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Featured image • File this away for an update, though I suspect we won’t get an update if the story turns out as I expect: University of California President’s Berkeley Home Vandalized A hate crime investigation is underway after University of California officials say vandals painted racial slurs on the home of the UC president. The hate-filled graffiti has left a Berkeley neighborhood outraged and on edge. Bruce O’Neill showed NBC Bay »

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Featured image • No sooner do I note yesterday that Vanity Fair had lost its mind with its “DeSantis is Hitler” headline than The Atlantic says to VF, “Hold my Bud Light.” In fact they did a series to one-up VF: It can no longer be denied: The Atlantic has gone to pot. Not to be left behind, behold The Root: • Finally—the long-awaited J.J. Abrams reboot/re-imagining of Free Willy: Revenge of »

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Featured image • With the Branch COVIDians holding fast against the lab leak evidence and in favor of the “wet market” hypothesis for the origins of the Wuhan flu, here is some news that isn’t getting much coverage in the mainstream media: Wuhan market samples fail to shed further light on COVID origins Samples collected at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China, in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic »

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Featured image • I forget who first made the joke back in the Reagan era that we should actually encourage the public schools to teach sex education, because then no one would know how to do it. This comes back to mind with this news: U.S. History Scores for 8th Graders Plunge National test scores released on Wednesday showed a marked drop in students’ knowledge of U.S. history and a modest decline »

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Featured image Lots to catch up on after another road trip (principally to attend Ammo Grrrll’s “Commenter-Con II,” which was a total hoot and a half—recap to come soon). • Tucker Carlson’s Twitter video released last night is up to nearly 50 million views as of this morning. Looks like he’s the Obi Wan Kenobi of our media wars: strike him down, and he becomes more powerful than ever. • More on Carlson: »

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Featured image • This just tears it. I’m ready to mount the barricades: Jeeves and Wooster stories censored to avoid offending modern readers PG Wodehouse classics the latest to be rewritten as Penguin also includes trigger warning that the texts use ‘outdated’ language. This fresh travesty has me thoroughly disgruntled, and nothing the woke publishers can do will gruntle me. I’ll await instructions from Jeeves on how to undo this. In the »

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Featured image • Finally—ChatGPT AI is getting to the bottom of this core metaphysical question: • Good news for Chris: • Poor Nancy (though I can’t decide if this is a wannabe Babylon Bee-style satire, or wacko agent-provocateurs): Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was brutally heckled while speaking recently at a New York City college in Manhattan and the barbs by a number of protesters hit a little too close to home, »

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Featured image • Major League Baseball is back on the field with a whole new set of regulations designed to improve the game. So far the early evidence suggests games are going quicker, and to be sure if baseball got any slower it would start competing with farming for action and excitement. The pitch clock provokes a shrug. I imagine pitchers and batters will adapt well enough. The ban on the shift—placing »

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Featured image • So, he’s a ham sandwich after all (assuming our readers know the cliche about grand juries). But what kind of ham? I’m torn between Black Forest and honey-baked, but definitely uncured. Totally not Spam ham, as a certain podcast partner insists. Served on white Wonderbread (the official bread of MAGA rallies—it has over 20 chemicals and additives to keep us healthy!) with a large slathering of mayo. • Trump »

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Featured image • The mainstream media is struggling with how to cover the Nashville shooter, because the highest sin on the left today is using the wrong pronoun. So was the shooter male or female? Yes. Entire “news” stories are being written without any pronoun at all. The New York Times is twisting itself into a pretzel: • Feel Good Story of the Day: NPR lays off 100 employees as company faces »

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Featured image • Strange that we don’t hear much about the glories of Modern Monetary Theory just now. • Next time Capitol One asks me, “What’s in your wallet?”, I’m going to say: “Cash. Cash is what’s in my wallet, thank you very much.” • I dunno, I think the COVID Nurse Dance Troops did it better than striking LA teachers: Theres nothing more beautiful and powerful than organized workers fighting for »

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Featured image • Let’s start with the Feel Good Story of the Day: Los Angeles teachers are about to go on strike (I know—how could you ever tell?), but many support staff have jumped the gun and already walked off the job, causing classes for half a million students to be canceled yesterday. Parents should heave a sigh of relief if a strike shuts down LA schools for good, though that is »

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Featured image • Recent political history in one sentence: the Democratic Party gave up the working class for the woking class. • Update on the Dutch election that John and I noted over the weekend: when all the votes were counted, the farmers protest party captured 17 seats in the 75-seat Senate, up from 15 as originally results suggested. The previous four-party ruling coalition can’t survive, and it would seem to be »

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Featured image • Stanford University is on a roll, quickly leaving the field behind in the contest for the title of the worst university in the country. Stanford employee Jennifer Gries lied about rapes to get revenge on coworker: DA A Stanford employee who claimed she was brutally raped on campus twice by a coworker was charged with lying as part of a revenge scheme that also put some cash in her »

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Featured image • Fauci is doubling down. Here’s what he had to say yesterday about the lab leak hypothesis: • Over the last few years the big woke complaint about the Academy Awards went under the banner “Oscars So White.” So are now going to start hearing “Oscars So Asian”? For the second time in four years, an Asian-made film won best picture (“Parasite” in 2019, and “Everything Everywhere All at Once” last »

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Featured image • It turns out employers have come up with a genius method to screen out potential employees who will be needy narcissistic nuisances in the workplace: Resumes including ‘they/them’ pronouns are more likely to be overlooked, new report finds . . .We sent two “phantom” resumes to 180 job postings. The resumes were identical, except the test resume included they/them pronouns, and the control did not. Though most companies were »

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Featured image • Boy, I’ll bet no one could see this coming: NYC police want shoppers to remove masks before entering stores Face masks, once an essential Covid-19 protective measure, are now being worn by criminals to conceal their identities, according to New York police who are urging businesses to unmask customers before letting them in stores. The recommendation is a 180-degree turn from mask-wearing norms at the onset of the pandemic. »