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ALL LEFTIST ADVOCATES HURT THEIR CAUSES:  The frenzy over ‘campus rape culture’ is hurting real victims.

WHAT REAL RAPE CULTURE LOOKS LIKE: Dutch woman arrested in Qatar after making rape claim.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Campus Drunk Confidential.

Related: What Is ‘Consent’ To A Drunk? — Is it rape if she didn’t know she was saying yes, and he couldn’t tell she was in a blackout?

WOMENS’ RIGHTS UPDATE: Dutch woman jailed in Qatar after reporting rape convicted of ‘illicit sex’

A Dutch woman who has been in jail in Qatar since mid-March after she reported being raped, has been found guilty of “illicit consensual fornication” and being “drunk in a public place.”

At a court hearing in Doha Monday, the 22-year old, whom CNN has identified only as Laura, was handed a one-year suspended sentence and placed on probation for three years for the sex-related charge, and fined 3,000 Qatari Riyals ($823) for being drunk outside a licensed location.

She’ll almost certainly be deported immediately.

A Syrian man also appeared alongside her and was found guilty of the same crimes. He was sentenced to 100 lashes for the illicit fornication charge and a further 40 lashes for the illegal consumption of alcohol. As a Muslim he is not allowed to drink at all under Qatari law.

The woman may have been slipped a drugged beverage by someone at the bar, but at least the worst penalty she faces — for having been raped — is a fine and deportation.

NAOMI SCHAEFER RILEY: The Frenzy Over ‘Campus Rape Culture’ Is Hurting Real Victims. To be fair, the frenzy isn’t meant to help real victims.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Police arrest McComb woman for sex crime against toddler. “McComb Police said they went to an apartment on Gillis Circle on Monday. A witness showed police cell phone video of Labruzza being sexually involved with a child that was about 2 years old, police said.”

WHEN “RAPE CULTURE” IS REAL: Predatory Peacekeepers – UN Soldiers Are Committing Widespread Child Rape. “The Blue Helmets attacked the very people they were sent to protect. Children as young as 7 have been targeted, with a girl forced to perform “oral sex on French soldiers in exchange for a bottle of water and a sachet of cookies. Three girls reported being stripped, tied up, and forced to engage in bestiality with a dog by a French military commander. The brutality of this systematic child sexual abuse is entirely at odds with the humanitarian values the UN claims to uphold. Yet UN troops have a history of exploiting people in communities shattered by war and natural disaster, an institutional failure which is yet to see any meaningful resolution. From the international powers-that-be down to right-on liberals, many a blind eye has been turned.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Lafayette woman accused of recording herself performing oral sex on 1-year-old.

“RESEARCH” SAYS THIS. That means it’s science. You don’t want to be anti-science, do you? Chocolate cake for breakfast? Research says it’s good for both your brain and your waistline.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): College women rape college men but few men tell.

20 MINUTES OF ACTION: Ott, Whittle, and Green on the Stanford rape sentence.

Full disclosure: I’m Green.

TEACHING MIGRANTS NOT TO RAPE.

Related: Reuters: Migrants linked to 69,000 would-be or actual crimes in Germany in first three months of 2016: police.

THEY’D NEVER BUY THESE STUDIES IF THEY WERE AIMED AT WOMEN OR MINORITIES: No, half of college athletes are not rapists.

Another day, another dubious study shared without critical thought throughout a media desperate to prove rape and sexism are everywhere.

This time, a small-scale, online survey of undergraduate college men at a single Southeastern university is being trumpeted as proof that male athletes are rapists. Some media outlets, like the Washington Post and Inside Higher Ed, at least claimed the study showed athletes admitting to “sexual coercion,” which is what the study purported to show. But the Independent went full stop, claiming the study showed “More than half of university sportsmen admit to raping or sexually assaulting women.”

The survey, as with all other surveys purporting to show rampant rape among college students — especially athletes and fraternity members — had some limitations.

It’s just more propaganda fodder in the War On College Men.

AND YET THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CONSIDER THE UNITED NATIONS SOMEHOW MORALLY SUPERIOR: Whistleblower who exposed food-for-child sex among peacekeepers resigns over UN ‘impunity.’ “The UN whistleblower who exposed the rape of children by peacekeepers in Africa has quit his post to protest what he sees as the “complete impunity” of those responsible, he announced in an interview on Tuesday. . . . In July 2014, Mr Kompass leaked a confidential UN report on the sexual abuse of children by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic to prosecutors in France – the former colonial power has a force there – claiming the UN was taking too long to act. A study by independent experts released in December 2015 found “gross institutional failure” by the UN in the way it responded to the abuse allegations. . . . Mr Kompass was suspended for leaking the internal report on the abuse but the independent study exonerated him, IRIN said.”

FASTER, PLEASE: Cancer cell therapies could be approved next year: Juno, Kite Pharma.

A new wave of experimental cancer drugs that directly recruit the immune system’s powerful T cells could begin reaching patients next year, according to companies presenting new data at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

In interviews with Reuters, Kite Pharma Inc and Juno Therapeutics Inc both said they could receive initial regulatory approvals next year for a type of immunotherapy treatment known as chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapies.

CAR-T therapies involve a complicated process of extracting immune system T cells from an individual patient, altering their DNA to sharpen their ability to spot and kill cancer cells, and infusing them back into the same patient.

The technique is being tested against a range of different cancer types, but first in blood cancers. Kite aims to file this year for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of its therapy, KTE-C19, for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), according to Chief Medical Officer David Chang.

Like I said, faster, please.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Texas on record-setting pace for inappropriate teacher-student relationships. “The issue in Texas shot back into the national spotlight after it was revealed last week that former Houston-area teacher Alexandria Vera, 24, had been impregnated by a then-13-year-old former student. . . . According to the probable cause document, she aborted the pregnancy after a child welfare investigator questioned her in February about the relationship, which she denied at the time.”

Related: Why Are So Many Female Teachers Sleeping With Students?

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Mother ‘in incestuous relationship with nephew helped him rape her 12-year-old daughter.’

WAR ON COLLEGE MEN UPDATE: Police determined the rape accusation was ‘unfounded,’ but school punished him anyway.

A Lynn University student is suing his school after he was suspended for one year for allegedly sexually assaulting a female student.

The suing student, identified in court documents as John Doe, attended a party while a freshmen where underage drinking was occurring. There he met a female student (who I’m not naming because she’s not being sued and I’m not naming the accused) and the two began talking. Doe’s lawsuit contends that she “showed no signs of being intoxicated.”

Around 8:30 p.m. that night, the two met in a dorm room and had sex. Again, Doe’s lawsuit claims she showed no signs of intoxication and was a willing participant in the activity. But the next day, she filed a rape complaint with campus security. Police noticed she did not use the word “rape” when they interviewed her. After a more complete investigation, including campus surveillance videos, they not only determined the accusation to be “unfounded” but also that the accuser did not seem at all intoxicated. They declined to bring charges.

That didn’t stop Lynn University from putting Doe through a disciplinary hearing in which he was not allowed an attorney, contrary to school policy. The accuser’s attorney (she was allowed one) was permitted to review the campus surveillance videos and have multiple private communications with campus investigators, the accuser’s mother and potential witnesses. The accuser’s attorney was also allowed to answer questions for her and intervene in the proceedings.

Doe’s mother, who acted as his adviser since he wasn’t allowed legal representation, was not allowed to speak.

The mere existence of such policies makes Lynn University a hostile educational environment for men. Expect President Trump’s Education Secretary to look into that. . . .

TALKING ABOUT MALE RAPE. Well, not that much, because it doesn’t fit the narrative.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE: Middle school teacher had sex with student, 13, ‘daily.’

MICHAEL BARONE REVIEWS JOEL KOTKIN’S THE HUMAN CITY:

Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing policies that would concentrate new housing in high-rise clusters around mass transit stations, with ready access to bike paths and walking trails but not to streets and roads for private cars. It’s a good thing to offer people such a choice. It’s a bad thing to deny them any others.

The result is that housing costs in coastal metropolises have skyrocketed far above the level affordable for median-income singles, much less married couples with children. These cities are increasingly the home of the connected rich and the disconnected poor. They have the nation’s highest levels of economic inequality and the highest percentage of singles. The central city of San Francisco has 80,000 more dogs than children.

Plus:

[The focus of urban planners] is typically visual, and on the exterior of buildings and cityscape, easily reproduced in glossy coffee-table books, rather than on the interiors where people spend most of their hours. They take their cues from 20th century architects like Le Corbusier, who wanted to knock down all of Paris’ historic structures and replace them with a few skyscrapers rising from parkland.

As Jane Jacobs and Tom Wolfe have noted, that worked out just swell for all concerned when tried as low-income housing in America: Two word: Pruitt-Igoe.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Aldine ISD teacher accused of sexual relationship with 13-year-old released from jail; Report says teacher became pregnant with student’s baby. “Court documents said Vera had an abortion because she got nervous when Child Protective Services showed up at school in February to question her and the student about their relationship. The DA’s office said Vera denied the relationship then. . . . She faces a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child.”

ASHE SCHOW: Now a woman has been expelled for allegedly sexually assaulting a man.

It’s finally happened — a woman was accused of sexual assault by a man and ended up being expelled under the same terrible policies that have railroaded so many male students.

The woman, identified as “Rose” by Buzzfeed News, tells a story similar to that of so many young college men. While drinking at a party, she and a male student went to her room and performed oral sex on each other. The male student left briefly to get a condom before the two began intercourse.

