June 21, 2021

Daily Tech News 21 June 2021

—Pixy Misa

Top Story

  • You won't believe what kids are into these days.



    This being The New Yorker, they do their best to blame anime on Donald Trump.




Anime of the day is Akanesasu Shoujo from 2018, a.k.a The Girl in Twilight which is news to me, in which five girls from the high school radio club save the universe using only discarded communications equipment and fish sausages.

No, really.

Also, don't put chikuwas in your air fryer. Reine from Hololive tried it live on stream and posted the results. The term carbonised comes to mind.


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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (6/20/21)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

“We all crowded in to their little table and one guy [who was waiting] started flipping out, yelling that it was supposed to be his. It was a little cramped and the tables around us were staring, but you have to do what you have to do and we were hungry.” Mitch Modell

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Quote II

“We saved the city of St. Louis the expense of pursuing this nonsense, and then we’ll move forward,” McCloskey told Newsmax, adding that the charges were lowered to “a new crime which basically said I purposely placed other people in the apprehension of imminent physical harm.” Mark McCloskey


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Quote III


“When will PPB recognize this overwhelming desire for change and align their values with the people of Portland? I remain deeply concerned these RRT resignations are yet another example of a rogue paramilitary organization that is unaccountable to the elected officials and residents of Portland.”Portland, OR Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty


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Quote IV

“They’re bending and massaging the ordinance to fit the crime. This is a blatant attempt to silence me.” Michael Wasserman


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Quote V


“You talk of global warming; hell will freeze over before I start listening to the Greens,”Acting Australian Prime Minister Michael McCormack

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Gun Thread: Father's Day Edition!

—Weasel

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Howdy, Y'all! How's things? Welcome to the Sunday Gun Thread. Whether you're a grizzled Gun Thread veteran or a gun-curious lurking newcomer, a bigly hearty welcome to all of you! I'm glad you have decided to visit our little online Happy Place where we talk guns 'n shooting on Sunday evenings. So sit back, relax and pop open a Prune Fizz while we discuss our fav-O-rite hobby.

Not much going on this week. Rain cancelled farm plans for last weekend, and I really need to get back down there soon to cut the grass. Again. We have had several inches of rain here recently, which is only going to encourage the grass and vegetation to grow. I have to admit that high summer isn't exactly my favorite time to be down there given the list of chores I seem to always have, which interrupt the serious work of organic tree farming.

Finally, Happy Father's Day to all you dad's out there. It's not too late to take your kids shooting! With that, let's get to the gun stuff below, shall we?

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Food Thread: Getting Handsy With The Dough

—CBD

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[Flour Frenzy by Mark Benham]

Hands are a cook's best tool, and there simply aren't enough tools in the world to replace every process required by most cooks. Sometimes you'll just have to touch the food!

And that's okay with me. I enjoy using my hands for cooking...I think that's one reason why baking bread is fun, and why I don't have one of those newfangled bread machines.

It's not just bread that requires all of your fingers and toes. Spatchcocking a chicken or trimming a steak or slicing vegetables or hundreds of other simple actions in the kitchen are quicker when we use our hands. Sure, I can pull out the food processor and slice that tomato, but why?

And using one's hands provides lots of useful information about the state of the food. When I salt a strip steak, I pick it up and sprinkle the salt from a foot or so above while holding it in the other hand. I can feel whether the steak needs to be trimmed of that sometimes thick tendon on the outer edge. Or when I slice a tomato and it feels like a baseball under the knife, it's going into a sauce rather on the plate with some mozzarella, basil and a drizzle of olive oil.

But the best is baking. There is nothing quite like handling dough and feeling it slowly change as one kneads it, waiting for the right texture and stretch for the perfect pizza or a fantastic sourdough boule.

And...it's fun. I may be 29, but I still get a kick out of the simple pleasures!

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First-World Problems...Lockness Monster And Customer Service Edition

—CBD

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I am reasonably mechanically inclined, but I have no idea what the hell happened to this lock. I even had visions of repairing it, until I saw the number of pins and tiny springs strewn over the floor.

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On the other hand, the Baldwin company was very helpful, and promptly sent me a replacement lock; except it was the wrong one. And while that was partially my fault for not explaining exactly what kind of lock it was (two-sided deadbolt), the customer service agent immediately told me that she would send out the re-keyed lock the next day, so I assumed (wow...I should know better by now) that she knew which one it was.

And of course the parts arrived at 6:01pm, just after their offices closed for the day. To be fair, it could have worked had there been less damage to the external locking mechanism, but the little tab that connects it to the deadbolt had sheared, so I needed both, or a locksmith. And as you know, I am a cheap bastard, so no locksmith for me thank you very much!

But the next morning I called them up, and they were efficient and apologetic (not necessary at all) and sent me the correct lockset, and even tossed in early delivery, which was much appreciated.

Installation was not obvious, and the amount of tightening of the screws holding the two locks together is definitely not intuitive. My first instinct was to tighten them a lot. But that introduced far too much friction in the system and it didn't function. Great! How about a simple torque value so it isn't a guess?

I am sure I could have called Baldwin and they would have told me exactly how to install the locks, but damn it! I'll do this myself.

I was pleased with their customer service...not everything works perfectly, and they were more than willing to make it right, and didn't even ask for the return of the first lock. They were also very pleasant, which makes everything very nice. The first agent even pretended to laugh at one of my jokes, which I think is wonderful training on Baldwin's part.

Anyway...what positive experiences have you had with companies that obviously want to do the right thing for their customers? We all have stories of the opposite, but let us set those aside and talk about the good ones.

[Well, unless you have a great "lousy customer service" experience]

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A Coming Coup In China? Not So Fast...

—CBD

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Most of us remember the fall of the Soviet Union, which was predicted by exactly nobody in our intelligence institutions, many of whom were predicting exactly the opposite. Of course the conditions for its fall were created by a B list actor, an electrician in the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, and a Polish priest in Rome. They were helped by a few basic laws of economics and human nature, and the hubris of the vast Soviet bureaucracy, led by the Politburo and the Central Committee.

And to the East was a large and even more backwards country that instituted many of the same draconian economic and social strictures on its people. They had their own trouble with immutable laws of economics and the desire of many people to be free -- The Tiananmen Square Massacre was the culmination of months of protests, driven by students but seemingly embraced by many others. But the neo-Mandarins had been looking both east and west, and had begun a program of economic liberalization that they hoped would placate the people and improve the dim prospects of a communist economy. So they put down the revolt with tanks while continuing to loosen their hold on the economy.

Fast forward 30 years and they had created a huge economic engine driven by easy credit and the insatiable desire of the Western world for China's inexpensive (and cheap) consumer goods. How? By seeing the flaws of a pure socialist command economy and loosening the restrictions on private enterprise.

