Abolish Senate Confirmation Hearings and Higher Education Bubble Update


October 4, 2018

TED KOPPEL WILL BREAK NO STORIES BEFORE THEIR TIME: “We have become so arrogant,” Koppel said of the media, adding that it’s a ‘very legitimate’ argument that Democrats treated Clinton’s accusers worse than Kavanaugh’s.

25 Posted at 12:09 am by Ed Driscoll

October 3, 2018

SO YOU’RE SAYING IT WAS ALL A PUT-UP JOB? Russia collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on dossier before surveillance warrant. “This is a bombshell that unequivocally shows the real collusion was between the FBI and Donald Trump’s opposition — the DNC, Hillary and a Trump-hating British intel officer — to hijack the election, rather than some conspiracy between Putin and Trump.”

110 Posted at 11:08 pm by Glenn Reynolds


I love that it even shows in an NPR poll.

123 Posted at 11:02 pm by Glenn Reynolds

NOW OUT: KURT SCHLICHTER’S MILITANT NORMALS. I read the manuscript and blurbed it thusly: “The governing classes’ worst nightmare is the voters waking up to what’s been done to them. Kurt Schlichter’s Militant Normals is an insightful, prescient, and frequently downright hilarious look at what’s happened, and what comes next.” (Bumped).

99 Posted at 11:00 pm by Glenn Reynolds

ARE WE ON THE VERGE OF CIVIL WAR? SOME WORDS OF REASSURANCE. Ordinary Americans are much less hysterical than America’s elites. Weirdly, Madison’s scheme relied on elites to cool the passions of the excitable masses. Now things seem to have inverted.

Related: Social Media As Social Disease.

50 Posted at 10:58 pm by Glenn Reynolds

NEW ARGUMENT AGAINST KAVANAUGH: After the way we’ve abused him, he can’t possibly be objective or fair to us. “I’m not making these arguments. I’m just seeing them and finding them horrendously perverse and cruel. Why not devise a confirmation process that is such an ordeal that it will drive out the very qualities we want in a judge? First, it would be torture, and second, you could never confirm a nominee. It’s an inherently self-defeating process.”

I say abolish the hearings. They’re a relatively recent innovation, put in place to humor anti-semites and segregationists, and only a monster would defend them.

99 Posted at 10:49 pm by Glenn Reynolds

OUT TODAY FROM DAVID HARSANYI: First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History with the Gun. I read the chapter on the AK-47 and the AR-15/M-16 and thought it was really well done. I love this quote from the penniless Kalashnikov about his rival Eugene Stoner, who invented the AR-15: “Stoner has his own aircraft. I can’t even afford a plane ticket.” Capitalism for the win. (Bumped).

88 Posted at 10:45 pm by Glenn Reynolds

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “We all know that Sen. Susan Collins is a possible swing vote when it comes to the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and the University of Southern Maine was busted for offering a tuition-free credit to students willing to ride a bus to Washington, D.C. and protest.”

Remember, if you’re tired of subsidizing this sort of thing, it’s because you’re “anti-intellectual.”

15 Posted at 10:38 pm by Glenn Reynolds

FRANK CAGLE: “If you believe that when the FBI finishes the Brett Kavanaugh investigation that Senate Democrats will be satisfied, raise your hand. Really?”

Plus: “What the FBI ought to be investigating is Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s role in this current fiasco. Withholding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s letter until the last minute. Finding pro bono lawyers for her; lawyers who would pay for a polygraph test. Find out who outed Dr. Ford despite her asking for confidentiality. The whole matter could have been investigated confidentially months ago rather than degenerating into a public spectacle.”

47 Posted at 10:35 pm by Glenn Reynolds

GREAT MOMENTS IN PROJECTION: The View Rants About EMS Alert: Trump Would Lie About Terrorist Attack!

Whew, good thing The View has never been used as a platform to lie about that topic.

9 Posted at 10:32 pm by Ed Driscoll

NEW NPR/NEWSHOUR/MARIST POLL: ‘Amid Kavanaugh Confirmation Battle, Democratic Enthusiasm Edge Evaporates.’

32 Posted at 10:18 pm by Glenn Reynolds

KAVANAUGH AND AMERICAN ELITES: Brett Kavanaugh’s Real Sin? Class Treason:

If you’re a progressive and want to understand the power of Brett Kavanaugh’s opening statement in his testimony last week, think of it as the moment that Kavanaugh got “woke.” He saw and condemned the malice behind the process and the malice behind at least some of the allegations against him. There is immense value in confronting that malice — even more as a husband and father fighting for his good name and his family’s well-being than as a judge fighting to become a justice.

Read the whole thing.

17 Posted at 10:14 pm by Ed Driscoll


DAVID FRENCH: Why are Ivy League elites trashing the judge for college habits they shared? Take a guess.

20 Posted at 10:02 pm by Glenn Reynolds


As we near the closing phase of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s extended confirmation process, Democrats have begun to convince themselves of things that are just not true.

Among the unsubstantiated assertions to which the left has attached itself is the notion that the accusations against Kavanaugh are self-proving because Justice Neil Gorsuch did not face them. Democrats did not strenuously object to Gorsuch’s confirmation, Democrats insist, thereby rendering their opposition to Kavanaugh’s ascension to the nation’s highest court an act of pure conscience. The first contention is a bizarre non-sequitur. The second is an outright fabrication.

Read the whole thing.

42 Posted at 9:44 pm by Ed Driscoll

OPEN THREAD: Talk to each other.

667 Posted at 9:30 pm by Glenn Reynolds


Yet another example of ransom-note style editing by a Yahoo reporter, who’s boldly going where former Yahoo newsreader Katie Couric has gone before. They’ve since deleted the tweet, but as Jonah Goldberg wrote yesterday, “You Idiot Reporters Are Making It Worse.”

81 Posted at 9:14 pm by Ed Driscoll

A SHEILA JACKSON LEE STAFFER: Capitol Police Arrest Ex-Democratic Staffer Suspected of Doxxing GOP Senators

Or ex-staffer. According to the story, “Jackson Lee’s Chief of Staff Glenn Rushing told Politico that Cosko has been fired.” Notice the grammar: “has been fired”. He also worked for Barbara Boxer.

