Wednesday, August 31, 2022

A Jew must not Inform on Another Jew

From a 2014 New Yorker article:
The rabbi would have to make an exception to the Talmudic prohibition against mesirah, the act of turning over another Jew to civil authorities. According to some interpretations of Talmudic law, a Jew who informs on another Jew has committed a capital crime. He is a “wicked man,” who has “blasphemed and rebelled against the law of Moses,” the twelfth-century Torah scholar Maimonides wrote.
This is just one example of how Jews have rules for themselves that do not apply to anyone else. The concept is central to the Jewish religion.

The article gives the impression that Orthodox Jews are child molesters, or unusually tolerant of child molesters. I don't think that is true. No religion tolerate child molesters, as far as I know. I was just posting an example of Talmudic law.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Debut Novel Canceled for Plagiarism

Jumi Bello’s debut novel hasn’t even dropped yet, but it is already one of the buzzworthy literary works anticipated this year. The Leaving is slated for a summer ’22 release, and is centered around a young Black woman’s journey through an unexpected pregnancy, stigma, and mental health. Bello has already established herself as an out-of-the-box writer, which makes her debut all the more exciting. Those who are eager to read The Leaving want to know more about who its author is. So we reveal her background in this Jumi Bello wiki.
Her father is Nigerian. The book may be autobiographical. Don't get too excited, as the novel was canceled for plagiarism. She wrote an essay explaining:
Bello’s essay explored the origins of plagiarism and her specific experience with it, which she tied indirectly to a history of mental illness. After a stay in a psychiatric ward and an allergic reaction to an antidepressant, Bello found herself pressed to deliver on her manuscript: “I just want to get through it, to a place where I can sleep again. Looking back on this moment, I ignored my instincts. I ignored the voice inside that said quietly, this is wrong wrong wrong.”
You will have a hard time finding that essay, as it was also canceled for plagiarism.

I am not judging here. The plagiarism may have been minor. This is what we get, because the publishing industry does not accept debut novels from White men anymore. Academic publishers are also biased towards wokism.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Why Salman Rushdie was Stabbed

Here is a video explaining the background, from Ex-Muslims of North America, defending Rushdie. I am all in favor of free speech, but have a few observations.

Blasphemy is a capital crime, under Islamic law. And Islam believes in Jihad against its enemies.

Apostasy is a capital crime, under Islamic law. Rushdie was born a Moslem, and that means he must be a Moslem for life. He has no right to leave the faith.

The book is trash, with no serious literary or scholarly value. People defend it as free speech, but no one says that he learned anything from it.

The book is fiction. It is not a serious criticism of Islam. It is a fictional fantasy in which Muhammed is the Devil, his wives were prostitutes, and the Koran is evil

Rushdie wrote the book to be as deliberately inflammatory to the Islamic World as possible, in order to increase sales.

Rushdie is a leftist. Leftism has become, more than anything else, all about punishing those with objectionable viewpoints.

I am all for free speech, and would like to see more serious criticism of religion. But Rushdie has provided us with none.

A free Western society is incompatible with Moslem immigration. We should keep out Rushdie as well as those trying to kill him. No good has ever come from importing such people into the USA.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

America Was Destroyed in My Lifetime

Paul Craig Roberts writes:
I am a member of a fading generation of Americans who grew up in the 1940s and 1950s when the United States was a nation. I was a member of a homogeneous population with a common language, Christian religion, common morality, and shared values and outlook. In Atlanta Georgia of those years people in middle class neighborhoods didn’t bother to lock their doors, and 5-year olds could safely walk a mile to school. There was conformity, but it was because we were in agreement. Life was good. Families were large and close. Neighborhood schools were run by teachers and parents (PTA). Discipline prevailed because of upbringing, not from abusive enforcement. There were no police in the schools. ...

The immigration bill opened the US to massive inflows of no longer enculturated persons. Assimilation was replaced with multiculturalism, and the nation was replaced with a Tower of Babel.

The consequence has been that today the US is no longer a nation. It is a geographical location that is a tower of babel in which rights depend on whether you are an “oppressed minority” or a “white oppressor.” There are no common values, no common morality or social mores, no common religion or language. The immigrant-invaders look at the weak and unsure white population, made guilty by years of brainwashing, and see that their time is coming. ...

