We’ve just crossed a sea change shark in the sand

hunterSea Change — A profound transformation.

Watershed — A dividing point, from which things will never be the same.

Jumping the Shark — To signal, especially through a conspicuous activity, event, or maneuver, a decline in the progress or evolution of something.

Defining Moment — The point at which a situation is clearly seen to start to change.

Line in the Sand — A point beyond which, once the decision to go beyond it is made, the decision and its resulting consequences are permanently decided and irreversible.

By now you know that emails on Hunter Biden’s laptop show the Bidens cashing in on Joe’s position as vice president.

How significant is this? There can nw be no doubt that:

  1. Joe Biden is dirty. He was using his office to get rich. This could be considered treason. It also opens him up to blackmail. He is completely compromised.
  2. The media are covering for him, of course, which is to be expected. No longer can we pretend they care about objectivity
  3. Big Tech Twitter and Facebook are censoring efforts to report on Biden’s handiwork. Why do we get upset that they are biased? Of course they are. There can no longer be any doubt.
  4. The Presidential Debate Commission is a farce. It changed the topic of the final debate from foreign policy so that Sleepy Joe won’t have to answer any questions about his treachery.
  5. Perhaps most revealing: FBI Director Christopher Wray has been sitting on this information, which would have neutered the impeachment procedings against Trump. Instead, the FBI is pursuing the Democrats’ talking point, which is that this new information is Russian disinformation. Wray is dirty. There is no longer any doubt. He has to go. The coup against Trump continues.

The line is drawn. Everyone now understands where we are.

~ Aemilius

How to get a steam of accurate news

newsI wrote a while back about some alternate sources for The Drudge Report, which has gone over to the dark side.

Here I’ll show you how to set up a stream of news into your inbox every day. These are good sources, and all offer a daily email newslettter. Recognize that the journalism we knew over the past decades is dead. Just accept that and create your own new journalism.

The Epoch Times. This excellent newspaper offers several email newsletters. You can get politics, of course, but also health and other news.

Breitbart. An old standby.

PJ Media. Lots of newsletters available here.

Disrn. Stands for “discern” — get it? The site was created by Babylon Bee founder Adam Ford, who does solid work tracking (and sometimes lampooning) the happenings within Reformed Christendom. It offers several newsletters.

The First. This new venture is actually a TV provider, but it offers two emails, both of which I get. One is news, the other about journalism. The First has information on a number of topics, including faith and preparedness.

Not the Bee. This is, as it sounds related to the satirical site The Bee, except it’s not satirical. Its content is slight off center, however. It’s also related to Disrn above. You can pay $89 a month for a premium subscription to this and The Bee. I don’t.

You should also get something other than politcal news. Here are two science and health sites with newsletters: LiveScience and ScienceNews. For purely medical news, try WebMD.

~ Pactolus

 

 

GoldbergGate: The art of the big lie

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The accustaion by The Atlantic that President Trump disparaged World War I troops is, on its face, a lie. It’s well known that Trump has initiated significant improvements for our soliders and that he is quite fond of those who serve.

So why would editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg engage in such an obvious fabrication?

Perhaps he was persuaded by, and then perpetrated, The Big Lie. Adolph Hitler explained:

All this was inspired by the principle—which is quite true within itself—that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.

It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.

And, you know, Trump is just so bad, so bad, that it must be true. It may be fake, but it’s true. Guess who jumps to Goldberg’s defense? None other than Famed Fabricator Dan Rather. “Whether he said it or not, it is believable,” Rather said. Of course Danny once said, “I think that you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things.” Danny destroyed his career with a Big Lie.

Goldberg must be delighted that Dan Rather has now come out publicly to support him.

Goldberg is definitely pleasing the owner of his magazine, Laurene Powell Jobs, who has donated more than $1.2 million to nearly 70 Democrat politicians since 2019.

And this isn’t Goldberg’ s first foray into anonymous Trump bashing. Consider these recent articles:

It goes on.

The blowback was so fierce that writer David Frum undertook to support his boss with a piece affectionately entitled , “Everyone Knows It’s True.”

