Bari Weiss's fake university put out a video bragging about holding a two-week summer course pic.twitter.com/OphRtq27Cf
— Michael Hobbes (@RottenInDenmark) August 4, 2022
They've raised like a hundred million dollars you'd think they could swing 6 weeks
— Andrew Fleischman (@ASFleischman) August 4, 2022
Gee I wonder what these "approaches" to climate change and "varieties" of feminism are. pic.twitter.com/AEp4zwFTWO
— Michael Hobbes (@RottenInDenmark) August 4, 2022
He was there profiling for law enforcement but dammit, he was there!
— I Need a Boo Name (@warybear) August 4, 2022
The clock tower they show to make it look like a real college with a real campus is the old Parkland Hospital grounds in Dallas, which now just houses office buildings.
— Jessica Shortall 🧂TM 🥴 (@jessicashortall) August 4, 2022
They haven't built out their geography department yet.
— robyn (@handcranked) August 4, 2022
Sort of a Prager U for failed NYT columnists.
— Dave Vetter (@davidrvetter) August 4, 2022
This is what I can't get over, the endless self-congratulation at doing something that happens in classrooms tens of thousands of times per day.
— Michael Hobbes (@RottenInDenmark) August 4, 2022
guarantee there are a staggering number of aging gen-x tech millionaires who read INFIDEL 20 years ago and would shovel out wheelbarrows of cash to send their teenagers to attend a seminar on creeping liberal fascism hosted by ayaan hirsi ali
— GONELIKEHELLMACHINE (@golikehellmachi) August 4, 2022
— World Famous Art Thief (@CalmSporting) August 4, 2022
School mascot will surely be a woodpecker.
I thought the collapse of crypto was supposed to fix this.
Veni Vidi Grifti.
“PragerU for failed NYT columnists” is a sick burn.
(Aside: if you’re into podcasts and hate wellness woo, Michael Hobbes co-hosts the truly excellent Maintenance Phase. Genuinely brightens my day when it appears in my feed.)
Speaking of intellectually dishonest grifters, did anyone else see this Damon Linker piece about “How Glenn Greenwald lost his way“?
Cynics/Realists have noted that Israeli elections are November 1. Netanyahu’s block apparently is leading in the most recent polls.
I hope sab is doing okay. I feel for her, as my own husband is having to deal with my glacially slow recovery from hip replacement.
I’m actually surprised that our republican candidate for Secretary of Education here in South Carolina, Ellen Weaver, is not attending the U of Austin to get her Master’s Degree (required by state law for the position), which she has to have by election day in November. I guess I should be impressed that she has instead selected her alma mater, Bob Jones University, known for its academic rigor, to complete this degree in six months time.
@R-Jud: Hobbes also co-hosted, with Sarah Marshall, the astonishingly informative, hilariously wonderful, and wonderfully hilarious podcast “You’re Wrong About.” Sarah now carries on without him; it’s not quite as good, but almost.
He’s being too charitable.
A more simple and likely explanation is that the Russians have dirt on Greenwald and turned him into an asset.
Wow, we were watching TV news today and they mentioned this story but they left out the part about the little girl.
The whole tone of the story was that this was a legitimate response to violence from terrorists.
So much for tv news.
Glenn never really lost his way because he never had a way to lose. He started out horrible. What he did as a lawyer was indefensible.
@SpaceUnit: Yeah, I didn’t get very far into it. Too clever by half.
“For Mediocre Grifters/When Substacks Are Not Enuf”
My favorite podcast. Just their laughing can make my day.
Long thread, but:
Their arms are too short to box with Peter Thiel
That’s just GG’s signature style.
Exactly. He never “lost his way”
@germy shoemangler: I just don’t automatically condemn his defense of Hale. Other’s MMV
I don’t either. Everyone is entitled to a defense. It was the way he viciously attacked victims and lied.
@germy shoemangler: Perfect!
Steve in the ATL
@Omnes Omnibus: how does the phrase “YMMV” comport with electric vehicles?
Anonymous At Work
Great News: Alex Jones ordered to pay $45 million in punitive damages. So, a bit over $49 million from one trial.
(Yahoo link since that is convenient:https://www.yahoo.com/news/alex-jones-sandy-hook-defamation-trial-punitive-damages-173243257.html)
@Steve in the ATL: Fuck if I know. Ask one of the engineers around here.
ETA: I mean, what a silly question to ask me.
Harking back to previous thread: WaPo sez jury awards 45.2 mil in Alex Jones trial. Way to close the afternoon!
And beaten to it.
