Excuse me – what?

Emerald Robinson references this tweet from American Greatness (article link):

The Wuhan Institute of Virology, the controversial laboratory in China that many have pointed to as the origin of the Chinese coronavirus, has been authorized to receive American taxpayer funding for the next three years, according to the Daily Caller.

Jesse Kelly responds:

China will send you a virus that kills 400,000 Americans and wipes out trillions of American dollars. You will in turn kick out the only guy who actually did something to China and replace him with a guy who will pay China with your money.

Or as the other guy wrote:

The Wuhan Institute of Virology is gonna US taxpayer money before US citizens get their stimmy.

lmaooooo sucka-ass Biden voters

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The Political Making of a Texas Power Outage

I got this from Instapundit where he quoted extensively (in full?) from the original. I assume I can quote what he quoted. It’s an editorial from the Wall St Journal, so the assertions made are not documented. I assume they know what they are talking about. I have highlighted the parts I found most interesting.

Mr. Abbott blamed his state’s extensive power outages on generators freezing early Monday morning, noting “this includes the natural gas & coal generators.” But frigid temperatures and icy conditions have descended on most of the country. Why couldn’t Texas handle them while other states did?

The problem is Texas’s overreliance on wind power that has left the grid more vulnerable to bad weather. Half of wind turbines froze last week, causing wind’s share of electricity to plunge to 8% from 42%. Power prices in the wholesale market spiked, and grid regulators on Friday warned of rolling blackouts. Natural gas and coal generators ramped up to cover the supply gap but couldn’t meet the surging demand for electricity—which half of households rely on for heating—even as many families powered up their gas furnaces. Then some gas wells and pipelines froze.

In short, there wasn’t sufficient baseload power from coal and nuclear to support the grid. Baseload power is needed to stabilize grid frequency amid changes in demand and supply. When there’s not enough baseload power, the grid gets unbalanced and power sources can fail. The more the grid relies on intermittent renewables like wind and solar, the more baseload power is needed to back them up.

But politicians don’t care about grid reliability until the power goes out. And for three decades politicians from both parties have pushed subsidies for renewables that have made the grid less stable.

Start with the 1992 Energy Policy Act signed by George H.W. Bush, which created a production tax credit to boost the infant wind industry. Generators collect up to $25 per megawatt hour of power they produce regardless of market demand. The credit was supposed to expire in 1999, but nothing lasts longer than a temporary government program, as Ronald Reagan once quipped.

The renewables lobby found GOP allies in windy states like Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa. Former Enron CEO Ken Lay, who had made a big bet on wind, begged then Texas Gov. George W. Bush in 1998 to lobby Congress to extend the credit for five years. Congress has since extended it more than a dozen times, most recently in December.

Wind producers persuaded former Gov. Rick Perry to back a $5 billion network of transmission lines to connect turbines in western Texas to cities. This enabled them to build more turbines—and collect more tax credits. Because the Texas grid is often oversupplied, wind producers sometimes pay to off-load their power, though they still turn a profit with the tax credits.

Coal and nuclear are more strictly regulated and can’t compete, and many coal plants have shut down in Texas and elsewhere. Over the last decade about 100 gigawatts of coal power nationwide has been retired—enough to power 60 million homes. Many nuclear plants are scheduled to shut down, including large reactors in New York and Illinois this year.

Instapundit adds that “[w]e need more nice, reliable, environmentally friendly nuclear plants”.

Update (a few minutes later) from Alpha News:

It seems “green energy” fails when times get tough. You know what doesn’t have that issue? Coal and nuclear power.

Rest of article below the fold, but without the in-line links.
Continue reading

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Ahem

That dufus-ette, Katie Hill, tweeted that So is Rush Limbaugh going to go down in history as the worst person to ever receive the presidential medal of freedom or is there someone else? Greg Price had an answer:

Ted Kennedy left a woman to drown in a lake and Obama gave him the presidential medal of freedom

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Frozen wind turbines causing blackouts in Texas

Ahem:

The Right will point to this as a communist policy failing and completely miss the fact that misery in death is a perfectly acceptable aspect of communism to the communist.

Not a single “environmentalist” looks at that and gives a crap. Not one.

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Our New Holiday

Because nothing that is happening nowadays is too insane, a website devoted to a sarcastic take on everything progressive can write Nation Prepares To Celebrate 1st Anniversary Of Two Weeks To Flatten The Curve and it almost sounds true.

U.S.—The nation is preparing to celebrate what is expected to become a beloved annual holiday: Two Weeks To Slow The Spread Day, to be held in March every year.

“This time of year we like to come together to remember the historic day one year ago when we put on masks and locked ourselves down, trusting that the lockdown would be over in just two weeks,” said local man Paul Christof as he stared out his window longingly, his three masks securely in place. “This year, I’m going all out with a Zoom party with no more than five of my closest friends — I mean, closest, figuratively speaking, of course. We’ll be literally far apart, because I want to stay home and stay safe, and I don’t want grandma to die.”

Traditional festivities for the newly christened American holiday include remote Amazon gift exchanges, ordering DoorDash feasts for just yourself, and the customary binging of the Netflix. Historians believe the holiday will become a hit, and people will continue to wear masks and stay home throughout the year as the festive day is celebrated for hundreds of years to come.

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News You Can Use

Oddly enough, I came by this website, The NW Connection via a Danish website. They had published an image from an article at that site by Bryan Fischer, Opinion: Fauci Knew About HCQ In 2005 – Nobody Needed To Die.

The Virology Journal – the official publication of Dr. Fauci’s National Institutes of Health – published what is now a blockbuster article on August 22, 2005, under the heading – get ready for this – Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread [...] Write the researchers, “We report [...] that chloroquine has strong antiviral effects on SARS-CoV infection of primate cells. These inhibitory effects are observed when the cells are treated with the drug either before or after exposure to the virus, suggesting both prophylactic and therapeutic advantage.”

