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  • The Weekend Jolt
  • Do You Have a Private Right to Use Cannabis? Part Two
  • “Embrace Your Madness”
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  • The Weekend Jolt

    Meanwhile, the tide turns, it comes high. Boo hoo! Our Andrew C. McCarthy knows a thing or two about federal prosecuting, and right after the news broke that the Justice Department was dropping its disgraceful case again General Michael Flynn, he penned a summary analysis for the New York Post, which we recommend you read, and which ended thusly: The case was troubling enough that Attorney General Bill Barr appointed US Attorney Jeff Jensen of St.

    Louis to review it. On Thursday, DOJ did the right thing, dropping the case. General Flynn can never be made whole for the financial and emotional ruin wrought on him and his family over the last three years. It is justice — too long delayed, but in the end not denied. In his hand-wringing over how to restore his reputation as a scrupulous nonpartisan i.

    Realizing that these were lunatic notions, Rosenstein finally settled on naming Mueller, a Beltway eminence, to be a special counsel. But the problem remained: There was no factual basis to believe that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, had engaged in a conspiracy with the Kremlin to interfere with the campaign by cyberespionage or any other criminal activity.

    To paper over this deficiency, Rosenstein issued the scope memo. But as I noted at the time, even that glimpse of the memo provided insight into the travesty that was the Mueller appointment, and the Trump—Russia probe itself.

    Editorials 1. We cheer. This is where the case tells inconvenient truths about the labor market. Now, with no games being played, they are making no money at all, while the women are still getting paid. In short: more security and more benefits. Those are legitimate choices that should be respected. We say end the nutty restrictions. From the editorial : Orange County is, in reality, faring better than much of California in the epidemic: As of this writing, it has suffered 52 COVID deaths out of a population of more than 3 million, substantially fewer than nearby counties such as Riverside and San Bernardino, even though those have smaller populations.

    Orange County seems to have been doing reasonably well without any heavy-handed diktats from Newsom. National Review Institute trustee David L. Bahnsen is involved in that lawsuit. We would like to see scrupulous compliance with social-distancing practices. We also believe that people are more likely to accept the legitimacy of those rules when the decisions governing them are made in a way that is reasonable and democratic rather than unreasoning and autocratic, when decisions are made at the local level and respect the genuine diversity among our communities, and when those entrusted with the extraordinary authority of emergency powers are not themselves acting out of hysteria or in response to hysteria.

    The hectoring and bullying style that has too often accompanied the implementation of social distancing inspires more defiance than the rules themselves do. And such threats bring with them an obvious problem: Make good on them and you are endangering lives with the enforced closeness of arrest and jail; fail to make good on them and the credibility of local government is eroded.

    Best not to put yourself into such a bind to begin with. There will be some noncompliance, but a domineering approach is likely to make that problem worse rather than better. While Betsy DeVos feels the expected hate from liberal interests who decry due process on American campuses, we applaud her efforts to return a sense of justice where it is now AWOL.

    From the editorial : And so DeVos is pushing in the right direction. But there is the deeper question of why campus proceedings are appropriate at all to handle matters of sexual assault, which is a serious crime and the business of police and prosecutors, not the business of deans of students who have no particular competency in prosecuting felonies or misdemeanors.

    If a college wants to maintain a policy of expelling students convicted of certain crimes or policing lower-stakes violations of campus policies , then that is entirely reasonable. But seeing to that conviction is the business of the criminal-justice system, not the higher-education system.

    Sexual assault is not a matter of the campus honor code — it is a question of serious criminal misconduct. Of course, victims of sexual assault may be uncomfortable talking to police and may find the prospect of doing so traumatic; universities can support these students with counseling and mental-health services, but colleges cannot substitute themselves for the criminal-justice system.

    Rape hoaxes are a particularly odious instance of an all-too-common phenomenon of our times, the Jussie Smollett—style hate-crime hoax. The power of such claims makes them irresistible to political partisans and others in need of handy weapons for character assassination, as in the case of Brett Kavanaugh.

