Great Emancipations

Emancipation is any effort to procure economic and social rightspolitical rights or equality, often for a specifically disenfranchised group__ Emancipation in Wikipedia

Over the past two centuries, there have been at least four “great emancipations” in the western world.

  1. The Emancipation Edict of 1861 in Russia

  2. The Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 in the US

  3. The Emancipation of Jews in Europe and the Anglosphere in the 19th century

  4. The Emancipation of women also known as Women’s Sufferage

Emancipation can be viewed as a type of “unleashing,” as in letting an animal off of a leash. One can expect different results from an unleashing, depending upon what animal is being released from restraint.

For most of the centuries of Russian history, the majority of people were serfs. The emancipation of Russian serfs in the 1860s was a first step toward making Russia a more modern nation.

The US had only allowed slaves for roughly the first 80 years of its existence until Lincoln’s proclamation in 1862. The end of the US civil war in 1865 allowed the full enforcement of slave emancipation.

Jewish emancipation allowed Jews entry into universities and into most professions for the first time.

Women’s suffrage and women’s rights eventually allowed women full rights of voting, vocational choice, and legal ownership, etc.

Which Emancipation Yielded the Greatest Result?

In France and the Netherlands, Jews were permitted to enter universities in the 1790s, but it was not until 1848 that this was allowed in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and some of the German and Italian states; and it was not until 1871 that Jews were allowed to attend universities in England. In the United States, Jews were not given full civil rights at the state level until 1868…

In numerous countries throughout the world, Jews have become
massively overrepresented in the professions, the universities, among
business leaders, and the very rich. At the highest levels of intellectual
achievement, Jews have won 27 percent of the A. M. Turing Awards that
have been given annually from 1966 to 2009 for contributions of lasting
and major technical importance to computer science. Jews have been
about half of the world’s chess grandmasters and champions: between
1851 and 1986 there were 15 world chess champions, and seven of
these were Jewish—Steinitz, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Spassky, Fischer,
and Kasparov (Cranberg & Albert, 1988; Rubinstein, 2004). Another
cognitively demanding game is bridge. It has been estimated that more
than half of the outstanding American bridge players and theoreticians
have been Jewish (Storfer, 1990). The pinnacle of intellectual
achievement in science and literature is the Nobel Prize. Jews have been
hugely overrepresented among Nobel Prize winners. In the period from
1901-1962, 16 percent of Nobel Prize winners for science were Jewish
(Weyl & Possony, 1963, p. 143). Estimating the world population of Jews
in 1938 at 18 million and the world population of European Gentiles at
718 million, Jews were overrepresented by a factor of approximately 6.6.

From: The Chosen People by Richard Lynn

One would be hard pressed to make similar claims for the former serfs of Russia, the former slaves of the US, or for women.

We are living in an age where exceptional people — and groups of people — have never been more neglected or despised, from before birth to their death. In the west, most political capital is devoted to the welfare of persons who tend to underachieve — members of so-called oppressed groups.

When one merely points out the fact that some groups achieve higher accomplisments than some other groups, one is frequently accused of racism — a charge that can result in loss of job, loss of reputation, and loss of future prospects.

RaceMedian Income
Jewish$97,500
Asian$76,260
White $60,256
Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians$60,133
Hispanic$42,491
Black$35,398
http://aristocratsofthesoul.com/average-iq-by-race-and-ethnicity/

Judging by the US comparison of income by race above, Jews have used their emancipations very well.

Asian Americans have also been “emancipated” in the US from positions of great disadvantage over the past two centuries. Note that Asian income is second only to Jewish income in the above comparisons.

Consider the following comparison of group average IQs, and consider how average income and average IQ might possibly be related:

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

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The US government once declared war on poverty and called it The Great Society. But poverty won that war.

If it is not in a people to transcend the forces (often themselves) that have placed them in poverty, the government may spend as much as it wishes, it will make little difference. It will likely make things worse.

Having sown the wind, however, the Great Society now began to reap the whirlwind. Fanning protest, empowering gang bangers and radicals, belittling local authorities: all this was playing with fire. And fire broke out. Over six days in mid-August, some 34,000 rioters destroyed Los Angeles’s Watts ghetto, leaving 34 dead, over 1,000 injured, and 1,000 destroyed and looted buildings worth $40 million. “When you keep telling people they are unfairly treated and teach them disrespect for the law,” said L.A.’s police chief, “you must expect this kind of thing sooner or later.” Nor was it just the community organizers who were telling this to the minority poor. So was all of elite culture at the time, while the elites also celebrated sexual promiscuity, recreational drugs, dropping out, and questioning all authority. It was this cultural shift, more than anything else, that accounts for the skyrocketing rates of underclass social pathology—out-of-wedlock pregnancy, drug abuse, crime, school dropout, non-work—that began in 1964.

You may emancipate anyone by government decree. But the subsequent results of that emancipation can never be guaranteed. When government does try to guarantee a “golden emancipation,” the results are apt to be abysmal.

Wise persons understand that governments should never try to go beyond “equality of opportunity under the law.” Of those groups above who prosper most in the US, equality of opportunity is all that most of their members truly need. And of those who prosper less than the US average — but still prosper more than most of the rest of the world — any attempt by government to force a different outcome than results naturally, will almost certainly lead to catastrophe.

The greatest emancipations are those that provide for equality of opportunity. If a group of people expects or demands more than that, they immediately become a serious problem for the rest of society.

