If you want to see how well this interview went and how it brought out the humanity in people, watch the last couple of minutes.
From the comments:
This is the first interview since his presidency where he’s treated like a human being.
More down to earth interviews like this please.
I’m really not a fan of Trump, but I appreciate interviews like this. We need more natural, agenda-free interviews with politicians.
Get President Trump to review a pizza with Dave. It would break the internet.
Respect, honesty and politeness … An interview that flowed like a conversation… Just like they should. Well done Mr. Portnoy!
This is the best interview President Trump has ever done.
Some background on Dave Portnoy, the interviewer:
The interviewer used to deliver newspapers. He currently puts a daily review of a pizza shop’s cooking on the Internet. He got into a partnership in a sports betting company and ended up with a stake worth over US $100 million. A few months ago, he started buying stocks and making crazy videos … but with a point.
Now he’s doing so well with pretty much everything, he’s ended up interviewing the President of America for over 20 minutes, getting a bit of a personal tour of the Whitehouse and even a handshake with the President, as he had his guard down. Bear in mind that the interviewer is not a President Trump fan (made more clear outside of the interview), the chance to do the interview stunned the interviewer (it’s the first proper interview he’s ever done), and it was initially set up at short notice in secret.
Does the President regret any of his tweets … Yes. Lots. Was his wife shocked and saddened when he became President and started being booed for the first time she could remember … Yes. Etc. etc.
Jim Chanos has been cast as the “Darth Vader of Wall Street”, the “Catastrophe Capitalist” and the “LeBron James of short selling”. The 62-year-old titan of the $3.2tn global hedge fund industry predicted the downfall of US energy giant Enron almost two decades ago, making a fortune in the process. …
Chanos likes to present himself as a “real-time financial detective who is incentivised to root out fraud”. Or, more prosaically, a “forensic financial statement junkie”. … His pitch is that he can identify corporate disasters-in-the-making. The New York-based outfit employs 20 people and has $1.5bn in assets under management. Chanos also teaches a course on the history of financial fraud (“how to detect it, not how to commit it”, he quips) at Yale University, his alma mater. The syllabus stretches back to the 17th century.
Today, he says, “we are in the golden age of fraud”.
Chanos describes the current environment as “a really fertile field for people to play fast and loose with the truth, and for corporate wrongdoers to get away with it for a long time”.
He reels off why: a 10-year bull market driven by central bank intervention; a level of retail participation in the markets reminiscent of the end of the dotcom boom; Trumpian “post-truth in politics, where my facts are your fake news”; and Silicon Valley’s “fake it until you make it” culture, which is compounded by Fomo — the fear of missing out. All of this is exacerbated by lax oversight. Financial regulators and law enforcement, he says, “are the financial archaeologists — they will tell you after the company has collapsed what the problem was.” …
Elon Musk has personified the hopes and dreams of this bull market; Tesla burnishes its results through aggressive accounting; it’s a culture of deception because it is selling self-driving, which doesn’t yet exist.
The fraud and corruption is blatant. And there’s nothing the masses can do about it at this point. The U.S. economic, financial, political and legal system is now amalgam of “1984” and “Atlas Shrugged.” Eventual collapse is fait accompli.
Chanos himself burnishes the adjectives he uses to convey the degree to which the U.S. system has been engulfed in fraud, corruption and open theft. In my opinion, Francisco D’Anconia in “Atlas Shrugged” describes the U.S. perfectly in this excerpt from the famous “Money Speech:”
“Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing — when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors — when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you — when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice — you may know that your society is doomed.
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) July 30, 2020
The delay is obviously just an attention-getter, to highlight the fraud that is likely to occur. Actually changing the date of the election is a complete non-starter — it requires an act of Congress, and nobody is really in favor of it.
The left of course will pretend to take the suggestion of delaying the election very seriously, misrepresenting Trump as wanting to be a dictator, in order to draw attention away from the fraudulent nature of mail-in ballots.
See which way your news service presents this item on its evening news tonight.
The United States cannot have all Mail In Ballots. It will be the greatest Rigged Election in history. People grab them from mailboxes, print thousands of forgeries and “force” people to sign. Also, forge names. Some absentee OK, when necessary. Trying to use Covid for this Scam!
For every public figure or pundit denouncing cancel culture — the wave of leftist coercion and censorship sweeping America’s institutions — there are many more who deny that such a thing even exists.
Before you believe the deniers, allow me to tell you what it’s like to find yourself in the jaws of this culture as a recent high-school graduate.
I wanted to attend Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., because I sought a faith-based education.
The university touts itself as “Catholic and Jesuit,” but I knew that as a conservative and a supporter of President Trump, my views were likely to be controversial.
But I never imagined that months before ever setting foot on campus, I’d be subject to ridicule, incendiary comments and even death threats. …
On June 7, I showed my support for Trump with a TikTok video: I danced with the Trump 2020 flag and a Marquette University poster in the background. The video caption said: “When people see that I support Trump. Then try to hate on me, and think I’ll change my views.”
