August 2, 2021

CHOKING IS NON-BINARY: Trans Athlete Flames Out in Women’s Olympic Weightlifting, Which Proves Nothing.

QUESTION ASKED: Why are paranoia and schizophrenia more common in cities?

JUST ANOTHER REMINDER THAT TWITTER IS A WRETCHED HIVE OF FAKE NEWS AND MISINFORMATION:

Update: Bad link — sorry! Now fixed.

HELEN’S PAGE IS ON HIATUS: But these supportive advertisers are not: Biblical Greek t-shirts has awesome mugs and shirts, Old Post Road Oils has great shaving soap, and Korving & Company has the Before I Go Workbook. (Bumped)

“C’MON NOW” WITH BRYAN PRESTON: Joe Biden’s COVID HOTELS Plague the Border and Endanger the Whole Country.

HUNDREDS OF STAFFERS AT TWO SAN FRANCISCO HOSPITALS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19: But underneath The Hill’s shock headline, note this:

Padilla told The Hill that none of those who tested positive at San Francisco General required hospitalization. Most of the infections caused mild to moderate symptoms, according to the Times.

Asymptomatic cases were also detected through contact tracing. The infections were predominately spread through community exposure, according to Padilla.

The Hill reached out to the UCSF Medical Center for comment.

The hospital’s chief medical officer, Lukejohn Day, told the Times that the cases would be far worse if staff members were not vaccinated.

“We’re concerned right now that we’re on the rise of a surge here in San Francisco and the Bay Area,” Day said. “But what we’re seeing is very much what the data from the vaccines showed us: You can still get COVID, potentially. But if you do get it, it’s not severe at all.”

Earlier: At Some California Hospitals, Nearly Half of Workers Remain Unvaccinated.

CHIP SHORTAGE FALLOUT: Toledo South to Temporarily Halt Gladiator Production.

LIGHTEN UP, FRANCIS: Siri accused of anti-China bias after inaccurate Olympic medal tally.

WELL, THEY’RE NOT WRONG:

READER RECOMMENDATION: Commenter mistyhills recommends Two Years Before the Mast.

For all book recommendations so far, go here.

CRISIS BY DESIGN: Audio from migrant shelter reveals allegations of sex misconduct by staff with minors.

OH, THAT LIBERAL FASCISM: ‘Mao was just a bit of a hipster’: how liberals fell in love with a genocidal dictator.

XI’S GOTTA HAVE IT! Exclusive: New York Times quashed COVID origins inquiry.

Reports on gain-of-function research into coronaviruses were already in the public domain in early 2020. So were reports of lab leaks, in the US and abroad. Instead of doing what journalists are supposed to do — ask questions — the Times led the charge in stigmatizing debate about COVID-19’s origins as a ‘fringe theory’. Alexandra Stevenson, the Times’s Hong Kong reporter, called it ‘the kind of conspiracy once reserved for tinfoil hatters’.

Not any more. So, did the Times distance itself form the lab-leak story because its management hated Donald Trump? Or was its notion of the national interest influenced by its business interests in China?

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

Evergreen:


I HOPE THAT WILL END THE CURSE: Mexican Archaeologists Forced to Bury an Unusual Discovery Made in Old Aztec Capital.

JIM TREACHER: Democrats Don’t Need Masks Because They’re Better Than You. “The virus knows. It knows what you’re doing and why you’re doing it, and it only punishes people who don’t read The Atlantic or listen to NPR. If you can recite a MyPillow ad from memory, you need to wear a mask when you’re told to wear a mask. But if you can pick Lin-Manuel Miranda out of a lineup, you don’t have anything to worry about. That’s how COVID-19 works. That’s just the settled science.”

QED: Obama Planning Massive Birthday Celebration Amid Delta Variant Concerns. “Obama turns 60 on Aug. 4 and the guest list for the event – to be hosted on his property in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts – reportedly numbers some 475 guests and around 200 or more staff, according to Axios. The event is to be held outdoors and guests are asked to be vaccinated. There will also be someone ensuring COVID-19 protocols are followed, Axios added. Famous people who scored an invite to the big event reportedly include film director Steven Spielberg, and the rock band Pearl Jam will reportedly be playing. It’s not immediately clear whether the Obamas will require guests to wear masks during the party.”

Apparently Democrats don’t need vaccines, either: At some California hospitals, nearly half of workers remain unvaccinated.

UPDATE:

Know your place, peasant — rules are for the little people.

