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There’s now another way to push back against mask mandates

(AmericanThinker) – If there’s one thing that Democrats are, it’s green. They are all about the environment. If there’s another thing Democrats are, it’s that they are committed to masks. They are deeply invested in the mask narrative. But what happens when those two narratives collide and Democrats learn that almost 1.6 billion disposable masks are polluting the ocean with many more certain to come?

Conservatives believe in maintaining a healthy and vibrant environment for the good of those now living and for the benefit of generations to come. Democrats and other leftists believe that humankind is the worst parasite the earth has ever produced. Every one of their green initiatives is intended to return to the world to a virginal state, without any consideration for human well-being.

Thanks to Democrats, fuel prices have shot up 30% since Biden entered the White House, dishwashers and washing machines don’t clean the way they used to, you can’t get plastic bags or straws in California, nuclear facilities that provide clean energy are being shut down, cities buy electric buses that quickly degrade , and car manufacturers are being pushed to produce only electric cars even though America’s power grid cannot handle that and few people have the ability to break a trip for 45 minutes to an hour to “fill the tank.”

The real giveaway that Democrats imagine a practically virgin earth, free from the human stain, is the utter disdain they have for people who dare to have children. Children are merely a burden on Mother Gaia. We shouldn’t have zero population growth; we should have negative population growth.

With this attitude, you’d think that leftists would have embraced COVID as a good purge to free Mother Gaia of all those pesky, destructive humans. But, no! Instead, Democrats and other leftists decreed that everyone over the age of two must wear a mask at all times in order to survive a virus with a less than 2% mortality rate and one, moreover, that primarily strikes the very old or very sick. Democrats didn’t care that masks are ineffective against the virus, that people wear them incorrectly (below the nose, under the chin, on again and off again with constant cross-contamination), or that the disposable masks contain graphene, a dangerous chemical. We were told to wear them or else!

But here’s where we run into the delicious moral conundrum that the Democrats must face. (And it is a moral conundrum because Democrats frame all their demands as moral imperatives.) It turns out that those masks are devastating our oceans :

Nearly 1.6 billion disposable face masks ended up in the earth’s oceans in 2020, out of the roughly 52 billion produced in response to the pandemic, according to a study.

While governments around the world continue to support mask mandates in public spaces, the impact of disposable masks is only just emerging.

OceansAsia , which produced the study, had some more grim statistics for the uber-green Democrats who are hellbent on making masks a permanent fixture:

This will result in an additional 4,680 to 6,240 metric tonnes of marine plastic pollution, says the report, entitled “Masks on the Beach: The Impact of COVID-19 on Marine Plastic Pollution.” These masks will take as long as 450 years to break down, slowly turning into micro plastics while negatively impacting marine wildlife and ecosystems.

“The 1.56 billion face masks that will likely enter our oceans in 2020 are just the tip of the iceberg,” says Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, Director of Research for OceansAsia, and lead author of the report. “The 4,680 to 6,240 metric tonnes of face masks are just a small fraction of the estimated 8 to 12 million metric tonnes of plastic that enter our oceans each year.”

“Marine plastic pollution is devastating our oceans,” says Gary Stokes, Operations Director of OceansAsia. “Plastic pollution kills an estimated 100,000 marine mammals and turtles, over a million seabirds, and even greater numbers of fish, invertebrates and other animals each year. It also negatively impacts fisheries and the tourism industry, and costs the global economy an estimated $13 billion USD per year.”

The organization, being leftist, recommends reusable masks, even though they are the least effective when it comes to preventing even large particles from passing through.

I am, of course, concerned about what’s being done to the world’s oceans and coasts in pursuit of a non-existent magic bullet to end COVID contagion. Nevertheless, I always enjoy it when leftists engage in a civil war over their competing values. These wars are brutal, destructive, and exactly what we need to help expose the world to the contradictions inherent in leftism, especially because both sides of these battles are invariably in the wrong.

As for you, if you don’t want to wear a mask, just murmur something about pollution. See if it works…

www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/08/woohoo_theres_now_another_way_to_push_back_against_mask_mandates.html

Coming Soon: A ‘No Buy List’ for Conservatives

(PJMedia) – Suppose you’re doing a little online shopping and see a nice pair of shoes you want to buy. But when it comes to the payment part of the transaction, you are rejected. Your PayPal account is frozen. Your credit cards may be canceled. And forget to try a crowdfunding site like GoFundMe as an alternative.

