January 20, 2021

TRIUMPHS OF KNOWLEDGE: Scientists Have Described a Dinosaur’s Butthole in Exquisite Detail.

LOVELY: Trump Follows Tradition, Leaves A Note For Biden In Oval Office.

AT THIS LATE DATE, WHAT’S THE JUSTIFICATION? Biden will not ease U.S. travel ban for Europe, Brazil travelers, official says. Except for a few islands that have managed to stay Covid-free, it’s everywhere. What difference can international travel make, really?

NICE: Second B-21 Under Construction as Bomber Moves Toward First Flight.

NONSHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF PUBLIC HEALTH: Study: As more legal pot stores open, more young adults start using.

JOSH BLACKMAN & SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: Is the President an “officer of the United States” for purposes of Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment?

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Why Hasn’t Cancel Culture Come for Alec Baldwin? “The far-left star can do, or say, almost anything and Hollywood keeps calling.”

LET THE SUN SHINE IN: Shining Sunlight On Shannon Watts’ Campaign Contributions. “What’s going on here? Why is there a donation to a federal candidate using an old address in which she also donated using her current listed address in the same election cycle? Why was the old address used right in the middle of two ‘correct’ donations?”

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Biden Takes Oath of Office, We Take Shots.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What are you doing today instead of watching the fauxnauguration?

Answer: We’re day-drinking and hoping you’ll join us.

Before we get to the sordid details, a quick preview of today’s Wrap.

  • Fox News does what it should have done on November 4: Fire Chris Stirewalt
  • Biden Center at center of questions about Communist Chinese influence peddling
  • Trump’s final middle finger salute

Bonus Sanity: Colorado tries to break the law of supply and demand, fails.

And so much more at the link, you’d have to be crazy to miss it.

PLUS: Joe Biden Becomes President. “At noon, Joe Biden took the Oath of Office and became the 46th president of the United States.”

Welcome to the resistance.

BIDEN SWORN IN AS 46th President.

LOTS OF PEOPLE SIGN CLIMATE ACCORDS. THE U.S. IS ALMOST ALONE IN HAVING ACTUALLY LOWERED ITS CARBON EMISSIONS. Surprise! Chinese Coal Output has Risen to 2015 Levels, Undermining Climate Pledges.

But between making climate pledges and actually lowering carbon emissions, guess which one gets more praise?

HE HAD WON THE VICTORY OVER HIMSELF. HE LOVED BIG BROTHER: This unbelievably Orwellian 30-second CNN clip shows exactly what we can expect from the corporate media for the next 4 years.

TRUMP SHOULD DEMAND AN IMMEDIATE CRIMINAL TRIAL FOR INCITEMENT. Impeachment is a political circus that, as we learned last time, is nothing more than a Congressional popularity contest based on emanations from the penumbra of the definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors” or something. So skip it! Trump should demand his day in court on the exact charges in the articles of impeachment, and when he’s acquitted, let Congress explain how words have no meaning anymore.

CANCEL CULTURE IS ALL IN YOUR MIND: YouTube extends Trump suspension for another week.

PAVING THE WAY FOR VPOTUS: Wow, Politico Is No Longer Covering Up Biden’s Cognitive Decline.

FASTER, PLEASE: Brave browser takes step toward enabling a decentralized web. “Brave has just taken a step toward supporting a decentralized web by becoming the first browser to offer native integration with a peer-to-peer networking protocol that aims to fundamentally change how the internet works. The technology is called IPFS (which stands for InterPlanetary File System), a relatively obscure transport protocol that promises to improve on the dominant HTTP standard by making content faster to access and more resilient to failure and control.”

EVERYTHING IS RACIST: Biden’s Climate Team: Climate Change Is Happening Because of ‘Systemic Racism.’

INSTITUTIONAL RACISM: Howard prof, Biden’s pick to lead DOJ ‘Civil Rights Division,’ said Black people are ‘superior’ to Whites. “Clarke wrote that melanin ‘endows Blacks with greater mental, physical and spiritual abilities — something which cannot be measured based on Eurocentric standards.'”

Party of science.

CHANGE: ‘Anti-Facebook’ MeWe social network adds 2.5 million new members in one week.

I’m really happy with MeWe, and find its interface to be a huge step up from the cartoony-looking mess that Facebook has become.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE. MOVE ALONG. Colleges Lobby Biden to Halt Federal Probe Into Foreign Donations. “Education Dept. investigation has already found $6.5 billion in unreported gifts.”

