February 3, 2023

CAPITALIST PIG: Comrade Bernie Sanders to Charge $95 to Attend His Book Debut.

VOTING WITH THEIR FEET: Portland Is Losing Some of Its Biggest Fans.

Multnomah County has lost residents for the past three years, according to Portland State University’s Population Research Center. Before 2020, it hadn’t lost people since 1987, and that was just a one-year blip in an upward run that began in 1984.

In the most recent PSU estimate—for the year ended July 1, 2022—the population fell by 2,321. The cause was “out migration,” PSU says, which is a fancy way of saying people bailed.

That may not seem like a lot in a county that had 812,563 residents as of July 1, 2021, but it’s a reversal of fortune for a city that once attracted migrants from other states the way locally roasted Chemex coffee draws men with sleeve tattoos.

Josh Lehner, a state economist, says his department had expected a rebound in 2022, but it didn’t arrive. The longer the slump in population lasts, he says, the less likely pandemic-related moving patterns are to blame, and the more likely it is that Portland has a problem.

Portland has a problem.

LIGHTNING DEAL: Surge Protector, Outlet Extender with Night Light. #CommissionEarned

WOW, WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THAT COMING? NY Times Opinion: This woke language is alienating normal people (and helping Gov. DeSantis).

NOT ENOUGH FOR RUSSIA, TOO MUCH FOR UKRAINE: Here’s What Biden Reportedly Offered Putin for Peace With Ukraine.

CHRIS RUFO: Left-wing DEI bureaucracy has captured Florida State University and installed radical politics as the governing value.

Florida State University has adopted a series of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” programs that divides Americans along a “matrix of oppression,” castigates Christians for their “Christian privilege,” and offers a racially segregated scholarship that deliberately bars white students from applying.

Officially, Florida State officials have claimed in a recent report to Governor Ron DeSantis that they support 23 separate DEI programs and initiatives. But beneath the surface, the ideology has embedded itself everywhere in the university.

I have obtained documents through public searches and Sunshine Law requests that reveal a sprawling bureaucracy, dedicated to promoting left-wing racial narratives, including a seemingly endless array of programs, departments, trainings, certificates, committees, statements, grants, groups, clubs, reports, and initiatives.

One representative program is “Social Justice Ally Training,” hosted by Student Equity & Inclusion Director Sierra Turner and the Center for Leadership & Social Change. The program provides a basic recapitulation of the critical-race-theory narrative: white, patriarchal Western societies have created a “Cycle of Socialization” that has resulted in “racism, classism, religious oppression, sexism, heterosexism, gender oppression, ableism, ageism & adultism, and xenophobia.”

The trainers make the case that, in the United States, “whites” are the racial group responsible for the “systematic subordination of members of targeted racial groups who have relatively little power.” Whites are also guilty of “cultural racism,” or the creation and maintenance of social structures that “overtly and covertly attribute normality to white people and Whiteness.” By definition, no other group can be racist—“institutional racism” can only “create advantages and benefits for Whites.”

Christians, too, represent an oppressor class.

We shouldn’t even pretend to take this bullshit seriously, or that it’s tolerable.

NORMAL IS NOW OFF THE MENU, BY DESIGN:

FROM HOLLY CHISM:  Bite Sized.

Bite Sized (Liquid Diet Chronicles Book 1) by [Holly Chism]
Meg Turner has been a vampire for twenty years. Her favorite food is rapists. Which is how she met Andi Donahue, her new best friend/ girl Friday.
And then the nightmares start. And the bodies start showing up–bled out and raped. Just like Meg was. They don’t have a whole lot of time to stop the killer before he strikes again, and only one way to stop the killer.
But how can Andi help Meg stop a killer she can’t even see?

WE KNOW IT’S ABOUT PUNISHING THE KULAKS:  Those Attacks on Gas Stoves Aren’t Really about Health.

THE MOST POISONOUS PART OF LEFTIST ENTERTAINMENT ISN’T EVEN THE INTENDED ONE:  Fun House Mirrors.

