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[Comedy] hellaciously When it's not [just] [crazy] its [HELLA] crazy.
Published:1/16/2022 5:59:56 PM
[Politics] All Eyes on State of the Union, as Biden's Presidency Hangs by a Thread It's been a rough New Year for President Biden, as he suffered two stinging defeats. First, the Supreme Court ruled against his vaccine mandate for 80 million people working in private business. Second, just before Uncle Joe was going to speak to the Senate Democratic conference, Kyrsten Sinema stood up on the floor and announced her unequivocal opposition to any changes in the legislative filibuster. By the way, Joe Manchin followed on Sinema's heels by issuing last night his own statement... Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[Volokh Conspiracy] [Josh Blackman] Today in Supreme Court History: January 16, 1919 1/16/1919: The 18th Amendment is ratified. Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[Entertainment] Harry Potter without Jim Dale? Impossible. Here are other audiobook series enhanced by narrators. A narrator can make or break the listening experience. Over several related novels, they can become friend (or foe). Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[Politics] Column: In Orange County, hating L.A. is an obsession that now comes with a hashtag: #NoLAinOC

Orange County Dist. Atty. Todd Spitzer's reelection campaign features a hashtag he coined: #NoLAinOC.

Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[ECC] 2 Fat Yields Up To 10%, To Bank On Rate Hikes Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[Left Column] ‘Unprecedentedly few’: ‘2021 had the fewest global hurricanes in the satellite era’ & 2nd fewest strong hurricanes since 1980


Bjorn Lomborg: "Hurricanes in 2021 were unprecedented — as in unprecedentedly few. Globally, 2021 had the fewest hurricanes ever in the satellite era (1980-2021). Globally, 2021 had some of the fewest strong hurricanes in the satellite era (1980-2021). With 16 strong (Cat 3+) hurricanes, 2021 was the second-lowest strong hurricane year since 1980. Globally, 2021 was a weak hurricane year. When measured by total energy (Accumulated Cyclone Energy), 2021 was the 9th weakest year. Did you see that reported anywhere?

Hurricanes in 2021 were weak and exceptionally few. But we heard lots about North Atlantic hurricanes. Conveniently, North Atlantic is the only basin where hurricanes are stronger. Does this leave us well-informed?. But we hear lots about names storms (hurricanes + weaker storms). Ever-easier to detect, so numbers keep climbing (4 of 2020s 30 named storms wouldn't have been named in 2000!). Not as relevant, but hey, scary numbers."

Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[Mobile] Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro ready to fire on all cylinders as January OTA update brings dozens of vital fixes

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 Image Credit: Eric Zeman/ Android        Authority
The January OTA pack for  Google Pixel 6 (“oropiole”) and Google Pixel 6 Pro (“raven”) has started rolling out. The software update brings fixes from December and January that should help  Pixel 6 series smartphones run at full speed after numerous bugs and problems seemed to affect the functionality.

Google has revealed that the January software update for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is now available as factory images and full OTA images via the Google Play services website (12.0.0 (SQ1D.220105.007), Jan 2022 - specific device/images links can be found in "sources" below). Those who prefer to wait for the OTA package to arrive with a “check for update” notification may start receiving the update from Monday January 17 onwards according to a report from 9to5Google. The list of fixes for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in the December and January patches is extensive and an installation should help relieve some of the serious teething issues users have experienced.

We recently reported on Google's flagship smartphones being criticized for their flaws, including a scathing comment from tech blogger Marques Brownlee who claimed he would return to his Galaxy S21 Ultra for now. However, it looks like it's ready to give the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro another chance as it's been busy downloading the software update (215MB of fixes in this particular case, presumably  from November) . Google took a lot of flak when the December update appeared to leave many Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones with critical issues like signal reception issues. Also, many users have complained about the battery drain issue in cellular network standby mode and the slow fingerprint sensor.


Browsing through the list of fixes (see drop-down element "changelog" below for full list) one can find several for battery and charging and for network and telephony. One of these is “general improvements for network connection stability and performance”, which will hopefully alleviate two of the more serious issues mentioned above. There are fixes for biometrics too, with a “general improvements” update coming for the fingerprint sensor. While it’s unlikely every single problem with the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro can be fixed with this December/January OTA package, it does seem that Google is at least paying attention to the growing din of complaints about the new Pixel phones and doing something proactive about the situation.

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Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[] If the US-Russian talks aren't dead they're on life support Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[Democrats] Michigan’s Dana Nessel Speculates ‘White Supremacy’ to Blame for Texas Synagogue Terrorist Attack

As the hostage situation at a Texas synagogue developed on Saturday, Michigan's attorney general, Democrat Dana Nessel, raised the possibility that white supremacists were behind the attack.

The post Michigan’s Dana Nessel Speculates ‘White Supremacy’ to Blame for Texas Synagogue Terrorist Attack appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[] And Just Like That, I Figured Out Who's to Blame for the Grotesque Reboot of 'Sex and the City' Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[Politics] 'Jen Psucky': Blue-checks drag Jen Psaki over her tone-deaf tweet on DC stores and restaurants closing ahead of the snowstorm Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[aaac760f-81ad-587a-b12b-9e5ed616ca82] Reflecting on Dr. King's vision – how are we faring in pursuit of the just society? As we remember the birth of Dr. King, it is worth reflecting on his message, and on whether we are moving in the direction of accomplishing the great vision he laid out for our nation. Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[Election Integrity] We Hear You: Lessons of Jan. 6 Riot at Capitol

Editor’s note: Welcome to the new year’s first roundup of letters from Daily Signal readers, culled from the mailbag at—Ken McIntyre Dear Daily Signal:... Read More

The post We Hear You: Lessons of Jan. 6 Riot at Capitol appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[6d54dbb3-ea46-5c46-80d4-a23b005975e2] Bella Hadid sports 'Palestine' jewelry while out on the town with friends Bella Hadid was spotted out on the town wearing a necklace that showed her support of the Palestinian people. Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[topics:places/usa] British synagogue terrorist's family apologise to hostages and reveal they spoke with him during siege Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[World] Let's honor Martin Luther King Jr. today by rejecting critical race theory

Having fled communist Cuba as a political refugee, I grew up in a school system that created a false reality through Marxism.

The Castro regime tried to mold us to become what Che Guevara called the “new man and woman” — who could reform their “individual consciousness” to shed their ... Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM

[Coronavirus] The covid vax card requirement is anti-inequity (Paul Mirengoff) As Scott pointed out earlier today, Washington, D.C. is among the jurisdictions that will now require vaccination cards to enter restaurants, bars, and other public places. In D.C., the requirement is for proof of having received one dose or more of a covid vaccine. Scott alluded to the disparate impact this requirement will have on Blacks. In D.C., the disproportionately adverse impact on Blacks will be pronounced. According to this Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[] Food Thread: Raw Hamburger...Tartare Is Really Raw Hamburger! (Or Is It People?) It's an acquired taste...I think, but plenty of people have told me that when they were kids they used to eat raw hamburger all of the time, so maybe, just maybe we have it hard-wired in us! Probably not,... Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[Featured] Newest White House Social Media Post Highlights Out-of-Touch Admin

by R. Mitchell -

Critiquing the Biden White House is becoming less necessary as they continually demonstrate to the American people that they do not, have never, and will never understand their needs. In a social media post today, Team Biden showed again that they are focused on the wrong things – all of …

Newest White House Social Media Post Highlights Out-of-Touch Admin is posted on Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more.

Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[Markets] The Moneyist: ‘I grew up thinking we were the perfect family’: A DNA test revealed I was the product of an affair. Am I entitled to a share of my biological father’s estate? ‘My siblings have counseled me to consider what I may be entitled to as an inheritance, as this man is actually very well off.’
Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[Politics] WATCH: On MSNBC, Michigan’s Democrat AG floats WHITE SUPREMACY as culprit in Texas synagogue TERROR Michigan AG Dana NesselMichigan’s Democrat Attorney General Dana Nessel was on MSNBC on Saturday while hostages were still being held at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas and, despite the information already known . . . Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[Uncategorized] U-Haul Growth Index Confirms Blue to Red State Exodus

"With a strong job market and low cost of living, it’s a no-brainer. Texas doesn’t have an income tax, so families get more for their money"

The post U-Haul Growth Index Confirms Blue to Red State Exodus first appeared on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[6d167981-ebd0-521c-b616-1f14513e3888] Loudoun County Public Schools removes book for 'sexual content' while Fairfax insists it's not obscene Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will remove the controversial book “Gender Queer: A Memoir," written by Maia Kobabe, from school library shelves, a spokesman announced Friday. The school district in nearby Fairfax County has stood by the book, saying that it is not obscene and does not contain pedophilia, yet Loudoun Superintendent Scott Zielger decided to remove the book, calling it inappropriate for school. Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[Entertainment] Pregnant Kylie Jenner Is Pretty in Pink at Daughter Stormi and Chicago West's Birthday Party Kylie Jenner, Stormi Webster Birthday Party, Pregnant, Baby Bump, InstagramCome on Barbie, let's go party! Kylie Jenner got all dolled up for her daughter Stormi Webster and niece Chicago West's joint birthday party on Jan. 15. Shutting down...
Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[Markets] Glenn Greenwald Exposes Deep State Effort To Stop Trump Pardoning Edward Snowden And Julian Assange Glenn Greenwald Exposes Deep State Effort To Stop Trump Pardoning Edward Snowden And Julian Assange

Authored by Adam Dick via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

There was much speculation toward the end of Donald Trump’s term as president of the United States that Trump would pardon Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, or both of these men who were responsible for exposing vast amounts of wrongdoing by the US government. But, it did not come to pass. Why? Glenn Greenwald, who played a key role in helping Snowden expose information about the US government’s mass surveillance programs and who advocated in public and behind the scenes that Trump pardon both men, has some interesting thoughts about that.

The reason Trump failed to issue a pardon for either Snowden or Assange centers on the deep state trying to protect itself by placing Trump in jeopardy, suggested Greenwald last week in an episode of his System Update show.

In a written introduction for the episode, Greenwald notes that Trump, while president, had both “raised the possibility that he might pardon Snowden” and was “actively considering a pardon for Assange.”

Greenwald, in the introduction, zeros in on a recent interview of Trump by Candace Owens. In the interview, Trump stated he came “very close” to pardoning one of them but did not ultimately do so. Why? Trump said the reason was because Trump “was too nice” to issue the pardon.

Greenwald isn’t buying that explanation. He writes:

The question that obviously emerges from that answer: too nice to whom? To the U.S. security services — the CIA, NSA and FBI — which had spent four years doing everything possible to sabotage and undermine Trump and his presidency with their concoction of Russiagate and other leaks of false accusations to their corporate media allies? Too nice to the war-mongering servants of the military-industrial complex in the establishment wings of both parties who were the allies of those security services in attempting to derail Trump's America First foreign policy agenda? Too nice to John Brennan, James Clapper and Susan Rice, the Obama-era security officials most eager to see both Assange and Snowden rot in prison for life because they exposed Obama's spying crimes and the Democrats’ corruption in 2016? Trump's “I'm too nice” explanation is, shall we say, less than persuasive.

In the System Update episode, Greenwald further explains that Trump’s enmity toward these deep state forces that helped lead Greenwald and many other individuals to think that Trump may issue the pardons:

Now the argument for why President Trump not only should have pardoned Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, but why some of us believed there was a chance that he could didn't rely on the benevolence of President Trump. It relied on the fact that he knew better than anybody how deceitful and abusive and dangerous these agencies are. The agencies that were exposed by Snowden and Assange and the ones that were demanding that they be imprisoned forever. He knew, as well as anybody, the treachery and the illegal interference in our domestic politics because he was one of their targets.

Yet, the pardons did not materialize. Why? Greenwald states that Greenwald “knew that Trump wanted to pardon Edward Snowden and had strongly considered pardoning Julian Assange.” But, continues Greenwald, Trump “got scared into pardoning neither of them for reasons I'm about to explain to you.” Greenwald then argues that ultimately Trump gave in to deep state pressure applied through Republican Senators’ threat to convict Trump on the impeachment brought against him in his final weeks in office. Says Greenwald:

They were making very clear to him explicitly clear Republican senators like Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio and Mitch McConnell that if you do any of those things that you are considering doing, pardoning Assange and Snowden, declassifying JFK files, declassifying other secrets that should have been declassified long ago because they're from decades old treachery on the part of the US government, we will vote to impeach you. They had this leverage the sword of Damocles hanging over his head….

“This is the story of why the deep state yet again got its way,” concludes Greenwald in his System Update episode, “even with a person in the White House who knows firsthand just how evil and destructive and toxic they are.”

Watch the System Update episode, and read the introduction and transcript, here.

Tyler Durden Sun, 01/16/2022 - 18:30
Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[COVID 19] The last piece of the Fauci puzzle

  It has finally all come together. Two years ago, I had the feeling that COVID was a lab leak. Egged on by Anthony Fauci, the media went into a full court press on anyone who dared suggest it. Somehow Fauci “knew” that Donald Trump would have a surprise infectious outbreak on his hands. Fauci […]

The post The last piece of the Fauci puzzle appeared first on Flopping Aces.

Published:1/16/2022 5:59:55 PM
[Comedy] Dracula Sneeze [Dracula sneeze] "Covering one's mouth with the [crook] of one's elbow when sneezing, seen as similar to popular portrayals of [the vampire] Dracula, in which he hides the lower half of his face with a cape."
Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[Markets and Morality] How the Great Awokening has absorbed Millennial Socialism (or vice versa?)

Last month, Instagram influencer and fashion entrepreneur Molly-Mae Hague appeared on a podcast on business-related issues. She made a fairly anodyne comment about career success: “You’re given one life and it’s down to you what you do with it, like, you can literally go in any direction. […] [O]bviously we all have different backgrounds and … Continue reading "How the Great Awokening has absorbed Millennial Socialism (or vice versa?)"

The post How the Great Awokening has absorbed Millennial Socialism (or vice versa?) appeared first on Institute of Economic Affairs.

Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[Politics] The Anti-Vaping Crusade Backfires: Smoking Rates INCREASE For the First Time in Decades Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[American Society] Child Vaccination Rates Aren’t a ‘Gut Punch.’ They’re Rational.
It's not misinformation. It's experience.
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Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[2021 News] FedEx Asks FAA to Let It Install Anti-Missile Lasers on Its Cargo Planes

FedEx Asks FAA to Let It Install Anti-Missile Lasers on Its Cargo Planes. One has to wonder what the deal is with this? Terrorist threats perhaps?

The post FedEx Asks FAA to Let It Install Anti-Missile Lasers on Its Cargo Planes appeared first on IHTM.

Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[Markets] Here's how to get free home COVID-19 tests starting Wednesday Here's how to get free home COVID-19 tests starting Wednesday Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[Comedy] Spider-Man comic-book page sells for a record $3.36 million From movies to comic-book art, Spider-Man is the hottest character with consumers with right now. Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[World] Democrats are still suffering from Trump derangement syndrome

It wasn’t so long ago that the entire Democrat establishment and biased mainstream media took the position that former President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. That was false.

Legions of leftists conspired to mislead the American people about the veracity of Christopher Steele’s dirty dossier. ... Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM

[Open Threads] Bookworm Beat 1/14/22 — the “January 6 is our Groundhog Day” illustrated edition

The Democrats want us to relive January 6 forever. It’s our job to make sure that doesn’t happen. Plus other smart, funny memes. The header image is by the brilliant Rich Terrell, of Terrell After Math. I highly recommend checking his site out on a regular basis for astute political

The post Bookworm Beat 1/14/22 — the “January 6 is our Groundhog Day” illustrated edition appeared first on Bookworm Room.

Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[Politics] Glendora man pleads guilty to felony in connection with Jan. 6 insurrection at Capitol

Hunter Ehmke, 21, was arrested last year at his family's home after an officer saw him smashing a window at the Capitol building.

Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[World] The Tragic Lesson of Don’t Look Up

What if the world ended in an election year?

The post The Tragic Lesson of <em>Don’t Look Up</em> appeared first on The American Conservative.

Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[Law] 18 More Federal Agencies Eye Making Vaccine Religious-Objector Lists

This week, we revealed that an obscure federal agency plans to keep lists of the “personal religious information” employees who had religious objections to the... Read More

The post 18 More Federal Agencies Eye Making Vaccine Religious-Objector Lists appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[Democrats] Gov. Ralph Northam Survives, Finishes Term Despite Blackface Yearbook Scandal

Today is the final day in office for Gov. Ralph "Coonman" Northam (D., Va.). The controversial Democrat recently unveiled his official portrait that will hang in the state capitol for posterity. Alas, it will not be the image everyone remembers when they hear his name.

The post Gov. Ralph Northam Survives, Finishes Term Despite Blackface Yearbook Scandal appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[Entertainment] How ‘Encanto’ and its vibrant soundtrack became a viral phenomenon Disney's "Encanto" warns us that "we don't talk about Bruno" — but they never said anything about TikTok. Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[] CNN's Oliver Darcy wishes more media would point out OANN spreads misinformation (as projection detectors explode) Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[] Public School Kids Walking Out Nationwide to Protest School Staying Open Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[Middle Column] ‘Global temperature was on course to meet the 2-degree target without any emissions cuts’ – Will the Climate Industry Move the Goalposts Again?
Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[29175e24-0bfc-5abd-a5ef-ce71c42c47e8] New York is no longer 'Fun City' The optimism surrounding New York City's new mayor, Eric Adams, seems to be quickly eroding due to several self-inflicted political wounds. Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[Social] WhatsApp inches forward on bringing Reactions to its app

WhatsApp, owned by Meta, is actively developing its app and working on new features. The app's latest beta  on iOS reveals that a new feature may be coming soon worked on reactions to iMessage-like messages. 

In their latest findings, they discovered that a relevant setting has appeared in the new beta  on iOS. WABetaInfo shared that WhatsApp version 22.72  on iOS adds a new Reactions Notifications toggle to app settings. 

With this toggle  visible to beta users, the feature may come to the platform fairly quickly. Alternatively, the company may have accidentally revealed this setting and may remove it in future betas if the Reactions feature is not yet ready.

In 2020, Mark Zuckerberg shared that Meta (Facebook at the time) planned to merge the messaging systems of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. He said plans won't materialize until 2022. With WhatsApp likely to add reactions to messages soon, the gap between it and Facebook/Instagram direct messages (DMs) is narrowing even further. 

The merger between Facebook and Instagram DMs has already happened, as both platforms support the same messaging features (for the most part). WhatsApp is still far from becoming similar to either of these two services. It remains to be seen whether the merger of the three will take place this year. It is also possible that the company is prevented from making this potential move for monopoly reasons.

Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[World] [Irina Manta] Having Fun with Law Review Prose Machine-splaining academic writing Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[AAL] Stocks To Watch: Earnings Heat Up With Netflix, Procter & Gamble, Goldman Sachs And American Airlines On Tap Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[Politics] In the Face of Omicron, Cowering in Unnecessary Fear It is time for practically every jurisdiction in the western world to acknowledge that they have dismally failed to manage the Covid crisis. We almost all failed to learn promptly from the unfolding facts of the illness. It seems now to be fairly well-established that the Chinese, with the complicity of the World Health Organization on which it has excessive influence, withheld the gravity of coronavirus from the world while allowing it to be exported around the globe, before suppressing it... Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[topics:things/immigration] Dozens more migrants land in Kent one day after man died crossing Channel Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[Entertainment] Kanye West Breaks Silence About Alleged Battery Incident Kanye WestKanye "Ye" West is speaking out about an alleged battery incident that triggered an LAPD investigation. A police spokesperson had told E! News that the Grammy-winning rapper and...
Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[Politics] Dan Bongino DESTROYS ‘tyrannical’ Google/YouTube for suspending his account: ‘Free-speech hating BULL****’ Dan Bongino was suspended and demonetized from YouTube last night as part of the seemingly never-ending Big Tech Purge, and he let them HAVE it. Youtube has a covid “misinformation” policy that . . . Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[Policing] The Latest in Racism (Steven Hayward) Guess what’s racist now? Yes, everything is racist, as we know, but specifically what new thing is racist? Traffic cameras. ProPublica reports: A ProPublica analysis found that traffic cameras in Chicago disproportionately ticket Black and Latino motorists. . . An analysis of millions of citations found that households in majority Black and Hispanic ZIP codes received tickets at around twice the rate of those in white areas between 2015 and Published:1/15/2022 1:01:48 PM
[Opinion] Why Calling Your Intellectual Opponents “Deniers” Is Bad for Scientific Progress

by Walter Block -

For a time, astronomers debated whether Pluto should be considered a planet or not. I have no views on this matter. None whatsoever. My knowledge of astronomy is rather limited. I know that the moon is up there somewhere. I still think that the Earth is flat; except for a …

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Published:1/15/2022 1:01:47 PM
[2c70f862-78bc-53e4-a3e6-ff59a516f89e] Republican Glenn Youngkin sworn in as governor of Virginia Republican Glenn Youngkin was sworn on Saturday as the next governor of Virginia, delivering an optimistic message about empowering parents, overcoming COVID-19 and providing economic relief to families and businesses hard-hit by the pandemic and inflation. Published:1/15/2022 1:01:47 PM
[a6edc44a-5f89-5cdb-bbc1-18f73bcead7d] Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli's home burglarized, estimated $1M in jewelry stolen: police Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are the latest celebrities in the Los Angeles area to have their home burglarized, Fox News can report. Published:1/15/2022 1:01:47 PM
[Markets] Dow Jones Futures: Market Rally Holds Key Support; Apple, Qualcomm Lead 5 Stocks Near Buy Points The stock market rally is on the back foot, while the Nasdaq has lagged the S&P 500 for nearly a year. But Apple is holding up. Published:1/15/2022 1:01:47 PM
[Markets] : With prices for some rarities in the millions of dollars, collectible coins are becoming a hot item The numismatic market has seen tremendous growth since the start of the pandemic
Published:1/15/2022 1:01:47 PM
[Markets] Two Carjackings In Midtown Manhattan Took Place Within An Hour Of Each Other This Week Two Carjackings In Midtown Manhattan Took Place Within An Hour Of Each Other This Week

Among Mayor Eric Adams' first tasks in New York City should be getting his District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who has telegraphed little more than total apathy towards criminal behavior to the city, under control. 

