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  1. 15 points
    Excellent overview. Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history ANALYSIS / OPINION: The new coronavirus is real. The response to the coronavirus is hyped. And in time, this hype will be revealed as politically hoaxed. In fact, COVID-19 will go down as one of the political world’s biggest, most shamefully overblown, overhyped, overly and irrationally inflated and outright deceptively flawed responses to a health matter in American history, one that was carried largely on the lips of medical professionals who have no business running a national economy or government. The facts are this: COVID-19 is a real disease that sickens some, proves fatal to others, mostly the elderly — and does nothing to the vast majority. That’s it. That, in a nutshell, is it. Or, in the words of Dan Erickson and Artin Massih, doctors and co-owners of Accelerated Urgent Care in Bakersfield, California: Let’s get the country reopened - and now. “Do we need to still shelter in place? Our answer is emphatically no. Do we need businesses to be shut down? Emphatically no. … [T]he data is showing it’s time to lift,” Erickson said, in a recent interview. He’s right. They’re right. The data to keep America closed and Americans closed in simply doesn’t exist. If truth be told, it’s questionable it ever did. The scientists leading the coronavirus shutdown charge predicted in March that in America, between 100,000 and 250,000 would die. They based those estimates on computer modeling. But at the same time they were basing those estimates on computer modeling, they were acknowledging that computer modeling is inaccurate and errs on the side of hype. “I’ve never seen a model of the diseases I’ve dealt with where the worst-case actually came out,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of President Donald Trump’s White House coronavirus task force, during a CNN interview in March. “They always overshoot.” Catch that? Fauci’s message: Computer models are flawed and inaccurate and always overestimate the problem. But from these faulty overinflated computer figures came all the constitutionally questionable actions by government anyway - from ordering businesses closed to quarantining-slash-house arresting American citizens to doing some quick and pitiful and economically painful income redistribution schemes via stimulus funds’ legislation. Since, about 56,000 have died in America due to coronavirus — or have they? Again, the facts are flimsy. Government ordered hospitals weeks ago to stop performing elective surgeries to make way for the projected numbers of coronavirus patients. So they did. And in so doing, they cut off their revenue streams. So Congress passed legislation giving hospitals billions of dollars to treat coronavirus patients. Conflict of interest? Yikes. Yes. The coronavirus counts, already flawed from computer modeling, were then given another flaw treatment. “[Pennsylvania] removes more than 200 deaths from official coronavirus count as questions mount about reporting process, data accuracy,” The Inquirer reported. Add to that the ever-changing nature of a virus that spreads by air and contact, and honestly, suddenly, even expert Fauci’s best guess is about as good as Joe Neighbor’s best guess. So that leaves common sense, combined with knowledge of past viruses, to guide. But the quote-unquote medical experts refused to go there, refused to acknowledge common sense, refused to compare with past viruses in any way that didn’t hype the coronavirus counts. This virus was different, Americans were told. This virus was far more contagious than anything ever before seen or studied, Americans were told. And any time the case counts dropped off and the numbers proved wrong, well, this was due to the social distancing and quarantining and face-mask wearing that Americans had been doing, by government’s order - Americans were told. It just didn’t make sense. It just doesn’t add up. It just didn’t, and doesn’t, justify the utter shredding of civil rights. And now some in the medical community, thank goodness, are starting to point out the glaring omissions of logic and fact that have plagued this overhyped, overreaching coronavirus crackdown that has stretched on far, far too long. Among some of Erickson’s remarks: “This is immunology — microbiology 101. This is the basis of what we’ve known for years: When you take human beings and you say, ‘Go into your house, clean all your counters, Lysol them down’ … what does it do to our immune system? … Sheltering in place decreases your immune system.” And this: “Any time you have something new in the [medical] community, it sparks fear — and I would have done what Dr. Fauci did … initially. … But you know, looking at theories and models — which is what these folks use — is very different than the way the actual virus presents itself throughout communities.” And this: “Do you think you’re protected from COVID when you wear gloves that transfer disease everywhere? … We wear masks in an acute setting to protect us. [But] we’re not wearing masks. Why is that? Because we understand microbiology. We understand immunology. And we want strong immune systems. I don’t want to hide in my home, develop a weak immune system and then come out and get disease.” And this: “When I’m writing up my death report I’m being pressured to add COVID. Why is that? Why are we being pressured to add COVID? To maybe increase the numbers, and make it look a little bit worse than it is. We’re being pressured in-house to add COVID to the diagnostic list when we think it has nothing to do with the actual cause of death. The actual cause of death was not COVID, but it’s being reported as one of the diseases processes. … COVID didn’t kill them, 25 years of tobacco use killed.” Does it get any clearer than that? Seriously, America. The only reason America is still in shutdown mode is political. Either politicians are too afraid to make any move that might come back to bite them politically or politicians are using this coronavirus to political advantage — to, say, pass gun control laws, like Virginia’s governor, Ralph Northam. Or to, say, float campaign hopes on the current ravaged economy, like former Vice President Joe Biden and oh, all the Democrats facing races. But for the rest of America - the rest of hardworking, freedom-loving America - it’s time to reel in the radically unconstitutional. “If you’re going to dance on someone’s constitutional rights, you better have a good reason - you better have a really good reason, not just a theory,” Erickson said. “The data is showing us it’s time to lift … so if we don’t lift, what is the reason?” That is the key question. As time goes by, the answer will only become more and more evident. The coronavirus may be real — but the hype is hoaxed. Now let’s just hope this is a one-time hoax that doesn’t roll around every time flu season approaches.
  2. 14 points
    The governments everywhere are flailing because they were acting like headless chickens when the virus hit was confirmed. It was obvious that it would hit. They planned badly, The US did badly as well. Flying blind without tests because of CDC and FDA power games, which you can also interpret as deliberate sabotage. The WHO acted as a Chinese mouthpiece and its efforts in coordinating vaccine and treatment development are thus suspect. They may be just as well making sure that there is no vaccine or treatment to pass trials. It is typical for example of the NIH and FDA to structure trials and experiments by selecting patients for trial that can't react to a low cost treatment in order to keep away competition from a new patented drug. There is no reason for any European nation to support the WHO and collaborate with it. Its actions as a CCP sycophant disqualify it from any degree of trust. They know better than that. Trump was suckered into the lockdown guidelines. It was a mistake. He is trying to get out of it without having to admit that he was taken in by the establishment - aka "the swamp" - in their role as CCP shills and paid saboteurs and political enemies.
