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DOJ Atty reveals 300 domestic terrorists investigations have been opened since May 28th
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-PC Follies
The West is One Vast Social Engineering Experiment
[AmericanThinker] Many decades ago, I worked for a while in one of the old Victorian lunatic asylums in England. They were by then called ’long-stay mental hospitals’ and the patients were all highly institutionalized, conditioned by years of dull routine to an existence of passive compliance. Psychotropic medications helped, and if a patient displayed some reluctance to follow routine, the usual response was to instigate a short program of behavioral conditioning. It was all designed to be very humane. The days of violent confrontations were largely in the past, and the dreaded glass syringe containing paraldehyde was becoming only a memory, as were the straitjackets and the padded cells. But we still wore white coats and walked the wards as if monitoring for any signs of deviance, and the psychiatrist’s verdict was final.

What is happening today in the West increasingly reminds me of what I saw in that long-stay mental hospital many decades ago, but is less humane. Today, when a person displays signs of deviating from political correctness, the cultural overseers leap into action and denounce the behavior and the culprit, whose guilt is incontestable. If confession, contrition, and penance are not instantly forthcoming, the only sentence is to be declared a ’far-right bigot’, with the likely result that the mainstream news media will then pick up the story and try to ruin what is left of the pitiful target's life. Only the most courageous and resourceful will stand fast to their values and principles and defy the modern Maoist cultural revolutionaries of the radical progressive liberal-Left. The task of enforcement by the latter is, however, made considerably easier by the almost ubiquitous smartphone, which makes social conditioning extremely easy.

The smartphone functions as a virtual Skinner box. The original Skinner box was constructed of clear perspex inside which a hungry pigeon pecked at a lever. A reward of grain was delivered only for the desired behavior. Today the box is virtual, as humans tap the keys of their smartphones. Usage of social media from these smartphones appears to be highly addictive, and can turn even previously well-adjusted people into obsessive narcissists who crave ’likes’ and will leap onto any bandwagon in an attempt to increase their virtual popularity.
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Posted by: 746 || 08/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sure glad the power button fell off my smartphone. I cancelled the service and do not miss it at all.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 08/06/2020 0:36 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
CDC warns against drinking hand sanitizer after poisoning deaths
[New York Post] Health officials are warning against drinking hand sanitizer — after four poisoning deaths were reported in the American southwest.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday issued an advisory against ingesting any type of sanitizer — and echoed FDA guidance to entirely avoid products that contain methanol, a wood alcohol substance that can be toxic when ingested or absorbed through the skin.

Over the course of May and June, the CDC reported 15 cases of methanol poisoning in Arizona and New Mexico when people swallowed alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
clustered on Indian Rez's IIRC?
Four of those patients died, while three were discharged with visual impairments, according to the CDC.

"Alcohol-based hand sanitizer products should never be ingested," the CDC wrote in the advisory. "In patients with compatible signs and symptoms or after having swallowed hand sanitizer, prompt evaluation for methanol poisoning is required."

The FDA has listed more than 100 dangerous hand sanitizers that contain methanol.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/06/2020 02:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Next will be the ban on methanol.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/06/2020 9:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Too bad we can't just ban stupidity, #1 Skid. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara || 08/06/2020 10:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Next will be the ban on methanol

Well, there goes my small camp stove.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/06/2020 10:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Today's Darwin award
Posted by: warthogswife || 08/06/2020 13:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Just what we need, more (bigger) warning labels.
Posted by: Clem || 08/06/2020 13:36 Comments || Top||

#6  Who the f*ck would drink hand sanitizer - it's 25% glycerin?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/06/2020 15:05 Comments || Top||

#7  Maybe relabeled it as BLMonade?
Posted by: gorb || 08/06/2020 15:30 Comments || Top||

#8  Not bad, kind of like pudding. Four stars.
Posted by: Kitty Dukakis || 08/06/2020 15:32 Comments || Top||

#9  Did they drink hand sanitizer or a bad batch of hootch?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 08/06/2020 15:49 Comments || Top||

#10  Making bad hooch takes effort. I'd wager hand sanitizer.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/06/2020 16:53 Comments || Top||


CDC Director Tells Reporter There's a "Possibility" Hospitals Are Over-Counting COVID-19 Deaths
[Red State] It’s been almost a week since since Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director, Dr. Robert Redfield spoke in front of the House COVID-19 hearing on July 31. His words were widely quoted and reported on, especially that answer he gave when asked "if he thinks there are hospitals inflating COVID-19 deaths counts due to financial incentives," as Just the News reported.

