Finally! I had fallen hopelessly behind in my efforts to compile the various Twitter Files releases in readable form, because, as they used to say, “the hits just keep on coming.” Now Matt Taibbi helpfully has compiled them all on his substack site, here: “Capsule Summaries of all Twitter Files Threads to Date, With Links and a Glossary.”
I suppose I shouldn’t feel too bad about falling down on the job since it isn’t my job, though it is the news media’s. Those disgraceful full-time propagandists have made the disturbing revelations about how Twitter was manipulated into censoring conservatives, Republicans and actual news by Democrats and the FBI the Jumbo of all Jumbos: “Censorship? What censorship?”
Among the revelations this week was that Rep. Adam Schiff hectored Twitter to suspend journalist Paul Sperry. I’d call a House member conspiring with social media to silence a journalist a First Amendment violation, but that’s just me. (As the original reporter of the hunter Biden laptop story, the New York Post is an exception to the “mainstream media” slur. The New York Times—you know, the iconic newspaper in the city—hasn’t mentioned this story at all.)
1. Oops! Sorry we wrecked the economy, our children’s education and social development, the travel industry, the entertainment industry, the restaurant industry, and so on, and so on, but we had to DO something…A new research paper indicates that the pre-vaccination case fatality rate was extremely low in the non-elderly population, meaning that the reaction to the pandemic was hysterical, irresponsible and unsupported by reality. At a global level, the pre-vaccination infection fatality rate may have been as low as 0.03% and 0.07% respectively for 0–59 and 0–69 year old people, respectively, with rates in the U.S. lower still.
The frustrating aspect of this is that there was no practical and politically feasible way for policy makers to resist the panic and hysteria deliberately created by health care professionals and the news media.
2. These are the kind of people our young regards as role models and “influencers.” Here’s actress and ethics dunce Gabriel Union explaining on the “Armchair Expert” podcast why she was “entitled” to cheat on Chris Howard during their “dysfunctional” marriage:
“I was paying all the bills, I was working my ass off and I felt like that’s what comes [with it]…Like my dad before me, whoever has the most gets to do whatever the hell they want, is what I thought.”
Nice explication of “The King’s Pass,” there, Gabriel!3. One positive note in today’s morass of corruption: It’s always reassuring when someone whose opinion I respect agrees with me. Commenter Curmie posted about the “Romeo and Juliet” lawsuit on his blog, and his piece is excellent (as usual). You should read it. I swear, neither of us had consulted the other….
4. If I cared more about bodice-ripping pulp novels, I might make a bigger deal out of this: Susan Meachen, a romance novelist, revealed that she didn’t really commit suicide and hasn’t been dead for more than two years after all. The resurrected writer wrote on a private Facebook group called “The Ward,” “I debated on how to do this a million times and still not sure if it’s right or not…There’s going to be tons of questions and a lot of people leaving the group I’d guess. But my family did what they thought was best for me and I can’t fault them for it. I almost died again at my own hand and they had to go through all that hell again. Returning to The Ward doesn’t mean much but I am in a good place now and I am hoping to write again. Let the fun begin.”
Fun! In October 2020, a post on Meachen’s Facebook page allegedly written by her daughter announced that the author had tragically died by suicide a month earlier. Further posts suggested that Meachen killed herself because others in the online indie book community had been mean to her. Authors and online friends, awash with guilt and sorrow, helped fund Meachen’s “funeral,” launched an anti-bullying anthology in her memory, and offered to help her daughter edit her mother’s final book free of charge.
But now she’s back, it was all big misunderstanding, and let the fun begin!
5. Speaking of dishonest ghouls, this story reflects a bit back on this recent EA post: Former Colorado funeral home owner Megan Hess was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison this week for defrauding relatives of the dead placed in her care by secretly selling body parts from 560 corpses. She conveniently operated a funeral home, Sunset Mesa, and a body parts company, Donor Services, from the same building in Montrose, Colorado. Her mother, Shirley Koch, also pleaded guilty to fraud and was sentenced to 15 years. Shirley’s job was to chop up the bodies and extract that useful spare parts.
6. Signature significance? Newly-elected California Congressman Robert Garcia will swear his oath to be admitted into the United States House of Representatives, he says, on a copy of 1939’s Superman #1 along with the Constitution and other documents. He has often boasted on social media that he is a comic book fanatic, and appears to be especially obsessed with Superman. This is approximately the same as if I were elected to Congress and decided to take the oath on my 1975 Game Six World Series program.
Which I would not do, since I have more respect for our government institutions than that…
7. Yecchh. After Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field following a play and had to be revived twice by paramedics with oxygen, CPR, and an AED machine, ESPN’s “NFL Tonight” hosts ostentatiously prayed on the air…