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Friday, February 21, 2020

California Tells 7,000 People Who Returned From China to Stay Home Because of Coronavirus | KTLA

California health officials said Friday that 7,600 people who returned to the state after visiting China during the outbreak of the new virus have been asked to quarantine themselves at home this month as health officials try to stop the spread of the virus.

via ktla.com

That's sure to work.

February 21, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bloomberg Tried to Ruin Me for Speaking Out on China Reporting

I am one of the many women Mike Bloomberg’s company tried to silence through nondisclosure agreements. The funny thing is, I never even worked for Bloomberg.

But my story shows the lengths that the Bloomberg machine will go to in order to avoid offending Beijing. Bloomberg’s company, Bloomberg LP, is so dependent on the vast China market for its business that its lawyers threatened to devastate my family financially if I didn’t sign an NDA silencing me about how Bloomberg News killed a story critical of Chinese Communist Party leaders. It was only when I hired Edward Snowden’s lawyers in Hong Kong that Bloomberg LP eventually called off their hounds after many attempts to intimidate me.

via theintercept.com

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Lady Justice Spurns Her Blinders For Trump Associates – American Greatness

The claim sounded like something from Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) or Rachel Maddow or any number of Russian collusion propagandists: “He was not prosecuted for standing up for the president. He was prosecuted for covering up for the president.”

Those words, however, were not uttered on MSNBC but rather in a federal courtroom by Amy Berman Jackson, a U.S. district court judge seated in the nation’s capital, whose job is to ensure the fair administration of justice based on the rule of law. The “he” Jackson was referring to is Roger Stone, a Trump confidant; the “president,” of course, is Donald Trump. 

Now, Stone wasn’t charged with covering up for the president nor did the indictment against him suggest as much. There was nothing to “cover up” as election collusion is a fantasy concocted by the Democrats and the news media. But the Obama-appointee was on a roll; facts, at that point, didn’t matter to Jackson. (In a tweet Thursday morning, Schiff echoed Jackson’s evidence-free remark, claiming Stone “did it to cover up for Trump.”)

Her absurd and blatantly political accusation from the bench was just part of Jackson’s 40-minute monologue Thursday morning prior to sentencing Stone to 40 months in prison for lying to Congress, obstructing justice, and witness tampering. (The loquacious judge doesn’t like competition; she put a gag order on Stone last year that is still in effect.)

via amgreatness.com

Those darn Article III judges.

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How Trump Made the Federal Courts Blink - American Thinker

Judge Jackson has decided to ignore both the jury forewoman's impropriety and Roger Stone's motion for a new trial and sentenced him to forty months behind bars.  Apparently, you can take part in a coup and find yourself a paid contributor for cable news, but if you attempt to obstruct a coup, hell hath no fury like the Deep State scorned.  

The judges have postponed their planned "emergency meeting" indefinitely.  Like most things the president says that cause alarm for the D.C. establishment, it is not the recklessness of his words, but their truthfulness that rattles them, and the more truth he slings their way, the more rattled they become.  The judges realized they were about to make a consequential mistake by taking on directly the one person in the country not afraid to put the Judicial Branch in its place.  

via www.americanthinker.com

This is very injudicious. No idea how much of it is true.

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Will Israeli 'Flying Car' Revolutionize Military Rescue Missions? | United with Israel

The Israeli company Tactical Robotics is partnering with US aerospace giant Boeing to develop “flying cars” using “ducted fan propulsion” technology, called “fancraft,” for piloted and autonomous vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) air-crafts.

The Israeli company has already developed an unmanned vehicle, called the Cormorant, that is powered by internal lift rotors that allow takeoff and landing in small areas, which could revolutionize the way militaries deploy and rescue troops.

via unitedwithisrael.org

But it looks like a giant cockroach.

