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-Lurid Crime Tales-
An Invitation to Anarchy
[Townhall] If you believe mainstream media's praise of the Biden administration, you'd have to assume that the leftists in power just welcome a healthy dose of anarchy. Whether it's decreasing police budgets, eliminating bail, opening the southern border, or letting rioters go free, they seem unconcerned about the safety and security of American citizens. With increasing crime, fear is on the rise. It's a wild, wild west rerun, and the calvary seems more worried about making people wear masks in the capitol than cracking down on crime!

Nationally, according to the FBI's quarterly Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system, calendar year 2020 saw a 25% increase in homicides, the highest since 1960 and higher than in any single year in the 1965-75 decade when the number of violent crimes almost tripled. That trend seems to be continuing in 2021. You don't have to look far to understand why.

Not only is President Biden's border policy allowing a steady stream of illegals to come into America, it's resulting in increased crime in towns impacted by the influx. Since January 2020, the U.S. attorney for Arizona has been putting out monthly reports that cite both the number of aliens charged with "illegal reentry" and the subset of those who had previously been convicted in the U.S. of a nonimmigration crime. In June of this year, they charged 241 aliens with illegal reentry. Of those 241, 178 "individuals had previously been convicted of non-immigration criminal offenses in the U.S.... 40 had violent crime convictions, 6 individuals had homicide convictions, 8 individuals had sex offense convictions...and 6 individuals had domestic violence convictions."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2021 08:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's creepy how much like The Sims is is. Dial down the police and watch the crime go up.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/02/2021 8:52 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ Somebody made a funny video, Murcek, of introducing Chaos Marines from W40K into a Sims game where crime was rampant.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/02/2021 11:43 Comments || Top||


-Great Cultural Revolution
Bill Maher Says "Woke" Tokyo Olympics Is Riddled With Cancel Culture On ‘Real Time
[Decider] Last night on Real Time with Bill Maher, which returned to the air after a month’s break, the HBO host claimed that the Toyko Summer Olympic Games have outdone the Oscars when it comes to cancel culture. "Please don’t make the Olympics into the Oscars," Bill Maher begged during his New Rules segment of the show.

Back in April, Maher had said the theme of the 2021 Oscars was, "We dare you to be entertained," he reminded his viewers. The producers of the Hollywood event, he complained, left no stone unturned when it came to injustices and human error.

Maher (who was sporting a new pair of glasses) feels the International Olympic Committee have pressed even harder than Hollywood. He then referenced a number of instances where the "woke" committee punished officials and creative staffers over decades-old behavior. The director of the opening ceremony, for example, was fired over a Holocaust joke he did during a comedy routine decades ago.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2021 06:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The scales continue to fall away from Maher's eyes.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2021 6:23 Comments || Top||


#3  Maher doe get it right occasionally. Look for him to be cancelled if he continues with more than "occasionally."
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/02/2021 11:28 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
WHOA: I had no idea HOW MANY Americans who ARE vaccinated have been INFECTED and DIED from Covid!
[Right Scoop] With the talk of mask mandates and even lockdowns now part of the daily news cycle, and CNN at the forefront of the demand for more and more restrictions, it’s possible your sense of alarm at the curtailing of American liberty has increased dramatically in recent days. You may be thinking this is overblown, or that the press is deliberately spinning in order to make things seem worse than they are.

But are you actually aware of just how MANY people who have been vaccinated have nevertheless become infected with Covid and, worse, DIED from it? Like the percent of total vaccinated Americans who have tested positive?

Because Axios is. And you have to see this: AS OF JULY 31

"Of the 164 million vaccinated Americans, less than 0.1% have been infected with the coronavirus, and 0.001% have died, according to data from the CDC."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2021 01:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Danger! The crisis is not over. Voting by mail must continue through the 2022 midterms....and beyond.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2021 2:03 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
The Road to Totalitarianism
[Consent Factor Inc.] People can tell themselves that they didn’t see where things have been heading for the last 17 months, but they did. They saw all the signs along the way. The signs were all written in big, bold letters, some of them in scary-looking Germanic script. They read ...

