Pfizer CEO gets Covid for second time in six weeks

Pfizer CEO gets Covid for second time in six weeks. By RT.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time in six weeks, despite being vaccinated four times.

Bourla previously claimed that his company’s vaccine was “100% effective” in preventing coronavirus infection.

The pharma chief has received four doses – an initial two shots and two boosters – of his company’s mRNA vaccine.

Pfizer’s new mRNA vaccine, targeted at omicron, is unpopular:

Only 1.5% of eligible people in the US have taken the jab three weeks after it was authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

But 100% profitable. Trust their science.

Hope his vaccines haven’t given him any heart problems.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Society now promotes mediocrity and calls it equity: Avolition abounds

Society now promotes mediocrity and calls it equity: Avolition abounds. By Andy Kessler in the WSJ.

Everyone has an explanation for the Great Resignation: extended unemployment benefits, eviction moratoriums, baby boomers retiring, work-from-home complacency, anxiety, long Covid. Sure, all reasonable excuses.

Here’s my pet theory: Too many got a taste of not working and liked it. A lot. Until recently, many people could make more money by not working and became glued to screens, Insta-Tok-ing and living the easy life by sponging off the rest of us. …

It is cultural malaise, motivational submission. Society now promotes mediocrity and calls it equity — witness the scarcity of SAT test-score requirements for college. Sadly, once you get a taste of the easy life, it is difficult to pull up your socks and try hard again — self-induced avolition.

[New word — Avolition: It’s normal to drag your feet when you have an annoying chore to do. But if you have “avolition,” your habit of putting off a task is on a whole different level. Avolition is a total lack of motivation that makes it hard to get anything done. You can’t start or finish even simple, everyday tasks. Getting off the couch to wash the dishes or drive to the supermarket can feel like climbing Mount Everest.]

Why so many quitters? And who’s paying for DoorDashed dinners and the exorbitant rent for all these un- and underemployed? Government handouts are dwindling, so, you guessed it, now it’s mom and dad — enabling parents. They can afford it: As of March, baby boomers were sitting on a whopping $71 trillion to spoil their kids with. Did you know that half of U.S. households currently support an adult child? …

The U.K. has this problem too. Brits refer to kids leeching off their parents as “failed fledglings.” In Japan it is “parasite singles.” And for those who fear a takeover by China, you’ll be pleased to hear that it is dealing with the tang ping or “lying flat” movement, a group with no motivation. The movement is quickly turning into bai lan or “let it rot,” best summarised by the slogan, “Someone has to be a loser, why not me?”

Descent into Fascism: FBI falsifying statistics on domestic extremism and misusing SWAT teams to make misdemeanor arrests

Descent into Fascism: FBI falsifying statistics on domestic extremism and misusing SWAT teams to make misdemeanor arrests. By John Solomon.

An FBI whistleblower has reported to the Office of Special Counsel that he believes the bureau and Justice Department are violating the constitutional rights of Jan. 6 defendants, falsifying statistics on domestic extremism and misusing SWAT teams to make misdemeanor arrests …

Special Agent Stephen M. Friend, who works for the FBI in Florida and serves as a SWAT team member, told the main federal whistleblower office in Washington he had an “exemplary” work record since he joined the bureau in 2014 and even won awards but was suspended in recent days after he began raising concerns about the FBI’s and DOJ’s conduct in the Jan. 6 investigation.

“I believed the investigations were inconsistent with FBI procedure and resulted in the violation of citizens’ Sixth and Eighth Amendment rights,” Friend wrote. “I added that many of my colleagues expressed similar concerns to me but had not vocalized their objections to FBI Executive Management.” …

Another consequence, Friend said, is that agents are being told to deprioritize other investigations of serious crimes like child sex exploitation.

Other signs of the descent:

 

Spanish Minister of Equality argues that children have the right to sex with whomever they want regardless of age

Spanish Minister of Equality argues that children have the right to sex with whomever they want regardless of age. By David Strom.

Leftists have been inching open the door to legalized pedophilia for a long while now. ..

In Spain the Left-wing Minister of Woke, I mean “Equality,” is now arguing that young children should be allowed to have sex with whomever they want as long as they willingly consent. As if children can consent to adult acts like that, given their utter lack of understanding such matters. She is also a huge advocate of transgender ideology and transitioning young children.

