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If only we could find a cure

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

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

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

Take the superstitions that now surround COVID-19. 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dereliction of duty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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So where’s the accountability?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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constantly being terrorized?

It’s Time To Stop Terrorizing Our Children. Dale Lowdermilk — “Our children are constantly being terrorized with theoretical 500-year forecasts, based upon phantom science and, even worse, they’re being taught to mentally “shelter in place” whenever possible. This is not a recipe for long-term survival.” … “Prognosticators, strutting around as experts, tell us to obey their commands and have even suggested that failure to instill climate “stress” in our children is a form of child abuse by “proxy” and omission.”

Apparently, too much safety is never enough, even if it means producing nightmares (and years of therapy) for our children and those who think like children—cautiously striving, to protect everyone, from everything, at any cost.

What works? Vax, ventilate but don’t mask kids. Joanne Jacobs — ” Masking children, social distancing, hybrid schedules, plexiglass shields and HEPA filters have little or no effect on the spread of coronavirus.”

The Good News—A COVID-19 Update. Thomas T. Siler — “We have learned many good things that the media and our pandemic managers rarely report. Most fundamentally, we do not need to be afraid of COVID-19 anymore.” … “Globally, the survival rate for COVID-19 is 99.8%. Under the age of 70, the survival rate for COVID-19 is 99.97%. This is on par with many influenza seasons. Americans younger than 70 do not have to fear COVID-19 any more than influenza and we know how to protect the elderly.”

Can our pandemic managers take some of this useful information and transform it into helpful public health policies from this point forward? Or is there another agenda behind unending hysteria, fear, and the constant push for 100% vaccination? That remains to be seen.

US COVID-19 Tracker. Data from The New York Times, updated daily. (careful! – watch out for rates versus absolutes and other statistical interpretation issues)

 

 

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Coercion and the Rule of Law

A Brief History of the Assault on Conservatives as ‘Violent Extremists’. Janet Levy — “The assault on conservative Americans began several decades ago with attacks on traditional principles and values. Belief in individual liberty and responsibility, free enterprise, and the rule of law was willfully conflated with “right-wing extremism.” Pride in America, a desire to protect our borders, and opposition to illegal immigration were branded as xenophobic. Championing the constitutional right to bear arms was decried as gun-crazed zealotry. Belief in religion, natural law, and the sanctity of human life was maligned as backward and anachronistic.”

This is worse than Saigon. Brendan O’Neil — ‘America’s humiliation in Afghanistan confirms that the woke West is utterly incapable of standing up for itself.” … “above even the political and military incoherence of the American empire, there is the corrosive cultural dynamic.” … “This was always the West’s problem in Afghanistan: it lacked faith in the very values it claimed to be delivering to that benighted country.”

What’s in Store for the Women of Afghanistan. Mark Powell — “If so-called progressives are  true to form, they will gloss over these actions as not representing “true Islam” but of militant extremists. This is anything but the case. What follows is a ten-point summary of what the religion of Islam actually teaches.”

Watching Human Rights Watch. William D. Rubinstein — “a component of the “woke” American Left, now engaged in a kind of left-wing imperialism. The contemporary Left has replaced class war with race war and sexuality war and, one must fear, with the same aim: the destruction of existing institutions.”

Yes, the resistance is growing. Will it be on time? Robert Knight — “Frustrated by the board’s tin ear, Fight for Schools.com, which is leading a petition drive to recall six board members, held an “alternative” board meeting so citizens could air their views.” … “Thank God for these brave souls who are not taking it anymore. Dividing children by obsessing on race is criminal.”

From Psalm 2: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.”

Vaccinations, Coercion and the Rule of Law. Augusto Zimmermann & Gabriël Moens — “the ‘rule of law’ has perennially been described as a concept that essentially seeks to protect citizens against unpredictable and arbitrary interferences with their personal interests. ” … “ONE of the most frustrating things surrounding the contentious vaccine debate is the existence of many different and inconsistent opinions and advice.”

The scientific case against masks. Everett Piper — “Arnold Schwarzenegger should stick to making ‘Terminator’ movies … when you take the time to read a bit, you quickly discover that this mask-shaming from America’s intelligentsia is – well, how should say this scientifically? – Stupid.”

 

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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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A Council of Kings

The Debate the Left Has Forced on Us: Freedom vs. the Truth. Jessica Curtis — “We are a democratic republic.  Have been since 1789.  What should be more important — the freedom to put forward your point of view or someone deciding if that opinion is true or not?  That is the crossroads where we find ourselves today.”

Critical Thinking Needed. Jackie Gingrich Cushman — “The challenge with critical thinking is that you cannot rely on others to do it for you.”

Woke Nonsense Is Warping Everyday Life. Victor Davis Hanson — “Americans are growing angrier by the day, but in a way different from prior sagebrush revolts such as the 1960s Silent Majority or the Tea Party movement over a decade ago. — The rage this time is not just fueled by conservatives. For the first time in their lives, Americans of all classes and races are starting to fear a self-created apocalypse that threatens their family’s safety and the American way of life.”

A massive dose of common sense about January 6. Andrea Widburg — “By calling events on January 6 an insurrection, the Biden administration is getting away with grossly abusing the rule of law and the Constitution to punish the people who were present at the Capitol on January 6.” citing Dare I Say That January 6 Was Not an Insurrection? Dov Fischer — “In truth, this canard of “insurrection” does grave damage to the country.”

Jan 6 Prosecutors admit to possession of “images of officers hugging or fist-bumping rioters, posing for photos with rioters, and moving bike racks” Calls into question the trespassing and related non-violent crimes charged against defendants like Cuoy Griffin. Ameer Benno

Reporters challenged ‘natural causes’ ruling in death of Capitol Police officer Sicknick: Reporters’ emails show “skepticism and confusion about the conclusion,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Just the News.

How Critical Race Theory Infests Public Schools. John Hinderaker – “The complete survey is embedded below. There are actually three slightly different versions of the survey in the document, one for each grade. I encourage you to spend some time with them. They offer a good window into the sick world of Critical Race Theory. Comments on some specific aspects of the survey are below.”

The ACLU Has It Backward: Schools Should Worry About Being Sued For Teaching Critical Race Theory. Rick Esenberg — “The ACLU is warning schools that teaching CRT is necessary to avoid creating a racially hostile environment. Yet singling out children as inherently racist is grounds for a lawsuit — and they’ve already begun.”

Stunning Video Explanation – Dr Douglas Frank Shows How The 2010 Census Was Used to Create the Algorithm That Fabricated the 2020 Electronic Vote Outcome. Sundance — “So far they have identified 3,006 counties with the exact same predictable voter outcome and ratio.”

The American Dream Is Available To All Races. Emery McClendon — “Black folk are now hooked on dependency and false promises. They seek the welfare of equity instead of the opportunity of equality.” … “There’s a failure to realize the pathway to self-reliance exists in plain view through our nation’s founding principles and by understanding our unalienable God-given rights. That message is being silenced in the minority communities where it is desperately needed if we are to continue to be a great nation.”

Medical Education And Research Crumbling Under Racial Identity Politics. William A. Jacobson — Real Clear Investigations: “The national racial reckoning over reparations and critical race theory is taking over the world of medicine and health care.”

The destruction of so many institutions at such a swift pace is staggering. Welcome to the future of racialized and politicized medicine, where it’s inevitable that the medical profession will end up in the service of politics, like Big Tech already is.

The Supreme Court has Become a Council of Kings. John Green — “In this month’s edition of “let’s kill the Constitution,” we have the CDC’s eviction moratorium as the next demonstration that no one in our government feels compelled to comply with the Constitution anymore.” … “if it didn’t come from Article III, where did the Court get the authority to grant waivers?  The justices gave it to themselves — just as they gave themselves permission to rewrite the Constitution 50-plus years ago.”

