"Snooty California Wine Train Liberals Horrified by Black Book Club"

Milo Yiannopoulos, doing his thing:

So perhaps there is, in this case, some justification for a bit of middle-class discomfort, particularly when you consider how bizarre and inconsistent and dysfunctional the city of San Francisco is: it’s a place that turns a blind eye to illegal immigrants, proudly admitting its “sanctuary city” status, while effectively evicting poor hard-working families and allowing large sections of its own downtown to become lawless, homeless hellholes.

Via Ed Driscoll, blogging at Instapundit, who notes, "Troll level: Grandmaster"


Precisely correct

Kyle Smith, reviewing  Ronald Bailey's new book, The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century:

Environmentalist groups are, of course, in the same business as the folks who brought you the “Saw” movies. Their fundraising depends on it, and the media rarely go back to fact-check past predictions, instead blustering ahead with the next dire warning.

Bailey doesn’t claim that global challenges simply resolve themselves — although, as we have seen, some scares were fictitious, based on junk science to begin with.

The doomsayers simply never account for the role of human cooperation and ingenuity in confronting challenges. . . .

So will global warming, a much more complicated issue than CFCs, be resolved by cooperation or ingenuity? Ask yourself which science has seen more breakthroughs in the last few decades — political science or technology.

Related: Matt Ridley, "The Green Scare Problem".

Also related: Jonathan V. Last, "Remember Ebola?"


"A Scientific Look at Bad Science"

"What recent research says about fraud, errors, and other dismaying academic problems."

Related: "Science Isn’t Broken: It’s just a hell of a lot harder than we give it credit for". Includes a very clever simulation exercise, "Hack Your Way to Scientific Glory".

Also related: "Many Psychology Findings Not as Strong as Claimed, Study Says" and "A Deep Dive Into the Blockbuster Study That Called Into Doubt a Lot of Psych Research". (I'll bet you the best drink in the house that these problems currently affect psychology and sociology more than economics.)

And still more, on a related but separate problem: "64 more papers retracted for fake reviews, this time from Springer journals".


"Market Failure and Analytical Failure"

Arnold Kling, with yet another terrific post. This one is on "the analytical gap between the theory of market failure and actual policy". His example is housing policy:

From the standpoint of the theory of market failure, the subsidize-demand, restrict-supply pattern almost never makes sense. If there is a market failure that results in under-production of a good, then it makes sense to subsidize both demand and supply. If the market failure results in over-production, then it makes sense to restrain both demand and supply. Subsidies for demand and restrictions on supply inherently work at cross purposes.

But, hey, who minds cross purposes when there is graft to get and there are interest groups to pay off?

Related: "Is Market Failure a Sufficient Condition for Government Intervention?"


"Mainstream media ‘fractured’ in covering Katrina"

Words to remember:

As the Nation‘s article notes, “Most ordinary people behave remarkably well when their city is ripped apart by disaster. They did in San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake; in New Orleans during Hurricane Betsy in 1965; in Mexico City after the 1985 earthquake; in New York City in the aftermath of 9/11; and in most disasters in most times and places.

“Those in power, on the other hand, often run amok.”

Link via Instapundit.


This administration and Iraq

Glenn Reynolds offers a compact and very discouraging review.

As late as 2010, things were going so well in Iraq that Obama and Biden were bragging. Now, after Obama’s politically-motivated pullout and disengagement, the whole thing’s fallen apart. This is near-criminal neglect and incompetence, and an awful lot of people will pay a steep price for the Obama Administration’s fecklessness.


"YouTube Just Added One Of The Biggest Collections Of Live Music Performances"

Especially useful if you feel that some of the music of decades ago is better than the great majority of today's music.

Samples:

Crosby, Stills, & Nash, "Change Partners," Winterland, 10-7-73.

Van Morrison and The Band, "Caravan," Winterland, 11-25-76.

Aretha, "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Fillmore West, 3-6-71.

And Randy Newman performing his savagely satirical "Sail Away," Passaic, NJ, 2-11-78.

 


"In a Desert of School Failure, 96th Street Elementary in Watts Soars by Rewriting the Rules"

Rock on, 96th Street Elementary.

Nobody takes offense, everybody pitches in. It's a radical concept in a school district where the teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles, has fought the district for years over teacher evaluations, and where ineffective teachers are allowed to continue using the same techniques — in some cases for decades.

More good news: "After Katrina, Fundamental School Reform in New Orleans".


"If Democrats Don’t Have Jefferson and Jackson, Who’s Left?"

Funny.

Not to worry, though, because the Democrats are “accepting suggestions for a new name” for their fund-raising dinners.

By these standards, one wonders who else among the party’s historical luminaries could possibly make the cut. Let’s consider the options.

Similar, and also funny: "A modest proposal for Democrats purging their problematic history".

Being a Democrat is hard. You know deep down in your bones that you’re a “forward-looking” and “inclusive” person, but then you look at the current field of candidates seeking your party’s presidential nomination in 2016 and see five boring white people with an average age of 65.


"The 50 Unofficial State Cars of America"

"What model of car did, say, California buy far more often than any other state in the Union? We turned to auto analyst Tom Libby of IHS Automotive to help us crunch the numbers. First, Libby pulled data about the make and model of every car sold in the U.S., and calculated the popularity of each by percentage using registration data. Then, he did the same at the state level, and compared each state to the national average."

Measured this way, where in the U.S. is the Jaguar XK most popular? Go ahead, guess.


"I’m Too Old for This"

I differ greatly with the author on the specifics, but I really like the general approach.

There is a lot that is annoying, and even terrible, about aging. The creakiness of the body; the drifting of the memory; the reprising of personal history ad nauseam, with only yourself to listen.

But there is also something profoundly liberating about aging: an attitude, one that comes hard won. Only when you hit 60 can you begin to say, with great aplomb: “I’m too old for this.”

(When I worked at a university I occasionally had a reverie that featured the department chairman announcing, "All faculty will be expected to attend this year's meaningless meetngs, except for faculty who've served for 20 or more years and who are simply too old for that shit.")


"UNC Schools Don’t Need More Buildings"

With the qualification that, in my experience at least, a few of the "excess" classrooms have unsatisfactory acoustics, lighting, seats, and/or heating/AC--though this last is probably partly due to the university trying to save money on utilities--I agree.

And if new buildings really are needed, why not try harder to get "private donors" to pony up for them instead of this: "NC State receives approval for new dorm to house basketball players, non-athletes". 

$240K per bed--sheesh!