August 8, 2022

WILLIAM A. JACOBSON: This is a provocation. They are trying to get a reaction that allows a further crackdown.

Don’t take the bait. Being stupid isn’t tough, it’s just stupid.

I flipped back and forth between CNN and MSNBC. At least when I watched, they were not engaging in the expected celebrations. There was a palpable dread that this could backfire against the Democrats. Bigly.

Be smart.

Read the whole thing.

NOT ONLY WAS MERRICK GARLAND UNFIT FOR THE SUPREME COURT, HE’S UNFIT TO BE ATTORNEY GENERAL:

I THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY HE’S BEEN RED-PILLED: Turley: Time for a “NATO” of red states to combat progressive boycotts.

WHAT A LONG, STRANGE TRIP IT’S BEEN: Today is InstaPundit’s 21st birthday. Now old enough to drink — and the last 21 years have provided plenty of reason!

REPORT FROM THE BLUE ZONES: San Bernardino County Board Approves Measure of Possible Secession on November Ballot.

OPEN THREAD: Talk, talk.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A 2004 BBC documentary titled, “Why I Hate the Sixties,” with conservative Peter Hitchens, author of The Abolition of Britain, among those interviewed (video).

CELEB AUTHOR MALCOLM GLADWELL GETS ROASTED FOR DUMB (AND HYPOCRITICAL) TAKE ON REMOTE WORK:

Celebrity author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell is getting roasted online—and for good reason. He attacked remote work during a recent podcast interview, and his remarks went viral over the weekend.

“It’s very hard to feel necessary when you’re physically disconnected,” he said. “As we face the battle that all organizations are facing now in getting people back into the office, it’s really hard to explain this core psychological truth, which is we want you to have a feeling of belonging and to feel necessary.”

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There are so many problems with Gladwell’s argument, which is unfortunately shared somewhat widely among the elite class, that it’s hard to know where to begin.

Malcolm Gladwell is a Work-From-Home Hypocrite

Firstly, it’s worth pointing out that Malcolm Gladwell himself has a long history of working remotely.

In fact, New York Magazine reported in 2010 that despite living just miles away from his publication’s office, Gladwell almost never went into work:

“He is a well-known figure around his neighborhood, fond of tapping away on his laptop in coffee shops and cafés. His writer’s life is part anachronistic, part futuristic. His Lexus IS—a car, he concedes, he rarely drives—is parked down the street in the space he pays a small fortune to lease. A couple of miles north in Times Square are Gladwell’s editors at The New Yorker, who don’t see him in the office very often—owing to his self-professed ‘aversion to midtown’—but who grant him a license to write about whatever he chooses and accommodate him with couriers to pick up his fact-checking materials, lest he be forced to overcome that aversion.”

Similarly, Gladwell declared in 2005, “I hate desks. Desks are now banished.” The Guardian reported that, “He starts the day writing at home, but this is always done from his sofa, using his laptop.”

In 2010, Gladwell described himself as “someone who writes in coffee shops for a living.”

Further thoughts from Colby Cosh:

It seems CEO Gladwell now thinks very poorly of magazine Gladwell. Is this mere hypocrisy? I’m sure the evangelical sense of mission he has as a boss is genuine. He no longer has the problem of finding the most comfortable place to churn out oceans of copy. His problems are those of a CEO, and the podcast he was appearing on is called “The Diary of a CEO.”

Naturally, he thinks the podcasts his company produces represent a solemn and elevated “storytelling” crusade. But if I could have 2006-vintage Gladwell on a “Professional Blowhards Who Make Fishwrap” podcast, I suspect I might find him arguing the other side of the new religious divide with near-equal fervour.

What I’d like best is for people to stop treating the shift to working from home as a moral phenomenon. Folks, you are bitching about the weather — i.e., the labour market. I think COVID revealed something we all know to be true: much office work isn’t especially heavy on the “work” part the way a construction site is, and a lot of it is real-time activity that has you welded to a screen switching between work tasks, Slack windows, instant messages and cat memes.

The productivity surplus from the internet, which economists have been squinting to perceive since the turn of the century, is now materializing in the form of remote work — and, not to wax Marxist, but the workers are in a struggle with the bosses over who shall capture it.

