Shrink wrapped political loonies

In a world of square pegs and round holes, the fact of human unhappiness and dissatisfaction is just the way it is and always will be. The left has been taking aim for more than a century at the two most important forms of refuge in this heartless world: the family and religion. I think of socialist thought as the most hideous of all of the psychological traumas of the modern world. It is a replacement of sorts for religion but offers no consolations that I can think of whatsoever. This has all come to mind having run across this: Trump history and behavior suggest destructive mental processes that put America at risk. I thought it was against the professional ethics of a psychiatrist to be diagnosing without actually knowing the patient, but ethics are for other people. Having read their stuff, I can plainly see they are a couple of screwballs. This is what they said:

Since President Donald Trump’s election, the psychiatric community has debated calling out his illness(es). The American Psychiatric Association says we should remain silent out of fear that we would violate the Goldwater Rule — an APA rule adopted largely to prevent the partisan misuse of psychiatric diagnoses to unduly influence an election. But it is clear what many psychiatrists know privately, and a few have said publicly. The threat to our democracy is too great to remain silent.

They said quite a bit more but you get the idea. Having been reading quite a bit of psychology lately having just run across this ferocious scam – see The Therapeutic State for a previous discussion – it is quite clear that the diagnoses of most psychologist’s is based on the moral and political beliefs of the therapist and has virtually no objective value. These shrinks have even less to contribute to public debate than Keynesian economists, and that really is rock bottom. How much does the conclusion look like psychology rather than a political judgement which, of course, is just what it is?

Whatever President Trump does leading up to Jan. 20 — whether it is reckless actions abroad or lawless and destructive acts of commission or omission at home — it should be clear that these are not normal nor acceptable actions by an American president.

They are miseducated in every known falsehood found across the social sciences. It really is a disgrace but eventually you just have to get used to it.

Draggin’ China down

This is a rarity, an article on the Chinese economy which forecasts that it is going nowhere. By Rowan Callick in The Australian yesterday: Ticking time bomb: why Xi is dragging down the dragon. The sub-head: “It’s a scenario that has become almost unthinkable, but what if China’s economy — which is being driven substantially by Western stimulus funding — starts to slide backwards”.

It is the innate belief by virtually everyone that a centralised socialist economy can outperform a free market capitalist economy. It is the combination of Keynes with Marx that makes this seem to make some kind of sense, but these are both macro views of the world without a smidgeon of microeconomic thought about how resource allocation is to occur so that inputs flow towards their highest valued uses. I thought this was a pretty big sign of the times for Victoria the other day when it handed down its insane budget: Curious case of the missing budget paper:

The Andrews government has come under fire for omitting a key budget paper revealing expenditure on infrastructure projects, sparking accusations from the opposition that it is censoring the budget.

What are they hiding, you might ask. Head down St Kilda Road sometime and see the massive works on the station at The Shrine, a billion dollars worth of  uncompleted construction to build a station where no one ever goes, other than on ANZAC Day. Centralised economies become such disasters that eventually there is no hiding the problems any longer. And so it is with China. For me, this is evidence of an economy in a complete shambles:

The consumption share of China’s economy is low today — only 39 per cent of GDP — compared with 66 per cent in the US, and it is well below the 45 per cent reached in China itself at the start of the 2000s.

Oz also has around 66% consumption share. The article also shows the published GDP stats:


GDP is such a misleading indicator. I used to love pointing out the massive holes in front of our building at RMIT where our state socialists are building some kind of station for a train line that won’t be operational for seven years. All that expenditure goes into the National Accounts, but not until the train line opens will there be even a single dollar’s worth of value added returned for all of the prior expense.

So with China. The Chinese are amongst the most entrepreneurial people on the planet, but if their entrepreneurs are overridden by political leaders it will not mean a thing.

As for our dealings with the Chinese, foreign policy should not be mixed up with trade. We are part of the Western alliance. There is no abandoning our foreign policy essentials even in a Biden-led America (heaven help us). If China won’t buy our coal and lobsters sell to someone else. Markets, as mysterious as they are to your average socialist nong, are our friend.

No excess deaths because of Covid

From  Study: Absolutely NO excess deaths from COVID-19.

It appears the newsletter analysis that I linked to below was too hopeful for the authorities at Johns Hopkins, even though it was based on actual data. Mere minutes after I posted this they took it down, censoring this conclusion. Though I quoted a lot below, the article was much longer, included detailed graphs, and was thoughtful and thorough.

Positive news like this however must not be published. It must be squelched and silenced. We must live in fear, even if the thing we fear does not exist.

One of my readers below however found it on the Wayback Machine, here.