 

 

This has caused quite a stir in Spain and there have been calls for her dismissal, but just as importantly she has a tremendous amount of support as well. In today’s West all sense of decency has been cast aside in the headlong rush to normalize all behaviors that could conceivably enhance pleasures for the members of the elite.

Dostoyevsky famously said that if God is dead then everything is permitted. Since the late 19th Century God has been declared dead. …

The Western elite is committed to embracing every perversion conceivable and becoming as animalistic as possible.

If it feels good, do it. …

It is undeniable that an awful lot of the global elite is perfectly fine with pedophilia and similar perversions. Jeffrey Epstein made a nice living off of being a pedophile pimp. Ghislaine Maxwell is in prison for being a pimp. And yet none of their high profile clients has faced a moment of consequence. Human trafficking without customers apparently. …

Rod Dreher:

Watch the Chattanooga video of the child stroking the crotch of the man dressed as a woman at the Pride event in Chattanooga, and tell yourself with a straight face that this is not grooming. I dare you:

Doesn’t Andy Ngo find some revealing footage?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

It’s all about supporting the Narrative

It’s all about supporting the Narrative. By Rod Dreher.

It’s obvious that this mob is black. Most of these videos we get these days, of mobs ransacking and looting stores, feature black faces. That’s not manufactured; that’s reality.

But this is a reality that our media refuse to see. Blacks can only ever be victimized; they can never be the victimizers. That’s how the narrative goes. …

We can only be grateful that cameras caught examples of police brutality against black people. Any healthy society needs to know this kind of thing happens, so it can reform itself. But we should also be aware that cameras capture anti-social, criminal realities that do not fit into a progressive narrative….

Food deserts:

From time to time, the media will air discourse about so-called “food deserts” in predominantly black cities. A “food desert” is an urban neighborhood where supermarkets are rare or non-existent, dramatically reducing the variety of food available to local residents — especially exiling fresh fruits and vegetables from those neighborhoods.

The off-the-shelf progressive explanation is “racism,” of course. A decade ago, I was at a social event in which I met an executive within a large supermarket chain, and asked him why food deserts exist. He told me that it was a matter of shoplifting. He said it made no sense for a business like his to stay out of black neighborhoods, unless they were losing money there, or the cost of doing business was too high. And, he said, it was: shoplifting meant it was too costly to open supermarkets in urban black neighborhoods.

Nobody ever talks about that. That man never would have said that had he known he was talking to a journalist. …

The market routes round ideological pitfalls:

Ordinary people of all races will take [reality] into account when they make decisions about where to live, and where to invest.

It is a historical fact that many urban areas burned out in the riots of the late 1960s did not recover economically. It was the sociological version of investors learning that they had built businesses on top of an earthquake fault. Nobody wanted to take the risk to rebuild and reopen businesses in areas where the social fabric was so weak that rioting and looting could erupt overnight — and the people in a neighborhood would prey on themselves. …

Minneapolis still hasn’t recovered from the George Floyd riots

Blinkered lefties:

So yeah, let’s talk about how “white supremacy” and “whiteness” are the most important problems facing black America, and America in general. …

The Left has no model of discourse in which it can hold black people themselves responsible in any meaningful way for the problems in black America. The Left model says it can only ever be the fault of whites. …

If violent crime, or if disgust with grooming, causes a big right-wing political backlash in this country, you watch: the media are going to tell us that this just goes to show what a racist, bigoted country we have become. That’s the only way they can interpret reality: through that ideological lens.

Recently in North Dakota, a middle-aged liberal man admitted to running over and killing a teenage Republican kid with his car because the kid was Republican. Have you heard about this on the national news? Of course you haven’t, unless you watched Fox. We all heard about the white racist right-wing extremist who struck and killed an anti-racist protester in Charlottesville years ago — and we should have heard about it, because it was an abhorrent crime. Yet it seems with the US media, political violence can only go one way: from Right to Left.

Funny how the narrative leaves lefties confused and detached from reality, while the rest of us still have a more accurate idea of what’s going on.

Useless Eaters: Inverted priorities and their consequences

Useless Eaters: Inverted priorities and their consequences. By John Carter.

What are we to do with all these useless eaters?

This is a question that the self-appointed architects of the future have been asking increasingly openly of late, as they plot out our trajectory towards a posthuman cyborg futurity in which machine intelligence will perform the economic functions formerly fulfilled by human physical and mental labour.