THEY’RE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 2019: Welcome to the Star-Studded Superspreader Obama Birthday Party (No, You Aren’t Invited). “The whole thing is so in-your-face that, once again, we’ve descended into some sort of bizarre hell-world in which Piers Morgan is a voice of sanity.”

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: Coronavirus Lockdowns and the Hunt for Red October. “Politicians seem to believe that the more widespread and restrictive a lockdown is the more effective it is. The more noise and bangs the better. But in reality, what huge lockdowns unambiguously proclaim is how little actionable information they really have. . . . Without guidance from a constantly refreshed data stream, these gigantic exercises may achieve little but demonstrate earnestness. Bigger and more draconian is possibly a sign of failure. On the contrary, when the pandemic restrictions grow progressively less widespread and more precise, that’s when you know we’re winning.”

SAY IT: Dare I Say That January 6 Was Not an Insurrection?

The D.C. Capitol Police proved to be incompetent — something we knew already — and failed to set up sufficient barriers. Consequently, a bunch of angry people in the front lines charged the police barricades and got through, and the throng mindlessly followed them. That is what throngs do. They do it at movies, at restaurants, at soccer games, and at heavy metal concerts.

They burst into the Capitol because that’s where the throng flowed. For 99 percent of those inside, it was pure curiosity. It was like the people who almost tore down the White House when celebrants thronged to fete the newly elected Andrew Jackson.

Remember the guy sitting on Nancy Pelosi’s chair? Do you think he came like John Brown in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, to seize military weapons and incite a national insurrection? Of course not. Be real. The guy was having the time of his life.

The people in Washington calling it an insurrection are doing so to justify their own attempt to illegally seize power.

FASTER, PLEASE: Scientists explore the latent regenerative potential of the inner ear.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Government Promises To Wrap Up War On COVID As Quickly And Efficiently As The War On Terror.

PUBLIC NOT BUYING PELOSI’S KANGAROO COURT: New survey taken the day after last week’s first hearing of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked “investigators” of the January 6 Capitol riot is full of bad news for the rump panel, according to Issues & Insights.

Asked “how likely is it that the Jan. 6 commission will make a genuine effort to uncover the truth,” only 22 percent of those interviewed said they believe it is “very likely” to do so. Almost as many, 18 percent, said “not likely at all.”

“But what is surprising is how little faith independents have in the commission. Only 36% of them think it’s likely it will make a genuine effort to uncover the truth, while 42% say it isn’t likely to do so. Among Republicans, 24% say it’s likely and 61% unlikely,” the I&I crew observes.

DEVIL’S DICTIONARY FOR THE  LEFT: They keep redefining everything, so it’s helpful occasionally to have a guide like this from Capital Research Center’s Jon Rodeback.

BIDEN’S RETURN TO LAWFULNESS: Biden Administration Defies Federal Ruling, Processes DACA Applications.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Study: Texting, emailing have helped mood in older adults during pandemic.

CAM EDWARDS: Boston Globe Readers Discover The Racist History Of Gun Control. “I was shocked to see a column headlined ‘The Very Racist History of Gun Control’ on the paper’s website this weekend. I’m sure the piece by longtime columnist Jeff Jacoby has caused some heartburn in the newsroom, not only because the op-ed is chock full of inconvenient truths for fans of gun control, but because it directly takes aim at the claims of historian Carol Anderson, whose new book ‘The Second’ is based on the premise that the right to keep and bear arms itself is rooted in racism.”

GREEN POLICIES ARE CLASS WARFARE: How marginalized communities in the South are paying the price for ‘green energy’ in Europe.

DAMNING REPUBLICAN REPORT INTO WUHAN LAB CLAIMS COVID LEAKED OUT IN SEPTEMBER 2019 SHORTLY AFTER IT TRIED TO IMPROVE AIR SAFETY AND WASTE TREATMENT SYSTEMS. “It says that months before the Covid-19 outbreak a Wuhan Institute facility sent out a request for bids for ventilation and waste management system renovations. The facilities were less than two years old, raising questions, the report says about how effective they were. The report also says traffic at local hospitals surged before the accepted start of the outbreak. It is part of a larger report due in September, in which Republicans on the committee seek prove [sic] the coronavirus escaped from a Chinese lab.”

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Reminder: Did the New York Times stifle lab leak debate? Were commercial relationships with China a factor?

In the opening months of the pandemic, the lab leak hypothesis was actively discredited by the media and scientific establishment, with anyone associated with it smeared as “racist”. The question we have to ask now is how, and why, did this happen?

To a great extent, I believe the answer lies with the world’s most powerful news outlet, the New York Times. At the start of the pandemic, the Times set the news and policy agenda on the lab leak hypothesis, discrediting it and anyone who explored it. The Times did so while taking money from Chinese state-owned propaganda outlets, such as China Daily, and while pursuing long-term investments in China that may have made the paper susceptible to the CCP’s strong-arm propaganda tactics in the first months of the pandemic.

As someone who has spent years researching the history of the Times, I was struck by the paper’s markedly pro-China bent at the start of the pandemic. It opposed Trump’s travel ban to and from China as “isolationist”. It all but ignored the unparalleled success of China’s arch-enemy, Taiwan, in containing the virus. It downplayed China’s economic war against Australia, whose prime minister early on questioned the CCP story on the pandemic’s origins. And it celebrated China’s success in battling Covid-19, taking the CCP’s absurd mortality numbers at face value, reporting in August 2020 that 4,634 Chinese people died from the virus and, six months later, that there were 4,636 total deaths. That in a country of 1.4 billion people only two people died of Covid-19 in the half a year defies logic and common sense. Still, the Times legitimised the CCP numbers by printing them as hard fact.

(Emphasis added). To be fair, the Times has a near-century-long history of lying on behalf of communist dictatorships.

TOO MUCH KNEELING, NOT ENOUGH WINNING: Megan Rapinoe in Tears After Canada Loss in Likely Last Olympics: ‘It’s Tough.’

ALL THAT BUILDUP AND THEN THIS: Laurel Hubbard, first transgender Olympian, out of weightlifting competition early.

HEARTBREAKING: Olympic Swimmer Miserable While Winning Five Golds.

THE PROVINCETOWN REPORT is actually good news.

GOT WOKE, WENT BROKE: US Women’s Soccer Team Smoked By Canada; Megan Rapinoe Mocked.

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AND EVEN THEY DON’T REALLY THINK IT WAS AN “INSURRECTION,” THEY JUST FIND IT USEFUL TO PRETEND: Morning Consult Poll: Pelosi’s Jan 6th Panel “is largely preaching to its own choir.” “It’s almost like the more ridiculous and ludicrous the Democrats get, the more Americans tune out.”

NO RUSH, I’LL FIGURE IT OUT YESTERDAY: Google’s time crystal discovery is so big, we can’t fully comprehend it.

CRISIS BY DESIGN: Mexico’s Turn: The Border Mess Is About to Get Much Worse.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: After Seven Months, 40 Percent of New York City Educators Aren’t Vaccinated. “[D]espite the media’s preferred narrative, a significant portion of the remaining unvaccinated are not Trump-voting, MAGA-cap-wearing Republicans but Democrats, independents, or apolitical types. I could not have found a more powerful illustrative set of statistics than the jaw-dropping percentages of New York City employees who are not vaccinated.”

ONE FOR THE ROAD: Gas Station Liability Lunacy. “New Mexico Court Rules Gas Stations Liable for Selling Fuel to Drunk Drivers.”

HEINLEIN’S CRAZY YEARS (CONT’D): California May Require Public Colleges to Provide Free… Men’s Menstrual Products?

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: J.R. (Jennifer) Pournelle’s Outies (Mote Series Book 3).

For a list of all book recommendations, go here.

ROGER SIMON: Maskless in Nashville: Two Parties Attend Tennessee GOP Dinner.

The essence of the problem, in Tennessee and across the country, is that there are still two Republican parties that haven’t fully reconciled. Call them the old guard and the MAGA people. You could also call it Bush v. Trump.

The old guard think the MAGA people are just a bit too rowdy—we might also say indecorous or perhaps uneducated—although they need Trump’s army in order to win.

Meaning no disrespect—I admire the man—Lamar Alexander exemplifies that old guard and did the other night, calling for a middle of the road approach to everything that may have been justifiable a while back, but ran its course some time ago. Times have changed—bigly, as someone said.

You don’t fight Pelosi, Schiff, AOC, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, the mainstream media gang, the Marxist professorate, Hollywood (need I go on?) via “business as usual.” They are about as interested in “business as usual” as most of us are in stomach cancer.

You hear talk in the grass roots these days that Republicans should adopt a little Alinsky of their own—not straight on ends-justify-the-means criminal Alinsky, but at least some of his willingness to fight and keep fighting until only one of us is standing.

Allowing them to win, even a little bit, is the direct road to Soviet America.