Just glanced at the uaustin site, and the only names I recognize at all are these four:
I think you’re being too charitable. Greenwald has always been of the right; he first made a name by defending literal neo-Nazis. When he criticized Republicans, it was almost always from a right libertarian position, not from a left wing position. When he got the Snowden material, he did his best to portray everything as being Obama’s fault, even though the material was for stuff done under W. The question people should ask isn’t when he turned to the right but why anyone ever thought he was anything but right wing.
I never suggested he wasn’t an asshole.
There’s also the matter of surreptitiously recording witnesses for the plaintiff without notifying them or asking for their consent.
I found about Glen reading Slate during the early portion of the Iraq War. He was critical of GITMO and other abuses Bush & Cheney pulled during this time period.
Edit: Opposition to the obvious BS Bush&Co pulled to get us into Iraq, the violation of our long standing practice to not torture POW’s, the twisted logic they used to defend this, and other abuses got some not terribly liberal people on our side. Greenwald and Maher are two examples. I’m sure there are more.
Greenwald was in favor of the Iraq war back then. I don’t think he mentions that anymore.
I had not abandoned my trust in the Bush administration. Between the president’s performance in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the swift removal of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the fact that I wanted the president to succeed, because my loyalty is to my country and he was the leader of my country, I still gave the administration the benefit of the doubt. I believed then that the president was entitled to have his national security judgment deferred to, and to the extent that I was able to develop a definitive view, I accepted his judgment that American security really would be enhanced by the invasion of this sovereign country.
What a guy
Or, considering the state of the right-wing these days, a peckerwood.
@JWR: Luttwak was accused by the Ukrainian government and press orgs of promoting RU propaganda, that’s the only reason I have heard of him.
It made me laugh out loud for real.
@Steve in the ATL:
Miles per kWh is still mileage.
@Lyrebird: Possibly the only reason the organizers heard of, and invited, him. It would be irresponsible not to speculate
Ladies and gentlemen, the University of Austin Fighting Peckerwoods!!!
TCM alert: The Third Man is on tonight at 8 pm EST.
@Phylllis: Third man? Who’s on first?
I’m afraid the writer here specifically praises Greenwald’s integrity, so I am thrown at the first curve. From at least the beginning of the Obama presidency Greenwald would omit details from his arguments that he had to know, and which completely negated them. He misrepresented the facts he did include constantly. And he engaged in no debate, but instead built insulting straw men of his enemies and attacked those. His saying that liberals who scorned his praising Ron Paul were motivated by not wanting to admit we like killing babies leaps to mind.
Beginning with such a false view of Greenwald invalidates the rest of his reasoning automatically, I think.
Also on CNN:
@Spanky: Right this minute, Dansby Swanson.
A decade or so ago, one of my cousins’ kids told me he wanted to join the Marines. I asked why, and he said “you can only destroy things from the inside”.
This is before Thiel scholarships, so I suggested the Koch track. He wouldn’t do it.
Nephew really, really wants to move to Austin, but the apt scene is insane. Might as well be Lake Geneva. But if UofA would pay… Conflicted, as he’s more susceptable to the dark side even if he loves the Beto.
The Thin Black Duke
@Phylllis: Orson Welles as Harry Lime has one of the greatest visual introductions in movie history.
Jessica Shortall via Anne Laurie @ Top:
Ummm, okay … but why would Texans associate towers with college?
Gin & Tonic
Who the fuck cares?
Gin & Tonic
@zhena gogolia: I had a somewhat less invasive surgery and it took over six months of physical therapy to get back to something approximating normal. Be patient and do your exercises faithfully.
Gin & Tonic
@Lyrebird: No he wasn’t. Somehow he made it onto a Fox News list of people who’d been sanctioned (or shamed, really) but if you read the original doc from the UA gov’t, Luttwak was not on it.
Not even. Anyone who’s taught professionally at a real university as a professor or instructor knows that there’s responsibility to go along with the authority of teaching a class. These people are the academic equivalent of toddlers dressing up in their parents’ clothes.
Gin & Tonic
Three comments in a row. Do I get some kind of prize?
@The Thin Black Duke: Joseph Cotton’s reaction is spot on.
@Gin & Tonic: You’ve never won the Mustard Prize of Threes?
It’s that time of year again.
@R-Jud: Spot on! Maintenance Phase just won a Wired award for science podcast. It is most excellent and Michael Hobbes’ Twitter is well worth following.
@Gin & Tonic: I’m trying. I heard too many success stories beforehand. Plus my first two weeks seemed miraculous. Thanks for the pep talk!