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Most evangelical Christians live outside of North America and Europe, researcher says - The Christian Post

Based on these trends, biblical scholar and author N.T. Wright told The Christian Post that Western Christians would do well to adopt a more global perspective when it comes to the growth and expansion of Christianity. 

via www.christianpost.com

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I Lived In Russia When Bernie Sanders Visited, And He's A Dupe

Democratic presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders likes to market himself as a wise old man who just happens to have clown hair but is right about everything, such as the War in Iraq. Yet his opposition to the Iraq War was dictated not by cool-headed geopolitical calculations, but the lifelong habit of romancing American enemies — as is typical for communism-lovers.

The recently surfaced press conference Sanders gave following his return from his honeymoon in Yaroslavl, USSR, is a great example of leftist naïveté about totalitarian regimes. For Bernie to fawn over Soviet culture the way he did indicates a staggering degree of incuriosity. I was only 15 and growing up in Kharkiv, now Ukraine, when the couple visited the USSR, and I’m not impressed when I watch Sanders sing Moscow’s praises

via thefederalist.com

Bernie won't win. Bernie can't win. Just keep saying that. Boy, it would be so weird if he won. Good news for China, though. Or for the CCP rather.

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Steven Spielberg's Weimar America | The American Conservative

Of her childhood, Mlle Spielberg, 23, says, “I was spoiled, but responsibly.” Which is about the most rich-girl thing anyone can say these days, I guess.

The American dream, 2020. She calls her new life as a porn star “empowering,” and says that when she broke the news to her parents last weekend, they were “intrigued” but “not upset.”

Those poor people, the Spielbergs. She shames her family. My guess is that they are really upset, and doing their best not to alienate their crazy, self-destructive kid.

Still, what a parable about Weimar America: Steven Spielberg’s daughter, with every privilege in the world, turns herself into a porn star.

via www.theamericanconservative.com

Well, she was adopted and she was probably damaged when they got her. There's only so much they could do and they probably did at least some of it.

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Steven Spielberg's Weimar America | The American Conservative

Of her childhood, Mlle Spielberg, 23, says, “I was spoiled, but responsibly.” Which is about the most rich-girl thing anyone can say these days, I guess.

The American dream, 2020. She calls her new life as a porn star “empowering,” and says that when she broke the news to her parents last weekend, they were “intrigued” but “not upset.”

Those poor people, the Spielbergs. She shames her family. My guess is that they are really upset, and doing their best not to alienate their crazy, self-destructive kid.

Still, what a parable about Weimar America: Steven Spielberg’s daughter, with every privilege in the world, turns herself into a porn star.

via www.theamericanconservative.com

Well, she was adopted and she was probably damaged when they got her. There's only so much they could do and they probably did at least some of it.

February 21, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Dad Of Trans Teen Begs For End Of ‘State-Sponsored Child Abuse’

Rob felt that at the age of 14—when the courts judged his daughter competent to take testosterone without parental consent—she simply did not have the foresight necessary to understand such consequences. Over the course of the past year, Rob has heard his daughter’s voice deepen and crack and watched her begin to grow facial hair.

“Sometimes I just want to scream so that other parents and people will… jump in, understand what’s going on,” Rob said. “There’s a child—and not only mine, but in my case, my child out there having her life ruined,” and yet, Rob felt, “people don’t [even] know.”

Rob’s efforts to raise awareness of his daughter’s plight have come at a high cost. The last time he granted an interview to The Federalist, he was convicted of “family violence” by the BC Supreme Court for his “expressions of rejection of [his daughter’s] gender identity.” He was also placed under threat of immediate arrest if he was caught referring to his daughter as a girl again.

via thefederalist.com

This could never happen in the good ol' USA. Just kidding!

February 21, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Gay Marriage Was Always Leading To Polygamy - The Federalist

The Utah state Senate this week unanimously voted to decriminalize polygamy, knocking it down from a felony to a minor civil infraction. Though not quite legal yet, the practice of having multiple spouses is well on its way there, and let’s face it, now that marriage has already been redefined to suit the nature of our times, what could possibly stand in the way of fully legal and recognized polygamous unions?

This, of course, is something we were promised would never happen when gay marriage became a constitutional right. It’s completely different, we were told. Writing in Politico in 2015, Jonathan Rauch said, “There might conceivably (although not likely) be a case for taking the trouble to do all that messy and confusing rewiring if the moral claim of polygamy were remotely as strong as to the moral claim of gay marriage. But it is not.”

via thefederalist.com

It still has to pass the Utah House.

