Archive for Mind Games

guilt driven coercion

The Bible, Social Justice and the Poor. Andrew Lansdown — “I do not claim that the passages I am about to quote represent the sum total of the Bible’s teaching about poverty and the poor. I merely claim that they represent an important aspect of the Bible’s teaching, an aspect that social justice advocates gloss over. And by evading this teaching, they distort the biblical position on the origin of poverty, the solution to poverty, and the nature of the poor.” … “Hedonism, extravagance, foolishness, drunkenness, gluttony, sexual immorality, laziness, bad company—these are causes of poverty that the advocates of social justice never mention.”

None of this is an argument against helping the poor—even the poor who are poor by their own foolishness or wickedness. It is an argument against making the well-off feel that they have somehow wronged the poor simply by being well-off. It is an argument against making guilt the basis for helping the poor. It is an argument against encouraging the poor to have a sense of entitlement to the wealth of those who are not poor. It is an argument against encouraging the poor to feel that when they are helped they have merely got what they are owed. It is an argument against encouraging ingratitude and envy in the poor and guilt and shame in the not-poor. It is an argument against the condescending self-righteous notion that those in the West who do help the poor do so only because they have grudgingly faced up to their collective guilt and belatedly acquiesced to the demands of “social justice”. It is an argument against confusing justice with mercy and thereby demanding as a right what should be entreated as a favour.

People who are well off (which means most people in the West) should help the poor. But they should do so from generosity, not guilt. They should do so not because justice demands it but because mercy implores it. In short, they should do so not because of, but in spite of, the spurious dogmas and demands of “social justice”.

Leftists force mass Third World immigration by deceiving us into feeling guilty M. E. Boyd — “Milton Friedman, the economist, was such a libertarian that he supported open borders. However, there was a caveat to this support: “It’s just obvious you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state.” It’s obvious, of course, because having both spells imminent national bankruptcy.”

Guilt is the source of sorrow. It is the fiend with whips and slings that follows behind us. The true reality for Americans and all Western Civilization is that we are founded on a truth, not an idea or ideas that can swing wildly over time. That truth is that God exists, God is essential, and that His rules for a rightful society are not open to construction by the delusional. To begin to fix this collapse of our society we need to turn to Him now.

The Killing Fields of Utopia: Are We Socialists Yet? Philip Crossing — “It is long overdue for us to put our minds at rest on a fundamental question — namely, what socialism is, and how it has infected and is rapidly sickening the United States.” … “Western culture is thoroughly afflicted with socialism and is struggling internally for survival.  We need to believe this and accept it, and stop fooling ourselves that there will always be an escape hatch.  The more that people can be awakened to an understanding of the extraordinary phenomenon that is socialism, the more likely we are to see a counter-flourishing of the human spirit to re-map the future”

What Does Gen. Milley’s Conduct Say about Our System? Deborah Weiss — “Less mentioned is the alleged role that Nancy Pelosi played in this. … the speaker of the House made a call to Milley that appears from the transcript to be hysterical, making things up in her head about Trump launching a coup, pushing the nuclear red button, and refusing the leave the White House…all 100 percent without evidence.”

The Hunter Biden e-mail coverup is the clearest evidence yet of media corruption. David Harsanyi — “virtually the entire censorious journalistic establishment, with the help of tech giants, attempted to limit the story’s exposure by banning it outright, creating the impression that it didn’t meet proper journalistic standards or that it had been planted by Russian spooks.”

Going Batty Over Climate Change. Michael Kile — “We live in an age where Climate Change™ has replaced God as the explanation for everything.”

The ‘Science’ of Climate Change. Norman Rogers — “The science surrounding COVID has been hijacked for political purposes. … The “science” of climate change is also BS. That should be easier to accept after seeing what the government did to COVID science.” … “The parade of imaginary environmental catastrophes during the last 70 years is very long.”

There is no such thing as an early career climate scientist that is skeptical concerning global warming. I actually tried to find one and did a poster at a scientific meeting on the subject. The reason is simple. It is not because the science is so clear that only an idiot would question it. It is because our early-career climate scientist would soon be looking for a new job. Interfering with the flow of money from Washington is grounds for dismissal.

The Coming Climate Crisis Shakedown In Scotland; Pat Buchanan — “Follow the money!” — “The old maxim is always sound advice when assessing the motives of those advancing bold agendas for the benefit of mankind.” … “With the apocalypse thus laid out if we failed to act, there arose the inevitable question: How much hard cash would the global elites and their Third World clients be needing from the West — to grant the West an absolution for its past sins of carbon emissions?”

Once Upon A Time… The Market Ticker — “In pooled data 28% of the residents in similar nursing homes over the same time period died.  In these two, once they started treating with cheap drugs, leading with those available over the counter in the US, ZERO — I repeat — ZERO had a bad reaction to the protocol, ZERO died and ZERO were admitted to a hospital for treatment.” cites Antihistamines and azithromycin as a treatment for COVID-19 on primary health care – A retrospective observational study in elderly patients. Juan Ignacio Morán Blanco,a,b Judith A. Alvarenga Bonilla,a,b Sakae Homma,c Kazuo Suzuki,d Philip Fremont-Smith,e and Karina Villar Gómez de las Herasf,∗ at nih.gov

The emperor has no clothes: COVID math simply doesn’t add up. Children’s Health Defense, Inc. — “Eighteen months of COVID-related health data show the numbers promulgated by public health officials and mainstream media vastly overstate the risk of COVID and downplay the risk of vaccines. … In the U.S., meanwhile, regulators, hospitals and pharmacies have implemented equally disturbing policies that require withholding inexpensive drugs, such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine — shown elsewhere to be effective and safe — while essentially forcing hospitalized COVID patients onto protocols that are not only unhelpful but murderous.”

 

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Misapplication of charity

The Revolution Is Swarming, But Can Be Defeated. William A. Jacobson — “Mollie Hemingway: “… [T]he left has taken over every single one of the powerful institutions in the country…. All of a sudden, the conservative project is not a conservative one, so much as a counter-revolutionary one.” … “the mob is not interested in evidence or debate, they are interested in power and bringing people to heel.”

Civilization requires deterrence. Victor Davis Hanson — “The tired democracies of the 1930s learned that lesson when they kept acquiescing to Hitler’s serial aggressions.” … “Deterrence is omnipresent and also applies well beyond matters of war and peace. The current crime wave of murder and violent assault in our major cities is the wage of loud efforts to defund the police and contextualize crimes as somehow society’s rather than the criminal’s fault.”

What Will Democrats Do about the Maricopa County 2020 Election Audit? George Walsh — “Maricopa’s guilty parties are not going down without a fight.  We need to be ready for what comes next.  Lucky for us, we already know what the adversary’s next few moves will be; it’s not the first time the Democrats have been caught rigging elections. The Democrats’ standard response is denial and misdirection.  Denial needs no explanation.  As for misdirection, here are an explanation, a demonstration, and a practical exercise in how the game is played.” It’s already started hours before the report is released. The claims about “false” Trump claims and conclusions based on selected data are being triumphed in news reports.

5 False Narratives About The Spygate Indictment Of Michael Sussmann. Margot Cleveland — “The biggest backers of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax have already exonerated Sussmann. That fits a long pattern of them downplaying every advance in investigation into their hoax.” … “Here are their top talking points about the Sussmann news and why they are gibberish.”

The Bishops’ Misapplication Of Catholic Charity, And The Evil On Our Southern Border. Christopher Bedford — “More than any other religious group, it is America’s Catholic bishops who lend moral support and cover to the current border situation.”