When the factories are fully automated; the vehicles self-driving; the farms encased in hydroponic towers tended by insectile drones; the buildings constructed by swarming necrobiotic servitors; the text of advertisements, news stories, and scientific reports composed by deep learning language systems, and their accompanying graphics developed by their visual equivalents; and even the software is self-writing … when all of that has come to pass, what use will there be for humans?

The answer that the WEF’s court jester LARPing as a court philosopher, the schizo-autist Yuval Harari, has come to is that there is no use — hence, useless eaters. The overwhelming majority of the species serve no function in their system.

 

 

The best thing they can do with us is to allow us to quietly, painlessly exit evolutionary stage left, our disappearance from the life of the world eased with drugs and virtual reality. They’ll provide us a pod, some soy and bugs to eat, and enough UBI to obtain the credit necessary for basic subsistence, distributed via a programmable central bank digital currency that ensures we can only spend our allotted pittance on whatever consumer subscription services our social credit score permits us. …

A generation or two and the population will crash down to sustainable levels, a few hundred million or so, the descendants of the oligarchs and whichever of their livestock they find marginally useful, amusing, or sexually diverting enough to preserve, who will then live in a robot utopia tended to by machines of loving grace as they merge into the cyborg hive mind and ascend to digital apotheosis. …

Humans find meaning in their service to other humans. Nothing rots the soul more rapidly than the realization that one is fundamentally of no use to anyone around them. This is why welfare states invariably lead to spiritual demoralization, a decay that you can plainly see written in the neglected flesh of those parts of the population that become reliant on handouts. A purposeless existence rapidly leads to no existence at all. …

Lefties are wrecking the joint:

Due to the Eurocrat’s self-inflicted energy shortage, a pub in Morgoth’s area is likely to close for good. … The place ticked on just fine for over two centuries, serving warm beer and bangers and mash cooked up on a coal stove. And now it will close, because the system we live in is no longer capable of maintaining basic functions like a cozy room in which to sip the local bitter in the company of your mates.

Millenials aren’t starting families or buying homes, because the dating market has grown so toxic that they can’t find mates to do the former, and the latter have become so expensive that home ownership is an impossible dream for anyone not making a six-figure income. That’s to say nothing of the exorbitant costs associated with just giving birth, let alone finding child care, paying for the child’s education, and so on. Again: these are basic functions of any human society. We’ve been providing shelter, romance, and childcare since we were evicting cave bears to take refuge from the winter wind. …

Here in Canada, if you want a dog you have to be ready to shell out thousands of dollars. It wasn’t that long ago that you could get a mutt for $50, or even free if someone down the street had a litter of puppies on offer after their bitch got out while she was in heat. My family did that once when I was a kid. Those were some cute puppies, and they were gone in a month … wasn’t at all hard finding homes for them. People like dogs. Dogs like people. Dogs make more dogs very easily and are more than happy to do so. And yet, for the first time since they became our evolutionary companions twenty millenia ago, the regulatory framework of managerial liberalism has managed to render scarce and expensive that which was until very recently so abundant as to be almost free.

The examples seem to proliferate endlessly. Here we are, well into the 21st century, with technology that gives us powers the pagan gods of old would have envied, surrounded by material riches that Croesus could only have fantasized about, had he the imagination to do so … and our social order can’t fulfill the most elementary biological and social functions that it is the first and most basic task of any social order to meet.

Macron the Malthusian:

That banking goblin Macron recently got up in front of the cameras to snivel to his subjects that the era of abundance is over. But why is that? It isn’t because there isn’t enough energy, or food, or land … the material components to satisfy our requirements are all there. No, it’s because he, and the financial limpets he represents, have decided so.

They have consulted themselves, and come to the conclusion that it is time to make Paul Ehrlich’s Malthusian predictions real. It doesn’t matter that the creative human mind has consistently rendered Malthus a clown, that technological advances have found new sources of old resources, developed more efficient means of using resources, and discovered entirely new categories of resources that have made the old resources obsolete.

Our betters have conferred, and decided that since we keep outsmarting Malthus, we shall simply no longer be allowed to use our smarts. Instead, we shall be told what technologies we can use to grow food and generate power, and the options open to us shall be only the worst options … not because other options don’t exist, but simply because they have decided we won’t be allowed to use them.

If Malthusian collapse won’t happen on its own, well then they’ll just have to make it happen. The Club of Rome is the club they’re going to beat us with.

