June 1, 2020

I SUSPECT THEY ALREADY KNOW EVERYTHING:

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Editor of progressive newspaper celebrated protestors—then they stormed and trashed her office.

Exit quote: “I’m devastated. We are a progressive newspaper. Last night I was inside when the first brick was thrown.”

THEY DON’T LOOK LIKE “WHITE NATIONALIST INFILTRATORS” TO ME: KPD identifies suspects connected to Fort Sanders vandalism.

APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION: Award-winning archaeologist gives detailed instructions on how to safely pull down obelisks as protesters topple statues of Confederate captain in Birmingham and racist politician in Nashville.

But was it aimed exclusively at Confederate statues? Some thought, as this Twitchy headline notes, that she was aiming much higher: WTAF?! Blue-checked professor tweets thread detailing exactly how to pull down the Washington Monument.

In his post earlier today at PJM, Steve Green screen-capped this Tweet from the history-smashing historian:

In her lengthy Twitter thread, Parcak added, “OK because this is twitter I need to clarify: PLEASE DO NOT PULL DOWN ACTUAL ANCIENT EGYPTIAN OBELISKS that was not the point of this thread.”

Why not? As I understand it, the Pharaohs were very bad guys (at least according to Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments), particularly so by 2020 standards. Shouldn’t her instructions also apply to toppling the pyramids and the statue of Ramesses II?  In any case, she and other “smash history” academics might want to ask themselves, “Are we the baddies?”

OPEN THREAD: No one is coming. It’s up to us.

Yes, the nightly Steely Dan references are finally over. We’re into another phase.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED:

“Well, since you asked, no, James Lileks replies in “Defining America” at Ricochet. “Shame, that’s the word that comes to mind.”

Read the whole thing.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. With SpaceX’s first astronaut launch, a new era of human spaceflight has dawned.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Powerful: Protesters Spell Out ‘Love’ With Burning Homes And Businesses.

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MUMBO-JUMBO WON’T FIX THE FEDERAL BUDGET: Sixty House members propose three rather vague actions to begin addressing the exploding national debt and steadily declining Social Security and Medicare trust funds. Folks Left and Right aren’t impressed.

AID: United States to send Brazil 2M doses of hydroxychloroquine.. Send zinc, too.

AMERICA’S PAPER OF RECORD: Clever Churchgoers Avoid Arrest By Disguising Themselves As Rioters.

NOTHING BLUE SEEMS TO BE DOING THAT GREAT LATELY: BlueIndy electric cars will be repurposed — or crushed: The program lasted five years. “After roughly five years of existence, the BlueIndy electric car-sharing program in Indianapolis had accrued only about 3,000 members. For those keeping track of the balance sheet, that wasn’t nearly enough to be a realistically successful business. The innovative program that launched in September 2015 did not go as planned, and it has shuttered operations as a result.”

A CONSERVATIVE IS A LIBERAL WHO GOT MUGGED BY THE REALITY THEY HELPED CREATE:

The Silent Majority elected Richard Nixon in 1968 after similar madness. The Left ought to have learned, but they just can’t help themselves.

@ANTIFA_US: ‘Tonight We Say “F*** the City” and We Move in to the Residential Areas…’

UPDATE (From Ed): False flag operation? NBC is reporting: White nationalist group posing as antifa called for violence on twitter.

TODAY’S NON-SHOCKER STORY: Santa Monica Looter Admits He’s Doing It ‘for the Money,’ Not George Floyd.

THE GREATEST ASSET OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS TRUST, WHICH HAS BEEN SQUANDERED: Why only half of Americans say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine: Not enough people would elect to get vaccinated to create a protective herd immunity effect, a survey suggests.

For institutions to be trusted, they must be trustworthy, and for that they have to be run by people with the self-discipline and commitment to place the mission above personal or party or class interests. We don’t have people like that running our institutions anymore, and the price for that is steep.

PAULA BOLYARD: Let This Sink In: Churches Are Shuttered Over COVID-19 Fears, But Violent Anarchists Are Allowed to Congregate with Impunity.

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YOUR HIGHLY-CREDENTIALED INFOTAINMENT INDUSTRY AT WORK: MSNBC Host Yamiche Alcindor Attacks Trump, Hits Self in Spectacular Self-Own.

THE DEEP SEVENS ARE UP TO SOMETHING: The Mysterious Anomaly Weakening Earth’s Magnetic Field Seems to Be Splitting.

FLASHBACK: How SpaceX lowered costs and reduced barriers to space.

PJ MEDIA WEEK ON THE MARK GRIFFITH SHOW:

This week on The Mark Griffith Show we will feature 5 different writers from PJ Media.  The Mark Griffith Show airs weekdays at 1 pm MT 3 pm ET in the Denver market.

Monday we will chat with Victoria Taft who has written about Antifa.

Tuesday will feature Tyler O’Neil, Wednesday we chat with Megan Fox, Thursday with Matt Margolis, and Friday we finish up with Jeff Reynolds.

Join us in Denver on the AM dial at 560 KLZ Radio or online at www.klzradio.com or use the Tunein app on your phone.

Call to join in the fun at 303-477-5600

RADICAL CHIC: THE NEXT GENERATION. Meet your oppressed Molotov cocktail tossers.

ANOTHER ASSAULT ON CHRISTIANS’ FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS: One thing you dare not do as a military chaplain, according to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), is share positive opinions about the Bible and Jesus with other chaplains.

OOPS: Sweden’s coronavirus experiment has well and truly failed.

And note that the “listen to the scientists” approach is the problem:

The way the Swedish response has been structured has made the country more resistant to changing tack during the epidemic. Sweden’s expert agencies are kept quite separate from the government, which is generally a good thing, because it means that scientific issues don’t become politicised. “But if the expert agency is making bad decisions there is nothing to counter it,” Einhorn points out. . . .

Swedes are generally more trusting of authority and science than those in other countries, he adds. Despite recent murmurings of disquiet, the agency remains broadly popular among the public – and Tegnell has become something of a cult figure in Sweden, with toasts on his birthday and people getting tattoos of his face. But that’s been part of the problem. “The biggest problem in Sweden is there is really only one voice – that voice is the public health agency, and in particular Anders Tegnell,” Einhorn says.

So, while the UK and other countries which had initially embarked on a similar path changed tack and instituted national lockdowns, Sweden stuck to its guns. Now, it’s had nine times as many deaths per capita as neighbouring Norway, and it’s facing potential exclusion from a regional travel bubble because of fears Swedes will spread the virus. Tegnell has been criticised by his predecessor for not instituting a lockdown.

Just because a scientist says it doesn’t mean it’s science, or good policy.

UPDATE: On the other hand, Norway health chief: lockdown was not needed to tame Covid.

WELL, THAT CERTAINLY NARROWS THINGS DOWN: Seattle Mayor Blames ‘White Men’ For ‘Much Of The Violence And Destruction’ At Riots.