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It’s complicated. Moral idiocy. Why are so many so sick?

Science Magazine Jumps Into the Gun-Control Debate. Cameron English — “I do have several serious problems with Thorp’s article. First, he ignored any evidence that contradicts his view. More importantly, he called on the science community to take a stand on an incendiary political issue—and announced in advance what that stance should be. This is antithetical to proper scientific reasoning and likely to undermine the public’s trust in science.” … “It turns out that violent crime is a complex problem that has more to do with the perpetrators than their weapons – We know this, in part, because violent behavior isn’t a trait evenly distributed throughout a population.”

The Moral Idiocy of Gun Control. Daniel Greenfield — “Is it more moral to own a gun or to pay someone else to do it for you?” … “Gun control is the moral idiocy of the irresponsible blaming those who have taken responsibility”

Pride Is a Sin and the Rainbow Symbolizes God’s Promise.  Paula Bolyard — “Both pride and homosexuality are condemned by God as sins in the Bible” … “Does the Marine Corps stop every year to celebrate the contributions of Christians or Jews? How about homeschoolers? Or individuals on the autism spectrum? Why is homosexuality alone singled out by the most vaunted branch of the U.S. military? And why are they focused on woke left-wing virtue-signaling when they should be spending all their time figuring out how to defeat our enemies?”

What Princeton Did to My Husband – by Solveig Lucia Gold. “we’ve rarely heard—here or anywhere else—is what it’s like for the person who loves the mob’s target. What it’s like to watch someone you love being torn to pieces. — Solveig Gold is one of those people. She’s smart, funny, angry and brave. Mostly brave.”

Nuclear waste U.S. could power the U.S. for 100 years. Catherine Clifford — “doing so could help solve the thorny and politically fraught problem of managing spent nuclear waste.”

 

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Science, evidence, and social conformity

Follow the evidence, not the “science” – American Thinker – “Evidence” is far easier to understand, measure, quantify, define, and follow”

Cameron English is working on the obesity problem at ACHS and highlights the plague common to so many of today’s issues:

So many obesity experts can’t quit the idea of reshaping our “toxic” diets, even when their own research says they should, because they’re surrounded by people who share their assumptions and therefore insulated from critical scrutiny. Economist Thomas Sowell outlined how academics can fall into this trap in his book ‘Intellectuals and Society’

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Nobody has the perfect population-level solution to obesity. But a couple of things are clear at this point. Policy responses to obesity often work at cross-purposes and ignore pertinent influences on weight gain, including consumer preferences and the diverse nutritional needs of different people. Whatever the ultimate solution to obesity is, it has to account for all the relevant aspects of the problem. We’ll never make much progress otherwise.

The problem with social media anonymity – American Thinker – rights have responsibilities and consequences will surface.

Solving the Deepest Questions | Power Line – Steven Hayward pulls a Reddit thread about differing ideas explaining why the chicken crossed the road. It illustrates the difficulty in finding a solution.

What Do We Know About COVID So Far? – American Thinker – Dr. Noel provides a bullet point list with some cynical commentary. 

Abortion and the Evils of the Modern Left – American Thinker – “Given the wicked Summer of Rage that we witnessed in 2020, none of this should be taken lightly”

The Grooming of our Children Takes Many Forms – American Thinker – “The larger question is what has happened to turn our public schools into radical leftist indoctrination centers?”

Normalizing Perversion – American Thinker – “If you think God is short-tempered with hypocrites, that is nothing compared to the hellish fate He has waiting for pedophiles, groomers, and other degenerates, whether they believe in God or not.”

Top three stupidest reactions from Democrats after the leak about Roe – American Thinker – “These leftists in their various states of tantrum and grandstanding are a creative bunch”

Sen. Markey Is A Dangerous Insurrectionist — Says The Supreme Court Was ‘Stolen’! – Issues & Insights – “The left’s freakout over a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade is hardly surprising” – so many examples to compare with the J6 gulag population

A Mexican cave disgorged a massive pre-Columbian crime scene – American Thinker – “t’s wrong to pretend, as the left does, especially when teaching our children, that the Americas were a paradise of innocent peace and beauty and that the European explorers were callous murderers who forced Christianity on these gentle Gaia-worshipers”

