OPEN THREAD: Ring out the day with brilliant, insightful comments.
OPEN THREAD: Ring out the day with brilliant, insightful comments.
INDEED: You’re proving the president’s point when you talk about the intel chiefs like they’re vengeful hatchet men. “To suggest former and current intelligence chiefs are not to be criticized or questioned because they know where the bodies are buried is to concede the president’s claim that the community has grown too unaccountable and overloaded with unethical actors.”
DEEP STATE: “The Washington Post is trying to delegitimatize diGenova by pinning a term on him that people might not understand, but that, if they did come to understand, would probably cause then to support diGenova. So not only does WaPo not hurt diGenova (and Trump), as intended, it gives higher profile to a relatively unknown term that has the power to sharpen awareness and concern about the very problem that diGenova is trying to warn us about, and we can see from the Monmouth poll that people are very receptive to that warning.”
YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Liberals Are Sure Worried About Mike Pence Right Now.
TOOK ‘EM LONG ENOUGH: Minneapolis Officer Charged With Murder in Australian Woman’s Death. “The Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman last summer, an incident that led to protests and the ouster of the city’s police chief, was jailed Tuesday on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The shooting of the woman, Justine Damond, by Officer Mohamed Noor on July 15 renewed questions about police conduct and training in a region that has seen a series of police shootings in recent years.”
Of course, they charged the cop who shot Philando Castile, too, and it led to an inexplicable acquittal.
THEY TOLD ME IF TRUMP WERE ELECTED, APPLE WOULD START MANUFACTURING IN THE UNITED STATES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Apple Is Secretly Developing Its Own Screens for the First Time. “Apple Inc. is designing and producing its own device displays for the first time, using a secret manufacturing facility near its California headquarters to make small numbers of the screens for testing purposes, according to people familiar with the situation. The technology giant is making a significant investment in the development of next-generation MicroLED screens, say the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. MicroLED screens use different light-emitting compounds than the current OLED displays and promise to make future gadgets slimmer, brighter and less power-hungry.”
With a nice mention for my state-secession piece.
IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT DOWN AT THE CROSSROADS: “Like the blues giant Robert Johnson, whose mastery of a Gibson guitar was said to be the result of a deal with the devil, Gibson itself has come to a crossroads.”
As Joel Engel tweets regarding the above L.A. Times article, “Destined to make the top ten for Worst Lede of 2018, or at least Most Painful Stretch.”
WELL, THERE’S SO MUCH TO WORRY ABOUT, LIKE THE ROBOT ATTACKS ON SENIOR CITIZENS: Despite warnings from experts, older people are using more anti-anxiety and sleep medications, putting them at risk of serious side effects and even overdoses.
LOVERS OF BIG GOVERNMENT SURPRISED AMERICANS KNOW ABOUT BIG GOVERNMENT: ‘Morning Joe’ Frantic Over Poll Showing Americans Believe In A ‘Deep State.’
LIKE HILLARY, THE HUFFINGTON POST ALSO HATES HALF OF AMERICA:
—Koritha Mitchell, associate professor of English at Ohio State University, the Huffington Post, Friday.
This is an election about whether the people of Pennsylvania hate blacks more than they hate women. And when I say people, I don’t mean people, I mean white men. How ironic is this? After all this time, after all these stupid articles about how powerless white men are and how they can’t even get into college because of overachieving women and affirmative action and mean lady teachers who expected them to sit still in the third grade even though they were all suffering from terminal attention deficit disorder — after all this, they turn out (surprise!) to have all the power. (As they always did, by the way; I hope you didn’t believe any of those articles.)
To put it bluntly, the next president will be elected by them: the outcome of Tuesday’s primary will depend on whether they go for Hillary or Obama, and the outcome of the general election will depend on whether enough of them vote for McCain. A lot of them will: white men cannot be relied on, as all of us know who have spent a lifetime dating them. And McCain is a compelling candidate, particularly because of the Torture Thing. As for the Democratic hope that McCain’s temper will be a problem, don’t bet on it. A lot of white men have terrible tempers, and what’s more, they think it’s normal.
—The late writer-director Nora Ephron, “White Men,” the Huffington Post, April 20, 2008
—Ben Shapiro, the Daily Wire, Thursday.
Why, it’s like the mainstream left are the mirror image of the alt-right, or something.
