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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cal Poly Republicans invite Lauren Southern to speak on campus | The Tribune

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.”

via www.sanluisobispo.com

Imagine that.

May 24, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

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."

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

May 24, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Trump Critics Left & Right Want Him Removed | National Review

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.

via www.nationalreview.com

May 24, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Three more arrests as Manchester investigation expands - Hot Air Hot Air

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.

via hotair.com

May 24, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ex-Muslims: Meeting in Private Even in America | National Review

Chapter gatherings across the United States and Canada are closed-group meetings for safety reasons. Individuals who wish to join the organization go through a screening process to authenticate their identities, explained Sarah Haider, who co-founded EXMNA in 2013. “Unfortunately, it is not paranoia that requires us to be careful,” Haider said. “In the Muslim world, we are openly persecuted and regularly meet grisly ends. In the Western world we are safer, but even here open meetings can be a big risk.”

via www.nationalreview.com

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Enabling Murder | City Journal

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.

via www.city-journal.org

Indeed.

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Scientists find 7.2-million-year-old pre-human remains in the Balkans

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.

via phys.org

?!

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

What Orwell Saw—and What He Missed—About Today’s World - POLITICO Magazine

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.

via www.politico.com

Tom Ricks. He interviewed me when he was a pup.

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

That Time the TSA Found a Scientist’s 3-D-Printed Mouse Penis - The Atlantic

When Martin Cohn passed through airport security at Ronald Reagan Airport, he figured that he’d probably get some questions about the 3-D-printed model of a mouse penis in his bag.

via www.theatlantic.com

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Days of Rage

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.

via status451.com

I came across this post on the interwebs and found it fascinating.

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Goodbye ISIS, Hello Losers | Scott Adams' Blog

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.

via blog.dilbert.com

We'll see.

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Voting Rights Confusion - WSJ

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.

via www.wsj.com

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Let’s Be a Little More Careful, Please

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.

via www.academia.org

It's all very confusing, all of these ethnic groups jockeying for status and recognition.

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

US strikes Yemen's Al Qaeda fighters, 7 militants killed | Fox News

A U.S. Navy SEAL team, working with an Arab force, on Tuesday raided an Al Qaeda affiliate stronghold in Yemen, killing at least seven militants, American military officials said.

via www.foxnews.com

Yay.

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

A Heretic at Duke Divinity School - WSJ

At Duke Divinity School, the defense of liberal learning and teaching itself is now beyond toleration.

via www.wsj.com

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.

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Unapologetic American - WSJ

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.

via www.wsj.com

Well that's an improvement at least.

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Manchester Arena: 22 killed in concert terror attack - CNN.com

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack but offered no evidence to support its claim.

via www.cnn.com

And here I was sure it was some alt-Right, pro-Brexit nutcase.

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monster wave measured by Southern Ocean Wave Buoy — MetOcean Solutions

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."

via www.metocean.co.nz

Some surfers would have liked to be there.

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Crypto outbreaks linked to swimming have doubled since 2014 | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC

The Cryptosporidium parasite can spread when people swallow something that has come into contact with the feces (poop) of a sick person, such as pool water contaminated with diarrhea.

via www.cdc.gov

The only thing wrong with swimming. And children.

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

The unbelievable heroic story of Ireland's overlooked 'Oskar Schindler' | The Times of Israel

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.

via www.timesofisrael.com

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

US approves $650M for San Francisco Bay Area train system | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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.

via www.star-telegram.com

There goes the money, down the tube.

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Time to End Presidential Press Briefings? | Scott Adams' Blog

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.

via blog.dilbert.com

They do seem like a bit of a relic.

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Big game hunter crushed to death by elephant as it collapses on top of him after being fatally shot - Mirror Online

A female elephant picked up Botha in her trunk after he fired at the others and collapsed on top of him - crushing him to death - after she was shot by another hunter.

via www.mirror.co.uk

Dangerous game.

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Investigating Illegal Government Action - Online Library of Law & Liberty

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.

via www.libertylawsite.org

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

What Is the Impeachment Power For? - Online Library of Law & Liberty

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.

via www.libertylawsite.org

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Anti-Trump Democrats Invite Chaos - WSJ

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.

via www.wsj.com

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

via hotair.com

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.”

via www.mediaite.com

First I've heard of it. Most of the coverage I've read is about 80 or so students walking out.

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

White House to seek 90-day delay in Obamacare subsidy suit - POLITICO

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.

via www.politico.com

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

2,000-Acre Gate Fire In Jamul Under Criminal Investigation | KPBS

The Gate Fire in San Diego's East County became a criminal investigation Sunday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.

via www.kpbs.org

They have pictures of the people on Instagram.

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Nuclear Explosions and Submarine Comms Distort Space Weather Near Earth

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

via www.space.com

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Destroyed Planet or Alien Megastructure: Why Is This Mysterious 'Star' Flickering?

Amateur and professional astronomers alike are scrambling to figure out why the celestial body known as KIC 8462852, or Boyajian's star, is acting so weird.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

Maybe there's a code embedded in it.

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Everest's historic Hillary Step still intact: Officials - CNN.com

(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.

via www.cnn.com

Who ya gonna believe?

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Melania Trump Hand Slap - Melania Trump Slaps Donald Trump's Hand Away

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.

via www.marieclaire.com

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Gate Fire: Huge Blaze Now At 1,500 Acres, Thirty Percent Contained - Lemon Grove, CA Patch

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.

via patch.com

They need to put this thing out or I'll start to get worried.

May 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Putin's Intelligence Crisis | by Amy Knight | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

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.

via www.nybooks.com

May 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Mexico in the Full Light of Day | by Enrique Krauze | The New York Review of Books

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.

via www.nybooks.com

Meheeco. Might move there someday.

May 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

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.

via hotair.com

Of course, it could also be the WH is actually guilty.

May 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

With latest Syria strikes, US sends signal to Iran - CNN.com

(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.

via edition.cnn.com

Heart-warming video.

May 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

The Conservative Movement Needs a Real Leader: Ben Sasse Fits the Bill

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.

via www.redstate.com

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.

May 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Comey, Mueller bungled big anthrax case together – Orange County Register

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.

via www.ocregister.com

Oh, you're just a spoil sport.

May 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

How Smart Is an Octopus? - The Atlantic

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.

via www.theatlantic.com

Awesome pic of the slimy sage.

May 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The energy expansions of evolution : Nature Ecology & Evolution

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.

via www.nature.com

May 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

What’s a manbassador? Graduating MBA student shows the way | Berkeley News

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.

via news.berkeley.edu

I guess it's a way to meet women.

May 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Chris Cornell's Wife Issues Statement - Rolling Stone

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.

via www.rollingstone.com

May 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

President Trump Doesn't Bow To Saudis In Visit | The Daily Caller

During Donald Trump’s first visit to Saudi Arabia since taking office, many noticed that President Trump didn’t bow to the Saudi King like Obama did.

via dailycaller.com

Well that's good at least.

May 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Obamas arrive in Tuscany for five days in a villa | Daily Mail Online

On Friday, the former president and first lady touched down at Grosseto Air Base in Tuscany, their private jet accompanied by six Eurofighter Fourth Wing jets.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

I worry about the carbon footprint.

May 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (2)

A recruitment war is coming | Fox News

At long last, the marketplace is shifting from an employers’ market to a workers’ market.  The implications run deep.

via www.foxnews.com

I hope this is true.

May 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

via www.postandcourier.com

May 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Mill That Right-to-Work Built - WSJ

“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.”

via www.wsj.com

May 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)