Strip Bettina Arndt of OAM, says Victorian Attorney-General Jill Hennessy

Strip Bettina Arndt of OAM, says Victorian Attorney-General Jill Hennessy, by Lachlan Moffet Gray.

Victorian Attorney-General Jill Hennessy is attempting to have men’s rights activist Bettina Arndt stripped of her Order of Australia, saying the award “is an insult to victims of sexual abuse”.

An insult and challenge to PC you mean. “Shut up,” explained the feminists.

Ms Arndt received the honour on Australia Day for her service to the community as a social commentator and to gender equality through her advocacy for men’s rights.

On Tuesday Ms Hennessy wrote to Governor-General David Hurley, urging him to cancel Ms Arndt’s award.

Opponents of PC must be stripped of authority, financing, credibility, and access to the media. Obviously Bettina Arndt should not have a medal from the Australian Government. The ostensible reasons are irrelevant. Here’s the real reason:

Ms Arndt has received criticism over many of her views expressed in the public sphere like her “Fake Rape Crisis” tour which argues there is a “manufactured rape crisis” on Australian university campuses or her arguments in defence of convicted pedophiles George Pell and Nicolaas Bester.

Bring it on, ladies, by Betina Arndt.

What a week. It was obvious my Australia Day Honours award would create a stir. Receiving an honour for service to “gender equity through advocacy for men” was destined to get feminist knickers in a twist. But boy, did they lose it big time.

From early morning after my award – a Member of the Order of Australia, or AM – was announced, they were out there, piling on the abuse.

Petitions were started seeking to have the award rescinded and then, amazingly, yesterday the Victorian Attorney-General, Jill Hennessy, announced she had written to the Governor-General asking him to strip me of my honour. Wow, what a mistake that was, turning the whole fracas into a free speech issue which is now attracting huge numbers of people wanting to sign up for my campaigns.

Funnily enough, the ABC, our public broadcaster, didn’t utter one word about my award until Hennessy joined the pile-on and then suddenly invited me on Virginia Trioli’s radio show to discuss it.

But back to the beginning. The very first announcement of the award was greeted by vicious articles from activists, resorting to their usual tricks by digging deep into my 45-year media career to pull quotes out of context presenting me as a total villain and degenerate. …

Despite their best efforts, I was being flooded with a hugely positive response, swamped by emails from people who’d obviously never heard of me before but were delighted to hear someone was standing up for men. …

Then they rolled out a big gun – namely former Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, who became a domestic violence advocate after her son was tragically killed by her estranged ex-husband. Sadly, this once admirable woman is now being employed as a weapon. Sure enough, the media reported Batty was shocked and appalled by my award, claiming my work “pits men against women”. That’s because I quote the official statistics showing at least a third of domestic violence victims are actually male. …

Overall, the whole fracas has been pretty amazing. The feminists have so overplayed their hand, making it painfully obvious that they see me as a force to be reckoned with, a formidable enemy to be silenced at all costs.

What better evidence of the determination of the sisterhood to shut down any debate that challenges their anti-male narrative.

Amen Betina.

Feds Back Off Jailing Michael Flynn After Stunning New Evidence That Gov’t ‘Lied’ and ‘Framed’ Him

Feds Back Off Jailing Michael Flynn After Stunning New Evidence That Gov’t ‘Lied’ and ‘Framed’ Him. By Victoria Taft.

The government lied, “framed,” hid favorable evidence, and showed “contempt for the law at every turn” in their treatment of Michael Flynn, the retired three-star Army general and former Trump White House national security adviser. …

The net result was that federal prosecutors publicly considered, for the first time, that Flynn would get no jail time and instead be put on probation for his previous guilty plea in what we now know was the beginning of the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” operation against the Trump White House. …

The filing included a statement by the retired – and now financially ruined – Army general …:

“In truth, I never lied,” Flynn wrote in a new supplemental motion to withdraw his guilty plea filed Wednesday. “My guilty plea has rankled me throughout this process, and while I allowed myself to succumb to the threats from the government to save my family, I believe I was grossly misled about what really happened.” …

[Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell] averred that Flynn’s first set of lawyers had a “conflict of interest” and worked against Flynn’s interests by having him plead guilty to a charge of lying to FBI, a charge that itself was trumped up by Peter Strzok and another FBI investigator. That second investigator, identified by Powell as Agent Joe Pientka, it turns out, was in charge of the Crossfire Hurricane op against Trump.

