Thursday, January 20, 2022

Trump Supporters Doubt some Leftist Narratives

The mainstream news media has been telling a narrative about BIPOCs. Resarch is finding that the people who reject the narrative also rejct other narratives about elections, and probably covid also.

The Wash. Post reports:

Since Trump’s election to office in 2016, scholars have carefully documented the relationship between racial attitudes and support for the former president. ...

These divisions over racial equality were closely related to perceptions of the 2020 presidential election and the Capitol attack. For example, among those who agreed that White people in the United States have advantages based on the color of their skin, 87 percent believed that Joe Biden’s victory was legitimate; among neutrals, 44 percent believed it was legitimate; and among those who disagreed, only 21 percent believed it was legitimate. Seventy percent of people who agreed that White people enjoy advantages considered the events of Jan. 6 to be an insurrection; 26 percent of neutrals described it that way; and only 10 percent who disagreed did so, while 80 percent of this last group called it a protest. And while 70 percent of those who agreed that White people enjoy advantages blamed Trump for the events of Jan. 6, only 34 percent of neutrals did, and a mere 9 percent of those who disagreed did.

I am surprised that the newspaper capitalizes White.

The George Floyd narrative sent Black homocide deaths up 53%.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

What is Queer Theory?

An essay from some sort of leftist encyclopedia:
Queer Theory exists, in a nutshell, to antagonize norms, normativity, and the normal—that is, anything that can be considered normal by society (even in accurate, neutral description) and thus that carries or can be construed to imply a morally normative expectation about it, which it deems intrinsically oppressive. This attitude is probably most clearly understood in the binary dichotomy “normal” versus “abnormal,” noting that there is a relatively positive connotation to “normal” as compared to a relatively negative connotation to “abnormal.” ...

Queer Theory seems to deliberately confuse anything that is descriptively normal, in the sense of being commonplace, e.g., heterosexuality or the sexual binary, with that automatically carrying an implication that any variation from that sense of falling within the general norm must be understood pejoratively and seen as somehow illegitimate. It views society has carrying strong expectations, if not requirements, for people to fall within the “normal” range and not to be “abnormal” in any way, and sees these expectations as a central application of dominance to create oppression. ...

Thus, many people mistakenly understand queer Theory as somehow relevant to LGBT civil rights and acceptance—including most queer Theorists—but this is not at all the case. Queer Theory has nothing positive to say about lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender rights except to the degree that those can be made useful for breaking societal norms, and it has no interest in lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender acceptance at all, as that would make them fall within the reach of acceptable societal norms (i.e., normal) and thus a necessary location for disruptive and subversive queer activism. That is, while it seems because of its name that queer Theory is activism on behalf of LGBT rights, it is actually not; it is actually about destroying normalcy in all its forms, including for LGBT people, most of whom don’t like or want this. Queer Theory elevates only one identity as authentic: the queer identity, which ceases to be queer the moment it is accepted or even able to be categorized.

This has the effect of making queer Theory self-defeating and simultaneously self-concentrating in a peculiar way.

I post this for those wanting to understand the Q of LGBTQ.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Bad Computer Security at Financial Firms

You would think that financial firms would have good login security, but read this from several years ago:
An angry Vanguard customer had called her to say he was able to log into his account, even though he'd deliberately provided a misspelled security answer, Brock explained to her tech colleague, named Mike, who took her call on May 7, 2013.
The company is weird. They put in a security image in the login process, telling customers to refuse to login if the right image is not seen. Then it just dropped the feature, without telling anyone. So if you followed their own security instructions, you would never login.
On a dozen occasions in recent months, I have logged into my own Vanguard account despite dropping letters and introducing other typographical errors to my security answers. On several occasions, I was able to reset my password after entering typos of between one and two characters into three separate security answers. The process did require that I provide my date of birth, zip code, the last four digits of my Social Security number and email address. But security experts say such information is easily stolen or found online, making accurate security answers critical.
So what is it doing? This is fairly standard:
During an hour-long interview with Sherlock and three other Vanguard officials in late July, the company stressed that it has made strides in customer safety that include the launch in December of an enhanced security option to make customers' login process safer. Its so-called "two-factor authentication" service requires not only that a customer enter a user name and password, but that they also submit a 6-digit code that Vanguard sends by text message to the customer's cellphone.
Okay, but here is the message that Vanguard sent me:
Vanguard won't contact you for this code: 894581. Don't share it with anyone. Reply HELP for help, STOP to cancel, Msg&Data Rates May Apply
Why would it say that? The whole purpose of the code is to submit it when Vanguard contacts me and asks for it. I am unable to login unless I share the code with Vanguard. Or maybe I should say logon, as that is what Vanguard calls it.

