HE NEEDED TO REST UP: Get the Popcorn Ready, Joe Biden Is FINALLY Going to Address Congress.

21ST CENTURY WATCH DOG: A USAF master sergeant operates a Quad-legged Unmanned Ground Vehicle (Q-UGV). Photo taken March 24, 2021 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Here’s a background article on droids that move like dogs.

LIFE IN OUR CURRENT DEGENERATE AGE: Matt Taibbi: Due Process Is Good, He Said Controversially.

You can spot the “woke” nowadays by the way they act like the ignorant Mississippi villagers with torches in old movies about lynchings.

UNCLE SAM NEEDS YOU FOR A NEW COUNTER-PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE STRATEGY:

…America needs a counter-psywar strategy that can confront China’s and Russia’s destructive lies and treat anti-American propaganda like CRT as the faculty club rubbish it is.

The goal is building public awareness of and societal resistance to these psychological warfare assaults designed to shatter us. The Biden administration is in thrall to Critical Race THeory advocates, so individual Americans and private-sector organizations willing to defend freedom must be the initial actors…

It’s an all volunteer force.

I EXPECT THAT 2020 WILL DEPART FROM THIS TREND: STD rates in U.S. rose in 2019 for sixth consecutive year, CDC says.

GOOD: New conservative group wields unorthodox tactics to block Biden agenda, nominees.

A new conservative opposition research group is using unorthodox, and controversial, tactics to throw what it describes as “a big handful of sand” in the gears of the Biden administration — tactics it claims have been used effectively by the left for years.

“I see the group right now as getting up every morning and with the goal of making it as difficult as possible for the Biden administration and their allies on the Hill to implement their agenda,” Tom Jones, founder of the American Accountability Foundation (AAF), told Fox News in an interview.

“Our goal is to take a big handful of sand and throw it in the gears of the Biden administration, and that’s what we’re going to do every day,” he said.

Jones – who has worked in a number of research groups, as well as a legislative director for Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and for the 2016 Ted Cruz presidential campaign – said the AAF differs from other opposition groups by not being client-based, and instead is focused on causing trouble for the new administration.

It was set up only in March but has already made headlines, in part due to its guerilla-style tactics.

This is Trump’s legacy: More Republicans who fight like the Democrats always have.

NOT THE BABYLON BEE: BBC diversity chief says Idris Elba’s Luther character “lacks authenticity.” “He doesn’t have any Black friends, he doesn’t eat any Caribbean food.”

BERNIE MADOFF, INFAMOUS PONZI SCHEMER, DEAD AT 82.

Still though, the man worked tirelessly to expand socialism: Reminder: Bernie Madoff Donated Mostly to Democrats.

As were most of the people who donated to him.

HELEN TRIES IT: Last night, I finally got the time to read Howard McEwen’s awesome book Daddy Issues: A Hard Man Novel (The Hard Man Series). His books take a look at men who have led tough lives and in this one, it was so refreshing to hear from a guy’s perspective how he felt about coming home to a dismissive wife and disrespectful teenage daughter. Everyone tells you men are the problem in our society these days but missing from that woke stereotype is the voice of men who have real feelings and real reasons to be upset.

The protagonist in the story is a guy named Wag who runs a successful car repair shop and he has numerous reasons to be unhappy. No one much cares though as the women in his life seem out of touch and distant. His mother leaves him when he is 12 and his wife and daughter are self-centered and out for themselves. The book should have been titled “Mommy issues” because Wag’s desperate need for loving looks from women lead him to do stupid and dangerous things. I will leave it at that but buy the book and the others in the series, they are worth staying up late for.

BRYAN PRESTON: Woke British Leftist Says the Horrible, Genocidal Part Out Loud. “That Naziesque tweet wasn’t a one-off. Webbe followed it up with a thread outlining why she believes the rich should be ‘abolished.'”

Leftism always comes down to eliminating undesirables.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: AP Plays Big Brother, Abolishes the Word ‘Mistress,’ Hilarity Ensues.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Could we please just go one whole day when the Left isn’t using 1984 or Brave New World as an instruction manual?

Answer: Nope.