Two students found the video online and tried to turn my life upside down. One called for me to be blackballed by all sororities and clubs. Another put together a pre-scripted e-mail, which her followers sent to Marquette faculty by the hundreds.
Other students attacked a TikTok comment I made about illegal immigration, because I used the term “illegal immigrant” instead of “undocumented immigrant.”
Another highlighted a flippant comment I made on YouTube eight months ago about a pair of size-13 heels I found at a thrift store and referred to as “cross-dressing shoes.” I was told my comments were tantamount to violence against tall women and trans people. …
You’re out! The “university” came down on the side of the SJWs:
The administration at Marquette took the side of those trying to cancel me. …
Had I not publicized my case and lawyered up, I suspect the college administrators would have happily barred my education. …
Most galling: Marquette administrators showed no interest in my wellbeing or in defending my free-speech rights. There has been no indication that the students who targeted me with mass harassment have been, or ever will be, disciplined. Marquette has made clear it isn’t committed to protecting the free expression of conservatives like me.
Rescued by lawyering up, just to attend a “university”!
Thus she learned lesson number one at the “university” — “thou shall not have any other philosophy before our politically-correct narrative”.
Almost seamlessly the numerous disputes that have erupted over identity, race, gender and family life have reinforced one another and intermeshed. But in the end the venom is directed towards one central target — Western society’s past.
It is about treating the past as if it were current, and condemning historic figures and institutions as if they were our contemporaries. In this way, culture warriors seek to demonstrate their moral superiority over the centuries-old target of their outrage. …
Recently we have seen a coalescingof all the identity politics and virtue signalling issues.
The claim that contemporary cultural institutions bear the burden of guilt for the crimes committed by their ancestors is widely internalised by the cultural elites. From their perspective, Western history is a story of unremitting violence and greed.
There are no ‘good old days’ that can serve as a focus for redemption and nostalgia. Instead of nostalgia, the current regime promotes a vision of the past as ‘the bad old days’, inciting guilt, shame and self-loathing. This corrosive orientation towards one’s history leads to constant performances of apology. …
More than just anti-white, it is anti-civilizational. It is the tyranny of the stupid. “Anything but making us think,” they demand.
It is important to comprehend that the culture war against the past is inspired by an aesthetic impulse that is not just anti-Western, but also characteristically anti-civilisational. In recent times, mathematics, philosophy and classical music have all come under attack for being too Western or too white. …
The culture war against the past is increasingly directed not at flawed historical individuals, but against the civilisational accomplishments of humanity as a whole. When art, philosophy and the rules of grammar can be so casually cancelled, it is evident that far more than the fate of a statue of a Confederate general is at stake. …
History has become a political issue. This is why demonstrators are able to claim that old statutes constitute a threat to their mental health. What is fascinating about this movement is that often its target is not simply a specific statue, but almost any monument that is old. This is why, for example, supporters of Black Lives Matter have vandalised statutes that have no direct link with racial oppression. The sin of such historical objects is that they symbolise the past.
Letting in masses of less able students to “university” has moved the university to them, not the other way around as expected. Dumbed down “feeling” rules over thinking, while “merit” by accident of birth is once again eclipsing accomplishment.
The result has been that effectively society has lost its universities. They used to be repositories of knowledge that passed the most advanced aspects of our culture and technology on to the next generation. Increasingly, not any more. They are now on the road to ruin. Huge mistake. Is this the root reason for why many are now taking the possibility of an emerging dark age more seriously?
Universal prosperity (otherwise known as ‘happiness’) is the implicit legitimising promise of post-Enlightenment modernity. …
The system best suited to fulfilling the implicit promise of modernity, what Marx called capitalism, comes in conflict with the ideology of egalitarianism begotten by modernity as an accompaniment to prosperity.
Arranging the demography of modern prosperity in any country will produce a pyramid, tapering from economic hoi-polloi up towards the rich. Nevertheless, by any historical standards, Western prosperity is as universal as humanly possible: most of those at the base of the pyramid still enjoy lives that most earlier generations would have regarded as luxurious. …
People’s ability to earn money varies widely, making it inevitable that some will have more than others. But ideologues promised equality, didn’t they? …
Hence it was easy to portray any capitalist system as inherently unjust and hostile to modernity’s cherished ideal of equality. …
As a result, Western governments had to renege on the founding promise of modernity, that of comfort and a steadily improving standard of living. Ideology has begun to rule the roost. …
Modern governments, largely made up of spivocratic nonentities capable of only following, not shaping, popular demands, demonstrate time and again their willingness to throw the economy under the wheels of the ideological juggernaut. …
Everywhere one looks, one can observe a clash between economy and ideology, with the latter running up a huge winning score. For example, ideology demands that all obvious differences between races and sexes be ignored, and the economy docilely complies to its own detriment.