Currently, I cannot even login to Vanguard with my Firefox or Chrome browsers. They used to work fine.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

BLM has been Bad for Blacks

The Reuters news service fired Isaac Kriegman for writing this essay on why Black Lives Matter has been bad for Blacks.

Here is the latest example of Black suffering from systemic racism:

A ProPublica analysis found that traffic cameras in Chicago disproportionately ticket Black and Latino motorists. But city officials plan to stick with them — and other cities may adopt them too.

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.

… But for all of their safety benefits, the hundreds of cameras that dot the city [of Chicago] — and generate tens of millions of dollars a year for City Hall — have come at a steep cost for motorists from the city’s Black and Latino neighborhoods. A ProPublica analysis of millions of citations found that households in majority Black and Hispanic ZIP codes received tickets at around twice the rate of those in white areas between 2015 and 2019.

The consequences have been especially punishing in Black neighborhoods, which have been hit with more than half a billion dollars in penalties over the last 15 years, contributing to thousands of vehicle impoundments, driver’s license suspensions and bankruptcies, according to ProPublica’s analysis.

So the robot cameras are racist?

The obvious conclusion from this is that Blacks are unable or unwilling to live according to the norms of a civilized society. Complaints about racism are just demands to subsidize bad behavior.

Update: Studies show:

Diversity training doesn’t work, ditto with microaggression training, implicit bias training, or any mandatory DEI training
Most Whites have no antagonism towards Blacks, and believe that Blacks have suffered from systemic racism. But when Whites have to take classes on the subject, they see that it is all BS.

For a long time, I thought that there were examples of Blacks being mistreated. But no one can seem to find any. All of the big BLM examples are Black criminals who are treated much better than they deserve.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

The Real Reason Djokovic is Being Detained

Australia's battle against Novak Djokovic appears to ba about forcing political submission, not health. The NY Times reports:
In a statement explaining why he revoked Djokovic’s visa a second time, Alex Hawke, Australia’s minister for immigration, argued that if Djokovic were allowed to remain in Australia and play, the influential tennis star could harm efforts to combat the virus. The government has conceded that Djokovic poses no imminent threat to spread the disease. It is more about the example it would set by allowing him to stay.

“Given Mr. Djokovic’s high-profile status and position as a role model in the sporting and broader community,” Hawke said in a statement, “his ongoing presence in Australia may foster similar disregard for the precautionary requirements following receipt of a positive Covid-19 test in Australia.”

Djokovic’s lawyers argue that the government unfairly based their decision to revoke his visa again on the premise that Djokovic would engender anti-vaccine sentiments and not on the rule of law.

I am surprised that the Australian authorities would admit this. We have had two years of crazy health advice and orders, making many suspicious that the pandemic was just used as an excuse to force new rules on everybody.

Now it is confirmed. Djokovic is not being allowed to tried for his 21st big tourney win. Not because he might spread the disease, but because he might spread opinions about freedom and personal choice.

Update: The Australian court ruled against Djokovic.

Friday, January 14, 2022

More Sick Advice from NY Times

The NY Times is getting sicker all the time. Here is news:
An upsurge in teenagers requesting hormones or surgeries to better align their bodies with their gender identities has ignited a debate among doctors over when to provide these treatments.

