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From CNN:

Mass Shootings in the US Fast Facts
By Daniel Wolfe and John Murphy-Teixidor, CNN

Last updated: Sept. 16, 2021

Here are the ten most recent mass shootings:

Man, those Trump-voting rural rednecks in Baltimore, Cleveland, Milwaukee etc. are out of control with their AR-15s!

Also from CNN:

Mass shootings in the US increased during the coronavirus pandemic, study finds
By Lauren Mascarenhas, CNN

Updated 3:18 PM ET, Thu September 16, 2021

(CNN)Mass shootings in the United States increased during the coronavirus pandemic, and even doubled in July 2020 compared to a year earlier, according to research published in the journal JAMA Open Network Thursday.

The team observed an increase in mass shootings after May 2020, compared to trends in previous years. There were 88 such shootings in July 2020, 42 in July 2019 and 45 in July 2018, the team noted.

City police departments are also reporting an increase in gun violence during the pandemic. In Chicago, shooting incidents are up 64% so far this year compared with the same period two years ago.
Last year, there were 611 mass shootings around the country, compared with 417 a year earlier, according to Gun Violence Archives. This year there have been 498 mass shootings, 34 just in September so far.

From the Journal of the American Medical Association:

Mass Shootings in the US During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Research Letter / Health Policy
September 16, 2021

Pablo A. Peña, PhD1; Anupam Jena, MD, PhD2,3,4

1Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
2Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
3Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
4National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Introduction
Mass shootings are rare events with causes that are not well understood, particularly, the extent to which they are responses to social and economic circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic imposed sudden and additional psychological and financial strains across society through fear of death, social isolation, economic hardship, and general uncertainty. …

This cross-sectional study analyzed changes in mass shootings during the COVID-19 pandemic by examining publicly available information about mass shootings in the US between January 1, 2014, and June 30, 2021, from the Gun Violence Archive, a repository of gun violence incidents collected from over 7500 law enforcement, media, government, and commercial sources. In the data, mass shootings are defined as shootings in which 4 or more people were killed or injured, not counting the perpetrator.

… We plotted 28-day moving means of the count of mass shootings in each year between 2014 and 2020, with partial data from January to June 2021.

In other words, if mass shootings exploded around, say, to pick a date at random, May 25, 2020, then the black line on the graph above would rise from May 11, 2020.

An increase in mass shootings was observed from May 2020 onward compared with the trends in the years prior (Figure). For example, 88 shootings occurred in July 2020, 42 shootings occurred in July 2019, and 45 shootings occurred in July 2018.

In an event study analysis, we estimated that following April 16, 2020

For unexplained reasons, they decided the pandemic started on April 16, 2020 rather than about four weeks earlier.

, there were a mean of 0.78 (95% CI, 0.52-1.04) additional daily mass shootings, 0.49 (95% CI, 0.07-0.92) additional people killed daily, and 3.40 (95% CI, 2.07-4.72) additional people injured daily in mass shootings. …

Overall, the estimates suggest that over the 15 months analyzed there were 343 mass shootings above expected, involving an additional 217 people killed and 1498 people injured. Findings were robust to analyses that modeled alternative start dates (Table)

They modeled four start dates: March 16, 2020, April 1, 2020, April 16, 2020, and May 1, 2020, with the the number of incremental mass shootings going up with each additional half a month.

Why did they stop at May 1, 2020 rather than, say, the day the Racial Reckoning began, May 25, 2020? And why not use actual mass shootings rather than a four week moving average?

Don’t mention the Racial Reckoning!

 
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  1. It was due to frenzied mourning over the death of Ken “Eddie Haskell” Osmond. Just before one shooting in Milwaukee, the gunman was heard shouting, “Why couldn’t it have been Tony Dow?! WHY!!!?”

    • LOL: kaganovitch
  2. Four people were found shot dead in an SUV in a cornfield the other day. They had been at Shamrock’s in St Paul a few hours earlier, where one of them had just finished her shift. The cornfield was a good two hours away, across the state line.

    Four constitutes a “mass shooting”, doesn’t it? But nobody (but the perpetrators) knows which state the victims were killed in. If two were in one state, and the other two in the other, is that still a mass shooting? What if, as in Alexander Hamilton’s case, they were shot in one state but died in the other? Does the Mann Act apply?

    Sheriff Announces One Arrest, Says At Least One Suspect Remains at Large in Cornfield Quadruple Homicide

    Though one worked at Shamrock’s, they evidently socialized at the brand-new White Squirrel across the street. Perhaps one thought the name racist.

    There was a big white squirrel around when we lived in that neighborhood. He disappeared one year, only to be replaced by another, smaller one. (Whose momma was on welfare?) There is a bar in Finland called the Four Squirrels, after its village crest. Which looks suspiciousy like England’s three lions football badge.

    [MORE]


    • Replies: @Catilina
    @Reg Cæsar

    Hauho

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @International Jew
    @Reg Cæsar

    The really hard issue in these right-on-the-border incidents is always, where to bury the survivors.

    , @mc23
    @Reg Cæsar

    Another case where a picture is worth a single word.

    , @Jack Armstrong
    @Reg Cæsar

    Four African Americans found dead in an abandoned SUV in a WISCONSIN cornfield? WISCONSIN?

    Occam’s razor— the still-at-large frat boys who attempted to kill Althea Bernstein have upped their game.

  3. OT: LOL

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Even more OT:



    Someone has finally posted a June 1994 episode of Jeopardy! on YouTube. But it's not what we were hoping for.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP7ZYnFkN_4

    In post-Soviet Russia, question answers you!

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Jack D, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    , @Mike Tre
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Common wisdom can be found in unlikely places!

  4. WMAQ-TV (Channel 5 Chicago) just had a whining BATF story about how they had to search through manual paper records for gun tracing instead of a computer data base doing it instantly aka Government Gun Registration.

    I wonder what gun control organization put WMAQ-TV on this “story.”

    Guess they don’t remember that under the Clinton Regime they were apparently using federal money to create a db of guns…

    • Replies: @That Would Be Telling
    @Joe Stalin


    Guess they don’t remember that under the Clinton Regime they were apparently using federal money to create a db of guns…
     
    If so, it's an explicitly illegal one, and they can't be seen using it. Also not sure which you're referring to, here one based on the NICS instant check system doesn't record which guns a person buys. If based on digitized records of out of business gun stores, for a really quick search handwriting has to be converted to digital data, which was still very hard back in the 1990s. And the moment you hit a store that's still in business you have to query them.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin

  5. They politicize the academy, and politicize science, then wonder why so many people have difficulty trusting scientists, the government, the safety and efficacy of vaccines, etc., etc., etc.

    • Agree: HammerJack
  6. @Reg Cæsar
    Four people were found shot dead in an SUV in a cornfield the other day. They had been at Shamrock's in St Paul a few hours earlier, where one of them had just finished her shift. The cornfield was a good two hours away, across the state line.

    Four constitutes a "mass shooting", doesn't it? But nobody (but the perpetrators) knows which state the victims were killed in. If two were in one state, and the other two in the other, is that still a mass shooting? What if, as in Alexander Hamilton's case, they were shot in one state but died in the other? Does the Mann Act apply?

    Sheriff Announces One Arrest, Says At Least One Suspect Remains at Large in Cornfield Quadruple Homicide

    Though one worked at Shamrock's, they evidently socialized at the brand-new White Squirrel across the street. Perhaps one thought the name racist.

    There was a big white squirrel around when we lived in that neighborhood. He disappeared one year, only to be replaced by another, smaller one. (Whose momma was on welfare?) There is a bar in Finland called the Four Squirrels, after its village crest. Which looks suspiciousy like England's three lions football badge.

    https://www.twincities.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Cst-45380-White-Squirrel-Bar.jpg?w=1860


    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a1/Hauho.vaakuna.svg/300px-Hauho.vaakuna.svg.png

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/NINTCHDBPICT000415738709.jpg?w=1500

    Replies: @Catilina, @International Jew, @mc23, @Jack Armstrong

    Hauho

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Catilina

    Olet oikeassa.



    https://youtu.be/y9TSInGzzgY
    https://youtu.be/GfJGWy33X6U

  7. Is there any evidence that the Opioid/drug epidemic has pushed up the White homicide rate?

  8. Dear Steve,

    Thank you for publicising this scientific paper proving Covid is the sole cause for the rise in gun violence and murders!

    (It ties in with previous researchers proving Trump’s racist references to the ‘China virus’ was the sole cause in the rise in hate crimes on Asians.)

    We shall soon be publishing another research paper proving Covid also affects the balance of the four Humors in the human body: in particular Earth and Fire.

    So, in the interests of preventing getting Covid, at your next checkup, please ask your doctor to bleed you.

    Yours,

    JAMA Editorial Staff

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  9. @Catilina
    @Reg Cæsar

    Hauho

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Olet oikeassa.

    [MORE]

  10. Sometimes I hope the psychotic fantasies about the vaxx being literally Delayed Zyklon B That Transforms You Into A Lampshade While You Are Watching NFL And It’s Just That The Military and Jews And The Chinese Are Taking It Too are true because those people all deserve it.

  11. @Jenner Ickham Errican
    OT: LOL
    https://twitter.com/CityBureaucrat/status/1438638240806932491

    Replies: @Stan Adams, @Mike Tre

    Even more OT:

    [MORE]

    Someone has finally posted a June 1994 episode of Jeopardy! on YouTube. But it’s not what we were hoping for.

    In post-Soviet Russia, question answers you!

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Stan Adams

    Jeopardy in Russian is great.

    Replies: @International Jew, @Stan Adams, @Corvinus

    , @Jack D
    @Stan Adams

    Was this like college Jeopardy or did all the contestants have to wear cap and gown?

    Wasn't 20 rubles like 2 cents in 1994? Actually I looked it up and it was 1259 rubles/$ at the start of 1994 and 3926 by the end of the year so even less.

    Replies: @Stan Adams

    , @Jenner Ickham Errican
    @Stan Adams

    I like the ‘studious seal’ mascot. In Russia do seals symbolize wise, like owls elsewhere? It looks like current contestants are supposed to be wizard apprentices or something:

    https://www.google.com/images?q=Своя+игра

    Replies: @Jack D, @Jack D

  12. @Stan Adams
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Even more OT:



    Someone has finally posted a June 1994 episode of Jeopardy! on YouTube. But it's not what we were hoping for.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP7ZYnFkN_4

    In post-Soviet Russia, question answers you!

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Jack D, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Jeopardy in Russian is great.

    • Replies: @International Jew
    @Steve Sailer

    Bzzzt, they're not beginning their answers with "who is" or "what is".

    , @Stan Adams
    @Steve Sailer

    Yes, and it’s a paragon of Slavic efficiency. Why go to the trouble of taping the show in front of a live audience when you can just insert canned applause at random intervals?

    , @Corvinus
    @Steve Sailer

    Your Racial Reckoning theory has holes in it.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/10/16/this-summers-black-lives-matter-protesters-were-overwhelming-peaceful-our-research-finds/

    Now, these conclusions doesn’t fit your narrative, of course. But you can put your alleged pattern recognition skills to the test to bolster your case. This is in your wheelhouse.

    https://elephrame.com/textbook/BLM

    Mine the data. Clearly define terms
    and criteria. Establish how many BLM protests were violent and murderous, along with how and why each protest led to subsequent murders, with careful consideration.

    And here is something else for you to ponder.

    https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/article/43/2/225/5992372

    Replies: @Jack Armstrong, @Jack D

  13. The capitalization of “Mass” in the headline led me to think that this would be an article about gun violence in Massachusetts. But then I realized my mistake: it’s about the disruption of worship services by Episcopalian gun-nuts.

  14. They changed 5he definition used for mass shooting. It used to be a shooting with four deaths not including the shooter and family/domestic violence did not count.

  15. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” – Illegals pouring across our borders, black on black violence at an all time high, economy is sucking like an old 70’s porn queen and we can’t even leave a war torn country that we stayed too long in right. How the f**k does a liberal see this and feel good about their choice. they are f**king up our country and with the help of our liberal media are literally covering up(not reporting) all these mistakes. At the end of the day the blame falls at the feet of we the people for being blinded by “good livin’ ” and allowing socialism to creep into our education system and hi-jack it. For whom the bell tolls…….it tolls for thee.

    • LOL: Corvinus
    • Replies: @That Would Be Telling
    @Darth Plastic


    How the f**k does a liberal see this and feel good about their choice. they are f**king up our country
     
    You might find it enlightening to read up on the history of the modern Left starting with the French Revolution. They feel good about themselves because "there are no yesterdays, only tomorrows," and the problems in the here and now are always the fault of "wreckers," kulacks, "counter-revolutionaries" etc.

    You can see this in action today at the outpourings of genocidal hatred towards those who don't follow the current Party Line, like the Governor of Florida (which has resulted in the state getting shorted supplies of monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID) and Joe Rogan because he took ivermectin for his COVID, all the way to their incessant open or disguised calls for genocide for their enemies.

    As long as they manage to not fall afoul of the current and ever changing party line they can feel they're good about themselves. (Well, maybe, not so sure about this new system of sin without redemption and men and whites.)

    Replies: @Eric Novak

    , @Eric Novak
    @Darth Plastic

    These liberals you reference are foreign visa holders and their descendants who just want the redistributed wealth and have no idea from whence it came and who created it. I recommend checking voter breakdowns by demographic.

  16. For unexplained reasons, they decided the pandemic started on April 16, 2020 rather than about four weeks earlier.

    Right. On March 15 of last year I was trying not to breathe and wiping down my steering wheel etc. with isopropyl alcohol or bleach or whatever at the parking garage in preparation for my family’s flight from NYC to rural Connecticut as the world seemed to be imploding. The pandemic was very much upon us at that point.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @slumber_j

    In late January of 2020, we flew back from Las Vegas and there were a couple of white people on the plane wearing surgical masks. "Isn't that strange", my wife said to me, but I thought nothing of it.

    Generally speaking, there are always a few people who either put 2 and 2 together or have inside information and gain awareness of some coming event before the rest of the crowd.

    Replies: @Mr. Rational, @AndrewR

    , @Forbes
    @slumber_j

    Monday March 2, 2020 was the last day I went to my gym in NYC. It shut down within the week.

    Most of February, at the gym, was filled with talk about the coronavirus. Fist-bump greetings were discontinued, while some (women) started wearing masks and rubber gloves.

    April 16 is about a month overdue.

  17. @Jenner Ickham Errican
    OT: LOL
    https://twitter.com/CityBureaucrat/status/1438638240806932491

    Replies: @Stan Adams, @Mike Tre

    Common wisdom can be found in unlikely places!

  18. The JAMA claims the JAMA is populated by racists, and they are “distressed” by statements to the contrary, so perhaps we shouldn’t take their articles too seriously.

  19. Along these lines, why did auto deaths go up while driving miles went down? This article suggests what should be obvious: a lack of police enforcement of traffic rules. If there are no cops around givin’ Homie tickets, Homie figures that out right quick and drives like a maniac.

    By the way, it’s amazing in NYC how many black criminals speed away in high-end German cars.

    https://www.manhattan-institute.org/hall-why-police-need-enforce-traffic-laws

    • Replies: @epebble
    @peterike

    why did auto deaths go up while driving miles went down?

    During 2020, it was very difficult to avoid speeding, especially on freeways, when you don't see any other vehicle for miles. That plus no policeman around, unless it is an accident scene.

    , @Forbes
    @peterike

    Based on my observations, NYPD has given up on traffic violation enforcement. But the city does use red light and speed cameras to collect violation fines.

    Sounds like what AG Letitia James wants is an increased state police to patrol for traffic violations--as a way to shift the city burden for NYPD to the state.

  20. @Steve Sailer
    @Stan Adams

    Jeopardy in Russian is great.

    Replies: @International Jew, @Stan Adams, @Corvinus

    Bzzzt, they’re not beginning their answers with “who is” or “what is”.

  21. @Reg Cæsar
    Four people were found shot dead in an SUV in a cornfield the other day. They had been at Shamrock's in St Paul a few hours earlier, where one of them had just finished her shift. The cornfield was a good two hours away, across the state line.

    Four constitutes a "mass shooting", doesn't it? But nobody (but the perpetrators) knows which state the victims were killed in. If two were in one state, and the other two in the other, is that still a mass shooting? What if, as in Alexander Hamilton's case, they were shot in one state but died in the other? Does the Mann Act apply?

    Sheriff Announces One Arrest, Says At Least One Suspect Remains at Large in Cornfield Quadruple Homicide

    Though one worked at Shamrock's, they evidently socialized at the brand-new White Squirrel across the street. Perhaps one thought the name racist.

    There was a big white squirrel around when we lived in that neighborhood. He disappeared one year, only to be replaced by another, smaller one. (Whose momma was on welfare?) There is a bar in Finland called the Four Squirrels, after its village crest. Which looks suspiciousy like England's three lions football badge.

    https://www.twincities.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Cst-45380-White-Squirrel-Bar.jpg?w=1860


    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a1/Hauho.vaakuna.svg/300px-Hauho.vaakuna.svg.png

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/NINTCHDBPICT000415738709.jpg?w=1500

    Replies: @Catilina, @International Jew, @mc23, @Jack Armstrong

    The really hard issue in these right-on-the-border incidents is always, where to bury the survivors.

  22. @Steve Sailer
    @Stan Adams

    Jeopardy in Russian is great.

    Replies: @International Jew, @Stan Adams, @Corvinus

    Yes, and it’s a paragon of Slavic efficiency. Why go to the trouble of taping the show in front of a live audience when you can just insert canned applause at random intervals?

  23. • Replies: @mc23
    @Mr. Anon

    Interesting post on Israel and Sweden here. Sweden's covid numbers are much better at this point but Sweden just caught up to Israel in the percentage of vaccinated population. Let's see how the covid numbers in Sweden do.

    http://garveys-ghost.blogspot.com/2021/09/sweden-vs-israel-is-it-jabs.html

    , @Mike Tre
    @Mr. Anon

    https://youtu.be/d_aBd8cQ-Ek

    , @res
    @Mr. Anon

    Let's try trimming the attributes at the end.

    https://assets.zerohedge.com/s3fs-public/styles/inline_image_mobile/public/inline-images/https___bucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com_public_images_2e86d8de-93b1-4fc0-a2c0-84e11313014a_5293x2983.png

    Odd that your first image worked. It can be helpful to remove everything after the gif/png/jpg etc. to get the images to embed properly.

  24. As always, the problem is that the topic of actual causes is taboo.

    Can’t discuss the problem, can’t come up with an actual fix.

  25. First of all, the mass shooting numbers are completely fake. Made up. Grossly inflated by orders of magnitude.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/811487/number-of-mass-shootings-in-the-us/

    Secondly, at what point should I lose my rights?

    If Chicago has a hundred mass shootings in a year, do I lose my rights? What if they have 2,000?

    The root of the JAMA article is the tyranny of arbitrariness. Then CNNLOL beats the drum of tyranny, because THEY LIKE IT!

  26. @Stan Adams
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Even more OT:



    Someone has finally posted a June 1994 episode of Jeopardy! on YouTube. But it's not what we were hoping for.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP7ZYnFkN_4

    In post-Soviet Russia, question answers you!

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Jack D, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Was this like college Jeopardy or did all the contestants have to wear cap and gown?

    Wasn’t 20 rubles like 2 cents in 1994? Actually I looked it up and it was 1259 rubles/\$ at the start of 1994 and 3926 by the end of the year so even less.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
    @Jack D


    Was this like college Jeopardy or did all the contestants have to wear cap and gown?

     

    The latter, apparently. There are multiple episodes on this channel:



    https://www.youtube.com/user/Monblan1945/videos

    Wheel of Fortune in Russian:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oU2PR5FvW8
  27. A really good illustration of how easy it is to manipulate the results of a study while giving the appearance of being unbiased and scientific. Even the ability to choose measurement periods gives you the ability to get the results that you want without having to actually lie.

