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Friday, June 11. 2021
Life With a Star. The 1949 Czech film ‘Distant Journey’ was one of the first movies to dramatize the Shoah. Banned for decades and recently restored, its depiction of Nazi horrors is still one of the most striking.
One Man’s Amazing Journey to the Center of the Bowling Ball. Mo Pinel spent a career reshaping the ball’s inner core to harness the power of physics. He revolutionized the sport—and spared no critics along the way.
The New Clerisy - Faith in science is an oxymoron.
Yoga Instructor and “Body Activist” Jessamyn Stanley Says White Supremacy has Polluted Yoga
The IRS and Propublica:
Waking up from wokeness - On America’s “First Great Awokening.”
Critical Race Theory and Common Sense
This Isn’t Your Father’s Left-Wing Revolution. Today’s revolutionaries aren’t fighting “the Man”—they are “the Man.”
Canada: They're Coming for Your Children
Trump Was Right: Study Shows Hydroxychloroquine Boosted Ventilated COVID Patients' Survival by 200%
Biden's Border Crisis Now at Worst Level in DHS History. CBP encountered 180,034 persons attempting entry in May
Half of the pandemic's unemployment money may have been stolen
Journalists Against Truth
MEDIA TALE ABOUT CLEARING OF LAFAYETTE PARK COLLAPSES
America’s Overdue to Unfriend Mark Zuckerberg
Radio Free America – Rush’s Legacy
China Increasing Military Capability at 'Serious and Sustained Rate,' Top U.S. General Says
The Abraham Accords Passed Their First Big Test. When war broke out in Gaza, Arab countries chose rapprochement with Israel over solidarity with Palestinians.
I Worked on the Abraham Accords. It's Time to Free the Palestinians from Hamas—and Iran
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For the sake of argument, lets say the dam, of censorship surrounding covid, breaks and it's determined that there was duplicity and ineptness on the part of the US entrenched bureaucracy, aka the deep state.
My question is what happens when the shit hits the fan and people realize that they have been deceived and that their future health and that of any of their vaccinated children has been potentially compromised?
And, what will happen if the public realizes there would not have been a catastrophe but for the bat coronavirus research in Wuhan, with the entrenched, unaccountable bureaucracy’s cooperation and complicity?
With regards to the suppression of alternative therapies who will be held accountable for the excess deaths and suffering?
If there is a scandal will it torpedo the power of the unaccountable bureaucrat? Will it bring the whole stinking, revolving door Gov-Media/Academia-Tech complex down? Will the malfeasance be allowed to stand?
We just saw a massive voter fraud coup steal the presidency from 85 million Americans who voted for Trump and NOTHING happened! Except a few protestors were put into the gulags in DC and are being tortured to force them to confess to crimes that never committed. Our government is doing this out in the open and NOTHING is happening to set it right again. The Biden administration is illegitimate and America doesn't seem to care.
You have won this week's Poast of the Weak for Outstanding Paranoia and Conspiracy Mongering Above and Beyond the MF Norm.
Please report to the nearest FEMA Reedukation Kamp for your injection of space satellites.
"Just two weeks to slow the spread" Right?
But it was never about slowing the spread or saving lives or even the science. It was always about control. The masks don't/didn't work. They knew the masks wouldn't work. Six feet doesn't/didn't work. They knew six feet wouldn't work. It is literally impossible to know any truth about viruses and how they spread and to have believed masks and six feet of separation would prevent infection. Most of those who got covid followed the silly rules but got it anyway.
In the entire Covid-19 experience there was only ONE correct decision and that was to fast track and fund the creation of the vaccines. Everything else was either counter productive or so silly and useless it was the equivalent of stringing garlic around your neck. And STILL we are following these silly and counterproductive rules.
Actually, there was another pathway, and that was to take a serious and objective look at hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, and other "out of patent" drugs to see if they really did make a difference. Interesting that, now Mr Trump is no longer President, these drugs are being viewed in a more favourable light.
You are correct. To clarify I said "there was only ONE correct decision...". I did not mean that there was only one decision they could make that was correct. I meant that was the only decision in the one year plus process that was correct. If they had chosen to explore "hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, and other "out of patent" drugs" it likely would have been a good decision too. Just as if they had chosen to isolate nursing homes it would have been a good choice as well. But instead they mostly chose to make political hay out of a crisis.
Agree with you, but "isolating" nursing homes was always going to be difficult. They're built for communal living and - in Canada at least - are always full with waiting lists. As far back as I can remember, we would read about "epidemics" in various nursing homes (influenza was a common cause, though my mother's ward was "locked down" over a rhinovirus; I insisted that she - blind and getting deaf - was not going to just fade away alone and managed to keep visiting) with a following very muted reports of a few deaths. It was just accepted that the 'flu would seasonally wreak havoc amongst the elderly frail.
The whole "nursing home" strategy has to be re-thought with the emphasis on how to enable the residents to live safely and yet have the social contact (not to mention the fresh air and exercise) they need. "Community care" is being touted but my experience has been that such care still tacitly supposes there will be a "daughter on call" who will fill in the many gaps in the system.
