PROOF THAT THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IS BOTH CORRUPT AND CRAZY

Who in their right mind would support a corrupt, senile candidate like President Joe Biden in 2024 -- when a potential nuclear war threatens our nation and the real President is either Susan Rice or Jill Biden?

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We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


ADAM SCHIFF EXPLOITS TYRE NICHOLS TRAGEDY TO FUNDRAISE

Another day, another fundraising email from the liar, leaker, evidence fabricator Adam Schiff… 

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The brutal murder of Tyre Nichols at the hands of Memphis Police Department officers is yet another terrible shock to the conscience of the nation.

My deepest condolences and prayers are with Tyre’s family and friends in grief, and I stand in solidarity with the protesters in Memphis and across the country who are peacefully demanding transparency, accountability, and justice for this horrific crime.

The images are unbearable, but we can’t turn away. We must all demand justice and accountability.

And when I get to the United States Senate, I’m going to do all I can to abolish the filibuster and pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

[OCS: George Floyd was a criminal thug who died from a self-administered dose of fentanyl. He is not worth remembering or being honored by an association with legislation. I am still of the opinion that the trial of Derek Chauvin was a corrupt politically-motivated trial. While he may have deserved disciplinary action, he did not deserve the treatment he received from the court. No justice for anyone was done by the corrupt judge and a frightened jury fearing for their lives.]

Enough is enough.

Stephen, while nothing we say or do can bring Tyre back to his family, there is something you can do right now that will make a positive impact amidst the grief that his family and our nation are feeling:

Please make a donation today to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Campaign Zero, and The Bail Project — organizations that are seeking justice and addressing the systemic injustices within our society in pursuit of racial justice and defense of Black lives. If you can afford it, please consider making a contribution to them today:

[OCS: Consider that these funds will do nothing for the family as they and attorney Benjamin Crump await their multi-million dollar payday.

The NAACP does little or nothing about the black men being slaughtered weekly in the inner cities.

Campaign Zero is a Marxist anti-police organization that wants to cripple policing and confer undue advantages to criminals by imposing unrealistic restrictions on police that are likely to get them injured or killed.

The Bail Project is little more than an organization that seeks to put criminals back on the street faster.

Schiff, being a progressive communist democrat, does little for the hundreds of blacks being slaughtered in the inner cities while pandering to the black Marxists who want to destroy our nation from within. The Harvard-educated Bolshevik from Burbank literally has “Schiff for brains.”]

If you’ve saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your split donation to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Campaign Zero, and The Bail Project will go through immediately:

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[OCS: I wonder how much money will be transferred to these organizations because Schiff has been known to keep a large portion of any funds collected using his email lists for his own campaign efforts.]

Thanks for your support of these great organizations.

In solidarity,

Adam Schiff

Bottom line…

Another nail in the nation’s coffin should this piece of Schiff be elected to the Senate.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


2024: WILL THE GOP BECOME THE PERMANENT MINORITY PARTY WHILE THE NATION FAILS?

The incumbent Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, won an unprecedented reelection for a fourth term with 111 votes in a closed-door matchup against California attorney Harmeet Dhillon (51 votes) and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell (4 votes). This in spite of major GOP electoral failures. 

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What does this vote say about the Republican National Committee today?

(1)  Most committee members are apparently satisfied with positions that were taken by big-money establishment “business as usual” Republicans who are content to go along to get along. They mostly see the battle between the Democrats and the GOP as a business negotiation rather than an existential battle of conflicting ideologies. As long as elected Republicans get their share of the public plunder, they seem fine with the status quo.

(2)  The establishment wing has beaten back the party's conservative wing. Leaving it to conservatives to exploit their position in a thin-margin vote to extract concessions.

(3)  The big-money GOP does not want investigations of the Democrats lest their own nefarious activities be revealed.

(4)  McDaniel, 49, the niece of Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, appears to feel entitled to the position for some inexplicable reason given her record of failure to support GOP candidates capable of winning, instead supporting Senate Majority Leader McConnell's establishment picks..

(5)  The RNC appears to be one giant money-sucking grift at this point. It is apparent that there’s no ideological core to the Republican Party beyond bumper-sticker slogans and platitudes. As far as I can tell, the RNC does little or nothing to advance liberty and freedom.

Bottom line…

The Republicans never miss an opportunity to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

We are screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


TYRE NICHOLS: IF ONLY HE HAD COMPLIED?

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For those readers who requested my take on the brutal beating and subsequent death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of five members of the Memphis Police Department…

(1)  Once again, we see a police stop of a citizen spin out of control when a suspect appears to refuse to follow police commands, resists arrest, or flees the scene.

(2)  The five police officers should face charges and be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for the unnecessarily brutal beating of a suspect after he appeared to be unarmed, relatively passive, and subduable. These were "big" seasoned officers, and the amount of overwhelming force seemed unnecessary since there is no clear threat to their lives.  This appears to be pure police rage.

(3)  Police training supervisors need to be terminated, as we saw a group of officers, lacking clear leadership and individual professionalism, shouting obscenities and conflicting orders, and acting like a mob.

(4)  The two Memphis Fire Department EMTs need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for failing to render immediate aid to a non-responsive patient.

(5)  Attorney Benjamin Crump should be cautioned about inciting violence with his over-the-top inflammatory rhetoric as he pursues another multi-million dollar payday,

(6)  Antifa and Black Lives Matter individuals need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law as domestic terrorists if they use protestors as a cover for their nefarious activities. How is it that the Department of Justice and the FBI haven't taken down these Marxist revolutionaries trying to create a race war? 

(7)  Rioters, arsonists, and looters should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and denied plea bargains.

(8)  Politicians should promote the law rather than engage in political pandering.

(9)  Let us hope that our legal system works without political interference and posturing.

In the final analysis, there was no race issue, and nothing Nichols did justifies this type of treatment at the hands of the officers operating under the color of authority. I also believe he may have been in a panic and running for his life when he took off. 

I feel sorry for Nichols and his Mother, and the rest of his family.

Bottom line…

A tragic event, but you do not blame an entire group for the actions of one or more out-of-control individuals.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


BURIED IN SCHIFF: THE LIAR, LEAKER, AND FABRICATOR OF FALSE EVIDENCE ANNOUNCES FOR SENATE

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff,  liar, leaker of classified information, and the creator of false evidence, wants a promotion to Senator and has officially announced plans for a U.S. Senate run in California. He plans to primary incumbent Senator and fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein. 

You don’t have to read the rest.

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Adam’s bullshit announcement…

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Stephen —

I wanted you to hear it from me first. I’m running for the U.S. Senate in 2024 to protect our democracy and to build an economy that works for everyone.

Because we’re in the fight of our lives for the future of our country.

If you’re with me, chip in $10 right now to be one of the Founding Members of Team Schiff. Here’s a personal link: secure.

Our democracy is under assault by an extreme and power-hungry GOP whose leadership doesn’t care about truth, decency, or right and wrong. And they must be stopped. We did far better than expected against these radical Republicans in the midterms, but we are not out of the woods. Donald Trump is still the dominant voice in his party, and he has spawned a dangerous crowd of imitators.

This is the fight of my life — to protect our democracy, build it back stronger, and hold those who would tear it down accountable.

And at a time when our economy simply isn’t working for millions of Americans, who see their wages fail to keep pace with the cost of food, education, and housing, and who don’t have the same opportunity to succeed as their parents, we simply can’t afford to wait and hope the economy fixes itself.

Because if hard-working folks don’t have a chance to succeed, they start looking for alternatives — like a demagogue who promises that he alone can fix it.

[OCS: Pure projection from a real demagogue—Adam Schiff.]

With our economy and our democracy at risk, we must fight:

For an economy that works for everyone and leaves no one behind. For universal health care. Against climate change and for a healthy planet. To stop gun violence and protect our children. To realize a bold and progressive future for the Golden State and our nation.

With Trump on the ballot and control of the House and Senate at stake in 2024, I truly believe that the future of our country hinges on this election. That’s why I need to know that you’re ready for the fight ahead.

Senator Feinstein hasn’t announced her plans yet. But we need to start preparing for the fights ahead right now.

Over the last six years, I’ve taken on Trump and Trumpism to protect our country. And I’d do it again. In a heartbeat.

Already, the Republicans are going after me. Trump bellows at me at his rallies. Fox News runs its constant smears. Kevin McCarthy just removed me from the Intelligence Committee. They don’t want me to continue holding them accountable, and they certainly don’t want me in the Senate.

Many of Trump’s worst enablers are in the U.S. Senate, and it’s where a lot of the critical fights for the future will take place.

When I led the Senate impeachment trial against Trump, I stood my ground, no matter what they threw at me. And I will take on anyone to protect the country I love and its proud legacy of self-government. As I run for the Senate, I need to know that you are by my side.

Can I count on you to be a Founding Member of Team Schiff before the end of the day? I'm not accepting corporate PAC money in this race. Even $3, $10, or $25 goes a long way.

I’ll keep you posted every step of the way, and I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for me and to protect our democracy.

Talk soon,

— Adam

From Adam #2…

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Stephen —

The last time I stood in the well of the Senate, I was making the case against the most corrupt president in the history of our country, during his Senate impeachment trial.

[OCS: The most corrupt president in the history of our country, and probably the most traitorous, is Joe Biden. If you had done your job and upheld your oath of office, you would have investigated and impeached President Biden, Yet, you continue to kiss his ass and that of Nancy Pelosi.]

The same disgraced, twice-impeached ex-president who is already running again in 2024 — Donald J. Trump.

We’ve seen many more of his abuses of office in the years since. Abuses that have shaken our democracy, and the Senate chamber, to its very core. Like the incitement of a vicious attack on the Capitol on January 6th.

I believe in my heart that the future of our democracy hinges on this next election in 2024. That’s why I’m wasting no time and building a Senate campaign to save it.

If you believe, as I do, that this next election will define the future of our democracy, then I am asking you to donate $10 to become a Founding Member of Schiff 2024 before midnight tonight.

DONATE $10

We need a people-powered grassroots movement to weather the relentless attacks we are sure to face from Fox News, Trump, and the Republicans. That’s why your support today, as I announced my run for Senate, is so important.

Every Founding Donor who supports our campaign before midnight tonight is helping to create a Senate that follows the wishes of the American people — not Mitch McConnell and the Trump acolytes in the Republican Party.

Thank you so much for your support,

Adam

From Adam #3...

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Stephen,

I'm going on MSNBC in a moment and there are just a few hours before midnight so I’ll make this quick:

I just announced my Senate campaign to represent California in the 2024 election. As you can tell, today is incredibly important for our momentum.

So I’m asking — will you pitch in any amount you can spare before midnight to become a Founding Donor? Use my personal link

Thanks Stephen, and I promise we’ll ease up on emails soon!

— Adam

From Adam’s Mrs. Schiff for brains…

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Hi everyone —

It’s Eve Schiff.

Yes, Adam and Eve. And yes, we’ve heard all the jokes. Yes, that one, too.

But I’m reaching out today with something serious:

Adam just announced he’s running for the U.S. Senate in California in 2024. And he needs your support — right now.

We have all watched Adam over the last six years. The work he’s done has been so important.

We watched as he investigated Trump. We watched as he led the impeachment trial against him. We watched his work on holding people accountable for January 6th. And we watched him as he was ruthlessly attacked.

[OCS: Yes, we watched! And we were appalled as Adam Schiff lied, leaked classified information, and fabricated evidence as he shouted Russia, Russia, Russia and led a phony impeachment effort – all the while ignoring the fact that President Biden, his brother, and his son were foreign agents and engaged in illegal quid pro quo schemes that demanded impeachment and imprisonment.]

By Trump. By Fox News. By unscrupulous Republicans in Congress. He is pretty tough, and has weathered the storm well, but I’ll admit it — the viscousness of what he has endured concerns me.

That’s why Adam’s announcement this morning is such a serious one.

He is taking on a new challenge, and one that will draw new attacks. But if he is successful, it will also allow him to be an even more powerful defender of our democracy and its institutions. Because this isn’t about Trump. This is about the vision Adam has for the future of our state and country, and the vision that I know you share. Where right and truth and decency matter. And the oath of office means something.

[OCS: Sorry! I don’t believe in a bigger, more authoritarian government, with confiscatory taxes and curtailment of my constitutional rights, especially under the First and Second Amendments. I don’t endorse a candidate who defends a man who slept with a Communist Chinese Spy sitting on the Intelligence Committee.]

Where the economy works for everyone, and everyone has a chance to succeed. Where parents can put their children to bed knowing they will be safe, knowing that if they get ill, they can get the care that they need, and knowing that the planet can be as healthy as they are.

I believe that our country is filled with promise, and that our democracy is precious. And fragile. Adam has been on the frontlines, protecting it. He always will be. And you have always been by his side. I am so grateful for that.

[OCS: Adam has been at the forefront of destroying our nation from within. He is a traitor to the cause of liberty and freedom.]

As Adam embarks on this journey, I hope you will give him a huge show of support today. It would mean so much to me. After all, we’re all in this fight together.

That’s why I’m asking. Can Adam and I count on you chipping in $10 right now?

Thanks for always standing with Adam. It means the world to us.

— Eve

From Adam’s team…

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Stephen, today is a very special day… and not just because Adam launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Today is Kevin McCarthy’s 58th birthday, and what better way to celebrate it than by helping ensure Kev is represented in the U.S. Senate by a leader like Adam Schiff, who’s dedicated his life to public service, to California, and to our democracy.

[OCS: Happy Birthday, Kevin. You did the right thing in removing liar, leaker, and false evidence creator Adam Schiff from the House Intelligence Agency.]

Can we count on you to chip in today to help us give Kevin McCarthy the greatest birthday gift of all by making Adam Schiff — Kevin McCarthy’s Senator? Donate here to help make it happen:

Thanks for helping us celebrate such a special, special day : )

— Team Schiff

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Stephen — It took Matt Gaetz all of 2 hours to attack Adam. (Might be a new record!)

[OCS: Actually, Gaetz is late to the game. You deserved to be attacked years ago. Or, expelled from the House of Representatives for lying, leaking classified information, and fabricating false evidence.]

Just hours after Adam launched his campaign to be the next U.S. Senator from California, MAGA loyalist Matt Gaetz took it upon himself to launch another baseless, partisan attack:

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Matt Gaetz has so much dirty laundry it’s a wonder he has a clean suit to wear to Congress.

[OCS:  A pretty lame come-back after being burned – Pencil refers to Trump’s mocking of Schiff as “Adam ‘Pencil Neck’ Schiff.]

But we’re not gonna go there today.

We’re gonna keep the focus on where it needs to be — that Republicans from Kevin McCarthy to MAGA extremist Matt Gaetz are united on one fact: NONE of them want Adam in a position to hold them accountable. And they sure as hell don’t want him in the Senate.

They're ready to throw every dirty trick in the book — and make up new ones — to stop Adam. We need the resources to cut through the noise and stop their disinformation campaign starting Day One.

The best way to fight back against Matt Gaetz, Kevin McCarthy, and Donald Trump is by sending Adam to the United States Senate. Pitch in $3 or more today now to help Adam stand up to MAGA Republicans:

Thank you,

— Team Schiff

Bottom line…

Elect a traitor to freedom to help destroy America from within. Or not? It is your life, your choice, and you will own the outcome.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


PFIZER MUTATIONS OF VIRUSES? IS THIS A WARNING TO THE WORLD?

There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that artificially engineering viruses – no matter if it is the creation of bioweapons or preventative therapeutics-- should be outlawed as a clear and present danger to humanity.

Even worse, when private companies, in pursuit of almost limitless profits, are granted immunity for their creations and use a corrupt political process to mandate their minimally tested wares on a frightened and unsuspecting public, this is a crime against humanity and should result in the ultimate punishment for those advancing the scheme and putting the population at serious risk.

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Is Pfizer creating that clear and present danger, and will the media cover up the dangers as they have in the past by censoring reporting and canceling platform access to those with dissenting views?

According to a surreptitious recording of Pfizer’s Director of Research and Development -- Strategic Operations and mRNA Scientific Planning, Dr. John Trishton Walker, by Project Veritas, it appears that the U.S. Government must investigate Pfizer before we experience another Wuhan-like lab leak or severe damage due to unanticipated consequences of a partially-tested therapeutic.

In his own words… 

Will YouTube censor this video?

Also available at Rumble.

“One of the things we’re exploring is like, why don’t we just mutate it [COVID] ourselves so we could create — preemptively develop new vaccines, right? So, we have to do that. If we’re gonna do that though, there’s a risk of like, as you could imagine — no one wants to be having a pharma company mutating f**king viruses,” Walker told the undercover Project Veritas journalist.

“Don’t tell anyone. Promise you won’t tell anyone. The way it [the experiment] would work is that we put the virus in monkeys, and we successively cause them to keep infecting each other, and we collect serial samples from them,” he said.

A distinction without a difference?

Walker says that Directed Evolution is different than Gain-of-Function, which is defined as “a mutation that confers new or enhanced activity on a protein.” In other words, it means that a virus such as COVID can become more potent depending on the mutation / scientific experiment performed on it.

The Pfizer executive told a Veritas journalist about his company’s plan for COVID vaccines, while acknowledging that people would not like this information if it went public.

“You’re not supposed to do Gain-of-Function research with viruses. Regularly not. We can do these selected structure mutations to make them more potent. There is research ongoing about that. I don’t know how that is going to work. There better not be any more outbreaks because Jesus Christ,” he said.

Bottom line…

Are biotechnology companies putting the world at risk as if they were creating bioweapons?

Unfortunately, we can no longer trust those agencies and individuals who are charged with monitoring dangerous biological experiments due to the loss of credibility and trust from the bald-faced lies of the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical advisor to the president, Dr. Anthony Fauci; White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx; the director of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and others.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


WILL YOU REWARD ADAM SCHIFF FOR LYING, LEAKING, AND FALSIFYING EVIDENCE?

The progressive communist democrats seem to have a never-ending amount of chutzpah as they seek to be rewarded for their inappropriate, and often criminal, behavior…

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Among the most despicable of the progressive communist democrats is liar, and leaker Adam Schiff, known as the Bolshevik of Burbank, who has his hand out on every occasion.

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I’ve got some bad news:

Kevin McCarthy and the Republican Party just did what they’ve threatened for the last two years.

They removed me from the House Intelligence Committee where I have served as Chairman and the top Democrat for years.

This is political retribution for my leading the impeachment of Donald Trump, pure and simple, and a dangerous effort to go after anyone who holds them accountable. It also turns the Intelligence Committee into a political plaything for their right-wing supporters.

Stephen, I really need you with me to help respond to this baseless attack on my ability to serve my constituents and the American people.

Please, contribute $10 or whatever you can spare today to help me respond to Republicans’ baseless attacks on my ability to hold them accountable. This isn’t the end of my fight for truth, accountability, and our democracy. In fact, it’s only the start:

If you've saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately:

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I’ll have much more to say soon. But for now, thanks for standing with me — because it’s not just a personal attack on me. It’s an attack on accountability and effective oversight.

And it’s up to all of us to fight back.

— Adam

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Schiff’s removal from the House Intelligence Committee was well-justified as he is a proven liar, leaker, and falsifier of evidence. However, the douchebags are attempting to spin this appropriate action as retribution for how Democrats mistreated Republicans when they were in the majority, and Nancy Pelosi barred chosen GOP representatives from the Committee, arguing that they were not fit to serve.

The Case For Booting Adam Schiff From The House Intel Committee

In March 2017, Schiff said on MSNBC “there is more than circumstantial evidence” that Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government.

As a 2019 report from the DOJ inspector general showed, Schiff himself had been lying about Russian collusion since the inception of the hoax.

As chair, Schiff’s deposition hearings were held behind closed doors while the committee selectively leaked snippets of testimony to amplify their own narratives to a complicit press. In fact, leaking on the Intelligence Committee became a favorite practice of the congressman, whose habitual leaks made their way uncritically into the pages of The New York Times.

When he wasn’t leaking to the allied press machine, Schiff was making up his own evidence to promote the Democrats’ fabricated narratives. In September 2019, Schiff created his own transcript of the phone call between Trump and Zelensky which was supposed to be the smoking gun that warranted impeachment.

In December 2021, Schiff doctored text messages between GOP Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Schiff manipulated messages presented at an official hearing to expose “a lawmaker” pressing the vice president to unilaterally deny certification of the electoral college votes as unconstitutional. The message, however, actually came from Washington attorney and former Department of Defense Inspector General Joseph Schmitz, and was merely forwarded by the Ohio congressman. The Jan. 6 Committee even conceded that Schiff’s messages were manipulated.

Schiff has remained laser-focused on Trump’s criminal conviction even after the president left office. True to form, the California Democrat and member of the Select Committee on Jan. 6 went on CNN in June as the panel proceeded with summer show trials to foreshadow evidence of culpability that never came.

“We’ll show evidence of the President’s involvement in this scheme,” Schiff said, presumably in reference to the plans Trump openly supported to halt certification of the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6, 2021, as if it were a cover-up for something illegal. (Never mind that Democrats objected to certification in 2001, 2005, and 2017.) Schiff refused to reveal his “evidence,” however, because he didn’t “want to get ahead” of the upcoming hearing.

It was routine commentary from the California congressman who has been at the center of practically every fabricated scandal against President Trump since the pair began to emerge into the national spotlight in 2015. Schiff’s work on the Jan. 6 probe, which wrapped up its hearings this fall with nothing to show, highlights the dishonesty of his tenure. <Source> IG Report Confirms Schiff FISA Memo Media Praised Was Riddled With Lies. <Source>

About that fundraising – selling your name to others for big bucks…

Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) wants voters to think he's a selfless patriot who risked his career and lost his committee assignments to hold former president Donald Trump accountable.

But his financial records tell a different story: that of a relatively unknown congressman who hitched himself to the "Resistance" bandwagon and milked tens of millions of dollars from donors across the country.

A Washington Free Beacon review of Schiff's financial disclosures shows that the California Democrat ramped up fundraising efforts just as he began his quest to impeach Trump. Schiff, who spent just $134,000 on fundraising in 2016, by 2018 poured nearly $2 million into ads urging supporters to "chip in" to help with his investigations into Trump's alleged dirty dealings.

But these donations didn't go toward oversight efforts, which are funded by congressional committees. Instead, they went right into Schiff's campaign coffers, which now hold $21 million. Schiff, who has represented his deep-blue Los Angeles district since 2001, won 10 of his 11 elections without such a massive war chest. But the money could soon come in handy.

Schiff is widely believed to be eyeing Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D., Calif.) Senate seat, in what will likely be a contentious Democratic primary. Schiff’s fellow California progressive Rep. Katie Porter (D.) has already announced her intention to run in 2024 to replace Feinstein, who has yet to announce her retirement. Winning the nomination will require cash, fundraising chops, and name recognition. Thanks to his tussle with Trump, Schiff now has all three.

In 2016, Schiff had little national name recognition and just $2.1 million on hand. But as the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, he was in a prime position to boost his profile as rumors began to swirl about the then-president-elect's alleged ties to Russia.

On January 22, 2020, Schiff led the House's impeachment trial of Trump. In the days immediately after the hearings, he spent $600,000 on ad buys. One Facebook ad from the end of January urges supporters to "help Adam fight for transparency, accountability, and fairness on the House floor without having to spend time fundraising." By the time Trump left office in January 2021, Schiff had over $13 million in his campaign coffers—a nearly seven-fold increase from when Trump took office.

With Trump out of office and the Russia hoax thoroughly debunked, Schiff has sought out greener pastures. In July 2021, then-House speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Schiff to the select congressional committee tasked with probing Trump's culpability in the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. That month, Schiff spent $540,000 on fundraising ads tied to the appointment.

Schiff's campaign dropped more than $1.2 million in ads in the months surrounding the October release of his book Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could. The book is billed as an "inside account of American democracy in its darkest hour, from the rise of autocracy unleashed by Trump to the January 6 insurrection." A week after its release, Schiff petitioned the Federal Election Commission to let him rent his donor email list with his publisher to boost book sales. In December 2021, the FEC ruled in his favor.  <Source>

Bottom line…

When will someone do a documentary on douchebag Schiff and his sleazy behavior while heading the House Intelligence Committee? Hopefully, the GOP-led Committee will reveal additional evidence of Schiff’s nefarious actions – before the dirtbag mounts his campaign for the Senate.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE WAR ON FOSSIL FUEL ENERGY IS BLEEDING AMERICA DRY

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Is ignorance, incompetence, a lack of self-awareness, greed, or pure malevolent power politics driving a continuing agenda against the fossil-fuel economy?

A phantom crisis...

A phantom crisis is occurring due to the public’s lack of information and understanding about the deliberate, politically-driven manipulation of the energy market based on a distortion of scientific research and data for gain--including fudging data, selectively reporting results, or suppressing dissenting views. And the deliberate failure to verify and replicate research results to ensure the integrity of scientific research used to justify public policies.

The truth about global climate change is simple and unimpeachable at this point in time.

1. Man cannot identify, isolate, and measure man’s climate signal against the noise of natural climate variability.

2. Man cannot determine the optimum temperature of the Earth beneficial to life from the equatorial latitudes to the polar regions.

