Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to know that Hillary Clinton really thinks tens of millions of Americans are ‘deplorable.’  They also rip the Clinton campaign for its ever-changing story about Hillary’s health episode on Sunday.  And we react to North Korea banning sarcasm.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile wonder what the problem is with Hillary Clinton packing her private meeting schedule with Clinton Foundation donors  and they squirm as Anthony Weiner includes a picture of his small child in his latest sexting scandal.  They also shudder as foreign hackers have hacked the voting systems in two U.S. states.  And they offer their blunt assessment of San Francisco 49’ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand for the national anthem and his reasons for doing so.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see Republican voter registration efforts outpacing the Democrats at this point.  They also unload on Hillary Clinton over the revelation that she failed to turn over nearly 15,000 documents that should have been deemed work-related.  And they get a good laugh out of Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway suggesting that Donald Trump does not hurl personal insults.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have only good news today.  They applaud Donald Trump and Mike Pence for going to Louisiana to support flood victims and bring attention to their plight and applaud Trump for admitting many of his remarks in this campaign were uncalled for and hurtful.  They also welcome the exit of Paul Manafort from the Trump campaign.  And they enjoy Colin Powell’s refuting of a key point in Hillary Clinton’s flimsy email defense.  Finally, they react to the Ryan Lochte apology.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review applaud Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer for saying Olympic medalists should not have to pay taxes for their success – but wonder why he doesn’t extend that mentality to the rest of us.  They also slam Hillary Clinton for allowing emails referring to an Iranian defector to exist on her private, unsecured server: emails that possibly contributed to his execution.  And they discuss the noble but quixotic and possibly damaging independent presidential run of Evan McMullin.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Mike Pence for his strong, compassionate response to a Gold Star mother critical of Donald Trump.  They also discuss Julian Assange’s revelation that Hillary Clinton’s own emails prove she lied to Congress and was sending weapons from Libya to Syrian rebels – including ISIS.  And they rip the media for savaging the mother of a Benghazi victim at the Republican convention while lauding the parents of the fallen Marine who blasted Donald Trump in Philadelphia.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America slam Hillary Clinton for continuing to brazenly lie about her email scandal and claim the FBI director called her public statements truthful when he refuted them under oath.  They also shake their heads as Donald Trump insists on waging an unwinnable public relations battle with the parents of a fallen Muslim Marine.  And they unload on pathetic “Republicans” like Richard Armitage, Hank Paulson and Brent Scowcroft for actively supporting Hillary Clinton.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and David French of National Review enjoy watching the Democrats get caught in their own lies after Wikileaks reveals the DNC actively backed Clinton over Sanders, manipulated the media and manufactured protests at Trump events.  They also shudder as four terrorist attacks strike Germany in less than a week and German authorities bend over backwards to avoid linking them to radical Islam.  And they react to Secretary of State John Kerry’s ludicrous contention that air conditioners and refrigerators pose just as much of a threat to human life as ISIS and other terrorist groups.

Pokémon Go and Geographic Inequality

 

pokemon_goVox’s Timothy Lee argues that “Pokémon Go is everything that is wrong with late capitalism.” It’s a geographic inequality argument he’s making here. Lee:

Pokémon Go can be a much more affordable hobby than going to a bowling alley or the movies. In fact, you don’t have to spend any money on it. And the explosion of options made possible by online platforms creates real value — the average teenager has vastly more options for games to play, movies to watch, and so forth than at any time in American history.

But the Pokémon Go economy also has some real downsides. One has to do with regional inequality. Nintendo and its partners are rumored to be earning more than $1 million per day from Pokémon Go. That money is flowing away from small and medium cities and toward big technology companies concentrated in big cities.

Zuckerberg’s Conservative Battle

 

Mark Zuckerberg and his massive social-media site Facebook have come under strong criticism for allegedly suppressing stories of interest for conservative readers from its influential “trending” news section. Facebook has roughly 1.6 billion users worldwide, of whom 167 million are in the United States. Its “trending” topics is therefore a powerful political influence.

Facebook Accused of Political Bias

 

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First, let me say that I am a total supporter of the internet. It needs no changes. Let it continue to grow and thrive. However, one of my fundamental assumptions has always been that there is really no incentive for internet providers to be biased. Any such suggestion of real bias would immediately lose them a huge market share. Their own self-interest is in maintaining a completely unbiased mode of operation. Actually, this is the least expensive, least complex form of online operation so why not do it purely from a business standpoint?

