Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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(10:48 PM)

SAMANTHA POWER ON UNMASKING: It wasn’t me! Others used my name!

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“Now look, Colonel… Bat Guano, if that really is your name, may I tell you that I have a very, very good idea, I think, I hope, I pray, what the recall code is. It’s some sort of recurrent theme he kept repeating. It’s a variation on Peace on Earth or Purity of Essence. E O P. O P E. It’s one of those!”

(Classical reference.)

(10:17 PM)


2017: Having Sex With Your First Cousin Might Be A Good Idea, Research Suggests.

(10:01 PM)

VIDEO: Modern Times: Camille Paglia & Jordan B Peterson.

(10:00 PM)

TYLER O’NEIL: What Did Mueller Know? New Documents Show Clinton-Russia Scandal Dwarfs Anything on Trump’s Side.

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WASHINGTON POST: ‘Reeks of subtle racism’: Black Democrat omitted from campaign fliers in Virginia. “Virginia Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ralph Northam omitted any mention of Justin Fairfax, the party’s African American candidate for lieutenant governor, from about a thousand pieces of campaign literature, a move Fairfax called a ‘mistake’ and that has stoked tensions within the Democratic ticket and threatens to alienate African American voters three weeks before Election Day.”

You know it’s bad when the Post is covering it this way.

(09:25 PM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University of Montana Dean Worried About ‘the Risk of Offending Students,’ Dis-Invites Conservative Speaker. God forbid they should be offended by hearing a view they disagree with.

But when funding for these institutions is cut, they’ll blame “anti-intellectualism.”

(09:03 PM)

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(09:01 PM)

GOOD: Top critic of Obama’s campus sex police, race-based school discipline joins Education Department. It’s Hans Bader.

(09:00 PM)

SCIENCE: A Nine-Year Collaboration Has Just Shown How Sugar Exacerbates Cancer.

(08:37 PM)

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO HARASS: #MeToo: I’m a Man Who’s Been Sexually Abused.

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SO A FRIEND SHARED THIS ARTICLE ON FACEBOOK, and on reading it I learned that when it’s given to older white men testosterone is a pathetic source of “penis power,” but when it’s given to women who want to be men it becomes a glorious, magical, transformative substance.

(06:19 PM)

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Post Editorial Board: Team Obama’s stunning cover-up of Russian crimes.

It turns out the Obama administration knew the Russians were engaged in bribery, kickbacks and extortion in order to gain control of US atomic resources — yet still OK’d that 2010 deal to give Moscow control of one-fifth of America’s uranium. This reeks.

Peter Schweizer got onto part of the scandal in his 2015 book, “Clinton Cash”: the gifts of $145 million to the Clinton Foundation, and the $500,000 fee to Bill for a single speech, by individuals involved in a deal that required Hillary Clinton’s approval.

The New York Times confirmed and followed up on Schweizer’s reporting — all of it denounced by Hillary as a partisan hit job.

But now The Hill reports that the FBI in 2009 had collected substantial evidence — eyewitnesses backed by documents — of money-laundering, blackmail and bribery by Russian nuclear officials, all aimed at growing “Vladimir Putin’s atomic-energy business inside the United States” in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

The bureau even flagged the routing of millions from Russian nuclear officials to cutouts and on to Clinton Inc.

Hillary Clinton, again, sat on a key government body that had to approve the deal — though she now claims she had no role in a deal with profound national security implications, and during the campaign called the payments a coincidence.

The Obama administration — anxious to “reset” US-Russian relations — kept it all under wraps, refusing to tell even top congressional intelligence figures. . . .

There’s more: Until September 2013, the FBI director was Robert Mueller — who’s now the special counsel probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election. It’s hard to see how he can be trusted in that job unless he explains what he knew about this Obama-era cover-up.

And maybe not even then. (Bumped).

(06:00 PM)

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Is Carrying A Knife For Self Defense A Good Idea?

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MEGAN FOX: #FakeNewsweek Calls Innocent People Nazis for Criticizing Politics in Wolfenstein II.

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ALSO, CAPTAIN OF THE TITANIC IS TRYING NOT TO GET INTO ICE FLOES. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: “What we’re trying to do is stay out of politics. We’re not looking to get into politics.”

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MALE PRIVILEGE: “There are now more of these HPV-related throat cancers in men than there are cervical cancers in women.”

(04:53 PM)

THAT’S A FEATURE, NOT A BUG: Democratic Socialists of America’s Drift from Democratic Socialism to Stalinist Totalitarianism.

Link was missing before — fixed now, sorry!

(04:26 PM)

NOT QUICKLY ENOUGH: Is Obama’s Foreign-Policy Legacy Disappearing?

(04:11 PM)

ANALYSIS: TRUE. The Secret To Marriage Is Being Married.

Good stuff from Jazz Shaw today.

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A CAPITAL ERROR: You may remember the fuss over income inequality a few years ago caused by the release of Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the bestseller no-one read. it turns out that yet another paper has found problems with Piketty’s data:

I conclude that Piketty’s data for the wealth share of the top 10 percent for the period 1870 to 1970 are unreliable. The values he reported are manufactured from the observations for the top 1 percent inflated by a constant 36 percentage points. Piketty’s data for the top 1 percent of the distribution for the nineteenth century (1810–1910) are also unreliable. They are based on a single mid-century observation that provides no guidance about the antebellum trend and only tenuous information about the trend in inequality during the Gilded Age. The values Piketty reported for the twentieth century (1910–2010) are based on more solid ground, but have the disadvantage of muting the marked rise of inequality during the Roaring Twenties and the decline associated with the Great Depression.

Phil Magness and Robert Murphy, who first drew attention to these errors, are vindicated once again.


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(02:55 PM)

ROGER KIMBALL: Donald Trump Is an American Patriot of the Same Stamp as Ronald Reagan.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Sarah Hoyt on Slavery and Freedom.

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SPACE: Pilot Wave theory suggests Trumpet shaped Emdrive would have more thrust. I want working reactionless thrusters, and I want them ASAP.

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THE 21ST CENTURY IS NOT TURNING OUT THE WAY I’D HOPED: Hacked Butt Plug Can Be Controlled “From Anywhere.”

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WALTER DURANTY, CALL YOUR OFFICE: Making the World Safe for Communism — Again.

A recent surge of Communist nostalgia suggests that a Marxist revival of sorts may be afoot in some elite American quarters. Nowhere is this more apparent than in “Red Century,” the New York Times editorial page’s yearlong series of op-eds commemorating the centenary of the October Revolution.

A handful of “Red Century” op-eds were critical of the Communist legacy. Yet readers won’t find among the 35 published so far a detailed treatment of the horrors of the gulag. Nor will they find coverage of the misery that socialist regimes in Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, and elsewhere inflict on their citizens to this day. There are no accounts of the persecution of Christians under Communism regimes, past and present. Young readers unfamiliar with history will learn about Star Trek’s supposed debt to Marxist ideology, but they won’t encounter major Cold War heroes such as Vaclav Havel, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, John Paul II, and others who inspired Communist citizens to live in truth.

We know which side the New York Times is on — we’ve always known.

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SCIENCE: This Man Got a PhD in Threesomes.

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21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: 1 in 9 American men infected with oral HPV.

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: HILLARY CONFIDANT LINDA BLOODWORTH-THOMASON KNEW OF WEINSTEIN. “The creator of ‘Designing Women’ and Clinton confidant details horrific stories of sexual impropriety and abuse of power (“The No. 1 casting criterion for an actress is that she be ‘hot and f—able”) and reveals she warned Democrat operatives about Harvey Weinstein’s rumored behavior.”

How much of a “Clinton confidant” is Bloodworth-Thomason? In 2014, the Hollywood Reporter listed her as being one of five of “Hillary Clinton’s Biggest Hollywood Confidants,” and as they note, “they’ve known each other since the ’80s, when the Clintons were occupying the governor’s mansion.”

This makes Hillary’s Sgt. Schultz impersonation that she knew nothing – nothing! – of Weinstein’s degradations – while taking nearly $1.5 million of his money over the years seem increasingly implausible. Why is Democrat-dominated Hollywood such a cesspit of abuse and misogyny?

Harvey Weinstein and then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton arriving to the New York premiere of ‘Finding Neverland’ at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, New York on October 25, 2004. Brooklyn, New York. (Rex Features via AP Images.)


The only girl power Hillary has ever been interested in is her own.

(01:04 PM)

WELL, GOOD: Hero Mandalay Bay security guard resurfaces on Ellen in LA for his first interview after he vanished.

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(12:57 PM)

WHY ARE DEMOCRATS SO RACIST? Ralph Northam campaign defends deleting black running mate from campaign literature.

Josh Kraushaar comments: “This is a pretty big deal now that it’s been publicized, given how important black turnout is for Northam.”

(12:56 PM)

SO IT’S COME TO THIS: Man Spits on Homeless Guy for ‘Making His Grandmother a Slave.’

(12:50 PM)

JOHN JUDIS IN TALKINGPOINTSMEMO: The Asylum/Immigration Issue Dooms Austria’s Left Of Center Parties.

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TO BE FAIR, I THINK PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE IN HOLLYWOOD SEES PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE ELSE IN HOLLYWOOD AS AN OBJECT, NOT A PERSON: “And, during this time, a female producer had me do a nude lineup with about five women who were much, much thinner than me.”

Ann Althouse comments: “Listen up, columnists who proffer the solution of putting some more women in positions of executive power. Women do hurt other women, and they can do it in a system in which the men are out to sexually exploit women. For one thing, some women are into sexually dominating/humiliating other women. For another, if the men are structuring the workplace around their own sexual interests, the women who rise within the power structure may be the ones who play along, facilitate, and demonstrate what tough gals they are. And then there’s just good old fashioned woman-on-woman cruelty — all that envy and the burning desire to be The Woman.”

(12:38 PM)

UNDERREPORTED HISTORY: The Lost Opportunity to Terminate the Kim Il Sung Dynasty.

This is a slightly longer piece, but definitely of interest.

(12:38 PM)

DON SURBER: NFL Cash Cow Dries Up.

(12:33 PM)

#METOO: Stephanie Gutmann: Seeing sexual harassment everywhere. “The Weinstein scandal is giving rise to a frenzied climate.”

(12:25 PM)

IT HELPS WHEN YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO WIN: Investor’s Business Daily: Trump Defeats ISIS In Months — After Years Of Excuses From Obama.

(12:21 PM)

OH: Doctor accused of bribing Menendez met with other politicians too.

A wealthy West Palm Beach eye doctor accused of bribing Sen. Bob Menendez wined and dined other politicians, including former Florida governor Charlie Crist, it emerged in Newark federal court on Tuesday.

Flor Melgen, the wife of Dr. Salomon Melgen, testified Tuesday about a weekend in October 2010 when Crist showed up at her house unexpectedly, ate dinner — consisting of Capital Grille takeout — and stayed the night.

He then handed Flor a $100 check for the cost of the meal and his stay.

“He knew that my husband was Bob’s [Menendez] friend and he was wondering if he might be with him,” Flor told the jury about the surprise visit.

The defense said the purpose of the testimony was to illustrate to the jury that Menendez, who flew Melgen’s private jet that same weekend, was in Florida for an official political function.

As such, the flight on Melgen’s private jet as well as a leg on a commercial flight Melgen paid for should have been reimbursed for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — not Menendez, according to Melgen’s lawyers.

The Garden State Democrat stands accused of accepting all-expense-paid trips and private jet flights from Melgen in exchange for political favors, including help with the doctor’s $8.9 million Medicare bill and in obtaining visas for the ophthalmologist’s young girlfriends.

Amazing how little coverage this trial is getting, isn’t it?

