No lack of stark contrast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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