April 13, 2021

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.”

NOT PROMISED: AN END TO DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ASIANS IN ADMISSIONS. After ‘spike’ in anti-Asian violence, Harvard dean promises more race, ethnic studies faculty.

SOCIALISM: IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL LEAVE. Study: San Francisco lost the most residents of any major city in the United States.

How is Glenn’s Welcome Wagon project coming along?

DEMORALIZE THE POLICE: Austin Police Officer Shot On Duty; Just One City Council Member Gives Him Backup.

SCIENCE! Medical journal forces out editor who questioned ‘structural racism.’ Professors rejoice.

Structural racism is what you talk about when you can’t find enough examples of actual racism to make an argument.

MIDDLE EAST: Iran Threatens Israel After Cyber Strike On Nuke Facility. “Israel appears to have launched a successful cyberattack on the Iranian nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, causing a blackout at the facility on Sunday and resulting in heavy damage to new IR-9 centrifuges, according to Middle Eastern sources.”

SOME ADVICE FOR PHILANTHROPISTS WHO SUPPORT JEWISH COMMUNAL INSTITUTIONS: American Jewish philanthropy and continuity. Needed: A plan and the resources to make Jewish camps, schools, etc. better and less expensive than their competition; the opposite is often true now. Not needed: more Holocaust memorials and endowed chairs in Jewish studies that go to leftist professors.

DENNIS PRAGER: Why the Left Ignores the Killing of a Pakistani Immigrant Uber Driver.

The mainstream media have a mission that has nothing to do with reporting truth. Along with the Democratic Party and the rest of the left, their mission is to portray America — that is, its white population — as racist. Reporting that nonwhites have perpetrated violence — particularly against nonwhites — undermines that narrative, and these inconvenient facts are therefore consciously omitted. Or worse: The implication placed in people’s minds is that whites are the perpetrators.

This was my point in a previous column when I wrote: “Another New York Times article (about anti-Asian-American violence), under the headline ‘A Tense Lunar New Year for the Bay Area After Attacks on Asian-Americans,’ opens with this: ‘The videos are graphic and shocking. In January, a local television station showed footage of a young man sprinting toward, then violently shoving to the ground, a man identified as Vicha Ratanapakdee, 84, who had been out for a morning walk in the Anza Vista neighborhood of San Francisco. He later died.’ The Times piece never reveals the name or race of the perpetrator: Antoine Watson, a 19-year-old black man.”

Why? Because the Times wanted its readers to believe that Ratanapakdee, the elderly Asian American, was murdered by a white.

Truth, it is necessary to say again and again, is a liberal value and a conservative value, but it has never been a left-wing value.

Well, a classical liberal value.

ROGER KIMBALL: Grasping for Power Behind the Biden Chaos.

Here we are less than three months into Harris-Biden administration and already the sense of things spinning out of control is palpable everywhere.

Under Donald Trump, illegal immigration along the Southern border had been slowed to a trickle.

Now, in a matter of just a few weeks, it has become a full-blown humanitarian crisis.

Moreover, it is a two-headed humanitarian crisis, posing grave threats not only to the illegal migrants, who are crowded into dangerous and unsanitary holding pens, but also to the surrounding American populace that must deal with the crime and COVID that are rampant among the migrants. . . .

Which brings me to a larger point.

The Deep-State-Harris-Biden compact has not only presented us with a situation in which the velocity of change has been turned up to 11; it has also presented us with a situation in which the proposed depth of change is far more radical than anything contemplated in “normal” American politics before.

All the talk about “equity,” about “systemic racism,” about a new regime of “Jim Crow” is aimed directly at the integrity of the American system of government, based as it is on the sanctity of individual liberty and equality before the law.

It also reveals a deep and scary cynicism whose ultimate criterion is simply this: the acquisition and exercise of raw power.

That is perhaps the most sobering lesson in this latest chapter of the American saga: No matter how low you thought, it wasn’t low enough.

There is no ideal that won’t be trashed and inverted in order to advance the agenda of that power, no rhetoric that won’t be cynically deployed and emptied of meaning.

These are the sorts disillusioning revelations in store for us in the era of woke radicalism.

