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Joe Biden’s long and winding road takes another turn

A few decades ago, American archaeologists found a piece of copper wire under the sandy hills somewhere in the Nevada desert. They summoned journalists to a news conference to announce that their ancestors millennia ago used telephones.

Not to be outdone, Russian archaeologists dug through the sands of the Kara-Kum desert. They found nothing. So, they summoned journalists to a news conference: their ancestors millennia ago used wireless communications.

Sounds just like the account describing ex-U.S. vice-president and now Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden’s visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Here’s what he said: “a black guy invented the lightbulb, not a white guy named Edison.”

So far as Joe Biden is concerned, teaching of history lacks representation.

Something to it, actually. But not in the sense Joe Biden considers important.

In Joe Biden’s view, here’s what’s happening: “Why in God’s name don’t we teach history in history classes? A black man invented the light bulb. Not a white guy named Edison. … There’s so much. Did anybody know?”

And, he added, American history classes are silent on events such as a massacre that happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1921, as well as the destruction of the Black Wall Street in Greenwood, Oklahoma.

That’s Joe Biden’s view. So long as he remembers it, he stands by it.

Facts first

Black American inventor Lewis Howard Latimer worked on the development of both the light bulb and the telephone.

According to his official biography, Latimer, while a member of Thomas Edison’s elite research team, improved the light bulb his employer had patented in 1880.

The original prototype for the light bulb was lit by a glowing electrified filament made of paper. That, alas, would burn out with all speed.

Latimer’s filament was made of carbon, a much more durable material. He sold the patent for the Incandescent Electric Light Bulb with Carbon Filament to the United States Electric Company in 1881.

Latimer’s patents include a process to make the carbon filament production not only efficient, but effective, too. He also developed the threaded socket for the improved bulb.

In 1890, he would publish the first book on electric lighting, titled Incandescent Electric Lighting, as well as supervising the installation of public electric lights throughout New York, Philadelphia, Montreal, and London.

No mean achievements, those, but they still fall short of Joe Biden’s proclamations.

Propaganda wars

Just as Joe Biden’s preaching about the authorship of the electrical bulb, the Russians had their hero who, they claimed, outran the Americans by a country mile. The backward Tsarist regime, the Russian propaganda line insists, prevented their countryman’s well-deserved victory.

They have been lying through their teeth, just as Joe Biden has.

Pavel Nikolayevich Yablochkov (Павел Николаевич Яблочков), a Russian electrical engineer and businessman, invented a contraption a.k.a. the Yablochkov candle (some kind of an electric carbon arc lamp) and the transformer.

(Traditional Soviet propaganda used to paint Yablochkov as a poor serf, whose life depended on his owner’s largesse.)

The Yablochkov candle eliminated the mechanical complexity of competing lights that required a regulator to manage the voltaic arc.

Yablochkov would build an industrial sample of the “electric candle” while in Paris, and he had it patented there in 1876.

Both Latimer and Yablochkov were multi-talented men.

In addition to his success in the field of electricity and telecommunications, Lewis Howard Latimer invented the first toilet for railroad carriages (don’t use it while the train is stopped at the station) and what would later become the air conditioner.

Stretching the truth

There were some who claimed that Latimer, while working as a draftsman and assistant for Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, was the guy who had actually invented the telephone. Latimer himself went to court to confirm for the record that Bell’s authorship had been unassailable, much to the chagrin of those who put the colour of Latimer’s skin on the pedestal, disregarding facts.

Biden seems to have hopped into the same boat Al Gore, his U.S. vice-presidential predecessor and forerunner in presidential candidacy used to sail (both in the Democratic Party colours).

Losing candidate Gore used to claim he had invented the Internet. Who cares about the Arpanet? A forerunner of the Internet, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network was the first wide-area packet-switching network with distributed control and one of the first networks to implement the TCP/IP protocol. (Short for transmission control protocol/Internet protocol, TCP/IP is a set of rules – protocols – governing communications among all computers on the Internet.) That’s what would become the technical foundation of the Internet. It was the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) of the United States Department of Defence that had come up with the idea in the late 1960s.

And one wonders whether Al Gore remembers the name Tim Berners-Lee, a British mathematician who came up with what is now known as the world-wide web, and the HTML (hyper-text markup language).

Today’s Democratic Party candidate has had his facts mixed up a tad: Latimer’s improvements made the use of Edison’s light bulb available to all and sundry.

That, in and of itself, would guarantee Lewis Howard Latimer his immortality.

He didn’t need Joe Biden’s twisted account to pump his tires.

Look for the money trail, and you shall find …

America is a free country, but some people have decided to take it even further:

The family (brothers and sister) of George Floyd opened a Go Fund Me account to “help the family.” They have, at time of writing, already raised $13,958,800 from donations. Yes, almost $14 MILLION.

