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-Lurid Crime Tales-
John Solomon: Once-secret FBI informant reports reveal wider-ranging operation to spy on Trump campaign
[Just The News] nce-secret reports show the FBI effort to spy on the Trump campaign was far wider than previously disclosed, as agents directed an undercover informant to make secret recordings, pressed for intelligence on numerous GOP figures, and sought to find "anyone in the Trump campaign" with ties to Russia who could acquire dirt "damaging to Hillary Clinton."

The now-declassified operational handling reports for FBI confidential human source Stefan Halper — codenamed "Mitch" — provide an unprecedented window both into the tactics used by the bureau to probe the Trump campaign and the wide dragnet that was cast to target numerous high-level officials inside the GOP campaign just weeks before Americans chose their next president in the November 2016 election.

Among the revelations, the memos make clear that:

Almost immediately after the FBI opened a Russia collusion probe on July 31, 2016 narrowly focused on the foreign lobbying of a single Trump campaign aide named George Papadopoulos, agents pressed Halper for information on more than a half dozen other figures, including future Attorney General Jeff Sessions, foreign policy adviser Sam Clovis, campaign chairman Paul Manafort, economic adviser Peter Navarro, future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and campaign adviser Carter Page.

Halper provided significant exculpatory evidence to the FBI — including transcripts of conversations he recorded of targeted Trump advisers providing statements of innocence — that was never disclosed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that approved a year of surveillance targeting the Trump campaign, and specifically Page.

While current FBI Director Chris Wray has insisted the bureau did not engage in spying on the Trump campaign, Halper's taskings include many of the tradecraft tactics of espionage, including the creation of a fake cover story (he wanted a job at the Trump campaign), secret recordings, providing background on targets, suggested questions to ask and even contact information for potential targets.

But the memos' most explosive revelations are the sheer breadth of the FBI's insufficiently predicated dragnet targeting the Trump campaign, and the agents' clearly stated purpose of thwarting any Trump campaign effort to get dirt from Russia that could hurt his Democratic rival.

"The Crossfire Hurricane investigative team is attempting to determine if anyone in the Trump campaign is in a position to have received information either directly or indirectly from the Russian Federation regarding the anonymous release of information during the campaign that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton," one of the early FBI electronic communications (ECs) from Halper's undercover work stated.

You can read the memos here.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/26/2021 02:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This Trump-Russia "news" is sooooo irrelevant now.
Posted by: Clem || 02/26/2021 13:40 Comments || Top||

#2  No surprises here. And it's no surprise that MSM will not say boo about it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/26/2021 13:44 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Chelsea Clinton Hubbell… Photos of her half sister
Posted by: Ebbereger Unainter6303 || 02/26/2021 03:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6612 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh, dear!
Posted by: Bobby || 02/26/2021 11:38 Comments || Top||

#2 

If IT ain't Bill's then there is a plus side...
Bill has been shooting blanks and there will be no more little Bill's.

But the down side is.
There is still one floating around with 1/2 of Hillary's genes in IT and 2 grandchild with 1/4 of them named Clinton.

Or did Chelsea Clinton follow in her mom's footsteps also....
Posted by: NN2N1 || 02/26/2021 11:42 Comments || Top||

#3  It looks as if the half-sister is also half-brother.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/26/2021 13:32 Comments || Top||

#4  yet another gender
Posted by: 746 || 02/26/2021 13:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Chelsea's genetics are not her fault; her entitled dimwit persona™ is.
Posted by: magpie || 02/26/2021 14:20 Comments || Top||


Apparently, Hunter Biden's life was even more sordid than we knew
[American Thinker] I’m sure that there are some Americans, somewhere, who voted for Joe Biden because the media assured them that Joe is an honest, decent family man — all of which is patently untrue. Because they were unaware that the only thing "abnormal" about the Trump administration was the relentless attacks from the Democrat party and the media (but I repeat myself), they thought Biden would bring an era of peace and even honor. No wonder, then, that the media and the tech tyrants corrupted the election by quashing any reports about Biden’s sleazy son Hunter. And now, it turns out that Hunter was even worse than we realized.

Those people who paid attention to conservative media outlets and learned of Hunter Biden’s laptop, knew that Hunter Biden functioned as a conduit by which foreign governments, most notably Ukraine and China, funneled millions of dollars to the "Big Guy," aka then-Vice President Joe Biden. They also knew that Hunter Biden is one of the sleaziest men in America.

It was public knowledge that Hunter Biden was a crack cocaine addict which had resulted in his being booted from the Navy, that he’d had an affair with his sister-in-law after his brother died from cancer, that he impregnated a stripper, and that he refused to pay for his children and, instead, married another woman. The media rather successfully dressed all this up in the story of a troubled young man trying to make good.

What the laptop revealed, in addition to the Biden family cartel, is that Hunter’s personal life was even worse than anyone realized. A Taiwanese outlet made public videos showing Hunter, a man with a foot fetish, smoking crack and cavorting with multiple women. Additionally, tweets on the computer indicated that the women in Hunter’s life worried about him and underage girls. In this regard, Hunter must take after his father who has been shown in endless video footage fondling and nuzzling little girls. It doesn’t matter to me if that public behavior is the only and worst thing Joe Biden does to little girls. It’s sufficient to make him a creep and a pervert.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/26/2021 02:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6525 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Was?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/26/2021 5:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Give it a few years and you'll read about him, or not, in the Obits
Posted by: magpie || 02/26/2021 14:21 Comments || Top||

#3  You think he's looking forward to comforting the widow "Dr. Jill" when Joe pegs out?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/26/2021 15:18 Comments || Top||

#4  ^^^^^ that is just
Posted by: Grinert Glusing3575 || 02/26/2021 18:16 Comments || Top||

#5  I bet Joe has been in a noticeable decline for a couple of years. Wouldn't even have to really sneak around.

"Did I see you and hunter drive off last night?"

"Oh Joe, you must be having dreams about Beau again."

"Yeah, guess so, really miss him."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/26/2021 18:27 Comments || Top||

#6  The model of White Male Privilege

The rest is, as usual, Leftist Freudian Projection
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/26/2021 18:47 Comments || Top||

#7  Like father, like son?
Posted by: DooDahMan || 02/26/2021 21:31 Comments || Top||

#8  Old stuff.

The live-streamed pr0n channel owned by "Robert Hunter" ... hitting on his 14 year-old niece... filming himself with whores while he smokes crack... the CCP frontman and business partner busted by the So. Manhattan DA and convicted and sent to federal prison for money laundering and bribery... the multi-million dollar wore transfers from Yru Luzhkov's billionaire ex-wife... "10% for The Big Guy"...

All, literally ALL of this sh!t was made public. The wire transfers were flagged by US banks and by Treasury. The pr0n is out there for all to see. The emails and texts were made public in September. Philip Ho's conviction and sentencing occurred in 2019.

The real scandal is how our garbage media suppressed this story of the century and kept it from forcing "Robert Hunter's" father to step down in disgrace.
Posted by: Chort Lumplump1335 || 02/26/2021 23:17 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Thousands of Anonymous Tweets Call for US Troop Pullout
[ToloNews] A hashtag has turned up on social media calling for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan: #get_out_of_Afghanistan. There have been several thousand tweets and retweets with this hashtag over the past few days.

The question of who is behind this high-volume messaging campaign cannot be definitely answered, but I took a closer look at the tweets to see what could be learned.

I collected over 17,000 tweets from Twitter’s API with a #get_out_of_Afghanistan, #افغانستان_را_رها_نماید or #افغانستان_پریږدئ hashtag.

My starting assumption was that these tweets were not real, and that this was obviously an influence campaign and not a trending, organic expression of "the voice of Afghans."

I hypothesized that a specific cluster of Twitter users that might be bots—computer-operated accounts--or "fake users"—users with a specific agenda to spread these hashtags--were promoting this thread as part of an "information operation" in the social media space.

There are obvious indicators suggesting that these tweets are serving the agenda of the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and its allies, such as frequent citing of the Doha agreement. The Taliban use social media extensively to support their activity in Afghanistan.

Below are the main takeaways suggesting that these tweets are organized and managed by a specific group:

• The vast majority of these tweets are from accounts that have not mentioned their location, which could be a sign of bots or fake accounts; moreover, the majority of those that did mention their location were tweeted from outside of Afghanistan.

• Only 9 out of 17,364 tweets/retweets are from verified accounts.

• The group behind this seeks to deliver its message to a larger audience by mentioning top US actors, ones who can directly influence the date of withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. They used the Twitter account of the president of the United States — @POTUS and @JoeBiden — the account of the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation -- @US4AfghanPeace -- and the official account of the US Embassy in Afghanistan -- @USAmbKabul. Further, most of these tweets are in English language rather than in Pashto or Persian languages.

• Interestingly, the Twitter account from which this hashtag is retweeted most frequently was created less than a month ago (1-23-2021) indicating that this account was created only for promoting such propaganda.

• An analysis of the contents of these tweets reveals that they are centered on calling for the commitment of the Doha agreement and therefore the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. Furthermore, the videos featured in the tweets show Taliban attacks on US troops.

• Some of the tweets are presumably intended to show to Afghan citizens and the international community that the poverty continues as long as the international community is in Afghanistan by showing pictures of people who have sold their kidneys, for example.

• Additionally, these accounts are increasingly using pictures of children with flyers in their hands with a #get_out_of_Afghanistan hashtag to promote their message.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/26/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Still a good idea.

Just because someone odious endorses an idea don't make it wrong. That's the guilt by association fallacy.
Posted by: Elmung Hatrack5948 || 02/26/2021 1:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Who fucking cares what "Twitter" thinks? It's a cesspool of deranged morons and disinformation, inflamed by the media and powered by indoctrinated digital idiots who have been handed a megaphone.

