Joe and John want you to eat bugs and weeds

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“Then we’ll tell them to eat bugs.”

And drink sewage.

Joe Biden and John Kerry are alike in every way except hair. Both have slopped at the public trough for decades, preening in the slavish adoration of a complicit media.

Both are stupid. Both are fools. Both reassure us that anyone whose giant ego has superceded their modest intelligence can have a brilliant career in government.

They are knaves and scoundrels. Kerry went around President Trump to Iran. Biden went to Ukraine and China.

Now to the bugs, weeds and poop.

They are enthusiasts of the World Economic Forum, which launched the Great Reset.

For decades, progressives have attempted to use climate change to justify liberal policy changes. But their latest attempt – a new proposal called the “Great Reset” – is the most ambitious and radical plan the world has seen in more than a generation.

Instead of traditional capitalism, the high-profile group said the world should adopt more socialistic policies, such as wealth taxes, additional regulations and massive Green New Deal-like government programs.

“Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed,” wrote Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, in an article published on WEF’s website. “In short, we need a ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism.”

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“My two white fools.”

The World Economic Forum republished an article originally titled, “How to get people to eat bugs and drink sewage.” Wonder why they changed the title.

To help you understand what you must eat, let’s look at what you shouldn’t eat. For example, you shouldn’t eat what they serve at the French Laundry restaurant in the Napa Valley of California.

On Nov. 18, guests had the option of swapping out a Wolfe Ranch White Quail “Presse” for Hand Rolled Ricotta “Agnolotti” for an additional $175. Guests also had the option of swapping an Herb Roasted Elysian Fields Farm Lamb for Japanese Wagyu “Poele” for an additional $100. Courses on yesterday’s menu included a Roasted Cauliflower “Velout,” Nova Scotia Lobster “Galette,” hand-cut Mac and Cheese and a Soft Boiled Rhode Island Red Hen Egg. An assortment of fruit, ice cream, chocolate and candies were available for dessert.

That’s what Caifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom and his lobbyist pals feasted on recently. The basic meal starts at $350, but there were lobbyists there, so. Oh dear. Turns out Gavin is part of the World Economic Forum.

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“Not here. Not in public.”

Now back to our two fools, Here’s what John Kerry had to say to the World Economic Forum. See if you can follow.

“Normal was a crisis; normal wasn’t working. We must not think of it in terms of pushing a button and going back to the way things were. We’re a long way off from being able to go back to any kind of normal.

“Forces and pressures that were pushing us into crisis over the social contract are now exacerbated. The world is coming apart, dangerously, in terms of global institutions and leadership. What we never did was adequately address the social contract, the franchisement of human beings around the world, to be able to participate in things they can see with their smartphones everywhere but can’t participate in. This is a big moment. The World Economic Forum is really going to have to play a front and centre role in refining the Great Reset to deal with climate change and inequity — all of which is being laid bare as a consequence of COVID-19.

I hate it when social contracts get exacerbated, whatever. Now here’s what the other fool had to say to no one in particular.

“I’m going to — we’re going to impose the — we’re going to enforce the — excuse me, employ the defense, reconstruct the act, to be able to go out there and dictate companies build and do following things.”

Darn if that isn’t hopeful.

These two fools remind me of a little song.

~ Zaftig

Has anyone actually seen John Durham?

durhamHe’s the U.S. Attorney in Connecticut supposedly investigating the coup against President Trump. He got that assignment in May 2019. Since then, all we know about him is that he posed for the rather stern photo on the right. Perhaps that’s meant to reassure us.

You saw how quickly Sydney Powell and Rudy Giuliani put together their election fraud cases. Trump has noticed the difference with Durham: “[He had had] plenty of time to do it. They’ve been looking at it for two years. The facts are on the table.”

Durham is simply copying U.S. Attorney John Huber out in Utah. Remember when Rod Rosenthal, the deputy attorney general who wanted to wear a wire into the Oval Office to entrap Trump, snookered the hapless AG Jeff Sessions into appointing Huber to investigate corruption in the DOJ and FBI?

Nobody ever saw Huber either.

It concerns me that we haven’t heard a darn thing,’ Rep. Jim Jordan said . ‘It’s like Where’s Waldo?” “Where’s Huber?”’

This is exceedingly strange, because there should be something to show for 18 months of work, legal analysts say.

‘There should be some proof of life,’ said Andrew Leipold, a law professor at the University of Illinois who worked with special counsel Kenneth W. Starr on the Whitewater investigation.

‘We should see people going in and out of his building, people interviewed leaking to the press, or a target calling a press conference,’ he added. ‘The fact that none of that has happened is puzzling.’’

And so it goes. Proof of life? Where’s Durham? Huber? Waldo?

The corruption is so vast everyone and everything is sucked into and subsumed by it.

~ Coquelicot

The Reporters: The great election bluff

Things you won’t learn by skimming.

In a Power Game, Victory Goes to the Daring. We are seeing the biggest power play in United States history since 1876 or even 1861. The Democrats—the insiders, not the mass of zombies—know what they have done. The Republicans know. And the latter—through control of key legislatures, as well as their legacy on the U.S. Supreme Court—hold the best cards. Aside from some temporary mobs, the Democrats have only their infotainment complex, which has painted a cloud of inevitability around the scarecrow known as Joe Biden, who is pictured as ordering new blinds and furniture for the Oval Office. It is a bluff. They have created an imaginary steamroller and they expect everyone to get out of the way.

bidenFighter vs. Failer. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. Robinette was a bad law student and he did not make a good lawyer, bouncing from one firm to another, working briefly as a public defender without leaving any impression, and managing a pool. Successful young attorneys on their way up do not take jobs managing swimming pools. Instead Biden went into politics and continued failing his way upward by crawling through the corrupt underbelly of Delaware politics. His first bid for the White House failed miserably, so did his second bid, and it seemed like he would become just another aging senator looking for an exit strategy to a lobbying firm or an industry trade group that would pay him a lot of money.

The End of Sports. With an average of less than 10 million viewers, the series commanded the attention of some 3% of Americans. The 32% drop in viewers came at a time when people, many stuck at home, are obsessively watching television. What were the other 13 million who had been watching last year do? The one thing they weren’t doing was watching a game they had once cared about. And the NBA finals ratings dropped 51%.  And the NFL is facing its own ratings struggles as are other sports. Sports is still a metaphor for America, but a very different kind of country in which talent doesn’t matter, but monetizing radical aggrieved victimhood is how the game is really played and won.

Washington State is a worrisome window into the future. One Seattle teacher took the opportunity on Veteran’s Day to tell her eighth graders in a videotaped online presentation that ‘Our country is divided, our leader is pushing that, he’s not an advocate for peace like Obama was’, before going on to quote the lyrics to John Lennon’s vapid ‘Imagine’. I’m reliably told that even this was a model of rhetorical brilliance compared to the offerings elsewhere in the Seattle public school system, which included from the militant ‘Uniformed aggression is structural and embedded into all aspects of society.’

NY Times increasingly staffed with hires from “outlets that practiced advocacy journalism.” A New York Magazine deep dive portrays the NY Times as basically your college newspaper, in which progressive internal politics are driven by “insurrectionist” new hires. Many of the insurrectionists were coming from places the Times didn’t traditionally recruit from, like new digital-media companies and outlets that practiced advocacy journalism, and part of the challenge had become integrating those employees into the Timesian way of operating…. Of all the fronts on which the Times was being pushed to change, the strongest insurrectionary energy was coming from legions of newsroom-adjacent employees in digital jobs that didn’t exist a decade ago….

~ Annelidous

Crazy Years: Stay on the ladder, you can vote

The AP is advising reporters to avoid using the terms “crazy/crazed, nuts or deranged.”

~ World News Daily

You can’t say “crazy” because we’re supposed to pretend all this is normal:

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The Red Ripper – Nestle’s new spokesperson.

Doctors Say Man Who Died After Falling off 10-Foot Ladder Actually Killed by COVID

Nestlé rebrands a popular candy so it’s no longer “racist,” decides instead to name it after monstrous serial killer/rapist

Firefighters rescue three men trapped in a tumble dryer

Oregon Grants COVID Relief Funds to Strippers, Lap Dancers, Hookers ‘Who Are Falling Through the Cracks’

There’s an Online Community Made For People Who Enjoy Making Hats For Snakes

Biden coronavirus advisory board member said living past 75 has virtually no value

In Philadelphia, people celebrated Biden’s victory by ritualistically kicking a weird pylon thing that had a picture of Trump on it because that’s totally what normal people do.

Michigan Attorney General Pleads With Public to Stop Telling Her Staff to Shove Sharpies Up Their Butts

Costco Cans Coconut Milk Over the Forced Employment of Manacled Monkeys

109 Michigan Ballots Were Sent to an Insane Asylum, 1 Apparently Voted

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Where will the censorship end?

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“You’re not allowed to think that!”

Censorship of the Biden corruption story by big tech and the corporate media had a major effect on the election.

A Media Research Center (MRC) poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates found that 36 percent of Biden voters were not aware of the evidence behind claims that Joe Biden was personally involved in his son Hunter’s business deals with China. Thirteen percent of those voters (4.6 percent of Biden’s total vote) said that if they had known the facts, they would not have voted for Biden.

That’s just one instance of The Left’s censorship pogrom. You already know about the media and big tech. Now consider:

What Wikipedia’s Daily Mail ‘Ban’ Tells Us About The Future Of Online Censorship

Then the deplatformers came for Dan Bongino

Mailchimp Gets In on the Censorship Game

PayPal relies on censorship recommendations by far-left Southern Poverty Law Center

GoFundMe Censors Billboard Fundraising Campaign

Eventbrite Removes ‘March For Trump’ Event, Allows Left-Wing Events

WordPress just had to get into it, as well. WordPress is used by more than 60 million websites, including 33.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2019. WordPress decided to kick a popular conservative blog, The Conservative Treehouse, off its platform. This means the censorship has moved to web hosting sites.

The next step would be Internet Service Providers, who provide access to the Internet. Would they be interested in blocking ideas they don’t like. Uh, yes.

The largest collection of public internet censorship data ever compiled shows that even citizens of what are considered the world’s freest countries aren’t safe from internet censorship.

“When the United States repealed net neutrality, they created an environment in which it would be easy, from a technical standpoint, for ISPs to interfere with or block internet traffic,” said Roya Ensafi, University of Michigan assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science who led the the study. “The architecture for greater censorship is already in place and we should all be concerned about heading down a slippery slope.” It’s already happening abroad, the researchers found.

Is there yet a higher authority who could get in the game? Sure. It’s the companies who comprise what is known as the Internet’s backbone. These are called Tier 1 providers, and they include AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, SingTel, Pacific Internet, Japan Telecom, Telstra, China Telecom and British Telecom.

AT&T, you will not be comforted to know, also owns … CNN.

Then, of course, governments control the Internet and censor things they don’t like. That, of course, can’t happen here. Oh wait …

Sen. Blumenthal Urges Mark Zuckerberg to Remove Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Steve Bannon from Facebook

Apparently it had something to do with them labeling him “Da Nang Dick.”

~ Consanguineous

The resurrection of the Stasi

Office ReprimandAmid all that’s going on I happened to catch a TV show about the Stasi, East Germany’s agency of control.

