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Music from this week’s podcast: It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green by Frank Sinatra 

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    The more rabid environmentalists (but I repeat myself), if I understand them correctly, wish to sacrifice civilization to save mankind. They perceive climate change as an apocalypse. And anything — even human suffering on a vast scale — is better than an apocalypse.

    This is why their refusal to consider nuclear power gives away the game. Killing off animal husbandry, imposing vegetarianism, confiscating cars, and otherwise wrecking the economy are all necessary (otherwise, the world will end, you know), but accepting the risks of nuclear power . . . isn’t? Nuclear power is just too dangerous?

    It’s insane.

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    • February 8, 2019 at 3:15 pm
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    Okay, James. I’ll make you happy and not go to whatever those places were you were talking about.

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    • February 8, 2019 at 3:40 pm
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    A 48-episode, Genesis-themed podcast narrated by James Lileks?

    Sign me up!

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    • February 8, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    Bunwick Chiffswiddle (View Comment):

    A 48-episode, Genesis-themed podcast narrated by James Lileks?

    Sign me up!

    At first I thought he meant the Bible book. I would have signed up for that.

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    • February 8, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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    I just want everyone to know that this episode of the podcast caught me totally by surprise. You can’t blame me because…

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    • February 8, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    I just want everyone to know that this episode of the podcast caught me totally by surprise. You can’t blame me because…

    Did Rob fly in on his biplane?

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    • February 8, 2019 at 4:28 pm
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    I just want everyone to know that this episode of the podcast caught me totally by surprise. You can’t blame me because…

    EJ, I’ve gotten used to the brilliance of your work, but sometimes you surpass even yourself. Sheer genius.

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    • February 8, 2019 at 4:32 pm
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    There’s nothing wrong with Sinatra, goodness’s knows, but the original is–well, it’s the original: 

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    • February 8, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    I too have been somehow been made more optimistic by the foolishness of the left in the last few weeks. Whenever I hear them discussing the environmental apocalypse and the Green New Deal I’m reminded of the ’60’s song, Eve of Destruction.

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    • February 8, 2019 at 4:42 pm
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    Peter Robinson (View Comment):

    There’s nothing wrong with Sinatra, goodness’s knows, but the original is–well, it’s the original:

    Always put the link on a separate line, Peter.

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    • February 8, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):

    I too have been somehow been made more optimistic by the foolishness of the left in the last few weeks. Whenever I hear them discussing the environmental apocalypse and the Green New Deal I’m reminded of the ’60’s song, Eve of Destruction.

    Good tune:

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    • February 8, 2019 at 4:48 pm
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    Peter Robinson (View Comment):

    There’s nothing wrong with Sinatra, goodness’s knows, but the original is–well, it’s the original

    No question the original is great, but everyone has heard it. I had no idea Sinatra had covered this until today. I was also interested in the Van Morrison version:

     

     

     

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    • February 8, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Superb, fellas!

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    • February 8, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    Arahant (View Comment):
    Okay, James. I’ll make you happy and not go to whatever those places were you were talking about.

    Refresh my scattered memory. What places was I talking about? 

     

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    • February 8, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):
    Okay, James. I’ll make you happy and not go to whatever those places were you were talking about.

    Refresh my scattered memory. What places was I talking about?

    Something about eyepads or something. Maybe to do with rating the podcast. I don’t know about that stuff. I only hang out on Ricochet.

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    • February 8, 2019 at 6:55 pm
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    Richard Easton (View Comment):
    Did Rob fly in on his biplane?

    It’s an obscure reference – well, to us Yanks, anyway. The character in the Monty Python Spanish Inquisition sketch was called “Cardinal Biggles,” which was a reference to a series of British boys’ books about the adventures of James Bigglesworth, ace flier

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    • February 8, 2019 at 6:57 pm
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    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Richard Easton (View Comment):
    Did Rob fly in on his biplane?

    It’s an obscure reference – well, to us Yanks, anyway. The character in the Monty Python Spanish Inquisition sketch was called “Cardinal Biggles,” which was a reference to a series of British boys’ books about the adventures of James Bigglesworth, ace flier.

    I like how Peter was the lead member of the Spanish Inquisition.

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    • February 8, 2019 at 6:58 pm
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    Arahant (View Comment):
    Something about eyepads or something. Maybe to do with rating the podcast. I don’t know about that stuff. I only hang out on Ricochet.

    Oh, right, the end. That was reverse psycholology.

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    • February 8, 2019 at 7:26 pm
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    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):
    Something about eyepads or something. Maybe to do with rating the podcast. I don’t know about that stuff. I only hang out on Ricochet.

    Oh, right, the end. That was reverse psycholology.

    Didn’t work then. 😜

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    • February 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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    As always, the conversation is overflowing with right-thinking (not political right, but rational and sensible) ideas.

    To tie the tedious anti-science and anti-economic Green New Deal with the anti-intellectualism of American schools (“We go to college now because high school stinks.” —Rob), it is entertaining to picture school teachers using the GND specifics to stimulate the creative thinking of their eager students. If air travel is eliminated, how many companies and jobs will be destroyed? How will domestic and international tourism be affected? If airports are no longer needed, what will be done with their expensive infrastructure? Can grounded aircraft be used for “safe, affordable, adequate” housing? If they can, why aren’t they used now? and on and on infinitely.

    Linking the unimaginative and meaningless “Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal” to the mysterious medieval meanings of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” is not so easy. So I will simply recommend to Rob the Dec 13th “In Our Time” podcast in which three scholars, including one who translated it, discuss the poem and it’s meaning. I still don’t get it, but I enjoyed the violent toxic masculinity and the sexy bedroom scenes.

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    • February 8, 2019 at 9:11 pm
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    Small quibble but will the old – or indeed a new – theme tune return? The breaking news jingle is a poor substitute…

    One more pedantic point but didn’t Ted Cruz win Iowa in 2016 running against ethanol subsidies? I admit my memory might be faulty.

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    • February 9, 2019 at 5:50 am
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    Two comments on advice to a young person on college:

    If you are into science and technology, take a good look at the military, particularly the Navy and Air Force if you’re interested in technology. You’ll learn practical skills, while saving for college should you decide to go that route. The military will also give you the discipline to withstand the mindless drivel of liberal professors. Just regurgitate what they teach on the exams and get the good grades.

    If you want to go into the liberal arts (English, art, music, etc.) , realize you will be better off financially if you get a STEM degree and do your art on the side (this is working for oldest daughter, who is a talented artist). If you insist on a liberal arts degree, don’t go into insane amounts of debt to get your sheepskin. Even if you get a job in your field, your debt will plague you most of your life.

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    • February 9, 2019 at 8:22 am
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    They have to break the accreditation racket. Higher education should develop your human capital–become a better person–or jack up your productivity so you get paid. That’s not what goes on right now, and they charge way too much for it. It makes me crazy.

    Nick GIllespie talks with @ThaddeusRussell about Renegade University and how the Department of Education is screwing up universities https://reason.com/blog/2017/12/26/thad-russell-education-academia-podcast

     

    Historian and entrepreneur Thaddeus Russell has a bone to pick with American higher education. It’s not simply that maverick opinions that stray from a liberal-progressive orthodoxy get squashed in classroom discussions and tenure decisions. Russell says the federal Department of Education effectively manages an accreditation system that controls the number and character of elite institutions by insisting that “serious” colleges and universities have dorms, dining halls, and a whole host of things completely unrelated to higher learning.

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    • February 9, 2019 at 9:00 am
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    Mr Nick (View Comment):

    Small quibble but will the old – or indeed a new – theme tune return? The breaking news jingle is a poor substitute…

    One more pedantic point but didn’t Ted Cruz win Iowa in 2016 running against ethanol subsidies? I admit my memory might be faulty.

    I miss it too. The Rachel Maddow quote ages well.

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    • February 9, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Netflix Pays Record Sum For Movie About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez https://dailycaller.com/2019/02/09/netflix-ocasio-cortez-movie/ via @dailycaller

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    • February 9, 2019 at 9:33 am
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    Stad (View Comment):

    Two comments on advice to a young person on college:

    If you are into science and technology, take a good look at the military, particularly the Navy and Air Force if you’re interested in technology. You’ll learn practical skills, while saving for college should you decide to go that route. The military will also give you the discipline to withstand the mindless drivel of liberal professors. Just regurgitate what they teach on the exams and get the good grades.

    If you want to go into the liberal arts (English, art, music, etc.) , realize you will be better off financially if you get a STEM degree and do your art on the side (this is working for oldest daughter, who is a talented artist). If you insist on a liberal arts degree, don’t go into insane amounts of debt to get your sheepskin. Even if you get a job in your field, your debt will plague you most of your life.

    I want to second the military recommendation – if the young person is not willing to commit several years [which sounds like an eternity at that age] consider the Reserves or National Guard to get your feet wet.

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    Bruce Mamont (View Comment):

    Mr Nick (View Comment):

    Small quibble but will the old – or indeed a new – theme tune return? The breaking news jingle is a poor substitute…

    One more pedantic point but didn’t Ted Cruz win Iowa in 2016 running against ethanol subsidies? I admit my memory might be faulty.

    I miss it too. The Rachel Maddow quote ages well.

    We’ll think about it. Our analytics were showing that a lot of people skipped through it, indicating they wanted us to get to the show faster. That’s the main we reason we dropped it. But I also felt like the Trump clips in it were stale. 

    I’d be interested in hearing suggestion for new clips to put in the open. 

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    • February 9, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    Blue Yeti (View Comment):
    We’ll think about it. Our analytics were showing that a lot of people skipped through it, indicating they wanted us to get to the show faster.

    I didn’t notice it was gone. Didn’t miss it.

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    • February 9, 2019 at 10:24 am
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    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    Bruce Mamont (View Comment):

    Mr Nick (View Comment):

    Small quibble but will the old – or indeed a new – theme tune return? The breaking news jingle is a poor substitute…

    One more pedantic point but didn’t Ted Cruz win Iowa in 2016 running against ethanol subsidies? I admit my memory might be faulty.

    I miss it too. The Rachel Maddow quote ages well.

    We’ll think about it. Our analytics were showing that a lot of people skipped through it, indicating they wanted us to get to the show faster. That’s the main we reason we dropped it. But I also felt like the Trump clips in it were stale.

    I’d be interested in hearing suggestion for new clips to put in the open.

    I liked the sound clips you were putting at the beginning – right before the theme – of one of the guys all caught up in the pre-show frenzy. But I don’t know if that would work without a theme of some sort to follow it.

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    • February 9, 2019 at 10:59 am
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    Stad (View Comment): If you want to go into the liberal arts (English, art, music, etc.) , realize you will be better off financially if you get a STEM degree and do your art on the side (this is working for oldest daughter, who is a talented artist). If you insist on a liberal arts degree, don’t go into insane amounts of debt to get your sheepskin. Even if you get a job in your field, your debt will plague you most of your life.

    That, or choose Hillsdale.

    Relative to other small colleges, it’s a steal, plus you’ll meet people who actually care about books, music, and ideas.

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