Thiel Cooling on Trump, Trump Firing Off Against Blumenthal, Diversity Fight at Google: P.M. Links

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  • Peter Thiel
    Ron Sachs—CNP/Newscom

    Sources tell BuzzFeed that PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel's support for President Donald Trump is cooling significantly, despite any public comments otherwise. He is concerned that Trump's presidency has a 50 percent chance of ending in "disaster."

  • Today in Trump on Twitter: The president is feuding with Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Blumenthal expressed concern on CNN over the weekend about the Justice Department's efforts to track down leakers. Trump went to Twitter to point out that Blumenthal lied about serving in Vietnam.
  • Video making the rounds shows a California police officer pointing his gun at a passenger for nine minutes at a traffic stop. The police defend the actions by claiming passenger was reaching under the car seat. The passenger says he was looking for the papers the officer was demanding.
  • The ruling party in Australia continues to block efforts to let lawmakers vote on whether to legally recognize same-sex marriages.
  • There's a great big culture war fight going on because of a 10-page document by a Google engineer criticizing the company's diversity efforts.
  • Today in celebrity news: Dust off those gym memberships! Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are back on the market!
  • According to a post from family on Facebook, Reason supporter and Hit and Run commenter Joel "Almanian" Kimball passed away over the weekend following a two-year fight against cancer. He was a big fan of car restoration, motorcyles, and bagpipes. Check out his Twitter feed here.

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  1. Dust off those gym memberships! Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are back on the market!

    Nooooo! Not Chrisis!

    1. Hello.

      RIP Almanian. Your 2020 run was not to be.

      /dons sunglasses.

      Enjoyed his sense of humour over the years.

        1. This sucks.

          Yes it does!

          Godspeed Almanian!

      1. “He probably won’t make it worse”

        1. Truly one of Reason’s better memes.

          He will be missed.

      2. Damn. Enjoyed his bagpipe anecdotes. RIP!

      3. Uffda. Quite the bad deal here.

        RIP. He will be missed.

      4. I’m sorry to hear that. RIP

      5. Your 2020 run was not to be.

        No necessarily. I’ve long thought that a corpse would make a better president than any of the shitheads who actually get elected.

      6. RIP. I shall raise a glass in his name tonight.

        1. Yes. And libertarians have the reputation of being anti social.

      7. +1

  2. He is concerned that Trump’s presidency has a 50 percent chance of ending in “disaster.”

    But there’s only a ten percent chance of that.

    1. Last poll I heard about said 33 percent.

    2. He’s a cockeyed optimist then.

    3. That translates into a 150% chance of beginning in disaster.

  3. Today in celebrity news: Dust off those gym memberships! Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are back on the market!

    When did Anna Faris change from cute to crazy hot?

    1. She is far from crazy hot, so far that the once fun, cuddly, lovable Chris Pratt became a studly, boring leading man, he could no longer be seen with her.

      Sad really. Stay fat, people – it makes you more interesting.

    2. She was both all along.

  4. The president is feuding with Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

    Someone’s staff is readying donor emails as we speak.

    1. You’re the last one I expected to delve into euphemisms.

    2. Blumenthal, whether Sydney or Richard, is a huge piece of shit.

  5. Trump went to Twitter to point out that Blumenthal lied about serving in Vietnam.

    Mess with the Trump, get left in a hump, rump and dump.

  6. The ruling party in Australia continues to block efforts to let lawmakers vote on whether to legally recognize same-sex marriages.

    The first step to not recognizing same-sex marriage is not recognizing the will of the people.

    1. Done!

    2. They are not letting the people vote, its about politicians

  7. Hit and Run commenter Joel “Almanian” Kimball passed away over the weekend

    Thanks for mentioning this.

    1. Sad to hear about Al…..

  8. Video making the rounds shows a California police officer pointing his gun at a passenger for nine minutes at a traffic stop.

    With this man’s courage he could have easily went 10, 15 minutes, maybe more!

