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Wednesday, December 29. 2021
US records 151,915 new COVID infections thanks to Omicron surge - just 39,000 fewer than Christmas Day 2020 - but deaths have dropped by 72%
Why are some people with Omicron testing negative for COVID?
Unspeakable truths about racial inequality in America - GLENN LOURY
The Year of Living Unreasonably- Ben Shapiro
‘Medicaid for All’ is rapidly becoming a reality in New York
The Left (Unwittingly?) Spoofs Itself in Don’t Look Up
Feminism Demolishes a Family
The hunt for a GOP punching bag to succeed Meghan McCain 'The View' isn't going well
Why China Got Away With It. It gave the world a deadly virus and took no responsibility for it — and the world shrugged it off.
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Harry Reid has passed away. He will be remembered for pushing socialism on us, working hard to destroy our democracy and being a liar without remorse.
He will always be remembered as a lying weasel who falsely accused Romney of of paying taxes and bragged about it. I’m no Romney fan but that was despicable.
Rot in Hell, you POS.
Don't Look Up. It is a comedy, replete with fools and charlatans, even a politician or three. I did not associate the movie with global warming/climate change, but only with the stated reality of an OMG! WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE! comet. But, I read "Lucifer's Hammer" many years ago and was prepared for anything.
Re Omicron testing negative. the article is basically, "we don't know. it might be this, or that, or something other." On top of not knowing, the tests cannot tell which variant is present. Only genetic testing of covid can tell that.
If you are sick, stay home, take your vitamins, eat chicken soup for five days. If you are not getting better see a doctor on line.
The virus is real, it was weaponized by the Chinese in the Wuhan lab. It may have gotten lose accidently or maybe intentionally. It is doing what a virus does and our feeble efforts to curb it have merely destroyed our businesses, freedoms and our children's education but have not stopped it at all.
The hype about the virus is fake. It enabled the Democrats to steal an election and with any luck will enable them to steal the next one too. They wear the masks in front of cameras and then party like it's 1999 when the cameras are off. The demand you wear the mask and even arrest you when you refuse because to them it is 1984. The teachers union has put most teachers on a two year paid vacation and are now working on year three.
The vaccine is killing people, perhaps 20,000 or so in the U.S. alone now they want to kill your kids with it too. Why?
Mean while the world is going to hell in a handbasket. our country is being invaded, our military emasculated and our democracy destroyed. The best minds in economics are buying gold, food and a place to hide in the country.
The Democrats have destroyed us.
"China's disastrous one-child policy is finally starting to kick in"
Again, cautious optimism is needed here. Whatever China can't produce, Jinping will gladly steal. The dude's really going to bare his fangs soon.
China's one chlld policy meant that each child had to support two growing old parents. The Covid was a blessing (planned) to the government as the Covid and Covid VAXX wiped out many of those old. Not so much burden for the younger generation after if finished with their parents.
Why China Got Away With It
China "Got Away With It" by providing the 1st World nations the tool they had been dreaming of for decades. A way to reduce entitlement costs (while increasing government control).
China created a virus that is 1,000 times more likely to kill the old and infirm. You know that folks that paid into Social Security and Medicare for their entire working life and are now collecting benefits.
I don't know that the 1st World Nations have yet sent any Thank You Notes to China. But they have certainly bent over backwards showing their appreciation for China's bold action.
China got away with it because many have discovered the tactic of brazening things out, because some will continue to believe because they want to (OJ Simpson, Japan's treatment of Korean women in WWII), while others will pretend to believe for other reasons. Maureen Dowd noted that Bill Clinton is actually a terrible liar, despite what everyone says. Everyone knows he's lying, but he's cute, or useful, or "our only weapon against those evil conservatives," or whatever. Many people around the world know China is lying but will have some lame "Yes, but...look at what the US is doing..." or whatever. Or they will know it's tilting at windmills. And an essential core will continue to believe them because they have previously chosen to believe everything. Sometimes that coalistion is not enough, and a nation gets punished. But frankly, it works a lot, so why shouldn't they try it? On what moral foundation would they value telling the truth here?
In the Caribbean (and maybe elsewhere), they call this "Wrong and Strong". It requires strength and determination to confront it, refute it, and try to rectify it. We don't have much of that on our foreign policy bench right now - or really on any political bench, in my opinion.
One of the unspeakable truths about racial inequality in America is that "acting white" is not meant as a compliment. You'd think that, looking at how much more successful whites are than blacks, "acting white" would be seen as the road to success. Instead we get this sort of cargo cult mentality that sees the wrong sorts of connections between cause and effect and thinks everybody is entitled to the fruits of success without putting in the work of doing the sorts of things that lead to success. Which is as silly as thinking I can play basketball just as well as Michael Jordan even though my training regimen consists of hours and hours of sitting on the couch eating Cheetos and drinking Mountain Dew.
The snippet from Glenn Loury is from a larger transcription of a webinar/lecture he gave at the Benson Center in February '21. Here is the link :
About 80 minutes, including questions and discussion.
Indeed. Glenn Lowry is a very wise man.
Reading Thomas Sowell's autobiography, it's obvious what destruction that the Left--partly with honestly good intentions--wreaked upon America's blacks. They were well on their way before Johnson's "Great Society" legislation sought to rescue them. It's been all downhill since, with our current round of academically-credentialled Marxists exploiting the problem they exacerbated for all it's worth, side-effects on the beneficiaries notwithstanding.
"When first apprised of the comet, President Orlean is in the midst of a personal crisis. The news has just broken that she has been having a lesbian affair with her Supreme Court nominee, a former adult film star, and that they have been sending each other 'snatch' photos."
Thanks. That snippet of the review was all it took to convince me not to waste a moment more on this film. I'm fairly bored now with the "obligatory LGBT+ character" popped into every new movie or TV show from here to hell's half-acre.
Wrong. There is no sympathetic portrayal of a lesbian character. It’s a highly satirical piece and well worth watching. Don’t try to read too much into the movie and you’ll probably enjoy it.
NYS medicare for all, or other wise known as " The Community
Plan" run by United Healthcare. Sent out a notice with a list
of 150 hospitals and doctors groups in the NYC, Nassau & Suffolk counties that as of December 31, 2021 they will no
longer take the plan. Good luck finding a hospital or a good
"Don't Look Up" was pretty funny. The projection added to the humor. Reminded me of Dr. Strangelove a bit, but not as good.
I did not pick up on the allegory to climate change and thought the entire movie was face-palmingly stupid. It makes more sense now that I know what was intended. Still pretty stupid.