Robert Conquest—the historian of Stalinism and one of my personal heroes—explained the danger of the middle-of-the-road approach when he wrote years ago in the second of his Three Laws of Politics:

Any organization not explicitly and constitutionally right-wing will sooner or later become left-wing.”

History has borne him out.

Lastly, while I am in the mood of recommending terrific articles by others, have a look at “It’s the Liberalism, Stupid” by Liel Leibovitz over at Tablet.

Related: How to win the culture war.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE IS NOT MERELY PINING FOR THE FJORDS: Nine Of The 10 Worst Cities For First-Time Home Buyers Are In California.

ROGER KIMBALL: The Rule of Law Hostage to ‘Enemy Action.’

I have always admired the admonitory wisdom that Auric Goldfinger imparted to James Bond early in Ian Fleming’s novel named for the gold-loving villain: “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.”

I have thought often of that sage advisory in recent months as so many once-trustworthy institutions of American life seem to have been weaponized against the people they were meant to serve.

This is, alas, a huge topic, and today I will only scratch the surface

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During the Trump years, why was it that the awesome power of the state was routinely brought to bear against anyone in the president’s orbit while people in the Justice Department and various intelligence services could lie, leak, and even alter critical evidence with essentially no consequences?

Why is it that the Biden DOJ “declines to prosecute” five people arrested as Chinese spies while it continues its policy of harassing, arresting, and incarcerating people who were milling about the Capitol on Jan. 6?

Why is it that the Biden DOJ has declined to investigate the scandal of blue-state nursing home deaths in the wake of the COVID hysteria?

“The Department of Justice will not pursue investigations into New York, Pennsylvania, or Michigan nursing home policies,” The Washington Examiner reported, “that resulted in thousands of residential COVID-19 deaths.”

It wasn’t just that the policy of stashing COVID patients in nursing homes was a deadly mistake, there was also a massive coverup.

In New York, for example, an aide to Governor Cuomo admitted in a leaked Zoom video that the Cuomo administration “purposely undercounted nursing home deaths to avoid a federal investigation.”

Don’t try this if you are Republican governor.

Now that Trump is out of office, the Biden administration, staffed with Obama retreads, is back to doing what Obama perfected, viewing American politics as the continuation of warfare by other means, to flip von Clausewitz’s axiom on its head: History Will Condemn Bigots Using Coronavirus to Persecute Trump Supporters.

MATT MARGOLIS: The Biggest Indication Yet That Trump is Running in 2024. “We met with some of our Cabinet members tonight. […] We’re looking at what does come next. I’m not authorized to speak on behalf of the president. But, I can tell you this: We wouldn’t be meeting tonight if we weren’t making plans to move forward in a real way, with President Trump at the head of that ticket.”

START WITH DEMOCRATS: Prof supports accosting public figures.

HMM: Congress Likely to Pass $550 Billion Infrastructure Bill That Threatens to ‘Kill’ Crypto Industry.

To pay for $28 billion of the total, the bill includes a provision to expand the definition of a broker for tax purposes to cover “any person who (for consideration) is responsible for and regularly provides and services effectuating transfers of digital assets.”

In practice, this means that crypto miners, validators on proof-of-stake networks, and possibly even those active in decentralized finance markets (think liquidators or governance-token holders) will have to meet IRS reporting requirements and file 1099 forms. These forms include customer data such as name, address, and tax identification number (which, in the case of self-employed individuals, can be a social security number).

The ostensible reason for the provision is to ensure people pay taxes on their crypto earnings—legislators reckon that it can lead to $28 billion more in payments—but it ratchets up financial surveillance to ensure such a result.

Jake Chervinsky, general counsel at DeFi lending protocol Compound, tweeted, “It’s literally impossible for non-custodial actors like miners to get the information they need to do Form 1099s. In practice, this could mean a de facto ban on mining in the USA.”

I think that’s what it’s actually about.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: The Trump 2024 Democrat Destruction Machine Readies for Battle. “All of this is more than likely causing quite a bit of flop sweat at the Democratic National Committee though. On his quietest days, Trump gives them headaches. More than six months after they set up Biden in the Oval Office, they still act like Trump’s there goading them. They can’t quit him and their continued torture is a never-ending delight to watch.”

“NEVER UNDERESTIMATE JOE’S ABILITY TO F*** THINGS UP: America’s Acceptance Of Nord Stream 2 Will Redefine Europe.