90 Posted at 9:06 pm by Charlie Martin

FASTER, PLEASE: Researchers have identified a natural product found in fruits and vegetables — fisetin — can help slow aging, according to a study of mice. “The scientists built on research that showed it was possible to reduce the burden of damaged cells, called termed senescent cells, and extend lifespan and improve health. In their findings, published last week in EBioMedicine, they said fisetin can reduce the number of damaged cells in the body.”

We already know that quercetin does that to a degree. I wonder if these would be stronger in combination?

21 Posted at 9:00 pm by Glenn Reynolds


Voluntarily dismantling the Blogosphere for privately owned walled gardens like Twitter and Facebook was, as John Hinderaker noted in April, “a terrible mistake.”

82 Posted at 8:44 pm by Ed Driscoll

WHY ARE LEFTIES SO VIOLENT? My husband, Rand Paul, and our family have suffered intimidation and threats. And why aren’t the perpetrators locked up?

38 Posted at 8:32 pm by Glenn Reynolds


Other than George Martin, Emerick was the behind-the-scenes brains that helped shape the Beatles sound. When John Lennon asked Emerick to make him sound like “the Dalai Lama singing on a mountain” for “Tomorrow Never Knows” on “Revolver,” one of the effects Emerick used was to put Lennon’s voice through a spinning Leslie speaker. As Andy Babiuk describes in the book “Beatles Gear,” Emerick’s “open-minded approach and willingness to ignore standard recording practices and techniques when necessary was exactly what the group was looking for.”

Speaking to Variety in July 2017, Emerick cited “A Day in the Life” as a high point of his time with the Beatles. “The night we put the orchestra on it, the whole world went from black and white to color,” he said.

Emerick practically invented the close miking of individual instruments for a tight crisp sound with plenty of separation, along with heavy compression on Ringo’s drum kit, which are some of the reasons why Revolver sounds so different from the Beatles albums that preceded it. Emerick was a young man in the right place and time — he arrived in Studio 2 just as the Beatles and Martin were as eager to experiment with sound as he was. As the BBC notes in their obituary:

Over the years he pushed studio technology to its limits, inventing new techniques for manipulating and layering sounds with the limited technology available in the 1960s.

But his experiments did not always meet with approval. One trick, of positioning microphones right next to the drums to capture the energy and immediacy of Ringo Starr’s playing, got him into trouble with the top brass at Abbey Road.

“I had a letter sent that I was damaging microphones because the air pressure from the bass drum was destroying the capsules of the microphone,” he told US radio station NPR in 1987.

“But I was given special permission to use the technique on the Beatles.”

After the Fab Four broke up, Emerick continued to work regularly with Paul McCartney and Wings and imparted his knowledge to studio engineers around the world.

One of the ways that Emerick imparted his vast knowledge of recording was through his highly readable autobiography Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles, which is recommended to Beatles obsessives everywhere. I have a mini-review of it, which I posted here on Christmas day, 2015.

11 Posted at 8:32 pm by Ed Driscoll

DEMOCRATS’ DOXXING UPDATE: Jackson Cosko: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know.

80 Posted at 8:23 pm by Glenn Reynolds


Jackson A. Cosko, 27, of Washington, D.C., was charged Wednesday with “making public restricted personal information,” witness tampering, unauthorized access of a government computer, identity theft, second degree burglery, unlawful entry and threats in interstate communications.

The Capitol Police investigation is ongoing and Cosko could face additional charges, according to USCP spokesperson Eva Malecki.

A man with the same name previously worked for Democratic Sens. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire and California’s Barbara Boxer, who has since retired. Cosko’s most recent job on Capitol Hill was as Hassan’s “legislative correspondent/systems administrator,” according to the 2018 Senate directory phone book and Legistorm. His LinkedIn profile says he left Hassan’s office in May.

On Monday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home addresses in Kentucky and Washington D.C. were added to his public Wikipedia page.

Kyle Cheney of Politico adds, “The staffer arrested for doxxing GOP senators was actually an *intern* in Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s office, according to her chief of staff Glenn Rushing. He’s no longer with the office as of today’s news.”


DC restaurant: We’ve received death threats after Cruz, wife forced out by protesters.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ): We Are Less Than 60 Days From Totally ‘Kicking the S–t Out of the Republicans.’

Networks Silent On Attempted Stabbing of GOP Candidate By Anti-Trump Attacker.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) Jokes About Threatening Trump Supporters ‘All The Time.’

Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History.

Why are Democrats so violent?

UPDATE: “Fox has learned that Senate doxing suspect Jackson Kosko also worked or interned yrs ago w/Dem CA Sen Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

99 Posted at 8:14 pm by Ed Driscoll

INTERESTING: Police to Seattle’s techies, streamers: Sign up for our anti-swatting service.

SPD’s process asks citizens to create a profile on a third-party data-management service called Rave Facility (run by the company Smart911). Though this service is advertised for public locations and businesses, it supports private residences as well, and SPD offers steps to input data and add a “swatting concerns” tab to your profile.

With that information in hand, SPD says that any police or 911 operator who receives a particularly troubling emergency report and matches it to a location that has already been flagged with a “swatting concerns” notice, will share that information “with first responders to inform and improve their police response to the incident.”

Not a bad idea.

61 Posted at 8:00 pm by Glenn Reynolds

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0 Posted at 7:00 pm by Helen Smith

HMM: Study links depression to low blood levels of acetyl-L-carnitine. “People with depression have low blood levels of a substance called acetyl-L-carnitine, according to a Stanford University School of Medicine scientist and her collaborators in a multicenter study. Naturally produced in the body, acetyl-L-carnitine is also widely available in drugstores, supermarkets and health food catalogs as a nutritional supplement. People with severe or treatment-resistant depression, or whose bouts of depression began earlier in life, have particularly low blood levels of the substance.”