  28. @Jack D
    @Stan Adams

    Was this like college Jeopardy or did all the contestants have to wear cap and gown?

    Wasn't 20 rubles like 2 cents in 1994? Actually I looked it up and it was 1259 rubles/$ at the start of 1994 and 3926 by the end of the year so even less.

    Replies: @Stan Adams

    Was this like college Jeopardy or did all the contestants have to wear cap and gown?

    The latter, apparently. There are multiple episodes on this channel:

    [MORE]
  29. They modeled four start dates: March 16, 2020, April 1, 2020, April 16, 2020, and May 1, 2020, with the the number of incremental mass shootings going up with each additional half a month.

    In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of shooting up house parties, robbing shoe stores, and gettin’ wit’ twerkin’ shawties.

  30. Sort of OT. In NYC some out-of-control angry antivaxxers from Texas brutally beat a restaurant hostess who asked them for proof of vaccination. The kicker – these antivaxxers from Texas are overweight black women, the hostess is white. That fact will probably get buried when this story makes the round on liberal twitters. I suspect this story has more to do with black anger at a white women claiming authority over them than people standing up for freedom from vaccine restrictions.

    https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/carmines-hostess-attacked-after-asking-group-from-texas-for-vaccination-proof-to-dine-inside/3277565/

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Peter Akuleyev

    In our increasingly non-white world, it's hard to portray this as a purely black and white issue. In a lot of these dramas, everyone involved is non-white. In this little video, the TV presenter is some sort of light skinned black and then they interview another overweight black woman who is the voice of reason- she says that customers need to respect the policies of the restaurant. A black waiter is seen carrying/dragging one of the black customers away. I'd bet some of the cops who responded and arrested the black women were non-white too. Blacks are not hesitant to beat each other up and I'm not sure it would have gone down any differently if the hostess had been black too.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Sick 'n Tired

    , @gandydancer
    @Peter Akuleyev

    The big solution being demanded in your video is higher fines ("$500...$1000...") for... well, it's not clear. For being turned away at the door if you don't have your Jab Passport?
    Assaulting someone is presumably is a criminal charge, so that can't be it.

    Replies: @Jack D

  31. @Peter Akuleyev
    Sort of OT. In NYC some out-of-control angry antivaxxers from Texas brutally beat a restaurant hostess who asked them for proof of vaccination. The kicker - these antivaxxers from Texas are overweight black women, the hostess is white. That fact will probably get buried when this story makes the round on liberal twitters. I suspect this story has more to do with black anger at a white women claiming authority over them than people standing up for freedom from vaccine restrictions.

    https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/carmines-hostess-attacked-after-asking-group-from-texas-for-vaccination-proof-to-dine-inside/3277565/

    Replies: @Jack D, @gandydancer

    In our increasingly non-white world, it’s hard to portray this as a purely black and white issue. In a lot of these dramas, everyone involved is non-white. In this little video, the TV presenter is some sort of light skinned black and then they interview another overweight black woman who is the voice of reason- she says that customers need to respect the policies of the restaurant. A black waiter is seen carrying/dragging one of the black customers away. I’d bet some of the cops who responded and arrested the black women were non-white too. Blacks are not hesitant to beat each other up and I’m not sure it would have gone down any differently if the hostess had been black too.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Jack D

    Yes but, per the rule that leftist agitation programming constantly contradict itself, bossy white women have been uniquely demonized as "Karens." Sure they might have fought anyway, they might have fought each other, but they happened to fight who they had been programmed to see as an acceptable target.

    , @Sick 'n Tired
    @Jack D

    If the hostess was black, she would have swung first.

  32. @Joe Stalin
    WMAQ-TV (Channel 5 Chicago) just had a whining BATF story about how they had to search through manual paper records for gun tracing instead of a computer data base doing it instantly aka Government Gun Registration.

    I wonder what gun control organization put WMAQ-TV on this "story."

    Guess they don't remember that under the Clinton Regime they were apparently using federal money to create a db of guns...

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling

    Guess they don’t remember that under the Clinton Regime they were apparently using federal money to create a db of guns…

    If so, it’s an explicitly illegal one, and they can’t be seen using it. Also not sure which you’re referring to, here one based on the NICS instant check system doesn’t record which guns a person buys. If based on digitized records of out of business gun stores, for a really quick search handwriting has to be converted to digital data, which was still very hard back in the 1990s. And the moment you hit a store that’s still in business you have to query them.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    @That Would Be Telling


    If so, it’s an explicitly illegal one, and they can’t be seen using it. Also not sure which you’re referring to, here one based on the NICS instant check system doesn’t record which guns a person buys. If based on digitized records of out of business gun stores, for a really quick search handwriting has to be converted to digital data, which was still very hard back in the 1990s. And the moment you hit a store that’s still in business you have to query them.
     
    I recall the reveal was on an ABC program (20/20?) and that it created a big stink in 2A community at the time, as Congress specifically specified money the legislature authorized was NOT to be used for computerization of records. At the time it was openly speculated the Clinton regime had used WH money to finance this. As I recall, the information was from the 4473 Forms, so it was from defunct gun stores or something the ATF grabbed via inspection of records.

    It is ILLEGAL for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ["BATFE"] to build a national registry of firearms by serial number.The 1986 Firearms Owners' Protection Act specifically forbids registration of firearms records at 18 U.S.C. 926(a):

    "No such rule or regulation prescribed after the date of the enactment of the Firearms Owners' Protection Act may require that records required to be maintained under this chapter or any portion of the contents of such records, be recorded at or transferred to a facility owned, managed, or controlled by the United States or any State or any political subdivision thereof, nor that any system of registration of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions or dispositions be established."

    BATFE had largely ignored the law and goNe ahead over the last twenty years and built a system….WHICH IS A MISERABLE FAILURE. A key piece of the White House's gun control plan -- the process by which the feds use serial numbers and descriptions to trace the original source of a gun sale -- is at risk of failure. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is using 1960s era technology to manage a 21st century problem. And nothing is being done to fix it.

    https://patch.com/illinois/evanston/atf-and-firearm-registration--illegal-under-18-usc-926a
     
  33. @Jack D
    @Peter Akuleyev

    In our increasingly non-white world, it's hard to portray this as a purely black and white issue. In a lot of these dramas, everyone involved is non-white. In this little video, the TV presenter is some sort of light skinned black and then they interview another overweight black woman who is the voice of reason- she says that customers need to respect the policies of the restaurant. A black waiter is seen carrying/dragging one of the black customers away. I'd bet some of the cops who responded and arrested the black women were non-white too. Blacks are not hesitant to beat each other up and I'm not sure it would have gone down any differently if the hostess had been black too.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Sick 'n Tired

    Yes but, per the rule that leftist agitation programming constantly contradict itself, bossy white women have been uniquely demonized as “Karens.” Sure they might have fought anyway, they might have fought each other, but they happened to fight who they had been programmed to see as an acceptable target.

  34. @slumber_j

    For unexplained reasons, they decided the pandemic started on April 16, 2020 rather than about four weeks earlier.
     
    Right. On March 15 of last year I was trying not to breathe and wiping down my steering wheel etc. with isopropyl alcohol or bleach or whatever at the parking garage in preparation for my family's flight from NYC to rural Connecticut as the world seemed to be imploding. The pandemic was very much upon us at that point.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Forbes

    In late January of 2020, we flew back from Las Vegas and there were a couple of white people on the plane wearing surgical masks. “Isn’t that strange”, my wife said to me, but I thought nothing of it.

    Generally speaking, there are always a few people who either put 2 and 2 together or have inside information and gain awareness of some coming event before the rest of the crowd.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
    @Jack D


    In late January of 2020, we flew back from Las Vegas and there were a couple of white people on the plane wearing surgical masks.
     
    There's a non-nefarious explanation.  I believe that's been standard for immunocompromised people for quite some time.
    , @AndrewR
    @Jack D

    Wuhan was completely locked down on January 23rd in what was unquestionably one of the most dramatic incidents in modern history. The international media didn't exactly cover this story up. It didn't take a genius to think that prudence might suggest wearing masks while travelling internationally

    Replies: @Jack D

  35. @Jack D
    @Peter Akuleyev

    In our increasingly non-white world, it's hard to portray this as a purely black and white issue. In a lot of these dramas, everyone involved is non-white. In this little video, the TV presenter is some sort of light skinned black and then they interview another overweight black woman who is the voice of reason- she says that customers need to respect the policies of the restaurant. A black waiter is seen carrying/dragging one of the black customers away. I'd bet some of the cops who responded and arrested the black women were non-white too. Blacks are not hesitant to beat each other up and I'm not sure it would have gone down any differently if the hostess had been black too.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Sick 'n Tired

    If the hostess was black, she would have swung first.

  36. For unexplained reasons, they decided the pandemic started on April 16, 2020 rather than about four weeks earlier.

    I don’t have to tell iSteve to be suspicious of suspicious start and endpoints in a study, but here we have a genuine problem for the US. Once the HHS declared COVID was a crisis, by law all tests done on humans had to have Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs, or of course better, but I’m not sure anyone is bothering, especially since tests might need adjustment as variants arise; they look for 2-3 bits of viral RNA).

    The CDC like others around the world started working on their test after the January 10th initial release of SARS-CoV-2 genomes (not something the PRC/CCP did willingly, BTW), and the FDA gave them an EUA in due course, early February as I recall (and this is the test that the CDC is not getting EUA renewal for after the end of this year in favor of tests that also check for the flu, including one of their’s).

    But this part of the FDA imposed a bunch of insane roadblocks on others like demanding they distinguish between SARS-C0V-2, SARS-CoV which died out, and MERS-CoV, that’s for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) which has a camel reservoir, but like SARS we’ve managed to keep our case count down to two, compare to 1029 for Saudi Arabia and 184 in South Korea due to an unfortunate hospital outbreak from a single index patient who traveled from there. Thus requiring a lot of extra, needless work in BSL-3 labs which were very busy of course, and the end result along with the CDC making a fragile test and completely screwing up in house manufacturing for state etc. labs meant only 4,000 people were tested through the end of February 2020.

