Monthly Archives: June 2020

Orwellian Tolerance of Violence But Intolerance of Verbal Goof-Ups

Because of mass brainwashing in America, and ultra-hyper-sensitivity, we now have harassment of people who stupidly made some innocent remark, not because they are racists, but just out of insensitivity.

Intolerant society now does not forgive people for such verbal mistakes, and people persecute the insensitive louts, getting someone fired from a job or a TV show cancelled, such as Rosanne Barr.

As I mentioned previously, if someone says, “All lives matter,” that is called “insensitive,” and a person is fired from one’s job. I already mentioned how a professor was reading from Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which Dr. King used the “N-word.” and because the professor read that out loud, even though it was Dr. King who was using the “N-word,” that professor is being investigated. A liberal, non-racist professor. That is how irrational our society has become.

Well, I have another case of hysteria in the area of hyper-sensitivity. Dave Andelman, who had been CEO and host of “Phantom Gourmet,” a restaurant related Boston TV show, was forced to resign from his CEO and hosting positions because of writing sarcastic remarks on his Facebook page regarding the Black Lives Matter protests, the rioting and vandalism that have been taking place, and the irrational COVID lockdown.

In one post, Andelman wrote, “If the people who fought to create and defend this country knew politicians and police were ‘taking a knee’ after looting in major cities, while millions of law abiding citizens were denied the right to make a living, they’d jam bayonets into their own heads.”

Now, in today’s climate of hostility, that was obviously very dumb of him to write that. However, when you see hundreds of businesses being burned down, owned by people who are not involved in racism or in whatever the rioters’ grievances are, I can understand the need to express a sense of cynicism. Can’t you?

And the people burning down whole businesses, looting and stealing from innocent people, and destroying churches, libraries and homes as well, are not “protesters.” Acts of violence and criminality are NOT legitimate forms of “protest”! If they were, then America is just another third-world hell-hole.

Andelman also mixed his cynicism over the “protests” and rioting and looting with his cynicism over the COVID hysteria, including, “Zero effort to stop or distance these ‘protests’. Open business now and stop this silly charade.” And, “Maybe Back Bay restaurants and retailers could offer touchless, curbside looting and gyms could call workouts “protests against obesity.”

Now, I can see how some ultra-sensitive people may interpret that last remark as showing a lack of compassion toward what actual protesters are protesting, when he writes about workouts being “protests against obesity.” But can people lighten up, for crying out loud? I don’t think that someone should be fired for that.

Again, “looters” are not “protesters.” Looters are thieves and hooligans. Stealing from others is not a legitimate form of protesting. And when people involved in protesting turn to looting and arson, then their own acts of criminality in and of themselves de-legitimize whatever legitimate grievances those perpetrators may have had.

Hooligans and barbarians who violate the lives, property and liberty of others are just as worthy of cynicism, sarcasm, and parody as are the Orwellian “pandemic” policies of our fascist dictator governors.

So the looting, burning down and destroying businesses and threatening the lives of others have nothing to do with protesting racism or police brutality.

If our society continues to tolerate violence but not tolerate mere words, then we really are in serious trouble.

Is There “Systemic” Racism in America?

There is a lot of ignorance and brainwashing in America now. One thing that many people really believe is that there is “systemic racism” in America. Maybe up to the 1960s when there was still no Civil Rights Act, and there were still “Jim Crow” laws. But now? “Systemic”?

The Jim Crow laws were government laws that forced segregation by race onto private businesses and organizations, and prohibited private business owners from desegregating. When white business owners allowed black customers to sit at a counter right along with black customers, such as in Alabama or Mississippi, the police came in to harass and even beat up the business owners and arrest them for violating “the law.” Obviously, that kind of fascism should not be tolerated in a free and civilized society.

But all those laws were repealed all across the U.S. by the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which also prohibited discrimination based on race.

