Archive for the 'General' Category

Diversity!

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

at Cornell 166 to 6, at Stanford 151 to 17, at UCLA 141 to 9, and at the University of Colorado 116 to 5. where did 93% of the dough go? Thx Bainbridge and AT.

Happy New Year

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

Maybe we’ll be back tomorrow or maybe we’ll wait until the Three Unwise Men get indicted. In any event, Happy New Year!

Pick your universe

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

Here’s a Colorado political ad featuring St. Greta. Here’s the commentary from the page featuring the ad: “You and I face a crisis unlike any in human history but we can change course. How? By demanding respect for science and reason, by treating the climate crisis as an existential threat—and by electing leaders who will too. Watch our new video and chip in as much as you can to spread this message today. We’re taking on an enormous fight and winning won’t be easy. But the stakes are too high to do anything less. This is an emergency. Let’s act like it.”

What’s that we hear? Oh yeah, it’s Putin and Xi laughing in the background as they celebrate helping turn half the USA into idiots. Did we just say idiots?

Hide the decline.

Another mini-edition of two universes

Monday, December 30th, 2019

Best of 2019 on Pacifica BB. If you’re one of the deplorables, you are a racist deplorable as is the guy you like, and this comes from all PhD professors at the highest universities. They are quite open and comfortable in their judgments, as are most in the skim is the scam world. Business and entrepreneurs are so tacky, don’t you know. Something really big is going to have to change to end this suicidal foolishness — big and unfortunately extremely bad. A very bad time for this country…

Update: the rare PhD VDH discusses the “battles against a now hard-leftist Democratic Party, the NeverTrump Right, the media, the academic and cultural elite, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and the Washington deep state. Never underestimate how greatly the hatred of Donald Trump can warp the mind of a Ph.D.”

And lock up Uncle Pennybags

Sunday, December 29th, 2019

“Give every American the opportunity to attend a two-year or four-year public college without paying a dime in tuition or fees.” K-12 education: Add $450 billion to Title I, $200 billion for students with disabilities, $100 billion for “excellence grants,” and $50 billion for school upgrades. Student-debt forgiveness: Write off $50,000 for households with incomes under $100,000.

Make companies with revenue over $1 billion obtain a new federal charter — separate from the current state charter system — that requires them to “consider the interests of all corporate stakeholders.” Give workers 40% of board seats.

Medicare for All: Mandate government coverage for everyone, including for illegal immigrants, with no copays or deductibles. Phase out the private plans of 170 million Americans.

Green New Deal: Spend $3 trillion, including $1.5 trillion on industrial mobilization, $400 billion on research, and $100 billion on a Marshall Plan. By 2030 hit 100% carbon-neutral power and 100% zero-emission new cars. Retrofit “4% of houses and buildings every year.”

Banking: Pass “a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act that breaks up the big banks.” Let the U.S. Postal Service “partner with local community banks” to provide “basic banking services like checking and savings accounts.”

Recruit 10,000 people to “a 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps.” End entry fees at national parks. Buy flood-prone houses “for low-income homeowners at a value that will allow them to relocate.”

Tax the investment gains of the wealthiest 1% as ordinary income, meaning rates near 40% instead of today’s 23.8%. Apply the tax annually on gains via a “mark to market” system, even if the asset hasn’t been sold.

Also: Everyone except Uncle Pennybags can Pass Go and collect $200 or $200 trillion. No need to guess who proposes this, it could be many of the candidates, the squad etc. But the most important part of the program has been left out: (1) Rename the country.

Admiral Michael Rogers

Saturday, December 28th, 2019

Joe diGenova says that former NSA head Admiral Michael Rogers is being “very cooperative” with Durham on the Russia probe, regarding the Three Unwise Men – or Wise Guys – of Christmas past (Brennan, Clapper, Comey). We all know that their criminal behavior didn’t start with Trump and Carter Page, and now it looks like someone who was high up in the chain of command might actually be an honest guy who can blow the whistle on these creatures. We’ll stay tuned. HT:GP

A modest suggestion

Friday, December 27th, 2019

November 2016 NYT:

It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover? Frankly, I find it hard to care much, even though this is my specialty. The disaster for America and the world has so many aspects that the economic ramifications are way down my list of things to fear. Still, I guess people want an answer: If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never. Under any circumstances, putting an irresponsible, ignorant man who takes his advice from all the wrong people in charge of the nation with the world’s most important economy would be very bad news.

“The Dow Jones Industrial Average officially reached 28,333 on Monday, hitting a 10,000 point high since Trump’s victory.” Suggestion: try a different “specialty”.

Bonus, albeit weird, fun: the guy has a Nobel Prize in his specialty. How does he have a job?

Longevity

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

A piece that quotes Darwin. We’ve covered the topic on and off over the years. Other positives from Barone.