If it were not for the mainstream Press pushing the inflammatory garbage on twitter, nobody in their right mind would pay any attention to it.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/26/2021 2:53 Comments || Top||

#3  That said, they may be right for all the wrong reasons. Our business there is done. We need to leave and remind them that if they force us to come back, we will not be landing any troops, just widespread destruction.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/26/2021 2:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Anyone who wants out of Afghanistan is a gulanist?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/26/2021 12:21 Comments || Top||

#5  In Soviet America, Twitter cares about you.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/26/2021 12:26 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Three Wars, No Victory – Why?
[National Review] America is the most powerful country in the history of the world, yet it has not won any of the three major wars it has fought over the past half century. This has not been due to a lack of effort and persistence. Our troops fought in Vietnam for nine years and in Iraq for a dozen. We’re still fighting after 20 years in Afghanistan, where our generals are asking the Taliban to stop attacking. That’s not a sign of success; the victor does not make such requests. The fact is that in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, America has failed in its mission to develop and sustain democracies.

What accounts for this trifecta of failure? Through luck and poor shooting by our enemies, in all three wars I was able to witness both the actual fighting on the ground and the creation of the high-level policies that shaped the wars. In this article, I lay out what I believe were the root causes of the failures. Oscar Wilde once remarked, "Two kinds of people are fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing." I’m rendering one man’s opinion, while hoping to fall into neither category.

Broadly speaking, leadership in war comes from three hubs. The first consists of the military commanders who design strategy and decide how our troops will fight. The second hub is the policy-makers, including the president as commander in chief and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs as his military adviser, plus the theater commander, the CIA, the State Department, and the secretary of defense, who all give input. The third hub is the culture and popular mood of our country, as reflected by congressional votes and the slant of the mainstream press. The press does not report "just the facts"; rather, it presents a point of view by selecting which facts to focus upon. The popular mood is the ultimate fulcrum of political power, because the policy hub can’t fight a war without resources from Congress.

I divided the wars into major phases, and for each phase I assigned a percentage of responsibility for failure to each of those three hubs, as shown below. A rating of 0 percent indicates that I do not believe that particular hub contributed to the failure in that phase of the war. A rating of + means that hub contributed to success, not failure. Note that while the locus for failed decision-making shifted from war to war, overall the heaviest responsibility lay with the policy hub in Washington, including the commander in chief.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/26/2021 09:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We have this mythology of a great nation lead by great leaders. That's close, but not right. We are a great nation despite being led by mediocre to bad leaders. They are good at politics and little else. At best. And ideologue hacks in general.

There is little our troops can do if their orders are to lose. Or do stupid things that make losing inevitable.
Posted by: Angstrom || 02/26/2021 10:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Because of the "leaders" favored by National Review.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/26/2021 10:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Further proof of the old saying about not being able to see the forest because of all the trees. He makes on fatal assumption in that we would win a war in those three countries. In Viet-Nam our nation was not prepared to fight to win, so we fought for nothing. In Iraq we won the war, just could not maintain the peace after. And in Afghanistan We decimated AQ, but we had no idea how to unify a tribal nation. It was like the same guy that designed the strategy for Viet-Nam designed the strategic plan for Afghanistan. The author is looking too deep into it. Our leaders in the beltway are not willing to suffer the bad press over fighting to win. So we don't fight to win. Its all that simple, not complicated, or out of reach. In a more simple of term, todays political class would have surrendered to the Japanese and Germans, its just where we are at in time...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 02/26/2021 12:13 Comments || Top||

#4  They don't want to win. The point is to keep the war going. It's profitable. Yes, they really are this evil.
Posted by: Elmung Hatrack5948 || 02/26/2021 12:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Winning decisively is mean and humiliating for the loser. Better to be admired in the diplomatic halls of Europe and the EU for gently leading the locals to modernity. Yes, my thinking has evolved over the years.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/26/2021 13:20 Comments || Top||

#6  A lot of our efforts have been towards rebuilding failed states and trying to remake them as Democracies. That's sort of the opposite of what the military's historic role.

If we'd done the McArthur White Shogun thing out of the gate instead of aiming for Democracy they might actually be peaceful Democracies by now.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/26/2021 13:50 Comments || Top||

#7  An honest history of Vietnam will have to wait until the last of us Baby Boomers is dead.

We did fight with one hand tied behind our back; but think that we wanted to save South Viet Nam (in which we failed) without igniting WWIII (in which we succeeded) and without bringing China and/or Russia into the war (as we had failed to do in Korea just 10 years earlier, and in which we succeeded.)
Posted by: Tom || 02/26/2021 13:55 Comments || Top||

#8  (Forgot:) And in stopping the spread of Communism in Southeast Asia, which succeeded at the Thai border.
Posted by: Tom || 02/26/2021 13:56 Comments || Top||

#9  Adding to (Tom) #7 & #8:
--We convinced the "Old Gray Men" in the Politburo that we were so "batshit crazy" in wasting our children to defend Vietnam that we would go even further if the attacked in the North German Plains. It became a gamble that they didn't feel like taking.
Posted by: magpie || 02/26/2021 14:29 Comments || Top||

#10  9/11 was a mean and humiliating attack on the West with lasting mean and humiliating consequences for citizens of Western nations.

We have established a domestic regime of a creeping police state combined with an increasingly relevant sharia as a consequence of Western military engagements.

We've not even tried to gently lead the locals to modernity. We've (not so gently) imported and normalized the mores of alien tyranny into and within Western societies.

The 'Free World' has had zero civilizational confidence for decades.

Anything resembling non-defeat for the West has been declared politically toxic.

Hence defeat is the only possible outcome.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 02/26/2021 15:20 Comments || Top||

#11  Any honest review of Vietnam has to take the homefront into consideration. Fear of the draft caused a large number of baby boomers to embrace Communism. That had far larger long term implications for the world than the war itself.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/26/2021 16:31 Comments || Top||

#12  He forgot the fourth hub - the lawyers. They run the ROE and the final decisions on Spec Ops past the damn lawyers.
Posted by: KBK || 02/26/2021 18:02 Comments || Top||

#13  "Never fight a land war in Asia."
Posted by: Chusoper Ulutle1630 || 02/26/2021 18:39 Comments || Top||


The Last Stop Before Thermopylae
[American Greatness] America is at a crossroads. We are facing the greatest threat to liberty the Republic has yet encountered—a ruling elite backed by the primary institutions of power in America: the media, academia, the permanent bureaucracy, and the defense-intelligence complex. These institutions are fully committed to a top-down rebellion of the elites determined to protect the wealth and power of the establishment. No enemy is as dangerous as the enemy within—and this enemy now controls the reins of national power in America.

We have a choice: submit or fight.

At this point, it is unproductive to rehash the litany of self-sabotage inflicted upon America over the past four years. And equally unproductive is casting the new regime and its nomenklatura as some type of Gollum that distracts us from what we need to do to survive. For traditional Americans inundated with a continuous stream of who-did-what-to-whom, outrage and hypocrisy now fall on deaf ears. The time to cry about the past is over. The solution to our predicament lies in what we do from here forward.

In The Art of War, Sun Tzu wrote "If you know yourself and you know the enemy you need not fear a thousand battles." Let’s take an honest look at who we are and the threat we face.

American society is now cleaved into two factions that are intrinsically at odds with one another.

On one hand, you have traditional Americans. They come in every race, creed, and religion. They believe in law and order, expect everyone to follow the rules, and mostly just want to be left alone.

Family-oriented, self-reliant, and armed, traditional Americans populate the working-class ranks of the military, law enforcement, and industry. Sadly, most are technically illiterate. They underestimate the threat from the surveillance state and Securitate. Many still believe the FBI only goes after bad guys, and they cannot grasp that the national security apparatus now views them as the enemy. They rightly bristle when slandered with "white supremacist" or "terrorist" labels. A habituated trust in authority makes them vulnerable to snitching on others and collaborating with those they shouldn’t. Many are infected with white knight conspiracy theories that counsel remaining submissive. In general, they have nearly zero control of the nation’s money, media, government, academia, legal system, and surveillance state.

On the other hand is the ruling elite. They advocate a multi-tiered justice system and expect others to follow their rules, beliefs, and norms. They are politically savvy and disciplined. They view traditional Americans and their beliefs as an impediment to their wealth and utopian dreams, going so far as routinely to advocate extreme actions such as genocide, re-education, and the removal of the children of their political opposition.

They employ proxy forces, such as Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and journalists to bully ordinary Americans and weak-willed corporations. In order to intimidate and discredit their political opposition, they’ve weaponized the use of labels such as "white supremacist" and "terrorist" on their enemies. They are generally opposed to religion and personal firearm ownership, and they cannot allow you to be left alone. They will attempt to nudge wrong-thinkers into accepting the ruling elite’s ideology. If that doesn’t work, they’ll force compliance via law enforcement, military, and the intelligence agencies they now command. They control most of the national wealth and all of the media, government, academia, legal authorities, and surveillance state.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/26/2021 07:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  .....a ruling elite backed by the primary institutions of power in America: the media, academia, the permanent bureaucracy, and the defense-intelligence complex.

Perhaps not our first clue, but certainly near the very top.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/26/2021 8:01 Comments || Top||

#2  The author's solution is built on the structure of a grassroots political movement designed to return control of the country to the citizenry. This is something to be implemented locally, in communities, towns, and cities. And, importantly, it doesn’t require an elected representative to make the message heard.

