Episode 5 on WAAM 1600 AM: School Lunches, Repeal Failure, and E-Cigs [podcast]


Fingers revealed that his kids’ schools keep track of what they order at lunch, which is more than a little bit creepy. Are your kid’s lunch buying habits being tracked by their school? What is being done with this information? Are the schools selling it to Big Junk Food? It’s just so odd and gross.

The seven-year-in-the-making-ObamaCare-repeal-effort failed in spectacular fashion last week.

Pathetic.

This is terrible for Trump.
Not so fast. Scott Adams believes the failure of the Trump/Ryan repeal effort is a good thing, because it destroys the “Trump is HITLER!” meme.

With the failure of the Ryan healthcare bill, the illusion of Trump-is-Hitler has been fully replaced with Trump-is-incompetent meme. Look for the new meme to dominate the news, probably through the summer. By year end, you will see a second turn, from incompetent to “Competent, but we don’t like it.”

Why yes, it is rather un-Hitler like to acquiesce to the democratic process. So out with the “Trump’s a dictator” and in with “Trump’s an incompetent boob who can’t navigate Washington so we probably shouldn’t be so frightened.”

Just don’t expect this change to happen overnight. This new reality in which Trump is not in fact an evil dictator will come into focus slowly for some. If Adams is correct, and thus far he has been, we’ll see most of the “resistance” people moving into the competent camp by the end of the summer.

Outrage outbursts certainly aren’t abating. This week pompous windbag Bill O’Reilly, had the temerity (word of the day kids!) to say that Rep Maxine Waters appears to be wearing a James Brown wig.

Eh, not exactly Bill but close enough I suppose.

Having eyeballs and using them to notice similarities is of course racist. So poor old Bill is getting hammered for his comments. Might feel sorry for him if he wasn’t such an ass.

CrowdStrike, the cyber security firm that told the FBI that the Russians totes hacked the DNC server, and the FBI took their word for it, is back in the news this week.

CrowdStrike had to make changes to their December report linking the Russian hacker group “Fancy Bear” to a hack that targeted the Ukrainian military, because they got just about everything wrong. But they’re still totally correct about “Fancy Bear” being behind the DNC hack. Uh huh.

Do you work for the DNC? Well you better get cracking on writing a letter of resignation. Via The Hill:

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has asked its staff to submit resignation letters as the party goes through a shakeup after a rough 2016 election cycle.
Shortly after former Labor Secretary Tom Perez became the party’s chair in late February, the DNC requested resignation letters to be dated April 15, giving Perez the ability — should he choose — to launch a large-scale reorganization.
Obtaining the resignation letters eases the process for deciding who to keep, regardless of how many are eventually let go.
How many heads will roll?
If you thought the “Mattress Girl” story was over you were sadly mistaken. The man she accused of raping her, Paul Nungesser, has been battling in court for years to try to salvage his reputation. Ashe Schow at Watchdog.org has all the sordid details here are some of the highlights:
 A former Columbia University student who is suing his alma mater for failing to stop his accuser from publicly harassing him has lost in court a second time.

For the second time, a judge has dismissed Paul Nungesser’s lawsuit against his university. This time the complaint was dismissed “with prejudice,” meaning the former Columbia student can’t make any more appeals.

Nungesser and his attorneys filed their original complaint in April 2015 but amended it in July of that year following his graduation. Manhattan federal judge Gregory Woods issued the ruling March 24.

The Nungesser’s original complaint:

Despite being found “not responsible” numerous times, Nungesser was treated as guilty in the media, which continued to fawn over Sulkowicz’s art project. When the two graduated in May 2015, Sulkowicz was told she could not carry her mattress on stage, but she wasn’t stopped from doing so anyway. The school had previously sent out an email banning large objects at graduation. It seemed at the time like allowing Sulkowicz to bring her mattress on stage would help Nungesser’s lawsuit, but it didn’t.

Nungesser sued Columbia for allowing her to publicly harass him through her art project. During the senior art exhibition, Sulkowicz not only displayed her mattress, but also drawings she had made of her alleged rape, including drawings of Nungesser’s genitals.

In his first dismissal of Nungesser’s lawsuit, Judge Woods claimed the gender-based discrimination claim rested on a “logical fallacy.”

“He assumes that because the allegations against him concerned a sexual act that everything that follows from it is ‘sex-based’ within the meaning of Title IX. He is wrong,” Woods wrote. “Taken to its logical extreme, Nungesser’s position would lead to the conclusion that those who commit, or are accused of committing, sexual assault are a protected class under Title IX. The statute does not permit that result.”

But Woods’ description would also affect accusers of sexual assault. Title IX has been used as a gender discrimination claim in sexual assaults because women are the primary accusers; therefore, not responding to their claims is somehow discriminating against them as part of a class.

Nungesser’s lawsuit was more complex than other Title IX lawsuits brought by male accused students. He was arguing that Sulkowicz’s art project — and the school and professor that sanctioned that art project — was harassment, since his name was leaked to the media and he was humiliated on campus. Nungesser returned to his native Germany after graduation, believing he couldn’t get hired in the U.S. after the negative media attention.

Judge Woods didn’t buy the harassment argument, and in a 46-page decision, wrote Columbia couldn’t have perceived that he was being harassed based on his gender, rather than his relationship with Sulkowicz.

One of Nungesser’s attorneys, Philip Arwood Byler of Nesenoff & Miltenberg, told the New York Post that he was determined to continue fighting the case.

“I’ve scanned the opinion and my view is that it’s mistaken,” Byler said. “We think we have a good appeal. We’re going to have to go to the 2nd Circuit [Court of Appeals] and get it done right.”

Makes your brain hurt doesn’t it?
And finally, also from the brain pain files, comes this lunacy via the NY Post:

Gov. Cuomo’s Department of Health last week released survey data that he’s using to bolster his case for a $12 tax on 30 ml bottles of vaping liquids and a ban on vaping indoors. Yet the survey data — and much other evidence — undercut his case.

That hasn’t stopped legislators from piling on with efforts to ban coupons for vapor products, prohibit sales in pharmacies, ban flavored e-liquid and even ban the sale of liquid used in vapor products altogether. State Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) says he’s reached an agreement with Cuomo to pass the vaping ban.

The first thing the governor, Hannon and other legislators fail to recognize is that e-cigarettes aren’t tobacco products. E-cigarettes contain no tobacco. Most contain nicotine, which is heated in a flavored liquid to produce an aerosol users inhale. But nicotine isn’t exclusive to tobacco. The same nicotine is used in nicotine gums and patches used to help smokers quit.

Scientists have recognized for years that people smoke for the nicotine but die from the smoke, which contains thousands of harmful chemicals. E-cigarettes contain no tobacco and produce no smoke. While we may prefer living in a fantasyland where teens never engage in any risky behavior, the Health Department report demonstrates that New York teens are actually making better, more health-conscious choices.

The party that claims to have a monopoly on the love of science sure doesn’t seem to understand it all that much.

BONUS CONTENT

Has science on the verge of solving the biggest problem of our times, then hangover?  Via the Daily Mail:

SunUp is the brainchild of Margaret Morese, a senior molecular, cellular and developmental biology Major at Yale, and Liam McClintock, a senior D1 athlete involved in Greek life at Yale.

‘Hangovers cost the U.S. over $200 billion according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,’ the team shared on their Indigogo page.

‘That’s about $1.37 for each drink consumed by Americans!’

‘Together with your help we are aiming to prevent the damaging effects of alcohol on the body, terrible feelings of hangover, and productivity lost due to alcohol hangovers.’

If you want to contribute to their crowdfunding campaign you can do so here.

 

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