Truth Irrelevancy Project Update, by Robert Gore

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When traffickers in intellectual gobbledegook have free rein, the Truth Irrelevancy Project’s work is done.

Truth is always the enemy of power. Exposure of power’s motivations, depredations, and corruption never serves power’s ends. Truth is often suppressed and those who disclose it persecuted. Any illegitimate government (currently, all of them) that fails to do so risks its own termination.

What if, instead of suppressing the truth, a regime could render it irrelevant and not have to worry about it? That prospect is the Holy Grail for those who rule or seek to rule.

Robert Gore, “Make the Truth Irrelevant,”  Straight Line Logic, October 16, 2019

By now most people recognize war is being waged. “Make the Truth Irrelevant” was published before Covid-19 or the George Floyd protests and riots, but it offers the perspective necessary to understand who is waging war against whom, and what’s at stake.

Science is one way humanity searches for truth. The Covid-19 panic and response are a direct assault on what remains of science. All of the hysteria and the political reaction to it are driven by models and projections, which are nothing more than hypotheses.

It is said that models are only as good as the underlying data and assumptions they incorporate, but that’s misleading. They may use the best available data and assumptions and still be wildly off the mark. For any model of a complex phenomenon—the weather, the climate, financial markets, or the progression of a disease—substitute “our best guess” for the word “model” and you have a better understanding of what the model actually is.

“Our best guess” also depends on who’s doing the guessing. The Covid-19 models that have been accepted and heavily publicized are the ones with the most dire projections for cases and deaths. The projections have generated the fear and panic necessary to support unprecedented restrictions on freedom and individual rights—lockdowns, business closures, involuntary unemployment, social distancing, and face masks—and a concomitant expansion of governments’ power, essentially rule by decree.

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Genius Trump Wears Mask Causing Media To Question Effectiveness Of Masks

From The Babylon Bee:

BETHESDA, MD—President Trump really is playing 11D Settlers of Catan while the rest of us are playing 2D Tiddlywinks.

Wanting the nation to begin questioning the effectiveness of masks at stopping the spread of coronavirus, Trump put on a mask during a visit to a medical center, causing the media to investigate whether or not masks really work. Liberals everywhere were seen burning their masks and running around licking doorknobs to own Trump.

“Yes, masks seem to be effective at first blush, but do they really work?” said a CNN anchor. “The bad orange man is wearing a mask, so we have to wonder: do they really stop the coronavirus? What is it that he is hiding behind that sinister disguise?”

The media finally changed its tune from “Wear the d*mn mask” to “Well, let’s look at the pros and cons of mask wearing,” with the 4D chess expert President Trump having forced them to do their job of investigative reporting rather than parroting left-wing and government talking points.

“I was getting really annoyed with all the ‘wear the mask’ talk, so I decided to put one on so they’d come out against them,” Trump said at a press conference. “I played the media like a fiddle. Well, I’ve never played a fiddle, but I was always told I had beautiful hands that would be perfect for the fiddle. I bet I’d be tremendous at the fiddle.”

Just to have fun, Trump took off the mask in the middle of the press conference and then put it back on several times, causing the media to change their opinion on mask wearing over 17 times in three minutes.

https://babylonbee.com/news/genius-trump-puts-on-mask-causing-liberals-to-question-effectiveness-of-masks

The Logic Of Political Violence, by the Zman

Totalitarian violence may be a lot closer than you think. From the Zman at theburningplatform.com:

Back in the Cold War, one of the things Americans would puzzle over was the political violence behind the Iron Curtain. Most Americans assumed they would resist the state terrorism they heard about from the media. Of course, they assumed such a thing could never happen in America. Today we are seeing just how easily state sponsored terrorism can get going in any country. The reason is there is a political logic to murder that comes as a part of ideological movements.

The logic of political violence is best understood by considering the way Progressives frame their anti-speech pogroms. They keep equaling words and ideas that vex them with violence. For example, someone posting crime statistics on Twitter is accused of posting violent content or inciting violence. At the same time, BLM burning shops and murdering young white mothers is pure political expression. Language they don’t like is violence and violence they like is free expression.

All acts, speaking or physical activity, are judged in purely partisan terms. That person murdering white mothers on behalf of the Progressive cause is morally good by default, as he is sustaining and advancing the interests of the cause. Similarly, the person who stops laughing too soon at an official joke is consciously or unconsciously working against the interest of the cause. He’s a threat. In other words, all actions are judged only in partisan terms, not in relative terms.

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The Diapered Don, by Eric Peters

President Trump putting on a face diaper sends a terrible message. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

Seeing a Diapered Donald was kind of like seeing your mom naked. It’s not something you wanted to see.

And now the country has seen it. The media is making sure of that. Wherever you click, you see the Diaperer-in-Chief. It is an even more disturbing image than naked mom because only you saw her.

And because it means nothing.

Seeing the Diapered Donald may mean everything. It will surely be used toward that end, which is the Diapering of everyone – in order to so derange everyone as to make them acquiescent to vaccinations – which will be seen as the Great Relief from this hideous burden. We’ll be able to take off the Diapers, at last!