“I LOVE RUBBING IT IN THEIR FACES.” “On the heels of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data showing the Mountaineer State is leading the nation in vaccine distribution to its people, outperforming centers of culture and power such as New York and California, Gov. Jim Justice has some words for elites who often characterize his state’s government or her people as backward or unsophisticated.”

You see the same thing on a smaller scale in Tennessee. The major urban counties are doing much worse than the outlying counties. Here in Knox County the first mass-vaccination effort was a debacle featuring long lines at the crack of dawn, while in the surrounding counties they set up appointments on Eventbrite and did drive-through vaccinations.

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: Gaining power hasn’t made the left any less insane. “One promise of the Biden campaign was that after the craziness of the Trump years, electing the ex-veep would return the country to normal. Instead, Democrats are doubling down on crazy.”

LEGAL EDUCATION UPDATE: Political Ideology And The U.S. News Law School Rankings: Measuring The Conservative Penalty And Liberal Bonus. “This study produced strong evidence for the existence of a conservative penalty and liberal bonus in law school peer rankings. Because these rankings are the leading factor in the overall rankings, this results in a similar conservative penalty and liberal bonus there as well. This finding is consistent with other research on ideological bias in legal academia. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to the problem of ideological bias in law school rankings. Removing the peer score from the overall ranking calculation will better inform prospective law students, reduce inefficiencies in the hiring market, and contribute to greater ideological diversity in law schools and legal scholarship.”

Given that the peer score is also subject to a lot of “strategic voting” by schools against their competitors, that’s a good idea for other reasons, too.

COMEY WANTS TO ‘BURN DOWN’ THE GOP: Well, that sounds like incitement to insurrection, does it not? And now he thinks maybe the Pee Tape was for real? As His Fraudulency might say, “c’mon man, that was just for the rubes.” The former FBI Director is not wearing irrelevance well.

GOOD: Biden faces opposition to killing Keystone XL from labor, Democrats.

THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION WILL WORK HARD TO MAKE PEOPLE MISS HIM: President Trump’s Farewell Address: ‘I Go From This Majestic Place With A Loyal And Joyful Heart.’

THEY CAN’T GIVE HIM UP: Trump Derangement Syndrome in a Post-Trump World.

YES: Democracy dies in emergencies.

State constitutions grant their chief executives the power to declare states of emergency, and to assume special powers to meet that emergency. Many of those state constitutions limit the scope or duration of those powers; Colorado’s constitution does not. If the governor chooses not to end the state of emergency, the legislature must pass a joint resolution ending it.

Governor Polis, who has a detailed set of criteria for moving between Covid color levels with their attendant restrictions, has issued no objective criteria for ending the state of emergency and relinquishing his extraordinary powers. A supine press, bogged down in details it barely pretends to understand, has not pressed him on this.

All of this so far has been defended as an attempt to save lives, and indeed there is a direct relationship between a viral pandemic and public health. But what if a governor were to unilaterally declare a pet political program a “public health emergency?”

Unfortunately, this isn’t as far-fetched as it might sound. The Denver City Council, Jefferson County’s Board of Heath, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) have all declared racism to be a public health crisis. Not that racism might exacerbate a public health crisis, mind you, but that racism itself is a public health crisis.

I’m reminded of the explanation Clarice Starling gave for her conclusion that the serial killer she was investigating would never stop: “He’s got a real taste for it.”

AND BY “DOMESTIC TERROR” THEY MEAN “REPUBLICANS, AND ANYONE ELSE IN OPPOSITION TO DEMOCRATS.” Goodbye, Trump. Hello, War on Domestic Terror.

FLASHBACK: When people, even Democrats, could say what they thought about Joe Biden. Wife of Boston Marathon Hero Claims Biden Groped Her.

Flashback: It’s time to talk about former Vice President Joe Biden, the open sexual predator.

Biden Swims Naked, Upsetting Female Secret Service Agents:

“Agents say that, whether at the vice president’s residence or at his home in Delaware, Biden has a habit of swimming in his pool nude,” Kessler writes in the book – due for release Aug. 5.

“Female Secret Service agents find that offensive,” he writes.

“Biden likes to be revered as everyday Joe,” an unnamed agent told Kessler. “But the reality is no agents want to go on his detail because Biden makes agents’ lives so tough.”

