Wednesday, May 24, 2017
In a Facebook statement, the event organizers wrote, “The Cal Poly College Republicans will not stand by the wayside as people around the world are brutally attacked for their beliefs. We are proud of every event we have hosted in the past and to have brought such diverse, thought-provoking and politically incorrect individuals to campus. Our mission is to spark an open dialogue, and we look forward to continuing the pursuit of this mission.”
Middlebury completes disciplinary process over Charles Murray protest with wrist slaps for implicated students
The punishments were characterized by former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, an alumnus of Middlebury, as a slap on the wrist. "Middlebury slaps everybody on the wrist. A letter in the files. No one IDd who engaged in violence. The mob wins," he tweeted in response to the news.
Given the severity of the disruption, which put Professor Allison Stanger in the hospital with a neck brace, many observers hoped those responsible would, at the very least, face harsher punishments such as suspensions or expulsions.
But in the same release announcing its punishments, the school noted that the Middlebury Police Department also closed its investigation into the violent portion of the protest, concluding "it has been unable to identify any specific individual responsible for the injuries sustained by Stanger."
The effort to remove the president is conducted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the wire services, and the major networks. And we have seen nothing like it in our time. In the last six months, Americans have been told quite falsely so many untruths about the Trump administration by their news agencies that for all practical purposes, there is no such thing as a media as we once knew it.
This ties into the theme we’ve seen recently in both Germany and Austria, where measures are being taken to enshrine a “dominant culture” in keeping with those nations’ traditional values. People who choose to immigrate may wish to retain some of their familiar cultural practices, but they need to learn the language and integrate themselves in the new world they have traveled to. And that applies to their entire families. Abedi was born in Manchester, but his parents were Libyan immigrants. And he grew up in what’s being described as a “tight knit Libyan community.” If there’s a tight knit Libyan community in the middle of Manchester it’s worth keeping an eye on. Yes, that sounds like hate speech to the left, I’m sure. But while they are still clearing out the bodies and sweeping up the rubble from that attack, it might be the ideal time to get the rest of the city asking such questions.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Damn these jihadist murderers of children. And damn the politicians who have, in many cases, helped make these murders possible but who are quick, this time and every time, to serve up empty declarations of “solidarity”even as the bodies of innocents are still being counted.
The common lineage of great apes and humans split several hundred thousand years earlier than hitherto assumed, according to an international research team headed by Professor Madelaine Böhme from the Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment at the University of Tübingen and Professor Nikolai Spassov from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The researchers investigated two fossils of Graecopithecus freybergi with state-of-the-art methods and came to the conclusion that they belong to pre-humans. Their findings, published today in two papers in the journal PLOS ONE, further indicate that the split of the human lineage occurred in the Eastern Mediterranean and not - as customarily assumed - in Africa.
In his novels and essays, he instructs us even now in how in how to be alert to the numbing rhetoric of government pronouncements, of pervasive official and corporate surveillance, and most of all, of intrusions by both public and commercial powers into the realm of the private individual.
Tom Ricks. He interviewed me when he was a pup.
One thing that Burrough returns to in Days of Rage, over and over and over, is how forgotten so much of this stuff is. Puerto Rican separatists bombed NYC like 300 times, killed people, shot up Congress, tried to kill POTUS (Truman). Nobody remembers it.
I came across this post on the interwebs and found it fascinating.
President Trump just gave ISIS its new name: Losers. (Short for Evil Losers).
If you think that’s no big deal, you’re wrong. It’s a big deal. This is – literally – weapons-grade persuasion from the most powerful Master Persuader of our time.
As I have taught you in this blog, President Trump’s clever nicknames for people are not random. They are deeply engineered for visual impact and future confirmation bias.
State legislatures have been trying to figure out how much they can or should consider race when redrawing political districts and on Monday the Supreme Court increased the confusion. In a 5-3 decision, the four liberals plus Justice Clarence Thomas struck down North Carolina’s congressional map, ruling that the district lines were drawn in a way that disadvantaged black voters.