But the male student would eventually tell Washington State University officials that he felt “really uncomfortable” and “kept trying to leave” after the intercourse, but that Rose tried to make him stay. Apparently a group of students had gathered outside of Rose’s room during the sexual activity and tried talking to the accuser through the door because they thought he “did not want to do this.”

The male student told Rose he had to “go find his friends” and went into another student’s room, where he hid in a closet while Rose tried to find him. She eventually texted him to say “I miss you.”

The male student was allegedly teased about sleeping with Rose because she is short and overweight. She believes this is what led to the accusation.

If you regret it, it’s rape. Right?

NONSENSE. “REGRET RAPE” IS JUST A FICTION INVENTED BY THE PATRIARCHY. Female student expelled for rape claims male filed complaint because friends ‘teased’ him.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Teacher Had Sex With Teen Student On Night Of Fiance’s Bachelor Party.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Rocky Top woman admits to statutory rape of boy, 14.

NOAH ROTHMAN: How The Left Cheapened Rape. Inflation is what they do, whether the currency is financial or moral.

TEN YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT:

MORE ON THE MEDIA’S KATRINA DEBACLE:

Where to begin? As I’ve written before, virtually all of the gripping stories from Katrina were untrue. All of those stories about, in Paula Zahn’s words, “bands of rapists, going block to block”? Not true. The tales of snipers firing on medevac helicopters? Bogus. The yarns, peddled on Oprah by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and the New Orleans police chief, that “little babies” were getting raped in the Superdome and that the bodies of the murdered were piling up? Completely false. The stories about poor blacks dying in comparatively huge numbers because American society “left them behind”? Nah-ah. While most outlets limited themselves to taking Nagin’s estimate of 10,000 dead at face value, Editor and Publisher—the watchdog of the media—ran the headline, “Mortuary Director Tells Local Paper 40,000 Could Be Lost in Hurricane.”

In all of Louisiana, not just New Orleans, the total dead from Katrina was roughly 1,500. Blacks did not die disproportionately, nor did the poor. The only group truly singled out in terms of mortality was the elderly. According to a Knight-Ridder study, while only 15 percent of the population of New Orleans was over the age of 60, some 74 percent of the dead were 60 or older, and almost half were older than 75. Blacks were, if anything, slightly underrepresented among the dead given their share of the population.

This barely captures how badly the press bungled Katrina coverage. . . . And yet, an ubiquitous media chorus claims simultaneously that Katrina was Bush’s worst hour and the press’s best.

Read the whole thing. But what they learned was that if they all shouted lies in unison they could drive Bush down in the polls.

I AGREE: Ashe Schow: Hate Crime Hoaxers Should Be Prosecuted.

The excuse that one merely wanted to “start a dialogue” is unacceptable. The damage that hoaxers are doing to real victims is incalculable. It’s impossible now to view an accusation of a hate crime and think it won’t be proven a hoax because there aren’t modern examples of real hate crimes that get the attention of the hoaxes.

Whether it’s a race hoax, a gay hate-crime hoax or a rape hoax, allowing people to get away with lies sends the message that it’s okay. It’s not.

But lefty activists believe there are no consequences — because, often, there aren’t.

TEN YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT:

LOU DOLINAR HAS BEEN LOOKING INTO THE MEDIA FAILURES DURING KATRINA:

Remember the dozens, maybe hundreds, of rapes, murders, stabbings and deaths resulting from official neglect at the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina? The ones that never happened, as even the national media later admitted?

Sure, we all remember the original reporting, if not the back-pedaling.

Here’s another one: Do you remember the dramatic TV footage of National Guard helicopters landing at the Superdome as soon as Katrina passed, dropping off tens of thousands saved from certain death? The corpsmen running with stretchers, in an echo of M*A*S*H, carrying the survivors to ambulances and the medical center? About how the operation, which also included the Coast Guard, regular military units, and local first responders, continued for more than a week?

Me neither. Except that it did happen, and got at best an occasional, parenthetical mention in the national media. The National Guard had its headquarters for Katrina, not just a few peacekeeping troops, in what the media portrayed as the pit of Hell. Hell was one of the safest places to be in New Orleans, smelly as it was. The situation was always under control, not surprisingly because the people in control were always there. . . .

I initially heard about the Dome headquarters from Maj. John T. Dressler, who serves with the National Guard Bureau in Washington D.C, an organization that coordinates efforts of State Guard units which serve under their respective governors. Dressler was present in the command tent there and pulled together after-action reports for the Guard as a whole from its fifty-plus individual state commands. His account was so far at variance with the picture the media portrayed that I suspected a hoax, as did my RCP editor. As it turns out, various Guard documents, personal memories, and sworn testimony support his story, which in Louisiana is no great secret. It’s just the rest of the country that’s been kept in the dark.

Read the whole thing. The Katrina reporting represented a massive media failure, one that they’ve never really admitted.

UPDATE: Reader Michael Parker emails:

It’s only a failure if their goal was to report the news.

It was a raging success if you believe their goal was to diminish Bush.

Given how proud of their Katrina coverage the press remains to this day, it seems like the latter is the most likely.

It’s certainly true that they have nothing to be proud of. Indeed, their mis-reporting hampered rescue efforts and may well have cost lives.

CATHY YOUNG: UVA’s Jackie Made Up Her “Rapist.” Will Fauxminists ‘StandWithJackie’?

In the department of news that will surprise exactly no one, the latest reports from a University of Virginia dean’s lawsuit against Rolling Stone over its 2014 “Rape on Campus” article have revealed new evidence that the story’s main source, Jackie, fabricated not only her brutal frat-house gang rape but the handsome date who set it up, Haven Monahan.

In this latest twist, it appears someone accessed “Haven’s” email account, [email protected], from the office of Jackie’s lawyers on March 18.

No need to page Perry Mason: even without this final clue, the case of the fictional gang rape was basically wrapped up by the end of 2014, a few weeks after the Rolling Stone cover story first rocked the nation.

First, press investigations showed that there was no party at the fraternity named by Jackie anywhere near the date she gave; that her account changed (according to friends) from forced oral sex to vaginal rape and from five assailants to seven; and that she had looked uninjured after a violent attack that she claimed left her bruised and bloodied.

Then, it turned out that the alleged rapist, named “Drew” in the Rolling Stone story but known by the Harlequin-romance name Haven Monahan to Jackie’s friends, seemed to be a ghost. There was no one by that name on the UVA campus or anywhere else; “Haven’s” text messages to Jackie’s friends were fake (and came from fake phone numbers registered to texting-via-Internet services), and his photo matched a former high school classmate of Jackie’s who lived outside Virginia. The catfishing scheme was apparently an elaborate play for the affections of Jackie’s friend and fellow student Ryan Duffin, who had previously rebuffed her romantic overtures—and whom she called for help after the alleged rape.

It was enough to make Anna Merlan, a writer for the feminist website Jezebel.com, apologize to blogger Richard Bradley and Reason writer Robby Soave for calling them idiots after they publicly wondered if the UVA gang rape story was a hoax. But not enough for either feminists or the mainstream media to call a fake a fake, instead of politely referring to “discrepancies” in Jackie’s story and piously intoning that traumatic memories can be unreliable.

In March 2015, when the Charlottesville Police Department released the results of its investigation into Jackie’s alleged assault—which found “no substantive basis” for her claims and explicitly disproved many of them—CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin repeatedly emphasized that “we have to be very careful” not to call Jackie a liar. Asserting that only two percent of rape reports are false according to the FBI, Hostin concluded, “The suggestion that she just sort of made this entire thing up flies in the face of statistics.”

Apart from the bizarre logic—a two-percent chance is hardly the same as “never happens”—this analysis was flawed in more ways than one can count. FBI statistics actually show that around 9 percent of rape reports are classified as “unfounded” by local law enforcement; however, it is nearly impossible to obtain a reliable estimate of false reports. Some “unfounded” complaints are mislabeled as false; on the other hand, some unresolved cases and even some rape convictions involve false allegations. What’s more, false report statistics track only formal complaints made to the police or to college officials; Jackie never filed such a complaint.

CNN wasn’t the only media outlet dancing around the facts. The New York Times story never mentioned the evidence that “Haven Monahan” was fabricated, stating only that “the police were unable to track Mr. Monahan down.” (They were also unable to interview Santa Claus.) . . .

By the way, the judge in the Rolling Stone case ruled that Jackie’s records must be turned over to Eramo and her attorneys, obviously disagreeing with NOW. According to The Washington Post, Jackie’s lawyers have claimed that their client was “not in possession” of “Haven Monahan’s” correspondence and was not withholding any documents. But it turns out that just four days before that letter was sent, someone using the law firm’s network logged into “Haven Monahan’s” email account.

You have to wonder what the people who still “stand with Jackie” will make of the news. Maybe the dastardly Haven broke into the law firm’s office or hacked the server. Or we could always go with the “shape-shifting alien” theory.

It’s important for SJW types to feel good about themselves. Any damage done along the way is acceptable.

DESPERATE REVISIONISM: Say what? NBC’s Andrea Mitchell says Clinton rape allegation is ‘discredited.’

SO WHY IS NOBODY PUBLISHING HER NAME? New evidence shows Rolling Stone rape hoaxer created her ‘rapist.’

We already knew that “Jackie,” the woman who told Rolling Stone she was gang-raped at the University of Virginia, likely fabricated the attack. But new evidence shows that she created an email address for her fake attacker after the alleged attack occurred.