Similar to what I read here in a comment, earlier this week.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/26/2021 8:30 Comments || Top||


R. Emmett Tyrrell: Reform the Democratic Party
They should show the Pubs how it's done.
[Creators.com] The political party that is forever lecturing Republicans on the need to reform themselves lest they go the way of the Tyrannosaurus rex is now in danger of becoming at one with the Tyrannosaurus rex. The party's alarmed potentates met over the weekend, having finally noticed that the autumn elections did not go so well for them after all.
Sorry, I missed that in the news. Secret meeting?
Some have speculated on change — change not for their Republican opponents, but change for them, the Democrats. Some Democrats less stupefied by ideological rigorism noted that Sen. Bernie Sanders might not be the wave of the future. Crazy Bernie's socialism is not in the cards for a winning political party here in these United States.
No, no, we just have to try harder!
Nor is defunding the police, packing the Supreme Court, replacing the internal combustion engine with sails or solar-powered steam engines or putting cornflakes in your fuel tank. The American people have tired of witless calls for change.

Maybe it is time for the Democrats to listen to those closer to the center than to Congressgirl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her squad of harpies. By the way, does the term "squad" not bring to mind violence? Was not violence what we experienced in Washington on Jan. 6? I think the American people have made their views very clear on the Jan. 6 riot. My suggestion to Democrats is that they give violence a wide berth. The Republicans are not embracing the Proud Boys on their right. I would suggest the Democrats keep the antifa and adepts of Black Lives Matter at arm's length, too. The same goes for a group of left-wing extremists who travel in a squad on Capitol Hill. The term puts many of us in mind of young Germans who once traveled in groups wearing brown shirts.

There was in the Democratic Party a strain of thought that once provided renewal to the old boss-ridden party in Northern cities and to Democrats in the one-party South. It was called the reform movement. It was particularly strong in the North. The reformers centered around political people such as former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, former Secretary of Commerce Harry Hopkins and former Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes. The movement got journalistic support from the muckrakers, people such as Upton Sinclair, Lincoln Steffens and Ida M. Tarbell. Until recent years, people such as Ralph Nader and Charles Peters carried its tattered banner. That so few names spring to mind now suggests how in need of a resurgence the reform movement is. Would-be reformers that are active today waste their time on the easy targets such as the National Rifle Association and on hopeless causes. Today's would-be reformers ought to spend their time where their reforming impulse is really needed. They ought to spend it trying to reform the Democratic Party.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/26/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6511 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Day late, dollar short. It's the Socialist Party through and through now. Those of the Truman or Humphrey bent have gone RINO for a chance to occupy a seat in government. The middle ground of classical liberalism is all but gone having compromised itself out of existence with the Socialists and accepting 'appearance' over results.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/26/2021 6:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Some creatures simply have no interest in domestication.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/26/2021 7:22 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm done with the Uniparty BS. They are all evil including most of the Supreme Court...don't get me started on Roberts.

A pox on ALL their houses!
Posted by: Warthog || 02/26/2021 9:35 Comments || Top||

#4  I am most disappointed in SCOTUS. Why would Schumer want to pack a court where he already has a 6-3 majority? We need a simpler constitution because the one we have uses words too big for SCOTUS to understand. Maybe we need a restriction on federal employment that precludes anyone with more than a high-school education.
Posted by: irish rage boy || 02/26/2021 10:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Reform the Dem Party from a criminal organization??
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/26/2021 23:07 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Humans May Not Be Able to Reproduce Naturally Much Longer, Scientist Warns
[Future Human] Many men today have just half the number of sperm their grandfathers had. The shocking discovery was published in 2017 by Shanna Swan, PhD, an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

After analyzing 185 studies involving nearly 45,000 healthy men, Swan and her team found that over the past four decades, sperm counts among men in Western countries had dropped by more than 50%.

Why the huge decline? Swan says many factors are at play — alcohol use, smoking, body weight, and a lack of exercise are a few. But she has zeroed in on another, more insidious cause: exposure to common chemicals that interfere with the body’s production of hormones.

Swan has been studying these so-called endocrine disruptors for the past 30 years. And it turns out men’s sperm isn’t the only thing they affect: They may be changing human sexual development and reproduction in broader ways, too. In girls, exposure to such chemicals has been linked to earlier onset of puberty. Women, meanwhile, are experiencing a decline in egg quality and more miscarriages.

In a new book, Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race, Swan outlines the hidden damage these chemicals are having on our fertility and why we must act now to prevent them from causing further damage.