3. Carbon dioxide is required for life, is not a pollutant, and is not a significant driver of climate change other than in computer models with incomplete or faulty assumptions and highly-manipulated suspect data.

4. The significant drivers of climate change are: the Sun’s energy output in all spectral bands, cosmic ray production, the Earth’s position relative to the Sun, the Earth’s rotational and precessional dynamics, plate tectonics and vulcanology, deep ocean currents, and the most significant greenhouse gas: water vapor. All seemingly interlinked with feedback and response mechanisms to support life on our planet. And all impervious to man’s control.

5. There is no evidence that any public policies or initiatives have altered or can alter our short-term weather or long-term global climate.

6. It appears that the elite climate change activists and supporters have accumulated additional wealth and power at humanity’s expense.

The dire consequences of malevolent actors, useful idiots, and a corrupted, corporatized media...

It is a fact that fossil fuels dominate the economy, from producing food that requires fertilizer derived from natural gas and diesel-powered farm vehicles to creating petrochemical and plastic feedstocks to transporting critically essential goods locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

Phantom energy crises can have severe economic and social consequences, leading to higher energy prices, shortages of goods and services, and disruptions to daily life.

We have already seen economic instability with distortions and disruptions in our GDP growth, inflation, unemployment rate, personal income, cost of food, cost of fuel, lower standards of living, limits on our mobility, and other factors affecting daily life.

How dare they?

A question asked in a different context by a teenage Swedish climate activist blaming the world’s political leaders for not doing enough to destroy the capitalism that is driving so-called climate change.

But it is a valid question. How is it that our leadership has allowed the perversion of science to justify actions that are leading to a humanitarian crisis? A crisis that should see these very same leaders charged with crimes against humanity and deserving of the ultimate punishment?

It appears that we are living in an era of intentional man-made crises and allowing those who have created these preventable catastrophes to profit from them by proposing self-serving solutions.

I find it disingenuous and frankly insulting when our leadership points at me and says, “you are responsible for the problems we are facing because you failed to surrender your freedoms, fund our prescriptive programs, and turn down your thermostat. 

An example of manipulation?

Sempra

My local gas company, Southern California Gas Company, a subsidiary of Sempra, brags about implementing California’s Net Zero initiative while charging sky-high rates for natural gas while excusing themselves for the catastrophic rise of a gas bill from $100 to $300 without warning.

SoCalGas does not set the price for natural gas. Instead, natural gas prices are determined by national and regional markets. SoCalGas buys natural gas in those markets on behalf of residential and small business customers, and the cost of buying that gas is billed to those customers with no markup, meaning SoCalGas does not profit from the movement of gas commodity prices.”

The question I cannot get answered: Is Southern California Gas Company purchasing gas in the spot markets at retail from other Sempra subsidiaries, or are they purchasing it wholesale from their parent Sempra? Is Sempra helping to ship vast quantities of natural gas out the back door at wholesale?

In a January 19, 2023 letter to the California Attorney General, Consumer Watchdog asked for an Investigation of So Cal Gas Over Natural Gas Prices.

The doubling of natural gas prices is unique to California. While the utility has made natural gas available to its customers as it is required to do, it has purchased gas at unreasonably high prices, with higher profits for So Cal Gas’s parent company SEMPRA, that sells natural gas to So Cal Gas through its other subsidiaries.

Most importantly, Southern Gas has deceived its customers about the fact that it is profiting from the increase in natural gas costs.

In fact, SEMPRA, the parent company of both utilities, and its other subsidiaries, profits greatly from the increase in natural gas prices and that benefits So Cal Gas’s management financially as well – which is rewarded for feeding the cash cow that is SEMPRA. Put another way, would it be an unfair business practice if a plumber charged a consumer double for piping, claiming he has no financial interest in the added costs of the pipe and is just passing those costs along, and neglects to mention his father owns the piping company. 

What role did SoCal gas play in the scarcity of natural gas for its customers? Evidence shows that So Cal gas did not adequately purchase gas for the 2022 – 2023 season. Ordinarily the utility would purchase, transport and store ahead of the season to plan for winter surges. This failure of planning created conditions where it had to buy from its parent company SEMPRA’s subsidiaries on the spot market at twice the normal price, passing the costs on to its customers.

Bottom line...

I would like to see those who knowingly implement harmful policies to advance their self-serving political agenda surrender their pensions and personal wealth to the treasury as reparations for the harm they have inflicted on the country and its citizens.

Unfortunately, under the present administration, it is unlikely that any corrupt politician will be held accountable for their actions and thoroughly punished under the law.

The only answer to why an individual, corporation, community, or nation would knowingly commit suicide is that we are facing evil and its disciples.

What is more harmful to consumers than inflation in fuel and food? Answer: the professional self-serving politician who doesn’t give a damn.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


EQUITY: THE LATEST NAME FOR COMMUNISM

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Once again, the politicians are trying to sell Americans a blivit, ten pounds of shit crammed into a five-pound bag…

There is no doubt in my mind that the progressive communist democrats are altering the meanings of words to advance their malignant agenda. Confusing and conflating good and evil, right and wrong, left and right, and up and down. And using projection to attribute their bad actions to the opposition.

The progressive communist democrats are conflating equality, the bedrock principle of our representative democracy where citizens are treated equally under the law, have equal access to opportunities, and have an equal voice over governmental decisions, with equity, where the government recognizes that each citizen has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed for all citizens to reach equal outcomes.

Equity is a bad word…

Politically speaking, equity is being sold to America as a principle of fairness and justice that focuses on providing what is needed for each person to have an equal outcome. It allegedly recognizes that different individuals and groups have different needs and experiences and that treating everyone the same may not lead to fairness or equality.

Equity-based policies aim to address the root causes of inequality and provide targeted support and resources to marginalized groups to achieve greater equality of outcome.

In essence, equity is discriminatory as it provides advantages to one class of individuals at the expense of another class of individuals.

Equity-based policies make a mockery of our Constitution, American values, and the concept of equality under the law, which means treating everyone the same under the law, and posits that everyone may have access to opportunities to better their lives – rather than guaranteed outcomes.

The progressive communist democrats are using equity to grab political power as they address social and economic inequality. They pander to minorities and promise entitlements to classes of victims they have created to gain or maintain self-serving political power and the right to plunder the public purse.

Equity is little more than a political power grab, based on a false promise of fairness and justice purporting to address social and economic inequality, that creates tyranny, discord, and dissention among American citizens.

  1. Equity-based policies are often redistributive, taking resources from some individuals or groups and giving them to others – which is often unfair or unjust, especially by those who are asked to contribute more to those who are unskilled and unmotivated to achieve a better life for themselves and their families.
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  3. Equity-based policies are paternalistic and dependent on an authoritarian structure to divide and allocate resources between classes of individuals.
  4.  
  5. Equity-based policies create dependency on the government by providing financial support and artificial opportunities that must be continued or else produce dissent over the elimination or reduction of entitlements within the marginalized group.
  6.  
  7. Equity-based policies are insulting as they assume that all marginalized group members cannot achieve equality on their own and need to be given resources and support.
  8.  
  9. Equity-based policies are doubly insulting because high-achieving members of the marginalized group are stigmatized, and their accomplishments are diminished by the assumption that those achievements were not achieved fairly through the individual’s own efforts.
  10.  
  11. Equity-based policies are often too generalized and not specific enough to address the unique needs and challenges faced by different marginalized groups in other regions of the country.
  12.  
  13. Equity-based policies are ineffective in the long run as they are disincentives to individual achievement, a type of peer-driven mediocrity, and deep resentment in non-marginalized individuals.
  14.  
  15. Equity-based policies often lead to unintended consequences and situations where corrective action appears heavy-handed and tyrannical.
  16.  
  17. Equity-based policies run counter to human nature, the innate qualities and characteristics common to all human beings, such as the desire for self-preservation, the tendency to seek power and status, and the tendency to act in one’s own self-interest. Traits that lead to productive competition and may result in inequality as individuals and groups struggle to gain resources and advantages over others. Thus,  equity-based policies create unnecessary tension between competition and self-interest and sacrifice and cooperation.
  18.  
  19. Equity-based policies deny local, regional, and state representation, the very basis of our representative republic. Creating a lack of trust and legitimacy in the government among certain segments of the population
  20.  
  21. Equity-based policies create over-centralization of decision-making, which can lead to a lack of accountability and responsiveness to local communities and individuals' needs and concerns.
  22.  
  23. Equity-based policies create a bureaucracy resulting in the artificial creation of rules, regulations, procedures, and forms to justify and perpetuate its existence and funding and creating unnecessary red tape, making it slow, inefficient, or incapable of responding to the needs of individuals or communities.
  24.  
  25. Equity-based policies create additional inequalities, often exacerbating existing inequalities by making decisions that benefit certain regions or groups at the expense of others.

Bottom line…

Progressive communist democrats and their useful idiots have different views on what is considered fair, arguing that fairness is collective and based on need and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed. In contrast, constitutional conservatives have a traditional view that fairness is based on merit and rewarding hard work. Simply put, the non- or underachievers want what the achievers have without putting forth the corresponding effort—looking for assets to be divided on an artificial basis determined by a power-seeking political party.

While it may be true that ordinary individuals do extraordinary things from time to time, most of society’s achievements can be attributed to high-functioning individuals with knowledge, experience, and motivation. There is no societal or national advantage in dragging top performers down to an “equal” level of mediocrity to reduce inequalities.

We are seeing a war on merit and motivation – pandering to under-achieving classes rather than solving our environmental and social issues by investing in the best and brightest. And no, I do not simply mean academics with advanced degrees, as many of these individuals appear to lack common sense and spew jargon-laced nonsense to hide their lack of significant achievement in their own field of endeavor.

The amount of time, effort, and money required to bring individuals up to minimum performance standards at the expense of propelling high-achievers forward is a threat to our national security and society in general as it produces little more than conformance and mediocrity. 

To allow our elected representatives to pander to any segment of the population by reallocating funding away from achievers and relaxing performance standards is to further weaken our nation at a time when we are facing motivated enemies who are concentrating their efforts on turning out individuals capable of superior achievement.

We are screwing ourselves as our elected officials feather their own nests.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


ENOUGH: TIME TO TELL THESE PETTY POLITICIANS TO STEP OFF

Time to coin a new term, “Afro-grifters,” to describe those Black individuals who believe they are entitled to the fruits of my labor. As for progressive communist democrats like Adam Schiff, “corrupt schmucks” will suffice.

Leftist Colombian VP Wants ‘Climate’ Reparations From U.S. — America Already Gives Colombia Hundreds Of Millions Every Year.

Leftist Colombian Vice President Francia Márquez Mina demanded reparations from the United States over climate change, even as the U.S. sends hundreds of millions of dollars every year to the nation in economic and humanitarian aid. 

cvpIn an interview this week with POLITICO, Márquez said that the U.S. and other Western countries should pursue reparations in the form of debt forgiveness to Colombia over the issues of climate change and colonialism.

“There’s no doubt that the United States has a role to play. The United States should be the first country to acknowledge that its global politics have helped keep black people around the world and in Africa in a state of subjugation,” Márquez said when asked if the U.S. should be involved in “global and climate reparations.”

“Countries that have participated in slavery and colonialism are the ones that have their black population living without the barest of necessities, in a state of precarity. Those countries most responsible for colonialism and slavery are today’s developed countries, the world superpowers, which paradoxically also emit the most greenhouse gases,” she added.

Márquez then claimed that black people, Indigenous people, and women were most impacted by climate change. She said that the U.S. and other countries should institute a debt forgiveness program to free up resources for “marginalized and oppressed communities.” <Source>

[OCS:  Perhaps someone should rub her nose in the fact that Columbia’s systemic problems were born of corrupt, despotic politicians and oligarchs who exploited their own people.

How about we immediately close our checkbook and make some demands of our own? 

(1) Scientifically prove that we can identify and directly measure man’s climate signal amid the natural viability of climate.

(2) Scientifically determine the optimum temperature of the Earth from the equatorial latitudes to the polar regions.

(3) Scientifically, prove that carbon dioxide is a pollutant and not a requirement for a bountiful life on Earth.

(4) First, present the same complaints to China, Russia, India, and other alleged polluters whose pollution levels exceed those of the United States before holding out your hand.

(5)  Account for the global deaths and misery brought about by the Colombian drug trade, its corruption, and the crime that follows. Until then, shut the fuck up!

And if you decide to shake down the United States by pandering to China, good luck with your banking and commerce – and add yourself to the target list of enemy infrastructure that will be preemptively destroyed in a conflict.]

Schiff and his cadre of progressive communist democrats use the false title, “Democracy For All Americans” in an attempt to restrict unrestrained campaign spending and dark money from their opposition…

SCHIFF-TRUST-ME

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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Mr. SCHIFF introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on ______________

JOINT RESOLUTION 

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to the authority of Congress and the States to regulate contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections and to enact public financing systems for political campaigns.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:

ARTICLE —

SECTION 1. Congress and the States may regulate and impose reasonable viewpoint-neutral limitations on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.

SECTION 2. Congress and the States may regulate and enact systems of public campaign financing, including those designed to restrict the influence of private wealth by offsetting the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections with increased public funding.

SECTION 3. Congress and the States shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation, and may distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections.

[OCS: Historically, the progressive communist democrats have attempted to limit corporate donations while allowing unlimited contributions from pro-Democrat unions. And, nothing prevents foundations and non-profits from spending “get out the vote” money only in progressive precincts.]

SECTION 4. Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the press.”.  <Source>

[OCS:  Of course, nothing would prevent corporate-owned media from censoring or distorting the news to benefit a political party or candidate -- and acting as an “in-kind” donation.

OCS: Co-authored by the usual progressive communist democrat suspects… Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Grace F. Napolitano (D-Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), Henry C. (“Hank”) Johnson (D-Ga.), John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.), André Carson (D-Ind.), Gerry Connolly (D-Virginia), Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Paul D. Tonko (D-N.Y.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), John Garamendi (D-Calif.),  Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.), Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-N.J.),  Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), Ami Bera, M.D. (D-Calif.), Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ed Case (D-Hawaii), Don Beyer (D-Va.), Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.), Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Ted W. Lieu (D-Calif.), Norma Torres (D-Calif.), Dwight Evans (D-Pa.), Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.), Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.), Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.), Colin Allred (D-Texas), Sean Casten (D-Ill.), Jason Crow (D-Colo.), Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.), Jesus G. “Chuy” Garcia (D-Ill.), Jared Golden (D-Maine), Andy Kim (D-N.J.), Susie Lee (D-Nev.), Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Greg Stanton (D-Ariz.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), David Trone (D-Md.), Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.), Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-N.M.), Nikema Williams (D-Ga.), Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-Fla.), Becca Balint (D-Vt.), Greg Casar (D-Texas), Chris Deluzio (D-Pa.), Robert Garcia (D-Calif.), Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.), Seth Magaziner (D-R.I.), Kevin Mullin (D-Calif.), and Jill Tokuda (D-Hawaii).]

According to the liar, leaker, and the Bolshevik of Burbank, Adam Schiff (D-CA)…

“The flow of unrestricted corporate and dark money into our elections has dangerously eroded the American people’s faith in our democracy, and in our government’s ability to deliver for them and their families. Citizens United was one of the most egregious enablers of special interest money, but it was only the latest in a long line of Supreme Court cases that opened the floodgates. To truly rein in dark money, we must amend our Constitution. The Democracy for All Amendment will close legal loopholes that wealthy megadonors, corporations, and special interest groups have exploited for far too long, and return power to the people once and for all.”

...and the radical communist Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)...

“Corporations are not people and money is not speech. In every election following Citizens United, billions of dollars of dark money have been dumped into our electoral system, giving corporations and the richest Americans outsized power and influence. It’s time to ensure our democracy works for all people by getting big money out of politics and ensuring every voter’s voice is heard.”

Not one word about the unrestricted flow of union, foundation, and non-profit dark money into our elections.

Bottom line...

Once again, the progressive communist democrats are attempting to destroy the U.S. Constitution and grease the slide to a tyrannical authoritarian government. run by corrupt, incompetent elites.

This is the type of constitutional amendment we should fear from corrupt and incompetent schmucks who believe they are wiser than our Founding Fathers.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


QUEER MATHEMATICS: DOES WHO YOU SCREW AFFECT THE OUTCOME OF A MATHEMATICAL EQUATION?

In quantum mechanics, the action or mere presence of an observer can alter the outcome of a quantum event,

In quantum mechanics, the act of observation can affect the outcome of a quantum event. This is known as the observer effect. The observer effect is based on the idea that the act of measuring a quantum system can change its state. This is because the act of measurement requires interacting with the system, which can cause the system to transition from a superposition of states to a specific state. This phenomenon is known as wave function collapse. It is important to note that the observer effect is a fundamental aspect of quantum mechanics, and it is not limited to human observers; any type of measurement or interaction can cause wave function collapse.

Therefore, I am compelled to ask… Does who you screw affect the outcome of a mathematical equation? In essence, does E=mc2 yield a different result for a White, Cisheteropatriarchal individual than it would for a Black, Latin, and Asian QT [queer and transgender] individual?

More importantly, does the rigorous training required to understand the equation change between a White, Cisheteropatriarchal individual and a Black, Latin, and Asian QT [queer and transgender] individual?

Or, is it necessary to apply principles of equity, the provisions of equal outcomes, to those studying mathematics such that if a White, Cisheteropatriarchal individual receives a Ph.D., then actual understanding and experience in mathematics should be waived or mitigated to ensure that a  Black, Latin, and Asian QT [queer and transgender] individual receives the same degree?

In a spasm of academic bullshit, we find the work of Professor Luis A. Leyva, associate professor of mathematics education at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University….

Leyva is also an affiliate in Vanderbilt’s Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies, according to his faculty bio. His work ​​”draws on critical race theory, women of color feminisms, and queer of color critique to conceptually and methodologically ground his scholarship, which centers historically marginalized voices in STEM higher education across intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.”

PRISM

Undergraduate Mathematics Education as a White, Cisheteropatriarchal Space and Opportunities for Structural Disruption to Advance Queer of Color Justice

Abstract

This lecture consists of two parts.

For the first half of the lecture, I present findings from my research about the educational experiences of 39 undergraduate queer and trans* (QT) students of color pursuing STEM majors across historically white and minority-serving universities in the United States. Findings depict how Black, Latin*, and Asian QT students’ narratives of experience reflect forms of intersectionality or instances of oppression and resistance at intersecting systems of white supremacy and cisheteropatriarchy (or white cisheteropatriarchy).

I use my analytical framework, “STEM Education as a White, Cisheteropatriarchal Space” (Leyva et al., 2022, American Educational Research Journal), to capture how intersectional oppression among QT students of color unfolds across three interconnected levels of influence in undergraduate STEM: ideological, institutional, and relational.

In addition, I highlight findings that illustrate structural disruptions, defined as educational structures and practices that resist intersectional oppression in undergraduate STEM.

Findings also address coping strategies among QT students of color navigating white cisheteropatriarchy in STEM for protecting their academic success and intersectional identities.

During the second half of the lecture, I apply my framework and research findings to argue how undergraduate mathematics education operates as a white, cisheteropatriarchal space that limits learning opportunities affirming of queer of color identities and experiences.

I conclude by re-imagining undergraduate mathematics education with structural disruptions that advance justice for learners marginalized across intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. This re-imagining accounts for ideological, institutional, and relational forms of disruption that interrogate dominant forms of knowledge production as well as expand access to learning opportunities and departmental support that affirm queer of color identities.

<Source>

What the hell does this mean?

White, Cisheteropatriarchal individuals sit in the back and are docked 50 points on a test, while Black, Latin, and Asian QT [queer and transgender] individuals sit in the front of the class and get 50 points on a test?

Bottom line…

I have learned that some people are predisposed to study mathematics, and others are not. To the extent that some minorities discourage and harass high achievers within their identity class, that is a disciplinary problem, not one of structural White supremacy.

We need to concentrate education on those motivated to study mathematics and who are capable of understanding the subject matter.

We need to reduce educational costs by removing highly-paid academic fools who publish and present nonsensical gibberish to other academic fools.

And for those who believe that 2 + 2 does not equal 4 (base 10), perhaps they need to be academically sidelined to the dustbin of history.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR A SATURDAY

Punishing the many for the acts of a few…

For all the talk about a new crime wave sweeping the country, almost the entire country is safe from homicidal maniacs. In most neighborhoods in the country–or even in the counties where the murders are concentrated–people are perfectly safe. Crime is concentrated in remarkably few areas.

Those are the findings of the Crime Prevention Research Center. And of common sense, if you think about it. Unless you live in a bad part of town you don’t worry about taking a stroll through a neighborhood and are totally shocked if something does happen in otherwise safe areas.

There are vast swathes of the country where violent crime is very very rare, and small areas of the country where it is common. And what the MSM doesn’t tell you when they scream from the rooftops about how common “mass shootings” are is that they are almost always gang members shooting gang members. Not that this is acceptable, but it is a far different problem than random crazies picking up a gun and shooting a place up.

It 's criminals being criminals, and the way to deal with criminals being criminals is to arrest them and lock them up, instead of pat them on the back and tell them society made them do it. <Source>

Supreme Court Leak…

The United States Supreme Court claimed it suffered one of the worst breaches of trust in its history, an assault on justice, when the draft opinion of the pending Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision was leaked in May 2022. Now, the Court informs us that it hasn’t found the leaker despite an extremely small number of individuals who had access to the leaked document. The Court even requested an “outside” review of the investigatory process that ultimately pronounced the investigation as thorough. Leading me to question whether or not the leak was sanctioned as a means to reduce public criticism of the Court. A time-tested technique used by politicians who want to diffuse public reaction to bad news. The official announcement can be found here.

We are now learning that the Justices and their wives may have not been questioned which makes a mockery of the “thorough” investigation. <Source> But they were spoken to? <Source>

Government accounting systems and system controls – defective by design?

“For years, the Department of Defense has struggled to accurately account for government property in the possession of contractors, known as government-furnished property. DOD has repeatedly revised its planned dates to address a GFP-related material weakness since auditors first reported it in 2001.”

“DOD’s lack of accountability over government property in the possession of contractors has been reported by auditors for decades. This long-standing issue affects the accounting and reporting of GFP and is one of the reasons DOD is unable to produce auditable financial statements. DOD estimated the value of its GFP at over $220 billion; however, that amount is likely significantly understated.”

The GAO is an investigatory agency with limited powers and no enforcement duties. Year after year they produce reports with recommendations which may or may not be followed, with failures appearing in the next report. Kabuki theatre to give the impression of actions after audits. Still waiting for the Department of Defense to address its inability to track equipment provided to government contractors. The GAO report can be found here.

Pompeo for President…

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, now a presumptive 2024 presidential candidate is slinging the anti-Trump mud in pre-release publicity for his obligatory memoir, "Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love."

  • Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo's new book, Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love, alleges that Haley "played" White House chief of staff John Kelly by securing a personal Oval Office meeting but, in fact, bringing Kushner and Trump's daughter along with her, according to excerpts obtained by The Guardian. “As best Kelly could tell, they were presenting a possible ‘Haley for vice-president’ option,” Pompeo wrote. "I can’t confirm this, but [Kelly] was certain he had been played, and he was not happy about it. Clearly, this visit did not reflect a team effort but undermined our work for America.” Pompeo was serving as secretary of state at the time and Haley was Trump's ambassador to the United Nations. <Source>
  • Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleges in an explosive new memoir that former President Donald Trump told him to “shut the hell up for a while” about China hiding early COVID-19 pandemic information — after Chinese President Xi Jinping said it was a sore topic. <Source>

Let us not forget that Pompeo served as the CIA Director (January 23, 2017 – April 26, 2018) under Trump and that his Deputy Director was Gina Haspel who served as CIA Director until being replaced by Biden nominee William J. Burns on January 20, 2021. We are talking deep state swamp creatures here whose art of deception, diversion, and distraction are well known. Is this a plus for the presidency or empowerment of establishment “business as usual” Republicans who work with the Democrats to spend more and more money?

Presidenticide…

It appears that certain members of the deep state do not want a corrupt, inept, and mentally deficient Biden to run in 2024. Hence, the brouhaha over classified documents when there is ample evidence of real criminal activities.

Why? The answer is simple, Biden’s document crime is a solo act, unlike compromising our Southern border which implicates many deep state actors or the quid-pro-quo deals that reveal State Department/CIA actors.

It appears that this is the very same type of action that forced then-popular president Richard Nixon from office to be replaced by a deep state-friendly politician, Gerald Ford. Let us not forget that it was Nixon who first broached the subject of the CIA’s involvement in the assassination of John F. Kennedy to CIA Director Richard Helms. Remember four of the five burglars that broke into the Watergate offices of the DNC worked for the CIA. Funny how Bob Woodward, whose source for the Watergate story was Mark Felt, the Deputy Director of the FBI, was not a journalist by an intelligence officer performing classified duties for the government.

Word in the deep state, the favored candidate is not Vice President Kamala Harris, but California Governor Gavin Newsom. Now, the goal of the Washington elite is to protect the Democrat Party since Biden’s ship is sinking fast.

Is President Biden a foreign agent?

Between the end of his Vice Presidency and the beginning of his Presidency, it appears he participated in Ukraine projects that represented foreign countries – requiring registration under FARA, the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Even worse, while President Biden has repeatedly denied discussing business with his son, Biden met with at least 14 of Hunter Biden’s business associates while he was vice president in the Obama White House. Including business associates from the U.S., Mexico, Ukraine, China and Kazakhstan. During this time, President Biden was receiving money, goods, and services from Hunter – including a portion of Hunter’s share of received funds. He was also complicit in selling access to his office during the Vice Presidency and Presidency.

Pelosi cover-up?

Why are the details of a crime involving Paul Pelosi being covered up when such information is routinely released on non-influential individuals? 

Even more unusual, why are left-biased news agencies like The Associated Press,  The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Press Democrat, CNN, Fox News, CBS, ABC, NBC and KQED, and an NPR-member radio station going to court to seek access to routinely available police body cam footage, tapes of the 911 call, interview details taken from the scene that night, and video from the security system monitored by the Capitol Police in D.C.?

Embarrassment, political or personal, has never been a consideration for information dumps previously. Is there a significant discrepancy between the official narrative and the evidence? <Source>

California corruption?

It has been previously reported that Governor Gavin Newsom engaged in the highly unethical practice of soliciting state vendors for campaign cash, and the first partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, solicited the same state vendors and the governor's campaign donors for gifts to her charity, The Representation Project.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s non-profit, The Representation Project, raises money from a who’s who of governor’s backers and state vendors – despite their charitable registration lapsing with the state. <Source>

Sounds just like political grifting to me, exploiting her husband’s office for personal profit. And him shaking down those who do business with the State of California. Democrat business as usual.

Stupidity must be hereditary…

John Kerry’s daughter Vanessa, a 44-year-old American healthcare administrator and physician married to an Iranian national, carried the word at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

“A quarter of the world’s deaths currently are from preventable environmental causes.”

This fits the WEF’s mantra: we are facing existential crises and unless you give us dominion over the world’s nations and populations, you will die. Categorically untrue and her statement demands explanation. Dr. Kerry is the co-founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, a non-profit that focuses on the power of investing in health and the health workforce for social well-being, economic growth, equity which transforms countries.

The greatest logic flaw…

The left’s position is that they represent democracy and any time they lose an election or fail to advance their agenda, democracy is under threat. Unfortunately, few stand up and point to the fact that the left is anti-capitalist and pro-authoritarian which is a true threat to democracy and freedom. A classic example of the left representing the very opposite of what they claim. Of course, both political parties participate in the charade as they pre-select the candidates running for office and which are offered to the voting public as pseudo-choice.

Trump was right…

Widely scorned by the globalists and progressive communist democrats when Trump said we should keep some of Iraq’s oil to defray our expenses, we not find that Iraq wants our money and assistance, but not so much our terms and conditions.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudani defended the presence of U.S. troops in his country and set no timetable for their withdrawal, signaling a less confrontational posture toward Washington early in his term than his Iran-backed political allies have taken.

“We think that we need the foreign forces,” Mr. Sudani said in his first U.S. interview since taking office in October, referring to the American and North Atlantic Treaty Organization troop contingents that train and assist Iraqi units in countering Islamic State but largely stay out of combat. “Elimination of ISIS needs some more time,” he added.

Until now, Mr. Sudani has been publicly silent about his views on keeping U.S. forces in Iraq, saying only that he would consult Iraqi commanders. Some pro-Iranian militia leaders and Mr. Sudani’s supporters in Parliament are pressing him to reconsider the U.S. presence.

That has left Biden administration officials unsure about the future of around 2,000 American troops in Iraq and a separate multinational training force under NATO command. <Source>

al-Sudani is closely aligned with Iran, so if Iraq wants our help protecting their oil revenues and countering Iran and the terrorists they support, let them pay – starting with refilling our national oil reserves at zero cost, including transportation.

“Scientific study” – a precursor to limiting access to national parks?

Hikers appear to have a strong negative influence on the movement of wildlife, research finds.

A study of Glacier National Park hiking trails during and after a COVID-19 closure adds evidence to the theory that humans can create a “landscape of fear,” as do other apex predators. Their presence seems to change how species use an area.

Glacier, which covers nearly 1,600 square miles of northwestern Montana, sees more than 3 million human visitors a year. It is also home to diverse range of animals with almost the full complement of mammal species that have existed in the region historically.

Thornton says park managers are faced with a balancing act between conservation and public use missions.

“It’s obviously important that people are able to get out there, but there might be a level of which that starts to be problematic,” he says. “Some additional research could help get a better understanding of that and help develop some guidelines and goals.” <Source> <The Report>

Fundraising using a condemned killer – with the money going to the non-profit news outlet.

On February 16, just 27 days from now, the state of Oklahoma is scheduled to execute Richard Glossip, despite overwhelming evidence that he is innocent.

Glossip was sentenced to death for a murder that even prosecutors admit he wasn’t present for. No physical evidence linked Glossip to the crime. Instead, the case against him was built almost exclusively on the testimony of the admitted killer, who avoided the death penalty himself by saying the murder was all Glossip’s idea.

The entire case is a travesty and a grotesque miscarriage of justice.

The Intercept’s team has tirelessly covered Glossip’s story for years, revealing one example after another of police and prosecutors cutting corners and ignoring witnesses and evidence that contradicted their case.

Now, with Glossip’s execution looming, Oklahoma’s parole board may be his last chance. Our team is racing to elevate this outrageous injustice and uncover evidence that could save Glossip’s life.

Will you make a donation to The Intercept to help us continue to investigate this case and expose the gross injustices of the death penalty in the U.S.?

But if Oklahoma finally gets its way, Glossip will be executed by lethal injection on February 16.

Clemency may be the last chance for authorities to spare the life of a man whose case has become emblematic of the profound problems with Oklahoma’s death penalty system and capital punishment as a whole.

The Intercept is continuing to report on Richard Glossip’s case — and on the egregious failures of the death penalty throughout the U.S. justice system. To support our ongoing reporting, will you make a donation to The Intercept today? And in ultra-small print, “First Look Institute is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (tax ID number 80-0951255).”

Bottom line…

The most politically dangerous issue facing us today is the convoluted and inverted nature of our language where evil is good, wrong is right, down is up, and boys are girls. All without challenge from academics who should know better or the media that should call out absurdities and prevarications.

We are truly and thoroughly screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM GRETA THUNBERG

GRETA“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!

Let’s be clear, 20-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg’s narrative is ugly,  as the climate change campaigner returns to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, to present her far-Left political agenda against 'racist' capitalism and fossil fuels.

Thunberg’s message is clear: destroying the current fossil fuel-based economy is critically important as we face a planetary emergency that will lead to a mass extinction event. Without a shred of credible scientific evidence or validation, she desires to overturn the capitalist system that has uplifted most of society in favor of a hypothetical socialist system of equality and abundance that ignores the vagaries and evil intent found in human nature. A system that has brought death and misery to millions as they were subjugated under despots who claimed to rule in the name of the people. 

“We are never going back to normal again because ‘normal’ was already a crisis. What we refer to as normal is an extreme system built on exploitation of people and the planet. It is a system defined by colonialism, imperialism, oppression and genocide by the so-called global North to accumulate wealth that still shapes our current world order.”

“It is a symptom of a much larger crisis. The sustainability crisis.”

“It has its roots in racist, oppressive extractivism that is exploiting both people and the planet to maximize short-term profits for a few.”

”We are still here, and we are not planning on going anywhere. Young people all over the world are stepping up, showing that our leaders messed with the wrong generation.”

It appears that Thunberg is ignorant, shameless, ill-educated, or lacks the self-awareness needed to see the irony in standing before the world’s elite, the carbon-spewing jet-set that exemplifies the very people plundering the system for power and profit, as she demands they surrender their freedom and commit financial suicide. The only two other choices are: child abuse--brainwashing, or she is the manifestation of evil. 

About Davos...

I am overcome with cognitive dissonance as I observe the Davos elite, a privileged, pampered, and white-badged group of individuals subtlety flaunting their status symbols and engaging in conspicuous consumption as they blather on about the evils of income inequality. Or, how climate change represents an immediate planetary catastrophe that promises to lead to war, pestilence, and the end of civilization,

And how leaders need to direct the government in marshaling private sector corporate resources to achieve important social-welfare goals that typify an authoritarian socialist/communist political system.

I sense an unfathomable arrogance and an all-knowing sense of entitlement and superiority in the Davos attendees that leads them to believe that they know what's best for society, no matter the harmful consequences encountered in building their mythical communist utopia.

Totally oblivious to the lessons of history and scientific knowledge. Surrounded by members of the defense industry and their enablers who view war as just another profitable enterprise to divert people's attention from the corruption of their leadership. Or those representing a pharmaceutical industry that thrives on debilitating disease and pestilence.

Bottom line…

The significant danger of Greta Thunberg is her adult-directed behavior to mobilize similarly ill-educated and politically indoctrinated youth who see her message as a call to action even though she lacks any real scientific credibility and parrots what she is told by those committed communists and globalists who use her like an evil sock puppet.

We must learn how to counter communist propaganda in a similar manner that is exciting, entertaining, and educational to young people who act on emotion and disregard reasoned positions in favor of feeling good about themselves and becoming more acceptable to their peers.

The idea that young people will “grow” out of wrongful thinking over time is dangerous as they tend to internalize the emotionally-driven lessons of their youth as a basis for their worldview.

Forget your alarmist predictions of catastrophic global warming or a potential mass extinction event and show me one valid scientific observation of identifying and measuring man's climate signal among the noise of natural climate variability or tell me the Earth's optimum temperature that satisfies conditions from the equatorial latitudes to the polar extremes. 

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


DEBT CEILING CRISIS: PREPARE FOR PRE-PLANNED ARTIFICIAL PANIC

Spend-it

U.S. to hit debt ceiling on Thursday, January 19, 2023
A debt ceiling standoff may trigger 'serious' fallout for Americans, warns economist. Here's what it means for you

  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the U.S. would likely hit its $31.4 trillion debt ceiling on Thursday.
  • The debt ceiling is the amount of money the U.S. is authorized to borrow to pay its bills. Since the cost of government operations generally exceeds federal tax revenues, the U.S. must raise money by selling Treasury bonds. The government can't do this after hitting the debt ceiling.
  • If the U.S. ultimately can't pay its bills, it will default on its debt. That's only happened once in U.S. history — and seemingly by mistake. Another default would mean likely recession and financial crisis, economists said. 

One might ask why the $1.7 trillion spending package, rammed through Congress without reading and signed into law by President Biden, did not automatically raise the debt ceiling.

I don't get the debt ceiling and the panicked nature that both parties use to shove these monstrosities through Congress at the last possible moment. Threatening dire consequences like a government shutdown or, heaven forbid, a default on our government obligations.

Because, essentially, Congress is fighting to pass the authorization to spend deficit dollars for legislation they have already approved and signed into law.

To me, it seems like this is a total scam designed to screw with the public rather than any serious attempt to implement prudent and fiscally responsible spending. Political brinkmanship and gridlock to gain leverage, rather than as a means of controlling government spending.

If  Members of Congress were honest, and most assuredly this is not the case, they would include the spending approvals -- automatically raising the debt ceiling for the legislation they have already approved and avoiding this last-minute Kabuki theater.

Of course, this would bring unwanted exposure to the necessity, priority, and cost of each program and a real debate over the issues instead of last-minute shenanigans. Shifting the argument from who to blame for this pig with lipstick to why we are wasting high-interest borrowed money on these unnecessary items. 

The way I think about the debt ceiling is that it is a plea to the national credit card company to raise our credit limit after we have bought the merchandise by promising that any debt, no matter how outrageous, will be paid by future taxpayers. This is a position sometimes used to justify providing amnesty to the invading hoard of illegal aliens -- unmindful of the fact that, on balance, they take more in entitlements and other assistance from the government than they return to the government in the form of taxes.

Bottom line...

It appears that the fight over the debt ceiling is a psychological ploy to allow Members of Congress to openly advertise, once more, that they are "doing something" to justify their existence while plundering the treasury to buy votes, donor support, and feathering their own nests.

The debt ceiling is not a viable instrumentality to re-negotiate programs that have already been passed and signed into law. So what's the game? If anyone has a good answer, let me know.

When you hear about the government's need to service the national debt, think about how a bull "services" a cow. Yes, it's the very same process.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


RELABELING RELIABLE INFORMATION AS DISINFORMATION DOES NOT ALTER THE MALEVOLENT INTENT OF THOSE DOING THE LABELING

Stelter

It is hard to believe that any panel comprised of compromised members of the media, a European regulator, and a Democrat have the balls to publicly speak on disinformation,  given their history of distorting the truth on behalf of the globalist regime.

The Clear and Present Danger of Disinformation
How can the public, regulators, and social media companies better collaborate to tackle disinformation, as information pollution spreads at unprecedented speed and scale?

Speakers include:

  • Brian Stelter, Fellow, Media and Democracy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and formerly the disgraced anchor of “Reliable Sources” on CNN – a program so partisan as to ignore the truth and simply repeat progressive communist democrat talking points.

CNN’s Brian Stelter compared the “radicalization” of President Donald Trump’s supporters by the “right-wing media machine” to that of ISIS members.

Stelter made the comments on his Sunday CNN show “Reliable Sources,” during which he blamed conservative media or radicalizing America. Fox News, Newsmax and One America News Network are among the networks responsible, Stelter said – Facebook, he added, harbors some blame as well.

“First, the best word for what is happening in America right now is radicalization. That’s what it is. That’s what this hyped-up, right-wing media machine is doing. That’s why it feels harder to talk about politics with other people,” Stelter began. <Source>

  • Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, Chairman and Publisher, The New York Times, the inheritor of a legacy of lying and false reporting on historical world events such as the Holocaust, the Ukraine massacre, and the blatant reporting of progressive communist democrat propaganda as news while censoring or deceptively editing legitimate news and questioning points of view.

"How does this discussion of disinformation relate to everything else happening here today in Davos?" Stelter asked the panel."If you look at this question of disinformation," Sulzberger replied, "I think it maps basically to every other challenge that we're grappling with as a society, and certainly the most existential among them." 

"What it attacks is trust," he continued, suggesting that a lack of trust will result in the disintegration of society. "People fracture along tribal lines, and that immediately undermines pluralism, and the undermining of pluralism is probably the most dangerous thing that can happen to a democracy."

Sulzberger went on to claim that those who invoke terms such as "fake news" and "enemy of the people" were following in the footsteps of repressive regimes such as Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. [OCS: The New York Times demonstrably gave support to both the Nazi regime and Stalin. They have yet to return the Pulitzer Prize given to NYT correspondent Walter Duranty for his scurrilous reporting.]

He also contended that the information ecosystem had become poisoned to such an extent that it would require years of sustained effort to get things back on track. <Source>

  • Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA), an uber-partisan member of the “Trump is Hitler” club, openly compared the rise of Republican presidential front-runner Donald J. Trump to the election of Adolf Hitler. as he promoted his own candidate whose history was a litany of lies and corruption.  
Democratic Representative Seth Moulton said that Americans are taught that they do not have the right to yell “fire” in a crowded theater during a disinformation panel on Tuesday at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) week-long meeting in Davos, Switzerland, despite constitutional experts debunking the claim.

“This concept of preserving public safety, even under the banner of free speech, is actually something that we’ve accepted for a long time,” Moulton said. “We get taught in grade school the concept of ‘yes, you’re allowed free speech but not crying fire in a crowded theater.'” 

“Representative Moulton makes the typical mistake that most people make in paraphrasing this famous statement by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, who said that freedom of speech doesn’t protect falsely shouting fire, causing a life-endangering panic.  But if the theater is on fire, that shout is life-saving! 

This critical distinction underscores that speech may be restricted if – but only if – it directly, imminently causes or threatens some specific serious harm.”“This old canard, a favorite reference of censorship apologists, needs to be retired,” he wrote. “It’s repeatedly and inappropriately used to justify speech limitations. People have been using this cliché as if it had some legal meaning, while First Amendment lawyers roll their eyes.” <Source>    

The panelists claimed that spreading fake news was among the greatest threats facing society, and praised Europe for its strict internet regulations.

The real questions that need to be asked…

(1)  How do we reduce regime-collaborative censorship and cancellation policies to ensure platform neutrality where ideas can be promoted, examined, and debated – while flagging inappropriate content?

(2)  How do we identify and modulate those elite self-serving globalists and progressive communist democrats who exploit real or imagined crises to push their personal, political, and profit agenda?

(3)  How do the legacy and social media regain their credibility after being party to suppressing legitimate warnings about medical information from well-credentialed and experienced professionals that could have challenged a false narrative and perverted science?

Bottom line…

Elitist bullshit as the panelists try to impress other powerful and influential attendees with their brilliance. For those wanting to watch the panel’s presentation, it can be found here.

Notice, they talk about collectivism and rarely about freedom, liberty, and inalienable individual rights that cannot be broached by the government.

We are so screwed when we allow these “elites” to assume control over the levers of power that provide critical information to our nation.

-- Steve.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


CALIFORNIA: BEYOND SLAVERY -- REPARATIONS FOR DRUG ADDICTS AND PUSHERS

Once again, the progressive communist democrat lunatics in San Francisco are proposing to give away the taxpayer’s hard-earned money to purchase voter support for the Democrat Party.

CA-INSANITY
More Communist class warfare craziness in California…  

San Francisco Reparations Committee Recommends Paying $5 Million to Black Residents, Supplementing Income for 250 Years

A San Francisco advisory committee has recommended paying out hefty reparations to the city’s longtime black residents, including a $5 million payment per qualifying person and a supplemental income to low-income residents for 250 years. The city’s African American Reparations Advisory Committee released a draft report last month claiming that San Francisco’s “international reputation as a shining progressive gem in the west is undermined by its legacy of mistreatment, violence towards, and targeted racism against Black Americans.”

While neither San Francisco, nor California, formally adopted the institution of chattel slavery, the values of segregation, white supremacy and systematic repression and exclusion of Black people were legally codified and enforced,” the group wrote.

As such, the committee proposed the city make a lump sum payment of $5 million to black residents who are at least 18 and have identified as black or African American on public documents for at least ten years. Residents must also meet at least two of eight other requirements. Among those requirements is that the resident is “personally, or the direct descendant of someone, incarcerated by the failed War on Drugs” or is a “Descendant of someone enslaved through US chattel slavery before 1865.”

[OCS:  Beyond slavery – notice how the progressive communist democrats in California have moved the goalposts beyond slavery – and introduced a new eligibility requirement—someone who is personally or a direct descendant of someone incarcerated by the failed War on Drugs. They seem to disregard that a high proportion of those incarcerated for drugs are likely to have been drug dealers that may have been responsible for the death, suffering, and medical costs of treating their victims. What about reparations for their victims? ]

“A lump sum payment would compensate the affected population for the decades of harms that they have experienced, and will redress the economic and opportunity losses that Black San Franciscans have endured, collectively, as the result of both intentional decisions and unintended harms perpetuated by City policy,” the committee said. The group also suggested that the city supplement lower-income recipients’ incomes to meet the Area Median Income (AMI) of about $97,000, for at least 250 years.

The panel released a lengthy list of recommendations, another of which was to create a “a comprehensive debt forgiveness program” for black residents to cancel student loans, housing loans, and credit card debt in an effort to give “Black households an opportunity to build wealth.”

The report also suggests that the city offer financial compensation for families affected by “education harms” on black students, though it does not include specifics.

[OCS: It seems that the educational harms inflicted by the union-controlled school system should apply to everyone who suffered harm from a corrupt, ineffective school system that deliberately chose indoctrination over education.]

Other proposals include allowing black residents who are eligible for reparations to receive first choice of subsidized rental units and prioritizing “members of San Francisco’s current and past African American communities for employment opportunities, training programs, professional certification, partnerships and contracting.”

[OCS: Affirmative action on steroids! It seems they left out the Black “get out of jail” pass for any Black person who attacks their white oppressor, regardless of age.]

The report suggests the city and county of San Francisco and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development should offer black homeowners grants for home maintenance and repair costs.

The group is set to submit its final proposal in June. <Source>

Just asking…

  • Where is the “fairness” recommendation that only Democrats, the party of slavery, secession, segregation, the fight against civil rights, and their affiliated unions and institutions be responsible for paying any reparations?
  • What penalty should be applied to Black slaveholders and slave masters?
  • Is San Francisco planning to contract the genealogical research necessary to verify the claim status to the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or a Communist Chinese DNA processor?
  • What happens after the cradle-to-grave welfare system fails and turns the City of San Francisco into a ghost town?
  • How long before the whole world demands reparations attributable to American colonialism?
  • Will Blacks be designated as super-citizens?
  • How is this scheme constitutional?
  • Are any Whites, Hispanics, Asians, or conservative Republicans on the Committee?

The inclusive non-racially biased reparations committee…

Committee

To read more about this Committee, visit their website here. African American Reparations Advisory Committee; San Francisco Human Rights Commission; 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA 94102; reparations@sfgov.org.

Bottom line…

What next? Reparations for the descendants of those who were denied entry into the U.S. or deported? What about Mexican farmworkers? Or Asian railroad workers?

It appears that certain San Franciscans who support this nonsense have been so deeply compromised by smelling shit on their streets every day that they cannot even recognize bullshit when they see or smell it.

We are so screwed when radical progressive communist democrats assume political power and are not individually held responsible for their dystopian and un-American behavior.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


BILL TO CRIMINALIZE CRITICISM DIRECTED AGAINST PEOPLE OF COLOR

Jackson-lee

There is no doubt in my mind that Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, a progressive communist democrat, is the face of an angry, ignorant, un-American racist grifter pandering to a segment of the population that has a disparate impact on America by committing a level of crime disproportionate to their percentage representation in the general population of the United States.

How else can you explain Jackson Lee’s introduction of proposed legislation that is muddled, incomplete, overly broad, and prima facie unconstitutional? In essence, claiming that any speech attacking a non-White person may be the precursor to a federal crime?

Does Representative Jackson Lee not understand or honor the American tradition of free speech where ideas, even those abhorrent to a particular audience, are protected under the law?

Does Representative Jackson Lee not understand the equal protection clause in the 14th amendment?

XIV Amendment - Section 1.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Excerpts from House Resolution 61…

H.R.61 - Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023

To prevent and prosecute white supremacy inspired hate crime and conspiracy to commit white supremacy inspired hate crime and to amend title 18, United States Code, to expand the scope of hate crimes.

SEC. 2. WHITE SUPREMACY INSPIRED HATE CRIME.

(a) In General.—A person engages in a white supremacy inspired hate crime when white supremacy ideology has motivated the planning, development, preparation, or perpetration of actions that constituted a crime or were undertaken in furtherance of activity that, if effectuated, would have constituted a crime.

(b) Conspiracy.—A conspiracy to engage in white supremacy inspired hate crime shall be determined to exist—

(1) between two or more persons engaged in the planning, development, preparation, or perpetration of a white supremacy inspired hate crime; or

(2) between two or more persons—

(A) at least one of whom engaged in the planning, development, preparation, or perpetration of a white supremacy inspired hate crime; and

(B) at least one of whom published material advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism based on “replacement theory”, or hate speech that vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-White person or group, and such published material—

(i) was published on a social media platform or by other means of publication with the likelihood that it would be viewed by persons who are predisposed to engaging in any action in furtherance of a white supremacy inspired hate crime, or who are susceptible to being encouraged to engage in actions in furtherance of a white supremacy inspired hate crime;

(ii) could, as determined by a reasonable person, motivate actions by a person predisposed to engaging in a white supremacy inspired hate crime or by a person who is susceptible to being encouraged to engage in actions relating to a white supremacy inspired hate crime; and

(iii) was read, heard, or viewed by a person who engaged in the planning, development, preparation, or perpetration of a white supremacy inspired hate crime.

SEC. 3. CRIMINAL OFFENSE.

Section 249(a)(1) of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A) by inserting after “race, color, religion, or national origin of any person” the following:, “or because of a white supremacy based motivation against any person”; and

(2) in subparagraph (B)—

(A) in clause (i), by striking “or” at the end;

(B) in clause (ii), by striking the period and inserting “; or”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following: “(iii) the offense was in furtherance of a white supremacy based motivation.”.

<Bill Source>

Just asking…

How does Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee justify her membership and participation in the Democrat Party when it was the Democrats who gave us Slavery, Secession, and Segregation and fought against civil rights legislation for Blacks? Or her membership and participation in the Congressional Black Caucus, whose radical anti-White, anti-America, anti-Semitic members have extensive ties to several major Marxist organizations?

I wonder how Jackson Lee would respond to the scientific fact that White is not only a color but the most inclusive color because it is the presence and reflectance of ALL colors. In contrast, Black is the absence of reflectance of any color. A racist statement that should be criminalized if published?

Bottom line…

I am deeply offended that a Member of the House of Representatives would violate their Oath of Office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that to bear true faith and allegiance to the same – to promote this overly-broad, vaguely-worded, unconstitutional racist garbage.