How Civilizations Will Be Decided

How Civilizations Will Be Decided. By Giullio Meottti. The left’s media will not address these issues. Why not?

 In the next four minutes 1,000 children will be born: 172 in India, 103 in China, 57 in Nigeria, 47 in Pakistan — but in all of Europe, only 52.

Japan’s unprecedented aging is having a frightening impact on its military. … “Japan no longer has people to wage war,” wrote Forbes. For the first time, the Japanese bought more diapers for adults than for babies. The same holds true for South Korea. …

“Taiwan has long lived with the terrifying prospect of an invasion of China, but one of the biggest threats to its security lies from within: the lowest birth rates in the world”, noted the Telegraph. Taiwan today claims the lowest birth rate in the world; by 2050 it will have just 20 million inhabitants, their the average age rising to 57, from 39 today. …

By 2050, 60% of Italians will have no brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles or aunts. The Italian family, with the father who pours the wine and the mother who serves the pasta to a table of grandparents, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, will be gone, as extinct as dinosaurs.

Yemen, on the other hand, a failed country in the middle of a terrible civil war, will show a population increase that is double Italy’s.

In the north-central African Sahel region, the population is expected to reach 330 million, seven times its population of 2000. Egypt will reach 190 million. Algeria will go from the current 42 to 72 million (most of whom will likely head for Europe). Morocco will grow from 36 million to 43 million. …

In France today, 29.6% of the population aged 0 – 4 is of non-European origin, compared to 17.1% percent aged 18-24. Non-Europeans are also 18.8% percent in those aged 40 -44; 7.6% aged 60-64, and 3.1% for those over 80. …

George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, which provides financial support for immigration to Western countries, disclosed as early as 2011 that in Marseille, the second-largest city in France, “between 30 and 40 percent of the population is Muslim”.  … The monthly Causeur bluntly states: “Well over 50 per cent of the Marseille population is North African and black African”. …

Population 1950-2010 Africa, ME, Europe

Pakistan will become a young cauldron of 403 million people, almost the same [number] as the population of the entire European Union (448 million) …

Germany as we know it is, according to Die Zeit, disappearing: “22 million people, or more than a quarter of the population, are from another country or have parents born outside Germany”. …

The Western world has provided more wealth and convenience to more citizens than any other civilization in history. We are practically inundated with resources, but we are running out of people, the only truly indispensable resource. …

By 2050, more than half the increase of the global population projected will be concentrated in just eight countries, mostly in Africa, according to The Economist: Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines and Tanzania. Nigeria will have more inhabitants than Europe and the United States.

Islam is conquering all via the womb. Fundamentalists keep it from reforming, while its policy of death to apostates has kept it growing for centuries:

In addition, Islam will have overtaken Christianity as the largest religion in the world. The Islamic population of the European Union, depending on the migratory flows, could reach 75 million within a generation — like an entire Muslim Germany or, if one prefers, like Denmark, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Belgium, Holland, Portugal and Sweden combined. Does that sound better?

“They have not managed to change us. It is we who will change them,” Norwegian imam “Mullah Krekar” told the newspaper Dagbladet. …

“Each Western woman in the E.U. produces, on average, 1.4 children. Each Muslim woman in these same countries produces 3.5 children. By 2050, 30% of the European population will be Muslim….”

The population of Birmingham will soon be half Muslim. “Muslims in Birmingham in 2018 amounted to 27 per cent of the population,” noted the Birmingham Mail . … The number of Muslim children in the city has surpassed the number of Christian children …

The West is disappearing:

Do we fantasize that immigration at this rate will be able to integrate happily into host societies and that the migrants will become like us? Do we hope that before long, Europeans will return to having more children? What if we are wrong and these projections become reality? Are we resigned to the disappearance of our civilization?

Like the elves in Lord of the Rings. Tolkien sensed it.

A high-tech future of smart people, or even a smart wealthy elite? No, a future of fertile people, willing and able to have babies, governed by a strong culture from the seventh century, and possibly returning to a Malthusian limit sometime after we are all dead.

Greens Plan to Ban Native Germans From a Third of Jobs to Promote ‘Diversity’

Greens Plan to Ban Native Germans From a Third of Jobs to Promote ‘Diversity’. By Paul Joseph Watson.