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

  • Just wait until Facebook’s automated censors learn about Boysack, Scotland
  • America would have to destroy Baltimore to save it, except Baltimore is doing a fine job of the first part all on their own
  • Patrisse Cullors can smear anyone she wants without repercussion — call it Marxist privilege

Bonus Sanity: You’ll love reading how people set the AP straight.

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

THE TRUTH HURTS: Chinese state media is not happy after university think tank reveals CCP’s human rights violations. “The report concluded that the People’s Republic of China bears responsibility ‘for committing genocide against the Uyghurs in breach of the 1948 Convention.’ Pointing to the Chinese Communist Party’s deliberate actions in killing members of the group, inflicting serious bodily harm, and preventing births, the report concluded that China has the “intent to destroy, in whole or in part’ the Uyghur ethnic group under the framework of the Geneva Convention.'”

KRUISER: Prince Philip Totally Seemed Like a Fun Guy to Party With. “Prince Philip always seemed like the kind of royal who spent his privileged days dreaming of being a regular guy who could go to the pub and get drunk watching sports with his mates. You know, just be ‘Phil’ rather than Philip and enjoy a pint or ten.”

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? You can now appeal for Facebook’s Oversight Board to take down bad posts. “The Facebook Oversight Board will now allow users to appeal for posts to be taken down from the platform, a significant expansion of the Oversight Board’s scope. For the first six months of the Oversight Board, users could only appeal to have content restored to the platform after it had been removed by Facebook moderators. Now, the board will also hear appeals for content that Facebook moderators have left in place.”

Twitter’s Woke oversight board turned the once-fun platform into the world’s nastiest leftwing echo chamber. Facebook has been speeding along the same path, and this will speed things up even more.

Have you tried MeWe? It’s basically Facebook without the censorship.

HOW ABOUT STOP DISCRIMINATING AGAINST ASIANS IN ADMISSIONS: U. Virginia profs hold teach-in on anti-Asian violence via ‘lens of intersectionality.’

WHY SHOULD HE CARE WHAT STUDENTS THINK? THEY’RE IMMATURE AND AS YET-UNEDUCATED: Professor rebukes social justice theory in scathing video. Despite student pressure, he refuses to resign.

DO YOU HAFF YOUR PAPERS? Hawaii to roll out ‘vaccine passport’ program by summer. “The vaccine passport program is seen by tourism officials as a way to speed up the state’s recovery, Forbes notes.”

I’m guessing it will have the opposite effect.

HELEN TRIES IT: My neck often hurts when I drive so I decided my product to try for you today from Helen’s Page is Russ Mitchell’s book Driving With Ease. Mitchell uses the Feldenkrais Method to help drivers use gentle movements and techniques to drive longer distances without getting as fatigued and emotionally drained when they go on long trips. He starts his chapters with exercises for you to do on the floor and then moves into using them in the car. I tried a few of the exercises he suggested in the first few chapters and while I felt kind of ridiculous lying on the floor, they were kind of calming and nice. The rest of the book focuses on using your pedals and arm positions in the car to cause the least strain. I hope to continue learning more and to work up to driving longer distances which I have been reluctant to do because I find it tedious.

If you want to take a look at the book, it can be found for free on kindle unlimited or you can order it directly from the author. He describes himself as a “recovering academic” so let’s all support him in his recovery. (Bumped)

THAT’S THE MSM CONVENTIONAL WISDOM, SO IT ALMOST CERTAINLY ISN’T CORRECT: Is the Special Election in Texas 6 a ‘Canary in GOP Coal Mine’?

THE DEMAND FOR WHITE SUPREMACY IN AMERICA FAR EXCEEDS THE SUPPPLY, DRAWING INFERIOR SUBSTITUTES INTO THE MARKETPLACE: White Bear Lake superintendent says messages sent to students of color ‘a hoax.’

WE SHOULD BE. THE EFFECTS ARE ALL AROUND US. Over 50% Of Liberal, White Women Under 30 Have A Mental Health Issue. Are We Worried Yet?

Conservatives label younger liberal generations as snowflakes or as having Trump derangement syndrome if they didn’t like the past president; liberals and progressives label right-leaning individuals or conservatives as racists, bigots, misogynists, etc. Resorting to this type of lowbrow behavior might once have been seen as an excuse not to address the actual issues or beliefs at hand, but now ad hominem attacks are more common than not.