What kind of nation would we live in if someone spoke out against the corrupt Communist front group known as Black Lives Matter and was criminally prosecuted for their actions if some random second person decided to take action against the group or its individual members?

Where is the federal prosecution of Black rioters who caused a loss of lives and more than $2 billion in public and property damage – with similar treatment to the January 6 rioters?

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

P.S. Jackson Lee is not ill-educated: She earned a BA in political science from Yale University in 1972 and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1975.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


AND THEN WHAT?

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The Federal Trade Commission has proposed a ban on noncompete agreements, viewing such agreements as unfair methods of competition. 

The Federal Trade Commission proposed a new rule that would ban employers from imposing noncompetes on their workers, a widespread and often exploitative practice that suppresses wages, hampers innovation, and blocks entrepreneurs from starting new businesses. By stopping this practice, the agency estimates that the new proposed rule could increase wages by nearly $300 billion per year and expand career opportunities for about 30 million Americans.

The FTC is seeking public comment on the proposed rule, which is based on a preliminary finding that noncompetes constitute an unfair method of competition and therefore violate Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.

“The freedom to change jobs is core to economic liberty and to a competitive, thriving economy,” said Chair Lina M. Khan. “Noncompetes block workers from freely switching jobs, depriving them of higher wages and better working conditions, and depriving businesses of a talent pool that they need to build and expand. By ending this practice, the FTC’s proposed rule would promote greater dynamism, innovation, and healthy competition.”

“Research shows that employers’ use of noncompetes to restrict workers’ mobility significantly suppresses workers’ wages—even for those not subject to noncompetes, or subject to noncompetes that are unenforceable under state law," said Elizabeth Wilkins, Director of the Office of Policy Planning. “The proposed rule would ensure that employers can’t exploit their outsized bargaining power to limit workers’ opportunities and stifle competition.”

The evidence shows that noncompete clauses also hinder innovation and business dynamism in multiple ways—from preventing would-be entrepreneurs from forming competing businesses, to inhibiting workers from bringing innovative ideas to new companies. This ultimately harms consumers; in markets with fewer new entrants and greater concentration, consumers can face higher prices—as seen in the health care sector. <Source>

Purpose…

A non-compete agreement is a legal contract between an employer and an employee in which the employee agrees not to work for a competitor of the employer for a certain period of time following the end of their employment. The purpose of a non-compete agreement is to protect the employer's business interests, such as trade secrets, client relationships, and confidential information, by preventing the employee from using that information to benefit a competing business.

Advantages…

There are several advantages of non-compete agreements:

  1. They can protect a company's confidential information, such as trade secrets and client lists, from being used by a former employee to benefit a competitor.

  2. They can prevent employees from using their knowledge and expertise gained while working for a company to start a competing business.

  3. They can provide a company with a competitive advantage by limiting the ability of former employees to work for competitors.

  4. They can help to ensure that employees do not take advantage of the training and resources provided by a company, and then leave to work for a competitor.

  5. They can serve as a deterrent for employees who may be considering leaving a company to work for a competitor, as they will know that they will be restricted from doing so for a certain period of time.

  6. They can be included as a clause in an employment contract or in a separate document, which can provide a legal framework for action in case of violation.

Disadvantages…

There are several disadvantages of non-compete agreements:

  1. They may limit an employee's ability to find work in their field of expertise, which can be detrimental to their career and earning potential.

  2. They can also restrict competition in a given market, which can limit consumer choice and stifle innovation.

  3. They may be difficult to enforce, especially if the employee is not provided with compensation or other benefits in exchange for signing the agreement, or if the agreement is overly restrictive.

  4. They may deter talented individuals from working for a company or cause existing employees to leave.

  5. They can be challenged in court, and if found to be overly broad or not reasonable, may not be enforced by the court.

  6. Some states may have laws that restrict the use of non-compete agreements, and if an agreement is found to be in violation of such laws, it may be unenforceable.

And then what?

Unfortunately, most government agencies promulgate rules and regulations, enforced by costly penalties, that come with unintended consequences, many of which are glossed over or ignored by bureaucrats.

There is no question that noncompetes can limit an individual's ability to use their skills and knowledge to earn a living, which is considered a property right. But what protects the company that has invested a considerable amount of time and effort training an employee in a highly marketable skill only to see them jump ship and apply that costly expertise to a competitor’s benefit?

A recent example …

An experienced machinist, highly competent in manual and semi-manual machining methods is sent through an expensive and time-consuming series of software and hardware courses that allow the machinist to create engineering-level drawings for new and existing products and then process those drawings into the intricate instructions used to drive complex numerically-controlled machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, and other tools – followed by a costly process of gaining operational experience using different toolsets and feedstocks. 

What keeps that individual from using that specific knowledge from joining a direct competitor, allowing it to immediately jump the learning curve and avoid employee training expenses?

Bottom line…

At risk are the federal usurpation of 47 state laws and the nullification of an estimated 30 million non-compete contracts.

The FTC acknowledges the rule would reduce capital investment, worker training, and possibly job growth while increasing the wage gap.

What gives the Federal Trade Commission the statutory authority to alter state laws and to promulgate agency rules that have “vast economic and political significance?" Clearly, questions of employment are decisions for Congress. 

While I take no position for or against specific industry noncompete agreements, especially in the personal services industry, I must ask a few questions.

  • Will this rule usurp Congressional powers and abrogate states' rights?
  • Will this FTC rule have significant unintended consequences and disrupt the labor market during economic fragility?
  • Might some of these knowledgeable and highly-skilled employees be enticed away from critical positions in the defense industry or other essential areas to serve our enemies operating U.S.-based front groups?

Considering the politicization of government agencies and the preponderance of amoral partisan lawyers with few core values, I suggest we are about to be, once again, screwed by a federal agency power grab.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


PROGRESSIVE ART SUCKS AS MUCH AS THEIR IDEOLOGY

EMBRACE-WORK [I do not believe the word "radically" was a mistake, and they intended to use the word "racially."]

Once again, I am convinced that progressive communist democrats have a vested interest in creating meaningless ugly public art to allow the creation of the fashionable narrative of the day.

Here we find a $9.5 million 20-foot-high bronze sculpture called "The Embrace" being unveiled in the Boston, Massachusetts Commons to commemorate the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, It is said to be one of the country’s largest public memorials dedicated to racial equity. The statute is said to represent four intertwined arms, a symbolic representation of the embrace between MLK and his wife, Coretta Scott King when they learned he had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

Ironic because Martin Luther King wanted a color-blind society where individuals were judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. A one hundred and eighty-degree divergence from the progressive communist democrat social justice warriors and their Critical Race Theory, which is all about color over character. I dare say that MLK would be appalled to find that Blacks were actively taught that they are victims and oppressed by systemic whiteness.

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

What I see is another race-based progressive communist democrat front group doing what they do best: organizing, fundraising, and advancing identity politics and class warfare.

T-1 T-2

Bottom line…

I find it abhorrent that any group that promotes racism and exacerbates racial tensions in America should be allowed to mask its true agenda without comment and criticism. The only structural racism I see is in the Black community, where profiting from racial politics is more profitable for those selling collectivized snake oil than promoting individualism and responsibility for one's actions.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


DEMOCRATS WANT TO DRIVE YOU OFF THE CLIFF

Kill-switch

There is nothing wrong with your vehicle. Do not attempt to adjust its operation. We are controlling the speed. If we wish to make it go faster, we will bring up the speed. If we wish to make it go slower, we will apply the brakes. We will control your steering. For your driving safety, sit quietly and we will control all of the vehicle's functions. We repeat: There is nothing wrong with your vehicle. You are about to participate in a great socialist adventure.

Once again, we find our increasingly tyrannical government attempting to limit your freedoms—this time by curtailing your property rights and restricting your freedom of mobility.

Hidden deep within 1000+ page House Resolution H.R.3684, known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and masquerading as an impaired driving safety issue, we find the government’s demand that all new vehicles contain a remotely-operated “kill switch.”

Or in the language of the legislation-- “To ensure the prevention of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, advanced drunk and impaired driving prevention technology must be standard equipment in all new passenger motor vehicles that can passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired; and prevent or limit motor vehicle operation if an impairment is detected.

Of course, the details are sketchy as a lazy Congress abdicated their sworn duty to debate the issue and craft the actual law, outsourcing their duties to an Executive Branch agency. They are leaving it to the Secretary of Transportation and his bureaucratic minions to craft the essential administrative rules and regulations that act with the force of law.

It is anticipated that your vehicle’s sensors will continuously monitor your behavior to determine impairment, including speed, braking, jerky control movement, lane excursions – all mannerisms of a drunk driver, a driver in medical distress, a driver seeking to avoid an accident, or a driver attempting to flee a pursuer.

Where are the answers to these crucial questions?

  • Who controls the system, and under what conditions?
  • Who has access to the data collected by the system?
  • Will law enforcement agencies be given access to the data without a warrant?
  • Can insurance companies use the data to determine your insurability and rates?
  • Will the system lead to forced medical interventions?
  • Who is responsible for accidental activation and system-caused crashes and personal injuries?
  • What about security from hackers or malicious third parties such as government employees, contractors, and confidential informers who have access to the “keys to the kingdom?”

What about civil rights?

Such a device could also target and discriminate against certain groups of people, such as low-income communities or people of color, who are more likely to live in areas where the risk of impaired driving is higher. Or the unthinkable, conservative drivers appearing to head to polling places in heavily GOP precincts?

The end game?

There is no doubt in my mind that the progressive communist democrats, especially in California and New York, want to curtail the independence, freedom, and joy derived from car ownership-- and limit your existence to Soviet-style hives where everything you need is within a 15-minute walk or accessible by government-controlled mass transit.

Eliminating private ownership of vehicles could have several potential dangers, including:

  • Dependence on the government: Individuals may become overly dependent on the government to provide transportation without the option to own a personal vehicle. This could lead to a loss of autonomy and control over one’s freedom of mobility.
  • Reduced access to transportation: A transition to a completely public transportation system could leave some areas, mainly rural areas, with limited access to transportation. This could lead to isolation and reduced economic opportunities for those living in these areas. How will you return home after a natural disaster or a public employee strike? How can you flee to safety or seek help in an emergency?
  • Job Losses: Eliminating private vehicle ownership would significantly impact the automobile industry and its vendors. This could lead to significant job losses and economic disruption.
  • Lack of flexibility: Public transportation may not always be available, reliable, or meet the specific needs of an individual, such as disability, distance, timing, or cargo and passenger capacity.
  • Privacy concerns: Eliminating personal vehicle ownership could also raise privacy concerns, as individuals would have to rely on public transportation systems that may be subject to surveillance and monitoring.

Bottom line…

Already you risk investigation and possibly temporary incarceration because your geo-locator data indicates your registered device was at or near the scene of a crime. As the January 6 patriot-protesters.

Once again, we find that our freedom is being compromised by our government in the false promise of safety, punishing the masses for the actions of a relatively few errant individuals. Most of these schemes are driven by pointy-headed academics with a radical far-left bias.

The government is likely preparing to use geolocation data to track individuals who might visit gun stores or shooting ranges.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


LIAR, LEAKER ADAM SCHIFF POINTS THE FINGER

SCHIFF-TRUST-ME

Now that Adam Schiff is no longer the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, where he can no longer point to never-to-be-released “classified” documents as proof that his outrageous claims are valid, he needs a new diversionary schtick…

Pointing to another lying politician!

ADAM-SCHIFF-LOGO-2Stephen,

The serial liar and newly-elected U.S. Representative for New York’s 3rd congressional district, George Santos, has managed to make himself a pariah within his own party – in less than a week.

Considering the standards of today’s MAGA Republican Party, that’s saying a lot.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has vowed not to assign Santos to any top committees — while leaving the door open for other important committee assignments. Profile in courage, that Kevin McCarthy.

Even while the Nassau County GOP in Santos’ home district has called for his immediate resignation.

“He’s not welcome here. He’s disgraced the House of Representatives and we do not consider him one of our congresspeople.” —Nassau County GOP chair

I agree. I think pretty much everyone in the country does too, except Santos, who is vowing NOT to resign.

Join the bipartisan calls for George Santos’ immediate resignation from Congress by signing my petition today. With Republicans abandoning him already, we have a real opportunity to force his resignation if enough people speak up — but we need to act now.

SR-BUTTON

Santos has betrayed the trust of his constituents and the American people. It’s time for him to go.

Thanks for speaking up and adding your voice today.

— Adam

Funny when the actual previously-classified information was released, Schiff’s lies about the Nunes memo were proven ludicrously false.

IG Report Confirms Schiff FISA Memo Media Praised Was Riddled With Lies

The new inspector general report on FISA abuse settles the debate between Republicans and Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Both groups put out memos about the Department of Justice’s efforts to secure a warrant to wiretap Carter Page.

At the time of their release, the media praised Democrat Adam Schiff and his memo and vilified Republican Devin Nunes and his memo. Nearly two years later, the inspector general’s report vindicates the Nunes memo while showing that the Schiff memo was riddled with lies and false statements. <Source>

And then there is the schtick about condemning the opposition…

As-tweetOf course, Schiff overlooks the truth.

(1)  The tax code was written by lobbyist-driven legislators, especially Democrats, who knowingly voted for tax loopholes and have refused to close them for years.

(2)  Ignoring the government’s own reports of Social Security’s projected insolvency and the unsustainability of Medicare.

Social Security is projected to be insolvent a year earlier than previously forecast.

Annual government reports on the solvency of the programs underscored the questions about the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare.

The financial outlook for Social Security is eroding more quickly than previously expected, as the coronavirus pandemic has drained government revenues and put additional strain on one of the nation’s most important social safety net programs. The overall finances for Medicare, however, are expected to hold steady, though the health program is still forecast to face financial pressure in the coming years.

Annual government reports released on Tuesday on the solvency of the programs underscored the questions about their long-term viability at a time when a wave of baby boomers are retiring and the economy faces ongoing uncertainty as variants of the coronavirus surge. The United States economy already faces soaring federal debt levels in the coming decades, but both Democrats and Republicans have been wary of making significant structural reforms to the popular programs. <Source>

(3)  Democrats have had years to codify abortion law and prefer to ignore the issue except as a campaign talking point and fundraising ploy. Of course, they ignore that any such law would be as unconstitutional as the original law itself.

(4)  Democrats live in an “opposite” world of projection. Not only are they the party of slavery, secession, and segregation, they have long abandoned working-class Americans in favor of oligarchs and despots. Democrats have destroyed jobs, raised taxes, and decimated the working middle class with their crazy restrictions based on a communist ideology.

(5) What was the Intelligence Committee doing under your direction for years while you pursued the Trump bogeyman? What about the known terrorists crossing an unprotected border? About those Chinese spies in the government and defense industry. Perhaps you could ask your fellow intelligence committee member Swalwell, who was caught sleeping with a Chinese spy?

(6)  The Republicans weren’t the ones drafting legislation with misrepresenting names or inserting un-America garbage in bills only to claim the Republicans voted against them -- but were really voting against the garbage in the bill?

Bottom line…

Adam Schiff must be censured and expelled from the House of Representatives if not prosecuted criminally for 18 U.S.C. § 371—CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE UNITED STATES.

If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

If, however, the offense, the commission of which is the object of the conspiracy, is a misdemeanor only, the punishment for such conspiracy shall not exceed the maximum punishment provided for such misdemeanor. <Source>

Let’s see if the newly-elected Committees have the cojones to take on Schiff.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


SAD TRUTH OF THE DAY

It is a fact that there are no Republicans in the Democrat Party, but there are Democrats in the Republican Party…

Republican Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC),  sworn into the 118th Congress on January 7, 2023, wasted no time authoring H.Res.10 - Directing the Fine Arts Board to obtain a bust of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, for display in the House of Representatives wing of the United States Capitol, on January 9, 2023.

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Forget for a moment that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is a corruptocrat operating in a corrupt country that has been given billions of dollars without demands for responsible use or oversight,  and ask yourself what Representative Wilson could have done for America, the American people, and specifically his South Carolina constituency?

I wonder how much Wilson was influenced by some of his special interest donors like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman, who are grabbing a big chunk of the $100 billion in taxpayer funds allocated to assisting Ukraine.

Bottom line…

I don’t care what Wilson, considered by many to be a staunch conservative, has done in the past, good or bad, but this is an unseemly action that does not speak well of the House Republicans who have pledged to do the right thing when it comes to shepherding America back on the right path to unity, peace, and prosperity.

If not a pseudo-Democrat, Wilson is undoubtedly an ass-kisser.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


NONE DARE CALL IT AN ACT OF WAR

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We are at Defcon 2...

The fact remains that the leadership of Communist China is now seeding a new variant of the China-made Covid-19 virus throughout the world. Allowing infected individuals to travel abroad freely is an act of biowarfare.

For the U.S. government's leadership to willingly allow these individuals into the United States, either through legitimate travel channels or illegally crossing our borders, is treason.

There comes a time when no messaging or statistical sleight-of-hand can overcome the optics of full emergency rooms and hospital beds.

Add the overlay of the Administration's attempt to censor dissenting information that questions the efficacy of the various vaccines and the prevalence of life-altering side effects.

There is no doubt in my mind that the credibility of the public health authorities at the local, state and federal levels has been seriously eroded. They are leading Americans into a wilderness of mirrors with no authoritative answers.

As Dr. Fauci and his colleagues have demonstrated, speaking with certainty against the backdrop of an official seal is no longer enough.

Even worse, because of China's tendrils into government agencies and institutions, we now need to worry about regime collaborators willing to sell out America for the proverbial thirty pieces of silver. The exact price paid to the master of an enslaved person if and when his slave was gored by an ox, as mentioned in Exodus 21:32.

The narrative war...

We are engaged in an information war, attempting to change the ingrained long-standing beliefs gathered since childhood. Some individuals will be apathetic, some intellectually lazy, and some willing to bask in the comfort of their peers.  The key to forcing people to hear what they would rather not hear is daunting -- you need to subliminally access their channels of learning, so they finally accept and agree with your premise as if it were their own. Difficult or near impossible when the opposition controls the levers of media. 

They do not understand that we are facing the battle of our lives; against an alternate world order comprised of elites, oligarchs, and despots who have managed to subvert the system. One, by controlling the narrative through the media, censorship, and cancellation. Two, by inflating the money supply and manipulating currencies to allow the purchase of assets and influence that which could not be gained with force. Three, by indoctrinating, not educating, another generation into ignoring history and traditional norms in favor of normalizing bizarre and aberrant behaviors. And four, by simply coercing through money, sex, and blackmail the assent of those who we have trusted with our future.

Bottom line...

I fear that I am too old to be more optimistic that a solution to the encroaching demise of the United States can be found in my lifetime, especially when professional politicians put themselves above the needs of their nation and constituents -- as they pander to special interests, malignant unions,  and large donors.

The one saving grace of our Founding Fathers lies in their realization that the Second Amendment plays a role in self-protection against evildoers and evil governments.

One need only look at a disarmed Mexico to see the end-stage of America in twenty years. Illegal aliens with allegiance to their country of origin and without traditional American values of freedom are already invading the United States in massive numbers and, in some places, have, over time, begun to dominate political decision-making. 

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE UNBELIEVABLE JOY BAHAR

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There comes a time when you must call out corrupt progressive communist democrat evildoers who say things so idiotic as to make one wonder if they are suffering from a mental illness like Trump derangement syndrome.

Responding to recent revelations that Joe Biden had possession of classified documents before becoming President and after his vice presidency ended, Joy Behar attempted to draw a sharp distinction between the Trump and Biden document discoveries by proclaiming,

"We all know that Trump is a liar and a thief. We know that. So it’s not that big a jump to say that he obstructed and he lied. We don’t think Biden is a liar and a thief, so we give him the benefit of the doubt."

This is an ignorant and ludicrous assertion, given that President Biden is a thoroughly corrupt, pathological, chronic, and compulsive liar.

In her own words… 

The documents bearing classified markings were discovered in a locked private office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, where Biden used the office space from the end of his vice presidency in 2017 until the beginning of his 2020 presidential campaign. And, unlike the President of the United States, the Vice President is not authorized to declassify documents or circumvent document retention and storage policies unilaterally.

What makes these revelations problematic is threefold. One, the news of the discovered documents were deliberately withheld until after the mid-term elections. Two, the documents included classified information on Ukraine, where both Joe Biden and Hunter Biden were known to be freelancing Vice President Biden’s contacts and influence in exchange for millions of dollars. And three, the circumstances are similar to the Trump-related documents discovered at Mar-a-Lago that President Biden viciously condemned in a 60-Minutes interview.

When asked by CBS’ Scott Pelley about the viral photograph of top secret documents spread across the floor by the FBI following the raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, a photo staged by the FBI, Biden said,

"How that could possibly happen, how one anyone could be that irresponsible? And I thought what data was in there that may compromise sources and methods. By that, I mean, names of people helped or et cetera. And it's just totally irresponsible."

Bottom line...

Unfortunately, this is how many white, college-educated, wine-sipping women get the news that helps fashion their worldview.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

p.s.

Don't forget the race-baiting Stacy Abrams...

STACY-ABRAMS-GRIFTER


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


PROGRESSIVE COMMUNIST DEMOCRATS TARGETING NATURAL GAS

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In their struggle to destroy America from within, the progressive communist democrats will do everything in their power to cripple the American economy by eliminating access to abundant, cost-effective, clean-burning natural gas in favor of costly, unreliable, and unsustainable “green power.”

Another fear-driven campaign based on trace amounts of nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and fine particulate matter.

Biden Administration Considers Banning Gas Stoves over Health Concerns

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is set to open public comment on the dangers of gas stoves sometime this winter. The commission could set standards on emissions from the gas stoves, or even look to ban the manufacture or import of the appliances, commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. told Bloomberg News.

[OCS: Trumka Sr, was the corrupt communist thuggish leader of the AFL-CIO and bound to the hip of progressive communist democrats. It appears that the son has taken up the mantle.]

“This is a hidden hazard,” Trumka told the outlet. “Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.” <Source>

The push to restrict natural gas is driven by the progressive communist democrats in Congress, notably U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA). And co-signed by the usual suspects, the progressive communist democrats who have authored much of the absurdly restrictive legislation designed to advance the progressive communist democrat’s agenda at the expense of ordinary Americans: Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), and co-signed by Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Shontel M. Brown (D-OH), Mark Takano (D-CA), Alan S. Lowenthal (D-CA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), André Carson (D-IN), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Gwen S. Moore (D-WI), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA), and Katie Porter (D-CA). <Source>

Of course, their justification is “the science,” which they tweak to favor their cause while ignoring the basic facts that all cooking, no matter what the heating method, releases pollutants of varying degrees into the air and that the real issue is adequate ventilation, not restrictions on natural gas. The full text of the Congressional letter calling for restrictions on natural gas can be found here.

Meanwhile, Americans are being punished by exorbitantly high gas prices…

SoCal Gas warns customers to expect 'shockingly high' bills this month: Here's why

A lot of natural gas bills in Southern California are suddenly getting more expensive.

SoCal Gas has already warned customers: "January bills are likely to be shockingly high,"

Lauren Davis is among those shocked customers.

When she opened her family's gas bill this month, she found it was nearly 25% higher than expected.

"I opened the bill and it was $330 and the first thing was, 'What's the temperature in our house?'" Davis said.

After taking a closer look, Davis found out she actually used less gas this year compared to the same time period last year.

But the cost of natural gas supplies nearly doubled, leading to more money out of her pocket.

"For a colder house, less gas used and it's insane," Davis said.

When SoCal Gas warned customers of the expected increase on a website message in late December, the company said natural gas market prices in the West more than doubled between December and January.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the reasons behind the price hike of natural gas included the following factors:

  • Widespread, below-normal temperatures
  • High natural gas consumption
  • Reduced natural gas flows
  • Pipeline constraints, including maintenance in West Texas
  • Low natural gas storage levels in the Pacific region

SoCalGas announced that it contributed $1 million toward its gas assistance fund, which gives one-time, $100 grants to qualifying applicants. <Source>

Our bill tracker notification system shows a projected next bill of over $330.00. Here is a convenient chart of what we paid and the average temperature for the billing period.

Socal-payments

Bottom line…

The progressive communist democrats need to cripple our economy using environmental regulations, including climate change and dumping billions of gallons of water into the ocean, purportedly to save a worthless fish known as the Delta Smelt, before they move on to their next targets.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

WARNING: THE PROGRESSIVE COMMUNIST DEMOCRATS ARE PLANTING TIME BOMBS IN AMERICA


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


JUST ASKING...

Once again, we appear to be faced with another academic writing that makes me wonder if this is another attempt by the black socialists attempting to sow discord in America by racializing one of our national sports and trying to destroy another long-standing institution.

The research itself appears to be an academic absurdity that is inconsequential in our understanding of our environment and the sport of football.

UN_SCIENTIFIC_AMERICAN

Damar Hamlin’s Collapse Highlights the Violence Black Men Experience in Football
The “terrifyingly ordinary” nature of football’s violence disproportionately affects Black men

The ordinariness of men running into each other at full speed represents a normalized—even rationalized—violence that is routine to this American game.