You though you understood how bankrupt and cynical the game of politics was.

It turns out you didn’t know the half of it.

#Resist.

SO MUCH FOR THE JIM CROW COMPARISONS: List: Georgia among ‘easiest’ states to vote in, better than Delaware and New York.

GOVERNMENT KILLS, PART ….: CDC Calls for Halt to J & J Vaccine Due to Blood Clot Risk. The risk appears to be less than one in a million overall, and so far zero for men. We should just inform people of this tiny to virtually non-existent risk and let them decide they think the risk is worth it compared to (a) only having to get one shot and/or (b) not being able to get a shot at all for some indefinite period. It’s extremely likely that more people will die and get ill because of the halt to the vaccine that would have died or become ill from the vaccine.

WELL: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine: US Calls for Pause After Blood Clotting Cases. “Federal health agencies on Tuesday called for an immediate pause in use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine after six recipients in the United States developed a rare disorder involving blood clots within about two weeks of vaccination. All six recipients were women between the ages of 18 and 48. One woman died and a second woman in Nebraska has been hospitalized in critical condition.”

Six people isn’t very many, but given that they’ve been pushing the vaccines hard they must have been fairly concerned to pause this. It’s also going to make it harder to pooh-pooh people who have safety concerns about using these new vaccines in general. So far two out of four — Astra-Zeneca and J&J — have now faced some official action based on concern over clots.

Plus: “Federal officials are concerned that doctors may not be trained to look for the rare disorder if recipients of the vaccine develop symptoms of it. The federal health agencies said Tuesday morning that ‘treatment of this specific type of blood clot is different from the treatment that might typically be administered’ for blood clots.” Treatment with heparin can make it worse, so it’s important to distinguish from other kinds of blood clots where that’s the standard treatment.

UPDATE: David Bernstein posted on this from a different perspective, but I also agree with his take.

REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS: The Absentee Vote Logic of the New York Times.

To pass a law limiting the use of absentee ballots, as Georgia recently did, is no longer to choose a side in a legitimate debate over how to balance ballot integrity and ease of voting. Instead, to express concern about the risk of election fraud is seen as being engaged in a different sort of fraud — an illegitimate effort to disenfranchise the poor and minorities. The New York Times has aggressively insisted the last several months that worries over absentee and mail-in ballots, in particular, are dishonest violations of voting rights. Times staff opinion editor Spencer Bokat-Lindell wrote late in October that “[t]he effort to discredit and discourage mail-in voting” was the “culmination of a decades-long disinformation campaign by the Republican Party and others to suppress votes, especially those cast by Black and Latino Americans.”

But what of the Times itself, which for over two decades has warned readers that the most common sort of election fraud involves absentee voting? As recently as September, Times reporters Stephanie Saul and Reid Epstein quoted Richard Hasen, who teaches election law at the University of California, Irvine, saying that “[e]lection fraud in the United States is very rare, but the most common type of such fraud in the United States involves absentee ballots.”

In 2018 operatives working for the Republican candidate for North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District seat, falsified absentee ballots. Times reporters Alan Blinder and Michael Wines told readers that the state’s long history of election fraud was “under a spotlight.” They quoted lawyer Bill Gilkeson saying that “absentee ballots” were “where the fraud really happens.” In 2019 Blinder wrote, “The Ninth District controversy ranks among the highest-profile examples of modern election fraud,” one that “underscores how absentee ballots remain susceptible to abuse.”

What accounts for the change from a dark presentation of the issue to a decidedly rosy one? RealClearInvestigations asked a spokesperson for the New York Times whether the paper’s current enthusiasm for absentee voting meant its staff’s previous criticism and reporting were wrong or misleading. RCI also asked whether the articles had been, even just unintentionally, part of what Times staff editor Bokat-Lindell called “a decades-long disinformation campaign by the Republican Party and others to suppress votes”? She did not respond to those two questions.

When the Party Line changes, the New York Times line changes, because they’re one and the same.

