Monday assorted links


6. What?

"Ministers, priests, rabbis, imams and other religious practitioners have to report child abuse, except in instances where the information supporting the suspicion of child abuse or neglect is required by the doctrine of the religious organization to be kept secret."

Exactly my reaction. Or maybe mine was more WTF?

I tripped up on that as well. Read it three times from a superstition that it might make sense.

That one seems to be the reductio ad absurdum of Cowen's eyerolling. The making of a law so purely for the purpose of making a law, that it contains within itself its own contradiction.

The safe medication disposal-information-distribution one was a little confusing. They can? Why could they not before? Or: could they not before? I gave up after that one.

To quote Prof. Cowen, "This is what America is up to."

Though some Americans (not me, obviously) would blame the EU for this limitation on a media company involved in surveillance capitalism - '451: Unavailable due to legal reasons

We recognize you are attempting to access this website from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) including the EU which enforces the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and therefore access cannot be granted at this time.' Of course, it is easy enough to just use another link, dated June 30 -

Does Jeff Epstein run the VA legislature? The problems of Republican gerrymandering now includes protection of pedos in the name of God.

Besides the obvious First Amendment issues with the priest-confessional law (which I think merely codifies existing practice actually, it's not as radical as people think, since only lawyers have true privilege), this law also is bad: "Tax breaks for landlords A new program gives landlords in the Hampton Roads metro area a tax break if they accept housing vouchers — formerly Section 8 vouchers — in neighborhoods that have low poverty." - a trap for the unwary landlord. Take it from 1% me: you do not want to deal with Section 8 tenants. The state is picky (constantly pointing out repairs for the landlord to make) and the tenants won't pay a penny over the low Section 8 voucher. Let them stay in slums. Plus Section 8 tenants are the bottom of the barrel and will turn a good property into a slum.

@Ray - Yes, Ray, I learned that same lesson. Many years ago I purchased a building which had one Section 8 tenant in it. She was actually a decent tenant, but the folks at Section 8 did inspections all the time, coming up with very minor items even the tenant didn't care about, then withholding rent. Then, when I saw a non section 8 tenant dealing drugs, I just sold the place. Section 8: never again (and I told them so, as if they care).

Quelle horreure! Landlords required to keep their buildings in good repair! Slumlording just ain't what it used to be.

"Ministers, priests, rabbis, imams and other religious practitioners have to report plans to hijack planes and fly them into buildings, except in instances where the information supporting the suspicion of plans to hijack planes and fly them into buildings is required by the doctrine of the religious organization to be kept secret."

Clearly, you are not a practicing Catholic, though you are welcome to disagree with the Catholic Church regardless. Here is what the Catholic Church says in 2019 on the subject - 'Approved for publication by Pope Francis on 21 June, the Note (written in Italian) upholds the absolute inviolability of the Seal of Confession, meaning that priests can never be forced to reveal what they learn in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

“The inviolable secrecy of Confession derives directly from revealed divine law and is rooted in the very nature of the sacrament, to the point of admitting no exception in the ecclesial or, even less so, in the civil sphere. In the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, in fact, the very essence of Christianity itself and of the Church is encapsulated: the Son of God became man to save us, and He decided to involve the Church, as a “necessary instrument” in this work of salvation, and, in her, those whom He has chosen, called, and constituted as His ministers,” the Note reads.
Violation of religious freedom

Any political or legislative pressure to override this sacramental seal, it continues, would be “an unacceptable offense” against the Church’s freedom, which comes from God and not human institutions, and would be “a violation of religious freedom”.'

So yes, this law is completely acceptable to the Catholic Church, to answer that question, however you want to formulate the situation involved.

"Tell me yourself–I challenge you: let’s assume that you were called upon to build the edifice of human destiny so that men would finally be happy and would find peace and tranquility. If you knew that, in order to attain this, you would have to torture just one single creature, let’s say the little girl…would you agree to do it? Tell me and don’t lie!”"

Well, here is a modern attempt to approach something of an answer - 'Now do you believe in them? Are they not more credible? But there is one more thing to tell, and this is quite incredible.