And it worked. But how to keep control of a populace that has a taste of relative prosperity and can see what freedom looks like just a few miles off China's coasts? Were they unwittingly prepping the battlespace for another protest like 1989's? One led not from the universities but from the highest ranks of the communist party and the army?

Roger Garside: A Coming Coup Will End China's Communist Dictatorship

They can see the problems, the deep-seated, long-standing problems in China, caused by the system of totalitarian dictatorship, which they have. They understand those problems better than the people in the outside world do.

They can see better than most people can see, that this regime is outwardly strong, but inwardly weak. And that it’s in a state of political decay. And that their best hope for preserving their own wealth and power, as well as the best hope for China, is to lead a coup d’etat to remove Xi Jinping and to launch China into a democratic transition.


Wouldn't it be pretty to think so?

But it is not to be. The rulers of China have embraced several things that will effectively minimize the possibility of any coup attempt, no matter its origins, from being successful.

First and most powerful is Western internet technology that gives them access, and the ability to observe, every form of communication. The police State is alive and well and living in every Chinese smart phone and every computer.

Garside addresses the issue, and his response is a forlorn hope that someday...

We have to find a way of breaking through the extremely efficient system of censorship. Because I believe that when the Chinese people know the truth, they will be outraged to learn the lies they have been fed, generation after generation and the tragedies which have been covered up generation after generation.
That is a noble thought, but the Chinese surveillance state is comprehensive. The gift of Western technology destroyed the advantage that any nascent rebels and revolutionaries might have. Now the Police State can be proactive rather than reactive, so scenes like Tank Man in Tiananmen Squire will no longer be possible.

Second is the example of the Soviet Union. They have a playbook for how to fail, and they have read it, and are acting accordingly. They loosened economic controls to unleash the pent-up desire for a better life, and while they re-tighten those controls now and again, it is a powerful tool to shift the gaze of the Chinese people from Western wealth to Chinese growth and future wealth.

And the third is traditional Chinese nationalism. They may dislike their rulers in Peking, but those rulers are demonizing the West and making them the new enemies of the Chinese people.

We all want to believe that in the natural state of humanity is the desire to to be free, to manage our affairs without interference. And in many people that is the case, but not in all, or in nearly the numbers required to combat China's comprehensive internal security and its demonstrated comfort with ruthless crackdowns on any who seem to be pushing back against its power.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 06-20-2021

—OregonMuse

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Suzzallo Library, University of Washington


Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules). Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, witty repartee, hilarious bon mots, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, spending way too much money on books, writing books, and publishing books by escaped oafs and oafettes who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which I would definitely wear to a Andy Warhol's barbecue. And the boots. Yeah, I'd wear those, too.



Pic Note:

From the Suzzallo Library wiki page:

Of the 6 million volumes that make up the University of Washington Libraries collection, approximately 1.6 million are housed in Suzzallo/Allen Library. Along with the Main Collection, Suzzallo/Allen Library also has a Children's Literature, Government Publications, Natural Sciences, and Periodicals collections. The Special Collections contains a Rare Book Collection with books printed before 1801. The Microforms/Newspapers collection is the largest collection of microform materials in any Association of Researches Library. Suzzallo Library also houses the main technical services units of the UW Libraries, including the Monographic Services Division and the Serials Services Division.



It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®


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EMT 6/20/21

—krakatoa

Happy Father's Day.

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Daily Tech News 20 June 2021

—Pixy Misa

Top Story

  • DDR5 RAM is here. (WCCFTech)

    These are the first modules that actually have a price - $400 for 32GB - and a shipping date - end of this month.

    They're 4800MHz modules, and that price matches existing overclocked DDR4-4800 modules. (That listing is for 16GB; I couldn't find any 32GB kits.) It's about double the price of mainstream DDR4-3200 though.

    Also, these modules have a 40 cycle latency which is definitely not fast. I'm not sure exactly how that relates to DDR4 latencies though.

    Also also, if you follow that link, don't read the comments. WCCFTech is great for leaks and the very latest hardware news, but the comments are full of bored 14-year-olds.






Anime of the day is Time Travel Shoujo: Mari Waka to 8-nin no Kagakusha-tachi from 2016, a.k.a Time Travel Girl: Mari, Waka, and the Eight Scientists, a.k.a Time Travel Girl, a.ka. MariWaka.

It's the story of a girl looking for her scientist father who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and of the history of scientific research into electricity and magnetism from William Gilbert in the 16th century through to Thomas Edison.

It's the first time I've seen a simple explanation of the Curie point of ferromagnetic materials - never mind in anime, in any medium - and also the first time I've seen characters of a story construct a stable time loop using nothing more than whipped cream, sponge cake, and a magnetised needle stuck through a cork.

Time travel aside, the historical and scientific elements of the story are accurate to the best of my knowledge. Not so sure about the cake parts, which get about as much screen time as the other elements.

There's also a scene where a defibrillator is used properly and under appropriate circumstances.


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Saturday Overnight Open Thread – 06/19/2021

—Buck Throckmorton

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STREET ART

I’ve done this before, but here is some more clever street art. I love that an anonymous artist puts his talent and creativity into a fleeting work of art, that for a just short while will provide smiles to those passing by.

More at the link.

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FIELD MARSHALL MONTGOMERY’S WWII DOUBLE

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Prior to the D-Day Invasion in 1944, the Allies sought to divert German troops from Normandy by leading them to think the invasion would happen elsewhere. One of the ruses was sending a double of British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery around the Mediterranean to talk up war plans in that theater.

Actor M.E. Clifton James looked the part, and with his acting ability he could play the part.
He actually met Monty so he could learn his mannerisms.

After an outing and lunch, James had a short meeting directly with Montgomery to learn the tone and cadence of his voice. It was an easy conversation, and even James was struck by their resemblance. “All I had to do,” he later wrote, “was to broaden my moustache, slightly whiten my greying hair—and I was General Montgomery.”

After the war, Mr. James starred in a 1958 movie about his role of a lifetime – “I Was Monty’s Double.”

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REYNOLDS’ LAW & DEFERRED GRATIFICATION

Law Professor Glenn Reynolds (aka “Instapundit”) succinctly explained the futility of trying to give people a middle-class lifestyle if they are not required to earn it. The following is now known as “Reynolds’ Law.”

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 06-19-2021 [TheJamesMadison]

—Open Blogger

Howard Hawks

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Before I begin, a big thanks and shoutout to Mark Andrew Edwards who suggested Howard Hawks as my next cinematic excursion. This has been a fun one, and I wouldn't have considered it without Mark's prompting. Thank you!

