6 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-21-21

  1. The medical community should be ashamed of themselves for this nonsense. They let politics interfere with everything they did and said, as well as what they lied about.


    “Fauci: Yes, there was a secret meeting among scientists last February to discuss the origins of the coronavirus”


    “I’ll tell you up front that there’s nothing salacious in this USA Today story about what was said during the conference call held on February 1, 2020. The salacious part is that there was a secret meeting at all. “That call likely would have remained secret if not for documents released under the Freedom of Information Act,” writes reporter Alison Young about the meeting. Why is that?

    Fauci was interviewed for the piece and took the same studiously nonchalant attitude about it that he took in claiming a few days ago that he’s always been open to the lab-leak theory. But that’s only half-true. He’s never ruled out the theory but his tone lately has been far more credulous than it was last year, when he scoffed at the possibility. Asked about the February 1, 2020 emergency conference call to discuss the virus’s origins, he told Young that he remembered it “very well” and that “We decided on the call the situation really needed to be looked into carefully.”

    Did they?

    “It was a very productive back-and-forth conversation where some on the call felt it could possibly be an engineered virus,” Fauci said in our interview. Others, he said, felt the evidence was “heavily weighted” toward the virus emerging from an animal host.

    Fauci said his role in helping to organize the meeting shows he has always been open to the possibility of a lab leak or an engineered virus. “I always had an open mind,” he said, “even though I felt then, and still do, the most likely origin was in an animal host.”

    At the end of the call that winter Saturday in 2020, Fauci said, it was decided that Farrar would “give a heads up” to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus “and determine what further needed to be done.” Fauci said he doesn’t know whether Farrar reached Tedros.

    Referring the matter to the WHO was tantamount to inviting China to reveal what it knew about the virus’s origins at its own convenience. That’s not looking into the matter “carefully.” A little more than a month later, the now-infamous letter in The Lancet organized by Peter Daszak, whose nonprofit funded the Wuhan Institute of Virology, made the case that the lab-leak hypothesis was a conspiracy theory and an insult to the noble scientists in China working hard to contain the virus. Ten days after The Lancet letter was published, the highly influential study co-authored by virologist Kristian Andersen appeared in Nature magazine arguing that the virus’s genome makes clear “that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus.” That finding plus the Lancet letter all but ended the debate among scientists over a lab leak for the next 14 months.

    Andersen was on the February 1, 2020 call with Fauci. Was Daszak? It’d be nice to know in light of his conflict of interest, which went unrevealed in the Lancet letter. As it is, at least one expert suspects that the scientific consensus was set during that conference call that the lab-leak theory was kooky:

    “A small group of scientists, and a larger group of science journalists, established and enforced the false narrative that scientific evidence supported natural spillover, and (also) the false narrative that this was the scientific consensus,” said Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist and biosafety expert at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

    There were other views out there, they just weren’t given much coverage as being credible.

    “The February 1 telecon,” Ebright said, “appears to have played an important – probably crucial – role in establishing and enforcing that false narrative.””

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  2. Ah yes, the Hydroxychloroquine treatment.

    These people are “the experts”?

    “Why Has “Ivermectin” Become a Dirty Word?

    At the worst moment, Internet censorship has driven scientific debate itself underground”


    “On December 8, 2020, when most of America was consumed with what The Guardian called Donald Trump’s “desperate, mendacious, frenzied and sometimes farcical” attempt to remain president, the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on the “Medical Response to Covid-19.” One of the witnesses, a pulmonologist named Dr. Pierre Kory, insisted he had great news.

    “We have a solution to this crisis,” he said unequivocally. “There is a drug that is proving to have a miraculous impact.”

    Kory was referring to an FDA-approved medicine called ivermectin. A genuine wonder drug in other realms, ivermectin has all but eliminated parasitic diseases like river blindness and elephantiasis, helping discoverer Satoshi Ōmura win the Nobel Prize in 2015. As far as its uses in the pandemic went, however, research was still scant. Could it really be a magic Covid-19 bullet?

    Kory had been trying to make such a case, but complained to the Senate that public efforts had been stifled, because “every time we mention ivermectin, we get put in Facebook jail.” A Catch-22 seemed to be ensnaring science. With the world desperate for news about an unprecedented disaster, Silicon Valley had essentially decided to disallow discussion of a potential solution — disallow calls for more research and more study — because not enough research and study had been done. Once, people weren’t allowed to take drugs before they got FDA approval. Now, they can’t talk about them.

    “I want to try to be respectful because I think the intention is correct,” Kory told the committee. “They want to cut down on misinformation, and many doctors are claiming X, Y, and Z work in this disease. The challenge is, you’re also silencing those of us who are expert, reasoned, researched, and extremely knowledgeable.”

    Eight million people watched Kory say that on the C-SPAN video of the hearing posted to YouTube, but YouTube, in what appears to be a first, removed video of the hearing, as even Senate testimony was now deemed too dangerous for public consumption. YouTube later suspended the Wisconsin Senator who’d invited Kory to the hearing, and when Kory went on podcasts to tell his story, YouTube took down those videos, too. Kory was like a ghost who floated through the Internet, leaving suspensions and blackened warning screens everywhere he went.

    One of the challenges of the pandemic period is the degree to which science has become intertwined with politics. Arguments about the efficacy of mask use or ventilators, or the viability of repurposed drugs like hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin, or even the pandemic’s origins, were quashed from the jump in the American commercial press, which committed itself to a regime of simplified insta-takes made opposite to Donald Trump’s comments. With a few exceptions, Internet censors generally tracked with this conventional wisdom, which had the effect of moving conspiracy theories and real scientific debates alike far underground.