Otherwise, situations like the one that occurred this week - when two carjackings occurred in Midtown Manhattan within an hour of each other - are going to continue.

On Wednesday, one carjacking took place at W. 55th Street and Broadway and another happened at W. 36th Street near 7th Avenue - within an hour of one another.

The first incident took place at about 4:30 PM, according to the NY Post. A male suspect stole a black Audi SUV after threatening the driver with a taser.

Photo: NY Post

Video of the incident shows the suspect then hit a second vehicle, a sedan, head-on. The suspect then ditched the Audi near Columbus Circle and fled the scene.

The suspect reportedly hit the gas after police ordered him out of the vehicle.

“He started hitting my car, going the wrong way into me. It’s scary … my car got hit,” a nearby victim said.

The second incident took place about 45 minutes later. A black Infiniti was stolen by a suspect with a box cutter.

And of course, both suspects still remain on the loose.

We're sure DA Bragg is already drafting excuses for the suspects and how they're victims of a repressive system that has forced them into a life of crime. We can't wait for that press conference...

Tyler Durden Sat, 01/15/2022 - 14:00
Published:1/15/2022 1:01:47 PM
[Uncategorized] Iran’s Ayatollah Posts Video Depicting Trump’s Assassination, Revenge For Terror Chief Soleimani

UK's Independent: The video "shows Iranian military officials manoeuvring high-tech surveillance and unmanned combat vehicles toward Mr Trump while he plays golf in ... his Florida home."

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Published:1/15/2022 1:01:47 PM
[] Saturday Gardening, Puttering and Outdoor Adventure thread, Jan. 15 Hi, everybody! It's still winter. Had any garden or outdoor experiences, or are you dreaming for later? for those in the dreaming stage, Bluegreen Kayak sent in some information and photos: While trying to organize ten years of digital... Published:1/15/2022 1:01:47 PM
[Comedy] Farmyard Tennis Two people [ass to ass], passing [an egg] back and forth until one cannot return it. Loser typically is made out to eat the resulting [egg].
Published:1/14/2022 7:57:35 AM
[Big Tech] In Face of Big Tech Censorship, Free Speech Alternatives Emerge Online

Big Tech actors like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube feel increasingly comfortable banning conservative voices from their platforms. But as Big Tech is willing to censor... Read More

The post In Face of Big Tech Censorship, Free Speech Alternatives Emerge Online appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Published:1/14/2022 7:57:35 AM
[] Remembering Snow Jam: the Storm That Paralyzed Atlanta 40 Years Ago This Week Published:1/14/2022 7:57:35 AM
[CRSP] Crispr Therapeutics' Giant Leap For Humankind Published:1/14/2022 7:57:35 AM
[Biden Administration] Biden-Backed Solar Company Lied About Effectiveness of Solar Modules, Lawsuit Says

Investors are suing a Biden-backed solar energy company that received a $500 million federal loan last month, claiming that the company lied to shareholders about the effectiveness and financial viability of its solar modules.

The post Biden-Backed Solar Company Lied About Effectiveness of Solar Modules, Lawsuit Says appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:1/14/2022 7:57:35 AM
[Columnists] Biden’s Big Elections Lie

by David Harsanyi -

President Joe Biden finally delivered his “voting rights” speech in Atlanta, telling a crowd: “The next few days, when these bills come to a vote, will mark a turning point in this nation’s history. Will we choose democracy over autocracy, light overshadows, justice over injustice? I know where I stand. …

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Published:1/14/2022 7:57:35 AM
[Culture of Corruption] The Week in Radical Leftism, 1/14/21

Welcome back to Day 360 of the Brandon* Occupation! As we approach the end of year one of America’s first Dementia  -Awareness presidency, where is the country right now? Let’s take a look: 1/7 – NY Times admits covid “booster” shots damage immunity, leave body defenseless against virus Yeah, I know, where have these nimrods […]

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[Biden Administration] Quotations from Dementia Joe, cont’d (Scott Johnson) President Biden is bringing his first year in office to a conclusion, not with a bang, but with a big bang of whimpers. This past week of failures has put an exclamation point on the big bang, magnified by Biden’s monumentally bad speech in Atlanta followed by the belly flop on “voting rights” and the Senate filibuster. Congratulations of some kind are in order. In the category of Quotations From Published:1/14/2022 7:57:35 AM
[Quick Takes] How to Tell if Your College is Woke

"The ideas associated with CRT have spread like a virus to all sectors of public life."

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[Entertainment] Years before Watergate, a young Carl Bernstein fell in love with local journalism The longtime journalist recounts the oddball characters and vibrant newsroom of the Washington Star. Published:1/14/2022 7:57:35 AM
[Free Speech] [Eugene Volokh] Lawyer Asks Google to Hide His Bar Discipline Information on State Supreme Court's Web Site The Colorado Supreme Court site has this item on one of its pages: People v. Travis Shane Uhlenhopp. 19PDJ077. December 5, 2019. The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the parties' conditional admission of misconduct and suspended Travis Shane Uhlenhopp (attorney registration number 39280) for six months, all to be served and followed by of a one-year… Published:1/14/2022 7:57:35 AM
[Markets] U.S. retail sales sank 1.9% in December U.S. retail sales sank 1.9% in December Published:1/14/2022 7:57:34 AM
[Entertainment] Pippa Middleton Makes Rare Public Appearance With Husband James Matthews at Cirque du Soleil Pippa Middletown, James MatthewsDate night! Pippa Middleton, 38, and her husband James Matthews, 46, attended Cirque du Soleil's show LUZIA at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Thursday, Jan. 13, arriving at the...
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[] The Morning Report - 1/14/22 Good morning, kids. The weekend is here and in spite of everything we're dealing with, yesterday's news coming out of the SCOTUS as well as in the Senate (specifically Manchin and Sinema) allowed us to, if not turn cartwheels,... Published:1/14/2022 7:57:34 AM
[Tesla] Tesla delays initial production of Cybertruck to early 2023 - source
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Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) aims to start initial production of its long-awaited Cybertruck by the end of the first quarter of 2023, pushing plans to start production later this year, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

He said the delay comes when Tesla changes the features and functions of the electric pickup to make it a compelling product as competition heats up in the segment.

Tesla is expected to produce a limited production of the Cybertruck in the first quarter of 2023 before ramping up production, the source said.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Tesla, the world's largest electric car maker, produces electric sedans and SUVs, but has lost the pickup truck segment, which is profitable and hugely popular in America.

 Ford Motor Co (FN) and Rivian Automotive (RIVN.O). are ahead of Tesla in launching electric pickups. 

Ford said early this month it will nearly double annual production capacity for its red-hot F-150 Lightning electric pickup to 150,000 vehicles ahead of its arrival this spring at U.S. dealers.

Ford's market value topped $ 100 billion for the first time on Thursday, when Tesla shares fell 6.7% and Rivian's shares fell 7.1%.

CEO Elon Musk, who unveiled the futuristic vehicle in 2019, had already delayed  production from late 2021 to late 2022. 

Musk said he would provide an updated product roadmap during the earnings call for the Tesla on January 26.

“Oh man, this year has been such a nightmare for the supply chain  and it's not over yet!” He tweeted in late November when asked about the Cybertruck. 

Tesla recently removed a reference to its production schedule from its Cybertruck orders website. Last month, the website said, "You will be able to complete your setup as production nears in 2022." Now "in 2022" has been omitted.

Tesla plans to produce the Cybertruck at its plant in Texas, which is slated to begin production of Model Y cars earlier this year.

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[Markets] Stock market news live updates: Stock futures extend losses amid mixed bank earnings, retail sales miss Stock futures fell Friday morning to add to losses after a tech-driven sell-off on Thursday, with investors monitoring a mixed set of bank earnings and a bigger-than-expected drop in U.S. retail sales. Published:1/14/2022 7:57:34 AM
[530cbb5c-dbae-5c82-a18f-6a37ce502268] Rooftop Revelations: The message of 'the body of Christ' overrides tribalism Pastor Paul Glyman joined Pastor Corey Brooks on the 55th day of his 100-day rooftop vigil and discussed unity. Published:1/14/2022 7:57:34 AM
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[Markets] "Don't Fight The Fed" "Don't Fight The Fed"

Authored by Lance Roberts via,

“Don’t Fight The Fed.” But, unfortunately, that mantra has remained a “call to arms” of the financial markets and media “bullish tribes” over the last decade.

Armed with zero interest rate policy and the most aggressive monetary campaign in history, investors elevated the financial markets to heights only rarely seen in human history. Yet, despite record valuations, pandemics, warnings, and inflationary pressures, the “animal spirit” fostered by an undeniable “faith in the Federal Reserve” remain alive and well.

Of course, the rise in “animal spirits” is simply the reflection of the rising delusion of investors who frantically cling to data points that somehow support the notion “this time is different.” As David Einhorn once stated:

“The bulls explain that traditional valuation metrics no longer apply to certain stocks. The longs are confident that everyone else who holds these stocks understands the dynamic and won’t sell either. With holders reluctant to sell, the stocks can only go up – seemingly to infinity and beyond. We have seen this before.

