Government manipulating forest fire statistics for "hockey stick"

WattsUpWithThatIt’s been an open secret, ever since Dr. Michael Mann used “Mike’s Nature Trick” to “hide the decline” by covering up some inconvenient tree ring data in the hockey stick climate graph, that climate alarmists will go to almost any length to only show the public the “crisis side” of climate data.

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) has been the keeper of U.S. wildfire data for decades, tracking both the number of wildfires and acreage burned all the way back to 1926. However, after making that entire dataset public for decades, now, in a blatant act of cherry picking, NIFC “disappeared” a portion of it, and only show data from 1983. You can see it here.

Fortunately, the Internet never forgets, and the entire dataset is preserved on the Internet Wayback machine and other places, despite NIFC’s ham-handed attempt to disappear the data.

Why would they do this you ask? The answer is simple; data prior to 1983 shows that U.S. wildfires were far worse both in frequency and total acreage burned. By disappearing all data prior to 1983, which just happens to be the lowest point in the dataset, now all of the sudden we get a positive slope of worsening wildfire aligning with increased global temperature, which is perfect for claiming “climate change is making wildfire worse”. See figure 1 below for a before and after comparison of what the data looks like when you plot it.

The problem with trusting government agencies to collect statistics is that government agencies are by necessity partisan. As soon as some politician sees a political advantage in manipulating the data, you can no longer trust it. And in normal circumstances you might seen control of an agency passing from party to party -- thus giving them both some incentive to be accurate, for fear of suffering under the other party -- our current circumstances are far from normal. The Democrats are effectively in permanent control of the federal administrative state. Those agencies feel free to act with political bias, in everything from law enforcement, to intelligence, to even basic science.

Tue Jun 08 23:47:43 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why the left is pushing transgenderism

PJMediaFrom day one, President Joe Biden has twisted the law and has turned aspects of society upside down to push transgender activism through executive orders, even attempting to resurrect a mandate that would force Catholic hospitals and doctors to perform transgender surgery against their consciences. Yet transgender people only account for 0.4 percent of the population. It does not make sense to railroad women’s rights, religious freedom, and free speech to kowtow to such a small population.

So the Biden administration stumbled on an innovative way to push this radical agenda: prioritizing immigrants who identify as transgender, giving them special humanitarian exemptions at the border.

In all honesty... the illegal alien agenda of the Democrats makes sense. It's wrong and a bad idea, but their obvious goal is to import voters they believe will favor them and swamp the normal Americans who favor Republicans.

The gay and lesbian agenda also makes sense. You're talking about a small but measurable fraction of the population that is highly, highly self-enforcing in terms of political conformity. Two or three percent can swing close elections.

Despite the attention being given to transgender issues, it's a tiny, tiny, tiny fraction of the population with a genuine medical condition, and an only slightly larger fraction of the population with similar mental health conditions. However, it's another small fraction that marches in lockstep with the Democrat party precisely when their hold on the "classic" gay and lesbian voters is weakening. (Why is it weakening? The Supreme Court declared gay marriage the law of the land, which takes away the issue, however wrong that court decision actually is).

So it makes a little bit of sense that the Biden admin is trying to import more transgender people in order to expand the size of a group they feel will be strongly committed to their party. They are abandoning current voters (so-called "TERF" feminists, for example) in favor of what they perceive to be future voters.

And that explains why the trans-agenda is being pushed so hard and so strongly at children. It's not about today's voters, who broadly oppose it but don't want to be accused of being mean by saying so. It's about future voters: specifically, every child they successfully entice onto chemical puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and gender-mutilation surgery.

Every one of those poor, confused people is being pushed towards permanent biological interventions that will forever divorce them from normally-sexed human beings for the rest of their lives.

The transgender craze is about creating future voters who are, in essence, biologically determined to vote Democrat.

Tue Jun 08 22:47:43 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Some lunatics don't want to take their masks off

Daily WireA number of women have come forth asserting they would prefer to keep wearing masks, even after the general public has discarded them, with some of the women offering explanations such as a mask functions as an “invisibility cloak” or acts “almost like taking away the male gaze.”

Read the whole thing for their reasons.