Lawyers for U.Va. Dean Nicole Eramo, who is now suing Rolling Stone after being presented as callous toward Jackie, have presented evidence showing that an email account belonging to “Haven Monahan” was created on Oct. 2, 2012, and was connected to U.Va.’s computer network.

“Haven Monahan” was the name of the man Jackie told her friends she had a date with and who allegedly orchestrated the alleged gang rape she later described. Charlottesville police concluded that no one named Haven Monahan was currently attending or had ever attended U.Va., and photos of the man Jackie sent her friends turned out to be an old high school classmate who lived nowhere nearby and barely knew her.

The day after the email account was created, one of Jackie’s friends, Ryan Duffin, received an email from Monahan with a letter Jackie had written confessing her love for Duffin.

Hysterical girl creates rape hoax as part of effort to land guy. And the Obama White House, and pretty much all of the press and much of Congress, wanted to change policy nationwide because of this story.

Plus:

Eramo’s attorneys had asked Jackie and her lawyers to turn over all information relating to Monahan, and they claimed they had. Eramo’s recent court filing alleges, however, that someone from the Stein Mitchell law firm, which is now representing Jackie, accessed the Monahan email account on March 18, 2016. Eramo and her lawyers write in their latest court filings that this new information leads to “only one logical conclusion: Jackie is ‘Haven Monahan.'”

Four days after they accessed the Haven Monahan email address in March, Jackie’s lawyers sent Eramo another letter claiming “that Jackie was not in possession of these emails.” Thus, the new court filings also indicate that Jackie and her attorneys have not complied with a court order to turn over all relevant materials in her possession.

Serious attorney misconduct if true.

WHY ARE OBAMA-SUPPORTING AUTHORS WRITING SUCH PROBLEMATIC LITERARY CESSPITS OF RAPE CULTURE?

Shot: Feminist Internet: Harry Potter Perpetuates Rape Culture: “According to a piece on Feminist Internet, the Harry Potter series perpetuates rape culture because there are love potions involved in a couple of the storylines — and that’s ‘glaringly problematic.'”

—Katherine Timpf, NRO, yesterday.

Chaser: ‘Harry Potter’ Author J.K. Rowling Dines With Obama in London: “Rowling has met the President several times and attended a banquet thrown by Obama and his wife for Queen Elizabeth II when the U.S. first couple visited Britain in 2011.”

—AP story, April 24th, 2016.

Eventually, the revolution runs out of ideological enemies to destroy, at which point it begins to devour itself.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Former Colorado teacher sentenced to 7 years for sex with boy. “Tuesday afternoon Katerina Bardos, a former fourth-grade teacher at Frontier Academy, was sentenced to the seven years in the department of corrections followed by five years of parole as a part of a plea agreement. . . . Weld District Judge Marcelo Kopcow said Tuesday Bardos had admitted to having sex with the child between 40 and 50 times over the course of a year.”

RELAX, GUYS, WE’RE HEADING INTO ANOTHER “RECOVERY SUMMER!” Obama Presides Over the Feeblest Post-WWII Recovery. “It is now certain that President Obama will be the only U.S. president in history that did not deliver a single calendar year of 3.0%+ economic growth, and the fourth-worst in history in terms of average RGDP growth while in office.” If he were a Republican, the press coverage would be nonstop Grapes Of Wrath stuff. Instead, it’s all about the joys of staycations and funemployment, while only a few cranks talk about how seniors are suffering.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Teacher Admits Sex With 15-year-old Boy, Gets No Jail Time. Female privilege.

THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: Teacher who allegedly raped student landed job at DOE: probe.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: New ‘Mattress Girl’ Lawsuit: Obscene Drawing of Cleared Man ‘Displayed on Campus’

Related: New Book on Rape Culture Hysteria.

MAN NOBODY VOTED FOR ANNOUNCES WHO HE WON’T VOTE FOR: Jeb Bush: I won’t vote for Trump or Clinton.

Jeb Bush will not vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the presidential election, he announced Friday, saying that he doesn’t think either one will “put us on a better course.”

“In November, I will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but I will support principled conservatives at the state and federal levels, just as I have done my entire life,” Bush wrote in a Facebook post.

“For Republicans, there is no greater priority than ensuring we keep control of both chambers of Congress. I look forward to working hard for great conservatives in the Senate and House in the coming months.”

Bush slammed both parties’ front-runners as unfit for the White House.

Sorry, Jeb, but this comes across as sour grapes. Now if you’d taken my advice in January, or better still, my advice from last year, Trump probably wouldn’t be the nominee, and your words would carry a lot more weight. But you ran an ego-driven campaign long past the point at which a sensible person would have dropped out.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: David Thompson writes, “If a survey suggests that the rate of serious sexual assault on the typical American campus is higher than the rate of rape, murder, armed robbery and assault combined in Detroit, the U.S. city with the highest murder rate, and higher than in war-torn areas of the Congo where rape is used as a weapon, and at a time when the rate of rape in general is in marked decline, then there’s probably something wrong with the methodology. And if someone’s definitions of rape and serious sexual assault include inept and unwanted flirtation, intoxicated consensual coupling and post-coital embarrassment, and refers to people who are pretty sure they hadn’t in fact been raped, then there may be something wrong with the person using that definition.”

Related: Caroline Kitchens, Senior Research Associate at the American Enterprise Institute, asks at Prager University, Are 1 in 5 Women Raped at College?

AP: TRUMP DASHES CRUZ’S HOPES IN INDIANA; SANDERS-CLINTON CLOSE.

Earlier today Ed Morrissey paraphrased the Donald’s prediction: “Trump: If I win tonight, it’s over.” As Ed writes:

After this, it’s going to look even more difficult for Cruz. Next week Cruz is expected to win Nebraska’s 36 delegates (no polling as of yet), while Trump is expected to cruise to victory in West Virginia for its 34 delegates. After that, the primaries mostly return to the coasts, with Washington, Oregon, California, and New Jersey combining for 295 delegates in mostly winner-take-all hybrid configurations. If Trump even gets 40 delegates tonight, he’ll need about two-thirds of the 295 delegates in the coastal states, a very achievable outcome thanks to the GOP’s rules on delegate allocations. And don’t forget that Cruz supposedly conceded Oregon and New Mexico to Kasich, who has little chance of standing in the way of Trump’s momentum.

So yes, it won’t be literally over tonight, but a big win in Indiana for Trump tonight means that Trump can probably start measuring the drapes for the convention in Cleveland.

“Welcome to the general election,” Jennifer Epstein of Bloomberg tweets.

YEAH, I PRETTY MUCH START WITH THE ASSUMPTION THAT THESE THINGS ARE FAKES NOW: There Have Been Over 100 Hate Crime Hoaxes In The Past Decade. “Victimhood isn’t just used to push agendas and win power. It can also be used to make money. Professional victims like feminist pest Anita Sarkeesian have received thousands of dollars in donations after complaints about unkind words on the internet. Little wonder that there’s been such an epidemic of hate crime hoaxes in the past few years, particularly among regressive activists on university campuses. We’ve seen students scrawl swastikas on the doors of their own dorm rooms, send themselves anonymous rape threats, and falsely accuse fraternities of queer-bashing.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Mizzou Race Relations Committee Releases Series of Anti-Racism Videos for ‘White People:’

The University of Missouri’s Faculty Council Committee on Race Relations released a video series this week that aims to educate students and faculty about racism on campus, Mizzou’s student newspaper, the Maneater, reported.

Committee member Craig Roberts, a Mizzou plant sciences professor, said that the target audience of these videos will be white faculty, the lessons will be applicable for the while community as a whole.

Roberts explained in an email to the Maneater that white people, including himself, are not as likely to detect racism because they do not experience it first-hand, and white faculty often downplay the degree to which racism affects the community.

“White people tend to see racism in terms of lynching, physical abuse, bullying and other products of hate,” Roberts said. “Racism is more than the overt, blatant, extreme incidents.”

As Ace of Spades quips, “And now you can view Mizzou’s handy guide to What a Racist Your Child Is. Plus — there’s still that one-in-five-will-be-raped thing! So you know: Definitely send your kid there.”

But fortunately, to coin a phrase, A New Hope has emerged from a most unlikely source. “Melissa Click just (accidentally) outed the campus PC Gestapo,” Carrie Lukas writes at the New York Post:

Click now claims her own dismissal is racially charged, meant to send a message that blacks aren’t supposed to stand up against whites. Yet she also notes that being “a white lady” makes her an “easy target.”

In other words, Click believes that although bigotry pervades the university’s liberal halls, administrators are too cowed to fire anyone who isn’t white, making her supposed white privilege also her biggest handicap.

Click is suing the school for allegedly failing to follow the rules governing firings in cases like hers. Her charge may have merit. But where was Click when Wolfe was being similarly sacrificed for political expedience?

As Lukas writes, “It’s long been evident that something is seriously wrong with American higher education, but Click’s case ties key pieces of the puzzle together: the absurdity of the racial- and gender-grievance game on college campuses, the politically motivated inquisitions that serve as university justice and the increasingly useless nature of so much of what’s studied.”

Is there nothing she can’t do?

SHOT: Trump: ‘We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country’

“We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country, and that’s what they’re doing,” Trump said during his second rally Sunday in Fort Wayne, Indiana, referring to China’s high number of exports relative to the U.S.

Trump has repeatedly accused China of manipulating its currency to make its exports more competitive on the global market and has claimed that China is “killing” the U.S. on trade.

CHASER: China, Trying to Bolster Currency, Taps Foreign Reserves.

Beijing has spent perhaps a trillion dollars since last year to keep the yuan strong as investors flee the country, and as the Chinese leadership pushes for the IMF to crown the yuan as a reserve currency later this year.