I already take that for other reasons, and I’m not depressed — but, then, I wasn’t before I started taking it either.

53 Posted at 6:44 pm by Glenn Reynolds


COMPETITION: FDA OKs another alternative to Epi-Pen.

16 Posted at 6:00 pm by Glenn Reynolds

THE U.S.-MEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT: A weapon against Chinese imperialism.

31 Posted at 5:43 pm by Austin Bay

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83 Posted at 5:00 pm by Glenn Reynolds

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53 Posted at 4:57 pm by Stephen Green

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9 Posted at 4:16 pm by Helen Smith

TONI AIRAKSINEN: How I Discovered the Portland ‘Dog Rape Culture’ Article Was a Hoax.

By reading it, was my first guess.

84 Posted at 4:13 pm by Stephen Green

PUBLIC SPIRIT: Firearms company donates AR-15s to school resource officers.

51 Posted at 4:00 pm by Glenn Reynolds

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0 Posted at 3:00 pm by Helen Smith

PATRICK POOLE: Bloomberg News Botches Attack on Trump Over Refugees. “No, Ronald Reagan did not admit 207,000 refugees in one year.”

You can’t stick to the facts in here — this is a newsroom!

97 Posted at 2:57 pm by Stephen Green

UGH: The US military is too reliant on China for critical supplies, and the Pentagon is trying to figure out what to do about it.

It was just dumb, thinking a nation ruled by Communists thugs had any business joining the WTO.

215 Posted at 2:34 pm by Stephen Green

WELL, GOOD: Neuroscientists identify the origins of ‘free will’ inside the brain.

117 Posted at 2:30 pm by Glenn Reynolds

HA-HA. NO. United Nations Court “Orders” U.S. To Lift Sanctions On Iran.

324 Posted at 2:13 pm by Stephen Green

MORE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER: Man swallowed huge dose of erectile dysfunction drug. Now he sees red, doctors say.

95 Posted at 2:00 pm by Glenn Reynolds

THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING: Obama’s Social Experiments Are Wreaking Havoc on America Today.

38 Posted at 1:56 pm by Stephen Green

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1 Posted at 1:35 pm by Helen Smith

MARK THIESSEN: Rachel Mitchell expertly eviscerates the case against Kavanaugh.

Mitchell lays out how Ford had “not offered a consistent account of when the alleged assault happened” or her age when it happened, and how “her account of who was at the party has been inconsistent.” For example, Mitchell points out that Ford listed Patrick “PJ” Smyth to the polygrapher and in her July 6 text to a Post reporter, but “she did not list Leland Keyser even though they are good friends. Leland Keyser’s presence should have been more memorable than PJ Smyth’s.”

Ford has “no memory of key details of the night in question — details that could help corroborate her account,” Mitchell writes. Ford does not remember who invited her to the gathering, how she heard about it, how she got there, or where that house was located with any specificity. “Most importantly,” Mitchell writes, “she does not remember how she got from the party back to her house. Her inability to remember this detail raises significant questions. . . . Given that this all took place before cell phones, arranging a ride home would not have been easy.” Furthermore, Mitchell notes, Ford “testified that her friend Leland, apparently the only other girl at the party, did not follow up with Dr. Ford after the party to ask why she had suddenly disappeared.” This seems highly unlikely.

And, Mitchell demonstrates, Ford’s inconsistencies are not limited to events three decades ago. For example, Ford delayed the hearing because she said her symptoms prevented her from flying from California to Washington, but then acknowledged under questioning that she flies to the East Coast “at least once a year to visit her family,” and has flown to Hawaii, French Polynesia and Costa Rica for hobbies and vacations.

Moreover, Mitchell points out, Ford also testified that she was not “clear” that Grassley (R-Iowa) had offered to send committee investigators to interview her in California. Either this statement under oath was untrue or her attorneys failed to share Grassley’s offer with her — which is a serious violation of the American Bar Association’s rules of professional conduct.

There’s been a lot of that kind of behavior lately.

156 Posted at 1:32 pm by Stephen Green

THE 21ST CENTURY ISN’T TURNING OUT AS I HOPED: L.A. County sees its first case of rare mosquito-borne illness in 21 years.

22 Posted at 1:30 pm by Glenn Reynolds

WALTER WILLIAMS ON RACIAL DISPARITIES IN SCHOOL DISCIPLINE: He cites this article. (Yes, I want you to read that article. That’s why I keep posting it. And I want you to read the Walter Williams essay. The issue is important, more important than most of the crap that passes for news in the modern era.)

54 Posted at 1:25 pm by Gail Heriot

GEORGIA SEN. DAVID PERDUE says all Republicans will vote for Kavanaugh.

182 Posted at 1:24 pm by Glenn Reynolds

JIM GERAGHTY: How the Kavanaugh Fight Will Shape Our Politics.

Did the last-minute leak of Christine Blasey Ford’s name and accusation help Kavanaugh opponents win?

Did the New Yorker article that began with a lurid accusation, but that halfway through admitted could not confirm Kavanaugh’s attendance at the party at the center of the accusation, help Kavanaugh opponents win?

Did the implausible claims of Julie Swetnick, released and publicized by Michael Avenatti, help Kavanaugh opponents win?

Did fundraising off of the Kavanaugh accusations help Kavanaugh opponents win?

Did a U.S. senator telling all men in America to “shut up and step up” help Kavanaugh opponents win?

This is binary. Either these efforts derailed the nomination, or they didn’t.

There is no circumstance where everyone involved with those norm-breaking steps suddenly wakes up, has a crisis of conscience, and realizes that they were morally wrong. The only way they decide not to take similar steps in the future is if they conclude that those steps are not effective.

Pass this along to your Senators.

123 Posted at 1:12 pm by Stephen Green

RESURGENS: Second Spin: The Mazda Rotary Engine Will Return.

35 Posted at 1:00 pm by Glenn Reynolds

I DON’T KNOW, I CAN IMAGINE AN AWFUL LOT: A colossal elevator to space could be going up sooner than you ever imagined.

