Establishment Media versus PerDiePie: It’s all about Political Control

Establishment Media versus PerDiePie: It’s all about Political Control. By Paul Joseph Watson. If you are interested in the power struggles going in the media …

This is where a lot of political debate is really taking place nowadays. Not in parliaments.

Over the last three decades the left, with their mainstream media dominance, has constructed an alternative world view. It is based on deliberate untruths that support leftist policy aims. Heh, why would they not do it? The left today are postmodernists, who say everything is a construct, that there is no such thing as truth, and that it’s all about power. If they believe that, or at least go around saying it, why wouldn’t they construct their own world view, no matter how false and fantastic? Hence we have a world nowadays where the chief underlying struggle is between politically correct fantasy world and reality.

No wonder the PC mob hate people on the Internet pointing out they are wrong, that their fantasy world does not jibe with reality. Anyone who disagrees with their fantasies is a Nazi, just wrong, wrong, wrong. I sense a train wreck and a hangover in the future of many SJWs.

High School Students Disqualified From Debate After Quoting Ben Shapiro, Jordan Peterson. PC people just cannot stand representatives from the real world, who don’t kowtow to their political fantasies. Got to stop students from paying any attention to realists, got to label them as BAD. If this goes on too long, Western Civilization is in big trouble.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

It’s time to ‘take out’ environment ministers who fail on climate, says Oliver Yates

It’s time to ‘take out’ environment ministers who fail on climate, says Oliver Yates. By Katherine Murphy.

Oliver Yates, the son of a Liberal politician and longtime party member, wants to take on Josh Frydenberg in a seat once held by Robert Menzies to start a people power campaign not only in Australia, but around the world.

The former Macquarie banker, and head of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, who will confirm his intention to run in Kooyong as an independent publicly on Wednesday, says the challenges of climate change are now so serious, so pressing, that citizens need to “take out” their environment ministers when they occupy the portfolio but fail to protect the environment and the climate. …

Frydenberg, Yates contends, has policy views that are out of step with the majority of Kooyong electors, and “had plenty of opportunity to stand up in relation to the environment when he was minister, or even now, as a more influential person, but he’s failed to discharge his duty in relation to environmental responsibility”.

The PC agenda has taken over in opinion-forming and business circles, creating PC people who are nominally “right-wing”. Wealthy people mostly vote left, or at least “PC right”, nowadays.

Another “independent”. Again we see the Labor Party dressed in fake garb to win over Liberal voters. This time it’s a former Liberal who proposes Labor policies to get rid of Frydenberg.

hat-tip Joanne

Stalin and Mao the key as Xi engineers China’s soul

Stalin and Mao the key as Xi engineers China’s soul, by Paul Kelly.

In June 2017 former China correspondent, former Turnbull staffer and then principal international adviser in Prime Minister and Cabinet, John Garnaut, delivered within the department the analysis he had long contemplated — Engineers of the Soul: Ideology in Xi Jinping’s China. …

Now he wanted to describe that ideology. It begins with the recognition communism was grafted on to the classical Chinese dynastic system, and the leaders of the People’s Republic “never really changed the mental wallpaper”.

“Xi Jinping has exercised an unwritten aristocratic claim to power which derives from his father’s proximity to the founder of the red dynasty: Chairman Mao,” Garnaut says. “He is the compromise representative of all the great founding families. This is the starting point for understanding the world view of Xi Jinping and his princeling cohort.

“In the view of China’s princelings, or ‘revolutionary successors’ as they prefer to be known, China is still trapped in the cycle which created and destroyed every dynasty that had gone before. In this tradition, when you lose political power you don’t just lose your job. You lose your wealth, your freedom, probably your life and possibly your entire extended family. You are literally erased from history. Winners take all and losers lose everything.

In the Chinese formulation it is ‘you die, I live’. I must kill pre-emptively in order to live. Xi and his comrades in the red dynasty believe they will go the same way as the Manchus and the Mings the moment they forget.” …

The Chinese communists love Stalin:

“Crucially, Mao split with Khrushchev because Khrushchev split with Stalin and everything he stood for.” …

Garnaut says: “The essence of Maoism and Stalinism is perpetual struggle. This is the antidote to the calcification and putrefaction that has destroyed every dynasty, dictatorship and empire. This is why Xi and his peers believe Maoism and Stalinism is still highly relevant. Not just relevant, but existential. ” …

Garnaut calls his address “the bit we forgot to study”. It was ­designed to bust the notion of China as a normal country. This is how the Western educated mind is trained to think, and it is false. He says if you’re in the business of dealing with China in intelligence, defence, higher education, trade, economics or whatever, then you need to understand the ideology of Lenin-Stalin-Mao and Xi.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

It’s time to blow up the bureaucracy that’s killing America

It’s time to blow up the bureaucracy that’s killing America, by Philip Howard.

