Sunday, April 23, 2017

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DEFENDING THE INDEFENSIBLE IS WHAT UNIONS ARE FOR! Union defends American Airlines worker after fight with passenger.

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants is urging that the benefit of the doubt be given to a suspended American Airlines employee involved in an altercation with a woman carrying an infant.

The employee allegedly hit the woman with the stroller she brought on the plane, and video posted of the incident’s aftermath has gone viral on social media.

I’m not sure what additional facts might come out that would make hitting a woman with a stroller okay.

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FBI Director James Comey distrusted former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and senior officials at the Justice Department, believing they might provide Hillary Clinton with political cover over her email, according to a new report published Saturday by The New York Times.

The Times described Comey’s “go-it-alone strategy” in the Clinton probe as emerging largely from his suspicions that Lynch and others at Justice might seek to subtly downplay the Clinton investigation.

As an example, the Times reported that Lynch, during a meeting in September 2015, called on Comey to use the word “matter” instead of “investigation” when publicly discussing the case, three people who attended the meeting told the Times.

Lynch reportedly reasoned that the word “investigation” would raise a number of other questions. Furthermore, she argued that the department should maintain its policy of not confirming investigations.

After referring to the FBI the question of whether classified information had been improperly handled by Clinton through her use of a private server, a step toward a criminal investigation, Justice clarified that it was not a “criminal referral.”

This also raised suspicions at the FBI, according to the Times. Clinton seized on the wording to say that what the FBI was conducting was “not a criminal investigation.”

Lynch came under pressure to recuse herself from the investigation entirely after she had a discussion with former President Bill Clinton in June 2016 on he plane as it sat on the tarmac of Phoenix’s airport.

Lynch did not recuse herself, but the situation did lead her to say she would accept what ever conclusions career prosecutors and the FBI reached.

The DOJ under Lynch (and Obama) was corrupt and politicized. And most of the people who were there then are there now.

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WHEN THE SCIENTISTS SUCCESSFULLY PERSUADE THEM: Ilya Somin: When should voters march to the beat of scientists?

Note: Condescension isn’t persuasion.

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SALENA ZITO: How Trump Voters Feel About His First 100 Days.

And now? “Nothing has changed,” said Rob Hughes, a registered Democrat and retired businessman from Bulger, Pa., who I met on my cross-country trip, told me last week. “Well, that’s probably not entirely true. I think I like him more now that he is the president.”

As I went back to the people on US 30 to ask them how they feel about the man they voted for, Hughes’ sentiment rang true.

Trump’s supporters are unfazed that a new health-care law is not in place (yet), thrilled with the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, weary of the constant accusations of his ties to Russia, supportive of his strike against Syria for using chemical weapons against its people and dismayed that House Republicans and Democrats are unwilling to compromise. To them, the president remains disruptive, unconventional, defiant and willing to change his mind — appealing attributes to his supporters, but not so to the press. . . .

When I called him recently, Hughes picked up his phone from the gun range. “I could not be more optimistic about the future than I am right now,” he told me. “Honestly, I am still on cloud nine that he won and is our president.”

Why is that? Hughes cites Trump’s unconventional approach to politics, his dismissal of political games and his willingness to compromise to get things done: “I am thrilled he has an open dialogue with China, not just on foreign affairs but on trade issues as well, and I am very pleased about how he responded to the atrocities in Syria.”

Estel, 77, who had just finished mowing 10 acres of farmland when we spoke last week, is also “very pleased” with President Trump so far: “I am very concerned about the fragile state of the world right now, but that was not of his doing. That has been decades in the making.”

Read the whole thing.

(05:01 AM)

THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE: Socialist Death Squads Rule Venezuela.

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I CAN MAKE A FEW GUESSES: Why Is the Obama Administration Trying to Keep 11,000 Documents Sealed?

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CURIOSER AND CURIOSER: Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin is a member of the anti-fascist Facebook group, By Any Means Necessary, which orchestrated the riots that occurred ahead of a scheduled lecture by Milo Yiannopoulos.

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WHEN CAN THEY BE WRONG ENOUGH? 18 spectacularly wrong predictions made around the time of first Earth Day in 1970, expect more this year.

