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Saturday, April 3. 2021
The mystery of the refugee children in Sweden who won’t wake up. Hundreds of children have succumbed to a mystery illness that can keep them in a sleeplike state for years.
US Military Goes 100% Woke On Transgenders, Will Even Pay For Transition Surgery
Teen cheerleader's Snapchat brings Supreme Court clash over schools and free speech
VDH: Is Racism Moral Now?
Biden Infrastructure Bill Includes $20 BILLION To DESTROY Highways For Being Racist. Administration claims “long-standing and persistent racial injustice” in infrastructure
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Perhaps we should get ready to move to Columbia like it's citizens are doing.
OK, Canada will be just as good or better.
Don't worry, our misery won't last near as long as Venezuela's. Chavez inherited a massive petroleum state infrastructure and wrung every last drop of value out of it as it crumbled into pieces from overuse and lack of maintenance. This administration is already bent on the destruction of oil & gas, and on making sure that natural resources are kept well out of reach, while driving up the cost of living. By comparison, it will be quick. Not merciful, though.
"The mystery of the refugee children in Sweden who won’t wake up."
It's the lutefisk.
re U.S. Gets Ready To Go Full Venezuela On Economic Policy
It's not "full Venezuela" . . . . yet.
The thing to watch for will be Government freezing price increases. When that happens . . . look out! We will start having shortages in a hurry. THAT could lead to full Venezuela.
A better model might be Argentina which has run high rates of inflation but never gone full Weimar.
We'll see. His larger point stands.
Sanity prevails in Sweden. For now.
Sweden Scraps Bill Gates' Geoengineering Plot To Block The Sun
Outgroups ... lots to pull out of that long essay, which I read quickly and at a surface level, but the main takeaway for me is this: people are tribal to their very core, all the time, and especially the ones who refuse to believe that about themselves as it implies they are not the Supremely Intellectual and Super-Caring Individuals they believe themselves to be.
White suburban big-government soccer moms, your number just got called.
The Jewish Psychiatrist Tolerance Guy lost me when he confessed his yen for the California Pizza Kitchen. Whatever happened to Think Global, Act Local? What a putz.
Folks be tribal. That’s all you really need to know. Me, us, them.
Imagine that you go to a ball game and bring in your own sixpack in one of those soft coolers. You know, so you don't have to stand in line missing the game and pay big bucks for an 8 oz cup of beer. But wait! You can't do that. The MLB has rules and you can't take your own crap in to eat or drink you gotta buy their overpriced crap. But now, suddenly, the MLB inexplicably decides that Georgia, a sovereign state that recently experienced massive and wide spread voter fraud should not pass minimal laws to keep their elections safe. And to punish Georgia the MLB is taking their balls to another state where voter fraud is still allowed. Wait, what? WTF is major league baseball doing sticking their nose where it doesn't belong? Boycott MLB. Screw them. I am so done with pressure groups trying to destroy our constitution and our country.
Dell, American Airlines, AT&T weigh in on restrictive voting bills in Texas
Dell and American Airlines specifically called out Texas Senate Bill 7 and its version in the House, House Bill 6, while AT&T took a broader look at the complexity of elections, the responsibility of lawmakers, and a broader "responsibility to engage."
"Instead of seeking to limit access, governments should provide innovative pathways for citizens to have their voices heard. Legislation like HB6 does the opposite, and we are opposed to it,"
I've got their 'innovative pathway' right here. Since corporations are becoming political advocacy groups, I will vote their fate with my pocketbook and invest accordingly. And I will encourage my political leaders to take an adversarial stance towards eliminating the ginormous tax breaks that come with, say, building massive sports complexes on the taxpayer's dime - or offering long term tax breaks for choice airport gates and self-declared 'hubs'. Corporations do states no favors. We should be insisting that no favors are granted as well, as long as they are unable to keep their long corporate noses out of state business.
There is some pushback, but I don't think it will get very far. At least they are making some effort.
Two reps in Congress want to take away baseball's anti-trust exemption in retaliation for MLB's attempt to punish Georgia for reforming election law.
Sleeping Swedish immigrant girls:
Group hysteria. I treated a child like this in hospital. Used short-acting barbiturate IV at low doses and interviewed her; she "awoke" during the treatment and revealed incest.
After three such treatments, she left the hospital on her own. Father found guilty of sex abuse.
Sounds suspiciously like the "hypnotically induced statements" about satanic rituals and sexual abuse by parents and teachers extracted from children and teens from the 1980s onward in both the USA and Europe, which led to hundreds, if not thousands of innocent people being sent to prison with multi-decades long prison sentences and lifelong stigmas against them even if they ever got out of prison alive.
Those schemes to convict innocent people are going on to this day.
Re: The mystery of the refugee children in Sweden
I had a lot of skepticism about this but then I only read what I could without a subscription - a couple of paragraphs. But then I searched for other articles on it and actually found a few. One that did not reference the Times (original link) was interesting (https://mindwise-groningen.nl/swedens-sleeping-children/) explained that this seems to only happen refugee children in Sweden, it starts after “the ultimate refusal of their family’s asylum”, and it ends when it is (somehow) “conveyed” to them that their family may be able to stay after all. There have been more than four hundred cases reported.
