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Monday, January 11. 2021
Biden Will Release More Vaccine Doses Despite Warnings From Operation Warp Speed
Makes sense to me, but the Feds are not in charge - states are
Nancy Pelosi Just Admitted Why Dems Obstructed COVID Relief Bill for Eight Months
"It's A Ghost Town": Debt-Laden NYC Taxi Drivers In Dire Straits
Shootings In NYC Up Ridiculous 97%…
The Night of the Tech Long Knives
Parler CEO ‘Prepared to Take Full Legal Action’ After Big Tech Companies Target Platform
The Great Purge Expands As CNN Sets Its Sights On Fox News’ Cable Providers
THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEIGH IN
Merkel’s Government Seeks to Revive Hate Speech Law Citing Capitol Hill Events
Democrats blowing House control right off the bat with Trump vendetta: Goodwin
The Slow Implosion Of The European Union
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Re: ... but the Feds are not in charge - states are
Technically/legally, this is what the NRF says. In practical terms, the Democrat Party is now in charge, and this will be [mis]managed for whatever [they think] makes the Party leadership look good. The irony is that, like pretty much everything else in the NRF, the Party insisted on this provision.
It's debatable whether to prioritize the people most likely to suffer complications from the virus or the people most likely to spread it. However, I think we're seeing the Biden Default Position of what ever Trump did, I'm doing the opposite.
The Biden Default - really the Party Default - is what's operative and will continue to be.
Dealing with a higher vulnerability myself, I'd offer you the comment that I am not in the least fine with my situation being the pretext for holding hostage/destroying an entire economy. Those of us who are vulnerable, if we have remotely competent medical care, know what to do to minimise risk. I'd rather see the bulk of the population with the most exposure immunised first, thus giving this virus no real chance to spread to the rest of us. It would be quicker, more cost effective, and ultimately more beneficial to the economy ... which, of course, is anathema to those having a need to micromanage others. That's my $ 0.02 ...
But....but Faux News was all in on election fraud....I guess even pseudo conservative Quislings won't be spared by the Red Guards
I have to get back in the habit of just stopping reading whenever I see the phrase "Faux News" because it is a sign that a parrot is speaking - just a question of whose parrot.
I'm with you here, AVI. I have a whole list of mnemonics that cause me to hit the skip button.
"Faux News" is an old one, but there are also terms like "McMansion", which means "...a house I don't like", and "M$", which usually means "...I hate Windows and I want YOU to hate it too."
The EU is imploding? Gee, I'm heartbroken.
I would be suspicious of this, however. The poorer countries need the trade badly, and do not have the strength of Britain to go out on their own. Not for nothing was it a desirable thing for Croatia, Bulgaria, and Romania to join. Poland may have the power, especially if they can know beforehand that they can make some quick new agreements. But Brussels is going to play a very hard game with Hungary. Most Swedes consider the EU a religion, so they aren't leaving soon. (They do have some very intelligent voices in favor of leaving, just not enough.) Spain and Denmark might be good candidates to leave.
The bus lost a lot of horsepower when the U.K. pulled out - but I think it was best for the U.K., by a long country mile. Now that it's a slower bus, the attraction to remain, or to seek member ship, will not be nearly as strong. I am guessing it will be a slow decline as the new equilibrium is reached, and even more stridency on the part of the German Rule as they enjoy a bigger role in a smaller empire.
Another consideration is balancing the trade benefits vs the financial consequences of membership. This is likely what finally drove Britain out, and it has caused Greece and some other small countries a lot of pain. Tying their currencies to the German economic engine is a double-edge sword. It appears what they mostly wind up exporting is labor and capital, not goods, due to the unbalanced cost structures of Northern vs Southern Europe that they can't resolve by devaluing their currencies due to the Euro. The other question is how long Germany wants to keep bailing them out.
"The Slow Implosion Of The European Union"
The first line of that article is as good a description of what's wrong with the EU as you need: "It was just supposed to be a trading organization, a way to make commerce easier..."
As one who has just lost his EU "citizenship" as a result of Brexit, I see a supranational organization suffering from overreach, bit by bit encroaching on national sovereignty. That was really the nub of the issue for those Britons who voted to leave: to escape the escalating Eurostatism that is anathema to British political and cultural traditions.
Used to visit Slovakia in the days just before they joined the EU. They were really pleased, not the least because membership offered their industries some protection against the more predatory policies of the EU (particularly Germany) - agriculture was one of the areas being affected by these policies.
I wonder how long it will be until it is "racist" for a company to turn a profit or for an individual who "makes too much money"?
It already is. Most of just haven't been informed yet. Remember, BHO told us that, at some point, we've made enough money.
Darkhorse Podcast (Heather and Bret Weinstein) has some useful things to say about the deplatforming. Long and dry, I know, but to evade the histrionics is a good thing. This used to be commonplace in the discussion of public issues. BTW, I have listened to Darkhorse almost from the beginning. Though they self identify as Leftists, a large percentage of their audience is center right. They incorporate enough of the principles of Classical Liberalism to get a lot of things right.
That said, I do concede that they misread Trump and fail to resist stereotyping Trump supporters.
Democrats blowing House control right off the bat with Trump vendetta: Goodwin Yeah, go ahead and "impeach" Trump. By the time the Dems are rolling, Biden will be president, and Trump will be out of office, and impeaching a citizen... What can I say but The STUPID is STRONG in these ones.
The Slow Implosion Of The European Union: They can't get their act together, and they can't take it on the road. Bimmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmerrrrrrrrrrrrr. Play nicely, guys.
The Night of the Tech Long Knives: Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Seems like it might be time for hackers to mess with these folks.
Parler CEO ‘Prepared to Take Full Legal Action’ After Big Tech Companies Target Platform: SUE the bastards.
The Great Purge Expands As CNN Sets Its Sights On Fox News’ Cable Providers: The fascists are coming. THE FASCISTS ARE COMING. CNN: Crap "news" network.
Merkel’s Government Seeks to Revive Hate Speech Law Citing Capitol Hill Events: Can I say, "Authoritarian"?
A question for the board: I am thinking of making a change in browsers. Any suggestions or favorites to recommend, and why?
Some suggestions here on the thread, Take action now… because choices will be made for you if you do not.
Just so you know, Aggie, I quote you here sometimes, today, in fact.
Does anyone know what Mastadon is?
You're thinking, maybe: Maxthon?
Brave browser using Tor
Qwant search engine
Dont trust DDG; Big G has their tentacles in there.
I am boycotting the NFL and NBA for obvious reasons. At this point I will boycott Twitter, facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google as well. All of these groups are precursors to a full on fascists government. They are not your friends. They seduced you with their services and not they decide what you can see or say. Starve them out. If you don't they will starve you out.
NYC murders up 97% ... oh well don’t their families have life insurance, what’s the big deal?
Should we try to use Chrome as a search engine? Will that make a difference?
Chrome is Google's browser.
DuckDuckGo is the Search engine with a decent reputation of protecting your privacy.
Ditto Aggie's comment on Duck Duck Go. I'll use Bing only as a backup search engine. Google is a non-starter.
I'm in the process of replacing Chrome with DDG's own browser, and using Opera as a backup.
Every time someone on the left opens their mouth it is to call everyone they disagree with Nazis and white supremacists. They see Nazis and racists under every rock they stumble over. This is classic communist propaganda methodology. But with 74 million people knowing that the Dems stole the election and Biden is not a legitimate president elect what will the next four years be like? Will they be forced to adopt more severe communist methods to retain their power? After all you can't have half the country knowing the Democrats are a criminal conspiracy and successfully grift your way to enormous wealth. So after they shut down all non-state communication between the hoi polli what is next? You have to know that the 74 million will not be silenced or reeducated. So what will Nacny and her commie buddies do next?
Up to 15,000 troops activated to protect Biden inauguration
Up to 15,000 National Guard troops have been authorized to support the Jan. 20 inauguration in Washington D.C. for President-elect Joe Biden, including assisting with security measures for the event.
On Monday, Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau said “We have received support requests from the Secret Service, Capitol Police, and Park Police, and have been authorized to provide up to 15,000 Guard members to meet current and future inauguration support requirements.
Hokanson said National Guard troops have thus far been requested to support security, logistics, liaison and communications missions in connection with the inauguration.
The potential to call thousands more National Guard troops to the nation’s capital comes after some 6,200 National Guard troops have already been called into D.C. after demonstrators breached the security at the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday.
Think about it. Biden needs 15,000 soldiers to protect him and a handful of card carrying communist who stole the election for him when he is installed in office. Compare that to Trump getting as many as a million people showing up to see him and support him.
If it’s anything like President* elect’s campaign events, that guarantees 15,000 people will show up for the inauguration.
That's shaping up to be a great look. An empty DC Capitol with nothing but troops and fences and elected officials in dais behind Biden. And maybe BLM and Antifa for the crowd.
It will be a good barometer on how many people voted their Democrat hearts and minds.