A space elevator would be the single largest engineering project ever undertaken and could cost close to $10 billion to build. But it could reduce the cost of putting things into orbit from roughly $3,500 per pound today to as little as $25 per pound, says Peter Swan, president of International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC), based in Santa Ana, California.

The idea for a space elevator was first dreamed up in 1895 by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a Russian scientist who did pioneering work in rocketry. As commonly conceived today, a space elevator would consist of motorized elevator pods that are powered up and down a ground-to-space tether. The tether would stretch from a spaceport at the equator to a space station in geosynchronous orbit overhead. Centrifugal forces caused by the Earth’s rotation would hold the tether aloft.

The ISS experiment, dubbed Space Tethered Autonomous Robotic Satellite–Mini elevator, or STARS-Me, was devised by physicists from Japan’s Shizuoka University. It will simulate on a small scale the conditions that the components of such a system would encounter. Cameras will examine the movement of a pair of tiny “cubesats” along a 10-meter tether in a weightless environment.

A baby step, but so was Goddard’s rocket.

148 Posted at 12:54 pm by Glenn Reynolds

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Academics Expose ‘Grievance Studies’ Field by Submitting Hoax Papers to Journals.

Three academics spent more than a year submitting absurd “hoax” papers to preeminent journals focusing on race, gender, sexuality, and other politically fraught disciplines that the academics call “grievance studies.”

The self-identified “left-leaning liberal” academics, told the Wall Street Journal that they undertook the project out of concern “that certain aspects of knowledge production in the United States have been corrupted” by a hesitance among academics to question research that’s based on privilege and identity for fear of accusations of bigotry.

* * * * * * *

In defending themselves against charges of unethically deceiving their colleagues, the perpetrators argue they were conducting legitimate research on a particular culture, which they would not otherwise have been able to access.

“We understood ourselves to be going in to study it as it is, to try to participate in it,” Pluckrose said. “The name for this is ethnography. We’re looking at a particular culture.”

What did the hoax papers contain? Stacy McCain dubs one of them “Hitler, the ‘Intersectional’ Führer

Last night I nearly died laughing about the hoax perpetrated by three scholars who tricked academic journals into publishing shoddy nonsense crammed with “social justice” rhetoric and postmodern jargon. Among other things, they re-wrote a 3,000-word section of Mein Kampf and turned it into “Our Struggle Is My Struggle: Solidarity Feminism as an Intersectional Reply to Neoliberal and Choice Feminism,” which was published by the peer-reviewed feminist journal Affilia.

Another blew the lid wide open on the real crisis of our time: “In one particularly telling example, the academics submitted a paper to the feminist geography journal Gender, Place & Culture detailing the ‘rape culture’ supposedly prevalent within dog parks.”

Heh. Read the whole thing.

58 Posted at 12:44 pm by Ed Driscoll

ROGER KIMBALL: It’s All Gone: The Democrats’ Dead Ideals.

Democratic jackals on the Senate Judiciary Committee, aided and abetted by their loyal public relations firms — the mainstream media — and hectoring unpleasant people funded by George Soros heap mud on Brett Kavanaugh for weeks and then step back and say: “He’s got mud all over him! Let’s move on to a more pristine victim.”

This is of a piece with the spurious claim that Judge Kavanaugh’s impassioned testimony last week shows that he lack the requisite judicial temperament to be a Supreme Court Justice. Andy McCarthy dispensed with that ridiculous meme with some portion of the contempt it deserves. But since some of the squealers in the press have castigated Judge Kavanaugh for the condign anger he displayed in answering the scurrilous attacks on his character, let’s give the last word to Aristotle on the just deployment of anger. “We praise a man,” says Aristotle, “who feels anger on the right grounds and against the right persons, and also in the right manner and at the right moment and for the right length of time.” Indeed, those who do not get angry at things it is right to be angry at “are considered foolish.” After having been groundlessly accused of drunkenness, belligerence, and rape, Judge Kavanaugh was right to display anger towards those who had slandered him. He did so in a fitting manner, in an eloquent, heartfelt address. And he did so at the right moment, the Senate hearings, and for the right amount of time.

The travesty that was the smear campaign against Brett Kavanaugh is disintegrating. He will be confirmed, but the mephitic stench of the attack against him and the rule of law will linger.

Needless to say, read the whole thing.

52 Posted at 12:41 pm by Stephen Green

BILL GERTZ: North Korean Financial Hacking Group Revealed.

North Korean hackers are engaged in sophisticated financial hacking operations that have targeted at least $1.1 billion in thefts from nearly a dozen countries ranging from Asia to South America to Europe, according to a new report by a noted cyber security group.

Using a combination of fraudulent emails, malicious software and destructive cyber attacks, the North Korean group dubbed APT38 is distinct from Pyongyang’s other cyber espionage and political operations, such as the 2014 cyber attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to a report by the cyber security firm FireEye.

“Based on observed activity, we judge that APT38’s primary mission is targeting financial systems to raise large sums of money for the North Korean regime,” the report, “APT38: Un-usual Suspects,” states.

They’ve taken “Gangster State” to its literal extreme.

8 Posted at 12:39 pm by Stephen Green

HEALTH: WHO Endorses Traditional Chinese Medicine. Expect Deaths To Rise.

The World Health Organization, which is supposed to be devoted to improving the health and medical care of people around the globe, will for the first time endorse a belief system called “traditional Chinese medicine.” I’m labeling TCM a belief system because that’s what it is–but the WHO will be endorsing it as a set of medical practices.

The Nature writer, David Cyranoski, presents this news in a classic two-sides-of-the-story format, describing the “endless hours” that TCM proponents spent on such important topics as the “correct location of acupuncture points and less commonly known concepts such as ‘triple energizer meridian’ syndrome.” Later in the article (but much later), he points out that scientists have argued that qi and meridians simply don’t exist.

Cyranoski also falls into the trap of using the phrase “Western medicine” as if it were just an alternative point of view.

This story might be kind of cute if it weren’t going to get people killed.

