Author Archives: Steven Hayward

As Usual, The Simpsons Was There First

Featured image The Simpsons anticipated the gender difference/sameness nonsense at Google in an episode from six years ago (3.40 long): »

How Google Has Just Harmed Its Women Employees

Featured image Last week we noted here how the move to “ban the box” of criminal convictions on employment application forms actually increased discrimination against blacks, and with its decision to fire the author of the infamous “diversity memo,” Google has just done its women employees a huge disservice, likely leading to more discrimination against women. David Bernstein of the Scalia Law School at George Mason University offers this shrewd observation: How »

Climate Shark-Jumping Goes Past Eleven

Featured image One of my guilty pleasures is the silly Sharknado “movies,” so naturally I had to take in Sharknado 5 (“Make America Bait Again!”) on Saturday night. Seriously, just how did this movie series get green-lit by any movie production company in the first place? I’d love to hear a recording of the original pitch. “Yeah, we’re going to make a movie starring a washed-up lead from Beverly Hills 90210 where he »

Google Fires Gender Dissenter

Featured image Just as we predicted, the Google engineer behind the memo dissenting from the orthodoxy of “diversity,” whose name is James Damore, was fired today. Bloomberg reports: Alphabet Inc.’s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies, creating a firestorm across Silicon Valley. James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been »

Today in the Annals of Stupid

Featured image Let’s take stock of where we are at the moment. Not long ago some environmentalists were saying that we should have fewer children to fight climate change. I wonder if Al Gore will send back two of his four kids? Then a few days ago it was suggested we should curtail our dogs and cats because—wait for it—they have too large a carbon pawprint: Fido and Fluffy Are Ruining the »

Civil War Update: Blowback at Google

Featured image Further to our item yesterday on the Google engineer who has circulated a politically incorrect memo about the authoritarian ideology of “gender diversity” at the company, Reuters reports today that two Google company spokespeople have officially condemned the memo: Two Google executives criticized a memo that circulated late last week at the company from an unnamed engineer suggesting that there were “biological causes” for underrepresentation of women in technology and »

Civil War on the Left, Part 46: Googly Bits Fall Off

Featured image One of my theories about the hollow and politically-correct liberalism of the tech oligarchs in Silicon Valley is that it is simply the new face of assuaging their own liberal guilt at piling up such huge fortunes so rapidly. I heard a report last year about Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt being challenged about his support for Hillary Clinton, and his reply was that Silicon Valley opposes government control of either »

The Week in Pictures: White House Daze Edition

Featured image I think I’ve figured out Trump’s secret strategy. This 71-year old energizer bunny of a Tweethead is simply going to wear out the opposition (i.e., the media and senescent Democrats). He won’t need to drain the swamp: it is going to evaporate into its own self-generated white heat. No wonder he has that mischievous grin so often. Now, if only the GOP Congress could figure it out. . . Headlines »

Robert Hardy, RIP

Featured image While we await the arrival in November of the next Churchill film, Darkest Hour, with what looks to be an extremely promising performance by Gary Oldman, let us take note of the passing a few days ago of the actor who up to now offered by far the best screen portrayal of Churchill: Robert Hardy. Turns out Hardy had been a student of both J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis at »

Take Us to Your Leader

Featured image Is this not the perfect job for Al Gore? After all, shouldn’t we have a big green man on hand to greet little green men? NASA is hiring a ‘planetary protection officer’ to guard us against alien life — and vice versa There’s a vacancy at NASA, and it may have one of the greatest job titles ever conceived: planetary protection officer. It pays well, between $124,000 and $187,000 annually. You get »

Liberalism Backfires Again, Chapter 14,279

Featured image One thing that is reliable about liberal policy ideas is that they will generate unintended consequences and perverse results, 95 out of 100 times. So of course one might have predicted that the move to “ban the box” asking about criminal convictions on employment application forms would result in increased racial discrimination. And now we have the social science to back up this common sense perception. From the Quarterly Journal »

Lincoln, the Hate Speaker?

Featured image When explaining to students how Abraham Lincoln contested Stephen Douglas and others who defended slavery by denying the essential human nature (and therefore equality) of blacks, I like to review one of Lincoln’s logical questions: “If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have? The answer is four: calling a tail a leg does not make it so.” The point is: nature is real, and »

The Problem with Legal Weed: Its Carbon Footprint! [with comment by Paul]

Featured image There are lots of reasons to be skeptical of our headlong rush to legalize recreational use of marijuana, especially the increased potency of marijuana products in recent years (this is not your hippie father’s weed!), to new research that it has serious effects on cognitive functions, and possible real psychological harm. But what’s the real reason people are having second thoughts about marijuana legalization? It’s not compatible with energy efficiency! »

Round Up the Usual RoundUp Suspects

Featured image It’s been no secret that environmentalists have wanted to ban the popular herbicide RoundUp for a long time now—because chemicals! Because Monsanto!—and their persistent lobbying paid off when in 2015 the UN’s World Health Organization declared glyphosate, the active ingredient of RoundUp, to be a “probable carcinogen”—a conclusion not shared by any U.S. or European government agency. The WHO’s declaration was based on “finding” of its own International Agency for »

The Best of Power Line: Sean Penn and Venezuela Revisited

Featured image Leftists who loved Venezuelan socialism are strangely quiet right now, so we think it is fitting to revisit an old post about one of Hugo Chavez’s greatest boosters, Sean Penn. From December 28, 2012, here is “Sean Penn: Bard for Our Time“: There are a handful of writers, Shakespeare being the best example, whose works best come to life heard aloud rather that read silently on the two-dimensional page.  Sean »

Your Guide to Climate Paranoia

Featured image David Victor of UC San Diego, who was one of the authors of the important PNAS paper we recently highlighted that debunked the renewable power fantasies of David Jacobson, appears today in Nature with an article pointing out the farce of the Paris Climate Accord: Wishful thinking and bravado are eclipsing reality. Countries in the European Union are struggling to increase energy efficiency and renewable power to the levels that »

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (a College Kid)

Featured image Today in the annals of white liberal guilt are two stories that are beyond the satirical genius of Tom Wolfe. First, from Swarthmore, where the Swarthmore Anti-Capitalist Collective (SACC) has disbanded because it was too white and middle class. Campus Reform noted that SACC’s now-dormant Facebook page agonized that “SACC’s fundamental failure” was that “at its formation, it was made up of entirely white, with the exception of one person of »