Human Intolerance is Never Far Beneath the Surface. Don Boudreaux — “Although fictional, this account of Bolshevik ignorance, prejudice, arrogance, and thuggery rings true. This account captures an ugly inclination of human nature that arises whenever we are insufficiently civilized by liberal sentiments. Illiberal people mistake their own prejudices for reality and their own beliefs for truth. Illiberal people are thus intolerant of anyone who disagrees, and are prone to condone violence on those who dare to dissent.”

the woke’s self-righteous eagerness to re-write history, to destroy so much of what has come down to us from the past, and to restructure civilization with brute force make the woke very much akin to the Bolsheviks and to so many of the other barbarians throughout history who mistake their fevered passions as being commands from God.

Masks In Schools: Scientific American Fumbles Report On Childhood COVID Transmission.Cameron English — “Scientific American says there’s good evidence to support mandatory masking in schools. A careful look at the data suggest the situation is more complicated.”

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disconnect: Jan 6 video, southern invasion, narrative enforcement

The Biden administration: lying with impunity. neo — “It means to lie with no bad consequences, with “freedom from punishment, harm, or loss.” … “about the administration’s lies: they are absurd and are not meant to convince. They are meant to do a number of other things, and the collusion of the MSM is the key to making it work.”

The Feds Are Forced to Release January 6th Surveillance Footage and Narratives Crumble. Bonchie — “A judge ordered the videos be released against the wishes of the government prosecutors who claimed doing so would undermine national security. Of course, that makes no sense, and what’s on the videos runs counter to the chosen narrative.” … “There’s no mad rush, no violence, no weapons, and certainly no organized insurrection. Instead, people mingle, take selfies, and snap pictures of the surrounding architecture.”

SF Mayor London Breed Flouts City’s COVID Mask Orders—And The Science Is On Her Side. Cameron English — “San Francisco Mayor London Breed has again flouted the pandemic-control measures she previously insisted everyone else follow. She’s a hypocrite for doing so, but her behavior illustrates an important lesson about the risk posed by COVID-19.” … “Part of the reason is that I live in a region of California with relatively lax rules (at least for now), though the primary reasons I feel comfortable venturing out into the world are summed up in these graphs:”

Why Do Doctors Go Along with COVID Panic Porn and CDC Prescriptions? Ted Noel — “There are two basic legs to the fraud.  First is the idea that the Centers for Disease Control is in any way concerned with a mission related to its name. … The second leg of the fraud is less visible to the naked eye but much more powerful.”

Any doctor who actually reads the studies, or follows any of the protocols published by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, will see a lot of peer pressure to stop.  The financial risks may be extreme.  It takes a spine of steel to stand up to the authoritarian orthodoxy.

Trouble in Vegas – Clark County Commission Declares COVID Misinformation A Public Health Emergency. Sundance  — “In reality, “misinformation” and “disinformation” doesn’t exist – there is just information you accept, and information you do not accept” … “the Clark County commission in Nevada voted today to establish “COVID misinformation” as a public health emergency, clearing the way for the largest (and most notoriously corrupt) county in Nevada to create ordinances blocking any form of speech they consider adverse to their approved narrative.”

 

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Just how should we react?

Why does half of America vote for such horrible things? Spruce Fontaine — “My sense is that Democrats, by and large, have a tenuous connection to things transcendent.  Transcendence gives coherence to existence.” … “My fear is that America may soon want an actual king to fill civilization’s incoherent void.”

The Real Genesis Of Extremism. Gary M. Galles — “Leonard Read, born 123 years ago this week, showed that real farsightedness when wrote “The Genesis of Extremism,” in the April 1962 issue of The Freeman. He already understood today’s name-calling, ad hominem attacks and guilt by association innuendo attacks and their connection to government overstepping of its logically defensible role” … “What we are witnessing is an instance of action and reaction. The genesis of the reaction is the action, and the origin of the current “extremism” is socialistic action.” … “how should we react to socialistic government “innovations” that attack our rights and liberties?”

The Afghanistization of America. Victor Davis Hanson — “We are doing our best to become a Third-World country of incompetency, constitutional erosion, a fractious and politicized military elite, and racially and ethnically obsessed warring tribes.” … “is our new freelancing and partisan military also in the process of becoming Afghanized—too many of its leadership electively appealing to pseudo-higher principles to contextualize violating the Constitution of the United States and, sadly, too many trying to reflect the general woke landscape of the corporate board to which so many have retired?”

Was ‘Justice For J6 Rally’ A Set-Up Or A Psy-Op? Ron Paul [The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity] — “As conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza Tweeted, the comedy of the event was that “there were so many undercover cops they were arresting each other by accident.” … “we must not let enemies of justice win. All liberty lovers must speak out for the unfairly persecuted. Even when it’s politically risky. We must not be silent!”

The Cabal That Cried Wolf and Undermined a Republic. Vince — “race was not the issue that makes these three cases so despicable.  What makes them so heinous is that they sought to play upon the sympathies of the American public.  In the end they failed and all three ended up disgraced and Magnum and Smith ended up in jail.” … “What is a much larger problem however is when such hoaxes are perpetrated by government.  And we’ve had a great deal of that.” … “Democrats have been manipulating Americans fears and goodwill for decades and today we are watching the culmination of that treachery.”

Australia: Covid’s tyranny. Reference Frame — By a Czech-born Australian lady whose name is known to me. “I have chosen to write this article mainly to let people around the world know the truth about what is happening in Australia. It is written according to the truth and my personal experience, nothing is second hand.”

Americans Need A New Media. I & I Editorial Board — “we have an army of journalists who are nakedly biased, vainly divisive, childishly spiteful, and purposely destructive. We can only hope our free market economy responds to the great business opportunity at hand before the press and its Democrat allies make doing so impossible as they work to shut down free enterprise.”

From the TV networks to the major daily newspapers to sophomoric gab shows, the media are in the business of lying, covering up and/or ignoring truth that hurts Democrats, instilling fear, creating an environment in which government can more easily control people who already had been freed through revolution, and “othering” and gaslighting dissenters.

As an institution, the press has been almost wholly taken over by a collection of liberty-loathing progressives, resentful leftists, neo-Marxists, aspiring tyrants, busybodies, bitter scolds, elitists, anti-Americans, and angry, juvenile activists – a composition identical to that of the Democratic Party. For those who doubt this, consider the Democrats’ recent proposal to subsidize left-leaning newspapers with taxpayer money.

How Durham Bombshell Made a ‘Birther’ Out of Me. Jack Cashill — “Upon reading special counsel John Durham’s 27-page indictment of attorney Michael Sussman, I found myself asking, “Is there anything Perkins Coie lawyers would not do to keep their Democratic clients in power?”

Indictment of Campaign Lawyer Demonstrates How Hillary Clinton Is The Most Systemically Manipulative Politician Of Our Lifetime. William A. Jacobson — “Hillary Clinton opreatives perpetrated a massive Russia-collusion fraud on the American public which not only manipulated the 2016 election process but also froze the Trump presidency and nearly paralyzed the nation politically for years.”

The Strange Thoughts of Catastropharians. Tony Thomas — “To Sally, we denialists are desperately cowering from “unbearable anxiety or loss”, rather than laughing at doom-criers’ 50 years of failed predictions.”

Concerning Ivermectin. Herschel Smith —  “The lesson is not about Ivermectin being poisonous because it isn’t, but about the pervasiveness of a type of new internet propaganda termed “informational flooding.” … “This is a gigantic propaganda campaign, and you’re the subject of the disinformation.  In other words, if they weren’t so scared of it, the laughable legacy media wouldn’t be spending so much time on it.”

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If only we could find a cure

‘Science,’ They Said. Victor Davis Hanson — “Science is dying; superstition disguised as morality is returning. And we all will soon become poorer, angrier and more divided.”

In empirical fashion scientists advised us to examine evidence and data, and then by induction come to rational hypotheses. The enemies of “science” were politics, superstition, bias, and deduction. 