  3. 12 points
    Dead on accurate. Presented without my usual long winded comments. DEFIANCE – There are More of Us Than Them In April something was bugging me… a familiarity amid the COVID lock-down status & another time… I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until a dear friend reminded me. Many U.S. states are acting like the early 1980’s and the imposition of Martial law in Poland to target the Solidarity movement. Subsequently I wrote about it on a Twitter thread, because the parallels were really quite remarkable. Sacramento California, peaceful protesters confronted by riot police Both Poland circa 1980 and the U.S. friction in 2020, center around fragile economic issues. Both were an outcome of state control; and the key connection is government targeting control over the workers. In both examples the state took exclusive control of the economic and social state of the citizens, and the courts provided no option for redress. In both examples the state locked down the citizens and would not permit them to interact with each other. In 1981 the government in Poland initiated Martial Law and citizens were forced to communicate underground. In 2020 a considerable number of U.S. state governments locked-down citizens in similar fashion and banned citizen assembly. In 1981 in Poland the communist regime used economic psychological pressure, selecting workers permitted to earn wages. Those workers identified as “essential” to the state. In 2020 many State governors selected workers to earn an income by designating them “essential” to the state. In 1981 in Poland; communication amid the Solidarity Movement was forced underground. In 2020 many oppressive State governors demanded social media remove public content adverse to the interests of the Stay-at-Home confinement orders. Big Tech complied with the authoritarian dictate. In 1981 Polish authorities arrested anyone organizing protests against the authoritarian state. In 2020 numerous authoritarian officials arrested citizens for non-compliance with unilateral dictates. From a New Jersey governor arresting a woman for organizing a protect; to an Idaho mother arrested for allowing her children to play at a park; to a Texas salon owner arrested for operating her business. In 1981 Polish authorities had a program for citizens to report subversive activity against the state. Snitching. In 2020 New York City, LA and numerous state and local officials started programs for citizens to report non-compliant activity against the state. Similar snitching. In both 1981 Poland and 2020 USA we also see media exclusively creating ideological content as propaganda for the interests of the authoritarian state (controlling citizens). Interestingly, as we begin to see the American people saying “enough”, and openly defying the authoritarian state. There’s another parallel that is comparable, enlightening and quite remarkable. Just before the authoritarian state in Poland collapsed there was a rapid movement for the citizens to take to the streets in defiance of state control. I remember watching with great enthusiasm as I saw a very determined pole shout on television: Fast forward more than thirty years later and those glorious voices are prescient. The power of the government comes from the people; or as we say in the U.S. “from the consent of the governed.” Thus the underlying principle behind our defiance. If the people will lead, the politicians are forced to follow: If one person refuses to comply, government can and as we have witnessed arrest them. However, if tens of thousands rebuke these unconstitutional decrees, there isn’t a damn thing government can do to stop it…. and they know it. If one barber shop opens, the owner becomes a target. However, if every barber shop and beauty salon in town opens… there is absolutely nothing the government can do about it. If one restaurant and/or bar opens, the state can target the owner. But if every bar and restaurant in town opens; and if everyone ignores and dispatches the silly dictates of the local, regional or state officials… there isn’t a damned thing they can do about it. The power of the local, regional or state authority comes from the expressed consent of the people. As soon as the majority of people deny that consent, those officials and state authoritarians lose all of their power. Yes, it really is that simple. Go live your best life. You’re worth it. Sacramento, California
  4. 11 points
    Protesters have brought this on themselves when they started beating innocent people in the streets, started looting stores, set communities on fire, and started over running the police forces. Not all riots come to National Guard being involved, its only after local police forces lose control of situation and they have. if your solution is to not get National Guard involved and just let this play out on its own then we see things from completely opposite view points. My wife is a RN and makes her commute to a city that is dealing with these protesters right now and you bet your ass I welcome the National Guard if that what it takes to keep these animals from harassing my wife on the way to work or dropping my child off at day care. I know if my town had these rioters making there way down the street past my house I'd welcome them. National guard isn't the problem, Trump isn't the problem, white people aren't the problem, the problem is people who don't know how to function in society and they will hopefully be dealt with one way or another. Its not that I'm not sympathetic, but my sympathy lies with small buisness owners who have lost everything, my sympathy is for the innocent who have been caught up in the middle of this, and my sympathy is with people who really were trying to have a meaningful protest and had all of it overshadowed by these animals.
  5. 11 points
    The Chinese are incredible negotiators. And Westerners, in almost every case, are incredibly gullible. Acting almost as clones, the Chinese: 1. Meet with the target foreign interested concern (FIC) and feign surprise when the FIC "enlightens" them to the possibility of selling the proposed 51%/49% (Chinese/FIC) joint venture's (JV) widgets not only to the FIC's markets, but to the Chinese market as well. This is trap #1. When the FIC thinks they see "enlightenment" in their Chinese partner, they begin to believe they have a motivated (by greed) partner and that this is a restriction (local market) they can get around, with the eager help of their newly enlightened partner. They believe, high on the prospect of selling their widgets to the Chinese market, they have made a breakthrough with this particular partner which will translate into access to markets they have been told they would not have access to. The FIC will report back to headquarters that "even if we only get 1/4 of the Chinese market that is (breathlessly) OVER 250 MILLION CONSUMERS! Now the trap has spread, and the FIC CEO starts making arrangements to expand investment and to make the next trip to meet the partners in person. 2. On the next trip/meeting, the CEO is eager to make an expanded deal; why else would he/she have come all this way? The Chinese partners show them the proposed site(s) for the shiny new JV. The CEO can easily see that the site(s) need an urgent injection of cash, but the Chinese side tells them, sadly, that the government Bureaucracy in charge of providing JV capital moves very slow. That everything else is ready to move forward, everything, just not the Chinese side's money. So sorry. Trap #2 - The site(s) may not even be under the Chinese partner's control, let alone ownership, AND, more times than not they never had any significant capital to begin with. Undeterred and seeing his opening, the CEO will pledge to get the JV a generous $1-5 million cash advance from the FIC's side immediately after returning to headquarters (some are even more efficient and make the transfer before they leave China). The Chinese partner will show amazement at the FIC partner's capabilities and commits to getting the site(s) up and ready for production to begin right away, say 6 months' time? In fact, could the FIC partner go ahead and send some or even all of the production machinery necessary? 3. The FIC CEO confers with his "delegation" to see if they could send machinery too. They decide it is possible, but they would need to have "their man" on the ground for the installation. The Chinese side, acting a bit humbled by such gestures of goodwill, consider this. They know they can get the machinery through Customs, which is a big job anyway and nobody can be sure how long it will take (about 1 week ), but they have not made accomodation for a foreign worker yet. And since they don't know how long it will take for the machines to clear Customs (maybe 3 days ), it's probably not a good idea to have the FIC's man sitting in a hotel for weeks, just waiting there. The Chinese will suggest that the FIC go ahead and send the machines AND the floor plans and they will try their best to get the plant set up by themselves. Trap #3 - The only things the Chinese partner wants are the floor plans and the machines, one of which will be "lost" for reverse engineering. The CEO will again confer with his "delegation" and decide, why not, we have a signed contract (in a country with no neutral arbitration and contract laws that favor ONLY the Chinese partner), and they make the arrangements to send the Chinese everything they need. They agree that a working team will return in 6 months, if all goes well, to get the machinery up and running, begin training the local staff (which doesn't exist) and get ready to open the production lines. 4. Six months later and the working team arrives. They are met at the airport by an interpreter and transported in a NEW small fleet of high-end western cars and vans to their hotel to rest for a day or two. Then they are taken to the JV site(s), where they immediately see that nothing has happened. The machines are there (minus 1 that was apparently "lost") but still in their crates. The buildings have not been cleaned and upgraded as promised and there are very few people around except for a shabby looking security guard. AND the Chinese partner's senior management team is nowhere to be found. Back to the hotel, calls are made to headquarters who order the working team to demand a meeting immediately with the Chinese partners. Frantic interpreters promise to make this happen, and it does a few days later Mind you, the meeting is with the newly appointed senior management team and nobody has met before, except maybe the interpreter is the same as the first meetings. They also note that the interpreter has another "trainee" interpreter with him/her. The team soon learns that the Chinese partners are in Beijing working on approvals for licensing and funding (still)! The team plods forward with their meetings in an effort to find out what is going on and what is needed to get things back on track (250 MILLION CONSUMERS ARE WAITING!). It slowly comes out that there was a big misunderstanding (or quite a few actually). You see, the Chinese side says, we meant that we needed the machines to prove to the authorities that our FIC partners were serious. They thought that would get the government to release the funds needed to get going. "Didn't you understand that?" More phone calls, more delays. "No, that was not what we were told" The interpreter is called out in the middle of the meeting and berated severely, as all of this misunderstanding must be his/her fault! The interpreter is replaced on the spot by (isn't that handy) the less talented but available "trainee" interpreter. Assurances are made that this embarrassing set of circumstances will not be allowed to happen again. So, back to business. Where were we? Oh yes, so where is the $X million we sent you? What? The interpreter didn't tell you what that money was needed for either? Lots of heated embarrassed discussion goes on in front of the team, and then, slowly, it subsides. Silence. The team leader asks the new interpreter: so what do we do now? Shrug. Just wait a moment please, Manager Xi is waiting for some information and must talk to the partners. Let's meet again tomorrow, okay? Tomorrow. Manager Xi informs the team where the money that was sent before had to be used (don't mind those shiny new vehicles outside): X had to be used to pay off old debt (What?!), X had to be used to pay off old electric bills and upgrade the electrical supply for your machines, X had to be paid to Beijing for approvals, X had to be used to staff the JV (still no sign of these people), etc. etc. etc. The team asks "So, is there any of that money left? (No, sorry) What about the funding from your side? Has that been approved/released?" Answer "No, that's why the owners are in Beijing, and it doesn't look good. They think it might take another few months, or maybe, maybe, a little bit longer. Trap #4 - They can't get up and running without another injection of cash. This goes on for month after month until you have a working factory, you have given over your blueprints and designs (because what would happen if any of the machines were to breakdown in the middle of production? And that's what they demand in exchange for 250 MILLION CONSUMERS WAITING! Finally, if they don't need your expertise anymore, they will trump up charges against your company and your team and throw the lot of you out, never to return. There is no real recourse in the Chinese courts, and YOU agreed to those terms anyway. You have no leg to stand on, and may well be on your way to bankruptcy, while the Chinese own your designs and your markets and your sales contacts and everything else. Have a nice day. Sorry it didn't work out. I saw this play out dozens of times and the U.S. Consulate people I was in contact with shared devastating numbers of times that this same scenario was replayed. We're talking thousands of companies every year. And I guarantee you there are still companies going in today that will fall for the same things, all in the pursuit of those same 250 MILLION CONSUMERS(!) that have absolutely no interest in your widgets.
