Monday, May 23, 2022

WH Has to Walk Back Biden Comments about Taiwan--Again

Clinton Did It

More on the Mook/Sussman/Clinton revelations from the Sussman trial.
   I took the Russian collusion business very seriously for awhile, and I really puzzled over this Alpha Bank stuff. But in late 2017 (or thereabouts), the whole deranged anti-Trump picture started to come apart. The patent lies about the Charlottesville Unite the Right incident was one factor. The patent absurdity of Russiagate was another. The fact that the left had come completely unhinged was another. Reading Sowell's Intellectuals and Society was definitely a nail in the coffin... 
   Well, anyway.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Rule for Criticizing the Left in Academia

(1) Do not criticize the left
(2) You may--and probably should--criticize the left for being insufficiently radical. This criticism is, in fact, always permissible. It actually means: we need to be more like we are than we are. You absolutely must make this criticism at least occasionally.
(3) Absolutely positively never ever criticize the left for being too far left.
(4) If you do criticize the left for being too far left, make it clear that you "agree with their ends"--you are "just concerned that" their means are not going to be effective.
(5) The most important way of not being effective is: helping the right; the primary and in some sense only way in which the left can fail is: helping the right.
(6) If you do criticize the left in any way that does not reduce to I'm afraid they may end up helping the right--and, to be clear: never, ever do that--you must clearly say--before, during, and after your criticism: But the right is worse. Or: At least their better than the right.

Everything Woke Turns to Shit: Minneapolis Still Hasn't Recovered from George Floyd's Death

Rather: it still hasn't recovered from the central myth of BLM: that police are wantonly murdering black people in the streets.
Funny how the myths of the woke always lead to death, destruction, derangement and chaos.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

PC and the COVID: Why Did The "Experts" Not Advise People to Lose Weight?

The "expert" response to the COVID-19 pandemic was distorted in many ways by political correctness. The conservative press reported from fairly early on that COVID was less deadly than it was being portrayed by experts and the MSM, and noted that hospitalization and deaths seemed largely isolated to people who were old, or overweight, or had other comorbidities. Everything else aside: official agencies and the MSM never--through the entire pandemic--advised overweight people to lose weight. That is: they, in effect, preferred more deaths to "fat-shaming."
   Now, being overweight basically destroyed my mother's life. I've got no sympathy for those who ridicule people for it. It's none of your goddamn business if someone else is overweight. And I think that there's a lot of aesthetic criticism of fat people that disguises itself as concern for health. But that doesn't alter the fact that it is unhealthy. And it doesn't excuse the failure of experts and the MSM to inform people that one of the best things they could have done (and could still do) to protect themselves from COVID is to lose weight. 

Rufo: School District of Philadelphia encouraged teachers to attend a conference on “kink,” “BDSM,” “trans sex,” and “masturbation sleeves.”

I'm about the farthest thing you can get from a prude.
My main objections to this shit, however, are:
(1) So much of it is grotesque and disgusting
and, of course:
(2) It has no place in schools. 
Look, you want to do the kinky secks, I do not care. It doesn't bother me in any way. You do you. None of my business. Just as my sex life is none of yours. But some people's preferences are adventurous and hot, and some's are adventurous and gross. That's just the way it is. And a whole lotta the stuff Rufo describes here is the latter. 
More importantly: stop with the goddamned mission creep. There is no reason whatsoever for this to be in schools. It's only in there because teachers want to promote it. It's not, obviously, in there because of any commitment to education per se nor free inquiry. 
As one session host explained, “there’s no age limit, because I feel like everybody should be able to access certain information.”
Because, see, there's all sorts of information that people can't have. To wit: anything that opposes the loony progressive-left worldview. Relevantly: any objection to (trans)gender ideology is literally murder/Hitler and cannot be tolerated in the public square.. Bigot. But telling kindergartenters that they should go get sexually mutilated...well...that's important information! Bigot.

LOL @ Vox: Still Flogging Gamergate

link
Gamergate isn't the point of all this, but the left refers to it as a premise--as if it had been established beyond all doubt that it was "a campaign of harassment" "against women"...and Brianna Wu. (Or "Brianna Wu"). 
   In fact, Gamergate was an early skirmish in the culture war. In fact, Gamergate was what happened when gamers began to push back against the lunatic SJWs taking over videogame journalism. In fact, in Gamergate, the progressive-left's new tactics were revealed: when the proles push back against your cultish madness, accuse them of prejudice and violence. In Gamergate, perfectly legitimate complaints about far-left lunacy were mischaracterized as "harassment" of women (and "women). 
   I actually dove into the thing at the time, and there's no doubt about it: the same lies and insanity we see everywhere now first showed up there. Or: it's the first case I know of. It was like the Nazis unveiling the Blitzkrieg in the invasion of Poland. Or something.
   Anyway. Since the crazies now control Wikipedia, and this seems to be the kind of issue on which Wikipedia is taken to be authoritative, their "narrative" (idiotic term) has been established as "fact." 
Though, who knows? Maybe someday the truth will out.

