Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A conservative Twitter account misreads a government document, proceeds to declare that tyranny has arrived while hundreds of fellow conservatives accept the conclusion without question.

John Cardillo, not being smart.

This all-too-common pattern happened again Saturday night when Newsmax host John Cardillo amplified a Twitter thread from another account that accused the FDA of classifying all kinds of agricultural products as drugs. The problem? The user had completely misread the document in question, which merely listed substances that had been nominated for use as “bulk drugs” — the inactive ingredients in pharmaceuticals. The document appears to refer…

In an article on the recent trend for colleges to stop requiring the SAT for admissions, Freddie deBoer argues for the value of the test in measuring academic ability. I agree with deBoer that the SAT has value, although its reputation among the right as an objective measure of “academic merit” is both simplistic and wrong-headed. For his own part, deBoer criticizes the view of the left, arguing that standardized tests “reveal profound differences in human capital that make progressives uncomfortable.”

But deBoer is no Steve Sailer. To his credit, he dismisses the arguments for a genetic cause to the…

I’ve written before about Patreon allowing white nationalists to earn money on its platform by hosting The Unz Review, a website run by California businessman and Holocaust denier Ron Unz. In the 19 months since I published that piece, The Unz Review has hosted an even wider selection of white nationalist and neo-Nazi articles, all while proudly displaying Patreon’s logo inviting like-minded readers to become patrons.

Within the past couple of weeks, Unz has taken to republishing articles by Andrew Anglin, the neo-Nazi publisher of The Daily Stormer. Anglin, known for his caustic rhetoric and his direction of damaging harassment…

Joe Biden currently enjoys a substantial lead in national and state polls. But if the shock of the 2016 election has taught us anything, it’s that surprising results could await us this November. Most experts consider Trump an underdog, and the vast majority expect him to lose some states that he won in 2016 even if he is ultimately victorious. The Trump campaign seems to acknowledge this possibility by their recent decision to cease advertising in Michigan, a state that Trump carried by just over 10,000 votes in his 2016 victory.

The Hillary Clinton campaign was criticized after the election…

In the midst of widespread demonstrations against the murder of George Floyd by police in Minnesota, Twitter has abandoned even it’s usual permissive moderation policy with respect to white nationalists.

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn

After the recent news that the NFL will attempt to encourage the hiring of minority coaches, there has been some pushback from the usual sources. White nationalist blogger Vox Day writes that “black coaches in the NFL have historically underperformed the average,” but provides no evidence for this claim. I knew that Hue Jackson’s recent tenure at Cleveland had been a massive failure, but there were a lot of greats who had coached for years, principally Tony Dungy and Mike Tomlin. …

“Vanilla goes really well with human flesh,” Alex Jones said. “In fact, vanilla isn’t just a flavor. It’s a texture, a mouthfeel and a secret weapon. Vanilla is the perfect addition to human flesh. A perfect match.”

We met up with Jones last week, just as plans for his new restaurant were unveiled.

In the past, Jones had criticized cannibals on his radio program. But under the stress of a worldwide pandemic, his views have changed. In a much-discussed tirade, Jones confessed to an emerging desire to consume his neighbors. …

Robert Kennedy, Jr. at the 2019 celebration of Samoan Independence. A measles outbreak struck the island soon after his visit. So far, 83 people have died.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bill Gates has pledged millions of dollars in funding for potential vaccines. An effective immunization for the novel coronavirus would not only save thousands of lives, it would also allow workers to return to their jobs, thereby restoring the world economy to its full potential. Developing a safe and effective vaccine in a limited time frame is fraught with scientific difficulties. Unfortunately, there may also be serious social obstacles to the successful deployment of a vaccine. …

Electors from Illinois voting for President and Vice-President in 2016.

After Donald Trump’s surprising win in 2016, attitudes towards the electoral college have tended to come down along party lines, with Republicans supporting it and Democrats demanding its removal. Republicans argue that the electoral college gives much needed power to low-population states, allowing them to assert themselves in disagreements with higher-population states. Meanwhile, Democrats have attacked the electoral college as an undemocratic idea that has outgrown its usefulness. But no one seems to be concerned about an aspect of the electoral college that could have an enormously disruptive effect on American democracy. …

Abe Gaustad

Writer from Memphis, TN

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