"THIS IS THE ROAD TO TOTALITARIANISM."

I’m not going to show you all those signs out again. People like me have been pointing them out, and reading them out loud, for 17 months now. Anyone who knows anything about the history of totalitarianism, how it incrementally transforms society into a monstrous mirror image of itself, has known since the beginning what the "New Normal" is, and we have been shouting from the rooftops about it.

We have watched as the New Normal transformed our societies into paranoid, pathologized, authoritarian dystopias where people now have to show their "papers" to see a movie or get a cup of coffee and publicly display their ideological conformity to enter a supermarket and buy their groceries.

We have watched as the New Normal transformed the majority of the masses into hate-drunk, hysterical mobs that are openly persecuting "the Unvaccinated," the official "Untermenschen" of the New Normal ideology.

We have watched as the New Normal has done precisely what every totalitarian movement in history has done before it, right by the numbers. We pointed all this out, each step of the way. I’m not going to reiterate all that again.

I am, however, going to document where we are at the moment, and how we got here ... for the record, so that the people who will tell you later that they "had no clue where the trains were going" will understand why we no longer trust them, and why we regard them as cowards and collaborators, or worse.

Yes, that’s harsh, but this is not a game. It isn’t a difference of opinion. The global-capitalist ruling establishment is implementing a new, more openly totalitarian structure of society and method of rule. They are revoking our constitutional and human rights, transferring power out of sovereign governments and democratic institutions into unaccountable global entities that have no allegiance to any nation or its people.

That is what is happening ... right now. It isn’t a TV show. It’s actually happening.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2021 07:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Same publication - The Approaching Storm.

Snippet: Yes, you. Us. The others. The Unvaccinated. The “Covid deniers.” You don’t really think any hardcore New Normals have made it this far into this column, do you? They haven’t. If they stumbled into it on the Internet and accidentally started to read it, their brains switched off in the opening paragraph … literally, neurologically, switched off. They recognized it as a threat to their “reality” and instantly erased it from their consciousness, or they reported it to the proper authorities, perhaps the FBI, the Bundesnachrichtendienst, or Facebook, or some other global corporation.

This is what it has come to, folks … people are reporting other people’s “thoughtcrimes” to global corporations and the law enforcement agencies of “democratic” governments in the hopes of destroying or damaging their lives, or, at the very least, getting them censored, or otherwise erased from public view.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2021 7:56 Comments || Top||

#2 
Nuremberg Code (Directives for Human Experimentation)

The Nuremberg Military Tribunal’s decision in the case of the United States v Karl Brandt et al. includes what is now called the Nuremberg Code, a ten point statement delimiting permissible medical experimentation on human subjects. According to this statement, humane experimentation is justified only if its results benefit society and it is carried out in accord with basic principles that “satisfy moral, ethical, and legal concepts.” To some extent the Nuremberg Code has been superseded by the Declaration of Helsinki as a guide for human experimentation.

–“Permissible Medical Experiments.” Trials of War Criminals before the Nuremberg Military Tribunals under Control Council Law No. 10. Nuremberg October 1946 – April 1949, Washington. U.S. Government Printing Office (n.d.), vol. 2., pp. 181-182.