No American born in the 21st century, or even in the 1990s, has ever experienced a free country. The young have no idea of what has been stolen from them. The American youth are being trained to be happy in a virtual world where they will enjoy artificial and meaningless freedoms that do not threaten the power that rules over them.

In my lifetime I have watched a free country disintegrate into a police state that no aware person could possibly defend. Yet Washington has an army of FBI, CIA, NSA, and federal prosecutors whose job it is to persecute patriots and to cover up elections stolen by Democrats.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Pundit Admits Vaccine Election Manipulation

The NY Post reports:
Nate Silver claimed “liberal public health elites” pressured Pfizer to delay fast-track approval of its COVID-19 vaccine until after the 2020 presidential election — thus denying then-President Donald Trump a political win before voters headed to the polls.
This was known in Nov. 2020. I commented about it on this blog. The fact-checkers admit that Pfizer went to the FDA to get permission to change the vaccine protocols, in order to delay release of the positive results until after the election.

The only part in doubt is whether Pfizer was trying to manipulate the election, or whether they had some other purpose. I do not think that any legitimate non-election-related purpose has been given.

Trump complained about this in Nov. 2020. He also complained that he had announced that vaccines would be available soon, but the fact-checkers said that he was lying.

This one of several ways the news was rigged to steal the election. Another was the Hunter Biden laptop. Another was Biden's senility.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Sam Harris Showing Trump Derangement

Here is an amusing anti-Trump rant that got a lot of play. The interview is long. I suggest starting at the mark below, and listening for about 5 minutes.

Sam Harris: Trump, Religion, Wokeness

Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, philosopher and author. His work touches on a wide range of topics, including rationality, religion, ethics, free will, neuroscience, meditation, psychedelics, philosophy of mind, politics, terrorism, and artificial intelligence. He is the host of the podcast, 'Making Sense' and creator of the meditation app, 'Waking Up with Sam Harris.'
There are lots of people who hate Trump for various reasons, but Harris is a particularly good example of Jewish Atheist thinking. On substantive issues, he is politically closer to Trump than to Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton. But he would never vote for Trump.

You may wonder what this has to do with Jewish thinking. Harris is a prominent atheist who rejects Judaism, as well as the other major religioins. If he had to pick a religion, it would be Buddhism.

Nevertheless, he is filled with weirdo religious beliefs, and sounds like a zealot. And they are all heavily influenced by his Jewishness and Jewish thinking. It is hard to imagine a non-Jew saying such nonsense.

Andrew Anglin posts his own example of Jewish thinking:

I somehow ended up watching the 20-minute highlight reel from Rachel Maddow’s August 22nd show. Frankly, I did not truly understand just how Jewish this bitch is. This is the most Jewish 20 minutes I’ve ever witnessed in my life.

She is still doing bits about the Mueller report – she is connecting it to the raid on Donald Trump’s home. She interviews her Jew cousin Adam Schiff about just how much trouble Donald Trump is in for “stealing classified documents.” She then interviews Anthony Fauci, and heaps 2020-style praise on the disgraced hoaxster.

You can find non-Jews with similar opinions, but Jews are the leaders in this nonsense.

I don't know why Jews like Harris and Maddow would reject Orthodox Judaism, and then fully accept this even more ridiculous Jewish stuff. But they do. Just watch these videos and explain to me how they can be so deranged.

Update: Sam Harris put out a clarification, but did not deny that he wants to rig the election or use any other means to keep Trump out of office.

Update: Another Harris clarification, with more attacks on Trump. He explains that he actually agrees with most of Trump's policies, and that most of the criticisms of him are false. But Harris has a maniacal Jew-hatred of Trump, and says he is worse than Osama bin Laden (but better than Hitler). He doubles down on suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story in order to manipulate the voters. He reiterates every word he said, except that he makes an obscure terminological distinction between "justified" and "warranted".

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Trump Plays 3-D Chess

In the 2015-15 presidential campaign, about once a week some event would put Donald Trump on the front page of the news. Each week his enemies cheered that the latest scandal was going to be the one to destroy.

It soon became obvious that this was a campaign strategy. His enemies controlled the controlled the press, and accused Trump of being a publicity-seeking narcissist, but they gave him the coverage anyway in the hopes of destroying him.

Trump was playing 3-D chess. He outsmarted them all, and got elected.

Now Trump has been out of office for 1.5 years, and his name is in the NY Times about twice as often as President Biden. He still owns the press.

Here is a typical NY Times story:

Liberal excitement is understandable. Mr. Trump faces potential legal jeopardy from the Jan. 6 investigation in Congress and the Mar-a-Lago search. They anticipate fulfilling a dream going back to the earliest days of the Trump administration: to see him frog-marched to jail before the country and the world.

But the nightmare wouldn’t stop there. What if Mr. Trump declares another run for the presidency just as he’s indicted and treats the trial as a circus illustrating the power of the Washington swamp and the need to put Republicans back in charge to drain it?

There is an obvious risk: If Mr. Trump runs again, he might win.

How many times will this story play out, before his enemies figure it out?

There are no criminal accusations against Trump that would stick in court. It is all just dopey leftist salivating by his haters.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Appalachian Complains About White Supremacy

I watched this stupid TEDx video from a fat bearded White guy:
Russell Ellis was raised in the mountains of North Carolina where racism was “so casual it was culture”. Now he is a “reformed racist” who aims to teach other white people how to deconstruct their own racism. Listen to this powerful speech in which he talks about his childhood, the cycle of white supremacy, and what white people can do to “BREAK THE CYCLE”! Russell Ellis was raised in the mountains of North Carolina where racism was “so casual it was culture”. Now he is a “reformed racist” who aims to teach other white people how to deconstruct their own racism.
He said his dad told him that someday White Christian men would be persecuted. His dad seemed like dope-dealing trailer trash on food stamps, and so was not much better than the Blacks.

I kept waiting for some example of White supremacy, but there were none.

He claimed to have proof that Blacks were oppressed. Blacks commit more crimes. Blacks get arrested more. Blacks resist arrest more. Blacks are repeat offenders more. Blacks violate probation and parole more. Blacks murder Blacks more.

Then he said that Black women die in childbirth more. That is true, according to the CDC, but the same data show that Hispanics and Asians die at about the same rate as Whites. If this were really affected by White supremacy, then Whites would be doing better than Mexican-Americans.

He ended by saying to educate myself. Okay. Those who complain about White Supremacy are on a mission to exterminate Whites.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Professionals are Seeking Younger Trannies

Yahoo News
Six years after she began transitioning, Noella has made history as the youngest out trans model ever to walk a runway during New York Fashion Week ...

“Noella already has so many transgender people of all ages contact her for advice, support.”

According to her parents, Noella started saying she wasn’t a boy when she was just two years old. At four, she went to therapy and declared to the doctor that she was a girl. While her parents believe she’s too young to medically transition, she socially transitioned at four, and at seven legally changed her name. That’s also when she started her modeling career.

So some perverted therapist did this to him at age 4, and the sick parents cooperated.

Breitbert reports:

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) new guidance lowers the recommended age for cross-sex hormones from 16 to 14 years, according to a guidance draft obtained by The Post Millennial this week. The age for double mastectomies, the removal of breasts, has been lowered to 15. Sixteen-year-old boys may seek breast augmentations, facial surgeries and tracheal shaves to reduce the appearance of an Adam’s apple.
This is child abuse, and should be illegal.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Canceled for Behavioral Genetics

British dinosaur scholar and bigot Darren Naish tweets:
Over recent days, palaeoartist [sic, paleoartist] Emily Willoughby has been accused of being associated with race science and its attendant political positions. For that reason I cannot, from hereon, have any association with Emily or her work. I will not be engaging in discussion on this matter.
She draws dinosaurs and researches behavioral genetics.. Others in behavioral genetics have measured group differences in intelligence. Still others have recommended policies based on those differences. A century ago, many scholars looked to eugenics.

This is today's academic climate. She was forced to disavow eugenics, but that is not enough. The Left plays guilt by association. You cannot be associated with anyone who was associated with anyone who had anything to do with eugenics.

In tracing down the chain of evil associations, I am usually led to Steve Pinker, the widely respected Harvard Psychology professor. He is a typical Jewish Atheist Leftist in his politics, and not a White Supremacist, but he once wrote an excellent book critiquing The Black Slate. The anti-evolution Left will forever hate him for that book.

