August 4, 2021

IF THIS DOESN’T MAKE YOU SCREAM, YOU MIGHT BE UNCONSCIOUS: New report out from Open the Books finds the U.S. government “spent at least $282.6 billion on foreign aid between 2013-2018—almost $47 billion on foreign aid in FY2018, alone.” And that’s just the first most general finding. Brace yourself for when you get to the details.

BTW, Open the Books has filed more than 40,000 public information requests with governments at all levels for comprehensive spending data. The result is an independent web site that is a veritable treasure chest of data on what governments do with your tax dollars.  Somewhere, little Jimmie Madison is saying “Good show, Open the Books, Good show, that’s what the First Amendment guarantee of a free press is all about.”

 

CHANGE (IT BACK): Austin Police Refunding Proposition Makes November Ballot. “The petition is to restore a statutory level of 2 officers per 1,000 citizens, add an elected head of police oversight (not appointed by the council) and double officer training per year, among other things.”

FOR THOSE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED: On HillFaith today, it’s the fourth of seven great “I AM” claims by Jesus. The Good Shepherd.

SYSTEMIC RACISM: University’s anti-racism workshop teaches deans to ‘accept white inferiority.’

CHARLES LIPSON:  “When Confidence in Our Institutions Collapses.”

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: An Epidemic of Mandatory. “The epidemic of ‘mandatory’ suggests that rather than becoming more flexible and adaptive before an endemic disease, the experts are hanging on to the mantle of certitude. Slate sadly concludes: ‘Noble lies are a trap. We cannot predict the public’s behavior, and loss of trust is devastating. The general population is far too skeptical to blindly follow the advice of experts, and far too intelligent to be easily duped.’ True. And that loss of trust is how we arrived at mandatory.”

Read the whole thing.

JOHN FUND:  “Is New York City’s Vaccine Passport Scheme Racist?

GOOD NEWS ABOUT A BAD NEWS NOMINATION:  “Lhamon Fails to Advance Out of Committee; Full Senate Should Not Allow Her Nomination to Proceed Further.”

THEY’RE ALREADY TOO EXPENSIVE: Birmingham Southern College imposes $500 fee on unvaccinated students. “Though the college has over $100,000 remaining in available HEER money, the school states its policy is due to a ‘lack of federal funds.'”

Overpriced and lying is no way to go through life, son.

SCOTT YENOR AT THE MARTIN CENTER:  “Academic Freedom Doesn’t Shield Universities from Oversight.”

PRIVACY: Facebook is reportedly trying to analyze encrypted data without decrypting it. “Regardless of intent, the whole thing feels disgustingly immoral and could potentially open up a whole new can of worms. If Facebook or others (Amazon, Google and Microsoft were named specifically by The Information) can glean actionable information from encrypted data, can you still technically label it encrypted?”

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World.

LESLIE EASTMAN: The Coronavirus Timeline: What We Know Now and What May Happen Next.

EVERYTHING SEEMINGLY IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL: A Mysterious New Insect Is Feasting on DC-Area People and Making Them Think They Have Bed Bugs: The bug is invisible, but the bites are visibly disgusting—and crazy itchy. “Wasn’t 2021 supposed to be better?”

That was just Democratic propaganda. . .

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Will the Sleazebag House of Cuomo Finally Fall Down? “While I can’t pretend to know what was in the minds of the Founding Fathers of this great nation, I’m pretty sure that they were hoping that one of the upsides to winning the Revolution would be that we wouldn’t have to suffer under the rule of one family and its descendants.”

#METOO STOPPED MATTERING THE DAY GROPEY JOE BIDEN WAS NOMINATED: Cuomo case provides a major #MeToo litmus test: Will a sitting governor face justice?

UPDATE: Via a friend:

REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS: 1619 Project, Touted as Racial Reckoning, Ignores Democratic Party Racism.

Democrats who advanced a bill in June to remove statues of white supremacists from the U.S. Capitol ignored a central fact about those figures: All of them had been icons of their party, from Andrew Jackson’s adamantly pro-slavery vice president, John C. Calhoun, to North Carolina Gov. Charles B. Aycock, an architect of the white-supremacist campaign of 1898 that ushered in the era of Jim Crow.

At a time when governments, sports teams, schools and other bastions of American society are rushing to expunge legacies of slavery or racism, this was another instance of the Democratic Party’s failure to acknowledge that it did more than any other institution in American life to preserve the “peculiar institution” — and later enforce Jim Crow-style apartheid in the Old South.