109 Posted at 12:25 pm by Stephen Green

BRIDGET JOHNSON: Feds Make Four New Arrests from August 2017 Unite the Right Rally. “Four California members of a militant white-supremacist group are charged under federal rioting laws for their part in the protests.”

76 Posted at 12:08 pm by Stephen Green

ROSS DOUTHAT: The Meritocracy Against Itself: How Ivy League resentments took over the Kavanaugh debate. “So the story Miller is telling is about how a jock from the No. 5 private high school in Maryland was a jerk to his roommate who went to the No. 2 private high school in Connecticut, and who years later communicated the story to a reporter who also went to that same No. 2 private high school, who then wrote it up as a tale of social stratification for our times.”

Plus: “But people also need to recognize that the ‘profile’ we’re being given of Kavanaugh — a creature of privilege who drank a lot in college and sometimes struck other people as a jerk — isn’t the narrow profile of a rapist, and isn’t even the somewhat more expansive profile of a particular kind of arrogant preppy. It’s a profile that fits many of the same people attacking him today — and so part of what we’re watching is one group of meritocrats returning to their undergraduate resentments and trying to pin on Georgetown Prep graduates the vices that define our entire depressing class.”

In the name of equality — and, apparently, decency — it’s time to abolish the Ivy League.

73 Posted at 12:05 pm by Glenn Reynolds

UNRAVELING: Law Firm Partner, a Kavanaugh Classmate, Questions Yale Accuser’s Claim.

9 Posted at 12:01 pm by Glenn Reynolds

THE INSTA-WIFE: About that polygraph. . .

Christine Ford’s claims to know nothing about a polygraph appear to be lies. Also, an ex-boyfriend charges her with credit card fraud. “The other interesting information in the boyfriend’s letter was that Ford was unfaithful when she was in Hawaii and this is why he broke it off. He also stated that they had a joint credit card and a year later, she charged 600.00 worth of merchandise on it. When confronted, he states Ford denied using it and only admitted it when he was going to get fraud prevention involved.”

89 Posted at 12:00 pm by Glenn Reynolds

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13 Posted at 11:00 am by Helen Smith

THE POLITICS OF PERSONAL DESTRUCTION: Hillary Clinton Says Kavanaugh Self-Defense Is a ‘Denial of the Legitimacy of Women’s Stories.’

205 Posted at 10:57 am by Stephen Green

ANALYSIS: TRUE. You Idiot Reporters Are Making It Worse: Every 15 seconds, you’re demonstrating why millions of people love it when Trump calls you the fake news.

318 Posted at 10:31 am by Glenn Reynolds

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Cornell pays accused student $125,000 to settle double-jeopardy suicide lawsuit.

11 Posted at 10:30 am by Glenn Reynolds

LET’S GET FRACKING: Oil prices will ‘certainly’ go above $90 after sanctions on Iran and Venezuela ‘tighten the market,’ says energy and geopolitics expert.

On the other hand, Vladimir Putin said Russia can increase output by 200-300k barrels per day, and that Russia is fine at $60, $65, $70 per barrel. So there’s at least one major player willing to lower prices a bit to take market share.

35 Posted at 10:29 am by Stephen Green

LIGHTNING ON THE ELIZABETH: An F-35B Lightning II fighter jet takes off from the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

32 Posted at 10:29 am by Austin Bay

MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: Ryan Lizza’s Hit Piece On Devin Nunes’ Extended Family Is Deeply Flawed. “It turns out that Nunes doesn’t have a secret, that he’s not a hypocrite on immigration policy, and that the Iowans Lizza met were wary of him slowly driving around town while children were at play because they discovered Lizza had recently been fired from his job for sexual misconduct.”

29 Posted at 10:08 am by Stephen Green

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Georgetown University has responded amid backlash to one of its professor’s tweets in which she suggested that white GOP senators “deserve miserable deaths.”

79 Posted at 10:00 am by Glenn Reynolds

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0 Posted at 9:00 am by Helen Smith

AT FIRST I THOUGHT THIS WAS A PARODY SITE, BUT NO: Ginsburg: I wasn’t ‘100 percent sober’ at SOTU. “I vowed this year just sparkling water — stay away from the wine — but the dinner was so delicious it needed wine.”

191 Posted at 8:59 am by Glenn Reynolds

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Dr. Ford’s Ex-Boyfriend Makes an Appearance and Much, Much More. “Dr. Ford explained in detail what to expect, how polygraphs worked and helped McLean become familiar and less nervous about the exam. Dr. Ford was able to help because of her background in psychology.”

“Don’t know much about polygraph,” my rear end.

Update: Link was missing before. Fixed now — sorry!

130 Posted at 8:57 am by Stephen Green

SEN. ORRIN HATCH: Brett Kavanaugh’s Righteous Anger:

A notable shift occurred in the left’s anti-Kavanaugh campaign over the weekend. Attention has turned away from Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault—the entire reason for last week’s hearing and the ensuing delay in Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote—and toward his behavior at the hearing.

We’re starting to see arguments like the following: Even if Judge Kavanaugh is innocent, what he said at the hearing, and how he said it, is disqualifying.

This is rich. The hearing occurred in the first place only because of Democratic duplicity. It occurred only because Senate Democrats sat on Ms. Ford’s allegations for six weeks rather than referring them to committee investigators, as they should have done immediately. It occurred only because Ms. Ford’s lawyers—recommended to Ms. Ford by Senate Democrats—refused to tell their client of our invitation to testify privately in California, as she said she preferred.

That Judge Kavanaugh had the temerity to defend himself vigorously is now being counted as a strike against him. Over and over we hear him described as “angry,” “belligerent” or “partisan,” followed by the claim that his conduct at the hearing shows that he lacks a judicial temperament. Even “Saturday Night Live” got in on the action.

You’ve got to be kidding me. Do the people making this argument really expect a man who until five seconds ago had an unblemished reputation to sit passively while his reputation is viciously and permanently destroyed? While he is accused of the most horrific and obscene acts imaginable? Judge Kavanaugh’s critics seem to be aghast that he is a human being who is unwilling to take slander lying down.

