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  1. 3 points
    The Smithsonian Promotes Pure Toxic Racism You have to see this to believe it. It's almost out of an Ayn Rand novel. At least this boneheaded spiteful chapter in The Smithsonian is getting bashed by lots and lots of people. Here's an article that gives an overview: Byron York's Daily Memo: 'Whiteness' and the National Museum of African American History and Culture The chart mentioned in the last paragraph is the cause of the storm. Before I show it, The Smithsonian's site took it down. Here is the webpage where it used to be. Whiteness Now here is the chart they took down. There is only one way to respond to trash like that. And Charlie Kirk did it, much to the surprise of Shannon Bream, who was trying to do her Trojan Horse gig of treating garbage as the equivalent of facts, but having a real hard time selling this particular pile of shit. Charlie outright called Leslie Marshall a racist in a tone of deep anger for defending it. Leslie, poor thing, is used to calling conservatives racist. She's not used to the racist label landing on her face like a pie. And it showed. I think the bullshit was too much even for Shannon. She wanted to sell sell the party line in a way that advances the Overton Window like she is paid to do, but this was too much. So she did the best she could at pretending pure toxic racism was a reasonable argument that should be examined in a "fair and balanced" way. But her heart wasn't in it. She just wanted it to be over. She allowed Leslie to bark back at Charlie, but Leslie sounded condescending and infantile and weirdly insecure. Shannon looked so relieved when it ended. Shannon should take a lesson from Charlie. The way Charlie did it is the only way to do it. Call evil evil. That Smithsonian poster could have easily been part of the text of "Why Do You Think You Think?" in Atlas Shrugged. Michael
  2. 3 points
    Wow, that one seventeen year old basement troglodyte really got under Twatter's skin. All four hundred pounds of ze.
  3. 3 points
    Frankly I think we have entertained the irrational and fear-frozen among us for way too long. It is time to take life back. No more forced face diapers and closed schools. The frightened can stay indoors indefinitely if they want, but they have no right to shut the rest of our lives down and we are not going to take it much longer.
  4. 2 points
    MSK wrote: "Brant, Damn you. Too often you manage to say in a sentence or two what it takes me paragraphs and paragraphs to say" (link). I will summarize in a few sentences what took you paragraphs and paragraphs to say. You find fault with the messenger, e.g. citing the CDC or WHO or CNN. You believe that entitles you to dismiss the entire message as propaganda, falsehoods, and garbage. That’s despite any facts or merits in the message. You even cite a fact and then concoct a slur. You don’t have enough interest to discern what is relevant and objective from what isn’t. It’s so much easier and convenient for you to trash the entire message and the messenger. At the same time, you exempt Dr. Simone Gold’s message from any of your “analysis” and slurring her.
  5. 2 points
    Bingo - only change the word "cannot" to "pretend not to" - and put "on our side" in scare quotes: "The self-proclaimed principled people 'on our side' who [pretend not to] see the Deep State for what it is are beneficiaries of the elitist ruling class." Ellen
  6. 2 points
    It means employees will get more in their paychecks. Yes, 16% is due. So if the pay to an employee is $100, then the gov't wants $16. Yes, the employer pays $8 of that and the other half is taken out of the employee's check, and then the $16 is forwarded to the gov't. (And, yes, it is fair to say that in actual fact the employees are the ones paying all $16, if we track the consequences carefully.) Trump's order says the employer will no longer have to forward $16, but only their half, $8. He is not giving employers a holiday for their half, but only the employees, for theirs. So, unless they want to go viral, the employers will stop taking the $8 from the employee's checks. Once made permanent after his re-election the overall effect will be to cut this tax in half. (It will still be true that employees really are the ones paying it, as it comes out of the higher rate of wages they would be getting in the absence of the tax.) But that doesn't change or diminish the fact that the overall effect will be to cut this tax in half.
  7. 2 points
    Trump today: "I am providing a payroll tax holiday to Americans earning less than $100,000 per year. In a few moments I will sign a directive instructing the Treasury Department to allow employers to defer payment of the employee portion of certain payroll taxes from the first of August. ... "If I am victorious on November third, I plan to forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax. ... "I will terminate that tax."
