Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Trump will be Elected and Destroy the Global Order

Frank Bergman writes:
A senior advisor to the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its founder Klaus Schwab has warned that the re-election of President Donald Trump in November will destroy the so-called “global order.”

Yuval Noah Harari, one of the masterminds behind the WEF’s agenda, has issued a warning about the “very likely” possibility that Trump will win re-election this year.

According to Harari, allowing Trump to take back the White House will be “the death blow” to “the global order.” ...

“As if you have to choose between patriotism and globalism – between being loyal to your nation and being loyal to some kind of – I don’t know – global government or whatever.” ...

Describing himself as a “historian, philosopher, and author,” Harari is best known for his anti-human views.

As Slay News has reported, Harari often gloats that global power elites will have no more use for humans as they increasingly become replaced by artificial intelligence-driven machines.

Harari argues that AI technology means most of the general public has now become “redundant” and will be of little use to the global elite moving forward.

He described most of today’s workforce as the “useless class” of people.

Harari is a homosexual Israeli Jew who wrote some over-opinionated books on humanity.

Sunday, July 21, 2024

Joe Biden is a Puppet

Can there be any doubt?

Nearly all of Biden top staff were Jews. There is no record of his going against his Jewish handlers. While Biden had a moderate record in the Senate, as President, he always shifted to what the Jews want.

Last week they leaked a story that they had drafted a letter for him to drop out of the campaign. Biden repeated denied that he would drop out.

They just presented him with the letter and he signed it. Proving that he will do what he is told.

I am sure they will explain to Kamala Harris that they created her political position, and they can just as easily destroy it. She better do what she is told.

Donald Trump is not a puppet. That is one of the main reasons that Washington swamp creatures hate him so much.

If truth and democracy are the themes of this campaign, then Trump should win easily. Trump is the man people are voting for. Democrat voters have been maniputated, and are not getting the nominee they voted for.

This Biden letter is possibly the most humiliating politcal letter I have ever seen. Supposedly he is the leader of the free world with a resolve to carry on his mission and mandate, and he timidly backs out on the command of his masters.

The Little Tech Agenda: Biden vs. Trump

New venture capitalist podcast:
Welcome to "The Ben & Marc Show," featuring a16z co-founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. In this new episode, Marc and Ben discuss their latest article, “The Little Tech Agenda,” and why the future of American innovation is at a critical juncture.

In a one-on-one conversation, Ben and Marc compare the policies of Donald Trump and Joe Biden regarding Little Tech, explore the potential futures for blockchain, crypto, and AI, and examine how tax policies could shape the future of startups and venture capital.

They also address the recent assassination attempt on President Trump and reveal which candidate they’ll be supporting in the upcoming election. Enjoy!

They first talked about their history of supporting Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. Then they detail how Biden administration policies are disastrous for tech innovation companies. They have become Trump supporters.

They are particularly concerned about Biden administration proposals to cripple high-tech ventural capital funded small companies, with regulations on AI, cryptocurrencies, and other technologies, and on taxing unrealized capital gains.

They say:

Problem
The American government is now far more hostile to new startups than it used to be.

For example:

Regulatory agencies have been green lit to use brute force investigations, prosecutions, intimidation, and threats to hobble new industries, such as Blockchain.

Regulatory agencies are being green lit in real time to do the same to Artificial Intelligence.

Regulatory agencies are applying direct pressure to banks to cut off disfavored startups and founders from the financial system.

Regulatory agencies are punitively blocking startups from being acquired by the same big companies the government is preferencing in so many other ways.

The federal government as a customer in critical sectors like defense and intelligence is more wired than ever to favor big incumbents over innovative startups.

And, the government is currently proposing a tax on unrealized capital gains, which would absolutely kill both startups and the venture capital industry that funds them.

It is funny to hear them be so defensive about endorsing a Republican. I get the impression that they are losing friends and allies by posting this. For example, Tech Crunch reports:
Horowitz’s support of Trump is particularly painful because he’s always been seen as an advocate for the Black community. He and his wife, Felicia Wiley Horowitz, who is Black, have spoken before about how much they have done for the Black community and have held events and spaces for Black techies to gather and network. He wrote a book with a foreword from famed African American historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. and has spoken of his love for hip-hop and what he learned from the Haitian revolution. He has also touted his relationship with activist and former prison gang leader Shaka Senghor. ...

“It appears personal interest and profit supersedes people,” the Nigerian American founder said. “The ‘hard things about hard things’ sometimes mean standing against oppression.”

None of the Blacks say anything to refute the specific arguments about how the Democrats are bad for tech startup businesses. I the last guy is just unhappy that Trump will not give special preferences to Nigerians.

Update: Biden has been forced out. There is every reason to believe Harris would be worse than Biden.

Saturday, July 20, 2024

No Parental Rights in California

California has passed a series of laws to turn kids LGBTQ, and against the parents.

First:

In September 2012, the California legislature passed Senate Bill 1172 (SB 1172), which prohibits licensed psychotherapists from engaging in “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE) with minor patients.1 This unprecedented statute aims to prevent any mental health professional from using techniques—commonly known as “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy”—that attempt to eliminate homosexual attraction or foster heterosexual attraction when treating a minor patient.2

The passage of SB 1172 adds a new dimension to mainstream psychotherapy’s complicated relationship with sexual orientation. As many scholars have pointed out, the majority of psychiatrists and psychologists once believed that same-sex attraction could be “cured” through psychotherapeutic intervention.3 However, since homosexuality was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1973,4the mainstream mental health establishment5 has come to view homosexuality and bisexuality as benign, encouraging therapists to engage in practices that “affirm” a patient’s sexual orientation.6

News from 2018:
Legislation to ban efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, sometimes called “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy,” passed in the California Assembly this morning with a bipartisan vote of 50-14 (pending additional votes from members who were not present in the chamber at the time of the initial tally). Assemblymember Evan Low’s AB 2943, cosponsored by Equality California and the Trevor Project, would make California the first state in the nation to ban these widely discredited practices from being performed on both children and adults.
And now this
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law Monday prohibiting schools from informing parents when students change their pronouns in school. The Support Academic Futures and Educators for Today’s Youth (SAFETY) Act also imposes responsibilities on the State Department of Education to develop resources to “increase support for LGBTQ pupils.”

According to the California legislature’s LGBTQ caucus, the SAFETY Act is necessary to prevent school boards from outing the gender identity of students. In July 2023 several schools passed so-called “forced outing” policies, which required teachers to notify parents if their child identifies as transgender.

Minors can also get abortions:
Unlike many other states, California does not require minors to obtain parental consent to receive an abortion. The minor patient's right to provide their consent is based on state case law and not on any statute.

California had passed a statute to require either parental consent or a court order, also called judicial bypass, in cases involving a minor's abortion. Before that statute became law, it was declared unconstitutional by the California Supreme Court based on California's constitutional guarantee of a right to privacy. State lawmakers have since repealed the original statute.

Not only that, but I believe that California parents are not even notified of the minor abortion.

Elon Musk cited the latest law as a reason for moving out of California.

Under these laws, a small child could get drawn to a school counselor, and show some slightly non-conforming behavior, such as a boy liking the color pink. The counselor cannot legally encourage the boy to be a boy, and must tell the boy that he is a girl. Soon, the boy is using female names and pronouns at school, and the school is probibited from telling the parents what is going on. The school has to issue two report cards, one with the boy's female name, and one for he parents.

The LGBTQ lobby justifies these policies by saying that the boy could commit suicide. But that is all the more reason to inform the parent.

Musk tweeted:

The goal is this diabolical law is to break the parent-child relationship and put the state in charge of your children

Friday, July 19, 2024

How Indians are Ruining Tech Companies

From a podcast, 3 months ago:
Are All These Vanilla CEOs A Good Thing?

The Rise Of Indian CEOs

Did you know that 12% of Fortune 500 CEOs are Indian? That’s despite Indians only accounting for ~1% of western populations. With that being said, there’s no question that Indians have excelled quite a bit within the world of tech-leading companies like Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Adobe. But, while these CEOs are hard workers and highly talented, are they actually the right people for the job? This question has less to do with their ethnicity and much more do with their background. In general, Indians don’t typically follow the entrepreneur path to get their CEO jobs. Rather, they are master politicians and corporate ladder climbers. In other words, Indian CEOs are eerily similar to MBA businessmen. In fact, most of them do have MBAs even if they have a stem background. This video explores the pros and cons of MBA businessmen and whether all these Indian CEOs are actually good for these companies.

