Thursday, April 22, 2021

Dawkins is canceled

The Atheist community acts as if it is rational and objective, but they have just canceled their most prominent member because he believes there are two sexes:
Regrettably, Richard Dawkins has over the past several years accumulated a history of making statements that use the guise of scientific discourse to demean marginalized groups, an approach antithetical to humanist values. His latest statement implies that the identities of transgender individuals are fraudulent, while also simultaneously attacking Black identity as one that can be assumed when convenient. His subsequent attempts at clarification are inadequate and convey neither sensitivity nor sincerity.

Consequently, the AHA Board has concluded that Richard Dawkins is no longer deserving of being honored by the AHA, and has voted to withdraw, effective immediately, the 1996 Humanist of the Year award.

What kind of award is it, if it can be retracted later?

They gave him a trophy in 1996, supposedly for what he did that year. They want it back for his opinions in 2021. So was he a good humanist in 1996 or not?

I have come to the conclusion that terms like Atheism, Humanism, Rationalism, etc. don't mean what they say at all. These have become terms that represent a range of left-wing political beliefs.

More and more, the news is filled with cancelations. In today's NY Times, the new Philip Roth biography is being halted because of allegations of inappropriate behavior in the 1990s. A police lieutenant in Virginia lost his job after he contributed $25 to a legal-defense fund. A make-up artist lost his 25M-subscriber Youtube channel. These stories go on and on.

Update: Former award winner Steve Pinker explains the AHA error. Also, a philosopher describes the position of many public intellectuals today:

If you can pose as a champion of the underdog and a speaker of truth to power whilst ingratiating yourself with the neoliberal regime, that kind of hits the jackpot, by combining the ego gratifications of being a tribune of the people with the career benefits of being a lackey of the establishment. Consequently this is what a lot of people do.
Update: It appears that the atheists are split on this issue. One prominent blogger defends retracting the award, but if you google him, you will find a history of him making reckless accusations against other atheists, and of others making accusations against him. Maybe they will all cancel each other.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

George Floyd Verdict

George Floyd death verdict is in. Here are my observations.

The had to prove bad intent on Chauvin, and I did not see any proof of that.

I did not see any proof, based on hard evidence, that Chauvin failed to follow police policy and training. It was all after-the-fact opinion.

There was conflicting testimony about the cause of death. Floyd may have died of a fentanyl overdose.

I do not believe the prosecution expert who testified that the body position and abdomenal pressure would have killed a healthy man.

No evidence of racial motive was given, nor any other bad motive.

I can accept that Chauvin was guilty of culpable negligence or something that, and deserves some penalty for that. But that is not what this case was about.

The upshot of this case is that many people are taking this as proof of systemic racism. Police departments everywhere are demoralized. New York City has just abolished the safest and most effective arrest procedures. Big city murders and other crimes are skyrocketing. Riots have killed dozens and destroyed millions in property. Democrats are rushing to pay slavery reparations to Blacks.

All of this crazy. This is a case where a cop had to hold a criminal for about ten minutes while waiting for ambulance, and made a bad judgment. That's all.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Bailing out of a very fancy girls school

I was expecting to like this widely publicized letter from a father to a fancy girls school, disenrolling his daughter.
She has been at Brearley for seven years, beginning in kindergarten. In short, we no longer believe that Brearley’s administration and Board of Trustees have any of our children’s best interests at heart.
Why did he ever think that they did?

He was paying them $54k a year to educate his daughter. It is a business. That's all.

I object to Brearley’s vacuous, inappropriate, and fanatical use of words such as “equity,” “diversity” and “inclusiveness.” If Brearley’s administration was truly concerned about so-called “equity,” it would be discussing the cessation of admissions preferences for legacies, siblings, and those families with especially deep pockets.
Why does he care about their words, concerns, or admissions policies? Are they educating his daughter, or not?
Lastly, I object, with as strong a sentiment as possible, that Brearley has begun to teach what to think, instead of how to think. I object that the school is now fostering an environment where our daughters, and our daughters’ teachers, are afraid to speak their minds in class for fear of “consequences.” I object that Brearley is trying to usurp the role of parents in teaching morality, and bullying parents to adopt that false morality at home. I object that Brearley is fostering a divisive community
He is probably right, but I would like to see some specifics. Has the school really usurped the role of parents?

What did he really think that he was getting for that $54k? Teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic? I am guessing not, as surely the basics can be learned more cheaply. He wanted the school to impart values, and now he does not agree with the values being taught. And that is a good reason to withdraw from the school, but he does not really explain it.

Monday, April 19, 2021

You don't feed a dog that bites your hand

Republicans got a lot of criticism for these remarks:
“I found it completely discouraging to find a bunch of corporate CEOs getting in the middle of politics,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., whined Monday. He fumed on Tuesday that his “warning, if you will, to corporate America is to stay out of politics.” Then he hastened to add: “I’m not talking about political contributions.” ...

Earlier this month, the Georgia House of Representatives voted to revoke a break on fuel taxes that benefits Atlanta-based Delta Airlines, which had criticized the state’s recent voting law. House Speaker David Ralston, R, explained: “You don’t feed a dog that bites your hand. You gotta keep that in mind sometimes.”

This is common sense, not corruption.

Corporations exist to make money, so I have to assume that Delta Airlines and others are making money out of their political meddling. They may be assuming that their opponents will not stop feeding the dog.

Stop feeding the dog that bites your hand.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Bachelor is trolling us

NBC News reports:
Former "Bachelor" star Colton Underwood revealed that he is gay in a taped interview with "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts that aired Wednesday. ...

Underwood, a former football player, was first introduced to viewers in 2018 as a contestant on Becca Kufrin's season of "The Bachelorette." He then joined the cast of "Bachelor In Paradise" in Season 5, before becoming "The Bachelor" in 2019 for its 23rd season.

He had a relationship for a year and a half with a contestant he met on that season, Cassie Randolph.

Is this a courageous admission that sacrificed his TV career? No, just the opposite:
After the interview aired, TMZ and CNN reported that Underwood had already begun production on a reality series with Netflix documenting his life as an out gay man. (TMZ reported that the series had, in fact, already begun filming.)
Anything for show business. I am guessing that in a couple of years, he will announce that he is now straight, and go back on The Bachelor. Or he will change his gender identity, and go on a reality TV show about that. Or he will enter into an interracial marriage and adopt an African transgender child. This game can be played a few more times.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Weaved into our Founding Documents

The Hill reports:
Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that white supremacy is “weaved” into America’s “founding documents” during a speech Wednesday to the National Action Network.

"I have seen for myself how the original sin of slavery weaved white supremacy into our founding documents and principles," said Thomas-Greenfield.

In addition to her remarks on white supremacy and its history in the U.S., Thomas-Greenfield told the activist organization that issues of “equity and justice” must be approached with “humility.”

Thomas-Greenfield also said the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery resulted from the nation's institutionalized white supremacy.

I have mentioned here and here that there is a history of arguments that the USA was founded as a White supremacist nation. These arguments are being increasingly accepted by mainstream Democrats.

I do not think that this is a good strategy. This just encourages Whites to say "This is a White country, founded by Whites for Whites. If you are non-white, then go back to some other country with your own kind."

Update: The NY Post reports:

Emerald Robinson of Newsmax asked Psaki at her daily press briefing whether Biden is “going to remove her from her position” — saying the speech hit themes similar to an anti-US diatribe by Chinese diplomats in Alaska last month. ...

“Is the president going to remove an African American woman with decades of experience in the Foreign Service who is widely respected around the world from her position as ambassador to the UN? He is not,” Psaki said.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Evolutionists join delusional leftist political fad

Biology professors define evolution as the history of life on Earth, and so everyone accepts under that definition. But the subject is couple to a number of seemingly unrelated ideologies.

In particular, evolutionists are nearly all leftists and atheists. They used to be all in favor of eugenics, and now they have gone to the other extreme.

Now it appears that they are adopting a bunch of anti-white racial delusions.

Evolution Society news:

The Society for the Study of Evolution, the American Society of Naturalists, and the Society of Systematic Biologists stand in solidarity with the many Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities and vehemently condemn these acts of domestic terror. To our Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander members: we support and respect you. We will continue the work of transforming our Societies into safe and inclusive places for you, and for all members of our communities.

The murders of Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and Paul Andre Michels in the Atlanta area are symptoms of violent anti-Asian racism, which has only increased since the onset of the pandemic in the United States last year. These events are widespread. ...