(12:06 PM)

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: The Most Powerful Journalist In Hollywood Protected Harvey Weinstein For Years.

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(10:55 AM)

HARDBALL: McConnell Floats Names of Failed Tea Party Candidates in Response to Bannon Threat. “What do they all have in common? They’re in private life, and a Democrat is in the Senate.”

(10:33 AM)

YOU DON’T SAY: Neolithic Feasts at Stonehenge Were Not Vegan-Friendly.

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HOW DUMB DO YOU HAVE TO BE AS A COLLEGE ADMINISTRATOR TO PUT YOURSELF IN THIS SITUATION? Texas State Rep. Briscoe Cain is planning to sue Texas Southern University after administrators refused to prevent students from shouting him down during a recent event on campus.

The administrators are more afraid of their own students than of the legislature. I predict that will change.

(10:11 AM)

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE (CONT’D): Snapchat Video Gets California Teacher Arrested For Alleged Sexual Relation With Student.

According to, a high school student at Beaumont High School in California, spotted the Snapchat video in August and approached the student, who had reportedly posted it and asked if it was “Mrs. Ciotta.”

“Yes…Bro, I’m getting in deep…been f—–g (Ciotta) and getting threesomes for the past couple weeks (at her house),” the student reportedly responded, according to the documents obtained by, a local news organization in New Jersey.

Police have been investigating if the teacher had inappropriate sexual contact with more than just one minor Beaumont High School student, according to Ciotta is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 3.

Beaumont Unified School District officials had been made aware of the video on Sept. 1 and they then contacted the police about the rumors alleging Ciotta appeared half-naked with the alleged victim and other underage students, according to the documents obtained by

Where are the cries about “rape culture” in our high school teaching staffs?

(10:09 AM)

ANALYSIS: Russia tables turn, roping Clinton, Obama, Holder, not Trump.

Related: Time to subpoena Obama on his ties to Russia.

(10:00 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Evergreen State banned criticism of Black Lives Matter through its bias response team. “A campus spokesman did not respond to repeated recent email and phone call requests for comment from The College Fix to weigh in one whether the team had made a mistake in its determination and if the school would continue to banish public criticisms of Black Lives Matter.”

(09:00 AM)

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(08:57 AM)

ISIS IN THE CONGO: Video Calls Jihadists to New Turf in Central Africa.

(08:55 AM)

MARK JUDGE: Hollywood’s Sex Abuse Cover-Up.

Plus, seen on Facebook:

I think the Oscars ceremony should be canceled this year, in recognition of Hollywood’s shame.

UPDATE: Why Hollywood Is The Perfect Hunting Ground For Pervs.

(08:31 AM)

WHAT DO YOU MEAN, “DESPITE?” UnitedHealth Revenue Grows Despite ACA Exit.

The latest quarterly results from the nation’s largest health insurer come as the market is facing policy changes related to the ACA. President Donald Trump last week signed an executive order seeking to provide lower-cost plans in the individual insurance market, and he has said his administration will end payments to insurers that offset subsidies to low-income consumers.

Guiding the company through the shifting landscape is David Wichmann, the former UnitedHealth president who took the reins as chief executive Sept. 1. Former CEO Stephen Hemsley now serves as executive chairman.

During a call with analysts, Mr. Wichmann said UnitedHealth has “a great deal of experience in the areas covered” in the president’s executive order, which are short-term health policies, association plans and health-reimbursement arrangements. UnitedHealth said it has around 300,000 people currently enrolled in association plans and the “performance is strong.” The insurer also said it was seeing an “incredible increase in the growth” of short-term plans before the Obama administration capped their duration at three months, and the company would be “excited” to see the Trump administration expand the length again, as the executive order suggested.

Counting on illegal subsidies to sell people plans they don’t want was never a good business model, and UnitedHealth and others were right to exit the ObamaCare faux-marketplaces.

(08:30 AM)

MICHAEL BARONE: Dignified silence is the proper response on presidential condolence calls.

