February 27, 2020

Drunken Sanders Sings

Timothy Birdnow

Hear the Bern! I guess he had a bit too much Internation-ale.

Bernie sings.

"Recently discovered footage from 1988 reveals a shirtless Bernie Sanders with his wife, Jane, on their honeymoon in the USSR, drunkenly singing ‘This Land Is Your Land’ with a group of presumed Soviets,” Justin captioned the clip, which was surfaced byanother Sanders detractoron Twitter.

This Land Is Your Land” has been known to be Marxist version of the anthem made in response to "God Bless America.”

The hours of footage include a scene of Sanders sitting with his delegation at a table under a portrait of Vladimir Lenin. Sanders can also be heard extolling the virtues of Soviet life and culture, even as he acknowledges some of their shortcomings. There are flashes of humor, too, such as his host warning the American guests not to cross the KGB, or else.

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Facebook Leaves up Racial Violence Threat

Timothy Birdnow

In a recent discussion about race that popped up on the KMOV channel 4 Facebook page, a black woman threatened violence against white people if Trump were re-elected. She said something to the effect that "you white people better watch out if you re-elect Trump". (I planned to copy and paste it this morning but strangely couldn't find the comment.) At any rate I asked her "Is that a threat" and she replied "You know it." I reported her to Facebook.

Here was the reply from the moral high guard at Zuckerberg's operation:

We didn't take down Yolanda Beasley's comment
Yesterday at 2:03 PM
Timothy, we reviewed the comment that you reported and found that it doesn't go against any of our Community Standards. For this reason we didn't take the comment down.
We keep our review process as fair as possible by using the same Community Standards to review reports.
While we've decided not to take this comment down, we understand that you don't like it. We recommend that you hide the comment or unfollow, unfriend or block the person who posted it.

But I couldn't find the original comment by this woman. Likely they simply deleted it from MY page. I didn't want that; I wanted it left for posterity. Actually I sent Facebook this notification to test them and was not disappointed. Conservatives get blocked all the time for far less. A black woman threatening racial violence is acceptable discourse to them, though.

Hypocrites.

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February 26, 2020

Monkey Business

Timothy Birdnow

Eat your heart out Hef!

baboon escapes vesectomy op at testing lab with two female monkeys

Wonder if he made off when any condoms and maybe a bottle of Domain Chandon?

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The Race Card

Timothy Birdnow

KMOV, a local television station in St. Louis, posted this on Facebook:

The announcer had been providing public address announcements for about 20 years.

Oklahoma Game Announced Removed for 'disgusting' Comment

From the article:

An Oklahoma high school basketball game announcer was removed after calling the names of the opposing team's players " disgusting ." NEWKIRK, Okla. ... We sincerely apologize for any pain or affront our announcer's comment has caused Crooked Oak players, parents, patrons, and school employees,” according to the statement.

Fair enough. But the message board was full of rather angry rants about white racism. I responded to one, which started a bit of a row.

Let me reproduce the thread:

Pierre:

Why else would you say someones name in disgusting, he didn't make a mistake, he said exactly what he was thinking regardless if he ment to say it or not. How is ones name disgusting? Would be understandable if the girls names were hot turd, or sackwart, something along the line of disgusting. His comment was motivated buy the creative way that our community chooses to name our off spring, which would make his comment racially motivated. The problem with most white folks, when these things happen, their's a feeling of guilt that sets in, knowing what the actions of their ancestors were so they cant help but to go on the defensive. Were not saying you as an individual person is responsible. We just want every Good hearted human being to have a problem with it too! And stop trying to tell us that we're not justified in our feelings when these types of things happen!

Brian S. stated:

White folk? Really? I don't think I have ever referred black people as black folk, to me that would be kind of offensive. But heck, today it seems that ""White folk"" are being blamed for everything, from patriarchy to sneezing. For some reason we are suppose to be segregated and colleges now insult white people and it's suppose to be okay. Rich Hollywood actors and sports figures go on film and TV and say how blacks and POC are being controlled and such when these things are so false. Yes, there is some racist out there, but when these so called Liberal Hollywood and sport figures say whites are controlling others, this is so false

I replied:

It's not some sort of guilt Pierre Morgan but rather we "white folks" are sick of being blamed for the insecurities of you black folks. So often there is a mad scramble to find racism lurking around every corner. Well, it's true from both sides! There is as much black racism as white in America, and maybe more because nobody wants to call it for what it is.

