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Thursday, December 16. 2021
In the cream cheese fiasco of 2021, a new suspect emerges — is it the water?
Ex-MIT board member says her concerns about Chinese spying were deemed ‘racist’
New Study Indicates Omicron Spreads 70 Times Faster Than the Delta Variant
Flying Restrictions Tight for Us, Loose for Illegal Aliens
Dr. Scott Atlas wants you to know
Remarkably, Corporations Have Suddenly Become "Greedy" Since Biden Became President
Down with Feelings; Up with Facts
It's lucky for him that he's not a teacher
During January 6 Hearing, Schiff Doctored Text Messages Between Mark Meadows And Rep. Jim Jordan
Is that legal?
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If the texts are evidence isn't what Schiff did tampering? That's illegal.
Oh, you must be mistaken. Nothing is illegal for the Democrats, just ask them.
Well he's been lying like a rug and fabricating events for the cameras for at least 5 years that we know of, and nobody has said a word about the legality of that. I've concluded that anything that Congress does for the cameras is pageantry, nearly all of it phony, and all of it intended to fool you with its officiousness, using the architectural grandeur of Washington DC as its backdrop. I think they really are that incompetent - that, if something looks solemn and official, they think that the rubes will conclude, by golly it must be official and legitimate.
I’m sure Oh Geewhiz, will be along any minute to tell us that this wasn’t actually tampering because The Federalist is corrupt and look at this list of Trump associates that are in trouble with the law!
Further proof democrats can do no wrong in the service of their country:
“ A former senior FBI lawyer (Kevin Clinesmith) who falsified a surveillance document in the Trump-Russia investigation has been restored as a member in “good standing” by the District of Columbia Bar Association even though he has yet to finish serving out his probation as a convicted felon, according to disciplinary records obtained by RealClearInvestigations.”
stevew: If the texts are evidence isn't what Schiff did tampering? That's illegal.
The information was certainly out of context. They made a correction for the record, and said, “The select committee is responsible and regrets the error.”
Jchiff’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment about the doctored text messages from Jordan.
Yep, it was corrected but not by Schiff.
Which is kinda the point y'all overlook, KiddieZ.
"70 times faster"
I think it's a bogus number. If its generation time is shorter by any amount, it replicates infinitely faster than the old one, depending on what generation you stop it at to compare the counts. The comparison increases without limit as generations go by.
so if it spreads 70 times faster does that mean we need to wear 70 face masks now? And social distancing will now be 420 feet?
The headline is wildly misleading. From the article, the researchers found that the Omicron variant replicates 70 times faster in a human bronchus than the original virus or the Delta variant. In other words, you get sick faster. This says nothing about transmission of the disease.
As for what this means for infecting others, the article says "rapid reproduction in the bronchus probably results in an infected person exhaling more of the virus with every breath, making the virus spread faster and more widely." "probably". That's a long ways from "does." This seems to me to be a wild-ass guess to keep people in fear and drive demand for the vaccine.
Cream cheese shortage - "Somehow, no other dairy product has been affected."
Which of course is typical dishonest reporting. Shortages of many dairy products have been reported.
The country still has an overproduction of milk. Any shortages are likely to be in the products like soft cheeses and yogurt, value-added manufactured products with short shelf life. Hard chesses, like the familiar Cheddar, Colby, and Jack, have production cycles of months due to the aging required to produce their flavors. There is also a huge surplus store of these available to fill in inventories.
The low margins on dairy in general probably did not allow the producers of the products to invest in surplus production. You thus got a case of a rise in demand and an inability to increase manufacturing capacity to produce it, as well as government programs that reduce the ability to adjust pricing to meet the new realities in the market.
As I read the story it appeared to me that the city itself was derelict in their duty to provide potable water to their community and decided to cover that dereliction by limiting the supply of water to their biggest commercial employer and tax payer. If true this is an incredible amount of stupid.
Re: Dr. Scott Atlas
In almost every way, our medical (and political) bureaucracies have managed the Wuhan flu pandemic to the greatest possible detriment to the public resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.
I think that this is the only possible conclusion. Now the question for each and every medical and political bureaucrat is was it by intent or because of ineptness. In the first case there should be a legal solution, i.e. criminal or civil charges followed by a court process where we get to hear testimony and facts and some punishment as a result. In the second case these people should be fired from their job and banned from public service for their lifetime.
I believe it was so wrong, so coordinated, and so against existing norms that it was intentional. Politicians are not legally liable for their stupid laws but they are liable for breaking laws. I wonder if medical bureaucrats can be held liable if it could be shown that they knowingly violated existing standards of care and caution.
Consider that the federal government has allowed/encouraged over 2 million illegal immigrants in the last 10 months and not only allowed them into the country with the vax or any testing, but has shuttled them around the country in public transportation and dumped them into unsuspecting cities. Now compare this with the very recent event where a patient was brought to a hospital by EMTs, with a heart attack and was denied admittance and treatment because he was unvaccinated. He died shortly after most likely due to failure to provide timely treatment. How in the name of logic and reason are these two things allowed to happen and why do we allow Biden to continue this?
Re: Biden in KY
He alternated fondling boys and girls, in fact the D Governor of KY pushed one boy forward.
