08 December 2023

Friday Links - 8 December

Professor David Yamane at Gun Culture 2.0 starts things off with Open Source Defense on Gun Culture 3.0?

I have previously denied the existence of a Gun Culture 3.0, but a couple of recent Open Source Defense posts could convince me to soften my stance on this.

The Antiplanner - Building Rail It Can’t Afford to Operate. Your tax dollars at work.

Washington Metro is facing a $750 million shortfall in its 2025 budget and may have to cut service as soon as next spring. Meanwhile, its board of directors will be asked to approve an expansion of its Blue Line that will cost at least $30 billion and probably much more.

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 5 December 2023: Smoke Gets In Your Lungs Edition

After seven years of legal wrangling, almost 100,000 Google employees are now getting an extra $20. (SF Gate)

Not $20 an hour, which would be fairly generous. Not $20 per week, or per month.


Mike Rowe - A Place and a Purpose in a World Gone Mad with Salena Zito (Ep. 361)

Salena Zito wrote a terrific column the other day on the anniversary of The Gettysburg Address, which I encourage you to read.

Watts Up With That - Why Won’t those Troglodytes Trust Us and How, How, How! Can We Finally Get Through to THEM?!!! Number Eleventy Zillion

There’s a lot of bad science papers out there, but this may be a hall of famer. ...

It is clearly written by “social science” “researchers” whose knowledge of the underlying subject matter is on a level of grade school indoctrination. Well…high school these days.

The Other McCain - ‘Delusional-Sounding Allegations’: Conspiracy Kook Killed in Explosion

The key bit of information there is that, despite his self-evident craziness, Yoo’s behavior did not lead “authorities to open investigations” — until, of course, he blew himself up. Now there’s an investigation.

Ace at Ace of Spades HQ - The Criminal Christopher Wray Asks Congress to Renew the 702 Spying Authority the FBI Abused During Russiagate, But Refuses to Answer Any Questions About FBI Corruption

Give us the power to continue spying on American political opponents of the Democrat Party, or else we'll blame you when the terrorists we should be surveilling strike.

Again from The Other McCain - Crazy Professors Are Dangerous

THREE PEOPLE KILLED! Yeah, and 541 people have been shot to death in Chicago so far this year. What’s your point? Why saturation coverage of this one incident in Vegas, when the weekly death toll in Chicago (Baltimore, Memphis, Philadelphia, etc.) is so much higher?

UnHerd - American colleges embrace California’s DEI model

In his latest piece for the New York Times, Michael Powell catalogs just how extensively the Golden State’s universities have embraced mandatory diversity statements when hiring faculty. From junior college to prestigious research university, scientists and scholars throughout the state must demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to remain in good standing.

From Alicia Colon at American Thinker - Apparently, I Am A Sexist Bigot

The director of Disney’s latest flop, The Marvels, Nia DaCosta, is blaming hateful sexist, misogynists for the massive box office failure.

What is probably really upsetting Ms. DaCosta is that more men than women bought tickets to the film. Women, like me, are not at all interested in paying for a film starring macho women.

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