There is only so much one can do and go on for only so long

What the greatest problem that remains is that so many assume things will stay just as they were but with a new leader. DEMONIZATION IS WHAT THE LEFT DOES: The Demonization of Benjamin Netanyahu: He’s simply an Israeli patriot, but detractors called him an enemy of peace, even a Republican.

Opponents of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, have worked for more than a quarter-century to tarnish his image in the U.S. and around the world.

In 1996, when Israelis first elected him to put a brake on a dangerous Oslo process, Mr. Netanyahu was depicted as an enemy of peace. For three years, his opponents insisted that if only Israel were rid of Mr. Netanyahu, it could make peace with Yasser Arafat. They were wrong. Ehud Barak defeated Mr. Netanyahu in 1999 and offered Arafat sweeping concessions at Camp David a year later. Instead of peace, Israel got scores of suicide bombings and the worst wave of Palestinian terrorism in its history—the so-called second intifada in which more than 1,000 Israelis were murdered.

That was followed by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s 2005 decision to withdraw from Gaza. Just as Mr. Netanyahu predicted, Israel’s unilateral concession led only to further aggression. Hamas, a genocidal terror organization committed to Israel’s destruction, took over Gaza and turned it into a base from which thousands of missiles have been fired at Israeli cities.

Mr. Netanyahu returned to the premiership in 2009. The preceding bloody decade should have made it obvious to all that Palestinian leaders didn’t want peace. But Mr. Netanyahu was scapegoated again. Now Mahmoud Abbas was cast as a peacemaker instead of Arafat, who died in 2004. While few Israelis believed such nonsense any longer, many foreign policy makers did, including key officials in the Obama White House.

This time, another element was added to the demonization of Mr. Netanyahu: American partisan politics. Not only was he cast as an enemy of peace; he was accused of being a Republican. His critics portrayed his legitimate opposition to a Democratic president’s dangerous Middle East policies as an illegitimate effort to intervene in American politics. . . .

The demonization of Mr. Netanyahu says more about his critics than about him. He was never an enemy of peace; he understood that his critics were dangerously naive. By rejecting their ideas and following a path of peace through strength, his policies not only brought Israel the safest decade in its history; they also brought peace agreements and normalization with four Arab states.

Mr. Netanyahu is neither a Republican nor a Democrat. He is an Israeli patriot who has opposed the policies of even our greatest friends when he thought those policies endangered Israel.

Things my yet turn around, but when I hear people worrying about whether women should be allowed to pray at the Wailing Wall when Iran is building nuclear weapons, I despair. The post is from Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit.

Australia’s tragic media

How independent do you suppose these two stories are?

First: Fox News Heir Spent $20 Million Opposing Trump. First para:

James Murdoch, an heir to the Fox News fortune, spent $20 million opposing Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection while funneling another $100 million through a nonprofit to support leftwing political groups, according to a new report.

And then, second, from The Australian today: Evangelicals’ faith misplaced in Trump. This is the second last para.

In all the circumstances, and given the available choices, voting for Trump was not unreasonable. Idealising him, seeing him as a cultural saviour, learning to hate all his enemies, letting something of his abusive, spiteful spirit seep into your being, that was a terrible mistake.

That is a classical statement from a journalist employed by the newspaper to present the news. There is a difference on the editorial page, where there is a range of views presented, from the astonishingly deep and readable Henry Ergas through to a number of others who are barely worth a glance at the headline put above the waste of newsprint they publish.

But as for the paper itself, it has been and remains deeply on the left and as anti-Trump as the New York Times. It was, you will recall, this same paper that supported Kevin Rudd against John Howard in the 2007 Federal election.

This is part of the tragedy of the times in which we live.

I guess it will be all right, I guess

CDC Revises Vaccine Screener 9 Times in 6 Months. They keep changing things since they keep finding out things. Or in more specific terms, from the link:

Version #1 of the screener advised medical personnel there was “no available data” concerning the safety of getting a COVID-19 vaccine while you’re pregnant, but said “studies and results are expected soon.” In other words, medical personnel were fully aware from the outset that every pregnant woman receiving these vaccines is a full-fledged guinea pig. As is her unborn child.

Version #10 now devotes four paragraphs to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Here’s a portion of one of those paragraphs:

Based on current knowledge, experts believe that COVID-19 vaccines are unlikely to pose a risk to the pregnant person or fetus. …However the potential risks of COVID-19 vaccines for this population are unknown because the vaccines have not been studied in pregnant people. [bold added]

Experts believe. Bad outcomes are unlikely. But we don’t actually know. Why aren’t patients given this information directly? Why isn’t it included, in stark black and white, on the part of the document provided to people before they receive their shot?

Come back in seven years and then we’ll have a clearer idea. This is the latest screening form. Not all that straightforward. You have to wonder why they want to know.