We have reached the day that my fundamental assumption must be tested. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. The Social Justice Warrior environment is so mindlessly one-sided that it doesn’t realize that it is itself the threat to social justice. Brendan Eich, a very hard working, personally hands-on tech entrepreneur, believed that marriage was between one man and one woman. He quietly donated $1,000 to an organization that supported his point of view. He was outed by the SJWs as not being politically correct and driven from his own company.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review enjoy watching Hillary Clinton continue to lose states to Bernie Sanders.  They also groan as Ted Cruz tells Glen Beck he’d jump back in the race if a path to victory re-emerged.  And they shake their heads as Donald Trump decides that he doesn’t need a data operation to turn out his voters in November and will rely on rallies instead.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are tentatively encouraged to see that down ballot races may not be as bad as thought.  They also slam Facebook for manipulating the trending stories to hide news good for conservatives and promote liberal news and causes that aren’t getting much traffic.  And they rip Ben Rhodes and the Obama administration for feeding bogus information to a clueless press corps about the Iran deal and setting up “experts” to validate their talking points to those reporters.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review applaud Ben Sasse for refusing to accept two terrible candidates for president.  They also shudder as the hacker known as Guccifer tells Fox News he easily hacked into Hillary Clinton’s private server and many others did too.  And they throw up their hands at the push for “meternity” and “pawternity” leave – as advocates contend getting getting some me time or a new pet is equivalent to having a baby.

Why Does Silicon Valley Like Democrats So Much?

 

shutterstock_176341079Over at TechCrunch, Greg Ferenstein — after pointing out how little interest Silicon Valley has had in the 2016 GOP presidential candidates — offers his theory as to why American tech leans left:

I think the more likely explanation is that the nation’s new industrial titans are pro-government. Google, Facebook, and most Internet titans are fueled by government projects: the Internet began in a defense department lab, public universities educate a skilled workforce and environmental policies benefit high tech green industries. The CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, is a fan of Obamacare, which helps his entrepreneurial drivers keep their health insurance as they transition between jobs.

In other words, the Democratic party is good for emerging industries and billionaires recognize it. Donald Trump is a candidate known to go after major figures in tech; a trend that may further the Democrats friendship with new industrial titans. Perhaps more importantly, I’ve argued that the modern emerging workforce of Silicon Valley, urbanized professionals, and “gig economy” laborers all represent an entirely new political demographic redefining the Democratic party to be more about education, research and entrepreneurship, and less about regulations and labor unions.

Clinton’s Solar Panel Plan Leaves America in the Dark

 

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On Hillary Clinton’s campaign website, she calls for the creation of 500 million new solar panels to “power every home in America.” Voicing a strong preference for solar may win over the hearts of some environmentally conscious voters, but it should not win over their minds. A proposal to comprehensively retool the nation’s energy systems to solar power ignores a couple of very basic, yet critically important, complications.

First, every home in America is already powered. The country does not need to undergo a massive, redundant, and expensive overhaul to duplicate what has already been accomplished. Second and more importantly, this plan, if you can call it that, hinges on a physical impossibility. Solar panels cannot power homes. At least not in any way people in the industrialized world would consider acceptable. Solar power is unreliable, intermittent, and inflexible. This means solar panels are intrinsically incapable of handling the country’s home energy needs.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review suffer through clips of Thursday’s Democratic debate but come away glad knowing the Democrats are plenty dysfunctional too – and really annoying.  They also discuss more and more health insurers losing money under Obamacare and planning to jack up premiums or get out of the market altogether.  And they unload on AMC for planning to experiment with texting during movies – but the story ends with relief.

Why Can’t We Record Smells?

 

shutterstock_330009206James Lileks’s latest Ramble podcast is about the music of computer games. (It was fun to listen to, and I don’t even care about computer games.) In his meandering to reach the subject, he noted that, while we can’t capture the smells of the past – a 1930s pharmacy, a 1940s movie theater – we can capture the sounds of the past.

We’ve all experienced the power of smells to evoke a particular time or place in our past, or of a new smell – good, or bad, or otherwise – to make a deep impression on us. In Brave New World, Huxley imagined “scent organs,” instruments that played music accompanied by a series of smells. In one scene, he wrote:

The scent organ was playing a delightfully refreshing Herbal Capriccio-rippling arpeggios of thyme and lavender, of rosemary, basil, myrtle, tarragon; a series of daring modulations through the spice keys into ambergris; and a slow return through sandalwood, camphor, cedar and new-mown hay (with occasional subtle touches of discord-a whiff of kidney pudding, the faintest suspicion of pig’s dung) back to the simple aromatics with which the piece began.