Please remember: George Floyd was arrested NINE times; he was a convicted drug dealer (and apparently high on drugs the day he died); he held a gun to the stomach of a pregnant lady while his five buddies robbed her home; he did prison time three different times, totalling about eight years, and he quite obviously didn’t learn anything.

Granted, his life should not have ended the way it did. Granted, as well, that he was a willing participant in activities that involved violence on both sides of the equation.

America is memorializing him by painting murals of him on the sides of buildings like he’s a hero.

Any wonder his family feel perfectly free to help themselves on his behalf?

https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

and

https://www.showbiz411.com/2020/06/04/george-floyd-now-has-three-different-gofundme-campaigns-as-soho-house-new-york-donates-100000-to-largest-fund

and

https://www.newsweek.com/george-floyd-gofundme-raises-11-million-1508331

What does it tell YOU?

All of this does tell something significant to a Russian-American who lives in the Excited States. She quite obviously knows her way around. Having worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), she knows a thing or two about the difference between politics and politicking. She summed it all up.

Writing on the day of George Floyd’s funeral, she published a comment that a social media platform where it appeared found so incendiary, it threatened to block her for a month.

Except: they were barking at a wrong tree. This lady won’t be scared. She hinted publicly where they should take off, left the piece on the site, unchanged, and the mighty platform backed off. People who had experienced communism first-hand, and at its worst, too, usually have a frightful time getting scared by some would-be censors from California.

Here’s the gist of Aleksandra Antosyak’s view, tongue firmly in cheek, quoted with her permission (including permission to use her name):

The most powerful power on the planet says good-bye to one of its best sons.

Not even presidents get this kind of funeral: a golden coffin, hundreds of thousands of mourning and crying people, thousands of kneeling idiots, and they all ask for forgiveness from the black population.

The mayor of Minneapolis, hands on the coffin that carries the body of the worthiest of the worthy citizens of America (so as not to fall down from grief), cries crocodile tears.

Screams such as ‘Forgive us’ interrupt the mayor’s sobbing.

The deceased criminal’s former wife is crying, too. Last time she saw him was six years ago, when he abandoned her and their then-three-month-old daughter. He hasn’t sent his former wife any support over the years, but the poor widow still has been screaming for a week that she was left without a breadwinner. The heart-sick Americans raised some $2 million (that was then, it’s now more than $14 million, and the Go Fund Me account has been growing steadily – my update).

The University of Massachusetts has established a scholarship named after George Floyd. We do not know whether this particular scientist could read or not, but, most probably, the answer is no.

Still, with events unfolding at this rate (and with the Nobel Prize Committee being what it is this past few decades), we can expect the prize to be renamed to honour George Floyd.

Floyd spent time behind bars for robbery, for drug trafficking, for armed robbery (holding a gun against a pregnant woman’s stomach, he and his accomplices demanded money), and his sentence was reduced in a plea bargain deal during which he identified all of his associates.

Drugs were discovered in his blood during the post-mortem.

So, this is the 21st century America’s national hero.

He left many followers. His case lives and keeps growing. To show respect and sorrow for their fallen comrade, we see these people perform acts of massive robbery and violence.

Some of the most beautiful areas in many cities, including Los Angeles and New York, have been turned into junk. At least 89 police officers were killed. A 17-year-old girl has been raped. Even swans that live in city ponds did not escape.

Joe Biden, a candidate for President of the United States, suffering from old-age dementia, also fell tohis knees.

Hundreds of thousands of “Saint Floyd” fans will vote in the election for this fossil, actually helping the Democrats to achieve their objective without bending anything other than their knees.

So wrote Aleksandra Antosyak. As mentioned, on occasion, she was sarcastic. But, at all times, she was actually very serious.

How did we get here?

Learnt tomes had been written about where current society of the so-called Western civilization variety has been headed the last few decades. To sum their findings up: they all eventually see scenes as if taken from Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The British historian wrote his masterpiece in the 18th century. One would have expected people would be able to learn. But no. Not a chance.

Some would trace the current situation to the emergence of the legacy of a school of ideology (thought it definitely is NOT), known as the Frankfurt School (Frankfurter Schule).

The Marxist group that called itself Institute for Social Research (Institut für Sozialforschung) was founded by Carl Grünberg in 1923 as an adjunct of the University of Frankfurt. It was the first Marxist-oriented research centre affiliated with a major German university.

Little wonder that Adolf Hitler’s Nazis went after the Frankfurter Schule with a serious vengeance. Most of those attached to the school managed to get away. Mostly to Great Britain and the U.S. While their beginnings in the Anglo-Saxon world weren’t very easy, when the Allies were drawn into the Second World War, the German scholars’ standing improved. It improved so much that quite a few of them decided not to return to Germany. They stayed behind in the two democratic countries that had given them shelter.

Slowly but distinctly, they began their climb to academically important positions in Great Britain and, especially, the U.S. Why, especially, the U.S.? It’s an American habit to treat everything that had come from Europe with a special sort of admiration. Many reasons. Suffice it to say that this is how it is, and the Frankfurter Schule’s alumni progress is proof if any was needed.

Their most worthwhile graduates would worm their way into other academic institutions, first of the highest learning, but then proceeding to lower levels, closer, as they like to call it, to the masses. Other such graduates would find ways to join the ranks of various business organizations, and many would land in the mainstream media organizations.

Metastatic society

This is the cancer that had brought today’s level of education, especially in the humanities, to the lowest common denominator imaginable. These are the people responsible for such crimes as political correctness, affirmative action and sundry movements they would call progressive.

Hijacking words and complete expressions has always been one of the mainstays of their actions. The word ‘progressive’ is just one of the many these people have abused for purposes of their own, making them lose their original meaning in the process.

Using such catchwords and catchphrases based on now meaningless words, they have become past masters in re-writing history and turning human values upside down.

Whether these people are bringing humanity to the precipice of an abyss whence we had got just a scant few decades ago knowingly or not, is not really too relevant. The only relevant fact here is that they are pushing us all, whether we like it or not, somewhere where we had been. Many of their followers are perfectly ignorant and illiterate of their own history. Simple slogans will do.

Many of us are too scared: what if someone accuses us of racism or any other –ism in vogue today? After all, these would-be revolutionaries take no prisoners. One of the main proponents of political correctness within Canada’s public broadcaster made just one, single, one-word slip, and where is she now?

There has been a popular saying according to which history tends to repeat itself: once as a tragedy, the next time as a farce. Sounds great, but it is a fallacy, too: what we did experience was a tragedy, what we are experiencing now is a tragedy, and what we will experience if this continues, will be a tragedy.

We will either stand up now, and put a stop to all of this nonsense, or we’ll have nobody else to blame but ourselves.

Racism – or storm in a tea cup?

Wayne Simmonds picked up speed, skating in on a shootout attempt against Jordan Pearce when a banana flew by and landed close to his path.

Simmonds did score on Detroit’s Jordan Pearce, but his Flyers lost the exhibition game in London, Ont., nevertheless.

As it was, until that moment, your typical pre-season NHL game, both teams testing rookies and line combinations for the moment real shooting starts in less than a fortnight. The banana changed the picture. Everybody’s up in arms, the league issues a strongly worded statement under Commissioner Gary Bettman’s signature, the teams join the angry chorus, a huge number of players run to their electronic devices so fans see them tweeting their indignation, and Wayne Simmonds himself declines to comment on the incident.

So far as everybody is concerned, throwing a banana at a player whose colour of skin is dark constitutes pure and unadulterated racism.

A somewhat premature outcry, don’t you think?

A devil’s advocate would ask a simple question: how do you know the person who threw the banana was racist? Do you know who it was, in the first place? Have you spoken to that person yet?

Phrased differently: are you not putting the cart before the horse?

Some of us, for example, might remember old movies, you know, the strong silent type of movies, black-and-white, too, where throwing banana peels in the path of someone pursuing somebody else used to bring the pursuer to a spectacular fall, the more spectacular, the louder the explosion of laughter in the audience. So, what if the unknown perpetrator just wanted young Mr. Simmonds to slip and not score in his shootout attempt? Ridiculous, granted. The ice is slippery enough as it is. But still: who has proof that it was a racist slur rather than an idiotic attempt to influence the outcome of the game?

Young Mr. Simmonds, unlike the general media and many of his NHL colleagues and bosses, seems to be wise enough to decide the incident is nothing he would care to talk, let alone think, about.

Something else should have happened: the referee should have stopped young Mr. Simmonds, call it a game, and award the win to the visiting team. The home team didn’t do its job. It is supposed, among many other things, to make sure there’s enough security in the arena and no debris should be flying to the ice (with the exception of hats when someone scores his third goal in that particular game).

Of course, it’s the same company that owns the Flyers (Comcast) that also owns the London, Ont., arena. That would mean the game would go to the Wings, as it has, anyhow. But still: the time to react to unacceptable debris on the ice would have been then, and not the flood of stories decrying racism that would appear later on.

By the way, a devil’s advocate’s next question would be: are you (meaning those who automatically assume the banana-throwing incident had racist connotations) not racist yourselves? Why are you so fast jumping to conclusions? Just because they are politically correct?

Yes, yes, yes, there is this question: who in their right mind would be bringing bananas to a hockey game? But how do we know it’s not part of the perpetrator’s diet, as prescribed by her or his physician?

The incident was (and is) deplorable, no doubt about that.

But the lynching of a perpetrator whom we don’t know, whom we haven’t asked at least about what he was thinking when he threw the banana, is deplorable, too.