And then realize that these people are completely insane and should not be allowed to set policy for anyone other than themselves.

Categories Coronavirus

Mon Jun 07 23:41:52 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Colleges lose all connection to reality

The College FixA law student at Abertay University in Scotland faces discipline for the allegedly “offensive” and “discriminatory” statements that women are born with vaginas and are physically weaker than men.

“I didn’t deny saying these things and told the university exactly why I did so,” Keogh said. “I didn’t intend to be offensive but I did take part in a debate and outlined my sincerely held views. I was abused and called names by the other students, who told me I was a ‘typical white, cis girl’. You have got to be able to freely exchange differing opinions otherwise it’s not a debate.

“I wasn’t being mean, transphobic or offensive. I was stating a basic biological fact. I previously worked as a mechanic and when I was in the workshop there were some heavy things that I just couldn’t lift but male colleagues could.”

Of course it's not a debate, even if it's called one. The whole point of them calling you offensive, mean, transphobic, and probably racist is to shut down the debate, because they cannot win a debate. They have lost all connection to reality.

I'd suggest there is a business opportunity for schools willing to stand up to this bullshit, but Title IX enforcement under Biden makes that legally problematic.

Categories 1st Amendment

Mon Jun 07 22:41:52 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

For once, a real hate crime

Gateway PunditA disabled Army veteran was attacked in a grocery store parking lot in Louisville on Mother’s Day after a group of four black women called her a “white bitch.”

A Kentucky court will now have to decide if the attack was a hate crime — which it very clearly appears to be.

The "white bitch" is married to a black man.

I generally don't favor hate crime laws, but since it's the law, enforce it.

Sun Jun 06 23:19:14 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden Admin begins purge of military patriots

Conservative TreehouseA commander of a U.S. Space Force unit tasked with detecting ballistic missile launches has been fired for comments made during a podcast promoting his new book, which claims Marxist ideologies are becoming prevalent in the United States military.

It seems clear at this point that the people running the US Government are not the legitimate elected representatives, and that the election audit(s) are likely to demonstrate this conclusively if conducted successfully; and thus that those illegitimate government officials currently occupying Washington DC are preparing to make use of the military against the populace by engaging in widespread political purges.

Categories 1st Amendment

Sun Jun 06 22:19:14 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

9th Circuit court strikes down CA assault weapons ban

Just The NewsA federal judge late Friday struck down California’s three-decade-old ban on assault weapons, saying the law was a “failed experiment” that had wrongly infringed the Constitution’s 2nd Amendment.

The 1989 state law that defined assault weapons and prohibited their sale is “hereby declared unconstitutional and shall be enjoined,” U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez wrote in a ruling certain to send shockwaves through the gun rights debate in America,

Benitez wrote that the law was “a 30-year-old failed experiment” that had infringed on “what should be a muscular constitutional right.”

“Government is not free to impose its own new policy choices on American citizens where constitutional rights are concerned,” added Benitez, an appointee of former President George W. Bush

The 9th Circus is likely to reverse this... and then the 6 supposedly conservative justices on the Supreme Court will have some decisions to make.

Categories 2nd Amendment

Sun Jun 06 11:34:52 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Examining the evidence for a Wuhan lab leak

Battleswarm BlogNow Nicholas Wade, a science writer who’s worked on the staff of Nature, Science and the New York Times has taken a long look at the possibility the Wuhan Coronavirus did indeed leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Of all the possible explanations for the Chinese Communist Virus, an inadvertent lab leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology of an engineered virus funded, in part, by the US Government under Fauci is the most likely.

The runner up is a deliberate leak of the same engineered and funded virus.

Categories Coronavirus

Sat Jun 05 23:28:55 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Horrible reporting on guns

The ReloadThe [ghost] gun might look similar to any regular weapon; however, it’s missing one major piece: registration to make it legally owned,” KSBY reporter Melissa Newman said. “Today, I got a first-hand look at the only K9 in the county trained to detect them.”

Let's deal with the obvious first. A dog cannot smell the lack of a serial number.

Further, lack of a serial number doesn't make the gun illegal either. You just can't engage in commerce with it.

And guns don't have to be registered in most states, with or without a serial number, not even in California -- with an exception for so-called "assault weapons" which means basically anything with a reasonably sized magazine.

A dog can probably smell gun oil or fresh rubber or plastic. But a dog who alerts on anything with oil or plastic is useless to anyone who cares about accuracy. (What is your car made out of again?) To the sort of police who think "ghost guns" are actually a threat, though, such a dog would be quite useful. "Probable cause on four legs", as the saying goes, because such a dog will alert at every single traffic stop, 100% of the time, and that's only a problem when a savvy defense attorney requests the dog's scent records.

But hey, the police departments gets to show off their very expensive new pet who can smell gun oil. (Note: the police officer can probably smell it too; stuff is pretty pungent).

I just wish I could be there to watch the dog alert to his handler's own firearm.

Bottom line: Biden and his handlers have a hard-on for gun control and the BATFE plans to deliver whatever they can without going through Congress. The media and police in at least some areas are ready to get out their kneepads like it was the Clinton administration again.

Sat Jun 05 22:28:55 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The author of "The Bell Curve" has a new book out

Charles MurrayThe charges of white privilege and systemic racism that are tearing the country apart fIoat free of reality. Two known facts, long since documented beyond reasonable doubt, need to be brought into the open and incorporated into the way we think about public policy: American whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians have different violent crime rates and different means and distributions of cognitive ability. The allegations of racism in policing, college admissions, segregation in housing, and hiring and promotions in the workplace ignore the ways in which the problems that prompt the allegations of systemic racism are driven by these two realities.

What good can come of bringing them into the open? America’s most precious ideal is what used to be known as the American Creed: People are not to be judged by where they came from, what social class they come from, or by race, color, or creed. They must be judged as individuals. The prevailing Progressive ideology repudiates that ideal, demanding instead that the state should judge people by their race, social origins, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.

We on the center left and center right who are the American Creed’s natural defenders have painted ourselves into a corner. We have been unwilling to say openly that different groups have significant group differences. Since we have not been willing to say that, we have been left defenseless against the claims that racism is to blame. What else could it be? We have been afraid to answer. We must. Facing Reality is a step in that direction.

He was one of the very first people to be canceled for observing that various ethnic groups performed differently on IQ tests and doing research about why.

I imagine he has a very interesting perspective on current events.

What's my answer on all this? I fear it's been mostly lost in the degradation of modern education, because it hinges on the difference between equality rights under law and equality of outcome (which modern critical race theorists call "equity").

Every human being has the same basic legal rights. You should not receive special privileges if you are white -- or black, or asian, or hispanic, or anything else. Everyone is a citizen, and has rights because of their citizenship, without regard to race or creed.

What happens after that is entirely up to you. Make the most of it, or don't. Take the credit or the blame.

Yes, some people will have significant advantages over others, or just get lucky. That's life. If you want to succeed, get out there and hustle.

Categories Education

Fri Jun 04 23:27:53 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why wasn't the attack on Republican Congressional baseball team terrorism?

Gateway PunditAccording to the FBI, in an official report that was released on Friday, the brutal 2017 attack at the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field that nearly killed Rep. Steve Scalise has been classified as “domestic terrorism” carried out by a “domestic violent extremist” targeting Republicans after the bureau previously classified it as “suicide by cop.”

But as The Gateway Pundit previously reported, the event had been originally labeled “suicide by cop”. In late April of 2021, a US House representative instructed a reluctant Christopher Wray to investigate the origins of that odd report.

Then the event was quietly updated to a domestic terrorist event.

The Democrats are freakjng out over a few hundred people wondering around inside the Capitol Building, but a Democrat can shoot a Congressman and try to shoot a lot more and it's considered suicide by cop by the FBI?

The sad part is, there's nothing to be done about this. The people who made the decisions can perhaps be exposed as partisans. But fired? We can't even fire Wray because our own AG threatens to quit.

