A COVID-19 outbreak in a Massachusetts county in July primarily occurred among vaccinated people, sparking fears that a variant of the CCP virus can impact that population more than other strains.
Of the 469 cases detected in Barnstable County, 74 percent occurred among the fully vaccinated, according to a new study published on Friday.
Genomic sequencing of 133 patients showed most of them were infected with the Delta variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
The bulk of the infected people did not require hospital care, but among the five that did, four were fully vaccinated.
The study, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helped drive agency officials to change masking guidance.
The goalposts have been moved to an undisclosed location:
CDC officials announced Tuesday that even vaccinated persons should wear masks indoors, an abrupt shift from under three months ago. …
The agency recommended that both the vaccinated and unvaccinated should don face coverings indoors in areas with high or substantial transmission of the CCP virus. More than half the counties in America meet one of those designations.
Researchers, though, said their investigation suggests people in any area should wear masks inside. …
The data demonstrate “that Delta infection resulted in similarly high SARS-CoV-2 viral loads in vaccinated and unvaccinated people,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC’s director, said in a statement on Friday.
“High viral loads suggest an increased risk of transmission and raised concern that, unlike with other variants, vaccinated people infected with Delta can transmit the virus. This finding is concerning and was a pivotal discovery leading to CDC’s updated mask recommendation.”
These first-generation vaccines do not kill the virus. They just prevent it from doing too much harm, mostly, at least initially. The virus is still alive and mutating in you, and can spread to others. It might escape is a nastier form (see Marek’s disease). Perhaps these are not the vaccines we have been waiting for.
UPDATE: Steve Sailer adds something the media had carefully omitted about this outbreak after the crowds descended upon Provincetown, Massachusetts, to celebrate the Fourth of July:
Strikingly, a three-letter word missing from this long article about Provincetown is “gay.” Provincetown is perhaps the gayest place in America. … But you’re never supposed to mention anything involving gays transmitting infections while partying. After all, we now know that the AIDS epidemic in America was the fault of Ronald and, especially, Nancy Reagan, not the people who infected other people. Follow the Science!
This was expected by anyone who has ever studied anything about viral disease and the use of non-sterilizing immunizations when infections are active in a community. We have known this all the way back to Polio and is why we insisted on a sterilizing vaccine (OPV) following the inactivated injected vaccine (IPV) in the United States until 20 years after we were declared polio-free.
In addition it is exactly what is expected if a non-sterilizing vaccine produces both binding and neutralizing antibodies and we know, scientifically, that all the existing jabs do exactly that. When levels wane you still have binding antibodies and when the neutralizing level falls below the threshold to protect you now have an enhancement of the disease rather than protection.
A person who was never infected and not vaccinated does not have the binding antibodies and thus, while at risk, doesn’t get the enhancement. Now we have real-world evidence that in fact the jabs produce risk as immunity wanes and that said risk may exceed, on a personal level, what someone has who never been infected or vaccinated is exposed to.
Bad news if true. Does a lifetime of booster shots await the vaccinated?
I wish the official sector would stop omitting news that doesn’t support the current government aim that most everyone should get vaccinated. We are being lied to by omission, I strongly suspect. Certainly US citizens were blindsided by the new mandate that they must wear masks even if they have been vaccinated. Not as promised.
Dave Rubin, a popular conservative commentator with a large following on Twitter, … tweeted this:
They want a federal vaccine mandate for vaccines which are clearly not working as promised just weeks ago. People are getting and transmitting Covid despite vax. Plus now they’re prepping us for booster shots. A sane society would take a pause. We do not live in a sane society.
Rubin’s statements of fact were, I think, entirely correct. We were told that if we got vaccinated, we were home free. No masks, no worry about covid. Therefore everyone should get vaccinated. In a matter of weeks, that turned around. Now we are told that, contrary to the CDC’s expectation, vaccinated people are getting and transmitting covid in substantial numbers. …
To those true statements, Rubin added the opinion that our society should “take a pause.” The exact meaning of “take a pause” is not clear, but presumably it refers to a step back from hysteria and renewed destructive mandates. That is an opinion that, in all likelihood, a majority of Americans share.