I have also embedded below the fold the webinar where the information censored was discussed in detail. In case Johns Hopkins or Youtube decides to censor this webinar also, another one of my readers below has downloaded it and made it available here. (It is very sad that a university now considers Orwell’s 1984 to be an instruction manual instead of a warning.)

Original post:
A new analysis of the 2020 death statistics in the United States has revealed that despite the panic over COVID-19, the total number of deaths in all age groups — including the elderly — showed no change before or after the arrival of the virus.

This bears repeating, in bold and italics: There have been no excess deaths in 2020.

Surprisingly, the deaths of older people stayed the same before and after COVID-19. Since COVID-19 mainly affects the elderly, experts expected an increase in the percentage of deaths in older age groups. However, this increase is not seen from the CDC data. In fact, the percentages of deaths among all age groups remain relatively the same. “The reason we have a higher number of reported COVID-19 deaths among older individuals than younger individuals is simply because every day in the U.S. older individuals die in higher numbers than younger individuals,” Briand said.

Briand also noted that 50,000 to 70,000 deaths are seen both before and after COVID-19, indicating that this number of deaths was normal long before COVID-19 emerged. Therefore, according to Briand, not only has COVID-19 had no effect on the percentage of deaths of older people, but it has also not increased the total number of deaths.

These data analyses suggest that in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.

And yet, there have been so many COVID-19 deaths! How can the total number of deaths not be higher? The researcher looked more closely, and discovered (surprise! surprise!) that there was an unreasonable drop in other causes, matching exactly the increase in coronavirus deaths.

When Briand looked at the 2020 data during that seasonal period, COVID-19-related deaths exceeded deaths from heart diseases. This was highly unusual since heart disease has always prevailed as the leading cause of deaths. However, when taking a closer look at the death numbers, she noted something strange. As Briand compared the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018, she noticed that instead of the expected drastic increase across all causes, there was a significant decrease in deaths due to heart disease. Even more surprising, as seen in the graph below, this sudden decline in deaths is observed for all other causes.

This trend is completely contrary to the pattern observed in all previous years. Interestingly, … the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19. This suggests, according to Briand, that the COVID-19 death toll is misleading. Briand believes that deaths due to heart diseases, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia may instead be recategorized as being due to COVID-19. [emphasis mine]

In other words, COVID-19 is just another type of flu-like respiratory disease, that is only appearing terrible because doctors and hospitals are incorrectly labeling many deaths as COVID-19 when in past years they would have labeled them based on the existing chronic illnesses the patient already had.

It has all been a scam, a Chicken Little scam induced by some very evil people in government to cause fear and panic in the general population. I leave it to my readers to figure out why.

Regardless, it is time for people to come to their senses. Let the worry warts cower in mindless fear in their basements. Rip off that mask, go back to living your normal American life, free and open, pursuing your happiness.

Other than PDT they are almost entirely a pack of rapacious swindlers

This is said so well that I have to repeat it here, taken from THE IRONY OF TRUMP’S APPEAL.

Trump didn’t sell out his supporters. In fact, his presidency saw something extraordinary, even if it was all but invisible from the country’s globalized cities: the first egalitarian boom since well back into the twentieth century. In 2019, the last non-Covid year, he presided over an average 3.7 percent unemployment rate and 4.7 percent wage growth among the lowest quartile of earners. All income brackets increased their take. That had happened in the last three Obama years, too. The difference is that in the Obama part of the boom, the income of the top decile rose by 20 percent, with tiny gains for other groups. In the Trump economy, the distribution was different. Net worth of the top 10 percent rose only marginally, while that of all other groups vaulted ahead. In 2019, the share of overall earnings going to the bottom 90 percent of earners rose for the first time in a decade.

Other than PDT, virtually everyone you vote for today is in it for themselves. Trump is from the same era I am, the 1960s, where these really were the outcomes we all wanted. Now we get Daniel Andrews and their useless “globalist” socialist swindlers instead. Biden and Clinton are rapacious thieves who could not care less who knows it. If some political “leader” is for “green energy” then you know whose side they are really on. Their own and not yours.

James Froude from Life and Times of Thomas Becket

Life and Times of Thomas Becket

James Anthony Froude

THE mind, or spiritual part of man, ought to direct his body. Nothing is more natural, therefore, than the parallel assumption that the Church, or the spiritual part of society, ought to direct the State. A theory so simple, so complete, has in all ages recommended itself to theologians. It would be accepted universally but for one difficulty that while society can be divided into separate orders, wisdom and virtue cannot be divided, and priests are sometimes worldly and wicked, and laymen sometimes also are brave and wise and good. Priesthoods, therefore, to make out their case have been driven to assume that they possess peculiar privileges; that they have special means of communicating with God and of knowing his will; that they can work miracles, visible or invisible; that they, in fact, are God’s representatives directly appointed by himself. The two swords of St. Peter are the two authorities, secular and spiritual; but to Peter they were both committed, and the civil power in Christian countries exists only as the delegate of Peter’s successors.

