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“Today on International Pronouns Day, we share why many people list pronouns on their email and social media profiles.”
— A tweet from the official U.S. Department of State Twitter account. Priorities.
“We may need to update our definition of 'fully vaccinated.'”
— Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky. During a briefing with the White House COVID-19 Response Team, Walensky made it clear that as “booster” shots become more available, they might change the definition of “full vaccination status,” which is currently given to those who’ve received both doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson jab.
“These policies subvert parental authority and subject children to an experimental psychological intervention that has a high likelihood of changing their life path.”
— Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, who introduced a new bill taking aim at public school policies that allow students of any age to change their name, pronouns, gender identity and even sex-based accommodations (i.e. — locker rooms) without parental notice or consent.
“As a Black guy from the hood, I have never had 1 friend or acquaintance killed by a ‘white supremacist.’ In contrast, I’ve lost 5+ each to POC gang violence, hard drugs (this across all races), and war. Real numbers, not trendy fantasies, should shape our priorities.”
“There’s something truly ugly in the fact that liberals’ horror at gun crimes is overruled by their horror at being seen criticizing black people.”
— Charles Love, Executive Director of Seeking Education Excellence and author of the forthcoming book, Race Crazy: BLM, 1619, and the Progressive Racism Movement. In an article for Newsweek, Love pointed out how the media’s obsession with identity politics leads networks to downplay mass shootings if the shooter isn’t white. “Thus, because black men are over-criminalized and portrayed as violent, the liberal media has invested a lot of energy trying to overcorrect on this front, turning a blind eye to rising crime and skyrocketing murder. Never mind that the victims of these crimes are black, too.”
“If I applied for funding to paint Central Park purple and was denied, but then a year later we woke up to find Central Park painted purple, I’d be a prime suspect.”
— Jamie Metzl, a former executive vice president of the Asia Society, who sits on the World Health Organization’s advisory committee on human genome editing and has been calling for a transparent investigation into COVID-19’s origins. Recall a couple weeks ago that I mentioned a leaked $14 million grant proposal that EcoHealth Alliance had submitted in 2018 to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). It proposed partnering with the Wuhan Institute of Virology and constructing SARS-related bat coronaviruses into which they would insert “human-specific cleavage sites” as a way to “evaluate growth potential” of the pathogens. DARPA rejected the proposal, assessing that it failed to fully address the risks of gain-of-function research.
The leaked grant proposal struck a number of scientists and researchers as significant. Why? Because the most distinctive segment of COVID-19’s genetic code is a furin cleavage site that makes the virus more infectious by allowing it to efficiently enter human cells. That is the very same feature that EcoHealth Alliance and the Wuhan Institute of Virology had proposed to engineer in the 2018 grant proposal. Drip by drip, a lab leak is becoming borderline irrefutable. At this point the burden of proof should be on those who still try to argue “It came from nature!”
“I cannot be sure that [COVID-19 originated from] a research-related accident or infection from a sampling trip. But I am 100% sure there was a massive cover-up.”
— Gilles Demaneuf, a data scientist in New Zealand and member of DRASTIC (Decentralized Radical Autonomous Search Team Investigating COVID-19), an international group of internet sleuths that discovered the 2018 EcoHealth Alliance grant proposal.
“As you may have seen, there’s been reporting that he did drive through the border when he was on the campaign trail in 2008.”
“Promote equity, diversity, and race and social justice.”
— One of the job duties for Bridge Operators at the Seattle Department of Transportation. The requirement listed above it is “Perform custodial duties such as washing windows, cleaning, and waxing floors.”
On the surface, the “diversity, equity, and inclusion” initiatives that have become fashionable among pretty much every single organization that thinks it stands to benefit from the hollow public relations incentives (“We promise we’re not racist, please don’t harm our reputation and bottom line!”) conferred to those who genuflect before the woke mob and virtue signal their progressive bona fides are relatively benign and harmless and really just no big deal.
Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. Each of those is a good thing, right? Yes, prima facie. But there’s something pernicious at work beneath the virtuous “racism is bad” veneer that these initiatives purportedly promote: an ascendant progressive paradigm that serves as a left-leaning ideological litmus test in hiring.
To wit, it’s now common for employers — especially in academia — to require “a statement inviting applicants to describe their past, present, and/or future aspirations of promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity and to convey how they see these commitments continuing.” Asking people to profess their fealty to this new paradigm is a way to ensure ideological homogeneity; it’s a way to identify wrongthink. This is consistent with many other tenets of the progressive pseudo-religion/cult of conformity in which dissent is considered heretical. It has been decided by the cultural gatekeepers that in order to be a Good Person™ you must proudly and loudly endorse the prevailing progressive orthodoxy.
What is “diversity” in this context? An identity-based approach to society that includes only those who agree with social justice, which is a violation of individual identity and enforced intellectual conformity, and involves political quotas, an attack on merit, and a form of soft bigotry.