BTW, in case you are unawares, it was black tribal leaders who sold prisoners of war to the Arab slave traders who then sold them to the white ship captains on the coast. And the first slave holder in America was a black man who argued in court that an indentured servant was his property, not just a contract worker. And there were numerous black slaveholders in America. In fact, the largest slave holder in Louisiana prior to the Civil War was a black man. So don't lay this huge guilt trip on whites; there was plenty of blame to go around.

Laura replied:

Timothy Birdnow I know...those Black people are so insecure...it’s
almost like they’ve spent generations being treated as "less than” to the degree that actual laws were made dictating where they could drink water or sit on public transportation. And even though we had a Black president, which clearly indicated racism is over, Black people are still being targeted by things like mass incarceration and police brutality and inexcusably high maternal and infant mortality rates...How dare they...

To which I responded:

Laura, I don't see the Irish carrying these same grudges in America, or the Italians, or any other group that had a rough go of it. We don't judge people based on what their fathers did in America. I guess you missed that in your public education. And as for mass incarceration perhaps the black community should look to clean up it's own act and police it's own members. They are the ones committing most of the crimes. It's time to grow up.

William added:

Laura your people are treated the way they are because of the majority still wants till live that thug life. Not only that but they are being raised with a mentality that everyone is out to get them

Laura replied:

I am actually white, but can see the reality of what is happening to Black Americans. I think you referring to them as "my people” is quite telling of how many of the folks who share your outdated, racist, and ignorant mindset contribute to the ongoing systematic racism in this country.

William replied:

Laura att this point in time it’s the culture they cling to. pointing out problems they refuse to deal with because of their own racism isn’t racist but good try.

Laura addresses me again:

Timothy BirdnowI appreciate the analogy to other groups who have been persecuted, but it isn’t the same thing. Racism is alive and well in this country whether you choose to acknowledge it or not.

I replied:

As a white male I get put to the back of the line for jobs, for admission into schools, for loans, etc. As a white male I'm told I am the scum of the Earth and have a duty to shut up and confess guilt to the world. White males are the only demographic that has a negative life expectancy; white men are dying younger these days then they did. Minorities get extra points on civil service exams. Minorities get preferences in hiring in big cororations, and in colleges and universities. But we are privileged, yes ma'am!

As for racism being alive and well, who was it who actually changed things in America? It wasn't black people who somehow seized these changes. It was white Americans who felt bad about how their fathers had treated blacks and other minorities and who passed changes to the laws to give the black community a fair shake. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 wasn't somehow passed by minorities. And yes there is racism in America, but I see it on both sides. In fact, there may well be more on the side of "color". Here is one example. https:// godfatherpolitic s.com/ i-hate-white-peo ple-black-portl and-woman-arres ted-for-attacki ng-whites-at-bu s-stop/ ?fbclid=IwAR350p OgUXTOmTNgolPUh M6iSiqc-UKUcZwp fh2wPS3M8GbzPV9 R0YdoqUMBut that doesn't make national news and there are no hate crimes charges (another example of white privilege as hate crimes laws are just an extra protection given to minorities that do not apply to white people.)

Jennifer tosses in her two cents:

Timothy Birdnow Every "struggle" you listed has been what every other marginalized group has been going through forever at the hands of white men. Could it be possible that you're last in line for jobs because you lack skills? We are much more of a social society and your communication skills are terrible. You seem to blame everyone else for your mistakes which is counter productive in an adult work environment. I wouldn't hire you. Schools would also look at this temperament and your intelligence so perhaps that's the reason. And exactly who is calling you the scum of the Earth? White males dying early might derive from always having someone else do things for them. The white patriarchy is cracking, thankfully, so I find it logical that they are unable to function on their own. Do better Timothy and you might attract better. No more whining.

I reply:

Jennifer, the point is that nobody has a monopoly on being discriminated against, and white males are clearly being discriminated against now. Two wrongs don't make a right. And I'M not the one doing the complaining, just pointing this fact out. You cannot deny there is affirmative action and "race norming" in government hiring practices, as well as in most corporations. These are facts. This is discrimination,
whether you want to call it that or not. As to the remainder of your rant you are clearly a delusional person. Show me the data that proves blacks or Hispanics or others are better educated or more intelligent or do better in schools. You can't. (It actually is true of Asian Americans, but they are also discriminated against these days.) You have nothing but a meme and no substance to back up your argument. Oh, and I'm hardly in the job market these days; this has nothing to do with me personally. I am discussing the false claim of white privilege and pointing out that the reality is there is minority privilege. But you seem to miss the point.

