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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Republicans Announce Plan To Pretend To Be Fiscally Conservative Again The Moment A Democrat Takes Office
[Babylon Bee] During a budgetary discussion Friday, Republican lawmakers announced a plan to pretend to be fiscally conservative again if a Democrat takes office again in 2020 or 2024.

The GOP said it would begin to decry deficit spending and the $20 trillion debt in order to win votes as soon as political power swung back to the opposing party.

"The second a Democrat is back in the White House, we will once again start yelling about fiscal responsibility," one Republican lawmaker said in an address to the House of Representatives Friday. "For now, we will continue to vote for unsustainable and irresponsible budgets that your children’s children’s children will still be paying for centuries from now."

At publishing time, Republicans further announced they would pretend to oppose giving Planned Parenthood a half-billion dollars year after year once they need conservative voters’ support to regain their offices.
I see the Bee has moved on from satire to real news.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/04/2020 09:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Be sure o vote for the FOP-- the Fake Opposition Party.
Posted by: charger || 02/04/2020 12:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Here's the thing - if one side only spends a dollar and the other side still spends a trillion, the end of the day you still are in debt. You still arrive to the same ends but without all the goodies.

Posted by: mossomo || 02/04/2020 15:33 Comments || Top||

How the wellness industry is taking over travel
[BBC] ’Wellness tourism’ is a growing industry, supported by travellers actively seeking ways to enhance their well-being on the go. Now, major lifestyle brands want a piece of the pie.

Feel like waking up in a luxury hotel to a nutrient-rich meal of local cuisine, before scaling a mountain alongside a veteran fitness trainer? How about a few days of surfing on a private beach, with regular meditations within the tranquil Costa Rican jungle? Or perhaps you’d rather perfect your cycling technique ‐ mindful, of course, that acupuncturists are on hand to ease that post-ride soreness. Welcome to the world of wellness tourism, the latest frontier in living our best lives.

The world of wellness ‐ a global economy of care and workout offerings, nutrients, alternative medicine and more that reached $4.5 trillion in 2018 ‐ has witnessed a triumphant ascension over the past decade. Popular perceptions of the importance of diet, fitness and healthy practices have transformed, powering vibrant new business sectors. And as wellness evolves and expands, auxiliary markets from food and drink to hospitality are starting to provide products that reflect the values of today’s health-conscious consumers.

Major companies broadly focused on the wellness lifestyle like fitness chain Equinox, indoor cycling chain SoulCycle and sports clothing retailer Lululemon are no different. As the lines blur between their products and the lifestyle they’re seeking to promote, these brands are taking steps to cater to all facets of their customers’ identity. Now all are moving into the tourism sector, offering multi-day excursions for members with health and fitness at their core.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 03:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under:

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Dr. Francis Boyle Creator Of BioWeapons Act Says Coronavirus Is Biological Warfare Weapon
[Great Game Media] In an explosive interview Dr. Francis Boyle, who drafted the Biological Weapons Act has given a detailed statement admitting that the 2019 Wuhan Coronavirus is an offensive Biological Warfare Weapon and that the World Health Organization (WHO) already knows about it.

Francis Boyle is a professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. He drafted the U.S. domestic implementing legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention, known as the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, that was approved unanimously by both Houses of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.

In an exclusive interview given to Geopolitics and Empire, Dr. Boyle discusses the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China and the Biosafety Level 4 laboratory (BSL-4) from which he believes the infectious disease escaped. He believes the virus is potentially lethal and an offensive biological warfare weapon or dual-use biowarfare weapons agent genetically modified with gain of function properties, which is why the Chinese government originally tried to cover it up and is now taking drastic measures to contain it. The Wuhan BSL-4 lab is also a specially designated World Health Organization (WHO) research lab and Dr. Boyle contends that the WHO knows full well what is occurring.

Dr. Boyle also touches upon GreatGameIndia’s exclusive report Coronavirus Bioweapon ‐ where we reported in detail how Chinese Biowarfare agents working at the Canadian lab in Winnipeg were involved in the smuggling of Coronavirus to Wuhan’s lab from where it is believed to have been leaked.