    And under extremely strict guidelines that couldn’t detect community transmission, so everyone was flying blind through at least some point in March by which time it was too late to contain. So it’s hard to pick a starting point that’s comparable to an end point when tests were sufficiently plentiful so your data from beginning to end is comparable. Given all the problems with shifting gears to get an EUA under new rules once that part of the FDA was slapped down and being able to supply enough reagents was a big thing in that period, so a mid-April starting point is not axiomatically wrong. Might ask utu if he has a good take on this issue, this sort of thing in his areas of expertise.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @That Would Be Telling

    If we ever have a 9/11 type commission for Covid to assess what went wrong, they will find the bureaucratic bottlenecks like this that prevented an effective response and fix them before the next pandemic. A fella can dream, can't he?

    Although I'm not sure that, given the nature of American society, Covid Zero was ever really in the cards. Even in places that have much more effective public health establishments and are more naturally isolated from uncontrolled border crossings (Australia, NZ) Covid Zero has proved to be an elusive goal. You have to be right every time and Covid has to be right only once. You need a totalitarian society like China to make Covid Zero work. Until you have a fully vaccinated population so that the elusive herd immunity is obtained, every spark is going to start its own forest fire from now until eternity.

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling, @AnotherDad

  37. @That Would Be Telling

    For unexplained reasons, they decided the pandemic started on April 16, 2020 rather than about four weeks earlier.
     
    I don't have to tell iSteve to be suspicious of suspicious start and endpoints in a study, but here we have a genuine problem for the US. Once the HHS declared COVID was a crisis, by law all tests done on humans had to have Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs, or of course better, but I'm not sure anyone is bothering, especially since tests might need adjustment as variants arise; they look for 2-3 bits of viral RNA).

    The CDC like others around the world started working on their test after the January 10th initial release of SARS-CoV-2 genomes (not something the PRC/CCP did willingly, BTW), and the FDA gave them an EUA in due course, early February as I recall (and this is the test that the CDC is not getting EUA renewal for after the end of this year in favor of tests that also check for the flu, including one of their's).

    But this part of the FDA imposed a bunch of insane roadblocks on others like demanding they distinguish between SARS-C0V-2, SARS-CoV which died out, and MERS-CoV, that's for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) which has a camel reservoir, but like SARS we've managed to keep our case count down to two, compare to 1029 for Saudi Arabia and 184 in South Korea due to an unfortunate hospital outbreak from a single index patient who traveled from there. Thus requiring a lot of extra, needless work in BSL-3 labs which were very busy of course, and the end result along with the CDC making a fragile test and completely screwing up in house manufacturing for state etc. labs meant only 4,000 people were tested through the end of February 2020.

    And under extremely strict guidelines that couldn't detect community transmission, so everyone was flying blind through at least some point in March by which time it was too late to contain. So it's hard to pick a starting point that's comparable to an end point when tests were sufficiently plentiful so your data from beginning to end is comparable. Given all the problems with shifting gears to get an EUA under new rules once that part of the FDA was slapped down and being able to supply enough reagents was a big thing in that period, so a mid-April starting point is not axiomatically wrong. Might ask utu if he has a good take on this issue, this sort of thing in his areas of expertise.

    Replies: @Jack D

    If we ever have a 9/11 type commission for Covid to assess what went wrong, they will find the bureaucratic bottlenecks like this that prevented an effective response and fix them before the next pandemic. A fella can dream, can’t he?

    Although I’m not sure that, given the nature of American society, Covid Zero was ever really in the cards. Even in places that have much more effective public health establishments and are more naturally isolated from uncontrolled border crossings (Australia, NZ) Covid Zero has proved to be an elusive goal. You have to be right every time and Covid has to be right only once. You need a totalitarian society like China to make Covid Zero work. Until you have a fully vaccinated population so that the elusive herd immunity is obtained, every spark is going to start its own forest fire from now until eternity.

    • Replies: @That Would Be Telling
    @Jack D

    One thing to factor in for COVID Zero policies is that what worked with classic can fail when the dominant variant becomes more transmissible, first Alpha and now Delta. So looking just now New Zealand did not turn a corner eight days ago (but spread out before it the Monday the 13th peak). Although it's not obvious they're failing and their total pandemic statistics are still very good, out of 5.1 million people only 4,014 are known to be infected, 27 total dead, one of those was added on the 4th. This also have given them time to do what looks like a pretty good job of prioritized vaxxing, which while Delta is dominant will help them keep hospitalizations and deaths down.

    But as you say, never in the cards for the US. And I wonder if or when herd immunity is in the cards for the US. Depends for example on how many more and what type moves the virus has in our chess+Battleship+Calvinball "game" with it. Delta following Alpha does not currently have me encouraged when pitted against still intense "vaccine hesitancy" in for example my part of Red state flyover country and that however more effective natural immunity is against classic Wuhan and Alpha, Delta can break through it.

    Although it is interesting to see "Biden" extort Floridians with a "vote for us next time or we'll find even more ways to literally kill you." The state's not far from turning Blue, although I'm not sure how badly "his" policies will go down there with Team Red....

    You might want to find another analogy than the 9/11 commission, where for example Jamie Gorelick was on it instead of before it for her role in the disaster.

    , @AnotherDad
    @Jack D



    If we ever have a 9/11 type commission for Covid to assess what went wrong, they will find the bureaucratic bottlenecks like this that prevented an effective response and fix them before the next pandemic. A fella can dream, can’t he?
     
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/haitians-flooding-into-texas-from-mexico/

    While we are getting renewed lockdowns, mask mandates and vaccine passports.
  38. @Stan Adams
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Even more OT:



    Someone has finally posted a June 1994 episode of Jeopardy! on YouTube. But it's not what we were hoping for.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP7ZYnFkN_4

    In post-Soviet Russia, question answers you!

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Jack D, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    I like the ‘studious seal’ mascot. In Russia do seals symbolize wise, like owls elsewhere? It looks like current contestants are supposed to be wizard apprentices or something:

    https://www.google.com/images?q=Своя+игра

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    I don't get it. Why do they make the contestants wear those humiliating robes made of cheap shiny fabric? Is it the Russian love of uniforms?

    Is it that you are not really an "expert" unless you are wearing the right uniform for the job? Russian doctors (not just surgeons in the operating room) still wear a hat that is sort of a cross between a surgical cap and a chef's hat.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/48/G.A._Ilisarow_%281991%29.jpg

    , @Jack D
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    I've never heard of seals being associated with wisdom in Russian culture or anywhere else.

    I also love the theme song, which is sort of Jeopardy theme-like without being close enough to require royalty payments. But apparently the show is in fact produced under licensed from Jeopardy. (Music royalties would be a separate issue).

    The Russian name of the show is Своя игра - "[Your] own game", which sounds very generic. I don't know if this has some secondary or punned meaning , but there's a lot I don't understand about Russia. I assume the idea of "Double Jeopardy" has no cultural resonance in Russia so they made no attempt to directly translate the name.

  39. @Jack D
    @That Would Be Telling

    If we ever have a 9/11 type commission for Covid to assess what went wrong, they will find the bureaucratic bottlenecks like this that prevented an effective response and fix them before the next pandemic. A fella can dream, can't he?

    Although I'm not sure that, given the nature of American society, Covid Zero was ever really in the cards. Even in places that have much more effective public health establishments and are more naturally isolated from uncontrolled border crossings (Australia, NZ) Covid Zero has proved to be an elusive goal. You have to be right every time and Covid has to be right only once. You need a totalitarian society like China to make Covid Zero work. Until you have a fully vaccinated population so that the elusive herd immunity is obtained, every spark is going to start its own forest fire from now until eternity.

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling, @AnotherDad

    One thing to factor in for COVID Zero policies is that what worked with classic can fail when the dominant variant becomes more transmissible, first Alpha and now Delta. So looking just now New Zealand did not turn a corner eight days ago (but spread out before it the Monday the 13th peak). Although it’s not obvious they’re failing and their total pandemic statistics are still very good, out of 5.1 million people only 4,014 are known to be infected, 27 total dead, one of those was added on the 4th. This also have given them time to do what looks like a pretty good job of prioritized vaxxing, which while Delta is dominant will help them keep hospitalizations and deaths down.

    But as you say, never in the cards for the US. And I wonder if or when herd immunity is in the cards for the US. Depends for example on how many more and what type moves the virus has in our chess+Battleship+Calvinball “game” with it. Delta following Alpha does not currently have me encouraged when pitted against still intense “vaccine hesitancy” in for example my part of Red state flyover country and that however more effective natural immunity is against classic Wuhan and Alpha, Delta can break through it.

    Although it is interesting to see “Biden” extort Floridians with a “vote for us next time or we’ll find even more ways to literally kill you.” The state’s not far from turning Blue, although I’m not sure how badly “his” policies will go down there with Team Red….

    You might want to find another analogy than the 9/11 commission, where for example Jamie Gorelick was on it instead of before it for her role in the disaster.

  40. Man, those Trump-voting rural rednecks in Baltimore, Cleveland, Milwaukee etc. are out of control with their AR-15s!

    “This is MAGA country!”

  41. @Peter Akuleyev
    Sort of OT. In NYC some out-of-control angry antivaxxers from Texas brutally beat a restaurant hostess who asked them for proof of vaccination. The kicker - these antivaxxers from Texas are overweight black women, the hostess is white. That fact will probably get buried when this story makes the round on liberal twitters. I suspect this story has more to do with black anger at a white women claiming authority over them than people standing up for freedom from vaccine restrictions.

    https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/carmines-hostess-attacked-after-asking-group-from-texas-for-vaccination-proof-to-dine-inside/3277565/

    Replies: @Jack D, @gandydancer

    The big solution being demanded in your video is higher fines (“\$500…\$1000…”) for… well, it’s not clear. For being turned away at the door if you don’t have your Jab Passport?
    Assaulting someone is presumably is a criminal charge, so that can’t be it.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @gandydancer

    Don't be silly. You fine the BUSINESS owner for not enforcing the mandate. Fining peoples of color for breaking the law is just more systemic oppression.