The socialist proof for the existence of G-d

It’s a basic syllogism.

  1. Socialists are wrong about everything that really matters
  2. All socialists are atheists.
  3. Therefore G-d exists.

Number 1 is certainly right but not necessarily Number 2. Still the conclusion is right so perhaps it works in the reverse order as well.

  1. G-d exists
  2. All socialists are atheists.
  3. Socialists are always wrong about everything that really matters

Not as good as the first one. My version of Pascal’s Wager.

Critical Race Theory is racist and therefore intrinsic to the political left

First we will look at who goes “blackface”. There was the Democrat Governor of Virginia, not to mention the Prime Minister of Canada.

Nor should we omit to mention that every single member of the KKK in history was a Democrat, with no exception.

But if you want vile and disgusting, there is nowhere better to find it than in the son of the President of the United States: No one will care about the Hunter Biden N-word scandal. And that is just the point. You will NEVER find the story in the American media, probably not even in our media here in Oz. I won’t even put on the page what he said since it really is vile (although you can find some of it at the link), but it’s par for the course, both in regard to the party involved and in the media’s absolute refusal to mention it.

Then there is this just today, and I need hardly mention that psychiatrists are notoriously members of the left although there are a handful of exceptions.

As for Critical Race Theory (CRT) itself, here is a primer in the video below.

Being on the left is a mental disease in and of itself. It wasn’t always, but it certainly is now.

Idiots led by idiots

Vaccine pass could open door to travel

AUSTRALIANS who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will receive a certificate, paving the way for governments and businesses to enforce tough rules on those who are not inoculated.

The certificate will be available securely through the Medicare app – and eventually added to digital wallets on mobile devices – as the federal government pushes ahead with the plan to help incentivise Australians to get the jab.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants fully-vaccinated Australians to be able to bypass state travel restrictions, although the national cabinet is yet to agree, while businesses could seek to use the certificate to withhold services from those who refuse the vaccine.

The Herald Sun understands some federal Liberal MPs are concerned about any government push for Australians to require a vaccine certificate to travel freely.

Opposition government services spokesman Bill Shorten said: “Australians deserve to know when there will be a vaccine certificate system and exactly what they will be used for.”

The certificate will feature a holographic Australian coat of arms, animated green tick and real-time digital clock, along with a unique document number and the personal details of the vaccine recipient, making it impossible to fraudulently reproduce.

Government Services Minister Linda Reynolds said the new record made it “easy” for people to show their Covid-19 vaccination status.

“The Covid-19 digital certificate makes proof of vaccination accessible anytime, anywhere,” she said.

“We’re also giving people control over the level of vaccination history they share, as the certificate only shows your Covid-19 vaccination status.”

Men and women in a workplace environment

Men who have grown up on playgrounds know how to deal with other men, and are always aware that if they go too far they might well end up in a physical fight.

Women, on the other hand, have never been in an environment where a physical fight is a realistic possibility. They therefore do not know how to interact in any situation where men are involved since they will push too far and the men will not know how to deal with such women since they will never resort to punching them out.

This is just the point Peterson makes. He can deal with what he describes as sane women, but really he is talking about dealing with women who will draw back before they enrage their male colleagues. But not all women will and not all women even understand there are these invisible limits they must not pass.

Which is why women are unlikely to rise in organisations to the same extent, since the “glass ceiling” exists because women do not know how to deal with men, and do not know when to fall back.

This is the point Peterson is trying to make although is too polite about how he goes about it. Since the answer is not to allow men to punch a woman in the midst of an argument, I am unsure how these limits can be understood by the women in a workplace environment.

Lessons learned from the Chinese flu

The Scream by Edvard Munch

The Scream by Edvard Munch, the absolute wrong response
to any emergency, and sadly the very response adopted across the Western World against COVID-19

The reflections on the lessons learned over the past year are just beginning: More evidence the COVID-19 panic was just that: an unwarranted panic. It’s about the US, but the message applies everywhere.

Three more stories in the past few weeks have proven once again what I and many others saw unequivocally more than a year ago: The panicky response to COVID was unwarranted and not based on the actual facts on the ground but on manipulated and unproven assumptions.

Those assumptions were touted for purely political reasons. Worse, too many Americans meekly accepted those assumptions without any of the kind of mature skepticism that is required of adult citizens in a democratic republic. The result: Our rights were violated and false and corrupt politicians gained power, power they eagerly abused.

And the conclusion.

Above all we must all recognize this very important fact: For more than a full year the constitutional rights of Americans have been badly violated and abused by politicians, mostly Democrats with a fair scattering of Republicans joining in, based on false premises and fake scientific claims. It was obvious before COVID reached our shores, during the epidemic, and now that it has receded that it was really nothing more than a variation of the flu, bad for older people but relatively harmless to everyone else. Panic was the last thing we should have done. We should have gone about our lives like normal, with the one exception of making sure we did not expose old people to the illness.