The consequences of the stolen 2020 election are increasingly catastrophic – American Thinker – “The Democrats have descended into the ninth circle of hell.  They are willing to destroy the nation rather than see Trump’s MAGA movement succeed anywhere” … “All this chaos and destruction is due to the catastrophic consequences of a stolen election.  Purposeful?  Indeed.  The Biden administration’s agenda is the destruction of America, its middle and working classes, and the power of its currency”

 

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intellectually and morally bankrupt

Start at 1600 and 1633 to know it’s not a new phenomena but you’d think people would learn. bad think. — see what is happening in the science community and classroom and wonder why. Then there’s the media and the Left’s idea of protecting the children …

COVID, Gender, Climate, and the Collapse of Science. Neil A. Kurtzman — “As many scientists have behaved like fools, the discipline itself is in jeopardy of being thought stained and unreliable.” — “The loss of core beliefs is fatal to self-government. The value of science to the health of the planet and its occupants is almost beyond measure … It would be the cruelest of fates if science were brought down by those who claim to speak in its name”

‘Ideological Intolerance’ invading science classrooms. Eric Utter — “Students are increasingly displaying “ideological intolerance in the science classroom,” according to Williams College Associate Professor of Biology Luana Maroja” — “What does it tell you about leftists/progressives that they don’t believe certain minorities are capable of being…capable? Or reasonable?”

What Disproves the ‘White Supremacy’ Narrative. William Sullivan — “they’ve gotten creative in recent decades, finding their magic beans … The intention, of course, is that the reader will assume that this disparity exists primarily due to racial discrimination in our society.  Notably missing, however, is literally any other demographic data whatsoever beyond that binary comparison” — “imagine being so intellectually and morally bankrupt as to see all of this easily recognizable evidence, yet still try to argue that “white people earn more than black people, and therefore racism.”  Then, you’ll better understand the true nature of those wicked race hustlers who push this toxic swill on our children and tear our social fabric apart”

Where’s NY Post’s Pulitzer? Don Surber — “It is a great and true newspaper story that puts _All the President’s Men_ to shame” — “the media stopped caring about reporting the truth a generation ago. It is all about promoting socialism and protecting the deep state now. The communists knew how to do it.”

Creepy Joe Biden, groomer-in-chief. Don Surber — “The sudden push by Democrats for pedophile rights — Minor Attracted People or MAP as they say — should surprise no one” — “Joe Manchin is cool with light sentences for child pornographers and abusers of children, even those who torture babies. – All the party’s apparatchiks are. Their voters are not there.” – “The media is totally cool with this because stopping Trump from making America great again was of paramount importance”

 

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disastrous policies to destroy

They thought Trump was raising the odds of a nuclear war – projection, anyone? The war in Europe has tangled roots – insurrection exposed. more projection – and yet more on the NYT complicity – The police were left out to dry on 1/6 – There was a massive protest, did you hear about it on the news? – facts and reality seem to be missing in so many ‘discussions’

DC Elites Have Opened Americans To Nuclear Attack, So Americans Must Protect Themselves. Brian T. Kennedy — “America’s Democratic elites have intentionally left us vulnerable to nuclear attack in the belief that nuclear war was not possible.” – “At the heart of a free society is the ability to engage in civil discourse about, among other things, the defense of one’s civilization. This is not, unfortunately, possible in America at present.” — “Our enemies see weakness everywhere in Washington. It would be good to demonstrate to them the resolve of the American people, and to do so immediately.”

Here’s the truth on Ukraine, as far as I can tell. Dan Truitt — “Trump’s right: Putin is a genius.  Unfortunately, we seem to be in a historically rare period in which the leaders of 1.5 billion people — i.e., the West — are to a person feckless, obtuse, senile, or some combination of the three.”

The Morning Briefing: Enemy of the People Media and the Insurrection That Never Was. Stephen Kruiser — “The Democrats’ obsession with the non-insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021, is actually everything they say the events of that day were: a dangerous threat to our freedom. – Their friends in the media help them get away with continued perversions of their oaths of office and justice.”

Project Veritas PSA.

Matthew Rosenberg Keeps Talking.  Scott Johnson — “New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg was one of the three reporters with a byline on the January 11, 2017 story “How a Sensational, Unverified Dossier Became a Crisis for Donald Trump.” The story is a confused mashup of the facts as we have come to know them in connection with the Steele Dossier. The three reporters had the assistance of three more “who contributed reporting,” and they still couldn’t get to the bottom of the story. Not even close.”

Capitol Police Were Severely Unprepared To Handle Events Of Jan. 6, 2021  Jordan Boyd — “The report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that most of the 315 officers interviewed felt severely unprepared to handle any unauthorized breach of Capitol property.” – “Capitol Police officials and even D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser have admitted that Jan. 6 exposed key failures of the law enforcement department, but so far, the department has largely failed to implement the recommendations made by the Capitol Police Inspector General and others.”

Is The Times Finally Catching On? John Hinderaker — “Here are the charts: — The lack of a clear pattern is itself striking. — I would say there is an obvious pattern, it just isn’t the one the Times wanted to see. — The Times piece is full of factual and logical errors.”

Rolling with the People’s Convoy. B. Crat — “Concerns about growing government tyranny don’t end with COVID mandates and restrictions, either — I know I am terrified of getting a knock at the door asking if I was in the convoy and why.”

If You Thought The COVID Thought Police Were Bad, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet. I & I Editorial Board — “The COVID pandemic unleashed Big Tech censors in a big way.” — “Already, Big Tech is sharpening its algorithms to go after the next target – imposing speech codes regarding “climate science.” — “So, keep this in mind. The left isn’t just going to hand back the controls it amassed during COVID. It will look for new ways to use these tools – emboldened by the public’s demonstrated pliability in the face of “public health” authoritarianism – to control still more aspects of our lives. – All in the name of the “greater good.”

Why the bid to destroy the fossil fuel industry when past predictions of doom have been completely wrong? Jack Hellner — “Shouldn’t government policies be based on factual scientific data instead of easily manipulated computer models, especially policies that remake or destroy so much that improves are quality and length of life?” — “The disastrous policies to destroy the fossil fuel industry are decimating the poor, the middle class, and small business, and it is all based on computer models, not facts”

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Trust but verify

fossil fuel suppression a.k.a. green goals; it has consequences – patterns and propaganda – when scientific claims receive decreasing support over time.

Elections Have Consequences, And 2020’s Was War. Jim Hanson — “The weakness and incompetence of the Biden administration was irresistible to a tyrant like Vladimir Putin. And it may be to more tyrants, like Xi Jinping.”

Zuckerbucks declared ‘bribery’ by special counsel in Wisconsin. Monica Showalter — “Is the needle finally moving?” – “let’s look at how that nice-sounding activity looked on the ground to those who were under it” – “Elections have consequences and stolen elections have even bigger consequences. One can only hope that Wisconsin and all other states whose election apparati have been corrupted by Zuckerbucks and other machinations enact enough reforms to save 2022 and 2024 from this crime and thievery to get these bounders out of America’s system. If they want power, they can run for elections and see if anyone wants to vote for them — the same way other people do.”

Propaganda, Corporatism, and the Hidden Global Coup. Robert W Malone — “Le Bon and Goebbels teach us about modern State and NGO-sponsored Propaganda during COVID”

This is a pattern in Barr’s book: He nitpicks his way to desired conclusions by carefully navigating a lawyerly path around finely drawn distinctions, all the while lobbing bomblets at anyone he defines as an enemy. –  Ann Althouse [read the comments, too]

Biden’s SOTU reassured nobody. Patricia McCarthy — “Biden’s own incompetence and capitulation to the insane climate alarmists pulling his strings forced Germany into the economic arms of fuel-rich Russia.  Everything Biden has touched, every policy he has implemented has wrought economic disaster on our own nation.  Now the civilians of both Ukraine and Russia are being devastated and he accepts no responsibility.”

Trade Deficit Jumped 7.1 Percent in January Setting All Time Record, While 2022 Inflation Estimates Now Double Previous Forecasts. Sundance — “Of course, there will always been people who do not connect the dots between major economic damage surfacing and the need for distractions, justifications and excuses elsewhere in the world.”

Prioritizing climate change over peace. Editorial Board – The Washington Times — “Biden energy policy adds fuel to the Ukraine war” – “Russia’s tanks rolling into its neighbor’s homeland are powered by a windfall of oil revenues that have filled Moscow’s coffers beyond President Vladimir Putin’s fondest hopes.”

Ukraine And Energy Realism. Francis Menton — “the cost of fossil fuel suppression is not merely a modest degradation in our comfortable lifestyles and impoverishment of the poor. As the situation in Ukraine is now demonstrating, fossil fuel suppression in the U.S., Europe and other Western countries also entails significant empowerment of our most significant geopolitical adversaries, and poses major risks to world security, and even to our national security.” – “It’s almost impossible to fathom how idiotic and clueless this guy is. And I don’t necessarily mean just to pick on Kerry. It’s all of them, not the least Biden himself.”

 NATO learnt the lesson of Afghanistan. Don Surber — “And that lesson is to never trust the USA again”

Some Covid Links. Don Boudreaux — “a certain degree of cynicism has crept into the general public, many of whom had been terrified out of any ability to undertake sane risk analysis.” – “Wall Street Journal columnist Allysia Finley wonders why so many governors refuse to give up the emergency powers they grabbed in the name of fighting Covid.” – Reason‘s Matt Welch rightly complains that “[g]overnment can’t stop moving the COVID-19 goal posts.” – more …

On global warming, journalists are very consistent: They never ask questions. Jack Hellner — “the media just reports these dire reports without asking any questions or doing any research. Five simple questions would be:” – “Don’t journalists have an obligation to find the actual results instead of acting like made up predictions are factual?” – “What should we call journalists who just repeat talking points to push a leftist agenda based on which will destroy America instead of researching ad reporting facts?”

Pielke Jr. on IPCC AR6 WG2 Release. — “The first observation is that the report is more heavily weighted to implausible scenarios than any previous IPCC assessment report … The IPCC report outlines a bizzaro world in which up is down”

The Decline Effect – Part 2:  How Does This Happen? Kip Hansen — “In no case does the decline effect refer to an actual decline in real world effects of some physical phenomena, but only to effect sizes found and/or reported in research reports over time. … Many readers are statistically knowledgeable, and can recognize the possibility that this effect is nothing more than regression to the mean.” – “In other words, we need to quit fooling around.  We need some researchers doing crazy blue sky research.  But we are in dire need of correctional science studies – science done to correct science errors of the past.  There are far too many fields like OA research, sea level research, coral reef research that have wandered off along dangerous paths to Science Nowhere, following faddish Just So story versions of reality, memes turned into Facts™, themselves created ex nihilo, to forward social and political agendas.”

 

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No lack of stark contrast

The media is dependent on gas for its lights – fact checkers are about anything but – where are the religious leaders? – child sacrifice for false gods – Hostile envy – what we learn about ourselves.

Durham scandal: The sheer dishonesty of the media is astounding. Jack Hellner — “It takes a tremendous amount of effort for most of the media to collude to bury truthful stories of corruption while reporting fictional stories to bury Trump.”

Fact Checkers Defend Activist Scientists Because They Agree with Them Not Because They Are Right. Susan Crockford — “The so-called fact-checkers are out again trying to insist one side of a scientific debate is wrong and another is right because they happen to agree with one side. That’s advocacy, not science.” – Polar Bears! cute pictures!

The false doctrines of the Church of Woke. David Kahn — “Wokism, a doctrine that is being enforced at many major institutions in this country, is a religion, of falseness, racial separation, and racial animus.”

COVID-19 and the Failure of America’s Major Religions. Dennis Prager — “The government issued irrational (as well as anti-religious and unethical) edicts and nearly every church and synagogue obeyed.” — “With regard to Christians there is the issue of the New Testament admonition to obey secular authority.” (but what do you do when the government does not adhere to its side of its contract with the people?)

How The CDC Abandoned Science. Vinay Prasad via TabletMag.com — “Mass youth hospitalizations, COVID-induced diabetes, and other myths from the brave new world of science as political propaganda…”

Ultimately, science is not a political sport. It is a method to ascertain truth in a chaotic, uncertain universe. Science itself is transcendent, and will outlast our current challenges no matter what we choose to believe. But the more it becomes subordinate to politics—the more it becomes a slogan rather than a method of discovery and understanding—the more impoverished we all become. The next decade will be critical as we face an increasingly existential question: Is science autonomous and sacred, or a branch of politics? I hope we choose wisely, but I fear the die is already cast.