1 The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion, and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment. The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity.
2 The experiment should be such as to yield fruitful results for the good of society, unprocurable by other methods or means of study, and not random and unnecessary in nature.
3 The experiment should be so designed and based on the results of animal experimentation and a knowledge of the natural history of the disease or other problem under study that the anticipated results will justify the performance of the experiment.
4 The experiment should be so conducted as to avoid all unnecessary physical and mental suffering and injury.
5 No experiment should be conducted where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur; except, perhaps, in those experiments where the experimental physicians also serve as subjects.
6 The degree of risk to be taken should never exceed that determined by the humanitarian importance of the problem to be solved by the experiment.
7 Proper preparations should be made and adequate facilities provided to protect the experimental subject against even remote possibilities of injury disability or death.
8 The experiment should be conducted only by scientifically qualified persons. The highest degree of skill and care should be required through all stages of the experiment of those who conduct or engage in the experiment.
9 During the course of the experiment the human subject should be at liberty to bring the experiment to an end if he has reached the physical or mental state where continuation of the experiment seems to him to be impossible.
10 During the course of the experiment the scientist in charge must be prepared to terminate the experiment at any stage, if he has probable cause to believe, in the exercise of the good faith, superior skill and careful judgment required by him that a continuation of the experiment is likely to result in injury, disability, or death to the experimental subject.

- cite

Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/02/2021 8:27 Comments || Top||

#3  The road to totalitarianism is littered with dead bodies. Reads a somewhat like Friedrich Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom." There will always be some arseholes who will do anything to obtain unbridled power. We are seeing those tendencies today.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/02/2021 11:44 Comments || Top||

#4  As I attempted to put it yesterday, regardless of your position on Wuhan virus there is an awful lot of excess baggage in this equation much of which runs counter to legitimate public health concerns. That and a certain heavy handed thuggery to essentially run entire populations in circles to no or even counter productive ends.

Supposedly the mouth breather in chief is giving a major address on the topic this week. The WH is already invoking the gravity of GWB's post 9/11 address. I don't think the country is shutting down again because he says so and I think everybody has been vaccinated that wants to be. I don't know exactly what's left but there certainly is a dimension of 'push them as far as we can' to their capricious edicts.
Posted by: Cesare || 08/02/2021 13:24 Comments || Top||


Biden's threat of gun reform driving surge in purchases
[IR Press] President Joe Biden’s pledge to stem the "epidemic" of gun violence is helping drive a historic surge in gun sales across the United States, according to experts and media reports.

Industry officials said that June saw the second-highest gun sales for the month at about 1.3 million. Only June 2020 had a higher number for that month, at 2,177,586.

"To be clear June 2021 is the second-highest June on record," said Mark Oliva, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, according to the Washington Examiner.

The US recorded more than 22 million gun sales in the first half of 2021, an increase of 15 percentage points from the same period last year.

The rise is particularly worrisome for law enforcement authorities as 2020 had already seen the highest annual gun sales since the US began keeping records.

Industry officials are attributing the surge to the threats from the Biden administration to get tough on gun ownership.

Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2021 07:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
BTW: Read up on the rumored new gun powder / primer chemical makeup, that is said to be in use in the new 2021 manufactured ammo.

Posted by: NN2N1 || 08/02/2021 8:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Can you pass us a reference?
Posted by: Grampaw Smiter of the Algonquins3429 || 08/02/2021 20:23 Comments || Top||

#3  No reference, but the idea is that 'taggants' are added to gunpowder to trace where it came from and where it went.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/02/2021 20:59 Comments || Top||


The Anti-vaccine Con Job Is Becoming Untenable
h/t HotAir
[The Atlantic] - Something very strange has been happening in Missouri: A hospital in the state, Ozarks Healthcare, had to create a "private setting" for patients afraid of being seen getting vaccinated against COVID-19. In a video produced by the hospital, the physician Priscilla Frase says, "Several people come in to get vaccinated who have tried to sort of disguise their appearance and even went so far as to say, ’Please, please, please don’t let anybody know that I got this vaccine.’" Although they want to protect themselves from the coronavirus and its variants, these patients are desperate to ensure that their vaccine-skeptical friends and family never find out what they have done.