In the book, she makes a provocative claim: Humans may not have the ability to reproduce naturally for much longer. She estimates that by 2050, a large portion of the global population will need assisted reproductive technology to procreate. I talked to Swan to learn more about these chemical exposures and what can be done to avert an infertile future.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/26/2021 07:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Perhaps he has discovered some celestial experiments are simply dead ends.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/26/2021 7:45 Comments || Top||

#2  True if you are a soy boy or riot grrrl. Hit the gym and make yourself presentable. Otherwise, it's internet prawn for you.
Posted by: Ebbereger Unainter6303 || 02/26/2021 8:12 Comments || Top||

#3  I recommend a QC program that will enable our remaining reproductive capabilities be tightly monitored and controlled.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/26/2021 8:28 Comments || Top||

#4  One of the chemicals in ordinary drinking water is estrogen which comes from livestock excrement and (in much less quantity) urine from women taking birth control.

water treatment plant remove a lot of it but not all and there is probably at least 10x as much of it now as there was 50 years ago
Posted by: Lord Garth || 02/26/2021 8:40 Comments || Top||

#5  /\ I've often wondered if it could be something in the waters.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/26/2021 8:46 Comments || Top||

#6  population will need assisted reproductive technology to procreate

A pleb non-scientist, and total bastard I'm imagining a sort of linked exoskeleton harness that has the motions programmed into it, and you may dial in a nice steady rhythm.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/26/2021 9:43 Comments || Top||

#7  With 78 genders, it is a bit complicated.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/26/2021 9:45 Comments || Top||

#8  Seems the least desirable parts of the gene pool procreate with unfortunate fecundity...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/26/2021 10:49 Comments || Top||

#9  Not letting boys do boy things stifles their ball development, just like any other organ in the body.

Bring back the spirit which bade men to spend 12 months on a leaky boat to wind sail halfway around the world to see a solar eclipse.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/26/2021 11:25 Comments || Top||

#10  Exposure to common chemicals, like the 60 vaccines they get before puberty???
Posted by: 49 Pan || 02/26/2021 12:17 Comments || Top||

#11  How much has the average age of the test populations increased in three generations? What proportion of the current generation who are not fat have lower sperm counts? What happens to the sperm counts of fat, flabby men who lose significant weight? What happens when the flabby ones become fit? It doesn’t take an expensive gym membership — aerobic push-ups are still Nature’s most perfect exercise, followed by walking.

Why have we not read numerous horrified articles about increasing numbers of men needing expensive artificial methods to get their wives pregnant in the four years since this study came out, or at least going to sperm banks?

The headline is click bait — plenty of men who get vaccinations and drink tap water are fathering plenty of children without any apparent problems, so their untroubled descendants will inherit their resistance to whatever is causing this problem.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/26/2021 13:55 Comments || Top||

#12  Keeping kids in school until they're 24 or 25 years old and well past their prime reproductive age might have something to do with it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/26/2021 14:01 Comments || Top||

#13  like the 60 vaccines they get before puberty???

49 Pan, thimerisol was removed from all vaccines in 2001. Getting vaccinations should have no more effect on a growing body than being exposed to the illnesses themselves, with considerably fewer side effects like sterility, blindness, deafness, and brain damage.

And what 60 vaccines are you referring to? There are multiple doses of some vaccines, to get the full effect, but that isn’t the same as being exposed to 60 different diseases.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/26/2021 14:02 Comments || Top||

#14  Well fuck!

Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/26/2021 14:04 Comments || Top||

#15  ^^^!!!
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/26/2021 15:15 Comments || Top||


Historians: Women Invented Grilling To Trick Men Into Cooking
[Babylon Bee] CHICAGO, IL—A local historian has recently uncovered what is likely to be the greatest conspiracy of all time. Dr. Rachael Darwin, a historian who usually covers boring topics like politics and economics, discovered last week that a group of suburban Chicago housewives invented the charcoal grill in 1950, out of thin air, in order to trick their husbands into cooking every once in a while.

"Women were getting sick of their husbands not doing anything around the house," Darwin writes in her new book The Charcoal Grill: How Women Finally Tricked Men Into Cooking. "Sure, a lot of men had recently come back from one war and were getting ready to go fight another one, but excuses didn’t fly back then the way they do today. So a group of women met in secret and brainstormed for hours on end, trying to figure out which household chore men were most fit for."

The women eventually decided men were best fit to cook. This was mostly due to the fact that they were much worse at everything else.

It was the largest gathering of females to date in the greater Chicago area. Six women, all housewives who were sick and tired of cooking every meal of every day, while also completing all the other household chores, sat down and created something that would trick men into cooking. That night, they invented the perfect charcoal grill—though later men would make it even better. The women, being so incredibly uneducated, constructed the grill using an old buoy they had found on the shores of Lake Michigan.

It was late winter 1951 when the first-ever charcoal grill was ready for use. The results were as expected: men happily went outside and felt manly, completely unaware that they had been tricked into doing the woman's job. Women spent the time doing what they love most—cleaning the kitchen, changing diapers, and generally doing all the chores while also taking care of the kids.

In the end, everyone was satisfied, and the world finally came to realize that men cook better than women.