Mask Mandates: A Product Of The Cancel Culture. I & I Editorial Board — “People aren’t “canceled” in an effort to civilize our society and de-coarsen language. They are canceled because it gives the “cancelers” power. It’s their perverted way of telling others “we can control what you say.” It allows them to feel important and powerful, to advertise their moral superiority, to pump their egos. They want others to fear them, and take a twisted pleasure in seeing their victims grovel and beg to be accepted back into their good graces. That this behavior is now widely accepted is deeply alarming.”

Three Charts The Delta Variant Scaremongers Don’t Want You To See. I & I Editorial Board — “while the disease has become less fearsome, the public perception hasn’t changed, and so the fixation on case counts only feeds the public’s anxiety.”

The biggest lie about COVID. Maker S. Mark — “Excluding the origin story of COVID, I believe the biggest lie in the handling of COVID is the lie around asymptomatic spread — i.e., you could have the virus and not know it and kill people.  This has been the great distraction of COVID, and it is being used even today to distract from major issues.”The Debate the Left Has Forced on Us: Freedom vs. the Truth. Jessica Curtis — “We are a democratic republic.  Have been since 1789.  What should be more important — the freedom to put forward your point of view or someone deciding if that opinion is true or not?  That is the crossroads where we find ourselves today.”

Critical Thinking Needed. Jackie Gingrich Cushman — “The challenge with critical thinking is that you cannot rely on others to do it for you.”

Woke Nonsense Is Warping Everyday Life. Victor Davis Hanson — “Americans are growing angrier by the day, but in a way different from prior sagebrush revolts such as the 1960s Silent Majority or the Tea Party movement over a decade ago. — The rage this time is not just fueled by conservatives. For the first time in their lives, Americans of all classes and races are starting to fear a self-created apocalypse that threatens their family’s safety and the American way of life.”

A massive dose of common sense about January 6. Andrea Widburg — “By calling events on January 6 an insurrection, the Biden administration is getting away with grossly abusing the rule of law and the Constitution to punish the people who were present at the Capitol on January 6.” citing Dare I Say That January 6 Was Not an Insurrection? Dov Fischer — “In truth, this canard of “insurrection” does grave damage to the country.”

Jan 6 Prosecutors admit to possession of “images of officers hugging or fist-bumping rioters, posing for photos with rioters, and moving bike racks” Calls into question the trespassing and related non-violent crimes charged against defendants like Cuoy Griffin. Ameer Benno

Reporters challenged ‘natural causes’ ruling in death of Capitol Police officer Sicknick: Reporters’ emails show “skepticism and confusion about the conclusion,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Just the News.
A Council of Kings
How Critical Race Theory Infests Public Schools. John Hinderaker – “The complete survey is embedded below. There are actually three slightly different versions of the survey in the document, one for each grade. I encourage you to spend some time with them. They offer a good window into the sick world of Critical Race Theory. Comments on some specific aspects of the survey are below.”

The ACLU Has It Backward: Schools Should Worry About Being Sued For Teaching Critical Race Theory. Rick Esenberg — “The ACLU is warning schools that teaching CRT is necessary to avoid creating a racially hostile environment. Yet singling out children as inherently racist is grounds for a lawsuit — and they’ve already begun.”

Stunning Video Explanation – Dr Douglas Frank Shows How The 2010 Census Was Used to Create the Algorithm That Fabricated the 2020 Electronic Vote Outcome. Sundance — “So far they have identified 3,006 counties with the exact same predictable voter outcome and ratio.”

The American Dream Is Available To All Races. Emery McClendon — “Black folk are now hooked on dependency and false promises. They seek the welfare of equity instead of the opportunity of equality.” … “There’s a failure to realize the pathway to self-reliance exists in plain view through our nation’s founding principles and by understanding our unalienable God-given rights. That message is being silenced in the minority communities where it is desperately needed if we are to continue to be a great nation.”

Medical Education And Research Crumbling Under Racial Identity Politics. William A. Jacobson — Real Clear Investigations: “The national racial reckoning over reparations and critical race theory is taking over the world of medicine and health care.”

The destruction of so many institutions at such a swift pace is staggering. Welcome to the future of racialized and politicized medicine, where it’s inevitable that the medical profession will end up in the service of politics, like Big Tech already is.

The Supreme Court has Become a Council of Kings. John Green — “In this month’s edition of “let’s kill the Constitution,” we have the CDC’s eviction moratorium as the next demonstration that no one in our government feels compelled to comply with the Constitution anymore.” … “if it didn’t come from Article III, where did the Court get the authority to grant waivers?  The justices gave it to themselves — just as they gave themselves permission to rewrite the Constitution 50-plus years ago.”

Mask Mandates: A Product Of The Cancel Culture. I & I Editorial Board — “People aren’t “canceled” in an effort to civilize our society and de-coarsen language. They are canceled because it gives the “cancelers” power. It’s their perverted way of telling others “we can control what you say.” It allows them to feel important and powerful, to advertise their moral superiority, to pump their egos. They want others to fear them, and take a twisted pleasure in seeing their victims grovel and beg to be accepted back into their good graces. That this behavior is now widely accepted is deeply alarming.”

Three Charts The Delta Variant Scaremongers Don’t Want You To See. I & I Editorial Board — “while the disease has become less fearsome, the public perception hasn’t changed, and so the fixation on case counts only feeds the public’s anxiety.”

The biggest lie about COVID. Maker S. Mark — “Excluding the origin story of COVID, I believe the biggest lie in the handling of COVID is the lie around asymptomatic spread — i.e., you could have the virus and not know it and kill people.  This has been the great distraction of COVID, and it is being used even today to distract from major issues.”

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Liberty is one of the casualties

The Problem With Peggy. Conrad Black — “Trying (hopelessly) to bury Donald Trump isn’t the answer. Restoring integrity to the electoral process is.” … “the epiphany of the comparatively civilized Trump-hater and it is almost entirely false.” … “The last election was the closest the United States has come to tanks on the White House lawn. Any such recurrence could produce the real thing—if the generals aren’t too busy teaching “antiracism” to the ranks.”

Why Can’t Biden Stop This Invasion? Patrick J. Buchanan — “Article IV of the Constitution addresses the obligations of the federal government to the state governments that were being asked to surrender aspects of their sovereignty to form our new Union.”

COVID overview Part II: liberty and risk. neo — “The current politicians and health officials who have been setting up the COVID rules are saying that they are necessary to protect us. Protect us from what?” … “Liberty has been one of the casualties of the pandemic.”

Forcing Kids To Push Leftist Causes Is Not Civics No Matter How Many Think Tanks Say Otherwise. Peter Wood and David Randall — “The Fordham Institute slyly advocates for action civics, also known as ‘protest civics,’ in its assessment of each state’s content standards.” … “The Fordham report is rich with the sort of wordplay we have come to expect from “reformers” who have something to hide.”

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the foundation for the putrid organic decay

Vietnam’s Role In Government Putrefaction Today. R.W. Trewyn — “The Vietnam War and the uncivil insanity it precipitated on America’s college campuses laid the foundation for the putrid organic decay — putrefaction — throughout the U.S. government today.” … “Is this what those of us who opposed the war helped bring about?”

We should be fighting for the history of the Alamo, not about it. Douglass McDonald — “When we fight about history, we find ourselves arguing about what we want our history to be. Often these arguments are based upon our opinions and not historical facts.”

Fixing A ‘Broken Window’. Chuck Dinerstein — “With many of these homeowners living at or below poverty levels, home repair is not a priority. This condition can be found in numerous urban centers” — this is the kind of wishful thinking that is rationalized by selection of minutia, avoiding gross evidence, and logical fallacies confusing measures and cause or correlation questions. Here, a big question that is ignored is this ‘priority’ such as mentioned for home repair. Does the proposed remedy actually influence this priority? How did broken window policing address this value system – after all, that is the core tenet of that policy.