    For starters, Ford was unable to offer a time or place or a single contemporaneous corroborating witness. Ford offered no evidence that she even knew Kavanaugh. Reade worked for Joe Biden. Reade has offered a specific time and place for the attack. From the piece : In short, this crisis has revealed that our largest and most influential media institutions are well-prepared to cover some stories but are barely able to cover others. The national media is much more interested in celebrity chefs than in where and how we produce the food we eat.

    This is relatively cheap, easy, and quick. American media institutions love stories about big personalities, and stories with binary conflicts, because those stories have an instinctual, visceral appeal for viewers. Rich Lowry goes after the lockdown fanatics. Yet, by the standards of the current debate, the piece is unacceptably lax. The credentialed are having their day at the expense of those with common sense. The latter may not understand Banach manifolds, but he at least knows you cannot rely on basic equations and formulas if your denominator is inaccurate and your numerator is sometimes equally unreliable.

    It seems a simple matter that the small number of those testing positive for the virus simply could not represent all those who are infected with the contagion. Yet such obviousness did not stop modelers, experts, and political advisers from authoritatively lecturing America on the lethality and spread of COVID Internet coronavirus-meters feign scientific accuracy with their hourly streams of precise data.

    Throughout this crisis, there has been a litany of arrogance and ignorance. The FDA early on made a hubristic and disastrous decision to monopolize testing. Congressman Frank Rooney says that the time to call out China for a myriad of abuses has been long a-coming. One way is to create new supply chains and reinforce existing ones with U.

    Chinese leaders do not think that our leaders and businesses have the resolve to accept higher costs in a less efficient supply chain for imported products, and we need to call their bluff.

    Policymakers should create new incentives for businesses to reorient supply chains away from China and disincentives for companies to invest there. It is worth incurring higher costs to be strategically secure. As the pandemic abates, the U. The mantra of accommodation to China to mollify the PRC and slowly integrate them into existing global trade relationships has failed — or, more precisely, has worked for China but no one else.

    They project hegemonic power wherever they can. Dan McLaughlin provides a drubbing of Max Boot for his latest foolishness, this time for his excuse-mongering for the pandemic manufacturers in Beijing. From the analysis : Second, by suggesting that the U.

    No matter what news arrived from Kansas, the absolute last thing that Georges Clemenceau would ever have requested in the spring of was a halt to shipping American soldiers to France. The French and British had bled their nations white fighting the Germans, who — finally freed of the need to devote huge numbers of troops to the Russian and Italian fronts — launched a massive offensive in March designed to be a knockout blow.

    With the manpower of the European combatants virtually exhausted — the same reason for shipping in Chinese labor — the arrival of a million Americans over the course of was seen as providential.

    The Americans played a key supporting role in stopping the German spring offensive, which was finally brought to an end by an outbreak of the Spanish flu among the German army, incapacitating nearly half a million men in June The reason why news came from Spain was precisely that Spain was neutral in the war.

    The lack of honest public reckoning with the pandemic was pervasive and hardly limited to the United States. Robert VerBruggen has had it with the coronavirus modeling that would have trouble predicting if the sun will rise in the East tomorrow.

    From the commentary : When modeling epidemics, scientists typically try to simulate the way a virus spreads: exponentially at first, because each infected person interacts with many other vulnerable individuals, and then slowing down as the population either gains immunity or takes deliberate steps to reduce transmission.

    This process can be modeled in very general terms, or by simulating the specific interactions and infections of millions of people as the Imperial College COVID model does. Exactly how quickly does the disease spread when left unchecked? How much do people reduce their interactions when advised or legally required to practice social distancing?

    Which types of interactions are most dangerous? Different answers to these questions can yield very different modeling results. The IHME model was meant to sidestep that issue. Rather than re-creating the underlying processes through which a disease spreads, it looked at what had actually happened in other countries during this pandemic.

    There were some hiccups almost immediately: Early IHME estimates were of , to , deaths, but the number soon dropped to 80, and then even lower. As I pointed out at the time , at least some of these revisions were easily justified. The researchers were getting important new data — including death trends from countries whose pandemics had recently peaked and updated information about how many Americans were hospitalized for each death that occurred. Models should change when better information comes in.

    Fortunately, the Democratic Party is full of such people. This strategy might be received differently if Joe Biden were a Republican. In other words, as an employer, he had a personal history of taking affirmative action with respect to hiring women and promoting gender equality. But because he was a Republican, the media accused him of being patronizing and a misogynist. This week, he pledged to cut funding to the U. Soccer Federation if women are not paid as much as their male counterparts.

