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From the Washington Post:

From the Washington Post news pages:

Crime rose unevenly when stay-at-home orders lifted. The racial disparity is the widest in years.

In other words, lifting stay-at-home orders was racist against blacks, causing gun violence to racistly descend upon black neighborhoods more than gun violence descended upon white neighborhoods. The solution is, apparently, to keep blacks locked down under house arrest forever, but Trump is too racist to realize that.

While crime remained stable in White-majority areas, it peaked in Black-majority neighborhoods during the summer months after stay-at-home orders were lifted.

By John D. Harden and Justin Jouvenal
Oct. 9, 2020

At least 17 children have died violently in St. Louis this year, a tally that has shocked residents and underscored a widening racial crime disparity in that city and others amid the coronavirus pandemic. As the upward trajectory of crime continues, the gulf between the rates of violence in Black and White communities widened by 106 percent in the nation’s largest cities.

A Washington Post analysis of 27 cities showed the rolling rate [they are using a 21 day rolling average] of violent crime in majority-White neighborhoods fell by 30 percent while stay-at-home orders were in effect, dipping to its lowest point in two years. Once the orders were lifted, violent crime in those neighborhoods returned to pre-pandemic levels, but stayed below average when compared with 2018 and 2019.

In majority-Black neighborhoods, the rate of violence remained relatively steady while stay-at-home orders were in effect, but rose dramatically after orders were lifted, peaking at 133 crimes per 100,000 residents in July, the highest level in the past three years.

Seriously, as I’ve been saying, the media demanding from the death of George Floyd (Rest in Power) on Memorial Day onward that blacks get extremely enraged in the name of Black Lives Matter appears to have helped induce enraged blacks to shoot each other over the summer in vast numbers. But you aren’t supposed to go for the Occam’s Razor explanation, so the media is putting in a lot of effort into various Occam’s Butterknife narratives to explain away their complicity in black violence since May 25.

Crime in White and Black neighborhoods fluctuates month-to-month, historically spiking in summer. But this year, the rate of increase in Black neighborhoods has been most dramatic, peaking higher than in 2018 and 2019 by about 10 and 8 percent, respectively.

And murder rates, the traditional gold standard for well-counted crimes, are up way more, with interestingly shootings up even more due to a proliferation of black-on-black mass shootings at funerals, block parties, and the like, which leave lots of wounded.

Meanwhile, violent crime rates in predominantly Asian, Hispanic and White neighborhoods have fluttered beneath their recent summer peaks.

They keep depicting the lockdowns on their graphs, which didn’t seem to have much effect on crime rates, but they refuse to show on their graph the May 25th death of George Floyd, so as to push their explanation that the rise in black on black violence was due to the end of lockdowns, not the rise of BLM. But, who can remember such an obscure event as the death of George Floyd now that the message has gone out from Narrative Central that it’s better for the Biden campaign to talk about COVID rather than about George Floyd?

In most cities, the violent crime rate in Black-majority areas was above average throughout the summer, while crime rates in White-majority areas remained relatively stable. There were exceptions though. In Baltimore, there is still a wide gap between Black and White neighborhoods, but crime rates overall are down this year.

Murder rates in Baltimore have been skyhigh ever since the BLM riot over Freddie Gray on 4/25/2015, so Baltimore has been like the whole country in 2020 after BLM’s triumph in 2015.

At the time of this analysis, data for Nashville was only available through early August. …

The crimes analyzed include homicide, sexual assault and rape, robbery, aggravated assault, arson, burglary, theft, auto theft and thefts from vehicles.

The analysis shows crime rates dropped in March after stay-at-home orders were imposed to combat the pandemic. Rates flattened in April, but when orders began to lift in May, violent crime rose in majority-Black neighborhoods, surging past levels in 2018 and 2019.

The Post’s findings come as debate rages over policing, crime and unrest in the nation’s cities.

President Trump and some Republicans have seized upon violence and occasional looting that followed the shooting of a Black man by Kenosha, Wis., police and the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis officers to portray cities as dangerously chaotic and Democratic leaders as ineffectual at restoring order.

Trump has also linked a rise in homicides in a number of big cities to the Floyd protests and activists’ efforts to cut funding for police departments, a contention for which criminologists say there is little evidence. In July, the president deployed federal agents to nine cities affected by crime increases, often over the objections of local officials. St. Louis was one of them.

“There’s not just one pattern that’s really leading to divergent trends in cities,” said Patrick Sharkey, a Princeton University professor and criminologist. “You have the lockdowns and then you have the response to the George Floyd incident and the proliferation of demonstrations against police brutality and racial justice, and the resulting response from police departments.”

No, actually, looking at the data collected by the Post, Occam’s Razor says that it’s obvious that the pandemic had little impact on crime, but the George Floyd Black Lives Matter excitement had a huge incitement effect on blacks to commit more crimes, but not on everybody else.

Meanwhile, protesters and some big-city leaders have pushed for shifting funds away from police departments to services like mental health and drug treatment, arguing that minority communities have been overpoliced for too long and that social services are a better way to address the root causes of crime.

… Children with gunshot wounds are arriving in unprecedented numbers at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, carried by wailing ambulances or cradled in the arms of desperate parents. The hospital has already treated 114 children through Oct. 8 — more than all of 2019 — and the onslaught shows no sign of slowing amid a surging murder rate.

Lindsay Clukies, co-director of emergency medical services at the hospital, said the average age of victims is dropping and that more are arriving with high-caliber gunshot wounds. In July, she treated an infant hit by a bullet. More than 90 percent of the victims this year have been Black.

The young victims are the tragic edge of a wave of violence in the city. While serious crime is down slightly overall, through mid-August homicides were up 34 percent compared with 2019, according to St. Louis police. But the toll has fallen unevenly across the city.

In mid-March, ahead of stay-at-home orders in the city, majority-Black neighborhoods were averaging about one homicide every four days. By the end of July, those same neighborhoods were averaging about two homicides a day. Meanwhile, the rate of homicides in White-majority neighborhoods in St. Louis held stable, at about one every seven days.

It’s almost as if this article’s obsession with the pandemic is intended to distract from the real cause of the post George Floyd orgy of blacks shooting blacks, which is the media promoting the BLM Narrative.

The trend is similar in several cities examined by The Post.

The Post’s analysis of the 27 cities showed that the rolling rate of violent crime in majority-White neighborhoods fell from 31 crimes per 100,000 residents in mid-March to 21 in early May, when stay-at-home orders were in effect. Crime in majority-Black neighborhoods increased slightly during that time, from 62 to 64 incidents.

But as stay-at-home orders were lifted, crime rates began to rise.

Uh, I realize the pandemic was and is the Biggest Story in the History of the World this year, but I also remember that from Memorial Day through George Floyd’s burial on July 9, the Biggest Story in the History of the World was George Floyd’s MURDER by White Racism.

Theories for crime divergence

As part of its analysis, The Post analyzed crime in 2018 and 2019 to see how current trends compare with recent years. The analysis found that the disparity between violent crime in White and Black neighborhoods is wider than it’s been at any time during that period.

Criminologists and police officials said pinpointing the causes of the divergence is difficult given the complexity of the forces driving crime, especially in a year of unprecedented upheaval. Still, they offered a range of theories.

Richard B. Rosenfeld, a criminologist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said the rise in crime in Black neighborhoods is concerning, but the largely unchanged numbers in White neighborhoods nationwide undercut Trump’s argument that crime is rampant and out of control in cities.

He said it’s possible that trends that emerged during the pandemic and after Floyd’s killing may have converged to leave Black neighborhoods more exposed to crime.

First, he said, minority communities may have suffered more from a decrease in proactive efforts to fight crime as police departments shifted to battling the pandemic, instituted social distancing and quarantined sick officers. Rosenfeld surmised that Floyd’s death might also have led Black communities to report fewer crimes and participate less in investigations, leaving problems to fester.

“Those are communities that have already had a fraught relationship with police, and the alienation seems to have grown even more,” Rosenfeld said.

Other experts said Black neighborhoods could be home to more essential workers who were out and about, making them more vulnerable to street crime during the pandemic. White neighborhoods could have more office workers who are working from home, leaving them safer and making their homes less enticing targets for crime.

But you just said that crime was up only 3% in black neighborhoods during the lockdown.

In Chicago, police spokesman Howard Ludwig said officers were told to limit contact with the public and focus on violent offenders to slow the spread of the virus. According to the department, the three police districts with the most criminal complaints are within predominantly minority communities on the city’s south and west sides.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said it makes sense that public safety problems that arrived with the pandemic would fall most heavily on already struggling communities, just as the health effects of the coronavirus did.

“[When people have] lost their jobs, and when people, you know, lose hope, that’s when we start seeing the increase in assaults because people are just on pins and needles,” he said. “It’s an unprecedented era in modern history. You put all that together — that’s a lot for society to deal with. And I think when you add it all up, that’s [why] we’re seeing an increase.”

It’s been about six months since much of the nation was forced to stay home, with residents urged to distance themselves amid a pandemic linked to more than 7.5 million infections and more than 212,000 deaths in the United States. Amid ongoing conversations about reforming policing in light of Floyd’s death, experts say the pandemic shows that no single action can universally affect crime across jurisdictions.

Actually, we have seen that a single action — the media falling hook line and sinker for BLM’s anti-white blood libel narrative — can severely boost crime rates among blacks.

As jurisdictions have reopened, most cities’ crime rates have rebounded at or above pre-pandemic levels, based on The Post’s analysis. Several of the nation’s largest cities have experienced increased bloodshed, although experts aren’t sure of the cause.

It’s also too early to know how the pandemic could affect crime in the long term, experts said. The pandemic is an exceptionally rare instance of entire societies being simultaneously shuttered, a scenario with little precedent for criminologists to study.

Matthew Ashby, a criminologist at University College London who has studied crime in the United States during the pandemic, said future studies using data still being collected could lead police departments and criminologists to understand how smaller-scale events — such as floods, hurricanes and protests — affect crime levels.

“It’s really hard to come up with national solutions or even statewide solutions for crime problems that are inherently very local,” he said. “Preventing crime is always about being specific about a particular type of crime and being local.”

But in the Summer of George, we had a nationwide crime phenomena: angry blacks shooting blacks. A national solution might be for the national media not to hype Black Rage 24×7, like they did this summer.

Finally, thousands of words into this article, the Post reveals the truth for the handful of readers still reading:

… St. Louis police Capt. Renee Kriesmann said the pandemic, protests and unrest that followed Floyd’s killing fundamentally reshaped policing and crime in the city.

“We went for a two- or three-month period on what we considered no self-initiated activity, trying to keep the workforce safe and trying to keep the community safe,” Kriesmann said of the period that ended in early August. She said that may have been one factor driving the increase in homicides in the city.

Kriesmann said the drop in crime after the pandemic was noticeable, but she called violence that erupted following the Floyd protests on June 1 a “turning point.” Early the next morning, four police officers were shot and dozens of businesses were looted.

E.g., David Dorn.

But don’t Say His Name.

Kriesmann said it’s likely that the uptick in crime that came during the summer was partially driven by weeks of looting and unrest. She said officers were also pulled away from their regular beats to work protests and guard shops during that period. Kriesmann said she hasn’t seen any change in how willing Black communities are to report crime in the wake of Floyd’s killing.

She said the number of children killed in St. Louis could be tied to more of them being home during the pandemic, as well as the suspension of programs to help at-risk youth and traditional activities that keep kids busy, such as school and sports. …

Methodology
The Washington Post began collecting crime data from several cities in mid-March. The Post selected 27 cities to create an aggregate rate of major crimes, which includes aggravated assault, rape, robbery, homicide, burglary, auto theft and thefts from vehicles. Data for this analysis is current as of Sept. 5, 2020.

The data was collected via open web portals from each city. It was standardized using the statistical program R and UCR definitions to categorize violent and property crimes.

More than 800,000 reported crimes were collected from 2020. An additional 2.2 million crimes were collected for 2018 and 2019 to compare trends and create a yearly average. The crimes were geocoded to Census tracts and merged with data on demographics.

A rolling 21-day average was calculated by dividing the total crimes in neighborhoods with a majority Asian, Black, Latino or White population by the sum population of those Census tracts. The location of some crimes like sexual assaults or homicides were suppressed to protect a victim’s privacy or because the crime was still under investigation, bringing small limitations to the data.

John D. Harden is a metro data reporter for The Washington Post. He joined The Post after four years working for the Houston Chronicle as a data and breaking news reporter.

Justin Jouvenal covers courts and policing in Fairfax County and across the nation.

 
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  1. I didn’t think even the Post Wherein Democracy Dies in Darkness could get this bad.

    • Replies: @Polynikes
    @Ann K Sterzinger

    You didn’t think propaganda could be propaganda? I’m confused.

    Replies: @Ann K Sterzinger

    , @jallynn
    @Ann K Sterzinger

    Somewhere in the afterlife, Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee are throwing up.

  2. Are there any White American neighborhoods anywhere which are plagued by violence, homicides, and gun shots?

    • Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Yes. They're called "Black-Adjacent" neighborhoods.

    , @Jenner Ickham Errican
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Yes, there are, although the music and architecture is quite civilized.

    https://youtu.be/MsuH1msEkvM?t=40

    , @Bard of Bumperstickers
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Here's a related example of similarly clear thinking and equally effective response:

    Flint Councilman Proposes Shutting Down Gas Stations, Liquor Stores At Night To Reduce Crime
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/flint-councilman-proposes-shutting-down-gas-stations-liquor-stores-night-reduce-crime

    As usual, the comments section there contains the antidote - just like this place does. The blogosphere has replaced the insane, doctrinaire, moribund academy.

    Replies: @Mr McKenna

    , @Hypnotoad666
    @JohnnyWalker123


    Are there any White American neighborhoods anywhere which are plagued by violence, homicides, and gun shots?
     
    Well . . . white neighborhoods that are right next to black neighborhoods have those problems.
  3. Man, your well explained, great example of media lying aside, one other thing strikes me from those graphs with the yellow and purple curves* is the wide disparity or just big ratio I’d say, at every part of the curves, for the whole year. I know you’ve given plenty of numbers before but these ones tell you why people have to move so much, especially in the South.

    The thing is, these are graphs of violent crimes in “black majority” and “white majority” neighborhoods. There are other races too, so just imagine the disparity (due to racism, of course!) between the curves you’d get by plotting greater greater than, say, 95% white neighborhoods vs. 50% or higher black neighborhoods. I think the purple guys would be flat-lined. You’d have to use good old log-scale graph paper to see a damn thing.