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The Most Important Thing We Learn from Politics

Daily life is based largely on lies that we tell each other. Politics makes this point so well because there is virtually no truth at all in anything that touches politics or government policy — especially the media. Telling the truth “is interpreted by politicians and the media as a threat to their security.”

The mind is a bullshit machine.
The main thing that can free a person from his or her own mind is telling the truth. Telling the truth is always interpreted by the mind as a threat to its security. __ Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton

Politicians could not get away with half their bullshit if not for the media support they receive. Who would vote for Joe Biden, for example, if they knew that the former US Vice President declares repeatedly on the campaign trail that he is actually running for the Senate(!) in 2020, rather than the presidency? Biden’s obvious senility continues to be conveniently covered up by a media that supports the shell of a man almost 100%.

How politicians lie.

How newspapers lie.

Who would obediently accept government lockdown orders that destroy lives and livelihoods, if they were properly informed that the no-lockdown approach by Sweden and certain US states has resulted in quicker population recovery from the Chinese pandemic and much quicker economic recovery?

https://fee.org/articles/5-charts-that-show-sweden-s-strategy-worked-the-lockdowns-failed/

Lies make the world go around. Lies make your world go around. Specifically the lies that are tacitly accepted by you and those around you. People who tell the truth are not in great demand. Not just in politics and the media, but also in academia, in most corporate structures, and in most pubs and neighborhood bars.

Lies also make the world a sleazier place for everyone.

Consider the image below:

Joe Biden Pet Detective and Friend to Pet Lovers

The image portrays the moment of realization when Biden voters first understand that they’ve been had. It is a moment of dawning comprehension for the victim who sees that she has fallen for the BS — this time in front of a crowd!

Joe Biden has a long history of victimizing powerless women around him. But you have to go to Australia to find media coverage of that fact, which only those Americans who pay attention would know.

Or what about Biden’s corrupt relationships with China and Iran? If Biden voters wanted to hand the US over to its enemies, they could do nothing more treacherous to the republic than to hand over the reins to the power brokers behind the shell of a man who sometimes knows to call himself Joe Biden.

But how would they know? The media never tells them anything important about the man they plan to vote for. The lies and bullshit are at least 50% lies of omission.

Corruption thrives on lies. There are no greater purveyors of lies than the media and the deep state/big government. When politicians promote big government solutions to every problem — both real and contrived — you do not have to wonder if they are corrupt liars. They are inevitably swimming in their own BS.

We are living in interesting times. For over a century, the US has been both the world’s wealthiest nation and the nation that others rely on to bail them out when thrown into war by Kaisers, Hitlers, Stalins, and other tyrants.

But the vast corruption and indebtedness of the US government — along with a rising tide of demographic incompetence — makes the future much fuzzier in terms of any further potentially effective rescues of the outside world.

Do what you can.

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

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Why Do They Want You to Panic?

Lockdowns are typically portrayed as prudent precautions against Covid-19, but they are surely the most risky experiment ever conducted on the public. From the start, researchers have warned that lockdowns could prove far deadlier than the coronavirus. People who lose their jobs or businesses are more prone to fatal drug overdoses and suicide, and evidence already exists that many more will die from cancerheart diseasepneumonia, and tuberculosis and other diseases because the lockdown prevented their ailments from being diagnosed early and treated properly.

__ Lockdowns Kill

Sweden has been without lockdowns throughout the pandemic, and is one of the few locations to display signs of early herd immunity.

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Lockdowns, more stringent in Democratic than Republican states, have produced higher unemployment and greater drops in state revenues. Keeping unionized public schools closed is driving parents to private schools, homeschooling, and improvised pods. __ Lockdowns are Hurting People

Instead of observing measures designed to slow the spread of the virus, the young and healthy should resume normal activity in order to incur herd immunity and thereby protect those vulnerable to severe illness. 

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According to the WHO, roughly 1 million people have died from the virus. Let’s put aside the fact that so many of those people died with the virus, not because of it and that a majority would have died within the year. Working with their official count [that 750 million people in the world have been infected], it would mean the implied infection fatality rate for the world, according to the WHO, is 0.13%.

Guess what else has a similar fatality rate? If you guessed the plain old flu, you won the jackpot. Here are the estimated fatality rates in the U.S. of the past decade worth of flu seasons based on CDC data.

Notice how the death rate for COVID-19 is in line with that of the seasonal flu.

__ Source

 In August, the president appointed Dr. Scott Atlas, a critic of lockdowns and our one-size-fits-all remedy to cure the virus; Atlas, 65, is a much-needed antidote to the attention-hungry, flip-flopping Anthony Fauci, who refuses to exit the media’s adoring spotlight or entertain any opposing viewpoint.

Is the Cure Worse Than the Disease?

The essential prerequisite of all good public health measures is that careful estimates should be made of their advantages and disadvantages, for both the individual and the community, and that they should be implemented only when there is a significant balance of advantage. In general, this ethic has been a sound basis for decision in most past situations in the developed world although, as we contemplate the control of milder diseases, quite different considerations such as the convenience or productivity of industry are being brought into these assessments. __ Source

Fewer than 10% of “COVID deaths” were caused exclusively by coronavirus infection. And of those who consistently test positive for Chinese coronavirus by PCR, only 10% are capable of spreading the infection to others.

As long as the elderly and those otherwise at particular risk are protected, other people should be allowed to go about their business without harassment or fear.

So why are journalists and politicians promoting panic? The US has long been an obstacle to left-wing globalist aims. President Trump personifies this obstruction to corrupt leftist crusades, and so in the eyes of leftist strategists he must be removed.

