One of the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journals has issued an urgent call for the full release of all data regarding the COVID-19 injections and other treatments, arguing that keeping crucial information hidden from the public is “morally indefensible.”
In a comprehensive editorial published January 19 by senior editor Peter Doshi, editor in chief Kamran Abbasi, and former editor in chief Fiona Godlee, The British Medical Journal (BMJ) asserted that clinical trial data used to approve COVID-19 drugs “should be fully and immediately available for public scrutiny.” …
“Pfizer’s pivotal covid vaccine trial was funded by the company and designed, run, analysed, and authored by Pfizer employees,” the medical journal explained, adding that “[t]he company and the contract research organisations that carried out the trial hold all the data.” …
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Late last year the FDA generated headlines when it responded to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by asking for 55 to 75 years to fully release the data they reviewed before authorizing Pfizer’s COVID-19 injections.
Facing legal pressure, the FDA then released its first batch of documents in November 2021. The scant 91 pages nonetheless contained data suggesting that tens of thousands of serious adverse events and more than 1,200 deaths had been reported in the first three months after Pfizer’s COVID-19 jab was cleared under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
On January 7, 2022, a U.S. district judge rejected the FDA’s request to continue delaying the release of their clinical trial data, ordering the regulatory body to publish the roughly 329,000 pages of documents in its possession at a rate of 55,000 pages per month rather than the 500 pages per month initially requested.
However, the BMJ’s editors noted that the “FDA is producing data only for Pfizer’s vaccine,” while “other manufacturers’ data cannot be requested until the vaccines are approved, which the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not.” …
The BMJ went on to point out that in the wake of global immunization efforts, “trust” and “transparency” are vital, noting that “Big pharma is the least trusted industry.”
“At least three of the many companies making covid-19 vaccines have past criminal and civil settlements costing them billions of dollars,” the editors said, adding that one of the companies (Pfizer), has previously “pleaded guilty to fraud.”
“Other companies have no pre-covid track record,” the journal’s editors continued. “Now the covid pandemic has minted many new pharma billionaires, and vaccine manufacturers have reported tens of billions in revenue.”
It reeks of corruption. They are playing reckless games with our health.
The NYT just published the transcript of a fascinating focus group — with Americans who voted both for Obama and Trump at least once. And they’re not happy with Biden. They’re sick of Covid restrictions, frightened by inflation, and unsettled by rising crime and social disorder. …
The group takes a rather complacent view of January 6, 2021, and when asked about their concern for democracy, one respondent said: “You see how the Democrats in power, they seem to be wanting — changing the rules, you know. Voting rights, we can’t win free and fair elections, so let’s change some rules there.”
Of those who said they’d vote Republican in November, there were two reasons given: “I just want to send a message. I think the Democratic Party is nuts at the moment, and the only way I can send that message is with my vote,” and “Yeah, the progressives have taken over the Democratic Party.” …
Joe Biden can say a million times that he’s not Bernie Sanders. But when his priority has been to force through two massive bills full of utopian leftist dreams, and conspicuously failed to pass either, while also embracing every minor woke incursion in American life, he’s just a Bernie Sanders without the conviction or mandate. …
One explanation, perhaps, for Biden’s dense and hard-to-sell legislative juggernauts is that if he’d broken them up and prioritized any single policy, he’d have split his own party. Look what happened when infrastructure passed the Senate first: the left went nuts. In that sense Biden is not so much governing the country as trying to keep the Democrat coalition together, and in the end, achieving neither.
Another aspect of the problem is that so many Dem activists and groups have deeply imbibed the notion that America in 2022 is a “white supremacist” country, designed to suppress non-whites, and that we are now living in a system of de facto “legal fascism,” with a minority “white” party holding the country in its undemocratic grip, perhaps forever.
The Democrats and elite liberals really seem to believe that we are back in the 1960s or 1890s or even 1860s, that we live in a black-vs-white world of good vs evil, and that the choice today is literally, in Biden’s words, between backing Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis. This is as self-righteous as it is ludicrous. It’s MLK envy. It’s an attempt to recreate the moral clarity of the civil rights movement, in a country no one from 1964 would begin to recognize. …
Biden also seems incapable of grappling with the cultural leftism — from critical race theory to the replacement of biological sex with subjective gender — that is increasingly defining the Democrats as a party. He’s just absent, distant, irrelevant on these issues, even as they have shown to be deeply unpopular and deeply divisive. Has he said anything about education and the rights of parents, a burgeoning issue for many suburban voters? Not that I’ve noticed. Meanwhile his party becomes more and more associated with the teachers’ unions, whose refusal to teach children in person for two years is now legendary.
