Science Watch: End the “priesthood” of experts
“A problem occurs” states Jeffrey A. Singer at Reason, when some experts “exercise undue influence over the opinions of other experts” and thus “establish a priesthood-enforced orthodoxy”. The pandemic “provided many examples” of children’s risk from the disease, “one-size-fits-all guidance” on vaccinations and other issues. “The science priesthood must adapt to a world where specialized knowledge has been democratized” and “get closer to the people without accreditation”. Yes, “outlandish claims that COVID-19 vaccines . . . Implanting people with microchips” is nonsense. “But a little tolerance and respect for outsiders can go a long way,” otherwise “refusal to challenge conventional wisdom” turns out to be “a defensive reaction by self-serving elites.”
Conservative: Biden’s Fit Media image of Trumps
“President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden are the picture of the scandal and corruption that the Democrats and the corporate media tried to paint of former President Donald Trump and his family.” sighs Jordan Boyd of The Federalist. Contrary to the “collusion” hoax, “there are many genuine scandals surrounding the Biden family and their conflicts of interest” as “Hunter exploited his father’s political reputation to strike deals with oligarchs in Ukraine and China,” bank records show. The real scandal: “The legacy media’s lack of coverage” of the Biden family, “which has garnered millions from foreign oligarchs and clearly benefited from the current President’s name, reputation and connections.”
From left: The Fed’s “golf” game
Philadelphia Federal Reserve President Patrick Harker actually cited the rising cost of golf club membership as a sign of inflation. grins Matt Taibbi from TK News: “Inflation is so bad you may have to play a public court this summer. Quote [Joseph] Conrad’s Kurtz: The Horror! The horror!” This follows Christopher Waller of the Fed’s board, who complains about trying to buy a house in the “crazy” DC market, not realizing how Fed policy is fueling a huge wave of private equity firms that are buying up homes by the tens of thousands.”Starting in March 2020, the Fed went on a buying spree, pumping about $5 trillion into the economy and growing its balance sheet to over $9 trillion”;this “fire hose of Fed money . . . almost unlimited credit to institutional players.” Some of the talk of the Fed’s challenge to scale back its massive spending now comes from those “who prefer the public not to look back too much on the Fed-fuelled orgy of the last two years “.
Foreign Desk: Don’t let Putin gain anything
“Behold the dead in Bucha, where illusions about the ‘rules-based international order’ are buried with the corpses.” laments the editors of the Wall Street Journal. Russian troops withdrew from the Kiev suburb only after they had “devastated large parts of the city” and “murdered its trapped population”. The pullout “marks a setback” for Vladimir Putin, but Team Biden is wrong to speak of a “strategic defeat” as if Ukraine won. “Russia has killed thousands of Ukrainians, inflicted untold damage, and still controls more territory than before.” “The West’s goal should not be an abstract ‘strategic defeat’ but an actual defeat.” more war crimes and more horrific scenes like the one in Bucha”.
Energy Industry Insiders: Let Us Invest
“Energy security and a cleaner energy system can be advanced simultaneously” – but, warns Todd Snitchler in The Hill, “an absolutist stance in pursuing a priority that neglects the reality of what the grid needs” jeopardizes “reliability and affordability”. Political “rhetoric and decisions over the past two years have too often ignored the realities of the reliable” and cheap operation of the nation’s power grid. In order to bring natural gas to Europe now, US policy must allow “investments in the necessary infrastructure and supply”. This is the only way to “deliver reliable, affordable and clean electricity” that “keeps the lights going” and “keeps the economy going”.
— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
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