But what if what was once a cheap shot or a personal insult has actually been found to bear scientific correlation between the individuals who hold progressive ideologies and an increased risk of mental illness? That’s exactly what Pew Research has found — and all politics aside, the shocking diagnosis of over 50% of liberal women with some form of mental health medical diagnosis is a public health concern that no one seems to be discussing, let alone taking seriously.

Well, it’s a problem that benefits the powers that be.

DON’T GIVE THEM ANY MORE UNTIL THEY DO SOMETHING GOOD WITH THE MONEY THEY ALREADY HAVE: IRS chief says some $1T in taxes going uncollected annually.

GOOD: New: Group to fight Democrat-CEO ‘wokism,’ ‘anti-Americanism.’

Fed up with corporate CEOs “caving into woke pressure” from liberals to cancel traditional values and question reasonable election reforms, the nation’s leading conservative group announced a new center to challenge the trend on Tuesday.

The American Conservative Union told Secrets that it is establishing the Center to Protect Voters and Their Voices to call out public companies that fall in behind Democratic efforts to radicalize the nation by shouting down opponents with charges of racism.

“There is nothing more important that we can focus on than this,” said Matt Schlapp, ACU’s chairman and the head of the group’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

The move follows a growing number of public corporations and outfits, including Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, and Major League Baseball, falling in line with Democrats to condemn election reforms in Georgia that a nonpartisan group praised this week for providing easy access to ballots.

Personalize it. The CEO’s don’t care about their companies nearly as much as about their own quality of life.

I CAN’T IMAGINE WHY: Greg Gutfeld’s Late-Night Debut on Fox News More Than Doubles Don Lemon’s Audience on CNN. Well, except that one of them is Greg Gutfeld, and the other is Don Lemon.

Related: Cable News Ratings: CNN Has Lowest-Rated Week of 2021 for Total Day and Primetime.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Project Veritas Confirms CNN Is a Cesspool of Biased Lies. “CNN’s lying about Trump being mentally and physically unfit to be in office led to the United States now having a president who is mentally and physically unfit to be in office.”

IT’S GOING TO BITE THEM HARD:  Merger of Big Corp and Big Law with Democrats Is Part of a Political Realignment.

Also look at Coke’s CEO’s eyes. How come all these people have dead eyes?

THE QUIET LIFE: The Racism-Free Utopia Is Rural MAGA Land. “Keep in mind that I think ‘hate crimes’ are mostly bunk. But clearly, such crimes are far more prevalent in SJW hotbeds like Seattle and Portland than they are in rural America.”

THAT’S DESPITE — OR MAYBE BECAUSE OF — THE MEDIA’S EFFORTS TO SUPPRESS SUCH VIEWS: Stuck: Most still say Biden ‘cheating’ beat Trump.

Related: CNN Director Admits Network Ran ‘Propaganda’ to Get Trump ‘Voted Out.’

DEANS ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT FACULTY, NOT THROW THEM UNDER THE BUS: Canceled at Georgetown: The law school dean sacrifices university policy and basic fairness to mob justice.

THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I’VE BEEN DOING: Rand Paul Calls Fauci a ‘Petty Tyrant,’ Urges Americans to ‘Go About Your Lives.’

MEANWHILE LEFTIST-CONTROLLED PLACES, FROM CITIES TO UNIVERSITIES, TO HOLLYWOOD AND THE MEDIA, ARE CESSPITS OF HATE, VIOLENCE, AND DISCRIMINATION: Rural Trump Voters Already Live in the Safe, Tolerant Utopia Leftists Claim to Want.

Life in Rural America (which is where Republican Trump voters live and govern), is clean, safe and racially tolerant. Most places in America where life is dirty, polluted, dangerous, violent, and plagued with racial hate and race riots, are cities that are almost exclusively populated by and governed by Democrats.

Outside of these Democrat-run cities, America is peaceful, safe, clean, and racially tolerant.

What’s more, if you remove these Democrat-run cities from our national statistics, you will find an America that is overwhelmingly peaceful, safe, clean, and racially tolerant.

Nevertheless, Democrats and their fake-media allies still blame Republicans for all of their problems.