  8. 2 points
    Chloroquine for SARS-CoV in vitro is quite different from hydroxyhloroquine (HCQ) for SARS-CoV-2 in humans. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/fauci-quote-hydroxychloroquine/
  9. 2 points
    Woo hoo! A halftime show! Kanye West Will Appear on Colorado’s Presidential Ballot Now we need to get Kanye on one of the debates. Can you imagine what would happen if Biden refused to show up for a debate, so President Trump and Kanye West debated instead? It would be a classic bash-fest on Biden with the whole world tuning in. If the debates are ultimately cancelled because Biden's people manipulate the system, I think President Trump should schedule a debate of his own with Kanye just for the hell of it. Michael
  10. 2 points
    LOL... Do not get Polly mad. Cory Doctorow is an all right science fiction writer, but he's lousy at understanding individuals. In fact, I have tried to read his science fiction and I couldn't get into it because the characters seemed so bland and/or unbelievable emotionally. Doctorow is good at technological theory from a narrow specific angle, but lousy at human nature. In fact, I doubt he would consider Polly's zinger to be magical thinking at all. But it is if you look at it from a reality standpoint. Human nature is reality and Polly knows about human nature. And she knows about good and evil. And she knows a thing or two about QAnon. All Doctorow and that idiot Ferguson he mentioned (the one who made the video) knows is they are superior lifeforms to humans who follow such conspiracy theories as Q. I saw some of that video and, as Ferguson said sarcastically in the video (with title card for emphasis), "It's always gotta be pedophiles." Well, yes... It does. When people are pedophiles. Including elitists and other superior lifeforms when they are pedophiles. Here's some more magical thinking by people like Doctorow and Ferguson: Everybody knows there is no pedophilia or blackmail going on in the ruling class. See? Say it out loud and it's magic. (btw - The video is not getting all that many views. I bet it's stunning to them that it hasn't gone viral from the moment it was uploaded.) Michael
  11. 2 points
    Some dumb leftist today said to Kayleigh McEnany during her press briefing question period that he has never heard of the government getting a percentage of private transactions. He really said that. He asked her to explain how that would work because he has never heard of such a thing and it sounds fundamentally wrong to him. How did Trump get them to open that conversation? Tik-Tok is a spy and data theft operation of the PLA (People's Liberation Army) of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party). It will soon be ended as a data theft and enemy spy operation. Microsoft is buying it and will be subject to privacy law, storing data only in U.S., etc. Negotiations got pretty hard for Microsoft (the sellers want fifty thousand million dollars) so Trump pointed out publicly he can and will ban it in the U.S. as soon as he feels like doing that. Of course, that would destroy the value of the social media app before a deal and so the CCP grew more agreeable, negotiations sped right back up. Trump then says the U.S. government should get a percentage of the deal from Microsoft, for helping facilitate, . So anyway, the dumb leftist today at the briefing can't stand that the CCP's operation is being shut down and openly questions "the government receiving a percentage of private transactions."
  12. 2 points
    Bwook is a mowon. His modus operandi is a goofy variation on Rand at her worst when she was being driven by aesthetic tastes and pretending that it was purely objectively systematic philosophy that she was doling out. It's his little feelings about what he's heard other people express in their feelings about someone else's emotional reaction to their willful misinterpretation of something that they misheard that Trump said. Anyway, I hope that Bwook is living comfortably while shredding that last of what remains of Rand's coattails.
  13. 2 points
    If anyone needs some quick corroboration for Mark's article linked in the opening post, I just saw an 8 minute extract from a Yaron Brook video dated July 15. I imagine most people don't have time to watch videos that run for an hour or more just to see if something someone said is right. So they take the person at face value or reject the person at face value. Here is an easy-to-check thing from the horse's mouth that does not take much time. This is unbelievable. Brook's biggest beef and fear in the beginning is that Tucker Carlson could become a successful Republican politician in the future. At lease Brook is aware that lots of people say he (Brook) has Trump Derangement Syndrome. He openly said so. I could have a field day with each boneheaded thing out of his mouth in this video, but I prefer to note the rhetorical pattern. Think about this pattern when you watch the video. It's amazing how it just loops over and over. The Rhetorical Pattern If there is something bad in the world that has happened during President Trump's term of office, Brook claims that's an indication of Trump's true intention, or it is the inevitable outcome of Trump's philosophical, moral and/or character defects. If someone brings up something good President Trump has done, Brook uses the BUT Eraser. This is when you state something, you then say, "BUT..." and proceed as if what you said earlier got erased and no longer exists. It's a rhetorical blank-out tool. The way Brook mostly sounded using this blank-out tool went something like this: "Yeah yeah yeah, Trump did XXX. BUT... [fill in the blank with anti-Trump stuff]." That's it. That's the pattern. It's not very complex or philosophical, is it? Remember kindergarten and elementary school playground fights? Any time I feel like giving Brook the benefit of the doubt in the future, I am going to try to remember this video excerpt (and Mark's article, of course). Unless Brook owns up to how irrational he is in this video and his call to elect Biden in general, I am going to assume the brain in his skull still works like this. In the current situation the world is in, with a real threat of war with China--a situation Biden not only helped orchestrate, he made a financial killing at it--Brook's video and call to elect Biden have not aged well. And that's only after a little over two weeks. At least few people are watching this mess. There are only 1,345 views since July 15 as of this post. Michael
