MATOSKO – Trump’s Visit, – Drudge Links; GOLDBERG – Puttin on the Ritz; WILLIAMS – Academy lunacy; MOSER – WiFi images; FRENCH – Flynn’s not guilty; CLARK – American cities out of room.
RECOMMENDED: Zero Hedge; Hannity on Health Care.
David Matosko, UK Daily Mail: “Shalom! Trump lands in Israel in pursuit of elusive peace deal and vows to make the Middle East a place where children can ‘grow up free from terrorism and violence’
- Trump arrived in Jerusalem on Monday afternoon to meet Israel’s president and prime minister after a two-day triumph in Saudi Arabia
- On Tuesday he will meet Palestinian Authority President Abbas in Bethlehem
- Trump has called Middle East peace ‘the ultimate deal’ and is using his son-in-law Jared Kushner’s expertise and Orthodox Jewish connections to work on it
- Trump has worried Israelis, however, with the softening of his enthusiasm for settlement building in the West Bank
- And he is keen to sell arms to Muslim nations including the Saudis, already racking up more than $100 billion in orders this weekend
- Trump said Iran’s nuclear saber rattling has brought ‘a different feeling toward Israel’ from some countries that have been cool to the Jewish state
- ‘There’s a great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East,’ he said; ‘People have just had enough. They’ve had enough of the bloodshed and the killing’
- Trump became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem
Egyptian president says Trump ‘capable of doing impossible’…
Israel in rare overture to Palestinians…
Tensions deepen with Iran…
Must ‘never ever’ be allowed to build nukes…
Priebus, Bannon back to DC…
LIVE: Trump in Jerusalem…
Jonah Goldberg, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”
“I made this basic point at great length in my “news”letter last week — the most widely read G-File of 2017 I believe, which gets me an extra can of spam from the suits. It now seems to be conventional wisdom across much of the Right. Even Matthew Continetti, who has been among the best at trying to find the Christmas pony amidst the manure piles, seems to be convinced that Trump is his own worst enemy.
“But that’s a fruitless question. The question now is, ‘Can Trump be contained?’ Can Mike Pence, the Trump princelings, congressional leadership, and the rest of the imperial court grasp that their own self-interest depends entirely on getting Young Frankenstein’s monster to sing ‘Putting on the Ritz’?
“If Trump could simply hold a tune — about jobs, tax reform, etc. — for a few months, his poll numbers would creep up, some good policy might get enacted, and, crucially for Trump, he would earn some political capital that might take the bite out of whatever Mueller finds, if he finds anything at all. Alternatively, keeping his fan base loyal but alienating everyone else is a recipe for staying in the mid 30s for the rest of his term and taking down the GOP majority in the House.
“Needless to say, I’m skeptical Trump’s team can get him into the tux and teach him to tap dance. But what other choice do they have but to try?
Walter Williams, Front Page: “SHEER LUNACY ON CAMPUS”
“When kindergarten meets totalitarianism.
“Parents, taxpayers and donors have little idea of the levels of lunacy, evil and lawlessness that have become features of many of today’s institutions of higher learning. Parents, taxpayers and donors who ignore or are too lazy to find out what goes on in the name of higher education are nearly as complicit as the professors and administrators who promote or sanction the lunacy, evil and lawlessness. As for the term ‘institutions of higher learning,’ we might start asking: Higher than what? Let’s look at a tiny sample of academic lunacy.
“During a campus debate, Purdue University professor David Sanders argued that a logical extension of pro-lifers’ belief that fetuses are human beings is that pictures of ‘a butt-naked body of a child’ are child pornography. Clemson University’s chief diversity officer, Lee Gill, who’s paid $185,000 a year to promote inclusion, provided a lesson claiming that to expect certain people to be on time is racist.
