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a dangerous revolutionary cycle

Silicon Kabuki. radio chatter.  The state has evidence.Who needs data? Is it really a conspiracy?

Who Are the Real Insurrectionists? Victor Davis Hanson — “Stone-cold sober elites are systematically waging a far more dangerous and insidious revolution in the shadows than anything threatened by the American Right.”

We are in a dangerous revolutionary cycle. But the threat is not so much from loud, buffoonish one-day rioters on January 6. Such clownish characters did not for 120 days loot, burn, attack courthouses and police precincts, cause over 30 deaths, injure 2,000 policemen, and destroy at least $2 billion in property—all under the banner of revolutionary justice.

the authorities have made more than 700 arrests — with little sign of slowing down. Ann Althouse — “Yes, 700+ people have been arrested for the things we saw happening before our eyes on January 6th, but that didn’t take a sophisticated investigation to discover. A big outdoor protest turned into an indoor event. They broke in where they weren’t allowed. That was as bad as it was, but it ended that day. What else was there? Apparently there’s “little indication” of anything else, but who knows “how high the investigation might reach”?”

Seattle police improperly faked Proud Boys radio talk during 2020 protests, watchdog group finds. Kipp Robertson, Ted Land — “Officers may have used fake radio chatter in an attempt to see if their radio transmissions were compromised, a lieutenant said.”

Kazakhstan: Hey, Liz! Here’s what a real Jan. 6 insurrection looks like. Monica Showalter — “Sound anything like what happened on Jan. 6? The land of Borat has just thrown a spanner into the works for that best-laid Democrat plan.”

Over in Kazakhstan, we got a toppled government. We got a presidential palace on fire. We got a burning parliament. Bodies stacked in the morgues. Cop cars on fire. Blood in the street, dead people, beheadings, concussion grenades, a mayor’s office on fire, armed protestors who shoot back, dead cops, a beheading, armored personnel carriers, tanks, military trucks, a dictator’s remaining minions fighting like cornered rats, and thousands of Russian troops being airlifted in,

There Was No Insurrection But There Was A Coup. Vince Coyner — “The debate is over. After a year spent investigating claims of election fraud, the media has determined that any fraud in the 2020 election was too insignificant to have changed the outcome and Joe Biden legitimately won. Now we can get back to our normal lives, or whatever passes for normal now…except that’s fiction.” … “Mark Anthony could only eulogize Caesar after the Ides of March, but Donald Trump is still very much with us. We still have an opportunity to reverse this treachery and avert the disaster that naturally follows when the Rule of Man subverts the Rule of Law. But will we seize it before it’s too late?”

New York Times Offers Stunning Report on Left-Wing Racial Fundraising. A.J. Kaufman — “With nearly 3,000 words of interviews and assorted content, he explores how much money — nearly $25 billion it turns out — was donated by progressive elites to divisive racial endeavors after the May 2020 killing of George Floyd.” … “This institutional caving-in to bogus theories of racial inequity and victimhood is mind-blowing and also poses a great danger to Democrats because these causes are so far left of where even their voters are, much less where everyday Americans are.”

Capitalists: Paying For The Rope To Hang Them. Steven Hayward — “Liberal political analyst Thomas Byrne Edsall, who along with David Shor, Ruy Teixeira, and a handful of other liberals of relative sobriety, notes today in the New York Times the huge increase in contributions to “racial equity” causes since George Floyd’s death. Using data assembled by an organization called Candid, the numbers are staggering” … “in a little more than a year, capitalist philanthropy to radical racial causes was three times larger than the total philanthropy of the previous decade. (Don’t hold your breath for a close accounting of how the money is spent.)”

“Fake It Till You Make It”: The Holmes Conviction is an Indictment of Business and Media Practices. Jonathan Turley — “The prosecution put a spotlight on the fraudulent practices rampant in Silicon Valley where executives often invoke the rule that, to be successful, you have to “fake it till you make it.” It is often more than a simple adage to be bold and confident.” … “Holmes would have been a modest fraudulent enterprise without the help of the media.”

Kevin Roche: Mask Delusion. Scott Johnson — “The Star Tribune “has actually been pretty good about publishing” his columns, he writes, but he “apparently went a heresy too far this week.” They declined this column.”

The state has evidence in its possession showing that masks have no impact, either in general or in schools, but refuses to release that information and is stonewalling my Data Practices Act requests, which is itself evidence that they know the lack of effect. It is time for everyone to ask themselves what evidence really supports masking as an effective tool against spread and why we continue to encourage, much less force, futile and potentially damaging measures.

Boom! Malone Goes THERE, THERE, And THERE. Mark Wauck — “This is not crazy conspiracy talk–it’s their own web site, and you can find it on my Gettert account. I posted it yesterday. Make your own assessment.””

