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

Crazy Years: Hug a cow, hire a thief

“Researchers at large hadron collider are confident to make contact with parallel universe in days.” ~ Science World

You knew it, right? More evidence:

cowPeople are now hugging cows to get through Covid-19

Don’t sanitize or microwave your mail-in ballot, voting officials warn

Austin Hires Thief For Library, Shocked He Keeps Stealing

Soccer mom turns to Satanism because of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death

Seattle pays ex-pimp $150,000 to offer ‘alternatives to policing’

German soccer team practices social distancing during game, loses 37-0

Massachusetts women’s college describes itself as “a women’s college that is gender diverse”

Looting a powerful tool to bring about real, lasting change in society, California D.A. says

And here is this week’s abandone insane asylum: The infamous Pennhurst State School & Hospital for the ‘Feeble Minded’ – closed after a century of abuses, inhumane conditions and patient neglect.insane

~ Cleombrotos

Your World: Grapefruit, corn, spiders

It’s a wonder out there.

leafMeet the Ghost Mantis, an Elusive Species That Is Mistaken for a Dried Leaf. At first, it looks like nothing more than a dry crumpled leaf, but on closer inspection, the unmistakable eyes, antenna, and lobed legs reveal a small species of mantis. However, this isn’t just any garden-variety praying mantis; it’s the Ghost mantis, which can be found in Africa and Madagascar. The Ghost mantis is a master of disguise. With its crinkly limbs and reddish-brown color, it is indistinguishable from surrounding dry leaves.

aerial_roots_smallThe Corn of the Future Is Hundreds of Years Old and Makes Its Own Mucus. In the 1980s, Howard-Yana Shapiro was in the Mixes District of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, the area where the precursors to maize (aka corn) first evolved, when he located some of the strangest corn ever seen. It grew to those impressive heights in what can charitably be called poor soil, without the use of fertilizer.. But the strangest part of the corn was its aerial roots–green and rose-colored, finger-like protrusions sticking out of the corn’s stalk, dripping with a clear, syrupy gel. He believed that the roots allowed this unique variety of corn, dubbed Sierra Mixe and locally bred over hundreds or even thousands of years, to produce its own nitrogen, an essential nutrient for crops that is usually applied as fertilizer in epic amounts.

grapefruitGrapefruit Is One of the Weirdest Fruits on the Planet. Grapefruit, a seemingly ordinary fruit that is, in truth, anything but ordinary. Right from the moment of its discovery, the grapefruit has been a true oddball. Its journey started in a place where it didn’t belong, and ended up in a lab in a place where it doesn’t grow. Even the name doesn’t make any sense. Grapefruit has long been associated with health. This is ironic, because the grapefruit is actually one of the most destructive foes of modern medicine in the entire food world.

spiderThe Thoughts of a Spiderweb. Researchers believe  that a spider’s web is at least an adjustable part of its sensory apparatus, and at most an extension of the spider’s cognitive system. This would make the web a model example of extended cognition, an idea first proposed by the philosophers Andy Clark and David Chalmers in 1998 to apply to human thought. The suggestion that some of a spider’s “thoughts” happen in its web fits into a small but growing trend in discussions of animal cognition. Many animals interact with the world in certain complicated ways that don’t rely on their brains. Octopuses are famously smart, but their central brain is only a small part of their nervous systems. Two-thirds of the roughly 500 million neurons in an octopus are found in its arms.

~ Berriotxoa

Of course it’s fake, snap the ball

fansAs with everything else these days, America’s passtime has crossed into the Land of Oz.

NFL games begin with a fake national anthem. Fake spectators in the stands don’t care, but we can still hear their fake cheering.

As the players begin their fake punts, fake field goal attempts, fake hard counts, and fake passes, cute sideline reporters with fake blonde hair offer fake insights.

At home, mindless fans in their fake jerseys play with their fake teams whle chowing down on fake food.

During breaks serious looking talking heads breathlessly spew fake news. The news happens in Washington DC, where  the Pro Football Network asks: “Is the Washington Football Team for real in 2020?”

Any wonder we’re suffering massive cognitive dissonance?

~ Amfelisia

The Reporters: Plastic, China, Google, Covid

Some reporting you may have missed.

recyclingWhy it’s not worth recycling plastic. NPR turned up a wealth of evidence that producers of plastics have cynically promoted the virtues of recycling for decades – thus encouraging consumers to think it’s fine to use more – all while knowing full well that most plastic (more than 90%) is never recycled. It is far cheaper and more profitable to make new plastic (from oil and gas) than to recycle it. But in order to keep selling new plastic, the industry had to “greenwash” its wasteful image by embracing recycling, according to Larry Thomas, ex-president of a plastics industry trade association.