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Q: What did socialists use for light before candles?

A: Electricity.

via www.freerepublic.com

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Coronavirus: 'Narrowing window' to contain outbreak, WHO says - BBC News

Dr Tedros said the number of coronavirus cases outside China was "relatively small" but the pattern of infection was worrying.

"We are concerned about the number of cases with no clear epidemiological link, such as travel history to or contact with a confirmed case," he said.

The new deaths and infections in Iran were "very concerning", he said.

via www.bbc.com

I bet he is concerned. And worried. And useless, pretty much.

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Greater Idaho

Who are we?

We are citizens of Northern California, Southern & Eastern Oregon, citizens of Idaho and scattered people throughout the United States of America.  We are Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, Republicans, and non-aligned Americans who are looking for a change and better opportunity to have our voices heard.    To accomplish this we will need a lot of help and will need "You" to help get the word out and promote this everywhere you can and to everyone you can.     There are many ways you can help, Please visit our Help area for more information.

What are we trying to do?

 We are trying to change the present borders of Idaho, Oregon & Northern California so that certain counties & communities presently in Oregon & Northern California will become part of the State of Idaho.   Please, visit our The Maps area to see the specific areas that would be part of this change.

Why do we want to accomplish this?

   We want the voices of these mostly rural areas to be heard in our state capital & not be drowned out by the large cities and urban areas.

via www.greateridaho.org

Idaho! In the news!

This is a great idea. Instead of my having to leave California, I could just move up the coast, to Idaho!

I'm not sure all the pot farmers up there would like it, though. But, maybe. Liberty and all that. Weed, sister wives, whatever floats your boat.

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Report: 300 Oracle employees walk out over Ellison’s Trump fundraiser | Ars Technica

About 300 Oracle employees walked off the job on Thursday to protest founder and Executive Chairman Larry Ellison's decision to hold a fundraiser for President Donald Trump the previous evening, Bloomberg reports. It was a rare sign of dissent for a company known for its stodgy corporate culture. But the circumstances of the small-scale protest also suggest that Ellison has less reason to worry about future employee revolts than some of his fellow tech moguls.

via arstechnica.com

If this were Google, employees who walked out to protest would be fired. But no employees would walk out since they pretty much all agree, except for those who know better than to speak up.

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The Xi Jinping Flu | RealClearWorld

For those who noted Xi’s obsession with dictatorial control during the Hong Kong protests, his use of concentration camps to control the Uighur Muslims, and his Mao-like clamp down on intellectual, religious and cultural life, it is no surprise that the Chinese dictator has exacerbated the health crisis in his desire to exert absolute control. In the current climate of fear, Chinese healthcare and other professionals are afraid to communicate even basic facts. Indeed, those Chinese who did warn international media and their fellow citizens have been punished by the Communist Party of China.

Last week a prominent Chinese law professor, Xu Zhangrun, was swiftly punished and banned from writing after he wrote that the virus "revealed the rotten core of Chinese governance," and that "groundless decisions from authorities have pushed powerless citizens to despair, and the disease to the globe." Unlike so many Westerners who assume Xi’s omnipotence, growing numbers of Chinese know what Xu knows: that Xi’s increasingly harsh rule is a hallmark of weakness, not strength.

via www.realclearworld.com

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Daily Mail: Named source claims Ilhan Omar admitted to marrying her brother (Update)

‘He was very feminine in the way he dressed — he would wear light lipstick and pink clothes and very, very, short shorts in the summer. People started whispering about him.

‘[Hirsi] and Ilhan both told me it was Ilhan’s brother and he had been living in London but he was mixing with what were seen as bad influences that the family did not like.

‘So they sent him to Minneapolis as ”rehab”.’