  6. 10 points
    Peter Zeihan's latest newsletter. Pretty strong stuff. Thoughts? A Failure of Leadership, Part II: How To Lose Friends and Mobilize People Against You By Xi Jinping (and Peter Zeihan) on May 14, 2020 The propaganda out of China of late has been…notable. Beijing has accused the French of using their nursing homes as death camps, has blamed Italy for being the source of the coronavirus (at the very peak of Italian deaths), has charged the US Army with bringing the virus to China in the first place, has thrown a “fact sheet” of truly disbelievable disinformation at the fact-oriented Germans, and turned the country’s ambassadorial core into cut-rate tabloid distributors – all while leaning on anyone and everyone from the United Nations to the World Health Organization to the European Union to regional legislative bodies to alternatively suppress and delete any information or analysis that does anything but laud China, as well as push them to take public stances that slobberingly praise China. In doing so the Chinese have seemingly deliberately wrecked their relations with the Americans, French, Italians, Germans, Czechs, South Africans, Kazakhs and Nigerians, just to name a few. (The Swedes had all but ended their diplomatic relationship with China – having come to the public conclusion that the Chinese government was a pack of genocidal, power-mad, information-suppressing, exploitive, ultranationalists – before COVID.) Nor are these disturbing shifts limited to the realm of foreign disinformation. Propaganda at home is boiling in a new direction as well. Overt, blatant racism is the core of the new program, with the government expressly blaming foreigners of all stripes for coronavirus in specific and China’s ills in general. Everything from restaurants to buses to gyms are banning foreigners. As a rule the government edicts are color-blind, but there are plenty of stories out there of this or that municipality or establishment singling out this or that nationality or skin color for…special consideration. And the invective will get more offensive and self-destructive and seemingly stupid. China’s propaganda offensive April was done by the professionals – the folks at the head of the Ministry of Truth-, er, Foreign Affairs. All the lies and everything that demeaned and insulted countries in the grips of the coronavirus was expressly deliberate and sanctioned from the top, with the ambassadorial core directed to follow suit. (For those of you who like names, watch spokesman Zhao Lijian, a man who enjoys Chairman Xi’s personal sponsorship). But we aren’t in April any longer, and China’s propaganda effort has become more diffuse, adopting more of a mob mentality. Now the entire governing apparatus has been unleashed, including agencies and bureaus down to the local level who normally have nothing to do with public relations, much less official propaganda. There is no longer a cohesive storytelling effort a la the Soviet style of propaganda. It is as if the Chinese equivalent of the MAGA crowd and the Bernie Bros are suddenly part of the propaganda effort, working alongside – or at least in parallel to – the Voice of America and the State Department. The April propaganda was sophomoric and moronic, particularly at influencing foreign audiences or achieving some sort of strategic goal. In May it has already degraded into the realm of the infantile. My personal favorite was when an apparatchik made a lovely post stating “We condemn the fatso to death” with the “fatso” in question being US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Considering the ultrafine mesh the Chinese internal censorship dragnet has been using of late, that particular post’s ongoing longevity is a testament to just how holistic the CCP’s effort has become. In the past few weeks the Chinese have deliberately destroyed three decades of efforts to build up soft power. I have never seen this sort of influence collapse, much less on a global scale. Even the Soviet fall saw Moscow retain influence throughout Latin America, Africa and the Middle East…and then the Soviet Union collapsed. The Trump administration just lost their Olympic gold in Gravitas Destruction to the Xi administration, and not by a small margin. So…what the hell? Hong Kong The Party may be descending into narcissistic ideology, and the Han Chinese may have always had a superiority complex based on a superiority complex, and we all may be a bit aghast at both the new tone and substance of Beijing’s foreign policy, and CCP is too paranoid, controlling, arrogant and bunkered to pretend to lead anything on a regional – much less global – scale, but I think we can all accept that the Party is not run by a bunch of morons. The explanation is unfortunately very simple: the Chinese leadership is well aware that soft power isn’t what is going to solve the problem they see. There’s some guidance as to the CCP’s thinking in how the propaganda effort is being explained within China, and it doesn’t bode well for the future. Semi-officially, the CCP called the April (official) effort Wolf Warrior diplomacy, in reference to a recent (and wildly popular) Chinese movie series about ethically pure Chinese soldiers who purge the world of evil American mercenaries. The closest equivalent I can think of would be like calling an American propaganda effort Starship Troopers diplomacy. (Yeah, it is as stupid as it sounds.) The (more disperse) May effort, in contrast, is being referred to as a Yihetuan Movement mindset. It is a reference to a particularly chaotic period at the turn of the 19th to the 20th centuries when a particularly violent strain of ultranationalism erupted in response to foreign actions within China. Most non-Chinese readers probably don’t recognize the Yihetuan Movement reference, but they probably do recall how it was labelled in the West: the Boxer Rebellion. More on that in a minute. This new propaganda program isn’t about Xi attempting to convince the wider world of China’s greatness or rightness. This isn’t about the United States or Europe or Africa, and certainly not about global domination. Instead it is about intentionally saying things so far beyond the pale that there’s a global anti-Chinese backlash. The backlash itself isn’t the goal, but instead a means to an end. Xi is attempting to use a global anti-Chinese backlash to enflame anti-foreigner nationalist activity within China. Put simply, Xi is trying to get the world pissed off at China so that China becomes pissed off at the world. Xi feel he needs to hyperstimulate and mobilize a large enough proportion of the population so that they can assist the state security services in containing, demoralizing, cowing – and if necessary, beating, killing and disappearing – those who do not buy in. Think this seems a bit…extreme? Brush up on your 20th century Chinese history, particularly in the context of how the CCP is explaining its propaganda effort to the Chinese citizenry. Google the Great Leap Forward to review just how deliberately brutal the Chinese government can be to their own people, and just how good the Chinese government can be at motivating its own citizens to persecute one another. Check out the Cultural Revolution to see how mobilizing portions of the population to repress the rest of the population makes the East German Stasi look like New Zealand socialists. Review the Tiananmen Square massacre to remind yourself of how far the CCP will go even in “modern” times when it faces a threat to its power. Look up the Boxer Rebellion to see how such processes result in the state-sponsored lynching and murder of Christians and foreigners. (Btw, if you are a manufacturer or investor and you still have personnel in China, now would be a glorious time to get them the fuck out). The only part of this that is new for China is that this time they have industrial and digital technologies to help manage the population so that the sharp end of state power can be brought to bear more quickly. This leaves only one question: Why…WHY would Chairman Xi feel this sort of extreme action is necessary? Put simply, Xi fears the end of China is nigh. And that, again, requires a completely new newsletter. Stay tuned for Part III…
  7. 10 points
    Do others, reacting to fear, hype and flawed computer models have a right to close your business, take your job, ruin your livelihood and trample on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?
  8. 9 points
    You bring up old memories, I was about 10 yrs old during Kent State....actually I experienced that entire movement during my formative yrs. I can tell you being young and part of that new generation I saw first hand actually.... experienced first hand the abject insanity...mindless direction it demonstrated. Vietnam what a time in history, the tradgey that occurred was shocking on both sides. Anarchy/chaos ruled the decision making, and yes the conflict ended. What no one wants to talk about is what happened after the US left. It was coined the killing fields. Over 1 million people were killed officially... some say 3 million. Preformed by a Communist party. Somehow you objectivity comparing then and now seems to be meritless. Other than a few mindless once again raising chaos to effect change. Make no mistake here the death of one man is tragic at the same time creating chaos can bring tragedy beyond human comprehension. And those that ferment chaos need to be silenced from destruction/ chaos or the message is lost entirely...and that message would be justice. MLK messaging was not lost, chaos and destruction was not his message. Actually he believed violence actually fragmented a community... American law promotes peaceful demonstration and prohibits violent demonstration just for that purpose. Violent demonstrators are thugs that destroy the fabric of communities and social constructs. To disable acts of violence is the tool justice has to fight rage filled decisions that can lead to unimaginable results. Strictly a opinion your mileage may vary.