Trouble With Vaccine Mandates—They Can Backfire, Studies Show. Cameron English — “Dozens of studies examining the effects of vaccine mandates have been published over the last year. A pre-print review of this literature has found that requiring COVID-19 vaccination may carry significant costs, including a deepening distrust of public health authorities and greater vaccine hesitancy.” [see his cites but his gratuitous (see post on Hostile Envy) slime on Tucker and DiSantis is a warning about his bias]

“A Case for Hostile Envy of Economic Success As the Cause of Hate Crime”. Newmark — “Successful people are generally not well liked. In psychology, this is called hostile envy” .

There has never been more massive gaslighting than what The Swamp is doing over voter fraud. JD Rucker — “Who’s doing it? Mainstream media. Big Tech. Every Democrat lawmaker. Even many (most?) Republican lawmakers are on board with the attack on our national psyche.”

The Sad Lessons Of The Trump Presidency, Mark Wauk — “The sad lessons are about who we are as a nation, as a people.”

Biden’s Science Advisor: Not One, but Two Scandals. Rajan Laad — “Over the past year, the Biden administration has achieved an ignominious consistency of scandal and incompetence.”

Don’t Get Sick in a Blue State. Steve Feinstein — “There is no lack of stark contrast between the way conservative/red states and liberal/blue states have handled the COVID crisis over the past two years.” — “In the current crisis, politics and ideology trump sanity and sound medical practice, every day.  It’s beyond sad.”

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It’s complicated: Clinton Corruption, Dissonance, Leftists and Christians, The Truckers

The People’s House vs the people, and the law, and whatever other nuisance they encounter – Corrupt politicians Clinton and Biden – Gaslighting or Dissonance? – fact checkers and tactics – anchors aweigh as Sci Am moves even farther into wokeland.

The Capitol Police Are Spying on Members of Congress, and the Details Are Incredibly Disturbing. Bonchie — “The events of January 6th have been used as a pretense by partisans for all kinds of insanity over the last year.” … “Bleating that “we are trying to keep people safe” is not a blanket authorization for the federal government to do whatever it wants. There are supposed to be boundaries, and I believe those boundaries are being violated here, certainly in spirit.”

House Democrats Won’t Release Required Staff Reports In J6 Probe. Tristan Justice – “The American people deserve a transparent accounting of the J6 Committee’s operations, budget, and staff structure, as well as its interview and deposition procedures,” Banks and Davis wrote as the partisan probe violates norms and targets political opponents. … “The Jan. 6 Select Committee has also developed a record of fabricating documents and timelines.”

House Republicans Demand Records Over Capitol Police Surveillance Of Constituents. Tristan Justice — “House lawmakers questioned the authority under which Capitol Police may engage in the extensive surveillance of private citizens.”

“The right to petition your government is baked into the Constitution of the United States, right there in the First Amendment,” Bovard wrote. “That does not include submitting to a virtual cavity search, and having private records stored as a result, without your knowledge or consent.”

What Did Clinton Know and When Did She Know It? The Russiagate Evidence Builds. Paul Sperry — “With each new indictment and court filing, Clinton inches closer to the center of the special prosecutor’s investigation, now in its third year.”

Why Putin Hasn’t Been Deterred. Victor Davis Hanson  — “Americans also grudgingly accept that Ukraine was often historically part of Russia.”

Why Do Media Ignore Biden Family’s Corruption? I & I Editorial Board — “It’s a curious thing: Obvious, credible signs about a prominent political family emerge, but federal authorities at the Justice Department and elsewhere do nothing. Meanwhile, leftist media “watchdogs,” in a classic case of gaslighting, pretend that nothing has happened.”

Accepting money and doing political favors on behalf of a potentially hostile foreign nation isn’t just wrong; it’s a felony. Worse, it’s a betrayal of the American people’s trust. If the big media truly care about repairing their low standing with average Americans, they might start by doing something they’ve failed to do so far: Their jobs.