Alvin Toffler was predicting telecommuting in 1980’s The Third Wave, and as far back as 1970’s Future Shock, but it took covid to make it a reality for millions of workers. I can understand Elon Musk’s concerns — unless your Internet handle is Iowahawk, it may be difficult to build cars at home — but for so many 21st century jobs, it doesn’t matter all that much if your monitor, keyboard, and mouse are on a desk in an office tower, or a desk in your home office.

THE NEW SPACE RACE: China launches mysterious reusable ‘test spacecraft’ to Earth orbit.

I’M SO OLD, I CAN REMEMBER WATCHING A POLITICS-FREE ESPN: ESPN Fails Because It Continues To Promote Deluded America Haters Like Jalen Rose.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Hunter Biden Breathes Sigh Of Relief As FBI Raid Team Passes By His House On Way to Mar-A-Lago.

“DARK BRANDON” MAY BE ON LIFE SUPPORT, POLITICALLY. Stelter: Hey, Hunter Biden is “not just a right-wing media story” any more, you know.

Why was it only a “right-wing media story” in 2020? Because mainstream media ran interference for Joe Biden in 2020. Why is it a legit story now? Because mainstream media now wants to jettison Biden in order to salvage the standing of other Democrats.

In the meantime, the actual facts of the story haven’t changed at all. The laptop data is the same, the testimonies of others around have remained the same, and so on. The only additions have come because the New York Post and other “right-wing” media outlets kept investigating and reporting on the story while the “mainstream” media and Big Tech platforms kept calling it “Russian disinformation.”

It’s narrative journalism at its worst … in both directions.

Joe Concha ripped Stelter and the media bias on display on Fox News. He also brings the receipts on Stelter’s hypocrisy:

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“Now that he has a new boss,” Concha says about Stelter, “I guess he’s trying to keep his job by actually doing his job.” That gives Stelter too much credit here. He’s trying to keep his job by helping Democrats push the Bidens to the sidelines.  Although, according to Puck News, the layoffs may be a-comin’ at CNN soon. Stay tuned … or not.

And possibly not just CNN: As David Zaslav Goes Straight Savage Cutting and Cancelling Everything #Woke at Warner Discovery, SJWs Start Shrieking About MuhFakeJobs.

Rumors are flying that Zaslav is going to end, mostly, DC’s monthly comic business, and either start publishing just the occasional graphic novel, or perhaps license out their eight or ten actually-valuable characters to some other company. The result will be a lot less work for the people who killed the American comic book industry.

And they’re screaming. They think that calling Zaslav a racist will work.

Here’s one of DC’s more obnoxious SJWs attempting the “I’ll call my boss a racist to keep him from firing me” card.

Not this time.

The Warner empire went woke — Zaslav is now in cleanup mode to prevent it from going broke.

SPRINGTIME FOR BRANDON: Yes, The White House’s ‘Dark Brandon’ Memes Contain Nazi Imagery With CCP Influences.

‘Dark Brandon’ is the Biden White House’s cringetastic effort to win back the “Let’s Go Brandon” meme that haunted the perennially COVID-hit President through late 2021 and early 2022. The efforts, shared by taxpayer-funded White House staff, combines an almost year-late rebuttal to the Brandon memes with the Byronic aethestic of the well established “Dark MAGA” movement.

One more problem: it’s extremely ‘Third Reich‘ in nature.

That’s right. On the day the media wants us to buy the idea that Donald Trump demanded his Generals behaved like Nazis, the current White House is actually promoting Nazi memes to hype its passage of the Inflation Recovery Act (IRA). The timing by the White House isn’t bad, to be honest, since the IRA (another irony not lost on us) does in fact empower the U.S. government with a Stormtrooper-style IRS to snoop through your taxes (all at your expense, of course).

But there’s more to this story than the White House using the Reichsadler or Parteiadler in its memes. 

Including:

But there’s one more part of the Dark Brandon saga. The cherry on the cake. And that is the aesthetic origin of the entire thing.

“You have this very exaggerated image of a very ‘evil Biden,’ but also, his ability to mobilize these public intellectual zombies in an image is also kind of funny because it has long been China’s accusation of the U.S. government, that the U.S. is using folks like public intellectuals and scholars within China to carry out ‘peaceful evolution,’” Victor Shih, associate professor at UC San Diego, told POLITICO.

That’s right – it comes from China. Specifically, by an artist named Yang Quan, who sought to portray Biden in a negative light in early 2022.