A woman named Samaria also chimes in:

Timothy Birdnow if it makes you feel better, I get put to the back of the line for jobs because I have a "foreign” name, i didn’t get a single scholarship for being black, and it’s proven that financial institutions have inherent biases towards those who look like me. As a black person, I’m told I’m the scum of the earth and have a duty to shut up and confess guilt for the crimes other black people commit. As a black woman, I’m less likely to receive adequate healthcare. I’m not entirely sure what advantages I’ve gotten for being black, since I never put my race on applications, but sorry people didn’t hire you. I get that feeling. It sucks.

Would you like me to thank white people for ending segregation? Is that what you’d like to hear? Are you upset because MLK didn’t write a thank you note? I do think some of the rhetoric towards straight white men is inflammatory and rude, and I understand you’re upset, but I’m not sure who your frustrations are directed towards.

Also, I worked in media. Here’s a tip-if you want certain stories to make the national news, you’ve got to make more noise about them. They are not going to pick up a non-violent story that no one outside of the immediate area is talking about.

I reply:

Samaria you received as much privilege as a black woman as any white man ever has. Do not deny that. Or then admit that nobody gets some fabled privilege that you are somehow getting cheated out of. That is the point. You apparently haven't heard of affirmative action. Or race norming.Or the United Negro College fund. Or any number of other programs designed to give black people a leg up. I'm not complaining about that, mind you, but I want to remind you of it before you accuse white people of having this mysterious privilege. As for Martin Luther King Jr. do you think he would have ever been heard from had America been so against black people? He would have been arrested and sent away for good in most countries, or even killed. Instead he became a hero. I am not saying there was no racism in America, but I am saying this country had a lot of good people in it who realized what we had been doing was wrong AND I'm arguing that times have changed. You cannot keep holding to the wounds of the past. Sadly that is what so many in America want to do these days. Instead of moving forward together we have endless recriminations and blame being assigned, and a demand that those of us who were not alive during the bad times and had nothing to do with it pay. Well, it doesn't work that way, at least not in America where we are not held liable for the sins of our fathers. Or should white America hold all blacks guilty for criminal activity on the part of some of you? Are YOU upset that we didn't write you a letter of apology for slavery and Jim Crow? Well, we didn't have anything to do with that. any more than you are personally guilty of crimes by black thugs. Did you murder the Kerry sisters? I don't blame you for it. So why do you blame all white people for things that happened not even to you but to your ancestors? I get it; you say there is still racism. Perhaps, but wouldn't the obvious first response be to look into the mirror? The black community demands contrition from whites and special privileges for us to atone for things done by a previous generation. But you offer no reconciliation in return. .

Jason adds:

Laura Fowler Watson no it actually doesn’t, but your proving your absolute need to be right, and your refusal to see any other option to the contrary of your beliefs. There are issues within every culture, but it seems that only one is able to be discussed and anyone who tries to bring to light any other issue outside of that culture is just a "privileged white” "racist” "sexist” or whatever else derogatory put down can be thrown out there. History needs to be learned about, remembered, so that it will happen again, but to perpetually live in the past prevents moving forward and past it for a better world. Instead some would rather erase the past and forget about it, then in turn continue to use it as excuse to not do better.

At any rate, I have to stop here. I imagine this is going to continue on for some time. I kicked a hornet's nest.

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Biden: 150 Million Americans Killed by Gun Violence

This from Joe Bastardi

This is getting better than SNL...

Biden Falsely Claims that Half the Population Died from Guns Since 2007

From the article:

"Imagine if I said we give immunity to drug companies, we give immunity to tobacco companies. That has caused carnage on our streets. 150 million people have been killed since 2007 when Bernie voted to exempt the gun manufacturers from liability,” Biden said.

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Green Fascist Tipping Point

Mark Musser

When I bring up the topic of eco-fascism, I do not discuss it as a metaphor like so many do, but as a historical reality rooted in the nature based ideology of National Socialism wherein environmentalism played a dangerous undercurrent in its predatory Social Darwinism that had hired Uncle Wolf, i.e., the Fuhrer as he was wont to be called, to clean up the herd of Germany from eugenic sickness and disease which included cleansing the European landscape as well, not to mention sweeping sustainable development plans that were to be implemented in Poland, Ukraine, and Belarus. While National Socialists emphasized militarism, racism, eugenics, totalitarianism, and the environment, today, environmentalism, wrapped up in a package called "The Green New Deal" is proffering a militant anti-capitalism, sustainability,anti-humanism and multi-cultural tribalism presented as a new form of societal Darwinism or evolutionism.