You haven’t been hacked. Your personal finances have been de-platformed. You have become a non-person in the international financial community because somewhere someone determined that you were spouting “hate speech.”

Perhaps you’re pro-life? That’s an anti-woman point of view and will not be tolerated. Do you support a traditional view of marriage? Begone from Amazon, hateful one!

The problem, according to David Sacks, a super successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist, is a “redefinition” of hate.

Common Sense:

The reclassification of political opponents as hate groups has been enabled by expansive redefinitions of terms like racism, segregation and white supremacy. When “segregation” can be used in The New York Times to describe a 70% Asian school like Stuyvesant; when the notion of color-blindness is considered racist by influential intellectuals like Ibram X. Kendi; and when “white supremacy” has been used to describe any support for any policy that can result in disparate outcomes, then a broad range of organizations can be lumped in with truly vile ones. Until now, these over-categorizations were largely a case of rhetorical hyperbole in academic debates. Thanks to Big Tech, they are now being operationalized.

The operationalization of de-platforming people because of the exaggerated and overly expansive definitions of what constitutes “hate” will eventually lead to restrictions placed on certain people regarding their online financial presence.

The harm is compounded when the loss of speech rights is followed by restrictions on the ability to participate in online economic activity. Within days of the Trump-Parler cancellations, most of the finance tech stack ( Stripe , Square, PayPal, Shopify , GoFundMe, and even enterprise SaaS company Okta , which wasn’t used by anyone in the events of January 6) declared they were canceling the accounts of ” individuals and organizations connected to the [Capitol] riot .”

Now PayPal has gone much further, creating the economic equivalent of the No-Fly List with the ADL’s assistance. If history is any guide, other fintech companies will soon follow suit. As we saw in the case of speech restrictions, the political monoculture that prevails among employees of these companies will create pressure for all of them to act as a bloc.

In fact, according to Reason’s Robby Soave, the tools of oppression are already in existence.

Meanwhile, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other sites will be expanding their use of a centralized database that compiles extremist content for the purposes of coordinated de-platforming. At present, the sites collude to take down content that promotes Islamic terrorism-ISIS and the Taliban, for instance-but in the future, it could be deployed against right-wing extremism as well.

The Founders had the right idea. Rather than the government – or anyone – trying to determine what might be acceptable speech and what isn’t, just let it all out there – the good, the bad, the hateful, and the sublime.

But that would require trust in people’s judgment. And for those who believe their judgment superior to everyone else’s, that simply cannot be allowed to happen.

pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2021/07/31/coming-soon-a-no-buy-list-for-conservatives-and-other-hate-groups-n1466088

Defund the police hardliner AOC spent $34k on private security in the first 6 months of 2021

(AmericanThinker) – When New York City proposed cutting a billion dollars from the NYPD budget last year, it didn’t go far enough for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. As The Hill reported, Ocasio-Cortez said that cutting the police budget is not effective if it does not result in the reduced presence of law enforcement. Burt when it comes to protecting herself, AOC wants a very robust presence, including staff from one of toughest private security outfits of all, one that was a contractor for Blackwater, the private military contractor that the left accused of war crimes in Iraq.

But don’t worry about cutting her clothes or her Whole Foods budget. The money is coming from her campaign.

The New York Post reports:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez paid thousands for personal security to a former Blackwater contractor, a review of Federal Election Commission records shows.

AOC’s campaign dropped at least $4,636 at Tullis Worldwide Protection for “security services” between January and June of this year according to the filings.

The Franconia, Virginia-based company is owned by Devin Tullis, whose other clients include the royal families of both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to his website . (snip)

The Tullis money was just a small piece of the more than $34,000 AOC has spent on private security and consultants in the first half of 2021, records show.

The politician formerly known as Sandy Cortez is probably too young to remember that Blackwater, which contracted with Tullis, contracted with other people who were convicted of killing 17 civilians in Iraq, while accompanying US officials as their security detail. But now that she is the one accompanied by security details, who knows? Maybe that is a feature, not a bug.

Instead of defunding the police who protect the powerless, AOC ought to defund her own personal police – if she really believes her rhetoric.

Caricature by Donkey Hotey CC BY-SA 2.0 license

www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/08/defund_the_police_hardliner_aoc_spent_34k_on_private_security_in_the_first_6_months_of_2021.html

The Biggest Indication Yet That Trump Is Running in 2024

(PJMedia) – In an interview with Newsmax, Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, revealed that Trump is “moving forward” with a 2024 presidential run in a “real way.” What exactly does that mean? According to Meadows, Trump met with “cabinet members” at his Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey Friday evening to discuss his future politics.