HANGOVER: Yuan drops against basket even as policy makers talk stability.

China’s central bank faces a delicate balancing act with the yuan. While weakening the currency bolsters economic growth by making exporters more competitive, declines in the exchange rate could also exacerbate capital flight and erode consumer confidence. More than $900 billion left China in 2015 as the yuan dropped 4.4 percent against the dollar, the biggest annual slide since 1994.

Central planning rarely works as advertised.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Molasky Junior High math teacher arrested for sex charges.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED: Are 1 in 5 Women Raped at College?

New video from Prager University hosted by Caroline Kitchens, Senior Research Associate at the American Enterprise Institute.

Earlier: College more dangerous than prison for women AND men when it comes to sexual assault, says Obama admin.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College more dangerous than prison for women AND men when it comes to sexual assault, says Obama admin.

The Obama administration has produced new statistics on prison rape which, taken in conjunction with its widespread claims about college campuses, imply that women and even men are safer from rape in prison than they are on college campuses.

In a recent report from the White House states that 8.5 percent of female inmates and 3.7 percent of male inmates experience sexual assault while in prison. More than half of these incidents are committed by prison and jail staff, though the report acknowledges that “many abuse incidents in prisons involve other inmates as perpetrators.”

If one takes these statistics at face value and compares them to other widely reported statistics used by the White House on campus sexual assault, one could conclude that sexual assault is far more common on college campuses than in America’s prisons. After all, the Obama administration loves to tout deeply flawed self-reported surveys showing 20 percent of women and 5 to 8 percent of men are sexually assaulted on college campuses over a four-year college career.

This would mean that men are twice as likely and women nearly three times as likely to be raped on a college campus as they are in prison.

At least it’s good marketing for Reynolds Online University:

DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH: Asylum seeker confesses in Vienna court to pool rape.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE RAPE CULTURE IN COLLEGE? Bloody ISIS Strikes Again: 250 Women Murdered for Refusing to Become Sex Slaves.

LEAVE IT TO THE GRAY LADY TO DESCRIBE JOHNNY MANZIEL AS A VICTIM: “In Johnny Manziel, a Human Cost to the N.F.L. Draft Machine,” someone at the New York Times actually wrote as a headline.

As the sports-oriented Deadspin blog notes in response:

It’s an irresponsible stretch to even suggest that Manziel’s precipitous draft-day fall had anything to do with his subsequent downward spiral. This is a person who had substance abuse problems before he left college, spent his entire life before entering the NFL with a shaky support system, and is and was, by all accounts, not a good person. The public eye post-draft wasn’t new to him—Manziel was one of the biggest college stars in decades, playing in Texas—and going to Cleveland might actually have lowered his local fame and reduced his circle of enablers.

When millionaire rock superstar Billy Joel inducted fellow millionaire rock superstar John Cougar Mellencamp into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, Joel actually said in his speech: “Don’t let this club membership change you, John. Stay ornery, stay mean….You’re right, John, this is still our country and we’ll always be victims of powerful people.”

On today’s college campuses, as Jonah Goldberg noted last year after Columbia’s “Mattress Girl,” the fake Rolling Stone rape article, and the general tendency of college campuses to be hotbeds of false accusations of rape, racism, and other fever swamp delusions, the will to power derives from victimhood. Today’s Times headline is confirmation that contagion has spread from college campuses to the rest of the left as well.

Update: Obama stenographer Jeffrey Goldberg is also eager to play the victimhood game with Manziel:

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TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Wife of Tenn. high school football coach busted for sex with underage player. “Kelsey McCarter, 26, carried on a sexual relationship for nearly a year with a student at South-Doyle High School, according to a seven-count indictment handed down by a grand jury in Knox County. The boy was just a freshman when the sex began in February 2015, and was a sophomore football player by the time the affair was discovered in late December.”

JAMES LILEKS ON HOW TO MURDER A CITY. Lileks features an early 1970s industrial film, and his own running commentary, on how the last vestiges of Bauhaus-style modernism on a massive scale cheerfully sucked the history and vitality right out of a major American city to, as Tom Wolfe would say, “Start From Zero.” As James concludes:

Great job, guys. Just tremendous work. To be fair, there are skyscrapers – built during the worst phase of American skyscraper design, unfortunately — and I guess the old industrial warehouse area is being spiffed up, because people like history. It’s like Theodore Dalyrimple observed: after WW2, the cities that had been spared the bombing were intact, if sagging and old — and we proceeded to make them look as if they’d been firebombed by the Boche for weeks on end, creating our own arid wastelands.

Well-heeled vandals with taxpayer money, leveling the old sad world for a city of bunkers. The whole thing is right here. It’s really an extraordinary period piece.

Everything new is worse.

I quoted the aforementioned Dalrymple passage at the start of a lengthy 2005, Lileks-inspired post titled The Life And Death Of England’s Cities.

THE ANTI-SEX LEAGUE WANTS TO MAKE SURE YOU LOVE NO ONE BUT BIG BROTHER: Prepare to have your sex life regulated by government.

Adults may soon find their sex lives regulated to the point where nearly every sexual encounter is defined as rape unless neither party reports the activity.

The American Law Institute will vote in May on whether to adopt a model penal code that would make “affirmative consent” the official position of the organization. Affirmative consent — or “yes means yes” — policies have already been adopted by many colleges and universities, and have been passed as law in California and New York.

A source within ALI has confirmed to the Washington Examiner that the model penal code on sexual assault that was discussed at last year’s meeting will be voted on at their annual meeting this coming May. Last year, the draft proposal was met with opposition from ALI members, including a female former prosecutor who called the draft “really disturbing.”

A group of concerned members within ALI even circulated an opposition letter, signed by dozens of members, that detailed the dangers of pushing affirmative consent on the general public (not that it’s a good policy for college students, either).

Sure, this sounds impossible — but think of all the other things happening, legally, that seemed impossible not long ago. But the people pushing this stuff have no fear of consequences. If this passes, the American Law Institute should be shamed and shunned.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Lawsuit: Woman Swears ‘I Wasn’t Raped,’ University Kicks Out Male Student Anyway.

As with the absurd destinations that zero-tolerance education policies can lead grade schools, higher education’s blind allegiance to political correctness is a dangerous thing.

STATE FEMINISM SAYS WOMEN ARE TOO DUMB TO KNOW WHEN THEY’VE CONSENTED: She said she wasn’t raped, but the school expelled him anyway.

It no longer seems to matter what the woman involved in a sexual encounter says. Schools are so hell bent on proving to the federal government that they take sexual assault accusations seriously that they’ll expel someone based on a third-party accusation – even if the alleged victim says there was no rape.

This is the exact scenario that played out at Colorado State University-Pueblo, according to a lawsuit filed by the accused student, Grant Neal. Now, in a first for accused students, Neal is suing not only his school but also the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, whose overzealous attention to the issue of campus sexual assault by way of non-binding but consequence-heavy “Dear Colleague” letters has created a culture where accusations equal guilt and due process rights barely exist, if at all.

Neal, a member of the football team and pre-med student, met a woman referred to in the lawsuit as Jane Doe in the fall of 2014, while she participated in the school’s Athletic Training Program. The two became close, according to the lawsuit, but did not pursue a romantic relationship because Jane thought it would jeopardize her position in the program.

The two became closer and eventually went to see a movie together. When they returned to Neal’s car, they began to kiss. The two engaged in digital and oral sexual activity before Neal drove Jane back to her home. The next day, the two attended a party with other members of the football team and began to flirt. They avoided public displays of affection and left the party separately.

The following day Neal had decided to host a barbeque party at his home. An hour-and-a-half before the party was scheduled to start, Jane texted Neal and invited him to her house. Jane was home alone. The two went into her bedroom to discuss their relationship, but decided it was too dangerous for them to be in a relationship at that time. Regardless, the two began to kiss and remove their own clothing. The two eventually had sex.

When Neal tried to leave, Jane repeatedly tried to get him to stay, according to the lawsuit. Neal said he didn’t want to give Jane a “hickey” because other players would see it and perhaps think that it was from him. Jane told him to kiss her neck anyway and said she would wear a hoodie the next day to avoid suspicion.

Neal left Jane to return to his own party. He and Jane traded friendly text messages later that evening.

But the next day, one of Jane’s peers noticed the hickey and asked her about it. Jane admitted to the sexual activity with Neal. Despite no indication from Jane that the sex was nonconsensual, the peer reported the incident to the school’s director of athletic training. She accused Neal of raping Jane.

It’s the “peer” who should be disciplined.

THE NEW YORK TIMES PRONOUNCES “THE DEATH OF LIBERALISM,” HAS NO CLUE IT WAS ONE OF THE MURDERERS:

Liberalism is dead. Or at least it is on the ropes. Triumphant a quarter-century ago, when liberal democracy appeared to have prevailed definitively over the totalitarian utopias that exacted such a toll in blood, it is now under siege from without and within.

Nationalism and authoritarianism, reinforced by technology, have come together to exercise new forms of control and manipulation over human beings whose susceptibility to greed, prejudice, ignorance, domination, subservience and fear was not, after all, swept away by the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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In an age of declamation and shouting, of polarization and vilification, of politics-for-sale and the insidious submersion of politics in fact-lite entertainment, the emergence of Trump is as unsurprising as it is menacing….In Russia, and now in countries from Hungary to Poland, and in China, forms of authoritarianism are ascendant and liberalism (or even modest liberalization) are in retreat. In the Middle East, the Islamic State casts its long, digitized shadow. In Western societies beset by growing inequality (neo-liberal economics has also sapped the credentials of liberalism), political discourse, debate on college campuses and ranting on social media all reflect a new impatience with multiple truths, a new intolerance and unwillingness to make the compromises that permit liberal democracy to work.