Fri Jun 04 22:27:53 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fauci's emails expose him

PJMedia“A months long Vanity Fair investigation, interviews with more than 40 people, and a review of hundreds of pages of U.S. government documents, including internal memos, meeting minutes, and email correspondence, found that conflicts of interest, stemming in part from large government grants supporting controversial virology research, hampered the U.S. investigation into COVID-19’s origin at every step. In one State Department meeting, officials seeking to demand transparency from the Chinese government say they were explicitly told by colleagues not to explore the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s gain-of-function research, because it would bring unwelcome attention to U.S. government funding of it.”

Fauci was lying about the whole thing to cover up for his own involvement in funding gain of function research at Wuhan. And he was clearly using the resulting pandemic as a political lever to destroy Trump's economy and prevent Trump's re-election.

Still uncertain: whether the virus leaked by accident, or was deliberately released, and if the latter, who was involved in the decision to release it.

Categories Coronavirus

Fri Jun 04 10:11:28 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Uncommonly known climate facts from an Obama scientist and the WaPo

Washington PostSo here are a few climate facts that Kerry failed to mention in his testimony, marshaled by one of the Obama administration’s top scientists, Steven E. Koonin. All are based on official assessments published by the U.S. government or United Nations:
“The warmest temperatures in the U.S. have not risen in the past fifty years,” Koonin writes, according to the U.S. government’s Climate Science Special Report.
“Humans have had no detectable impact on hurricanes over the past century,” according to the 2014 National Climate Assessment.
“Since the middle of the twentieth century, the number of significant tornadoes hasn’t changed much at all, but the strongest storms have become less frequent,” according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data (NOAA).
“The rate of global sea-level rise 70 years ago was as large as what we observe today,” according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Instead of droughts, “the past fifty years have been slightly wetter than average” in the United States, according to NOAA figures.
Rather than famine, “in the fifty years from 1961 to 2011, global yields of wheat, rice, and maize … each more than doubled,” according to the IPCC.
“The net economic impact of human-induced climate change will be minimal through at least the end of this century.”

I would go substantially further than the above. Most of the climate crisis claims have been based on climate data in which the entire warming signal was due to either erroneous or outright faked data. But for people who are reluctant to accept reality, the source sometimes matters. And the sources here are the left.

It's time for the left to give up on climate change. They were wrong. They know it.

Thu Jun 03 23:53:19 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Census shenanigans

American MindThe states of California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia each lost a seat. Texas picked up two seats, and Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon each gained one seat. Many expected a different result. Texas was expecting to pick up three, while Florida was supposed to gain two, and Arizona one. Alabama, Minnesota, and Rhode Island were each expected to lose a seat. Others were expecting the population shift within that same number of seats to be different as well. These expectations were based on estimates, but the final numbers were significantly off from projections.

In the end, the Census added 2.5 million persons to blue states above the December population estimate. Many state estimates were entire percentage points off from the Decennial Census, which is an unusual margin of error. Estimates can be wrong, of course, but a peek under the hood raises important questions about the probity of the 2020 Census.

The Democrats clearly compared their margins in the House to the census results and created millions of fake people out of thin air in order to limit their losses to amounts they thought they could protect in 2022.

Categories Fair Elections

Thu Jun 03 22:53:19 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

MA government told Twitter to delete tweets of Senate candidate

Gateway PunditA federal judge in Massachusetts is going to make Twitter explain whether or not it is a “state actor” or a truly private company, and the effects could be significant in reigning in Big Tech’s oppression of conservative views.

Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai..., ran for US Senate in Massachusetts as a Republican and made allegations of voter fraud on Twitter. These tweets were then deleted by the far-left tech giant. Later it was discovered that they were deleted at the direction of government employees of the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office.

We've seen recent revelations about California and Iowa officials making similar censorship demands of Big Tech companies. Funny how it's all about private companies exercising their own discretion until you find out the government is giving them instructions.

Wed Jun 02 23:49:15 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats aren't even hiding their totalitarian plans

Conservative TreehouseHouse Democrats have organized a bill [pdf here] that will create a commission to investigate the January 6th events in Washington DC. The narrative is a 9/11-style commission to investigate the details, issues and circumstances of the January 6th “insurrection”; however, everyone with a lick of political common sense knows this commission will be used to further a Democrat narrative about ‘right-wing extremism’ in an effort to assist Democrats in the mid-term election.