After 50+ years, we now have many black government officials, state representatives and Congressmen, black mayors, city council members and black police chiefs. And other minorities as well, obviously. There are many black people working side by side with whites in businesses all across America, and there is no conflict there, mostly. There are many black businessmen, black doctors and lawyers, accountants and teachers. My Stop&Shop store has mostly black workers, as does my nearest CVS. I don’t see their bosses doing anything against those people because they are black. I don’t see police going in there and harassing them. Are there isolated incidents? Sure. But it’s not common.

And on the college campuses, there are many black professors and other black workers and administrators. However, it is at those places that many young people are being told to ignore real life all around them, and instead they are indoctrinated to believe that there is “systemic racism.” Especially when a single police incident occurs that is amplified and a video repeated over and over and over. That helps with the brainwashing.

But in the cities, we have the problem of police attempting to enforce thousands and thousands of laws of prohibition, such as drug laws, and bureaucratic laws and code laws, such as selling individual cigarettes. And yes, police tend to be targeting black citizens and other minorities.

What can overwhelmingly contribute to resolving that situation? Repeal ALL those laws, especially every single drug-related law on the books, and you will greatly decrease police harassment of innocent people. I am sure of that. Ending “qualified immunity” will also help.

Vitamin D Deficiency May Explain Why Black People Have Higher COVID Mortality Rates

An MIT study has found that race plays a major role, as much as age and one’s preexisting conditions, in a COVID-19 patient’s chance of survival. Apparently, black people have a higher death rate.

CBS Boston quotes the study author thus: “We controlled for that share of the population that has health insurance, diabetes, smoking, obesity. So, it’s got to be something that’s not that. It could be something like the quality of the insurance or the quality of the health care system.” In other words, they aren’t saying it overtly, but I think it is implied that the insurance and health care systems might be “racist,”  as a reference to “systemic racism” that we’ve been hearing about in the news these days.

But there is a good explanation in terms of certain dietary factors. Like lack of vitamin D is a good explanation, in my opinion. Northwestern University researchers have found that those COVID-19 patients with severe vitamin D deficiency have much higher COVID mortality rates.

Now, some people have criticized that study citing that mainly age is the relevant factor for COVID-19 fatality rates. A high percentage of the COVID-19 deaths are taking place in nursing homes. But the vitamin D deficiency theory makes sense to me given that COVID-19 involves the respiratory tract and fluid buildup in the lungs. According to this article published at NIH, “Vitamin D appears capable of inhibiting pulmonary inflammatory responses while enhancing innate defence mechanisms against respiratory pathogens.”

This article on The Lancet backs up those findings regarding vitamin D deficiency and COVID, citing additional studies, and it mentions that “black and minority ethnic people—who are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency because they have darker skin—seem to be worse affected than white people by COVID-19.”

This study on NIH states: “Blacks and Hispanics consistently manifest lower serum concentrations of 25(OH)D than non-Hispanic whites [8–12], primarily because increased skin pigmentation inhibits cutaneous synthesis of cholecalciferol, the metabolic precursor to 25(OH)D [13]. This has led many investigators to conclude that blacks and Hispanics are at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency than whites [8–12], and as a result, may also have increased risk of developing associated chronic disease conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and cancer [14, 15].” (And COVID-19?)

For some reason it really seems to be difficult to get mainstream medical practitioners, researchers and journalists to take the importance of nutrition (and malnutrition) seriously. It has been my own personal experience that mainstream doctors are either overly (and irrationally) faithful in the pharmaceutical industry or they are just dishonestly connected to those companies, or both.

Note how the government “public health experts” such as Dr. Fauci and our state officials rarely if ever even mention the importance of being nutritionally fit to defend against COVID-19 or any other type of disease including the flu.

But I think that the initial MIT researchers I mentioned at the top in their not even considering nutritional deficiencies and instead wanting to look at the insurance or health care systems, tells us something.