From the earliest days of this pandemic from Wuhan, left-wing strategists have sought to use it to damage the US President’s standing with American voters. Using their proxies in media and in national, state, and county governments, they have been largely successful in destroying jobs, closing schools, badly damaging routine healthcare around the nation, and otherwise putting American people at risk — largely in order to damage President Trump’s political standing.

It remains to be seen whether the American public will allow itself to be stampeded and bamboozled to its own detriment.

More:

Covid immunity vs covid fear

Endless covid lockdowns lead to societal collapse

Lockdown Sceptics

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Wizard of West Returns Even Stronger Than Before

The wizard of the western world descended into the abyss while battling the Balrog monster named COVID. To the amazement of the world, he has returned with a new visage, and a revitalized mission — to defeat those twisted men of power who create the monstrous orcs, balrogs, and goblins — and who force all men to live in fear.

https://babylonbee.com/news/donald-the-orange-returns-triumphantly-as-donald-the-white

WASHINGTON, D.C.—While battling the darkest monster from the pit of hell, known as “COVID,” Donald the Orange fell to his doom several days ago, sacrificing himself to save America from the deadly demon.

So Americans were ecstatic to learn that Donald the Orange had returned in a new, better form, now known as Donald the White. A brilliant white light shone from Walter Reed Medical Center as Donald the White emerged just in time to save America from COVID, Antifa, and the Deep State.

“I come back to you now at the turn of the tide!” he cried as he rode triumphantly out in the presidential limousine, codenamed “Shadowfax,” cutting right through the ravenous hordes of Antifa counterprotesters blocking the way. 

“Donald! Donald the Orange!” cried his supporters outside Walter Reed Medical Center.

“Yes…” he said as he sat in the back of Shadowfax. “Yes… Donald the Orange… that is what they used to call me.” The newly revived president has a newfound passion for life and even more energy than before…https://babylonbee.com/news/donald-the-orange-returns-triumphantly-as-donald-the-white

In striking contrast to the manner of his corrupted and much reduced opponent, Donald’s return in a different guise strikes a virile pose that the dwarf “sleepy Joe” could never hope to match. And while crazed leftist orcs are reduced to barking at the moon and “COVID experts” wail in fear over tests of questionable worth, Donald the White assumed the risk of life and rode the balrog monster COVID down to the depths where he battled to victory over the demon from Wuhan, China.

While the profile of the typical coronavirus decedent has been known for months—median age 80, suffering from co-morbidities that likely would have killed the person anyway—the exact path of transmission remains mysterious. There is no correlation globally between degree of lockdowns and coronavirus death rates. Countries such as Britain that imposed strict lockdowns have massively higher death rates than many countries, such as Japan, that mandated no lockdowns. Deaths and hospitalizations are going down in localities that were more commerce-friendly. There is still no uncontroverted evidence on mask-wearing. Thousands upon thousands of people who have assiduously worn masks have gotten the virus; thousands upon thousands who have not worn masks have not gotten it. Countries with extensive mask-wearing show no better results than several where people breathe free outdoors. What we do know is that transmission occurs overwhelmingly in poorly ventilated indoor spaces, between individuals who have been in close contact for a considerable period of time—15 minutes, in the CDC’s contact-tracing guidelines. The viral load in circulating outdoor air is too low to pose a risk to people passing one another in ordinary street interactions. __ Against Fear

Lockdowns benefited billionaires such as Jeff Bezos — whose company Amazon has benefited more than any other. While Jeff Bezos’ newspaper The Washington Post was promoting lockdowns to gullible rubes, Jeff Bezos’ cash cow Amazon was raking in the chips. Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos’ political allies attacked Donald the Orange in rabid tones, over the economic toll the country paid as a whole because of lockdowns.

Donald the White vs. Sleepy Joe the Wary

People are speculating as to how this will play out over the next month and how it will affect the election. I have no idea. But I think that those who believe in trying to eliminate all risk are probably not the ones thinking of voting for Trump in the first place. They are the ones for whom the image of a masked, sequestered, and subdued Biden is reassuring. __ Life is a Risk

Note: Posing real life in terms of tales, myths, and archetypes is something we may expect from a Carl Jung, a Joseph Campbell, or a Jordan Peterson. But on a deep level that is how we humans store and analyze the world, in terms of mythical narratives. President Trump has been opposed by every powerful institution — political, media, corporate, academic, etc. — since he began seriously dipping his toes into the fetid pool of politics. He has literally fought the monsters of the swamp at every turn, with support largely coming from ordinary working people.

The ginned up “Russian Collusion” conspiracy was aided and abetted by the Obama FBI, CIA, NSA, FISA, Department of State, Department of Justice, and numerous other agencies of the swamp. But it was played to the American people as if it were genuine news, for three years. The same broad spectrum organized mendacity was shown in the phony impeachment ordeal. Faked scandal after faked scandal were put forward in the effort to separate Donald the Orange from his supporters who believed that the wizard in the White House was all that was standing between them and the monstrous swamp forces of doom that threaten the western world and western civilization. And by and large, they still believe that.

And so the myth marches on toward an extended denouement, a wildly contested election which may never reach a firm and clean conclusion if the swamp forces have their way.

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

About those tests:

According to a study done on positive samples in New York, Massachusetts, and Nevada, 90% of tests had very little viral debris in the sample, indicating that infection and transmission are unlikely… __ NYT quoted by Source

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A Powerful and Wise Guided Missile: What Every Child Should Learn About Himself

The following are some more thoughts that originated in Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”.