But Twitter blocked Rubin’s ability to recite those facts and add his opinion:
Twitter declared that to be a violation of its policy “on spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.” …
Censorship is being led by leftist governments:
This censorship is exactly what Democratic politicians have been urging Twitter, Facebook et al to do in Congressional hearings and other forums. In suppressing facts and opinions that diverge from the Democratic Party line, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon and other tech companies are reprising the contemptible role played by Pravda, Tass, FARS, Granma, Xinhua News and other state-run or state-dominated organs of censorship in totalitarian countries.
The idea that censorship by Twitter et al. is beyond remedy because they are private companies is ridiculous. When they cut off communications at the behest of the government, they are state actors subject to the First Amendment. …
The far Left is awash with cash; it could buy up all of the telecom companies and ban conservatives from talking on the telephone. Would that be acceptable? Similarly, the Left’s money bags would easily pay for all of America’s printing presses. Would it be OK for leftists to buy up all the presses and refuse to print anything that diverges from the Biden administration line? …
We need to bring government action to bear while we still can. Specifically, we need to encourage as many states as possible to legislate against internet censorship. In my opinion, the best way to do that is through state legislation that creates a private cause of action when a tech platform discriminates on the basis of political or philosophical viewpoint. I won’t elaborate on this idea at length; I have drafted legislation to that effect which I embedded here.
The basic idea of that proposed law is to ban discrimination in the moderation of content on social media sites on the basis of race, sex, religion, or political orientation. The bill was introduced in the Minnesota legislature and triggered a panic on the part of the tech giants, who mobilized to oppose it.
Aboriginal academic Victoria Grieve-Williams remembers the first time a white female acquaintance asked if she would support her claim to be Indigenous.
The woman was working in what was then the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and it would help her career if she was actually Aboriginal.
Dr Grieve-Williams, a Warraimaay woman from the mid-north coast of NSW and now adjunct professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, refused the woman’s request.
‘She actually called me and asked if I would support her in her claim to be an Aboriginal person,’ Dr Grieve-Williams told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I said to her that I couldn’t do that because I didn’t know anything about it. I’d always known her as a non-Aboriginal person.’
Dr Grieve-Williams, a Warraimaay woman from the mid-north coast of NSW
Dr Grieve-Williams says the woman is one of growing number of Australians who claim to be Indigenous when they have no such ancestry.
These people are sometimes called ‘box-tickers‘ — because they literally tick a box to say they are Aboriginal — but are known in Canada as Pretendians and in the United States as race-shifters. …
A problem of government:
There is no way of knowing how many box-tickers there are in Australia but the practice seems particularly prevalent in academia and sectors of the public service where Aboriginality is sought and sometimes rewarded. …
Dr Grieve-Williams describes what they do as ‘Indigenous identify fraud’.
‘Aboriginal people are actually very badly affected by this,’ she said. ‘Universities and governments are employing so-called Aboriginal people without due diligence.
‘High-level positions, huge salaries, great opportunities through Indigenous Business Australia, all of that’s being gobbled up.
‘There’s no penalties, or checks and balances. These numbers are increasing.’ …
‘The interesting thing is box-tickers, or those committing identity fraud, seem to get the big jobs.
‘They’re promoted over other Aboriginal people. We joke and we say they’re better at being Aboriginal people than we are.’ …
One of the things that’s been established in the United States and Canada is that the Pretendians support each other and it’s the same thing in Australia.
‘They will give each other jobs, they will give each other references, and they will often be quite aggressive and ostrasising of real Aboriginal people.’ …
‘It’s very surreal, particularly to a person my age because when I grew up the worst thing you could be was Aboriginal,’ Dr Grieve-Williams said.
‘Aboriginal people were so scorned and vilified. There were these nasty “Abo” jokes. I couldn’t begin to tell you the depths of racism that I experienced.
‘We were always made to feel in deficit. And now the tables have turned right around but it’s not the real Aboriginal people who are getting the benefit from all of this.’ …
You get more of what you subsidize:
It is indisputable the number of Australians who say they are Aboriginal has been increasing for decades at a rate far faster than the broader population, or that can be explained by births.
The last Census, conducted in 2016, estimated there were 798,400 Indigenous Australians — Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or both — making up 3.3 per cent of the citizenry. …
‘I’ll never forget at one student meeting at a university in Brisbane this young man said that he was Aboriginal because he supported Aboriginal people’s aims.