Police Brutality, Riots, Racism, and Political Correctness Run Amok

The riots going on in various cities are troubling, and I don’t believe they have that much to do with racism. The riots mainly have to do with cops killing unarmed black people, which is not happening as often as the media tells us, but there are activists who are exploiting and exaggerating the racial conflict problem.

Please explain to me just how breaking windows and breaking into a business and looting and stealing from small business owners’ livelihoods and burning down businesses, burning cars and burning down the public library, have to do with a cop killing some guy? Or how it has to do with racism in America?

Why take your anger out on innocent people who haven’t harmed you and their livelihoods?

Some of the looted or destroyed businesses in Minneapolis were owned by black people or other minorities or immigrants. Some of them put signs in windows stating, “Black owned business,” or “Business owned by immigrants.” But no, those businesses got destroyed anyway.

During the 1960s the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. protested racial discrimination and injustice peacefully. He and others, hundreds of thousands of others, marched on Washington, and they did so peacefully. And they effected in getting the Civil Rights Act passed and repealing Jim Crow laws throughout the country.

However, they didn’t seem to change things with local police departments. In New York the police are known to harass and “stop and frisk” blacks and Hispanics and regardless if there were reasons to suspect someone of wrongdoing. (Repealing the drug laws and ending the failed “war on drugs” would go a long way in stopping many of those police abuses, but that’s for a different discussion.)

But why are things different now with protests, as compared to the Martin Luther King era? And while there is police brutality, that obviously should not be tolerated. The protests go beyond government violence against blacks and other minorities, and protesters are going after speech, including innocent, harmless speech. And for absurd political correctness reasons.

To show just how absurdly things have changed, and for the worse, now we have another example of political correctness run amok. It appears that UCLA’s political science department is investigating a lecturer for reading Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” to the class. And the letter includes the “N word,” which the lecturer also read out loud. Why would he not? Oooh, he said the “N word,” even though it was Dr. King who wrote the word, and not the lecturer using the word himself.

So the kids complained. And I’m not even going to write out the whole “N word,” you know what I mean. I don’t want this blog to be taken down. So I have to censor myself, because there are people out there who feel offended by every little word or sentence, so it seems.

And I’m Jewish, but if someone utters the “K word” I couldn’t care less. Or the “H word.” I really couldn’t care less, and those things don’t offend me. Why have people become so offended by everything?

Another example: Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer, Grant Napear, was fired by the Kings and the radio station, because he tweeted, “All lives matter…” in response to a discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement. All he did was tweet, “All lives matter.”

What, not all lives matter? Why is that offensive? It’s like everything is “racist” now.

Sorry if I’m too rational for today’s “systemic” irrationality. And yes, it appears to be systemic now, the absurdity, the Orwellian nonsense. Racism, by the way, is not “systemic.” That is just not the case. Barack Obama couldn’t have gotten elected president and reelected president if the U.S. were a racist country. (And there are some people who believe that pointing that out is itself “racist.” Not exactly thinking people, quite frankly.)

But, “War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.”

Speaking of “Orwellian,” one of my favorite libertarian bloggers, Robert Wenzel, has a post about police in various municipalities going overboard to show how they are NOT racists, by lying face down on the ground and “washing the feet” of Black Lives Matter organizers. Wenzel notes that this is an example of “early-stage Cultural Revolution of Mao’s China.” (I think it’s early stage nuttiness, if you don’t mind my saying that.)

And, regarding the police controversies I’m not a “hate-cops” person, or a “blue lives matter” person. In my world, no one would be above the law, including the enforcers of the law. But I don’t see all police as one group, because each of us is an individual.

We can’t say “white people this” or “black people that,” or “cops this or that,” because there are many good cops who probably have gone through their entire careers never having hurt anyone or even shot their guns while on duty.

Unfortunately, one psycho comes along and keeps his knee on someone’s neck and kills him. We have to weed out those ones, if there is to be a government monopoly on security. Perhaps consider privatizing that function?