE MEDIA: 3 years ago, Trump announced that he was running for President, and, oh, how the media mocked him.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: The Five Worst Illegal Immigration Arguments.


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BUT STILL, THEY PERSISTED: Erick Erickson lights the media up for doing a ‘terrible job’ covering #ImmigrantChildren.


● Shot:

A tin of osetra caviar arrives in a crystal bowl of crushed ice. It’s served as a bona fide “bump”— the server spoons the eggs onto your fist along with a dollop of smoked creme fraiche, then drapes it all in a fat slab of barbecued wagyu beef fat. (Yes, all on your fist.) It’s a salty, smoky, slippery slurp, enlivened by a perfect pop. The effect is similar to the drug it alludes to: I immediately wanted more — although not at $68 a hit.

A review of the San Francisco restaurant Avery in Eater.com, Jun 5, 2018. (There’s a photo of the “fist bump of caviar” at the above link, if you’re curious.)

● Chaser: “Terrified” San Francisco Tourists Shocked By Aggressive Vagrants, Discarded Needles, Dead Bodies.

—Headline, Zero Hedge, today.

(Classical reference in headline.)

THIS IS NICE: An Extraordinary Thing Happened At Jordan Peterson’s Indianapolis Performance.

BUY THE BEST BOOKS? THAT’S CRAZY TALK — Sarah Hoyt asks, Should Publishers Buy the Best Books or Books By the Right People?

(Yes, that’s right, it’s me, Charlie Martin. I’ll be posting here in the future as well as my usual haunts at PJM. As well as writing for PJM for more than 10 years, I’m a consultant through Flint Hills Group, where I also blog, and tutor computer topics at Wyzant. Come up and see me some time.)

I FIND THIS PLAUSIBLE: People’s Egos Get Bigger After Yoga And Meditation.

DIVERSITY MEANS KNOWING YOUR PLACE: Bestselling Author Fired for Criticizing Penguin Random House’s New Diversity Policy.

Update: The original piece has been corrected. Lionel Shriver was dropped as a literary judge by a different organization, not dropped by her publisher.

TRUMP DOESN’T HAVE HIS WALL YET, BUT THE FBI STONEWALL HAS BEEN ERECTED: Comey refuses to testify to Congress, McCabe pleads Fifth Amendment.

WELL, THEY ALREADY SEEM TO HAVE CORNERED THE MARKET ON DULLER JUDGES: With Knife Crimes on Rise, British Judge Recommends Duller Kitchen Knives.

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EVERYBODY DOES IT: Supreme Court Strikes Down Challenges to Gerrymandering in Maryland and Wisconsin. “Both Republicans and Democrats lost attempts to stop partisan redistricting.”