The Three Horsemen of the Bidenapocalypse. Clarice Feldman — “Is your head spinning from the CDC diktats? It should be. Jim Treacher summarizes the reasons why.”

Without Trump, Dems and Media Dehumanize the Unvaccinated to Salvage 2022 Midterms. John Nolte — “This anti-science campaign to demonize more than half the American people as walking biohazards (those who’ve chosen not to get vaccinated or who cannot due to their youth) is right out of the Nazi playbook and one of the most grotesque things I’ve ever witnessed.”

Delta On The Loose? CDC’s Pointless Masking Guidelines Won’t Stem Breakthrough COVID Infections.  Cameron English — “The CDC is again recommending that fully vaccinated Americans mask up in certain circumstances. This is bad advice at odds with the available evidence that will only seed more vaccine hesitancy.”

CDC Mask Guidance Assessments Go Under the Microscope and are Found Devoid of Science and Reason. Leslie Eastman — “The CDC and its public-health peers have been disaster shows all pandemic long…”

Is Earth Actually Getting Hotter? Vijay Jayaraj — “Every year, climate-change enthusiasts tell us the earth is getting hotter.” … “Reality and some climate-change claims differ as much as day and night. Here are two examples.”

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The assault on standards and merit

Stop the Fearmongering: Johns Hopkins Doctor Shreds Latest COVID Madness Peddled by CDC and Fauci. Matt Vespa — “If the government wants to boost vaccine rates, then all attention should be focused on proper science-based messaging to convince the unvaccinated. You cannot do that when you a) fearmonger, b) shame, and c) offer contradictory advice.”

Why should we care how how the Capitol Police or members of Congress felt on January 6th? neo — “at least, not in the legal, investigative sense of trying to find out what really happened on January 6th and why.”

And yet that was certainly one of the major elements of yesterday’s testimony in the Congressional hearings on the matter. Of course, we know that the hearings aren’t really to investigate; they are political theater produced and directed by the Democrats, and the reviews are from their friends in the MSM. But I’m speaking on behalf of the public, and I even mean the Democrat-voting public: why should we care how they felt? It’s irrelevant, although obviously it’s a deliberate way to appeal to people’s emotions and empathy rather than to their logic and judgment.

Historian’s Corner: Civilizational Death or Renewal? Victor Davis Hanson — “So will we survive wokeness? Not if racial tribalism reverts to the norms of the former Yugoslavia or Rwanda. Not if merit is written off as rigged racism. Not if enforcement of the law is contextualized by the race of the criminal, and not if 30 percent of the population that controls academia, entertainment, professional sports, major financial and corporate boardrooms, along with traditional, social, and internet media, the foundations, K-12, and the government bureaucracies—all strangle public opinion and stifle popular expression.”

The End of Meritocracy? John Hinderaker — “the Left’s war on standards has resulted in a dumbing down of our educational system and our culture. None of our competitors has been this stupid,” — “A society that denigrates hard work and rationality cannot possibly succeed.” — “If America is no longer a meritocracy, but rather a cynical left-wing spoils system, we no longer have a meaningful reason for being.”

It’s not the SATs, it’s lousy K-12 schools. Joanne Jacobs — “The University of California is lying about its decision to drop the SAT and ACT for college admissions, writes Caitlin Flanagan in a scathing Atlantic article.” … Dropping standardized testing “will give cover to the many forces invested in not improving the state’s K–12 education, especially in the poorest districts,”

The education establishment self-destructs. Ron Ross — “Until a few months ago, most people admired public school teachers.  Not anymore.  Teachers have declared war on students and their parents.”

Defining liberty when it comes to vaccinations. Daniel H. Stewart — “Moreover, I come not to shame, judge or compel, but to persuade. It is the battle between competing liberty interests that demands from us the most difficult and fundamental decisions. Weighing an individual’s right not to be vaccinated with a community’s need for that vaccination is no simple quandary.” – if you want to persuade, you need more than empty rhetoric. You need sound logic supported by measure and data. Claiming purity is a tell. You need to show it in deed and action. It is this hypocrisy that destroys yours argument.

What More Can I Say (With a Brief Update from the Original). Kevin Roche — “The only thing that spreads faster than CV-19 is panic about CV-19.” — “Notwithstanding my exasperation with the failure of common sense and skepticism to prevail, I will try one more time to simply list why we shouldn’t get all hysterical again and what data our supposed government experts should be providing.”

 

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Whither Merit? What are you after instead? Why?

The End of Merit. Joel Kotkin — “Over time, our educational deficit with other countries, notably China, particularly in the acquisition of practical skills in mathematics, engineering medical technology, and management, has grown, threatening our economic and political pre-eminence.”

Is Critical Race Theory Illegal? John Hinderaker — “In the end, the evil of critical race theory and other forms of Marxism will be defeated when the public at large understands what they represent. Meanwhile, legal action can be a valuable means of reining in discriminatory conduct by employers and others, and also a part of the ongoing educational process.”

The Conservative Case for Cyberbullying America’s Generals. Josiah Lippincott — “Too often, the minds of our great and courageous “warriors” are filled with nothing more than anodyne policy statements, automatic deference to other members of the elite expert class, and received wisdom from the mouths of MSNBC hosts. A painful lesson for patriotic citizens, perhaps, but a necessary one.”

America’s new religion: Fake Christianity. Everett Piper — “Stop calling yourself a Christian if you don’t believe in Christ.” … ““This counterfeit religion is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism,” stated Ms. Bratton, “a worldview that has quickly gained prominence and given many Americans a theology that looks nothing like historical Christianity”

“The behaviors that Dr. Flegal reports receiving would have been surprising to me early in my career where I did not understand how vicious, malicious, and nonscientific are the tactics that many fellow academics and scientists are willing to use to combat ideas and data they do not like,’’ says David Allison, dean of the School of Public Health at Indiana University and a biostatistician who has also researched obesity. “Today, such reports sadden but do not surprise me.’’

Climate scientists prepare to clamp down on the world’s freedoms. Cheryl K. Chumley — “More than 200 climate scientists — and that’s “scientists” with an eyeball roll — have gathered to put the final touches on an agreement that will take the lessons learning from the coronavirus, meaning the idea that fear sells and sells well, and apply them to the field of environmental regulation.”

It’s a gathering to hype a fabricated problem — umm, the weather — and pretend scientists can control a domain that belongs with God by using less-than-accurate computer modeling, also known as best-guessing, and then presenting the findings as fact to justify the clampdown of individual rights, the redistribution of wealth from America to poorer nations and the global bureaucracies and the exchanging of individualism for collectivism, forever more.

Time to assume that health research is fraudulent until proven otherwise? Richard Smith — “the problem is huge, the system encourages fraud, and we have no adequate way to respond. It may be time to move from assuming that research has been honestly conducted and reported to assuming it to be untrustworthy until there is some evidence to the contrary.”

Vaccine Resistance and Public Trust. Christopher Roach — “When it comes to the current mass resistance to the vaccine, the authorities only have themselves to blame.” … “And the lack of trust results directly from the lies, exaggerations, and apparent indifference of the authorities.”

When It Comes To Masks, Physics Will Always Trump Politics. Alexsandar Markovic — “Since the onset of SARS-CoV-2 (hereinafter the CCP-virus) various figures on the political left have issued proclamations unsupported by science. Experts have asserted things that contravene long-established infectious disease precepts, statements an uncritical press, eager to support the Left’s preferred narrative, freely mimics.”

Coercion, COVID, and free will. Eric Utter — “Governments and media have never before reacted in this manner, even for flus, diseases, plagues, and pandemics that were more lethal than COVID-19.”

The obesity research that blew up. Amy Crawford — “A CDC researcher found that being a little plump might be healthier than being thin. The big surprise was the firestorm that followed.”

How to Lie While Telling the Truth: This Time on Vaccination Effectiveness. David Friedman — “Reading the stories, the consistent theme is the need for more people to get vaccinated. I agree that it would be a good thing if more people got vaccinated, but not that the truth should be stretched to get them to do it.”

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It’s not the bias, it’s the deceit

Yes, It’s Okay For Journalists To Be Biased. It’s Not Okay To Parade Lies As Fact While Silencing Debate. Elle Reynolds – “Bias isn’t the problem. It’s when a gaslighting monopolistic media hegemon insists that lies are facts and anyone who questions them is ‘disinformation.’” … The fallacy rationalizing a lack of intellectual integrity? – “The danger with this facade of perfect objectivity is that journalists pretend — and insist you believe — it exists.”

“Instead of hiding bias under the pretense of neutrality, Wolfe’s solution is to treat journalism as a crusade to improve the world. “I often do write with an agenda — with an eye toward creating change,” she says.

This attitude led white-knighting journalists to treat every aspect of Donald Trump’s presidency — culminating with the trespassing and mayhem at the U.S. Capitol in January — as the greatest threat to democracy ever, which could only be stopped by the brave commentary of self-congratulating commentators on Twitter.

Wolfe recognizes a problem she doesn’t want to admit: the crushing bias of outlets like The New York Times that pat themselves on the back for being “so objective” has undermined the credibility of the news desk as well as the editorial page. She tries to defend a distinction, blaming readers for not understanding the difference between a reporter and a pundit.

But it’s not readers who are blurring the lines. Many reporters at outlets like the Times, the Washington Post, or CNN are indistinguishable from pundits, parroting as fact lies about everything from COVID-19 and vaccine efforts to a sham impeachment, Lafayette Park, and just about anything else involving President Trump.

These systematic lies go much further than the unavoidable perspectives each writer (or reader) brings to the table. It’s possible to prioritize truth, accuracy, and honesty while still having a point of view. It’s not possible to prioritize such principles when you value pushing your political agenda more.

Media Bites Hard, Yet Again, for Another ‘Russia, Russia, Russia’ Story on Trump. Nick Arama – “Now, you know right off the bat with the “mentally unstable” claim that it’s going to be an acid bath of a story.”

Georgia Secretary Of State Explains Why He’s Just Now Discovering More Than 10,000 Illegal Votes Cast In 2020. Margot Cleveland – “The tangled web of voter reform laws, the Trump voter fraud accusations, and the Secretary of State Office’s findings show why we need more digging on what happened in Georgia.” … lollygagging, delay, obfuscation, denial, rationalizations, excuses, buck passing – it’s all on display

“At this point, however, what matters is that the truth is exposed and that Republicans come together to ensure the integrity of future elections — and expose the Democrats’ attempts to disenfranchise legal voters with illegal and fraudulent votes.

Today’s Double Standard Justice System. Jim Hoft –  Dem Rep Joyce Beatty STORMS US Capitol, Arrested and Released Soon After While Trump Supporters Languish in Isolation in Prison for 6 Months for Same Offense. “Democrat Rep. Joyce Beatty along with a group of far-left protesters stormed the Hart Senate Building on Thursday chanting, “End the filibuster!”

The Capitol Cover Up. Julie Kelly – “Release the tapes. Release the name of Ashli Babbitt’s shooter. And release Joe Biden’s political prisoners.”

What Is to Be Done? See the Adversary Clearly. [caveat: Epoch Times] Michael Walsh – “As I’ve written many times in these pages, we no longer have an Election Day, but rather a rolling plebiscite that includes not only bogus “absentee” ballots for those in the country but too lazy or too stupid to get to the polls on the day designated by the U.S. Code, but now also “curated” ballots for those too dumb to correctly mark their choices; “harvested” ballots, those delivered by activists purporting to be from lawful voters; “early” ballots, in other words, illegal ballots; and even “late” ballots, in other words, double-plus illegal ballots.”

Class, Influence, Power. Mark Wauck – “Victor Davis Hanson gets the ball rolling by addressing Class, and what it means for politics in the US.” … “Other developments that fuel anxiety among the Elites is the continuing and even growing influence of Tucker Carlson.” and more

Why is Joe Biden still standing by his Earth First! nominee for Bureau of Land Management? Monica Showalter – “The latest news is that she lied to Congress about her involvement in eco-terrorism; an Earth First! tree-spiking incident in Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest in 1989.”

I’m A Middle School Teacher And See How Critical Race Curriculum Is Creating Racial Hostility In School. Ramona Bessinger – “Providence, RI: Some Students Have Started Calling Me “America” Because I’m White, and Colleagues Accuse Me of Having “White Privilege.” … “Missing from our curriculum during the 2020/ 21 school year was the diversity, perspective, truth, and rigor that previously were taught. Previously vetted books were removed from our classroom and sent to recycling. Gone was the diverse collection of American and World Literature” … “What saddened me most was that I would not be teaching the Holocaust any longer.”

Fired teacher: ‘There is no other point of view’. Joanne Jacobs – “Coates’ essay alleged that Donald Trump’s “ideology is white supremacy, in all its truculent and sanctimonious power,” notes Gilbert. There’s no other point of view?”

What are they teaching? Put it online. Joanne Jacobs – “Parents say teachers are indoctrinating students with radical ideas and telling children they’re oppressors or victims by birth. Teachers say they’re just teaching “accurate” history. What’s really going on in classrooms?”

“Trying to ban teaching offensive content simply pushes advocates to “repackage, reword, and reinvent their classroom materials under new slogans,” he writes. As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis put it, it’s playing political “whack-a-mole.”

Another Global Warming Fact Alarmists Want Buried. I & I Editorial Board – “The entire climate change movement has been shady from its beginnings. Data have been hidden, truth has been sacrificed to politics, and hypocrisy and personal interests among its “leaders” have produced a giant credibility deficit. The more we learn, the worse the alarmists look.”

How Warmists Package Panic. Michael Kile – “As for the “extraordinary heatwave” last month, when competition with COVID threatens to steal your thunder it pays to be as quick as greased lightning to trumpet panic and hyperbole.”

Flawed Heatwave Report Leads to False Headlines in Major Media. Cliff Mass – “Last week we witnessed a major failure in science communication regarding the Northwest heatwave – A failure that misinformed you and millions of others, and a failure that highlighted glaring weaknesses in the media’s ability to cover important scientific issues. And it revealed the disappointing behavior of some members of the scientific community.”

Pesticide Propaganda: A Guide To Spotting Activism Masquerading As Journalism, Part 1. Cameron English – “Pesticides can be very dangerous; they’re also vital tools farmers use to produce our food. Here’s a guide to help you navigate the media maze of sloppy reporting on pesticide safety.” … “lacks nuance … Double standards … Rachael Carson uncritically cited … ”

‘Debate Rages Over Glyphosate’? The Conversation Publishes Terrible Roundup Article. Cameron English – “Usually an excellent source for science-based commentary, The Conversation recently published, to put it charitably, a questionable article about the dangers of the weedkiller glyphosate. What did the authors get wrong? Almost everything.” … “There isn’t an ongoing debate about glyphosate among experts. Instead, there are a handful of organizations and academics with clear conflicts of interest that continue to ignore the preponderance of evidence.”

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What are the lasting consequences of all this madness?

Trump Winds and Biden Whirlwinds. Victor Davis Hanson – “The Left is well on its way to incurring a massive pushback, with the potential to make the Tea Party boomerang seem like small stuff.”

“The historian notes that in the inevitable yin and yang of politics, the destroyers inevitably will seek, but do so in vain, refuge in what they have destroyed. Between 2017 and 2021 the Left has done exactly that.

What are the lasting consequences of all this madness?