We call on our largely white membership to capitalize on their privilege to support their colleagues.

Not all of those white members agree, as here are a couple who don't.

These murders were not acts of domestic terror, and are not symptoms of violent anti-Asian racism. And they should have nothing to do with academic pursuits of evolutionary biology.

I don't know what it is about the subject of Evolution, but it has a long history of prominent advocates like Stephen Jay Gould giving opinions on politics, religion, social customs, and other topic outside their expertise, and pretending that they are imparting evolutionary wisdom on us.

CNN has jump on this Asian fad, and declared that chop suey fonts are racist. The article seems like a joke, but it is not.

Congress is preparing to pay slavery reparations to Blacks, and making it a hate crime to associate China with the coronavirus.

A NY Times Black columnist writes:

Rage Is the Only Language I Have Left

Society has become horribly desensitized to police killings of Black men. ...

One of the first times I wrote about the police killing of an unarmed Black man was when Michael Brown was gunned down in the summer of 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown was a Black teenager accused of an infraction in a convenience store just before his life was taken.

This is pretty crazy stuff. Brown was a violent criminal who was trying to kill a cop. The recent Minnesota death was of a Black man with a history of gun crimes.

Meanwhile, Ashli Babbitt was an unarmed White woman participating in a political protest when a cop shot and killed her. That cop will not be charged or even identified. She was much more innocent than any of the examples of Black killings. She was not threatening to hurt anyone. It makes much more sense to say that society has become accepting of police killings of White women.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Medical Schools get Woke

Remember when medical schools were only concerned with teaching medicine?

Here is an Antiracism Statement from Harvard Medical School:

We will focus on measures designed to improve recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color ... We must be intentional in accompanying the marginalized, and actively engaging in anti-racism in all our collaborations. This means recognizing and including our Black, Indigenous, and colleagues of color in setting the agenda in all aspects of our academic, policy and advocacy work.
Translation: in order to become fully anti-white, we need to hire a lot of BIPOCs.

U. of Virginia medical School kicked out a student for this exchange:

Bhattacharya: Hello. Thank you for your presentation. I had a few questions just to clarify your definition of microaggressions. Is it a requirement, to be a victim of microaggression, that you are a member of a marginalized group?

Adams: Very good question. And no. And no—

Bhattacharya: But in the definition, it just said you have to be a member of a marginalized group—in the definition you just provided in the last slide. So that's contradictory.

Adams: What I had there is kind of the generalized definition. In fact, I extend it beyond that. As you see, I extend it to any marginalized group, and sometimes it's not a marginalized group. There are examples that you would think maybe not fit, such as body size, height, [or] weight. And if that is how you would like to see me expand it, yes, indeed, that's how I do.

Bhattacharya: Yeah, follow-up question. Exactly how do you define marginalized and who is a marginalized group? Where does that go? I mean, it seems extremely nonspecific.

Adams: And—that's intentional. That's intentional to make it more nonspecific . ...

His lawsuit was just reinstated by an appellate court.

It appears that medical culture operates on groupthink, and that anyone who questions official policy is not likely to be successful.

The Harvard student newspaper has a popular article on The Scarcity of Harvard’s Conservative Faculty. Only 3% lean conservative at all, and only 0.4% are truly conservative. While the professors talk about diversity all the time, there is no attempt at ideological diversity. Just the opposite, there are active campaigns to kick out any Trump supporters.

If Harvard professors publish research on climate science, or crime, or economics, or many other topics that can be influenced by politics, would you take it as objective research? Not anymore. Harvard has become a left-wing think tank.

You would think that a magazine title The Skeptic would rely on hard objective science, but it is filled with leftist nonsense. Sure it has anti-superstition articles, but it also a lot of articles pretending to be scientific, but actually are just political opinions denying modern science.

I expect political, religious, and other organizations to give opinions that are not necessarily grounded in science. But these opinions in The Skeptic are not much different from the superstitions that they denounce.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

NY Times endorses White Replacement Theory

NY Times Black columnist Charles M. Blow writes:
On Thursday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson caused an uproar by promoting the racist, anti-Semitic, patriarchal and conspiratorial “white replacement theory.” Also known as the “great replacement theory,” it stands on the premise that nonwhite immigrants are being imported (sometimes the Jewish community is accused of orchestrating this) to replace white people and white voters. The theory is also an inherent chastisement of white women for having a lower birthrate than nonwhite women. ...

Carlson continued, “Every time they import a new voter, I become disenfranchised as a current voter.”

The whole statement is problematic.

I don't think he said anything about Jews or White women. I think that the birthrate has fallen for all races and religions in the USA. You can watch his comments here and here.

By "problematic", Blow means an unsettling truth, and he goes on to confirm everything Carlson said:

the percentage of voters who are white in America is shrinking as a percentage of all voters ...

But now, in addition to Black voters voting overwhelmingly Democratic, there is a wave of nonwhite immigrants who also lean Democratic. ...

I would even argue that the bizarre obsession with trans people is also rooted in part in white anxiety over reproduction.

Carlson didn't say anything about trans people either.

The Democrats are the ones who are obsessing with importing non-white immigrants, and getting them to vote Democrat. There is not any conspiracy, and the Democrats are quite open about it. The Democrats are also the ones obsessed with trans people. The NY Times writes about these subject much more than conservative sites do, and Democrat politicians talk about them much more.

Update: Here is the ADL response. In it, Jonathan A. Greenblatt argue that since FoxNews is run by Jews, it should fire Carlson as being contrary to Jewish interests.

He has no answer to Carlson's point:

Go to the Anti-Defamation League’s website sometime if you’d like a glimpse of what an honest conversation about the nation’s interests might look like. In a short essay posted to the site, the ADL explains that the state of Israel should not allow more Arabs to become citizens with voting rights, quote: “With historically high birth rates among the Palestinians, and a possible influx of Palestinian refugees and their descendants now living around the world, Jews would quickly become a minority within a bi-national state, thus likely ending any semblance of equal representation and protections. In this situation, the Jewish population would be increasingly politically – and potentially physically – vulnerable. It is unrealistic and unacceptable to expect the state of Israel to voluntarily subvert its own sovereign existence and nationalist identity and become a vulnerable minority within what was once its own territory.”
That is, the ADL, NY Times, and other Jewish organizations strongly advocate keeping non-Jews out of Israel, because of a Replacement Theory. They also admit that Jews are working to replaces Whites in the USA. But they are very much opposed to any American Whites even talking about Replacement Theory as it might apply to the USA.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Trump's vaccine promise is realized

Intellectuals attacked Donald Trump for COVID-19 more than anything else, with everyone claiming that he was lying about it. They all said that Gov. Cuomo and Newson showed excellent science-based leadership.

Those governors were so terrible that they are being run out of office.

But how does Trump's record hold up?

The Wash. Post attacked Trump, 6 weeks before the election:

Trump says, without evidence, every American will get coronavirus vaccine by April https://t.co/PdkoQyaagX — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 18, 2020

President Trump said Friday that every American would have access to a coronavirus vaccine by April, contradicting his own statement of two days earlier and sowing deeper confusion about the process and timing of vaccine approval and distribution.

When Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said earlier in the week that the general public was unlikely to get access to a vaccine until the second and third quarters of 2021, echoing other scientific leaders in the administration, Trump said he’d misspoken.

“I think he made a mistake with that statement,” Trump said Wednesday. “When he said it, I believe he was confused. I’m just telling you we’re ready to go.”

Trump then said a vaccine would be ready in weeks and swiftly made available, despite the fact that no one knows yet when sufficient data will be collected from clinical trials to show that one of the vaccines in late-stage trials is effective or safe.

We now know that Trump was telling the truth, and the FDA, CDC, and vaccine companies conspired to conceal the trial data until after the election.

And his promise of universal vaccination by April was right on target:

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that all adults in the U.S. should be eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine by April 19 … The new deadline to expand eligibility — which is two weeks earlier than Biden had previously targeted — should not be difficult to meet since several states have already begun administering the vaccine to anyone over 16 who wants it.
This Wash. Post lie probably cost Trump the election. There were a fair number of centrist voters who only voted against Trump because of the coronavirus.

Of there were many other times Trump was accused of lying, when he was actually telling the truth. The Lincoln Project just put out of video titled "Trump's Big Lie", where Trump predicts that the only way he will lose the election is thru mail-in votes. And that is exactly what happened. Trump won the votes of those who actually voted according to pre-existing rules. Biden's extremely narrow margin was based on changing the rules to allow unauthenticated early mail-in votes.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Floyd trial witnesses have surprising testimony

I have been following the George Floyd murder trial, and some witnesses have some surprising testimony.

