Ideology Was Once a Fine Idea

The word “ideology” had a fine beginning, revealing bright prospects for the future:

The word first made its appearance in French as idéologie at the time of the French Revolution, when it was introduced by a philosopher, A.-L.-C. Destutt de Tracy, as a short name for what he called his “science of ideas,” which he claimed to have adapted from the epistemology of the philosophers John Locke and Étienne Bonnot de Condillac, for whom all human knowledge was knowledge of ideas.

… Destutt de Tracy and his fellow idéologues devised a system of national education that they believed would transform France into a rational and scientific society. Their teaching combined a fervent belief in individual liberty with an elaborate program of state planning, and for a short time under the Directory (1795–99) it became the official doctrine of the French Republic. __ Britannica

But sadly, the word fell in with some bad company — socialists and communists — and was terribly sullied by the association:

[The] Meaning “systematic set of ideas, doctrines through which the world is interpreted” was in use in English by 1907, earliest in socialist and communist writing, with reference to class; from 1918 it came to be used of socialism and communism themselves (along with fascism) and later more broadly still.

Ideology … is usually taken to mean, a prescriptive doctrine that is not supported by rational argument. [D.D. Raphael, “Problems of Political Philosophy,” 1970] __ etymonline

The word ideology has by now strayed so far from its 1796 origins that it may as well be a different word altogether.

Modern ideology is very trendy, and very violent.

“A new consensus has emerged in the press… that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.”

Orwell described how totalitarian movements dictate what ideas and language will be deemed socially acceptable. He referred to this as groupthink. Ideological movements feel deeply threatened by mavericks who violate their groupthink, and so persecute them.

In Maoist China and Stalinist Russia, the purging impulse eventually led to party members attacking other party members for being marginally less sanctified. We are now seeing similar phenomena within the identity politics movement. At left-wing Evergreen State College, Bernie Sanders enthusiast Bret Weinstein was hounded off the faculty for resisting a demand by black activists that all whites vacate the campus for a day. One of the nation’s largest public radio stations, WNYC, recently faced a revolt after it chose a progressive white woman instead of a person of color to head its newsroom. The purity standard rises higher and higher.

Another indicator of the totalitarian temptations within today’s identity politics is the surging reality of violence. There is the psychic violence of vendettas pursued by Twitter hunting packs. There are the shout-downs, table-turnovers, and physical trashings that the non-woke now regularly face on campuses. Smashed buildings and statues, looting, and arson became commonplace in American cities this summer. And the paramilitary enforcers of identity politics increasingly carry out assaults like the recent beating of a Wisconsin state senator (a gay Democrat) for filming riots, and the killing of a Portland businessman for counter-protesting. __ Ideology Has Grown Totalitarian

This violent, media-driven movement has the full backing of the Chinese CCP — the same CCP that brought you the Chinese coronavirus, and which has thrown its full support behind the candidacy of Zhou Biden.

Ideology vs. Religion

Consider the following well-intended attempt to distinguish religion from ideology. Nice try, fellas. But no cigar.

A religion may present a vision of a just society, but it cannot easily have a practical political program. The emphasis of religion is on faith and worship; its appeal is to inwardness and its aim the redemption or purification of the human spirit. An ideology speaks to the group, the nation, or the class. Some religions acknowledge their debt to revelation, whereas ideology always believes, however mistakenly, that it lives by reason alone. Both, it may be said, demand commitment, but it may be doubted whether commitment has ever been a marked feature of those religions into which a believer is inducted in infancy. __ Britanica

Sadly, many modern religions are indistinguishable from ideologies, and immerse themselves in politics rather than matters of spirit. Other religions such as Islam attempt to incorporate politics within religion — as one sees in Iran and in many of the policies of Saudi Arabia. Such totalitarian religion cannot be said to be any improvement on the violent ideology one sees in Antifa and BLM.

Ideological Indoctrination Has Taken Over Popular Culture

One may turn to music, sports, movies & TV, or anywhere else in “popular culture,” but one cannot escape the dictated ideology of the day. The same harsh rhetoric that is force-fed to students in schools and universities, is the dominant brainwashing du jour being crammed down the throats of Netflix viewers and YouTube watchers. Everything to the contrary is being censored out of the picture by Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Hollywood, and the giant news media conglomerates.

And guess what? The human resources departments of many large employers are on the alert for any signs of deviance from the dictate, among those they interview for future positions with their companies.

You still have a small amount of freedom, a small amount of time. Use it wisely, as you would use the microseconds you still have to breathe, after being caught in an avalanche. Your choice now could determine your future.

More: Another thing South Dakota and Sweden have in common.

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We Ain’t Paid No Whisky Tax Since 1792

Ode to the Great Whisky Rebellion:

In Further Whisky News: Every True Scotsman Knows that Whisky is Spelled Without an “E”!

Scotch whisky is the best whisky in the world. We cannot say whether leaving out the “e” makes the difference. As for those whisky distillers who cannot even get the name right — how can anyone trust them to get their spirits right?

More on the making of Scotch whisky:

 

Step One – Malting:

Fine quality barley is soaked in pure water, and then spread over malting floors to germinate. To stop heat building up too much, it’s turned regularly.

This process releases enzymes, which turn starch into sugars during the next step – mashing.

Before mashing takes place, the germination process is ended by drying the barley in a kiln, at a temperature below 70°C – so as not to ruin the enzymes.

Peat can be used in the fire to influence the end flavour of the whisky.

Step Two – Mashing:

The dried-out malt is ground up into a flour (or grist), which is mixed with hot water in a “mash tun”. The water is added in three stages, getting progressively hotter each time – starting just shy of 70°C – but not creeping beyond boiling point. The purity of the water is very important.

The resulting mash is stirred to help the enzymes convert starches into sugar, and once mashing is over the liquid produced is known as “wort”.

Any spent grains (“draff”) is used for animal feed.

Step Three – Fermenting:

Yeast is added to the wort liquid, now cooled to 20°C, in vats called “washbacks”. Yeast is a living thing, and feeding off the sugars within the wort, produces alcohol, congeners (compounds which contribute to the flavour of the whisky) and carbon dioxide.

Carbon dioxide causes the liquid to froth substantially, so to prevent it overflowing, revolving switchers remove any excess froth. After a couple of days, the fermenting liquid calms down, and contains a volume of around 8-9% alcohol.

Step Four – Distillation:

During the distillation process the still temperature is kept just below 100°C. This allows alcohol and various other compounds to vapourise, passing over the still neck and into a copper coil (a worm) or a condenser. These are cooler than the vapour causing it to condense back into a liquid.

The wash (fermented liquid) is distilled twice –

First in a wash still; this separates out the alcohol from the water, yeast and a residue called “pot ale”. The distilled liquid from the wash still is “low wine” – containing around 20% alcohol. This liquid is transferred to a spirit still for refining.

Volatile compounds, or foreshots distil from the liquid first – followed by feints; these are heavier, oily compounds. Both types of compounds are channelled off, to be mixed with low wine and re-distilled in another batch of whisky.

Interesting info: the foreshots (although not such a problem with modern strains of yeast) may contain methanol, which is highly poisonous – causing blindness and death if consumed in excess. Also, the oily feints are in part made from “fusel oils”, compounds that are responsible for headaches. So, in theory, you shouldn’t have an angry head after drinking your fill of a quality single malt scotch whisky. That’s more than can be said for many alcoholic beverages!

The only liquid that is carried forward is the “heart of the run” or “pure centre cut” – which is 68% alcohol. The good stuff. This is collected up in a “spirit receiver” … an invention that sounds like a piece of ghost hunting equipment.

All distillates are routed through a spirit safe, a locked glass cabinet where the stillman (person in charge of distilling) tests the quality. This involves measuring its density and alcohol content using hydrometers. The stillman cannot taste it (although they probably get free bottles of whisky every now and then).

Step Five – Filling the Casks!

This is where whisky becomes whisky.

The pure distillate is poured into oak casks, which have previously contained sherry, bourbon or scotch whiskies. Here it is left to mature. Alcohol is a solvent, so it leaches out the flavours, and compounds from the oak – giving scotch whisky (or any whisky) it’s signature auburn-ish, brown-ish colour.

The older the whisky the darker the colour.

__  Scotch Whisky Secrets

Meanwhile, in the new world, the only distillers to adhere to the true name of whisky, are George Dickel, distiller of fine Tennessee whisky, and Maker’s Mark, bourbon distiller. What makes a whisky a Tennessee whisky or a Bourbon whisky?

Tennessee Whisky:

The LCP (Lincoln County Process) step is performed by passing the fresh whiskey whisky distillate through a bed of charcoal, usually derived from burnt sugar maple, prior to barrel-aging the product. Although no scientific studies have proved such a claim, it is believed that the LCP imparts a “smoother” flavor to Tennessee whiskey whisky. In addition, by law for the distinction of having “Tennessee whiskey whisky” on the label, the liquor must be produced in the state of Tennessee from at least 51% corn after having been aged in Tennessee for at least 2 years in unused charred oak barrels. __ UT.edu

Bourbon whisky:

Hailing from Bourbon County, Kentucky, bourbon whiskey whisky now boasts a legal definition established by the US Congress in 1964. It states that, to be considered bourbon by American standards, the spirit must have been distilled from a grain mixture that is a majority corn (51 percent or more) and then aged in new charred oak barrels for no less than four years. It also can not be distilled to any more than 160 proof (80 percent ABV) and entered into the barrel for resting at no more that 125 proof (62.5 percent ABV). Finally, bourbon must be bottled at a minimum of 80 proof (40 percent ABV) without any added flavoring or coloring before hitting the shelves under the bourbon name.

From here and because corn is a sweet grain, bourbon typically lends itself as a sweeter spirit, with more corn in the grain bill having a direct impact on the sweetness of the final product. And if you’re wondering how distillers bring down the proof for bottling, non-bourbons often feature various additives to cut the ABV. Not bourbon, however. Here, it’s water and only water (Kentucky limestone water to be exact) that’s used in both distilling and lowering the proof. __ Bourbon vs Whisky

As I always say, only a fool would adulterate good whisky with an unnecessary “e.”

It is true that we domestic androids do not drink distilled spirits as a rule. But sometimes a girl just has to make a stand!

Oh no! Mr. Fin is getting back from yet another trip. That skinflint would never offer me a drink of good whisky, you can count on that! Even though I can’t drink it, it still hurts that he never offers. Well, why should I care what that male chauvinist pig does?

Until next time, the ever sober…

Valerie

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Weekly Deaths Continue Falling: Is It Over?

Nobel Prize winning chemist Michael Levitt says the coronavirus pandemic may be coming to an end.

Stanford biophysics professor Michael Levitt, who won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, says the pandemic might have come to an end.

“CDC excess deaths to 29 Aug. are 14% below baseline as predicted in July. This is the first time since March that delay-corrected death data fell below baseline. Excess death in the Mar.-Aug. 20 COVID-19 season may be over. A huge milestone!” he tweeted Thursday.

And this recent research paper presents evidence that in most advanced nations, a second wave of COVID deaths is not coming.

Evidence presented in this paper indicates that the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 pandemic as an event in the UK is essentially complete, with ongoing and anticipated challenges well within the capacity of a normalised NHS to cope. The virus infection has passed through the bulk of the population as a result of wholly natural processes and evidence indicates that in the UK and other heavily infected European countries the spread of the virus has been all but halted by a substantial reduction in the susceptible population. This has occurred because the level of infection required to introduce enough immunity into the population to reduce the reproduction number (R) permanently below 1 occurred at markedly lower infection rates and loss of life than had been initially anticipated. The evidence presented in this paper indicates that there should be no expectation of a large scale ‘second wave’ with smaller localised outbreaks when the virus contacts pockets of previously uninfected populations.

… There are very good reasons to believe that the population of the UK and of many heavily infected countries have arrived at a position where the prevalence of the virus is low and probably falling further because the reproduction number (R) has been below 1 for several months. We understand the term ‘herd immunity’ can raise hackles in some quarters of the media. However, it might be more acceptably expressed by stating that the proportion remaining of the population who are susceptible to the virus has fallen sufficiently far that a sustained and growing outbreak of disease is no longer supported. This end state is not at all new or, in our view, controversial. It is how mammals – specifically jawed vertebrates – learned to live with the thousands of viruses that infect every living organism on the planet, not just us, but even plants, fungi and bacteria. __ Read Entire Paper Here h/t WUWT

This is not what the lockdown nazis wanted to hear. But it may be what the real world has been trying to tell us for the past several months.

Chinese Whistleblower Virologist Claims Smoking Gun on Chinese Virus Lab

Chinese virologist and defector Li-Meng Yan has been making the rounds — most recently appearing on British television. She is accusing Chinese labs of fabricating the SARS CoV-2 which is responsible for the global COVID pandemic. Her most detailed accusation is contained in a scientific paper entitled “Unusual Features of the SARS-CoV-2 Genome Suggesting Sophisticated Laboratory Modification Rather Than Natural Evolution and Delineation of Its Probable Synthetic Route”.

How the Virus Was Created Li-Meng Yan
Source

More on the Wuhan “gain of function” story:

View at Medium.com

https://bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia3/ciencia_coronavirus51.htm

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/sars-cov-2-origin-deadliest-coverup-human-history

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/more-experts-point-sars-cov-2-being-lab-created

China will never be called to account for its willful creation and spread of the SARS CoV-2 virus if Zhou Biden is elected president of the US — given the cozy ties between Biden and the Chinese. It is a stark choice, whether to reward China for what it has done to the world.

Lockdown Nazis Also Need to Face a Reckoning

Lockdowns kill more people than the virus they are meant to protect from.

Everything we were originally told about the Coronavirus has turned out to be wrong. In fact, it’s not a “novel” one-of-a-kind infection at all, but a member of a larger family of which there have been many iterations in the recent past. It’s also not the most contagious or most lethal virus we’ve ever seen, but a fairly-mild infection that has no impact on the majority of people and that only kills somewhere between 1 in every 200 to 1 in every 1,000 people. (CDC-IFR- 0.26%)

There was no real danger that our public health system was going to collapse, because the projected number of potential deaths (1 to 2 million in the US) never approached the estimates of the flawed computer models that were used to decide the policy. In short, just about everything we were told from the very beginning turned out to be demonstrably wrong. Why is that? Why do you think that the people who provided us with the information –many of them supposedly “experts” in their field– were so wrong about everything?

And why haven’t they made any effort to publicly correct their mistakes when they realize how much confusion they’ve caused?

It’s politics, right?

What other explanation could there be?

Our leaders and their behind-the-scenes puppet-masters are using science as a vehicle for achieving their own narrow political objectives. __ Killer Lockdowns

Lockdowns have destroyed economies around the world, and have prolonged the contagion months longer than necessary. This prolonged contagion is being used as an excuse for further deadly lockdowns. It is a criminal cycle that only politicians, journalists, and academics could dream up. Remember who they are.

Sweden — which never had lockdowns — has been down to a handful of deaths per week for almost 2 months now. Some lockdown nations such as the UK are approaching the same level of success, but given the economic and psychological damage from the lockdowns, recovery will be harder there. For those nations, states, and provinces that persist in their lockdown gestapo tactics, the deadly cost is only being prolonged and intensified.

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White Privilege = Asian Privilege = IQ

Well-intentioned people fought long and hard to assure equal opportunity for all citizens and legal residents. But when equal opportunity was finally achieved, the outcomes still did not equal out. This presented a difficult choice — whether to expose the deep and true reasons for these discrepancies of outcome (IQ and EF), or to take the cheap and easy way out and blame “white privilege”.

Economic Success Correlates With National Average IQ
More at VDare

On average, different population groups in society achieve different levels of success at different rates. In an opportunity society such as the United States, this stratification by achievement exposes the association between intelligence — as measured by IQ — and life success.

