Tyler Jackson has emailed me an interesting story, soon to apper online (I’ll link to it once it does)– the gist is that the head of the Connecticut Peace Officers’ Assn has released an open letter stating that the police will not “be party to the oppression of the people of the state by enforcing an unconstitutional law.” So far 250 LEOs have cosigned the letter.
The CT law required the registration of AWs, with a deadline for doing so, and it appears that the vast majority of AW owners have simply refused. So now the State faces massive resistance, and some portion, perhaps a large portion, of police refusing to enforce.
This week, we learned from a new study that AD may cause as many deaths as heart disease and cancer, our top two killers. The report estimates Alzheimer’s deaths at more than a half million, or six times the number reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the year 2010. Advocates for AD prevention and cure may view this news as ammunition to procure more money for research—and that’s “all good.”
Next, say what? Do we have it all wrong? A paper in the journal Open Heart says “there is no conclusive proof that a low-fat diet has any positive effects on health. A public health campaign is drastically needed to educate on the harms of a diet high in carbohydrate/sugar.” The author says following a diet low in saturated fat won’t help us stamp out heart disease or live longer lives. Phones are ringing at doctors’ and nutritionists’ offices right now.
You break it, you bought it…
Just barely into his third month of office, New York mayor Bill de Blasio is already suffering in the polls. In a Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York-Marist poll of registered voters, de Blasio eked out a paltry 39 percent approval rating for his job performance with 57 percent of respondents saying the mayor was doing only either fair or poorly.
However, while correspondents think the mayor is doing his job badly, the majority of New Yorkers still have a favorable opinion of him personally. Only 33 percent of respondents viewed de Blasio the man unfavorably while 59 percent viewed him unfavorably.
De Blasio was inaugurated just after midnight on January 1 after a landslide election over his Republican opponent, Joe Lhota. Having won nearly three out of every four votes, de Blasio began his tenure with a 64 percent approval rating.
The South Korean missionary — who was arrested last year — and his accomplices have reportedly started 500 or so underground churches, Breitbart reported.
South Korean press cited by The Daily Mail reported that Mr. Kim has charged that the 33 are attempting to overthrow the government — the same accusation that led to the execution of the North Korean leader’s uncle, Jang Song-thaek, and all Mr. Jang’s relatives.
The missionary accomplices will be put to death in a cell of the State Security Department, The Daily Mail reported.
Whenever Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at AIPAC’s policy conference in Washington, as he did earlier this week, he devotes some part of his speech to basics that are too often neglected in discussions of Israel’s role in the Middle East. As always, Netanyahu’s speech is worth reading in its entirety.
I want to draw attention in particular to Netanyahu’s introductory point. It stands in stark contrast to anything one hears from President Obama or administration officials, ever, including such preening phonies as Samantha Power. Let’s take it from the top:
My friends, I’ve come here to draw a clear line.
You know that I like to draw lines — especially red ones. But the line I want to draw today is the line between life and death, between right and wrong, between the blessings of a brilliant future and the curses of a dark past.
I stood very close to that dividing line two weeks ago. I visited an Israeli army field hospital in the Golan Heights. Now, that field hospital wasn’t set up for Israelis. It was set up for Syrians. Israelis treated nearly a thousand wounded Syrians — men, women and a lot of children. They come to our border fence bleeding and desperate. Often they’re near death.
Ad Age has a short article out right now about the colossal face-plant that is Al Jazeera America, formerly CurrentTV, which Al Jazeera bought from Al Gore for something like $100 million. Get a load of these numbers for viewership:
The channel isn’t even pulling in half the total audience that predecessor Current TV managed. Al Jazeera America has averaged just 15,000 total viewers in prime-time since bowing in August, with only 5,000 viewers in the target 25-to-54-year-old demographic, according to Nielsen figures. That’s low enough to be considered “scratch,” or negligible, by Nielsen. For the marketers that still worry about the channel’s perspective and its image in the U.S., those aren’t the kind of numbers to tempt a re-examination.
Only 15,000 prime time viewers? Seriously?
An interesting item for a Friday evening: a team of Australian researchers has come to the startling conclusion that there are 20 times as many fish in the sea as previously believed:
Scientists have vastly underestimated the number of fish in the sea – and say the majority of them have never been fished. Australian researchers found that mesopelagic fish, which live between 100 and 1000m below the surface, constitute 95 per cent of the world’s fish biomass and are untouched by fishing.
The international team of marine biologists say mesopelagic fish in the earth’s oceans constitute 10 to 30 times more biomass than previously thought. UWA Professor Carlos Duarte says mesopelagic fish – fish that live between 100 and 1000m below the surface – must therefore constitute 95 per cent of the world’s fish biomass.
They believe the finding could dramatically change our understanding of how the ocean’s operate. “Because the stock is much larger it means this layer must play a more significant role in the functioning of the ocean and affecting the flow of carbon and oxygen in the ocean,” he says.
Well, he’ll blame either Bibi or Bush…
If the administration allows Abbas to escape accountability on this crucial point it will expose their peace efforts as worse than a sham. As I wrote yesterday, the Jewish state is not a contrived controversy but a concept that lies at the heart of the conflict. Israelis have repeatedly shown their willingness to take risks for peace but the Palestinians are still stuck with a historical narrative that won’t allow them to give up their dream of Israel’s extinction.
Abbas has no intention of ever signing a peace treaty with Israel or granting it legitimacy as a Jewish state no matter where its borders are drawn or how much of Jerusalem they obtain. But if the United States can’t be honest about this even when Abbas gives them a flat no to one of the basic principles of peace, then it is clear that the purpose of the negotiations isn’t a resolution of the conflict but another excuse to bash Israel. If, after Kerry’s mission fails or even if it continues on terms that are incompatible with peace, Israelis should expect to be blamed no matter what they have conceded or how many times Abbas has said no. But so long as Abbas refuses to say two words, those charges will be lies.
Why aren’t they signing up? First off, there will always be people who choose to live on the margins in some way or other. They don’t want to be in the system, they’re paranoid about the system, they keep their money in their mattress and lots of cans in the basement. But mostly, people aren’t signing up now and haven’t had health care before because of the cost: “Of people who are uninsured and do not intend to get a health plan through the marketplaces, the biggest factor is that they believe they could not afford one.”
Since October 1 of last year, the coverage of the Obamacare disaster has centered on the technical catastrophe of the healthcare.gov and the transitional problems afflicting insurers, employers, and the insured alike—and more recently the administration’s desperate efforts to delay the penalties and controls imposed by the law to limit the political fallout. It is safe to say, though, that this is the worst possible news for Obama and his people. They have thrown the entire health-care system into unprecedented chaos for a population that is, it seems, staying as far away from it as possible. Little has been fixed; much has been made far worse; nothing makes sense; and good luck to the Democrats who have to defend their votes for this colossal cock-up in November.