His capitulation to the cultural left — from federal funds for abortion to “equity” across the federal government — is puzzling. I can’t believe that Biden really thinks that deliberate discrimination in favor of some races but not others is an American value, but that is what he is doing everywhere he has authority. I doubt he believes that the United States remains in its essence a slavocracy, whose true origin was 1619 and not 1776, and that this should be taught as fact in high schools across the country. But he will not say a word against the poisonous canard that helped deliver Virginia to the GOP. I doubt he thinks there is no biological difference between men and women — but that’s what his policies on trans issues reflect. Has he ever used the term “Latinx” in private? Again I doubt it, but he mouths that linguistic absurdity in public speeches.
His silence on all these things offers a chance for a future pivot, of course, to remind us that he was once Barack Obama’s vice president, and not merely Ibram Kendi’s tool. But he’s as cowed by these fanatics as the rest of his party. And I doubt he hears a smidgen of criticism of wokeness from his advisers. I mean he appointed Susan Rice to impose it on the entire federal workforce. All he hears, I suspect, is that opponents of wokeness are just racist, transphobic bigots.
Maybe a huge Republican wave this November will force Biden to recalibrate, as happened with Bill Clinton. But Biden, one is increasingly reminded, is a party man, and his party has moved so far to the left in the past five years there is no way he can pull a Sister Souljah moment without splitting the Democrats in two.
Hard to see what they are going to do for the remaining three years of Biden’s regime. A coalition built on envy and hating white males can barely stop fighting with itself, let alone govern.
Joe Biden has been president for a year, and he has sucked beyond all comprehension. He is quite possibly the worst president ever.
Is this going to be a biased, partisan post? Why yes. Because the Democrats elected a corrupt dipshit, who has just gotten more pathetic with age. Biden sucks so bad that he is going to drag their entire political party down, and the mid terms are shaping up to be a bloodbath the likes of which American politics haven’t seen in any of our lifetimes. All that demographic inevitability you’ve been crowing about since Obama? Evaporated.
Democrat congressmen are retiring in droves because they see better polling data than we do, and in the polls the public can see, Biden is the kiss of death. Nobody can deny the stink of failure.
So just own it, and shut the fuck up. Spare us the inane comments about Orange Man Bad. Sure. But Bad Touch Grandpa Worse. …
Biden has accomplished exactly one thing. And that’s demonstrating beyond a shadow of a doubt to all reasonable, thinking Americans that Democrats are total shit at governing. They talk a big game, but it’s all just platitudes, wishful thinking, and magic unicorns farting free shit. Their claimed philosophy is childlike and disintegrates when it touches reality, exposing their actual philosophy, which is draconian control freaks who are compelled to meddle in everything. And the less they understand something, the more they feel the need to fuck with it.
Even with big tech and the media doing everything in their power to cover for Biden’s multitude of failures, it’s so bad that the most technologically advanced propaganda engine in human history simply can’t keep up.
Okay, actually to be fair, Biden has accomplished two things. He’s been so shitty that he’s also forced the media to shoot their wad, and destroy the tiny bit of credibility they had left with the most gullible Americans. Everybody else wrote the media off previously, but even the low information mushy moderates know they’re getting lied to when the media says things are great, but they go to their empty stores to pay outrageous prices for basic essentials.
Remember before the election when people like me were getting “fact checked” and kicked off of social media for talking about The Big Guy’s many scandals, and his crack head son doing some mind bogglingly corrupt and evil shit? Yet now it is admitted that all that stuff did actually happen. Oh media, I sure hope covering for these shitheads was worth burning the last of your credibility, to the point that Joe Rogan is now eating your fucking lunch. …
[Biden’s] cabinet was made up of malignant idiots, so vapid and useless that even while crisis unfolded under their direct responsibility they could take months off for maternity leave, and nobody noticed they were gone.
Since Biden didn’t actually campaign, many voters didn’t get to see just how badly Joe Biden’s brain had turned to mush. But as president he has to talk — though they try to avoid that as much as possible — and suddenly the low information types got to see that the guy they elected can’t even fucking talk in complete sentences anymore, he just rambles incoherently about random bullshit nobody understands. (and when he does put enough nouns and verbs together that you can tell what he’s going off about, usually the story turns out to be imaginary)
And the media is all “he has a stutter.” Uh huh. The fuck he does. …
The White House fucks up everything it touches. They have no wins. Only losses. With one of the narrowest majorities in American history, they tried to cram through one of the biggest, stupidest, pork bills ever. This was just a big stupid Reward Our Friends pay off. Money printer goes BRRRRRR. …
The year goes on. Regular people are getting pissed. The middle is realizing they got snowed. This bullshit is not what they voted for. How does the media try to placate them? I know. Let’s talk about January 6th, Every. Single. Day. Forever.