  • One expert indentified the precise second Floyd died. It was about 6 minutes into the 9-min. video.
  • He also said Chauvin was the sole cause of death, and the same thing would have killed a healthy man.
  • Others said that there were multiple contributing causes.
  • Chauvin knee was not on Floyd's neck; it was on the shoulder blade.
  • Floyd's breathing difficulties were caused by the position of the body and the pressure on lungs, and not on by blocking air or blood in the neck.
  • The police chief and others said that Chauvin did not have cause to use deadly force, and that his actions were contrary to his training and police policy.
  • Some of this changes my thinking. If it is really true that Chauvin went against policy and training, then he ought to be convicted of something. But the prosecution have not produced specifics to back this up, and the defense may be able to rebut. We really just heard police officers say that they would not have made the judgments that Chauvin, and that is not convincing. I want to see the actual training materials used on Chauvin.

    The prosecution has to prove intent, and there has been nothing about that so far.

    I am expecting the defense to present testimony that:

  • Chauvin had training to do what he did.
  • A healthy man would have survived being held down like Floyd, and it happens all the time.
  • If Floyd died at the 6-min mark, then Chauvin's actions for the last 3 minutes have no bearing on the charges.
  • Chauvin will testify that he was following accepted procedures to restrain Floyd so that he could get medical attention. Chauvin's a apparent aloofness was the result of bystander heckling.

    The judge seems fair. I think Chauvin may be convicted of a lesser charge. He really needs to testify, to give evidence of intent, but if he does, he will be subjected to a nasty character assassination.

    The larger issue is that this case was supposed to prove the existence of systemic racism. No such evidence has even been presented.

    The picture shows a lethal dose of fentanyl, compared to a penny.

  • Saturday, April 10, 2021

    Jews try to censor Fox News

    Jonathan A. Greenblatt of the Jewish lobbying organization ADL is trying to get Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson:
    Last night, in a segment on his program dealing with voting rights and allegations of voter disenfranchisement, Tucker Carlson disgustingly gave an impassioned defense of the white supremacist “great replacement theory,” the hateful notion that the white race is in danger of being “replaced” by a rising tide of non-whites. While couching his argument in terms of what he described as the Democratic Party attempting to replace traditional voters with immigrants from third-world countries, Carlson’s rhetoric was not just a dog whistle to racists – it was a bullhorn.

    Make no mistake: this is dangerous stuff. It is a notion that fueled the hateful chants of “Jews will not replace us!” in Charlottesville in 2017. ...

    In short, this is not legitimate political discourse. ... Furthermore, Carlson has suggested that the very idea of white supremacy in the U.S. is a hoax, ...

    Here is the Tucker Carlson video. As you can see, he doesn't say anything about Jews. He also denies that it is mainly a racial issue, as he objects to American Whites being replaced by foreign Whites, and American Blacks being replaced by other foreigners.

    The above letter is curious for what it does not say. It does not claim that claim that Carlson said anything factually incorrect. It does not even deny that Jews are seeking to replace White Christian Americans with foreigners. He merely argues that it is against Jewish interests to have a public discussion of the issues.

    It is funny how Jewish publications and organizations are forever complaining about what a few protesters chanted in Charlottesville in 2017. The NY Times alone has published about 200 articles complaining about it, but never doubting that Jews seek a great replacement.

    Update: This article relates the controversy to longstanding Jewish policies towards immigration.

    Update: The United Nations calls it "replacement migration".

    Friday, April 09, 2021

    Prince Philip Dies

    When a king marries, his wife becomes the queen. But when Queen Elizabeth II married, her husband just became Prince Philip, not the king.

    What goes? I thought that Britain had a patriarchal monarchy. It used to give a preference to male heirs, so I guess Elizabeth II only became queen because she had no brothers. A few years ago, they decided that was sexist, and the system now prefers the first-born, whether boy or girl. As it happens, males are in line for the throne, so the next crowning will be of a king, and then his wife will be the queen.

    Professors blame Whites for Black crimes

    Today's universities teach White hatred all the time, and don't miss a chance to blame Whites. Here is the latest example:
    White supremacy is the root of all race-related violence in the US

    [by] Jennifer Ho, Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Colorado Boulder ...

    The point https://www.unz.com/isteve/white-supremacy-is-the-root-of-all-race-related-violence-in-the-us/I’ve made through all of those experiences is that anti-Asian racism has the same source as anti-Black racism: white supremacy. So when a Black person attacks an Asian person, the encounter is fueled perhaps by racism, but very specifically by white supremacy. White supremacy does not require a white person to perpetuate it.

    White supremacy is an ideology, a pattern of values and beliefs that are ingrained in nearly every system and institution in the U.S. It is a belief that to be white is to be human and invested with inalienable universal rights and that to be not-white means you are less than human – a disposable object for others to abuse and misuse.

    The dehumanization of Asian people by U.S. society is driven by white supremacy and not by any Black person who may or may not hate Asians.

    By "Asian", I assume she means Oriental. And she blames Whites when a Black commits a crime against an Oriental.

    The department has this Land Use Statement:

    We honor and acknowledge that the University of Colorado’s four campuses are on the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Ute, Apache, Comanche, Kiowa, Lakota, Pueblo and Shoshone Nations. Further, we acknowledge the 48 contemporary tribal nations historically tied to the lands that comprise what is now called Colorado.
    These statements have become common. Again, this seems to have no purpose except to express hatred for Whites. It credits non-whites, but not the Whites who built the state and the university. If they really think that they are occupying stolen land, then they can leave.

    Thursday, April 08, 2021

    Causes of racial identification

    Comment:
    In a Clubhouse discussion back in February, an immigrant to the U.S. from China said that, in her opinion, our roughly nine months (so far) of #BLM and #SocialJustice was the primary driver behind people perniciously identifying as “white”. As far as she was concerned, prior to all of the efforts in “anti-racism”, people who happened to be white would primarily identify as “Italian” or “German-American” or “New Yorker” or “Dentist” or whatever. But with the constant media drumbeat of Black vs. white, Asian vs. white, and Pacific Islander vs. white, the former “Anglo-Scotch-American” now identifies as “white”.
    I agree with that. I don't think most whites identified as white, until recently. Maybe they still don't.

    The Democrats have become the anti-white party, and blame whites for everything. Pres. Biden campaigned on promises of considering racial reparations, and now he is making such payments to Black farmers. Whites are the ones who are not eligible, whether they like it or not.

    Wednesday, April 07, 2021

    The Anti-Asian Hoax

    A libertarian immigrant law professor writes in The Hill:
    Lost in this partisan war of words is the reality that both the right and left-wing versions of anti-Asian bigotry deserve condemnation. The two rest on similar flawed foundations and perpetrate similar injustices.
    His examples of left-wing anti-Asian bigotry involve Americans acting against Asian-Americans. But his right-wing examples all involve Americans supposedly discriminating against foreigners living on the other side of the world!

    In my experience, Americans have been extraordinarily kind to Asians. In the last few weeks, the leftist press has dug up some Asian complaints, and they are remarkably petty. They are mostly things that no one else would complain about. There is an occasional crime, but it is not clear that Asian-Americans are victims any more than anyone else. The whole thing is a big hoax.

    MSN reports:

    Joe Biden is considering restarting construction on Donald Trump's southern border wall as his administration continues to grapple with a growing immigration crisis including record numbers of illegal crossers.
    It is already obvious that Pres. Trump was a much better President that Joe Biden will ever be.

    Tuesday, April 06, 2021

    The Kinds of Beliefs

    People have different kinds of beliefs. Roughly, there are beliefs based on reason and faith, but I want to break it down further.

    Positivism beliefs. These are beliefs in proven knowledge, such as 2+2=4 or conservation of energy.

    Probability beliefs. These are factual beliefs that you admit could be wrong, but they are justified by sufficiently high probability. For example, you might believe that you will drive to the beach tomorrow, even though accidents or external events could interfere.

    Solipsism beliefs. These are untestable beliefs that exist in your mind, such as belief in a God that does not reveal himself in the natural world.

    Fantasy beliefs. These are beliefs that allow you to live out a fantasy of how the world ought to be. For example, recycling your plastics may help you feel better about the environment, even though there is no actual benefit.

    Alignment beliefs. This is where you profess a belief in order to socially align with others.

