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Wednesday, October 6. 2021
Democrats and Media Do Not Want to Weaken Facebook, Just Commandeer its Power to Censor. "Whistleblower" Frances Haugen is a vital media and political asset because she advances their quest for greater control over online political discourse
University of Chicago professor describes being canceled, deplatformed over his views
MIT Abandons Its Mission. And Me. Let’s make sure my cancellation is the last. That begins by standing up and saying no to the mob.
Glenn Reynolds: To reduce inequality, abolish Ivy League - Where the upper-middle class and rich go for taxpayer-subsidized, elitist networking.
CONCERNED PARENTS, OR DOMESTIC TERRORISTS?
MERRICK GARLAND THREATENS AMERICA’S PARENTS [UPDATED]
Title lX: Joe Biden Abandons Due Process
Manhattan Apartment Sales Surge to Three-Decade High. More apartments sold in the third quarter than at any other time in more than 30 years, as the New York market continues its recovery.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Tierney explains that Fauci led the way toward unscientific reasoning
Victor Davis Hanson: Why I Left National Review
China’s Belt and Road Faces Growing Opposition From Participating Countries as Debts Mount
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I just discovered this site while looking up the lyrics to Maggie's Farm - I am a southern raised, confederate ancestor, whose heroes include Lee, Jackson, and Forrest. What I have discovered on this site gives me hope - despite our cultural differences, we are like-minded. Thank you for restoring my hope in the Yankee - I would quibble only with the title of Yankee, however. A northerner is someone born above the Mason Dixon; a Yankee is anyone who wants you to live and think just like they do...but why quibble over such things - i tip my hat to the authors here - keep the content coming
Nearly all Carpetbaggers were Yankees, but not all Yankees were Carpetbaggers.
Reading it now, and it's very good so far. I come from a 100% Yankee family back to the Puritans, and grew up next to Concord, less than a handful of miles from Walden Pond.
Frances Haugen is quite decidedly not a whistleblower at all.
Once again, another word is now stripped of any useful meaning.
We should all be getting a strong sense of déjà vu right about now. Does the appearance of Frances Haugen stir memories? Her handlers are democratic operatives - and she is one, too. One of her handlers is Andrew Bakaj, former CIA operative and attorney. His former clients include Hillary and Chuck Schumer, and (drumroll) the CIA Whistleblower that played the pivotal role in the Trump Ukraine scandal. He was the primary attorney for the 'whistleblower', just like he is for this 'whistleblower'. Except they're not whistleblowers, classically. They haven't been persecuted or fired. That's simply the stage name for their part.
First we see some leading press articles, then an appearance in a TV News Magazine, then 2 days later, testimony in front of an indulgent Congress. Does it seem.....choreographed somehow? Slickly produced? Does the witness seem unusually poised, with unusually well-prepared answers?
Does it remind you of Christine Blasey Ford....Impeachment #1 and #2...and more? This is the new policy implementation tool for the Democratic playbook. If you remember from the Trump Administration, crises seem to pop up with annoying regularity, one after the other. As one would be disposed of, the next one would appear. These are not news stories - they are productions. Just as the local theaters have a play going on next week, and another play next month - that's the way to interpret what you're seeing. If you start to watch the news with this in mind, you will see them lining up.
Merrick Garland's threat reminds me of Solzhenitsyn's remorse and advice to others in that situation.
There is another book full of warnings about evil doers, a guide on how to live a good life, but not many take it seriously anymore.
That book can be hard to read and understand how to apply in any given situation. There is Counsel available to assist in that regard, but many people who claim to respect the book would much rather pretend it can be summed up as, "Just be nice to everyone."
Not so long ago the Democrats wanted to put that crypto-Nazi on the Supreme Court. Remember how butt-hurt they were when the Republicans wouldn't hold hearings on him?
Democrats and Media Do Not Want to Weaken Facebook, Just Commandeer its Power to Censor: THIS is why I don't do Facebook and Twitter.
CONCERNED PARENTS, OR DOMESTIC TERRORISTS?
Title lX: Joe Biden Abandons Due Process: When did he ever DO Due Process????
Victor Davis Hanson: Why I Left National Review: I gave up on NR in 2015 when it went NEVER TRUMP.
The Past 2 Years Have Left Portland Reeling. What Kind of Recovery Comes Next? Lousy and Rotten...at best.
Thought this wouldn't happen? https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/uchealth-denies-kidney-transplant-to-unvaccinated-woman-in-stage-5-renal-failure/ar-AAPcl1a?ocid=BingNewsSearch And so it begins...
If you think that's bad well..... I hope this isnt' true.
Can't have the baby your just gave birth to, if you ain't had the jab.
Seems unreal. If it does turn out to be real, then....they are deliberately goading violence, in my opinion.
I think that they are drunk with power. I didn't agree with that assessment when the governors were first locking down and mandating masks. But now I believe I was wrong and it was simply power/corruption.
I think that they do want violence and that gives them the excuse to crack down and justifies their use of power. I think that is what we are seeing in Australia right now.
The hand-wringing from The Nation about Portland was either infuriating or funny. I go back and forth. Somehow it is still all the fault of right-wingers, not the people who rioted and destroyed stuff. Because the right-wingers keep talking about it like it was a big deal, and scaring others away. The fiends!
BRI: Sounds like the PRC learned from bad white European colonial/imperial governments and banks from 19th and early 20th centuries. Learned procedure, that is, but disregarded outcome.
Wretch argues that from a strategic military point 0f view, China should bypass Taiwan and invade Luzon.
Only in Luzon is a short-term decisive result achievable in under a month. If China were to gamble, Luzon would be the place to go before Australia, Japan or the US could react. Leaving aside Japan as an objective, China has made no secret of wanting to break the First Island Chain of which Luzon is a part. If you were to break the chain, Luzon is the weakest link. Moreover conflict has far less escalation potential there than in technologically advanced Taiwan.
Suddenly losing Luzon would give Biden the unenviable choice of risking the Third World War over a disposable ally or signal to all that it’s time to “move on” from the US security regime in the Pacific.
Wretchard is probably right that the initial capture of Luzon would be easier to execute than that of Taiwan. However, if the Japanese experience in the Philippines in WWII is any guide, it would be far messier to hold on to. The Filipinos made the Japanese occupation a living nightmare, despite the ruthless attempts of the Japanese to suppress the resistance. I'm sure the Japanese, South Koreans, Australians and Vietnamese would happily contribute to arming a Philippine resistance under those circumstances.
It is unlikely that China could take Taiwan, Luzon or Australia by outright force without precipitating a nuclear exchange. This is because the U.S. would send (or already have on station) a couple of carrier fleets to defend them. China would then be forced to use their nice new anti-ship (carrier killer) missiles against that threat and taking out a carrier and the support ships in the fleet is simply not something you can fix by saying "oopsie, my bad". Usually (I think this is common knowledge) carrier fleets are nuclear (or at least the submarines are), and it is unlikely that they will go gentle into that good night. The most likely response to a carrier killer missile fired at one of our carrier groups would be first total oblivion of the plane or ship that fired it and equal treatment for it's support elements. But that is the best they could hope for. If by chance they actually sunk the carrier and some of the rest of the fleet it is likely that the submarine would target the source be it a Chinese ship, fleet or land based airfield. And the sub has only one option to do this with.
Having said this, I must confess I don't know if Biden has quietly advised the Navy to stand down if China attacks our allies or our own ships. Given what he has done already this could in fact be the case. But, I would imagine that an Admiral on the carrier under full attack would make that decision and should make that decision.
SO there is China's dilemma. Attack Taiwan and the aircraft carrier group attacks your force; sink the carrier group and the sub fires nukes at you. After that it's a whole different ballgame and all prior rules don't apply.
From The Nation's article on Portland:
Far-right groups had turned the city into a culture war battleground.
Interesting that the article mentions "antifascists" but nary a mention of AntiFa. Such as AntiFa assaults journalist Ron Ngo in Portland.
The Nation never changes. It purveyed Stalinist nonsense in the 1930s.(Read Eugene Lyons's The Red Decade. get it at Web archive)