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/26/2021 07:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Can dishwasher Frisbee be far behind?
Posted by: Ebbereger Unainter6303 || 02/26/2021 8:50 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't need Babylon Bee to tell me this. But, hey, it gets me out on the patio and away from the TV with a glass of whiskey in my hand so I don't object.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/26/2021 14:04 Comments || Top||

#3  I grill in the dead of winter. In shorts and a t-shirt while it's 70-ish out.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/26/2021 16:40 Comments || Top||


Israeli researchers say spirulina algae could reduce COVID mortality rate
[JP] A team of scientists from Israel and Iceland have published research showing that an extract of spirulina algae has the potential to reduce the chances of COVID-19 patients developing a serious case of the disease.

The research, published in the peer-reviewed journal Marine Biotechnology, found that an extract of photosynthetically manipulated Spirulina is 70% effective in inhibiting the release of the cytokine TNF-a, a small signaling protein used by the immune system.

The research was conducted in a MIGAL laboratory in northern Israel with algae grown and cultivated by the Israeli company VAXA, which is located in Iceland. VAXA received funding from the European Union to explore and develop natural treatments for coronavirus.

Iceland’s MATIS Research Institute also participated in the study.

In a small percentage of patients, infection with the coronavirus causes the immune system to release an excessive number of TNF-a cytokines, resulting in what is known as a cytokine storm. The storm causes acute respiratory distress syndrome and damage to other organs, the leading cause of death in COVID-19 patients.

"If you control or are able to mitigate the excessive release of TNF-a, you can eventually reduce mortality," said Asaf Tzachor, a researcher from the IDC Herzliya School of Sustainability and the lead author of the study.

During cultivation, growth conditions were adjusted to control the algae’s metabolomic profile and bioactive molecules. The result is what Tzachor refers to as "enhanced" algae.
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#1  Just More
Posted by: Snealing Protector of the Mongol Horde4969 || 02/26/2021 15:48 Comments || Top||


The US Air Force Quietly Admits the F-35 Is a Failure
[Extreme Tech] The Air Force has announced a new study into the tactical aviation requirements of future aircraft, dubbed TacAir. In the process of doing so, Air Force chief of staff General Charles Q. Brown finally admitted what’s been obvious for years: The F-35 program has failed to achieve its goals. There is, at this point, little reason to believe it will ever succeed.

According to Brown, the USAF doesn’t just need the NGAD (Next Generation Air Dominance) fighter, a sixth-generation aircraft — it also needs a new, "5th-generation minus / 4.5th-generation aircraft." Brown acknowledged some recent issues with the F-35 and suggested one potential solution was to fly the plane less often.

"I want to moderate how much we’re using those aircraft," the general said. "You don’t drive your Ferrari to work every day, you only drive it on Sundays. This is our high end, we want to make sure we don’t use it all for the low-end fight... We don’t want to burn up capability now and wish we had it later."
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/26/2021 01:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6540 views] Top|| File under:

#1  F-15EX filling the role of cheaper air-to-air platform
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/26/2021 2:42 Comments || Top||

#2  F-15EX ($88M flyaway) costs more to buy and run than the F-35A ($78M). The F-35A costs only a little more to buy, but more expensive to fly, than the cheapest western fighter, the F-16V ($69M) and outperforms all other fighters except the F-22 in air-air. Non-stealth fighters are just very expensive targets for a low observable fighter.

If the general is worried about using up F-35s for third and fourth world quagmires, the USA already has 2000 F-15s, F-16s, A-10s, MQ-1s, MQ-9s and now the AT-6. The propeller driven Predators and AT-6 costs 1/10 to operate compared to an F-16. Better yet, stay out of fourth world civil wars.
Posted by: Ebbereger Unainter6303 || 02/26/2021 3:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Above is more fake news click bait.

TacAir Study Will Determine If F-35 Production Surge Needed
In a press conference at AFA’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium, Brown disputed recent media reports that have pronounced the F-35 a failure.

“The F-35 is the cornerstone of our … fighter capability,” and of USAF’s plans for the future, Brown asserted. The TacAir study he unveiled last week will simply look at what systems will be needed to complement it, he said. The age of most of the fighter force—averaging 29 years—compels USAF to “look ahead … 10, 15 years in the future” at the right mix of aircraft for the missions expected in that timeframe, Brown said. The study will develop “where we think we need to go, and how we get from where we are today to … the future.

He also acknowledged that, at the current purchase rate of 48 to 60 airplanes a year, it will be the mid-2040s before the Air Force’s planned buy of 1,763 F-35s from Lockheed Martin is complete.

“I’m not sure that’s fully appreciated,” Brown said of the long production run. If the service sticks to 1,763, the Air Force may “need to accelerate” the ramp rate, conditional on the funding that Congress will allow.
Posted by: Ebbereger Unainter6303 || 02/26/2021 4:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Adir Who? Israel’s F-35i Stealth Fighters
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/26/2021 5:53 Comments || Top||

#5  Skynet smiles
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/26/2021 6:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Interesting timing now that fiscal restraint is a dirty word.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/26/2021 9:32 Comments || Top||

#7  Click Bait. Do you remember the F-111 Aardvark? It was supposed to be a multi-service, multi-role multi-everything and "a cherry on top aircraft" when the FX Fighter Project started.