    .

    * I STILL don’t need a legend though, weird colors notwithstanding, as it’s so obvious which is which!

  4. Anonymous[285] • Disclaimer says:

    Really O.T., but…

    Does anyone in this group have more than a general experience with “functional alcoholics”?

    I’ve been suspecting that Nancy Pelosi drinks her breakfast for some time now. I’ve notice her flustered run-on sentences, and her seeming lack of ability to enunciate words consistently. Lately, I’ve noticed her apparent impairment of walking. Also, her general lack of ability of connecting with people emotionally. Sometimes she rattles on about a serious issue like a chatty 14 year old girl. Ait would seem, the harder it becomes for her to speak clearly, due to inebriation, the more she seems shift into her chatty little girl mode, as if she’s trying to obfuscate her lack of sobriety by trying to appear a little silly, as women used to do back in her day.

    Her recent press conference about presenting a bill with zero chance of passing, setting new rules to unseat a President, seems to exhibit every example above, including and especially her inability to manage her face mask with anything beyond the dexterity of a 4 year old.

    Her handlers must know that Nancy’s inability to manage her face mask makes the mask 10o% ineffective, and for the speaker of the house to be so flustered with the machinations of a simple face mask is a very poor look, yet nothing is done about it.

    I’ve run into “functional alcoholics” at work before, and she seems to carry all the obvious qualifications, but I’m not that well versed on the subject, and certainly not an expert.

    After viewing the first 5 minutes or more of the video below, does anyone with special knowledge have an alternative explanation for what appears to be a willfully self-induced daily inebriation of an elderly woman who seems to be getting worse?

    https://mobile.twitter.com/i/events/1314376010981240832

    • Troll: Lace
    • Replies: @Prosa123
    @Anonymous

    Pelosi is 80.

    , @Lace
    @Anonymous

    Whatever you think of Pelosi politically, she does amazingly well physically from constant work at her age of 80. She is known NOT to drink AT ALL, and of course does not 'drink her breakfasts'. That is total bullshit. None of the Congress when in session gets to sleep late and they all work late. So that goes for all of them. What you think of her policies has nothing to do with drinking.

    The mask simply didn't fit that day, and you make a big deal out of it. That was merely unfortunate. She's always had certain mannerisms and demeanour that have been satirized, but she's never disshevelled, always dressed up. I've heard one wrongly used word, it was recently--she used a form of it, not the right one, trying to remember what it was... But I watched the vid and also part of her Sep 2 press conference, and what you say is partisan garbage. Of course, there was the faked video during the wall thing over a year ago doctored to make her look drunk. Facebook wouldn't take it off, said 'people should decide for themselves', as if that was something people could decide about--a fake video is a fake video.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

  5. Note the language: violence and crime are actors in their own right. There are nearly no human subjects throughout when describing the events of the summer. Violence descends upon black communities and nobody knows why. But it doesn’t descend on whites. Therefore the other non-human actor lurking as subtext: Racism.

    I also find it interesting that Trump is invoked to provide an explanation of a concrete and easily explainable cause. I imagine associating him with that cause immediately discredits it for Post readers.

    • Thanks: Mr McKenna
    • Replies: @Gabe Ruth
    @John Milton’s Ghost

    Yes, I found the constant invocation of black and white neighborhoods very amusing. Tragic dirt vs. magic dirt, as our host has said. Getting perilously close to accidentally showing their charges a "15- does-50" meme.

  6. The media’s go-to word when discussing black crime is ‘complex’.

    • Replies: @Unladen Swallow
    @Henry's Cat

    It's also their word when describing the economic effects of illegal immigration, the effects are always "complex". Pretty much any effect that their worldview doesn't account for but clearly exists falls under that word.

  7. Journalistic excellence at The Washington Post.

  8. @JohnnyWalker123
    Are there any White American neighborhoods anywhere which are plagued by violence, homicides, and gun shots?

    Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder, @Jenner Ickham Errican, @Bard of Bumperstickers, @Hypnotoad666

    Yes. They’re called “Black-Adjacent” neighborhoods.

  9. (Steve) “the message has gone out from Narrative Central that it’s better for the Biden campaign to talk about COVID rather than about George Floyd”

    Biden’s more disciplined than people here give him credit for. I think he’s got at least three or four weeks’ worth of discipline left in him.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder

    Yeah, Biden is super-disciplined with his face diaper:

    https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffer/status/1314698581434159104?s=19

    , @Svigor
    @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder

    It's astounding that in an election where all the Dems really have to do is ball/clock control, they sent Joe "butterfingers" Biden in to QB.

    Think about that for a bit.

    They could have nominated anyone, and they came back with his name. A guy who's so far gone, he literally does not know to never let the idea that the voters don't deserve x cross his lips. Hell, it's not even like it was a slip of the tongue: some dude asked him if the voters deserve to know and he's all "no, they don't."

    What the fuck.

  10. I guess Occam’s obvious solution is not to lift the stay at home orders for black neighborhoods….

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
  11. @JohnnyWalker123
    Are there any White American neighborhoods anywhere which are plagued by violence, homicides, and gun shots?

    Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder, @Jenner Ickham Errican, @Bard of Bumperstickers, @Hypnotoad666

    Yes, there are, although the music and architecture is quite civilized.

  12. @Ann K Sterzinger
    I didn't think even the Post Wherein Democracy Dies in Darkness could get this bad.

    Replies: @Polynikes, @jallynn

    You didn’t think propaganda could be propaganda? I’m confused.

    • Replies: @Ann K Sterzinger
    @Polynikes

    I foolishly thought there had to be some natural limit. But that's what I previously thought about practically everything that's happened in the past few months.

  13. I truly doubt that the criminals and gangbangers who commit these murders observed any rules of lockdown.

    • Agree: Redneck farmer
  14. “Crime rose unevenly when stay-at-home orders lifted. ”

    See, incarceration works.

  15. This is just disingenuous:

    In mid-March, ahead of stay-at-home orders in the city, majority-Black neighborhoods were averaging about one homicide every four days. By the end of July, those same neighborhoods were averaging about two homicides a day.

    The proper construction of the second sentence should compare the rates with the same temporal baseline. It should say, “By the end of July, those same neighborhoods were averaging about 8 homicides EVERY FOR DAYS.”

    But it doesn’t because that would show the truly bad increase from 1 to 8, an increase of 700% in the murder rate every four days. Instead the second sentence deliberately plays on the largely innumerate ignorance if its intended audience, to imply its only a increase from 1 to 2. The increasingly deliberate, open conspiracy of propaganda that supposedly passes for the “media” grows more brazen daily.

    • Thanks: Thomas
  16. All this crime happening in Black-majority neighborhoods! And its occurrence is entirely in the passive voice. I wonder, do any of these academics or top cops or elected politicos — or WaPo reporters — have any notions about who might be committing these crimes? That might provide some insight as to why the perpetrators go to such lengths to travel to these Black-majority neighborhoods to do their deeds.

    White-supremacist-specific roadblocks are the obvious strategy for returning Black neighborhood rates to the low levels of their White counterparts.

  17. @JohnnyWalker123
    Are there any White American neighborhoods anywhere which are plagued by violence, homicides, and gun shots?

    Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder, @Jenner Ickham Errican, @Bard of Bumperstickers, @Hypnotoad666

    Here’s a related example of similarly clear thinking and equally effective response:

    Flint Councilman Proposes Shutting Down Gas Stations, Liquor Stores At Night To Reduce Crime
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/flint-councilman-proposes-shutting-down-gas-stations-liquor-stores-night-reduce-crime

    As usual, the comments section there contains the antidote – just like this place does. The blogosphere has replaced the insane, doctrinaire, moribund academy.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    @Bard of Bumperstickers

    Why not just eliminate places and locations entirely? They seem to be where all the trouble visits itself upon unsuspecting communities. Oh, and back yards and funeral parlors, but those are places anyway aren't they.

    Replies: @Bard of Bumperstickers, @Aardvark

  18. @Ann K Sterzinger
    I didn't think even the Post Wherein Democracy Dies in Darkness could get this bad.

    Replies: @Polynikes, @jallynn

    Somewhere in the afterlife, Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee are throwing up.

  19. Black crime is up, but white crime isn’t. So, per the Magical Thinking of Left-O-Logic, the difference must be caused by events (imposing and then lifting the lockdown) that applied equally to both groups.

    Steve has pointed out how the MSM like to bury the lede and write “upside down” articles. But this is mostly another technique in which they just talk about so many nonsensical things for so many words that any reader will eventually just lose track of what the original issue was supposed to be. It’s obfuscation through sheer tediousness.

    I would also add one qualification to Steve’s theory that it was primarily the stirring up of “black anger” that triggered the black crime wave. Another equally critical development was the neutering of policing in black neighborhoods. It could be that there was always a latent crime wave in those areas that was being held back by the “thin blue line.” And when that line was very conspicuously dissolved in the Summer of Floyd . . . .

    • Replies: @Muggles
    @Hypnotoad666


    Black crime is up, but white crime isn’t. So, per the Magical Thinking of Left-O-Logic, the difference must be caused by events (imposing and then lifting the lockdown) that applied equally to both groups.
     
    Great point, as well as your other points.

    All of the WaPo bafflegab is just a circular argument that ends up arguing that lifting the lockdowns (which in fact were done piecemeal in different states and cities) somehow "caused" blacks (Blacks!) to become more aggressive than the identical lifted lockdowns did for residents in non black neighborhoods.

    Why would that be the case? Of course it had nothing to do with the BLM/antifa fueled riots and violent anti police and anti property "mostly peaceful" demonstrations which happened. The fact that while dealing with open, public violence, normal policing for robbery suppression or domestic violence had to take a seat. Cops were injured and were forced to man the barricades. Some also quit.

    Without admitting it, they are making the case that blacks in their neighborhoods need more policing in order to prevent the usual (mostly black on black) violence and killing.

    Did I miss the part where the journalists state that everything else being equal, blacks require more cops than whites to prevent homicides? And what does "lifting lockdowns" have to do with causing or preventing "systemic racism?" If that tired and fabricated cliche had any explanatory power, it would exist irrespective of lockdowns.

    Replies: @ic1000

  20. Anon[189] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    I’ve been skeptical when hearing the Q-anon-like claims that the next thing after Revolution Trans will be pedophilia related, and I still am. But I was unaware of this weird episode in France that Wesley Yang’s newsletter discusses:

    https://wesleyyang.substack.com/p/first-post

    In the 1970s much of Europe went through a delirium that is now known in France by the general name of “the Apology for Pedophilia”. In this same country the summit (or nadir) of the events came no doubt on January 26, 1977, when a group letter was published in Le Monde, in defense of three men who had recently been imprisoned for “non-violent sexual offenses” against children.

    The letter was signed by a number of intellectuals whose names will be well-known in the English-speaking world: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Gilles Deleuze, Jean-François Lyotard. It was also signed by the pioneering child psychiatrist Françoise Dolto

    Also:

    https://www.dw.com/en/pedophilia-accusations-haunt-green-politician/a-16791213

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/11/world/europe/gabriel-matzneff-pedophilia-france.html

    I was wondering if this was just a misuse of pedophilia to mean hebephilia or ephebophilia, as is done in Epstein-related writing, but no. They were promoting the real thing.

    Apparently California just dipped its toe into this with an “LBGT” equity bill, intended to treat underaged gay sex the same as heterosexual sex … but still kind of icky:

    Fact check: New California sex offender law does not legalize pedophilia
    https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article245635955.html

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Anon

    next thing is pedo acceptance

    It already was and it fizzled because people weren't hypnotized enough for it. A year or two back there was a pedo acceptance push across twitter and in some journals ("minor attracted person"). Recently they tried a child sexualization movie on NetFlix and it blew up in their faces. Thankfully there are still some healthy widespread instincts.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    , @Svigor
    @Anon

    I've long held, and still do, that conservatives have lost the plot with this "normalization of pedos is next" thing. I think conservatives should drop it because it's not true and being wrong over and over makes them look stupid.

    But yes, yes, yes, leftists are going to try to do a big carve-out for sodomites. Not homosexuals, because this is a sodomite thing, not a lesbian thing; sodomites seem to propagate by preying on young boys. It seems like every sodomite was made a sodomite in this way. Now that sodomites are a nation, or something to that effect, it's obviously very important to them that they clear any impediments to their main method of procreation.

    "The Talk" needs to include a section about predatory pedophile sodomites.

  21. @JohnnyWalker123
    Are there any White American neighborhoods anywhere which are plagued by violence, homicides, and gun shots?

    Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder, @Jenner Ickham Errican, @Bard of Bumperstickers, @Hypnotoad666

    Are there any White American neighborhoods anywhere which are plagued by violence, homicides, and gun shots?

    Well . . . white neighborhoods that are right next to black neighborhoods have those problems.

  22. @Hypnotoad666
    Black crime is up, but white crime isn't. So, per the Magical Thinking of Left-O-Logic, the difference must be caused by events (imposing and then lifting the lockdown) that applied equally to both groups.

    Steve has pointed out how the MSM like to bury the lede and write "upside down" articles. But this is mostly another technique in which they just talk about so many nonsensical things for so many words that any reader will eventually just lose track of what the original issue was supposed to be. It's obfuscation through sheer tediousness.

    I would also add one qualification to Steve's theory that it was primarily the stirring up of "black anger" that triggered the black crime wave. Another equally critical development was the neutering of policing in black neighborhoods. It could be that there was always a latent crime wave in those areas that was being held back by the "thin blue line." And when that line was very conspicuously dissolved in the Summer of Floyd . . . .

    Replies: @Muggles

    Black crime is up, but white crime isn’t. So, per the Magical Thinking of Left-O-Logic, the difference must be caused by events (imposing and then lifting the lockdown) that applied equally to both groups.

    Great point, as well as your other points.

    All of the WaPo bafflegab is just a circular argument that ends up arguing that lifting the lockdowns (which in fact were done piecemeal in different states and cities) somehow “caused” blacks (Blacks!) to become more aggressive than the identical lifted lockdowns did for residents in non black neighborhoods.

    Why would that be the case? Of course it had nothing to do with the BLM/antifa fueled riots and violent anti police and anti property “mostly peaceful” demonstrations which happened. The fact that while dealing with open, public violence, normal policing for robbery suppression or domestic violence had to take a seat. Cops were injured and were forced to man the barricades. Some also quit.