This ordinary violence has always riddled the sport and it affects all players. But Black players are disproportionately affected. While Black men are severely underrepresented in positions of power across football organizations, such as coaching and management, they are overrepresented on the gridiron. Non-white players account for 70 percent of the NFL; nearly half of all Division I college football players are Black. Further, through a process called racial stacking, coaches racially segregate athletes by playing position. These demographic discrepancies place Black athletes at a higher risk during play.

[OCS: Ignoring that football players are selected for their size, agility, and ability to execute complex plays in three dimensions, outstanding player candidates would be welcome regardless of their class characteristics.

Simple reasoning tells you that the greater the number of game participants, the greater the number of potential injuries. What is the author saying? Football is a game of racial power politics that diminishes black athletes. That we need to apply identity politics to coaching and front-office management? That there should be a sociological goal other than to entertain America, win, and generate financial gains in the process? Or is the author’s goal more malignant and disruptive?]

As a cultural anthropologist, I’ve spent the last decade learning how Black college football players navigate the exploitation, racism, and anti-Blackness that are fundamental to its current system. I know it’s not new to highlight the inherent violence of American football. This sport requires exceptional athletes, who are otherwise ordinary men, to perform extraordinary feats on the field. We liken these men to gladiators and warriors. The leagues, organizations, teams, coaches, spectators, and fans who benefit from their performance expect them to tough it out when they get hurt and applaud them when they play through these injuries. <Source>

[OCS: One is reminded of the wisdom of Booker T. Washington, who noted, “There is a certain class of race problem-solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”

Like a man with a hammer seeing everything as a nail, are certain academics seeing racism in everything with a disproportionate class membership?]


ABOUT THE AUTHOR…

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2022-present  Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

2020   Ph.D., Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of Virginia; Dissertation: “A Team of Brothers: Race, Kin, and Order in College Football”
2016   M.A., Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of Virginia
2013   B.A., cum laude, Cultural Anthropology and Spanish, Duke University

Sport. Race. Kinship. Masculinity.

​I’m a socio-cultural anthropologist whose ethnographic research uses sport to theorize race, kinship and care, gender, and the performing body. My work focuses on the lived experiences of Black football players.

Currently, I’m an assistant professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology and affiliated with the Sports and Race Project at Duke University.

My research has been supported by various agencies, including the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Bottom line...

Again I am disappointed in Scientific American for publishing drivel.

I am likewise displeased by certain actors in academia that exploit numerical discrepancies in player participation and management to cry racism, especially in elite sports where performance factors, exclusive of race, determine success.

And, I am suspicious of those who openly fete W.E.B. Du Bois.

From the Communist Party USA…

W.E.B. Du Bois was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He encountered socialist ideas while he was studying in Germany, where he occasionally attended rallies of the German Social Democratic Party. A pioneer of U.S. sociology and prolific author, Du Bois was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and was the first editor of its journal the Crisis.

In 1961, after a lifetime of scholarship and activism, he joined the Communist Party USA, saying ‘Capitalism cannot reform itself. Communism the effort to give all…what they need and to ask of each the best they can contribute this is the only way of human life.’ <Source>

It is my personal belief that this is just another one of a cumulative attack on America, American culture, and Americans – with the single goal of dividing our nation by race and destroying it from within.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


HOW COULD A FOREIGN ENEMY CRIPPLE THE U.S. WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT?

If you did not realize the threat, an army of mercenaries in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere is ready to attack the United States as long as the check clears.

They already have access to the highest reaches of our government, military, operators of critical infrastructure, and the media -- and they will leverage that access on behalf of their foreign clients.

China exploits the system with legal warfare, also known as lawfare…

The Third Warfare

The CCP is keenly aware that it is not yet able to destroy the West at a kinetic level of warfare. In a head-to-head confrontation with the U.S. and its allies, China would be outmatched — literally outgunned, militarily. However, there are devastating ways to wage asymmetrical warfare to undermine and weaken the U.S. while simultaneously bolstering the CCP’s military objectives and capacity to wage war in multiple theaters.

The CCP has learned to use the robust U.S. legal system to weaken America’s standing as the world’s leading superpower. Tactics collectively known as “lawfare” exploit both the strengths and weaknesses of American law and litigation to tie up, obstruct, undermine, and divide the U.S. internally and on the global stage.

Lawfare is a major component of fifth-generation warfare, which uses information and data to exploit and redefine cognitive biases, manipulate worldviews, and destroy opponents from within.

It is critical that U.S. lawmakers, policymakers, and military leadership understand China’s three warfares strategy and meet their threat head-on. A merely defensive posture plays into the CCP’s intent to immobilize U.S. companies, governmental agencies, and military powers through endless litigation and the manipulation of public opinion.

Ultimately, lawfare is a means of achieving military objectives — while constraining the West’s ability to employ its martial advantages — making it a serious threat to U.S. national security.  <Source>

Want to stop a significant economic development, hire some activists, gin up an AstroTurf effort to grab media attention, hire lawyers and file a suit demanding costly environmental impact studies or excessive cost curtailments?

FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act) is a joke...

Not all attorneys disclose their affiliations, especially when hired by an intermediary “homegrown” third party.

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The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was enacted in 1938. FARA requires certain agents of foreign principals who are engaged in political activities or other activities specified under the statute to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts, and disbursements in support of those activities. <Source>

And if caught, they negotiate their way out of “technical” violations...

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Prominent Global Law Firm Agrees to Register as an Agent of a Foreign Principal
Civil settlement resolves Department of Justice national security inquiry into violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has entered into a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice, resolving its liability for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), announced Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers.

According to the Agreement, Skadden acted as an agent of the Government of Ukraine within the meaning of FARA, 22 U.S.C. § 611 et seq., by contributing to a public relations campaign directed at select members of the U.S. news media in 2012. Moreover, in 2012 and 2013, Skadden received multiple inquiries from the Department’s FARA Registration Unit about its role in that campaign. A partner then at Skadden made false and misleading statements to the FARA Unit, which led it to conclude in 2013 that the firm was not obligated to register under FARA. The facts, when uncovered, showed that Skadden was indeed required to register in 2012, and, under the Agreement, it will do so retroactively.

“Law firms should handle inquiries from the federal government the same way they would counsel their clients to: with appropriate due diligence to ensure the honesty of their response,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers. “Skadden’s failure to do so, and reliance on only the representations of the lead partner on the matter, hid from the public that its report was part of a Ukrainian foreign influence campaign. FARA protects the integrity of the American political system by enabling Americans to consider the identity of the speaker as they evaluate the substance of the speech.” Assistant Attorney General Demers added, “The Department appreciates Skadden’s more recent extensive cooperation in the investigation of this matter, which facilitated its resolution.”

In addition to agreeing to register under FARA, Skadden has agreed to pay the U.S. Treasury more than $4.6 million, which it received in fees and expenses for its work with Ukraine, and will ensure that it has formal, robust procedures for responding to inquiries concerning its conduct from any federal government entity and ensuring FARA compliance as to its engagements on behalf of foreign clients.

The Agreement acknowledges that Skadden has already taken substantial steps to comply with its terms, and so long as the firm continues to comply with it, the Department will not undertake any action against the firm relating to any of the conduct described in the Agreement and its Appendix.              

Jason B.A handled the investigation and negotiation of the Agreement. McCullough, a Trial Attorney in the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, which includes the FARA Registration Unit, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Counterintelligence Division.  <Source> Download Skadden Settlement Agreement here.           

And for those pushing for Hunter Biden to be held criminally responsible for his acts while acting as an unregistered foreign agent on behalf of China, Ukraine, Russia, and others, don’t hold your breath…

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Elliott Broidy Pleads Guilty for Back-Channel Lobbying Campaign to Drop 1MDB Investigation and Remove a Chinese Foreign National

Elliott Broidy, 63, of Beverly Hills, California, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

In exchange for millions of dollars, Elliott Broidy and his co-conspirators agreed to secretly do the bidding of a foreign government and a foreign national by lobbying senior U.S. government officials regarding a pending Department of Justice investigation and the extradition of a foreign national,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Although his repeated efforts to influence the administration were unsuccessful, Mr. Broidy never disclosed that he was actually acting on behalf of foreign actors. 

This case demonstrates how foreign governments and principals seek to advance their agendas in the United States by hiding behind politically influential proxies. Such conduct poses a serious threat to our national security and undermines the integrity of our democracy. Mr. Broidy’s failure to disclose that he was acting on behalf of foreign principals deceived the American people and prevented government officials from properly evaluating the true source of and motivation for his lobbying efforts.” <Source>

[OCS:  Broidy, who served as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2005 to 2008 and pled guilty to conspiracy to serve as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, forfeited $6.6 million. And was pardoned by President Trump on January 19, 2021.]

A sampling of significant law firms currently registered as foreign agents….

  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Squire Patton Boggs, LLP

Along with numerous former politicians on both sides of the aisle and public relations consultants. Look through the list yourself here.

Bottom line…

Our enemies, both foreign and domestic, are treating the U.S. Constitution and our legal system as a weapon, a suicide pact that allows economic terrorists to operate with near impunity. 

So who is watching out for America? Biden’s Department of Justice? The Federal Bureau of Investigation?

It appears that our government, including our Congressional oversight committees and premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies, are either blind or corrupt. From what we have seen with the Clintons, Obamas, and Bidens, I am betting on corruption. From China, Ukraine, and Russia.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve 

H/T Reader Tom, who sent me an article that pissed me off.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


HOW THE CORPORATIZED MEDIA DISTORTS SCIENCE

The key feature of the scientific method is controlled skepticism, where every fact and hypothesis is open for challenge, leading to confirmation, refinement, or falsification.

There is no consensus, as consensus is a political process to seek accord, often by negotiation. In science, there is no negotiation, and where facts may be generally accepted by some segment of the scientific community, that does not make them immune to challenge or debate.

By way of illustration, Albert Einstein, widely considered one of the greatest scientists of history, saw his complex theoretical work often misunderstood – sometimes violently by certain well-respected, well-credentialed members of the scientific community. A number of those challenged Einstein's theory of Special Relativity in a 1931 work titled, Hundred Authors against Einstein. In response to the work, Einstein famously quipped, “Why 100? If I were wrong, one would have been enough.” Pointing out that even the most well-accepted theory may be falsified by one scientific work.

Unfortunately, we are living in an era where politics has infected both science and a previously questioning media.

Today, science and the use of an appeal to scientific authority often drive the justification of public policy. And, when those public policies fail and the public is harmed, it is blamed on our imperfect understanding of science rather than the imperfect and corrupt individuals and institutions that put forth the policy to further their agenda and self-interests.

Few realize that current regime-driven funding mechanisms promote institutions, projects, and principal researchers who conform to the fashionable science of the day. With few expenditures allotted to the replication and confirmation of scientific findings that might embarrass the funders or those elite scientists who participated in the research. Especially if the results did not support commonly-held beliefs and public policies. Of course, the most common mistake in science is taking a local result and globalizing or exaggerating it to give it a greater impact in the media.

The regime is the filter that drives the media coverage of scientific findings…

ARTICLE-SCIENCEWhat it means to be a scientist…

Being a researcher is much more than getting a degree from an accredited educational institution—witness the number of discoveries and inventions from what the elite would call amateurs.

It is much more than paying lip service to the scientific method – especially while allowing the availability of funding bias to influence their work in favor of the funders.

It is about curiosity, hypotheses, observations, measurements, and the calculation of the bounds of uncertainty.

It certainly is not about stepping out of your expertise to opine on political or scientific matters with far-reaching ramifications outside your subject-matter knowledge basis. For that’s not science; it is opinion and commentary dressed up in credentialism or buried in a ream of cherry-picked, peer-reviewed papers.

The most important part of your findings or conclusion should be the ± error estimate that further validates your work. Without an estimate of likely error, the work remains incomplete.

For those individuals that represent that they speak for “The Science,” they should be ignored as compromised charlatans with an agenda beyond research. Perhaps best encapsulated in a quote by the eminent Australian Nobel Laureate and immunologist Peter Doherty who quipped, “If you want absolutes speak to a politician or a pope.”

Bottom line…

The progressive communist democrats and their feckless republican counterparts have destroyed the public’s faith in our premier government institutions, the media, and, shamefully, the process of science itself.

Faith in experts has been lost.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


YOU CAR AS A MOBILE SENSOR "THEY" CONTROL?

STELLANTIS

Meet the mobile version of big brother…

In a no-surprise announcement, Stellantis, the multinational automotive manufacturing corporation, has announced the formation of its latest venture, Mobilisights, to spy on you and your neighbors using some of their iconic brands including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Citroën, Dodge, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Ram, and Vauxhall.

New ‘Mobilisights’ Business Unit Advances Stellantis’ Growing Data and Connected Services Offer

  • Mobilisights will leverage data from Stellantis’ connected vehicles, which are expected to reach 34 million by 2030
  • Mobilisights to operate as an independent business unit, collaborate with data partners and license data to a wide range of customers, including other automakers
  • Consistent with Dare Forward 2030, Mobilisights will be a key contributor to the €20 billion in incremental annual revenues expected from software-related services by 2030

“The vision for Mobilisights is to contribute to a smarter world, leveraging the insights that vehicle data provide to inspire innovative applications and services that can transform and dramatically improve the day-to-day lives of users and businesses,” said Sanjiv Ghate, Mobilisights CEO. “Harnessed effectively, sensor and other data available from connected vehicles can enable a wide range of services and applications with compelling benefits, ranging from personalized usage-based insurance to road hazard detection and traffic management. With its 14 iconic brands and millions of connected vehicles, Stellantis has unmatched global data scale capable of powering this business forward.”

Fully leveraging the data from 34 million connected vehicles the Company plans to reach by the end of the decade, Mobilisights has exclusive access and rights to license vehicle and related data from all Stellantis brands to external customers. Such data density will give Mobilisights a greater level of autonomy when it comes to its reliance on other data suppliers to power applications.

[OCS: Of course, the company will grant themselves access to data collected by your vehicle through a unilateral user’s agreement where you cede all of your rights to the company while holding them harmless for any misuse, negligent or otherwise, of the collected data.]

Stellantis’ software strategy deploys next-generation tech platforms, building on existing connected vehicle capabilities to transform how customers interact with their vehicles. This strategy, detailed during Stellantis’ Software Day in December 2021, is expected to generate approximately €20 billion in incremental annual revenues by 2030. Mobilisights will be a key contributor to those revenues.

[OCS: And, of course, it will all be attributed to improving the user’s experience – the classic corporate coercion of trading convenience for privacy, security, and freedoms. And where billions in revenue are concerned, you can bet your last dollar that the user’s concerns are ignored and trumped by the company’s greed.]

Mobilisights and its partners will operate within a very strict data governance and privacy policy. This includes using anonymized and aggregated data, and only sharing personal data of customers with their consent and only for the specific services of their choosing. Customers also can opt out of information being collected, used or shared, even after they have given their consent.

[OCS: We have heard it all before. Even if some insider with “keys to the kingdom” releases confidential data, the “record fines along with neither admitting nor denying allegations” is just another cost of doing business.

The foundation of this whole business is trust,” said Sanjiv Ghate. “Trust in our custodianship of data and trust that we are here to create a better world.” <Source>

[OCS: Remember when Google’s motto was “Don’t Be Evil?” You can no longer trust the politicized corporatized institutions, filled with former government spies and agents, that have been deputized by the regime to monitor your behavior and activities.]

What does it mean?

The company plans to collect your vehicle’s data to implement its “data-as-a-service business” by developing and licensing products, applications, and services to customers like insurance issuers, law enforcement, and advertisers. It is also possible that onboard cameras could function as remote sensors and be used as license plate readers, roving speed traps, and other intrusive applications.

Want to see integration firsthand?

GM to leverage driver data as it jumps back into the insurance business

General Motors is launching an insurance service, returning to a business that it abandoned more than a decade ago, but this time more in step with the connected-car era.

The service, called OnStar Insurance, will offer bundled auto, home and renters’ insurance, starting this year with GM employees in Arizona. GM’s new insurance agency, OnStar Insurance Services, will be the exclusive agent for OnStar Insurance. Homesite Insurance Group, an affiliate of American Family Insurance, will underwrite the program.

The services will be available to the public nationwide by the end of 2022, including people who drive vehicles outside of GM’s portfolio of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC branded cars, trucks and SUVs. The aim, however, is to leverage the vast amounts of data captured through its OnStar connected car service, which today has more than 16 million members in the United States.

GM’s pitch is that this data can be an asset to drivers and help them cash in on lower insurance rates based on safe driving habits.

[OCS: You can bet any insurance program will continue to soak the customer while the savings flow to the corporation’s bottom line. What they never mention are the implied penalties for acting outside their algorithm or the other uses for data they offer to law enforcement. For years, OnStar swore that their devices could not be used to listen to a passenger’s conversation – until it was exposed in a court case where the device was deliberately used as a bug to grab the occupant’s conversations.]

Our goal is really to create greater transparency and greater control for our customers in influencing what they pay for insurance and their total cost of ownership on the vehicles,” Russell Page, GM’s head of business intelligence said in a recent interview.

[OCS: Marketing bullpucky!]

The data play is substantial. The company has logged more than 121 million GB of data usage across the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC brands since the launch of 4G LTE in 2014.

The increase in internet-connected vehicles has in turn, produced loads of data. GM has been one of the data collection leaders, thanks to its long-established OnStar platform that launched in 1996. But GM is not the first, nor certainly the last automaker, to seek out ways to use that data to provide services such as insurance. Tesla, for instance, launched an insurance service in 2019 that promised to deliver rates 20% and even as high as 30% lower than other insurance providers. <Source>

Bottom line…

With internet-connected cars, you are living in a fish bowl, and that enjoyable Sunday ride becomes an exercise in mind and speech control – because your words are being cataloged in some data warehouse to be used against you retroactively to demonstrate intent or a pattern of prior behavior. Just ask the NSA about their data warehousing of electronic communications.

Is this our future?

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Your Data: If You Have Nothing to Hide, You Have Nothing to Fear

Our value is founded on a unique and deep understanding of risks, vulnerabilities, mitigations, and threats. Domestic Surveillance plays a vital role in our national security by using advanced data mining systems to "connect the dots" to identify suspicious patterns.

Why We Collect Your Data

In the past, domestic law enforcement agencies collected data AFTER a suspect had been identified. This often resulted in lost intelligence and missed opportunities. But what if data could be collected in advance, BEFORE the target was known? What if the mere act of collecting data could result in the identification of new targets?

What if we could build a national data warehouse containing information about every person in the United States? Thanks to secret interpretations of the PATRIOT ACT, top-secret Fourth Amendment exceptions allowed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and broad cooperation at the local, state, and federal level, we can!

What Data We Collect

Every day, people leave a digital trail of electronic breadcrumbs as they go about their daily routine. They go to work using electronic fare cards; drive through intersections with traffic cameras; walk down the street past security cameras; surf the internet; pay for purchases with credit/debit cards; text or call their friends; and on and on.

There is no way to predict in advance which crucial piece of data will be the key to revealing a potential plot. The standard operating procedure for the Domestic Surveillance Directorate is to "collect all available information from all available sources all the time, every time, always".

In the spirit of openness and transparency, here is a partial list of current and planned future data collection targets:

  • internet searches (ie; here's a collection of searches by Federal Government workers)
  • websites visited
  • emails sent and received
  • social media activity (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
  • blogging activity including posts read, written, and commented on
  • videos watched and/or uploaded online
  • photos viewed and/or uploaded online
  • mobile phone GPS-location data
  • mobile phone apps downloaded
  • phone call records
  • text messages sent and received
  • Skype video calls
  • online purchases and auction transactions
  • credit card/ debit card transactions
  • financial information
  • legal documents
  • travel documents
  • health records
  • cable television shows watched and recorded
  • commuter toll records
  • electronic bus and subway passes / Smartpasses
  • facial recognition data from surveillance cameras
  • educational records
  • arrest records
  • driver license information
  • DNA

Sample Collection Data - In Real Time

The PRISM program is our #1 source of raw intelligence and consists of data extracted from the servers of nine major American internet companies. In the spirit of openness and transparency, we have embedded the Twitter feed from the NSA_PRISMbot which periodically posts random samples of PRISM collection data. <Source>

It’s not quite this bad, but after the Biden Administration, who knows?

Bottom line…

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


WE SHOULD CELEBRATE THE KEVIN McCARTHY BATTLE FOR HOUSE SPEAKER

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Everything is a deal in Washington; it’s time conservatives used their power to bring sanity to the House of Representatives…

Consider the fact set…

(1)  House Representative Kevin McCarthy is a bland and mediocre establishment deal-maker, often taking direction from his friend Dr. Frank Luntz, the word-meister and pollster.

(2)  It is of little consequence to anyone outside of Washington that the House is not in session and no vital business is being ignored.

(3)  This is the first time in decades that the party’s conservative wing has wielded actual power against the establishment to force a fundamental change in House Rules.

(4)  The commentariat are the only ones freaking out and portraying the speakership issue as a national disaster. Of course, most of those complaining are progressive communist democrats and feckless Republican establishment types. Who cares?

So, ask yourself, what is the downside?

Putting it all in perspective, note that the House has always had bare-knuckle power fights and that in the 1856 election, it took two months and 133 rounds of voting to elect a Speaker.

What are some of the ongoing concession demands being forced?

[OCS: If you are wondering why these rules changes are critical for the GOP to wield oversight on the budget and the behavior of the Biden Administration, you haven’t been paying attention to the damage being wrought by the progressive communist democrats and their absentee leader Biden which allows a cadre of radical Obamacons to run the nation in stealth mode.]

Lowering threshold on motion to vacate the chair

McCarthy made a major concession in lowering the threshold on the motion to vacate the chair — a procedural tool used to oust a sitting speaker that was used by members of the House Freedom Caucus to pressure former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to step down. Under new rules, just five GOP members could force a vote on ousting the speaker — a compromise from just one member as hardliners wanted but lower than at least half the GOP conference that the House GOP conference initially adopted in November.

Multiple conservatives said the motion to vacate is their “red line” in backing him for the position, with hardliners asserting they believe the rule should be changed back to its original form of a single member holding power.

While McCarthy has caved to bring the number down to five, his defectors have argued that the move does not go far enough in order to hold the leader accountable for the promises made to the conference.

Moderate GOP lawmakers have slammed the change, arguing that lowering the threshold could be weaponized for leverage over key decisions due to the razor-thin majority.

Fiscal changes with bringing back Holman Rule

Cuts to spending and bringing back a mechanism known as the "Holman Rule" to permit members to make targeted cuts to specific bureaucrats’ salaries were key components in conservatives’ demands in exchange for the support of the next speaker of the House.

The new rules package unveiled late Sunday evening requires the Congressional Budget Office to provide an analysis on bills’ impact on inflation and will reinstate the “three-fifths supermajority in the House to approve any increases in tax rates.”

A “cut-as-you-go,” or CUTGO, rule will be put back into place if the package passes, which requires spending increases to be offset by equal or greater cuts in mandatory spending and "eliminating the budget gimmicks caused by Democrat PAYGO.”

The Democrats' "Gephardt Rule" would also be scrapped in an effort to block the lower chamber from automatically suspending the debt ceiling after passing a budget resolution.

[OCS: Also considered are separate appropriations bills that would eliminate 4,000+ page omnibus bills with their 2,500+ companion explainers.]

New sub- and select committees/changes to committee process

The package calls for the creation of a Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, which would fall under the jurisdiction of the House Judiciary Committee.

A Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party would also be established, and modifications would be made to the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic to focus its investigation on the origins of the virus, gain-of-function research, and the impact it had on society.

Panels will be required to “establish oversight plans detailing how they will hold the Biden administration accountable.”

The House Committee on Education and Labor would also be renamed the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

The House Ethics Committee would see a new process put in place to receive complaints from the public, and a bipartisan task force would be directed to “conduct a comprehensive review of House ethics rules and regulation.”

The rules would also reinstate “Calendar Wednesday” — which permits committee chairs “to bring reported bills directly to the House floor for consideration under an open amendment process, and reform the process by ensuring the same 72-hour notice that is required on all other measures is provided."

[OCS: Conservatives may get three seats on the all important rules committee.]

Reopening the Capitol and elimination of pandemic protocols

Pandemic-era changes put in place during the 117th Congress will largely go away, with remote committee work and proxy voting slated to be axed.

Republicans have long railed against proxy voting despite many members using the mechanism, with critics arguing that lawmakers should have to be present at work and not “phone it in.”

A return to two-minute votes is also set to make a comeback as Republicans take control, with the votes having been elongated to allow for social distancing during the height of the pandemic.

Fines for not complying with mask mandates will also be eliminated, and the magnetometers around the House chamber, which were put in place after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, will also be removed.

Eliminating staff labor unions

Democrats allowed congressional offices to unionize last year, with proponents arguing it was a step in the right direction for workers' rights.

[OCS: An up-or-down vote on term limits is pending. Of course, the downside is that while politicians may come and go, the staff bureaucracy remains and often runs the show.]

