Three States Account for 42 Percent of Kung-flu Deaths in America

This article is another of those significant and important pieces in the fight against Kung-flu ignorance.

Let’s start with the biggest finding:

If these three states [New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts] are excluded, the US suddenly finds itself somewhere in between nations such as Luxembourg (176/1M) and Macedonia (166/1M), where some of the better fatality numbers in Europe are found.

So many commenters, mostly left but also on the right, opine about the awful job that Trump is doing regarding the Kung flu. There may be some truth, but the fact is that the states in this country are the primary focus in how they treat their own citizens. And for many blue state governments, like these three, they have assertively and decisively eff’d up.

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The Polls

Of late, various organizations have reported on how badly Trump is polling. Wretchard the Cat comments:

Punishing or canceling individuals for politically incorrect speech might make the polls less accurate. When Ceausescu began his last speech he thought he was the most beloved man in Romania.

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It’s Never the Left’s Fault

I was reading a comment to a blog post in which a lefty troll claimed “In fact, Trump has done more to enable and empower the forces of left-illiberalism than anyone on the left“. I was reminded of that great quote from the movie Forrest Gump in which an abusive boyfriend tries to excuse his previous abuse by explaining

Things got a little out of hand. It’s just this war and that lying son of a bitch Johnson and…I would never hurt you. You know that.

I was surprised by how hard it was to find this quote. IMDB didn’t have it (wut?) nor did a lot of other Forrest Gump quote sites. I finally found the quote in its entirety here, a site that looks to be, like mine, a collection of interesting things or, of course, a Thing Finder. Thanks to the maintainer of that site.

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Deniable Intimidation

The term comes from Richard Fernandez. It’s been around for a while (people forget that back around 2010 there was a practice run of violent anarchist riots).

It’s one of those definitions that is more important that it seems and Instapundit dredges up a reference to the original and then helpfully expounds a bit more:

That’s why they don’t want you to own guns. And that’s why the Ken-and-Karen case has the left and its media enablers so upset. They want you cowering in your home, calling for police protection that their political action has made sure won’t come. Or worrying that that might happen so that you yield to their demands. If you’re out on the steps with guns in your hands, suddenly the script has flipped. Either they’re intimidated, which is bad for morale when you’re running a mob, or they escalate and become so violent that the “deniable” part of the intimidation is gone, because they can’t pretend even to themselves that this was a “parade” of “peaceful protesters,” and a more violent response to the mob becomes certain in the future. And while mobs can dish out violence, they usually don’t take it very well, lacking discipline and cohesion. That’s why the goal is to keep the violence ongoing, but at a low enough level that it seems easier to go along than fight. Open resistance interferes with that, and sets an example for others.

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What Tolerance Really Means

From Ian Miles Cheong:

Tolerance is a false virtue. First, they make you to abandon your values and your traditions. When you refuse, they call you a bigot. Once you give in, they force you to accept moral relativism and embrace degeneracy.

All in the name of tolerance.

Which is related to the Karl Popper’s Paradox of Tolerance.

The paradox of tolerance states that if a society is tolerant without limit, its ability to be tolerant is eventually seized or destroyed by the intolerant.

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How to Distract from Your Class Privilege

An absolutely fascinating article about the origin of “white privilege” and the fraud-ette that created it.

The concept of ‘white privilege’ was popularized by Peggy McIntosh in a 1989 paper written at Harvard University and titled, “White Privilege: Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack.” It was written as a personal, experiential essay, and it details 26 ways in which McIntosh’s skin color has been decisive in determining her life outcomes. This hugely influential paper has been responsible for the subsequent proliferation of a rigidly enforced theory of privilege throughout social movements and university classrooms. So central has this doctrine become to progressive politics, pedagogy, and activism, that to even question its validity is to invite the inquisitorial wrath of ‘social justice’ radicals.

which eventually concludes

All of which means that pretty much anything you read about ‘white privilege’ is traceable to an ‘experiential’ essay written by a woman who benefitted from massive wealth, a panoply of aristocratic connections, and absolutely no self-awareness whatsoever.

The article concludes with a discussion and very important admonition about the dangers of Identity Politics.

Every time identity politics has been used by any faction in human history for any reason violence eventually follows.

The country of Yugoslavia in which the author served with the UN is mentioned as an example of these dangers. The comments below this article include a number from people who have ties to Yugoslavia and agree with this assertion (along with a number of others from pseudo-intellectual mid-wits who won’t address the issue raised by the article).

Oh, yeah, hat tip to Shot in the Dark blog.

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Four Headlines About the Pandemic

As compiled by Instapundit. Note these are news reports (linked to in the post), not opinion pieces.

GOOD NEWS: UPMC doctor sees too much focus on rising COVID-19 cases, too little on declining severity and hospitalizations.

Related: Hospital patients four times less likely to die now than they were in April, Oxford study finds.

Related: Heather Mac Donald: Where Are The Deaths? “In May, Georgia was the main target of expert contempt for its allegedly premature reopening. Since then, the media have gone silent, due to the state’s truly discouraging downward daily death toll from a high of 119 on April 7, long before the reopenings, to 10 on June 24. . . . There are no crises in hospital capacity anywhere in the country. Nursing homes, meat-packing plants, and prisons remain the main sources of new infections.”

I want to note especially the fourth headline

Getting Realistic About The Coronavirus Death Rate.

Nearly all the studies find between 10 and 100 times the number of total infections as reported infections, with the average somewhere around 20 to 25 times.

In other words, while the CDC reports 2.34 million Americans have been infected with the coronavirus, the actual number of infected and recovered people may be closer to 50 million. (CDC Director Robert Redfield told journalists Thursday that the number of cases may be 10 times higher than the earlier 2.34 million.)