Meadows said: “We met with some of our Cabinet members tonight. […] We’re looking at what does come next. I’m not authorized to speak on behalf of the president. But, I can tell you this: We wouldn’t be meeting tonight if we weren’t making plans to move forward in a real way, with President Trump at the head of that ticket.”

Last month, Trump told Sean Hannity that he has made up his mind about running in 2024 but didn’t say what the decision was.

“Let me ask you this. Without giving the answer-what the answer is… have you made up your mind?” Hannity asked.

“Yes,” Trump replied.

Polls have repeatedly shown that Trump is favored for the Republican nomination in 2024 should he run. However, my former PJ Media colleague Tyler O’Neil believes Trump’s best play is to sit out 2024 and use his prestige to be a kingmaker for conservative candidates . Personally, I think that Trump is being set up to win big in 2024 by none other than Joe Biden. Biden claims that he’s planning to run again, and he continually makes the case with his actions that Trump is the leader we need to fix problems. For example, Biden took the most secure southern border in history and created a huge crisis. Illegal border crossings plummeted during the Trump administration -an undeniable result of Trump’s zero-tolerance policy for illegal immigrants. The border wall also proved to be successful in blocking illegal crossings . However, under Biden, illegal border crossings have skyrocketed to six times what the Obama administration deemed crisis-level, as immigrants began flooding here after the election, believing Biden would deliver on amnesty.

Biden’s botching of the vaccination distribution plan is also something that works in Trump’s favor. After inheriting multiple COVID vaccines and a distribution plan, Biden fell behind his own vaccination goals after his disastrous decision to pause the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after only 6 cases of severe blood clots out of nearly 7 million people receiving the shot. Vaccination rates plummeted after that. Biden is now considering bribery schemes and possibly a vaccine mandate to boost vaccination rates.

Meanwhile, the economy, which should be roaring back to life, isn’t. Instead, it’s plagued by higher prices, inflation, and people choosing not to go back to work.

So, yeah, I like Trump’s chances.

pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2021/08/01/the-biggest-indication-yet-that-trump-is-running-in-2024-n1466277

The Case for Demanding Covid-19 Reparations from Communist China. Here’s How to Make Beijing Pay

(Breitbart) – What Price Covid?

How much has the Covid-19 pandemic cost the United States? A lot. And if, in fact, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is responsible for the virus, then maybe the PRC should be liable for its costs.

As of this writing, the American death toll from Covid stands at more than 628,000 . And according to Florida-based Jack Bernstein, Injury Attorneys, the average settlement for a wrongful death ranges between $500,000 and $1 million. So if we were to apply that cost-range and multiply it by the number of deaths in the U.S., we’d have a dollar total of somewhere between $314 billion and $628 billion. o maybe the communist regime in Beijing owes us that much.

But there’s more. Let’s not forget that the U.S. has suffered more than 35 million cases of the disease-that’s more than 10 percent of the national population. Many of those cases, of course, required hospitalization and even intensive care for days or even weeks. T he direct cost of coronavirus healthcare, plus the indirect cost of pain and suffering, reaches into the many billions and even trillions.

Furthermore, even for the non-infected, the economic damage of Covid-19 was enormous. In the second quarter of last year, the gross domestic product of the U.S. fell by a Depression-like 32.4 percent . And while the economy has since recovered, few escaped personal trauma, and many have suffered lasting financial damage.

Indeed, the economic carnage has been worldwide. According to a recent study from the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution, in 2020 alone, the virus clipped seven percent off world GDP, which is to say, a planetary loss of more than $6 trillion. Brookings also notes that in response to the pandemic, the governments of the world injected about $16 trillion in cash into their economies. Given the state of emergency last year, at least some of that infusion might have been necessary, and yet as we are already seeing, all that Keynesian cash will increase inflation .

By every possible measure, Covid-19 was enormously destructive. And what if it turns out that Covid-19 was not the result of some terrible act of God, but rather, the result of laboratory negligence or even the result of some sort of contrived weaponization ?

