Sunday, October 24, 2021

Buzzfeed News on the career of data sleuth Elisabeth Bik

 

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Stephanie M. Lee has a very detailed article for Buzzfeed News “A Data Sleuth Challenged A Powerful COVID Scientist. Then He Came After Her”, link.

The story focuses on the career of Elisabeth Bik. Early in the pandemic, she started to question the claims of French scientist Didier Raoult, that hydroxychloroquine could treat Covid, which encouraged Trump to remain rosy about the pandemic during the lockdowns that started in March 2020.

Mochael Donnelly, who broke the story on the Provincetown Breakthrough cases in July 2021, is another good example.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

New Yorker on the origins of Sars_CoV2

 

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Carolyn Kormann writes for The New Yorker : “The Mysterious Case of the COVID-19 Lab-Leak Theory: Did the virus spring from nature or from human error?”



Kormann makes the case that  the ability of coronaviruses to change quickly in nature in animals may be much greater than we had thought, expanding way beyond the  Majoing Caves into other parts pg SE Asia.

She reports odd findings about the pangolin.

She does go over the litany of coincidences surrounding Wuhan since late summer 2019.

She notes that the CCP may be more worried about its agricultural policies than the lab. And the role of the US NIH with gain of function research in China in the past is murky at best.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Cosmopolitan: why people are trapped by Q

 

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Check out this Cosmopolitan booklet: “Thousands of People Are Trying to Leave QAnon, but Getting Out Is Almost Impossible” by Andrea Stanley with photos by Todd R.Fosgreen.



It appears as pure tribalism, with addiction to conspiracy theories about “the others”, 

People who join cults are weak competing as individuals, inviting personal disdain.

The bird pictures are interesting.    

Friday, October 15, 2021

“In Trump's Shadow: The Battle for 2024 and the Future of the GOP”, by David M. Drucker, and Trump's soft coup tries

 

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“In Trump's Shadow: The Battle for 2024 and the Future of the GOP” by David M. Drucker, published by Twelve, 288 pages,  ISBN 978-1538754047, AMAZON LINK.  Motivates discussion of Trump’s continual coup threat.

Greg Sargent writes in the WPost “The dangerous idea behind Trump’s coup effort is still alive. Let’s kill it.” analysis motivated by the book. It is the idea that the 12th Amendment would have given Pence the power to deny electoral votes on Jan 6 and turn over to state legislatures.  

Annie Karni discussed Pence’s decision in the NYT.

Here is the notorious Eastman memo, CNN.

Friday, October 08, 2021

‘Teens in America’ and staying silent?

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Here is a shocking story by Hannah Natanson from ‘Teens in America’ on The Washington Post. Video and photo by Nitashia Johnson, Oct. 8, 2021.

“These Texas teens stayed silent about racism. Then their Black principal was suspended. At Colleyville Heritage High, students rushed to defend James Whitfield, who has been accused of embracing critical race theory and is in danger of being fired.”

The setting of the story is schools in Colleyville, TX, NE of Fort Worth.

It is right to present the whole factual basis of CRT.  But then it demands people change personal goals and join up.   

But the principal denies he promoted CRT.  The tone of this story is disturbing.  

Sunday, October 03, 2021

David French: Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation (belated preview)

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 David French, on his own subsite, repreviews his “Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation”, St. Martins, 285 pages, Sept 2020, with an essay “A Whiff of Civil War in the Air, Malice and misinformation are driving national division”. 

It’s a vicious cycle.

Interesting is that he notes that many of the January 6 insurrectionists were ordinary business owners with families who were caught in this cycle of disdain for those of oppressed groups making reparative collectivized demands, which could sound threatening and vengeful

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Jean M. Twenge's "iGen": smartphones have caused teens to miss out on real life (what about adults?)

 


Here’s another preview, from 2017, “iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood – and What That Means for the Rest of Us”, by Jean M. Twenge, Atria Books, reprint, 463 pages.

Here’s some constructive criticism by Annalisa Quinn on NPR.

The book was mentioned on Smerconish Saturday morning (Sept. 18).  Social media is especially brutal with teenage girls, setting up standards that they must compete to meet for men to want them.  Really, it seemed to be that way when I was going up.  People were expected to outgrow the pickiness.  In a way, that had something to do with what happened to me at William and Mary.

Tim Pool in Timcast IRL talked about how today’s teens and young adults are demoralized, after an unsuccessful (it seems) interaction on Twitter with March for our Lives cofounder Cameron Kasky (when Kasky had a breakthrough case).