In 1954, the French cinema magazine Cahiers du Cinema was in turmoil. The younger generation of film critics, led by Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, were rebelling against the stuffy, unimaginative, and immoral work of the contemporary French film industry. Popularizing the auteur theory with his article, "The Tradition of Quality", Truffaut and his fellow band of misfits looked beyond their borders for examples of contemporary film that they could admire, and they ended up focusing on Hollywood.

The most famous example was Hitchcock. Truffaut interviewed the British born director, writing a book about it, but other directors were highlighted as well. One of the most prominent of these others was Howard Hawks.

Most people seem to have little knowledge of Hawks, though he's directed several favorites. He made two of the most well-known and beloved screwball comedies, His Girl Friday and Bringing Up Baby. He directed two of the four movies that Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall made together including the first where they met, To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep. He made a pair of John Wayne's best Westerns, Red River and Rio Bravo. He worked with Bogart, Bacall, Wayne, Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Danny Kaye, Gary Cooper, James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Barbara Stanwyk, John Barrymore, Joel McRea, Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, James Caan, Montgomery Clift, Ginger Rogers, Jane Russell, and Marilyn Monroe.

Who was this man who work with so many stars, made so many great movies, and seems to have been somewhat forgotten?

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Saturday Afternoon Chess thread 06-19-2021

—OregonMuse

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WIM Tilsia Carolina Varela La Madrid (VEN)

Hey kids, sorry to step on Sefton's thread a bit early, but I'm going to be leaving around 5:45 EDST for a few hours, so I won't be around to post the problem solutions until way later. Like perhaps as late as 9PM EDST. So I wanted to watch the thread for a bit before I took off.

TheJamesMadison should be along later with the movie thread. As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.



Beginner Problem - White To Play (1371)

Goal: White can force mate in 3 moves
Hint: There's only one way to bring the knight into play


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Sefton's Now and Again Hobby, Modeling, Arts & Crafts and General Bodging Post

—J.J. Sefton

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Hey kids. Hope everyone's having a great weekend so far. Mis Hum's Pet Thread is taking the week off so it's time once again to escape the insanity of the world and head for the basement, attic, garage, spare room or wherever to have some fun and be a bit creative.

Before diving in please remember to play it safe. When working with power tools or using any kind of toxic materials, always exercise caution, common sense, and wear appropriate eye, ear and lung protection.

On a personal note, I am in need of someone who has miniature machining skills. If you're interested in a challenge, e-mail me at admin "at" cutjibnewsletter "dot" com and I'll give you the details.

Now, let's make a mess!

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Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread, Farewell to Spring

—K.T.

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Farewell to Spring from 40 miles north

Happy Saturday! It was 109 degrees here yesterday, with the same forecast for today (better than the earlier forecast of 112 to 117). There are fires in the West. Spring seems to be over around here. And Summer Solstice is tomorrow, on Father's Day this year. Here's a little History of Father's Day from the Old Farmers Almanac. Fathers Day has not been around as long as Mother's Day.

How is the last day of spring treating you and your garden?

The photo above, from 40 miles north, is a repeat. But I love those flowers, which are native north of us. There are 71 species of Clarkia native to California. Many of the others are also delightful. And there are fancy hybrids of Farewell to Spring (AKA Godetia) as well.

We have a special offer to start out summer, from Motionview:

I wanted to make this special offer to the AoSHQ Garden Gnomes before opening it up to the general public.

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Happy Father's Day tomorrow, all you Impregnating Persons

—K.T.

Well, unless you are as confused about the Impregnating/Fathering connection as, say, Hunter Biden

Actually, Happy Father's Day to all you men who play fatherly roles in the lives of children and younger adults. Even the difficult ones. Even if those roles are indirect.

Fatherliness can be a challenge today

I think that Powerline's Ammo Grrrll is pretty much on target here with her advice about RAISING KIDS AND CHICKENS. It starts out with some observations that mostly could have fit in the Gardening Thread, which you should maybe read. Heh. But then she gets into Thread before the Gardening Thread territory:

Grandma's chickens roamed freely throughout the yard pecking at everything, squawking and complaining incessantly, like members of The Squad, only smarter and less arrogant. They never really seemed very happy with their lives, in the coop or out.

But Grandma had a twin sister and HER chickens were Extremely Free Range. Auntie Iva's chickens were allowed IN THE HOUSE. They had to be shooed off the dining room table before we could eat. No wonder I have such a tremendous immune system!

So why, over the last 15 months and counting, has it been considered good for chickens to roam about, but to have children locked in their homes while teachers get paid for failing to teach, instead of the popular current practice of teaching to fail? Thank God the Teachers' Union is in charge. If students had school choice, how in the world would the black kids learn that they are too oppressed to take the "racist" ACT or even too stupid to locate a place to get an I.D. to vote? How would white kids grasp that they are singularly privileged and evil and responsible for slavery, including the 9 million slaves still in Africa today?

Good questions! On to fatherhood:

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Saturday Morning Coffee Break

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(H/T Doof)


Thanks Doof, I can relate to today's coffee meme. Good morning Horde. Happy Saturday.

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EMT 6/19/21

—krakatoa

Happy EMTeenth!

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Daily Tech News 19 June 2021

—Pixy Misa

Top Story

  • How many inconsistent user interface designs are there in Windows 10? (NTDev)

    Eight.

    The oldest thing that has survived completely unchanged is the Management Console which appeared in Windows 2000, but there are elements from Windows 95 / NT 4 that are the same except for a quick coat of paint.

    On the other hand, MacOS has UI features that have stubbornly remained intact since 1984 when there was only one model and it had a 9" monochrome screen.




Anime of the day is My Hero Academia from 2016 (and continuing to air right now, currently half way through season 5). It's the story of Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without superpowers in a world where 80% of the population has a superpower of some description.

It's a Shounen Jump property and does hit all the tropes, but it's also a superhero story that understands the reason for superhero stories, something that the American comic industry has almost entirely forgotten.

It's worth checking out if you liked comics before they turned into first self-referential crap, then grimdark crap, then woke crap.

Except for the first half of season two. Wait, there is no first half of season two. It starts with, what, episode 13? Even the characters in the second half of season two think the first half was garbage. I have a screenshot of that but this margin is too small to contain it.


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This ONT Has No Title

—WeirdDave

Man, I'm tired. I've been working all day moving stuff from the old RV to the new one, with a time out to install the correct ignition switch in my mower. It started right up! Then ran for 30 seconds and died. It started right up again! Then ran for 30 seconds and died. It did this about 4 times, and now it won't start again. I'm about ready to throw the damn thing in the lake. I wonder what would happen if I blew off the ONT?