Most children are given a horrible start in life. Left largely to the mercy of schools, peers, social media, mass media and mass entertainment, who can blame them for becoming vapid and easily manipulated by “celebrity culture” and by equally clueless peers? But what if kids were given something solid to work with, from the earliest years of their lives? Then they would be the actors, rather than the helplessly acted upon.

Whatever is at the center of our lives will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.

  • Security represents your sense of worth, your emotional anchorage
  • Guidance means your source of direction in life
  • Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance
  • Power is the capacity to act, the potency to accomplish something

These four factors are interdependent. Security and clear guidance bring true wisdom. Wisdom becomes the spark or catalyst to release and direct power. When these four factors are harmonized together, they create the great force of a noble personality, a balanced character, a beautifully integrated individual.

__ Adapted from Stephen Covey … The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

These are not “all or nothing” factors. They can each be charted on a continuum. Each can be developed and integrated with the others. But everything that a parent says to the child and each activity performed, should be said and done with those factors in mind.

Let’s go back to Covey’s idea of “center of influence vs. center of concern.”

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Essentially, at the beginning, our circle of influence is rather small and we can control only a few things, most pertaining only to ourselves. At the same time, our circle of concern is huge and cluttered, leading to a feeling of helplessness/frustration. If we commit to focusing our energy on the things that we can control, we start changing from within. This in turn, changes dramatically the influence we have over others. So, we end up increasing the scope of our circle of influence while at the same time crowding out clutter from our circle of concern.

Try to see things from the child’s point of view.

If you want to raise responsible, self-disciplined children, you have to keep the end clearly in mind as you interact with your children on a daily basis. You can’t behave toward them in ways that undermine their self-discipline or [self confidence]. __ 7 Habits

If the child has a solid grounding of security, sound guidance, habits of thought and action based on wisdom, and a connection to the source of power inside of them, for them to build their futures will seem an enjoyable challenge — problems and all. This will be especially true for those who are given a Dangerous Childhood © of broadly based skills and competencies of both a practical and theoretical nature.

Imagine new generations of children who are raised to be integrated, harmonized, and grounded in wisdom. Imagine if they are given true competence to act in the world. Imagine the power they might bring to the challenges of the future. Then contrast them with the generations of thugs, arsons, terrorists, and violent insurrectionists who haunt the cities of the modern world.

Much of the chaos of the world is the result of parents abdicating their responsibility to their children — both born and unborn.

Note: It was many years ago that the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” was recommended to me. But since I had read so many self-help books and psychology books already, I decided to skip this one. Now, after receiving yet another recommendation, I am taking a closer look. And the ideas are proving very provocative.

Sometimes it is not the ideas in a book which are helpful, but rather the way the ideas are put together. And sometimes you just have to read them at the right time for them to have an impact.

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The Illusion of Control and the Circle of Influence

Some Things Cannot Be Controlled — Even By the US, the EU, or the UN

In the 1970’s, Ellen Langer, a researcher from UCLA, demonstrated evidence for a phenomenon she called the illusion of control…

Time and again, research has demonstrated that intelligence, knowledge, and reason notwithstanding, people often believe that they have control over events in their lives, even when such control is impossible. __ PsychCentral “The Illusion of Control”

The illusion of control is particularly strong when it comes to governmental and inter-governmental issues. Politicians and politically connected cronies in business and the media take advantage of this mass illusion to press for particular government policies or to push support for particular candidates.

Circle of Influence vs. Circle of Concern

Thirty years ago, Stephen Covey published the book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” The first habit was “Be Proactive.” The author distinguished between the things a person could actually control, vs. the much larger number of items which people often obsess over — but which they cannot control to any meaningful degree.

Circle of Influence vs Circle of Concern
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If we want to change our situation in life for the better, we can spend our time more wisely focusing upon the things that we can change. Steven Covey contrasted “proactive people” who often accomplish far more than their share, with “reactive people,” who spend more time excusing their failure to achieve, blaming everything and everyone around themselves. Proactive people work with what they have to create something better, while reactive people tend to wait for people and institutions around them to create perfect conditions, before they are willing to exert themselves.

Reactive people take a passive stance – they believe that the world is happening to them. … They think the problem is “out there” – but that thought is the problem. Reactivity becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, and reactive people feel increasingly victimized and out of control.

Proactive people, however, recognize that they have responsibility – or “response-ability.”

It is our willing permission, our consent to what happens to us, that hurts us far more than what happened to us in the first place – STEPHEN COVEY

In order to be proactive, we must focus on the CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE that lies within our CIRCLE OF CONCERN – in other words, we must work on the things we can do something about. __ Source

Reactive people often think of themselves as “oppressed victims” who deserve reparations or special preferences such as affirmative action. Proactive people refuse to accept the label of victim, and work hard and smart to create better conditions for themselves and their loved ones.

Proactive vs. Reactive Personalities Often Have Different Politics

The delusion of utopia is far too common among college educated youth these days. They believe that governments and inter-governmental agencies can control the universe around them to such an extent as to be able to create a utopian vision of perfection — as long as they are the ones setting the policies. Perhaps their intentions were once clean and good, but their willingness to use looting, arson, and even murder, reveals their inner nature far better than any words or purported policies ever could.

Originally Taken off Facebook by Source

Setting out with the intent of creating heaven, they create hell before taking three steps from home.

These Children Were Never Truly “Raised”

When children and youth never learn personal competence and never learn to set priorities within their circle of influence — as opposed to being perpetually lost in their “circle of concern” — they reach an uneasy state of “quasi-adulthood” without the tools to become fully human. As a result, they are unable to live outside of urban areas where all services are provided for them. Many of them never learn to exist outside of inbred institutions — essentially ideological echo chambers.