Tyranny in the Name of Climate Change. Anthony Watts — “raising serious and worrisome questions about the role of academia in our national political debate on climate change.” … “disturbing because it completely ignores the will of the people to self-govern, favoring a totalitarian approach” … “Why is this consistently not reported?” … “According to the disaster database, there isn’t any “climate crisis” at all.”… “Sadly, and frighteningly, as illustrated by Mittiga in the Cambridge University Press, the green socialist left is increasingly embracing tyranny in the form of authoritarian power to act on their viewpoint on climate change. But clearly, real-world data don’t support their viewpoint let alone their call to action.”

 

 

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The scales have a thumb on them

Cop or actor? It makes a difference before the bench. The chickens of the 60’s are coming home. The real insurrection is behind the curtain. Indoctrination and propaganda in flood.

Equal Justice? Contrasting Potter and Baldwin. John Green — “a powerful illustration of the missing element in our criminal justice system.  Prosecutors are granted broad discretion in who they charge, so that they may consider the totality of circumstances and provide something that the literal interpretation of laws can’t — justice.  But the Potter and Baldwin cases show just how far astray from that goal our systems have wandered.” … “Kim Potter is going to jail, and Alec Baldwin will probably be stumping for more gun control.  How’s that for justice?”

A Mistrust That’s Been Brewing For A Half-Century. Patrick Garry — “During the 1960s and 1970s, the political left waged an endless war on the alleged corruption of government and the leadership elite.  The 1960s political revolution preached mistrust of government and all governing establishments.”

The Real Insurrection: The BLM Riots. Jeffrey Lord — “What is particularly telling about the hysteria over January 6 is that infinitely worse riots took place across America in 2020 — a series of genuine and dcidedly violent insurrections in the name of Black Lives Matter — and there is nary an investigation in sight.” … “Much hysteria is about to roll out as January 6 of 2022 dawns. All of it is a reminder that the January 6 Committee is really a corrupt and massive abuse of power”

 

Corporate Media’s Jan. 6 Anniversary Coverage Is All About Silencing Republicans. John Daniel Davidson — “Equating the U.S. Capitol riot with GOP efforts to reform election laws is a way to avoid honest debate over the latter.”

When Government Uses The Private Sector As Agents Of Censorship. I & I Editorial Board — “we know Democrats are using private companies to censor speech they don’t like, and any discussion that threatens their plans to accumulate ever more political power. This is not America, more like Amerika.” … “This is chilling in a country that fought a bloody revolution, in part to be able to criticize those in authority and to speak freely without fear of being punished by government. But only to those who believe in free speech. The left is warmed to its cold bones by its ability to use the private sector to censor speech it doesn’t like, and words that threaten its lust for power.”

Joy Reid Show Tells Blatant Lie About the Death of Officer Brian Sicknick. Nick Arama — “We’ve seen Twitter seemingly jump at the chance to kick Republicans off of its platform for the excuse of “misinformation.” Yet, there’s a boatload of out-and-out lies that are pedaled by those on the left and in liberal media daily — and Twitter doesn’t seem to give a darn about those.” … “In the position that Reid is in with a show on a major news network, this is completely irresponsible to still be spreading this lie and needs to be corrected. I don’t hold out hope for it though”

Attainting Trump. Editorial of The New York Sun — “The Constitution forbids bills of attainder as “a general safeguard against legislative exercise of the judicial function,”

Jumpin’ On Youngkin. Scott Johnson — “As commenters continued to pile on, Goldberg did not take it well.”

GMOs A Tool Of Colonialism? Debunking A Popular ‘Social Justice’ Myth, Cameron English — “Some social justice activists alleged that Western companies use biotechnology to “colonize” the developing world. There isn’t a bit of evidence in support of this popular but very dangerous accusation.” … “nonsense dressed up in academic language. The simple fact is that we need to produce more food to feed more people, and technological innovation is an integral part of this effort—which is often led by scientists and farmers in developing countries. There is nothing “oppressive” about it.”

A five-step program to beat COVID. Greg Williams — “When bureaucrats can tell doctors how they must treat patients and give them no leeway to vary those treatment, then it is not the patient who is ill, it is the society that encourages such exercises in arrogance and coercion. One of the first things we need if pre-pandemic normality is ever to be restored is seeing doctors and patients chart their own, mutually agreed treatment pathways” … “Long after this pandemic has waned, a population that embraces good health practices, rather than looking for a silver bullet approach, will have great long-term benefits.”

Two brilliant doctors explain what’s really going on with COVID. Terry Paulding — “We’re being commanded to get used to a life proscribed by irrational mandates that weaken us in every sector.  It is my fervent hope that the Supreme Court ends this.  I have no faith in them after the election fiasco, but maybe they’ll surprise us all and do the right thing.”