Scapegoats, Boogeymen, and Hobgoblins. Victor Davis Hanson – “The Biden Administration, the bureaucracy, military, media, academia, Silicon Valley, and corporate boardrooms across America don’t know how to explain, much less solve, our mounting crises.”

CBS News Blames Trump, Not Communism, For Cuba’s Broken Economy. Jordan Davidson – “Sympathetic responses from corporate outlets like CBS, paired with the White House’s failure to harshly condemn the communist regime, received backlash from fed-up U.S. legislators.”

Democrats Start to Panic After They Realize They’ve Screwed up in Florida. Bonchie – “Protests in Cuba against the communist regime and the decades of oppression it has produced have provided a test of will in Florida. While Republicans, both in the state and nationally, are always outspoken against the Cuban government and understand the reasons the people there are fed up, Democrats have attempted to straddle a line that can’t be straddled.”

Never forget the US left’s disgusting love affair with the Castro regime. Rich Lowry – “The rationalizations offered for the regime are tinny and misleading. We are supposed to believe that Cuba was sunk in medieval illiteracy until enlightened Communists came to power who cared above all about social progress and just happened to jail, torture, and kill lots of people in the course of teaching kids to read.”

So Much Evidence that January 6, 2021 was a Calculated Set-Up. Steve McCann – “Political persecution and isolation of vast swaths of the citizenry by the Justice Department, the Intelligence Community, and the Judiciary in the wake of the January 6, 2021, Capitol incursion should bring a chill down the spine of every American.”

The Loudest Voices Crying ‘Racism’ Are Always Some Of The Most Famous, Well-Paid Black Americans. Eddie Scarry – “Isn’t it weird how the loudest voices assuring America we’re all incurably racist tend to do so from very comfortable, financially secure perches?”

The rights and wrongs of Nikole Hannah-Jones. Dominic Green – “The liberal arts are neither liberal nor artistic in our universities. They are illiberal and imaginatively barren”

“If you hate the culture wars, blame liberals” Newmark’s Door – “At least a few Liberals are getting some self-awareness.”

Texas Gov To Arrest Dem Lawmakers Who Fled State On Private Jet To Block Voting Rights Bill. Tyler Durden – “So they’ve boarded a comfy chartered flight, sans masks and with weak non-Texas beer, to belch too much carbon into the skies and skedaddle away north. Typical.” There will be consequences from many different directions.

BREAKING: VoterGA Releases Explosive New Report: Fulton County Georgia Recount Included 60% Error Reporting Rate — THOUSANDS of Fraudulent Biden Votes. Jim Hoft – “New Evidence Reveals GA Audit Fraud and Massive Errors”

Definite sign of panic: Pennsylvania acting Secretary of State issues illegal orders to obstruct audit of 2020 election. Thomas Lifson – “An unelected statewide official, the acting Secretary of State, acted quickly, even before Biden’s trip was announced, to illegally obstruct the audit by commanding local officials to deny access to evidence.”

The Illusion of Action: Cuomo’s New Gun Manufacturer Liability Law is a Colossal Misfire. J Turley – “If it sounds familiar that is because it is painfully familiar. It has failed repeatedly in various states, including New York.” … “Politicians have “action bias” because they know the public favors leaders of action and rarely blame them when their actions prove to be costly failures.”

Bitcoin, or Bitter Con? James Soriano – “Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan and other books on risk and probability is Bitcoin’s nemesis. A one-time supporter of the cryptocurrency he now calls it a “Ponzi scheme.” Taleb recently posted an analytical take-down of Bitcoin using concepts from quantitative finance. He hits hard.”

The Truth About Heat Waves. Jim Steele – “For those who truly want to be guided by science, put aside the climate crisis hysteria. We can explain the natural dynamics of all heat waves by simply knowing 1) how heat is transported along the earth’s surface; 2) how heat is transported vertically; 3) how solar heating changes; and 4) how the greenhouse effect varies.”

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Free speech doesn’t mean your own history

Is America still a Great Power? Ojel L. Rodriguez – “traditional standards of analysis of power do not fully reflect what is needed for the preservation of a great power. Other criteria must be added to the analysis of America’s status of a great power. The criteria are the moral qualities of patriotism and conviction of destiny, which, due to a self-loathing campaign by the left … reveals the moral qualities to be lacking in America and leads to the questioning of America’s status in the world as a great power.”

It’s Official: Patriotism Is Conservative — and Bad. Steve Feinstein – “This has been building for some time now, but it’s finally out in the open: To be overtly patriotic and show public support for the American flag is now a sign of conservatism.”

Don’t ‘Forget The Alamo.’ Do Fight The Book’s Revisionist, Fake History To The Last Man. Kevin D. Roberts – “We can’t ignore the context in which the book ‘Forget the Alamo’ was conceived: the massive push to define history, and all of us, by the color of our skin.”

“Lost in the back-and-forth about the event is the fact that the book is atrocious history. Perhaps its most lasting contribution is showing just how far the revisionists of Texan and American stories will go — and just how politicized they have made the study of history.

Another Reckoning for a Bad Idea? Roger Kimball – “Bad ideas never die, but their rebirths reliably are met—eventually—by critics who call attention to the emperor’s nakedness.”

New Frontiers In “Equity”. Scott Johnson – “Is it possible to satirize the calculated malice and unthinking stupidity underlying the movement supporting the replacement of “equality” (meaning equal rights) with “equity” (meaning equal results)? I don’t think so. Maybe, but I seriously doubt it.”

Were Minorities Disproportionately Impacted By Covid? John Hinderaker – “The claim that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted people of color is often heard and rarely, if ever, disputed. It is one of many instances where politicians and activists identify “white privilege” and use that concept as a basis for policy.” Let’s examine that presumption …

Nobody Ever Expects Authoritarian Imposition! J.B. Shurk – “Aristotle warned that “republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.” The U.S. government seems intent on proving that observation true.”

Trump Explains “Why I’m Suing Big Tech” In WSJ Editorial. Tyler Durden – “ Big Tech has colluded with government to censor the free speech of the American people, Trump said.”

President Trump Explains Why He is Suing Big Tech, With Links to Lawsuit Filings. Sundance – “No longer are Big Tech giants simply removing specific threats of violence. They are manipulating and controlling the political debate itself. Consider content that was censored in the past year.”

“Through these lawsuits, I intend to restore free speech for all Americans—Democrats, Republicans and independents. I will never stop fighting to defend the constitutional rights and sacred liberties of the American people.” (link)

Why Big Tech Will Lose the Censorship Wars. David Catron – “Even billionaire oligarchs can’t fight everyone everywhere forever.” … “If their increasingly arrogant censorship practices are creating concern among leftist ideologues like Bernie Sanders and right-wing populists such as Donald Trump, they are making enemies everywhere.”

Remember Alfa Bank? Mark Wauk – “Here we are, nearly four years later, and things are getting interesting. During the discovery process–still ongoing–Simpson attempted to deny Alfa’s request for certain documents by claiming that they were covered by attorney-client privilege. There are 500 documents at issue.” … “I need scarcely remind readers that when the law firm of Perkins Coie comes up, we’re getting very close to the very heart of Dem election lawfare ops. This is potentially a very big deal.”

During Speech President Trump Reveals Letter from Pennsylvania U.S Attorney Detailing Bill Barr Blocking Philadelphia Vote Fraud Investigation. Sundance – “there’s a big difference between not seeing election fraud and purposefully blocking a United States Attorney Office from investigating allegations of fraud with an institutional motive not to discover or see it.”

MartyrMade is trying to understand Boomer-tier Trump supporters who believe the 2020 election was fraudulent. – “Trump supporters know the collusion case front and back. They went from worrying the collusion must be real, to suspecting it might be fake, to realizing it was a scam, then watched as every institution – agencies, the press, Congress, academia – gaslit them for another year.”

Anti-Liberty Leftists Are Wrong Again: Pandemic Gun Violence Surge Not Linked to Rise in Gun Sales, Study Finds. D Parker – “A recent study showed that the national socialist media missed the boat on the idea that correlation is not causation, especially when it’s politically expedient.” … “it’s an intriguing result. It does lead one to an interesting conclusion that perhaps there is no correlation because this is looking at the actions of two different groups of people.”

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There are many ways to politicize everything.

Every Picture Tells A Story: Transparency In Science. Chuck Dinerstein – “It was clear that the EPA’s integrity staff wanted “politics” out of the process.”

“Why look back over just the last four years? The concerns of EPA’s scientists may have increased of late, but they go back, as the EPA demonstrated, at least a decade. When the Trump administration proposed its scientific transparency rules to possibly “look back” at the seemingly settled science of two decades ago, it was greeted as another attack on scientific objectivity. Those same voices now champion the new executive order.”

Dinerstein has to throw in his obligatory ‘everyone does it’ snides in noting the Leftist presumption in the new EO that its opposition is not only wrong but guilty. It is that presumption that is divisive and it is owned by the Democrats and no vague opinions about the previous President can smooth that out.

Words Matter—Or Not: The Biden Vocabulary of the Times. Victor Davis Hanson – It’s a glossary for modern times.

The Left Wants You To Believe The Bible Is White Supremacist So They Can Force Evolution Down Your Throat. Kylee Zempel – “It’s a no-holds-barred attack on Christianity to advance the opposing worldview, and if that means smearing as racist a — *checks notes* — time-tested historical account in which a divine Middle Eastern man is the central figure, so be it.” Concepts of evolution are being distorted to serve as fishbait to attack the Judeo-Christian heritage in the light of the new CRT dogma. The evangelical defense by Zempel comes up with macro versus micro evolution and Darwin selections to suit. This doesn’t help the ‘debate’ either.

The Left’s Critical Race Theory Is Ruining U.S. Public Education. I & I Editorial Board – “And why is this so important to the left? It thinks it owns your children. Don’t you remember? “It takes a village.” So it has a right to push hateful CRT and the wholly specious 1619 Project on gullible students.” … “Our kids and our nation are at stake. Nothing parents do for their kids will be more important than saving them from brainwashing by the America-hating leftists that now run our schools.”

Far-Left’s Anti-American Reaction To July 4th Proves They’ve Polarized Patriotism. Spencer Lindquist – “Celebrating America’s founding and our fight for independence shouldn’t be controversial, but the left’s reaction to July 4th proves that they’ve politicized patriotism.” … “That sitting congresswomen use their platforms to argue that America’s land is stolen and that our nation’s founding and very existence is morally illegitimate is not only disgraceful, it is a harrowing sign of immense national decline. Those who hate this country cannot be entrusted with the power to lead it.”

The Democrat Blame Game. Doris O’Brien – “Their trilogy of bullseyes is global warming (aka climate change), systemic racism, and Donald J. Trump. Every problem can be explained away by one of the above. Even if the accusations seem a bit over the top, Democrats remain unfazed.”

Alaskan Tribal Leader Helping Block ANWR Claims Nobility In Trampling On Rights Of Rival Alaskan Tribe. Tristan Justice – “Demientieff complained that those charging the tribe of exploiting leftist politics to deter rival tribes from drilling on lands hundreds of miles north was “making all of this up.” There is also the false narrative that “Our ancestors have honored and protected this land long before there was ever a US government,” Those ancestors pillaged and abused the land as they did not have the social structures or knowledge to ‘protect’ the land they occupied.

Black Like Them. Peter O’Brian – “the claim is that because the Aboriginal population is expanding year on year and this growth comes almost exclusively from well-educated, relatively well-off urban people, the Closing the Gap statistics are being distorted.”

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Assuming guilty until proven compliant

Police To Target Americans For Their Ideological Beliefs And Behaviors. Tyler Durden [Mass Private I] – “Much has been written about President Joe Biden’s new Domestic Terror law, but nothing I have seen until now shows just how horrifying it is.”

Pennsylvania Democrats To Propose Bullet Tax And Encoded Rounds To Track Ammo Owners. Beth Brelie [The Epoch Times] – “A 5 cent per bullet tax will be proposed in Pennsylvania as part of legislation to be brought forth by two state House Democrats, Rep. Manny Guzman and Rep. Stephen Kinsey. – The tax would fund a state police database of ammunition sold in Pennsylvania. … Gun Owners of America-Pennsylvania Director Val Finnell says the plan amounts to registration and taxation of a constitutional right, to own ammunition.”

An academic rot case is discussed at The Federalist: Elevating Nikole Hannah-Jones Is About The Left Redefining Truth by Eddie Scarry – “giving activists like Attiah and Hannah-Jones the authority to tell us not the objective truth but to tell us what they want the truth to be.” Nikole Hannah-Jones’s Tenure Tantrum Shows How Identity Politics Mobilizes Victimhood For Power by Jeff Goldstein – “She was a fashion hire. A cult “get.” She’s neither a teacher nor a scholar: she’s a flavor of the month.” Academics Explain Why Nikole Hannah-Jones’s Tenure At UNC Is Bogus by Gabe Kaminsky – “’She has zero meaningful qualifications for the role of being appointed at all. And then to add tenure on top of that is a disgrace.’”

The Descent Into (Utter) Madness. Stephen Karganovic [The Strategic Culture Foundation] – “The assault on language is an integral component of the unrelenting warfare being waged for the conquest and control of the mind”

Trophy Kill: Trump CFO Does Perp Walk Over Corporate Perks. Jonathan Turley – “Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and New York Attorney General Letitia James paraded triumphantly in front of hundreds of cameras to charge the Trump Organization and its finance chief, Allen Weisselberg, 73, with a 15-count indictment for failing to pay taxes on corporate perks. Weisselberg was a trophy defendant that needed to be prominently displayed.”

New Emails Raise New Allegations of Influence Peddling By Hunter Biden And Direct Knowledge Of President Biden. Jonathan Turley – “It is clear that Hunter Biden was selling access and influence. It appears that Joe Biden was aware of that effort. That is very serious.”

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a war of attrition by any means available

They Are Never Going to Stop. Bonchie – “These people have convinced themselves that they are so righteous and their politics so pure that anyone who opposes them is not only evil but must be a criminal as well. It doesn’t matter that every single attempt to take down Trump legally has failed. They will simply move onto the next one. … and they won’t stop with Trump, for that matter.”

“Let’s recap for posterity’s sake. We’ve had the weaponization of the intelligence community against Trump and his family since he burst onto the national political scene. Then we had a multi-year special counsel investigation by Robert Mueller that wasted tens of millions of dollars to produce some process crimes against associates. After that, we got the SDNY investigating Trump, again finding nothing to charge him on. Lastly, for the past three years, we’ve had the state of New York in on the action, with their big find being some possible mistakes in tax filings that don’t implicate Trump.

The Court-Sanctioned Persecution Of Jack Phillips Shows How ‘Hate Crime’ Laws End Everyone’s Freedom Of Speech. Jonathan Lange – “The goal of lawfare against people like Phillips is to destroy free speech, not by winning discrete battles, but by winning a war of attrition.”

Supreme Court Refuses To Decide If Floral Artist Loses Her Religious Liberty At Shop Door. Jordan Davidson – “Washington state and the American Civil Liberties Union first sued florist Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington in 2013 for refusing to design flower arrangements for a gay couple’s wedding because of her faith-based objections.”

Nikole Hannah-Jones’s Tenure Tantrum Shows How Identity Politics Mobilizes Victimhood For Power. Jeff Goldstein – “She’s neither a teacher nor a scholar: she’s a flavor of the month. … We are living under a tyranny of manufactured victimhood.” … “The U.S. is a propositional nation. As such, it will necessarily fail under the weight of government-sanctioned racism and tribalism.”

Did You Miss The Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff Labeling Trump Voters Enemies Of The State? John Lucas – “Gen. Mark Milley’s testimony can only be true if he counts as domestic enemies the thousands of Donald Trump supporters and conservatives who attended the president’s rally.” … “the most dangerous aspect of this testimony by the highest-ranking officer in the U.S. military was validating the use of military personnel and lethal military force against political opponents of the administration.”

Loudoun Mom Explains How She Discovered School-Sanctioned Racism During Lockdowns. Paulina Enck – “’I don’t need my children being taught how to feel. Parenting is teaching your child those things, and I don’t co-parent with the government.’” … “Swift and decisive backlash kept this proposal from passing, but this school culture persisted.”

Could Cosby Sue For Wrongful Conviction? Jonathan Turley – “The opinion (below) correctly found that the trial judge and prosecutors denied Cosby a fair trial and due process in 2018.”

Why did ‘Vogue’ call Dr. Jill Biden a ‘goddess in stilettos?’ Ruthie Blum – “Outlets don’t have to lie to cast aspersions on or present a figure in a less-than-flattering light. All they have to do is shift emphasis by highlighting one set of facts at the expense of another.” … “Israeli journalists know a thing or two about the click-bait value of stories about the wives of the country’s leaders.” … “Those observing the current Orwellian climate in the United States no longer gasp at each new move by “progressives” to control society’s collective mind, but some take occasional breaks from tearing their hair out to laugh at the more egregious examples.”

Did Biden Really Win California? John Smith – “The November 3, 2020, Presidential election data from California should set off alarm bells.” This one is for statistics nerds.

California Begs For More Electricity As Shift To Renewable Power Leaves State In The Dark. Tyler Durden – “Maybe it’s time to admit that the whole “green” energy push is one big farce”

“State energy officials asked the California Independent System Operator, which runs most of the grid, to contract for additional power capacity for July and August on concern it won’t be able to meet demand during the evening when solar production fades, according to a joint statement Thursday from grid, utility and energy agencies. They didn’t say how much more power is needed but one can guess it will be a lot.

Of course, there was a convenient scapegoat on which to blame the collective lack of competence: global warming.

it’s always someone else’s fault that you could not properly budget even a few months in advance after keeping millions of people in the dark last year when California again blamed… global warming. But if you know there is global warming, and you suffer one nightmare summer in the dark because of it, can’t you extrapolate at least a year into the future?

In California, the answer is no.

San Jose’s latest gun control proposal is the craziest one yet. Jazz Shaw – “Mayor Sam Liccardo and members of the City Council are poised to institute a policy to charge “fees” to legal gun owners to “compensate” taxpayers for the costs associated with gun violence.” … “It’s hard to even know where to begin when picking apart this nonsense.”

A New Case Gives the Supreme Court a Chance To Defend Gun Rights. John Stossel – “It’s likely that soon, almost all Americans will be legally able to carry guns.” … “Only when I started researching gun crime and studying the data did it become clear that most of my anti-gun assumptions were wrong.”

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Political warfare pushed to extremes

January 6 Cases Being Treated More Harshly by DOJ. Leslie McAdoo Gordon – “A comparison of the January 6 cases to other federal cases involving the same kind of conduct demonstrates that the January 6 cases are being treated significantly more harshly by DOJ and the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office.” … “There is no justification for this gross disparity in the treatment of two individuals who have engaged in comparable conduct.”

“It is difficult to see the disparity in the treatment of comparable non-violent misdemeanor cases with similar facts as anything other than a gross abuse of prosecutorial power. The public, the media, and Republican lawmakers should demand that the flagrant disparity in the treatment of these January 6 protestors cease immediately. Scores of lives will be seriously and unnecessarily damaged if this abusive process is allowed to continue, to say nothing of the destruction of the public’s faith in the neutrality of the criminal justice system.

The Emerging Reality Is the Biden Justice Department Will Charge Everyone It Can Identify for Capitol Protests. Shipwreckedcrew – “The simple reality is that prosecutors in the DC US Attorney’s Office are not exercising prosecutorial discretion to decline to bring charges against individuals who were merely present inside the Capitol on January 6, with no evidence that they did anything else.”

“the heavy-handed policy of “no exceptions” which is being followed only ensures that the damage to the country created by political divisions which exist will only get worse. It is a statement by the Biden Administration that it intends to criminalize to the greatest extent allowed by law the sentiment following the 2020 election that the outcome was not legitimate.

More significantly, it is a legitimate basis upon which the segment of the population who politically oppose the Biden Administration can reasonably claim the Administration is employing the criminal justice system to delegitimize that political opposition by declaring it to be based in criminality.

The Cruel Progressive Creed Undoing Civilization. Victor Davis Hanson – “The Left’s progressive wasteland is an acceptable price to pay for the terrifying visions of its anointed.”

“The new progressivism is not the old Democratic Party, or even 1960s’ liberalism. It is a cruel creed, a faith-based ideology that allows no apostasies. Progressivism envisions humanity as a marbleized abstraction, not incarnate humans. If need be, it will alter language, change names, cancel people, erase events, and destroy elements of existing civilization. It stereotypes both adherents and opponents as either useful or disposable. And the carnage it wreaks on the masses is always acceptable damage for these terrifying visions of the anointed.

9 Most Insane Lies About Georgia’s Voter ID Law In The DOJ’s Lawsuit. Margot Cleveland – “From claiming Georgia lawmakers are racist to relitigating 2020 voter fraud cases, the Biden Department of Justice’s complaint against Georgia would be laughable if it weren’t so frightening.”

Mitt Romney’s malicious envy. Patricia McCarthy – “Romney wins the prize among the pathetic group of RINOS who think they can vanquish Trump by treating him and his supporters like pond scum. The problem with the left and the RINOS is that they assume, with no hint of irony, that they are smart and the rest of us are not. Actually, it is they who are blinkered to the point of blindness.” … “He should beware; “it is never wise to seek or wish for another’s misfortune. If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang.”

Bruce Pascoe’s Top Ten Howlers. Mark Powell – “Peter Sutton and Keryn Walshe’s, Farmers or Hunter-Gatherers? is a game-changer. Not just as an academic assessment of Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu but as part of a wider political discourse.” … “What follows is a ten-point summary as to the most salient criticisms”

Deaths in the US in 2020. Kevin Roche – “The Society of Actuaries studies death patterns in the US. This information is used by life and health insurance companies and others who need to know how long people might live and what they might die from.”

 

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Indoctrination and dissing who brung ya’ to the dance

How I Got Classified as an Anti-Government Domestic Extremist. Max Morton – “ When the United States says you are the most dangerous threat it faces, your life is about to change for the worse. The Biden Administration has just told conservative Americans they are that threat.” … “Notwithstanding the troubling legal aspects, the assessment also lacked evidence to back up its broad assertions that America’s greatest threat comes from domestic extremists.”

Understanding White Rage. Don Surber – “readers are very kind to me. They point out typos and send me news items. They share their experiences with me. Usually, I keep it to myself but every now and then, circumstances warrant my sharing the story with all my readers.”

New Anti-Gun Argument: Jesus Hates Guns and if You Own One, You Don’t Love Jesus. Streiff – “As a Catholic, I don’t follow the doings of Protestants in any great detail. But Christianity Today gives the appearance of going the route laid out by David Burge, aka Iowahawk, years ago” … “The Catechism of the Catholic Church states in very strong terms that protecting others from harm is part of the Golden Rule. That extends to the use of deadly force if there is no other way.”

“No matter how you come down on guns, we should be able to agree that murder is wrong, that self-defense is a right, that defending the helpless is an obligation, and that gun regulation is a secular policy argument and not theology.

A Teachers’ Guide to Miseducating the Young. Tony Thomas – “If your child knows all about climate armageddon but has no clue how to use an apostrophe, thank a teacher.” … “The indoctrination was poorly vetted by a 20-person academic panel.”

“Broadcaster Alan Jones has pointed out that schools have successfully lobbied for air conditioning, which should be the first to go if the book’s authors are serious about reducing schools’ electricity. Kids can also walk, bike or use public transport for school. Hooray.

America-hater Gwen Berry shows her disrespect for U.S. flag at Olympic trials. Monica Showalter – “Despite the statements from Olympics officials in Japan, that political demonstrators will be punished, the Colin Kaepernick crowd among the Olympic contenders here have gotten busy”

“Why the heck is this creature permitted to compete at all for the U.S., given her seething hate for the country that gave her all those opportunities to develop her talent? Can you say ‘height of ingratitude’? Can you imagine what some competitor athlete from, say, Kenya or Malawi might be thinking? Some other flag for this person with all those problems with America might be more appropriate.

As Dinesh d’Souza noted, this is very bad for the Olympics in general

Putting Climate Models On Trial. I & I Editorial Board – “Bad news for the New Green Dealers, good news for reason and science, which is obviously never settled. The findings should force researchers to reevaluate, because … ”

“Somewhere we read a comment that said, and we liberally paraphrase, the alarmists are rushing policymakers into doing something, anything about warming before it becomes universally obvious that nothing needs to be done. That’s exactly why the models need to be put in the dock.

Social Media Censorship: Scientist Corrects Anti-GMO Silliness, Facebook Threatens To Ban Him. Cameron English – “Facebook has proven itself incapable of reliably preventing the spread of “misinformation.” If we needed more evidence, the company recently threatened to “restrict” the account of a prominent researcher for talking about science.” … “companies like Facebook are crippled by partisanship and double standards.”

Shocker: Lisbon court rules that only 0.9% of ‘verified cases’ attributed to COVID in Portugal actually died of it. Thomas Lifson – “The campaign to scare the world into adopting unprecedented abridgments of civil liberties to fight a purported pandemic that threatened unthinkable levels of casualties had a lot of help from the officials charged with counting the death toll.”

 

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Deprogramming goes with indoctrination

Democrats — Not Republicans — Are The Radicals To Worry About: Here’s The Proof. I & I Editorial Board – “This is the mother of Big Lies!”

“Every day, it is the Democratic Party that is pushing an agenda more radical than yesterday. Its agenda is comprised of critical race theory, defunding police, open borders, socialism, nationalized health care, a federal takeover of elections, extremist environmentalism, packing the Supreme Court, killing the filibuster, the Green New Deal, cancel culture. None of these gets majority support in this country.

This isn’t just a small slice of the Democratic Party, either. Poll after poll shows that it is those who identify as Democrats who are way out of the mainstream. Let’s review some of the recent polling evidence to show who’s actually been radicalized in this country.

So, tell us again which side has been radicalized? Which side deserves to be kicked off social media, investigated by the Justice Department, hounded by corporations, ostracized from polite society? Which is the side we’re supposed to worry about?

It’s Outright War on Conservatives. Janet Levy – “When crises are manufactured to target ideological foes and real threats are ignored, safety, security, and civil rights are sacrificed. In all its dogmatism and intolerance, the progressive agenda of enforced cultural conformism is gaining ground. The pushback that has already begun must become fierce.”

Pursuing vengeance: on prosecuting Trump. Neo – “You can do some things legally that you shouldn’t do. Many tyrannies use the letter of the law to wreak tyranny. But people often wish vengeance on those they perceive as their enemies, and can justify things they would be against if the tables were turned.”

Deprogramming of January 6 Defendants Is Underway. Julie Kelly – “The entire investigation is an attempt to prosecute people based on their beliefs. Those who purge their views and admit their wrongthink will be given mercy. Those who don’t will pay dearly.”

“On Wednesday, Lloyd, who has a clean criminal record, pleaded guilty to one count of “parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building”—but not before she consented to undergo a reeducation exercise at the urging of her court-appointed lawyer. (Like many January 6 defendants, Lloyd does not have the means to hire a private attorney.)

On the face of it, there’s nothing wrong with watching or reading any of Shaner’s “booklist.” What is very wrong is a taxpayer-paid attorney—one who is supposed to fight the government’s charges related to January 6, not play along with its phony depiction that “white supremacists” attacked the Capitol—using her authority to reprogram the political views of people she is supposed to be defending. The presumption of racist beliefs is automatic.

Court Dismisses BLM Lawsuit Against Federal Agencies Over Lafayette Park Protests. J. Turley – “federal judge Dabney L. Friedrich has dismissed the lawsuit by the ACLU and Black Lives Matter as based on unsupported and unsubstantiated claims against the federal agencies. Ironically, the court allowed the lawsuit against the MPD under Mayor Muriel Bowser to continue.” … “What is most striking in the opinion is the utter lack of evidence presented by ACLU” … “There is also little recognition of the striking disconnect between what Bowser has claimed publicly and what her Administration has argued in court.”

Evidence Mounts — Chauvin Did Not Murder Floyd. Jack Cashill – “The strange evolution of the prosecution’s asphyxiation charge.”

China’s COVID Coup. Conrad Black – “China deserves credit for a remarkable feat of strategic improvisation in translating a public health crisis into a large economical and geopolitical advance at the expense of the West.”

“Assuming the SARS-CoV-2 virus escaped accidentally, China must be credited for a remarkable coup of strategic improvisation in translating a public health crisis into a large economical and geopolitical advance at the expense of the West.

No country in the history of the world has made such a prodigious effort to make up for the injustices of the past as America has done with respect to blacks.

National self-loathing rules the American academy and most of the school system and is at the root of the troubling fact that, as Western society has consecrated greater and greater resources to education in the past 50 years, it has produced a steadily stupider crop of graduates. This unfortunate phenomenon has produced more destructive and less professionally rigorous media and declining standards of public entertainment.

Five tenets of CRT and what they mean. Neo – “One of the problems with discussing and debating CRT is that it’s a complicated set of teachings and beliefs about which people know very little, and which probably vary at least somewhat according to who is doing the trainings.” … “Those who are promoting CRT leave out all the costs, and are mum about the anti-white racism inherent in those costs. However, word has been getting out lately, and more people (not enough, but more) are starting to understand what CRT is actually about in practice.”

Story by Story, Canada’s News Media Built Indigenous Oppression. Katłįà (Catherine) Lafferty – “How relentlessly racist framing helped ‘write’ the Indian Act — and persists today.” One needs to keep in mind that this is an issue one finds on the table only in British based countries. Much like slavery, the ‘indigenous’ brouhaha is big mostly where it has been addressed and not killed. That makes arguments like presented here hypocritical.

Fake Science: COVID and Global Warming. Norman Rogers – “The scientists guiding our COVID response have been exposed as driven by politics, not science. … If one of their fellow scientists departs from orthodoxy, scientists sign petitions denouncing him.”

“Given the COVID example, it is now not so incredible to think that the scientists promoting global warming have ulterior motives. The Texas A&M University atmospheric sciences faculty sign a loyalty oath to global warming. The editor of the academic journal Remote Sensing was forced to resign because he published a perfectly legitimate paper critical of climate models. Cancel culture is strong among the global warming scientists. Every effort is made to cancel dissenters. There is no such thing as an early career scientist skeptical concerning global warming. He could never get a job, even if somehow he could get his Ph.D. This is not because the science is solid. It’s because orthodoxy is ruthlessly enforced to protect the career interests of the global warming establishment.

Today the scientific-technological elite makes up crises in order to prime the federal money pump.

The Greatest Heat Wave In (US) Northwest History? Cliff Mass – “Let me show you… the forecasts are simply insane.”

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