It is getting at the tipping point. In days gone by, America could survive such things, but the weight of it all is beginning to pile up. Gone are the days when you would set up a national park with green expectations/

rules in the wilderness where nobody lives. Now, most of environmentalis m is wrapped in totalitarian policies and practices thanks to its total landscape plans conjured up in many a planning department that has authority even over private property with its emphasis upon non-point source pollution these days (before 1987 the EPA only regulated the very point of discharge). They are also monitoring everything with meters using wilderness conditions as the benchmark for whether or not there is pollution. Such total landscape plans over private property began in 1935 in Nazi Germany with the Reich Nature Protection Act, "It shall be the whole landscape" was the Nazi environmental motto. And yes, holism is totalitarian because of its strong emphasis upon totalism. Fascism essentially means holism.

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Hate Only Goes One Way?

Timothy Birdnow

I guess she doesn't realize that whites outnumber blacks by a margin of five to one in America. It's pretty stupid to pick fights when the odds are that much against you.

Of course, she knows she will be given the protection of the law, meaning the very white people she so despises will keep her safe. And white journalists will whip up a firestorm if a hair on her head is disturbed.

America really has gone through the looking glass.

‘I Hate White People’: Black Portland Woman Arrested for Attacking Whites at Bus Stop

Where are the hate crimes charges?

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Cashing In

This from Tim McNabb:

And that's how you bribe a public official...

Ex-Ukrainian Diplomat Marie Yovanovitch Lands Seven Figure Book Deal

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February 25, 2020

What Was Buttigieg Thinking Encouraging a Young Boy to Come Out as Gay at His Campaign Event?

Dana Mathewson

No, Dear Readers, this is not a porn site! It IS, quite often, a political commentary site, and too often these days the two are difficult to keep separate. I was rather hesitant to post this, but felt it was necessary to show just what the enemy is up to. If we let them hide, they get away with too much.

This is the weirdest video you will see all year, probably (although with Democrats it's fairly certain there will be weirder). For some reason, Democrats think of nine-year-olds as sexual beings who not only need to know more sexual knowledge than debauched Roman emperors by the time they get out of kindergarten, but they also think they should be identifying as "gay" or "trans" or "drag" as early as possible. Pete Buttigieg decided it was a good idea to have a nine-year-old child join him on stage at a campaign event in Denver on Saturday to talk about his sexuality.

If you didn't think the end was near, think again. Most of us are wishing for an asteroid extinction event at this point. The child sent a question to Buttigieg asking him to help him "be brave like you." Cue endless virtue signaling from clapping weirdos who think it's totally normal that a 9-year-old is thinking about gay sex.

The video follows in a Tweet, which sort of things we have problems posting here. But you can find it, and the rest of Megan Fox's excellent and hard-hitting PJMedia article, here: https://pjmedia.com/election/what-was-buttigieg-thinking-encouraging-a-young-boy-to-come-out-as-gay-at-his-campaign-even/ And remember, this guy wants to be President of the United States. Just think for a few moments how different he is from the man who currently occupies that position!

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The Locust of Africa's Problems

This from Stephen Heins:

World Leaders Have Ignored Africa Malaria and Insect Infestation

Unsurprisingly, the international foundations, Environmental NGOs, European Union, WHO, World Bank, IMF, and the UN have been enamored with central planning for many years, that doled out their environmental and technological genius like a "benevolent dictator."

Essentially, the world financial institutions ended up just giving loans to really bad governments. The World and International Monetary Fund never designed aid program incentives to help with malaria and insect infection actions. Like most examples of Western arrogance, these aid programs were simply expected to provide a silver bullet to issues such as population control, but they stuck with the environmental bromide, a insecticide-fre e world.

The desert lo­cust is described as "the most destructive migratory insect in the world’”

In particular, Kenya has been hit es­pe­cially hard. One swarm there measures 37 by 25 miles, and of­fi­cials say over a mil­lion acres of pas­ture and crop­land have al­ready been de­stroyed. The U.N., who shares a major responsibility for the famine, says that more than 20 mil­lion peo­ple in East Africa are fac­ing food short­ages.