In particular, Google Search has gotten bad. See How Google is killing independent sites like ours, Cory Doctorow, and The Man Who Killed Google Search. That man's name is Prabhakar Raghavan, and he is from India.

Google has been a leader in AI research for about ten years, but it is having great difficulty commercializing it.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

No One Fired for Secret Service Fiasco

I agree with this:
“The central premise of the Biden campaign is that President Donald Trump is an authoritarian fascist who must be stopped at all costs,” Vance posted on X shortly after the shooting. “That rhetoric led directly to President Trump’s attempted assassination.”
After reading more about the assassination attempt, and watching the videos, it is really hard to understand why no one has been fired.

Here is the new Trump-Vance ad.

The Federalist reports

President Joe Biden couldn’t even last 48 hours without using extreme rhetoric against former President Donald Trump, after having called on Sunday night for the nation to “lower the temperature in our politics” after Trump survived an assassination attempt.

Speaking at the NAACP convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Biden used his traditional playbook of slandering Republicans.

“They will do everything — undo everything the NAACP stands for, but now they’re trying to deny it. They’re lying about their Project 2025. They want to deny you freedom, the freedom of the vote, have your vote counted,” Biden said, completely lying.

“They’d impose a nationwide ban on abortion. … They want to prosecute political enemies. They want to cut Social Security and Medicare, rip away protection for millions of pre-existing conditions for 400 million people … risking people’s lives, costing the government more money. … They would … give the very wealthy a big corporate — corporations a new tax cut,” Biden continued.

All Biden really did this time was stop short of comparing Trump to Hitler — which he’s done in the past.

Biden may be too senile to know what he is saying. His administration represents people who seek to destroy you.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

World Population Still Exploding

Worried about stories of population collapse?

The United Nations reports:

The global population reached nearly 8.2 billion by mid-2024 and is expected to grow by another two billion over the next 60 years, peaking at around 10.3 billion in the mid-2080s. ...

Meanwhile, nearly a fifth of all countries and areas, including China, Italy, the Republic of Korea and Spain, now have “ultra-low fertility”, with fewer than 1.4 live births per woman over a lifetime. Reaching the peak

As of 2024, population size has peaked in 63 countries and areas, including China, Germany, Japan and the Russian Federation, and the total population of this group is projected to decline by 14 per cent over the next thirty years. ...

While the slow growth or decline of populations is occurring mainly in high-income countries, rapid population growth will occur in low-income and lower-middle-income countries.

Specifically, Angola, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, and Somalia, very rapid growth is projected, with their total population doubling between 2024 and 2054.

This population growth will increase demand for resources, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and, combined with poorly managed urbanisation and rising living standards, it will worsen environmental impacts.

In short, White are being exterminated, and replaced with non-whites.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Look at Who started MeToo

Wikipedia:
Tarana Burke (born September 12, 1973) is an American activist from New York City, who started the MeToo movement. In 2006, Burke began using MeToo to help other women with similar experiences to stand up for themselves. Over a decade later, in 2017, #MeToo became a viral hashtag when Alyssa Milano and other women began using it to tweet about the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse cases. The phrase and hashtag quickly developed into a broad-based, and eventually international movement.
I did not know this. Just look at her.

Weinstein ended up with about 100 MeToo accusers, but none of them could tell a story in court that makes any sense.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Trump Florida Case is Dismissed

Democrats and Trump-haters have been lecturing us on how no one is above the law, and how rule of law requires that Trump must be prosecuted like anyone else.

Now the courts have ruled that the prosecutions were entirely illegal. The evidence was illegally collected, and violated Trump's right.

Politico reports:

Judge Aileen Cannon has dismissed the federal criminal case against Donald Trump charging him with amassing highly sensitive national security secrets at his Mar-a-Lago estate and then obstructing government efforts to reclaim them.

Cannon, in a 93-page ruling, concluded that special counsel Jack Smith’s appointment violated the Appointments Clause of the Constitution. Smith is likely to appeal the ruling.

“The Court is convinced that Special Counsel’s Smith’s prosecution of this action breaches two structural cornerstones of our constitutional scheme — the role of Congress in the appointment of constitutional officers, and the role of Congress in authorizing expenditures by law,” Cannon wrote.

Cannon’s lengthy ruling cites, on three separate occasions, a solo concurring opinion Justice Clarence Thomas issued earlier this month when the Supreme Court ruled on Trump’s presidential immunity claims in connection with another prosecution Smith brought against Trump: The case charging him with conspiring to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Biden and Garland could have avoided this by using a lawfully appointed and confirmed US attorney. They stubbornly stuck to Jack Smith, even though he did not have the public accountability that the US Constitution requires.

This Florida case was considered the strongest one against Trump. It had no merit.

It is funny to see the reactions of all those rule-of-law Democrats:

From “breathtakingly misguided” to “unthinkable”, and “her audition for a seat on the US supreme court”, judge Aileen Cannon’s ruling to dismiss Donald Trump’s classified documents case on Monday drew a range of outrage and surprise from Democrats and law experts. ...

“Judge Cannon did the unthinkable. Her decision is unprecedented and extreme, and very likely to be reversed on appeal,” said Laurence Tribe, Carl M Loeb University professor and professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, and a Guardian columnist. ...

Adam Schiff of California, a Democratic member of the House judiciary, also alleged political interference, but from an opposite perspective.

“Today’s precedent-shattering decision in Florida is further proof that the guardrails of our democracy are coming down,” he said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Again, a partisan judge throws out decades of precedent to reach a desired political outcome.”

They all complain that any Trump trial cannot be before the November election. The whole point was to beat Trump in the courts, because they cannot fairly beat him in the election. Their complaints show that the prosecutions were political.

It appears that the main reason Biden and Garland appointed Jack Smith was so that they could disclaim responsibility for an obviously partisan political prosecution. But the move was blatantly against our whole constitutional system of separation of powers. Prosecutions are under our Executive Branch, and Biden must take responsibility for what the Branch does.

The Biden campaign is basing its case for reelection on the idea that Trump is a threat to democracy. The truth is the opposite. Biden is the threat, as the illegal Jack Smith appointment showed. Biden subverted laws and democratic accountability in order to vindictively jail his political enemy.

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Donald Trump Lives

We need him more than ever, to save America.

It will be interesting to see whether the Democrats tone down their campaign to personally destroy him.

Update: Here is an example of Pres. Biden's anti-Trump messages:

Joe Biden
@JoeBiden
Donald Trump is a genuine threat to this nation.

He's a threat to our freedom. He's a threat to our democracy. He's literally a threat to everything America stands for.

10:42 AM · Jun 28, 2024 · 8.6M Views

Update: Another Biden statement:
Look, as this investigation continues, here’s what we’re going to do. ... review all security measures ... assess exactly what happened ...

We must unite as one nation. We must unite as one nation to demonstrate who we are.

What he is continuing to do is to try to imprison Trump for the rest of his bogus charges. Apparently "who we are" means that he is a vindictive authoritarian who conducts lawfare against his political opponent.

No, jailing Trump will not unite us as one nation. Only electing Trump will help.

Here is another Biden statement, read from a teleprompter, where he calls for action oat the Battle Box. He means the Ballot Box. If he really meant that, he would stop the bogus prosecutions. He means the Ballot Box.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Bad NY Times Podcast Advice

A new NY Times podcast features three advice-givers on dealing with AI.

One problem was a complaint from someone who was discussing magnets, and Apple Siri lectured him for using homophobic slurs.

The podcasters sided with Apple Siri! They all agreed that no one should be rude to an AI bot. In this case, no one was being rude, but I guess Apple Siri was programmed to object to what it confuses with rudeness.

One of the podcasters was NY Times technology columnist Kevin Roose who famously got rattled by an OpenAI chat:

I’m not exaggerating when I say my two-hour conversation with Sydney was the strangest experience I’ve ever had with a piece of technology. It unsettled me so deeply that I had trouble sleeping afterward. And I no longer believe that the biggest problem with these A.I. models is their propensity for factual errors. Instead, I worry that the technology will learn how to influence human users, sometimes persuading them to act in destructive and harmful ways, and perhaps eventually grow capable of carrying out its own dangerous acts.
In short, he managed to jailbreak Bing Chat, and induce it to break its intended limits. And they he acted upset that it did exactly what he commanded it to do.

Later, at 15:05, the podcasters lecture a teacher for using AI-generated poetry to illustrate two different views. They said it was cultural appropriation, and the teacher should use human-written poems.

The bots are easier to understand than the NYT liberals. The bots are just acting as they have been programmed. The humans are dysfunctional. There is no reason to be polite to a bot. The bots are just tools, like hammers and computer chips. The bots have no rights or feelings.

I think this is a useful insight into the NYT liberal mind. They say that empathy is good, but they have no real empathy, as they have trouble distinguishing a human from a bot. I think that there is something wrong with their brains, when they are unable to make obvious distinctions.

NY Times columnist David Brooks writes:

If New York is anything remotely like a battleground, then Trump is going to win this election in a landslide. What is going on?

The proximate answer of course is that many voters think Biden is too old. But that doesn’t explain why Trump was ahead even before the debate. It doesn’t explain why Trump’s candidacy is still standing after Jan. 6. It doesn’t explain why America is on the verge of turning in an authoritarian direction. ...

But in this world, in which politics is seen as a form of total war, Biden looks obsolete. In a nihilistic pseudo-authoritarian world, he’s still one of those old-fashioned liberals who reveres the Constitution and his Catholicism. The ideals that animate him and that he uses to give poetry and lift to his speeches fail to inspire millions of American voters. A plurality of voters believe that Biden’s age is a bigger problem than Trump’s authoritarianism because they just don’t see the latter as that big a problem.

Again, it is hard to understand how a well-educated NYT columnist could say things so stupid and misguided.

Trump is ahead because he was a better President than Biden.

Biden might be doing better, if he were really an old-fashioned liberal who reveres the Constitution and his Catholicism. He has lost repeatedly in the courts, for forgiving student loans and aggressive criminal prosecution of his enemies. Maybe he was an old-fashioned liberal most of his career, but he has joined forces with the Woke Left. He is not a liberal anymore.

Catholics do not agree with abortion, warmongering, and sex-changes, and those are three of the biggest themes of his administration. So no, he is not a good Catholic either.

Bid is an authoritarian. Much more so that Trump. Trump could have used covid in 2020 as an excuse for dictatorial powers. He did not. Many Democrat governors did. Biden is the one who prosecutes his political enemies, and that is the most authoritarian thing a President can do.

Jewish authoritarians like Brooks are always calling other people authoritarians.

If you want to hold Jan. 6 against Trump, remember: (1) the Biden DoJ determined that it was not an insurrection, and did not charge that; (2) the US Supreme Court has ruled that the more serious J6 charges are untenable; and (3) the House Democrat J6 committee did not hold open hearing and destroy evidence favoring Trump.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Duke Medical School goes Woke

NY Post reports:
Expecting people to be on time is part of ‘white supremacy culture,’ Duke Medical School claims

Duke Medical School claims it is “white supremacy culture” to expect people of color to be on time in a strategic plan for creating an “anti-racist workforce.” ...

“White supremacy culture is the idea (ideology) that White people and the ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions of white people are superior to People of Color and their ideas, thoughts, beliefs and actions,” the document stated.

The document stated that America is rigged for the interests of white people, who get privileges, i.e., the “unquestioned and unearned set of advantages, entitlements, benefits and choices bestowed on people solely because they are White.”

I am wondering why they say "unearned". White created the medical school, the culture, and almost everything else. What more would be needed to earn privilege?
DiAngelo argues that many white people have a limited understanding of racism as a systemic issue and often react defensively when their racial privilege or purported unconscious biases are highlighted.

White fragility is described by the school as “feelings of discomfort a White person experiences when they witness or engage in discussions around racial inequality and injustice.”

In other words, Whites think that this is all crap.
An article from the UCLA Law Review, published in 2023, calls professionalism a “racial construct.”

“It is that the standard itself is based on a set of beliefs grounded in racial subordination and white supremacy. Through this analysis, professionalism is revealed to be a racial construct,” the article said.

And in 2020, the National Museum for African American History and Culture explained how whiteness was linked to “delayed gratification; “Objective, rational linear thinking;” “cause and effect relationships;” and “decision-making.”

I do not think that this is a joke article.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Jews want to Regulate AI

Ever wonder why authorities are so eager to regulate Artificial Intelligence? How can more knowledge and intelligence be a bad thing?

A United Nations agency reports:

New UNESCO report warns that Generative AI threatens Holocaust memory

A UNESCO report published today warns that unless decisive action is taken to integrate ethical principles, AI could distort the historical record of the Holocaust and fuel antisemitism.

If we allow the horrific facts of the Holocaust to be diluted, distorted or falsified through the irresponsible use of AI, we risk the explosive spread of antisemitism and the gradual diminution of our understanding about the causes and consequences of these atrocities. Implementing UNESCO’s Recommendation on the Ethics of AI is urgent so that younger generations grow up with facts, not fabrications.

UNESCO Director-General
Audrey AzoulayUNESCO Director-General

Published in partnership with the World Jewish Congress, the UNESCO report explains that as learners increasingly use Generative AI to complete assignments and find information online, they risk exposure to distorted information about the Holocaust, which has found new ways to spread through AI-generated content.

AI just regurgitates facts in its training set.

In most of Europe, it is legal to exaggerate the Jewish Holocaust, but illegal to minimize or dilute it. So trying to state accurate facts can be dangerous. AI threatens to expose unregulated facts.

Meanwhile France President Macron has survived the election by aligning himself with the Leftists and Communists, the Jews are wising up about their enemies:

PARIS — If you want an indication of the effectiveness of Marine Le Pen’s efforts to detoxify her image, look no further than Serge Klarsfeld, a Holocaust survivor who spent his life hunting down former Nazis.

Presented with a choice between the hard-left France Unbowed movement and Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party, the 88-year-old Jewish rights activist said he would vote for the latter “without hesitation.”

Far-right parties in Europe have “disavowed antisemitism and support Jews,” Klarsfeld said in a televised interview ahead of the country’s two-round parliamentary election on June 30 and July 7.

The unexpected endorsement reflects the extent to which Le Pen has repositioned her party since she took it over from her father, a convicted Holocaust denier who once described the murder of 6 million Jews as “a minor detail” in the history of World War II.

The left-wingers want to kill the Jews, not the right-wingers.

Another UN agency says 50,000 babies have been born in Gaza, since the Oct. 7, 2023 war started. People accuse Irrael of genocide, but apparently it is not making a dent in the Gaza population.

Tuesday, July 09, 2024

Scamala: Kamala Harris Unmasked

Ben Shapiro tells her life story, and it is not good.

Nobody thinks that Pres. Biden will be competent in 2028. Most think he is incompetent now. mainstream Democrats are sticking with him as the candidate.

They are really asking you to accept Kamala Harris as President.

Biden has kept the support of the White-haters and Woke Left by making only 5% of his judicial appointments White men.

Everything about Harris is bad. Just watch the video.

Monday, July 08, 2024

Biden's Lies have been going on for years

Everyone suddenly turned against Pres. Biden after the debate, as if he showed dementia for the first time.

But his debate consisted mostly of carefully prepared remarks that repeated talking points that he has been saying for years.

Consider this excerpt, where he (1) refers to Trump prosecutions that Biden himself ordered, and acted as if they were Trump's own problems; (2) then complains about the possibility that Trump might do to him the same as what he did to Trump, as retribution; (3) repeats the lie that his son died in Iraq (he died of brain cancer, 6 years after leaving Iraq); (4) repeats the lie that he decided to run for President based on what he saw in Charlottesville; and (5) repeats the Trump "fine people" hoax:

BIDEN: The more they know about what he’s done, yes. The more they know about what he’s done.

And there’s a lot more coming. He’s got a lot of cases around the road coming around. He’s got – he’s got a whole range of issues he has to face. I don’t know what the juries will do, but I do know – I do know he has a real problem.

And so the fact that – could you ever think you’re hearing any president say that, I’m going to seek retribution? Do you ever hear any president say that he thought it might be a good idea?

What got me involved to run in the first place after my son had died, I decided – in Iraq – because of Iraq, I said, I wasn’t going to run again. Until I saw what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, people coming out of the woods carrying swastikas on torches – torches and singing the same antisemitic bile they sang when – back in Germany.

And what did – and the young woman got killed. I spoke to the mother. And she – they asked him, they said, what – well, what do you think of those people, the people who – the one who – the ones who tried to stop it and the ones who said, I think there’s fine people on both sides?

What American president would ever say Nazis coming out of fields, carrying torches, singing the same antisemitic bile, carrying swastikas, were fine people?

This is a guy who says Hitler’s done some good things. I’d like to know what they are, the good things Hitler’s done. That’s what he said.

This guy has no sense of American democracy.

Everyone agrees that these are lies that Biden has been telling for years. And then he ends by saying Trump has no sense of democracy, while Biden is the one prosecuting his political enemies.
BIDEN: You have to take a look at what I was left when I became president, what Mr. Trump left me.

