1. The Fearsome Tabulator
The ballot tabulator in mail-in vote processing centers in America is the most fearsome machine invented by man, as it determines the winner of the highest office in the most powerful nation in the world. Allow me to explain.
2. Imagine what happens to a mail-in ballot in a vote processing center. Allow me to illustrate the journey of a mail-in ballot envelope inside a vote processing center. The first key step is to open the envelope and log it.
3. On the outer envelope there is name and address of the voter who mailed the ballot. So the log will indicate that a ballot was received from an identifiable voter (identified by a name and address).
Closing of American Mind
The university has made intellectual exploration impossible. It has transformed a bastion of free inquiry into a Social Justice factory whose only inputs are race, gender, victimhood and whose only outputs are grievance & division. bariweiss.substack.com/p/my-universit…
Students at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues. Faculty and administrators have abdicated the university’s truth-seeking mission and instead drive intolerance of divergent beliefs and opinions.
Questions from faculty at diversity trainings that challenged approved narratives were instantly dismissed. Those who asked for evidence to justify new institutional policies were accused of microaggressions.
For the vaccinated, Covid resembles the flu and usually a mild one. Society does not ground to a halt over the flu. nytimes.com/2021/09/07/bri…
2. One in 5,000
How small are the chances of the average vaccinated American contracting Covid? Probably about one in 5,000 per day, and even lower for people who take precautions or live in a highly vaccinated community.
3. Or maybe one in 10,000
The chances are surely higher in places with the worst Covid outbreaks (e.g. Southeast). But in places with fewer cases — like the Northeast, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco areas — the chances are even lower, probably less than 1 in 10,000.
Putin and his cartel reject a White House request.
Despite very favorable policies from the White House, Russian President Vladimir Putin still doesn’t feel like doing U.S. President Joe Biden a solid. 1/
You may recall the bizarre episode last month when Mr. Biden, who is pushing expensive taxpayer-funded policies to reduce oil production, suddenly urged Russia and its allies in the international energy cartel to increase oil production. 2/
The news then was that Biden didn’t believe in forecasts of climate doom enough to run the political risk of high gasoline prices. The news now is that cartel members don’t seem that eager to collude with him. 3/
WSJ: President ‘Perception’
Sometimes survival requires more than PR.
Historians may spend years trying to understand how President Biden could have so mismanaged the exit from Afghanistan. A new report suggests Biden was focused on appearances rather than reality. 1/
Reuters has published what it calls excerpts from a July phone call between President Joe Biden and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani. According to the Reuters transcript, Mr. Biden said: 2/
What good did it do to present a false picture of success? Mr. Biden was publicly presenting such a false picture in July and it seems to have served only to deceive American civilians and our Afghan allies into thinking they had more time before they had to flee. 3/
1. Covid's Mysterious Two Month Cycle
Since the pandemic began, Covid has often followed a regular — if mysterious — cycle. In one country after another, the number of new cases has often surged for roughly two months before starting to fall.
2. The Delta variant, despite its intense contagiousness, has also followed this two-month pattern.
After Delta took hold last winter in India, caseloads there rose sharply for slightly more than two months before plummeting at a nearly identical rate.
3. In Britain, caseloads rose for almost exactly two months before peaking in July. In Indonesia, Thailand, France, Spain and several other countries, the Delta surge also lasted somewhere between 1.5 and 2.5 months.
The President even had the ill grace to blame Americans for not leaving Afghanistan sooner, and Afghans for not fighting. But his own government clearly felt no urgency, as the U.S. Embassy had to frantically destroy documents in the final hours.
As for the Afghans, he demeans the sacrifice of the 66,000 who died fighting the Taliban, often next to Americans. They collapsed when they lost air support as the U.S. contractors left and after the military abandoned Bagram Air Base in the dead of night.
NY Times Is Epileptic About Texas Passing Sensible Voting Reform
"NYT: BREAKING NEWS
The Republican-led Texas Legislature passed an elections bill that would make the state one of the most difficult places in the U.S. to cast a ballot."
2. This is the same voting reform which prompted Texas Democrats to become fugitives as a means of depriving Texas legislature a quorum to vote on the bill, and to fly over to DC instead on a maskless charter flight to spread Covid in nation's capital.
3. NY Times, in their attempt to mislead the nation to further Democratic talking points, has pulled out all stops to slander the Texas election reform in nakedly partisan language that bears no relationship to the reality of the bill. nytimes.com/2021/08/31/us/…
Look at what has happened to CDC under Biden. Has this agency ever been more politicized in its history. CDC memos are practically written by the Teachers Unions now.
2. And now the Biden administration is destroying the FDA. Two of the FDA’s most senior vaccine leaders are exiting from their positions, raising fresh questions about the Biden administration and the way that it’s sidelined the FDA.
3. Marion Gruber, director of the FDA’s Office of Vaccines Research & Review and 32-year veteran of the agency, will leave at the end of October, and OVRR deputy director Phil Krause, who’s been at FDA for more than a decade, will leave in November.
1. On Fighting Evil
The left never fights evil. It always fights those who fight evil. The left almost always opposes fighting evil and almost always works to disarm the good who want to fight. This is as true on the national level as it is on the personal level.
2. Those old enough to remember the Cold War will remember that the left constantly called for a "nuclear freeze," including a unilateral freeze by Western countries. The European left mounted huge demonstrations against America bringing Pershing 2 missiles into Western Europe.
3. No matter how violent the Soviet Union was, the left always opposed a strong Western military. So, too, the left universally condemns Israeli attacks on those who seek not merely to defeat Israel but to exterminate it.
1. NY Post: Biden’s Sick Attempt to Claim Credit for a Disastrous Afghan Evacuation
Talk about a catastrophic success.
