Going on the offensive

Speaking of The Midwich Cuckoos, I genuinely do find talking to anyone on the left all too frequently just like talking to a wall. What especially infuriates me when I think I am just chatting, I am often and suddenly told “I don’t want to talk about that” which just comes out of nowhere to me. Not only are these idiots offended when I say something, even obliquely, about something that’s on my mind, but they don’t want to engage and immediately want to end the conversation.

And while on the subject of being offended, I was in a book shop today and I said to the 30-ish chap behind the counter how put off I was by all the titles such as “The Art of Not Giving a F*ck” – and there were quite a number like that – and he was obviously put off by my language. So I said to him, if you are put off by my saying what I said, just think of what I feel by having to read such titles. I think he saw my point but only barely. He can get knotted.

And another thing. I was reading an article on the recessionary effects of the CV and right in the middle was an unintended rhyming couplet.

The deeper they are and the longer they last,
The more ongoing the damage after the downturn has passed.

And so all such recessions seem always to be.

But if you’re going to quote this couplet you’ll have to cite me.

The Fish Face Files

Every single one of my friends from youth is on the left and often on the loopiest part of the moronic left. Since I see them each for around one day every two years, we manage to get by well enough so that I can still exchange Christmas cards and we let each other know when they have added to their number of grandchildren. To talk politics with them is the instant death of friendship of any kind so I don’t. I, of course, cut no one off, but they would and do. In fact, the six links below is from one of these former friends who now lives in the most idiotic part of the world, possibly bar none, Silicon Valley.

Since the election of PDT he has sent me more than 3200 emails, every one of them containing some news item from media organisations around the world which all have a single characteristic, they are all fanatically anti-Trump. When I was there in Palo Alto in January, I suggested we get together, but after three days he wrote back to say that he had suddenly decided to go to Hawaii for his anniversary. It really is hard on my nerves anyway since he has no other conversation, other than to tell me about how he loves to drive the California hills in his Porsche – no license plates so that he can speed as much as he likes without getting ticketed. I call the file of his emails the Fish Face Files because my Dad could not remember his last name so he called him “fishface” (only to me, of course) which sounds similar to his actual name. Here for your interest are these latest six. The media road guaranteed to bring you to a peak level of ignorance.

From the New York Times: An Open Letter to President Trump

New York Times again, but Paul Krugman: On Coronavirus, We’re #1

More New York Times but the editorial this time: Why Is America Choosing Mass Unemployment?

Another NYT editorial: Trump Wants to ‘Reopen America.’ Here’s What Happens if We Do

More from the NYT: ‘It’s a Wreck’: 3.3 Million File Unemployment Claims as Economy Comes Apart

And this last one from CNN: Fact check: Trump utters series of false and misleading claims at coronavirus briefing

I, of course, welcome these emails since they keep me up to date on the latest thinking on the left. But they are depressing all the same, and remind me why Joe Biden might yet be president.

Herd immunity from common sense is the fundamental characteristic of the left

Talking to friends on the left (actually they are almost entirely my wife’s friends) never fails to astonish me about how lock-step they all are with whatever happens to be the latest ideological fashion statement of the moment. I am often taken by surprise since it is often difficult to keep up with the what beliefs are in or out, but it only requires a conversation with any one of them and I find myself right up to date.

It reminded me of one of my favourite books of my youth, The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndam. I read every one of his books when I was a young lad, the most famous being The Day of the Triffids. All of Wyndam’s books are astonishing reads and it seems all are still in print. But the Midwich Cuckoos remains the one I have loved the most, and strangely seems absolutely relevant to understanding the mentality on the left side of politics. I will describe the plot but from the movie made from the book, Village of the Damned (1960 film). The book is better, an absolute page turner. From these plot details of the film you will see how relevant the book is to the mind-numbing sameness of the belief structures on the left. I have left out anything that might give the plot and ending away in the following which is mainly done to show how accurately the book describes the modern left.

The inhabitants of the British village of Midwich suddenly fall unconscious, as does anyone entering the village. Two months later, all women and girls of child-bearing age in the affected area are discovered to be pregnant. All the women give birth on the same day. Their children have a powerful telepathic bond with one another. They can communicate with each other over great distances, and as one learns something, so do the others.

At age three, the children dress impeccably, always walk as a group, speak in an adult manner, and behave maturely, but show no conscience or love, and demonstrate a coldness to others, causing the villagers to fear and be repulsed by them. The children begin to exhibit the power to read minds and to force people to do things against their will. Zellaby, whose “son” David is one of the children, is eager to work with them. Zellaby compares the children’s resistance to reasoning with a brick wall and uses this motif as self-protection against their mind reading after the children’s inhuman nature becomes clear to him.

It may even be that Wyndam wrote the book as a caricature of the mentality on the left in his own time, published as it was in the midst of the cold war (1957). Whether or not that was his intention, it certainly fits the mould today.

Not the end but is it the beginning of the end?

Did Nancy blink? Pelosi delays her coronavirus bill, says will try to pass Senate’s without most members present .

Is this why? Gallup: Trump Up to 49% Approval; 60% Approve of His Handling of the Chinese Flu

Is the Great Corona Virus miasma coming to an end? Dow Posts Record 2,100-Point Gain as Trump Sets Tentative Deadline to Reopen America

Are things coming right because of the President? Trump: Coronavirus crisis vindicates my policy arguments on immigration, trade and China policies

Would this have anything to do with it? Reflections on a Century of Junk Science

During the last few weeks, I had made a point of not watching or following the news. I trusted none of it. A TV at the pizza place, however, was tuned to CNN. It showed the Coronavirus death toll: 12,000-plus worldwide and 285 in the United States.

The numbers stunned me. Not following the news closely, I presumed, based on the hysteria in the air, that the numbers had to be at least ten times that high both nationally and internationally.

285? According to the Centers for Disease Control 185 Americans died of drug overdoses every day in 2018. According to the CDC, 315 people died of the flu every day during the six-month 2018-2019 flu season….

In my 2009 book, Hoodwinked: How Intellectual Hucksters Have Hijacked American Culture, I documented a century’s worth of scientific misinformation, disinformation, half-truths, and lies disseminated almost inevitably to advance a progressive agenda.

The book, btw, is an antidote to quite alot of what’s been going around and not just of late.

You’ll just have to get used to it

Jack Cashill: Reflections on a Century of Junk Science. He begins:

On Saturday evening I drove to a local pizza joint to pick up a pizza. This was the only way to get pizza. In Kansas City, all bars and restaurants have been closed for a week.

During the last few weeks, I had made a point of not watching or following the news. I trusted none of it. A TV at the pizza place, however, was tuned to CNN. It showed the Coronavirus death toll: 12,000-plus worldwide and 285 in the United States.

The numbers stunned me. Not following the news closely, I presumed, based on the hysteria in the air, that the numbers had to be at least ten times that high both nationally and internationally.

285? According to the Centers for Disease Control 185 Americans died of drug overdoses every day in 2018. According to the CDC, 315 people died of the flu every day during the six-month 2018-2019 flu season.

Not a lot, you would think, in a country of 350 million.

No sooner did I get home with my pizza than the news broke that the bi-state metro Kansas City would be subject to a stay-at-home order effective Tuesday morning. “After 30 days,” the TV News station reported matter-of-factly, “the jurisdictions will consider whether to extend the order.” That is how easy it is in 2020 America to suspend the U.S. Constitution and wreck the economy.

I would feel better about the order and my fellow citizens if some horrible plague were ravaging the metro. That is not exactly the case. As of Saturday night, there had been a total of four Covid-19 deaths in all of Kansas and Missouri, only one of which was in the KC metro area, a “man in his 70s with underlying health conditions.”

Did people agree with him? You must be kidding.

In sharing my skepticism on Facebook, I have been met with a hail of naysayers, some of them fellow conservatives, who insist the science justifies the state of alarm. I do not know enough about this particular phenomenon to enter that debate, but I know enough about American history to know that science often needlessly justifies a state of alarm.

Moreover, he has written a book about it.