Even the comparison to 9/11 -- when 3,000 people died and buildings worth billions were completely destroyed, affecting many city blocks and injuring thousands more -- is odious.

Conservative TreehouseThe commission will also be permitted to use any/all aspects of the U.S. intelligence community to advance their investigation. “The Commission may secure directly from any Federal department or agency information, including any underlying information that may be in the possession of the intelligence community, that is necessary to enable it to carry out its purposes and functions under this Act.” In other words, the House democrats will use their control to weaponize and shape the intelligence information for their political benefit.

And to add insult to injury, after the Russia hoax and the Spygate controversy, they are going to unleash the intelligence agencies and their pervasive spying on Americans against their political opponents openly and without shame.

Over a nothing-burger manufactured "riot".

Wed Jun 02 22:49:15 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Threatening expert witnesses in the Chauvin trial

Meaning In HistoryThe defense doesn’t provide direct or explicit allegations of the inference it draws, but the allegation is that Dr. Mitchell coerced Dr. Baker to alter his final autopsy report by threatening him with professional reprisals if Dr. Baker did not include “neck compression” as a contributing factor to Floyd’s death. Dr. Mitchell made it clear in his first call after Dr. Baker’s preliminary report ruled out traumatic asphyxiation as a cause of death that he disagreed with Dr. Baker — even though Dr. Mitchell was not involved in the autopsy and had no access to any of the autopsy materials. The motion contends the contents of both conversations, and Dr. Mitchell threatening to publish an Op-Ed in the Washington Post critical of Dr. Baker amounted to “coercion” under the law, and that the defense should have been provided with evidence of the contacts between Dr. Baker and Dr. Mitchell given Dr. Mitchell’s connection to the prosecution evidenced by the November 5 meeting with four members of the prosecution team.

Somehow this sort of thing never makes the news.

Tue Jun 01 23:59:59 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

PA officials touring AZ audit

Gateway PunditChristina Bobb: Pennsylvania sent a delegation out here. They’ve expressed interest in the Arizona audit and replicating this in Pennsylvania. So there is a delegation of state legistlators from Pennsylvania that are arrive in Arizona today. They are getting a behind the scene tour tomorrow. I’m hoping to catch up with them tomorrow so hopefully we’ll have some of that.

It remains to be seen what the AZ audit will find, but having the states with questionable results conduct thorough audits seems like a good idea. If the audit is good -- unlike, say, Windham -- then the result is a positive regardless of outcome.

Tue Jun 01 23:50:59 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More Seth Rich documents released from FBI under FOIA

UncoverDCThe DC Patriot reports that the FBI has released a new batch of documents to attorney Ty Clevenger from his client’s FOIA request for documents concerning Seth Rich and brother Aaron Rich. These 121 pages follow the 68 released on April 23; Clevenger has yet to comment on his blog.

The 123-page PDF includes a two-page cover sheet on United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Information Policy (OIP) letterhead and 121 pages of declassified documents. The cover letter indicates it is a final response to the FOIA request and that 58 additional pages were not released based on standard exemptions, including information the OIP says is either protected by attorney privilege, pertains to privileged law enforcement investigations, or the release of which would invade personal privacy or identify a confidential source.

The release does not appear to contain much useful information, beyond demonstrating that people at the FBI and on Mueller's special counsel team were paying attention to stories about Seth Rich and having conversations about them. Most of the potentially interesting information is redacted.

Categories Spygate

Tue Jun 01 22:59:59 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DC government just doesn't care

WILACarjackers put a gun to 73-year-old Doug Nelson’s head as he arrived home a little after midnight. The Vietnam veteran and grandfather of 11 had just finished his usual late shift at the U.S. Postal Service.

It would be days before police recovered the only vehicle that Doug and Nancy Nelson owned and relied upon.

And when they got it back, it would be returned with something extra.

“Over $2,000 worth of fines. Yes. Over $2,000 worth of fines,” Nancy Nelson said as we sat in their living room looking over a folder of paperwork and a pile of speeding tickets.

The DC government didn't back off their demand for payment until they realized a local news program was investigating.