We did the opposite, and we did so because to many of us believed our so-called “experts,” Instead, those “experts” turned out to be false gods, liars who were not interested in serving the interests of the nation but their own corrupt greed for power.

I’m not sure we, as a society, have learned a thing. As for our enemies, they have learned a very great deal.

Villainy personified

A bit of news from the Old Country: Statue of Egerton Ryerson on university campus toppled, police say. Here are the details:

A much-maligned statue of Egerton Ryerson was toppled in Toronto on Sunday. The statue, prominently displayed on the campus of Ryerson University, has come under renewed scrutiny after the discovery in Kamloops, B.C., of what are believed to be the remains of 215 Indigenous children at a former residential school. Ryerson is credited as one of the architects of Canada’s residential school system.

For background Residential School System

In Canada, the Indian residential school system was a network of free boarding schools for Indigenous peoples. The network was funded by the Canadian government’s Department of Indian Affairs and administered by Christian churches. The school system was created for the purpose of removing Indigenous children from the influence of their own culture and assimilating them into the dominant Canadian culture, “to kill the Indian in the child.” Over the course of the system’s more than hundred-year existence, around 150,000 children were placed in residential schools nationally. By the 1930s about 30 percent of Indigenous children were believed to be attending residential schools.

As for this chap Ryerson, after whom Toronto’s version of RMIT was named, this is who he was.

Adolphus Egerton Ryerson (24 March 1803 – 19 February 1882) was a Canadian educator and Methodist minister who was a prominent contributor to the design of the Canadian public school system and the Canadian Indian residential school system. After a stint editing the Methodist denominational newspaper The Christian Guardian, Ryerson was appointed Chief Superintendent of Education for Upper Canada by Governor General Sir Charles Metcalfe in 1844. In that role, he supported reforms such as creating school boards, making textbooks more uniform, and making education free. Because of his contributions to education in Ontario, he is the namesake of Ryerson University, Ryerson Press, and Ryerson, Ontario.

An obvious villain.

FURTHER UPDATE: Also from The Star: Toppling of Egerton Ryerson statue doesn’t end colonial atrocities, but signals an end to celebrating them. Such sanctimonious bilge turns my stomach. These people will never achieve anything personally of any significance that will ever cause anyone to raise a statue in their memory, but are in fact completely empty-ended buffoons. These are people who can only make the world worse than it already is.

Even if we grant an impossible innocence to the people who venerated the man enough to erect a statue in his name, and we assume that they didn’t know better then, it is untenable now: we know better. Why would we continue to memorialize a person whose presence is a reminder of violence inflicted on our fellow humans?

This really is astonishing that she is as publicly ignorant as she is but she will die self-satisfied in her smug certainties as the world around her slips deeper into the mud.

Last summer’s protests for Black lives fundamentally shifted public opinion on how historical figures linked to colonialism and racism are commemorated in public spaces. The immediate months of protests saw the felling of statues of the genocidal Christopher Columbus in dozens of places across the States, of Confederate hero and slavery defender Robert E. Lee in Alabama, of King Leopold — the butcher of Congo — in Belgium, of the slave trader Edward Colston in London, of Canada’s first prime minister, John A. Macdonald, in Montreal.

Not all statue toppling can be judged by the same lens, of course. It was for shame that the Taliban in 2001 destroyed two majestic statues of the Buddha carved into the sandstone cliffs in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Valley. Theirs was a fundamentalist rage based on intolerance against idolatry in other cultures and religions.

A writer this ignorant is a phenomenon but she knows what she likes and which statues deserve to be overturned and which do not. Even Sir John A. Macdonald! I am truly repulsed by such people.

FURTHER THOUGHTS:

Just came across this which seems very related: An analysis of the wrongs visited on Caliban in Shakespeare’s Brave New World. Caliban as the object of white supremacy! Go to the link to see what is said, but here I will just stick to the invective, which in this and all instances seems quite restrained.

How is such madness possible?

The answer is to be found in the current manic race-obsession, which has rendered large sections of the population as mad as the Nazis.

Seeing everything in terms of race has turned “liberals” into puritanical bigots. Blinded by their hatred and their prejudice, they call for witch-hunts against those deemed to be racist, which seems to be anyone born with the wrong-coloured skin, in the past or the present. To critical race theorists, race is much more important than rape, and the racist much worse than the rapist. Indeed, if the rapist is seen as the victim of the racist, it is crucial to empower the rapist at the expense of his victim. This, at any rate, is the fate that has befallen poor Prospero and his hapless and innocent daughter.

Mad beyond insanity.