“I think it’s absolutely fair to criticize the history of the Democrat Party when we’re literally changing the names of birds because they’re named after racists,” said Jarrett Stepman, author of “The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America’s Past,” referring to a new racism-cleansing push in, yes, ornithology.

Democrats’ circumspection in the face of this trend is especially noteworthy because it comes at a time when they are criticizing Republican legislation to block the teaching of critical race theory on the ground that the GOP wants to whitewash American history. But one of the most noteworthy efforts to reframe American history in terms of race, the New York Times’ 1619 Project, virtually ignores the Democrat Party’s role in advancing and sustaining racism in the United States.

Ignores it? It’s meant to obscure it.

SCRUBBED: Boeing announces decision on Wednesday launch of Starliner. “NASA and Boeing have announced they will not be attempting to launch the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station on Wednesday, August 4.”

RACISM CHARGES ARE ONLY FOR USE AGAINST REPUBLICANS! Durbin won’t hear racism charges against ATF nominee. “Going on defense for another embattled Biden nominee, a key Senate Democratic leader has rejected a GOP request to hold an emergency hearing to probe allegations that the president’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives nominee used racist language and will demoralize the agency.”

Why is Dick Durbin covering up racism? Well, we all know why.

HMM: Nassau County Bill Allows Cops to Sue Protesters for Harassment. “The bill is controversial because it would hold protesters accountable for their actions at a demonstration. The legislation is aimed at discouraging protesters from engaging in actions and words that are designed to provoke a violent response from police.”

WELL, IT’S NOT: Journalists Must Stop Covering the Biden Presidency Like It’s Normal: ‘Politics as usual’ approach to reporting won’t cut it, will only enable our norm-defying commander in chief.

Every American, especially the ones with journalism degrees, understands the critical role journalists play in sustaining our democracy. If politics is the moral equivalent of war—and most experts agree that it is—journalists are the elite commandos operating behind enemy lines, risking it all so the rest of us don’t have to.

One shudders to imagine the wretched authoritarianism that might have befallen our great nation if, for example, CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter had lacked the courage to spellcheck former president Donald Trump’s tweets. Nevertheless, the threat to American democracy persists.

Political journalists have yet to prove they are up to the challenge of covering Joe Biden’s norm-defying presidency. Instead, they cling bitterly to “objectivity,” the arcane notion that defined the journalism industry in the years before its largely blue-collar workforce could be replaced by educated intellectuals.

As Margaret Sullivan writes in the Washington Post: “Mainstream journalists want their work to be perceived as fair-minded and nonpartisan. They want to defend themselves against charges of bias. So they equalize the unequal. This practice seems so ingrained as to be unresolvable.”

Given the unique challenge Biden and his allies pose to the American democratic experiment, a “politics as usual” approach to journalism is not only inadequate—it is downright dangerous. Effective immediately, our nation’s journalists—whose heroism is beyond dispute—must stop covering this moment in history as if there’s anything “normal” about it. There isn’t!

Biden promised to put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the virus continues to decimate the population. Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, elite enclaves frequented by Biden supporters, have become hotbeds of contagion. Democratic politicians have waged biological warfare on Washington, D.C., where the Democratic mayor continues to put lives at risk by ignoring safety protocols.

This is not normal. And they’ll admit that as soon as they’re instructed to do so.

READER BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat (Bumped)

You can see the full list of book recommendations here.

FIGHT THE POWER: Jefferson County parks & rec district drops concealed carry ban effort after ‘numerous’ public comments.

Foothills Parks and Recreation District (FPRD) Executive Director Ronald Hopp told Complete Colorado on Monday that the board of directors had decided to indefinitely table discussion of banning concealed carry of firearms by lawfully permitted citizens in Foothills facilities and outdoor spaces.

Complete Colorado initially broke, and exclusively covered the developing story.

Hopp said there will not be an agenda item on the August meeting or “any other board meeting in the foreseeable future,” citing numerous comments from the public.

“The Foothills Park & Recreation District’s Board had discussed various options, including the possibility of new policies, in response to recent gun-related incidents in both our facilities and parks, at least one of which involved the mishandling of a properly permitted concealed firearm,” Hopp said in a statement.