And as late as the day before the election it was still permitted to publish articles like this: Will your ballot be safe? Computer experts sound warnings on America’s voting machines. Now even suggesting such things makes you a conspiracy theorist and probably a racist too, because reasons.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: U.S.May Want to Look Into Getting Rid of Minnesota. “Hear me out. I know that we have all gotten used to the way the American flag looks and that change is difficult but, let’s be honest here, we could all probably get used to having fewer stars on it. Maybe start by removing one after we rid ourselves of, say, Minnesota. I’m done with it. Minnesota and its 10,000 lakes need to go somewhere that isn’t here.”

BLUE ON BLUE: Obama NASA Deputy Slams Biden for Picking Man To Lead Agency.

The critic here, Lori Garver, would have been a better choice than Bill Nelson, who doesn’t bring much to the table besides Democratic Party loyalty.

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

PROTECTION FOR ME, BUT NOT FOR THEE: It wasn’t an accident’: After Duante Wright’s death, Rep. Rashida Tlaib calls for ‘no more policing’; ‘It can’t be reformed.’

So when will Tlaib and other Squad members call for the defunding of the Capitol Hill Police and the removal of the National Guard patrolling the area?

PUBLIC SERVICE: Trump’s Net Worth Dropped Over A $Billion During His 4-Years In Office. “He knew what he was getting into when he came down the Trump Tower escalator to declare his candidacy back in 2015. But losing a billion dollars is what can happen when you don’t take a salary or make any business deals for four solid years. During that time, how many times have the Democrats and their sycophants in the media made false accusations that Donald Trump was using the presidency to enriching himself?”

Related: Here’s How Joe Biden’s Family Got Rich While He Was Vice-President.

Also related: “Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I’ll show you a crook.”

FROM BECKY R. JONES:  Night Mage.

After fighting a demon in the middle of Philadelphia, Zoe O’Brien wants nothing more than to return to her normal, if stress-filled, life as an assistant professor of history at Summerfield College. But she’s an Elemental mage and that means when there’s potential magical trouble on campus, the squirrels come to her.

Who or what is the dark presence moving around campus? Why is it here and what does it want? Zoe struggles to come to terms with her mage powers and the leadership role her colleagues have given her. Complicating everything are all the papers that have to be graded, classes that need to be prepped, and most importantly, cats that require attention. Oh, yeah. She might actually have a boyfriend as well.

TEACHERS DON’T CARE ABOUT KIDS, OR PARENTS: CA teacher goes off on students who want school reopened.

THE LEFT IS PROCRUSTES ALL THE WAY DOWN:  The Procrustean Bed.

WHATEVER. JUST STOP LISTENING TO THE FRAUD:  Americans Will Never Vaccinate If Fauci’s Retort To Normalcy Is Always ‘No, It’s Still Not OK’.

Though vaccinating if you’re under sixty five is kind of silly, but whatever.

LIES IS ALL THEY HAVE:  The Mendacity of Joe Biden and the Ruling Elites.

SURE. THAT’S WHY THEY WANT TO NEUTRALIZE OUR RIGHT TO VOTE: 2020 Election Data: Democrat Identity Politics Faces Headwinds.

SOMETIMES THE PIG SINGS:  CNN Actually Fact Checks (Some Of) Biden’s 2A Lies.

BEHOLD, MY SHOCKED FACE:  Jacksonville Gun Show Attracts Thousands After Biden Executive Orders.

I’m sure they’re just buying them to turn them into the government, right?  Yeah. I’m sure that’s what it is.

GREAT BRITAIN, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM:  I’d like to see her try it. Really. Some stupid needs to learned the hard way.

A lot of them, really. And you need to stop sending them here.

AGAIN THE ONLY ADEQUATE AND AMERICAN RESPONSE TO THIS?  Biden Moves to Revive Obama Plan to Federalize Suburban Zoning Regulations.

It must always be now and forever “Sod off, Swampy!”

FOR ALL HIS DRAMA, HE’S STILL MENTALLY ENSLAVED BY THE LEFT:  Will Smith Pulls Slave Drama ‘Emancipation’ Out of Georgia in Protest of Voter Integrity Law.

EUROPE IN GENERAL:  I think France may be lost.

The US might save itself, but while we’re busy the world is going down hard.