When will world leaders stop their agricultural arrogance and anti-intelligen ce?

Africa's Locust Plague Shows the Dangers of Green Colonialism

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Sotomayor Blows Her Top

Timothy Birdnow

Filthy scorched pot points bony finger at bright copper kettle.

Sotomayor issues blistering dissent, says Republican-appointed justices have bias toward Trump administration

The "Wise Latina" as she has styled herself was Obama's wing woman during his reign of error and now she doesn't like being outnumbered by originalist jurists.

She is only on the Court because she is Hispanic. She did not receive great marks as a jurist and was known as a bully who abused plaintiffs and lawyers with whom she disagreed politically.

From the article:

"It is hard to say what is more troubling: that the Government would seek this extraordinary relief seemingly as a matter of course, or that the Court would grant it," Sotomayor wrote in her dissent.

This particular case, Wolf v. Cook County, deals with the Trump administration's expansion of situations where the government can deny visas to non-citizens looking to enter the U.S. Federal law already says that officials can take into account whether an applicant is likely to become a "public charge," which government guidance has said refers to someone "primarily dependent on the government for subsistence.” In the past, non-cash benefits such as forms of Medicaidand certain housing assistance did not count, but the Department of Homeland Security issued its new public charge rule in 2019 which did include these benefits.

 

The new rule had previously beenblocked with a nationwide injunction that the Supreme Court stayed in a separate case, so the injunction in the Cook County case only affected the state of Illinois.

That narrow scope, plus the fact that the 7th Circuit is scheduled to review the Illinois injunction in the coming week, led Sotomayor to believe that the government was not at risk of suffering significant harm that warranted the Supreme Court putting the injunction on hold.

The liberal justiceexpressed concern that a majority of her colleagues had no problem with this. Sheexplained that it is unusual for an administration to seek stays against injunctions with this sort of frequency, yet it is becoming the new normal.

"Claiming one emergency after another, the Government has recently sought stays in an unprecedented number of cases, demanding immediate attention and consuming limited Court resources in each," she wrote. "And with each successive application, of course, its cries of urgency ring increasingly hollow. Indeed, its behavior relating to the public-charge rule in particular shows how much its own definition of irreparable harm has shifted.”

That my dear is because the judiciary was politicized and weaponized by the man who appointed you to your seat. Your SCOTUS colleagues are forever having to overturn activist judicial decisions by lower courts, decisions that they have no right to make.

It is unquestionably clear the President has a right to decide the terms under which aliens - especially illegal aliens - are allowed to stay in the country. This was never a judicial matter. I think this puta knows it, too.

What's the matter, Sonya or girl?  You liberals have had your way for a long time and now you are finding you can't advance your radical agendas anymore and you don't like it. Tough!  WE in Middle America haven't liked what you have rammed down our throats over the years. You are not legislators, though you have done a good job of usurping the authority. (That is precisely what was done here; a court usurped the authority of the President and the legal code.)

This should lead to the "Wise Latina" being ostricized by the rest of the Court. It is a horrible breech of editquette; Justices don't air dirty laundry. The rest of the Court should snub her for this.

Maybe she'll get frustrated and resign! At least we know she's probably at home bawling like the rotten little child that she is.

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Invasion of the Body Politic Snatchers

Timothy Birdnow

Russia and China have always tried to sew chaos in our elections. The reason that it is having any effect now is because the Ruling Class wants it to. THEY are the real colluders here, not President Trump.

Tucker Carlson: Russia isn't Attacking our Democratic System - Our Own Ruling Class is

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Blow that Saxophone, Billy Boy!

Timothy Birdnow

Here is a fun story that might interest Aviary readers and will definitely interest our Northern Tier Editor Dana Mathewson.

It was banned by the Nazis, Stalin and the Vatican. This is the surprising history of the saxophone

I never realized it had such a, uh, interesting history!  The inventor was ruined by his invention, the Nazis hated it, churches banned it, and of course Bill Clinton blew on one. 

This is an interesting read.

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With Friends Like These...

Timothy Birdnow

This from Selwyn Duke:

Trumping Trump: Senior White House Official Says U.S. "Desperate" for More Immigrants
Face meet palm! With between 45 and 60 million immigrants in the U.S. we have more people born overseas than the entire population of Canada. Sure - we really need more people! I guess being third most populous country on Earth isn't good enough; we have to shoot for number one.