Merry Christmas in today’s coo-coo world

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019

Somebody named Joe: “There is no denying the existential threat of climate change — and time is running out to address it. If we give Donald Trump another four years in the White House, our planet may never recover.” As usual, Death Destruction Trump! So let’s let Joe and his kid lead the effort, since they’ll be unquestionably great.

Then and now

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Terrible sacrifice versus triviality:

Then, via VDH: “Seventy-five years ago, at the Battle of the Bulge (fought from Dec. 16, 1944, to Jan. 25, 1945), the United States suffered more casualties than in any other battle in its history. Some 19,000 Americans were killed, 47,500 wounded and 23,000 reported missing.” Now, via GP: “Mood Media is pulling It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas from its holiday playlists because the song includes a lyric about guns: ‘A pair of hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots’.”

Yes, but today we have Saint Greta and Holy Fisa!

Twilight Zone 2020

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

2020 is the time for Twilight Zone and its Greatest Episodes to rise from the ashes. The weirdness today lets us know that Rod Serling could film today’s transcript episode with (a) the original 50s/60s conclusion in red states, and (b) an opposite, Bizarro World conclusion in NYC, SFO, Portland, DC area, LA, and so forth. 100% market share with very low added filming costs and a nice pick-up in ad revenues. Hey, maybe Perry Mason could be remade the same way, but he’d have to lose a few more cases.

There’s no fun in that other universe

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

On the jog, we tuned into Pacifica’s show featuring distinguished professors and authors. Within seconds, professor 1 had broken Godwin’s Law re you-know-who, and later professor 3 said the attorney general needed to be removed because of Opus Dei or something. These people really have no fun in their lives. Gosh, who was it that said “they’re not after me, they’re after you”? Oh yeah. HT: MG

In a related matter, who wins this year’s Freudian Academy Award for Projection? Comey? Clapper? Brennan? All excellent choices but we’ll go with Schiff, noting well the Eric Hoffer comment from long ago.

So boring

Saturday, December 21st, 2019

(1) The tick-tock. Get with the indictments already. (2) The debates. We don’t watch them of course, but it’s hard to avoid the blathering about them. We’d commit to watching every minute if the candidates would do the 2 things we say should be a condition for a high school diploma: (a) take a few weeks to live on a 19th century farmhouse; and (b) watch all of the Top 100 TCM movies made before 1960, with a particular emphasis on WWII and some musicals. (Yeah, we know that Bernie is old enough to have done both, though we understand his flicks have an emphasis on 1917.)

Crime and Punishment?

Friday, December 20th, 2019

Crime. Punishment? Not if the judge is a crook too.

Candidate 1 versus Candidate 2

Friday, December 20th, 2019

One: As president, he’d like to see fossil fuel executives criminally prosecuted. “The fossil fuel industry is probably criminally liable because they have lied and lied and lied when they had the evidence that their carbon products were destroying the planet, and maybe we should think about prosecuting them as well,” he said.

Two: has different plans for nuclear that encapsulate the debate, not only ruling out building new plants, but also wanting existing ones to close.

No nuke, no oil, no gas, no coal. Okay!! Punchline, as you sit outside your teepee trying to read at night: they’re all the same guy.

A Club, but not The Mickey Mouse Club

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

VDH has an interesting piece on Comey, McCabe, Brennan and Clapper, “who have all lied either under oath or in the public sphere,” and who “detest the president of the United States.” Further, “all in their post-Obama administration careers are either paid cable news analysts or frequent guest commentators.”

All very true, but our focus is a little different. They are all members of a Club, but not the Mickey Mouse Club. Collectively, they have spent well over 90% of their working lives as employees of the government or government contractors – and have never really been part of the private sector where a business has to make a buck to survive.

VDH says: Comey has compared Trump to a mafia don and stated that he is morally unfit to be president. McCabe, who was likewise fired from the FBI, has called Trump’s behavior “disgusting.” Clapper said that Trump may be working with Putin as a Russian “asset.” Brennan called Trump a “disgraced demagogue” as well as venal, corrupt and amoral.

It is very interesting that these four gentlemen are all members of the government funded Skim Is The Scam Club, as opposed to 93% or so of the rest of the population. Gosh, we wonder what they think about the rest of us in the private sector (and not at MSDNC).

When Left and Right can agree

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

Anton (HT:PL):

People capable of feeling shame would not have immediately followed up the Russiagate hoax fiasco with another transparently phony—and in “substance” nearly identical—attempt to remove President Trump from office, overturn the 2016 election, and shower deplorable-Americans with contempt and hatred. But our ruling elites have no shame.

That is not to say, however, that they are entirely cynical. The means by which they’ve so far tried to crush the Trump presidency may be nasty and illegitimate, but our overlords are 100% convinced of the righteousness of their cause, and of themselves. Hence they do not even need recourse to the cliché that the ends justify the means. The means are good because the end is sacred; they cannot countenance even the thought that the means might be suspect or (ahem) trumped up.