THEY’RE THE NAZIS:  Today’s blacklisted Americans: Trump supporters blackballed by employers.

AND HE’S RIGHT. UNFORTUNATELY WE DON’T DESERVE IT:  They’ll “Get What They Deserve” – Trump Blasts “Pathetic” Supremes As Biden Court-Packing Looms.

ENOUGH WITH THE TYRANTS:  CDC Tells Whitmer Lockdown Is Better Than Vaccines.

THIS IS THE LEFT’S EXPLANATION FOR EVERYTHING:  CNN Clowns: Of Browning And Grievances.

For instance, when I didn’t like academic, Marxist SF I got told that’s because I didn’t like women, immigrants and minorities writing science fiction.  For the left this makes sense, because you can’t possibly disagree with them, so it must be that you’re scared of women, minorities and immigrants. Sigh.

April 12, 2021

BLACK BBC GUEST SUGGESTS ALL REPUBLICANS, ALL WHITE MALES ARE AUTOMATICALLY RACIST.

A Black woman who went on BBC as a guest opposite Eric Bolling, the former Fox News and Sinclair Broadcasting Group host — and a White male — basically said that if you’re Republican, you’re racist; if you’re a White male, and profess to care about the Black community, you’re a liar.

This is exactly what’s wrong with Democrats in America. They throw the race card wherever, whenever, at whomever they can, without care, concern or consideration for how wrong, how very wrong, they are — or how stupid it makes them sound.

Can’t make a logical argument? Accuse the other side of being racist. Can’t defend your view with facts? Label your verbal sparring opponent a racist.

Earlier: ‘How dare you say my own is decided by the color of my skin’: Calvin Robinson takes on activist Ken Hinds in epic debate (watch). “Superb. Calling out a racist & demanding proof of outlandish claims. This is how conservatives should tackle misinformation.”

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): If you’d like to complain about this openly broadcast racial hatred, the BBC has a form for that.

EVERYTHING THE LEFT TOUCHES TURNS UGLY: Georgetown’s Cultural Revolution.

“INFLATION IS ALWAYS AND EVERYWHERE A MONETARY PHENOMENON.” “The Federal Reserve recently discontinued updating the M1 and M2 weekly money supply series and is instead updating the series monthly. Steve Hanke, professor of Applied Economics of Johns Hopkins University, said that this change reflects a change in attitude from the world’s largest central bank on the importance of looking at money supply. . . . They want to deep-six the monetarists, basically and push them off to the sidelines. They want to bury Milton Friedman once and for all and be done with it, and their preference would probably to not report any monetary statistics.”

MOSTLY PEACEFUL: Holy crap. Watch BLM protesters threaten to dox these officers and kill their families.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): This is how you get death squads.

OPEN THREAD: “Honor the incomprehensible!”

21ST CENTURY HEADLINES: Exolaunch entering orbital debris market with eco-friendly space tugs.

CRISIS BY DESIGN: The Building Austin Policing Crisis. “After the Austin police budget cut on top of the repeal of the public camping ban, Austin crime and disorder has gotten measurably worse.”

UPDATE (From Ed): Austin Police Officer Shot On Duty; Just One City Council Member Gives Him Backup.

(Updated and bumped.)

UMMM… Biden Says ‘Peaceful Protests’ Are ‘Understandable’ After Minneapolis Police Shooting.

Based on Biden’s standard last year, those “understandable” “peaceful” riots are all on him:

THIS COULD HAPPEN AGAIN: Think 2020 was bad? Historians say 536 was worst year ever to be alive. “In the spring of 536, a volcanic eruption triggered the Late Antique Little Ice Age (LALIA). . . . Weather patterns were severely affected by the blocked sunlight, leading to summer snowfall in China and the lowest temperature levels in more than 2,300 years, according to recorded historical accounts and climate reconstruction analysis. In the Middle East, China and Europe, a dense fog was an inescapable daily nightmare while widespread agricultural challenges in Ireland resulted in a ‘failure of bread from the years 536-539.'”

The world is better equipped to deal with something like this, but not that much better.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Experts Like Anthony Fauci Can’t Fight Fires, They Are the Fires.

More specifically, imagine that it’s Major League Baseball season yet again, which means consumers of self-regarding Washington, D.C. media could reasonably expect to read splashy news coverage about media-hungry immunologist Anthony Fauci at Nationals Park. Unknown at this juncture is whether he’ll be waving to a few thousand fans, or somewhere north of 40,000 — the Park’s capacity.

Whether it’s a few thousand or tens of thousands, Fauci’s attendance will be symbolic of issues beyond crowd size. In particular, it will reveal the folly of relying on experts to guide us during times of uncertainty. Put more bluntly, experts are the uncertainty. Experts are the crisis when they are losing their cool to varying degrees, and Fauci’s adoration of attention explains why. It’s a market phenomenon.

To see why, it’s essential that we imagine something that many readers will not agree with. Let’s not only think about Fauci sitting in the stands, perhaps wearing a mask, but let’s measure his supposedly formidable intelligence vis-à-vis the “others” inside the Park. At risk of causing readers to throw this book down in disgust, let’s assume for a moment that Fauci is the smartest individual in the Park. It’s certainly possible.

At the same time, Fauci’s mental capacity will be very small relative to the breadth of policy areas beyond COVID-19 itself and the combined intelligence of every cheering fan when we consider every other area of life — economic, social, philosophical, scientific, and religious. One remarkable mind in one category is no match for the collective wisdom of the masses across all categories. Their combined knowledge puts them at a major advantage against one, or for that matter, many.

Some know it, some don’t, but the previous paragraph neatly explains markets. It also neatly explains why central planning always fails. It also explains why Fauci’s rising influence inside the White House in the spring of 2020 resulted in broad desperation in the United States.

Earlier: Officials like Fauci have undermined trust in government institutions.

THEY’RE VERY NERVOUS ABOUT THEIR ELECTION NARRATIVE, WHICH IS TOTALLY HOW PEOPLE WHO ARE CONFIDENT THEY WON FAIR AND SQUARE WOULD ACT: “A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that 55% of Republicans falsely believe Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election was the result of illegal voting or rigging.”

“Additionally, 60% of Republicans incorrectly agree that the election was stolen from Republican Donald Trump.”

CNN reports, aggressively inserting the view that the people who were polled are wrong. I believe that’s a very unusual way to report an opinion poll, with insistence that the opinion is wrong and apart from any factual reporting that that makes it perfectly obvious that the opinion is mistaken.

This displays a desperate fear of the opinion, and I don’t think it does much good. The urge to stamp the opinion out will tend to make those who hold it grip more tightly: What are they afraid of? Are they trying to get me to move on, telling me there’s nothing to see here?

CNN continues:

What is perfectly clear, however, is that Republicans’ lack of faith in our current election infrastructure is a direct result of Trump’s historic efforts to undermine the legitimacy of the 2020 results.
It’s “perfectly clear” why people have this opinion? This is a news article, reporting a poll, and it’s making an absolute assertion about why human beings believe what they do. That doesn’t inspire confidence. It makes people suspicious, perhaps paranoid.

Why act that way, then?

HMM: J&J vaccine ‘paused’ after adverse reactions at Georgia site.

Also in North Carolina and Colorado. Hard to know if there’s really much there or not. Stay tuned.

Related: NIH begins study of allergic reactions to Moderna, Pfizer vaccines as total shots near 150 million.

INFRASTRUCTURE: IT’S EVERYTHING YOU WANT IN A BILL—AND SO MUCH MORE: Buttigieg Won’t Rule Out Including ‘Path for Citizenship’ to Biden’s Infrastructure Package.

THE RIGHT WAY AND THE WRONG WAY TO FIX A PROBLEM: In this article, I discuss the evidence that race-preferential admissions have made it harder, rather than easier, for African American law students to graduate and pass the bar. One solution to this problem would be to stop discriminating on the basis of race and admit what should have been obvious: students aren’t being done any favors when they are admitted to a school at which they aren’t academically competitive. But several states are experimenting with a different “solution”: dumb down the bar exam.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MINISTRY OF TRUTH: Altered photos of Cambodian torture victims stir controversy.