As I recall, former President George W. Bush came under criticism, from journalists and Democrats, for supposedly not calling family members of military personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq more than a decade ago. The subtext was that he was callous about the tragic human cost of the military actions he ordered. It turned out that Bush did communicate and even meet with family members, only without any public mention.

It is only because the number of deaths in military action are an order of magnitude lower than in previous American wars that this question could even be raised. Something like 450,000 American military personnel died in World War II. By my calculation, if Presidents Roosevelt and Truman had made consolation calls to family members, they would have had to make a call every 4.3 minutes, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, in the 1,371 days between Pearl Harbor and V-J Day.

Even now, with far fewer deaths, it surely is, as Trump said, a difficult duty making such calls. He, like his two predecessors, knows these men and women died carrying out their orders. You have to be very cynical—more cynical than I am—to think that Bush, Obama, and Trump would not find these conversations emotionally draining.

So let’s allow this president, as most of us allowed or should have allowed his two predecessors, write these letters and make these calls in private. Let journalists and others quit bombarding him with questions about whether he’s done so.

Related: Wa Po Factchecker: “We could not find any contemporaneous evidence” of Obama calling fallen soldiers. Gives no rating.

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The thing is, Trump was elected by people who think our public life was already hopelessly degraded. It’s easy to see why that’s hard for Kristol to accept. More on status anxiety here.

Related: Put Up or Shut Up: Bill Kristol in 2018.

UPDATE: From the comments: “Just as Scott Adams predicted, he’s made it all the way to ‘I like his policies but I hate him’ status.”

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JOURNALISM: CNN reporter makes fun of polio survivor McConnell for needing Trump’s help to climb steps.

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TROLLMASTER: White House Places CNN, MSNBC In The Back Row Of Presser.

The White House placed CNN and MSNBC in the last two rows of the foreign press section during Tuesday’s joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

CNN political analyst and Sentinel editor Brian Karem tweeted Tuesday complaining about the situation.

“I am not saying that they are punishing MSNBC and CNN,” he wrote. “What I am saying is that they are in the last two rows of the foreign press section.”

Maybe the Trump White House really is biased against foreigners.

(08:00 AM)

WHAT DO YOU WANT HIM TO DO? BLAME A YOUTUBE VIDEO? Dem Senator: Trump Hasn’t Been Forthcoming Enough About Attack On US Soldiers in Niger.

(07:55 AM)

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Tax Reform, Weinstein Fall Out, Vegas Security Guard Surfaces and Much, Much More.

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I KNOW YOU’RE ALL SHOCKED TO HEAR THIS: The results are in…D.C. has a lot of STDs. To be fair, they’ve been screwing the whole country for years, so, well. . . .

(07:40 AM)

JANE FONDA ON WHETHER SHE’S ‘PROUD’ OF AMERICA: ‘No, but I’m Proud of the Resistance’ Against Trump.

Sackur followed up by asking if it is effective for celebrities to protest Trump at award ceremonies and whether she is “proud of the American today.”

“I don’t know, all I know is, and I say this as a dyed in wool Democrat, the Democratic Party has failed us,” Fonda said. “Clinton failed us, and in a way the Obama administration have all neglected the very people who voted for Trump, who used to be the base of the Democratic Party.”

Before joining any “resistance,” Fonda needs to ask herself why so many Obama voters switched to Trump.

(07:35 AM)

PEOPLE HAVE MORE RIGHTS IN CRIMINAL CASES IF YOU DON’T TAKE A “LIVING CONSTITUTION” APPROACH: Georgia’s conservative Supreme Court: Compelled breathanalyzer tests violate state privilege against self-incrimination.

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How identity politics divided a campus: Meet the Reed student driven out of college for questioning a protest.

(07:25 AM)

HMM: Amazon Patents Drone to Recharge Electric Cars While Driving.

What if electric cars could top up their metaphorical tanks not just faster than internal-combustion vehicles…but could recharge without even stopping at all?