As Andrew Breitbart wrote about his role in helping to create the Huffington Post, “I went in with dual purposes. While the Huffington Post in theory served Arianna’s and the left’s goals of creating a battlefront where they could fight their battles, it served my ulterior purpose of creating preparation for talk radio and cable news, where everyone could see what lunacies constituted the thought processes of the richest noblesse oblige liberals in our land, the people who benefit the most from our way of life and yet craft the culture of our land in opposition to that way of life. Frankly, I wanted to put them on display. And, for different reasons, so did Arianna.”
His eeeeeeevil plan continues to succeed wildly.
ANALYSIS: TRUE. Hillary Should Just Admit She Hates Half of America.
Just as we did to Obama, why do we keep failing her so badly?
THIS COULD BE AN INTERESTING EXPERIMENT: Faced With Skyrocketing Murder Rates, Gun-Controlled Brazil Looks At Easing Gun Laws.
In the world’s most murderous country, gun control is starting to lose its appeal.
Desperate Brazilians are wondering whether they’d be better off armed, given that around 60,000 of their compatriots are killed each year. Polls show support for gun ownership gaining ground. In an election year, politicians are paying attention.
One of the candidates leading the field for October’s 2018 presidential election — hardline conservative Jair Bolsonaro — has promised to allow law-abiding citizens to arm themselves, a popular pledge in the nation with by far the most homicides of the entire world. Even before then, Congress may debate legislation to overturn the “disarmament statute,” a law that effectively bans civilian gun ownership, except in rare circumstances. The proposal would allow Brazilians with clean criminal records who pass psychological and firearm exams to buy up to six weapons.
“Everyday, everywhere you look, the criminal is armed with a high-powered weapon as the citizen tries to hide,” Rogerio Peninha Mendonca, the lawmaker behind the proposal, said in an interview. “What we want is for the citizen to be more capable of defending himself.”
Sounds sensible to me.
SECOND PACKAGE SENT BY BOMBER FOUND IN AUSTIN-AREA FEDEX FACILITY; Investigators Think They’ve ID’d the Store From Which the Package Was Sent.
As someone asked on Twitter, “How do you qualify as a lesbian? Asking for a friend.”
The more things change…
THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! John Oliver Wants Your Help Telling Mike Pence To ‘Go F**k Himself.’
HuffPo filed this one under “Comedy,” but any laughs seem to be unintentional.
Read the whole thing.
DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE AND THE LUDDITES: Profs claim scientific objectivity reinforces ‘whiteness:’
Two University of Colorado at Denver professors say that science educators must do more to combat “whiteness” and “White ideology” in the classroom.
According to Cheryl Matias and Paul Le, “our science is out of touch with the experiences of our students of Color and, instead, represent post-colonial discourses of White power and control.”
Curiously, they published their findings on the Internet, a computer network originally developed by white men to survive a power struggle with a Marxist foe. Or as David Thompson adds:
[I]f you demur, or suggest that the laws of electromagnetism don’t dramatically alter depending on the melanin levels of the person doing the maths, then you just don’t care about “students of Colour” being “victims of deculturalization” and being “invalidated.” Indeed, you are “erasing the values and culture of indigenous people,” and are bolstering “post-colonial discourses of White power and control over people of Colour via forcing the internalization of Western science knowledge.” Instead, all people of pallor must denounce themselves as oppressors, embrace “other ways of knowing” and “re-imagine what science education spaces can look like.”
Sadly, however, and despite the assertions above, the aboriginal alternatives to Maxwell’s equations and commutative algebra remain oddly unspecified.
Ayn Rand didn’t write The Return of the Primitive as a how-to guide.
Social media is only problematical when it benefits Republicans.
WHY BOB MUELLER HAS THE SAFEST JOB IN WASHINGTON: Donald Trump.
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Demographics is destiny, the wise man said.
TECH BACKLASH: ‘Maybe Silicon Valley needs to be taken down to size.’
MICHAEL GRAHAM: What if Trump is right and there is no collusion?
In one sense, the question is irrelevant: Paul Manafort is facing serious money-laundering charges that could land him in jail for 305 years; Gen. Mike Flynn’s been found out for his shady dealings with Russia and Turkey; and various other Papadopouli have pleaded guilty to actual—if relatively minor—crimes. So Robert Mueller could eventually issue stacks of indictments whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia or not.