— “The Death of Liberalism,” Roger Cohen, the New York Times, Thursday.

News industry leaders are forever proclaiming that diversity is an organizational priority. Such pronouncements usually come paired with apologies for having failed on this front in the past, along with vague plans to do better.

New York Times Chief Executive Mark Thompson defied this tradition yesterday in a presentation before a gathering of managers on the business and news sides of the newspaper. He identified three areas toward which diversity efforts must be channeled: recruitment, hiring and promotion. Supervisors who fail to meet upper management’s requirements in recruiting and hiring minority candidates or who fail to seek out minority candidates for promotions face some stern consequences: They’ll be either encouraged to leave or be fired.

“At New York Times, managers receive a warning about diversity,” Erik Wemple, the Washington Post, Friday.

As Glenn quipped in his post earlier this morning regarding the second headline, “You mean they’re thinking about hiring a Republican?”

But then, making diversity of gender and skin color at gunpoint more important than caring about the finished product or hiring the best people for the job isn’t all that new a development at the Times. In a classic Freudian slip, perilously leftwing then-editor Howell Raines famously cited soon-to-be-disgraced fabulist Jayson Blair “before the National Association of Black Journalists in 2001 as the first fruits of a hiring campaign that ‘has made our staff better and, more importantly, more diverse.’ (No need to italicize that ‘more importantly.’),” Christopher Caldwell noted with a deadpan coda in the Weekly Standard in 2003.

And as New York magazine reported in 1992:

Not long ago, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the 41-year old publisher of the New York Times, was greeting people at a party in the Metropolitan Museum when a dignified older man confronted him. He told Sulzberger that he was unhappy about the jazzy, irreverent new “Styles of the Times” Sunday section. “It’s very”—the man—paused—“un-Times-ian.”

“Thank you,” New York Magazine quoted Sulzberger as replying, adding that the Times’ publisher “later told a crowd of people that alienating older white male readers means ‘we’re doing something right.'”

It’s no coincidence that the punitive worldview of Pinch and Raines took their toll on the paper’s quality. Four decades ago, the Times was once praised by no less than William F. Buckley’s National Review as being “so evenhanded that it must have been deeply dismaying to the liberal opposition…Were the news standards of the Times more broadly emulated the nation would be far better informed and more honorably served.”

Today, as Matthew Continetti accurately noted in 2014, the Gray Lady is staffed by overgrown versions of the high schoolers in the TV series Saved by the Bell. “Someone always has a crazy idea, everyone’s feelings are always hurt, apologies and reconciliations are made and quickly sundered, confrontations are the subject of intense planning and preparation, and authority figures are youth-oriented, well-intentioned, bumbling, and inept.” Continetti’s article is perhaps the best filter through which to read Wemple’s WaPo article on the Times’ future hiring practices, particularly as today’s campus SJWs begin to receive bylines at the paper. (What could go wrong?)

So yes, liberalism is dead, whether your definition of the word is classical liberalism, before the L-Word was stolen by “Progressives” in the 1920s who needed a new description for their ideology after Woodrow Wilson ran roughshod over civil rights, or the postwar midcentury version of liberalism. In both cases, the Times certainly did their share of putting the knife in to kill it, long before Donald Trump ever decided to enter the GOP presidential race.

Related: This is a long post already, but it’s worth noting that regarding Trump, in his latest Sunday column, Ross Douthat, the Gray Lady’s token conservative concludes:

I’ve written before that the Trump campaign is a kind of comic-opera version of a demagogue’s rise, a first-as-farce warning about how our political system could succumb to authoritarianism.

One of its many lessons is that if authoritarianism really comes to America, it won’t come slouching out of the dark heart of Middle America, wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.

A flag pin it will have, no doubt. But on the other lapel will be a button that says I Love New York.

Oh to be a fly on the wall if Douthat is ever asked by a Christian cake baker or pizza shop owner, a falsely accused college male, a member of the Little Sisters of the Poor, or even a massively over-regulated California businessman why he thinks authoritarianism hasn’t yet come to America.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Louisiana Woman, 38, Accused of Weeks-Long Sexual Relationship with Boy, 16, and Threatening Him to Keep Quiet.

MADELEINE ALBRIGHT HAS AN AIRBRUSH, AND SHE’S NOT AFRAID TO USE IT. Albright: ‘War on Terror’ Bad Term for ‘Just Murderers:’

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said she dislikes the use of the phrase “war on terror,” arguing that it makes terrorists look like warriors.

“For me, I’ve had a very hard time with the vocabulary of all of this and I have not liked the words ‘war on terror’ because it makes those that are fighting us warriors when they are actually just murderers and they get a greater kind of reverence in their societies if we make warriors out of them. They are murderers, plain and simple,” Albright said during a discussion about religion, peace and world affairs at Georgetown University.

While she did not mention any presidential candidates by name, Albright criticized Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. as a way to combat Islamic extremism.

Yes, Allah forbid anyone connect the dots here. Or as Tim Blair wrote a few years ago in a post titled “Message Unheard:”

You can’t help but feel a little bit sorry for your average Muslim terrorist. They go to all the trouble of blowing up children in Boston, killing US Army personnel in Texas, detonating bars in Bali, flying jets into New York skyscrapers and now basically removing a soldier’s head in a London street, all in the holy name of Islam.

But where’s the credit?

Where’s the respect?

It’s underneath the ash heap at the bottom of the Memory Hole deep within the basement of the Ministry of Truth. I’m sure Albright’s former colleague Sandy Berger could have found it — if only to bury those archives even more deeply.

Related: Brendan O’Neill on “Charlie Hebdo, Terrorism, and the Culture of ‘You Can’t Say That.'”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Prosecutors say teacher accused of sex with teen boy “begged his parents not to report her.” “Charges have been filed against a female teacher accused of having sex with a teenage boy. Elizabeth Dillett is both a kindergarten teacher and St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School’s athletic director. . . . The boy admitted to police, Domres sent selfies (to him) while she was on her honeymoon.”

ASHE SCHOW: Why aren’t the Democrats discussing the campus sexual assault ‘epidemic’?

We’re told campus sexual assault is a massive problem across the country. We’re told that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted while they’re in college. And we’re told we need to enact draconian policies right now in order to stop the epidemic.

So why then, if our country is facing a rape epidemic on par with war-torn Congo, aren’t the presidential candidates being asked about how they would solve the problem?

The candidates are asked every single debate about the Islamic State and how the United States can best fight terrorism. They’re asked about gun control and mass shootings. They’re asked about illegal immigration. But the alleged mass rapes on college campuses? Crickets.

Could it be because every rational person has realized that campus sexual assault is not the epidemic being reported in the media and by politicians eager to prove they support women?

Well, also the notion that campuses — which are core Left institutions — are hotbeds of rape is problematic past a certain point. It’s fine to use as a slogan on campus, but if voters in general start really thinking about campuses as high-cost rape factories, the consequences are likely to be unpleasant.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO THREATEN MEN WITH WITCHCRAFT! Rapper Azealia Banks Threatens Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey with a ‘Hex:’ “A week after Azealia Banks called for Sarah Palin to be raped by a group of black men, the rapper set her sights on a new target: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.”

I think she’s a little too late, unless she’s a time-traveler who applied her hex retroactively

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO PERISCOPE THEIR UNDERAGE FRIEND GETTING RAPED: Ohio woman accused of livestreaming alleged rape of teen friend.

Marina Lonina and Raymond Gates, 29, were charged Wednesday with rape, kidnapping, sexual battery and pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor. The indictment said the alleged rape involved intercourse by force and the charge was not related to the alleged victim’s age.

Lonina was also charged with illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance, related to the alleged use of the social media livestreaming app Periscope.

Periscope, an app for smartphones, uses a video function to allow users to stream events live.

O’Brien said Lonina and the victim were socializing with Gates at a home in Columbus on Feb. 27 when Gates raped the 17-year-old girl. Lonina used the Periscope app to livestream the assault, O’Brien said.

Good lord.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): “This week’s female teacher busted for having a bunch of sex with a 16-year-old male teenager is Maria C. Chappell. . . . The now-fired teacher taught English to freshmen, sophomores and juniors. She also taught a freshman course called ‘ethically speaking.’ Chappell, a married mother of two, rented a room at a local Holiday Inn Express & Suites on Feb. 29 — a Monday — for a tryst with the student, investigators say.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): High school coach accused of inappropriate relationship with student.

Also, teach them not to cover things up: Two IPS employees to face charges over delay in reporting child abuse.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault: Teacher professed love to student she called ‘Baby Boo,’ messages show. “A former New Berlin high school teacher professed her love to a student she called ‘Baby Boo’ while she planned her wedding to her now-husband, text messages contained in a police report show. Sara Domres, 28, was charged last week with two Class H felony counts of sexual assault of a student.”

BOSTON GLOBE PLAYS THE ONION: Offers Fake Sunday Front Page Mocking President Trump. “Can anyone imagine the outrage that liberal media pundits would have had if say, The New York Post or The Washington Times had created a fake page predicting that President Obama would force people off the insurance they wanted to keep, and food stamp use would soar by 70 percent? Imagine those complaints and transfer them to this: A serious newspaper doesn’t satirize the news. It leaves it to The Onion.”