‘He actually thought that was all he had to do to be Aboriginal. Then somebody said is your family Aboriginal and he said no.’
Racist societies always have this problem of defining people’s race. Color-blind societies do not.
As leader of a pariah nation, [Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith] repeatedly pointed out that liberal democracy was a sophisticated political process that could not be simply foisted upon a native people steeped in a totally different culture that accepted of a form of rule where the king, or chief was unelected, unaccountable and where there were no written laws.
He rejected the accusation that he was a ‘racist supremacist’ driven by a desire to protect ‘while privilege’ and tried to explain that all that was needed was time for Africans to be absorbed willingly into a system that they would support once it was better understood. His pleas for patience and understanding fell on resolutely deaf ears and the rest is history. …
[Helen Zille, former Democratic Alliance Leader and Western Cape Premier, recently] made precisely the same point in her defense of Jacob Zuma. He, and his leadership, she insists, had never understood, nor fully embraced the constitutional democracy they undertook to uphold. Zuma, in his mind and in the minds of many he governed, was a king in the Zulu tradition and all the spoils that accrue with the acquisition of power were his for the taking. The suggestion that he was ‘corrupt’ was an entirely European, ‘white supremacist’, colonialist view of his conduct. The transition from one form of governance to another had been too rapid leading to the rejection of the new in favour of the old.
Unfortunately, in the post-colonial world, the supposition has prevailed that Western democracy, with its proven success in Europe and North America is the best system that fits all polities, and it has been forbidden to suggest that any race or ethnic group might be, in any way challenged by adopting it.
This fundamental falsehood has scuppered any meaningful debate of the question and has proved a calamitous mistake in Africa, and it is proving thus in South Africa. There is no escaping the fact that the reaction to the forced introduction of European systems of governance on the continent has set the stage for more than 100 coups and entrenched a period of catastrophic misrule that may go down in history as the greatest man-made political disaster in history.
What cannot be ignored is tribal conflicts and rampant slavery predate the arrival of European settlers and the introduction of alien forms of governance has been done in the face of entrenched hostility that can be suppressed but not eliminated. As a result, South Africa, like most other African countries, is inherently unstable. It is the ultimate battleground for two utterly opposed systems of governance – democracy vs the absolute power of tyranny. …
Hint: It’s not poverty. Europe had well-functioning democracies over a century ago, while much poorer in absolute terms than South Africa is now.
While growing poverty lies at the root of the problem it does not tell all the story. Lawlessness breeds opportunism and not all the looters were thin and starving, many were well fed louts looting luxury goods; indeed, one eyewitness recognised an Old Boy of Kearsney College (the most expensive private school in SA) loading electronic equipment into the boot of his Mercedes Benz.
What is deeply troubling is the speed with which the violence spread and the obvious impotence of the law enforcement authorities in the face of angry mobs looking to liberate booze, food and televisions rather than Jacob Zuma.
Europe developed modern democracy and the classic liberal success stories. For the better part of a millennium, the average IQ in Europe rose (because rich people had more children who survived long enough to reproduce) and aggressiveness fell (because criminals were killed or locked away for most of their reproductive years). Then came the enlightenment, the technical revolution, modern democracies, etc.
This suggests that a sufficiently intelligent community is required for democracy and modernism.
Now that average IQ in the West has slipped significantly, maybe our democracies and modern way of life are under threat? Maybe we too will revert to older forms of societal organization. Sure been feeling like it recently.
We are living through a revolution that, in the name of liberal principles, abandons liberalism.
Did you ever think that after the Civil Rights Movement, we would ever again live in a country in which people are condemned for the color of their skin, and treated as pariahs? Well, we are. The Left and the major institutions of American society are leading a cultural revolution that demonizes white people. We are expected to agree that this is right and just. That’s what the Democratic Party tells us. That’s what academia tells us, and media, and virtually every other cultural institution. We are told to despise our fathers and grandfathers, because the only thing meaningful about the lives they lived, and the country they built, is that they held opinions that are offensive to most Americans in 2021.
Learning from Hungary, which is fighting back:
The Left … construes Hungary as some sort of fascist state because of the policies of Prime Minister Viktor Orban….