What is “equity”? Equality of outcomes plus reparations, which is a violation of equality before the law, a dismantling of the foundations of a free society, and the state management of society by redistributing resources, opportunities, and access.
And what is “inclusion”? Restricted speech and justification for purges; making people feel “welcomed” by banning anything they find offensive; an attack on freedoms of association; and the enforced separation of people by race (neo-segregation). Here’s a great article breaking this dogma down from the perspective of college campuses.
“The highest court in America isn’t safe from mansplaining. A new set of rules for oral argument may change things.”
— The subtitle of a recent Atlantic podcast episode.
“January 6 Wasn’t a Riot. It Was War.”
— Title of a Friday Atlantic article (2 for 2, Atlantic). I’ve written in-depth about the sensationalism surrounding the 4-four pushing and shoving match that the liberal media still insists on referring to as an “insurrection” despite the fact that, to this day, not a single person has even been charged with insurrection (though there have been dozens and dozens charged with unlawful parading, but I digress).
There’s a reason they’re still talking about January 6th in the most hyperbolic ways possible. It’s a cynical ploy to frame upcoming elections as existential crises: “Our side is democracy. The other side is a grave threat to it. You must vote Democrat or the world is going to end.” What’s ironic is that this kind of hair-on-fire, adversarial, antagonistic rhetoric is exactly what Trump needs to maintain traction.
“Condoleezza Rice’s recent appearance on The View was offensive and disgusting for many reasons but she was who we thought she was: a soldier for white supremacy.”
— Touré Neblett, a music journalist and “TV personality.” The former Secretary of State was swiftly demonized for eloquently stating the following: “One of the worries that I have about the way that we’re talking about race is that it either seems so big that somehow White people now have to feel guilty for everything that happened in the past . . . I would like Black kids to be completely empowered, to know that they are beautiful in their blackness, but in order to do that I don’t have to make White kids feel bad for being White.”
Rather than just saying he disagrees with her, this Touré imbecile immediately writes an article condemning Rice as a “white supremacist foot soldier.” Never mind that she’s black. Never mind that nothing she said was even remotely incendiary. These people are totalitarian dogmatists; if you do not fully espouse their views, you’re the enemy. That kind of absolutist idiocy is much more of a threat to democracy than the purported evils of the GOP.
$2.2 Billion: Cost of an “initiative” launched by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) aimed at “eliminating racial disparities among biomedical faculty” at U.S. universities and medical centers. One of the largest private funders of biomedical research in the United States, HHMI is addressing “the persistent underemployment of minorities in academic medicine by addressing the causes of those disparities in a number of areas, including training, mentoring, hiring, and promotion.” (See the diversity, equity, inclusion stuff above.)
80: The number of full-time “diversity bureaucrats” at the University of Michigan.
70%: Percentage of Americans who think social media companies like Facebook and Twitter do more harm than good (20% think the companies do more good than harm), according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
2.9 Million: Drop in U.S. school enrollment from 2019 to 2020. The U.S. Census Bureau released data showing that enrollment among the under-35 population dipped to its lowest level (52.4% of the total population) in over 20 years.
60,823: Total COVID-19 cases in New York from 10/9/21 - 10/22/21. The state population is 19.45 million. Here are the state’s current restrictions: “Individuals 2 and up must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status in all state-regulated child care, mental health and addiction facilities; all state employees must show proof of vaccination or submit to regular testing; without proof of vaccination, you cannot enter indoor restaurants, gyms or entertainment facilities; unvaccinated individuals must wear a mask in outdoor public spaces if a 6-foot distance between others cannot be maintained.” NYC’s are even more strict.
33,371: Total COVID-19 cases in Florida from 10/9/21 - 10/22/21. The state population is 21.48 million. Here are the state’s current restrictions: None, other than Miami-Dade County individuals must wear a mask in county facilities, regardless of vaccination status; vaccine passports are prohibited. Have you noticed that the media has stopped talking about Florida, and CNN no longer devotes hours of daily coverage to portraying Florida as some kind of dystopian nightmare?
14: Percentage points that President Joe Biden’s approval rating has fallen since June. It’s now holding steady at 42% after falling another 6 points over the last month.
$1.68 Million: Taxpayer money spent on research (in 2019) funded by the Dr. Anthony Fauci-led National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) that involved injecting and force-feeding 44 beagle puppies toxic drugs, then killing and dissecting them. And they paid to have the dogs “de-barked,” meaning their vocal cords were severed so lab techs didn’t have to hear their cries as they tortured them.
Oh, and the research wasn’t even necessary: The National Institutes of Health stated that the dogs tests were meant to support a submission to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but the FDA has stated clearly as recently as this summer: “The FDA does not mandate that human drugs be studied in dogs.” I wish this was a joke, but it’s not. The information was discovered by a taxpayer watchdog organization, which posted the documents online. People are in an uproar about this, and rightly so.