  9. 9 points
    1. The city is not in the throws of a fast advancing deadly plague. 2. it is by right that people chose to risk their lives by exposure to possible infection. It is nobody else's business 3. This lockdown is a purely arbitrary and capricious action, justified by nothing at all now that we know that it is not particularly deadly and is easily avoided with simple PPE. If there ever was a justification for a lockdown, there is none now. 4 It is a left wing power grab with no shame, no reason and no purpose other than terrorizing the citizenry into subjugation to power. .
  10. 9 points
    The people of China don't seek anything peaceful, they don't really matter, they have no voice. Only the CCP leadership has a voice and the capacity to decide. It wants to control Taiwan and integrate it into China for geostrategic purposes and to gain control of chip and high end electronic technology that was grown there. Your historical diatribe is irrelevant. Just like your antisemetic historical diatribe about Zionism.Besides being full of half truths, the entire argument was false. The CCP never was, is not now, nor ever will be a legitimate government of China. It is the fart hanging over the country of China since it left the back end of the USSR. The "recognition" by the West was a large mistake. China should not have been able to deliver representatives to the security council. The sole and unique legitimizing factor of the CCP dictatorship of China is the fact that it was recognized by the Western democratic governments. Otherwise, it is just a foreign occupying force over China. Just as were the Mongols before them. And the other foreign despots who ruled over China from Beijing. There is no ethnic unification argument to be made for China. It has existed as both polyethnic single country, and multiplicity of countries of han Chinese and Cantonese and others. There is no historical unification argument. The natural state of China is a separate Beijing in the Northwest and several states along the coast. The Southern provinces are not Han Chinese at all. HK Guangdong Shenzhen are no more Chinese than the Uighurs. Being forced CCP propaganda and mandarin on them does not make them into part of the Northern primitive tribes that make up the CCP. Being told that you are Han Chinese does not make you one. As usual a specious argument for the CCP troll resident here. CCP is not legitimate. It is no more "Chinese" than the Mongols were. It is the leftover stench of the cold war still hanging over the country. China built a concrete and steel land by their people under the CCP's misguided plans on top of 40% of the arable land, assuring that one bad year in agriculture or any hiccup in global trade will cause famine. Instead of spending your time bloviating as the CCP's other mouth, go find yourself a CCP official and dump them out the window.
  11. 9 points
    The behaviour of the Sacramento Police Dept commanders, in ordering their men into the street in riot gear, is remarkable. You have to conclude that [Governor} Gavin Newsom is involved in that decision. I get the impression that he feels personally threatened by the "disobedience." I conclude that politicians, and Democrats in particular, rapidly develop internal feelings of being threatened the moment that outright refusal to "obey" their Orders is shown. the response behaviour is a purely psychological reaction; wht does he think, that some moms and kids walking around and waving some picket signs are a mortal danger? Why the Democrat politicians are more afraid of anyone who refuses to genuflect before them, than say Republicans, is an interesting and curious twist. Mass conformity seems to be more associated with the "Democrats" than other political factions.
  12. 9 points
    The world have negative views on Trump is perfectly understandable. Their mainstream just use US mainstream as sources, and I am sure every country's citizens and government, they love to hear another country in trouble politically or economically, maybe except US citizens don't seem to care about EU, which is strange to me. POTUS doesn't do lock down for cities or states. State Governors do because they are responsible for their states and President cannot fire Governors. Blaming Trump for states' failures is just similar to blaming Ursula von der Leyen for Italian Covid19's deaths. Each US state have their own healthcare and tax system, and their own economy, similarly to each EU member. And for people who say Trump should concentrate on Covid19 instead of Obama gate or Joe, precisely how do you suggest him to concentrate in anything if you are constantly attacking him? Should he read the statistics everyday or making policy,? How many states listen to him and relax the lock down order? Should Trump make an executive order to pass the next stimulus without the Congress to pass it? Is that the president's job? Bush and Obama both have critics on them as they didn't stop their vacations on national disasters while Trump at least is working harder than any of them in this Covid19. And I am sick of people compares EU presidents/prime ministers to US President while all of the countries have their own problems and even Obama was performing better in economics performance than most of big EU leaders. I just don't understand their mindset. I have never heard any one in the US talk bad/good about an EU leader, they just don't care. Did US own anything from EU? Feel free to make your own countries great again if you have a better government or leader. If President Trump is a clown, how about Secretary Xi? Scary Strategic Partner? EU even soften report about Covid19 cover up in China, bravely. And they didn't even listen to Trump cancel the 5G deals. China is biggest debtor of World Bank. The interest China has to pay is 1%. In BRI grand projects, each countries are borrowing from China with the interest rate of 6%. WTO cannot enforce the law when China breaks it. So who are clowns?
  13. 9 points
    Yep. Currently, I disagree that Trump should bail out the U.S. fracking industry, and I disagree with his coziness with Israel and Saudi Arabia. I disagree with the current China Flu lockdown in the U.S.. I disagree that he should be listening to Fauci and Brix (utter @holes, both of them). I've stated repeatedly that back around 2016 (when I was a moderator on the now defunct Oilpro forum) that I wrote scathing articles and comments about Trump. My favorite term for Trump back then was a demagogue. One of my articles around 2016 was something along the lines of "What would happen to global oil & gas if Trump gets elected to President" and I framed that scenario as an unmitigated disaster. This was around the time that Trump said he would like to seize oil in Iraq, and I vigorously disagreed. Vociferously disagreed. I would happily link my old scathing comments and articles attacking Trump, but a competing website (Rigzone) legally forced the Oilpro forum offline and erased from the internet. All of my 8,000 comments and articles on that forum are gone forever. More on that here and here and here. But, then I started paying far less attention to the mainstream media and took a look for myself what Trump was saying and doing. And gradually changed my mind to a 180 degree turn. Trump is not the problem, the Mainstream Media is the problem, along with other very bad black hat actors. The big trigger for me was the Las Vegas shooting in 2017, and at that point I started paying far more attention to the anonymous forums and totally unfiltered 4chan forums that I used to frequent a decade ago. Anons can be great at digging up obscure facts and information. At that point, I pretty much thew all of MSM into the garbage. I distrusted MSM before, but at that point, my viewpoint shifted that MSM was an active disinformation enemy. My current daily news feed is over on 8kun (which replaced 8chan). In my view, 4chan is too compromised by clowns in the last couple years to be of much value. Generally, I don't link to 8kun here, as it is absolutely Not Safe For Work, and is totally uncensored and unmoderated. 8kun is one of the very last bastions of free speech on the internet. Gab is another great alternative for uncensored news, and it does a fairly good job of self-moderating. Also, I'm not a fan of U.S. fracking. I used to be, around 2015 and 2016 and I bought into the whole "energy independence" thing. But @Mike Shellman and Enno Peters eventually disabused me of the MSM spin, and they convinced me empirically that most fracking is a ponzi scheme. So, I've just given you 2 examples where I have totally changed my viewpoints 180 degrees, based on taking into account additional information. If I find out additional empirical information that Trump is actually a black hat player, I would most likely turn on him with scathing attacks. In the meantime, gently poking fun at the totally irrational and hysterical TDS players amuses me endlessly. It's so easy to wind up the TDS NPCs and watching the reaction, like using a laser pointer to get a cat to jump around wildly.
  14. 9 points
    What is being removed I suspect is just the few sites put in, and manned by US troops. The country has plenty of Patriot sites, a couple with I used to live under the umbrella of semi-protection. Blasting a Scud to bits is a great theater, but is just spreads the debris field larger. Now if Iranian technology with ballistic missiles has gotten seriously accurate, it will help. Glad for the move. I don't know who maintains the Patriots site they do have. Their air force is largely maintained by BAE, and is full of Brit, Aussie, and some Americans, as a workforce. Used to enjoy partying with them. Years ago I complained to someone about us selling F-16s. The old guy laughed, the thing about leading technology is it comes with a long umbilical cord. These places you are worried about, they become addicted to us to maintain it. More than a kernal of truth there.