The Ministry for State Security—commonly known as the Stasi—wiretapped, bugged, and tracked citizens. It steamed open letters and drilled holes in walls. It had nearly 200,000 unofficial informers and hundreds of thousands more occasional sources providing information on their friends, neighbors, relatives, and colleagues. As the self-declared sword and shield regime, it aimed not merely to stamp out dissent, but to support a far-reaching propaganda machine in creating a new, perfect communist human being.

Does any of that sound familiar? How about:

Covid Testing And “Compliance Ambassadors.” Our business license officers & compliance ambassadors continue to visit 300 businesses per day every day, to ensure they are following @GovSisolak’s recent directive to help keep workers and visitors safe. — City of Las Vegas (@CityOfLasVegas)

cars“Great Reset” Mastermind Suggests Risk Assessment “Brain Scans” Before Allowing Travel. “Great Reset” mastermind Klaus Schwab suggests a number of draconian measures for controlling the population under the umbrella of the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’, including risk-assessment brain scans to cross borders and implantable chips to read people’s thoughts.

Dr. Anthony Fauci: Americans Must ‘Do What You’re Told’ Despite ‘Independent Spirit.’ “Our countries have that independent spirit, where we don’t want to be told what to do,” he said. “Well, I understand that, but now is the time to do what you’re told.”

Democrats Compile List Of Names Targeting White House Staff, Trump Campaign, Judges, And Donors. The list of names was initally published on the project’s website asking people to “remember what they did,” and is now privatized, but captured by internet archives. It shows an extensive Google Sheets document listing off people who the project deems necessary to curb from “profiting from their experience” working with the Trump Administration.

‘Society of Snitches’: Northam Asks Virginians to Report Churches, Gun Ranges That Violate COVID Restrictions. “[The governor of Virginia] is now trying to turn us into a society of informers and snitches?” State Sen. Mark Obenshain asked. “The Governor and his Health Secretary, through the VA Dept. of Health is now asking for people to make anonymous complaints to the Dept. for violations of the Gov. Northam’s mask order.”
John Stossel: Facebook Is Using Activists To Fact-Check Posts They Don’t Like – It’s Wrong. Facebook now lets other people censor their content. Mark Zuckerberg told Congress, “We work with a set of independent fact-checkers.”

This is where we are today, Charlotte Bailey writes in The Atlantic:

All over the world, authoritarian regimes still use some of the tactics favored by the East German dictatorship—informers are still widely used, for instance. But states are now using modern technology to oppress their citizens in ways simply unavailable to the Stasi—by monitoring movements, spying on communications, and tracking financial transactions, to name just a few. The tools, in fact, are available to (and used by) companies and the governments of liberal democracies, too. “States now have far more power than the Stasi,” David Murakami Wood, a surveillance sociologist and an associate professor at Queen’s University in Canada, says. “And it’s not just states we have to worry about now.”

The New World Order is just deja vu all over again.

~ Propugnaculum

Let the air in your home fight the virus

airNow that we’re closing our windows we can still take several precautions with the air in our homes.

Open windows. Yes, just leave them open and deal with it.

Take that familiar annoyance for New Yorkers: the clanky radiator that overheats apartments even on the coldest days of the year. It turns out that the prodigious output of steam-heated buildings is the direct result of theories of infection control that were enlisted in the battle against the great global pandemic of 1918 and 1919.

The Board of Health in New York City ordered that windows should remain open to provide ventilation, even in cold weather. In response, engineers began devising heating systems with this extreme use case in mind. Steam heating and radiators were designed to heat buildings on the coldest day of the year with all the windows open.

You have to be crazy to live in New York anyway, so go for it.

Air purifiers. Those who have looked into these devices say they can help, but they are hardly a panacea. The EPA says:

When used properly, air cleaners and HVAC filters can help reduce airborne contaminants including viruses in a building or small space. By itself, air cleaning or filtration is not enough to protect people from exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. When used along with other best practices recommended by CDC and others, filtration can be part of a plan to reduce the potential for airborne transmission of COVID-19 indoors.

Consumer Reports says:

We spoke with air quality and virology experts, and asked CR’s own experts to weigh in. The consensus is that while air purifiers probably don’t offer much protection in most circumstances, they may be worthwhile in a few specific ones.If someone in your household is sick with COVID-19, running an air purifier in their quarantine room may help protect other family members or caregivers. The same goes for healthcare workers who are self-quarantining when they come home.

Consumer Reports rates various air filters as do other sites. It depends on your level of comfort with risk and caution. (I bought one.)

Humidity. When cold, dry air comes indoors and is warmed, the relative humidity indoors drops by about 20%. Such a drop in humidity makes it easier for airborne viral particles to travel, according to immunologists.

Their review concludes that studies in mice suggest that a relative humidity of 40–60% is ideal for containing the virus. “That’s why I recommend humidifiers during the winter in buildings,” says the study’s senior author.

Buy an inexpensive humidity gauge online. Too much humidity isn’t good, they say. You can reduce it with a dehumidifier. Aim for 50 percent.

You can increase it with a humidifier. Or you can just boil water on your stove, let the shower run, or place containers of water around the house, including the baseboard heating unit.

Now take a deep breath.

~ Annelidous

Will our military attempt a coup?

mattisSerious people are asking.

“A number of President Trump’s most implacable critics are fantasizing about deploying the U.S. military to remove him from the White House on Jan. 20, 2021, based on their assumption that a.) he will lose the election, and b.) he will refuse to leave office on his own,” Byron York writes.

Among those thinking about it are two reitred Army officers, Paul Yingling and John Nagl, who published an open letter to Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arguing that Trump may have to be forceably removed from the White House if he loses the election.

Where do they get such fantasies?

Sleep Joe, for one. “I promise you, I’m absolutely convinced they [the military] will escort him from the White House with great dispatch.”

This may well be why President Trump promoted several loyalists to top roles in the Defense Department this week after resignations following the unceremonious ouster of Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

Trump announced Monday that he had fired Esper as defense secretary and said Christopher Miller, who headed the counterterrorism center, would serve as acting secretary.

The Pentagon confirmed the resignations of the department’s top officials for policy and intelligence in a statement. The resignations include those of James Anderson, the acting undersecretary for policy; Joseph Kernan, the undersecretary for intelligence; and Jen Stewart, Esper’s chief of staff.

Those personnel changes weren’t random. Kash Patel, who will be Miller’s chief of staff, knows the details of the ‘spygate’ saga.

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently told National Public Radio that the military plays no role in politics, and that he has complete trust in America’s institutions to manage election disputes.

Sure, but why did NPR ask him in the first place? This from the NPR article, stated as fact:

President Trump has suggested that he might not accept the results if he is not declared the winner. He has made baseless claims about voter fraud being widespread. Voter fraud is actually extremely rare.

And then we have General Mad Dog Mattis, who, according to Bob Woodward’s new book did this:

Mattis quietly went to Washington National Cathedral to pray about his concern for the nation’s fate under Trump’s command and, according to Woodward, told Coats, “There may come a time when we have to take collective action” since Trump is “dangerous. He’s unfit.”

Trump is disrupting their big plans for foreign wars, and they don’t like it. They also don’t like him.

~ Acedius

This is it. This is the coup.

boxesAs I write, on November 7, 2020, the media are calling the election for Joe Biden, Trump is refusing to concede, and this is all according to the plan.

I assumed it was just a slip of the tongue from a troubled mind when Biden said:

“We’re in a situation where we have put together, and you guys did it for President Obama’s administration before this, we have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”

In context, it seems he was referring to Trump trying to steal the election. Remember: The Left always accuses its enemies of what it itself is doing. This strategy has been variously attributed to Karl Marx and Adolph Hitler, among others.

Whatever was rumbling aroiund in Biden’s febrile mind, a petri dish for Freudian slips, his handlers and enablers have indeed put together “the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of Amerian politics.”

This is The Coup Act III. Act I was the Russian “collusion” investigation. Act II was impeachment. Now corrupting the election is Act III.

Here are the steps.

  1. Establish widespread mail-in voting, using Covid as an excuse.
  2. Prepare the public’s expectations about delays in vote counting.
  3. Halt vote counts on the night of the election where Trump is ahead.
  4. Bring in balllots for Biden.
  5. Lose ballots for Trump.
  6. Block Republican observers from vote tally rooms.
  7. Insist that there is no evidence of fraud.
  8. Engourage people to think the media call elections.
  9. Declare Biden the winner.
  10. Censor any effort to disagree with the narrative.
  11. Assert that Trump will have to be forcibly removed.
  12. Begin referring to Biden as the President.

Smoke and mirros, chaos and confusion.

The only thing missing was Ruth Bader Ginsberg, wbo was doing her best to outlive election day. She couldn’t pull it off.

Now the election goes to the Supreme Court, exactly as it did 20 years ago. Chief Justice John Roberts did his darned best to help Biden. Alas, without Ruth, it won’t be enough.

Already, as I write: Justice Alito orders Pennsylvania officials to separate ballots that arrived after Election Day.

~ Coquelicot

Yet another time they stole an election

mueller brennanIn the 2018 midterm election, Democrats gained a net total of 40 U.S. House seats, 17 more than the 23 seats they needed to win control of the House.

This led to two years of harrassment of the President and to his impeachment by the House.

How did it happen? There’s no doubt that the fraudulent investigation of “Russian collusion” contributed to voter doubt about President Trump. This was inflamed by Robert Mueller’s bogus investigation.

The noted investigative reporter John Solomon spells it out:

As the “Impeach Trump” machine raged with fuel provided by Democrats and an errant media, a funny thing happened: More than three dozen Republican incumbents in Congress announced they were retiring in 2018, leaving the GOP with a gaping hole in the House that Democrats exploited.

Polls showed the impact of the Russia coverage on voters. About half of American voters declared they believed Trump or his aides had colluded with Russia, even though they hadn’t.

It’s important to remember that Mueller and his gang knew there was nothing to the charges against Trump early in their game, but they sat on that knowledge until their hand was forced by AG William Barr after the election.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) called it: “When I hear that Giuliani is saying, ‘Oh, if it goes past September 1, Mueller will be blamed for you know, playing politics and affecting the election,’ Mueller could care less, he would love to affect the election.”

Then we had Democrat Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons warning Mueller not to release anything before the election. Now why would they do that? Because they suspected Mueller was a nothing burger? If they thought he had something on Trump wouldn’t they have demanded he release it?

1We now know that Mueller was not operating with 100 percent of his mental capabilities. His investigation was actually run by his chief counsel, Andrew Weissmann, who has a notorious reputation as a prosecutor.

Here’s what Weissmann said of the 1918 election: As Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election gained steam in 2017 and 2018, “one thing that the whole office soon realized was that the third act in this play would be an inevitable investigation of us, by the Trump administration, when our investigation was complete.”

“This led to more gallows humor within the office,” he wrote. “Whenever someone gave an opinion or spun out a possible theory to test that out, someone would pipe up: ‘Write that down, that will be for the investigation of the investigators.'” The jokes “took on a darker hue” ahead of the November 2018 midterm elections, Weissmann continued.

One of his prosecutor, Jeannie Rhee, said: If Republicans “retain the House, we all need to retain criminal lawyers. That’s how bats— crazy they are. I am not joking.”

Nothing has happened to these people, and nothing will. Just as nothing has happened to the top IRS officials who helped Obama get elected.

~ Homeoteleuton

Another time they stole an election

Does anyone even remember how Obama’s IRS swung his 2012 reelection?

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In 2019 the federal government began issuing settlement checks to 100 right-of-center groups wrongfully targeted for their political beliefs under the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service.

About $2 million of the settlement goes to cover the legal costs of five long years of litigation. IRS attorneys attempted delay after delay, objection after objection, trying to use the very taxpayer protection statutes the plaintiffs were suing under to suppress documents.

Here’s what happened.

Disgraced former bureaucrat Lois Lerner (in photo) led the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt groups. A 2013 inspector general’s report found the IRS had singled out conservative and tea party organizations for intense scrutiny, oftentimes simply based on their conservative-sounding or tea party names. The IRS delayed for months, even years, the applications, and some groups were improperly questioned about their donors and their religious affiliations and practices.

So?

A 2013 study by the American Enterprise Institute —“Do Political Protests Matter? Evidence From The Tea Party Movement”— found that the movement boosted Republican turnout by three to six million votes in the 2010 election. This effect was blunted in the 2012 election, though, because growth in the movement stalled.

Co-author and AEI economist Stan Veuger argues that this most likely had a major impact in the 2012 election.

“The founders, members, and donors of new Tea Party groups found themselves incapable of exercising their constitutional rights, and the Tea Party’s impact was muted in the 2012 election cycle,” Veuger said.

He added: “The data show that, had the Tea Party groups continued to grow at the pace seen in 2009 and 2010, and had their effect on the 2012 vote been similar to that seen in 2010, they would have brought the Republican Party as many as 5 to 8.5 million votes compared to Obama’s victory margin of 5 million.”

Yes, it can, and did, happen here.

~ Pishogue

Chris Wray and his deep state pals

Word is that the FBI is now investigating some Trump supporters in Texas who surrounded Joe Biden’s bus with their pickup trucks. In the image from CNN you can see that a white Biden campaign car caused the incident by leaving its lane ad ramming a Trump truck.

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Still, our intrepid FBI is on the case! We can thank FBI Director Christopher Wray. He’s freed up the FBI to investigate this threat to national security by prohibiting the FBI from doing anything else, such conducting as a timely investigation of Hunter Biden.

Wray is the consummate Deep Stater. He says: “I’ve never completely understood the term ‘deep state.'”

Oh Chris. Really?

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Mueller, Comey, Wray

He also doesn’t believe that anyone spied on the Trump campaign. When Attorney General William Barr recently agreed there had been “spying” on the Trump campaign, Christopher Wray told senators “that’s not the term I would use.”

Remember that Wray worked under James Comey in his first important job as assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division (2003-2005). Of course Comey has defended his friend.

Wray is more dangerous than James Comey: Wray is a smooth talker, when he talks at all. Comey is a bumbling fool.

Laptop from Hell. Wray has had the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop for a year now, and he’s done nothing with it. One indication that he’s doing nothing is that he didn’t bother to interview Tony Bobulinski, Hunter’s business partner, until Bobulinski went public.

Moreover, investigative journalist Peter Schweizer reported all this in a book released in January 2020. So Wray and his FBI had the goods on Biden a year ago, and they did nothing.

Wray’s political leanings are reflected in his thoughts about violence in our streets. “Within the racially motivated violent extremist bucket, people subscribing to some kind of white supremacist ideology is certainly the biggest chunk,” Wray said in his testimony to Congress. Who does that sound like?

Anti-Trump Nest of Vipers. You have to undertand Wray’s background. He came out of the Atlanta law firm King & Spalding LLP, from which he hired Jason Jones as the FBI’s general counsel.

Guess who else is in that firm? Well, there’s Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy attorney general who initiated and oversaw the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller. Fellow former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, an anti-Trumper,  is also a partner at the firm, as is FBI Director Christopher Wray’s former chief of staff Zack Harmon. Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who thought Russia had somethng on Trump, serves as a senior policy adviser to the firm.

Character References. Here’s what people think about Chris.

For former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino: “Christopher Wray is one of the most powerful law enforcement officials in the cosmos. He had the ability yesterday to re-establish faith in the FBI and come out and say listen, a very simple answer.” Instead he chose to play “the Comey euphemisms game.”

Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the House Judiciary Committee’s ranking Republican, and Mike Johnson, ranking member on the panel’s civil liberties subcommittee, sent a stinging letter Wray, suggesting he has failed to lead his agency past the abuses uncovered in the Russia scandal and demanding new access to witnesses and documents.

Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova: “I have never in my life been so disappointed in a federal agency [the FBI] but even beyond that Wray is so bad and is so incompetent that I don’t know how he leads that organization with any degree of integrity.”

Rep. Devin Nunes, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee: “Who the hell’s over at the FBI that keeps covering this information up? It’s derogatory, I get it, it’s not good for the FBI. But I want to know who at the FBI keeps covering this up.”

Chris is dirty.

~ Pogonip

 

 

How to steal an election – II

U.S. Election Fraud is Real—And It Is Being Ignored ~ The National Interest

Here’s what’s going on out there. (See a previous list here.)

votePennsylvania sees massive delays in mail delivery amid influx of mail-in voting

Trump must win Pa. by 4 or 5 points to overcome voter fraud, says pollster who got it right in 2016

Thousands of Ballots in Pennsylvania May Be Missing: Officials

Florida election officials uncover attempt to register dead voters as Democrats

New Yorkers’ plan to illegally vote by shaving heads foiled

Rolling the Dice on Chaos, Supreme Court Ducks Election-Law Cases

Bar-code error in Texas county causes more than 22,000 mail-in ballots to be rejected

Butler County Elections Director Says Postal Service Lost Unknown Number Of Mail-In Ballots

8 States in Voting Lawsuits With Election Day Less Than a Week Away

Crazy Years: Stay out of the sugar bowl

Diets high in sugar may increase a person’s risk for developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder and aggressive behaviors. ~ Evolution and Human Behavior

Lots of sugar lovers out there.

clownOregon’s Public Health Authority Announces Covid Deaths While Dressed as a Clown

Tampax sparks firestorm for tweet that ‘not all people with periods are women’

Canadian dude, upset that beauticians were not forced to wax his junk, files new human rights complaint for beauty-pageant rejection

Televangelist Pat Robertson predicts Trump will win election, followed by global war, asteroid strike

Important: There are now bacon-scented masks

Ohio State Professor Apologizes for ‘Hurt, Sadness, Frustration, Fatigue, Exhaustion and Pain’ Caused By Pro-Football Article

Lady hanging out car window cussing out and flipping off Trump supporters promptly crashes car in front of police

 

~ Ascalaphus

The Observers: The left, the press, the virus

Insights into our time from leading thinkers.

joeThe Unapologetic Bias of the American Left. What ended liberal dissimulation about slanted reporting is a new pride, or rather an arrogance, about bias itself. The new liberated defiance is something like, “We are biased. Damn proud of it. And what exactly do you plan on doing about it?” Jim Rutenberg infamously announced in January 2017 his profession’s proud defiance of now ossified norms in a new age in which reporters would “throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century.”  Christiane Amanpour felt she was now released from the old chains of professed “objectivity.” ~Victor Davis Hanson

The Age Of Covidian. There is another old-time expression that applies in this Covid drama. This one is from Eric Hoffer. “What starts out here as a mass movement ends up as a racket, a cult, or a corporation.” In the case of Covid, the panic is becoming all three. It has turned into a mystery cult for many, a jobs racket for others and a money maker for global capital, which has not allowed this crisis go to waste. Rather than a plague from the gods, Covid-19 is manna from heaven for the ruling class. ~ The Z Man

barrettOK, Senator. It is theater. It is not real. The true politics of Judge Barrett’s appointment are not what we saw on TV: no, the real politics happened elsewhere and at another time. Amy Barrett is not playing along, or is only playing along to the absolutely minimal degree necessary while signaling that she knows this is not real. It may also signal, as one generation finally starts to hand the reins off to another, that the contrived-for-television spectacle judicial confirmation hearings have become is over. ~ Kevn Stuart

The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Snake Oil. Many drugs are given to patients on the basis of probabilities, though the patients to whom they are given often do not understand this. They believe that drugs are prescribed to do them good here and now rather than on a chance, sometimes quite remote, that they will do them good at an unspecifiable time in the future. In addition, few treatments are 100 percent successful, and whether a treatment with a low but definite rate of success, though with unpleasant side effects, is worth taking depends on the seriousness of the disease to be cured or ameliorated. In other words, therapeutics is an art as well as a science, ~ Theodore Dalrymple

Otiosus rants. The capture of essentially all major cultural institutions by unhinged political fanatics with daddy issues, is among the signs of our times. Those who resist are driven out of employment; those who accede have a lock on the splendidly-paid positions, for which beleaguered taxpayers are billed. The consequences to Western Civ are not trifling. ~ David Warren

~ Kirchenbauer

Who else is cashing in on China?

Joe and Hunter Biden are small players in the China cash game. Looky here:
schiffAdam Schiff Connected to Both Companies Named in $7.4 Billion Burisma-US-Ukraine Corruption Case. Schiff is connected to both BlackRock and Franklin Templeton Investments, two companies that were named in the $7.4B Burisma/US-Ukraine corruption claim that was announced.

>How McConnell and Chao used political power to make their family rich.Their windfall mcconnellmay have been acquired thanks to the couple’s fealty to China, the source of the Chao family fortune. And that fealty may have occurred at the expense of the nation they had pledged to serve.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Ties To China Go Way Deeper Than An Alleged Office Spy. For the last 40 years, no politician in America has arguably maintained a deeper, more longstanding and friendlier relationship with China, at the highest levels of its ruling Communist Party, than Feinstein.

>Meet the U.S. Officials Now in China’s Sphere of Influence. There’s a slew of one-time U.S. politicians and officials who have lobbied for China or whose business interests are closely connected to it. Both the Chinese government and Chinese companies, often with close state ties, have retained lobbying and public-relations firms in the Beltway, in some cases hiring former U.S. officials as personal lobbyists.

Bet You Didn’t Know NBC/MSNBC ‘s Owner Has Ties With A China State Owned Company! The companies that own the major news networks, NBC, ABC, and CBS, all do significant business in China. On the print side, top U.S. newspapers like the Washington Post and New York Times have been criticized for running paid China Daily inserts. What they were paid for these inserts is still unknown.

A Rundown Of Major U.S. Corporate Media’s Business Ties To China. Despite the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) record of oppression, corporate media outlets are parroting the authoritarian government’s propaganda, even in the midst of an outbreak the CCP worsened through a cover-up. Many of those media outlets have financial ties to Chinese companies with intense oversight from the CCP.

12 Chinese-Owned Media Companies, From Dick Clark Productions to AMC. A firehose of Chinese investment has been flowing into Hollywood for the last few years, as Middle Kingdom firms have scooped up production companies and theater chains by the billion.

It’s China all the way down.

~ Thiudigotho

A second line of defense under your mask

noseDo masks work? Your guess is as good as anyone’s. Here’s an answer I like, from Dr. Steven Novella, an academic clinical neurologist at the Yale University School of Medicine: “Wear the mask properly, but act as if the mask does not work.”