In 2015, Orban refused to open Hungary’s borders to the tsunami of Mideast refugees. He understands that he leads a small country in the heart of Europe, one with a declining population, and with a unique language and culture. He understands that mass migration and open borders would mean the end of his nation. He also understands that there are very rich and powerful men, like George Soros, who dedicated their wealth and power to dissolving the Hungarian nation. He’s willing to fight this. For this, he’s called a fascist.
He recognized that Soros was using a college he founded, the Central European University, as a beachhead to introduce into elite Hungarian circles the kind of ideology that has conquered the West, and is dissolving the Western tradition everywhere it reigns. He drove most of CEU out of Hungary. For this, he’s called a fascist. I probably wouldn’t have gone as far as he did, but seeing how elite American universities are the fountainhead of this ideology causing America to tear itself apart, maybe I would have done.
In any case, it is absurd for the left-wing illiberals who control most American campuses, and who are using their power to destroy entire fields, such as the Classics, for being insufficiently woke, to complain about Orban. In America today, medical schools are denying one of the most fundamental facts of biology: sex — all because of a radical crackpot ideology that came out of leading US universities. Who has been a major funder of transgender ideology, for years? George Soros. Yet the Left, and the US media, constantly condemn Viktor Orban for anti-Semitism because he dares to call out Soros the Destroyer. …
People here criticize Orban for having engineered the sale of most Hungarian media to his own supporters. I agree that it was a dodgy move. The thing that nobody reports, though, is that the biggest Hungarian media outlets in terms of circulation (and therefore influence) are on the Left, and opposed to the government. Whenever a US conservative complains about the utter dominance of the Left in American media, the Left says, “But what about Fox News?” Every conservative with a brain in his head would happily trade Fox News for ABC, NBC, CBS, The New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR … . There’s a similar dynamic at work in Hungary. Two different journalists told me that if not for the Orban policy, no conservative voice would ever be heard in the Hungarian media. I have no way to verify that, but I suspect it’s true. …
Old liberalism is out, woke revolutionaries are in:
We have seen in the US media the replacement of old-fashioned liberalism with a hard-edge, Jacobin wokeness. A liberal reporter, commenting on this, told me that the younger generation of journalists think that “fairness” and “balance” are weasel concepts that make it possible for evil people to have a voice that they do not deserve. This is the death of liberalism. Old-fashioned liberals think conservatives are wrong; the Woke think we are evil. …
Radicalizing the right:
If I have become a little bit radicalized over the summer, it’s because I have seen with more clarity what is happening to my country, and how difficult it is going to be to salvage liberalism with the woke controlling all the institutions, and most of the government, and with wokeness explicitly rejecting core liberal principles, like free speech, freedom of religion, and tolerance. …
The challenge I’ve had to face this summer is with my own belief in classical liberalism. I am a half-hearted classical liberal at best, but I honestly believe that classical liberalism on a base of robust Christian belief is about the best form of government we can hope for in the modern age. Not a perfect form of government, but better than the other possibilities on offer.
Yet having seen what has happened in the US in the last few years, especially over the last year, I don’t really believe anymore that liberalism as we have known it can defend itself. Nor do I have much confidence that it should be defended.
If “liberalism” requires a nation to open its children’s minds to transgender propaganda, then to hell with liberalism.
If “liberalism” requires white people to despise themselves for the color of their skin, and requires Asian people to disadvantage their own children, who are supposed to suffer because they study hard and lead disciplined lives, then to hell with liberalism.
If “liberalism” means that we are supposed to prove our virtue by denouncing our ancestors and purging our libraries and our classroom of books that have long been part of the canon of Western civilization, then … you know.
Why should we want to defend this culture of death? …
So, yes, I have become more radicalized this summer. I believe I better understand what the end game is for the Left, which is to say the people who hold all the institutional power in the US. The old liberals are gone, or at least they don’t have real power anymore. It’s all revolutionary radicalism, carried out by nice people in pleasant offices, who want to erase history, deny identity, and subjugate those who resist. …
I hate where this is going. But it’s the Left who is shoving their batons into our backs, pushing us there. …
The future, as discussed by Michael Anton and Curtis Yarvin in an article by Damon Linker:
The current American “regime” is most accurately described as a “theocratic oligarchy” in which an elite class of progressive “priests” ensconced in the bureaucracies of the administrative state, and at Harvard, The New York Times, and other leading institutions of civil society, promulgate and enforce their own version of “reality.”
Anton and Yarvin treat this assertion as given and then proceed to talk through how this theocratic oligarchy might be overturned.
(One of their substantive disagreements concerns how long this regime might last if it’s not directly challenged. Anton is hopeful it will collapse of its own incompetence and corruption, while Yarvin thinks the current “clown world” could continue onward for decades or even a century, with the United States slowly decaying into something resembling a Third World country.) …
The podcast concludes with Anton quoting another Claremont writer (Angelo Codevilla) on how Trump dropped “the leadership of the deplorables,” which is waiting to be picked up by someone “who will make Trump seem moderate.” …
Dreher on Trump:
Trump is a clown who was never serious about governing. He wasted the opportunity history and the American people gave him. He antagonized the Left and accelerated the Left’s radicalization without providing a meaningful and effective opposition from the Right. He tweeted; Orban governs.
The rest of America’s Right has a ways to go before it catches up to the dissident California Right. We were here first and you should listen to us.
Despite appearances, the Right in California is actually the closest to offering a solution to the Left’s war on civilization. Of course, I do not mean the GOP when I say “the Right.” The GOP is more or less nonexistent in the Golden State. But perhaps this is also why almost all of the most vibrant, confident, and influential writers on the Right today are from California.
The strongest institutions on the Right, inoculated as they have been against the disease of wokeness — institutions like this magazine and the Claremont Institute — originated in California. Californian writers like Victor Davis Hanson and Angelo Codevilla were the first to describe the defining political struggle of our time between the ruling class and the country class, the great oligarchy and the plebs, the bicoastal masters and the great servant interior, as all of these national struggles were present in California decades ago. California native Michael Anton was the first to describe the actual parameters and ramifications of the 2016 presidential election. Sadly, the Californian with perhaps the most exemplary attitude towards the Left is no longer with us. Andrew Breitbart knew wokeness was best combated with confidence and laughter.
California is the capital of the new Right, and the rest of the country will have to get to where we are before anything constructive can be done. Because we don’t have to guess about how bad things can get. We know.
The rise of the rich and the midwits of the left:
The Left, no longer the party of the common man, the little man, or the forgotten man, is now a party entirely for the made man. Those already among the rich and powerful are automatically accepted, and the Left graciously allows plebs to join and minister unto them, so long as they attend the proper institutions, perform the proper induction ceremonies, and devote their lives to the bureaucracy or mechanism of the state. …
The political rule of those who critique the loudest or those who harbor the most exquisite sensitivity to slights can thrive only within the mostly talentless, enervated, and hollowed out wastelands that academia, Hollywood, and our large bureaucracies have become. Were it not for the inherent postmodern weakness of these institutions, such people would not have gained a foothold. They would have been mocked and discarded. They would have been among the unemployable. …
How to oppose them:
The woke Left does not concern itself with the interests of anyone outside its top two rungs: the “haves” and their priestly class of handmaidens that minister the massive state apparatus. … This racket has been going on in California for decades, and it is the main reason political dissidents in California are clear-eyed about the general rules of the game in post-woke America.
Compromise, moderation, coming together across the aisle, gangs of eight and all the rest might have been laudable efforts a half-century ago because the underlying assumption of such politicking was that a true statesman is able to find some common ground, some way to scratch the backs of his constituency while also giving something of value to his political opponents. Politicians in this mold could be very successful in mid-century America.
But this is all folly now. If the woke Left exists only to promote, flatter, and enrich its made men by critiquing and pulling down the institutions and leaders of the past, what can possibly be gained by compromising with it? …
The age of conservatism is over:
The reason the California Right has a hard time identifying with the word “conservative” is that there is nothing left to conserve in California.
What we have instead is an abundance of malignant nonsense to uproot and cast out. The new Left came to power convincing voters to let it run the state on behalf of multiple imagined victims and social inequities, but it has been so long since their leftist politics delivered anything of actual use to anyone that no honest person in the state can be ignorant of the actual political system and its objective anymore.