Readers may have caught some of the hubbub about the CDC director’s comments, and RedState made sure to cover it.

Now, Just the News has very quietly made a scoop on something else the director said, during a press conference call Tuesday, in a piece by reporter Nicholas Ballasy:

Just the News asked Redfield on Tuesday whether he was aware of some hospitals incorrectly reporting COVID-19 deaths and to describe the consequences a hospital or a physician would face for doing it.
"The way death certificates are completed, they’re completed by the physician of record," he said on a conference call. "And as a physician we make our best assessment as to what we believe the primary cause of death was. And then frequently we’ll note if there were some contributory factors, and then those death certificates become part of the public health record, and eventually they make their way to our national health statistics center in Hyattsville."

I encourage you to visit Just the News and read the whole thing.

If what the director said is the case when it comes to this troublesome virus, it seems to be a matter of a huge bureaucracy losing track of its many, moving parts. How anyone could manage such a behemoth, even without a pandemic ravaging America’s health care system, is a serious question that deserves better answers from our congressional and Senate representatives — sooner rather than later.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/06/2020 02:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [218 views] Top|| File under:

#1  By how much? Is it a question of hiding a needle in a haystack, or putting a straw in a box of needles?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/06/2020 2:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Isn't some of this overcounting based on CDC's very own guidance?
Posted by: Clem || 08/06/2020 6:33 Comments || Top||

#3  And water is still wet.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/06/2020 8:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Queue the Captain Obvious pic.
Posted by: Warthog || 08/06/2020 10:03 Comments || Top||

#5  And I understand the hospitals get mo' munny for every case of Chinese Plague. Gee, what could possibly go wrong?
Posted by: gorb || 08/06/2020 10:12 Comments || Top||

#6  CDC has four columns of COVID numbers. They do not seem to add up. Obviously, the following footnotes (3, 4, and 5) will clear it all up:

3Countsof deaths involving pneumonia include pneumonia deaths that aso involve COVID-19 and exclude pneumonia deaths involving influenza.

4Counts of deaths involving influenza include deaths with pneumonia or COVID-19 also listed as a cause of death.

5Deaths with confirmed or presumed COVID-19, pneumonia, or influenza, coded to ICD–10 codes U07.1 or J09–J18.9.


Aren't you glad they explained it for us?
Posted by: Bobby || 08/06/2020 17:10 Comments || Top||

#7  As a physician we make our best assessment as to what we believe the primary cause of death was, so don't drink the hand sanitizer.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/06/2020 17:39 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
The Rise of Russian Military Contractors
Russian military journalist Aleksandr Kots gives his explication on Russian private military contractors. Among the conclusions he offers: Russian military contractors are not going away anytime soon

RTWT

[KP.RU] "Wild geese" from Belarus
Stingy shots of the Belarusian newsreel. Three dozen peasants in the middle of the night move into a Minsk hotel in formation. “Do not go outside without permission and accompanying persons. Dinner at 20:00. Evening verification at 22:30 ", - they receive commands in the messenger.
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Posted by: badanov || 08/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under:

#1  All that...but the US showed them how to do it!
Hey Bad, welcome back.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/06/2020 1:09 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Riotous BLM Protesters Suddenly Realize They're All White People
[Babylon Bee] A Black Lives Matter protest in South Carolina started to get out of hand, with people screaming at police officers stationed nearby. It threatened to get violent until the protestors paused after noticing they were all white.

"We will not let your system oppress us!" shouted one protestor, to which a black officer responded, "What do you mean by ‘we'?" The protestor said he meant people of color, but it was at that time that he took inventory of the protestors behind him and was unable to find anyone other than white people.

The protestors insisted they had some black people with them earlier, but it appeared that they had all left when the protest started to get out of hand. "It's possible they had jobs," suggested one protestor.