There was no catalyst that we know of that burst the dot-com bubble in March 2000, and we don’t have a particular catalyst in mind here. That said, the top will be the top, and it’s hard to predict when it will happen.”

Is this time different? Most likely not. Such was a point James Montier noted recently,

Current arguments as to why this time is different are cloaked in the economics of secular stagnation and standard finance workhorses like the equity risk premium model. Whilst these may lend a veneer of respectability to those dangerous words, taking arguments at face value without considering the evidence seems to me, at least, to be a common link with previous bubbles.

Mental Gymnastics

While the “bulls” are adamant, you shouldn’t “fight the Fed” when monetary policy is loose, they say the same when it reverses. Such got evidenced by Fisher Investmentsarguing rate hikes are NOT bad for stocks.

“Many pundits blaming 2018’s stock market decline on that year’s Fed hikes. While we can’t predict Fed policy from here, we can correct the record on 2018, which we think had very little to do with the Fed.

Fisher does “mental gymnastics” to suggest the sell-off in 2018 was due to forces other than the Fed. However, what reversed the “bullish psychology” was evident.

“The really extremely accommodative low-interest rates that we needed when the economy was quite weak, we don’t need those anymore. They’re not appropriate anymore. Interest rates are still accommodative, but we’re gradually moving to a place where they will be neutral. We may go past neutral, but we’re a long way from neutral at this point, probably.” – Jerome Powell, Oct 3rd, 2018

That sharp sell-off in the chart above started following that statement from Jerome Powell. Why? Because even though the Fed had already started hiking rates previously, the comment suggested much tighter policy to come.

What reversed that “bear market psychology” just two months later? The Fed’s reversal on their “neutral stance.”

“Where we are right now is the lower end of neutral. There are implications for that. Monetary policymaking is a forward-looking exercise, and I’m just going to stick with that. There’s real uncertainty about the pace and the destination of further rate increases, and we’re going to be letting incoming data inform our thinking about the appropriate path.” – Jerome Powell, Dec 18th, 2019

By the summer of 2019, the Fed’s interest rates returned to ZERO.

Why did the market rally?

“Don’t fight the Fed.”

Never Fight The Fed

“Rate hikes aren’t inherently bearish, in our view. Like every monetary policy decision, whether they are a net benefit or detriment depends on market and economic conditions at the time, including how they affect the risk of a deep, prolonged, global yield curve inversion. 2018’s rate hikes flattened the yield curve, but they didn’t invert it.” – Fisher Investments

They are. It is just a function of timing between the first rate hike and when something eventually breaks the “bullish psychology.” Aswe discussed previously:

“In the short term, the economy and the markets (due to the current momentum) can  DEFY the laws of financial gravity as interest rates rise. However, as interest rates increase, they act as a “brake” on economic activity. Such is because higher rates NEGATIVELY impact a highly levered economy:”

Fisher is correct that rates may not impact the financial markets in the short term. However, most of the gains got forfeited in every instance as interest rates slowed economic growth, reduced earnings, or created some crisis.

Most importantly, a much higher degree of reversion occurs when the Fed tightens monetary policy during elevated valuations. For example, beginning in 1960, with valuations over 20x earnings, the Fed started a long-term rate-hiking campaign that resulted in three bear markets, two recessions, and a debt crisis. The following three times when the Fed hiked rates with valuations above 20x, outcomes ranged from bear markets to some credit crisis needing bailouts.

Yes, rate hikes matter, they matter more when there are elevated valuations.

I Fought The Fed, And The Fed Won

The primary bullish argument for owning stocks over the last decade is that low-interest rates support high valuations.

The assumption is the present value of future cash flows from equities rises, and subsequently, so should their valuation. Assuming all else is equal, a falling discount rate does suggest a higher valuation. However, as Cliff Asness noted previously, that argument has little validity.

“Instead of regarding stocks as a fixed-rate bond with known nominal coupons, one must think of stocks as a floating-rate bond whose coupons will float with nominal earnings growth. In this analogy, the stock market’s P/E is like the price of a floating-rate bond. In most cases, despite moves in interest rates, the price of a floating-rate bond changes little, and likewise the rational P/E for the stock market moves little.” – Cliff Asness

The problem for the bulls is simple:

“You can’t have it both ways.”

Either low-interest rates are bullish, or high rates are bullish. Unfortunately, they can’t be both.

As noted, rising interest rates correlate to rising equity prices due to market participants’ “risk-on” psychology. However, that correlation cuts both ways. When rising rates reduce earnings, economic growth, and investor sentiment, the “risk-off” trade (bonds) is where money flows.

With exceptionally high market valuations, the market can remain correlated to rising rates for a while longer. However, at some point, rates will matter.

This time will not be different. Only the catalyst, magnitude, and duration will be.

Investors would do well to remember the words of the then-chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Arthur Levitt in a 1998 speech entitled “The Numbers Game:”

“While the temptations are great, and the pressures strong, illusions in numbers are only that—ephemeral, and ultimately self-destructive.”

You can fight the Fed, but eventually, the Fed will win.

Tyler Durden Fri, 01/14/2022 - 08:46
Published:1/14/2022 7:57:34 AM
[dfc40c0c-c5cc-58cc-ab33-bf2fb840070a] Biden reeling after major losses on filibuster, vaccines and more to start 2022 President Biden took several major losses in just the first two weeks of the new year, including on his major initiatives on vaccine mandates and election laws. Published:1/14/2022 7:57:34 AM
[Markets] Economic Report: U.S. retail sales sink 1.9% as omicron, high prices and shortages trigger biggest drop in 10 months Sales at U.S. retailers such as Target and WalMart dropped 1.9% in the final month of 2021, as omicron spread like wildfire and shoppers confronted higher prices due to shortages and soaring inflation.
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[Comedy] Singleish I [philosophy]/lifestyle on love and relationships in which one remains single in the sense of not entering any kind of [committed relationship] but continues to date and enjoy non-platonical relationships with not intentions to start one. They [do not want] to simply have sex with people or they would just be a player. They are crucially open about their desires and do not lead anyone into thinking they mean to commit more than they do.
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[PLTR] Palantir: Dark Days Published:1/13/2022 11:35:38 PM
[microsoft] How to make Windows 11 run better on old, cheap devices
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Microsoft is working on a new update for Windows 11 that will make the new operating system (OS) run better on dated and inexpensive hardware.

Windows 11 Build 22526 has currently been made available to members of the Insider early access programme with multiple enhancements and fixes, Techradar reported. It is yet not clear when the update will be rolled out to the public.

Though most of the new features are minor, the software giant is using this update to try out a new file location indexing system, hoping that the build will enable users to find out important files even faster using File Explorer.

The File Explorer of the recently released Windows 11 works very slow and is still prone to frequent crashes. Users often have to suffer due to the slowness of the Search functionality.

It takes a long time to return relevant searches if users have stored a huge number of files in the built-in hard drive.

The new update could help you cruise through large number of files more quickly.

More importantly, it will be very helpful for users who are running Windows 11 on cheap and dated devices that suffer lengthy load times affecting performance.

Other upgrades that will be released in the upcoming Windows 11 update include wideband speech support which will improve the audio quality of voice calls if you are using products such as Apple Airpods.

There will also be a new “windowed” system to the popular Alt + Tan functionality.

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[Left Column] Nearly 140 Scientific Papers Detail The Minuscule Effect CO2 Has On Earth’s Temperature
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[World] Ron Johnson for reelection in Wisconsin

Ron Johnson’s title is United States senator, but he is still the same small business owner and accountant I met years ago. I was a candidate for governor of Wisconsin, and we scheduled a time to meet him. He gave me a tour of his plastics company.  

Mr. Johnson ... Published:1/13/2022 11:35:38 PM

[] C'mon, can COVID really make your dong shrink? Published:1/13/2022 11:35:38 PM
[Uncategorized] Empty Shelves, Hungry Kids and a Bright Red Tattoo

Joe Biden is the gift that keeps on giving.  First he promised to make Americans poorer which he quickly accomplished through high energy costs, paying people not to work and inept leadership.  Now Joe is unwrapping a brand new plan.  Apparently, our el presidente not only wants Americans to be poorer but he also wants […]

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[Entertainment] Style Conversational Week 1471: Our po’ pourri The Empress of The Style Invitational on this week's retrospective results and new Tour de Fours neologism contest. Published:1/13/2022 11:35:38 PM
[Politics] Gov. Gavin Newsom rejects parole for Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of killing Robert F. Kennedy

Sirhan has been imprisoned for more than half a century since being convicted of shooting and killing Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

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[Democrats] Liberal Restaurant Cancels Event With Pro-Life Democrats After Learning They Oppose Abortion

A liberal Washington, D.C., restaurant that bills itself as a "venue for respectful conversations between diverse groups" canceled an event organized by a group of pro-life Democrats.

The post Liberal Restaurant Cancels Event With Pro-Life Democrats After Learning They Oppose Abortion appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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[World] [Eugene Volokh] Thursday Open Thread What's on your mind? Published:1/13/2022 11:35:38 PM
[Politics] Biden to Use Taxpayer Funds to Deploy “Clean Energy Corps” Published:1/13/2022 11:35:38 PM
[Uncategorized] Terry Teachout, 1956-2022
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[] Biden's Big Elections Lie Published:1/13/2022 11:35:38 PM
[Law] ‘Huge Win’: Business Leaders, Legal Experts Celebrate as Supreme Court Blocks Biden Vaccine Mandate

Legal experts and business leaders rejoiced Thursday following news that the Supreme Court had blocked President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private employers.   “The... Read More

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[2024 Election] Good news, RNC has had it with Commission On Presidential Debates (Paul Mirengoff) The Republican Party may bar GOP candidates from participating in debates hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). A proposal to require candidates to refuse participation in the commission’s debates will be voted on at the RNC winter meeting in February. If adopted the proposal would, I assume, put the CPD out of the presidential debate-running business. Presumably, the debate rules would be established, and the moderators (if any) Published:1/13/2022 11:35:38 PM
[In The News] Officer Who Stopped Gabby Petito Devastated By Her Death

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The police officer who handled the Utah traffic stop of Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito said he was traumatized by the latter’s death, according to an independent review of the incident released Wednesday. Eric Pratt, one of the officers shown in body-cam footage of the incident, said he was “desperately …

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[Uncategorized] Los Angeles County Wants Non-Essential Activities Postponed Due To Omicron

..but mostly pandemic policy failures.

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[Markets] Sarah Bloom Raskin to be nominated to be Fed's top banking regulator: WSJ Sarah Bloom Raskin to be nominated to be Fed's top banking regulator: WSJ Published:1/13/2022 11:35:37 PM
[Politics] WATCH: Shoplifters get BUSTED by cops at Dicks Sporting Good Two shoplifters got busted by cops at Dicks Sporting Goods somewhere in Oregon. Here’s the video of the shoplifters running into cops as they try to leave: @kevinjonesoregon Shoplifter walks RIGHT INTO . . . Published:1/13/2022 11:35:37 PM
[Entertainment] OITNB Star Danielle Brooks Is Married: See Inside Her Wedding With Daughter Serving as Flower Girl  Danielle BrooksWhite is the new black! Danielle Brooks married Dennis Gelin in a lavish ceremony in Miami, she shared on Instagram on Jan. 13. For the event, the Orange Is the New Black star wore...
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[9bed73bb-7280-5e81-ae1e-0ccbfa3fa9e3] Queen Elizabeth II told Prince Andrew he was stripped of his HRH title: report Prince Andrew was reportedly told by Queen Elizabeth II that he would be stripped of all of his royal and military titles. Published:1/13/2022 11:35:37 PM
[a4cc42ce-7954-586c-b406-3547ded3acd8] Loudoun County teen's sentencing busts the 'parents are domestic terrorists' narrative, concerned parents say When a judge sentenced the Loudoun County teenager charged with sexual assault at two separate high schools earlier this week, that action vindicated concerned parents, countering the narrative that parents speaking up at school boards are akin to “domestic terrorists," concerned parents say. Published:1/13/2022 11:35:37 PM
[Markets] Dow Jones Futures: Tesla, Growth Stocks Lead Market Sell-Off; JPMorgan Headlines Bank Earnings Tesla and other growth stocks hammered the Nasdaq and the broader market. JPMorgan headlines big bank earnings Friday. Published:1/13/2022 11:35:37 PM
[] Tonight's ONT Beats On, A Boat Against the Current, Borne Back Ceaselessly Into The Past Hi Horde. How's everyone feeling tonight?... Published:1/13/2022 11:35:37 PM
[2021 News] Dick’s Sporting Goods Admits Decision to Abandon Gun Sales Cost Shareholders $250M in Revenue

Dick’s Sporting Goods Admits Decision to Abandon Gun Sales Cost Shareholders $250M in Revenue. Keep up the good work until they capitulate or go broke.

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[Politics] America to Biden: It's Time To Start Singing 'It's Over . . .' First the Supreme Court ruled six to three against the administration mandate that private businesses must mandate vaccines. Second, Senator Kyrsten Sinema repeated on the floor of the Senate roughly one hour before President Biden's meeting with the Senate Democratic Conference, her long-standing opposition to any changes in the legislative filibuster. Published:1/13/2022 11:35:37 PM
[Markets] Antony Blinken And A Gun At Your Head Antony Blinken And A Gun At Your Head

Authored by Ted Snider via,

When Joe Biden selected Antony Blinken to be his Secretary of State, Stephen Zunes, professor of politics at the University of San Francisco, worried that the selection represented, not a correction, but a continuation of past interventionism and incompetence.

As evidence, Zunes cites Blinken’s integral and irresponsible role in clearing the way for the disastrous war in Iraq, his confident support of the disastrous invasion of Libya, his push for a larger and longer US war in Syria and his long support for arming Ukraine.

Recently, Melvin Goodman, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and a former CIA analyst, mourned that the worries expressed by Zunes had been realized. And he added that "Antony Blinken, a life-long Democratic staffer, does not appear to be up to the task of conceptualizing and implementing foreign policy." Goodman explained, in a personal correspondence, that "As a staffer, Blinken merely went along with the agreed positions, including the misuse of force in Libya in 2011 and the extensions of force throughout the tragedy of Afghanistan."

As for his performance so far as Secretary of State, Goodman says, "He didn’t handle himself well in Alaska in the first meeting with the Chinese counterparts, and he doesn’t appear up to the task of dealing with a real pro like Russia’s [foreign minister] Lavrov. Apparently, he didn’t warn the White House about the obvious French reaction to AUKUS, which is surprising in view of Blinken’s knowledge of the French. His public appearances have certainly not provided clues to his ability to conceptualize the strategic challenges that we face."

In support of Goodman’s evaluation are a host of statements by Blinken that manifest either an underdeveloped sense of history or an overdeveloped sense of irony and hypocrisy: statements that would be comical if they were not dangerous.

In December 2021, Blinken warned Africa away from investment partnerships with China, accusing China of partnering with African nations on "international infrastructure deals [that] are opaque, coercive" and that "burden countries with unmanageable debt..."

Hypocrisy or comedy? The deliberate creation of debt has been a major feature of American foreign policy since at least 1955. The US provides major loans to a country, then drives up interest rates, forcing the debt shackled nation to turn to the IMF for loans that come with conditions featuring structural adjustments that open their economy up to American markets and ensure their loyalty whether the US demands access to resources, the hosting of military bases, political fealty or cooperative voting at the United Nations.

As for Africa, Naomi Klein cites an IMF senior economist who designed structural adjustment programs in Latin America and Africa and who later confessed that "everything we did from 1983 onward was based on our new sense of mission to have the south 'privatize' or die; towards this end we ignominiously created economic bedlam in Latin America and Africa..." So, be careful of China!

Blinken has also repeatedly accused Iran of not being serious at the reincarnation of the JCPOA nuclear talks: "What we’ve seen in the last couple of days is that Iran right now does not seem to be serious." Iran’s not being serious? That’s pretty funny, since Blinken readily admits that Iran wouldn’t even have to be at these talks if the US hadn’t illegally pulled out of the agreement. It’s even funnier to accuse Iran of not negotiating seriously when you represent the party that refuses to guarantee that it will honor the agreement and its commitments as binding even for the duration of the term of the president who will put his signature on it. It’s funnier still when the US has entered the talks with the admission that it "doesn’t see any evidence that Iran’s Supreme Leader [Ali Khamenei] has made a decision to move to weaponize."

Similarly, Blinken has threatened Russia with "massive consequences and severe costs" for an invasion of Ukraine when the CIA has shyly admitted that "U.S. intelligence agencies haven’t concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin will invade Ukraine."

But Blinken has recently come back out with an encore that may feature his best one liner yet. On the eve of the most important security talks between US and Russian officials, America’s top diplomat says that

"It’s very hard to make actual progress in any of these areas in an atmosphere of escalation and threat with a gun pointed to Ukraine’s head."

That is blinding hypocrisy from a man who said in an article he coauthored with Robert Kagan just two years ago that the only way to negotiate with Russia and China is with a gun to their heads. In that article, Blinken argued that "As geopolitical competition intensifies, we must supplement diplomacy with deterrence. Words alone will not dissuade the Vladimir Putins and Xi Jinpings of this world." If his point wasn’t blatant enough, Blinken adds, "force can be a necessary adjunct to effective diplomacy." That’s not ignorance of history: that’s bold hypocrisy.

It also can’t be ignorance of history that Blinken misses the point that Russia is demanding talks precisely because the US has a gun pointed to Russia’s head. US and NATO troops have marched to Russia’s very borders and surrounded Russia with guns by land, sea and air. As for Ukraine and who’s pointing a gun at whom, the US provided Ukraine with $400 million in security assistance in 2021 alone. That "security assistance" is to be topped off with a new $60 million package that includes lethal weapons.

Blinken’s blinding hypocrisy may be supplemented with a large dose of historical amnesia. The complaint that it is impossible to negotiate with a weapon pointing at you has been made before: against America, not by it.

Image source: ABC News/Daily Mail

Cuban negotiators frequently complained that it was impossible for them to negotiate while being strangled by the embargo. In Back Channel to Cuba, William LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh quote one Cuban negotiator who complained that “We cannot negotiate under the blockade." Anticipating Blinken’s formulation, Castro would often remind the US that Cuba cannot be expected to negotiate with “a dagger at our throats.”

Decades later, Iranian negotiators would later make the same point in the same words. The Iranian ambassador to the UN, Majid Takht Ravanchi, would complain that "You cannot negotiate with somebody who has a knife in his hand putting the knife under your throat."

Like Cuba and Iran, it is NATO encroachment that has put a knife to Russia’s throat. It is the crossing of the final red line into Ukraine that has finally put a gun to Russia’s head. Hypocrisy or historical ignorance, Blinken’s performance would be comical if it weren’t so deadly serious.

Tyler Durden Thu, 01/13/2022 - 23:40
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[47822700-f887-5f50-aa9c-ffc1d83bd14d] Tucker Carlson: Joe Biden has given Democrats more power to harass political enemies Tucker Carlson reacts to Biden's Justice Department forming a new domestic terrorism unit. Published:1/13/2022 11:35:37 PM
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[World] The Pandemic of Fear

The past few years, governments and media have spread the fear-pandemic as an efficient way of ensuring compliance with Covid restrictions.

The post The Pandemic of Fear appeared first on The American Conservative.