It’s not a new idea—companies such as Qualcomm have explored wireless chargers built into the road surface to provide power on the go—but none of the past ideas have been quite as creative as an electric car-recharging drone system patented by Amazon, which recently received the stamp of approval from the United States Patent Office and was dug up by Greentech Media.

In a nutshell, the patent—which was filed in late June 2014 but was formally granted in early October of this year—describes a method in which electric vehicles would contact a central server when their batteries were running too low to reach their intended destination, prompting a computer to dispatch an unmanned flying machine with a supplementary battery pack. The drone and the car would wirelessly exchange information to sync up their speeds and locations; once they rendezvous, the car would deploy a retractable charger, and the drone would plug into the vehicle while in motion to pass along the needed juice.

I can’t even begin to imagine the liability problems of having a lithium-ion battery flying at highway speeds just feet above traffic.

(07:07 AM)

TYLER O’NEIL: What Did Mueller Know? New Documents Show Clinton-Russia Scandal Dwarfs Anything on Trump’s Side.

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ANN ALTHOUSE TO LARRY LESSIG: “Professor Lessig, you need a causation element.”

All this unproved “collusion” with Russia had less to do with the election’s outcome than Hillary’s own awfulness — and failure to campaign in key states. But if you want to find collusion with Russia, well, there’s this.

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Sander & Steinbuch: Mismatch And Bar Passage: A School-Specific Analysis. “Past research on law school mismatch has been hampered by the absence of school-specific data, thus requiring scholars to estimate individual levels of mismatch through various indirect techniques. In this paper, the authors use data on nearly four thousand students at three law schools to directly measure mismatch levels based on LSAT scores or an academic index. The analysis shows large and statistically significant effects of mismatch; when one controls for mismatch, racial effects lose statistical significance. The results highlight the importance of mismatch in explaining both racial bar passage gaps and individual outcomes on the bar. The results also illustrate the great importance of individual school-level data across a range of schools in studying mismatch.”

(06:33 AM)

ROCKET VALLEY, SOUTH KOREA: Yet another show of force.

RELATED: Another rocket live fire training exercise “providing South Korean and U.S. forces the ability to launch rockets from mobile locations and strike targets with minimal notice.”

(05:30 AM)

YOU HAD ME AT SCI-FI MATERIALS: The sci-fi alloys inside tomorrow’s hi-tech watches.

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FUNNY, MY SONS HAVEN’T BEEN THERE IN YEARS:  Bigfoot allegedly spotted in Northern California. (Mean?  Bah. Factual. You didn’t have to find shoes of extraordinary size that the local stores didn’t sell by the time they were 12.)

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INDEED:  Masculinity Is the Solution to Weinstein-Like Scandals in Hollywood.

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STRAIGHT UP RACISM:   Man Spits on Homeless Guy for ‘Making His Grandmother a Slave’.

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I’M SORRY, DID ANYONE EXPECT TO GET MONEY OUT OF THE CLINTONS’ CLUTCHES?  Of Course: Clinton Foundation Says It Won’t Return $250K in #HarveyWeinstein Donations.

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AND SPEAKING OF…   Gentle Reminder: Bowe Bergdahl is NOT a Victim!

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YEAH, SOME OF US REMEMBER:  The Bergdahl Obamanation.

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YOU KNOW, THIS SHOCKED FACE IS GETTING WORN OUT:  Bombshell Revelations about Russia and Obama’s Department of Justice.  Has everyone forgotten the “more flexibility” slip?

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THEY NEED COMPETITION:  YouTube Suspends Account of Chinese Dissident.

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GOOD!  Trump Pushes Tax Reform at Heritage Dinner .

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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The Hill reporters John Solomon and Alison Spann’s inquiry found that the FBI began investigating an effort by the Russian government to infiltrate the American nuclear materials industry as early as 2009. “Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States,” they reported.