For more than a year now, Democrats in Congress like Adam Schiff and liberal media outlets have promised Americans proof that “Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election using hackers and propaganda,” as one far-Left activist put it. Back in October, Ezra Klein at Vox.com said it’s “almost impossible to believe that there wasn’t collusion between Trump’s operation and Russia.”
Even now, two out of three Democrats still believe Russia actually tampered with the polls to steal the election from Hillary Clinton.
With Trump declared guilty by Democrats and all but convicted in the press, what happens if Mueller confirms the findings of the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee — that there’s plenty of Trump campaign incompetence, but no collusion?
Read the whole thing.
I’M NOT SURPRISED TO HEAR THIS: ‘Prior authorization’ insurance requirements may harm patients, doctors say.
FASTER, PLEASE: Stem Cell Therapy Reverses Macular Degeneration.
FASTER, PLEASE: Stem Cell Treatment Could Be a Game-Changer for People With MS. “People in the stem cell transplant group received chemotherapy to wipe out most of their current immune cells that were wrongly attacking neurons. They then took special medications to coax their stem cells, which produce the entire population of immune cells, out of the bone marrow and into the blood to start churning out new immune cells. After approximately three years, about 6% of the stem cell group experienced relapses, while 60% of the people in the control group receiving standard treatment relapsed.”
CIRCLING THE WAGONS: Judicial Watch Fights Uphill Battle for McCabe Texts.
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog organization, has spent months pursuing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit demanding the release of texts McCabe exchanged with colleagues.
The FBI has so far refused to comply with a court order to produce the texts, handing over emails and other information to Judicial Watch but legally demurring on whether it even has access to the electronic messages, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in an interview.
“We do not believe that any reasonable search [of McCabe’s records] would have left uncovered the text issues,” Fitton told the Washington Free Beacon Monday. “This is just gamesmanship by the FBI. We’ve been asking questions about it, but we have been told to go jump in a lake, figuratively.”
“We know when an agency is being cooperative versus showing their arrogance and stonewalling, and the FBI is operating with complete arrogance,” he said.
There’s been a lot of that the last eight, nine years.
SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Snorting Ketamine May Not Be The Best Way to Treat Depression, Study Shows.
JOHN CLEESE, UPPERCLASS TWIT: MAGA Means Hating Monty Python.
Not necessarily, but certain former members have become tiresome.
CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Obama used executive powers to benefit close friends’ private investment firms.
BACK TO THE FUTURE: A friend sent me this message: “Glenn, with all the privacy crap about Facebook rearing it’s ugly head again, I’m thinking about moving back to a regular blog for my social interaction. Any recommendations for a hosting company? Maybe do a post on Insty about it? Others may feel the same way.”
I can’t recommend Hosting Matters enough. I used them for years before moving to PJ’s servers, and I still host my backup GlennReynolds.com site there. Their prices are good and their service is great. And they offer special deals for InstaPundit readers.
I hope a lot of people will move back to blogs and away from big corporate platforms. As I wrote a while back: “I think that the old blogosphere was superior to ‘social media’ like Twitter and Facebook for a number of reasons. First, as a loosely-coupled system, instead of the tightly-coupled systems built by retweets and shares, it was less prone to cascading failure in the form of waves of hysteria. Second, because there was no central point of control, there was no way to ban people. And you didn’t need one, since bloggers had only the audience that deliberately chose to visit their blogs.”
Maybe I should start featuring people who move back to blogs.
Facebook’s policies prior to 2014 were much more lax than they are today. At the time, apps could scrape data from both their users and the friends of those users, unless you had your privacy setting sufficiently locked down.
The company actually built an “Anonymous Login” tool that was specifically created so that Facebook users could log into third-party services without making all of their data available to developers.
But the once-hyped feature never launched. Facebook quietly killed the project, allegedly due to lack of interest.
YOUR CHEAP SHOT OF THE WEEK: Huffington Post encourages mocking the encouragement of women in science. Oh, it’s Ivanka. SUSPEND YOUR PRINCIPLES! The column is slugged “Humor” but I think *this* is actually funnier.
21ST CENTURY PROBLEMS: US Air Force still struggling with stabilising airborne lasers.
That’s better than having no airborne lasers at all.
Despite the allegations of severe misconduct, Democrats and members of the media have fretted over McCabe’s lost pension. Mitchell, who hosts a show on MSNBC, offered “friendly member[s] of Congress” a strategy for McCabe to collect his check anyway.