His statement of " government wouldn't leave until it was rebuilt" means certain doom for Mayield.
re Flying Restrictions Tight for Us, Loose for Illegal Aliens
If illegals can fly without ID then American citizens should be able to fly without ID as well.
Imagine if Muslim Americans had to show ID to fly but Christian Americans did not. Can you imagine the firestorm from the perpetually outraged screaming discrimination?
So . . .
This looks like this is a slam dunk case of discrimination against American air passengers by the US Government.
However, I would imagine the peons "lack standing" to bring such a suit against our Ruling Masters.
Tis the season to regurgitate the JFK assassination. There is one true fact as regards this issue: The power that be at the time spent considerable time and effort to create myths and lies and to hide facts and logical conclusions. The extent they went to make sure that Oswald would be a lone actor in this makes you wonder why? Why spend so much time and effort explaining away anomalies and facts that don't support the official conclusion if the official conclusion was true? Of course the obvious answer is that it isn't true. The Warren Commission went to inhuman lengths to coverup, deny, lie and hide the truth. So great was the effort that some members of the commission either by choice or under threat would never show up or talk in public again. They were bullied into using their good name and reputation in a massive and obvious coverup and it broke them mentally and physically.
Did you know that an eye witness placed Oswald in or near the first floor break room at the time of the shooting? So which is it? Was the witness lying, part of the conspiracy or was Oswald innocent?
Did you know that Oswald worked for the CIA?
Did you know that the FBI ran multiple tests of the shooting using expert marksmen and were unable to duplicate what they attribute to Oswald who's total rifle shooting experience consists of merely being in the Marines? It is important to add here that in fact it is just about impossible to duplicate the shots fired in the way described. The only possible answer to this particular puzzle is that there were two shooters.
So if there were two shooters, ask yourself why not simply acknowledge that fact and try to find the second shooter??? Why have the Warren Commission go to great lengths to hide the second shooter theory? There is only one good reason to do this and that is if there was a second shooter his identity would lead to unacceptable revelations; such as the CIA shot JFK or something equally distasteful.
Then there is the magic bullet, which again was contrived to hide the fact that a lot more shots were fired than could be attributed to the rifle in the book depository. That is the rifle in the book depository was a plant and who ever planted it thought that three shots would be enough. If they had only know that the real assassins would take 6 or more shots than the rifle would be planted with six fired shells.
Then there is the second magic bullet that "appeared" magically on the stretcher on which JFK was transported to the hospital. Two thing we know for sure about that bullet is that it was fired from the gun planted in the book depository AND that it didn't drop out of JFK's body or fall from the sky. Someone planted it. So now we have at least three conspirators.
There is so much more that was shoveled under the rug. Why???
Apparently, the purpose of "serving" in our government is the freedom to commit crimes without fear of consequence.
Not one single state or federal employee will pay any price for the malicious ineptitude and/or intentional decisions they've made designed to enrich or protect themselves from the harm they do. Absolutely no consequences. What a deal.
As long as we are talking about cover ups there is the OK City bombing. So many inconsistencies. One example is that early on the ATF and FBI knew that the bomb had to be very large and a powerful explosive (not an ANFO bomb). They knew this because of the damage and the location of the rental truck. But quickly the dissimulation began. To put it succinctly they quickly learned that McVeigh had no access to powerful explosive and that the explosive in the truck was indeed ANFO so the story had to be that it was a “massive” bomb with 15 tons of ANFO. They made this claim even then knowing that ANFO simply would not have caused some of the damage in the building. But it was all they had to use since they were hiding something else. But suddenly they had a problem, a big problem actually. ANFO is not easy to mix. It must be thoroughly mixed or it doesn’t work and it is about like mixing concrete. But remember McVeigh did this alone. So imagine poor skinny Tim mixing 15 tons of ANFO by hand in some rest stop. Nope! That story won’t work. So they over a few press releases reduced the size of the bomb to something like 1 ton or 2 tons or something depending on which press release you like. BUT, if 15 tons of ANFO wouldn’t cause the damage we could all see how in the hell do you sell the story that 1 ton will do it? “I know” said some genius at the FBI; lets quickly tear the building down and destroy all evidence! What a great idea. Now if only they had a Warren commission to help them hide the evidence. But another genius decided “why hide the evidence? Just shun, attack, destroy anyone who doesn’t spout the agreed upon theory and actually wants to know the truth. And there it is, McVeigh did it alone, we quickly killed the bastard so he wouldn’t ever have a change of heart and write a book or something and don’t you dare challenge our conclusion. Mean while the ATF agents stationed in the Murrah building have never been publicly asked where they stored explosives that they had in their possession…
My favorite conspiracy theory is that flight 800 blew itself up. But, did you know that about 200 eye witnesses saw evidence of a missile. At least one of those witnesses was an expert on missile weapons. All of this was poo-pooed by the experts. But, did you know that one of the experts who was part of the investigation took some of the damaged seat material from flight 800 and got it tested and the test found residue of the same solid fuel used in military missiles. Whoa, that should have become part of the evidence, right? But no, the pilot who made this discovery was charged with a crime and silenced. Convenient, huh? The bottom line is that the evidence shows that flight 800 was hit by a missile, the government covered it up for some reason and if you publicly disagree you will be ostracized and maybe jailed.