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Tuesday, November 23. 2021
NIH Chief Wants Online ‘Misinformation’ Spreaders ‘Brought to Justice’
Can A Progressive Be Convinced By Facts?
What Americans hear about social justice at church – and what they do about it
Yglesias: A good way to reduce racism might be to do away with mandatory diversity training
John McWhorter: 'Woke Racism' Has Betrayed Black America
Byron York: The fall of Black Lives Matter
What’s Wrong with a ‘Living’ Constitution?
THE FIRST TIME AS TRAGEDY. . .Amaney Jamal is a Princeton dean. Not the dean of something silly like diversity. She’s the newly appointed dean of Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs.
Deportation orders from immigration judges plummet under Biden
What Chinese Colonialism Looks Like in Europe
Forces: Size And Tripwires Matter
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What to do about hearing Social Justice from the pulpit at church?
Walk out. I have. Multiple times.
If the pastor has such little regard for truth, and for his obligations and responsibilities as a citizen of the US then he doesn't deserve my time.
I'm not impressed by what's coming out of seminaries these days. Even "conservative" ones.
"Can A Progressive Be Convinced By Facts?" Liberalism is akin to both a cult and a mental disorder. Both happened when men walked away from Truth and embraced the lie that they were the source of truth. It is an ancient problem.
" NIH Chief Wants Online ‘Misinformation’ Spreaders ‘Brought to Justice’." If only. It's not justice they want.
Not only can Progressives not be convinced by facts, but simply bringing facts into the discussion makes them madder and dig in harder.
They know what the believe is horseshit...but it's very soothing horseshit.
I don't think that Amaney Jamal is surprised by the self defense and resistance I think she is simply on the POC special rights gravy train and sees this as the American Kulaks resisting the takeover. THAT is what scares her. They, the POC, have been riding this grift into the ground for years and now the griftees are resisting. This cannot stand so the POC will double down and you are all racist all the time.
I think a better idea would be to bring lying corrupt government officials, that abandon and try and subvert the Constitution, to justice. When your only argument against differing opinions is to jail those you disagree with, you just might be a tyrant.
John McWhorter is a treasure. But I don't believe
'Wokeism' has betrayed black America. The purpose of 'Wokeism' is to consolidate power so that it can be dispatched in the name of the cause and its objectives. The people doing it are of all races; but the cause is not in service of black people. The cause is in service of power, as wielded by the self-appointed, anointed few. It's the age-old hustle, and people of all races fall for it.
"Why academia is doomed": see above thread on "First time as tragedy". We're being condescended to by our inferiors.
NIH chief and misinformation, can a progressive be convinced by facts, corporate media, and social justice at church...the BBB/NWO will mandate what is to be truth even if they have to change definitions of words. When a mandate is not enough they will send antifa, BLM, or the FBI to your door. If that still isn't enough you will end up like Phillip Hanney or Seth Rich.
The Laura Ingalls Wilder link actually brought tears to my eyes. What an epic story of hardships overcome. Thanks for posting something uplifting in these dark days.
Is Yemen the Next Afghanistan?
A former senior Yemen official warned that the strategic dam will break if rebels take Marib, according to the Independent. That might be hyperbole, but investors are genuinely worried. “Saudi Arabia’s stock market posted its biggest one-day drop in more than a year on Sunday, a day after Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis said they had fired 14 drones at several Saudi Arabian cities, including at Saudi Aramco facilities in Jeddah,” writes Reuters.
While the loss of Marib would be significant in itself, it is the threat to Aramco and the Red Sea that could prove catastrophic.
Rolling Stone just released text messages that show there was coordination between Jan 6th rally'ers and the White house. So I read the article and it doesn't say anything or prove anything about the riot or rioters. They are grasping at straws.
Our strategic oil reserve was intended to assure we would have enough oil in the event war cut off our supply. It wasn't intended to bring down gasoline prices after a stupid administration torpedoed oil pipelines. It seems we go through this cycle regularly where we get a conservative government that brings down the price of crude and we take advantage of the low price to fill up the strategic reserve. Then, we get a stupid/Democrat government that forces up the price of crude and they tap the reserve to cover up their stupidity.
It seems to me that the Biden fake presidency is focused on reducing our military readiness for some reason. What could it be??? Is the "big guy" getting his 10% for this treason? Is he actually in charge or are the puppet masters following Obama's orders to destroy our country? Surely I can't be the only person who dares call Biden's action treason. What are our sane leaders doing to counter act Biden's treason???
Chinese slavery has already come to America. Most of the all- you-can-eat Chinese buffets are staffed by slaves. I wondered this myself while eating in a new establishment whose staff was immaculately dressed and coiffed, but was clearly underfed. Our waitress looked dead in the eyes and was so gaunt I thought to ask if she was okay. It was then I noticed she had a minder who was watching her every move. After a lot of research I learned that Chinese buffets open and close quickly, and they are mostly staffed by slaves. Even smaller restaurants, like sushi joints are owned and staffed by families who have slaves. This, too I saw when the waitress confided that she makes no money and sleeps on the floor and is locked in the family's house. She's paying for her trip to America.
With Global Implications, Finland Puts Christians On Trial For Their Faith
Rasanen and Pohjola are being charged with “hate speech” for respectively writing and publishing a 24-page 2004 booklet that explains basic Christian theology about sex and marriage, which reserves sex exclusively for within marriage, which can only consist of one man and one woman, for life. The Finnish prosecutor claims centuries-old Christian teachings about sex “incite hatred” and violate legal preferences for government-privileged identity groups.
I doubt this. I do know that Chinese restaurants use immigrants some illegal and they work them hard some even living on the premises. So if that is what you mean I agree. But where I live most of the staff in Chinese restaurants including buffets are simply minimum wage non-Chinese Americans. Just plain workers.
Liberal Europe has been committing suicide for a decade or two. This is just another example. Soon we will see genocide in Europe and we will all act surprised. My bet is on France to go first but Sweden may surprise me.
Academia is doomed
A nice anecdote by Andrew Ferguson from when the was researching a book. The despair of the department chair.
All well in good, but things have simply proceeded downhill since that interview in 20013.
But take heart, the last time the universities were backwatered by progress, the technophobic Oxford and Cambridge, alternative colleges arose but mostly humanity was transformed by the men in the workshops of England, not the universities of the world. Not ironically, it is the modern humanities and social science graduates who want to tear down the Industrial Revolution and cast the world in the age before mechanical power.
Let it be for the Saudi's, why should American lives and treasure be spent to support someone(Saudis) who's NOT in our interest. Besides if it's like Afghanistan, we'll waste precious American lives, $2 trillion dollars and leave the 15th largest military when we lose and leave. Currently listening to a history of the Ottoman Empire. they've been fighting each other in Yeman as long as in Afghanistan. Let's stay OUT.
Laura Ingalls Wilder's daughter Rose was herself an interesting writer and political thinker. I reviewed and excerpted some of her work here:
Back in the BBS days, my tagline was "A living Constitution is no Constitution."