Near the beginning of his epic history of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides distinguishes the “publicly voiced” causes of that conflict from the war’s “truest cause, though least in speech.” We may—indeed, must—subject the “impeachment” coup to the same bifurcated analysis.

The Democrats, the corporate-Left media (CLM), the permanent bureaucracy or “administrative state,” and the “deep state” (which is not precisely the same thing), along with a few Republicans, have “publicly voiced” many causes for removing the president—a few specific but most maddeningly, yet safely, vague.

From the beginning—that is to say, from November 9, 2016—impeachment has been a cause in search of a trigger, an occasion. The president’s enemies hoped they’d finally hit pay dirt when an anonymous “whistle blower” alleged that the president made, or attempted to make, foreign aid to Ukraine contingent on that country’s government investigating his likely 2020 challenger. Or, in other words, that Trump attempted to “collude” with a foreign power to influence an American election.

Where have we heard that before? It only took two years, $32 million, 19 lawyers, 40 FBI agents and other staff, 2,800 subpoenas, and 500 witnesses for a special counsel to “not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” according to the Mueller Report. Yet here we go again?

But let’s drill down a bit. If we are to take the current “publicly voiced” cause at face value, then we may say that the entire Washington establishment, plus most of the country’s elites, are trying to remove the president from office on the basis of an anonymous individual’s private opinion of the content of one phone call he heard about second or possibly even thirdhand. A phone call, let’s remember, of which we have extensive notes that almost, but not quite, constitute a transcript—in other words, whose content everyone in the country can examine for himself.

That the “telcon” (national security geekspeak for what people are calling the “transcript”) does not support the “publicly voiced” cause is made plain by two facts. First, you can read it yourself and see that it doesn’t say what it is alleged to say. Second, if it did say what the president’s enemies want it to say, they could just quote it verbatim, which they never do, instead of deliberately mischaracterizing it, which they always do.

you might think that those railing loudest about “foreign interference” over the last three years would also want to know, but of course we all know what a howler that is. The loudest railers are precisely those most responsible for, and most involved in, the illicit effort to spy on and sabotage candidate Trump, set him up for a non-crime he didn’t commit, abuse their power to destroy lives, and much else. So, no, they don’t want to know—or, more precisely, they don’t want you to know. The more that becomes known, the more legal—and possibly criminal—jeopardy they may face.

Greenwald:

Before evaluating the media component of this scandal, the FBI’s gross abuse of its power – its serial deceit – is so grave and manifest that it requires little effort to demonstrate it. In sum, the IG Report documents multiple instances in which the FBI – in order to convince a FISA court to allow it spy on former Trump campaign operative Carter Page during the 2016 election – manipulated documents, concealed crucial exonerating evidence, and touted what it knew were unreliable if not outright false claims.

If you don’t consider FBI lying, concealment of evidence, and manipulation of documents in order to spy on a U.S. citizen in the middle of a presidential campaign to be a major scandal, what is? But none of this is aberrational: the FBI still has its headquarters in a building named after J. Edgar Hoover – who constantly blackmailed elected officials with dossiers and tried to blackmail Martin Luther King into killing himself – because that’s what these security state agencies are. They are out-of-control, virtually unlimited police state factions that lie, abuse their spying and law enforcement powers, and subvert democracy and civic and political freedoms as a matter of course.

In this case, no rational person should allow standard partisan bickering to distort or hide this severe FBI corruption. The IG Report leaves no doubt about it. It’s brimming with proof of FBI subterfuge and deceit, all in service of persuading a FISA court of something that was not true: that U.S. citizen and former Trump campaign official Carter Page was an agent of the Russian government and therefore needed to have his communications surveilled.

Nice when such agreement happens. And BTW, the other side is insane.

The non-deplorables of

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

Hollywood! – versus thinking like this and this.

Whoa…

Monday, December 16th, 2019

WSJ:

Boeing will temporarily halt production of its 737 MAX jetliner in January, according to a person briefed on the matter, escalating the crisis confronting the aerospace giant and raising the prospect of job cuts and furloughs across the global aerospace industry. The company has continued to assemble around 40 planes a month at its plant near Seattle since the MAX was grounded in March following a second fatal crash of the aircraft in five months. That has created a backlog of around 400 jets as Boeing has sought regulatory approval for the MAX to return to service. Airlines and government officials don’t expect that approval to come until February at the earliest. Boeing’s decision to halt production of the 737 MAX is likely to reverberate throughout the U.S. economy. The plane maker is the nation’s largest manufacturing exporter

B737 classics go back about 40 years, and the -400’s to 1986. Engine weight and placement became larger issues over time (it’s a long way from JT8D to CFM56-7B to LEAP on a modestly altered airframe), and now they have the MAX to deal with. Halting production is a very bad sign. Stay tuned.

Looters and Moochers

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

From Real Clear Energy. Gosh, just like the enemies of fracking.