Praise The Lord And Pass The Ivermectin. Joel S. Hirschhorn — “Hospitals have become killing machines, places where the kiss of death is a protocol following government guidelines.” … “published medical articles are ignored by the medical and public health establishments.”

Climate indoctrination inhibits people’s ability to use logic and reason. Jack Hellner — “Climate propaganda, relentlessly pushed by the media, is contradicted by facts, but that hasn’t stopped it or led to corrections.”

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Think of the money to be made catering to the government fantasies

Dr. Robert Malone is in the news and racism goes back to the antebellum. Climate change adds to suspicions about the improper influence of the government money flood. Then there’s what  your primary care physician is up against.

Will The New Year Bring Justice? Mark Wauck — “The Ethical Skeptic has a new post that’s dynamite—it deals with the very real issue, going forward, of crimes against humanity … the concept of a controlled experiment on human beings is one that is explicitly covered—in great detail—by the The Nuremberg Code of 1947 on Permissible Medical Experiments.”

Did banned mRNA vax inventor Robert W. Malone M.D. just break the Google algorithm? Monica Showalter — “Which ought to be kind of embarrassing to Twitter and the rest of the tech barons trying to stomp him out from any Internet media presence based on his inconvenient ideas about the risks of the mRNA vaccines.” … “Malone’s expansive interview with Rogan is chock full of information about the origins of COVID, the manipulations and maneuvers of public health decisions, the story of how India broke the COVID death cycle, and whole lot of other things that discredit entirely the COVID industrial complex.”

Biden Wants To ‘Woke’ Up Your Doctor. Wesley Smith,  op-ed via The Epoch Times, — “The Biden Administration wants to pay doctors to create office “anti-racism plans” that could soon bring full blown critical race theory into your examining room..” … “Think of the money to be made by leftist anti-racist trainers and organizers, which is part of the point.”

Racial medical care is careless and racist. Post Editorial Board — “Mayor de Blasio’s obsession with race already hurt our schools and our police department, so why not go the extra mile and sacrifice our lives?”

Race Discrimination In Covid Treatment: It Isn’t Only New York. John Hinderaker — “A friend who is a doctor received this communication from a local hospital network, indicating that in Minnesota, being “BIPOC” scores extra points in getting access to the most effective anti-covid treatment” … “Governmental authorities have grossly misrepresented statistical data to try to show that covid has disproportionately impacted blacks and other minorities, and thus to justify discrimination in violation of the law.”

Fear porn, testing hysteria, and tyranny. Patricia McCarthy — “According to the mainstream media, print and digital, COVID is surging, omicron is deadly, and everyone with a scratchy throat runs to a testing center to see if he is “infected.”  It’s madness on a grand scale.  Most of them are not infected, but these thousands of hypochondriacs are waiting hours in line for a test that, even if negative, may be positive the next day.” … “It is a national tragedy that so many Americans have fallen victim to what increasingly seems to be a grand hoax.” … “Americans need to wake up, fight back, reclaim the independence they are entitled to, the freedoms our Founders fought and died for; the time is now.”

Fight the American Stasi With Mockery. Mark Judge — “And whatever you do, don’t help inflame the Zersetzung.” … “I have long argued what afflicts present-day America is not fascism, or Mao-style communism, but the totalitarianism of the former spy-state known as the German Democratic Republic.”

Colorado’s Marshall Fire: Has Funding Needs Corrupted Climate Science? Jim Steele — “I could only believe she had been corrupted by the need to attract large amounts of funding, and these days that comes to those who blame the climate crisis. And here’s why I now hold that opinion so strongly.”

 

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It’s ugly out there

On The Use Of Fear As A Government Tactic. Mark Wauck — “Perhaps a public debate on governmental lying and manipulation through the purveying of fear is about to begin. God willing, it will.”

Sentencing Of Jan. 6 “Shaman” Jacob Chansley Was Excessive. Ameer Benno — “At sentencing, Judge Lamberth reportedly said of Chansley, “He made himself the image of the riot, didn’t he? For good or bad, he made himself the very image of this whole event.” But media coverage should have had nothing to do with the sentencing.” … “It’s apparent that Biden’s DOJ viewed Chansley as the personification of Jan. 6 itself.  That’s why, instead of recommending a sentence that actually fit the evidence, Chansley’s prosecutors urged that the court adopt baseless sentencing enhancements.” … “Lamberth shamefully allowed media coverage, rather than the facts of the case and the applicable law, to shape his rulings regarding Chansley’s pretrial detention and sentence.”