After some problems, such as running out of hydraulic fluid and making holes in the hills of Thailand, it matured to have a long and respectable career. Once they decided what it was good for and jettisoned the "multi-role" fetish.
Posted by: magpie || 02/26/2021 9:45 Comments || Top||

#8  "You don’t drive your Ferrari to work every day, you only drive it on Sundays.

I thought it was supposed to be a better mud bogger than the warthog.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/26/2021 10:26 Comments || Top||

#9  It's a better Wild Weasel than the Warthog. Look at the casualty figures from the last time the Warthog was actually used against someone with an air force and antiaircraft missiles. I'd look it up again, but the last time I did it everyone forgot and it's a Brand New Day again in the morning.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 02/26/2021 13:44 Comments || Top||

#10  /\ Why would you want to use an A-10 for SEAD instead of a F-16 in the first place?
Posted by: magpie || 02/26/2021 14:13 Comments || Top||

#11  This group of people were saying to shut down the 10 because the 35 could CAS better.

Who knows, with loiter munitions perhaps in many ways it can be.

I imagine emergency CAS requires a lot of loiter time, which the legacy aircraft are better suited for than the 35 from a logistics perspective.

The 6s and 10s are good in A league (Afghanistan, Africa Horn), the legacies did well against AAA (Saddam Iraq) where the 35 would have excelled and the 10 took some serious beatings (though I don't think they were utilized correctly).

I'm not sure how much long radar stealth can be a thing, if it still is at all, against ML teams. What civilian radar can do with doppler radar and space imaging, I don't see why there couldn't be a doppler reads cross with an infrared picture to pick out aircraft in flight. Computer factors in transmission delays, takes a picture of positives, compares to a silhouette for ID and flight characteristics, after a few seconds can determine potential path.

That's the hard way. The easy way, other than launching enough capable satellites, is to use the satellite keep an eye on bases and launch platforms and track from takeoff to landing. Factor in high velocity and direct energy weapons.

And that is where my brainstorming sessions get a bit hazy, in a ML fights ML, a dogfight or kaboom could be talked down; taking out satellites and radars is going to piss people off. On the other, if calling is airstrikes against the enemy proper likely has already done cyber and space strikes. Help me out here.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/26/2021 17:48 Comments || Top||


-PC Follies
G.I. Joe To Be Replaced With Genderless G.I. Pat
[Babylon Bee] Hasbro announced today the replacement of its popular G.I. Joe action figure with an updated version that's much more fitting in the current year: G.I. Pat, a genderless take on the action hero.

After public outcry over the extremely masculine G.I. Joe, Hasbro finally caved and agreed to remove the super-macho action hero from store shelves.

"Now you know your gender identity -- and knowing is half the battle!" shouts an actor playing G.I. Pat in a commercial for the new toy as he struggles to light a Molotov cocktail and picks up a brick with the utmost effort. "Now let's go murder some cops!"

G.I. Pat comes with a Molotov cocktail, a brick, and a cute miniature copy of The Communist Manifesto. You can accessorize your G.I. Pat with genderless clothes, androgynous accessories, and fun equipment like smartphones that just play asinine TikTok videos and social justice lectures all day for your miniature action hero.

Conservatives immediately complained on social media, screaming that losing G.I. Joe would signal the end of the Republic. Hasbro then flip-flopped, caving to conservatives and announcing G.I. Joe would be made even more masculine under the new brand "MISTER HE-MAN G.I. JOE MURDER YOUR FACE ARMY MAN."
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#1  -breathes sigh of relief for correct guess-
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/26/2021 12:41 Comments || Top||

#2  After hearing about Mr. Potato Head I was willing to believe this too.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/26/2021 13:46 Comments || Top||

#3 

Posted by: Clavish the Hairy8250 || 02/26/2021 14:39 Comments || Top||


The Important Thing is No Mean Tweets!
Kurt Schlichter, conclusion:
[Townhall] Now, there are some people out there who might weigh the terrible, crushing burden of knowing that Donald Trump is tweeting mean tweets against the wholesale devastation of the Asterisk Administration's leftist program and think, "Gee, perhaps my aesthetic objections to some of the rough edges of our former president are not as important as ensuring that America does not sprint downhill into decline. Maybe, just maybe, in the big picture, Trump's mean tweets were not as important as the things he actually did and did not do."

Well, such people are racists, sexists, transphobes, and insurrectionists.

We are blessed, no longer with superficial things like freedom, prosperity, and national security, but now with the comfort that comes with knowing that not only will our current not-at-all-crusty president not tweet mean things, but that he probably can't even figure out how to.

America, rejoice!

No mean tweets.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/26/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Talk to some Biden voters about policy and get blank looks.
NO MEAN TWEETS!
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 02/26/2021 7:25 Comments || Top||



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