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Daily Tech News 19 December 2023 | Main | Mid-Morning Art Thread
December 19, 2023

The Morning Report — 12/19/23

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Good morning, kids. Again, we have a story that with everything else going on will get lost in the sauce, but it's nevertheless yet another indicator of our national decline. Japan's Nippon Steel is going to buy US Steel for $14.1 Billion, pending stock holder approval.

For those of a certain age, the name US Steel and what it represents, and in sad truth once represented, was iconic. When Hyman Roth crowed to Michael Corleone "We're bigger than US Steel!" that meant something. The irony in the sale is that US Steel was arguably among, if not the single most important industry that beat Japan, along with Germany and Italy in the Second World War. It supplied the raw materials to produce every kind of weapon imaginable not only for our armed forces but for the British, the Soviets and every other ally.

Today? What does America produce? Mostly self-hating, braindead "graduates" with multi-colored hair, tattoos, piercings and worthless degrees in worthless subjects, ready to inflict perversion, Marxism and Marxist perversion on us while serving up our heads to the Religion of Peace peaceniks and their rusty hacksaws. In any case, as the degenerates in Congress who run the show are hot and horny to rush us into World War 3 in Ukraine, the Chi-Coms take one look at Joey Sponge-Brain Shits-Pants and the tin-pot Claudine Gays posing as the Joint Chiefs of Staff and are itching to pull the trigger on Taiwan. Hell, they've already launched a serious cyber attack on us with impunity.

Meh, they've been doing that for years with zero response from us, along with things like TikTok, the Confucius Institutes, bribery and graft of not just Yum-Yum Swalwell but dozens of others up to and including the Bidens, and total asymmetric warfare on all fronts with the intent of destroying us from within.

Even if we wanted to respond to the Chinese, how are we going to do it without an industrial base – an industrial base that was shipped overseas, mostly to China? I saw an article (wish I copied the link) that stated it would now take us well over 100 years, if not longer, to achieve the same industrial output we achieved between 1941 and 1945, in order to produce enough weapons and ammunition to meet a ChiCom attack.

Aside from being bereft of heavy industrial capacity, we lack the skilled tradesmen, machinists and workers as well as the brain power to even begin to pull off the beginnings of a rebirth of what once was. Remember, the Rust Belt's been the Rust Belt for nearly 40 years if not not longer. When the Japanese signed the surrender document on the deck of the USS Missouri, Detroit was the third most prosperous city in the entire world. What does the name "Detroit" conjure up today? Ditto US Steel? Mega-ditto USA?

I suppose it's a small consolation that the company now is owned by an ally and not like everything else the ChiComs. Of all people, John Fetterman was up in arms over the deal, mostly from the union angle, but of course he represents Pennsylvania which still is home to whatever steelworker constituency remains in the country (as an aside, you wonder how many people get what the logo of Pittsburgh's NFL franchise means). Yesterday, in the Stacey Matthews/Legal Insurrection link about Fetterman, there was this observation:

Fetterman’s stances have had some conservative influencers suggesting he has more or less turned into one himself. I don’t really see it that way. Though maybe not a hardcore woke progressive, he’s still a staunch Democrat. He’s pro-abortion, pro-Big Labor, pro-“tax the rich,” pro gun rights restrictions, and is soft on crime. But the fact that Fetterman’s been more right than left on Menendez, illegal immigration, and Israel as of late is certainly welcome all the same.

A commenter on one of the threads noted that maybe Fetterman is on to something. Just to clarify, I am not a Fetterman booster, but merely pointing out salient facts about his stances on the issues, irrespective of what's going on in his mind and/or lump. These days "tax the rich" is not necessarily a Leftist-Progressive stance, insofar as given what the corporatists and their fascist leaders in government have done to the middle class over the past several years. Ironic that "Occupy Wall Street" has come full circle in that the wealthiest among us are the biggest supporters of the Democrats and the destruction they have wrought.

The 10 most expensive zip codes by median home value, which accounted for just 0.02% of the population in 2020, were responsible for 7.6% of this year’s donations to the Biden campaign and the Biden Victory Fund, which are the primary committees used by the president’s reelection effort, according to data from the United States Census Bureau and the FEC. The roughly 81,000 people living in those zip codes donated 311 times more to Biden than would be proportionate to their share of the population.

The residents of America’s 10 most expensive zip codes donated a total of $7,519,474 to the Biden campaign and the Biden Victory Fund this year, or roughly $930 per person, according to FEC and Census Bureau records. Median home prices in these zip codes range from $4.25 million in Rancho Santa Fe, California, on the low end, and up to $7.95 million in Atherton, California, on the high end, according to the Times. The median price of a house in the United States was $412,000 as of September, according to Forbes.

Democrats have been bleeding working-class voters since 2016, though have made up their losses by appealing to higher-income voters and college graduates, according to Axios. Working-class congressional districts have begun electing more Republicans to represent them, while Democrats have started picking up wealthier districts, Axios reported. Democrats represented nine of the 10 wealthiest congressional districts as of 2022.

Biden has portrayed himself as a champion for the working class, leaning into his purported blue-collar roots and juxtaposing himself with former President Donald Trump. “I view this as a campaign between Scranton and Park Avenue,” Biden said during a CNN town hall leading up to the 2020 election. “All that President Trump could see from Park Avenue is Wall Street. All he thinks about is the stock market,” he continued. “How many of you all own stock in Scranton? Not a whole lot of people own stock.”

Biden campaign co-chair Jeffrey Katzenberg said the president raised more than $15 million during a weekend of fundraising earlier this month in wealthy Los Angeles neighborhoods that was focused on courting high-dollar donors and members of Hollywood’s social elite, Deadline reported. . .

. . . Just 10 select wealthy zip codes were responsible for 11.7% of donations to Biden’s reelection effort this year. These zip codes spanned wealthy Californian communities like Beverly Hills, Atherton, Los Altos, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica, San Francisco and Palo Alto. They also included zip codes in New York City and Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Scranton's not on that list. Nor is Pittsburgh (though Pittsburgh "donated" 110% of its ballots to Biden in 2020 and no doubt will repeat that next year). Nor Gary, IN where what's left of US Steel's massive blast furnaces stand, nor Detroit nor any other place where the American blue collar worker once reigned supreme. Ditto Main Street with its now virtually extinct mom-and-pop shops.

And as we consider the question of what does the name and logo of US Steel conjure up, the same can also be said of Harvard University.

“I don’t mean to laugh about it, but this is insane. You have somebody who’s a complete failure, who embarrassed the university, who cost them a billion dollars, who gets caught plagiarizing, and they’re going stand with her…. Maybe they think their brand can’t be permanently tarnished because it’s Harvard. Well, you know what? The people who branded Bud Light thought the same thing, and they found out differently.”

Nothing lasts forever. But things that we expected to last for a very long time have been intentionally sabotaged, hollowed out from within and ultimately destroyed. Like the United States of America.

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