Related: “[T]he problem with the left as has been said in the past is that they can’t meme. First, the problem is that because Biden is feeble and incoherent, it just looks silly and desperate when you are trying to imbue him with special powers. Not to mention as my colleague Brittany Sheehan pointed out, it’s a bit of a rip-off already of memes of Trump. Big surprise, the Biden team sort of plagiarizing an idea once again. But then because they can’t meme, they came up with something that is not only dumb, but actually problematic. If Trump had come up with it you know the liberal media would be screaming ‘Nazi imagery’ because of the eagle in the background. They would be crucifying him 24/7.”

Exit quote:

Related: DARK BRANDON suits up for action!

 

FASTER, PLEASE: Giant Viruses Called ‘Jumbo Phages’ Could Help Us Fight Antibiotic Resistance. People have been promising phage therapies as long as I can remember. More results faster, please.

BREAKING: TRUMP ANNOUNCES MAR-A-LAGO RAIDED BY FBI. This will end well.

VITAMIN D UPDATE: Down on Vitamin D? It could be the cause of chronic inflammation.

BE PREPARED: Amerex 322, 5lb Carbon Dioxide Class B C Fire Extinguisher. #CommissionEarned

WEIRD HOW LAST YEAR’S “CONSPIRACY THEORY” IS ONCE AGAIN THIS YEAR’S “EVERYBODY KNOWS:” CNN’s Brian Stelter: Hey, Hunter Biden is “not just a right-wing media story” any more, you know.

Yes, we know — and we knew it all along. Almost two years after the mainstream media locked arms with Big Tech platforms to prevent the dissemination of the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop, suddenly it’s no longer just a “right-wing media story.” Brian Stelter declared it open season on Hunter’s legal woes and alleged connections to corruption … now that Joe Biden’s approval and favorability ratings are bad enough that Democrats want to find ways to push Biden out of the 2024 election cycle.

Once you understand that Stelter — and the vast, vast majority of his counterparts — aren’t journalists but Democratic Party operatives, it all makes sense.

ANDY KESSLER: R.I.P. the Big Bull Market (1982-2022): From start to finish, the Dow rose from 776.91 to 36800, a 9.6% annual rate.

But now what? Like it or not, we’re in a new era. Capital, as always, sloshes around the globe searching for its highest return. Inflation usually means money is attracted to real assets rather than ideas. Energy? Real estate? Commodities? Fixed income will be attractive again. Corporate earnings, meanwhile, have started to decline as input costs—material, labor, regulatory overhead—spiral upward, red meat for bears.

Of course, a new bull market could start anytime, but don’t even think about another big one driven by interest-rate declines until, well, interest rates go up enough. Instead, the next bull will be fueled by earnings growth from whatever drives productivity next. Forget last cycle’s winners, find new ones—next-generation machine intelligence, geothermal energy, gene therapy, insta-vaccines, nuclear fusion or, more likely, something completely out of left field that starts out expensive, is dismissed by skeptics and then gets relentlessly cheaper over decades, creating wealth for society.

This is why we should always nurture the supply side, with capital-forming low tax rates and regulations that allow productivity to increase. The bull is dead, long live the bull.

I don’t think we’ll see another bull market with the current gang of idiots in charge.

IN THIS HOUSE, WE SUPPORT SCIENCE: Scientists suing Biden admin over COVID info censorship.

I WAS TOLD THAT GLOBAL WARMING WOULD MAKE HURRICANES LIKE KATRINA A PRACTICALLY-DAILY OCCURRENCE: Two months into 2022 season, nary a hurricane so far in the Atlantic basin.

ONE OF MINE, TOO: Remembering Olivia Newton-John: Singer, Actress, and My Boyhood Crush.

RIP: Olivia Newton John dead at 73.

I HAVEN’T DRIVEN ONE IN A DECADE, BUT I USED TO LIKE THEM: Report: Nissan Maxima Dead in 2023.

A VERY PUBLIC EDUCATION: ‘If things get hard, they just quit.’

SPACE: SpaceX Florida Starbase Will Triple in Size.

JOE BIDEN’S GODZILLA TAX COLLECTORS: Holy Crapo Amendment! Dems Reject Middle Class Protection from Doubled IRS.

HAHA, OF COURSE THEY DID YOU SCHMUCKS: WaPo: Did Senate Dems sell us a bill of goods on climate change too?