It is obvious that Naish and all the other cancelers believe that Blacks are inferior, and that any research into the subject will further demonstrate that.

Update: I found Willoughby being blamed for this cartoon.

I am not sure what the complaint is. This is a drawing a dinosaurs in Nazi uniforms playing chess. I cannot find any direct complaint against her. They just hate the field she is in. She wrote this good summary of what is known about intelligence.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Monkeypox is a Gay Venereal Disease

NBC News:
Since the outset of the global monkeypox outbreak in May, public health and infectious disease experts have told the public that the virus is largely transmitting through skin-to-skin contact, in particular during sex between men.

Now, however, an expanding cadre of experts has come to believe that sex between men itself — both anal as well as oral intercourse — is likely the main driver of global monkeypox transmission. The skin contact that comes with sex, these experts say, is probably much less of a risk factor.

They are still looking for a inoffensive name. There is also evidence that the disease disproportionately affects Blacks.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Why America is Uniquely Stupid

Social Psychology professor Jonathan Haidt writes:
This spring, The Atlantic published my essay “Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid,” in which I argued that the best way to understand the chaos and fragmentation of American society is to see ourselves as citizens of Babel in the days after God rendered them unable to understand one another.

I showed how a few small changes to the architecture of social-media platforms, implemented from 2009 to 2012, increased the virality of posts on those platforms, which then changed the nature of social relationships. People could spread rumors and half-truths more quickly, and they could more readily sort themselves into homogenous tribes. Even more important, in my view, was that social-media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook could now be used more easily by anyone to attack anyone. It was as if the platforms had passed out a billion little dart guns, and although most users didn’t want to shoot anyone, three kinds of people began darting others with abandon: the far right, the far left, and trolls.

He has a worthwhile theory. He has put his finger to what may be driving much of what is wrong with modern society.

The Atlantic has a story on The secret history of the U.S. government’s family-separation policy. The USA dcoes separate families far more than any other country in the world. But that is not what the article is about. It ignores the millions of citizens who get separated, and focuses on illegal aliens who smuggle in kids with them.

Much of the magazine is filled with left-wing garbage. It has articles by David French, who is known as a cuckservative, and has a deranged hatred for Donald Trump and for Trump supporters. It has an article about how feminists are dissatisfied with the sexual revolution. It has an article about people who would by an AR-15 rifle and a rosary to pray. Most of it is behind a paywall, so I haven't read it.

Update: Here is a good rebuttal to the family separation article.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The Corruption of Medicine

Heather Mac Donald writes:
The post–George Floyd racial reckoning has hit the field of medicine like an earthquake. Medical education, medical research, and standards of competence have been upended by two related hypotheses: that systemic racism is responsible both for racial disparities in the demographics of the medical profession and for racial disparities in health outcomes. Questioning those hypotheses is professionally suicidal. Vast sums of public and private research funding are being redirected from basic science to political projects aimed at dismantling white supremacy. The result will be declining quality of medical care and a curtailment of scientific progress.

Virtually every major medical organization—from the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) to the American Association of Pediatrics—has embraced the idea that medicine is an inequity-producing enterprise. ...

According to medical and STEM leaders, to be white is to be per se racist; apologies and reparations for that offending trait are now de rigueur. ...

Surely, sensible medicos will speak up against this? No, not allowed.
University of Pennsylvania professor of medicine Stanley Goldfarb tweeted out a fourth possibility: “Could it be [that the minority students] were just less good at being residents?”

Goldfarb had violated the a priori truth. Punishment was immediate. Predictable tweets called him, inter alia, possibly “the most garbage human being I’ve seen with my own eyes,” and Michael S. Parmacek, chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Medicine, sent a schoolwide e-mail addressing Goldfarb’s “racist statements.” Those statements had evoked “deep pain and anger,” Parmacek wrote.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Law Against Hatred in Canada

Canada does not have free speech.

