May
31
2015
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‘Dancing With Myself.’

Dancing With Myself, Billy Idol

This, once, was a legitimate artistic envisioning of the Apocalypse.  Marvel.

May
31
2015
2

This is kind of me, right now.

Clearly I need to go get some sleep.

May
31
2015
2

Surprise, surprise, surprise: Laura Kipnis suddenly cleared of Title IX charges.

(Via Instapundit) Amazing how that happens, huh?

Laura Kipnis, the Northwestern University professor who became the subject of two Title IX complaints after publishing an essay in The Chronicle Review, has been cleared of wrongdoing by the university under the federal civil-rights law, which requires colleges to respond to reports of sexual misconduct.

Ms. Kipnis said in an interview on Sunday that she received two letters Friday night from the law firm Northwestern had hired to investigate both complaints. In each case, the firm judged that the ”preponderance of evidence does not support the complaint allegations.”

Because surely it had nothing to do with the fact that her story blew up on Friday itself, to what was largely a pan-spectrum reaction of horror and disbelief at what was going on.  Surely.  Undoubtedly.  Ya, you betcha. Anyway, the real problem here, of course, is that it’s the people who can’t trigger a viral storm of visceral disapproval who are most affected by this sort of thing…

May
31
2015
4

My colleague Caleb Howe put together a brief on tonight’s Patriot Act vote…

here.  I am, ah, unconvinced that we’re going to end up better off for junking these provisions.  But, on the bright side?  Maybe Ed Snowden will now think that the coast is clear, and go somewhere where we can extradite him and put him on trial for espionage.  That’s worth something, at least.

May
31
2015
3

Quote of the Day, The History Of Climate Predictions Is A History Of Getting It Wrong edition.

While we’re on the subject of climate alarmists, here’s fellow-lackey Noah Rothman pointing out an inconvenient truth:

There is perhaps no field of study (or commerce, as the case may be) as flawed as the climate-related catastrophic prediction market. The late 20th Century, contentions that a coming ice age and the “population bomb” would leave the planet as dystopian Hellscape by no later than the year 2000 should have shown all aspiring Malthusians the error of their ways. Unfortunately, the last generation’s example has not stopped their forbearers from staring dismally into computer models and warning of 50 million climate refugees by the year 2010 or the end of snow.

Alas, I don’t really expect the alarmists to calm down any time soon. In my experience, apocalyptic cults do not moderate their behavior when their apocalypses do not occur; they either double down, or implode.  And they tend not to implode at the first opportunity.  …Sorry?  I can’t really do anything about this, either.

Moe Lane

May
31
2015
6

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse wants to wage a RICO lawsuit against climate skeptics. This means YOU.

16In case you need a reason to vote next year: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse* wants to feature you in a RICO lawsuit. Yes, you.

The tobacco industry was proved to have conducted research that showed the direct opposite of what the industry stated publicly — namely, that tobacco use had serious health effects. Civil discovery would reveal whether and to what extent the fossil fuel industry has crossed this same line.

[snip]

To be clear: I don’t know whether the fossil fuel industry and its allies engaged in the same kind of racketeering activity as the tobacco industry. We don’t have enough information to make that conclusion. Perhaps it’s all smoke and no fire. But there’s an awful lot of smoke.

(more…)

May
31
2015
3

Tweet of the Day, For The Benefit Of Future Anthropologists edition.

Seriously, we should probably be footnoting this stuff whenever possible.  It’ll make it easier for grad students in the year 3000, and whatnot.

May
30
2015
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‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.’

“You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” (Help!), The Beatles

I wonder sometimes where fashion would have gone if we hadn’t had the hippies.

May
30
2015
4

Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, has died.

Complications stemming from brain cancer, which is something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. And forty-six is far too young.  My sympathies and good wishes to his family and loved ones.

May
30
2015
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In the e-mail: “Ogres, Raiders, and Fools.”

A friend of mile recommended this to me: Ogres, Raiders, and Fools: Tales From Before the Swarm was written by a friend of hers, and consists of post-apocalyptic fairy tales. I found it reasonably diverting, especially since it only cost a dollar.  Besides, it’s in my best interest to encourage folks to patronize the written word, yes?

May
30
2015
4

The Democrats’ gun confiscation fever dream has still not broken.

To quote the Spartans: If. “Gun owners will have to carry liability insurance if a bill introduced Friday by New York House Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney successfully makes its way through Congress.”  And I could be the next High King of Ireland, if the government there switched to a monarchy and decided that I was the true heir to the O’Connor.  …Which I could be.  You don’t actually know that I’m not, right?

Via Instapundit, which rightly notes that this is all about progressive Democrats signalling what they lust for.  In this particular case, they really and truly still want to keep people from owning guns. Never trust them on this. Never trust them on this.

May
30
2015
1

So, yeah, we have regressed to Lord of the Flies here…

…at Chez Lane, assuming that that island had wi-fi.  Everybody’s sick, nobody’s tracking well, and the living room looks like it was just professionally trashed by the CIA looking for the stolen microchip.  And I don’t care at all.  I may, in fact, just go back to bed.

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