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MOSTLY BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT BEING TAUGHT WHAT COMMUNISM REALLY IS: Communist Party membership numbers climbing in the Trump era.

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OH, WELL DONE, LET’S MAKE INTROVERSION INTO A SIN: Students who avoid making eye contact could be guilty of racism, Oxford University says

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CUI BONO? Syria’s War Has Been a ‘Goldmine’ for North Korea—and Don’t Expect It to Change Anytime Soon.

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IT’S TIME TO STOP JUMPING WHEN THEY SAY “FROG”: What part of “if you let them take Milo down you’re next” did the right fail to get? Sean Hannity Accused of Sexual Misconduct.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

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(10:54 PM)

RISK? Scientists’ March on Washington: Do researchers risk becoming just another leftwing interest group?

Although as somebody said on Twitter, I haven’t seen a marcher yet who looked capable of handling a quadratic equation.


The mission statement also declares, “The application of science to policy is not a partisan issue. Anti-science agendas and policies have been advanced by politicians on both sides of the aisle, and they harm everyone—without exception.”

I thoroughly endorse that sentiment. But why didn’t the scientific community march when the Obama administration blocked over-the-counter access to emergency contraception to women under age 17? Or dawdled for years over the approval of genetically enhanced salmon? Or tried to kill off the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage facility? Or halted the development of direct-to-consumer genetic testing?

One problem is that many of the marchers apparently believe that scientific evidence necessarily implies the adoption of certain policies. This ignores the always salient issue of trade-offs. For example, acknowledging that man-made global warming could become a significant problem does not mean that the only “scientific” policy response must be the immediate deployment of the current versions of solar and wind power.

The mission statement proclaims that the marchers “unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.” Setting aside the fact that the march was conceived in the immediate wake of the decidedly partisan and specifically anti-Trump Women’s March on Washington, how credible are these claims to non-partisanship?

As it happens, I received an email on Thursday from the publicist for Shaughnessy Naughton, who is a chemist, a cancer researcher, and the founder of the activist group 314 Action. Naughton’s group is one of the March’s 170 partner organizations. 314 Action’s political action committee is recruiting scientists, engineers, and other technologists to run for political office, and it plans to provide them with the “resources they need to become viable, credible, Democratic candidates.”

This march makes me feel better, not worse, about budget cuts. . . .

(09:38 PM)

DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH: Doctor accused of mutilating genitals of young girls defends procedure as religious practice.

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: A fraternity was told it was ‘appropriating culture.’ Administrators won’t say which. Learn from the left: Name them, shame them, and demand a public apology/firing. Every single time.

In this case, the officious offender is Colin Gerker, assistant director of fraternity and sorority life at American University. The university has apologized, but he has not been heard from.

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QUESTION ASKED: Why Is Feminism So Insistent That Women Be ‘Fierce?’

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WELL, YOU GET USED TO EACH OTHER. ALSO, THEY SHARE SOME IMPORTANT PARTS: Conjoined Twins Refuse to Be Separated Despite Doctor’s Warnings.

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TAXPROF: The IRS Scandal, Day 1444: Judicial Watch Sues IRS Over Email Preservation.

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WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF CRIMINAL VIOLENCE? Inundated with gunshot victims, Chicago doctors and nurses face ‘compassion fatigue.’

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COMMON SENSE FROM BERNIE SANDERS: Sanders denounces threats against Ann Coulter.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) denounced the threats made against conservative pundit Ann Coulter that forced the University of California, Berkley to postpone her appearance this week.

“I don’t like this. I don’t like it,” Sanders told The Huffington Post for a story published Saturday. “Obviously Ann Coulter’s outrageous ― to my mind, off the wall. But you know, people have a right to give their two cents-worth, give a speech, without fear of violence and intimidation.”


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IN BRITAIN, WASTING AWAY: “A third of women graduates will never have children, research has concluded. The number of highly educated women who are starting families has plummeted in the past decade, according to findings that provide the most detailed insight yet into education and fertility.”

UPDATE: “The future belongs to those who show up for it.”

