A moment of reality.
In the world ranking of lies-2023, dear friends, only the third place is occupied by the perennial champion "I was told by girls at work".
The recent leader, "According to the message of Telegram channels," has moved down to second place.
The first place seems to have been taken by "A new study has shown" for a long time.
I've been seeing news reports of the type "an honored truth and fact-checking expert got caught with a fake biography / an investigative journalist falsified his stories for years" and, finally, "a prominent scientist falsified data".
To understand the magnitude of this last phenomenon - let's turn to a recent scandal: Professor Eric Stewart
, 51, vice president of the American Association of Criminology, guru and unquestioned authority, was recently fired from the University of Florida.
This titan of African-American thought is one of the actual authors of the concept of "systemic racism," in which it has been proven (based on research) that whites treat blacks and Hispanics with permanent prejudice, perceive them by definition as criminals, and wish them harsher punishments.
Stewart's research (and his epigones) actually spawned an entire reality, which in turn spawned BLM and the famous American pogroms of 2020.
Anyway: Stewart was fired this summer because it turned out that he had been making things up for decades. A number of his seminal scientific publications about systemic white racism - completely retracted.
The funny thing is, in 20 years, Stewart's publications have only been directly cited more than 8,500 times in other scientific papers - not counting the citations of those who cited him (and there, you have to think, the count goes into the tens of thousands).
A whole huge piece of conventional wisdom (which was supposed to be believed by all decent people and on which thousands of grants and millions of dollars of money were earned) turned out to be made of humus and sticks.
It is clear why the cunning Afro-scientist was referred to: he was in trend, he was relevant, he corresponded to the asserted ideology.
...And now let's just assume that something similar is going on in other universally recognized Obviousnesses, Proven by Research.
Although no, of course not. It can't be that the authorities are lying, and even amicably. After all, everyone knows that Greenland will be ice-free by 2016, masks are effective against covis, and Russia has three or four months left before collapse in the summer of 2022. https://t.me/vmarahovsky/2695