According to them, it is Republicans who are responsible for racism, pollution, and gun violence — even though, out here where we all live, our air, water, and streets are safe and clean… We all own guns, but where we live there is no gun violence crisis… We are all supposed to be racists and responsible for all the hate crimes, but out here where we all live, there is no hate crime crisis.

Now, there will be exceptions, but those exceptions only serve to prove the rule.

Let me lay this out for you . . . .

Leftists say they want to live in a Utopia free of gun violence, free of pollution, and free of racism…

Well, that place already exists.

It’s called Rural MAGA Land.

Yeah, pretty much.

THE ONLY REASON THIS ISN’T MORE VISIBLE IN MY FIELD IS THAT MOST OF THE CONFERENCES WERE FOR TRAD PUB:  Trying to Notice What’s Missing.

But for other, more normal fields? We haven’t even began to feel the full cost of the Covidiocy.

GOOD, BECAUSE ADDING THOSE WAS THE PSYCHOLOGICAL EQUIVALENT OF MUTILATING CORPSES, BUT WORSE:  VICE removes images adding smiles to Khmer Rouge victims.

IF THEY KEEP THIS UP, THEY WON’T LIKE WHAT COMES AFTER TRUMP:  The GOP’s Trump Solution.

But I knew the WSJ had gone left when they threw everything behind Summer of Recovery 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6 and 7 and 8, and acted like Obama could tell an economy from a hole in the ground, or find his own behind with the help of a seeing eye dog.

THE GOOD THING ABOUT THIS? THEY’RE DESTROYING THEMSELVES:  CNN Director in Project Veritas VIDEO: ‘If it Wasn’t for CNN, I Don’t Know That Trump Would Have Got Voted Out’.

COOL BEANS! GREAT WAY TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE WILL DO ANYTHING NOT TO USE THE CANAL:  Egypt Holds Ship “Ever Given”, Demanding $1 Billion Compensation for Suez Canal Crisis.

Will someone please explain to the medieval Bedouin raiders that this is the future, and this kind of crazy destroys you in the end?

HAS ANYONE SEEN MY SHOCKED FACE? IT’S GETTING SO WORN OUT:  Derek Chauvin Trial – Prosecution Problems Ignored or Misrepresented In Mainstream Media.

AND THE OTHER 38% SHOULD SHOW AN ID TO DEMONSTRATE THEY’RE HUMAN:  Poll: 62% of respondents don’t think voter ID laws discriminate.

SILLY CONGRESSWOMAN. SPEAKING YOUR MIND IS FOR LIBS:  Today’s blacklisted American: A congresswoman because she speaks her mind.

IN THIS AS IN MUCH ELSE, THIS WOMAN JUST AIN’T LIVING IN THE REAL WORLD:  Jen Psaki has conservatives pinned down pat: NASCAR fans.

SURE ARE. THE PSYCHOLOGICAL ONES AT LEAST:  Masks Are Coming Off!

The physical ones? Nowhere near fast enough for a useless placebo crossed with a religious symbol of a religion I don’t believe.

April 13, 2021

DO TELL: “A group of top Democratic Party pollsters are set to release a public statement Tuesday acknowledging ‘major errors’ in their 2020 polling — errors that left party officials stunned…”

I didn’t trust them then, and I still don’t.

Plus: “When GW Bush won a disputed election in 2001, the media, led by the NYT and WaPost, immediately dispatched hoards of journalists to count every vote. I always assumed that they were looking to discredit the Bush election. Has anything like that happened after the 2020 election? I must have missed it. The fact that the media has turned a blind eye to what could be a huge story tells me all I need to know. And what did polling of Democrats look like in 2001? Most of the Democrats I know are still convinced that GW Bush stole that election.”

That’s different because shut up.

PEOPLE DON’T TRUST THEIR GOVERNMENT: COVID-19: Why is China’s vaccination rate so low?

AT HELEN’S PAGE: Men’s Shaving Soap. (Bumped)

OPEN THREAD: What are you doing to make things better?

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: COVID-19 has been much harder on those who already had anxiety and financial issues.