The ink from Gov. Jared Polis’ pen on Senate Bill 21-256, allowing FPRD to ban all firearms, including concealed carry, from its facilities had only been dry for three days when FRPD staff brought up the idea at its board of directors meeting on June 22.

Civil rights enthusiasts made themselves heard, and it worked.

IF THEY WEREN’T SO BOUND AND DETERMINED TO GET IT INTO MY VEINS, I MIGHT. AS IS? NO SALE:  To Vax or Not To Vax…

Also for the record, right now I don’t trust a) the government, in all its organs, all its false glamour, all its empty promises. b) the medical establishment which is its handmaiden, and is represented by the scabrous lying Fauci of the serpent tongue who speaks out both sides of his mouth and sometimes other orifices. c) the lying media which ginned up the insanity of the last two years, whole cloth.

So, I don’t trust something the government really wants me to have in my veins. The fact they want it is reason enough for me to say no. The doctors who assure me it’s safe, and also that I must get vaccinated for something that — given some medical issues — I have 98.8% chance of surviving if I catch it are also not covering themselves with glory. (If I get one more “get vaccinated now” text from my PCP, he’s going to get a graduate degree in swearing in seven languages.) And I don’t trust the media to accurately — or at all — report any adverse reactions particularly among people with auto-immune issues. I also don’t trust them to stop trying to drum up the fear of a bug most people survive, or don’t even know they contracted.

I don’t trust them. At all. So why would I do what they want me to do?

YOU CAN’T. THERE IS NO SENSE. THEY JUST LIKE HITTING US:  COVID overview Part I: trying to make sense of the whole “masks for the vaccinated” thing.

(And follow her through to part II. It’s worth it.)

IT’S A VERY CUNNING FORM OF STUPIDITY:  The Magical Stupidity Of Thinking “Wage Slavery” Is A Thing.

VERY MUCH NOT, BUT DON’T WORRY. CHINA SUCKS AT THIS:  China Picking Up Where US Leaves Off Not A Good Thing.

FAVORED PETS OF THE REGIME:  Fourth Capitol Police Officer Suicide Raises Questions.

Also stupid as rocks, since they haven’t figured out they’re putting themselves in the middle of a family fight. I mean, even police officers fear “domestics.”

MY MAIN QUESTION BEING: EPSTEINED?  Fourth Capitol Police Officer Suicide Raises Questions.

WE HAVE A DEMOCRACY LIKE LIZZY IS AMERINDIAN:  Elizabeth Warren Tells Teen Vogue: Abortion, Voting are ‘About the Functioning of Our Democracy’.

Also, is it too late for retroactive abortion since she supports it so hard? Because a lot of us think she’s not very happy, what with trying to be another ethnicity and all. We think it’s a quality of life issue. She’s not very happy and never has been. She should be kept comfortable, while the nation has a talk about her….  Though mind you, just making her retroactively born in Cuba is just as good. We can drop her off. We’ll even give her a parachute.

SHOCKED, SHOCKED, SHOCKED. BEHOLD MY SHOCKED FACE:  Report: UN-Funded Palestinian Teachers Promote Antisemitism, Glorify Jihad Terrorism.

BUT MURDERING ELDERLY? THAT’S FINE:  Biden Says Cuomo ‘Should Resign’ After Bombshell Report Showed He Sexually Harassed Women.

ARISTOS, ARISTOS A LA LANTERNE:  Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Halting Texas Illegal Migrant Transport Ban.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AN AMERICAN:  Olympic Gold Medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock: ‘I Love Representing the U.S.’.

HAVING A HONEYMOON WITH A USURPER IS LIKE HAVING A HONEYMOON WITH A RAPIST:  ‘Honeymoon Officially Over’: Biden’s Job and Economy Approval Ratings Drops in Two Polls.

Any honeymoon was as real as the FICUS (Fraud In Chief of the US) having the most votes ever in history.

August 3, 2021

MICHAEL WALSH: A Ministry of Fear Rules America.

Back in 1943, the British novelist Graham Greene published “The Ministry of Fear,” a thriller set in World War II London involving mercy killings, exploding suitcases, seances, Luftwaffe air raids, outright murder, insane asylums and undercover Nazi spies. It was successfully made into a movie the following year starring Ray Milland as the troubled protagonist, and directed by Fritz Lang, himself a refugee from Hitler.