  15. 8 points
    #Obamagate is not going away, no matter how much Twitter tries to censor it from its Twitter Trending lists worldwide. Pretty amazing to see this article on Yahoo News, sourced from National Review, which are both staunchly anti-Trump. For reference about National Review, see this from 2016: Anyway, on to the Yahoo / National Review article: Obamagate Is Not a Conspiracy Theory Those sharing #Obamagate hashtags on Twitter would do best to avoid the hysterics we saw from Russian-collusion believers, but they have no reason to ignore the mounting evidence that suggests the Obama administration engaged in serious corruption. Democrats and their allies, who like to pretend that President Obama’s only scandalous act was wearing a tan suit, are going spend the next few months gaslighting the public by focusing on the most feverish accusations against Obama. But the fact is that we already have more compelling evidence that the Obama administration engaged in misconduct than we ever did for opening the Russian-collusion investigation. It is not conspiracy-mongering to note that the investigation into Trump was predicated on an opposition-research document filled with fabulism and, most likely, Russian disinformation. We know the DOJ withheld contradictory evidence when it began spying on those in Trump’s orbit. We have proof that many of the relevant FISA-warrant applications — almost every one of them, actually — were based on “fabricated” evidence or riddled with errors. We know that members of the Obama administration, who had no genuine role in counterintelligence operations, repeatedly unmasked Trump’s allies. And we now know that, despite a dearth of evidence, the FBI railroaded Michael Flynn into a guilty plea so it could keep the investigation going. What’s more, the larger context only makes all of these facts more damning. By 2016, the Obama administration’s intelligence community had normalized domestic spying. Obama’s director of national intelligence, James Clapper, famously lied about snooping on American citizens to Congress. His CIA director, John Brennan, oversaw an agency that felt comfortable spying on the Senate, with at least five of his underlings breaking into congressional computer files. His attorney general, Eric Holder, invoked the Espionage Act to spy on a Fox News journalist, shopping his case to three judges until he found one who let him name the reporter as a co-conspirator. The Obama administration also spied on Associated Press reporters, which the news organization called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion.” And though it’s been long forgotten, Obama officials were caught monitoring the conversations of members of Congress who opposed the Iran nuclear deal. What makes anyone believe these people wouldn’t create a pretext to spy on the opposition party? If anyone does, they shouldn’t, because on top of everything else, we know that Barack Obama was keenly interested in the Russian-collusion investigation’s progress. In her very last hour in office, national-security adviser Susan Rice wrote a self-preserving email to herself, noting that she’d attended a meeting with the president, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, FBI director James Comey, and Vice President Joe Biden in which Obama stressed that everything in the investigation should proceed “by the book.” Did high-ranking Obama-administration officials not always conduct such investigations “by the book”? It is curious that they would need to be specifically instructed to do so. It is also curious that the outgoing national-security adviser, 15 minutes after Trump had been sworn in as president, would need to mention this meeting. None of this means that Obama committed some specific crime; he almost assuredly did not. In a healthy media environment, though, the mounting evidence of wrongdoing would spark an outpouring of journalistic curiosity. “But,” you might ask, “why does it matter, anymore?” Well, for one thing, many of the same characters central to all this apparent malfeasance now want to retake power in Washington. Biden is the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, he’s running as the heir to Obama’s legacy, and he was at that meeting with Rice. He had denied even knowing anything about the FBI investigation into Flynn before being forced to correct himself after ABC’s George Stephanopoulos pointed out that he was mentioned in Rice’s email. It’s completely legitimate to wonder what he knew about the investigation. Skeptics like to point out that the Obama administration had no motive to engage in abuse, because Democrats were sure they were going to win. Richard Nixon won 49 states in 1972. His cronies had no need to break into the DNC’s offices and touch off Watergate. But as the FBI agents involved in the case noted, they wanted to have an “insurance policy” if the unthinkable happened. In 2016, the unthinkable did happen, and we’re still dealing with the fallout four years later. We don’t know where this scandal will end up, but one doesn’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to wonder. =================================== ===================================
  16. 8 points
    National guard isn’t a murderous force. There your run of the mill boys and girls your sons and daughter graduated with. They aren’t fucking machines that were engineered and programmed to kill.
  17. 8 points
    I suppose. The "cold" or flu as people call it is really a constellation of virii. I'm pretty sure influenza affects people differently. I've had the "the flu" on two continents, it never bothered me much. Whether it was specifically influenza b, or some other virus I don't know. I don't really get colds or flus. I have a particularly robust immune system. But then I'm one of those crazy ice bath people who takes vitamin d and c a lot and does yoga. I don't know if that really helps, but I "think" it helps. The key word in Placebo Effect is "effect". Suicide rates and overdose rates are on the rise. An acquaintance of mine was just found the other day in a ditch after he fell in during a particularly strong dose of heroin. I don't know anyone who has had covid. But I know at least one person who overdosed after losing his job... I think you should never bother to attribute to incompetence what is better explained by malevolence. Personally I always assume malicious intent. People like Fauci and a lot of those in the media are the same kinds of people who buy the open on margin. They're gamblers. They're willing to risk it all on being right, because their currency is attention and respect. They just go on full tilt. In the end though, they're useful idiots. It was pretty clear from the beginning that fauci is being groomed to take the heat. I think in the end that this was a case of "never let a good crisis go to waste." My opinion is likely to be very unpopular, but I think people saw an opportunity to "naturally" burn down the economy and they took it.
  18. 8 points
    India is not a factor. A decent state-of-the-art fab is years in the making, and multi-billion to put into place. And India isn't known for protecting IP. Building a significantly capability would take a national initiative, much as Korea has in the 90s for the memory business, and Taiwan for the foundry business. Ironically many of the leading physicists who drive the semiconductor process and tool industry are from India. I don't view Samsung as a foundry, though along with Intel and TSMC, are the 600 lb gorillas in the buying tools business. There are small niche fabs. Who knew the same folks who make a B2 bomber had a fab? Direct labor is barely a factor in semiconductor manufacturing. Why go to an India? And the semi tool company I work with does have a significant footprint in India, but used mostly for sustaining engineering of older products. There is Saxony Valley, around Dresden, huge in chips for the automotive industry. Israel has significant fabs, and Intel has a major presence there. There are many "fabless" semiconductor companies. They might have a small fab for developing the process, but a foundry does the volume, even for larger folks now like IBM or AMD. China is pretty much still shut out of the sub 25 micron world, but size isn't everything. Especially with analog chips. The USA can be, should be, a 5G leader. CISCO will not go down easily. Working remotely is yet another godsend driving demand. And my little sector was already at full capacity. COVID has disrupted supply chains somewhat, but being "critical" has kept us going close to record levels. I shipped some R&D stuff to a communications chip customer in the states just a few weeks ago. But in the USA it's not a national government thing, it's driven by the corporations. Intel learned long ago, and most everyone else in the industry, you will be cloned and IP taken in China, so if it goes there, it's years old. Life cycles are so short that they are still well behind and can't manufacture much leading edge. If you are a Chinese National in an American semiconductor company it's tagged the email address, and many accesses are denied. Outfits like Facebook have bought fabs, not to seriously make chips, but rather so they can complete own the design and manufacturing method. In a few years Apple won't have Intel, or Motorola inside for their core CPUs. IP is the war, not the manufacturing. But as Intel has proven, if you don't really know the manufacturing, and control it, you will lose the IP faster. All worthwhile IP will be copied, you just buy yourself time. What is the infamous line, "Only the paranoid survive." Trump is absolutely right to worry about China. I have issues with the how, not the basic why.
  19. 8 points
    More EU decoupling from China. https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-05-07/from-france-to-sweden-china-is-losing-europe?utm_campaign=opinion&utm_medium=bd&utm_source=applenews In response, the EU’s diplomatic service assembled a report on the disinformation campaigns being waged by China and that other usual suspect, Russia. China promptly made a bad situation worse, leaning on the publication’s authors to tone it down. At this, members of the European Parliament took even more umbrage and demanded assurances that the EU will not self-censor under Chinese pressure. Even before the pandemic, Europeans were becoming disappointed by the one-sided nature of these “partnerships,” [BRI and 17+1 in E Europe] both economically and politically. Take the rather symbolic tiff between Prague and Beijing, for example, which agreed to be sister cities, with Prague accepting the One-China policy (which denies that Taiwan is a country) and Beijing delivering, among other things, some cute pandas to the Prague zoo. But the pandas never came. As other conflicts escalated between the two partners, Beijing backed out in a huff. The mayor of Prague, fed up, found a different sister city in Taipei, Taiwan. China’s largest trading partner in Europe, Germany, has also put up its guard after several Chinese companies took stakes in German technology firms ranging from a robot maker to a power company. Last year, Berlin tightened the rules on such sensitive acquisitions. The EU followed suit, with a common investment-screening approach taking effect this year. Meant to preserve Europe’s technological and industrial autonomy, it implicitly aims to keep China at bay. Among other points made. Huawei is on the verge of losing its UK contracts and EU countries are removing Huawei from bidding on them, already done or in active discussion. Resisting Chinese influence has become a rallying point for the EU, which appears incapable of forming an opinion on anything else. Shoddy goods being delivered for cash rather than "aid" as China's embassies portrayed it. Actively undermining in public statements the democratic processes of individual countries. Particularly with troll farms on social media. Attempting to shut down critical press reports of China.
