“Men Have Forgotten God” – The Templeton Address

“Men Have Forgotten God” – The Templeton Address. By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

More than half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.

Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our Revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.

What is more, the events of the Russian Revolution can only be understood now, at the end of the century, against the background of what has since occurred in the rest of the world. What emerges here is a process of universal significance. And if I were called upon to identify briefly the principal trait of the entire twentieth century, here too, I would be unable to find anything more precise and pithy than to repeat once again: Men have forgotten God.

The failings of human consciousness, deprived of its divine dimension, have been a determining factor in all the major crimes of this century. The first of these was World War I, and much of our present predicament can be traced back to it. It was a war (the memory of which seems to be fading) when Europe, bursting with health and abundance, fell into a rage of self-mutilation which could not but sap its strength for a century or more, and perhaps forever. The only possible explanation for this war is a mental eclipse among the leaders of Europe due to their lost awareness of a Supreme Power above them. …

By the time of the Revolution, faith had virtually disappeared in Russian educated circles; and amongst the uneducated, its health was threatened.

In its past, Russia did know a time when the social ideal was not fame, or riches, or material success, but a pious way of life. Russia was then steeped in an Orthodox Christianity which remained true to the Church of the first centuries. … Faith was the shaping and unifying force of the nation. …

It was Dostoevsky, once again, who drew from the French Revolution and its seeming hatred of the Church the lesson that “revolution must necessarily begin with atheism.” That is absolutely true. But the world had never before known a godlessness as organized, militarized, and tenaciously malevolent as that practiced by Marxism. Within the philosophical system of Marx and Lenin, and at the heart of their psychology, hatred of God is the principal driving force, more fundamental than all their political and economic pretensions. Militant atheism is not merely incidental or marginal to Communist policy; it is not a side effect, but the central pivot.

Lenin, wokest man ever: listen only to your lizard brain within

The 1920’s in the USSR witnessed an uninterrupted procession of victims and martyrs amongst the Orthodox clergy. … Scores of archbishops and bishops perished. Tens of thousands of priests, monks, and nuns, pressured by the Chekists to renounce the Word of God, were tortured, shot in cellars, sent to camps, exiled to the desolate tundra of the far North, or turned out into the streets in their old age without food or shelter. All these Christian martyrs went unswervingly to their deaths for the faith; instances of apostasy were few and far between. For tens of millions of laymen access to the Church was blocked, and they were forbidden to bring up their children in the Faith: religious parents were wrenched from their children and thrown into prison, while the children were turned from the faith by threats and lies…

It’s happening slowly to the West:

The West has yet to experience a Communist invasion; religion here remains free. But the West’s own historical evolution has been such that today it too is experiencing a drying up of religious consciousness. It too has witnessed racking schisms, bloody religious wars, and rancor, to say nothing of the tide of secularism that, from the late Middle Ages onward, has progressively inundated the West. This gradual sapping of strength from within is a threat to faith that is perhaps even more dangerous than any attempt to assault religion violently from without.

Imperceptibly, through decades of gradual erosion, the meaning of life in the West has ceased to be seen as anything more lofty than the “pursuit of happiness,” a goal that has even been solemnly guaranteed by constitutions. The concepts of good and evil have been ridiculed for several centuries; banished from common use, they have been replaced by political or class considerations of short lived value.

It has become embarrassing to state that evil makes its home in the individual human heart before it enters a political system. Yet it is not considered shameful to make dally concessions to an integral evil. Judging by the continuing landslide of concessions made before the eyes of our very own generation, the West is ineluctably slipping toward the abyss. Western societies are losing more and more of their religious essence as they thoughtlessly yield up their younger generation to atheism. …

Or why should one refrain from burning hatred, whatever its basis — race, class, or ideology? Such hatred is in fact corroding many hearts today. Atheist teachers in the West are bringing up a younger generation in a spirit of hatred of their own society. Amid all the vituperation we forget that the defects of capitalism represent the basic flaws of human nature, allowed unlimited freedom together with the various human rights; we forget that under Communism (and Communism is breathing down the neck of all moderate forms of socialism, which are unstable) the identical flaws run riot in any person with the least degree of authority; while everyone else under that system does indeed attain “equality” — the equality of destitute slaves.

This eager fanning of the flames of hatred is becoming the mark of today’s free world. Indeed, the broader the personal freedoms are, the higher the level of prosperity or even of abundance — the more vehement, paradoxically, does this blind hatred become. The contemporary developed West thus demonstrates by its own example that human salvation can be found neither in the profusion of material goods nor in merely making money.

David, on the training of society’s future leaders:

I spent a good portion of my life with college academics and frankly it has opened my eyes. The greater majority of the academics are mean spirited, petty, ideological, close minded , prejudiced and intolerant and these are their good traits. An atmosphere of learning is simple not the situation, college is an arena for these ideologues to espouse their misguided delusions to college students who listen intently and question nothing. Put simply, if you believe in G-d you are simply naive and dimwitted — that’s the message.


Every society and system and ideology has its flaws, but Marxism is arguably the best benchmark I’ve ever seen for pure evil. The ideology is based at its very core on the sins of envy, sloth, pride, and wrath, and it’s responsible for more universal death and misery than probably any other ideology in human history. That makes it the antithesis of almost everything good, just, virtuous, and moral. When Marxists hate Christianity with such a burning passion, it tells me only one thing: Christianity must be, by and large, more right than wrong.

Many people are extremely resistant to the notion that some of their mind is hidden or resistant to their conscious gaze. Indeed, it is only in the last century that the notion of an unconscious mind has taken hold at all. For such people, the idea of an omnipotent outside God that can magically read their thoughts is much more acceptable.

Humans have a lizard brain, and on top of that a mammal brain, and much more recently a human brain that enables us to live together in large numbers, cooperate, and work together “properly” and unselfishly. The three brains are often in conflict, suggesting different thoughts, impulses and emotions. Which one do you mostly listen to? If you’re a psychopath, you tend to go with the lizard brain — and tend to rise to the top of organizations in today’s world.

Now imagine if you were to try and convince people a few thousand years ago to pay more attention to the human brain and less to the lizard brain. What would you say? What are the characteristics of the lizard brains, and what sort of behaviors are inspired by the human brains? Which direction is our society moving — away from or towards lizard values?