Mon May 31 23:48:11 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Opposition to Critical Race Theory being taught builds

PJMediaWhen asked about trends participants have observed in their local K-12 classrooms over the last two years, a majority said that instruction was more focused on race, gender, and activism. A similar segment said that education had become more political; a plurality said this included a liberal bias. In reality, this has been going on for some time in many areas of the country. The realization among parents and members of the community is likely due to pandemic distance learning and news coverage.

The questions then reviewed concepts that are fundamental to critical theories, and respondents thoroughly reject them, with many indicating feeling strongly that they should not be taught. The percentages noted are for those with strong feelings rejecting the idea and those who somewhat object, combined

This is one area where the left had a major miscalculation. It would be great if they could teach all their classes remotely, and not have to put up with essentially babysitting all the screaming kids in their classes -- pushing that burden back on their parents -- while still getting paid as if they were doing their jobs. Or so they thought. But they made a mistake. They let parents see what their children were being taught. And that may change the game in education permanently. We're still seeing only the early repercussions of this.

And things like this won't help at all either.

Mon May 31 22:48:11 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Police seize hundreds of safe deposit boxes from lawful owners

ReasonDagny discovered that the FBI had seized the contents of her safe deposit box—about $100,000 in gold and silver coins, some family heirlooms like a diamond necklace inherited from her late grandmother, and an engagement ring she'd promised to pass down to her daughter—almost by accident.

After a brief moment of panic, some phone calls, and several days, Dagny and her husband Howard (pseudonyms used at their request to maintain privacy during ongoing legal proceedings) figured out what happened. On March 22, the FBI had raided U.S. Private Vaults. The federal agents were armed with a warrant allowing them to seize property belonging to the company as part of a criminal investigation—and even though the warrant explicitly exempted the safe deposit boxes in the company's vaults, they were taken too. More than 800 were seized.

Howard tells Reason there was no attempt made by the FBI to contact him, his wife, or their heirs—despite the fact that contact information was taped to the top of their box. Six weeks later, the couple is still waiting for their property to be returned.

This is exactly the sort of thing the Constitution was supposed to prevent.

Sun May 30 23:35:11 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A "new normal" of vote fraud in Detroit

Just The NewsIn Detroit's report on the $7.4 million in grants it received from the Center for Tech and Civil Life (CTCL), a voter advocacy organization funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the city said that a new normal had been created with how the election was run in 2020.

"We created a new expectation for the public, because we significantly increased the number of ways [a] voter can vote," reported the city's Department of Elections in the CTCL grant report, obtained by Just the News through a Freedom of Information Act request.

"We have created a new normal in terms of how voters expect to vote in the City of Detroit," reads the report. "The funding structure established must be preserved for future elections. We are requesting grant funds for the current year."

If they get away with it, they'll keep doing it. And given that the House and Senate are very, very close, probably even expand their efforts. It's not just about Trump; the Democratic HR1 election legislation proves they want to make all the changes to election rules permanent, and shut out Republicans from government completely.

Sun May 30 22:35:11 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fake News about coronavirus statistics in Florida

National ReviewThis is a story about Rebekah Jones, a former dashboard manager at the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), who has single-handedly managed to convince millions of Americans that Governor Ron DeSantis has been fudging the state’s COVID-19 data.

When I write “single-handedly,” I mean it, for Jones is not one of the people who have advanced this conspiracy theory but rather is the person who has advanced this conspiracy theory. It has been repeated by others, sure: by partisans across the Internet, by unscrupulous Florida Democrats such as Nikki Fried and Charlie Crist, and on television, by MSNBC in particular. But it flows from a single place: Rebekah Jones. To understand that is to understand the whole game. This is about Jones, and Jones alone. If she falls, it falls.

And boy does it deserve to fall.

Funny how everyone in the media was so desperate to use her claims to attack Republicans (Trump and DeSantis) for keeping Florida open, rather than investigating her claims.

Categories Fake News Coronavirus

Sat May 29 23:54:37 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Reading the Durham tea leaves

Empty WheelThe WaPo has revealed that DOJ obtained toll records on three journalists, covering a 3.5 month period in 2017, in 2020.

I have no faith in Durham, but reading the tea leaves remains interesting.

Categories Spygate

Sat May 29 22:54:37 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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