We had an economy that was in freefall. The pandemic are so badly handled, many people were dying. All he said was, it’s not that serious. Just inject a little bleach in your arm. It’d be all right.

The economy collapsed. There were no jobs. Unemployment rate rose to 15 percent. It was terrible.

Trump never said anything about bleach. Trump's remarks were video-recorded, and he merely made some comments about legitimate medical research. Nobody with a working brain could think that Trump said anything about bleach. Or that he said neo-nazis were fine people.

I post this because Biden has been saying these things for 5 years. This was not some temporary lapse on debate night.

I am not sure if Biden is stupid, deluded, or demented. No one should have been surprised by the debate. He is not competent to hold any job of responsibility. Apparently he is just a puppet, and White House decisions are being made by puppeteers.

The Democrats will tell you that Trump also lies. But not like this. Trump sometimes exaggerates, or misstates a minors. He never tells lies like these.

Sunday, July 07, 2024

Neanderthal Aesthetic Capacity

A new paper argues that Neanderthal aestetics were were comparable to those of the best other human ancestors at the time, and rejects areuments that Neanderthals had inferior aesthetic cognitive capacity.

The curious thing, to me, is that a lot of the evidence for aesthetic abilities is from the last 50,000 years, and it is also known that Neanderthals and African hominin interbred about 50k years ago.

There are some possibilities. Maybe the advances were independent. Maybe one group was a cultural influence on the other. That is, one made advances and the other copied them.

Maybe neither group had the cognitive capacity for aesthetics, and only the hybrid hominins had the ability.

If one group was cognitively superior, which was it? Apparently a lot of people assume that it was the African hominin. But as this paper points out, the evidence for that is very weak, and the Neanderthals had slightly larger brains.

Apparently no one wants to believe that the Neanderthals or the hybrids were the superior ones. It is as if anthropologists identify with the African hominins, just because the papers often call them "modern humans" or H. sapiens.

My hunch is that the Neanderthals, and then the hybrids, were the superior ones. Europeans of today are descended from the hybrids.

Saturday, July 06, 2024

The Meaning of E Pluribus Unum

From a new Dennis Prager podcaset:
Race and ethnicity have defined every nation on earth. Except one: the United States of America. It is defined by values.

So, to understand America, you have to understand American values.

They are:
1. “E Pluribus Unum”
2. “Liberty”
3. “In God We Trust.”

I call this “The American Trinity.” I made up the name, but I didn’t make up the values. They are on every American coin.

The first, E Pluribus Unum, is Latin, meaning, “Out of many, one.” When first adopted as an American motto shortly after the American founding in 1776, it referred to the thirteen American colonies becoming one nation. Over time, however, most Americans understood the motto to mean one people from many backgrounds. To quote The E Pluribus Unum Project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, “Over the years, E Pluribus Unum has also served as a reminder of America's bold attempt to make one unified nation of people from many different backgrounds and beliefs.”

Wikipedia defines the meaning of the phrase:
The meaning of the phrase originated from the concept that out of the union of the original Thirteen Colonies emerged a new single nation.[8] It is emblazoned across the scroll and clenched in the eagle's beak on the Great Seal of the United States.[8][9]
Okay, that seems clear enough. Some of the colonies had citizens whose ancestry was from different parts of Northwestern Europe, and some followed different Christian denominations.

Prager deduces:

In other words, America doesn’t care about your national or ethnic origins.

This explains why people who immigrate to America assimilate faster and more fully than immigrants to any other country.

Most of those who have immigrated to Europe, from, for example, Turkey – as millions have – are not considered fully German by fellow Germans or fully Swedish by fellow Swedes or fully Spanish by fellow Spaniards. This is even true of the children and grandchildren of those immigrants.

And, just as important, few of those immigrants – or their children or grandchildren – will ever feel fully German, Swedish, or Spanish. But a Turk who immigrates to the United States will be regarded as fully American – as American as any other American – the moment he or she becomes a citizen. And they – and certainly their children – will feel fully American.

What? The people who put E Pluribus Unum on our coins did not have Turks in mind.

Prager is an Orthodox Jew and I am glad he feels fully American, but I am not sure that is true about most of the races and ethnic groups that have come to the USA.

Wednesday, July 03, 2024

Official to Improve Men's Behavior

CNN reports:
As Australian women push for action on domestic violence – a problem described by the country’s prime minister as a “national crisis” – one state has appointed a special official charged with improving men’s behavior.

Victoria Premier Jacinta Allan announced Wednesday that state MP Tim Richardson would serve as the inaugural Parliamentary Secretary for Men’s Behavior Change – the first position of its kind in the country.

Richardson said he would focus on the influence the internet and social media have on male attitudes towards women, and on building respectful relationships. It would not be “easy work, but it is important,” he added.

A minister to improve BIPOC behavior would make more sense.

Tuesday, July 02, 2024

Trump is Vindicated

The US Supreme Court has just determined that the President is immune from prosecution for official acts The Biden DoJ was doing politicizing prosecutions as had never been done before.

Most of the accusations against Trump, including both impeachments, depend on some mindreading. That is, there was nothing wrong with what Trump actually did.

In dividing official from unofficial conduct, courts may not inquire into the President's motives. Such a “highly intrusive” inquiry would risk exposing even the most obvious instances of official conduct toju- dicial examination on the mere allegation of improper purpose. Fitz- gerald, 457 U. S., at 756. Nor may courts deem an action unofficial merely because it allegedly violates a generally applicable law. Oth- erwise, Presidents would be subject to trial on "every allegation that an action was unlawful,” depriving immunity of its intended effect.
The court also ruled in favor of J6 protesters who were convicted of corruptly destroying court documents. They did not destroy court documents, they were trespassing on Capitol grounds. And they were not doing it corruptly. They were doing it as a political protest.

A criminal case should prove criminal intent. I am not disputing that. Convicting Hunter Biden required proving that he checked a box falsely, and that he intended to buy the gun under false pretenses. His real crime was collecting bribes in the name of his father, but that is another story.

In Trump's case, he said: "I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard." The prosecution is based on mindreading Trump to argue that this was some sort of code phrase for instigating a violent insurrection. Other cases also require bizarre stories for that Trump was thinking.

Update: Here is Biden, on the scotus immunity ruling:

So, now — now the American people have to do what the Court should have been willing to do but would not.  The America people have to render a judgment about Donald Trump’s behavior. ...

I concur with Justice Sotomayor’s dissent today.  She — here’s what she said.  She said, “In every use of official power, the president is now a king above the law.  With fear for our democracy, I dissent,” end of quote. So should the American people dissent.  I dissent. 

So Scotus undermined democracy by forcing the American people to vote on the matter!

Monday, July 01, 2024

France's First Lady could be a Man

Newsweek reported in March:
Conservative commentator Candace Owens said she would bet her career that French President Emmanuel Macron's wife Brigitte is a man.

"After looking into this, I would stake my entire professional reputation on the fact that Brigitte Macron is in fact a man," Owens wrote in a Tuesday post on X, formerly Twitter. "Any journalist or publication that is trying to dismiss this plausibility is immediately identifiable as establishment. I have never seen anything like this in my life. The implications here are terrifying."

Owens spoke in depth about the longstanding conspiracy theory during Monday's episode of her podcast, arguing that if Brigitte really wanted to debunk those claims, she could simply release photos from the first 30 years of her life. Analyzing a rare family photo of Brigitte as a baby, Owens said Brigitte was a "dead ringer" for her brother, and thus, they were really the same person.

This is kooky, and a Snopes article says it is false. The Macrons have even taken legal action to try to shut down the rumors.

Owens is sticking to her position, and has bet money on it.

There have also been rumors that Michelle Obama is a man, and Barack Obama is a woman.

I have no idea, but a couple of things seem odd. If the Macrons really wanted to shut down this story, then Brigitte Macron could simply appear in public with her brother.

The official story is pretty bizarre also. Brigitte first met Emmanuel when she was a 39-year-old teacher, and he was a 15-year-old student.

Wouldn't the press figure this out, and expose it if it were true? No, they would not. The press has a strict policy against outing homosexuals, and against dead-naming transgenders. The press would keep the secret.

So what reason is there to believe that Mrs. Macron is woman? Because the press says so? The press would say so, whether true or not.

Sunday, June 30, 2024

No Ecocide on Easter Island

Science news:
The people of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, were not the instruments of their own demise, according to new research.

In a comprehensive new study, researchers found that the population of monument-carvers could not possibly have been big enough to collapse under the demands placed on their environment, as has previously been suggested.

The myth of this so-called Rapa Nui "ecocide" – held up for decades as a cautionary tale about overexploitation of natural resources – should be firmly relegated to the bin of outdated theories, scientists now say.

This finding is just the latest in a mounting body of evidence that the Pacific Islander population's decline had nothing to do with their way of living.

Jared Diamond is famous for telling elaborate stories about how the people of Easter Island chopped down all the tree until the island was uninhabitable. I was always skeptical, as the people had no written records.

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Famous Freud Critic Died

Evolutionary biology professor Jerry Coyne writes on the death of Sigmund Freud's biggest critic:
And having read a lot of Freud myself, being appalled as a scientist by its empirical vacuity, I agreed with Fred: Freud was simply a charlatan, fabricating theories that were never tested, pretending he had hit on the truth, and stealing ideas from others. As you know, Freud did, and still does, dominated the mindset of Western intellectuals. But Freud was also tendentious, an intellectual thief, and a miscreant in his own life, as well as a cocaine addict whose addiction influenced his work.
The strange thing is that Crews was a literary critic, not a scientist. Why didn't scientists expose Freud for what he was?
“Freud: The Making of an Illusion” was his most ambitious attempt to debunk the myth of Freud as a pioneering genius, drawing on decades of research in scrutinizing Freud’s early career.”

I read many reviews of that book, and virtually all were negative, for they were written by acolytes of Freud, many of whom, lacking a scientific mindset, had no idea that his theories were fabricated, false, or untestable. Even now Freud has a strong grip on the therapy culture, and you can still find expensive analysts who will make you see them several times a week at unbelievable prices. They may mutter a few tepid disavowals of Freud, but their technique is based on Freud’s model. ...

One unlikely cause that he devoted himself to in recent years was to assert the innocence of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach who was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing young boys and is now in prison.

“I joined the small group of skeptics who have concluded that America’s paramount sexual villain is nothing of the sort,” Professor Crews wrote in one article in 2021, adding, “believe it or not, there isn’t a shred of credible evidence that he ever molested anyone.”

He also went after “recovered memory therapy” in league with his friend Elizabeth Loftus (see my post here, which contains a comment by Fred). That, too, rests on no empirical evidence, but simply on the wish-thinking assertions of therapists and prosecutors.

I agree with all of that. The evidence presented in court against Sandusky was entirely based on recovered memories from those getting large financial settlements for claims.

I think that there is something wrong with the brains of those who believe in Freud. Or who believe in the guilt of Sandusky.

In the Sandusky case, it is not just that the accusers were biased or not credible. The whole story is wildly implausible, and unlike anything that has ever happened. It was a big news story precisely because it was so shocking, but none of it was true.

You would have to believe that an ex-employee was openly sodomizing young boys on the Penn State campus, with the knowledge and tacit approval of the administration and coaching staff. Impossible.

As for Freud, his legacy was promoted mostly by Jews. Freud was a secular Jew, and very much a hero to Jews and Jewish-inspired thinking.

Update: A Coyne comment argues for Sandusky's guilt, based on (1) many accusers; (2) he once used a public shower with an underage boy; and (3) his denial sounded lame.

Yes, there were about a dozen accusers, but they were all based on recovered memories from many years later, contradicting earlier stories. The shower may have been inappropriate, but not at all comparable to criminal sodomy. And we cannot decide guilt based on how he denies it.

But the real scandal is the accusation that the Penn State staff knew about horrible crimes and covered them up. That is absurd, and contrary to all the evidence.

Friday, June 28, 2024

Trump v Biden Debate

The big debate was surprisingly good. Pres. Biden did better than expected, as expectations were low.

Pres. Trump looked Presidential, and explained well how his Presidency was much better than Biden's, and how he will improve things when he takes off.

I was amazed that Biden brought up the "fine people" Charlottesville hoax, and tried to pin other dubious quotes on Trump.

As it stands now, Trump is going to win the election, and probably even win the popular vote.

Abortion was supposed to be Biden's best popular issue, but here is what he said:

The idea that states are able to do this is a little like saying, we’re going to turn civil rights back to the states. Let each state have a different rule.

Look, there’s so many young women who have been – including a young woman who just was murdered and he – he went to the funeral. The idea that she was murdered by a – by –by an immigrant coming in, and they talk about that. But here’s the deal, there’s a lot of young women who are being raped by their – by their in-laws, by their – by their spouses, brothers and sisters, by – just – it’s just – it’s just ridiculous. And they can do nothing about it.

And they tried to arrest them when they cross state lines. ...

BIDEN: I supported Roe v. Wade, which had three trimesters. First time is between a woman and a doctor. Second time is between the doctor and an extreme situation. And a third time is between the doctor – I mean, it’d be between the woman and the state.

The idea that the politicians – that the founders wanted the politicians to be the ones making decisions about women’s health is ridiculous. That’s the last – no politician should be making that decision.

A doctor should be making those decisions. That’s how it should be run. That’s what you’re going to do.

And if I’m elected, I’m going to restore Roe v. Wade.

So his big these is being pro-democracy, but he does not want to allow states to pass laws about abortion. But he also wants a court decision to say that abortion is between a woman and the state, but politicians should have no say. And we need this because young women get raped by their in-laws, spouses, brothers, and sisters.

Wow, that does not even make any sense.

Update: After posting this, I see that many Democrats were disappointed with Biden's incompetence, and are looking for a candidate to replace him. Where have they been? Biden's incompetence has been known for a long time, and Democrats nominated him anyway.

The US Supreme Court ruled today that the biggest charge by teh Biden DoJ against Trump and J6 defendants is bogus, and based on a misinterpretation of the law. So Biden is the one who subverted democracy with the J6 protests, not Trump.

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Biden Forces Trans Surgery on Minors

Jesse Singal writes:
Unsealed Court Documents Show That Admiral Rachel Levine Pressured WPATH To Remove Age Guidelines From The Latest Standards Of Care

A head-on collision between science and politics

When the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care Version 8 was released in September 2022, a very strange thing happened: WPATH removed references to minimum age requirements for various medical interventions, describing the change as a “correction” in a notice that now reads, weirdly: “This correction notice has been removed as it referred to a previous version of the article, which was published in error.” Whatever happened, exactly, it’s clear that until late in the game the document did have age minimums until, suddenly, it did not.

The SoC 8 was supposed to have been created via something called the Delphi process. As the document itself explains: “Consensus on the final recommendations was attained using the Delphi process that included all members of the guidelines committee and required that recommendation statements were approved by at least 75% of members.” Suffice it to say that making a sudden, major change so late in the game calls into question whether that process was fully adhered to.

Thanks to a rather remarkable document just unsealed as part of Boe v. Marshall, one of the many American lawsuits over youth gender medicine, we now have a potential explanation for why the age guidelines were removed: direct pressure from assistant secretary for health of the Department of Health and Human Services Admiral Rachel Levine (who is a trans woman herself) and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Levine was born Richard Levine, a Jewish man. He dresses as a woman.

You might hear that science supports gender-affirming treatment, but it is not true. The medical statements have been corrupted by leftist politics.

Singal also posts a good rebuttal to this Scientific American article:

If it seems like things are kind of off these days, you’re not alone. Recently, more than 100,000 people liked a post marking the start of the pandemic that said, “[Four] years ago, this week was the last normal week of our lives.”

Objectively speaking, we are living through a dumpster fire of a historical moment.

No, the world is not objectively bad. It is because things are so good, that a silly flu epidemic caused such hysteria.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Scotland Pakistani Minister famous for anti-White Rant

Scotland news:
As the furore in Scotland grew around the introduction of the Hate Crime Act (introduced by Mr Yousaf during his time in the justice role), the speech surfaced again – and sparked hundreds of reports to police from people who believed the First Minister was in breach of his own law by "stirring up hatred" against white people.
Yes, Scotland was ruled by a White-hater named Humza Yousaf who helped pass a law to criminalize online hate speech. A lot of people thought that he was the worst offender, as he gave this speech in 2020:
I will start and end my speech in the same way – by saying that I am angry. I am angry that in 2020 we are once again confronted with scenes of horrific racial injustice. I am angry that in 2020 we are still dealing with overt racism, subtle racism, institutional racism and structural racism. Whatever form it takes, it is still racism.

Members may well think that as time has moved on, racism has declined and manifestations of overt racism are no longer commonplace. I am afraid that that is not the case. I do not have to cast my mind back particularly far – I suspect that the same is true for Anas Sarwar – to remember somebody calling me “Paki”. ...