I’M GUESSING THAT HER FAMILY HASN’T PARTICULARLY MISSED HER:

WOKE POLITICS IS THE STATE RELIGION OF THE OLIGARCHS: Why big business loves Black Lives Matter: No one should be surprised that BLM’s co-founder is buying million-dollar mansions. “Woke politics has also been useful for firms hiding all kinds of unsavoury practices. Many firms will proclaim allegiance to BLM one day, while lobbying against curbs on forced labour the next, for instance. Indeed, whether you take the Marxist view, that all firms in a capitalist system exploit labour anyway, or the Adam Smith view, that sellers in a marketplace act out of self-interest rather than kindness, it is surely hard to take any company’s proclamations of righteousness too seriously. But there is more to all this than cynicism and wokewashing. Many of the ideas about race being pushed by BLM – particularly the ubiquity of structural racism – are now part and parcel of corporate culture and the white-collar workplace. Race experts are invited to give workshops and training on diversity and inclusion. Employees are tested for their unconscious bias. An entire race industry worth billions has mushroomed. The most famous and sought-after race entrepreneurs, like Robin DiAngelo and Ibram X Kendi, can earn vast sums of money in the corporate sector – sometimes tens of thousands of dollars per hour. Those BLM protesters setting fire to police stations were not radical revolutionaries — they were more like the militant wing of the human-resources department.”

JIM TREACHER: Rashida Tlaib: ‘No More Policing… It Can’t Be Reformed.’

* * * * * * * *

In case you hadn’t noticed, the office building where these lawmakers work has been completely fenced in with barbed wire. There are armed guards all over the Capitol. Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar are being protected by the very men and women they claim to revile.

Does “The Squad” know that what they’re saying isn’t true? Are they heartless liars, or merely insane hysterics with no connection to reality? I don’t presume to know — “Half and half” is my standard answer — but I’ll start listening to those idiots when they call for the abolition of the Capitol Police. I don’t hear them clamoring to tear down those fences and shoo away all the men with guns. When Tlaib and her pals start living by the rules they advocate for the rest of us, then I’ll know they’re serious.

It’s easy to stoke riots when you know you’re safe behind your very own imperial guard.

And a expanding one at that: Watch: Pelosi talks “increasing the size of the Capitol Police force” after deadly incident.

CRISIS BY DESIGN: ICE priority arrests down 75% under Biden.

EXPECTING MORE EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOMS: More eruptions likely as Caribbean volcano turns tropics into ‘battle zone.’

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S MIDDLE EAST STILL DIPLOMACY PAYING OFF: An ambassador of the UAE swung by a falafel shop in Jerusalem during his visit to Israel. Let me explain why this is so ridiculously significant.

THIS COULD BE A DEAL-KILLER FOR SOME: In rare cases, COVID-19 vaccines cause reactions for those with facial fillers.

OH: Funeral aid program allows death certificates to be altered for those who ‘may have’ died of COVID. “Relatives of individuals who died in the ‘early days’ of the coronavirus pandemic will be able to seek amended death certificates that show COVID-19 as a contributing cause of death in order to receive reimbursement for funeral costs under a new FEMA program, according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”

I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED: GOP Sellout John Boehner Reveals Who He Voted for in 2020.

THEY’RE ALL VERY FAST: Tested: 2021 Audi RS7 vs. 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe vs. 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S.

Audi gave me an RS7 to test several years ago. But they’ve gotten faster.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Blinken’s Holocaust Gaffe-Whitewashing FDR’s Anti-Semitic Policies.

From Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s recent remarks, one could erroneously conclude that it was actually Assistant Secretary of State Long, not President Roosevelt, who decided American immigration policy in the 1930s and 1940s, and Long, not Roosevelt, who decided that the U.S. should refrain from intervening to aid European Jewry.

Long, a campaign contributor and personal friend of the president was FDR’s first ambassador to Italy. He was one of the first to praise Mussolini for making the trains run on time. Long was promoted by FDR to assistant secretary of state, putting him in charge of 23 of the State Department’s 42 divisions, including the crucial Visa Division.

Speaking at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on April 8, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Secretary Blinken described how Long “had immense power to help those being persecuted,” yet “made it harder and harder for Jews to be granted refuge in the United States.”