In practical terms, the U.S.-German summit decision on Nord Stream 2 means that Washington will not sanction the $11 billion pipeline project, allowing it to be completed, despite staunch opposition to it from a number of NATO allies, especially those that were former Soviet colonies now facing a revisionist Russian state. It affirms in no uncertain terms that the Biden administration sees Germany as the unequivocal leader of the European Union and Europe more broadly, and that it counts on Berlin’s help with shaping a larger European consensus on China. (That assumption is not likely to come true, considering that the PRC is now Germany’s largest trading partner and that Germany’s business community remains determined to stay fully engaged in the Asian market.) And most importantly, the decision will have a wide-ranging impact on internal alignments within Europe, for Nord Stream 2, notwithstanding Berlin’s insistence from its inception that it was strictly an “economic project,” has always carried with it transformative geostrategic implications.

The project’s completion will further strengthen Berlin’s position as the dominant player in Europe (especially because since Brexit, Europe’s second-largest economy is no longer part of the EU.) Germany will become the principal distribution center for Russian gas across Europe, at a time when the EU’s push for “green energy” will eventually force the closure of coal-fired power plants in Central Europe, increasing those countries’ dependence on German (Russian) gas and, hence, indirectly, Russia.

Biden sold out our friends in “New Europe” to a Russo-German economic hegemony.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Weekly Biden Report Card: Inflation up, vaccination goal still unreached, approval rating struggles.

NEW YORK POST: Ignore the hysteria: It’s time to move past COVID, America.

Let’s face it: The CDC and its public-health peers have been disaster shows all pandemic long (recall the test it insisted was the only acceptable one, until it turned out to not work?), but the failing has reached the level that the only rational thing to do is to not take its hopeless advice as gospel. Be sensible, but don’t let the scaremongering stop you living your life.

The risk of death or hospitalization for anyone who’s gotten jabbed remains very, very low. Kids under 12 are also extremely safe. And, yes, even a single shot of the two-step Moderna and Pfizer jabs does a world of good.

Related: To Defeat Delta Variant, Experts Recommend Doing All The Things That Didn’t Work The First Time.

JUST A REMINDER: I get paid based on ad revenue now, so if you wouldn’t mind whitelisting InstaPundit if you run an ad blocker that would be great. Or some people hit the PayPal donation button, which is also great.

MARK ELLIS: A Day in the Life of a Low-Information Voter. “The low-information voter, content with a faux understanding of the way things are, is a pawn in the game. While there is such a thing as a Republican LIV, Democrat LIVs round out the base of the Democrat Party. Lose them, and Democrats would never win again.”

That’s why the Left will fight for continued control of the media (Old and New) like any desperate last stand from military history.

IT’S TIME THIS CLOWN GETS MOCKED AND EXPOSED:  Anthony Fauci Claims With COVID There Are No More Individual Rights.

The man who didn’t do anything about AIDs thinks the Wuflu is reason enough to submit to socialism.

Say goodnight, Tony. Then go. We tire of you.

ANALYSIS: Liberal Animosity Toward Minorities, Teachers, and Poor People is Out of Control.

As you might expect, Lincoln Project operatives are some of the worst offenders. Tom Nichols, one of the super PAC’s former advisers, griped last week that the United States was “threatened by millions of spoiled, stupid adult children” who are reluctant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. His much wealthier former colleague, Rick Wilson, agreed: “We’re so fucked.”

The extremely online duo’s outbursts were presumably in response to successful black athletes publicly expressing their vaccine hesitancy. NFL wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, for example, suggested a day earlier that he didn’t “want to partake” in the COVID-19 vaccine. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was also ruthlessly mocked for refusing to divulge his vaccine status, just as NBA star LeBron James repeatedly insisted his decision to get the vaccine (or not) was a “private thing.”

Nichols went on to describe Hopkins, using racially charged language, as “some jamoke in a red hat who has the mentality of a rashy toddler.” Red just happens to be the primary color of Hopkins’s NFL team, the Arizona Cardinals. He feels “almost no emotion and zero empathy” for the successful black man and other marginalized individuals whom he finds annoying.

Polling shows that vaccine hesitancy is most prominent among racial minorities, individuals without a college degree, and those who earn less than $50,000 a year. Additionally, teachers’ unions have been some of the most outspoken opponents to President Joe Biden’s effort to mandate vaccines for government employees.

As a result, these marginalized communities have been singled out for derision by overeducated white liberals who earn many times the median household income. Many of the hateful attacks, including some in the pages of the New York Times, have used racially explosive rhetoric commonly associated with white supremacy movements.

Democrats have always been the party of racial division.