COVID Fear Isn’t The Kitchen Sink – But It’s Close. Perhaps it’s worthwhile remembering what all of this opposition is about…. Something 99% of American voters do not quite understand. Congress doesn’t actually write legislation. The last item of legislation written by congress was sometime around the mid 1990’s. Modern legislation is sub-contracted to a segment of DC operations known as K-Street. That’s where the lobbyists reside. Lobbyists write the laws; congress sells the laws; lobbyists then pay congress lucrative commissions for passing their laws. That’s the modern legislative business in DC.

A Rundown Of Major U.S. Corporate Media’s Business Ties To China. Despite the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) record of oppression, corporate media outlets are parroting the authoritarian government’s propaganda, even in the midst of an outbreak the CCP worsened through a cover-up. Many of those media outlets have financial ties to Chinese companies with intense oversight from the CCP. “You often see representatives from American companies with financial ties to China naturally become defenders of the CCP’s policies and spreading the CCP’s propaganda,” said Helen Raleigh, an author and senior contributor at The Federalist who emigrated from China.

Forced Denunciations And ‘Sensitivity Training’ Mimic Communist Brainwashing Tactics. Agitators for critical race theory have fanned out of academia into mind-hacking workaday Americans, trying to convince them the nation is unredeemably evil. They doggedly attempted to do this to federal employees as well as all big corporations. The goal is to indoctrinate employees with neo-Marxist rhetoric that portrays America as a “white supremacist” nation. Critical race theory and communist tactics are pretty much interchangeable. It’s really all about brainwashing.

Google is handing anyone’s personal information to police if they happen to search for keywords related to an investigation. Unsealed court documents reveal that Google has provided police with information on users simply based on their keyword searches – an action that some say could be a violation of US civil rights.  According to a CNET report, published on Saturday, officers have asked the tech giant to hand over the IP addresses of everyone who had looked up words relevant to their particular investigations. Ordinarily, police would have to hone in on an individual suspect before giving Google a warrant that orders them to provide that person’s search history – but ‘keyword warrants’ subvert such a practice.

~ Al Desko

Why they really hate The Donald

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“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” ~ Franklin Roosevelt

They hate him beause he is an Alpha Male. He’s fearless. He charges ahead. He doesn’t retreat. Don’t you prefer that kind of leader to one who cowers in his basement wearing a mask?

While he was in the hospital with The Kung Flu, The Donald said:

“I had to be out front. I can’t be locked up in a room upstairs and [be] totally safe, and just say, ‘Hey, whatever happens, happens.’ I can’t do that. We have to confront problems.”

Alpha.

When discharged he said, “”Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”

One inelegant comparison of alpha and beta males came on twitter.

Sean Penn
@SeanPenn
I like presidents who don’t get Covid-19.
James Woods
@RealJamesWoods
I like presidents with brass balls.

Dan P. McAdams, professor of psychology at Northwestern University, writes:

Almost 40 years ago, in an interview with People magazine, Trump said: “Man is the most vicious of all animals, and life is a series of battles ending in victory or defeat.” His philosophical musing on human nature applies even better to life in a chimpanzee colony. The alpha chimp survives each angry moment to win the next battle – until his winning streak ends.

I recommend the article, but McAdams is engaging in some wishful thinking about the end of Trump’s winning streak. They say that every time.

No end of scoundrels

We’re plagued with idiots.

sullivanEmmett Sullivan. Judge Emmett Sullivan, from General Flynn Trial, Arranged Speaking Gig for James Comey at Howard University for $100,000. The confused judge who has unconstitutionally inserted himself into the Justice Department’s case against General Flynn made some actions behind the scene that are just as troubling. Judge Sullivan helped Jim Comey get his speaking gig at Howard University for $100,000.

bidenFrank Biden. After dodging creditors for decades, Joe Biden’s slimy grifting brother Frank Biden finally agreed to pay part of the $ 1 million he owes the family of a man killed in a car accident in 1999. Frank Biden was sitting in the passenger seat when he shifted the 290hp car into manual and told the driver to ‘punch it’ before hitting and killing Michael Albano in Cardiff, California. Biden allegedly told the driver to ‘keep driving’ and fled the scene of the accident. A passenger reportedly said everyone in the car was drinking. Frank Biden has made millions of dollars off of his family name and has a long history of securing contracts in Florida thanks to big brother.

cuomoAndrew Cuomo. How many months have we known about and been reporting on the Wuhan coronavirus nursing home deaths in New York and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s March 25 order, requiring nursing homes to take patients who were positive for the virus into the nursing homes? Several months now. But now Cuomo is denying that it ever happened. Seriously.

torresLeah Torres. An abortion doctor from Alabama, Dr. Leah Torres,  had her medical license suspended by the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners on 27 August  for lying on her application. Two years ago Torres attracted huge attention after posting a now-deleted tweet, bragging about cutting a fetuses “cord” before they have an “opportunity” to scream.