Because January 6th was worse that Pearl Harbor and the Holocaust combined times a thousand. January 6th was an attempted coup, where the most heavily armed demographic on Earth didn’t bother to bring any firearms. And the only person who got shot was an unarmed woman who got killed by the kind of super cop who leaves his Glock in the toilet. The republic was almost overthrown by a guy in a buffalo hat.
Gee whiz. I can’t imagine why this narrative didn’t stick… to a populace who watched Democrats loot and burn shit for a year across most of the major cities of America. That was the Great National Democrat Temper Tantrum, where destroying the place you live is fine and good, but inconveniencing the place they work is literally the worst thing to ever happen. So we’re gonna defund your police force so that your city can descend into Mad Max Robocop, while we put 30,000 soldiers and razor wire around where congress works.
That went over super well, obviously. Because regular Americans like being constantly reminded that they are garbage and they are meaningless, but our elite liberal betters are important and better than us. By the way, plebe, wear your mask all day and get your mandatory shots or you’ll get fired, while your elite liberal betters go to dance clubs and dinner parties.
Yep. I can’t possibly fathom why this ain’t resonating with the people.
Stakeholder Capitalism is the theory that firms should be accountable to their stakeholders instead of their shareholders. Meaning, instead of serving their owners and being accountable to their owners, they should cater to the desires of the nebulous “society.” …
Centralized vs decentralized:
Humans are incredibly good at solving huge problems in a decentralized way, through organic networks of interworking systems. Conversely, we are absolutely terrible at solving even the simplest societal problems when we centralize power. This is because what makes these sorts of problems difficult in the first place is not due to lack of effort or resources, but lack of knowledge.
Decentralized systems are able to quickly experiment and adapt, independently working to solve the same problem using their own unique skillsets.
Centralized systems are rigid and change very slowly, but can force action. They are like a huge ship that turns very slowly and is tough to get started. But once it’s moving, there’s nothing better at transporting tons of goods. …
An example of a very effective centralized system would be Apple under Steve Jobs (effective, not perfect). Steve Jobs was able to organize the efforts of everyone around him and give them a clear vision of what they were shooting for. Thus, he drove the creation of revolutionary products.
Creating great products is a relatively simple problem when stacked up against societal problems like inequality, ocean acidification, and prejudice.
These are far more difficult and require a far different approach. Using a centralized system powerful enough to attempt these problems is always hugely destructive because it cannot course-correct when it makes mistakes — it just keeps plowing forward until society itself shatters.:
It is far easier to concentrate power than to concentrate knowledge. That is why so much social engineering backfires and why so many despots have led their countries into disasters. … — Thomas Sowell
Companies are the wrong tool for fixing society’s problems:
When a company starts trying to cater to society-at-large, as is prescribed by Stakeholder Capitalism, it is doomed to fail.
Trying to do so perverts the incentives that exist in a shareholder-business relationship. Different stakeholders pull the business in all directions … No longer can the business simply do what the owners want, it must do what all of society wants.
The business will be crucified for its inaction and at the same time punished for its actions. Gone are the days where they simply provided value to their customers. Because their bread supplier might be a bigot, the passersby might be insulted by their branding, and the government might think their business is a health risk. …
Stakeholder … a concept beloved of parasites:
If you buy yourself lunch, does the cook, cashier, and the guy sitting next to you deserve to have a bite? After all, they were stakeholders in the experience….
Now, say instead you buy 25% of that business where you had lunch. Stakeholder Capitalism says that your new business should consider the needs of its suppliers, passersby on the street, its creditors, the government, and the society-at-large.
Suddenly the ant is responsible for the whole anthill. It’s difficult enough for businesses to even provide value to their customers, let alone the rest of society.
This is why a business’s only responsibility is to its shareholders. …
Why capitalism worked:
A business brings profit to shareholders by efficiently providing value to its customers. If the business is not efficient, it wastes money and there is less profit. If the business doesn’t serve its customers, the customers stop patronizing the business and there is less profit.
The incentives are neatly aligned so that the more value a business brings to its customers, and the more efficiently it uses the world’s scarce resources, the more successful and profitable the business will be. …
The merger of corporation and the state, wherein the companies have to please the bureaucrats or they find regulatory hurdles make life difficult:
It has become normal for companies to be politically active in the broadest sense. This is what happens when shareholders seek value outside of profit. Today’s shareholders are increasingly seeking social approval, power, and political favors and they’re using the businesses they own as the vehicle to achieve those desires.
Instead of on-brand activism, we’re seeing a new age where corporations at the highest level merge with the political establishment. …
In this new world, politics is business, and corporations are merged with the government. Private corporations have become public-private partnerships that collude with political actors to do things the government is forbidden from doing.