    From the piece : As the past few months have made clear, Biden has won this argument in the minds of most Democratic voters. Despite his weak performances in the first three primary contests, he cruised to victory after victory, beginning in South Carolina, leaving both Warren and Sanders in the dust. Warren took home the bronze trophy and Presidential-primary campaigns always include sniping between candidates, and often those candidates end up on a ticket together anyway.

    But why would Joe Biden — a year-old man with significant health questions who won the Democratic nomination handily — select a former rival with a dearth of electoral accomplishments and a radically divergent outlook to serve as his vice president? Her voters showed up at the polls in to rebuke the president, and they are going to do so again in regardless of whom the Democratic Party chooses as its nominee.

    Rupert Darwall attacks the Lefty-Green effort to bully American corporations into adopting the capitalism-killing Paris Agreement. From the analysis : That timeline is now being used to bully American corporations into aligning their business strategies with the Paris agreement and force them to commit to eliminating greenhouse-gas emissions by

    Hallee Part of my daily routine is when I first get up in the morning, I grab the local daily newspaper, and a cup of coffee, and get caught up on what happened the day before. A ritual that I have done for more than 50 years.

    Recently, I noticed articles, and letters to the editor, that have brought beavers to the forefront of conversations. From articles about beaver trappers, to critics of the avocation. North American beaver. Beavers are the second-largest living rodents after the capybaras.

    Beavers build dams and lodges using tree branches, vegetation, rocks and mud; they chew down trees for building material. Dams impound water and lodges serve as shelters. Their infrastructure creates wetlands used by many other species, and because of their effect on other organisms in the ecosystem, they are considered a keystone species.

    Adult males and females live in monogamous pairs with their offspring. When they are old enough, the young will help their parents repair dams and lodges and may also help raise newly-born offspring.

    Beavers can also recognize their kin by their anal gland secretions and are more likely to tolerate them as neighbors. Historically, beavers have been hunted for their fur, meat and castoreum.

    Castoreum has been used in medicine, perfume and food flavoring, while beaver pelts have been a major driver of the fur trade. Before protections began in the 19th and early 20th centuries, overhunting had nearly exterminated the species. In human culture, the beaver symbolizes industriousness and is the national animal of Canada. Beavers have massive skulls adapted for withstanding the forces generated by their powerful chewing muscles. Their four chisel-shaped incisors grow continuously.

    The eyes, ears and nostrils are arranged so they can remain above water when the rest of the body submerges. The nostrils and ears have valves that close underwater while membranes cover the eyes. In addition, the back of the tongue can rise and create a waterproof seal. Beavers can hold their breath for as long as 15 minutes.

    However, they typically remain underwater for no more than five or six minutes. Dives generally last less than 30 seconds and are usually shallow. When diving, their heart rate decreases to 60 beats per minute, around half its normal function, while blood flow to the brain increases. Beavers also have a high tolerance for carbon dioxide in their body.

    When surfacing, the animal can replace 75 percent of the air in its lungs in one breath, compared to 15 percent for a human. The North American beaver is widespread throughout most of the United States and Canada and can be found in northern Mexico.

    Historically, the North American beaver was trapped and almost extirpated because its fur was highly sought after. Protections have allowed the beaver population on the continent to rebound to an estimated 6. Beavers prefer areas with flatter terrain and diverse vegetation close to the water. North American beavers colonize an area where trees are near the water but can harvest trees several hundred feet away. Beavers have also been recorded in mountainous areas.

    Dispersing beavers will use certain habitats temporarily before arriving at their final destinations. These include small streams, temporary swamps, ditches and even backyards. These sites lack important resources, so the animals do not remain there for long. Beavers have settled increasingly at or near human-made environments, including agricultural areas, suburbs, golf courses and even shopping malls. Beavers need trees and shrubs as building material for dams, which impound flowing water to create a pond for them to live in, and lodges, which provide shelter and protection.

    Without such material, beavers dig burrows into a bank to live. Construction begins in late summer or early fall, and they repair them whenever needed. When chewing down a tree, beavers bite the trunk at a degree angle and chew with the side of the mouth; alternating between the left and right sides.