    When someone declares something to be the truth, I need to figure out which of these five categories of belief applies. If I pick the wrong category, then nothing I say will mean anything to him, because my argument will have nothing to do with what underlies his belief.

    This last category of alignment beliefs is particularly confusing. We just celebrated Easter, which commemorates Jesus Christ rising from the dead. This is a core Christian belief. If you want to be a Christian, and align yourself with other Christians, you need to accept this.

    If you are a Republican American politician, you need to be pro-gun, anti-tax, and anti-abortion. A Democrat must be pro-tax, pro-immigration, anti-gun, pro-abortion, and favor identity politics of anyone but straight White Christian men.

    CNN was recently attacked for saying:

    It’s not possible to know a person’s gender identity at birth, and there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth.
    How could anyone even say something so silly? I think the way to understand this is that CNN has become a left-wing network, and this is a statement that aligns with leftist transgender activists. It is not a statement of fact in the usual sense.

    Several have made an analogy between the Woke Left and a religion. This gives the Left too much credit. It is not a religion. They do have a willingness to recite things that are obviously false, but that is not what defines religion. When the Woke Left says things that are obviously false, they are just aligning themselves with their leftist causes.

    Monday, April 05, 2021

    Jan. 6 prosecutions fall apart

    By Julie Kelly reports:
    He is known as the “zip tie guy.”

    In one of the most iconic photographs of the January 6 Capitol melee, Eric Munchel, wearing tactical gear, is seen holding up a fistful of zip ties in the Senate gallery. Munchel, the media quickly concluded, brought the flex cuffs to arrest lawmakers attempting to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. The woman photographed with him later was identified as his mother, Lisa Eisenhart.

    The top federal prosecutor who handled the first two months of the Justice Department’s Capitol breach probe recently bragged that Munchel was one of the first protestors targeted in the agency’s unprecedented 50-state manhunt for alleged “insurrectionists.”

    The feds threw the book at them, as they were prosecuted for the so-called armed insurrection. They were held in jail without bail, because they were supposedly so dangerous.

    But they were just innocent pro-democracy protesters, like everyone else.

    The three judges carefully deconstructed the charges against mother and son, noting neither has been accused of violence such as assault or destruction of property. One judge argued the detention order should be reversed, not revisited. In his partial dissent, Judge Gregory Katsas took aim at the Justice Department’s exaggerated case.

    “While there, they attempted neither violence nor vandalism,” Katsas wrote. “They searched for no Members of Congress, and they harassed no police officers. They found plastic handcuffs by chance, but never threatened to use them. Munchel’s threat to ‘break’ anyone who vandalized the Capitol was intended to prevent destruction and was addressed to no one in particular.”

    Katsas detailed how both defendants fully cooperated with authorities, both were employed at the time of surrender—Eisenhart has been a nurse for 30 years—and neither has a criminal record with the exception of Munchel’s two marijuana possession charges from several years ago.

    The only felony the government could come up with to charge Munchel and Eisenhart—who are being charged together—is “obstruction of an official proceeding,” which is an enhancement count filed against defendants charged with misdemeanors.

    If this were any other country, they would be regarded as political prisoners.

    Sunday, April 04, 2021

    White liberals have mental health disorders

    Bill Hennessy writes:
    Researchers have identified a strong correlation between liberalism and mental illness.The correlation is so powerful that almost one in two young white liberals have been diagnosed with mental health disorders according to Pew American Trends research.

    We have identified four major takeaways from this research, conducted earlier this year:

    Nearly 1 in 2 (45.9%) of white liberals have been diagnosed with mental health disorders.
    White liberals of all ages are more than twice as likely as conservatives of any age to suffer from mental health disorders.
    White liberals are almost twice as likely as non-white liberals to be diagnosed with mental health problems.
    Among conservatives of all ages, there is very little difference in the rates of mental disorders between whites and non-whites.

    Friday, April 02, 2021

    The Censorship increases

    The NY Post reports:
    Facebook and Instagram removed an interview with former President Donald Trump by his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, simply because it “featured Trump speaking” and the “voice of Donald Trump,” Facebook said in an internal email.

    As big tech companies continue their bid to cancel the ex-commander-in-chief, audio from the podcast “The Right View With Lara Trump,” was yanked from Facebook Tuesday night and reportedly later removed by Instagram.

    Lara Trump, who also contributes to Fox News, shared a screenshot of an email sent by a Facebook employee, saying the company would be taking down the interview.

    “We are reaching out to let you know that we removed content from Lara Trump’s Facebook page that featured President Trump speaking,” the email she posted states.

    “In line with the block we placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, further content posted in the voice of Donald Trump will be removed and result in additional limitations on the accounts,” the email continued.

    You can view the interview here. The interview has nothing offensive, except that it criticizes the Biden presidency, and the press.

    YouTube has announced that it is removing this Dershowitz-Kennedy debate on the pros and cons of vaccination.

    This disgusting Pantene ad is on YouTube, but no comments are allowed.

    Thursday, April 01, 2021

    2020 death totals announced

    I posted speculation that COVID-19 might not lead to measurable excess deaths. It appears that I was wrong:
    The coronavirus was the third leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020, behind heart disease and cancer, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    More than 3.3 million deaths were reported in the U.S. last year, a 16% increase over 2019, according to provisional data published Wednesday compiled by the National Vital Statistics System, which examines and reports annual mortality statistics based on death certificates.

    The deadliest weeks last year were at the beginning of the pandemic and then in the middle of the holiday surge, during the weeks ending April 11, with 78,917 fatalities, and Dec. 26, when 80,656 people died, the CDC found.

    According to the study released Wednesday, Covid-19 was listed as the underlying cause for 345,323 deaths, killing more Americans than unintentional injuries, strokes, chronic lower respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia and kidney disease.

    Compared to other countries, 11 European countries had higher per capita death rates, and some countries had much lower rates. China, Vietnam, and Tanzania did the best, if you believe the official figures.

    Most of those US covid deaths had multiple other co-morbidities, and no actual positive test for covid.

    2020 showed that the USA is really good at keeping elderly obese diabetics alive in nursing homes, until a pandemic strikes.

    This does not settle the question of whether the lockdowns and other measures were worthwhile or not. Since different countries used different strategies, you would think that we would have good data on what works and what does not. We do not, and it is still hotly debated whether any of these deaths were preventable, and whether the prevention measures were worth the cost.

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

    Western origins go back to Rome and Greece

    I mentioned Henrich's theory of the origin of Western individualism, and other behavioral differences from the rest of the world.

    Here is another detailed criticism.

    There are many issues here, such as whether European marriage customs are the result of Catholic teachings of a millennium ago, or Greek and Roman law of two millennia ago.

    Obviously it was some combination.

    This research came to light when universities did psychology experiments on student subjects, and then found that their results do not apply to the rest of the world.

    The research is much more important than that. It goes to the heart of what made modern civilization possible. We need to figure that out, or else we might be inadvertently undermining civilization. It is also important for understanding cultures from other parts of the world.

    There is also a nature-nurture issue, and these authors have only scratched the surface.

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

    The War against Free Software

    I mentioned a plot to cancel the leading advocate of free software, and the battle rages on with Mozila, Red Hat, other other big companies

    pushing an open letter against him:

    Richard M. Stallman, frequently known as RMS, has been a dangerous force in the free software community for a long time. ...

    We, the undersigned, believe in the necessity of digital autonomy and the powerful role user freedom plays in protecting our fundamental human rights. In order to realize the promise of everything software freedom makes possible, there must be radical change within the community. ...

    We cannot continue to let one person ruin the meaning of our work. Our communities have no space for people like Richard M. Stallman, ...

    We are calling for the removal of the entire Board of the Free Software Foundation. These are people who have enabled and empowered RMS for years.

    The attack is so vicious, and the actual offensives are so trivial, that I wonder what underlies it.

    Apple, Microsoft, and other software companies have hated him for many years, because they sell software and he gives it away for years.

    Mozilla claims that its software is free, but it is not really free in the way that Stallman defines the term.

    But he was more of threat to him 30 years ago. Now they make money selling his free software. Why now? And why do they want to take down his whole Free Software Foundation?

    Why do they say he is "dangerous"? This can oly be a reference to his ability to persuade others with his free software ideas.

    I am guessing that this is partially a personal vendetta, partially a business attempt to steal the ability to define what is or is not free software, and partially a symptom of our cancel culture run amok.