Yes, you’re right: The Department of Justice has a double-standard. Andrea Widburg — “The surest sign that you’re living in a corrupt country is that people are not treated equally under the law.  Those who are politically disfavored are denied justice, while those whom the government favors walk away from their crimes.”

Stirring the Pot – The Salvation Army Is Bearing False Witness in Failed Spin Effort. Brad Slager — “So just how are those outside the SA making the claims being called wrong when the Salvation Army delivered documents making those very claims? This seems to be the tactic from the group regarding this controversy: insist that critics are not telling the truth, and scrub the evidence proving them correct if possible. Violating the Ninth Commandment in order to clear your image is not a good look going into the holiest of seasons.”

Was Kyle Rittenhouse Foolish? David Henderson — “What came out at the trial was that Rittenhouse really did go to Kenosha, Wisconsin to defend people’s property after seeing rioters inflict substantial damage on various businesses. His father lived in Kenosha. He had a job in Kenosha. Presumably he knew a number of people in Kenosha whom he cared about. I’ve thought about other young people who have put themselves in situations where their lives are at risk in order to defend people whom, and property which,  they care about.” There is interesting behavior to note by the cynics launch in the comments with nitpicking, selective perception, warping the meanings of words, and denial of reality.

Cruz Drops the Question That Just Skewers Fauci. Nick Arama — ““It’s astounding and alarming that a public health bureaucrat would even think to claim such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity,” Paul tweeted. Indeed, it’s dangerous when you have a bureaucrat in such a position, wielding such power, thinking he is unquestionable. — Then, Cruz responded and completely took Fauci apart. In lawyer-like fashion, Cruz eviscerated Fauci in a simple clear way in five tweets.”

Resisting COVID Tyranny. Richard Moss — “History will judge this to be medicine’s darkest hour. It will rank among the worst of medical atrocities.  What is telling and tragic is that the rot has spread not only to its medicine’s commanding institutions, but to local hospitals and medical staffs.  But a Medical Freedom movement that rejects such tyranny and actual “misinformation” is forming.”

Those Ugly Climate Models. I & I Editorial Board — “The narrative that man is cooking his planet like an overdone Thanksgiving turkey has survived only because the media have propped it up. But we’re confident that eventually the story will collapse. The evidence does not favor the climate alarmists.” … “Reality will ultimately catch up to the climate hyperbole. And soon, we hope. The media and the politicians and activists whipping up and perpetuating fear are in line for a reckoning.”

 

 

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People insist upon having their own reality

Dr Roger Pielke, Jr – What does IPCC AR6 say on Scenarios and Extreme Weather? Charles Rotter — “not only wrong, it was irresponsible. Instead of apocalyptic warnings about “immediate risk” a top line message of this report should be: The Extreme Scenario that IPCC Saw as Most Likely in 2013 is Now Judged Low Likelihood, an incredible change in such a short time since the AR5 Report, which has not been highlighted by the media.”

I have never met or seen a climate change denier, but I have seen a lot of climate change liars spreading scary propaganda. Jack Hellner — “Considering all the dire forecasts on climate change, maybe some facts could lower the temperature.”

The Freak-Out Over Tucker’s January 6 Documentary Begins.Julie Kelly — “The original narrative about January 6 is not to be disturbed, no matter how many facets of that original narrative have been shattered.”

The Myth of White Privilege. Stephen Kershnar — “Throughout academia, the corporate world, and government, leaders are pushing the notion that American society advantages whites and disadvantages blacks. The notion of white privilege, though, is mistaken, thereby rendering worthless much of the teaching and underlying research.”  

The Democrats in our lives. Brandi Levine — “How to interact with the Democrats in our lives is an issue … What do Democrats hope to achieve by such behavior — do they think insulting and cutting off Republican friends and family will make us change our political views?”

We Can’t Vaccinate This Pandemic Away. Robert Clancy — “The conclusion to be taken from these collective authoritarian decisions is that medical choice is no longer the prerogative of the doctor-patient relationship in Australia. Bureaucrats for any reason can decide and enforce medical issues without discussion with relevant medical experts.”

The problem is in the column Can antibiotics, ivermectin and supplements help fight COVID-19? Bayo Curry-Winchell — bald assertions towing the party line sans evidence and even contradicting plainly visible phenomena.

 

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Denial of skepticism to the point of bigotry

Why “Science Denial”? Sheldon Richman [The Libertarian Institute] — “In a new book two professors of psychology, Gale Sinatra and Barbara Hofer, seek to explain why what they call “science denial” is rampant today and how dangerous it is.” … “The views of all three are in some ways vague and even confused, but the condescension toward the unenlightened rubes who disagree with them on certain scientific controversies–primarily climate- and COVID-19-related–couldn’t have been more clear.” … “While Sinatra and Hofer smear a large and diverse group of people as “science deniers,” they undercut their own claim when they admit that no one actually rejects science per se.” … “the use of science to advance an interventionist political agenda has sown very distrust the authors and Shermer abhor. Laymen should certainly be discriminating when they judge scientific claims, and real consensuses should be taken into account. But that does not exonerate the scientists who have actively fed policymakers’ efforts to control our lives.”