    Tree branches are cut and carried through land and water using the powerful jaw and neck muscles. Other building materials, like mud and rocks, are carried under the chin with the forelimbs. The sound of running water appears to stimulate dam-building, and the sound of a leak in a dam triggers them to repair it. Beavers make two types of lodges; bank lodges and open-water lodges. Bank lodges consist of tunnels and holes in steep-sloped banks with sticks piled over them. The more complex freestanding, open-water lodges are built over a platform of piled-up sticks.

    The roof is sealed up with mud apart from an air vent at the top. Both types are accessed by underwater entrances. The space inside the lodge is known as the living chamber which is above the water line. A dining area may exist near the water. Beavers are mainly nocturnal and spend the daytime in their shelters. They do not hibernate during winter, and spend much of their time in their lodges.

    Beaver pelts were the driving force of the North American fur trade. Beavers have been hunted, trapped and exploited for their fur, meat and castoreum. Since they typically stayed in one place, trappers could easily find the animals and would kill entire families in a lodge. Ancient people appear to have believed the castor sacs of the beaver were its testicles.

    Tools for hunting beavers included deadfalls, snares, nets, bows and arrows, spears, clubs, firearms and steel traps. Castoreum was used to bait the animals. In the mythology of the Haida, beavers are descended from the Beaver-Woman, who built a dam on a stream next to their cabin while her husband was out hunting and gave birth to the first beavers.

    In a Cree story, the Great Beaver and its dam caused a world flood. Other tales involve beavers using their tree chewing skills against an enemy.

    Beavers have been featured as companions in some stories, including a Lakota tale where a young woman escapes her evil husband with the help of her pet beaver. It was declared the national animal in Bell Canada used two cartoon beavers, Frank and Gordon, in their advertising campaign from to The beaver has commonly been used to represent Canada in political cartoons, typically to signify it as a benign nation, and as subject to both affection and ridicule. It is also featured on the coat of arms of the London School of Economics.

    You have a rabbit, mouse, duck, moose, squirrel, and many other animals used as cartoon characters, but no beavers.

    He did suffer. He did suffer a lot, a lot, a lot. He slept with Marie in her room in the basement. Every day Marie woke up at and went to high school, and Tristan woke up and went to a one-room flat that was little more than a desk, and a chair, and a stove for coffee.

    Patrick paid the rent. Tristan scrapped his prior draft of Barnyard and started over, almost from scratch. He wrote all day in the flat. Around 8 p. He leaned in closer. He saw page after page of words so small they slid into static.

    It reminded him of Robert Walser, a Swiss author whose script was so microscopic that his final novel was long mistaken for a coded diary — or the private scribblings of a madman.

    She cracked into it, went page by page. Every third word was a dynamite stick she had to defuse with a slang sugaring peoria il. When she was done, she told Patrick that it was a work of genius. Patrick put the manuscript under his arm. Patrick had never recommended a book. Not once in 30 years. The manuscript quickly moved to the desk of Christine Jordis, who edits the English-language fiction at Gallimard.

    A pile. Was it likely to be good? Almost always, the manuscripts had been submitted by agents on behalf of published authors. Proper channels. Now Serge was grinning, albeit profoundly confused. The plot seemed to focus on the lavish degradation of a garbage man named John Kaltenbrunner. John, after being kicked, spat on, beaten, arrested, and literally raped by the citizenry of his town, exacts his revenge by convincing his fellow garbage men to go on strike.

    Vultures descend, rats, coyotes, woodchucks. For one thing, the book had no dialogue. Instead, it was narrated, in a distant, almost biblical style, by a nameless brethren of garbage men.

    Who was this guy, Tristan Egolf? Serge gave the book a perfect grade of 1. They saw a martyr to his art. Gallimard pulled out all the stops for Tristan. The book. It was something concrete now, it was taking shape.

    Even when he was making his final edits on the book, in fact, he was rolling cigarettes like crazy, waking up from violent nightmares and clomping out of bed to work on the book some more, pacing. He began to move frantically. Between Februarywhen Gallimard accepted his manuscript, and the summer ofwhen the American reviews of Barnyard began to peter out, Tristan jumped from place to place and woman to woman, declaring his love at full volume in public places, drunk, before abruptly panicking, fleeing.