It’s bullshit all the way down, and you eat it up every time. “Conservatives warned repeatedly during this bill’s development that we tried the same strategy in 2009 in Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was nicknamed ‘Porkulus’ by the skeptical. The skeptical turned out to make the accurate call, which the Post now belatedly recognizes.”

They always wait to recognize it until after the Democrats have gotten what they want.

MILBLOGGER LAUGHING WOLF’S NUCLEAR WAR PRIMER CONTINUES: Nuclear 101: Survival.

HOW GOVERNMENT HURTS: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Has Nearly Frozen Nuclear Designs for 48 Years.

THE FBI’S RUBY RIDGE MURDERS, 30 years later.

PREPPING THE NOVEMBER BATTLESPACE: The MSM Suddenly Decides Elections Can Be Stolen… But Only by Republicans.

MY NEPHEW GOT IT OVER A YEAR AGO AND HIS SMELL AND TASTE HAVEN’T COME BACK: Study: Smell, taste loss from COVID-19 can take up to two years to return.

JOY PULLMAN: The FBI And DOJ Criminalizing Opposition To The Regime Is How The Republic Ends.

ROBERT SPENCER: Biden Says Israel Has Right to Defend Itself, Except When It Does.

“THEY PRETEND TO PAY US, AND WE PRETEND TO WORK:” Quiet quitting: why doing the bare minimum at work has gone global.

Rather than working late on a Friday evening, organising the annual team-building trip to Slough or volunteering to supervise the boss’s teenager on work experience, the quiet quitters are avoiding the above and beyond, the hustle culture mentality, or what psychologists call “occupational citizenship behaviours”.

Instead, they are doing just enough in the office to keep up, then leaving work on time and muting Slack.

But posting about it on social media, so it’s not entirely quiet.

OR IF YOU’RE A DEMOCRAT BIGSHOT, BECAUSE TAXES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Dem senator on huge IRS expansion: If you’ve paid your taxes, you should have nothing to fear. “This is like saying that you must be guilty if you decline to talk to the cops about a crime they’re investigating. Yet it was a popular take among lefties on the ol’ Twitter machine this weekend.”

If he believes that, then the IRS should have to pay your legal and accounting bills when you’re audited. If your compliance costs outweigh the taxes owed, they wind up in the hole. That would discourage abuse.

Also: Lots of conservatives should apply for these new positions at the IRS. We need moles in there to publicize any shenanigans.

BUT NOT DISNEY: Entertainment Companies Start Dumping Woke Content As Viewership Tumbles.

GOVERNMENT AT WORK: When Your SEC Prosecutor Is Your Judge, Scandals Surely Follow.

Two recent federal appeals court cases involving the US Securities and Exchange Commission have rocked the world of administrative law. They also have shown that it’s time to restore the separation of prosecutorial and adjudicative powers, say New Civil Liberties Alliance’s Peggy Little and Kara Rollins.

“Agencies that combine enforcement and adjudication—as many do—are unconstitutional. But convenient for the government,” law blogger Glenn Harlan Reynolds posted earlier this year. For those who follow SEC enforcement, particularly adjudication by in-house administrative law judges, two recent cases from the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit may change all that.

Michelle Cochran, a Texas CPA who quit her small accounting firm in 2013, was blindsided in 2016 by SEC charges of violating federal accounting standards for what are commonly called paperwork violations. She opposed the claims, pointing out that none of her audits ever had to be restated, and no clients or shareholders ever complained or alleged any harm. Because the relevant audits occurred at least three years prior to the hearing, she had no control over them and no way to verify whether they were complete.

Despite acknowledging her difficult working conditions, the SEC ALJ ruled against her, imposing a $22,500 fine and a five-year industry bar. That initial decision was vacated in 2018 following the US Supreme Court’s decision in another SEC case holding that her ALJ had not been constitutionally appointed. Rather than endure a second rehearing before a new SEC ALJ who still enjoyed unconstitutional multiple tenure protections, Cochran sued in federal district court. That court denied jurisdiction, prompting Cochran to appeal and eventually an en banc rehearing before the Fifth Circuit.