...What is going on here? Sociology suggests that pundits and policy makers have been looking at vaccine refusal all wrong: It’s not an individual problem, but a social one. That’s why individual information outreach and individual incentives—such as Ohio’s Vax-a-Million program, intended to increase vaccine uptake with cash prizes and college scholarships—haven’t worked. Pandemics, by definition, are collective problems. They propagate and kill because people live in communities. As a result, addressing pandemics requires understanding interpersonal dynamics—not just what promotes trust among people, but which behaviors convey status or lead to ostracism.

...Shifting from an individual to a relational perspective helps us understand why people are seeking vaccination in disguise. They want to save face within the very specific set of social ties that sociologists call "reference groups"—the neighborhoods, churches, workplaces, and friendship networks that help people obtain the income, information, companionship, mutual aid, and other resources they need to live. The price of access to those resources is conformity to group norms. That’s why nobody strives for the good opinion of everyone; most people primarily seek the approval of people in their own reference groups.

...In Missouri and other red states, vaccine refusal on partisan grounds has become a defining marker of community affiliation. Acceptance within some circles is contingent on refusal to cooperate with the Biden administration’s public-health campaign. Getting vaccinated is a betrayal of that group norm, and those who get the shot can legitimately fear losing their job or incurring the wrath of their families and other reference groups.
Deplorables to the Establishment: "You can kick out MY president. You can make Jan 6 rioters enemies of the state. But you cannot make me vaccinate!" Establishment (in a quiet aside) "I love it when a plan comes together!"
...COVID-19-related cons have become big business, not just for right-wing media outlets that have gained viewers while purveying vaccine disinformation but also for small-time social-media grifters and enterprising professionals. The New York Times recently profiled Joseph Mercola, a Florida osteopath whom the paper described as "The Most Influential Spreader of Coronavirus Misinformation." Four years ago, the Federal Trade Commission forced Mercola to pay nearly $3 million in settlements for false advertising claims about indoor tanning beds that he had sold. In February of this year, Mercola told his millions of followers on Facebook that the vaccine would "alter your genetic coding," and promoted his line of vitamin supplements as an alternative to ward off COVID-19.
That's why they should biology basics in high-school.
To outsiders, the social dynamics of the con appear peculiar and irrational. Those caught up in it can seem self-destructive and, frankly, clueless. But to sociologists, including me, who study fraud, such behaviors obey a predictable logic.

The seminal text in the field—Erving Goffman’s 1952 essay "On Cooling the Mark Out"—observes that all targets of con artists eventually come to understand that they have been defrauded, yet they almost never complain or report the crime to authorities. Why? Because, Goffman argues, admitting that one has been conned is so deeply shameful that marks experience it as a kind of social death. The victim, he writes,

    has defined himself as a shrewd man and must face the fact that he is only another easy mark. He has defined himself as possessing a certain set of qualities and then proven to himself that he is miserably lacking in them. This is a process of self-destruction of the self.
In other worlds: HCQ for ever!
...In this light, the recent volte-face of many prominent conservatives toward enthusiastic endorsement of vaccination is great news for everyone who wants to see an end to the pandemic. Representative Steve Scalise, a high-ranking House Republican from Louisiana, recently got vaccinated on camera. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a press secretary in the Trump White House now running for governor of Arkansas, published an op-ed disclosing that she and her family had gotten vaccinated. On Tuesday, Senator Roy Blunt used the Republican leadership’s weekly press conference to urge his constituents in Missouri to get vaccinated—presumably without resorting to disguises.
We should also note that Trump urges his voters to get vaccinated (https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2021/07/20/white-house-gives-rare-praise-to-trump-for-endorsing-coronavirus-vaccines/?sh=2bcc735f4cd9)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/02/2021 02:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [359 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Civil action # 2-21-cv-00702-CLM filed Jun-10 Dist. Court of Alabama. Vaccine con exposed. Violated all ten of the Nuremberg crimes against humanity 1947.
Posted by: Dale || 08/02/2021 3:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Sociology suggests that pundits and policy makers have been looking at vaccine refusal all wrong

Another fine subject for the curriculum.