What if you could easily add a second line of defense? Provide some protection in your nose and throat where the virus first settles in?

It has been suggested that toothpastes, mouthwashes and nasal rinses might mitigate the virus. A study published in the Journal of Medical Virology found that multiple mouthwash and oral rinse products wiped out a human coronavirus closely related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a laboratory.

Because the mouthwash and hydrogen peroxide oral rinses in the study are widely available and easy to use, “I would recommend the use of the rinses on top of wearing mask and social distancing. This could add a layer of protection for yourself and others,” said lead study author Craig Meyers, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology and obstetrics and gynecology, Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

“This study adds to and further confirms the recently published evidence from virologists in Germany that mouthwashes can inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19 in a test tube,” Valerie O’Donnell, PhD, co-director of the Systems Immunity Research Institute of Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, said when asked to comment on the study.

That study was in a lab, not in human bodies. Other doctors advocate nasal rinses.

The nasal lining serves an important role in the innate immune system, providing a primary defense against inhaled viruses, bacteria, and other particulates. This lining, consisting of a superficial mucus layer atop an aqueous base, traps inhaled particulates that are then propelled by underlying cilia into the nasopharynx. They are ultimately driven into the gastrointestinal system, where they are destroyed. Topical nasal rinses take advantage of this secretory lining in multiple ways. First, nasal rinses physically disrupt the viscous surface layer, removing the mucus and its associated particulate matter. Additionally, the presence of nasal saline helps to increase hydration of the deeper aqueous layer, simultaneously improving the underlying ciliary beat frequency and reducing local inflammatory mediators. This can be particularly helpful during a viral respiratory infection, in which there is resultant mucociliary dysfunction and mucostasis that occurs secondary to the inflammatory response.

Let me warn you: You can’t just go snorting povidone iodine, hydrogen peroxide or anything else. You can hurt yourself. The concentrations of these things on the market are much too strong for your nose or mouth. They need to be carefully diluted. I first thought that I could swab my nose with hydrogen peroxide on a Q-tip: Nope. Moreover, if you’re doing a nostril rinse you can easily spread the virus. Get a doctor’s advice.

I take a zinc losenge before going into the supermarket. There is evidence that this can help. Dr. Ian Tullberg, a board-certified urgent care and family practice physician at University of Colorado Health, says these may work, but it’s too early to know for sure.

Again, too much zinc can be harmful.

But be careful. More than 150mg/day of zinc may lead to zinc toxicity, with side effects including reduced immune function, according to the NIH. That could leave you worse off than when you started.

These home remedies are like any other medicine: They might work for some but not for others. And they can easily by overdone, creating more problems than they solve.

~ Bunyip

How to steal an election

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Trans election judge in Pennsylvania

Be assured that the following is just coincidence.

Will Voter Fraud Swing the Election?

More Examples of Election Fraud Prove the Left Is in Denial About It

Affidavits Allege Democrat Officials Planning Colossal Illegal Ballot Harvesting Scheme

Study finds nearly 400K CA ballots were sent to non-residents or dead people

Over 110 Ballots Discarded By Postal Worker In Kentucky

Florida Postal Employee Charged With Stealing Mail-In Ballot, Other Mail

Bags of Stolen Mail That Include Numerous Ballots Found Discarded in Washington

TownDemocratic Party appoints convicted felon to serve on a committee handling mail-in ballots

Pennsylvania’s Rejection of 372,000 Ballot Applications Bewilders Voters and Strains Election Staff

Biden Campaign Operative, Texas State Senator Accused of Mail-in Ballot Fraud

4Chan Users Claim to Have Found Way to Easily Change People’s Voter Registration and Cancel Ballots Online in Oregon and Washington

Ballots stolen from mailboxes, discarded on roadsides in Washington town

Nevada U.S. attorney announces ‘district election officer’ to handle growing concerns of election fraud

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoes ‘fearmongering’ bill targeting voter fraud

EXCLUSIVE: Texas Poll Watcher Testifies On 2020 Voter Fraud In Houston, Has PHOTOS

The 11th Circuit Again Quashes Judge’s Continued Election Meddling in Alabama

More than 100 undelivered absentee ballots found in Kentucky dumpster

Whistleblower Names Ilhan Omar In Alleged Voter ‘Buying’ Scheme: ‘Worse Than Somalia’

EXC: Biden Donor Group Sends 225,000+ Ballot Requests, Including for DEAD Citizens

Utah County Mails Out More Than 13K Ballots With No Signature Line

Security Guard Assigned To Ballot Box In NE Baltimore Shot Early Thursday

State officials warn of delayed election results from influx of mail-in ballots

Judge Rules Fourth Time Against Switching to Paper Ballots in Georgia

California Man Finds Mail-In Ballots in Santa Monica Trash Cans

Pennsylvania: Nearly 60,000 Mail Ballots Unaccounted for in Trump-Heavy County

‘Naked ballots’ in Pennsylvania could be election wild card

MORE FRAUD: New Hampshire Voters Receive Fake Ballots in the Mail with Personal Note — Republican Attorney General Issues Warning

Mail-in ballots in Westmoreland County delayed, voters confused and frustrated

TX Mayoral candidate arrested, charged with 109 counts of voter fraud

Mail-in Chaos: Anger, Confusion in PA County as 58,000 Ballots go Undelivered

South Los Angeles: Woman Finds Discarded Ballots Near Drive-Thru ATM

Man Caught On Video Stealing Mail, Ballots From California Mailboxes: Report

Ohio’s Franklin County sees nearly 50K voters getting wrong absentee ballots, elections officials say

New Jersey postal worker dumped 1,800+ pieces of mail, including election ballots: prosecutors

Los Angeles County sends out more than 2,000 ballots missing section to vote for president

Virginia Election Officials Fear Ballots Stolen After 6 Outdoor Mailboxes at Post Offices Broken Into Over the Weekend

Charges Filed Against Trans Elections Judge ‘Erika’ Bickford in Allentown, Pennsylvania — Including Tampering with Ballots

Nearly 18,000 Ballots Rejected In Massachusetts Primary Election

This is not your father’s coronavirus

“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice.

boyThe more cases of Kung Flu we see, the more damage we see. Members of Survivor Corps, which has more than 100,000 members on social media, reported 98 ailments — eight times more than what the CDC has listed.

Following is a sampling of what Mao’s Malaise can do to the body.

The Great Invader: How COVID-19 Attacks Every Organ. We have underestimated and misunderstood COVID-19 since it first appeared.

It can be a gastrointestinal disease causing only diarrhea and abdominal pain. It can cause symptoms that may be confused with a cold or the flu. It can cause pinkeye, a runny nose, loss of taste and smell, muscle aches, severe fatigue, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, whole-body rashes, and areas of swelling and redness in just a few spots.

In a more severe disease, doctors have also reported people having heart rhythm problems, heart failure, kidney damage, confusion, headaches, seizures, brain inflammation, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and fainting spells, along with new sugar control problems, blood clots throughout the body, and severe immune system responses. It’s not just a fever and coughing, leading to shortness of breath, like everyone thought at first.

Here’s a look at the coronavirus’s complicated journey through the body. Patients with severe symptoms are developing damage in various organs, from the kidneys to the heart. From the very first cases of the novel coronavirus reported in China, doctors knew the virus targeted the lungs. But now, doctors are seeing patients with severe symptoms who are developing other damage around the body — from the kidneys to the heart.

COVID-19 Autopsies Reveal Ravages of ‘Terrible, Terrible’ Disease. COVID-19 has proven in some ways to be as mystifying to pathologists examining the dead as to physicians treating living patients.

“I was surprised at how bad it was,” Amy Rapkiewicz, MD, chair of the Department of Pathology at NYU Langone Health’s Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, New York, told Medscape Medical News. “The degree of respiratory disease was some of the worst I’ve ever seen,” she said. “It’s a terrible, terrible disease. Every organ in the body is pretty much affected.”

Here’s more:

‘I feel like I have dementia’: Brain fog plagues COVID survivors

Doctors probe whether COVID-19 is causing diabetes

Covid-19 could cause male infertility by harming testicular cells that produce sperm, study claims

Long after the fire of a Covid-19 infection, mental and neurological effects can still smolder

 

We’ve just crossed a sea change shark in the sand

hunterSea Change — A profound transformation.

Watershed — A dividing point, from which things will never be the same.

Jumping the Shark — To signal, especially through a conspicuous activity, event, or maneuver, a decline in the progress or evolution of something.

Defining Moment — The point at which a situation is clearly seen to start to change.

Line in the Sand — A point beyond which, once the decision to go beyond it is made, the decision and its resulting consequences are permanently decided and irreversible.

By now you know that emails on Hunter Biden’s laptop show the Bidens cashing in on Joe’s position as vice president.

How significant is this? There can nw be no doubt that:

  1. Joe Biden is dirty. He was using his office to get rich. This could be considered treason. It also opens him up to blackmail. He is completely compromised.
  2. The media are covering for him, of course, which is to be expected. No longer can we pretend they care about objectivity
  3. Big Tech Twitter and Facebook are censoring efforts to report on Biden’s handiwork. Why do we get upset that they are biased? Of course they are. There can no longer be any doubt.
  4. The Presidential Debate Commission is a farce. It changed the topic of the final debate from foreign policy so that Sleepy Joe won’t have to answer any questions about his treachery.
  5. Perhaps most revealing: FBI Director Christopher Wray has been sitting on this information, which would have neutered the impeachment procedings against Trump. Instead, the FBI is pursuing the Democrats’ talking point, which is that this new information is Russian disinformation. Wray is dirty. There is no longer any doubt. He has to go. The coup against Trump continues.

The line is drawn. Everyone now understands where we are.

~ Aemilius

Crazy Years: Hug a cow, hire a thief

“Researchers at large hadron collider are confident to make contact with parallel universe in days.” ~ Science World

You knew it, right? More evidence:

cowPeople are now hugging cows to get through Covid-19

Don’t sanitize or microwave your mail-in ballot, voting officials warn

Austin Hires Thief For Library, Shocked He Keeps Stealing

Soccer mom turns to Satanism because of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death

Seattle pays ex-pimp $150,000 to offer ‘alternatives to policing’

German soccer team practices social distancing during game, loses 37-0

Massachusetts women’s college describes itself as “a women’s college that is gender diverse”

Looting a powerful tool to bring about real, lasting change in society, California D.A. says

And here is this week’s abandone insane asylum: The infamous Pennhurst State School & Hospital for the ‘Feeble Minded’ – closed after a century of abuses, inhumane conditions and patient neglect.insane

~ Cleombrotos

Your World: Grapefruit, corn, spiders

It’s a wonder out there.

leafMeet the Ghost Mantis, an Elusive Species That Is Mistaken for a Dried Leaf. At first, it looks like nothing more than a dry crumpled leaf, but on closer inspection, the unmistakable eyes, antenna, and lobed legs reveal a small species of mantis. However, this isn’t just any garden-variety praying mantis; it’s the Ghost mantis, which can be found in Africa and Madagascar. The Ghost mantis is a master of disguise. With its crinkly limbs and reddish-brown color, it is indistinguishable from surrounding dry leaves.

aerial_roots_smallThe Corn of the Future Is Hundreds of Years Old and Makes Its Own Mucus. In the 1980s, Howard-Yana Shapiro was in the Mixes District of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, the area where the precursors to maize (aka corn) first evolved, when he located some of the strangest corn ever seen. It grew to those impressive heights in what can charitably be called poor soil, without the use of fertilizer.. But the strangest part of the corn was its aerial roots–green and rose-colored, finger-like protrusions sticking out of the corn’s stalk, dripping with a clear, syrupy gel. He believed that the roots allowed this unique variety of corn, dubbed Sierra Mixe and locally bred over hundreds or even thousands of years, to produce its own nitrogen, an essential nutrient for crops that is usually applied as fertilizer in epic amounts.

grapefruitGrapefruit Is One of the Weirdest Fruits on the Planet. Grapefruit, a seemingly ordinary fruit that is, in truth, anything but ordinary. Right from the moment of its discovery, the grapefruit has been a true oddball. Its journey started in a place where it didn’t belong, and ended up in a lab in a place where it doesn’t grow. Even the name doesn’t make any sense. Grapefruit has long been associated with health. This is ironic, because the grapefruit is actually one of the most destructive foes of modern medicine in the entire food world.

spiderThe Thoughts of a Spiderweb. Researchers believe  that a spider’s web is at least an adjustable part of its sensory apparatus, and at most an extension of the spider’s cognitive system. This would make the web a model example of extended cognition, an idea first proposed by the philosophers Andy Clark and David Chalmers in 1998 to apply to human thought. The suggestion that some of a spider’s “thoughts” happen in its web fits into a small but growing trend in discussions of animal cognition. Many animals interact with the world in certain complicated ways that don’t rely on their brains. Octopuses are famously smart, but their central brain is only a small part of their nervous systems. Two-thirds of the roughly 500 million neurons in an octopus are found in its arms.

~ Berriotxoa

Of course it’s fake, snap the ball

fansAs with everything else these days, America’s passtime has crossed into the Land of Oz.

NFL games begin with a fake national anthem. Fake spectators in the stands don’t care, but we can still hear their fake cheering.

As the players begin their fake punts, fake field goal attempts, fake hard counts, and fake passes, cute sideline reporters with fake blonde hair offer fake insights.

At home, mindless fans in their fake jerseys play with their fake teams whle chowing down on fake food.

During breaks serious looking talking heads breathlessly spew fake news. The news happens in Washington DC, where  the Pro Football Network asks: “Is the Washington Football Team for real in 2020?”

Any wonder we’re suffering massive cognitive dissonance?

~ Amfelisia

The Reporters: Plastic, China, Google, Covid

Some reporting you may have missed.

recyclingWhy it’s not worth recycling plastic. NPR turned up a wealth of evidence that producers of plastics have cynically promoted the virtues of recycling for decades – thus encouraging consumers to think it’s fine to use more – all while knowing full well that most plastic (more than 90%) is never recycled. It is far cheaper and more profitable to make new plastic (from oil and gas) than to recycle it. But in order to keep selling new plastic, the industry had to “greenwash” its wasteful image by embracing recycling, according to Larry Thomas, ex-president of a plastics industry trade association.

COVID Fear Isn’t The Kitchen Sink – But It’s Close. Perhaps it’s worthwhile remembering what all of this opposition is about…. Something 99% of American voters do not quite understand. Congress doesn’t actually write legislation. The last item of legislation written by congress was sometime around the mid 1990’s. Modern legislation is sub-contracted to a segment of DC operations known as K-Street. That’s where the lobbyists reside. Lobbyists write the laws; congress sells the laws; lobbyists then pay congress lucrative commissions for passing their laws. That’s the modern legislative business in DC.

A Rundown Of Major U.S. Corporate Media’s Business Ties To China. Despite the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) record of oppression, corporate media outlets are parroting the authoritarian government’s propaganda, even in the midst of an outbreak the CCP worsened through a cover-up. Many of those media outlets have financial ties to Chinese companies with intense oversight from the CCP. “You often see representatives from American companies with financial ties to China naturally become defenders of the CCP’s policies and spreading the CCP’s propaganda,” said Helen Raleigh, an author and senior contributor at The Federalist who emigrated from China.

Forced Denunciations And ‘Sensitivity Training’ Mimic Communist Brainwashing Tactics. Agitators for critical race theory have fanned out of academia into mind-hacking workaday Americans, trying to convince them the nation is unredeemably evil. They doggedly attempted to do this to federal employees as well as all big corporations. The goal is to indoctrinate employees with neo-Marxist rhetoric that portrays America as a “white supremacist” nation. Critical race theory and communist tactics are pretty much interchangeable. It’s really all about brainwashing.

Google is handing anyone’s personal information to police if they happen to search for keywords related to an investigation. Unsealed court documents reveal that Google has provided police with information on users simply based on their keyword searches – an action that some say could be a violation of US civil rights.  According to a CNET report, published on Saturday, officers have asked the tech giant to hand over the IP addresses of everyone who had looked up words relevant to their particular investigations. Ordinarily, police would have to hone in on an individual suspect before giving Google a warrant that orders them to provide that person’s search history – but ‘keyword warrants’ subvert such a practice.

~ Al Desko

Why they really hate The Donald

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“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” ~ Franklin Roosevelt

They hate him beause he is an Alpha Male. He’s fearless. He charges ahead. He doesn’t retreat. Don’t you prefer that kind of leader to one who cowers in his basement wearing a mask?

While he was in the hospital with The Kung Flu, The Donald said:

“I had to be out front. I can’t be locked up in a room upstairs and [be] totally safe, and just say, ‘Hey, whatever happens, happens.’ I can’t do that. We have to confront problems.”

Alpha.

When discharged he said, “”Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”

One inelegant comparison of alpha and beta males came on twitter.

Sean Penn
@SeanPenn
I like presidents who don’t get Covid-19.
James Woods
@RealJamesWoods
I like presidents with brass balls.

Dan P. McAdams, professor of psychology at Northwestern University, writes:

Almost 40 years ago, in an interview with People magazine, Trump said: “Man is the most vicious of all animals, and life is a series of battles ending in victory or defeat.” His philosophical musing on human nature applies even better to life in a chimpanzee colony. The alpha chimp survives each angry moment to win the next battle – until his winning streak ends.

I recommend the article, but McAdams is engaging in some wishful thinking about the end of Trump’s winning streak. They say that every time.

No end of scoundrels

We’re plagued with idiots.

sullivanEmmett Sullivan. Judge Emmett Sullivan, from General Flynn Trial, Arranged Speaking Gig for James Comey at Howard University for $100,000. The confused judge who has unconstitutionally inserted himself into the Justice Department’s case against General Flynn made some actions behind the scene that are just as troubling. Judge Sullivan helped Jim Comey get his speaking gig at Howard University for $100,000.

bidenFrank Biden. After dodging creditors for decades, Joe Biden’s slimy grifting brother Frank Biden finally agreed to pay part of the $ 1 million he owes the family of a man killed in a car accident in 1999. Frank Biden was sitting in the passenger seat when he shifted the 290hp car into manual and told the driver to ‘punch it’ before hitting and killing Michael Albano in Cardiff, California. Biden allegedly told the driver to ‘keep driving’ and fled the scene of the accident. A passenger reportedly said everyone in the car was drinking. Frank Biden has made millions of dollars off of his family name and has a long history of securing contracts in Florida thanks to big brother.

cuomoAndrew Cuomo. How many months have we known about and been reporting on the Wuhan coronavirus nursing home deaths in New York and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s March 25 order, requiring nursing homes to take patients who were positive for the virus into the nursing homes? Several months now. But now Cuomo is denying that it ever happened. Seriously.

torresLeah Torres. An abortion doctor from Alabama, Dr. Leah Torres,  had her medical license suspended by the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners on 27 August  for lying on her application. Two years ago Torres attracted huge attention after posting a now-deleted tweet, bragging about cutting a fetuses “cord” before they have an “opportunity” to scream.

Chirlane McCrayChirlane McCray. New York City is facing a serious budget crisis amid the coronavirus lockdowns. Trash pickups and city park maintenance are taking the hit and 22,000 city employees face losing their jobs. In response to this, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife — when not overseeing massive Black Lives Matter paintings in front of Trump Tower or trying to cancel 9/11 memorials — are keeping their personal expensive and bloated staff. McCray, the mayor’s wife, has a staff of 14 that cost city taxpayers $2 million per year. This includes a $70,000 videographer and a $117,000 speechwriter.

~ Zoonosis

 

Why the Kung Flu kills some, not others

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It’s a genetic luck of the draw. Here is some explanation:

Genetic or immune defects may impair ability to fight Covid-19.

Genetic or immune defects may impair ability to fight Covid-19. A significant proportion of patients who develop life-threatening forms of Covid-19 have genetic or immunological defects that impair their ability to fight the virus, research has found. The Covid Human Genetic Effort international consortium describes two glitches in severely ill Covid-19 patients that prevent them from making a frontline immune molecule called type 1 interferon. The patients would have carried these glitches for years before the pandemic, or in the case of the genetic errors, all their lives. The discovery may help to explain a mystery surrounding the coronavirus: why it leaves some sufferers sick or dying in intensive care, while others remain barely affected or asymptomatic.

Defects in early immune responses underlie some severe COVID-19 cases.

COVID-19 kills some people and leaves others relatively unscathed. But why? Age and underlying health conditions are risk factors, but scientists are trying to tease out other differences, including in people’s genes or immune systems, that may play a role. Two new studies show that flaws in the body’s early response to viral infection, one caused by genetic defects and one by traitorous immune responses, are behind some severe COVID-19 cases.

In one study, published online September 24 in Science, researchers identified certain genetic defects in some people with severe COVID-19 that make the body produce fewer interferons, proteins that are part of the immune system’s early warning system. In other people with severe disease, however, the body’s own immune responses disable interferons, a second study published online in Science the same day finds.

Covid-19 scientists flag key immune function as a turning point in life threatening cases.

Genetic analysis of Covid-19 patients published in the same journal revealed two dozen gene mutations that had been “silent” until patients were infected by SARS-CoV-2. Researchers — many of them also involved in the antibody study — sequenced the genomes of 659 patients with life-threatening cases of the disease; 3.5% carried genetic variations that inhibit interferon production.

Those genetic flaws were similar to the ones that Hoischen and his colleagues from a dozen Dutch centers described in the Journal of the American Medical Association two months ago. The two sets of brothers had inherited a gene mutation that impaired the interferon response, keeping their immune systems from fighting the coronavirus until it had replicated for days.

You don’t get to choose your parents.

~ Karamenderes

So is this the revolution?

History of RussiaHere’s what the Russian revolution was like, writes Gary Saul Morson, Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University.

Between 1900 and 1917, waves of unprecedented terror struck Russia. Several parties professing incompatible ideologies competed (and cooperated) in causing havoc. Between 1905 and 1907, nearly 4,500 government officials and about as many private individuals were killed or injured. Between 1908 and 1910, authorities recorded 19,957 terrorist acts and revolutionary robberies, doubtless omitting many from remote areas. As the foremost historian of Russian terrorism, Anna Geifman, observes, “Robbery, extortion, and murder became more common than traffic accidents.”