    1. Thank god there were no sudden loud noises during those 9 minutes.

  9. The GOP has become the party of the grotesque

    “Anything that comes out of the South,” said writer Flannery O’Connor, a sometime exemplar of Southern Gothic, “is going to be called grotesque by the Northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic.” But, realistically, Alabama’s primary says more about Republicans than about this region. A Michigan poll shows rocker-cum-rapper Kid Rock a strong potential Republican Senate candidate against incumbent Debbie Stabenow. Rock says Democrats are “shattin’ in their pantaloons” because if he runs it will be “game on mthrfkers.”

    Is this Northern Gothic? No, it is Republican Gothic, the grotesque becoming normal in a national party whose dishonest and, one hopes, futile assault on Brooks is shredding the remnants of its dignity.

    1. “Is this Northern Gothic? No, it is Republican Gothic, . . .”

      How convenient that when it happens in the South, it’s a southern aberration, but when it’s in the North it’s “let’s blame the GOP!”

    2. This article is really rambling.

    3. Yet the democrats are the party of great thinkers like Al Franken………..

      1. ……….and Kamala Harris, and Maxine Waters.

  10. …Reason supporter and Hit and Run commenter Joel “Almanian” Kimball passed away over the weekend following a two-year fight against cancer.

    RIP

  11. The ruling party in Australia continues to block efforts to let lawmakers vote on whether to legally recognize same-sex marriages.

    And yet they think they are sooo much better than us ugly Americans.

    1. Anyone that says American tourists are the worst has either never encountered an Australian tourist, mistaken the Australian tourist for an American, or are a lying sack of shit. Australians are the fucking worst.

  12. RIP, Almanian. I was hoping he would beat the danged beast.

    1. Fight on in Valhalla …

  13. The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter

    a growing number of critics say the draggings, well-intended though they may be, are evidence of a growing dysfunction in the world of YA publishing. One author and former diversity advocate described why she no longer takes part: “I have never seen social interaction this fucked up,” she wrote in an email. “And I’ve been in prison.”

    Many members of YA Book Twitter have become culture cops, monitoring their peers across multiple platforms for violations. The result is a jumble of dogpiling and dragging, subtweeting and screenshotting, vote-brigading and flagging wars, with accusations of white supremacy on one side and charges of thought-policing moral authoritarianism on the other.
    Representatives of both factions say they’ve received threats or had to shut down their accounts owing to harassment, and all expressed fear of being targeted by influential community members ? even when they were ostensibly on the same side. “If anyone found out I was talking to you,” Mimi told me, “I would be blackballed.”

    I look forward to their involvement in politics.

    1. This bickering has the tenor of a soft, melodious, violin solo.

    2. “I look forward to their involvement in politics.”

      But don’t you think 99% of the cause of this is anonymity? We see instances of road rage every day between people who wouldn’t be as upset if they were walking on the side walk instead of sitting behind tinted window. And look at Antifa: literally masked when they take to the streets.

      1. I think that is a cause sure – tribalism without borders is an issue, but it’s an issue that’s only going to get worse, plus it’s a sad fact that anonymous morons on Twitter mattered this past election cycle, and I assume that is going to get worse as well.

        1. You’re probably right; I was thinking of elected politicians, not minions.

          1. Great, now I am terrified they will run for office.

            Thanks, monster.

      2. Or. Women are mean.

  14. Video making the rounds shows a California police officer pointing his gun at a passenger for nine minutes at a traffic stop.

    I guess anything worth doing is worth taking your time and doing right.

  15. How far down into the gutter can reason go?

    Unnamed Buzzfeed sources.

    Sad.

  16. Awwwww, shit. Goodbye, Almanian. I was looking forward to your 2020 campaign.

    Time to organize a 21 woodchipper salute.

    1. I’m still not voting for him.

  17. Police hunt mother-of-one ‘who gave oral sex to man in the middle of a McDonald’s restaurant in broad daylight’

    I respect America’s white trash heroes:

    Jacblecki, who describes himself as ‘head honcho at Oasis Landscaping,’ on Facebook has previously been convicted of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

    He also has a conviction for exposing himself to a woman and her five-year-old daughter on a Maryland beach in 2012, for which he received 60 days in jail.

