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THE ‘SCAM’ THAT WON’T GO AWAY

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I see that pesky thing called Covid which a number of commentators on this blog have called a scam just won’t go away with 8,028 cases reported today with the seven day rolling average up over 600. 16 deaths and 383 in hospital with 7 in ICU or high dependency units.

Pretty effective scam.

Try telling that to those who have contracted the virus.

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June 28, 2022 at 5:15 pm

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Roe v Wade is aborted

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As has been anticipated for weeks now – ever since the leak from the US Supreme Court of a draft decision written by Justice Alito that overturned the infamous SCOTUS Roe v. Wade decision on abortion – the official ruling has been released that confirms the draft. Full opinion here. An excellent concision of it here.

The 1973 case that set US abortion policy across the nation, has been overturned. So too has its lesser known but equally important – some would say more important – 1992 decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Casey had already booted the trimester nonsense of Roe but kept in place the even more ridiculous notion that abortion derived from a right to privacy supposedly embedded in the 14th amendment, itself a result of an earlier SCOTUS ruling in the mid-1960’s.

Despite lasting for fifty years and seemingly settled in the minds of most US Liberals, the ruling was always on shaky ground with its talk of rights based on “penumbras”, – implied rights that could be glimpsed in parts of the US Bill of Rights as derived from other explicit rights. Almost from the moment the decision was made it was attacked by constitutional scholars, such as this Yale Law school paper from 1973, The Wages of Crying Wolf, which laid out the arguments for and against abortion but focused on the weakness of the privacy claim. The author of that paper appears to support the right to an abortion, and there have been other pro-abortion legal scholars who have, nevertheless, explained why Rose was such a weak, unconstitutional and plain bad law. Such people included none other than Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

She thought Roe v. Wade went too far. “Measured motions seem to me right, in the main, for constitutional as well as common law adjudication,” she argued. “Doctrinal limbs too swiftly shaped, experience teaches, may prove unstable. The most prominent example in recent decades is Roe v. Wade.”

Ginsburg noted that Roe struck down far more than the specific Texas criminal abortion statute at issue in the case. “Suppose the court had stopped there, rightly declaring unconstitutional the most extreme brand of law in the nation, and had not gone on, as the court did in Roe, to fashion a regime blanketing the subject, a set of rules that displaced virtually every state law then in force,” she said. “A less encompassing Roe, one that merely struck down the extreme Texas law and went no further on that day, I believe and will summarize why, might have served to reduce rather than to fuel controversy.”

Ginsburg went on to contrast the court’s landmark decision in Roe with a slew of decisions from 1971 to 1982 in which the court struck down “a series of state and federal laws that differentiated explicitly on the basis of sex.” Rather than creating a new philosophy of law and imposing it on the nation immediately, “the court, in effect, opened a dialogue with the political branches of government…In essence, the court instructed Congress and state legislatures: rethink ancient positions on these questions,” Ginsburg noted. “The ball, one might say, was tossed by the justices back into the legislators’ court, where the political forces of the day could operate.”

It is this reasoning that has turned up in this decision, and exactly as Ginsburg stated, the ball has now been thrown back to the legislators, especially the State ones, and as my co-blogger GD explains, that does not mean it has been banned.

Some states will be hardline in both directions, others will find middle ground that their voters accept. I expect the Deep Blue parts of the nation like California, Illinois and New York, to promptly pass laws that widen abortion laws even further – perhaps as low as the standards of New Zealand, where anything goes – whereas others, especially Red States, will be more restrictive, although I don’t expect any of them to outright ban abortion. Even the Mississippi law that triggered this case allows abortions up to 15 weeks of pregnancy, which brings up this interesting factoid:

This is similar to other European countries, including Western Europeans like Sweden.

Of course now that the decision is back in the hands of politicians that’s going to mean a lot of problems for them – or at least for the principled ones.

However, as this article explains, other groups will no longer be able to hide behind “Law Of The Land” arguments and the fight either, like the US Roman Catholic Church:

For years, Supreme Court rulings like Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey allowed our leaders to hide. Republicans could campaign against it, rallying their base and decrying its injustice, then once in power make the excuse that, like it or not, Roe was “the law of the land.”

Democrats alike could claim they were personally against abortion, but believed it was up to the woman. Moreover, they didn’t need to vote much on the issue — it was already decided; it was “the law of the land.”

Even Catholic bishops could shirk confrontation, pointing to those politicians’ dodges and excuses, and hiding behind the same. No drastic action needed.