Flynn was the first of Trump’s team to be picked off by the left. It seem incredible at the time, but he pleaded guilty. Now we know it was all because of lies by anti-Trump institutions, and because he was being financially ruined by having to hire lawyers to defend himself.

An interesting lesson in how the leftist deep state can deal with opposition — lying and ruining them in its courts.

It’s abuse of power all the way down.

The Cult of Western Shaming

The Fallen Bogeys of Other Countries that are Going to “Bury Us”, by Victor David Hanson.

In the late 1950s, many elites in the United States bought the Soviet Union line that the march of global communism would “bury” the West. Then, as Soviet power eroded in the 1980s, Japan Inc. and its ascendant model of state-sponsored industry became the preferred alternative to Western-style democratic capitalism.

Once Japan’s economy ossified, the new utopia of the 1990s was supposedly the emerging European Union. Americans were supposed to be awed that the Euro gained ground on the dollar. Europe’s borderless democratic socialism and its “soft power” were declared preferable to the reactionary U.S.

By 2015, the EU was a mess, so China was preordained as the inevitable global superpower. American intellectuals pointed to its high-speed rail transportation, solar industries, and gleaming airports, in contrast to the hollowed-out and grubby American heartland.

Now the curtain has been pulled back on the interior rot of the Chinese Communist Party, its gulag-like re-education camps, its systematic mercantile cheating, its Orwellian surveillance apparatus, its serial public health crises, and its primitive hinterland infrastructure.

After the calcification of the Soviet Union, Japan Inc., the EU, and the Chinese superpower, no one quite knows which alternative will next supposedly bury America.

White nationalism? Climate change? The bogeys are mainly used by the left to frighten us into adopting their policies, sending them money, and raising their status.

Locust plague in Africa is much worse than coronavirus

Locust plague in Africa is much worse than coronavirus, by an anonymous contributor.

I can’t find the quote at the moment, but there once was a newspaper editor of, I think the New York Times, who roughly said that for his paper’s news reporting:
one death in New York is worth
… ten deaths in Europe
… or 100 deaths in Asia
… or 1,000 deaths in Africa.

Bear that in mind and it will be less of a surprise to read that there is a locust plague in Africa at the moment which is “the worst in seven decades” and “could get “500 times worse” according to the UN. It’s gone unreported on Australian mainstream news services.

Here’s why it’s on track to be a really big deal:

  • A pestilence in northwestern China in 311 AD that killed 98% of the population locally was due to locusts. There are many more examples like that.
  • Throughout written history, locusts have generally been acknowledged as the biggest insect pest for humans.
  • In one day, they can eat their own body weight, travel over 90 miles, and increase their population ten-fold within a few days. A swarm can consume enough food for tens of millions of people. They will eat other locusts when normal food supplies run low. They are almost unstoppable once swarming and very hard to find when going to ground to lay eggs.
  • Swarms have devastated crops and been a contributory cause of famines and human migrations.

In 2020, great locust swarms still can’t be contained. Last week, the U.N. announced that desert locusts — the most devastating type — descended upon East Africa.

There are a lot of hungry Africans and their numbers are increasing relatively rapidly. In the last century, the population has grown around ten-fold. By the end of this century, it will be a more important area of the world than all of Asia in terms of population. In fact, by 2100, Africans are projected to make up 40 % of the world’s population.

More on locusts in general:

Why the Drudge Report has Gone Anti-Trump and Is Quietly Becoming More PC

Why the Drudge Report has Gone Anti-Trump and Is Quietly Becoming More PC. By Victoria Taft.

Bob Norman writes in [Columbia Journalism Review] that he passed the “Keep Out” signs and snuck onto Drudge’s secreted property near the Florida Everglades to learn the secret of the news mogul’s disaffection. …

The reporter never got an answer from Matt Drudge about why he fell off the Trump bandwagon, though he surmises it might have been due to Trump’s failure to “build the wall.”

He called his interview, such as it was, “tortured” and said:

I told him I was curious about his current thoughts on Trump.

“You and everybody else,” he said.

I noted that he went all in on Trump during the election.

“That was three years ago,” he said.

So what happened? PJMedia reported in December that it appeared the website reportedly had been sold. In August, as Buzzfeed News reported, the business plan and advertising completely switched.

Drudge has deleted all his tweets, despite having half a million followers.

Drudge may have quietly sold the news site, signed a non-compete (or something like it) and a confidentiality agreement, promised to be a good boy and stay out of politics to avoid sullying his former site, and gone into hiding from the outside world while he plans his next conquest.

We don’t know.