Why is this guy still in his job as a "senior" official there?

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February 24, 2020

The Burning Fan

Timothy Birdnow

Heh!

Wind Turbine Catches Fire Between Taft and Portland

I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often.

Hat tip: Sherri Lange.

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Progressive Land Theft

Timothy Birdnow

This from Stephen Heins:

Environmental Anti-Intellectu alism and Urban Arrogance

Tom Shepstone wrote to these issues recently: "It started with a 1973 "Task Force Report Sponsored by The Rockefellers Brothers Fund.” That was back in the day when the family was less reticent to expose their undue influence and put their name on front covers. The formal title was "The Use of Land: A Citizen’s Guide to Urban Growth” but it was all about guiding citizens out of the way. Here are a few choice quotes (emphasis added):

* A changed attitude toward land—a separation of ownership of the land itself from urbanization rights—is essential.

* The courts should "presume” that any change in existing natural ecosystems is likely to have adverse consequences difficult to foresee.

* It is time that the U.S. Supreme Court re-examine its earlier precedents that seem to require a balancing of public benefit against land value loss in every case and declare that when the protection of natural, cultural or aesthetic resources or the assurance of orderly development are involved, a mere loss in land value will never be justification for invalidating the regulation of land use.

Put these together and you have a license to steal land (or mineral rights) using the excuse your neighbor’s plans offend your sense of culture....”

Opinion: the Lorax on the Appalachian Trail

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Musk-rat wants to put Computers in our Brains

Timothy Birdnow

Behold the Mark of the Beast! Or something far worse; a tool to program the human mind. Is anybody really eager to let Google and the other companies into your noggin? How long before they start running COMMERCIALS in there!

Neuralink: Elon Musk Ready To Connect Human Brain to Computer

Musk has been developing the technology, called Neuralink, because he thinks humans must become one with machines in order to survive being replaced by artificial intelligence.

His plan to "save the human race” involves wiring computer chips into our minds to merge us with artificial intelligence.

Last July, Neuralink revealed plans to use lasers to shoot holes in skulls and feed threads of electrodes into the human brain.

It declared this was a potential way of connecting the human brain to machines.

You first Elon!

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A BJ won't Recuse Herself in Stone Appeal

Timothy  Birdnow

Amy Berman Jackson  has refused to disqualify herself from ruling on Roger Stone's request for a new trial. The Defense argued she has exhibited  bias.

Here is her response:

"So what? So what? Of all the circumstances in this case, that may be the most pernicious," the judge declared during her nearly 45-minute statement pronouncing the sentence to a packed courtroom in Washington. "The truth still exists. The truth still matters. Roger Stone's insistence that it doesn't, his belligerence, his pride in his own lies are a threat to our most fundamental institutions, to the very foundation of our democracy."

Really?

It seems to me a predawn raid on an old man's home by an army of FBI agents and news media is more concerning than the braggadoccia of an eccentric crank?  Sending this man away for a process crime is protecting our Constitution and the Rule of Law?

In point of fact he was the sacrificial lamb to justify the Mueller probe. Like G. Gordon Liddy during the Nixon era Mueller needed a victim to frighten others into cooperating with his witch hunt investigation. To get that he needed to throw the book at some helpless person. The abrasive and careless stone offered a perfect target.

So what was Stone charged with? According to Fox News:

Stone was charged with providing false statements to the House Intelligence Committee about communications having to do with WikiLeaks, obstructing a congressional investigation of Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election, and witness tampering.

Now Stone had boasted of having good relations with Julian Assange and Wikileaks, but told Congress he wasn't involved. No further proof was offered than that that Stone perjured himself. Stone is the type of person who often runs off at the mouth.

And as for witness tampering, Stone told radio host Randy Credico to "do a Frank Pantangelli, a reference to the mob boss in Godfather II who kills himself rather than testify against Don Corleone. Referencing a movie is witness tampering?  Does anybody really believe Stone meant it?

Meanwhile the real perjurers and witness tamperers are walking around scott free. The President observes:

"So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come. Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie? A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?"

Indeed it is. Nothing Stone did was unusual in the politics of modern America and in fact it seems doubtful he actually DID anything illegal. He's just a fool with a big mouth.

In fact, he's a political prisoner, imprisoned by people who are enraged at having been turned out of power. Amy Berman Jackson AKA A BJ  is doing precisely what she accuses Roger Stone of doing, circumventing the Constitution for political ends.