In the name of promoting “diversity,” ruling Greens in the German city of Hanover plan to ban a third of native citizens from applying for government jobs so they can be given to migrants. …

“By the end of 2026, a third of all newly advertised positions in the city should be filled by applicants with a migration background,” wrote [Turkish-born Filiz Polat, managing director of the Greens parliamentary group.]. …

Back in July, the Green Party in Germany launched a PR campaign celebrating its vision for the future of the country. Out of all the promo posters created for the campaign, none featured any white people. … The Green Party in Germany … currently holds 118 of the 736 seats in the Bundestag after winning 14.8% of votes cast in the 2021 federal election …

Critics of the proposal assert that it is completely unconstitutional and violates anti-discrimination laws.

“What happens to the other two-thirds?” [Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, an FDP member of the Bundestag] asked in a tweet. “Are they reserved for organic Germans?” …

Meanwhile, diversity continues to be such a strength that figures released by the German government show non-German foreigners are responsible for over 39 per cent of total murders and 56.25 per cent of manslaughter convictions, despite representing only 12 per cent of the population.

Green virtue-signaling is suicidal.

Decadence is not being able to see your own self interest

Europe is running out of energy, hope, and Europeans.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

“Martha’s Vineyard” gets the pained eye roll once reserved for the adjacent island of Chappaquiddick

“Martha’s Vineyard” gets the pained eye roll once reserved for the adjacent island of Chappaquiddick. By Paul du Quenoy.

“VINEYARD HYPOCRITES!” announced a banner towed by a light aircraft for about 45 minutes earlier this week over the Martha’s Vineyard hamlet of Aquinnah, which until 1997 was known as “Gay Head.”

The demonstration was just one of many hard knocks Vineyard residents have endured since 48 mostly Venezuelan migrants were removed from the “sanctuary” island by the National Guard last Friday. After receiving basic support, but no invitations to stay on an island where 63 percent of homes are vacant in the offseason, the migrants now reside at Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC), a military installation in mainland Massachusetts.

Critics have been relentless in calling out Vineyard hypocrisy. As a “sanctuary” jurisdiction in a self-proclaimed “sanctuary” state, Martha’s Vineyard joined other such places, which promise never to inform on migrants to immigration authorities. Yet it did precisely that the second even a small number of them appeared in their midst.

The Vineyard community allowed the migrants to sleep in a church hall and gave them basic meals before the military took them away in the presence of cheering crowds of well-off locals who sincerely believe they did a good and honorable deed.

From the moment their “humanitarian crisis” began, Vineyard residents congratulated themselves and lectured an incredulous world on their monumental virtue and inexhaustible compassion. The church where the migrants stayed, now styling itself “St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Sanctuary,” has advertised a service of “prayer, reflection, gratitude, and visioning” to celebrate the Vineyard’s resident “angels,” but not the “Venezuelan friends” they sent away a week earlier.

It was unclear if any migrants would attend, but they are now so far away it is hard to imagine how they could. The Vineyard’s status as an affluent resort island, where nearly 80 percent of residents voted for Joe Biden, and where signs purportedly welcoming immigrants, refugees, and indigenous peoples abound, enhanced the delicious irony.

After the narrative failed, everyone’s dumping on them. Even the left’s newspapers won’t defend them, except the local rag:

Unsurprisingly, no major publication has ventured any feature-length defense of the islanders. Only their local rag, the Martha’s Vineyard Times, has denounced the widespread “‘Vineyard hypocrites’ line” as a “false narrative,” the standard term of dismissal now used for any assertion that contradicts leftist values and claims. The paper also questions the use of the word “deported” on the curious grounds that the military base to which the migrants were removed offers “access to bathrooms, showers, and food.” How humane. What generosity. …

While some commentators have criticized Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for sending the migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, a social media search of every major platform now reveals much larger numbers blasting away at Vineyard shamelessness. Despite the best efforts of leading Democrats, it is simply too hard to convince any sane person that being sent by private plane to a beautiful New England hideaway resort is “cruel,” “sick,” “wrong,” “criminal,” or “un-American.” This is especially true when the well known alternative is homelessness and despair in impoverished border towns already overwhelmed by millions of other migrants who have been allowed in under policies advocated by those same Democrats.

The migrants haven’t helped the leftist narrative by praising the Vineyard’s beauty, suggesting that they would like to go back to the island, and — as reported by MSNBC — some even thanking DeSantis for sending them there. A “class action” lawsuit filed by only three of them against DeSantis and Florida transportation officials has offered the spectacle of people who entered our country illegally suing American public officials within days of their arrival under constitutional and civil rights laws that do not apply to them as noncitizens or residents. Media sources were quick to point out that an advocacy organization sponsoring the lawsuit received nearly $1.4 million from George Soros, the most hypocritical do-gooder of them all.

The right love it:

As the reenergized American Right peals with laughter, anti-Vineyard memes abound. One mocks a smiling and stylish Vineyard beauty watching the migrants leave. Another features an old Ku Klux Klan group photo featuring “Women of the Democrat Party” standing beneath a superimposed “Martha’s Vineyard” banner. Still another shows an island sign decorated with colorful diversity symbols proclaiming “Hate Has No Home Here,” with an asterisked note reading “and neither do migrants.” Several other memes transpose photos of Trump’s border wall construction to Vineyard vistas. The hip-hop artist Bryson Gray quickly released a single mocking Vineyard residents, with lyrics including “Let ’em stay at Obama’s house. No child left behind” and “They say they want open borders, but that’s really a lie.”

The Wall Street Journal flip-flopped from dismissing DeSantis’s airlift as a “stunt” to publishing a sober op-ed by Republican strategist Karl Rove observing the disparity between the massive number of illegal immigrants apprehended at the border and the comparatively few sent to Democratic-governed “sanctuaries.”

The comedic Onion, which mostly mocks ideas and public figures on the Right, could not resist satirizing Vineyard residents as spoiled, pompous, overprivileged fools suffering from an embarrassing lack of self-awareness.

In a rare moment of integrity, even the humorless New York Times admitted that the “progressive reaction was beyond parody.” The former paper of record conceded that DeSantis’ airlift “succeeded politically,” perhaps enough that it might persuade the Biden Administration to do better on border and immigration policy. …

The legacy:

It will be a very long time before many Americans can pronounce the words “Martha’s Vineyard” without the pained eye roll once reserved for the now funereal adjacent island of Chappaquiddick.

 

Can the GOP Accommodate Two Rock Stars?

Can the GOP Accommodate Two Rock Stars? By Jack Cashill.

Fresh from his deft Martha’s Vineyard gambit, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew into Kansas on Sunday…

Saul Alinsky, the acknowledged master of forcing poseurs to honor their own policies, could not have done better than DeSantis. No political stroke in memory has succeeded in exposing liberal hypocrisy quite so effortlessly and effectively.

Had the Islanders taken the 50 illegal aliens in, they might have checked DeSantis’s move and saved a little face, but they didn’t. They lived up to their most ludicrous stereotypes, calling in the National Guard and deporting the hapless Venezuelans to some sterile Army base on the mainland. It will be years before “Martha’s Vineyard” is anything but a template for a meme or a punch line to a joke. …

Rock star performance:

When DeSantis took center stage, the thousands in attendance were primed. They surged to their feet and roared their appreciation. If it wasn’t clear before this past week, it was clear to everyone in Olathe [Kansas] Ron DeSantis has arrived.

Before Donald Trump descended the golden escalator at Trump tower in June 2015, the GOP had gone more than a quarter-century without a rock star. Now, it has two, and that is the challenge. …

Halfway into his roughly hour-long speech DeSantis, too, remained mum on Trump. Nor did he mention Martha’s Vineyard. Leaving the thunder to Schmidt, DeSantis almost matter-of-factly walked the audience through a tutorial on effective governance. Unlike Trump or Obama before him, he began his sentences with “we,” not “I.”

I was eager to hear what the Florida governor had to say about Martha’s Vineyard, and I suspected the audience was too. Well into the speech, DeSantis eased his way into the subject. “It seems,” he said (and here I paraphrase), “illegal immigration has gotten a lot of attention lately.” Almost as one, the audience erupted in cheers and sustained applause.

I was equally curious to see how DeSantis spoke of Donald Trump. He did this smoothly as well, crediting “President Trump” with curtailing immigration through his stay-in-Mexico policy and the building of the border wall. He made the case that Biden undid these efforts for no other reason than to spite Trump. …

Most prefer DeSantis, apparently:

In my conversations with Republicans here in Kansas City where I live, I have found that most prefer that DeSantis be the GOP nominee in 2024. None of the people with whom I’ve spoken are NeverTrumpers. As far as I know, all voted for Trump in 2020, many enthusiastically. The Martha’s Vineyard maneuver, however, has solidified their support for DeSantis.