Stakeholder capitalism is another form of rule by centralized bureaucrats:
To attack the ideas of stakeholder capitalism is really to attack the concept of centralized control over society. …
Centralized control of the economy is born of conceit and not understanding how complex society is. It didn’t work for the Soviet Union, and it won’t work for us:
“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” — Friedrich Hayek
This is the resounding discovery of the 20th century.
The socialists in the Soviet Union and China claimed that their centralized planning would invigorate society and optimally distribute resources to the noblest causes.
They were wrong.
They pursued great (and terrible) works. Organized the labor under a singular cause and made great leaps in some ways. The problem is that each step forward created far greater damage beneath the surface.
The system came crashing down after enough damage and inefficiencies built-up. People eventually gained the courage to stand up to the corruption, usually long after their homeland was permanently damaged. …
Liberty built the world and central planning destroyed it:
Liberty was a radical concept in Europe during the 1500s and early 1600s when monarchic states assumed total control over the peasants. It took countless bloody conflicts to wrestle that power away from the rulers, but it was worth it. …
The elites have never liked liberty. That’s why the serfs were chained to their fields in medieval Europe. Otherwise, they’d rise up. During the lockdowns of 2020, the chains have returned in a new form. …
First, it’s speech, then it’s self-defense, and it only gets worse from there.
The final frontier of authoritarian control is always the economy. Once you can control the flow and distribution of resources, you have near-absolute control over people.
The Bureau of Meteorology has remodelled Australia’s official temperature record for the third time in nine years and found things to be warmer than thermometer readings had measured. …
Independent analysis of the latest changes show they added 0.06C to maximum warming and 0.11C to minimum warming from 1910-19 to 2010-19. …
A series of updates to the ACORN data have added 0.228C mean temperature warming if comparing 1910-19 with 2010-17. …
Again! And the adjustments always make recent global warming look more intense! What are the odds that all the errors in the data lean one way? Just as well we know more about the temperatures in 1910 now than those idiots in 1910.
Researcher and journalist, Chris Gillham, said the impact of adjustments to ACORN versions 1, 2, 2.1 and 2.2 was to cool the past and warm the present. …
Scientist Jennifer Marohasy, an outspoken critic of the bureau’s homogenisation process, said: “I have shown repeatedly, including in peer-reviewed publications, that without scientific justification historical temperatures are dropped down, cooling the past. This has the effect of making the present appear hotter — it is a way of generating more global warming for the same weather.”
Dr Marohasy said the daily maximum and minimum values in the national temperature dataset were different from the actual recorded historical value, often by several degrees, usually cooler.
“The bureau has now remodelled the national temperature dataset three times in just nine years,” Dr Marohasy said.
Raw data just doesn’t have the right ideology, so it is adjusted:
Clearly, the cheapest way to stop global warming would be to sack everyone at the BOM [Bureau of Meteorology]. …
Suddenly the modern contenders for the longest heatwave, warmest night, and hottest summer all got a head-start. …
The Bureau admitted to Lloyd that they changed 25 sites in the latest round, most of them because of statistical revelations … The BOM refuses to tell us exactly how they do this — admitting that they can’t train anyone outside their sacred guild.
Which reminds us of the old axiom, “if it can’t be replicated, it isn’t science”.
Apparently the future of life on Earth depends on their data, but it would take too long to train someone outside BOM to check it.
The bureaucrat’s “science” in action, paid for with your tax dollars.
These are sombre declarations intended to acknowledge that land now used for some event or purpose was once inhabited by indigenous tribes (some acknowledgements add that the land was unjustly taken). …
This convention has been common practice in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada for some time, but has only begun to make an appearance in the US in the last few years. …
At first, I just ignored these performative displays — they are faintly annoying and serve no practical purpose, but they struck me as basically harmless. As their appearances become more persistent, however, I began to worry that they represent affirmation of a specific ideology. …
When I point this out to other faculty, they usually just shrug and say, “Well, I’m not a fan of land acknowledgements, but it’s not a big deal.” This kind of passive acceptance leads to what Nassim Nicholas Taleb calls the “dictatorship of the small minority.” A small but vocal minority cares deeply about an issue, but because others don’t care much either way, the vocal minority ends up imposing its will on everyone else. The more I thought about this, the more it bothered me. …
So he did something about it at his university, which is in Seattle:
In December, I sent a message to our faculty mailing list announcing that I planned to append my own version of the land acknowledgement to the syllabus for my winter course. I included the text I had in mind and made it clear that I wanted feedback because I wasn’t sure it was a good idea. Nobody responded. So, when classes started this week, I posted my syllabus with the following declaration under the heading “Indigenous Land Acknowledgment”:
I acknowledge that by the labor theory of property the Coast Salish people can claim historical ownership of almost none of the land currently occupied by the University of Washington [UW].
