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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Part 2: Something Is, In Fact, Rotten

Part 1: Something Is, In Fact, Rotten.

Yesterday, Steen from Snaphanen reported on the next phase of his Trial, titled The Personal Evaluation of an Unpunished Senior Citizen (I have taken some liberty with the Danish word, “personundersøgelse”. It is bureaucrat-ese and literally translates to the rather bland “person investigation”. In theory, it is a hearing or evaluation intended to uncover any mitigating and aggravating circumstances of a person under threat of criminal punishment; in reality, who knows?). Again, original below the fold:

The Criminal Welfare department has called me in to a personal evaluation and my lawyer thinks I should participate so that I appear to be someone civilized which can only benefit me. I don’t really care if I am punished in a case which I believe to be political persecution – the police themselves said it was political – but I will follow my lawyer’s advice as long as I have him. I have, as of yet, still not received any formal accusation – 14 months after I was arrested as a dangerous terrorist.

Some hours later (almost today), Steen published comments from two of his friends. I have translated the one, from Professor Bent Rasmussen below.

About a year ago, the editor of Snaphanen, a blog that continually reports on the progress of Islamization, was raided by the police and taken away in handcuffs.

Editor Steen Raaschou’s computers were confiscated and taken to the police station. As far as I know, they have never been returned.

Now, he has received from Criminal Welfare, a pseudo-friendly letter that starts with “Hi Steen”. He must attend an in-depth Personal Evaluation.

In it, he will be investigated for the possibility of “re-socialization”, along with his alcohol usage, drugs, mental health, and suitability for social service. The contents are embarrassing and stupid.

Steen Raaschou is no young man, he is receiving [the Danish version of] Social Security.

I would say no to this fake friendliness, send the letter back and request to be addressed in a civil manner with both first and last name.

The text speaks of “the current case”, but has a formal accusation been created? For Steen Raaschou, which crime has he actually committed?

By accepting Criminal Welfare’s demand, he is letting the camel’s nose in the tent and is, even if indirectly, admitting that he has committed a crime.

In the USSR, independent thinkers and those who the regime found difficult were sent to a psychiatric institution for treatment of their obsessions.

I get goose-bumps reading the text of Criminal Welfare’s letter.

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Part 0: Something Is, In Fact, Rotten

in Denmark. I feel bad about not giving this event and those that followed better coverage that merely this post. I will try to make up for this. The reason I feel bad is that something new has occurred.

Much, most, perhaps all of the information from the original Snaphanen post is found in the link above, but the emotion is probably not there. I will provide a translation of some of it below (original post below the fold). I will note that this event was repeated against two other people that I know of at the same time. I believe there also have been a fourth person affected somewhat later. Anyway:

At 6:30 this morning [May 8, 2019] I was wakened by five police officers who ransacked my home for about an hour. When, in my stupor, I finally realized what was happening, my first thought, in that I was unaware of having broken the law, was a quote from Kafka’s The Trial: “Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.”

I was informed of a charge of having linked to a site that linked to another site which linked to a third site that showed the widely discussed decapitation video from December (more info/context in that first link above).

That’s enough. I have kept the entire post below in the original Danish.

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Everything looks like it is falling apart, right?

For TL;DR types:

Democrat victory plan : Overwhelm President Trump and the American people with crisis after crisis until the public is so sick of it they vote him out hoping for a return to normalcy. Everything is planned and executed by their accomplices in the media.

Pure evil.

Otherwise…Man, that Schlichter fella is one perceptive son of a gun (even if he leaves lots of typos):

Everything looks like it is falling apart, right?

Wrong.

It is meant to look like that.

They want you to make emotion-driven moves that will help them win.

Don’t – get woke! 1/

Pulling down statues in leftist cities that refuse to maintain order is an attempt to psyche you into thinking everything is out of control.

It’s not. 2/

A cpuple hundred people in Frisco? The local cops were ordered to let it happen.

Same with DC.

What is this. 3/

So you think “Why isn’t Trump doing something?”

But it’s a few hundred bums out of 330 million.

And local cities could turn it off in a heartbeat – but refuse to.

Why? 4/

To convince you, the law and order types, that Trump is allowing mass chaos.

But it’s not mass by any standard.

Nor is it chaos, side the local Democrats are actively facilitating tit and making sure no one is actually getting hurt (except dummies that the statues fall on) 5/

What would you have Trump do?

Have him do a dirty, violent job the locals refuse to?

Send soldiers in and risk real violence – which plays against him?

It’s infuriating – and it’s meant to be – but Trump’s right not to take the bait. 6/

The answer is to let the left cities have their performance art fun.

Let them trash themselves.

Understand how it’s meant to manipulate you.

If the leave Dem areas, unleash the local cops.

Do not do what the enemy wants! 7/

Be woke to the enemy’s game plan.

Support the President.

Do not be suckered – he isn’t!

Watch him use the DoJ!

Buy guns and ammunition for legitimate deterrence & lawful self-defense.

Vote GOP down the line – better yet, campaign! 8/

Here’s a longer discussion of this transparent info operation.

I know it feels like we are losing right now.

We are not.

They want you mad.

Don’t let your emotions control you.

We will win – if we are woke. 9/

And then a few hours later, he continued:

[Thanks for the attention the thread has received]

Ask yourself – have you heard the name “George Floyd” lately, especially in connection with the couple of Dem cities where statues were pulled?

Nope.

Floyd was their cover. It’s gone. And normal people hate pointless chaos 10/

It went from protests people did not think were illegitimate (which the bad actors exploited) to violence with no arguably legitimate cause.

The Dems try to exploit the Antifa types as stormtroopers but their control of the radicals is limited. 11/

Remember, Democrats really only want a return to the status quo (minus us normal people having rights and the ability to again disrupt the status quo).

But their radical cat’s paws want revolution.

The Dems are riding a tiger. 12/

The radicals are over their skis past what normal people consider legitimate protests.

Dems are content with the chaos for now, since it causes us to think Trump is out of control, but they worry the radicals will tire of meaningless Dem city antics and threaten the suburbs. 13/

The second those whiny white wine women feel themselves or their families physically or economically threatened, they will turn to the strong horse – Trump, and law + order.

Biden is a hapless tool who can’t/won’t protect them.

Their husbands are already there. 14/

Trump’s Game Plan:

1 Indentify himself with law + order

2 Avoid using federal force that can turn into Kent State 2 (the Dem dream)

3 Use the DOJ to prosecute & deter the radicals who were happy to riot knowing Dem prosecutors would give them a pass

4 Let them overstep 15/

The Dems win if we panic and capitulate before their radical partners radically overstep.

And being radical is what radicals do.

Don’t panic.

Don’t let the media – which is all in with the left – manipulate you.

Get prepared and get woke. 16/

Want a quick sanity check?

Look out your window.

Unless you overlook Golden Gate Park in Scat Francisco, the Atlanta Wendy’s or that DC square, there’s no chaos outside.

It’s all a show designed to scare you away from Trump and into the gropey embrace of Puppet Joe! 17/

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