Stone the crows and gas the Aussies

There is a trend to describe new culture battles in terms of ‘public health’ in an attempt to piggyback various agendas on the shoulders of Covid panic.

BLM protests are okay amid Covid lockdowns because racism is a public health threat. Calling someone by the wrong pronouns is a public health risk because it causes suicide. Climate change is a public health risk. That sort of thing.

Got one more for you:

The Climate Council warns the use of gas in homes is exposing Australian children to a higher risk of asthma, as well as driving climate change . . .

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The end of a bromance?

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Love is a fickle thing and so are political alliances.

Dr Tedros, the director-general of the World Health Organization, was backed by China because he rose to prominence in Ethiopia’s brutal TPLF regime – exactly the kindred spirits that the CCP likes.

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Trust WHO?

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This is a long post, part 1 of 4 in a series, because I wanted to be thorough.  Big claims need big evidence.  You might want to pack your lunch.

“Stopping the spread of this virus both in China and globally is WHO’s highest priority,” said Dr Tedros. “We appreciate the seriousness with which China is taking this outbreak, especially the commitment from top leadership, and the transparency they have demonstrated, including sharing data and genetic sequence of the virus. WHO is working closely with the government on measures to understand the virus and limit transmission. WHO will keep working side-by-side with China and all other countries to protect health and keep people safe.”

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.  Source

When the WHO first made this announcement, with its bold and slightly baffling praise for China’s, erm, transparency, I was willing to give it a pass.

China had finally owned up to the crisis (once they couldn’t hide it any more), had notified the WHO, had released the DNA sequence of the virus, and was sharing infection data.  Sort of.  The WHO could be excused for worrying that China might clam up again, as it had done during the SARS crisis, so it was probably trying to offer some positive reinforcement for China’s baby steps towards being a responsible global citizen.  And anyway, as a UN agency, they have to be diplomatic.

But then things got weird.  Two days later, the same Director-General was saying this: Read More

The Incapable Continent

While hiking up in the hills, a JICA guy pointed out a new groundwater and irrigation project in a valley far below.  He explained that it was to improve the water supply in a nearby village.

“Who did that for them, then?” I asked cynically.

“France.”

A remarkable feature of this country is just how little the physical infrastructure has been improved since distant colonial times.  After decades of independence there are still only the old European buildings lining the streets.  There are no Read More

In Defense of the Chinese Communist Party

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A Chinese Communist Party official enjoys the romantic attentions of his 18 year old lover.  The back story is here.

The Chinese Communist Party has the absolute right to rule China in any manner it wishes.

This post is not directed at Western meddlers.  It is for the Chinese subjects themselves, including the malcontent rascals in Hong Kong and the expat anti-patriots.  Most of all it is for any mainland Chinese man who dares to question, in his heart of hearts, the legitimacy of his overlords.

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Quiet Word from the Dark Side,3/25/16

This might be a short one because I’m on the road enjoying an adventure.  Resting up today to recover from all the hypothermia and AIDS.  Don’t want to get that again.

Speaking of which, David Cole blames gays for not quickly addressing the AIDS epidemic when it would have made a difference, in the 1980s.  Okay, partly blames some gay activists who claimed it was a hoax.  I’ve been getting in trouble for some of my click-bait headings.

EvolutionistX posits that Emma Watson only has a job because of Patriachy and objectification – i.e. because dirty old men want to fuck her.  This is a bit click-baity on my part, too – EvolutionistX is not so simplistic and crude as I am.  Also: Megalithic burials are so weird.

The global changes than mean America can not be great again.

I liked this: a chat with Vern the Vietnam Vet.

Damn this is interesting.  Slate Star Codex shows that Read More

Quiet Word From the Dark Side, 2/26/16

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Evolutionistx compares average state IQ to per capita GDP.

Hitler raving gifs.

Living with possibilities – there’s always something else you could be doing.

Delicious Tacos: It’s over between us.  Update: charming love story about a pony.

The indigenous Europeans.

psychological perspective on the feminist obsession with false rape and indifference to real rape.

The speech they didn’t want you to hear.

China blows up empty, unused new building. Read More

Strength and Weakness

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Book Review of Wolf Totem, by Jiang Rong.

Each generation grows a little weaker and more pathetic than the one before.  You probably can’t fix a car as well as your father did, while your grandfather repaired jeeps under fire in WWII.  Your great grandfather – well, he didn’t even enjoy the luxury of mechanization.  He slumped across muddy no-man’s-land on foot in a pair of rotting boots he stole from a rotting Gerry.  And your great, great grandfather?  He tamed unmapped continents, cleared the land and obliterated entire peoples.

Look at your children (or the children of others, if you don’t have any).  Whining about Read More

Denunciation

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Notable Denunciations in History

Denunciation did not start or end in Communist societies.

In the 1500s and 1600s the air of Europe was rank with the acrid tang of burnt witch.

In ancient times Socrates was offed for ‘perverting the youth’, or, in modern parlance, being a bit of a smart ass.

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