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Friday, June 4. 2021
NAOMI OSAKA AND POST-GAME SPORTS NEWS CONFERENCES
CA has had droughts forever.
New blood at Wall Street's old guard rattles Corporate America
It is termed "regression"
Georgetown University professor is under fire after quoting a racial slur from a historic Supreme Court case
Diversity—Unless You’re Asian. The Supreme Court will soon decide whether to hear a case concerning Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policy.
That's not news
Is Glenn Greenwald the New Master of Right-Wing Media?
American Liberalism Is Dying
‘Woke’ medicine is coming to a hospital near you
What Happens When Doctors Can't Tell the Truth? Whole areas of research are off-limits. Top physicians treat patients based on their race. An ideological 'purge' is underway in American medicine.
Elie Wiesel’s son: Jews always speak up for everyone else. Now’s the time to stand up for ourselves.
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He says: "Jews speak up for everyone else." How many Jews spoke up for those murdered by Lenin and Stalin in the Soviet Union??? FIFTY MILLION murdered across Russia and Eastern Europe. But most of them were only Goyim, so they surely do not count. Where was the Jewish "Schindler" then???
I have given Mr Matis evidence on these matters before and he has ignored it, so I don't advice engaging with him. He is not interested in the truth.
[quote["Students found the professor's apologies insufficient." "Professor Swers, as a white person should not say that word at all. This incident was very harmful to many students, especially students of color in this class, and I do not feel like she took full accountability for that," Sosa said.[/quote]
I think almost all Normies sensed that there was something amiss with the public health response to covid, why else would the authorities, abetted by media, need to vilify and demean even the most benign and routine questioning of the Narrative. The pathological over reaction of the authorities regarding origin theories and alternative treatments reinforces the suspicion that the governing caste is 1) hiding something, 2) dominated by corruption, hubris or incompetence. I am way past giving them the benefit of the doubt. I'm leaning towards that they are sneaky, arrogant, and myopic enough to game the system in order to fund “gain of function” research in China, circumventing the law, ethics, and professional standards. BTW, who is naïve enough to trust the CCP commitment to the necessary rigor required to mange a high risk biolab.
Where would we be without Tucker and the Weinstein's podcast? It’s almost like the clowns from the Evergreen loony bin were meant to drag the Weinsteins through the crucible of malice and targeted hate that propelled them to their own platform. The Kory-Weinstein discussion of the “Crime of the Century” is an eye opener (on You Tube's Dark Horse media). I think we can lay the failure of the covid response at the feet of Big Pharma and their captive government agencies. Even though I appreciate the focus on vaccines, they did it at the expense of everything else. As a result they did not get much else right. Of course, you all realize, that acknowledging and approving the effectiveness of alternative treatments undercuts and undermines the “Emergency Use” exemption, put in place to allow the use of vaccines that have nor been subject to the same level of testing as other protocols. See how this works?
It goes beyond the 10s of thousands of preventable deaths; Dr Kory (on the Dark Horse podcast with Bret Weinstein)described the unnecessary pain and suffering the patients on ventilators experienced. It was grotesque and akin to torture. Experienced and reputable Clinicians were hamstrung by the public health protocols. Even sanctioned interventions, such as corticosteroids, were constrained to the point of ineffectiveness. The desk jockeys, who had no hands on, in the trenches experience, could unleash the media hounds on any dissenters, no matter how mild.
So much for "Woke". It too follows the money.
Re: Liberalism is dying
"Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving." - David Burge, May 9, 2013
"Modern journalism is all about deciding which facts the public shouldn't know because they might reflect badly on Democrats." - Jim Treacher, August 18, 2014
It's been dying a long time.
Never forget Duranty at the Times and his glowing reports on the Soviet Union in the early 30s...
Slowly they are figuring this out, and we need converts like this to realize a) conservatives are not, despite their image, generally evil and stupid, and b) there is actually much to fear from a powerful oligarchy that controls all information. But as Instapundit says, “faster please”.
Glen Greenwald: I'm sure he'd shudder at the right wing label, but why bother. The label, like so much media produced cr@p, is meaningless. Anyone, who doesn't EMBRACE, without reservation, the ever changing narrative du jour is Right Wing. And, of course, the Right Wing is monolithic, regardless of how ridiculous the claim is. The RW label has become the home for any rational Classical Liberal. Look at Bret Weinstein, a self identifying Lefty; his audience is rational and centrist to right of center.
I'll be interested to see how the shareholder revolt against executive pay turns out. I've always maintained that it's not the business of anyone but the shareholders how the execs are paid. We'll see what stock prices do; I'd like to think that stock prices will do better if execs were in fact being overpaid, and worse otherwise.
Just about anything is better than having outsiders with no skin in the investment deciding what amounts to social justice in pay scales.
It's true that real shareholders are rebelling at executive pay packages, and rightly so. But what is disturbing is the direction institutional shareholders are taking to influence corporate policy.
The problem is, it's not really the shareholders that are advocating these choices to Go Woke or Go Green; it's the institutional managers in charge of running the Funds that happen to hold the shares. So, just like the foolish virtue-signalling CEO's of P&G and Dick's, the real 'skin-in-the-game' suffers from the influence of appointed fund managers whose 'skin' is really symbolic, by virtue of their position.
The fund managers at Vanguard and Blackrock will suffer no consequences to their wealth if Exxon goes Belly-up Woke & Broke as a consequence of Carbon Suicide. Only the real shareholders will. It's the same game the Woke CEOs have been playing: Virtue displays, building an individual executive's personal brand at the expense of the corporation and its shareholders.
Well said, Aggie, but for some instances I would also place responsibility for this crap on us consumers.
Take the case of Coca Cola. My wife says that after their be less white appeal became known, at the grocery stores she frequents the price of Coke has cratered and the shelves are full while at the same time, the house brand is sold out. Recently, we learn that a county has refused to stock Coke products in their vending machines. Consider if this takes off and spreads. Coke would see a serious decline in its sales. Bad for Coke. But you might say that many would choose the option of stocking Pepsi instead and they are just as woke as Coke is. Think of this. If you are Pepsi and your sales are increasing because Coke is publicly woke, are you going to do what Coke did? Not unless you want your sales to tank too.
There are millions of us who are against this woke crap. Judging from the previous election (not the reported results), I'd say much more than half of the country is against it. If we were a little careful about what we buy, it could make a huge difference. Sites like https://www.2ndvote.com/company-scores/?order-by=issue_1067_desc and http://cancelthiscompany.com can be a guide.
You'll notice that sometimes you can't avoid dealing with a woke company. I don't think that's important. If it becomes clear that woke companies are getting punished in the marketplace, others who are risk averse will follow suit. And what about investors? You correctly point out that they are a powerful source but I think the power of the consumer is greater.
I have decided not to buy from Amazon until they give up their fascism (likely never to happen). Instead, I buy from Walmart.com, or fleabay, or directly from the company. Does Walmart ever disappoint me? Sure, but they are a LOT better than Amazon. If they know they are gaining sales because of your opposition to woke companies, they will be less likely to implement or continue woke policies.
In short, we consumers have a lot more power than we give ourselves credit. We have this power and we should use it.
This is an example of how you can deal with it: The North Face clothing retailer refused a customer that wanted their corporate logo on some special-order jackets. The reason? The customer was an Oil & Gas company.
Nylon and polyester are hydrocarbon-derived products.
That was great! That is another great way to fight this insanity! If only that was put on the mainstream media!
"Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policy."
Just call it what it is: racist
Harvard is not fond of the optics involved in a 95% Jewish Asian student body.
Saying California is in a drought is self serving.
You can pretend like there is a lot of water coming any year now when the precipitation reverts to the mean, and excuse the overuse in the short term.
But the water table keeps dropping.
People don't have to make hard choices when they can tell themselves that the shortage is out of their control, or that it is just short term.
And they STILL keep welcoming the illegal alien terrorist invaders who use MORE water!!!
Southern CA is going to go dry. They are past the point that nuclear powered desalination plants could be built to keep the water on. Of course, the lights may go out first.
re New blood at Wall Street's old guard rattles Corporate America
So investors want to make corporations move in unprofitable but politically correct directions. That surprises me. I thought investors wanted to make money. Silly me. It's not good. It can only make corporations less profitable, slow their growth, hurt the consumer when prices are raised to cover the costs of the politically correct activities, and make them less competitive with foreign companies.
We will all be made poorer for this.
CA has had droughts forever.
This is one of my hot button issues. A drought, by definition, is an unusual lack of rain and/or water supply. If it happens 8 years out of 10, it is not a drought.
California's problem is that it has 31 million people, but the state hasn't built any new dams since it had 20 million -- largely due to EPA regulation. The bureaucrats need to figure out that keeping people comfortable is more important than a few small animals, or they need to be fired and replaced. A free market would not have this problem.
The government of California also refuses to build new power plants - it's rather obvious that they think there are too many people in California and want the population to decrease. Those that are there in California of course feel that the excess population is other people, just as people caught in traffic jams blame the traffic without considering that they are the traffic.
Environmental activists in San Francisco and the Bay Area have wanted to tear down the dam for the Hetch Hetchy reservoir, which is the primary water supply for the City. The dam is also a major electricity producer in Northern California. It would have to be replaced by fossil fuel burning plants to make up for its loss.