An international group of experts focused on transgender health last month released a draft of new guidelines, the gold standard of the field that informs what insurers will reimburse for care.

Many doctors and activists praised the 350-page document, which was updated for the first time in nearly a decade, for including transgender people in its drafting and for removing language requiring adults to have psychological assessments before getting access to hormone therapy.

But the guidelines take a more cautious stance on teens. A new chapter dedicated to adolescents says that they must undergo mental health assessments and must have questioned their gender identity for “several years” before receiving drugs or surgeries.

Experts in transgender health are divided on these adolescent recommendations, reflecting a fraught debate over how to weigh conflicting risks for young people, who typically can’t give full legal consent until they are 18 and who may be in emotional distress or more vulnerable to peer influence than adults are.

Some of the drug regimens bring long-term risks, such as irreversible fertility loss.

I am not sure which is worse -- sterilizing children with or without psychiatric endorsement. No, this is not gender alignment, or a gold standard, or a legitimate medical treatment. This is mutilation to pursue a sick sexual fantasy.

Here is advice to parents of a daughter having an affair with a married man:

Try to understand, as best you can, what your daughter likes about this arrangement and how it satisfies her.

As a show of respect, read up on polyamory before you broach the subject with her.

I suppose they are going to tell us that polyamorous people are born that way, as they now say for pedophilia.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

ACLU Attacks Jewish Supremacy

A Jewish site reports:
The @ACLU human rights head rails about "Jewish supremacy." A brief history of that term. ...

Nowadays, however, the phrase "Jewish supremacy" is used far more often by the Left than the Right.

Apparently Jewish Supremacy was an issue in Germany all the way back to 1880.

I had thought that Hitler invented German anti-semitism in the 1920s by finding a poor defenseless ethnic group, and using them as scapegoats for other problems. No, it turns out that Germans had been concerned about Jewish supremacy for decades before Hitler.

One article said Jews were outcompeting Germans in the intellectual and commercial race. Another said:

Jews ... form a race who do not produce any results due to their own labor. Their sole desire is to derive the benefits of others' labor by tricks and frauds. I hold that the Jewish spirit is corrupting the gentiles.
A Newsweek essay on this subject complains that Hitler wrote:
Hence it is that at the present time the Jew is the great agitator for the complete destruction of Germany. Whenever we read of attacks against Germany taking place in any part of the world the Jew is always the instigator. In peace-time, as well as during the War, the Jewish-Marxist stock-exchange Press systematically stirred up hatred against Germany, until one State after another abandoned its neutrality and placed itself at the service of the world coalition, even against the real interests of its own people.

The Jewish way of reasoning thus becomes quite clear. The Bolshevization of Germany, that is to say, the extermination of the patriotic and national German intellectuals, thus making it possible to force German Labour to bear the yoke of international Jewish finance--that is only the overture to the movement for expanding Jewish power on a wider scale and finally subjugating the world to its rule. As has so often happened in history, Germany is the chief pivot of this formidable struggle. If our people and our State should fall victims to these oppressors of the nations, lusting after blood and money, the whole earth would become the prey of that hydra. Should Germany be freed from its grip, a great menace for the nations of the world would thereby be eliminated.

Obviously Hitler thought that Jewish Communists were a threat to Germany, and to the world.

This Newsweek essay also concludes that the real anti-semites are the leftists who side with the Arab Moslems against Israel.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Why EO Wilson was Hated

I commented on E.O. Wilson's obituary, but I am still trying to figure out why the Left hated him so much. It appears that everyone liked and admired him personally.

Here is an open letter attacking him:

In his attempt to graft speculation about human behavior onto a biological core, Wilson uses a number of strategies and sleights of hand which dispel any claim for logical or factual continuity. Of the twenty-seven chapters of Sociobiology, the middle twenty-five deal largely with animals, especially insects, while only the first and last chapters focus on humans. Thus, Wilson places 500 pages of double column biology between his first chapter on “The Morality of the Gene” and the last chapter, “From Sociobiology to Sociology.” ...