What better way for the left to turn the political culture than to buy the leading right-wing political website and quietly subvert it. Many people (including us at WR) noticed last year that suddenly the articles on Drudge stopped supporting Trump and instead were quietly critical. Also, there were no more links to insightful articles critical of the left and PC. Hmmmm.

Nothing quite like a controlled opposition, or a fixed fight.

The Drudge Report has became a bit boring.

The Intellectual and Moral Decline in Academic Research

The Intellectual and Moral Decline in Academic Research, by Edward Archer.

My experiences at four research universities and as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research fellow taught me that the relentless pursuit of taxpayer funding has eliminated curiosity, basic competence, and scientific integrity in many fields.

Yet, more importantly, training in “science” is now tantamount to grant-writing and learning how to obtain funding. Organized skepticism, critical thinking, and methodological rigor, if present at all, are afterthoughts.

Thus, our nation’s institutions no longer perform their role as Eisenhower’s fountainhead of free ideas and discovery. Instead, American universities often produce corrupt, incompetent, or scientifically meaningless research that endangers the public, confounds public policy, and diminishes our nation’s preparedness to meet future challenges. …

One reason non-government organizations lead the battle to improve science is that universities and federal funding agencies lack accountability and often ignore fraud and misconduct. There are numerous examples in which universities refused to hold their faculty accountable until elected officials intervened, and even when found guilty, faculty researchers continued to receive tens of millions of taxpayers’ dollars. Those facts are an open secret: When anonymously surveyed, over 14 percent of researchers report that their colleagues commit fraud and 72 percent report other questionable practices. The problem goes well beyond the known frauds. …

Retractions, misconduct, and harassment are only part of the decline. Incompetence is another. An article in The Economist suggested, “[f]raud is very likely second to incompetence in generating erroneous results.”

The widespread inability of publicly funded researchers to generate valid, reproducible findings is a testament to the failure of universities to properly train scientists and instill intellectual and methodologic rigor. That failure means taxpayers are being misled by results that are non-reproducible or demonstrably false.

A number of critics, including John Ioannidis of Stanford University, contend that academic research is often “conducted for no other reason than to give physicians and researchers qualifications for promotion or tenure.” In other words, taxpayers fund studies that are conducted for non-scientific reasons such as career advancement and “policy-based evidence-making.” …

Policy-Based Evidence-Making

As Eisenhower feared, the pursuit of government grants corrupted our nation’s scholars and money has now become a substitute for intellectual integrity and curiosity.

Research used to be entirely funded by private money, until WWII. Sponsors were vitally interested in the results, which kept everyone more-or-less honest.

With the success of the Manhattan project in WWII, government stepped in to repeat the miracle everywhere. Government took over research funding at universities and special institutes after WWII, and was the dominating (suffocating?) funder by 1970. Since then, technological advance has slowed noticeably, even though ever more people and money is poured into research.

It’s all about the money. Government cannot run a commercial enterprise well, it cannot run banking well (which is why we have private banks manufacturing government money when loans are made), and it cannot run research. The incentives are all wrong.

Coronavirus: Domestic plane in Australia flew with man from Wuhan coming down with coronavirus, some may now be isolated, man hospitalized, four of his companions now sick

Coronavirus: Domestic plane in Australia flew with man from Wuhan coming down with coronavirus, some may now be isolated, man hospitalized, four of his companions now sick. By Charlie Peel.

Up to 200 passengers on a flight from Melbourne to the Gold Coast will be contacted by health authorities and warned they were travelling with a man infected with coronavirus. …

The 44-year-old Chinese man – the first person in Queensland identified with the disease – flew from Wuhan to Melbourne, via Singapore, on January 22. …

The man felt ill when he arrived in Queensland and spent the night in his hotel room where he became “increasingly unwell” before going to hospital in an ambulance about 3.30pm on January 28.

The man and his eight companions are in isolation in the Gold Coast University Hospital. Four of them, including children, are showing signs of illness and have been tested for the virus.

Queensland’s chief health officer Jeanette Young said the department would contact every person on the flight — between 150 and 200 people — to alert them.

Passengers seated within two rows in front of and behind the group will be asked to go into isolation by the health department.

Dr Young said the man was one of seven people confirmed to be afflicted with the virus in Australia.

Death toll rises as virus spreads to every Chinese region, by the BBC.

The death toll of the coronavirus has risen to 170 and with a confirmed case in Tibet, the virus has now spread to every region in mainland China.

Chinese health authorities have said there were 7,711 confirmed cases in the country as of 29 January.

Infections have also spread to at least 16 other countries.

Coronavirus very unlikely to be spread by packages shipped from China, by Becky Kellogg.

Dr. Nancy Messonier, the director of the CDC’s Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said …

“In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures,” Messonnier said.

The virus is spread from person to person when someone else coughs, and the next person inhales those droplets left in the air. And while you may move away when someone sick coughs near you, touching things sick people may have touched is just as crucial.

The takeaway – wash your hands and sanitize commonly used items as much as you can, especially in public places.

As coronavirus spreads, Beijing suburbs close themselves off. By Louis Casiano.

Wary residents on the outskirts of Beijing have taken their own measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus from outsiders by effectively closing off their towns from the rest of the world.

Villagers wearing masks and armbands stand guard and roads are being blocked by anything capable of stopping traffic to prevent anyone from entering Zhuangke, a village in the Hebei province, which borders Beijing.

“If we let in one (infected) person, the whole village would be ruined,” said Chen Shuyi, a member of the village committee. …

The tactics used by the villagers are similar to ones used during the outbreak of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, in 2002-03. The disease originated in China and killed nearly 800 people. The current number of coronavirus cases now surpasses the number of cases of SARS during the outbreak nearly two decades ago, but the current death toll is lower.

Potential for something bad here. Looks like the virus is mostly out of the bag now, so we just have to hope the symptoms are generally mostly harmless. Vaccines won’t come until a couple of months at least.

Is This The Man Behind The Global Coronavirus Pandemic?

Is This The Man Behind The Global Coronavirus Pandemic? By Tyler Durden. This author tends to be alarmist, and this theory has yet to be confirmed (i.e. denied by the proper authorities, and later admitted), but it’s a hell of a story. So, don’t know if this is true, but…

Peng Zhou, Leader of the Bat Virus Infection and Immunization Group, Wuhan Institute of Virology

The real reason behind the viral spread is because a weaponized version of the coronavirus (one which may have originally been obtained from Canada), was released by Wuhan’s Institute of Virology (accidentally or not), a top, level-4 biohazard lab which was studying “the world’s most dangerous pathogens“, perhaps it would be a good idea for the same Wuhan Institute of Virology to remove the following “help wanted” notice, posted on November 18, 2019, according to which the institute is seeking to hire one or two post-doc fellows, who will use “bats to research the molecular mechanism that allows Ebola and SARS-associated coronaviruses to lie dormant for a long time without causing diseases.” …

The full job posting, which can still be found on the Wuhan Institute of Virology website can be found here (and screengrabbed below as it will be gone within a few hours [see original article — the job posting is in Chinese and then Google-translated]). …

To summarize:

  1. One of China’s top virology and immunology experts was and still works at China’s top-rated biohazard lab, the Wuhan Institute of Virology …
  2. Since 2009, Peng has been the leading Chinese scientist researching the immune mechanism of bats carrying and transmitting lethal viruses in the world.
  3. His primary field of study is researching how and why bats can be infected with some of the most nightmarish viruses in the world including Ebola, SARS and Coronavirus, and not get sick.
  4. He was genetically engineering various immune pathways (such as the STING pathway in bats) to make the bats more or less susceptible to infection, in the process potentially creating a highly resistant mutant superbug.
  5. As part of his studies, Peng also researched mutant Coronavirus strains that overcame the natural immunity of some bats; these are “superbug” Coronavirus strains, which are not resistant to any natural immune pathway, and now appear to be out in the wild.
  6. As of mid-November, his lab was actively hiring inexperienced post-docs to help conduct his research into super-Coronaviruses and bat infections.

Hmmmm.

Is Bernie Sanders a Crypto-Communist?

Is Bernie Sanders a Crypto-Communist? By Bryan Caplan.

During the Cold War, numerous communist intellectuals and politicians deliberately concealed their commitment to Marxism-Leninism. Why? To be more successful intellectuals and politicians.

A few crypto-communists even managed to become national leaders. Fidel Castro gained power in 1959, but only announced his communism in 1961. Nelson Mandela presented himself as a reasonable democratic reformer. Yet after his death, the African National Congress openly admittedly that Mandela had been on the politburo of the South African Communist Party for decades. Ho Chi Minh joined the Communist Party in 1920, but in 1945 he loudly posed as a moderate democratic reformer — famously quoting the U.S. Declaration of Independence to charm the West. Juan Negrin, last prime minister of Republican Spain, was also very likely a crypto-communist.

Which brings me to my question: What about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders? Is he a crypto-communist?

Sanders has sent decades worth of frightening signals — praising Soviet bloc regimes, honeymooning in the Soviet Union, and such. Indeed, he’s said and done almost exactly what you would expect a sincere Marxist-Leninist who wanted to be a U.S. Senator would say and do. Note, moreover, that Sanders came of political age during the 60s and 70s, when communism made a big comeback in the U.S. radical left.

True, this hardly proves that he’s a closeted communist. Alternately, Sanders could be a communist dupe, or a even a true believer in “finding the good in the bad.” The upshot: We have to settle for a probability that Sanders is a crypto-communist, all things considered.

Well yes, more or less.

hat-tip Matthew

Take a Look at These Demographic Numbers From Trump’s New Jersey Rally

Take a Look at These Demographic Numbers From Trump’s New Jersey Rally. By Katie Pavlich.

Despite freezing temperatures in the middle of winter, people camped out a day ahead of his remarks in order to make it inside the arena.

Nigel Farage’s Last Speech to the European Parliament

Nigel Farage’s Last Speech to the European Parliament. This is pretty good:

“The British are too big to bully.”

“We love Europe. We just hate the European Union.”

“It is globalism, against populism. And you may loathe populism, but I’ll tell you a funny thing. It’s becoming very popular.”

“No more being bullied.”

Look at that PC twit at the end in the chair. Just sums it all up.

Brexit tomorrow.

CNN Calls Trump Supporters Stupid Illiterate Rednecks

CNN Calls Trump Supporters Stupid Illiterate Rednecks.

That’s not a news network. That’s a prejudice network.

UPDATE: Republican ad follows: “They think you’re a joke.”

UPDATE: While on the topic of how smart voters are, check out these lefties as they struggle with a simple question:

Reality versus political correctness. Ideology is making these people seriously dopey.

The Cloud and the Internet Need Hydrocarbons

The Cloud and the Internet Need Hydrocarbons, by Mark Mills.

Tech companies confront an inconvenient fact: the global cloud uses more energy than is produced by all the planet’s wind and solar farms combined.

One-click shopping and streaming video, and everything else digital, rely on an ecosystem of energy-intensive hardware to mine rare-earth elements, manufacture silicon engines, and light up countless cell towers and warehouse-scale data centers.

This hardware is deeply and deliberately intertwined in global systems overwhelmingly fueled by hydrocarbons — the old-fashioned stuff that provides 85 percent of all energy, with just 3 percent coming from wind and solar. …

These same tech companies, meantime, are preparing for the brave new world of artificial intelligence (AI) by building out an even bigger cloud infrastructure. Global digital-energy consumption, projected to rise at an unprecedented rate, is on track to outstrip the growth in output from all wind and solar installations planned over the next decade. …

Physics dictates energy costs for speed. Global networks already use as much electricity as Italy. Forecasts see 5G at least doubling that usage. … Digital traffic is projected to increase 400 percent in the next five years alone. …

Nothing prevents deep-pocketed tech companies from abandoning public grids to build their own green power plants. That’s not happening because the cloud needs what conventional energy systems provide: reliable and affordable power.

Going back to windmills is not the answer. Hydrocarbons are just a stop-gap until we get fusion power working.

Yale Will Eliminate a Beloved Introductory Art Class for Being Too White, Male, and Western

Yale Will Eliminate a Beloved Introductory Art Class for Being Too White, Male, and Western, by Robby Soave.

Enrollment has swelled for Yale University’s introductory art history course, which covers “the Renaissance to the present.” That’s because the school plans to eliminate the popular class after the spring.

According to The Yale Daily News, the art department has decided that the class might make some students uncomfortable due to the “overwhelming” whiteness, maleness, and straightness of the artists who comprise the Western canon (though that last label may be dubious). Indeed, the focus on Western art is “problematic,” course instructor Tim Barringer told the student newspaper. …

No go. Painted by a white man (Renoir).

It has become more common in recent years for small cabals of students to rebel against liberal arts curricula that they feel are too focused on Western artists, authors, and thinkers. Students at Reed College, for instance, successfully pressured educators to disband an introductory humanities course. In that case, the activists demanded that all European texts be removed and replaced by non-European books as a form of reparations “for Humanities 110’s history of erasing the histories of people of color, especially black people.” …

When a university eliminates an introductory art class because a tiny number of ideologues object to the whiteness and maleness of it all, it feels like they are declining to teach history because some people don’t like what happened.

The West’s outsized influence on the events of the last several centuries may very well be problematic, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t real.