  14. 2 points
    I made a meme and posted it to Twitter. Here's the meme. And here's my tweet. The odd thing about it is that this is probably the only place on Twitter you can see it. The tweet itself was immediately removed from my own timeline. I noticed it glitching the moment I posted it. Oh noooooooooooo... I think my tweet was shadow banned.... But only the shadow nooooooooooos... Michael
  15. 2 points
    Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) filed a lawsuit, AAPS v. FDA, against the Food and Drug Administration to end its arbitrary interference with the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), which President Trump and other world leaders have taken as a prophylaxis against COVID-19. “It is shocking that medical workers in Brazil will have access to HCQ as a prophylaxis while Americans are blocked by the FDA from accessing the same medication for the same use,” observes AAPS Executive Director Jane Orient, M.D. “There is no legal or factual basis for the FDA to limit use of HCQ,” states AAPS General Counsel Andrew Schlafly. “The FDA’s restrictions on HCQ for Americans are completely indefensible in court.” Many foreign nations, including China, India, South Korea, Costa Rica, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey, use HCQ for early treatment and prevention of COVID-19, AAPS points out." aapsonline.org/hcqsuit/
  16. 2 points
    OMG... It took me a minute. LOLOLOLOLOLOL... Michael
  17. 2 points
    Ellen, I actually spray my masks down with alcohol after I come back home (btw - this thing is awesome if you ever need something like that). And after about 3 or 4 uses, a mask goes into the dirty laundry. I used to play trombone, so I know all about gunk buildup. As to my past drug and alcohol abuses, I'm probably more scarred than weakened by now due to years of mostly healthy living, with the exception of not getting enough exercise. (I keep promising myself, but I'm not the most reliable fulfiller of promises to myself. ) And the exception of maybe eating more crap these days than I should (fucking potato chips, chocolate covered almonds and so on ) instead of sticking to kale and similar mouth-fucking-watering delights. (I'm going to stop talking about the exceptions now. ) Obviously, I no longer drink alcohol or take drugs. I also take vitamins every 2 or 3 days, including D, a multivitamin, fish oil, A, different B's, etc. and I season foods with turmeric (including black pepper to bring out the anti-inflammatory goodness) and cumin and powdered ginger, lots of garlic and onions, and on and on and on. But thank you for the concern you exhibited. It's just words on a computer screen, but it means a lot to me. I hope you and Larry are staying safe, too. On the sensitive topic, I don't want to get into it again with Jon, but I don't think his intention is to exonerate bio-warfare creeps. In fact, I think he would like to execute them. And--like you--I fully believe this virus was produced as a weapon or human population culling agent. I don't know that (you might), but I believe it. Ah... what the hell... I avoid talking about this stuff to keep the tension down... but here goes... Jon is a warrior. He has a warrior's mind (I am going by his posts). That means when he sees an enemy, he goes all in and fuck the rest. What do warriors do? They break things and kill people. They do that because they like to do that, especially when they feel in the right. Warriors are blunt instruments. And for feeling in the right, QAnon does it for him. I'm perfectly fine with that, even when I disagree. I can't look at the mainstream and call that better. It's far worse. And, to be honest, being a blunt instrument is one of the things I like most about him. I love his default attitude toward elitist ruling class pedophiles and the rest. They deserve him. I have little doubt if you point him at the bio-warfare creeps in a way warriors respond to--in other words, prove to him (with a few examples) they are vermin that need to be exterminated, and he will be your biggest ally. I believe that. Michael
  18. 2 points
    Ellen, Ambiguity is the reason for the hint and this is used as a formal technique by Q--a hook that prompts action. The term for this is "curiosity gap" or "information gap." I first became aware of this by a hard leftie named Eli Pariser (who used to be the director of MoveOn.org). He founded a site called Upworthy and started the clickbait headline craze ("You won't believe what Kanye said to Mike Pence about Black Lives Matter" and that kind of crap.) The idea is to present a headline that promises an "hot emotion" payoff, but leaves out a critical piece of the information. In order to find out what's in the gap, you have to click on the article. A scientist named George Lowenstein came up with this gap concept in a 1994 paper called "The Psychology of Curiosity: A Review and Reinterpretation." Pariser took that information years later and figured out how to piss off everyone on the Internet with it, but also made a fortune by using it to promote leftie causes. Without the curiosity gap, QAnon would not spread in the culture as much as it does. As to Q's own insider status, based on a lot of different elements, I find it likely Q's an insider or at least friends with one. But there's a lot of mystery surrounding this, too--starting with his real name. Right? Another question, is Q one person or several? Helooooo curiosity gap. Twitter's ban (and Facbook's if it happens) doesn't stand a chance against that level of wedding messages to human nature. And that's just the curiosity gap. There are archetypes, codes, sundry cognitive biases, knowing secrets, the appeal to belong and be an insider, and a whole bunch of similar things. I think, just in terms of persuasion techniques alone, QAnon is one of the best formed public personas in our culture today. I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, Twitter just added the Streisand effect to the mix. Michael
  19. 2 points
    Trump, Flynn and others on the team have confirmed their affiliation with Q hundreds of times in hundreds of ways. It is no longer a question.
