Help Wanted: Democrats need not apply…

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Help Wanted: Democrats need not apply…

What if big companies deny you job opportunities because they disagreed with your opinion? You don’t have to imagine, here’s a quote.

“Let it be known to the business world: Hire any of Biden’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie.” Lane included Biden White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Kamala Harris, and Hunter Biden in his blacklist of Biden “fabulists,” in addition to Covid advisor to the president Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel.”

If you are a Democrat, no doubt that quote is outrageous you and compels you to vent your vitriol on social media in demand of Forbes’ cancellation. Why should any company disqualify applicants based solely on their political affiliation? Well, rest easy, I misquoted Forbes. All of this was said about President Trump and his network. So, is that okay? Read the real quote here.

Identity Privilege Trumps White Privilege

Identity politics is a staple in our country. While it may be well-meaning, it often does not result in overall unity of the nation. Case in point, when plans to help small business affected by Covid, President-Elect Joe Biden said this.

“Our focus will be on small businesses on Main Street that aren’t wealthy and well-connected, that are facing real economic hardships through no fault of their own. Our priority will be Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American-owned small businesses, women-owned businesses, and finally having equal access to resources needed to reopen and rebuild.”

Here are some reactions…

For someone “preaching” unity and “we are all Americans”, this is a disingenuous message. Priority should be for ALL american owned small business. No qualifiers or exceptions.

— Craig Forrest (@Javajaded) January 10, 2021

As an Hispanic I say NO! Need is need regardless of identity. It’s quite possible a white male in poverty is in more need than me, a middle class Hispanic woman. You’re going to tear us apart with this. Please, stop.

— Adele (@MadriverMind) January 11, 2021

This is discriminatory. I’m Asian. I don’t want any preferential treatment. I want freedom to choose for everybody!

— Thomas (@TEE_____) January 11, 2021

In response to this sentiment, I would see variations of this theme.

A popular rebuttal to this argument was made by the great Thomas Sowell. In his article, “The Equality Racket,” he said this.

Many in the media and among the intelligentsia are all too ready to go along, in the name of seeking equality. But equality of what?

Equality before the law is a fundamental value in a decent society. But equality of treatment in no way guarantees equality of outcomes.

On the contrary, equality of treatment makes equality of outcomes unlikely, since virtually nobody is equal to somebody else in the whole range of skills and capabilities required in real life. When it comes to performance, the same man may not even be equal to himself on different days, much less at different periods of his life.

More counter-arguments from Thomas Sowell (of which I am a fan) worth reviewing can be found below.

Everything in the USA is not about color.

Left-Leaning Big Tech is slowly imploding.

Gab CEO Andrew Torba revealed that Big Tech insiders are seeking employment with the free speech platform, sickened by Silicon Valley’s monopoly and authoritarian practices.

I cannot tell you how many people… If you only knew what was inside my inbox right now. There are so many people- including senior level inside of Silicon Valley firms who are reaching out to me looking for a job right now. And I’m hearing chatter from inside of these companies from some of my sources that it’s an internal civil war.

And is authoritarian a fair assertion? Some people think so.

God bless Poland. May they inspire us.

In Poland, an initiative announced in late December could see social media companies fined roughly two million dollars if they remove content or block an account if the content does not break Polish law.

“In the event of removal or blockage, a complaint can be sent to the platform, which will have 24 hours to consider it. Within 48 hours of the decision, the user will be able to file a petition to the court for the return of access. The court will consider complaints within seven days of receipt,” Poland In reported.

Read more about this here. I would welcome something like this instead of Section 230.

So, what’s been the effect of Trump censorship so far?

The jury is still out on the effect of all the Trump censorship but, so far…

Despite Twitter’s permanent suspension of President Trump and the mainstream media’s efforts to smear him as responsible for Capitol violence, his approval ratings have remained unchanged.

Conversely, Twitter loses $5 billion in market value after Trump is permanently barred from the platform. Amazon lost $36 billion in market value as the DOW plummeted 758 points. And, of course, there is the whole end of democracy thing.

All that I’m saying is give peace a chance…

I’m a big fan of the Breaking Bad series and universe. Although this quote from Bryan Cranston is not related to that franchise, it has made me a bigger fan of him. Check out this quote from CBN News.

The 64-year-old actor asked: “Where does forgiveness live in our society? Where can we accept someone’s behavior if they are contrite, if they are apologetic and take responsibility?”

Cranston said society would be better if, when someone does wrong and owns up to it, they are “welcomed back in as opposed to creating more fences.”

“I think we need to take a second look at that, exhale, and realize that asking forgiveness and receiving forgiveness are not weaknesses,” he said, “but are human strengths.”

Well said Mr. White. Well said.

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Politics and hypocrisy, the perfect couple…

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Politics and hypocrisy, the perfect couple… 

Ham and Eggs

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Politics and Hypocrisy

Some things are just made for each other. Case in point, let’s do a flashback.

Last year, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick tweeted praise for the ongoing violent riots that were gripping the country at the time. He stayed on Twitter and even got a $3 million donation from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. This week, President Trump was kicked off Twitter for good for allegedly inciting violence among his supporters before they stormed the U.S. Capitol.

There are so many examples of double standards that proponents of free speech have stepped up in a variety of ways. For example, if you want to see a video archive of “every” video of radical left wing violence click here. (They call it “Democrat violence” but I disagree with that distinction. All Democrats are not radically violent.) It is a HUGE archive. I imagine that much of this will be B-roll footage in news reports throughout 2021.

And along the lines of exposing hypocrisy, Gab has a special surprise planned for Twitter. Check out the image below. Looks like someone is going to have a bad day soon.

No matter your politics, I hope you can see how wrong this is. I think this tweet from Hercules says it best.

And all kidding aside, just in case you thought I was, what is happening is scary.

Apple, Amazon and Google. Three billion (trillion?) dollar companies collude (presumably, obviously) to get an alternative media source banned because they disagree with their politics. Is that right? I don’t think so. I think its tyrannical. (And a bit in your face. I mean did you see the heart emoji Twitter CEO @Jack tweeted?) What next? CNN will be trying to deplatform FOX News, Newsmax and One America News because they disagree with them. Wait, what’s this? Wow. What happens after that? People may begin their own deplatforming, starting with Firefox. Sigh. At least people can still express themselves with the crassness of their insults without losing their job or flight privileges or family betraying family or… oh, I give up. Free speech is dead. Big tech killed it.

The Italian Job

In 2 weeks, there will be a swearing in of the President. Such being the case, why the furor to impeach President Trump? I mean, if he’s leaving in a few days why not just let him ride the wave out? Well, this video may have something to do with that. Annnddd… this affidavit.

Politics Matter

Hmm… Your politics matter. Consider these 2 headlines.

  1. Charges dismissed in 37 cases involving people participating in peaceful Black Lives Matter protests
  2. Four Dead, 52 Arrested Amid Pro-Trump Capitol Riots

I don’t know the ins and outs of all these cases so maybe justice won out. I don’t know. It just seems like a double standard. But, again, I don’t know.

Some good news, I think.

Another “cure” (my words, not theirs) for the coronavirus, this one from out of the UK.

The UK said it has two new treatments — tocilizumab and sarilumab — that reduced the risk of dying from COVID-19 by 24% in those who take the medicine. The drugs often look to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

That’s good news for the world. I hope the treatments are cheaper than the mask rule fines some Londoners had to pay.

This seems eerily familiar

So, over in Uganda, this is happening.

The government through the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has reportedly requested all major telecom companies to block access to the iOS AppStore, Google PlayStore, and YouTube. This comes at a time when the country prepares to go into elections on the 14th of January next week.

