Archive for October, 2021

How do we know? The third party testimony.

Putin’s Remarks About ‘Woke’ Culture Deserve Serious Consideration. David Zukerman — “The theme at Valdai was “Global Shake-up in the 21st Century: The Individual, Values, and the State.”

How Did Thomas Paine Get the Colonies to Throw Off the British Monarchy? Mike Konrad — “Paine knew that the American people were the most biblically literate people in the world at that time.  Arguably, they were the most biblically literate generation of all history.  They were not going to be moved to a war of independence from the reasonings of Enlightenment thinkers.  The appeal had to come from Holy Writ, or it would not come at all.”

“The Climate Is Changing, And Human Activities Are The Cause”: How, Exactly, Do We Know That? Francis Menton — “The UN IPCC’s recent Sixth Assessment Report on the climate is chock full of one version after another of the iconic statement, in each instance of course emphasizing that the human-caused climate changes are deleterious and even catastrophic.” … “now you know how it is done, They just make up the counterfactual world in order to create a straw man null hypothesis that will get the result they want from the AT99 “attribution” methodology.”

Frau Blucher (Mell Brooks is cited) at Instapundit — “The book hits all the standard biographical notes: Arendt’s education in Germany, including studies with her lover, the philosopher and future Nazi Martin Heidegger, her internment in France and escape to America, and the publication of her major works, from Origins to her masterwork of political theory, The Human Condition, and Eichmann in Jerusalem, her controversial report on the trial and execution of Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Holocaust.” There is much about the perception of the evil that can reside in human nature.

 

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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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the beginning stages of scientific and social tyranny

7 Insane Things I Just Learned About How U.S. Elections Are ‘Rigged’. Joy Pullmann — “Remember, admitting you have a problem is the first step towards recovery.” Learning from books by Mollie Hemingway (2021) and Tim Groseclose (2012).

What The Baldwin Mishap Says About Guns Isn’t What You Might Think. Mark Overstreet — “The right to keep and bear arms is, at a last resort, our most important right, thus it’s one that should be exercised with the utmost care and attention to detail.” Note that the type of revolver used requires both cocking the hammer and then pulling the trigger – it’s a single action at a time unlike some modern weapons that do both actions with one trigger pull. “Utmost care” was notable by its absence.

How Long Will Vaccine Authoritarians Sit in the Cold and the Dark? Stacy Lennox — “Most of us don’t understand the complex systems that must be repaired and maintained to make the lights go on when we flip a switch. Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) do.” … “A considerable percentage of the workforce that arrives to restore power after powerful winter storms are taking their labor off the table. If your attorney general is signed on to fight the vaccine mandates, breathe a sigh of relief. They tell me help will be on the way.”

The American Thinker:

Dan Bongino puts his career on the line over vaccine mandates. Andrea Widburg — “When Cumulus started firing employees without regard to natural immunity or religious objections, Bongino took a stand” … “Try listening to Bongino’s podcast directly, as I have for so many years.”

No One Knew Where it Would Lead. John Green — “As the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.  Over the past century, we’ve embarked on a number of noble initiatives to improve the world in which we live.  But in the true spirit of “never let a crisis (or opportunity) go to waste,” leftists have managed to subvert all these pursuits.”

The End of Science. Jeremy Egerer — “What being “pro-science” actually means today is that you have the “right” facts.  Not that you’re good at sifting, but that you’re good at accepting — and that you have the “correct” scientists as authorities.”

 

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Projection and hypocrisy. Does it register?

The Left Is Everything They Hate. Dan Gelernter — “The Left’s policy prescriptions are the black mirror in which their own personality is reflected and amplified.” … “If there is one lesson I learned working in the startup industry, it’s that people tend to assume everyone else will behave the way they behave. This was a revealing education in human behavior. Someone who accuses everyone of cheating is likely to be a cheat. Someone who tends to be trusting is likely to be trustworthy.” … “Just as the man who suspects he’s always being cheated thinks of himself as impeccably honest, and considers himself driven to cheat only in order to defend himself, the Left projects its own flaws on society at large as an excuse for its own behavior—as expiation for its own sins, as atonement for its own weaknesses.”

Biden FBI Joins Pelosi In Blocking GOP From Investigating January 6. Mollie Hemingway and Tristan Justice — “In the case of the House Committee on Jan. 6., Pelosi blocked minority party participation for the first time in House history to pursue a preferred political narrative.”

Going full Soviet: Judge releases Jan. 6 defendant on bond after he renounces Trump. Monica Showalter — “The jailing of the Jan. 6 riot defendants is not just an obvious miscarriage of justice, given the length of time they’ve spent in detention without trial. … Jackson, in fact, seems obsessed with what the Jan. 6 defendants think rather than what they did, which has nothing to do with her job as a judge.”

What we are seeing now is that exact same dynamic: letting them out from their still chimeric non-charges in many cases if they promise to change their politics.  That’s full-blown Soviet.  What’s wrong with this picture?

January 6th Detainee’s TELL ALL Letter to the American Public from DC GITMO. Cara Castronuova — “Nathaniel DeGrave, a non violent prisoner who walked into the open doors of the Capitol to document the event for a podcast, composed a letter to the American public pleading for help.”

What To Do When Election Officials Keep Ignoring Voting Laws. Margot Cleveland — “What more can the legislative branch do if election officials ignore the laws the lawmakers establish and courts do nothing about it? They do have options.” … “Whether either of these approaches would work is unknown. But the status quo is clearly not working — unless you’re a Democrat and don’t care about election integrity.”

The Trump effect is gathering steam. Mark C. Ross — “As retrospection becomes ever more clear, knowledge of the impact of the Trump presidency has been taking form — especially when compared to the bunglers who came next.” … “We are now witnessing the body politic’s reaction to the constant attempts to usurp our freedom.”

 

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the Democrat way

Wake Up Patriots: The Commies Are Winning, Kevin Downey, Jr. — “I used to think the nation had “systems” in place to prevent such a takeover. I was wrong. The Democrats found a way to pry Trump, a true patriot, out of the White House. Mark Zuckerberg was a big part of that plan.”

Our Phoney War. Sheryl Collmer — “Evil may attack us, but sometimes it takes a pause, lulling us into complacency before striking with greater force.” … “We are alive in this moment to take up a battle.  Whether we like it or not, this is our place in history. The enemy has been using our torpor and confusion up until now to gather its resources.  Let us make the most of the time we have left.”

Ports Of Los Angeles, Long Beach To Fine Shipping Companies For Staying Too Long In Marine Terminals. Katabella Roberts via The Epoch Times, — “Shipping companies at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will soon be fined if their containers stay in marine terminals for too long, officials announced on Monday.” First you undercut the companies by regulating their dependencies out of business then you punich them for not being able to perform. That is the Democrat way.

Our Woke Fed. Paul Mirengoff — “Whatever one thinks about the merits of these concerns, they clearly are outside the Fed’s statutory mission. The Fed’s excursion into these areas represents a blatant case of mission creep.” … “When it comes to the focus on climate change, the Fed’s offense is even worse than intervening in areas where it lacks expertise.”