This approach allows Wilson to confirm selectively certain contemporary behavior as adaptive and “natural” and thereby justify the present social order. ...

For instance, in insect populations, Wilson applies the traditional metaphors of “slavery” and “caste,” “specialists” and “generalists” in order to establish a descriptive framework. Thus, he promotes the analogy between human and animal societies and leads one to believe that behavior patterns in the two have the same basis. ...

What we are left with then is a particular theory about human nature, which has no scientific support, and which upholds the concept of a world with social arrangements remarkably similar to the world which E. O. Wilson inhabits. We are not denying that there are genetic components to human behavior.

Wilson did once call Stephen Jay Gould a charlatan. That was correct.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Amy Wax on Limiting Asian Immigration

U Penn law professor Amy Wax has tenure, survived previous woke cancelation attempts, and is at retirement age anyway, so she is one of the last Americans who can speak her mind. Here is her email opinion, on the site of a non-woke Black professor:
I have great respect for George Lee and his efforts to preserve the admissions requirements for exam high schools in New York City, and I have joined him in this cause. But I think he is too optimistic about the influence of Asians and Asian immigrants on our polity and culture. Although Lee is right that Asians vary in their political views, as do all groups, the important and often overlooked question is “how many?” Enoch Powell asked that question about third-world immigration to Britain decades ago and was excoriated and ostracized for it, but the importance and wisdom of the question prove themselves over and over.

Numbers matter, a lot! In the case of Asians in the U.S., the overwhelming majority vote Democratic. In my opinion, the Democratic Party is a pernicious influence and force in our country today. It advocates for “wokeness,” demands equal outcomes despite clear individual and group differences in talent, ability, and drive, mindlessly valorizes blacks (the group most responsible for anti-Asian violence) regardless of behavior or self-inflicted wounds, sneers at traditional family forms, undermines and disparages the advantages of personal responsibility, hard work, and accountability, and attacks the meritocracy.

I confess I find Asian support for these policies mystifying, as I fail to see how they are in Asians’ interest. We can speculate (and, yes, generalize) about Asians’ desire to please the elite, single-minded focus on self-advancement, conformity and obsequiousness, lack of deep post-Enlightenment conviction, timidity toward centralized authority (however unreasoned), indifference to liberty, lack of thoughtful and audacious individualism, and excessive tolerance for bossy, mindless social engineering, etc.

Maybe it’s just that Democrats love open borders, and Asians want more Asians here. Perhaps they (and especially their distaff element) are just mesmerized by the feel-good cult of “diversity.” I don’t know the answer. But as long as most Asians support Democrats and help to advance their positions, I think the United States is better off with fewer Asians and less Asian immigration. There needs to be more focus on people who are already here, and especially the core (and neglected) “legacy” population, and a push to return to traditional concepts and institutions and Charles Murray’s “American Creed.”

Wow, this is both innocuous and offensive at the same time.

Razib is an Asian who objects to her lumping all Asians together. Some Asians vote Republican, he says.

The explanation could be simpler. Maybe most Asians do not pay much attention to politics. Someone explained to them that USA has a White and an anti-White party, so they just vote with the anti-White party.

We could import 100 million Asians a year, if we wanted to. Or we could take zero. It is all a matter of policy, as carried out by elected official. By some measures Asian immigrants are the best, but there are still good reasons not to take them.

Update: Wax's dean is out to get her:

Professor Amy Wax has repeatedly made derogatory public statements about the characteristics, attitudes, and abilities of a majority of those who study, teach, and work here. ...

The complaints assert that it is impossible for students to take classes from her without a reasonable belief that they are being treated with discriminatory animus.

These are absurd. If students have such prejudiced beliefs, it is their problem.

Sunday, January 09, 2022

Angry at being Called a Mother

NPR Radio book review, about 6 months ago:
Belc's family structure often confounds the people around him. Anna carried their eldest and youngest children, while Belc carried the couple's middle child, all three conceived using the same donor. Belc carried his pregnancy before his medical transition — he knew he was not a woman, but the world often read him that way — and credits the pregnancy and birth of his son, Samson, with helping him realize that he needed to go on testosterone. "Without him," Belc writes of his son, "I never could have believed in myself enough to say yes. Yes to hormones, yes to finding out how to live."

