January 7th, 2021

#7471: I need more self-control.

Okay, so let's start with what Sarah Hoyt said:
WHY YOU SHOULD TRUST SCIENCE
In 1932, the government kindly offered free health care to 600 men in exchange for participation in a 6-month science experiment.
The experiment actually lasted 40 years.
These men had Syphilis, and the goal was to see how Syphilis progressed when untreated. This goal was hidden, and the doctors gave the men fake treatments. The fake treatments continued even after known effective treatments (penicillin) became widely available in 1947.
Various scientists brought up concerns, but they were dismissed. In 1966, the CDC reaffirmed the need to continue the study until completion; i.e., until all subjects had died and been autopsied. They received support for this statement from the American Medical Association and the National Medical Association.
In 1972 the experiment was stopped due to public outcry.
Anyways, here are the takeaways:
* Trust Science
* Trust Government
* The CDC, specifically, wants what's best for you
And then the reply that got me going:
Sarah Chana
Most physicians aren't members of the AMA.
Using the word "science" ambiguously to describe any group you're hating on right now because you don't understand what we do is idiotic. The FDA formed guidelines after these incidents to keep people safe. It's worked fairly well. The CDC has nothing to do with that--the combination of pharma working under FDA guidelines. Separating the private sector operating under FDA guidelines specifically designed to safeguard the safety of subjects and consumers from the CDC and organizations that don’t actually dictate what doctors (not necessarily research scientists, PhD or MD) even have to do is a first step in showing you have the most basic level of competency required to have a real conversation on /any/ topic related to pharmaceutical research.
The takeaway from these incidents was to create legislation that protected research subjects. It was one of the extremely rare incidents where more government actually saved millions of lives, because it was specifically done to safeguard the people without regard for what was easier or cheaper for either the government or private sector, with pure regard for subject and patient safety. Then, of course, you have ICH guidelines, which US pharmaceutical companies don’t have to utilize but typically do— and there's a lot of overlap with FDA guidelines. But hey, you could always keep listening to laymen instead of people who’ve run clinical trials and developed drugs for a living...

Just curious— next time you need surgery, are you going to have your plumber do it, or a doctor? Stop listening to morons who don’t have a clue how any of this works.

This was written by a fucking freelance author. I’m a drug development chemist who used to run trials. But yeah, keep listening to laymen run their traps about shit they don’t know the first thing about. Almost as if they know better than people who’ve dedicated their lives to extremely complex scientific and legal endeavors and bettering the state of humanity while they write cute little stories.

Do your basic background research from sources like myself (you know, scientists and drug dev professionals), not “freelance authors” and you might spew something one level above conspiracy drek.
Emphasis mine.

This person spewed this diatribe in response to Sarah Hoyt pointing out that government carried out medical experiments on people without their knowledge, as a way of pointing out that we should not implicitly trust government always to do the right thing. This soi disant educated person missed that point and instead went off on a tangent about FDA guidelines and so forth, and then started calling everyone stupid and uneducated.

But it was that last line, about "basic background research" and "conspiracy drek", that led me to comment.
[Fungus] @Sarah Chana
Do you deny the history, then? Because the bit was written by a "fucking freelance author" this experiment was never carried out, by government scientists, in America, and it was never approved by the AMA and CDC?
I'm sorry that I'm just a layman and not super-smart and super-educated, but that's how I read what you're saying. The situation you're calling "one level above conspiracy drek" actually happened. Which you might have learned, had you done a little "basic background research" yourself.
But here's a link for you to start with:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuskegee_Syphilis_Study
There has never, never, ever been a time in my life when I so thorougly owned someone in any kind of argument.

The experiments done on the Tusgkeegee Airmen is a famous example of government doing something horrible...and the government in question was one of the good ones! It was the United States that did this. Ms. Hoyt very wisely anonymized it, though, taking out all the racial aspect and any other identifying information, stripping the thing to its bare facts.

Presented with it, then, this Sarah Chana didn't recognize the source, didn't check on it, and simply denounced Ms. Hoyt as stupid. And then I pointed out what Ms. Hoyt had been referring to, and then Ms. Chana posted three long diatribes, mostly about how I was unqualified to evaluate these things and uneducated and stupid.

Comment one starts, "If you were halfway literate enough on the subject matter (or literate, generally)..."

Comment two:
You are not educated, experienced, or smart enough to have this conversation. You cannot simply read one article on the internet and gain the kind of knowledge and experience scientists and drug development experts have. You are not special.
When I want a laymen to help develop drugs or enforce FDA regs, I’ll call the dumbass on the internet.
And comment three is basically more of the same.

So I replied:
Wow, three replies to one question! And none of them acknowledge that you called that story "conspiracy drek" because you didn't bother to look it up before commenting.
I don't think you're qualified to comment on my intelligence or my education, but to be honest I really don't care what you think of either one. In just about every case, you've brandished yours as if it was some kind of talisman before which the people you think of as your intellectual inferiors will necessarily scatter.
Your credentials do not impress me. They do not frighten me. A person who invokes the appeal to authority often turns out to be a mid-wit who has received testimonials far in excess of their actual ability.
...and there was blissful silence thereafter.