Don’t buy China’s story: The coronavirus may have leaked from a lab

Don’t buy China’s story: The coronavirus may have leaked from a lab, by Stephen Mosher.

At an emergency meeting in Beijing held last Friday, Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke about the need to contain the coronavirus and set up a system to prevent similar epidemics in the future.

A national system to control biosecurity risks must be put in place “to protect the people’s health,” Xi said, because lab safety is a “national security” issue.

Xi didn’t actually admit that the coronavirus now devastating large swathes of China had escaped from one of the country’s bioresearch labs. But the very next day, evidence emerged suggesting that this is exactly what happened, as the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology released a new directive entitled: “Instructions on strengthening biosecurity management in microbiology labs that handle advanced viruses like the novel coronavirus.”

Read that again. It sure sounds like China has a problem keeping dangerous pathogens in test tubes where they belong, doesn’t it? And just how many “microbiology labs” are there in China that handle “advanced viruses like the novel coronavirus”?

It turns out that in all of China there is only one. And this one is located in the Chinese city of Wuhan that just happens to be … the epicenter of the epidemic.

That’s right. China’s only Level 4 microbiology lab that is equipped to handle deadly coronaviruses, called the National Biosafety Laboratory, is part of the Wuhan Institute of Virology. …

Add to this China’s history of similar incidents. Even the deadly SARS virus has escaped — twice — from the Beijing lab where it was — and probably is — being used in experiments. Both “man-made” epidemics were quickly contained, but neither would have happened at all if proper safety precautions had been taken.

And then there is this little-known fact: Some Chinese researchers are in the habit of selling their laboratory animals to street vendors after they have finished experimenting on them.

Instead of properly disposing of infected animals by cremation, as the law requires, they sell them on the side to make a little extra cash. Or, in some cases, a lot of extra cash. One Beijing researcher, now in jail, made a million dollars selling his monkeys and rats on the live animal market, where they eventually wound up in someone’s stomach. …

Misleading excuses:

They first blamed a seafood market not far from the Institute of Virology, even though the first documented cases of Covid-19 … involved people who had never set foot there.

Then they pointed to snakes, bats and even a cute little scaly anteater called a pangolin as the source of the virus.

I don’t buy any of this. It turns out that snakes don’t carry coronaviruses and that bats aren’t sold at a seafood market. Neither are pangolins, for that matter, an endangered species valued for their scales as much as for their meat.

Official footage:

Unoffical footage:

Censorship reaches out from China into the West. A reader notes:

Zerohedge was the first to identify the issue, but was permanently banned by Twitter because of it’s story on this. Millions of mainly traders around the world miss it as it was a world beater in providing very helpful, breaking stories without filters and before mainstream media did, which helped with trading and explaining, regardless of one’s politics.

Coronavirus breaking out in South Korea, Italy, and Iran

Coronavirus breaking out in South Korea, Italy, and Iran, by Tyler Durden.

  • South Korea reported 142 new cases, up 70% in one day, to 346; The country also reported its second death. …
  • Italy reports 1st virus death, 15 additional cases, 10 cities on lockdown …
  • Iran confirms 9 more cases as virus reaches Tehran …
  • China pledges to build 19 new hospitals in Wuhan …
  • Local authorities in China warn people will be punished for not returning to work if ordered …

China’s data is now meaningless. Besides, President XI declared that the fight against coronavirus is war, and therefore the state propaganda must show victory. All Chinese statistics will be bent to that end. Instead, watch China’s industrial production, how much container traffic is leaving China, etc.

Earlier today, when describing the ludicrous lengths to which China has gone to mask the severity of the Coronavirus pandemic, after five definition changes of what a Coronavirus infection means, and which saw another major jump in the last two days’ cases after Hubei admitted it hadn’t tracked the recently unveiled prison cases, we said that there was a certain irony to China’s data massaging, namely that the more China manipulates the data, the less anyone will believe a positive outcome for the epidemic as a result of lower cases and will instead claim that this is just the result of Chinese propaganda …

Outside of China, we are seeing an exponential rise in cases:

h/t @jodigraphics15

In South Korea, the virus appeared to have escaped beyond the mega-church into the wider community:

The world’s attention has shifted to what has emerged as the second coronavirus hotspot, South Korea, where the number of cases is certainly not doctored, pardon the bad pun, and where there is a truly exponential increase in new cases, which are now doubling with every passing day in a terrible, if accurate, representation of what indeed happens when there is a viral epidemic.


Italy’s Corriere has just reported the first death from Covid-19 – a 77 year old man in Padua, Veneto region.

Authorities in northern Italy on Friday ordered the closure of schools, bars and other public spaces in 10 towns following a flurry of new coronavirus cases.

After 5 doctors and 10 other people tested positive for the virus in Lombardy, IBTimes reports that over 50,000 people have been asked to stay at home while all public activities such as carnival celebrations, church masses and sporting events have been banned for up to a week. …


The Washington Post reported last night that the CDC opposed the State Department’s decision to bring the 14 Americans confirmed to have been infected with the virus aboard the ‘Diamond Princess’ back to the US with the other ~300 evacuees — thereby breaking the quarantine and risking a broader outbreak, and exposing many of the passengers on the flight who hadn’t been infected to the virus.

The CDC was so mad, it reportedly asked for its name to be removed from a press release about the evacuation. …

So far, it’s looking like that’s exactly what’s happening: As we noted earlier, 11 of 13 people quarantined in Nebraska have now tested positive. …


Earlier, WHO Director General Dr. Tedros warned that the “window is narrowing” to suppress the virus before it’s too late. That’s in contrast to the language he used during the press conference late last month where the organization finally declared the virus a global pandemic. At the time, he assured the public that the number of cases was still small. “Even now there’s a window of opportunity,” he said.” …


Epoch Times’ Jennifer Zeng is reporting that in parts of China, the government has signaled to workers that they will be “punished” if they don’t report back to work.

And for everyone who gets infected, don’t expect your employer to deal with it, Zeng adds. “if you get infected, it is not a work-related injury. You are on your own.” …

And in order to prevent a repeat of what happened last time (when millions just simply didn’t show up), it’s upping the ante for citizens who don’t abide by the state’s command.

Lion of the Blogosphere on a “US media blackout”:

Major things happening with the coronavirus pandemic today (yes, today it’s time to call it a pandemic). South Korea, Italy, Iran. But near-total yawn from America fakestream media. At CNN.com, the only front-page article I see about the virus says “What’s spreading faster than coronavirus in the US? Racist attacks against Asians.” At this point, I can almost guarantee that if people in the U.S. were actually being tested, we’d find out that the virus is spreading faster than racism. And no, it’s not racist to avoid Chinese restaurants. Who’s more likely to have come back from China with the virus? The Chinese guy preparing the food at a Chinese restaurant? Or the Mexican guy preparing the food at the Olive Garden? …

ccording to commenter GrassMudHorse, at 4:01 PM, exactly a minute after the U.S. stock market trading closed for the weekend, the New York Times suddenly put up a lead article on the home page “Coronavirus Cases in U.S., Iran and South Korea Raise Fear of Global Spread.” Did they time that to prevent a stock market crash? To give people in the know time to get out?

“Everything’s fine, carry on.” Umm, maybe not.

There’s no question of our biological sex

There’s no question of our biological sex, by Colin Wright and Emma Hilton. Colin Wright is an evolutionary biologist at Penn State University; Emma Hilton is a developmental biologist at the University of Manchester.

“The idea of two sexes is simplistic,” an article in the scientific journal Nature declared in 2015. “Biologists now think there is a wider spectrum than that.”

A 2018 Scientific American piece asserted that “biologists now think there is a larger spectrum than just binary female and male”.

And an October 2018 The New York Times headline promised to explain “Why Sex Is Not Binary”.

The argument is that because some people are intersex — they have developmental conditions resulting in ambiguous sex characteristics — the categories male and female exist on a spectrum, and are therefore no more than social constructs. If male and female are merely arbitrary groupings, it follows that everyone, regardless of genetics or anatomy should be free to choose to identify as male or female, or to reject sex entirely in favour of a new bespoke “gender identity”.

To characterise this line of reasoning as having no basis in real­ity would be an egregious understatement. It is false at every conceivable scale of resolution.

Sex is digital, not analogue:

In humans, as in most animals or plants, an organism’s biological sex corresponds to one of two distinct types of reproductive anatomy that develop for the production of small or large sex cells — sperm and eggs, respectively — and associated biological functions in sexual reproduction. In humans, reproductive anatomy is unambiguously male or female at birth more than 99.98 per cent of the time.

The evolutionary function of these two anatomies is to aid in reproduction via the fusion of sperm and ova. No third type of sex cell exists in humans, and therefore there is no sex spectrum or additional sexes beyond male and female. Sex is binary.

There is a difference, however, between the statements that there are only two sexes (true) and that everyone can be neatly categorised as male or female (false). The existence of only two sexes does not mean sex is never ambiguous. But intersex individuals are extremely rare, and they are neither a third sex nor proof that sex is a spectrum or a social construct. …

The time for politeness on this issue has passed. Biologists and medical professionals need to stand up for the empirical reality of biological sex. When authoritative scientific institutions ignore or deny empirical fact in the name of social accommodation, it is an egregious betrayal to the scientific community they represent. It undermines public trust in science, and it is dangerously harmful to those most vulnerable.

Yet another case of reality versus politically correct fantasy. This fantasy seems to be most harmful to kids in puberty, some of whom make irreversible changes that render them unable to have children — all on a PC fad. The big winners are the sexual revolutionaries, who seem to be grooming kids on an industrial scale.

Why Is Boris Johnson Allowing Eco-Fascists to Run Riot in Britain?

Why Is Boris Johnson Allowing Eco-Fascists to Run Riot in Britain? By James Delingpole.

Extinction Rebellion vandals are digging up the lawns outside Cambridge’s grandest college Trinity and have blocked one of the roundabouts near the city centre.

Why aren’t the police arresting them? Why should taxpayers have to pay for the damage done? And what does this say about the future of Britain under a green tyranny where hardcore environmental activists and the Boris Johnson administration appear to have formed an alliance in opposition to the British people?

Here are the scenes in Cambridge today, dodgy anarchists wearing the fashionable Extinction Rebellion hat, digging up Cambridge’s manicured lawns under the rainbow flag.

The same lot are closing down one of the main roads in Cambridge:

Shockingly, almost unbelievably, instead of clearing away Extinction Rebellion’s makeshift roadblock, the local police have actually chosen to formalise the protest by using their own ’emergency police powers’ to close roads officially.

Buses have been diverted. ‘Pedestrians and cyclists will not be affected’, the Cambridge Police Twitter account tells us primly and with, perhaps, a hint of relish at being able to participate in this orgy of environmental virtue-signalling. …

New social realities?

Never mind that Extinction Rebellion causes more economic damage to Britain than all its more violent terrorist equivalents put together — policing it in London alone cost more than £37 million last year, more than twice the budget for its Violent Crime Taskforce: we are effectively being asked to accept that because Extinction Rebellion hasn’t tried to kill anyone and because a few upper-middle-class airheads and brainwashed government ministers think their aims are kind of fluffy and cute, they can, therefore, close down the public highway and dig up ancient lawns and generally make a nuisance of themselves at their leisure.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself — always and ever keener to be liked more than he is to take a moral stand on any issue – has helped sow the seeds of future ruin by failing to confront Extinction Rebellion. Instead, he has given them carte blanche with idiot declarations like the one he made last year when he said:

“I deplore their tactics but I basically think that they are right to rebel against the extinctions that are taking place.”

First, what extinctions is he talking about? There have been none recently — certainly none ever caused by ‘climate change’.

Second, what kind of message does it send out to these extremists to tell them that essentially the moral justice of their cause has the endorsement of the Prime Minister?

Future of MeToo rests on Harvey Weinstein court verdict

Future of MeToo rests on Harvey Weinstein court verdict, by Miranda Devine.

For a man who once hobnobbed with the Clintons, is now a pariah in his hometown and facing life in prison for predatory sexual assault, rape and a criminal sexual act, Weinstein seemed unusually relaxed as the trial wore on.

Now comes the reckoning. On Wednesday, (Tuesday in New York), the jury goes out to consider its verdict.