  20. 8 points
    The best way to defeat Trump in this election: China cancels all trade war tariffs on American exports No, the best way to defeat Trump would be to field a candidate who puts forth a plan to rebuild America without spending her into the ground. It would also be a plus if they not only studied the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and followed them as written. If the opposing party can not provide such a candidate, and get people to vote for him or her, then I believe Trump is re-elected as there is no viable alternative.
  21. 8 points
    Covid is the leading registration of deaths, it is not actually recording CV19 caused deaths. That is the point. The statistics only record whether you tested positive. Doctors are being pressed by their managements to put down CV19 in order to shift costs from uninsured or badly insured onto the Feds. That simple. In most places now, all hospital and ER admissions are tested for CV19. All it tells you is the portion of people dying who happen to have the virus. All it does is give you a picture of prevalence of live virus of the population that died. e The number of deaths follows different patterns in different states. Those with a hard lockdown have higher rates because of the lockdown, not because CV19 is actually killing that many people. The reports are being used as a justification for murderous dictatorial behavior in the name of saving your ailing granny. The alignment of political interests, and medical institutions on the matter does not validate the political stances but instead leads us to disbelieve and mistrust the medical profession in general and its institutions in particular.
  22. 7 points
    The media has done it's best to fan the flames as usual, just like they did with the 'jogger' incident. They should be held to account but they always get a free pass
  23. 7 points
    Doug, that is precisely why the political correctness movement is so dangerous. It is a left-wing plot to overthrow civil society, just as the guy in the video above has said.
  24. 7 points
    The first killing fields were Cambodian villages where, from 1969-1973, at least 150,000 and perhaps as many as 800,000 died from carpet-bombing by B-52s. Dropped from the relative safety of 30,000 feet, the 84 quarter-ton bombs of a "Stratofortress" completely destroys an area the size of a football field. In the spring of 1973 Fred Branfman spent an entire day with a CIA pilot flying over a large area of Cambodia. The US embassy had assured him that 2 million people lived there, but he did not see any sign of life. He was later informed by the "bombing officer" at 7th Air force Headquarters that no attempt was ever make sure that civilians were not in the target area. After 25 B-52 missions over Cambodia, Captain Donald Dawson was court-martialed for refusing to fly after he heard that a wedding party had been hit. Those who came upon the ghastly scene found only one survivor: a baby still nursing at his dead mother's breast. Yale historian Ben Kiernan, founder of the Cambodian Genocide Program, has done the most extensive surveys of the actions of the Pol Pot regime. Over 60 percent of those interviewed said that they turned to the Khmer Rouge because B-52s destroyed their villages. One of the most effective means Pol Pot used to control the people was to tell them that the bombers would return unless they were good Communists. Kiernan concludes his study as follows: "Pol Pot's revolution would not have won power without . . . the carpet-bombing of Cambodia's countryside by American B-52s. This was probably the most important single factor in Pol Pot's rise."
  25. 7 points
    You are thinking that the Mayor of Chicago should be doing this? What is not being enforced there is the law. The law under which the order was given is not constitutional, the justification for it is non existent, it is an arbitrary and capricious act. As it denies access to a house of worship, it is also a violation of the establishment clause. The public health department, the Mayor and whatever thugs they pulled in for the mission are all criminals in violating the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the Church goers and their pastor. They have been put on notice by DOJ that State and municipality officials breaking constitutional protections will be prosecuted.
  26. 7 points
    Add to the fact that there is a severe lack of new talent looking to get into the industry. Out of my graduating class of 80 geologists, only two of us got jobs in the oil industry. As experienced talent leaves without passing their knowledge onto new generations, we will have some serious issues regarding experience. There has been an overall lack of foresight within a lot of oil and gas companies regarding the future. Even when I was in university there was a lot of resentment towards oil and gas executives expressed by students. And reading articles that executives are taking huge bonuses as their companies burn doesn't help with that sentiment.
  27. 7 points
    Marcin, Do you ever watch the news out of China, especially CCTV4? It is all US bashing blame the US for everything, selective clips of US military exercises, selected clips on US race relations, constant clips showing ‘gifts’ of PPE to developing countries during the pandemic, etc... It is constant anti-American, pro-CCP propaganda. The US media has glaring faults, I agree, but you need to present what the other side is doing as well or you are simply guilty of propaganda as well!
  28. 7 points
    The democrats are going to keep this totalitarian crap up and start a civil war I am afraid. But they keep on trying....
  29. 7 points
    If this were reversed and Chicago was upholding the Constitution and Trump were ignoring it, I would berate him for doing so. The Left continues, day after day, month after month, year after year, to cry that our President is BREAKING EVERY LAW IN THE LAND(!), while they go about doing so. Holier than thou absolutely fits, once again.
  30. 7 points
    So waltz, you think it is perfectly OK to intimidate churches, temples, mosques, covens etc. even though the intimidation is unconstitutional. That does not sound like a libertarian stance to me.
  31. 7 points
    NO. Absolutely NOT. The Church was NOT "breaking the law." An executive order is not a law. The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Right protects Freedom of Religion. Chicago is shredding the Bill of Rights.
  32. 7 points
    From the UK it now seems the virus is disappearing so fast we wouldn’t be able to develop a vaccine. It seems to me, that this stinks of shit and it ain’t the cows fault.
  33. 7 points
    Other way around, people with poor immune systems are more likely to catch it, develop symptoms and therefore more likely to end up in hospital. The figures show that the vast majority of people who die are not just old but usually have very serious health problems. Just like flu wouldn't you know
  34. 7 points
    Of course. When the world saw China's own reaction of quarantining an entire city of some 11 million people, everybody on the planet overreacted. But, what was to be expected? Knowing what everyone knew from past diseases coming out of China, and to see them take such drastic measure WAS scary. Couple that with zero factual reports coming out of China, only CCP government statements, and it became the right thing to do, everywhere.
  35. 7 points
    This is again a useless study in that the patients in dire straits are the treatment group and the "controls" are those who aren't. Even for an observational retrospective analysis, it is not good enough. Though they do claim to have made an attempt to compare populations of similar ages and comorbidities but I hadn't found a control for condition, which appeared to be a major reason for attempting HCQ/Z. This tweet pretty much sums it up Sonny Masterson @sunmaster14 Replying to @GaetanBurgio Once again, these retrospective studies of already seriously ill patients are of limited use. I'll note, however, the study robustly showed HCQ + Z didn't hurt. That should probably be the most important takeaway for those who claim that HCQ is dangerous. 8:54 AM · May 19, 2020·Twitter Web App You need to look at it from the other side. Trials are being done on a protocol that has already been improved upon by doctors outside of hospitals. There is still an effort ongoing in optimizing doses. The current practice is HCQ 800+400 +Azi + Zn supplements No trials are ongoing.
