• Neil Oliver on What Matters

    Millions of ordinary, law-abiding reasonable tax paying people in one country after another have noticed how different their world has been made without their consent. Those millions, though roundly abused by the authorities and ridiculed and shouted down from all sides have shouted back, defiant. Loud has been the cry that the emperors are not wearing any clothes, but nothing has happened because our seeing and knowing and shouting about it isn’t deemed to matter. However, however, it’s only the emperors and those telling the emperors what to say and do who think it doesn’t matter. What has been done these past two years or so does matter. It’s the most important point of all. Millions of us have seen it and will always remember. In the end, when all is said and done, what we have seen and understood about our leaders and the world we live in will matter a very great deal indeed.

    — Neil Oliver
    GB News (Britain's News Channel)

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  • Iris Murdoch on Attention and Freedom

    But if we consider what the work of attention is like, how continuously it goes on, and how imperceptibly it builds up structures of value round about us, we shall not be surprised that at crucial moments of choice most of the business of choosing is already over.  This does not imply that we are not free, certainly not.  But it implies that the exercise of our freedom is a small piecemeal business which goes on all the time and not a grandiose leaping about unimpeded at important moments.  The moral life, on this view, is something that goes on continually, not something that is switched off in between the occurrence of explicit moral choices.  What happens in between such choices is indeed what is crucial.

    — Iris Murdoch
    The Sovereignty of Good

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  • On MSM Journalists

    Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible. He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people’s vanity, ignorance, or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse. Like the credulous widow who wakes up one day to find the charming young man and all her savings gone, so the consenting subject of a piece of nonfiction writing learns—when the article or book appears—his hard lesson. Journalists justify their treachery in various ways according to their temperaments. The more pompous talk about freedom of speech and “the public’s right to know”; the least talented talk about Art; the seemliest murmur about earning a living.

    The catastrophe suffered by the subject is no simple matter of an unflattering likeness or a misrepresentation of his views; what pains him, what rankles and sometimes drives him to extremes of vengefulness, is the deception that has been practiced on him. On reading the article or book in question, he has to face the fact that the journalist—who seemed so friendly and sympathetic, so keen to understand him fully, so remarkably attuned to his vision of things—never had the slightest intention of collaborating with him on his story but always intended to write a story of his own.

    — Janet Malcom
    The Journalist and the Murderer (Opens new window)

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  • Glenn Greenwald on Censorship

    Their crime [Russians with Attitude], like the crime of so many other banished accounts [on Twitter], was not disinformation but skepticism about the US/NATO propaganda campaign. Put another way, it is not “disinformation” but rather viewpoint-error that is targeted for silencing. One can spread as many lies and as much disinformation as one wants provided that it is designed to advance the NATO agenda in Ukraine (just as one is free to spread disinformation provided that its purpose is to strengthen the Democratic Party, which wields its majoritarian power in Washington to demand greater censorship and commands the support of most of Silicon Valley). But what one cannot do is question the NATO/Ukrainian propaganda framework without running a very substantial risk of banishment.

    — Glenn Greenwald
    Western Dissent from US/NATO Policy on Ukraine is Small, Yet the Censorship Campaign is Extreme (Opens new window)

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  • On Specialized Language

    One of the specialist’s most successful discoveries was that he could easily defend his territory by the simple development of a specialized language incomprehensible to nonexperts.

    — John Ralston Saul
    Voltaire's Bastards

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  • Steve Kirsch on New Doctor Strategy

    Doctors look at the problem and ask, “How do we minimize the chance of being wrong?” Or “how do we minimize the risk that the NIH will be upset at us?”

    — Steve Kirsch
    Steve Kirsch's Newsletter (Opens new window)

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  • Naomi Wolf Apologizes

    Like many NYT and MSM readers I was fooled by this now-apparently-discredited set of Russia collusion allegations against President Trump, a huge factor in my aversion, and I am now publicly saying I am sorry.

    — Dr. Naomi Wolf
    GETTR (Opens new window)

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  • Carl Sagan on Being Bamboozled

    One of the saddest lessons of history is this: if we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.

    — Carl Sagan
    The demon-haunted world: science as a candle in the dark (Opens new window)

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  • Bill Gates on Synthetic Beef

    I do think all rich countries should move to 100 percent synthetic beef….You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time….Eventually, that green premium is modest enough that you can sort of change the [behavior of] people or use regulation to totally shift the demand.

    — Bill Gates
    Beef Central (Opens new window)

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