Cambodians on Monday continued to condemn an Irish photo restorer for altering photographs of victims of their country’s 1970s genocide to show them smiling, saying his decision and that of an international media group to publish them showed horrible judgement.

Vice on Friday published an interview with Matt Loughrey, who had colorized photos taken of prisoners of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious S-21 prison in Phnom Penh, where an estimated 17,000 people suspected of being enemies of the communist regime were jailed and tortured before being executed.

Vice has since taken the article off its website and released a statement saying it was investigating the issue.

“To imagine the smiling faces of victims of the Khmer Rouge, your judgment then must be horrible,” Youk Chhang, director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, said Monday.

I’m pretty sure that Orwell didn’t intend for Winston Smith to be a role model:

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: CDC chief to Gretchen Whitmer: Lock down now. “Today Rochelle Walensky used the daily White House briefing to answer her. Vaccines take too long to work, the CDC chief reminded everyone. It’d be two to six weeks before a dose fully protected recipients; Michigan needs to start dousing the flames of its outbreak today. And the governor conspicuously and uncharacteristically refuses to take the sort of action this time that she became famous for taking earlier in the pandemic. I’m not mentally prepared for Gretchen Whitmer to become an ally of the right for her staunch opposition to lockdowns but that’s where we’re headed.”

Of course, Walensky isn’t exactly laser focused on what should be the CDC’s only job right now: CDC Director Walensky: ‘Racism Is a Serious Public Health Threat.’

ANALYSIS: TRUE. The Multistate Bar Exam Is Not A Valid Measure Of Attorney Competence. It is, however, a reasonably good measure of focus, discipline, and ability to perform under pressure.

SHOOTING AT A HIGH SCHOOL IN KNOXVILLE: Austin-East seems to be where shootings tend to happen, for whatever reason. No real details available, except that among those shot was a Knoxville Police Department officer.

OBESITY: Michael Fumento on COVID’s Third Rail.

The very same thinking prevails regarding the obesity-COVID link, notwithstanding that even Saint Anthony Fauci has often made it. Declared a February 2021 article in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, “. . . questions remain about the quantitative risk of the association between fatness [and COVID].” It uses a common term in shame-shaming literature, “fatphobia.” That means if you disagree, you’re mentally ill.

“‘Unjust And Unethical’ Fatness Being Called A Risk Factor For Coronavirus – Kiwi Fat Studies Scholar,” is the headline of an article in a New Zealand commercial publication. “This insidious move of taking responsibility away from governments and putting it onto individuals [is ridiculous],” insists our scholar. “To say that your health is solely a matter of your own choice and your own personal responsibility, and therefore if you become ill or if you die, it’s your fault [doesn’t make sense].”

Yet shame has always been an effective tool in encouraging good behaviors and discouraging bad ones. I was a critic of the “Environmental Tobacco Smoke” pseudoscience (and was therefore accused of being paid by Big Tobacco), yet I’ll be the first to admit that it apparently served its purpose by shaming smokers in changing the message from “your smoking will kill you” to “your smoking will kill others.” The percentage of Americans smoking plummeted during and after the campaign, and I have no other explanation other than that “Smoking shaming” worked—an outcome I’m happy about, despite the underhanded method.

But smokers were much in the minority, whereas obese and overweight people are very much in the majority. Moreover, given that American journalists aren’t required to be fit like members of the military, there’s no reason to think that American journalists are any less fat than their target audience. They’re writing for themselves.

QED:

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PANICMONGERS GOTTA MONGER PANIC: Irony Alert: Dr. Fauci Is the Most Effective Anti-Vaxxer Ever.

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THE REAL MINIMUM WAGE IS ALWAYS ZERO: ‘Dirty Jobs’ Star Mike Rowe Just Totally Debunked the Argument for a $15 Minimum Wage.

THESE DAYS, PULLING YOUR MASK DOWN WORKS PRETTY WELL: How to Protect Your Personal Space.

CRISIS BY DESIGN: How Joe Biden Created the Border Crisis.

DO NOT TRUST CHINA. CHINA IS ASSHOLE:

GET WOKE OR GO BROKE, THEY WERE TOLD: The Victims of Woke Capitalism: Georgia Business Owners Speak Out After MLB Snub.