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Insurrectionist Cafe: Stop Asian Hate Edition

—Ace

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Via @11hr11min

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GAINZZZ and Keto BOMBZZZ

—Ace

@thesarahkelly

*whispers* complimenting people on their weight loss is inherently fatphobic. There is no way to do it that doesn't imply that their body was less worthy when it was bigger/softer. Find something else to compliment.

"The" Sarah Kelly then opined that "anti-fatness is a perpetration and enforcement perpetuated by white supremacist beauty standards."

Your weakness is my strength. As always, I will take her whining and use it to make GAINZZZ:

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I'm still on my semi-fast. I'm coming up on the four week mark. I've continued to lose, albeit slowly, lately.

One big advantage to ketosis is the crazy levels of energy you have. Glucose -- energy derived from carbohydrate -- just doesn't give you a lot of energy. Maybe after you've had a lot of sugar, but then only for an hour. Then your body pumps out insulin and to clear the excess glucose out of your blood, either to your muscles, if you're exercising, or your fat cells, if you're not.

But ketones liberated from fat-burning really amp you up as far as bodily energy. And they're not kept in a tight range, as glucose is. So once you're burning fat, you can feel pretty hyper.

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Quick Hits: Our Rights Don't Derive From the Government, We Yield Them to the Government Edition

—Ace

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Joe Biden: You heard me say this before, again and again. I'm going to keep saying it. What's that idea. We don’t derive our rights from the government. We possess them because we’re born. Period. And we yield them to a government."

Via Stitlons Place. Video at Gateway Pundit. Thanks to Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea and flounder.

Fauci held a secret meeting to "discuss the origins of covid," which he intended to keep secret forever. The existence of this meeting was only disclosed due to a FOIA demand.

Writes Allison Young:

As a reporter who has spent a decade revealing hundreds of serious safety breaches at U.S. biological research labs, it has always seemed obvious to investigate whether the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a major coronavirus research center, possibly played a role given that the initial outbreak happened in the same city.

Yet for more than a year, those who publicly raised such questions were too often deemed a crackpot conspiracy theorist or a simpleton who just didn’t understand science.

It has only been in recent weeks that a growing list of high-profile scientists, intelligence officials and politicians -- including President Joe Biden -- have publicly acknowledged the plausibility of a lab accident and pushed for rigorous investigation.


Perhaps that’s because the early concerns among key scientists -- like the conference call on Feb. 1, 2020 -- were kept private until now. That call likely would have remained secret if not for documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.

The meeting did not result in Fauci saying "It came from Wuhan, but we have to cover it up."

But Fauci and the rest of the scientists involved did keep it secret because they were pushing the Narrative -- the Lie -- that there was nothing whatsoever to discuss. The science was settled.

You can't call people Racist Conspiracy Theorists for discussing the lab leak hypothesis if you're forced to admit the head of the NIAID and top virologists are also discussing it.


Chicago Mayor and screaming lunatic Groot Rootfoot declares "racism" a public health crisis.

She wants to spend $10 million of public money -- which she'll get not from Chicagoans, but from the rest of the nation -- to extend black lives.

"At almost every single point in our city's history, racism has taken a devastating toll on the health and well-being of our residents of color – especially those who are Black," Lightfoot said in a statement. "Without formally acknowledging this detrimental impact, we will never be able to move forward as a city and fully provide our communities with the resources they need to live happy and healthy lives."


You know what might extend black lives? Stopping crime. There's a mass shooting in Chicago -- of blacks, and by blacks -- every weekend.

All those young lives ended so quickly brings down the black life expectancy rate you pretend you're concerned with.

You're not, of course. You're just a demagogue giving the masses an enemy to hate so they don't look at your record.


Biden's nominee for the Bureau of Land Management? A former collaborator with eco-terrorists.

But combating "Domestic Violent Extremism" is Biden's top priority, you know.

For some definitions of "Domestic Violent Extremists." Antifa and BLM will be allowed to maintain control of the cities.

Stone-Manning was caught participating in a plot to "spike" spruce trees in Idaho. She gave testimony at the trial of one of her fellow eco-terrorists and was granted immunity.

Spiking trees is a favorite tactic of radical eco-terrorists and has been known to severely injure several loggers who had the misfortune of cutting into a tree that had been spiked.

Biden's proposed head of the BLM would be responsible for administering federal lands. Its purpose is "to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations." Stone-Manning apparently doesn't believe that we need trees for anything except homes for squirrels.

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Take it back – The Rise of Neofederalism (Part 1) [Dave in Fla]

—Open Blogger

You say you want a revolution
-- The Beatles

To my knowledge, the United States is unique in that each state operates almost as its own country. The federal model establishes a number of roles filled by the federal government, but outside of those roles all other responsibilities of governance are left to the states. Of course, we have seen the erosion of this model over the last decades, but in principle it is still unique. Every other country in the world operates using a national model, where policy implementations and police enforcement tend to be dictated from the top. It is fair to say that individual states have more autonomy for establishing laws and conditions than any peer state or province in other countries. This was particularly shown during the COVID plandemic, where the responses were wildly different between different states, resulting in significant differences in economic outcomes.

Leveraging the power of states to chart their own course is a tactic that the left has used for half a century to push their agenda. Now that they have succeeded in taking the reins of the federal behemoth, they are focusing on using the administrative state to impose their will on the rest of the country. A country that does not want their vision of America, as I discussed in my post on demographics.

But their shift toward a federal focus leaves an opportunity, a place where they have now abandoned the field. They only have so many troops for this fight, and they can’t fight on every front. Individual states are where the opportunities for victory lie, ironically due to the success of leftist initiatives in the past. Let’s take a look at some examples that show how state initiatives ended up driving national policy.

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Colorado Court Rules that the Much-Harassed Masterpiece Bake Shop Must Bake the Cake, Bigot

—Ace

Colorado has permitted a serial vexatious litigant and tranny extremist to again sue Jack T. Phillips of the Masterpiece Bakeshop, despite him having vindicated his religious right to refuse to propagate the anti-Christian political messages of others at great expense to himself previously.

The courts have allowed this never-ending harassment -- this targeting of a Christian for his religious beliefs -- to go on and on and on and on, and now the court says that Phillips must bake a "gender transition cake," even though, of course, that's not a type of existing cake.

You wouldn't make that cake for anyone, because that's a type of cake that just doesn't exist-- until it was invented by a vindictive, axe-grinding harasser who is determined to force a Christian to contradict his beliefs.

Up to including praising Satan.

That's not an exaggeration.


Phillips has literally been fighting these kinds of bullying, anti-Christian lawsuits now for nearly ten years.