When they take to the streets, they do so with carbon-copy rules of groupthink that have been given to them in top-down style by “those who set the rules and write the talking points.” This is all done in true Orwellian style, with not a hint of irony or introspection.

You do not need to understand very much about political philosophy or political economics to understand the ultimate downfall of these overgrown mind-children. Just understanding the way their minds were shaped willy-nilly by the external forces of the day — without solid internal grounding — is enough to understand the doom that awaits them and their cause, ultimately.

The irony of these overgrown children is that they believe they are being proactive by taking to the streets. But they are cannon fodder for other men who issue their marching orders and who exist far above the pay grades of these “phony soldiers for hire.” In other words, their words do not mean what they think they mean — and their actions in particular do not lead to the things that they imagine. It could never be otherwise.

When Your Delusions Impact Reality, it is Not Reality That Crumbles

We are living in a time when large numbers of college educated people have very little practical value to the present — much less to the future. This is due to the nature of what is being taught in colleges today. This alone is a crime, but compounding that crime is the fact that universities are driving large numbers of young people and their families into lifelong debt, to pay for the travesty of miseducation that takes place under the banner of “higher education.”

When the Bolsheviks took over the Russian Empire, it took almost 75 years for reality to shatter the delusion of Russian communism. In the US, today’s equivalent of Bolsheviks are rallying to try “by any means necessary” to negate any meaningful election laws and to remove any restraint by the US Constitution on tyrannical action by public officials. Here is one example of such a proposed tyrannical action. They have already succeeded so far with the Chinese coronavirus lockdowns. Now that they know what they can do, there is no end to the shenanigans they can perform to shape their new utopia.

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. These people have the highest regard for themselves and their ungrounded groupthinking ideologies. They really believe that anything at all is justified for their cause. Prepare yourselves accordingly.

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

More on circle of influence vs circle of control:

from “Evolution Partners” Slideshare

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Yes, You Bloody Idiots, People Can Tell the Difference Between Protests and Riots

Is there anything they will not riot over?

Poll data, including data generated by my own organization, show that Americans draw a clear distinction between demonstrating and rioting. Large majorities have no problem with demonstrations, but strongly disapprove of riots, looting and arson.

The problem is how to define what is going on around us. Democrats insist that protests are “mostly peaceful,” even as looting is rife and buildings are going up in flames. “Demonstrators” shut down highways, inconveniencing thousands and potentially endangering others’ lives. As time goes by, more voters are being convinced that what we are witnessing belongs largely in the riot category, rather than the demonstration category. __ Losing Patience With Biden’s Riots

They were taught all this in university “studies” classes, which are turning out to be an education in rioting. Violent riots over dead and injured thugs was not good enough, though. They are also planning to riot over the election results — win or lose. And now they want to riot over Supreme Court Justices!

Originally Taken off Facebook by Source

What’s next, rioting over a parent’s right to send kids to private schools, or to homeschool? Nothing is too extreme for them, it seems.

Perhaps the majority of Biden supporters are hoping that the Chinese army will move in to enforce the kind of law and order that they are enforcing in Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Tibet, and against the Falun Gong. Of all the people pulling the strings of the Biden campaign and its riot campaign, the Chinese communists are at least in the running for having the most influence along with George Soros-linked groups.

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

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Can Even Severe COVID Infection Be Cured?

Update: Very low fatality rates in US midwest

Perhaps severe COVID-19 isn’t a purely inflammatory disease, but rather a dangerous loop of ineffective human immune responses and continuous tissue inflammation, says coauthor Leif Erik Sander, an immunologist and infectious disease specialist at the Charité hospital in Berlin. ___ https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/the-immune-hallmarks-of-severe-covid-19-67937

It is still much of a mystery. Medical clinicians and researchers are still trying to understand how this “Made in China” virus works, and how best to cure even the most severe cases of SARS CoV-2. It is a hybrid, recombinant virus, with strong suggestions of being custom-made to infect humans. Thanks, China. But how do we cure it?

One medical group in Florida thinks it may have a handle on a “cure.”

“We had no need for mechanical ventilation, and the patients all survived the discharge regardless of age and regardless of past medical history,” Norwood-Williams said about the ICAM protocol. She explained that the drug combination “works to defend the body from the most severe cases of the coronavirus.”

Norwood-Williams continued, “What we found out was that ICAM works as a strategy for super defense for the body. It doesn’t kill coronavirus, but it doesn’t need to. Viruses are self-limiting anyway. They have a very short life cycle. What kills people are the consequences of coronavirus in multiple ways.” __ https://bgr.com/2020/09/26/coronavirus-cure-icam-protocol-florida/

The reports are sketchy, and may be describing less of a cure and more of an adjunct to other treatments, some of which are yet to be discovered.

The devil is in the details. As long as scientists and physicians are able to work free of political interference, the details will come out.

The science, such as it is so far, is fascinating. No wonder the normally competent doctors in New York City failed so badly using treatments that were never meant to succeed against this virus, which they did not understand even a little.

In a recent analysis of nearly 1,500 COVID-19 patients, Merad and her colleagues found that concentrations of IL-6, IL-8 and TNF-α in their serum upon admission correlated strongly with disease severity and death. Each cytokine could by itself predict whether a patient would survive. Interestingly, the nature of COVID-19’s cytokine response is markedly different from the cytokine storm side effect observed in some cancer patients who receive cellular immunotherapies and certain other hyperinflammatory conditions. In COVID-19 patients, concentrations of certain cytokines tend to be much lower—King’s College London immunologist Manu Shankar-Hari describes their increase as a “cytokine breeze” rather than a storm. But the increased cytokine levels are sustained over days and weeks, Merad says.