On 18th February 2016, Ugandans woke up to the harsh reality that they had been cut off from utilizing all social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp– it was just a matter of time for the same for something similar to happen again and looks like it is just the first phase of apps that will be blocked.

The Minister of Defense, Adolf Mwesigye, and his Internal Affairs Counterpart General Abubakar Jeje Odongo told the press in Kampala yesterday that they are working to see how best they can manage social media. “We are now having a challenge of citizen journalism. Social media propaganda is certainly not in the best interest of this country’s security. We are looking for a way of dealing with it.” he said.

Google Africa responds. “…it is very hard to just have a channel removed due to a government request.”

Meanwhile in Canada…

Could this soon happen here?

OMG. Stop. Just make it stop. I could really use a relaxing bath right now.

This will make it all better, for a little while

I’m feeling a bit bummed today. (Can you tell?) If anyone were to buy me the car from Knight Rider though, I would probably perk right up. Just sayin’…

Now, one lucky nostalgist will have the chance to own the car themselves. As Car and Driver reports, Hasselhoff is currently auctioning off his personal version of the 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Neither K.I.T.T.’s legendary weapons arsenal nor Daniels’s verbal charm is a feature of this particular vehicle, but it is a “fully functional” ride, according to LiveAuctioneers. It also boasts an impressively colorful display of dashboard lights.

And just in case you are too young to remember one of the coolest TV shows of the 80’s, click here to see what you missed.

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First they came for…

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First they came for…

Do you know this famous poem? I can’t get it out of my mind today.

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out

   Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out

   Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

   Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for meand there was no one left to speak for me.

Social media is filled with people celebrating the banning of conservatives from social media because they disagree with their politics. They do not realize that it could very well be them tomorrow. Freedom of speech is for everyone or no one. Why is this even a debate in America?

Sigh…

And the list of people on the banned wagon keeps on growing.

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President Trump’s last official tweet

The Next BIG Headache for HR

I don’t see the battle against free speech slowing down anytime soon. If nothing else, its picking up steam. If your company supports any initiative connected to a political ideology 1+ people disagree with there will be a backlash. That’s not new. And people getting fired for protesting once they’ve been outted on social media, is not a new concept either. What is somewhat new and trending however, is the rumbling of attacking companies via employee rebellions. Yes, people are trying to make that a thing. The tweet below is a peek into HR’s next big headache.

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This is why you should read the fine print!

NY wants to send COVID “cases, contacts & carriers” to detention facilities. If that sounds like a perfectly plausible and reasonable assertion, check out the fine print of a proposed law being considered in NY. Liz Wheeler breaks it down, with passion. This is real. Watch this video. Do not ignore it. Your politics don’t matter with this.


Baby its cold outside! Warm up with this hoodie.

Question everything
(While supplies last.)

The Keys to the Kingdom

With so much going on these days, have you noticed that Wikileaks made their server public? Among the hidden goodies are the infamous Clinton Emails. Download the data while you can. This is the treasure conspiracy theories are made of before they become conventional wisdom.

More vaccine news to feed my paranoia

So, its one thing to hear dissenting views about vaccines from non-experts on social media and quite another to hear them from one of the most cited research scientists in German history. Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi is a big deal. People know him. In the tweet below, he bashes PCR tests as a waste of time. Hmm…

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And this just in, Study: Bill Gates DTP Vaccine Killed 10 Times More African Girls Than The Disease Itself.

The History of Social Distancing

Lockdowns

Physical Distancing

Washing your shopping

Health passports

Quarantine

These may sound like modern ideas in reaction to the Covid-19 but they were pioneered in the 1500’s by Quinto Tiberio Angelerio. He wrote a booklet about his outbreak containment methods called “Ectypa Pestilentis Status Algheriae Sardiniae.”

Here’s a translated quote from his work.

“People allowed to go out must bear with them a cane measuring six feet long. It is mandatory that people keep this distance from one another.”

Click here for more history on this.

Should I be paranoid about this? It doesn’t take much.