At times one of the adolescent girls or boys who go to see the child does not go home to weep or rage, does not, in fact, go home at all. Sometimes also a man or woman much older falls silent for a day or two, and then leaves home. These people go out into the street, and walk down the street alone. They keep walking, and walk straight out of the city of Omelas, through the beautiful gates. They keep walking across the farmlands of Omelas. Each one goes alone, youth or girl, man or woman. Night falls; the traveler must pass down village streets, between the houses with yellow-lit windows, and on out into the darkness of the
fields. Each alone, they go west or north, towards the mountains. They go on. They leave Omelas, they walk ahead into the darkness, and they do not come back. The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to most of us than the city of happiness. I cannot describe it at all. It is possible that it does not exist. But they seem to know where they are
going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.'

Some of us who were attentive to the readings at Mass yesterday were again taught about The Law, from Moses to present. In short, it is simple and it is written on the hearts of mankind: Love God and love one another.

I don't know 100% what are official Church teachings on the Confessional. Over 50 years ago, in a discussion, my mother's uncle stated that a priest could not give sacramental absolution, say, for a murderer if that "penitent" refused to turn himself in to the police.

That being said, Jesus did not come to establish an earthly paradise.

my mother's uncle stated that a priest could not give sacramental absolution, say, for a murderer if that "penitent" refused to turn himself in to the police

Not true. See Patrick Henry Reardon on his experience as a confessor. (He's been both a Catholic seminarian and Orthodox priest).

Apparently fat women can't get into heaven:

I must have missed the "No fat chicks" Papal Bull on this.

Okay, it looks like someone took advantage of my lack of Portuguese to make a fat joke out of it and that's not what the priest actually said before he was pushed off the stage.

The rules for Confession were not established until th he Middle Ages. In the early church Confession was done to the whole congregation and was not secret.

Even if the provision was not there, it would not change anything because most of ministers have or would get psychology diplomas. The confessions would fall under medical secrecy anyway.

Remember the story of Bill up on Capitol Hill? Behind most laws, especially laws like this, there is a story. In this case, it is the story of Jordan Baird, a church youth pastor accused of sexually assaulting several young women. The pastor was made aware initially by one of the girl's parents that Baird was sexting her, said he would look into it, but never contacted the police. She says Baird later assaulted her. So members of the church contacted their local Delegate and she introduced a bill similar to laws in other states that add clergy to the groups mandated to report abuse charges. Most of these laws exempt sacramental confessions and that's not just for the Catholics. Lutherans and Anglicans are among the other groups that believe in the seal of confession.

#3 Good descriptive take on Djokovic's "need to be loved" and how that makes him unlikable. The whole thing about how and why he won, however, is a bit making a theory out of nothing. It was a very even match and only one player could be the luckiest of two.

I disagree. Novak has a very special way of channeling bitterness, opposition, and anger into fierceness. The article has it right. We will love him more when it no longer hurts him to do so.

Djokovic has a history of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. This isn't the first time he's done this against Federer. He saved double match points in 2010 US Open and now in 2019 Wimbledon. His game reminds me a little bit like Agassi: solid baseline ground game, excellent return of serve, clutch performance. However unlike the American, Djokovic has ice in his veins and is not nearly as liked. He plays set/match break points very freely without the slightest hint of pressure. His psychology the best in the game. Possibly ever. That is why he has a winning record against both Federer and Nadal.

One of the things that djokovic does really well is being present for every, single ball. That's just one of the most stellar qualities, ensuring that he can hit the ball the highest level. A slight tension in the arm can mean the difference between a missed serve, and a winner.

Of course, that's not to say that he isn't ruffled by thoughts. By time and again, djokovic has been elected as one of the most present, stable players.

If you’re reading this outside a very limited geographical area in Eastern Europe, there’s a good chance you were rooting for Federer today.

I'm not from a limited geographical area in Eastern Europe (nor are my ancestors or anybody I know, I think), but I've always rooted for Djokovic over Federer and Nadal. Nothing against Federer or Nadal, but what do either of *them* need for another fan? And many years ago when I walked into a bar and saw Djokovic (who I'd barely heard of at that point) taking Federer apart on TV, I thought Djokovic was going to end up being the greatest of all time, and like most people, I like being proved right.

5. Afrofuturism is cultural appropriation, as would be any attempt to marry "African diaspora culture" with technology or any other fruit of the West.

Didn't read the article did you?

Clearly not, otherwise he would have discussed the cultural appropriation ramifications of aliens from Saturn using the technology or any other fruit of Earthlings.