Both novel and film capture the paranoid atmosphere during that troubled time, with danger lurking even in something as innocent as a cake. Whom or what can you trust? As the world falls apart, and the future is shrouded in threat and mystery, society devolves into a dog-eat-dog struggle for survival, in which neither the old verities nor the old pieties obtain any longer.

Welcome to America, 2021. In just a few short months since the mysterious elevation of Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., inexplicably elected the 46th president of the United States, our country has undergone a stunning rapid devolution from a confident, economic powerhouse to a shabby debtor nation afraid of its own shadow.

Read the whole thing.

WATCH DEMOCRATS ENDORSE THE WALL: 54% Of Hispanic Voters In California Say They Would Vote To Recall Newsom.

I BELIEVE IN THE SCIENCE: Experts Warn Of New ‘Cuomo’ Variant That Is Dangerous To Young Women, Fatal To Elderly.

RALPH NORTHAM SMILES: Neighboring Democratic govs call on Cuomo to resign amid sex harass probe report. “In a terse statement, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, and Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee — all Democrats — said they were ‘appalled at the findings of the independent investigation by the New York Attorney General. Governor Cuomo should resign from office,’ they added.”

SO HOW LONG BEFORE CUOMO COMMITS SUICIDE?

We’ve come to a situation where any politically connected suicide is presumed to be a murder. The government has lost the benefit of the doubt.

SHOCKER: Politico’s GETTR Hit-Piece Was Covertly Funded By Big Tech Giants.

SHE’LL NEVER BE A HERO TO THE MEDIA WITH TALK LIKE THAT: WATCH: U.S. Wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock Praises God, America After Winning Gold.

As she bounced on her feet in excitement, the network reporter asked her about the American flag she had draped around her shoulders. He wondered how it feels to represent the U.S.A. at the Olympics.

The reporter may have been hoping for Mensah-Stock to attack the U.S. like so many other privileged athletes, but if he was, he came away disappointed. Instead, Mensah-Stock was thrilled and to be a proud American.

“It feels amazing,” Mensah-Stock said of competing for her country. “I love representing the U.S.,” she continued as she brought her hands up in the shape of a heart. “I freaking love living there, I love it, and I’m so happy I get to represent U-S-A,” she said.

Is that sort of talk even allowed anymore?

JOURNALISM:

NATURAL IMMUNITY VS. VARIOUS VACCINES: “In both sets of estimates, breakthrough infections in those vaccinated or who had a prior infection had substantially lower infectiousness than primary infections in unvaccinated persons. . . . One finding of this study is that there appears to be a hierarchy in infectiousness of SARS-CoV-2 infections, where primary infections in unvaccinated persons are most infectious, followed by BNT162b2 breakthrough infections, mRNA-1273 breakthrough infections, and finally reinfections in unvaccinated persons.”

In other words, people with natural immunity are the least likely to infect others if reinfected with Covid.

OPEN THREAD: I got my finger on the cosmic trigger.

THE UNHAPPY FATE OF THE ‘CUOMOSEXUAL’ TENDENCY: “It is nothing short of astonishing that something in the liberal soul compels them to step on this same rake with metronomic regularity. It’s anyone’s guess who the next unqualified paragon of the pandemic will be. But that there will be another, there can be no doubt.”

FROM MY OTHER LIFE: Five Pro Tips for Programming Articles That Will Preserve My Last Nerve.

 

THE NEW SPACE RACE: Mystery surrounds Chinese private rocket launch attempt.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Professor Sues Student, University After Provost Overrules Her and Awards Him a Participation Grade.

PRESIDENT BIDEN ANNOUNCES ON LIVE TV THAT HE INTENDS TO BREAK HIS OATH OF OFFICE.

UPDATE: The CDC’s New Eviction Moratorium Has Virtually all the Same Flaws as the Old. It still covers some 90% of the country, and still rests on a theory of virtually limitless CDC authority. Even President Biden acknowledges the order is legally dubious.

STACY MCCAIN: “Cuomo: Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!

WELL, GOOD: CDC: After nearly 9M Pfizer shots for U.S. teens, serious side effects rare.

DON’T GET COCKY. Politico: Dem campaign chief warns party would lose House if election were held today.

Weakness on the economy is the real sore spot for Democrats. As they see it, they’ve been spending money like drunken sailors so the electorate should reward them for it at the polls. The problem is that the spread of the delta variant and the revival of mask mandates in a lot of places has people who work in retail, restaurants, etc. nervous about what comes next for the economy. You can spend all you want but if businesses can’t operate like they did pre-COVID then the economy isn’t going to fully return to normal.