    A clue is that these companies are pushing "radical change". Mozilla is also the company that fired its CEO for donating a small amount to a winning ballot measure.

    These companies have become extremely intolerant.

    Some of those commenting on this matter say that Stallman is being blamed for his personality traits. In some cases, he is blamed for saying something rude or insensitive, and he will argue that he was just expressing a completely legitimate opinion. To some, the question is whether we should tolerate someone with a mental illness that makes him insenstive to others. I think that the people taking offense are the mentally ill ones. They should be able to deal with some ordinary opinions.

    Update: Stallman has posted an apology. He admits to being "tone-deaf". That has become one of the major accusations of the modern age.

    Israeli Spy Admits Dual Loyalty

    Pollard claims Jews ‘will always have dual loyalty,’ whether they know it or not
    Convicted spy laments US Jews see themselves as more American than Jewish, suggests he’d counsel Jew working in American security apparatus to spy for Israel even now

    Jonathan Pollard, an American who served a 30-year sentence for spying for Israel and who moved to Israel in December after the end of his parole, made blunt comments on supposed Jewish dual loyalty and the FBI in an interview published Thursday.

    “American Jewry has one major problem: they consider themselves more American than they do Jews,” Pollard told the Israel Hayom daily.

    Asked how he felt about being accused by US Jews of having dual loyalties, Pollard did not take issue with the title. “If you don’t like the accusation of double loyalty, then go the F*** home,” he said bluntly.

    “It’s as simple as that. If you live in a country where you are constantly under that charge, then you don’t belong there. You go home. You come home. If you[‘re] outside Israel, then you live in a society in which you are basically considered unreliable. The bottom line on this charge of dual loyalty is, I’m sorry, we’re Jews, and if we’re Jews, we will always have dual loyalty,” he added.

    An he suggested that if asked for advice, he would counsel a young US Jew working in the American security apparatus to spy for Israel.

    “I’d tell him, not doing anything is unacceptable. So simply going home [to Israel] is not acceptable. Making aliyah is not acceptable,” Pollard said. “You have to make a decision whether your concern for Israel and loyalty to Israel and loyalty to your fellow Jews is more important than your life.

    “If you do nothing, and you turn your back, or simply make aliyah, and go on with your life, you’ll be no better than those Jews who before and after the destruction of the Temple said, ‘It’s not my responsibility.'”

    Pollard, now 66, sold military secrets to Israel while working as a civilian intelligence analyst for the US Navy in the 1980s.

    Dual loyalty is not really the right term, as he is advocating loyalty to Israel and Jews, over loyalty to America.

    To be fair here, he concedes that many American Jews are loyal to America. He is now a citizen of Israel, and it doesn't bother me that he aligns with his own kind. Most of the world have some group that they identify with, and then they are loyal to that group. Jews happen to have particularly strong tribal loyalties.

    I had thought that he served an extra-long sentence because he got double-crossed in his plea bargain. But the article quotes him as saying that he refused to cooperate with prosecutors, so maybe he was the one to renege on the bargain.

    Sunday, March 28, 2021

    Men's college basketball makes money

    The press has had stories all week about how women's sports suffer discrimination, but here is the college basketball story:
    The NCAA Division I men’s basketball championship budget for the 2018-19 season was $28 million — almost twice as much as the women’s budget.

    Information provided by the NCAA to ESPN on Friday shows the men’s tournament brought in a total net income of $864.6 million that season, while the women’s event lost $2.8 million — the largest loss of any NCAA championship.

    The women's sports are probably going to get ruined by the transgender athletes anyway.

    Saturday, March 27, 2021

    Woke White Model has Baby Boy

    The famous model Emily Ratajkowski writes in Vogue magazine:
    WHEN MY HUSBAND AND I tell friends that I’m pregnant, their first question after “Congratulations” is almost always “Do you know what you want?” We like to respond that we won’t know the gender until our child is 18 and that they’ll let us know then. ...

    I like the idea of forcing as few gender stereotypes on my child as possible. ...

    When I bring this thought to my therapist, she explains that this is relatively common. ...

    I resent that his entire family’s DNA is inside of me but that my DNA is not inside him. “It just seems unfair,” I say, ...

    I’m scared of having a son too, although not in the same way. I’ve known far too many white men who move through the world unaware of their privilege, and I’ve been traumatized by many of my experiences with them. And boys too; it’s shocking to realize how early young boys gain a sense of entitlement — to girls’ bodies and to the world in general. ...

    My friend who is the mother to a three-year-old boy tells me that she didn’t think she cared about gender until her doctor broke the news that she was having a son. She burst into tears in her office. “And then I continued to cry for a whole month,” she says matter-of-factly. After a difficult birth experience, she developed postpartum depression and decided that she resented her husband more than she’d ever imagined possible. She told me she particularly hated — and she made an actual, physical list that she kept in her journal, editing it daily — how peacefully he slept. “There is nothing worse than the undisturbed sleep of a white man in a patriarchal world.” She shakes her head. “It was hard to come to terms with the fact that I was bringing yet another white man into the world. But now I adore him and can’t imagine it any other way.” She also eventually learned to love her husband again. The sound of his perfect sleep next to her at night is now tolerable.

    She gave birth to a boy, and posted the above picture of her breastfeeding him.

    She is seeing a psychotherapist, so I guess she at least recognizes that she has a mental illness. I am guessing that she has a sense of entitlement that is greater than any man I know.

    Pres. Joe Biden just said:

    You know, I’ve told my daughters, granddaughters from the time they got old enough to understand what I was saying — and I mean it: There’s not a single thing a man can do that a woman can’t do as well or better. Not a single thing.
    Both men and women can say dopey things.

    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Canceling Richard Stallman

    One of the most influential men in the history of computer software is Richard Stallman. Besides programs that he wrote, he figured out how copyright law could be used to force open source software, and then convinced the world. Without him, the industry might be about ten years behind where it is now.

    He was canceled in 2019, and is now making a comeback.

    Here is the attack:

    Richard M. Stallman, frequently known as RMS, has been a dangerous force in the free software community for a long time. He has shown himself to be misogynist, ableist, and transphobic, among other serious accusations of impropriety. These sorts of beliefs have no place in the free software, digital rights, and tech communities. With his recent reinstatement to the Board of Directors of the Free Software Foundation, we call for the entire Board of the FSF to step down and for RMS to be removed from all leadership positions.
    And here is a letter of support.

    He is over-opinionated, and I disagree with a lot that he says. I think that I alienated him once, but he probably doesn't remember me.

    At any rate, the gripes against him are remarkably trivial. The one that seems to have done the most damage was simply that he stood up for his deceased friend and mentor, MIT professor Marvin Minsky, against some extremely doubtful allegations. For that, I commend him.

    Even if you follow all the above links, read all the backstories, and disagree with him, it is still just an opinion. Can't a man have an opinion anymore? I do not agree with these cancellations, that are so popular today. Even the EFF, which used to be a free speech advocate, is against Stallman.

    Thursday, March 25, 2021

    Not a White Supremacist Armed Insurrection

    The press keeps calling the Jan. 6 protest a white supremacist armed insurrection. It was none of those things.

    Jared Taylor expains in detail:

    One of the few journalists who scoffs at the “armed insurrection” tale is Glenn Greenwald. He writes: We know that “no Trump supporter fired any weapon inside the Capitol and that the FBI seized a grand total of zero firearms from those it arrested that day . ...” He adds that there were “no known cases of the rioters deliberately killing anyone,” and “no evidence anyone intended to assassinate Mike Pence, Mitt Romney or anyone else.” ...

    None of these groups is “white nationalist” or has any racial orientation at all. The leader of the Proud Boys is Enrique Tarrio, a black Cuban who was in Latinos for Trump. As he says, “I’m pretty brown, I’m Cuban. There’s nothing white supremacist about me.” ...

    As for the Oath Keepers, all members have had a job — mostly as peace officers or soldiers — in which they swore to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Not even the Southern Poverty Law Center can bring itself to call them “racists.” It’s leader, Elmer Rhodes, says he started the group when it occurred to him that if German soldiers and police had refused to follow orders, they could have stopped Hitler. The Three Percenters are similar to the Oath Keepers in opposing what they see as unconstitutional federal power, but with an even heavier emphasis on the Second Amendment. The group denounced the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, saying, “we will not align ourselves with any type of racist group.”

    If the press didn't hate Trump so much, it would call it a mostly-peaceful pro-democracy protest.