  20. 2 points
    Sooner the better, imo. Not that any place will be "safe" - but the Chicago area seems pretty guaranteed to become a war zone. Ellen
  21. 2 points
    Here in Chicago, Mayor Lightweight, after blustering nonstop that Trump better stay out of Chicago or else, backtracks. Now she's like, "Of course the Feds can come in." (She wants Fed money, that's her real motivation.) She's snarling as she backtracks, but action-wise, she's been potty-trained. And, her real name is Lightfoot, but I don't like that name. I like the one I used. Chicago Mayor Confirms White House Deploying Federal Agents to City God, how I dislike this place. Kat and I gotta get outta here. We're actually making plans... Michael
  22. 2 points
    Here's another trace. The elitists own the press... Michael
  23. 2 points
    Hello, Everyone! I started reading "Atlas Shrugged" for the first time on the weekend in August 1997 when Princess Diana of Wales was killed. I was thirty three. The book taught me many things and changed the way I look at life from then on, and I went on to read it many times since and to read all of Rand's other books. I haven't been an Objectivist in every sense of the word since then and probably never will be, though much of the philosophy never leaves me and I read the books often. I am a working person, not an academic or a rich industrialist or "professional", if that's the word to use. I cut sheet metal on a plasma burn table in a custom shop. This glorious earth is mine and I belong here, creating, thinking, dreaming, enjoying. I am a physically grounded sort, and I like it hard and dirty, down and dirty. I love fatbiking and design my bikes and drive them everywhere I go. Rain or shine, fine summer day or twenty three below zero Fahrenheit you will see me out there pedaling. We get it all here in South Dakota, and everywhere is a good place for a fatbike. It is crazy to see all of Rand's predictions come true, and it is likely many here knew they would. The older among us have watched the country unravel at the seams for a long time now. It never gets better. Rand's predictions about the Left are startlingly accurate. The difference between then and now is the fact that all of this seemed so far away once, but now we are living it, feeling it, experiencing it first hand. As a survivalist, hunter, fisherman, etc., I can appreciate Rand's predictions in ways others cannot. I knew something was dreadfully wrong in the world long before I read "Atlas Shrugged", and Rand helped to clarify all of it, to make sense of the who, what, why, when, where and how. I took the advice in Galt's Speech and took inventory of my mind and my possessions and connected with others of like mind wherever they might be found. As the infrastructure crumbles, it is time for Atlas to shrug, indeed. Where is Galt's Gulch? Let me know and I'll be on my way.
  24. 2 points
    2nd one down. Finally got his right to speedy justice.
  25. 1 point
    At approx. 50:09 (cued up):
  26. 1 point
    But Michael, some people are a certain way and liars do not turn them off. Liars are not "them" to them. They see generous liars as practicing normal exchange of ideas. They won't be offended until the liars damage them personally.
  27. 1 point
    Some obviously knowledgeable people created the document at hcqtrials.com. However, “knowledgeable” does not mean honest or trustworthy. Lying and misrepresenting with lots of statistics and a very complex model is easy to do. It will be interesting to see if Rush Limbaugh does a show about the alleged massive study, or not. He has a slew of researchers and money to check it out before he pontificates. He has touted HCQ several times.
  28. 1 point
    Yes, Professor Moriarty, she did. Her tweet grossly misrepresented reality by omitting pertinent, important facts.
  29. 1 point
    I know what you mean about libertarians, but Amash is not failing to snap out of anything, but is a member of the team fighting for its life against Trump who is coming after them with a hangman's noose in hand. He is not a commentator, that is just a role for our consumption.
  30. 1 point
    Tell them to calm down, extract their head from their ass and note his words: "If I am victorious on November third I will terminate that tax." If they can't do that, tell them to fix the fairness issue they are having -- vote for Biden to ensure no one gets a tax cut, or freedom or a future.