Security personnel stand guard outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan as members of the World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of the COVID-19 coronavirus make a visit to the institute in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on February 3, 2021. (HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

Hundreds of officials and groups across America and across the world have made the dire accusation that China is to blame. Yet for the moment, we can rely just on Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), a member both the House Armed Services Committee and the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, who declared in a July 20 press release :

The evidence is overwhelming that the Communist Chinese Party NEGLIGENTLY, RECKLESSLY OR INTENTIONALLY RELEASED COVID-19 on the world. Moreover, China engaged in a massive disinformation and propaganda campaign to cover up their misdeeds. Dr. Li-Meng Yan bravely defected from China to America after DISCOVERING the COMMUNIST CHINESE PARTY’S destructive and evil Wuhan bio-weapons program. I urge America and the world to wake up to the threat posed by an unchecked Chinese Communist Party. It’s time to get tough and hold China accountable for its deadly actions. [capitalizations in original]

Yet interestingly, the Biden administration doesn’t seem much interested in pursuing this line of thinking or inquiry. And why not? We might list three possible explanations:

First, as Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin explained , the Biden people don’t see the China-did-it argument as their fight. I n their minds, China’s guilt is a matter left over from the Trump administration-an administration which, of course, they all detest. So why should they fight the fight championed by the loathed “former guy”?

Second, the Biden administration doesn’t want to do anything to widen the split with China because its “climate czar,” John Kerry, looks forward to working with the PRC to combat climate change . Of course, the Chinese are too busy building new coal-fired power plants to pay Kerry anything but lip service, and yet lip service seems to be good enough for Kerry.

Third , the Biden administration is deeply afraid of doing anything that would undercut its political investment in Dr. Anthony Fauci. We can recall that during the 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden heaped praise on Fauci, casting him as a sort of Anti-Trump. Indeed, after Biden came into office, he raised Fauci’s profile even further; if you “trust the science,” as Biden likes to say, then you must trust Fauci.

And yet recently, Fauci has been accused of cooperating with-and even helping to finance-the Chinese regime on Gain of Function (GOF) research for viruses. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has also accused Fauci of subsequently and deceitfully covering up his involvement.

Dr. Anthony Fauci (R) looks on as President Joe Biden tours the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, February 11, 2021. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Needless to say, these allegations of “collusion” are in dispute, even as more incriminating evidence piles up every day. In the words of former State Department official David Asher, now at the Hudson Institute, “The Chinese basically sucked [the U.S. government] into its honey pot operation to gain access to U.S. technology, knowledge, and material support. Classic. Just as they have done in every sector.”

The Bidenites know that if the collusion charge against Fauci and others in and around the U.S government could ever be proved, it would be perhaps the greatest scandal in scientific history-and the resulting explosion would blow back on the 46th president.

So for all these reasons, the Biden people don’t wish to poke at Big Panda on the origins of Covid, just as the communist government in Beijing is determined not to allow a real investigation .

Yet the Biden administration’s motives need not be our motives. The rest of us can, if we choose to, assert our right to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable. Still, the question is how ?

Damages? Reparations?

If the PRC has done harm to us and to the world, then human ethics, common sense, and perhaps even international law tell us that it should pay.

One forceful proponent of this view is Donald Trump. Back in April 2020, then-President Trump declared that his administration was “doing serious investigations,” looking at potentially seeking “very substantial damages.” Indeed, that same month last year, a Harris poll found that 54 percent of Americans thought that China should pay Covid compensation.

And in June 2021, Trump, by now out of office, quantified his demand, telling an audience in Greenville, NC, that China should pay $10 trillion to the U.S. and to the rest of the world. As he put it, “The time has come for America and the world to demand reparations and accountability from the Communist Party of China.”

Trump added that if the Chinese refused to pay, “All countries should collectively cancel all debt they owe to China as a down payment on reparations.” Since China holds $5.6 trillion in foreign debt, the forfeiture of that much money would go a long way toward compensating victims for the damage Covid has done.

In the meantime, American lawyers have already taken steps to secure damage awards from the courts. Way back on March 12, 2020, The Berman Law Group filed a national class action suit against the PRC, as well as several jurisdictions and ministries, on behalf of American claimants. And on April 8, 2020, the firm filed another lawsuit, this one on behalf of healthcare workers. As Berman put it:

This lawsuit was filed by concerned and affected citizens on The lawsuit is currently pending in the Southern District of Florida, and seeks billions of dollars in compensatory damages for those who have suffered personal injuries, wrongful deaths, property damage and other damages due to China’s failure to contain the COVID-19 virus, despite their ability to have stopped the spread of the virus in its early stages.