    None of it stuck. He met an exotic language teacher, Sandra, with dark curly hair and ginsu cheekbones; promptly knocked her up; filled her Paris duplex with empty beer bottles; decided he wanted to be a dad, then changed his mind; abandoned Sandra, abandoned his unborn daughter; stopped returning phone messages; escaped to New York City; met a proud tall blonde, Hannah, and proposed marriage eight days after their first kiss; filled her apartment with angry stacks of paper, dirty dishes.

    It was a confusing period for anyone trying to keep track. But something was different; the alchemy that had created Barnyard, the long years of discordia followed by the brief window of discipline, had vanished. He was out of material. Skirt was his attempt to find his way back to writing. He had editors, deadlines, a literary agent.

    He was an almostyear-old husband with new responsibilities, new pressures, both internal and external. The Barnyard money was long gone. He begged Gallimard for extensions, then finally shipped a draft of Skirt in Hannah came along, then changed her mind, left for good. What pulled him out of the spiral, this time, was an image, an idea. He began to envision a new character, a mythic creature tear-assing across the dogbane and jimsonweed and plasticine tarpaulin domiciles of Lancaster County.

    An Amish werewolf. The werewolf would be the protagonist for his third book, his return to form — his next Great American Novel. By the time Skirt and the Fiddle was released in the U. He had a whole new family, a new life. He had a second chance to get everything right.

    She was a barista at Square One, a coffee shop in Lancaster. Short brunette hair, skinny hips. The first time he saw her, he was sitting in Square One. He took her to New Orleans, just to show her a good time, and when they came back, she was pregnant.

    Orla Story Dimitris-Egolf was born on October 12, This time, he stuck around. The three of them got a little place on Lemon Street, a few blocks from the main drag. Kara waitressed. Money was tight, granted. That was nothing new. But Tristan looked for all the world like a happy man. Of course, it helped that Kornwolf was coming together beautifully. Tristan loved his Amish werewolf. He loved how the character churned up the social rot of the honky tundra in his wake.

    He loved smoking pot with Dave and driving all around Lancaster, taking notes on the landscape, trying to find the bars where the rebel Amish kids drank.

    Kornwolf was more than just a book. It was proof that he could write well without ditching his loved ones or going insane, the vessel for everything he cared about most — his wordplay, his thoughts on Amish puppy mills and Blonde on Blonde, on religious hypocrisy, on chaos — and also a way for him to enjoy the town he thought he hated, to turn his new life, his more balanced life, into art. He liked the book so much that he told his friend Frank Heibert, the man who had translated both of his prior books into German, that he wanted to write a cycle of five werewolf books, each one exposing a different slice of American sin.

    His next 10 or 15 years, work-wise, were all plotted out. Kornwolf was everything he could have hoped for as a fiction writer. In the fall ofTristan shipped his first draft to New York.

    Grove had made an offer. Wylie apparently told him it was a low offer. They believed it was beyond saving. Far from it. Grove asked for revisions, which Tristan made. That book had more of a hook. Entrekin had an investment in Tristan. He had already put out two books by a guy with a funny name and not-great sales, and now he was going to put out a third, and probably a fourth and a fifth too. Entrekin is not the bad guy here.

    Writing is hard. These two amendments work in conjunction with one another to ensure all rights are protected at all levels of government. What is Voluntaryism? Together, the 9th and 10th Amendments express the fundamental theory of American government, National and State, the theory of reserved rights and of delegated powers. The former article specifies rights, the latter specifies powers. The Ninth Amendment of the Federal Constitution, here.

    Protect your privacy and property! Did you hear? Hemp, however, contains virtually no THC the psychoactive ingredient in potso smoking it will not get you stoned. What is the Marihuana Tax Act of ? Also, a local brewmaster has created cannabis-infused beer? And such threats bring with them an obvious problem: Make good on them and you are endangering lives with the enforced closeness of arrest and jail; fail to make good on them and the credibility of local government is eroded.

