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Daily Tech News 25 July 2023 | Main | Mid-Morning Art Thread
July 25, 2023

The Morning Report — 7/25/23

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Good morning, kids. Leaving aside the doctrinaire liberal if not hard left personal politics and beliefs of RFK Jr., as I've mentioned before, his candidacy in the Democrat race – assuming for a moment that there actually will be one as opposed to the powers that be rigging it, as they have done in both 2016 and 2020 – is now growing beyond merely the turd in the punchbowl but a live hand grenade in a Delaware bunker.

Speaking with Fox News, the Democrat presidential candidate said allegations surrounding [so-called quote-unquote "president"] Joe Biden and Hunter Biden about allegedly accepting $5 million in bribes are worth “a real investigation.”

“I think the issues are now coming up are worrying enough that we really need a real investigation of what happened,” Kennedy said. “I mean, these revelations about the, where you had Burisma, which is, you know, a notoriously corrupt company that paid out, apparently, $10 million to Hunter and his dad. If that’s true, then it is really troubling.”

“So, I think that that needs to be investigated,” he added.

Kennedy’s statement is a dramatic course correction from just last week when he refused to attack [so-called quote-unquote "president"] Joe Biden on his family’s alleged corruption, despite polling that shows overwhelming concern about the scandal. . .

. . . Kennedy’s opinion now aligns with polling that shows a majority of independents want congressional investigations into the Biden family business prioritized. Another majority of registered voters believe Joe Biden’s family received millions of dollars from Chinese government-linked sources. Moreover, 61 percent of Americans believe Hunter Biden received “special treatment” in his plea deal with U.S. Prosecutor David Weiss.

I don't have the link handy but this comes on the heels of RFK Jr.'s fairly conciliatory remarks about Donald Trump that though mild, was the moral equivalent to the average Leftist of Michael Richards' Tourette's barrage of "ni*ger!" on the reviewing stand of the Million Man March. Humanizing Donald Trump is an abject desecration of everything holy to the Left.

Be that as it may, is what Rush Limbaugh PBUH referred to as "the daily soap opera" going through a rewrite in order to ease Joey Sponge-Brain Shits-Pants out and pave the way for a Newsom/Whitmer ticket? The narrative seems to be slipping away from the propagandists' ability to shape and control it. It's also why you'll likely see a Trump indictment within days, I would think.

Of course, the random elements include Biden himself refusing to step aside, as well as Kamala Harris. Yes, America is gone but the illusion of regular order and more importantly the preservation of that illusion dictates that Harris' ascension to the Oval Office must go forward. And that would leave her as the de facto standard-bearer for the party in '24.

But, as I maintain the fix is more than likely cemented in place – a few encouraging signs in the 2020 Election Heist section notwithstanding (see below) – and with a completely corrupted justice system that at best will either let Joe skate and give Hunter a wrist slap while Donald Trump, who I believe is unstoppable in the primary as of this moment, will be railroaded by a kangaroo court and sentenced to hundreds of years in the Gulag, what does all this matter?

It will be a moral victory for a majority of heretofore unaware or unconcerned citizens to have this corruption shoved in their face and not be able to look away from it. Frankly, I'm sick to death of settling for moral victories because moral victories won't stop us from being persecuted into silence and acquiescence on every issue under he sun. Or worse. And that is the road we're on right now.

On that note, one GOP candidate, his trustworthiness and potential for corruptibility notwithstanding seems to be making all the right noises. That's why I'm calling him Red Meat Ramaswamy:

In an interview with Glenn Beck on July 15, Vivek said that he intends to shut down the FBI and that he can do so without going through Congress—and even if Congress were entirely Republican, you know it would never act to clip the FBI’s wings:
“I’m coming in with a clear-sighted view, Glenn, of shutting down most of the administrative state,” Ramaswamy told talk show host Glenn Beck shortly after his interview with Tucker Carlson, a co-founder of the Daily Caller and Daily Caller News Foundation. “First of all, do it on strong legal authority, so I’m a unique combination. I don’t like to brag a lot, but I’m a CEO, but I’ve also studied the Constitution deeply and the Supreme Court right now shares my view of the Constitution.”

“The U.S. president already has statutory authority, the Presidential Reorganization Act of 1977, says you can shut down redundant agencies,” Ramaswamy explained to the former Fox News host. “Well, when I look at what the DEA does and what the U.S. Marshals do, there’s my legal justification for shutting down the FBI without asking Congress for permission or forgiveness.”

. . . Having explained his authority to act, Vivek is starting to name the federal agencies that, in addition to the FBI, he’d do away with, starting with the Department of Education. . .

. . . Most Republican candidates talk a good game about shrinking the federal government, but Vivek is making headlines by explaining his authority and naming his targets.

About the only other candidate in the pack that is even hinting at doing anything against the Leviathan is Ron DeSantis. Everyone else is lost in Chris Christie's asscrack. Of course, the idea that the Leviathan is going to willingly and cheerfully shutter even a broom closet door is a pipe dream, wrapped in an LSD trip inside a drunken stupor. They run the show, regardless of which party is in the Executive Branch and especially if it's a Republican president. Most especially if it's an outsider/reformer.

It is this Leviathan that has brought us to the brink of disaster. And they're hell bent on finishing the job.

“Suppose we got it all wrong and the real crazies are the TV people in nice suits and $300 haircuts?”

That’s an observation by Richard Fernandez on Twitter, and he has a good point.

There’s a lot of craziness in the air these days.

But for the most part it seems to be flowing from the top down, not bubbling up from the bottom. . .

. . . All these crazy ideas and more are the product of our allegedly educated and intelligent overclass, the experts, policymakers and media types who in theory represent the thinking part, the brains, of our society.

But there’s something wrong with these people — the “brains” of our society are basically crazy. 

Crazy is when you believe and do things that obviously don’t make sense or fit with the facts.

It’s important to have an intellectual class.

Exactly how important is open to question — in his recent book “How Innovation Works,” Matt Ridley argues that most 19th- and 20th-century innovations actually came from tradespeople and industry, not academics doing abstract research — but important enough.

There are dangers to an intelligentsia, though.

Communism and Nazism started as intellectual movements; so did such fads as eugenics and lobotomies.

The Tuskegee Experiment wasn’t the product of racist Klansmen but of the curiosity of credentialed public-health experts.

In a 1999 essay, Neal Stephenson wrote that “during this century, intellectualism failed, and everyone knows it. In places like Russia and Germany, the common people agreed to loosen their grip on traditional folkways, mores, and religion, and let the intellectuals run with the ball, and they screwed everything up and turned the century into an abattoir. Those wordy intellectuals used to be merely tedious; now they seem kind of dangerous as well.” 

It’s gotten worse. . .

. . . A decade ago, the crazy ideas I listed earlier would have been seen as beyond the pale of civilized political discussion.  Now they’re all endorsed by leading American institutions. That’s the hallmark of dysfunctional politics, and dysfunctional politics is what we have.

What the estimable Glenn Harlan Reynolds describes is nothing new, especially what he alludes to vis a vis Germany.

The term “technocracy” is nothing new to our political lexicon. It’s been around for decades and is commonly associated with totalitarian leftist regimes who appoint technical elitist “experts” to manage specialized sectors of their regime’s military, economy, and other civil sectors. A technocracy’s effect is to nullify the will of the people.

The first of such modern regimes was arguably the National Socialist German Workers Party (aka the Nazi Party). Minister of Armaments Albert Speer was among Hitler’s finest and most prized technocrats. In recent years, Speer’s role has been overshadowed by diabolical agents with more obvious blood on their hands, such as Adolf Eichman, Rudolph Hess, Hermann Goering, and others. . .

. . . When Germany surrendered, Speer was brought to the ancient German city of Nuremberg, where he was put on trial for crimes against humanity along with twenty-four others. After much deliberation between the tribunal, he was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment at Spandau prison in Berlin. It was a slap on the wrist sentence compared to other regime members who stood trial and received death sentences.

When Speer’s trial neared its conclusion, his final testimony included information explaining how the Nazi regime effectively won the hearts and minds of the bulk of the German population after the nation’s economic and cultural decline following WWI. He also issued a stern warning to the victorious democratic nations that were already building large bureaucratic departments that were overseen by the proto-technocrats of their day.

(Keep in mind that America had a head start on this project: During the 1930s, Roosevelt’s New Deal transformed the American federal government by adding nearly seventy megalithic bureaucracies to the Federal government, permanently transforming America’s governing system. This transformation began the process of convincing many well-meaning Americans that “the bigger the government, the better,” and conditioned Americans to embrace large bureaucratic agencies run by technocrats . . .

. . . Speer explained that, while Hitler was the first to employ the tools of authoritarian control to carry out his regime’s crimes, as technology developed after the war, other technocratic dictatorships would pose an even greater threat to humanity:

The more technological the world becomes, the greater is the danger…As the former minister in charge of a highly developed armaments economy it is my last duty to state: Every country in the world may be dominated by technology; but in a modern dictatorship this seems to me to be unavoidable. Therefore, the more technological the world becomes, the more essential will be the demand for individual freedom and the self-awareness of the individual human being as a counterpoise to technology.

In 2023, America is witnessing an ever-encroaching government composed of unelected and unrestricted technocrats who are increasingly running, or perhaps, ruining, ordinary Americans’ lives. Therefore, it pays to take a lesson from one of history’s most evil technocratic regimes and its chief architect.

Speers’ words from his final testimony should chill any reader who favors a free society. We already see how the dozens of huge bureaucracies routinely roll over Americans’ constitutional rights, imposing their collective wills upon the people without regard to our ostensibly representational government.

Moreover, this rogue bureaucracy is allied with Big Tech’s spiderweb. Both big tech and the Deep State are composed of radical leftist ideological factions who believe in their absolute right to censor any view or opinion that runs contrary to a far-left narrative. No wonder, then, that we are witnessing a government, press corps, and common culture run amok with the Marxist-Woke mind virus.

Big Club Status: [x] You ain't in it.

And it will be used on your head until morale improves.

    ABOVE THE FOLD, BREAKING, NOTEWORTHY

  • "The GOP has long been AWOL on both the wishes of the voters and on the candidate who has emerged to serve those voters. Why?"
    The GOP Death Wish
  • "If Charles Brown gets this job, the office will shift from a cynical careerist to an angry true believer. This does not bode well for reversing the military’s recent string of failures, its descent into wokeness, and the all-volunteer forces’ recruiting collapse." (how the hell did this clown ever rate four stars, let alone a mop and a bucket? - jjs)
    ‘True Believer’ Joint Chiefs Chairman Will Hurt the Military
  • Victor Davis Hanson: ". . . how does the government abort a conspiracy theory? Simple: Quit the chronic lying and for once tell the truth."
    How To Create Conspiracy Theories
  • "What Americans need to know about their greatest enemy."
    "Stay Out of China!" – Before it Collapses?


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