(Interestingly enough, the Berman firm has Joe Biden’s brother, Francis “Frank” Biden , on the payroll as a non-lawyer government relations adviser.)

Also in April 2020, Eric Schmitt, the attorney general for Missouri, filed a similar legal claim, and there have been many other private and public claims filed since.

Most observers are skeptical that these lawsuits can punch through, at least in the current legal climate. As attorneys for the big Washington, DC, law firm of Arnold & Porter wrote recently , “The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act will likely be China’s first line of defense. The act presumptively deprives federal courts of jurisdiction over civil suits brought against foreign states.” And so, the lawyers concluded, “Most cases seem to be drifting in procedural purgatory”

However, it’s possible that U.S. law could be changed to make lawsuits easier. That is, after all, what Congress did in 2016, when it passed The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act , overriding then-president Barack Obama’s veto.

Indeed, in July 2020, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Civil Justice for Victims of China-Originated Viral Infections Diseases (COVID) Act, which would have amended the aforementioned Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to permit lawsuits against China. The bill never went further than the committee, and it died completely with the ending of the 116th Congress. And the new 117th Congress, completely controlled by Democrats, shows no interest in reviving the idea of Chinese liability.

Yet still, the sentiment that China should pay is strong and not just in the U.S.

For instance, in June, the Indian international relations expert Abhijit Bhattacharyya opined :

The world, including India, must compel the Communist Party of China’s government in Beijing to pay suitable reparations or damages to all nations that have been left devastated by the China-conceived Third World War, which is still raging.

And this from Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former education minister in Nigeria and also a former vice president at the World Bank:

The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a severe injury to Africa’s development prospects and worsened the conditions of its poor and vulnerable. . . . The continent must be accorded damages and liability compensation from China, the rich and powerful country that failed to transparently and effectively manage this global catastrophe.

In these declarations, we can see that the burden of the China-should-pay argument is starting to shift from a strictly legal case for damages to a more general political case for reparations .

And with politics, including international politics, it’s not the fine points of law that decide money flows, but rather, the overall correlation of political and geopolitical forces.

And if there’s an armed conflict or anything close, then, of course, everything’s up for grabs. For perspective, we might look back to World War One and World War Two , when the United States found itself in conflict with Germany. In both cases, the federal government seized German assets in the U.S., valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The inflation-adjusted equivalent, today, would be in the many billions.

In our time, the Treasury Department has an Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), designed to deal with exactly these sorts of situations. Of late, OFAC has been mostly focused on the rogue nation of Iran, and yet its writ could always be expanded.

So how much Chinese wealth in the U.S. is there potentially to seize? In 2016, the left-leaning research group Public Citizen estimated total Chinese holdings in the U.S. at “over $145 billion.” And just this year, the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute calculated Chinese investment in the U.S., made just between the years 2005 and 2020, to be $180 billion .

In addition, China held, as of 2019, some $1.5 trillion in U.S. securities, including those issued both publicly and privately.

Of course, if Uncle Sam were ever to seize PRC assets in the U.S., China could do the same to American holdings in China; and in 2019, it was estimated that Americans had investments in China totaling $116 billion .

Which is to say, if we compare the respective dollar totals, China has more to lose-a lot more.

Yet in the meantime, the Beijing communists are anything but apologetic or conciliatory. They seem to think that the best defense is a strong offense.

Chairman of the Communist Party Xi Jinping appears on a large screen as performers dance during a mass gala marking the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party on June 28, 2021, at the Olympic Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, China. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

In that offensive spirit, just a few days ago, when Wendy Sherman, the U.S. deputy secretary of state, traveled to China, she was met harshly. After she brought up U.S. concerns about China-with only mild interest in Covid-19 causation-her Chinese interlocutor answered with an angry volley. Said Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng, “The U.S. side is in no position to lecture China on democracy and human rights,” adding that the U.S. was once “engaged in genocide against Native Americans.”

Of course, the PRC is engaged in genocide right now against the Uyghurs, and one searches for the right word to characterize the continuing and sometimes lethal Chinese communist persecution of Christians and other minorities.

Thus we can see: We are in a standoff with the PRC, and Beijing is in no mood to pay a penny.

So maybe the best thing to do is to let the investigations play out, as best we can, while assembling the rest of the world as a united front of plaintiffs. The Biden administration might not be interested, and yet the Republican Party surely ought to be interested, and that’s a start.

