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  • (2004) You can't tell people anything

  • Still Trudging Towards Serfdom

    Other insights in the book continue to resound, especially regarding the inherently loose and arbitrary nature of state rulemaking and enforcement outside small zones where a political consensus does exist. Political agreement “to guide the action of the state” is always fairly limited in large modern republics because of the inherently diverse interests and needs of its citizens. But where agreement does not exist, it must be forged by a minority group within government which produces fiction to convince individuals that the sacrifice of individual freedom is needed in the name of the nation, the people, the common good, or equality. To that list, we can now add, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Truth doesn’t exist. What does exist is what the regime can create in our minds as to how we should think properly about a problem. Language must be manipulated to make a common identity apparent, and disincentives must be created to prevent citizens from dissenting or challenging it.

    Hayek finishes his book with the most essential truth: collectivism undermines our dignity as human persons. “Responsibility” must not be “to a superior, but to one’s conscience, the awareness of a duty not exacted by compulsion, … and to bear the consequences of one’s own decision, [is] the very essence of any morals which deserve the name.” Ever the advocate of the individualist society, Hayek counted its virtues as “independence, self-reliance, the willingness to bear risks, the readiness to back one’s convictions against a majority, and the willingness to voluntary cooperation with one’s neighbors.” We need these virtues today, and the tradition that undergirds them.


celebrity gossip

Rank Propaganda / Thought Policing / World Disordering

  • State Department threatening to obstruct ‘censorship’ investigation: House GOP - Washington Examiner

    In response to the outrage of this disclosure, the State Department sent its letter threatening in camera sessions until it gets a better “understanding” of how the Committee will use its “sensitive” information. That’s Beltway-ese for “We wouldn’t mind knowing the Examiner’s sources.”

    About that: the State letter wrote that the Examiner’s records were “reportedly obtained from the Committee,” and included a footnote and a link to a Kaminsky story, implying that the Examiner reported that it got the records from the Committee. But the paper said nothing about the source of the documents, which as anyone who’s ever covered these types of stories knows, could have come from any number of places. It’s a small but revealing detail about current petulance levels at State.

  • From Censorship To Criminalizing Dissent | ZeroHedge

    Turn your attention to France right now. In the dead of night, a new law slipped through the General Assembly that would make it a crime to criticize mRNA shots. Critics call it the Pfizer law. It calls for fines up to 45,000 euros and possibly three years in prison for debunking an approved medical treatment.

    As a second item, I’m alarmed to read the lead piece in the New York Times opinion section that celebrates a defamation case about which I had not previously heard. It is by Michael Mann, professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He had sued a writer for the Competitive Enterprise Institute for taking issue with Mann’s climate change model, and the so-called hockey stick in particular. Essentially this verdict is criminalizing hyperbole, said the defense attorney.

    The op-ed writer, however, says this is justice. “Our recent trial victory may have wider implications,” he says. “It has drawn a line in the sand. Scientists now know that they can respond to attacks by suing for defamation.” He mentions in particular people who have disagreed with the COVID consensus—disagreeing with Anthony Fauci—or otherwise make “false claims about adverse health effects from wind turbines.”

    Will this case have a chilling effect on criticism of government? Absolutely! Indeed, it is terrifying to think what it implies. And the writer leaves nothing to the imagination. He sees this case as a wedge to make scientific criticism of any area of life—from vaccines to climate change to the conversion to EVs—essentially illegal. In any case, if not that, it comes close by erecting so many landmines that critics essentially shut up for fear of having their whole lives ruined.


  • The Musk is BadMan Kabuki Minuet has taken up a new rhythm this week

  • For Elon Musk Lately, It Feels Like It’s All About Russia, Russia, Russia - WSJ

    Frankly, when Putin is praising Musk, as he did earlier this month, and when the Musketeer Tucker Carlson is airing videos on the X social-media platform praising life under that authoritarian government as superior to the U.S., it is unnerving. When X is seeing a surge in Russian state-backed activity, as researchers say, and Musk’s satellite internet service, Starlink, is said to be used by Russian forces in the war against Ukraine, it is unnerving. This past week, Musk called on his echoverse to lobby the Senate not to pass an aid package for Ukraine, in the latest example of the billionaire’s speaking out about the conflict that is dragging into its second year.

  • Musk Says Putin Can't Lose in Ukraine, Opposes Senate Bill

  • Propaganda accounts found by Meta still flourish on X - The Washington Post

    Posing as Americans, Chinese accounts on X aim to divide and disrupt

    Previously, tech companies including Twitter, Facebook owner Meta and Google’s YouTube worked with each other, outside researchers and federal law enforcement agencies to limit foreign interference campaigns, following revelations that Russian operatives used fake social media accounts to spread misinformation and exacerbate divisions in 2016. But X has been largely absent from that effort since Elon Musk bought it in 2022, when it was still Twitter, and for months hasn’t sent representatives to biweekly meetings in which the companies share notes on networks of fake accounts they are investigating or planning to take down, according to other participants. “They just kind of disappeared,” one said.