It sounds to me like Osman is suggesting there’s some sort of gay subplot to this story. In any case, he claims that when Omar married him in 2009 (in a legal ceremony as opposed to her religious marriage to Hirsi) no one in the community knew about it. In fact, the person who married Omar and Elmi is a Christian minister. Why would Omar choose to be married by a Christian? Osman suggests this was an attempt to get outside the Somali Muslim community and find someone who wouldn’t already know the two were related.

via hotair.com

Hmmm. Well, there you have it, I guess.

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Down-ballot Republicans watch with glee as Sanders gains steam - POLITICO

Bernie Sanders hasn’t won the Democratic primary — but down-ballot Republicans are having a field day acting like he has.

Republicans up and down the ballot are already casting their Democratic rivals as socialist puppets who would remake the economy in Sanders’ collectivist vision. The play is straightforward: President Donald Trump has repelled college-educated suburban voters since he took office; Republicans want to win them back by arguing the alternative is worse.

via www.politico.com

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Utah senate unanimously moves to decriminalize polygamy | US news | The Guardian

Utah’s history of felony punishment for polygamy has never halted its practice entirely but rather driven it to the fringes of society, creating a culture of fear that allows perpetrators to thrive, Henderson said.

“The solution to the problem is increased societal integration, which can only come through decriminalizing otherwise law-abiding polygamists,” Henderson said during a preliminary debate on the bill last week.

Critics, however, say the measure wrongly frames polygamy as a human rights issue.

“Proponents of this bill attempt to piggyback on the success of the gay rights movement by promoting the narrative that this initiative is about consenting adults doing what they will,” the anti-polygamy group Sound Choices Coalition said in a statement. “This has nothing to do about consenting adults or gay rights. It’s all about weaponizing God.”

via www.theguardian.com

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Coronavirus: Leading China expert details the reality - YouTube

In today’s special segment of The John-Henry Westen Show, I speak with the leading expert on China, Steve Mosher about what is really going on with the coronavirus. Mosher is the President of the Population Research Institute and is the person who exposed China’s forced abortion policy to the world. He also exposed China’s ghastly organ harvesting protocols. Mosher shares the facts about the epidemic and what is really going on in China. It just might surprise you.

via www.youtube.com

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Freedom and Prosperity in Liechtenstein: A Hoppean Analysis | Mises Institute

The work of economist and political philosopher Hans-Hermann Hoppe, specifically his seminal book Democracy—The God That Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order gives us a framework for analyzing Liechtenstein’s development. In his book, Hoppe argues that, contrary to popular belief, the historical transition from monarchy to democracy represents decline, not progress. Hoppe offers a two-part thesis to support his theory. First, monarchs, unlike democratic rulers, tend to have low time preferences; therefore, they avoid, if at all possible, wars and high taxes for fear of hurting the state’s long-term capital value. Second, there is a clear distinction between rulers and ruled under a monarchy; this “class consciousness,” as Hoppe calls it, encourages the public to resist governmental excesses.3

via mises.org

February 19, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

FP China Brief: What to make of China’s official coronavirus data

In China, the death toll from the coronavirus has now topped 2,000, with over 70,000 cases confirmed. But if you follow Chinese state media, the tone is increasingly optimistic: Victory in the people’s war against the virus, led by President Xi Jinping, is coming! The official figures seem to bear this out: New infections outside of Hubei province, the virus epicenter, have dropped for more than 10 days straight, and the number of new cases inside Hubei has slowed to under 2,000 per day.

via click1.crm.foreignpolicy.com

Great news, if it's true, and it isn't.

February 19, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Child miners aged four at Congo cobalt mine | Daily Mail Online

It heralds a future of clean energy, free from pollution but – though there can be no doubting the good intentions behind Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s announcement last month – such ideals mean nothing for the children condemned to a life of hellish misery in the race to achieve his target.

Dorsen, just eight, is one of 40,000 children working daily in the mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The terrible price they will pay for our clean air is ruined health and a likely early death.

Almost every big motor manufacturer striving to produce millions of electric vehicles buys its cobalt from the impoverished central African state. It is the world’s biggest producer, with 60 per cent of the planet’s reserves.