  36. 7 points
    @0R0 “Typical characteristic of the Democrat authoritarian. They are control freaks who justify their authority with an unsubstantiated if not utterly fake moral stance as "doing the right thing". They need to feel total control of people around them, and the people of their public or jurisdiction in order to feel safe.” The caveat to this is that many people are just sheep anymore and WANT to be led around by the nose. They simply do not want to, or are incapable of, making a decision. I miss the days of my youth when ANY decision by ANYONE in authority was immediately questioned, then debated, before acceptance. (Well, except for my grandfather who was a deputy sheriff in Summers County, West Virginia....you questioned him at your peril!😂)
  37. 7 points
    Eyes, I think you have hit the nail on the head. The Democratic Party has largely had a certain Calvinist stentorian posture, that they sit at the right hand of God and thus know best what is best for everyone else. there is this undercurrent of an urge to run other peoples' lives. I see that even in matters as small as storm debris removal. I once lived in an exurban town controlled by Democrats. I was a volunteer on the Fire Department and so after windstorms, hurricanes, that sort of thing, we would go out with our chainsaws as "first responders" to clear up fallen tree debris, tree limbs, anything that was blocking up the roads that would prevent ambulances and fire trucks from passing. This had a certain urgency as if a downed power line started a fire and there was a tree across the road, then the equipment was blocked until the guys could cut it away, so we would go out right away and cut up whatever was blocking the path, clean it all up later. the volunteering also took the pressure over the town crews, which were thinly manned due to the pressure to keep the overall payroll, hence thet axes, down. So after one hurricane there were these two large trees, perhaps 36 inches in diameter and over fifty feet tall, that had fallen across the main road right outside the fire house, isolating the fire house from a large section of town. I scooted back to the house and got my chainsaw and protective gear, back to the site, and started donning the leggings (they would stop the saw in cse of "kick-back," a lurking danger in chainsaw operation). Along comes the local First Selectman (equivalent to the Mayor), a peculiar fellow with strange ideas on a good day (and seriously lousy ones on a bad day), who stops me and says: "What are you doing?" Me: "Cutting up that tree so tht we can get the trucks through." He: "I forbid you to do that!" Me: "Why?" He: "It's dangerous! Those wires might be live [referring to the downed power lines]." Me: "Hey, there is no power anywhere for thirty miles around. Nobody has power." He: "Someone could be running a generator and back-feeding into those wires." Me: "All the houses are on wells; anyone attempting to backfeed will tripout his generator, all the well pump motors will try to kick on simultaneously, that would trip the breakers." He: "If you try to cut that log I will have you Arrested!" Me: "On what authority?" He: "I will have a policeman here in 30 seconds and he will arrest you!" So this total Masshole would rather leave the main road out of the Fire House blocked for two or three days so that it will be removed by paid town workers instead of some volunteer, which threatens his sense of Control over the public. Well, I packed it in and left, knowing that he would leave the area soon enough to go play Lord over some other part of town, and sure enough, I came back an hour later and the tree was gone, cut up for firewood by enterprising neighbors. Hey, lots of guys have chain saws and pick-up trucks (or, in a pinch, a wheelbarrow). What a Masshole.
  38. 7 points
    Don't care about politics or let media/politicians think for you and you will always make the wrong choice. Been there done that. Lots of independent scientists, health professionals, smart people inside and outside US against the lock down, but since they are not suite into US mainstream political purpose, they are ignore, so they can only go on their social networks or blogs, which will not reach everyone or even if people know about it, they will easily disregard because it is not from mainstream. Everything is about politics. Science researches in pharmacy needs funding for their research, can be from governments or corporations and their researches can be selected by politicians to make political gain or to pharmacy corporation to make money. Even if you fund yourself for your research lead to meaningful cheap way to counter Covid19 but politicians don't think it suite to their political agenda, they will fund counter researches and use these researches for the gains. These counter researches can be from very honest scientists, but their projects objectives are different. For example in many poor countries or in developed small countries where public healthcare budget is limited, not worth for corruption, politicians and scientists will try cheapest fastest way to counter Covid19 from existing medicines for severe cases. They have no money incentive. While rich big Capitalims countries where healthcare budget are enormous, people focus on testings or vaccines first before the find a expensive cures can have public funds and sell worldwide, making their stocks go up. Politicians public health decisions& policy based on the science departments. While politicians come and go every 4 or 8 years, the grass root of the science departments are the same. So if these departments scientists corrupted, their new politician boss will make wrong decisions based on former misdirected researches from their employee. Even if the politician boss has a scientist background, he himself could be corrupted or make decisions based on misdirected researches from his employee. He doesn't have time to do the research himself. If he is not corrupted, he can only detect the problems/bugs and debug these gradually as much as he can in 4 or 8 years, if he is still have that position. Take Malaysia political system is an example, Mahathir was great and wise but he may pick the wrong successor, who had been with him for a while, but I think some of Malaysia mainstreams are still reliable when Mahathir came back while others aren't, which brings his successor back again. All US people realize this. The only problems are each support from this party think the opposite party is the more corrupted one. The rule of thumb is whatever party target and praise the youngsters as their main voters and got strong support from them, these innocents in the rebel ages don't have much immunizations from the political or media virus, and they may not agree with their parents and herding with friends, they are easily to be scared about a dark long future in their time. The older generations contracted these political or media virus for many year, has a family to worry about bills and houses, and has been in their career for a while have more chance of immunization. I was young, I felt the world came to a dark time when Bush won over Kerry. Now look back, both are BS. In the US most of the mainstreams are on one side (they can bury one event with many other events that fitted their agenda and still have credits for "independent" news sources or "anti corruption" ). The other side is off stream, Fox news or social networks which are regarded conspiracy theorists. It is exactly the same in any Communism countries, the only different is in the US, mainstream are private organization and no news sources shut down because of the government. Before I came to the US, I watch CNN during Bush time and think US Government was so evil, lucky to have the freedom of speech to somewhat stop them. When Hillary opened her campaign, I support her until I compares their debates and policies and start confuse why CNN didn't make sense anymore and have many media techniques that I am too familiar with. When I do some researches, all of the mainstream news say the same like CNN while I couldn't find any news sources that are reputable and make sense. In any country, conspiracy or offstream media can only rise because the mainstream are losing the credits themselves, not because of the conspiracy, as they always the big dogs and has the advantages on persuading people. The less you understand about politics, the more fear and hate you gain from the mainstream. With many "Trumpers", the worst case scenario is another Obama for 8 years. I somewhat feel relief for Trump if he loses the next election to get off the Dem and media but start worrying about my future.
  39. 7 points
    Hunter Biden (VP Joe Biden's son) and Chris Heinz (Sec of State John Kerry's stepson) were somehow approved and received $130 Million in TALF bailout funds, a real insider sweetheart deal. The two established an offshore shell company in the Cayman Islands to funnel the millions in profits thru to avoid paying U.S. taxes and stay out of sight of the IRS. These loans were Federally guaranteed. Biden and Heinz couldn't lose money. In fact they made a boat load of money . . . $ Millions. The Democrats also gave Christy Mack and Susan Karches wives (with no Finance Background) of Morgan Stanley Chairman and the Director of Investment Banking (who are major DNC Contributors), $280 million in TALF Loan Funds. WHO MADE THE DECISIONS ON WHO RECEIVED THE TARF/TALF AWARDED IN THE 2008-2009 FINANCIAL CRISIS ? ? ? All this and nobody cares ? POLITICAL GRAFT, NEPOTISM AND FRAUD USING TAXPAYER DOLLARS HAS BECOME NORMALIZED AND ACCEPTABLE DURING THE OBAMA/BIDEN PRESIDENCY (if your a Democrat) NONE OF THE FOUR HAD ANY EXPERIENCE IN FINANCE. Just prior to these 2009 sweetheart deals Hunter was working for a D.C. lobbying firm. He was not very good at it. The U.S. needs to audit the businesses of the Biden family that received huge lucrative government contracts from the Federal government during Joe's terms of public service. That includes Hunter, daughter/son-in-law, brother etc. Nancy let us know if Hunter will be making free millions this time around ? https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/11/22/report-hunter-biden-linked-firm-received-130-million-in-federal-bailout-loans/ * Hunter Biden and Chris Heinz (Rosemount Capital) * Christy Mack and Susan Larches wives (Morgan Stanley Chairman , Director Investment Banking. Major donners to DNC) https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2019/11/21/oh-hunter-biden-firm-got-130-million-bailout-loans-dads-vp-term/ "It’s also what welfare for the politically connected in Washington looks like. At the same time TARF was making Mack and Karches even more rich than ever, Hunter Biden was bellying up to the same government trough"
  40. 7 points
    The system has become authority driven rather than fact driven. The function of peer review has shifted from confirming of new discovery to enforcement of dogma. The scientists are being herded into the same kind of nonsensical mechanics of dogma as the socialist sciences had become in the 50s to 70s as they were taken over by Marxism. The New Left of tribalism genderism and global phenomena had to intrude into the physical sciences and turn them upside down to provide justifications for power instead of investigating and coming to data driven conclusions. The bottom line is that science has already been turned backwards to support authoritarian goals. Oddly enough, because science has been so heavily defunded by the Federal government. Thus the rush to gain funding has become more desperate and honesty went out the window over two decades ago, as the funding pool shrank. The political hubris is a long standing state of affairs in the Millennial era. Millennials have been brainwashed into the content of the sellout boomer's magic mushroom and LSD driven youthful ideals, but without their independent mindedness and constructive disrespect of authority. That nightmare of conformity and self censorship in pursuit of social media "likes" has made them incapable of critical thinking. They have a view of "evil" and "good" narratives and cannot escape categorizing even the simplest most obvious facts as one or the other. Thus "evil" facts have to be disregarded and their discoverers and chroniclers attacked as "evil". Unlike the rest of the world, Americans are dominated by the Millennial generation which is larger than the boomer generation, while in the rest of the world the boomers remain the main generation.