LEFTY AGITATORS WITH BYLINES: NPR Allows Its Reporters to Engage in Direct Activism. “The new policy eliminates the blanket prohibition from participating in ‘marches, rallies and public events,’ as well as vague language that directed NPR journalists to avoid personally advocating for ‘controversial’ or ‘polarizing’ issues.”

WHEN CLEAN ENERGY ISN’T: China’s Dominant Coal-Fired Solar Panel Industry Belches More Net Carbon Than Oil or Gas.

EVERY SUNDAY I DO A PROMO POST FOR MOSTLY INDIE AUTHORS:  Book Promo And Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli and ‘Nother Mike.

I can’t guarantee they’re good (I don’t read them all) but they’re willing to associate with my blog, so they are all to the right of Lenin.

Oh, there is a fun vignette challenge three of the commenters arrange every week, too.

ICYMI: Kurt Schlichter: Imagine If They Hadn’t Lied to Us for the Last 18 Months.

But trust is earned, and these people act like it is their right to have our trust, that we owe them to take it on faith that whatever these people say is the Gospel. Except they are wrong all the time, and instead of owning up to it, they treat you like some sort of idiot for noticing. When you don’t trust people who are perpetually wrong, that’s not denying science. That is science – you are making observations, and drawing reasonable conclusions. In this case, the observation is that our establishment sucks, and that it can’t be trusted.

How far would a little humility gone? Very far. Imagine, and this will be hard, these masterminds getting up and saying, “America, we were wrong about something. We thought it was right, but we tested it and we found we were not right. Here is the data, and now that we have better information, we are changing our recommendation.”

What would we say? “Oh, okay. They were doing the best they can and being straight with us. People make mistakes. We need to learn from them. After all, it’s been a century since the last pandemic so we have a lot of lessons to re-learn. Let’s move forward.”

But no. No, there’s no humility. They make a mistake and they don’t stand up and admit it. Instead, they just change the narrative and act as if the narrative du jour was always the narrative. Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia. But we’re not blind or stupid for noticing.

They tell us the vaccine is going to make us immune from COVID. Then it turns out you can still get it, just not as bad. Yet when people notice this 180-degree spin, the smart set shrieks like Donald Sutherland at the end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Just imagine if they had been honest and forthright. But that was not in the cards. The ruling caste’s conceit is that we are idiots, unable and unworthy to make simple decisions for ourselves. We must be guided, nudged, or intimidated, if necessary, into making the right choice. And we do not deserve explanations, because the last thing our elite wants is accountability.

Instead, they want unlimited power.

Yes, even I wasn’t cynical enough about how they would handle this.

Plus:

And then there are the revelations about where it came from. They first blamed the innocent pangolin. But it looks like it was our elite’s buddies the Chi Coms, except when people raised that notion earlier, they got banned by social media. Our establishment limited our ability to speak about something true. Think about that. And they want to do it again.

And that’s where the vaccine hesitancy comes in. The smart set squanders its trust then is shocked to find that its trust has been squandered. People are seeing side effects from the vaccine. Those were always going to happen. But our elite is unwilling to level with people about them and let individuals manage their own risks. Instead, our garbage elite dismisses people with questions as “anti-vaxxers” instead of engaging with them and earning their trust. See, we peasants are unworthy of engagement. How dare we seek to choose for ourselves? The nerve of us serfs! . . .

I got the vaccine. I also had the disease. I talked to conservative doctors I trusted about my unique situation and made my decision. You should do the same – you know your situation, and you should balance the risks. I don’t tell other people what to do because it’s not my business and I don’t know their story. I’ve had people get on me for mine, and they need to back off – they don’t know my situation and it’s none of their business. Similarly, theirs is none of mine.

The establishment has squandered its credibility, which is why its demand that everyone take the shot is getting shriller and the attempts to force people more punitive. Imagine if they had been honest from the beginning. Imagine if they had been held accountable. But to do that, you have to imagine having a ruling class that doesn’t suck. And that’s more imagination than anyone can muster.

Indeed.

NO MORE ‘LADIES AND GENTLEMEN’ FOR LUFTHANSA: The flagship German airline is opting to do away with the traditional welcome on board that recognizes only two genders. Don’t you feel more liberated now? No? You bigot!

THEY NEED A REMINDER:  Nullifying Nuremberg.

WE CAN SEE THEM, EVEN IF THEY THINK WE CAN’T:  January 6th and seeing the shape of the stork.

#justiceforashlibabbit. #sayhername.

WELL. HE IS RENFIELD:  Make It Stop: Biden Channels Ralph Wiggams.