Anyone wearing a uniform was a candidate for a bullet to the head or sulfuric acid to the face. Country estates were burnt down (“rural illuminations”) and businesses were extorted or blown up. Bombs were tossed at random into railroad carriages, restaurants, and theaters. Far from regretting the death and maiming of innocent bystanders, terrorists boasted of killing as many as possible, either because the victims were likely bourgeois or because any murder helped bring down the old order. A group of anarcho-­communists threw bombs laced with nails into a café bustling with two hundred customers in order “to see how the foul bourgeois will squirm in death agony.”’

riotsWhat’s going on today in the United States? Look at the headlines:

Back to Russia. How did educated, liberal society respond to such terrorism? Morson writes. What was the position of the Constitutional Democratic (Kadet) Party and its deputies in the Duma (the parliament set up in 1905)?

Though Kadets advocated democratic, constitutional procedures, and did not themselves engage in ­terrorism, they aided the terrorists in any way they could. Kadets collected money for terrorists, turned their homes into safe houses, and called for total amnesty for arrested terrorists who pledged to continue the mayhem. Kadet Party central committee member N. N. Shchepkin declared that the party did not regard terrorists as criminals at all, but as saints and martyrs. The official Kadet paper, Herald of the Party of People’s Freedom, never published an article condemning political assassination. The party leader, Paul Milyukov, declared that “all means are now legitimate . . . and all means should be tried.” When asked to condemn terrorism, another liberal leader in the Duma, Ivan Petrunkevich, famously replied: “Condemn terror? That would be the moral death of the party!”

How are our elites responding to the violence in our streets?

Morson conludes: In Russia, Stalin proclaimed “the intensification of the class struggle” after the Revolution, entailing an unending series of arrests, executions, and sentences to the Gulag. What meets no resistance does not stop.

~ Palouse

How to get a steam of accurate news

newsI wrote a while back about some alternate sources for The Drudge Report, which has gone over to the dark side.

Here I’ll show you how to set up a stream of news into your inbox every day. These are good sources, and all offer a daily email newslettter. Recognize that the journalism we knew over the past decades is dead. Just accept that and create your own new journalism.

The Epoch Times. This excellent newspaper offers several email newsletters. You can get politics, of course, but also health and other news.

Breitbart. An old standby.

PJ Media. Lots of newsletters available here.

Disrn. Stands for “discern” — get it? The site was created by Babylon Bee founder Adam Ford, who does solid work tracking (and sometimes lampooning) the happenings within Reformed Christendom. It offers several newsletters.

The First. This new venture is actually a TV provider, but it offers two emails, both of which I get. One is news, the other about journalism. The First has information on a number of topics, including faith and preparedness.

Not the Bee. This is, as it sounds related to the satirical site The Bee, except it’s not satirical. Its content is slight off center, however. It’s also related to Disrn above. You can pay $89 a month for a premium subscription to this and The Bee. I don’t.

You should also get something other than politcal news. Here are two science and health sites with newsletters: LiveScience and ScienceNews. For purely medical news, try WebMD.

~ Pactolus

 

 

How to Be the Two-Billionth Most Important Person Who Ever Lived

stoneVinay Prasad, MD, hematologist-oncologist and associate professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco, offers advice on work/life balance.

1. Your value as a person is not linked to your career. Promotions and accolades don’t make you a better partner, child, parent, or friend, and in the end, these matter most.

2. Things you don’t want to do matter less than you think. There are undoubtedly things you do not want to do, but feel obliged to. Often, a senior person asked you to do something that makes you cringe, and you feel you can’t say no. The truth is you can. People will forget faster than you imagine because others do not think about you as much as you believe they do (the universal truth of life).

3. Extra money is rarely worth it. Of course, the entire reason to work is to make money. If I had enough, I would be on the island of Maui. There may, occasionally, be opportunities to make a little extra. Stay late or cover the weekend, and pick up a few extra bucks. A small honorarium to participate in a Saturday event. Money to take an extra overnight shift. These are almost never “worth it” in the long run. They rob you of downtime, and the additional money is usually not enough to change anything about your life. You may pay back your loans 0.00001% faster, or have 0.00001% more in your bank account when you die.

4. It’s OK to make a career change. If you are deeply unhappy and frustrated at work, the right answer may be to do something else with your life. It is OK to say: this isn’t for me. I am going to change. It is OK to quit — ideally in a blaze of glory — and do something else. The more we stigmatize making life changes, the more we let people sit in situations where they are unhappy.

5. If it is truly important, they will email twice. Don’t get me wrong. I aspire to be polite and punctual and responsive by email, but the truth is, inevitably, we all fall short. Don’t beat yourself up. If it is really important, the sender will email twice. And, if not, well, the earth still revolves around the sun.

6. Most things will happen without you. It is hard to hear the bitter truth that 99.99999% of us are replaceable at work, but none of us are replaceable at home.

7. If you achieve everything you want you will be the 2,245,234,235th most important person who lived; if you fail at everything you will be the 2,245,234,236th most important. Sometimes, it is valuable to view the world from the vantage of all of human history. There are few great people, whom I define as those who changed the course of civilization, for better or worse. Think about your place in the history of the world. Most of us are not leading the Roman Empire, or contributing to its fall. If all the world’s a stage, we aren’t just players, we are bit players.

8. Don’t compare yourself to your peers. No one took your opportunity. Recently, I was speaking to a college-bound senior. He lamented that he did not get into his top-rank school, and noted that a classmate was selected. “He took my spot,” he mused. The comment is practically unhelpful because time spent thinking of yourself as a victim is time that could be used for productively living your life.

9. When you love what you do, it isn’t work. The opposite of being willing to decline some things you don’t want to do is to acknowledge the sheer pleasure it is to be paid to do some of the things that you do. In the course of human civilization, it is a rare pleasure to wed doing something that you might otherwise do anyway with earning a living for doing it. Thinking about this, and trying to maximize it in your life, may help achieve the elusive balance.

10. Spend less time wanting to be known, and more time having something to say. Like a watched pot, aspiring to be respected is the surest way to never achieve it. Improve yourself internally. Figure out what you have to say. What you believe in. Read more, talk less. If and when you have something to say, say it, and if it doesn’t come, then relax. Authenticity can be spotted from an airplane. We all want to escape the person who aspires to be known, but we can’t get enough of people who have something to say.

~ Seppuku

The Observers: America can’t breathe

Opinions of those whose opinions matter.

throwLet’s Hold On to the Throwaway Society. Now that their reusable tote bags are taboo at grocery stores and Starbucks is refusing to refill their ceramic mugs, they’ve had to face some unpleasant realities. Disposable products aren’t merely more convenient than the alternative; they’re also safer, particularly during a pandemic but also at any other time. And they have other virtues: the throwaway society is healthier, cleaner, more economical, less wasteful, less environmentally damaging—and yes, more “sustainable” than the green vision of utopia.

America Can’t Breathe. Mobs stalk the streets of American cities loudly bellowing, “We can’t breathe!” Sometimes they shoot or stab someone who then actually can’t breathe. Or they set a building on fire and anyone breathing in the smoke quickly discovers what it’s like to really be unable to breathe. When you actually can’t breathe, you can’t shout and you can’t tell anyone. The people who actually can’t breathe or speak are the victims of the ones shouting that they can’t breathe.

Ginsburg flap shows Supreme Court, justices are too important. When your political system can be thrown into hysteria by something as predictable as the death of an octogenarian with advanced cancer, there’s something wrong with your political system. And when your judicial system can be redirected by such an event, there’s something wrong with your judicial system, too.

journalismHow American Journalism Died. The news as we once understood it is dead. It has been replaced by the un-news: a political narrative created by partisans who believe the noble ends of destroying Trump justify any biased means necessary — including destroying their own reputation and craft.

Do Goblins Go To Hell? Ginsberg was the example of everything that has gone wrong with America. Her tenure as a justice was defined by her doctrinaire screeds against ordered liberty. The only reason she was on the court was due to the unwritten rule that at least four justices must be Progressive fanatics, preferably Jewish ones. Her career on the lower court made clear that she would always follow orders from the Left. She did not write a single opinion that was not known in advance.

Reality has been Cancelled. These days, if you go to university you’ll encounter radical scepticism about whether objective knowledge or truth is obtainable, along with a commitment to the notion that real things — like sex and race — are culturally constructed. Your lecturers will impress upon you the idea that society is formed into identity-based hierarchies and knowledge is an effect of power. Your position on a league-table of oppressed identities determine what can be known and how it is known. If you disagree you will at least be marked down, and sometimes formally disciplined.

Kallikrein

The Reporters: Masks, Booze, Generals

A closer look at the passing parade.

falling manThe Falling Man. Do you remember this photograph? In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001. The story behind it, though, and the search for the man pictured in it, are our most intimate connection to the horror of that day.

Unmasked. Here’s the problem with “the science” about masks: the media cited studies are built on a foundation of sand. They are based on computer models, anecdotal stories, theoretical mechanistic (non-biological) analysis, or hypothetical contra factual scenarios. There are a number of studies in the literature from the pre-Covid era regarding real world mask effectiveness at limiting contagions. In short none of them demonstrated any statistically significant diminishment in real world viral spread.

There is something very wrong with some in the top ranks of America’s military. It began to be clear last October that the Obama administration had seeded the Pentagon with leftist generals whose allegiance was to the Deep State, to cultural leftism, and to the infamous and profitable “military industrial complex” that Eisenhower warned about in 1961.  In only five years, Obama had conducted a major Pentagon purge, firing almost 200 senior officers who held the old-fashioned belief that the military exists to protect America and should not be a social justice institution with limited firepower.

The NFL’s Ratings Are Falling Even As They Are Renegotiating Their TV Deals. The ratings from NBC’s Sunday night game fell 16.1% from the ratings of the first 2019 Sunday game (and that game’s ratings had fallen from the year before, too). Now the ratings for the Monday night games falls 17.2%.

brainEven moderate drinking proves to have damaging effects on the brain — study. However, the liver isn’t the only organ that can be damaged by drinking – the brain can be damaged, too. Drinking over the current UK low-risk guidelines is associated with an increased risk of dementia. And a recent study, published in Scientific Reports, found that even moderate drinking is associated with decreased brain volume.

The Secret Life of Joe Biden. Biden isn’t always reliving memories of his own life. And I don’t mean his political life, which is filled with momentous but imaginary accomplishments. I mean that he has a habit of engaging in Walter Mitty-like episodes of delusion that he retells with great élan and specificity. During one congressional hearing, Biden told a civil-rights activist that “Joe Biden was a lawyer who did work for the black community, represented the Black Panthers at the time they were burning down my city.” Joe Biden did neither of these things.

Your Definitive Guide to Understanding Polling (and Why Most Polls Are Garbage). When reviewing polls in 2016, I came across bad poll after bad poll as a result of oversampling problems as well as push-poll lines of questions or questions that are framed in a way to influence the way someone answers. For instance, if a polling firm asked a question “Do you agree with Joe Biden’s call for all Americans to unite?”, it doesn’t leave any room for someone saying they disagree with the premise of the question, that is, Joe Biden even having that ability in the first place.