“To reduce angst among snowflakes in its student body, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law has added a “Chill Zone.” The Chill Zone, located in its library, has, just as most nursery schools have, mats for naps and beanbag chairs. Before or after a snooze, students can also use the space to do a bit of yoga or meditate. The University of Michigan Law School helped its students weather their Trump derangement syndrome — a condition resulting from Donald Trump’s election — by enlisting the services of an “embedded psychologist” in a room full of bubbles and play dough. To reduce pressure on law students, Joshua M. Silverstein, a law professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, thinks that ‘every American law school ought to substantially eliminate C grades and set its good academic standing grade point average at the B- level.’
“Today’s academic climate might be described as a mixture of infantilism, kindergarten and totalitarianism. The radicals, draft dodgers and hippies of the 1960s who are now college administrators and professors are responsible for today’s academic climate. The infantilism should not be tolerated, but more important for the future of our nation are the totalitarianism and the hate-America lessons being taught at many of the nation’s colleges. “For example, led by its student government leader, the University of California, Irvine’s student body voted for a motion, which the faculty approved, directing that the American flag not be on display because it makes some students uncomfortable and creates an unsafe, hostile environment. The flag is a symbol of hate speech, according to the student government leader. He said that the U.S. flag is just as offensive as Nazi and Islamic State flags and that the U.S. is the world’s most evil nation (http://tinyurl.com/kjoax3j). . .”
Dave Mosher, Business Insider: “Scientists have found a way to photograph people in 3D through walls using Wi-Fi”
“Wi-Fi can pass through walls.
“This fact is easy to take for granted, yet it’s the reason we can surf the web using a wireless router located in another room.
“But not all of that microwave radiation makes it to (or from) our phones, tablets, and laptops. Routers scatter and bounce their signal off objects, illuminating our homes and offices like invisible light bulbs.
“Now, German scientists have found a way to exploit this property to take holograms, or 3D photographs, of objects inside a room — from outside it.
“‘It can basically scan a room with someone’s Wi-Fi transmission,’ Philipp Holl, a 23-year-old undergraduate physics student at the Technical University of Munich, told Business Insider.
Holl initially built the device as part of his bachelor thesis with the help of his academic supervisor, Friedemann Reinhard. The two later submitted a study about their technique to the journal Physical Review Letters, which published their paper in early May.
“Holl says the technology is only in its prototype stage and has limited resolution, but he is excited about its promise.
“‘If there’s a cup of coffee on a table, you may see something is there, but you couldn’t see the shape,’ Holl says. ‘But you could make out the shape of a person, or a dog on a couch. Really any object that’s more than 4 centimeters in size.’ . . .”
David French, NRO: “Michael Flynn’s Decision to Plead the Fifth Tells Us Nothing about His Guilt”
“It merely proves that he has competent attorneys, and that he’s taking their advice.
“After a short, merciful weekend break from Trump–Russia scoops, the Associated Press reported this morning that Michael Flynn will decline a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
“Already, Twitter is exploding with assertions that this “probably” means Flynn is guilty. Wouldn’t an innocent patriot in Flynn’s shoes want to tell the world his side of the story? Wouldn’t he want to clear his name?
“It’s tempting to think that only a man with something to hide refuses to testify — especially on a matter of national importance. But in this case, it would be unfair to Flynn. We don’t have any idea whether Flynn has violated criminal laws, and his decision to plead the fifth does not in any way indicate that he’s guilty of a crime. Instead, he’s behaving exactly as a prudent citizen embroiled in a federal investigation should behave. There is a reason beyond our nation’s respect for constitutional rights why a defendant’s decision to assert the Fifth Amendment is inadmissible in criminal trials: It simply isn’t a reliable indicator of guilt.
“To understand why, you have to understand a core truth that I discussed with criminal-defense attorney (and former federal prosecutor) Ken White on my last podcast. Federal investigations are extremely perilous even for those targets innocent of the crimes being investigated. In fact, it’s common for investigators to indict or convict the targets of their investigations for misconduct during the investigation, rather than for the alleged crimes that sparked their inquiries to begin with.
“Just ask Martha Stewart. In 2004, a jury found her guilty of obstructing an investigation into her sale of stock in a company called ImClone Systems, Inc. The judge dismissed the government’s securities-fraud charge before Stewart’s trial. Similarly, in 2007 prosecutors convicted Scooter Libby of lying to the FBI and obstructing an investigation into the leak of CIA employee Valerie Plame’s identity to journalist Robert Novak. In the so-called “Plame Affair,” no one was ever convicted of a crime for the leak itself.
“Intelligent lawyers understand the peril faced by a man in Flynn’s position, and thus they often give clients a simple instruction: Don’t cooperate without immunity. Innocent people can find themselves under incredible pressure. Investigators ask questions that are calculated to trap witnesses in apparent lies. Witnesses make mistakes. Sometimes they’ll lie not because they’re guilty but because they’re panicked or afraid that telling the truth will lead to a trial they don’t want to risk. And, yes, of course sometimes they lie because they’re guilty of the underlying offense. In any case, unconditional cooperation is extraordinarily dangerous.
In March, Flynn did the intelligent thing and asked the Senate Intelligence Committee for immunity in exchange for his testimony. Then as now, Twitter exploded with speculation that Flynn only made the request because he was guilty. Then as now, Twitter gleefully pointed out Flynn’s own hypocrisy, noting that he once said, “When you are given immunity, that means you probably have committed a crime.” The Intelligence Committee denied Flynn’s request, calling it “wildly preliminary.”
“From that point forward, Flynn’s decision was remarkably simple. Every sentient lawyer in America would give him the same advice: If the committee denies you immunity, then you must deny them your testimony. Any other decision would be shockingly reckless. . .”
Patrick Clark, Bloomberg: “America’s Cities Are Running out of Room”
“Everyone wants to live downtown, but only the rich can afford it. And it’s getting worse.”
“A shortage of homes for sale has bedeviled U.S. house hunters in recent years, so why don’t builders build more? One problem is that they’re running out of lots to build on—at least in the places that people want to live.
“Cities that were sprawling before the Great Recession have begun to sprawl again. Space-constrained cities, meanwhile, have run out of room to build. That reality has spurred developers to focus on center-city neighborhoods where high-density building is allowed—and new units command exceedingly high prices.
“At some point, said Issi Romem, chief economist at BuildZoom, vacant lots in desirable urban neighborhoods will run out. “If you have three days of rations left, you’ll be fine on day one, two, three,” said Romem, author of new research demonstrating home construction patterns. “On day 4, you have a problem.”
“Historically, cities grew outward, as builders developed tracts on the periphery—then filled in the land between various developments over time. When these so-called expansive cities of the South and Southwest run out of infill land on which to build, developers simply pushed out further.
“Some of these cities, like Austin and Nashville, have seen downtown boomlets. But more broadly, the building trends in those metros looks more like Dallas: Inside a 30-mile radius from the center of the city, new home sales decreased from 2000 to 2015. Outside the radius, though, sales are up by more than 50 percent. The same trend has played out to varying degrees in Phoenix, Atlanta, and San Antonio, among other cities.
“In America’s most expensive cities, however, that dynamic has been turned inside out (or perhaps outside in). New construction trends in places like New York City have been tightly focused on downtown clusters where zoning rules permit high-density construction. These cities stopped expanding their geographic footprint decades ago, leaving builders to concentrate on finding buildable lots inside existing boundaries. As those lots became harder to find, land prices increase, reducing options for builders hoping to turn a profit. Developers building on pricey lots generally seek to offset land prices by building more densely, Romem said. In many cases, that means focusing on high-end apartments that offer better profit margins. The wealthiest residents are the only ones who can buy, and a vicious cycle is created. . .”
Strongly Recommended: Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge. Email available!
Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,). Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC. Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded! I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.
Pure = Green Icon
Unknown = Yellow Icon
Hybrid = Red Icon