8 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-7-21

  1. Of course they knew.

    “Chris Cuomo claims CNN boss Jeff Zucker knew about involvement in gov scandal”

    https://nypost.com/2021/12/06/chris-cuomo-claims-jeff-zucker-knew-about-gov-involvement/

    “Canned CNN host Chris Cuomo has fired back at the network — accusing his boss of knowing everything about his involvement in trying to quash ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sex scandal.

    In a new statement, a spokesman for the fallen TV star threw his longtime ally CNN President Jeff Zucker under the bus, while insisting the journalist “has the highest level of admiration and respect” for him.

    “They were widely known to be extremely close and in regular contact, including about the details of Mr. Cuomo’s support for his brother,” the spokesman told the Wall Street Journal Sunday of Chris Cuomo’s shady support for his big brother as the governor’s sex scandal unfolded.

    “There were no secrets about this, as other individuals besides Mr. Cuomo can attest,” the spokesman added.

    The statement, however, prompted CNN to slam Chris Cuomo for peddling more alleged lies.

    “He has made a number of accusations that are patently false,” the network told the WSJ. “This reinforces why he was terminated for violating our standards and practices, as well as his lack of candor.””

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  2. They have to ruin everything……

    “Rhode Island Theater Company Injects Racial Activism Into “A Christmas Carol” – Gets Upset At Bad Review

    Trinity Repertory Theatre panned by Providence Journal: “beginning with an opening monologue — inviting people to remember Native American tribes that once populated the state, mentioning slave trade connections and urging support for people of color — there is a layer being added to Dickens’ message of humanity and kindness that feels forced””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/12/rhode-island-theater-company-injects-racial-activism-into-a-christmas-carol-gets-upset-at-bad-review/

    “Trinity Repertory is a professional theater company in Providence, Rhode Island. They recently returned to live performances with a production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ based on the story by Charles Dickens.

    The Providence Journal had some issues with the ‘woke’ aspects of the production in its review, and the company is not happy about it.

    Here are some quotes from Susan McDonald’s Providence Journal review:

    Review: Trinity Rep’s ‘Christmas Carol’ adds progressive touches to ageless tale

    As good as it felt to be back in the seats at Trinity Repertory Company for the annual retelling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” there was a hit-or-miss feel to the production, highlighting the risk of tinkering too much with a sure thing…

    But, beginning with an opening monologue — inviting people to remember Native American tribes that once populated the state, mentioning slave trade connections and urging support for people of color — there is a layer being added to Dickens’ message of humanity and kindness that feels forced.

    When the Ghost of Christmas Past escorts Scrooge to Mr. Fezziwig’s business, where he apprenticed as a young man, for example, Christmas Eve festivities are in full swing, colorful and fun. Wilson introduces lively dancing and a funky rendition of “My Favorite Things.”

    What proves awkward, however, is an extended segment in which half the actors dance boisterously, stomping feet and banging brooms on the wooden stage, while the others mill about, watching. While wisely advocating diversity in the show, Wilson has created a moment that splits the cast along racial lines, with actors of color dancing and white actors looking on. It seems divisive instead of inclusive.

    For anyone who is not aware, theater as an industry has always been liberal but in recent years has gone full woke. It’s not uncommon for professional companies to include social justice messages on their websites.”

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  3. They want to force CRT on the kids, rather than unimportant things, like math…..

    “Over 500 STEM Professionals Sign Open Letter Challenging the Gutting of US K-12 Math Education”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/12/over-500-stem-professionals-sign-open-letter-challenging-the-gutting-of-us-k-12-math-education/

    “In the first half of 2021, we reported that the California Board of Education proposed eliminating calculus and revising its mathematics curriculum to make it more…equitable.

    Subsequently, there was a backlash tsunami from the state’s parents, whose children will eventually have to compete for colleges and jobs in the real world. The board then paused its implementation.

    Most Americans understand that a strong foundation in mathematics is essential for success in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Our society needs competent and qualified professionals in all these fields to be a prosperous nation and the ability to keep our infrastructure up and our defense capabilities strong.

    Furthermore, a population with a good understanding of statistics and analysis techniques is less likely to be bamboozled by bureaucrats who manipulate facts to create crises that only their organizations can solve (of course, with more funding and power). As I noted in a conversation during the recent San Diego Legal Insurrection meet-up, we are not well served when journalists and members of the media are ignorant of basic math and science, as they are apt to parrot whatever any “expert” says and fail to distinguish between “misinformation” and accurate data that contradicts the preferred political narrative.

    With all of this in mind, it is understandable that many STEM professionals are very concerned about recent educational trends that are focused more on social justice than hard science or even basic math skills. Theoretical computer scientists Boaz Barak of Harvard and Edith Cohen of Google, and other leading quantitative scientists, have prepared an open letter sounding the alarm over the gutting of US math education in K-12.

    The group explicitly cites the California Mathematics Framework (CMF) and boasts over 500 signatories.