Cochran v. SEC, decided in December 2021, broke ranks with nearly a decade of circuit court decisions across six circuits. Those previous decisions had illogically—and counter to clear Supreme Court precedent—required enforcement targets, seeking to raise these constitutional challenges, to first undergo unconstitutional administrative proceedings before reaching a federal court competent to rule on the constitutional questions. The full circuit court held 9-7 that these constitutional challenges could and should be brought in federal courts before enforcement targets had to endure administrative proceedings. Because the decision created a circuit split, the Supreme Court will hear Cochran next fall.

The second case, Jarkesy v. SEC, involved administrative claims that George Jarkesy, a radio host who managed two hedge funds, had committed securities fraud by allegedly misrepresenting the funds’ investment parameters, safeguards, valuations, fees, and management. Jarkesy came to the Fifth Circuit after going through the full administrative mill, a process that took seven years. After Jarkesy had endured his administrative proceeding, a Fifth Circuit panel held in May 2022 that those proceedings must be vacated because they denied him his constitutional right to a jury trial, and unconstitutionally delegated legislative power to the SEC to decide who gets to be tried in a real court and who must endure the ALJ system. Finally, Jarkesy held that SEC ALJs are unconstitutionally protected from removal in violation of the Take Care Cause of Article II of the Constitution, the same question on which Cochran seeks a judicial decision.

The two cases have rocked the world of administrative law. But Michelle Cochran and George Jarkesy have another thing in common that has received remarkably little to no media attention.

I’ve always thought that this sort of thing is unconstitutional. I’m glad the NCLA — reminder, I’m on their board of advisors — is finally getting something done about it.

I WONDER WHAT OFFICE HE GOES TO TO WRITE HIS BOOKS? Malcolm Gladwell slams working from home: ‘What have you reduced your life to?’

DEAL OF THE DAY: Mobile File Cabinet with Wheels. #CommissionEarned

RIP: Remembering Vin Scully — and Harsh Truths on Socialism. “Vin Scully’s contempt for collectivism isn’t why I loved him. But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit it made me love him just a little more.”

IF THE PEASANTS WERE SMART, THEY’D KNOW WHAT’S GOOD FOR THEM: Professor: Texas school choice measure passed because GOP voters aren’t very bright.

YEAH, BUT HE VOTED FOR IT, ANYWAY: Dems Miffed Bernie Sanders Telling Truth About Inflation Reduction Act.

THE NEW LOYALTY OATH: DEI commitments required to get tenure, promotions at this medical school.

NORTH CAROLINA: AR-15s put in all Madison County schools to enhance security in case of active shooter.

According to Harwood, the county’s school resource officers have been training with instructors from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

“We were able to put an AR-15 rifle and safe in all of our schools in the county,” Harwood said. “We’ve also got breaching tools to go into those safes. We’ve got extra magazines with ammo in those safes.”

There are six schools in the Madison County system: Brush Creek Elementary, Hot Springs Elementary, Mars Hill Elementary, Madison Middle, Madison High and Madison Early College High.

“The reason we put the breaching tools in the safes is that in the event we have someone barricaded in a door, we won’t have to wait on the fire department to get there,” Harwood said. “We’ll have those tools to be able to breach that door if needed. I do not want to have to run back out to the car to grab an AR, because that’s time lost. Hopefully we’ll never need it, but I want my guys to be as prepared as prepared can be.”

More like this, please.

FLIGHT FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS UPDATE: Marjorie Jackson of The Washington Stand examines why NYC Mayor Eric Adams’ recent warning that public schools there are experiencing a “massive hemorraghing” of students is only the tip of the iceberg.

One wonders if perhaps what Dobbs means for the pro-life movement is found for the pro-school choice movement in the COVID-19 Pandemic lockdowns?

HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW IT’S VANISHED FROM DISCUSSION? THAT’S BECAUSE IT MAKES A DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION LOOK HORRIBLE: Marking one year after the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle. “It’s almost hard to believe that it’s been a year now since America’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. The images of the final flights leaving the country and the throngs of desperate people trying to find a way out as the Taliban closed in are still burned into our collective memory. But inside the Biden administration (which has never really taken responsibility for that debacle), particularly in the CIA and other intelligence agencies, people are ‘moving on’ from Afghanistan.”

They move on from all their failures. And why wouldn’t they? There are never any consequences.