Over, under, around. Let’s go.

THEY REALLY DO LIKE CHINA:  Massachusetts Bill Offers to Cut Your Prison Time if You Donate Organs.

HERETICS! IT’S ALL GOREBAL WARMERING!  Los Angeles Times Admits California Has Cyclic Wet-Dry Cycles After Historic Snowpack.

Cue retraction and apology in 3- 2- 1

AND ABOUT TIME:  Ilhan Omar gets a taste of the Democrats’ own medicine.

COMPLETE CATHOLIC INSIDE BASEBALL, BUT IF YOU ARE, IT MIGHT BE WORTH TO READ:  Fr. Martin’s Bridge, Pt. 1: Crossing into Critical Queer Catholicism.

(In my opinion, once you put “critical” and “queer” in front of anything, you’re not talking about the thing any more. Unless, you know, you’re modifying “breakfast” or “group” and even then I’d like to know what a critical queer breakfast is. …. No. I take that back. I really, really don’t.)

BEHOLD, MY SHOCKED FACE:  ‘Little to no difference’: Massive mask meta-study undermines remaining COVID mandates.

TOOK HIM LONG ENOUGH:  Hunter Biden finally admits infamous laptop is his as he pleads for criminal probe.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT THEIR AGE:  High school basketball coach fired after impersonating 13-year-old in JV game.

WELL, IT’S NOT LIKE THEY’RE OBJECTIVE ANYWAY:  Media objectivity to be pushed aside in name of diversity.

So, just excuse for same old, same old.

February 2, 2023

OPEN THREAD: Disport yourselves below.

SPACE: Rolls-Royce unveils early-stage design for space nuclear reactor.

WEIRD, HEART ATTACK RATES WERE FALLING FOR DECADES: Heart attacks on the rise among young adults, but many are unaware of risk.

JANICE FIAMENGO: The Henpecked Hero: Public Usefulness but Rarely Domestic Happiness for the Modern Good Man. “But why is she disappointed at all? The question of the woman or girl’s anger arises and is never answered in any of these programs. Are we to condemn the man because he didn’t grovel harder with an emotionally volatile woman? Because he didn’t compromise his professional obligations? Because he is so dedicated to his demanding and often dangerous job that he is emotionally spent when he comes home—or because what he deals with is so brutal that he can’t talk about it? So often in these scenes of castigation, one is struck by the ludicrous inappropriateness of it all. How dare this girl berate her father? How dare this woman debase her man? And why does he put up with it? . . . Women are almost never directly criticized in these portrayals, and are almost always presented as objects of love and longing for the hero. Yet it is hard not to notice that they are not clearly worth the male effort being expended. They are certainly never expected to meet the standards of self-control, arduous dedication, and mental toughness required of the men.”

BIDEN’S NEW CLIMATE STRATEGY: STAY HOME.

The COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t all bad, a new Biden administration plan to fight climate change argues: It at least “highlighted major opportunities” to reduce travel demand and lower carbon emissions through “remote work and virtual interactions.”

The plan—which President Joe Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency and Energy, Transportation, and Housing departments released in January—aims to “eliminate nearly all greenhouse gas emissions” from the transportation sector by 2050, mostly through a transition to electric vehicles. Also included in the plan, however, is a controversial call to reduce “commuting miles” through “an increase in remote work and virtual engagements,” including in education.

Make sure you read the last part of the final sentence of that excerpt carefully. Yes, they’re talking about working remotely and using Zoom calls or similar technology to hold meetings. But they added the phrase “including in education.”

Has anyone on Joe Biden’s team been paying any attention to the news for the past year? The school closures during the lockdown were disastrous for students. (And they were pretty hard on many parents as well, of course.) Students’ educational achievements cratered. Their emotional development was stunted. High school grades and graduation rates dropped, along with college admissions.