It’s quite the Catch-2022:

IMMIGRATION: Abbott, Merrick Garland face off over feds handling of COVID-positive migrants.

AND YET IF THEY EAT LESS, THEY’LL LOSE WEIGHT: Lockdown weight gain: Telling people to eat less has never been the answer.

WHAT PASSES FOR “CONSERVATIVE” AT THE WAPO, SHOWING HER USUAL JUDGMENT:

THE MASKING OF AMERICA: Faceless people make compliant subjects, not good citizens.

In its worldwide impact, the COVID-19 pandemic has been the worst in a century. As a threat to Americans’ health, however, it is closer to the 1968 Hong Kong flu or the 1957 Asian flu—neither of which noticeably altered Americans’ everyday lives—than to the 1918 Spanish flu. In a head-to-head comparison, COVID-19 makes the Spanish flu look like the Black Death of medieval Europe. According to the best available figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and elsewhere, the typical American under the age of 40 in 1918 was more than 100 times as likely to die of the Spanish flu than the typical American under the age of 40 in 2020 was to die of COVID-19. Whereas COVID-19 sadly shortened the lives of many older people already in poor health, the Spanish flu took people in the prime of life and left orphans in its wake.

Americans’ reaction to COVID-19, however, has been radically different from their behavior in 1968, 1957, or even 1918. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, the Hoover Institution’s Niall Ferguson recalls that President Dwight Eisenhower asked Congress for $2.5 million in additional funding for the Public Health Service during the Asian flu. Overall, Congress has authorized about 2 million times that much for COVID-19. In 1957, there were no widespread school closures, travel bans, or mask mandates. Ferguson quotes one person’s recollection of those days: “For those who grew up in the 1930s and 1940s, there was nothing unusual about finding yourself threatened by contagious disease. Mumps, measles, chicken pox, and German measles swept through entire schools and towns; I had all four…. We took the Asian flu in stride.”

One major difference between then and now is the increased role of public health officials. Long before their ascension, Socrates made clear in Plato’s Republic that he did not want doctors to rule. Philosophers or even poets would be better governors of society, because they at least attempt to understand political and social life in its entirety and minister to the human soul. Doctors, by contrast, tend to disregard the soul: it is the nature of their art to focus on the body in lieu of higher concerns. Moreover, Greek philosophers and poets alike celebrated courage in the face of death—Plato’s Socrates and Homer’s Achilles were undeterred from their noble missions by fear of the grave. But rule by public health officials, under which we increasingly live today, encourages excessive risk-aversion and almost transforms cowardice into a virtue.

Cowardly citizens are easier to rule.

Related:

POSITIVE Mental Attitude. “Stabbing your husband and his mom is what made you who you are today.”

SHE’S SAID TOO MUCH! NYT’s Maggie Haberman marveling at the ‘damning’ results of the Cuomo investigation is also extremely damning for the media:

She’s this close to admitting how the MSM largely functions as Democratic Party operatives with bylines.

Some really blur the lines: Email Appears to Show CNN’s Chris Cuomo Drafted Sexual Harassment Statement for His Brother. “Zucker and his cadre have already enabled this behavior, so if they don’t move to suspend or fire Cuomo, one could use their own standards to say CNN condones this.”

Evergreen:


RALPH NORTHAM SMILES: Biden Calls for Cuomo to Resign over Sexual Harassment Allegations.

THE “ROBBER BARONS” OF THE 19TH CENTURY GAVE US STEAMSHIPS AND RAILROADS; THE SPACE BARONS OF TODAY WILL GIVE US THE STARS. ‘Space Barons’ & Advantages of a Free Economy.

The Harvard University psychologist Steven Pinker once quipped that “intellectuals who call themselves ‘progressive’ really hate progress.” The question is: Why? Perhaps one of the reasons for that curious attitude is not the clerisy’s opposition to progress as such, but to the means by which that progress is being achieved. Since the Enlightenment, we have become richer, healthier, better fed, longer-lived, more educated, and, as Pinker himself showed, gentler and nicer. Not only did most of that progress come about in free-enterprise countries during the free-enterprise era, but progress happened despite the constant warnings from the clerisy that free enterprise would achieve the exact opposite.