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[Markets] : Who gave a 50-year-old federal agency the power to create a vaccine mandate? Behind the Supreme Court’s decision to block Biden’s employee mandate 'OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate,' the conservative members of the Supreme Court wrote in their decision, released Thursday.
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[Comedy] Toilet Read A Toilet Read is [a book] or [magazine] that stays in the bathroom/[toilet area] and is read when one is sitting on the toilet.
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[Foreign Policy] Open Borders = Election Sabotage, by Michelle Malkin "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to wreck America's election integrity." Yes, my friends, it's time to change the (in)famous phrase at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Open borders are not just a recipe for replacing native-born workers with cheap foreign labor and trading assimilation for multicultural militancy. They're...
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[Comedy] Temuera Morrison has the only face that could bring Boba Fett back to life Temuera Morrison is back as Boba Fett after originally starring in the Star Wars prequels as Jango Fett. Published:1/12/2022 6:35:57 PM
[Politics] The New American 'Newspeak' For a glimpse of the new American "Newspeak" to use George Orwell's coinage look no further than the language being used in the fight over the filibuster. Starting with the President, who said in Georgia: "Today I'm making it clear. To protect our democracy, I support changing the Senate rules whichever way they need to be changed to prevent a minority of senators from blocking action on voting rights." Then again also, too, action on voting rights is actually being blocked by a majority... Published:1/12/2022 6:35:57 PM
[2020 Election] democrats plot a coup against America

  One of the hallmarks of democrat legislation is that is usually a wolf in sheep’s clothing, i.e., it’s always misnamed, and it has nothing to do with helping people but instead it’s about consolidating power for the left. Build Back Better was nothing more than a giant tax increase on the middle class, a […]

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[Right Column] Lomborg: Today’s Soaring Energy Prices Are Only the Beginning – ‘Net zero’ plans will cost many trillions
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[Transport] The collapse in demand for rail transport heightens the need for sector-wide reform

Omicron, or the Government’s reaction to it, has damaged the economy in many ways. One which hasn’t been much discussed is its effect on the railways. As with many businesses, self-isolation has produced staffing shortages – leading in this case to significant numbers of cancelled trains. But the more important effect has been to reverse … Continue reading "The collapse in demand for rail transport heightens the need for sector-wide reform"

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[AAPL] 7 Best Metaverse Stocks For 2022 - Our Top Pick, Microsoft, Is Much More Published:1/12/2022 6:35:57 PM
[Politics] 'They underestimated this virus.' Omicron cuts through U.S. defenses despite Biden's efforts

President Biden plans to speak about the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday as he faces rising criticism during the Omicron wave.

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[World] A Distinction Without a Difference

The Biden Administration and Iraqi Government declared that the American military mission in Iraq is “non-combat.” The events of the last week show that is fantasy. 

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[] The United States Judiciary is Acting as a Shadow Government and Must Be Stopped Published:1/12/2022 6:35:57 PM
[] Benjamin Wittes has a feeling bots have coordinated a response to his stupid Stacey Abrams tweet Published:1/12/2022 6:35:57 PM
[topics:people/prince-harry] Equality chief sees red over discrimination against the ginger-haired Published:1/12/2022 6:35:57 PM
[7b4b9c1c-7d92-5e68-b0c1-c0f6798a2150] As COVID rages, Biden shows true colors – and his administration's incompetence As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the country, Biden has proved?he isn’t just a failure. He?also?simply doesn’t care. Published:1/12/2022 6:35:57 PM
[World] How to counter Iran's growing ties to China

Iran’s theocratic dictatorship, locked into a confrontation with the United States, is drifting into China’s orbit. The Iran-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership agreement signed in Tehran last March and Iran’s joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in September underscore the expansion of political, economic and strategic ties between the two regimes.

These ... Published:1/12/2022 6:35:57 PM

[Markets] Jan. 6 committee requests information from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Jan. 6 committee requests information from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Published:1/12/2022 6:35:57 PM
[Politics] Will Mississippi Be the 10th No Income Tax State? Published:1/12/2022 6:35:56 PM
[World] [Stewart Baker] The FTC jumps into Log4j cleanup with one foot Episode 389 of the Cyberlaw Podcast Published:1/12/2022 6:35:56 PM
[In the Courts] Photographer Appeals Court Ruling Forcing Her To Photograph Same-Sex Weddings

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A New York photographer is appealing a federal court ruling that would force her to provide her services for same-sex weddings in violation of her religious beliefs, according to an announcement by her attorneys. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), attorneys for Emilee Carpenter, announced the plan to appeal a decision …

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[Health Care] 49 Pro-Life Groups Urge Senate Opposition to Biden’s Nominee for FDA

A coalition of pro-life organizations expressed opposition Wednesday to the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s choice to run the Food and Drug Administration, saying the... Read More

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[Entertainment] Ronnie Spector, 1960s pop hitmaker of ‘Be My Baby,’ dies at 78 The singer led one of the premier acts of the girl-group era. Published:1/12/2022 6:35:56 PM
[Policy] Biden Admin Unable To Locate 50,000 Migrants Released Into US in 2021

Nearly half of all migrants that Border Patrol released into the United States in 2021 cannot be located, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security.

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[Politics] WATCH: Rubio makes EPIC statement about January 6th that Dems are sure to hate… Below is a great clip from Rubio today torching the ‘insurrection narrative’ by Democrats on the Senate floor:   Here’s part of what Rubio said: I don’t care how many candlelight vigils . . . Published:1/12/2022 6:35:56 PM
[2021 News]

  NEW Quinnipiac poll: Biden’s approval rating crashes to 33%. 53% disapprove. Yes, but in Biden’s favor, there are no mean tweets from Trump. Let’s go, Brandon! NEW Quinnipiac poll: Biden's approval rating crashes to 33%. 53% disapprove. Economy: 34/57Foreign Policy: 35/54COVID: 39/55 — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 12, 2022

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[1514f220-040d-5c3c-b5eb-648b1c8e5980] Ronnie Spector: Celebrities react to '60s icon's death "Be My Baby" singer and pop icon Ronnie Spector received tributes online from Stevie Van Zandt, Brian Wilson and more. Published:1/12/2022 6:35:56 PM
[Uncategorized] CDC Won’t Budge on Mask Guidance Despite Science Saying Cloth Masks Don’t Work

If the CDC makes changes they'll likely force us to wear N95 or K95 masks.

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[Entertainment] How It Girls Are Styling Trends in New York vs Los Angeles E-Comm: NYC vs LA trendsWe independently selected these deals and products because we love them, and we think you might like them at these prices. E! has affiliate relationships, so we may get a commission if you...
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[Markets] : ‘This is a brilliant move’: Bank of America and Wells Fargo make big changes to overdraft fees — experts explain why Bank of America joins a growing list of banks ditching fees, and observers say more will come.
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[Markets] COVID's Ability-To-Infect Plunges 90% After 20 Minutes In The Air; New Study Shows COVID's Ability-To-Infect Plunges 90% After 20 Minutes In The Air; New Study Shows

One recent study found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID and its many variants, actually isn't as infectious as "the science" - and, more importantly, the government authorities like Dr. Anthony Fauci - would like the public to believe.

Offering yet another example of how lingering in enclosed spaces doesn't dramatically increase an individual's risk of contracting COVID, Coronavirus loses 90% of its ability to infect us within 20 minutes of becoming airborne - with most of the loss occurring within the first five minutes, the world’s first simulations of how the virus survives in exhaled air suggest.

Professor Jonathan Reid, director of the University of Bristol’s Aerosol Research Center and the lead author of this study, explained why lingering in poorly ventilated spaces isn't as risky as scientists would have us believe.

Most of this decline in viral infectiousness was gleaned from a study whose authors described it as the world’s first simulations of how the virus survives in exhaled air suggest.

Interestingly, this means that ventilation, once thought to be the most effective way to ignore the physical distancing and mask-wearing likely to be the most effective means of preventing infection. Ventilation, though still worthwhile, is likely to have a lesser impact.

"People have been focused on poorly ventilated spaces and thinking about airborne transmission over metres or across a room. I’m not saying that doesn’t happen, but I think still the greatest risk of exposure is when you’re close to someone," Dr. Reid said. "When you move further away, not only is the aerosol diluted down, there’s also less infectious virus because the virus has lost infectivity [as a result of time]."

This latest study completely contradicts previous research conducted by scientists in the US, which purported to show that particles containing the virus that causes COVID could still be found lingering in the air.

Here's more from the Guardian and Dr. Reid.

Until now, our assumptions about how long the virus survives in tiny airborne droplets have been based on studies that involved spraying virus into sealed vessels called Goldberg drums, which rotate to keep the droplets airborne. Using this method, US researchers found that infectious virus could still be detected after three hours. Yet such experiments do not accurately replicate what happens when we cough or breathe. Instead, researchers from the University of Bristol developed apparatus that allowed them to generate any number of tiny, virus-containing particles and gently levitate them between two electric rings for anywhere between five seconds to 20 minutes, while tightly controlling the temperature, humidity and UV light intensity of their surroundings. “This is the first time anyone has been able to actually simulate what happens to the aerosol during the exhalation process,” Reid said.

Here's an illustration courtesy of the Guardian purporting to show how the experiment worked.

Source: the Guardian

Another iconoclastic finding from the study: the temperature of the air made no difference to viral infectivity, contradicting the widely held belief that viral transmission is lower at higher temperatures. This would seem to contradict the seasonality of the virus, a pattern that has held for the last two winters.

The study hasn't yet been peer reviewed, but we imagine scientists will be quick to scrutinize its findings - particularly the findings that contradict the research conducted by other research.

Tyler Durden Wed, 01/12/2022 - 19:20
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[9a8380e1-7bb5-5d12-83d3-3d79bd05ff15] White House claims Iran 'rapidly accelerating' due to Trump's removal of US from Iran nuclear deal White House press secretary Jen Psaki shifted blame Wednesday for the “aggressive actions” being taken by Iran, claiming the country is “rapidly accelerating” due to former President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal. Published:1/12/2022 6:35:56 PM
[2022 Election] Larry Hogan for Senate? (Paul Mirengoff) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly has been urging Maryland governor Larry Hogan to run for the Senate. So far, according to this report, Hogan has pushed back against the urgings of McConnell and Sen. Rick Scott, head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. But McConnell isn’t giving up. He even enlisted his wife, Elaine Chao, to talk to Hogan’s wife, Yumi Hogan, about the matter. Could Hogan defeat Van Published:1/12/2022 6:35:56 PM
[Markets] Dow Jones Futures: Market Rally Pauses But Tesla, AMAT Pop; Apple Chipmaker Near Buy Point With Earnings Due The market rally hit resistance Wednesday, but Tesla and AMAT made strong moves. Taiwan Semiconductor earnings are due early Thursday. Published:1/12/2022 6:35:56 PM
[] Beggar Bear Cafe Dog selects its human. Dog and pup. Cute red panda. Beware -- The Sentinel. Why is this cat smiling? Did this cat just pull the "Psych!" handshake dodge? Bird... shares food with rat/mouse? That does seem to be what... Published:1/12/2022 6:35:56 PM
[Comedy] The Great Resignation The Great Resignation is a phenomenon that describes record numbers of people leaving their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, often with no [prospects] lined up. Associated with the trend is the [anti-work] movement (created in 2013) and the associated subreddit r/[antiwork]. Both experienced a boom in members and activity with the increase of job resignations over the course of the pandemic.
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[Podcasts] Russian Demands, American Plans
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[2021 News] Unvaxxed? Get ready for the Washington State COVID Camps

Unvaxxed? Get ready for the Washington State COVID Camps. If they pass this get ready to be arrested and locked up in quarantine until you relent. Read this. This bill will be voted on this week in Washington State. “Involuntary detainment” of unvaccinated people by “health officials” with help from law enforcement. Conspiracy no more. […]

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[Politics] How the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act is Helping West Virginia Published:1/11/2022 1:40:23 PM
[Politics] To Explain the Ornery Reaction to Covid, Try Critical Race Theory For an explanation of why vaccinated people are still wearing masks, taking Covid-19 tests, and quarantining, even though their risk of hospitalization or death from the Omicron variant is minimal, look to Critical Race Theory. Critical Race Theory, as the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund explains it, is a framework that says "systemic racism is part of American society." It says that racism "is more than the result of individual bias and prejudice" and "is embedded in laws, policies... Published:1/11/2022 1:40:23 PM
[World] Pacific Powers Face China’s Rise

Japan has signed a historic defense treaty with Australia, but must do more to ensure its self defense.