When Phillips was first sued by a gay couple, this vexatious transsexual extremist offered to take the place of the gay couple in carrying on the suit if they chose to bow out.

Phillips has been fighting these serial harassments from the Colorado Commission on civil rights, and this serial harasser since 2012.

Almost ten years. Almost ten years.

And still it continues.

And the transgender extremist, who admits he doesn't really want cakes but to change Phillips' mind through the power of never-ending, expensive lawsuits, threatened to immediately refile another lawsuit if this one is dismissed.

Phillips told Fox News that he was told "it was two colors, a color scheme, a combination, designed to celebrate a gender transition."

The customer, Autumn Scardina, an attorney, requested the cake in 2017 in honor of [HIS] gender transition. [NOTE: HIS GENDER REMAINS THE SAME AS IT WAS.]

"We told the customer, this caller, that this cake was a cake we couldn't create because of the message, the caller turned around and sued us," Phillips told Fox News. "This customer came to us intentionally to get us to create a cake or deny creating a cake that went against our religious beliefs."

He added: "This customer had been tracking our case for multiple years. This case was just a request to get us to fall into a trap."

Phillips told Fox News that in November 2020, he had a conversation with Scardina, who said "if the case were rejected or dismissed, that they would be back the next day to request another cake order and then sue me and charge me again."

First the transsexual, anti-Christian bigot asked over the phone to bake a cake that was pink inside, with blue frosting on the outside.

Phillips agreed to do so.

But that wasn't what this transexual harasser wanted. He didn't want the cake. He wanted Phillips to be forced to submit.

So then the transsexual harasser told him: The cake is for the purpose of celebrating my transgender expression.

Phillips was willing to bake this person a cake when it did not carry a political message that went against his religious teachings.

But getting him to endorse a political message against his religious teachings was the whole point -- so this transsexual had to tell him, oh, by the way, this cake has a message that offends your God.

Phillips then refused to bake the cake, bigot.

And then the vicious anti-Christian Satanist sued.

This tranny bully is, believe it or not, psychologically toxic.

In court, Scardina explained how at one point, while his discrimination claim was being processed by the state, he called the Christian cakeshop to request a custom cake that featured Satan smoking a joint, to test the store's repeated claims he would be treated just as anyone else.

"They indicated that I was welcome back in their shop and entitled to the same treatment as every other customer that telephones or comes through its doors," Scardina said. "I had filed the charge, I think, sometime in July. It's now sometime in late fall. Nothing had been done as far as I was aware, and once again here they are saying 'Sure, she's [sic] welcome back, and come on in, and we'll treat you just like everybody else.'"

Scardina continued.

I found it sort of offensive and wanted to see if that’s true too. So I called and spoke with who I believed to be Mr. Phillips. He answered the phone this time. I think I indicated -- I asked: 'Do you serve religious cakes?' Because I noted in his several examples, they had nothing regarding religious cakes. Mr. Phillips indicated that he did. I asked him, 'Well, could you prepare a religious cake for me that had' -- I think a picture of Satan smoking a joint is the religious cake I asked for.

Pursuant to his religious faith, Phillips also refuses to bake cakes in celebration of Halloween.

Note the borderline mental retardation on display here: "Autumn" Scardina wants to prove that Phillips does not treat this bullying transsexual freak "just like anyone else."

He could prove this by ordering a normal cake -- just like everyone else.

Instead, he orders Satan cakes, which no one else orders (and note Phillips even refuses to provide Halloween cakes to anyone, likely due to the pagan/Satanic overtones), and then says, "He won't bake me a Satan cake, he's treating me differently!"

Um, who is he providing Satan cakes to?

And he was willing to provide you a custom cake -- until you taunted him that you were forcing him to endorse transgenderism.

His counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom issued this statement:

"Jack Phillips serves all people but shouldn’t be forced to create custom cakes with messages that violate his conscience. In this case, an activist attorney demanded Jack create custom cakes in order to 'test' Jack and 'correct the errors' of his thinking, and the activist even threatened to sue Jack again if the case is dismissed for any reason. Radical activists and government officials are targeting artists like Jack because they won’t promote messages on marriage and sexuality that violate their core convictions. This case and others--including the case of floral artist Barronelle Stutzman, whose petition is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court--represents a disturbing trend: the weaponization of our justice system to ruin those with whom the activists disagree. The harassment of people like Jack and Barronelle has been occurring for nearly a decade and must stop. We will appeal this decision and continue to defend the freedom of all Americans to peacefully live and work according to their deeply held beliefs without fear of punishment."

Yeah, you have the right to refuse to endorse a message that goes against your values -- if you're willing to fight in court for ten years, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for lawyers, routinely closing your business to appear in court, and losing 40% of your business (as Phillips said he did).

Meanwhile, Google's, FaceBook's, and Twitter's right to refuse to carry messages they don't agree with is absolute, and they can get cases against them dismissed by filing a single motion, either a dismissal for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted (that is, you have no right to what you're asking for), or simply citing the much-abused section 230.

The Tech Monopolies are out of court in about an hour. The file one piece of paper, the suits are dismissed.

On the other hand, a normal American attempting to exercise his rights is harassed by the state and state-empowered mental cases for ten years at the cost of most of his money.

If someone is to be entirely free to refuse to carry a hateful message with very little cost and very little court time, and someone else is forced to spend a decade of expensive litigation trying to vindicate his rights-- shouldn't it be the gigantic leviathan tech monopolies who have the burden of having to defend expensive lawsuits for decades, and the small business owner who gets to just file a single motion and get the lawsuit dismissed?

Wouldn't it be wonderful if ordinary citizens had a s.230 immunity -- requiring only a filing of a motion to execute -- to end these persecutions?

And if ordinary citizens do not have this potent level of immunity to coerced speech-- then the mega-monopolies shouldn't have it either, right?

But NeverTrump and Conservative, Inc. don't think so.

They think that only the largest monopolies in global history should have such a powerful level of autonomy and freedom from coercion, and ordinary citizens should be endlessly harassed by government commissions and lawfare vigilantes.

Then again, they're all taking money from the Tech Monopolies. Aren't they?

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Right-wing disinformation in the guise of satire
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The Permanent "State of Emergency" In Blue States & Who Is Really "A Threat To Democracy"

—Buck Throckmorton

Amidst the blizzard of headlines reading "Republicans imperil American democracy" or something to that effect, the mainstream media and their "conservative" NeverTrump allies are strangely silent on blue state governors acquiring state-of-emergency powers during Covid, then choosing to never relinquish those powers.

The articles linked below are all current, from within the past few days. Isn't it peculiar that as these left-wing governors finally bow to pressure, science, and reality, and start to ease some Covid restrictions, they also determine that they must continue to retain their dictatorial emergency powers. As California Governor Gavin Newsom explained, it's "in case things go south."