Space is the place where no one can hear you leading the Arkestra.

regarding afro-futurism, I must point out: It's after the end of the world -- don't you know that yet??

Robert Nozick softened his libertarianism quite a lot late in life.

I used to be libertarian but with Trump in office I'm now a full-throated right wing authoritarian. This country needs to take out the libertine garbage and restore God, country, family and the American flag

** 6.
"Hundreds of new laws to take effect in Virginia. This is what America is up to."


well, "laws & regulations" are the essence of "government" --and Big Government is precisely what America is up to

in addition to Congress and state/local legislatures cranking out new laws like McDonalds cranks out hamburgers ... there are thousands of federtal/state/local regulatory bodies issuing foor times as many regulations (de facto laws).

America is drowning in laws and the vast corrupt infrastructure that enforces them. Looks a lot like tyranny by historical standards.
How many laws are enough?

Well, many of the news laws eliminate old restrictions and give more personal freedom:

School can start before Labor Day
Restaurants and bars can advertise their happy hour prices.
Courts will no longer suspend drivers’ licenses for unpaid fines.
Coworking spaces with at least 100 members can serve alcohol w/ license.
Lottery winners can remain anonymous.
Tax breaks for landlords.
Allows stepsiblings, stepparents to apply to adopt a child.

1. Late in life grandmaster Igors Rausis was a cheat:

#1 Richard Posner, circa 2008

Posner's attitudes, specifically on gay rights, are more the logical conclusion of his law & economics worldview, it's just that they gradually became more acceptable for him as a nominally conservative judge to express.

#1. "Is there an example of a notable late-in-life (after 70?) ideological pivot among a powerful person?"

This seems to be a silly metric. There aren't a lot of people after 70 + who are still powerful and dynamic. Most of the people in that category (until pretty recently) were at the end of their life. The ones still in power were at the tail end of power.

It's a dig at Daft Old Sanders, Hands-on Joe Biden, The Law Squaw, and perhaps even Donald J Nothillary.

#1: Not anyone all that influential, but the literary critic Jeffrey Hart would be an example.

If the latter part of middle age can count as 'late life', Yves Montand, Edward Luttwak, and Ronald Radosh would be examples.

One irony is that Hart may have been the most at home on the other end of the spectrum, but claimed he hadn't changed his perspective at all.

"6. Hundreds of new laws to take effect in Virginia. This is what America is up to."

Yup, many new laws taking effect on July 1 even in my small state of Vermont. We need a part of government whose sole function is to repeal laws - a "House of Repeal" as Instapundit has proposed, or a fourth branch of government. More thoughts here, including a link to Insty's 2014 column in USA Today:

>Private and religious schools can hire their own “school resource officers” who carry firearms on campus.

Those of you stuck in a public school are on your own -- good luck!

I believe the city police provide these officers at most schools.

4. Aw, Philip K. Dick, would that you were alive to see it.

6. I agree with just about every one of these, so I don't see the problem Tyler seems to. Many of them increase the freedom of individuals and businesses. And aren't legislators paid to make laws?

1. Examples of late life ideological pivots?
When the debt exceeds 100% of GDP and the old person's precious government check is on the line.

1. I went and got my coffee, settled in for the fascinating replies. Somebody voted for Reagan. And later for Barack Obama! Some law-talking guy came to support law talk about gay marriage! A hawk regretted casualties when the war didn't end in victory, indeed didn't end.

Unlike y'all I don't know much about contemporary intellectual celebrities, or TV pundits, or politicians, so I have no answer to the question.

But I have a candidate for a related phenomenon, where it is the intellectuals that are mistaken, about the meaning of a pivot. When maybe it was the academy or the culture that pivoted, or re-defined (or totally transformed), making it possible to lazily cast someone as having undergone a supposedly radical change of heart.
So: Barry Goldwater. I do not live in Arizona, was not yet born when he ran for president, and did not know much about him, but noticed when he died that obits uniformly mused at this conservative's later-in-life turn toward "ardent environmentalism."

Of course there is no tension between conservation and conservatism. (The dictionary is your friend.) The former is the truest expression of the latter, especially of the latter as distinct from its modern sense of being a strand of liberalism.

So if there was a pivot, it was Goldwater becoming more of what people always thought he was.

Excellent post. Barry Goldwater is a personal hero. I am also a classical liberal (sometimes called a conservative) and a conservationist.

He seems like he was his own man, a quality appealing in retrospect.