addressing pandemics requires understanding interpersonal dynamics

"Fcuk the scientists and economists, look at us! Over here!" - Sociologist
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/02/2021 5:39 Comments || Top||

#3  'The Atlantic' was it? Heavily read and subscribed to by fly-over rubes in Missouri, I am sure.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2021 6:02 Comments || Top||

#4  It’s the Atlantic — they can’t help themselves. That’s why I gave up my subscription back in the late 1980s. From the Kaiser Family Foundation:

Latest Data on COVID-19 Vaccinations by Race/Ethnicity
Nambi Ndugga , Latoya Hill , Samantha Artiga , and Noah Parker
Published: Jul 21, 2021

Close to 70% (68.3%) of the adult population in the United States have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. While this progress represents a marked achievement in vaccinations that has led to steep declines in COVID-19 cases and deaths, vaccination coverage—and the protections provided by it—remains uneven across the country. With growing spread of the more transmissible Delta variant, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are once again rising, largely among unvaccinated people. Persistently lower vaccination rates among Black and Hispanic people compared to their White counterparts across most states leave them at increased risk, particularly as the variant spreads.

Reaching high vaccination rates across individuals and communities will be key for achieving broad protection through a vaccine, mitigating the disproportionate impacts of the virus for people of color, and preventing widening racial health disparities going forward. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that vaccine equity is an important goal and defined equity as preferential access and administration to those who have been most affected by COVID-19.

Discussion
Together, these data show that, despite recent trends suggesting improving equity in COVID-19 vaccination patterns and a recent narrowing in the gap between vaccination rates for White and Hispanic people, disparities are persisting. Less than half of Black and Hispanic people have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose in nearly all states reporting data, including a number of states where less than a third have received a vaccine. These lower vaccination rates among Black and Hispanic people leave them at increased risk for coronavirus, particularly as the Delta variant spreads, potentially leading to widening disparities going forward and limiting the nation’s recovery.


Issues & Insights has a discussion of the subject dated July 23rd. It includes the KFF data, and points out that it is the Blacks and the young, who are refusing to be vaccinated at the highest rates,
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2021 6:33 Comments || Top||

#5  The emphasis is mine, not the KFF analysts’.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2021 6:36 Comments || Top||

#6  Thanks TW.

Oh WAIT! The Wakandan community is refusing to vaccinate, not fully on-board? Obviously the so called "anti-vaccine Con Job" must be focused elsewhere. How about.... yes, Missouri.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2021 6:38 Comments || Top||

#7  They sort of threw out the Nuremberg Code on human testing.

The FDA classifies these as experimental drugs. Therefore it falls under the Code.

Up front and number 1 -

The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/02/2021 8:22 Comments || Top||

#8 


As usual
The Atlantic reads like a "developed" story full of polite subtle guilt steering and reverse logic.

I feel a vast majority of America could give a rats A$$ if a person gets the Vax or not. But toss in VICTIM-HOOD and it sells AD space for the media.

To us the Covid-19 is acting just like a seasonal flu that has seasonal strains. Where a shot for one strain season does not fully protect or even work at all for the other.


☻ ☺ WAIT FOR IT ☺ ☻
WOKE to whine, the reason the Black Community is so poorly vaccinated is because of the Whites in line ahead of them. So Whites must stop being vaccinated to be WOKE.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 08/02/2021 8:39 Comments || Top||

#9  ^ Nailed it. Once the contradictions start, they snowball.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/02/2021 8:46 Comments || Top||

#10  Don't forget, the CCP is buying those ads.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 08/02/2021 9:19 Comments || Top||

#11  I'm currently reading this book, Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid (highly recommended) and the author mentions in passing that The Atlantic was peddling unbelievably smarmy leftist drivel in the 1920s...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/02/2021 10:27 Comments || Top||

#12  There ain't nobody here but us chickens!


The Bobs

Louis Jordan '47
Posted by: Marilyn Bumble4397 || 08/02/2021 10:46 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Wuhan Scientists Genetically Manipulated Coronavirus, Congressional Report Says
[Free Beacon] Chinese scientists manipulated lethal viruses under unsafe conditions at the Wuhan Institute of Virology prior to the coronavirus outbreak, fueling suspicions the pandemic was caused by a lab leak, according to a new congressional report.

The Wuhan lab was engaged in "dangerous genetic modification research on coronaviruses at unsafe biosafety levels," according to the report, authored by the minority staff on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The report includes revelations about unsafe working conditions at the lab, as well as new information indicating the Chinese government sought to mislead the world about the experiments taking place there. Congressional investigators say researchers at the lab "had the ability to genetically modify coronaviruses as early as 2016 without leaving any trace of that modification."

Mounting evidence suggests the coronavirus that is still crippling the world "was accidentally released from a Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory sometime prior to September 12, 2019," according to the report. "It is incumbent upon the United States and likeminded countries around the world to ensure accountability and implement the reforms necessary to prevent the CCP's malfeasance from giving rise to a third pandemic during the 21st century."

The information unearthed by congressional Republicans led by Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Texas), the House Foreign Affairs Committee's ranking member, is likely to increase pressure on the U.S. government to sanction China and hold it accountable for the coronavirus outbreak. McCaul and his colleagues are recommending the Biden administration also demand a full-scale overhaul of the World Health Organization, which they say aided China in its coverup.

Congressional investigators say Wuhan researchers sounded alarms on the safety of lab environments in China in medical journals well before the virus emerged. A significant number of lab projects also underwent high levels of maintenance and repairs, including on projects related to laboratory animals and hazardous waste. In 2016, French defense officials voiced concern that labs in Wuhan would be used by China for military purposes.

Early in 2020—well after the first indications of the virus's spread—Beijing dispatched People's Liberation Army brass specializing in biological weapons to manage the lab, indicating a military-grade coverup of the virus.

"It's time to completely dismiss the wet market as the source of the outbreak," McCaul said in a statement. "A preponderance of the evidence proves that all roads lead to the [Wuhan lab]."

It is now clear that Chinese researchers were performing gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab, a process by which viruses are made more powerful in order to research potential cures, according to McCaul.

"It is our belief the virus leaked sometime in late August or early September 2019," McCaul said. "When they realized what happened, Chinese Communist Party officials and scientists at the [Wuhan lab] began frantically covering up the leak, including taking their virus database offline in the middle of the night and requesting more than $1 million for additional security."

The report also singles out Peter Daszak, president of the U.S. taxpayer-funded medical organization EcoHealth Alliance, as a chief source of misinformation about the virus's origins. Daszak's organization worked at the Wuhan Institute of Virology on gain-of-function research, but the scientist later spearheaded efforts to suppress suspicions of a lab leak through letters drafted by scientists and public interviews. Daszak was also the only American scientist on the World Health Organization-China Joint Mission team tasked with investigating the virus and its outbreak in early 2021.

Information released in public contradicts Daszak's account of the virus's origins. In July, for instance, the Washington Free Beacon reported that three of the scientists who appeared on the first set of letters denying the lab leak theory dropped their names from another document released that month, revealing a weakening scientific consensus that the coronavirus came from natural sources.

The committee report also reveals that lawmakers requested Daszak provide answers on his conflicting accounts about the virus's origins, but he declined repeatedly. The report suggests subpoenaing the scientist to force him to testify before Congress.

"Peter Daszak is the public face of a CCP disinformation campaign designed to suppress public discussion about a potential lab leak," the report says. "Given the previously detailed inconsistencies and CCP disinformation campaign regarding a possible lab leak, Peter Daszak must be subpoenaed to appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee as material witnesses to this investigation."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2021 01:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Actually, they employed a process known as "directed or forced evolution" - which does not involve genetic manipulation. You just mutate the viruses at random and grow them on human cell culture. These that survive & prosper, can infect humans.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 08/02/2021 6:51 Comments || Top||

#2 

Looking for the Top 100 List Of Names.

A list of Leaders, Media and Experts that covered this up, lied to us and help propagate the virus worldwide and killing millions in doing so.

My list starts with:
#1 CCP
#2 W.H.O.
#3 CDC
#4 MEDIA
#5 Politicians
#6 Medical persons seeking air fame and $$$$
Posted by: NN2N1 || 08/02/2021 8:45 Comments || Top||



#5  /\ Appears the "repair" or upgrade experienced a major league failure.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2021 9:11 Comments || Top||

#6  /\ As said by #2.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/02/2021 11:26 Comments || Top||

#7 
#1 does not involve genetic manipulation

Getting the science right would be one of the first things to do, if the committee wanted it to amount to something.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/02/2021 11:48 Comments || Top||


Chinese concept of Unrestricted Warfare (video)
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2021 01:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Chinese don't really care what others think about them. They do whatever is appropriate for them.
Posted by: Wren || 08/02/2021 4:20 Comments || Top||

#2  /\ Yes, there appears to be some historical evidence, but only dating to 257 BC or so.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2021 6:07 Comments || Top||


Government Corruption
Threats of violence spark fear of election worker exodus
[The Hill] There is growing concern that election workers will leave their posts in droves following a 2020 presidential contest that saw an unprecedented rise in violent threats against administrators.

Election workers had their homes broken into. Their private information was maliciously posted online. Some fled with their families into hiding. Others faced down armed crowds outside their workplaces and homes. And nearly nine months after Election Day, the threats persist.

"It’s absolutely going to lead to an unprecedented exodus of a whole generation, I think, of professional election administrators," David Becker, executive director and founder of the Center for Election Innovation and Research, told The Hill.

Nearly 1 in 6 local election workers received threats of violence, and almost 1 in 3 said they feel unsafe because of their job, according to an April survey by the Brennan Center for Justice.

Although no central database tracks departures among the nation’s estimated 8,000 local election workers, one expert told The Hill that there is now a "perfect storm of low morale and high turnover."

"The data are hard to come by, but anyone who has been around elections for a while will tell you that the number of election administrators leaving their jobs this year is much higher than ever," said Matthew Weil, director of the Elections Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

The threats of violence have emerged when the task of election administration has grown more complex, but while workers remain relatively low paid compared to similar government employees. At the same time, more than one in three election officials are eligible for retirement by 2024, according to a study by the Democracy Fund.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2021 06:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "The data are hard to come by, but anyone who has been around elections for a while will tell you that the number of election administrators leaving their jobs this year is much higher than ever,"

Perhaps, just perhaps... they (like many Americans) have lost confidence in the process. Of course no one mentioned that in the article.

Mail-in, or even iPhone voting must become universal! These election workers have grandchildren. We must do it for the grandchildren.

[sarc off - last para]
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2021 7:01 Comments || Top||

#2  The author and The Hill certainly have a biased view of what happened during the 2020 election. Their sources used are left-wing. They seem to be no friends of Trump.

Why is there so much pushback on election reform and audits of the 2020 election. Why is there so much censorship and social media and in the MSM of anything to do with audits. Why have the affidavits reporting observed criminality with some election workers and other hijinks never been addressed? An honest accounting of Jan. 6 has not been done and probably won't be. The article didn't address any of this.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/02/2021 12:06 Comments || Top||

#3  They should blame their fellow election workers who made up ballots from thin air for their being held in contempt.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/02/2021 17:55 Comments || Top||

#4  For a good time, check out today's CodeMonkeyZ
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 08/02/2021 18:13 Comments || Top||

#5  An alternative explanation is the election workers in on the fix know how close they came to getting caught (you're not out of the woods yet, kiddies!) and do not want to risk a repeat performance.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/02/2021 19:16 Comments || Top||



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