@RSA: Are they going to grade even one paper?
Alex Jones ordered to pay $45.2 million more in punitive damages to Sandy Hook parents
@Hungry Joe: This “You’re Wrong About”…about Dr. Oz, is from last year but now timely!
@zhena gogolia: Certificates of seminar completion for everyone.
These people are bugfuck crazy.
Hell no! Those people are paying customers, so they get guaranteed A’s.
Gin & Tonic
@zhena gogolia: A year later I was skiing just like nothing had happened. Recovery takes time.
Alison Rose 💙🌻💛
LOL Jones is big mad, y’all
Word popping up on Twitter that one OK senate race is competitive. Tied so far.
I know, it’s Oklahoma and it’s early, but still.
Awww, how did Sully get left off the speakers list? Isn’t he on the “faculty”?
Ceci n est pas mon nym
@Alison Rose 💙🌻💛: I’m guessing that he’ll be as cooperative about making payments as he was about releasing documents during discovery.
Actually I’ll go farther and guess that he’ll fund-raise successfully off this result.
So BJ lawyers, what happens when he never pays a penny of the judgement?
Steve in the ATL
@Ceci n est pas mon nym: there are lawyers who specialize in collecting debts like that. With this amount of money at stake, they will be relentless.
@zhena gogolia: Even The Liberal Damon Linker! [spit]
@zhena gogolia: My wife had a knee replacement 6 months ago. It’s tough but stick to those exercises and it’s well worth it. She’s not a 100% yet but her life is so much better, she went for a long time just getting worse, more and more pain, less & less mobility, even had to change her car from a manual to automatic transmission. The first period is really tough but it is worth it
@Lacuna Synecdoche: Hey, at least they didn’t use the Texas School Book Depository.
@The Thin Black Duke: I remember going on the Ferris Wheel at Prater listening to a zither playing in my head. It was great
Niall Ferguson should be drummed out of the historical profession. He is a fraud and a charlatan.
@Roger Moore: So it definitely won’t be the real college experience, with someone asking at every lecture “Will this be in the test?”
@Steve in the ATL: It still applies! :-)
CarandDriver – 2019 Model 3 40,000 mile long-term test:
They’re lead-foots, but still that’s a pretty big difference.
@kalakal: Everyone told me, “The hip is so much easier than the knee!” I guess not in my case. Oh well. You tend not to hear about the less stellar cases.
“You were born to be murdered. “
@Kristine: That’s great news, but where’s the poll that says she’s tied?
@Kristine: The Democrat in the Oklahoma Senate race, Kendra Horn, was a member of the talented House Class of 2018. She became the first Democratic Rep elected from Oklahoma in 8 years, and the first from the Oklahoma City based 5th CD in 40 years when she beat the incumbent by 4,000 votes. She could not hold on in 2020 and lost by 12,500 votes.
The 48 year old Horn is a talented politician willing to fight an uphill battle. It’s an open seat, and her likely opponent is Rep. Markwayne Mullin.
That unhyphenated mess is familiar. I’m sure he was mentioned here on BJ a couple years ago. But do I really want to be reminded why…?
Selective skepticism? That is just a fancy esoteric way of saying that he is biased as hell and in the tank for one side but not the other.
GG isn’t “selectively skeptical”. He’s just a toady and a tool.
@zhena gogolia: What happened to sab? I took some time off from Balloon Juice and missed that news.
On another note, I have never heard of any of these giant intellectuals scheduled to teach at Bari Weiss College. Something to be thankful for! Eight less irritants in my life.
@zhena gogolia: My wife’s surgeon said that too. Personally I think they’re all tough. We’ve a friend who’s had both hips done, with the first she says at 4 months she was in despair and at 8 full of hope. She had no hesitation when it came to getting the second one done
@Ohio Mom: Her husband had back surgery, and it sounded as if caregiving was pretty hairy.
@kalakal: Oh, thanks for that! I was getting people with “2 weeks, 3 weeks,” type of stories.
Amongst the intellectual giants listed is that David Mamet the playwright? Or a different David Mamet of whose existence I was previously unaware?
@kalakal: He’s a wingnut now.
@zhena gogolia: Has been for a long time.
@kalakal: I’m still processing Andrew Young. He’s 90, true, but why finish this way?
@kalakal: I seem to recall that David Mamet is a wing nut and/or racist. Theater people have been horrified.