Related: In any other national capital, the catastrophic military disasters of the last two decades would have forced regime change.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEFING: Biden’s Weaponized Anti-Constitution Feds Are Getting Creepier. “While we’re all over here looking forward to November, the Democrats are busy trying to turn every part of the federal government that they can on their political opponents. When they talk about growing the government to ‘help’ people, they mean to help Democrats flex their fascist freak flags.”

WHAT A DECADE OF CURIOSITY has taught us about Mars.

“I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE A SICKNESS THAT’S OUT THERE, JUST LIKE THE FLU OR A COLD:” KCS won’t report COVID-19 cases or send exposure notifications for upcoming school year.

Related: Pediatricians throwing out vaccine vials due to lack of demand.

REMEMBER WHEN THE LEFT USED TO BILL ITSELF AS THE ‘REALITY-BASED COMMUNITY’? Every Senate Democrat votes against defining pregnancy as unique to biological females.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: Yet another poll shows Hispanics going Republican.

Double down on trans rights, that’ll bring ’em back.

SPOILER: HE WON’T. Even Afghanistan Is on to Him: Demonstrators Shout ‘Joe Biden, Stop Lying.’

MICHAEL WALSH: ‘These Boots Were Made for Walking.’

UNITED BODEGAS OF AMERICA WANTS NEW YORK TO PASS A “STAND YOUR GROUND” LAW:  Well, it does make sense.  Why should a small business owner have to run away while his business is being raped?  Count me with the bodega guys on this one.

MADE IN THE USA: Pet Factory Natural Beefhide Dog Treats. #CommissionEarned

WELL, GOOD: Israeli Airstrike Kills 2nd Top Islamic Jihad Commander.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: More than 1 in 5 US adults don’t want children.

POLL SHOWS MOST IN U.S. WORRIED BY BIDEN’S BRAIN: A substantial majority, 59 percent, of respondents to the latest ISI/TIPP Survey say they are either “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about President Joe Biden’s mental health.

What may be of particular interest, however, is the following graph:

“Broken down by ethnicity and race, solid majorities of both Hispanics (61 percent) and whites (63 percent) expressed concerns over Biden’s mental condition. One group was a noticeable exception: blacks, among whom just 44 percent said they’re worried about Biden’s mental state, while 53 percent said they aren’t.”

Having nearly identical responses between Hispanics and whites suggest the movement of the former away from Democrats is indeed genuine and substantial.

 

IT HASN’T “GONE” CRAZY — IT’S BEEN MADE CRAZY QUITE DELIBERATELY AND IN SERVICE OF AN AGENDA: The World Has Gone Crazy.

Related: “It’s a form of what we’ve come to know as gaslighting.”

YES: In any other national capital, the catastrophic military disasters of the last two decades would have forced regime change. Multiple lost and botched wars. Tens of thousands of casualties, dead, maimed, and wounded, many scarred for life. Foreign nations destroyed. Hundreds of thousands of foreigners killed. Millions of people displaced, many never to return home. Why does anyone look to Washington for leadership today?”

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: The Biden Administration Has Found a Sneaky Way to Compile an Illegal Gun Registry.

SOONER OR LATER IT COMES TO THIS:  “Revolution Has Begun”: 75,000 Brits To Stop Paying Power Bills Amid Inflation Storm.

ICYMI: THE GREENS ARE ENEMIES OF HUMANITY: John Hinderaker: The Coming War on Agriculture. “You probably know about what has happened in Sri Lanka, where the government’s attempt to impose organic farming led to food shortages, impoverishment, and a revolt that caused that country’s prime minister to flee. Also the Netherlands, where the government’s attempt to drastically reduce fertilizer use has led to massive protests by farmers that continue to this day. . . . Next up is Canada. . . Global warming religion is international, and the same anti-farming movement is coming soon to the U.S., the world’s number one agricultural economy. The first target will be nitrogen-based fertilizers, which are a principal foundation of the world’s ag productivity. Without fertilizers, the world will go hungry. That leads to target number two: animals, especially cows.”

You’ll eat a 1400 calorie a day plant-based diet provided by the state, and you’ll be happy to get it.

Hey, gruel is plant-based.

Plus:

Will the Left’s war on agriculture succeed? I don’t know. The Sri Lankan government pushed it until mobs invaded the prime minister’s residence. The government of the Netherlands isn’t giving an inch, despite massive and prolonged civil disobedience by farmers. Justin Trudeau apparently likes what he sees in those countries. And consider the Left’s war on energy: I never would have imagined that it could get as far as it has.