~ Excursus

The non-woke gentleman from North Carolina

“One of the finest speeches you will hear in this or any other year.” ~ Gerard Van der Leun

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This dude is going places.

You could do worse than check in on The American Digest every morning to see what Gerard Van der Leun has come up with.

Today I found a speech by one Mark Robinson, a candidate for lieutenant governor in North Carolina. He grew up in an impoverished house as the 9th of 10 children abd experienced alcoholism and domestic abuse first hand.

I prefer the written word to videos, but a text doesn’t do justice to oratory if it’s real oratory. And Mark Robinson does real, old-school oratory.

What’s really interesing, however, is that he’s black, but his audience appears to be mostly white, and they are cheering like crazy. His message is explicitly evangelical Christian, and I contend that nothing can bring the races together like a share Christian faith.

He speaks about the black experience, and he is decidely not woke. Enjoy:

~ Toxophily

The Donald’s just solving problems

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We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”
~ Albert Einstein

You don’t become a multi-billionnaire building buildings if you can’t solve problems. Exactly how The Donald approaches problems, I don’t know. I do know he looks at them differently than politicians do. Thomas Sowell explains:

“No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are No. 1 and No. 2. Whatever is No. 3 is far behind”.   

Today, for example, he is hosting leaders from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel to sign accords that would establish normal diplomatic relations between the countries. 

How many other presidents did that?

This week Trump also signed four executive orders aimed at lowering the high cost of prescription drugs in the United States.

How many other preidents did that?

“The Democratic convention, you’re going to see a lot of politicians who have been doing this for a long time, complaining about problems that quite frankly they haven’t solved so you’ll hear a lot of complaints,” Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Trump, said. “But what you’ll hear about during President Trump’s convention is a lot of the successes that he’s had,” Kushner added. “He’s a results president. He’s a businessman president.”

There you go.

The list of the problems he has solved is astonishing. Give that list a skim.

You won’t know this because of the unrelenting anti-Trump bias in the media. Search for “Trump problem solving” and you’ll get headlines like these:

  • Donald Trump’s Abysmal Problem-Solving Skills
  • Analysis: President Trump creates problems and then rushes in to solve them.
  • Trump Seems To Think TV Can Solve His Coronavirus Failures
  • How do you solve a problem like Donald Trump?

Back in 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa, Trump said. “We have a country that’s going to hell, and you know, I know the reasons why. I know how to fix them. A lot of people don’t. And I watch politicians, and you know, very rarely would you find anybody that would know how to fix it.”

~ Kallikrein

GoldbergGate: The art of the big lie

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The accustaion by The Atlantic that President Trump disparaged World War I troops is, on its face, a lie. It’s well known that Trump has initiated significant improvements for our soliders and that he is quite fond of those who serve.

So why would editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg engage in such an obvious fabrication?

Perhaps he was persuaded by, and then perpetrated, The Big Lie. Adolph Hitler explained:

All this was inspired by the principle—which is quite true within itself—that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.

It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.

And, you know, Trump is just so bad, so bad, that it must be true. It may be fake, but it’s true. Guess who jumps to Goldberg’s defense? None other than Famed Fabricator Dan Rather. “Whether he said it or not, it is believable,” Rather said. Of course Danny once said, “I think that you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things.” Danny destroyed his career with a Big Lie.

Goldberg must be delighted that Dan Rather has now come out publicly to support him.

Goldberg is definitely pleasing the owner of his magazine, Laurene Powell Jobs, who has donated more than $1.2 million to nearly 70 Democrat politicians since 2019.

And this isn’t Goldberg’ s first foray into anonymous Trump bashing. Consider these recent articles:

It goes on.

The blowback was so fierce that writer David Frum undertook to support his boss with a piece affectionately entitled , “Everyone Knows It’s True.”

Sure we do, David. Thanks.

Dan Rather’s self-immolation came to be known as Rathergate. Perhaps what we’re witnessing now will come to be known as GoldbergGate.

~ Brady Kinin

Kung Flu: Will exercise protect you?

yanRegular exercise may reduce the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome, a major cause of death in patients with the COVID-19 virus, a top exercise researcher reports.

A review by Zhen Yan of the University of Virginia School of Medicine showed that medical research findings “strongly support” the possibility that exercise can prevent or at least reduce the severity of ARDS, which affects between 3% and 17% of all patients with COVID-19. Based on available information, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 20% to 42% of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 will develop ARDS. The range for patients admitted to intensive care is estimated at 67% to 85%.

Research conducted prior to the pandemic suggested that approximately 45% of patients who develop severe ARDS will die.

This involves an antioxidant called EcSOD that is produced by the body.  Research suggests that even a single session of exercise increases production of the antioxidant.

“Our findings suggest aerobic exercise is particularly potent in stimulating EcSOD expression,” Yan wrote in an email to Newsweek. “With that said, weight training helps maintain or even increase muscle mass. More muscle mass will likely lead to more EcSOD production, hence more benefits. “Aerobic exercise can be easily done at home, such as [a] stationary bike, aerobic floor exercise and rowing machines. Of course, canoeing, biking and running outside with strict social distance are good options.”

~ Caballine

 

Kung Flu: Will breathing protect you?

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Maybe. If you do it right.

A leading scientist says: Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Breathing this way can help the body fight viral infections.

The reason is that your nasal cavities produce the molecule nitric oxide, which chemists abbreviate NO, that increases blood flow through the lungs and boosts oxygen levels in the blood. Breathing in through the nose delivers NO directly into the lungs, where it helps fight coronavirus infection by blocking the replication of the coronavirus in the lungs.

The scientist is Louis J. Ignarro, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles. He is one of three pharmacologists who won the Nobel Prize in 1998 for discovering how nitric oxide is produced in the body and how it works.

NO protects your blood vessels, which we now know are attacked by the virus.

NO is produced continuously by the 1 trillion cells that form the inner lining, or endothelium, of the 100,000 miles of arteries and veins in our bodies, especially the lungs. Endothelium-derived NO acts to relax the smooth muscle of the arteries to prevent high blood pressure and to promote blood flow to all organs. Another vital role of NO is to prevent blood clots in normal arteries.

It also directly attacks the virus.

Other types of cells in the body, including circulating white blood cells and tissue macrophages, produce nitric oxide for antimicrobial purposes. The NO in these cells reacts with other molecules, also produced by the same cells, to form antimicrobial agents to destroy invading microorganisms including bacteria, parasites and viruses. As you can see, NO is quite an amazing molecule.

The sinuses in the nasal cavity, but not the mouth, continuously produce NO. This NO  is chemically identical to the NO used clinically by inhalation. So by inhaling through the nose, you are delivering NO directly into your lungs, where it increases both airflow and blood flow and keeps microorganisms and virus particles in check.

~ Aischrolatreia

Freudian slipping in front of everyone

freudA Fredian slip is an inadvertent mistake in speech or writing that is thought to reveal a person’s unconscious motives, wishes, or attitudes. ~ Dictionary.com

“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” ― Maya Angelou

Don Lemon: “The Rioting Has Got to Stop… It’s Showing Up in the Polls”

Forget about the people who have been killed, the businesses, homes and livelihoods ruined, it’s about the polls.

CNN Accidentally Displays Honest Chyron About Violent Protests, Quickly Changes It

This is CNN.

Unredacted suit shows Google’s own engineers confused by privacy settings

Users could make change, but it was “difficult enough that people won’t,” one employee wrote.

Cop-Hating BLM and Antifa Looters Scream “Call the Police!” after Rioter Is Shot in Kenosha

First responders could not be reached for comment.

De Blasio’s Tale of 2 Brunches: Mayor has no plan for ‘optional’ indoor dining

Marx would be so proud: “Indoor dining is obviously a very optional activity, which some people do a lot who have the resources and others can’t do at all because they don’t have the resources.”

Hillary Clinton: Biden ‘Should Not Concede Under Any Circumstances’

They are going to count every vote and keep counting, and then count some more until Biden wins. Their “massive legal operation” will challenge every deadline to accept absentee ballots. They will challenge rejected ballots. Ballots that are received two weeks after the deadline will be fought for. Ballots will be found, and lost, and found again.

~ Pleniloquence

How will life change after the Kung Flu?

futureAttempts to predict the future fail because we extrapolate from the present and can’t factor in the unexpected.

Bu let’s go ahead and extrapolate from the present anyway to see what might happen.

1 in 5 churches facing permanent closure within 18 months due to COVID-19 shutdowns. “The disruptions related to giving, and maybe even as important to all that, is that even for those churches that have reopened, they’re seeing much smaller numbers of people show up. So simply reopening a church doesn’t fix the underlying economic challenges that you might have.”

The economic damage of rioting lingers for a long time. It is a tragic truth of the recent riots that the damage was worst in areas which were already relatively economically impoverished. Even worse, economic research suggests that the areas afflicted will suffer from the damage inflicted by rioters for years to come.

Life will never be the same for people over 60 — even with a COVID-19 vaccine. These are the likely long-term impacts on gatherings, travel, eating, medicine, home life and even public restrooms. “In the past few months, the entire world has had a near-death experience,” said Ken Dychtwald, CEO of Age Wave, a think tank on aging around the world. “We’ve been forced to stop and think: I could die, or someone I love could die. When those events happen, people think about what matters and what they will do differently.”

Jeff Bezos Wants to Turn Shopping Malls into Amazon Warehouses. Many of the department stores previously occupied by Sears and JCPenney, both of which have filed for bankruptcy and closed dozens of stores, have left retail spaces across the country empty. Now, Amazon is attempting to purchase empty retail spaces to create multiple warehouse spaces in cities across the country allowing the e-commerce giant to decrease its delivery times on shipments.

Urban Dwellers Pick Up The Pace On Looking For Homes In Suburbs And Beyond. In crowded housing markets hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, city dwellers are looking at where they want to live through a new lens. During the second quarter of 2020, 51% of realtor.com’s views from urban residents of the nation’s 100 largest metros went to suburban properties in their metros, a record high since the real estate listings website began tracking metro level search data in 2017.

Op-Ed: Thank COVID for These Improvements in Care Delivery. We have seen dramatic shifts in the use of telemedicine in just the past few months. At Kaiser Permanente, healthcare visits delivered remotely have increased from about one in five visits before the pandemic to more than four in five today. The speed with which this shift took place — days and weeks rather than months and years — stands as a collective accomplishment in the rapid evolution of care. And these changes are here to stay.

Is Working From Home The Future Of Work? Nearly half the U.S. workforce might now be remote workers. Cali Williams Yost, a flexwork expert and founder of the Flex + Strategy Group in Madison, N.J. says that as a result of COVID-19: “Work is forever changed” because “flexible work was made for times like these.”

Working from home saved commuters nearly $91 billion. Fewer trips to gas stations and repair shops add another $183 million in daily savings.

Once Marginalized, Homeschooling Hits the Mainstream. Parents with children in government schools are heading for the exits, in search of options that better suit their needs now and in the future. It’s part of an education revolution poised to leave government schools just one option among many, as once-marginalized approaches such as microschools, teaching pods, and homeschooling become perfectly mainstream.

The Guardian view on video conferencing: the future of meetings? Huge numbers have attended online work meetings and social gatherings for the first time, with video conferencing apps downloaded a record 62m times over 10 days in March. Zoom, like Google, has become a verb. Tech enthusiasts promote the idea of the home office and virtual hangout as the new normal.

Will this be one of those sea changes like the move from farm to city? Well, as you know, we can’t predict the future.

~ Palmary

Crazy Years: Vikings, Shampoo, Chicken Wings

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“Doctors across the globe are reporting that their patients with severe cases of COVID-19 are left confused, sometimes delirious or exhibiting signs of an altered mental state.” ~ ABC News

Maybe that explains it. Maybe not. Whatever:

Ancient Viking warrior given a hero’s burial may have actually been ‘transgender, non-binary or gender fluid’, researchers say

What would we do without researchers?

NY Dems push for law mandating 500 hours of training for ‘shampoo assistants’

Rinse. Repeat.

Too Woke: CNN Avoids Saying ‘Women’, Instead Says ‘Individuals With a Cervix’

TMI.
Hystericalectomy: Yes, “Trans” People Are Crazy

So’s your momma.

New From Teen Vogue: Sleep Is Systemically Racist

Wake me when it’s over.

Cuomo’s COVID Power Grab Goes Off the Rails as He Declares Chicken Wings Aren’t a Meal

Then I’ll have a bagel.

Burger King: We’re Changing Our Cows’ Diet: ‘Cow Farts And Burps Are No Laughing Matter’

No? Pull my thumb.

~ Apollyon

Unshakable belief in something that isn’t true

Questions: Do the Democrats really believe what they say? Do they really think we’ll believe them?

Barack Obama will serve as an example. In his speech at the DNC Obama scolded President Trump for demeaning the military by using them for political purposes. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, he said, “understand that in this democracy, the commander in chief doesn’t use the men and women of our military, who are willing to risk everything to protect our nation, as political props.”

Oh? What does this photo mean?

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Or this.

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“Delusional disorder,” according to WebMD, “is a type of serious mental illness called a psychotic disorder. People who have it can’t tell what’s real from what is imagined. Delusions are the main symptom of delusional disorder. They’re unshakable beliefs in something that isn’t true or based on reality.”

Julie Kelly is direct:

Somebody call a doctor. The Democratic Party is not well. Joe Biden is neither mentally nor physically healthy enough to run the country, yet the party remains in denial.

They have one hallucination after another. For three years, Democrats rocked back and forth wrapped in a collusion straightjacket mumbling about the Russians(!) and lighting candles for Special Counsel Robert Mueller. One Democratic leader made up phone conversations between Trump and the Ukrainian president; one presidential candidate pretends to be Native American. Now, metal mailboxes disappear before their very eyes.

The whole of the Democratic Party should be in a rubber room not anywhere near the levers of power. The only cure for what ails the Democratic Party is for voters to turn them out of office so they get the nice long rehab they need. As Trump said Thursday about the opposition party, “There was a certain sense of sanity 4 years ago. These people are insane.” He is correct.

I can’t decide if they believe their delusions or they’re just funnin’ us.

~ Heteroclite

If a mob attacks your car

carHere’s what’s going on out there:

Greg Ellifritz, a police officer for 25 years and instructor at the Tactical Defense Institute for 17 years, offers this advice.

1) Avoidance is key. Many protests and riots are either predictable or planned in advance. Stay away from the riots if you want to avoid being victimized.  When you see masses of people blocking the roadways, STOP. Don’t go any farther. Do whatever necessary to change directions and get out of the area.

If you are alert, you should be able to see these masses of people far enough in advance that you can act before being surrounded. It goes without saying that if you are texting, talking on the phone, or watching a DVD while driving, you may not be paying enough attention to save yourself. Don’t get distracted by electronic devices when driving.

2) You can’t just run people over if they are in the road. The safest thing to do in a situation like this is to keep moving, bumping people out of the way with your car. Unfortunately, that usually isn’t legal. It’s considered vehicular assault. Even if people are illegally blocking the road, you will likely go to jail if you run them down absent a legitimate threat to your life. See why awareness is so important? Getting away from the kill zone both keeps you safe and out of jail.

3) The situation changes, however, once the rioters attack you or your vehicle. With your vehicle surrounded in a manner that you can’t escape and your attackers trying to burn your car, flip it over, or drag you out, it is reasonable to assume that you will suffer serious injury or death. That’s when you can start striking people with your car.

Don’t get out and shoot. You will quickly be overwhelmed and your gun will be taken from you. Instead, accelerate steadily and forcefully, driving away from the surrounding rioters. Steady movement is the key. Hitting folks too hard can disable your vehicle. As John suggests, use your vehicle to push people out of the way rather than striking them.

4) Doors locked and seat belt OFF. It should go without saying that your doors should be locked when driving. If your doors don’t automatically lock, get in the habit of locking them manually as soon as you get inside. You don’t want the crowd to be able to easily open your door and drag you out.

You may not have enough time to do it, but cracking your windows and turning off your ventilation system would also be a good idea when driving in areas where crowds may gather.  Windows that are down approximately 1/2″ are actually harder to break than windows that are tightly closed. You want to turn off the ventilation system so you don’t get overcome by any smoke or tear gas that is in the air where you are driving.

Your seat belt should be off. Seat belts will reduce your ability to draw a firearm. They will also prohibit you from making a speedy escape should your vehicle be set on fire or overturned. In general, it’s safer to stay inside the car in a crowd. If Molotov cocktails hit your car, drive quickly away. The wind will likely extinguish the burning liquid before you are hurt. If the car is disabled, and under fire attack, get out. It’s best to take your chances on foot than be trapped inside and burned alive.

5) Tear gas grenades may or may not work.  Many people have asked me about the utility of carrying a couple of pepper spray grenades in the car with you for the purpose of keeping large gangs away from your vehicle.  I carry some in my car, but I would be hesitant to recommend the tactic.  In order to deploy the grenades, you’ll have to get out of the car or lower the windows.  Both of those actions dramatically increase your risk.  The crowd may be wearing gas masks or the like as well.  I think the grenades would work better if you were on foot than they would if you are attacked in a vehicle.

6) Carry your gun on your person, not in the car.  Some folks like using holsters that mount under the dash or on the steering column for just this type of criminal act.  I think it’s a bad idea.  If you have to bail out of the car quickly, you may not have a chance to grab the gun.  Do you want to abandon a firearm and leave it in the hands of the rioters?  I would hope not.  Carry your gun on your person.  Don’t leave it in your console, glove compartment or special “counter carjacker” holster on the steering wheel.

7) Beware of other forms of roadblocks.  The roadblocks designed to make you stop, may not take the form of people.  The rioters will steal cars and then purposely abandon them in the middle of roadways.  It causes you to stop and also prevents police/fire vehicles from getting to the scene.  It’s a common occurrence around the world.   Even more notorious are homemade caltrops.  A bunch of those strewn across the roadway would cause all kinds of havoc.

Here’s a video of a driver getting out of a bad situation.

~ Aphelion

This time the world really is coming to an end

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Poll: Amid COVID-19, Americans don’t care about climate change anymore. ~ Fortune

Let me just remind ou how bad it really is out there.

There. It’s settled science. Prepare to die.

~ Zoonosis

Do you jump around in the shower to get wet?

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Wonder why so little is coming out of that thing up there? That, you know, shower head, nozzle thing, whatever?

Here’s why.

First, the President you love to hate has proposed that we let the water flow again. Of course he’s disparaged for this.

Here’s the backstory.

A Democratic Congress passed and Republican President George H.W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 1992, which dictated the maximum flow rates on “showerheads, faucets, water closets, and urinals.”

The law banned any shower head that allowed water to flow out at a greater rate than 2.5 gallons per minute (which comes out to 5.3 ounces per second) “when measured at a flowing water pressure of 80 pounds per square inch.”

But even this intrusion into the most personal moments of a person’s day was not enough for Obama. He wanted to make sure that no showers, including those with more than one shower head, ever spat out more than that congressionally mandated 5.3 ounces per second. Obama could have accomplished this crackdown on multihead showers by pushing legislation to that effect through Congress, where his party controlled both chambers.

But outlawing people’s showers isn’t terribly popular, so Obama opted to use regulatory means. He rewrote the language to redefine “shower head.”

You may think you know what a shower head is. It’s a fitting on the end of a pipe that disperses water into a spray in your shower. But Obama’s Energy Department decided that the term no longer meant that. What you call a shower head, Obama declared, is now a “nozzle.” A multihead shower was now a multinozzle shower head. And thus, if each “nozzle” is pumping out the legal maximum of 2.5 gallons per minute, then under Obama’s redefinition, you are taking an illegal shower.

Wonder if Barry and Michelle take legal showers in their Martha’s Vineyard mansion or their Washington estate or their new Hawaiian digs?

They probably have underlings take showers for them.

~ Fomites

The Good Life: There’s a word for that

We Americans can learn some things about living from other cultures. Consider these words.

japanUkeireru. Ukeireru means much more than self-acceptance. It means acceptance of our relationships in our families, in school, at work, and in our communities. It means accepting others. It means accepting reality and creating contexts that broaden the narrow, confining, and exhausting perspective of Self

The plan is to accept yourself, your family, your friends, your colleagues, and your community. As you do this, you might be able to understand other points of view. If you’re not self-aware, and you lack a state of calm self-awareness, you won’t be able to change things—especially not the conditions that created or contributed to stress in the first place.

Lagom. Etymologically, the word ‘lagom’ is an Old Norse form of the word ‘law’, and it also means ‘team’ in Swedish. But culturally, the roots of lagom are tied back to communal times of the Vikings, when they gathered around the fire after a hard day’s work and passed aroundswede horns filled with mead, a honey-fermented beverage. Everyone was expected to sip just their fair share so others could have enough to drink as well. This ‘laget om’ (‘sitting around the team’) has been shortened to ‘lagom’ over centuries.

Often said to be untranslatable, lagom is usually described as the Goldilocks principle of ‘not too little, not too much, just right’, which implies everything in moderation. But the true reason it’s difficult to translate is because it mutates, changing meaning in different situations and within various contexts.

poliandJakoś to będzie. In Poland, the concept of ‘Jakoś to będzie’ is acting without worrying about the consequences. It’s reaching for the impossible. It’s taking risks, and not being afraid. Literally, the phrase means ‘things will work out in the end’ – but it’s so much more than that. Rather than sitting around and hoping things will work out by themselves, ‘Jakoś to będzie’ is acting without worrying about the consequences. It’s reaching for the impossible. It’s taking risks, and not being afraid. “It’s the unwavering certainty that we can do anything, no matter what obstacles we face along the way,” said Beata Chomątowska.

Gezellig. Locals will tell you that the word can not be dutchtranslated. Its meaning includes everything from cozy to friendly, from comfortable to relaxing, and from enjoyable to gregarious.  Literally, it means cozy, quaint, or nice, but can also connote time spent with loved ones, seeing a friend after a long absence, or general togetherness.” A brown café is gezellig. A dentist’s waiting room is not — though it can be gezellig if your friends accompany you, particularly if they are gezellig. An evening on the town with friends is gezellig, especially if you have dinner at a gezellig restaurant, see a good movie, and finish with a drink at a gezellige pub. Trying to entertain the inlaws-from-hell is definitely not gezellig.

~ Canker Blossom