I’d like to think that the spineless fucks who lead the RC church nowadays might even consider excommunication for the likes of Nancy “Abortion is Sacred” Pelosi and Joe “Mass Every Sunday” Biden. Being a Catholic who quietly supports abortion is one thing: loudly proclaiming that you love and defend even its most extreme versions is something else. No principled person would remain in such a church, but of course Pelosi, Biden and other politicians have done so because they know there are (or were) millions of traditional working class Catholics who also religiously voted Democrat and loved being able to vote for Democrat Catholics – without thinking too much about how Catholic these frauds were.

Such nonsense was already changing before this ruling. Long gone are the days when liberals like Bill Clinton took the demure position that abortion was basically a necessary evil that should be “safe, legal, and rare”. Neither he nor any other recent Democrat president would dare take that position now. which is why Pelosi, Biden and other Democrat “Catholics” have basically stiffed the church while hiding behind its public garments.

The political and cultural brawl that is about to commence will be nasty – I often think that with Roe, SCOTUS was trying in good faith to avoid this, but it’s more like the similar screwup with the Dred Scott decision in 1857, thinking they had resolved the issue of slavery – but it will likely be less Federal than at the State level. That’s because the Democrats have held off putting Roe and Casey into Federal legislation over the last fifty years, even when they had big majorities, because it is still so controversial with their own voters – and again because they could hide behind the SCOTUS decisions.

No longer:

Lenin allegedly said, “There are decades when nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen.” He was supposedly discussing the Bolshevik Revolution, but the saying could be applied to America’s growing turmoil at home, too.

Ever upward is the only path liberal government permits, which is why the repeal of Roe would be devastating. “Our democracy,” as they call it, depends not only on never turning back the clock of social reform, but never even admitting such a thing is possible. Even if, as is likely, almost half the states would enact abortion regimes as permissive as, or even more permissive than, the current one, the game would be up. The nature of such modern rights would be exposed, unforgettably. It would be, as the liberals fear, a kind of revolution.

Which is why they have little choice but to object not merely to the leaked decision and the brave justices who support it, but to the whole system…. Prepare for decades to happen in the next year or so of our politics, as the battle between the progressives’ constitution and the founders’ Constitution intensifies.

That was written just after the leak happened, and we’ve already seen what was directed at the key Justices, with attempted protests outside their homes – illegal actually but not enforced by Biden’s politicised DOJ of course – plus attempted an assassination and implied threats of such.

The Democrats are not helping themselves with crap like that, or this:

Representative Bishop followed up [with abortion activist Aimee Arrambide ], “Do you believe then that men can become pregnant and have abortions?” She had those eyes — the ones that make you know you’re going to get an answer that you’re going to regret. “Yes,” she declared.

Party of science did you say? I also can’t wait for the whole My Body, My Choice argument to re-appear, shamelessly so in the wake of vaccine mandates pushed relentlessly by many Democrats.

The protests are already on the way with the Nights of Rage, and given the arsons and attacks that have already been made on dozens of Catholic churches and pro-life pregnancy clinics I’ve no doubt that there are going to be even more:

Brace for impact.

However, it should also be noted that the SCOTUS leak of this ruling, undoubtedly done to try and intimidate the Court and gin up Democrat voters for the up-coming Mid-Term elections, failed on both counts. Yes, there have been protests, but they have not been very large, have consisted of little more than the White Liberal Woman demographic, and have not shifted the issue up the scale in polls of voters over the last month.

I doubt the next wave will be any more successful, though I’m also sure the MSM will amplify it as much as possible to make it seem that way.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 25, 2022 at 5:36 pm

Misty Mountain Hop

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Starting with something beautiful, let’s keep going on that before we plunge into the ugly realities of our world.

As I explained in a post back in January, I hate these people, and with every passing day the hate deepens as their desire to control the rest of us deepens, literally.

They even have their own police.

Among their other plans they’re big on “sustainable farming” – which means that you need to eat much less meat for a start and you may even end up loving various bug-based meals!

This is why the following is not just a flailing, failing US President trying to gaslight people about inflation, but about the same themes as the WEF; you won’t need to worry about inflation on beef, pork and chicken.

The gaslighting isn’t working, at least not for Biden. That poll result – lower than Trump – has to burn, and I don’t think Biden’s reached bottom yet.

I’m not sure that the WEF does opinion polls about themselves because I don’t think they care what anybody thinks of them or their ideas so long as global leaders like Trudeau, Biden, Ardern, Albanese and company love them.

However, unlike the WEF, politicians do have to face the voters sooner or later and there’s only so much gaslighting that can be done before reality breaks through.

More to come; the additional subsidies for Obamacare that were slotted into the Covid-19 spending bills will expire just in time for the mid-term elections, and premiums are already looking ugly. If you ever wondered why US Health Insurance companies supported Obamacare, now you know.

It’s actually hard to see any policies or anything that the Biden Administration has done that has been positive.

I wonder how many American voters (and other idiots around the globe) remember this:

The Internet does – and it has the receipts.

It’s so bad that he’s even started blaming his staff, which is why they’re leaking to their friends in the MSM, leading to that NBC report, which can barely spin it any more.

You do wonder where the bottom is for this senile old fool and his Democrat Party, but increasingly the message from Democrat insiders is “SAVE US”.

Of course some of his MSM pals are still doing their best, with the pitiful Newsweek taking Biden’s Big Soundbite and helpfully incorporating it into a story that’s not about the Republicans at all.

So in addition to the classic “Republicans Pounce” (yes, they’re so unaware of Interwebby Memes that they used that phrase) they also acted as ventriloquists for the phrase, “MAGA Republicans” that Biden first claimed he’d thought up himself – before it was revealed that Democrat focus groups had developed – and after months of “work” to boot. Like their other solutions this one fell flat, with GOP activists eagerly and proudly making it their own. Once again it’s Democrat fluff vs. the brutal reality of their man’s profound inadequacies that can be turned against him on any issue.

It’s also obvious that there’s not much talent they can draw on to replace Biden in 2024, judging by the following.

No aircraft carriers were under attack at Pearl Harbour because they were all at sea that day, especially not the USS Intrepid because it wasn’t commissioned for another two years. Adams is ignorant and more to the point, likely doesn’t care about being ignorant. Rumour has it that Adams has Presidential ambitions and he may be a good match for Democrat voters.

The Mask. Always the Mask.

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There’s growing evidence around the world of increased mental health problems, especially among the young, resulting from two years of lockdowns, social isolation, school closures and masking.

However, amidst this problem is the fact that we may also have created a new group of people who now can’t imagine living any other way. This likely includes the fringe of hypochondriacs who have always been with us, but this doesn’t feel like a fringe when you see stuff like this on Twitter and other places.

The final comment surely must be mockery. At least I hope it is.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 19, 2022 at 1:00 pm

Two must-read articles from Karl du Fresne

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Readers will be well aware that my attitude towards the MSM is that that they are, at best, shallow and useless in their reporting and “analysis”, and at worst combine that with massive ideological bias to the Left as well as the occasional bouts of outright partisanship towards, in the case of New Zealand, the Greens, Labour, or the Maori party, depending on how well each of them is doing in supporting a Left wing agenda.

The read I have on the NZ MSM at present is that, as Chris Trotter and Martyn Bradbury have often pointed out, they’ve sold their souls for capitalist money and the “neo-liberal” status quo established since 1984, in exchange for pushing every other piece of Leftist wank. I think those two gentlemen are nostalgic screamers because, at least in the environmentalist world of combating AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming) they may get want they want eventually from their rather despised New Left comrades with a return of state ownership or more likely, a regulatory and tax regime that makes a mockery of the term “private enterprise”. Whether the Leftists in the MSM know where the AGW process will lead or not doesn’t really matter, but I suspect that many “reporters” do and are keen on using it to get back to the supposed Nirvana created by the First Labour Government.

As such it’s important that blogs support eachother, so here are two articles by Karl du Fresne that need as much exposure as possible:

  1. Squeeze your eyes shut, cross your fingers and hope

This post deals with the steadily growing catastrophe that is Three Waters and the Health re-structuring.

Carterton District Council, one of the smallest in the country (population 9700), expects to spend $850,000 preparing for Three Waters over the next two years. The council’s chief executive says the plan has imposed an “enormous” programme of work that the council’s not resourced to cope with it. Mayor Greg Laing describes the process as “absolutely appalling”.

The Times-Age quotes the Department of Internal Affairs as saying funding will be provided to cover transition costs, but it’s obvious that councils haven’t seen any of the money and don’t know when they will. In any case, South Wairarapa’s mayor Alex Beijen, who presides over a district with a population of only 11,000 (and one that’s already financially stretched to breaking point), says resourcing will be a big challenge even with extra government money.

I laughed at one of the comments where the guy sent a Letter To The Editor concisely pointing some of the problems and found his points about rents and royalties had been excised. Standard censoring of disinformation; I don’t know why he bothered but others made the point that this why blogs and other social media (to an extent, given their own censorship) are important while the MSM dies.

The healthcare problem has been hidden by C-19 Kabuki Theatre and Three Waters but if anything it’s more frightening:

As Powell points out, “With only 40 working days to go, DHBs have no more information on what will replace them on 1 July than they had on 21 April last year when the health minister announced their abolition.” You can read his damning appraisal here.

This all sounds familiar, the same as other SNAFU’s this government has made in the last few years; ill-defined plans; falling behind schedule; last-second scrambles to do something. I really hope I and my family don’t fall sick in any way for the next couple of years.

2. The Free Speech Union meeting that earned a trigger warning from Salient

This is Karl catching up on Victoria University’s response to his talk On the threats to free speech, that was delivered a while ago at the university, courtesy of the Free Speech Union.

It seems that the students have been triggered by a speech that none of them apparently attended and have used the student newspaper, Salient, to express their outrage; Karl points out that it’s prefaced with a trigger warning advising, in bold type: 

This article examines some of the racist, transphobic, sexist, and otherwise harmful content discussed at the event in question. Please exercise caution when reading.

Frightening.

You can read the sad, pathetic details of the objections to his speech and while I and a lot of other students never took much notice of such things at varsity – where the Left-wing student radicals dominated such talk via the student unions and their varsity newspapers – it’s clear that such people have much greater influence, some might say control, over their varsities than they did forty or even twenty years ago.

For me, one comment showed how far things have gone:

As a Victoria lecturer and a member of FSU (so I would prefer to be anonymous), I am sad to say this is exactly what I expect from our students. Students nowadays are extremely lazy; most of them don’t even bother to attend lectures. Critical thinking and meaningful debates are just not things under their radars. I don’t blame students but the university administration. The university administration is a bunch of failed academics who do not really care about education and research. All they care is their position and would do everything possible to pander students in order to get money from the government. As a lecturer, our constant pressure from the university is how to make students happy and get more of them, not how to train better citizens of the future.

An unexpected result of the 1990’s reforms of university is that there are a lot of people there who should not be, given their lack of brains, and that the incentives for them to go and the incentives of the universities to get bums on seats, are screwed up. Perhaps if student loans were tied directly to the universities so that they’re on the hook for payment recovery, the universities would be pushed harder to teach productive courses and “train better citizens” in real critical thinking.

The Sublime Society of Beef Steaks

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A farmer and historian in Britain, one John Lewis-Stempel, has published an interesting article in Unherd where he argues that the rise of wheat as the most widely grown crop in the world has, over the millennia, enabled tyranny!

Wheat has corrupted humanity

I was immediately caught by the opening paragraph:

“Beef & Liberty”. Such was the slogan of the 18th century London dining club, The Sublime Society of Beef Steaks. The carnivorous Regency gentlemen were sensible in associating the scoffing of sirloin with freedom and the rights of Britons. Food, like the personal, is political.

Being a political tragic it’s ironic that I don’t enjoy the fact that everything is now political, even food, but I can’t deny it when I read of things like actor James Cromwell supergluing his hand to a Starbucks counter so he could lecture customers and staff alike for ages about the iniquity over their surcharge for vegan milk.

Privileged dickhead! I must re-watch LA Confidential so I can see him get his just deserts by being shot in the back.

In Lewis-Stempel’s article he covers the tyranny of wheat, from forcing us into factory-like patterns of tilling, sowing, weeding and harvesting, to being an easy crop for the State to inspect and tax – and confiscate – compared to animals or root vegetables, all the way to the modern tyranny of Monsanto:

…the grains were developed for their ability to cope with a chemical product that Monsanto wanted to flog. So if the farmer buys Roundup Ready seed, then he or she buys the tied-in Roundup herbicid. And Monsanto cashes in twice.

He also goes into some detail about the other chemicals needed to grow wheat and it’s not a pretty picture. The article ends on a note that will be music to the ears of NZ grass farmers:

To save the planet, pastoralism is the intelligent solution. The brain is 60% fat, and omega-rich fat from grass-fed meat is excellent for mental health. The sine qua non of free thinking. Beef and liberty! More meat, less wheat!

Agree or disagree, it’s a fun article so read the whole thing.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 12, 2022 at 9:06 am

The Battle of Evermore

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Placed this photo in light of the planetary alignment you can see in the early morning skies at the moment. You don’t have to be up at 3:30am; you’ll get a great view even at 6am of Saturn, Mars, Jupiter and Venus hanging like jewels.

