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Featured image These are the crazy years. To wit: Actor Chris Pratt on Wednesday apologized for posting a photo on Instagram of him posing at a gym with a single-use plastic water bottle in his hand after “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa called out his fellow Hollywood star. Pratt posted the Instagram photo on Tuesday as part of a collaboration with Amazon. This prompted Momoa to comment under “The Guardians of the Galaxy” star’s photo saying, “Bro »

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Featured image • Brought to you by the same people who brought us “peak oil”: We Could Be Approaching Peak Beef As the world’s population grows and incomes rise, we’ll inevitably eat far more beef — the meat that’s considered the most expensive and prestigious in a remarkably wide range of cultures. That’s a worrying prospect for the planet. Grazing and providing animal feed for cattle already accounts for about 60% of the world’s »

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Featured image • So the Federal government ran a fake university, the University of Farmington, that charged students tuition for the purpose of entrapping aliens abusing student visas. But this part of the Washington Post story is worth a pause: But Rahul Reddy, a Texas attorney involved with these students’ cases, told the Detroit News that U.S. officials running the fake University of Farmington operation preyed upon unsuspecting students. “They should not »

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Featured image • Okay, here we go: Two guards on duty the night of Jeffery Epstein’s “suicide” were charged today with criminal negligence on the job: The night that Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself in a Manhattan jail, one of the guards on duty was catching up on sports news and looking at motorcycle sales on a government computer. The other spent time shopping online for furniture. For about two hours, they appeared »

Loose Ends, Mostly on the Election Campaign

Featured image • Wait—Mark Sanford was running for president? Somehow I missed him on the campaign trail. But now he will have more time for that other trail. • Is this real news, or the Babylon Bee (which is more accurate news these days): Hillary Clinton says “many, many, many people” are urging her to run for president again next year. As the Bee points out, most of these people are likely »

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Featured image • Climate change, we are relentless told, is the urgent existential threat to the entire planet, even more so than the nuclear arms race we all grew up with. Yet the Democratic candidate who tried to make this the centerpiece of his campaign, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, was one of the first to drop out, having never broken 1% in the polls. Steve Milloy notes a pattern here about the »

The Crazy Chronicles

Featured image Is it my imagination, or are liberals and their allies getting more insane by the day? Here’s an Inventory of Crazy on my cyber-spindle right now: • Tom Steyer says if Trump wins re-election, “literally it could be the end of the world.” Hard to see what Trump could so so much more effectively than in his first term, but whatever. Maybe Trump will be less inhibited on Twitter in »

This Week in Crazy [Updated]

Featured image I know. What do you mean, “this week” in crazy? With today’s regnant liberalism, we could easily do “the last half-hour in crazy.” But I do have a day job, plus a wine and whisky addiction that has to be attended to, so I have to be, as the great Ian Faith put it, “more selective.” (Bonus pop culture points for knowing that reference.) Let’s start with . . . »

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Featured image • So my understanding is that the climatistas are planning some kind of protest in DC tomorrow whose centerpiece will be blocking morning traffic so that . . . The Swamp can’t get to work? How is The ResistanceTM going to function? I’m not sure the climatistas have thought this one all the way through, since I am wholly on their side for once; in fact, I wish they’d blockade Washington every »

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Featured image • Feel Good Story of the Week (and it’s only Monday): NYT Columnist Discloses “Insomnia” She’s Had Since “Cursed Night” of Trump’s Election New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg indicated on Friday that President Trump’s election was so upsetting that it gave her years of insomnia. That tidbit came in a column about Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg making what she calls a “thrilling prediction” that 2020 will see a “blue wave” that »

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Featured image • My money is still on Elizabeth Warren to be the Democratic nominee. I didn’t think so six months ago, but I think she is showing some versatility, and she has a broader range than Bernie. (The Daily Beast—discount the source appropriately—reports that the Trump team thinks so too.) Still, she has made her first significant blunder with her pledge to stop all new  oil and gas production on public »

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Featured image • First it was bedbugs at the New York Times. Now this (and behave people, despite the obvious and overwhelming temptation): The New York Times may have bed bugs, but the Washington Post has a roach problem. “We have a growing pest problem,” Post director of newsroom operations Jillian S. Jarrett wrote in memo to newsroom employees August 14. “We’ve gotten several reports of cockroaches in the newsroom.” Lest you think this »

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Featured image • What’s this? Joe Biden falling, and Elizabeth Warren ascending (as I predicted several weeks ago on one of our podcasts)? Notice the trends in this Monmouth Poll released today: Also, note that Sanders is not going away, and that Warren’s gains seem not to be coming necessarily at Sanders’s expense. Which suggests more upside among “progressives” for Warren. Chaser: Over the weekend, up in New Hampshire, Biden said, “I »

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Featured image Busy road trip this week with lots of meetings (and great podcast interviews for coming weeks!), so I’m behind on the news. Trump say anything yesterday? I should think I would have heard something. Herewith a few odds and ends: • Covering (I guess?) the important issues: Why Are Fewer French Women Sunbathing Topless? I can think of several theories, but let’s go to the reporting: In 1984, a survey »

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Featured image •  The New York Times had a whimsical story over the weekend about vegetarians and vegans who gave it up to be come butchers.  The best parts of the story: Before she was a butcher, Ms. Kavanaugh was a strict vegetarian. She stopped eating meat for more than a decade, she said, out of a deep love for animal life and respect for the environment. . .  She returned to »

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Featured image  • This explains a lot: Bernie drank the Kool Aid (or is this just a booster shot?): • Isn’t Marianne Williamson wonderful? It appears that a lot of viewers think so. Here’s a before and after graph of Google searches for the Dem field from last night. I think Williamson is like Herman Cain and Ben Carson in the last two GOP nomination cycles—a shiny new thing that generates a lot »

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Featured image • Want some really great feel-good news? Boris Johnson has barely been in office 24 hours, and already he’s being declared the worst! The Scottish National Party said [Boris] Johnson’s new government was “shaping up to be the worst since Thatcher” and was “packed full of extreme Brexiteers and rabid right-wingers who want to drag us back to a bygone era.” “This is a Tory Cabinet from hell, which Donald »