Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Almost All Scientific Fraud In Psychology Backs Up Leftist Dogmas

Ed Dutton

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Studies that support theories concerning Steroetype Threat, the efficacy of bias training, that tribal allegiances can be made over trivial things, "multiple intelligences", and general pro-environmentarian anti-hereditarian dogmas etc are all fraught with fraud and bias, and/or do not replicate

Reasons why leftist academics lie to support these things are probably explained by aspects of liberal personality - notably high nueroticism, narcissism, and lower self-esteem, as well as the different moral foundations they hold compared to conservatives


‘Woke’ Culture war won’t allow for Christians to ‘Be true’ to themselves

There’s a scene in the 2004 American movie classic “Miracle” where legendary 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Coach Herb Brooks (played by Kurt Russell) visits the dorm room of his team’s goalie, Jim Craig (played by Eddie Cahill) to ask the player why he hadn’t completed a multi-page test the coach had instructed each player to fill out.

Paraphrasing, the goalie replied to Brooks, “It’s nothing against you or anything but I just didn’t know what taking this test has to do with stopping a puck.” Satisfied with the Bostonian’s response, the coach turned around and walked away, saying, “Never mind, you just took it anyway.”

Brooks was essentially interested in whether each of his players had the right mindset to play on his very demanding team, the one that would eventually gel together as a unit and end up defeating what many considered the premier hockey squad on the entire planet at the time, the Soviet Union’s Red Army Hockey Team (stocked with Russian club professionals… the best of the best).

I can’t speak for the late coach, but Brooks must have been picking his players’ brains to determine what they needed to do to individually thrive and still contribute to the whole. Jim Craig’s job was to stop pucks. Period. It wasn’t to demonstrate acumen in psychology or creativity. It wasn’t to advance some inane social cause or to make a political statement against an international opponent’s government. No, Craig’s sole task was to keep the other teams’ shots from getting past him.

Simple, isn’t it?

The scene came to mind the other day when the establishment news media reported, with some degree of delight, that Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov refused to take a type of “test” of his own, namely to willingly take part in the team’s “Pride Night” by donning a LGBTQIA+++++ (or whatever) supportive warm-up jersey and then wear a patch on his regular uniform to honor the left-leaning community.

Provorov’s gesture was atypical enough to generate national headlines, though the player himself suggested it was only his personal religious beliefs that motivated the action. In a piece titled “NHL player skips warmups, refuses to wear Pride night jersey”, Heather Hamilton reported at the Washington Examiner:

“Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov boycotted his team's Pride night and did not step out on the ice for warmups before the Tuesday night NHL game. Prior to the Flyers’ game against the Anaheim Ducks, players wore a Pride night jersey and used sticks wrapped in rainbow Pride tape.

“Provorov cited his religious beliefs as the reason for choosing to skip the pregame skate. ‘I respect everybody. I respect everybody’s choices,’ Provorov said after the game. ‘My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion.’ The defenseman, who said he is Russian Orthodox, declined to go into further detail.

“Following the game, the Flyers organization affirmed its support for the LGBT community but did not comment specifically on Provorov’s choice to boycott the Pride promotion.”

The team’s higher-ups were likely terrified that rainbow clad losers would call for supporters of their “community” to demand that Provorov henceforth be branded as a bigot, be compelled to wear a scarlet letter “B” on his uniform and then to make a public service announcement prior to each home game, tearfully admitting his guilt and saying how sorry he was for speaking out -- and to issue a reoccurring vow to receive further “education” and sensitivity training in diversity, equity and inclusion.

With a side course in Critical Race Theory as an extra enlightening punishment.

As I often find myself saying when I read reports of athletes – or corporate employees or ordinary folks off the street – standing up for their individual God-given rights and principles in the face of greater and greater pressure from oppressive “woke” corporate masters to stifle themselves and keep quiet about it, I couldn’t help but utter, “Why are we even talking about this?”

I suppose the answer is, “Because we’re being obliged to do something against our will that has nothing to do with one’s ability to function on the job, that’s why”. In my mind, everyone has a stake in what Ivan Provorov did the other night. For if he’d just gone along with the “woke” crowd, sports fans everywhere would automatically assume that all hockey players champion “alternative” causes that go against their deeply held mainstream beliefs.

Who is the deviant here, the guy who professes a belief in Jesus or the ones who tout violating Biblical teachings behind closed doors? How upside down is our society today?

If put to the test, I’d imagine my reaction to such a dictate would have been similar to Provorov’s – or Jim Craig’s – which loosely translated means, what does wearing a “Pride” jersey have to do with defending my professional hockey team’s goal? Hockey defensemen like Provorov play behind the forwards, and though some do become proficient at scoring goals (or setting up shots for their wings and centers to shoot), a defenseman’s primary responsibility is clearing the space in front of their own net and making sure the guys with the other colored jerseys don’t score on them.

Defensemen are paid handsomely to keep the other team off the scoreboard, not to go on “offense” by promoting non-related social causes that have no relation to what goes on inside the arena – or at least on the ice surface.

Again, I can’t say for sure, but I doubt there’s a clause in any player’s contract that stipulates he or she must go against his or her religious views to advertise a sexual orientation. If there were such conditions, would any player sign it? It’s not the player’s fault in this circumstance, it’s the team management overstepping the bounds of the sport in ways that don’t influence the outcome of the competition in any tangible way.

Do the Flyers sell thousands more tickets because they have a “Pride Night”? Doubtful.

As far as I know, there isn’t a team solely dedicated to preserving the LGBTQ “community’s” right to live the way they want to live and be free from private discrimination. Human beings of all sexual orientations or beliefs have been attending hockey games since, well, the origins of playing hockey games, haven’t they? If not, what has stopped them?

In all honesty, probably at least half the team – or more – felt the same way Provorov did but didn’t wish to rock the boat or upset the executives by openly defying a basic order to wear a piece of equipment that differed from the norm for one night. I’m guessing most of them reasoned, ‘Is it really worth the trouble it would cause to “grin and bear it” for a few hours?’

It doesn’t really matter in the overall scheme of things. As Provorov indicated, he was “being true to himself” by making the stand, the type of explanation leftist cultural tyrants gladly honor when it comes to female children deciding to surgically remove their breasts and take hormones or male youth opting to have a doctor amputate their testicles.

But leftists only revere being “true to oneself” when it has to do with defying religious beliefs or traditional cultural norms. And even there, the bullies are hypocritical. What if a Muslim player – in any sport – refused to do the same thing Provorov did? Somehow the move would be swept under the proverbial rug, because it’s okay to bash on observant Christians and Jews but a devoted Muslim is just a different type of persecuted minority in their eyes.

Everyone knows spoiled ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick became a liberal national celebrity for kneeling during the national anthem half a decade ago. Weren’t Kaepernick and all his fellow kneelers just “being true to themselves” like Provorov was? You mean it’s okay to insult the American flag but it’s not acceptable to honor your religion by not wearing a “Pride” jersey?

For those who made a hero out of George Floyd for dying of a fentanyl overdose while being arrested and roughly handled by Minneapolis cops, did Floyd die only for the Black Lives Matter cause, or did he also carry the truth of the LGBTQ+++ folks along with him? Will these confused and misguided people label Ivan Provorov as public enemy number one?

It now appears that anyone – like Provorov – who unwittingly draws attention to himself because of perfectly defensible religious views is turned into an outcast by the left. Just last year, for example, actress Candice Cameron Bure (who is married to a former hockey player) was roasted for leaving the Hallmark Channel because of its “woke” new direction. Like Provorov, CCB didn’t bash “alternative” lifestyles or the things they represent. She simply indicated she wanted to make movies with Christian traditional marriage themes at the heart of the presentation.

It's a sad commentary on our culture today when a hockey player generates national scrutiny simply for “being true to himself” and highlighting his religious beliefs. Leftists will continue trying to force their agenda on everyone who disagrees with their interpretation of “normal”. We can’t let them get away with it. Shut up and stop the puck, leftists.


Abortion Rally Booted From Florida State Capitol

Our friends at Florida’s Voice gave us a weekend heads-up that Vice President Kamala Harris’s planned rally to expand abortion in Florida was moved to a private venue after being rejected by the Capitol and Florida State University.

Harris will “deliver a major address” and speak about “what’s at stake for millions of women across the country and, most importantly, the need for Congress to codify the protections of Roe into law,” White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday.

Organizers of the event, Ruth’s List Florida and Planned Parenthood of Florida, planned to bus-in supporters from around the state as the battle over abortion access shifts to the states after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

The owner of The Moon, Scott Carswell confirmed that VP Harris would speak at their venue.

“Harris will travel to Florida to deliver a major address on the fight for women across America to have access to reproductive care and make their own healthcare decisions,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. “Fifty years after the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, ultra-MAGA Republican officials continue to push at all levels of government for extreme legislation, rolling back women’s fundamental rights, including a national abortion ban.”

Florida’s Voice reported that Harris landed in Tallahassee Saturday night only to learn that Florida’s State Capitol and Florida State University were unavailable.

Harris planned to hold a pro-abortion march on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade (1973) in Florida’s capital. The state, led by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and a GOP state legislature, restricts abortion past 15 weeks and has indicated strong potential for widening those regulations.

Harris’s Florida rally was intended to be a cornerstone of the Democrats’ planned counterprograming to the March for Life. Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, said Wednesday that “the administration has taken actions with our limited authorities," reiterating the president's call for national legislation.

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra planned to visit Minnesota this week as that state's legislature works on a new law to solidify abortion rights.

Becerra expects to appear with Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, stop at a Planned Parenthood facility and meet with organizers who want to use a mobile van to provide abortions to people who cross into the state from Wisconsin, which has strict abortion limits.

Becerra then plans to visit a Wisconsin clinic that's no longer allowed to provide abortions and hold an event with Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Gwen Moore, both Democrats, to talk with medical students.

On Wednesday, Becerra recalled visiting a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis, Missouri, on the day that Roe v. Wade was overturned.

Last year, Florida’s Legislature and Gov. Ron DeSantis passed a ban on abortion after 15 weeks. A legal challenge to it is being considered by the state Supreme Court.

While DeSantis has been tight-lipped about any further abortion legislation that might be in the works, Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo has said she would support a 12-week abortion ban once the state Supreme Court weighs in on the latest law.

WUSF reported Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life group, told reporters on Wednesday that her organization will be focusing on state legislation and asking, “What is the most ambitious we can be?”

Dannenfelser recently met with DeSantis and said she was “extremely satisfied” with the conversation, although she said DeSantis didn't know what his next steps on abortion would be. Florida currently bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

"First Lady Casey DeSantis and I stand with the thousands gathered today in DC as they March for Life," DeSantis tweeted Thursday afternoon. "Thank you for being a voice for the voiceless!"


Australia's ABC Massacres History Yet Again

John Henningham

The ABC seems to have invented a genocide by English colonists in the Caribbean. A story on Barbados’ cruel history as a slave island reported that slaver descendants, such as actor Benedict Cumberbatch, could be pursued for compensation and included an assertion that the indigenous population was slaughtered by the English:

This horrific claim is not supported by any evidence. According to historians the original population was depleted in the previous century by Spanish slave raids, with the remaining people fleeing to other islands to avoid being pressed into slavery. The island was effectively uninhabited when the English claimed it in 1625. Two years later, some 80 colonists and 10 slaves took up permanent residence.

Anyone reading the ABC story who turned to Wikipedia for more information would have found the following in the entry on Barbados: “In 1627, when English colonisers arrived in Barbados, they slaughtered the local indigenous inhabitants and claimed the island for themselves.”

These are the words of the ABC story! The ABC did not take the quote from Wikipedia — it was the reverse. The source for the assertion in Wikipedia was, astonishingly, the ABC news story about Cumberbatch. Someone (a Wikipedia contributor screen-named Afa86) added the ABC “revelation” to the crowd-sourced encyclopedia in a textbook example of how false news spreads and becomes part of received history.

Barbados was occupied from about 1600BC by different Amerindian groups. For a thousand years until the 1500s the Arawak, and then the Carib, lived on the island. The Britannica’s entry on Barbados, written by University of the West Indies professor of history Woodville Marshall and two fellow contributors, makes clear the fate of the original population:

The island was depopulated because of repeated slave raids by the Spanish in the 16th century; it is believed that those Indigenous people who avoided enslavement migrated to elsewhere in the region. By the mid-16th century — largely because of the island’s small size, remoteness, and depopulation — European explorers had practically abandoned their claims to it, and Barbados remained effectively without a population.

Fortunately the assertion of indigenous slaughter was removed from Wikipedia a day after publication by a sharp-eyed American veteran editor of Caribbean heritage with the screen name CaribDigita. In justifying deletion the editor commented: “You need a reputable reference that talks about a ‘slaughtering’ in Barbados.”

CaribDigita’s bio says: “In more recent times I’ve been been seeking to calm down conspiracy theories and ‘fake news’ being added to Wikipedia by showing relevant parallels or add references to their sources to help keep this tool from becoming like the National Enquirer.”

The story was amended yesterday (January 22), possibly in response to my request to the author, Recbecca Armitage, via Twitter for evidence of annihilation of the native population by English colonists. The amendment concedes that the population was largely depleted before the arrival of the English, but continues the unsubstantiated claim of genocide: “They slaughtered the remaining inhabitants and claimed the island for themselves.”

Perhaps the ABC needs to employ CaribDigita as a fact-checker.


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"For a thousand years until the 1500s the Arawak, and then the Carib, lived on the island.

No mention of how the Carib replaced the Arawak? The odds are extremely high that it was a massacre.

All the people screaming about massacres love to leave out the simple fact that they are applying a modern more to a situation that was normal in the past. But of course they only like to point out the one group they want to denigrate committing the acts they despise while ignoring the fact that pretty much every group was doing the same whenever they got the upper hand of another group.