Beating the Mandates in Court. Ted Noel — “Thousands of people are challenging the vaccine mandates. For them the “get shot or get fired” ultimatum is a bridge too far.”

The National Education Association finally comes clean. M. E. Boyd — “the NEA is promoting these theories as factual and is telling teachers that they have a right to teach what is factual. Is this statement true? If we add duty, don’t public school teachers have the right and duty to teach what is true? The answer is no and yes.” … “For the NEA to approve and promote what harms a child’s heart, what harms a child’s mind, and what destroys a child’s future is wickedness beyond comprehension.”

The Enemies We Make. John Hinderaker — “I am also proud that we have made enemies of some truly hateful individuals and organizations. For me, Exhibit A is Education Minnesota, the National Education Association’s affiliate in my state.” … “Because American Experiment is alerting teachers to their constitutional rights, Education Minnesota hates us.” … “Thanks again to Education Minnesota. Since you are the inveterate opponent of any reform to Minnesota’s public schools, and the main source of Critical Race Theory’s infiltration of our schools, I couldn’t be prouder to have you as an enemy.”

No prize awarded because the nominees were white men. Don Surber — “Woke is too kind a word for this story because Scientific American now approves of discrimination based on race and sex.” … “The people these virtue signaling bigots are punishing are men who dedicated their lives to science only to be blocked at the fellowship door by a woman screaming, “Diversity today, diversity tomorrow, diversity forever.”

That Dirty Green Energy. I & I Editorial Board — “We now live in a world where political enemies accuse each other of telling the “Big Lie” to make points. But we’re not sure that there’s a bigger lie out there than the one that says renewable energy is the path to a cleaner environment.”

Science in the hands of Democrats is a weapon. Cheryl Chumley — “The science that says not to fear is being pushed to the side for the science that demands fear.”

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Just bumps in the road, a price to be paid to purchase nirvana

To the left, America’s mounting disasters are just bumps in the road. Victor Davis Hanson — “Never in recent American history has any administration birthed such disasters in its first nine months. Yet most Americans are arguing not over the sheer chaos and disasters of the Biden administration, but rather how could such sheer pre-civilizational calamity occur in modern America?”

Virtue Signaling And Wokeness: A Return To The Primitive. I & I Editorial Board — “A significant part of this country needs to grow up. To leave schoolyard taunts and snubs behind. To stop caricaturing “others.” To drop the shallow virtual signaling. To get beyond the childish desire to obtain the approval of the “in crowd.” We’re heading down a dangerous road and picking up speed. A cheerless future is ahead if the left doesn’t regain its sensibilities.”

Terrorism and the Western Mind. David Martin Jones — “The genres of film, the novel, art and popular music all addressed the long war on terror from a variety of perspectives, but the prevailing tone might be summarised as at best agnostic, at worst masochistic and self-loathing.”

What, however, became evident in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings in 2015 was that the official, progressive post-9/11 mindset had difficulty in portraying Islam as anything other than a peaceful religion. This unwillingness to question, interrogate or criticise reinforced an evolving media, academic and artistic climate of self-censorship. …

The visual arts, museum collections and exhibitions, like the university departments of the arts, humanities and social sciences that promoted this attack on the Western practice of national security, are the most heavily state-subsidised institutions of Western cultural life. However, they somewhat hypocritically embraced a “reflexive” empathy with the non-Western other, in the shape of the jihadist, that informed, in time, a self-lacerating assault on the history and institutional legacy of Western democracy. …

The cultural response to the war on terror, the equivocation, relativism, moral ambivalence and self-censorship, defined this crisis of Western progressive faith. It also intimates, if nothing else, the need to return to a prudence that recognises that a political society remains what it is and always has been, namely a particular society whose most urgent and primary task is its self-preservation and whose highest task is its self- improvement. A distracted and confused democratic West needs, in other words, to reclaim its cultural moorings before it again foists its “universal” values upon the world.

Columbia Law Professor Explains Why Public Schools Are Tearing America Apart. Joy Pullmann — ‘[T]he schools remain a means by which some Americans force their beliefs on others,’ Philip Hamburger writes. ‘That’s why they are still a source of discord.’

Law Firms That Raced To Defend Terrorists In Gitmo Leave Jan. 6 Defendants Out To Dry. Allison Schuster — “The same firms that volunteered to represent 9/11 terrorists pro bono now have no interest in defending the American citizens languishing in prison since January.”

Meet Ray Epps: The Fed-Protected Provocateur Who Appears To Have Led The Very First 1/6 Attack On The U.S. Capitol. Revolver — “The story of the mystery man, Ray Epps, featured in Rep. Massie’s video above is in fact far more shocking than even the good Congressman implies in the hearing.”

Rolling Stone Claims Major Bombshell Regarding January 6th. Bonchie — “So, is this a big revelation if confirmed? The answer is a definitive no, and that’s not because the story is completely false. Rather, it’s because the framing is completely false.”

Influenza Is More Dangerous To Kids Than COVID Is, So Why Doesn’t The CDC Recommend Masks For The Flu? Georgi Boorman — “The flu can be transmitted asymptomatically, it’s more dangerous to kids than COVID, and its vaccine allows for ‘breakthrough infections.’ Yet the CDC still doesn’t recommend masks for the flu.”

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Statistics, measure and evasion revising history without consideration

The Farce of American Despotism. Roger Kimball — “The Soviets had the gulag, we have “cancel culture” in our universities and a brittle obsession with race and weirdo sexuality everywhere.” 

History Is Being Altered Without Due Process, UK Report Warns. Alexander Zhang — Epoch Times nag warning. At least the source document has a link: Trevor Phiilps History Matters paper .

COVID Statistics by Dummies for Dummies. Peter Smith — “Statistics should be kept out of bounds to non-statisticians; most particularly, right now, to medical researchers and epidemiologists. I say this because of the statistical garbage they’re cobbling together and feeding to the gullible press.” … “The moral of the tale. When you see a statistic published in the press, harbour the distinct possibility of it being a damned lie.”

Don Boudreaux’s weekend COVID Links  set the record straight about the great Great Barrington Declaration:, the supply problem roots in government actions, and other abuse taking advantage of COVID panic mongering. 

The American Thinker hasn’t done with evil and wondering about who’s your hero:

How Many People Must Be Thrown into the Volcano Before the Left Is Happy? J.B. Shurk — perhaps this has something to do with the glorification of indigenous tribes who had such little respect for human life?

A Culture that Celebrates Fake Heroes While Crucifying Real Ones Cannot Endure. William Sullivan — this supports the Zhang item cited above.

Too many Park Rangers have a reductive, negative view of America. Andrea Widburg — false memes from the Left are now just a part of the daily gospel.

Dartmouth College Dems try to shut down College Republicans’ event and fail badly. John Klar — of key note is the contrast in behaviors as both sides are not the same.

As vaccination rates climb near 100% in some areas, the problem is finding people to blame for continuing Covid cases. Thomas Lifson — more behavioral  distinctions to note.