  31. 1 point
    Re Kanye West, Yahoo News’ White House Correspondent Hunter Walker (what a name): Trump: 'I'm not involved' with push by Republicans to get Kanye West added to presidential ballots I think Kanye should get some treatment for his bipolar disorder. The Elvis Syndrome may be in operation ...
  32. 1 point
    This happened, but it has to go in Trump Humor. If he was trying to avoid being seen with President Trump for some reason, how convenient. Michael
  33. 1 point
    Jon, In other words, we can patent a new breed of dog if we make one? That's just plain wrong on so many levels... I know a dog is not a lifeform similar to a bacteria or virus, but we all know how the law always expands to include more and more cases. So, eventually, how about an enhanced human being through genetic manipulation--meaning once that new race can reproduce with the altered gene? We can patent such a human race? This whole line of thinking needs to be challenged. Michael
  34. 1 point
    Agreed. The cops were trying to be reasonable with Floyd and not go out of their way to do violence. Chauvin's carelessness is reprehensible, and so, too, were the officers standing by. Long before Floyd stopped moving and grumbling they should have checked his condition and rendered aid. They were so ignorant they didn't even realize he was no longer moving or even breathing--and still pressing down on his neck. It didn't even occur to Chauvin that he was pressing down on an unconscious person, let alone a dead one. In a similar situation many years ago, I was working security one night in Las Vegas and got a call about suspicious activity in one of the parking lots. I was clean on the other side of the property and started making my way over. By the time I arrived, someone had already called the cops and there were six of them surrounding a familiar SUV in the parking lot. Someone had seen the man sitting in his car acting strangely and called the cops. The man had locked himself in the vehicle and refused to open up for the cops. He wasn't violent, but goofy, looking drunk and sluggish, putting a potato chip bag over his head and jeering at the cops, laughing, unconcerned, staring at his dash board and other nonsense. The cops were screaming, "Open the fuckin' door!" and starting to get excited, the testosterone was exploding into gang violence. Guns were drawn. One of them walked over to a cruiser and opened the trunk to fetch a battering ram to smash out a window. The cops just didn't take the time to realize this guy was unaffected by their presence and oblivious to anyone or anything going on around him. Their ignorance was astonishing. It was too easy to see. Then I realized who the guy was and intervened. "Wait, guys, wait! I know this guy. He's a regular here and he's diabetic. He's probably hypoglycemic right now." I sent one of our security to the cafe to fetch a large orange juice with five sugars in it. The cops looked at me doubtfully, shooting glances at each other, but thankfully they stopped hopping around like kangaroos and let me go on. They kept their eyes on him and their guns out and kept the vehicle surrounded. I stepped beside the driver's door and talked to him through the window, smiling, "Hey, bro', open the door for me, will ya? I gotta get something out of the car I forgot in there. It'll only take a second." My play worked. "Uh, oh, yeah, sure, man, here ya go." At that he reached over and popped the lock. The cops shoved me aside and opened the door, pulling the man out of the car and face down on the asphalt, cuffing him. He did not put up a fight. The poor fella looked more confused than anything else. Finally our security arrived with the orange juice and sugar. We sat him up straight and I asked if he was diabetic. He nodded his head, "Yeah, I got it pretty bad. I did something really bad, didn't I?" He was still nonsensical. I asked him if he wanted to drink. He did. We managed to get him to slam the entire glass of OJ and sugar and he started to come around but was nowhere near fully functioning. I summoned an ambulance to our location. The cops finally calmed down and put their guns away. The ambulance arrived quickly and took over, putting glucose packets into him. Still he wasn't coming around fully, but wanted to get up and walk around. A good sign. I convinced the cops to remove the cuffs and we got him to his feet. We walked around the parking lot with him, but he was still out of it. Finally, they gave him glucose intravenously and that did the trick. He came to and looked around. Suddenly fully aware of himself and his surroundings he asked, "What happened?" We explained to him what just occurred. He started to cry and apologized. We explained there was nothing for him to apologize for. He said he had come to the casino to get the famous Wednesday night chicken dinner and the last thing he remembered was arriving and parking his car. I told him he had come to the right place and dinner was on the house tonight. He agreed and went inside to sit a while and eat. I got him a booth and had his dinner served so he didn't have to wait on the usual long line. Had I not known this guy and stepped in he probably would have been killed. In a similar situation, Las Vegas Metro pulled a guy out of his car on the Strip and thumped on him badly for no reason other than they knew they could all get away with it. Which they did. But their victim sued and it cost the taxpayer 14.5 million dollars. Be careful out there. Cops are not trained to care and don't care one bit for your well being. The proof is in the training. You do what you train. Period. In their minds, in their training, everyone is suspect and a cockroach. Everyone. If I were a praying man, I would encourage everyone to pray hard that you never get arrested or have a bad run in with a cop.