‘Walk Away’ Activist Brandon Straka Can Finally Speak About Being Under the FBI’s Thumb After Jan 6. Victoria Taft — “Straka was in D.C., as many activists were, to give a speech on Trump’s behalf. Going to, but not inside, the Capitol Building after President Trump’s speech turned into a “year long nightmare” in which he suffered “from the abuse of the legal process” and a “savage campaign to destroy me. It didn’t.”

Why The Wall Street Journal Is Wrong About The 2020 Election. William Doyle — “The problem is not ‘mass voter fraud,’ but a privately funded ‘shadow campaign’ for Joe Biden within the formal structure of the election system.”

Expert Hacker’s 25,000-Word ‘Secret Report’ Threatens to Uncover Georgia’s Real Election Vulnerabilities. Kyle Becker — “Halderman found that malicious software could be installed on voting touchscreens so that votes are changed in QR codes printed on paper ballots, which are then scanned to record votes, according to court documents,”

Fact-Checkers Are Used To Confuse The Public: Sharyl Attkisson. Masooma Haq and Jan Jekielek via The Epoch Times — “Five-time Emmy award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson said she has seen an increased effort to manipulate the public to appreciate censorship and disapprove of journalism. One of the strategies that has been employed is the use of third-party fact-checkers”

Dealing with Cognitive Dissonance. Jack Gleason — “holding conflicting views can be very uncomfortable.  The term “cognitive dissonance” comes up regularly in political discussions, probably because these issues are rarely cut and dried, but are considered very important” … “Don’t argue your points, instead keep asking more questions.” … “If we can’t learn how to talk honestly with each other, our country will remain permanently divided, and a divided house will soon fall.”

Shareholder Capitalism v. Stakeholder Capitalism. Chris Talgo — “For centuries, the chief objective of public corporations in the United States has been to maximize shareholder profits. Although this may seem rapacious, it is not.” … “After hundreds of years of astonishing success, we should be celebrating shareholder capitalism for all of the remarkable achievements it has helped usher into our lives.”

Emulating Islam: The Left’s War on the Christian Cross. Raymond Ibrahim — “In many ways, the “secular Left” and Islam appear to be diametrically opposed: the Left is sexually promiscuous, Islam isn’t; the Left believes in countless genders, Islam doesn’t; the Left believes in all sorts of freedoms, Islam believes only in draconian sharia — and so on and so forth.  – When it comes to Islam’s views on Christianity, however — that it is an inferior faith to be subjugated and discriminated against (Koran 9:29) — the Left appears to be in agreement.”

LGBTQ activists are vigorously attacking Christianity. Andrea Widburg — “Leftism truly hates the Bible.  Their creed is inconsistent with the Bible’s commitment to the worth of the individual, its focus on justice, and its insistence on moral standards.”

How To ‘Prove’ A Chemical Is Dangerous: The Glyphosate Case Study. Cameron English – “The fact that GM Watch wants to elevate a single study over this massive body of peer-reviewed evidence, as well as the conclusions of 16 regulatory and scientific agencies, should set off alarm bells in your head.” … “that doesn’t negate the simple fact that we have to account for all the evidence we have before drawing conclusions.”

The New Lysenkoism. Nicholas Wade — “Scientific American’s broadside against E. O. Wilson fits a fashionable, science-denying trend.”

The Numbers Don’t Lie.  John Hinderaker — “Some jurisdictions pursued aggressive shutdown strategies to “fight” covid, while others did not. These shutdowns made no apparent difference in covid rates, but they had devastating consequences for the livelihoods of millions of Americans.”

Sen. Ron Johnson’s Latest Covid Panel Reveals 800,000 People And Counting Want ‘A Second Opinion’. Kylee Zemoel — “ Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin hosted a panel of experts on Capitol Hill on Monday for an event dubbed “COVID-19: A Second Opinion,” to discuss early treatment of the coronavirus and so-called vaccines — and there was quite an audience for it.”

You’ll stand up and cheer after seeing these Canadian trucker convoy videos. Andrea Widburg — “it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that Canada’s truckers, rather than meekly yielding to this unreasonable, tyrannical mandate, organized a vast convoy (70 km long) that’s traveling to Ottawa, Canada’s capital.” … “One more thing: As you look at those truckers, remember that nonviolent protests by shipyard workers in the Polish city of Gdansk started the domino effect that pulled down the entire Soviet Union.”

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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 Changeâ„¢ 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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