■ We start a new Chapter of Proverbs today with Proverbs
1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
■ Peter Suderman is one of the libertarian go-tos on health care
policy. At Reason, he offers condolences:
Repeal, R.I.P.. It's a brief history of the GOP train wreck
resulting from the party's solemn pledge to "repeal and replace".
And, more importantly, the party could never settle on any clear
systemic goals for health policy. It wasn't like not being able to
pick a design for a house. It was more like not knowing whether you
want to build a house or a boat or a tractor. The most basic
elements of a health care plan were always up in the air.
I don't know what will happen next. It's likely to be bad.
■ When you believe in Science, the holy forces of Peer Review will
inevitably lead you to Truth, right? Well, unless your prized theory
is getting shot down. Then, you call up a lawyer. At NR,
Robert Bryce looks at the latest green-debunking: Climate Lawsuit Brewing?
Mark Jacobson, the Stanford engineering professor who became the darling of the green Left by repeatedly claiming the U.S. economy can run solely on renewable energy, has threatened to take legal action against the authors of an article that demolished his claims last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
That is PNAS, not "Dave's Corporate Shill Journal".
In an amusing sidenote, Jacobson warns Bryce that quoting his
lawyer-invoking email "would be considered a copyright infringement.”
■ At the Atlantic, Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff make a
point you think might be obvious: Why
It's a Bad Idea to Tell Students Words Are Violence.
Of all the ideas percolating on college campuses these days, the
most dangerous one might be that speech is sometimes violence. We’re
not talking about verbal threats of violence, which are used to
coerce and intimidate, and which are illegal and not protected by
the First Amendment. We’re talking about speech that is deemed by
members of an identity group to be critical of the group, or speech
that is otherwise upsetting to members of the group. This is the
kind of speech that many students today refer to as a form of
violence. If Milo Yiannopoulos speaks on the University of
California, Berkeley, campus, is that an act of violence?
Let's recall a local data point, from this past May: the young lady attending the
University Near Here
that “Blackface is a direct death threat." You can't just make
stuff like that up on your own. You have to be very carefully
■ At Reason, Andrea O'Sullivan notes the incoherent mess that
the feelgood advocates of "Net Neutrality" are advocating:
Net Neutrality Supporters Should Actually Hate the Regulations They're Endorsing
If you went on the internet at all last week, you could not help but miss some of the web's most popular websites publicizing their campaigns that defend the Obama-era telecommunications regulation known as the Open Internet Order (OIO). Last Wednesday, tech heavyweights like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and even Pornhub held a "Day of Action" to support the controversial FCC rules. The websites bombarded users with blog posts encouraging folks to contact their representatives and popup messages bemoaning the future of a slow and tiered internet. But ironically, these websites' stated goals are in direct contradiction of the regulations that they ostensibly support.
Ms. O'Sullivan has a good summary of the History So Far, and
how the true-believing NetNeuts went astray in hitching their blurry dreams to
■ My Google LFOD alert was triggered by an unlikely source, an LTE
from one Frank Pagano of Jay NY, published in the upstate NY paper
The Sun: We’re
all in healthcare fight together. It's a stirring plea!
The U.S. has much higher infant mortality than the EU and Canada so
pre- and postnatal care is crucial. “Live free or die” sounds great, but what’s the societal and economic impact of preventable illnesses and birth defects?
Mr. Pagano, probably correctly, notes that LFOD implicitly frowns on
robbing-Peter-to-pay-Paul schemes, even when Paul is Paulette, and
you're actually paying Paulette's doctor. You're
to look at the
website's take on infant mortality.
■ The news (from TechCrunch) is that
is opening an immersive Star Wars Hotel where each guest gets a
All of the employees (or ‘cast members’, in Disney Park lingo) will
be in costume and in character.
"Hello, room service? The minibar is out of macadamia nuts."
"I am altering the contents of your minibar. Pray I don't alter it any further."