That’s correct but misleading. It wasn’t as if Long conducted some kind of rogue operation. Numerous documents, including Long’s posthumously published diaries, recount how he regularly briefed President Roosevelt on his efforts to keep the Jews out.

Flashback: New Documents Reveal FDR’s Eugenic Project to ‘Resettle’ Jews During World War II.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Chinese Officials Feud in Public over Mandatory, Unwanted Coronavirus Vaccinations.

TO BE FAIR, IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO BENEFIT WORKERS: Hannah Cox: The PRO Act Is Anti-Workers.

HMM: Virginia Shuts Down Elections Site Ahead of Key Republican Deadline. “The website was taken down on April 9, a day before the April 10 deadline for Republicans in Fairfax County to register to participate in next month’s nominating convention.”

OUT ON A LIMB: Election Integrity: 62% Don’t Think Voter ID Laws Discriminate.

I CREDIT THE MIRACULOUS POWER OF BACON: Keto diet found to ease alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

GASOLINE PRICES ROSE 9.1% IN MARCH: Consumer prices surge by most since August 2012.

Hey, who was the vice president back then?

I DUNNO, NOTHING ABOUT RECENT GENERATIONS SUGGESTS THAT LESS SPANKING IS GOOD FOR DEVELOPMENT: How spanking may affect brain development in children.

THEY DON’T EVEN WANT TO KNOW WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW: Learning gaps matter. “If we don’t measure students’ learning, it will be easier to pretend that those locked out of school for more than a year are doing OK. Perhaps they’ve learned resilience. Or not. We don’t know.”

AN OBSCURE HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT: Astronaut breaks Guinness record for longest time between spacewalks.

JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: Reporters Pressure Police Chief To Avoid Calling Minneapolis Violence ‘Riots.’

BRYAN PRESTON: Amid Renewed Rioting in Minneapolis, a Lesson on the Second Amendment. “Anyone who interjects hunting into discussions of the Second Amendment is either trying to deceive or doesn’t know the amendment and its true purpose.”

IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW THE NEWS YOU’RE UNINFORMED. IF YOU DO FOLLOW THE NEWS, YOU’RE MISINFORMED. Survey: Relying on TV, social media for COVID-19 news leaves people less informed.

NEVADA GOP CENSURES SECRETARY OF STATE OVER 2020 ELECTION: Biden took Nevada by 34,000 votes, even as more than 40,000 voters cast two or more ballots. Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, Gateway Pundit reports that Nevada’s lone GOP statewide office-holder is being censured by the party for failing to recognize the vote fraud staring her in the face. Uh, what took so long?

UK RIGHT GOES FOR POWER AND SO SHOULD U.S. GOP: Writing in The Federalist, Sumantra Maitra encourages U.S. conservatives to drop the traditional commitment to preserving the existing order in favor of a populist positioning that gains power and thus the opportunity to implement needed change.

I have a much simpler approach: How about Republicans who talk limited government actually walk it by taking the necessary actions to limit government when they are in power?

FEDS SLAM THE BRAKES ON JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE — OVER ONE-IN-A-MILLION RISK: “In other words, because six people, out of seven million, developed a condition that is found in one to two out of every thousand people in the general population, the federal government is halting the use of a vaccine that protects against a virus that, in the past week, is has killed about 750 people per day.”

 

SHINE A LIGHT: What the Rolling Stones can teach us about today’s tax debate. “We’re about to embark on another national experiment to see how Americans react to tax increases. While some say that economic conditions have changed to the point where ‘it is different this time’ (cautionary words to any student of history) – we’re likely to find that human nature is a stubborn thing.”

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: I Refuse to Stand By While My Students Are Indoctrinated.

My school, like so many others, induces students via shame and sophistry to identify primarily with their race before their individual identities are fully formed. Students are pressured to conform their opinions to those broadly associated with their race and gender and to minimize or dismiss individual experiences that don’t match those assumptions. The morally compromised status of “oppressor” is assigned to one group of students based on their immutable characteristics. In the meantime, dependency, resentment and moral superiority are cultivated in students considered “oppressed.”

All of this is done in the name of “equity,” but it is the opposite of fair. In reality, all of this reinforces the worst impulses we have as human beings: our tendency toward tribalism and sectarianism that a truly liberal education is meant to transcend.