About our Dr. Boyle
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 03:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [532 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not to say he isn't on to something, but he appears to have stopped just short of blaming Isarel. There is however, still more time.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 3:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Dr Boyle is a lawyer, not a scientist and certainly not a biologist.

On this issue he doesn't know what he is talking about. On other issues he may have knowledge but is biases.
Posted by: lord garth || 02/04/2020 8:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Which would explain why the virus is mutation. A common effect when a lab virus goes loose in the wild.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/04/2020 9:02 Comments || Top||

#4  "Dr." B = an attention whore, a political ambulance-chaser and professional flake who knows f-all about biology
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 9:07 Comments || Top||

#5  #4 "Dr." B = an attention whore, a political ambulance-chaser and professional flake who knows f-all about biology

Lawyers can by the title DR. now? What is he a doctor of law?
Posted by: jpal || 02/04/2020 10:22 Comments || Top||

#6  I enjoy the marketplace of ideas, notions, and possibilities (however bizarre). One usually has to flip over the rock to see the bugs. Plenty of time for knee slapping and comedy later on. But that's just me.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 10:32 Comments || Top||

#7  Faire un oeuf, B.
Pour faire une omelette on doit casser les oeufs
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 10:40 Comments || Top||

#8  It it wasn't a bio-weapon before, it is now.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/04/2020 12:16 Comments || Top||

#9  You are all wrong, Gaia has called me to be the next Adam.
Who am I you ask? I work in the biological lab in Wuhan.
I have saved Gaia’s green earth from the defilers and deplorables by releasing the next mass death virus.
Posted by: Solomon Brown7362 || 02/04/2020 16:26 Comments || Top||

#10  Have democrats figured out how give viruses the right to vote(democratic) yet?
Posted by: Beau || 02/04/2020 21:22 Comments || Top||

The Remainer elites are the true bigots of Brexit Britain
[Spiked] Everyone from Sadiq Khan to Remoaner newspaper columnists spent last week fretting that there would be an outburst of hatred and chauvinism on Brexit Day on Friday. And they were right, there was. But it didn’t come from Leavers, the vast majority of whom celebrated our leaving of the European Union in good, lively spirits. No, it came from bitter middle-class Remainers. Anti-Brexit people in the worlds of culture and commentary unleashed some of the vilest hatred of recent times on Friday night. Their masks fell and we saw what many of us suspected to be the case – that behind the Remoaner facade of cosmopolitanism and tolerance there lurks an extreme, Victorian-level contempt for ordinary people and their stupid voting habits.

The tone was set by Tom Peck, political sketch writer at the Independent. He resuscitated the pre-democratic fashion for depicting the lower orders as animal-like savages, as not fully evolved, by describing the pro-Brexit gathering in Parliament Square as ‘a knuckle-dragging carnival of the irredeemably stupid’.

Knuckle-dragging. We all know what that means. Ape-like. Lacking in true sentience. Not properly human. Isn’t it striking that Alastair Stewart can lose his job merely for mentioning the word ape, in an entirely non-targeted, non-racist way, in a Twitterspat with a black gentleman, while Peck is cheered and celebrated by his fellow Remoaners for implying that a vast gathering of largely working-class people had the demeanour of apes. This is because the one group of people you are perfectly at liberty to hate in our woke era is the white working classes: thick, knuckle-dragging scum.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/04/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Reporting from the Glenborrodale Castle, on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula near Acharacle.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 4:16 Comments || Top||

#2  The tone was set by Tom Peck, political sketch writer at the Independent.

I can only imagine what the Guardian crowd are calling them.
Posted by: Raj || 02/04/2020 8:38 Comments || Top||

#3  "The Remainer elites are the true bigots of Brexit Britain"

I'm shocked (NOT).

I believe (but could be wrong) the British slang word for these worthless clowns is "wankers."

There are some American slang words to describe these idiots, but this is (sort of) a family blog. ;-)
Posted by: Barbara || 02/04/2020 11:16 Comments || Top||

The state of small business is strong
[The Hill] As President Trump heads into his final State of the Union ahead of the 2020 election, he should take the opportunity to explain how the policies of his administration are largely responsible for the flourishing economy that is raising the standards of living for ordinary Americans everywhere. Trump should contrast this success with the economic disaster that would occur from the socialist policies of Bernie Sanders, who looks poised to win the Iowa caucus, or any of the other Democratic candidates.