  35. 1 point
    Incidentally, I just watched the George Floyd arrest video from the cop's bodycam. On being approached by the police, he became terrified, non-cooperative, and was crying and yelling he can't breathe from the moment they made him stand up and walk around. He was high or nuts or both because he wasn't acting rational. He only went to the ground after they put him in the back seat of the police car. He went out the other side. He claimed he was claustrophobic, so he could not get into a car. However, the police had pulled him out of his own car, or at least the one where he was behind the steering wheel. The cop who killed him was totally wrong, but he didn't kill Floyd him out of racism, systemic or personal. He killed him because Floyd had said he couldn't breathe so many times while upright, I think the cop just didn't believe him. Here is the video. The article: EXCLUSIVE: Police bodycam footage shows moment-by-moment arrest of George Floyd for the first time This doesn't matter any more, though. This incident stopped being important to the riots ages ago. I wonder if George Floyd's name even comes into the heads of most people in BLM and Antifa these days unless prompted. Michael
  36. 1 point
    Interesting catch. No clue if Rand ever read FRANKENSTEIN, but I remember her name-dropping it in THE ROMANTIC MANIFESTO...it's hard to tell either way from this if she read it, but was at least aware of it (how could she not be?). But she did at least refer to the monster as "Frankenstein's monster", and not the monster as Frankestein, as many do, so there's that... "The Horror Story, in either variant, represents the metaphysical projection of a single human emotion: blind, stark, primitive terror. Those who live in such terror seem to find a momentary sense of relief or control in the process of reproducing that which they fear—as savages find a sense of mastery over their enemies by reproducing them in the form of dolls. Strictly speaking, this is not a metaphysical, but a purely psychological projection; such writers are not presenting their view of life; they are not looking at life; what they are saying is that they feel as if life consisted of werewolves, Draculas and Frankenstein monsters. In its basic motivation, this school belongs to psychopathology more than to esthetics." Ayn Rand. The Romantic Manifesto (Kindle Locations 1640-1644). Signet. Kindle Edition.
  37. 1 point
    Today the House held a hearing with Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple. There were a few good moments, but two things were clear. 1. Nothing on earth would have brought those four to the House hearing if things were not serious in the back rooms. They would have sent their representatives instead. 2. It was obvious that Congress was not going to do jackshit about anything. My impression was reinforced by Cernovich, who later went on a rant because he said he received an advance copy of Jim Jordan's statement for tomorrow where he is not going to recommend any action or antitrust measures against the Tech Giants. Also, before the hearing, President Trump had tweeted that if the do-nothing Congress would not act towards fairness, he would issue an Executive Order. Well, it starts. Here is the official press release. Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship This should hold until the election. It won't prohibit the Tech Giants from censoring, but it will open them to gigantic class action suits if they do. Of course there will be some kind of court challenge, but I bet President Trump has that worked out in advance. After the election, then the real work of what to do with Big Tech will kick into gear. These jerks asked for it, too. Wouldn't it be fun to see Alex Jones back on Twitter and YouTube and Facebook before the election? Michael
  38. 1 point
    Somebody on President Trump's team goofed big time or is getting cute. I don't think he personally retweets a lot of the things that are retweeted by him, but instead, tells his staff to do it, sometimes indicating a specific tweet or issue, or sometimes just giving the gist of what he wants. Here is a Trump retweet for today. Technically, Napolitano is correct. However, his characterization of what has been happening is skewed and misleading. Here is a direct quote from the weird Napolitano. Look at the contempt for both Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and President Trump in the same paragraph. Napolitano's article is like a correct dissertation on the legal bases of calling shoplifting a crime, but then pointing to a shopper who takes an item all the way to the cashier, then decides to not buy it and puts it aside, as an example of shoplifting. I used to like Napolitano until he sided with the establishment ruling class boneheaded anti-Trumpers. I predict someone is going to get hell over this. In the infinitesimally slim case that this retweet is exactly what President Trump intended, then it's a signal that Wolf is on the way out. But I seriously doubt that. Michael
  39. 1 point
    Peter, They are rebelling already. Sanctuary cities, nonstop calls to abolish the system, autonomous zones, riots, mobs taking down statues, mobs trying to burn down courts and police stations, defund the police, Antifa, BLM, mainstream media support for the chaos, etc. That looks like rebelling to me. Michael
  40. 1 point