… Scientists at Yale University tracking the progression of COVID-19 patients found that the cytokine increase was followed by haphazard-seeming immune responses in severely ill patients. While people with moderate disease appeared to activate immune machinery designed to fight off viruses, those with severe disease seemed to recruit cells and proteins that are typically associated with combating parasitic worms as well as immune responses designed to go after fungi and bacteria that live outside of cells—an unusual response the team describes as “immunological misfiring,” as if the immune system is failing to activate the right program. And while the immune responses of those who recovered faded gradually over time, the heightened activity was maintained in patients with severe disease. Ultimately, their frenzied cytokine response doesn’t do much to stem the virus—based on swabs from the nose and throat, severe and moderate patients began with similar viral loads that only dropped off in the moderate group.

Trouble in the innate immune system

Severe COVID-19 is also marked by dysfunction in the immune cells that are first at the scene of a viral infection, including myeloid cells such as neutrophils and monocytes. For instance, researchers from Germany recently analyzed the properties of these cells in the blood of 109 individuals with mild, moderate, and severe COVID-19. Although patients with severe disease seemed to be manufacturing larger quantities of such cells, the cells themselves seemed to be only partially activated and dysfunctional. The neutrophils were largely immature, a feature that is thought to have a suppressive effect on the immune system, while the monocytes tended to have an inflammation-promoting phenotype and often lacked a critical surface protein (HLA-DR) needed for presenting viral material to T cells. The researchers didn’t spot these dysfunctional cells in mild or moderate cases.

… [Natural Killer (NK) cells are ] altered in severe cases of COVID-19 compared to non-severe cases, research by scientists in Sweden has shown. NK cells sense stressed cells and kill those infected with pathogens, while also releasing pro-inflammatory cytokines and influencing T cell responses. NK cells come in different flavors, from less-differentiated ones fresh out of the bone marrow—which are good at proliferating and secreting cytokines—to highly differentiated super killers specialized for taking down virally infected cells. NK cells were more skewed toward the former group in moderate disease. But “a subpopulation of NK cells that are the most terminally differentiated, that are the most skewed towards killing, they were specifically expanded in the severely sick patients,” explains senior author Niklas Björkström, an immunologist at the Karolinska Institute. Such killer cells have also been spotted in hantavirus and yellow fever virus infections, but it’s not clear if they play a deleterious role in driving further immune dysfunction or a protective role.

… COVID-19 patients also have vast quantities of antibody-secreting plasmablasts—another unusual feature of the disease. While other viral infections can provoke such a response, the increase tends to be short-lived, whereas in COVID-19 it seems to persist, Meyer adds. The blood of COVID-19 patients is also flooded with antibodies. But interestingly, new data from a study of 22 hospitalized patients suggest that although the quantity of antibodies didn’t differ between survivors and those who died, their function, and which viral proteins they targeted, correlated with severity.

Another peculiarity of the antibody response in severe COVID-19 patients is the apparent lack of a critical antibody creation process that takes place in the so-called germinal center of the lymph nodes and spleen. Ordinarily in viral infections, following a wave of initial virus-targeting antibodies that begins in the first few days of an infection, germinal centers form in the lymph nodes and spleen, where specialized B cells and T helper cells gather to produce a highly refined batch of antibody-producing cells that are crucial for lasting antibody immunity. But a study published last month demonstrated that those structures were absent in 11 COVID-19 patients who died from the disease. The germinal center formation may be stunted due to high levels of certain cytokines, the authors posit, or perhaps due to the defects of antigen-presenting cells that help drive that response, Shankar-Hari notes.

In line with those findings, data reported in a preprint by a team of Emory University researchers show that the abundance of two subtypes of B cells that create short-lived antibodies outside the germinal center correlated strongly with disease severity in 17 hospitalized patients, while those cells were barely present in healthy controls. The expansion of these B cell types has been primarily associated with flare-ups of autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus, where they’re reflective of an overly inflammatory state. It’s possible that this abnormal B cell response is the body’s attempt to generate antibodies after being somehow hindered from making them in germinal centers. Yet findings from autoimmune diseases also hint that “it may be that some of these cells are actually worsening the inflammatory cascade,” says Richard Ramonell, one of the study’s coauthors and a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Emory. __ https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/the-immune-hallmarks-of-severe-covid-19-67937

Besides the cytokine levels mentioned in the above article, other blood tests may suggest which patients are at greatest risk of a potentially fatal infection.

Speculation is rampant:

Perhaps the ultimate culprit is a coagulation problem driven by the raging inflammation of blood vessels, says immunologist Niklas Björkström of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, noting that infusions of the anticoagulant heparin reduced the fatality rate in some patient groups. “The fact that a lot of our patients have problems with clotting raises interest perhaps in the complement pathway or novel anticoagulant strategies,” Meyer says. In addition, “I do think we’re interested to know if we can perhaps intelligently intervene on this T cell activation without tipping the balance too much towards immune suppression,” she adds.

In other words, they are still largely shooting in the dark in terms of thoroughly understanding this Chinese microbe and the pandemic that triggered the hysterics of the world’s media, academic, and political classes.

But newer and possibly better treatments are being wheeled out for treating even the most severe infections, with less and less need for mechanical ventilation — unlike the initial hysterical declarations of politicians such as NY’s governor Cuomo.

In Florida, governor DeSantis is taking a more evidence-based, hard-headed approach to pandemic control, which is likely to save the state from the economic holocaust that has descended upon New York.

Families of those who were prevented from receiving treatments such as hydroxychloroquine — and who may have died as a result — are justified in suing government, public health, and media personnel to the utmost extent of the law.

Millions of people are taking or have taken hydroxychloroquine in nations that have managed to get their national pandemic under some degree of control. Two recent, large, early-use clinical trials have been conducted by the Henry Ford Health System and at Mount Sinai showing a 51% and 47% lower mortality, respectively, in hospitalized patients given hydroxychloroquine. A recent study from Spain published on July 29, two days before Margaret Sullivan’s strafing of “fringe doctors,” shows a 66% reduction in COVID mortality in patients taking hydroxychloroquine. No serious side effects were reported in these studies and no epidemic of heartbeat abnormalities.

This is ground-shaking news. Why is it not being widely reported? Why is the American media trying to run the U.S. pandemic response with its own misinformation? __ Source

The Great COVID Scam Never Stops

A scam from the beginning — this scam had the effect of spreading hysteria and economic damage to China’s enemies

A scam in the death counts — this had the effect of inflating death numbers therefore broadening the hysteria

A lockdown scam against free societies and a blow to the psychological health of people of all ages

Italics mine, to pre-confess that if I hear one more smug politician cluck glibly about “following the science” while continuing to support child-harming policies based largely on superstition and/or public sector union muscle, I’m going to lose the last of what remains of my California mellowness. Where the community spread is under control, just open the damned parks.

But they won’t because they don’t have to, and because making people suffer may provide them a political benefit.

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Donald Trump in “High Noon”

Donald Trump as Gary Cooper in “High Noon”
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Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper Donald Trump Marshal Will Kane
Lloyd Bridges Joe Biden Deputy Marshal Harvey Pell
Katy Jurado Kamala Harris Helen Ramírez
Grace Kelly Kayleigh McEnany Amy Fowler Kane
Ian MacDonald George Soros Frank Miller
Lee Van Cleef Xi Jinping Jack Colby
Robert J. Wilke Vladimir Putin Jim Pierce 
Sheb Wooley Nancy Pelosi Ben Miller

 
Credits borrowed and modified from IMDB

The classic Western film High Noon, released in 1952, offers a compelling analogy to the Trump presidency. Set in New Mexico territory sometime in the late 1800s, it starred Gary Cooper as Marshal Will Kane and Grace Kelly as Amy. Her character is a Quaker. She had seen her brothers and father die by gunfire, so she is a pacifist. The two of them marry in the first moments of the film but then learn that a man the marshal had sentenced to hang, but was released by an early version of an Obama-appointed judge, is coming to their town with three henchmen to kill Kane. The marshal and his new wife quickly leave to seek the life they’ve planned, but he soon turns around in a crisis of conscience, realizing that if he runs from this man, Frank Miller, he will always be running. He returns to Hadleyville and attempts to deputize other men in the town to help him face off the murderers.

But not one of the townsmen will agree to help. They are all cowards (Republicans) in fear of their lives, or they are friends and admirers of the outlaw Frank Miller and want to welcome him back to the town (Democrats). Bottom line? Not one man will stand with Kane or defend the peace and safety he has brought to their town. All the men he’s tried to recruit only want Kane to leave; they think if he’s not there, there will be no trouble, rather like those who want to dispense with ICE, DHS, and the police. No law enforcement, no crime. Sure. We all know how that goes. Like The Magnificent Seven, this film, too, proves the age-old truth that submission to evil brings only violence and grief. It is generally “toxic” masculinity that saves the day.

“People gotta talk themselves into law and order before they do anything about it. Maybe because down deep they don’t care. They just don’t care.” This line is spoken by Kane’s mentor, who is too old to help. That pretty much sums up our Left today. They refuse to approve border security, and they above all want to protect criminal illegal migrants, no matter the cost to our citizens. They don’t care about the horrific consequences of open borders. The men in the film are merely cowards. Our Democrats and silent Republicans are worse than cowards. __Source

Sadly, there are no roles in the film ridiculous enough to cast Hunter Biden. The fruit does not fall far from the tree.

And so when it comes to the showdown between the enemies of western civilization against the lone holdouts defending the worth of the individual to build his own life, you will need to choose sides. The enemies of civilization are not really out to get Donald Trump. They are out to get anyone who opposes the groupthinking juggernaut controlling the deep state, the media, academia, and the corporatist elements of the regional and globalist swamps.

The massed swamps of the world appear united behind the corrupt ideologies of Communist China, North Korea, Revolutionary Islamic Iran, Communist Cuba and Venezuela, and Putin’s Russian mafia state. Together with globalist and Nazi collaborator George Soros, they all want a piece of the American Pie. And they can only have that if they eliminate everyone who stands in their way. Using voter fraud in support of a demented Democratic Party puppet candidate, this is exactly what they intend to do.

Expect riots if they win, and riots if they lose. It is a question of where the riots will be directed by the financiers of chaos. Like the Bolsheviks, these people cannot accept any opposition to their top-down goose-stepping ideology. Try not to get caught behind the 8 ball.

Democrat Party operatives have begun their election fraud campaign, destroying military ballots and absentee ballots. There is a reason why civilized countries require in-person voting, with picture ID. It is too easy to cheat the Democratic Party way.

Many consider the group Democracy Alliance (DA) the place to start ferreting out how funds are utilized to promote unrest. DA is a George Soros-founded organization that is a consortium of heavy-hitting leftist and progressive-minded donors. In 2016 they had Black Lives Matter in their quiver to supply resources. One can perform a simple internet search and find hundreds of organizations – one or several for nearly every state – to assist in bailing out rioters and protesters. Candidate Joe Biden’s staffers have contributed to the Minnesota Freedom Fund to help the rioters who damn near burned Minneapolis to the ground.

The problem is that someone or something – buried beneath layers of community organizations – is coordinating and funding the infiltration of cities for the opportunity to cause physical and psychological harm. And no one seems to want to dig too deep – until now. __ Financers of Chaos

Princeton U. researchers found that BLM was behind over 500 riots so far. And all of those riots based upon a false premise.

Democracy Alliance is a George Soros-led group, populated by big trial lawyers and corporatist kingpins supporting the Democratic Party. They are uncultured trash, and they want everything that you own. Very little stands in the way of their violent crusade.

More — Latest COVID survival numbers from US CDC:

CDC estimated survival rates by age:
0 to 19: 99.997%
20 to 49: 99.98%
50 to 69: 99.5%
70+: 94.6%

__ Source

The Chinese SARS CoV-2 from Wuhan is a serious virus, almost certainly human-modified by Chinese virologists. It is worse than most seasonal flu, but not as bad as the very worst influenza. For that, we are lucky that the Chinese were not really trying to destroy the world, “it just happened” . . . as people of loose standards often say.

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Chinese Coronavirus: Europe Panics, Sweden Yawns

People eat in an outdoor restaurant in Sweden.

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Whether on trains or trams, in supermarkets or shopping malls — places where face masks are commonly worn in much of the world — Swedes go about their lives without them.

When most of Europe locked down their populations early in the pandemic by closing schools, restaurants, gyms and even borders, Swedes kept enjoying many freedoms. __ KTLA

Sweden made some early mistakes that led to unnecessary deaths in nursing homes. But avoiding the deadly and hysterical lockdowns that are tying up so many other countries of the world, was no mistake.

With much of Europe struggling to contain a second wave of coronavirus infections, a Danish professor has claimed that the pandemic “may be finished” in Sweden, thanks to herd immunity.

Sweden recorded 224 cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, a number roughly on par with daily new infections for the last two months. No patients died. However, the situation throughout much of Europe is different. 300,000 new cases were recorded across the continent last week, with the World Health Organization calling the spike in infections a “wake-up call.” Even Sweden’s neighbor, Denmark, saw an average of 61 cases per million people throughout the week, compared to Sweden’s relatively modest 23. __ Source


Unlike most countries in Europe — and many states in the US — Sweden chose not to enforce a rigid Nazi-like lockdown on its people. Restaurants, bars, and schools stayed open. Most of Sweden’s people voluntarily followed a modest regimen of relaxed social distancing, but they avoided the economy-killing lockdowns that drive too many people to poverty and desperation.

Herd Immunity Eventually Works, Regardless of Vaccine Status

In the early days of the pandemic, Sweden’s socialized medicine system sent infected people into nursing homes, triggering a large die-off. That was a mistake resulting in many deaths. Another mistake was the rejection of hydroxychloroquine by Swedish socialized medicine — perhaps costing 80% more deaths than would have occurred otherwise.

But those mistakes aside, Sweden’s rejection of fascist lockdowns helped to save its economy and helped to hasten herd immunity.

Almost every other country in Europe panicked.

In March, when the first wave of coronavirus swept through Europe, outliers Britain and Sweden had ignored the clamour to lock down.

Then Professor Neil Ferguson, from London’s Imperial College, released a bombshell study that claimed 500,000 could perish from Covid in Britain without tough restrictions. In Sweden it could have meant 85,000 deaths (so far fewer than 5,900 have died).

Panicked Britain locked down hard. Tegnell kept Sweden open — relying largely on public goodwill rather than tough new laws to fight the virus.

One recent survey found eight in ten Swedes say they are following official guidelines. __ Source

Lockdowns are idiotic, and only die-hard ideologues continue to excuse their use and the massive damage they continue to do, and will do for years to come after the pandemic itself is history.

More states and countries are coming to the conclusion that COVID-19 lockdowns like those in China and New Zealand are overly restrictive and too costly and that people in democracies will simply not tolerate them.

__ DesMoines Register

Nothing in Life is Guaranteed

Too many snowflakes have been miseducated in universities over the past two or more decades. They want to have everything handed to them their way, on a platter — with full guarantees. But life doesn’t work that way. It never has, and it never will. We all pay a price when these whiners are given control over public policy.

The vast, vast majority of healthy people under the age of 55 who contract the virus still come out the other side alive and without any serious, permanent health issues. There are some who are hit very hard to be sure, but the same can be said for other diseases that we live with (or, in some cases, don’t) every year. We’ll have to wait until the second wave has finished washing over Europe to be sure, but it’s starting to look as if the Swedes were onto something all along. __ Source

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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 is not only taught in schools, it also 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.

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So, what exactly are they teaching students at American universities? If Harvard and SFSU are any indication, the answer is bigotry, historical amnesia, a pathological aversion to facts, and an embrace of violence…

The radicals have taken root on our campuses, but it’s not too late for us to tear those roots from the ground. Let’s start by demanding that Harvard and SFSU rescind their shameful invitations.

___ US College Professors Teach “Death to America”

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
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More on the Wuhan “gain of function” story:

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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
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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.

More:

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/

More:

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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