Inequality of outcome is inherent to a free economy, which tends to reward the most talented. Since talent is unequally and arbitrarily distributed, free enterprise and its resulting inequality of outcome are unpalatable to the equalitarian Left. Yet progress depends on the flourishing of the talented. That means that inequality is truly the midwife of progress. And that’s why progressives hate progress.

Well, also free markets reward talents other than lying and sucking up.

WITH RUTHLESS EFFICIENCY: How the Gender Industry Weaponizes Empathy to Convert Human Insecurity Into Cash. “Compassion is weaponized into word-salads chock full of meaningless jargon intended to confuse the reader into conflating true empathy with bovine-like acceptance of the transgender movement writ large.”

STACEY LENNOX: California’s Liberal Utopia: Blackouts, Bacon Shortages, and Maxi Pads for Boys. “California only produces 45 million pounds of the 255 million pounds consumed by residents. California residents decided the piggy needed more room to wiggle, which, according to one analysis, will cause bacon prices to jump 60%. For pork producers, the desires of California voters are just not profitable.”

California is the Sackcloth State.

BUT #METOO ENDED WHEN BIDEN WAS NOMINATED: ‘I Do Not Want An Apology’: Cuomo Accuser Charlotte Bennett Calls For Impeachment.

Related, from a friend:

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: The Modern Generation Has No Clue How to Date.

HE PROBABLY THOUGHT THEY MEANT HIS GOOD FRIEND MARIO: Yikes: Joe Biden Freaks When Reporters Ask Him if Andrew Cuomo Should Resign.

JUST FYI: I’m back on Parler as @InstaPundit. Better than Twitter! If you want there to be alternative platforms, you need to support alternative platforms.

#RESIST: Soros-Backed Virginia Prosecutors Face Recall Amid Crime Surge. “A new Virginia nonprofit, Virginians for Safe Communities, is launching a campaign to recall Fairfax County’s Steve Descano, Loudoun County’s Buta Biberaj, and Arlington County’s Parisa Dehghani-Tafti from their respective offices, the group announced in a Monday statement. The progressive attorneys took office in January 2020 after Soros spent more than $2 million supporting their campaigns. All three have since implemented lenient law enforcement policies, decisions that have coincided with a rise in crime.”

JIM TREACHER: Lindsey Graham Got the Virus, But Not Despite Getting Vaccinated. “No. No, no, no, no, no. Wrong. Whether or not Lindsey Graham becomes seriously ill, and I sincerely hope he doesn’t, it’s not despite the vaccine. That’s like saying somebody survived a gunshot despite wearing a bulletproof vest. Wait, what? No. That’s the whole point of the vest! It still sucks when the bad thing happens to you, but you have a much better chance of living through it because you took preventative measures. Vest or vaccine, it’s the same idea.”

DON’T BUY FROM CHINA? How to Keep the Automotive Chip Shortage From Happening Again.

YES, BUT HE’S A DEMOCRAT: Several Media Outlets Knew Cuomo Was Trying To Destroy One Of His Accusers. “Several media outlets knew that Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was trying to destroy one of the women who accused him of sexual harassment. Rich Azzopardi, Cuomo’s director of communications and senior adviser, sent a file on Cuomo accuser Lindsey Boylan to journalists from several prominent outlets, documents show. The files were sent hours after Boylan publicly accused Cuomo of sexual harassment in December of 2020. . . . New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday that an independent investigation found that Cuomo had sexually harassed multiple women. James said that Cuomo had violated state and federal law by subjecting employees to offensive or sexually charged comments as well as unwanted touching. He also was involved in pressure campaigns to keep them quiet, the investigation found.”

FLOUTING THE RULES TO OWN THE PEASANTS: These 12 High-Profile Politicians Got Caught Violating Their Own COVID Rules.

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.

HIGHER EDUCATION IMPLOSION UPDATE: Professor Sues Student, University After Provost Overrules Her and Awards Him a Participation Grade.

THESE MARGINS DWARF ANY RECENT ELECTIONS: 57% COMFORTABLE ATTENDING INDOOR SOCIAL EVENTS WITHOUT MASKS.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters would feel comfortable going without a mask to an indoor restaurant, bar, or other social settings with a large number of people. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 40% would be uncomfortable.

These numbers are essentially unchanged since late May. That stability is interesting for a variety of reasons. In late May, 56% were confident that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. That figure has fallen to 28% today. Additionally, the CDC guidance on wearing masks has changed, a fact that 61% of voters recognize.