In my 2009 book, Hoodwinked: How Intellectual Hucksters Have Hijacked American Culture, I documented a century’s worth of scientific misinformation, disinformation, half-truths, and lies disseminated almost inevitably to advance a progressive agenda.

One subject covered was the eugenics movement of the early twentieth century. Those promoting the science and paying for it were not the grand wizards of the Ku Klux Klan but America’s academics and progressives, notable among them Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. Progressives have always worked in crisis mode.

Any examples? Here’s his first.

“The most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective,” wrote Sanger in 1922. “Possibly drastic and Spartan methods may be forced upon American society if it continues complacently to encourage the chance and chaotic breeding that has resulted from our stupid, cruel sentimentalism.” As we are seeing today, progressives rarely shy from “Spartan” methods.

Here’s another.

In 1968 Dr. Paul Ehrlich began his massively popular book, The Population Bomb, with the startling claim, “The battle to feed all of humanity is already lost.” In the book Ehrlich laid out three possible scenarios that could define the earth “in the next decade or so.” In the most “cheerful” of these scenarios, Americans assume an unexpected “maturity of outlook,” a new Pope “gives his blessing to abortion,” and only half a billion people die of famine.

And after denying that AIDS was a disease that attacked mainly gay men, there were then these.

The science establishment was just warming up. In the decades ahead, they would serve up global cooling, nuclear winter, the alar scare, second-hand smoke, global warming, climate change, and a host of other contrived doomsday scenarios. When the predicted doom failed to materialize, the prophets of doom shifted the date of doom forward and bought more beachfront property.

The real answer is that we will just have to get used to it.

It’s all politics

Media Continues “Hair On Fire” Behavior

It’s the flu and it’s on the way to containment. It looks like a relative handful will unfortunately die, but its not the Andromeda Strain either. If this really were the danger the media and the left pretend it is, none of these Democrat impediments to a solid response would be going on. They’re not truly scared and are merely engaged in a kind of hostage-taking excercise to leverage various outcomes they could not otherwise get. Trump has now suggested that he will call the lock-down off at the end of the fifteen days, which is March 30. Some relevant posts below

Giddy Democrats Planning to Exploit the Economic Crisis to Hurt Trump

It’s sickening to watch the Democrats exploit a public health crisis in an effort to score political points against President Trump, but they’ve made perfectly clear in the past that they’re not willing to “let a good crisis go to waste.”

Trump: ‘We Cannot Let the Cure Be Worse Than the Problem Itself’

President Donald Trump, tweeting late Sunday night in all-caps, addressed a concern of many Americans — how long will our enforced isolation last?

“WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!”

The Trump administration last week urged Americans to participate in a 15-day period to “slow the spread” of coronavirus by limiting contacts with other people and staying home as much as possible.

Trump lashes out at networks, newspapers: All I see is ‘hatred of me’

I can only hope he’s right. But there’s a lot of fear out there and to some even Joe Biden is preferable, which only shows just how mad some people are.

AND THEN THIS: From Another Ian in the comments: Tom Cotton Outlines Nancy Pelosi Emergency Relief Scheme….

Might add that Cotton remains my favourite to succeeds PDT in 2024.

A parallel political universe

Up to 3200 anti-Trump emails from my mate in California – a record fifteen new ones today so he must be in lock-down. He should be in lock-up, since protection from the mad used to be one of the roles of government. Instead, they just joined the Democratic Party. I have been collecting them since I was thinking of publishing the list when it began. But there are now too many. I open around one in ten, usually filled with what I already know from The Age and Financial Review. However today was special. Much too long to read unless you really want to enter into a parallel universe: The President Is Winning His War on American Institutions subtitled “How Trump is destroying the civil service and bending the government to his will”. A good-news story, at last, I thought. Instead it begins:

When Donald Trump came into office, there was a sense that he would be outmatched by the vast government he had just inherited.

The new president was impetuous, bottomlessly ignorant, almost chemically inattentive, while the bureaucrats were seasoned, shrewd, protective of themselves and their institutions. They knew where the levers of power lay and how to use them or prevent the president from doing so. Trump’s White House was chaotic and vicious, unlike anything in American history, but it didn’t really matter as long as “the adults” were there to wait out the president’s impulses and deflect his worst ideas and discreetly pocket destructive orders lying around on his desk.