@zhena gogolia: Yes, that got to my wife, ‘the first 2 weeks’, ‘the first 6 weeks’ ‘after 3 months you’ll be there’ etc. Now it’s a year which seems realistic to me. I have to say though that the improvement is real, after about 4 weeks she was not great but better than before the op. The reason they stress the exercises so much in the first few weeks, and they are tough, is to get the scar tissue to form in such a way as to not impede mobility, scar tissue doesn’t bend or stretch well. According to the surgeon it takes about 5 months for the deep wounds to properly heal. I hope you’ll see continual small but real improvements day on day, it’s really hard and so very wearing as it just goes on and on.
@zhena gogolia: Shit, that’s upset me
I do wish Deidre McCloskey had more self-respect than to participate in such an endeavor — for multiple reasons.
Still, amusing to see her in the company of the anti-woke battalions.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
Mamet went nutty after 9/11? or is it a longer term thing?
@prostratedragon: huh? wuh? Andrew Young the civil rights activist and former mayor of Atlanta?
Needed to pop outside today to run a few small errands locally. Rolled up to stop at a red light behind a vehicle with the license (not a vanity plate) MAD 666.
Also too, neighborhood gas station prices have plummeted since July by a whole dime from the high they’ve held steady at for months.
@prostratedragon: Yes, that’s strange, surely he must realise what company he’s keeping? so different to his past
@zhena gogolia: Been there twice. 3-4 months of relative helplessness punctuated by physical therapy. The a year of more physical therapy to recover gait.
J R in WV
And there are different types or styles of hip replacement, with different incisions and approaches, and for all I know perhaps different devices to install, depending upon your specific joint problem.
One friend went to a surgeon quite some distance from his home, because he used a newer technique, which for Jim appeared to be much less difficult to recover from. He isn’t a doctor, but worked in administration of health insurance and so was up on that level of detail…
As everyone else has said, keep up with the PT, exercises, don’t over do things, take care, get well, keep us posted so we can hope hard you will do well~!!~ ;~)
three solid hits in the top of the first inning!
no hope here, going to bed ;)
@NotMax: gas prices near me are down 25% in last 5 weeks. Fronm near $5 to 3.75.
@zhena gogolia: Thanks. Not surprised that sab is finding the caretaking overwhelming, my experience has been that hospitals push you out way too soon.
Yeah I know, the sooner you are out, the less likely you are to pick up a nasty bug but most of us don’t have health care professionals in our families, we are related to amateurs. It’s a lot of stress on them.
Lot of hyping up of the reconciliation bill. I don’t remotely see how it can achieve 40% reduction by 2030. There’s a lot in there for electric cars – but auto companies are forecasting that they can’t build EVs faster than we’ll be adding cars overall. In other words, there will be more gas cars in 2030 than there are now, even with the best case scenario for EV production. And those EV numbers require quite a few new, very large mines be built to source the resources needed – and the mining industry doesn’t seem to believe the market will be there. In part because the EV forecasts are based on falling battery prices (they’re currently rising) which in order to be true will require that the mines can operate more efficiently than the mining companies believe they can do, so they don’t believe the demand will be there at the price needed to operate the mines. Federal funds won’t change that.
The available numbers suggest that EVs are a dead end by 2030 and we’ll need a different transportation solution – likely trains and other forms of mass transit.
@Another Scott: GM wouldn’t sell (lease?) its first series of EVs outside of the warm-weather belt in California and Arizona. Nice to see some progress with the temperature issue. I wonder how they will do in areas where there’s severe winter weather.
@Ken: Markwayne Mullin was discussed here about a year ago after he visited Afghanistan during the evacuation from Kabul.
That seems unlikely, unless you mean “current EV battery design and technology.” There is a lot of ongoing research to improve that, and some small, experimental car companies are even playing around with cars that run on battery and solar power. The solar cars are running up against a state-of-the-art limitation in solar cells (they can only generate a minimal amount of power) but the designers are working like crazy to come up with better, more efficient solar cells.
This strikes me as an exciting time to be a designer of alternative-energy automobiles: so much is going on, in so many different directions at once.
@Martin: I think the projected 40% reduction would be the total reduction of carbon emissions if the programs of the IRA were added to the reductions in all areas, transportation and other, that we are already on a path to achieve. The effect of the IRA would be some fraction of 40%.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: Yes, believe it or not. Maybe he or family have had big medical bills. And like scavenger above , I’m also disappointed to see McCloskey’s name there.
Yeah, following threads on Twitter, Amnesty International has really fucked this up. The director in Ukraine resigned yesterday, citing their bullshit blaming of the Ukrainians for Putin’s war.
More at the link.
What’s important is that it is a major step in bending the curve.