“One suggestion from a McCabe supporter: if a friendly member of Congress hired him for a week he could possibly qualify for pension benefits by extending his service the extra days,” Mitchell helpfully tweeted.
Democratic lawmakers took the hint and started offering McCabe jobs en masse.
If it weren’t obvious that they all got the idea from Mitchell, Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan specifically thanked Mitchell on Monday’s edition of “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”
“Well, it’s your tweet, Andrea. It was your tweet that started all this,” Pocan said. “I just want you to know. We saw your tweet over the weekend and that’s what gave us the idea. So, thank you.”
“Well, that’s interesting to note,” Mitchell said modestly. “Thank you very much, congressman.”
That’s none of your business, prole.
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MICHAEL MOORE TO DEMS: ‘Never Forget’ You’re ‘Electing the Jury for Impeachment.’
CHRIS MATTHEWS: “Mueller reminds me of the starfish which gets itself tightly around the clam and uses all its stuff to weaken and pry open the clam. Now, this is a battle to the death as far as the clam is concerned.”
GOOD: Firing McCabe sent ‘shot across the bow’ to other federal workers. The allegedly nonpartisan civil service has been functioning as a major arm of the “Resistance.”
From the cute little vacuum Roomba to Siri or Alexa and cars that drive themselves, we are at the beginning of the end of work. In 2013, a now-famous Oxford University analysis forecasted that 47 percent of all jobs are threatened in the United States. There are already signs from shuttered shopping malls to the fact that robots and artificial intelligence are taking over factories, offices, and cash registers. Clearly, they will win the job stakes because they don’t ask for raises or take sick days.
All of which is to say that winter is coming to America’s middle class.
The late physicist Stephen Hawking warned that this would result in income disparity and chaos. “Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality,” he wrote.
Hawking’s warning may be regarded by some as hysterical, but it should be heeded. Deniers maintain that automation triggers “creative disruption” or a transition from lousy jobs to better ones. For instance, Silicon Valley types trot out the fact that in 1900, 40 percent of people slogged daily on farms, and now only 2 percent do. However, their example disproves their point: The transition in the United States from farm to city took generations and was grueling, scarred by social disruption, mass underemployment, unrest, sweatshops, urban slums, forced urbanization, poverty, crime, worker struggles, and enormous socioeconomic upheaval and strife. This time will be different, and possibly worse, unless brakes or policies are put in place as automation increases.
The automation trend clearly makes workers uneasy, but hard facts are unavailable because technological unemployment is not identified and highlighted in economic reports as it should be. This lapse lulls some into disbelief about dire predictions because, after all, unemployment levels are relatively low, (though so is labor force participation), and job creation growth appears respectable. But a glimpse into what’s underway was contained in a 2014 study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics which measured hours of work (whether by self-employed, part-time or full-time workers) and not jobs over a 15-year period from 1998 to 2013.
During that time, economic output in the United States increased by 42 percent (or $3.5 trillion after inflation adjustments). But the number of hours worked remained exactly the same, at 194 billion hours in total. This is technological unemployment: Zero growth in the number of hours needed to create wealth despite a population increase of 40 million people. . . .
Robots and AI are going to cut an even deeper swath through the middle class, blue and white collar, and there are no replacement jobs.
And unemployment, Nancy Pelosi’s reassurances notwithstanding, isn’t good for people.
The Navy today moved towards signing the first two-carrier contract since the Reagan Administration, asking builder Newport News Shipbuilding for additional data on the cost-savings potential for buying CVNs 80 and 81 together.
The service released a request for proposal to the company this afternoon, with the hopes of receiving the necessary cost and schedule predictions by late summer or early fall and potentially reaching a two-carrier agreement with Newport News Shipbuilding by the end of the calendar year.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition James Geurts told reporters today that it is still unclear what the final product would be after today’s RFP – whether it would be a construction contract for two aircraft carriers, or some other means of allowing for the Navy and its prime contractor to buy two ship-sets of materials at a time.
“If you’re building two of these, your return on investment and the sharing between the government and industry to drive towards affordability, I think, there’s a much better return on investment,” he said.
For example, “instead of buying one set of parts we buy two sets of parts.”