The State of the Union offers Trump a rare opportunity to cut through the partisan filters of the mainstream media and speak directly to Americans about how policies that favor growth and workers, such as trade deals, tax cuts, and deregulation, are padding the pocketbooks of workers across the nation. Although his economic successes do not usually generate many front page headlines, they certainly should be trumpeted.

According to a recent survey by Gallup, confidence in the economy is now at the highest point in two decades. Wages rose by 3 percent last year, nearly 50 percent faster than the average under President Obama. Wages for blue collar employees have risen at an even faster rate, and wages for the lowest 10 percent of American workers are growing about twice as fast, helping reduce income inequality. Finally, wages for black employees have also grown faster than those for white workers.

Take home pay adjusted for inflation for the average middle class family has risen to a record of $66,000 under this administration. Democrats in Iowa may have not gotten the message, but Trump has addressed wage stagnation. Wages are rising partly because of the tight labor market. The unemployment rate is at a half century low of 3.5 percent. There are one million more available jobs than the number of unemployed people.

Job opportunities are drawing people off the sidelines and into the labor force. Prime age labor force participation has risen by over two million people under Trump. Seven million people have come off food stamps and the poverty rate has fallen. Our economic growth is the fastest in the developed world, and the stock market continues its incredible run, up more than 50 percent since Trump was elected. Almost two-thirds of Americans over age 35 invest in the stock market, meaning that their retirement and college savings accounts have grown substantially.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 03:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I follow the Credit Managers Index which is available at www.nacm.org. The report for Jan 2020 was the best in 3 years.
Posted by: Dino McCoy5459 || 02/04/2020 18:49 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Trump To Deliver State Of The Union In Scuba Gear To Avoid Drowning In Liberal Tears
[Babylon Bee] WASHINGTON D.C.‐After completely mopping the floor with the snowflake libs on the Senate floor, the Trump administration fears that he is at high risk of drowning in a literal tidal wave of liberal tears during Tuesday's State of the Union address.

"The risk for liberal tear downpour is always high any time Trump speaks," said climatologist Dr. Herbert Thwayne. "But under these conditions, the risk is driven up exponentially. Not only is there going to be a record amount of crying like a bunch of babies, but the melting snowflakes are going to cause a rapid rise in the sea level. It's smart for the president to take any precautions necessary."

For the general public, Weather scientists recommend staying indoors on Tuesday and for families located in blue states to wear life vests on Tuesday night.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 03:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A good title for starting the morning.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/04/2020 8:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Dang, hoping Not Bee.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/04/2020 10:31 Comments || Top||

#3  It's good to have dreams, #2 swksvolFF. ;-)
Posted by: Barbara || 02/04/2020 11:00 Comments || Top||

WARNING!!! Not keyboard/coffee safe!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 02/04/2020 11:14 Comments || Top||

#5  The do call it the "well" of the Senate...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/04/2020 13:59 Comments || Top||

#6  the Vale of Tears
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 17:27 Comments || Top||

DNC Looking at getting Trump to join Dem Primaries to Stop Bernie
some good satire from, surprise, the Onion

WASHINGTON‐As the beginning of primary season upped the stakes in their search for an alternative candidate, Democratic National Committee officials reportedly mulled Monday asking Donald Trump to run for president as a Democrat in an effort to stop Bernie Sanders. "He's obviously not our first choice, but Trump has a track record of winning elections, not to mention he does well with the conservative voters we'll need to swing some red states blue‐if that's who we need to ask to ensure Bernie doesn't win, we'll do it," said DNC chairman Tom Perez, who had circled Trump's name on a white board listing dozens of potential candidates the party could try to convince to jump into the Democratic Party primaries in order to obstruct a Sanders nomination. "This late in the game, we need somebody with name recognition and a built-in following, which Trump definitely has.
Posted by: lord garth || 02/04/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not bad! Too wordy, though. The Bee is snappier, quicker.
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 9:11 Comments || Top||

Oman, Chad, and now Sudan: Israel and the wider MidEast puzzle
[Jpost] This was the first power change in Sudan since 1989. But even Omar al-Bashir, the former leader had considered a change in relationship with Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to pull another diplomatic milestone out of his hat on Monday when he met Sudanese leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan in Uganda. This is an important achievement that dovetails with other diplomatic successes in recent years. For instance Netanyahu went to Oman on a surprise visit in October 2018 and Israel renewed ties with Chad in January 2019. The Sudan meeting could be a trial balloon for further Israeli openings in the Middle East, or it could help Sudan with its own relationships with Washington and other countries.

The Sudanese meeting was likely made possible by a change in government in Sudan in August 2019 when al-Burhan came to power as part of a council that is supposed to run the country for a transitional period. This was the first power change in Sudan since 1989. But even Omar al-Bashir
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Posted by: trailing wife || 02/04/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

A future Palestine: Dubai or Lebanon?
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Rewind to 2002. The Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
had just endorsed its land-for-peace initiative, and late Paleostinian President Yasser Arafat was shouting "martyr, martyr, martyr" live on TV while under Israeli siege in his bedroom in Ramallah. Western journalists swarmed Leb’s refugee camps to add color to their coverage of the vaporous Arab League summit, and I was a fixer who translated what Paleostinians wished to tell the world.

After showing the big keys and Ottoman titles of the houses they had abandoned in Paleostine, refugees swore to fight to the last for their right of return. But when the cameras were switched off, one of them pulled me aside, and said: "My daughter is in Germany, maybe your journalist friends can help me move there with her."
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  Leb if lucky.
Posted by: charger || 02/04/2020 1:00 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't care what - as long as it far away from Israel.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/04/2020 2:45 Comments || Top||

#3  I understand there's a lot of free land around Chernobyl. Just saying.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/04/2020 5:42 Comments || Top||

#4  as long as islam runs the show = shithole
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 02/04/2020 7:26 Comments || Top||

#5  A future Palestine: Lebanon or Somalia
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/04/2020 12:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Dubai is sort of a success but only because the people who keep it running are from somewhere else.
Posted by: Lord garth || 02/04/2020 14:13 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
The Kimber Warrior review
[Pew Pew Tactical] The 1911 is well over 100 years old now...

And has served in two world wars and fought in everything from the frozen hills of Korea to the sweltering heat of Iraqi sand dunes.

But this classic pistol has evolved a long way since that old GI model that first saw combat in the trenches of Europe.

In this article, I’m going to review the Kimber Warrior, a modern-day version of the 1911. This is a long-term assessment as I have owned the pistol for many years and actually carried it on duty as a deputy sheriff for much of that time.

Situational Awareness bonus video.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 03:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wilsonize your SIG P320...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/04/2020 7:52 Comments || Top||

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Tue 2020-02-04
  8 Turkish personnel, 13 #Syrian troops killed in north Syria festivities
Mon 2020-02-03
  Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula claims December shooting at Florida naval base
Sun 2020-02-02
  Iraq’s President Barham Saleh assigns Mouhammed Tawfiq Allawi with forming a new government
Sat 2020-02-01
  Qassim al-Rimi, the head of al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen tits up.
Fri 2020-01-31
  Senate Votes 51-49 Against Witnesses and Documents
Thu 2020-01-30
  #Hamas rejects ‘conspiracies’ as #Trump unveils Mideast plan
Wed 2020-01-29
  Turkish tanks and troops have just arrived at the port of Tripoli. In violation of the arms embargo
Tue 2020-01-28
  Iran foreign minister calls Trump peace plan for Middle East 'delusional'
Mon 2020-01-27
  USAF E-11A down in Taliban area.
Sun 2020-01-26
  JeM’s Kashmir chief among 3 killed in Pulwama encounter: Army
Sat 2020-01-25
  AlSadr orders his followers to withdraw from #TahrirSquare and dismantle the tents
Fri 2020-01-24
  PLA mobilized to deal with Wuhan
Thu 2020-01-23
  UN calls for strengthening international support for the Palestinians
Wed 2020-01-22
  IRGC Commander & "Soleimani Ally" Shot Dead By Masked Assassins On Motorcycle
Tue 2020-01-21
  Several civilians killed by female suicide bomber in western Chad

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