Gavin Newsom is keeping emergency powers after California reopens.

The Minnesota Executive Council on Monday voted to extend the state's peacetime emergency for COVID-19 and with it, the governor's emergency powers. Governor Tim Walz requested the extension last week...

New York's state of emergency also remains in effect, along with the governor's expanded decision-making and spending authorities.

In response to this dangerous power grab by Democrat governors, the media cheers, of course. NeverTrump, if forced to discuss the blue state tyrants and take a break from condemning deplorables, will simply change the subject. If you ask the Dispatch/Bulwark/National Review guys what they think about Newsom's power grab, they're more likely to start flirting with each other on Twitter about their favorite hot dog toppings than to condemn a Democrat governor for his illegal appropriation of power.

However, the media and its Conservative, Inc. allies are quite aware of a persistent threat to democracy. It's you. YOU are a threat to democracy, unless you start thinking properly and voting correctly.

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Posted by Buck Throckmorton at 02:19 PM Comments

The Media is Dying and They're Demanding The State Censor The Competition That Is Killing Them

—Ace

Joe Rogan roasted Tater for being a hack and having no ratings. They silent-out the curses so that audio sounds rough.

There's a reason for Rogan's anger: CNN is doing what the media often does, which is attempting to get their social media monopolist friends to ban their competition.

CNN's ratings are cratering, and Stelter was complaining that some mere YouTubers get better ratings than CNN.

In the latest episode of "The Joe Rogan Experience," the podcaster trashed Stelter for having complained about YouTube personalities like him getting more viewers than CNN "as if it was some horrible thing."

"They were describing it as if they're entitled to viewers," Rogan, 53, noted of a panel discussion on Stelter's "Reliable Sources" in January.

"This is because the market has spoken and your show's f--ing terrible," the UFC commentator said, not holding back any punches.

"Brian Stelter's show keeps slipping and slipping and slipping in the ratings," said Rogan, whose show has had hundreds of millions of views on YouTube and regularly leads the podcast charts.

That's not just a mere complaint. That is laying the groundwork for the next organized, coordinated legacy media attack on alternative media.

Rogan understands Tater's agenda: He wants to provoke another "Adpocalypse," panicking corporations away from daring to advertise on alternative media.

The media has been losing ad revenue to alternative media and periodically runs scare stories about alternative media to get advertisers to abandon them and spend money on dying outlets like CNN, and to get the tech monopolies to hamstring alternative media with bannings and more censorship.

They've been running the same script for six years. Remember when the Wall Street Journal ran a hit piece against the world's biggest YouTuber PewDiePie? That was animated by the fact that the legacy media is bleeding ad revenue.

Since then, the legacy media has run fear-mongering hitpieces against podcasts -- why, they're unregulated! Why, podcasters can say just anything without layers of corporate control censoring them!

They even ran panic porn about the growing dangers of unmoderated chat software like Clubhouse!

We can't allow anyone to say just anything, without a state-connected corporate censorship structure "moderating" them!

Anything that threatens to drain further viewers and further ad dollars away from them, they start ginning up a case for deplatforming, forced censorship, and embargo by advertisers.


They aim to make any media model that differs from their own illegal.

Here's how the script always goes:

1. A pro-censorship, pro-deplatforming outlet, often CNN, begins laying the predicate that "something is wrong here."

2. CNN begins writing stories about the "dangers" of permitting their competition to just... speak as they like.

3. Fake internet "researchers" begin making charts, with almost no methodology behind them, except the desire to link A to Z, that purport to show that Tim Pool is "connected" to Richard Spencer, and that the Fandom Menace -- a group of people who, get this, think Disney Star Wars is trash -- is "linked" to White Supremacy.

The conclusion of these "studies" will be that if people listen to Joe Rogan, we'll have more January 6 Four Hour Insurrections, and since that was the most tragic event in all of human history, we must do everything to stop it.

4. More respectable outlets than CNN begin writing about these "studies." Liberals know nothing about science so they don't question the methodology of building these lunatic "this connects to this, and this links to that" Conspiracy Charts.

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Liberals take any chart they don't understand to be an example of "The Science."

5. Now CNN assigns its Chief Deplatforming Officer Oliver Darcy to begin writing stories pressuring corporations to stop running advertising on the channel, pressuring their tech monopolist partners to limit and censor the channel, and asking hyperpartisan, pro-censorship Democrats if it's time to pass laws outlawing these channels.

6. The tech monopolies, now feeling pressure from corporations and threats of interference from state actors, do what they probably wanted to do anyway, and begin banning/limiting the channels the leftwing doesn't like.

And step 7:

7. Despite the fact that threats from the state contributed to the censorship by alleged "private corporations," NeverTrump and Conservative, Inc. say that the sovereignty of the tech monopolies must never be challenged and we must respect their completely-voluntary choice to censor alternative media. Which just happens to be a competitor of NeverTrump and Conservative, Inc. media as well.

In other words, they benefit personally, politically, and pecuniarily from these censorship campaigns just as the leftwing does, and support these censorship drives for the same craven, mercenary, disgusting reasons.

Remember, we have to "protect the public" from "disinformation," and force them to watch "real news."

"Real news," like CNN.

CNN, which suggested that the Indonesian airline was destroyed by a black hole.

Real news like that.

Tater has reason to push this agenda. I mean, apart from Jeff Zucker ordering him to.

He needs the competition to be outlawed more than almost anyone.

His ratings have fallen 72 percent, though that's dated from a high point, the week of the Four Hour Insurrection.

If your insurrection lasts longer than four hours, contact a doctor, or a hooker.

And it's not just xhim.

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Rumor: China's Chief of Counter-Espionage Has Defected to the West
Per Rumor, He's the One Who Alerted the West to China's Culpability in Releasing the Chinese Virus

—Ace

This is just the unreliable doxxing site The Daily Beast, but it's interesting.

I don't want to link this nasty site. I'll just quote the best parts.

Chinese-language anti-communist media and Twitter are abuzz this week with rumors that a vice minister of State Security, Dong Jingwei defected in mid-February, flying from Hong Kong to the United States with his daughter, Dong Yang.

Dong Jingwei supposedly gave the U.S. information about the Wuhan Institute of Virology that changed the stance of the Biden Administration concerning the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dong is, or was, a longtime official in China's Ministry of State Security (MSS), also known as the Guoanbu. His publicly available background indicates that he was responsible for the Ministry’s counterintelligence efforts in China, i.e., spy-catching, since being promoted to vice minister in April 2018. If the stories are true, Dong would be the highest-level defector in the history of the People’s Republic of China.