 

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The Chinese view; Teaching Hate; Coercion and Tyranny

Chinese President Xi’s “Secret Philosopher” Analyzed America And His Findings Could Reverse Our Country’s Decline. Revolver — “Americans hoping to understand the new global superpower have one excellent asset: a hitherto unknown power behind Xi’s throne has written an entire book revealing exactly what he thinks of America.” [published 1991]

Like Wang’s China of 30 years ago, America is a highly accomplished country that has fallen off a step. In order to become “great again,” America must learn to view itself with the critical eye of a foreigner, and it must be willing to consider that other nations might even have developed values and priorities superior to our own. To simply fall back on “American exceptionalism” without the greatness and achievement to back it up is to embrace a crass and stubborn parochialism, a smug belief in one’s invincibility even as America’s buildings crumble and its society implodes.

The rise of Wang Huning’s China, then, is not a calamity for the United States. It is an opportunity for a deep, harsh, even brutal self-reflection. This is the necessary first step toward the fundamental transformation we need if we want future observers to look at us as a positive example for anything, rather than a cautionary tale of a once great empire that eagerly hurled itself onto the ash heap of history.

High Stakes in Virginia. Thomas Sowell — “When school propaganda teaches black kids to hate white people, that is a danger to all Americans of every race. Anyone at all familiar with the history of group-identity politics in other countries knows that it has often ended up producing sickening atrocities that have torn whole societies apart.” … “Neither the educational problems nor the propaganda problems can be solved without allowing parents the option to take their children out of the failing schools they are forced to attend.”

California Drove Truckers Out of Business. Now Store Shelves Are Empty. Daniel Greenfield — “Democrat regulations are holding the entire economy hostage.” … “The massive supply chain mess that’s leaving stores empty and orders unfulfilled doesn’t have a single point of failure, but dozens of them. China’s energy shortages, the overhyped predictive powers of Big Data, the fragility of the global economy, fuel costs, and welfare state worker shortages are all players. But California’s truck bans are a key link in the great failure chain.”

‘Insurrection’ Theater on Capitol Hill. Nicholas Waddy — “It has been clear from the start that the select committee is part of a broad effort to tarnish Donald Trump and Trump-supporting (i.e. mainstream) Republicans as “insurrectionists,” even though zero Americans have been charged, let alone convicted, of “insurrection,” and no prominent Republicans were involved in the riot that occurred on January 6th. “

The select committee is clearly desperate to create the false impression that the attack was preplanned at the very highest levels. The FBI and the Department of Justice have been investigating such claims vigorously over the last nine months, and their statements have made clear that they have found no evidence to substantiate them. Nevertheless, Cheney and her ilk constantly imply otherwise. According to Cheney, “Mr. Bannon’s and Mr. Trump’s [failures to comply with Congressional subpoenas] do…reveal one thing: They suggest that President Trump was personally involved in the planning and execution of January 6. And this committee will get to the bottom of that.” … 

Not for the first time, the Left is trying to make political capital from lawlessness and senseless violence. They were wrong to do so in the tumultuous summer of 2020, and they are wrong to do so now as well

Defense Department Pulls a Bait and Switch on Vaccines. Benjamin Braddock — “If a soldier goes to a military hospital or a private provider to receive an approved Pfizer COVID vaccine, he will be administered the unapproved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Coerced, it’s illegal.”

The American Thinker is big on evil and evil-doers today:

Evil is real, and we’re seeing more than than usual from our own government. Mark Landsbaum — “It’s astonishing that this must even be said. We are deeply immersed in a monumental battle of good versus evil.”

The devil is in the details? Eric Utter — but right now is right here, right now, front and center in many guises.

Obama campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia, making an ass of himself Monica Showalter — devil may care …

Media bias in its two main species. Mark C. Ross — false witness is a sin

Take a look at the charmer leading the aggressive new migrant caravan, counting on ‘Joe Biden’s incompetence. Monica Showalter — yes, the devil is a charmer …

The Teachers Union’s Fumbled Play. Clarice Feldman — back to the Chinese view on lobbying by unions and Dr. Sowells suggestions for countering the evil.

 

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Border? What border? What’s your problem? Lower your expectations and it’ll solve everything.

Biden At The Border. John Hinderaker — “the Democrats have nothing left to offer but Trump hatred, so they have little choice but to trot it out at every opportunity.” … “Psaki casually asserts that President Donald Trump represented an “existential threat” to our democracy … This is the kind of thing that used to be totally out of bounds.”

But the questions here are obvious: Donald Trump was President for four years. If he somehow represented an “existential threat to our democracy,” how was that threat manifested? He had every opportunity to make war on our democracy, so what did he do? … Trump was one of our more notably law-abiding presidents … Donald Trump, in contrast, was one of the most law-abiding presidents of modern times. For better or worse, he faithfully obeyed court orders, even obviously partisan and ill-founded ones like the order from a Hawaii judge, a Democratic Party activist, that purported to dictate immigration policy across the Southern border. Maybe someday a reporter will ask Psycho Psaki how, exactly, President Trump manifested this alleged hostility to “our democracy” during his four years in office?

Under Biden, We’ve Gone From ‘Make America Great’ To ‘Lower Your Expectations’. I & I Editorial Board — “just think of the many other applications for the language being used by the likes of Psaki, Klain, and Micheline Maynard.”
The Wreck Of The Global Warming Narrative. I & I Editorial Board — “The global warming scare is more than three decades old, yet the disaster that’s been forecast on a nearly daily basis since the late 1980s has yet to arrive. That’s the reality, that’s the brick wall that the alarmists keep banging their heads into. That’s the fact they refuse to acknowledge.”
Reports: Alec Baldwin Was Handed ‘Loaded’ Prop Gun, but Was Told It Was ‘Cold’. Nick Arama — the attitude towards guns is that you need control but we are holier than you and can ignore reality (until it bites hard and then its pretend time)
American Thinker recommendations:
The gaslighting of America. Bob Weir — don’t believe your lyin’ eyes she says.
The Often-Overlooked Facts About Covid-19. Anthony J. DeBlasi — don’t pay any attention to what is behind the curtain she says.
Election Fraud Investigation Hesitancy in Michigan. Rebecca Behrends — The threats are real and violent for those who ask questions
Why Is No One Talking About FX’s ‘Impeachment’ Series? Jack Cashill — recommending a docudrama about Clinton

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Justice or anarchy? Ignorance or enlightenment? OCD?

Our Purgatory Is Their Nirvana. Victor Davis Hanson — “One man’s anarchy is another’s road to justice. ” … “once we are properly programmed and educated, we too will welcome and thank them for our deliverance.”

‘Biden, Generals Went Against 200 Years of Military Mindset and Honor’ in Abandoning Afghan Interpreters. Jennifer Van Laar — “Now the truth is starting to come to light, and it shows that it wasn’t just Biden who had a lackadaisical attitude about leaving Americans and trusted Afghan allies – to whom we’d made sacred promises – behind.”

It is time to stop the Capitol insurrection hoax. JD Washington — “The evidence is clear and the video tells the entire story. The Capitol was not “breached” and there was no attempted insurrection as the Democrats and mainstream media want to claim.”