The January 6 Insurrection Hoax. Roger Kimball — “what happened that afternoon, and what happened afterwards, is only intelligible when seen as a chapter in the long-running effort to discredit and, ultimately, to dispose of Donald Trump—as well as what Hillary Clinton might call the “deplorable” populist sentiment that brought Trump to power. ” … “In truth, there is little threat of domestic terror in this country. But there is plenty of domestic conservatism. And that conservatism is the real focus of the establishment’s ire.” … “Someday—maybe someday soon—this witches’ sabbath, this festival of scapegoating, and what George Orwell called the “hideous ecstasy” of hate will be at an end. Perhaps someday people will be aghast, and some will be ashamed, of what they did to the President of the United States and people who supported him:”

That’s one melancholy lesson of the January 6 insurrection hoax: that America is fast mutating from a republic, in which individual liberty is paramount, into an oligarchy, in which conformity is increasingly demanded and enforced.

Another lesson was perfectly expressed by Donald Trump when he reflected on the unremitting tsunami of hostility that he faced as President. “They’re after you,” he more than once told his supporters. “I’m just in the way.”

Concerned Parents, Or Domestic Terrorists? John Hinderaker — “here will it end? Millions are fleeing the public schools, understandably and appropriately. But the fight over the public schools is perhaps the most important one we are now waging. Will our schools perpetuate and help to improve the America that we know and love, as they used to in the past? Or will they continue to undermine our country by teaching our children to hate the United States and its history, and by dividing our children by skin color and teaching them to hate one another? There is no more important question now before us.”

Stalking Sinema. Scott Johnson — “The stalking of Senator Kyrsten Sinema into a bathroom stall during her return to Arizona over the weekend (video below) is disgusting. I would like to say it is disgusting beyond comment, but there is much that might be learned or inferred from it.”

Examining The Democrats’ Determination to Vaccinate Us All. Alan Halbert — “Why, are we only given an ineffective so-called genetic vaccine; in a vaccinate or nothing proposition, instead of proven treatment? And why does Biden seem determined to make 98% of the country guinea pigs for a leaky vaccine and endless boosters?”

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In the Grip of Delusional Madness

Dreaming isn’t doing. Joanne Jacobs — “All children’s books containing the word “dream” should be banned, argues Mary Wakefield in The Spectator.” … “”What unites great men and women isn’t a capacity to dream big but a love of what they do” and a capacity for hard work” … “It is dishonest to tell kids that “if you can dream it, you can do it.” If you can dream it, you may be able to make a plan of action that will enable you to do it. Just dreaming isn’t enough.”

It’s fake news that the Maricopa audit proves Biden won. Andrea Widburg — “For those complaining about irregularities in the 2020 election, the question was never about miscounting. Instead, it was about the claim that an inordinate number of the ballots in the Joe Biden pile didn’t come from real people. Instead, they were alleged to have been faked—and the audit confirms almost 60,000 wrongfully counted ballots that could easily switch the Arizona Electoral College vote from Biden to Trump. No wonder Cyber Ninjas says the Arizona result should not have been certified.”

A New Civil War in a Time Capsule. Daniel Greenfield — “It’s a little awkward that Monument Avenue now has no monuments, except a statue of tennis player Arthur Ashe who left Richmond when he was in high school, but the barren avenue is what happens when you spend all your time destroying things, instead of creating them.”

The White Backlash That Wasn’t. Christopher F. Rufo — “Opposition to critical race theory is broad and bipartisan.” … “NBC’s analysis is nonsense. The report, like the left-wing narrative about critical race theory more generally, fails both statistically and imaginatively.” … “Americans have moved past the politics of the 1960s. They are tolerant, integrated, and in agreement that malicious racial theories of all kinds should stay out of the classroom. It’s past time for the media to take note.”

Why Your Otherwise Smart Friends Think Stupid Things. Clarice Feldman — “So many of our friends and family live harried lives, working, keeping households, caring for family members that they have no time to question the news accounts they hear on their car radios while chauffeuring the kids to school, shopping, for essentials, and commuting. … Those of us with more time and interest in the news get an entirely different picture and that makes our discussions with them so fraught. We live in two different realities.”

FBI Narrative About the Jan. 6th Capitol ‘Insurrection’ Is IMPLODING. Victoria Taft — “The New York Times reported Saturday that “records, and information from two people familiar with the matter, suggest that federal law enforcement had a far greater visibility into the assault on the Capitol, even as it was taking place, than was previously known.”