To be fair, they expected him to withdraw rather than force them to actually defend their smears.

151 Posted at 8:52 am by Glenn Reynolds

FAKE NEWS COMES TO ACADEMIA: How three scholars gulled academic journals to publish hoax papers on ‘grievance studies.’

The three academics call themselves “left-leaning liberals.” Yet they’re dismayed by what they describe as a “grievance studies” takeover of academia, especially its encroachment into the sciences. “I think that certain aspects of knowledge production in the United States have been corrupted,” Mr. Boghossian says. Anyone who questions research on identity, privilege and oppression risks accusations of bigotry.

Beginning in August 2017, the trio wrote 20 hoax papers, submitting them to peer-reviewed journals under a variety of pseudonyms, as well as the name of their friend Richard Baldwin, a professor emeritus at Florida’s Gulf Coast State College. Mr. Baldwin confirms he gave them permission use his name. Journals accepted seven hoax papers. Four have been published.

This isn’t the first time scholars have used a hoax paper to make a point. In 1996 Duke University Press’s journal Social Text published a hoax submission by Alan Sokal, a mathematical physicist at New York University. Mr. Sokal, who faced no punishment for the hoax, told me he was “not oblivious to the ethical issues involved in my rather unorthodox experiment,” adding that “professional communities operate largely on trust; deception undercuts that trust.”

But he also said he was criticizing an academic subculture “that typically ignores (or disdains) reasoned criticism from the outside.” He concluded: “How can one show that the emperor has no clothes? Satire is by far the best weapon; and the blow that can’t be brushed off is the one that’s self-inflicted.” Messrs. Lindsay and Boghossian were already known for a hoax paper titled “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct,” which they published in the journal Cogent Social Sciences last year under the names Jamie Lindsay and Peter Boyle.

Such hoaxes are unethical, and The Wall Street Journal doesn’t condone them. The Journal expects op-ed contributors to be truthful about their identities and research, and academic journals also rely on the honesty of their authors.

But the trio defended their actions, saying they viewed the deception not as a prank but as a “hoax of exposure,” or a way to do immersive research that couldn’t be conducted any other way. “We understood ourselves to be going in to study it as it is, to try to participate in it,” Ms. Pluckrose says. “The name for this is ethnography. We’re looking at a particular culture.”

And a sad culture it is.

61 Posted at 8:50 am by Glenn Reynolds

SENATOR GRASSLEY DEMANDS THAT FORD TURN OVER THERAPY NOTES: Well, “demands” may be too strong, because presumably he could subpoena them, though he may hesitate to set a precedent that would undermine the doctor-patient privilege in other Congressional investigations. But he’s absolutely correct that Ford has no reasonable case for withholding notes that she and her supporters have relied on in support of her allegations. In related news, Grassley reveals that Ford’s ex-boyfriend states that contrary to Ford’s Senate testimony, Ford once helped a good friend prepare for a polygraph exam.

46 Posted at 8:45 am by David Bernstein

DISPATCHES FROM THE REALITY-BASED COMMUNITY: CNN’s Camerota: Ford’s Tale ‘Makes More Sense’ Given Alleged Kavanaugh Ice Throw. “I disagree. I think it’s part and parcel of the entire thing. I think that if you are known as a belligerent, mean, fighting drunk that’s relevant. I think that it’s relevant to then a woman who says that you would corner her and put your hand over her mouth, somehow that, I think, makes more sense than if you were just a fun drunk who always fell right asleep. Okay. So I think that it is relevant.”

I was in a water balloon fight with my kids this summer, which probably makes me the next John Wayne Gacy.

82 Posted at 8:33 am by Stephen Green

PAUL BEDARD: Claim: Bill Clinton would have been jailed under #MeToo, Kavanaugh standards. He would probably have been jailed if he’d actually been subjected to the laws of the 1980s.

21 Posted at 8:30 am by Glenn Reynolds

FREDDIE DE BOER: “On August 18th 2017 I lied and accused Malcolm Harris of rape and sexual harassment of women, particularly of women he works with. These allegations were completely untrue, Malcolm in no way deserved them, and if anyone held a shred of doubt, let him be fully exonerated. Crucially, despite my mental state at the time, I knew when I sent those tweets that they were untrue. I am responsible for having made those false allegations, and that makes me a liar, it makes me guilty of slander, and it makes me someone who undermined the profound seriousness of rape allegations.”

46 Posted at 8:24 am by Glenn Reynolds

MARGOT CLEVELAND IN USA TODAY: Christine Blasey Ford’s changing Kavanaugh assault story leaves her short on credibility.

When Christine Blasey Ford testified last week before the Judiciary Committee, America witnessed a haunted woman recounting a devastating trauma. But putting aside Ford’s emotional performance and focusing instead on the professor’s testimony reveals numerous inconsistencies in her narrative that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.

As a sex-crimes prosecutor, Republican questioner Rachel Mitchell is well-positioned to “know it when she sees it.” But rather than see Ford as a victim of sexual abuse by Kavanaugh, Mitchell saw her as a witness lacking in credibility. And this conclusion comes from an expert who knows that there are many reasons victims delay reporting sexual abuse. Mitchell also recognized that victims may legitimately not remember certain details related to an attack.

But the problem for Ford is not that she doesn’t remember everything: It is that everything she remembers changes at her convenience.

Read the whole thing.

42 Posted at 8:21 am by Glenn Reynolds

BLUE WAVE? GOP Cuts Into Dem Lead In House Races, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds.

Five weeks before the Midterm Elections, 49 percent of American voters back the Democratic candidate in their local race for the U.S. House of Representatives and 42 percent support the Republican candidate, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.

This compares to the results of a September 12 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University National Poll, showing Democrats with a 52 – 38 percent lead.

I wonder what might have happened in the last few weeks to cause such a large red shift?

Now if only the NRCC, which seems to be in the midst of a preemptive surrender, would take note.

53 Posted at 8:14 am by Stephen Green

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1 Posted at 8:02 am by Helen Smith

CHANGE? Texas Governor Greg Abbott Opens His Mind to Marijuana Decriminalization… Kinda.

