THE NOT-SO-SOFT BIGOTRY OF THE ANTI-RACISM GRIFT: Black Fragility? Colman Hughes exposes the absurd premises of Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility, starting with the assumption that all whites in America are racists at birth — the progressives’ version of Original Sin, which can be expiated only through the rituals of the woke church. (She’ll officiate — for a fee.) That’s bad enough, but her view of blacks is even worse.
The second unstated assumption in White Fragility—and this is where the book borders on actual racism—is that black people are emotionally immature and essentially child-like. Blacks, as portrayed in DiAngelo’s writing, can neither be expected to show maturity during disagreement nor to exercise emotional self-control of any kind. The hidden premise of the book is that blacks, not whites, are too fragile.
UPDATED: Johns Hopkins Study Saying COVID-19 Has ‘Relatively No Effect on Deaths’ in U.S. Spiked After Publication.
According to the study, “in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.”
Wait, what? Really?
That’s what it says. And, it should come as no surprise that the study was deleted within days.
Luckily, a back-up copy remains on The Wayback Machine, and we can still read the study.
UPDATE November 28, 2020, 1 p.m. Eastern:
Marvis Gutierrez and Ariella Shua, the managing editors of the JHU newsletter, assured Lead Stories that the article/study was not censored. “The article in question was retracted last night, as it was being used to spread misinformation about the pandemic. We have preserved the article as a PDF and posted an Editor’s Note: with full clarification about our decision, highlighting the inaccuracies of the study…We were not censored, but decided to retract the article based on the reasons outlined in the Editor’s Note.””
#RESIST: UPDATE: A friend emails: Great to see this #Resist repurposed. A close female relative and I had a conversation recently. She was making conciliatory verbal gestures, in effect, saying that if everyone who supported Trump admits he lost, agrees they were wrong, and that Trump was evil, we can all move on amicably.
I responded, very calmly and dispassionately, which I was able to do because I was expecting this conversation, more or less as follows.
Using game theory, it has been determined that the proper way to respond to defection from optimal behavior between two parties, is to match any bad behavior by equal retaliation. Acquiescing in bad behavior without consequences simply gets you more of it.
So, the only rational rational response for Trump supporters, after the last four years is to respond to Biden exactly as Trump was treated…
Technically, this was examined for the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma, particularly where the pay-offs in the game matrix are set so that cooperation pays better than defecting. I worry that some on the left may decide there’s a large pay-off inherent in being the underdog, in which case they won’t see retaliation as a penalty.
(Steven Hayward) There’s a refrain on the left that is now so familiar as to be unremarkable. The form runs, “Even Reagan wasn’t as bad as [insert current Republican president here].” It got a workout under George W. Bush, and it’s gotten heavy use under Trump.
Source: The Media Mask Slips
Every Republican candidate for President since Reagan has been labeled the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic bastard child of Satan and Hitler. You’d think sooner or later, people would quit responding to the cries of “wolf!”
This is from PAST MASTER by R.A. Lafferty. Like many a work of his, the satire is so sharp it burns like acid. In this scene, Thomas More, philosopher, author, statesman, and the author of UTOPIA, has been brought forward by time travelers, perhaps by mistake, to be elevated by fake election to be world-leader of the perfect planet, Golden Astrobe which, inexplicably, is dying of its imperfections.
My comment: I note that this was written in AD 1968, before satire was taken as sober advocacy, and the things here offered as outrageous excesses of a far planet in the far future were not matters currently in the newspapers, or soon to be.
Source: Quote from R.A. Lafferty
I was asked to write an explanation or defense of the Electoral College, but I find I am unable to do so. The idea of the president being selected from a temporary body, beholden to no special interests, existing for a sole purpose and too briefly to be open to pressure or corruption, is too obviously wise, sage, fair and sound to need any defense.
Nor am I imaginative to invent serious objections to it. It has no drawbacks, no weaknesses.
There are those who argue that large but few states should domineer the smaller but many states merely make an assertion absurd on it face.
If it is said that the greater population numbers of the few large states gives their interests more weight than the less populated states who outnumber the few, on the grounds of democracy, it is sufficient to say that those same grounds, with equal logic, support the opposite: for the less populated states outnumber the few.
In reality, the Constitutional system gives the Senate more weight to the smaller many states and the House of Representatives gives more weight to the larger fewer states, and so the competing interests balance nicely.
However, as a courtesy to my readers confronted with specious argument against the College of Electors, it should be sufficient to quote from the Federalist Papers.
I am gratified to note that Hamilton has that same inability as do I: he can think of no serious argument against the provision.
Here follow words from a wiser pen than mine.
Source: The Electoral College
(Don Boudreaux) Tweet Here’s a letter to an upset Cafe patron: Ms. Grayson : You disagree with my criticism of USA Today for its failure to report that, as a percentage of total Covid-19 deaths in America, that of people younger than 40 (at 1.5%) is tiny. “The fact of the matter,” you write, “is that more than 3500 kids and young adults died of this disease.
Source: Perspective Is Always Necessary
Kyle Rittenhouse, the young defender of lives and property during the Kenosha riots, who shot three mob members who unprovokedly attacked him as he ran from them, was released on bail from Kenosha County Jail, on Friday, 20 November, 2020.
(Don Boudreaux) Tweet Lockdowns kill. And contrary to the prevailing narrative, lockdowns are not justified by science. Quite the opposite. As the heroic Ivor Cummins correctly says,”The government is addicted to the medieval ideology of lockdowns.”
JORDAN PETERSON: HOW THE LEFT MANUFACTURED A FOLK DEVIL . Over the past few days, Jordan Peterson’s critics have been doing their utmost to publicise his forthcoming book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life . The famous clinical psychologist announced the publication on his YouTube channel on Monday, and within hours the book was being widely denounced on social media for its hateful content.