Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The FBI launches new effort against hate crimes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

No one likes a snitch.

But there are times when reporting poor behavior or telling the truth to authority is valuable for societal health. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has recognized this fact and has launched a national public awareness campaign calling on everyday citizens to report hate crimes when they see them.

The FBI Pittsburgh field office is joining that effort, and city residents should heed that request. In short, if you see something, say something, to borrow a phrase.

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The FBI has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender or gender identity.” Such crimes are disgusting and tear at the country’s social fabric.

via www.post-gazette.com

"Societal health." I don't know. This seems kind of unhealthy to me. I know. Let's just all agree to go back to 1995 or so. Just an idea.

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Campus Reform | Biden taps Cornell prof who praised USSR for not having a 'gender pay gap there'

President Biden’s nominee for a key Treasury Department post believes that the free market does not always “know best.”

Saule Omarova — the Beth and Marc Goldberg Professor of Law at Cornell University and a 1989 graduate of Moscow State University — was tapped to serve as Comptroller of the Currency, which “charters, regulates, and supervises all national banks.”

The Kazakh-American, however, has nodded toward the Soviet economic system’s purported gender equality.

via www.campusreform.org

H/t instapundit & GR.

The COC is an important post. I don't know what our currency has to do with gender equity -- but I bet the soon to be debuted (I bet) Fed coins could have a lot to do with gender equity. You could make dollars worth more than a dollar to women and less than a dollar to men, if indeed you still have men and women. Not sure how you'd work that out. More work for law professors I guess.

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California Usurping the Role of Parents | City Journal

California parents have more to contend with than just the vaccine mandate, however. Last month, AB 1184, cosponsored by Planned Parenthood, became law. As the California Family Council explains, the law “prohibits insurance companies from revealing to the policyholder the ‘sensitive services’ of anyone on their policy, including minor children, even though the policy owner is financially responsible for the services.” The term “sensitive services” refers to all health care services related to mental or behavioral health, sexual and reproductive health (including abortions), sexually transmitted infections, substance-use disorder, and gender-affirming care. The bill doesn’t define “gender affirming care,” but according to the University of California, San Francisco, the concept includes hormone therapy and a laundry list of surgeries including vaginectomy, scrotoplasty, voice modification, and others. These procedures can begin when a child is just 12—starting with puberty blockers, paid for under the family’s insurance policy. When the statement is sent home, no explanation is offered of any of these procedures. Parents are reduced to bill-paying bystanders.

via www.city-journal.org

Strange law. Strange times. But at least it will present lots of knotty problems for us legal boffins. A bad thing, you may say. It is indeed, but it does generate ideas for legal papers. Also a bad thing, you say. Yes, but only all things considered. It's good for somebody. So there's that.

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Walgreens closing 5 San Francisco stores due to 'organized retail crime'

San Francisco Board of Supervisor Ahsha Safai of District 11 said he was “devastated” by the loss of the store on Mission Street on Twitter, writing “I am completely devastated by this news - this Walgreens is less than a mile from seven schools and has been a staple for seniors, families and children for decades. This closure will significantly impact this community.”

via www.sfgate.com

Strangely, the drug stores in George Soros's neighborhood do not have this problem.

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School officials covered up his daughter’s rape. Now NSBA wants to make him a 'domestic terrorist’ | Washington Examiner

As far as injustices in the world go, the story of a Loudon, Virginia, man who became the poster child for “domestic terrorism” after his daughter was raped is pretty high on the list.

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

Although, this story has memory hole written all over it.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Why Has Biden’s Approval Rating Gotten So Low So Quickly? | FiveThirtyEight

sarah (Sarah Frostenson, politics editor): President Biden’s approval ratings are underwater — 49.2 percent disapprove of the job he is doing as president while 44.6 percent approve, according to FiveThirtyEight’s presidential approval tracker.1

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The Triumph and Terror of Wang Huning – Palladium

But what is singularly remarkable about Wang is that he’s managed to serve in this role of court philosopher to not just one, but all three of China’s previous top leaders, including as the pen behind Jiang Zemin’s signature “Three Represents” policy and Hu Jintao’s “Harmonious Society.”

In the brutally cutthroat world of CCP factional politics, this is an unprecedented feat. Wang was recruited into the party by Jiang’s “Shanghai Gang,” a rival faction that Xi worked to ruthlessly purge after coming to power in 2012; many prominent members, like former security chief Zhou Yongkang and former vice security minister Sun Lijun, have ended up in prison. Meanwhile, Hu Jintao’s Communist Youth League Faction has also been heavily marginalized as Xi’s faction has consolidated control. Yet Wang Huning remains. More than any other, it is this fact that reveals the depth of his impeccable political cunning.

And the fingerprints of China’s Grey Eminence on the Common Prosperity campaign are unmistakable. While it’s hard to be certain what Wang really believes today inside his black box, he was once an immensely prolific author, publishing nearly 20 books along with numerous essays. And the obvious continuity between the thought in those works and what’s happening in China today says something fascinating about how Beijing has come to perceive the world through the eyes of Wang Huning.

via palladiummag.com

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Saagar Enjeti: BlackRock, Goldman CAUGHT In Chinese Pay To Play Scheme

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Could a cave system 275 miles from Wuhan be the source of the coronavirus? – HotAir

To sum this up, there is a possible source of bats that carry viruses closer to Wuhan than the caves in Yunnan. That area was also a hotspot for the wild animal trade. Some of the animals from that trade surely made it to wet markets in Wuhan and there’s even evidence the authorities were worried about that connection before announcing word of the new virus to anyone.

What’s really needed to nail this down is tests or samples of the animals that were at those farms in 2019 when they were shut down. We don’t know if those tests were ever done and if so, what the results were. In some cases, the animals at these farms were apparently just released back into the woods.

The point of all of this is that we can’t really prove the natural spillover theory of the origin of the coronavirus for the same reason we can’t prove the lab leak theory: China refuses to share information. As a Washington Post editorial said yesterday, China’s stonewalling is unacceptable.

via hotair.com

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napzzz Sport Pod - napzzz

The napzzz Sport Pod features a spacious interior with the ability to fully recline. To give athletes space to rest and recover to increase performance. The breathable sliding shade provides complete privacy to allow for total relaxation. Each pod has an item storage bin below the seat and the ability to charge electronics.

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I wonder if I could get one of these for my office and charge the university? Hmmmm. I think the timing is probably wrong. Plus, as you know, the law school is reportedly financially strapped at the moment.

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