Here’s to hoping, but government spending rarely seems to work out that way.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BANS TERM “WOMEN:” A guide issued recently by Mount Holyoke College, an all-women’s school, instructs professors to avoid calling students “women” in order to promote a “gender neutral” classroom environment.
THE SOCIAL-MEDIA PANIC: All that matters to Democrats is whether Silicon Valley will keep them in power.
LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Austin Explosion, Trump’s Opiod Speech, Mueller Drama and Much, Much More.
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THIS IS A NEW DEVELOPMENT: Austin-bound package explodes at FedEx facility near San Antonio. The others were all hand-placed; assuming (as seems likely) that this is a product of the same bomber, it represents a departure. It’s also more likely to have left a data trail.
WAIT, WHAT? Ex-French president Sarkozy held on Gadhafi claims. “In the latest judicial setback for the former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy was placed in custody on Tuesday as part of an investigation that he received millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. . . . Sarkozy has vehemently and repeatedly denied wrongdoing in the case, which involves funding for his winning 2007 presidential campaign.”
CBS NEWS HARSHES THE NARRATIVE: Trump campaign phased out use of Cambridge Analytica data before election.
NEWS YOU CAN USE: How to Make a Clean Break with the Clingiest Social Networks.
If you’ve ever deactivated your account, you may have noticed that everything goes back to normal the next time you log in, as if nothing has happened. That’s because deactivating your Facebook account is not the same as deleting it. When you deactivate your account, you are just hiding your information from searches and your Facebook friends. Although nothing is visible on the site, your account information remains intact on Facebook’s servers, eagerly awaiting your return.
Even so, deactivating your account is still a complex process. Go into your settings and click General. At the bottom, you’ll find Manage your Account. From there, click on “Deactivate your account” and type in your password. Before you’re completely off the hook, Facebook shows you photos of all the “friends” you’ll miss (“Callie will miss you”, “Phoebe will miss you”, “Ben will miss you”) followed by a survey asking you to detail your reasons for leaving. Get through that, click Deactivate, and you’re good to go.
Now, to permanently delete your account, you’ll need to learn where the delete option resides. The easiest way to find it is by clicking the “Quick Help” icon in the top-right corner, then the “Search” icon. When you see the search field, type “delete account.” You’ll see a list of search results. Click on “How do I permanently delete my account?” and Facebook will give you the obscure instructions to “log into your account and let us know.” In this case, “let us know” is code for “delete my account,” so click on that link. From here, the final steps are clear: Enter your password and solve the security captcha, and your request to permanently delete your account is underway.
Yes, you read that right—it’s just a request. Facebook delays the deletion process for a few days after you submit your request, and will cancel your request if you log into your account during that time period.
It’s like trying to find the exit from the casino floor.
HOW U.S. NEWS SHAFTED PEPPERDINE LAW SCHOOL.
My sense, actually, is that Pepperdine is doing very well these days, and if the ranking system worked it would be moving up.
UPDATE: More here:
U.S. News removed Pepperdine University School of Law from the ranking after the school reported a mistake in the median LSAT score it provided to the publication. According to Pepperdine law dean Paul Caron, the school last week realized that it had incorrectly reported its median LSAT score as 162 instead of the correct 160 when it saw the early embargoed version of the rankings that U.S. News provides each school for review. (The initial ranking had Pepperdine moving up from No. 72 to No. 59.)
Rather than recalculate the school’s rank and issue a new list prior to the official release, as the Caron requested, U.S. News removed Pepperdine’s ranking altogether.
“It is, of course, deeply disappointing to be unranked for a year,” Caron wrote in a post on his Tax Prof Blog. “But the reality is that we made great progress in the rankings this year, and should continue our ascent next year.”
Caron said several experts concluded that Pepperdine would have ranked 62nd or 64th using the correct median LSAT.
University of Chicago law professor Brian Leiter, a frequent critic of law school rankings, said on his blog that U.S. News’ handling of the situation will dissuade law schools from disclosing any inadvertent mistakes in their data.
I think U.S. News blew this call. And credit to Dean Paul Caron for reporting the error; I feel certain that some schools wouldn’t have been so honest.
Please don’t confuse a rapidly expanding offensive into neighboring countries with an invasion.
WE SHOULD PROBABLY SHUT DOWN FACEBOOK, IN THE INTERESTS OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND OF PROTECTING THE CHILDREN: Facebook faces new crisis over Cambridge Analytica data.
