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National View: Pregnant man emoji on iPhones — an opportunity for Minnesota and Paul Bunyan

Mental gymnastics and sophistry guiding a culture can have devastating drawbacks, but there's something positive Duluth might still eke out of the nation-destroying mantra being broadcast continuously, and concerning the legend of Paul Bunyan so connected to the city and region.

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David Nabhan
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It is in the interest of extremist partisanship everywhere to replace common sense with chaos and doomsaying, and in the West the attempts to upset the very foundation of society have certainly been relentless. Eternal, infinite and perfect mathematics, for instance, is now seen as somehow having a racist component. Moreover, men supposedly can have babies, with Apple only days ago launching their pregnant man emoji for iPhones. Pedophilia isn't a crime but a mental condition, and people are much safer when you make them defenseless by disarming them. And, in the midst of all this in the background, a mass environmental apocalypse is looming 10 years from now — the next in a series of recycled dates for global disaster, every 10 years, stretching back almost half a century already.

Mental gymnastics and sophistry guiding a culture can have devastating drawbacks but there's something positive Duluth might still eke out of the nation-destroying mantra being broadcast continuously, and concerning the legend of Paul Bunyan so connected to the city and region.

Indeed, if subjective self-identity is really all that's needed to thwart reality and create any existence that pleases — including a queen-king of the mermaids, as with an invitee who addressed the Democratic National Convention in the U.S. in 2020 — surely the citizens of Duluth can just collectively close their eyes and wish with all their might for Paul Bunyan to be a real, historic, personage.

All that’s required is for academics, pundits, politicians, and self-styled activists to work their wizardry. This coterie has successfully peddled far more astounding groupthink than magically converting a mythical giant with a blue ox into flesh and blood. And any who should refuse to go along could be subject to the wrath currently being used to bully cowed populations into line. If it’s worked to bring mermaids into existence, it can surely breathe life into Mr. Bunyan.

And for those who may doubt the power of the hivemind, the world was recently stunned only weeks ago to hear a U.S. Supreme Court nominee tell the Senate what progress it was to see a woman selected for the great post, and then with her next breath express confusion as to what a woman was. Her astounding reply that she didn’t know because she “wasn’t a biologist” says much about what the far fringe has managed to promote on the public forum for decades now.

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George Orwell in "1984" wrote that the party insists that all reject the evidence of their eyes and ears, their first and most essential commandment. Fewer and fewer today dare to trust their own eyes rather than the collective fantasies of their political handlers.

It’s a surety that the world would opt in the end to pretend and move forward with a miraculous transformation of Minnesota's famous icon, and in no time at all.

David Nabhan writes science columns for Newsmax ( Shaking Up Science ) and The Times of Israel ( Tectonic Shifts ).

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