Unfortunately I have a feeling the small lives he wants to eat are ours.

GOOD:  Landlords Win: Eviction Moratorium Fails In Congress.

Eat Fourth Amendment, Mother Cluckers.

 

JUST LIKE THE REST OF THE JUNTA:  CDC Mask Guidance Assessments Go Under the Microscope and are Found Devoid of Science and Reason.

On with the motley. This is the age of Unreason and ignorance.

We shall have a great simplification!

It’s enough to make me want to start burying caches of books of STEM subjects in the backyard.

NEVER CHANGE, TALCUM X!  Social Justice Warrior Shaun King Blasted As Grifter For Purchase Of $842K Estate.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: 2020 Redux: DC Mayor Under Fire For Violating Own Indoor Mask Mandate.

And so are executive mandates. Know your place, peasant!

CRIMINALS ARE THE DEMOCRATS NATURAL CONSTITUENCY: Federal Government Issued $783.5M in Stimulus Checks for Prisoners.

CLIMATE ALWAYS CHANGES:  The Diplomat: “Authoritarianism Can’t Beat Climate Change”.

But authoritarian destruction is forever.

WELL, CLIMATE CHANGE DOESN’T REQUIRE THIS, BUT SOCIALISM DOES:  Surge in Survival Courses for Manhattan Climate Change Worriers.

And perhaps at the back of their brain they have realized that socialism kills. Fast or slow, it always kills.

NOW THEY TELL US:  Björn Lomborg: “I believe in global warming, but… on balance it’s actually SAVING lives.” [my paraphrase]. What gives?

Are these people virgin of all understanding of human history? Humans always do better in warm periods. It is cold periods that bring disease, famine and war.

August 1, 2021

A REMEDY FOR WOKE NONSENSE: Red, White, and Black: Rescuing American History from Revisionists and Race Hustlers. Edited by Robert Woodson, with chapters by John McWhorter, Shelby Steele, Clarence Page, Carol Swain, and more.

ALEX BERENSON ON COVID: “It isn’t over until they say it’s over: So we need to make them.”

As always with bureaucrats, make doing other things more painful than doing what you want, and they’ll do what you want.

Related: “You know how I know public health authorities are lying? Their own data.”

I’M GONNA GO DOUBLE-YES ON THIS: Did the New York Times stifle lab leak debate? Were commercial relationships with China a factor?

UPDATE: Yes.

OUR SOBER, SENSIBLE, RESPONSIBLE RULING CLASS:

To be fair, most of them probably think that because they themselves are being paid by China.

OPEN THREAD: How can I measure up to anyone now, after such a thread as this?

SPACE: Biden taps Aerospace Corp.’s John Plumb to run DoD space policy.

SCIENCE!!!

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NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: Those Virus Sequences That Were Suddenly Deleted? They’re Back: Chinese researchers have uploaded genetic sequences of coronaviruses to a scientific database more than a year after they took them offline. “On July 21, the disappearance of the sequences was brought up during a news conference in Beijing, where Chinese officials rejected claims that the pandemic started as a lab leak.”

Plus: “Dr. Bloom could not offer an explanation for the conflicting accounts, either. ‘I’m not in a position to adjudicate among them,’ he said in an interview.”

Are the new sequences the same as the ones that were there before?

UPDATE: It’s all smoke and mirrors:

JIM GERAGHTY: Now Large Groups of Vaccinated People Are Deemed Too Risky.

Is it possible people who are vaccinated will spread it to the unvaccinated? Yes, but that’s an argument for getting the shots into the remaining unvaccinated people, not an argument for banning large concerts. The vaccinated have done what they’re supposed to do; stop reimposing restrictions upon them. Stop nagging the vaccinated because you’re so angry at the unvaccinated. If the thought of going into a crowded venue like a concert or sports event strikes you as too risky, then don’t do it. But don’t try to take away the rights of other people – pardon me, other vaccinated people! — to enjoy themselves as they see fit.

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The alternative is to declare that the risk from the Delta variant is so severe that vaccinated people should not gather in groups, because of the risk that they could spread it – and that the halt upon normal life for Americans should extend beyond the current sixteen months. That is effectively declaring that the Delta variant has pushed us back to square one again, which is not an accurate assessment of public health risks.

As Jim Treacher previously wrote: The Rules Wouldn’t Keep Changing If You Peasants Just Did What You’re Told at That Particular Moment.

