Hump Day Reads— Wait, What?

Hump Day Reads— Wait, What?

Posted by Maggie on  in From the editors

Yeah, I know it’s not “Hump Day” Wednesday— or Friday, for that matter, and I boast in the fact that I am miles ahead of Joe Biden in that knowledge, among others.

Anyhow, I will be unable to catch the Tuesday Newsfeed this morning as it is “Grandparents Day” at my two-year-old Grandson’s Montessori pre-school today. And then right after we drop him at home we are bound for hopefully a warmer and dryer track meet of our high school Grandson. So, I’m out. If something really important “breaks” in the newsfeeds I’ll try to remotely toss up a post, if possible.

There are some really significant reads you really should dive into today. Please read them in-full, save and/or share wherever you can.

Steve Feinstein: Dig, Baby, Dig!

There is an absolutely fascinating study that was done in July 2020 by Mark P. Mills, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, called “Mines, Minerals and Green Energy: A Reality Check.”

In it, Mills lays out a very convincing case that makes two major points:

1. Regardless of how well-intentioned, the production of so-called “Green” machinery and energy devices consumes prodigious amounts of materials and produces an incredibly excess amount of waste, beyond all expectation or general awareness, and

2. America is dependent on unreliable foreign sources for too many of the critical minerals needed for manufacturing eco-efficient products, yet despite our huge mineral reserves, we don’t make the requisite effort to recover and produce our own uninterruptable supply.

Let’s look at each broad point a little more closely:

It is phenomenally wasteful and costly to manufacture Green devices

Their manufacture ends up being a net loser, both economically and environmentally…

Debra Heine: Doctor Crashes FDA Meeting And Shares the Whistleblower Story They Ignored

Adoctor “crashed” a Food and Drug Administration’s meeting with outside vaccine experts earlier this week, to share a whistleblower’s story about the data integrity issues that plagued one of Pfizer’s clinical trials.

In September of 2020, a researcher from an organization testing Pfizer’s vaccine at several sites in Texas, emailed a complaint to the FDA, informing the agency of the company’s dangerously shoddy research practices. The FDA took no action on her email, and Pfizer continues to use the company.

Last week, the FDA authorized a second round of booster shots for people 50 and older and for those with certain immunocompromising conditions.

The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) met in an open session on April 6 to discuss “considerations for use of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses and the process for COVID-19 vaccine strain selection to address current and emerging variants.”

Dr. Peter Doshi, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical health services at the University of Maryland, and an associate editor at The British Medical Journal (BMJ), took the opportunity to tell the whistleblower, Brook Jackson’s, story…

Victor Davis Hanson: The Debasement of our Professional and Political Classes: Leftist professionals in politics, government, and private enterprise debased themselves for short-term political gain, or in furor at their bogeyman Trump, or in anger at the unwashed.

The left-wing professional and political classes bequeathed a number of new protocols during the Trump derangement years. And it will be interesting to watch whether the Republicans abide by them in November should they take back the House and perhaps the Senate—and the presidency in 2024 as well.

Will they follow the New Testament’s turn-the-other-cheek forbearance, or go for Old Testament style eye-for-an-eye retribution? …

Peter Laffin: The Truly Remarkable Thing about Florida’s Anti-Grooming Law

It is difficult to remain objective over the Florida education fracas. So much of the episode fires up the amygdala. The innocence of children. The rights of parents. The sovereignty of individual identity. The never-ending scandal of humans and sex. To feign “neutrality” in this conflict is a sort of moral suicide. If none of this matters, what possibly could?

As someone who taught school in progressive enclaves for 14 years, I can attest that there are many good people who oppose this law for fear that it will diminish the humanity of loved ones and reverse the tide of social progress. Although I do not believe that this law will have that effect, I respect the sincerity of those who do. Nonetheless, it remains urgent to speak the truth plainly and oppose the ever-intensifying spread of radical social theory being taught to ever-younger students.

Instances of ideological excess in American classrooms are well chronicled and widespread. We have seen enough to know that the time to act has long since passed. The Florida anti-grooming law is a necessary tool to blunt this advance, even though it seems conspicuously tame upon closer inspection. Its most controversial aspect, from which the clever but disingenuous “don’t say gay” moniker was derived, would have been uncontroversial in any other era: “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”

The key term for those still attempting to comprehend this law is “instruction.” The target is not the casual reference, but rather the systematic instruction of academic gender theory to prepubescent children…

Dov Fischer: From runaway inflation to gas prices – Your Guide to How Biden, Pelosi, and AOC Screwed Up the Economy

1. January 20, 2021: A Day That Will Live in Infamy

Biden, Pelosi, and AOC screwed up the economy, causing runaway inflation and skyrocketing prices at the gas pump. Democrats deny it. Here’s how the world works:

Democrats entered the White House on January 20, 2021, a day that will live in infamy. Biden immediately issued executive orders. He canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and issued severe green-climate regulations restricting exploring for oil and gas. No more Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling. He announced he is hell-bent on putting the oil-and-gas industry out of business. A week into his presidency, he issued Executive Order 14008: “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad — Putting the Climate Crisis at the Center of United States Foreign Policy and National Security.”

Soon, Pelosi and Biden orchestrated a $1.9 trillion climate-change and social-spending cash infusion into the economy: “The American Plan.” Looking back, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office, has observed: “The American Rescue Plan was a major policy error that haunts us to this day. Biden signed it into law when the economy was growing 6.5%. There was no need to sign that.”…

Newt Gingrich: 11 hallmarks of the ‘Biden disaster’ that will last more than a generation: Each item represents a threat to America economically, in national security or culturally

There are so many things going wrong – and so many radically bad decisions being made – it would be useless to focus on just one issue for this column. Before we can solve anything, we need to go item-by-item to understand the insanity, incompetence, and destructiveness which historians will someday write defined the “Biden Disaster.”

Many of these will show up in future columns. Each item represents a threat to America economically, in national security, or culturally. Many will take a generation or more to recover from or solve.

This list is not in any particular order because it is so destructive – and in some cases so weird – I’m not sure a specific sequence exists.

Taken together they represent a pattern that will alienate most Americans. If they come to define the modern Democratic Party, the Democrats may turn into a small minority faction for a generation or longer…

Cameron Arcand: INTERVIEW: Tim Tebow Has a Powerful Message for Young Men in ‘Mission Possible’

Tim Tebow is a two-time college national champion, Heisman Trophy winner, first-round NFL draft pick, and former quarterback for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. Outside of his career in sports, Tebow’s unapologetic Christian faith has made him an American cultural icon.

In his capacity as a motivational speaker, he’s released several books, including Mission Possible last month, which you can order here. Tebow spoke with me about his book (audio below), explaining how young people can specifically benefit from it.

Cameron Arcand: What motivated you to write this book? You already have a few titles to your name. What makes this one different?

Tim Tebow: Honestly, it was something that had been on my heart for quite a while, a couple years or so. I think what was really on my heart was just this feeling. It’s probably one of the biggest questions I’ve gotten for the last 10 years is, “But Timmy, how do I know what my purpose is? How do I know what my mission is? How do I know what my calling is? And it’s this feeling that is so daunting for so many people. So I wanted to write Mission Possible to encourage people. It doesn’t have to be daunting. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be selling everything and going to a third-world country. It could start with the small things in your life, with the small choices, with the little things, but Mission Possible is supposed to be an encouragement for people to go out there and truly make their lives count. Possible means “to be able.”

I want people to know that they’re able to live out their purpose, their calling, and to live out the mission that God has for their life, and to truly go create a life that counts. I didn’t want it to feel overwhelming. I didn’t want it to have to, you know, feel to people like, “Oh my gosh, I gotta go, you know, study the New Testament before I can ever do this.” I want people to know it can be daily in the small things. And yes, sometimes it can be in big, in the macro parts of our life, but it can be in the small steps to encourage people in the little things and the daily things that we can go and make an impact. In our life, wherever you are with whatever you have, it’s not just about one day if you have a platform and you’re Billy Graham. No, it’s about this day with wherever God has put you with whatever he’s given you, you can impact the world for the better. You can live out the mission and it is possible...



~~Many thanks to Maggie and The Universal Spectator for reprint permission.

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