And now Joe Biden is pushing to have more of that “remote learning” make a comeback in the name of climate change? Have we learned nothing from the past three years? One thing we definitely learned was that children were at the lowest risk of bad outcomes from COVID, so the schools were probably the last places we should have shut down.

I can’t shake the feeling that this brings us one step closer to a declared “climate emergency.” You people can all stay locked down in your homes voluntarily to save the polar bears or we can declare an emergency and lock you down like we did during COVID.

As Stephen Miller asked in February of 2021:  Are you ready for the climate lockdowns? It’s only a matter of time.

SPACE: The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia.

ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS — EXCEPT EUROPA, OF COURSE: Astronomers Just Discovered 12 New Moons Orbiting Jupiter. “With the advent of these 12 previously undiscovered moons, the gas giant now has 92 known orbiting entities, surpassing Saturn’s amazing collection of 83.”

HMM: Was It Personal? Authorities Investigating Rumor That Tyre Nichols Was in a Relationship With Officer’s Ex. So we shift the narrative from white supremacy to toxic masculinity, I guess?

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: Fifth Circuit strikes down firearms prohibition under domestic violence restraining order. “The question presented in this case is not whether prohibiting the possession of firearms by someone subject to a domestic violence restraining order is a laudable policy goal. The question is whether 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(8), a specific statute that does so, is constitutional under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. In the light of N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n, Inc. v. Bruen, 142 S. Ct. 2111 (2022), it is not.”

The way to keep Rahimi from possessing a gun might be to keep him in jail longer on his many criminal offenses.

UPDATE: Eugene Volokh has thoughts.

MORE THAN JUST A GUN BUCKET: How to Choose a Good Holster. Tamara Keel has been going on about the importance of holsters for years, and when she talks guns, I listen.

ALL OF OUR INSTITUTIONS HAVE BEEN CORRUPTED: ‘Toe the line:’ Professor leaves academia as DEI corrupts STEM.

READER FAVORITE: RAK Magnetic Wristband for Holding Screws. #CommissionEarned

I’M FINE WITH THIS: Plodding Senate lowers expectations for new Congress. “As House Republicans spar with the Biden administration and pass a bevy of messaging bills, the Democratic-controlled Senate is off to a much slower start. Four weeks into the 118th session of Congress, the upper chamber has taken just a few votes and is only now organizing its committee rosters, foreshadowing what could be an unproductive two years.”

THE UNEXPECTED NEAR-PEER WAR: Ukraine’s Nation In Arms.

Eleven months of combat and suffering demonstrate that on the battlefield Ukraine can defeat a Russian invasion then launch limited but sustained (and thus effective) local counter-offensives.

As Month 12 begins, satellites photograph trenches and shell holes, wire services report artillery slugfests and cable TV experts speculate on new attacks when the Russians get more soldiers, when the Ukrainians deploy Leopard 2 tanks.

In other words, the war has become a bloody stalemate between two armies that refuse to lose.

Read the whole thing.

NAVAL MINES IN THE BLACK SEA: A Jim Dunnigan “How to Make War” WEAPONS update. The post also discusses Iranian mines in the Red Sea. Apparently they’ve sunk several Yemeni fishing boats.

WITH ENOUGH FOIL, YOU CAN EVEN TURN THEM INTO Ds: How to turn AAA batteries into AAs.

FIGHT THE POWER: Penn law dean hit with grievance over drawn out Amy Wax investigation. She said some stuff they didn’t like about admissions, probably because it was true. It’s been so long that I’ve forgotten the details. What’s there to “investigate?”

THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO SHOW UP: China will lose half its population by the end of the century — and the ripple effects will be catastrophic.

This year India is set to surpass China’s population, and in a few years it will surpass China’s working-age population — people 20 to 69. The United Nations has estimated that if China’s birth rate remains at its super-low level and the country fails to position itself as an attractive destination for migrants, the country will lose nearly half of its population by the end of this century, a contraction of roughly 700 million people.

Strong growth in its working-age population over the past several decades allowed China to become the world’s factory — over 70% of solar panels, 60% of farm machines, and 25% of robots are constructed with components from Chinese suppliers. Because of its manufacturing prowess and importance to supply chains, China’s shrinking working-age population has enormous, direct effects on the global economy. It’s also an omen for the US and Europe: If they don’t turn around their shrinking birth rates, they face the same economic fate as China.

But: “The large population decline is projected even though it assumes that China’s total fertility rate will rise from 1.18 children per woman in 2022 to 1.48 in 2100.”

Without that rise in fertility — which seems unlikely — China’s population will shrink even faster.

NICE: Astronauts awarded Congressional Space Medals of Honor. “Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley received medals for bravery for soaring to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s SpaceX Demonstration Mission-2. It was the first time in 17 years that the medals have been awarded.”

WELL, GOOD: Trump vows to end ‘left-wing gender insanity’ if re-elected.

DISRUPTION: ChatGPT Plus is here — and it has Google in its sights.

Can it really destroy Google’s business model in just two years? While Buccheit’s comments can appear hyperbolic, there could be some substance to them. Buccheit believes that ChatGPT and AI can erode Google Search’s dominance in the market, and even the need for a search engine results page entirely.

He makes no claim regarding AI’s ability to destroy — for example — the Google Pixel phones like the Google Pixel 7 Pro or the company’s Waymo self-driving car project. However, the money for these projects is largely fueled by Google Search — specifically Google Search’s ad revenue from the search engine results page.

In this instance, Buccheit is onto something. The New York Times reported recently that Google declared “code red” regarding AI and is now planning to integrate AI into its search engine and chatbot features at a severely accelerated pace. If true, it shows just how scared Google is by AI like ChatGPT threatening its business model.

Stay tuned.

HAPPY DIVERSITY THURSDAY. “The amount of wasted time, wasted resources, and empty hours listening to tenured radicals tell service members – most born in the 21st Century, that they should first and foremost see each other by the most artificial characteristics and then use that difference to position for advantage, conflict, and disorder firmly stuck in aspic from the perspective of the early 1970s.”

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A NATION BECOMES SICK: And no, not with a physical ailment like the Coronavirus, but rather a sickness in the body politic. Georgetown University Professor of Political Theory Joshua Mitchell says “we are losing the mediating institutions about which DeTocqueville wrote in Democracy in America.” He has much more to say, much of which is based on the ancient classics, and it will leave you astounded that he retains his chair at Georgetown. Maybe I should’t be calling attention to this?

DEAL OF THE DAY: iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test. #CommissionEarned

KRUISER: A Tale of Two Parties: Ronna McDaniel’s RNC and Regular Republican Voters. “The Republican Party is now faced with heading into the most important presidential election since perhaps the American Civil War as a dysfunctional family. The Republican voters in real America are estranged from the string-pullers in Washington, specifically the RNC. McDaniel’s mere presence will guarantee that remains the case throughout the next two years.”

I WANT ONE FOR MY CAMPUS: Too cool for school: How’s ’bout a small nuclear reactor to power campus?

KEITH WHITTINGTON ON WHY DESANTIS NEEDN’T FEAR A HIGHER-EDUCATION TIT FOR TAT:

Imagine a left-wing DeSantis comes to power and is quite willing to meddle in universities to advance their own ideological vision using the kinds of tools DeSantis is now using and might use in the future. Should conservatives fear that possibility and so restrain themselves now? Not really and here’s why. The status quo in universities ALREADY looks like that is the case. They are already ideologically captured. What would a left-wing DeSantis do to get universities to behave more in accordance with his preferences? Probably nothing. Mission already accomplished.

From a conservative perspective, there is little to fear from breaking down the norm that keeps politics out of universities. From their perspective that norm is already gone. Politics is already in the universities, but it came from the inside. The calls are coming from inside the house!