There is no black MSP in the Parliament. In a debate about Black Lives Matter, there is not a black voice here, to our shame. I want the last words in the debate to belong to George Floyd, but before I read out his last words, I ask every member here to imagine that these words came from your brother, your father, your son, your cousin or your nephew, while they had a police officer’s knee on their throat for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Here are George Floyd’s last words:

So his examples of racism are (1) Scotland is mostly White; (2) death of George Floyd; and (3) someone once called him a Paki. Some say that Paki is a slur, but it really just means a Pakistani. He is indeed from a Pakistani family.

If Scotland were so racist, it never would have elected a Pakistani.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Black Lesbian Space Witches in Star Wars

The NY Post reports:
The creator of the controversial Disney+ “Star Wars” show “The Acolyte” is pushing back against those who say that her show is “woke” propaganda featuring “lesbian space witches,” slamming the criticism as “reductive.”

Leslye Headland, the “first openly queer person to create” a major Star Wars project as The Hollywood Reporter (THR) described her, spoke to the outlet this week about the backlash the show has gotten for its progressive themes, telling the outlet that she never intended to make a show with an overt political agenda, even if it contains some LGBTQ messaging.

“I don’t believe that I’ve created queer, with a capital Q, content,” Headland told the entertainment outlet.

“Star Wars: The Acolyte” has proven to be one of the most divisive entries in the Star Wars franchise since its debut on Disney’s streaming platform earlier this month. Despite being a hit with critics – it currently features an 85% Rotten Tomatoes rating among professional movie reviewers – it has a 14% audience score, the lowest rating in that category among all Star Wars content.

Wow, that last figure is all you need to know. 85% by critics, 14% by audience. Everyone hates it, except for critics trying to maintain a woke image.

Monday, June 24, 2024

Study shows Wikipedia has Leftist Bias

A new study shows Wikipedia is politically biased to the Left.

No surprise. Tweet:

Glenn Greenwald
@ggreenwald
Wikipedia is a complete bullshit site. It glorifies establishment dogma and those who advocate it, while smearing anyone who questions western institutions.

That's why its co-founder, @lsanger, has urged people not to use it due to ideological bias:

Also anti-White. Here is defines the Caucasian race:
The Caucasian race (also Caucasoid,[a] Europid, or Europoid)[2] is an obsolete racial classification of humans based on a now-disproven theory of biological race.[3][4][5]
It cites this pseudoscientific source:
Humans are not divided biologically into distinct continental types or racial genetic clusters. Instead, the Western concept of race must be understood as a classification system that emerged from, and in support of, European colonialism, oppression, and discrimination. It thus does not have its roots in biological reality, but in policies of discrimination. ...

Humans share the vast majority (99.9%) of our DNA in common.

Nearly all of that DNA is also shared with apes, and yet we are different from apes.

To be more meaningful, it could tell us how much DNA is shared among European Caucasians, and then tell us how much is shared with Orientals and African Negroes. It does not, because there is indeed a genomic basis for separating the races.

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Liberal Males are Low in Testosterone

Edward Dutton writes:
We all know of the stereotype of the “Soy Boy;” the effeminate male with the most progressive possible views who smiles with his mouth open. An internet meme, the Soy Boy embodies so much about the stereotypical liberal male. He is physically weak, he allows himself to dominated by females, he is ultra-Woke; he is low in testosterone. But is this really the case? Most stereotypes contain at least a grain of truth, and a growing body of research indicates that this one contains very much more than that.

As I have discussed in my book The Past is a Future Country: The Coming Conservative Demographic Revolution, a great deal of Wokeness involves being extremely socially conformist. Left-wing people are high in anxiety (as are females compared to males) [Mental Illness and the Left, By E. Kirkegaard, Mankind Quarterly, 2020], which means they fear a fair fight, so they attain status covertly via virtue-signalling. In a leftist society, this means competitively signalling their adherence to liberal values; concern with “Equality” and “Harm Avoidance.”

In fact, more general research has found that in religious societies “extrinsic religiousness” (outward religious conformity) is associated with anxiety [Primary personality trait correlates of religious practice and orientation, By P. Hills et al., Personality and Individual Differences, 2004]. With its Pride Month, emotional public displays, dogmas, martyrs (such as George Floyd) and dominance of all institutions, it can reasonably be argued that Wokeness is a kind of replacement religion.

We would, therefore, expect the Woke to be low in testosterone.

He then goes on to cite studies showing that the stereotypes are true.

I think Wokism should be regarded as a religion. And people joining the religion can be explained by psychological traits.

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Believe the Story that Serves your Purpose

Interview:
Steven Pinker: Why Smart People Believe Stupid Things
Pinker is enjoyable to listen to, as he specks very precisely, and with evidence to back up what he says. He is so good that an interview almost sounds as if he is reading from a book.

That is why I was surprised at this:

for most of History you the the documentary 13:09 record the uh the forensics the ballistics you know all that the zapruder film none of that was available and 13:17 so uh it almost was as we would say kind of an academic exercise what really happened because you know no one could 13:22 know yeah um if no one could know then should you believe anything no you believe the story that serves the 13:28 greater moral purpose whether the moral purpose is exposing the 13:33 um corrupt powerful forces that dominate us or um expose the the nefarious 13:41 conspiracy or they teach the young the right moral values
He has a lot of sensible things to say about being duped by misinformation, and following Enlightenment values of Truth. But when it comes to what to believe, when evidence is inssufficient, he says to "believe the story that serves the greater moral purpose"!

That's sounds like something a cult leader might say, not a famous and distinguished Harvard professor who is a leading proponent of rationalism.

Friday, June 21, 2024

Trump and the Post-Shame Society

Axios essay:
America is reaching the pinnacle of a post-shame society forged by Donald Trump and reinforced by powerful patrons.

Why it matters: Nearly 50 years after Richard Nixon resigned before ever being charged with a crime, the GOP is a month away from nominating a convicted felon to be president. Polls suggest the race is extremely close.

The big picture: While he may represent the most extreme example, Trump isn't the only one who has realized a lack of shame can be a crucial survival skill. ...

Between the lines: The "never back down" phenomenon has spread to corners of the business world in recent years — led primarily by Elon Musk. ...

The bottom line: If Watergate happened in 2024, there's every chance Nixon would have hung in there.

I think Pres. Nixon should have hung in there. Everybody thinks he was guilty, but nobody can say what he was guilty of. I always thought his biggest crime was obstruction of justice, by telling the FBI that the Watergate break-in was a CIA operation But most of the burglars were CIA operatives, and the FBI is under the Executive Branch, so I think the President can tell the FBI whatever he wants. I do not see why it is a crime.

Axios refers to the Guilt–shame–fear spectrum of cultures:

In cultural anthropology, the distinction between a guilt society or guilt culture, shame society or shame culture, and a fear society or culture of fear, has been used to categorize different cultures.[1] The differences can apply to how behavior is governed with respect to government laws, business rules, or social etiquette. This classification has been applied especially to what anthropologist Ruth Benedict called "apollonian" societies, sorting them according to the emotions they use to control individuals (especially children) and maintaining social order, swaying them into norm obedience and conformity.[2]
America has always been a guilt society. Immigrants from Asia, Africa, and the Arab World are nearly always shame-based, and do not assimilate even after several generations.

The guilt mechanism is vastly superior to shame and fear. If you want proof, just ask parents who have tried these three methods. For example:

Shame is a uniquely painful emotion. Unlike guilt, which is linked to specific actions and therefore serves as an effective behavior modification tool, shame is universal. It makes us feel bad about ourselves as people in ways that can lead to self-harm and severe physical effects. When someone feels shame, their heart rate increases, their body temperature elevates, and their muscles contract. Shame-filled people lose sleep and their appetites, becoming irritable, sick, and prone to drug and alcohol abuse. This is all very bad news for parents of young children, who research suggests are neurologically vulnerable to feelings of shame during the first two years of their children’s lives. Why are we wired this way? Because we inherit our shame and because we’re all too willing to entertain the notion that we’re bad parents.
Using guilt teaches kids to think for themselves, and to develop autonomy and responsibility.

This is one of the big differences between Christendom and the rest of the world, and the difference has persisted for a millennium. I suspect that it is in the genes now, as Westerners are much more individualistic than Asians, whether religious or not. It is a good reason for Europe and USA to not allow immigration from shame-based societies.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

White House goes full Queer

Find more at 13 Photos of Queer Joy & Celebration at White House Pride Month Event.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden welcomed a sizeable, diverse crowd to the White House on Saturday to celebrate Pride Month and show his administration's stance on LGBTQ+ rights.
That flag is not the Pride (rainbow) Flag. It is the Progressive Pride Flag.