I think many liberals are essentially sadists. They love to boss the rest of us around and make us miserable.

Exactly.

SURE, LIKE TRUMP WAS HOLDING THE GAY FLAG UPSIDE DOWN:  It’s the Wrong Kind of Coral.

Will they run out of rationalizations before we run out of food? Don’t answer that.

AND YET IT WILL AVAIL THEM NOTHING WHEN THE COUNTRY FEELS HUNGER:  The Grasshopper Elite and Its Enemy.

I GUESS THIS IS VALID IF BY “BEST” YOU MEAN “MOST EXPENSIVE”:  The best, worst states in America for early education in 2022.

WHY? HAS THE GOVERNMENT RUN OUT OF THINGS TO SCREW UP ON EARTH?  FCC decides to expand its power in space.

WE’VE LONG SUSPECTED THIS:  COVID-19 Was CCP ‘Biological Warfare,’ New Research Group Says.

AND IRS MULTIPLICATION AND ARMING BILL, DON’T FORGET THAT:  Senate Passes Schumer-Manchin Middle-Class Tax Increase and Green Boondoggle Bill.

Because what the Junta needed right now was an Infernal Revenue Stasi.

Remember, boys and girls, if they come for you, don’t go quietly into that good night. Take an escort to hell.

LOOK, IT’S WRONG. IT’S ALSO A CASE OF REAPING WHAT YOUR PARTY SOWS:  San Francisco: Asian Commissioner-at-Large Brutally Beaten Outside His Home.

WELL, YOU KNOW, THE REST OF US FIND LIZ CHENEY DANGEROUS:  Liz Cheney Would “Find It Difficult” To Support “Dangerous” Ron DeSantis, Exposing Her Real Agenda.

Also, morally repugnant.  Benedict Arnold, OTOH would love her long time.

OH, I SEE. THEIR HEARTS ARE — SPIT — PURE:  ADL’s SCOTUS Brief: Harvard’s Discriminatory Admissions Policies OK Because College Meant Well.

CHINA ENGINEERED THE JUNTA’S COLOR REVOLUTION, IN ORDER TO STOP TRUMP:  It’s a little like selling the rope, but it’s selling the land instead.

You can tell me I’m wrong, but you know I’m not. And like all Chinese products, the junta are shoddy and not performing as advertised. Hold on to your seats. It only gets more “interesting”.

FIGHTING LIES:  Signal boost: How Israel shot down false reports on Jabaliya explosion.

AND IF WE’RE NOT CAREFUL, IT WILL COME HERE:  Are the lights going out all over Europe? Trump warned them.

YEP! THOUGH I HAVE TO TELL YOU, IF MY KIDS WERE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL NOW, I SHUDDER WHAT THEY’D COME UP WITH:  When a middle school students schools people on how to fight back.

COMMUNISTS: THERE IS NO TRUTH IN THEM:  Bernie Rails Against Inflation Reduction Act, Votes For It Anyway.

WELL, A COW CAN LOOK AT A PALACE:  Liz Cheney Has Eyes On The White House.

There aren’t enough dead voters in the world to pull that one off.

August 7, 2022

DON’T SAY GAY — IF YOU’RE A LOCAL ATLANTA ABC AFFILIATE: Metro Atlanta couple charged with using adopted kids to make child porn.

Evergreen:

UPDATE: I normally pair the above tweet by Iowahawk with this tweet from Jim Treacher…

…But I wasn’t sure of the aforementioned couple’s political worldview. Andy Ngo writes that “they’re liberal activists” in a Twitter thread on their politics that’s worth your time:

(Updated and bumped.)

OPEN THREAD: The usual.

THE NEW SPACE RACE: South Korea’s first lunar orbiter on way to the moon.

WHY IS THE NEW YORK TIMES SO OBSESSED WITH LOATHING BRITAIN? It’s not just Brexit. It’s Oedipal.

They’ve done it again in the grey building on 826 Eighth Avenue, New York City, NY, USA. They – the editors of the New York Times – have launched a tumultuous broadside against the most degraded, pathetic, hopeless, rancid, ugly, stupid, ridiculous, doomed and offensively anti-democratic country in the entire world. That is to say, the United Kingdom.