The title seems more appropriate to the times than would normally be the case, what with Russian threats of making nuclear war and the US Supreme Court abortion nuke that’s apparently about to be detonated.

A real job advertisement from the USA, complete with a screen-shot of part of the online application.

I’m looking forward to those US pro-abortion protests by two-spirited trans-woman – especially the pregnant ones.

According to people who still watch TV and listen to the radio the NZ government continues to push the vaccine booster shot idea, and for kids as well. Given the low numbers of shots being delivered I think we should just treat this as another state effort at keeping their MSM pets alive. Despite the propaganda something like 80% of parents obviously don’t want their kids injected with Pfizer juice. That probably has something to do with even the (foreign) MSM starting to get a clue that the vaccines aren’t as effective as advertised.

There’s a famous photo that’s been circulating for years on the Interwebby, of a lone German in a crowd who’s not giving the Sieg Heil salute. It’s always used as part of some message about having the courage to stand up against groupthink. Given the last two years this update is appropriate. I can think of several people I know who are proudly independent thinkers that I will send this to the next time they send me the original.

On a less serious note, the 50 year old driver of this car should be taken outside and shot. He had enough money to buy this classic but did not or would not pay for being taught how to drive it. There can’t be many of the classic Ford Le Mans winners around.

He’s not alone of course. This driver nailed it.

Although some things are better in the modern world it pays to recall the predictions made just fifty years ago – and no, I’m not talking about all the failed predictions of environmental apocalypse.

Speaking of environmentalists

Filed under, “You don’t need an engineering degree to make things work”

Name that band!

A suggestion for Mr Musk.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 4, 2022 at 11:40 am

Saturday Morning Transitions

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“Transgenderism” or “gender identity disorder” is based on an actual, rare, psychological condition known as Gender Dysphoria. No one is sure how many individuals are actually afflicted with the condition. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) — the Bible for psychiatry — estimates that about 0.005% to 0.014% of people assigned male at birth and 0.002% to 0.003% of people assigned female at birth are diagnosable with gender dysphoria.

That’s an extraordinarily small number of people, but you wouldn’t know that judging from the way the trans movement has exploded in recent years. Not only that but the movement have their own stats: according to a 2014 survey, 1.4 million American adults identify as transgender. And that survey did not include the parents who are being railroaded into believing their child is transgender by incompetent or politically active teachers, therapists, and psychologists and then allowing the administration of drugs and hormones.

Although there have been recent signs that the Transgender movement is starting to encounter serious grassroots opposition, there’s also no doubt that it is very embedded within the US education system where – thanks to the overwhelming support of the Democrat Party by teachers unions – it’s now part of the political wars in the USA. But there are signs on that front that it may be getting the Democrats in trouble, starting with their loss of the Virginia governorship a few months ago.

You can see why the Washington Post was so keen on trying to destroy the Libs of TikTok account by doxxing the woman behind it, but that’s a story for another day.

This has caused a few – so far only a very few – Democrat activists to start warning about the election losses that may hit the party as a result of jumping on the trans bandwagon. The following Tweet (or rather a Tweet thread) is one such, although to be fair she sounds like she’s also genuinely concerned about what the trans movement is doing to vulnerable children.

Laura Wiley Haynes @haynes_wiley
Attn: Democrats!
We are not in reality about “trans kids.”I am a CASA (Leftie/ Dem/atheist). I am neck deep in the population who is declaring this ID. And I know too much!

1. It is important to know that as recently as 15 years ago, all kids claiming to be in wrong body were given therapeutic support and time, to address the more likely issues that often underlie a child feeling miserable/ out of place in their body.

2. 90% of kids given this approach outgrew their Gender Dysphoria with no meds. 2/3 of them were gay in adulthood. Rapid ‘affirmation’ tells youth they *need* hormones and surgery because they *are* trans. Given the above, ‘affirming’ is basically gay conversion therapy.

3. 80% of trans IDd also have **two or more** mental health disorders, on top of GD. Common: ASD, PTSD, Depression & Anxiety….& these conditions precede the idea of “being trans.” Kids who have these disorders are very unhappy, impulsive & seeking relief. Some are abused and abandoned. Foster youth ID as trans at fifteen times the % of kids at large. This demands we do not reify the presenting ‘gender’ problem but look at the whole child and their mental health needs prior to labeling them/medicalizing them.