    His Facebook account contains repeated posts of photos and text related to sex.

    He wrote in 2016 that he’d been looking for ‘a bad b***h W/ mean head game [sic].’

    ‘So Hot when a woman knows how too,’ Jablecki added. ‘Dam i sure can’t wait to meet a Girl who is a SupaFreak.’

    1. The only thing he is guilty of is vocalizing it I imagine. It’s just repression on the part of those who deem themselves better.

  18. Fuck cancer.

    1. That’s for effing sure.

  19. OMG: Meet The Professor Who Says Sex In A Blackout Isn’t Always Rape

    Fromme, a clinical psychology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has testified in, consulted on, or provided depositions for more than 50 criminal, civil, and military cases since 2009, the majority of which have involved men accused of sexually assaulting drunk women. In all but a handful of those cases, she has worked on behalf of the accused, whose lawyers hire her to explain how research shows it’s possible to engage in voluntary activities during an alcohol-induced blackout. More specifically, Fromme will say that a woman can voluntarily have sex while blacked out, even if she can’t remember doing so.

    1. But what about during a blackout?

      1. Oh, it’s fine, Tasers don’t need extension cords anymore.

        1. And chloroform is always a good standby.

          1. RRRRRRRRRRRRRAPE CULTURE!

            {activates SJW Signal, shines it into clouds}

    2. I know for a fact I am visibly coherent during my alcohol-induced blackouts, and have been taken advantage of in such situations. Not rape.

    3. More specifically, Fromme will say that a woman can voluntarily have sex while blacked out, even if she can’t remember doing so.

      She means PEOPLE can voluntarily have sex while blacked out, right? I mean, surely gender doesn’t affect autonomy while intoxicated.

      1. Hrm…

        Looking at the Texas Penal Code 22.011, it looks like that under a.1.C that “envelopment” counts, so in Texas a woman can rape a man by sitting on his dick? without his consent. That said, historically-speaking a woman hasn’t always been capable of committing the crime of rape against a man without resorting to sodomy, and I think that’s still true for some states (which is why I checked), similar to how many rape laws used to have exceptions for married couples (meaning marital rape also wasn’t a crime).

        Looking further, under section b the statute defines “consent”, and a lot of hinges on the “actor” (that is, perpetrator) knowing that the “other person” (that is, victim) isn’t conscious/capable of consenting/etc.

        So without looking into the morals and history of this woman, and giving her the benefit of the doubt, it appears you are correct and she should have been more general.

        That said? People (generally speaking) respond to rape cases very differently based on the victim and defendant. So it’s quite possible that this professor really doesn’t care about men-as-victims and considers them incidental.

  20. Hit and Run commenter Joel “Almanian” Kimball passed away

    Rest in peace, Almanian. Thanks for being one of us. I’ll raise a glass in your honor; farewell.

  21. Berg said at the end of the footage, the officer explained his actions to the passenger.

    “The passenger indicated he understood why it happened and actually apologized to the officer,” Berg said.

    At gunpoint.

  22. Today in celebrity news: Dust off those gym memberships! Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are back on the market!

    JLAW IS A HOMEWRECKING HARLOT!

    1. Chris got too hot, Anna married dough boy Chris. One cannot simply hold onto a bucking stallion.

      1. One cannot simply hold onto a bucking stallion
        Oh, I know plenty of guys that’d be happy to try though. Then again, most of ’em were happy with “dough boy Chris” too.

  23. Here Is The Alias Email Account Loretta Lynch Used As Attorney General

    Using the pseudonym “Elizabeth Carlisle,” Lynch corresponded with DOJ press officials to hammer out talking points in response to media requests about the meeting. The tarmac encounter drew criticism from conservatives because Lynch was overseeing the federal investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information on her private email system.

    1. Well, this seems vaguely, I dunno, improper.

    2. Didn’t Obama use a pseudonym too?

      1. Yes. Obama.

        1. http://www.politico.com/story/…..fbi-228607

          “President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday.

          The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.”

  24. RIP Almanian.

    Fuck Cancer.

  25. I just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about Almanian, and that I always enjoyed our interactions.

  26. Bakers refused to make pro-Trump birthday cake for 9-year-old boy

    A boy whose letter to President Trump made national headlines last month reportedly wanted a pro-Trump cake for his birthday party, but his mother was unable to find a baker willing to fulfill the order.

    America’s hierarchy in 2017:

    1: Feminists
    2: Gays
    3: Blacks
    4: Browns
    5: Trans
    6: Our children.

    It’s time to ramp up the culture war, team.

    1. This is fucking irksome because of lefty hypocrisy; but it has added depth of consideration because I’m still siding with Baker’s rights. More than anything though, props to the mother for dealing with it like a rational adult instead of a sue crazy crybaby.

  27. Okay, so, first: RIP to this Almanian gentleman. I don’t recall ever seeing his comments in the brief time I’ve been present, but if he was capable of making the affectedly monstrous denizens of H’n’R express this much genuine warmth, he must have been a powerful necromancer indeed.

    Now, second: contest time!

    Please explain in one paragraph or sentence what this Google 10-page document thing is about, and what the sides are saying, so I don’t have to look it up elsewhere. Profanity, ad hominems, and veiled threats of disembowlment are, in case it needed to be said, allowed.

    1. Derp?

      It’s all I got.

    2. Danielle Brown, Google’s brand new vice president of diversity, integrity, and governance rushed to introduce herself to the company, then weigh in on the memo. “[L]ike many of you, I found that it advanced incorrect assumptions about gender. I’m not going to link to it here as it’s not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages,” she wrote in an internal note

      TL;DR: someone grumbled about mandatory diversity initiatives; that somebody was stoned to death for the crime of wrong-think.

      1. TL;DR 2.0

        Danielle Brown, the person who makes well over six figures in the very job that wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the biases laid out in the memo, doesn’t want to acknowledge the memo.

        1. Wow!

          Mind… Blown.

    3. Dear Internet,

      Something something diversity. Feel free to not actually read it and just assume I’m Hitler then freak out about it until the next racist squirrel scampers across your path.

      Sincerely,
      some white guy

    4. Summary:

      We all have inherent bias, this is unavoidable and we must be unafraid to openly discuss them. There is strong evidence of general trends in male/female behavior that explain much of the demographic issues at Google.
      We cannot effectively deal with these differences without being open about the facts of the matter, attempting to deny any difference between any people is counterproductive. Finally, betterment will come by looking to focus on improving specific problems, rather than classifying them as a female/male divide.

      1. See, that’s the whole problem – the guy addressed the issue in a logical, rational manner, i.e., mansplained it. Men privilege rationality and logic over feelings and intuition and that oppresses women and their other ways of knowing. Nevermind that science is all about the cold, hard facts and the cold, hard facts are called cold, hard facts because facts don’t give a shit what you think or how it makes you feel, they just are. It’s a cold, hard fact that men’s brains and women’s brains generally tend to work differently and that leads to differences in abilities in different areas. Some people just don’t feel that to be true.

        1. I love the inherently sexist complaints of mansplaining, as if women are incapable of fending for themselves or processing information for themselves.

    5. I would, but I also have no interest in reading 10 pages about Google’s diversity efforts.

    6. Some guy wrote a screed about Google being a politically correct echo chamber that did not tolerate intellectual dissent. Now that his identity is known, there are calls to have him fired. Who could have seen that coming?

    7. Now, second: contest time!

      Worst contest ever.

      1. No, I think that honor belongs to the Pelosi Family Beauty Pageant.

        {offers bucket}

    8. All right! The results are in, and it’s time to give out prizes!

      The award for Pithiest Comment goes to: Diane Reynolds (Paul)
      Prize: 1 faux-gold-plated .45 LC Ruger Blackhawk with rhinestone-coated grips

      The award for Most Willfully Uninformative Comment goes to: Unlabelable MJGreen
      Prize: one of those old novelty Staples “Click, That Was Easy” noise buttons.

      The award for Most Actually Informative Comment goes to: BestUsedCarSales
      Prize: 1 Damascus steel pocket protector

      And the award for Biggest Meanie-Weanie, Like, Ever goes to: Crusty Juggler
      Prize: 1 bucket

  28. Believe me, I did consider a shirtless Chris Pratt picture instead.

    You made the wrong choice, Scott. We coulda cat-fished some passerby women to the site with proper bait!

  29. Rest in peace Amanian. (pours one out in his honor)

  30. “He is concerned that Trump’s presidency has a 50 percent chance of ending in “disaster.””

    This is barely better than the claim that the stock market will tank sometime.
    What “disaster”?

    1. I am concerned Uncle Dolan’s presidency will end with President Sanders and Vice President Sacagawea Warren signing the National Health Care Act. Imagine if the libtards had fielded someone even remotely likable, instead of The Hag.

      The Hag is a woman so reviled that she lost a presidential election to Donald J. Trump. You can’t manufacture somebody that hated overnight. It takes decades of lying, swindling taxpayers, power-grabbing, palace intrigue, and enabling your philandering scumbag of a husband to get there.

      So, if President Twitter and his Congress continue to fail, and if libtards manage to offer a candidate just a couple rungs above The Hag in the “not a horrible person” category of existence, and the Republicans continue to demonstrate that they are in fact feckless cowards who are unable to even pretend to govern, Uncle Dolan and his traffic cone tan might not be such a sure thing.

      1. Be nice! Chelsea may be reading this!

        1. Imagine if The Hag was your mom, and your dad was a serially cheating sleazeball, and that both of them loved power and money more than they loved you, and that you grew up knowing that. In front of millions of people.

          I guess you just say “Fuck it” and turn to the Dark Side. At least when this future President Clinton gets caught with an intern, there might be video. For Crusty’s viewing “pleasure.”

      2. “The Hag is a woman so reviled that she lost a presidential election to Donald J. Trump. You can’t manufacture somebody that hated overnight.”

        Why did Trump win?
        His opponent was Hilary Clinton! No, really!
        Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week!

        1. Pretty much. Well, he motivated people to vote for him. Gotta give him credit for that. The Hag failed to motivate BO and vagina voters.

  31. Godspeed Almanian. My thoughts go out to you and yours.

  32. RIP Almanian. Your humor and insights were refreshing. You are missed. Too soon, brother. Too soon!

  33. He is concerned that Trump’s presidency has a 50 percent chance of ending in “disaster.”

    It’ll be the best disaster. The best. Believe me, big league.

  34. Blumenthal expressed concern on CNN over the weekend about the Justice Department’s efforts to track down leakers.

    Yea, that’s never happened before.

  35. The passenger says he was looking for the papers the officer was demanding.

    “License and registration, please.”

    1. At least this guy made it out alive. Remember the cop who murdered the guy reaching for his license and registration? The cop recently got off free and clear.

      I like to remember the cop that killed a 12-year-old boy less than two seconds after he, the cop, jumped out of his patrol car with his weapon drawn? He screamed at that child as he was shooting him. He was screaming at him to put the gun down. The plastic, toy gun.

      It puts a bad day in perspective. Well, it also reminds me that cops can murder children and not be charged with murder, or strung up the nearest tree by a mob of enraged citizens; which, while not being justice, is still more satisfying than what actually happened to that cop, which was nothing.

  36. According to a post from family on Facebook, Reason supporter and Hit and Run commenter Joel “Almanian” Kimball passed away over the weekend following a two-year fight against cancer.

    Damn. That sucks, I always liked him. Condolences to his family. Can’t really think of anything else to say right now.

  37. RIP Almanian.

  38. I was telling my nephew Saturday that I’d stopped by the store Friday evening to pick up a couple things and on the way to the counter I saw a pack of those soft peanut butter cookies the dog likes and I just automatically picked him up a pack as a little treat. It wasn’t until I got out to the car and sat the cookies on the seat that I remembered we stuck the dog in a hole in the back yard last week and he ain’t eating no peanut butter cookies no more. And I had to cry just a little bit because you just don’t realize how a stupid dog becomes a part of your life after so many years,. Kinda feel that way about Almanian and some of the people here.

    And 5 years ago tomorrow my sister passed away from liver cancer and I still miss her, too.

    1. Sorry about your dog, Jerrys (and your sister, obviously). My parents lost ours a few months ago, and I still open their front door slowly because I’m afraid he might be sleeping near it.

      1. Condolences on your dog, Jerrys. And your sis too… I miss my cat who passed away a few months ago due to cancer. That cat soldiered right on to the bitter end… “Hurkle” was one of his many names, from an ancient old sci-fi short story, “The Hurkle is a Happy Beast”.

    2. The little shitbeasts give us love. It’s a nice thing. Get another’n.

  39. RIP Almanian.

  40. RIP Almanian, ditto from me… He was FUNNY at times!!! And often sympathetic even, when some of my posts got a wee tad emotional…

    Did y’all know that “Almanian” is in Spanish, meaning “German”?

    Almanian is in Morgan-Der-Welt, in the Land of Tomorrow, doing whatever they do “over there”…

    Go Almanian Go!!!

  41. In honor of Almanian, I am posting a favorite exchange of ours, from way back when…

    SQRLSY One|11.19.14 @ 6:55PM|#

    Amen, Dude or Dudette, I am working up my nerve to go and try to do that… I hope I do not see it happening, I will have an awful time of it if it does… I get all beat to shit just serving jury duty or potential jury duty, thinking about stuff like this… Last time I had to do jury duty, I got all worked up, fearing a drug case, and it was… Running a god-damned fricking stop light!

    Almanian!|11.19.14 @ 7:04PM|#

    I suggest you start drinking heavily.

    Or stop, if that’s what you’ve been doing.

    Your friend,
    Almanian

    SQRLSY One|11.19.14 @ 7:20PM|#

    Thanx for your kind words, Almanian, they have helped me… Good booze is a blessing from God, MeThinks, or perhaps a blessing from a Government Almighty that still allows me to drink it? Ah dunno… Well anyway, we are all trying our best to do right… ESPECIALLY us liberty-lovers, MeThinks… So we’ll all keep on keeping on! Bottoms up! Cheers, Me-Friend!

    Zunalter|11.19.14 @ 10:39PM|#

    Nope, not heavy drinking, I am guessing meth.

  42. Recycled from the same place…

    SQRLSY One|11.19.14 @ 8:21PM|#

    “I’m sure we can settle our differences without resorting to non-violence.”

    Pretty damned funny, dude or dudette… Thanks for adding a good chuckle! Just PLEASE do not be threatening MEEEE w/yer “non-violence”!!! Ah resembles that remark… It implies moral superiority on yer part, which makes me feel BAD! StupidDog, ya make me LOOK BAD! Make MEEE feel BAD, willya!!?! I am GOOD; bad feelings about me are BAD!!! YEW (who imparted BAD feelings) must be bad!!!! (See, moral superiority jujitsu is not all that hard).

    Almanian!|11.19.14 @ 8:32PM|#

    I repeat my earlier recommendation.

    Vaya con Dios, SQRLSY

    “Vaya con Dios” means, roughly, “Go with God” … Thanks, Almanian!

    Same to ya, Buddy!!!

  43. I did not have the privilege of knowing Almanian but it sounds like he was a stand up guy. Rest in peace.

  44. Kultur War Fight:

    Google was right to fire his ass. We’re not talking about fire fighters, or soldiers, or NLF linebackers. We’re talking about desk jobs in a tech company. You don’t need testosterone or a penis to code software. When you get out of the realm of muscle mass, women are every bit as capable as men. Period.

    So why aren’t there more women in tech is because the men in tech are such assholes. Men have an advantage merely that men have a higher tolerance for jerks. Which means that the women that remain are BETTER than the men, because they can put up with more shit.

    1. Hot take from the retarded.

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  46. Ugh, I just heard about Almanian.

    RIP

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