  41. 7 points
    The Guy on the Bus strategy is what the Kims have been doing in N. Korea for a long time. That is doubtless the new China strategy of overt insult and bullying and commercial self sabotage as they export defective junk for good prices in antibody tests and PPE. This smells strongly of burning bridges. It appears they need to decouple more than the West is interested in doing so, as the contact with Westerners through their export manufacturing, AI projects etc. is a destabilizing source for dissidents to communicate out of China and with each other via external VPNs and human intermediaries. They do seem to be morphing into N. Korea. I don't have the kind of patriotic zeal and partisanship is limited to Trump's stance on "the swamp" (which is largely Democratic, started up by FDR and mobster Joe Kennedy and the Unions and Marxist operatives in academia) and his mild position on China (I have become ever more of a China hawk as I learn more of how deeply kleptocratic their foreign investment behavior is, while corporations keep putting another hand in the Chinese capital meat grinder and the fact that nobody can take their money out of China directly is not showing up on their financials. The SP500 is heavily contaminated with China manufacturing and investments that have no cash flow value and no accounting value as they are captive in China's capital roach motel). I was a China bull for well over a decade till the failure of their massive stimulus of 2008-2011 to keep traction with the economy, and have become progressively more worried and disillusioned about their prospects as Xi established his personal dictatorship and the economy was "growing" only through gigantic stimulus programs and ever steeper credit impulses. I oppose the Democrat power machine and its deep and wide corruption and constant power grabs, I don't support Trump per se. I do appreciate his handle on identifying and attracting his base and how to press Dem buttons to have them pop like a Jack in the box to capture his base's attention. I am not a Trump Republican by choice. My geopolitical stance on the US is very much pro US. Not so much because the US was always smart moral and successful in its global actions, but because of the incredible benefit the world has gained from its sometimes erratic control of the global trade system in what is basically a non-empire. As it is actually costing the US while benefiting its allies, but most of all benefiting non-allies and sometime enemies and challengers that were elevated from subsistence farming into industrial giants. I did think for ages, that the empire was based on "exorbitant privilege" but looking from post 1970 to post Volcker, the world was a totally different place and it was very obviously a US subsidiary role to the hot growth Eurodollar market through which international trade and finance work. With that perspective looking back to the inflationary 1970s and before, it was foreign manipulation of their currencies that inflated the Eurodollar volumes and thus pressing down the dollar. Once I understood that, I was open to Zeihan's perspective.
  42. 7 points
    Hermit, I am indeed surprised that things have not gotten uglier yet. It is obviously an unconstitutional attempt to hijack the US and change the country permanently, all over a virus that can be dealt with (even if the US admittedly has not done a good job when compared to many other countries). Key point is, it's time to go back to normal life instead all this "New normal" garbage.
  43. 7 points
    "...with the global financial collapse, created by the Federal Reserve and their Wall Street co-conspirator owners..." exposes this whole story as economically illiterate.Generally people writing stuff like this are selling gold or other precious metals - their idea is to drive down securities markets and get people to 'flee to safety'. I've been handed references to stories like this since I was in high school, which was in the early 1970's. Over time, occupations bifurcate into smaller and more specialized concentrations. Consider how simple cars were in the 1960's compared to today, and then consider people that specialize in electric cars, hybrids, diesels, RVs, jet skis/snowmobiles, and so forth. Cars in the 1960's didn't have tire pressure monitors, anti-lock brakes, driver assistance modules, or computers of any sort. Few car bodies were made out of aluminum or plastic. More specialized roles need to live in larger cities. Truck drivers can make a living in a town with 10,000 people. Database Administrators might find a job with a local school district, but one living in such a town is most likely to commute to a city with a population in the millions. This suggests that real estate valuations will tend to shrink in rural areas and rise markedly in economically viable urban areas. Lots of 'manufacturing core' cities will decline, while a few 'tech centers' will rapidly add population. Someone just driving around will see a lot of depressing landscapes, but this won't necessarily reflect the average economic circumstances of a household. Drive along a US highway (US 90 or US 1 are good examples) and one sees a lot of ruin. Drive along IH10 or I95 and the picture is radically different, even though these highways parallel US 90 or US 1, respectively. In general, any asset has a lifetime, and the same goes with various industries. Therefore, if one is measuring the decline and fall of incumbents (with their huge number of employees and retirees) one is only dimly aware of the economic potential of their disruptors. The 'disruptors' are necessarily smaller, producing the same value with fewer employees. Anyone reading future prognostications should consider the agendas, hidden or otherwise, of the authors. In some cases they have simply found markets that consume their material, and they have no further motivation than to make money. In other cases, they are making subtle attempts to manipulate the public. One has to think a few steps ahead of such individuals.
  44. 7 points
    As many as 75,000 Americans could die because of drug or alcohol misuse and suicide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an analysis conducted by the national public health group Well Being Trust. And lets not forget about the 110 million Africans who will be pushed to the brink of starvation because of the economical shut down. But tell me again how this lockdown narrative is all about saving lives.
  45. 7 points
    I’m a Yank, married a Chinese girl. One of the best decisions of my life. My Dad served in Vietnam...I think he would disown me and keep my wife, he thinks the world of her. The vast majority of Americans I know have no problem whatsoever with the Chinese people, just their government. A similar situation exists concerning the Iranian people.
  46. 7 points
    The problem is that the left wing Demoncrats have one goal that overrides all other brain and moral functions. That is seizing power and keeping it whatever it takes. Anyone who has been paying attention should know that. Unfortunately too many people are unethical and others are unable to think for themselves.
  47. 7 points
    Today Covid is taking the lives between 2000 to 2500 Americans each day and is not diminishing. Covid now is in 1st place of the leading causes of death in the US. Without the social distancing it would be double that. Covid is not a political hoax. Get rid of the measures put in place to slow down the deaths and you will see 5000 Americans die each day from Covid. Lets see if any politician will step up and say that 5000 dead Americans from covid each day is ok.
  48. 6 points
    To your first point wimps call a cold the flu because they are wimps. If you've ever had influenza you will know it's no laughing matter and short of serious food poisoning I can't think of anything worse for an average fairly healthy person to catch. But...most healthy people have only had flu once or twice in their life times at most. I think it's pretty clear now (something many of us were warning about over 2 months ago) that the negative effects of the lockdown and economic suicide are going to be far worse than covid. Suicide rates are rocketing as are issues related to depression and alcohol/drug abuse and this is all while we've been getting free money. That is going to dry up soon so the real disaster is yet to come. Additionally as you say locking people inside makes no sense as warm sunny weather (which we in the UK had 2 months of during lockdown) is "just what the doctor ordered". The question is...is this incompetence or something else?
  49. 6 points
    Some of it had to do with selling deals to China and kickbacks of millions or billions of dollars. See Nancy Pelosi, California Senator Dianne Feinstein, Joe Biden's son, and many other Democrats and crony capitalists making similar deals. This actually goes back to the Clinton Administration and beyond.
  50. 6 points
    There is no logical reason for the American voters to wish to reject a second term of Donald Trump (assuming he is the candidate, which is likely, and assuming that his wife does not insist he retire from politics), The USA has effectively a two-party system. The opposition party is the democrats, and they seem incapable of mounting a credible candidate. Wht logical reason would any voter have, to vote for a Democrat candidate, when all they can trot out is some recycled Clintonite? Who needs those people? Nobody. The Chinese have lost all credibility among Ameerican voters. An argument could be made that the corn growers in Iowa might be angry that the market for their crop, and for soybeans, has evaporated, but remember that Mr. Trump can win an election without the delegate votes of Iowa in the Electoral College. The key states are those that "flipped" from Dem to Repub in the last election: Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, and Iowa. That brought Trump to 303 electoral votes, and you only need 270 to win. Trump can lose Iowa. The Americans are going to separate themselves from China. Nothing that China can do is going to deflect that. Is China going to dismantle the Communist Party, remove itself from Tibet, remove itself from Xingjiang and fre the Uighurs, give up the South China Sea, renounce intentions of seizing Taiwan, and start to behave? No chance. So, why should the Americans (or anyone else) have any truck with that crowd? "Trade War truce?" There isn't going to be any trade, forget about those guys. Will China disintergrate internally without the cash influx from sales to the Americans? Probably. Nobody cares about China any more. China is done.