    Replies: @gandydancer

  42. @Jenner Ickham Errican
    @Stan Adams

    I like the ‘studious seal’ mascot. In Russia do seals symbolize wise, like owls elsewhere? It looks like current contestants are supposed to be wizard apprentices or something:

    https://www.google.com/images?q=Своя+игра

    Replies: @Jack D, @Jack D

    I don’t get it. Why do they make the contestants wear those humiliating robes made of cheap shiny fabric? Is it the Russian love of uniforms?

    Is it that you are not really an “expert” unless you are wearing the right uniform for the job? Russian doctors (not just surgeons in the operating room) still wear a hat that is sort of a cross between a surgical cap and a chef’s hat.

  43. @Jenner Ickham Errican
    @Stan Adams

    I like the ‘studious seal’ mascot. In Russia do seals symbolize wise, like owls elsewhere? It looks like current contestants are supposed to be wizard apprentices or something:

    https://www.google.com/images?q=Своя+игра

    Replies: @Jack D, @Jack D

    I’ve never heard of seals being associated with wisdom in Russian culture or anywhere else.

    I also love the theme song, which is sort of Jeopardy theme-like without being close enough to require royalty payments. But apparently the show is in fact produced under licensed from Jeopardy. (Music royalties would be a separate issue).

    The Russian name of the show is Своя игра – “[Your] own game”, which sounds very generic. I don’t know if this has some secondary or punned meaning , but there’s a lot I don’t understand about Russia. I assume the idea of “Double Jeopardy” has no cultural resonance in Russia so they made no attempt to directly translate the name.

  44. Hmmm…cherrypicked data, “moving averages” and other statistical games. I’m convinced!

  45. Is it that you are not really an “expert” unless you are wearing the right uniform for the job? Russian doctors (not just surgeons in the operating room) still wear a hat that is sort of a cross between a surgical cap and a chef’s hat.

    For hat wearing dominance, you can’t beat the North Korean military hats. They took the very large circular tops of the Russian military and Super Sized it.

    Bigger hats mean more shade. You don’t see any N. Korean officers out there sweating do you?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Muggles

    That's a fake photo. N. Korean military hats are big but not THAT big.

    https://image.cnbcfm.com/api/v1/image/102223650-142863284.jpg?v=1532564374&w=740&h=416

    Replies: @AnotherDad

  46. @gandydancer
    @Peter Akuleyev

    The big solution being demanded in your video is higher fines ("$500...$1000...") for... well, it's not clear. For being turned away at the door if you don't have your Jab Passport?
    Assaulting someone is presumably is a criminal charge, so that can't be it.

    Replies: @Jack D

    Don’t be silly. You fine the BUSINESS owner for not enforcing the mandate. Fining peoples of color for breaking the law is just more systemic oppression.

    • Replies: @gandydancer
    @Jack D


    You fine the BUSINESS owner...
     
    Except he was one of the ones calling for higher fines, iirc.
  47. @Jack D
    @slumber_j

    In late January of 2020, we flew back from Las Vegas and there were a couple of white people on the plane wearing surgical masks. "Isn't that strange", my wife said to me, but I thought nothing of it.

    Generally speaking, there are always a few people who either put 2 and 2 together or have inside information and gain awareness of some coming event before the rest of the crowd.

    Replies: @Mr. Rational, @AndrewR

    In late January of 2020, we flew back from Las Vegas and there were a couple of white people on the plane wearing surgical masks.

    There’s a non-nefarious explanation.  I believe that’s been standard for immunocompromised people for quite some time.

  48. @Muggles

    Is it that you are not really an “expert” unless you are wearing the right uniform for the job? Russian doctors (not just surgeons in the operating room) still wear a hat that is sort of a cross between a surgical cap and a chef’s hat.
     
    For hat wearing dominance, you can't beat the North Korean military hats. They took the very large circular tops of the Russian military and Super Sized it.

    Bigger hats mean more shade. You don't see any N. Korean officers out there sweating do you?

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/5a/a5/d2/5aa5d2b3c57ebb97c08582cd85ada770--korean-military-us-military.jpg

    Replies: @Jack D

    That’s a fake photo. N. Korean military hats are big but not THAT big.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    @Jack D

    Still somewhat perplexes me that these generals have not managed to get rid of these worms.

    Does Kim-whatever's security pat all these guys down for piano wire before letting them in the box?

  49. @Darth Plastic
    "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." - Illegals pouring across our borders, black on black violence at an all time high, economy is sucking like an old 70's porn queen and we can't even leave a war torn country that we stayed too long in right. How the f**k does a liberal see this and feel good about their choice. they are f**king up our country and with the help of our liberal media are literally covering up(not reporting) all these mistakes. At the end of the day the blame falls at the feet of we the people for being blinded by "good livin' " and allowing socialism to creep into our education system and hi-jack it. For whom the bell tolls.......it tolls for thee.

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling, @Eric Novak

    How the f**k does a liberal see this and feel good about their choice. they are f**king up our country

    You might find it enlightening to read up on the history of the modern Left starting with the French Revolution. They feel good about themselves because “there are no yesterdays, only tomorrows,” and the problems in the here and now are always the fault of “wreckers,” kulacks, “counter-revolutionaries” etc.

    You can see this in action today at the outpourings of genocidal hatred towards those who don’t follow the current Party Line, like the Governor of Florida (which has resulted in the state getting shorted supplies of monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID) and Joe Rogan because he took ivermectin for his COVID, all the way to their incessant open or disguised calls for genocide for their enemies.

    As long as they manage to not fall afoul of the current and ever changing party line they can feel they’re good about themselves. (Well, maybe, not so sure about this new system of sin without redemption and men and whites.)

    • Replies: @Eric Novak
    @That Would Be Telling

    If you are referring to Third World voters, who now almost certainly comprise the majority of the Dem vote, I agree. The laughable failed uprising of Hispanic voters against Gavin Newsome is America writ large in the next few elections. As California goes, so goes the…

  50. @Jack D
    @gandydancer

    Don't be silly. You fine the BUSINESS owner for not enforcing the mandate. Fining peoples of color for breaking the law is just more systemic oppression.

    Replies: @gandydancer

    You fine the BUSINESS owner…

    Except he was one of the ones calling for higher fines, iirc.

  51. @peterike
    Along these lines, why did auto deaths go up while driving miles went down? This article suggests what should be obvious: a lack of police enforcement of traffic rules. If there are no cops around givin' Homie tickets, Homie figures that out right quick and drives like a maniac.

    By the way, it's amazing in NYC how many black criminals speed away in high-end German cars.

    https://www.manhattan-institute.org/hall-why-police-need-enforce-traffic-laws

    Replies: @epebble, @Forbes

    why did auto deaths go up while driving miles went down?

    During 2020, it was very difficult to avoid speeding, especially on freeways, when you don’t see any other vehicle for miles. That plus no policeman around, unless it is an accident scene.

  52. @Jack D
    @Muggles

    That's a fake photo. N. Korean military hats are big but not THAT big.

    https://image.cnbcfm.com/api/v1/image/102223650-142863284.jpg?v=1532564374&w=740&h=416

    Replies: @AnotherDad

    Still somewhat perplexes me that these generals have not managed to get rid of these worms.

    Does Kim-whatever’s security pat all these guys down for piano wire before letting them in the box?

  53. @Jack D
    @slumber_j

    In late January of 2020, we flew back from Las Vegas and there were a couple of white people on the plane wearing surgical masks. "Isn't that strange", my wife said to me, but I thought nothing of it.

    Generally speaking, there are always a few people who either put 2 and 2 together or have inside information and gain awareness of some coming event before the rest of the crowd.

    Replies: @Mr. Rational, @AndrewR

    Wuhan was completely locked down on January 23rd in what was unquestionably one of the most dramatic incidents in modern history. The international media didn’t exactly cover this story up. It didn’t take a genius to think that prudence might suggest wearing masks while travelling internationally

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @AndrewR

    This was a domestic flight and all the "experts" were telling us that Covid was not here and that masks only worked if you were a medical professional who had receive special masking fitting training so don't even bother buying them - they won't work for you anyway. Just wash your hands a lot. The Wise Ones were against masks before they were for them.

  54. @Jack D
    @That Would Be Telling

    If we ever have a 9/11 type commission for Covid to assess what went wrong, they will find the bureaucratic bottlenecks like this that prevented an effective response and fix them before the next pandemic. A fella can dream, can't he?

    Although I'm not sure that, given the nature of American society, Covid Zero was ever really in the cards. Even in places that have much more effective public health establishments and are more naturally isolated from uncontrolled border crossings (Australia, NZ) Covid Zero has proved to be an elusive goal. You have to be right every time and Covid has to be right only once. You need a totalitarian society like China to make Covid Zero work. Until you have a fully vaccinated population so that the elusive herd immunity is obtained, every spark is going to start its own forest fire from now until eternity.

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling, @AnotherDad

    If we ever have a 9/11 type commission for Covid to assess what went wrong, they will find the bureaucratic bottlenecks like this that prevented an effective response and fix them before the next pandemic. A fella can dream, can’t he?

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/haitians-flooding-into-texas-from-mexico/

    While we are getting renewed lockdowns, mask mandates and vaccine passports.

  55. The threshold for what is considered a mass shooting is rather low. I think it’s 3 or more shot? One would be led to believe that most mass shooting casualties result from Mandalay Bay style assaults, by deranged sociopath whites. Accurate & deadly. Most of those casualties are actually due to urban gun violence. I’m not sure what causes the difference in mortality. Maybe urban gun violence is mostly people shooting each other with 9’s.

  56. Somewhat related, from the WSJ:

    Black Children More Likely to Have Appendectomy Complications, Study Finds
    Racial disparity in rate of ruptures leads to higher costs for nation’s healthcare system

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/black-children-more-likely-to-have-appendectomy-complications-study-finds-11631909786?mod=hp_listb_pos4

    QUOTE: “ Black children’s hospital costs during the study period totaled \$518.7 million, with more than 11% of that stemming from higher rupture rates, the researchers found. Between 2015 and 2016 alone, almost \$12 million in healthcare spending would have been avoidable had Black and white children had comparable rates of appendix ruptures, also known as perforations.”