Canadian law:

Marginal note:Wilful promotion of hatred

(2) Every one who, by communicating statements, other than in private conversation, wilfully promotes hatred against any identifiable group is guilty of

  • (a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or

  • (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • Marginal note:Wilful promotion of antisemitism

    (2.1) Everyone who, by communicating statements, other than in private conversation, wilfully promotes antisemitism by condoning, denying or downplaying the Holocaust

    • (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or

    • (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • Marginal note:Defences

    (3) No person shall be convicted of an offence under subsection (2)

    • (a) if he establishes that the statements communicated were true;

    • (b) if, in good faith, the person expressed or attempted to establish by an argument an opinion on a religious subject or an opinion based on a belief in a religious text;

    • (c) if the statements were relevant to any subject of public interest, the discussion of which was for the public benefit, and if on reasonable grounds he believed them to be true; or

    • (d) if, in good faith, he intended to point out, for the purpose of removal, matters producing or tending to produce feelings of hatred toward an identifiable group in Canada.

  • Marginal note:Defences — subsection (2.1)

    (3.1) No person shall be convicted of an offence under subsection (2.1)

    • (a) if they establish that the statements communicated were true;

    • (b) if, in good faith, they expressed or attempted to establish by an argument an opinion on a religious subject or an opinion based on a belief in a religious text;

    • (c) if the statements were relevant to any subject of public interest, the discussion of which was for the public benefit, and if on reasonable grounds they believed them to be true; or

    • (d) if, in good faith, they intended to point out, for the purpose of removal, matters producing or tending to produce feelings of antisemitism toward Jews.

  • I wonder if Salmon Rushdie might have violated this. I certainly do not agree with him being stabbed, or the fatwa against him. But he started it all by writing a book saying that the Koran was the work of the Devil, and his novel did appear to incite hatred against Islam. Maybe it would qualify as a good faith opinion about a religious text, except that he wrote it as a novel and I doubt that he even believes in the Devil.

    These laws make it a lot more difficult to get the truth about the Jewish Holocaust. No one wants to risk two years in jail, just to point out that someone else is wrong.

    Saturday, August 13, 2022

    Decolonize by Accepting Equality with Bacteria

    Scientific American has an essay on decolonizing the search for alien intelligence:
    Cultural Bias Distorts the Search for Alien Life

    “Decolonizing” the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) could boost its chances of success, says science historian Rebecca Charbonneau ...

    As for “intelligence,” that’s certainly a dangerous word, and it has been used in very harmful ways. Eugenics, for example, used the limited concept of “intelligence” to justify genocide. I’m therefore sometimes troubled by the word intelligence in SETI. For one thing, we might not even be able to identify what intelligence is. And because of this, maybe we [will] someday make contact and [won’t] even recognize that we’ve done so. But it’s also important to think very critically about why we search for intelligence. Is there something special about intelligence? Does intelligence deserve more respect than whatever we might perceive to be nonintelligence? We might perceive microbes as nonintelligent life, for example. Does that life have a right to exist without us bothering it? Or is it just germs—just bugs that we are going to just bring back and study and pick apart?

    A Quanta magazine video on Exploring the Deep Mystery of Life's Origins starts by saying that there could be life on other planets that is just bacteria, but we are wrong to think that we are any more evolved than bacteria.

    It used to be conventional wisdom that White people were more evolved than Blacks. Nobody says that anymore. But do we have to accept equality with bacteria?

    SciAm has an article about the controversial new Democrat spending bill, What Scientists Say about the Historic Climate Bill.

    Robert Bullard, an environmental policy and justice expert and director of the Bullard Center for Environmental & Climate Justice at Texas Southern University

    The IRA has some good things in it that are greatly needed by low-income people, people of color and environmental justice communities ...

    He is not really a scientist, but calls himself the Father of environmental justice. No opinions against the bill were quoted.

    Here is an example of the concept of intelligence being dangerous:

    “In 2022, how can you possibly think that another human being comes out of the womb with less cognitive ability? It’s just impossible to believe that that can be true,” Jenkins said. “It’s unspeakable.”
    They come out of the womb with a lot of other differences also.

    Friday, August 12, 2022

    Psychologists have to make DIE Statements

    Here is more evidence Psychology is evil. Academic researchers have to display their leftist views in order present a paper at a conference!

    Lee Jussim reports:

    Jonathan Haidt ... had emailed a letter to Laura King, President of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP is a high-profile professional society for this group) protesting SPSP’s mandate that its members produce DEI statements if they wish to present at its prestigious and influential annual conference.2

    No longer would acceptance of proposals be based exclusively on evaluations of scientific merit. Everyone had to state how their work advanced Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI); and this would be included in evaluations of which proposals SPSP would accept for presentation.

