Welcome to Sott.net
Thu, 24 Jun 2021
The World for People who Think

Society's Child


Head of Independent Sage to launch international climate change group

David King
© Dan Atkin/Alamy
Sir David King, the head of the new Climate Crisis Advisory Group, is a former UK chief scientific adviser.
Several of the world's leading scientists plan to launch an independent expert group this week to advise, warn and criticise global policymakers about the climate and nature crises.

The new body has been inspired by Independent Sage - the cluster of British scientists who have held UK ministers and civil servants to account for their lack of transparency and mishandling of the Covid pandemic.

Comment: Remember these are pretty much the same guys that want even more lockdowns. So, by their definition, the 'mishandling' of the pandemic is that the government didn't go hard enough.

The Climate Crisis Advisory Group, comprising 14 experts from 10 nations and every continent, aims to have more of an international reach and provide the global public with regular analysis about efforts to tackle the global heating and biodiversity crises.

Headed by the former UK chief scientific adviser Sir David King, the new group will issue monthly updates about the state of the global environment at meetings that will be open to the media and the public. These online gatherings will be chaired by the BBC presenter Ade Adepitan.

"We are hoping that by putting expertise directly into the public domain we are reaching into policymakers' decision processes, and into the financial sector and how they invest in our future," King told the Observer. "We are not just going to say 'this is the state of the global climate', but also what should the global response be from governments and companies ... What we do in the next five years will determine the future of humanity for the next millennium."

Comment: If Sage's over exaggerated doomsday models on coronavirus were any indication, it's likely we'll see more of the same in their climate predictions (in which they, and every other think tank for that matter, have all been wrong over and over again). Then again, if a "climate lockdown" is on the horizon, the propaganda will need to start from somewhere.

Eye 1

Beijing's useful idiots

covid beijing
Just over a year ago, I stumbled across an intriguing scientific paper. It suggested the pandemic that was ripping around the world was "uniquely adapted to infect humans"; it was "not typical of a normal zoonotic infection" since it first appeared with "exceptional" ability to enter human cells. The author of the paper, Nikolai Petrovsky, was frank about the disease when we spoke back then, saying its adaptability was either "a remarkable coincidence or a sign of human intervention". He even broke the scientific omertà by daring to admit that "no one can say a laboratory leak is not a possibility".

But even though Petrovsky has excellent credentials — professor of medicine at a prominent Australian university, author of more than 200 papers in scientific journals and founder of a company funded by the US government to develop new vaccine technologies — I was still anxious when my story went global. His original document had been posted on a pre-print site, so had not been peer reviewed, unlike if it had been published in a medical or scientific journal. These sorts of sites allow researchers to get findings out quickly. Petrovsky told me his first attempt to place these seismic findings was on BioRxiv, run by prominent New York laboratory. But it was rejected; eventually he succeeded on ArXiv, a rival server run by Cornell University. Last week, however, he told me this important origins modelling paper had finally been accepted by Nature Scientific Reports after "a harrowing 12 months of repeated reviews, rejections, appeals, re-reviews and finally now acceptance".

This acceptance is one more sign of the changing political climate as suddenly it is deemed permissible to discuss the possibility that the virus causing havoc around the world might have emerged from a laboratory. Petrovsky has had to endure what he calls "the legitimacy" of his paper as a peer-reviewed publication being denied for a critical 12 months — and he is far from alone. "I have heard all too many tales from other academics who have been equally frustrated in getting their manuscripts dealing with research into the origins of the virus published," he said.

Comment: See also:


DeSantis edges Trump among conservatives in 2024 presidential approval straw poll

© Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel/AP
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis • Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Winter Haven, Florida
Monday, April 19, 2021
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis edged former President Trump in a weekend presidential straw poll conducted at the annual Western Conservative Summit in Denver.

Mr. DeSantis received 74.12% support in response to a poll asking conference attendees to "vote for all candidates you approve of for President in 2024," followed by Mr. Trump, who garnered 71.43% support, according to results issued Saturday.

The survey of 371 respondents released at the end of the two-day summit offered an unscientific but intriguing glimpse at how conservative voters are leaning well ahead of the 2024 presidential race.

Coming in third behind the two Florida Republicans was Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, who received 42.86% support, followed by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with 39.35%, and Sen. Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican, with 35.58%.

Other GOP figures receiving support in descending order were South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem; Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas; Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky; Donald Trump Jr.; former Vice President Mike Pence; Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri; Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas; and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Bringing up the rear were the Democrats, all of whom fell below 3% support, but the leaders were former first lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who each took 2.96%.

