COMING UP SHORT THIS MONTH.
Thought for the day
"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum — even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate." -- Noam Chomsky
It was probably inevitable that Jonathan Haidt, an academic long concerned about the politicization of academia, would eventually be caught up in the displacement of intellectual inquiry by ideological rigidity.
Last week the New York University (NYU) psychology professor announced that he would resign at the end of the year from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, his primary professional association, because of a newly adopted requirement that everybody presenting research at the group’s conferences explain how their submission advances “equity, inclusion, and anti-racism goals.” …
Europe is facing its worst energy crisis in generations, with numerous factories shutting down and severe hardship expected during the approaching winter. Heavily-industrialized Germany has been especially hard hit, with more than half of all small- and mid-sized businesses fearful that they might be forced to close, an economic catastrophe of Great Depression proportions. The only near-term hope of salvation had been an end to the self-destructive energy sanctions these countries had imposed upon Russia, which would have allowed plentiful and cheap Russian natural gas to resume flowing through the Russian-owned Nord Stream pipelines.
Although the European governments remained firmly opposed to that solution, many ordinary Europeans felt differently, and in recent days large public demonstrations in Germany and the Czech Republic had demanded that the sanctions be lifted. There was widespread speculation that such popular protests would eventually carry the day, if not immediately then once winter hardship became too severe. The outcome would be a negotiated end to the Ukraine war along the general lines suggested by Russia, resulting in a strategic defeat for America and NATO.
Over the last few years, I’ve been predicting that the Next Big Thing following World War G (gay marriage) and World War T (transgender mania) will be World War P (polygamy). Now a judge in yet another one of these New York City rental lawsuits has ruled that “majoritarian animus” about marriage not being among more than two people is the unacceptable explanation for why the Obergfell gay marriage decision restricts marriage to two homosexuals.
Way back in 1989, the gay marriage juggernaut got launched over a tawdry New York City rent control imbroglio. A rent-controlled tenant died without spouse or issue (rent control status is hereditary in New York), so the landlord was going to raise the rent, but then the dead lessee’s roommate announced that he deserved to continue to pay the rent controlled rent because they were more than just roommates.
Civilization is fragile. It hinges on ensuring the stuff of life...
To be able to eat, to move about, to have shelter, to be free from state or tribal coercion, to be secure abroad, and safe at home—only that allows cultures to be freed from the daily drudgery of mere survival.
Civilization alone permits humans to pursue sophisticated scientific research, the arts, and the finer aspects of culture.
So, the great achievement of Western civilization—consensual government, individual freedom, rationalism in partnership with religious belief, free market economics, and constant self-critique and audit—was to liberate people from daily worry over state violence, random crime, famine, and an often-unforgiving nature.
But so often the resulting leisure and affluence instead deluded arrogant Western societies into thinking that modern man no longer needed to worry about the fruits of civilization he took to be his elemental birthright.
As a result, the once prosperous Greek city-state, Roman Empire, Renaissance republics, and European democracies of the 1930s imploded—as civilization went headlong in reverse.
We in the modern Western world are now facing just such a crisis.
California has decriminalized jaywalking because “people of color” are the ones who are most often ticketed.
Maud Newton, who describes herself as "a writer, critic, editor, and occasional speaker," posted — then later deleted — a tweet in which she claimed that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' use of the word "biblical" to describe hurricane storm surge was "an evangelical dog whistle."
A man was convicted of a slew of felonies related to his dumping of human body parts, including human heads, across Arizona in 2020.
Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris said at a forum that the Biden administration would focus on "communities of color" when doling out aid related to climate change.
A Texas judge can continue opening his court proceedings ceremony with a prayer, a divided U.S. appeals court has ruled.
New York plans to prohibit the sale of all new gas-powered cars and trucks by 2035. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is following California's lead to convert all new car sales to electric vehicles.
A Virginia Democrat called for new leadership in her party after plans to vote on legislation banning lawmakers from trading stocks were scrapped.
Atlanta City Council member Liliana Bakhtiari is in a nonmonogamous relationship with two other individuals, the trio has divulged to NBC News.
A Louisiana man admitted to trying to murder and dismember a gay man he met on the LGBT dating Grindr, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney General.
FBI agents have made an arrest in a key espionage case that would have had major national security implications for the U.S.
NSA staffer Jareh Sebastian Dalke of Colorado Springs, Colo., made his first federal court appearance on charges he attempted to sell government secrets to an undercover FBI agent believed to be a foreign operative. Dalke is facing espionage-related charges for allegedly plotting to transmit National Defense Information to a Russian agent.
The Department of Justice said in a press release that Dalke, 30, who “served as an Information Systems Security Designer” for less than a month earlier this year, utilized an encrypted email account to transmit a number of classified documents to someone he believed was working on behalf of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service.
I was fired from my nursing job this year for refusing to take “implicit bias” training. After 39 years of providing equal care to all my patients without regard to their race, I objected to a mandatory course grounded in the idea that I’m racist because I’m white. I fear every healthcare professional will soon be forced to make the same awful decision I did: Falsely admit to being racist or abandon the medical field.
My ordeal started in September 2021 when my employer, Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health, rolled out its annual training modules for clinical educators. The list included “Overcoming Unconscious Bias.” After viewing the interactive course, I contacted my supervisor and asked for a meeting with the chief nursing officer and the human resources director. The former sent a surrogate; the latter didn’t attend. After two meetings, it was clear that I wouldn’t be given an exemption. My supervisor told me, “I don’t want you to die on this cross.”
Elon Musk has joined in the chorus of people condemning Kamala Harris for her assertion that hurricane relief money should go to “communities of color” first.
Harris made the racist remarks while talking to far left activist and actress Priyanka Chopra during the women’s leadership forum in Washington, D.C. held by the Democratic National Committee.
“It is our lowest income communities and our communities of color that are most impacted by these extreme conditions and impacted by issues that are not of their own making,” Harris said. “And so we have to address this in a way that is about giving resources based on equity, understanding that we fight for equality, but we also need to fight for equity, understanding not everyone starts out at the same place.
“And if we want people to be in an equal place, sometimes we have to take into account those disparities and do that work,” Harris continued.
Students for Trump founder Ryan Fournier tweeted in response, “I guess everyone else is just screwed.”
A US judge has dismissed Mexico’s $10 billion lawsuit against American gun manufacturers.
The lawsuit had blamed American gun makers for facilitating the trafficking of weapons across the border and into the hands of drug cartels.
Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor made his ruling on Friday, determining that Smith & Wesson Brands Inc, Sturm, Ruger & Co, Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Inc, Beretta USA Corp, Colt’s Manufacturing Co and Glock Inc. are not liable for the cartel’s activities.
According to a report from VOA, “Saylor said federal law ‘unequivocally’ bars lawsuits seeking to hold gun manufacturers responsible when people use guns for their intended purpose. He said the law contained several narrow exceptions, but none applied.”
Tara Reade, the former staffer who accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, blasted Biden after giving a speech on “decency.”
Biden claims he ran for President to “restore the soul of America” — despite the fact he has been a divider since taking office.
Tara Reade accused Biden of sexual assault and said back in 1993 that Biden pushed her up against the wall and penetrated her with his fingers.
Reade alleges that Joe Biden used his resources to silence her and that “there has never been a proper investigation” into what happened.
Despite contemporaneous witnesses, the media had no interest in covering the story during the 2020 election cycle.
Thousands of Floridians without flood insurance could face financial ruin in the wake of Hurricane Ian, which first hit the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday, according to a new report.
Conservatives slammed CNN after the outlet accused a Republican congressional candidate of having “ties to white nationalists.”
President Joe Biden personally thanked a Coast Guardsman for saving a 94-year-old woman in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, but the hero expects to be fired within days for rejecting the COVID vaccine.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) cooked breakfast Saturday morning for first responders who have been on the frontlines dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
It is one of the great mysteries of the pandemic: Why have mainstream journalists, public health officials, and America's elected leaders ignored "natural immunity" to Covid from prior infections?
The incessant agenda to get everyone 'vaccinated' — despite the now undeniable body of evidence the mRNA shots do nothing to stop the spread of the virus — has defied basic scientific reasoning. Even if the mRNA shots appear to lower mortality rates for those who are at risk, prior infections provide equal or even superior protection due to their spurring of antibodies. After all, this is what the mRNA shots are meant to accomplish in the first place.
Research in the past has established that natural immunity is a real thing and actually works. A famous, widely cited Israeli study that showed "natural immunity confers longer lasting and stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease and hospitalization" was recently replicated in an independent study. Nonetheless, there has been a stubborn refusal by the part of the media to acknowledge natural immunity exists, and the overwhelming majority of Democrat voters do not believe that it works against Covid.
"This is also the location, that we're told in the Bible... is the location of Sodom and Gomorrah. This was the area where there is a huge pillar of salt... And they actually refer to it as Lot's wife," Jack told Kevin.
"And this is the crazy thing is that archaeological studies, one that just came out a couple of months ago, actually shows that scientifically they found that there was a city, there was a tell [township] pretty much in that exact location right off the Dead Sea that about 4,000 years ago, was destroyed by a meteor that flew in from the sky and then exploded over the city with the force of 1000 Hiroshima atomic bombs," he continued.
"This event did take place," he said. "They call it a cosmic airburst, that destroyed an entire city in the in the exact location that the Bible describes where Sodom and Gomorrah were."
That study, which came out in 2021, was undertaken as result of a "1.5-meter interval in the Middle Bronze Age II stratum that caught the interest of some researchers, for its 'highly unusual' materials," Science Daily reported.
"In addition to the debris one would expect from destruction via warfare and earthquakes, they found pottery shards with outer surfaces melted into glass, 'bubbled' mudbrick, and partially melted building material, all indications of an anomalously high-temperature event, much hotter than anything the technology of the time could produce."
It destroyed a city at the location of Tall el-Hammam. "The charred and melted materials at Tall el-Hammam looked familiar, and a group of researchers including impact scientist Allen West and Kennett joined Trinity Southwest University biblical scholar Philip J. Silvia's research effort to determine what happened at this city 3,650 years ago," Science Daily reported.
Russian troops withdrew from another Ukrainian city on the frontline of the war Saturday as Ukraine’s fighters surrounded Lyman in the Donetsk Oblast.
Two pro fishermen in Ohio caught some rage along with their fish on Friday.
Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer continues to lead Republican candidate Tudor Dixon in the polls, but a new survey shows Dixon within striking distance.