The six-week trial has provided ample evidence that Weinstein is a grotesque pig lacking empathy for the many women he preyed upon, but it’s probably not enough to prove he should be convicted as a rapist. Prepare for an acquittal or a hung jury, because anyone who has heard the evidence thinks the prosecution has struggled to prove its case.

If Weinstein does walk, it will be a tragedy for his accusers, who at the very least were degraded by their association with him and have suffered in brutal courtroom cross examination.

But it will be a well overdue check on the power of the MeToo movement which was spawned by the Weinstein case, and which demands his guilt.

What started as a reasonable comeuppance for a powerful movie mogul who preyed on aspiring actors went too far when it mutated into a toxic feminist movement designed to demonise all men.

MeToo has become a tyranny of its own, a crusade to overturn a mythical patriarchy in which women have no agency or power.

It’s easy to condemn Weinstein, with his grotesque appearance, brutish behaviour and gross self-pity. But “in a criminal trial, proof matters,” Weinstein’s defence lawyer Donna Rotunna told the jury. “This is not a popularity contest.” …

This is “rape”? This is the prosecutions most persuasive case? Get outta here…

At least 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual predation and six have testified in this trial, but, in the end, this jury was told only to consider the accusations of two.

Jessica Mann, now 34, an aspiring actor from a dairy farm in Washington state, met Weinstein at a Hollywood party when she was 25 and testified that he raped her in 2013 in a Manhattan hotel.

Yet she continued a relationship with him for years afterwards, during which time she had consensual sex with him, attended Oscars parties as his guest and sent him hundreds of affectionate messages, some of which Rotunno read aloud to the court.

In the weeks after the alleged rape, Mann emailed Weinstein to thank him for arranging an audition for a vampire movie: “I appreciate all you do for me, it shows”.

“Miss you big guy,” she wrote six months later. …

And four years later, she wrote, “I love you, I always do. But I hate feeling like a booty call. ;)”

Rotunno read out another message in which Mann wrote she was “blowing a super-rich Hollywood producer”.

“This is not the way you would characterise your relationship with your rapist,” said Rotunno.

“She made a choice that she wanted the life that he could potentially provide for her”. …

Feminist power grab:

The prosecution case … relies on the “Believe all women” slogan at the centre of MeToo, which only disrupts healthy heterosexual interactions and places every man under suspicion of rape.

As Rotunna said in an interview before the trial, “Regret sex is not rape.”

Summing up the defence on Thursday, she described the prosecution case as an alternate universe in which, “women are not responsible for the parties they attend, the men they flirt with, the hotel room invitations, the plane tickets they expect, the jobs they hope to obtain”.

It is no favour to women to pretend they are not responsible for their own choices, including entering into a sexual relationship with a powerful older man who can do them favours in a competitive industry.

To equate those choices with rape is an obscene disservice to genuine victims.

Behaving badly, as Weinstein undoubtedly did, is not a crime — or at least it wasn’t in the traditional word that our civilization grew up on. But maybe in the brave new lefty world we appear to be entering, it will be. We await the trial outcome with interest.

The Decadent Society—A Review

The Decadent Society—A Review, by Ben Sixsmith.

Ross Douthat … has long been an outpost of conservatism at the New York Times. The Grey Lady specialises in bland liberal conservatives like David Brooks, Bill Kristol and Bret Stephens but Douthat is both more traditional and more incisive. A social conservative, he also has too much mischief and curiosity about him to succumb to the stuffiness of the stereotype. …

Douthat argues that Western societies have grown fat on materialism but have withered in spirit. Some of his targets, like porn and drugs, are predictable bugbears of traditional conservatism. But Douthat avoids crankier right-wing arguments — such as that Pornhub and pot smoking turn nice young men into killers — in favour of the Huxleyesque thesis that such pleasures offer soporific escapism from loneliness and despair in atomised societies.

Douthat is not just concerned with so-called “moral” issues. The first section of the book, though heavily reliant on Tyler Cowen’s The Great Stagnation, elegantly argues that technological innovation has become less revolutionary. Someone who travelled from 1940 to 1980 would be awestruck, for better and for worse, by the scale of technological change. Someone who travelled from 1980 to 2020 would be impressed by the Internet and the smartphone but would find, in general, smaller, faster and more powerful variations on technology that they already had. Perhaps this is no bad thing — who wants superintelligent AI, after all? — but the progress that we have enjoyed has made us terribly reliant on continual advances to close the “ingenuity gap” between our abilities and the problems they have raised. …

As Douthat argues, decadence has victims whose suffering is less obvious. The isolated victims of family breakdown and the hopeless addicts of the opioid crisis are generally out of sight but no less real because of it. I would add the livestock being tortured to sustain our appetite for cheap animal products, the millions of fetuses created and killed to sustain sexual choice, and the Congolese men and women who were massacred as Westerners enjoyed their mineral products. …

Douthat is rightly dismissive of the idea that Trump and Brexit represented a radical populist break from the status quo. Correctly qualifying his judgement with the observation that Trump could change everything, and for the worse, with ill-considered wars, he nonetheless argues that his presidency has featured virtual radicalism and actual weakness and sclerosis. …

Douthat writes that he would be “a poor Christian if [he] did not conclude by noting that no civilization — not ours, not any — has thrived without a confidence that there is more to the human story than just the material world as we understand it.” I see Douthat’s problem. He does not want his non-Catholic readers to be turned off by excessive religiosity, still less to think he is rationalising faith-based prejudice. All of his diagnostic arguments are scrupulously secular, and his argument for renewed faith ends with the slightly underwhelming claim that it “shouldn’t surprise anyone if decadence ends with people looking heavenwards.”

Frankly, as much as I enjoyed and agreed with most of The Decadent Society, I would have welcomed hotter, fiercer religiosity. One assumes that as one of the West’s more prominent Catholics Douthat thinks religious revival, however improbable, would be the answer to alienation and sterility, so he should have made that case. I might not have agreed, and others might have been outraged or disdainful, but it would have made the book more challenging and invigorating. After all, features of Western societies that non-religious people may find sad or dangerous, like reductive materialism, family breakdown and abortion, seem dramatically worse from a Catholic perspective, so philosophical neutrality is futile.

Steve Scalise Wins Tweet of the Year

Steve Scalise Wins Tweet of the Year. By Steven Hayward.