The Biden administration wants credit for the Afghanistan evacuation. This is akin to the neighborhood arsonist bragging about how many fires he has put out.
2. Those with memories that stretch past a couple of weeks ago will recall the halcyon days when a mass evacuation at a civilian airport exposed to Islamic State suicide bombers and other attackers wasn’t, according to Joe Biden, even conceivable.
3. That American forces flew out more than 115,000 people out of Kabul is a testament to the awesome capabilities of the United States military. It is not in any way a vindication of Biden’s exit.
While poor souls who helped America and even some U.S citizens may be left to the horrors of Kabul, the President hasn’t forgotten to make Washington a happier place.
2. On Friday, Biden announced that he was invoking his legal authority under “national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare” to increase salaries for roughly two million members of the federal civilian workforce.
3. Yes, after creating the veritable model of incompetent governance recently witnessed by horrified Americans and allies around the world, Mr. Biden has decided this is the moment to declare a swamp-wide pay raise.
1. How Trump Would Have Handled Afghanistan Withdrawal
While this is of necessity a speculative thread, it is based on Trump's actual track record in office, and consistent with what everyone knows about how Trump did everything in office, not some hypothetical wishful thinking.
2. Trump would have made the same kind of deal with Taliban as he essentially offered North Korea. Play nice with us and we will enable all kinds of economic opportunities for you. Make trouble for us and we will be your worst nightmare.
3. I think the Taliban would have complied, considering they did not mess with Trump at any time during his presidency. They had seen how Trump had eviscerated ISIS in a few short months.
President Biden just said that military commanders have contacted him, usually by letter, to confirm that they subscribe to the Afghan vision as laid out.
President Biden just said that it is in Taliban's self-interest that we leave by when we said we will.
What a forceful leader we have!
President Biden said after our mission in Afghanistan is complete, we will come up with a plan to find any Americans who want to get out and get them out, either by means we provide or by means provided by the Taliban.
1. On Skepticism
In Bertrand Russell's essay “On the Value of Scepticism” (from his 1958 book The Will to Doubt), he suggests that when opinions are expressed with great passion, including political opinion, it is often because the rational grounds for those opinions are limited.
2. When there are rational grounds for an opinion, people are content to set them forth and wait for them to operate. In such cases, people do not hold their opinions with passion; they hold them calmly, and set forth their reasons quietly.
3. The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holder's lack of rational conviction.
Eating fructose appears to alter cells in the digestive tract in a way that enables it to take in more nutrients, according to a preclinical study from investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian. 1/2
These changes could help to explain the well-known link between rising fructose consumption around the world and increased rates of obesity and certain cancers.
The research, published August 18 in Nature, focused on the effect of a high-fructose diet on small intestine. 2/2
1. Should America Have Continued To Have A Presence in Afghanistan?
Almost every American is sad and ashamed of the aftermath of Biden's poorly planned execution of withdrawal from Afghanistan, but many are convinced total withdrawal was the only good and right option.
2. Many argue that this travesty is more on Bush, Obama and Trump. That we knew long ago that the Afghans couldn’t (or wouldn’t) be up to the task, and we should have gotten out long ago. That is a reasonable position to take, but I disagree that we had no other options now.
3. While my preferred option right from the outset of this war was to chase Osama to the gates of hell, and kill him even if it took reducing the entire Tora Bora to rubble, that was regrettably not the strategy followed by President Bush.
Don't want to toot my own horn too much (only a little), but it takes the ability to look at every situation with an open mind and pure logic to think beyond slogans and aphorisms.
Allow me to illustrate the point. Ponder over this.
2. You will be hard pressed to find a bigger supporter of free markets than your truly. And yet, to my knowledge, I was the first one, and quite likely the only free marketer, to complain about the unconscionably high price of Covid vaccines that the U.S. government 'negotiated.'
3. See the below thread I wrote eight months ago, for which I received a lot of guff about being an impure free marketer. Yes, I am a free marketer to the core, but that doesn't mean I let government-industrial complex pull wool over my eyes.
1. Remember in March when Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, decided to share her private hunch at a White House press briefing? Dr. Walensky intoned, “I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom.”
2. Many Americans have learned not to trust her feelings about Covid. But what really should concern the citizenry is that the fearful government disease doctor might have been referring to constitutional liberty.
3. How else can one explain her decision to sign her name to what appears to be an unlawful eviction moratorium order? Desperate times call for desperate measures, but Dr. Walensky’s own data show that the times are much less desperate than they used to be.
In India — where the Delta variant was first identified and caused a huge outbreak — cases have plunged over the past two months. A similar drop may now be underway in Britain. There is no clear explanation for these declines.
2. In the U.S., cases started falling rapidly in early January. The decline began before vaccination was widespread and did not follow any evident changes in Americans’ Covid attitudes. Maybe it was just reverting to previous year's decline after the holidays-induced surge.
3. In March and April, the Alpha variant helped cause a sharp rise in cases in the upper Midwest and Canada. That outbreak seemed poised to spread to the rest of North America — but did not.
This tweet is willfully deceptive and dishonest AF.
"Nearly all Americans (94%) – including 95% of both Republicans and Democrats – say it is important that people who are legally qualified to vote are able to cast a ballot, with 82% saying it is very important.""
Voting is not a constitutional fundamental right in the U.S. It is a privilege of U.S. citizenship and is contingent upon meeting reasonable and prudent requirements (e.g. an age requirement). There are other conditions (e.g. incarceration) that are not unreasonable to debate..
Most Americans (81%) say it is at least somewhat important to prevent people who are not legally qualified to vote from doing so.
However, Republicans are considerably more likely than Democrats to say it is very important to prevent this (78% vs. 44%).