In exchange for letting them put something else into our bodies.

Diaper Dissent must not be permitted for precisely this reason. If even a fourth of the population doesn’t Diaper, it undermines the general Diapering. Those who do Diaper will see that others aren’t and – worse – that Diapering isn’t all that’s standing between them and a ventilator. They will see the Undiapered not getting sick – and even worse, not getting dead.

It will be like the kid in the swimming pool who realizes his feet can touch the bottom – and he’s not going to drown after all.

But how to refuse Diapering when the president does it? When his whole entourage – including the Obergruppenfuhrer Arzt Jerome Adams (who previously said Diapering  – quote – “does not work for the general public”) is Diapered alongside?

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The soliloquy of Francisco d’Anconia upon the nature of money, by Ayn Rand

The following is many people’s favorite passage from Atlas Shrugged. From theburningplatform.com:

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“So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Anconia. “Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the “looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?

When you accept money in payment for your effort, you do so only on the conviction that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. It is not the moochers or the looters who give value to money. Not an ocean of tears nor all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tomorrow. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor—your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle which is the root of money. Is this what you consider evil?

Have you ever looked for the root of production? Take a look at an electric generator and dare tell yourself that it was created by the muscular effort of unthinking brutes. Try to grow a seed of wheat without the knowledge left to you by men who had to discover it for the first time. Try to obtain your food by means of nothing but physical motions—and you’ll learn that man’s mind is the root of all the goods produced and of all the wealth that has ever existed on earth.

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AOC: ‘Most Crime Is Probably Just Some Street Rat With A Heart Of Gold Stealing Apples To Feed His Pet Monkey’

From the Babylon Bee:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Confronted with rising crime in New York City, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that most crime in the area is probably “just some street rat with a heart of gold stealing apples to feed his pet monkey.”

She made the claim at a press conference today after reporters asked her about the city’s concerning spike in crime. She thought for a minute and adjusted her glasses before responding.

“You know, we think of crime as being, like, these evil criminals who steal puppies to make coats out of them,” she said. “Like they’re just these cruel, evil people who want dog coats.”

“Isn’t that just the plot of 101 Dalmations?” one reporter asked. Ocasio-Cortez fired back, though, accusing her of racism.

“Anyway, but that’s not how they are. Criminals just want to take some bread and give it to an orphan, or take a few apples for their pet monkey to eat. And maybe they want to give some to a princess who is oppressed by the patriarchal hierarchy and just wants some time alone at the market. You never know.”

“Isn’t that just the plot of Aladdin?” another reporter asked. Ocasio-Cortez fired back, though, accusing him of sexism.

One reporter then asked her what she thought about the idea that all criminals are just riff-raff. “Riff-raff? Street rat? I don’t buy that,” she said. “If only we’d look closer, we’d see that there’s so much more to them.” She then accused him of classism.

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How Many Ways Can Israel Wage War on Iran Before the Media Reports Israel Is Waging War on Iran? by Ted Snider

Israel is waging covert warfare against Iran, and does its best to enlist the US in the effort. Why do those facts have such a tough time making it into the mainstream media? From Ted Snider antiwar.com:

Israel just bombed Iran. And no one noticed.

On July 2, 2020, two explosions erupted in Iran, and both seem to have been ignited by Israel. Neither explosion attracted much reporting, and what reporting there has been remains thin and confused.

The first report came out on the afternoon of July 3. The Jerusalem Post picked up a story from Kuwait’s Al-Jarida, reporting that a fire had broken out at Iran’s civilian Natanz nuclear enrichment site. The Kuwaiti report says that an unnamed senior source informed them that the fire was caused by an Israeli cyber attack. They suggest that Iran will need about two months to recover from the attack. Iranian officials have since confirmed that, though none of the underground centrifuges were damaged, the above ground damage is extensive, and that their centrifuge program has been substantially set back.

The second attack exploded near Parchin, at a site claimed to be a missile production facility. Citing the same Kuwaiti paper, The Times of Israelattributed the Parchin explosion to missiles dropped by Israeli F-35 stealth fighters.

The Parchin story has drawn little further attention and remains undeveloped, but the Natanz story has confusingly evolved. Though unnamed Iranian officials seemed at first to side with the cyber attack theory, some experts sided with a different theory: that the Natanz explosion was not a cyber attack but an actual, bolder physical attack. In a rare piece of mainstream reporting, The New York Times seems to confirm the physical attack theory. Relying on a “Middle Eastern intelligence official with knowledge of the episode,” the Times reports that the Natanz nuclear complex was not hit by a cyber attack, as it has been previously, but by a “powerful bomb.” The intelligence official added that “Israel was responsible for the attack.” The Times report supports the intelligence source by adding that a “member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps who was briefed on the matter also said an explosive was used.” According to the Revolutionary Guards source, it is likely that someone carried the bomb into the building.

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Bari Weiss Resignation Letter

Bari Weiss, a writer and editor at the New York Times, calls it quits, tired of the paper’s straight-jacket political correctness and cancel culture. From Bari Weiss at bariweiss.com:

Dear A.G.,

It is with sadness that I write to tell you that I am resigning from The New York Times.