Indeed. The left should have worried about tit for tat when it shattered norms, but it didn’t.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Comedian Anthony Jeselnik: ‘I Don’t Have Sympathy’ for Canceled Chappelle. “Anthony Jeselnik, on paper, should live in mortal fear of Cancel Culture. The comic traffics in material so extreme, so morally warped, that it’s shocking someone hasn’t raised a ruckus over it yet. He likely stays ahead of the mob by embracing his over-the-top brand. No one actually believes he believes what he says on stage.”

AS I SUGGESTED EARLIER, AI WILL HIT THE “CREATIVE CLASS” HARDER THAN THE WORKING CLASS: “Our exaggerated reverence for the creative impulse derives from the romantics of the early 19th century… and filtered through from intellectual bohemia to the upper middle classes…. Now, quite banal instances of human creativity are preposterously overvalued. Witness the often conceited superiority of those in only tangentially creative professions. Why should a newspaper columnist or an advertising copywriter feel himself to be more interesting than a banker or a cleaner? I have lawyer friends who complain of the rictus countenances and slipping eye-contact they get from artistic types at parties. But I know those parties. And I know my lawyers are the most interesting people in the room…. AI should disillusion us of the spurious glamour of creativity. It will be good for those who have suffered the social condescension of ‘creatives.'”

Not least because the creative work of recent decades is mostly rather bad — and in the case of expensive public art, often spectacularly bad.

WHY IS HIGHER EDUCATION SUCH A CESSPIT OF SEXIST BIGOTRY? Office for Civil Rights probes complaints Stanford discriminates against men.

UKRAINE WAR [VIP]: Here Comes the Russian Wave. “It likely comes down to a numbers game as Russia continues cranking up its first major offensive since stalling out last summer. This is where Western weapons and training come in, or at least they should.”

Don’t forget that VODKAPUNDIT promo code if you’ve been thinking of joining us.

ADAM COLEMAN: Be inspired this Black History Month — and take it back from agenda-driven progressives.

Progressives are seducing Americans to constantly stare at past oppression of black Americans to slowly impair their vision of the present and beyond. They’re the merchants of a singular narrative about how we’re the descendants of the downtrodden who stood idly by until graciously receiving white people’s benevolence.

If you’re white, you’re supposed to grovel for forgiveness for what you haven’t personally done and simultaneously elevate yourself to become black America’s savior to allegedly prevent it from happening again. If you’re black, you’re supposed to accept your position in society as the permanently disadvantaged who resents needing assistance.

Black history is too often articulated only from the perspective of what was done to us and rarely displayed as what we were capable of overcoming — and it’s been exploited by progressives for social manipulation.

Read the whole thing.

CHANGE: US to widen military presence in Philippines amid China fear.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEFING: DeSantis Keeps Staring Down His Haters and Winning. “Democrats, their flying monkeys in the mainstream media, and now hardcore Trump faithful, would prefer that DeSantis trip up and give them a reason to force him off of the stage, but he’s not the stumbling type so far.”

VIDEO: The Flying Yeet of Death. “This is a great application of one of Murphy’s Military Laws: ‘If it’s stupid but it works, it ain’t stupid.’ For the Russians, it must be quit embarrassing to get yeeted into the afterlife by Doogie Howser’s science fair project.”

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): The photo appears implausible to me — at least, those don’t look quite like RPG rounds attached to the drones, and they look too heavy for them though it’s hard to establish scale in this picture. I welcome input from people who know more.

More: The narrator doesn’t actually say the photo illustrates the drone used in the video, only that it’s “something like” that.

NOBODY KNOWS, NOBODY CARES: White House asks of Kamala Harris, ‘What’s she doing? Where is she?’

INCOMING! Ever hear of the Congressional Integrity Project (CIP)? Probably not, since it’s a dark money hit group funded in part by the ever-mysterious Arabella Advisors, via its Sixteen Thirty Fund.

The purpose of CIP, according to the Washington Free Beacon’s Chuck Ross, is to dig up/create/invent anything and everything Democrats think might be needed to discredit leaders of the congressional Republican investigations into the Biden Crime Family, Biden administration disasters like the Border Crisis and the classified documents controversy.

So expect lots of mudslinging to commence soon against House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-Ky), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Speaker Rebellion Leader Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) and many more.

But don’t expect to hear anything in the Mainstream Media about who funds CIP because it’s a Democratic opposition research operation, and why would you question anything about it, so nothing to see here, just move along.

MORE ON CHATGPT’S BUILT-IN BIAS AGAINST FOSSIL FUELS. “The potential for systems such as ChatGPT to skew the political debate..and the entire worldview of the population…seems likely to exceed the already-considerable influence of traditional and social media.”

Well, that’s one reason why they’re being pushed, of course.

BIOMEDICAL SECURITY STATE: British Edition.

LINCOLN BROWN: Former ABC Reporter Arrested on Charges That Should Concern Any Parent. “If you have kids, once you have vented, go find your child’s phone, tablet, laptop — whatever they use. Go through that thing file by file and application by application.”

“SCIENCE!” Meet the Liberal Climate Scientist Biden Tapped to Serve on His Intelligence Advisory Board: Brown University’s Kim Cobb entered ‘acute mental health crisis’ following Trump’s 2016 win. To be fair, she was joined by millions of fellow Democrats. Many of whom still haven’t recovered.

YES: It’s Time for the Scientific Community to Admit We Were Wrong About COVID and It Cost Lives.

I was wrong. We in the scientific community were wrong. And it cost lives.

I can see now that the scientific community from the CDC to the WHO to the FDA and their representatives, repeatedly overstated the evidence and misled the public about its own views and policies, including on natural vs. artificial immunity, school closures and disease transmission, aerosol spread, mask mandates, and vaccine effectiveness and safety, especially among the young. All of these were scientific mistakes at the time, not in hindsight. Amazingly, some of these obfuscations continue to the present day.

But perhaps more important than any individual error was how inherently flawed the overall approach of the scientific community was, and continues to be. It was flawed in a way that undermined its efficacy and resulted in thousands if not millions of preventable deaths.

What we did not properly appreciate is that preferences determine how scientific expertise is used, and that our preferences might be—indeed, our preferences were—very different from many of the people that we serve. We created policy based on our preferences, then justified it using data. And then we portrayed those opposing our efforts as misguided, ignorant, selfish, and evil.

We made science a team sport, and in so doing, we made it no longer science.

This is how they can begin to restore public trust, but statements like this one are few and far between.

LIGHTNING DEAL: Coofandy Men’s Business Dress Shirt. #CommissionEarned

HONESTLY, THIS DEBT CEILING APPROACH SOUNDS FINE TO ME:

Many on Wall Street believe that the Treasury Department, in order to avoid defaulting on U.S. debt, would “prioritize” payments on its bonds if it could no longer borrow funds to cover all its expenses. They expect that America’s lenders — the bondholders who own U.S. Treasury debt — would be first in line to receive interest and other payments, even if it meant delaying other obligations like government salaries or retirement benefits.

Plus:

A number of prominent financial experts at Bank of America, Barclays and other major firms are confident that the U.S. will avert a global market meltdown by continuing to pay its bondholders if the Treasury Department crosses the threshold where it can’t cover all its other bills. They think the U.S. can do so by withholding funds for things like benefits owed to individual Americans or payments to firms doing business with the government.

It’s a view that aligns with those of conservative lawmakers, who argue that payment prioritization on Treasury securities — the bedrock of the international financial system — is a viable contingency plan as they push for budget cuts opposed by President Joe Biden.

The White House and Treasury are already putting up resistance to the idea, which Treasury says would amount to a default. But disclosures over the past several years — driven in part by investigations by House Republicans — have revealed that officials believe the government has the technical capacity to implement payment prioritization, though it would be experimental and risky.

And:

The key in both stories is that some on Wall Street are open to the idea of a default not being a financial catastrophe. A thorough read of both articles suggests that there are long odds on that. But note that just having this reportage out there reframes the conversation from “a default will be catastrophic!’ to “if a default happens, how would we muddle through?” The moment the framing shifts, suddenly the inconceivable becomes a little more conceivable. At that point, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, now we are just haggling over the price rather than sticking to principle.

It’s a way to shrink government obligations without defaulting on actual creditors. Since the political system is too broken/parasitized to do that, it’ll have to happen another way. Remember: Something that can’t go on forever, won’t.

HOW IT STARTED: PayPal Still Threatens $2500 Fines for Promoting “Discriminatory” “Intolerance” (Even if Not “Misinformation”).

— Eugene Volokh, Reason, October 9th.

How it’s going: PayPal to cut 2,000 jobs in latest tech company cost-cutting.

—AP, Tuesday.

THAT’S NICE, BUT FOR ME TO USE THIS TECHNIQUE AND LOOK GOOD IN A FUTURISTIC ONE-PIECE, I NEED MY BODY 30 YEARS AGO:   A Serious Temptation.

Not that I begrudge Sgt. Mom who is a friend. Maybe I should write steampunk. DIL and DIL in training both like sewing period clothing.
It’s worth a try.

MORE OF THE PUBLIC’S MONEY GOING TO PEOPLE WHO MAKE THINGS MOST OF THE PUBLIC DOESN’T WANT: Biden Administration Looks to Revolutionize the EV Industry With Huge Tax Credits for Battery Makers.

#JOURNALISM: “Objectivity Has Got To Go”: News Leaders Call for the End of Objective Journalism. “Notably, while Bob Woodward and others have finally admitted that the Russian collusion coverage lacked objectivity and resulted in false reporting, media figures are pushing even harder against objectivity as a core value in journalism.”

Oh, it’s gone already. They’re just dropping what’s left of the mask.

THE STATES POWER DOWN: Ambitious renewables mandates by local governments are eroding the electric grid’s reliability, with alarming consequences.

Making people’s lives worse is the goal. The climate is just the excuse.

NOT-NEWS YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO USE:  Pencils.

WE’VE GOT TO STOP WITH THE MADE UP HISTORY:  Reviewers have entirely predictable response to 1619 Project on Hulu.

HE’S RIGHT, YOU KNOW?  People should be free to talk about mental health.

YEAH, I AM FULL AWARE HOW SILLY AMERICANS ARE ON RACE:  The Idiocy of America’s Racial Classification System.

My view of American-born-and-raised people and their views on race is that Farside cartoon with the penguin bathrooms with identical images and “only they call tell the difference.”

About the third time total strangers approached my family while we were out at something public and asked what race we were because they couldn’t tell I decided the only cure to all of this is Thorazine in the water supply. Either that or filter out the Quaalude.

Look, as my mom said when she visited “Americans. You can’t tell what anyone is. They’re all so mixed.” At the time I added “And proud.” We should still be. The idea our society can have a race war is like lines having a sphere war. You can tell the left is insane because sex, which has a proper, biological definition, they’ve decided is actually a social construct. Meanwhile race, which is a slippery phantom, they want set in stone.

Bah.

OR, HERE’S AN IDEA: WE ABOLISH THE FBI AND SALT THE EARTH:  Planned New FBI HQ Is Twice the Size of the Pentagon.

AND SPEAKING OF THINGS THAT ARE CREEPY:  Tucker: This is a matter of national survival [VIDEO]

Sure, sure. It’s a conspiracy theory. Sure, sure, plants burning and what not is completely normal. But you know, I remember that the egg crisis was supposed to be maybe three months, and not keep getting worse.

Other things I remember…. these days conspiracy theories tend to be revealed as truth in a month or two.

It’s not like I like clown world. It’s just where we live right now.

THE LEFT WANTS TO CREATE A NEW CITIZENRY:  The Unacceptable Cost of Open-Border Mission Creep.

An illegal, illiterate, easily manipulated one.