    Who Discovered Natural Selection?

    Of the several independent assertions that constitute Darwin’s “theory of evolution” in On The Origin of Species, Darwin regarded the idea of natural selection as his most important and original. After all, it alone explained how naturalistic processes could lead to the remarkable adaptations of animals and plants heretofore seen as some of the strongest evidence for God. And although the idea of evolution itself had been broached by others before Darwin, including his own grandfather Erasmus, natural selection seemed to be sui generis.

    Well, not entirely.  It was anticipated by several people, including the Scottish polymath James Hutton in 1794. But the most remarkable precursor to the idea of natural selection was published by Scottish horticulturalist and agriculturalist Patrick Matthew (1790-1874) as an appendix to his book On Naval Timber and Arboriculture (1831). Although the book was about how to build ships using wood, and what kind of wood to use, Matthew added a 28-page Appendix. In that Appendix were 29 sentences that laid out what he called “selection by the law of nature”, which bore a striking similarity to the idea made famous by Darwin 28 years later.

    There are other claims to discover natural selection, notably Alfred North Wallace.

    A new book says Darwin stole the idea from Matthew.

    The obvious explanation is that natural selection is an obvious idea that independently occurred to a lot of people. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a theory of life on Earth without natural selection.

    What Darwin did was to articulate natural selection as a unifying principle for his other theories. My guess is that Darwin independently had the idea of natural selection, but got from Wallace the idea of using it as a unifying principle.

    It is not really a scientific hypothesis that can be proved or disproved:

    Creationists have long argued that natural selection has no predictive value and thus is a mere tautology stating the obvious fact that organisms that 'survive' are thereby decreed to have been the 'fittest.'
    See also criticisms by Karl Popper and others.

    Wednesday, August 10, 2022

    Emmett Till Case is Still Dead

    AP reports:
    A Mississippi grand jury has declined to indict the white woman whose accusation set off the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till nearly 70 years ago, most likely closing the case that shocked a nation and galvanized the modern civil rights movement.

    After hearing more than seven hours of testimony from investigators and witnesses, a Leflore County grand jury last week determined there was insufficient evidence to indict Carolyn Bryant Donham on charges of kidnapping and manslaughter, Leflore County District Attorney Dewayne Richardson said in a news release Tuesday.

    If you Believe All Women, then she was the victim of the story.

    It appears that some people want to revive the Till case, because it was the last American lynching. However it was not really a lynching. Perhaps a revenge killing.

    On the subject of justice, we dodged a bullet by not getting Merrick Garland on the US Supreme Court. He has turned out to be the most partisan and most racist US Attorney General in many years.

    Tuesday, August 09, 2022

    Alex Jones Loses Right to Criticize Sandy Hook

    AP reports:
    Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones arrived at a Texas courthouse for his defamation trial for calling the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack a hoax with the words "Save the 1st" scrawled on tape covering his mouth.

    Although Jones portrays the lawsuit against him as an assault on the First Amendment, the parents who sued him say his statements were so malicious and obviously false that they fell well outside the bounds of speech protected by the constitutional clause.

    The ongoing trial in Austin, which is where Jones' far-right Infowars website and its parent company are based, stems from a 2018 lawsuit brought by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose 6-year-old son was killed in the 2012 attack along with 19 other first-graders and six educators.

    Jones took the stand Aug. 2 in his own defense.

    Here's a look at how the case relates to the First Amendment:

    Are all defamation lawsuits First Amendment cases?

    They are. Defamation laws evolved through decades of U.S. Supreme Court rulings on what is and isn't protected speech.

    The defamation was only $50,000 out of the $50,000,000 verdict. Defamation was just the excuse to try to bankrupt and silence Alex Jones.

    It is all part of a broader leftist plot to censor the Right. Slate writes:

    Of course, any expectation that any given legal proceeding—such as the Mueller probe, Trumps two impeachments, and even the very effective Jan. 6 committee hearings—might lift us out of the misinformation quagmire in which we find ourselves has proven again and again to be too fanciful.
    They will never be satisfied until Trump and all Trump supported are jailed or silenced.