Down the road somewhere, a more assertive American president will be in a better position to demand justice and reparations from the PRC. And if the world is with us, we might all find a way to collect from the communist regime in Beijing.

www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/07/31/pinkerton-the-case-for-demanding-covid-19-reparations-from-communist-china/

WATCH: Bill Maher SLAMS Woke Culture

(The Post Millennial) – Bill Maher slammed woke culture during his show on HBO Friday night and said the ideology was something that belonged in Stalin’s Russia.

The comedian began by slamming woketevists for targeting organizers of the Olympics in Tokyo. “The director of the opening ceremony was fired hours before the event because they found out there was a Holocaust joke at a comedy routine he did decades ago.”

Maher showcased the hypocrisy by calling out the success of The Producers, a musical written by Mel Brooks, a Jewish comedian, which featured a song called, Springtime for Hitler.

Maher continued, “Why do we allow the people who just want to b**** to always win? Days before that firing, the opening ceremonies musical director, musical director, was also forced out because someone dug up an interview with him from 1994 where he admitted to bullying classmates as a child. As a child. Remember when your teacher used to try and scare you by saying this is going to go on your permanent record? Yeah, no longer an empty threat now.”

The Real Time host added, “And the creative director of the entire shebang of the whole Olympics got s*** canned because he once made a fat joke in a private conversation. This is called a purge. It’s a mentality that belongs in Stalin’s Russia. How bad does this atmosphere we are living in have to get before the people who say, ‘cancel culture is overblown,’ admit that is, in fact, an insanity that is swallowing up the world.”

Maher also said, “And that is not a conservative position, my friends. My politics have not changed but I am reacting to politics that have and this is yet another example of how the woke invert. The very thing that used to make liberals liberals. Snitches and b******, that’s not being liberal.”

The HBO host continued, “The Associated Press is a real news organization, yeah? So why am I reading this headline, ‘Olympic surfing exposes whitewashed Native Hawaiian roots?’ Yeah, the Olympics added surfing this year, good, surfers deserve to be recognized as athletes. I’m sorry, what I meant to say is no, that’s cultural appropriation. … I must say of all the violations of the woke penal code, cultural appropriation just might be the dumbest of all. First of all, there are 25,000 islands in the Pacific. How do we know a Hawaiian was the first to stand on a board in the water? It seems like something anyone in any ocean would eventually get around to. And if you’re a surfer, it doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, or in between you all taste the same to sharks.”

Maher added, “This new idea that each culture must remain in its own separate silo is not better, and it’s not progress. And in fact, it’s messing with one of the few ideas that still really does make this melting pot called America great. Not everything is about oppression, stealing natural resources from indigenous people.”

thepostmillennial.com/watch-bill-maher-slams-woke-culture-as-something-that-belongs-in-stalins-russia

Disgusting! Staffer Informs Biden About “Something on Chin” – He Wipes It Off and Eats It!

(InfoWars) – Cameras were rolling when Joe Biden decided to wipe something off his face and eat it.

The disgusting incident happened during a White House virtual meeting on wildfire prevention Friday.

A Getty Images photographer captured the moment Biden received a note from a staffer informing him, “Sir, There is something on your chin.”

Here’s a close-up of the schmutz via another Getty photo .

Video shows Biden proceeded to wipe his chin after reading the note, removing the mysterious yellow substance – then going on to eat it.

The gross incident follows another disgusting faux pas last week when the groper-in-chief gifted a young boy he met in Ohio a used face mask.

www.infowars.com/posts/disgusting-staffer-informs-biden-about-something-on-chin-he-wipes-it-off-and-eats-it/

The Kentucky Fried Chicken Theory of Mandates

(PJMedia) – In the late 1990s, visitors noticed the omnipresent portrait of an American in Beijing whose posters rivaled Mao’s for size and prominence. His name was a household word and a military rank known to all. He was, of course, Colonel Harland Sanders. Like those legends General Electric, General Motors, General Foods, and, for a brief period, Commodore 64, they conquered the world without firing a shot by making people want to buy their product.

What drives demand in most cases is product utility and customer satisfaction. Normally, the only things you are forced to purchase are items you don’t want in the first place. A CDC study showing that 74% of people infected in the Massachusetts Covid outbreak were fully vaccinated -at a time when 64% of the residents of the Bay State were fully jabbed-illustrates why so many are suffering from mandate fatigue. They were sold inflated expectations by politicians in exchange for arduous restrictions that did not materialize. The vaccines may prevent serious illness and hospitalization, but they might also have encouraged the vaccinated to go out more, indirectly leading to what many fear to be a new round of mask mandates.