Meanwhile, here’s a whole Twitter thread on how Obama’s 2012 team scraped social media data, for which they were hailed as geniuses.
And Facebook let them do it, because they were on their side:
LATE-STAGE SOCIALISM: Venezuela town issues own currency amid cash shortages.
Amid an acute national shortage of banknotes, the town of Elorza in western Venezuela has started issuing its own paper currency.
Local officials said that the currency would make it easier for residents and visitors to trade during the town’s festivities, which start on Monday.
They said rampant hyperinflation and a scarcity of bolivares, the national currency, had affected trade in Elorza.
The new currency can be bought at the mayor’s office via bank transfer.
The paper bills feature the face of independence hero José Andrés Elorza and, like the town, are named after him.
“People don’t have bolivares to spend, that’s why we have created bills of two denominations… and we’ve already sold 2bn bolivares worth,” mayor Solfreddy Solórzano, from the governing PSUV party, said.
That’s nice — but what is there to buy?
European Union and British negotiators on Monday agreed on the terms of the U.K.’s 21-month transition after it leaves the bloc next March, but left unresolved a thorny issue—the future of Ireland—that could derail the entire Brexit deal.
The new agreement opens the way for talks on the U.K.’s future economic and security relationship with the bloc, something the U.K. has long asked for. But while the transition was relatively easy to agree on, the most difficult phase of negotiations still lies ahead.
With just one year to go, the two sides must finalize the negotiations and get the deal approved by EU governments, the U.K. and the EU parliament.
The U.K. wants a much closer trade and economic relationship after Brexit than the EU says is possible for a country that won’t allow free movement of EU citizens and won’t follow the rulings of the EU top court.
Getting out from under Brussels’ thumb while maintaining a free trade relationship with Europe would be ideal for the UK, but it seems more likely that Britain will lose at least some access to the common market, while remaining mired in an EU-like regulatory state.
MALE PRIVILEGE: Why A Good Father Prepares His Sons For War.
IT ISN’T BOMBSHELL IF IT ONLY CONFIRMS WHAT EVERYBODY KNEW: Ex-Obama Campaign Director Drops Bombshell Claim on Facebook: ‘They Were on Our Side.’
The dark night of economic collapse is always descending in capitalist countries and yet lands only in the socialist ones.
REMEMBERING WHERE WE CAME FROM: Valley Forge.
I BELIEVE THE CHILDREN ARE INFANTILE: Political Children.
KEEPING YOUR HEAD WHEN ALL AROUND ARE LOSING THEIRS: Where’s Waldo?
KEEPING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE: On reviews.
DOGS LEFTISTS OF SCIENCE FICTION: First they came for the sad puppy.
BUT THE BENEFIT PACKAGE IS UNPARALLELED! Being a mom is the equivalent of 2.5 full-time jobs.
BETTER? HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE? How to make bacon taste even better.
NO, YOU CAN’T BELIEVE YOUR EARS – AUDIO SYNTHESIS IS WHY: Listen to JFK speak from beyond the grave.
SHEER INCOMPETENCE AND AN OVERWEENING DISDAIN FOR THEIR CUSTOMERS: United Airlines In The News Again…But Is Sheer Incompetence The Only Flaw Here?
NO, HILLY, MOST OF US DON’T THINK WITH OUR VAGINAS: Hillary Clinton Says Women Just ‘Misunderstood’ Her India Remarks. Only your followers, Hillary.
THEY HATE US, THEY REALLY HATE US: CNN Desperately Tries, Fails at Connecting Explosions to Race.
YOU PAID FOR HER TO INSULT YOU FROM ABROAD: Hillary Clinton’s India Trip Cost Taxpayers More than $22k. Shouldn’t multi-millionaire Clinton pay for her own security already? We could call it “Hands off Deplorable Pockets!”
As RedState’s Joe Cunningham pointed out, actress Gal Gadot made mention of constraints when she tweeted out her sympathies at the recent death of Steven Hawking.
“Rest in peace Dr. Hawking,” tweeted Gadot. “Now you’re free of any physical constraints. Your brilliance and wisdom will be cherished forever.”
Disabilities come in many forms. In the case of the recently passed Hawking, his was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The disease is terrifying, and essentially stops motor function to your body. Without constant help, you’re a mind trapped in a shell you can hardly move if you can move it at all.