Pearls Are Clutched After ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Author Goes Full J.K. Rowling on Gender Identity Debate. Sister Toldjah — “many in her vast left-wing fan base are having to come to terms with the fact that even a legendary literary icon who is highly revered in feminist circles can see that as a society, western countries like the U.S. and her’s (Canada) are going down the wrong path with their aggressive push to mollify gender identity fanatics by eliminating gendered terms from the public debate in the name of “tolerance.”

Biden family corruption is an elephant the media works to ‘disappear’. Jonathan Turley — “There seems to be ample basis for the appointment of a special counsel to look into Hunter Biden’s conduct”

Durham unloads thousands of documents to Sussmann defense. Jerry Dunleavy — discovery and pre-trial shenanigans described

The name’s Steele, Chris Steele. Roger Kimball –“The discredited British spy is set to be interviewed Monday by George Stephanopoulos.”

ByConservative Thought in the Time of Covid. Steven Kates — “There have been massive efforts, largely successful, by the non-conservative side of politics to employ the pandemic in attempting to subvert our established political order.”

this great confusion about the use of the term “liberal” which has been confiscated by the political Left, much as they have stolen much else. Both terms, “liberal” and “conservative”, are essentially nineteenth-century. There was no specific ideology associated with liberal or conservative beliefs, other than a wish to allow individuals to try to make their own way in the world as best they were able. The rules were crafted to encourage and assist each individual—irrespective of race, colour, creed or sex—to achieve what they can in their own way. This is the basic definition of freedom.

The major difference that has mattered since that time has been the growth of socialism, and particularly its Marxist variety, which has become the centre of non-liberal political beliefs.

Where We Are Now.  Scott Johnson — “ it wouldn’t hurt to be honest and say the vaccines aren’t working as well as we hoped, although they do provide good protection against serious disease for most age groups.”

The Standard for Discussing COVID Deaths Suddenly Changes. Bonchie — “Powell was also fully vaccinated, and that has represented an inconvenient reality for many people. As I’ll explain later, I’m not sure why.” … “people value honesty. It only creates more hesitancy when the media and others rush to change the rules the moment something doesn’t fit their narrative.”

The American Thinker collection:

Decoding the Heinous Train Rape in Philadelphia. Rajan Laad — it wasn’t just the crime on the train, it was the bystander behavior and the reasons and implications of that behavior.

COVID and Medical Ethics. James Stansbury — looking at deaths to determine the impact of politicizing medicine

Nebraska gets it right on ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine. Don Stenberg — affirming traditional medical ethics by reducing one threat against them

Biden’s White House wants to go after religious vax objectors. Andrea Widburg — then there’s another assault on morality and ethics

Physicians and the Vaccine Tyranny. Blaise Edwards, M.D. — “Doctors need to be called out.  From early in the pandemic, it was like a mass hypnosis or forgetfulness of everything we had learned in medical school.” WHY?

The Secret behind World History Is Capability. Raymond Ibrahim — ignorance is no excuse

The Real Cost of Government Mandated Wind and Solar. Norman Rogers — many costs are hidden and only show after that take the bite out of your budget. 

 

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Tyranny and oppression up close – but many asked for it.

It hits the ‘little people’ hardest with vindictive punishment for not following the group-think. Here from a relative:

It was a sad day. I am not anti-vaccine. I just wish I could have made this decision in my own time, on my own terms, when it felt right….for me, for my heart, soul and body. It was a sad day and I now start my unpaid leave time, lose medical benefits for me and my family, lose access to my school email and not allowed into my school until I get to “fully vaccinated” status. It was a sad day 💔

The DOJ has finally disgorged some exculpatory evidence about January 6. Andrea Widburg — “conservatives have been arguing that significant numbers of the people who entered the Capitol that day did so because the Capitol Police let them in. Their presence there wasn’t an insurrection or even an unauthorized trespass—they had a right to be there once the “guardians” of the Capitol opened the door. Now, the official video from the Capitol confirms that those snippets were accurate.”

What’s happening now is entirely un-American: People are being targeted, not for what they did, but for supporting the “wrong” political candidate—and the DOJ is assisting in this total denial of due process by hiding potentially exculpatory evidence.

Republicans Have Created A Middle Class Democrats Couldn’t Get With Quotas. Victor Davis Hanson — “‘We have to just assume that government … they want people to be dependent upon them because then they will support the expansion of that class.’

What Kamala Harris Won’t Tell Black Churches Is Exactly What They Need To Hear. Curtis Hill — “As a black conservative and former state attorney general, I know exactly what the vice president will choose not to say to the congregations of these 300 churches, and they need to hear it.”

So why am I so excited if she’s not going to talk about the sanctity of life, or the violence that’s destroying black communities, or the discord in our public education system that is failing to adequately prepare young black children for economic opportunity? Because black America knows there is a problem and especially the black church knows there is a problem.

So now it’s Thomas Jefferson’s turn. Monica Showalter — “What is New York’s City Hall concerned about? But of course: Removing a statue of Thomas Jefferson, given that, as an 18th-century grandee of his time in Virginia, he owned slaves by inheritance.” … “But to the rest of us, it’s disgusting as hell, a Taliban-like bid to erase history, moving right along down a slippery slope of cancel culture.”

One Bank Reveals The Dismal Truth About The $150 Trillion Crusade Against Climate Change. Tyler Durden — “as BofA admits, the crusade against climate change, the ESG doctrine, the “Net Zero” world, whatever one wants to call it, it’s all about greenlighting the biggest QE episode in history, one wrapped in the “noble” veneer of fighting for the most important cause in the history of civilization, but in reality it’s just the biggest wealth transfer scheme in history:”

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Reality versus perception and the wages of each

Election Fraud Is Alive and Well in 2021. David Catron — “We’re told vote fraud is a myth but the Democrats didn’t get the memo.” … “Democrat vote fraud is a very real and ongoing threat to representative democracy.”

Kamala Harris Appears in Law-Breaking Video Because Nothing Matters Anymore. Bonchie — “When it comes to politics, nothing matters anymore. At least, that’s true as long as you are a Democrat”

Civil Liberties Are Being Trampled By Exploiting “Insurrection” Fears. Glenn Greenwald [greenwald.substack.com] — “The Constitution places limits on what the executive branch and judiciary can do when investigating suspects . . . . .”

Why It’s A Serious Violation Of Medical Ethics To Force Kids To Get COVID Shots. Scott Sturman — “Forcing children who are not at risk for serious illness to receive a vaccine of marginal benefit undermines confidence in legitimate vaccine programs.”

Sandel’s Just Deserts. Scott Johnson — “Although his velvety prose and adroit equivocations tend to obscure the premises and implications of his reasoning, he has consistently maintained over the course of a long career that the greatest threat to equality, community, the common good, and justice in America is freedom in America.”

The Distorted Market for Woke Capitalism. Samuel Gregg — “Whenever I inform students of Smith and Friedman’s unflattering opinions of the business community, they are invariably shocked. But their eyes start opening when I point out that large established businesses don’t actually like competition, aren’t wildly excited about other people’s new ideas and products threatening “their” market share, and are quite happy to hop into bed with complaisant legislators to use state power to make life difficult for new and potential competitors.”

The Jon Gruden Story Isn’t About The NFL. It’s About Our Culture’s Growing Contempt For White Men. Eddie Scarry — “ the targeting of Gruden by drumming up things he said in private is intended to have wider implications, namely that men — white ones! — should always be viewed with suspicion and worthy of contempt for being too “comfortable.”

Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Content About Conservatives, Those With Right-Leaning Views Ends Up Being “Grossly Misrepresented”. Christopher Boyle – “Wikipedia made a real effort at neutrality for, I would say, its first five years or so. And then … it began a long, slow slide into what I would call leftist propaganda,”

Analyzing how progressivism destroys intellectual honesty. Wolf Howling — “An eminent historian is so dedicated to leftism that, even after savaging the 1619 Project, he still can’t see that modern progressivism is our existential problem.”

The American Thinker is a good resource for informative commentary on current issues. That commentary is burdened by excessive dynamic advertising that loads down your system and causes content to bounce around as the page is reformed with incoming advertisements. Lately they have added auto play videos to further disrupt their presentation. Here are some of the columns of the last few days of special note if you have a good ad blocker and excellent frustration control.

The Traits of the Authoritarians Among Us. Steve McCann — can’t you see? time is running out.

Ivermectin: The Elephant in the Room. Anthony Matoria — about how the concept of ‘evidence’ is being misused; speculation about lack of interest in investigating to get evidence; the multi-variate problem; the confusion in priorities.

Nebraska AG’s devastating critique of the suppression of effective COVID therapies. Jarrad Winter — this is about a legal brief setting the evidence straight and defining priorities in treating the disease.

The Unvaccinated Are Looking Smarter Every Week. Thomas T. Siler, M.D. — as evidence accumulates, the government’s behavior becomes less tenable.

Is Aspirin the New Horse Dewormer? Brian C.Joondeph, MD — here we go again with cheap, safe medications looking to address the disease prompting zealous opposition; there also a bit about what the disease does and why aspirin might be effective.

The police and sheriffs protect us. Or do they? Will they? Patricia McCarthy — is the enforcement with the citizen or an out of control government?

School Shootings and Students of Color. Jack Cashill — disparate justice and it starts with the obnoxious ignorant.

The Great Struggle of Our Time: The Battle for Reality. Vasko Kohlmayer — many examples; are you in the reality camp or the delusional?

We Are in This Conflict Whether We Like It or Not. J.B. Shurk — A war on information; propaganda; deceit endemic; the muck cannot be avoided.

Perception is Not Reality. J.P. Donnelly — if you are one who defines reality by your perceptions, you are part of the problem and not the solution.

The Inherent Fraud of ‘The 1619 Project’. Jeff M. Lewis — highlighting a book by Stephen B. Young a look at history and asking How shall we view America?

Democrats cook up sneaky new scheme to stomp out small business. Monica Showalter — assuming guilt and issuing regulations to prove innocence.

Yes, California’s beautiful Lake Tahoe is extremely low. Andrea Widburg – reality needs management; it will produce harsh consequence for those who try to make it something it isn’t.

Parents vs. Educational Wokeness. Janice Shaw Crouse — “Before we can begin to solve the problems of American public education, we must address the decline in cultural values, the wokeness of contemporary attitudes, and the breakdown of the family. Only then can we successfully close the educational gaps in our public schools.”

 

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Just who has an excess of hubris? Who is really morally superior?

Instapundit — “Reminder: The political establishment — virtually all of the Democrats and a large chunk of the GOPe — foisted Biden off on us despite knowing that he was unqualified in the extreme, and that his running mate was no better. When they pose as the responsible adults in the room, remember that they were happy to saddle America with a dysfunctional president at a dangerous time in history, out of a combination of pique and corruption.?”

The Left Got What It Wanted—So Now What? Victor Davis Hanson — “There is no schadenfreude in seeing the Left destroy everything it touches—because its claws tear all of us as well.”

A Left-centered, not a God-centered, nation. Earick Ward — “Our Founders didn’t imply that all persons are Godly, or that being a follower of God was a prerequisite to participation in our great nation, but that our country was established to serve a purpose greater than itself.”

lHappy Indigenous Peoples’ Day? John Hinderaker — “The implicit point is that the indigenous peoples of the Americas were morally superior to the Europeans and that the arrival of the Europeans was, for them at least, an unrelieved tragedy.” … “Completely absent from Biden’s proclamations is any understanding of the positive aspects of European settlement for the natives.”

Why The Left Tells Lies About Christopher Columbus. Armando Simón — “there is no historical basis, no contemporary documents, nothing, that indicates that he engaged in all of the “crimes” that present-day activists have promulgated.” … “The “accusations” (which often sound more like insults than rational accusations) range from the gruesome … to the infantile … , to the stupid” … “The question remains, then, whether Americans will permit this sacrilege. From what I have seen so far, yes, they already have. Their only response to this outrage has been to whine.”

Columbus Day Matters. Parker Beauregard — “All cultures are important and valuable, but it is a facile mistake to think all cultures are equal. They are not.”

Brandon—The Gift That Keeps On Giving.  Steven Hayward – “Let’s go Brandon” is bidding to go down in political history as one of the most memorable slogans—and greatest media blunders—of all time.”

Let’s go, Brandon! (Brandon Straka, that is.). Andrea Widburg — “Brandon Straka is a hairdresser who finally had it with the modern Democrat party’s lunacy.” … “Given the unequal application of the law, it’s a travesty that Brandon even had to plead guilty to a Class B misdemeanor.”

For those who missed the news, last week a young man named Brandon Brown won a NASCAR event. When Kelli Stavast, an NBC reporter was interviewing him, the crowd in the background could clearly be heard chanting “F*** Joe Biden!” In an attempt to gaslight NBC’s audience, Stavast said “You can hear the chants from the crowd, ‘Let’s go, Brandon.’”

That was such an obvious lie that those who oppose Biden (and the number seemingly grows daily) instantly latched onto the phrase “Let’s go, Brandon,” because they all know it means F*** Joe Biden. 

The Claremont Statement. Scott Johnson — “under attack over the role of John Eastman in events following the presidential election. The institute has just issued issued the statement below signed by President Ryan Williams and Chairman Tom Klingenstein (the links below are in the original).”

Standing with John Eastman. James V. DeLong — “a former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas, is a distinguished constitutional scholar,”

Oh, So That’s What Happened to Trump’s Lawsuit in Pennsylvania. Spencer Brown — “A forthcoming book from bestselling author Mollie Hemingway seeks to set the record straight on what really happened before, during, and after the 2020 election that made the cycle a fraught experience as institutions exerted heavy-handed influence over the process that ended as some of those within Trump’s inner circle caused self-inflicted wounds to the president’s legal efforts.”