Plus: Washington Post: What Are We Going To Do About Creepy Uncle Joe Biden?

And: ‘Creepy Veep’ Joe Biden ‘nuzzles’ wife of colleague and claims he is friends with lots of Somali cab drivers.

Also: Joe Biden’s Woman-Touching Habit.

Related: Talking Points Memo: Why Does Creepy Uncle Joe Biden Get A Pass From Liberals?

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NARRATIVES DON’T ESTABLISH THEMSELVES, BUDDY: New York Times Says Deadly BLM Riots Were ‘Isolated Instances Of Property Destruction’ That GOP ‘Exaggerated.’

HOWIE CARR ROUNDS UP PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ACHIEVEMENTS:

In no particular order:

Thank you for restoring the U.S. as the world’s leading producer of energy – after your predecessor sternly lectured us that we “couldn’t drill our way” out of our dependence on unstable Middle Eastern oil providers.

Thank you for the tax cuts for the middle class.

Thank you for destroying genocidal ISIS, which your predecessor called “the junior varsity.”

Thanks for shutting off the endless flow of illegal immigrants at the southern border, and the unending supply of MS-13 gangbangers, among other criminals, as well as the welfare-dependent illiterate indigents who were so destabilizing American society before you became president.

Thank you for calling out the endless hypocrisy of the media — what you so aptly described as “Very Fake News.”

Thank you for promoting economic policies that led to the lowest unemployment rates ever for blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans and women, among others.

Thank you for doing more to promote peace in the Middle East than all of your predecessors combined. . . .

Thank you for eliminating Obamacare’s “individual mandate,” which fined individuals for not buying health insurance they didn’t want or couldn’t afford.

Thank you for taking more questions from (almost always hostile) reporters than all of the last three or four presidents combined.

Thanks for getting the U.S. out of such foreign policy disasters as the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris Climate Accords and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as well as ending the fiasco for American workers that was NAFTA.

Thanks for such a booming economy that seven million people got off the food-stamp rolls.

Thanks for all those tweets that drove the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) crazy.

Much more at the link.

The standard Democrat/NeverTrump line is that the GOP will pretend Trump never existed. But why? He’s much more popular than George W. Bush was when he left office, and within a point of Joe Biden even as Biden is being sworn in. He has a solid record of accomplishments. And the Democrats are showing every sign of having learned nothing over the last four years, doubling down on policies that are likely to make Biden’s first term an unpopular debacle.

The idea that Trump’s presidency has been a debacle is just a propaganda point they hope the GOP will be dumb enough to buy. And hey, it’s the GOP, so they could be right.

HOW’S THAT UNITY THING WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? Scott Adams Notes What Joe Biden Has Accomplished Before Even Getting Inaugurated – It’s Not Good.

HOW’S THAT HONEYMOON GOING? Americans Pessimistic About U.S. Race Relations on Eve of Biden Inauguration.

Related: Right Direction or Wrong Track: 21% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction. “Twenty-one percent (21%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey for the week ending January 14, 2021. This week’s finding is down two points from a week ago. It is the lowest number since President Trump was elected. This week’s number is the lowest since the week of July 10-14, 2016, when just 21% said the country was heading in the right direction.”

I’m not sensing deep faith in Biden’s leadership. Say, wasn’t he in office in July, 2016?

BEFORE CANDLES, SOCIALISTS USED ELECTRICITY:  Germany Weighs Electricity Rationing Scheme To Stabilize Its Now Shaky Green Power Grid.

As my friend John Ringo argues — convincingly — what we found during lockdown is that humans DO have an effect on climate. To wit, we make the Earth cooler.
But you know, the green idiocy isn’t science. It’s religion.

MAIL FOR INSTAPUNDIT GOES TO PROTONMAIL, WHICH I’VE BEEN HAPPY WITH: Getting off big-tech email.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: The Biden Hell Arrives—Will America Survive? “Barring an intergalactic alien invasion or a much prayed-for appearance by the Sweet Meteor O’ Death today, Joe Biden should be the President of the United States when we go to sleep tonight. He may not know that, but the rest of us will.”

I HOPE HE LEFT SOME OTHER, MORE SUBTLE LANDMINES:  Trump nukes the bridge behind him.

Stupidity and malice should hurt. If they want to take America out, they should go first.

RUBS FOREHEAD:  Today’s blacklisted conservative: Lawyer who represented Trump fired by university.

Dear leftists, contemplate this:

I DON’T CARE WHAT SHE IDENTIFIES AS: Biden Taps Pennsylvania’s Transgendered Health Secretary.

I care that she’s an incompetent horror and a collection of mental issues, the same as all the other Biden appointees.

OH, DEAR:  Did Biden voters knowingly vote for the radical leftist agenda?

Probably not. But then again, let me tell you that as a fiction writer, it’s always hard to tell what’s in the head of imaginary people.

THEY MIGHT AS WELL CONFESS THEY CHEATED:  The Barbed-Wire Curtain Descends.

NO. CHINA NEEDS US AT WAR WITH RUSSIA:  Hillary Clinton, still in wild-eyed obsession about Trump and Putin.

YEP. THIS IS LIKE WATCHING THE USSR TRYING TO RISE IN THE 80s:  Stop the Steal.

SO TIRED OF THIS NONSENSE:  Star Wars Virtue Signaling Gets Slammed.

NO, SERIOUSLY:  Reading Suicide Notes.

They’re like evil bug-aliens, wearing an Edgar suit.

DON’T LET THEM IN YOUR HEAD:  PsyOps In The War Against The Right.

AND THIS LATEST EDIT WILL NOT STAND:  Our American Story Is FREEDOM.

I WAS RELIABLY INFORMED MASKS AND LOCKDOWNS HAD DEFEATED THE VIRUS IN CHINA:  Chinese cities further tighten epidemic control measures amid COVID-19 resurgence.

You mean China lied to us? Un-possible!

January 19, 2021

OTHERS ARE NOTICING THAT THE MEDIA NARRATIVE DOESN’T FIT THE FACTS: Trump has a +3 approval rating in the new Rasmussen poll.

From the comments: “Few people believe that protesting against voting fraud is wrong.”

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: Gaining power hasn’t made the left any less insane. “One promise of the Biden campaign was that after the craziness of the Trump years, electing the ex-veep would return the country to normal. Instead, Democrats are doubling down on crazy.”

UPDATE: From the comments: “It was the Democrats who made the Trump years crazy, not Trump. Why would electing the crazies return the country to normal?”

I HAVE TO ADMIT, I WASN’T EXPECTING THIS:

Here’s her statement.

When your revolutionary program goes so far that The Squad objects . . .

IT’S LIKE THEY WANT A BANANA REPUBLIC:

But that’s just because they do.

UPDATE: Tucker Carlson: The Democratic Party is using the military of the United States as a political weapon.

For comparison, Lyndon Johnson sent a total of 13,600 federal troops and D.C. Army National Guardsmen to quell the race riots in Washington that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Those riots injured hundreds of people and killed at least 13. In 1864, as the Civil War raged on the other side of the Potomac and Americans died every day in large numbers on the battlefield, there were fewer federal troops protecting Washington, D.C., than there are right now.

But according to our leaders, the so-called “insurrection” of Jan. 6 was much worse than any of that. So in response, they have assembled the largest military presence in Washington in all of American history during peacetime.

And they’ve made clear that they don’t fully trust those troops. Which is both crazy and destructive for the nation.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN DIDN’T KILL HIMSELF: Judge: Maxwell’s sex relationships with adults can be secret. “Testimony by Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend about her sexual experiences with consenting adults can remain secret when a transcript is released next week, a judge said Tuesday. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska in Manhattan pertained to a July 2016 deposition of Ghislaine Maxwell in a civil lawsuit brought by one of Maxwell’s accusers that has since been settled. . . . Lawyers for the 59-year-old British socialite had objected to the transcript being made public on the grounds that it could damage her chance at a fair trial on charges that she recruited three underage girls in the 1990s for Epstein. Preska said Maxwell’s lawyers had failed to show how the unsealing of the deposition transcript will jeopardize a trial that isn’t slated to begin until July or why publicity about the document cannot be overcome through a fair jury selection process. The judge also ordered the release in eight days of dozens of other documents sought by the Miami Herald.”

OPEN THREAD: The last Open Thread of Trump’s term. Use it well.

DR. RACHEL LEVINE, FAILING UP: “There is nothing inspiring about a record or a person like this. It should frighten and alarm you. Dr. Levine should never have been nominated and should have been fired as Pennsylvania’s health secretary months ago. Now it is time for Americans and the media to hold Senators accountable for the confirmation process and to watch their votes carefully.”

