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Wednesday, May 27. 2020
Another Scheme to Justify Racial Preferences
University of California Dumps SAT for Diversity
Van Gordon Sauter, ex-CBS News president: ‘Liberal leaning’ media passes its tipping point
Kayleigh McEnany Calls Out Press Bias; Conservative Men Freak Out
The Price Of A Lockdown: Economic “Free Fall” In California
The COVID-19 shutdown will cost Americans millions of years of life
MASK AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO
The big debate: is lockdown wrong? Matt Labash and Toby Young debate the biggest question of the moment
One Size Does Not Fit the Virus. The Attempt to Protect Everyone Left the Most Vulnerable Nakedly Exposed
MSM reporting of US COVID-19 mortality rate: An exercise in 'How to Lie with Statistics'
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They realized that SAT tests are ersatz IQ tests, which ruins the narratives.
“As a general rule ... the truth often is found in simply believing just the opposite.”
I discovered this on my own in 2015, after years of spendng time everyday trying to pick through the stew of lies to learn what is really going on, I can save time and energy by just flipping the script on these proven liars.
For the big picture, 95% of the time it works all the time. And the other few percent is always in play anyway and not worth dealing with. The last 5 years have proven this out every day.
As Jerry told George “when everything you do is wrong then the opposite would have to be right”.
Someone mentioned to me yesterday that President Trump had persuaded drug manufacturers to go along with a plan to make insulin available to seniors at a capped rate of $35/month. I went looking for an article on it this morning and got almost exclusively hits on articles reporting that "Trump said he might take insulin because why not." Really, a simpler way to put it is that they're scum.
Remember this quote by CS Lewis
"Even in peacetime I think those are very wrong who say that schoolboys should be encouraged to read the newspapers. Nearly all that a boy reads there in his teens will be seen before he is twenty to have been false in emphasis and interpretation, if not in fact as well"
I'm looking forward to seeing the end of these post-mortem discussions of how ill-advised the shutdown was. The shutdowns served their purpose and now the most recent evidence is showing that it is time now to end them and allow societies and economies to recover. It's becoming obvious that ending them can be done safely and without an unmanageable infection spike.
Scandals are exposed and politicized when an official does something that they know is wrong, illegal or immoral, but they do it anyway for political or personal gain. The shutdown was in most parts a good-faith effort to avoid collapsing our hospital system, as could plainly be seen from the evidence in China, Italy, Spain, France, etc. A response had to be taken quickly, and the unintended consequences have to be accepted and liquidated as spilt milk. I think the Feds did a pretty decent job given the circumstances. I can't criticize them for not being perfect.
If one is looking for COVID scandals, then they should look at the Blue states that are insisting on remaining closed without supporting data. Those would be good examples of officials doing something that they know is wrong, but are doing it anyway for political gain. One can get a measure of this by looking into the actual behavior of the officials in their personal lives to illustrate this. I'm amazed there isn't more vehement protest at such rank bullsh*t.
There is zero chance of any lawsuit like that prevailing because of how sovereign immunity and tort claims laws work and how courts defer to executive decisions under emergency conditions where not all facts are known. All officials will be able to say their decisions, even if wrong, were based on medical advice, even if wrong. Proof that an official intended to injure someone or a business just won't be plausible. Making bad decisions does not prove a malignant intent.
However, it's possible that emergency orders can exceed legislative or constitutional authority depending on the status of the emergency, but that is a different question.
What no one seems to get is that governors are elected officials, and shutting down a state's economy at a certain point, which may or may not have passed, has consequences for their reelection and people who will tolerate a shutdown for a while won't for the long haul and their votes are going to reflect that.
I wasn't talking about lawsuits, but OK. Taking Governor Whitmer as an example, she faces re-election in 2 years. So far, there have been a few small-to-moderate protests over her Boris & Natasha routine, but nothing really serious. A 'Change.org' petition for recall is struggling to muster even 350,000 signatures. She's probably the most cartoonish example of a power-grabbing, corrupt opportunist: Steering COVID-related contracts to Democratic organizations, trying to get special services for family, ignoring her own edicts while threatening citizens for doing the same thing. She's completely obnoxious, and yet her state's citizen's say 'Meh'. I'm amazed.
Good article on the reasons for our COVID reactions: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/05/22/miscalculating_risk_confusing_scary_with_dangerous.html
Thanks for the article, by chance I'd just read it.
If Whitmer did those things, the remedy is to vote her out of office.
the change.gov petition isn't a valid recall petition.
Or, recall. Harder now, in Michigan, but to my original point, there seems to be a lack of interest on the part of the people being tyrannized, sooo.....
re: "governors are elected officials, and shutting down a state's economy ... has consequences for their reelection"
True in theory, but IL Gov Pritzker is in the 1st year of his 1st term, and is clearly trying to plow the economy under and then cry poverty to the federal government, seeking a bailout since IL already has a $150B-240B pension obligation that it cannot possibly come close to meeting. The state is bankrupt in actual fact, we just can't call it that yet since the legal concept does not exist.
It's just a happy coincidence for him that being an oppressive authoritarian jackass aligns well with bankrupting the state.
looks like it's already started:
Excellent! Probably won’t go anywhere in this one party state but we can hope. Thanks.
Another good rule of thumb when dealing with the media, and the left, but I repeat myself: What they accuse others of doing, they themselves are doing, or advocate. Take them accusing Trump of killing 100 thousand Americans. Now which two governors gave orders that nursing homes must take older Covid patients? Was it just a really dumb decision, or done with malice? This is the party of a duty to die. When you’re old and infirm, society should no longer spend money for your well being. Remember Obama’s remarks when debating Obama Care? This is the party that advocates for killing the unborn. Consistently tells us the world is over populated. A political philosophy that has murdered millions: gulags, death camps, starvation. It’s okay to lie, if you’re a lefty. The ends justify the means, and all that bullshite.
Re: Racial Preferences
There are a couple of factors which need to be considered when discussing college admissions. The first is intelligence. The military used to have new recruits take the "Army Alpha" intelligence test. But black recruits scored so low that the military had to stop using the test. The military doesn't test for intelligence any more.
The second factor is that America has way too many universities. Many young people would be better served by vocational school, which leads to a real job. But universities have a lot of influence in Washington D.C. Schools are not ranked by the quality of education which they offer, price, philosophy, or placement rate after graduation. In other words, the kids are given no tools to use in making a decision. It's all a mystery. And what does Washington D.C. do with all that tax money? Well, that's a mystery too. Everything is a mystery.
If you're a young person trying to choose a university, they will give you pages and pages of nonsense. But no real data.
VDH: As a general rule, when the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting Service, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, and CNN begin to parrot a narrative, the truth often is found in simply believing just the opposite.
I despise, detest, and distrust the NYT, the WaPoo, CNN and the other networks "news".
#7, Ron: My guess is that schools did a half-assed job of teaching blacks. Or just passed them on to the next grade, regardless.
There is no ‘freedom of speech’ in Europe. Never was. Never will be. The people don’t want it. The government doesn’t want it. EUrope values other ‘rights,’ like the right to be forgotten, the right to ban guns, the right to suppress speech.
‘Freedom of speech’ is an alien concept created by unsubtle, unnuanced les Anglo-Saxons, and has since been abandoned even in Great Britain and Canada.
‘Freedom of Speech’ is like a tribal god. Stop pretending ‘freedom of speech’ is some sort of universal human value or right—it is limited to a small community who believes in it.