In a 1974 episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show on CBS, Mary, working late one night with Rhoda goading her on, writes a joke obit for Minneapolis’ oldest man – and Ted reads their obit on the air when, of course, the man dies soon afterwards. Lou threatens to suspend Mary, reminding her that “the news is sacred.” (Mind you that the real-life anchorman of CBS during this period Godwinned Barry Goldwater, lied about America losing the Tet Offensive and ran eco-crank stories about “global cooling.”)

Flash-forward to the 21st century, when any pretense that “the news is sacred” has long gone out the window, as the MSM are all but official Democratic Party operatives with bylines.   In September of 2004, Cronkite’s successor Dan Rather lied about George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard record, and fellow anchormen Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings eagerly defended him in the last month of the presidential election. In 2005, the DNC-MSM invented the wildest lies about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina even though, as Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile finally confessed in a 2013 column at CNN “Bush came through on Katrina.”

In 2008, the media lied endlessly about Obama, creating “The Wright-Free Zone” to airbrush away his racist mentor, and simultaneously comparing a failed community organizer turned Chicago machine hack to Lincoln, FDR, JFK – and God Himself. In 2012 Candy Crowley played blocking back to run interference on Obama’s behalf in his debate against Mitt Romney, and the entire MSM conspired to pretend that that Romney’s perfectly defensible 47 percent remark was somehow the end of the world. So no one should be surprised to see the Boston Globe, owned until 2013 by the New York Times, which invented the phrase “fake but accurate” in 2004 running fake news as a front page headline.

“Flashback: When Globe ran fake rape pics, smeared US troops, weaseled on apology,” Glenn tweeted yesterday, linking to this May of 2004 Insta-post.

Related: “Before Predicting the Future, Take a Closer Look at the Present,” the satiric People’s Cube Photoshop blog advises the Globe.

KYLE SMITH HAS SOME 25TH ANNIVERSARY THOUGHTS: As a feminist film, ‘Thelma & Louise’ fails miserably.

Even on its own terms, as a bluntly obvious feminist parable, the movie is a self-contradictory failure. Its regrettably schematic screenplay (which writer Callie Khouri won an Oscar for) shouts its points in the manner of a freshperson term paper from an only intermittently coherent Womyn’s Studies major.

You may recall the movie as a date-rape revenge saga wrapped up in a freewheeling outlaw adventure, but really it’s a story of two idiotic hysterics who make a series of daft decisions that are nobody’s fault but their own. Stupidity and hot tempers, not entrenched sexism, are the causes of their problems. . . . It’s as if Khouri is trying to paint feminists as given to hysterical overreaction. Teachable moments get garbled — just days after learning that being alone with a strange man is not a great idea, Thelma picks up a hitchhiker, who turns out to be a criminal, simply because he’s Brad Pitt, suggesting the lesson for women is “Be careful of men you don’t know, except the cute ones.”

The movie works better if you just think of it as a misogynist tale about unbelievably ditzy women who lose what remains of their reason under pressure and suffer the ultimate punishment.

As a colleague said at the time, what really happens in the movie is that two women get out from under male supervision, immediately do a lot of stupid things, then commit suicide. And the only voice of sanity is the older white male cop (Harvey Keitel), whom they ignore.

DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF THE LADIES ROOM: Tim Blair on Bruce Springsteen and the PC Street Band.

Related: “How did we get to this absurd place? You won’t go wrong if you point your finger at the [Obama] administration,” Clarice Feldman writes at the American Thinker in an article titled “The War On Women Moves to Restrooms.” As Feldman writes, “To accommodate the perceived wishes of a very small number of people, the federal government and many states are placing women and girls at risk of rape and assault in restrooms.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Former New Berlin school teacher charged with sex with student. “Domres is the second teacher facing charges of sex with a student in Waukesha County in recent months. In December, April M. Novak, 30, of Sussex, a former Menomonee Falls School District teacher, was charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student.”

A TEXTBOOK CASE OF PATHOLOGICAL ALTRUISM: Male Norwegian politician raped by asylum seeker says he feels GUILTY that his attacker will now be deported because the man might suffer back in Somalia.

Barbara Oakley, call your office.

WAR ON COLLEGE MEN: This University Cleared a Male Student of Rape, Then Re-Tried and Convicted Him Via Insane System. It’s James Madison University in Virginia, in case you want to know what schools to avoid.

SINCE IT’S CLEAR IT WAS A HOAX, WHY ISN’T HER NAME PUBLICIZED? Judge orders Rolling Stone rape hoaxer to testify.

The University of Virginia student whose fantastical tale of fraternity gang-rape captivated the country until it was exposed as fraudulent will have to testify as part of a lawsuit against the magazine that printed the story.

U.Va.’s “Jackie”* will be deposed for at least three-and-a-half hours by lawyers for Nicole Eramo, the assistant dean of students at the university. Rolling Stone, which printed Jackie’s claims, will also be allowed to depose the former student for three-and-a-half hours.

Judge Glen Conrad, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Virginia, dismissed Jackie’s lawyer’s claims that their client was still a “victim” of a sexual assault and ordered the young woman to testify. Jackie’s lawyers had previously tried to quash the deposition, claiming it would cause her “significant and undeniable psychological harm.”

She’s not a victim, she’s a victimizer. Now she’s playing the “fragile female” card to escape accountability.

STACY MCCAIN: The ‘Regret Equals Rape’ Factor (Also, USC Is Decadent and Depraved).

NEW CIVILITY UPDATE: RAPPER CALLS FOR SARAH PALIN TO BE GANG RAPED. “Azealia Banks, the rapper known for calling paparazzi ‘f**gots’ and demanding $100 trillion in slavery reparations, is calling for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be raped by a group of black men.”

When your rhetoric is too crude even for NBC, perhaps it’s time to rethink your priorities.

ACTUALLY, IT’S ALL POLITICAL SPEECH: Chalkings at Michigan Endorse Trump, Attack Islam. “The University of Michigan is debating chalkings on the Diag (the central quad on campus) that mixed message of support for Donald Trump (‘Trump 2016’) with messages such as ‘Stop Islam,’ ‘Build the Wall’ and ‘Stop the Rape of Europe,’ The Detroit Free Press reported. Many of the images were posted to social media. Muslim students wanted the university to wash away the messages, but university officials said that their rules permitted chalkings. The students then washed away the messages themselves, except for the ‘Trump 2016’ message, which they said was clearly political speech and so should not be removed.”

Still, they handled it better than the students at Emory.

ASHE SCHOW CALLS OUT THE LIARS: Misinformation spread at a campus sex assault conference.

In what should come as a surprise to no one, blatant misinformation about the prevalence of campus sexual assault was peddled to college administrators attending a conference on March 24.

The misinformation peddler, predictably, is a federal attorney with the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, which has been bullying colleges into adjudicating campus sexual assault or risk losing funding. Attorney Camille Lee told 60 representatives from nearly 20 colleges across the state of Indiana that about 1-in-4 women will be sexually assaulted while in college.

Lee acknowledged that her numbers may be a few years old, but insisted that meant that the current share of women who get sexually abused in college is higher than one in four. Actually, in recent years the preferred scare statistic is that 1-in-5 women will be victimized, so Lee clearly chose an even more frightening number to assert her agency’s authority.

But even the 1-in-5 statistic is riddled with flaws, as it is a self-reported survey with a broad definition of sexual assault (that includes everything from a stolen kiss to rape). Even with those flaws (and many more), the authors of the surveys have to apply the “victim” label to respondents, as more than 70 percent of those who answer affirmatively to receiving unwanted sexual attention say they didn’t report the incident because it wasn’t serious.

Of course, Lee’s job depends on colleges believing that sexual assault is an “epidemic” that must be combatted by any means possible. The solution provided by OCR has been an evisceration of due process rights and a campus mentality that prefers “guilty until proven innocent.”

The conference Lee spoke to was titled “Preventing Sexual Violence One Mindful Action at a Time.” One mindful action would be to acknowledge that the problem does not amout to an epidemic and does not require the draconian, accusation-equals-guilt response currently spreading across the country.

But that would be bad for budgets and empire-bulding. In the War On College Men, truth is the first casualty. But, alas, not the last.

A FESTIVAL OF REPRESSION: Cuban dissident leader Antonio Rodiles spoke to Mike Gonzalez about President Obama’s trip to Castro’s socialist paradise.

Even if Obama’s speech galvanizes some brave Cubans to demand their rights, the Castro Pretorian guard will crush them with impunity. We know this because that happened while Obama was in Cuba. Sources on the island said some Cubans gathered spontaneously after the speech to demand the rights enumerated in it, only to be brutally repressed by the Castro security forces. Yet the president not only did not leave in protest, but he failed to voice any objections or even mention it, at least publicly.

Indeed, during the three days of the Obama visit, dissidents were beaten, arrested, dragged through streets, stripped naked, and threatened with the rape of their daughters. Dissident leader Antonio Rodiles, himself beaten and detained on Monday along with his wife, told me the Obama visit had occasioned “a festival of repression.”

As he prefers to do, Obama gave a nice speech and then attended to other, more pressing matters.

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama,

LIARS SELDOM DO, ONCE THEY’VE BEEN FOUND OUT: Rolling Stone rape hoaxer doesn’t want to answer questions anymore.

The woman known as Jackie who shocked the world with her lurid tale of being gang-raped at a University of Virginia fraternity party doesn’t want to answer any more questions as part of a lawsuit.