OF COURSE THEY DON’T: Energy secretary says ‘We don’t want to use past definitions of infrastructure.’

“Infrastructure” hasn’t lost all meaning. It has a new meaning: “Favored interest groups who want money.”

We used to just call it “graft” or “vote-buying.”

BIDEN VOTERS POSTING THEIR L’S ONLINE: Majority of CEOs say Biden tax hikes will harm business, slow wage growth: poll.

(Classical reference in headline.)

SCIENCE: Solar-to-Hydrogen Tech Sees “Remarkable” Efficiency Jump.

JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH CHYRONS, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: Defiant CBS Ends ‘60 Minutes’ Unapologetic Over DeSantis Hit Piece.

NO, HE JUST WANTS YOU TO SUBMIT: Does Steve Cohen Want to Start a War Over the Capitol Riot? “He compared a few people trespassing into the Capitol and stealing Nancy Pelosi’s rostrum to the 353 Japanese aircraft that damaged 8 U.S. battleships and sunk 4, killing 2,300 Americans and wounding 1,140. To call Cohen’s comparison insane would be an insult to the mentally ill.”

WOW: Penn Scientists Correct Genetic Blindness With a Single Injection into the Eye. “The patient had suffered from poor visual acuity, reduced fields of view, and zero night vision, Clinical OMICS reports, but after one shot, the patient showed remarkable improvement over the course of the next 15 months — similar to people who got multiple, regular injections.”

DO TELL: Current climate model simulations overestimate future sea-level rise.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: One of Our Vice Presidents Is Missing!

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Remember when Presidentish Joe Biden put Viceish President Kamala Harris in charge of the self-inflicted border crisis?

Answer: Neither does she.

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

  • Play stupid games, win stupid prizes (Minneapolis Edition, Redux)
  • Christian group caves to BLM, dumps Andy Ngo
  • We’d tell you not to watch this video, but you won’t be able to, anyway

Bonus Sanity: Not even Patrisse Cullors is crazy enough to be a genuine Marxist.

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

GIVEN THE PATTERN OF HIS PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION, YES. NEXT QUESTION? Is President Biden Trying to Sabotage Israeli Military Moves?

INSURRECTION: Rioters and Looters Ravage City Near Minneapolis After Duante Wright Shooting.

WHAT IF THEY HAD A “WHITE LIVES MATTER” RALLY AND NOBODY SHOWED UP? “How do you know that what looked like rally planning wasn’t just the media, law enforcement agencies, and far-left activists talking amongst themselves? . . . The whole thing looks fake.”

We live in a society where saying that white lives matter is a mark of “extremism.” Heck, even “all lives matter” puts you outside the pale.

Plus: “The way NBC News dealt with that is to say that the failure to show up in person should be interpreted to mean that the movements have gone ‘underground.’ So a big rally would be bad, but a non-rally would be bad too.”

They’ve got their messaging and they’ll stick to it no matter what. So why have they chosen this messaging? Spoiler: It’s not to make things better for actual black people.

A 75-YEAR-OLD WARNING ABOUT THOSE WHO SAY ‘LISTEN TO THE SCIENCE:’ When people say “follow the science,” often what they’re really saying is “follow our plan.”

“UNITY” JUST MEANS “FALL INTO LINE.” Biden’s Gun-Limitation Schemes Make a Mockery of His ‘Unity’ Message: The president is picking fights with much of the population and further dividing the country.

Of course, politicians often rely not on a united population, but on one that’s fragmented in ways that help them attain and hold office. Despite his inaugural verbiage, that’s certainly what Joe Biden is doing. Like many of his predecessors, he strokes just enough of the population to maintain power while antagonizing the rest. That’s been an effective strategy for lots of political officials who don’t care about the long-term consequences, but it’s brought the country to brink of disaster and made thoughts of unity a national joke.

Or maybe they’re okay with the long-term consequences, which aren’t exactly unforeseeable.

DON’T TRUST CHINA VACCINES: Top Chinese official admits vaccines have low effectiveness. “He also praised the benefits of mRNA vaccines, the technology behind the two vaccines seen as the most effective, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, months after questioning whether the then-unproven method was safe.”

THESE “INTRUDERS” ARE TO THE CCP WHAT ANTIFA IS TO THE DNC: Hammer-Wielding Intruders Attack Hong Kong Epoch Times Printing Press.

DAM SAFETY ADVOCATES FEEL FORGOTTEN IN BIDEN’S $2 TRILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN.

When President Joe Biden last week introduced a sweeping $2 trillion infrastructure plan, the details read like a Christmas wish list for people hoping to see more federal spending on roads, bridges, airports, schools and other deteriorating public resources.

But while the long list of projects in what Biden called a “once-in-a-generation investment in America” seems exhaustive, some advocates, including those concerned about the threat posed by aging dams, are concerned that their priorities are getting short shrift.

“I read it like three times and I’m like, ‘Am I missing something here?’” said Lori Spragens, executive director of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, who noted that the urgent need to repair crumbling dams that threaten lives and property across the country gets only a passing mention in the nearly 12,000-word fact sheet the administration released.

They shouldn’t be too surprised at being forgotten, considering Biden’s previous administration. As Joel Kotkin wrote in 2010, “When FDR commissioned projects such as the Tennessee Valley Authority, he literally brought light to darkened regions. The loyalty created by FDR and Truman built a base of support for liberalism that lasted for nearly a half-century. Today’s liberals don’t show enthusiasm for airports or dams — or anything that may kick up some dirt. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior Deanna Archuleta, for example, promised a Las Vegas audience: ‘You will never see another federal dam.’”

ENFORCING THE GLEICHSCHALTUNG: CNN’s Brian Stelter Complains That Fox News Hosts Aren’t Posting Vaccine Selfies.

THEY CAN’T WIN IF THEY CAN’T CHEAT: Woke CEOs Gather to Fight Against Election Integrity Laws. “Some CEOs joined the Zoom conference from Augusta National Golf Course.”

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): The Woke CEOs want Democrats to win by means fair or foul because they have tied their fortunes to the Democratic Party, which is now the party of Wall Street, big corporations, and upscale whites. Alleged concern about minorities is just a smokescreen for what’s really going on.

NONSENSE. ONLY WHITE PEOPLE CAN COMMIT HATE CRIMES. ALL THE BEST PEOPLE SAY SO. The fact that diversity isn’t a solution to hate isn’t limited to police abuse cases. It extends to all hate crimes as tracked by the FBI.

Also, “hate” isn’t an “American disease.” Actually, it’s mostly a lefty political slogan. But to the extent that it’s a “disease” it’s a human problem, not an American one. The idea that America is a uniquely racist country is also a lefty political trope, exercised for purely self-serving reasons. None of this is about making things better for minorities, or anyone. It’s all about power.

But note this: “Diversity is at the core of our national hate-crime statistics as tracked by the FBI. In 2019, the latest year for which the FBI has released statistics, 10% of hate crimes were committed by Hispanics, 24% were committed by Blacks, and nearly 7% were committed by groups with multiple ethnicities.”

According to the FBI, black people, who are roughly 12% of the population, commit 24% of the hate crimes. USA Today probably deserves a medal just for being willing to mention this.

Plus: “The FBI statistics are no aberration. ‘In New York City, where anti-Asian hate crime soared nearly nine-fold in 2020 over the year before, only two of the 20 people arrested last year in connection with these attacks were white, according to New York Police Department data analyzed by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Eleven were African Americans, six were white Hispanics and one was a Black Hispanic,’ reported Voice of America. . . . Too much of the coverage of hate in America frames the issue in black and white terms — a hateful white majority against beleaguered and innocent minorities. That doesn’t match the complex reality.”

That’s not the narrative we’re being sold, but the narrative we’re being sold is cooked-up political codswallop.

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THE THREE TENORS? THE THREE CABELLAROS? NOPE, IT’S THE THREE DAVID BERNSTEINS: If you are on Clubhouse, join me, David Bernstein, and David Bernstein for a discussion of freedom of expression and wokeness Monday 4/12 at 8:00 pm. [BUMPED]

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