If DeSantis chooses to run in 2024, he can blow off the Liz Cheney Republicans — there are not enough of them to matter — but he cannot afford to alienate hardcore Trump fans, especially if Trump also decides to run. Given what I’ve seen from afar and what I saw Sunday up close, DeSantis is ambitious enough to run and adroit enough to win.

How I escaped the Left

How I escaped the Left. By Sasha Stone.

I now know what it’s like to stand on the other side of the Left. I know what it’s like to have people talk to you like you’re human garbage, what it must be like to see every single movie or ad reflecting only one ideology. I’ve been in the bubble and now I’m out of it. I can tell you, it’s much better on the outside. Freedom of the mind at last.

I just got to a point where I couldn’t take it anymore. I couldn’t take the unfiltered rage coming from my side all aimed at one guy, Trump, along with his family and his supporters. It’s gross. It’s weird and it makes me very uncomfortable.

The weird part is, I didn’t vote for Trump and I don’t consider myself a “Trump supporter.” I just can’t listen to people talk about Trump or his supporters because they are talking about a person and people who do not actually exist. They have created exaggerated versions of a whole group of people to justify their hatred, their rage, their helplessness, and their hysteria.

Because I know they’re fighting against people who do not exist it’s hard for me to talk about it with them. I don’t want to argue about it and I can’t change their minds. There is no point. The few times I have tried I get the exact same reaction back from people who have a very limited experience of people they pretend to know. …

Corporates dance to the tune of the woke left:

It is surreal to watch the walls close around Corporate America to shut so many people out who do not go along with the new world order the Democrats have built.

If you want to see an example of this, watch the two cable news networks sometime — MSNBC and Fox. Look at what kinds of companies advertise on each of them. Fox blows away the competition in the ratings. You’d think that would mean they would have all of the major advertisers’ competition for time on their network. But of course, they don’t. “Woke Capitalism” means they can’t. They will be called out, and their reputation destroyed. Did you ever think this would be what American life was like in 2022?

They have decided it’s okay to smear people with “election deniers,” “extremists,” “White supremacists,” “insurrectionists,” “Domestic terrorists,” “racists,” “anti-vaxxers,” etc. Watching them do this every day makes me feel sick. But the forces in media and in the news are too powerful. There is no fighting it. They would have to do what I did, which is to spend a lot of time on the other side, getting to know them, seeing things from their point of view and respecting their beliefs.

A lefty who grew up and grew a conscience. Another potential DeSantis voter.

The Russian Deep State has been the snarling guardian of the Russian people since Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century

The Russian Deep State has been the snarling guardian of the Russian people since Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century. By John Lloyd.

‘Russians are fleeing their country in droves’. That’s how Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, partners in life and journalism, sum up in seven words one of the many tragedies of Russia, from which they too have fled — further than most, to Britain.

Had they stayed, Soldatov at least would be in jail, charged with spreading ‘fake news’ — or, as he puts it, ‘contradicting the state narrative’. An arrest warrant was issued against him in April, and in May, he was put on an international wanted list. A trial — in absentia — is expected in October.

Soldatov and Borogan are part of an exodus larger than any since the Bolshevik Revolution. … Since the beginning of the war, former Soviet states with more or less welcoming governments have been flooded: 25,000 to Georgia in the first two weeks of the Russian invasion on 24 February, 6000 a day to Armenia and by the end of March, 60,000 to Kazakhstan.

These refugees, Soldatov and Borogan wrote in the journal Foreign Affairs, had for the most part ‘three things in common: they have a high level of education, are from the bigger cities and have a liberal outlook…for those left behind, the hollowing out of civil society means they may be stuck with a country that is culturally impoverished, paranoid and hard line.’ …

Russia, whenever and however the war ends, will be riven, its politics wholly unpredictable, clamped into a dictatorship, a danger not just to its neighbours but to the world.

As the regime’s despotism increased, and the few oppositionist news centres … were closed, Russia’s main liberal commentators have felt the intensity of the Kremlin’s hatred of their independence and intellectual capacity.

Reverting to historical type, the Russian leadership has not been brought to account for centuries:

Maxim Trudolyubov, with two decades of combative journalism behind him, is the most sombre and deterministic of all, writing of his fellow Russians — ‘we live in a closet stuffed with skeletons’. He means that the tortured and torturing past of the country had never been adequately confronted; old ruling class habits didn’t die hard, they didn’t die at all, and thus the manner and pitilessness of the use of power continued — ‘the past is now being reproduced in Ukraine.

The Russian state’s historical crimes have never been put on trial and the perpetrators have never faced a day in court. (The war) has been made possible by the impunity of the Russian leadership.’ Elsewhere, he wrote of Putin that ‘it seemed that he seriously believed he had psychological and moral superiority over contemporary Ukraine — over the entire free world… He poisoned himself with his own lies.’ …

‘We wanted’, Soldatov told me, ‘to paint a proper picture of the security services’. Where other commentators typically take a broad sweep over society, politics and the economy, they focus on what they believe is, if not the beating heart, then the snarling guardian of the Russian people — on duty, in some form, since Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century …

When Soldatov and Borogan set out to understand better the 21st century versions of organisations which had been at the centre of Russian power, both under the Tsars and the Communist Party, for centuries, they had to have some nerve, even in times when dissent in the media was grudgingly tolerated. They had to make a kind of working assumption, common to all opposition figures and organisations, that they were living in a country which had the capacity to be ‘normal’, with robust representative institutions, diverse and active media, and a civil society.

Better not dispute the Russian deep state’s narrative, or they torture and execute you. Been that way for centuries, and look how backward Russia is as a result. Now another generation of their best and brightest is fleeing.

Xi under arrest, 80 KM Long Line of Military Vehicles Heads to Beijing

Xi under arrest, 80 KM Long Line of Military Vehicles Heads to Beijing. Persistent rumors are forming of a coup.

David Ganezer:

Jennifer Zeng now says her family knows a PLA admiral, who confirms that Pres. Xi has been removed as head of the Central Military Commission. However, the admiral apparently denies that Xi has been removed as President or Chairman of the CCP, so far. A video of Zeng explaining what she believes about Xi’s status, is embedded with this story. …

There is no group claiming a coup, but there are many strange goings-on.

Multiple reports say that the CCP Congress did not go well for Xi Jinping. Rumor has it that he is under arrest, as an 80 kilometer long column of armored vehicles moves into position in Hebei province, just West of Beijing. …

Here is a tweet from an ordinarily reliable reporter, Jennifer Zeng 曾錚@jenniferatntd: “#PLA military vehicles heading to #Beijing on Sep 22. Starting from Huanlai County near Beijing & ending in Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, entire procession as long as 80 KM. Meanwhile, rumor has it that #XiJinping was under arrest after #CCP seniors removed him as head of PLA.”

Ansh Pandey:

On September 14th, … after a hiatus of two years, Xi departed for Central Asia by a special flight and attended the 22nd Summit of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). …

Xi had troubledly left for Beijing before the official winding up of the SCO Summit. …

Global media has no idea what is going on with Xi Jinping at his home. …

Chinese netizens have stormed Social Media timelines with reports that Beijing is under military seizure. The world, though, has no idea of what’s happening because the city is eventually cut off from the world.

According to News Highland Vision, former Chinese President, Hu Jintao and former Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao had persuaded Song Ping, the former member of the Standing Committee and retaken control of the Central Guard Bureau (CGB).

The purpose of CGB is to provide close personnel protection to members of the Politburo Standing Committee and other CCP leaders. The committee is also responsible for the protection of Xi Jinping.

As Hu and Wen retook control of CGB, information was conveyed to Jiang Zeng and the Central Committee members in Beijing via telephone. The original standing committee members abolished Xi’s military authority at that very moment.

Xi returned to Beijing on the evening of 16th September after learning the truth. However, he was detained at the airport and most probably is currently being held under house arrest in Zhongnanhai’s house. …

The netizens on Social Media have reported that over the last two days, Beijing airport canceled more than 6,000 domestic flights and international flights. Also, all tickets sold by the high-speed rail are suspended, and the rail is completely put out of function until further notice. Hours later, Chinese Civil Aviation notified airlines with Boeing MAX aircraft to resume their service.

Similar story here. Unable to confirm.

David Archibald:

Xi and Putin signed a secret pact (like the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact?) in February, which was so bad that it couldn’t get the approval from other CCP leaders.

The world is sitting on pins and needles to find out what’s taking place in Beijing. Thankfully we don’t have to wait for too long, as the seventh plenum session of the 19th Central Committee of the CCP will be held on October 7, and the 20th CCP National Congress will open on October 15. These dates are official.

Perhaps the Russians will be encouraged to depose Putin.