If it be true that the clergy are possessed of supernatural powers; if ‘the keys,’ as they are called, have in any such sense been committed to them; if through them, actually and palpably, the will of God is made known to men, and in no other way, the assumption, bold though it be, is fairly justified, and kings and cabinets ought to be superseded by commissions of bishops. If, on the other hand, the clergy are but like other orders of priesthoods in other ages and countries mere human beings set apart for peculiar functions, and tempted by the nature of those functions into fantastic notions of their own consequence the recurring conflicts between Church and State resolve themselves into phenomena of social evolution, the common sense of mankind exerting itself to control a groundless assumption. To the student of human nature the story of such conflicts is always interesting comedy and tragedy winding one into the other. They have furnished occasion for remarkable exhibitions of human character; and I take advantage of the publication of new materials and the republication of old materials in an accessible form to draw a sketch of the once famous St. Thomas of Canterbury, who, after three centuries of neglect, is again being lifted up as an object of admiration, and in whose actions and whose fate an incredulous world, though unconvinced that he was a saint, may still find instruction. I must commence with an attempt to reproduce the mental condition of the times in which St. Thomas lived. Human nature is said to be always the same. It is no less true that human nature is continuously changing. Motives which in one age are languid and even unintelligible have been in another alive and all-powerful. To comprehend these differences, to take them up into his imagination, to keep them present before him as the key to what he reads, is the chief difficulty and the chief duty of the student of history. Characteristic incidents, particular things which men representative of their age indisputably did, convey a clearer idea than any general description. Let the reader attend to a few transactions which occurred either in Becket’s lifetime or immediately subsequent to it, in which the principal actors were persons known to himself.

That’s how it begins: p 1-2. The bit about motives in different ages is absolutely true as is easily recognised by anyone who lives long enough to see the foundational ethics of their youths become the moral poisons of their old age.

Election fraud, what election fraud?

You can read the entire set of infographics here: The Shocking Allegations of Mass Vote Fraud Made by Sidney Powell in Georgia. And this is the final overhead:

Go to the link for the ones in between. The “only bit I disagree with is where it says, “So easy to consume, even Democrats can understand…”.

AND IN ADDITION: If these things interest you, and they should if you care at all about democracy, you should also look at this: Nine useful articles and data points showcasing 2020’s election theft. This is just a small bit of what you will see at the link.

This is a one-time-only fight to keep our political system alive. If it dies here now, it does here forever.

He won the election

From President Trump Addresses Pa. Senate: I Won Election.

It is still the most remarkable part of this that no one I know who prefers Biden will even concede in the most infinitesimal way that there may actually have been any fraud whatsoever involved. No idea how it will end up, but no question that if Biden becomes president, it will be due to electoral fraud.

The real 1620 project is coming to an end

There is a “1620 Project” in the United States that centres on the arrival of the Pilgrim Fathers at Plymouth Rock in 1620. That’s an extremely important date and for us all in the West, but there is another moment from that same year we should all be commemorating which ought to be thought of as the real 1620 Project.

The true beginning of the enlightenment among we of the English-speaking world may be dated from the publication of one of the most important books ever written, which also occurred in 1620. I am not going to pretend I am doing a massive amount of work in bringing this even to your attention, but will take most of this from known sources, and naturally from Wikipedia. But it is the date that matters and also the assessment. These are the facts under the heading Novum Organum “which is a philosophical work by Francis Bacon, written in Latin and published in 1620.” Aristotle had written the original Organum a couple of thousand years before. This was the new version that more or less underpinned the scientific revolution that was to come. This is from Wikepedia.

Bacon’s work was instrumental in the historical development of the scientific method. His technique bears a resemblance to the modern formulation of the scientific method in the sense that it is centered on experimental research. Bacon’s emphasis on the use of artificial experiments to provide additional observances of a phenomenon is one reason that he is often considered “the Father of the Experimental Philosophy” (for example famously by Voltaire). On the other hand, modern scientific method does not follow Bacon’s methods in its details, but more in the spirit of being methodical and experimental, and so his position in this regard can be disputed.[2] Importantly though, Bacon set the scene for science to develop various methodologies, because he made the case against older Aristotelian approaches to science, arguing that method was needed because of the natural biases and weaknesses of the human mind, including the natural bias it has to seek metaphysical explanations which are not based on real observations.