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[World] Michelle Obama enters politics with vengeance, bent on revenge

Michelle Obama, former first lady, just announced she's partnering her foundation, When We All Vote, with 30 other groups to register a million new voters before the midterms.

It’s go time for the left. Her entry into election politicking guarantees this fight over the Electoral College is ... Published:1/11/2022 1:40:23 PM

[Comedy] It’s time to redeem Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man gets another look in “No Way Home.” Published:1/11/2022 1:40:23 PM
[Uncategorized] Biden Making Americans Poorer-You’re Welcome

Inquiring minds want to know how Joe Biden garnered 81 million votes in 2020.  I voted for Trump because he was smart, courageous, loved the country and had extensive economic expertise. Trump graduated from the school of hard knocks and actually built something.  Hidin Biden campaigned from his  basement, sitting next to his furnace while […]

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[vaccine] Omicron May Infect Half of Europeans Within Weeks, WHO Says

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 More than half of Europe's population could become infected with omicron within weeks at current transmission speeds, a World Health Organization official said.

The fast-spreading variant represents a "west-to-east tsunami sweeping  the region," Hans Kluge, WHO regional director  for Europe, said in a briefing Tuesday. 

He cited  the Institute for  Metrics and Health Assessment forecast that most Europeans could take it within the next six to eight weeks.

The latest Covid  surge has  resulted in fewer symptomatic cases and lower death rates than in previous waves, fueling optimism that the pandemic may subside. 

However, the WHO has repeatedly warned against underestimating the Omicron strain as mild. Kluge said hospital admission rates are increasing. In Europe, it puts pressure on health systems. 

On the flip side, another WHO official said it was too early to consider  COVID-19 is entering an endemic phase, an issue the Spanish government has proposed to discuss. An endemic phase would see "stable spread of the virus at a predictable level", but what we are currently seeing for 2022 is nowhere near that, "said Catherine Smallwood,  WHO Europe Chief Emergency Officer." We still have great uncertainty. 

We still have a virus that evolves pretty quickly and brings new challenges, "he said." We are certainly not at the point where we can call it endemic.

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[World] Far Left Groups Look to Ban Rep. Madison Cawthorn From 2022 Ballot For Supporting 'Insurrection' Published:1/11/2022 1:40:23 PM
[] Dr. Walensky cites a study The Atlantic said was 'based on very shaky science' to push masks in schools Published:1/11/2022 1:40:23 PM
[Politics] President Biden will back filibuster changes to protect voting rights

Biden will call for changing Senate filibuster rules during an Atlanta speech. But he still lacks the votes to follow through.

Published:1/11/2022 1:40:23 PM
[Free Speech] [Eugene Volokh] Anti-Riot Act Prosecution Over August 2020 Looting Messages Can Go Forward "Lets get ready to steal bitch." Published:1/11/2022 1:40:23 PM
[Markets] 14 bank stocks that are best positioned to benefit from higher interest rates 14 bank stocks that are best positioned to benefit from higher interest rates Published:1/11/2022 1:40:23 PM
[topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown] Tuesday evening UK news briefing: Why Partygate could finish Boris Johnson Published:1/11/2022 1:40:23 PM
[Entertainment] Michael Lang, Woodstock festival co-creator, dies at 77 With several collaborators, he created and promoted the 1969 festival that served as a touchstone for generations of music fans. Published:1/11/2022 1:40:23 PM
[Uncategorized] Report: Ed. Sec. Cardona Requested NSBA Letter That Described Concerned Parents as Domestic Terrorists

"Should this allegation be true, it would reveal that this administration's pretextual war on parents came from the highest levels."

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[Politics] “Who is Ray Epps?” – Ted Cruz to FBI official in Senate hearing [VIDEO] Ted Cruz grilled FBI official Jill Sanborn, the assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters, on Ray Epps this morning and you can watch it below: Senator @tedcruz's Full Questioning . . . Published:1/11/2022 1:40:23 PM
[Civil rights] Uses and abuses of the past (Paul Mirengoff) Lani Guinier, the law professor and civil rights attorney, died on January 7. The Washington Post’s obituary is here. The Post uses its obituary to settle old scores against Republicans and to make political/ideological points. Accordingly, the obit begins this way: Lani Guinier, a lawyer whose innovative and provocative writings on racial justice and voting rights were used to undermine her nomination to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division Published:1/11/2022 1:40:23 PM
[5475c75e-eb16-5bbd-aaeb-391760e3a816] Questions about 'gender identity' for an 11-year-old don't belong in public school Imagine how furious I was to find out that my son, let me repeat that, my SON, was recently asked what his gender identity is on, of all things, a teacher evaluation form. Published:1/11/2022 1:40:23 PM
[Entertainment] Teen Mom's Amber Portwood Reveals Where She Stands With Gary Shirley After Reunion Drama Gary Shirley, Amber PortwoodThere's nothing quite like a Teen Mom reunion! Back in November, viewers watched Amber Portwood walk off the MTV show after her ex, Gary Shirley, shared new information about their...
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[Left Column] Google has demonetized skeptical meteorologist Dr. Roy Spencer’s website for allegedly ‘unreliable & harmful’ climate information
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[Biden Administration] Cardona Requested School Board Letter That Called Parents ‘Domestic Terrorists’

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona asked the National School Boards Association to draft a controversial letter that referred to the parents of schoolchildren as potential domestic terrorists, emails show.

The post Cardona Requested School Board Letter That Called Parents ‘Domestic Terrorists’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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[29a264be-f4e0-55b7-8c4e-761f34a4ebc6] Judge Judy Sheindlin funding 10 women's tuition at her alma mater Judge Judy Sheindlin is giving back to women attending the same law school where she got her law degree decades ago. Published:1/11/2022 1:40:22 PM
[International] Congress Must Strike While Iron Is Hot to Preempt Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The danger of the newly completed Nord Stream 2 pipeline to trans-Atlantic security is a rare issue of bipartisan agreement. Many in Congress recognize that the... Read More

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Published:1/11/2022 1:40:22 PM
[Markets] US STOCKS-Wall Street bounces as Powell's testimony brings some relief U.S. stock indexes were gaining ground on Tuesday with Nasdaq leading the advance as investors appeared relieved that Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's testimony to Congress did not include any major surprises. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, in a congressional hearing that pointed to his likely confirmation for a second term as head of the U.S. central bank, said the economy should weather the current COVID-19 surge with only "short-lived" impacts and was ready for the start of tighter monetary policy. Published:1/11/2022 1:40:22 PM
[Markets] Turley: Democracy, Autocracy... Or Hypocrisy? Biden Calls For Changing The Filibuster Rule Turley: Democracy, Autocracy... Or Hypocrisy? Biden Calls For Changing The Filibuster Rule

Authored by Jonathan Turley,

According to the Associated Press, President Joe Biden today will support changing the filibuster rule for voting rights legislation — a move widely viewed as effectively killing the rule. The report says that Biden will portray the choice starkly as one between democracy and autocracy. The AP, however, does not reference the third option of hypocrisy by failing to note that Biden vehemently opposed such moves for decades. He previously denounced killing the rule as “disastrous” for our democracy but now will declare the rule itself to be an existential threat to democracy. It is the latest example of President Biden’s embrace of “whatever it takes politics.

Biden will use a speech at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church to complete his abandonment of his long-held position. AP quotes his expected address to include the following statement:

“The next few days, when these bills come to a vote, will mark a turning point in this nation. Will we choose democracy over autocracy, light over shadow, justice over injustice? I know where I stand. I will not yield. I will not flinch. I will defend your right to vote and our democracy against all enemies foreign and domestic. And so the question is where will the institution of United States Senate stand?”

Biden showed equal passion as a senator to denounce those who would find excuses for abandoning the filibuster rule. He called such efforts “disastrous” and proclaimed: “God save us from that fate … [it] would change this fundamental understanding and unbroken practice of what the Senate is all about.”

After six months of uncomfortable silence as president, Biden later said that, as president, he continued to support the rule. Putting aside certain factual and historical errors, Biden declared that killing the rule would “throw the entire Congress into chaos and nothing will get done. Nothing at all will get done. There’s a lot at stake. The most important one is the right to vote, that’s the single most important one.”

It appears now that, even if “God [might still] save us from that fate,” the President will not.

His colleagues, including then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and now-Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), gave equally full-throated endorsements of the rule being denounced today as a thoroughly racist relic.  Schumer, who is now also pushing for the change, previously said to abandon the rule would be “doomsday for Democracy” and reduce the United States to a “banana Republic.”

While President Biden may have found his natural resting place in the conflict between politics and principle, the move against the filibuster rule will only aggravate our deep divisions.

The Democrats would force through a sweeping federalization of state election laws for the first time in our history. It would federally preempt the laws in dozens of states and declare that Congress, not state legislatures, will now dictate how people vote in states like Georgia. It is notable that Georgian politicians like Sen. Raphael Warnock will be standing next to Biden in Atlanta as the President calls for setting aside Georgia’s own laws. (Stacey Abrams who is running for governor will not attend the event). Previously, Biden was criticized for misrepresenting the provisions of the Georgia law.

What is most striking is the inherent conflict in this logic. President Biden is going to a state where representatives passed voting rules as part of their democratic process. He is effectively saying that they must protect democracy from itself and support Washington dictating the rules in Georgia.

