opinion | Bees Are Fish and Other Fake Stories

A friend recently told me that she asked the management of a vegetarian restaurant why honey was not on their menu. “It’s from an animal, so it’s not vegetarian,” she was told. He tried to explain that honey is not part of the bee, but the nectar that the bees take back into a hive, combined with enzymes, heat, dehydration. , , Desperate, he finally said, “It’s bee ice!” (It isn’t, but it isn’t prime rib either.) He didn’t win the argument.

I’m mentioning this because last month a California court Government That bumblebees are actually fish and may be protected by the California Endangered Species Act. This is as silly as the Environmental Protection Agency is trying to do define Puddles and drainage ditches as “navigable water”. Yes, they were saying that the puddle should be regulated like a lake or a river. Earlier also, Army Corps of Engineers “Glancing Geese” TestWhich means that if a migratory bird ever saw a wet spot, that location was under federal jurisdiction.

In the meantime, we have oat milk and almond milk, even though they’re clearly not milk. Similarly, the oxymoronic “plant-based meat”, which is not meat, is actually imitation meat. Worse, it’s dirty, full of salt, and not good for you either. Be careful, we are being trained that anything can happen. Truth has taken a back seat. I don’t like it one bit.

In June 2020, amid the coronavirus lockdown, thousands marched in US cities to protest against police. 1,200 health and medical professionals signed up in defense of the protesters Letter “In response to emerging narratives that appeared to vitiate demonstrations that risk public health due to COVID-19.” It went on: “Instead, we wanted to present a narrative that prioritizes opposition to racism over public health, including the response to the pandemic.” Ah, the story. How were the signatories summarily fired and not banned from the healthcare industry? We know why: If the bee is a fish, the opposite confers immunity.

This is the world we live in today. Who really believes in this stuff? George Orwell said it best in his 1945 “Notes on Nationalism”: “To believe such things one must belong to the intelligentsia: no ordinary man can be so stupid.” Bertrand Russell had an equally great line: “It is one of those ideas that are so absurd that only a very learned person can adopt them.”

It was not just a protest. I spent the week after Memorial Day 2020 flipping between CNN and Fox News. I saw Chicago Lake Liquors in Minneapolis get robbed over and over again – even the safe was pulled out. I saw rioters throw stones at police behind a weak fence guarding the White House. I saw a line of robbers stealing cars and luxury stores with broken windows and on fire in Manhattan. In August 2020, CNN famously called the protests in Kenosha, Wis., “mostly peaceful” as flames of rioting flared up behind the reporter. Even the eyes of my own linen could see it. Let me not be part of those learned intellectuals who believe that if there is a river, the riots are peaceful.

There’s a reason for it all, according to Nicole Hanna-Jones, the lead voice behind it.

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‘ The factually challenged “Project 1619.” Awarded the Freedom of Speech Award by the Roosevelt Institute, his acceptance speech stated that “narrative allows for policy.” As for the presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg was even more blunt. Cover of Time with her husband Mr Buttigieg as they grace the May 13, 2019 accepted That “narrative is policy,” and “narrative is how you get people to adopt the policies you’re putting forward.”

Remember the “Infrastructure Bill” full of social programs? Seventeen Nobel Prize winning economists—their names are Here– Wrote a letter in September 2021 stressing that government spending “will ease long-term inflationary pressures.” I remembered that last week I filled my car with gas for $6.99 a gallon.

Perhaps the intention is to change the subject. Last week, President Biden told Californians, “I am doing everything in my power to blunt Putin’s price rise and reduce the cost of gas and food.” Never mind that even before Russia invaded Ukraine, prices were rising. Mr Biden also told the UN COP26 climate conference in November that climate change is “a potential threat to human existence as we know it.” Really? Never trust those who advance narratives that conflict with the truth.

Another example: Last week a New York Times columnist, speaking about the January 6 committee, wrote, “Most political theater is tedious and partisan. Cheap meat for a hungry base. But sometimes these plays are a real treat for the public.” can serve the purpose.” To explain his thoughts: Glasses are useful, whether they are true or not. Anyone arguing their point of view will be flagged on social media for misinformation.

We are so used to this crap that it pats our backs. Cuba, Libya, China and Venezuela all sit on the United Nations Human Rights Council. This is considered normal. We sigh, shrug our shoulders and move on.

In the Culture Wars, I’m fine to identify with anyone as anything, as long as they don’t take advantage of the system—Elizabeth Warren, are you listening? But in March a person nominated to be a Supreme Court justice declined to answer the question, “Can you give a definition of the word ‘woman’?” Insisted “I am not a biologist.”

In the stands of the University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming competition, a woman named Kelly-Jay Keane said 6-foot-4 Lia Thomas was not a woman, and was taking advantage of the system. Another onlooker pushed back and asked, “Are you a biologist?” Which now appears to be the established negotiating point. I’ll leave the rest of the exchange to you, but it ended with this zinger from Ms. Keane, “Do you rely on stupid arguments because you don’t have logic?”

Narratives affect our lives, and they are not harmless. Look at the alphabet soup of ESG, CRT, MMT, BTC etc promoting and then backfiring effort. Advocates use silly arguments—”carbon spewing,” “everyone racist,” “free money,” “fiat hedge”—because they don’t have real arguments.

Perhaps the conscience is returning. Last week the Inhuman Rights Project, which is trying to establish The “legal personifications” for “great apes, elephants, dolphins and whales” at the Bronx Zoo, including the elephant Happy, were repealed in a 5-2 decision by the New York State Court of Appeals. For now, an elephant is an elephant, not a person, although elephants are apparently smarter than humans, two disgruntled New York State judges and the Inhuman Rights Project cite.

A bee is a fish, a puddle is a river, protest heals epidemics, war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is power. Beware of manipulative narratives.

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