In point of fact, at least one of the jurors was clearly biased and had no business sitting on that jury.

Amy Jackson Berman shrugs this off, saying the jury was fine because they showed up on time. Right.

Jury Forewoman and former Democratic candidate for Congress Tameka Hart tweeted bitterly anti-Trump material prior to and during the Stone trial.
And on the day of his conviction she tweeted two heart emojis and two pump-fist emojis to celebrate the great victory over which she presided as a juror.

But she showed up on time and was attentive, making her a fine juror, according to the Obama-appointed Amy Berman Jackson.

And while a BJ had the sense to disregard the near decade of imprisonment asked for by the prosecutors (so he would die in prison) she never dressed them down for that or said it was outlandish. In point of fact, she stuck with sentencing guidelines so as to avoid being overturned on appeal. That will force Trump to pardon Stone, something that will be helpful for the Democrats.

This whole thing is a disgrace.

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Russia's Company Towns

Timothy Birdnow

Not content with old, decrepit slums, the Russian government plans on building NEW decripit slums in Siberia!

Russia Planning Biggest Oil Project in History of World - $155 Billion Investment, 15 New Towns, Airports, Ports, 100K Jobs

Igor Sechin and his state-owned oil company Rosneft intends to develop large oil reserves on the wide-stretched tundra lands of northern Ural and export it through a projected seaport in the Taymyr Peninsula.

It will be the biggest project in modern-day global oil industry, Sechin underlined to Putin.

According to the Rosneft leader, the Vostok Oil will include the development of 15 new industry towns, two airports, a seaport, about 800 km of new pipelines, 3500 km of new electricity lines and 2000 MW of electric power capacity.

It will require 100,000 new jobs and lead to a 2 percent annual hike in national GDP, heexplains.

To Arctic coast

The project is based onthe development of several oil fields, includingat least threein the Vankor area. The new pipelines and theprojected seaport terminal will enable the partners to export an estimated 25 million tons oil per year through the Northern Sea Route.

The pipeline will also be projected to carryoil from Payakha, the fields located along the Yenisey River. By year 2030, a total of 100 million tons of oil can be exported through the pipeline and the new seaport in Taymyr. Afleet of top ice-class Arc7 tankers are to be built for the project, Sechinhas previously explained.

Good luck Russkies!  While I'm all for more oil and gas anywhere, I rather doubt these new cities will develop in the way they hope. They will be company towns, entirely dependent on the company and on government subsidies. They may produce oil and gas - or not - but they will not spur real settlement and vibrant communities.

These kind of things can't be done top down. That has never worked in the past. That is why Russia was never able to settle Siberia in the first place.

People may go there for a stint but will return home. In the end these big communities will fail.

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Nuclear Fusion: Get in on the Ground Floor!

Timothy Birdnow

I'll buy some stock as soon as I get my dividend check from my Cold Fusion investments...

Startup Claims It's on The Way to Providing 'Unlimited' Energy

From the article:

An Australian fusion startup called HB11, a spin-off from the University of New South Wales, claims to have found a way to revolutionize current nuclear fusion technology, potentially laying the groundwork for a new era of power generation — without running the risk of a nuclear meltdown.

 

The startup's leadership doesn't mince words.

"We are sidestepping all of the scientific challenges that have held fusion energy back for more than half a century," director Warren McKenzie told New Atlas.

Yeah - like basic physics. Pardon me, that was mean; I mean like credulity.

Here is the way it supposedly will work:

In theory — right now it's not much more than a theory — HB11's approach is extremely simplified and significantly cheaper. The technique relies on hydrogen and a boron B-11 isotope — instead of extremely rare and expensive radioactive isotopes such as tritium — and employs a specialized set of lasers to get the reaction going.

Inside a "largely empty metal sphere," fuel pellets of HB-11 isotopes are shot at with two lasers to trigger an "'avalancee' fusion chain reaction," as the company describes it in a statement.

"You could say we're using the hydrogen as a dart, and hoping to hit a boron , and if we hit one, we can start a fusion reaction," McKenzie told New Atlas. "That's the essence of it."

"Creating fusion using temperature is essentially randomly moving atoms around, and hoping they'll hit one another, our approach is much more precise," he added.

The process even skips the "need for a heat exchanger or steam turbine generator" and can feed an electrical flow "almost directly into an existing power grid," according to the company's statement.

Step right up for the magic elixer!

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