For decades now, Americans have slogged through a rising tide of idiocies. Getting a permit to do something useful, say, open a restaurant or fix a bridge, can take years. Small businesses get nicked for noncompliance of rules they didn’t know. Teachers are told not to put an arm around a crying child. Doctors and nurses spend up to half the day filling out forms no one reads. Employers no longer give job references. And, in the land of the First Amendment, political incorrectness can get you fired. …

A bureaucratic mindset has infected American culture. Instead of feeling free to do what we think is right, Americans go through the day looking over our shoulders: “Can I prove that what I’m about to do is legally correct?”

Every Republican administration since Reagan has promised to cut red tape with de-regulation. “Washington is not the solution,” as Reagan put it: “It’s the problem.” But Washington has only gotten bigger during their terms in office. That’s because deregulation is too blunt: Americans want Medicare, clean water, and toys without lead paint. …

Mindless compliance replaced human judgment. A new problem? Write another rule. The steady accretion of rules is why government has become progressively paralytic over the past few decades. …

Back in the old days, of say, JFK or Howard Baker, government fixed problems by giving some official that job, and then holding them accountable. Congress authorized the Interstate Highway System with a 29-page statute, and nine years later, over 21,000 miles had been built. Today, the red tape would probably prevent it from being built at all.

Religious Freedom and the Rule of Judges

Religious Freedom and the Rule of Judges, by Tony Abbott.

It was the intention of the Turnbull government and it’s now the intention of the Morrison government to maintain and protect religious freedom. …

The question, of course, is how is that best done? And obviously, what we shouldn’t be doing … is enshrining a general right to freedom of religion.

Because a general right, unlike specific practical protections, will end up not being what the parliament intends it to be. But it will end up being what judges say it is.

It is in the nature of general rights that they have to be interpreted and, in practice, the law in such cases ends up being what the judges say it is.

You give the judges enough scope and they go from being interpreters of the law to being, in effect, makers of the law. This is a real problem, given that judges are not accountable in the way that lawmakers normally are. Under these circumstances, the rule of law can easily become the rule of judges and we can easily find ourselves living not in a democracy so much as in a judge-ocracy. …

Equality of opportunity and meritocracy is being eclipsed by equality of outcome and group politics:

Dr Gabriel Moens … went on to say that affirmative action “is in danger of becoming a racket: the only real beneficiaries of affirmative action may turn out to be women, and upwardly mobile middle-class women at that, and a man who wants to deal with this issue is treated as a trespasser, he might have ideas incompatible with those of the feminist groups.”

hat-tip Augusto, Stephen Neil

Stossel: Jordan Peterson vs. “Social Justice Warriors”

Stossel: Jordan Peterson vs. “Social Justice Warriors”. Strong stuff.

That idea infuriates leftists. “It should infuriate them,” Peterson tells Stossel. “Because I’m going right at the heart of the radical leftist doctrine.”

That doctrine is social justice, the idea that all groups should have equal outcomes; that there should be just as many female CEOs, scientists, and computer programmers, because men and women are essentially the same. If outcomes differ, it must be sexism.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

MSP Ross Greer brands Churchill ‘mass murderer’

MSP Ross Greer brands Churchill ‘mass murderer’, by the BBC. Greer is a 24 year old Member of the Scottish Parliament.

Green MSP Ross Greer has repeated his controversial claim that Sir Winston Churchill was a “white supremacist” and a “mass murderer.”

He told the BBC’s Politics Live that his view was indisputable and that “history records this”.

The worrying thing is this person has so many years of ‘activism’ ahead of him. It would help perhaps if he spent a few years in the workforce actually doing something.  Not to mention having had a decent education, perhaps.

Armed teens descend on train station where mates were bashed by 30 youths

Armed teens descend on train station where mates were bashed by 30 youths, by Ben Graham.

Weapon-wielding youths yesterday descended on a Melbourne train station with baseball bats looking for another group of young men — who they accused of carrying out a shocking bashing and robbery.

And a furious father has lashed out at police officers — who he claims were helpless to save his teenage son and his mate being bashed and robbed by a group of up to 30 youths as they walked home from the cinema on Sunday night.

Anthony Ferrari took to Facebook to vent, saying his 14-year-old son Xavier had been set upon by the large group — who he describes as being of African appearance — at Wyndham Vale train station.

In the post, he wrote that his son was pushed to the ground and the group then stole his iPhone and necklace before bashing the teenager and his mate.

Mr Ferrari said two Protective Services Officers (PSOs) were nearby, but “just watched”.

How predictable. Has it happened like this, elsewhere in the world perhaps? Our dimwitted ruling class, denying obvious realities and desperately striving not to appear “racist”, has created a major headache for Australia.