    Brant, In my way of doing it, force was definitely involved in the entire processes of Jim Jones. What a nasty piece of work that asshole was. (He even studied Hitler all the time.) Way before the Jonestown "mass suicide" (as if that were voluntary by everyone), Jones had mysterious deaths follow him around like the Clintons do. He also liked to wave a gun around in front of his followers. And other things. There were plenty of tells of force for those who looked. (btw - He was a Democrat and really red progressive. ) Jones used all his persuasion skills to aim directly at compliance, and when he did not get that from his subjects, he aimed his persuasion at acts of physical violence and sex with the unwilling. He mostly used a gigantic bait and switch form of story model. But at times he used raw intimidation with a naked threat of violence right there in front of his victims. When persuasion is used in the service of violence like this, in other words, within this context, I say force is a fundamental part of a whole and persuasion is just one component. Force is not a persuasion technique like was presented in the discussion earlier. It is reality, with the reality of the violence manifest in the future, and it is represented by a story model that leads up to, then completes a physical act of violence. This is not a story model of persuasion (and I can provide a bunch of those), but instead a story model of an act of violence. It has a beginning, middle and end. This way of abstracting goes back to Aristotle, who considered a proper story to be a whole thing--with a beginning, middle and end, and not a series of unconnected events. Aristotle's observation applies to story models. (btw - If the term story model is a bit confusing as opposed to story, I once read an excellent analogy from a book on movies and neuroscience called Flicker: Your Brain on Movies by Jeffrey Zacks that makes it clear. Think of a toy commando built out of a single piece of plastic. You can't change it. You can just put it here or there. This is an analogy for how a story works. But think of a toy model of a commando. You can move its arms, legs, waist, and so on. You can't change the overall shape, the whole, but you can change posture details where the movable joints are. This is analogous to a story model.) Whether the physical act occurs or not is beside the point with a story model built around force. The story model is about perpetrating an act of violence and that's the form the force exists in. The act of violence does not exist without the beginning and middle happening first. (A random act of violence can happen suddenly like when someone snaps and loses his mind, so there is no story model in that case, but in the stuff Jones was doing, force was always embedded in the model.) This is waaaaay different than a marketer who detects a self-limiting-belief kind of resistance in a prospect to what he is offering, and knows what he is offering will be a boon to the prospect's life, one that the prospect will be grateful for in the end. Even though exaggeration, bait-and-switch, future-casting, and other similar persuasion tactics may be involved (that some might call sleazy and deceptive ) to get past the initial resistance, force is not involved anywhere in that story model. Story models are the way the human mind groks everything, especially danger. Causality is another way of saying story model when you think about it. On a simple, non-human level, if you see a lion roar then start running toward you, you kinda know that you are the main course in its next meal within that particular story model, and you know it without too much sophistry. It doesn't matter if you escape. Your demise was a fundamental part of the event. It just didn't complete. In other words, predatory killing (of you in this case) is a fundamental part of a predator story model. The lion won't kill you without first noticing you, signaling (or not depending on its mood), and running toward you. There is no way to think about that event and say force is absent until the actual killing. The model--as a whole thing--is about nothing but killing (and eating). The noticing is about that. The roaring is about that. The running is about that. And so on. This works identically in human relationships, albeit humans are far more complex than lions, so there are many complex story models. As an amusing aside, one way we practice these models to become skilled at using them (and become experts) is through gossip. Not our finest hours, but still true. Michael
  41. 1 point
    "A hungry man is not free," can be true, though. Even in a social sense, if one man has a monopoly on food in a specific situation... MREs in a war. If we expect both these men to respect each other's rights, the hungry man is not free but to exchange whatever property or service to the other man or else he will die. Accepting something as true does not mean you agree with the rhetorical use of such a fact. If we treat both economic power and political power both as social power, we can see that most forms of political power are far more influential than most forms of economic power. So the false equivalency is not one of quality but of quantity. Manipulation can vary extremely in degrees... The psychologist's power over the patient has nothing to do with physical force, but it's still significant.
  42. 1 point
    Hydroxychloroquine Should Be Available Over The Counter When it comes to HCQ availability the forward countries and the backward are reversed
  43. 1 point
    The first headline especially is so deceptive. Starts out saying Durham says before end of summer. Then becomes Kerri says Durham says before end of summer. Turns out to be only Kerri strongly hopeful. Barr did express a "hopeful expectation" weeks ago. But that headline makes it sound like Durham himself now says before end of summer, yet it appears he has himself said nothing about when we can expect, neither with his own mouth nor through Kerri.