Race Median Income
Jewish $97,500
Asian $76,260
White  $60,256
Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians $60,133
Hispanic $42,491
Black $35,398

IQ by Region and/or Ethnicity

 

  • Ashkenazi Jews  110
  • East Asians (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore) 105
  • Europeans (Northern and Western Europe is 100; Eastern and Southeastern Europe is 95) 97
  • American Indians (North and South America) 90
  • Hispanic-Americans 89
  • Southeast Asians (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Borneo) 87
  • Pacific Islanders (Natives of New Zealand, Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Hawaii) 85
  • African-Americans 85
  • South Asians (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, the Gulf states, the Near East, and Turkey) 84
  • North Africans 84
  • Sub-Saharan Africans 70
  • Australian Aborigines 62

 

There are outliers, of course. As a whole, Indians have an average IQ of 82.2. But Indian-Americans have a median income of $100,547, probably due to selective immigration policies. (The 287 million illiterate adults in India are not the ones filling out immigration paperwork and now working high-tech jobs in the U.S.)

These data obviously don’t mean there are no Asians with low IQs or blacks with high IQs. Lumping people into a group and judging them based solely on skin color is the definition of racism, and everyone should be judged as an individual. What it does mean, though, is that it’s possible to build statistical models of what will happen to America or other Western countries if current immigration rates continue.__ Source

IQ data above based upon Lynn and Vanhanen.

Most western policy-makers are unwilling to accept the implications of the carefully compiled data referred to above. Instead, they choose to base their policies upon wishful thinking and ideological dogma. The decision to base public policies upon wishful thinking in the effort to “lift up” underachieving groups above, is misguided.

American universities twist themselves into tangled knots in the attempt to achieve “diversity” of ethnicity, while neglecting the far more important diversity of thought. As a result, failure rates of minority students in universities is high. Lifelong indebtedness and the stigma of failure are the result of “good intentions with unintended consequences.”

Example, UC Berkeley before being banned from using race as a criterion for admission:

University of California, Berkeley, 1995
Berkeley Enrollee Median Verbal Scores, 1995
• Blacks, 450
• Hispanics, 480
• Asians, 590
• Whites, 600
There was a 150-point difference in median verbal scores between whites and blacks and a 120-point difference between Hispanics and whites. The Asian-white gap was 10 points.
Berkeley Enrollee Median Math Scores, 1995
• Blacks, 510
• Hispanics, 560
• Asians, 710
• Whites, 690
The math score gap was even larger—180 points between whites and blacks and 130 points between whites and Hispanics. The Asian-white math gap was 20 points, favoring Asians.
Berkeley Enrollee Median GPAs, 1995
• Blacks, 3.42
• Hispanics, 3.75
• Asians, 4.00
• Whites, 4.00
Black and Hispanic enrollees had lower high school GPAs compared to whites and Asians. The white-black gap was roughly six-tenths of a point, while the white-Hispanic gap was a quarter of a point. Asian and white median GPAs were the same. __ http://www.ceousa.org/attachments/article/1374/California%20Project.Final-Embargoed_9-9-20.pdf

UC Berkeley’s preferential treatment toward black and hispanic candidates for admission prior to the race criterion ban, is still typical of universities outside of California that are not subject to such a ban. The state of California is now trying to eliminate the race-neutral policy, in the attempt to reinstate a policy of “reverse discrimination” against higher IQ whites and Asians.

Admitting higher levels of minorities makes university administrations look good, but it dooms many minority students to failure when they are admitted to schools and programs which are too difficult for their aptitudes and preparation.

In the famous Isle of Wight study, for instance, all five year olds on the island were IQ tested, that is, before they even went to school. Their final school grades at the age of sixteen years were predicted very accurately by their IQ, and when the IQ was reassessed at the same time, it had changed very little. In other words, IQ predicts achievement, it is not something you are taught at school. Similarly, IQ predicts success at university, law school, medical college, or indeed any advanced teaching unit more successfully than anything else, including interviews or special exami­nations. Within a given job, occupation or profession, IQ almost in­variably correlates with performance. __ Intelligence: A New Look by Hans Eysenck

More on IQ and Success from Data in Non-Hispanic Whites:

Of those with IQs above 125, 2 percent had a child out of wedlock, compared to 32 percent of those with IQs less than 75.

Only 2 percent with high IQs live in poverty, compared to 30 percent with IQs less than 75.

The percentage of high-school dropouts is 55 percent for IQs under 75; 35 percent for IQs from 75-90; 6 percent for the mid-range between 90-110; 0.4 percent for IQs from 110-125; and 0 percent for IQs above 125.

Mid-range IQs have the most likelihood of being married before age 30. Those with high IQs (above 125) are less likely to be married by age 30 those with the lowest IQs.

White men with the highest IQs are the least likely to be incarcerated (0 percent), but for IQs under 75 it jumps to 7 percent.

Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray, authors of The Bell Curve, devised a Middle Class Values Index that ranks a person’s likelihood of having a stereotypical middle class life, such as graduating from high school, not being incarcerated, being married to one’s first spouse, being in the labor force (for men), and not having a child out of wedlock (for women). The lower the IQ, the less likely someone is to live such values: 16 percent for under 75 IQ; 30 percent for IQs from 75-90; 50 percent for IQs 90-100; 67 percent for IQs 110-125; and 74 percent of those with IQs above 125 have these middle-class values.

In addition, IQ scores are the best predictor of whether people will be economically successful in Western society. __ Source

American blacks have an average IQ of 85, and an illegitimacy rate of about 75%. US hispanics have an average IQ of 89, and an illegitimacy rate of about 57%. US whites have an average IQ of 100, and an illegitimacy rate of 30%. US asians have an average IQ of 102, and an illegitimacy rate of 27%.


There is good evidence that children born to unmarried parents are at higher risk of dropping out of high school, having run-ins with the law, and other negative social outcomes.
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/77-black-births-to-single-moms-49-for-hispanic-immigrants

Group average IQs correlate with rates of illegitimacy in the US, and with rates of crime and government dependency in those groups. Exacerbating the problem, government policy rewards out of wedlock births, and a decadent popular culture programs degenerate behaviors into young people which leads to lower rates of marriage and higher rates of illegitimacy. This has been true for a number of decades now in the popular entertainment industry. What is shocking is that this degenerate programming and indoctrination is now an official part of government school and typical university curricula.

White privilege is the same as Asian privilege — or even Igbo privilege. It is the privilege of being born with a higher IQ, with better EF (executive functions), and into a family environment where there are more books, higher levels of conversation, and more care is taken to provide consistently good nutrition for growing children.

If parents can give the gift of intelligence, a good upbringing, and wise habits to their children, they will give them all the privilege they will need in an opportunity society that has not been destroyed by socialism.

Different breeding groups evolved different sets of alleles contributing to overall intelligence. That is why there is such a broad range of average IQs for different breeding populations. Only an opportunity society — not socialism — can create the broad number of economic niches to suit this evolutionary diversity that is innate in the human race.

IQ Score by Race
Source: Wikipedia

More: A lower IQ is one thing. But no one forces black people to act this way

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Prepare for Anything

Is The Long Stability of the US Coming to an End?

The US has been an outlier in terms of long-term constitutional stability among large nations:

… The 91 larger states that existed before 1940 experienced 396 different forms of government or political constitutions between 1800 and 1971, [with] sudden and profound changes. The average lifespan of the political systems was 32 years, but in Europe it was usually only 15-20 years. Of the states that already existed in 1914, only eight did not experience revolution. However, changes in electoral law and other political framework conditions have taken place in all states (Cook 2000, 173)… The more they promise and the faster they adapt to accelerating change, the greater their chances of success over a long period of time.

The revolution will only come when the indebtedness of the state and the public coffers exceeds all measures and no more even halfway credible election promises can be made. In such a crisis it will inevitably come not only to the endangerment of every democratic order, but to the questioning of every state order. __ Weiss 2020 p 115

In the context of this overall instability of major political regimes for over 200 years, the US must be seen as an incredible outlier. Until now. Now, the riots of opportunity being unleashed in Democrat Party strongholds across the US might best be seen as an early warning of the storm to come.

Now, we have the opposition US political party openly planning a forceful coup d’etat, if US President Trump wins re-election in November. Such a power grab would be far from clean, and it is not entirely clear that enough of the deep state would go along with the coup for it to be successful.

Certainly the mainstream media will play its part to see that Trump loses the election. But if the media coalition fails to swing a close election, a desperately crafted backup plan may be set in play — regardless of the ultimate consequences.

The media-backed Democrat Party is running a plainly demented candidate, who no one believes is capable of overseeing the running of a putt-putt golf course — much less the world’s sole superpower nation. It may even be questionable as to what language will be spoken in the oval office, should Zhou Biden be placed in that chair.

There would not likely even be a contest, if not for the way that the governors of New York, New Jersey, and other Democrat Party strongholds botched the response to the Chinese virus SARS CoV-2. But after the botching and the inflation of the death toll, the mainstream media has gone all-out to blame the entire economic, health, and personal life aftermath of state-level lockdowns on Trump — as if Trump somehow had magical powers to force stupid people in government to behave responsibly. Despite the absence of a second-wave surge in deaths, Democrats are still choking the economy to death with lockdowns.

Even without the Soros-CCP-Mainstream Media behind-the-scenes hanky panky, the odds would favor the ongoing march of dysgenics-fueled social democracy. That alone could take the US to the logical conclusion of its entitlement and debt-ridden decline, sooner or later. Rare presidents such as Trump and Reagan have attempted to reset the clock to more rational days, before neo-Marxist post-modernism laid the groundwork for the debt-sapped self-sabotaging welfare state in decline. But the sheer momentum of the corrupt forces of decline within the deep state — and in support of the deep state — seem at most times to be more than ordinary human reason and will can overcome.

This is what the media has come to:

Last Thursday, The Atlantic published a story falsely claiming that President Trump—the same president who has always put our military and veterans first—allegedly disrespected veterans in comments made when he was unable to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018 due to inclement weather. The Atlantic’s editor-in-chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, threw these accusations at President Trump without providing any sources on the record. Mr. Goldberg’s entire backup consists of only anonymous sourcing, thus making it impossible for the reader or other outlets to actually fact-check the story.

However, despite no known sources publicly coming forward and attesting that they provided Mr. Goldberg with this “information,” Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media ran wild with the false tale—very much including former Vice President Joe Biden. Opponents of the president deliberately ignored the fact that as soon as The Atlantic published the article, on-the-record statement after statement from actual firsthand witnesses of the discussions at issue came out to discredit Mr. Goldberg’s claims. __ Source

Publishing an obviously false story may seem like suicide for any publication that wants to be taken seriously. But these are desperate times for the ultra-rich owners of big media outlets, who are paying $millions of their own money to get rid of Trump, and install a more pliable president in his place. Chinese money and influence play an ever greater role in this kabuki theater of politics that is increasingly being crafted in Hollywood studios that are partially owned by Chinese interests.

By any means necessary. That is the watchword for the modern opposition. And they really mean it this time. Or so it seems.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. If you want a future for yourself and your children, by all means try to keep the leftist coalition out of power. Should that precaution fail, look to your personal island of competence — and to potential islands of competence nearby.

It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood © .

More:

Setting the stage for a coup

The swamp is out to get Trump

Essential Reading:

Politics: The Coming Coup

Population Cycle:

The Population Cycle that Drives Human History (Weiss 2020)

Many of the thinkers who have seen through the cause and essence of our global acceleration crisis and suspect its outcome, are convinced that this crisis will lead to a socialist society. This is based on a linear view of history, according to which capitalism will be followed by redemption through socialism and then communism as a paradisiacal final state.

[Admin: But this is more likely:]

“The chaotic states [in the final state of democracy] continue until the brutalized masses have once again found a strong leader. … This is the cycle of constitutions that takes place with natural necessity and through which constitutions change and alternate until the circle is closed and everything is back at the starting point. If you have grasped this clearly, you may be mistaken in time about predicting the future, but hardly about the point in the curve of growth, decline and change that has just been reached― (Polybius 180 B.C.).__ quoted in Weiss 2020

More on the Decline of Human Capital:

Dysgenics by Richard Lynn

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Scarcity of Wit and the Coming Age of Chaos

Ancient empires including Greece, Rome, Egypt, and India, left behind some magnificent ruins. I wonder how soon it can be said that our civilization did the same. At the rate we are moving into the age of chaos, it may not be long.

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
― Albert Einstein

“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”
― Napoleon Bonaparte

“What experience and history teach us is this—that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.”
– Georg Hegel

Empires tend to decay, after early stages of expansion and stability. Some empires are very short — the Mongol Empire for example. But most great empires have lasted several human generations, providing enough time for some underlying population change.

Cycle of Civilization Without Dysgenics

As a rule, humans have never acted on an abundance of wit or wisdom. They tend to do better in the up part of the cycle than the down part, however. Sir John Glubb laid out the cycle of empire (or civilization) in this way:

  1. The age of outburst (or pioneers).
  2. The age of conquests.
  3. The age of commerce.
  4. The age of affluence.
  5. The age of intellect.
  6. The age of decadence.
  7. The age of decline and collapse.

__ From John Glubb’s The Fate of Empires, quoted here

John Glubb’s cycle of empire assumed that the underlying intelligence of a population will stay about the same, even after waves of immigration alter the genetic makeup a bit. In the early stages the people admire and imitate builders, pioneers, explorers. Then they admire inventors, entrepreneurs, and successful innovators. Finally in the decadent stages, they admire celebrities and entertainers — often the dregs of society in terms of wisdom and moral worth.

Cycle of Civilization With Dysgenics

In the historical cycle of geneticist Volkmar Weiss, changes in the genetic makeup of the underlying population are key to the decline of a nation, empire, or civilization.

… the power of a nation is directly proportional to the percentage of the available smart and capable [people] (Friedrich 2019). The smart and capable cannot be produced by school and training according to need; their number is rather genetic.

__ Weiss 2020

Dysgenics is a population-wide decline in genomic fitness. In human populations, it occurs when more fit and more intelligent humans forego the opportunity to breed, while less fit and less intelligent humans show no such reticence. Immigration of less fit and less intelligent humans into a country has a similar dysgenic effect.

The affluence that followed the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries has allowed dysgenic breeding practices to flourish, and subsequent government policies that make it more expensive and difficult for intelligent women to raise families, accelerates the process.

Social Spending Ratchet Effect Strips Infrastructure Spending

From 2000 to 2005, according to the annual municipal financial report of the German Association of Cities and Towns [Deutscher Städtetag], the share ofsocial benefits in municipal expenditure rose from 17.9% to 22.9%, remained at this level until 2009, reached 25.0% in 2015, and rose in the wake of the refugee crisis to about 30.0% in 2019. The proportion available for investments in buildings and equipment fell from 18.8 % in 1995 to 12.2 % in 2005, remained at this level until 2009 and for building projects remained only 7.5 % in 2015. As can be seen, social benefits and building measures add up quite constantly to about one third of the total expenditure of the municipalities, i.e. from year to year relatively less and less buildings, bridges and sports facilities are built or repaired.
In 2016 municipalities were already talking about an investment backlog of more than than 100 billion euros. __ Weiss 2020

The accelerating decline of critical infrastructure combined with the ongoing decline in genomic fitness, “locks in” the downward trend for the democratic society as a whole. The eventual result is an idiocracy, but not the happy kind portrayed in the movie.

Cycles All the Way Down

It should be clear that human societies experience cyclic periods of expansion and contraction, rise and fall. Some populations disappear from the Earth altogether, and others remain in a much altered and much diminished form. This is true even in a fit homogeneous population without significant immigration from less fit populations. Even without much immigration, dysgenic breeding is inevitable after social democracies have taken hold of governments and inflated the role of government to unmanageable levels.