Read the whole thing.

HMM: Senate’s top Democrat, Republican seek path to guide 50-50 chamber. “Facing a 50-50 partisan split in the U.S. Senate, the chamber’s top Democrat and Republican discussed adopting a power-sharing deal similar to one struck two decades ago in similar circumstances, a Democratic spokesman said on Tuesday. Democrat Chuck Schumer, set to become majority leader on Wednesday thanks to incoming Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote, told the chamber’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell, that he favored adopting a deal along the lines of the 2001 arrangement “without extraneous changes from either side,” a Schumer spokesman said. Recognizing that the vice president could not be a constant presence in the chamber, the 2001 agreement split committee memberships evenly and mandated that both leaders seek to attain an equal balance of the two parties’ interests when scheduling and debating legislative and executive business.”

McConnell’s holding out to preserve the filibuster.

SPACE: Policy directive on GPS issued in closing days of Trump administration. “Space Policy Directive-7 highlights the United States’ ever growing dependence on space-based positioning, navigation and timing. It suggests government and commercial organizations should have access to backup PNT technologies as GPS signals are likely to be disrupted. SPD-7 repeats many of the points and recommendations made by Trump in a February 2020 executive order.”

CANDLE IN THE WIND: The Biden inaugural committee has encouraged all Americans to participate Tuesday by lighting a candle in their windows.

No word yet if the Biden inaugural committee has issued any instructions regarding the type of candle their supporters should choose. Best to avoid this one: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Vagina Candle Reportedly Exploded, Starting an “Inferno” in a Woman’s Living Room.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Money matters to happiness—perhaps more than previously thought.

RASMUSSEN DAILY TRACKING POLL: 51% of likely voters approve of President Trump; 48% disapprove. I guess this is the last one of these for Trump, and it bears no resemblance whatsoever to the way he’s being portrayed as a pariah in the press.

A LITTLE MORE FROM THAT STACY MCCAIN PIECE I LINKED EARLIER:

What we are actually confronting is the boomerang effect of political paranoia. Democrats began flinging around this weapon during the Clinton years, when Hillary claimed that her husband’s sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky was actually a plot by a “vast right-wing conspiracy.” The American Spectator played an instrumental role in that saga and was subsequently targeted by the IRS. Just a coincidence, I’m sure. Democratic paranoia further escalated after the 2000 election recount fiasco in Florida, and many Democrats also claimed that George W. Bush somehow defrauded John Kerry in the 2004 election.

Over the years, Democrats used a series of demonized bogeymen to inspire fear and loathing among their grassroots “base.” During the Clinton presidency, the chief bogeymen were the Religious Right and Richard Mellon Scaife. Once Bush was elected, liberals decided chose as their new bogeymen White House adviser Karl Rove and war-mongering “neonconservatives,” the latter term being a liberal code word for Jews. Any researcher concerned about anti-Semitism in America would do well to examine how leftists exploited the “neoconservative” conspiracy theory to demonize Jewish Republicans during the Bush era. What’s remarkable is how swiftly Democrats can switch targets, choosing a new bogeyman to replace the old one almost instantaneously. A few months into the Bush administration, the much-demonized Scaife was utterly forgotten, and the Bible-thumpers of the Religious Right faded into the background, while liberals ranted on cable TV about those treacherous neocons!

Now, 12 years after the end of the Bush era, this seems like ancient history, but the point is that Democrats must always have a right-wing enemy with which to frighten their grassroots constituency. During the Obama years, the enemy was first Sarah Palin — remember when Joe McGinniss moved in next door to her place in Wasilla? — and then it was Andrew Breitbart for a while. By 2010, however, Democrats and their media allies had decided that the Tea Party was the real enemy, which in turn led to the Koch brothers becoming the scary bogeymen. Charles and David Koch had long supported libertarian causes, without provoking any great controversy, until their sponsorship of the Tea Party movement made them a Dangerous Extremist Menace.

In November 2011, I saw first-hand consequences of the Left’s demonization of the Koch brothers, when a mob of “Occupy” protesters stormed a D.C. event hosted by Americans for Prosperity where one of the Koch brothers was in attendance. Another reporter and I found ourselves trapped between the mob and the glass front doors of the building, with one D.C. cop to protect us from hundreds of angry “Occupy” maniacs (see “The Mob Who Came to Dinner,” Nov. 7, 2011). Trust me when I say, no Democrat in Congress had more reason to fear the unruly mob of Trump supporters at the Capitol than we had to fear that screaming scrum of deranged “Occupy” protesters in 2011.