For the past three years, Governor Greg Abbott has been viewed as a primary hurdle to rewriting Texas’ draconian marijuana laws. So on Friday, when he revealed he’s “open” to the idea of reducing criminal penalties for low-level pot possession during a debate, activists cheered it as a “green light” for cannabis reform ahead of the 2019 legislative session.

Still, Abbott’s version of marijuana reform pales in comparison to that of his party, which this summer voted to support eliminating criminal penalties for small-time possession altogether. Not to mention the majority of Texas voters, who, according to the most recent polling, support legalizing cannabis. That leaves many marijuana reformers in the familiar and awkward position of both lauding the governor’s new stance while also arguing that it doesn’t go far enough.

Enough of our 50 laboratories of democracy are experimenting with various levels of legalization or decriminalization that no state needs to be in a huge rush.

27 Posted at 7:56 am by Stephen Green

POTEMKIN AIN’T JUST A VILLAGE IN RUSSIA: It Looks Like Russia’s ‘Massive’ Military Exercise Wasn’t So Massive After All.

35 Posted at 7:41 am by Stephen Green

CONRAD BLACK: A Showdown Like No Other.

8 Posted at 7:39 am by Glenn Reynolds

CAUGHT IN THE #METOO UNDERTOW? Bredesen Brags of ‘Zero Tolerance’ Harassment Policy as Tennessee Governor: All reporting indicates major issues with Bredesen’s handling of abuse claims.

Bredesen, who was Tennessee’s governor from 2003 to 2011 and is now running for U.S. Senate, defended himself from criticism from Republican opponent Marsha Blackburn for his handling of harassment claims as governor.

“Both as mayor and governor, I had a zero tolerance policy with any kind of harassment of women,” Bredesen said. “Whenever this has happened in my purview it’s been something I’ve come down on very, very hard.”

Bredesen’s claim during the event flies in the face of reported facts during his tenure as governor, when reporters caught his administration covering up details of sexual harassment allegations and helping the accused land jobs elsewhere.

Most egregious in the findings was the Bredesen administration’s practice of shredding documentation of the accusations, which was found by both The Tennessean and the Associated Press to be done only when the accused were high-profile members of the administration.

The most public case came with Mack Cooper, who was Bredesen’s top lobbyist in the governor’s office before he was fired for violating the state’s workplace harassment policy. All the details of Cooper’s offense were shredded.

Bredesen insisted the decision to shred documents wasn’t part of a “cover up,” but acknowledged he had no way of proving that. He eventually ordered his administration to put an end to its practice of shredding documentation in harassment cases.

Bredesen also appeared to push back against a comment he made regarding sexual harassment in 2005 when he said, “Anytime you mix men and women together in a work environment there’s going to be issues.”

As an old white guy running against a woman, he’s going to have to deal with this.

27 Posted at 7:30 am by Glenn Reynolds

I’M EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: America’s newest nuclear gravity bomb completes design review.

The B61-12 life-extension program consolidates and replaces the older B61-3, -4, -7 and -10 variants, in a move that proponents say will both update aging parts of the weapons and drive down upkeep costs. The review, which involved a team of 12 independent experts studying three years of data, certified that the B61-12 design meets Defense Department standards.

The weapon is certified for both the B-52 and B-2 bombers, America’s F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 fighter aircraft, and British and German Tornado aircraft under a NATO agreement. The F-35 is also planned to go through certification on the weapon at some point in the next decade.

Production qualification activities at the agency’s Pantex plant near Amarillo, Texas, will begin in October 2018, with the program on track for its first production unit in March 2020, according to an agency timeline. The weapon passed another milestone in June, when two non-nuclear designs for the weapon were flown and released successfully over Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.

Still, it would be nice if we could test one of the damn things every now and then.

23 Posted at 7:23 am by Stephen Green

FAINTING COUCH NOT INCLUDED: Female Reporters #LiterallyShaking after Trump Treats Them Exactly Like Male Reporters.

72 Posted at 7:00 am by Stephen Green

ON THIS DAY IN 1854, WILLIAM CRAWFORD GORGAS, WHO FOUGHT YELLOW FEVER AND MALARIA AT THE PANAMA CANAL, WAS BORN: It also marks an interesting coincidence in history. The doctor who delivered little Billy Gorgas was Dr. Josiah Clark Nott, a general practitioner in Mobile, Alabama. Six years before, Dr. Nott had published a paper in the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal making what was then regarded as a fantastic claim—that yellow fever were caused by insects, possibly the lowly mosquito.

Nott was not the first to suggest insects as a possible cause for yellow fever. But he was among a very tiny number over a long period of time, and he was more insistent than previous writers. Nevertheless, it would be decades before the claim was taken seriously. Yellow fever was considered akin to malaria in the sense that it was caused by bad air and poor sanitation. The notion that “malaria” was caused by “bad air” was so deeply rooted in the minds of people that it was buried in the word itself: mal-aria.

Fast forward to the Havana, Cuba of 1901. By this time researchers had all-but-proven that yellow fever and malaria were spread by mosquitos (although doubters were still more far numerous than believers). By then, William Crawford Gorgas was a military doctor and a specialist in yellow fever. Notably, he was not among those who believed in the mosquito “theory.” Nevertheless, he thought it was worth a try and used Havana as a proving ground for the theory. His campaign of eradication turned out to be astonishingly effective. Efforts to get rid of the mosquito culprits essentially eradicated yellow fever and came close to eradicating malaria in Havana.

Because of his success, Gorgas was chosen to be the sanitary officer for the Panama Canal project. Building a canal there would have been an extraordinary feat of engineering even if disease were not a problem. But, if anything, disease was the more difficult problem. During the 1880s, the French, led by Ferdinand de Lesseps (then fresh from building the longer, but otherwise less challenging, Suez Canal) had already failed in large part because of the horrific rates of yellow fever and malaria. Without Gorgas—who faced superiors who continued to doubt the mosquito theory—the Americans would have done no better.