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Bottom line…

In another positive move for the conservatives, the Congressional Leadership Fund (the super PAC endorsed by Kevin McCarthy and the House establishment leadership) has agreed with the Club for Growth (the conservative PAC) to stay out of the 2024 open-GOP safe primaries. This may tip the scales against squishy RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) who vote against conservative interests – and by extension, against what’s often best for the nation.

Thank heaven that some conservatives have the courage to challenge the GOP establishment wing. It’s time for conservatives to wield the power their constituents have handed them.

But remember, we are still dealing with self-serving politicians who often place their needs above those of the nation – and if both conditions coincide – hooray. If you look at some of those fighting the hardest against the conservatives, it’s all about committee and sub-committee chairmanships that were promised to McCarthy-supporting members.

We are still screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


FBI OFFERS $500,000 REWARD FOR JAN 6 BOMBER

Fbi-clouseuSorry to say, but the FBI upping the reward for an alleged pipe bomber to $500,000 after almost two years of investigation is ludicrous…

Especially in light of the FBI’s former activities, which makes me suspect a staged false flag operation designed to prevent the presentation of alternative elector slates in the now infamous January 6, 2021, joint session of Congress. Or, as an equally plausible theory, a diversion from the Jan 6 activities in the Capitol complex.

From the scarcity of released footage covering the event, the possible alteration of photos released to the public, the ability of the suspect to plant two undetected devices without a trace, the ludicrous construction of the devices themselves using kitchen-style timers, and other factors, something stinks.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), on January 5, 2021 between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., an individual placed two pipe bombs in Washington, D.C. – one near the Republican National Committee (RNC) headquarters and another near the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters. The next day, on January 6, 2021, then-Vice President-elect Harris reportedly arrived at the DNC headquarters at 11:30 a.m. Prior to Harris’ arrival, the Secret Service reportedly “swept the interior of the [DNC headquarters], the driveway, parking deck and entrances and exits.” Reports indicate that at 1:07 p.m., U.S. Capitol Police began investigating the pipe bomb at that location, and at 1:14 p.m., an unnamed Secret Service protectee – presumably Harris – was removed from the DNC. The bomb threat was cleared at 4:36 p.m.5 To date, law enforcement has not been able to identify or locate the suspect who allegedly planted the pipe bombs at the RNC and DNC headquarters. Given that Secret Service reportedly swept the areas in and around the DNC headquarters prior to Harris’ arrival on January 6, 2021, it seems odd that agents did not immediately discover the pipe bomb that was reportedly located next to a park bench at that location.  [Office of Senator Ron Johnson – Secret Service Letter]

Given that the FBI has been caught in a web of lies and cover-ups at the highest levels of FBI leadership and that FBI Director Christopher Wray has been resistant to congressional oversight, I must ask why won’t the FBI release the camera footage of the pipe bomber planting the bomb after two years? 

About the bomb’s timers…

    1. The pipe bomber used an old-fashioned mechanical timer with a one hour max time setting, but planted the bombs at roughly 8 p.m. the night before January 6 — 17 hours before they were found.
    2. The pipe bombs were constructed with no remote detonation ability, meaning their purpose as a diversion relied solely on the “luck” of being found at the right time, between noon and 1 p.m., to match the one-hour timer appearing to target the 1 p.m. Congressional certification vote.
    3. The first pipe bomb was found at 12:40 p.m., with 20 minutes left on the timer, perfectly matching the exact timing needed both to “divert” police as the breach began at 12:50 p.m., and to convince police the bomb was timed to the 1 p.m. Congressional vote.
    4. The timer didn’t just have 20 minutes left. It was left stuck on the 20 minute dial.

Suspicious or an indicator of a staged false flag operation?

The announcement…

FBI Washington
Office of Public Affairs
January 4, 2023

FBI Washington Field Office, ATF Washington Field Division, and Metropolitan Police Department Raise Reward for Information About Capitol Hill Pipe Bomber to $500,000

The FBI Washington Field Office; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Washington Field Division; and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) have raised the reward to $500,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect who placed pipe bombs near the headquarters of the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C., in January 2021.

Two years into the investigation, identifying the perpetrator of this attempted attack remains a priority for the FBI, ATF, MPD, and the U.S. Capitol Police.

The suspect placed pipe bombs in a Capitol Hill neighborhood near the Republican National Committee Headquarters, located at 310 First St. SE, and the Democratic National Committee Headquarters, located at 430 South Capitol St. SE, #3, on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, between approximately 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.—the night before the riots at the U.S. Capitol. 

"For two years, a dedicated team of FBI agents, analysts, and law enforcement partners have been tirelessly reviewing evidence and digital media related to this case," said David Sundberg, assistant director in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office. 

To date, the FBI and our partners have conducted approximately 1,000 interviews, visited more than 1,200 residences and businesses, collected more than 39,000 video files, and assessed nearly 500 tips.

"We remain grateful to the American people, who have provided invaluable tips that have helped us advance the investigation," Sundberg said. "With the significantly increased reward, we urge those who may have previously hesitated to contact us—or who may not have realized they had important information—to review the information on our website and come forward with anything relevant," Sundberg said. "Despite the unprecedented volume of data review involved in this case, the FBI and our partners continue to work relentlessly to bring the perpetrator of these dangerous attempted attacks to justice."

"We are proud to stand alongside our partners as we increase our reward contribution to help identify the person or persons responsible for placing these pipe bombs and threatening our community," said ATF Washington Field Division acting Special Agent in Charge Christopher Amon. "The ATF’s determination and commitment to this investigation will not waver. Public safety is of the utmost priority in this ongoing investigation, and we remain dedicated to making sure those responsible are brought to justice."

D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said, "MPD continues to work alongside our federal partners to locate the individual or individuals behind these heinous attempted acts. We know our most powerful tool is information from our community. With your help and our federal partnerships, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department will remain focused on bringing this matter to closure—for the safety of our entire community."

Although these bombs did not detonate, it is important to remember the suspect walked along residential and commercial areas in Capitol Hill just blocks from the U.S. Capitol with viable pipe bombs that could have seriously injured or killed innocent bystanders. Moreover, the suspect may still pose a danger to the public or themselves. 

In raising the reward for information about the pipe bomb suspect from $100,000 to as much as $500,000, the FBI and our partners are seeking to encourage the American public to take a fresh look at our Seeking Information website, which includes images and video of the suspect, the suspect’s backpack, the suspect’s shoes, the explosive devices, and a map of the route the suspect walked the night the pipe bombs were placed. We note that many of the components used to build the pipe bombs were widely available for purchase in-store and online. Some of the components used to construct these devices include 1x8-inch threaded galvanized pipes, end caps, kitchen timers, wires, metal clips, and homemade black powder. 

While additional details cannot be released to maintain the investigation's integrity, the FBI strongly encourages the public to come forward with any relevant information. We ask those providing tips about potentially relevant persons of interest to compile and provide as many details as possible (biographic info, contact info, demographic info, proximity to Washington, D.C., in early January 2021, and access to pipe bomb components) to ensure the FBI can adequately vet the information. If you have any information, please call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or submit tips online at tips.fbi.gov. Tips can remain anonymous. <Source>

[OCS: Nothing is anonymous in the FBI’s Washington D.C. field office if a leak suits a political purpose.]

Bottom line…

Will the perpetrator be a disgruntled partisan? Unlikely since bombs were planted at both Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee offices? Will it turn out to be a government employee, contractor, “confidential informant,” or an unwitting stooge? Given the unprofessional nature of the bombs and the spot-on evasion of detection during placement, most likely, it is an operative.

We are so screwed when we cannot trust our formerly premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THINKING THE UNTHINKABLE

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The unknown political pundit who posited, “Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence,” never addressed foreign corruption, coercion, and traitorous behavior…

Are we, as a people, so blind as to see that our enemies with minimal risk of discovery, prosecution, and adequate punishment have infiltrated our politicians, government, and critical institutions?

Avoiding the expensive, time-consuming learning curve in weapons development… 

China’s nukes use U.S. technology         

Beijing’s rapid buildup of nuclear forces has been assisted by American nuclear and missile technology obtained by Chinese spies and through U.S. space and nuclear cooperation in the 1990s, according to a review of Chinese technology records and internal U.S. government documents.

The Pentagon disclosed last month that China’s stockpile will have at least 1,500 strategic nuclear warheads by 2035, up from 200 just a few years ago and 400 warheads today.         

Peter Huessy, the president of GeoStrategic Analysis who has studied China’s nuclear buildup, said the expansion of China’s nuclear arsenal is alarming and based substantially on American know-how that Beijing obtained legally and illegally over the decades.

“The spectacular growth in Chinese nuclear forces as described recently by Adm. Richard highlights two things: First, the Chinese ambition to become a world military hegemon, and two, the unfortunate role of the often reckless transfer of nuclear applicable technology from the United States to China that facilitated this extraordinary growth,” Mr. Huessy said.         

China’s long-range missile force included seven relatively inaccurate single-warhead intercontinental ballistic missiles just three decades ago, according to an internal 1993 White House document. The document, known as Presidential Review 31, said China would have 24 to 28 ICBMs capable of reaching the United States by 2000, “some of which may be MIRVed” — the term for multiple, independently targetable reentry vehicles.

Two Chinese coups targeting advanced American technology significantly accelerated the buildup of nuclear forces during the 1990s.

The first was a large-scale espionage program to steal nuclear warhead secrets. The CIA concluded in a public assessment that China had obtained information on every deployed U.S. warhead, particularly the compact W-88, which can be used on multiple-warhead missiles.

The second coup involved knowledge gleaned from U.S.-Chinese space cooperation during the Clinton administration. It resulted from a policy that loosened national security export controls to permit joint efforts with Beijing in space. Under the policy, U.S.-based Motorola and China’s Great Wall Industry Corp. agreed in 1993 to launch Iridium satellites on Chinese rockets.

Under the deal, China built a “smart dispenser” to Motorola’s specifications that allowed two satellites to be launched on a single rocket. Motorola denied that it improperly helped the Chinese build the dispenser.

A 1996 report by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center found that the smart dispenser could be used as a post-boost vehicle for China’s DF-5 ICBM.

The report concluded that the smart dispenser, with minimal modifications, “could be used to deploy multiple reentry vehicles” for ICBMs. By 2015, the Pentagon’s annual report revealed that the once single-warhead DF-5 included a modified version with multiple warheads.         

Adm. Richard said he believes China’s strategic breakout is for use in a “coercive nuclear strategy.” Such a strategy could allow Beijing to intimidate the U.S. and its regional allies in standoffs over issues such as the future of Taiwan and control of the South China Sea and East China Sea.

As it accumulates wealth and technological expertise, China is moving away from single-warhead missiles, the Pentagon says. The latest annual report says the People’s Liberation Army will place multiple warheads on its 20 DF-5s and will add at least three warheads to the DF-31AG and DF-41 land-based missiles and the new JL-3 submarine-launched missile.

Critics say the progress is especially galling because Chinese nuclear warhead technology was greatly assisted by espionage that targeted U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories and through another Clinton administration program that promoted exchanges between U.S. nuclear scientists and their Chinese counterparts.

In September, a study by the private intelligence firm Strider revealed that China’s targeting of nuclear laboratories for secrets began in the 1980s and was later modified to recruit nuclear scientists more efficiently. From 1987 to 2021, at least 162 scientists who had worked at Los Alamos traveled to China to assist with sensitive projects. Fifteen of them were formerly on the staff at the lab.

“The Los Alamos case shows how China’s rapid advances in certain key military technologies are being aided by individuals who participated in sensitive U.S. government-funded research,” the report said.

The loss of W-88 warhead design information first came to the attention of U.S. counterintelligence officials at the Energy Department in 1992 after China tested a nuclear warhead that appeared similar in design to the W-88. Three years later, a nuclear defector gave the CIA an official classified Chinese document that revealed specific design information on the W-88 and other warheads.        

The revelations led to an uproar on Capitol Hill. A special congressional investigative committee led by Rep. Christopher Cox, California Republican, concluded in its 1999 final report that Chinese intelligence agents had obtained secrets on seven U.S. thermonuclear bombs, including the W-88.

The PRC stole classified information on every currently deployed U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM),” the congressional committee report said. <Read more of this troubling report...>

Minimal risk for maximum reward…

Economic spy who gave General Electric secrets to Chinese govt. sentenced to 24 months in prison

From 2008 to 2018, Xiaoqing Zheng of Niskayuna, New York, worked for GE Power as an engineer specializing in the sealing of turbines. In that role, Zheng accessed and stole information on turbine production, which was to be used by the Chinese state and affiliated entities in order to reproduce the turbines themselves.

“This is a case of textbook economic espionage. Zheng exploited his position of trust, betrayed his employer and conspired with the government of China to steal innovative American technology,” Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen said.

Zheng was a member of the Thousand Talents Program, a Chinese government initiative to bring foreign experts and researchers to China in order to boost the country’s scientific capabilities.

Zheng joined the program in 2012, according to the Albany-area newspaper the Times Union.

“American ingenuity is an integral part of the United States economic security - it is what has guided the U.S. to become the global leader, even as China seeks to topple our status. Xiaoqing Zheng was a Thousand Talents Program member and willingly stole proprietary technology and sent it back to the PRC,” said FBI Counterintelligence Division Assistant Director Alan Kohler Jr.

Zheng will also have to pay a $7,500 fine and undergo a year of supervised release after the completion of his two-year sentence. Prosecutors had originally asked for a 97-month sentence for Zheng, according to the Albany Times Union. <Source>

I cannot think of more traitorous behavior than that exhibited by the Clintons, both Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, and the Bidens, who sold favors and access to their respective offices for multi-million dollar payments from our enemies. Our congressional intelligence, law enforcement oversight committees, and specialized agencies ignored or facilitated the ongoing threat.

How does a Chinese Communist Spy remain embedded in Diane Feinstein’s office for nearly twenty years while she sat on the Senate Intelligence Committee – only be retired with a U.S. pension rather than jailed when discovered?

How does Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) sleep with a Chinese spy and retain his position on the House Intelligence Committee? How does Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell retain his powerful office when his wife’s family owes their fortunes to the Communist Chinese government? How did President Trump appoint McConnell’s wife as his Transportation Secretary?

A lesson from Vladimir Lenin…

They [the capitalists] will furnish credits which will serve us for the support of the Communist Party in their countries and, by supplying us materials and technical equipment which we lack, will restore our military industry necessary for our future attacks against our suppliers. To put it in other words, they will work on the preparation of their own suicide.” (Reported by I. U. Annenkov in an article entitled, "Remembrances of Lenin", Novyi Zhurnal/New Review (September 1961), p. 147.)

Bottom line…

It is time that our politicians are pre-vetted and subject to pre-candidacy security reviews.

It is also time to bifurcate the FBI and transfer its counter-intelligence operations to a new, non-political agency, not susceptible to the whims of corrupt political appointees.

And to severely punish traitorous behavior, both foreign and domestic.

It is not racist to profile and target our likely enemies. No longer should our enemies be able to hide behind the charges of racism, bigotry, and xenophobia.

Until we clean the house, we remain vulnerable.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


PAUL EHRLICH: END OF TIMES BULLSHIT ARTIST

60-ERLICH

Has the CBS News feature "60 Minutes" gone so far left to ignore science and history?

How else can you explain the appearance of Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich, 90, whose predictions of unchecked population growth, resource shortages, and global famine have been debunked over the preceding decades since his 1968 bestseller, The Population Bomb?

Ignoring history, science, and engineering, Ehrlich is back with more nonsense, that the world is undergoing a Sixth Mass Extinction owing to humanity's rising population and resource consumption.

Of course, one only need to consider the gross falsity of Ehrlich’s base assumption that man is incapable of adapting to new circumstances, be they natural or man-made disasters.

On the issue of resources, Ehrlich posits…

PELLEY: You seem to be saying that humanity is not sustainable.

EHRLICH: Humanity is not sustainable. To maintain our lifestyle, yours and mine, basically, for the entire planet, you’d need five more earths. Not clear where they’re going to come from.

PELLEY: Just in terms of the resources that would be required.

EHRLICH: Resources that would be required, the systems that support our lives, which of course are the biodiversity that we’re wiping out. Humanity is very busily sitting on a limb that we’re sawing off.

With Ehrlich, two things remain the same. One, he overlooks his past predictive failures and speaks with the certitude of a scientifically-credentialed prophet.   And two, all of his prescriptives lead to the necessity of a strong authoritarian government with central planning to manage the use and re-distribution of resources-- personal freedoms be damned.

Bottom line…

Ehrlich provides no scientifically-based reasons why anybody should look past his gross failures and accept his recent predictions of doom.

And it seems that 60 Minutes remains incurious and unwilling to push back with equally credentialed and experienced guests who could point out the falsity or, more scientifically, the low probability of Ehrlich’s dire outcomes. Instead, 60 Minutes presented two of Ehrlich’s like-minded Stanford colleagues, Tony Barnosky and Liz Hadly, aging senior citizens who are married to each other.

He is a zero-growth redistributionist who once pointed out that “You have to get the death rate and birth rate in balance. And there are only two ways to do it. One is to bring the birth rate down, the other is to push the death rate up.” At 90, one might wonder if he views the man-made Communist Chinese Virus as a partial solution to the world’s woes. 

We are so screwed when formerly reputable programs push progressive communist democrat propaganda and prescriptions.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


DANGEROUS DELUSIONS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE

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The fact that the House Republicans cannot select a Speaker of the House on the first vote of a new Congress points to the future failure of the GOP to manage the affairs of the nation effectively…

House Adjourns after McCarthy Loses Three Speaker Votes

The House voted to adjourn on Tuesday evening until noon on Wednesday after three failed attempts at electing a speaker.

The decision to adjourn came shortly after House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) failed to win the speakership in a third vote on Tuesday. A handful of Republican holdouts coalesced around Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) instead. <Source>

Matt Gaetz's Words About Kevin McCarthy Define the Current State of the Republican Party

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is one such man looking to stop McCarthy from obtaining the gavel. Earlier Tuesday, he gave a short speech to reporters about why he’s resisting the GOP’s main pick, and embedded in his words was something that might have defined the Republican Party in its current state better than any other.

Gaetz began by revealing that he and others were threatened to be taken off committee spots if they didn’t vote for McCarthy, but Gaetz said his position was that if someone like McCarthy were in charge then there wouldn’t be any teeth to bite. If all Republicans have is the ability to bark then the committee assignments mean nothing anyway.

He then said something very poignant.

“I don’t want to relive the Benghazi experience where it’s just theatre pretending to be oversight,” said Gaetz.

Right now, the Republican Party is about as dangerous as a revolver without any bullets in it. It just looks threatening. The GOP is all flash and noise, but it doesn’t have the willingness to fight meaningfully against a Democrat Party that has become unquestioningly radicalized. McCarthy is, for all intents and purposes, a perfect reflection of the Republican Party as Gaetz described.

“Theater pretending to be oversight.” <Source>

The progressive communist democrats never stop plotting…

House Democrats’ New Leader Doesn’t Believe in Democracy

Hakeem Jeffries has a long history of denying the legitimacy of our elections and governing institutions. He’s entirely unfit for the job he’s been given.

A crucial value in a democratic system of government is the acceptance of defeat under the rules of the system. Elections are held, and the winners are legitimately entitled to exercise the powers of their offices. Losers need not lose with grace or even dignity; they need not treat a defeat as final when there is always another election to come. But it threatens the survival of the system when people in positions of authority tell the voters that elections are rigged and their outcomes are illegitimate. These are extraordinary charges that demand extraordinary evidence, which is typically not provided. That way lies political violence and the rule of rioters, mobs, and coups.

These deniers of the legitimacy of elections have made their case in public speeches and writings about past and upcoming elections, and also in legal and political challenges to election outcomes and efforts to strip elected officials of their power to govern. They’ve told pervasive lies about election law, eagerly bankrolled Republican “election deniers” in primary elections, and offered up endless one-weird-trick arguments for getting around the rules of the system.

Moreover, Jeffries has argued that the Supreme Court’s decisions are “illegitimate” because of Republicans’ “stealing two Supreme Court seats” by means of the votes of Republican senators. He has not specified whether he thinks those senators were not legitimately elected.

As Bonchie at RedState notes, Jeffries already appears to be contesting the legitimacy of the Republicans’ newly elected House majority, tweeting yesterday that because Republicans intend to seat George Santos (who won his election), Democrats “must take back the House. Immediately.”

Democrats and their pundit class have learned nothing from 2020 or January 6. They will continue playing with lit matches while lecturing the rest of us on the dangers of fire. And then they will feign surprise when sooner or later they burn the house down. <Source>

What is Hakeem Jefferies suggesting by “We must take back the House? Immediately?” An armed insurrection, a call to “obstruct an official proceeding,” or, more likely, to coerce a few dissident Republicans to join with all the Democrats to elect a non-Republican speaker?

Nancy Pelosi’s farewell to her Speakership – a legacy of drunken delusions and lies supported by progressive communist democrat propagandists in the media…

NP-SS (2)

Dear Colleague on the Final Day of the 117th Congress – January 2, 2023

Dear Democratic Colleague,

Today, I write to you my last Dear Colleague as Speaker of the House to express my appreciation for the high honor bestowed upon me by House Democrats. I am humbled by the faith placed in me to serve as Speaker.

One final thought that I wanted to leave with you is my belief that the House Democratic Caucus is the greatest collection of intellect, integrity and imagination assembled for the good of the American people.

[OCS: To claim that the “House Democratic Caucus is the greatest collection of intellect, integrity, and imagination assembled for the good of the American people” is a bald-faced lie and beggars the imagination. On the issue of intellect, one can hardly find a better example of collective idiocy and ignorance. As for the subject of integrity, the Democrats of the 117th Congress, including Nancy Pelosi, are some of the most criminally corrupt individuals in the history of the United States.]

During the 117th Congress, President Biden and Congressional Democrats have put forth a shining vision of justice for all. Together, we have worked tirelessly to infuse this value into our legislative efforts. We can all take immense pride in our achievements toward that goal, which is making a real difference in the American people's lives.

[OCS: That “President Biden and Congressional Democrats have put forth a shining vision of justice for all” is another bald-faced lie. We have never, in the history of the United States, witnessed such a distorted version of justice, including, but not limited to, the usurpation of judicial-like actions without judicial authority, the subversion of due process guaranteed to every citizen by the U.S. Constitution, and the use of unconstitutional Bill of Attainders, a legislative act that pronounces a person guilty of a crime and imposes punishment without trial.

One need only look at the civil rights violations committed against some of the January 6 defendants who have been denied bail as simple trespassers, if that, and were treated worse than murderers, kept in horrific sub-human conditions to know that justice died under the Democrats.] 

In the 118th Congress, I am confident that the new House Democratic Leadership – led by Hakeem, Katherine and Pete – will do even better, remaining always faithful to our shared mission to safeguard our treasured Democracy For The People.

[OCS: In my opinion, Hakeem Jefferies is an Obama-like radical anti-America, an anti-White, anti-Semitic Black communist activist whose smooth manner is media friendly. As for “remaining always faithful to our shared mission to safeguard our treasured Democracy.” how does one explain…

  • The ongoing collusion with big tech to censor free speech and to de-platform dissenters.
  • The lack of House oversight of the intelligence and law enforcement agencies trying to subvert a presidential election and cripple a presidency.
  • The refusal to investigate Biden’s well-documented extortion and money laundering activities.
  • Subverting long-standing House traditions and norms to empower illegally constituted and operated committees.
  • Ignoring well-documented cases of election tampering.
  • The failure to audit the waste, fraud, and abuse associated with COVID-19 funds.]

With gratitude for your kind wishes to Paul, we send you and your loved ones our warmest personal wishes for a Healthy, Happy New Year!

NANCY

Bottom line…

Where to now?

After the GOP predictions of a “red wave” that was little more than a few droplets and the GOP support of the corrupt trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill, it is no wonder we are seeing pushback against the establishment GOP factotums whose modus operandi appears to be, go along to get along.

Why is this fight occurring at the last possible, most inconvenient time? Indeed, the existing members of the GOP caucus knew about the battle after the election – and did nothing. Sort of like the yearly budget battles with their dire threats to shut down the government.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


RISK, RISK, WHO'S GOT THE RISK?

Dice-whiteHave we learned nothing from the 2008 mortgage meltdown and the near collapse of our financial system?

Essentially, regulators allowed mortgage originators to evade sound lending practices to offer home mortgages to those who couldn’t qualify to purchase a vehicle, let alone a home.

Through a confluence of events, the risk of mortgage default was transferred from the mortgage originator to the Wall Street Wizards, who thought it was an awesome idea to run the mortgage through a shredder and sell off individual strips to investors who were being offered above-market returns to assume the risk of default. Of course, to make this palatable to investors, the same Wall Street Wizards had to invent non-insurance, not based on sound actuarial principles and maintained reserves, but on wonky spreadsheets based on the faulty assumption that real estate valuations only went one way – UP! Of course, with minor market fluctuations.

These two entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not facing any kind of financial crisis. The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.  The two mortgage lenders are essentially a "public policy instrument of the government." ~ Barney Frank

Even the House Financial Services Committee Chairman, Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), assured everyone that all was well in the mortgage markets – until weeks later when it wasn’t, and they were placed under conservatorship. But the heavy hand of the regulators ignored sound banking policies as they opposed efforts to reform the government-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were eventually bailed out at great cost to taxpayers.