All that Democrats and their allies have done over the years to foster a climate of hatred and paranoia in America has conveniently been forgotten by the media in the two months since the last election. We are not supposed to compare the riot at the Capitol two weeks ago to the riots that wrecked several major U.S. cities last summer. The media worked overtime to convince Americans that George Floyd’s fentanyl overdose was a “murder” by racist police. Anyone who doubted that narrative was labeled a “white supremacist” — facts are now hate, according to our media overlords — and this same label has since been used to smear all Trump supporters as complicit in what CNN viewers are told was a right-wing terrorist attack on the Capitol. More than 100 participants in that riot are now facing federal charges, and at least one Trump supporter has committed suicide after he was “doxed” by left-wing activists trying to get him fired from his job as a bank executive.

Read the whole thing.

NO, AND IT’S NOT MEANT TO BE: Mike Pompeo attacks multiculturalism, saying it is “not who America is.”

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF MEDICINE: Panel finds world not prepared for COVID-19; China, WHO acted too slowly.

Flashback: Time to put China on lockdown for its dishonesty amid coronavirus crisis. “China’s response was inept, dishonest and utterly inconsiderate of the world. We need to teach the Chinese government a lesson.”

WATCH: Trump Says He Prays for Joe Biden in Farewell Address.

HISTORY: U.S. PRESIDENTS AND THEIR WARS.

Weird how the “peace movement” never came out in support of President Trump, huh?

VOTERS SEEM TO HAVE A GOOD SENSE OF WHAT THE BIDEN ERA IS LIKELY TO BE LIKE: Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Continues Post-Election Decline.

JOHN EASTMAN: Setting The Record Straight on What POTUS Asked Pence For. “Vice President Pence was not asked to reject electoral votes.”

CAN’T HARDLY WAIT: Are Pelosi and Hillary Clinton Laying the Groundwork for a New War on Terror?

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): You spelled “war on Republicans” wrong.

PAULA BOLYARD: Help Us Take on Joe Biden and His Crew of Radical Leftists.

REVOLUTIONARY TECH: How the AR-15 Changed the Firearms World.

STEVEN MALANGA: Crime and Diminishment. If crime keeps rising and the social order distintegrates, New York City’s 30-year economic miracle will likely go with it.

MATT MARGOLIS: Biden Cannot Legally Get Us Back Into the Paris Climate Accords; Here’s Why.

SILICON VALLEY 1.0 HAS BECOME A DISAPPOINTMENT: Creating Silicon Valley 2.0.

GOOD THAT IT HAPPENED TODAY, BECAUSE THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION CERTAINLY WOULDN’T WANT TO OFFEND ITS CHINESE SUPPORTERS. United States Becomes First Country in World to Declare China’s Uighur Treatment Genocide.

Plus, support from Mitt Romney: “Reports indicate that the Chinese government is sponsoring forced labor camps for its Uyghur people in support of nearly 100 global brands, including Nike, Apple, Samsung, Volkswagen, and Huawei. This is absolutely horrifying. Protecting human rights is far more important than protecting profit. The world—including business leaders—cannot turn a blind eye toward the Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of Uyghurs.”

AS LONG AS THEY AREN’T SAYING “REDRUM” I’M OKAY. Scientists Are Figuring Out Why Some People Can ‘Hear’ The Voices of The Dead.

SO THE PRESS AND THE DEMOCRATS — BUT I REPEAT MYSELF — ARE HYPING THE CAPITOL INVASION AS A POLITICAL GAME-CHANGER. But then we see that Biden is only one point more popular than Trump in the latest NBC poll. And then there’s this: Trump Set To Leave Office With A Higher Approval Rating Than George W. Bush.

And it’s not even close: “President Donald Trump is leaving office with a higher approval rating and the Republican Party on better footing than after President George W. Bush exited the office in 2009, when the younger Bush saw historically low ratings. According to RealClearPolitics’ aggregate of polls, Trump is moving out of the White House with a nearly 40 percent approval rating overall. Bush enjoyed just under 30 percent of Americans on his side at this same point in his presidency.”

It’s time to see this media bulldozing operation for what it is, and to push back hard on the lie that everything is somehow different now.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED:

● Shot: A Day of Hypocrisy. How soon will Democrats cancel Martin Luther King Jr. for calling for a color-blind America?