    Without admitting it, they are making the case that blacks in their neighborhoods need more policing in order to prevent the usual (mostly black on black) violence and killing.

    Did I miss the part where the journalists state that everything else being equal, blacks require more cops than whites to prevent homicides? And what does “lifting lockdowns” have to do with causing or preventing “systemic racism?” If that tired and fabricated cliche had any explanatory power, it would exist irrespective of lockdowns.

    • Replies: @ic1000
    @Muggles

    > [The article] ends up arguing that lifting the lockdowns... somehow “caused” blacks (Blacks!) to become more aggressive than the identical lifted lockdowns did for residents in non black neighborhoods.

    Not quite. The reporters focus on crime, with no mention of criminals (at least in Steve’s excerpts).

    The informative aspect of Race in Crime is the racial makeup of the neighborhood where the act takes place.

    Imagine the newsroom non-verbals after an intern blurted, “Hey, I wonder who committed all those crimes, it’d be easy to add a graphic to explain that to our readers.”

    Replies: @ic1000

  23. As the saying goes, modern journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow. Until they stop moving.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @Thomas

    Epstein.

  24. They way it is pounded it is more like Occam’s baseball bat.

  25. WASHINGTON POST: LOCKED UP BLACKS COMMIT FEWER CRIMES.
    But that would be an honest headline, so we didn’t get it.

  26. @Anon
    OT

    I've been skeptical when hearing the Q-anon-like claims that the next thing after Revolution Trans will be pedophilia related, and I still am. But I was unaware of this weird episode in France that Wesley Yang's newsletter discusses:

    https://wesleyyang.substack.com/p/first-post

    In the 1970s much of Europe went through a delirium that is now known in France by the general name of “the Apology for Pedophilia”. In this same country the summit (or nadir) of the events came no doubt on January 26, 1977, when a group letter was published in Le Monde, in defense of three men who had recently been imprisoned for “non-violent sexual offenses” against children.

    The letter was signed by a number of intellectuals whose names will be well-known in the English-speaking world: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Gilles Deleuze, Jean-François Lyotard. It was also signed by the pioneering child psychiatrist Françoise Dolto
     
    Also:

    https://www.dw.com/en/pedophilia-accusations-haunt-green-politician/a-16791213

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/11/world/europe/gabriel-matzneff-pedophilia-france.html

    I was wondering if this was just a misuse of pedophilia to mean hebephilia or ephebophilia, as is done in Epstein-related writing, but no. They were promoting the real thing.

    Apparently California just dipped its toe into this with an "LBGT" equity bill, intended to treat underaged gay sex the same as heterosexual sex ... but still kind of icky:

    Fact check: New California sex offender law does not legalize pedophilia
    https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article245635955.html

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Svigor

    next thing is pedo acceptance

    It already was and it fizzled because people weren’t hypnotized enough for it. A year or two back there was a pedo acceptance push across twitter and in some journals (“minor attracted person”). Recently they tried a child sexualization movie on NetFlix and it blew up in their faces. Thankfully there are still some healthy widespread instincts.

    • Thanks: Mr McKenna
    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @J.Ross

    The gay lobby isn't interested in prepubescent children or in the welfare of creeps in trenchcoats, and the feminist lawfare claque wants bogus accusations of child sexual abuse in their quiver in order to threaten fathers in divorce proceedings. So, their will be no pressure on the judiciary to impose this on the rest of us.

    What's next up will be the gay lobby persuading local prosecutors to refrain from bringing charges against pederasts, much the same way prosecutors ceased bringing obscenity charges against porn merchants ca. 1970 and stopped bringing adultery charges decades earlier. The agitprop surrounding the Kaitlyn Hunt case in Florida some years back foreshadows this. The Hunt family was so trashy their handlers couldn't make the sale. Gays in the advertising business will pick a more suitable defendant the next time.

    Replies: @Johann Ricke

  27. I think Steve should write a screenplay called “Occam’s Eleven”. George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and a crew of roguish, charming ne’er-do-wells go around giving obvious but offensive answers to all of society’s problems… until they publish the wrong paper, in the WRONG journal… and now they’re on the run from both the cops AND the Mob!

    I mean, the (Thought) Police AND the Mob Squad!

    • LOL: JohnnyWalker123
    • Replies: @TheOtherGuy
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Brilliant! Would the movie be a comedy or a drama?

    Replies: @The Germ Theory of Disease

  28. @Bard of Bumperstickers
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Here's a related example of similarly clear thinking and equally effective response:

    Flint Councilman Proposes Shutting Down Gas Stations, Liquor Stores At Night To Reduce Crime
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/flint-councilman-proposes-shutting-down-gas-stations-liquor-stores-night-reduce-crime

    As usual, the comments section there contains the antidote - just like this place does. The blogosphere has replaced the insane, doctrinaire, moribund academy.

    Replies: @Mr McKenna

    Why not just eliminate places and locations entirely? They seem to be where all the trouble visits itself upon unsuspecting communities. Oh, and back yards and funeral parlors, but those are places anyway aren’t they.

    • Replies: @Bard of Bumperstickers
    @Mr McKenna

    Could it be that the dirt beneath the incidents is somehow insufficient to maintain civility?

    #RemoveBadDirt

    Oh, wait, and where to put it, without running afoul of the enviromentalpatients?

    , @Aardvark
    @Mr McKenna

    Maybe they can adjust crime stats like the BLS adjusts inflation.
    Because murder rates rose, they might substitute incidents of mail fraud or something. Then it will look like crime rates actually fell.

  29. Summing up –

    Will an electoral college majority of Americans accept that that mostly peaceful Black lives matter protesters are right and that systemic racism can only be defeated by voting for Biden /Harris?

    or

    Will an electoral college majority of Americans, many of whom bought guns for the first time after watching Democrat politicians stand aside while blacks and well-equipped leftists rioted, looted and burned, vote instead for Trump / Pence?

  30. The most interesting information should be coming from cities that got rid of bail, and geographic locations where they emptied their prisons because of Covid.

    • Agree: Jay Fink
  31. @Anonymous
    Really O.T., but...

    Does anyone in this group have more than a general experience with "functional alcoholics"?

    I’ve been suspecting that Nancy Pelosi drinks her breakfast for some time now. I’ve notice her flustered run-on sentences, and her seeming lack of ability to enunciate words consistently. Lately, I’ve noticed her apparent impairment of walking. Also, her general lack of ability of connecting with people emotionally. Sometimes she rattles on about a serious issue like a chatty 14 year old girl. Ait would seem, the harder it becomes for her to speak clearly, due to inebriation, the more she seems shift into her chatty little girl mode, as if she’s trying to obfuscate her lack of sobriety by trying to appear a little silly, as women used to do back in her day.

    Her recent press conference about presenting a bill with zero chance of passing, setting new rules to unseat a President, seems to exhibit every example above, including and especially her inability to manage her face mask with anything beyond the dexterity of a 4 year old.

    Her handlers must know that Nancy's inability to manage her face mask makes the mask 10o% ineffective, and for the speaker of the house to be so flustered with the machinations of a simple face mask is a very poor look, yet nothing is done about it.

    I’ve run into "functional alcoholics" at work before, and she seems to carry all the obvious qualifications, but I’m not that well versed on the subject, and certainly not an expert.