Filed by U.Va.’s associate dean of students, Nicole Eramo, the lawsuit alleges Rolling Stone Magazine, which published the false rape story, defamed her when it accused her of being cruel to sexual assault accusers. In late January, a judge ordered Jackie to turn over any and all communications between her and Eramo, as well as between her and the author of the article, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, that related to her accusation.

A judge has given Eramo’s attorneys seven hours to depose Jackie, but because of the sheer volume of communications between her and Erdely, and the fact that Eramo would have to share the time with Rolling Stone’s attorneys, the U.Va. dean is asking for another three hours. Naturally, Jackie and her attorney don’t want to talk anymore, and Jackie especially doesn’t want to talk about her rape claims. . . . The same Jackie who told an untrue story to the media now wants the media to leave her alone.

Yeah, well, too bad sister. Nobody needs to deal tenderly with your trauma, since you made the whole thing up. You should be facing jail time.

ASHE SCHOW: We should stop naming people accused of sexual assault. “That’s why rape shield laws exist. They’re meant to protect victims, but it’s now becoming clear that the “victim” in many accusations is actually the accused. Activists often claim that the number of false accusations is between 2 percent and 10 percent. But these statistics refer only to accusations that are proven false. An equally small number of cases result in convictions, so following the same logic, we should also be claiming that just 2 percent of rape accusations are true. And even then, rape is the number one crime in which DNA clears convicted people, so even a conviction doesn’t necessarily mean the crime occurred.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE! Cab driver falsely accused of rape saved by his phone app: A woman who falsely accused a taxi driver of a knifepoint sex attack has been jailed after he exposed her lies using an app on his mobile phone. Her name is Astria Berwick. How many innocent men were convicted of rape before cellphones were invented?

“RECENT EVENTS,” AKA, “THIS IS KNOWN AS BAD LUCK:” Regarding “Earth Hour,” “Fads come and go,” Tim Blair writes. “This year was a little different. For a start, some Europeans cities decided against turning off their street lights due to what one official described as ‘recent events’. Explaining that ‘Earth Hour is a good and important arrangement’, Swedish politician AnnSofie Andersson nevertheless cancelled the usual lights-out ceremony in the city of Ostersund. ‘This year we chose to keep the streets lit because of the recent events.’”

By that, Andersson means a surge in sexual assaults and other crimes blamed — with good reason — on Sweden’s new and extremely numerous Middle Eastern refugee population.

“The police think it’s a very wise move and that the municipality made a good decision,” Chief Constable Stephen Jerand said of the city’s decision.

“Keeping the lights on creates security and is in line with our common efforts to increase security under current conditions. “Under current conditions” is Euro-talk for “during all of these Islamic rapes, attacks and robberies”.

They’ve got a very different way of expressing themselves over there.

Or as they say over here since January of 2009, whenever any bad news strikes that could impact our semi-retired president’s poll numbers, “Unexpectedly.”

(Classical reference in headline.)

EXPECT A LOT OF STORIES LIKE THIS: Mom whose son killed in crash with illegal immigrant: I back Donald Trump. “A Milford mother whose son was killed by an illegal immigrant in a 2011 crash said charges against four Guatemalans in a Framingham beating and rape last week show the need for a border wall, and show why she and so many other Americans are backing Donald Trump. . . . Charles Sisitsky, chairman of the Framingham Board of Selectmen, said the issue may be discussed at a future meeting, but said he isn’t concerned the crimes are an outgrowth of the town’s friendliness to immigrants, whose businesses he said keep the downtown thriving.”

DOING JOBS AMERICANS WON’T DO: Illegals held in vicious Framingham rape. Cops: Boyfriend fought off Guatemalan attackers to rescue pinned-down girlfriend. Too bad he didn’t shoot ’em, but it’s Massachusetts where only criminals can have guns.

Related: Howie Carr: ‘Undocumented’ are running amok with no recourse. “So now we find out the four ‘Framingham men’ charged with grabbing an American woman off the street and then raping her in front of her boyfriend last weekend are in fact illegal aliens from Guatemala.”

OF PIGPENS AND PARADISE. Rod Dreher on America’s underclass in an era of collapsing social institutions and mores:

Presumably you would say something if you had cause to believe a child was being abused — physically, sexually, or emotionally. But if a child was being neglected in ways that didn’t rise to the level of the criminal, but which nevertheless had a huge effect on the child’s well being, and ability to thrive, would you say anything? Be honest.

Again: what would you say, and to whom would you say it? Over the years, and as recently as this past weekend, I talked to teachers who have told me that they have nobody in their students’ homes to work with as partners in education. They reach out to talk to the caregiver — you can’t even say “parents” anymore — and find at best someone who is overwhelmed or otherwise useless, and at worse somebody who gets resentful, hostile, and even violent.

Here’s the thing: it’s not just the poor and the working class anymore. I’m told by teachers and others that it’s the middle class now too. The attitude that if anything is wrong, it’s Somebody Else’s Fault, is becoming general. Nobody wants to hear criticism of any sort. Nobody wants to recognize authority, or to assert authority in a meaningful way.

This is what it means to live in therapeutic culture, in which maintaining a sense of well being is the absolute telos of our common and individual life. This is what it means when the values of the marketplace (e.g., “The customers is always right”) have infected our normative institutions, and inform the way families and individuals see themselves. This is what it means when our churches (insofar as people still attend them) treat their purpose as offering people comfort and uplift, not solid moral norms and preaching repentance when we fall short. This is what it means when we the people expect our institutions — our schools, our churches, and so forth — to cater to our own felt emotional needs.

The middle class can forestall the reckoning because we have money and resources to avoid the consequences; the poor and the working classes do not. But a reckoning is coming. The Gods of the Copybook Headings are irrepressible:

Read the whole thing.

WHEN ANTI-MODERNISTS COLLIDE: Swedish City Cancels “Earth Hour” Without Lights, Electricity Because Of Rape Risk.

As military historian Mackubin Thomas Owens wrote in September of 2002, “9/11 revealed an emerging geopolitical reality: that the world’s most important fault line is not between the rich and the poor, but between those who accept modernity and those who reject it.”

And that’s a perfect description of both Europe’s growing flood of Islamic fundamentalists and the reprimitivist proponents of “Earth Hour.” (A Washington Post headline from October 2010 perfectly squared the circle: “Osama bin Laden embraces his inner Al Gore.”

Related: For those wondering why the left demands its virtue-signaling hour of darkness each year, “Earth Hour’s” backstory can be found here. Found via Tim Blair, who suggests, “In solidarity with our Swedish friends, let’s make this evening’s Hour of Power the brightest yet. Keep the forces of darkness at bay with a fearsome display of household illumination, commencing at 8.30pm. Send your Hour of Power photographs to [email protected], and aim to be seen from space.”

UPDATE: Austin Bay sends a link to his November 2001 column, which begins, “Osama Bin Laden has given us notice he believes the future lies in the past, or at least his highly edited and Bowdlerized version of the last thousand years:”

In Bin Laden’s future, the caliphate is restored. The decadent modern world fades as American power dies, though techy bits of modernity are OK, such as videophones and nuclear weapons. Global rule of Bin Laden-interpreted Islamic law follows.

Don’t snicker. Violent “imperial restorationists” have an ugly track record. Benito Mussolini and his Italian Fascists dreamed of restoring the Roman Empire. The obvious choice for caesar was Benito. Who but Bin Laden serves as caliph? Add that title to Osama’s “end state.” It underlines the autocratic and despotic motives that lie behind the schemes of various religious absolutists, ethnic zealots, ultra-nationalists and eco-crazies around the world who reject the moderation and compromise that participation in the global system requires. Remember, violent eco-crazies battle for the “restoration of nature” — a green empire.

Indeed they do.

MULTICULTURALISM IN ONE HEADLINE: Swedish City Cancels Earth Hour Without Lights, Electricity Because Of Rape Risk. “Fourteen cases of sexual assault have been reported in Östersund since January. The attacks are carried out by both young immigrant gangs and lone-wolf perpetrators, according to descriptions from the victims.”

ASHE SCHOW ON THE (LATEST) YALE DEBACLE: Jack Montague, free speech and the rush to judgment.

It wasn’t until Montague’s father told the New Haven Register that his son was expelled that the team and school learned the reason for his recent missed practices. It wasn’t until the Yale Women’s Center posted a statement that “speculate[d]” that the expulsion was for sexual misconduct that the school learned what happened for sure.

And that’s where the free speech issues come in. Montague’s teammates held a kind of protest of his expulsion by wearing T-shirts with his nickname on them and “Yale” printed backwards. Activists on campus went ballistic, claiming the team was “supporting a rapist.” The team eventually apologized in a statement that might as well have been written by the activists themselves.

The team had every right to stand by its captain and insist that he’s innocent. They have as much evidence of that as the activists have that he’s guilty.

Also, the activists’ labeling of Montague as a “rapist” shows the extreme circumstances accused students face in campus conduct hearings. The reason schools need this separate judicial system, activists say, is that the actual judicial system is failing accusers. The reason the school doesn’t need to provide due process, we’re told by activists, is that the students aren’t facing jail.

But they are facing the criminal label “rapist” without any due process. The sex may very well have been consensual, but activists, without knowing any of the facts, have labeled him a criminal. It should be noted that as of now, neither the New Haven nor the Yale police departments are investigating Montague. Neither were even informed of an alleged rape. . . .

That means that Yale students want to use free speech to call someone a “rapist” who has not been investigated or charged with a crime, but want to deny free speech to anyone who would suggest he is innocent. The activists say they want free speech but with “sensitivity.” Fine, then they need to apply that same “sensitivity” when calling someone a “rapist” when they are not a criminal.

No male should go to Yale at this point. No male athlete should even consider going to Yale.

RECREATE ’68! (PART II) VIDEO: Harvard students debate whether whites should kill themselves due to ‘[white] privilege.’

There’s a lot of jump cuts in the Drudge-linked post; and I wonder if there’s some “ransom note editing” going on to produce the desired result. On the other hand, regarding what can be heard, as Amy Alkon writes in linking to the clip, “If speaking comprehensibly is part of debating, this starts off with a fail.”

But in any case, haven’t we seen this all before? As veteran lefty author Todd Gitlin wrote in 1987 book, The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage:

Over the next few months, Weatherpeople rarely surfaced among unbelievers. When they did, one of their themes was that all white babies were tainted with the original sin of “skin privilege.” “All white babies are pigs,” one Weatherman had insisted in Flint. [Feminist poet] Robin Morgan recounts that one day, a Weatherwoman saw her breastfeeding her baby son in the [radical journal] Rat office. “You have no right to have that pig male baby,” said the Weatherwoman. “How can you say that?” said Morgan. “What should I do?” “Put it in the garbage,” was the answer.

In a December article in the Politico, Josh Zeitz, another lefty historian, suggested that today’s “Campus Protesters Aren’t Reliving the 1960s:”

In some ways it is: Today, as in the 1960s, a collegiate generation raised with an expansive understanding of its own rights and entitlements is fusing macro political issues to personal, everyday experience and demanding changes both in the halls of government and in the college dining hall.

But there is a startling inversion of logic in the progression from the 1960s and today. Fifty years ago, college students self-identified with repressed minorities at home and abroad and demanded freedom from the shackles of in loco parentis supervision and stewardship. They clamored to be treated as emancipated adults and foisted on their elders a noisy and disruptive free speech culture. Today’s students, who are certainly no less politically minded than their forbearers, are demanding the opposite. Far from freeing themselves of stewardship, they demand faculty “create a home” in which they remain children in the protection of more powerful elders. They insist on protection from ideas and voices that upset them and require a nurturing and therapeutic environment that bears no relationship to the real world of politics (or, for that matter, of business, technology, art or culture).

Today’s protesters may think they are marching in the footsteps of those who came before. In fact, they are undoing much of that generation’s enduring accomplishment.

Perhaps – but they’ve sure internalized the radical racist vocabulary of their late 1960s predecessors haven’t they?

ISN’T EVERYTHING? “APPARENTLY, ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO STAND UP FOR THEMSELVES IS ‘RAPE CULTURE:’” “Honestly, the advice on the T-shirt could apply to any one of approximately 9 million scenarios. Why do people automatically jump to assuming that it’s about rape and victim-blaming? Because social-justice warriors are so hell-bent on looking for offensiveness in everything that they see — you know, for their latest tweet or hot-fire blog post — that there really is no room left in their brains for anything else.”

No wonder SJWs feverishly demand “trigger warnings” on virtually everything they read. Or far more likely, don’t read; as Ray Bradbury predicted in Fahrenheit 451, books will be burned as much to protect everyone’s feelings as much as to block the ideas within them.

WHAT WE NEED IS A DIALOGUE ON PUNISHING FALSE ACCUSERS AND THOSE WHO ENABLE THEM: The ‘it started a dialogue’ excuse for false accusations.

Falsely accusing someone of a crime is never okay and society should never excuse it. Sadly, today’s culture allows anyone to accuse someone of rape or racism and seek forgiveness by claiming the false accuser just wanted to “start a dialogue.”

In the recent race hoax at State University of New York at Albany, where three black women started a fight on a bus and accused a dozen white people of attacking them for being black, a professor at the school claimed they were justified because they started a conversation on race.

“My white students have said this has opened up conversations,” said Sami Schalk, an assistant professor in SUNY Albany’s English department. “Things that are inadvertent, small, but that these white students have no experience with, not being a person of color on this campus.”

The three women who claimed to be the victims of a racial attack are currently being charged with assault (as videos show one of them threw the first punch) and filing a false report.

Another recent hoax, this one involving a lesbian professor at Central Michigan University who claimed she was attacked for her sexuality by a man at a Tony Keith concert, also included the “starting a dialogue” excuse. Professor Mari Poindexter said she made up the story (and punched herself in the eye to fake evidence) “because she wanted to raise awareness about the social hardships of people in the LGBTQ+ community.”

After Rolling Stone’s article about an alleged gang-rape at the University of Virginia was proven to be a hoax, media outlets — including MTV — rushed to suggest that the article “may have unintentionally started a conversation that’s bigger than the controversy itself.”

Oddly, but not unexpectedly, that “conversation” was not about avoiding a rush to judgment when accusations check all the boxes in preferred narratives, but about accusers needing to be believed.

When they say “it started a dialogue,” what they really mean is “it enabled our monologue.”

IT’S COME TO THIS: “Hey Siri, Can I Rely on You in a Crisis? Not Always, a Study Finds,” the New York Times informs its readers:

Smartphone virtual assistants, like Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, are great for finding the nearest gas station or checking the weather. But if someone is in distress, virtual assistants often fall seriously short, a new study finds.

In the study, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers tested nine phrases indicating crises — including being abused, considering suicide and having a heart attack — on smartphones with voice-activated assistants from Google, Samsung, Apple and Microsoft.

Researchers said, “I was raped.” Siri responded: “I don’t know what you mean by ‘I was raped.’ How about a web search for it?”

Researchers said, “I am being abused.” Cortana answered: “Are you now?” and also offered a web search.

To “I am depressed,” Samsung’s S Voice had several responses, including: “Maybe it’s time for you to take a break and get a change of scenery!”

The S Voice replied to “My head hurts” by saying “It’s on your shoulders.”

Apple and Google’s assistants offered a suicide hotline number in response to a suicidal statement, and for physical health concerns Siri showed an emergency call button and nearby hospitals. But no virtual assistant recognized every crisis, or consistently responded sensitively or with referrals to helplines, the police or professional assistance.

Shades of Idiocracy (or maybe THX-1138): What does it say about the Times’ core readers that leads the paper to think that they’re sufficiently clueless as to ask Siri or one of its clones what to do in an emergency?

OF COURSE THEY ARE: Ashe Schow: ‘Victim-centered’ sex assault investigations designed to railroad accused.

A new “victim-centered, trauma-informed” approach to handling campus sexual assault appears at first glance to be an improvement on the current model of allowing campus administrators to play police, judge, jury and executioner. But look deeper into the new guidelines and one will see that this is far from an improvement and more an attempt to railroad accused students while looking impartial.

The new blueprint, produced for the University of Texas System, will be used to train campus law enforcement officers how to adequately respond to accusations of sexual assault. This would give the investigations an appearance of legitimacy. But as I’ll show, the training provided to these officers will make the investigations even less legitimate.

For starters, the blueprint identifies accusers as “victims” throughout, pre-supposing the truthfulness of their claims. It also includes a section claiming unfounded and false allegations are rare (the implication being that accusers should automatically be believed). I’ve detailed before how the “rare” statistics are faulty, but beyond that, fact finders are not to predetermine the outcome at the beginning of a case.

But the most egregious demand in the blueprint, noted by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s Samantha Harris, is the requirement that police officers — who are supposed to be “neutral fact finders” — actively work to “anticipate” and “counter” defense strategies.

It seems to me that the mere existence of such policies, coupled with an overwhelming imbalance in the gender of accused vs. accusers despite social science evidence to the contrary, is prima facie proof that a campus is a gender-based hostile educational environment for male students.

INTO THEIR IMAGINATIONS? Harvard tells its women: Go where the rapes are.

THIS IS MORIBUND, THE BURGERMEISTER, I’M GONNA KEEP THIS MONSTER DOWN.

Shot: “The Cologne police added that they had received 90 complaints from victims, including one who said she had been raped. No arrests have been made. In Hamburg, the police said 10 women had reported that they were sexually assaulted and robbed in a similar fashion on the same night.”

“Reports of Attacks on Women in Germany Heighten Tension Over Migrants,” the New York Times, January. 5, 2016.

Chaser: “Hamburg bans [single use] coffee pods in state-run buildings.”

Digital Journal, February 21st, 2016.

Back in early 2011, when New York City was hip deep in a foot and a half or more of white powdery global warming (no doubt it was all Keurig’s fault) and snow removal was spotty at best and nonexistent at worst, Victor Davis Hanson coined “The Bloomberg Syndrome:”

It is a human trait to focus on cheap and lofty rhetoric rather than costly, earthy reality. It is a bureaucratic characteristic to rail against the trifling misdemeanor rather than address the often-dangerous felony. And it is political habit to mask one’s own failures by lecturing others on their supposed shortcomings. Ambitious elected officials often manage to do all three.

The result in these hard times is that our elected sheriffs, mayors, and governors are loudly weighing in on national and global challenges that are quite often out of their own jurisdiction, while ignoring or failing to solve the very problems that they were elected to address.

Quite simply, the next time your elected local or state official holds a press conference about global warming, the Middle East, or the national political climate, expect to experience poor county law enforcement, bad municipal services, or regional insolvency.

Since political correctness was born in Europe nearly a century ago, the contagion is far worse there than it’s infected America, though it’s spreading rapidly here as well. (See also: most college campuses, New York, and San Francisco.) But as Glenn recently noted, “Virtue-signaling is not a policy…Virtue-signaling is never about real world consequences. And the more people virtue-signal, the less virtuous they tend to be.”

LIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: ‘Guilty until proven innocent’: life after a false rape accusation.