California is now composed of an enormous priestly class of state and municipal workers, together with myriad quasi-independent contractors and semi-private companies which are essentially dependent upon state government contracts and largesse for their economic survival, united with extremely profitable nonprofit activists and the already fantastically wealthy using the sympathetic story of the state’s enormous homeless, poor, and immigrant population to ensure perpetual rule for themselves. …
Those who have managed to stay in the state without the benefit of the Left’s financial or social remunerations comprise the country’s largest bloc of Trump voters, and the largest collection of radicalized political dissidents.
They know that there is no middle ground to be found with what is essentially mafia-like rule of their state. They hate the Republican party even more than the Democrats do, if only because its deception of and uselessness to the people it was supposed to represent adds a dead animal stench to what is mostly a comically inept artifice of a once-useful organization.
California’s dissident Right also knows there can be no cultural or social response to the Left other than derision and contempt. The problem with much of the American Right is that it is not yet confident enough to make fun of the ridiculous fraud that is the modern Left. Too many of us still desperately want to be the reasonable people the Left knows we can become. We remember that feeling, but we find it cringe-inducing now.
The only way forward is to engage with a near-obsessive focus on the goal, which is not nostalgia or a return to a more conservative era: it is striving for civilization, now, among the ruins of chaos, fear, selfishness, and deception that are a constant throughout human history
Political correctness versus reality:
The differences between the Right and the Left don’t have to do with race, class, or privilege. They are separated by a fundamental disagreement on reality.
One side gains power by selling a lie that life is destined to be a beautiful, organized, triumphant, and shining commune that can only be taken away by selfish, racist retrogrades. They don’t even have to deliver utopia! They just have to convince you that their political enemies have taken utopia from you.
The other side believes that civilization is incredibly difficult to achieve, perpetually fragile, and constantly threatened by various forces of chaos and disorder. This second side is now coming around to the realization that there aren’t enough fumes of Western Civilization to coast comfortably anymore. We can’t continue to cling desperately to the ashes of formerly civilized and civilizing institutions while leftists lecture us about our past injustices and further weaken our confidence.
Sophisticated but top-heavy hierarchical societies — the Near East, Minoan Crete, Mycenaean Greece, or the New World Aztecs — were especially vulnerable to outside challenges whether natural or human. Whenever elite knowledge in science, government, agriculture, shipping, and administration is not widely dispersed, or when a middle class is stagnant or nonexistent, then such civilizations are especially vulnerable to decapitation. Take out the ruling clique at Knossos, Mycenae, Pylos, or Tenochtitlan, and it is perhaps comparable to smashing the head of an octopus and watching his directionless tentacles go limp. …
There are only about 10 million of 330 million Americans who ensure our scientific, engineering, medical, and economic preeminence.
Most now not only do not know who they are or what they do, but also assume their own lives run on autopilot without appreciation of the few million in the shadows upon whom America’s safety and wealth sometimes hinge. …
Woke religion takes over:
We are not just in a political but rather also a cultural revolution that seeks to destroy and replace our foundational date, our foundational documents, our foundational icons, traditions, and customs …
Yet, the most dangerous of all developments is the current regression to tribalism. So far we have seen it largely as a new rejection of Martin Luther King’s dream of an integrated and assimilated society, where race became irrelevant, at least in comparison to the individual “content of our characters.” …
Ah, those race-obsessed lefties:
How odd that … the Democrats, between 1860 and 1970, was the promulgator of racial tribalism. …
Then between 1970 and 2020, for the next 50 years, Democrats became almost as fixed on race, as the linch-pin to the Great Society.
And now in our woke revolution, all that fifty-year effort is also deemed a failure and once again by Democrats. To stop racism and become an “anti-racist,” now one must become just as fixated on race and thus become a racialist. Proportional representation has given way to reparatory action. Colleges now are not expected to admit African-Americans of any and all classes and family incomes as just 12 percent of their incoming classes, but perhaps as 15-20 percent to “make up” for the discrimination sired and fueled by largely their own party for much of its existence.
What a disaster. For a century to 1990, the left fought on economic grounds and championed the working class. But after the embarrassing and undeniable failure of socialism with the voluntary collapse of the Soviet Union, the left decided to radically change direction. Henceforth they would champion every identity group except white straight males, so as to harvest the votes of women, gays, blacks, etc.