The cobalt is mined by unregulated labour and transported to Asia where battery manufacturers use it to make their products lighter, longer-lasting and rechargeable.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

February 19, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

AG Barr takes aim at Section 230, a key protection for tech firms

Attorney General William Barr took aim Wednesday at a key legal protection for the tech industry, calling into question whether it is still needed as a small number of key tech players have reached a massive size and scale.

via www.cnbc.com

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Arrest of Harvard Professor Puts Chinese Economic Espionage in Spotlight

NEW YORK—The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) is investigating China-related cases of economic espionage across the country as a growing list of prosecutions against academics and researchers makes the headlines.

The Bureau reports that the Chinese regime is using “non-traditional collectors,” such as professors, researchers, and front companies—as opposed to traditional undercover spies—to acquire sensitive technology from the United States.

This comes after the FBI arrested a Harvard University professor for allegedly lying about receiving funding from the Chinese regime to open a research lab in Wuhan, China. Additionally, a researcher at Boston University was indicted after allegedly failing to disclose that he was a lieutenant in the Chinese army and a Chinese national allegedly attempted to smuggle biological materials from a Boston medical center to China. They have all been indicted on federal charges.

via www.theepochtimes.com

February 19, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Coronavirus: Passengers leave Diamond Princess amid criticism of Japan - BBC News

One Japanese health expert who visited the Diamond Princess at the port in Yokohama said the situation on board was "completely chaotic".

via www.bbc.com

February 19, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

China revokes three Wall Street Journal reporters' credentials - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has revoked the press credentials of three journalists with the Wall Street Journal after the newspaper declined to apologize for a column with a headline calling China the “real sick man of Asia,” the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

via www.reuters.com

February 19, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

In defense of William Barr | TheHill

The calls for impeachment and incarceration began as most scandals do in the Trump administration with irresponsible tweets from the president. It was not surprising or unreasonable for critics to latch on to the timing of the tweets followed by the withdrawal of the sentencing recommendation and resignations of prosecutors in the Stone case.

However, both the White House and the Justice Department quickly stated that there was no communication between Trump and Barr regarding the case and that the decision to withdraw the recommendation was made previously. If true, Trump showed his uncanny ability to undermine his own administration and then magnified that damage with a type of “atta boy” for Barr after the recommendation was withdrawn.

Barr then gave a television interview criticizing tweets by the president about pending federal criminal cases as “making it impossible to do my job.” Critics seemed caught off guard for about five minutes, and then resumed their calls for his utter destruction. The interview did not fit their narrative of Barr being a witless Trump troll so it was ignored.

via thehill.com

February 19, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

So God Made A Bloomberg

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a tiny, soulless technocrat to tell everyone else how to live their lives.” So God made a Bloomberg.

God said, “I need a know-it-all Wall Street banker who made more money by getting fired than most men will make their entire lives working an honest job.” So God made a Bloomberg.

“I need somebody with hands strong enough to carry a stool and a booster seat wherever he goes, but gentle enough to sign the voter registration papers as a Democrat, and then a Republican, and then an independent, and then a Democrat again.

“Somebody who would tell a female employee to kill her own baby so she could work longer hours, a grieving family that it’s a waste to give medical care to old people, or a farmer that growing food is easy and any idiot with half a brain could manage it. Someone who could tell a mother that parenting was as simple as hiring ‘some black who doesn’t even have to speak English’ to raise her dumb kid.” So God made a Bloomberg.

via thefederalist.com

Sounds like a plan.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Why Trump has already secured a second term — no matter who his opponent is | TheHill

My prediction for the 2016 race was based on a variety of observational and anecdotal evidence. I listened to Democrats, Republicans and independents across the U.S. I talked to people who consider themselves apolitical. I heard from taxi and Uber drivers, the Verizon man, stay-at-home moms, college grads, professionals, blue-collar delivery workers. And I watched nearly every rally of Trump and his opponents. 

Now, that same unscientific methodology has led me to conclude that Trump has already secured a second term — no matter who his main opponent turns out to be.

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Obviously, anything can happen, and I am not suggesting that those who support other candidates shouldn’t bother to vote. But as Democrats narrow down their array of personalities and preferences, I think Trump’s path to a second term has far more to do with him than with them.

via thehill.com

I feel the same way. But PDT could catch coronavirus and die.