  • (Feb 13) Russia using Elon Musk’s Starlink on Ukraine front line, says Kyiv

    Responding to those reports, Musk’s SpaceX, which owns Starlink, said on X last week that it “does not do business of any kind with the Russian government or its military. Starlink is not active in Russia, meaning service will not work in that country. SpaceX has never sold or marketed Starlink in Russia, nor has it shipped equipment to locations in Russia.”

    Musk provided thousands of Starlink terminals to Ukraine to help it fend off Russian troops soon after their full-scale invasion in February 2022, giving Kyiv’s forces a valuable technological advantage in the form of high-speed internet for communications, targeting and battlefield management software. However, Kyiv’s praise for the businessman turned to fury when Musk started to limit the operation of Starlink in areas of Ukraine that Russian forces have occupied since 2014, including Crimea.

    • Isn't "internet access" a humanitarian good, of universal application, that should be available to anyone regardless of their beliefs, or the system of governance they're currently suffering? Should Starkink be available only to the Ukrainians? or to neither side in this conflict? Are the phone providers getting flak for serving russians here? Is this just another chance to have a "Musk is Bad" two minute hate?

    • (Feb 13) Ukraine says Russia uses Musk's Starlink terminals at front

  • Musk's biography: why it's interesting - Byte Tank

Pox / COVID / BioTerror AgitProp

  • Conspiracy Theory Debunker Finds Real Conspiracies ⋆ Brownstone Institute

    Ariely spends a few sentences philosophizing about what is the true responsibility of a newspaper – is it just to publish true information, or is it “to do this cost-benefit analysis for the society…?” But apparently he let the matter lie, acquiescing in real censorship of real information.

Religion / Tribal / Culture War and Re-Segregation

  • (2014) The racist children's songs you might not have known were racist

  • Calif. volunteer, Fran Itkoff, 90, forced out of MS Society job for asking about pronoun usage

    “The verbiage she said was you didn’t abide by their diversity, equity and inclusion, so they had to ask her to step down and she can’t be a part of the MS society as a volunteer.” Itkoff’s daughter Elle Hamilton said.

    • Statement from the National MS Society | National MS Society

      Recently, a volunteer, Fran Itkoff, was asked to step away from her role because of statements that were viewed as not aligning with our policy of inclusion. Fran has been a valued member of our volunteer team for more than 60 years. We believe that our staff acted with the best of intentions and did their best to navigate a challenging issue. As an organization, we are in a continued conversation about assuring that our diversity, equity and inclusion policies evolve in service of our mission, and will reach out to Fran in service of this goal.

  • Cousin marriage is probably fine in most cases

    in many states it is legal to have sexual relations and marry one’s first cousin. Is it really OK to kiss your cousin? Geneticists mostly say that it is, with some caveats. In 2021 the National Society of Genetic Counsellors (NSGC) published updated guidelines for consanguineous couples (people descended from the same ancestor) and their offspring. The risk to offspring is greater, but the increase is quite small. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention about 3% of all babies born in America have birth defects. The NSGC guidelines state that for “couples with no known genetic disorders in the family, there is an additional 1.7% to 2.8% risk for significant birth defects.” Many other couples face far higher risks of genetic complications for their offspring, and those unions are not banned.

Edumacationalizing / Acedemia Nuts

  • Child education: Are computers or books better for learning?

    The field is new, and the evidence is mixed — there is no scientific consensus on whether books or digital devices are better for a child's learning. One study in elementary schools in Honduras, for example, found that substituting laptops for textbooks did not make a difference in student learning in the end — it was neither positive nor negative.

    There are many factors at play in a child's education. Their home environment is just as important as the materials and devices they use for learning. One of the biggest problems in education is poverty — poor access to books and computers.

    • Or, just possibly; individuals differ, and there's no one "best" for all. But of course the premise wasn't the thrust and the point was to preach about poverty.

Law Breaking / Police / Internal Security

Iran / Houthi / Red Sea / Mediterranean

  • U.S. Designates Houthis a Terrorist Group - The New York Times

    State Department on Friday designated the Houthis as a terrorist organization, following through on a mid-January warning to crack down on the Yemen-based militant group. The action officially labels the Houthis as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist group, a step that gives the United States new powers to crack down on the Iran-backed Houthis’ access to the global financial system. It restores a designation given to the group late in the Trump administration, which Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken reversed soon after taking office in 2021, partly to facilitate peace talks for Yemen’s civil war.