Insanity Wrap needs to know: When you have to find racism in soap dispensers, have you ever found any serious racism anywhere?
Answer: No. Next question?
Before we get to the sordid details, a quick preview of today’s Wrap.
- They’re cracking down on Antifa in… Portland?
- High school athlete breaks record, nearly breaks neck at finish line from wearing a mask
- Re-introducing the modern leftists even a conservative can work with
And so much more.
Shall we begin?
This Is Not a Sane World, Exhibit #1,000,006
Canadian economics professor Douglas W. Allen has just published an in-depth, lengthy, and scholarly paper with all the references our Follow the Science™ friends could ever hope for.
There’s just one problem. As Allen puts it, “In my forty years as an academic, I’ve never seen anything like the response and reaction to Covid-19.”
Insanity Wrap probably doesn’t have to tell you that Allen isn’t talking about Operation Warp Speed delivering multiple and effective vaccines in record time.
From the Introduction section of his paper:
The ubiquitous media, public health, and political response to the pandemic has been one-sided, incomplete, and almost unchanging over the past year. With respect to lockdown policies, many political jurisdictions have repeated the same spring 2020 programs in 2021, ignoring what has been learned in the meantime. Often public announcements were made that were inconsistent with basic Covid-19 facts that were easy to look up if you know where to look. Furthermore, when research results contrary to the official government response were shared on social media, they were often pulled from social media platforms. As a result, for average Canadians the public media and official public health news conferences have been the only source of Covid-19 information.
Not just Canadians, eh?
The infotainment industry in this country is just as bad, as you well know.
The states that are doing best economically without doing any worse medically — states like Texas, Florida, South Dakota — are the ones whose governors have done the best job ignoring their “betters” in Washington and the infotainment industry.
The thing about science is that it’s nothing more than a rigorous process designed to reduce human error while investigating the nature of things.
When the facts don’t fit the theory, the theory must yield. Anything else isn’t science
Our panicked political COVID-19 response has barely followed any science, all claims and cheerleading by the infotainment industry aside.
Insanity Wrap still hasn’t finished reading Allen’s entire paper, but so far it’s a worthy and intriguing read.
Your Daily Dose of Mostly Peaceful Protest
The targeted arrests of Portland #antifa members Jacob A. Camello & Crystal M. Miranda for violent felony crimes came because of tips from an informant. This is the second time that informant information led to charges, leading to panic in antifa ranks. https://t.co/ePfEvc2CEy
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 28, 2021
After most of a year spent despairing over Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s tacit (and sometimes explicit) endorsement of partly violent rioting by Antifa thugs, it warms Insanity Wrap’s twisted little heart to see him moving so effectively against the twerps destroying the city.
The Craziest Person in the World (Today)
The reason leftism is so politically successful, no matter how dire (and predictably dire) its results, is quite simple, really.
They just keep hammering away at the same stupid idea until something gives — and they hammer away at nearly everything, everywhere, all the time.
Since leftism has no limiting principles, there’s always something in need of further hammering.
Case in point:
According to a recent online debate on “systemic racism” put on by the Bruin Republicans that I attended, soap dispensers are proof that white people are systemically racist against black people, according to some of my peers.
But it’s not just any dispensers, mind you. It’s those high-tech automatic ones. The reason is simple. As one UCLA student claimed during the debate, automatic soap dispensers “don’t see her hands” due to the dark pigment of her skin. As another student reiterated, soap dispensers are racist because they force “black and brown bodies” to show their palms — “the only light areas of the skin” — in order to get soap out.
Insanity Wrap puts our hands palm-side-up, too… BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE THE SOAP GOES, YOU MAL-EDUCATED, OVERGROWN TODDLER CRYBULLIES.
Ahem. Sorry. We lost our temper there for a moment. We promise not to let that happen again until the next time.
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Your Daily Dose of Mandated Unity
If you ask whether there is evidence supporting @DrIbram's decree that the surge of anti-Asian violence is driven by the ideology of white supremacy — as opposed to other social, economic and cultural factors — you may trend on Twitter for 2 days as a racist. Just FYI. https://t.co/q9rYA8qQeq
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 28, 2021
Glenn Greenwald (along with Matt Taibbi, Tulsi Gabbard, and a very few others) is Insanity Wrap’s kind of lefty.
We might disagree — strongly — on a nearly infinite number of policy issues, but unlike most high-ranking members of the postmodern, woke, progressive Left, Greenwald isn’t in the business of destroying the country.
Greenwald et al. understand that you can’t keep a country by destroying its institutions.
They remind Insanity Wrap in this small way of the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil. They had fundamental disagreements about taxes, spending, and the regulatory state, but they were both looking in their own ways* at how to make the country better.
Not “woke,” not “fundamentally transformed,” just… better.
*Reagan was right in almost every way while O’Neil was five-nines wrong. Just in case that wasn’t already clear, gentle reader.
And Now For a Brief Moment of Sanity
Here’s a welcome breath of fresh air, like walking into an over-airconditioned home on the hottest summer day:
Basecamp, a firm known for cultivating efficient and positive professional environments, made an announcement Monday that was more notable for the fact that, in 2021, it needed to be said: The project-management software company declared that it was a company focused on developing project management software, not an entity that should try to shape Americans’ political opinions, engineer its employees’ personal lives, or take positions on unrelated public debates.
A business in the business of running their business without poking into everybody else’s private business?
Can they do that?
Here’s Another Damn Thing We’re Supposed to Be Concerned About
Oregon high school junior breaks 800-meter school record and falls face-first at finish line as mask restricts breathing. pic.twitter.com/bN5aPDKO10
— Clarity (@covid_clarity) April 28, 2021
Masks. Outdoors. On kids. While performing demanding feats of athleticism.
That young lady could have been seriously hurt trying to live up to the insane demands of the COVID panic-monger brigades — and Insanity Wrap hopes that you long ago gave up caring what Karen thinks.
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One More Thing…
Insanity Wrap stumbled across this sign in front of the cash register at a local business on Monday, and we just had to share.
The winking smiley face more than makes up for any mistakes, don’t you agree?
That’s a Wrap for today.
Come back tomorrow for another Insanity Wrap…
…assuming we make it that long.