Sure we do, David. Thanks.

Dan Rather’s self-immolation came to be known as Rathergate. Perhaps what we’re witnessing now will come to be known as GoldbergGate.

~ Brady Kinin

The Reporters: Masks, lies, antibodies

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Reportage from those with something to say.

Face masks are breaking facial recognition algorithms, says new government study. Face masks are one of the best defenses against the spread of COVID-19, but their growing adoption is having a second, unintended effect: breaking facial recognition algorithms. Wearing face masks that adequately cover the mouth and nose causes the error rate of some of the most widely used facial recognition algorithms to spike to between 5 percent and 50 percent, a study by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has found. Black masks were more likely to cause errors than blue masks, and the more of the nose covered by the mask, the harder the algorithms found it to identify the face.

George Floyd: The Big Lie. Everyone on planet Earth as well as every last penguin in Antarctica has seen the nine-minute video of Derek Chauvin kneeling on the side of George Floyd’s neck. Mind you, he wasn’t kneeling on his throat, because you can choke someone by doing that. Minnesota’s Antifa-friendly Attorney General Keith Ellison—and who, as luck would have it, happens to be black, not that there’s anything wrong with it or that any of what I’ve just told you would bias him in such cases—has been aware of this footage since late May and suppressed it from being leaked long enough for rioters to burn half the country down.

Immunology Is Where Intuition Goes to Die. There’s a joke about immunology, which Jessica Metcalf of Princeton recently told me. An immunologist and a cardiologist are kidnapped. The kidnappers threaten to shoot one of them, but promise to spare whoever has made the greater contribution to humanity. The cardiologist says, “Well, I’ve identified drugs that have saved the lives of millions of people.” Impressed, the kidnappers turn to the immunologist. “What have you done?” they ask. The immunologist says, “The thing is, the immune system is very complicated …” And the cardiologist says, “Just shoot me now.”

The Media’s Political Suicide. McClatchy had bought Knight Ridder for $4.4 billion to create the second largest news company. After going into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, McClatchy was won in an auction by a hedge fund, which also owns the National Enquirer, in a secret bidding which started with $30 million cash and $270 million in debt. None of this says anything good about the future of its D.C. bureau, or the Miami Herald, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Sacramento Bee, the Kansas City Star, and other hollowed out husks of major urban papers carrying huge loads of pension debt and even bigger loads of radical left-wing politics.

The Invention of ‘Systemic Racism.’ It is now the official view in government, industry, and education that African Americans and certain other “people of color” perform poorly in schools and the workforce, but nonetheless must be treated as if they perform well. The statistically weak performance of African Americans, according to the official view, is not their fault; it is the fault of other people. Namely, as we have been told ad infinitum, it is the fault of American slavery.

Why Do Our Intelligence Agencies Keep Lying to Us? After listening to three years of lies about Russiagate from the Department of Justice and the FBI, not to mention the State Department and various of our 17 (count ’em) intelligence agencies, it’s hard to believe any arm of our government anymore. Regarding Russia, it’s Trump who built up our military, resuscitated NATO, instituted a raft of sanctions, and, most of all, made America into the leading energy producer in the world. This last is damaging to Russia like nothing else because the fragile former superpower is so dependent on oil exports for its economic survival.

~ Sansculotte

, state police said.

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When I joined The Associated Press in the Woodstein Era, I had to memorize the organization’s stylebook. I studied it so intently that I found several errors, which my test giver acknowledged.

I’m so anal about accuracy that I just checked to make sure that The Associated Press does indeed have “The” in its name. Many websites obscure the full name of their companies, but a little trick is to go to the company’s privacy page, where the lawyers write the words.

As has just about every other legacy media outfit, The AP has crossed over to the dark side. I suppose you have seen that its stylebook now stipulates that “black” will be capitalized but not “white.” Glad I’m not memorizing it now to get hired.

The story is told that a lgendary AP writer in my time, Sid Moody, saved his career in his early days in the New Jersey bureau with a clever expedient every journalist of that day understood. He wrote:

“A nuclear missile was launched tonight in New Jersey, state police said.”

Was a missile launched? No. Did the state police say it was? Yes. So Moody’s sentence was correct, and he went on to an illustrious career.

I was reminded of that story when I came across this essay by Jim Goad, who was trained as I was. i want you to read it so that you can understand the garbage thrown in your face every day. He describes his journalism teacher’s instruction.

And not only don’t you share opinions, the only way to keep yourself from looking like an idiot is to never state anything as a fact, either. Nothing. You attribute all statements of either facts or opinions to others. You never make any claims. You always attribute claims to others. That way you’re never wrong.

You are perfectly free to QUOTE someone saying the most ridiculously emotional, subjective, unquantifiable, and unfalsifiable thing. Go ahead and let someone say that there is racial injustice in the USA. Hang that stupid sentiment on them.

The reason she taught us to do it this way is because journalism, at least as she saw it, was an attempt to get at the truth no matter how unpleasant the truth might be. The LAST thing journalism was supposed to do was push an ideology, because at that point it ceased to be journalism.

He continues with a scornful look at The AP today. It was once a highly respected news organization.

Please read his entire essay.

~ Lithophones

Where do you get your news?

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With The Drudge Report going over to the dark side, several Drudge-like sites are trying to fill the void. I look at these every day to get an idea of what’s going on.

Just the News. This is run by the Washington investigative journalist John Solomon, who has been a leader in exposing the coup against Trump.

Bongino Report. Launched by Daniel Bongino, a political commentator, radio show host, author, politician, former congressional candidate, and former U.S. Secret Service agent.

Trends. This site was created by Andrew Torbia, who also started the social media site Gab. It has been under repeated attack by The Left, which makes it more interesting to me. Gab also has a browser, Dissenter.

I also read:

The Epoch Times. This newspaper was founded in the United States in  2000 in response to communist repression and censorship in China. Its founders, Chinese-Americans who themselves had fled communism, sought to create an independent media to bring the world uncensored and truthful information.

Instapundit. This influential blog was created by law professor Glenn Reynolds. In 2007 network theory researchers who studied blogs as a test case found that Instapundit was the #1 blog for “quickly know[ing] about important stories that propagate over the blogosphere.”

The old order of news is finished. You need to start creating your own system for keeping track of the world. You can do it for free!

~ Gobustan

An app that flips off The Donald

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I have the Flipboard app on my phone and like it because the interface is kind of fun. You have to use it to know what I mean. However, the “news” Flipboard brings me is un unrelenting firestorm of Trump criticism.

Flipboad is a 10-year-old news aggregator created by two California sofware types.

Here is a sampling of the articles these “journalists” gave me yesterday.

  • Trump Tells Agencies to Slash Environmental and Health Protections
  • This may be Donald Trump’s most damaging legacy
  • Trump Campaign Cites Bogus Medical Society To Defend Unproven Medication
  • Trump Steps Up Attacks on Mail Vote, Making False Claims About Fraud
  • Trump Is Brazenly Interfering With the 2020 Election
  • Trump tweets he’ll kill Nevada’s federal funds if state votes by mail, after threatening state of Michigan with the same
  • Fact-checking And Assessing Trump’s Letter Of Rebuke To WHO
  • Trump inspector general scandal expands to include Secretary Chao
  • How Biden wallops Trump
  • Too Late, Martha McSally Discovers Standing By Her Man Donald Trump Was A Really Stupid Idea
  • Republicans Are Planning to Spend $20 Million So Americans Won’t Vote
  • Trump doesn’t really want to be president
  • Biden warns of ‘abuse of power’ in measured Trump critique

And that’s just one day!

~ Feuilleton

Noxious weeds in the Rose Garden

If I were invited to the White House and given a chance to ask a question of the President of the United States of America and Leader of the Free World, I might show a little respect.

How would you describe each of the following media darlings?

  • professional
  • precious
  • petulant
  • childish
  • snowflakulent
  • foolish
  • self indulgent
  • ignorant

Let’s got to the videotape.