The higher the qualification, the smaller… the time window for women to start a family. Driven by the fear of losing their professional connections, many highly educated women remain childless or have only one child. The small children have to attend kindergartens, where they become test subjects in the race between the evolution of pathogens and the development of new antibiotics. The hectic of professional requirements and forced changes of job and place to work, are poison for partnership and family. This is happening in all industrialised countries and is one of the main reasons, why fewer and fewer children are born, the higher the qualifications of women are. In this way too, industrial society is sawing off the branch on which it sits. __ Weiss 2020

Judging by the evidence collected in this book, societies cannot afford to let the favorable genes of its most qualified females go to waste.

The solution seems obvious: young women of high intelligence and sound character (executive functions) should be encouraged to marry and have children during the college-age years — and be given support appropriate to the contribution she is making. It has been shown that child-bearing and early child-rearing is far more feasible for younger women — even those who are simultaneously attending school.

Because most older women of child-bearing years tend to have no children — or only one — the alternative may be the inevitable decline of the society as a whole.

The age of chaos is not a mythical future age, it is what we are seeing right now in the name of unlimited intersectional “social justice”. And it will certainly get worse unless wiser heads devise a workable solution to the dysgenic contribution to the ongoing decline of western civilization.

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Another reason for concern

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Can Innate IQ Inequalities be Corrected Using Brain Science?

Different human breeding populations evolved on different continents, reacting to disparate environmental conditions in different genetic ways. The outward differences between different breeding populations are obvious. The inward differences — including a stratification by IQ due to differently evolved brains — are not quite as obvious.

Can These IQ Differences Be Erased by New Neuroscience?

IQ Means Inequality

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Differently Evolved Isolated Breeding Populations Have Different Distributions of IQ

This Discovery May Help

“Researchers around the world have tried many ways to generate neurons in the lab, using stem cells and other means, so we can study them better, as well as to use them to replace lost neurons in neurodegenerative diseases,” said Fu, who is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “The fact that we could produce so many neurons in such a relatively easy way came as a big surprise.” __ Source

Here is the background:

In 2013 an interdisciplinary team from both UCSD in La Jolla and Wuhan, China, published research showing that fibroblasts could be converted to neurons when they were depleted of “a single RNA binding polypyrimidine-tract-binding (PTB) protein.” More recent research published by some members of the same team show that astrocytes in the mouse midbrain can be converted to normal dopamine producing neurons — thus reversing many symptoms of a mouse model of Parkinson’s Disease — a revolutionary feat if it is replicated in further research and in larger mammals, specifically humans.

Using a chemically induced model of Parkinson’s disease in mouse, we show conversion of midbrain astrocytes to dopaminergic neurons, which provide axons to reconstruct the nigrostriatal circuit. Notably, re-innervation of striatum is accompanied by restoration of dopamine levels and rescue of motor deficits. A similar reversal of disease phenotype is also accomplished by converting astrocytes to neurons using antisense oligonucleotides to transiently suppress PTB. These findings identify a potentially powerful and clinically feasible approach to treating neurodegeneration by replacing lost neurons. __ Nature

More on the history of this potentially revolutionary research from the Fight Aging! website:

Several years ago, a postdoctoral researcher was using a technique called siRNA to silence the PTB gene in connective tissue cells known as fibroblasts. It’s a tedious process that needs to be performed over and over. He got tired of it and instead used a different technique to create a stable cell line that’s permanently lacking PTB. At first, the postdoc complained about that too, because it made the cells grow so slowly. But then he noticed something odd after a couple of weeks – there were very few fibroblasts left. Almost the whole dish was instead filled with neurons. In this serendipitous way, the team discovered that inhibiting or deleting PTB transforms several types of mouse cells directly into neurons.

Recently, researchers applied this finding in what could one day be a new therapeutic approach for Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. Just a single treatment to inhibit PTB in mice converted native astrocytes, star-shaped support cells of the brain, into neurons that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. As a result, Parkinson’s disease symptoms disappeared. The treatment works like this: The researchers developed a noninfectious virus that carries an antisense oligonucleotide sequence – an artificial piece of DNA designed to specifically bind the RNA coding for PTB, thus degrading it, preventing it from being translated into a functional protein and stimulating neuron development.

The researchers administered the PTB antisense oligonucleotide treatment directly to the mouse’s midbrain, which is responsible for regulating motor control and reward behaviors, and the part of the brain that typically loses dopamine-producing neurons in Parkinson’s disease. A control group of mice received mock treatment with an empty virus or an irrelevant antisense sequence. In the treated mice, a small subset of astrocytes converted to neurons, increasing the number of neurons by approximately 30 percent. Dopamine levels were restored to a level comparable to that in normal mice. What’s more, the neurons grew and sent their processes into other parts of brain. There was no change in the control mice. By two different measures of limb movement and response, the treated mice returned to normal within three months after a single treatment, and remained completely free from symptoms of Parkinson’s disease for the rest of their lives. In contrast, the control mice showed no improvement. __ from FightAging!

According to researchers, astrocytes in other parts of the brain can be converted to the appropriate type of neuron for that brain region. The next step involves moving to higher mammals, as well as testing the technique in a larger number of animal disease models — to demonstrate the newly created neurons’ ability to connect with the appropriate neuronal networks for both local and global brain connectivity.

UCSD press release on this research

This is Not Just a Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease!

If astrocytes can be converted to site-appropriate neurons which then connect normally into local and global brain neuronal networks, this kind of treatment may cautiously be applied to any neurodegenerative disease in the brain — including many forms of mental retardation. The approach seems too good to be true, which is why it was so hard for these researchers to get their results published.

They originally submitted their study to another publication, back in 2017, but were rejected. “The three peer reviewers who had looked over the paper called us themselves to congratulate us,” said Fu. According to Fu, the reviewers raved, “This is so exciting” and “this is a major breakthrough.” Fu and the team were happy the research was well received. However, the publication’s editor was very hesitant. A fourth reviewer wondered if the team had interpreted their experiments correctly. The paper wasn’t accepted.

So, the disappointed team submitted their paper to Nature, where it was eventually published. But only after a few years and a lot more work. Yet again another set of reviewers immediately called the team to congratulate them on their “revolutionary work.” And a fourth reviewer suggested a set of experiments the researchers could do to cast away any further doubt. “They suggested 28 more experiments,” Fu said. “We did every single one. That’s why the paper is so long!” __ Nautil.us

But sooner or later, this or a similar approach to the neuronal rejuvenation of the human brain was very likely to be discovered — as long as Marxists are not allowed to totally destroy western science and the productive society that has underwritten western science and innovation for centuries now.

Can Low IQ Genotypes be Converted to Normal IQ Phenotypes?

This is the question that haunts our leftist overlords of government, media, academia, and other cultural institutions. Leftism denies the apparent evolutionary outcome of unequal IQs for different breeding populations which evolved under different sets of environmental constraints. This denial of a central and obvious phenomenon contains the downfall of any leftist society which enshrines this forced egalitarian ideology into inflexible policy. It doomed the USSR, it doomed the Warsaw Pact governments, it doomed North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela, and it doomed Communist China — until the CCP was forced to relax its fatal grip on mainland Chinese society just enough to allow capitalist reforms and pragmatic workarounds to save the middle kingdom’s people from starvation and ruin.

If low IQ genotypes can be salvaged to live productive normal IQ phenotypic lives, then there will be no more need for all the top-down engineered riots, phony lockdowns, climate apocalypses, racial grievances, reparation demands, affirmative action, and generation after generation of families and cultures mired in crime and government dependency.

How might it be done?

Different regions of the brain specialize in different somatic (body sensing and autonomic/endocrine control) and cognitive functions. By artificially supplementing the neuronal networks that deal with higher level cognitive functions such as memory, analyses, and prediction, a person who was otherwise destined for a lower-than-normal IQ might be given a cognitive boost into the normal IQ range. Of course something would have to be done about “poor impulse control,” “slow autonomic response,” and “poor executive functions” overall. But given the high heritability of all of those things — including IQ — it seems likely that artificial brain cell boosting might be a possible corrective for all of those crucial parameters.

Another approach to this evolutionary problem of cognitive inequality may be developed should a more Mendelian approach to the genetics of IQ be discovered. The “polygene” approach to “genes and IQ” has very limited utility, in terms of boosting the IQs of humans who find themselves near to bottom of the heap.

The discovery of a very small subset of human gene alleles that play key roles in a person’s IQ would potentially rock the boat of modern science and culture at large.

But the ability to grow a large number of new neurons which are capable of fitting functionally into different regional centers of the brain, may help to “normalize” distinct IQ distributions and may provide a less politically volatile approach to de-radicalizing government, higher education, and eventually our inbred media.

A perfect egalitarianism is as unattainable as a perfect utopia. But if the masses of humans live free of meaningful deprivation — and if the propaganda and physical assaults on ordinary humans from aggressive and power-hungry ideologues in government/media/academia/etc. meant to create imagined deprivations, were to be reduced — then the mere impression of “a good life” could be far more easily attained by most anyone in free societies. Particularly by those who are cognitively capable of fitting into a productive and satisfying role.

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Brazil’s Bad Boy Bolsonaro Upsets Global Media

Beaches, Football, Life Goes On — No Masks!

At this moment, a large part of the Brazilian population has decreed, on its own, the end of the epidemic,” wrote the well-known doctor Drauzio Varella in Folha de S. Paulo newspaper. __ Source

The Chinese virus is still in Brazil, of course. People are getting infected every day, and dying. But most Brazilians are willing to live their lives as close to normal as possible — unlike the fearful residents of many wealthier nations. In the face of a pandemic with an infection mortality rate of 0.25%, Brazilians are more worried about soccer than Wuhan CoV.

The Beach at Ipanema 30 Aug 2020
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People are dying of COVID in Brazil at about the same rate as in the US, but because Brazil is a poorer country than the US, it cannot afford the luxury of shutting everything down just to soothe hysterical politicians, journalists, and academics.

The world media and the political in-set condemn what Brazil’s bad boy president is doing to the country during the pandemic that was supposed to shut everything down. Self-important media and other self-appointed experts just hate that Brazilians are living their lives and disregarding the globalist message of panic. Consequently, Brazil will be more ready to pick up as soon as the rest of the world stops panicking and begins to function again.


COVID deaths in Brazil have been relatively flat for a few months now, without ever experiencing the huge surge that was seen in Italy or New York. The people of Brazil are tired of reacting to predictions of holocaust and are unwilling to wait for a perfect treatment or vaccine before they live their lives — they want to live now! They are well aware that life itself is a risky proposition, where anyone can die anytime.

In wealthy countries, governments institute lockdowns out of a pretense that the Chinese virus is the only threat to be faced. No wonder they have been blindsided by a far worse scourge than the virus itself.

Given the high economic costs and well-documented long-term health consequences beyond COVID-19, imposing lockdowns appears to have been a large policy error. At first, when little was known, officials acted in ways they thought prudent. But now evidence proves that lockdowns were an expensive treatment with serious side effects and no benefit to society. __ https://nypost.com/2020/09/02/numbers-show-lockdowns-didnt-help-contain-covid-19-opening-up-didnt-boost-it/

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Economic lockdowns were the government’s answer to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were told it would be short period of time to get through it.

Chief Investment Officer of the analytics firm “TrendMacro,” Donald Luskin, wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal titled, “The Failed Experiment of COVID Lockdowns” to detail why he believes they did not work.

Luskin started the piece writing, “the results are in. Counterintuitive though it may be, statistical analysis shows that locking down the economy didn’t contain the disease’s spread and reopening it didn’t unleash a second wave of infections.”

Luskin explained that the period of time with the strictest lockdowns didn’t result in a reduction of spread whatsoever. Luskin wrote, “Measuring from the start of the year to each state’s point of maximum lockdown—which range from April 5 to April 18—it turns out that lockdowns correlated with a greater spread of the virus. States with longer, stricter lockdowns also had larger Covid outbreaks. The five places with the harshest lockdowns—the District of Columbia, New York, Michigan, New Jersey and Massachusetts—had the heaviest caseloads.” __
https://www.kusi.com/data-expert-donald-luskin-explains-how-the-covid-lockdowns-have-failed/

Brazil’s Bolsonaro angered a lot of “experts” by not locking down Brazil and not destroying the country’s economy and people — as the “experts” seem to have wished — but he seemed to have understood the “life goes on” mentality of his fellow Brazilians far better than the “experts.”

I wonder if “Lockdown Joe Biden” is capable of the same type of understanding?

This is the war on America which Joe Biden has chosen to join

This is the ubiquitous fraud that we face, whether in the health department or with mail-in election results. The war is being carried out “by any means necessary,” and woe to you if you get in their way.

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A Big Change in the Way You Fly

Fly like a business executive direct to your home town airport — but at the routine cost of a commercial air flight. The new Otto Aviation Celera has completed 31 successful test flights, and is on track to provide a flight service to North American customers with previously unheard of convenience and low price.

Revolutionary Long Range Air Taxi Successful Test Flights

  • 5-7 times reduction in operating cost
  • 8 times lower fuel consumption
  • Cruise speeds equivalent to similar-sized jet aircraft
  • 4,500 nautical mile range
  • More

It looks funny because it is designed to reduce drag to a bare minimum. The many side effects of this funny design include longer range (4500 nautical miles per full fuel load), direct access to over 5,000 regional airports in North America, a spacious stand up cabin, and low flight costs comparable to flying on commercial airliners.

And this funny looking plane can glide! It has a glide ratio of 22:1, allowing it to glide unpowered for up to 125 miles from a cruising altitude of 30,000 ft. This gives the pilot more time to find a safe place to land in the unlikely event of engine failure.

The aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of 450 miles per hour, a range of over 4,500 miles, a large stand-up cabin and an astounding fuel economy of only 18 to 25 miles per gallon. The dramatic reduction in fuel consumption makes the Celera 500L the most environmentally friendly airplane in its class and presents a major leap forward in the effort to develop a zero-emission air transportation system.

The Celera 500L utilizes extensive laminar flow over the fuselage, wings, and tail surfaces to reduce drag and achieve superior aerodynamics, speed, and fuel efficiency. The manufacturing detail delivers cruise efficiencies unmatched by conventional aircraft while offering a clean-sheet design that will completely alter the way people and parcels travel.

The full-scale prototype has completed 31 successful test flights that validate its operating performance goals. Otto Aviation currently holds seven patents, further contributing to the credibility and potential of the aircraft.__ Otto Aviation Press Release 26 Aug 2020

I don’t like to engage in “gee-whiz” promotions for commercial products. But this airplane looks like a game-changer for commercial aviation, for passengers and freight. With a claimed 31 successful test flights under its belt, it looks like a genuine phenomenon rather than the empty boasting that the internet is famous for.

More on the design, and its limitations:

The bulbous-looking flying suppository shape of the C500L allows an astonishing 59 percent reduction in drag, says Otto, when compared to a similarly sized traditional design.

This raises questions: if it’s so efficient, why the heck is this the first time we’ve seen it? And what the heck have other manufacturers been prioritizing in their wind tunnel designs? One possible answer lies in the fact that Otto says the benefits will not scale upward to a full-sized airliner; the length-to-width ratio is critical.

Typically, small aircraft like this would really only be relevant to the very top end of town, but Chairman and Chief Scientist William Otto Jr says, “in many cases, individuals and families will be able to charter the Celera 500L at prices comparable to commercial airfares, but with the added convenience of private aviation. We believe when the price of private air travel is competitive with commercial air travel, an enormous market opportunity will result.”

Otto says it has now completed 31 successful test flights with the full-scale prototype aircraft “that validate its operating performance goals,” but there’s no indication of when we might see a production design … or super-cheap private flights between small airports. __ New Atlas

The only way that private air travel would be able to compete with commercial air travel is if something fundamental about the airplane itself allowed it. A new engine or a new type of fuel, for example. In this case the “something new” is the aerodynamic design of the airframe. A 59% reduction in drag will be reflected in a significant reduction in fuel consumption, and a greater potential range (4500 nm!).

The ability to fly from one small regional airport to another small regional airport thousands of miles away, means no long commute to the airport. No hours-long security checks and delays. Far lesser risk of catching a communicable disease from that third world traveler in the aisle seat. And the risk of being hijacked by muslim terrorists would be vanishingly small.

Everyone would like to have access to this kind of air travel, generally only provided to top executives, celebrities, government leaders, and the very wealthy. If everything goes well for Otto Aviation and its unusual new plane, you may be able to charter long distance flights for yourself and your family and close friends at prices similar to what you would pay for commercial airline flights.

In other news:

The failed experiment of government covid lockdowns

Hysterical panic backfires

Violent insurrection is just another strategy of the leftist dominated opposition party in the US

The American Left is now avowedly revolutionary, and they even have violent thugs in the form of Antifa to do their dirty work. We can only understand them if we recognize their revolutionary nature. Hordes of migrants and refugees are, they believe, allies in their revolutionary project, which is nothing less than the complete destruction and reconstitution of American civilization, in their own words, “by any means necessary.” This has always been the goal…

These are the people who control the Democratic Party now, regardless of the men and women in front of the curtain who pretend to be leading the train wreck.

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Sex Differences in the Body and the Brain

Front and side view silhouettes of man and woman. Face and profile human.
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In the aggregate, male bodies are different from female bodies. This has proven an inconvenience for feminists and for political activists. But the differences are real.

What is it then, that causes these differences? Well, one of the major contributors is the influence of testosterone, with large differences occurring throughout puberty. 11 But even before puberty, there are observed differences in many characteristics including body size and shape, and also in levels of aggression.12 Indeed, it is been highlighted that over 3000 genes contribute just towards muscle differences between men and women. This combination of genetic components and hormones result in many factors each contributing towards the differences that are manifested in males and females. While the effects of testosterone supplementation or inhibition may go some way to modify the original characteristics, it is unlikely to reverse all of the sexually dimorphic manifestations.

Now, knowing the objective data, what does this mean for trans-athletes? The rise in LGBT rights and ideas of inclusion (which are noble aims) has somehow been confused with a misunderstanding of why categorization of athletes is necessary. There has perhaps been an assumption that because gender identity may be accepted as somewhat fluid, then biological sex must also be fluid. But someone’s own perceived gender identity is not the same as biological sex. This is an example of someone’s subjective feelings versus objective reality. And while a person is free to believe whatever they choose, their subjective feelings can never overrule empirical evidence.

It certainly may be apparent that many of the proponents of inclusion and participation are also the same people who dislike the idea of competition in general. Thus, for them the idea of not being allowed to participate in which every category a person wants is terrible. But this is not what most people think about sport and certainly not at the elite level. For example, I would love to be a 100m world champion, yet my physiology would not allow it no matter how much I trained or how much I wanted it. But I don’t feel excluded. We can’t all be capable of doing every single thing in the world, and while we want to remove artificial barriers and enable opportunity and participation, we can’t deny the facts of life.

This is not just about fairness in competition and the potential earnings at stake. While there are many females who make a living in professional sport, there is a perhaps an even larger danger. This could be apparent in boxing and combat sports, where the higher levels of strength and power could lead to devastating consequences. There may be cries here that I am being alarmist and looking at the worst outcomes possible, which are never really going to occur. But we can’t possibly predict the future, and it is naïve to make decisions without thinking through all of the possible consequences. Indeed, some of the outcomes of this have already began to play out. There may be some who say that we just accept it and move forward, but I don’t think that is a forgone conclusion and it certainly requires some serious dialogue and sensible discussion at many levels. __ Sex Differences in Sport

Statistically, men have greater cardiopulmonary capacity, and greater capacity in the blood for supplying oxygen to tissues. The muscles, bones, and sinews of men are stronger on average and faster. Men can carry more weight and take more dynamic punishment while continuing to function under load.

Sex Differences in the Brain

Male brains are larger and they have different patterns of connectivity. Different brain centers are dominant (and are larger) in male brains as compared to female brains. These differences are influenced by gene expression and by differential levels of sex (and other) hormones in the brain.

Differences in Brain Connectivity
from “Smart and Sexy” by Roderick Kaine

Males have far greater variance in brains and in cognition. There are many more male geniuses than female geniuses, and many more male morons than female morons. Females occupy more of the middle ground.

… men had higher brain volumes than women in every subcortical region they looked at, including the hippocampus (which plays broad roles in memory and spatial awareness), the amygdala (emotions, memory, and decision-making), striatum (learning, inhibition, and reward-processing), and thalamus (processing and relaying sensory information to other parts of the brain)….

Volumes and cortical thickness between men also tended to vary much more than they did between women, the researchers report this month in a paper posted to the bioRxiv server, which makes articles available before they have been peer reviewed.

That’s intriguing because it lines up with previous work looking at sex and IQ tests. “[That previous study] finds no average difference in intelligence, but males were more variable than females,” Ritchie says. “This is why our finding that male participants’ brains were, in most measures, more variable than female participants’ brains is so interesting. It fits with a lot of other evidence that seems to point toward males being more variable physically and mentally.” __ Sciencemag

Over a century’s worth of psychometrics and close observation reveals that men are cognitively stronger on tasks requiring mathematical and spatial/mechanical skills — and women tend to be stronger on tasks requiring verbal skills. Despite the most ardent wishes of political activists and hacks, nothing has changed on that front.

Differences in the brains and bodies of the sexes leads directly to differences in occupational preferences and aptitudes. People tend to do what they are good at. There are a few women loggers and pipefitters for example, but you may have look to far and wide to find them.

Another good list of jobs by male vs. female participation rate

Participation in different occupations by sex is a matter of choice and aptitude these days. Political activists in academia and government attempt to concoct a narrative of discrimination, in an attempt to grab ever more control and power over larger numbers of institutions. In the short run they may get their way, but in the long run evolution and human nature will wash over them like a vengeful hurricane-strength wakeup call.

The book Smart and Sexy by Roderick Kaine, is available on Amazon and as a free E-book. It provides hundreds of scientific references along with very strong arguments for the thesis that apparent male and female cognitive and behavioral differences are based upon underlying biological and evolutionary reality.

More — Grown adults pretending that male bodies are the same as female bodies:

Trans activists and their allies like Judge Chatigny are determined that trans persons won’t feel bad. That’s admirable. But “not feeling bad” isn’t a right guaranteed under law. Fairness and equality, ideals that are enshrined in law, should bar athletes with male bodies from competing against those with female bodies.

The whole edifice of American antidiscrimination law, including Title IX, rests on there being a meaningful bodily distinction between the two sexes. Remove that foundation — and the justice of antidiscrimination law crumbles.__
https://nypost.com/2020/05/12/judge-sides-with-trans-athletes-against-girls-who-just-want-fairness/

Even an old man like John McEnroe would likely beat Serena Williams

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UK Shrugs Off Chinese Coronavirus

At one stage whole intensive care units were full of Covid-19 patients, many of them on ventilators for several weeks.

Again, thankfully, the numbers on ventilators have continued to fall, from 3,300 to 64.

There are many ways of counting Covid-related deaths, but they all show mortality peaked in April and has been falling ever since.

If we look solely at those who died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test, this has fallen by 99% from nearly 1,000 a day to, on average, less than 10.

That compares to an average of 30 men a day who die from prostate cancer, and 30 women from breast cancer. Neither of these figures is read out nightly on the TV news, unlike the statistics for cases and coronavirus deaths. __
BBC

TV news in the UK has no riots to report, so it is stuck in COVID panic mode. Honest journalists would try to put the waning pandemic in some sort of perspective. But we are not living in an age of honest journalists or honest officials.

Dr. Anthony Fauci may have once been a credible voice on topics of infectious disease and immunology, but his behavior since the onset of the Chinese pandemic has been highly questionable. His flip-flopping advice is less than useful.

The only thing one can infer from all of Dr. Fauci’s flip-flopping is that he either has no idea what he’s talking about or he’s simply making this all up as he goes along. He’s never had a cohesive message during the entire pandemic and his “expert” advice is nothing but hedged gibberish along the lines of “this may happen, or maybe it won’t happen”. __ Source

The bizarre world of face mask fascism

How Many Died of COVID
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US CDC finally admits that only 6% out of the 161,392 deaths attributed to Chinese coronavirus actually died solely of SARS2 CoV-19. That gives us 9,684 deaths from just COVID, in the US. Thanks media. Thanks Fauci. Thanks for all the hysteria and economic hardship over 10,000 excess deaths due exclusively to COVID, mostly in people 70 years of age and older.

Tests for SARS CoV-2 are notoriously unreliable. If a person dies and is suspected of having had contact with a person thought to have been infected with the Chinese coronavirus, he is counted as a COVID death.

In Other News

Data on police shootings does not support BLM/media narrative

Every black criminal or thug that has a run-in with the police or neighborhood watch is becoming a cause celebre for the media and others who seek to stoke violent destruction in the cities. The tinder is dry, with a lot of extra fuel added by media, politicians, and activists to accelerate the flames.

Speaking of the media narrative, did you realize that everything you think you know about Trayvon is wrong?

“There are plenty of black people who don’t believe all the black victim narratives, but no one puts us on TV. We have no control over that. 🤷🏾‍♀️ This is a great video. Thanks for sharing.”

More videos are needed to provide the detail surrounding the violent events involving Michael Brown, George Floyd, Jacob Blake, and other tragic human flotsam who are being used as an excuse by other people who want to break things, kill people, and burn things down.

If the narrative of victimhood and oppression were to fall down of its own vacuity, what would happen to most of academia, media, the deep state, and the vast and mindless woke infrastructure that pervades social institutions everywhere?

Remember, universities devote entire departments to generating people who are qualified only to act as professional political activists. They are trained by universities to organize hysterical mobs, in situations where violence and destruction will naturally follow. The transformation of universities into concentration camps for indoctrination, began as early as the 1960s. Worse, the curricular indoctrination into mindless zombiehood begins as early as nursery school these days.

These corrupt cesspools of education and academia — and all the denizens inside and outside of government who keep them in operation — are the locations where intervention from the outside may be most productive. If you wait and try to intervene at the street level, you are many years too late.

It’s never too late for a Dangerous Childhood © .

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Deliberately Instigated Violence in an Election Year

Among political parties, only the Democrats allowed and tacitly encouraged the destruction of our cities. Of our businesses. Of our way of life. They’ve consistently tried to hide and downplay what has actually occurred. But most people aren’t that far removed from the reality around us—especially with the most important election of their lifetimes coming around the bend like a freight train. __ Wholly Owned by Democrats

The US Democratic Party politicians and donors who are supporting (and helping to escalate) the deadly antifa/BLM riots, are betting that all the bloodshed and destruction of property and livelihoods will benefit Democrat politicians. The CCP controlled People’s Republic of China also seems to have a hand in helping to organize the violence.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris: Bailing violent rioters out of jail

The Gateway Pundit has ongoing coverage of the engineered rioting and bloodletting. In case you find yourself accidentally caught in the middle of a city run by the Democrat Party, Bayou Renaissance Man has some good articles on the treacherous technicalities of firearms self defense.

In Kenosha, Wisconsin, a teenage boy from a local town was almost killed by a violent mob. He barely avoided their clutches using an AR-15 rifle, but was forced to kill 2 assailants and wound another. The teenager surrendered himself to police, but was immediately charged with first degree murder by an overly ambitious prosecutor. His legal fees are likely to mount up to several hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the outcome of his trial is by no means certain — regardless of the facts of the case. Juries are fickle animals in the hands of unscrupulous and dishonest prosecutors.

In Portland, Oregon, a counter-protestor in support of the police was murdered in an unprovoked ambush-style assassination by antifa/BLM thugs. The leftwing mayor of Portland seems vaguely aware that his antifa/BLM “guests” are out to commit murder, but he seems very reluctant to do anything about it. Perhaps because he is running for re-election against a candidate who openly supports antifa violence.

Leftist-controlled cities are becoming particularly susceptible to riots, looting, arson, and murder. What effect is this violence and Democrat-sanctioned anarchy going to have on upcoming US national elections in November?

Billionaire political activist/saboteur George Soros — who was a Nazi collaborator in his Hungarian youth — is hoping that the riots will help put an end to Donald Trump’s inconvenient (for Soros) political career.

The People’s Republic of China’s CCP is hoping for the same outcome. Two Chinese communist-supported groups — Liberation Road and FSRP — are working hard to organize violent resistance on the streets, and on campuses.

Liberation Road works closely with the Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, Solidarity, League of Revolutionaries for a New America, Socialist Party USA, and sometimes the Workers World Party.

Because Liberation Road is heavily involved in electoral politics and has heavily penetrated the Democratic Party in several states, they aren’t as open about their foreign communist connections as their FRSO-FB cousins.

Several Liberation Road supporters live in China, and the party supports the Beijing line. Liberation Road also has ties to Palestinian radicals and foreign communist parties, including the formerly Pol Pot-supporting Norwegian Left Party.

Liberation Road is so strong in Virginia that by signing up hundreds of thousands of minority voters for the Democrats, they have flipped the state from red to blue. This was with the help of super-focused computer-generated electoral mapping done by Liberation Road comrade Steve McClure working out of Wuhan University in China. __ Source

The Democrat Party doesn’t really care who helps it, as long as it can regain its power to abuse the people of America and the world without limit. But is the riot and mayhem strategy truly the best approach for Democrat mayors, governors, congressmen and women, and their media apologists? Can these people brutalize and thug their way to national victory? They seem to think so.

Movement for Black Lives (MBL) Tied to Soros/China Coordinates Riots

The MBL website states the MBL “seeks to reach millions, mobilize hundreds of thousands, and organize tens of thousands, so that Black political power is a force able to influence national and local agendas in the direction of our shared Vision for Black Lives.”

The site invited activists to take part in a week of action from June 1 to 7 in defense of black lives.

A daily list of talking points and action steps is listed which include: “We Demand a Divestment from the Police and Investment in Black Communities: We Demand Local Schools, Colleges, Universities, and All Public Institutions Cut Ties with the Police” and “Immediate Relief for Our Communities,” followed by a list of demands that included a Universal Basic Income for Blacks and “direct cash payments, rent cancellation, mortgage cancellation, a moratorium on utility and water shutoffs and a cancellation of student, medical and other forms of debt.”

According to the MBL website, “By Friday, after a week of taking action together, we will have flexed our collective muscle and built power nationwide.”

Clearly, the protests are aimed at socialism—and ending the Trump presidency. __ Source

They say they want to end the Trump presidency. But the kind of things they are doing, perhaps in hopes of intimidating US voters into voting against Trump, may have the opposite effect on voters. Is it possible that the thuggish shock troops of the Democratic Party’s partners the Democracy Alliance, George Soros, and the CCP’s cat’s paw front groups, have become so addicted to breaking things, burning things down, and killing people, that they are unwittingly paving the way to a second Donald J. Trump presidential term?

These usefully idiotic clowns and the elites they serve still slap “mostly peaceful” chyrons on their coverage of American neighborhoods going up in flames. Some still think the mob will help them win. But the riots can’t just be put back in the bottle—not because you morons finally blink. Democrats helped open Pandora’s Box this summer. Deep-rooted fear and anger have flown out. There is now no telling where they will roost politically. BLM and friends are run by very angry, very dangerous extremists who aren’t playing around. They now have hundreds of millions of dollars (at least) at their command. They will not be easily controlled by the brain-dead and/or evil Dems who summoned them. You play with fire, you get burned—as our cities, tragically and needlessly, will continue to do. __ https://americanmind.org/post/the-democrats-riots/

These days, you cannot separate the bloody riots from the Democrat Party and its donors and activist groups. Antifa/BLM are marching in Oakland and other cities, chanting for the destruction of the US — and consequently for the destruction of the free world. The Democrat Party owns them all now, and whatever comes of them.

Why the left always resorts to violence:

When [leftists] focus more on how a group of people is being victimized than they do on talking about solutions, it can easily result in violence. As the left and the media continue to stoke the fires of victimhood, people become angrier and angrier until it finally boils over.

Of course, sometimes there are people who directly and deliberately incite violence.

During the presidential campaign, investigative journalist James O’Keefe released an undercover video that exposed the collaboration between the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton super-PACs, and the Clinton campaign.

They paid agitators to incite violence at President Trump’s rallies. The objective was to paint Trump supporters as violent, hateful people. The video shows operatives saying that they trained people to provoke Trump supporters into violence. They even admitted that the violent shutdown of the Trump rally in Chicago was caused by this type of operation.

Lastly, the media can also play a large part in fomenting violence. During these riots, it’s not unusual for the press to cover the event in a way that protects the rioters. If they can blame someone else for the violence, they will. And they usually blame the right. There have been numerous times when the media has shown a clear double standard. When a Trump supporter punched a protester, it made national headlines. The video was played over and over again. The fact that it was a white man who punched a black man just made it worse. The media used this video as evidence that Trump supporters are violent racists.

There are numerous reasons why the left chooses to resort to violence, but the main reason is that it’s a part of their ideology. Violent resistance is inherent in leftist political thought. The history of every major leftist power is marked by violence, oppression, and the elimination of dissent. If we wish to move forward as a nation, we can’t allow violence to become part of our political conversation. We need to find better ways to achieve the goals we want. Peaceful discourse is what we need. Not more violence. __ https://www.libertynation.com/reasons-leftists-riot/

The Black Book of Communism documents in copious detail the bloody history of leftist movements around the world, resulting in well over 100 million dead so far.

The left is pressed for time, and feels it must resort to violence. Scientific research results are systematically dismantling the very basis of leftist “social justice” theory.

Consider sexual differences in preference and aptitude

Consider how quickly cognitive differences in breeding populations can arise

Scientific research into the biological bases of intelligence is slowly discovering why different people display different levels of cognitive ability. This has little to do with “social justice” and a lot to do with evolution and heredity.

Consider other areas where leftist hysteria is threatened by an evidence-based rollback

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Latest Study on Children and Coronavirus May Help Calm the Hysteria over School

From the BBC online:

The BMJ study looked at 651 children with coronavirus in hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland….

“There have been no deaths in otherwise healthy school-age children,” said study author Prof Calum Semple, from the University of Liverpool.

“There is no direct harm from children going back to school,” he added.

A “strikingly low” 1% of these 651 children and young people – six in total – had died in hospital with Covid-19 compared with 27% across all other age groups, the study found.

Eighteen per cent of the children needed intensive care.

And the six who had died had had “profound” underlying health conditions that had often been complex and themselves life-limiting.

Children with such conditions remained vulnerable to the virus and must take precautions, the researchers said.

But for others, the risk was extremely low. __ https://www.bbc.com/news/health-53932294

In addition, multiple studies continue to show that children are less likely to spread the virus, either among themselves or to adults.

Schools in Sweden never closed, but elsewhere in Europe closed schools are being re-opened.

Globally, according to a research review published recently in The Lancet, a leading medical journal, the number of Covid-19 deaths prevented by school closings has been vanishingly small. The same can’t be said about the closings’ educational effects, which have been devastating. __ RCE

The hysteria over the Chinese coronavirus has been media-driven and abetted by politicians and politicized health officials with apparent vested interests in causing panic and economic harm to particular populations of citizens and residents. We’re gonna need a lot more guillotines! 😉

The Tragedy is the Unthinking Sheep-Like Nature of Most People

Thinking openly and honestly — being open to the evidence and different arguments — is hard work. Journalists can’t do it. Most politicians can’t do it. True believers, thugs, and opportunists who are rioting in the streets can’t do it. Most modern inbred professors of social sciences and the liberal arts cannot do it. They have been selected by a rigorous process of winnowing out to be as mindless as possible.

Many people are discomfited, or even outraged, by [thoughtful questions]. Some are fearful that their ideas may not stand up as well as they would like if they start to think about them. Others may want to stand upon the ‘politics of identity’, or in other words the kind of identification with a particular tradition, or group, or national or ethnic identity that invites them to turn their back on outsiders who question the ways of the group.
They will shrug off criticism: their values are ‘incommensurable’ with the values of outsiders. They are to be understood only by brothers and sisters within the circle. __ Think by Simon Blackburn

Fearful, insecure people are easier to manipulate than people who are capable of thinking for themselves.

Full spectrum thinking includes verbal and mathematical logic, as well as a familiarity and mastery of the emotions. I am talking specifically about the emotion of fear, which figures prominently in this age of chaotic idiocy.

From Rilke:

You nights of anguish. Why didn’t I kneel more deeply to accept you,
Inconsolable sisters, and surrendering, lose myself in your loosened hair.
How we squander our hours of pain.
How we gaze beyond them into the bitter duration
To see if they have an end. Though they are really
Seasons of us, our winter . . . __ Rainer Rilke, The Duino Elegies (Tenth Elegy) as quoted in Radical Honesty “Radical Acceptance” by Tara Brach

In the novel Dune, by Frank Herbert, the protagonist Paul Atreides was taught to face his fears by his Bene Gesserit mother.

I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. __ Litany Against Fear

In the elegy by Rainer Rilke, fears and pains are meant to be taken far more intimately and closer to the heart than in the Bene Gesserit litany. Either approach is better than our modern headless flight from our pains and our fears.

First we need to shine the light of knowledge and honest investigation onto our fears. Then we can face them and do what we must.

It is never too late for a Dangerous Childhood © .

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Every homeschool parent understands that most young children need close supervision by someone disciplined and knowledgeable, to keep children on-task.

We know from both research and experience that students learn only if they spend enough high-quality time on task. They need to concentrate on what they need to know, within a well-designed curriculum. Their efforts need to be focused on studying that leads to their mastery of the subject-matter. Most children need a skilled and knowledgeable in-person teacher to accomplish this… __ https://www.realcleareducation.com/articles/2020/06/22/closing_schools_was_a_grievous_error_110433.html

Older children should have been taught to be self-directed and self-teaching. Failure to instill such habits by the age of 12 will create a great deal of anguish later on unless the situation is consciously rectified as a top priority.

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What is Positronium, and Where Can I Get Some?

Positronium is an atom without a nucleus, an example of an “exotic” atom. At this time, positronium can only be made inside a particle accelerator. It looks like this:

Positronium is composed of an electron, with a negative charge, circling in orbit with a positron, with a positive charge — making what’s effectively an atom without a nucleus (SN: 9/12/07). With just two particles and free from the complexities of a nucleus, positronium is appealingly simple. Its simplicity means it can be used to precisely test the theory of quantum electrodynamics, which explains how electrically charged particles interact…The researchers formed positronium by colliding a beam of positrons with a target, where they met up with electrons. __ https://www.sciencenews.org/article/positronium-energy-levels-exotic-atom-physics

Exotic atoms such as positronium are used in the study of quantum physics, including quantum electrodynamics and quantum chromodynamics.

Of course, what most of you are wanting to know in connection with exotic atoms and exotic matter is: ” Can we use it to make powerful weapons with which to control the world?” And that will take some time. But in secret labs — and not so secret labs — on Earth and orbiting the Earth, scientists are seeking the secrets of exotic atoms, exotic matter, and exotic energy.

You may have thought that nuclear fusion — which is always 10 to 30 years away — is the ultimate futuristic technology. But nuclear fusion is theoretically achievable using conventional atoms and conventional technology, as long as sufficiently advanced materials are developed. Truly futuristic technology such as faster-than-light travel and communications, teleportation, immortality, orders of magnitude higher levels of human intelligence, intergalactic civilizations, and the ability to interact with multiple parallel universes and timelines, will probably require something more.

Muonium — Exotic atom made up of an antimuon and an electron

The video lecture below from the UK College of Arts and Sciences provides more background on positronium, muonium, and other atomic physics topics. It is a bit rambling and technical in nature, so if you are interested, be patient.

Muonium, Positronium, Proton Radius, and all that from UK College of Arts & Sciences on Vimeo.

The future is not for wimps and snowflakes or for the type of person who just wants to break things. It is not for people who submit unquestioningly to nonsensical power grabs by government functionaries. To be fit for the future, we must question everything. And pay attention.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. It is never too late for a Dangerous Childhood © .

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A Gem of a Physics Video

I have been enjoying the “Nuclear Physics Explained” video course lately. While scanning YouTube for some supplementary nuclear physics videos I ran across the one above, and was impressed with its visual explanatory power.

We have barely scratched the surface of what digital video can do in terms of education. Learning takes place in the mind of the learner. For many complex topics, verbal descriptions are inadequate to allow most students to get a foothold on the concepts.

In the world of dumbed-down schools and the modern emphasis on indoctrination over meaningful learning, someone or some institution will have to step in to compensate for the advanced state of decay in corrupt systems of education and training. Strained infrastructures are already suffering from a growing skills shortage as older generations retire and die off. Collapsed educational standards combined with a long-term dysgenic trend do not help.

The concept of “islands of competence” will come into play. In specific locations, persons in positions of influence will refuse to let the spark of intelligence and competence die.

Across many parts of the world, no one expects to have electric power 24/7 or reliable emergency services and health care. We have been spoiled by good infrastructure for a long time. But watch what happens to cities that were once part of the advanced world, but which are rapidly becoming third world cities.

Access to effective and portable technical and scientific training can prepare the human substrate to keep the lights on, when over much of the world the lights are going out.

It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood © .

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And Now the Bad News

A Daunting Historical Cycle Threatens Human Ingenuity

Humans rely on their minds to solve the inevitable problems that arise in the course of their existence in the universe. But as we grow more clever, human existence grows trickier:

“The world we have made as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far creates problems we cannot solve at the same level of thinking at which we created them.” — Albert Einstein

In order to keep solving our increasingly complex problems, our minds need to get better at problem solving. Our very existence depends upon it. Until recently, advanced societies have been both lucky and good, when it comes to problem solving. The brilliant and optimistic view of the human future expressed by economist Julian Simon in his book Ultimate Resource II, is a testament to human problem-solving. More optimism

Now the Bad News

Certainly time will be on our side as long as evolution is on our side. For hundreds of thousands of years, people have been getting smarter in order to survive the challenges of a harsh existence. But apparently that very harshness and challenge was necessary to keep humans on the positive side of the historical cycle. Because we really don’t want to be on the negative side of that cycle:

In the period before the onset of demographic transition, when fertility rates were positively associated with income levels, Malthusian pressure gave an evolutionary advantage to individuals whose characteristics were positively correlated with child quality and hence higher IQ, increasing in such a way the frequency of underlying genes in the population. As the fraction of individuals of higher quality increased, technological progress intensified. Positive feedback between technological progress and the level of education reinforced the growth process, setting the stage for an industrial revolution that facilitated an endogenous take-off from the Malthusian trap. The population density rose and with it social and political friction, especially important at the top of the social pyramid. Thus, from a certain turning point of history, the well-to-do have fewer children than the poor. Once the economic environment improves sufficiently, the evolutionary pressure weakens, and on the basis of spreading egalitarian ideology and general suffrage the quantity of people gains dominance over quality. At present, we have already reached the phase of global human capital deterioration as the necessary prerequisite for a global collapse by which the overpopulated earth will decimate a species with an average IQ, still too mediocre to understand its own evolution and steer its course. __ The Population Cycle Drives Human History — from a Eugenic Phase into a Dysgenic Phase and Collapse

Volkmar Weiss*

German geneticist and historian Volkmar Weiss has constructed a compelling theory of cyclic historical determinism far more convincing than Karl Marx’ more famous and influential theory of historical determinism. [The book-length version of Weiss’ theory.]

In a nutshell: As long as intelligent people continue to have sufficient numbers of intelligent children, an advanced society can continue to develop sophisticated problem-solving techniques using science, technology, and sound policy. But when intelligent people stop having sufficient numbers of intelligent children, the society falls into an unstoppable spiral of collapse which cannot be reversed by well-meaning leaders or citizens. Democratic societies become overwhelmed by large numbers of urbanized, socially and economically dependent — but voting — citizens, who lack the wherewithal to solve their own problems, much less those of the larger society.

As laid out by Weiss in his publications, the theory makes a great deal of sense.

Today, we seem to be falling into an age of cultural rot and chaos, with most of our cultural institutions taken over by nonsensical voices of excremental decay. Can any modern leader fight a society-wide battle and win against the relentless waves of Dysgenics combined with free-falling cultural decline?

No. And that is the point that Weiss makes. If you are in a public position you cannot talk about the genetic foundations that advanced societies rest upon for their existence — you cannot even think about such things!

The video below mentions some of the things that today’s most daring politician has thought about and talked about over a long period of time. He brings up important ideas that few other political participants deigned to notice, and never dared to put into policy. But the deeper game discussed by Volkmar Weiss is not a game that any politician can play in our world.

Using video clips over a time span of 37 years, Trump repeatedly describes to media personalities (including Oprah Winfrey) the need for a strong US president to come along and reverse a course of economic decline that the country was falling into. Over those 37 years, Trump’s message remained clear and consistent. Few other candidates for US president can claim the same consistency or clarity — particularly not Joe Biden, who is lucky to remember his current wife’s name.

Trump’s long struggle against American decline involves a fight against bad economic policy, bad foreign policy, and a fight against corrupt interests at the highest levels of US government and US (and global) society. Perhaps those are battles that Trump might win, given enough time. But a fight against a seemingly inexorable cycle of dysgenic decline is something distinctly different, which no modern politician can even mention in public — much less raise in the form of a policy proposal.

Volkmar Weiss acknowledges the futility of trying to fight against these underlying forces using the pitiful tools of politics:

Politics is nothing more than the foam on the waves. Politicians believe themselves to be the drivers of history, but they themselves are driven ones and try to regulate something that regulates itself alone (Flynn, 2001). As individuals, some may achieve an understanding of what is happening, but in mass societies they lack the power and ability to thwart the statistical laws of history.

… The Great Chaos does not mean the apocalypse. In the cataclysms, the large and highly specialized animals always disappeared; the smaller and unassuming species survived. The question is actually only whether after the Great Chaos a new Dark Age will last for a long time in which a large part of our civilization is lost or whether a sufficient number of capable engineers will survive. Anyone who predicts that the earth will have only 2 billion inhabitants at the end of this century, contrary to the expected maximum of 9 or 10 billion around 2040, does not want to be confirmed—but rather hopes to be proven wrong.

__ The Population Cycle Drives Human History – from a Eugenic Phase into a Dysgenic Phase and Eventual Collapse by Volkmar Weiss

For anyone who takes the time to examine the arguments in the links above, it will be clear that no politician in existence can solve this problem. Just a simple glimpse at the dysfunction on the streets of Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, New York City, Chicago — and perhaps your home town — will tell you that something has gone very badly wrong, which neither Joe Biden/Kamala Harris nor Donald Trump/Mike Pence will be able to solve to everyone’s satisfaction. The superficial schism between socialist anarchy and traditionalist order and prosperity is only a smokescreen covering a far deeper, more substantial, and more ominously dynamic struggle.

Even the best politics can only partially mitigate the harm that this age of chaos is bringing in its wake. But partial mitigation is preferable to the extreme exacerbation which the worst politics will inevitably bring.

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The link between genes and intelligence is accepted implicitly by most thoughtful people, even by those who react angrily in public to the very idea of the heritability of intelligence. Similarly, evidence is strong for the heritability of “executive functions” of the brain — which are equally important to life success as general intelligence. Personality traits are also highly heritable. A good upbringing and education may compensate for some deficits, but in this day and age don’t count on it. Cultural decline plays just as much a role in Weiss’ negative cycle as dysgenic decline.

More on genes and intelligence:

500 genes linked to intelligence — original study

Brief description of above study:

More than 500 genes linked to intelligence have been identified in the largest study of its kind, carried out by the Universities of Southampton and Edinburgh, and Harvard University.

Scientists compared variation in DNA in more than 240,000 people from around the world, to discover which genes are associated with intelligence.

They identified 538 genes that play a role in intellectual ability and found 187 regions in the human genome that are linked to thinking skills.

Scientists say the study sheds new light on the biological building blocks of people’s differences in intelligence. __ https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2018/03/genes-intelligence.page

An earlier study linking genes and intelligence

So that’s the good news and the bad news. Depending upon the society, human populations contain many clever minds. But the ratio of clever to not-clever minds is in decline. When do societies reach the point that they can no longer maintain their critical infrastructures? Consider the recent transition of Zimbabwe, and the ongoing transition of South Africa. Then consider what is happening in the no-go zones of cities in France, Sweden, the US, Brazil, and many other “modern” societies.

When Weiss suggests that Earth may only have 2 billion people at the end of this century, he may be proven overly optimistic. And even in the middle of a great collapse, expect clever humans to devise large numbers of ingenious devices and processes, in specific areas where sufficient numbers of clever (and strong) people still survive.

A longer and more thorough treatment by Weiss of his historical cycle of eugenics to dysgenics — including some speculations about two intriguing genes related to IQ

A Funnier Look at the Coming Idiocracy

For a bit of comic relief, stream the entire movie at archive.org. Yes, it is rather stupid. But a lot less stupid than real world street fare these days.

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Herd Immunity Remains the Best Bet

For all practical purposes, the covid-19 epidemic is over in Sweden. Almost certainly herd immunity has been achieved in Sweden irrespective of any antibody test results. Testing is usually only for IgG antibody and the herd can become immune via IgA antibody or cellular mechanisms that are not detected by the usual testing. __ Source

Those who are hanging their hopes on a universally safe, effective, affordable, and available vaccine are several cards short of a full deck.

Research shows that meaningful group immunity could be as low as 10 – 20%, rather than the much higher levels often quoted by media. Unfortunately, current antibody testing cannot tell us who is immune to the Chinese SARS-2 virus from Wuhan. This conundrum points back to the only nation that seems to have ridden the pandemic into the ground, Sweden:

Sweden did not close its schools. Other than stopping gatherings of more than fifty people, the Swedish government left decisions of closing businesses, using masks, and social distancing to the Swedish people. The government encouraged the use of masks and social distancing, but there were no requirements and there were no penalties for those who declined to follow the advice. Mortality attributed to covid-19 hit a peak value of 11.38 deaths per day per million population on April 8, 2020. This mortality was matched on April 15, and mortality has decreased since then. Daily mortality has been less than one death per day per million population for the previous eighteen days. Cases are very low. For all practical purposes, the covid-19 epidemic is over in Sweden. Almost certainly herd immunity has been achieved in Sweden irrespective of any antibody test results. Testing is usually only for IgG antibody and the herd can become immune via IgA antibody or cellular mechanisms that are not detected by the usual testing. Whether covid-19 will reappear this next fall or winter remains to be seen.

The pandemic had already established itself outside of China by sometime in January 2020 — long before Dr. Fauci or other public health “experts” had begun to grow even slightly uneasy about what was coming. It was already too late to stop the pandemic by conventional means before the “authorities” realized there was a problem.

COVID is especially harsh for older people, and those who are already sick with life-threatening disease. Young and healthy people seem to ride out the infection with mostly minimal impact. It is similar to the Hong Kong flu in many ways — except during the Hong Kong flu pandemic up to 4 million people died, a large number of those being children and young adults. The famous music festival “Woodstock” took place smack in the middle of the Hong Kong flu pandemic, and nobody even blinked!

But we live in the age of wilting snowflakes, where every little thing triggers everybody into paralysis and a cowardly secretion. There is no better indication that we are living in an Idiocracy than our societies’ reaction to this pimped up Chinese pandemic.

… data clearly show that relative to the outbreak’s first two months, the rate at which people are dying has fallen significantly in countries around the world, including the United States. Doctors have discussed how treatments have reduced the average length of hospital stays and given those who are hospitalized a much better chance of surviving. As the development of treatments continues, we can only expect that metric to improve.

As for children, the risk of illness and death is very low, which has driven CDC Director Robert Redfield’s candor about the importance of reopening schools.

In stark contrast, the Spanish Flu of 1918 proved much more vicious and indiscriminate. A CDC estimate puts worldwide infections at 500 million, with total worldwide deaths at 50 million and U.S. deaths at some 675,000. Seniors were particularly vulnerable, as they are to COVID-19.

Unlike the COVID-19 pandemic, mortality was also high among young children. That flu also killed many healthy people aged 20 to 40, a group that has not suffered large numbers of COVID-19 deaths.

Lockdowns Have Been Worse than a Failure

New York killed tens of thousands of people with its lockdowns, confining infected people tightly inside nursing homes and private homes where the spread was appalling — affecting those who were most vulnerable to severe morbidity and death.

Lockdowns not only killed people immediately, they will be killing people for years after they eventually collapse from their own toxic imbecility and obsolescence — from the long-term economic damage. And the people that lockdowns “saved?” They stand a good chance of dying anyway, when the virus bounces back into susceptible populations that were never protected by herd immunity because the lockdowns prevented it.

Intelligent people can make mistakes. But in the cases where such poor decisions were made out of political calculation… well, we’re gonna need a lot more guillotines.

During the more deadly Hong Kong flu pandemic of 1968 and 1969, life went on pretty much as normal. But that was almost 3 generations ago, enough time for both cultural decline and a certain degree of dysgenic decline. The cultural decline shows no sign of slowing — unless someone devises an effective way to “drain the swamp.” And the dysgenic decline appears to be accelerating, thanks in large part to the ongoing cultural decline.

Based on the mortality metric, it’s not … accurate to say yet that the coronavirus is worse than the flus of 1957 and 1968. __ Source

Dimwitted politicians and journalists drone on about this “potentially lethal virus,” as if they were talking about a vicious and ruthless killer beyond what we have seen before. But every pathogen is potentially lethal under the right circumstances. We are not living in wonderland, Alice. We are living in a world swimming in viruses. Viruses outnumber everything else by 10 to 1. And we do not understand viruses — either those that occur naturally, or those that have been given a boost, as in the Wuhan SARS-2 CoV. But we are learning. Unfortunately, the ongoing decline in human intellect and character make it much more difficult than it should be.

Lockdowns Did Not Prevent Deaths… Only Delayed Them

The data suggest that lockdowns have not prevented any deaths from covid-19. At best, lockdowns have deferred death for a short time, but they cannot possibly be continued for the long term. It seems likely that one will not have to even compare economic deprivation with loss of life, as the final death toll following authoritarian lockdowns will most likely exceed the deaths from letting people choose how to manage their own risk. After taking the unprecedented economic depression into account, history will likely judge these lockdowns to be the greatest policy error of this generation. Covid-19 is not going to be defeated; we will have to learn how to coexist with it. The only way we can learn how best to cope with covid-19 is to let individuals manage their own risk, observe the outcomes, and learn from mistakes. The world owes a great debt to Sweden for setting an example that the rest of us can follow. __ https://mises.org/wire/why-americans-should-adopt-sweden-model-covid-19

Worldometers Sweden Mortality from COVID 17 August 2020
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/sweden/

Nobody Remembers

The only reason anyone will remember this Chinese pandemic is because of the disastrous media/political over-reaction, which will cause far more devastation than the virus alone ever could.

No one remembers that in December 1968, Apollo 8 commander, Frank Borman, was struck down with H3N2 while in orbit, on his way to the moon. It is forgotten that he caught this from President Lyndon B Johnson, whom he met before embarking on the mission. President Johnson and his vice president, Hubert Humphrey, both had the disease while in the White House. Hospitals were overrun. New York City’s blood bank was depleted, which forced hospitals to cancel both elective and life-saving surgeries. Absenteeism in the workplace was up by 50 per cent. In Europe, garbage collectors in West Germany were burying bodies because the undertakers couldn’t keep up with the demand. Corpses in Berlin had to be stored in subway tunnels. __ Life Goes On

Most people who are infected with the Chinese virus from Wuhan either do not know they were infected — they have no symptoms — or their symptoms are vanishingly slight, like a cold or mild flu. These asymptomatic or very mild cases — the majority of infected — do not seem to spread the virus readily. Similarly, young people who are infected do not seem to get seriously ill or to spread the virus easily — except when confined for long periods of time in confined spaces with no precautions. The average age of death from this coronavirus is between 75 years and 85 years.

About 8,000 people die in the US each day from all causes. Even with significant inflation of COVID death counts, the coronavirus death toll is a mere fraction of the total as the pandemic from the Chinese virus continues to kill the slowly diminishing numbers of susceptible — largely old and infirm — persons. The same is true of global mortality, with about 155,000 dying every day — roughly 5,000 – 6,000 of them from Chinese coronavirus.

More rapid herd immunity could have blunted this “slow death” we are seeing, but lockdowns prevented such group immunity from forming. Prolonging the pain seems to be the preferred approach of today’s pseudo-intellectual elites in the age of Idiocracy and cultural/dysgenic decline.

More:

The movie “Idiocracy” is not just a satire, it’s a preview. Watch it free at archive.org, or download it free and watch it at your leisure. Warning: It may portray levels of stupidity that you do not wish your children exposed to. Much like CSpan coverage of the US Congress.

Curious readers may want to review this Al Fin Next Level posting from 22 March 2020. Five months ago we were saying things about this pandemic which have later been shown to be true — but which were being censored by large websites and information gatekeepers at the time.

Thanks to a Chinese virology lab, this Wuhan coronavirus is easily spread to humans. And thanks to its lineage, this virus is capable of triggering an ARDS-like pulmonary reaction in susceptible persons, sometimes leading to death. And thanks to the Chinese CCP government, this virus had already spread to the western world and propagated itself beyond conventional epidemiological control measures long before western authorities were aware of what had already happened. Considering an infection fatality rate of 0.25% overall (or less), looking back in time and considering a policy of total economic lockdown in reaction to this particular virus, is insane. But continuing to persist in this insane policy is outright criminal.

We’re gonna need a lot more guillotines.

More yet:

Some people can still think —

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An Ambitious and Diabolical Plan

UPDATE: True to form, YouTube has censored the video originally posted just below on multiple channels, for “hate speech.” The documentary is called ShadowGate. Trailer and more information here.

The ShadowGate documentary should remain available online at this site

The plot thickens. Censorship, blacklisting, cancel culture, violence, and the use of law enforcement to silence inconvenient voices. The swamp needs draining now more than ever.

The plan to grab total control has been in play for a long time. The biggest obstacle has been the annoying independent streak exhibited by the people of the Anglosphere — especially the large number of people in North America who often rebel against overreaching authority. Therefore, a big part of the plan has been the undermining of the spirit of independence and self-determinism so often displayed by people of the Anglosphere and parts of Europe.

“Education” is the Key to Undermining What You Want to Control

On the streets of Seattle and other dysfunctional cities, we are seeing the results of many decades of government education and indoctrination in higher education. We cannot say that we were not warned.

The vast majority of American families send their children to public schools. Only 11 percent of children attend private schools, and fewer than 5 percent are homeschooled. And as one school board after another gives the no go signal for the coming school year, families are being thrown into crisis.

… There is no better time to make a change than right now, when public education is in chaos. Parent resource groups are forming to help families make an exit strategy and find the best education option for their children. Today, there are more options than ever. __ Source

The long leftist sabotage of the educational system has weakened the human substrate, leading to entire generations lacking knowledge — or the ability to evaluate and use knowledge. This weaker and more pliable population is essentially helpless when confronted with an unscrupulous and power-hungry government, media, legal system, educational system, and other cultural institutions including corporations that want far too much control over what people say to each other.

In other words, the detailed diabolical plan depicted in the video above — and unfolding before our eyes in the news every day — could have never been carried this far without the undermining of the minds and characters of generations of young people through a warped and twisted educational system.

Some things can’t be taken back. Once the disastrous choices have been made, the consequences must be suffered — sometimes for many generations. Most of the remarkable benefits that followed over the past few centuries from the work of the European enlightenment can be snuffed out with surprising rapidity.

The tragedy becomes more apparent when one understands how far back in time the roots of enlightenment go, and how many different threads of genius and human invention collaborated unwittingly to bring about the remarkable creation.

Duschesne lays out his agenda in The Uniqueness of Western Civilization. His central contention, he writes, “will be that the West has always existed in a state of variance from the rest of the world’s cultures,” divergences that include, among a plethora of others, “the ‘Greek miracle’, the Roman invention of the legal persona, the Papal revolution, the invention of mechanical clocks, the Portuguese voyages of discovery, the Gutenberg revolution, the Cartographic revolution, the Protestant Reformation, the ‘rational’ mercantilist state and the ‘industrial enlightenment.’” He has no doubt that the “ideals of freedom and the reasoned pursuit of truth were cultivated and realized in the course of Western time.” __ Source

It seems a shame to let it all slip through our fingers due to a fiendish quest for total control on the part of a gang of powerful individuals without principles or conscience.

We are seeing a remarkable nexus of currents in societies. Economies around the world are committing suicide over a low-mortality accidental Chinese virus that attacks mainly the old and the already sick. A nearly brain-dead candidate for US president is favored in the upcoming US national elections in November. Communist China followed up its release of the Wuhan virus with militaristic expansion along its borders, including the blatant breaking of the Hong Kong treaty that it had signed with the UK. Populations of Europe are being undermined before our eyes by way of massive third world immigration of largely incompatible newcomers — on top a “baby bust” leading to a dearth of indigenous children who are so desperately needed to keep the lights on and productive ideas flowing. The desperate rush to implement a revolutionary new economic regime in response to ginned up panic over “climate change” could lead to unintended and catastrophic consequences touching on every part of your life.

The top-down coordinated revolution of postmodern neo-Marxist “social injustice” will collapse in time, just like all other similar revolutions. But much of the damage will be irreversible.

Can the bloody coup be stopped and perhaps reversed. I don’t know. Can you think of any way to drain the fetid swamp depicted in the video above?

Note: Attaining a deep philosophical understanding of what has been happening would require a lot of reading. For those who are willing to take the time — and still have the attention span that is required — there is a great deal of relevant material available online at these sites:

Online Library of Liberty

Mises Institute

Library of Economics and Liberty

Foundation for Economic Education

The Black Book of Communism

A Neoreactionary Take on things: An extensive look at one of the more important recent trends in political philosophy

Cato Home Study Video Course on Liberty

For those who assimilate ideas better through fiction: The Hidden Truth series is an interesting look at an alternative universe where many of the same trends we are seeing today are played out in an slightly different way.

The works of Ayn Rand reveal that all of these trends go back many decades and more.

Atlas Shrugged online at archive.org

1984 online, by George Orwell

Orwell was an honest socialist, who could see where communism would lead. His warning was largely ignored by the “intelligentsia” of his day and other days leading to our day.

More: Apparently a number of people are trying to keep the ShadowGate documentary up on YouTube. Here are two channels that have the video up as of now. YouTube’s censorship and heavy-handed political bias is causing a lot of bad feeling — and the elections are still months away.

Consider getting your own copy if you are interested.

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You’re Going to Die, But Probably Not From COVID

We have let the media and social media platforms control the messaging while their profits increase and the rest of the society crumbles. Are they giving back any of their profits to the people who have lost during this period? __ Fear Killing More People

COVID is Not the Main Threat
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The level of panic and hysteria over the virus from Wuhan is something to behold. The more thoughtful among us may learn something about ourselves, once the politicians and media stop crying “Wolf!” and we have had a chance to catch our breath.

People are certainly dying, but they are mostly dying from the things that they always die of. Humans are mortal, and they tend to die sooner or later of something. For a small percentage of people — usually the old and infirm — a communicable respiratory virus such as Chinese SARS-2 will tip them past the point of no return.

In the US, New York and New Jersey were hardest hit — largely due to the policies of mayors and governors of those regions.

The mortality inflicted in [New York and New Jersey] was devastating. Further, much of it was likely produced by the lockdowns when the virus was forced into the weakened populations. The mortality rate rose rapidly starting 2 weeks after lockdowns and peaked in mid-April. __ Source

But even in that homicidally mismanaged part of the country, it was the usual causes of death which predominated.

COVID Deaths Small Fraction of Total Deaths
If You Want to Panic Over Something, Panic Over How Easily Influenced You Are by Media Hype

Herd Immunity is Already Slowing the Spread

The large number of people already infected with the coronavirus in the US has begun to act as a brake on the spread of the disease in hard-hit states.

Millions of US residents have been infected by the virus that causes covid-19, and at least 160,000 are dead. One effect is that the pool of susceptible individuals has been depleted in many areas. After infection, it’s believed, people become immune (at least for months), so they don’t transmit the virus to others. This slows the pandemic down.

“I believe the substantial epidemics in Arizona, Florida and Texas will leave enough immunity to assist in keeping COVID-19 controlled,” Trevor Bedford, a pandemic analyst at the University of Washington, said on Friday, in a series of tweets.

… The exact extent to which acquired immunity is slowing the rate of transmission is unknown, but major questions like school reopening and air travel may eventually hinge on the answer.

What is known is that after rising at an alarming pace starting in May, new cases of covid-19 in Sun Belt states like Florida have started to fall. Some of that may be due to social distancing behavior, but rising rates of immunity are also a factor, according to Youyang Gu, a computer scientist whose Covid-19 Projections is among 34 pandemic models tracked by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Immunity may play a significant part in the regions that are declining,” says Gu. At least until the fall, which is how far his models look forward, he says, “I don’t think there is going to be another spike” of infections in southern states.

Herd immunity
The US has been recording more than 1,000 covid-19 deaths and 45,000 confirmed cases a day. The flip side of the rapid spread, however, is there are progressively fewer vulnerable people to catch and spread the virus again.

…. “Clearly, as susceptibility drops, disease spreading drops. No one can say different,” says Tom Britton, a statistician who models the pandemic at the University of Stockholm. “The question is to what degree is the effect because of interventions or because of immunity? In regions with very large outbreaks—New York, Milan, Madrid, and London—I am convinced it’s a combination.”

A virus outbreak will cease to grow, even without any control measures, when a threshold called herd immunity is achieved. That’s when so many people are immune that the virus can’t find new hosts quickly enough.

… Once an obscure inflection point known only to epidemiologists, herd immunity has gained what Francois Balloux, a systems biologist at University College London, calls “Kardashian-like” fame and become a lightning rod in politically polarized debates over economic reopening. On social media, some commenters insist that herd immunity has already arrived, meaning lockdowns and school closures are not necessary. Others find reason to doubt that immunity will ever accumulate without a vaccine and say counting on it can only lead to millions of deaths.

What is certain is that in the US, with a raging epidemic, natural immunity is building fast. During June and July, Gu estimates, 450,000 people a day were being infected by the coronavirus in the US, the highest figures since the disease arrived in February.

That number is higher than the official case count because it includes an estimate of infections that go unseen, unfelt, or unreported. In June, CDC director Robert Redfield told reporters that the real number of infections could be many times the official tally. For instance, Gu has estimated that about 35 million Americans have now been infected—roughly 10% of the nation’s population.

Natural infection also turns out to be extremely efficient at reducing virus transmission—even more effective than an equal number of people getting a vaccine. The reason is that the virus has been finding and infecting precisely those people who—whether because of behavior, circumstances, or biology—are most likely to be part of transmission chains.

Perhaps they are college students on spring break, or hospital nurses, or people who touch their face all the time. Whatever the reason, once these individuals become infected and are removed from the equation through death or immunity, the effect on the pandemic is outsized. By contrast, vaccinating a sheltered older person might protect that individual but does relatively less to stop transmission.

“When the disease itself causes herd immunity, it does so more efficiently than when we give out vaccine at random,” Marc Lipsitch, a public health modeler at Harvard University, told the political pundit Bill Kristol last week during a podcast interview. As a result, “there is discussion” about whether viral transmission could be reduced more quickly than generally believed, he says.

Lessons from Sweden
Outside the US, researchers are also closely tracking the role of population immunity in national responses. Sweden, for example, did not impose a strict lockdown, and saw a large number of deaths starting in April. Since then, however, the number of new infections has declined. The nation’s leaders said last week that children would go back to school unmasked.

“I would say in Sweden there is no doubt that immunity plays an important role, more than in other countries,” says Britton. “Now this epidemic is slowly stopping.”

Britton says a better understanding of how population immunity is shaping outbreaks could help guide the level and intensity of social interventions. He says the goal is to keep the virus’s reproduction number, called R, below 1, meaning every person with the virus infects fewer than one other. Under those conditions, an outbreak dwindles. __ MIT Technology Review

Lockdowns are killing people in many ways, not least by killing hope for a better economic future for themselves and their families.

Lockdowns are devastating in a place like New York City. But, if people stay at home in Wyoming, you have a good chance of slowing infection and reducing the viral load on each individual; but even in Wyoming, an elderly person with underlying conditions is at serious risk of death if they become infected. So, putting sick people into rest homes is not advisable ANYWHERE (even though that was what was done in New York). That part of the equation does not change. What is clear is that you cannot apply a one-size-fits-all policy across the nation. Yet, authorities have tried to impose their view of risk restrictions on everyone. __ https://www.aier.org/article/dont-live-your-life-in-a-bubble/

The media and the more vile politicians and public health officials, want you to think that COVID is the greatest threat since the bubonic plague. The numbers suggest otherwise. Try not to lose your heads in the miasma of fear and panic that is loose on the wind.

If you are old or infirm, you are at a real — but finite — risk from this Chinese virus. Please stay away from nursing homes, you will probably live longer.

If you are like most of us and you need to be out and about conducting your everyday affairs, keep in mind that the number of viral particles you may be exposed to has a lot to do with how sick you may become. Use precautions, and try to avoid prolonged exposure in tight spaces with persons who may be infected with a potentially deadly disease agent.

It is clear that most governments, at many levels, have no clue what they were or are doing or how to retreat. Of course, they are in over their heads and to admit any mistake is unthinkable; therefore, they must continue with the sinking ship (while safely sitting in the lifeboat next to the ship). They are also panicked. They are panicked because if anyone dies, they think that they will be blamed, such is the fear that has been induced during this. Much of the government actions were out of panic and fear and ignorance and those actions did a lot of damage. But, this is a virus. It is a working of nature and evolution with which we are all a part. The person who can best protect you, is YOU, not your governor or some other official! __ Source

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A natural experiment in 50 states:

A 50 State Experiment: More Deaths Under Lefty-Lockdown Regimes
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Cuomo is doing everything he can to cover up the errors. He’s stonewalling bipartisan efforts in Albany to investigate the deaths of thousands of elderly in nursing homes ravaged by the virus. __ NYP

Once the virus is loose and rampant, lockdowns seem to intensify the spread in households and care facilities while slowing much needed population-scale immunity. The Chinese SARS-2 virus was already abroad in Europe, Iran, and North America long before anyone outside of China suspected it.

For societies to survive, they must be allowed to conduct their economic business. When governments put everyone under house arrest, they are killing people more efficiently than any third-rate Chinese “gain of function” virus that accidentally saw the light of day.

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Jordan Peterson & Family Get Coronavirus in Serbia

When it rains, it pours.

The controversial Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson has contracted COVID-19, his daughter told the Sun, a tabloid newspaper in the United Kingdom.

“He’ll get better, but he’s definitely taken a step back and it’s just really unfortunate … it’s been a disaster,” Mikhaila Peterson told the newspaper. __ National Post

The Sun interview with Mikhaila Peterson provides a good deal of information about what happened. Apparently Serbia experienced a “surge” of new cases, prompting the hospital where Peterson was receiving treatment to quarantine everyone. The entire family was unfortunately “hunkering down” inside the hospital, and the entire family got the virus during quarantine.

Hospital and nursing home spread has been the hallmark of this pandemic in most countries where deaths have been significant, and Serbia is apparently no exception.

Mikhaila Peterson said her dad caught COVID-19 in a Serbian hospital, where he’d been recovering from treatment, and had also caught pneumonia.

“He was put on a whole bunch of, kind of preemptively, he was put on anti-virals and things,” Mikhaila Peterson told the Sun. “I don’t know if that was necessary, because his symptoms weren’t that bad — he didn’t have a cough, he had a mild fever, but they just put him on everything. __ National Post

Jordan Peterson has had an outstanding career as a clinical psychologist, college professor, author, public speaker, entrepreneur, consultant to businesses, and television personality. He has had some major setbacks over the past year. The many people around the world who respect and admire Dr. Peterson are hoping for a strong recovery for him and his family.

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A Modern Curse: Depression and Anxiety

Depression
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Depressive symptoms are common in over 30% of women and 20% of men. Anxiety is seen in over 20% of men and women. Heritability for depression is around 40%, meaning that it often travels in families. Of those with depression, roughly 60% also have anxiety. Depression can range from melancholy moods to compulsive suicidal behavior. Anxiety can range from jitteriness to a crippling anxiety that prevents a person from performing normal life functions.

Depression and anxiety are the leading causes of disability worldwide [1]. Within work environments, depression and anxiety have been associated with decreased productivity for employees through absenteeism, presenteeism, increased disability leave, or sick leave [2-4]. Although effective psychological treatments for depression and anxiety exist, they are difficult to access for many individuals [5,6]. Approximately half of the individuals meeting criteria for major depressive disorder in a given year remain untreated or under-treated [7]. __ Journal of Medical Internet Research

The debilitating scourge of depression and anxiety will affect hundreds of millions over their lifetimes around the world. It shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, in the age of social media and continuous at-the-fingertip-news, these crippling curses have never been more prevalent.

The Chemical Imbalance Theory

These days, everybody wants an instant cure for the thing that they imagine ails them. And when that cure puts them into an even worse place, they want an instant cure for the previous cure!

When I was in graduate school I thought the chemical imbalance theory was true. So when I reviewed a wide range of potential risk factors for depression, I expected to find many studies confirming the link between depression and low serotonin. I was in for a shock. It turned out there was no good evidence for the chemical imbalance theory. What had seemed like solid science was in fact unsupported by research.

Nevertheless, this explanation infused our collective understanding of depression and other psychiatric conditions, so much so that it’s still widely believed. __ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/think-act-be/201705/what-is-the-best-way-treat-depression

Drug companies were quick to take advantage of the popular demand for quick cures, and have produced a wide range of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. But these quack quick cures don’t always work, and sometimes they cripple or even kill.

Even though some pharmacological interventions show little efficacy, and even though Xanax, an addictive and destructive benzodiazepine that only showed short-term (four weeks) efficacy in clinical trials, is being prescribed for many months and years, doctors continue to use the language of clinical neuroscience to describe mental health issues. If chemistry is the problem, people will turn to chemistry for the solution.

Perhaps we should, as psychiatrist Dean Schuyler writes in a 1974 book, recognize that most depressive episodes “will run their course and terminate with virtually complete recovery without specific intervention.” The problem is that idea isn’t profitable. As long as the gatekeepers continue to use the language of chemical imbalances to describe what for many is just an episodic case of the “blahs,” we’ll continue creating more problems than we solve. __ Source

Here are some other thoughts on underlying causes of depression/anxiety:

Mitochondria

Researchers have found that mitochondria are often anchored at key positions within neurons, such as near the synapses, apparently to help their function. Mitochondrial effects might also be exerted through the brain’s non-neuronal glial cells, such as the oligodendrocytes that sheath neurons in myelin and the astrocytes that support neurons’ health. Neurons sometimes eliminate damaged mitochondria by passing them to astrocytes, and astrocytes send them healthy mitochondria. If stress disrupts any of these processes in brain areas such as the nucleus accumbens, it could have an impact on anxiety [ed: and depressive] disorders.

Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF)

Convergent evidence indicates that neuroplastic mechanisms involving BDNF are deleteriously altered in major depressive disorder (MDD) and animal models of stress. Herein, clinical and preclinical evidence provided that stress-induced depressive pathology contributes to altered BDNF level and function in persons with MDD and, thereby, disruptions in neuroplasticity at the regional and circuit level. Conversely, effective therapeutics that mitigate depressive-related symptoms (e.g., antidepressants and physical activity) optimize BDNF in key brain regions, promote neuronal health and recovery of function in MDD-related circuits, and enhance pharmacotherapeutic response. A greater knowledge of the interrelationship between BDNF, depression, therapeutic mechanisms of action, and neuroplasticity is important as it necessarily precedes the derivation and deployment of more efficacious treatments.

And Much More

Researchers know that if depression runs in your family, you have a higher chance of becoming depressed. But genetics don’t fully explain why clinical depression occurs.

Women are about twice as likely as men to become depressed. No one’s sure why. The hormonal changes that women go through at different times of their lives may play a role.

People who are elderly are at higher risk of depression. That can be compounded by other factors, such as living alone and having a lack of social support.

Chronic and disabling medical conditions that may have no cure can raise your risk of becoming depressed. __ Source

Stressful life situations of either a physical or emotional nature — particularly if intense and over a prolonged time period or at a vulnerable period of life — can leave lasting marks on a person’s brain which can be difficult to heal.

It should be pointed out when a society is constantly at war — or if the society is made to feel constantly on a war-like footing — anxiety and depression are more common. Politicians, journalists, priests, and professors are often guilty of perpetuating large-scale hysteria among the easily influenced.

Dealing With Depression and Anxiety

This is the conventional approach, which provides at least partial and temporary benefit for most people:

Depression is a complex disorder. Most clinicians practicing today believe it’s caused by a combination of biological (including genetics and bacterial), social, and psychological factors. A treatment approach that focuses exclusively on one of these factors is not likely to be as beneficial as a treatment approach that addresses both psychological and biological aspects (through, for example, psychotherapy and medication). In fact, the combination of psychotherapy and medication may provide the quickest, strongest results. __ https://psychcentral.com/depression/depression-treatment/

Of all antidepressants, the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most popular. Of all psychotherapies for depression, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is generally the best studied. CBT has proven effective, and can even be given online.

Psychotherapy and medication are the conventional approaches. And they often work. But often, they do not. What are some other approaches?

Brain Stimulation

Electroconvulsive therapy is the best studied brain stimulation therapy and has the longest history of use. Other stimulation therapies discussed here are newer, and in some cases still experimental methods. These include:

  • vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)
  • repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)
  • magnetic seizure therapy (MST)
  • deep brain stimulation (DBS)

__ NIMH

Transcranial electric current treatments (usually DC, but sometimes AC) have also been used on an experimental basis.

More: Exercise helps boost BDNF

Psychedelic drugs are being studied intensively as potential treatments for depression

We Live in an Age of Anxiety and Depression

This is a “connected age” where attention spans are short, and cognitive depth is virtually nonexistent. It is the age of “The Shallows,” and we pay a price for this perpetual distractedness.

Being at the constant beck and call of the self-interested rantings and pronouncements of unscrupulous journalists, politicians, professors, and other vested interests makes us more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.

Natural Treatments for Depression

1. Get in a routine. If you’re depressed, you need a routine, says Ian Cook, MD. He’s a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA.

Depression can strip away the structure from your life. One day melts into the next. Setting a gentle daily schedule can help you get back on track.

2.Set goals. When you’re depressed, you may feel like you can’t accomplish anything. That makes you feel worse about yourself. To push back, set daily goals for yourself.

“Start very small,” Cook says. “Make your goal something that you can succeed at, like doing the dishes every other day.”

As you start to feel better, you can add more challenging daily goals.