On EVs, there’s still a lot of work to do to figure out how to make the market sustainable. But the work is being done. E.g. on battery recycling, Science.org again (from May 2021):
Don’t be so gloomy. ;-)
Seriously, technological change is hard and there will be big winners and big losers, and it’s not easy to know in advance who will be in which bucket. Here’s hoping that regulatory capture and stupid patents and trademarks don’t end up trapping us with damaging solutions though… (Insert long boring digression about computer operating systems and “look and feel” and “per computer license agreements” and “network effects” and …)
@CaseyL: My partner is an EV and battery nut so we watch a lot of experts and get reports on the new tech. It looks like it will take years for some great stuff to make it to market but there are some baseload storage systems, Sand, and CO2 storage for two, that can be rolled out very rapidly and cheaply. They’re much cheaper than every other battery technology. For EV’s there are batteries that don’t need Lithium or the other nasty metals. Scaling up is the challenge.
Steve in the ATL
Adam Silverman says “off my corner, ho!”
@CaseyL: There’s two problems here:
There are no sales projections – dollars or units, and no EV charger projections that get us anywhere close to the target by 2030. Relying on something to get invented in the next 7 years isn’t realistic. It takes 5 years just to bring a model to market.
EVs are not intended to address climate change. They’re intended to address a flagging auto market. The only way to hit the targets is to reduce the total number of cars. Even just a reduction to one vehicle per household would go a very long way, with other trips shifting to bikes, walking, mass transit, etc. All indications are that we’re going to invest about $2T in EVs and will then realize that there aren’t enough additional trillions to get there and that money should have been invested in other solutions. For instance, in Europe, e-bikes sales are about half the size of auto sales. European automakers almost all now have ebike divisions or investments. They seem to know their car sales aren’t likely to survive this.
@Another Scott: The problem is that every previous estimate of emissions reduction from fuel economy proved wrong. People traded their old 25MPG hatchback for 25MPG SUVs. The mix of vehicles purchased wasn’t stable as the models predicted, and EVs are only showing that will continue. Sure, that F-150 Lightning doesn’t burn gas, but it’s also about 50% heavier than a base non-electric F-150. Why does that matter? Because road infrastructure costs are proportional to the 4th power of the mass per axle. Increase the mass by 50% and you increase the road costs by 4x. That’s 4x as much asphalt and concrete – more if the dimensions of the vehicle expand and need larger lanes, parking spaces, etc. What we save in tailpipe emissions we are shifting to road construction and maintenance emissions – brake dust, tire wear – both of which are themselves major emission sources.
And this increased road infrastructure costs are bankrupting cities and preventing mass transit being built out. I wish this would work, but the industry experts that a decade ago were swearing that EVs would solve the problem are now saying ‘nope, won’t work’. If we shifted to lighter rather than heavier vehicles, this would mitigate the EV charger demands, would make it easier to provide solutions for renters, would reduce the battery supply needed, and mitigate those other factors, but there isn’t a single EV being made that is lighter than the median ICE weight.
You solve climate change through efficiency – not by hauling ever more tons of steel with you to the grocery store and hoping that shifting the power source to the grid will mitigate all of the resulting problems. The goal needs to be better payload ratios for transit, and the current EV direction is the opposite of that.
@Ceci n est pas mon nym: My fantasy is that he has to pay all the $59 or so million to the Sandy Hook parents and gets it by fundraising/donations from GOP/Trump supporters so that those funds can be used for good, and not go to support GOP/Trump.
@Steve in the ATL:
Just the thought of Adam saying this to anyone has me quietly paralytic over here.
@Martin: You make good points, but it’s pretty easy to change the trajectory from that path. EV cars don’t have to weigh 6000 pounds. Pickup trucks don’t have to either.
It’s my understanding that the tax code gives strong incentives for businesses to buy 6000 pound trucks for work. E.g. Up to $25,000 of the purchase price can be deducted if the vehicle has a GVW of between 6,000 and 14,000 pounds. We can change those tax incentives, especially for tiny “companies” that are LLCs mostly for the tax writeoffs.
I too am a big fan of electric bikes and greater mass transit and greater efficiency. Electric bikes need bike lanes (too many people on bikes get killed in traffic). Transit needs infrastructure. Both take time and are expensive. Cars and trucks need to be replaced in a rotating basis so that has to be a big part of the solution, and improving efficiency will help a lot.
200 years from now, the transportation network in the USA is going to be very different, but getting there is going to be an extended transition and we need to be working on all the pieces.
Villago Delenda Est
Greenwald is at best a FSB/GRU stooge, at worse a paid operative.