With the benefit of hindsight, would they still make that decision today? Their strategy has thrown away substantial progress towards a meritocratic and color blind society, and reverted to tribalism. All so that a small left-wing leadership class could take power. Has it really been worth it guys?
Chinese protectionism/censorship (they only allow 34 Hollywood movies a year) has helped incubate a domestic film industry. … As of now, 9 out of 10 of the highest grossing films in Chinese history are domestic, all released in the last few years. …
Another curious finding from the author James McMahon … is that Russia — along with India and China — has the least intersection with American cultural consumption. That is, they have the lowest correlations between films that do well in the US box office and in their own.
Correlations of how well a film does in the US compared to various countries
This seems to largely be a map of cultural closeness to the US. Australia, Britain, New Zealand, and South Africa are all in the top 5 closest countries to the US.
The House Select Committee that purports to investigate the “insurrection” of January 6, 2021 … is one of the dumbest things we have seen in many years. This is true for many reasons:
We Republicans may have our faults, but if we were actually going to stage an insurrection, at least one of us would remember to bring a firearm.
Along the same lines, if we were to undertake an insurrection, we would not call on a “shaman” wearing horns and a fur hat to lead it.
An actual insurrection would result in casualties. Here, the only person who died, or was seriously injured, other than by natural causes, was Ashli Babbitt. …
If the committee wants to investigate violent riots in Washington, D.C., it is barking up the wrong tree. There was a real riot on the day when Donald Trump was inaugurated in 2017, with businesses looted, buildings and vehicles burned, and innocent passers-by assaulted. …
The fact that a small rabble of unarmed protesters was able to access the Capitol illegally is, or should be, shocking. …
We have all seen the video of the Capitol entrance where guards opened the doors and waved the protesters into the building. The protesters entered in an orderly fashion, taking photos with their cell phones and carefully staying between the red velvet ropes. I suspect that most of those who entered the Capitol on January 6 were invited in by guards. …
On the bright side, I don’t believe the Democrats are fooling anyone. The current “investigation” is a joke, and I think everyone understands that. The New York Times et al. may pontificate about the “insurrection,” but the whole thing is a farce that will get the Dems nowhere
For six months now illegal immigrants have been flooding across the southern border and settling all over the US at a rate of two million per year. So eight million by the next presidential election. Huge majorities of citizens want borders and much lower immigration. Remember the chants of “Build a Wall!”? No wonder the Dem leadership needs to change the subject.
There are only two big ideas being forwarded: that different races in America “have different violent crime rates and different means and distributions of cognitive ability.” That’s it. …
But why read a book on this topic when you can discover these facts within a few minutes? Tables on SAT scores by race are available in the Journal of Blacks In Higher Education, which pointed out in 2005 that “whites were more than seven times as likely as blacks to score 700 or above on the verbal SAT.” Wikipedia, meanwhile, has an entry entitled “Race and Crime in the United States,” which plainly states that a bit over 50 percent of victims and offenders in homicides are African American. The same website tells us that African Americans are about 13 percent of America’s population. Would you also be surprised to face the reality that the perpetrators of homicides are overwhelmingly young and male as well? These dots are there for anyone to connect if they like.
Reality versus the narrative:
And yet very few choose to do so. Indeed, the failure — refusal, even — to connect the dots has become a vaunted feature, not a bug, of 2021’s regnant culture. …
Which is precisely why Murray wants to inject these taboo realities into the intellectual bloodstream of our society. … Without these facts on the table, the contemporary American debate has had to rely upon the ether of social science and nebulous theoretical explanations of “systemic racism” and “white supremacy.” …
They know, really:
Reality has been a subtext of American culture, even if it has become progressively more taboo to speak about it as openly as Murray does. Washington, DC is an overwhelmingly liberal city — 92 percent of its residents voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 election. It is also starkly segregated by race. The white residents may not face reality openly, but it is obvious from where they choose to live that they make consistent judgements about patterns of violent crime. …
Upper-middle-class liberal whites also live the facts in Facing Reality tacitly, even if only subconsciously. Even liberal scolds like Samantha Bee ensure that their children attend de facto segregated public schools. …
Comfortable and well-off white Americans live the reality of race throughout their lives when they make decisions about where to live, who to date, and who to befriend. Meanwhile, the regnant ideology of systemic racism and white supremacy convicts all, but in the process absolves all. It turns the realities of our lives into abstractions, useful only to enable positional games of status and prestige. …
But they continue to deny reality:
But the conclusions suggested by Murray’s data are not palatable to much of America’s elite. The end of affirmative action will mean that some groups will be overrepresented among prestigious professionals and in the governing elite. …
However, they dare not follow the narrative though:
One of the reasons [Ibram X. Kendi] does not frankly set out the legal and policy proposals required to instantiate true equality is that they are unlikely to be welcomed, even by those who participate willingly in the present Sturm und Drang. Changing the name of an elementary school is free. And cutting the size of a police department is actually good for the demands on the property taxes of the homeowner class.
In contrast, swingeing inheritance taxes that decimate intergenerational wealth, or explicit quotas on professional sinecures, would sacrifice the comfortable material interests of a privileged gentry. No wonder they’re so gung-ho about embracing a symbolic reformation of language instead. In Kendi’s framework, true justice can only be obtained through actions far beyond the nominal gestures now being performed. …
The narrative is strong propaganda:
Those already familiar with the data on racial differences in cognitive tests and crime rates, and therefore predisposed to take Murray’s book seriously, will most likely give up on engagement due to intellectual exhaustion with today’s punitive and spiteful political climate.
And those who might benefit from Murray’s book will not read it because it was written by someone who transmits ritual pollution to all those who acknowledge him.
Old hands on Wall Street … have been waiting for retail — the individual investor — to go all-in stocks. After 13 long years, this moment has finally arrived: retail is all in.
If you doubt this, just look at record highs in investor sentiment, margin debt and the Buffett Indicator.
Current valuations are so extreme that the previous extreme in the 2000 dot-com bubble now looks modest in comparison.
I have my own sure-fire indicators for when retail is all-in. One is my Mom’s financial advisor recommends shifting her modest nest-egg out of safe bonds into the go-go stocks that are topping out. Back in late 1999, it was Cisco Systems and the other dot-com leaders, today it’s the FANGMAN stocks. Sure enough, my Mom just informed me her advisor recommended moving money from bonds into a FANG-dominated stock fund. Bingo, we have a winner.
Second indicator: average people who have never traded stocks are all-in and supremely confident they can’t lose. When 20-year college students are trading based on a “genius” 22-year old friend’s advice, retail is all-in. When a worker cleaning a wooden deck pauses to put $100,000 in a company he knows nothing about (yes, true story), retail is all-in.
Much is made of meme stocks, but the real driver of retail going all-in is the complete collapse of risk / moral hazard: the Fed will never let the market go down is not a meme, it is an article of secular faith, supported by 13 long years of ceaseless Fed intervention / stimulus, all in service of elevating the stock market. …
This time it’s different:
Every generation that experiences a speculative mania feels it’s unique. This is the pattern that repeats. The confluence of forces driving the mania to unprecedented heights is so obviously unique and uniquely powerful that it is literally crazy not to grab a board and ride the wave to riches.
What the newly minted millionaires don’t understand is they’re the marks and bagholders. Wall Street has been patiently waiting for retail to go all-in so the pros can sell all the over-valued stocks to the euphoric, trusting retail traders, who will continue to buy the dip and rotate into the next hot meme-stock until their fortunes have dwindled to spare change. …
Every share of stock ends up in somebody’s account, and the ideal bagholder is one who adds more on every downturn (buy the dip) and who refuses to sell (diamond hands), holding on for the inevitable Fed-fueled rally to new highs. …
That’s how accounts are destroyed, and the wreckage isn’t just financial. The scars of being a bagholder can last a long time. But Wall Street is patient, and a new crop of bagholders eventually catches Fed Fever, and the transfer of over-valued equities to a new generation of bagholders will play out according to the same script.
I’m not sure anyone plans it that way, but it does happen — repeatedly.
The current flood of cheap money is driving all prices up, but a market can still crash relative to everything else even while stock prices rise. For instance, two decades ago the Zimbabwean stock market outperformed every other market in the world in percentage gains, even as its value sank to near zero.
That said, the usual signs that a crash is imminent are currently absent.