Sunday, July 24, 2016
Syrian refugee kills woman and injures others with machete in Reutlingen Germany | Daily Mail Online
A Syrian refugee wielding a machete has killed a pregnant woman and injured a man and another woman in Germany before being arrested by police after he was run over by a man driving a BMW.
The attack happened in the south western city of Reutlingen near a doner kebab stand in a bus station at Listplatz Square.
German media have been reporting that the motive for the attack in the city south of Stuttgart was unclear.
H/t dearime. The motive of course may remain forever obscure.
One need hardly be a far-right German to be unnerved that young people welcomed warmly to the country only a year ago, penniless and in need of sanctuary, now want to kill their “infidel” hosts. For Chancellor Angela Merkel, the consequences of domestic terrorism by Muslim newcomers promise to be politically harmful, and perhaps lethal. While Merkel delayed her Alpine holiday this weekend to head a meeting of her national security team in response to the Munich attack—showing more tact than President Obama, who joked during his statement about the massacre—skeptics will deem this insufficient.
It is remarkable how little black lives matter when they have not been taken by a police officer. The mainstream media is foaming at the mouth over Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s warnings about rising crime during his Thursday night convention speech. Trump pointed out that homicides were up nearly 17 percent in the largest 50 cities. (The latest research actually shows a nearly 17 percent increase in the 56 largest cities). There have been more than 2,000 shooting victims this year in Chicago, he said, and more than 3,600 killed in Chicago since President Obama took office.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
If you’re over 40, working more than 25 hours of work a week could be impairing your intelligence, according to a study released in February by researchers for the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research in Australia. The team conducted reading, pattern and memory tests in more than 6,000 workers aged over 40, to see how the number of hours worked each week affects a person’s cognitive ability.
On the off chance the US didn't already have a big enough problem thanks to a staggering $1.3 trillion in student loans which contrary to White House' claims, are crushing an entire generation under their interest expense weight, earlier today none other than billionaire Jeff Bezos announced he was entering the student loan business, when Amazon unveiled a partnership with Wells Fargo in which the bank’s student-lending arm would offer interest-rate discounts to select Amazon shoppers.
Keep in mind that I’m not even one of the hard core pro-life conservatives. I’m frequently criticized by some of my more staunch pro-life friends for not being an absolutist on the subject. But this decision seems simply absurd even to me. Parents need to be able to monitor and guide their children through life’s more challenging and difficult moments, and getting an abortion surely falls far higher on the scale than getting a new earring or taking some NyQuil for a chest cold. It sounds to me as if political correctness has infected the court up there to a nearly fatal degree.
Alaska is a great state but it has a sometimes wonderfully weird Supreme Court and bar. I especially like the way just about everything is a case of first impression there. I get laughs out of my classes when I imitate the Alaska Supreme Court facing a case of two cars colliding for the first time. The Court is as you'd expect way to the left of the population at large. But for the fact that winters there are so harsh, I'd move there in an instant. But that's a big counter-factual.
As a founding member of the Republican Hindu Coalition, I am going out of my way to support Republicans in the 2016 election cycle, including Donald Trump. There are many reasons to back the Republican Party, foremost of which is its embrace of traditional values—values shared by the Hindu family.
I guess Muslims will support the Democrats.
You had to know where Mr. Thiel was coming from to know where he was going with his support of Mr. Trump. Few voters did. Yet the job Mr. Thiel gave himself is an important one. The Republican convention has now wrapped up. Those immune to histrionics and heavy breathing have only one question: Will Mr. Trump mount a fall campaign equal to the task of returning a Republican majority to both houses of Congress?
Holman Jenkins. Not one of his best, but worth reading.
Friday, July 22, 2016
For three years, scientists have been looking for dark matter – which though invisible, makes up more than four-fifths of the universe’s matter – nearly a mile underground in a former gold mine in Lead, S.D. But on Thursday they announced at a conference in England that they didn’t find what they were searching for, despite sensitive equipment that exceeded technological goals in a project that cost $10 million to build.
Maybe it's so dark it's not there.
Hillary Clinton Selects Tim Kaine, a Popular Senator From a Swing State, as Running Mate - The New York Times
TAMPA, Fla. — Hillary Clinton named Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia to be her running mate Friday, selecting a battleground-state politician with working-class roots and a fluency in Spanish, traits that she believes can bolster her chances to defeat Donald J. Trump in November.
As I have already blogged, all Trump needs to do is NOT act like a crazy racist for the next few months and he will win bigly. This speech introduced no new outrages, and voters are starting to get used to the old ones. So on a strategic level, it was a strong performance. If Trump does more of this, and adds no new outrages, he’ll glide to a comfortable victory.