The new data, published in the U.S. agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, also found that fully vaccinated people who get infected carry as much of the virus in their nose as unvaccinated people, and could spread it to other individuals.

A mandate is a sale by coercion. Jabs did not deliver a return to “normal” and the freedoms that were supposed to attend compliance and effort. However, they did supply – in buckets – the disappointment naturally felt by people who open a box to discover ramen noodles when the packaging shows bouillabaisse. Remember “two weeks to flatten the curve” and “reopening soon”? Well, neither do the politicians who promised them so optimistically.

In their defense, there were many things politicians and public health officials didn’t know at the time. But instead of confessing their uncertainty – saying “I don’t know” or grimly saying “I have nothing to offer but masks, lockdowns, and needles” – they often assumed a false confidence that they may have to walk back.

Successful products – like cellphones and KFC – provide immediate and palpable satisfaction to those who get them. There’s positive feedback, unlike those central planners who time and again set lofty targets only to tell the public how badly they’ve failed due to saboteurs, capitalist roaders, and deniers.

The newest progressive insult is the epithet “selfish,” which appears to mean “not doing what the experts say is best for everyone.” The fallacy here is that it discounts the effect of personal experience and feedback on behavior. The reason many people are being “selfish” about Covid is their disillusionment with the assurances and warnings issued by the politicians, or with hideously expensive policies that seem to have no decisive effect.

Today, more than a hundred years after the Great War, it is instructive to remember that at first men went over the top without prompting, then later with a lot of prompting, and finally under the threat of being shot. They became “selfish” not from some lack of moral fiber but because they learned that the experts underestimated the cost of frontal attacks. The generals did useless stuff and the privates noticed.

When the Great War was finally won, it was not because the soldiers grew less selfish but because the generals acquired the humility to learn. “If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods,” Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote.

When people want the mousetraps politicians are selling, you’ll have your beaten path.

Success is a far better incentive than draconian measures. “The customer is always right” is a more successful strategy than “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Today we might say: the better the product the rarer the forced mandate.

pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2021/07/30/the-customer-satisfaction-theory-of-mandates-n1465967

Biden Surrenders to Coronavirus Expect More Restrictions ‘In All Probability’

(Breitbart) – President Joe Biden confirmed Friday that Americans should expect more coronavirus-related restrictions, as the Delta variant of the virus continues to spread.

Biden spoke about more restrictions on Americans after CBS reporter Weijia Jiang asked him if he expected more restrictions as the virus spreads across the country.

“In all probability,” he replied as he left the White House for a weekend trip to Camp David.

Biden also signaled optimism that more Americans were getting vaccinated, citing “almost a million” people getting their shots on Thursday.

“So I am hopeful that people are beginning to realize how essential it is to move,” he said.

The White House continues to fail to explain to Americans why fully vaccinated people in some areas have to wear masks, leaving future restrictions entirely up to public health officials.

Biden himself struggled on Thursday when posed the question with the majority of Americans having been vaccinated.

He also warned that coronavirus cases would continue to rise in the coming weeks.

“Our experts tell me that cases will go up further before they start to come back down,” he said.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also failed to explain why the administration canceled the weekly briefing with health officials to detail the latest data on the spread of the virus.

She said reporters should be satisfied that they heard from Biden himself on Thursday.

“He gave a more than 30-minute speech,” Jean-Pierre argued, adding Biden was “a trusted voice” and “the leader of our country.”

www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/07/30/joe-biden-expect-more-coronavirus-restrictions-in-all-probability/

Disband The FBI

(Zerohedge) – Authored by Chris Farrell via The Gatestone Institute,

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) continues its downward spiral into terminal corruption. Sadly, the scandals, criminality and ethical abuses of the organization are largely ignored by the American public and by the institutions of government charged with oversight and correction. Outrage after outrage is reported, hearings are held, Inspector General reports are issued — but the systemic corruption is never really tackled and dirty cops skate away virtually unscathed.

This situation is constitutionally unacceptable, corrosive to public trust in law enforcement, and a threat to the survival of the republic.

In the past few days alone, we have learned that the October 2020 Michigan governor kidnap plot was largely a creation of the FBI ; a ‘senior FBI official’ was on the take from media organizations; and another assistant director was in a ‘ romantic relationship with a subordinate ‘ and involved in ‘other misconduct.’