Here’s a quote from Business Insider

Government-imposed internet blackouts increased in length by 49% in 2020 compared to 2019, per research by digital security and rights group Top10VPN.

According to Top10VPN’s report, 93 major internet shutdowns took place in 21 countries around the world in 2020, including internet throttling — i.e. the only internet available was 2G — as well as social media shutdowns and full internet blackouts.

In total, 2020 saw 27,165 hours of internet shutdowns, up a dramatic 49% from 2019. Top10VPN estimated these blackouts affected 268 million people around the world, up 3% on the previous year.

Umm… What does Hammer and Scorecard mean?

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There has been a lot of chatter on the alternative social media channels about Dennis Montgomery’s gag order and the declassification of Hammer and Scorecard information. Apparently it has to do with election fraud and Nancy Pelosi’s missing laptop. Oooh… I so love political thrillers and intrigue. This is so beyond anything I would have expected on House of Cards.

And just in case you thought things were rough for you, check out this guy.

A bit of levity is always appreciated by me.

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It is not the same because your politics are different than mine.

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It is not the same because your politics are different than mine. 

Last year, there was a protest every other week, CHAZ/CHOP camps and police stations on fire. Yet, the media defended looting and rioting as justifiable. Not that storming the Capital was any better but it was not worse, and not the first time it was taken over. Looking at some of the reactions in social media, I can understand some of the outrage. Case in point.


The Shot heard around the world

If you want to know what our world neighbors are saying about us, click here. Spoiler alert. Its not good. It is a lot to take into account and just because I know history rhymes, I can expect that more talking heads will complain about being labeled fake news and not being trustworthy. When that happens, I will likely think about how Cuomo said “we won” during the GA race and how that doesn’t scream objective journalism. 

I think I need some cuddle time. 

2020 was a big (insert expletive of your choice) and 2021 is threatening to be a fierce competitor. I can imagine the collective public wanting to wrap themselves in a blanket with their significant other for a bit of cuddle time. If that sounds good to you, be advised of the new safety rules concerning love. The BBC recently published an article advising people to avoid kissing and wear face masks during sex to help prevent spreading the virus. Not a joke. Oh, choosing positions that are not face to face would be advisable as well. 

Fweedom

Okay, we’ve all done it. You want to be cool or accepted so, you embellish a bit about your past. It only gets awkward when someone calls you on it. Case in point, somebody brought this article to my attention, “She’s Nothing Like Him’: MLK Jr.’s Niece Shreds Kamala Harris for Apparently Plagiarizing Uncle.” Not sure what the motivation was in sending it to me. I thought it was share-worthy all the same. 

We may have to rethink climate change

I am NOT the expert on all this climate change stuff. Yet, I can appreciate contrary opinions that fly in the face of conventional wisdom. It turns out that most of the Alps were ice-free 6000 years ago, glaciologists have discovered. Click here to watch the video if you are big into the environmental sciences and understand German. At least, I think its German. Maybe its Dutch?

Money for nothing and the chicks for free

The coronavirus taught a whole generation of people how to be heroes by staying home and doing nothing. Now, you can make money from it. Bloomberg reported that “At least 11 U.S. cities are piloting UBI (Universal Basic Income) programs to give some of their residents direct cash payments, no strings attached.” For the record, I think this is a bad idea. I’ve always thought it was a bad idea. Here’s proof

And umm… just how old are you Nana?

Helen Viola Jackson’s 1936 marriage to James Bolin was unusual to say the least: He was 93 and in declining health, and she was a 17-year-old schoolgirl. Bolin was also a Civil War veteran who fought for the Union in the border state of Missouri. Jackson was almost certainly the last remaining widow of a Civil War soldier when she died Dec. 16 at a nursing home in Marshfield, Missouri. She was 101. Click here for the full story

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Where was the call for peace from President Trump?

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Where was the call for peace from President Trump?