Ms Chana was blasting everyone in the thread who said "boo" to her as stupid, ignorant, foolish, and unqualified. That was fine, but when she started screeching about "conspiracy theories" I'd had enough.

Like I said, I need more self control...but still, slam-dunking that leftist bullshit was glorious.

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Incidentally, she said, "I quite clearly did not deny the Tuskegee incident happened," and I want to speak to that point.

That much is true; she didn't deny that the Tuskeegee incident happened. Before she knew that the Tuskeegee incident was what Sarah Hoyt was talking about, though, she dismissed it as "conspiracy drek".

So, no: she didn't get up and say "the Tuskeegee incident never happened." What she did say, however, dismissed the story as "conspiracy drek" out of hand, because she didn't recognize it until someone actually said "Tuskeegee".

And everyone knows what happened there. WIN.

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By the way? The word is spelled DRECK.

#7472: I won't condemn them

There are a lot of people who are shaking their heads and saying, "Oh, no, rioting is wrong, no matter who's doing it. That's wrong. They shoudn't have done that." Once--before 2020--I might have agreed with them. If this kind of thing had happened in 2019 after Trump was impeached, say, I might have said, "No! No, this kind of mob action is not the way to do it!"

But now? No. I don't care any longer.

There is a reason that I referred to those people who stormed the Capitol yesterday as "patriots". I called them that because they were there to stop the wholesale usurpation of the Constitution of the United States by a bunch of gangsters.

There can be no other accurate description of yesterday's congressional session.

If I had not watched the news all summer long, with mounting anger, as communist thugs committed atrocity after atrocity in places like Portland and Seattle and other cities, with absolutely nothing done to stop them, then I might have said that storming the Capitol was too much.

If I had not watched as a presidential election was stolen, and all objections silenced, and all legal, constitutional remedies closed off one-by-one by a crew of career criminals, I might have agreed that a riot is a riot.

If I had not watched people who should have been on the President's side cave in and betray not just him, but everyone who voted Republican in November, I should not have called that crowd "patriots", but "thugs.

If the Supreme Court had heard the case put before it, if the Republicans in the legislature--ALL OF THEM--had stood up to protest the outright theft of the Presidential election, if so much as one thing had been done to stop the Democrats and their lies, cheating, and fraud--then I might have thought otherwise.

The simple fact is, however, that the Republican party did absolutely nothing that would even slow down the Democrat theft of this election.

Every elected official in those two houses of the legislature knows what the Democrats did. They know this election was stolen. They know what, and who, and how it was accomplished. They parrot the propaganda that "there's no evidence of fraud!" but they're not fools. They've heard the news, and they know. They know that the machines are crooked. They know that ballots were printed up wholesale. They know why the counting was stopped. They've seen the video of the fake ballots being pulled out of suitcases in the counting room. They know that, somehow, machines which could only have processed about 100,000 votes instead processed four times that many. They know that Republican poll watchers were ejected and prevented from observing the count. They know votes were switched from Trump to Biden. They know that Trump won the election with 410 electoral votes. They know everything we know.

They know, and they don't care one jot.

They don't care one jot.

THEY. DON'T. CARE. ONE. JOT.

The Republican senators know everything we know, and they just let the Democrats steal the election, because they don't give a wet fart about the will of the people, the law, the Constitution, or the validity of elections. Exactly as the Democrats do, they look down on us as a worthless, stupid, hopeless rabble of idiots who can't walk and chew gum at the same time, who need to be ruled because otherwise we'll just fuck everything up. So, for example, we're not smart enough to understand why Obamacare is a good thing for us. They needed our votes, so they talked a great game about repealing it, but they never intended to do anything to get rid of it, because we needed to let them handle our health care for us.

When Mitch McConnell got up and started his little speech last night, after the senate resumed its session, it was nothing but lies, lies, and more lies, leavened with a healthy dose of hypocrisy. It wasn't to make a point, to win a debate, to keep a secret, or even to protect someone's honor. It was lying done solely for the pleasure of it. He lied solely to stick his thumb in our eye, to show us his ass and say smugly, "What are you going to do about it?" That speech was Mitch McConnel stomping on our faces with his hobnail boots.

You know why the senate rejected all the objections? It's really a simple reason.

Heinlein said, via his self-insert character Lazarus Long: "Never frighten a little man. He'll kill you." I used to think that meant "short"--but if he'd meant "short", Heinlein would have said so. He was talking about dick size: "Never frighen a man with a small penis," was what it meant.

And when that crowd of patriots went into that building, they scared the ever loving SHIT out of a lot of men with tiny little dicks.

I mean, sure, you can go all allegorical and assume Heinlein meant "the opposite of great". A small man, in that sense, is a weakling and a coward. And it works that way, too. None of the politicians that work in that building are great men. None of them are even adequate men. We have not had a great man in office in this country for a very long time. Donald J. Trump is the first in decades who could even approach being called "great".

Just look at the political rallies he held, and tell me I'm wrong. Great men draw crowds like that. Small men do not.

What small men do, however, is to decide--after they are frightened by a mass of patriots demanding that they fucking do their jobs--that they will do the opposite of what the patriots want.

The senate republicans obviously made this childishly spiteful decision to confirm Joe Biden as president after that incident, because they were scared. And they further call for President Trump to be removed from office NOW NOW NOW because they are afraid of him, too, and have been all along.

Last night the republican party abandoned all pretense of being who they had claimed to be all along. Last night, the republican party joined the Democrat party. They are no longer Democrat Lite; they are Democrats. Regardless of what they call themselves.

Honestly and truly, I cannot see myself ever voting Republican again.

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I may not ever have the chance, though. Did you see this?

It was dated January 5, before the Great Patriotic Capitol Rush. It's a bill which is meant to expel Republicans from the legislature.

Now, I know why the republican senators cucked so hard; they don't want to be thrown out of office once the Democrat regime is securely in power: "Hey, see? I'm on your side! I really am! Orangemanbad, am I right?"

The problem is, the left has a long memory when it comes to their opposition, and they have absolutely no qualms about getting rid of people even after they helped them gain power. (Lenin had Trotsky executed, for example.)

The republicans are foolish enough to think that, by helping the Democrat coup, they can gain immunity from being ousted...but they won't. They'll get tossed out on their ears.

"It was really nice of you to help us out, but we can't trust you. You did, after all, support Trump...and then you betrayed him. We can't trust someone who would betray the leader of their own party." And all the way to the gulag, the former republican politicians would be trying to pick their jaws up from the floor. "But we're all friends in the senate! We're colleagues! We agreed we'd work together! We agreed...we agreed...we agreed...."

The left has a term for people like the republican politicians: USEFUL IDIOTS.

I have a term for them, too: JUDAS GOATS. They're going to get thrown in the concentration camps with the rest of us--just not right away. I don't think they'll live very long, though, considering who they'll be sharing their cells with: the victims of their perfidy.

As funny as that would be to see, it's not worth the rest of us being enslaved.

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And so here we are. January 6, 2021, is certainly a day which will live in infamy, as Cuck Schemer said...but not for his reasons. It's the end of the United States of America as a constitutional republic. Things cannot go on as they have; there will be no return to "status quo ante" if Trump loses this...or even if he wins.

The D.C. gangsters--I can think of no other, better word to describe them--will do everything in their power to give us the illusion that the United States of America is still a free country; but it will not be. It already is not--the last fair election was held in 2016. (And actually, that's being optimistic. It's the last election in which the will of the people mattered, though.)

The House of Representatives is in the hands of career criminals. The Senate is in the hands of career criminals. The Supreme Court is dominated by career criminals. Every last one of the members of our legislature has abandoned--violated--his oath of office. Mike Pence, the vice president, has also abandoned any pretense at supporting the man who elevated him to his position.

Mike Pence is the worst of them. He is a Judas, the worst example of a traitor that we know of in history. Even Brutus pales in comparison to Judas; but Mike Pence has secured his place in history among those reviled for their treachery, like Quisling, or Benedict Arnold.

The republicans have sown the wind. They will reap the whirlwind.

#7473: Deepfake.

This is not President Trump speaking.

When I watch that video with the sound off, full-screened, it looks fake.

What I concentrated on was the way Trump's head moved in that video. There are places where it's at an angle, and then is suddenly straight. There are places in the video where the face is obviously added with CGI. The tie looks fake. The shirt looks fake. The face moves around on the front of the skull, just a little bit--his eyebrows don't change position with respect to his eyes, yet suddenly they're up or down from where it was a moment ago, relative to his hair.

And yes, in slow motion, his face looks like it's been plastered on with CGI. The resolution is horrible and it's not even 720p level quality video, which I'd expect to use myself if I had shitty CGI to cover up.

No, this is fake. It bothers me that it's been done, too, because I can only think of two reasons why they'd do this.

1) The gangsters are trying to get rid of him with more fakery--show him "conceding" and calling for "peace" and "unity" and, somehow, shut off the right wing from doing anything else by making them supremely disappointed with Trump.

2) Trump is dead. If that's true, the Democrats CANNOT say that. Holy shit on a cracker, if Trump had been killed and the news got out without being carefully framed, there would not be a lid big enough to keep this country from blowing SKY FUCKING HIGH. You want to talk about immanentizing the eschaton? If word got out that Trump was assassinated during all this, a good seventy million people would gun up and march on DC tonight.

Still--you always must wait 48 hours.

Heard rumors that Trump has boogied off to the National Military Command Center in Texas...and as it happens, a military plane left DC late last night, suspiciously late. So if Trump's not in his office, the gangsters push this video out in an attempt, as I said, to shut off the right wing by making them really disappointed in Trump, thinking he cucked like Pence--

I believe that more than I believe that video. It's just bad fakery.