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021

    Anyone but a Straight White Man

    The Hill reports:
    Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) say they will vote against President Biden's nominees amid frustration over the lack of Asian American and Pacific Islander representation and broader concerns about diversity in his Cabinet.

    Hirono, who was born in Japan, and Duckworth, who was born in Thailand, are the Senate's only two currently serving Asian American senators. ...

    "I am a 'no' vote, on the floor, on all non-diversity nominees. ... I will vote for racial minorities and LGBTQ but anybody else, I'm not voting for," said Duckworth, who is one of two Asian American senators.

    They have temporarily dropped their threat, as Biden has promised an AAPI appointment.

    This is what identity politics have become. Every group pushes for its group interests. Small groups form coalitions with other small groups. The current game is to unite non-whites and LGBTQ against Whites.

    Update: After posting this, FoxNews Tucker Carlson opened with a segment on it.

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

    The Boulder shooter is a Moslem

    The press likes to go crazy with generalizations about mass shootings, so let's look at the latest one in Boulder Colorado.

    Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa has been charged with ten murders. After the Sept. 11, 2001 Moslem terrorist hijackings, USA policy was to import millions of Moslems. He came to the USA from Syria as a small child. He is a Moslem.

    His victims were all White folks.

    Donald Trump was elected in 2016 to reduce this sort of immigration, but we are back to importing millions of refugees.

    The argument is often given that immigrants can be vetted for membership in terrorist organizations, but that is obviously impossible. We welcome Moslems from countries like Syria.

    The London Daily Mail reports:

    Meanwhile, more social media posts from the gunman's Facebook page were released on Tuesday.

    In Facebook posts over the last two years, he complained about not having a girlfriend, ranted about President Trump and talked about his Islamic faith.

    He also ranted online about 'racist islamophobes' hacking his phone. ...

    Another post dated for March 16, 2019, reads: 'The Muslims at the #christchurch mosque were not the victims of a single shooter. They were the victims of the entire Islamophobia industry that vilified them.'

    Apparently he was partially inspired by press Trump-hatred.

    Monday, March 22, 2021

    Jefferson complained about the slave trade

    The anti-racists want to cancel Thomas Jefferson. His sins include owning slaves, and complaining about them in his draft of the Declaration of Independence, 1776:
    he has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. this piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the christian king of Great Britain. determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce ...
    He was complaining about the slave trade, not slavery itself.

    It is common to say that slavery was the American original sin. It was not. The sin was the slave trade.

    Sunday, March 21, 2021

    Planning to exterminate Whites

    Rod Dreher quotes:
    Damon Young, a black writer for The Root, a black-oriented commentary site owned by the same people who own Jezebel, Gizmodo, and The Onion (their parent company is Univision), had this to say at The Root about the Atlanta massage parlor mass murders:

    I don’t have much to add here today that hasn’t already been said.

    Whiteness is a public health crisis. It shortens life expectancies, it pollutes air, it constricts equilibrium, it devastates forests, it melts ice caps, it sparks (and funds) wars, it flattens dialects, it infests consciousnesses, and it kills people — white people and people who are not white, my mom included. There will be people who die, in 2050, because of white supremacy-induced decisions from 1850. ...

    White supremacy is a virus that, like other viruses, will not die until there are no bodies left for it to infect. Which means the only way to stop it is to locate it, isolate it, extract it, and kill it. I guess a vaccine could work, too. But we’ve had 400 years to develop one, so I won’t hold my breath.
    I am not sure about some of these. I believe that forests are expanding in White countries. White medical advances have greatly increased life expectancy.

    Maybe White infest consciousness, whatever that means. And maybe they flatten dialects.

    I just post this to show that extreme anti-White opinions have become increasingly acceptable in otherwise respectable publications.

    Those Atlanta murders were committed by a White guy. Most Atlanta crimes are committed by Blacks.

    Here is a law that actually passed:
    What most don’t know about this bill, however, is the small provision known as “Section 1005” that authorizes the secretary of agriculture to make payments of 100 to 120 percent of the “outstanding indebtedness of socially disadvantaged farmers.” Under this provision, those included in the socially disadvantaged category are American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Asians, Blacks, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics.
    That's right, farmers are being paid for being non-white. I thought that the civil rights laws forbade this sort of thing.

    Update: The NY Times is not quite so explicit in its White hatred, but publishes anti-white articles everyday. For the past week, it has published dozens of articles on how the recent Atlanta murders shows persecution of Asian-Americans. By Asians, they mean Orientals, as they do not include Russians or Indians. They are called AAPI, for Asian-American or Pacific Islander.

    One article interviews middle-aged Oriental women, asking for their gripes. One complained that she lived in Indiana and sometimes a man who had served in the Korean War would recognize her as Korean, and try to strike up a conversation about Korea. Another complained that a homeless man in Chicago said that she reminded him of a friend in Vietnam. These incidents happened many years ago, when they were younger. Another complained that a movie set in Arkansas, about Korean-Americans speaking Korean with English subtitles, won a prize for a foreign-language movie. I guess she thought that it was anti-Asian discrimination to regard Korean as a foreign language.

    Another article is titled:

    Your Home’s Value Is Based on Racism
    Wherever they choose to buy, Black people are penalized by white preferences.
    It tells the supposedly sad story of a Japanese-American woman married to a Black man. At first they wanted to live in a Black neighborhood because they figured their kids would look Black and they wanted to be with their own kind. That worked out well because the cost of housing was much cheaper in the Black areas. After several years they decided that they would rather live in a White community, and that it was worth paying more for housing to live among Whites. So they did. Their house appreciated in value, and their kids attended better schools. Even though there were no other Black folks on the street, they loved it there and had no complaints about any anti-Black or anti-Asian discrimination or hostility.

    So what's the problem?

    The federal government should stop subsidizing a racist housing valuation system that’s made so by the preferences of white homeowners. It should repeal all federal tax subsidies for homeownership. ...

    If white supremacy is to be rooted out everywhere, it must be rooted out of our tax system. Black taxpayers should not be required to finance our own subordination.

    The federal govt did eliminate the home mortgage deduction, and that was the biggest tax subsidy. So the only complaint is that certain home sale gains are not taxed.

    That would not have helped the couple in the article. It appears that their real complaint is that they would have liked to live in Black neighborhood where the people were as nice as the White neighborhood.

    Saturday, March 20, 2021

    Arrested for misgendering his daughter

    Breitbart reports:
    A Canadian father has been arrested for “misgendering” his own 14-year-old child by calling her his “daughter,” and referring to her with the pronouns “she” and “her.” ...

    Justice Boden of the British Columbia Supreme Court had reportedly declared that Hoogland and his wife had to affirm their daughter’s new gender identity. Hoogland was told that if he tried to dissuade his daughter or refer to her as a female, then he would be considered guilty of “family violence.”

    The 14-year-old girl had this court-appointed lawyer to argue against her parents.

    This case shows what is wrong with the modern world.

    Just a couple of years ago, I could imagine a conversation where a right-winger says: "If family courts have the power to decide the best interest of the child, then a judge might tell the parents that that have to treat a daughter as a son." And the left-winger says: "That's ridiculous. No court anywhere would ever do that."

    The day is here. We are doomed.

    Friday, March 19, 2021

    There is no anti-Asian crime wave

    CNN reports:
    Former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Thursday said the string of deadly shootings at three Atlanta-area Asian spas "cut at the very core of our country" and that work to combat hate against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community "must intensify."

    Both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday expressed concerns about violence against Asian Americans as they addressed the shootings. The President said in the Oval Office that he was "very concerned because, as you know, I've been speaking about the brutality against Asian Americans for the last couple of months."

    The crime had nothing to do with race. This is all a big hoax.

    Also:

    “The expert witnesses at the hearing today testified that the reports and research showed there is a link between racist rhetoric and the rise in hate crimes,” Lieu noted. “So when the former president used racist terms like Kung flu, you can see that there was also an increase in hate crimes against Asian-Amerans last year. Nearly 150% spike in 16 major cities.
    This is absurd. Violent crime was up in all the big cities in 2020. It was mostly due to George Floyd riots, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and police being ordered to be more passive. Possibly there was an increase related to the covid lockdown and unemployment, but the big increases started with the Floyd riots, not the lockdowns.

    Most of the high-profile anti-Asian crimes were committed by Blacks.

    So the Democrats blame this on Trump because he once used the term Kung Flu? No, this is nuts. They cannot even find one example to back up what they say.

