The epistemic breach

When did you first notice the left’s ‘epistemic breach’? John Sexton – “the moment when it became obvious that people on the left could maintain opinions that were verifiably false by simply opening their eyes.” [no, both sides aren’t the same, either. That sort of assertion is also an epistemic breach]

Missouri couple who defended home have rifle seized during police search: report. Dom Calicchio – “There was no immediate indication the McCloskeys were arrested or charged with a crime” – self defense is reason enough to take your guns. See Paul Mirengoff for a lawyers perspective on Warrant served on the McCloskeys – “The Democratic St. Louis Circuit Attorney, Kimberly Gardner, seems to be serious about prosecuting the McCloskeys. She claimed that the McCloskey’s defense of their property was a “violent assault” and said that authorities “will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.” … blatant government overreach.

“The threat to liberty here is obvious. Apparently in St. Louis, a mob can terrorize citizens on their own property. If citizens try to deter the mob, the local government jumps in to persecute (and maybe prosecute) them, even if they don’t use force. In addition, by confiscating the weapons, the city can leave citizens defenseless if the mob returns.

The ‘governmental overreach’ and its accompanying prosecutorial abuse is also implicated in the Roger Stone case.

Justice for Roger Stone. Grant Baker – “Roger Stone has reportedly spent $3 million over 3 years in legal fees battling Mueller, forced to sell his house to finance his defense. The case has prevented him from earning income and ruined his reputation in international media. Despite this, Stone’s decision to forgo a presidential pardon in favor of a path that allows him to clear his name and embarrass Mueller’s prosecution team speaks volumes of his character” – it can be very expensive to be a friend of Donald Trump.

Mirengoff has comments on this, too, but shows a bit of TDS along with proclaiming he doesn’t suffer that bias regarding the Stone commutation. More of this bias, with emphasis on the ‘D’ is David Frum / The Atlantic: Stone Walks Free in One of the Greatest Scandals in American History. — “Roger Stone’s best trick was always his upper-class-twit wardrobe. He seemed such a farcical character, such a Klaxon-alarm-from-a-mile-away goofball—who could take him seriously? — Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen: They had tradecraft.” The problem is that Stone was a victim of that scandal, not a perpetrator. See Surber on Durham for a note on the perpetrators.

Durham covers up Obamagate. Don Surber – “Durham’s job is to find crime and cover it up. He did that for Bush. He did that for Obama. He is doing that again.” Taking note of another epistemic breach that time is uncovering. “I get that these things take time, but I also get that you get the little guys first and work your way up. … Where are the little guys?” It is beginning to smell and people don’t like the smell of rotting fish.

Cult Programming in Seattle. Christopher F. Rufo – “The city is training white municipal employees to overcome their “internalized racial superiority.” … “It’s important to point out that this “interrupting whiteness” training is not an anomaly.”

“How far can this racial-justice shakedown extend itself? The new racial orthodoxy has seen exponential growth in the past few years and has proved extremely difficult for local governments and elite institutions to resist. The movement’s key rhetorical premise is designed as a trap: if you are not an “antiracist,” then you are a “racist”—and must be held to account. Skeptics might dismiss Seattle’s “interrupting whiteness” training as a West Coast oddity, but it is part of a nationwide movement to make this kind of identity politics the foundation of our public discourse. It may be coming soon to a city or town near you.

A Look At Excited Delirium. Michael D. Shaw – “The notion of “excited delirium” was first used in 1849 to describe psychiatric patients who developed continuous agitation and mania in the presence of fever, then suddenly collapsed and died. ” This is an issue in the George Floyd death used as an excuse for the recent rioting.

“Civil libertarians have argued that ExDS provides a convenient excuse to justify excessively brutal treatment of offenders by the police. But, this seems a bit simplistic. Ideally, such patients should be sedated on the spot, but imagine the outcry if police were to be provided with those sorts of drugs! In most real-world situations, EMS is called, but serious consequences can occur before they arrive.

More On Coronavirus and Masks. Dana – “The data presented is bonkers and does not reflect actual human transmissions that occurred in real life with real people,” Peter Chin-Hong, a professor of medicine at the University of California-San Francisco, wrote in an email. It also does not reflect anything simulated in a lab, he added.

Why We Can’t Trust Anything ‘The Science’ Says Any More. Joy Pullmann – “These scientists are attempting to hide information that doesn’t conform to what roving violent mobs are attempting to impose at the blunt ends of bricks, sticks, and guns.” i.e. epistemic breach.

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