EVEN I THEY HAVE TO INVENT IT:  Race Everywhere.

And largely they do.

OH, NO. IT’S NOT TOO LATE. THE RECKONING IS JUST NOT GOING TO BE WHAT ANY OF US WANTS:   It’s Far Too Late For A ‘Reckoning’ Of The Trump Years. The Corrupted News Media Are Irredeemable.

They refused to let us fix things the easy way, through elections. That means the reckoning is coming. I am not threatening. I am predicting. These things always have a payback, and it’s far more terrible than the idiots trying to control the systems can imagine.

GOOD. WHY WOULD DISTRIBUTING THE CONSTITUTION BE A PROBLEM IN AMERICA?  Pushback: Student appeals conviction for distributing Constitution on public campus.

I’LL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT:  Covid Emergencies Will End On May 11, Per White House.

WOW. SHOCKED, SHOCKED, SHOCKED:  Hunter The Pig Paid An Employee For Sex.

February 1, 2023

SALENA ZITO: Centralizing Power Is Always A Bad Idea.

OPEN THREAD: It’s all about you.

CHANGE: Hunter Biden finally admits infamous laptop is his as he pleads for criminal probe.

So much for, the laptop “could be” mine.

First son Hunter Biden’s lawyers admitted late Wednesday that the infamous laptop the now-52-year-old abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop in the throes of his crack cocaine addiction does indeed belong to him.

The revelation came in a petulant letter from Hunter Biden’s lawyers seeking a criminal probe into what they called, attempts to “weaponize” its contents.

In the 14-page letter to Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings, Biden attorney Abbe Lowell claimed that repair shop shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac unlawfully accessed Hunter’s laptop data and worked with former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to “weaponize” sordid and incriminating contents on it against Joe Biden.

“This failed dirty political trick directly resulted in the exposure, exploitation, and manipulation of Mr. Biden’s private and personal information,” Lowell wrote.

“Mr. Mac Isaac’s intentional, reckless, and unlawful conduct allowed for hundreds of gigabytes of Mr. Biden’s personal data, without any discretion, to be circulated around the Internet.”

Flashback: Who is Vijaya Gadde, the Twitter exec involved in censoring Post’s Hunter Biden laptop bombshell?

In other Hunter news today: ‘Set phone up so I can spy on you showering.’ Hunter Biden threatened to withhold cash-strapped assistant’s pay if she didn’t FaceTime him naked, texts show — as it’s revealed she’s the f0urth employee with whom he had a sexual relationship.

As Mickey Kaus asks, “If Hunter Biden were a Hollywood studio head who did this, would he still have a job?”

PREVENTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: Smashin’ asteroids, Hollywood style: could nuking an asteroid save the Earth?

#JOURNALISM:

MARK JUDGE: The Hollywood Stasi and their botched anti-Kavanaugh film.

A new surprise documentary recently played at the Sundance Film Festival. Justice looks into the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. The film is being sold by filmmaker Doug Liman, who kept its existence a secret for years before premiering it to a sold-out theater surrounded by armed guards.

The verdict is that Justice is a nothing burger, with no new evidence and even the Hollywood Reporter calling it “a nonevent.”

I haven’t seen the film, but I was approached about it by Liman late last year. I played a role in the Kavanaugh confirmation battle when a woman named Christine Blasey Ford claimed that I was in the room when she was assaulted by a teenage Brett Kavanaugh in 1982. Ford famously could not remember the time or place of the alleged incident, and her claim was rebuked by a close friend of Ford’s who Ford said had also been at the party.

I wrote a book about my experience in The Devil’s Triangle: Mark Judge vs the New American Stasi. My thesis is that the media, opposition researchers, and Hollywood form a new American Stasi, similar to the old East German secret police. They use extortion, intimidation, and threats to destroy the lives of others, ignoring any facts or evidence that point away from their narrative.

Justice is a great example. My suspicion is that Liman and his crew were working on a heavily propagandistic film for years and were not expecting my book to drop.

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