Belc's gender often occupies an in-between space that defies categorization, both for himself but also for the world around him. People do not know how to make sense of a child who was "made by their dad." There are no models of other transmasculine parents that Belc can turn to for support, or to show his children that they are not alone in the world. "[Samson] asks when we can meet other families like ours and I say, honestly, that I do not know," he writes. Even an interaction Belc has with Anna, a nurse who is seeking lactation support certification, shows how much of an outlier gestational parents who are not women are thought to be: Belc suggests Anna change the word "mother" to "parent" on worksheets she is creating for a class; she brushes him off, telling him not to "take everything so seriously."

The book is not linear in structure, and skews literary and lyrical, told as a collection of fragmented essays. Belc seamlessly weaves in primary source documents with historical references, including the history of ultrasound machines, and of mastectomies to treat breast cancer ("The problem with reading about the science of pregnancy is that I cannot help being angry at the words mother and maternal," Belc writes).

It is hard for me to imagine someone giving birth to a child, and then being angry at being called the mother. In today's society, you are the oddball if you do not appreciate that anger.

Saturday, January 08, 2022

The J6 Rioters were Led by Federal Agents

I hate to post conspiracy theories, but there is a lot of evidence that the Jan. 6 violence was instigated by federal agents. The only organizations found in the investigations are Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, and they were both infiltrated by FBI informants.

Real Clear Politics reports:

FNC's Will Cain reported an update Wednesday on Ray Epps, the guy from the January 6 riot that Rep. Massie asked Attorney General Garland about at a hearing in October.

"Interesting to hear the crowd begin to chant, 'Fed, Fed, fed[eral agent]' as he encourages them to storm the Capitol," Will Cain noted about the videos showing Epps in the gathering of pro-Trump protesters in Washington on January 5 and 6.

Cain: "Epps was on the front line between rioters and Capitol Police on January 6. Two days later, on January 8, the FBI placed Ray Epps on the Most Wanted list. He remained there until July 1st, which was a day after the New York Times reported that Epps had encouraged Trump supporters to breach the Capitol. But unlike almost every other person near the Capitol on January 6th, including people who didn't even enter the building or commit any violence, Ray Epps has never been charged with a crime. He hasn't even been arrested."

"So where has Ray Epps been? According to photos from the 'Daily Mail,' it appears Epps has been relaxing on his ranch outside of Phoenix, Arizona. The 'Daily Mail' asked him if he had involvement with the FBI," Cain reported. "He answered by yelling at reporters to get off his property."

Apparently Garland refused to say whether Ray Epps was a federal agent carrying out a false-flag riot.

Surely Garland and the feds know who Epps is. Why won't they tell us?

Also, Garland says that the US DoJ has 20,000 hours of video surveillance recordings. Why haven't they been released?

This is all smelling like the Mueller investigation, where it kept leaking hints that it was going to incriminate Trump as a Russian spy, and only admitted years later that it exonerated Trump early on.

Friday, January 07, 2022

The Banality of the Insurrectionists

Slate tries to explain:
What We Still Refuse to Accept About the Insurrectionists A year later, we are still trying to understand what drove the individuals to the Capitol, and still ignoring what we already know about how they got there. ...

Hannah Arendt coined the term—banality of evil—after watching the trial of Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi SS officer who had shuttled millions of Jews to their deaths during World War II ...

The insurrectionists are depicted in a similar light. ...

A subset of Americans, mostly white, vehemently believes the country is being stolen from them by liberal elites and people of color. ...

What do we do about the people, like Howley’s protagonists, who have been so whipped up by the right and its conspiracy theories, and the millions of others who have yet to act? The fallout from the insurrection is still working its way through our democracy.

It is not that complicated.

The USA really has imported millions of foreigners. More than any other nation in history.