RedState reported on this rumored defector two weeks ago.

A person believed to be among the highest-ranking defectors ever to the United States from the People's Republic of China has been working with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for months, sources inside the intelligence community have told RedState on condition of anonymity. The defector has direct knowledge of special weapons programs in China, including bioweapons programs, those sources say.

The information provided to RedState corroborates and clarifies Thursday evening’s reporting by journalist Adam Housley.

Obviously, this would be the same person Daily Beast is naming.

Adam Housley also reported on this, which I wondered about: Isn't China frantically trying to create the elusive "missing link" in the supposed natural evolution of the virus? So that they can fraudulently claim that they didn't create the pandemic?

"Back-dating" the virus through genetic forgery?

That's exactly what they're doing, says Housley, based, I think, on claims about this defector's reports.

Adam Housley @adamhousley

Jun 4

Also...US intelligence believes China is trying to produce variants that suggest it came from bats to cover up that it originally came from a lab. The belief is still that it escaped accidentally, but was allowed to spread.

Adam Housley
@adamhousley


Again...what I reported tonight. US intelligence has a Chinese defector with Wuhan info. AND China is trying to produce variants that suggest it came from bats to cover up that coronavirus originally came from a lab

RedState says they have now confirmed that the defector they heard about on June 4 is in fact this "Dong" spymaster the Daily Beast is hearing about.

Meanwhile, China is flexing its military muscle, buzzing Tawian with the biggest and most threatening air incursion in history.

Almost as if they're saying: Do not press us on the Bat Virus we infected the world with.

The Chinese military sent 28 aircraft into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, making it the largest show of force by the communist nation to date. The air mission included several high-grade military aircraft, including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers.

According to Taiwan’s Defense Ministry, the latest Chinese incursion included the deployment of 14 J-16 and six J-11 fighters, H-6 bombers, anti-submarine, electronic warfare and early warning aircraft. As noted by Reuters, H-6 bombers are capable of carrying and firing nuclear weapons.

In response, Taiwan deployed its own air patrol forces, while also activating its anti-aircraft missile system to "pursue surveillance" of the situation. The Chinese government has yet to issue a statement on the matter.

Oh, I think the invasion of Taiwanese airspace is their statement.

In response, the G-7 -- not Biden, the collective with no individual responsibility -- issued a strongly worded and vague statement.

"We reiterate our strong opposition to any unilateral actions that could escalate tensions and undermine regional stability and the international rules-based order and express serious concerns about reports of militarisation, coercion, and intimidation in the region."

Well that ought to do it then.

Fortunately for us, in this moment of crisis we have strong, cool "Pushup Challenge"/"Grandpa Diddlefingers" Biden to protect us.

Remember, if China takes all of Taiwan -- hold 10% for "The Big Guy."

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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Here's one of the differences between left and right: Left-wing politicians get threatening e-mails from right-wing randos but conservatives get threatening texts from REPORTERS. Rep. Matt Gaetz explains how it works:

“[T]ime and time again, what a reporter will do is contact someone that maybe I’ve had a relationship with, maybe I haven’t had any relationship with, maybe I’ve only been in the same room with one time,” Gaetz told the John Solomon Reports podcast. “But they’ll say to a person, ‘You know, look, we are going to write your name into a story that will have sex trafficking and Matt Gaetz in the headline, unless you provide us some bad information, some embarrassing conduct about Gaetz. And if you do that, well then your name will be protected, your reputation will be protected.'”

The MSM have been trying to find a crime to pin on Gaetz for some time now, but haven't succeeded. But they're not giving up. The quoted article discussed the efforts of a particularly loathsome reporter from Mother Jones Magazine, which basically amounted to extortion:

One stunning example is that of Mother Jones reporter Matthew Phelan...who contacted a young woman from Gaetz’s district, who after their conversation sent Phelan an email reiterating how she had “never been harassed by Matt Gaetz… Any interaction with him or his office has always been respectful and kind. You stated someone told you I received some kind of death threat and that’s just a false accusation.”...He snapped back: “To be frank, I don’t want to tip my hand too much here, but I think you’re going to want to revise this response, or maybe just spend some time jogging your memory a little bit more. But, there’s time to get that in order. I look forward to circling back with you closer to publication time.”

I've heard of reporters doing questionable things to get stories, but this is slimy beyond belief. They've gone beyond shading the truth, or misquoting, or leaving out things that should be included, and now they're just making stuff up out of thin air.

If I were the woman Phelan was trying to bully, I would seriously be getting legal advice about suing him for these threats. Surely there must be some legal recourse. I mean, this is basically extortion, right?

Because it sure sounds like extortion to me:

Extortion is a criminal offense that occurs when a person unlawfully obtains money, property, or services from another person or entity by means of particular types of threats. It is not all threats-for example, threatening to file suit unless someone pays you money owed is not extortion. Usually, it is threat of violence or reporting a matter to a public agency or the media that can create allegations of extortion.

So why would Phelan's attempts to coerce false testimony not be actionable? And what does the magazine he writes for thinks of this?

Mother Jones’ Editor Tommy Craggs confirmed he had rebuked Phelan over the unethical behavior: “Matthew and I have spoken about the email you’re alluding to, and I’ve urged him to use more discretion. He said he would do so.”

Oh, they "rebuked" him. Why didn't they immediately fire his ass? What media outlet would want such sleazy, unethical scum like Phelan on their payroll?

Of course, if he got fired from Mother Jones, Phelan would undoubtedly have a bright future at CNN:

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O'Keefe has since been booted off Twitter, so I can only guess what story he's linking to here, but based on the date, I think it's this one. No mention of Gaetz, though.

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Regentesses Of The Old Men's Almshouse
Frans Hals

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Regents Of The Old Men's Almshouse
Frans Hals

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The Morning Report - 6/18/21

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Friday and the weekend is here. There are a number of stories breaking including two huge rulings from SCOTUS that underscore that corrupted institution's schizophrenia. On the one hand, they delivered a 9-0 annihilation against Big Homo forcing Philly's Catholic Social Services to countenance homosexual marriage. That is a huge and important victory for religious freedom, especially given today's insane political and cultural environment. Yet, at the same time, the court handed down a 2-7 loss that seemingly leaves us with Obamacare forever. Feh. Well, after all, it is a tax/penalty/tax/penalty or whatever the penumbric emanation of the goat entrails told Cheap Justice Julia Roberts to call it.