Yet we are now returning to our version of medieval alchemy and astrology in rejecting a millennium of the scientific method.  

Take the superstitions that now surround COVID-19. 

 

K–12: the Clutter is the Message. Bruce Deitrick Price — “Traditionally, education was focused on facts, information, details, content, learning, and knowledge, all of these hopefully leading to wisdom.  Now we’ve gone to the other extreme.”

Instapundit — “The real failure — and I’ve warned about it since the beginning — is that our “public health” establishment has been so obviously corrupt and politicized that people who would have trusted it a decade or two ago now don’t. And the reason they don’t is that it’s been so obviously corrupt and politicized as to be untrustworthy.”

FDA Panel Member on COVID Vaccines: ‘Heart Attacks Happen 71 Times More Often….’ Selwyn Duke — “Some of the above is “scientific”; much of it is anecdotal. Yet there’s far, far more evidence of the GTAs’ downsides than I’ve mentioned here”

While the Rally for January 6 prisoners was a bust, it still mattered a lot. Andrea Widburg — “this failed rally revealed that non-leftists in America are losing their First Amendment right to protest.” 

What If the FBI Threw an Insurrection and Nobody Came? Brian C. Joondeph — “Saturday, Sept. 18 was the date for the “J6 Rally,” organized by a political advocacy group called Look Ahead America.” … “as usual, Trump was right. The Daily Mail reported, “Protesters outnumbered by police…as just a handful of demonstrators turn up.” One of only a few arrests was a comical scene of Feds, dressed like Star Wars storm troopers arresting one of their own, an undercover cop.”

Bush and Milley Have Chosen Obama’s False History of America J.B. Shurk — “It has been the project of the political left for quite some time to convince Americans that there is nothing exceptional about their country.  To “fundamentally transform” a culture, you must first poison the roots of what has already been growing.” … “Killing American history is not just a matter of destroying our collective identity as Americans, but also the vehicle for undermining notions of personal freedom.”

If Only We Could Find A Cure For Trump Derangement Syndrome. James Bowman, [The Epoch Times] — “if all things Trump are bad and all things no-Trump are good, it’s still the case that a no-Trump thing that goes bad, like the Afghan debacle, can still be blamed on Trump, as President Joe Biden attempted to do. Some sufferers from the illness in California might even have believed him.”

Dirty Deeds Done Not Cheap. Clarice Feldman — “It was a diabolically engineered hoax. Clinton or her campaign (depending on your degree of naïveté) hired Perkins which hired GPS, who hired Steele, who made up scurrilous nonsense like the pee tape.”

So how did 15,000 Haitians suddenly find their way to Del Rio, Texas? Monica Showalter — “It’s natural to want to know how this formed? Why is it so big? Why did it end up at Del Rio, Texas, a town ill-equipped to accommodate them? How did these people fly or sail from faraway Haiti? Are more on the way?” … “What we have here is a broken border, and an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, brought on by Joe Biden’s failure of basic diplomacy.”

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Guilty as charged? (Don’t Ask!)

General Milley: Guilty As Charged. John Hinderaker — “I expressed skepticism that any American military officer would do such a dishonorable thing, while noting that Milley had not yet disputed Woodward’s charges. … Now, based on this statement by Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Dave Butler, it appears that Woodward’s reporting is, shockingly, accurate. … I never would have imagined that the U.S. military could sink to the level represented by Milley.”

Wonder why science gets a lack of respect? Here’s are two to consider. The first focus is on social programs and not on employment, family support, and economic facts, for example. The other illustrates deception in a more direct way.

When Republicans control state legislatures, infant mortality is higher. Elsevier — “The party that controls state legislatures is powerfully associated with fluctuations in infant mortality rates and racial disparities in infant health, scientists report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine … The investigators caution that the study may not account for unobserved differences across states that may change at the same time as the party control change of state legislatures, and other mechanisms not included in the study may connect Republican administrations and increases in infant mortality rates.” 

Do Mask Mandates Work? John Hinderaker — “Kevin Roche has charted the impact of Minnesota’s mask mandate at Healthy Skeptic. Minnesota is a good test case because Minnesotans tend to be compliant, if not downright ovine. If you tell us to wear masks, we will mask up to the last man.” … “the weird thing about public policy in general: failure rarely discredits a policy. Far more likely, failure will lead to calls to double down or reinstate the policy that didn’t work the first time. I don’t know what to do about this, except try to get voters to be smarter.”

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It’s complicated, you see. Leave it to the experts.

The Peculiar Institution of Higher Education. Victor Davis Hanson — “Just as a sermonizing Hollywood grates when it no longer can make good movies, so does a once hallowed but now self-righteous university seem hollow when it charges so much for increasingly so little.” … “once they began to charge exorbitantly, educate poorly, politick continuously, indebt 45 million people, and act hypocritically, they turned off Americans.”

Electricity Planners on Defense (more exchange on the PUCT/ERCOT debacle). Robert Bradley Jr — “Welcome to the political economy of electricity from the expert/planner viewpoint. Electricity is different. Its complexity requires central planning/regulation. The free market does not work. Ergo, free-market theories do not apply.”

Science that systematically produces progress only began in Galileo’s time. Lubos Motl — “Let me add a few words about the inability of the ancient Greeks and Romans to start the industrial revolution – a fact that is obvious but it is deliberately obfuscated by various retarded (in 2021) warriors against slavery.”

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Masks, and the Deadly Falsehoods Surrounding Them. James D. Agresti — “powerful government officials and big tech executives have corrupted or suppressed the central scientific facts about face masks. The impacts of this extend far beyond the issue of masks and have caused widespread harm and countless deaths.” … “Beyond the general quality of a study, another important factor to consider is how applicable it is to the issue at hand.” … “a large array of gold-standard studies have found inconsistent benefits from higher-quality masks in healthcare settings and no statistically significant benefits from any type of mask in community settings.” … “the manner in which certain people disregard and twist gold-standard studies on masks says little about the studies but reveals a great deal about the people.”

COVID Data, Facts Not Fear. Sundance — “We know that much of the raw data underlying the CDC statistics are inflated by the way the data is collected and manipulated by the hospitals and healthcare system.  However, that said, if we just accept the raw CDC data and evaluate what they are collecting as a way to estimate the risks….here’s the outcome.” … “Why is COVID-19 being disproportionately hyped as such a dangerous threat, when the reality of the statistical danger is much less than the intense level of hype? That is the key question.”

 

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hyper-partisan, unprincipled, and lawless

DOJ Files Baseless Suit Against Texas Over Its Abortion Law. Paul Mirengoff — “Whatever one’s views of the Texas law, the DOJ’s suit is baseless. Its filing demonstrates that under Joe Biden and Merrick Garland, the DOJ has become a hyper-partisan, unprincipled, and lawless tool of the left. … The Department of Justice lacks authority to file any lawsuit unless a statute grants litigation authority to the Attorney General. The DOJ’s complaint cites no statute granting such authority.”

 Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure authorizes sanctions against parties that file lawsuits for “any improper purpose” and lawsuits that are not “warranted by existing law or by a nonfrivolous argument for extending, modifying, or reversing existing law .” In my view, the government’s suit against Texas is a good candidate for Rule 11 sanctions.

But some are exempt while others pursuing blatant evidence of election fraud are being considered subject to Rule 11 – Subject to ‘hyper-partisan, unprincipled, and lawless tool’ as well?

Stark Contrasts: RealClearInvestigations’ Jan. 6-BLM Side-by-Side Comparison. The Editors, RealClearInvestigations — “With polling indicating Americans see two sides to the story – and major media dwelling on only one – RealClearInvestigations has developed the database below allowing readers to draw their own conclusions.”

