So what’s the point of pretending this is normal? The house arrests, solitary confinements, lack of any meaningful “speedy trials”, and eventual decade-long sentences for window-breaking suggest the one-party state is not yet done with you.Mark Steyn, The Real New Normal
This is what is being eroded: not just the ability to access “offensive” works of art, but something more fundamental. Social trust. Artistic sanctity. Our shared understanding, rooted in historical record, of what is true.Kat Rosenfield: Gaslight: The “Sensitivity Readers” Erasing Western History
The texture of this procedural innovation is Soviet. If books don’t adhere to the party line, they’ll not see print, and the authors will be re-educated.Lionel Shriver: We need to talk about sense and sensitivity
Literary revisionism is no accident. Civilization is not merely drifting away from its moorings, although no doubt that is happening, too. Instead, we are living through a dedicated program. Anti-western sentiment is ascendent. Revolution succeeds once people no longer perceive it is happening. The most powerful ideas are the ones taken for granted by those applying them.Bruce Pardy: Agatha Christie revisions are the writing on the wall.
It is interesting to re-read Curtis Yarvin from early 2021 with Big tech has no power at all.
There is much to discuss, also on Twitter:
Visceral Adventure offers a song for the times:
Queensland, Australia Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has no clue what could’ve caused a sudden 40% increase in code 1 heart attacks, chest pains and respiratory issues. What she does know, however, is that it was not the COVID injections, because the dogma says that “vaccines actually help people stay out of hospital, not put them in hospital”.Queensland Health Minister can’t explain sudden 40%⬆ heart attacks, chest pains, respiratory issues
“Things to Come” was, in the end, quite optimistic. The actual shape of things to come seems to leave not much room for optimism. Movies, fact and fiction, have covered much that is related to what we can expect.
The historical Zombie eruptions have involved a less brain dead variety than the current, but that is no guarantee that they were more deadly.
Twitter disallows many statements, as does Facebook. Youtube removes videos and whole channels. Amazon removes books. Where there is not simple deletion of information there can be guiding notes attached to historical and seemingly neutral scientific information.
Wikipedia has removed a page on the “lab leak hypothesis”, which now redirects to a “misinformation” page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_lab_leak_hypothesis. Discussion of the decision can be found here.
This event is discussed here by Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying:
Miriam Webster is adapting to Newspeak in real time, changing the meaning of “racism” to suit the zombie horde.
Archived pages, of all things, are being decorated with “fact checks”. Will the deletion of archives follow soon?
An entry on a simple statistical test needs modification after an election, for some reason: Benford’s Law Declared Illegal by the Left.
One is nostalgic for the old days when it was just claimed that only the official media could legally possess Wikileaked emails.
One interesting possibility is that this is explained as a stage of the zombification process, where the brain begins to liquefy and barriers between the associative and analytical lobes start to break down. If it were only so simple.
“Herd Immunity” went through a fairly radical shift in meaning, at least for a while.
The current version can be found here: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-serology and the variants quoted are the 9 June 2020 | Q&A https://web.archive.org/web/20201022012953/https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-serology and the 13 November 2020 | Q&A https://web.archive.org/web/20201229125305/https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-serology
Some of the memory hole mechanism is visible.
The New York Times is now selling a handy self lobotomy kit to help.
Another Soviet comparison by David Mikics at Tablet:
Stalin’s most celebrated victims were themselves used to humiliation and self-abasement. As Robert Conquest writes in his indispensable book The Great Terror, “Their surrender was not a single and exceptional act in their careers, but the culmination of a whole series of submissions to the Party that they knew to be ‘objectively’ false.” Conquest tells of a former member of the Soviet Supreme Court who was informed by an interrogator, “Well, the Party demands that you, as a Bolshevik, confess that you are an English spy.” The man responded: “If the Party demands it, I confess.”
It is hard to imagine that the authors of the present confessions know anything to be ‘objectively’ false.
“Our harassment training makes clear that what matters is how an act makes the victims feel,” wrote the Times staffers. Even if McNeil “didn’t act maliciously or with hateful intent,” they added, that doesn’t matter, since “intent is irrelevant.”
Another difference. In the good old days intent mattered, it was the star of the show both as sincere sacrifice to the party and as the falsity to confess to. In the Zombie version without brains intent can play no role.
And then thinks better of the latter: