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Saturday, November 9. 2019
The 1918 Flu Pandemic: Photos From a Century Ago
Authorities Horrified At Woman Who Killed Baby With Meth Instead Of Traditional Brain-Sucking Device
Honolulu Sues ExxonMobil For Ending The World Or Something
Why Extinction Rebellion seems so nuts - The more dogmatic environmentalism becomes, the more it loses touch with reality.
11,000 SCIENTISTS? JUST KIDDING
99% of Scientists Agree Human Population Must Be Reduced
Planned Parenthood Partner Admits Selling Intact Livers, Lungs and Brains From Aborted Babies
WSJ: He Thought His Phone Was Secure; Then He Lost $24 Million to Hackers - Security researchers agree that for most people, adding text-message authentication is a big step up from only using a password, but that can leave you open to a relatively new attack called SIM swapping
Popular Title IX training techniques ‘are at odds with the available science,’ Iowa State researchers find
Lindsey Graham: IG Report on FISA Abuse Will be 'Stunning' and 'Damning'
OMG: Christopher Steele Has Written Another "Dossier," This One Alleging That Russian Spies Attempted to Collude With Conservative British MPs, Including... Boris Johnson
Joe Biden’s Friends and Backers Come Out on Top—at the Expense of the Middle Class
That’s the “Delaware Way.”
How The Insufferably Woke Help Trump
Al Sharpton: Facebook Not Censoring Trump is Racist
Trump’s unheralded border success
Despite Constant Liberal Media Attacks Trump Approval Rating Hits 50% – 3 Points Higher Than Obama as Same Point in His Presidency
The Democrat/Media Choir Sings “A Sad and Solemn Day”
Bad acting, as Scott notes
The curious timeline for taking down Trump
Dems Fund Border Security — But Not for USA
Testimony: How Trump helped Ukraine
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My Grandfather contracted the flue in November 1919 in Watertown, New York. He was recovering when, like many, he came down with pneumonia and died two weeks before Christmas.
Looking at the pictures I wonder how effective the face masks are. I understand that they would be useful in direct contact and aerosolized sneezes. But over time, wearing them throughout the day in an infective environment with something so infective as influenza, do they prevent the illness. I suspect not. When you wear the mask you can tell a substantial portion of the air you breath comes in around the mask and not through the mask.
I am told they were pretty much worthless at stopping the flu virus, but people didn't know that at the time.
Trumps border/immigration success as well as his foreign policy changes are driving the administrative state crazy while serving the citizen voter with more jobs and fewer war casualties. There is room for improvement but it is a fine start considering the constant headwinds of the "progressive state".
Re: The Myth of the Nazi War Machine
I remember reading years ago a book called "How To Make War", basically an encyclopedia or catalog of all the world's militaries and there was a section on WWII. I may not have the numbers and the dates quite right, but more or less Germany was producing over half of the world's war material in 1938, by 1943 they were producing even more in absolute tonnage but their share had fallen to around 25% because the US share in that time had gone from 5% to over 50%. In other words, from 1938 to 1943, the world's production of war material had more than doubled but almost all of that increase was due to the US going from producing almost nothing to producing more than the entire rest of the planet combined. Just looking at the numbers, the outcome of WWII was a foregone conclusion once the US entered the arena. Nobody else could possibly afford to lose what we were willing to squander. Blow up as many tanks and planes and ships as you want, we can just make more. Every tank and plane and ship you lose is a cost you can ill afford.
I agree. It is all well and good 75 years after the war to postulate these ideas but the simple truth is that The Germans had better war machines and more war machines and it was only after the end was inevitable that the U.S. actually drew ahead in tanks and other equipment. AND on the day that WW II ended the Germans still had the greatest battle tank ever built. Also, when WW II broke out it was NOT a forgone conclusion that we would win either in Europe or the Pacific. Years of socialist policies had decimated our military and in fact those policies that weakened our military were probably the incentive for Japan to go to war with us directly and for Germany to test our will in Europe.
I do not understand the willing acquiescence of the Senate to Pelosi and Schiff's witch hunt. What the Senate should do is have a committee investigate both the witnesses and the House members AND deny the Democrats the right to call witnesses or ask questions. I would start with the whistleblower and make sure his name and position was front and center. I would focus on his possible sedition and collusion with Schiff.
You don’t get the uniparty? Most republicans are political cowards. Limbaugh touched on it this past week with a bunch of audio of Senators hedging there bets. Talking out of both sides of their mouths, trying to cover themselves with what ever the direction impeachment may go. The thing that Trump has opened my eyes to, is that Republicans really don’t believe in the Constitution or Bill of Rights. They just want to slow walk us to slavery, where as the demos want it all at once. We are in a battle for freedom; most people don’t want to believe it. The battle is just as serious as our fight with Japan and Germany, there just isn’t bullets flying...yet.
Trump: His enemies throughout the government tell us we elected the RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB.
Dems Fund Border Security — But Not for USA: MUST BE VETOED.
99% of Scientists Agree Human Population Must Be Reduced: Starting with 99% of "those Scientists"...
How the insufferably woke help Trump: Yes, by pissing us off, which dramatically ENCOURAGES us to be CERTAIN to VOTE.
Which ALSO applies to "Why Extinction Rebellion seems so nuts".
This year's election cycle is going to be the deplorables vs. the insufferables.
Not a lawyer, but if Hawaii is suing Exxon for selling their dastardly evil yet essential products, wouldn't it be prudent for Exxon to cease fuel deliveries in order to avoid further liability?
The Hawaiians have some geothermal-base power-gen but as far as I know, there is no other American state so heavily dependent upon hydrocarbon energy than Hawaii. By a lot. My suggestion would be, let's not shock the system too much. Give them all the gasoline, diesel, propane and bunker fuel they want. But - no more jet fuel or av-gas other than emergency and defense allocations. No air travel. Then after a few months of life in the slow lane, let's talk.
Like PG&E and turning off the power for your protection.
I also favor protecting anti-capitalists from the corrosive power of money.
Insufferably Woke: Based on the part of the article I could see, I can't argue with the premise. It probably is true that the pompous and histrionic accusations against Trump do drive some people, the ones who are put off by the blatant bigotry, bias and unfairness of the accusations, into Trump's column. That said, I think Mr Egan should look in the mirror.
I can't believe the perpetual "Crying Wolf" and "Chicken Little" schtick pays off.
I loved the wind-up: "Save the piety, the circular firing squad, the shaming on social media for after the election."
Absolutely. Fake it for a little while, then go back to showing your true colors. After the election, you'll have more flexibility.
Am I the only one in America who didn't know that lt. col. Alexander Vindman was born in Ukraine? AND that when he was born the Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union? WTF! How is he an officer in the U.S. Army and how did he get a highly classified position in the White House. Especially since his allegiance has been question in the past and his actions prior to this have been questionable.
Henry Ford had a bigger war machine than the Nazis. His Willow run aircraft factory produced 650 B-24 Liberator bombers every month.
Nationalism, Populism, And Saving Ourselves From A Dark Future
First Things editor R.R. Reno's book, 'Return of the Strong Gods,' persuasively argues that tolerance and liberalism are now at odds with our community bonds and spiritual convictions.
Our Elites Don’t See What’s Coming
History shows us that when the ruling class and elites refuse to do what they should and instead do what they can, creating a government rigged in their favor, destroying the rule of law, and papering over corruption and injustice, the peasants pick up pitchforks and torches and they come for those who have behaved so abominably. Perhaps our elites should read more of that history.
"Woman Who Killed Baby With Meth"
This is a really interesting conundrum. How can the same legal system that puts abortion at the highest constitutional level prosecute this in an open court of law. There are "abortion pills" aren't there? I tend to think that if this woman goes to court and simply states "I intended to abort my child" that the verdict must be not guilty. Any other verdict would leave a lot of doctors and health care workers at risk indictment.
Saw and interview years ago with a survivor of the pandemic who said there were so many wooden coffins made that the children would walk, jump and play on them, not knowing what was going on around them.
My father was 12 years old when he got the Spanish flu. The city used to put a sign on the door of any house with a resident that had the flu and every day a horse drawn cart would pick up the sick and bring them to "the pest house". The pest house was not quite a hospital just beds and aides/nurses who would feed and care for the sick until they either recovered or died. Also the same horse drawn cart would pick up the dead on the same rounds and my father rode to the pest house in the company of a dead man.
It looks like the IG report on FISA abuse will be held up until after the Dec. 15 vote on reauthorizing NSA spying on Americans. The swamp wins again...
I've always kinda figured the IG report was going to be much like Comey's report on Hillary's e-mails - some people might have done some questionable things but nothing a stern lecture and a severe finger-wagging won't fix. And then people will start remembering that Bill Barr was George Bush's AG and maybe depending on a Bushie to be Trump's pit bull was a mistake.
We keep getting told they have been caught and will be caught. It's always jam yesterday and jam tomorrow, but never jam today.
"Virginia is for lovers"
They are thinking of changing their state motto to:
"Virginia is for gun confiscators"
That last time that Virginia had this much Democrat leadership they were fighting to keep their slaves.
Regarding Varvel's Cartoon: Beria and Stalin would be proud of the democrat's tactics of show me the man and I'll show you the crime.