One possible explanation for this is that a large number of people are simply not following the CDC guidelines. Among those who recognize that the CDC recommends even vaccinated people to wear masks at indoor social events, 42% are comfortable attending such events without a mask. That’s consistent with data from a few months ago showing that just 33% of voters have been following the CDC guidance very closely.

Well, the CDC isn’t trusted.

Plus: 62% oppose new lockdowns, 31% want them.

OUT: GET VACCINATED AND YOU PROBABLY NEED A BOOSTER. IN: People chasing Covid-19 vaccine boosters create headaches for the health care system.

The entire U.S. health care system has been single-mindedly focused on getting Covid-19 vaccine shots in arms, but as the Delta variant spreads, the country’s decentralized vaccination campaign is presenting a different challenge — how to police people seeking unauthorized booster shots.

The buzz around booster shots for Covid-19 vaccines has intensified in recent weeks as Pfizer has sought approval for a third shot of its vaccine regimen, and Israel, the United Kingdom, and Germany have greenlit additional shots. Federal officials in the United States say that booster shots are not needed yet. But some anxious patients are nonetheless trying to get them — either by asking a health care provider willing to prescribe an extra shot, or by lying about their earlier vaccination.

So there. But maybe they’re depriving people who want a first shot of chances? Nope. “Because vaccine supplies have been so plentiful in recent weeks, ensuring patients aren’t overloading on vaccines hasn’t necessarily been top of mind for providers.”

This story line seems to be appearing all over all of a sudden. Why?

FOR THE CHILDREN™: New Study Shows Just How Much School Lockdowns Harm Innocent Kids. “The McKinsey report uses testing results from spring 2021, translating points-based scores into a “months-of-learning-lost” metric and comparing this year’s results to pre-pandemic levels. The results show that, on average, elementary school students lost the equivalent of five months—or half a school year—of learning in math, and four months in reading. Results varied by race and income, and unsurprisingly, students of color and from poorer families suffered most.”

HIGH TESTOSTERONE MAY NOT MAKE YOU A SUCCESS. It may even work the other way:

There are plausible mechanisms for this too. First, we know that socioeconomic disadvantage is stressful, and chronic stress can lower testosterone. Second, how a person perceives their status relative to others in society might influence their testosterone: studies of sports matches, usually between men, have often found that testosterone rises in the winner compared to the loser.

It’s also possible that some third factor is responsible for the associations seen in previous studies. For instance, higher testosterone in men is linked to good health – and good health may also help people succeed in their careers.

So there you are.

EVERYTHING IS RACIST: Now You Are a Racist if You Don’t Want Your Kid Near a Pit Bull.

GOOD: Exercise improves health through changes to DNA.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: The left is furious with Biden as eviction moratorium ends.

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: It Just Got Harder to Buy a Gun in Colorado.

HB21-1298 “Expand Firearm Transfer Background Check Requirements,” went into effect on June 29, and is specifically designed to “address the epidemic of gun violence we have seen in Colorado,” said bill sponsor Sen. Julie Gonzales, D-Denver.

Under existing federal law, if a background check doesn’t come back after three days, gun dealers can transfer a firearm to another person. However, HB 1298 undoes this and requires gun dealers to get approval — no matter how long it takes — before transferring a gun.

Additionally, before the enactment of HB 1298, when a background check resulted in denying someone a firearm transfer, they could appeal the decision, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation was required to review that person’s background records and render a final decision within 30 days. HB 1298 changes that 30-day deadline to 60 days and allows for indefinite denial in certain instances.

Finally, HB 1298 adds 11 misdemeanors the list of background check disqualifiers and makes it so those convicted of these misdemeanors can’t purchase or possess a gun for five years from the date of conviction.

Spoiler: None of these provisions will do anything to combat the surge of so-called “gun violence” occurring in badly-run, Democrat-controlled (but I repeat myself) cities.

#JOURNALISM:

THEY DON’T EVEN WISH THEY KNEW HOW TO QUIT HIM: NYT Says It’s Trump’s Fault Biden Isn’t Pleasing the Climate Change Cult Quickly Enough.

HERE WE GO: NYC will require vaccination proof for indoor dining, gyms.

PORKULUS II: THE REVENGE. 2,702 Pages Of Pork. “All this only scratches the surface of a bill week-kneed Republicans are telling us is acceptable only because it doesn’t have every leftwing wishlist item the $3.5 trillion “infrastructure” bill does.”

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