Dr. Richard Feynman said a lot of catchy things during his lifetime, but this pithy statement is one of my favorites:
"Religion is a culture of Faith; Science is a culture of Doubt"
It's good to see the public square seems finally to be waking up from Woke and other Leftist ideas that damage civilization.
Maybe the real outrage will start to set in once the true nature of this offense is recognized by more people: These dopes have been playing an enormous, poisonous prank on the human race. They have been wasting society's time.
The Yoga Instructor story should be rated "X" and have a warning on it. Didi you see her picture? I can't unsee that.
Oh my Gawwwd! I had to double check that it wasn't the Bee!
The hardest thing about yoga is not racism; it's about trying hard not to laugh when fat ladies like Jessamyn break wind.
Good Lord man…..that was a truly unpleasant thing to imagine.
That being said the idea that only morbidity obese blacks can culturally appropriate a Hindu religious ritual is sadly par for the course these days.
Waking up from wokeness - On America’s “First Great Awokening.” I'm asleep in my secret underground bunker. I will NEVER "Woke" up. MWAH hah hah hah hahhhhhhhhh.
Journalists Against Truth: As we all know by now...
I Worked on the Abraham Accords. It's Time to Free the Palestinians from Hamas—and Iran: Forget it; the Palis are like the little girl who said, "Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I'm gonna go eat worms."
Re: The IRS and ProPublica - It was my understanding that sensitive returns are quarantined, that an IRS agent can't go browsing through returns looking to see how much Johnny Depp or Lebron James or Ted Cruz or Oprah Winfrey made last year without the search being flagged and you'd better have a good reason for looking at their return. So how did ProPublica get this information? Either a high-level IRS employee leaked it, and it shouldn't be too hard to figure out who, the system was hacked, either by an outsider, which is scary, or an insider who managed to figure out how to bypass the normal safeguards - or ProPublica is just knowingly or unknowingly publishing a bunch of crap. My money's on that third option. ProPublica has no way of knowing if the information they've been given is true or not and they don't care. How many of these rich people are likely to come forward and prove that the tax return information ProPublica is citing is garbage?
Propublica is counting on the media buzz to sell their flawed story, just like Buzzfeed used the Trump Russia Dossier. The story is equally phony, and equally insulting to the intelligence of its readers.
Americans are taxed on their income, not their wealth - although political rodents like Elizabeth "Fauxcahontas" Warren or Bernie "Three-House-Socialist" Sanders attempt to make political hay by suggesting it outta be otherwise.
I read another account that it's possible that a bigger package of tax data was anonymized and sent to a third party for analysis on tax policy-making, which sounds more likely. Someone could backtrack the data with a skilled analyst and figure out which billionaire was being shown by zipcodes or something.
In any case, I'm giving the report all the attention it deserves, which is this comment. I'm making it without reading the article fully because I found it too inherently flawed in its premise to be worth reading.
IDK. It's widely asserted (and presumably believed) that our "progressive income tax" taxes "the wealthy" more heavily than the "middle class."
Articles like this are useful to refute that notion. That is, our tax system targets upper middle class professionals (earning W2 income), not "the rich."
Yes and no! Yes most rich people can avoid a lot of taxes BUT usually by putting their money where it helps the economy and workers (not always, but usually). Right or wrong someone in government wrote these laws to encourage rich people to invest and their investments "generally" provide job, goods and services to low and middle income citizens. There are a gazillion examples of this. I can literally order something from Amazon before 5 PM and have it delivered the next day before 5 PM even though it is something you never heard of before and it is made in East Mongolia and before Amazon existed no one outside of East Mongolia ever heard of it. Amazon "grosses" trillions but almost all of it is returned/invested back into the company to make it work better and faster and employ more people.
Now which is better for the U.S, and it's citizens: Require Amazon to give the federal government billions in taxes and they DON'T hire people and they Can't sell you most things you want and need OR; Tax them only on their profit and they employ a couple million people (directly and indirectly) and provide services that people in most countries would swear you are flat out lying about.
I mean, god only knows our federal government is worse than children when it comes to handling money.
If you don't know, it's pretty easy to find. The tax structure is progressive. The data speaks for itself. See for yourself:
The 2021 data updates to 2017, that's as close as we can get to today.
Top 1% pays 40.1% of all income taxes. Average tax rate: 25.4%
Top 5% pays 60.3% of all income taxes.
Top 10% pays 71.4% of all income taxes.
Top 25% pays 87% of all income taxes.
Top 50% pays 97.1% of all income taxes.
Bottom 50% pays 2.9% of all income taxes. Average tax rate: 3.4%
Elizabeth Warren gets air time about 'taxing the rich' and interestingly, 'rich' territory starts just north of her estimated wealth. She's not rich, you understand. She's just scraping by with her $50-odd million. It's the other guys that are rich and 'not sharing' what they 'didn't build'.