Chirlane McCrayChirlane McCray. New York City is facing a serious budget crisis amid the coronavirus lockdowns. Trash pickups and city park maintenance are taking the hit and 22,000 city employees face losing their jobs. In response to this, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife — when not overseeing massive Black Lives Matter paintings in front of Trump Tower or trying to cancel 9/11 memorials — are keeping their personal expensive and bloated staff. McCray, the mayor’s wife, has a staff of 14 that cost city taxpayers $2 million per year. This includes a $70,000 videographer and a $117,000 speechwriter.

~ Zoonosis

 

Why the Kung Flu kills some, not others

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It’s a genetic luck of the draw. Here is some explanation:

Genetic or immune defects may impair ability to fight Covid-19.

Genetic or immune defects may impair ability to fight Covid-19. A significant proportion of patients who develop life-threatening forms of Covid-19 have genetic or immunological defects that impair their ability to fight the virus, research has found. The Covid Human Genetic Effort international consortium describes two glitches in severely ill Covid-19 patients that prevent them from making a frontline immune molecule called type 1 interferon. The patients would have carried these glitches for years before the pandemic, or in the case of the genetic errors, all their lives. The discovery may help to explain a mystery surrounding the coronavirus: why it leaves some sufferers sick or dying in intensive care, while others remain barely affected or asymptomatic.

Defects in early immune responses underlie some severe COVID-19 cases.

COVID-19 kills some people and leaves others relatively unscathed. But why? Age and underlying health conditions are risk factors, but scientists are trying to tease out other differences, including in people’s genes or immune systems, that may play a role. Two new studies show that flaws in the body’s early response to viral infection, one caused by genetic defects and one by traitorous immune responses, are behind some severe COVID-19 cases.

In one study, published online September 24 in Science, researchers identified certain genetic defects in some people with severe COVID-19 that make the body produce fewer interferons, proteins that are part of the immune system’s early warning system. In other people with severe disease, however, the body’s own immune responses disable interferons, a second study published online in Science the same day finds.

Covid-19 scientists flag key immune function as a turning point in life threatening cases.

Genetic analysis of Covid-19 patients published in the same journal revealed two dozen gene mutations that had been “silent” until patients were infected by SARS-CoV-2. Researchers — many of them also involved in the antibody study — sequenced the genomes of 659 patients with life-threatening cases of the disease; 3.5% carried genetic variations that inhibit interferon production.

Those genetic flaws were similar to the ones that Hoischen and his colleagues from a dozen Dutch centers described in the Journal of the American Medical Association two months ago. The two sets of brothers had inherited a gene mutation that impaired the interferon response, keeping their immune systems from fighting the coronavirus until it had replicated for days.

You don’t get to choose your parents.

~ Karamenderes

So is this the revolution?

History of RussiaHere’s what the Russian revolution was like, writes Gary Saul Morson, Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University.

Between 1900 and 1917, waves of unprecedented terror struck Russia. Several parties professing incompatible ideologies competed (and cooperated) in causing havoc. Between 1905 and 1907, nearly 4,500 government officials and about as many private individuals were killed or injured. Between 1908 and 1910, authorities recorded 19,957 terrorist acts and revolutionary robberies, doubtless omitting many from remote areas. As the foremost historian of Russian terrorism, Anna Geifman, observes, “Robbery, extortion, and murder became more common than traffic accidents.”

Anyone wearing a uniform was a candidate for a bullet to the head or sulfuric acid to the face. Country estates were burnt down (“rural illuminations”) and businesses were extorted or blown up. Bombs were tossed at random into railroad carriages, restaurants, and theaters. Far from regretting the death and maiming of innocent bystanders, terrorists boasted of killing as many as possible, either because the victims were likely bourgeois or because any murder helped bring down the old order. A group of anarcho-­communists threw bombs laced with nails into a café bustling with two hundred customers in order “to see how the foul bourgeois will squirm in death agony.”’

riotsWhat’s going on today in the United States? Look at the headlines:

Back to Russia. How did educated, liberal society respond to such terrorism? Morson writes. What was the position of the Constitutional Democratic (Kadet) Party and its deputies in the Duma (the parliament set up in 1905)?

Though Kadets advocated democratic, constitutional procedures, and did not themselves engage in ­terrorism, they aided the terrorists in any way they could. Kadets collected money for terrorists, turned their homes into safe houses, and called for total amnesty for arrested terrorists who pledged to continue the mayhem. Kadet Party central committee member N. N. Shchepkin declared that the party did not regard terrorists as criminals at all, but as saints and martyrs. The official Kadet paper, Herald of the Party of People’s Freedom, never published an article condemning political assassination. The party leader, Paul Milyukov, declared that “all means are now legitimate . . . and all means should be tried.” When asked to condemn terrorism, another liberal leader in the Duma, Ivan Petrunkevich, famously replied: “Condemn terror? That would be the moral death of the party!”

How are our elites responding to the violence in our streets?

Morson conludes: In Russia, Stalin proclaimed “the intensification of the class struggle” after the Revolution, entailing an unending series of arrests, executions, and sentences to the Gulag. What meets no resistance does not stop.

~ Palouse

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