    …We are deeply concerned about the unintended consequences of recent well-intentioned approaches to reform mathematics education, particularly the California Mathematics Framework (CMF). Such frameworks aim to reduce achievement gaps by limiting the availability of advanced mathematical courses to middle schoolers and beginning high schoolers. While such reforms superficially seem “successful” at reducing disparities at the high school level, they are merely “kicking the can” to college. While it is possible to succeed in STEM at college without taking advanced courses in high school, it is more challenging. College students who need to spend their early years taking introductory math courses may require more time to graduate. They may need to give up other opportunities and are more likely to struggle academically. Such a reform would disadvantage K-12 public school students in the United States compared with their international and private-school peers. It may lead to a de facto privatization of advanced mathematics K-12 education and disproportionately harm students with fewer resources.

    Another deeply worrisome trend is devaluing essential mathematical tools such as calculus and algebra in favor of seemingly more modern “data science.” As STEM professionals and educators we should be sympathetic to this approach, and yet, we reject it wholeheartedly. The ability to gather and analyze massive amounts of data is indeed transforming our society. But “data science” – computer science, statistics, and artificial intelligence- is built on the foundations of algebra, calculus, and logical thinking. While these mathematical fields are centuries old and sometimes more, they are arguably even more critical for today’s grand challenges than in the Sputnik era.

    The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board also featured the letter. At that time, there were already over 500 signatories. The board highlighted that the CMF quest for “equity” hurt minority groups.

    The board also noted many signers are left-supporting professors who are now beginning to taste the toxicity of the fruits of the Woke Tree.”

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  4. “Omicron COVID Variant Genetics May Now Contain a Bit of Common-Cold Virus

    New study suggests exposure to common cold viruses may reduce COVID-19 severity.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/12/omicron-covid-variant-genetics-may-now-contain-a-bit-of-common-cold-virus/

    “Several months ago, I noted that like the first coronavirus pandemic, known as the Russian Flu, this one is likely to end-up as one of the many “common cold” viruses once the global population had gone through several waves of infection.

    The Omicron variant may be a stop on that journey, as evidence suggests that the viral genetics now contains a bit of the common-cold virus.

    The Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 likely acquired at least one of its mutations by picking up a snippet of genetic material from another virus – possibly one that causes the common cold – present in the same infected cells, according to researchers.

    This genetic sequence does not appear in any earlier versions of the coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2, but is ubiquitous in many other viruses including those that cause the common cold, and also in the human genome, researchers said.

    By inserting this particular snippet into itself, Omicron might be making itself look “more human,” which would help it evade attack by the human immune system, said Venky Soundararajan of Cambridge, Massachusetts-based data analytics firm nference, who led the study posted on Thursday on the website OSF Preprints.

    Interestingly, new research is suggestive that exposure to common cold viruses could be protective against a COVID-19 infection.

    Scientists at the University of Zurich (UZH) in Switzerland recently performed an analysis demonstrating a higher level of immunity against COVID-19 in people who had been exposed to coronaviruses circulating before the pandemic.

    Prof. Alexandra Trkola, lead researcher and head of the Institute of Medical Virology at UZH, and her colleagues reported their findings in Nature CommunicationsTrusted Source.

    The study monitored antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 to uncover correlations with vaccine protection, disease severity, and susceptibility to infection.

    The researchers also compared immune responses against SARS-CoV-2 with those against pre-pandemic coronaviruses, known as HCoVs. The four typesTrusted Source of HCoVs that cause the common cold collectively account for around 10–15% of adult infections and 2–6% of all hospital admissions for lower respiratory tract infections.

    “Our study shows that a strong antibody response to human coronaviruses increases the level of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. So someone who has gained immunity to harmless coronaviruses is therefore also better protected against severe SARS-CoV-2 infections,” says Prof. Trkola.

    Meanwhile, as predicted, there are more cases of the Omicron variant being reported throughout the country.”

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  5. Like the guy on the State Farm commercial says….

    It’s a guy…..

    These people are idiots of the highest order, and so is the NCAA for playing along with this grotesque charade. That’s still a dude, no matter what the woke morons call it.

    “UPenn transgender swimmer continues dominant season with more record-breaking wins”

    https://nypost.com/2021/12/07/upenn-transgender-swimmer-lia-thomas-continues-dominant-season-with-more-record-breaking-wins/

    “A 22-year-old transgender swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania continued her dominant performance this season — setting numerous pool, meet and program records at a three-day event in Ohio last weekend.

    Lia Thomas blew away her competition Friday night in the 500-yard freestyle preliminaries and finals at the Zippy Invitational at the University of Akron, according to results posted by the school.

    In the finals, Thomas notched a winning time of 4:34.06 — good enough for a new Ivy League record.

    The swimmer continued smashing records on Saturday with a nearly 7-second victory in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:41.93 — representing the fastest finish in the country, the school said.

    Over the weekend, Thomas also set a new program, meet and pool record in the 1650-yard freestyle. She finished that race in 15:59.71 — more than 38 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, teammate Anna Kalandadze.”

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    But it’s a dude, so it’s all meaningless…..

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  6. For those keeping track, Biden’s mandates are now 0 for 3. 🙂

    Cue the sad trombones. 🙂

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