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The story about the Russia / China trade partnership is by far the most concerning one here. The Biden Administration has ineptly precipitated a terrible future foreign policy disaster.
As for the Rogan kerfuffle:
All of them are crying 'Sin!', but none of them has produced any clarifying proof. Not even tail-gunner Jen.
So far, it's Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, and Joni Mitchell, and some guitarist I never heard of, plus a small collection of fame-by-association hopefuls. Anybody else? A lot of crickets, apparently. It's not looking like they'll need a bigger teapot.
I am trying to explain to some of my more liberal friends that protesting the banning of books while simultaneously demanding people be deplatformed from the Internet weakens both of their arguments, but I plow the sea.
Another Guy Named Dan
Instead of explaining, use Socratic Dialog.
"Can you explain the difference between book banning and deplatforming? 'Cause I'm confused."
Still plowing the sea, but in a non-confrontational (and perhaps non-deplorable) way.
NYC schools are going to vegan Fridays? Didn't they try something like that when Michelle O was in charge of the Federal school lunch program? Handing out carrot and celery sticks to the kids in line? Maybe someone remembers better than I do. I seem to remember reading about how they would find all those fresh fruits and veggies in the garbage cans. I bet the same thing happens again.