KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Give Up Hope, All Ye Who Entered 2020—The Year Is Dead. “I watched my first baseball game of the year yesterday so you’d think I’d be more upbeat. Sure, it was just an intrasquad Dodgers game, but it was baseball. What I think will probably happen is that they’ll start playing, a few guys will test positive, and then MLB pulls the plug on the season. Same with the other sports.”

DISPATCHES FROM SEATTLE’S SUMMER OF LOVE: Seattle Just Passed a New Tax on Jobs in the Middle of an Economic Crisis—But Exempted Government Workers.

YES. NEXT QUESTION? Is too much hope being put into a coronavirus vaccine?

Vaccines are hard to develop, and can be dangerous. This is a vaccine for a disease where 40% (at current estimate, up from 35% before) have no symptoms, and where only about .4% die. It’s also a widespread disease — this isn’t Ebola where you could vaccinate 50,000 people and bring an outbreak to an end. You’d have to vaccinate a billion or more. When you vaccinate huge numbers of people for a disease that isn’t very dangerous, your vaccine has to be very safe to be better than the disease. That doesn’t go well with a rushed development effort.

UPDATE: Related: Merck CEO says raising COVID-19 vaccine hopes ‘a grave disservice’ – report. “If you’re going to use a vaccine on billions of people, you better know what that vaccine does.”

Like I said. . . (Bumped).

LET’S GET BACK TO WORK: Most PPP recipients expect to run out of money by August, study finds.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Absolutely’ reopen schools: 5 of 5 pediatricians would send their kids back to class.

Personally, I favor abolishing the public schools and just giving parents vouchers. Probably better for public health, too.

SHE’S RIGHT, OF COURSE: Ivanka Trump: College isn’t the only job path; ‘Find something new.’

I mean, you could write a book on it.

HMM: Justice Breyer made it impossible for Congress to impeach territorial officers for accepting bribes.

I THINK WE ALL KNOW: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Where Is the Outrage Over Anti-Semitism in Sports and Hollywood?

TRYING TO SAVE THE BONNIE: An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter combats a fire aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard.

HOLLOWING OUT SILICON VALLEY: Tech companies are ending leases and consolidating offices as remote work is here to stay.

STOP DEFENDING, START ATTACKING:

THE HAGUE COURT’S 2016 DECISION EXPOSED COMMUNIST CHINA’S PREDATORY WAR ON WORLD ORDER:

Four years ago this week, the Chinese Communist Party declared war on international order in the form of a blunt rejection.

My latest Creators Syndicate column.

WHEN YOU CAN’T TRUST THE NUMBERS: Florida’s recent record day for COVID-19 might not have been quite that high: More than 7,000 positive cases reported were traced to a single testing processor. “Wolfson says if there isn’t already a mechanism in place to flag what appear to anomalies in data reports, there should be. He says he understands the department of health is overwhelmed, but that the accuracy of data being published has to be among their highest priorities.” Indeed.

THE NEW ‘MODERATE’ LOOKS AN AWFUL LOT LIKE THE OLD ‘RADICAL’: Joe Biden Releases $2 Trillion ‘Climate Agenda’ Inspired By Green New Deal.

VIACOM-CBS ENDS DECADES-LONG RELATIONSHIP WITH NICK CANNON OVER ANTI-SEMITIC STATEMENTS:

ViacomCBS is ending its decades-long relationship with Nick Cannon after the actor and TV host propagated anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on his podcast.

“While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him,” the media conglomerate said in a statement. “We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our efforts to combat hate of all kinds.”

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In a June 30 episode of his podcast “Cannon’s Class,” Cannon interviewed Professor Griff, a rapper who had been part of the group Public Enemy until he was fired in 1989 for saying that “Jews are responsible for the majority of the wickedness in the world.”

In the interview, Cannon praised Griff and the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, and promoted conspiracy theories about the Rothschild banking family and claims that people of African descent are the “true” Jews. “You can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people,” he said.

After a video of the interview started attracting criticism, Cannon published defensive tweets, claiming that he had “no hate in my heart nor malice intentions,” but did not apologize for offending Jewish people.

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Cannon is also the host of Fox’s “The Masked Singer.” Fox has so far not made a statement about Cannon’s recent comments.

Related: ‘The only way they can act is evil:’ Nick Cannon says that ‘non-melanated’ people lack compassion, had to be savages, had to be barbaric.

AT AMAZON, Disposable Face Mask, Pack of 50, New Packaging.

THINK OF THE PRESS AS A PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE OPERATION AIMED AT NORMAL AMERICANS AND EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE: It’s Just Nuts To Praise New York’s “Success” Against Coronavirus.

DECOUPLE FASTER: Boris Johnson fails to stave off Huawei rebellion as Tory MPs call for tougher measures. “Rebels to table series of amendments when legislation comes to Parliament in the autumn as they seek more concessions.”

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-MONOPOLY CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF VIOLENCE? 86 Percent of Shootings in Oakland Go Unreported, Police Say.

Oakland’s last Republican mayor left office in 1977.

WELL:

More here.

NO MORE THAN THE OLD GREY WHORE DESERVES:  A journalist blasts the New York Times in resignation letter.

ONLY IF THEY’RE PAYING ATTENTION!  Will Black Americans Ditch the Democratic Party?

THE FUN PART IS THEY DON’T SEEM TO REALIZE AT THE END OF THIS THERE’S NO TEACHERS’ UNION…  VOLITIONAL BLINDNESS IS AN INTERESTING PHENOMENON:  Los Angeles Teachers Union Takes Children Hostage.

IF YOU CAN’T TRUST APPLE TO PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY, WHO CAN YOU TRUST?  NEXT THING YOU’LL BE CLAIMING THE US GOVERNMENT CANNOT BE TRUSTED WITH PRIVATE INFORMATION:  Covering up your camera could damage your laptop: Apple.

SURE. LIKE THAT MAKES LEVIN THE LONE RANGER:  Former Wikipedia editor says website engaged in multiyear smear campaign against Mark Levin.

THEY’RE NO LONGER BLACK. WRONGTHINK, AS WE KNOW, CAUSES RACE CHANGE:  New York City black activists call on de Blasio and City Council to ‘take your handcuffs off of the police’.

Also, they’re using logic and sense, which the press and the left (But I repeat myself!) assure me are tools of white supremacy.

PRO TIP: ESPECIALLY IN THESE TIMES OF REDUCED SEATING, IF YOU MAKE RESERVATIONS SHOW THE EFF UP:  Michelin starred chef goes viral after passionately complaining about ‘the worst kind of guest’.

SHEESH – DOES SHE IMAGINE SHE LEADS A CITY OF  CHILDREN?  Chicago mayor deploys ‘Census Cowboy’ to boost participation, in bizarre scene: ‘Time to giddy-up’.

BUT OF COURSE:  Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus detected in NYC.

CHINA SYNDROME: Red Flags Raised Over Chinese Research Published in Global Journals: Apparently fraudulent data in dozens of peer-reviewed articles spark fresh worries about ‘paper mills’ used by researchers under pressure to publish.

Internationally peer-reviewed journals published more than 100 scientific research papers from China-based authors that appear to have reused identical sets of images, raising questions about the proliferation of problematic science as institutions fast-track research during the coronavirus pandemic.

The cache of 121 papers, credited to researchers from hospitals and medical universities across roughly 50 cities in China, all shared at least one image with another—a sign that many were likely produced by the same company or “paper mill,” said Elisabeth Bik, a California-based microbiologist and image-analysis expert who identified the trove.

Though the reports were published by different authors over a four-year period, many included identical snapshots of cell colonies—sometimes rotated or cropped to appear unique—despite focusing on different research topics. Phrases in figure captions were also repeated verbatim across the collection of reports.

Still, the apparently fraudulent research made it past the scientific peer-review process at six international journals, with the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences alone publishing 113 of the 121 papers.

One of the questionable reports was subsequently cited by other researchers more than 50 times since 2017, according to Google Scholar, while three others received more than 20 citations—suggesting the impact that the problematic papers could have on other research.

Such paper mill productions are “polluting the scientific body of work,” said Dr. Bik, a former researcher at the Stanford School of Medicine who quit her job at a medical startup last year to investigate research misconduct full-time. “I’m worried they might be the tip of the iceberg.”

Don’t trust China. China is asshole.

DEFEAT: Jeff Sessions loses Alabama Senate runoff to Tommy Tuberville.

OPEN THREAD: You can’t break the rules til you know how to play the game, but if you just want to have a little fun, you can mention my name.

CANCEL CULTURE CLAIMS ANOTHER SCALP: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Curator Resigns After He Is Accused of Racism for Saying He Would Still Collect Art From White Men.

In a statement announcing his decision to step down, [Gary] Garrels apologized for the harm his words caused, only slightly disputing the absurd charge against him.  “I do not believe I have ever said that it is important to collect the art of white men,” he said, according to artnet.com. “I have said that it is important that we do not exclude consideration of the art of white men.”

Suffice it to say that this is not the language of a white supremacist. Those who say otherwise—that Garrels is guilty of racism—have stripped the word of its potency. They have shown once again that the signatories of the recent Harper‘s letter were entirely correct that the progressive drive to purge lofty institutions of racism and sexism has frequently gone astray, in a manner that threatens both free inquiry and common decency. The 1793 Project continues.

As Ace writes, in 2020 San Francisco, “‘White supremacy’ means describing efforts to diversify the artists collected, but reassuring people that ‘white artists will also still be collected’ because to completely ban white artists from the museum would be ‘reverse discrimination.’ That is now ‘white supremacy’ requiring a forced resignation.”

21ST CENTURY HEADLINES: Space hospitality startup to establish training complex.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Stanley Kurtz on Taking Back the Academy.