To any normal person, this is a sweet sentiment. It’s nice to think that Hawking is now free of his disability, and is free to do whatever he wishes for the first time in decades. It’s a sentiment that was seen quite often at his passing, including from yours truly.
As Cunningham pointed out, however, this sentiment from Gadot enraged SJWs and attacked the actress for being “ableist,” or viewing Hawking’s sickness as a negative.
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But according to the SJW crowd, merely saying that having ALS is debilitating and horrible is a grave sin worthy of labeling the person who says it as hateful toward those without properly working bodies. This is, of course, madness, but pointing this out will cause an SJW to scream “THIS IS SAFE SPACE” then attempt to kick you into a pit where you’re made to feel like a pariah, and possibly deplatformed.
But this line of thinking is disturbing.
For one, SJWs seem to be arriving at the fact that diseases are somehow a good thing. That instead of acknowledging that diseases hinder and harm, they choose to glorify the disability or disease. The disease itself, and the effects it has on a person are not to be thought of as bad according to them, but should be celebrated and applauded.
It gets worse; read the whole thing. But who knew that Mr. Spock was so ableist for wanting to return the crippled Capt. Pike to Talos IV to be free to live out the rest of his life inside the allusion of his once healthy body? Who knew Gene Roddenberry was such an alt-right reactionary? The “burn all the things” impulse regarding our pop culture past over the next few decades will be amazing to witness.
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In Sunday’s Washington Post, art critic Philip Kennicott unloaded on images of American “fascism” in a new exhibit in New York featuring photographs of the unjust internment of Japanese Americans during World War II titled “Then They Came For Me.” That’s somehow comparable to Trump if he deported “Dreamers.” That would be a “looming civic crisis.” The online headline was “If America fails its people again, what will the catastrophe look like?” In the paper, it was simply “Images that provoke deja vu.”
In his 1,571 words, Kennicott never used these words: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Or any reference to the Democratic Party.
Meanwhile, “CNN Exploits Holocaust, Suggests ICE Agents are Nazis,” Joel Pollack writes at Big Journalism:
CNN posted a tweet to promote the article, declaring: “A Jewish woman heard an undocumented immigrant and her two daughters were on the run from ICE. Driven by thoughts of the Holocaust, she risked her own comfort to offer them shelter.”
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The implication is that ICE agents are like Nazis or Gestapo secret police ready to arrest illegal aliens for legitimate reason other than their identity. Jews in Germany and in Nazi-occupied Europe were citizens of the countries where they were arrested, and where they were murdered or deported to death camps. They had not violated immigration laws or any other laws except laws preventing them from existing.
More at Red State:
I have to give CNN credit. Just when you think they’ve given it their best shot in lying, in manufacturing news, in encouraging hatred of people they don’t like, in deliberately maligning Republican office holders; when they’ve reached that pinnacle where you think, “my stars, they can’t possibly be more douchebaggy than this,” you find out, yes, they can.
Dude, it’s CNN; the scale of douchebaggery there reaches to infinity and beyond – and then some.
(Classical reference in headline.)
Eric had everything that transgender activists say they want — and still, he killed himself. The poor kid was plainly tormented, but doesn’t that indicate that the entire world can rearrange itself to suit what these people want to believe about themselves, and it still won’t be enough? What more could have been done for him?
The thing that jumped out even more about this story is this: the Miami Herald chose to call this male teenager who had not yet transitioned “she”. This might seem like a small thing, but it in fact is a massive one. In this case, the media is attempting to change the way we use language, which is to say, trying to change at a foundational level how we think.
We cannot conform to this lie. We cannot. The stakes are enormous. You change a people’s language, and you change the way they construe reality. George Orwell addressed this point in his famous essay “Politics and the English Language.” Here:
I have not here been considering the literary use of language, but merely language as an instrument for expressing and not for concealing or preventing thought. Stuart Chase and others have come near to claiming that all abstract words are meaningless, and have used this as a pretext for advocating a kind of political quietism. Since you don’t know what Fascism is, how can you struggle against Fascism? One need not swallow such absurdities as this, but one ought to recognise that the present political chaos is connected with the decay of language, and that one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.
The Miami Herald — along with almost all our media today — insist on calling a thing what it is not, for entirely political reasons. I could understand using the feminine pronoun if Eric Verbeeck had completed his transition. I wouldn’t agree with it, but I could understand it. But Eric was still legally named Eric, and had only begun to transition. Yet here are major English language newspapers destroying the language to accommodate a politically correct mental condition. What they’re doing is accustoming their readership to accepting as real and true the claim of a mentally ill teenage male that he is in fact a female.
Read the whole thing.
OPEN THREAD: Don’t let it go to waste.
ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: What Causes Canker Sores.
HEY, IF ONLY SOMEONE HAD WRITTEN A SCHOLARLY PAPER ON THIS OR SOMETHING: Are some states headed for Splitsville? Movement grows to allow sections of states to break away.
Note this take from Joel Kotkin: “The worst thing in the world to be is the red part of a blue state.”
Zachary Cruz, the brother of confessed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz, has been arrested today for trespassing at that same school.
According to CBS Miami, the probable cause affidavit stated that the 18-year-old Cruz wanted to “reflect on the school shooting and soak it in,” and that he “surpassed all locked doors and gates.”
He was riding his skateboard around campus when he was arrested. The police report states that Cruz had received “prior warnings by school officials to refrain from entering the school campus.”
DEUTSCHLAND UNTER ALLEN: “Germany has come up short once more in meeting its military obligations to NATO. Leaked readiness data indicates that a key component of the NATO rapid reaction force, which Germany is to supply in 2019, is nowhere near ready to perform duties German said it could handle.”
Raise your hand if you’re surprised. Photos or facsimiles of Sarah’s surprised face are not acceptable.
TIPS FOR PICKING the right concealed-carry pistol.
I’m a Rotherham grooming gang survivor. I call myself a survivor because I’m still alive. I’m part of the UK’s largest ever child sexual abuse investigation.
As a teenager, I was taken to various houses and flats above takeaways in the north of England, to be beaten, tortured and raped over 100 times. I was called a “white slag” and “white c***” as they beat me.
They made it clear that because I was a non-Muslim, and not a virgin, and because I didn’t dress “modestly”, that they believed I deserved to be “punished”. They said I had to “obey” or be beaten.
Fear of being killed, and threats to my parents’ lives, made it impossible for me to escape for about a year. The police didn’t help me.
Well, you were raped, and feared being killed, but they couldn’t risk being called racist.
KURT SCHLICHTER: The Joy and Necessity of Driving Liberals Nuts. “They have to minimize and marginalize us because labelling our rebellion against their self-serving, failed rule a mere temper tantrum allows them to avoid the painful reality that they brought this on themselves because they are terrible.”
THIS COULD EXPLAIN A LOT: Widely used essential oils may block testosterone, cause men to grow breasts.
NEW YORK TIMES COLUMNIST NICHOLAS KRISTOF WARNS OF CLIMATE CHANGE WHILE ON COMPANY’S GLOBAL $135,000 A TICKET PRIVATE JET TOUR.
The tour, if it sold out, would bring in $6.75 million.
In 2013, the Times ran a “news analysis” piece entitled, “Your Biggest Carbon Sin May Be Air Travel,” which reported, “For many people reading this, air travel is their most serious environmental sin. One round-trip flight from New York to Europe or to San Francisco creates a warming effect equivalent to 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person.”
The size of the “carbon footprint” for the Times tour is not known, but some estimates place private jet flights at 10 times that of a commercial flight.
As for the Times trip, Kristof will not be making the entire journey with the group. He is only going to Easter Island, Samoa and Australia. Other Times writers are taking different legs of the 26-day journey. That, presumably, means each will be meeting the group on their appointed leg of the tour and flying back to wherever they call home, adding to the carbon footprint of the tour.
Today, the ever-scolding Gray Lady tweeted, “It’s harder to enjoy your burger when you think of the greenhouse gas emitted in producing it.”
To normal Americans, it makes it all the more enjoyable knowing that leftwing urban puritans are diving for fainting couches. Though presumably, those eating burgers while on Kristoff’s $135,000 a ticket private jet tour are absolved of any such guilt.
As Glenn noted over the weekend, when another leftwing Massachusetts woman was triggered by signage involving the name of a Civil War hero, “It would be easy to write an argument for restoring the patriarchy based solely on feminists’ statements about how weak, fragile, and stupid women are.”
SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Ocean Water May Contain Bacteria.
I’M NOT SURE I WANT TO RISK ASKING THE VODKAWIFE… Let’s Settle This Once and for All: Women Do Not Love Jerks.