After three years, the adults have all left the room—saying just about nothing on their way out to alert the country to the peril—while Trump is still there.

The heroes here described are better known as The Deep State. Here McCabe and Comey – the very fellows who tried to sabotage the 2016 election on behalf of Obama, along with plenty of others – are the ones who have been cast aside while valiantly defending Constitutional order. Trump, by trying to govern according to the principles on which he was elected, is the villain.

It’s the weekend, and if you are not game to go to the local cafe (or you cold print this out, of course, you could do worse than to re-discover anew just how insane the left really is.

Is the Corona Virus pandemic just another scam?

On economics, I don’t trust anyone else’s judgement but my own. The Global Financial Crisis was mismanaged to such an extent that only with the arrival of Donald Trump, who knows something about how an economy works, even if only instinctively, that the US and the rest of us subsequently have moved forward.

On politics, again I don’t trust anyone else’s judgement. Our political class are such stupidoes and so bizarrely left leaning, that the kinds of things they do in almost every circumstance is plain out wrong. The public trust looks like a scam almost in everything that is touched. And with the public service entirely university-educated, I never expect political decisions to be sensible, which they seldom are.

On climate change (formerly known as global warming) I kept a watchful eye on it all until I finally decided, now quite a while ago, that it, too, is a scam. There is absolutely nothing in any of it that should be a worry.

As for Y2K, I was a sceptic way back, well before New Year’s Eve 2000. And since, I have never seen so much madness before the day, and never an apologetic word since. Utterly nothing whatsoever in it despite the five-alarm fire.

And now we are dealing with perhaps the biggest scam of them all. I know nothing about viruses and pandemics, but was a long-time student of the Black Death and Bubonic Plague. Maybe it’s early days, but so far there is nothing going on that reminds me of the days of “Bring Out Your Dead”. I keep hearing that such pandemics grow at exponential rates, and while there is hardly anything now, just wait. Except during the Black Death, from the moment it began, there was no doubting the extent of the catastrophe.

We shall therefore see. But! All below from Instapundit. May the skepticism flourish until we are certain one way or the other. Caution is important. Blind panic is madness.

THE NUMBERS JUST DON’T ADD UP TO THE CRAZY STUFF WE’RE DOING TO “BEND A CURVE” THAT WAS NEVER THAT DANGEROUS. LOOK, EVERY DEATH IS REGRETTABLE, BUT IF THE CHINESE FLU JUSTIFIES THIS, THE YEARLY FLU SHOULD HAVE US IN QUARANTINE YEAR AROUND PRETTY MUCH:  Diamond Princess Mysteries.

AND HOW:  In crisis there is opportunity, and the left wants to seize it. 

THE PANIC IS WHAT WILL KILL US:  Apocalypse No.

I KNOW THIS IS GOING TO SOUND CRAZY, BUT PERHAPS THE RESULTS TO THE ECONOMY, TO THE ABILITY OF PEOPLE TO MOVE AROUND AND ORGANIZE IS WHAT WAS INTENDED ALL ALONG?  Mayor of NYC Bill DiBlasio: Get Ready for a “Shelter in Place” Order For NYC Within the Next 48 Hours. I mean, as with global warming and other things, you have to ask yourself “What are these measures actually accomplishing?” And why are leftist governors scaling up/ramping up the shut downs and restrictions in the absence of anything justifying it?

THIS TO ME, TO ALLUDE TO SHERLOCK HOLMES, IS THE DOG THAT DIDN’T BARK IN THE NIGHT. I’M SORRY, IF YOU THINK THAT — IF NOTHING ELSE WITH DRUG DEALS AND HANDOUTS AND SUCH — THE PROFESSIONAL CLASS HAS NO CONTACT WITH THE HOMELESS, YOU’RE OUT OF YOUR MIND. ALSO THE HOMELESS ARE IN AND OUT OF HOSPITALS A LOT. THEY’RE “FREQUENT FLIERS”.  SO, HOW COME THEY’RE NOT DROPPING LIKE FLIES?  Another Vulnerable Population.

BUT… BUT… BUT… I THOUGHT THE REASON THIS WASN’T SPREADING IN AFRICA (MOST OF WHICH, BTW, IS NOT IN SUMMER TEMPERATURES (IN FACT ALL OF WHICH IS IN A MID-SEASON RIGHT NOW)) AND MOST BRAZILIANS AREN’T DEAD AFTER CARNIVAL WAS THAT IT DOESN’T SPREAD EVEN IN RELATIVELY WARM WEATHER. SO HOW COME CALIFORNIA NEEDS THIS?  Bay Area Issues ‘Shelter in Place’ to Stop Coronavirus From Spreading. I don’t know about you guys, but I smell several large, authoritarian rats.

ITALY IS NOT THE US. REPEAT: ITALY IS NOT THE US:  Distinguishing factors. But note even in Italy, a country that hugs, smokes, and uses public transportation, the average age of the victims of the Chinese Flu is 80 or so. My question is: What are we doing to protect those populations?  Well, not much. Sure, we closed care centers to visitors, but we still allow the nurses to go in and out, and a lot of those people have small kids who are in daycare.  As for the elders being cared for by family? Well, a lot of them still have essential doctors’ appointments as do their families. What is the quarantine doing?  It is destroying the economy. It is doing that with amazing efficiency. At which point do we ask ourselves what the INTENDED effect is?

HOW MANY OF THEM ARE IN CHINESE PAY?  Liberal Media Melts Down After Trump Tweets ‘Chinese Virus’.

YOU ARE BEING STAMPEDED:  COVID-19: the unwarranted panic.

AND ALSO THIS: From Scott Johnson at Powerline: Notes on the Pandemic.

Just because he’s senile doesn’t mean he can’t win

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This is adapted from Scott Johnson’s comment on Biden as part of the Democrat debate at CNN.

Biden made five notable pledges last night: (1) he will pick a woman as his running mate and (2) name a black woman to the Supreme Court; (3) he will ban new fracking and he’s not too crazy about oil drilling either; (4) he’s all in for the Green New Deal; and (5) he will prohibit deportations of illegal aliens during his first 100 days in office.

It is the Left agenda in spades: identity politics, anti-carbon fossil fuels and open borders. You may think this is insane and on that we agree. But if you don’t think it might draw a constituency that could win the election, on this you are wrong. It will be close in any case, but with the Corona V added in, a falling share market, rising unemployment likely and the media as ignorant and biased as ever, I still see Biden as more likely to win.

I will add some comments from the post that I think emphasise the issues that are truly telling.

“Biden made three notable pledges last night…he will pick a woman as his running mate and name a black woman to the Supreme Court.” We’re at the dreary end of affirmative action, the part where the quotas, like at Harvard, are right out in the open, and nobody even pretends to want a meritocracy, a country where you are judged by the content of your character…well, you know the drill. It’s depressing that there’s no opposition from either party for these pandering displays of racialism and sexism. In tough times, we the people need competent leadership and judgement. America is suffering from a lack of diversity. We have legions of people in positions of power with diverse skintones and of various genders. But they all think alike. I guess that’s a working definition of “groupthink.”

While they continue to pitch Biden as the throwback to the “normality” of the Obama Administration, they are simultaneously having him take radical and dangerous positions. How far left can he pander (and really follow the desires of the leaders of the Dem Party) and still be able to get general election voters to forget the crazy leftist promises he made? To a certain extent this panic over the virus is a Godsend to Biden. It will focus attention elsewhere until he gets the nomination. Will it then be too late for he and Trump to have a real debate about the future of the country? Will it be too late for the DNC to switch him out prior to the general due to mental/physical unfitness? We live in crazy times when the two doddering fools who remain in the Democratic race are considered at all for an office at any level.

This is theater in the absurd. The DNC wants Bernie to make Joe look sane by comparison but it is NOT working. The DNC is using Joe as a placeholder for whatever they have pre-designated as his VP.