    After viewing the first 5 minutes or more of the video below, does anyone with special knowledge have an alternative explanation for what appears to be a willfully self-induced daily inebriation of an elderly woman who seems to be getting worse?

    https://mobile.twitter.com/i/events/1314376010981240832

    Replies: @Prosa123, @Lace

    Pelosi is 80.

    • Agree: Svigor
  32. @Thomas
    As the saying goes, modern journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow. Until they stop moving.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    Epstein.

  33. Who causes the majority of white crime in white neighbourhoods. Here they say crimes such as wife abuse goes up as people are locked away for weeks on end. Do whites normally go around house to house stealing in white areas, or is another race mainly responsible for the crime rate. And if whites are home more does that prevent robberies from occurring in normally empty houses. Looking back though, the news reports often showed how the blacks never really bothered with self isolation. They were out more often anyway.

  34. @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder

    (Steve) "the message has gone out from Narrative Central that it’s better for the Biden campaign to talk about COVID rather than about George Floyd"
     
    Biden's more disciplined than people here give him credit for. I think he's got at least three or four weeks' worth of discipline left in him.


    https://i.ibb.co/6BvqcWp/20201010-183814.jpg

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard, @Svigor

    Yeah, Biden is super-disciplined with his face diaper:

  35. Because St. Floyd didn’t die on May 25th or whenever, he transmogrified into sainthood.

  36. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    I think Steve should write a screenplay called "Occam's Eleven". George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and a crew of roguish, charming ne'er-do-wells go around giving obvious but offensive answers to all of society's problems... until they publish the wrong paper, in the WRONG journal... and now they're on the run from both the cops AND the Mob!

    I mean, the (Thought) Police AND the Mob Squad!

    Replies: @TheOtherGuy

    Brilliant! Would the movie be a comedy or a drama?

    • Replies: @The Germ Theory of Disease
    @TheOtherGuy

    "Would the movie be a comedy or a drama?"

    It would be Falstaffian.

  37. WaPo: “blegs have no agency; adult children eternally in need of big gubbmint.”

    This is preferable, in the collective mind @ WaPo, to “yeah this new thing the left has blegs doing may not be good for them.”

    K then.

    To be fair, I suppose there’s a real lack of bleg agency implied in either argument…

  38. @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder

    (Steve) "the message has gone out from Narrative Central that it’s better for the Biden campaign to talk about COVID rather than about George Floyd"
     
    Biden's more disciplined than people here give him credit for. I think he's got at least three or four weeks' worth of discipline left in him.


    https://i.ibb.co/6BvqcWp/20201010-183814.jpg

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard, @Svigor

    It’s astounding that in an election where all the Dems really have to do is ball/clock control, they sent Joe “butterfingers” Biden in to QB.

    Think about that for a bit.

    They could have nominated anyone, and they came back with his name. A guy who’s so far gone, he literally does not know to never let the idea that the voters don’t deserve x cross his lips. Hell, it’s not even like it was a slip of the tongue: some dude asked him if the voters deserve to know and he’s all “no, they don’t.”

    What the fuck.

    • LOL: TomSchmidt
  39. @Mr McKenna
    @Bard of Bumperstickers

    Why not just eliminate places and locations entirely? They seem to be where all the trouble visits itself upon unsuspecting communities. Oh, and back yards and funeral parlors, but those are places anyway aren't they.

    Replies: @Bard of Bumperstickers, @Aardvark

    Could it be that the dirt beneath the incidents is somehow insufficient to maintain civility?

    #RemoveBadDirt

    Oh, wait, and where to put it, without running afoul of the enviromentalpatients?

  40. Could it be that the dirt beneath the incidents is somehow insufficient to maintain civility?

    #RemoveBadMagicDirt

    Oh, wait, and where to put it, without running afoul of the environmentalpatients?

  41. @Anon
    OT

    I've been skeptical when hearing the Q-anon-like claims that the next thing after Revolution Trans will be pedophilia related, and I still am. But I was unaware of this weird episode in France that Wesley Yang's newsletter discusses:

    https://wesleyyang.substack.com/p/first-post

    In the 1970s much of Europe went through a delirium that is now known in France by the general name of “the Apology for Pedophilia”. In this same country the summit (or nadir) of the events came no doubt on January 26, 1977, when a group letter was published in Le Monde, in defense of three men who had recently been imprisoned for “non-violent sexual offenses” against children.

    The letter was signed by a number of intellectuals whose names will be well-known in the English-speaking world: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Gilles Deleuze, Jean-François Lyotard. It was also signed by the pioneering child psychiatrist Françoise Dolto
     
    Also:

    https://www.dw.com/en/pedophilia-accusations-haunt-green-politician/a-16791213

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/11/world/europe/gabriel-matzneff-pedophilia-france.html

    I was wondering if this was just a misuse of pedophilia to mean hebephilia or ephebophilia, as is done in Epstein-related writing, but no. They were promoting the real thing.

    Apparently California just dipped its toe into this with an "LBGT" equity bill, intended to treat underaged gay sex the same as heterosexual sex ... but still kind of icky:

    Fact check: New California sex offender law does not legalize pedophilia
    https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article245635955.html

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Svigor

    I’ve long held, and still do, that conservatives have lost the plot with this “normalization of pedos is next” thing. I think conservatives should drop it because it’s not true and being wrong over and over makes them look stupid.

    But yes, yes, yes, leftists are going to try to do a big carve-out for sodomites. Not homosexuals, because this is a sodomite thing, not a lesbian thing; sodomites seem to propagate by preying on young boys. It seems like every sodomite was made a sodomite in this way. Now that sodomites are a nation, or something to that effect, it’s obviously very important to them that they clear any impediments to their main method of procreation.

    “The Talk” needs to include a section about predatory pedophile sodomites.

  42. @Muggles
    @Hypnotoad666


    Black crime is up, but white crime isn’t. So, per the Magical Thinking of Left-O-Logic, the difference must be caused by events (imposing and then lifting the lockdown) that applied equally to both groups.
     
    Great point, as well as your other points.

    All of the WaPo bafflegab is just a circular argument that ends up arguing that lifting the lockdowns (which in fact were done piecemeal in different states and cities) somehow "caused" blacks (Blacks!) to become more aggressive than the identical lifted lockdowns did for residents in non black neighborhoods.

    Why would that be the case? Of course it had nothing to do with the BLM/antifa fueled riots and violent anti police and anti property "mostly peaceful" demonstrations which happened. The fact that while dealing with open, public violence, normal policing for robbery suppression or domestic violence had to take a seat. Cops were injured and were forced to man the barricades. Some also quit.

    Without admitting it, they are making the case that blacks in their neighborhoods need more policing in order to prevent the usual (mostly black on black) violence and killing.

    Did I miss the part where the journalists state that everything else being equal, blacks require more cops than whites to prevent homicides? And what does "lifting lockdowns" have to do with causing or preventing "systemic racism?" If that tired and fabricated cliche had any explanatory power, it would exist irrespective of lockdowns.

    Replies: @ic1000

    > [The article] ends up arguing that lifting the lockdowns… somehow “caused” blacks (Blacks!) to become more aggressive than the identical lifted lockdowns did for residents in non black neighborhoods.

    Not quite. The reporters focus on crime, with no mention of criminals (at least in Steve’s excerpts).

    The informative aspect of Race in Crime is the racial makeup of the neighborhood where the act takes place.

    Imagine the newsroom non-verbals after an intern blurted, “Hey, I wonder who committed all those crimes, it’d be easy to add a graphic to explain that to our readers.”

    • Replies: @ic1000
    @ic1000

    So I read the WaPo article, it wasn’t paywalled. Of the many incidents the reporters cataloged, here are the only two sentences where they chose to write about the wrongdoer:

    * Figure caption: “Kenosha saw multiple nights of angry demonstrations after a White police officer there shot a Black man in the back at close range.”

    * “[Alissa] King’s neighborhood saw its crime rate nearly double, based on Boston police data, between the implementation of stay-at-home orders and the time she was allegedly killed by a former friend.“

    That’s it.

  43. @Mr McKenna
    @Bard of Bumperstickers

    Why not just eliminate places and locations entirely? They seem to be where all the trouble visits itself upon unsuspecting communities. Oh, and back yards and funeral parlors, but those are places anyway aren't they.

    Replies: @Bard of Bumperstickers, @Aardvark

    Maybe they can adjust crime stats like the BLS adjusts inflation.
    Because murder rates rose, they might substitute incidents of mail fraud or something. Then it will look like crime rates actually fell.

  44. @ic1000
    @Muggles

    > [The article] ends up arguing that lifting the lockdowns... somehow “caused” blacks (Blacks!) to become more aggressive than the identical lifted lockdowns did for residents in non black neighborhoods.

    Not quite. The reporters focus on crime, with no mention of criminals (at least in Steve’s excerpts).

    The informative aspect of Race in Crime is the racial makeup of the neighborhood where the act takes place.

    Imagine the newsroom non-verbals after an intern blurted, “Hey, I wonder who committed all those crimes, it’d be easy to add a graphic to explain that to our readers.”

    Replies: @ic1000

    So I read the WaPo article, it wasn’t paywalled. Of the many incidents the reporters cataloged, here are the only two sentences where they chose to write about the wrongdoer:

    * Figure caption: “Kenosha saw multiple nights of angry demonstrations after a White police officer there shot a Black man in the back at close range.”

    * “[Alissa] King’s neighborhood saw its crime rate nearly double, based on Boston police data, between the implementation of stay-at-home orders and the time she was allegedly killed by a former friend.“

    That’s it.

  45. Black lives won’t matter until all black lives matter. When a drug addled thug like George Floyd is held up as an exemplar of black culture while young children are randomly shot, there’s no hope.

  46. @J.Ross
    @Anon

    next thing is pedo acceptance

    It already was and it fizzled because people weren't hypnotized enough for it. A year or two back there was a pedo acceptance push across twitter and in some journals ("minor attracted person"). Recently they tried a child sexualization movie on NetFlix and it blew up in their faces. Thankfully there are still some healthy widespread instincts.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    The gay lobby isn’t interested in prepubescent children or in the welfare of creeps in trenchcoats, and the feminist lawfare claque wants bogus accusations of child sexual abuse in their quiver in order to threaten fathers in divorce proceedings. So, their will be no pressure on the judiciary to impose this on the rest of us.

    What’s next up will be the gay lobby persuading local prosecutors to refrain from bringing charges against pederasts, much the same way prosecutors ceased bringing obscenity charges against porn merchants ca. 1970 and stopped bringing adultery charges decades earlier. The agitprop surrounding the Kaitlyn Hunt case in Florida some years back foreshadows this. The Hunt family was so trashy their handlers couldn’t make the sale. Gays in the advertising business will pick a more suitable defendant the next time.

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
    @Art Deco


    What’s next up will be the gay lobby persuading local prosecutors to refrain from bringing charges against pederasts, much the same way prosecutors ceased bringing obscenity charges against porn merchants ca. 1970 and stopped bringing adultery charges decades earlier.
     
    I want to say don't give 'em any ideas, but you're probably right. BOHICA is becoming an all too familiar acronym to even the milk-and-water ideology that passes for conservatism these days.
  47. Meanwhile at the WHO….

    WHO Flip-Flops: Urges World Leaders To Stop Using Lockdowns To Fight COVID Contagion

    https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/who-flip-flops-urges-world-leaders-stop-using-lockdowns-fight-covid-contagion

    Dear WHO,

    Please go F yourselves.

    With a rusty morning star.

    Many thanks,

    Mankind

  48. @Henry's Cat
    The media's go-to word when discussing black crime is 'complex'.

    Replies: @Unladen Swallow

    It’s also their word when describing the economic effects of illegal immigration, the effects are always “complex”. Pretty much any effect that their worldview doesn’t account for but clearly exists falls under that word.

  49. My son was taught in middle school how to formulate competing hypotheses, discover and evaluate evidence, and argue why one hypothesis is better supported than the others.

    Journalists are innumerate and are ignorant about research design. This was driven home to me by their coverage of COVID-19. Much more often than not they would report absolute numbers of infections or deaths when comparing, countries, states, counties, zip codes – completely meaningless. Of course, they should report per capita rates. I learned that in 6th grade, and I remember learning it because it was such a cool insight – empowering you might say.

    It is dispiriting that the “data” reporter for the “elite” media is either an ignoramus or a Lysenkoist toady.

    2 + 2 = 5

  50. This WaPo space-filler is much like that story this week where the NYT’s Emily Badger claims that “crime is difficult to understand even under normal circumstances.” No it’s not. It really is not.

  51. North Dakota has had no mask mandate. The rate of Covid cases per 100,000 population is currently the highest in the US. I suspect there have been no lock downs either.

    The white population of ND is 87%. Native Americans are +5% and the black population is almost 3%.

    Despite all the Covid cases and freedom to roam, there have been no massive protests, aka riots, and no spike in homicides.

    Covid cases and lockdowns or not have nothing to do with the spike in blacks murdering blacks.

  52. @TheOtherGuy
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Brilliant! Would the movie be a comedy or a drama?

    Replies: @The Germ Theory of Disease

    “Would the movie be a comedy or a drama?”

    It would be Falstaffian.

  53. Richard B. Rosenfeld, a criminologist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said the rise in crime in Black neighborhoods is concerning, but the largely unchanged numbers in White neighborhoods nationwide undercut Trump’s argument that crime is rampant and out of control in cities.

    The anti-police movement is solely concerned with alleged police brutality against Black suspects. Therefore, one would expect police only to fear arresting Black suspects, since this is the only type of arrest that, if things go badly, would spark intense media coverage and invite prosecution against the police. The fact that the rise in crime is only affecting Black neighborhoods and not White neighborhoods strongly supports the idea that the BLM movement is responsible for the violent crime spike. This is the point Trump is making. The fact that our esteemed “criminologist” draws the exact opposite conclusion is absolutely laughable.

  54. @Anonymous
    Really O.T., but...

    Does anyone in this group have more than a general experience with "functional alcoholics"?

    I’ve been suspecting that Nancy Pelosi drinks her breakfast for some time now. I’ve notice her flustered run-on sentences, and her seeming lack of ability to enunciate words consistently. Lately, I’ve noticed her apparent impairment of walking. Also, her general lack of ability of connecting with people emotionally. Sometimes she rattles on about a serious issue like a chatty 14 year old girl. Ait would seem, the harder it becomes for her to speak clearly, due to inebriation, the more she seems shift into her chatty little girl mode, as if she’s trying to obfuscate her lack of sobriety by trying to appear a little silly, as women used to do back in her day.

