After the last half-decade, my instinct is not to believe a single word the FBI says about anything, and to support any candidate who vows to dissolve the bureau and start from scratch. Setting aside the Strzok-Page-Comey-McCabe stuff, this is a national police agency that devotes more resources to investigating a Nascar garage-door pull-rope than to a Hunter Biden laptop bursting with oligarch money-laundering and alleged kiddie porn: I would be surprised if such bizarre priorities could get them elected as village constable in the average New Hampshire township. Yet we are now assured, at a time when Big Social are more powerful than any government on the planet and are openly suppressing one of the two presidential campaigns, that the big problem is mullahs posing as "Proud Boys".
Yeah, sure, whatever.
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Sunday, October 25, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Fact: Not all women have periods. Also a fact: Not all people with periods are women. Let's celebrate the diversity of all people who bleed! 💙🎨: @gobeeharris #mythbusting #periodtruths #transisbeautiful pic.twitter.com/5s1416cZBw— Tampax (@Tampax) September 15, 2020
Tampax re-defines women. Tampax says that if you bleed, you’re a woman. If I cut myself, I’m Tampax’s definition of a woman. If you’ve been female all your life and are over a certain age, Tampax revokes your womanhood.
This sounds like Procter and Gamble (owner of Tampax) is adopting Joe Biden’s definition of Black. Biden tells Black people that if they don’t vote for him, they “ain’t Black.”
Big business and major corporations are very, very comfortable with re-defining personhood.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
If you’ve been following the Case of Hunter Biden’s Allegedly Abandoned Laptop, you know that a lot of very powerful people wish you weren’t. Twitter and Facebook have tried to censor it. The New York Times has spilled a lot of ink trying to discredit the New York Post reporters who filed the original story, without even trying to verify the story itself. If the laptop is real and so is the evidence on it, that could be bad news for Joe Biden. So our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters on the left won’t even admit the possibility that it’s real.
Theory 1: Hunter Biden, a known drug abuser, was visiting his father in Wilmington, DE in April 2019 and abandoned one of his laptops at a nearby repair shop.
Richard Fernandez (Wretchard) pens an interesting essay about the price the Left has paid to take over the country.
The costs of keeping the unwilling onside are even bigger. The American scene is also illuminated by fire of another kind: the incandescent efforts of those who want to return Washington to the 2016 normal over those determined to continue a revolution in the capital. But a political scene lit with the flames of burning personal bridges is less a sign of imminent triumph than with stalemate and retreat....
... the prospects of the liberal project to remake America have declined because an agenda that was once “inevitably” advancing must now be actively imposed on a conscious opposition. The burning of bridges in 2020 means it must now spend enormous amounts of energy for every inch it wants to gain.
The only chance to suppress the populist rebellion cheaply was through something like Crossfire Hurricane. But it failed and now the progressive project is facing what is at best a protracted campaign, a long slow slog that may prove too expensive for even them to mount.
If that enterprise seemed formerly viable it was because it could command enough assent through the application of nudges and prestige to make way. But those powers to persuade have been expended in the bitter acrimony. The prestige well is dry and friction has gone way up.
The Left owns the press and social media, a combination that lulled a soothed the American public to accept the inevitability of the transformation of America to socialism. That's where Obama's inevitable "arc of history" was supposed to lead.
But the excesses of the last 4 years have so damaged their power to define a reality that today roughly half of the American people don't believe anything they read. They now know they have been lied to and have their opinions suppressed by power brokers and technology oligarchs who were grasping for total power.
The Antifa/BLM riots in Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Kenosha, and dozens of places throughout the country were naked attempts to intimidate. People stocking up on guns and ammunition in record numbers are but one reaction to this physical threat.
It is possible for a minority to rule a passive majority. It remains to be seen whether the majority has a core of rebels who will make it prohibitively expensive for the Left to cow the country to its will.
The experiment in freedom for the individual continues.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Facebook fascists suppress the most critical piece of journalism in the 2020 election cycle.
Hunter Biden got a million-dollar board position with a company in an industry of which he had zero knowledge in a country with which he had no familiarity, solely for that company’s purpose of buying a sitting American vice president who had been made the point man on foreign policy with that country. This really can’t be disputed anymore thanks to the New York Post‘s reporting, and to call it disqualifying to Biden, even in the absence of anything else already in the hopper where he’s concerned, might even be charitable.
This is the kind of bombshell that should ruin not just Biden but his party’s down-ballot contenders. It casts an impression that the entire Democrat Party is a criminal conspiracy, so open was Biden’s corruption and so shameless was the Democrats’ attempt to cover up the Ukraine mess by impeaching Trump for having mentioned it in a phone call with that country’s new premier last year.
But will it have that effect? Probably not.
Why not? Because the American corporate legacy media, every bit as corrupt as the Biden family, is actively suppressing the story.
Read the whole thing.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Business Insider spoke to nine current or former employees of Yelp, who described a workplace that at times featured racist comments, inappropriate conduct, bacchanalian parties, a clique-y atmosphere, failures of trust in management, and drug use in the office. (Sources were granted anonymity as they weren’t authorized to discuss their experiences.)
The Soviet Union could not have survived, because by 1991 the Communist Party had lost control of the media and thus the public sphere. Key to the survival of any dictatorship is strict control of the media, which shapes public opinion and promotes tacit acceptance of a regime. Though many Soviet citizens may have claimed not to believe what was written in their newspapers, they were never aware of just how far removed from reality the reports were. When Mikhail Gorbachev ascended to power in 1985, it was his policy of glasnost that let the genie out of the bottle.In his attempt to ‘open up’ society, Gorbachev permitted the press more freedom of expression. Some historians have viewed this move as a result of the fact that Gorbachev (born in 1931) was the first leader of the Soviet Union to have cut his political teeth in a de-Stalinised USSR. But his policy backfired. Glasnost meant that news outlets could lay bare the failings of the Soviet system and the Communist Party. Perhaps more than anything else, their reporting of the horrific accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 illustrated the Party’s incompetence and shredded citizens’ belief not only in its ability to govern effectively, but also to keep them safe. In fact, in 2006, Gorbachev pinpointed Chernobyl and the resulting media fallout as the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union.By 1991 the game was up for the Communist Party. Glasnost had permitted dissenting voices to be heard and political movements that had once been suppressed to gain traction and support. After a failed attempt by Communist hardliners to retake control in August of that year, the Party was banned and with it disappeared the glue that was keeping the Soviet Union together. If the Communist Party had retained control of the media, it could, perhaps, have survived anything. We need only look to the Chinese example for what can happen when a dictatorship remains in full control of the public sphere.
This is the danger the country faces today. The media is solidly behind the Democrats. And the Democrats favor socialist or communism.
Monday, October 05, 2020
You would be surprised where really bizarre and dangerous ideas come from. Ideas that you would think come so far out of Left Field that no one would take them seriously. And, all of a sudden, they're here, like Antifa - or the Russian Revolution.
This is Jacobin, promoted by Bernie Sanders
Jacobin has in the past five years become the leading intellectual voice of the American left, the most vibrant and relevant socialist publication in a very long time
Forget about the secret police and people getting shot as they tried to escape, here's a love letter to the Belin Wall.
The Wall was ugly, menacing, and, for many citizens, no doubt heartbreaking. But the economic and geopolitical stability it ensured also gave the GDR the chance to build a society that was broadly characterized by modest prosperity and social equality between classes and genders. Workers were guaranteed employment, housing, and all-day childcare, while basic foodstuffs and other goods were heavily subsidized. Though wages were only half of what they were in the West, adjusted for prices in relation to earnings, GDR workers’ actual purchasing power was more or less the same. This fact, combined with the chronic lack of certain consumer goods, taught citizens to rely on each other and help each other out in times of need — a reality that still resonates today in polls showing that Easterners are considerably more sensitive to social inequality and the importance of solidarity.
We are going to find out around the middle part of the 21st century, in general unpleasantly, that our fate will have been influenced directly by essays in obscure and extreme magazines read by power elites.
Saturday, October 03, 2020
TIPS FOR MAKING FAKE NEWS
Include real details. One of the important features of fake news is that it sounds real. That means you include details that are true. For instance, let’s say you start an article this way:
President Trump today set fire to a…
People will read that and say to themselves, “The president is Trump! This could be a real story!”
Or if you start a story with:
Today in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, escaped llamas...
People will google that and say, “Hey, Washington, D.C., is the capital of the United States. The rest of this story could be true as well!”
But if you get a detail wrong that people know, that could ruin the whole ruse. For example, if you wrote:
Boron, which has a melting point of 2,113 degrees Kelvin…
Someone could say, “Hey, Boron has a melting point of 2,349 degrees Kelvin! What is this guy trying to pull? Maybe the rest of this article about Russians putting a mind-control device in Kamala Harris is wrong as well.”
Read the whole thing.
“In the news today, President Trump failed to specifically denounce alien invasions, raising the possibility that he might betray the human race to the Xargon Imperium if reelected . . .
Thursday, October 01, 2020
The NY Times has used hundreds of millions in tax losses to reduce its tax bill.
The company reported an annual loss for 2006 of $543 million. The Times 2006 annual report says the company’s “effective income tax rate was 3.0% because the majority of the non-cash impairment charge of $814.4 million at the New England Media Group is non-deductible for tax purposes.”
It made bad investments and sold them for massive losses
The Times Company bought the Boston Globe for $1.1 billion in 1993, added the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for $295 million in 1999, and sold them both to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for $70 million in 2013.
It employed family members as a way to get around gift tax limits
including not only the outgoing chairman’s son A.G. Sulzberger, who was paid $2,075,313, but also James Dryfoos, who earned $285,022; Pamela Dryfoos, who earned $138,750, and David Perpich, who earned $931,338.
Read the whole thing.