Nothing has changed. But the consequences are more visible.

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IF ONLY SHE HAD A HUSBAND WHO WAS A PAST MASTER OF RETAIL POLITICS: Hillary’s staffers “stumped for month by how to explain why their candidate wanted to be president:”

The real protagonist of this book is a Washington political establishment that has lost the ability to explain itself or its motives to people outside the Beltway.

In fact, it shines through in the book that the voters’ need to understand why this or that person is running for office is viewed in Washington as little more than an annoying problem.

In the Clinton run, that problem became such a millstone around the neck of the campaign that staffers began to flirt with the idea of sharing the uninspiring truth with voters. Stumped for months by how to explain why their candidate wanted to be president, Clinton staffers began toying with the idea of seeing how “Because it’s her turn” might fly as a public rallying cry.

Ted Kennedy could not be reached in Hell for comment and belly laughs.

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THE PROBLEM IS, YOU’RE A LOONY: First Step To ‘Eco-Grieving’ Over Climate Change? Admit There’s A Problem. “It’s just the war, and that lying son-of-a-bitch Johnson. And climate change!”

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A HIDDEN CAMERA, disguised as a USB charger.

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UPSTAGING HIS ENEMIES: Trump schedules a big rally right on top of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Even better, many of them will have to miss the dinner to cover the rally.

Frankly, I agree with Mollie Hemingway: “And they said 1st 100 days weren’t great. If he does nothing but Gorsuch & this, his legacy should be pretty secure.” Heh.

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FASTER DATA, PLEASE: 5G Progress, Realities Set in at Brooklyn 5G Summit.

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SO I HAD SUCH A NICE TIME rereading Rick Locke’s Temporary Duty that I went back and reread another self-published classic, E.C. Williams’ Westerly Gales, which was every bit as excellent as I remembered. Now on to the second book in the series, The Cruise of the Albatros.

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THE SCIENCE ISN’T SETTLED: Psychology’s Favorite Tool for Measuring Racism Isn’t Up to the Job: Almost two decades after its introduction, the implicit association test has failed to deliver on its lofty promises.

Given all this excitement, it might feel safe to assume that the IAT really does measure people’s propensity to commit real-world acts of implicit bias against marginalized groups, and that it does so in a dependable, clearly understood way. After all, the test is hosted by Harvard, endorsed and frequently written about by some of the top social psychologists and science journalists in the country, and is currently seen by many as the most sophisticated way to talk about the complicated, fraught subject of race in America.

Unfortunately, none of that is true. A pile of scholarly work, some of it published in top psychology journals and most of it ignored by the media, suggests that the IAT falls far short of the quality-control standards normally expected of psychological instruments. The IAT, this research suggests, is a noisy, unreliable measure that correlates far too weakly with any real-world outcomes to be used to predict individuals’ behavior — even the test’s creators have now admitted as such. The history of the test suggests it was released to the public and excitedly publicized long before it had been fully validated in the rigorous, careful way normally demanded by the field of psychology. In fact, there’s a case to be made that Harvard shouldn’t be administering the test in its current form, in light of its shortcomings and its potential to mislead people about their own biases. There’s also a case to be made that the IAT went viral not for solid scientific reasons, but simply because it tells us such a simple, pat story about how racism works and can be fixed.

Is there anything in the field of social psychology that isn’t a fraud or a sham?

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ANOTHER GREAT MOMENT IN AIRLINE SERVICE: FLIGHT DECK FIGHTS. Ed Morrissey on yesterday’s incident on an American Airlines flight from SFO to DFW: “Finally, perhaps it’s time for the major airlines to consider what their industry is doing to both its customers and its employees. Their commercials depict flying as a serene, relaxing jaunt, but that’s increasingly a bitterly comedic satire on the actual experienceCommercial air travel has become more and more uncomfortable and tense. Both passengers and crews feel increasing pressure from packed flights with smaller spaces, and the security measures from TSA only exacerbate the poisonous environment. Passengers and employees are beginning to snap, and the ubiquitous nature of smartphones guarantees that every incident will go viral — because their customers don’t like them. They just have very little choice in airlines. Until the industry rethinks its direction, this will be the new normal, and executives will get a lot of practice at apologizing and minimizing.”

Read the whole thing.

Related: “American Airlines flight attendant suspended after stroller incident on plane,” Reuters reports.

(12:32 PM)

BITCH ABOUT FAKE NEWS. RESURRECT DAN RATHER. PICK ONE. People Magazine Boosts ‘Dan Rather’s Unexpected Comeback.’

(12:14 PM)

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Rod Dreher on Middlebury’s Obscene Cowardice:

This capitulation to the ideological thugs who attacked [Charles] Murray and others on Middlebury’s campus deserves wide denunciation. A professor from the man’s own department was physically assaulted by these goons, and sent to the hospital — and nobody has been held accountable for any of this by Middlebury. As a scholar and as an American, Bert Johnson, the poli sci department head, should be ashamed of himself. He has shown himself to be a lickspittle to the campus left, and will be treated exactly that way by the radicals he is helping to empower.

Read the whole thing. As Princeton’s Robert P. George asked last night on Twitter, “Do you recall the Maoist ‘struggle sessions’ in which Chinese intellectuals were shamed and forced to confess errors?” But in Communist China, power flowed directly from the barrel of Mao’s gun. The staff at Middlebury capitulated to the mob voluntarily.

The Red Guard parades an official through a Peking street and force him to wear a dunce cap as a mark of public shame on Jan. 25, 1967; photo obtained from Japanese sources in Tokyo. (AP)

(12:05 PM)

ROGER KIMBALL: How Trump’s First Three Months Point the Way to Three Percent Growth. That would certainly be an improvement over the last eight years.

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(10:30 AM)

DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH: 2nd doctor, wife arrested in genital mutilation case.

Federal agents arrested a second doctor and his wife Friday in a widening conspiracy involving female genital mutilation and members of a Muslim sect.

Dr. Fakhruddin Attar is accused of letting Dr. Jumana Nagarwala perform mutilations at his Burhani Medical Clinic on Farmington Road. His wife, office manager Farida Attar, also was arrested and is accused of helping Nagarwala perform the mutilations, according to a 14-page complaint unsealed Friday in federal court.

The arrests are the latest development in the nation’s first female genital mutilation case, which is providing insight into a small, insular Muslim community in Metro Detroit and an illegal procedure performed on young girls.

The complaint solves a mystery stemming from the case by pinpointing where Nagarwala allegedly mutilated two 7-year-old girls from Minnesota earlier this year. The complaint also describes a conspiracy involving at least Nagarwala, Attar and his wife — all three are members of the Dawoodi Bohra religious community based locally out of a Farmington Hills mosque. . . .

Embassy Title Agency Inc. owner Kate McCarty’s office is next door to the Burhani clinic. She watched Attar’s arrest Friday after he arrived in the parking lot and is shaken by allegations of mutilations that allegedly happened next door.

“What do you think? It’s disgusting,” McCarty said. “I mean, it’s terrible.”

Such xenophobia.

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SHE’S QUITE ATTRACTIVE, AND SHE’S A VERY, VERY GOOD DRIVER. JUST NOT A GREAT DRIVER. SO THIS MAKES A LOT OF SENSE: Eye on her future, Danica Patrick races into fitness space. “Patrick turned 35 last month. She has been racing more than half her life, building her brand along the journey and using a marketing strategy that has made her one of the most recognized female athletes in the world despite her limited on-track success. She is ranked 29th through the first seven races of the season.”

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GERRYMANDERING DIDN’T BECOME A BIG DEAL UNTIL IT STARTED BEING DONE TO, RATHER THAN BY, DEMOCRATS: Pivotal Moment’ for Democrats? Gerrymandering Heads to Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has found redistricting on partisan lines to be non-justiciable, because there’s really no way to do it along non-partisan lines. (“Non-partisan” commissions are anything but — see what the Democrats conned the GOP into in California, for example.)

(08:55 AM)

THE CIVIL RIGHTS CONSPIRACY CLAIMS — AND CHARGES — ARE LOOKING EVEN EASIER: Berkeley Mayor Is Member of Antifa Facebook Group that Organized Riots. (Bumped).