I miss the the days when none of the daily links went to “tweet storms” or twitter threads. Now it’s one to two a day. Why is it so hard for people addicted to Twitter (TC) to understand the rest of us could care less about the endless stream of drivel that flows from the intellectual lightweights who call that cesspool home.

Has anyone made a spotify playlist of the Afrofuturism thing that they can link?

#5..."The epic solo by the genius Eddie Hazel is a moment in guitar history. "

Maggot Brain and Space is the Place are genius.

#1 Diane Ravitch

#1...Tax breaks for landlords
"A new program gives landlords in the Hampton Roads metro area a tax break if they accept housing vouchers — formerly Section 8 vouchers — in neighborhoods that have low poverty."

What the hell? Virginia is an interesting place.

#1..."In his decision in the 1997 case State Oil Co. v. Khan, Posner wrote that a ruling 1968 antitrust precedent set by the Supreme Court was "moth-eaten", "wobbly", and "unsound".[7] Nevertheless, he abided by the previous decision with his ruling.[7] The Supreme Court granted certiorari and overturned the 1968 ruling unanimously; Sandra Day O'Connor wrote the opinion and spoke positively of both Posner's criticism and his decision to abide by the ruling until the Court decided to change it."

An actual judge. To change it in any meaningful way, you amend it. Hard to do? Too bad. It wouldn't be if your opinion was actually obvious instead of your own petulant position. Trick questions. How many of the decisions of the Marshall Court were unconstitutional? During those years, were the founders always on one side? Who was disagreeing? Non- founders? Was the Louisiana Purchase constitutional? The Alien and Sedition Acts? Yazoo Land decision? Marbury vs. Madison?
Here's how it would have needed to be done...
"The Hartford Convention's final report proposed several amendments to the U.S. Constitution. These attempted to combat the policies of the ruling Democratic-Republicans by:
Prohibiting any trade embargo lasting over 60 days;
Requiring a two-thirds Congressional majority for declaration of offensive war, admission of a new state, or interdiction of foreign commerce;
Removing the three-fifths representation advantage of the South;
Limiting future presidents to one term;
Requiring each president to be from a different state than his predecessor. (This provision was aimed directly at the dominance of Virginia in the presidency since 1800.)

"Was the Louisiana Purchase constitutional?": of course not. Even Tom Jefferson said so. Then after the inevitable drama-queening he did it anyway.


Nothing in the Constitution banned the Purchase and in fact the Constitution gave the Federal Government exclusive power to conclude treaties with foreign powers. Also Jefferson sent American diplomats to purchase New Orleans . It's hard to see why he thought he couldn't purchase the whole shebang if he assumed he had the power to purchase any part of it.

examples of late life intellectual pivots?

that is so in my wheelhouse ....

an elderly Hugh Carey publicly apologized for his bandwagon and cold-hearted support of the racist abortion-legalization movement that was powerful when he was in his 50s

Harold Bloom, in his 80s, stated that he had not believed in an after-life when he was younger (in his 70s) but that he was now open to it in his 80s

Sigrid Undset, late in life, admitted that the love interest of one of her heroines was just a jerk (the Norwegian word she used was even less complimentary)

The supremely gifted cartoonist Charles Schulz (and more importantly from my point of view a heroic soldier who fought his way through Northern Europe after what we now call D-day) admitted in his last few days that he had no idea what he was thinking when he never let, even once, poor Charlie Brown kick that football

my favorite pivot is von Neumann's, of whom there is no good biography in English (I would write one if I had a year or two to get up to speed on some sub-set of the "mathematical problem" universe with which he was familiar - alas, ain't gonna happen - ) he shifted from being the sort-of James Bond of semi-autistic mathematicians (nice clothes, flirting with the pretty women, and so on - but he could not drive a fast car well, not surprisingly - hence merely a sort-of James Bond) to being an almost Mother Teresa like personage, in his last months, whose only real concern was "where was God in all this"?

I could go on, with literally dozens of other examples (I pay attention to what people say, in every format - real life, first of all, but also books and magazines and websites and old TV shows and talk radio and those wonderful radio shows where the DJ knows hot jazz or some other kind of music really really well - and i have a near-eidetic memory) but I always feel guilty when I comment too long on someone else's website, so I will stop.

By the way, it is likely that any future posts claiming to be by efim polenov will not be authentic.
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