Google Engineer James Damore

google engineer james damore

There are certain things one doesn’t ask in polite elite society. Lucky for you you’re nowhere near there. You’re in Bokbluster, so I’ll ask:

Is it possible, on average, that girls don’t like math as much as boys? It’s possible, on average. Unless you’re Larry Summers, the former president of Harvard.

Is it possible, on average, that girls are less fond of computer engineering than boys? That’s a possibility too. Unless you’re another Harvard guy, former Google engineer James Damore.

Damore’s Downfall

Damore wrote a 10 page memo (screed to the politically correct among us) asking if it’s possible that women are underrepresented in engineering because of biology rather than bias.

Google management was having none of that. Here’s Google CEO Sundar Pichai:

To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK.

Coming down firmly on the side of bias, he fired Damore.

 

 

Eavesdropping Trump Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Phone Call

australian prime minister malcolm turnbull

The Washington Post published a leaked transcript of President Trump’s phone call to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Never Trumper David Frum in The Atlantic said, “Leaking the transcript of a presidential call to a foreign leader is unprecedented, shocking, and dangerous.”

The administration claims it’s going after leakers not journalists. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein said, “Reporters who publish information are not committing a crime.”

But will Sessions pressure the press to give up its sources?

Trump Signs Russian Sanctions Bill

russian sanctions bill

Congress can’t repeal ObamaCare but it frog marched Trump to the signing table for a Russian sanctions bill. The House voted 419-3 for the bill and the Senate came in 98-2.

Russian Sanctions Bill

And the president can’t reverse the sanctions without Congressional approval. Which may be unconstitutional, at least that’s what Trump said in his initial signing statement.  Still, he didn’t have much choice but to sign the veto proof bill.

Bloomberg’s Eli Lake says leakers are forcing Trump to act against his will.

Putin’s pissed.

The Mooch Had A Very Bad Week

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Anthony Scaramucci (a.k.a. The Mooch) had a very bad week. A short one too.

President Trump appointed him communications director over the objections of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Mooch’s Very Bad Week

Spicer got mad and quit, sort of. Mooch fired Priebus. His wife divorced him. Harvard Law School listed him as dead. He called Priebus a f-ing paranoid schizophrenic in a New Yorker interview. And then new White House chief of staff,  stand up straight shooter Marine Gen. John Kelly, fired him.

Kind of like Jack Ruby whacking Lee Harvey Oswald.

Oh, and his ex-wife gave birth.

It was a week with the makings of a country song.

Jeff Sessions Goes To Bat Against Gang Violence

jeff sessions

Trump snubbed Jeff Sessions in a speech about  MS-13 gang violence last week. Sessions was in El Salvador to actually do something about it.