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ACTUAL “SMART DIPLOMACY” IN ACTION: “White House officials said Mr. Trump took a personal interest in her case…. He just said, ‘Let’s bring her home.’”

It’s hard — isn’t it? — for the liberal media to give President Trump credit for anything, but they should gracefully give him the credit he genuinely deserves. Imagine what the NYT would look like if President Obama had brought Aya Hijazi home! Trump was portrayed in a negative light for cozying up to Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but the Obama administration tried and failed to bring Hijazi home. . . .

Let’s talk about which is better, Obama’s words or Trump’s words? Do Trump’s words seem ridiculous and clownish — calling Sisi “fantastic” — when we see that Trump got results? . . .

Successful action is camouflaged in verbiage about things that have been said. Some of his words may sound like confusion, but that doesn’t mean Trump is confused about what he is saying. Maybe he knows how to use words. There’s an awful lot of evidence that he does. You can look down on him and call him confused, but when the results come in, you ought to question your analysis of what he is doing with words.

Acknowledging that would interfere with the smugness.

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● Shot: Socialist Paper ‘Liberation’ Attacks Killer Capitalism for Earth Day.

—Headline, NewsBusters, Friday.

● Chaser: Earth Day co-founder killed, composted girlfriend: Ira Einhorn preached against Vietnam War and violence, but had dark side.

—Headline, NBC News (astonishingly enough), April 21, 2011.

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SOMETHING IS HAPPENING HERE BUT YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS, DO YOU, MRS. JONES? “The campaign had no central message and, worse, it featured an unpleasant but clueless Hillary Clinton, who confided to a close friend, ‘I don’t understand what’s happening in the country.’”

Epistemic closure — now there’s a confidence booster in a presidential candidate. Say what you will about Trump’s excesses, he did understand on a gut level what was happening in the country, and acted upon it accordingly.

Related: “Wouldn’t it have been nice to know there was a ‘feeling of impending doom’ inside the Clinton campaign last year?”

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ASSASSINATION OF KENNEDY AND LINCOLN, DEATH OF FDR, WATERGATE ALL PALE IN COMPARISON: ‘The View’ Co-Hosts Ask If Palin, Nugent, Kid Rock Visit the ‘Saddest Day’ at White House Since the British Burned it Down?

Or as Sean Davis of the Federalist tweets, “Close, but no cigar.”

(08:00 AM)

CHANGE: Trump says ‘massive tax cut’ plan coming as soon as Wednesday.

President Trump told The Associated Press on Friday that he intends to release a tax reform plan next week that includes a “massive tax cut” for businesses and individuals.

Trump said the plan would be unveiled “Wednesday or shortly thereafter” and would involve tax cuts that would be “bigger I believe than any tax cut ever.”

The announcement of the tax plan’s release comes as Trump seeks to notch achievements ahead of hitting his 100th day in office, on April 29.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that the White House would be releasing a tax plan “very soon.”

I look forward to seeing it.

(07:44 AM)


But how will mankind humankind otherkin-kind cope with the loss of the Frisbee Ion?

(07:30 AM)

VANITY FAIR: Please, God, Stop Chelsea Clinton from Whatever She Is Doing.

The Clintons are the political equivalent of herpes. They keep coming back, whether people like it or not.

(07:00 AM)

NEW YORK POST: If US campuses can’t protect free speech, they need new management.

If they can’t protect people’s civil rights, their federal funding eligibility should be cut off.

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BECAUSE MOST ARE ANYTHING BUT:Why Is Feminism So Insistent That Women Be ‘Fierce’?

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TRAVELING BY AIR IS GETTING TO BE AS MUCH FUN AS ROOT CANALS: Father, Daughter Taken Off Plane on Suspicion of Child Trafficking.

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JUST OFFER SALVAGE RIGHTS AND IT WILL BE CLEARED UP IN NO TIME: We’re sending too much junk into space.

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MORE FLUID THAN PROGRESSIVE MORALS: Strange new ‘superfluid’ boggles the mind.

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THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: French Elections – The Final Countdown.