In this first one ask yourself what the purpose of her question is.

This young lady is the essence of charm

In this one, is the “reporter” being disingenuous or has he been on Mars for the past three years?

Here’s one accusing him of racism.

The granddaddy of fake journalists featured here:

And here he is again.

~ Grinagog

Kung Flu: Who will we trust the next time?

Fauci_Elton_PelosiShould a pendemic strike again, where will you turn for guidance?

The government?

The lack of preparedness at every level of government (federal, state, and local) has nothing to do with a lack of funding or inadequate staffing. Instead, it has everything to do with governments’ bloat, mismanagement, cronyism, and poor focus. That’s particularly true of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The agency’s failure to understand the severity of this virus, to provide useful advice to the American people and to political leaders, and to deliver appropriate testing capabilities has been widely documented.

The experts?

Take Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College, London — arguably the single most influential person in the world right now: it was on the basis of his doomsday report that both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Trump were frightened, against their liberty-leaning instincts, into instituting the lockdowns which are killing jobs, businesses and the economy.

But it has since emerged that Ferguson has a track record of getting things spectacularly wrong. For example, his recommended response to the UK’s 2001 Foot and Mouth epidemic is now widely recognised as having led to the needless slaughter of millions of animals. (What’s the word for such an unnecessarily zealous response? Oh yes. ‘Overreaction’)

His modelling has been described by critics as ‘not fit for purpose.’ Worse — a breach of the most basic scientific etiquette — he has been reluctant to share the code which he used to model his doomsday conclusions.

The media?

Not only is there no price paid for getting things wrong, there really is no financial incentive to be a grounded, straight-down-the-line, unbiased journalist these days. It’s the Jim Acostas and Philip Ruckers of the world who get the book deals and big followings, not the diligent journalists poring over documents and offering serious, context-rich reporting.

There are plenty of solid reporters, but the most of the big-name journalists are only big names because they are granted a perch by powerful corporations. Most of best-known reporters aren’t especially talented writers, or especially knowledgeable, or especially good interviewers, or especially adept at ferreting out important stories. They have access. They break stories because insiders with hostility toward an administration hand them incriminating or damaging information. All they have to do is show a modicum of skepticism and judiciousness in reporting those facts. Many rarely do.

The elites?

While money can’t yet buy vaccines for COVID-19, it can buy luxurious amenities to stave off doomsday anxiety and make isolation more comfortable. For rich New Yorkers, that means summer has come early.

“We’re headed to the Hamptons with my whiskey and Lysol wipes,” Upper East Sider Julie Macklowe says. Accommodations in a Cold War bunker and private jets are also now in high demand thanks to the novel and even faster-traveling virus.

The politicians?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday continued to spread the lie about President Trump amid the Coronavirus pandemic. “The president is asking people to inject Lysol into their lungs.” “Nancy Pelosi remembers to stock her $24K refrigerators with $13 ice cream but forgot to restock the Paycheck Protection Program for our small businesses,” tweeted Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw last week. Touché.

Let’s watch together:

No, we will be on our own, as we always have been.

~ Portcullis

Just when we could use some real journalism

cavutoWe can’t think straight and act soberly as a society when our communication is corrupted.

Our media believes its mission today is to relentlessly attack our President, not inform their viewers and readers. We can’t get good information on potential virus cures, for example, because they oppose anything the President proposes.

The latest example is Trump’s rambling comments abou disinfectants. If you watch, he didn’t make himself very clear; he was thinking on his feet. Still, does anyone seriously think Donald Trump in a public press conference would suggest that people ingest disinfectants? Really? You think he would?

Neil Cavuto, the Fox host, wants to pretend he thinks that. I used to like Cavuto. Won’t watch him anymore. He’s no better than the jokers at CNN and MSNBC. Instead of helping his viewers sort out the President’s remarks, Cavuto assumes the worst and attacks. That’s not helpful, Neil.

Thanks for muddying the waters. You aren’t professional.

~ Areopagus