In Germany, The Knife-Edge Politics Of Meh. John Hinderaker – “Across the developed world, we see the devolution of politics from issues of war, peace and prosperity to virtue voting, and Germany’s current election offers a stark instance of the phenomenon.”

Climate change panic is the next big thing (again). Frank Liberato — “If you were recently unfortunate enough to have stumbled across any of the stooges of late-night television, you may have noticed that there are new orders from on high in the comrade-sphere. The word has gone out to commence the final push for the ruination of America with the most bitterly destructive and deceitful weapon in the leftist arsenal: climate change.”

The United States and the West are in the Grip of Delusional Madness. Steve McCann — The politically motivated and unprecedented overreaction to a virus with a 99.5% survival rate was launched in March of 2020, thus unleashing what can best be described as a once-in-a-century fiasco. Nineteen months later it is impossible to look at the United States and the world and not conclude that this country and much of the West is in the grip, not of a virus, but of delusional madness and malevolence.”

30 Facts You Need To Know: A COVID Cribsheet. Kit Knightly [Off-Guardian.org,] — “You asked for it, so we made it. A collection of all the arguments you’ll ever need.”

In Virus Veritas. Peter Smith — “This virus has sickened and often times killed the old and vulnerable. That is the least of what it has delivered. It has delivered despotism, police brutality, journalistic delinquency, and lies, deceptions and misinformation; and, most depressingly, the truth about the parlous state of our civilisation. In virus veritas, is an apt play on words. First to despotism. It is hard to know where to start.” … “Freedoms that we thought were protected by representative government, by parliaments, by an independent press; and, importantly, by custom, crumbled under the inept management of a disease of limited lethality. Just one political leader of stature, federal or state, might have made a difference. No one. Just wall-to-wall mediocrities with autocratic tendencies.”

The Forcible Conversion to COVIDism. Fay Voshell — “By now, even progressives are aware that the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 hygiene rituals are onerous.” … “Devotees of COVIDism are acknowledging by their repetitious and symbolic rituals a higher power as well—that of the almighty State.” … “It is past time to stop COVIDism’s devotees from forcing what have become essentially religious beliefs and practices on our military and on the entire nation.”

This New Peer-Reviewed Article Could Be a Game-Changer. Jenkins — “published in Toxicology Reports by Ronald N. Kostoff, et al., titled “Why are we vaccinating children against Covid-19?”According to Dr. Robert Malone, inventor of the mRNA technology used to produce the current Covid “vaccines,” the article is peer-reviewed and appears in a reputable journal. It is not a new “study” but rather an in-depth analysis of existing data from various government sources. And it isn’t just about children. It basically confirms everything Team Reality has been saying since the push for mass vaccination began.”

“Damn You To Hell, You Will Not Destroy America” – Here Is The ‘Spartacus COVID Letter’ That’s Gone Viral. Tyler Durden Via The Automatic Earth blog — “Whoever Spartacus is, they have a very elaborate knowledge in “the field”. If you want to know a lot more about the no. 1 issue in the world today, read it. And don’t worry if you don’t understand every single word, neither do I. But I learned a lot.”

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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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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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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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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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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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Is this direction by intent or by a random walk?

Breaking: The Left’s January 6 Narrative Just Went Poof—FBI.  Steven Hayward – “the FBI has concluded that there was no conspiracy or coordinated effort behind the events at the Capitol on January 6:”

But we’ve been told that the events of January 6 were an “insurrection,” and the gravest threat to American democracy since the Civil War. And this narrative is the pretext for the Biden Administration to claim “domestic terrorism” is the single greatest security threat facing the country. And also the pretext for banning Trump from social media platforms because he incited the mess.

As with the Muller report on the 2016 election, don’t expect the left, and the media, to give up on their “insurrection” narrative easily.

CRT: America’s Cultural Revolution. Scott S. Powell — “Nowhere is the abuse of power in directing government manpower and spending more blatant than in the Biden administration’s promotion of Critical Race Theory (CRT) training throughout all federal government agencies.” … “When things make no sense, one simply has to dig deeper to find out what’s going on.” … “What is most astonishing about the CRT project is that it shows how gullible and out of touch so many liberal elite administrators and officers are and how disrespectful they are toward the vast majority of people they oversee and serve.”

American Armageddon. Victor Davis Hanson — “What started out as elite woke nonsense now warps everyone’s daily life.” … “For the first time in their lives, all Americans of all classes and races are starting to fear a self-created apocalypse that threatens their families’ safety and the American way of life.”