Recently, I raised questions about this ideology at a mandatory, whites-only student and faculty Zoom meeting. (Such racially segregated sessions are now commonplace at my school.) It was a bait-and-switch “self-care” seminar that labelled “objectivity,” “individualism,” “fear of open conflict,” and even “a right to comfort” as characteristics of white supremacy. I doubted that these human attributes — many of them virtues reframed as vices — should be racialized in this way. In the Zoom chat, I also questioned whether one must define oneself in terms of a racial identity at all. My goal was to model for students that they should feel safe to question ideological assertions if they felt moved to do so.

It seemed like my questions broke the ice. Students and even a few teachers offered a broad range of questions and observations. Many students said it was a more productive and substantive discussion than they expected.

However, when my questions were shared outside this forum, violating the school norm of confidentiality, I was informed by the head of the high school that my philosophical challenges had caused “harm” to students, given that these topics were “life and death matters, about people’s flesh and blood and bone.” I was reprimanded for “acting like an independent agent of a set of principles or ideas or beliefs.” And I was told that by doing so, I failed to serve the “greater good and the higher truth.”

Read the whole thing.

XI’S GOTTA HAVE IT! Chinese Propagandists Tout NYT Columnist Thomas Friedman’s Comments.

MORE ON THAT VANDERBILT STORY: When The Social Justice Mob Came For Me. “I’ve begun to believe that for some of my attackers, social justice is a cover for people who get pleasure from inflicting harm on others — straight-up bullying made a hundred times worse on social media. When did woke culture become so toxic? Some are cowards who hide behind an avatar. I am through being trampled on, but I shouldn’t have to fight back. When the social justice mob came for me, my university did nothing.”

Your university has chosen sides, and it’s not yours.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Woke Corporations Hand Out Millions to Rioters, Get Looted Anyway.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What happens when corporations pledge $300 million to woke causes?

Answer: They get their stores looted by woke rioters, anyway.

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

  • Google shadowbans “riots today” search results
  • Minneapolise body cam footage shows cop somehow mistakes pistol for Taser
  • Who wore it better, Kid Cudi or Mick Jagger?

Bonus Sanity: Nancy Pelosi mocks AOC and the Squad.

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

FASTER, PLEASE: WaPo: Biden will withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021.

HEALING: This ceramic ink can 3D-print bones directly into a patient’s body.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Intel Veteran Exposes China’s Spy Ops and Paramilitary Training in Canada.

DON’T GIVE THEM ANY IDEAS: Congress — And Biden — Can Raise Taxes Retroactively.

Gooder and harder.

WELL, THIS IS THE 21st CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Nuro’s self-driving robot will deliver Domino’s pizza orders to customers in Houston.

Nuro’s R2 was the first driverless vehicle to receive regulatory approval from the US Department of Transportation last February, giving it a special exemption from federal safety requirements. Founded in 2018 by two former Google engineers, Nuro partnered with Domino’s in 2019 for the pizza delivery pilot in Houston, which is finally rolling out now.

Nuro vehicles are already being used for grocery deliveries and for deliveries from CVS Pharmacy stores in Houston. Last April, Nuro said it would use its vehicles to transport medical supplies around two California stadiums that were converted into treatment facilities for patients with COVID-19.

“This program will allow us to better understand how customers respond to the deliveries, how they interact with the robot and how it affects store operations,” Dennis Maloney, Domino’s chief innovation officer, said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing how autonomous delivery can work along with Domino’s existing delivery experts to better support the customers’ needs.”

What could go wrong?

DIVERSITY PROBLEM: Only 2.9% Of Harvard Faculty Are Conservative.

ANTITRUST: Google allegedly gave its ad system an advantage with a special project. “Texas thinks it might have an edge in its antitrust lawsuit against Google. MLex and the Wall Street Journal have found unredacted court documents showing that Google ran a program, Project Bernanke, that allegedly gave its ad purchasing system an edge over rivals. The internet giant used data from publishers’ ad servers to steer advertisers toward the price they’d have to pay for ad placements, but didn’t tell this to the publishers selling those ads. This amounted to insider trading, Texas claimed, as it could use exclusive info to undercut competing ad-buying systems and pay publishers less.”

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