A not-so-hidden danger…

Of course, following the financial debacle, legislators created the Dodd-Frank Act, named after two of the most corrupt legislators in Congress, and which pretended to limit the size of systemically important financial institutions (surprise, they are bigger than ever) and to limit the risks of another massive taxpayer bailout.

This leads to the “bail-in,” where financial institutions can grab their customers’ money and use it to stave off their potential financial insolvency. Of course, there is the fiction of federal guarantees from FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation), NCUA (National Credit Union Administration), and SIPC (Securities Investor Protection Corporation), whose guarantees do not ensure immediate reimbursements for losses.

Why am I concerned?

Rocket Mortgage Introduces Purchase Plus, Helping Make the American Dream of Homeownership More Attainable

Special purpose credit program offers up to $7,500 in lender credits for first-time buyers in underserved communities to eliminate a significant hurdle to homeownership

DETROIT, December 27, 2022 – Rocket Mortgage, part of Rocket Companies, today introduced Purchase Plus, a special purpose credit program intended to increase accessibility to homeownership in underserved communities. The new initiative offers up to $7,500 in credits for first-time homebuyers to use toward their mortgage costs. Purchase Plus is available in specific census tracts across six major cities where potential homebuyers could benefit the most – Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis and Philadelphia.

“Homeownership has a significant impact on strong communities and the creation of generational wealth,” said Bob Walters, CEO of Rocket Mortgage. “Our Purchase Plus program is a catalyst that will help narrow the homeownership gap by addressing a concern we’ve heard time and again – the difficulty of saving for out-of-pocket expenses when buying a home.”

Saving for a down payment is often cited as one of the largest barriers to buying a house. Purchase Plus can help alleviate this hurdle by providing eligible homebuyers in one of the six cities a base credit of $5,000 plus an additional lender credit totaling 1% of the home’s purchase price – up to $2,500 – for a potential savings of $7,500.

Another benefit of Purchase Plus is the elimination of exclusions based on area median income, broadening the scope of who can take advantage of the program. The first phase of Purchase Plus will focus on specific census tracts in each of the six cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas – areas where the initiative can make the largest impact in bridging the homeownership gap. <Source>

It should be noted that the ability to provide a down payment, in essence, to have skin in the game, is one of the fundamental indicators of serious first-time borrowers and a severe impediment to those who can take possession of a property with no money down -- only to live rent-free until legal proceedings. Likewise, the ability to pay closing costs upfront is an indicator of individual responsibility.

It should be noted that many areas in the specific census tracts noted in Rocket's plan are declining in value as they age and decay. The cost to repair, restore, and maintain those properties may be a significant factor in upcoming mortgage defaults.

While it may be possible to find prime mortgages among borrowers below the median income, it is unlikely. A condition leading to the creation of more sub-prime loans which use gimmicks to entice borrowers to apply for loans they cannot afford.

Since big companies are about making profits, it is important to follow both the money and the transfer of risk as these behemoths navigate a poor economy. Hoping the practices of the past do not lead us into financial disaster.

Bottom line…

Financial executives, most of whom are personally insulated from the consequences of their policies, as are legislators, appear willing to earn big bonuses by gambling with your money.

Perhaps it is time to remember that some regional banks without massive exposure to certain industry sectors like mortgage and auto lending, may be a safer bet than the banking behemoths who often shade their fiduciary duties to protect their interests at the expense of their customers.

Think like the Better Business Bureau, “Investigate BEFORE you invest.”

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


2023 DID NOT START WELL

My optimism for a great 2023 is fading fast…

Slide

My AT&T landline shorted out somewhere between my residence and the central office. Of course, the 24/7 service representative was kind enough to refer me to the landline repair division, which is closed on weekends and only operates during regular business hours. Seeing the alternative path, I used their online service and submitted a service ticket at 5:58 p.m. on 1/1/2023.

Imagine my surprise when my service ticket was acknowledged and indicated my service would be restored at some random time, on a random day, and by the end of the year…

From: eRepair Update Ticket <repair_ticket.redacted>
To: <redacted>
Sent: 1/1/2023 5:56:59 PM
Subject: AT&T Trouble Report Confirmation

Confirmation

Bottom line…

Seriously, we have little knowledge of the status of anything involving 2023, except increased costs, an uncertain economy, medical issues, and an open question regarding the fecklessness of the GOP -- other than the predictably continued whining of Donald J. Trump.

We are so screwed. Fight on!

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


HAPPY 2023 NEW YEAR FROM ONE CITIZEN SPEAKING

Wishing you and yours ... health, peace, and prosperity. -- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


ANOTHER MEANINGLESS GUN STUDY

BullshitI find it amazing and somewhat silly that some researchers investigate meaningless associations that state the obvious, believing their work somehow advances the understanding of their chosen subject matter.

Consider this journal article in the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Network Open…

Comparing Risks of Firearm-Related Death and Injury Among Young Adult Males in Selected US Cities With Wartime Service in Iraq and Afghanistan

Key Points

Question How does the risk of firearm-related death and injury for young adult males in parts of 4 major US cities compare with the corresponding risks faced by military personnel deployed to war?

Findings This cross-sectional study of 129 826 young adult men living in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, and Los Angeles in 2020 and 2021 found that young adult males from zip codes with the most violence in Chicago and Philadelphia had a notably higher risk of firearm-related death than US military personnel who served during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, while the most violent areas in New York City and Los Angeles were associated with less risk for young adult males than these theaters of war. In all zip codes studied, risks were overwhelmingly borne by young adult males from minoritized racial and ethnic groups.

[OCS: Not so coincidently, the areas studied, mostly inner city zip codes, have the highest minority populations, the highest drug-related violence, and most of the deaths are targeted at members of the same minority community or cross-minority communities in the instance of criminal turf wars.]

Meaning This study’s finding that young adult males of minoritized racial and ethnic groups in parts of major US cities faced greater firearm-related risks at home than did soldiers at war calls for an urgent response that emphasizes violence reduction and trauma-informed interventions.

[OCS: Imagine that! Did they consider soldiers on both sides of the battlefield or just U.S. casualties which grossly understates the dangers on the battlefield for all combatants?]

Importance In 2020, homicides in the United States saw a record single-year increase, with firearm injuries becoming the leading cause of death for children, adolescents, and young adults. It is critical to understand the magnitude of this crisis to formulate an effective response.

Objective To evaluate whether young adult males living in parts of 4 major US cities faced a firearm-related death and injury risk comparable with risks encountered during recent wartime service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Conclusions and Relevance In this cross-sectional study, for young adult men in several of the communities studied, firearm violence carried morbidity and mortality risks that exceeded those of war. Health equity requires prioritizing effective responses.

[OCS: In my opinion, the study is bullshit and meaningless.]

<Source: JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(12):e2248132. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.48132>

(1)  The American Medical Association has a known leftist bias with an emphasis on gun control rather than crime control – and this is often reflected in articles accepted for publication.

(2)   It is scientifically meaningless to characterize gun deaths in a civilian population against those in a war zone unless one deliberately seeks media attention.

(3)   If the researchers were intellectually curious, perhaps they would have studied the predominant political culture, which is soft on crime and criminals – plea bargaining away serious gun-related felonies to obtain a guaranteed conviction with a minimum expenditure of time and money. Allowing violent re-offenders to roam the streets and reengage the residents with violent behavior. Or a community reluctant to cooperate with local law enforcement to prevent, investigate, or prosecute gun-related crime as they attempt to defund the police.

Bottom line…

GUN-VIOLENCE

Another ticket-punching exercise by academics seeking to be published. As if the total number of publications were more important than the probative value of the research.

Protect yourself and your family because progressive communist democrats want to disarm you and remove your right to self-defense. The same group of progressive communist democrats is more concerned with criminals than the criminal’s victims.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

NRA-BENEFACTOR-1


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE DANGER IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE COMES FROM HUMAN NATURE

AI-KNOWLEDGE

The next big thing after an AI-enhanced world...

What we have seen with the books, records, and art marketplace is a continuous cheapening of content as supply increases exponentially.

One need no longer be a musician, classically-trained or not, to create and publish esthetically pleasing sounds.

One need no longer be an author, mindful of spelling and grammar, to write and publish a book or write a script.

One no longer be an artist to create and publish a work of art.

One no longer needs to be a lawyer to do legal research or compose boilerplate documents.

Likewise, one no longer needs to be a programmer, trained in structures, algorithms, and feature libraries to write or debug code.

One can profitably build upon the work of experts and synthetically create derivative works that appear original.

So, what comes after this augmented creation process?

(1)  Discovery management and navigating the marketplace to find customers much in the same manner as a search engine collects and analyzes personal data to predict potential customers.

(2)  The detection, analysis, and legal management of AI-created works knowing that AI has no concept of originality and is bound, over time, to re-create the same, similar, or derivative works that can de-value other works already created.

(3)  The mining of patent data using more modern materials which make previously impossible objects an exploitable possibility.

Therefore, it would seem prudent to ask ChatGPT itself what comes after an AI-enhanced world.

what comes after an AI-enhanced world.

It is difficult to predict exactly what will come after an AI-enhanced world, as the development and integration of artificial intelligence (AI) is an ongoing process that is likely to continue to evolve and shape our world in ways that we cannot fully anticipate.

One possibility is that AI will continue to become more sophisticated and integrated into various aspects of our daily lives, potentially leading to significant changes in the way we work, communicate, and interact with each other and the world around us. It is also possible that AI will be used to address a wide range of social and environmental challenges, such as improving healthcare, addressing climate change, and promoting economic growth and development.

It is important to note that the development and use of AI also raises a number of ethical, legal, and social issues that will need to be carefully considered and addressed as AI continues to advance. These issues include concerns around the potential loss of jobs due to automation, the potential for AI to perpetuate or amplify existing biases, and the need to ensure that AI is used in a transparent and accountable manner.

Bottom line...

AI-assisted chatbots are still in their infancy; who knows what the future may bring?

But I know a few things for certain...

(1) There will be a globalist gatekeeper to market the AI-enhanced services to the rest of us. Already multi-billionaires and billion-dollar corporations have invested in AI, either to protect their existing product offerings or to develop next-generation products to capture this newly-emerging revenue stream.

(2)  Politicians seeking to extract their share of the generated tolls will seek to regulate the use of AI-enhanced products in the name of protecting the people..

(3) Despots will seek to deny this miracle of discovery and learning to their people lest their subjects learn the depth of their own oppression by their leaders and become envious of the lives other, freer, individuals experience. Possibly enough to start another nation-to-nation war over access to these new paradigms of discovery and creation. We are already seeing this in Communist China where all AI-generated content must be clearly labeled and identified with an individual.

(4)  There will be a number of “knowledge workers,” including academics who will oppose AI-enhanced systems to preserve their own employment.

(5)  There will be those who will use AI-enhanced products to further educate, indoctrinate, and isolate children – perhaps giving them realistic friends to interact with so as to disguise the indoctrination process.

(6)  There will exist a class of people opposing Artificial Intelligence and AI-enhanced products to enhance their own notoriety and income streams. Such opposition being based on religion, ethical concerns, or some perceived advantage in a class-oriented society.

(7)  AI-models do not necessarily tell the truth and may be relatively unreliable when it comes to life-altering questions.

In short, AI will not improve human nature where the strong and privileged dominate the weak and underprivileged.

Something ChatGPT acknowledges...

“However, it would be up to human users of the AI system to interpret and draw conclusions from the data that it has analyzed, and to take appropriate action based on those conclusions.”

We have seen several instances when “expert systems,” including robotics, have eliminated or reduced the number of employees to generate products and services. Ignore Artificial Intelligence systems at your own risk, especially those involving natural large language learning models.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


COMMIE MOMMIES: A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER?

Commie-mommies

It’s not the radical that is the most dangerous to society…

It appears that one of the biggest threats to our nation is a category of middle-class, college-educated, wine-guzzling white women who seem to have abandoned any semblance of common sense as they indoctrinate their children in the “woke politics” that has them questioning their sexuality and contribution to society.

Openly allowing school systems to teach Critical Race Theory, which posits, but does not prove, that our nation is systemically racist and white people automatically and systemically oppress people of color and those who adopt a different sexual persona. Their children are not taught to share but to give away their toys and dignity to others for no reason other than their skin color.

Demanding that the best and brightest be abandoned in favor of the presumed disadvantaged by dumbing down school curricula, so nobody feels bad when underachieving.

The problem, as I see it, is…

Protest has been socialized as an event or cause for socialization with your peers, to sip wine and virtual signal, to demonstrate allegiance to real-life positions that defy common sense—pointing to the make-believe Pollyanna world of socialism as the means for change while ignoring the hundreds of millions who have died or suffered under socialist regimes.

Meanwhile…

The GOP refuses to take off the gloves and call a spade a spade. They refuse to loudly criticize and condemn the human rights abuses that have been visited on American citizens – especially in the inner cities where political corruption, crime, and poor school systems exist for all to see. To loudly demand that parents live up to their civic responsibilities and moral obligations to support their children.

To allow identity and sexual politics to interfere with the education of children should be a crime – where administrators and teachers are denied certification for in-school indoctrination instead of education.

It is time to stop giving free passes to those who cannot possibly take advantage of the opportunities offered and return to a more competitive environment. Yes, there will be those who are naturally talented and will rise to the top – something as true for academics as it is for sports. But that is the challenge posed by human nature. 

It’s time to put pampered students in their place as students rather than social warriors holding power over the administrators.

And for the legacy and social media…

It’s time to go beyond acceptance of a single-sided truth and start pointing out propaganda and dishonest media sources.

Bottom line…

Commie mommies vote, and unfortunately, not in the best interests of the nation, their families, and especially their children. It is up to the GOP to provide direction – and if they cannot do this simple nation-affirming task, they should all lose their jobs in favor of a random person on the street.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


LOST IN THE WILDERNESS

After

Who can explain why the Republicans leave everything to the last minute, panic, and then accept the best of the worse?

Even worse, why do Republicans refuse to vet their candidates in advance and continue to allow deeply flawed candidates to run for expediency?

Washington-times-logo-2101475090Embattled Rep.-elect George Santos admits he lied about his life story

Rep.-elect George Santos has come clean about not being truthful with voters about his job background and college education, but he said that won’t stop him from taking his seat in the House next week.

Mr. Santos, 34, admitted to inflating his finance career credentials on his resume and lying about attending Baruch College and later New York University when he ran for the state’s 3rd Congressional District on New York’s Long Island.

After the election, questions arose about these key aspects of his life story that Mr. Santos presented while on the campaign trail.

“My sins here are embellishing my resume. I’m sorry,” he told The New York Post. “I campaigned talking about the people’s concerns, not my resume. … I intend to deliver on the promises I made during the campaign.”

He admitted to lying about graduating from college. Mr. Santos, who is Catholic, claimed he said he was “Jew-ish” not Jewish. And he said his claim that he worked for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs was a “poor choice of words.”

Mr. Santos, a Republican from Queens, said that the issues about his background would not prevent him from taking the oath of office next week when he becomes part of the 118th Congress. <Source>

We have become accustomed to politicians lying… just not as blatantly as President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Joe Manchin, and former President Donald Trump. And unfortunately, we have come to accept the lousy performance of the political parties in pre-selecting candidates and giving us a choice between evil and more evil.

Even our judiciary is filled with appointees who act like demigods, thwarting the intent and will of the people as they substitute their own partisan viewpoint for constitutional law.

Bottom line…

When will the American people rise up in protest? When is enough enough? Something to think about as we watch America be destroyed from within – while hordes of illegal aliens arrive to complete the task of turning America into a third-world sanctuary where Americans slave (and yes, that’s the right word) to support the illiterate, impoverished, unproductive, illegal aliens at the expense of our health and welfare.

As we approach the New Year, I find that we are screwed, and I am getting no message from the GOP to convince me I am mistaken and that 2023 will bring us a better future.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE FINE PRINT ABOUT FEELING GOOD AS A CLIMATE WARRIOR

Tesla-cold

Funny how reality, in the form of nature, seems to cut through the bullshit as it bites you in the ass…

(1)  For those of you who have been told that man is capable of managing the global climate using public policies and taxation, the reality is that the climate is constantly changing, mostly over large geologic time scales, and that the primary drivers of climate are indisputably the Sun’s energy output in all spectral bands, cosmic rays, the Earth’s position relative to the Sun, the Earth’s precessional and rotational dynamics, the Earth’s magnetosphere, plate tectonics and vulcanology, the deep ocean currents, the internal dynamics of the Earth, and the most significant greenhouse gas of all, water vapor. None of these are affected by man on a global or even a local scale. The fact is that man does not know the optimum temperature of the Earth since there is a wide variation between the polar and equatorial latitudes. Truth be told, man’s input signal to climate change cannot be detected or measured against the natural variability of global climate.

(2)  The only reliable, sustainable, and cost-effective power technologies at scale are nuclear, hydroelectric, and geothermal. Wind power and solar power have their limitations, and if not for government subsidies and mandates would be relegated to auxiliary use.

(3)  The idea of the electric car as a “zero emission” vehicle is a lie. Not only does it have severe range and operational considerations, but the power also needs to come from conventional sources, which are managed on a regional basis by entities answerable to corrupt government personnel.

The fine print…

How many individuals know that lithium-ion batteries used to power vehicles have temperature limitations that degrade their performance in hot and cold weather? And how many of these individuals even know what “preconditioning a battery” refers to?

Winter Driving Tips

Your Tesla vehicle has many features designed to optimize your cold-weather driving experience. In cold weather, vehicles use more energy to heat the battery and cabin, and it’s normal to see energy consumption increase.

We have made several updates to improve your driving experience in freezing temperatures including better overall thermal performance, quicker Supercharging and improved cabin conditioning.

Watch for the [Ironically named] Snowflake Icon

A blue snowflake icon may appear on your touchscreen and in the app if your battery is too cold for full power and ideal range. When this icon is displayed, you may notice reduced regenerative braking and acceleration.

Leaving your vehicle plugged in whenever possible and keeping the charge level above 20% when not plugged in will reduce the impact of cold temperatures.

Once the battery is warmed, the snowflake will disappear. Charging, driving and preconditioning [turning on your heater before driving or charging] are all ways to warm your battery. <Source: Tesla>

Does it make a difference?

Tesla Owner Stranded At Supercharger Station On Christmas Eve After Cold Weather Paralyzes Battery

Besides freezing door handles, Tesla owners who braved the cold this Christmas weekend were met with 'winter range anxiety.' As we explained last week, cold weather will degrade battery performance. At least one video went viral on Christmas Eve of a person whose Model S wouldn't charge in the cold at a Supercharger station.

Domenick Nati, 44, a resident of Lynchburg, Virginia, rolled into a Supercharger station Saturday afternoon with 19 miles left of charge. The Tesla's dashboard showed outside temperatures were 19 degrees Fahrenheit. He made a video about his awful experience over the last 24 hours.

In a video posted on TikTok, Nati said battery issues began on Friday when his Tesla wouldn't warm up so it could charge. He tried charging at his house and a Supercharger station, but nothing seemed to work. In a last-ditch effort, he went to Supercharger station on Christmas Eve, where he experienced the same issues. 

Nati abandoned the Tesla at the Supercharger station, fearing it would run out of juice. He canceled his Christmas plans because it was the only car he had, and adding Tesla customer support and or roadside assistance wasn't to help him troubleshoot the problem. <Source>

Buffalo's deadliest storm in 50 years: Death toll rises to 27 in city and 55 across US after stranded drivers froze to death in their cars and six feet of snow landed on NY - leaving it like a 'war zone'

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From my author friend, Peter Ralph, in Australia…

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I hope you're enjoying Christmas Day. I'm sure Australian orange-bellied parrots are.

An Australian State Government EPA has just approved a 122-wind turbine project subject to all wind farm generators shutting down during the northern orange-bellied parrot migration period (1 March to 31 May inclusive) and the southern orange-bellied parrot migration period (15 September to 15 November inclusive).

Even with generous government subsidies it’s hard to see the project being viable if it can only operate for seven months a year.

Australia also has vast uranium reserves that it exports to the rest of the world while banning nuclear power at home.

Rio Tinto recently discovered a massive lithium reserve in Serbia, but the government has revoked its permits following protests.

Many supporters want green energy without paying the environmental costs that go with it.

Meanwhile, 74% of the Greens in Finland voted in support of nuclear power — something the Australian Greens would consider blasphemy.

I don’t know where we will end up with green energy, but I do know there are those who will make fortunes from it.

Grab a copy of his latest book; Greed is Good Green is Great! It’s a great read!

Bottom line…

If you must virtue-signal, at least get the more sensible hybrid.

It is time to push back against the weather bullpucky as it is simply a power grab and funding mechanism for both the globalists and the progressive communist democrats.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


A KWANZAA KROCK...

Look up its history for yourself. Read about the violent militant pervert felon who created it.

KWANZAA-KROCK

Know what you are celebrating!


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THINKING ABOUT THE HOLIDAY

What the hell have the globalists, special interests, and their bought-and-paid-for political hacks wrought?

It’s the day after Christmas, and here I am … my small world is at peace. I have a warm bed, enough food, and more entertainment choices than I can possibly consume — all appears to be well as I bitch and moan about third-world problems: prices, taxes, and the decline of the environment surrounding my little piece of the world.

A world where others are suffering mighty, their problems worsened by the policies, both foreign and domestic, of our corrupt and feckless leadership.

Meanwhile, those who purport to represent me — voted in by my fellow citizens and possibly unknown individuals, conspire to feather their own nests. The nation, the state, the city, and my community be damned. 

I can only wonder what the New Year might bring.

With the progressive communist democrats, it’s more of the same — dirty tricks and bamboozling the squishy RINOs into voting for their agenda. 

With the Republicans, it’s a matter of securing your own power base first and then winging it — responding to developing situations with press releases instead of plans.

So what can I do?

(1)  Familiarize myself with the local voting regulations.

(2)  Start identifying those with a like mind and urge an early mail-in response to ballots received in the mail. Not voting is not an option, and it appears that “in-person” voting may become increasingly difficult in strongly Republican precincts.

(3)  Start identifying candidates, especially the infirm, for ballot harvesting if it is legal in your venue.

(4)  Show up at opposition events (without any identifying garb) and ask challenging questions with a tough follow-up.

(5)  Play the “whataboutism” game and call them out if they try to label you. Start by rejecting their premise and say what you want to say.

(6)  Gently troll social media, not with comments or refutations, but with questions you will point to and ask why they are ignoring the questions.

(7)  Read Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and use their own tactics against them. Alinsky might have been a communist, but he was a keen observer of human behavior. 

Remember, you cannot convince, cajole, or persuade hardcore fanatics, so don’t waste your time trying. Gather your own base and welcome the disaffected into the fold without criticism, but remain vigilant about their motives and behavior.

Bottom line…

There are no Republicans in the Democrat Party, but there is a large number of Democrats in the Republican Party. Be careful when selecting those that would lead you astray.

We are so screwed.

— Steve

 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ONE CITIZENSPEAKING 2022

To all my readers…  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones the very best for the coming Holiday Season.

To everyone else…  

Please accept with no obligation, expressed or implied, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2023, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. This is, of course, neither to suggest nor imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country; also, this is not to imply that "America," as noted herein, is the only America in the Western Hemisphere. May these heartfelt wishes be received with equal intensity regardless of distribution of individual wealth, documented carbon footprint, or perceived social privilege among the wishes addressed herein. This wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual preference of the wish.

Enjoy!

Happy Holidays...

Let us, for a moment, forget the political and financial catastrophes which have befallen our nation and concentrate on family and friends.

And most importantly, let us not forget those who have protected our nation and who stand watch over our celebration.

ArmedServices-MIA

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG IN CALIFORNIA'S LITIGEOUS AND HOSTILE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT?

Business-bullshitI was struck by the length and complexity of El Segundo, California-based Beyond Meat’s caveats in a media release.

Beyond Meat is a leading plant-based meat company “offering a portfolio of revolutionary plant-based meats made from simple ingredients without GMOs, no added hormones or antibiotics, and 0 mg of cholesterol per serving.” A California dream company fighting climate change, obesity, and for vegans everywhere.

Don’t believe a word of what we say, your mileage will vary, and terms and conditions apply…

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release constitute “forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including statements related to the Company’s expectations with respect to its third quarter and full year 2022 revenue outlook, cost-reduction initiatives, expected charges and savings related to its workforce reduction and executive leadership changes, and the timing and success of achieving its cash flow positive targets.

The charges associated with the reduction in force and executive leadership changes may be greater than anticipated, completion of the reduction in force may take longer than anticipated, the Company may be unable to realize the contemplated benefits in connection with the workforce reduction, executive leadership changes and other potential cost-reduction initiatives, and the workforce reduction, executive leadership changes and cost-reduction initiatives may have an adverse impact on the Company’s performance.

Additionally, the Company’s ability to meet its cash flow positive targets is subject to a number of assumptions and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the Company’s ability to reduce costs and achieve positive gross margins; the Company’s ability to meet certain revenue and operating expense targets, which may be subject to factors beyond the Company’s control; and the Company’s ability to monetize inventory and manage working capital.