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AND IN OTHER NEWS, DOG BITES MAN:Filthy Antifa W***e Lies. (It’s Liberty Zone.  Language warning applies, so if creative use of swearing offends you, don’t follow that link.  You’ve been warned.)

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SIC SEMPER: Labour reduced to advertising on twitter for candidates.

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OH, NO, THEY WEREN’T DISINTERESTED, THEY WERE SHOCKED BY THE HERESY:The man behind “SNL’s” President Obama impersonation reveals the show’s disinterest in Barack-based gags.

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BLACKLISTS ARE ALIVE AND WELL: Here’s why you won’t be seeing Richard Gere in a mainstream movie anytime soon.

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HERE WE GO AGAIN: Hit me!’ The shocking moment an American Airlines flight attendant challenges a passenger to a FIGHT after ‘hitting a crying mother in struggle over her baby’s stroller.’

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As “Yep,” the recording engineer/producer who wrote the bulk of the posts of the legendary “Why Do Your Recordings Sound Like Ass” thread at the Cockos Reaper DAW forum noted in 2008:

The explosion in prices for “vintage” and “boutique” gear was not driven by professional studios. Even before the home-studio boom, the arrival of cheap, high quality digital and better broadcast technologies made a whole lot of local recording and broadcast studios redundant. There was a small increase in inexpensive project studios, fueled by the rise of punk, hip-hop, and “indie” music, but for the most part, the emergence of the ADAT and Mackie mixers spelled the beginning of the end for mid-market commercial recording studios, and began to turn broadcast studios into cheap, commodity workplaces devoid of the old-school audio “engineers” (who actually wore lab coats in the old days of calibrating cutting lathes and using oscilloscopes to measure DC offset and so on).

The irony is that the explosion of cheap, high-quality digital fostered a massive cottage industry of extremely small home and project studios, that rapidly began to develop a keen interest in high-end studio gear. Even as broadcast and small commercial jingle studios and local TV stations (of which there were a LOT, back then) were dumping their clunky mixing consoles and old-fashioned ribbon mics and so on, there was a massive rise in layperson interest in high-end studio gear. As the price of entry has gotten lower and lower, interest in and demand for truly “pro quality” sound has increased exponentially, and superstition and reverential awe has grown up around anything that pre-exists the digital age.

Dean Amos, the owner of the studio located in Wickford, Essex, UK, in the above new Sound on Sound magazine video has taken that love of vintage tube-based gear and ‘50s-era ribbon microphones to its logical conclusion; he’s recreated the sort of studio that Elvis or Buddy Holly would have recorded in, around 1957 or so, right down to a three track reel-to-reel recorder. But unless you’ve got live performance chops in the neighborhood of either of those two artists, the mixture of vintage mics, pre-amps and compressors with modern-day editing and pitch correction software is likely to yield far better results. But it’s still an incredibly cool looking – and sounding – studio.

Friday, April 21, 2017

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STUPID BIOGRAPHER TRICKS: Over at Ed (now celebrating our 15th year on the Interwebs!) I have a review of the new biography of David Letterman by Jason Zinoman of the New York Times, who pulls one big punch in an otherwise surprisingly good bio. Zinoman leaves out the details of an infamous 2006 segment in which Bill O’Reilly was Letterman’s guest, and O’Reilly managed to get Letterman to drop the mask and reveal his inner punitive leftist with one simple question about Iraq.

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The Service Employees International Union and three Muslim guards who work for Security Industry Specialists, the security contractor Amazon uses to guard its facility, accuse SIS, and by implication Amazon, of refusing to allow the guards space to pray five times daily, even though members of other religions are granted the privilege of using prayer rooms.

As Glenn wrote yesterday, “This does not make me feel worse about Amazon.”

(Classical reference in headline.)

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YOU BECOME VAGUE AND TEDIOUS: What Happens If You Smoke Marijuana Every Day?

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FLASHBACK, ONE YEAR AGO TODAY: The Smug Style In American Liberalism. “Finding comfort in the notion that their former allies were disdainful, hapless rubes, smug liberals created a culture animated by that contempt. The result is a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

It hasn’t gotten any less smug, despite crushing defeat. . . .

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THE GOP HAS NOTHING TO COMPARE WITH THE DEMOCRATS’ DOMINANCE OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Where is the Republican Attack Machine on the Shutdown? “Democrats are always so much better at spinning their nonsense than Republicans are. They whine, attack, and rally the troops every time there’s a big battle to be fought, while Republicans think somehow people will come around to their point of view. And Democrats do it in an organized fashion guided by a well thought out, long-term plan that nevertheless seems spontaneous. Republicans focus solely on today’s news cycle and think they can win the PR war via President Trump’s tweets. The newest battle — the growing struggle over funding for the government, which runs out in a week — is a perfect example of this communications incompetence.”

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“HOTTEST TAKE IN THE HISTORY OF HOT TAKES:” NBC’s Rachel Maddow blames riots in Venezuela on Trump donations.

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IT’S COMPLICATED: China Tightens the Screws — on South Korea.

China is having a difficult time reconciling its economic need to act like a responsible grownup on the world stage, with its political desire to be a Communist-Nationalist hegemon.

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FAKE NEWS? Old-school journalists ‘pissed’ about Gayle King’s vacation with Obamas:

Gayle King’s serious CBS colleagues had a lot to say about her recent yacht jaunt with former first couple Barack and Michelle Obama in Tahiti, and it wasn’t positive.

“The ‘Capital J’ journalists are pissed and raving mad that she was on a yacht with the Obamas over the weekend. The old-school people were talking about it. She shouldn’t be doing that. She’s an anchor of a news program that covers the White House. You’re held to a different standard. It’s one thing to be friendly. It’s another thing to go vacationing on a yacht,” a source told us of the backlash at CBS.

CBS is denying that there’s any rancor internally directed at King, which makes sense, considering that her colleague Charlie Rose pretended to have no clue about candidate Obama’s foreign policy stance on the eve of the 2008 presidential election, and last year sat with two of Obama’s speechwriters while all three laughed on air about the Big Lie of Obamacare — the over 36 times Obama told Americans, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

CBS Nightly News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley once compared global warming skeptics to Holocaust deniers, and admitted recently to accepting at face value the Hillary campaign’s story and not investigating further the cause of her infamous collapse on September 11th last year.

John Dickerson, the host of Face the Nation and the “political director” for CBS, wrote an article for Slate in 2013 charmingly titled “Go for the Throat! Why if he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war on the Republican Party.” This was followed last year by his asking Obama, ‘Is honesty overrated as a presidential quality?’

And the boss of CBS’s news division is David Rhodes, the brother of Obama’s infamous former deputy national security advisor, Ben Rhodes.

Just think of them all as Democrat operatives with bylines and lavaliere microphones, and it all makes sense.

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SPENGLER: Come to Me, My Mélenchony Baby. “In France, U.S. Conservatives Should Hope for Fillon.”


Elsewhere in Europe, the alternative right has flopped. Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders polled lower than expected in last month’s Dutch elections. Germany’s Alternative fuer Deutschland is in chaos following the resignation of its chairman and lead candidate Frauke Petry, who was effectively forced out by the extreme right wing of her party.

But France is different. Many American conservatives are cheering for Le Pen. So are some elements of the French Establishment, who see the National Front leader as the country’s last hope to stop the creeping tide of Islam.

But if Le Pen is elected, I guarantee that her American admirers are not going to like the outcome.


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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Faculty Weighs Legal Options To Block Closure Of Whittier Law School After Court Rejects TRO; Board Pulled Plug With Only 40 Students Expected In Fall 2017 1L Class, Down 70% From 2016 (And 87% From 2010).

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JUST THINK OF IT AS EARTH HOUR, PART II: Massive power outage hits San Francisco, shuts down businesses, BART station, cable cars, traffic lights.

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I DO SO LIKE IT HERE AND THERE, SAY, I LIKE FRACKING ANYWHERE: Fracking could fuel Alaska’s next oil boom.

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OF COURSE THEY DID: Clinton Camp Instituted ‘Loyalty Scores’ Following 2008 Loss.

Clinton had two staffers “toil” to rate every Democrat members of Congress on a scale of one to seven — one being the most loyal — after she lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama in 2008. Her husband Bill Clinton then deliberately campaigned against the disloyal “sevens” in subsequent primary elections, and succeeded in getting some of them removed. Some of those who remained apparently took note, and were quick to endorse Hillary in 2016.

The idea of this person controlling the weaponized Executive Branch is beyond unnerving.

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IT IS MY INTENTION NEVER TO FIND OUT: What would happen if you didn’t shower for a year?

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BOMBER COMPARISON: StrategyPage’s WW2 aircraft series stretches out a bit with a photo showing the WW2 B-29 next to an XB-36. The B-36 was developed during WW2.

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NEIN MEANS NEIN: German Judge Acquits Turkish Man of Rape After 4 Hours of Forced Violent Sex.

A German judge has acquitted a Turkish man of rape, despite the fact that he forced a woman to have sex with him, and left her incapacitated. The judge argued that in “the mentality of the Turkish cultural circle,” what the woman “had experienced as rape” might be considered merely “wild sex.” The judge refused to convict the rapist, because “no intention is demonstrable.”

It’s different when they do it.

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IT IS NOT MY FAULT; IT IS THAT OF MY NATURE: Tillerson considers adding North Korea to state sponsors of terror list, N.K. responds with more nuke threats.

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READER BOOK PLUG: From Bernard Fancher, A Good And Gentle Man.

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BECAUSE THEY CAN? Why Georgia Tech Built a Tarzan Robot That Swings Around on Wires.

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IT’S COMPLICATED: North Korean ships dock in Chinese port despite coal embargo.

The ships docked Thursday and Friday at a port in the city of Tangshan in northern Hebei province, near Beijing.

All six North Korean ships were loaded with anthracite coal, according to a daily docking plan published on the port of Jintang’s website. Unloading times of up to six hours were listed for the ships.

Three of the ships — the Jin Hung 9, the Woory Star and the Kum Gang San 2 — had been due to dock since February, when China said it was halting all coal imports from North Korea for 2017 in accordance with a UN Security Council resolution passed last year.

It’s unclear what the ships unloaded. The three have since left the port.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang said Friday that his country’s policy of not accepting coal imports from North Korea had not changed.

“There have been some reports that some coal ships have tied up in port. You are aware if these ships continue to remain out at sea, away from port, we need to make some humanitarian consideration for their crews,” Lu said.

China also reportedly has put bombers in the area on alert, which are probably a bigger threat to Pyongyang than to U.S./R.O.K forces.

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AMERICAN SHARIA: More arrests for female genital mutilation in Michigan.

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RENT OUR SOFTWARE, OR ELSE: Microsoft will cut services to standalone Office users so they’ll subscribe to Office 365.

When Microsoft launched Office 365 in 2010, Microsoft officials said then that customers were asking to move to the cloud. Beginning in 2020, some Office customers will need to buy Office 365 to do so.

In an update to Microsoft’s Office 365 system requirements released on Thursday, Microsoft said that consumers who have already purchased “perpetual”—i.e., standalone—versions of Office, such as Office 2010, Office 2013, and Office 2016, would be cut off from accessing the business versions of OneDrive and Skype after mainstream support expires. Those who have purchases those Office suites will be allowed to connect until Oct. 13, 2020—the day mainstream support ends for Office 2016, and the day the new support policy kicks in.

This software-as-a-service business model is irksome. I’d rather pay for software upfront and then own it outright until I’m ready to upgrade. Having bought-and-paid-for software held for ransom is worse than irksome.

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OMAR MAHMOOD: Islam needs Islamophobia right now: In Pakistan, a mob killed a journalism student because he didn’t believe. That could have been me.

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IT’S CUTE, BUT IT DIDN’T WORK: This Student Sent A PowerPoint To Her Crush Explaining Why He Should Date Her And It’s Hilariously Relatable.


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WHEN THEY GO LOW… U Alaska Art Exhibit Features Painting of Captain America Holding President Trump’s Decapitated Head.

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CLEANUP AT 600,000 FEET: As orbit becomes more crowded, risk from space debris grows.