Yes, it seems Ellison completely forgot about Bernie Bro James Hodgkinson, who … has been airbrushed from history.

I wonder if Ellison will have the good sense to delete this Tweet.

Pop quiz: who is James T. Hodgkinson?  By Roger Kimball.

Can you say without Google’s help? Stumped?

He was the fellow who, in 2017, went to a congressional Republican baseball practice and shot five people, including Steve Scalise, a congressman from Louisiana, who nearly died. You don’t hear much about Jimbo because he was an avid Bernie Bro and Trump-hater. Doesn’t fit the narrative, you see, so (if I may invoke Lewis Carroll again) he has been transformed into a Cheshire cat creature, disappearing bit by bit from the public record.

James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History. By Jim Treacher.

We’ve been hearing a lot about “right-wing violence” lately. If we’re to believe our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters, there’s a Klansman on every street corner and a Nazi under every bed. …

But what happens when an act of violence is irrefutably motivated by left-wing ideology? What happens if, for example, a Bernie Bro named James T. Hodgkinson shoots at a bunch of congressmen for the explicit reason that he hates Republicans and wants them dead? How do we fit that into the preferred narrative?

We can’t. There’s no way. So we just leave it out entirely. …

I’m glad Rep. Scalise is on the mend. But as I read that WSJ story, I can’t help but notice there’s no mention whatsoever of who shot him, or why. He’s recovering after “being shot.” Passive voice. A gun went off and a bullet hit him. No other details.

Who was the shooter? What was the motive? Did it just happen on its own, somehow? Is this normally how the WSJ reports on politicians who’ve been shot?

If James T. Hodgkinson had been a Trump supporter who shot and almost killed a Democratic congressman for political reasons, he’d be the most infamous man in America. But now, just two months after his attempt to murder a group of Republican lawmakers, he’s not even worth mentioning.

FBI: Scalise’s Shooter had Kill List in His Pocket During Attack, by Trey Sanchez.

As James Hodgkinson aimed his rifle at a baseball field full of Republican congressmen, he had a kill list in his pocket, the FBI has disclosed, and that list contained Republican names only.

Europe’s anti-science plague descends on Africa

Europe’s anti-science plague descends on Africa, by James Njoroge.

European activists are putting lives at risk in East Africa, turning a plague of insects into a real prospect of widespread famine. The fast-breeding desert locust has invaded Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, creating a state of emergency. The pests recently landed in Djibouti, Eritrea, Oman and Yemen. Swarms have also struck Tanzania and Uganda. They won’t stop on their own. According to the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO), “this is the worst situation in 25 years.

Twenty-five million people have been left hungry, by Oxfam’s estimate. Yet, instead of rallying around African nations in this time of great peril, more EU-funded NGOs have descended on the Kenyan parliament to demand that the government disarm itself in the battle against locusts. They want the Kenyan government to outlaw the pesticides used to fight locusts, the only effective tool that can stop these insects, and prevent the crisis from spiraling out of control.

According to experts, a pesticide like fenitrothion will play a key role in eliminating locusts in Kenya and other African countries. Properly applied, it can thwart the desert locust swarms. But Kenya lacks the supplies it desperately needs. …

More planes are needed for spraying. Currently, there are only five planes being used to spray the available insecticides. …

Desperation in affected communities is real and more needs to be done. “We have resigned ourselves to crude methods, like shouting, burning tires, and blowing whistles, to chase away the insects,” Says Muthuri Murungi, a resident of Meru town in Eastern Kenya. …

If they didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all:

In effect, these Europeans want Africa to give up the idea of ever becoming an advanced world economy, or ever even reaching true food security. The “agro-ecology” fad embraced by European elites in international organizations — including some in FAO — extols “peasant farming” and the “right to subsistence agriculture,” as if that were some kind of ideal, while denying Africans the modern technologies used in countries like the United States and Brazil. …

Europe has been paralyzed by faddish, fact-free claims of activist NGOs pushing political agendas. It needs to wake up and see what happens when these anti-scientific doctrines descend on the African continent. The natural, organic world without pesticides or GMOs that they are promoting has arrived in Africa. It is a cloud of destruction.

Woke is positively dangerous.

Persecutorial Progressivism

Persecutorial Progressivism, by Rod Dreher.

One of [Moldbug’s] neoreactionary concepts that I think is completely, irrefutable true is his idea of the Cathedral. That’s the term he uses for the network of institutions — universities, media, corporations, and others — that informally regulate what we can and cannot talk about.

The term “cathedral” is brilliant, because it does two things: it frames the views of the progressive-egalitarian establishment as a pseudo-religion, and it signals that religion’s authority (a cathedral is the bishop’s church). It might sound like conspiracy theory to you, but it’s not. Moldbug has pointed out that it’s not organized. It’s a self-defined and self-regulating system through which elites form society to their ends. …

Here is [… an] example of the Cathedral in action. A Soviet-born US academic, one of the sources of my forthcoming book, writes this morning to say:

Yesterday I spoke with my sister. She’s not in academia. She’s an entrepreneur, a hot-shot business woman, very successful. She called me to rant about how this woke rot is conquering the world of business. It’s now becoming pretty much obligatory to list your pronouns in business correspondence, and she says it’s getting to the place where you will become a pariah in business circles if you don’t. She routinely speaks to people like herself, owners of multi-million dollar businesses, CEOs of successful companies who confess to her in private that they routinely self-censor and are terrified of linking to any story on their LinkedIn profiles that isn’t completely woke. …

Moldbug’s “Cathedral” concept illuminates the nature of progressivism, and progressive systems, in our liberal democratic society. It helps us to see that it really does operate like a religion: believing it possesses ultimate truths, has the authority to separate humanity into sheep and goats, and believes the true faith must be guarded and imposed by an enlightened clerical elite (professors, journalists, woke capitalists) who work within structures and institutions.

Zealots of the new religion

It is impossible to argue that political conservatives can be counted on to fight the Cathedral. They are more interested in political power, but fail to understand that the more important power is cultural. This is why despite Republican presidencies, and Republican control of Congress, society keeps moving left. Even when they have to stand in the back or along the sides of the nave, the Republicans are in the Cathedral.

