In recent months, observers have noted a disturbing rise in “cancel culture.” But that is only one way in which the new dispensation does its work. In addition to cancellation, the ideologically woke have also engaged in two other activities: kowtowing and grandstanding. The mainstream media offer exceptional examples of both. First, kowtowing. In a recent New York Times review of Isabel Wilkerson’s new book, Caste, critic Dwight Garner set a new bar for signaling one’s allyship to an ideological cause. “A critic shouldn’t often deal in superlatives,” Garner concedes, before larding his own review of Wilkerson with some whoppers,
Grandpa Badfinger’s coterie of handlers is scrambling to find a way to salvage the sinking candidacy of their scrambled candidate – “Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters?” – and what they have come up with is this: Donald Trump caused these riots because he refuses to say the name of the various criminals whose misconduct initiated the series of events that allegedly led to the riots. Let’s put aside the fact that Trump has almost certainly mentioned some or all of the names of these people in his myriad interviews, speeches, and tweets, because, as we know, objective reality is a bourgeois conceit
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Federal wildlife conservation officials are proposing, for the first time, to amend regulations that define what “habitat” means under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It’s a clarification of law, and the closing of a loophole, that’s long overdue. Despite the predictable outcry from environmental groups, the proposed habitat definition will likely help species conservation. The new definition simply states that if a species does not or cannot live in a certain area in its current state, it is not habitat. Moreover, the clarity provided by this new definition should decrease the amount of time and resources that federal agencies spend on defending (or attempting to avoid) lawsuits brought by activist groups.
and Trump Aren’t Acting Like It 5 replies
At long last, the conventions are behind us. If you watched them both, my condolences. The Democrats’ virtual gathering was alternately grim and corny, in the party’s traditional style. One moment Michelle Obama warned the audience that the United States is about six months away from the Thunderdome. Then the program cut to an incredibly goofy music video of a sixties protest song sung by Billy Porter in long, flowing robes, edited like a segment from the sketch comedy Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. The Republican convention, meanwhile, featured a series of speakers in front of a massive classical edifice decorated with about four hundred American flags,
release of Trump’s tax returns 5 replies
A federal appeals court agreed to delay the release of President Trump’s tax returns on Tuesday — hours after it heard arguments from the president’s lawyer about why the papers should remain hidden. The 2nd Circuit Court of appeals ordered the documents remain secret until at least Sept. 25, when they will hear merits argument in the president’s appeal to block a subpoena of the documents by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. The legal battle to keep the tax information hidden stems from an investigation by Vance into Trump’s financial dealings.
meets fiery doom after 56 years in space 7 replies
A long-retired NASA satellite burned up in Earth’s atmosphere over the weekend, the agency has confirmed. NASA launched the satellite, called Orbiting Geophysics Observatory 1, or OGO-1, in September 1964, the first in a series of five missions to help scientists understand the magnetic environment around Earth. OGO-1 was the first to launch but the last to fall out of orbit; the satellite had circled Earth aimlessly since its retirement in 1971. But orbiting Earth is a tricky thing to do, since the particles in our plush atmosphere collide with spacecraft and slow them down, even at very high altitudes where the atmosphere is thin.
CNN anchors Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon have the collective brain capacity of rising third graders. OK, fair point—there’s no reason for me to insult our children like that. But the one upside of the tumbleweeds blowing through their minds is that sometimes what the Left is really thinking accidentally rolls out of their mouths. Don Lemon recently called on Joe Biden to make a speech addressing the riots and explaining how when it comes to reforming the police, he and Kamala Harris “will take care of this problem” after being elected. “But guess what: the rioting has to stop.” Lemon then revealed the problem:
Most Essential Road Trip in America 12 replies
It doesn’t take long to get your first jaw-dropping view of Arches National Park. It happens about 30 seconds after you’ve entered, as you take your first right turn and begin a steep uphill ascent in the shadow of a massive, sheer red cliff that runs alongside the road. The stark stone facade seems to be warning visitors that you’re no longer in the domain of the human, but rather, you’ve entered a geological realm forged by millions of years of accumulated history, unrelenting weather and erosion, the time scales and physical dimensions of which you cannot begin to fathom. Your rules and limits do not apply.
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Democrats are criticizing Joe Biden for doing the bare minimum of media interviews, worried that the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee is repeating a mistake made by 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Clinton has called her low-profile media strategy in 2016 a “miscalculation” that played into President Trump’s hands. While the coronavirus has effectively sidelined Biden, Democrats say an easy way for him to cut through Trump’s noise is to conduct his own media blitz from his home in Delaware. There were signs on Thursday that suggested Biden was taking note of the criticism.
Same Size as an Entire City Center in Italy 23 replies
Last week, a tweet went viral for pointing out in a novel way something that remains a source of fascination among Texans and non-Texans alike: Houston is really, really big, y’all.(Snip for tweet)In his Twitter post, Michael Hendrix of the Manhattan Institute, a free-market think tank, pointed out that the city center of Siena, Italy, packs roughly 30,000 residents into a space roughly the same size as one of Houston’s countless stack interchanges. Hendrix pulled this eye-opening comparison from a report compiled by the U.K.’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, which sternly suggests that housing 30,000 Italians is less wasteful and more sustainable
Martinsville, Ind. — Just visible through the trees off Indiana State Road 37, south of Indianapolis, there was for many years a derelict iron bridge carrying a fragment of an older incarnation of the highway. You wouldn’t have known to look at it, but that old pony-truss bridge was an indirect ancestor not only of State Road 37, presently being converted to the southern-Indiana leg of Interstate 69, but of the whole American interstate system. The conversion of Indiana 37 is the latest step in a controversial project that began near Evansville in 2008 and has been marching up the 142 miles between southwest Indiana and Indianapolis ever since.
to Build a Better Japan 5 replies
Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister, is resigning due to ulcerative colitis. He leaves behind a Japan that is both economically stronger and more socially liberal than the one he inherited. When Shinzo Abe took over Japan’s leadership in late 2012, I was extremely skeptical. After a short and unimpressive tenure in office in the mid-2000s, Abe seemed unlikely to rise to the challenge of Japan’s faltering economy and unequal society. And the fact he emerged from a right-wing political bloc seemed to portend a less liberal Japan. But Abe quickly defied the skeptics. He quickly gathered a group of capable advisors around him,