Though initially shaken by the lack of black lives in their Black Lives Matter protest, the protestors soon got back to throwing things and screaming at police officers in their attempt to battle racism. "We still need to fight for black lives," said one protestor, "even if they want nothing to do with us."

The group has taken out a want ad hoping to hire a few black people to join their next event.
Posted by: Frank G || 08/06/2020 12:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  Riotous BLM Protesters Suddenly Realize They're All White People as well as being left wing Democrats. (FIFtheBee).
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/06/2020 15:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Wait until they realize that by having mega corporate sponsorship and billionaire philantraphy combined with blanket national media promotions, with localized law enforcement acceptance...

Makes them the system, while shouting smash the system.
Posted by: Kitty Dukakis || 08/06/2020 15:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Sock Puppets and Video Conferencing without pants.

Done long enough, people see your mistake.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/06/2020 15:38 Comments || Top||


Don Surber: Trump Is American Conservatism
David Azerrad is an assistant professor at Hillsdale College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government in Washington, D.C. He did an amazing thing. He wrote an 1,100-word essay on What Is American Conservatism without mentioning President Donald John Trump once.

Other than that, it is a spot-on column -- for 2015.

Azerrad (without naming names) knocks the conservative establishment.

He wrote, "Conservatism is the seven cheers for capitalism and the deafening silence on demographic change, feminism, and corporate malfeasance. It’s the same tired cast of speakers blathering about limited government almost a century after the New Deal. It’s the platitudinous Reagan quotes and the worn-out Buckley anecdotes. It’s the mindless optimism and the childish exhortations—if something can’t go on forever, it won’t!"

All that was true.

5 years ago.

President Trump has reached out to black people and Hispanic people -- which is what the professor means by "demographic change" -- without pandering. Jack Kennedy's tide which lifts all boats has done the same in the Trump presidency, which brought record low unemployment to all demographic groups.

His daughter raised $1 billion for the World Bank to lend companies begun by women worldwide.

And President Trump is riding on companies to quit using slave labor in Red China.

Azerrad wrote, "But conservatism is also the endless wars, the nation-building, and the outdated alliances. It’s the free trade fetish. It’s the foolish libertarianism that hates the government more than it loves America. It’s the unconscionable refusal to clamp down on immigration.

"Worst of all, conservatism is the cowardice and accommodation in the face of leftist hegemony. It’s the long list of enemies to the Right. It’s the court eunuchs and other members of the controlled opposition who offer an echo, but never a choice. It’s the faux grandstanding while living in fear of being called a racist."

1. President Trump is ending endless wars, eschewing nation-building, and challenging NATO.

2. President Trump has clamped down on immigration.

3. President Trump has faced every weapon the left has -- often alone -- and ignored taunts of racism and far worse, and prevailed. Bigly.

Where the hell has Azzerad been?

I read the piece and was tempted to leave a sarcastic but sincere comment, "President Trump has done all this."

But how do you educate an educator?
More at the link
Posted by: badanov || 08/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under:

#1  how do you educate an educator?
how do you castrate a castrato?
Posted by: Muggsy Ebbinese8898 || 08/06/2020 4:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Actual capitalism, like actual democracy, would horrify most people. But nowadays people are so numb nothing really bothers them except when their call doesn't go through or InstaGram is down. Both those minor nightmares are brought to you by crony capitalism.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/06/2020 6:35 Comments || Top||


Where are all the guns and ammo purchased under Obama?
These groups keep showing up in our archives. Now that President Trump has declared Antifa a terrorist organization, it’s time to track them all down and lock them up in their thousands. Guantanamo Bay is currently pretty empty, and it is on their beloved Cuba....
[AmericanThinker] During the last two years of the Obama administration, some unusual purchases were made. Large quantities of ammunition were purchased, as were firearms, mostly for somewhat obscure agencies or agencies with no real need for such weaponry. Estimates are that over 1 billion rounds of ammunition were ordered, which resulted in making ammunition scarce for the normal civilian market.

Also significant was Obama's troublesome statement made during his campaign, as follows

We cannot continue to rely only on our military ... we've got to have a civilian security force just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded. We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set.

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Posted by: 746 || 08/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under:

#1  we've got to have a civilian security force just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded

Is it continuing to be funded?
Posted by: gorb || 08/06/2020 0:59 Comments || Top||

#2  The funding and contracts were let, delivery likely went elsewhere. For additional details, please see operation 'Fast & Furious' or events in Benghazi, or the Obama 'Iranian deal' pallets of cash delivered by unmarked aircraft in the hours of darkness.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/06/2020 1:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh, some drone in charge of supply likely has them locked up in a secure storage somewhere. It's his job. But issue them?
"Yeah, I've got one. If I give it to you I won't have one."
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/06/2020 10:03 Comments || Top||


Lt. Col (ret.) Sausage Alexander Vindman: They Aren't Paying Me $1 Million for My Memoir for Nothing
The sheer "Legend in his own mind"!
[AmGreatness] "To this day, despite everything that has happened, I continue to believe that only I, alone, held U.S. foreign policy together for three years."

On August 1, the Washington Post published an op-ed by the now-retired Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, of impeachment fame. The paper’s editors had to heavily revise the piece prior to publication. American Greatness has obtained the text of Vindman’s first draft.

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Posted by: Frank G || 08/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  The Brits gave Benedict Arnold a commission in his Majesty's army too, after the fact.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/06/2020 6:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Book deal? I'm wrong again! I was convinced LTC Sausage would default to McLean, VA and his handlers for a cushy GG-15 senior analyst position. Must have not worked out as he expected.

Hat tip to Director Gina Haspel if that porker never makes it through the door.

Sure hope he doesn't lose his clearance.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/06/2020 6:43 Comments || Top||

#3  It's swell to get a laugh out of this, but you always have to find reasons to smile when the doctors say there's nothing more to do.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/06/2020 6:45 Comments || Top||

#4  "After 21 years of playing soldier....". Playing being the operative word here....
Posted by: Clem || 08/06/2020 6:50 Comments || Top||

#5  #1 The Brits gave Benedict Arnold a commission in his Majesty's army too, after the fact.
Posted by: Procopius2k 2020-08-06 06:36


...True enough. They also kept a very, very close eye on him, and he knew it.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 08/06/2020 7:52 Comments || Top||

#6  everyone knows book deals are kickbacks & payoffs. the 'author' gets a huge advance, the books are bought by sympathetic government bureaus (at enough volume to place it on the NYT best seller list), the books sit in a warehouse somewhere and eventually they end up in the bargain bin at Sam's club.

no one actually reads them
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 08/06/2020 8:01 Comments || Top||

#7  Having read most of this, I am finding it hard to believe this is not the product of the Babylon Bee. I wanted to compare it to the WaPo op-ed, but refuse to pay money to read their horsefeathers.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/06/2020 8:55 Comments || Top||

#8  "After 21 years of playing soldier...."

That whole paragraph is telling. Yeah, I bet the editor's computer ran out of white-out.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/06/2020 10:36 Comments || Top||

#9  After 21 years of playing soldier...

Glad to hear you took your job so seriously, Flounder.
Posted by: Raj || 08/06/2020 10:37 Comments || Top||

#10  I'm not so sure this isn't satire.... that's why I put it in Opinion
Posted by: Frank G || 08/06/2020 10:50 Comments || Top||

#11  ^This is graduate level Bee/NotBee.
Posted by: Matt || 08/06/2020 13:25 Comments || Top||

#12  Not Bee, but only because they aren’t the only ones doing this kind of thing.

The Washington Post one is just as funny, though that one is unintentionally so. It’s not behind the paywall, because the editors there think it burnishes their image to let drivel titled Alexander Vindman: Coming forward ended my career. I still believe doing what’s right matters. be widely seen. Brilliance in translating clearly does not genius make.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/06/2020 13:53 Comments || Top||

#13  Memoir? This guy already shot his wad.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/06/2020 15:02 Comments || Top||

#14  "Writing a book" = nuevo payola.

Sales figures are easily cooked.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 08/06/2020 19:13 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
A psychiatric journal made a big mistake about transgender surgery
[American Thinker] A year ago, a massive study of transgender surgeries in Sweden claimed that people with body dysphoria who had the surgery were psychologically more healthy than those who did not have surgery. The same journal that published that finding just retracted it.

Over the years, in large part because I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, I met several people who had taken hormones and had surgery to turn themselves into a rough and stereotypical version of someone who was the opposite of their biological sex. Consistently, they were the most unhappy people I had ever met.