February 18, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

ANALYSIS: Political Pundits Have No Idea What They're Talking About

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D., Mass.) presidential campaign is over. She's still in the race, for now, but she is not going to be the Democratic Party's nominee in 2020. All that remains to be seen is (A) when she'll drop out, and (B) whether she'll endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) to help him clinch the nomination or shiv him in the back like the opportunistic snake she is accused (by some) of being.

Warren's collapse reveals the sorry state of today's political media. From the perspective of voters who watch cable news and take seriously the so-called analysis and punditry they hear from so-called political experts in the media, Warren's downfall is a shocking development. But it's only the latest of many examples of said "experts" having absolutely no idea what they're talking about and showing why no one should take them seriously.

via freebeacon.com

yep.

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Freelancers Are Rising Up In Opposition To California's "Gig-Worker" Law

Are California Democrats—responsible for the state’s new anti-gig-worker law, AB5—so out of touch that they’re not aware of the growing anger of their constituents? It appears so.

Since AB5 took effect on January 1, hundreds of thousands of Californians are finding their businesses in tatters. Musicians can’t join bands for a one-night gig, chefs can’t join forces with caterers, nurses can’t work at various hospitals, and writers must cap their submissions per media outlet to 35 per year. Under the law, these freelancers can no longer conduct the same business-to-business transactions they have for years or even decades. Clients with whom they fostered valuable relationships are gone—as are their successful careers and incomes. An overwhelming majority of professionals in fields affected by AB5 identify as liberals and have generally voted along the blue line. Today, however, many are so disillusioned with their representatives that they’re changing political loyalties.

via www.city-journal.org

February 17, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Clarence Thomas breaks his silence in theaters nationwide | TheHill

But the tight-lipped justice has plenty to say about his life and beliefs in the new documentary “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.” In it, Thomas describes his rise from abject poverty, brushes with racism and radicalism, and how his political beliefs have made him an “enigma” to liberals wanting to “destroy” him for not fitting their narrative.

via thehill.com

February 17, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Joe Biden should do town halls forever | Spectator USA

Indeed, it was not until I went into the town halls of America and heard Joe Biden, aflame with righteousness, describe a young woman as a ‘lying, dog-faced pony soldier’ did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she allows crazy old men to talk nonsense without interruption, and if America ever ceases to allow this deluded old mariner to run for president, she will cease to be great.

via spectator.us

February 17, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Grand Unified Theory of Rogue Waves | Quanta Magazine

That skepticism changed on New Year’s Day in 1995, when a rogue wave struck the Draupner oil installation in the Norwegian North Sea. Equipped with a downward-pointing laser, the platform recorded a 26-meter wave spiking out of a sea filled with 11.8-meter waves — a nautical Bigfoot caught in a high-resolution snapshot. This hard evidence turned maritime myth into fact. Researchers have since determined that rogue waves probably claimed 22 supercarriers and more than 500 lives in the second half of the 20th century alone.

via www.quantamagazine.org

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

China Coronavirus: Tough Realities & Possibility of Global Pandemic—Epidemic Reporter Laurie Garrett - YouTube

Through the eyes of a reporter who has worked in over 30 epidemic zones, including SARS in China and Ebola in West Africa, just how big a threat is the current coronavirus outbreak? How can coronavirus be transmitted? How virulent is it, and how does it compare with SARS and MERS, and the 1918 influenza pandemic? How has the Chinese Communist Party cover-up of information contributed to the spread of coronavirus in Wuhan and beyond? And, what are the best precautions to avoid infection?

via www.youtube.com

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Stone Case Exposes the Arrogance of the Administrative State – American Greatness

To be honest, I’ve never been the biggest fan of Roger Stone or Paul Manafort. I’ve even had my doubts about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. But you can’t convince me that it is pure coincidence that only one side of the political aisle is routinely hauled into court on flimsy charges. Especially when we have Andrew McCabe, who the Justice Department has now decided to not prosecute, walking free despite doing the exact same thing Stone and Flynn have been charged with doing.