4. “Affirmation” supposes that kids are never Wrong about their ‘gender identity.’ That’s opposite of reality! Kids make mistakes!

5. Affirmation = “You’re actually a boy! ok!” = Step 1 in cementing this as ‘reality.’ Step 2 is puberty blockers, and Step 3 is cross-sex hormones. 1+2+3 = a sterile child. One who may never orgasm! With ruined physical health! UNJUSTIFIABLE, when 90% **outgrow** this!

6. The suicide fears used to browbeat parents into unquestioning support are lies. When control group has as many MH disorders as the ‘trans ID ‘ group, the suicide risks are identical, e.g. the risk is from the depression/PTSD/Trauma history not the Trans ID. The moment Trans is affirmed, these other issues (which do cause suicidal thoughts) get ignored. They get attributed to ‘how hard it is to be trans.’ BS!! This is rank dereliction of duty of care to struggling kids. It is indefensible and negligent.

7. Puberty blockers + cross sex hormones not only sterilize child. They leave boys with micro penis. They often cause girls to need hysterectomies in 20’s. Bones do not get stronger, brain development is affected. Cancer and heart risks rise. They need hormones for life.

8. Long term effects are not well-known, but in the countries in Europe who have begun to track them, they have pulled back from medicalizing children due to significant issues, such as osteopenia in 11 year olds! This is experimental and unproved Tx! Not benign!

Democrats: We cannot defend confusing/ sterilizing/ maiming kids who would have outgrown TG if simply supported emotionally. It is indefensible!! We must course correct… Yes, respect and support all kids, without diagnosing or reifying transient claimed identities.

“Trans kids rights” must include:
– The right to be protected from impulsive and dumb permanent choices.
– The right to appropriate trauma care.
– The right to fertility and orgasm in adulthood.
– The right not to be wedged away from parents by well-meaning activists

A few added thoughts. I think most people, left and right, have thought about this issue *barely at all*. T was force-teamed with LBG. T has nothing to do with sexual orientation but by making it “LGBT” many people have assumed it is like sexual orientation and innate. Ppl think, “well, if kid was born that way, if the parents & doctors approve it…” not realizing “affirmation” is dogmatic/immediate/little scrutiny. They think “don’t attack kids for being different.” This describes virtually everyone who is not an activist on this issue.

JK Rowling – author of the Harry Potter wizarding books who has been a target of really nasty threats from trans – shared a video of this clinical psychiatrist talking about the perils of “affirming” kids’ momentary identification with a faddish identity.

That post immediately got the trans attack team, with all the standard bullet points, starting with the classic “Trans woman are women” claim. As well as more of attacks like the one shown here, although it’s nice to see Rowling taking it in stride and with a sense of humour.

Of course Rowling is so wealthy and accomplished that she cannot be intimidated successfully by these maniacs: I doubt the same could be said about an author just getting started in the industry.

BTW Twitter has taken no action against this toxically male psychotic, even as The Babylon Bee gets locked out of their accounts for their satirical take on Rachel Levine being Man of The Year.

If the video above of an Old, White Male clinical psychiatrist is too easily dismissed you might be interested in what Erica Anderson, a transgender doctor, who until recently led the US professional society at the forefront of transgender care, recently told the Los Angeles Times:

“I think it’s gone too far. For a while, we were all happy that society was becoming more accepting and more families than ever were embracing children that were gender variant. Now it’s got to the point where there are kids presenting at clinics whose parents say, ‘This just doesn’t make sense,‘”

It is not a coincidence that the number of young adults who identify as transgender has increased more than twentyfold over the past several years as transgenderism has become more mainstream, but that tells you that it’s a social phenomena rather than a psychological one.

Similarly the Swedish medical community, famous for their pioneering work on transgender surgery decades ago, are now having second thoughts about whether they’re actually helping:

An extensive study conducted in Sweden found that 10 to 15 years after sex-reassignment surgeries, the suicide rate of those who underwent the procedure rose to 20 times that of their peers. Another review  of more than 100 follow-up studies of transgender individuals who underwent sex changes, undertaken by Birmingham University’s Aggressive Research Intelligence Facility, found that none of the studies provided conclusive evidence that gender reassignment benefited the patients. And just a couple of years ago, U.S. researchers were forced  to issue a correction to a major 2019 study that claimed transgender individuals who underwent reassignment surgeries showed significantly improved mental health. The study now states, “The results demonstrated no advantage of surgery in relation to subsequent mood or anxiety disorder-related health care visits or prescriptions or hospitalizations following suicide attempts.”

Having worked with a couple of trannies back in the 90’s (both trans-woman and BTW that word is now a No No according to the trans community) I can say that they seemed happy with what they’d done. But they didn’t make the transition until they were in the twenties and forties respectively. I don’t accept that this crap is helping teenagers, let alone younger kids.

I’ll leave this with the following interview of a woman who got subjected to all this and is now de-transitioning back to being a woman. It’s a sad tale.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 30, 2022 at 11:44 am

No mas. No masquerade

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The wheels of justice grind slowly but grind exceedingly fine.

Frankly I don’t believe that famous quote, having observed too many instances of the gap between the law and justice yawning exceedingly wide and never being reconciled in any time frame that mattered to people. The only saving grace being that it applies to when justice is served and when it is not, although even then there are cyclical periods of time for each.

In this case a couple of days ago US District Court Judge Kathryn Mizelle, ruled that the CDC failed to properly explain its decision to impose the mandate or follow proper rule making procedures and that therefore the Federal mask mandate could not be legally imposed in airports, planes and other transport:

Almost immediately, Alaska Airlines announced that masks would be optional for travelers and employees alike. United Airlines quickly followed suit, announcing that masks were no longer required on domestic flights and select international flights, depending upon the arrival country’s requirements. American Airlines, Delta Airlines, or Southwest Airlines — the three carriers with the most passengers pre-pandemic — also made masks optional on Monday night.

You can get a sense of the reaction with the announcement being made mid-flight in some cases. Nice to see the reaction of the crews as well…

Now the news is not all good. Some individual states are continuing with the insanity in the public transport systems they control, and while the Biden administration immediately announced a cease fire they have not surrendered and may appeal the decision to a higher court. To which my response is Lose Harder In November, Assholes. Also, Judge Mizelle accepted the CDC’s argument that masks may help prevent infection, despite them having accepted that the common, disposable cloth masks do not. In which case she may wish to read this article on the failure of masks and look at these graphs from it:

The [left] graph tracks the results of a natural experiment that occurred nationwide during the pandemic. Eleven states never mandated masks, while the other 39 states enforced mandates. The mandates typically began early in the pandemic in 2020 and remained until at least the summer of 2021, with some extending into 2022. The black line on the graph shows the weekly rate of Covid cases in all the states with mask mandates that week, while the orange line shows the rate in all the states without mandates.

As you can see from the near identical trajectories of the lines, mask mandates made no difference, and certainly did not control the virus. The article waspishly notes the early triumphant squawking of the MSM for states with extremely high mask compliance – that went on to suffer terrible C-19 case and death surges.

[The right graph] compares Germany with Sweden, the media’s Covid villain for refusing to lock down or mandate masks. Sweden’s initial Covid surge was blamed on those lax policies, but Sweden stuck to them and actually discouraged masks in most situations. As indicated on the graph, surveys during the pandemic showed that fewer than 10 percent of Swedes bothered to wear masks. In Germany, by contrast, more than 80 percent did so, but look at the similar trajectories of the daily Covid death toll in both countries from the summer of 2020 through March of this year.

I’ve already covered much of this ground in previous posts (The Mask Narrative crumbles contains links to other such posts), including graphs for places like Hawaii as far back as 2020 that showed the futility of masks.

The article notes that a resistance to mask mandates went back even further and very much included Public Health bodies.

In their pre-Covid planning strategies for a pandemic, neither the Centers for Disease Control nor the World Health Organization had recommended masking the public—for good reason. Randomized clinical trials involving flu viruses had shown, contrary to popular wisdom in Japan and other Asian countries, that there was “no evidence that face masks are effective in reducing transmission,” as the WHO summarized the scientific literature. The pandemic planners at the United Kingdom’s Department of Health had reached a similar conclusion: “In line with the scientific evidence, the Government will not stockpile facemasks for general use in the community.”

In going with politics instead of science they’re hardly alone. If you’re a subscriber to the NYT (and we know some of our readers proudly are) then you’ll probably be shocked and surprised to find that the following Tweet…

… actually resulted in a NYT reporter, one Victoria Kim, trying to contact him about the horror, only to be informed that it was satire. Ms Kim was raised in Seoul and is a Harvard graduate in history.

She is also an utter fucking moron.

But as usual she and the NYT were running with the Left’s narrative, in this case masks, and you can see why in The 5 Most Unhinged Responses to the End of the Travel Mask Mandate, although I prefer humourist James Lileks list and his takes on them:

I know, I know, my mask protects you, your mask protects me. If you are wearing a mask, the virus cannot pass through it. But if you are not wearing a mask, the virus can float over to where I am, and pass through my mask.

They walk among us, and from my everyday observations I’d say we have a higher proportion in NZ.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 21, 2022 at 6:00 am

Control your soul’s thirst for freedom

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Over the years I’ve read and seen a bunch of dystopian SF books and movies, stories that paint not a wonderful, sunny future enabled by miraculous technology, but a grim, dark, almost inhuman future where the technology oppresses us rather than freeing us.

Neuromancer, Bladerunner, Battlestar Gallactica (2003 reboot), Aliens, A.I., Gattica….

Yet somehow I never thought I’d get to see it.

That’s in Shanghai, one of the largest cities in the world: twenty five million people locked down by the Chinese government in pursuit of Covid Zero, which they still believe is possible even after two years of dealing with General Tso’s Syphilis. It feels like a repeat of the autistic focus on goals during the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.

Between that and drones flying around apartment buildings broadcasting warnings while people scream from their balconies for food, plus beating corgies to death in the street and wrapping up cats in mesh bags on the sidewalks where they are collected to be killed, it’s safe to say that China is not a place anybody would like to be – and absolutely not a society we want to emulate, even though we increasingly do, starting with the concept of lockdowns.

I’d already covered a story about the CCP’s approach to pets in Time ran out for Pudding, where a little boy in Hong Kong had to hand over his pet hamster to be killed by the authorities. The cats in bags is another echo of the recent Chinese past:

Even China’s feline population suffered as Red Guards tried to eliminate what they claimed was a symbol of “bourgeois decadence”. “Walking through the streets of the capital at the end of August [1966], people saw dead cats lying by the roadside with their front paws tied together”

If you wish you can find videos of the cats in bags but I found the images too upsetting to put here, despite being not gory.

It’s not just events like this that have made me doubt the claim that the 21st century will be China’s. For various fundamental reasons arising from China’s history and culture I’ve long held the opinion that the current CCP control of the nation differs little from other dynasties stretching back 3000 years. A massively centralised, technocratic State government under which peace and prosperity increase for the population for a long time – followed by a decline in competence due to that centralised technocracy having no governing checks and failing to be refreshed with new minds and ideas, in-turn followed by peasant rebellions, the rise of feudal states and war. In the past the periods of peace might last for centuries, and the decline too, but today’s world moves faster.

Some of these problems are outlined in this article, Red Dusk, which discusses the problems of a declining working age population, the lack of state institutions that address health and retirement, and the growth of class divisions. I was especially amused by this:

Communist officials have been put in the awkward position of cracking down on Marxist study groups at universities, whose working-class advocacy conflicts with the policies of the nominally socialist government.

For all the talk of what their centralised goverment can achieve (and has achieved) – admired by the likes of Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau and Paul Krugman, among many other of the West’s ruling class – I see no evidence that the CCP has real answers to any of those problems. Worse still, their economic success has seen a rise in the old chauvinism that it’s all down to their superior culture, ignoring the fact that as recently as the 17th century, Europe ranked below China in almost any measure of power, but that it was the Western culture of allowing a diversity of ideas across a range of culture, from art to business to politics, that enables Europe to rise in power far beyond China.

That has not changed, despite some pretty awful excesses that have developed recently in the West – excesses which mirror aspects of China under the CCP, primarily conformism and control. But those have their limits, as Nazi Germany, Imperialist Japan, the USSR, Mao’s China and a host of smaller nations have found.

We need to uncouple ourselves from China, although economically that may not be possible because we’re too far gone ourselves. But perhaps just focus on nothing but economic trade with them and dump everything else about the “relationship”. Twenty years ago the Free Trade people argued that we would be exporting our values to Communist China (I was one of them), but it’s become obvious that we’re not and instead are importing their values into our society.

Perhaps I’m too pessimistic about the Chinese situation? In a small way the fact that the CCP is using a phrase that acknowledges the human soul’s desire for freedom is perhaps a tell. I don’t recall any Chinese communist campaign of the past that even used the word “freedom”, let alone the idea of it being tied to an individual human soul.

In other words I’d have expected the drones to be shouting communist boilerplate propaganda in commanding tones – “No person and no force can stop the march of the Chinese people toward better lives!“, or some such shite – rather than making what almost feels like a spiritual appeal to the people.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 14, 2022 at 8:50 am