That was a small and unscientific sample, but it was pretty clear to me that fulfilling their desire to present to the world as the opposite of their biological sex did nothing to make the people I met happy. In retrospect, I realize that I was looking at the type of people Walt Heyer talks about in a fascinating interview with Candace Owens.

Like the people I had met, Heyer also thought he would be happier if he could have surgery and hormones that would "transform" him into the opposite of his biological sex. The fact that he had male DNA did not stop him from thinking modern science could fundamentally change him.

The medical establishment didn't bother giving Heyer psychotherapy to see if his body dysphoria was a sign of a deeper issue. Instead, his doctors put Heyer on estrogen and scheduled surgery. Once on the estrogen, Heyer felt happier. What he didn't know is that estrogen is something of a mood-tranquilizer or suppressor. If women didn't have estrogen, they'd probably kill their babies (and I do not mean that figuratively; I mean it literally).
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/06/2020 02:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russian fella Igor Grechushkin connection to Beirut Warehouse #12 blast
[MAIL] Lebanon has placed every official responsible for the security of Beirut's port for the last six years under house arrest as it investigates a massive explosion which has devastated the city.

The country's political leaders vowed those responsible for the tragedy would 'pay the price', but customs officials pointed the finger of blame back at them - saying they were repeatedly warned of the danger but failed to act.

It came as an astonishing photo emerged, purporting to show the dock's Warehouse 12 filled with ammonium nitrate - with the highly explosive chemical stored in simple construction sacks with no other protection in place.

The dangerous load is understood to have been abandoned by Russian businessman Igor Grechushkin in September 2013 before eventually being transferred to the port where it remained for six years.

A ship carrying the load was detained en route from Batumi, in the ex-Soviet republic Georgia, to Mozambique, and never recovered.

On Tuesday evening a fire that started in Warehouse 9 ignited 2,750 tons of the chemical - sparking an explosion with three kilotons of force, equivalent to a fifth the size of the Hiroshima nuclear blast.

Related: Who is Igor Grechushkin, how did his abandoned ship Rhosus become a ticking time bomb?
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/06/2020 02:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nice ride. Nice squeeze. Sleep lost by Igor estimated at zero.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/06/2020 3:14 Comments || Top||

#2  It should have been Warehouse 13, but life is so rarely artistically perfect.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/06/2020 17:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Captain astonished that his ship delivered Beirut explosive
https://www.wsoctv.com/news/world/captain-astonished/ZUMWG5M7WBAH74VZXRPC2SCFQE/
Igor Grechushkin, a Russian businessman residing in Cyprus, bought the cargo ship in 2012 from Cypriot businessman Charalambos Manoli.
Posted by: b || 08/06/2020 18:45 Comments || Top||



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Thu 2020-08-06
  DOJ Atty reveals 300 domestic terrorists investigations have been opened since May 28th
Wed 2020-08-05
  Death toll from Beirut blast reaches 100 but is expected to rise even further
Tue 2020-08-04
  Beruit goes BOOM!
Mon 2020-08-03
  Israel army says it has foiled a terror attack at the border with Syria
Sun 2020-08-02
  Turkish brig.-gen. executed for revealing Qatari funding of jihadists
Sat 2020-08-01
  Turkey Sends Fighter Jets to Azerbaijan After Threat to Bomb a Nuclear Power Plant
Fri 2020-07-31
  Indonesian Court Convicts, Sentences Top 2 Jemaah Islamiyah Militants
Thu 2020-07-30
  ISIS claims responsibility for killing of top Iraqi commander
Wed 2020-07-29
  Iran launched several ballistic missiles from Iran to the Southern Arabian Gulf
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  Germany arrests ISIS woman who abused Yezidi woman in Syria
Mon 2020-07-27
  Islamic extremists in Nigeria execute 5 men as warning against converting to Christianity
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  Allahu akbar: Turks hold Hagia Sophia triumphal march
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  Taliban ready for intra-Afghan dialogue immediately after Eid
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  Federal officers in Portland may have been permanently blinded by lasers
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  Photo Appears to Show Black Lives Matter Supporters Holding Down and Kneeling on Neck of White Baby

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