This particular fusillade is quite something. Under the shouting headline The Fantasy of Brexit Britain Is Over, the author – Richard Seymour (and we shall come back to him) – serves up a grand, all-you-can-eat buffet of UK hatred.

Britain, according to Mr Seymour, is ‘economically stagnant, socially fragmented, politically adrift’. The right’s ‘Brexit fantasy’ is now a ‘nightmare’; the country is ‘corroded’, it is ‘unravelling’, its economy is ‘abysmal’, and its people are ‘dying in hospital’ in their ‘tens of thousands’. And all this is just a ‘familiar nightmare’ of ‘chaos’, ‘crippling strikes’, ‘structural problems’, and ‘chronic labor shortages’. What’s more, whenever we Brits do manage to raise a snaggle-toothed smile – for, say, the football – we are merely ‘flag-bedraggled, drunk and delirious’; we are horrible crowds ‘nourished by nationalism… roaming empty commercial streets’.

Nor does it end there. The writer gets so priapically excited by his thesis he actually questions whether Britain has a right to exist, or whether it even, you know, exists. As he puts it ‘what even is Britain’? He’s not quite sure of the answer, but that doesn’t matter, because he adds – and you can feel the author’s relishing spittle as you read the words – Britain is finally being ‘cut down to size’.

Don’t take it personally chaps — for decades, the New York Times hasn’t been sure that America exists — and if it does, the Gray Lady knows for sure that it definitely needs to be cut down to size.

LUCKILY, WE HAVE THE GENIUSES OF THE CDC TO PROTECT US FROM DISEASE OUTBREAKS NOW: Extinct Pathogens Ushered The Fall of Ancient Civilizations, Scientists Say.

WAIT, I WAS TOLD THE REEF WAS IRREVOCABLY DOOMED BY CLIMATE CHANGE: Coral cover increases in parts of Great Barrier Reef.

FASTER, PLEASE: Entertainment Companies Start Dumping Woke Content As Viewership Tumbles.

RIP: Magnum P.I. co-star Roger E. Mosley dead at 83. He portrayed helicopter pilot ‘T.C.’ alongside Tom Selleck.

UNSURPRISING NEWS: Social isolation, loneliness cited for raising heart attack risk.

EVERGREEN HEADLINE: Jemele Hill Just Can’t Stop Playing The Victim.

Jemele Hill continues to do what Jemele Hill does: blame her failures on everyone else. It’s usually racism, but occasionally it’s misogyny and this week it’s her political leanings.

In a puff piece written by USA Today, Hill claims she failed at ESPN because of the company’s “conservative culture” that didn’t allow her to be herself. The quotes came from an appearance Hill made on former ESPN’er Kenny Mayne’s podcast, “Hey Mayne.”

A “conservative culture” is not why Hill failed at ESPN, as the fisking by a conservative-adjacent former ESPN contributor that follows will demonstrate.

UPDATE: Elsewhere at the former sports-themed cable network: Jalen Rose Thinks ‘Mt. Rushmore’ Is An Offensive Term. “As we learned from the clip, Rose has a history of avoiding using names referring to Indian culture in any way (Redskins, Indians). But this might be his most ridiculous attempt to not harm people’s feelings.”

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BRINGING THE HAVOC HOME:

The problems at the border have been created deliberately by the Biden administration. They are not being “offloaded” by border states, which have no special obligation to bear them.

…is beginning to hit home in Washington, as hundreds of undocumented migrants arriving on the governors’ free bus rides each week increasingly tax the capital’s ability to provide emergency food and housing.

Yes, and what do you think the Biden administration’s pro-illegal immigration policies have done to tax the resources of border states like Texas and Arizona?

The Times’s pained reaction to having to share a tiny percentage of the border states’ pain–New York has gotten a handful of bussed illegals, like Washington, D.C.–validates the wisdom of Governors Abbott and Ducey’s policies. If blue voters experience a small taste of the evils caused by illegal immigration, maybe we can finally muster the collective will to enforce our country’s immigration laws.

I’m not sure why the Times is so concerned, when the Northeast Corridor offers a surprising number of housing possibilities for illegal immigrants:

UPDATE: Don Surber: NPR, that was the plan. “America has become a foolish nation. NPR is one reason. It failed to contact any of the Republican governors to find out what their plan was. Instead, NPR just flat-out said they had none. Oh, they had a plan: make those who support the invasion deal with its consequences.”

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