Gorgas knew that yellow fever mosquitos (now called the aedes aegypti) lay their eggs only in fairly clean standing water and that they live only near human beings (their favorite prey). He set about getting rid of standing water wherever it could be found near humans. And it was nearly everywhere. Hospital bed legs were in pans of water to keep the ants away. Rain barrels collected fresh water for each household, and it was commonly stored indoors in earthenware pots. Those pans, barrels and pots were often teeming with tiny larvae. His staff members went door to door getting rid of standing water or covering it with a thin layer of oil. Citronella, screens, netting and fumigation were put to use.

It worked magnificently. Yellow fever cases plummeted. After late 1906, there were no further deaths.

Malaria was harder, since the anopheles genus of mosquito is more widespread. Swamps had to be drained, brush and trees cut, and a carbolic acid larvicide spread liberally. Workers were given prophylactic quinine. Many were put to work killing individual anopheles inside buildings with swatters. While malaria was not conquered entirely, the workforce hospitalization rate for malaria went from an astonishing 9.6% in 1905 to 1.6% in 1909.

The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914 gives an interesting account of the building of the canal and Gorgas’ role in its success.

BTW, Josiah Clark Nott did not live long enough to see the infant he delivered help vindicate his insect theory (or even to know that Gorgas was studying to become a doctor). That’s part of the human condition. We don’t get to see all the direct and indirect effects we’ve had on the world. Alas, that makes it harder to know whether you’re doing it right.

56 Posted at 5:59 am by Gail Heriot

CONGRATULATE ME! I was finally blocked by a privileged old white male Ivy League lawyer whose firm smeared Monica Lewinsky and Kathleen Willey beyond the scope of decency, are big DNC donors, and of course pump out shit-tons of anti-Kavanaugh posts, but more than happy to take $6.75 million defending sex traffickers of underaged women!
You gotta love the law racket!!

85 Posted at 12:19 am by Charles Glasser

REPORT: Christine Blasey Ford’s ex-boyfriend says she coached a friend on taking a polygraph, more.

216 Posted at 12:01 am by Ed Driscoll

October 2, 2018

NEWS YOU CAN PURR ABOUT: Yes, today was another record Dow.

12 Posted at 11:59 pm by Gail Heriot

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Here Are Some Other Crimes Brett Kavanaugh Probably Did, Because Why Not.

54 Posted at 11:32 pm by Ed Driscoll

IT’S LIKE IT’S ALL BULLSHIT OR SOMETHING: The Grievance Studies Scandal: Five Academics Respond. “To date, their project has been successful: seven papers have passed through peer review and have been published, including a 3000 word excerpt of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, rewritten in the language of Intersectionality theory and published in the Gender Studies journal Affilia.”

70 Posted at 10:53 pm by Glenn Reynolds


HAVE STARSHIP, WILL TRAVEL: News from the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop.

I wrote a column about them a while back.

3 Posted at 10:15 pm by Glenn Reynolds

OPEN THREAD: ‘Nuff said.

805 Posted at 9:30 pm by Glenn Reynolds

RANDY BARNETT: The Case For Kavanaugh. “In my view, senators are within their prerogative to reject Brett Kavanaugh because they disagree either with his originalism or with his willingness to invalidate unconstitutional laws. But I also believe that, if that is what they are doing, they have an obligation to specify exactly what it is about his judicial philosophy with which they disagree. And they can only do that by identifying what the senators believe to be the superior judicial philosophy. These are issues they failed even to raise during his confirmation hearing. Instead, we heard a lot from Democratic senators about particular case outcomes they hoped or feared Judge Kavanaugh would reach. But nothing about why such outcomes were more or less consistent with the written Constitution that he—and they—took an oath to support. In contrast, Republican Senators like Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Ben Sasse and John Kennedy engaged Judge Kavanaugh—in some cases critically—with his views of constitutional interpretation and precedent.”

53 Posted at 9:15 pm by Glenn Reynolds


“The FBI is investigating three suspicious envelopes sent to the President of the United States, as well as to the Pentagon. Two of the letters have initially already been tested and they are positive for the deadly poison ricin. The letter to the president is suspected of containing ricin, as well,” CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer stated.

Also today: Two hospitalized after ‘white powdery substance’ sent to Sen. Ted Cruz’s Houston campaign office. “Tests later determined that the substance was negative for any hazardous substance, the Houston Fire Department said.”

61 Posted at 9:14 pm by Ed Driscoll


SOUNDS RIGHT TO ME: Boring Speakers Talk Longer.

55 Posted at 9:00 pm by Glenn Reynolds

THE ACLU HAS JUST BECOME A DEMOCRATIC PARTY SUPER-PAC: The ACLU Sponsors an Ad Comparing Brett Kavanaugh to Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein: Such nakedly political propaganda is beneath the civil liberties organization. This may be an effort — part of Larry Tribe’s strategy described here — to make Kavanaugh recuse himself from all sorts of cases once confirmed. Prediction: It won’t work. See, e.g., Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

But it’s another example of Trump’s miraculous ability to take once-respected institutions and reveal them as the festering, wormy pustules of partisan corruption they’ve become.

112 Posted at 8:48 pm by Glenn Reynolds


Related: The Left’s Treatment Of Kavanaugh Fills Me, And Millions Of Americans, With Rage.

Update: You think? Politico Magazine editor suggests Brett Kavanaugh imbroglio could energize GOP voters.

87 Posted at 8:44 pm by Ed Driscoll

AS A WISE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ADVISES, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Anti-Kavanaugh Protester Confronts GOP Senator – He Pushes Back.

Anti-Brett Kavanaugh protesters have flooded Capitol Hill since news of allegations of sexual misconduct against him, walking hallways in protest, holding loud demonstrations and confronting senators in elevators.

One such protester approached Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana on his way through a Senate building walkway Monday. She asked, “Why are you supporting Kavanaugh?” to the brisk-walking senator. Cassidy took the chance to push back, asking her if she would like it if her loved ones were “destroyed” by “uncorroborated” charges.

Read the whole thing.

94 Posted at 8:32 pm by Ed Driscoll

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