Historical Hysteria

From OregonMuse’s A♠ Sunday Morning Book Thread

Mass Hysteria

Has our country gone mad? Well, maybe. But what we’re seeing right now is not unprecedented. Not so much burning cities, but mass hysteria about other things, namely, children. I’m talking about the daycare child abuse panic that started in the late 1980s.

“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”
–Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, 1742

No Crueler Tyrannies: Accusation, False Witness, and Other Terrors of Our Times by Dorothy Rabinowitz discusses some of these miscarriages of justice, such as the ones involving the Wee Care Nursery School (Kelly Michaels) and the Fell Acres Day Cay Center in Malden, Massachusetts (Amirault Family). Also the one involving

…Grant Snowden, the North Miami policeman sentenced to five consecutive life terms after being prosecuted by then Dade County State Attorney Janet Reno…who spent eleven years killing rats in various Florida prisons before a new trial affirmed his innocence.

Yes, that’s right, the same Janet Reno, appointed Attorney General by Bill Clinton and who was ultimately responsible for the government-instigated massacre at Waco.

In those days, even the merest accusation of child abuse could get you a show trial and stiff jail sentence. For the children! And some of the materials used by the the child protection service officers who interrogated the suspects said things like (I’m paraphrasing) “If a suspect denies being a child abuser, that should be considered proof of his guilt since that exactly is what a child abuser would say.” Of course, that is what an innocent party would say, too, but that wasn’t mentioned.

And, according to another book on the subject, We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s by Richard Beck,

It would take years for people to realize what the defendants had said all along — that these prosecutions were the product of a decade-long outbreak of collective hysteria on par with the Salem witch trials. Social workers and detectives employed coercive interviewing techniques that led children to tell them what they wanted to hear. Local and national journalists fanned the flames by promoting the stories’ salacious aspects, while aggressive prosecutors sought to make their careers by unearthing an unspeakable evil where parents feared it most.

One can only wonder how worse it could have gotten if America of the 1980s had the extensive social media it has now.

But it could be worse. At we’re not going through anything like The Great Singapore Penis Panic of 1967.

From Amazon:

The Great Singapore Penis Panic and the Future of American Mass Hysteria

by Scott Mendelson (Author)

Forty-three years ago, a strange series of events unfolded on the island of Singapore. Hundreds of men rushed to the hospitals of the island with the terrifying belief that their penises were shrinking. Each feared that if his penis shrank away completely, he would die. Some came with lucky red strings tightly wrapped around their penises to prevent the lethal disappearance. Others had clamps holding their wayward organs in place. Most often it was a firm grasp of a hand, their own or a frightened family member’s, that prevented the shrinking penis from slipping away and taking their life with it. Oddly enough, about a dozen women also fell victim to the panic. This was the Great Singapore Penis Panic, or what doctors refer to as an epidemic of the psychiatric condition called Koro. The Great Singapore Penis Panic and the Future of American Mass Hysteria explains the basis of koro in Chinese medicine, and how and why something so peculiar as the Singapore Koro epidemic could have happened when it did.


How Do You Know… What You Don’t Know?



Just wander over to a bunch of teenagers and offer $50 for a halfway decent explanation of our government, or even just the electoral college. Odds are that you will keep your money.
Posted by: CBD

32 Offer that fifty bucks to any of these college kids if they can explain the “three-fifths clause”. In my experience, most libs cannot, at all, other than thinking it signified how much blacks were “worth” as humans or something. We’re surrounded by idiots.

Posted by: The Otter at July 07, 2020 11:13 AM

51 Offer that fifty bucks to any of these college kids if they can explain the “three-fifths clause”

They get really angry and huffy when you explain it too no matter how nice you are about it or how careful you are. They are more angry that you showed them you are wrong than that someone taught them crap.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at July 07, 2020 11:16 AM

72 Offer that fifty bucks to any of these college kids if they can explain the “three-fifths clause”. In my experience, most libs cannot, at all, other than thinking it signified how much blacks were “worth” as humans or something. We’re surrounded by idiots.

No truer wurdz has ever been spake.

Kollidge kidz can’t make correct change or even fix a flat tire. Proof, as if we needed any more, that if you dumb down a populace, they can be made to believe any stoopid thing they’re told to believe.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy – Who can fight the beast? Revelation 13:4 at July 07, 2020 11:20 AM (HaL55)

78 They get really angry and huffy when you explain it too no matter how nice you are about it or how careful you are. They are more angry that you showed them you are wrong than that someone taught them crap. They’ve been indoctrinated to be angry emotional idiots with sky-high self-esteem. They haven’t been given knowledge, they’ve been given jargon which they repeat by rote and believe they’re ‘thinking.’

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at July 07, 2020 11:22 AM (oVJmc)

Yeltsin’s Aha! Moment

When Boris Yeltsin went grocery shopping in Clear Lake

Craig Hlavaty, New Haven Registry

The fact that stores like these were on nearly every street corner in America amazed him. They even offered him free cheese samples.

In September 1989, Russian president Boris Yeltsin and a handful of Soviet companions made an unscheduled 20-minute visit to a Randall's Supermarket after touring the Johnson Space Center.See more photos of the foreign leader in an American grocery store... Photo: © Houston Chronicle

“When I saw those shelves crammed with hundreds, thousands of cans, cartons and goods of every possible sort, for the first time I felt quite frankly sick with despair for the Soviet people,” Yeltsin wrote. “That such a potentially super-rich country as ours has been brought to a state of such poverty! It is terrible to think of it.”

Statue Of Liberty Kept Her Promises

On My Anniversary Of Earning U.S. Citizenship, The Statue Of Liberty Kept Her Promises

Immigrants like me who have lived in places with neither economic nor political freedom can attest that this is the greatest nation on earth, and we are so glad to be part of it.
Helen Raleigh


This month marks my six-year anniversary of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen. What’s a better way to celebrate it than visiting the Statue of Liberty? I had been to New York City many times and had admired her from a distance, but somehow a visit to the statue just couldn’t fit into my schedule in the past.

For this trip, however, my husband and I made sure we set aside plenty of time just for her. To save time, we stayed in a hotel only a few minutes’ walk from Battery Park, a famed historical park at the very southern tip of Manhattan, where one can catch a ferry to tour the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.…

The ferry did a good job of letting us admire her from all angles. The green goddess was more magnificent than I had imagined. She greeted me like an old friend — after all, I had seen her images many times before.

At the same time, the sight of her still made my heart pound, and I was filled with excitement and joy. I couldn’t help wondering: Was this how millions of immigrants felt when they first saw her and knew they had finally arrived at the land of freedom and opportunity?…

Read it all at The Federalist

h/t J.J. Sefton’s spectacular Morning Report, M-F on Ace♠

Liberty pre-assembly pic: parade.com

The Real Slavery Mindset


On Twitter

But I repeat myself, for about the fourth time in as many years. This is for all of those — black, white, and other — who think white “supremacy” is a thing.

“Black people—not just those who are American—view white people in the same manner that anti-theists view God.”

Anti-theists are different from atheists. Even though anti-theists deny God’s existence with their mouths and keyboards, they believe in Him…and they hate Him.”

“Many black people have a similar view of white people: they view all of you as their hated masters — yes, still, in [2019] — but their masters, nonetheless. Moreover, as our masters, it is your duty to feed, clothe, and house us; and to give us anything else we ask of you.”

“As history shows, before the Civil Rights Era, most black Americans were Republicans; now, because of well-crafted strategy implemented by LBJ, et al., most are Democrats.”

“That strategy is based on the real slavery mindset: that whoever provides the most things — whoever is the most generous patron to black people — is a friend to black people.”

“LBJ knew this; therefore, he strove to transform his party’s image into that of the good and generous patron.”

“[Definition of] Patron: 5 : a master in ancient times who freed his slave but retained some rights over him.”

“Even though the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 respectively disallowed patronage and de jure serfdom, the mindset remains embedded in the progeny of the former slaves/serfs.”

“Thus, since the CRA, most black Americans have given their allegiance to the Democrat Party and, because of the mindset, they have certain expectations of white Americans — those expected of a patron.”

“From that notion comes this one: many black liberals believe that black conservatives give their allegiance to the Republican Party for the exact same reason, and that they are, therefore, sell-outs.”

“Note that, to black liberals, even politics always involves some imagined sale of black persons.”

“They are unable to view white persons outside of the master/patron/domination paradigm and cannot envision any relationship between black persons and white persons outside of that perspective.”

“Somebody has to be on top. And, in light of our past and our indoctrinated and unacknowledged feelings of inferiority, most black liberals believe it will be you, my white friends.”

“Most black conservatives have freed themselves from this mindset, but, like all long-term indoctrination, it remains insidious.”

“Therefore, I conclude this: until the majority of black people get white people out of their heads and begin view you as EQUALS, the shouts of racism will continue, as will the shout-down of the truly emancipated.”

“Freedom begins inside.”

Unchained mind image: rbgsurvival.wordpress.com

50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions

Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions

Competitive Enterprise Institute
Myron Ebell, Steven J. Milloy • September 18, 2019

…Modern doomsayers have been predicting climate and environmental disaster since the 1960s. They continue to do so today.

None of the apocalyptic predictions with due dates as of today have come true.…

1969: ‘Everyone will disappear in a cloud of blue steam by 1989.’

Source: New York Times, August 10 1969

h/t rhennigantx on A♠

Image h/t:
Ehrlich 1972 : “Everyone Will Disappear In A Cloud Of Blue Steam”

Could Have Had Cellphones in the 1950s

We Could Have Had Cell Phones 40 Years Earlier

This technology was intentionally prevented from getting off the ground for decades.

The basic idea of the cellphone was introduced to the public in 1945 – not in Popular Mechanics or Science, but in the down-home Saturday Evening Post. Millions of citizens would soon be using “handie-talkies,” declared J.K. Jett, the head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Licenses would have to be issued, but that process “won’t be difficult.” The revolutionary technology, Jett promised in the story, would be formulated within months.

But permission to deploy it would not. The government would not allocate spectrum to realize the engineers’ vision of “cellular radio” until 1982, and licenses authorizing the service would not be fully distributed for another seven years. That’s one heck of a bureaucratic delay.…

h/t rhennigantx on A♠

From Mindful Webworks “Getting From Here to There” series on transportation:

Could Have Been Much Worse

NaCly Dog on A♠:

September 11th.

We got lucky. Even if the hijackers were not stopped by those security people or the police in their traffic stops, as known wolves.

The towers held together long enough to get most out. A tribute to sound design, solid Union workmanship, and heroes leading people out of the buildings.

If the attack was later in the morning, the towers hit lower, and the towers fell quickly, that is 70,000 dead. A nuke hit level of dead.

Plus the Pentagon had one wall (of 5) just upgraded in strength. The wall the jet hit. Could have been a lot worse there.

And finally, the brave passengers and crew of Flight 93 fought back, and stopped 25% of the attack, when the Air Force was not effective in stopping any of it.

That day is vivid in my memory. I will never forget.

Milady and I had gone to town late in the morning, turned on the news, and heard, “The World Trade Centers are gone.” I didn’t yet know how, but I knew who, damn them.

Came back to the ranch and told the kids the news, as much as we had at that point. I told them, this is your Pearl Harbor.


They utterly destroyed the Axis in only four years.