Independent News is Crushing the Mainstream Media

The American public’s relationship with the mainstream media (MSM) has been in decline for decades. Unfortunately, rather than engaging in healthy self-analysis, MSM leaders seem intent on ramping up their smears of independent media that succeed in practicing real journalism outside the MSM echo chamber. So, where are people consuming news if not via the MSM? One source is Substack, which has attracted writers from the right and left sides of the political spectrum, and created an uncensored home for their work. Writers are paid through direct reader subscriptions, and…

The Wuhan Lab Leak Theory: Follow the Politics, Not the Science

For a full year, the legacy corporate media’s narrative about the “conspiracy” of the Wuhan lab leak theory was “nothing to see here.” Straightfaced, they repeatedly told the American people that the virus had emerged from bats in a Wuhan wet market. But it is becoming increasingly plausible that the cause of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic — which cost millions of lives and tens of trillions of dollars — may have been a viral escape from a Wuhan, China, virology laboratory. According to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report in…

What are Health and Safety in Schools?

In the past year, the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) released its Reopen & Redesign Plan, which stated: “The health, safety and well-being of our CVUSD students, staff and the broader Conejo community is of the utmost importance to our District.”  This begs the question, “Just what is our understanding of the terms ‘health’ and ‘safety’?” Hard numbers tell us that during the entire year and a half of COVID, Ventura County, population 841,734, has reported a single death for a child under the age of 18, and a…

Coming to a School Near You? Critical Race Theory Aims at America’s Foundations

An emphasis on defining America’s history in terms of “social justice,” and Critical Race Theory (CRT) in particular, is popping up in our local public schools. For instance, the capstone assignment in a current ninth-grade English course at Newbury Park High School is aimed squarely at “an in-depth exploration of a topic that has something to do with prejudice, intolerance, and injustice (just like the majority of the literature in this course).” The assignment, which requires a parent’s signature of approval, guides students to explore a variety of “wrongdoing, attitudes…

What Could Possibly Go Wrong With “Immunity Passports”

The so-called “immunity passport,” being proposed by some as a type of identification and documentation of immunity to a disease, presents numerous problems, both scientific and civic. The very idea violates long-treasured notions of privacy and freedom and is based on shaky scientific evidence. According to The Lancet, immunity to diseases such as COVID-19 could be “proven” through a laboratory test which shows that a person has developed an immune response through an “immunizing event,” meaning infection or vaccination. But, as The Lancet points out, there are important immunological problems…

‘COVID Mania’ Eclipses Rational Problem-Solving

In March 2020, the citizens of this country were told that a two-week lockdown was necessary to “slow the spread” of a then-unknown virus coming out of China. Americans complied, many of them begrudgingly — yet months later, many of these same Americans hardly blinked when political leaders insisted that lockdowns should continue with no timeline or real-time scientific data to support them. What on earth happened? Dr. Lapado, an associate professor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, penned an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on April…

No Gun Control for Criminals

Over the past 10 years, the California Legislature, in cooperation with the governor’s office, has implemented a series of criminal justice statutes that treat criminals as if they are somehow not responsible for their actions while completely ignoring the rights and privileges of crime victims. These statutes have served no other purpose than to give greater assistance to those who intentionally harm people while simultaneously ignoring the pain, humiliation and vulnerability that crime victims often feel after having had their person and property violated, many times violently. The most unsettling…

Irwin’s Bill Reduces Government Transparency in Death Records

As California recovers from the strong public response to the COVID-19 outbreak, one proposed state measure by Ventura County’s representative would make it more difficult to research and discover causes of death, including deaths due to COVID-19. California Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin has authored a new bill, AB 268, which would add Section 27523 to the government code and change what the county medical examiner’s office is allowed to reveal to the public. The bill would “prohibit the disclosure of any report of death, autopsy report, investigation summary, toxicology report,…

Perils of Cancel Culture

The effects of “cancel culture” are all around us. A popular conservative social media site with more than 10 million users is suddenly shut down. It essentially disappears from the Internet. A particular pillow brand is not to be found at stores that previously carried and advertised the product. Even a can of beans is eliminated from grocery store shelves due to a different or “unacceptable” philosophy or political idea held by company leadership.  The practice of cancel culture is threatening the very foundation of America and further polarizing our…