Our leaders really have shifted sharply to the Left.

Pres. Trump really did win a clear majority of the votes cast and counted on Election Day.

The Jan. 6 protesters were not carrying out a coup. They were merely pushing for constitutional election processes. They were trying to make their voices heard in the Capitol and influence a Congressional vote.

Most of the conspiracy theories I hear are from the Left. They spent about four years pursuing conspiracy theories about Trump being a Russian agent. There was more evidence of Clinton and Biden being Russian agents. And they keep reciting Jan. 6 conspiracy theories, but we have now had one of the biggest US DoJ investigations in history, and no conspiracies at all have been found, except for some chatter among FBI informants.

Here is Ted Cruz admitting that it was a mistake to call the Jan. 6 protest a terrorist attack. Terrorism usually means organized violence against civilians for political aims. The J6 protesters were merely trying to get into the Capitol building, and did not use any extra violence. Trespassing is more accurate.

Update: Pat Buchanan writes:

The left cannot let go of Jan. 6. Indeed, it has fixated upon, exploited and exaggerated the riot to discredit and destroy the Trump presidency in the history books and to prevent Donald Trump from ever running or being elected president again.

Though Trump was exonerated by the Senate ...

There are other reasons the left cannot let go of Jan. 6.

Democrats have no other issue on which to run this November.

The Biden presidency has produced an uninterrupted string of disasters: the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle, the Texas border crisis, inflation, an explosion of gun violence and murders setting records in Democrat-run cities, failure to produce an adequate federal response to the delta and omicron waves of COVID-19. ...

Was Jan. 6 really comparable to Pearl Harbor and 9/11, during each of which 3,000 Americans went to their deaths in an hour’s time and major wars followed — as Vice President Kamala Harris said yesterday?

If so, why, a year after Jan. 6, 2021, has no one been charged with inciting a rebellion, sedition, treason, armed insurrection, plotting a coup, or a takeover of the government of the United States? ...

Another reason for the left to paint up the horror of that day is that the perpetrators of Jan. 6 were not the radical left who battled cops and burned and looted Seattle, Portland, Milwaukee and scores of other cities in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing.

They were the “deplorables” of Trump, the populists of the American right, against whom any slander is justified.

Thursday, January 06, 2022

Democrats in a Panic about Election Control

AG M. Garland gave a speech yesterday about how he is preserving democracy by locking up political protesters. The public is not buying it. The Jan. 6 protesters were making a legitimate political statement.

The Democrats are increasingly panicking that they might not get away with another election steal.

The lead new year NY Times editorial:

In short, the Republic faces an existential threat from a movement that is openly contemptuous of democracy and has shown that it is willing to use violence to achieve its ends. No self-governing society can survive such a threat by denying that it exists. Rather, survival depends on looking back and forward at the same time. ... Thus the Capitol riot continues in statehouses across the country, in a bloodless, legalized form that no police officer can arrest and that no prosecutor can try in court.
An opinion column adds:
The outcome will clearly come down to those three key states — all with Republican legislative majorities that put in place laws making them the final arbiters of electoral disputes. As the counting in the three proceeds, Democratic Party representatives raise a hue and cry that it is proceeding unfairly, with significant numbers of valid ballots being rejected without proper cause. State election officials (mostly pro-Trump Republicans) declare that there is no substance to these objections. All three conclude that Mr. Trump won their states’ electors, and with them the presidency. ... The scenario I described above is precisely what multiple observers have been warning about in the year since the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Republican legislatures in several states have revised their election statutes to give themselves more authority over the conduct of elections in their states, reducing the authorities of state secretaries of state, governors and county election officials in the process. From the perspective of anyone who isn’t a Republican, those moves look like preparation to commit fraud and to do so with legal impunity.
Another essay:
These next three years will test our democracy in ways it hasn’t been tested since the 1860s, or maybe ever. The scenario is pretty straightforward. The Republicans retake the House in the midterms. Immediately, any chance of Biden passing meaningful legislation is dead, but that’s the least of it. The GOP will launch hearing after hearing, issue subpoena after subpoena; they will find some flimsy rationale on which to impeach Biden, and they will stretch it out as long as possible. Trump will run—as Raskin put it, “for psychological, political, and financial reasons”—and he will be the GOP nominee, Raskin has little doubt. Assuming Biden seeks reelection, the election will probably be close, because elections just are these days. If Biden wins by a matter of several thousand votes in a few states, as he did in 2020, the Trump machinery will kick into gear to steal the election. Republican election commissioners and state legislators and even some governors will put forward pro-Trump electors. The House of Representatives will not vote to certify Biden’s win in January 2025, which will toss the election to the House, which will make Trump president. (When a presidential election gets thrown to the House, under the Twelfth Amendment, the vote is by state delegation, so North Dakota has the same voting power as California; Republicans now control, and will likely in 2025 still control, a majority of state delegations, and Liz Cheney will probably be gone, meaning that Wyoming will go pro-Trump.) For the second time in the history of the United States, the other time being 1824, Congress will have installed as the president a candidate who did not win a plurality of votes in either the Electoral College or the popular vote. “Donald Trump has now converted every formerly ministerial step of the process into a moment for partisan rumble and contest,” Raskin told me.
Larry Tribe wrote an article with a lot of scare-talk about a "coup", but his main fear is not a coup at all, or anything illegal. He warns that the states might use their constitutional powers to determine a method for choosing electors that might be unfavorable to the Democrat Party.

It is scary to think that Garland and Tribe almost got appointed to the Supreme Court. They are partisan anti-American ideologues.

Forced to Stay in Israel for 8 Millennia

Israel is famous for keeping out non-Jews, but some are forced to stay there!

The London Sun reports:

A DAD has reportedly been banned from leaving Israel for nearly 8,000 years under a bizarre divorce law after his ex-wife filed a child support claim.

Noam Huppert, 44, is barred from leaving the country until December 31 in the year 9999 unless he forks out more than $3million in future child support payments.

It means the Australian dad has effectively been slapped with an 8,000-year prison sentence.

He moved to Israel in 2012 to be nearer to his two young children after his ex-wife returned to the country and filed a divorce case against him in an Israeli court, reports.

In 2013, the court issued a so-called "stay-of-exit" order against Huppert.

It bans him from leaving the country even for holiday or work until he pays "future debt" for the child maintenance of his two kids - until they turn 18.

Huppert said: "Since 2013, I am locked in Israel."

He claimed he is one of many foreign nationals who have been "persecuted by the Israeli 'justice' system only because they were married to Israeli women".

Maybe he is supposed to wait for the fulfillment of prophesy:
In the Olivet Prophecy Jesus said to His disciples, “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (Matthew 24:15). Daniel spoke of more than one abomination. This particular abomination would precede Jesus’ second coming.

Daniel speaks of this end-time abomination in Daniel 12:11. A forerunner of this end-time abomination is found in Daniel 11:31. ...

The second coming of Jesus Christ will result in a dramatic change to the topography of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. We read of “a great earthquake” that destroys a “tenth of the city” and kills “seven thousand people” at the end of the sixth trumpet in Revelation (Revelation 11:13).

The prophet Zechariah prophesied that a great earthquake will split the Mount of Olives, which is located east of the Temple Mount, creating a new valley through the middle of it (Zechariah 14:4). These earthquakes will apparently destroy the present Temple Mount and require the building of a new one.

The prophet Ezekiel was given a vision describing a new millennial temple in great detail (Ezekiel 40-44). Jesus Christ is coming to set up the Kingdom of God on the earth (Zechariah 14:9), and there will be a temple throughout His millennial rule on the earth.

I do think that child support is the most anti-family policy we have. Worse than no-ault divorce, same-sex marriage, and child protective services. I haven't heard of a man being literally trapped in the USA, but the USA does have draconian laws that enforce payment orders to the mom, and that separate the dad from his kids.

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Do your own research

Social psychologist David Dunning co-authors an NY Times op-ed:
A new slogan has emerged in the culture: “Do your own research.” On internet forums and social media platforms, people arguing about hotly contested topics like vaccines, climate change and voter fraud sometimes bolster their point or challenge their interlocutors by slipping in the acronym “D.Y.O.R.”

“Two days a getting the jab, a friend of mine’s friend had a heart attack,” a Reddit user wrote recently in a discussion about Covid-19 vaccines. “I’m not saying they’re connected, but D.Y.O.R.”

The slogan, which appeared in conspiracy theory circles in the 1990s, has grown in popularity over the past decade as conflicts over the reliability of expert judgment have become more pronounced. It promotes an individualistic, freethinking approach to understanding the world: Don’t be gullible — go and find out for yourself what the truth is.

That may seem to be sound advice. Isn’t it always a good idea to gather more information before making up your mind about a complex topic?

In theory, perhaps. But in practice the idea that people should investigate topics on their own, instinctively skeptical of expert opinion, is often misguided. As psychological studies have repeatedly shown, when it comes to technical and complex issues like climate change and vaccine efficacy, novices who do their own research often end up becoming more misled than informed — the exact opposite of what D.Y.O.R. is supposed to accomplish.

Dunning is famous for the Dunning–Kruger effect, which is supposed to be a profound result on how people have less expertise than they think. All the work really showed was that if you measure experise in two different ways, then one measure is apt to be greater than the other. That is, it tells us nothing.

Now he brags about other dopey research:

Likewise, a 2018 study of attitudes about vaccine policy found that when people ascribe authority to themselves about vaccines, they tend to view their own ideas as better than ideas from rival sources and as equal to those of doctors and scientists who have focused on the issue. Their experience makes them less willing to listen to well-informed advisers than they would have been otherwise.
Sure, it is foolish for an amateur to think that he knows as much as an expert, but there are lots of good reasons to doubt the experts. See the video Vaccine Hesitancy EXPLAINED, before it is banned.

Monday, January 03, 2022

Unable to Renounce Citizenship

The USA has more immigrants, refugees, and illegal aliens than ever, and we cannot even get rid of the ones who want to exit. The London Guardian reports:
or almost two years, since the pandemic struck in March 2020, most US consular missions around the world have suspended their expatriation services for those wishing to give up US citizenship. The US embassy in London, the largest of its sort in western Europe, announces on its website that it is “currently unable to accept appointments for loss of nationality applications” and is unable to say when services will resume.

The US state department says giving up citizenship requires a face-to-face interview with a government official, and that it is too risky given coronavirus.

Delays have led to a growing mountain of disgruntled citizens. By some calculations, there may be as many as 30,000 people among the 9 million US citizens living abroad who would like to begin the renunciation process but can’t.

Until they renounce, they have to file USA income tax returns.

Sunday, January 02, 2022

New Zealand is Not So Great

It used to be that New Zealand was the favorite refuge of those giving up on Western Civilization. Peter Thiel bought himself a citizenship there.

But now, there are more and more stories of it going politically nuts. They have banned cigarettes for younger poeple, while allowing other illegal drugs. They have onerous vaccine mandates.

They are replaceing science in the schools with primitive witchcraft.

They used to be a reliable ally, but now they declare themselves to be a nuclear-free zone.

Officially, it has elections, but it has no written constitution, and is subordinate to the Queen of England. It currently has a female prime minister.

Jerry Coyne reports:

Despite a rise in spending per pupil over the last 25 years, performance in these three areas in New Zealand has declined, both absolutely and in comparison to the countries like England, Australia, the U.S., Canada, and Singapore—countries regarded as educational competitors with (and comparable to) New Zealand.

Over the past few decades, the national curriculum and assessment have turned the school system into an experiment in child-centred orthodoxy.

The philosophy has changed everything from what is taught to the teacher’s role in the classroom. It has transformed the purpose of school.

I would think that an island nation on the other side of the world would be immune to this nonsense, but apparently not.