    So appendicitis racistly discriminates against Black children. Why? The article does not say, so it must be another manifestation of Systemic Racism, and whites should feel guilty about it.

    • Replies: @res
    @Calvin Hobbes

    Why is a good question. I don't see full text for that paper, but here is one from last year looking at a broader range of surgeries.
    https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/146/2/e20194113

    The odds ratio in Table 2 of 3.4 for blacks for 30 day mortality is shocking. Small samples, but still...
    The other black ORs are much smaller.

  57. @Darth Plastic
    "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." - Illegals pouring across our borders, black on black violence at an all time high, economy is sucking like an old 70's porn queen and we can't even leave a war torn country that we stayed too long in right. How the f**k does a liberal see this and feel good about their choice. they are f**king up our country and with the help of our liberal media are literally covering up(not reporting) all these mistakes. At the end of the day the blame falls at the feet of we the people for being blinded by "good livin' " and allowing socialism to creep into our education system and hi-jack it. For whom the bell tolls.......it tolls for thee.

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling, @Eric Novak

    These liberals you reference are foreign visa holders and their descendants who just want the redistributed wealth and have no idea from whence it came and who created it. I recommend checking voter breakdowns by demographic.

  58. @That Would Be Telling
    @Darth Plastic


    How the f**k does a liberal see this and feel good about their choice. they are f**king up our country
     
    You might find it enlightening to read up on the history of the modern Left starting with the French Revolution. They feel good about themselves because "there are no yesterdays, only tomorrows," and the problems in the here and now are always the fault of "wreckers," kulacks, "counter-revolutionaries" etc.

    You can see this in action today at the outpourings of genocidal hatred towards those who don't follow the current Party Line, like the Governor of Florida (which has resulted in the state getting shorted supplies of monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID) and Joe Rogan because he took ivermectin for his COVID, all the way to their incessant open or disguised calls for genocide for their enemies.

    As long as they manage to not fall afoul of the current and ever changing party line they can feel they're good about themselves. (Well, maybe, not so sure about this new system of sin without redemption and men and whites.)

    Replies: @Eric Novak

    If you are referring to Third World voters, who now almost certainly comprise the majority of the Dem vote, I agree. The laughable failed uprising of Hispanic voters against Gavin Newsome is America writ large in the next few elections. As California goes, so goes the…

  59. @Reg Cæsar
    Four people were found shot dead in an SUV in a cornfield the other day. They had been at Shamrock's in St Paul a few hours earlier, where one of them had just finished her shift. The cornfield was a good two hours away, across the state line.

    Four constitutes a "mass shooting", doesn't it? But nobody (but the perpetrators) knows which state the victims were killed in. If two were in one state, and the other two in the other, is that still a mass shooting? What if, as in Alexander Hamilton's case, they were shot in one state but died in the other? Does the Mann Act apply?

    Sheriff Announces One Arrest, Says At Least One Suspect Remains at Large in Cornfield Quadruple Homicide

    Though one worked at Shamrock's, they evidently socialized at the brand-new White Squirrel across the street. Perhaps one thought the name racist.

    There was a big white squirrel around when we lived in that neighborhood. He disappeared one year, only to be replaced by another, smaller one. (Whose momma was on welfare?) There is a bar in Finland called the Four Squirrels, after its village crest. Which looks suspiciousy like England's three lions football badge.

    https://www.twincities.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Cst-45380-White-Squirrel-Bar.jpg?w=1860


    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a1/Hauho.vaakuna.svg/300px-Hauho.vaakuna.svg.png

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/NINTCHDBPICT000415738709.jpg?w=1500

    Replies: @Catilina, @International Jew, @mc23, @Jack Armstrong

    Another case where a picture is worth a single word.

  60. @Mr. Anon
    Sweden vs. Israel:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/why-does-no-one-ever-talk-about-sweden-anymore


    https://assets.zerohedge.com/s3fs-public/styles/inline_image_mobile/public/inline-images/https___bucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com_public_images_c10b5dd1-151f-4f0b-a199-a899d2f4a076_5293x2983.png?itok=LaBk6cLn


    Deaths are shown here (for some reason, the image won't display on this page):

    https://assets.zerohedge.com/s3fs-public/styles/inline_image_mobile/public/inline-images/https___bucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com_public_images_2e86d8de-93b1-4fc0-a2c0-84e11313014a_5293x2983.png?itok=3a47_WNp


    Trust "The Science" (TM, Pfizer)

    Replies: @mc23, @Mike Tre, @res

    Interesting post on Israel and Sweden here. Sweden’s covid numbers are much better at this point but Sweden just caught up to Israel in the percentage of vaccinated population. Let’s see how the covid numbers in Sweden do.

    http://garveys-ghost.blogspot.com/2021/09/sweden-vs-israel-is-it-jabs.html

  61. @That Would Be Telling
    @Joe Stalin


    Guess they don’t remember that under the Clinton Regime they were apparently using federal money to create a db of guns…
     
    If so, it's an explicitly illegal one, and they can't be seen using it. Also not sure which you're referring to, here one based on the NICS instant check system doesn't record which guns a person buys. If based on digitized records of out of business gun stores, for a really quick search handwriting has to be converted to digital data, which was still very hard back in the 1990s. And the moment you hit a store that's still in business you have to query them.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin

    If so, it’s an explicitly illegal one, and they can’t be seen using it. Also not sure which you’re referring to, here one based on the NICS instant check system doesn’t record which guns a person buys. If based on digitized records of out of business gun stores, for a really quick search handwriting has to be converted to digital data, which was still very hard back in the 1990s. And the moment you hit a store that’s still in business you have to query them.

    I recall the reveal was on an ABC program (20/20?) and that it created a big stink in 2A community at the time, as Congress specifically specified money the legislature authorized was NOT to be used for computerization of records. At the time it was openly speculated the Clinton regime had used WH money to finance this. As I recall, the information was from the 4473 Forms, so it was from defunct gun stores or something the ATF grabbed via inspection of records.

    It is ILLEGAL for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [“BATFE”] to build a national registry of firearms by serial number.The 1986 Firearms Owners’ Protection Act specifically forbids registration of firearms records at 18 U.S.C. 926(a):

    “No such rule or regulation prescribed after the date of the enactment of the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act may require that records required to be maintained under this chapter or any portion of the contents of such records, be recorded at or transferred to a facility owned, managed, or controlled by the United States or any State or any political subdivision thereof, nor that any system of registration of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions or dispositions be established.”

    BATFE had largely ignored the law and goNe ahead over the last twenty years and built a system….WHICH IS A MISERABLE FAILURE. A key piece of the White House’s gun control plan — the process by which the feds use serial numbers and descriptions to trace the original source of a gun sale — is at risk of failure. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is using 1960s era technology to manage a 21st century problem. And nothing is being done to fix it.

    https://patch.com/illinois/evanston/atf-and-firearm-registration--illegal-under-18-usc-926a

  62. @Reg Cæsar
    Four people were found shot dead in an SUV in a cornfield the other day. They had been at Shamrock's in St Paul a few hours earlier, where one of them had just finished her shift. The cornfield was a good two hours away, across the state line.

    Four constitutes a "mass shooting", doesn't it? But nobody (but the perpetrators) knows which state the victims were killed in. If two were in one state, and the other two in the other, is that still a mass shooting? What if, as in Alexander Hamilton's case, they were shot in one state but died in the other? Does the Mann Act apply?

    Sheriff Announces One Arrest, Says At Least One Suspect Remains at Large in Cornfield Quadruple Homicide

    Though one worked at Shamrock's, they evidently socialized at the brand-new White Squirrel across the street. Perhaps one thought the name racist.

    There was a big white squirrel around when we lived in that neighborhood. He disappeared one year, only to be replaced by another, smaller one. (Whose momma was on welfare?) There is a bar in Finland called the Four Squirrels, after its village crest. Which looks suspiciousy like England's three lions football badge.

    https://www.twincities.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Cst-45380-White-Squirrel-Bar.jpg?w=1860


    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a1/Hauho.vaakuna.svg/300px-Hauho.vaakuna.svg.png

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/NINTCHDBPICT000415738709.jpg?w=1500

    Replies: @Catilina, @International Jew, @mc23, @Jack Armstrong

    Four African Americans found dead in an abandoned SUV in a WISCONSIN cornfield? WISCONSIN?

    Occam’s razor— the still-at-large frat boys who attempted to kill Althea Bernstein have upped their game.

  63. @Steve Sailer
    @Stan Adams

    Jeopardy in Russian is great.

    Replies: @International Jew, @Stan Adams, @Corvinus

    Your Racial Reckoning theory has holes in it.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/10/16/this-summers-black-lives-matter-protesters-were-overwhelming-peaceful-our-research-finds/

    Now, these conclusions doesn’t fit your narrative, of course. But you can put your alleged pattern recognition skills to the test to bolster your case. This is in your wheelhouse.

    https://elephrame.com/textbook/BLM

    Mine the data. Clearly define terms
    and criteria. Establish how many BLM protests were violent and murderous, along with how and why each protest led to subsequent murders, with careful consideration.

    And here is something else for you to ponder.

    https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/article/43/2/225/5992372

    • Replies: @Jack Armstrong
    @Corvinus

    You are a master baiter but will iSteve take the hook?

    Replies: @Corvinus

    , @Jack D
    @Corvinus

    Wow, not just peaceful but OVERWHELMINGLY peaceful. It's confirmed by scientific research! Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

    At this point, the stuff that they print in The Washington Post has LESS credibility and relationship to reality than what the Soviets used to print in Pravda. It's really sad that the print this shit and there are still idiots (I won't name any names. Cough Corvinus cough) who actually believe that its not just propaganda. And did you know that there's no inflation either? And, to boot, this year's cabbage harvest has exceed the Five Year Plan targets by 20%. Ooops, sorry that last one was from Pravda.

    Replies: @Corvinus

  64. @Mr. Anon
    Sweden vs. Israel:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/why-does-no-one-ever-talk-about-sweden-anymore


    https://assets.zerohedge.com/s3fs-public/styles/inline_image_mobile/public/inline-images/https___bucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com_public_images_c10b5dd1-151f-4f0b-a199-a899d2f4a076_5293x2983.png?itok=LaBk6cLn


    Deaths are shown here (for some reason, the image won't display on this page):

    https://assets.zerohedge.com/s3fs-public/styles/inline_image_mobile/public/inline-images/https___bucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com_public_images_2e86d8de-93b1-4fc0-a2c0-84e11313014a_5293x2983.png?itok=3a47_WNp


    Trust "The Science" (TM, Pfizer)

    Replies: @mc23, @Mike Tre, @res

  65. @AndrewR
    @Jack D

    Wuhan was completely locked down on January 23rd in what was unquestionably one of the most dramatic incidents in modern history. The international media didn't exactly cover this story up. It didn't take a genius to think that prudence might suggest wearing masks while travelling internationally

    Replies: @Jack D

    This was a domestic flight and all the “experts” were telling us that Covid was not here and that masks only worked if you were a medical professional who had receive special masking fitting training so don’t even bother buying them – they won’t work for you anyway. Just wash your hands a lot. The Wise Ones were against masks before they were for them.

  66. @Corvinus
    @Steve Sailer

    Your Racial Reckoning theory has holes in it.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/10/16/this-summers-black-lives-matter-protesters-were-overwhelming-peaceful-our-research-finds/

    Now, these conclusions doesn’t fit your narrative, of course. But you can put your alleged pattern recognition skills to the test to bolster your case. This is in your wheelhouse.

    https://elephrame.com/textbook/BLM

    Mine the data. Clearly define terms
    and criteria. Establish how many BLM protests were violent and murderous, along with how and why each protest led to subsequent murders, with careful consideration.

    And here is something else for you to ponder.

    https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/article/43/2/225/5992372

    Replies: @Jack Armstrong, @Jack D

    You are a master baiter but will iSteve take the hook?

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    @Jack Armstrong

    We can always count on you for your sophomoric hi-jinx instead of keen intellectual insight.

  67. @Corvinus
    @Steve Sailer

    Your Racial Reckoning theory has holes in it.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/10/16/this-summers-black-lives-matter-protesters-were-overwhelming-peaceful-our-research-finds/

    Now, these conclusions doesn’t fit your narrative, of course. But you can put your alleged pattern recognition skills to the test to bolster your case. This is in your wheelhouse.

    https://elephrame.com/textbook/BLM

    Mine the data. Clearly define terms
    and criteria. Establish how many BLM protests were violent and murderous, along with how and why each protest led to subsequent murders, with careful consideration.

    And here is something else for you to ponder.

    https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/article/43/2/225/5992372

    Replies: @Jack Armstrong, @Jack D

    Wow, not just peaceful but OVERWHELMINGLY peaceful. It’s confirmed by scientific research! Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

    At this point, the stuff that they print in The Washington Post has LESS credibility and relationship to reality than what the Soviets used to print in Pravda. It’s really sad that the print this shit and there are still idiots (I won’t name any names. Cough Corvinus cough) who actually believe that its not just propaganda. And did you know that there’s no inflation either? And, to boot, this year’s cabbage harvest has exceed the Five Year Plan targets by 20%. Ooops, sorry that last one was from Pravda.

    • LOL: Forbes
    • Replies: @Corvinus
    @Jack D

    "Wow, not just peaceful but OVERWHELMINGLY peaceful. It’s confirmed by scientific research!"

    You mean there was an analysis of the data, and several conclusions were drawn, which you do not believe. OK, show exactly how and why that analysis is flawed.

    "Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?"

    iSteve has an opportunity to dig deep into available data from the database I supplied. Each event contains several links, and he can piece together to what extent it was peaceful or violent.

    "At this point, the stuff that they print in The Washington Post has LESS credibility and relationship to reality than what the Soviets used to print in Pravda."

    Increasingly, we are subject to falling prey to confirmation bias. People do it instinctively when confronted with attitude-inconsistent information. When someone attempts to inform them of their misconceptions, rather than take it under advisement, it “backfires”, which in effect makes them less skeptical of what they believe in, since obviously the other side is rife with their own false impressions. Thus, one continues to see their own position as “true and proper”. Of course, the argument stems from what is and what is not a misconception, whether it be “race realism” or “white privilege”, which ends up being a feedback loop.

    It is virtually impossible to argue with those people who cling on this “Fake New” or “the media always lies” meme. Any fact brought brought into an argument, they immediately attack the SOURCE, rather than the substance. Thus, it is easy to deny there is ANY evidence at all. This phenomenon has been brewing for a long time (thanks, Trump :)), and it has reached a critical mass at our point in world history. Unfortunately, this leads more people to become ignorant by facilitating echo chambers. So the mentality of “Fake News/the media always lies” is EXACTLY THE SAME as those who spout off how “Jewish run media conglomerates control the narrative” since a person filters anything that dares to disrupt their world view.

    There is an HbD inspired explanation for being duped. We as a species have this impulsive cognition-–the seat of emotion, of sense of self, of phobias, and of herding behavior. The limbic system of the brain has its neurons fire faster and with greater amplitude than in the cerebral cortex, so it literally drowns out rational mindedness. There are a myriad of examples that this snap-decision system is controlling what we think.

    Belief comes first, with our biases are held in the brain immediately above the brainstem, and they are the central control room for everything coming into the brain. Nothing will pass these filters, so it is virtually essentially impossible to “change someone’s mind” via persuasion. A person’s filters have to fall first. Otherwise, they will simply go into shoot the messenger mode when, for example, WaPO and NYT are used as sources. There was an emotional hypostasis to it that TRIGGERED in their brain an endorphin rush of self-righteousness.

    As a counter, here is the advice of Ron Unz…


    I apply the same historical methods I did in my academic journal articles back in the 1980’s. You analyze the likely reliability of the raw information presented, look for confirming or refuting evidence, and then draw your own plausible conclusions…On a more serious note, many of my articles very heavily cite various MSM sources, so why would I do that if I believed they were always lying?”
     

    Replies: @AndrewR

  68. @Jack D
    @Corvinus

    Wow, not just peaceful but OVERWHELMINGLY peaceful. It's confirmed by scientific research! Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

    At this point, the stuff that they print in The Washington Post has LESS credibility and relationship to reality than what the Soviets used to print in Pravda. It's really sad that the print this shit and there are still idiots (I won't name any names. Cough Corvinus cough) who actually believe that its not just propaganda. And did you know that there's no inflation either? And, to boot, this year's cabbage harvest has exceed the Five Year Plan targets by 20%. Ooops, sorry that last one was from Pravda.

    Replies: @Corvinus

    “Wow, not just peaceful but OVERWHELMINGLY peaceful. It’s confirmed by scientific research!”

    You mean there was an analysis of the data, and several conclusions were drawn, which you do not believe. OK, show exactly how and why that analysis is flawed.

    “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?”

    iSteve has an opportunity to dig deep into available data from the database I supplied. Each event contains several links, and he can piece together to what extent it was peaceful or violent.

    “At this point, the stuff that they print in The Washington Post has LESS credibility and relationship to reality than what the Soviets used to print in Pravda.”

    Increasingly, we are subject to falling prey to confirmation bias. People do it instinctively when confronted with attitude-inconsistent information. When someone attempts to inform them of their misconceptions, rather than take it under advisement, it “backfires”, which in effect makes them less skeptical of what they believe in, since obviously the other side is rife with their own false impressions. Thus, one continues to see their own position as “true and proper”. Of course, the argument stems from what is and what is not a misconception, whether it be “race realism” or “white privilege”, which ends up being a feedback loop.

    It is virtually impossible to argue with those people who cling on this “Fake New” or “the media always lies” meme. Any fact brought brought into an argument, they immediately attack the SOURCE, rather than the substance. Thus, it is easy to deny there is ANY evidence at all. This phenomenon has been brewing for a long time (thanks, Trump :)), and it has reached a critical mass at our point in world history. Unfortunately, this leads more people to become ignorant by facilitating echo chambers. So the mentality of “Fake News/the media always lies” is EXACTLY THE SAME as those who spout off how “Jewish run media conglomerates control the narrative” since a person filters anything that dares to disrupt their world view.

    There is an HbD inspired explanation for being duped. We as a species have this impulsive cognition-–the seat of emotion, of sense of self, of phobias, and of herding behavior. The limbic system of the brain has its neurons fire faster and with greater amplitude than in the cerebral cortex, so it literally drowns out rational mindedness. There are a myriad of examples that this snap-decision system is controlling what we think.

    Belief comes first, with our biases are held in the brain immediately above the brainstem, and they are the central control room for everything coming into the brain. Nothing will pass these filters, so it is virtually essentially impossible to “change someone’s mind” via persuasion. A person’s filters have to fall first. Otherwise, they will simply go into shoot the messenger mode when, for example, WaPO and NYT are used as sources. There was an emotional hypostasis to it that TRIGGERED in their brain an endorphin rush of self-righteousness.

    As a counter, here is the advice of Ron Unz…

    I apply the same historical methods I did in my academic journal articles back in the 1980’s. You analyze the likely reliability of the raw information presented, look for confirming or refuting evidence, and then draw your own plausible conclusions…On a more serious note, many of my articles very heavily cite various MSM sources, so why would I do that if I believed they were always lying?”

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @Corvinus

    Charlottesville UTR protesters were also "overwhelmingly peaceful" but I doubt WaPo will admit that anytime soon

    Replies: @Corvinus

  69. @Corvinus
    @Jack D

    "Wow, not just peaceful but OVERWHELMINGLY peaceful. It’s confirmed by scientific research!"

    You mean there was an analysis of the data, and several conclusions were drawn, which you do not believe. OK, show exactly how and why that analysis is flawed.

    "Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?"

    iSteve has an opportunity to dig deep into available data from the database I supplied. Each event contains several links, and he can piece together to what extent it was peaceful or violent.

    "At this point, the stuff that they print in The Washington Post has LESS credibility and relationship to reality than what the Soviets used to print in Pravda."

    Increasingly, we are subject to falling prey to confirmation bias. People do it instinctively when confronted with attitude-inconsistent information. When someone attempts to inform them of their misconceptions, rather than take it under advisement, it “backfires”, which in effect makes them less skeptical of what they believe in, since obviously the other side is rife with their own false impressions. Thus, one continues to see their own position as “true and proper”. Of course, the argument stems from what is and what is not a misconception, whether it be “race realism” or “white privilege”, which ends up being a feedback loop.

    It is virtually impossible to argue with those people who cling on this “Fake New” or “the media always lies” meme. Any fact brought brought into an argument, they immediately attack the SOURCE, rather than the substance. Thus, it is easy to deny there is ANY evidence at all. This phenomenon has been brewing for a long time (thanks, Trump :)), and it has reached a critical mass at our point in world history. Unfortunately, this leads more people to become ignorant by facilitating echo chambers. So the mentality of “Fake News/the media always lies” is EXACTLY THE SAME as those who spout off how “Jewish run media conglomerates control the narrative” since a person filters anything that dares to disrupt their world view.

    There is an HbD inspired explanation for being duped. We as a species have this impulsive cognition-–the seat of emotion, of sense of self, of phobias, and of herding behavior. The limbic system of the brain has its neurons fire faster and with greater amplitude than in the cerebral cortex, so it literally drowns out rational mindedness. There are a myriad of examples that this snap-decision system is controlling what we think.

    Belief comes first, with our biases are held in the brain immediately above the brainstem, and they are the central control room for everything coming into the brain. Nothing will pass these filters, so it is virtually essentially impossible to “change someone’s mind” via persuasion. A person’s filters have to fall first. Otherwise, they will simply go into shoot the messenger mode when, for example, WaPO and NYT are used as sources. There was an emotional hypostasis to it that TRIGGERED in their brain an endorphin rush of self-righteousness.

    As a counter, here is the advice of Ron Unz…


    I apply the same historical methods I did in my academic journal articles back in the 1980’s. You analyze the likely reliability of the raw information presented, look for confirming or refuting evidence, and then draw your own plausible conclusions…On a more serious note, many of my articles very heavily cite various MSM sources, so why would I do that if I believed they were always lying?”
     

    Replies: @AndrewR

    Charlottesville UTR protesters were also “overwhelmingly peaceful” but I doubt WaPo will admit that anytime soon

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    @AndrewR

    "Charlottesville UTR protesters were also “overwhelmingly peaceful” but I doubt WaPo will admit that anytime soon{"

    Let us be more specific here, shall we? Certainly, the rally at night prior to the "Unite The Right" march was relatively peaceful. A group of white nationalists holding lit tiki torches made their way through the campus of the University of Virginia, with some chanting "blood and soil". I imagine you partook in those activities, right, since you deeply care about such matters? Perhaps you will be at the forthcoming rally in D.C.

    Anyways, the morning of the "Unit The Right" rally, there were from the jump numerous physical clashes between the white nationalists and their opponents. Tensions soared, and the governor declared a state of emergency before noon that day. Of course, the violence reached its peak at 1:42 p.m., when James Alex Fields rammed his car into a crowd of counter protesters.

    Replies: @AndrewR

  70. @Jack Armstrong
    @Corvinus

    You are a master baiter but will iSteve take the hook?

    Replies: @Corvinus

    We can always count on you for your sophomoric hi-jinx instead of keen intellectual insight.

    • Thanks: Jack Armstrong
  71. @AndrewR
    @Corvinus

    Charlottesville UTR protesters were also "overwhelmingly peaceful" but I doubt WaPo will admit that anytime soon

    Replies: @Corvinus

    “Charlottesville UTR protesters were also “overwhelmingly peaceful” but I doubt WaPo will admit that anytime soon{”

    Let us be more specific here, shall we? Certainly, the rally at night prior to the “Unite The Right” march was relatively peaceful. A group of white nationalists holding lit tiki torches made their way through the campus of the University of Virginia, with some chanting “blood and soil”. I imagine you partook in those activities, right, since you deeply care about such matters? Perhaps you will be at the forthcoming rally in D.C.

    Anyways, the morning of the “Unit The Right” rally, there were from the jump numerous physical clashes between the white nationalists and their opponents. Tensions soared, and the governor declared a state of emergency before noon that day. Of course, the violence reached its peak at 1:42 p.m., when James Alex Fields rammed his car into a crowd of counter protesters.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @Corvinus

    When his car was attacked and he panicked

    Replies: @Corvinus

  72. @slumber_j

    For unexplained reasons, they decided the pandemic started on April 16, 2020 rather than about four weeks earlier.
     
    Right. On March 15 of last year I was trying not to breathe and wiping down my steering wheel etc. with isopropyl alcohol or bleach or whatever at the parking garage in preparation for my family's flight from NYC to rural Connecticut as the world seemed to be imploding. The pandemic was very much upon us at that point.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Forbes

    Monday March 2, 2020 was the last day I went to my gym in NYC. It shut down within the week.

    Most of February, at the gym, was filled with talk about the coronavirus. Fist-bump greetings were discontinued, while some (women) started wearing masks and rubber gloves.

    April 16 is about a month overdue.

  73. @peterike
    Along these lines, why did auto deaths go up while driving miles went down? This article suggests what should be obvious: a lack of police enforcement of traffic rules. If there are no cops around givin' Homie tickets, Homie figures that out right quick and drives like a maniac.

    By the way, it's amazing in NYC how many black criminals speed away in high-end German cars.

    https://www.manhattan-institute.org/hall-why-police-need-enforce-traffic-laws

    Replies: @epebble, @Forbes

    Based on my observations, NYPD has given up on traffic violation enforcement. But the city does use red light and speed cameras to collect violation fines.

    Sounds like what AG Letitia James wants is an increased state police to patrol for traffic violations–as a way to shift the city burden for NYPD to the state.

  74. @Corvinus
    @AndrewR

    "Charlottesville UTR protesters were also “overwhelmingly peaceful” but I doubt WaPo will admit that anytime soon{"

    Let us be more specific here, shall we? Certainly, the rally at night prior to the "Unite The Right" march was relatively peaceful. A group of white nationalists holding lit tiki torches made their way through the campus of the University of Virginia, with some chanting "blood and soil". I imagine you partook in those activities, right, since you deeply care about such matters? Perhaps you will be at the forthcoming rally in D.C.

    Anyways, the morning of the "Unit The Right" rally, there were from the jump numerous physical clashes between the white nationalists and their opponents. Tensions soared, and the governor declared a state of emergency before noon that day. Of course, the violence reached its peak at 1:42 p.m., when James Alex Fields rammed his car into a crowd of counter protesters.

    Replies: @AndrewR

    When his car was attacked and he panicked

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    @AndrewR

    You have no idea what you are talking about. The 2010 Dodge Challenger drove down Fourth Street Southeast mall crossing and idled for a short time. It then backed up and traveled more than a block before rapidly accelerating forward. Brennan Gilmore, a 37-year-old who works for a start up, shot the footage. He said he heard tires squealing before he saw the car build up speed and ram the crowd. It was clearly intentional. The driver even reversed back into the street dragging bodies and clothes.

  75. @AndrewR
    @Corvinus

    When his car was attacked and he panicked

    Replies: @Corvinus

    You have no idea what you are talking about. The 2010 Dodge Challenger drove down Fourth Street Southeast mall crossing and idled for a short time. It then backed up and traveled more than a block before rapidly accelerating forward. Brennan Gilmore, a 37-year-old who works for a start up, shot the footage. He said he heard tires squealing before he saw the car build up speed and ram the crowd. It was clearly intentional. The driver even reversed back into the street dragging bodies and clothes.

    • LOL: Gabe Ruth
  76. @Mr. Anon
    Sweden vs. Israel:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/why-does-no-one-ever-talk-about-sweden-anymore


    https://assets.zerohedge.com/s3fs-public/styles/inline_image_mobile/public/inline-images/https___bucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com_public_images_c10b5dd1-151f-4f0b-a199-a899d2f4a076_5293x2983.png?itok=LaBk6cLn


    Deaths are shown here (for some reason, the image won't display on this page):

    https://assets.zerohedge.com/s3fs-public/styles/inline_image_mobile/public/inline-images/https___bucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com_public_images_2e86d8de-93b1-4fc0-a2c0-84e11313014a_5293x2983.png?itok=3a47_WNp


    Trust "The Science" (TM, Pfizer)

    Replies: @mc23, @Mike Tre, @res

    Let’s try trimming the attributes at the end.

    Odd that your first image worked. It can be helpful to remove everything after the gif/png/jpg etc. to get the images to embed properly.

  77. @Calvin Hobbes
    Somewhat related, from the WSJ:

    Black Children More Likely to Have Appendectomy Complications, Study Finds
    Racial disparity in rate of ruptures leads to higher costs for nation’s healthcare system

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/black-children-more-likely-to-have-appendectomy-complications-study-finds-11631909786?mod=hp_listb_pos4

    QUOTE: “ Black children’s hospital costs during the study period totaled $518.7 million, with more than 11% of that stemming from higher rupture rates, the researchers found. Between 2015 and 2016 alone, almost $12 million in healthcare spending would have been avoidable had Black and white children had comparable rates of appendix ruptures, also known as perforations.”

    So appendicitis racistly discriminates against Black children. Why? The article does not say, so it must be another manifestation of Systemic Racism, and whites should feel guilty about it.

    Replies: @res

    Why is a good question. I don’t see full text for that paper, but here is one from last year looking at a broader range of surgeries.
    https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/146/2/e20194113

    The odds ratio in Table 2 of 3.4 for blacks for 30 day mortality is shocking. Small samples, but still…
    The other black ORs are much smaller.

  78. JAMA: Why Did Mass Shootings Explode in Late May 2020? It Had to be COVID, Right? I Mean What Else Happened Then?

    Crimestop.

    Read or re-read 1984. Orwell explained everything that is happening now. Everything.

    “Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought [against the Party narrative]. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity.”

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