More On The J6 Narrative Fail. Mark Wauck — “I briefly alluded to the Left’s need for a new target for demonization, for Otherization. The reason for this need is that the whole narrative of a Republican “insurrection” on January 6, an attempt to “overthrow the government”, is coming apart.”

Gout Medicine Could Also Battle COVID-19 – FDA Approved and Has Potent Antiviral Properties. University Of Georgia Virology — “Repurposing drugs that are already approved to work against one problem is common. For example, remdesivir was originally intended to fight Ebola virus, but when it showed some promise in fighting the coronavirus, it was enlisted to battle COVID-19.” … “Probenecid is an FDA-approved medication that’s primarily used to treat gout, and it’s already widely available in the U.S. The drug has been on the market for over 40 years and has minimal side effects.” There are many such drugs with promise but the current climate puts effectiveness and cost versus benefit way down the list of priorities.

Ivermectin, ‘Noble Lies,’ and Whom Do We Trust? Keith Jackson — “The controversy around the use of ivermectin and, previously, hydroxychloroquine joins a long list of things where the left’s pursuit of the “Noble Lie” is judged more important than honest debate.”

How the Pandemic Is Changing the Norms of Science. John P.A. Ioannidis — “Imperatives like skepticism and disinterestedness are being junked to fuel political warfare that has nothing in common with scientific methodology.” … “The Mertonian norms [Wikipedia] of communalism, universalism, disinterestedness, and organized skepticism have unfortunately never been mainstream in education, media, or even in science museums and TV documentaries on scientific topics.” … “By August 2021, 330,000 scientific papers were published on COVID-19, involving roughly a million different authors. … However, most of this work was of low quality, often wrong, and sometimes highly misleading.”

Who gave these orders? Who decided that his or her opinion, expertise, and conflicts should be in charge? It was not a single person, not a crazy general or a despicable politician or a dictator, even if political interference in science did happen—massively so. It was all of us, a conglomerate that has no name and no face: a mesh and mess of half-cooked evidence; frenzied and partisan media promoting parachute journalism and pack coverage; the proliferation of pseudonymous and eponymous social media personas which led even serious scientists to become unrestrained, wild-beast avatars of themselves, spitting massive quantities of inanity and nonsense; poorly regulated industry and technology companies flexing their brain and marketing power; and common people afflicted by the protracted crisis. All swim in a mixture of some good intentions, some excellent thinking, and some splendid scientific successes, but also of conflicts, political polarization, fear, panic, hatred, divisiveness, fake news, censorship, inequalities, racism, and chronic and acute societal dysfunction.

 

Survival Rates. Kevin Roche — “I know it is heresy to suggest this, but we are at flu levels, if flu were tested for and deaths attributed in the same manner.”

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What has happened to our country?

The Case for Merit, Character, and Capacity. Sheldon Bart — “The politically correct write the three-word mantra “diversity, equity and inclusion” with capital letters and refer to it in acronym form as DEI. This is a distinction never accorded to such familiar triads as “duty, honor, country,” “faith, hope and charity,” or “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” … “What should also be clear is that those extolling the creed of diversity, equity, and inclusion have, in this regard, set common sense aside along with the history books. Instead, they exercise emotionalism and airy intellectuality. Unless common sense eventually prevails, we can look back to Colonel Greene for a projection of our future.”

Democracy Dies in the Absence of Trust. Christopher Akehurst — “What has happened to our country?” … “Trust is a condition that makes our society work as a cooperative enterprise. But more and more you notice its absence.”

California’s Proposed COVID Vaccine Mandate Goes Down In Flames. Good Riddance. Cameron English — “public health rules need to be based on sound evidence, which, as we’ll see, this proposed mandate was not. Second, when policymakers fail to “follow the science,” they cause severe unintended consequences.”

Courts should not order hospitals and physicians to administer ivermectin against their will. Jann Bellamy — this is up as an example of the ‘straw man’ and other logical fallacies. The comments make clear the effect of this straw man. The issue isn’t judges. It is hospitals refusing with zealotry to administer properly prescribed, inexpensive,and reasonably safe medications. The site claims ‘science’ yet shows a lack of its values and principles.

Let It Find Us. Andrew W. Coy — “It is becoming so painfully clear that those in charge of our lives either do not know what they are doing or are lying to us when it comes to COVID.” … “Concerns are legitimate, but we must stop living in fear.  Being careful is appropriate, but we should no longer allow this virus to determine our every move or dominate our thoughts.  We must claim our lives back.”

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Dereliction of duty

The Top Reason I Hate Masks Is They Force Me To Live By Lies. Joy Pullmann __ “Being forced to wear a mask is being forced to communicate that I support treating COVID-19 as if it should take priority over everything else in life. That’s not only false, but evil.” … “It communicates that I believe harassing the living hell out of Americans is a justified response to a disease with a 99.5 percent survival rate or better for those younger than 65. It communicates that it is reasonable to worship health as an idol, and to control citizens with fear.”

This Dissent Over Mask Mandates Explains Why Tyranny Wins When Judges Won’t Act. Kylee Zempel — “The courts have one job, and when they don’t do it, we all suffer.” … “In fact, that was Ziegler’s main point: “I dissent because, once again, this court abdicates its responsibility to ‘say what the law is.’” Take a moment to read her dissent (citations have been removed, but you can find them in the original document here):”

When the court is silent on these matters, as the Wisconsin Supreme Court was over this mask order, the unelected bullies with the most power get a little more confident telling the hardworking citizens who pay their salaries what do to. The next time some head honcho in a healthy Wisconsin county gets the bright idea that he can gin up an unconstitutional law out of thin air, he’ll have silence from the state’s high court egging him on, and Wisconsinites will once again pay the price.

The Texas Heartbeat Bill Will Protect The Unborn, But Damage Our Justice System. Kyle Sammin — “Texas’s new abortion bill will overrun courts with amateur prosecutors avenging wrongs that have not caused them any particularized harm.” … “In place of the executive branch enforcing the law, as is typical, Texas authorizes “[a]ny person, other than an officer or employee of a state or local governmental entity in this state” to bring a civil action against anyone who performs an abortion or knowingly aids or abets the performance of one.” … “Why the convoluted enforcement mechanism? It is a bit of legal sleight-of-hand designed to avoid the usual ways federal courts stop states from restricting abortion.” What is buried in the argument is that the Texas bill is a response to the destruction of the ‘Justice System’. The other hypocrisy in the argument is that the government and not the people should be in charge of the process.

Two Unexpected Signs Of A Coming Conservative Ascendency. I & I Editorial Board — “The ever-more-radical left may rule in Washington, Hollywood, the media, academe, and the arts, but when an architecture of ideas is built on a San Andreas Fault of error and defiance of human nature, the inevitable failures register high on the Richter Scale.” … Gutfield and Elder are bellwethers.

Now The Taliban Have Gone Too Far, John Hinderaker — “What on God’s green Earth was a George Floyd mural doing in Kabul? Apparently these “art” works were created by something called Artlords:”

Today In Academic Crazy,  Steven Hayward — “I keep hearing anecdote after anecdote of academic searches where while[sic] males are simply ruled out of a search selection on the basis of their skin and gender alone. They say the plural of anecdote is data: I think the EEOC ought to do an investigation of college hiring searches, and compile the statistics over time for how many white males made it to the typical three-finalist pools from which hires are made. My hypothesis is that the results would look as blatantly embarrassing as the information that came out on Harvard’s deliberate discrimination against Asians.”

 

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conspiracies gasping at straws

How to Tell What the Government Fears Most. J.B. Shurk — “I am of the opinion that we are all a part of one of the great epochal shifts in human history and that what we fight to secure today will reverberate through society for generations. We did not ask for this moment — most of us, in fact, have hoped that by quietly enduring the hardships that come our way, our toleration of what is intolerable would somehow be rewarded with comfort and peace.”

Lies, omissions and false fact checks – a banner week for media disinformation. Post Editorial Board — “We’ve listened to media writers bemoan that they cannot control the flow of information anymore. Why are people turning to those dark corners of the interwebs? Well, when you ignore a major presidential scandal broken by a well-respected wire service, exaggerate and obfuscate, then use “fact checks” to try to dismiss the truth, what credibility do you think you’re due? Chew on that missing context.”

The New Rules Bite Libs Right in the Uterus. Kurt Schlichter — “The new rule is that you use your power ruthlessly to defeat your opponent. And so, I’m totally comfortable with it. The Dems, not so much – this legislative suppository is shaped like a starfish and it ain’t going in easy.”

The administration seems to be acting with malice aforethought. Terry Paulding — “I am not a “conspiracy theorist,” because what I see is real — although leftists use the term against anyone sounding the alarm on any alarming event.” … “If we don’t want to fundamentally transform our country into a hellhole, it’s time to loudly badger our elected representatives, making them take action.  Speak the truth so they can’t help but hear us.  Hold them accountable, along long with the fake news media and the technocrats who allow the Taliban to have a voice on Twitter but cancel patriots.”

Millions of Americans without ICU doctors due to the “Biden ban”Seth Rabinowitz — “Americans are dying in ICUs in far greater numbers than would otherwise be if not for a newly misapplied 57-year-old rule banning the only American board-certified ICU doctors available in many cities from providing critical care, leaving only nurses to do the doctor’s job in treating ICU patients.

The great Ivermectin deworming hoax. Justus R. Hope — “The lesson is not about Ivermectin being poisonous because it isn’t, but about the pervasiveness of a type of new internet propaganda termed “informational flooding.” … “We are asked to believe that six telephone calls to poison control about Ivermectin are somehow newsworthy, yet over 100,000 calls to poison control on Tylenol each year are not.” … “We have watched the movement on Ivermectin proceed with steadily increasing global attention on google searches – in sharp contrast to the concocted ad hoc PR campaign hastily crafted in August by Big Pharma on these laughable poison control stories.”

Dr. Scott Atlas, Others Throttle Bangladesh Mask Study: ‘Extremely Weak Tea’. Scott Morefield — “To claim that masks caused any given variance in outcome, you need to isolate masks as a variable. They didn’t.” … “Harvard professor Dr. Martin Kulldorff called it “odd” that “mask advocates are excited by this study.” … “David Chavous, an attorney with a PhD in molecular biology, called the fact that results were only seen for those over 50 years old a “HUGE red warning sign.”

It is possible to bring clarity to the ivermectin debate. Anony Mee — “As regards the hysterical reporting out of the left that ivermectin is not an FDA-approved drug for the pandemic, in January 2021, a paper was published regarding repurposing ivermectin for efficacious use against COVID. ”

Return Of The Hockey Stick?  John Hinderaker — “This German source traces the contamination to a Swiss university, but I think a more fundamental answer is that an enormous amount of money is at stake. If climate hysteria leads to a retooling of the world’s energy system, almost all of us will suffer a decline in our standard of living.”

Organic Disaster. Alex Tabarrok — “Sri Lanka’s President abruptly banned chemical fertilizers earlier this year in a bid to become 100% organic. The ban has resulted in reduced production and soaring prices that, together with declining tourism and the pandemic, have created an economic crisis.

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The juvenile critique

Biden and the Left-wing Standard of Attacking Presidents. Victor Davis Hanson — “In just a few months Joe Biden has wrought a series of disasters that will invoke outrage that dwarfs the concocted anger directed at Donald Trump.”

Texas Gets Election Reform Right, ‘Mainstream’ Media Gets It Wrong. Hans von Spakovsky — “This bill’s biased coverage reflects how much the media relies on the propaganda circulated by the left that labeled the new law as “restrictive,” without questioning it.”

Two Questions About The Rolling Stone Story. John Hinderaker — “did anyone actually believe the Oklahoma story?” … “why has relatively little attention been paid to potential treatments for covid?” … “Granted, viruses are generally hard to cure or to treat. The conventional advice for covid is to treat it the same way you would a cold or the flu–a fact that seems revealing in itself. But I think the seeming disinterest in identifying practical remedies for covid, while we are awash in news stories about other aspects of the disease, is puzzling.”

Glen Reynolds at Instapundit —  The juvenile ‘It’s horse paste!’ critique of ivermectin. Tim Carney — “why does the major media want you to believe that ivermectin is simply a “horse paste”?” and also “Media narrative right now: “The only reason Covid isn’t over is because a bunch of dumb anti-vaxxer Trumpian hicks from rural America refuse to get vaccinated, and instead are taking horse dewormer that they read about on the internet!”

Why in the World Is the Government Disrupting the Distribution of Monoclonal Antibodies Now? Stacey Lennox — “After demonizing nearly every medication with the potential to reduce the severity of COVID-19 symptoms, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) finally recommended monoclonal antibodies earlier this summer.” … “Once Florida Governor Ron DeSantis decided to promote outpatient treatment using the antibodies and establish infusion centers, the media reacted because he is a very dangerous Republican.” … “On Friday, someone who claimed to be an urgent care specialist tweeted that HHS had informed him that the government would now decide which facilities would receive doses of monoclonal antibodies.”

To date, therapeutics and repurposed medications to reduce disease severity have been underemphasized and even demonized. Monoclonal antibodies made it through all the noise and President Trump’s endorsement. It is time for the federal response to encourage increased production of monoclonal antibodies, challenge manufacturers to develop formulations against variants of concern, and get them in the hands of practitioners.

The COVID Vaccine: A Physician’s Perspective. “I watched in horror from my position at a big hospital in February 2020 as COVID-19 ravaged Italy. The virus was spreading globally, nothing seemed to stop it, and thousands were dying with no effective treatment to be found. It was truly a nightmare scenario.” … “In medicine we talk about informed decision making. The old, paternalistic, directive medicine is in the past. We involve patients in their care, inform them, allow them to make the decisions, right or wrong. Politics mixed with science, science has lost and we have now returned to the paternalistic directive medicine of “vaccinate or else”.

Delta, Breakthrough Infections and the Ongoing Media and Public Health Terrorism. Kevin Roche — “panic if you want to but I still believe that Delta has at best a marginal transmission advantage, results in less severe disease, and is being handled pretty well by the vaccines.”

Is COVID a Pandemic of the Unvaccinated? Not Quite. Brian C.Joondeph — “Physicians spreading medical misinformation, particularly about COVID, “are risking disciplinary action by state medical boards” due to their “high degree of public trust” and their “powerful platform in society.” One could say this applies more so to the president of the United States, the CDC director, and to major newspapers and media organizations, all of whom have a far larger platform than any single doctor.”

We are all in this together and will sink or swim collectively based on the actions of those charged with making reasoned and evidence-based decisions. Dishonestly presenting data will only dig us all into a deeper hole.

There’s Nothing The U.S. Can Do To Affect Global Temperature. I & I Editorial Board — “Despite zero evidence that human greenhouse gas emissions are harming Earth, the Democrats, cheered by the media, continue to enact energy policies they say are necessary for saving our world. But all they’re doing is increasing energy scarcity, which forces prices higher, and ignoring facts that don’t fit their narrative.”

 

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So where’s the accountability?

Defeat and Dishonesty. Mark Steyn — “As Victor says, there is a sickness in the US military which ought to be very troubling. Because that will never be addressed by the “mainstream” media, it is even more critical that the institutions of the right do more than merely peddle their lame-arse sappy-happy boosterism bollocks.”