John Nolte: Washington Post Debases Itself With Eulogy to Biden's Fascistic Disinformation Board

Progressivism has become a self-parody.
The fact that this was written by Taylor Lorenz...[kisses fingertips]...it's...it's...[sniffs] [wipes eye] it's just beautiful, man...just....beautiful....

Friday, May 20, 2022

Hillary Clinton Personally Approved Disinformation Falsely Linking Trump to Russian Bank

The MSM is, of course, keeping this on the DL.

Do Testosterone Treatments Turn Democrat Voters More Conservative?

It wouldn't be the most surprising thing ever.

Insty: The Left Hates Elon Musk Because He Doesn't Tolerate Bullshit

And, of course, the progressive left is made of bullshit. 

The Derangement of the Democrats: Biden on Elimination of Fossil Fuels

To some extent, a reminder that high gas prices are not merely a foreseeable consequence of Democrat policies, but a conscious, intentional goal thereof.
   But beyond that: a reminder that this is just the tip of the iceberg.
No sane person who knows anything at all about these issues thinks that fossil-fuel use can be eliminated any time in the foreseable future. And the idea that their use can be eliminated before Biden leaves office is sheer delusion.
   But unhinged, fantastical, sci-fi utopianism has a grip on the leftist mind...even when it is catastrophically unrealizable. Maybe that's just another aspect of political correctness, the subordination of fact to leftist dogma/ideals. Maybe the "reasoning" goes something like this: x is in some sense an ideal state, ergo we must strive for x despite the fact that it is impossible and said striving would lead to our destruction. Or maybe it's just a confused ought-can argument:  we ought to achieve x, therefore we can achieve x. The latter sort of argument isn't hopeless, but much hinges on the first clause, obviously.
   Most of us would happily trade fossil-fuel use for cleaner alternatives if they were approximately as good--even if they were somewhat more expensive and/or less efficient. But that's not the choice we face. The problem here is mostly caused by political correctness and leftist crisis-mongering/hysteriogenesis. A reasonable, long-term goal has been turned into a destructive, utopian fantasy by the combination of (a) the left's high default levels of hysteria and (b) its habit of creating fictional crises to achieve pre-existing political aims. The reasonable view that We should work toward minimizing fossil-fuel use has been abandoned in favor of We must end all fossil-fuel use immediately or Earth will be reduced to a blackened cinder. And when that sort of unhinged thinking takes over, here's what doesn't happen:  we move toward a laudable goal more quickly. Here's what does happen: we do stupid things that overall make the world worse. It's a bit like the difference between Hey, you should get that thing on your arm checked out and If you don't cut off your arm immediately, you will die. The latter is not a more effective way of achieving the aims of the former. It is, rather, a blueprint for disaster.

It's Becoming a Genre: World-Renown Scientist's Career Ended by False Accusation of Sexual Harassment

"Me Too" cancel culture has marginally increased your odds of dying from cancer.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Turley: Sussman is Receiving Every Consideration Denied to Flynn

Absolutely unbelievable.
As with Russiagate generally, everything here is spun wildly in favor of the Democrats.
Turley resists the urge to point out that the judge is an Obama appointee.

Ann Coulter: the Democrat Origins of "Great Replacement Theory"

link.
   I'm not wild about either of these rhetorical strategies: "groomers," "great replacement."
However, rhetoric isn't my thing.
   Some points:
[1] Progressivism is actually so radical that it has moved closer and closer to each of the endpoints identified by those terms. That is: neither is exactly wrong anymore.
[2] The radical left never stops moving left unless forced to do so. (And even then it won't stop for long--it's merely pause or retrenchment.)
[3] There's at least as much truth in those two accusations as there is in the left's ceaseless accusations of racism, sexism and *phobia. I'm inclined to say there's more truth in them...but I'm pretty mad about it all, so I'm skeptical of that inclination. At worst it's a matter of giving the left a dose of its own medicine. 
(Though, given how crazy the medicine is, that's worrisome.)
   At any rate, here's Tim Wise, "antiracist essayist, author and educator" (note: "educator" = propagandist in Newnewspeak):
This week, the media’s leading expert on the crazies who believe in replacement theory is Tim Wise, popping up on both MSNBC and CNN to psychoanalyze the white “racists.” He’s been quoted, cited or praised dozens of times in The New York Times. This isn’t some fringe character, despite appearances.
In 2010, Wise wrote an “Open Letter to the White Right” that began:
“For all y’all rich folks, enjoy that champagne, or whatever fancy ass Scotch you drink.
“And for y’all a bit lower on the economic scale, enjoy your Pabst Blue Ribbon, or whatever shitty ass beer you favor …
“Because your time is limited.
“Real damned limited.”
Guess why! Wise explained:
“It is math.”
...
“Because you’re on the endangered list.
“And unlike, say, the bald eagle or some exotic species of muskrat, you are not worth saving.
“In 40 years or so, maybe fewer, there won’t be any more white people around who actually remember that Leave It to Beaver …”
...
“It’s OK. Because in about 40 years, half the country will be black or brown. And there is nothing you can do about it.
“Nothing, Senor Tancredo.”
...
“We just have to be patient.
“And wait for you to pass into that good night, first politically, and then, well …
“Do you hear it?
“The sound of your empire dying? Your nation, as you knew it, ending, permanently?
“Because I do, and the sound of its demise is beautiful.”
If this isn't a paean to demographic replacement, what is it? 
   As James Lindsay has said (roughly): a conspiracy theory is leftist policy stated without leftist spin.
   I'm not wild about counterproductivity arguments, but I'll indulge in one here, obliquely: here's a way to fight the crazy right: stop making their crazy theories plausible. Another way is: stop making it virtually impossible for sane people to discuss the fact that you're making such crazy theories plausible. 

Musk: Dems Now the "Party of Hate and Division;" "Woke Mind Virus Attempting to Destroy Civilization"

Right on both fronts.
He also notes that the Pubs are no great shakes--but that's barely relevant at this point. 

UCF Prof Nagy Fired for Politically Incorrect Speech Reinstated With Tenure and Back Pay

Goodbye, Biden Reincrazifies Title IX, Rolling Back Trump/deVos Protections

Goodbye, due process.
   This one can't be blamed on the recent rise of progressivism. This is really the fault of Obama's Department of Education--and Catherine Lhamon. 
   I guess this is the evolution of the Dems now: old bad ideas stick--or return--while new bad ideas are generated every day in the fever swamps of academia and the brainless depths of radical activism.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Biden's Ministry of Truth "Paused;" Big Sister Resigns

In Newnewspeak, that's:  "Disinformation Governance Board" and Nina Jankowicz.
Not that this matters all that much.
Never forget: The Democrats did that. 
Their most "moderate" candidate did that.
Just because it was total buffoonery doesn't mean that censorship and totalitarian, Orwellian grotesquery isn't deep down in their collective soul.

Mandatory "Diversity" Course at Illinois State

Identity politics indoctrination, plain and simple.

Andrew Doyle: How to Prevent Children from Being (Trans-)Indoctrinated

I somewhat agree.
I do think that humor is a component of a winning strategy--though of course the pomo-prog left has a rhetorical strategy for demonizing all disagreement: see e.g. "punching down"...
But I think Doyle is still too optimistic. I think it's going to take a lot more than just humor/ridicule. The combination of a mind-numbing array of pseudointellectual gibberish that tends to leave ordinary people baffled and speechless, plus accusations of racism etc. against all dissenters plus shrieking hysteria up to the point of even actual violence has turned out to be astonishingly effective. It's taken a massive investment of time and energy to even slow the advancement of the madness to a small degree.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Buffalo and the Myth of Racist America

Christina Buttons: Why I Joined The CA Exodus

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Totten: Hofstadter's Paranoid Style Revisited

I'm skeptical, but this is a respectable semi-counterpoint to much of my recent ranting. Sorta.
As commenter SuperGrooveMachine points out, Totten botches/inflates the numbers in the very first sentence. So there's that.
I've never taken the Qtards at all seriously. Maybe I should. But, given that the pseudoscientific conspiracy theories of the left are taken as gospel truth in our elite institutions, and are realio-trulio driving the country toward disaster...well...it's hard to get too worked up about fantastical alternative mythologies that don't seem to have any hope of gaining power... But, of course, I could be wrong.

Albamarle Mom Says School's CRT(-ish) Curriculum Changed Her Son

I've been told that I'm pretty bad at understanding the rhetorical situation in such cases, and that may very well be. But I'd say it's not so much the content that's the problem as the fact that this psychotic, racist pseudoscience is being represented as unquestionable knowledge. This may not be the right approach for K-12, but, of course, the scholarly idea is that you can teach about any view that somehow or other becomes of interest--but you must always teach about it objectively, considering strengths, weaknesses and alternatives views. Progressivism, however, misrepresents outre and idiosyncratic views as not only established truth, but as unassailable truth. [Note: one more time: this is indoctrination.]
   And again I'll note: it's not exactly CRT that's at issue, but, rather a chaotic and largely incoherent cluster of views, largely from Continental philosophy and "theory"/lit-crit that took over much of the humanities in the '80s. CRT is just the current flagship view. Postmodernism was the flagship back in the day. ("Trans")gender ideology is making a strong move on the outside. The flagship might be queer theory next year.