This means, of course, that Dr. Fauci has known for 15 years that chloroquine and its even milder derivative hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) will not only treat a current case of coronavirus (“therapeutic”) but prevent future cases (“prophylactic”).

This article was originally published back at the end of April, 2020. A few months later, at the end of September, the same author published Opinion: It Is Scientifically Impossible For Masks To Work.

Here is information from the CDC, which is the Vatican of virology for anti-Trumpers. Last spring [2020], after looking at 10 randomized controlled trials (the gold standard as far as Dr. Fauci is concerned), the CDC concluded. “[T]he CDC, as late as May, was citing the 10 randomized controlled trials that showed “no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks.

The author refers to and quotes from an article by David Horowitz in The Blaze (Sept, 2020), How we have been lied to so dramatically about masks. He concludes with this statement:

“We have become emasculated as a society. We have become a people who are willing to surrender every morsel of our liberty at the ever-changing and capricious whims of ‘public health officials,’ even when they are appallingly contradictory and without any evidence justifying the 180-degree U-turn … our passivity has allowed our entire country to become a Halloween nightmare masquerade every day, with no end in sight.”

Update(20210215): I’m not sure about the quality of this study, but I’ll add it because it seems to conform with other similar studies having the same conclusion. Via a tweet from Jesse Kelly he comments on another tweet that states:

This is a very important study on vitamin D and Covid-19. Its findings are incredibly clear. An 80% reduction in need for ICU and a 60% reduction in deaths, simply by giving a very cheap and very safe therapy – calcifediol, or activated vitamin D. Study is here.

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How We Win This

This seems perceptive:

People keep asking me how we win this. We don’t win. LOL. We throw sand in the gears and wait for the thing to grind itself into its own destruction, hope we don’t lose everything in the process, and start rebuilding after the catastrophe ends. Winning has left the building.

Tyranny is upon us. It may not last long, but it has already begun. The logic is inexorable and, for all intents and purposes now, unstoppable. The Bolshevik revolution was one thing, Hungarian another, Czech another. Those are the kinds of choices we have now.

The intended tyrannical regime is to be effectively global and the same everywhere at once. There is no *place* to run to. There is only how long it lasts, and none last forever. Maybe it’s light and only a few months. Maybe it’s heavy and a few centuries. Or otherwise.

Advice: Don’t go along with the lie for your own part. Cancel anyone who would cancel you or who attempts to before they can achieve it. Empty your organization or institution of these revolutionaries and deal with their temper tantrums like a rock among the waves.

Expose what hypocrisy you can, not to them (for not only won’t it affect them, they don’t see it as hypocritical in their false morality) but to others so that they might be alerted to it. Help people laugh gently at how ridiculous it is and how silly it is to have fallen for it.

Complain as loudly and in as organized and informed a fashion as you can anywhere you can exert influence, which will mostly be locally. Pressure your state to protect you from the feds. Pressure your representatives to keep the country free. Probably leave Canada.

Do not only question their prescriptions but their assumptions. Example: you HAVE to do some kind of diversity training, even if just to check off the box. No you damn well don’t. That’s a lie. Don’t go along with lies. Cultivate a good company/institutional culture instead.

I can’t tell you not to be worried or scared. You absolutely should be, and this will take real courage. I will tell you this: it gets harder the longer you wait. It gets scarier and for more concrete reasons the longer you wait. As it has been forever, it’s easier now.

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It Was Not Going To Be Allowed

I have come to the conclusion that Trump was never going to win because it was not going to be allowed:

The System killed people for political power. Remember that. Not China. Not Yemen. The people in charge of OUR cultural institutions drowned people in their own lung fluid in order to win an election.

Wake up and realize what you’re up against.

And do watch that attached video to understand why (if it’s still available). Here’s a related link.

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The Thirty Tyrants

Suggestions from two different directions: Jesse Kelly via Twitter and Ace of Spades via Sarah at Instapundit. Worthwhile also to read the history of the Thirty Tyrants from Wiki.

The article itself, The Thirty Tyrants , is enormous and covers a lot of ground. Some of the things I found of particular interest I quote below.

Because of Trump’s pressure on the Americans who benefited extravagantly from the U.S.-China relationship, these strange bedfellows acquired what Marxists call class consciousness–and joined together to fight back [...]

It makes sense. Trump not only exposed the, well, traitors in the mist, but also gave them the impetus to work together.

More importantly.

So Americans became prey to an anti-democratic elite that used the coronavirus to demoralize them; lay waste to small businesses; leave them vulnerable to rioters who are free to steal, burn, and kill; keep their children from school and the dying from the last embrace of their loved ones; and desecrate American history, culture, and society; and defame the country as systemically racist in order to furnish the predicate for why ordinary Americans in fact deserved the hell that the elite’s private and public sector proxies had already prepared for them.

Conclusion:

What does history teach us about this moment? The bad news is that the Thirty Tyrants exiled notable Athenian democrats and confiscated their property while murdering an estimated 5% of the Athenian population. The good news is that their rule lasted less than a year.

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Bidenism

More details in the main post, but this comment gives important details:

The pros have vastly more information, experience, resources, skill, AND DEMOCRAT CONNECTIONS, so they’re much better

The pros overbet, it went bad, they ran crying to Mama Yellen to earn the $7 million in speaking fees they’d paid her, calls were made, trading was frozen – but only for the little guys.

Bidenism.

And don’t forget that for those not paying attention, the court jesters (aka the media) are right there to cover it all up and explain it all away.

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