Persuasion-wise, Trump’s family was the big story of the convention. People seem to love them in the same way the public loved the Kennedys. And notice how Donald Jr. and Eric both have the speaking cadence of Jack and Bobby Kennedy. Notice also how Melania reminds you of Jackie Kennedy – quiet, smart, and classy. These are coincidences, but your irrational brain doesn’t care. It sees a new batch of Kennedys and wants to see more of them. That’s powerful election magic for a nation that only pretends to care about policies.
Who knows. Dilbert could be right.
And the sobering answer to that question may very well be: She hasn’t thought much about it. She wants to walk in the doors of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as something other than a mistreated appendage of Bill Clinton, as though that action would somehow undo 30 years of abuse and degradation. When she discovers that it won’t, even the literary powers of a Tom Wolfe would be insufficient to capture the moment. You’d need Herman Melville, if not an Ezekiel: “Mine eye shall not spare, and I will have no mercy.” At least it’s an ethos.
Kevin Williamson is almost a poet.
Many feared dead after shooting spree at Munich shopping center, German news agency reports | Fox News
The new GOP: For the first time, more Republicans support legalizing the use of marijuana than oppose it « Hot Air
Is this the first YouGov poll to show a plurality of Republicans in favor of legalizing weed or the first poll, period? We’ve been trending in this direction for awhile but offhand I can’t remember seeing a survey that had more GOPers supporting legalization than opposed. There have been polls showing Americans generally are in favor, polls showing that young Republicans are in favor, and polls showing that Republicans think alcohol is more dangerous health-wise than pot is. There’s even been a poll that found a majority of Republicans don’t want federal marijuana laws enforced in states where the drug is legal. But a straight-up “legalize it” result from the entire party is a new one on me, at least.
Some of us have teenagers and have never smoked weed.
This isn’t a case of doctor assisted suicide as we’ve seen in past patient cases covered here, so the legal entanglements aren’t the same. Jerika is essentially already on life support and she’s choosing to take herself off of it. But many, many people with different diseases are in just as bad of shape but they don’t have that option. Some diseases are even more cruel and the patients can linger on in agony for years and years on end before they finally expire of “natural causes.” That’s simply not acceptable to me in a society where we supposedly value personal responsibility and self-determination. How is it within the power of the government to tell an individual – particularly one with no hope of recovery in current medical science – that they must continue down such a horrible path beyond their own limits of endurance? This is not a power which the government should ever have been given.
Jazz is absolutely correct about this, of course. One of my colleagues put it pretty well some years ago when he said, it's only asking the same mercy we would give our dogs. Of course there should be safeguards, but at the end of the day, we don't want to leave our ends up to chance. You shouldn't kill yourself because you've had a bad day, but Jerika's case is not that.
I was born in the midst of the Great Depression, when no one could imagine the revolutionary technological advances that we now take for granted. Innovations in countless fields have transformed society and radically improved individual well-being, especially for the least fortunate. Every American’s life is now immeasurably better than it was 80 years ago.
What made these dramatic improvements possible was America’s uniquely free and open society, which has brought the country to the cusp of another explosion of life-changing innovation. But there are dangerous signs that the U.S. is turning its back on the principles that foster such advances, particularly in education, business and government. Which path will the country take?
Read the whole thing. From Charles Koch.
Connected to that, the second headline, which has to do with the unknowability of the moment we’re in. The shrewdest old political pro, the brightest young delegate, the owlish political journalist—they didn’t know exactly what they were witnessing. Was it the formal start of an epic political disaster? The birth of a new GOP more identified with the struggles of its base? Is 2016 a particular and contained event, or does it mark the beginning of some long-term realignment? As for Mr. Trump, is he a lightning storm that lit things up, caused some damage, will play itself out and pass? Or is he an earthquake that changed the actual shape of things, the literal lay of the land?
Epic political disaster, I'd say, Peggy.
It takes some chutzpah to make a whole opinion piece out of "I don't know WTF is going on."
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel, stepped down Thursday, a startling fall from grace for one of the most powerful figures in American journalism.
The resignation, effective immediately, was announced by the network's parent company,
21st Century Fox. Two weeks ago, Ailes was sued for sexual harassment by Gretchen Carlson, a former host of Fox & Friends who left the company last month when her contract wasn't renewed.
He sort of brings new meaning to the term "horn toad."
The study found that the evaluated hydration indicators, including urine volume, were similar for all of the treatment groups. This finding demonstrates that caffeine does not have a dehydrating effect when compared to the control group (participants who received a placebo and did not consume any caffeine). The scientists also found that a higher dose of caffeine was no more likely to dehydrate a person than smaller doses were.
But if the choice is between forgiving Ted Cruz’s obvious political calculation to become the standard bearer of an authentic conservatism or Donald Trump’s lizard-brain narcissism where no principle or cause outranks his own glandular desire to be worshipped like a conqueror atop the carcass of conservatism, I choose Ted.
Chris Christie is a trained seal! Trump's lizard brain narcissism! He missed the chance to say that Cruz is a lion. Mike Pence's Boy Scoutish obedience! Goldberg is the King Kong of metaphor slingers.
Speaking to his own state delegation over breakfast Thursday, the Texas senator defended his prime-time snub of the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, arguing he would not act as a “servile puppy dog” and endorse Donald Trump, even at the urging of his constituency.
Somebody who's adept at photoshop needs to create a Cruz puppy.
One op-ed from a state-run outlet asks, “Is there any chance of war in the South China Sea?” The same piece suggests that, if the United States did battle China over the sea, America may be vanquished: “The 21st century has witnessed a series of failures of U.S. military actions.”
Another column compares the tribunal’s South China Sea ruling to the U.S.-orchestrated campaign to convince the world that Iraq possessed “weapons of mass destruction” — thus making the case for invasion.
Yesterday afternoon, several hours before he gave the speech that split the Republican National Convention, Ted Cruz held a rally at a waterfront restaurant for twelve hundred of his supporters, to thank them for their work on his Presidential campaign and to insist that they had participated in something of deep meaning. “I’m reminded of one of my favorite scenes in cinema,” Cruz said, and he described one from the movie “Patton” in which the general, mustering his troops and channelling Shakespeare, tells them that, when “our grandkids ask where were you in the great one, the great battle, we’ll be able to say to our grandkids, ‘I wasn’t shovelling crap in Louisiana.’ ” Cruz mentioned the matter that preoccupied the Convention—whether or not he would endorse Donald Trump—but said only that “every one of us has an obligation to follow his conscience.” It was clear that Cruz had in mind a crusade, but it wasn’t obvious whether that crusade included the Republican Party, or Donald Trump, or his movement alone. If Cruz was Patton in the conservative wars, who were the Germans?
Cruz is an interesting figure.
DEVELOPING: Brazilian police have ordered the detention of 12 people who allegedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group via social media and discussed possible attacks during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, officials said Thursday.
Son no. 3 is currently in Rio. I hope he plans on staying away from Olympic venues.
The tax law professor who helped turn carried interest from a technical tax term into a populist cause is coming to Washington.
Victor Fleischer, whose 2006 academic paper started the debate on how private equity managers are taxed, will become co-chief tax counsel for Senate Finance Committee Democrats. His partner will be Tiffany Smith, already a member of the Finance Democrats’ staff.
My colleague at USD is going to Washington.
It was a good speech and had passages that no other major convention speaker has touched on — sympathetic references to gays and to black victims in police shootings, as well as approving references to old-time Republicans who helped pass civil rights bills in the 1960s. Arguably, it may have been the most open-hearted, liberal-minded speech to be delivered at this convention, which puts the rest of the Republican pontificators at this gathering somewhere to the right of Cruz, one of the most conservative politicians in America.
21st Century Fox, however, said in a statement: “Roger is at work The review is ongoing. And the only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.” Ailes lawyer Susan Estrich told Deadline that there was “no deal, no agreement, and we’re in talks right now.”
Susan Estrich? Good lord. I thought she was God's gift to feminism. I know everyone deserves a defense, not to mention a $40+ million severance package, but that's still rich. I guess she can rely on no unfriendly questions from her pals in the media.
Despite being outraised by Clinton, Trump had more appeal among small donors. He raised more than $12.1 million from contributors giving $200 or less, since making his first-ever appeal for online contributions on June 21. That small-donor harvest was about double Clinton’s, despite Trump’s late start.
CLEVELAND — Donald J. Trump, on the eve of accepting the Republican nomination for president, said Wednesday that if he were elected, he would not pressure Turkey or other authoritarian allies about conducting purges of their political adversaries or cracking down on civil liberties. The United States, he said, has to “fix our own mess” before trying to alter the behavior of other nations.
“I don’t think we have a right to lecture,” Mr. Trump said in a wide-ranging interview in his suite in a downtown hotel here while keeping an eye on television broadcasts from the Republican National Convention. “Look at what is happening in our country,” he said. “How are we going to lecture when people are shooting policemen in cold blood?” (Read the full transcript.)
CLEVELAND — The Republican convention erupted into tumult on Wednesday night as the bitter primary battle between Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz reignited unexpectedly, crushing hopes that the party could project unity.
In the most electric moment of the convention, boos and jeers broke out as it became clear that Mr. Cruz — in a prime-time address from center stage — was not going to endorse Mr. Trump. It was a pointed snub on the eve of Mr. Trump’s formal acceptance speech.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
When I went to jail for three months in the summer of 2005 to protect the First Amendment by refusing to identity my sources in a case involving the leak of a CIA official’s name, few senators or Members of Congress defended me. The government was able to hold me in contempt of court for refusing to name names because there was no Federal law that specifically protected reporters from being hauled before grand juries in Federal investigations and being forced to testify in court. After emerging from jail, I was surprised when Rep. Pence called me to discuss the case at his office on Capitol Hill.
“Something looks wrong.”
So begins Greg Ip’s most recent column in The Wall Street Journal.
What exactly “looks wrong?”
Well, the economy, stupid.
Specifically, as Ip points out, consumer spending has been rising strongly recently but business investment has been headed down for two straight quarters, which is supposed to happen only in recessions. (Ip is the Journal’s chief economics commentator, a post he’s held for about a year after being at The Economist for over a decade. Before that he was at the Journal for his first tour of duty, which lasted 8 years.)
Ip is hardly alone.
This is quite good, in its suicidally depressing way, even if you are not involved in the law biz, because it's mainly about the macro economy.
With the release a bit earlier this month of Legal Business’s annual “Global 100,” we have more data to scrutinize, should we care to. I’ll give you the highlights of the numbers here but even the most innumerate among us could not exactly misinterpret the message: The full title of this year’s release is The Global 100: Hitting the wall.
This is something of a departure for the RC, but still kind of interesting, the way a train wreck in slow motion is interesting. If you're intrigued or amused by the future of (admittedly) elite law practice, this makes a rewarding, as well as sobering, or perhaps elating, read.
The jokes pretty much write themselves since there doesn’t seem to be any imminent danger to life and limb. The ship named Polar Ocean Challenge is in the process of demonstrating the real world effects of global warming by navigating the northeast and northwest passages above Canada, Europe and Asia. It’s a big project to undertake, particularly when you consider the lengthy history of human exploration which once sought that mythical northwest passage from Europe to India. (Sadly, quite a few people died in the attempt.)
But now that global warming has cleared the path, the dream can finally be realized. Except for one small problem… the sea ice is still there and it stopped them in their tracks. (Daily Caller)
I already linked to this story, but this one has a great sad polar bear photo.
The second data set included 3,146 women in Wisconsin, about 86% of whom were in religiously homogamous marriages. These women showed similar patterns as those in the first data set. Additionally, the authors found a positive (but non-linear) association between how frequently a woman attended religious services and the number of children she had.
LWJ and I have four boys but we don't make it to church every week unfortunately, so we're above the curve. I hope the long established doctrine of the Church which states that we are thereby doomed to hell will not hold in our case. We would have liked more but we ran out of time, money, energy and help.
The Republican Convention Is Focused on Making Hillary Clinton Look Incompetent and Dishonest - The Atlantic
Although Trump has a slight edge, said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, “the majority are up for grabs as these voters grapple with holding their noses and picking one of them or opting for a third party option. Or staying home, come November."
Why not vote Libertarian? Gary Johnson seems like a genuine guy, like the sort of guy you'd like to have over to dinner. Can you imagine letting either of the Clintons or the Trumps into your home? Well, I guess Milania might be OK. Not to mention their entourages? On the issues, Johnson is correct, except he's a bit to dovish on foreign policy, a bit. Whichever one of the major candidates wins, you can in all honesty wash your hands of them, if you vote for liberty. As I've mentioned before, I live in the PRC (People's Republic of California) the electoral votes of which are going to the She-Devil, so I'm free to vote for whomever I want. This is one election in which I can take comfort in the fact that my vote doesn't matter, as in fact it almost never does. The worst form of government, except for all the others, it is said.
Well this is kinda disappointing. The traffic at the RC has suddenly and inexplicably dropped by about half and gone back to what it was before Brexit. I'm thinking Brexit has nothing to do with it. It was probably just a coincidence. The only thing I can imagine that would cause such a sudden drop, and the previous sudden increase, in unique visits, is some kind of adjustment in google's all important search engine, probably an automatic one. Or perhaps something to do with the ads in the margin.
Without boring you with the details, unique visitors have suddenly dropped from about 500/day to 250/day, just like that. Previously, they jumped up in the opposite direction. It was fun while it lasted.