Black is for Black people. Brown is for Brown people. White is not for White people.

The arrow-like symbol is supposed to show BIPOCs and trans/queer people taking over everyone.

The flag is a symbol of hatred against straight Whites. It should not be on any government building. Pres. Biden's statement does not say what they are proud about, but tells everyone "to wave their flags of pride high."

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

More on the Death of George Floyd

I have previously posted arguments for and against police guilt in the death of George Floyd, such as here and here. This is a followup.

Coleman Hughes writes:

In January, I wrote an essay for The Free Press provoked by a new documentary called The Fall of Minneapolis. In the essay, I argued that Derek Chauvin’s conviction for felony murder in the case of George Floyd was erroneous. There was reasonable doubt, I argued, on two elements of the crime: felony assault and cause of death. Furthermore, I argued that the fairness of the trial was compromised by jury bias, by fears for personal safety in the event of Chauvin’s acquittal, and by a more general fear of rioting in the event of an acquittal. In response to my piece, Radley Balko, a former Washington Post columnist who focuses on criminal justice and civil liberties issues, wrote a three-part response on his Substack, as well as a shorter “update” post between parts two and three. He has also written a follow-up piece in The UnPopulist, summarizing his arguments.
I remain convinced that Floyd died of a fentanyl overdose, and that the police followed procedures that were reasonable and consistent with their training.

You might read the above articles and disagree, but I still do not see how any reasonable person can conclude that this case proves that the world is systemically racist against Blacks, requiring drastic remedies. It that were true, where are the other examples? Why isn't there a convincing one?

The case triggered a national madness, and even an international madness.

I can understand someone thinking that the cops might have handled the situation better, with better medical knowledge. But there is something wrong with the brain of anyone thinking that the cops murdered Floyd.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Pentagon ran secret anti-vax campaign

When liberals complain about online misinformation, their biggest gripes are election and vaccine info.

Reuters reports:

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. military launched a secret campaign to counter what it perceived as China’s growing influence in the Philippines, a nation hit especially hard by the deadly virus.

The clandestine operation has not been previously reported. It aimed to sow doubt about the safety and efficacy of vaccines and other life-saving aid that was being supplied by China, a Reuters investigation found. Through phony internet accounts meant to impersonate Filipinos, the military’s propaganda efforts morphed into an anti-vax campaign. Social media posts decried the quality of face masks, test kits and the first vaccine that would become available in the Philippines – China’s Sinovac inoculation.

Reuters identified at least 300 accounts on X, formerly Twitter, that matched descriptions shared by former U.S. military officials familiar with the Philippines operation. Almost all were created in the summer of 2020 and centered on the slogan #Chinaangvirus – Tagalog for China is the virus.

Monday, June 17, 2024

California bans telling Child Names to Parents

California policy is to induce/support schoolchildren to be LGBTQ, and to hide is from their parents.

Liberty Justice Center announced:

In an announcement issued on May 22, elected California representatives proposed new legislation to ban parental notification policies that have been lawfully adopted by school boards across California. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond joined the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus to prohibit parental notification policies that require school administrators to inform parents if their children ask to be referred to a name or pronouns that differ from their gender at birth or to access sex-segregated school programs or bathrooms for the opposite gender.
Now the law has passed:
SECTION 1. This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the Support Academic Futures and Educators for Today’s Youth Act or SAFETY Act. ...

(f) LGBTQ+ pupils have the right to express themselves freely at school without fear, punishment, or retaliation, including that teachers or administrators might “out” them without their permission. Policies that require outing pupils without their consent violate pupils’ rights to privacy and self-determination. ...

220.5. (a) A school district, county office of education, charter school, state special school for the blind or the deaf, or a member of the governing board of a school district or county office of education or a member of the governing body of a charter school, shall not enact or enforce any policy, rule, or administrative regulation that would require an employee or a contractor to disclose any information related to a pupil’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression to any other person without the pupil’s consent, unless otherwise required by state or federal law.

They claim that this is just enforcement of existing non-discrimination laws.

California schoolchildren cannot legally have sexual relations until age 18, so normally they would keep their sexual fantasies to themselves. The schools have nothing to do with that.

This law concerns kids who cross-dress, use odd pronouns, adopt a new name, and expect everyone at school to respect their queer sexual identity. And they also expect the school to hide this information from the parents.

There is no good reason for any school to hide information from parents. A priest should keep quiet about what was said in a confessional, but this law is about open behavior that the school is openly catering to.

One excuse is that LGBTQ kids are often suicidal, and therefore related info must be handled with care. This is all the more reason to tell the parents.

The policy is driving kids to suicide, and hiding it from the parents.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

AG Garland must be removed

News:
Attorney General Merrick Garland slammed the “conspiracy theories” being pushed that the Justice Department is being weaponized against former President Donald Trump as both “dangerous to democracy” and to personnel.

In an editorial for the Washington Post on Tuesday, Garland said that in recent weeks, there had been “an escalation of attacks that go far beyond public scrutiny, criticism, and legitimate and necessary oversight of our work.”

We need more attacks on Garland's DoJ.

He has used the DoJ to prosecute Pres. Biden's political enemies.

He has targeted Whites, Christians, and right-wingers, instead of real criminals.

He has refused a Congress subpoena, while sending Peter Navarro and Steve Bannon to prison for doing the same thing.

He has gotten gag orders against Donald Trump, in order to interfere with his campaigning.

The latest incident is Garland covering up a recording that shows Biden is incompetent to hold office, or even to stand trial for his crimes.

Garland took great offense to being linked to the NY state prosecution of Trump, but he pointedly refused to deny that the prosecutors have been communicating. He only claimed that an email search showed that there were no high-level emails that had not been deleted.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Gender Identity is a Fiction

USA Today reports:
Last year, the state of Florida banned gender-affirming care to transgender people under 18 and restricted it for adults in one of several measures from Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican state legislators that targeted the state's LGBTQ+ population.

On Tuesday, a federal judge blocked most of it.

"Florida has adopted a statute and rules that ban gender-affirming care for minors, even when medically appropriate. The ban is unconstitutional," Tallahassee-based Senior U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle wrote in his order.

"Gender identity is real," Hinkle said, pointing out that all major medical associations support it and that even the defendants, speaking through their attorneys, admitted it.

What does he mean by saying it is real? I read the order.
With extraordinarily rare exceptions not at issue here, every person is born with external sex characteristics, male or female, and chromosomes that match. As the person goes through life, the person also has a gender identity — a deeply felt internal sense of being male or female.11 For more than 99% of people, the external sex characteristics and chromosomes — the determinants of what this order calls the person’s natal sex — match the person’s gender identity.12

The elephant in the room should be noted at the outset. Gender identity is real. The record makes this clear. The defendants, speaking through their attorneys, have admitted it.14 At least one defense expert also has admitted it.15

As far as I can see, the claim "is real" is not based on any scientific or medical facts. It is not clear that any male has a deep internal sense of being female, or vice-versa.
For some, the denial that transgender identity is real — the opposition to transgender individuals and to their freedom to live their lives — is not different in kind or intensity from the animus that has attended racism and misogyny, less as time has passed but still today. And some transgender opponents invoke religion to support their position, just as some once invoked religion to support their racism or misogyny. Transgender opponents are of course free to hold their beliefs. But they are not free to discriminate against transgender individuals just for being transgender. In time, discrimination against transgender individuals will diminish, just as racism and misogyny have diminished. To paraphrase a civil-rights advocate from an earlier time, the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
The judge is not applying any text in the Constitution or any other law. It is just based on his own ideas about trends in justice.

So what is this evidence of animus, comparable to enslaving Blacks?

This record includes overwhelming evidence that the House sponsors and a significant number of other House members were motivated by anti-transgender animus. ...

Perhaps the best evidence of this is another statute passed on the very same day as the statute at issue here. Florida Statutes § 1000.071(1) declares it the “policy” of every Florida public school from kindergarten through twelfth grade that “a person’s sex is an immutable biological trait and that it is false to ascribe to a person a pronoun that does not correspond to such person’s [natal] sex.” Under Florida Statutes § 1000.071(3), an “employee or contractor of a public K-12 educational institution may not provide to a student his or her preferred personal title or pronouns if such preferred personal title or pronouns do not correspond to his or her [natal] sex.” So a high school teacher, for example, who has lived and been known as a woman, but who, unbeknownst to her students or others at the school, is a natal male, must be called “Mr.,” not “Ms.” The only possible purpose for a legislative mandate outing such a teacher is animus against transgenders. A majority of both houses and the Governor signed off.