Trump is not really a threat to the Cathedral, because he’s a barbarian who just wandered into it, and doesn’t have the brains or the discipline to give it a good sacking. A smart, disciplined leader like Viktor Orban is much more of a threat to the Cathedral. The Tories, by disciplining their MP who spoke at the national conservatism conference, reaffirmed their bona fides as paid-up members of the Cathedral.

The point I’m getting to in this long ramble is this: as long as the Cathedral holds power, there will be no stopping the leftward movement of the culture, and the gutting of tradition, especially religious tradition, and of traditional liberties. …

Intolerance is becoming complete:

In the Cathedral’s religion, dissent from wokeness is heresy, and a form of violence. Progressive society is a persecuting society! Talk to conservatives who have to live and work within colleges and universities that have refashioned themselves as Cathedral seminaries.

I see no way around that conclusion. The Left has abandoned liberalism, and is becoming quite illiberal. The liberal Right — Republicans, normie conservatives, conservative churches, et alia — does little or nothing to fight it, or at least is not effective in fighting it (though they’re sure effective in fundraising off the fight). The National Conservative conference brought together small-d democrats of the Right who want to fight it within the bounds of liberal democracy — and the Tories horsewhipped their own heretic who showed up to speak there.

Following on from the world’s wokest guy, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin tolerated no dissent from full-on lefitism

Which brings us back to where we started. People of the Right are faced with the systematic repression of the things they care about, and of themselves, by a pseudo-religious system that treats them as heretics who deserve persecution. There is increasingly no place for religious or cultural conservatives within the Cathedral. This is what I mean by an emerging “soft totalitarianism” — if you don’t bend the knee to whatever the progressives have come up with five minutes ago, you will be exiled. We are well on our way to a persecuting society run by the Left. I firmly believe that. …

The established Right is either about negotiating the terms of our surrender, or, in Trump’s case, 90 percent about performative bluster, without much effective follow-through.

The new politically-correct person is deeply and passionately attached to various fantasies, and is liable to cry or shout if someone — no matter how gently or indirectly — points out that reality is different.

It’s as if they think they can actually control reality by controlling how people talk!

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Bloomberg Posts Funny Video, Breaks the Internet

Bloomberg Posts Funny Video, Breaks the Internet, by Stephen Green.

POLITICO’s Mark Caputo felt it necessary to spend a good chunk of his morning dissecting Bloomberg’s “deceptively edited video.” …

Bloomberg’s campaign did not do anything deceptive in order “to be more dramatic.” They cut most of the sound and added in a bunch of B-roll footage of the other candidates, some of it comically sped up or put in reverse, in order to be more funny. And it worked. Yet Caputo insists in a follow-up tweet — yes, he did a whole thread on this silliness — that “Bloomberg actually inserts video that never happened & that’s not clear to viewers.”

Well, sure, if viewers are idiots who think that a half-dozen politicians are going to go silent for 22 seconds of valuable gas-bagging time during a presidential debate, and that the moderators and the audience and the local cricket-American community would play right along.

Bloomberg under siege at chaotic debate debut

Bloomberg under siege at chaotic debate debut, by Gregg Re.

Elizabeth Warren shamed Mike Bloomberg for allegedly calling women “fat broads.”

Amy Klobuchar asked Pete Buttigieg if he was calling her “dumb.”

Bloomberg shut down Bernie Sanders by quipping that “the best-known socialist in the country happens to be a millionaire with three houses.”

The Democrats’ showdown Wednesday night in Las Vegas repeatedly put Bloomberg in his primary rivals’ crosshairs as the surging billionaire made his debate-stage debut. But the conflagration quickly expanded into an all-out melee and easily the most aggressive debate of the nomination season to date, as each of the candidates took sharp and often personal shots at one another.

The fight started out white-hot when, in her first turn at the microphone, Warren asserted that she would support whoever wins the nomination, but warned that Democrats “take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another.”

She said the field is running against somebody “who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians — and no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.” …

Sanders, meanwhile, warned that Bloomberg couldn’t be elected because he wouldn’t be able to assemble a diverse coalition of voters.

He also called it “immoral” that Bloomberg had vast wealth while homelessness remained a problem. A debate moderator then asked a pointed question: “Mayor Bloomberg, should you exist?” …

Separately, Warren unexpectedly took aim at Klobuchar, who bested Warren in the New Hampshire primary. Her health care plan, Warren mocked, was “like a Post-It note: ‘Insert plan here.'” The broadside prompted a stunned reaction in the debate hall.

“I must say I take personal offense, since Post-It notes were invented in my state,” Klobuchar said in response, to laughter. …

Klobuchar also took heat for a recent interview, in which she was unable to name the president of Mexico. Buttigieg highlighting the vulnerability, noting that Klobuchar serves on several Senate committees that relate to Mexico.

“Are you trying to say I’m dumb?” Klobuchar responded, saying it was a temporary lapse in memory and nothing more. “I made an error. Sometimes people forget names.” …

“I wish everyone was as perfect as you, Pete,” Klobuchar said, clearly frustrated. “You’ve memorized a bunch of talking points.”

Donald smiles.

Democratic Candidates Clash Over Most Effective Plan To Destroy Economy

Democratic Candidates Clash Over Most Effective Plan To Destroy Economy, by the Babylon Bee.

In this week’s Democratic debate, a wide gap emerged between the candidates as they laid out their competing visions to cripple the country’s economy.

In a crowded field, the Democratic candidates are scrambling to set themselves apart as the one with the most effective plan to crush our economic growth. …

The runaway winner from the night appeared to be Bernie Sanders, who seemed to have the firmest grasp of the best way to crash an economy, pointing to his lifelong study of Soviet-style communism and other failed socialist states all over the world. …

The candidates were also distinguished from one another by exactly how much free stuff each person wanted to give away, with some candidates looking to give away as much free stuff as possible, and others planning to give away just a little bit less than that.

Just writes itself.

Why the Left Is Losing

Why the Left Is Losing, by Eric Kaufmann.

The mainstream Left is in serious trouble in the West. In the December 2019 election, the UK’s Labour Party was trounced by Boris Johnson’s Conservatives 365-203 in seats, and 44-32 percent in the popular vote. This was the worst result for Labour since 1935.

Yet, as Matthew Goodwin recently noted on Twitter, the most recent election was also the worst result ever for the French Socialist Party of Benoît Hamon, and for the Left in Italy and the Netherlands. It was the second-worst performance since 1949 for the German Social Democrats, the worst finish for the Austrian Social Democrats since 1945, and the worst for the Finnish socialists since 1962. In Sweden, the Social Democrats sunk to their lowest level since 1908. This is more than a coincidence.

Cultural realignment:

Underlying the trend is a wider realignment of politics away from the economic conflicts of the 20th century toward the cultural battles of the 21st. Instead of just talking about state redistribution versus free markets, elections increasingly revolve around questions of immigration, national identity, and domestic security. This disadvantages the Left. …

Left-wing parties cannot move to the vote-rich zone of most electorates where the median voter — typically somewhat conservative on culture and centre-left on economics — resides. Conservatives can do so more easily as they are less beholden to libertarian economic orthodoxy than left-wing parties are to progressive cultural values.

Identity politics and multiculturalism are central motivating forces for the highly-educated activists who have dominated left-wing parties since the ’68 generation rose to prominence. These ideas tend to be considerably less popular than the Left’s economic offer, hence the bind the Left finds itself in.

Political correctness makes the left unelectable:

Political correctness functions as an emergent system that can push new ideas even when few people actually believe in them. Like the emperor’s new clothes, no one dares violate a taboo which may cost them dearly.

Like the emperor’s new clothes, politically-correct fantasies are punctured eventually. But have they served their purpose in the meantime?

To be blunt, left-wing political correctness is more powerful than the right-wing variant.

For instance, many social conservatives may dislike environmentalist candidates in their ranks, but dissidents on the left of a conservative party won’t have their character questioned and reputation trashed.

By contrast, a left-wing politician who moves right on culture — calling for lower immigration or abolishing female-only shortlists, for instance — is likely to be accused of racism or sexism by radical online activists. This causes them intense embarrassment and, by triggering a social taboo, may lead others to pile on them to signal virtue. This can damage a person’s reputation well beyond politics. Something of this fate has befallen the patriotic leftists of Blue Labour in the UK, who are no longer welcome in Labour circles. Brexit-supporting Paul Embery, for instance, was kicked out of the Fire Brigades Union for criticizing the union’s position on Brexit. This, they alleged, made him an accomplice of the “nationalist Right” and thus a “disgrace to the traditions of the Labour movement.” No wonder few on the Left are willing to move right on culture. …

Until the left wins via demographics:

It appears left-wing parties in countries undergoing demographic change face a dilemma. Move right on immigration and risk alienating your activists, or tack left and lose elections.

But if the left cannot import enough new voters, they will lose forever — or they will have to back down on the whole identity politics project.

I Didn’t Vote For Trump In 2016. Here’s Why I Hope He Gets Four More Years

I Didn’t Vote For Trump In 2016. Here’s Why I Hope He Gets Four More Years, by Nathaniel Blake.

We see him as a bulwark against a transgender lobby that wants to take children away from their parents and mutilate them with chemicals and surgery. …

We see him as a shield against leftists who want to drive religious traditionalists from the marketplace, close our schools and charities, and tax our churches for refusing to bend the knee to the dogmas of the sexual revolution….

We need not admire the president’s personal character to view him as, in Walker’s words, “a bed of nails on the road, temporarily halting secularism’s advance.”…

Another Trump term might force long-overdue compromises, such as immigration reform that is humane toward those living here peacefully while also regaining control of our national borders.

Culturally, the left’s current obsessions might pass if they are kept from further political power. …

Glenn Reynolds:

I’m hearing variations on this from a lot of people. …

A friend on Facebook who probably wants to remain anonymous posted this: “So, this morning I cast my first-ever vote for Donald Trump for President — a development that would have profoundly shocked 2016 me, but in 2020 is mostly an act of self-defense.

UPDATE (FROM STEVE): You’ll also read comments right here on Instapundit along the lines of: “I voted for Trump reluctantly (or as the not-Hillary) in 2016, but I’d crawl over broken glass to vote for him in 2020.” What you won’t see much — or any? — of at all is: “I regret voting for him last time and will vote Dem in 2020.”

Movement is almost entirely in Trump’s direction.

Postcard From Pre-Totalitarian America

Postcard From Pre-Totalitarian America, by a Soviet-born scholar who wrote to Rod Dreher.

I’m observing some disturbing developments on my campus, and we are really not one of those wokester schools for spoiled brats one normally associates with this kind of thing.

This academic year I’ve had an opportunity to work with some early-career academics. These are newly-minted PhDs that are in their first year on the tenure-track.

What’s really scary is that they sincerely believe all the woke dogma. Older people – those in their forties, fifties or sixties – might parrot the woke mantras because it’s what everybody in academia does and you have to survive. But the younger generation actually believes it all.

Transwomen are women, black students fail calculus because there are no calc profs who “look like them,” ‘whiteness’ is the most oppressive thing in the world, the US is the most evil country in history, anybody who votes Republican is a racist, everybody who goes to church is a bigot but the hijab is deeply liberating.

I gently mocked some of this stuff (like we normally do among older academics), and two of the younger academics in the group I supervise actually cried. Because they believe all this so deeply, and I’d even say fanatically, that they couldn’t comprehend why I wasn’t taking it seriously.

The fanatical glimmer in their eyes really scared me.

Back in the USSR in the 1970s and the 1980s nobody believed the dogma. People repeated the ideological mantras for cynical reasons, to get advanced in their careers or get food packages. Many did it to protect their kids. But nobody sincerely believed. That is what ultimately saved us. As soon as the regime weakened a bit, it was doomed because there were no sincere believers any more. Everybody who did take the dogma seriously belonged to the generation of my great-grandparents.

In the US, though, the generation of the fanatical believers is only now growing up and coming into its prime. We’ll have to wait until their grandkids grow up to see a generation that will be so fed up with the dogma that it will embrace freedom of thought and expression. But that’s a long way away in the future.

I’m mentoring a group of young scholars in the Humanities to help them do research, and I’m starting to hate this task. Young scholars almost without exception think that scholarship is entirely about repeating woke slogans completely uncritically. Again, this is different from the USSR where scholars peppered their writing with the slogans but always took great pride in trying to sneak in some real thinking and real analysis behind the required ideological drivel. Every Soviet scholar starting from the 1970s was a dissident at heart because everybody knew that the ideology was rotten.

All of this is sad and very scary. I never thought I’d experience anything worse, anything more intellectually stifling than the USSR of its last two decades of existence. But now I do see something worse.

Rod Dreher:

Folks, Americans are extremely naive about what’s coming. We just cannot imagine that people who burst into tears in the face of gentle mockery of their political beliefs can ever come to power. They are already in power, in the sense that they have mesmerized leaders of American institutions.

Nice liberals, and nice conservatives, cannot allow themselves to think of where this might go. Solzhenitsyn knew better:

“If the intellectuals in the plays of Chekhov who spent all their time guessing what would happen in twenty, thirty, or forty years had been told that in forty years interrogation by torture would be practiced in Russia; that prisoners would have their skulls squeezed within iron rings, that a human being would be lowered into an acid bath; that they would be trussed up naked to be bitten by ants and bedbugs; that a ramrod heated over a primus stove would be thrust up their anal canal (the “secret brand”); that a man’s genitals would be slowly crushed beneath the toe of a jackboot; and that, in the luckiest possible circumstances, prisoners would be tortured by being kept from sleeping for a week, by thirst, and by being beaten to a bloody pulp, not one of Chekhov’s plays would have gotten to its end because all the heroes would have gone off to insane asylums.”

The Soviet Union was the most progressive society ever, and started off in 1917 as progressivism on steroids.

Lenin was the most woke person ever.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Dawn Butler’s transgender madness

Dawn Butler’s transgender madness, by Brendan O’Neill.

Imagine if a politician went on TV and said ‘The Earth is flat’. Or ‘Man didn’t really land on the Moon, you know’. We would worry about that politician’s fitness for public life. Well, Dawn Butler has just done the trans equivalent of that. She appeared on Good Morning Britain yesterday and said babies are born without a sex. That is easily as loopy and anti-scientific as saying the Earth isn’t a sphere.

Propaganda spokesperson for PC, in opposition to reality

Butler, the Labour MP for Brent, was taking part in another discussion about Labour’s interminable slide down the trans rabbit hole. Labour has completely lost the plot on this issue.

Last week, a group called the Labour Campaign for Trans Rights issued a purge-like document insisting that everyone in the Labour party bow down to the mantra that ‘trans women are women’ and ‘trans men are men’ or risk being branded a transphobic bigot and booted out of the party.

To put this bluntly, this means if you do not accept that someone with a penis and a beard who calls himself Sharon is a woman — a complete woman, as much as your mother, wife or sister is a woman — then you are a hateful creature who has no place in the Labour party.

It’s mad, clearly. And yet leadership candidates, including Butler, rushed to sign it. …

To say she doubled down is an understatement. She said ‘a child is born without sex’. Cue dropped jaws across the land.

Obviously people like her should run the country. Maybe they will one day.

Yet another topic where the PC fantasies are in complete denial of reality, but you can be punished for telling the truth by our political masters.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

‘Vile and wicked’ Asian grooming gang who sexually abused two girls, including one who was forced into sex with 300 men by age 15, are jailed for an average of 10 years each

‘Vile and wicked’ Asian grooming gang who sexually abused two girls, including one who was forced into sex with 300 men by age 15, are jailed for an average of 10 years each. By Danyal Hussain.

Six UK men convicted of raping two vulnerable schoolgirls have been sentenced to almost 56 years in prison, combined. …

Banaras Hussain, 39, nine and a half years

The sickening abuse took place between 1995 and 2011 in a town known as Huddersfield when the victims were aged just 13 and 14. …

By the time she was 15, the first victim had been sexually assaulted by 300 men. Leeds Crown Court heard this week how both girls now suffer from PTSD, while one of the victims has also had a lifelong struggle with depression and bulimia. …

In a victim statement read out to the court, the victim said she kept the abuse ‘buried’ for 22 years citing a different incident where she ‘wasn’t believed’ by the police.

Abdul Majid, 36, 11 years

The statement continued to say she was ‘let down’ and ‘ashamed’ but after seeing her assailant’s mugshot in a local paper, became committed to getting justice against the men who ‘took away her childhood’. …

Speaking of the first victim, prosecutor Andrea Parnham, told the court: ‘She suffered from stress, anxiety, low self-esteem – she has panic attacks. Her childhood has been taken away from her. She was a bright and wacky kid but that’s all changed.’ …

Usman Ali, 34, 8 years

Judge Geoffrey Marson … said: ‘They were planned offences by a large group of Asian men. It is likely many of these girls will never recover from the abuse they suffered.’ He said the girls were controlled by violence or the threat of violence against themselves and their families.

He also said the jury in this trial heard evidence of one of the victims going missing and returning home ‘heavily under the influence of alcohol or drugs’, sometimes naked on her lower half and with injuries.

Gul Riaz, 43, 15 years

How much of heir sentences will they actually serve? Maybe five years?

There’s no mention that this is but one of many English towns where this occurred, that these particular rapes were twenty years ago, that it’s been going on for decades, and Rotherham, for instance, had over a 1,400 documented victims by 2013. How many young English and Sikh girls have been raped by Islamic “asian” (usually of Pakistani origin) men in England? Credible estimates put the figure as somewhere upward of 100,000. But with indifference from the PC police and government, who just don’t want to know, there are no credible official figures.

Who invited these men into the UK? Tony Blair, who stated that he wanted to “rub the right’s nose in diversity” with immigration.

Who covered up the worst collective crime in British history? The PC UK establishment of virtue-signaling bureaucrats, media, and academics.

A society that cannot protect its young women is not long for this world. Think evolution. What about a society that also ignores their plight and invited in their abusers? Very sick indeed.

It’s very non-PC to even mention the problem, as Labor’s member for Rotherham, Sarah Champion found out in 2017. She was Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities in the Corbyn opposition, and said on the BBC that “more people are afraid to be called a racist than they are afraid to be wrong about calling out child abuse”. Her statements were followed by an opinion piece for The Sun titled “British Pakistani men ARE raping and exploiting white girls … and it’s time we faced up to it”. A few days later she was forced to resign.

Not going to hear about this any time soon in the mainstream media, are you? It might reflect badly on important left wing projects like operation Import-Voters-From-Third-World or Diversity.