    Best not to put yourself into such a bind to begin with. There will be some noncompliance, but a domineering approach is likely to make that problem worse rather than better. While Betsy DeVos feels the expected hate from liberal interests who decry due process on American campuses, we applaud her efforts to return a sense of justice where it is now AWOL.

    From the editorial : And so DeVos is pushing in the right direction. But there is the deeper question of why campus proceedings are appropriate at all to handle matters of sexual assault, which is a serious crime and the business of police and prosecutors, not the business of deans of students who have no particular competency in prosecuting felonies or misdemeanors. If a college wants to maintain a policy of expelling students convicted of certain crimes or policing lower-stakes violations of campus policiesthen that is entirely reasonable.

    But seeing to that conviction is the business of the criminal-justice system, not the higher-education system. Sexual assault is not a matter of the campus honor code — it is a question of serious criminal misconduct. Of course, victims of sexual assault may be uncomfortable talking to police and may find the prospect of doing so traumatic; universities can support these students with counseling and mental-health services, but colleges cannot substitute themselves for the criminal-justice system.

    Rape hoaxes are a particularly odious instance of an all-too-common phenomenon of our times, the Jussie Smollett—style hate-crime hoax. The power of such claims makes them irresistible to political partisans and others in need of handy weapons for character assassination, as in the case of Brett Kavanaugh.

    For starters, Ford was unable to offer a time or place or a single contemporaneous corroborating witness. Ford offered no evidence that she even knew Kavanaugh. Reade worked for Joe Biden. Reade has offered a specific time and place for the attack. From the piece : In short, this crisis has revealed that our largest and most influential media institutions are well-prepared to cover some stories but are barely able to cover others.

    Do You Have a Private Right to Use Cannabis? Part Two

    The national media is much more interested in celebrity chefs than in where and how we produce the food we eat. This is relatively cheap, easy, and quick. American media institutions love stories about big personalities, and stories with binary conflicts, because those stories have an instinctual, visceral appeal for viewers.

    Rich Lowry goes after the lockdown fanatics. Yet, by the standards of the current debate, the piece is unacceptably lax.

    The credentialed are having their day at the expense of those with common sense. The latter may not understand Banach manifolds, but he at least knows you cannot rely on basic equations and formulas if your denominator is inaccurate and your numerator is sometimes equally unreliable.

    It seems a simple matter that the small number of those testing positive for the virus simply could not represent all those who are infected with the contagion. Yet such obviousness did not stop modelers, experts, and political advisers from authoritatively lecturing America on the lethality and spread of COVID Internet coronavirus-meters feign scientific accuracy with their hourly streams of precise data. Throughout this crisis, there has been a litany of arrogance and ignorance.

    The FDA early on made a hubristic and disastrous decision to monopolize testing. Congressman Frank Rooney says that the time to call out China for a myriad of abuses has been long a-coming. One way is to create new supply chains and reinforce existing ones with U. Chinese leaders do not think that our leaders and businesses have the resolve to accept higher costs in a less efficient supply chain for imported products, and we need to call their bluff. Policymakers should create new incentives for businesses to reorient supply chains away from China and disincentives for companies to invest there.

    It is worth incurring higher costs to be strategically secure. As the pandemic abates, the U. The mantra of accommodation to China to mollify the PRC and slowly integrate them into existing global trade relationships has failed — or, more precisely, has worked for China but no one else.

    They project hegemonic power wherever they can. Dan McLaughlin provides a drubbing of Max Boot for his latest foolishness, this time for his excuse-mongering for the pandemic manufacturers in Beijing. From the analysis : Second, by suggesting that the U. No matter what news arrived from Kansas, the absolute last thing that Georges Clemenceau would ever have requested in the spring of was a halt to shipping American soldiers to France. The French and British had bled their nations white fighting the Germans, who — finally freed of the need to devote huge numbers of troops to the Russian and Italian fronts — launched a massive offensive in March designed to be a knockout blow.

    With the manpower of the European combatants virtually exhausted — the same reason for shipping in Chinese labor — the arrival of a million Americans over the course of was seen as providential. The Americans played a key supporting role in stopping the German spring offensive, which was finally brought to an end by an outbreak of the Spanish flu among the German army, incapacitating nearly half a million men in June The reason why news came from Spain was precisely that Spain was neutral in the war.

