Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Shark-In-A-Stroller Heist Ends With Animal's Safe Return To San Antonio Aquarium : NPR

Miss Helen the shark's weekend adventure is now over, after she was smuggled out of the San Antonio Aquarium in a baby stroller on Saturday. Police say they found the shark at the home of the main suspect in the heist. Both are now in captivity.

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If Silicon Valley isn’t careful it could destroy perhaps the greatest business model of all time. Campaigns by social media companies to disinfect American conversation may do more harm to the companies and their customers than to Russia’s effort to influence and disrupt American democracy.

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The Ideological Blinders of Court Packing Proponents

Two Yale Law School professors, Ian Ayres, and John Fabian Witt, have written an op-ed calling for court packing when Democrats next gain unified control of government. Their reasoning suggests that Yale’s ideological bubble may limit their understanding of law and politics.

The proclaimed objective of their Court packing scheme, which would elevate two lower court justices to the Supreme Court for eighteen years, is to “balance” the Court. But they never provide any measure of how the Court is out of “balance.”  To be sure, it is out of balance with the views of the Yale Law faculty, which has less than a handful of right of center faculty, and none at all focused on the public law with which the Supreme Court is largely concerned. But by opinion polls, the public believes that the Court is relatively balanced with similar numbers thinking that it is too conservative or too liberal and a plurality thinking it is ideologically just right. And the Court today enjoys its highest level of approval in over a decade after a term in which Justice Anthony Kennedy sided almost entirely with other Republican justices, the kind of voting pattern that such professors fear  a Justice Brett Kavanaugh would continue.

via www.libertylawsite.org

Bubble is the wrong analogy. It's more like the inside of a killer squid.

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Harley-Davidson plans new bikes to attract Indian buyers | Asia Times

US bike manufacturer Harley-Davidson, known for high-end motorcycles that enjoy cult status, is now planning to build small and mid-sized (250-500 cc) motorcycles to promote their brand to young buyers in emerging markets such as India and China.

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Ok but makes me kinda sad.

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Jeff Sessions forms Religious Liberty Task Force to protect freedom of religion - Washington Times

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday he is creating a religious liberty task force within the Justice Department to protect religious organizations from discrimination.

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Twitter Suspends Pro-Life Blogger for For Bogus ‘Hateful Conduct," Allows Tweets Calling Her a "C---" | LifeNews.com

Social media giant Twitter continues to come under criticism from pro-life advocates and conservatives over its censorship. In the latest case, Twitter suspended the account of a conservative blogger known for her pro-life opinions despite not producing any evidence to substantiate its claims she abrogated twitter policies.

via www.lifenews.com

What Twitter does.

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Trump rejects 'overrated' conservative Koch donor network | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday slammed the powerful Koch-led political donor network as “globalist” and “a total joke,” rejecting the conservative group amid signs of a growing public fissure between the president and business over trade and immigration.

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Republicans 2018: Trump’s Unpresidential Manner Will Cost Them | National Review

By most accounts, there is an electoral wave building in favor of the Democratic party. Democrats are in good shape to win the necessary 23 seats to take control of the House of Representatives, nab several governorships, and collect a multitude of state legislative seats. The Senate, by virtue of this year’s map that favors Republicans, should remain in GOP hands. But all in all, a wave seems to be looming.

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This is why it's important to cultivate the wisdom of the Stoics. It's like being a Padres fan.

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Origins of Our Second Civil War: Will 2019 Become 1861? | National Review

We are now nearing a point comparable to 1860, and perhaps past 1968. Left–Right factionalism is increasingly fueled by geography — always history’s force multiplier of civil strife. Red and blue states ensure that locale magnifies differences that were mostly manageable during the administrations of Ford, Carter, Reagan, the Bushes, and Clinton.

via www.nationalreview.com

This is exaggerated. V.D. Hanson is really exercised about this stuff, but I'm not inclined to shoot anybody over politics at the moment and I don't think most people are. If things get a lot worse, I'd quit my job and move to Idaho or Arizona. It's not 1861 or even 1975, yet.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Socialist Face of Unserious Movement | National Review

Speaking to a friendly Trevor Noah, Ocasio-Cortez revealed that she does not know the difference between a one-year and a ten-year budget; confused the recent increase in defense spending with the entire annual cost of the military; implied that the population of the United States was around 800 million strong; and, having been asked to defend her coveted $15 minimum wage, launched into a rambling and inscrutable diatribe about “private equity” firms that would have been a touch too harsh as a parody on South Park. If anything, she was worse this time than she had been during her appearance on Firing Line a few days earlier, on which newly revamped show she demonstrated her obliviousness to the fact that the United States economy exploded during the 1990s, to the manner in which unemployment numbers are calculated, and to even the most obvious facets of the Israel–Palestine question about which she has assured her supporters she is so passionate.

“It’s really weird!”

via www.nationalreview.com

The little chihuahuas bury their faces in shame.

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