These reporters were privy to documents revealing the scope of the FBI’s operation, which was extensive and supported the allegation that Moscow had “compromised” a Uranium trucking firm. All of this took place before the Russian energy firm Rosatom secured its first 17 percent stake in the American nuclear materials extraction company Uranium One in 2009. A year later, Rosatom won a majority stake in that company—a deal that had to be approved at the highest levels of the American government and which alarmed observers who fretted the national security implications of that kind of concession to Moscow.

Meanwhile, between 2009 and 2013, the Clinton Foundation was the recipient of four suspicious tranches of donations totaling $2.35 million from Russian-linked sources including Uranium One’s chairman. Former President Bill Clinton personally received half a million dollars for one speech in Moscow from a Russian government-linked investment bank that was promoting Uranium One stock. While the Uranium One deal was under consideration by the Treasury Department, that bank’s analysts were talking up the value of that firm’s stock.

Weird how little media attention this has gotten.

(10:30 PM)


2017: Pole dancing is in line to become an Olympic sport within a decade.

(10:24 PM)

WOMANSPLAINING: Men, you want to treat women better? Here’s a list to start with.

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WELL, THIS IS DISTURBING: Nearly a third of Japanese people are entering their 30s without any sexual experience.

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INSTITUTIONAL MISANDRY: “Men at Yale are bad in bed because they are bad at listening to women.” Count yourself lucky, sister — if they did listen to you, they probably wouldn’t want to have sex with you at all.

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WAR ON SCIENCE: Stanford professor getting death threats over ‘gaydar’ research.

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ANN ALTHOUSE ON #METOO: “That sounds like she accepted a date and wanted a relationship (and even liked that the guy was an adulterer). Let’s not mush everything together! This #MeToo stuff could get really stupid. At least she announces I am a fucking fool. I know, she means back then. But she’s using the present tense. . . . Joan Walsh, who is 59 years old, is still selling herself as a naive, innocent girl. She was going out with some other woman’s husband, as far as I can tell. Look, we’re in an important moment, when women can come together and support other women. Don’t mess it up with bullshit like this.”

But they can’t help it, because the herd instinct means no one wants to be left out, even when their only real complaint is that they couldn’t get the boyfriend to leave his wife. Because Me too!

From the comments: “Jump on the wagon and signal virtuous victimhood!”

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KEEPING THE SKIES UNFRIENDLY: The Corporate Jet Set’s War on Coach Passengers. The federal government’s air-traffic control system is so awful that even the unionized controllers want to turn it over to a not-for-profit corporation, as Republican leaders in Congress hope to do this month. They’ve got a good chance of succeeding in the House, but prospects are uncertain in the Senate. My piece in City Journal:

Members of Congress are about to face a tough choice: should they vote to replace America’s scandalously antiquated air-traffic control system with one that would be safer and cheaper, reduce the federal deficit, conserve fuel, ease congestion in the skies, and speed travel for tens of millions of airline passengers? Or should they maintain the status quo to please the lobbyists representing owners of corporate jets?

If that choice doesn’t sound difficult, then you don’t know the power that corporate jet-setters wield in Congress. They’re the consummate Washington crony capitalists: shameless enough to demand that their private flights be subsidized by the masses who fly coach, savvy enough to stymie reforms backed by Democratic and Republican administrations.

If they prevail, we’ll be stuck with an air-traffic system mired in mid-twentieth  century technology:

Controllers and pilots rely on ground-based radar and radio beacons instead of GPS satellites. They communicate by voice over crowded radio channels because the federal government still hasn’t figured out how to use text messaging. The computers in control towers are so primitive that controllers track planes by passing around slips of paper.

The result: an enormous amount of time wasted by passengers, especially those traveling in the busy airspace of the Northeast. Because the system is so imprecise, planes have to be kept far apart, which limits the number of planes in the air—leaving passengers stranded at terminals listening to the dread announcements about “air traffic delays.” When they do finally take off, they’re often delayed further because the pilot must fly a zig-zag course following radio beacons instead of saving time and fuel by taking a direct route.

Reformers have been trying to fix the system for decades, but the lobbyists for the Gulfstream class like it just the way it is.


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