A good friend of mine is a lapsed Catholic and atheist who has always blamed the Church and all religious dogma for his as well as the world's ills. G-d bless him, when I pointed out that its not the Church nor religion that's the problem; it's the failing of people who ignore religious doctrines of ethics and morality that's the problem. I think a lightbulb went off with him and considering he's a testa dura Pugliese, I consider that a small victory. But Psaki-psircling back to SCOTUS, we have their abject failure in the wake of at the very least a completely compromised 2020 election to do their duty in hearing the cases that was the absolute bitter end for me and confirmed for me that besides being irreconcilably divided, America's house was rotten from the inside out.

But, with revelations that confirm the obvious premeditated fraud as well as outright larceny on election night in Georgia, Arizona and now in Pennsylvania, the Court may once again be the focus of attention.

The Supreme Court avoided involvement in the election because they wanted to stay out of the controversy -- they didn't want to be bullied by the Democrats or the media. There are other possible motives, but they're even more disturbing. Cowing to bullies will not avoid conflict. Bullies prey on weakness. One has to either stand up to them eventually or accept servitude. Every kid on the playground has learned that lesson by the 8th grade. Apparently, John Roberts hasn't. Each time Chief Justice Roberts has acceded to the bullies, he's made the court's future challenge greater.

Ruling that last minute ad-hoc election changes were unconstitutional would have been relatively straightforward -- but the court didn't. Hearing the election fraud evidence and adjudicating the result would have created a political crap-storm -- but it would have been the right thing to do. What will become of the court's reputation if it becomes obvious that the election was stolen and rather than stand up, it sat down

An April poll by Rasmussen Reports found that 51% of the population believes that fraud affected the election outcome. Does Roberts grasp the significance of that number? It's the percentage of the population who believe the Supreme Court was derelict in defending the Constitution. If John Roberts wanted to defend the court, perhaps he should have considered pursuit of the truth rather than avoidance of controversy.

A recent Ipsos poll found that 63% of the public thinks it's time to impose term limits on Supreme Court Justices. The public isn't stupid. It recognizes that the Supreme Court needs to be taken to the woodshed. The next few months will say a lot about the Supreme Court. Will it correct course, or will it embrace servitude to the mob?

Paraphrasing Mark Levin, every June, the entire nation bites its nails in anticipation of be-all-end-all rulings from 9 very flawed human beings that will affect the lives of 320 million of us forever, with no recourse. The court was never meant to have this kind of power but then again, the Federal government was never supposed to be an ever more powerful and invasive Leviathan of unelected bureaucrats issuing edicts that carry with them the force of law. And yet, here we are, with every institution that is supposed to safeguard our G-d-given inalienable rights as well as ensure our physical safety totally corrupted beyond all recognition and anathema to the very reasons the nation was founded in the first place nearly 245 years ago.

Levin himself proposed term limits for all justices up to and including SCOTUS in his Liberty Amendments from a few years ago. Ironically, with Ruth Bader-Meinhoff's departure for the Choir Invisible and the installation of alleged originalist Amy Coney Barrett right before the election, the Left were not only hell bent on packing the court but failing that, they glommed onto Levin's term limits brainwave. Seems appealing insofar as getting rid of the hacks-in-black but the cold reality is, as someone much wiser than I once postulated, "any organization not explicitly conservative will turn liberal over time." In any case, our nation from top to bottom and inside-out has been so thoroughly corrupted that it's pissing in the wind trying to fix it piecemeal, even something as important as SCOTUS. For argument's sake, let's say the audits actually confirm what we already know, that select cities across 6 states essentially rigged and stole their 2020 elections. First, there's the gauntlet of not only the media/Democrat propaganda shit-storm claiming the audits are frauds but now we have this tinpot Torquemada in Merrick Garland threatening the auditors.

But even if the audits successfully run that gauntlet, what is the end-game? Surely, there's no way in hell that we'll get a do-over, let alone see Trump re-installed back into 1600! But it is crucially important that the audits go forward and the truth put out there. The nation as we knew it, or at least as we had perceived it to be up until about 2009 and for sure on January 6th, 2021 is gone. We are in uncharted and very dangerous territory. Trying to deal with things and anticipate outcomes based on institutions like elections and run of the mill party politics is a complete waste of time. Even worse is institutions that are supposed to be independent of political considerations, especially business, have now for the most part also been subsumed by the Leviathan.

As more and more people are waking up to the nightmare of a dementia patient being used as someone's puppet (and it looks like the way is being made for Biden's exit), the abject evil that is Crackpot Disg-Race Theory, the fraud of Anthony Fausti and the 18-month imprisonment over Wu-Flu and the acknowledgment that Red China caused it and is out to conquer the world, those who have inflicted these evils on us are quadrupling down on the censorship and persecution.

Something's building out there, and it's big.

See you tomorrow for the hobby thread and have a great weekend.

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The British new wave/pub rock band whose greatest hits album everyone owned enters the 80s with a video filled with forced perspective illusions
The guitarist and singer said that the band never got big -- they were semi-big but never *really* big -- because of their... sense of humor. That hits me as being right. Their humor was cute but dorky. Not really two attributes you associate with huge rock acts, which usually push either the "sexy" or "serious" image. I think if they dropped the humor and dressed like Duran Duran they would have been one of the biggest bands of the 80s. As it was, they were just there, briefly, then they broke up.
BTW, this band already did have albums "in the 80s" -- the early 80s, which were still kind of the late 70s -- but this album came in the real 80s period.
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Darryl Hall's last, desperate attempt to free himself from the weight of a 170 pound Boat Anchor named John Oates
Just kidding, Oates is cool.
This is the funniest interview I can remember reading
Amidst the insults and jokes, there are some real questions and real answers that get peppered in here and there
Ugly Twitter addict and huge See You Next Tuesday Chrissy Tiegen pretends to apologize for her decade-long campaign of abuse, bullying, and trying to cancel people so hard they kill themselves
Tired: Being jazzed to see celebrities on Twitter so you can feel like you're one of the Cool Kids
Wired: Being jazzed to see celebrities on Twitter so you can feel superior because you're not the one spending 18 hours a day tweeting bullshit with nobodies
I do get a thrill out of seeing "celebrities" on Twitter. I get to realize, oh, despite the money and fame, their lives are black pits of despair and scrabbling insecurity and substance-assisted rage. Good. As Chrissy Tiegen has expressly told people she wants to #Cancel them so hard they take their own lives: Let me invite Chrissy Tiegen to join the Coward's Way Out Club. The only thing keeping you from joining is your own gutlessness, Chrissy!
Paul Krugman's 10-Year History of Being Wrong About Bitcoin "Reason" is mostly a bunch of stoners who like calling themselves libertarians because maybe they won't have to buy weed from that mean guy on the corner if it gets legalized. But they are taking shots at (Enron Advisor) Paul Krugman, and that's always fun! [CBD]
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