With reports now coming out that the lead juror in the Stone case was openly anti-Trump, and potentially perjured herself in denying knowledge of who Stone was and then tweeting about him, this has been a rigged process. Yet Judge Amy Berman Jackson, a Barack Obama appointee, did not see any reason to bar jurors with apparent bias. She has sworn to uphold the equal application of the law, but apparently, that oath only extends to those who share her political leanings.

via amgreatness.com

February 16, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Fearful of Trump’s Attacks, Justice Dept. Lawyers Worry Barr Will Leave Them Exposed - The New York Times

Mr. Barr’s effort this week to scale back those expectations, officials said, was born of necessity. He is said to have told the president privately that he will not open politically inspired inquiries on Mr. Trump’s behalf and that the president’s public comments about specific criminal cases are damaging the department’s work.

When the president’s public outburst over the prosecutors’ sentencing recommendation for Mr. Stone made it clear that Mr. Barr’s message had not sunk in, Mr. Barr and a few trusted advisers elected to deliver it again in a way that has repeatedly proved effective in grabbing the president’s attention: on television, this time in a nationally broadcast interview with ABC News.

By the end of the week, many at the Justice Department’s headquarters were uncertain whether that interview would resolve what some called an increasingly untenable situation. Some steeled themselves for a stream of presidential invective or even Mr. Barr’s departure in response.

via www.nytimes.com

February 16, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

As Bloomberg's VP, Hillary Clinton could get revenge against Trump: Goodwin

“Watch for smoke signals from Chappaqua,” a Democratic friend said recently. “She wants back in.”

She — there is only one political she — might be getting what she wants.

The report that Hillary Clinton could become Michael Bloomberg’s running mate is one of those times when it is no exaggeration to use the word bombshell. Earthquake would also work, assuming the political marriage actually happens.

For now, it’s a trial balloon, as demonstrated by the timing and the way the idea was leaked. A big red banner on the Drudge Report blaring “EXCLUSIVE” is designed to shock and awe the political system, then gauge the fallout.

Bloomberg, remember, is a numbers guy and his team conducts polls relentlessly. Drudge says they’ve already tested the tag-team idea quiet­ly and, liking what they saw, now want to go public and test it more broadly.

via nypost.com

Well, at least it makes the choice clear. Bernie would do that as well though. And it would get the Clinton Foundation back on its feet. And surely it would end all the scandals in the DOJ. And give RBG a chance to finally step down and maybe we'd get a Justice Hillary. O boy o boy.

February 16, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Juror 1261 in Roger Stone's case: Was justice undone? | TheHill

I have previously written about how I believe that the DOJ was correct in its rejection of the absurdly high recommendation of seven to nine years in prison for Stone. However, there are legitimate questions that must still be addressed on how the Justice Department came to that decision. Yet while cable shows exhaustively cover that story, there is an equally serious question as to whether the conviction itself, rather than the sentencing recommendation, should be reevaluated.

Hart is a Democratic activist and critic of the Trump administration. She was the Memphis City Schools board president. Not surprisingly, given her political background (including a run for Congress), Hart has been vocal in public on her views of Trump and his associates.

via thehill.com

Good grief.

February 16, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Are UFOs Real? - Government's UFO Program - Government Secrets

Now, after two years of scant details and a myriad of contradictory statements, Popular Mechanics is ripping open the U.S. government’s massive UFO problem. What follows is a deep, unprecedented well of information that’s only been known by a very small select group of insiders—until now.

via www.popularmechanics.com

Semi-reliable.

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Are UFOs Real? - Government's UFO Program - Government Secrets

Now, after two years of scant details and a myriad of contradictory statements, Popular Mechanics is ripping open the U.S. government’s massive UFO problem. What follows is a deep, unprecedented well of information that’s only been known by a very small select group of insiders—until now.

via www.popularmechanics.com

Semi-reliable.

February 16, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wuhan Institute of Virology denies COVID-19 patient zero rumors - CGTN

The Wuhan Institute of Virology in central China on Sunday denied rumors claiming that the first person to contract novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19), or patient zero, came from the institute, according to a statement on its official website.