The essence of capitalism, the system that has produced unprecedented, if unequally distributed, prosperity, is competition. And the essence of competition is offering the market the best goods and services at the lowest possible price. That involves each business hiring the best talent it can afford, which in turn leads to competition not only for markets but also for labour.
This is economics at its most basic, but in barges ideology at its most virulent. It demands that, regardless of talent and ability, all races and sexes be represented in the workplace in proportion to their numbers in the population, or in some cases way beyond such numbers. That makes a travesty out of competition for labour and ultimately for markets.
Forced to hire not the best but the most ideologically acceptable, businesses reduce their productivity, with the quality of their offerings going down and the price heading in the opposite direction. That has a knock-on effect on everything: when businesses become less profitable, the tax base shrinks.
The government then has to borrow even more, and the merry-go-round never stops. …
The upshot is that capitalism is taken away from capitalists and placed in the tender care of ideologues.That means capitalism becomes corporatism at best, outright socialism at worst.
“The moment that Government appears at market,” wrote Burke, and I repeat these words of wisdom often, “all the principles of market will be subverted.” Replace ‘Government’ with ‘ideology’, and the statement will ring even truer.
The world does go round, but it’s not money that makes it do so. Those who insist it is ought to know better, and by and large they do. But ideology doesn’t let them tell the truth.
Brilliant. Well said.
And of course the reason that gulags are intrinsic to communism is that equality requires taking stuff from the more industrious and hard-working. That’s unfair, unjust even.
If today’s headline about election-stealing seems a bit over the top and incendiary, I can assure you that it was most intentional. Democrats and their flying media monkeys make outlandish claims like that about conservatives and Republicans all the time and are never held accountable for them.
These are, after all, the lunatics who are referring to the presence of federal officers in burning riot cities as a portent of “martial law.”
Well, more than one can play the hyperbole hysteria game. And when one is hurling outlandishness at Democrats, history tells us that there is a greater likelihood that it will be true (see how I’m warming up to this so quickly?).
At present, the Democrats are attempting to unseat an incumbent president by devising a plan where their candidate doesn’t have to be seen in public for most of the general election campaign. They’re desperate to keep Joe Biden hidden until as many early and mail-in votes as possible are cast for him because they know that the first time he’s on his own in public he’s going to pull down his mask and start sniffing strangers, all the while barking, “Barack likes me!”
On the rare occasions when the idiot in the basement is let off-leash by his wife and handlers, he’s babbling about President Trump trying to “steal” the election. He keeps saying it, too, most recently at a virtual fundraiser hosted by one of the celebrities Hillary Clinton thought would wish her to victory. …
In each one of these “steal the election” rants, Biden immediately rambles on about mail-in ballots. Again, that’s all they’ve got and they know it. That’s where the real election-stealing can happen and it’s not going to be done by the Republicans.
The Democrats have shown — especially in the Trump era — that most of what they throw at the Republicans is just a bunch of twisted political psychological projection.
Given the Democrats’ propensity for projection, all of their “steal the election” talk sure makes it seem as if they are spending a lot of time thinking about stealing an election.
Just putting that out there.
The losers of the last US presidential election didn’t really accept the result. This one could be worse.
My object was to visit some friends and linger for a few days in the Midwestern states that tipped the outcome of the 2016 election. What’s the mood, I wondered?
After a few stops and conversations, the answer became clear. Nearly everyone I spoke with expressed frustration, anxiety, disquiet, despair. And anger, especially anger.
People are angry about the lockdowns. Religious folks are angry about the church closures. Some are angry about Black Lives Matter protests and toppled monuments. Still others are angry about the conservative movement, which they see as increasingly ineffective. Everybody is angry at the mainstream media, which they consider hopelessly biased. …
When I asked about the election mood in their communities, they reported that political realities are increasingly hidden from view. One said, “Right now journalists seem ignorant of what most people are thinking, perhaps willfully so.” When I pressed him about why that’s the case, he replied, “In all fairness, most people won’t say what they’re thinking. It’s too dangerous.”
A few told stories that suggest the Obama-to-Trump voters in Ohio and other Midwestern states are more supportive of the president, not less so. One spoke of a working-class neighbor with tattoo sleeves and four kids who struggles to stay ahead of his bills. He voted for Obama two times, but switched to Trump in 2016. His vote was reluctant. He regarded Trump as a mean-spirited man, which he does not like. But BLM has enraged him. He interprets the rhetoric of the past two months as accusing him of being a racist. My friend reports that this neighbor is now an enthusiastic Trump supporter.
I don’t believe anecdotes predict elections. In any event, an election forecast was not the object of my travels. I wanted to get a sense of our national mood. I anticipated encountering heightened emotions. Most commentators have observed that our country is increasingly polarized. But I was taken aback by the intensity.
My sample of opinion was from the right side of the spectrum of American politics and culture. But people on the left side are clearly angry as well.
Obama’s fundamental transformation, that really started in 1965 with much enlarged third word immigration, is reaching a critical mass.
The coming presidential election is shaping up as more important than most, because the losers will be fundamentally unhappy. When society goes tribal, the winner takes all and the losers are shut out, perhaps forever.
It’s bad enough that nuclear submarines are plying the sea, each capable of wiping out a continent — but could you imagine a swarm of robo-subs attacking enemy ships, other manned subs, carrying out clandestine missions or laying mines, all autonomously.
The benefits are obvious — risking an expendable robot will save lives, and, may also save the Navy potential costs down the road.
On Feb. 13, 2019, the Navy awarded Boeing a US$43 million contract to produce four of the 51-foot Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs) that are capable of traveling some 6,500 nautical miles unaided, The National Interest reported, citing a US Naval Institute report.
The Navy could potentially deploy the Orcas from existing vessels to conduct “mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, electronic warfare and strike missions,” USNI reported.
But as Popular Mechanics points out, the Orca’s modular design and relatively inexpensive price tag make the robo-subs a potential game-changer for the Navy. …
More broadly, the service is eyeing potential unmanned systems for “robot wolfpacks” of remotely-operated surface vessels to function as scouts, decoys, and forward electronic warfare platforms …
The Navy has pulled all the stops in “the last six or seven months,” Navy surface ship executive Rear Adm. William Galinis told Breaking Defense.
By 2040+ Australia might have 12 expensive French-built submarines of a 2010 design. They will be underpowered, running on lead acid batteries in boats originally designed for nuclear power. Perhaps they will also be fundamentally obsolete.
This AUSMIN meeting was a triumph for the Trump administration which was rightly thrilled and probably a little surprised that Australia agreed to the White House’s request to come to Washington.
At this volatile moment in history, Australia has become the model ally for which the US is looking when it comes to confronting a rising and increasingly belligerent China.
The face-to-face annual AUSMIN meeting and press conference between the respective foreign and defence ministers – Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper, Marise Payne and Linda Reynolds – gave the administration the chance to loudly tout what Australia has done on China and in doing so, send a message to other US allies to copy Canberra’s lead.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a series of recent speeches, has been pleading with more democratic allies to stand up to Beijing, even if it hurts them economically.
From Washington’s perspective, Australia has ticked all of these boxes and more.
That US enthusiasm for Australia could wane if Biden (–> Harris?) becomes President.
Australia, of course, depends for its existence on the US Navy, just as it earlier relied on the British Navy.
True to their word, four years later, Google is deliberately working to interfere with the reelection of President Trump in 2020.
There are several ways in which Google is interfering in the 2020 election, but this article will focus primarily on one of them: political search bias. …
Breitbart’s visibility in Google searches fell off a cliff in early 2017:
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Google has nearly eliminated Breitbart content from its search results.
No criticism of Joe Biden is allowed by Google:
After Google’s May core search update on or about May 5, 2020, Google search impressions and search traffic to Breitbart for “Joe Biden” and other Biden-related search terms has gone to zero. Zero. … The sheer fact that there are thousands of pages of Breitbart content that reference Biden that were ranking before May 6, that now have no rank or impressions on search is a sign of manipulation, not algorithmic devaluing. …
Google is steering its searchers away from all right wing websites:
“For news websites large and small, Google – in combination with its YouTube offshoot — typically drives between 30 and 50 percent of the traffic to those sites,” Dr. Epstein told Breitbart News via email. “For the New York Times, the percentage is currently 39.3.” At the moment, Google is responsible for just 9 percent of Breitbart’s traffic, and YouTube is sending a negligible amount, if any.” …
“Those are the lists that Google denies having — even under oath in Congressional hearings — even though two of those blacklists were leaked from the company last year by whistleblower Zach Vorhies.”
Dr. Epstein recently told Breitbart News’ Alex Marlow that Google is likely to shift 10 percent of voters away from Trump to fulfill its executives’ stated goal of avoiding a repeat of 2016.
The psychologist has previously explained how Google’s search bias can affect undecided voters by offering them selective information about political candidates. This is because voters are not inclined to suspect search results of bias in the same way that they might suspect a CNN or New York Times report to be biased. …
Google’s How-To-Vote card:
Fraction of website traffic from Google, via Alexa web rankings (1.0 = 100%). Red = media sources with conservative or libertarian-leaning editorial stances. Data is a six-month average as of July 7, 2020.
Alexa data shows that the percentage of traffic to conservative websites that come from Google is far lower than that of corporate media sites. …
All ten of the top-ranked sites, with the arguable exception of heavy.com, are from the corporate, liberal-leaning, or leftist media. Far-left Vox.com is placed third.
It’s been getting worse since then:
Last week, several conservatives on social media recently noticed that their articles were not appearing at all in Google search. Breitbart News was similarly affected. Google claimed to have investigated the issue, which the company has attributed to an error, and conservative journalists and websites have reported their search results returning.
That was just an experiment or accident where Google turned the “suppress the right” button all the way up for a few hours. Getting ready for October.
Joe Biden has said he’ll announce his pick of running mate the first week of August, which means next week. Politico has a piece on all of the vice-presidential contenders, but it looks like they published some text indicating that Biden picked Kamala Harris as his running mate on Aug. 1, which hasn’t happened yet. There’s even a quote from Biden, so …
"Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris to become his running mate for the 2020 election on Aug. 1, two weeks before the Democratic National Convention, after keeping his choice close to the chest for months."https://t.co/5NCJoaLSNMpic.twitter.com/HD3Fq9aM1S
Politico have since taken down the piece. Was the Kamala piece an accidental pre-release?
We’re thinking that’s very likely. They didn’t mean too, but they slipped in the statement and published it.
The timing is right, the statement from Biden is there … sounds like it’s Harris to us.
We shall see.
There is a decent chance that in six months time Kamala Harris will be the leader of the free world. How better could we signal the decline and corruption of the West?
Scott of the Pacific chips in from California:
I remember telling you both that Kamala Harris was the single most dangerous person in US politics.
The only good thing is she brings in no extra electoral college votes to the table as he already will win California. Anyone with a heartbeat in the Democrat Party would win California.
She’s the most palatable of the “Angry Black Leftist Women” candidates to the Left and likely the center left. I am hopeful that the centrists aren’t ready for a female angry Obama to be POTUS, but, in this climate, one never knows.
She would turn the USA into the worst crony form of Marxism imaginable. She’d remake the nation in her and Obama’s image and China would be in charge in a second under her and Biden.
I fear the handwriting is on the wall as even should Trump win (likely), what comes after him? There isn’t anyone…
No one after Trump? Maybe Carlson or Pompeo?
No one saw Trump coming. Maybe someone else will emerge. Remember that any good non-left candidates are being thoroughly suppressed by the left, starved of publicity and blacklisted by the media and all institutions. How do we find them?
This is also why the only Republicans with name recognition are mostly singularly useless ones, like Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham. The media gives them all the attention they want.
“He’s a fascist!” Those well-worn words are back as the Trump administration deals with the lawless lack of order plaguing the streets of America’s cities. The gaslighting has been truly phenomenal.
Rioters in Portland, for example, have been setting fires and causing havoc for nearly two months. Less than two weeks ago federal officials moved in. Somehow, throwing basic math out the window, our progressive media concluded that the feds caused the riots weeks before they even arrived.
A gander around the media reveals without much effort an insane amount of teeth gnashing about a president who is acting entirely within the law to protect federal property and officers. This effort would be entirely unnecessary if the local officials actually, you know, did their job and restored some semblance of order.
Let’s take have a look. Here is Lawrence Tribe:
Trump’s tactics conjure memories of Argentina in the 1970s or El Salvador in the 1980s, with “almost daily reports of kidnappings and killings carried out by what were chillingly described as ‘heavily armed men . . .” https://t.co/NFeejEfzOV
Daily kidnappings and killings? What on earth is this lunatic talking about? If he watched the widely available videos from Portland night in and night out what he would see is federal officers peacefully taking the fireworks, bricks and bottles fired at them and the lasers in their eyes from the “peaceful protestors.” …
The Boston Globe got in on the act with an article titled “Trump’s Portland Tactics are the Stuff we Decry in Other Countries.” Really? When have we ever decried a country stopping rioters from burning buildings? Is there even one example of this in the history of American journalism? …
Here’s a taste of this breathless master class in idiocy: “These hazy, tear-gas-soaked nights in the Pacific Northwest have been five years in the making — the inevitable climax of a storyline that began on a morning in June 2015, when Trump descended a gilded escalator to start building a movement of right-wing rabble with hate speech against Mexicans.” So it’s not just the federal officers that are the problem, or police brutality, its Trump’s very candidacy, I mean, why not just say it all started when Trump was born?
I won’t bore you with further examples but they are boundless. The fear mongering and lies are like a steady rain. Remember when we were told that these federal officers were not wearing badges and that was a lie? Remember when Susan Rice who might soon be running for Vice President promoted a false tweet suggesting these were mercenaries, not federal officers? …
The real war:
None of these very comfortable journalists are under even the slightest bit of threat for their absurd lies about the federal efforts. They fearfully claim that America is turning into Putin’s Russia, or East Germany, or Nazi Germany, without even thinking about the fact that in those places such journalism was dangerous, it could get you killed. Here it is about as dangerous as a newborn puppy.
There is an all out war going on, but not in Portland, its going on in newsrooms across the country and it is a war on the truth. They are counting on the American people to be stupid enough to believe these lies.
If the left lie to this extent, how can a leftist victory in the election be regarded as legitimate?
We’ve sadly grown used to stories about some motorist who finds themself trapped in the middle of a street that’s been shut down by a Black Lives Matter protest. When rioters begin to menace them, the frightened driver punches the gas and begins knocking down or running over demonstrators in an effort to flee for their lives.
The media aren’t going to mention this one:
A similar – and yet very different — scene played out this weekend in the tiny town of Eaton, Colorado (population 4,365), located well to the north of Denver. …
It was a Blue Lives Matter demonstration in support of law enforcement officials.
Also, the driver in question hadn’t been blockaded in the middle of the street. The protest was taking place on the grassy field of a local park.
And the motorist wasn’t “fleeing in terror” from anyone. He deliberately steered his SUV off of the street and went crashing across the park to intentionally run down the demonstrators. … Cordova has been charged with seven counts of attempted first-degree assault, seven counts of felony menacing, and reckless driving. Thankfully, nobody was killed during the attack or he’d have been looking at vehicular homicide charges on top of everything else. … Ramming into a crowd with an SUV is still an obvious attempt at murdering people who were exercising their First Amendment rights.
And to top it off, these protesters were actually behaving peacefully.
The demonstrators also apparently had a permit to be in the park for this event. …
Nobody was being menaced by the participants in the Blue Lives Matter demonstration. There were no fires being set, no storefront windows being smashed, no shops being looted and there wasn’t a Molotov cocktail on display for as far as the eye could see. The motorist was neither trapped nor threatened and nobody was attempting to damage his vehicle or drag him out of it. He was free to continue about his business but chose instead to attempt to murder some people for the sin of supporting their local police department.
The rebels of the past were actually rebelling against something. They did not have unlimited corporate and institutional support.
The cops were told to beat the crap out of the rioters in the 1960’s by the political class, both Democrat and Republican. Today, the political class, both Democrat and Republican, is on the side of the rioters. We saw that in New York, Washington and now Portland and Seattle.
There’s also the fact that the rebels of the past had an agenda. It may have been childish and silly, in a college sophomore sort of way, but it was an agenda they could talk about in public. They wanted more personal freedom. They wanted the war in Vietnam to end. They wanted public aid for poor people and blacks. The current rebels talk about nonsense like social justice and privilege. All they can muster is pointless slogans they heard on-line.
A couple generations ago, the Silent Majority could look at the situation and imagine an end game. For example, they could connect ending the Vietnam War with ending the anti-war protests. That meant voting for Nixon in 1968. They could see a connection between loosening social mores and clearing the streets of hippies. On the other hand, they could imagine law and order politicians instructing the cops to clear the streets of the hippies and protesting students too.
Today, there is no silent majority. The great demographic changes that have been wrought by those ascendant rebels of the 1960’s has reduced the white population to about 60% now. About 20% of that population is on the side of the rioters, just as long as they stay away from their mansions. Some portion has walked away from politics entirely, due to the aforementioned changes wrought by the rebels. The Silent Majority is just a bitter minority now. …
Another novel item is that the now silent minority has nowhere to turn for the solution to this cultural revolution. What is it that they can give to the people burning and looting the cities to make them go home? How does one answer the call for social justice or the end of systemic racism? What would those things look like? These chants and incantations have no practical meaning. They are moral signifiers borrowed from the grievance studies programs on the college campus.
More important, there is no electoral option either. The Democrat party is actively cheering on this lunacy. Joe Biden is running an extortion campaign, where a vote for him means an end to the violence and Covid lock downs. How realistic is that when his party is cheering for the mayhem, promising to take it to a new level after they win the final election. …
Of course, the Republicans are revealing themselves to be entirely bankrupt. Their response to the unrest is nothing. … Trump is nowhere to be found. He occasionally tweets something stupid, but otherwise he looks like a beaten man. In fairness, he is a beaten man, beaten by a political class that is corrupt beyond reform.
Society’s current leaders are dumbed down:
If you read about the deliberations of the decision-makers in the 1960’s and 1970’s, the thing that stands out is their sober mindedness. They were very worried that America was on the cusp of social collapse. The decision makers of today — that means political and corporate leaders — seem to think American society is an indestructible object they can abuse without consequence. They are carrying on like reckless children, incapable of imagining any consequences to their behavior.
Respect for those in charge and for the system is evaporating fast. This is not good for societal cohesion. Who is going to respect the results of the next US presidential election, for instance? The left have not really respected the 2016 result, and that will only get worse if they lose again in 2020. The outrageous levels of political violence and media bias will leave losing Republican voters bitter and angry. Respect for authority after the election might be so low as to be disastrous. There is no middle any more.
There is no end to this trend in sight — what could turn it around in the next two years? The accelerating degradation of a debt-addled money system is not helping, and the fumbled response to covid is sickening. Is that Chinese snickering I hear?
I’m from Russia . That’s a disgusting smell of communism. Every Russian can recognize it with no mistake. And you now can’t even imagine what it would be if you’ll allow it to become normal. …
There is no having a civil discussion with these people. They’ve created the environment where no one is allowed to persuade them into thinking differently. …
Hearing of that man being executed for supporting Trump and seeing the Flag burn absurdly ENRAGES me to no f***ing way!!!!!! …
Wow! More violence than I encountered serving a year in Afghanistan.
Watch this video, then compare it with what your mainstream news is telling you. Australians, compare it to what you learn by reading our newspapers and watching the evening news. We are being gaslit big time.
The English department at a public university declared that proper English grammar is racist.
Rutgers University’s English department will change its standards of English instruction in an effort to “stand with and respond” to the Black Lives Matter movement. In an email written by department chairwoman Rebecca Walkowitz, the Graduate Writing Program will emphasize “social justice” and “critical grammar.” …
What is critical grammar, I hear you ask in trepidation?
The “critical grammar” approach challenges the standard academic form of the English language in favor of a more inclusive writing experience. The curriculum puts an emphasis on the variability of the English language instead of accuracy.
“This approach challenges the familiar dogma that writing instruction should limit emphasis on grammar/sentence-level issues so as to not put students from multilingual, non-standard ‘academic’ English backgrounds at a disadvantage.”
Mathematics is also racist, and so especially are IQ tests. In fact, accuracy and testing are all racist constructs. Merit is so overrated. Engineering doesn’t matter. Medical expertise is overrated. Just give us the stuff.
On 2 May 2018, Professor Peter Ridd was sacked by James Cook University for serious misconduct. It all started when he called-out his colleague Terry Hughes for falsely claiming healthy inshore coral reefs were dead from climate change and deteriorating water quality.
Ignoring the first censure in April 2016, Professor Ridd went on television in August 2017 and explained in an interview with Alan Jones and Peta Credlin why so much said and written about the Great Barrier Reef, including by scientists at the Australian Institution of Marine Science, is ‘untrustworthy’. …
It is a fact that the Australian Institute of Marine Science refuses to release 15 years of coral growth data — because it contradicts the claims of high-profile activists that coral growth rates are in decline. They are not. But the false claims are central to their fundraising strategy. Never mind the truth. …
The first case:
The first finding handed down by Judge Salvatore Vasta back in April last year case concerned the photographs taken in 1994 that Terry Hughes used to falsely claim Acropora corals that were alive in 1890 are now all dead. Peter Ridd had photographs taken in 2015 showing live Acropora and the need for quality assurance of Hughes’ claims.
Judge Vasta found in favour of Peter Ridd and ordered that the 17 findings made by the University, the two speech directions, the five confidentiality directions, the no satire direction, the censure and the final censure given by the University and the termination of employment of Professor Ridd by the University were all unlawful. …
The second case:
The University appealed, and today the University won in the Federal Court. In the judgement, Peter Ridd’s academic freedom is portrayed as his ‘personal opinion’. …
Academic freedom in Australia just died.
Universities should be understood by the judiciary as different from other workplaces because it is expected by the ordinary Australian that, on occasions, there will be vigorous debates on important and controversial issues. It is essential that academics can engage in these debates without fearing that the use of plain and colloquial English could end their careers.
Yet today, the university’s appeal was upheld on the basis Peter Ridd was un-collegial in stating plainly that his own university and the Australian Institute of Marine Science are ‘untrustworthy’ because of systemic deficiencies in their quality assurance processes. Further, it was mentioned that Peter Ridd did ‘satirise’ the university’s disciplinary processes in a personal email.
Today’s decision means that James Cook University, and other Australian universities, will continue to crush dissent and sack academics who campaign for the truth.
The truth is that coral reefs are resilient, and despite the fear-mongering, refuse to die.
I’ve seen a judge in another climate change case obviously and willfully misunderstand and put on a show, before coming to the pre-ordained decision to support the narrative. The wonder is that Peter Ridd won the first court case.
What is going to happen to America’s suburbs is not pretty to contemplate. As usual, California is ground zero for the progressive assault on suburbia. The plan, in California and elsewhere, is to cordon off all developed land, restricting population growth to within the footprint of existing cities and suburbs. According to this plan, the single family home is an abomination.
Stigmatizing homes with yards as abominable relies on two premises, density ideology and inclusive zoning. Both of these premises are riddled with counterproductive flaws and fatal contradictions, but nonetheless pack a potent emotional punch. These two premises constitute a perfect marriage, a political power couple.
Density ideology allegedly combats climate change. Inclusive zoning is allegedly anti-racist. …
Inclusive zoning ideology relies on equally preposterous assumptions. It is based on the premise that if disadvantaged people, low-income people — even those struggling with mental illness or substance addictions — are brought into an affluent neighborhood, the habits and attitudes of the affluent residents will be absorbed by these less fortunate individuals, and “foster greater social and economic mobility and integration.”
This, of course, is an absolute crock, but the underlying motivations — scarcely understood by most of the proponents — are deeply sinister.
The ideology underlying inclusive zoning is explicitly Communist. It demands that everyone has a right to live anywhere they want, and that private property ownership is not earned by hard work, but rather is a manifestation of privilege and oppression. It is only a great irony that this seductive siren call is a useful tool in the hands of political cronies and profiteers if you ignore their shared goal: centralization of power and control.
For example, inclusive zoning, stripped of the high-minded leftist rhetoric, includes the practice of redistributing poverty to make certain neighborhoods blighted and low income. Once that’s accomplished, developers working closely with the city bureaucrats can use major federal financing incentives and eminent domain to completely demolish previously intact neighborhoods where residents invested their lives and fortunes to call home.
But in all cases, inclusive zoning is a destructive force that masquerades as a prerequisite for social justice, but instead merely empowers opportunistic investors.
Laws being written across America by progressives are rezoning neighborhoods to make single-family dwellings worth more if they are demolished to construct rent-subsidized fourplexes than if they are left standing.
This trend will eventually no doubt work its way to Perth. Perth is the most isolated big city in the world, over a thousand miles away from the nearest city of over a quarter of a million (Adelaide). Confine Perth? What on Earth for, other than to drive up land prices by artificially restricting supply? Perth can sprawl for hundreds of kilometers over marginal land and desert.
In 2016, the Left was super confident they had the election in the bag. So confident, in fact, they got sloppy. It was around this time that the FBI was spying on the Trump campaign, assuming President Clinton would be cool with it.
They are just as confident this time, but they probably don’t have the FBI and CIA spying for them. Given what happened in 2016, you would think they would be cautious, but instead they are overflowing with certainty. They know they will win.
One reason for this is they have purged almost all dissenting voices from their preferred media platforms. The Drudge Report is so over-the-top in his anti-Trump antics it feels like a parody site now. … Twitter is just a far-left echo chamber. … Other than Gab and semi-private platforms, the internet is tumbleweeds and left-wing cranks.
One result seems to be a soaring confidence of the Left. They are carrying on like Dementia Joe will win every state twice in November. His vote will be so strong it will change the results of the last election. That’s an amusing exaggeration, but it is at the heart of their world view. Installing Biden in the White House will allow them to memory hole the 2016 election, as if it never happened. They will probably instruct textbook makers to skip the last four years of history. …
How are normal people going to vote?
The thing is, normal white people are getting really sick of the hate whitey stuff all over the media. During the last few months, whitey has been finding refuge in watching movies and television shows. Now they are being bombarded with explicit hatred of white people.
If you circulate around normal people, it comes up a lot. When it does come up, the intensity is plain as day. These are people who would be Trump voters, so it is not as if this is changing minds, but it is pissing them off.
The puzzle is, with the lack of confirmation, will these people act on their anger and frustration this November. They don’t have anyone but Tucker in the media addressing their anger. They can’t get confirmation on-line, even from dissidents, as they have either been purged from social media, toned it down or now operate in semi-private venues like this one. Tucker having record numbers, however, suggests there is a deep reserve of pissed off Trump voters.
An important tenet of modern mass media is that these big social media platforms dictate public sentiment. The Left used to say, in the before times, that their control of the media was worth as much as 4-5 points in an election. That was probably an exaggeration, but it did seem to matter. They controlled what was discussed, thus always giving the Democrats home field advantage. They are now sure their control of social media is driving public sentiment. …
[In 2016 Trump] also had his rallies, which had to be covered by the media. This confirmed to his supporters that they were not alone. They saw lots of normal people enjoying the rallies and they saw the cranks in the media mocking those fellow normies. It was both confirming and infuriating. That’s the thing he needs to work around this time. He needs to let his voters see that normal people are just as angry at the revolution and that the way to express it is to support Trump.
Word from a pollster in the US is that while Biden is indeed 10 points ahead, many of those polled won’t say anything to the pollsters. The pollster assumes that they are all Trump supporters.
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro tested negative for COVID-19 Saturday, he said in a message posted to Twitter.
“BOM DIA A TODOS” — “Good morning, everyone” — he wrote with a photo of himself at the breakfast table, grinning over a packet of hydroxychloroquine.
The populist president has credited the anti-malarial drug for speeding his recovery.
Well done. If HCQ/zinc and other treatments were widely employed and worked reasonably well (and the incidence of long-term harm from covid turned out to in fact be extremely low, and immunity to this particular coronavirus turned out to be many years) then the death rate would be low enough that the elimination/vaccine/big-pharma scenario wouldn’t be the only game in town.