An Epstein suicide…

No, not the alleged pedophile.  There was another Epstein in the news recently – a Prof. Robert Epstein – and he very well may have ended his career as a behavioral scientist by telling the truth a little too bluntly.

Professor Epstein testified that, based on his research, Google shifted a minimum of 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election through search manipulations.  He stated that as a public Hillary supporter.... [Read More]

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“1984” by Orwell turns 70

Over at Quillette, there’s an article on the publication anniversary of Orwell’s 1984.  The article is pretty good, but I’d like to highlight two of the comments.  The comments section of Quillette used to be really good, with a high signal-to-noise ratio, but that has declined over time as trolls and/or boors have found it and taken up residence there, becoming yet another example of Gresham’s law applied to the internet.  The trolls have not poisoned this particular article’s thread (yet).

From a Mr. “El Uro”:... [Read More]

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It’s not April 1st (yet)

Today, Michael Avenatti was charged by two different federal prosecutors’ offices, in New York for attempting to extort money from Nike, and in Los Angeles for tax evasion and wire fraud.  The Nike gambit reportedly also involves Mark Geragos, attorney for Jussie Smollett and Colin Kaepernick and a (swiftly terminated) CNN contributor.  The announcement in the Nike case came about 50 min after Avenatti tweeted that he was going to break a Nike scandal (see screen cap below).

Check the date.  It’s not April 1st.... [Read More]

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Orwell was wrong: Diversity, not Freedom, is Strength

I’m a member of AA: Academics Anonymous.

As an academic, I have – of course – been thoroughly educated regarding our Diversity Crisis, which rivals only Climate Change in the threat it poses to our planet.  I have been compelled to attend “voluntary” diversity seminars, where it has been revealed to me that “the research” shows that diverse groups produce “better outcomes”.  I have served on faculty searches, where we seek out “diverse candidates” and treat them as more equal than others.... [Read More]

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The “progressive” suicide bomber

One of the harder questions to answer from supporters and apologists of the women who have made accusations regarding Judge Kavanaugh is: Why would these women consent to becoming widely known, and subjecting themselves to close inspection and certain ridicule, if they were lying? Especially since their evidence is scanty, and their alleged witnesses fail to support their accounts? What sane person would do such a thing?

Let me repeat that last question: What sane person would do such a thing? It’s rather like strapping on a belt of explosives or guiding a plane into a skyscraper….... [Read More]

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“Democratic Socialism is a Scam”

This is an annotated summary of Democratic Socialism is a Scam, by Giancarlo Sopa, an article at Quillette.  The Cuban-American starts and ends his essay by declaring that Obama “is no socialist”, which might surprise whatever (if anything) is left of Newsweek, and lauds the Scandinavian-style welfare state.  Not the most endearing start, I grant you.

Be that as it may, his sights are set firmly on Comrade Princess Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and his phaser is set to “kill”.... [Read More]

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Alex Jones, unperson

I’m sure you’ve heard about Big Social politically correcting Alex Jones into nonexistence.  I’ve never listened to Jones (a few, brief visits to his website sufficed for me to form a negative opinion of his operation), but he’s the current coal mine canary.  It won’t be long before they come to do violence on better birds than he.

This brings to mind one of my favorite quotes, from one of my very favorite books, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert A. Heinlein:... [Read More]

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A modestly postmodern proposal

The New York Times has seen fit to place an apparent racist, Sarah Jeong, on their editorial board. I describe her as such on the basis of numerous tweets of hers that surfaced immediately after the NYT appointment. One of them reads “it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.” Another proclaims “Cancel White People”.

These examples are among the least hateful. But, don’t worry, dear readers. We are assured this all of this is actually white peoples’ fault. Subsequent to Ms. Jeong’s hatred being propagated to a wider audience, the NYT informed us that as “a young Asian woman” she has been “a subject of frequent online harassment” and that she was merely “imitating the rhetoric of her harassers”. In other words, the same “Don’t blame me, HE started it!” of any pre-adolescent row. Jeong herself is reported as saying her missives were merely satire, a word that now applies to both everything and nothing [1].... [Read More]

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Voting is a grave responsibility

The NYT has put an “extremely detailed map of the 2016 presidential election” tool online.  Here’s a high-level look at much of the Chicago area.  The map is color-shaded by vote percentages.  As you would expect, the city and some surrounding areas are heavily Democratic.  It looks like Lake Michigan swamped onshore, inundating the coastal plain and a few low-lying places farther inland.

Even in the sea of blue, however, there is a rather odd outlier, the very deep blue rectangle circled in black.  Since I grew up nearby, I immediately knew what was up.... [Read More]

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Shangri-La

In 1933, James Hilton’s wonderful novel Lost Horizon appeared, introducing the mythical place of Shangri-La to the public’s imagination. The first movie version was released in 1937. The novel’s 1939 reprinting as “Pocket Book #1” eventually sold millions of copies. FDR jokingly said the 1942 Doolittle raid on Tokyo was launched from Shangri-La. That same year, FDR dubbed his Maryland retreat (now known as “Camp David“) “Shangri-La”, and by 1944, the name was attached to an aircraft carrier.

Wikipedia declares with great seriousness that “[a]cademic scholars have debunked the myth of Shangri-La and argued that this has less to do with an unexplored place and is more connected to a fantasy of the Western world.”  (Emphasis added.)  Oh, for Pete’s sake. Hilton wrote a novel, dammit. Others have occupied themselves with making attributions regarding Hilton’s sources and/or explanations regarding his motivations, apparently because a great story by itself apparently does not suffice.... [Read More]

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Genocide and its apologists

At Quilette (a great website), Matthew Blackwell recounts the three-year long genocide in Cambodia perpetrated by Pol Pot and his communist Khmer Rouge.  The Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh in 1975, hailed as heroes. However, the cheering lasted but a few hours, cut short by the Khmer Rouge’s order for the city to be evacuated.  The genocide – the infamous killing fields — had commenced immediately.  “The new regime tried to eliminate every vestige of the old government — and every vestige of society they considered a threat, including people who had committed no crime besides wearing reading glasses.”

Blackwell also writes:... [Read More]

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“Dear Ex-Friends in #TheResistance”

I really enjoyed reading this article, Dear Ex-Friends in #TheResistance, at American Greatness, and I’ll bet many of you will, too.   A small slice to whet your interest:

I think the last civil conversations we had occurred just days before November 8, 2016. You were supremely confident Hillary Clinton would win the presidential election; you voted for her with glee. As a lifelong Republican, I bit down hard and cast my vote for Donald Trump. Then the unimaginable happened. He won.... [Read More]

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