Yesterday was epic and historic and not in a good way. Bedlam broke out and the media was calling on the President to calm his supporters down. Yet, no response was given. At least, that was the impression I had from mainstream media. However, a call for peace was made at the time. It was suppressed and, in some cases, prevented from being spread. Case in point, check out the tweet below (and the timestamp).

And just in case it disappears, this is what was said.

“I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order, we have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt. It’s a very tough period of time.”

(I bet you $20 Twitter takes it down. Any takers? Oh wait. They already did.) No matter your political affiliation, you have to admit censoring that tweet was wrong. It irks me.

Maybe it wasn’t as bad as they told us.

The Visual Capitalist put together an infographic on how many people die on a daily basis. Its quite illuminating to see how Covid-19 deaths compared to things like heart attacks, cancers and road injuries. It really puts things in perspective. Read: How Many People Die Each Day? And for extra points, read how the CDC reported 26.3% less death in 2020 than in 2018 and sort through the numbers for yourself.

Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran… (Or were they singing Barbara Ann?)

Iran has resumed the production of 20% enriched uranium at its underground nuclear facility in Fordow, an Iranian government spokesman said Monday. Iranian state media later reported that authorities had seized a South Korean-flagged tanker and arrested its crew, alleging “oil pollution” in the Persian Gulf. But hey, I’m sure that’s nothing to be worried about.

I’m ready for my tinfoil now.

About a million Trump supporters attended a rally in DC that was peaceful until it wasn’t. In some cases, hypocrisy was on display and in others, a very relevant question. Trump supporters are very pro law and order, supporting the police loudly and proudly. So, why then this sudden divergence into hard radical territory? Newsmax pushed a theory that it was actually Antifa and BLM doing a false flag. Sound crazy? Maybe yes, maybe no. Social media is already proliferating with diverse accounts on this very thing and they come across as highly credible.

I don’t trust the mainstream media. I’m not the only one.

At a time when Americans are relying heavily on the media for information about the coronavirus pandemic, the presidential election and other momentous events, the public remains largely distrustful of the mass media. Four in 10 U.S. adults say they have “a great deal” (9%) or “a fair amount” (31%) of trust and confidence in the media to report the news “fully, accurately, and fairly,” while six in 10 have “not very much” trust (27%) or “none at all” (33%).  Click here for the rest of the story.

Do as I say, I wear a lab coat.

Check out this quote

If you thought you’d never see a time come in America where people wouldn’t be allowed to travel unless they were vaccinated against a virus that may not even be around in a year, think again.

That day has come.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with authoritarians in mostly Democrat-run states, are now essentially putting the vaccine industry in control over who will get to fly in the very near future and who will get denied, the U.S. Constitution’s ‘right to travel’ guarantee be damned.

This is curious to me on so many levels. As of January 3, 2021, you can’t pay health care workers to take the Covid-19 vaccine. Why? Maybe its because they heard about the hundreds of Israelis who were infected with Covid after receiving the vaccine? Or, maybe it was the disappearing Flu? (Flu, Covid, tomatoe, tomottoe) I doubt it had something to do with racism. Umm… Unless you live in New York and dealing with a lockdown, which won’t work anyway; no matter how much you mandate them. Sigh.  

Okay, I’m checking Facebook in a few minutes. Just in case.

This one from the Twin Cities Pioneer Press:

A Williston, N.D., man is accused of kicking in the front door of a house after his ex-coworker did not reply to his Facebook friend request…Police say Burczyk started sending aggressive Facebook messages to his ex-coworker on Dec. 24, according to an affidavit of probable cause. He threatened his ex-coworker’s life and warned him that he was going to “come at” him if he did not accept his Facebook friend request, the affidavit stated.

“Accept my friend request or I’m going to murder you,” Burczyk wrote in a message to his ex-coworker, according to the affidavit.

Umm.. Don’t take this personally dude but, if this is how you roll I wouldn’t accept your friend request either.

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