The Afghanistan Debacle is Exactly What the Left Wanted. Christopher Skeet — “the left doesn’t consider the fall of Kabul and the betrayal of our allies to be a tragedy.  Rather, this is deliberate foreign policy strategy, and it’s right on track. … The pattern is clear for those who wish to see.”

Biden Can’t Escape Blame for Afghanistan Fiasco. Victor Davis Hanson — “No sooner did Biden claim he was straitjacketed by Trump than he reversed course to defend not just his own withdrawal but the disastrous manner of it. Biden claims that he has no free will while insisting he would have done nothing differently if he did.”

Another DeSantis ‘Scandal’ Implodes. Guy Benson — “The implication that DeSantis did something underhanded here to benefit a donor is precisely as well-supported as the claim that he distributed vaccines at Publix as a reward for a modest political donation – which is to say, not at all supported.” … “Predictably, the AP reporter (who was given all of this information before his piece was published), is now playing the victim card because some online jerks allegedly overreacted to his hit piece and made indefensible threats.”

The doctor-patient relationship has become transactional. It can lead to disastrous consequences. Michael McCutchen — “Instead of paying for a doctor’s medical opinion, we pay a fee for the doctor to prescribe the medication or order the test we think we need.” He misses how Medicare works which often is a ‘follow the recipe – or else’ but does seem to malign patient self education efforts.

Where The Sun Don’t Shine: Climate Alarmists’ Thinking. I & I Editorial Board — “scientific findings are no deterrent to predatory politicians.” … “Virulent though it might be, Trump Derangement Syndrome is hardly the mental health menace that Carbon Obsession Disorder has been for decades” … “The conclusion we can’t escape is that climate science, like all other science, is not settled, and to argue it is is downright unscientific. ”

It Turns Out All Those Plastic COVID Barriers Might Have Made Things Worse. Spencer Brown — “Put up with the aim of blocking droplets from the noses and mouths of the COVID-infected among us, they became a sort of virtue signal for businesses to show that they cared about the safety of their customers and employees.” … “the science is starting to catch up with the craze and it turns out those measures may have actually increased the chances of people contracting the Wuhan coronavirus.”

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The Commodification of Human Relationships

Afghanistan’s Tragic Collapse And The Death Of U.S. Influence. I & I Editorial Board — “It’s one thing to lose a war intentionally, quite another to botch it so badly that it damages our relations around the world.” … “It’s time for some accountability and a restoration of our ability to defend ourselves and our interests in a hostile world.”

The Afghanistan Debacle Has Exposed The Moral Bankruptcy Of The West. John Daniel Davidson — “In the face of actual violence from real terrorists, the best our tech and media elite can do is mutter inane platitudes.” … “All of this speaks to the corruption and ineptitude of American political and military leadership” … “In other words, they do not really believe the things they say about rights, equality, and dignity. They are morally bereft. That’s why, when confronted by the bloody moral absolutism of the Taliban, they sputter nonsense and do nothing.”

Leftists Are Living In A Fantasy World While Burning The Real One To The Ground. Nathanael Blake — “Adding extreme social leftism to the usual political greed and stupidity has been catastrophic, from the military to education to border security.”

Money, Power, and Revenge: The Truth About “Critical Race Theory”. Dan Backer — “Where Dr. King saw a world of equals, CRT envisions only victims and vengeance. Where Dr. King called upon Americans to see the content of each others’ character, CRT calls for acts of theater and human sacrifices to cancel culture. Where Dr. King offered equality before the law — the only true, objective equality — CRT proposes only “equity,” the subjective decisions of petty tyrants over who gets what, when, and how.” … “Today more than ever, we must stand united in rejecting hatred and division — no matter the fancy new label ”

No Standard, No Problem. Randy Boudreaux — “Equity is equality of outcome among racial and ethnic groups. Recently, the pursuit of equity in education, criminal justice, and in the professions has resulted in an impressive string of victories.” … “Standards are also under siege in many professions.” … “Those who advocate equality of group outcomes over objective standards applied equally to individuals are likely emboldened by their impressive string of standard-killing victories.”

I’m Not Going To Wear A Mask In A County Where No One Is Dying Of COVID. Kylee Zempel — “Wearing a mask to ‘save lives’ even though nobody is dying from COVID is on caliber with calling a man ‘she’ because he playacts as a woman.” … “There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being ordered to do something absurd and being helpless against it.”

For a year and a half, well-meaning Americans have complied with anti-science executive decisions and been scorned when they merely disagreed with the conventional wisdom pouring out of the corporate press. Each time, lawmakers and bureaucrats weaponized private businesses to do their dirty work, ordering them to enforce mask-wearing and social distancing and to keep the peasants in line.
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It’s way beyond time to reclaim truth and live according to our principles, not someone else’s lies. We must refuse to wear a mask in counties where nobody is dying from COVID. Today, that’s Dane County. Tomorrow, it could be wherever you live.

New Confirmation that Climate Models Overstate Atmospheric Warming. Judith Curry — “Two new peer-reviewed papers from independent teams confirm that climate models overstate atmospheric warming and the problem has gotten worse over time, not better.” … “we are all living with the consequences of climate modelers stubbornly using generation after generation of models that exhibit too much surface and tropospheric warming, in addition to running grossly exaggerated forcing scenarios”

Does Climate Change Cause Extreme Weather Now? Here’s a Scorcher of a Reality Check. Eric Felten — “Mass doesn’t dispute warming, he merely questions how big a problem it is. “We need to worry about climate change,” he has said. “But hype and exaggeration of its impacts only undermine the potential for effective action.”

Climate Hype Hurts the Environment and Undermines Our Society. Cliff Mass — “I have become increasingly apprehensive about apocalyptic climate change hype, which is profoundly damaging the environment of our region and undermining the well-being of many.”

 

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Overreach and humiliation. Poppycock?

A Media-Fueled Covid Scandal in Broward County Is Killed by Facts. Brad Slager — “Broward is a deeply blue county to begin with, and the local papers especially have been antagonistic — or hostile, even — towards the governor.” … “Consider elsewhere in the press where a solitary source would come forward with a claim — and they just run with the story, absent any exploration.” … “During a viral crisis, this kind of behavior is enough to make one sick.”

Hottest Month? Poppycock!. Charles Rotter — “disgraceful reporting by the BBC (complete with a disgusting use of a photo of the Turkish wildfires)” … “Meanwhile, back in the real world, July temperature anomalies even according to NOAA themselves are well below the peaks of 2015 and 2016, and barely higher than they were two decades ago:” … “And the claim that they know the world’s temperature to one hundredth of a degree is ridiculous.”

The Scale of Humiliation. Mark Steyn — “The scale of America’s global humiliation is so total that I see my friends at Fox News cannot even bear to cover it.” … “On the leftie side, of course, the court eunuchs have risen as one to protect the Dementia Kid, and are working as hurriedly as the Kabul document-shredders in an effort to figure out a way to blame it all on Trump.” … “As for the enemy, the good news is that if your regime is attacked by America you’ll likely wind up with even more territory than you started with”

“Harmless as an enemy, and treacherous as a friend”: a devastating indictment, and entirely correct. But it neglects the ultimate reality: the bungling superpower can inflict defeat only on itself.

The Great Parent Revolt. Katharine C. Gorka — “As overreach in classrooms by progressive school administrators, nonprofits and the federal government has reached new heights, parents are stepping up to fight back.” … “The bottom line is that education in America will likely never be the same, thanks to the Great Parent Revolt of 2021, and that’s good news.”

 

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January 6 political prisoners deserve much more outrage than they’re getting. David Zukerman — “Hundreds, yes hundreds of Trump-supporters at the Capitol have been held for seven months without trial.  Other than a timid protest by a few conservative House Republicans, this writer is unaware of demands that these political detainees — how otherwise to explain their detention by Biden’s attorney general Garland (and thank the Almighty he was not put on the Supreme Court) — be given a fair and speedy trial?”

Texas Supreme Court Lifts Restraining Order Protecting Democratic Legislators from Arrest. Jonathan Turley — “The decision has not only exposed the Democrats to arrest but it has exposed another claim of bias against the PolitiFact, which lambasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Tx) who claimed that the legislature clearly had the authority to order such arrests.”

Texas fleebagger avoids arrest for now – judge grants writ of habeas corpus. Karen Townsend — “in case you think this is a serious fight, think again. It’s all about fundraising and political showmanship.”

Time To Impeach Texas Judges Enabling State Democrats To Flout The Law. Chuck DeVore — “Two Texas state judges weighed into the affairs of the legislature and effectively appointed themselves speaker of the House, all for the sake of misbehaving Democrats.”

A first: Judge delivers a blow to Abbott’s ban on mask mandates in schools with temporary restraining order. Karen Townsend — “the mayor and the county judge requested a restraining order, and Judge Arteaga, just hours later, granted it. She cited the urgency of a timely decision as the school year is beginning.” … “For the record, Governor Abbott isn’t telling anyone to not wear a mask. He is simply saying that people shouldn’t be under government mandates to do so. It’s your choice to do so or not.”

Climate Scientists Admit Exaggerated Warming. Vijay Jayaraj and E. Calvin Beisner — “Last week, a group of scientists sent shock waves through the climate-science community. They boldly pointed out that current climate models exaggerate greenhouse warming.”

Don Boudreaux — several more links to columns about climate hysteria.

 

 

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