While denouncing the “Big Lie” of those who questioned the last election, Democrats in the same breath are arguing that the next election might be illegitimate or might be stolen under current election laws. Democratic leaders have insisted that Trump began that Big Lie by seeding doubts months in advance of the 2020 election due to the laws in blue states. Now those leaders are seeding the same doubts about the laws in red states before the 2022 election. (Indeed, despite recent denials, some of these same leaders who denounced the Big Lie are the same people who previously called the Trump election “illegitimate” and some supported challenges to electoral votes in Congress).

It is also worth noting that federal laws already protect against rules that inhibit or curtail the votes of minority citizens. Other laws are subject to judicial review if they curtail the right to vote generally. Indeed, many of these laws are being challenged by Democrats in court. The federal legislation is needed because these laws have been upheld by the courts as constitutional and nondiscriminatory.

For some voters in these states, the federal takeover of their election laws is not likely to resonate as a victory of democracy. Election laws have largely been left to the states in our constitutional system. If those laws are constitutional, the view was that each state could follow its own approach to issues like voter identification rules. While the Congress can condition the receipt of federal funds on improving election administration (and reinforce constitutional protections for minority voters through laws like the Voting Rights Act), this is an unprecedented federalization of election laws to dictate how elections are administered.

In abandoning his long-held position, President Biden is choosing divisive politics over principle. This will further deepen the anger and divisions in our country. It will fuel claims that these laws are somehow illegitimate or laying the foundation for autocracy.

I previously wrote why the filibuster rule was designed for times like this:

Pushing through such controversial measures with bare majorities and on straight party lines will only deepen the divisions and increase the rage in this country. So this is precisely a time when the filibuster can play a positive role, by forcing legislation to pass with a modest level of bipartisan support. It requires consensus and compromise at a time of growing, violent division.

The filibuster has gone through historic controversies through the centuries, from opposing Caesar to opposing civil rights. But as a consensus-forcing rule, its time may have arrived, to the chagrin of many.

This move may also be soon regretted.

It is not likely to succeed but would put virtually all of the Democratic senators on record for calling for the demise of the rule. With the possible GOP takeover of both houses, the Democrats are sawing at the branch upon which their future may rest.

It was the Democrats who unwisely created the exception to the filibuster for judicial candidates in 2010. The Republicans later used that change as an excuse for an exception for Supreme Court nominees. Nevertheless, the GOP senators refused the demands of President Trump to abandon the rule for legislative matters when they were in the majority. Now, the Democrats would create an exception that could easily result in the total abandonment of the rule.

Since they are unlikely to succeed, it would be better to reaffirm support for the filibuster rule as a protection against losing the Senate in 2022.  However, short-term political interests seem to be prevailing. Biden is becoming unpopular with the left and he is now abandoning his prior principled stand for political convenience. It is a Faustian bargain that I expect that the Democrats could soon regret.

Tyler Durden Tue, 01/11/2022 - 14:30
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[In The News] Biden Education Secretary Allegedly Solicited Letter from School Boards Association Comparing Parents to Terrorists

by Kendall Tietz -

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona allegedly solicited the National School Boards Association (NSBA) letter comparing parents to domestic terrorists, according to emails obtained by Parents Defending Education (PDE). “Chip [Slaven, then-interim executive director of the NSBA] told the officers he was writing a letter to provide information to the White House, …

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[964499e5-3421-559b-9d71-719d22172eb6] Scalise, Comer fire back after Dem leaders call GOP letter demanding COVID hearing 'disingenuous' The two Republican leaders shot back at House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., and House Oversight Committee chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., in Tuesday statements to Fox News. Published:1/11/2022 1:40:22 PM
[Markets] The Margin: What’s behind the success of Wordle? Some say it’s the free daily word puzzle’s ‘anti-game’ approach Wordle, the web-based, no-frills daily word game, is already a sensation. Experts think they know why.
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[] Collusion: Biden's "Education" Secretary Asked The National School Board Association to Write the Letter Asking for Protection Against Parental Domestic Terrorists This was a Biden initiative. They dishonestly arranged for someone on the "outside" to request it so they could claim they were not acting according to their own desires, but responding to someone else's plea. This feels impeachable to me.... Published:1/11/2022 1:40:22 PM
[Comedy] Kodak courage An extra dose of courage and the tendency to go beyond one's usual physical limits when being filmed or photographed (from [action sports] such as skateboarding, [snowboarding], and [extreme skiing]).
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[Left Column] Geologist: Claims of Faster Sea-Level Rise And Surging Extinction Rates Are False
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[World] Corrupt Democrats and their fake 'justice'

The wheels of justice sometimes grind very slowly. 

Or not at all.

In our current system, it appears that the only thing that matters is which party you belong to.

Corrupt Democrats almost never face punishment for their crimes. It doesn’t matter how glaring the evidence. 

IRS official Lois Lerner ... Published:1/10/2022 8:35:59 AM

[Politics] Newsweek reporter REFUSES to correct gross misquote of Justice Gorsuch. You’ll recall that lefties took a transcription error and tried to make hay with it. They claim Gorsuch said something he didn’t say, in order to distract from something that Sotomayor DID . . . Published:1/10/2022 8:35:59 AM
[World] What is Vladimir Putin’s Endgame?

The 21st century's great bogeyman returns, on seemingly endless fronts, to test yet another American president.

The post What is Vladimir Putin’s Endgame? appeared first on The American Conservative.

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[] WATCH: Biden tells people in Colorado who just lost their homes that we're going to build 'windmills' with 'propellers' that are 100-yards long Published:1/10/2022 8:35:59 AM
[] The Morning Briefing: Confirmed—The Supreme Court's Lib Justices Are Paste-Eaters Published:1/10/2022 8:35:59 AM
[Law] Jay Sekulow Explains Vaccine Mandate Cases Before Supreme Court

Friday was a critical day for American liberty. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases to determine whether or not a stay would... Read More

The post Jay Sekulow Explains Vaccine Mandate Cases Before Supreme Court appeared first on The Daily Signal.

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[] Senate Dems: We're getting less confident that Manchin's a true progressive, or something Published:1/10/2022 8:35:59 AM
[Biden Administration] Fauci’s NIH Division Paid $205K for Researchers To Study Transgender Monkeys

Dr. Anthony Fauci's division of the National Institutes of Health paid over $200,000 during the coronavirus pandemic for researchers to study why transgender women have high rates of HIV by injecting male monkeys with female hormones.

The post Fauci’s NIH Division Paid $205K for Researchers To Study Transgender Monkeys appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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[Entertainment] Brandon Carter is named artistic director of American Shakespeare Center Resident actor is first person of color to lead the Staunton, Va., playhouse, which also announced a new roster of productions after some recent strife. Published:1/10/2022 8:35:59 AM
[Entertainment, Health and Lifestyle] A Cake That’s Worth the Wait

by Mary Hunt -

What do Pat Benatar, George Foreman and I, your humble columnist, have in common? We were all born on the same day: Jan. 10! I only know this because someone gave me a 768-page book simply titled “The Portable Book of Birthdays.” Good thing, too, or I’d never have known …

A Cake That’s Worth the Wait is posted on Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more.

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[0e5eb649-e30d-5902-ba2d-b25d8013864b] Russia-Ukraine crisis offers Biden moment to save his presidency Instead of concessions to Putin, Biden should reinforce the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and make every effort to contribute to the self-defense of Ukrainian territory by Ukrainians. Published:1/10/2022 8:35:59 AM
[Politics] Hurricane Putin Catches Europe and Biden Between War and Appeasement The last few weeks have in Europe been marked by an impending sense of doom akin, for this Floridian, to the apprehension that accompanies a looming hurricane. Will it make a direct hit or will we, by some stroke of luck, be spared? Russian maneuvers on Ukraine's border and its entry into Kazakhstan have prompted similar anxieties call it Hurricane Putin. With this week's diplomatic talks underway between American and Russian officials today at Geneva, followed on Wednesday by the... Published:1/10/2022 8:35:59 AM
[ScienceTechnology] Remember That Weird 'Cube' on The Moon? Yutu-2 Finally Took Closer Pictures


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The Yutu-2 image of the ‘mysterious hut’. (CNSA/CLEP/Our Space)
The mysterious Chinese “moon cube” is no longer a mystery. The big reveal: it's a rock that doesn't even have the shape of a cube. National rover Yutu2  discovered the object - which appeared to be a gray cube looming above the lunar horizon - in early December. China's National Space Administration (CNSA) dubbed it the “mystery hut,” playfully speculating that the cube could be an alien house or a spaceship.
 The news called it the "moon cube".

 The CNSA estimated that the object was about 80 meters (262 feet) away, according to the blog  affiliated with the agency, and ready to point the rover towards it. The blog said it would take two or three months to reach the cube.
 After several weeks of preparation and driving, the rover is close enough to see that the "mystery hut" is just a rock. Its sharp geometric aspect on the horizon was a simple turn of perspective, light and shadow.

In an updated posted on Friday, Our Space published the rover's latest photo of its target, below.

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Yutu-2 image of the closer rock. (CNSA/CLEP/Our Space)

One of the rover's ground controllers noted on the blog that the rock is shaped like a rabbit, with smaller rocks in front  that resemble a carrot. The rover's name, Yutu, means "jade rabbit," which is now also the name of the rock too.

Yutu2 reached the moon in January 2019, when the Chang'e4 lander landed on the lunar surface and launched a ramp for the rover's descent. It was the first mission to land on the opposite side of the moon. 

Over the next three years, Yutu2 traveled over 1,000 meters (3,200 feet), used ground-penetrating radar to reveal a surprisingly deep layer of lunar soil, and identified rocks in the lunar mantle, below the crust, which have been pushed to the surface. when an asteroid crashed into the moon billions of years ago.
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A closer look at the rock. (CNSA/CLEP/Our Space)

The rover has survived long past its initial three-month mission, meaning Yutu-2 had plenty free time for a wild cube chase.
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[Wall Street Breakfast] Wall Street Breakfast: Goldman Sachs Sees Four Rate Increases This Year (Podcast by Pimm Fox) Published:1/10/2022 8:35:59 AM
[Politics] Column: California Democrats are trying again for universal healthcare. It's a debate well worth having

California Democrats are trying again for universal healthcare. It's a debate well worth having

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[structure:news/news-explained] Chinese New Year 2022: Everything you need to know about the Year of the Tiger Published:1/10/2022 8:35:59 AM
[Markets] Stock futures keep sinking Monday as Goldman ups its Fed rate-hike forecast Stock futures keep sinking Monday as Goldman ups its Fed rate-hike forecast Published:1/10/2022 8:35:59 AM
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