Strong Reason to Question the Legality of More Votes Than Margin Biden Won’ Georgia By. Michael Patrick Leahy — “Democrats and the establishment media quickly circled their wagons to explain away this huge election procedure irregularity”

The 2020 Election Wasn’t Stolen, It Was Bought By Mark Zuckerberg. William Doyle — “The true story of how Mark Zuckerberg privatized the government’s voter registration and vote counting for Democrats in 2020.”

Our Representatives, Not J6 Protesters, Defile the ‘Sacred’ U.S. Capitol. Julie Kelly — “The real heretics continue to rule while Robert Reeder is off to jail.” … “When politics is your religion and government is your God, a public building is your church…. And the alleged apostates are paying a dear price.”

Deeds or motives? Which matters most? Helen Louise Herndon — “There are too many fallible and intentionally false interpretations of motives as well as the unfair and unjust selectivity applied to different persons. It’s time to unbiasedly apply judgments based on actual and knowable actions and deeds. … The wisdom and universality of the ages that dealt only with deeds prove once again to be the fairest and just measure to judge people of attitudes or crimes regardless of any motive.”

It Is Amazing What The Priorities Of Biden’s FBI And DOJ Are Today. Tim Hains — “A politicization of our DOJ that is not tenable.”

Prof mocks parents who want say in public schools. Joanne Jacobs — “Parents who want a say in their children’s education are like passengers who think they should fly the plane, suggested a Georgetown political science professor, Don Moynihan, on Twitter.”

Go Fund Me Takes Down Fundraising Campaign for Litigation Over Vaccine Mandate. Johnathan Turley — “GoFundMe has joined social media sites in censoring opposing viewpoints on subjects from critical race theory to vaccines to election fraud. The site once offered a neutral site for those seeking to support others with similar views or interests.” … “What is striking about this latest ban is that the courts are the place for such claims to be weighed in a neutral and dispassionate forum.”

Why Is the COVID Case Count So High? Ted Noel — “The CDC used to define a “case” as a patient whose characteristic signs, symptoms, and physical examination matched a disease. Labs were only done if clinically needed. Since the “pandemic,” however, the move to boost case numbers is everywhere.”

Why Are So Many People Still Dying from COVID? Brian C.Joondeph, MD — “COVID has been with us for more than a year and a half, along with masks and distancing, since last year, and vaccine mandates, passports, and booster shots have been added. How many of us thought life would be back to normal by now? Or if not back to normal, on an improving trajectory?”

Report, 100 to 200 Congressional Reps and Staff Were Treated with Ivermectin Protocol From Front Line COVID Critical Care Doctors.  Sundance — “Congress can seek treatment with a medication they simultaneously deny to others?  This is well beyond a “scandal”, and needs to be investigated quickly.”

Doctor Says Physicians Are Being “Hunted” For Speaking Out By Press & Medical Boards. Paul Joseph Watson [Summit News] — “Dr Robert Malone, the inventor of mRNA vaccines, says he was branded a “terrorist” by the media in Italy and warns that physicians who speak out are being “hunted via medical boards and the press.”

BMJ Urges Doctors to Cut Back on Treatment Because Climate Change. James Delingpole — “Doctors should think less about the health of their patients and more about the health of the planet, an editorial in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) has urged.”

Green Policies Return the World to Coal. Clarice Feldman — “There’s scarcely a place in the modern world that will not be feeling the high cost and discomfort of a shortage of energy supplies and their increasingly soaring prices.”

 

 

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Beyond the knee jerk. Implications and unintended consequence.

Is Cancel Culture Literally Killing Us? Emily Jashinsky — “It’s a matter of life and death. … fear of repercussions is preventing doctors from providing patients with better care.”

The result is an environment in which only one position on questions of enormous consequence is accepted in polite society. And the result of that is now a matter of life and death. It harms all of us, but good luck telling that to elites who rack up likes and retweets and editorial affirmation in the short term.

Jessica Berg Wilson’s death shouldn’t have happened. Pandra Selivanov — “Jessica Berg Wilson died from a risk she was not willing to take but was coerced into.” … “Twitter censored Jessica’s obituary, labeling it as misinformation.” … “All people should be free to decide how much risk they are willing to take with their own life. That freedom was taken away from Jessica.”

The flaw is in the binary view of freedom in a society that you depend upon for food, shelter, and other needs. The real question is where the line is drawn between an individual’s freedoms and the needs of the society and the process used to infringe on the individual. With COVID, it is becoming apparent that the need is minor, the social demands are major, and the process and evidence used by society is flawed. Consider another argument, one that tosses in a false ‘scientist says’ assertion much like those infesting COVID arguments.

Impact of forest thinning on wildfires creates divisions. Don Thompson — “Critics say forest thinning operations are essentially logging projects in disguise.” .vs. ““Clearly it’s a matter of debate in policy arenas and management, but I think in terms of the scientific literature, the evidence is overwhelming,” said John Battles, a professor of forest ecology at the University of California, Berkeley.”

Garland Just Tipped Over the Dominos. Roger Kimball — “Parents across the country have suddenly woken up to the wokeness haunting their schools and poisoning the minds of their children. — Destruction of the family has always been at the center of the collectivist project.”

 

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Shame! Disgrace! — Who, me?

Enemies Of The State. John Hinderaker — “It remains to be seen whether Garland’s memo is just a sop to a Democratic Party constituency, or signals a serious intent to violate the civil rights of parents who complain to local school boards. Either way, Glenn’s closing injunction is on the money: “it’s a disgrace that such a campaign exists at all”

More on the DOJ’s war against protesting parents – and on fighting back. neo — “The idea of this initiative against protesting parents is not necessarily to arrest them but to frighten them into submission for fear of arrest, and also to make the gullible portion of the American public believe that such protestors are terrorists”

The Terrors Of “Justice,” In Re: J. Eastman.  Steven Hayward — “the Nixon saga led to a new phase in American politics, by which Democrats, in the form of their permanent government servants and media adjuncts, decided to criminalize political differences.”

Donald Trump Is Being Accused of Obstruction of Justice Again. Bonchie — “You do not need to be a lawyer to understand how subpoenas and privilege work, though, apparently being one that appears on MSNBC actually decreases your understanding of the issue. Trump has a right to instruct his former executive employees to reject the subpoenas on the grounds of executive privilege. That will then be litigated in the courts”

In short, this is more far-left idiocy propagated by a willingness to completely misconstrue the facts in order to go after the bad orange man. They are never going to stop and they believe legal protections do not apply to their enemies.

Third Round Of Jan. 6 Subpoenas Target More Citizens Exercising Their Right To Protest. Tristan Justice — “Since its inception, however, the Select Committee on Jan. 6 has served as a show trial for Democrats in partnership with a pair of leading NeverTrump Republicans to seek retribution against political dissidents.” … “Lawmakers on the committee have yet to issue subpoenas for officials at the FBI, which The New York Times admitted last week planted informants in the crowd that overtook the Capitol. The probe’s first round of subpoenas targeted four former Trump aides.”

Are we in the grip of a mass psychosis?. neo — “I don’t think the analogy to schizophrenia or any other kind of psychosis is correct, although I do agree with some of the assertions in the video, such as the enormous influence of fear and the drumming up of fear.”

Kevin Roche: “I am so certain I am right in how I interpret the data or what I believe the appropriate response is; I bring it up because of what I have learned about humans.” — see also Coronamonomania Lives Forever, Part 34 for links of note.

 

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What’s wrong with this picture?

America and ‘The Dying Citizen’. Victor Davis Hanson — “Constitutional systems easily perish because they ask a lot of their citizens — to vote, to be informed about civic and political issues, and to hold elected officials accountable.”

Leftism Is the True Pandemic. David Solway — “in our addiction to the doctrine and apparatus of the COVID industry, far too many of us have missed the big picture. “Maybe there is something darker and more nefarious at work,” remarks Jeffrey Tucker in Liberty or Lockdown. For there is indeed a pandemic that has spread its pathogens across the world and afflicted the West with a disease from which it may not recover, a kind of viral contagion from which there may be no immediate or even long-term escape. We are confronting a curve that may not be flattened in the foreseeable future.”

Although the Leftist pathogen and its end point in Communism cannot be eradicated, it is, like COVID, treatable by sane and responsible measures: education, political wisdom, a knowledge of history, personal courage, a phalanx of patriots who will not be intimidated and who will not allow the Constitution to be trampled on, and, yes, where necessary, militant quarantine. Recovery is possible and herd immunity may be attainable. Or so we hope.

The War on America by Twisted Logic. Janet Levy — “We are living under a regime that’s increasingly totalitarian.  And it is using an insidious strategy — call it disinformation, propaganda, gaslighting, indoctrination, or outright lying — to achieve the leftists’ political and social goal of a “Great Reset” of America.”

If you touch these precious leftist concepts, you’ll get a screaming fit. Mark C. Ross — an inventory

George Orwell was Right. Andrew W. Coy — “This is what Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, Lincoln, and Reagan had been warning us about.  “Freedom is only one generation away from extinction” by RR.”

MIT Abandons Its Mission. And Me. Dorian Abbot — “Let’s make sure my cancellation is the last. That begins by standing up and saying no to the mob.”

The fact that such stories have become an everyday feature of American life should do nothing to diminish how shocking they are, and how damaging they are to a free society. The fact that MIT, one of the greatest universities in the world, caved in so quickly will only encourage others to deploy this same tactic. … This is not a partisan issue. Anyone who is interested in the pursuit of truth and in promoting a healthy and functioning society has a stake in this debate. Speaking out now may seem risky. But the cost of remaining silent is far steeper.

Bail for a school shooter? While Jan. 6 defendants languish in prison as danger to the republic? Monica Showalter — :Is the criminal justice system getting cattywampus? You decide.”

Democrats/Media Deploy Same “Eliminationist Narrative” Against School Parents As They Did Against Tea Party. William A. Jacobson “Nothing has changed, other than the names and faces. The media still plays the role of creating false narratives that ordinary law-abiding Americans who oppose liberals are dangerous and prone to violence.”

NY Gov, federal court scale the wall of separation. Lathan Watts — “Declaring one acceptable theological position on any issue while seated atop the pinnacle of state authority, and at the same time seeking to restrict the practice of any contradictory theological belief would simultaneously violate both the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses of the First Amendment (applied to states by the U.S. Supreme Court and passage of the 14th Amendment’s due process and equal protection clauses).”

The Mob Attacking Trump’s Lawyer Is More Dangerous Than Anything John Eastman Is Accused of Doing. J. Christian Adams — “Back in the old days of representing GITMO detainees, we called that the sacred right to legal counsel. In olden days, lawyers representing terrorists were allowed to fill their terrorist-clients’ heads full of reasons they weren’t guilty of trying to kill Americans. – Times have changed.”

People Notice When the Elites Lie. Twilight Patriot — “”I’m going to try to explain what’s going on in America right now by drawing a connection between two news stories”

Where We Are Now. Scott Johnson — “I asked Kevin for a set of bullet points drawing inferences with public policy implications from the data — “broader commentary on where we are with the epidemic, in light of my relative death risk tables,” as he put it in his message responding to my request.”

COVID-19 Is Not A ‘Pandemic Of The Unvaccinated’. James D. Agresti — “The story behind the talking point that COVID-19 is “a pandemic of the unvaccinated” is a textbook case of how false statistics are born and proliferate.” … “The most glaring lesson from this affair is that people entrusted to protect and inform the public are untrustworthy.”

First, Do No Harm? Kathleen Gotto — “Putting aside the idea of an oath sworn to mythical characters known as Greek gods and goddesses, and the subject of abortion, why would physicians even need to take an oath not to harm their patients? … Sadly, that almost sacred relationship between doctor and patient has, over the past almost two years, been eroded and blown up by COVID-19 and the Left’s weaponizing of it.”

Doctors are getting angry at their patients. Pandra Selivanov — “One of the more bizarre twists in the saga of the COVID pandemic has been doctors growing increasingly frustrated and even angry with patients asking for medical treatment rather than wholesale vaccination.”

Ivermectin – Truth & Totalitarianism. Justus R. Hope [TheDesertReview.com] — “With Ivermectin, we see an average of 86% improvement in 14 prophylaxis studies, a 66% improvement in 29 early treatment trials, a 40% improvement in 22 late treatment trials, a 57% improvement in the 26 mortality trials. This data has been updated to October 1, 2021.” — a lot on ‘big pharma’ and conspiracy implications, too

Fear is now falling while courage is rising. The word is slowly getting out through alternative media. Doctors are organizing resistance groups. Whereas six months ago, few patients had heard about Ivermectin, today most know about it, and many take it. … 

Please share this article with your physician(s), share the link below, and ask them to sign the Physician’s Declaration. We are at 10,000 signatures now. When I started a petition on www.change.org this spring, it was taken down by the censors. However, this declaration cannot be taken down.

What if they gave a pandemic and nobody came? C.M. Mentor — “There are so many what-ifs. The answers are quite simple. If the layers of hysteria, greed, political opportunism, monstrous stupidity, and just plain gutless cowardice are peeled back, the conclusion is this: very, very few people would have even known that anything out of the ordinary was going on during this ‘pandemic’.”

Monopoly utilities, PUC team up against captive ratepayers. Jon Caldara — “So, while China is building a new dirty coal-fired power plant every week, who should pay the price to “save the planet” with expensive green energy? Well, we the captive ratepaying customers, the working people of Colorado of course!”

Global warming: Nobel Prize in Physics has become a joke, too. Lubos Motl — “The other types of Nobel Prizes, especially those for peace and perhaps literature, have a track record featuring lots of terrorists and communists who got their award for something disgusting that was however popular among some leftists or haters of the Western world and similar folks.”

 

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a eucatastrophe?

Derek Chauvin Needs A Lawyer. Scott Johnson — “Chauvin has some strong legal issues on appeal. Indeed, Chauvin has one outright winner already” … “Chauvin’s insurance coverage does not extend to appeal and so far the public defender has denied him representation” … “This is a disgrace to the legal profession.”

‘Something Malicious Is Going On’. Mark Wauck — “This is the result of the loss of faith, that leads our society to regard other human beings as animals, at best, rather than person made in the image and likeness of their Creator.”

When Do The Wheels Totally Come Off? Mark Wauck — “What the author, who has a special interest in apocalyptic rhetoric, has noted is that conscious deception appears to involved in the current Covid Panic.”

In America people have become used to more or less expecting a eucatastrophe–a happy ending. Muddling through, getting back to normal. Eighteen months of craziness for no good reason is a lot to put up with. Patience is wearing thin. More pressure could lead to unpredictable results, but history tells us that when events are being forced by apocalyptic ideologies nothing good is likely to result.

Why Is Joe Biden Embracing Europe’s Failed Green-Energy Socialism? I & I Editorial Board — “These are the worst of times for Europe when it comes to energy. Not only are its green schemes failing to produce enough energy, but because of environmental laws, taxes and regulations, conventional energy prices are shooting through the roof.”

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Ground rules need a firm common ground

How Leftist Prosecutors Contributed To 2020’s Massive Crime Spike. Caitlin Bassett — “Prosecutors across the country have ceased prosecuting certain crimes in the name of racial and economic equity and social justice. This dangerous trend denies justice to victims and increases crime.”

After You Buy A Gun For Self-Defense, Here’s What To Do With It. Mark Overstreet — “Owning a gun isn’t the same as knowing how to use it. Here are some suggestions for getting your defensive act together.”

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Andrea Widburg — “In the hands of a person determined to kill, any and all weapons other than guns are devastating.” … “The thing about the Second Amendment is that it’s premised on the belief — which still holds true in America — that there are more good people than there are bad people.  That means that an armed population is disproportionately likely to use guns to save, not take, lives.”

Great Barrington Declaration: One Year Later. Brownstone — “authored by Sunetra Gupta, University of Oxford, Martin Kulldorff, Harvard University, and Prof. Jay Bhattacharya, Stanford Medical School, is marking its one-year anniversary this week. The Declaration is built around the concept of focused protection – using resources to protect people in the society most at-risk from COVID while avoiding the large-scale social and economic consequences of “one-size-fits-all” lockdowns.”

What Do Nuclear Power And Ivermectin Have In Common? Parker Beauregard — “pick any topic that leftism defends. Because their positions are indefensible, they will always resort to personal attacks, non sequitur comparisons, or incoherent ramblings.” … “If the left were serious about solutions, they’d have a nuanced conservation about both climate change and Covid.”

John Stossel’s righteous defamation suit against Facebook. Ralph Ellis — “over its generic ‘fact checks’ about ‘climate change,’ saying that, because they falsely implied he was in error, Facebook had defamed him. Stossel is correct. This incessant ‘fact-checking’ bias leaves most Americans ignorant about important facts that challenge the whole climate change narrative. Most people, therefore, have no idea what the climate is really doing,”

How the Marxists are realizing their dreams in America two centuries after the birth of Marx. Thomas Lifson — a review of ‘Who was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today’s Rampaging American Left’ by James Simpson.

Debunking the 1619 Project. Matthew G. Andersson — another review of an important book.

The Alarm Bells are Ringing for American Citizenship. Richard Baehr — a review of ‘The Dying Citizen’ by Victor Davis Hanson

 

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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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Race rights, The fragility of Sanity

Glenn Loury on race and a host of other things. neo — “It’s about any system that results in disparity. So if you have any kind of disparity between racial groups in any given institution, school culture system, it is evidence in and of itself that racism is present.” … “Kendi’s formulations are sophomoric. They don’t bear up under the least bit of serious, rigorous social scientific scrutiny. He’s not standing on any literature. He’s not citing any intellectual development that has any deep roots in anything. It’s pablum.”

Now That He Has Been Exonerated Over Jan. 6, Trump is Filing Lawsuits Against Social Media Giants – Beginning with Twitter. Kyle Becker — “Defendant is liable for its own speech as well as its own actions. When Defendant works as a partner with the government to censor its Users’ First Amendment rights, Defendant is legally accountable for its deeds. … Defendant’s false statements posted on Plaintiff’s Twitter account are unfair trade and deceptive practices, as Users joined Twitter with the expectation that they would be treated fairly and without slander,” read the filing.”

What Happens When We Find Justice Isn’t Blind?. Thaddeus G. McCotter — “American history and her institutions are built on the central political idea of equal justice for all.”

The Fragility of Political Sanity. W.R. Wordsworth — “The classical liberal tradition that inspired America’s founding is rooted in a deeper Enlightenment tradition that rose in principled opposition to religious conflict in Reformation Europe.”

One might like to assume that people are basically reasonable and that episodes of brutal domination are historical aberrations, but such practices as the burning of heretics and the slaughter en masse of errant co-religionists did not simply end on their own — people didn’t just come to their senses one day. Political sanity is not as self-recommending as one might like to assume; arguments for toleration had to be made, and they had to gain general acceptance, supplying new norms. These norms had to be codified into laws and these laws safeguarded by institutions designed to uphold them.  …

We need not stand by as our shared culture is mischaracterized by a band of malignant fabulists who,  having reduced all past history to a bland and dismal tale of brute domination, proclaim their turn to dominate has arrived.

Back the Blue? H.P. Smith — “my thoughts on this issue have taken a sharp turn in recent months, directly relating to behavior I’ve witnessed from law enforcement, particularly during the time of COVID lockdowns and restrictions.  This is not to say I no longer “back the blue.”  Rather, it is to say that I no longer do so in a nearly unconditional way.” … “The question is, Will our policemen and women respond in the same way as those in Melbourne and stand against us?  Or will they stand with us and say “No”?”

The War on Masculinity Will End Badly. J.B. Shurk — “I have long believed that one of the most dangerous mass movements gripping the West today is the suicidal drive to emasculate, and even infantilize, men.” … “What happens when men who just wanted to be left alone finally decide they’ve had enough?  Where does all that bottled-up energy go then?”

Vaccine Mandate Will Cost Us All. Anony Mee — “Problems inherent in OSHA’s forthcoming new mandatory co-vax standards will be legion. How do we know that?”

Anyone, even the doubly-vaccinated, can acquire, carry, and transmit the disease asymptomatically. The blatant targeting of some but not all individuals who might be asymptomatic carriers (for just a few days) of a virus that is almost always survivable, will certainly create a hostile work environment. Such a practice is unfair and, given the demographics of the unvaccinated, comes awfully close to being systemically racist and anti-religion.

Attorney Thomas Renz Releases Medicare and Pfizer Whistleblower Data – Vaccine Related Injuries and Deaths Far More Widespread Than Reported. Sundance — “the public is now seeing, for the first time ever, hard data from the largest database available in the U.S. to study the COVID-19 impact including deaths & injuries; The CMS Medicare Tracking System.”

India’s Ivermectin Blackout: The Secret Revealed. Justus R, Hope [TheDesertReview.com] — “This news story was published on the WHO Official Website in India. The website details the WHO’s work against COVID-19 in India, including a discussion about their “Online course for Rapid Response Teams.” … “A daily onslaught of media propaganda bombards us with messages attempting to steer us away from the safest and most effective treatments.”

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