The site that published the article seems to have a serious editorial policy. I don’t know... it still sounds fishy to me.
I too read a number of articles about the "sleeping children". Another article says there is also a group of children off the coast of Australia, only immigrants kept in confinement suffering from the same problem. Really, a condition that only confined migrant children develop where they won't wake up. In Australia they have been waking the children up slowly when they are told they will receive entrance to their desired new country. Something is off there. Maybe the illegals coming through the southern boarder will develop this problem if denied entrance to the US.
Re: Students and speech:
Today in Montana
I went to the museum on the battle of little bighorn or Custer's last stand. I honestly had never heard about it and was surprised to find out it was the Indian's Museum. Kinda gruesome and celebrated the killing of white soldiers and the racism of the Indians. Don't take my word for it find the museum and see for yourself. This was many years ago and I don't now remember where it was but it should be easy to find online. They literally celebrated genocide.
Ummm what did you expect? If you brought a hostile army to my farm I’d genocide the F...ummm heck out of you and your family. Probably the pets too, just to make sure the point got across.
Absolutely! I am in total agreement with what you are saying. That is what the Indians did, the genocided the hell out of women and children and they paid a price for that. That's life, nothing new that is how the worlds entire history is. I was merely pointing out the hypocrisy of those who think it was only one 'people' who did this.
Here's another take on the Battle of the Little Bighorn:
Sweden doesn't get ENOUGH darkness during the winter?????
VDH: OHHHHH, how the Left must hate, Hate, HATE him.
A really funny
read about Berkeley Bunnies !
Yes, it was hilarious, especially for those like Vanderleun and myself who had lived in Berserkeley in that era. I really was Berserkeley.
You should have posted a "TRIGGER WARNING." I just had an unpleasant flashback episode and anxiety attack. I feel better now having taken some extra-strength antidepressants and drunk my herbal tea.
I was living in Berzerkeley as a grad student during that era.
The Krishnas were among the more normal people. All they did was chant on Sproul Plaza all day, and then walk in a procession down Telegraph Avenue to their commune in the afternoon. "Barrrinng bing bing bing, barrrinng bing bing bing."
But what was then just a small localized cancer of insanity has now metastasized to the entire country. Happy Transgender Visibility Day!
Presidential Proclamation on Transgender Day Of Visibility, 2021
It's okay when dem militias bring weapons to the state capitol.
Masked, helmeted private militia carrying AK47s and AR15s showed up today at the State Capitol. You have not heard about it because the gunmen are radical leftists. Imagine the news coverage if one of them was wearing a MAGA cap.
Can't make this up. The reason black women are fat is white racism.
In an ironic juxtaposition understand that the colonists/immigrants to the new world were escaping poverty and persecution. This is clearly true and provable. But today they are criticized, called racist names and disparaged because of their race and the "woke" among us approve of this.
But at the same time the colonists/immigrants coming to this country today are coming for the same reasons and the only difference is that most of them want free stuff instead of freedom. But the "woke" among us insist it would be racist to resist this invasion and because of our past sins of essentially doing the same thing WE should give these new colonists/immigrants free stuff in perpetuity and tough shit if you don't like it.
An ironic juxtaposition, wouldn't you say?
U.S. Gets Ready To Go Full Venezuela On Economic Policy
Have you noticed all the gas stations are quietly replacing their gas pumps? The neighborhood station near me did it a couple of nights ago. The other station I use did the switchover several weeks ago.
Why? The current pumps only measure to $9.99/gallon. The new pumps have four digit displays.
Yes! Those pumps are made in China, transported to the gas station by Indian truck drivers and installed by illegal aliens. They are called NWO Biden pumps. The newer models can even vote by mail.
Re: The Children Who Won't Wake Up.
It's a shame that these children got sick. But it's not the taxpayer's responsibility to keep hundreds of people on life-support indefinitely. The whole "life-support" business is a scam. Quite often, an old person will have a heart attack or aneurism, and then the hospital will put that person on life-support at a cost of five thousand dollars a day; billed to Medicare. That old person has no chance of recovery, but will end-up costing tax-payers half a million dollars. This is how hospitals steal tax-money. The entire "life-support" business should end. If you look at the success rate of an Intensive Care Unit, you'll find that most people either die while in I.C.U. or soon after. There's no value being provided.
Of course some people will say that money shouldn't matter. But what they mean is that other people's money shouldn't matter. If you ask them to pitch in a few thousand dollars of their own money to help a stranger, they will turn you down. They just want to engage in cost-free moral-posturing. Hospitals are nothing but giant stealing machines. They provide the worst care, at the highest price. For that reason, the "Hospital" system will have to end. In its place there will be cash clinics. They're honest, reasonable, and inexpensive. And they can offer end-of-life treatments, for people who wish to avoid further suffering.