Thus, the death rate, which would be 5.2 percent based on that 2.34 million figure, is actually more like one-20th as high — or 0.26 percent.

Mr Hinderaker from Powerline was discussing this a couple of days ago in this post.

When the dust settles, the Wuhan flu will in all likelihood have a fatality rate of less than 0.2%. This compares with an average seasonal flu rate of around 0.1%.

There is much more there including a discussion of the probable and possibly intentional over-counting of deaths due to Kung flu. The follow-up to the sentence above is

Actually, the world has gotten off lucky: the virus that the Chinese Communist Party unleashed on the rest of us was a mild one. The next pandemic could easily involve a virus that is ten times as lethal, or even, possibly, 100 times as lethal. What will we do then? Our crazed reaction to COVID-19 does not inspire confidence that we would be able to deal rationally with a truly lethal virus.

Indeed.

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Stop panicking and fretting

Prologue, Part 1:

PERSPECTIVE: If you are not overlooking the park near the White House or Scumbagistan in Seattle, you are almost certainly seeing peace and calm.

Maybe 2K assholes are out rioting – out of 330 million.

Stop panicking.

Chill.

Quit being emotional & doing what the enemy wants.

Prologue, Part 2:

OK, STOP DOING WHAT THE LEFT WANTS AND FREAKING OUT BECAUSE SOME SHITHEADS SPRAY-PAINTED SOME COLUMNS, YELLED, AND FAILED IN PULLING DOWN A STATUE ON FED LAND.

Stop being controlled by your emotions. It makes you exactly what the enemy wants.

Don’t do what the enemy wants.

And Prologue, Part 3:

Here’s Exhibit A.

You’re supposed to be confused, defensive and demoralized by this.

It’s a lie. Everything they say is a lie.

Your response should be to mock this bot’s stock photo avi and remain secure in the knowledge that we will prevail.

This all eventually led to a new thread (the threadapp version) similar to the one the day before:

All right, this is when this fight gets hard.

You have to control your emotions.

You see buttmunches in that DC park trying – and, not incidentally, failing (thanks to federal cops) – to pull down a statue.

And you let your emotions control you… 1/

[there was apparently no tweet #2]

Except they lost tonight.

Lost.

They tried to pull down a statue and federal cops stopped them.

Yet half of conservative Twitter is freaking out.

“TRUMP’S DOING NOTHING!” they cry.

So the left got you doing exactly what it wanted…by losing? 3/

Stop it! 4/

Yes, the leftist rioters, that rounding error of a rounding error of a rounding error of America’s 330 million people, is provocative.

It is trying to be.

So why are you letting it provoke you?

Especially when we beat it tonight? 5/

And not just in DC.

Scumbagistan has gone full Lord of the Flies and everyone there is Piggy.

All of us see a preview of the USA under Biden.

And Seattle’s garbage mayor is pulling the plug on the Summer of Love 2.

That’s a million times better than Trump sending the 82d 6/

Stop panicking and fretting about how “Trump’s not doing anything.”

Not doing what the enemy wants is not “not doing anything.”

The enemy gets a vote.

The enemy always tries to position you where you have no great options.

This is no different. 7/

What can you do?

You can stop pulling your hair out.

Yeah, it’s frustrating.

It’s annoying.

It’s obnoxious.

Too bad.

Tighten the hell up, focus on the objective, a stop doing what they want. 8/

We win if we stay calm.

If we don’t panic.

If we stick with the team and stop undercutting Trump, who is our only option.

Do you want to win, or do you want to vent because the dirty trust fund jerks made you mad? 9/

I want to win.

Not just the election, though we must win that.

I want to win the whole cultural war and burn Marxism to the ground.

And doing that means cold calculated ruthlessness, not mindless reaction to jerks trying to get our eyes off the prize.

Get woke. 10/

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A Propaganda Set-Piece

I saw various video bits and pieces about this yesterday and pretty much just ignored it: not my circus, not my monkeys.

So, according to ESPN (to get all the fireworks): NASCAR says noose found in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega

A noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama, on Sunday, less than two weeks after Wallace, who is NASCAR’s only Black driver, successfully pushed the stock car racing series to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and facilities.

I don’t follow NASCAR and I have no idea who Bubba Wallace is, but as it turns out:

FBI ANNOUNCES “NOOSE” FOUND IN BUBBA WALLACE’S GARAGE HAD BEEN THERE SINCE 2019; NO FEDERAL CRIME COMMITTED. “The FBI report concludes, and photographic evidence confirms, that the garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there since as early as last fall. This was obviously well before the 43 team’s arrival and garage assignment.”

So, hahaha! A misunderstanding. All completely harmless, right? Maybe not.

* ban the Confederate flag
* Noose was “found”
* NASCAR has a new “hero”

This propaganda set-piece would make Soviets blush.

And then this: Fake Noose – The NASCAR Bubba Wallace “Rope Noose” Was a Purposeful Hoax…

The blog post is very thorough and raises some interesting questions:

I share that dialogue exchange because it’s important to understand the scale of the multi-billion vested interests that surround this now international scandal based on accusations of fake hate; a racially driven hoax. There are lots of credibility and money at stake.

So with all of that context the big questions now surround motive. What would be the motives for the NASCAR team of Bubba Wallace to create a racially divisive hoax? What are the benefits and what would they accomplish?

Additionally, what would the motives be for NASCAR to promote a racial hoax with the intensity we have witnessed over the past two days? What would be the motive of NASCAR President Steve Phelps?

NASCAR. Who’d'a thunk it?

Oh, and this too: JUSSIE SMOLLETT ALL OVER AGAIN?

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I’m Sure This Isn’t True Somehow

Allie Beth Stuckey comments:

Since we’re dismantling anything built by white supremacists I guess it’s time to get rid of Planned Parenthood

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