Saturday, October 31, 2020
A group of 98 Stanford physicians and researchers with expertise in infectious diseases, epidemiology and health policy published a public letter that said Atlas fosters “falsehoods and misrepresentations of science.” His opinions and statements, they wrote, “run counter to established science and, by doing so, undermine public health authorities and the credible science that guides effective public health policy.” Atlas, in turn, threatened to sue, saying the letter was defamatory and that his statements, in fact, were aligned with evidence-based science.
To speak to Wan Chin, the host of a YouTube politics show, is to hear echoes of American conservative radio: An “invasion” of immigrants is crossing the border, filling public housing and sapping up limited government resources, he told me; the coronavirus is a “Frankenstein” superbug weaponized in a Chinese lab; and President Donald Trump’s “Rambo way” of leadership has finally called out China for its hostilities. When Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19, Chin took to Facebook to wish him “a speedy recovery from the mild flu,” parroting the president’s own downplaying of the virus’s severity.
Chin isn’t an American shock jock, though. In fact, he doesn’t even live in the United States. He is, instead, an early and prominent advocate of Hong Kong’s prodemocracy movement: His 2011 book, On the Hong Kong City-State, was a formative text for the localist movement, which seeks to promote and protect Hong Kong’s identity and way of life, separate from that of mainland China. Chin, a former professor, peppered his opinions with historical references to ancient Chinese dynasties and arcane tidbits from folk tales. The walls of his office are lined with Chinese and Buddhist shrines, ornately carved out of dark wood. As he spoke, a woman entered and lit a small bunch of incense, the fragrant smoke twisting upward toward a red “Make Hong Kong Great Again” T-shirt hanging near the door.
Looks like the Atlantic is earning its CCP stipend. /joke
After all the suffering America has endured, it is the height of privilege to suggest this country is now irreversibly tarnished because an offensive, impulsive man is president. It is the height of privilege to know what we know about U.S. history and assert nevertheless that the past four years have been uniquely dark and damaging. Imagine being old enough to have lived through the assassinations of the Kennedys and leaders of the civil rights movement, the Vietnam war, the Nixon presidency, the chaotic 1968 Democratic National Convention, and so on and actually suggest that the Trump administration is this lowest point in this country’s history. Imagine knowing even a little about chattel slavery, the American Civil War, the Indian Removal Act, and the illegal bombing campaign in Cambodia, and still assert, with a straight face, that America’s “innocence,” “apathy,” and “generosity” were not lost until Hillary Clinton blew a winnable election.
I remember when Honest Abe was shot. That was a grim day. Actually, I do remember the 1968 Democratic convention. I watched a lot of it on our old black and white. And of course JFK's assassination. We plaid Shoot the President until the sisters made us stop and marched us off to a special Mass.
We’ll start with the stuff that’s auspicious for Trump — although, for my money, nothing bodes as well for him as what Ed’s been writing about lately, the fact that Democrats appear to be taking Minnesota seriously. That should not be necessary in a national environment where Biden is supposedly eight points ahead and states like Iowa and Ohio are in play. Minnesota should be a comfortable hold for Sleepy Joe if the electorate really has moved left by six points this year or whatever. So what was he doing campaigning there yesterday?
US China relations are about to get worse. The US has approved a 2.4 billion dollar Taiwan arms sale that would give the Taiwan military the ability to wipe out half of any China military invasion force. Remind anyone of the Cold War? This follows another billion dollar Taiwan arms deal the previous week, along with words of support for Taiwan and President Tsai Ing Wen from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. And it's part of a broader pushback in Trump China relations.
Despite record early-vote turnout around the country, there are warning signs for Biden. In Arizona, two-thirds of Latino registered voters have not yet cast a ballot. In Florida, half of Latino and Black registered voters have not yet voted but more than half of White voters have cast ballots, according to data from Catalist, a Democratic data firm. In Pennsylvania, nearly 75% of registered Black voters have not yet voted, the data shows.
Publication by the New York Post two weeks ago of emails from Hunter Biden's laptop, relating to Vice President Joe Biden's work in Ukraine, and subsequent articles from other outlets concerning the Biden family's pursuit of business opportunities in China, provoked extraordinary efforts by a de facto union of media outlets, Silicon Valley giants and the intelligence community to suppress these stories.
One outcome is that the Biden campaign concluded, rationally, that there is no need for the front-running presidential candidate to address even the most basic and relevant questions raised by these materials. Rather than condemn Biden for ignoring these questions -- the natural instinct of a healthy press when it comes to a presidential election -- journalists have instead led the way in concocting excuses to justify his silence.
This the draft article by Glenn Greenwald that The Intercept would not publish. BTW Greenwald is a lefty, but he's also a journalist.