    This is how it was put in court:

    “I am asking you to take the bullhorn away from Alex Jones and all of the others who believe they can profit off of fear and misinformation,” Wesley Ball said in his closing argument Friday. “The gold rush of fear and misinformation must end, and it must end today."
    Sandy Hook was a huge public news event, and the people involved, politicians, and others used it for advocating changes in the law. The public needed the truth, but important details were concealed. A free society needs skeptics to challenge the official narrative.

    Alex Jones lost this case on some legal technicalities. The opposition lawyer admitted that he improperly obtained all Alex Jones' cell phone data, beyond what he was entitled to, and used that to embarrass Jones. So Jones got out-lawyered, and the judge obviously did not like him. But he still should not be silenced for expressing an opinion about a public event.

    Monday, August 08, 2022

    Dick Cheney Goes Full Anti-Trump

    From an ad to save Liz Cheney:
    "In our nation's 246 year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump," Dick Cheney said in the ad.

    "He tried to steal the last election using lies and violence to keep himself in power after the voters had rejected him. He is a coward," Cheney continued.

    Says the guy who arguably stole the 2000 and 2004 elections, and started two wars.

    These Trump-haters have completely lost it. Trump is out of office. How is he a threat? He gives speeches, makes political endorsements, and may run for President. He can only be elected if he has popular support.

    Trump was President. If he was really so bad, why cannot the Cheney name something bad that he did? The ad fails to find anything. Liz Cheney for Trump's programs nearly all the time.

    Friday, August 05, 2022

    New Studies on the Transgenderism Fad

    There has been a huge increase in child transgenderism in the past few years. Is it a big fad? Is it because a previously unrecognized illness is being treated? Is it a contagious disease?

    NBC News reports:

    The “social contagion” theory can be traced back to a 2018 paper published in the journal PLOS One. Dr. Lisa Littman, who at the time was a professor of behavioral and social sciences at Brown University, coined the term “rapid onset gender dysphoria,” which she described as adolescents experiencing a conflict between their birth sex and gender identity “suddenly during or after puberty.” These adolescents, she wrote, “would not have met the criteria for gender dysphoria in childhood” and are experiencing dysphoria due to social influence.  

    Littman also hypothesized that adolescents assigned female at birth are more likely to be affected by social contagion and, as a result, are overrepresented in groups of adolescents experiencing gender dysphoria when compared to those who were assigned male at birth.

    After intense debate and criticism, PLOS One conducted a post-publication reassessment of the article, and issued a correction that included changing the headline to clarify that Littman did not survey transgender or gender-diverse youth themselves, but actually surveyed their parents. The correction also noted that, “Rapid-onset gender dysphoria (ROGD) is not a formal mental health diagnosis at this time.”

    Now a new study, by some prominent transgenderism advocates, claims to refute this.
    The deleterious effect of unfounded hypotheses stigmatizing TGD [transgender and gender diverse] youth, particularly the ROGD hypothesis, cannot be overstated, especially in current and longstanding public policy debates. Indeed, the notion of ROGD [rapid-onset gender dysphoria] has been used by legislators to prohibit TGD youth from accessing gender-affirming medical care, despite the considerable methodological limitations underlying the generation of this hypothesis, as well as the unequivocal support for gender-affirming medical care by multiple major medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Psychiatric Association.8
    Cannot be overstated? The bias shows. The study shows no such deleterious effect.

    Their main argument is that females would be more subject to social contagion, but his study found more males.

    They also say that the transgender kids reported bullying, while that would not be expected if the kids were doing what is popular.

    This is not a refutation of anything. Maybe boys and girls have different reasons for being transgender. Maybe transgenderism is popular with some but not others.

    It says other studies found bullying, but I do not see that the data prove anything. Suppose you discovered that kids with tattoos report more bullying. Would that prove that there is no social pressure to get tattoos? Certainly not.

    This whole subject is politicized. A good paper is forcibly corrected. Stupid papers get published if they promote transgenderism. The major medical associations are on board with it.

    Here is a criticism of an earlier paper by the same authors.

    You know they have biases when you use phrases like "those assigned male sex at birth (AMAB)". They have male sex from the moment of conception until they die. They are male. The sex is noticed at birth, but also before birth and after birth.

    There is no solid science backing up any of the transgender affirming treatments.