For the most part, academics, at least, feel that “white” culture has had such an advantage for so long that it can take care of itself while attention is turned to the neglected others. While there is a point here, it is also true that the vast majority of white Americans have participated only peripherally (if at all) in the culture universities have long centered upon. Their concerns, their arts and their passions have rarely made it into academic settings at all—and have often been, in the few cases where they have been considered, seen simply as kitsch. Shut out in the first place, they feel doubly excluded by an “inclusiveness” that pointedly looks to bring in others, not them.
It's all very confusing, all of these ethnic groups jockeying for status and recognition.
At Duke Divinity School, the defense of liberal learning and teaching itself is now beyond toleration.
I suspect divinity schools are now hotbeds of this sort of thing. Soon you'll be fired for suspicion of being a theist. Maybe you could be now.
It would be a crude overstatement to say that the message has gone from America worst to America first in one presidency. Mr. Obama did speak favorably of his country several times during his Cairo address. But the difference between Barack Obama’s speech in 2009 and the Trump remarks on Sunday in Riyadh is striking.
Well that's an improvement at least.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Senior Oceanographer Dr Tom Durrant is thrilled. "This is one of the largest waves recorded in the Southern Hemisphere," he explains. "This is the world's southern-most wave buoy moored in the open ocean, and we are excited to put it to the test in large seas."
Some surfers would have liked to be there.
DUBLIN — As the Gestapo surrounds the palace of an Italian anti-Fascist aristocrat, an Irish priest dashes to the cellar. He is wanted by the Nazis for his role in the daring rescues of Jews, POWs and refugees, but this time it seems there is no escape. Miraculously, a coal delivery being made to the palace offers the perfect cover — the cleric blackens his face, hides his cassock and slips away to freedom through the narrow cobbled streets of Rome.
The Trump administration announced Monday that it will fully fund a $650 million federal grant for electrification of a San Francisco Bay Area train system that also would help California's high-speed rail project.
The government previously delayed a decision when congressional Republicans objected. But the Federal Transit Administration said in a statement that the Caltrain project had "met all of the statutory requirements" for the funding.
There goes the money, down the tube.
The role of press briefings is to create two complementary illusions. The first illusion is that the administration is providing new and useful information. That rarely happens. And when it does, it could have been done more easily in the form of a press release in response to a written inquiry. A written response can be faster than a press briefing because it doesn’t depend on a scheduled meeting time in the future.
The second illusion created by the press briefings is that “news” is being manufactured in that room. The reality is that artisanal “gotcha” moments are lovingly crafted by the press. That means the so-called news from press briefings is generally fake news, and that would be true no matter the administration in power.
They do seem like a bit of a relic.
Big game hunter crushed to death by elephant as it collapses on top of him after being fatally shot - Mirror Online
The firing of James Comey and the appointment of a special counsel have once again raised the issue of independent counsels and how we address government wrongdoing. I have long thought about this issue, proposing various different solutions to the problem.
The basic problem is that we simply do not have adequate institutions in place to address government wrongdoing. During the late 1970s until the end of the Clinton Administration, the Independent Counsel statute was in place. The statute had many significant defects, although it did have some virtues. One virtue was that it had a uniform standard – although probably too lenient of a standard – for when an IC needed to be appointed. But it had serious other problems.
The power to impeach officers of the United State government is one of the gravest powers entrusted to Congress in the U.S. Constitution. The power is far-ranging and flexible, laying at the feet of Congress the ultimate responsibility to insure that the officers of the federal government are acting in the national interest and not abusing their authority. Congress has not had many occasions to use the power over the course of the nation’s history, and the most frequent targets have been low-level judges who had engaged in undoubtedly bad behavior. Impeachments of more high-profile targets like presidents raise more difficult political and constitutional issues about how the power should be used and what the role of the impeachment power might be within the American constitutional system.