    Update: Canceling on account of Asians seems to be the order of the day:

    Alexi McCammond is a 27-year-old political writer and the recipient of a 2019 award from the National Association of Black Journalists. She was slated to become the next editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue.

    But on Thursday, McCammond announced her resignation from that position, following outrage from staff members — and two advertisers — over some tweets that made fun of Asian people. She wrote them in 2011, when she was a teenager.

    I looked up the tweets, and they are fairly trivial. There is something wrong with those staff members expressing outrage. Maybe they just want to create animosity between Blacks and Asians. No Whites are involved in this fight.

    Thursday, March 18, 2021

    The Culture War is being waged by the Left

    Here is one of several recent essays blaming the Republicans for the culture war:
    With new stories about "cancel culture" and "woke" outrage breaking every few days, it sometimes seems as if the culture war has swallowed up everything in American politics. ...

    ... Through his four years in office, Trump used Twitter, public rallies, and other presidential statements to frame many of his policy commitments in culture war terms, casting his opponents on these issues as morally alien from American culture and history. ...

    This points to a significant difference between the left and the right today: Democrats don't typically denounce the activists of the cultural left or those who capitulate to its demands in the academic, journalistic, and business worlds, but neither do they tend to hold them especially close. Republicans, on the other hand, increasingly define themselves by what right-wing anti-woke activists and obsessives are saying and doing online.

    No. The Left is increasingly radicalized, and is saying and doing things that were unthinkable several years ago.

    As an example from this week, here is Amazon banning books with unapproved opinions about transgenderism. No one is allowed to say that actress Ellen Page has a mental illness. Or Meghan Markle. We have a crisis at the Mexican border, because the Biden administration has welcomed migrants as never before.

    There are not Republican-initiated issued. I think it is fair to say that most Republican politicians would rather not say a word about either one. It is the Left that has forced these issues into public debate.

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021

    Ronan Farrow is worse than I thought

    I commented that Ronan Farrow is in the business of making reckless accusations, and that he is a creep, but his situation is more disturbing than I thought. His real name is Satchel Allen. His father is thought to be Woody Allen, a well-known neurotic genius. His mother Mia Farrow is much stranger.

    According to this, Mia Farrow may slept naked with him, and breast-fed him, up to about age ten. Furthermore, she had his legs broken, extended, and reset repeatedly in order to make him taller, and enhance his future political career. He ended up as a homosexual. Now 16% of Gen-Z identify as LGBTQ, so nobody thinks that is strange anymore.

    He is a pitiable character. He assembles hearsay, distorts the facts, and reports MeToo stories. He is way too damaged, and way too unreliable, for anything he says to be believed.

    When Mia Farrow was interviewed about some of her outlandish accusations, she said: “It doesn’t matter what’s true. What matters is what’s believed.” Ronan/Satchel recites her lies along with other seemingly-bogus MeToo accusations. I get the impression that is his position also -- truth does not matter, only what is believed. He symbolizes much of what is wrong with our society today.

    A NY Times article on a bogus college accusation reports:

    The story highlights the tensions between a student’s deeply felt sense of personal truth and facts that are at odds with it.
    The student was a Black immigrant girl, from a landlocked African country, trespassing in a Smith college cafeteria. Her hysterical complaint threw the college into turmoil for months.
    In addition to the training sessions, the college has set up “White Accountability” groups where faculty and staff are encouraged to meet on Zoom and explore their biases, although faculty attendance has fallen off considerably.

    The janitor who called campus security quietly returned to work after three months of paid leave and declined to be interviewed. The other janitor, Mr. Patenaude, who was not working at the time of the incident, left his job at Smith not long after Ms. Kanoute posted his photograph on social media, accusing him of “racist cowardly acts.”

    The only racists were the misbehaving African girl, and the college administrators who went out to punish Whites.

    Echoing Mia Farrow, the newspaper astutely observes that complaining women often have a "deeply felt sense of personal truth" that is totally false.

    Toy companies are getting woke:

    “Hasbro is making sure all feel welcome in the Potato Head world by officially dropping the Mr. from the Mr. Potato Head brand name and logo to promote gender equality and inclusion,” the company said in a statement on Thursday. ...

    Rich Ferraro, the chief communications offer for Glaad, an L.G.B.T. advocacy organization, applauded the change, saying it was part of “a larger movement towards greater diversity and inclusion in toys and media aimed at kids.”

    In 2016, Mattel announced that it was expanding its Thomas the Tank Engine franchise by adding more female train characters and friends from countries such as India, Brazil and Mexico.

    Update: I see that HBO has a new documentary on Allen v. Farrow, and it shows newly-released video of a 7-year-old girl making coached accusations. I have not seen it.

    Monday, March 15, 2021

    Rise of the French Far Right

    The NY Times has an article attacking the rise of the "far right" in France. It is using the term "far right" more and more, and I wondered what it meant.

    It mentions only three things that the French "far right" party supports. Reducing immigration. Limiting Islam, such as banning the public wearing of the Muslim veil. And cutting crime, such as by hiring more police officers.

    It also said that the party occasionally complains about France turning savage, but said that other political parties say the same things.

    These seem like centrist positions to me. I assume that "far right" is a dog whistle for the NY Times.

    Sunday, March 14, 2021

    Silicon Valley imports India's castes

    One of the dirty little secrets of Silicon Valley is how the major tech companies have become dependent on imported Indian labor. There are also a lot of workers from China and other places, India has the deepest caste system, and the companies love it.

    Bloomberg Business Week reports:

    How Big Tech Is Importing India’s Caste Legacy to Silicon Valley Graduates from the Indian Institutes of Technology are highly sought after by employers. They can also bring problems from home. ...

    The caste system traces as far back as ancient India. It comprises four core strata, with the Dalits lying outside and below. (The word “Dalit,” in classical Sanskrit, means “broken.”) These divisions still permeate life for many Indians, dictating how they work and worship, eat and marry, own land and vote. More than 200 million of the country’s 1.3 billion people are classified as Dalits.

    Supposedly the castes in India go back 3000+ years when the area was invaded by Aryans who then maintained distinctions from the local population. See Wikipedia for details.

    People often think that racial differences can be overcome after several years of assimilation. India has had three millennia or more, and yet differences still persist after then move to the other side of the world.

    Friday, March 12, 2021

    Some psychotherapy is a crime in Canada

    Under Canada law, a psychotherapist can try to convince you to be homosexual, but not heterosexual.

    Quillette:

    Bill C-6, which was approved in principle by Canada’s parliament last year, would serve to criminalize “any practice, treatment or service designed to change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual or gender identity to cisgender.” And while the government insists that the definition of conversion therapy “does not include a practice, treatment or service that relates to a person’s gender transition or exploration or development of a person’s identity,” the law’s entire text is otherwise written in a way that suggests an individual’s announced identity corresponds to a revealed truth that cannot be challenged. Given the five-year jail term that the legislation would authorize, therapists would understandably fear that mainstream treatments might be categorized by government investigators or prosecutors as going beyond “exploration” or “development.” Even an unsuccessful prosecution could end their careers.
    The above link has references to the opinions supporting this law. It claims to be based on scientific evidence, but it is not. It is all political.

    Update: Germany is also going to extremes:

    A new bill proposed by the German government would allow gender-confused children as young as 14 to change their first name and documented gender on government records, regardless of their parents’ wishes.
    Update: Here is a Canadian father being prosecuted for opposing forced medical procedures on his 14-year-old daughter.

    Thursday, March 11, 2021

    White Fragility, Part 2

    The leading anti-racism book will soon have a sequel:
    An incisive follow-up to the New York Times bestseller White Fragility asserting that it is white progressives who are responsible for inflicting the most daily harm on people of color. ...

    Racism is a system in which all white people are implicated. ...

    Dismantling white supremacy requires white people to commit to a lifetime of education and accountability.

    Nice Racism Hardback edition by Robin DiAngelo

    She has made millions of dollars tells Whites that even tho they are not personally racist, they must commit to a lifetime of re-education to understand how people of color hate them anyway.

    This description used to be on Amazon and other sites, but Amazon now says:

    She challenges the ideology of individualism and explains why it is OK to generalize about white people, and she demonstrates how white people who experience other oppressions still benefit from systemic racism. ...

    Nice Racism is an essential work for any white person who recognizes the existence of systemic racism and white supremacy and wants to take steps to align their values with their actual practice.

    She has quite a scam going. She can make racist generalizations about Whites and people of color, and then call everyone racist. If you don't want to pay her $30k speaking fee, she will accuse you of being definitely not interested in racial justice.

    Why do Whites put up with this? Some wealthy Whites put up with much worse, because they fear not going along:

    I recommend this essay of hers in City Journal, “The Miseducation of America’s Elites.” It’s about the same kind of groupthink having taken over the country’s prestigious private high schools. Weiss writes, “The idea of lying in order to please a teacher seems like a phenomenon from the Soviet Union. But the high schoolers I spoke with said that they do versions of this, including parroting views they don’t believe in assignments so that their grades don’t suffer.”

    Wealthy parents are ladling out huge amounts of money to get their kids into schools that are saturated in social justice/victimhood ideology. Some don’t mind at all, but Weiss spoke with some dissidents, who are as guarded as were (are) dissidents in totalitarian countries. They’re afraid that if they send their children elsewhere, they won’t get into one of America’s elite universities.

    The article cites parents who pay $40k a year, and are afraid to even express their opinions privately.

    Tuesday, March 09, 2021

    Only 28% of Whites say George Floyd was murdered

    The trial of George Floyd is beginning.

    USA Today reports:

    Last June, 60% in a USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll described Floyd's death as murder; that percentage has now dropped by double digits to 36%. ...

    Nearly two-thirds of Black Americans, 64%, view Floyd's death as murder; fewer than one-third of white people, 28%, feel that way. White Americans are more likely to describe it instead as the police officer's "negligence," 33% compared with 16% of Black respondents.

    This surprises me. Everyone in authority has called it murder. The only way someone could decide that it was not murder is if he is thinking for himself.

    This racial split reminds me of O.J. Simpson, where polls indicated Whites thought he was guilty, while Blacks said he was innocent. I guess Blacks were also thinking for themselves.

    That said, Americans who have heard at least something about Chauvin's trial say 4 to 1, or 60%-15%, that they hope Chauvin is convicted. That included 54% of white Americans and 76% of Black Americans.
    A utilitarian would probably say that a conviction is for the better. An acquittal could result in race riots killing dozens of people. Unjustly imprisoning Officer Chauvin could be seen as the lesser harm.

    The trial could change some more opinions. I expect the defense to argue that a fentanyl overdose was the cause of death; that Floyd had a dangerous excited delirium; that Chauvin followed recommended police procedures; that Chauvin's actions made Floyd less likely to die.

    The NY Times reports:

    Late last year, a 14-page questionnaire began to arrive in mailboxes across Minneapolis and its suburbs. It asked if the recipient had watched the video of George Floyd dying under a police officer’s knee. ...

    The questionnaire went out to potential jurors for the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer accused of murdering Mr. Floyd, who was Black.

    Minneapolis, where neighborhoods and storefronts still bear the scars of last summer’s looting and arson, is already bracing for unrest if Mr. Chauvin is acquitted. Concrete barriers around government buildings and high fencing topped with razor wire have transformed downtown into a fortress and blocked off one of the most popular sites for large demonstrations. National Guard soldiers will stand watch.

    The trial may be determined by the jury selection process, more than anything else. That could also be said about the O.J. Simpson jury.

    If Chauvin is found not guilty, then millions of Americans will conclude that Black Lives Matter was all a big scam. After all, George Floyd was the biggest and most obvious example of systemic racist against Blacks that anyone could find. If it turns out that there was no racism or mistreatment, then many will doubt that any Blacks are mistreated anywhere.

    On the other hand, some will say that a not guilty verdict will just further prove that the systemic racism runs so deep that murderous cops are not held accountable.

    I think that they should televise the trial, so there can be a consensus on the facts.

    Monday, March 08, 2021

    Dr. Seuss has scammed us

    Here are the best-selling books on Amazon. As I write this, about half of the top books are Dr. Seuss books.

    Have we all been scammed? The Dr. Seuss publisher got a lot of publicity by canceling 6 of his more obscure books. It also appears to have generated about $10 million in sales on the remaining books. Maybe it was all a publicity stunt.

    His kids' books were great. He was a liberal Jew. It was predictable that right-wingers and left-wingers will rush to his defense, while a few on the woke left will applaud the banning of some images. The result was big profits.

    I would not be surprised if the publisher bring back the banned books, with possibly some annotations, possibly with some annotations, like the TCM problematic movies. Or maybe some images will be replaced. That will generate more publicity, and more sales.

    The Potato Head makers also made some change that appeared to caving into gendered political demands. It was probably also a publicity stunt to drive up sales.

    Sunday, March 07, 2021

    Who can be blamed for a virus?

    SciAm has opinion articles blaming Pres. Trump and Gov. Cuomo, for COVID-19 response.

    The attack on Trump blames him for a decline in life expectancy, as claimed by a study. But that study was widely criticized. COVID-19 did not really have much effect on life expectancy.

    The allegations against Cuomo are very serious, as he could have killed 10,000 New Yorkers. But he seems to be facing more political trouble for some relatively minor MeToo allegations.

    Before the election, the nearly universal opinion in the press was that Cuomo should be graded A+ and Trump F- for their COVID-19 responses. Now I would like to see a more objective comparison.

    Saturday, March 06, 2021

    Academic intolerance on the rise

    The Russian RT.com reports:
    Surveying both victims and perpetrators of political discrimination in the US, the UK and Canada, researchers at an academic think tank have found intolerance toward dissent is only just beginning – and things may get much worse.

    Purporting to be the first paper of its kind to “investigate authoritarianism and political discrimination in academia,” the study, conducted by the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology’s Eric Kaufmann, seemed to support conservatives’ longstanding complaints that they and their political viewpoints face disproportionate levels of ideologically-motivated censorship. In other words, universities have become leftist authoritarians. You would think that they could tolerate other points of view, but they cannot.

    In the US, UK and Canada, some 40 percent of academics told the researchers they would not hire a Trump supporter, and one out of three in Britain would refuse a position to a Brexit supporter. But there’s one scarlet letter that will get a person ostracized even further in academia, they found: being considered a gender-critical feminist, i.e. holding a biological-based view of sex.

    Just 28 percent of American and Canadian academics told CSPI they would be OK with going to lunch with someone who believed trans women should not have access to women’s shelters – though the survey did not specify the anatomical characteristics of the trans woman, a factor that would typically have a significant bearing on how gender-criminal feminists answer that question.

    I think they meant gender-critical, not gender-criminal, feminists.

    This last one surprises me most of all. Apparently saying "women's shelters are for women" is one of the most bigoted things you can say.

    Friday, March 05, 2021

    The plot to destroy girls' sports

    Jerry Coyne explains:
    Mara Keisling, the founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality (Keisling is a transgender woman, which I mention only because it’s relevant to the discussion). ...

    Keisling hardens her position as the discussion proceeds, basically asserting that any difference between men and women in sports (and she’s clearly reluctant to admit the existence of such differences) may rest merely on “height” differences.  That, too, is not true, as height is largely irrelevant to sports like weightlifting except insofar as it’s correlated with weight and muscle mass.

    Keisling’s is the position of extreme transgender advocates: there are no average differences in sports performance between men and women.

    Note that Biden’s executive order of January 20—prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation—pretty clearly states that there should be no discrimination in sports based on gender identity, so that if your gender identity is that of a woman, regardless of whether you’ve undergone medical treatment, you should be able to compete as a woman. There is nothing in his order about any kind of medical treatment. Taken literally, Biden’s order spells the end of women’s sports in secondary schools.

    Keisling is Jewish, and his sex is male. He adopted a female gender identity in his 40s. This info is from Wikipedia. It does not say whether or not he was castrated, or what his real name is.

    Keisling is determined to use his mental illness to destroy girls' sports, and try to gain accepted for his perverted activities.

    Other news:

    A group of Democrat California lawmakers are considering a bill (AB 2826) that would fine department stores for separating children’s toys, clothing and other products by gender.
    If there were no difference between boys and girls, then there would no need for one to transition to the other.

    Apparently there is a leftist belief that toys should be unisex, whether kids like it or not.

    The sponsor of this bill is not Jewish, but is an openly gay man with no kids.

    Our society is being taken over by radical extremists pushing policies that benefit no one.

    This stuff is all so crazy. I don't why anyone would want to listen to a middle-aged Jewish man who likes to dress up as a woman and try to destroy girls sports. Or to a Chinese gay man with no kids who wants to limit how parents buy toys for their kids. There is just no merit to anything that these creeps say.