President Biden placed behind them with 2.43% support, ahead of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at 2.19%.

Comment: Harbinger for P/VP?

Take 2

From the Notebook: Jon Stewart does Davos

© Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Jon Stewart Does Davos with Stephen Colbert
Jon Stewart is the High Priest of Barely Functional Millennials. Not all Millennials, just the ones he's personally destroyed. I've hated him from the moment my younger friends/family told me they got their news from him rather than you know, the news.

And saying this is not an endorsement of the news, then or now.

Stewart's agitprop was the stuff of legend during his run on The Daily Show. He programmed an entire generation to think he was the truth-telling court jester when he was really always The Davos Crowd's Pied Piper. All he had to do was bust open a few easily-busted lies while mugging for the camera.

That's instant credibility with a generation incapable of real critical thinking.

He was funny when he got his first break on Dennis Miller Live on HBO back in the early 90's. I didn't have cable back then and had a co-worker tape them for me. Stewart stood out. He's a talented guy, always has been. I don't begrudge him his talent. It's one of the hallmarks of evil people, most of them are admirably talented at something.


Portland Police Association leader explains why all members of Portland police riot squad resigned, slams city officials for nonsupport

Rapid response team
Rapid Response Team • Portland, Oregon
Portland Police Association Executive Director Daryl Turner argued on Fox News Live Sunday that elected officials "encouraged and enabled some of the violence'" that was taking place over the more than 150 nights of riots in Portland, explaining part of the reason why all 50 members of the Portland police riot squad known as the Rapid Response Team (RRT) resigned.

A Portland Police Bureau (PPB) statement indicated that the resignations were effective as of last Wednesday, and it's unclear what implications would be for law enforcement response to future demonstrations in Portland, although Turner stressed that the officers have resigned from their voluntary positions on the Rapid Response Team, but will "still be doing the same job" and will "be ordered to do the same job, just a little bit different."

Portland Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis had said that the police department will make sure that there are "as close to adequate resources as we can get within just the limits that we have to deal with anything that comes up with on-duty resources."

Comment: Both videos are worth a look.

See also: Entire Portland Police Rapid Response Team resigns after officer indicted for breaking up Antifa riot UPDATE


ANOTHER US reporter turns whistleblower, announces mid-segment that she will be revealing "discrimination" by network with Project Veritas

April Moss
© Screenshot. Twitter. Public User @EricSpracklen
A CBS 62 reporter in Detroit revealed live on air Sunday that she is going to publicize how CBS is allegedly discriminating against its employees later in the week.

"I will be sitting down this week with Project Veritas to discuss the discrimination that CBS is enforcing upon its employees," meteorologist April Moss said. "Tune into Project Veritas for my full story."

Moss made the announcement during the middle of her weather report. She began her segment by wishing viewers a happy Father's Day and thanking her audience for watching the forecast.

Comment: This is the second such announcement in the last week with both whistleblowers going to Project Veritas to tell their story: Fox News reporter accuses network of 'muzzling' her & others, will release exposé of recordings with Project Veritas

Yellow Vest

Americans overwhelmingly reject Critical Race Theory - here's why

critical race theory blm books black power graphic
Stories across Illinois and most of America now report furious parents standing up against what's bundled under the term "Critical Race Theory," or CRT, widely taught in K-12 schools.

Those who know what CRT is don't like it. A new Economist/YouGov poll found opposition beating support by 58% to 38%. And opponents feel strongly. Those with "very unfavorable" views of CRT outnumber those with "very favorable" views" by 53% to 25%. Opposition is even more intense when specific tenets of CRT are polled.

What is CRT? Why the intense opposition? Does only the "right wing" oppose its teachings, as Gov. JB Pritzker claimed on Wednesday?


Heart - Black

Amazon's controversial 'hire to fire' practice reveals the brutal truth about management

Amazon warehouse workers

Workers on an Amazon warehouse floor
It's an example of what can happen when your incentives aren't aligned with your values.

Last month, [Business] Insider reported on what appears--at least on the surface--to be an alarming practice at Amazon. According to the reporting, managers at the online retailer intentionally hire people that they know they're going to fire.

Look, I freely acknowledge that my people management experience is limited to much smaller teams than the 1.3 million employees at Amazon, but something seems off about hiring someone just so you can fire them later. It just seems wrong.

Really, though, the fact that managers at Amazon might offer someone a job just so they can terminate them isn't even the worst part of the story. See, managers at Amazon have a target rate for annual turnover.

Comment: From another Business Insider article:
More broadly, Amazon employees told Insider that despite the moves toward transparency, the company's performance-review system continued to be vague and confusing, with some saying that it includes elements of "stack ranking" — a managerial practice that Microsoft stopped using in 2013 in the wake of widespread criticism that it led to a cutthroat corporate culture that fanned the flames of office politics and stifled innovation.

"It's a step in the right direction," one current manager, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly, said of the changes. "But they shouldn't be putting people through stack ranking."

Stack ranking broadly refers to any system in which teams are reviewed on a curve, with employees ranking at the bottom often getting put on performance-improvement plans. Critics have said this practice leads to even high performers getting penalized if they rank just slightly lower than their peers.

Amazon managers use a secret rating tied to compensation to grade on a curve, according to employees and internal documents, placing those at the bottom on a performance-improvement plan. One document viewed by Insider shows company leaders "expect 20% of Amazonians" to receive the highest rating and 5% to receive the lowest for the current review cycle.

While the wording of the document leaves room for ambiguity in interpretation, over half of the employees who spoke with Insider compared Amazon's performance review system to stack ranking. Amazon has 1.3 million employees, many of whom work outside the company's corporate workforce, and it's unclear how much performance reviews vary across teams.


BBC accused of racism after banning white people from applying for £18,000 trainee job

BBC director general Tim Davie
© Press Association
BBC director general Tim Davie has said that the lack of diversity among its top-paid stars means the broadcaster 'has more work to do' on the issue
The BBC has sparked a discrimination row after only allowing people from ethnic minorities to apply for a trainee position.

The broadcaster is advertising a one-year, £17,810 trainee production management assistant role with its Science Unit in Glasgow, but the position is 'only open to black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates'.

Positive discrimination is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010, but 'positive action' is allowed for trainee and internship roles in areas where there is under-representation.

The advert was posted online by Creative Access, a company that aims to boost the number of ethnic minorities working in the creative, media and arts industries. Whoever gets the post will have the chance to work on popular BBC shows including Springwatch, The One Show and The Truth About series.

Comment: It isn't the first time the BBC has tried its hand at social engineering. The Metro reported a similar case in 2018:
The BBC has come under fire for excluding people from a white-ethnic background from applying for a traineeship.

In the criteria for the job with BBC Newsbeat, it states that the traineeship is only open to candidates from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority background.

The trainee multimedia journalist position has been offered through the social enterprise Creative Access, which aims to get better representation for people from ethnic minority backgrounds in the creative industries.

Newsbeat is the flagship news programme on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra aimed at 16-25 year-olds.

The advert says that Newsbeat 'is the ideal environment for this type of gradual multi-media training that is so rewarding to experience early in a journalism career.' It also says that the successful candidate will taught how a busy newsroom works, broadcast journalism skills and video editing skills.

However, the advert has caused outrage after it was posted on the BBC Newsbeat Twitter page and has been accused of being 'racist'.

Actress Vicki McKellar said: 'Why do you think that ethnic minorities need a special leg up? That is not only patronising, it's also racist. It's also racist against white people.

'Get the best person for the job regardless of skin colour.'
The UK's NHS suffers from the same delusion:

NHS chief executive blames 'white privilege' for unequal BAME representation

Mr. Potato

WaPo's swing-and-a-miss: Activist Christopher Rufo dismantles 'hit piece' on his efforts to expose evils of critical race theory

white supremicy protest crt critical race theory
© Global Look Press/Keystone Press Agency/File
Christopher Rufo apparently made himself prey by becoming a top critic of neo-Marxist critical race theory (CRT), but he's firing back at the Washington Post over an article that sought to pick apart and discredit his arguments.

"The Washington Post's Laura Meckler spent three weeks preparing a hit piece against me," Ruffo said Sunday on Twitter, adding that the newspaper used five "flat-out lies" to smear him. "This is how the media lies."

The WaPo article, which was published on Saturday, placed Rufo at the center of a Republican push to attack CRT and use it as a political weapon to portray Democrat policies as extreme, scary and anti-American. Meckler attempted to show that Rufo has misled the public about the nature of CRT and has made claims about training materials that go further than the documents that he cites.

Comment: A sample of Rufo's valient efforts to combat this pernicious mind virus: