20MAY2019 – American Greatness Post of the Day – Notes on the Great Realignment by Roger Kimball

I haven’t even finished this essay but I can already recommend it.  Kimball looks at the Never-Trumpers’ reaction to President Trump meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and then talks about the reality of Orban himself.   https://amgreatness.com/2019/05/18/notes-on-the-great-realignment/

Things going on in Europe are important because they reinforce the global nature of the attack on normalcy going on everywhere by our beneficent masters.  Coordinating with our allies in Europe and elsewhere must be especially frightening to the Hive.

Max Boot seems to primarily exist as an example of hypocritical idiocy.  He can’t actually believe the things he says but he is stupid enough to believe we’ll buy his lies.

16MAY2019 – American Greatness Post of the Day – Our Modern Satyricon – VDH

Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist by training so it is perhaps unsurprising that he finds the analogies between Petronius’s Satyricon and the cultural rot of our own age.

https://amgreatness.com/2019/05/15/our-modern-satyricon/

But I still praise him for the accuracy of his point by point comparison.  Comparing the present age to post-republican Rome has become a common trope but Hanson points out just how accurate it is.  Nothing new here, just the scholarly expertise of the author pointing out the exactness of the analogy.

Finding the Missing Link between Microbes and Men

Unless we include progressives there doesn’t seem to be any close relationship between bacteria (a prokaryote) and humans (a member of the eukaryote group).  In fact, even something as humble as a fungus has more in common on the cellular level with humans than it does with bacteria.  Assuming that bacteria were here first (which is an assumption that needs to be tested) it isn’t clear how the jump happened from the bare bones simplicity of the prokaryote to the remarkable complexity of even the most simplistic eukaryotic cell.  Recent discoveries in the organisms that fall somewhere in between these two groups (archaea) is fueling additional controversy.  According to one theory the archaea are the ancestor of the eukaryotes and therefore sort of our multi-great grand uncles.  This rubs a lot of biologists the wrong way.  There are even feuds based on this disagreement.  I don’t have a dog in this fight but I am interested in advancements in the understanding of how life evolved on Earth.  An interesting aspect of the story is that certain components of the eukaryotic cell (like the mitochondria and the chloroplasts) started out as independent bacterial cells that were ingested by some ancient organism but somehow survived inside the cell and formed a symbiotic and permanent arrangement.  And many modern biologists see similar symbiosis between the bacteria living in our intestines and our human selves.  Both species profit from the relationship and in our cases couldn’t survive without the other.  What a strange and remarkable world we live in.  Interesting read.

The Trickster Microbes that are Shaking Up the Tree of Life  by Traci Watson

 

 

If You Need Something to Cheer You Up Today

Roger Kimball of the Spectator opines that AG Barr is not a man to trifle with.

https://spectator.us/doggedness-william-barr/

 

“The man is part terrier (and another part Sphinx). He will get to the bottom of this whole rotten story and (as he explained in that earlier confirmation hearing) he will neither pursue anyone groundlessly because he has influential enemies, nor will he forbear to indict someone who has broken the law because he is politically powerful. I believe this is true. Like Koko in The Mikado, I have a little list on which are the names of several prominent Democrats who I believe have broken the law. William Barr surely has a similar list, though his is probably longer.”

Brexit Party Strength in EU Elections Signals a Fight Coming Up

Farange and his Brexit party are attracting voters from both Tory and Labor voters.  The new party is out-polling both of these parties in the upcoming British EU elections and it is plain that in the future the Brexit Party will attempt to force the Brexit by winning seats from both the Tories and Labor in an upcoming general election at some time in the future.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1126422/Brexit-latest-news-brexit-deal-labour-tory-talks-theresa-may-deal

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/11/poll-surge-for-farage-panic-conservatives-and-labour?__twitter_impression=true

Can Farange save the exit from the EU?  Well, that’s a question mark at this point, but whatever else happens the Tories look to be out as the majority party once the next election finishes.  And a self-inflicted death blow is the only way to describe it.  This is what we’d expect from the likes of John McCain or Mitt Romney.  Arrogant tone-deafness is the description I’d attach to this level of  imbecility.

Sharyl Attkisson Tells Us Why Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn Was Targeted by the Russia-Gate Scam

Attkisson was spied on by the Obama Justice Department because of her sources in the Intelligence community and she knows quite a bit about how and why.  She points out that Flynn as the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under Obama knew what was going on and was supposed to clean up the FISA malfeasance.  And that’s why he was targeted.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/05/10/the_government_spied_on_me_you_could_be_next_140291.html

Sharyl Attkisson Tells What Happens to a Reporter Who Defies the Media Narrative

Sharyl Attkisson is not a conservative.  She’s probably a liberal but apparently she’s also an honest journalist.  But when she let that honesty infect her journalism and threaten the Mainstream Media’s Narrative CBS shut down her ability to break stories they didn’t want seen.  When she left CS the narrative was that she was a closet conservative who was finally outed and had to leave the Land of Oz and descend into the nether regions where troglodyte reporters wail and gnash their teeth.  She tells her tale and it’s interesting to see how this should be all the objective proof needed to confirm the truth of the Narrative’s stranglehold over the Mainstream Media.  Here is someone who isn’t conservative but experienced what happens when you try to tell objective political facts about the Left.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/what-my-leaving-cbs-news-revealed-about-the-news-industry_2901934.html