Democrats should reflect on that wisdom as they consider the special counsel now appointed to investigate President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. In the short term, the inquiry will probably hurt Mr. Trump and feed attempts to drive him from office. But in the end the president’s attackers will pay a price.
Turkey summons U.S. ambassador, demands to know why Erdogan's thugs weren't allowed to beat Americans with impunity in D.C. - Hot Air Hot Air
Sorry for the inaccurate headline. Turkish thugs were allowed to beat Americans with impunity last week. Two members of Erdogan’s security detail were briefly detained after the incident and released without charge. No one was expelled. They got off scot-free. The Turkish objection is that … American cops didn’t stand aside and let the beating go on.
Pence Decries ‘Suppression of the Freedom of Speech’ on College Campuses in Commencement Speech | Mediaite
“Notre Dame is an exception, an island in a sea of conformity so far spared from the noxious wave that seems to be rushing over much of academia. While this institution has maintained an atmosphere of civility and open debate, far too many campuses across America have become characterized by speech codes, safe zones, tone policing, administration-sanctioned political correctness––all of which amounts to nothing less than suppression of the freedom of speech. These all-too-common practices are destructive of learning and the pursuit of knowledge and they are wholly outside the American tradition.”
First I've heard of it. Most of the coverage I've read is about 80 or so students walking out.
The Trump administration Monday plans to ask a federal court for another 90-day delay in a lawsuit over Obamacare insurance subsidies, according to two administration sources, leaving the future of the health care marketplaces in limbo through late August.
Space weather typically refers to charged particles ejected by the sun that can interact with Earth's atmosphere and magnetic field. However, a new study shows that humans also can change the near-Earth space environment.
According to the study, examples of human activity that can cause these changes include the use of very-low-frequency radio communications, and nuclear explosions detonated high in the atmosphere.
(CNN)Authorities in Nepal have denied reports that the famed "Hillary Step" on Mount Everest has collapsed, despite a veteran climber saying he saw it first hand during an ascent last week.Mountaineer Tim Mosedale, from Everest Expedition, said he passed the sheer rock face near the summit on May 16 and all that remains of it are some blocks, "probably a few tonnes each," that pose a potential danger to climbers.
Who ya gonna believe?
Speculation around Donald Trump and Melania Trump's marriage is about to get a whole lot more intense. In a video of the pair walking away from Air Force One after landing in Tel Aviv, Melania Trump can be seen slapping her husband's hand away as he tries to hold it.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
JAMUL, CA — San Diego Firefighters are entering their second day battling the rapidly-spreading Gate Fire south of Jamul. It is now a 1,500-acre vegetation fire that is said to be 30-percent contained. The fast-moving brush fire broke out along State Route 94 south of Jamul Saturday afternoon. State Route 94 is now closed in both directions from Otay Lakes Road to State Road 188 due to the fire.
They need to put this thing out or I'll start to get worried.
Amid the political and diplomatic chaos in the US since Donald Trump assumed the presidency, Russian leadership has been experiencing its own turmoil, until recently kept under wraps, but now emerging into the open. To be sure, Russian President Vladimir Putin is still firmly in power, as evidenced by his hour-long conversation last Saturday with Trump and by Putin’s high ratings in opinion polls (which far surpass Trump’s). Yet we have now learned that, since the US election, there has been an unprecedented, and perhaps still continuing shakeup of top officials in Putin’s main security agency, the FSB, and that a top former intelligence official in Putin’s entourage died recently in suspicious circumstances.
Many twentieth-century British travel books and novels about Mexico, including D.H. Lawrence’s Mornings in Mexico (1927), Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory (1940), Evelyn Waugh’s Robbery Under Law (1939), and Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano (1947), focus on the dark side of Mexican history, in a sense its violent night. But there is another, earlier tradition, much calmer and unfolding in the full light of day. The classic example of this is Life in Mexico by the Marquesa Fanny Calderón de la Barca (a Scotswoman born Frances Erskine Inglis, wife of the first Spanish ambassador to independent Mexico). The book is a collection of letters that Calderón wrote while visiting the country between 1839 and 1842.