“Solutions” are easy: all that would be required would be to revert to the norms of sovereign states with a prudent calculation of national interest as that term has been understood through the Westphalian era. That solution is obstructed by a ruling elite that despises its own countrymen and is increasingly on the take from China, using as its shock-troops a deranged army of the woke for whom every inconsequential errant Tweeter is the Hitler du jour, or at any rate the Jefferson Davis.
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I get that defeat is a downer, I understand the urge to dine out on D-Day forever. But it is a necessary condition of any “solution” to live in truth, and to address honestly a global failure that in world-historical terms confirms China’s view that America is over. Yet the above drivel barely qualifies as the “shock” and “denial” of the first stages of grief. Too much American pseudo-conservatism’s analysis these past three weeks has been parochial and risible: perhaps the first solution is to demand a new and less pitifully deluded right.

The Appeal of Chaos: How Politicians and Pundits are Misconstruing The Supreme Court’s Order on the Texas Abortion Law. Jonathan Turley — “Roe has long been the battlefield described by Napoleon as “a scene of constant chaos” in which “the winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.” The problem is that Biden cannot control that chaos any more than his predecessors and may, in fact, make it far worse.”

Psychological paralysis in the battle for America. M. E. Boyd — “Islam allows no accommodation with a non-believer. Christianity does” … “The predicament America finds herself in is difficult for the average American to internalize.” … “First, as ascribed to Sun Tzu, psychological paralysis underpins all. By severing an opponent’s connection to his environment (reality), from his perception of that reality, an opponent’s will to resist can collapse.”

Americans now cannot tell reality from its perception, cannot tell moral right from its dark counterpart, and have lost their empirical connection to the difference between the primordial and the refined. The strategy and the tactics of those, both domestic and foreign, who wish our nation and our people harm prevail. Whether these tactics have lessened a commitment to Christianity or a lessened commitment to Christianity has fostered these tactics is difficult to unravel. The result is that Islam is on the rise as a threat to Western Civilization.

Where are the apologies for spreading ‘harmful misinformation’ about fake ivermectin overdoses in Oklahoma hospital? Thomas Lifson — “news commentator gleefully spread a false story that rural hospitals and ambulances in Oklahoma were backed up because so many ignorant rubes were overdosing on ivermectin horse medicine.  Some were even losing their vision.”

Horse-Paste Hooey: How Left-Wing Lunatics Spread Yet Another Obvious Lie. Tyler Durden’ — “If one wants to wrap their brain around why the leftist-establishment media complex has lost all credibility, this Tablet article by Konstantin Kisin from August is mandatory reading worth ten minutes of your time.”

Latest Covid Hoax Tells The Story. Mark Wauck — “For The Left It’s Always About Politics–Meaning, Class” … “nothing so rational as cynical manipulation can account for the obvious wackiness that’s in play. It’s got to be something deeply psychological” … “The giveaway that this was an obvious hoax and was always about Lefty politics—and therefore about class—is that not only was this hoax located in a rural area but the also involved the meme of supposed rural gun violence.”

American Education Is Rotten from Top to Bottom. Jack Cashill — “Those students who leave America’s schools of education, Ed.D.s in hand, now control just about all forms of public education — and much of private education — from pre-school to (yes) medical school.  Unlike schools, say, of engineering or computer science or even liberal arts, if every graduate school of education in America shut down tomorrow, no one not on the payroll would miss them.  Always useless, they are now much worse than useless, and we are all paying the bill.”

No one’s safe from the righteous mob. Joanne Jacobs — “Nearly two-thirds of the attacks came from the scholar’s left, but 34 percent came from his or her right,” Hess notes. “The anti-Enlightenment left is leading the charge on campus speech suppression, but it has too much company.”

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Consequences of Lost Trust

Something Is Wrong with America’s Top Commanders. Victor Davis Hanson — “Think of that irony. If Milley considered a politicized resignation to rebuke Trump over the false charge, then surely he could now consider a real resignation after overseeing the worst military disaster of the last half-century in Kabul.” … “Something is terribly wrong in the ranks of America’s top commanders that reflects something wrong with the country.” … “Somehow our new woke Pentagon is hell-bent on losing the trust of the American people—along with the wars it fights abroad.”

The Greatest Victory Since Napoleon Left Moscow. Roger Kimball — “the proper response to this ideology is not to offer it partnerships in the hope that you can make a mutually satisfying deal that caters to everyone’s “self-interest.” On the contrary, the proper response is to understand, as Benjamin Netanyahu put it, that we are dealing here with “a war to reverse the triumph of the West.”

American debacle. Alexander Tomský — “Where does the naive notion of American politicians that they can establish constitutional and secular government, if not democracy and human rights, in a foreign country of a completely different civilisation come from?” … “Liberals don’t like to hear that democracy originated in Judeo-Christian civilization and is not sustainable without its roots, as the American culture war proves.” … “The flight from Afghanistan put an end to one great illusion, but the insane ideology of “social justice” is a greater threat than Islamic terrorism. It is high time for liberal conservatives to man up and go on the offensive.”

The Real Authoritarians Threatening America. Newt Gingrich — “The great irony is that so many on the left used their argument that Trump is an authoritarian to justify acting as authoritarians themselves. For starters, look at the mainstream media.”

Tyler Durden — Rolling Stone ‘Horse Dewormer’ Hit-Piece Debunked After Hospital Says No Ivermectin Overdoses and USA Today ‘Fact Check’ Accuses Gold Star Parents Of Lying, Then Issues Massive Correction. major media caught with pants down

Vaccine Voodoo. James Rickards [DailyReckoning.com] — “Many everyday Americans probably believe that the COVID vaccines will keep them from getting COVID. That’s not true and never has been true.”

The American Thinker ‘must reads’ … 

Fake News: The strange campaign against ivermectin escalates. Monica Showalter — “What’s with the bizarre campaign against ivermectin?”

The Healthcare Credibility Problem. Paul D. Hoffman — “My advice to healthcare providers is to stop speaking in absolutes, recognize that there has always been healthy disagreement among medical professionals, and most of all, recognize that when people decline their well-intended advice, it is because the healthcare community has a serious credibility problem.”

Second Thoughts: Dems Have A Few.  Clarice Feldman — “the major media are having a hard time burying the story of administrative incoherence and stupidity and the consequences here and abroad.”

Joe Biden and the Consequences of Lost Global Trust. Chet Richards — “All societies are based on trust.  It doesn’t matter how the society is organized. It could be a democracy, king and country, or even a totalitarian dictatorship.  What matters is that the people of that society have trust in their system and in their leadership.  Without that trust there is chaos.”

The Property We Have in Our Rights. Christopher Slager — “we must balance our assertion to individual rights with our collective duties measured to particular circumstances. … In exercising and defending our rights, we must think as shrewdly as the serpent and carry ourselves as innocently as the dove.”

What’s an ‘antivaxxer’? Peter Skurkiss — “After carefully listening to the pros and cons on the COVID vaccines and measuring their risk-to-reward, I am opposed to taking any. Does this make me an antivaxxer?” … “The pejorative ‘antivaxxer’ is not meant to be factual. Rather its intent is to shut down any discussion on the COVID vaccines that might make the medical establishment and Big Pharma feel uncomfortable.”

American employers are now conducting religious inquisitions. Andrea Widburg — “NCH conducted a religious colonoscopy on one of its employees for what was a pretext and a sham.”

Ever wonder why woke people hate America so much? Steve Feinstein — “we are raising — encouraging, even! — an entire generation of people who feel no ownership of, loyalty to, or obligation to the country in which they live.”

