Saturday, July 29, 2017

Odds and ends 7/29/2017

Derp: "Seattle Min Wage Hikes Crushing The Poor: 6,700 Jobs Lost, Annual Wages Down $1,500 - UofW Study"

Smoot-Hawley, 2017-style: "Trump's 20% tariff on steel from China, Germany cause 'global recession.'" The most interesting thing about the article is the chart showing that each percentile of the world population made gains from 1988 to 2011. The "decline of the middle class" is relative to the steeper rise of the world's lower class.

The headline-chasing fraud Elon Musk's subsidized venture is being exposed one bad quarter at a time: "Tesla story becoming increasingly fantastic as business model falls apart"

Suspend him at your peril, Goodell:

Police found no witnesses of Elliott’s alleged assaults. Three people, including a security manager at a bar, told police they saw Elliott’s accuser fight another woman that evening, not Elliott. Four people told police they heard the woman yell at Elliott she was going to “call the cops to ruin his career.” And one woman — whom Elliott’s accuser had identified as a witness — told police she didn’t witness any assault, but Elliott’s accuser had asked her to lie and say she had.

Andrew Garfield identifies as gay. What, there are no chaste homosexuals? The resulting outrage confuses some. Not me. Garfield outed the fluidity of sexuality, which renders equal protection laws inoperative towards the self-worshiping LGB-etc. cult. He showed just how non-exclusive the club really is. If anyone can be gay, gay is not special.

The triumph of the will over reality and national defense: "Military Blinks Several Times Before Allowing Enlistment of ‘Transgender’ Troops." Trump's Twitter announcement of the "ban" on transgenders is true and righteous, if it translates into actual policy.

"Portland stabbing suspect yells 'free speech or die' in court appearance"

It doesn't matter how righteous you believe your cause is. Free speech is not a license to instigate conflict and utter fighting words. This isn't "like" drawing a Mohammed cartoon. This man is a murderer.

Distrust mob power: "Allan Bloom’s University and Mine: From Racial Intimidation to Trigger Warnings" by Paul Rahe

The first half of this is great: "Progressives Destroyed Normalcy And Now They’re Shocked Trump Isn’t Normal"

"Do dads treat daughters better than sons? Emory study finds striking differences in treatment of children"

There is sense in fathers cherishing their daughters more than their sons, as they have reason to believe that, when she grows up, she will belong to another man in marriage, effectively supplanting the father. Fathers also set the standard for their daughters' prospective husbands, so she will be selective during the courtship period.

Somehow this tidbit snuck past the goodthink editors:

“Daughters and sons are very different even in utero and then when they're infants they start behaving very differently,” Kazdin told CBS News. “Interactions between parents and children drive and influence each other's brains. So what we don't know here is whether the fathers drive the behaviors of their daughters and the sons or if the daughters and the sons drive the behavior of the fathers.”

The tyranny of the nanny state: "Danbury woman left child unattended in car, police say"

I took my 10-month-old daughter to the library to print out some forms that a prospective employer needed signed that night. I took her inside, printed my stuff, returned to the car, and buckled her into her carseat when I realized I left my library card on the printer. I had three options: Leave her in the hot car, leave her in a running car with the A/C cranked up, or take her inside again. I saw leaving her in the hot car as the best of these options. I was gone less than a minute. She was fine.

I know about the perils of hot cars. I know about all the little things that can harm my little girl. When I read that mold was growing in some Sophie giraffe dolls, I cut Margaret's doll open, ruining a perfectly good $20 toy. No mold. I saw leaving her in the heat for a short amount of time as an acceptable amount of risk. Am I a criminal? Just because bad things can happen doesn't mean there should be laws passed against them.

Related: "The day I left my son in the car"

I think this goes back to "Not everyone's a homicidal maniac." It's just that homicidal maniacs are all we hear about.

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