Meheeco. Might move there someday.
Reuters: White House looking for ways to undermine Mueller's credibility as special counsel - Hot Air Hot Air
Bad idea. If the Russiagate probe is much ado about nothing with all the major players destined to be exonerated, why go out of your way right off the bat to signal antagonism towards the guy who’s now leading it? The more defensive the White House is, the more culpable it looks.
Of course, it could also be the WH is actually guilty.
(CNN)The US-led coalition against ISIS waged a series of airstrikes against a military convoy of loyalists to the Syrian regime, CNN has confirmed.This marks only the second time in the history of the six-year conflict that American warplanes have intentionally targeted Iranian proxies in Syria. The convoy appears to have consisted not of regular Syrian army soldiers but of international Shia militiamen.
There is one person who balances the task of delivering to conservatives intellectual leadership, without making it all about himself and that is Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse.
I saw Sasse on the News Hour the other night and my son commented, "Well, that was a stump speech." He was right. Sasse seems like an OK guy, but it's a job where you have to doubt anyone that wants it.
First, I’ll say that when I heard Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had appointed Bob Mueller as a special prosecutor, I didn’t experience the same rhapsody as my capital compatriots. Why? Three reasons.
Oh, you're just a spoil sport.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
My love affair with octopuses began when I was 9. On a summer holiday by the sea, I found Octopus and Squid: The Soft Intelligence (1973) in my great-aunt’s bookcase. Written by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the great pioneer of scuba diving, and his colleague Philippe Diolé, the book told of encounters between humans and cephalopods—the group that includes octopuses, squid, cuttlefish, and their more distant cousins, the nautiluses. A few days after I’d finished reading, I was out snorkeling and saw my first wild octopus. It was clambering over rocks in the shallows, changing color as it went. I was so excited that, after it vanished into a crevice, I leaped out of the water and began telling two strangers on the shore everything I’d learned from the book.
Awesome pic of the slimy sage.
The history of the life–Earth system can be divided into five ‘energetic’ epochs, each featuring the evolution of life forms that can exploit a new source of energy. These sources are: geochemical energy, sunlight, oxygen, flesh and fire. The first two were present at the start, but oxygen, flesh and fire are all consequences of evolutionary events. Since no category of energy source has disappeared, this has, over time, resulted in an expanding realm of the sources of energy available to living organisms and a concomitant increase in the diversity and complexity of ecosystems. These energy expansions have also mediated the transformation of key aspects of the planetary environment, which have in turn mediated the future course of evolutionary change. Using energy as a lens thus illuminates patterns in the entwined histories of life and Earth, and may also provide a framework for considering the potential trajectories of life–planet systems elsewhere.
I’ve had many men tell me how much they love the program. A friend said the other day that a classmate considers the manbassador program a favorite part of his entire MBA experience. A female classmate said she was was stunned and happy to hear a male classmate bring up the topic of unconscious bias while they were hanging out. At an end-of-year presentation by the Haas Gender Equity Initiative — a group that works to increase the representation of women and improve the culture for women in the MBA program — one woman said the manbassadors have been a bright spot, and that she appreciates it when men speak up as advocates for women in class.
I guess it's a way to meet women.
Vicky Cornell, the wife of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, issued a statement Friday morning where she remembered her late husband, who died Thursday morning at the age of 52, and speculated whether his suicide was the result of taking too much of his anxiety medication.
Woman, 26, cited after Charleston police said she scared carriage horses with T.rex costume | Business | postandcourier.com
A 26-year-old West Ashley woman was ticketed Friday after Charleston police said she caused an accident by scaring two carriage horses with a Tyrannosaurus rex costume.
Nicole Wells of Ashley River Road was cited on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and wearing a mask or disguise on a public street, a city code violation, police said.
“There is a transformation going on in material science that is not much different than the transformation of the internet business 20 years ago,” he says. “The industry has worked for generations to make 2% improvements per year in strength versus weight. We’re on the verge of 500% changes.”