So now it’s my fault that the Biden administration hasn’t hit its COVID vaccination goal. It’s my fault that Biden is failing. That’s on me. I did the right thing and got vaccinated, and now he wants to punish me for it because some other people didn’t get vaccinated. I’m supposed to start wearing a mask again because somebody somewhere did a study, and some bureaucrat saw it and flew into a panic, and the president of the United States said, “Yeah, yeah, panic, let’s have some more of that!”

And this is supposed to convince unvaccinated people to change their minds, somehow? Biden thinks he’s punishing Private Pyle by making the rest of us do endless push-ups while Pyle stands there eating his donut. Except Pyle doesn’t give a $#!+, and if we throw him a blanket party tonight, we’ll go to jail.

How is this supposed to work? How is putting me back in a mask supposed to convince an unvaccinated person that he needs to get vaccinated so he still has to wear a mask?

But the DNC-MSM needs the fear porn for ratings to overcome their post-Trump slump. And President Klain’s administration needs to keep up the pressure on Americans because their ideology is built around the moral equivalent of war and “never let a crisis go to waste,” and are hanging onto the pandemic as a way to control and manipulate citizens.

And then there are the midterms next year: Without Trump, Dems and Media Dehumanize the Unvaccinated to Salvage 2022 Midterms.

There’s also plenty of kabuki involved, of course: Border authorities encountered 190,000 people illegally crossing border in June, highest in 21 years.

UPDATE:

In October of 2019, when the CCP-NBA connection was exposed for millions of Americans to see, Geraghty wrote: We’re Not Exporting Our Values to China — We’re Importing Theirs.

(Updated and bumped.)

SO TAMARA KEEL WAS TALKING about the old days when she used to do a “carry rotation,” swapping out carry guns based on mood: “If this is Tuesday, I must be carrying the Luger…”

That old post included this quote: “I don’t worry too much about the man with only one gun – he probably bought that gun for self defense, ran a box of ammo through it, tossed it in the nightstand, and forgot about it. I worry about the guy with two or three identical guns, all of them well-worn.”

I do in fact own two identical Sig P365s. One is for carry, the other is for practice. This spares the carry gun the wear, and the cleaning, that the practice gun gets. I do practice with the carry gun sometimes too, because of course, but not usually. I don’t think that makes me as dangerous as the quote above suggests, but it seems to make sense.

Recent conversation with the Insta-Wife: “Are you spending too much on guns and ammo?” Me: “No.” Her: “Okay.” Yeah, she’s a keeper.

QUICK REACTION: Watch: Quick-Thinking Driver Sprays Suspected Carjackers with Gasoline in Incredible Video.

UPDATE: Direct link to video here.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Gripping Hand (Mote Series Book 2). This is the next in the series after The Mote in God’s Eye (Mote Series Book 1). (Bumped)

WHEN SPACE LAWFARE FAILS: Government watchdog denies protests of SpaceX’s lunar lander contract.

THE BANNINGS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES: Sky News Australia Suspended from YouTube.

More here: “YouTube said Sunday it had barred Sky News Australia from uploading new content for one week, citing concerns about Covid-19 misinformation. The move comes after a review of posts uploaded by the Rupert Murdoch-owned TV channel, which has a substantial online presence.”

UPDATE:

Sky News needs to put together a special unit investigating Google, YouTube and — especially — their top executives.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How to Create a Diversion for Personal Defense. I always carry a White Phosphorus grenade for that purpose. What about you?

HELEN’S PAGE UPDATE: So I was trying Helen’s Page for about six months in a beta trial period and have had a blast meeting and working with many of you there. However, the site has taken more time and money than I hoped and I have decided to put the site on hiatus for a while to re-think how to do the page. If you have listings at Helen’s Page, your listings should stay up until your current subscription runs out. You will not be charged for any additional subscriptions after that.

Helen’s Page will continue for now as a book club here on Instapundit where I will ask for and post book recommendations for all of us to share. Many of you have already commented and emailed with great suggestions.

RACISM IS EVERYWHERE: UK warns COVID monitor devices work less well for darker skin.

YEAR ZERO: THE HANGOVER. Adler’s Disaster: Austin Surpasses Grim Homicide Milestone. “On August 13, 2020, Austin, Texas, Mayor Steve Adler led alongside Councilmember Greg Casar as the city council unanimously voted to defund its police department…Austin just passed its entire 2020 homicide total with its 49th homicide of the year. It’s August 1st.”

IT WON’T BE TRULY DIVERSE UNTIL THERE ARE NO MEN LEFT AT ALL: Wharton Is First Elite MBA Program To Enroll More Women Than Men.

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