Five Things That Would Make The CIA/CNN Russia Narrative More Believable | Zero Hedge

I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative. I do not believe that Donald Trump colluded with the Russian government to rig the 2016 election. I do not believe the Russian government did any election rigging for Trump to collude with. This is not because I believe Vladimir Putin is some kind of blueberry-picking girl scout, and it certainly isn’t because I think the Russian government is unwilling or incapable of meddling in the affairs of other nations to some extent when it suits them. It is simply because I am aware that the US intelligence community lies constantly as a matter of policy, and because I understand how the burden of proof works.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-15/five-things-would-make-ciacnn-russia-narrative-more-believable

This. I hate having to defend Trump from the Neo Cold Warriors.

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Leg Amputations & Raw Sewage: More Ugly Problems From Tesla’s Production Hell | Zero Hedge

One employee’s leg was amputated as a result of a workplace safety incident in which a forklift driver was “doing donuts”. Others felt forced to walk through raw sewage…
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-15/leg-amputations-raw-sewage-more-ugly-problems-teslas-production-hell

One day the $TSLA shorts are gonna get rich. Tomorrow might be the day.

The SCOTUS Confirmation Process Has Gotten Out of Hand

Justice Kavanaugh is extraordinarily well qualified by his educational and academic background and judicial history. He should be given a hearing and asked probing questions about his judicial philosophy and his approach to constitutional construction
— Read on www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12696/the-scotus-confirmation-process-has-gotten-out

Dershowitz is rediscovering his libertarian roots, only because the illiberalim he sold for decades has proved poisonous.

How Identity Politics Is Harming the Sciences | City Journal

The National Institutes of Health are another diversity-obsessed federal science funder. Medical schools receive NIH training grants to support postdoctoral education for physicians pursuing a research career in such fields as oncology and cardiology. The NIH threatens to yank any training grant when it comes up for renewal if it has not supported a sufficient number of “underrepresented minorities” (URMs). One problem: there are often no black or Hispanic M.D.s to evaluate for inclusion in the training grant. If there is a potential URM candidate, the principal investigators will pore over his file in the hope of convincing themselves that he is adequately qualified. Meantime, the patently qualified Indian doctor goes to the bottom of the résumé pile. For now, medical schools can claim Argentinians and the sons of Ghanaian plantation owners as URMs, but if NIH bean-counters become more scrupulous in their “diversity metrics,” this aspect of biomedical research will reach an impasse.

The diversity mania also determines the way medical research is carried out. The NIH has onerous requirements that government-sponsored clinical trials include the same proportion of female and minority patients as is found in the medical school’s “catchment area” (its geographic zone of study). If some of these populations drop out of medical trials at disproportionate rates or are difficult to recruit, too bad. If these URM and female-enrollment quotas are not met, the medical school must “invest the appropriate effort to correct under-accrual,” in the words of the NIH guidelines.

That “appropriate effort” can cost a fortune. Schools such as the Mayo Clinic, located in overwhelmingly white areas, must still meet a diversity quota. Lung cancer and coronary-artery disease afflict adults. If a particular immigrant group in a research trial’s catchment area contains a disproportionate share of young people compared with the aging white population, that immigrant group will be less susceptible to those adult diseases. Nevertheless, cancer and heart-disease drug researchers must recruit from that community in numbers proportionate to its share of the overall population.
— Read on www.city-journal.org/html/how-identity-politics-harming-sciences-15826.html

Where Do You Draw the Line in Today’s Crazed Political Environment? | Liberty Blitzkrieg

Where Do You Draw the Line in Today’s Crazed Political Environment? | Liberty Blitzkrieg
— Read on libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/06/26/where-do-you-draw-the-line-in-todays-crazed-political-environment/

We need to admit that whoever happens to be elevated to the presidency will invariably abuse such misplaced power. Obama’s terrible policies were deserving of intense criticism as are Trump’s, but thinking that merely switching out the  president is going to magically fix our problems is deranged. This is why I have no patience for “the resistance” to-date, which focuses all its energy and passion on Trump the man, versus they  imperial leviathan he happens to be in charge of at this moment in time.