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Featured image • One of the results of yesterday’s primaries is that Nevada’s leading pimp won the Republican nomination for a state legislative seat. Going from pimp to the state legislature just seems like progress on the learning curve if you ask me. • Paging Mike Rowe! Talk about dirty jobs! First, we heard about Kim Jong Un bringing his own toilet with him to Singapore because it “will deny determined sewer »

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Featured image • I see the story out today that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has capitulated to the identity politics mob and apologized for eating at—and Tweeting approvingly about the experience—Chick-fil-A. This, because Chick-fil-A’s CEO opposes same-sex marriage. Judged by foot traffic, though, this is one culture war boycott the left is definitely losing. I’ve been through the Denver airport four times in recent weeks since Chick-fil-A opened an outlet in the middle »

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Featured image Got a large backlog of news items to catch up with. • In the “News You Can Use” Department: Study Says Drinking Alcohol Is Better Than Exercise For Living a Longer Life [Excerpt] After her team analyzed the data from the study, they concluded that individuals who consumed two glasses of wine or beer per day reduced their risk of an early death by an astonishing 18%. To compare that statement, »

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Featured image • Blue state exodus rolls on: AllianceBernstein, a substantial investment manager, has announced that it will move almost its entire New York staff to Nashville, Tennessee. Did I mention that Tennessee has no state income tax? Well, the Wall Street Journal story sure does mention it: In a memo to employees, AllianceBernstein cited lower state, city and property taxes compared with the New York metropolitan area among the reasons for »

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Featured image Another travel day for me today and tomorrow, but there are several short news items worthy of note: • William F. Buckley Jr once remarked to the effect that liberalism is the impulse to reach in and turn down your shower. Well: This Eco-Warrior Shower Curtain Forces You to Get Out of the Shower After 4 Minutes London-based artist Elisabeth Buecher, the designer of the inflatable curtains, explains the reasoning »

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Featured image It’s down to the wire for the end of the semester, which means I’m up to my neck in student term papers and other things that are keeping me from my keyboard, so lots of things are piling up on my spindle. Time to clear out a few. • The main purpose of academic freedom, we’re told, is to protect the generation of “new knowledge.” The new knowledge we learned »

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Featured image • Donald Trump, Intersectional Feminist? So Donald Trump says he’s “not a feminist.” I’m not sure whether to laugh hard, or laugh even harder. Especially at the reaction that might have ensured if he had said he is a feminist! It’s actually even better than that: Trump turns out to be the perfect “intersectionalist”! In his interview with Piers Morgan, Trump said, “No, I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist. I mean, »

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Featured image • Anyone buy the official explanation that the erroneous “inbound missile” alert in Hawaii was the result of a mere keystroke error by someone in the office? Me neither, though it reminds me, in these fraught times of red buttons on desks, of the old observation that if there really was a literal nuclear launch button on the president’s desk, someone would have long ago set a coffee cup on »

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Featured image • You just knew this was going to happen sooner or later: TWO HETEROSEXUAL MEN MARRY TO AVOID PAYING INHERITANCE TAX Two Irish men married each other in Dublin, Ireland. Not for any kind of romantic love: athough they are best friends, they are both heterosexual. Their main goal was  to avoid paying an inheritance tax. Matt Murphy and Michael O’Sullivan made the decision to tie the knot after they realized Murphy, »

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Featured image • The Financial Times has an interesting article on Chinese universities, and especially how the authoritarian regime would like to exert better control over foreign-funded universities and branch campuses. The government is going to place trusted Communist Party members on the board of trustees on all these joint-venture universities, and make them vice chancellors as well. This passage in particular stands out: “This changes the nature of the game and »

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Featured image A couple of short items worth noting today. • First, in the New York Times story yesterday on how the Weinstein scandal is opening the floodgates of sexual harassment charges, this wonderfully droll sentence appears: Woody Allen served as the imperfect messenger for those cautioning against what he termed a “witch hunt.” Did they really write this with a straight face? What next: “Bernie Madoff served as the imperfect messenger »

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Featured image • Last night the Ole Miss “Rebels” played football against the Cal Bears—in Berkeley. And yet Antifa didn’t riot. Seems they are losing their touch. Seriously—how can Berkeley tolerate a team with such a name? Let alone their mascot—the old one (left) was blatant, but isn’t the new one close to a trademark infringement on the Cal Bears? • Speaking of Berkeley, I haven’t had anything to say about Ben »

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Featured image • A couple of items for your amusement. First, I’m tempted to call this one “broken hockey sticks”: The problem with this chart is that it has no separate axis for the CO2 trendline, though using the usual compressed axis that the UN climate reports do for CO2 would look exactly like this, so what’s the problem? • Charles Murray spoke at Harvard yesterday, but not without threat of violent »

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Featured image • I haven’t had a chance to look at anything pertaining to the Senate health care bill, but as Avik Roy is one of my primo go-to guys for health care policy, this tweet is enough to satisfy me: • The House Republican Campaign Committee has put out this short post-GA6 special election victory lap video that makes for fun viewing: But as Glenn Reynolds advises, don’t get cocky. November 2018 »

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Featured image • Reality Winner? Seriously? Is this person a long lost child of Frank Zappa or something? Another case of where Reality is stranger than fiction. “Yes, folks, Trump promised us so much winning we’d get tired of all the winning, but we have a Real Winner in the house!” I give up. Incidentally, just how did this leftist wacko loon get hired at the NSA in the first place? I »

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Featured image • A few footnotes on Trump’s manly withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. The best part of the whole thing was not that he decided to withdraw, but how he did it. Trump could have just issued a statement from behind his desk in the Oval Office, or had a press spokesperson make the announcement, just as President George W. Bush did in withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol back in »

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Featured image • Climate change: Is there anything it can’t do? Climate Change Is Making It Harder to Sleep Climate change is coming for you in the night. That’s the conclusion of scientists who study how heat disturbs sleep—and how projected warming is expected to make bad sleep even worse. . . Their new study links that most individual of experiences—falling asleep—with a truly planetary phenomenon—global warming. It joins an expanding body of »