Reader Philip:

In the absence of meaningful law enforcement, white gangs will form to fight black gangs. Now that’s diversity.

hat-tip Philip Barton

“We believe we will offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer”: Israeli scientists

“We believe we will offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer”: Israeli scientists. By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman.

A small team of Israeli scientists think they might have found the first complete cure for cancer.

“We believe we will offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer,” said Dan Aridor, of a new treatment being developed by his company, Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. (AEBi), which was founded in 2000 in the ITEK incubator in the Weizmann Science Park. …

“Our cancer cure will be effective from day one, will last a duration of a few weeks and will have no or minimal side-effects at a much lower cost than most other treatments on the market,” Aridor said. “Our solution will be both generic and personal.” …

Most anti-cancer drugs attack a specific target on or in the cancer cell, [CEO Dr. Ilan Morad] explained. Inhibiting the target usually affects a physiological pathway that promotes cancer. Mutations in the targets – or downstream in their physiological pathways – could make the targets not relevant to the cancer nature of the cell, and hence the drug attacking it is rendered ineffective.

In contrast, MuTaTo is using a combination of several cancer-targeting peptides for each cancer cell at the same time, combined with a strong peptide toxin that would kill cancer cells specifically. By using at least three targeting peptides on the same structure with a strong toxin, Morad said, “we made sure that the treatment will not be affected by mutations; cancer cells can mutate in such a way that targeted receptors are dropped by the cancer.”

“The probability of having multiple mutations that would modify all targeted receptors simultaneously decreases dramatically with the number of targets used,” Morad continued. “Instead of attacking receptors one at a time, we attack receptors three at a time – not even cancer can mutate three receptors at the same time.” …

He equated the concept of MuTaTo to the triple drug cocktail that has helped change AIDS from being an automatic death sentence to a chronic – but often manageable – disease. … Now, he said, people with AIDS are HIV carriers, but they are not sick anymore. …

The MuTaTo cancer treatment will eventually be personalized. Each patient will provide a piece of his biopsy to the lab, which would then analyze it to know which receptors are overexpressed. The individual would then be administered exactly the molecule cocktail needed to cure his disease.

However, unlike in the case of AIDS, where patients must take the cocktail throughout their lives, in the case of MuTaTo, the cells would be killed, and the patient could likely stop treatment after only a few weeks.

hat-tip Charles

President Trump is down, but not out

President Trump is down, but not out, by Michael Goodwin.

Battered, bruised and beaten, Donald Trump faces a grim reality. Halfway through his term, his presidency is at low tide.

The polls have cratered and his necessary retreat over using a shutdown to get wall funding had some erstwhile supporters spitting venom at him.

His usual tormentors, meanwhile, are riding high. Nancy Pelosi drew her first blood as speaker, Chuck Schumer kept Senate Dems in line and the anti-Trump media are celebrating the president’s pain. …

Still, Trump is not the first president to put himself behind the eight ball. Sooner or later, they all do.

The challenge now is a clear-eyed acceptance of reality and laser-like focus on the key question: What is my presidency for?

It’s not a metaphysical quiz. The goal is to separate fact from fantasy and see what remains possible in light of the national mood and the 2020 calendar.

What Trump cares about most, and what he should devote the rest of his presidency to, is obvious: fixing the immigration crisis, with border security the essential first step.

In large measure, it is why he ran and why he was elected. It is the heart of America First. …

Because there is nothing he can do to please the half of the country that hates him, he must do everything he can to win back those who were with him until the shutdown dragged on.

The longest in history, it cost him about 10 points in the polls. I believe most of those people can be won back if he stays the course on border ­security while expanding the ­focus beyond the wall and violent crime.

Bitcoin Is Worth Less Than the Cost to Mine It

Bitcoin Is Worth Less Than the Cost to Mine It, by Eric Lam.

The production-weighted cash cost to create one Bitcoin averaged around $4,060 globally in the fourth quarter, according to analysts with JPMorgan Chase & Co.

With Bitcoin itself currently trading below $3,600, that doesn’t look like such a good deal. However, there’s a big spread around the average, meaning that there are clear winners and losers.

Low-cost Chinese miners are able to pay much less — the estimate is around $2,400 per Bitcoin — by leveraging direct power purchasing agreements with electricity generators such as aluminum smelters looking to sell excess power generation …

Electricity tends to be the biggest cost for miners, needed to run the high-powered computer rigs used to process data blocks to earn Bitcoin. … The cost figures exclude equipment. …

With margins negative, it’s expected more high-cost producers will be forced to drop out, the analysts said. That hasn’t happened yet, and production shares of miners based in the Czech Republic, U.S. and Iceland have actually grown slightly over the past year or so, JPMorgan said.

If there is capitulation, the remaining miners may actually see their costs fall as they would win a greater share of Bitcoins for the same amount of energy consumption. If only low-cost Chinese miners remain, the marginal cost could drop to less than $1,260 per Bitcoin, the analysts said.