I am a Georgist, and according to the Georgist worldview, Native Americans have no special claim to any land, just like the rest of us. …
To the Georgist idea that land is owned in common by all living people, [John] Locke added that by mixing one’s labor with the land, one encloses it from the shared property because people own the products of their labor. If, for example, you make the effort to grow corn on an acre of land, you come to own that acre of land, so long as there is still plenty of land left for others to use.
One can certainly object that the labor theory of property is not applicable here. Scholars disagree about how it may or may not apply to Native Americans. But I have been unable to find much evidence that Native Americans ever made productive use of the 350 acres on which the main campus of the University of Washington now stands. The university archives have a picture of the land in its “wild state,” which had to be cleared of trees — an extremely tedious job — and graded to make it suitable for the construction of buildings. As far as I can tell, it was a dense forest during the years that Native Americans were the primary inhabitants of this region. …
The ruling class goes into action:
The Director of the Allen School contacted me and asked me to remove the land acknowledgment at once. I refused. There followed a negotiation during which I argued that faculty should be treated consistently. …
I told the Director that the UW statement is political, and that if others were going to be allowed to make this statement, then I should be allowed to make my own.
First, the Director had the IT staff remove my syllabus from the university’s website and replace it with a statement that read: “Note: The course syllabus has been temporarily removed due to offensive statements. We apologize for the inconvenience.” A day later, the syllabus was replaced with a version that redacted the land acknowledgment. The Director also emailed my students with a message that began:
Yesterday, it was brought to my attention that the CSE143 syllabus contained an offensive statement under the heading of ‘Indigenous Land Acknowledgment’. I apologize for that. It is extremely important to me and other faculty in the Allen School that CSE 143, and all our classes, be inclusive environments.
As has become usual in the DEI context, that word “inclusive” sounds tolerant even as it is used to enforce conformity. The Director went on to provide three different options for students who wished to file complaints about me. The following day, she informed my students that a new section of the course taught by a different instructor would be made available, and that any students who wanted to switch could do so.
Why does it matter so to the PC mob?
I have been asked by colleagues and friends why I am making such a big deal out of something so trivial. Some of them have concluded that my intransigence is just a stunt and that I’ve been needlessly rude for good measure. But I can ask the same question in reverse. Why is this such a big deal to my critics?
The first official message about all this was copied to two deans and a vice provost, so this has obviously been discussed at a high level within the university. I was told that my land acknowledgment is offensive even though I didn’t insult anyone. I was told that it created a “toxic environment” in my class and the university Twitter account declared itself “horrified.” Toxic? Horrified? Really? And now students are being offered the option of a different instructor. So, who is making a big deal out of this? …
What would happen if everyone took the time to write what they actually believe about land ownership and historical moral responsibility, instead of simply repeating a mantra they have been handed by a DEI bureaucrat? A plethora of opinions would inevitably emerge and the absurdity of these rote declarations would immediately become apparent.
But that is probably a forlorn hope. The university administration’s ballistic response has put everyone else on notice — make trouble for us and we will make plenty of trouble for you. They know as well as Nassim Nicholas Taleb does that the desire for a quiet life is what allows dictatorships of small minorities to prevail.
Only conformists survive in modern institutions, bullied into submission.
One man is easily crushed, like a single tall poppy. But if everyone did it at once…
Great Britain, the Czech Republic, and Israel are backing away from COVID vaccine mandates amid increasing evidence that the leaky vaccines are making the pandemic worse.
It is becoming harder to deny the glaringly obvious facts that COVID infection rates are increasing worldwide in proportion with the rate of vaccination, and that the injections have dreadful adverse side effects which may be contributing to a marked increase in all cause deaths.
In light of growing awareness that the vaccines are failing, it should not be a surprise that Moderna and BioNTech stocks are down 8-10 percent this week, 60 percent since August.
“The hedge funds have finally realized there will be no fourth shot,” quipped Alex Berenson on Substack.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday that the government will discontinue mandatory COVID vaccine passports and masks in England, citing falling infection levels as the reason behind the move. …
Meanwhile in Israel, home of the most aggressive vaccine policies in the world, a top Israeli vaccine advisor is throwing in the towel amid rising infection rates.
The Jewish State recently surpassed two million COVID cases since the pandemic began, and notched a record-breaking 72,120 new cases on Tuesday, according to data published on Wednesday by the Health Ministry. …
Australia is also one of the most heavily vaxxed countries. Hmmm.
Professor Cyrille Cohen, the head of Immunology at Bar Ilan University and a senior vaccine advisor to the Israeli government, … said he and his colleagues were surprised and disappointed that the vaccines did not prevent transmission.
At the end of the day, he said, “the vaccines are not protecting us, are not causing what we call sterilizing immunity.”
Cohen told Sayers that the government made serious mistakes, including the closing of schools which he considered the biggest mistake of the pandemic.
The vaccines have been so very disappointing for everyone — except their manufacturers, who, it now turns out, hid vital data about how dangerous they are.
The United States federal government is apparently in the process of trying to force automakers to install kill switches in their vehicles that authorities can use to shut down any newer vehicle.
The law comes as part of President Biden’s infrastructure bill, which was recently signed into law, according to Yahoo. The government kill switch is — like all good thefts of civil liberties — being positioned as a “safety measure”. The mandate needs to be put into effect by 2026, Muscle Cars & Trucks reported. …
Former Rep. Bob Barr, writing for The Daily Caller, called the measure included in the bill “disturbingly short on details”, but for the fact that the proposed device must “passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired.”
Which, of course, is code for some kind of device that is constantly on and monitoring your vehicle — and will likely have the power to shut down your vehicle anytime it wants.
“This is a privacy disaster in the making, and the fact that the provision made it through the Congress reveals — yet again — how little its members care about the privacy of their constituents,” The Daily Caller wrote.
Who owns your car if the state can kill it anytime?
Our feudal lords are getting pretty uppity, don’t you think?
The Left preaches tolerance but excoriates those who disagree with it. It claims to seek equality or its conveniently and endlessly malleable derivative, equity, but gives preferences unequally to favored groups. It brags that it’s a passionate defender of democracy but works to cancel legitimate votes by making fraudulent voting easier. It arrogates “science” to its partisan causes but rejects the facts of gender, abortion, genetically modified foods, COVID-19, economics, and much else.
The list of hypocritical disparities stretches to somewhere over the rainbow.
But one disparity is perhaps weirder and more glaring than all the others. It is on the issue that obsesses the Left most of all — that of race. White gentry liberals, who run the Democratic Party and lead its militant base, are utterly out of sync with the racial minorities they claim to represent and insist they want to help. …
The Left is in the awkward, not to mention arrogant, position of thinking it knows better than minorities what is good for them. Thus, Democrats push to defund the police in direct opposition to the wishes of African Americans who suffer most from theft and violent crime. The party’s suggestion that racial minority people cannot get and use ID cards just as easily as others is recognized by minorities themselves as what President George W. Bush called the “soft bigotry of low expectations.”
A 2018 study found that liberals’ patronizing attitude toward racial minorities leads them even to dumb down the way they talk to members of racial minority groups, which is something to which conservatives do not stoop. …
That is the way [the Left’s leaders and ideologues] treat all ordinary Americans. But on the issue of race, this knowing-better-than-thou attitude sits particularly uncomfortably, for it smacks strongly of the paternalistic arrogance of colonialism that, in theory at least, the modern Left detests.
The similarities are, however, as evident as the differences between them and late Victorian colonialists. Like those colonial officials, they regard themselves as altruistically governing lesser peoples not as they wish but for their ultimate good. They regard the lumpen populace as “new-caught, sullen peoples, half devil and half child,” as Rudyard Kipling wrote of British colonial subjects in The White Man’s Burden.
Nothing could be more unfashionable today than this 1899 paean to imperialism, and yet it is not difficult to adjust a few details of the poem to capture the arrogance of today’s Left and yet remain faithful to Kipling’s original sentiments.
Does this not ring true of those who currently run Washington, the universities, and most of the national news media?
While competition for authority might, in some contexts, be well worth the value that a member of the elite contributes, this is rarely the case in incumbent political institutions, most of which depend for their survival on restricting intellectual input. Even if incumbent institutions could attract elites initially, elites would eventually abandon them, either to work in institutions less burdened by historical constraints or else in fields that are dominated more by objective rather than subjective measures of skill and accomplishment.
To understand this phenomenon better, it helps to look at a chart of college majors ranked by average IQ.
IQ is also not an all-encompassing measure, but a reasonably predictive, best-for-now heuristic without many alternatives. This chart also provides averages only: There are of course geniuses in early childhood education and dimwits in economics. But some fields, on average, clearly skew toward midwits. …
What really give teeth to this observation are the selection systems that dominate particular fields, explicitly filtering out candidates from both the top and bottom of the IQ scale. Job qualifications typically filter out candidates from the bottom, while restricting opportunities for free, creative, lucrative, and independent work filters out those from the top. …
Using their greater numbers (remember the bell curve), the midwits have joined up to push their common interest: no to meritocracy!
The professional fields that are most politically touchy, and which are also (uncoincidentally) left leaning, fall neatly into the midwit range: journalism (communications), education, social science, business administration and management, and public administration. …
The Soviets went in for this too, and look what it did for them:
The historical analogs for this effect are often referred to as “Lysenkoism,” named after the Soviet biologist Trofim Lysenko. Rejecting well-evidenced genetic findings, Lysenko made absurd, demonstrably false claims about farming …
Lysenko is the standard bearer for pseudoscience driven by confirmation bias. But his false claims were not at all random or founded in ignorance: Each of his lies formed part of a coherent argument for communist assumptions. He denied that genes exist on the basis that believing they do could prove a “barrier to progress.” He dismissed contrary evidence presented by Western scientists as “tools of imperialist oppressors.”
Today’s “science”is increasingly like Lysenkoism, funded by midwit bureaucrats to come up with the findings they approve of:
There is no shortage of this phenomenon in contemporary times. Think of the denial of diversity in human intelligence, of physical differences based on biological sex, of standardized testing as race-neutral, and of the empirical data behind the efficacy of corporate diversity training and measures to combat the “gender pay gap.”
With the benefit of hindsight, it is widely known how Lysenkoism ended: The implementation of his “research” in reality helped facilitate the starvation of tens of millions of people from Ukraine to China through manmade famines. …
Midwits hire other ideologically-aligned midwits, until the institutions are full of them and can no longer function properly:
Recruiting, HR policy, and governance are not just procedures for choosing the best person for the job or promotion; they are means of choosing the person who would most benefit the faction making the choice. In other words, it’s politics all the way down.
With this in mind, midwits and the ideological conformity they favor can spread through incumbent institutions fairly easily even without any organized effort. How? First, incumbent institutions disproportionately select for midwits; second, ideologically conformist midwits select for others of the same ideology, which can be done through hiring decisions, HR law, or employee activism; third, the selection process is amplified further by incentives — because ideological conformity benefits midwits, they change procedures to elevate themselves over their less conformist but more productive colleagues; fourth, the increase in ideological conformity skews selection further toward midwits.
This cycle helps explain why incumbent institutions become stagnant or decline, and eventually become incapable of doing what they were created to do. …
The right hasn’t come to grips with this yet:
Unlike what some prominent conservatives seem to think, this doesn’t really represent “a plan to take over America.” Instead, it’s mostly a case of incentives aligning for midwits to act according to their own emotional and political biases, which also happens to advantage their political benefactors.
This model helps explain how left-wing ideology and incumbent institutions have become almost synonymous, just as Democratic politicians and media figures have become closely associated with ideas like “bureaucracy” and “stagnation.” …
On the Republican side, this theory helps explain why most of their attempts to address institutional disadvantages are failing. It’s actually much easier to reverse the consequences of an organized plan than to reverse an emergent process: Simply remove the leaders from power and wield political force. So far, that’s exactly what Republicans have been trying to do. …
Republicans put both Donald Trump and Glenn Youngkin into office. They’ve passed broad anti-critical race theory (CRT) laws, threatened to break up Big Tech companies, and have even proposed legislation to make it easier. But as Marshall Kosloff put it, “If you broke up Amazon into six different companies, … all six of those companies would also not serve Parler … It’s just the fact that a certain part of the country that is realigning away from their political beliefs has control over these institutions.” Similar arguments can easily be made for other Republican ideas. Even if anti-CRT laws are passed, left-wingers who would have taught it have plenty of other ideologies to choose from, which they can use to educate students the way they want.
So: Are Republican elites just stupid? Well, no. Firstly, elites — whether Democrat or Republican — can easily shelter themselves. Anyone in at least the upper middle class, with an average income around $200,000 per year, can pay for private schools or whatever other pathways lead away from the problems caused by the rise of midwits. …
The incentives and institutions that caused this cycle of institutional decline and failure will continue to self-perpetuate, despite the efforts of third parties and intellectual movements, whether elitist or populist, to take over. This cycle will perpetuate itself because it is driven by an incredibly resistant set of decentralized incentives that incorporate built-in reactions to the most common challenges.
The common mistake of the “anti-woke,” “depolarization,” and “never-Trump” factions is in underestimating the phenomena they claim to oppose.
Institutions overrun by midwits are unreformable, so burn them down. Build replacement institutions, but employ hiring practices that prevent midwit domination — such as not allowing the midwits to choose new personnel. Resist all attempts to weaken meritocracy and competition, such as insisting on color blindness and gender neutrality.
The chairman of the parliamentary inquiry into housing affordability and supply, Jason Falinski, made a stunning revelation this week that about half the cost of a home and land package comprises state and local government charges. …
Those charges are added to the price of dwellings and that means that about half of new home bank lending in Australia is required to pay for local and state government bureaucracies and their taxes. …
Before detailing this tragedy, I need to acknowledge that the Falinski figure comes from the lobbyists, Housing industry Australia, and many people challenge it. Due to the component complexities of the 50 per cent estimate, there will always be controversy. But my check of builders and developers of both apartments and house-land packages indicates that average figures around the 40 to 50 per cent mark are about right. …
First world bureaucratic quagmire:
The charges that are most often quoted are GST and stamp duty, but in many ways they are not the biggest problem. …
State and local governments, particularly those in NSW and Victoria, employ vast armies of bureaucrats to delay approvals by setting complex rules and conflicting jurisdictions. …
The experienced developer/builders know what’s ahead and add the estimated costs on to the dwelling price. Sometimes a developer is lucky and there is a smooth ride. On other occasions, it’s horrendous.
In Victoria, there is a tax on each permit and sometimes, scheming public servants make sure the permit process is repeated two or three times to boost revenue. In extreme cases, delays of up to 10 years can take place. …
The respite from immigration — due to covid — is about to end:
At the moment, migration is at a standstill, few students are arriving and the economy is slowing under Omicron. Yet, the amount of dwellings available for rent has fallen to a historic low. Once migration resumes and students return, we’re going to see big rises in rents because the properties are not there to rent.
Banks and bureaucrats win, house buyers lose. Corruption can’t be far behind.
It’s not as if Australia has a shortage of land (25 million people in a country the size of the USA, Brazil, or China), raw materials, or builders. It’s the bureaucrats.
Thomas Lifson … thinks Harris is stupid. I disagree, although I acknowledge that she’s not the brightest bulb. What I think she is, is scared. Really really scared.
Based on watching her facial expressions, speech patterns, and body language, my gut feeling is that Harris is under so much pressure that she’s cracking somewhat. I don’t mean it’s nervous breakdown time; I just mean major jitters. I think Kamala senses how badly things are going. She knows she has to defend the indefensible and lacks the nimble snarkiness of Jen Psaki, the ability to lie without showing a “tell.”
I believe that Harris suspects — or fears — that, having fulfilled her ambitions and become VP, it’s an example of the Peter Principle and she’s unqualified or at least unready. Her day-to-day existence has become a bit like the actor’s dream or the student anxiety dream come to life, in which everyone is watching you and you’ve forgotten your lines or forgotten to study the subject. …
Stopped making sense
She remains personally ambitious, power-hungry, dedicated to whatever leftist beliefs animate her. But she’s winging it and she knows it. And it’s not turning out anything like she expected.
I know the rumors are that Harris doesn’t even try to read the position papers and briefings her aides give her. Maybe so. But anyone who passed the bar exam has to at least have the ability to study really hard. Has that skill deserted her? Perhaps. But I think part of the problem is that when a person is cramming for an exam, even if a lot is riding on the result in the individual sense, that person isn’t constantly on stage at the same time being scrutinized by the entire world and dealing with huge consequences that affect millions of people. But that’s Kamala’s situation right now, and I believe that she fears she’s flunking the test (cognitive and real-life) and will flunk it even if she crams for it.
And her supposed tutor and mentor and experienced example, Joe Biden? Completely and utterly unhelpful, except as an example of what not to do.
Kamala was selected for her race and gender, and as protection for a feeble boss — sack Biden, and you get Kamala.
GirlPower and GirlBoss she is not. She must be a disappointment to the feminists.
The vaccinators are deranged lunatics, and whatever happens with Corona, we now face a prolonged, multi-year struggle to retain control of our bodies and our bloodstreams. This is what I get from COVID-19: What’s Next?, a World Economic Forum panel discussion featuring Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel.
Like everything produced by the WEF, it’s stultifying, boring and terrifying all at the same time. … The takeaways are simple enough:
—Moderna, just one of multiple pharmaceuticals eager to exploit our new vaccine mania, are expanding their manufacturing capacity to produce as many as 6 billion mRNA vaccine doses per year.
—Moderna will have an Omicron-specific vaccine as early as March, and they won’t be the only ones. The compliant triple jabbed can look forward to having their fully vaccinated status revoked once again.
—Moderna are working in close collaboration with “Dr. Fauci’s team” and with public health experts to develop an annual combined mRNA flu, RSV and Corona vaccine to reduce “compliance issues.”
—The industry more broadly has targeted about 20 pathogens for vaccine development, from Zika to Nipah, with a view towards being able to rapidly deploy mRNA vaccines against future virus threats.
The vaccinators are a great sword of Damocles over our heads. As I type this, they are scouring the earth for the novel pathogens their products require, and they, together with their bureaucratic and academic allies, will do their level best to call into being new pandemic scares and vaccination campaigns whenever possible — perhaps every flu season.