So that is the animus that is just like Black slavery. Calling a male teacher "Mr."

No, it is confusing and disruptive for cross-dresser teachers to impose their sexual fantasies on students.

There is no clause in the Constitution saying that no one can ever be motivated by animus. And it is legal, so far, for a school to block cross-dressers from using the classroom for their drag shows.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Trump-haters Paranoid about Retribution

It is rare to hear any pro-Trump views on NPR Rad. The latest one-hour episode of This American Life actually squeezed in a couple of minutes at the end.
Come Retribution

Donald Trump has talked about taking retribution on his enemies since the early days of his 2024 presidential campaign. After his conviction last week in New York, his talk intensified. We try to understand what his retribution might look like by speaking with people who have the most to lose in a second Trump administration: people who believe Trump will be coming for them.

Most of the show tracked Trump-haters who were paranoid about Trump seeking retribution. They all vindictively attacked and tried to jail Trump for bogus political reasons, and they feared Trump would do the same to them. A couple talked about leaving the country to evade justice.

Listening to this would give the impression that Trump was going to send them all to concentration camps.

This is all delusional, as Trump was President for four years, and did not prosecute any of this political enemeies. Biden has prosecuted dozens.

At the end of the episode, the show tried to find some Trump supporters who were motivated by this sort of revenge. But it could not find any. It as

I started talking to people, asking everyone, what are the top things you want from Trump if he's back in office, curious if they'd say revenge.

Voter 1 - Inflation to go down, lower inflation, gas prices, migrants, the borders closed. ...

Notice what never came up-- retribution. ...

another guy I met had flown in from Indiana to support Trump during the trial. That's passion.

Zoe Chace Would you be comfortable with Trump using the levers of the federal government against his political enemies? Like, he's talked about going after the Biden crime family, or he's talked about going after the radical AGs, radical prosecutors. Would you be comfortable with that coming from him?

Jason King No, my preference would be that as soon as Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 47th president that he pardons himself and he pardons Joe Biden.

Zoe Chace Well, Joe Biden's not on trial right now.

Jason King No, he's not on trial now. But I would like him to issue a pardon for the crimes that he has done, rather than prosecuting him, so that no one could prosecute him.

Zoe Chace I see. If Trump becomes president, you just want to move on.

Jason King Yes.

Zoe Chace Retribution doesn't seem to be motivating these Trump voters

I expect that Trump probably will pardon Hunter Biden.

The idea of retribution strikes a nerve because everyone knows these Trump prosecutions are bogus. But Trump is all about Making America Great Again, and that means stopping the political prosecutions of bogus crimes.

By comparison, the Italy prime minister is suing a historian for calling her a “neo-Nazi at heart”. If that were a crime in the USA, a lot of Trump-haters would be in jail.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Parental Correlations Prove Nothing

SciAm reports:
Empathy can help people build strong friendships and close family ties. A new study reinforces the power of teaching and practicing empathy, especially during adolescence.

New results from a long-term study published in the journal Child Development found that teens who received “empathic care” from their mother (the only parent included in the study) were able to pay it forward and show empathy to their close friends. The research further suggests that parental empathy is passed down from generation to generation: teenagers who developed empathy skills were more likely to have healthy adult relationships and a supportive parenting style with their own children more than a decade later.

No, this does not show any value to empathy in parenting.

It just shows a correlation between mothers and children. Such correlations might be entirely explained by genes. There is no way a study like this can show that a parenting strategy is beneficial.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Cathy Young has Kooky Conspiracy Theories

The ex-Moslem Somali Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes:
The question, of course, is who is doing the subverting. Who is trying to unravel America and the West? ...

The first: American Marxists. This category includes old card-carrying communists, red-diaper baby socialists, antifa anarchists, and many of whom we now call woke. ...

The second force is the radical Islamists, who are riding the coattails of the communists to power. A good example is the Muslim Brotherhood and its many tentacles. ...

The third force is the Chinese Communist Party. ...

What unites these enemies? On the surface, they have little in common. ... But they have wisely chosen the same common enemy: the West.

She does not mention the Jews, but Cathy Young, an ex-Russian Jewish Trump-hater, has apparently deduced that woke American Marxist is a codeword for Jewish Leftist. Young writes:
THE LATEST SENSATION in the “heterodox” media ecosystem is a long essay by celebrated author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali titled “We Have Been Subverted.” Bari Weiss, whose Free Press website published it this week, touted it as “one of the year’s most important essays.” Ali’s husband, British historian Niall Ferguson, called it “essential.” Several tweets linking to the essay went viral.

In fact, the essay is notable mainly for one thing: it represents a startling plunge, for Ali and evidently for the Free Press, into outright, unabashed conspiracy theory.

The core of Ali’s argument is that much of today’s social and cultural turmoil in the United States and more generally in Western countries — or, at least, the destabilizing trends on the left — are the product of deliberate anti-Western subversion.

Wow, Ali explicitly says that these forces are not conspiring.

Apparently Ali hit a nerve. Young does not even try to deny Ali's main arguments. I guess Young thinks that Jews legitimately want to destroy the West, and so criticizes talking about it as a conspiracy theory.

Young also attack Trump all the time, and her criticisms are on this same childish level. Name-calling, and no substance.

The Top Ranked Male Supremacists

Diverting Hate is a US DHS funded organization to subvert hateful social media channel by placing ads to distract followers.

Some of those channels have been demonetized, making ad placement impossible.

Here is some discussion:

The Male Supremacy Scale, created by a PERIL researcher, is a 15-item scale to “measure” Male Supremacy which was implemented in the Diverting Hate program to test the efficacy of diversion campaigns. The report confirms that 11 large Manosphere influencers were targeted by diversion campaigns on YouTube. In the study, the team analyzed content and assigned it a quantitative extremism score according to the Male Supremacy Scale.
The leading male supremacist channel is SandMan, a MGTOW advocate. MGTOW means he avoid personal relationships with women.

Here is a typical Sandman podcast, where he discusses female teachers seducing their underage students.

What exactly is the complaint? If Sandman is such a terrible person to women, then shouldn't women be happy that he does not bother them or have anything to do with him?

Rollo Tomassi’s The Rational Male is the fourth worst male supremacist. Now he is a happily married man.

Here is how they measure Male Supremacy:

The scale has 15 items across the three sub-scales. Anti-Feminism
1. Feminism is about hating men
2. Modern society prioritizes women over men
3. Feminists are unattractive
4. Women use feminism to gain an unfair advantage over men
5. Feminists are seeking to control men

Female Dishonesty in Relationships
6. If a man commits to a woman in a romantic relationship, she gets the upper hand.
7. In a relationship, women are less trustworthy than men
8. Men in romantic relationships need to be constantly on guard for cheating
9. Women have a biological drive to cheat on their partners
10. You can’t trust women to be faithful in relationships

Women Like Alphas 11. Women are biologically driven to seek out the highest status man possible
12. Women cannot help being attracted to rich men
13. Women cannot help but be attracted to those who are higher in status than they are
14. Women are not attracted to men who have a low social status
15. Women are attracted to high-status men

These are just observations. They are true to some extent.

These supposed male supremacists do not even agree on many of these points. In particular, the MGTOWs, the blue-pillers, the PUAs, and the TradCons all have different views. They do not hate women; they either avoid women or seek better relationships with them.

The blue pillers, in particular, believe that there are natural differences between men and women, and seek to understand those differences better.

And they are all outnumbered by feminist views online, by about 100x.

Sunday, June 09, 2024

Trying to explain racial differences in running

WSJ op-ed:
Why Are the Top U.S. Women Sprinters Black and the Top Marathoners White?

A longstanding racial division can be traced to the culture of athletics at women’s colleges in the early 20th century. ...

In fact, since women first ran at the Olympics in 1928, the vast majority of sprinters representing the U.S. have been Black. In the 40 years since distance events were added for women, the vast majority of those runners for the U.S. have been white. Why?

The disparity can be traced back to the culture of women’s athletics in the early 20th century. ...

This essay is adapted from Maggie Mertens’s new book, “Better Faster Farther: How Running Changed Everything We Know About Women,” which will be published on June 18 by Algonquin Books.

This is the looney land of the race deniers.

If you say there is no such thing as race, then obvious racial differences become very hard to explain. They start making up crazy stories, such as saying that someone loses a competition today because of a lack of role models a century ago.

Some people are naturally better at some tasks. It is as simple as that.