    Her recent press conference about presenting a bill with zero chance of passing, setting new rules to unseat a President, seems to exhibit every example above, including and especially her inability to manage her face mask with anything beyond the dexterity of a 4 year old.

    Her handlers must know that Nancy's inability to manage her face mask makes the mask 10o% ineffective, and for the speaker of the house to be so flustered with the machinations of a simple face mask is a very poor look, yet nothing is done about it.

    I’ve run into "functional alcoholics" at work before, and she seems to carry all the obvious qualifications, but I’m not that well versed on the subject, and certainly not an expert.

    After viewing the first 5 minutes or more of the video below, does anyone with special knowledge have an alternative explanation for what appears to be a willfully self-induced daily inebriation of an elderly woman who seems to be getting worse?

    https://mobile.twitter.com/i/events/1314376010981240832

    Replies: @Prosa123, @Lace

    Whatever you think of Pelosi politically, she does amazingly well physically from constant work at her age of 80. She is known NOT to drink AT ALL, and of course does not ‘drink her breakfasts’. That is total bullshit. None of the Congress when in session gets to sleep late and they all work late. So that goes for all of them. What you think of her policies has nothing to do with drinking.

    The mask simply didn’t fit that day, and you make a big deal out of it. That was merely unfortunate. She’s always had certain mannerisms and demeanour that have been satirized, but she’s never disshevelled, always dressed up. I’ve heard one wrongly used word, it was recently–she used a form of it, not the right one, trying to remember what it was… But I watched the vid and also part of her Sep 2 press conference, and what you say is partisan garbage. Of course, there was the faked video during the wall thing over a year ago doctored to make her look drunk. Facebook wouldn’t take it off, said ‘people should decide for themselves’, as if that was something people could decide about–a fake video is a fake video.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Lace

    Pelosi is 80 years old and still doing a big, demanding job.

  55. @Lace
    @Anonymous

    Whatever you think of Pelosi politically, she does amazingly well physically from constant work at her age of 80. She is known NOT to drink AT ALL, and of course does not 'drink her breakfasts'. That is total bullshit. None of the Congress when in session gets to sleep late and they all work late. So that goes for all of them. What you think of her policies has nothing to do with drinking.

    The mask simply didn't fit that day, and you make a big deal out of it. That was merely unfortunate. She's always had certain mannerisms and demeanour that have been satirized, but she's never disshevelled, always dressed up. I've heard one wrongly used word, it was recently--she used a form of it, not the right one, trying to remember what it was... But I watched the vid and also part of her Sep 2 press conference, and what you say is partisan garbage. Of course, there was the faked video during the wall thing over a year ago doctored to make her look drunk. Facebook wouldn't take it off, said 'people should decide for themselves', as if that was something people could decide about--a fake video is a fake video.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Pelosi is 80 years old and still doing a big, demanding job.

    • Agree: Lace
  56. @Art Deco
    @J.Ross

    The gay lobby isn't interested in prepubescent children or in the welfare of creeps in trenchcoats, and the feminist lawfare claque wants bogus accusations of child sexual abuse in their quiver in order to threaten fathers in divorce proceedings. So, their will be no pressure on the judiciary to impose this on the rest of us.

    What's next up will be the gay lobby persuading local prosecutors to refrain from bringing charges against pederasts, much the same way prosecutors ceased bringing obscenity charges against porn merchants ca. 1970 and stopped bringing adultery charges decades earlier. The agitprop surrounding the Kaitlyn Hunt case in Florida some years back foreshadows this. The Hunt family was so trashy their handlers couldn't make the sale. Gays in the advertising business will pick a more suitable defendant the next time.

    Replies: @Johann Ricke

    What’s next up will be the gay lobby persuading local prosecutors to refrain from bringing charges against pederasts, much the same way prosecutors ceased bringing obscenity charges against porn merchants ca. 1970 and stopped bringing adultery charges decades earlier.

    I want to say don’t give ’em any ideas, but you’re probably right. BOHICA is becoming an all too familiar acronym to even the milk-and-water ideology that passes for conservatism these days.

  57. We still need to ban semi-auto rifles with high capacity magazines in case schools reopen.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    @Dan Smith


    Seung-Hui Cho (Korean: 조승희, properly Cho Seung-Hui;[1] January 18, 1984 – April 16, 2007) was a Korean-American mass murderer responsible for perpetrating the Virginia Tech shooting, killing 32 people and wounding 17 others with two semi-automatic pistols on April 16, 2007, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, making it the deadliest school shooting in American history. An additional six people were injured jumping from windows to escape. Cho was a senior-level undergraduate student at the university and committed suicide after police breached the doors of Norris Hall, where most of the shooting had taken place.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seung-Hui_Cho
     
    You're going to have to include regular capacity capacity magazines and Glock 9mms as well.

    Good luck with that.
  58. “He said it’s possible that trends that emerged during the pandemic and after Floyd’s killing may have converged to leave Black neighborhoods more exposed to crime.”

    How many things are wrong with the foregoing sentence, like so many other sentences in the WP “thing”?

    “Floyd’s killing”: Baldfaced lie. We’ve known for months that Officer Derek Chauvin did not kill George Floyd; Floyd died of a drug overdose.

    “More exposed to crime.” But the crimes are being committed by blacks, just like before. Are the WP operatives implying that Whites are going into black neighborhoods, and committing the crimes?

    Another implication of this “thing,” is that blacks need to kill more Whites, and stop killing other blacks, something black supremacists have been saying for generations.

  59. @Dan Smith
    We still need to ban semi-auto rifles with high capacity magazines in case schools reopen.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin

    Seung-Hui Cho (Korean: 조승희, properly Cho Seung-Hui;[1] January 18, 1984 – April 16, 2007) was a Korean-American mass murderer responsible for perpetrating the Virginia Tech shooting, killing 32 people and wounding 17 others with two semi-automatic pistols on April 16, 2007, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, making it the deadliest school shooting in American history. An additional six people were injured jumping from windows to escape. Cho was a senior-level undergraduate student at the university and committed suicide after police breached the doors of Norris Hall, where most of the shooting had taken place.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seung-Hui_Cho

    You’re going to have to include regular capacity capacity magazines and Glock 9mms as well.

    Good luck with that.

  60. @John Milton’s Ghost
    Note the language: violence and crime are actors in their own right. There are nearly no human subjects throughout when describing the events of the summer. Violence descends upon black communities and nobody knows why. But it doesn’t descend on whites. Therefore the other non-human actor lurking as subtext: Racism.

    I also find it interesting that Trump is invoked to provide an explanation of a concrete and easily explainable cause. I imagine associating him with that cause immediately discredits it for Post readers.

    Replies: @Gabe Ruth

    Yes, I found the constant invocation of black and white neighborhoods very amusing. Tragic dirt vs. magic dirt, as our host has said. Getting perilously close to accidentally showing their charges a “15- does-50” meme.

  61. @Polynikes
    @Ann K Sterzinger

    You didn’t think propaganda could be propaganda? I’m confused.

    Replies: @Ann K Sterzinger

    I foolishly thought there had to be some natural limit. But that’s what I previously thought about practically everything that’s happened in the past few months.

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