    The lack of honest public reckoning with the pandemic was pervasive and hardly limited to the United States. Robert VerBruggen has had it with the coronavirus modeling that would have trouble predicting if the sun will rise in the East tomorrow.

    From the commentary : When modeling epidemics, scientists typically try to simulate the way a virus spreads: exponentially at first, because each infected person interacts with many other vulnerable individuals, and then slowing down as the population either gains immunity or takes deliberate steps to reduce transmission.

    This process can be modeled in very general terms, or by simulating the specific interactions and infections of millions of people as the Imperial College COVID model does.

    Exactly how quickly does the disease spread when left unchecked? How much do people reduce their interactions when advised or legally required to practice social distancing?

    Which types of interactions are most dangerous? Different answers to these questions can yield very different modeling results. The IHME model was meant to sidestep that issue. Rather than re-creating the underlying processes through which a disease spreads, it looked at what had actually happened in other countries during this pandemic.

    There were some hiccups almost immediately: Early IHME estimates were oftodeaths, but the number soon dropped to 80, and then even lower. As I pointed out at the timeat least some of these revisions were easily justified. The researchers were getting important new data — including death trends from countries whose pandemics had recently peaked and updated information about how many Americans were hospitalized for each death that occurred.

    Models should change when better information comes in. Fortunately, the Democratic Party is full of such people. This strategy might be received differently if Joe Biden were a Republican. In other words, as an employer, he had a personal history of taking affirmative action with respect to hiring women and promoting gender equality.

    “Embrace Your Madness”

    But because he was a Republican, the media accused him of being patronizing and a misogynist. This week, he pledged to cut funding to the U. Soccer Federation if women are not paid as much as their male counterparts. From the piece : As the past few months have made clear, Biden has won this argument in the minds of most Democratic voters. Despite his weak performances in the first three primary contests, he cruised to victory after victory, beginning in South Carolina, leaving both Warren and Sanders in the dust.

    Warren took home the bronze trophy and Presidential-primary campaigns always include sniping between candidates, and often those candidates end up on a ticket together anyway. But why would Joe Biden — a year-old man with significant health questions who won the Democratic nomination handily — select a former rival with a dearth of electoral accomplishments and a radically divergent outlook to serve as his vice president? Her voters showed up at the polls in to rebuke the president, and they are going to do so again in regardless of whom the Democratic Party chooses as its nominee.

    Rupert Darwall attacks the Lefty-Green effort to bully American corporations into adopting the capitalism-killing Paris Agreement. From the analysis : That timeline is now being used to bully American corporations into aligning their business strategies with the Paris agreement and force them to commit to eliminating greenhouse-gas emissions by Net zero is not about a few tweaks here and there.

    It necessitates a top-down coercive revolution the likes of which have never been seen in any democracy.

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    Sally Satel contends the disruption caused by the pandemic response may lead to a mental-health crisis, but offers sound advice to prevent a dire outcome. Under lockdown, basic mental hygiene will suffice for most: Get out of your pajamas each morning, keep a routine, and get ample sleep and exercise.

    Also connect, connect, and virtually connect with family and friends, and help others do the same. Some need more than good advice to endure the pandemic, however. Mandated isolation can be an anxiety-provoking trial. Richard Geddes and Barry Strauss come down hard on American colleges who are suckling on the Beijing teat and providing cover for the brutal communist regime.

    From the commentary : China has been ruthless in its quest to steal research, control information, and gain approval. The denunciation of Communism is left to those viewed as unsophisticates, retrogrades, or even racists by many elites and academics. Criticizing the Chinese Communist regime should not be viewed as a criticism of its people, and Communism should not get a pass because people fear being called racist.

    While the Chinese regime has been credited by some for bringing hundreds of millions of people up from poverty, the credit belongs to the Chinese people themselves, enterprising and hard-working as they are. The regime merely got out of the way after decades of disastrous social engineering.

    Oppression still exists, particularly for Uighurs, Tibetans, defenders of civil liberties in Hong Kong, and outspoken people everywhere in China. Kyle Smith checks out the new Netflix documentary by and about Michelle Obama. He sees lots of tall tales. It was the first time in my life where I stood out like that.


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