Essentially, the scientific method consists of the following. There is something that exists for which some explanation is sought. There is therefore a proposition put up as a tentative explanation. Evidence is sought so that the proposed theory can be examined to see if it conforms to other things we also think we know. And eventually, if the theory passes all of the tests which are applied, the theory becomes part of our scientific canon unless and until a better theory is proposed that fits the facts even better. But at its core is the testing of the evidence, “real observations” as it is stated in the passage above.

Everyone is now so knowledgable about so many things. Water, for example, is made up of two gases, oxygen and hydrogen. What a fantastically improbably idea. How could this have ever been discovered? And the reason it was eventually discovered is because of the scientific revolution that Bacon initiated with his abandonment of the Aristotelian approach based on common sense without an actual experimental basis as a means of confirmation.

I fear we are now, as I write, honouring this great tradition just as we are in the process of abandoning it. We seem to have entered a superstitious age which in a way takes us back to the Witch Trials which, as it happened, occurred following the arrival of the Pilgrims at the town of Salem. We are entering an age of superstition where what is believed is determined by what people prefer to believe. It does seem that idiocies such as global warming and its policy sister, The Green New Deal, are believed because people prefer to believe it. There has been no evidence worth the name to associate temperatures and climate with fossil-fuels and electricity production. Nevertheless, it is a belief that has swept the planet, and oddly has especially affected people who are referred to as “the educated”.

Evidence-based science seems to be in the process of being discarded in favour of common superstition. There is a bit of it about at the moment. Heaven help any scientist who comes to a conclusion that contradicts accepted beliefs.

Although it may seem somewhat off centre from the 1620 Project discussed above, the reaction among employees at Penguin Publishing in Canada to the publication of the sequel to Jordan Peterson’s Twelve Rules for Life is nothing less than astonishing but also a very troubling sign of the times. Book burning and the suppression of ideas one disagrees with was once seen as the very epitome of a Dark Age, yet here we are, and these people work inside a publishing company.

At the meeting to discuss the publication, an employee apparently said: “People were crying in the meeting about how Jordan Peterson has affected their lives.” If this is the feedstock of the generation to come we are no longer the free, open society we have been for the past four hundred years. These are people who burn witches along with books.

Marvellous Melbourne in the news

I don’t know that this is a mask infringement, but it has certainly been noticed. This is from our sister blogsite in Canada: They Went From “Flatten The Curve” To “Put Your Hands Behind Your Back” So Fast We Didn’t Even Notice.

Then there was this on the front page of the Hun today: Show us the money.

Plea to reveal project overruns & delays as blowouts top $6.4bn COST blowouts on 10 of Victoria’s key infrastructure projects, including the West Gate and Metro tunnels, have risen to more than $6.45bn. Concerns over delays and associated ballooning expenses on projects have prompted calls for the urgent release of detail on their progress. The information was left out of the budget for the first time in years on Tuesday, with Treasurer Tim Pallas saying the coronavirus pandemic made preparing progress reports difficult. But sources close to the government have detailed blowouts of $6.45bn on just 10 projects, including $2bn on the Metro Tunnel and $1.2bn on the West Gate Tunnel. The state budget revealed only 84 per cent of timelines on the West Gate project were met last year.

They can spend and spend and spend, but adding value and covering the costs of deficits with a projected revenue stream, that they’re not so good at.

FROM THE HERALD SUN: This is a pictorial from inside the paper to give you some idea of the massive cost blowouts Victoria is absorbing. And now they intend to add another $10 Billion to build a train to the airport. Where are the adults?

Stealing the American election

There are actually lots of things that stole the election from Donald Trump but this does pinpoint part of what really mattered: Media Suppression of 8 Key Stories ‘Stole This Election’ for Joe Biden

The poll raised these eight news stories: Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden; Joe Biden’s involvement in the Hunter Biden corruption scandal; Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) getting rated the most leftist senator; 33 percent GDP growth in the third quarter of 2020; 11.1 million jobs created from June 5 to October 2; the Middle East peace deals with Israel that led to three Nobel Peace Prize nominations for Trump; U.S. energy independence; and Trump’s successes with Operation Warp Speed in fighting the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

The legacy media’s decision to bury Biden’s scandals had the strongest impact on the election, according to the poll. More than one-third of Biden voters (35.4 percent) said they were unaware of Tara Reade’s serious allegations that Biden sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, a story the legacy media effectively buried. A full 8.9 percent of Biden voters said they would have changed their vote — either to Trump, to a third-party candidate, not voting for a presidential candidate, or not voting at all, if they had known about the Reade allegations.

That really is depressing. There is also this: Tucker Carlson: Here’s how the Democrats ‘rigged’ the 2020 election which is really just more eyewash to cover up the obvious.

The US is no longer a moral leader, but then who is? It just has the largest military and the strongest economy but has become a “corporate state” with government in operation with large business to keep things running along.