I joined the paper with gratitude and optimism three years ago. I was hired with the goal of bringing in voices that would not otherwise appear in your pages: first-time writers, centrists, conservatives and others who would not naturally think of The Times as their home. The reason for this effort was clear: The paper’s failure to anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election meant that it didn’t have a firm grasp of the country it covers. Dean Baquet and others have admitted as much on various occasions. The priority in Opinion was to help redress that critical shortcoming.

I was honored to be part of that effort, led by James Bennet. I am proud of my work as a writer and as an editor. Among those I helped bring to our pages: the Venezuelan dissident Wuilly Arteaga; the Iranian chess champion Dorsa Derakhshani; and the Hong Kong Christian democrat Derek Lam. Also: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Masih Alinejad, Zaina Arafat, Elna Baker, Rachael Denhollander, Matti Friedman, Nick Gillespie, Heather Heying, Randall Kennedy, Julius Krein, Monica Lewinsky, Glenn Loury, Jesse Singal, Ali Soufan, Chloe Valdary, Thomas Chatterton Williams, Wesley Yang, and many others.

But the lessons that ought to have followed the election—lessons about the importance of understanding other Americans, the necessity of resisting tribalism, and the centrality of the free exchange of ideas to a democratic society—have not been learned. Instead, a new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper: that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.

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The “Biblical” Default Wave Arrives: Here Is The Avalanche Of Bankruptcies Unleashed By Coronavirus, by Tyler Durden

This article examines just corporate debt and bankruptcies, but rest assured similar avalanches are coming in every category of debt. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

Two months ago, we said that it was just a matter of time before a “biblical” wave of bankruptcies was about to be unleashed on the US as a result of the coronavirus pandemic…

… and sure enough, the first wave is corporate defaults is starting to wash across US shores, with companies in every industry – from retailers, to airlines, and restaurants – but also sports leagues, a cannabis company and an archdiocese plagued by sex-abuse allegations. These are some of the more than 110 companies tracked by Bloomberg that have declared bankruptcy in the U.S. this year and blamed Covid-19 in part for their demise.

While some were in deep financial trouble even before governors ordered non-essential businesses shut to help contain the spread of the virus, most will reorganize and emerge from court smaller and less-indebted. But the hardest hit, are liquidating assets and closing for good.

Among the filers are some of the most iconic names of US business: Hertz, J.C. Penney and as of last week, Brooks Brothers, too. However most are small and medium-sized businesses scattered across the country. Their downfall might not normally garner much attention, but it does underscore the full extent of the damage Covid-19 has inflicted on the economy.

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What is the real purpose of the Lockdowns? by Renée Parsons

By now most SLL readers know the real purpose of the lockdowns: to consolidate and increase governments’ power and strip people of whatever remains of their liberties. From Renée Parsons at off-guardian.org:

If given the choice between maintaining a toxic world of fear, pollution and violence controlled by the State or a society of prosperity and compassion based on freedom and individual rights, there is little doubt that the majority of Americans would want the old paradigm of synthetic events to take a hike; except that choice has been distorted under the guise of what the World Health Organization (WHO) has mislabeled the most deadly virus in history.

The coronavirus crisis arrived in a flash with little time to analyze exactly WTF was going on. Americans struggled to process what is real, trustworthy and authentic as the unraveling of deep political decay revealed a behind-the-scenes subterranean power struggle that has surfaced with the intent on disintegration of American Society.

While the country is fast approaching an existential crisis on steroids, millions experienced an inner knowing that some indefinable thing was not right with recognition that the early explanations were hogwash while others, addicted to mainstream/social media who still believed in the illusion of democracy, were on board with the litany of spin from the medical and political establishment.

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Covid Madness: How Can So Few Control So Many? by Gary D. Barnett

The money sentence: “If the desire to be free is not in the hearts and minds of the population at large, liberty becomes unattainable.” Sad but true, and the desire to be free doesn’t appear to be an animating desire in most Americans. From Gary D. Barnett at lewrockwell.com:

“I should like merely to understand how it happens that so many men, so many villages, so many cities, so many nations, sometimes suffer under a single tyrant who has no other power than the power they give him; who is able to harm them only to the extent to which they have the willingness to bear with him; who could do them absolutely no injury unless they preferred to put up with him rather than contradict him. Surely a striking situation! Yet it is so common that one must grieve the more and wonder the less at the spectacle of a million men serving in wretchedness, their necks under the yoke, not constrained by a greater multitude than they…

~ Étienne de la Boétie, 1552 to 1553The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude

What causes man to bow to impotent authority, to cower in the face of one or a few tyrants, to lack the will to be free? This question has haunted me since I was very young, but the answer it seems is as La Boétie so clearly stated almost 500 years ago, and that is that that common people are consumed by indifference. Surely with over 300 million people living in this country, it would take only a small percentage practicing disobedience to eliminate the governing power and claim liberty. Why has this not happened? Why do so many obey so few? Without a strong desire to be free, the fate of man will always fall to rule, and that rule can lead only to a life of servitude.

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