  44. 1 point
    The Myth of Systemic Police Racism
  45. 1 point
    Unabashed, I grew up in Virginia and you tickled my interest in Patrick Henry. I had to learn about him in school, but who pays attention in school? I had girls to worry about and important shit. As to the approach I use here on OL, I often say that Objectivism is a starting point. People often come here because of a common interest in Objectivism, Ayn Rand, the Brandens, etc. (Barbara was my friend--not super-close, I met her too late in life for that, but close.) For whatever reason, they became attracted to the ideas or stories. This is different than most of the online places that deal with Objectivism--they treat it as an end point, as something better than you and something for you to learn and mold yourself to. People can learn more about Objectivism on OL (some are even curious and there are some wickedly intelligent well-versed people around here), but their attraction to OL is not to form themselves into good little Randroids. It's to find other people who know about this stuff and interact with them. Where they go from there is their business. I am no curator of other people's minds and have no hunger for such power. I am not good guru material. (I'm probably too much damaged goods for that, anyway. ) I trust the good character of people more than I see at other places. I believe if a person is well-intentioned and uses his best thinking according to how he understands himself (or herself and all that gender stuff), he will come to a good place when working through ideas, even if they don't align with my own. That's why there are people of several different persuasions here. That doesn't mean people get to troll and misrepresent ideas--especially Rand's ideas--just so they can bash them and mock everyone. I like disagreement, even with Rand. But I (and others around here) will correct someone if I see they are presenting what she said wrong or attributing things to her that are contrary to what she held. This isn't enforcement, though, unless trolling kicks in to an impossible point. It's discussion. Now for the sensitive point. I am a huge Trump supporter. I don't mind others bashing Trump, but I will respond when someone does. I believe I have the same right to post what I think as others do. Oddly enough, several people I regard highly stopped coming to OL because of that. Note, I did not ban them or prohibit them from posting against Trump. They tried to intimidate me into hating him and finally left on their own because they couldn't stand it that I would not change to suit them. (Even odder for me, many of those who proclaim they are the leaders of Objectivism are Trump haters with severe cases of TDS. Go figure...) Since I believe actions speak louder than words, I don't bicker about this. I let each person come to his or her own conclusion. In fact, I often say that there is no party line at OL. Each person is responsible for his own mind. Also, if a person comes to OL, that is good for OL. If a person lurks and only reads OL, that is good for OL. If a person posts on OL, that is good for OL. If a person leaves OL, that is good for OL. That's more or less the policy landscape here. Sometimes I have to enforce the rules when someone goes totally off the rails (I call myself a traffic cop in those cases). And I decided early to go with my inclinations as a human being, not as a convert to Objectivism and punisher of the wayward. That means I give my friends and collaborators a lot of leeway and flexibility I do not grant to strangers until I get to know them better. I don't care what the book says. I have found that most humans of goodwill are this way and I am quite comfortable in my own skin. From what I have seen of your posts, I believe you are pretty near to this, also. Anywho, here's to a second warm welcome to OL. Michael
  46. 1 point
    Just as in 2004 there was disagreement between Peikoff and ARI – Peikoff supported the Democrat, ARI the Republican – there is disagreement in 2020 only in reverse, at least as far as Brook is concerned. According to the Federal Election Commission’s Schedule A, Form 3X “Itemized Receipts,” Peikoff donated $250 to Trump’s Make America Great Again Committee, received on February 26th. A paltry sum. I guess it’s the thought that counts.
  47. 1 point
    Steel is real, and the best as far as I am concerned, but it is heavier. If you want aluminium and light weight, if trails are your thing, look at Giant's Yukon, or Salsa's Beargrease in carbon, for starters. These are full 5" fat tire capable and more of a trail style, shorter wheel base. Another worthy of consideration is Surly's Ice Cream Truck, which is also shorter wheel base and full 5" fat tire capable. Pugsley cannot run a full 5" fat tire in the frame or the fork, but gets up to 4.8", which for my style of driving is plenty. Test drive fatbikes whenever, wherever you can. I used to rent them to test them out. Specialized really has it dialed-in with their Fat Boy. If I were to buy another aluminium bike, the Fat Boy would likely be the one.
  48. 1 point
    Let us pray... Ugh... Michael
  49. 1 point
    False. The rhinovirus is "the predominant cause of the common cold." Dr. Appleby was the spokesperson. That the man who died was her patient is your leap of faith.
  50. 1 point
    As followup. The full statement from The White House Office of the Press Secretary: Subject: Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grant of Clemency for Roger Stone, Jr. The following quote from that document is part of the elbow slamming into the throat of the Deep State I mention in my previous post. Guess what that means? Michael