—Daniel Greenfield, FrontPage Magazine, today.

● Chaser: “Multiracial whiteness promises Latino Trump supporters freedom from the politics of diversity and recognition. For voters who see the very act of acknowledging one’s racial identity as itself racist, the politics of multiracial whiteness reinforces their desired approach to color-blind individualism.”

“To Understand Trump’s support, we must think in terms of multiracial Whiteness,” Cristina Beltrán in the Washington Post, Friday.

NOW IF PEOPLE WILL JUST START FLYING: Europe, Canada move to put Boeing 737 Max back in air.

ARBEIT MACHT GESUND: Germany To Hold Quarantine Breakers In Refugee Camps And ‘Detention Centers.’

ROD DREHER: Reality Vs. Pseudo-Realities.

This is what so many of us on the normie Right failed to grasp about QAnon’s pervasiveness among our side. This is also what the Left is failing to perceive about Wokeness. [James] Lindsay goes on:

[T]he pseudo-reality is always constructed such that it structurally advantages those who accept it over those who do not, frequently by overt double standards and through moral-linguistic traps. Double standards in this regard will always favor those who accept pseudo-reality as reality and will always disfavor those who seek the truth. … [M]any normal people will fail to realize the pseudo-reality is false because they cannot see outside of the frame of normality that they charitably extend to all people, whether normal or not.

You can see that play out in a crude way in the exchange between [ESPN/The Atlantic’s Jemele] Hill and her interlocutor.

Lindsay says that liberalism — by which he means classical liberalism — has a bias against pseudo-reality because it contains within it the means to test propositions and reject them. Ideologies based on pseudo-reality — QAnon, Wokeness — depend on capturing powerful, intelligent people, who use their power and intelligence to compel the masses to believe pseudo-real claims. Lindsay:

The trend toward puritan-style pietism, authoritarianism, and eventually totalitarianism in application of this paramorality is a virtual certainty of acceptance of an ideological pseudo-reality, and these abuses will be visited not only on every participant in the constructed fictional reality but also to everyone who can be found or placed within its shadow (which can come to include entire nations or peoples or, in fact, everyone, even those who reject it). Again, this is the true alchemy of the pseudo-realist program; it transforms normal, moral people into immoral agents who must perpetrate evil to feel good and perceive as evil those who do good.

Lindsay explains that fellow travelers in cult ideologies end up thinking that the non-cultists are the crazy ones who have to be suppressed. “This represents a complete reversal of sanity, and the conversion of normal to ideologically psychopathic is, by that point, complete,” writes Lindsay. “These people, as many have learned the hard way throughout history, are the otherwise good people who are capable of perpetrating genocides.”

Read the whole thing, and then check out Jim Geraghty: Why QAnon Conspiracy Theories Can’t Be Ignored.

Exit quote from Geraghty: “Sooner or later, Congress is going to contemplate passing some sort of legislation that will be deeply divisive and controversial. Will the next group of angry extremists decide that the best way to stop Congress from passing legislation they oppose it to gather thousands and attack the Capitol building?”

ANTI-AGING NEWS: Inhibiting KGA-dependent glutaminolysis in mice found to eliminate senescent cells.

READER BOOK PLUG: From Brad Lena, What Almost Dying Taught Me About Really Living.

WEIRD, IT’S LIKE GENDER ROLES ARE SOMETHING REAL: During lockdowns, women took on most of burden of childcare. Note that caring for one’s own children is always characterized as a “burden” in news stories.

THE COST OF SUBSIDIES: Iran’s Rolling Blackouts & Thick Smog Blamed On ‘Illegal’ Bitcoin Mining. “Amid crippling US-led sanctions on Iran and a continually weakened currency, enterprising young Iranians are taking advantage of the country’s cheap electricity to mine Bitcoin, however, it’s coming at a huge cost to fellow citizens as the immense power-sucking process of mining the cryptocurrency has contributed to a national electricity shortage and rolling blackouts.”

NOT THEIR PILLOW ANYMORE:  “My Pillow CEO says Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s to stop selling his products.”

21st CENTURY HEADLINES: Biden Taps Transgender Health Official With Horrifying COVID-19 Nursing Home Record.

COOL. NOW DO TWITTER AND FACEBOOK: Apple sued for not removing Telegram from App Store over violent content and hate groups.

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