Thursday, October 31, 2019
If you could erase the worst memory of your life, would you? Scientists are working on a pill for that | National Post
“If you could erase the memory of the worst day of your life, would you,” Elizabeth Phelps and Stefan Hofmann write in the journal, Nature. “How about your memory of a person who has caused you pain?”
Hmmn. Not sure I really need a pill right now for this. Maybe a pill for the most bored you've ever been. But for those in pain, I guess this might be worth thinking about.
Victor Davis Hanson: Democrats have turned California into a problem-plagued burning nightmare | Fox News
More than 2 million Californians were recently left without power after the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric — which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year — preemptively shut down transmission lines in fear that they might spark fires during periods of high autumn winds.
Consumers blame the state for not cleaning up dead trees and brush, along with the utility companies for not updating their ossified equipment. The power companies in turn fault the state for so over-regulating utilities that they had no resources to modernize their grids.
Lawfare blog co-founder and Hoover Institute senior fellow Jack Goldsmith argued today that Trump has been extraordinarily weak in defending executive privilege. In essence, Goldsmith argued in a Twitter thread, Trump has thrown in the towel without much of a fight:
Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his political allies claim climate change is driving California’s increasingly intense and deadly wildfires.
That’s nearly true. Climate change assumptions drive the state’s energy and environmental policies. This has resulted in people being killed in terrible wildfires, electrical blackouts to millions of people causing $5 billion so far in lost economic activity, all while diverting limited resources to a fool’s errand.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The Commerce Department said Wednesday that economic activity grew at an annualized rate of 1.9% in the third quarter, down slightly from the 2% pace in the second quarter. Economists polled by Dow Jones had expected the first look at third-quarter economic growth to come in at 1.6%.
Oof. Creeping towards recession.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A wind-whipped outbreak of wildfires outside Los Angeles on Wednesday threatened thousands of homes and horse ranches, forced the smoky evacuation of elderly patients in wheelchairs and narrowly bypassed the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, protected in part by a buffer zone chewed by goats.
Tomorrow I will see if I can get my fire pump to start. If not, I'll take it again to the garage, expensive though it may be. This time, I'm not evacuatin' till the last minute. I'm done sitting in a cheesy hotel room, watching the TV to try to tell if my house has burned down.
Father Ryan Hilderbrand of Huntingburg, Ind., has a useful thread explaining why Joe Biden was barred from receiving the Eucharist at a South Carolina church on Sunday:
Why someone as old as Uncle Joe wants to be President is utterly beyond me. He should be looking to get his interior house in order, which he probably, evidently thinks he can help by going to Communion. But it's not that simple. Some priest should gently but firmly set him straight. Maybe this will be his turning point. I doubt it, but here's hoping.
Both House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff have described the actions of Durham, a previously lionized prosecutor, as an abuse. Indeed, they declared that allowing Durham to look into potentially criminal conduct would cause “new and irreparable damage” to the rule of law. While he acknowledged that Durham is an honest and respected prosecutor, Schiff called the probe illegitimate and indicated that he would likely reject its findings.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Katie Hill's resignation is a travesty. This is not what justice looks like | Nathan Robinson | Opinion | The Guardian
There are very clear elements of slut-shaming and homophobia in the Hill story, and Hill’s resignation letter is deeply sad: she talks of the cruel toll that this “appalling invasion of my privacy” driven by a “monster [waging] a smear campaign” is taking.
Not feeling the outrage on this one, have to admit.