    A consequence is that issues like the ivermectin question have ended up in the same public bucket as debates over foreign misinformation, hate speech, and even incitement. The same Republican Senator YouTube suspended for making statements in support of ivermectin, Ron Johnson, has also been denounced in the press for failing to call the January 6th riots an insurrection, resulting in headlines that blend the two putative offenses.

    “You have these ideas about the need to censor hate speech, calls for violence, and falsity,” Kory says, “and they’ve put science on the same shelf.”

    As a result, doctors and organizations that may have little to do with politics but have advocated for ivermectin, from Dr. Tess Lawrie’s British Ivermectin Recommendation Development (BIRD) to California pulmonologist Roger Seheult to many others, have been shut down online with the same unilateral abruptness platforms apply to hate speech or threats. Dr. Sabine Hazan, a gastroenterologist and CEO of a genetic sequencing laboratory called ProGenaBiome in Ventura, California, was blindsided. She got involved with ivermectin when she was pulling out the stops for Covid-19 patients.”


    Again, disgraceful.

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  3. “Biden’s Education Department Distorts American History”

    As well as everything else….


    “Some 250 years after the Declaration of Independence declared that “all men are created equal,” and almost 60 years after Martin Luther King dreamed that his children would “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” the federal government announced it wants to teach American children that they are not equal, and that skin color does matter.

    Under the misleading name of “anti-racism,” the Department of Education has proposed to direct federal funds to the teaching of racial discrimination in America’s elementary and secondary school systems—to encourage students to identify and to treat others differently according to race.

    The Department of Education’s newly proposed rule is meant to reframe the teaching of American history around oppression and encourage students to see each other first as members of racial groups. The proposed rule instructs teachers to “take into account systemic marginalization, biases, inequities, and discriminatory policy and practice in American history.” Rather than teaching good history—history that is accurate and honest, perhaps even unifying and inspiring—it proposes making history an ideological tool for a political narrative: your country is hopelessly racist.

    This inaccurate account of American history can be disproven by the facts. The events of U.S. history and the writings, sentiments and actions of America’s Founders are well recorded and easily accessible. Our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, asserts that human equality is fundamentally about freedom from oppression, not its perpetuation. Yes, the framers of the Constitution made practical compromises concerning the existence of slavery, but they did so because they saw the Constitution—informed by the Declaration—as the best vehicle for ending it.

    American history has great flaws, and the brutal inhumanity of slavery is its worst, but the American story is driven by its principles—not its imperfections. That is why the proposition that all men are created equal, which planted the seeds of emancipation in America, is the foundation of our republic.

    The work of the 1776 Commission, established by the Trump administration, was to remind Americans of this story. A new print edition of the 1776 Report includes extensive footnotes and endnotes referring to historical documents and scholarship that corroborate this history and show its general and widespread acceptance among mainstream historians.

    There is another reason that the proposed DOE rule is wrong: it teaches students to view themselves and each other according to race. The proposed rule tells teachers to “Support the creation of learning environments that validate and reflect the diversity, identities, and experiences of all students.” This might sound innocuous, but it is deeply harmful in practice. It places students’ race at the center of the classroom, and the forefront of their minds.

    Is this not the very definition of racism—to judge and treat people according to the color of their skin? Rather than teaching American students that they are endowed equally with rights—and united as citizens by a common dedication to the great principle of equality—we are going to teach them that they are members of oppressed or oppressor classes inherently in conflict with each other. And this is going to improve America’s education system?”


    Not. At. All.

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  4. The mayor should resign immediately, as should the journalists who ran with what they wanted to be true, that a hate crime had happened a gay pride parade.



    “The driver of a pickup truck that struck two men, killing one, at a Pride parade in Florida was connected to the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, and so were the victims, the group’s president said Saturday.

    The truck was to be part of the chorus’ entry in the Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors, the organization said.

    “Our fellow Chorus members were those injured and the driver is also a part of the Chorus family,” Justin Knight said in a statement. “To my knowledge, this was not an attack on the LGBTQ community.”

    One man was killed and another injured after they were struck by the truck Saturday evening just as the parade was about to get underway near Fort Lauderdale, officials said.

    “We know two individuals marching to celebrate inclusion and equality were struck by a vehicle,” Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said in a statement. “One person has died and the other remains hospitalized.”


  5. More.

    “Gay Man Accidentally Slams Pickup Into Florida Gay Pride Parade – Leftists Blame … Gov. Ron DeSantis

    Before the facts were known, Fort Lauderdale mayor claimed the accident was an assassination attempt on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.”


    “For some reason, lefties love to live in their own personal little hell in which everyone who is not exactly like them must be evil, racist, homophobic, and all the ics and ists they can dream up. The joyless left thrives on their own hate and misery and want to spread it around to everyone else. So it’s unsurprising when something happens, and they all immediately assume the worst, most hateful explanation and gleefully spew bile and vomit nonsense.

    As a prime example, this weekend a truck driven by a member of the Ft Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus accidentally ran over some people, killing one, at a gay pride parade. Naturally, the left—starting with Fort Lauderdale mayor Dean Trantalis—hears that a truck plowed into a gay pride parade and jumps to the conclusion, not waiting for actual facts, that it must be some anti-gay, MAGA-hat wearing redneck “terrorist” who hates democracy.”


    And then reality and truth rears their ugly heads.



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  6. I had a piece of mail from Newsmax. A number of years ago I received mail and email from them, but got off their list. I wonder how my name got back on their list?


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