When civilization is treated like a dropped call. Spruce Fontaine — “What sort of mind accepts a job along with training as a 911 operator but then callously treats it like a bored call-screener on midnight radio?”

and others chip in:

Masks hurt kids — do they help? Joanne Jacobs — “There is “no scientific consensus” about masking schoolchildren, writes Prasad. “The World Health Organization, which recommends that children 12 and older wear masks under the same circumstances that adults do, specifically advises against masking kids age 5 and younger.” The U.S. is an outlier.”

How to Lie With Statistics and Bad Study Design, Mask Version. Kevin Roche — “to fully demonstrate the desperation of the mask religionists to find anything that supports mask effectiveness at stopping community spread of CV-19.”

Left’s outcry over Texas abortion ban has little to do with science, protecting women. Marjorie Dannenfelser — “Rooted at the very core of Texas’s Heartbeat Act is the concept of basic humanity, informed by science.”

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Berserk Mandating Not Discussing

California Coastal Commission Goes Berserk Mandating Future Coastal Sea Level Rise Hype. Larry Hamlin — “The California Coastal Commission has established that the state must plan as a minimum for 3.5 feet of coastal sea level rise over the next 30 years.” … “This ludicrous rate of coastal sea level rise is 26 times greater than the rate of coastal sea level rise that has been measured by NOAA tide gauge data over the past 30 years at numerous coastal locations including 7 locations with between 75 to 115 years of continuous NOAA tide gauge coastal sea level rise data which shows these locations will average only 1.6 inches of coastal sea level rise in the next 30 years – not 3.5 feet!!”

‘Talking Melbourne’ but not Ivermectin. Roger Franklin — “One doesn’t go to press with an argument that runs counter to the weight of orthodoxy and official pronouncement without testing its credibility and assembling links that will help the reader arrive at his or her considered opinion.” … “As as a born optimist it is painful to think those likewise afflicted might call 3AW in hope of honest, rational, open conversation and find only censorship.”

Why all the fuss about Ivermectin? Brian C. Joondeph — “First hydroxychloroquine, now ivermectin, is the hated deadly drug de jour, castigated by the medical establishment and regulatory authorities. Both drugs have been around for a long time as FDA-approved prescription medications. Yet now we are told they are as deadly as arsenic.” … “Does ivermectin work against COVID? That is the bigger question and worthy of investigation, rather than reminding people that they are not cows.”

Medical treatment involves balancing risks and benefits. When FDA-approved medications are used in appropriate doses for appropriate patients, prescribed by competent physicians, the risks tend to be low, and any benefit should be celebrated. Instead, the medical establishment, media, and regulatory authorities are taking the opposite approach. One has to wonder why.

Federal, state election officials stymie rural Lander County commissioners’ proposed 2020 election audit. Sean Golonka — “As the voting records currently reside in the voting machines, and the election was not contested, those voting machines are not to be transferred to any other organization or entity in any situation, except as provided by law,” Cegavske wrote. … The Department of Justice letter also warns that transferring the ballots to someone other than an election official could pose a security risk.

 

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It’s another thing for delusions to run your entire society

The Left’s Hysteria About Kids And COVID Is Much Worse Than QAnon. Joy Pullmann — “While the left loves to play up QAnon, they pshaw away the fact that Democrats’ entire rationale for ruling right now is a set of far more destructive conspiracy theories.” … “a mass hysteria based on conspiracy theories far worse than QAnon. It has no basis in science, data, or reality. It is entirely a psychotic power play that sane people must refuse to allow to control our lives” … “It’s one thing to be deluded. It’s another thing for delusions to run your entire society.”

‘Fact Checkers’ Play Word Games To Deny Biden Dozed Off During Meeting With Israeli PM. Fuzzy Slippers — “Who are you going to believe, the leftstream media or your lying eyes?” … “Note the “manipulated media” tag that Twitter added to this tweet to help their good friends”

American Thinker is on a roll. Check these out: Who Shall Rescue Us from Joe Biden? Geoffrey P. Hunt — The lies just keep on coming. Eric Utter — Yes, the Left is that Stupid. J.R. Dunn — A Ruling Class with Blood on Its Hands. J.B. Shurk

 

 

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Questions that will not go away

Why Did Michael Byrd Fire Just A Single Shot? Parker Beauregard — another oddity of note

Jim Crow returns to California. Joel Kotkin — “The Golden State’s climate policies have enforced racial segregation” … “their draconian climate policies have created a racially segregated state more akin to the pre-Civil Rights era South.” The Nevada Independent has a report: Extreme temperatures disproportionately affects minority, low-income communities stuck in ‘heat islands’ Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez — on this same theme,

Global Warming Narrative Takes Another Hit. I & I Editorial Board — “Please don’t think this is an isolated and therefore meaningless example. There are many other facts that show the global warming fears are overblown.” … “The climate alarmists have been running a nonstop racket for decades, always demanding more of other people’s money and greater power over others’ lives. As long as they keep it up, we’ll continue to point out the gaping holes in their tales. It’s our public service.”

A Critically-Thinking Person Might Look At The Delta Data & Conclude… Jim Quinn [via The Burning Platform blog] — “It’s amazing how you can lie with statistics when you don’t provide context and/or leave key information out of your false narrative.” … “The current all hands on deck campaign to discredit ivermectin is a sign of desperation”

Ivermectin: Chemists Place Themselves Between Doctor and Patient. Phillip M. Altman — “That pharmacists should place themselves between doctor and patient, presuming the right to countermand a decision made a physician on the basis of suspicion alone, so outraged Phillip Altman, a veteran pharmacologist who specialises in the testing and trials of new drugs, he sent off the letter below.”

Five Ways to Deal with the COVID Karens in Your Life. Scott MorefieldScott Morefield — “It pits the hypochondriacs, the hysterical busybodies intent on using the virus to run everybody’s life, those who favor lockdowns and vaccine & mask mandates while refusing to discuss the science and data that opposes their worldview, against level-headed, freedom-loving individuals who know how to apprise risk and act accordingly.”

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A race to the bottom

psychosis

Still Crazy About Trump.  John Hinderaker – “So you might expect the editorialists to cite at least one thing Trump did that was arguably illegal. But you would be disappointed.” … “When the Times says “embrace authoritarianism,” they mean things like opposing mask mandates and vaccine requirements for people who have had covid, along with wanting fewer regulations and lower taxes. In other words, anti-authoritarianism.”

Big Tech, woke finance crack down on Flynn, Gateway Pundit, Berenson in cancel culture purge. Just the News staff — “In recent days, Twitter permanently banned independent journalist Alex Berenson, Google demonetized The Gateway Pundit from its ad network, and Chase Bank canceled the credit cards of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.”

The factual post that got Alex Berenson banned from Twitter. Andrea Widburg — “Because Berenson’s conclusions did not support mask mandates and lockdowns, the tech tyrants hate him.  He’s routinely been locked out of Twitter, and, last year, Amazon tried to shut down his self-published works about the virus.”

Mental fitness, politicized psychiatry, and the authoritarian impulse. David Zukerman — “with the current POTUS showing signs of cognitive impairment, a noted psychiatrist who maintained that President Trump was mentally impaired appears to be silent.”

Our Afghan Nightmare: Tanks for Nothing. Victor Davis Hanson —  “Afghanistan has been reinvented as the best-equipped terrorist nation in the world, basking in the prestige of humiliating the world’s superpower.”

Is Afghanistan the Next Killing Field? Fay Voshell — “America’s abrupt withdrawal from Afghanistan portends a humanitarian disaster of unknown proportions.”

Biden Makes Islamic Terrorism Great Again. I & I Editorial Board — “Will the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan, the rebirth of ISIS, and the appearance of American weakness fuel another huge spike in Islamic terror around the world – including in the United States? — If, God forbid, that does happen, the cause will be easy to pinpoint. And Joe Biden will have presided over two major increases in global terrorism since 9/11.”

Pretending COVID Is An Emergency Is Killing America. Molly McCann — “There is no justification for the continued suspension of the American form of self-government that secures all our individual rights and liberties.” … “The Western world is living a massive COVID lie. That lie is strangling the life out of liberty, and it will destroy our constitutional order if we do not end this horrifying charade.”

Who’s Skipping the Vaccine? The Answer May Surprise You. Brian C. Joondeph — “Hesitancy is relative resistance, in comparison to those who are genuinely anti-vaccine, refusing any and all vaccines. … Leaving aside the rationale or flaws behind these views, who are the vaccine-hesitant and why? The media has reported on this group and, not surprisingly, their characterizations may be inaccurate.”

Regardless of motivations, disparate groups of Americans, independent of political affiliation, are vaccine-hesitant, contrary to the media narrative. It’s a public health disservice for the media to politicize everything, including the COVID vaccines.

Harvard Determined to Race to the Bottom. Fletch Daniels — “So, Harvard University named Greg Epstein, an atheist, as their head chaplain because, apparently, nothing makes more sense to them than turning over the spiritual direction of their students to someone whose entire belief system is built around the belief that there is no God.”

on matters of race

Thinking about race: It’s not simple. Joanne Jacobs — “People with good intentions don’t realize they’re asking for a backlash when they “tell one group of kids, ‘You’re privileged, and there’s a problem with that, and you need to do something about it,’ [while] the other group of kids is encouraged to say, ‘I’m disadvantaged, and there’s so much wrong, and everything is working against me’.” It “breeds resentment” and reduces self-esteem and empathy, Foster believes.”

Playing the Race Card on Larry Elder. Heather Mac Donald — “Engaging in shameful duplicity regarding crime and policing, the media attempt to portray the California gubernatorial candidate as anti-black.” … “Unfortunately for Elder’s critics, the statistics showing vastly disproportionate rates of black crime and victimization come from some of the Left’s favorite sources.” … “If Elder were running as a Democrat, the press would be celebrating the possibility of California’s first black governor. Instead, we hear nothing about “shattering glass ceilings” or “diversifying” the ruling elite.”

But the media’s effort to portray his run merely as a resurgence of alleged Trumpian racism depends on a shameful duplicity regarding crime and policing. As long as that duplicity remains in force, in the California governor’s office and elsewhere, the country will continue sliding toward anarchy.

keep in mind that affirmative action is an expression of black privilege and white victimization.

Reality surfacing

Hurricane Ida Was by No Means Louisiana’s Worst. James Delingpole — “Here, courtesy of Paul Homewood, is the hard data showing that the busiest recent decade for hurricanes was the 1940s.”

 

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Enlightenment under assault

Justice requires injustice. — “Do facts matter? Re-linking from Undoing the Enlightenment” … “The scare quotes around references to science tell us that science must be ignored whenever it conflicts with Disenlightenment dogma.”

The Bizarre Refusal to Apply Cost-Benefit Analysis to COVID Debates. Glenn Greenwald — “Are those who oppose a ban on cars or a radical reduction in speed limits sociopaths, given the huge number of people they are knowingly consigning to death or maiming?”

In virtually every realm of public policy, Americans embrace policies which they know will kill people, sometimes large numbers of people. They do so not because they are psychopaths but because they are rational: they assess that those deaths that will inevitably result from the policies they support are worth it in exchange for the benefits those policies provide. This rational cost-benefit analysis, even when not expressed in such explicit or crude terms, is foundational to public policy debates — except when it comes to COVID, where it has been bizarrely declared off-limits.
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this is not an argument in favor of or against any particular policy undertaken in the name of fighting COVID. What it is, instead, is an attempt to highlight the pervasive and deeply misguided refusal to assign any costs to the harms caused by anti-COVID policies themselves.

We Could Have Dodged the COVID Delta Bullet in the U.S. David Gortler — “When America was under siege by the first round of COVID, universal vaccination might have succeeded in stopping the virus in its tracks. However, because Biden illegally opened the border, that was never going to happen.”

Biden’s Botched Bug Out. Clarice Feldman — “exactly the opposite of the plan President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had crafted. In that plan, our well-fortified base at Bagram, some 40 miles from Kabul, was to be the last thing shuttered. In Biden’s plan, it was the first.”

@WadeMiller_USMC: Lt. Col. Vindman went on national television and proactively attacked the Commander in Chief for partisan reasons. yet he kept his job. … But Lt. Col.  Scheller lost his command today for rightly demanding accountability from senior officers who allowed the Afghanistan disaster to unfold.
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There still are men in America. There still are honorable people in America. But darned if you can find them in official Washington.

The military brass may regret firing Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller. Andrea Widburg — “Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller was fired for speaking the truth about the fact that the top brass in the Pentagon never pay for their bad decisions, even as the ordinary men and women get no quarter for their errors. As soon as he’s free, Scheller intends to change that two-tiered system.”

The Ten Commandments of Critical Race Theory. Geoffrey Clarfield — “The key thing is to hate whites, hate capitalism, hate democracy, hate American, Canadian, and British political culture, and believe that “whites” have caused all the trouble in the world.” … “Let me, therefore, outline the ten basic commandments of Cultural Marxism which, not surprisingly, are violations of almost every one of the ten commandments of the Bible, values that permeate the Constitution of the United States and have informed much of British common law. Here they are:”

A Baby Boomer Explains What’s Wrong with Millennials. Rob Jenkins — “Why, then, are so many Millennials so enamored of this vile and utterly impractical ideology — despite the fact that, if implemented, it would actually crush their dreams? … Clearly, we’re talking about a bunch of overgrown preschoolers who have been so coddled and protected all their lives that they have no idea what it means to live in the real world and are frightened by their occasional glimpses of it.”

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A Tool of Control

From a doctor bewildered at where all this COVID stuff is going. Steve Karp, MD — “Until recently, the practice of medicine was based more on science, less on science fiction.  Even when science fiction acted as foreshadowing, hard evidence was required to turn fiction into non-fiction.” … “evidence today has taken a back seat to wishful thinking — or is it an agenda?  A refresher on recent issues is required to see how science fiction has increasingly replaced science and where it leads.”

Unlimited Power: The Latest Supreme Court Dissent Is A Window Into The Mind Of The COVID Bureaucracy Christopher Bedford — “The left thinks its power is so broad as to be essentially limitless, and so singularly vested as to be checked virtually solely at its own discretion.”

while it’s been in full public view these past 18 months, the reality is we have increasingly suffered under the thumb of unchecked bureaucracy since President Woodrow Wilson; its power and influence growing stronger each year, while the executive and congressional power and will to curb it have lessened.

Some of that growth is natural: influence craves influence, power craves power. But much of it is the result either of active policies in favor of it (or a failure to enact policies restricting it), driven by men like Wilson and men like Breyer — highly educated and seriously intelligent men who think that we, the people, ought not rule ourselves; the experts will take care of that.

A Tool of Control: How Health Officials Weaponize Language to Manage Public Perception of COVID Vaccines. Children’s Health Defense — “The deployment of clever linguistic tricks has created a hostile upside-down universe, where even the vaccine-injured are tarnished as “anti-vaxxers” or liars rather than acknowledged as ex-vaxxers who took risks that turned out to be life-changing.” … “it pays to be attentive to how health authorities use language, for “the more you know about language, the more immune you become to its effects.”

Capitol Police Officer Michael Byrd gives an interview outing himself as Ashli Babbitt’s killer. neo — “He not only feels he did nothing wrong, but he is very proud of his actions that day.” … “Typical MSM “facts” expressed in their typical manner. There’s nothing that is exactly a flat out boldfaced lie there, but the sentence is very misleading.” … “this is typical of the MSM’s approach, and it’s a very useful one in terms of propaganda.”

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