Category: crises and emergencies

Are We Awake Yet?

     Until they [the proles] become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious. — George Orwell      New York writer James Howard Kunstler has an impressive piece up today whose title – “Normies Awake!” – somewhat belies its actual content. That’s not a criticism, mind you; I …

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The Chronicle of the DC: 29Jul23

Presidents And Pretenders

     Yesterday, Donald Trump did something that neither Joe Biden nor any member of his Cabinet has yet done: He went to East Palestine, Ohio. Moreover, he went with a large quantity of food and potable water. The residents of that badly beset district were overjoyed by his visit. Yes, they appreciated the aid he …

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When Not To Forgive

     This Atlantic article has stimulated quite a few jeers and raised middle fingers from us in the Right…and that, Gentle Reader, is entirely appropriate:      We have to put these fights aside and declare a pandemic amnesty. We can leave out the willful purveyors of actual misinformation while forgiving the hard calls that people …

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Postmodern Energy Strategy Revealed

Macron: France, Germany to provide each other with gas, electricity, to weather crisis appears to be remarkably similar to

Computer-Generated Fantasies

     It was 1983: “early days” for the personal computer upheaval. Most Americans knew that microcomputers existed, but few had actually acquired one, or knew what they were good for. (Spoiler alert: not much.) I was asked about them now and then – I remember an ophthalmologist quizzing me about them during an eye exam …

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Is Anyone Sincerely Surprised?

     Honestly, now:      The Wuhan Institute of Virology assembled a monkeypox virus genome, allowing the virus to be identified through PCR tests, using a method researchers flagged for potentially creating a “contagious pathogen,” The National Pulse can reveal.      The study was first published in February 2022, just months before the latest international outbreak …

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We Won’t Get A Clearer Warning

     Sorry, Gentle Readers, but time is up:      Earlier today, the hapless president of the United States emerged from one of his NATO huddles to answer questions from the reporters he had been instructed to call upon, as per his SOP. One of them brought up the potential for food shortages, and Biden’s answer …

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Crisis: The Agar Of Leviathan

     [A repost from four years ago. It came to mind when I read this John Hinderaker piece. History might not be perfectly cyclical, but its “greatest hits” surely do get a lot of replays. — FWP] ***      You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s …

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