Good morning! Today's newsletter includes:
- The Party of Science
- Update: Dominion backs out of attending hearing
- Best pun of the day
- Can we pay AOC to stay home?
- Dumber than rocks
- Blind squirrel finds nut
- New Podcast Episode
THE PARTY OF SCIENCE
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was recently caught attending a birthday party at a restaurant while ordering Californians to cancel their Thanksgiving dinners, ordered a new policy to slow the coronavirus that may be the dumbest one yet. People in counties in the purple infection tier are being put under a stay-at-home curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Think about that. Does the virus really spread more during overnight hours? Isn’t that when you would be least likely to catch it, since hardly anyone is out at that hour anyway? (Comic Flip Wilson once said midnight is the best time to be sneakin’ around, because if you meet anyone, they’re sneakin’, too.) Some say he’s trying to keep from harming businesses by shutting them down during daylight hours, but if the point is to stop the virus, isn’t it more likely to spread when people are out and conducting business than when 98% of them are home in bed anyway? Or is he just trying to keep vampires from catching it?
I think we can add this to “The virus doesn’t spread at BLM protests or Biden celebrations,” Andrew Cuomo’s shutting down only bars that don’t serve what he considers substantial lunch foods, and New York forcing nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients when we eventually construct our Idiotic Coronavirus Responses Hall of Fame.
UPDATE: DOMINION BACKS OUT OF ATTENDING HEARING
On Friday, we reported that Dominion Voting Systems had backed out of a scheduled meeting with Pennsylvania officials regarding the use of their equipment in the 2020 election and that they appeared to have lawyered-up. As this was a developing story, the plan was to provide a more detailed account on Saturday.
The story is developing more slowly than that.
New details are hard to come by right now. Here’s a local news blurb from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
It seems intended to offer a brief defense of Dominion for not showing up. “Dominion addresses [the software issue] and other questions on its website," it says, "disputing what it says are fraudulent claims. It says it is a nonpartisan, American company, its results are 100 percent auditable, and there were no glitches in its software.”
Well, that’s good enough for me! It’s right there on their website. So why should they bother to attend any hearings and answer any questions, even if they had agreed to do so?
Here’s what they post on their website as of November 17 –- “setting the record straight,” as they put it –- that it seems they’re reluctant to say face-to-face in a Zoom call with state officials questioning their claims.
Anyway, the Harrisburg story continues: “Multiple fact-checkers say there’s no evidence that Dominion Systems switched any votes from Trump to Biden.” Actually, some have gone farther than that, to say definitively that Dominion systems DID NOT switch any votes. But the conclusion that there was no vote-switching is still open to legitimate question. It would be more accurate to say something like, "If there is evidence, it has not been made public."
It is true, at least at this point, that we have NOT seen conclusive evidence that this happened, only statistical anomalies suggestive of it. (Also, note that the specific wording in the Harrisburg story still allows that someone else besides Dominion might have done it.) Let me make it very clear, I am making no accusations about the voting machines or the software or what anyone did; I’m just saying that it’s something that should be looked into, like just about everything else surrounding this chaotic election. The lack of curiosity in the media about these issues and the desire to shut down all questions is amazing.
"The federal agency that oversees election security says the election was secure,” the story also says. Ah, well, I guess that’s that. But this statement conveniently glosses over the problems with that agency’s conclusion.
The agency is CISA, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which was headed by Christopher Krebs until President Trump unceremoniously (as in, by tweet) fired him, after CISA issued a statement saying this election was “the most secure in American history.” As you saw if you visited the Dominion website, the outrageous assertion that got Krebs in hot water is the very one quoted there.
The FEDERAL NEWS NETWORK says “CISA works with the state and local officials who run U.S. elections as well as private companies who supply voting equipment to address cybersecurity and other threats while monitoring balloting and tabulation from a control room at its headquarters near Washington.” What it doesn’t say is that two of those private companies happen to BE Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic. And at the time CISA issued their statement, this information was not disclosed.
Again, we haven’t seen evidence that Dominion machines and/or the election software were used to commit voter fraud. It’s also true that we’re not legally entitled to see such evidence before it’s presented in court, so we can’t conclude it doesn’t exist. That applies to the fact-checkers as well; just because they haven’t seen it doesn’t mean there isn’t any. And we sure can’t count on the media to uncover it and show it to us. So right now, we can’t do much more than wait while the attorneys assemble their case.
BEST PUN OF THE DAY
Some wags on the Internet have renamed the coronavirus. They’re now calling it the “controlusvirus.”
CAN WE PAY AOC TO STAY HOME?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declared that to stop the coronavirus, we need to pay people to stay home until the coronavirus goes away. Except that if everyone stays home and hides from it, then it will never play itself out, as all viruses eventually do (all we’ve done with these draconian lockdowns is delay the spread, not stop it), and we’ll be paying people to stay home and do nothing until there's either an effective vaccine that everyone will take or the economy collapses and the government is $100 trillion in debt.
Still, even though it’s a flawed plan, I will personally agree to pay AOC $25 a week to stay home instead of going to Congress. I’ll bet we could get that even higher with a GoFundMe page.
DUMBER THAN ROCKS
If your kids attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, you might be interested to hear what they plan to blow a big chunk of your tuition money on.
School officials want to remove a large black boulder from Observatory Hill after a black campus activist group and a campus newspaper declared it a racist rock (and no, “Racist Rock” is not an old ABC afterschool series.)
Its name since 1926 has been Chamberlin Rock, after geologist and then-campus president Thomas Crowder Chamberlin. But showing that at least someone there is studying history, the activists discovered that in the first half of the last century, such rock formations were sometimes called by the racist name, “'N-word'-heads.” And this rock was once referred to by that term, albeit in quotation marks, in a newspaper article…in 1925.
So of course, it has to be removed because black students might feel oppressed by it. The estimated cost is between $30,000 and $75,000, which would pay for a nice scholarship for a promising black student. But removing the rock that was referred to by a racist name one time 95 years ago is far more urgent.
The removal will require the okay of the Wisconsin Historical Society, which notes that the boulder is a “Pre-Cambrian era glacial erratic that is an iconic representation of Wisconsin glaciation period.” FYI: the Pre-Cambrian period stretched from 4.6 billion years ago to about 541 million years ago. That’s how long the rock had been sitting there minding its own business before anyone decided it was racist and had to go.
The most shocking part of this story isn’t that the school’s administrators are actually planning to blow $75,000 of desperately-needed school funds on removing a rock that’s been there since the dawn of time because someone called it by a racist term 95 years ago. The shocking part is that we pay these people to teach our kids when they are apparently dumber than a box of Pre-Cambrian rocks.
BLIND SQUIRREL FINDS NUT
I don't know how this happened, but the New York Times ran an editorial scolding leftists to accept the reality that the United States is a nation of individual states, not one big centralized country; stop trying to rewrite the Constitution to conform with their idea of fairness; and realize that outside of big blue cities and university campuses, it is “madness” to think that ideas like “defund the police” and “abolish ICE” could “be the platform of a competitive party nationwide.” Counting down to the Times' triggered young staffers threatening to quit in 3...2...1...
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BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY