Masks; protesters’ demands for cops; reading scores; remote learning; and the news business

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (09/18/20): The news as we once knew it is dead

Today’s highly interesting read (09/17/20): ‘Remote learning’ is a disaster

Today’s highly interesting read (09/16/20): Big school spending, lousy reading scores

Today’s highly interesting read (09/15/20): Protesters demand cops let themselves be stabbed or shot

Today’s highly interesting read (09/14/20): If Masks Work, Why Don’t They WORK?

Today’s highly interesting read (09/18/20): The news as we once knew it is dead

Today’s read is from one on the best columnists in America, Victor Davis Hanson. Here’s a brief excerpt:

Every three or four days the public is fed a series of fantasy “bombshells”… All of these stories were either demonstrably untrue, were supported only by anonymous sources, or were the sensationalism of authors hawking books. Yet such concocted melodramas will continue each week up to Election Day.

Read the entire column here.

Today’s highly interesting read (09/16/20): Big school spending, lousy reading scores

Today’s read is from Terence P. Jeffrey, is the editor in chief of CNSNews.com. Here’s an excerpt, then the entire column:

Nationwide in 2019, only 32% of eighth graders in public schools scored at or above proficient in reading, and only 33% scored at or above proficient in math.

Does that make you want to send your child to a public school?

There is an obvious solution to the widespread inferiority of American public schools…

Read it all here.

Today’s highly interesting read (09/15/20): Protesters demand cops let themselves be stabbed or shot

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Today’s read is from a great columnist I’ve featured many times in the past. Heather Mac Donald is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of “The War on Cops.” Here’s an excerpt followed by the entire column:

Virtually the entirety of the Democratic political class stayed silent this summer as cops became punching bags for criminals and anarchists. Instead, Democratic officials and their media mouthpieces droned on about the lethal threat to blacks allegedly posed by police officers — a narrative utterly belied by the facts about police shootings and black crime. Mayors and district attorneys vowed to ignore misdemeanor arrests so as to avoid prosecuting black criminals.

Read the entire piece here.

Today’s highly interesting read (09/14/20): If Masks Work, Why Don’t They WORK?

Today’s read is from Scott Morefield, a reporter for The Daily Caller and a weekly columnist at Townhall who also writes for TheBlaze, The Hill, WND, Breitbart, National Review, The Federalist, American Greatness, and many other sites. Here’s your tease, then a link to the entire column.

Remember back in May and June when they said, “Hey, if everyone would just wear masks for a few weeks, it’ll all be over and we can go back to normal!” Remember that? Remember those three hairdressers using masks and COVID not spreading at all, or something, then blue state policymakers and national retailers and restaurants using that “evidence” along with a few model-based ‘studies’ to demand that every human from ages two and above wear a moist cloth diaper on his or her face, both indoors and outdoors, to “stop the spread” of a virus that poses very little harm to the vast majority of those who contract it? Remember them telling us it was only temporary, that masks had the power to stop COVID-19 right in its tracks and save grandma?

Except, neither the masks nor the lockdown measures every really stopped COVID-19 in its tracks, did they?

Read it all here.



The media and Trump; remote work’s a killer; spiritual poverty; honoring workers, not unions

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (09/11/20): Breaking News: Trump Once Tore The Tag Off a Mattress

Today’s highly interesting read (09/10/20): Spiritual Poverty, Not Material Poverty, Holds Blacks Back Today

Today’s highly interesting read (09/09/20): Remote Work Is Killing the Hidden Trillion-Dollar Office Economy

Today’s highly interesting read (09/08/20): How the Atlantic twisted the truth

Today’s highly interesting read (09/07/20): On Labor Day, it’s workers we honor, not the unions that exploit them

Today’s highly interesting read (09/11/20): Breaking News: Trump Once Tore The Tag Off a Mattress

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Today’s read is from Douglas MacKinnon, a former White House and Pentagon official and author of the book:  The Dawn of a Nazi Moon: Book One. Here’s an excerpt, followed by the entire column.

How can you tell that the liberal intelligentsia and the mainstream media are petrified that President Donald J. Trump seems to be heading toward reelection? Easy: they keep dialing up the “crazy” in a desperate attempt to slow or stop that momentum.

Click here to read the rest.

Today’s highly interesting read (09/10/20): Spiritual Poverty, Not Material Poverty, Holds Blacks Back Today

Today’s read is from Walter Williams, professor of economics at George Mason University. Here’s an excerpt:

“In matters of race and other social phenomena, there is a tendency to believe that what is seen today has always been. For black people, the socioeconomic progress achieved during my lifetime, which started in 1936, exceeded anyone’s wildest dreams. In 1936, most black people lived in gross material poverty and racial discrimination. Such poverty and discrimination is all but nonexistent today. The poverty we have today is spiritual poverty.”

Read the entire column here.

Today’s highly interesting read (09/09/20): Remote Work Is Killing the Hidden Trillion-Dollar Office Economy

Today’s read is from Steve LeVine, Editor at Large at Medium.com. Here’s an excerpt:

And the move to remote work doesn’t show signs of stopping anytime soon. In recent months, many companies, including JPMorgan Chase, Ford Motor, Twitter, and REI have announced some version of a long-term or permanent work-from-home future. Pinterest turned heads when it announced it would pay a $89.5 million contract penalty to cancel its lease on a flashy new 490,000-square-foot office building planned in San Francisco, citing a permanent shift to remote work. The pandemic has convinced these and other companies that their employees can perform their jobs, perhaps even more productively, at home, allowing a massive shrinkage of corporate America’s physical office footprint. It will save these companies leasing costs and their employees their commutes, but at what cost to the rest of the economy?

Read the entire article here.