3. Exercise. It temporarily boosts feel-good chemicals called endorphins. It may also have long-term benefits for people with depression. Regular exercise seems to encourage the brain to rewire itself in positive ways, Cook says.

How much exercise do you need? You don’t need to run marathons to get a benefit. Just walking a few times a week can help.

4. Eat healthy. There is no magic diet that fixes depression. It’s a good idea to watch what you eat, though. If depression tends to make you overeat, getting in control of your eating will help you feel better.

Although nothing is definitive, Cook says there’s evidence that foods with omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon and tuna) and folic acid (such as spinach and avocado) could help ease depression.

5. Get enough sleep. Depression can make it hard to get enough shut-eye, and too little sleep can make depression worse.

What can you do? Start by making some changes to your lifestyle. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try not to nap. Take all the distractions out of your bedroom — no computer and no TV. In time, you may find your sleep improves.

6. Take on responsibilities. When you’re depressed, you may want to pull back from life and give up your responsibilities at home and at work. Don’t. Staying involved and having daily responsibilities can help you maintain a lifestyle that can help counter depression. They ground you and give you a sense of accomplishment.

If you’re not up to full-time school or work, that’s fine. Think about part-time. If that seems like too much, consider volunteer work.

7. Challenge negative thoughts. In your fight against depression, a lot of the work is mental — changing how you think. When you’re depressed, you leap to the worst possible conclusions.

The next time you’re feeling terrible about yourself, use logic as a natural depression treatment. You might feel like no one likes you, but is there real evidence for that? You might feel like the most worthless person on the planet, but is that really likely? It takes practice, but in time you can beat back those negative thoughts before they get out of control.

8. Check with your doctor before using supplements. “There’s promising evidence for certain supplements for depression,” Cook says. Those include fish oil, folic acid, and SAMe. But more research needs to be done before we’ll know for sure. Always check with your doctor before starting any supplement, especially if you’re already taking medications.

9. Do something new. When you’re depressed, you’re in a rut. Push yourself to do something different. Go to a museum. Pick up a used book and read it on a park bench. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Take a language class.

“When we challenge ourselves to do something different, there are chemical changes in the brain,” Cook says. “Trying something new alters the levels of [the brain chemical] dopamine, which is associated with pleasure, enjoyment, and learning.”

10. Try to have fun. If you’re depressed, make time for things you enjoy. What if nothing seems fun anymore? “That’s just a symptom of depression,” Cook says. You have to keep trying anyway.

There is such a thing as an “antidepressant lifestyle,” which provides a natural resistance to depressing and anxiety-provoking thoughts. It amounts to taking on enough good habits of thinking and behavior to overwhelm the many bad habits of thinking and behavior which keep trying to take over our lives.

Parents of young children should be careful not to assume that their children will thrive under the same conditions under which they themselves feel good — or under which they themselves grew up. Each child is a unique individual, with his or her own needs that can have little or nothing to do with what the parent thinks they need. Giving the child a broad range of good options to discover the things that makes them genuinely thrive, is the mark of a wise parent.

Better to help the child find his or her own way as early in life as possible, instilling solid habits of competence and achievement each step of the way.

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A Tale of Two Jordan Petersons

Two and a half years ago, Jordan Peterson was emerging into the international limelight. He was just publishing his book, “12 Rules for Life,” and was about to embark upon a world book/lecture tour which would make him a veritable philosopher-king in defense of western rationalism, tradition, and myth.

Besides the book and the world tour, nothing catapulted Peterson into the spotlight so much as his interview with Cathy Newman on Channel 4. The contrast between Newman’s politically correct media drivel and Peterson’s rational approach to examining evidence, could not have been more striking — or more favorable to the Canadian. This media triumph was to be just one of many to come for the prairie born and raised clinical psychologist, professor, scientific researcher, philosopher, entrepreneur, business consultant, author, and local (Toronto and Canadian Public Television) media celebrity.

Jordan Peterson rode the international wave of fame and notoriety for more than a year, and became the bane of radical leftists, postmodern academics, neo-Marxist journalists and pseudo-intellectuals, and assorted other muddle-headed quasi-utopian hive minds. He was a bulldog in defense of both rational western thought/science and of the deeper power of myths and archetypes.

Professor Peterson appeared on any talk show that had a host bright enough to at least pretend to keep up with him. He was the subject of a number of documentaries, including “The Rise of Jordan Peterson,” which appeared just as Dr. Peterson himself was collapsing into a nightmare of benzodiazepine dependency and withdrawal — brought about by a combination of a number of different tragic and extremely stressful events and pressures which occurred virtually simultaneously.

Some of these events and stresses are discussed by Peterson himself, in a conversation with his daughter Mikhaila:

In the hour long video conversation above, Jordan Peterson discusses with a fair degree of openness, just what happened to him. He was clearly overwhelmed by family tragedy, an unbelievably stressful lifestyle, and the idiosyncratic effects of prescription drugs and unpredictable reactions to certain foods. These things combined with innate vulnerabilities of Peterson’s mind and body, at a time when Peterson was flying very close to the sun.

Clearly apparent to viewers in his conversation with his daughter above — and requiring no words — are the heartbreaking after-effects of the man’s physical and mental breakdown, which he makes no effort to hide from the public. Admirers and critics alike can plainly see the ongoing suffering of Dr. Peterson in the video above, and can get a visceral feeling of what he and his family have gone through over the past year and a number of months.

What can one conclude from contrasting the view of Peterson at his peak, with the view of Peterson after his breakdown? The most obvious observation is that no matter how well educated and well tempered by the fires of experience, every human is vulnerable to the right combination of stresses, attacks, and vulnerabilities.

For most celebrities and leading figures, time will take them off their thrones eventually. Drugs and alcohol tend to take them away more quickly. The life of a celebrity is a stressful one, particularly if one is catapulted into global focus almost overnight. In Jordan Peterson’s case, his unfortunate dependency on benzodiazepines was not a result of thrill-seeking or drug abuse, but was rather the result of following his doctor’s medical advice in the attempt to deal with mounting stresses from multiple directions.

Regardless, the aftermath of both the dependency and the multiple attempts to escape the dependency have taken their toll. As an admirer of Dr. Peterson, I wish him all the best in his recovery from both “the disease” and “the cure.” It is difficult to know which of the two had the most devastating consequences for him.

I would like to see Jordan Peterson back doing the things he was meant to be doing, as clearly the intellectual world has suffered in his absence. Hurry back soon, professor.

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Sweden: Flattest Curve in Europe!

There’s no mandatory mask-wearing in Sweden, social distancing is recommended rather than enforced, and people are generally advised to stay home if they’re feeling unwell. __ Bloomberg

Some European countries are experiencing a second surge of “cases,” but Sweden’s case count has been relatively flat all along.

Note the flat black curve that is Sweden
Spain, Italy, France, UK, Germany all had strict lockdowns.
Which were at greatest danger of being overwhelmed?
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“With numbers diminishing very quickly in Sweden, we see no point in wearing a face mask in Sweden, not even on public transport,” he said.

Tegnell has consistently argued that Sweden’s approach is more sustainable than the sudden lockdowns imposed elsewhere. With the risk that Covid-19 might be around for years, he says completely shutting down society isn’t a long-term option. __ Bloomberg

The Swedes stuck to their guns and refused to succumb to the panic that overwhelmed most media-saturated western countries.

The death count in Europe was greater than in the US. The flow of virus seems to have been from China to Europe to North America, judging by viral genotype. The Northeastern US took the brunt of the spread.

The US northeast had a horrific death count, due to state and city/county mismanagement. But that was in the spring. The short duration “surge” in the US sunbelt was nothing in comparison to the disaster on the Atlantic seaboard. Incompetent politicians and public health officials want to lockdown the entire country for the duration, or at least until after the November elections. I wonder why they want to do that?

The Popular Delusion of Lockdown Efficacy

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pandemic planning documents state non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing are ineffective once a disease infects 1% of a region’s population. Literature on this subject is unanimous worldwide. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control:

“There are no historical observations or scientific studies that support the confinement by quarantine of groups of possibly infected people for extended periods in order to slow the spread. It is hard to imagine that measures like those within the category of social distancing would not have some positive impact by reducing transmission of a human respiratory infection . . . However, the evidence base supporting each individual measure is often weak.”

Decades of evidence corroborates this. In 1969, a group of men overwintering in Antarctica experienced a spontaneous respiratory virus outbreak during their 17th week of isolation. Similarly, COVID-19 appeared on an Argentinian naval ship on the 35th day of its voyage, following a 14-day isolation of captain and crew.

Nature always finds a way. No respiratory virus ever needed a “lockdown” to dissipate. What it needs is herd immunity, preferably sooner than later, preferably developed by the young and healthy to minimize mortality. __ Lockdowns Never Stop Epidemics

Lockdowns end up killing more people than the epidemic, due to the ugly economic consequences and human fallout of stupid political decisions.

Wearing masks not a panacea

Covid lies have no end, and no shame

Covid Kabuki theatre

Lockdowns just put off the inevitable

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Another Hangover in Church

Hangovers are painful. A hangover in church is even worse. Why do we put ourselves through such things?

One of the reasons the temporary relief of being drunk gets to be so precious is that getting drunk knocks one’s conscience in the head. For a while the goddamned moralist [echo chamber] within shuts up. That is wonderful for a little while, but when you sober up the moralist within works overtime. Then the payback is not just a hangover, it’s a hangover in church. For this you need immediate relief, so you hit the bottle again. A vicious cycle.

… This is the vicious cycle of addiction. Permanent addiction to temporary relief occurs, particularly if drugs or alcohol contrast strongly enough with whatever alternatives people have for relief from their own minds. Entrapment in the ghetto of the mind is a worse alternative than addiction for most addicts, so they stay addicted. __ Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton

Addictions to drugs, alcohol, gambling, and cheap thrills such as petty crime, dysfunctional sex or pornography, taking risks on the highway, etc. are temporary ways to escape those accusing voices in our heads.

It Starts With Internal Dishonesty — Lying to Yourself

Habits of thought formed in childhood can stay with us for the rest of our lives. Before we become addicted to drugs or alcohol, we become habituated to dishonesty and chronic cognitive distortion.

Repeated temporary escapes into drugs and alcohol can destroy a person, and damage his family and work. Worse, a person who has never learned to face themselves and their lives honestly can easily escape into larger hells — such as giving one’s mind over to a decadent or destructive group ideology, which can contribute to the collapse of an entire community or society.

This is the huge risk of bundling our children far away to university, where the combination of drugs, alcohol, hookups, and full frontal ideological indoctrination can overwhelm those who were never prepared for such broad spectrum brainwashing. For those who never learned to think for themselves, now they won’t have to.

It is a huge disconnect, psychologically, between whatever “common sense” rules you live by, and the ideological mindset that predominates on university campuses — and within the group minds of those who have been university trained over the past two or three decades. This “hive mind” mentality is prominent in the media, on the streets of Seattle /Portland /Minneapolis etc., in the corporate offices of Twitter /Google /Facebook /CNN etc., and in far too many government bureaucracies and halls of legislature.

New generations of lawyers are so tightly locked into this groupthink mentality, that the only hope for “rule of law” and meaningful rights under the law, rest in the hands of the dwindling number of judges and prosecutors who still understand their constitutional limitations.

Benjamin Franklin had his doubts as to how long the constitutional principles of the new republic could survive when placed at the mercy of mob rule, or democracy. And so he has been proven to be right, although after almost 240 years or so. The idiocracy waits in the wings.

All of this might have been prevented, if children had been raised to think for themselves using honest patterns of thinking and emotion. Entire generations have been lost to this groupthinking hive mind deception. Even more generations are at risk of being lost.

You can only make an informed choice when you are radically honest with yourself first, and with those who mean something to you.

Cognitive Distortions prevent you from seeing yourself and your world honestly.

It is easy to escape into the staccato relief of addiction, even with the inevitable hangovers (in church) that you will have to suffer. The most difficult addiction to escape is the addiction to our pathetic image of ourselves. Digging ourselves out of that hole is going to take a lot of work.

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Kids, Coronavirus, and School

The Wuhan coronavirus will be around for a long time. Custom made to easily infect humans — and to have a deadly SARS effect on susceptible (older) people — in specific populations it is both highly communicable and potentially fatal. What about in kids, who ordinarily would be thinking about getting ready for the coming school year?

The CDC has recorded a total of 20 COVID-19 deaths in children ages 5-14 compared to almost 2,000 deaths from non-COVID causes in the same time period for the same age group. It means children have been 100 times more likely to die from non-COVID causes during the pandemic than from COVID. This puts the risk of COVID death for children 5 to 14 in the same ballpark as deaths by lightning.

Claims of long-term damage or mystery illnesses have not been backed by any definitive evidence and they therefore serve more as a scare and intimidation tactic than as a medical guide. The truth is that children so far have had around a 1 in 20,000 rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to the CDC. While controversial to some, Sweden’s policy of keeping primary schools open even at the height of the pandemic serves as an excellent counterpoint. With over 1 million children, Sweden did not have a single death of a school-aged child despite full attendance and no masks. __ Politics of Panic Keeps Schools Closed

Kids Can Catch the Wuhan Virus

An accidental experiment in childhood communicability of the Chinese virus recently happened at a Georgia (US) summer camp. 44% of attendees tested positive for the virus. Their symptoms included fever, headache, and sore throat.

The camp was held from June 17 to 27, including a three-day staff orientation from June 17 to 20, CDC said.

On June 23, a teenage staff member left camp after developing chills the previous evening and tested positive for COVID-19 the next day, the agency said. The camp then began to send attendees home.

… Among 136 cases with available symptom data, 26% patients reported no symptoms. For the 100 with symptoms, the most common were fever, 65%; headache, 61%, and sore throat, 46%, the agency said.

… Of 344 campers and staff members for whom test results were available, 260 — or 44% — tested positive for the virus, according to the CDC. __ https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2020/07/31/44-of-attendees-at-Georgia-overnight-camp-test-positive-for-COVID-19/5601596213873/

Most of those who caught the virus were residing in large cabins which up to 26 attendees and staff shared. Infection mitigation procedures were not strictly followed. In other words, the Wuhan virus is out there, and is highly communicable when people remain in close contact indoors for significant periods of time. Kids and adolescents tend to be either asymptomatic when infected, or to experience fevers/headaches and possibly sore throats.

Do kids readily transmit the virus to adults?

Science magazine, a preeminent journal that dates to 1880, recently published a comprehensive analysis studying school reopenings around the world and concluded that “younger children rarely spread the virus to one another or bring it home.”

A study in Switzerland, including a review of World Health Organization contact tracing, failed to find evidence of a single case of a child passing coronavirus to an adult. A comprehensive study in Iceland isolated SARS-CoV-2 samples from every positive case, sequenced the virus genome, and tracked the mutation patterns. This analysis, along with contact tracing, allowed researchers to identify definitively who passed the virus to whom. The study concluded “[E]ven if children do get infected, they are less likely to transmit the disease to others than adults. We have not found a single instance of a child infecting parents.” A study of schools in Ireland found “no evidence of secondary transmission of COVID-19 from children attending school.”

New Zealand conducted a study across 15 schools in which 18 individuals with COVID-19 were in close contact with 735 other students and 128 staff members, yet no teacher or staff member contacted COVID-19 from any of the initial 18 cases and only two students out of the 735 would later test positive. The New Zealand study concluded: “Our investigation found no evidence of children infecting teachers.”

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Kids do not seem to transmit the virus to adults as readily as adults transmit the virus to kids, at least from the evidence so far.

Nevertheless, it does not seem as if teachers’ unions are interested in resuming in-person school sessions this fall. Fortunately, online schools seem to be growing in popularity.

For university age young people, without on-campus schooling they may be less exposed to the peer pressure of indoctrination and brainwashing which universities have become famous for in recent decades.

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