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Leave it to the media to find another cohort of “bitter clingers”—in this case, people who actually want to keep the lights on at a reasonable cost:

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Even as Indonesia wins cautious praise from some green groups for ambitious plans to cut carbon emissions, the world’s biggest exporter of thermal coal shows no sign of weaning itself off the polluting fuel any time soon.

Reality check:


I have lots of criticism of Karl Popper, starting with his clumsy handling of Plato in The Open Society and Its Enemies, but this letter to Raymond Aron, currently making rounds on the internet, is spot on about the Frankfurt School celebrity intellectuals of the left:

I especially like “bad and pretentious language drives out good and simple language.”

Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, is changing its name, because of course it is:

The famed Squaw Valley ski resort near Lake Tahoe is changing its name, after a long debate and input from Native American tribes. The leadership of the resort, which will now be known as Palisades Tahoe, says, “The old name was derogatory and offensive.”

Palisades Tahoe? I’m sure they could have come up with something more lame if they just had 75 more community meetings about it.

• Surprise, surprise, surprise: What do the black residents of Harlem want? More police:

HARLEM, Manhattan — Amid an uptick in gun violence, some in Harlem want the NYPD to bring back their controversial plainclothes anti-crime unit, which was disbanded last year after weeks of protests and calls for policing reform.

Villittha Lewis, who’s lived in Harlem for decades, said she hasn’t see gun violence at this level since the 80s. So far this year there have been 35 shootings compared to 26 last year in the confines of the 32nd precinct alone, data shows.

“It’s terrible, it’s very, very terrible and it needs to stop,” she said.

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