The statement came after claims circulated on the Chinese internet saying Huang Yanling, a research fellow graduating from the institute, was patient zero of the novel coronavirus.

via news.cgtn.com

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Virus News: China Pledges Stimulus Over Coronavirus - Bloomberg

China pledged to roll out more effective stimulus despite a widening fiscal gap as the novel coronavirus hits an already slowing economy, highlighting the challenges the epidemic is imposing as the death toll stacks up and thousands of new cases are reported each day.

via www.bloomberg.com

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China destroys cash to fight coronavirus; Report reveals Xi knew about virus spread before Jan. 7 - YouTube

Some local authorities in China are looking at one thing that may increase the spread of the #coronavirus, and they are taking rather drastic actions against it. A new report reveals china’s leader #XiJinping knew about the spread of the coronavirus before Jan. 7, when officials were told to downplay the severity of the situation. After co-signing an open letter to the national people’s congress, China’s human rights activists were summoned by local police.

via www.youtube.com

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Socialism: A Brief Taxonomy | Mises Wire

The contemporary meaning of socialism often runs along the lines that it is a politico-economic theory in which the means of production, wealth distribution, and exchange are supposed to be owned and regulated by the community as a whole. This characterization of socialism emphasizes its important economic features; however, it cannot be considered a comprehensive definition. The wording implies a narrow understanding of socialism from the point of view of materialist and positivist currents of socialism but does not fully encompass the features exhibited in antimaterialist, anti-Cartesian, and Kantian members of the socialist family.

It seems to me that the most inclusive definition of socialism is as follows:

Socialism is a set of artificial socioeconomic systems that are characterized by varying degrees of collectivization of property, or consciousness, or the redistribution of wealth.

Notice that socialism is designated as an artificial entity, meaning that it does not occur naturally during the evolution of human society but is imposed on nations coarsely through the actions of activists.

via mises.org

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Coronavirus Outbreak in China 10 Times Worse Than Reported? - YouTube

On Feb. 12, Hubei health authorities announced an additional 14,840 cases of the coronavirus. It marks the largest single-day rise since the epidemic began and is almost 10 times the number of added cases from the day before. Health authorities said the spike was due to the inclusion of “clinically diagnosed cases” in Hubei. Others suspect the true reason is because of a recent change in top leadership in Hubei province and Wuhan city, as these two Xi Jinping appointees seek to avoid taking responsibility for their predecessors’ incompetence and concealment of the epidemic. To decode these events, Zooming In did a thorough case study of one of China’s most popular media outlet’s coverage of the coronavirus epidemic. We also did a preliminary calculation of the infected population and death toll in Wuhan based on an exclusive investigation by the Epoch Media Group into one of Wuhan’s funeral homes. From there, we will explore the truth of the epidemic, how Chinese leadership view it, their plan going forward and most importantly, what it means for you if the epidemic in China is 10 times worse than reported.

via www.youtube.com

This one is hard to watch.

February 15, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 14, 2020

Will Migrating California Residents Bring Left-Wing Politics to Their New Homes?

Beset by high housing costs, crippling taxes, astronomical gas prices, wildfires, and rolling blackouts, Californians are heading for the exits. That’s sparking anxiety in places where these Golden State migrants are relocating. A mayoral candidate in Boise, Idaho, recently suggested building a wall to keep out Californians, who account for 60 percent of domestic migration into the growing state. The election of increasingly progressive candidates in Colorado sparked talk there of the “Californication” of the Centennial State.

via www.city-journal.org

Idaho! In the news! Sort of!

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Virus renews safety concerns about slaughtering wild animals

Scientists have not yet determined exactly how the new coronavirus first infected people. Evidence suggests it originated in bats, which infected another animal that spread it to people at a market in the southeastern city of Wuhan. The now-shuttered Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market advertised dozens of species such as giant salamanders, baby crocodiles and raccoon dogs that were often referred to as wildlife, even when they were farmed.

via apnews.com

I'll miss that yummy bat soup though.

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