The leadership failures documented by the Office of the Inspector General are now almost standard and part of a tiresome media drip-torture for the public to endure.

Meanwhile, the FBI had the audacity to issue a Stasi-like tweet urging ‘monitoring of ‘family members and peers’ for extremism.’

Remember: what we learn about the FBI in the press are only the stories that are SO outrageous that the FBI cannot keep a lid on them and is forced to make disclosures via a toothless Inspector General report — but never anything that results in a criminal indictment. Imagine what the ordinary day-to-day misconduct in FBI offices across the country could be. And these scandals don’t just amount to ‘bad press’ – in several of these, federal courts scourge the FBI for lawbreaking. Additionally, Inspector General report after report details FBI abuses such as whistleblowers being retaliated against and ignoring ‘high-risk’ employees who fail polygraph tests.

There are still apologists for the FBI. Some seek to defend the organization with the rationalization that ‘ it’s always been that way .’ That sort of thinking is a cynical effort to inoculate and immunize real criminality as something normal and regular. ‘Get used to it kid, that’s the way of the world,’ they offer with a shrug and a grin. Others, like Sean Hannity, cling to the ‘just a few bad apples’ excuse. That sort of FBI cheerleading flies in the face of a litany of systemic abuses and pervasive abusers. The FBI ran a coup against President Trump. It failed. The following got away: Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Clinesmith, Pientka, Brower, Baker, et al. Any real consequences for attempting to overthrow the government of the United States? No.

In May 2018, veteran reporter Eric Lichtblau of Time magazine wrote an article titled, ‘ The FBI Is in Crisis. It’s Worse Than You Think ,’ wherein he detailed:

‘The bureau, which is used to making headlines for nabbing crooks, has been grabbing the spotlight for unwanted reasons: fired leaders, texts between lovers and, most of all, attacks by President Trump … internal and external reports have found lapses throughout the agency, and longtime observers, looking past the partisan haze, see a troubling picture: something really is wrong at the FBI… other painful, more public failures as well: missed opportunities to prevent mass shootings that go beyond the much-publicized overlooked warnings in the Parkland, Fla., school killings; an anguishing delay in the sexual-molestation probe into Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar; and evidence of misconduct by agents in the aftermath of standoffs with armed militias in Nevada and Oregon. FBI agents are facing criminal charges ranging from obstruction to leaking classified material.’

Four years later and the situation has not improved.

Let us go back to the Michigan governor ‘kidnap plot’ for a moment. The entire operation was an anti-Trump political smear job — and was called into question for being exactly that back when the story broke in October 2020. Now we find out that the FBI was running at least a dozen paid ‘confidential informants’ in the plot. It was a plot they dreamed up. It was actually a rehash of an Obama-era 2010 FBI plot by the so-called ‘Hutarees’ that fell apart in court.

The FBI worries about ‘entrapment’ in these cases because the FBI must demonstrate that there is reasonable suspicion that the subject in a case is about to be or is engaging in criminal activity. The government then allows the criminal/terrorist the opportunity to commit the act. In these cases, the FBI has good reason to worry.

More disturbingly, this is nothing new. Look at the ‘ Herald Square Bomber ‘ case as another instance in which the FBI identifies, recruits, trains, dispatches and then arrests the very informant they recruited in the first place. The FBI appears to have fabricated plots and terrorists to advance their own agenda and statistics. It looks, walks, and talks like ‘entrapment.’ Are there really no other bad guys out there for the FBI to go after? They need to focus on this modus operandi ?

Questions are now being raised as to whether the FBI had a role in the Capitol Hill protests of January 6, 2021. When one examines the FBI’s involvement in the Trump-Russia collusion hoax; Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses; standing by idly while in possession of Hunter Biden’s Ukraine and Burisma-laden laptops, while President Trump endured a second phony impeachment; and the frame-up of Trump’s National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn – it is not too difficult to imagine. And that is just the problem: It is not difficult to imagine. It should be an ‘impossibility.’

The FBI needs to go away. It should happen in an orderly and thoughtful process, over a period of months. Congress should authorize and create an investigative division in the U.S. Marshals Service and open applications for law enforcement officer seeking to be rigorously screened, vetted and then accessed into the new organization. Similar action was taken before in the very creation of the FBI . It is now time to clean house and restore the public’s trust in the ‘premier investigative agency’ of federal law enforcement.

www.zerohedge.com/political/disband-fbi