Forward-looking statements are based on management's current opinions, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions and projections regarding financial performance, prospects, future events and future results, including ongoing uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the ultimate duration, magnitude and effects of the pandemic and, in particular, the impact to the foodservice channel, operations and supply chains, growth trends, our international expansion plans, market share, new and existing customers and expense trends, among other matters, and involve known and unknown risks that are difficult to predict. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “may,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “predict,” “outlook,” “potential,” “continue,” “likely,” “will,” “would” and variations of these terms and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are only predictions, not historical fact, and involve certain risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions.

Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by which or whether, such performance or results will be achieved. Actual results, levels of activity, performance, achievements and events could differ materially from those stated, anticipated or implied by such forward-looking statements.

While Beyond Meat believes that its assumptions are reasonable, it is very difficult to predict the impact of known factors and, in particular, the COVID-19 pandemic, and, of course, it is impossible to anticipate all factors that could affect actual results.

There are many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements made herein including, but not limited to, the effects of global outbreaks of pandemics or contagious diseases or fear of such outbreaks (such as COVID-19), including on our business, financial condition, cash flows and results of operations, including on our supply chain, the demand for our products, our product and channel mix, labor needs at the Company as well as in the supply chain and at customers, the timing and level of retail purchasing, the timing and level of foodservice purchasing, our manufacturing and co-manufacturing facilities and operations, our inventory levels, our ability to expand and produce in new geographic markets or the timing of such expansion efforts, the pace and success of new product introductions, the timing of new foodservice launches, and on overall economic conditions and consumer confidence and spending levels; the impact of uncertainty in our domestic and international supply chain, including labor shortages and disruption and shipping delays and disruption; a resurgence of COVID-19 and the impact of variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 which could slow, halt or reverse the reopening process, or result in the reinstatement of social distancing measures, business closures, restrictions on operations, quarantines, lockdowns and travel bans; the impact of uncertainty as a result of doing business in China and Europe; government or employer mandates requiring certain behaviors from employees due to COVID-19, including COVID-19 vaccine mandates, which could result in employee attrition at the Company, suppliers and customers as well as difficulty securing future labor and supply needs; the impact of adverse and uncertain economic and political conditions in the U.S. and international markets; the volatility of capital markets and other macroeconomic factors, including due to geopolitical tensions or the outbreak of hostilities or war; our ability to effectively manage our growth in the U.S. and abroad; our ability to streamline operations and improve cost efficiencies, which could result in the contraction of our business and the implementation of significant cost cutting measures; our ability to identify and execute cost-down initiatives intended to achieve price parity with animal protein; the success of operations conducted by joint ventures, such as the Planet Partnership, LLC with PepsiCo, Inc., where we share ownership and management of a company with one or more parties who may not have the same goals, strategies or priorities as we do and where we do not receive all of the financial benefit; the effects of increased competition from our market competitors and new market entrants; changes in the retail landscape, including the timing and level of trade and promotion discounts, our ability to grow market share and increase household penetration, repeat purchases, buying rates (amount spent per buyer) and purchase frequency, and our ability to maintain and increase sales velocity of our products; changes in the foodservice landscape, including the timing and level of marketing and other financial incentives to assist in the promotion of our products, our ability to grow market share and attract and retain new foodservice customers or retain existing foodservice customers, and our ability to introduce and sustain offering of our products on menus; the timing and success of distribution expansion and new product introductions in increasing revenues and market share; the timing and success of strategic partnership launches and limited time offerings resulting in permanent menu items; our estimates of the size of market opportunities and ability to accurately forecast market growth; our ability to effectively expand or optimize our manufacturing and production capacity, including effectively managing capacity for specific products with shifts in demand; risks associated with underutilization of capacity which could give rise to termination fees to exit certain supply chain arrangements and/or the write-off of certain equipment; our ability to sell our inventory in a timely manner requiring us to sell our products through liquidation channels at lower prices, write-down or write off obsolete inventory, or increase inventory reserves; our ability to accurately forecast our future results of operations, including fluctuations in demand for our products and any increased competition; our ability to accurately forecast demand for our products and manage our inventory, including the impact of customer orders ahead of holidays and shelf reset activities, and supply chain and labor disruptions; our operational effectiveness and ability to fulfill orders in full and on time; variations in product selling prices and costs, and the mix of products sold; our ability to successfully enter new geographic markets, manage our international expansion and comply with any applicable laws and regulations, including risks associated with doing business in foreign countries, substantial investments in our manufacturing operations in China and the Netherlands, and our ability to comply with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or other anti-corruption laws; the effects of global outbreaks of pandemics or contagious diseases or fear of such outbreaks, such as COVID-19; the success of our marketing initiatives and the ability to grow brand awareness, maintain, protect and enhance our brand, attract and retain new customers and grow our market share; our ability to attract, maintain and effectively expand our relationships with key strategic foodservice partners; our ability to attract and retain our suppliers, distributors, co-manufacturers and customers; our ability to procure sufficient high-quality raw materials at competitive prices to manufacture our products, especially those impacted by the conflict in the Ukraine or problems in the global supply chain exacerbated by COVID-19 lockdowns in China; the availability of pea and other protein that meets our standards; our ability to diversify the protein sources used for our products; our ability to differentiate and continuously create innovative products, respond to competitive innovation and achieve speed-to-market; our ability to successfully execute our strategic initiatives; the volatility associated with ingredient, packaging, transportation and other input costs; the impact of inflation and rising interest rates across the economy, including higher food, grocery, raw materials, transportation, energy, labor and fuel costs; reduced consumer confidence and consumer spending, including spending to purchase our products, and negative trends in consumer purchasing patterns due to consumers’ disposable income, credit availability, debt levels and inflation; real or perceived quality or health issues with our products or other issues that adversely affect our brand and reputation; our ability to accurately predict consumer taste preferences, trends and demand and successfully innovate, introduce and commercialize new products and improve existing products, including in new geographic markets; significant disruption in, or breach in security of our information technology systems and resultant interruptions in service and any related impact on our reputation, including related to data privacy; the ability of our transportation providers to ship and deliver our products in a timely and cost effective manner; management and key personnel changes, the attraction and retention of qualified employees and key personnel, and our ability to maintain our company culture; the effects of organizational changes including a reduction-in-force and realignment of reporting structures; risks related to use of a professional employer organization to administer human resources, payroll and employee benefits functions for certain of our international employees or use of certain third party service providers for the performance of several business operations including payroll and human capital management services; the effects of natural or man-made catastrophic or severe weather events particularly involving our or any of our co-manufacturers’ manufacturing facilities or our suppliers’ facilities; the impact of marketing campaigns aimed at generating negative publicity regarding our products, brand and the plant-based industry category; the effectiveness of our internal controls; accounting estimates based on judgment and assumptions that may differ from actual results; the requirements of being a public company and effects of increased administration costs related to compliance and reporting obligations; our significant indebtedness and ability to pay such indebtedness; risks related to our debt, including limitations on our cash flow from operations and our ability to satisfy our obligations under the convertible senior notes; our ability to raise the funds necessary to repurchase the convertible senior notes for cash, under certain circumstances, or to pay any cash amounts due upon conversion; provisions in the indenture governing the convertible senior notes delaying or preventing an otherwise beneficial takeover of us; any adverse impact on our reported financial condition and results from the accounting methods for the convertible senior notes; estimates of our expenses, future revenues, capital expenditures, capital requirements and our needs for additional financing; our ability to meet our obligations under our campus innovation and headquarters lease, the timing of occupancy and completion of the build-out of our space, cost overruns, delays and the impact of COVID-19 on our space demands; our ability to meet our obligations under leases for our corporate offices, manufacturing facilities and warehouses; changes in laws and government regulation affecting our business, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission governmental regulation, and state, local and foreign regulation; new or pending legislation, or changes in laws, regulations or policies of governmental agencies or regulators, both in the U.S. and abroad, affecting plant-based meat, the labeling or naming of our products, or our brand name or logo; the failure of acquisitions and other investments to be efficiently integrated and produce the results we anticipate; risks inherent in investment in real estate; the financial condition of, and our relationships with our suppliers, co-manufacturers, distributors, retailers and foodservice customers, and their future decisions regarding their relationships with us; our ability and the ability of our suppliers and co-manufacturers to comply with food safety, environmental or other laws and regulations; seasonality, including increased levels of purchasing by customers ahead of holidays, customer shelf reset activity and the timing of product restocking by our retail customers; the sufficiency of our cash and cash equivalents to meet our liquidity needs and service our indebtedness and our ability to access capital markets upon favorable terms, including due to rising interest rates; economic conditions and the impact on consumer spending; the impact of increased scrutiny from stakeholders, institutional investors and governmental bodies on environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) practices, including expanding mandatory and voluntary reporting, diligence and disclosure on ESG matters; the outcomes of legal or administrative proceedings, or new legal or administrative proceedings filed against us; our, our suppliers’ and our co-manufacturers’ ability to protect our proprietary technology, intellectual property and trade secrets adequately; the impact of tariffs and trade wars; the impact of changes in tax laws; foreign exchange rate fluctuations; and the risks discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 filed with the SEC on March 2, 2022, the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 2, 2022 filed with the SEC on August 11, 2022, and the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 1, 2022 to be filed with the SEC, as well as other factors described from time to time in the Company's filings with the SEC. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements set forth above. Such forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this release. Beyond Meat undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement because of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise, except to the extent required by applicable laws. If we do update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be made that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.

This brings forth memories of the late great George Carlin, life’s observer and a comedic master of the poetry of the spoken word.

It’s all bullshit folks – crap designed to make you believe they are competent and have thought things through.

Let me sum it up in a few lines.

  1. Let the buyer beware
  2. Shit happens
  3. Don’t blame us, we told you to bend down, it was coming.

Bottom line…

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


IS UKRAINE RUNNING OVER AMERICA?

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The globalists and the progressive communist democrats are using Ukraine to rape the U.S. Treasury and pouring billions of unaccountable dollars into the abyss where they are used to pay off the military-industrial complex by selling war materiel to Ukraine and supporting the Ukraine economy – including government worker pensions.

Nothing to see here. No corruption. Move along…

Ukraine Aid Is 2.6 Percent of Omnibus Spending Bill

The help we’ve given Ukrainians to repel the Russian invasion of their country is not a major source of our fiscal woes.

There’s plenty to criticize in the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill. The 4,155-page bill was released around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, and passed the Senate on Thursday afternoon. This type of legislative sausage-making has been common for years, but it’s also an unserious way to govern. And for a budget hawk, the top-line $1.7 trillion figure would be troubling even if the bill were being passed through regular order.

[OCS: Everyone who purports to represent their respective constituencies and voted for this bill without reading or understandings its provisions should be censured. With a special penalty for the 18 Senators who gutted the GOP’s ability to use the House to cut wasteful spending. The GOP asswipes are Blunt, Boozman, Capito, Collins, Cornyn, Cotton, Graham, Inhofe, McConnell, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rounds, Shelby, Thune, Wicker, Young. I am surprised that Tom Cotton is on the list as he is slated to lead some of the critical GOP Committee work.]

But that top-line figure also demonstrates that aid to Ukraine is not a major reason the United States is saddled with $31 trillion of debt. The omnibus includes $45 billion in spending broadly intended to help repel the Russian invasion of Ukraine. That’s real money, but it also amounts to only 2.6 percent of the entire package. And if you add it to the other Ukraine aid passed since the full-scale Russian invasion began in February, you get a total of around $100 billion — or about 2.5 percent of total annual federal spending. <Source>

Where is the debate?

Before sending $100 billion to a corrupt foreign entity, shouldn’t someone be asking the tough questions?

(1)  Was this conflict created by our CIA and Department of State, which has a history of meddling in Ukraine as proven by documentary evidence and sworn testimony as a byproduct of the Trump impeachment hoax?

(2)  Is this aid weakening the United States military and depleting our stockpiles, putting us at risk in low-level conflicts?

(3)  Cost/benefit analysis of analyzing and degrading non-nuclear, tactical Russian Forces to weaken an opponent seeking expansion in nearby lands?

(4)  Is this aid leading to a Russian escalation and a Russia-Iran, Russia-Saudi alliance?

(5)  What is the impact of conflict on a war effort dependent on global supply chain economics?

(6)  How does this conflict impact our enemy, the  Communist Chinese, who are churning out expensive components for our war effort?

(7)  How vulnerable is the U.S. to the increasing capabilities of North Korea, Iran, and possibly Pakistan-supplied terrorists?

(8)  Is it morally defensible to assist other nations while our senior citizens and others suffer at home from escalated prices brought about by the government’s profligate spending?

(9)  Is an incompetent/corrupt administration creating a more significant global power vacuum that increases the influence of U.S. enemies?

(10)  What is the endpoint and how will it be implemented?

(11)  And what to do with Ukrainian immigrants seeking asylum.

Bottom line…

In my view, we have financed the destruction of one-half of Russia's non-nuclear fighting forces and arms without a significant loss of American lives. Seems like a great deal to me -- but that does not mean that these matters should not be discussed and our investment should be protected from corruption, both foreign and domestic. Then there is also the issue of the Russians building back their military better. 

How are the feckless Republicans less corrupt on fiscal issues than the progressive communist democrats?

Do the Obamacons that run Biden's foreign policy know what they are doing?

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


ARE THE PROGRESSIVES FORCING YOU TO ACCEPT AND CELEBRATE SOMEONE ELSE'S REALITY?

There comes a time when you wonder about the direction of humanity with the increasing feminization of men and the transformation of women into men…

There is little doubt in my mind that the progressive communist democrats are pushing their woke nonsense to further erode or destroy the traditional cultural values which have thus advanced humanity over the centuries,

I will never see J&B Scotch whiskey in the same light… 

Grandpa wears makeup in a viral 3-minute J&B Whisky Christmas commercial with a “woke” message.

According to Úrsula Mejía-Melgar, Diageo’s marketing director for Southern Europe, “At J&B, we want everyone to feel free to celebrate at Christmas, to give visibility to a reality that thousands of people in the LGBTQ+ community face in seeking a safe space to be their true selves during the holiday season.”

Why are the progressives attempting to “normalize” what many regard as a mental illness? Could it be that the progressives are trying to create another class distinction that can be exploited to empower them to assert their authority in court to punish their enemies, to fundraise for progressive causes, and, most importantly, to further erode or destroy the traditional cultural values which have advanced humanity?

Who is the scientific arbiter who will describe and decide if Gender Dysphoria is a disorder needing treatment or a display of neurodiversity to be accepted and celebrated?

As for now, the definition of Gender Dysphoria is described in the DSM-5-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Text Revision), which serves as a “gold standard” guidebook for psychiatric issues.

The DSM-5-TR (Text Revision) defines gender dysphoria in adolescents and adults as a marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and their assigned gender, lasting at least 6 months, as manifested by at least two of the following:

  • A marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and primary and/or secondary sex characteristics (or in young adolescents, the anticipated secondary sex characteristics)
  • A strong desire to be rid of one’s primary and/or secondary sex characteristics because of a marked incongruence with one’s experienced/expressed gender (or in young adolescents, a desire to prevent the development of the anticipated secondary sex characteristics)
  • A strong desire for the primary and/or secondary sex characteristics of the other gender
  • A strong desire to be of the other gender (or some alternative gender different from one’s assigned gender)
  • A strong desire to be treated as the other gender (or some alternative gender different from one’s assigned gender)
  • A strong conviction that one has the typical feelings and reactions of the other gender (or some alternative gender different from one’s assigned gender)

In order to meet criteria for the diagnosis, the condition must also be associated with clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

The DSM-5-TR defines gender dysphoria in children as a marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender, lasting at least 6 months, as manifested by at least six of the following (one of which must be the first criterion):

  • A strong desire to be of the other gender or an insistence that one is the other gender (or some alternative gender different from one’s assigned gender)
  • In boys (assigned gender), a strong preference for cross-dressing or simulating female attire; or in girls (assigned gender), a strong preference for wearing only typical masculine clothing and a strong resistance to the wearing of typical feminine clothing
  • A strong preference for cross-gender roles in make-believe play or fantasy play
  • A strong preference for the toys, games or activities stereotypically used or engaged in by the other gender
  • A strong preference for playmates of the other gender
  • In boys (assigned gender), a strong rejection of typically masculine toys, games, and activities and a strong avoidance of rough-and-tumble play; or in girls (assigned gender), a strong rejection of typically feminine toys, games, and activities
  • A strong dislike of one’s sexual anatomy
  • A strong desire for the physical sex characteristics that match one’s experienced gender

As with the diagnostic criteria for adolescents and adults, the condition must also be associated with clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

Bottom line…

My sympathy is with any individual that is distressed over their present circumstances.

What I am concerned with is that a segment of our society, the progressive communist democrats, is attempting to “groom” children to accept the normalcy of gender fluidity at a young age where the process of self-discovery is taking place. Trying to stage manage the development of children into a political process. Attempting to exploit the "girls are icky" phase to create homosexuals or the "I want to play with the boys" phase to create transgendered women.

We are so screwed up when we inject socio-sexual politics into our classrooms.

-- Steve

For those who may be in distress – “988” -- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


HOUSE MEMBERS NEED TO BE EXPELLED FOR EGREGIOUS VIOLATION

The release of former President Trump's tax returns is a two-edged sword...

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There is no doubt in my mind that Democrat members of the House Ways and Means Committee should be censured and expelled for violating their legislative and oversight responsibilities regarding the proposed public release of Donald Trump’s tax records.

  • Richard Neal
  • Lloyd Doggett
  • Mike Thompson
  • John Larson
  • Earl Blumenauer
  • Ron Kind
  • Bill Pascrell
  • Danny Davis
  • Linda Sánchez
  • Brian Higgins
  • Terri Sewell
  • Suzan DelBene
  • Judy Chu
  • Gwen Moore
  • Daniel Kildee
  • Brendan Boyle
  • Donald Beyer
  • Dwight Evans
  • Bradley Schneider
  • Thomas Suozzi
  • Jimmy Panetta
  • Stephanie Murphy
  • Jimmy Gomez
  • Steven Horsford
  • Stacey Plaskett

Absolutely no legislative purpose can be served at this late date, especially as the Committee’s leadership will be replaced on January 3, 2023. The Committee’s work does not require public disclosure of subpoenaed documents.

The documents were obtained under subpoena to further the Committee’s legislative and oversight responsibilities and evaluate the Internal Revenue Service’s mandatory audit program. It appears this was a false and misleading pretext for political advantage and to interfere with an upcoming presidential election.

Bullpucky…

WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE VOTES TO RELEASE INVESTIGATION OF THE IRS’S MANDATORY AUDIT PROGRAM UNDER THE PRIOR ADMINISTRATION

“Ways and Means is entrusted with great responsibilities. Today, the weight of our job is heavy. Congress serves as a check on the Executive Branch, and our Committee is entrusted with oversight of our revenue system. We all come to Ways and Means with the goal of creating a fairer tax code. Because at the root of it all, it is our federal tax system that funds the democracy we all cherish and love.

[OCS: The tax code was created by legislators solely to bilk the public and grant carve-outs, loopholes, and benefits for lobbyist-represented individuals and organizations. Do you mean like the billions being sent to Ukraine and other counties around the world while Americans, especially in the inner cities, continue to suffer?]

“Our voluntary collection relies on the public confidence that our tax laws are applied evenly and justly, regardless of position or power. For four years, the Committee has been reviewing how the IRS enforces the federal tax laws against, and ensures compliance by, a president.

[OCS: Voluntary collection? Yeah, at gunpoint, imprisonment, or asset confiscation. The tax laws have never been applied evenly or fairly.]

A president is no ordinary taxpayer. They hold power and influence unlike any other American. And with great power comes even greater responsibility.

[OCS: If this is true, where is the investigation of the Biden grift?]

“We are only here today because four years ago, our request to learn more about the program under 6103 was denied. This was the first time that this key oversight function was hampered, and our Committee’s jurisdiction was challenged.

“The Committee expected that these mandatory audits were being conducted promptly and in accordance with IRS policies. However, our review found that under the prior Administration the program was dormant. We know now, the first mandatory audit was opened two years into his presidency. On the same day this Committee requested his returns.

“We anticipated the IRS would expand the mandatory audit program to account for the complex nature of the former president’s financial situation yet found no evidence of that. This is a major failure of the IRS under the prior administration, and certainly not what we had hope to find.

But the evidence is clear. Congress must step in. I’ve proposed legislation to put the program above reproach. Ensuring IRS conducts yearly, timely examinations while publicly disclosing certain information.

“Our work has always been to ensure our tax laws are administered fairly and without preference, because at times, even the power of a president can loom too large.”

[OCS: Who are the IRS employees being terminated for the lack of diligence in auditing the President’s returns? It is the U.S. Constitution that defines the power of the President, not Congress.]


Neal’s opening statement is available HERE.

The Committee’s report is available HERE, and JCT’s report (Attachment I) is available HERE.

Neal’s Presidential Tax Filings and Audit Transparency Act of 2022 (Attachment J).

Attachment A, Attachment B, Attachment C, Attachment D, Attachment F, Attachment G, & Attachment H.

Attachment E will be made available on the Committee’s website as soon as possible.

The vote to go into Executive Session was 23-16, and the vote to transmit the documents to the House was 24-16.

Bottom line…

This is an egregious, un-American political stunt that can be used in the future to coerce wealthy or influential individuals into doing the regime’s bidding, like bullying the tech oligarchs into censoring the news while promoting the regime’s narrative.

Democrats have long argued that President Trump’s taxes could provide necessary information about entanglements that could influence his decision-making. At the same time, the House members seem incurious about the tax returns of the Biden crime family and the sale of Biden’s influence to our enemies.

The appropriate remedy if the Committee takes no further action to stop this travesty is the censure and expulsion of Democrat Committee members or, if that is unlikely, removing them from all Committee assignments. In addition, there should be an immediate, detailed release of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s returns, President Biden's returns -- and including “all affiliated businesses.”

It took years for the IRS and New York State auditors to do their work. What are the chances the public will understand the underlying tax issues? It is my understanding that the Democrats want to portray Trump as a grifter worth far less than he claims. So what?

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


IS YOUR ENTERTAINMENT VENUE USING FACIAL RECOGNITION TO TRAP DANGEROUS ATTORNEYS?

We are now living in a surveillance nation that would have shocked even George Orwell, the author of the iconic book 1984.

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New York-based entertainment corporation, MSG Entertainment, has apparently been caught using a facial recognition system to scan entertainment venues for perceived threats. – opposing attorneys!

Face Recognition Tech Gets Girl Scout Mom Booted From Rockettes Show — Due to Where She Works

When Kelly Conlon joined her daughter’s Girl Scout troop for a fun outing to see the Rockettes perform their Christmas Spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall in New York, she had no idea she would end up booted from the show once she entered the building.

Security stopped Conlon, NBC New York reported, because she is a New Jersey lawyer. It seems that Madison Square Garden Entertainment has begun using facial recognition technology to identify any visitor to any of its venues—including Radio City Music Hall—who is involved with any law firm that is actively involved in litigation against MSG Entertainment.

Conlon has never practiced law in New York nor personally been involved in litigation against MSG Entertainment. Instead, she is guilty by association, as an associate for Davis, Saperstein and Solomon, which has spent years tangled up in litigation against a restaurant that NBC reported is “now under the umbrella of MSG Entertainment.”

According to Conlon, she became aware of this supposed conflict of interest when security guards approached her in the Radio City Music Hall lobby just as she passed through the metal detector. Over the speakers, Conlon heard a warning about a woman in a gray scarf, then security confirmed the warning was about her, telling her, “Our recognition picked you up.”

Despite Conlon assuring security that “I’m not an attorney that works on any cases against MSG," she was escorted out. Ars could not immediately reach MSG for comment, but in a statement, MSG said the same thing would’ve happened to any attorney involved in her firm, claiming that her firm had been “notified twice” of MSG’s policy. <Source>

Unfortunately, the system appears to have a more surreptitious use than providing general security, identifying individuals associated with law firms having legal action against the company.

"MSG instituted a straightforward policy that precludes attorneys pursuing active litigation against the Company from attending events at our venues until that litigation has been resolved,” the statement provided to NBC said. “While we understand this policy is disappointing to some, we cannot ignore the fact that litigation creates an inherently adverse environment.” <Source>

However, the practice raises some disturbing questions.

(1)  Where do they proactively obtain facial recognition data to input into their system? Are they using pictures from sex offender databases or criminal registries, or do they purchase data from a third party?

(2)  How do they adequately maintain such a database, and how are errors and misidentifications corrected? 

(3)  Are they using facial recognition data for marketing or other internal purposes?

(4)  Are they selling facial recognition data to the government or third parties?

(5)  How long are video records and facial recognition data maintained?

(6)  Do individuals have a right to determine if they are in the database and see identifiers associated with their picture?

(7)  What is the legal remedy for innocent parties trapped by the company’s ‘big brother” policies?

Bottom line…

We are entering scary times and are being screwed by the politico-technological complex.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS