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Lavrov: Russia does not consider Turkey a strategic ally, despite the partnership between the two countries
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Did the FBI Sit on a Computer Containing Evidence of Hunter Sex Tape and Biden Burisma Corruption?
[PJ] One of the strangest details of the exclusive New York Post story involving the recovered data from a computer linked to Hunter Biden is the story of the laptop itself and what is alleged about it. You can read about the evidence alleging that Hunter Biden was trading influence with foreign actors in Matt Margolis’s piece here. But what also interested me was the part of the NYP investigation where they claim there’s a sex tape and pornographic photos starring Hunter on the laptop—and the FBI knew about it in December.
The computer was dropped off at a repair shop in Biden’s home state of Delaware in April 2019, according to the store’s owner.

Other material extracted from the computer includes a raunchy, 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter, who’s admitted struggling with addiction problems, smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman, as well as numerous other sexually explicit images.

The customer who brought in the water-damaged MacBook Pro for repair never paid for the service or retrieved it or a hard drive on which its contents were stored, according to the shop owner, who said he tried repeatedly to contact the client.

The shop owner couldn’t positively identify the customer as Hunter Biden, but said the laptop bore a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation, named after Hunter’s late brother and former Delaware attorney general.

Photos of a Delaware federal subpoena given to The Post show that both the computer and hard drive were seized by the FBI in December, after the shop’s owner says he alerted the feds to their existence.

Let’s forget for a moment that there’s reportedly a video of Hunter Biden smoking crack and romping with hookers on the laptop. That’s par for the course, isn’t it?

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/15/2020 05:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wray, Comey, Buler...anybody from the bureau coming up on the net and demanding Guiliani or the 'blind man' hand over the recently discovered hard-drive and evidence ?

No, I thought not.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/15/2020 6:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Is a pigs backside pork?
Posted by: Ulons Anginenter1190 || 10/15/2020 8:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes
Posted by: Woodrow || 10/15/2020 9:50 Comments || Top||

#4  In defense of the FBI in this case.

The statutes do not make every incidence of corruption into a crime. Hunter taking a job he was not qualified for in expectation of getting favorable treatment for a company is not a crime unless there was a specific action (maybe wire fraud for example) that was illegal (yes it is disgusting and unethical).

If the FBI didn't see any obvious crime, they wouldn't have a reason to do anything other than 'sit on it'.

Posted by: Lord Garth || 10/15/2020 11:35 Comments || Top||

#5  It's on the shelf next to Anthony Weiner's and Seth Rich's laptop.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 10/15/2020 11:53 Comments || Top||

#6  Not FBI maybe but Dept of Treasury absolutely got involved when Lil' Crackpipe (hat tip: Schlichter) received a $3.5 million wire transfer from the Russian bandit lady.

So may or may not be criminal but Lil' Crackpipe's very prob'y been receiving laundered money by characters tied to foreign corrupt officials.

One would expect FBI to get more involved given that this happened while Lil' Crackpipe's dad was VP
Posted by: Winky Elmavitle5285 || 10/15/2020 11:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Ref #4: If the FBI didn't see any obvious crime, they wouldn't have a reason to do anything other than 'sit on it'.

Especially true if there was an intelligence community connection. The late Jeffrey Epstein comes to mind as well as the Clinton Foundation, Bruce and Nellie Ohr, the Tsarnaev Bros., and Paki DNC IT guru Shahid Imran Awan. The list is virtually endless, no ?

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/15/2020 12:06 Comments || Top||

#10  The FBEye would suppress or cover up a felony. I'm shocked.

The last admin. corrupted the DOJ, FBI, and intelligence agencies six ways to Sunday and turned them against Trump.

Toss in the IRS, State, and a host of other agenies as well. One might say they weaponized government against their enemies while at the same time enriched themselves.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/15/2020 14:12 Comments || Top||

Big Tech goes full Pravda on New York Post's Hunter Biden sleaze scoop
[American Thinker] Big Tech has gone full Pravda in censoring a huge New York Post scoop that exposed incriminating emails from Hunter Biden, revealing his own and Joe Biden’s dealings with Ukraine.

Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday limited users from sharing links to this story on social media, claiming the story was unverified and "potentially harmful.

Jack Dorsey of Twitter later released this statement:
"Our communication around our actions on the [New York Post] article was not great," admitted Dorsey. "And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable."

"Not great" is an understatement. Twitter (and Facebook) engaged in bona fide censorship in an attempt to limit the exposure of the Post story. Did you get that? Big Tech carried out censorship of a major news story that could have huge consequences for the 2020 election.

What is this, China? Is this the old Soviet Union?

Only Fox News and conservative websites are carrying stories of this revelation. I checked the websites of CBS and ABC while writing this piece to see if their reporters were on the story. Zilch point nothing. NBC tried to twist the story into Trump desperation with this headline:
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/15/2020 05:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

-Land of the Free
VDH: The Fragments of a Civilization
[NationalReview] Piece by piece, our civilization is beginning to disassemble. And the agents of fragmentation are as obvious as the efforts to conceal them are frantic.

In nonchalant fashion, we learned last week from newly released government documents that Hillary Clinton’s campaign team cooked up the Trump-Russia collusion hoax as a way of diverting attention from her own ongoing embarrassing email scandals.

Clinton, through three firewalls, paid foreign ex-spy Christopher Steele to create a bogus smear-Trump dossier. Steele, who had no data on, or information about any such collusion, apparently drew largely on fabrications dreamed up by a former Russian spy working at the liberal Brookings Institution. The convoluted conspiracy baffled even the sneaky Russians, who were confused when they got wind of it — possibly through the direct participation of one of their own assets.
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Posted by: 746 || 10/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Marcus Aurelius faced decedent/corrupt Rome on one side and barbarians threatening the empire on the other. Pretty similar to what Trump faces right now. If Marcus Aurelius was followed by a half-way decent Emperor they might have saved the Roman Empire for another century.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/15/2020 12:14 Comments || Top||

Terrorists are hunting for fresh targets because the coronavirus crisis means there are fewer crowds, says MI5 chief as he warns China is the UK's biggest long term threat
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • MI5 boss Ken McCallum delivered first public remarks since taking role in April

  • He said coronavirus crisis had 'dominated' work of security services this year

  • He said changes to everyday life 'mean shifts in how adversaries are operating'

  • Russia causes 'most aggravation' to UK now but China is 'changing the climate'
I would argue that China is a short to medium term threat, only until the male youth population bulge hits middle age, while jihadi Islam threat will remain until it is definitively beaten in all the nations of Christendom as well as in the Ummah.

Bioterror spy alert: MI5 chief Ken McCallum warns of danger of foreign coronavirus-inspired attack on UK
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Head of MI5 warned that enemies could make weapons from deadly viruses

  • He said that Britain is facing a 'nasty mix' of threats which were more diverse

  • Spy chief said Russia is 'providing bursts of bad weather' but China is more fundamentally 'changing the climate' and said MI5 would step up
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/15/2020 11:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They still ticked off over that Opium War thingy? Given all the right people are tripping over themselves these days with their wokeness you'd think London would have gotten around to issuing a royal apology.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/15/2020 12:51 Comments || Top||

#2  How many of their knife rampagers have been Chinese?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/15/2020 12:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Someone should tell the terrorists they have crowds in Portland nearly every night.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/15/2020 14:42 Comments || Top||

#5  You beat me to it RJ, I was thinking that an antifa 'shield wall' LOL, would be perfect.
Posted by: Jing Dingle8693 || 10/15/2020 20:51 Comments || Top||

Barnes & Nobels ‘NOOK’ hacked down.
[The Passive Voice] Yesterday, PG posted about a severe computer outage at Barnes & Noble that reportedly took down the system Barnes & Noble’s physical stores use for orders, inventory control, etc., as well as the Nook store and the ability of Nook users to synchronize their devices, access ebooks not already stored on their Nooks, etc.

This problem took Barnes & Noble about three days from the first report PG read to fix the problem.

To the best of PG’s current knowledge, only two websites, GoodEreader (October 10) and The Digital Reader (October 13), reported on the outage.

Ergo, the entire Nook system went down and nobody noticed.
We had a report here, thanks to Rantburger and Nook owner M. Murcek.
PG suspects if Amazon’s ebook store went offline went offline for an hour or two, let alone for three days, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and major US television networks would all cover the story.

PG suggests that this is perhaps the best evidence yet that the Nook ereader and Nook’s ebookstore don’t matter any more. Perhaps they’re not dead (at least today), but are semi-comatose.

At least in North America, it appears that Kobo may be #2 behind the Zon.

Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt, the hope for traditional publishing’s future in the US, has, to the best of PG’s knowledge, had nothing to say about the ebook disaster (and physical bookstore ordering, etc., disaster) that appears to have been occurring in the US company for which he is the CEO.

If PG has missed something that Daunt or Barnes & Noble PR department has said about this matter, he would be happy to hear about it via the Contact link for The Passive Voice.
Posted by: 3dc || 10/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  B&N put out an email yesterday sadly warning their customers that "some customer information" may have been exposed in the incident.


Dear Barnes & Noble Customer,

It is with the greatest regret we inform you that we were made aware on October 10, 2020 that Barnes & Noble had been the victim of a cybersecurity attack, which resulted in unauthorized and unlawful access to certain Barnes & Noble corporate systems.

We write now out of the greatest caution to let you know how this may have exposed some of the information we hold of your personal details.

Firstly, to reassure you, there has been no compromise of payment card or other such financial data. These are encrypted and tokenized and not accessible. The systems impacted, however, did contain your email address and, if supplied by you, your billing and shipping address and telephone number. We currently have no evidence of the exposure of any of this data, but we cannot at this stage rule out the possibility. We give below answers to some frequently asked questions.

We take the security of our IT systems extremely seriously and regret sincerely that this incident has occurred. We know also that it is concerning and inconvenient to receive notices such as this. We greatly appreciate your understanding and thank you for being a Barnes & Noble customer.

Barnes & Noble

1. Have my payment details been exposed?
No, your payment details have not been exposed. Barnes & Noble uses technology that encrypts all credit cards and at no time is there any unencrypted payment information in any Barnes & Noble system.

2. Could a transaction be made without my authorization?
No, no financial information was accessible. It is always encrypted and tokenized.

3. Was my email compromised?
No. Your email was not compromised as a result of this attack. However, it is possible that your email address was exposed and, as a result, you may receive unsolicited emails.

4. Was any personal information exposed due to the attack?
While we do not know if any personal information was exposed as a result of the attack, we do retain in the impacted systems your billing and shipping addresses, your email address and your telephone number if you have supplied these.

5. Do you retain any other information in the impacted systems?
Yes, we also retain your transaction history, meaning purchase information related to the books and other products that you have bought from us.


No mention of the Nook infrastructure being down. Certainly no mention of if / when it might be back (and, yes, there is speculation going on that this may be a kill shot for B&N in its entirety). They finally got around to making this incomplete announcement of their problems, in between multiple emails a day flogging Mike Obama's book and critical race theory garbage books.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/15/2020 7:38 Comments || Top||

#2  I used to go to the local Barnes & Noble once a week regular as clockwork. Scour the Fantasy/SF section and then browse the History, Military History, Computers and Magazine rack. There was a nice Soup n' Salad place across the parking lot where I would read the tech magazines...

Then B&N went Yuppy. Aggressively yuppified with a Starbucks™-lite coffee bar and almost blocked off the entrance with tables hawking the current left wing political hack job. Just didn't feel like they wanted "My kind of people" there so I left.

If people ask why Walmart and Amazon are "winning" they only need to ask why they seem to disdain half (or more!) of their potential customers.
Posted by: magpie || 10/15/2020 10:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Until last Saturday night, Nook was every bit as viable as Kindle for ebooks. Only rarely was a book available on Kindle but not on Nook, and, (surprise, surprise) those selections tended to be stuff I wasn't in the market for anyway.

For a person who might want to immediately grab a book he / she has just found a mention of, ebooks are the way to go.

At one time, Microsoft was going to acquire or become a major partner in the Nook part of B&N's business. Jokes (well deserved) about how MS kills its acquisitions aside, I'd imagine this problem would have been less likely to happen it the Nook infrastructure was hosted on Azure right now.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/15/2020 10:30 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ Concur with M. Murcek. There were books on Nook that didn't appear on Kindle.
Posted by: magpie || 10/15/2020 10:42 Comments || Top||

#5  And re: your comment about the brick n' mortar store, Magpie, it was a nice place to browse and I still need to go there if I need a new atlas on occasion. Actually, a cup of tea from the in-store Starbucks is all the business that woke outfit would ever get from me.

Right now I'm wondering if their assertion that no billing or credit card info has been compromised is honest or accurate.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/15/2020 11:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Bezos didn't need to do the hacking. His friends in China would do it for him.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/15/2020 13:45 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Three polls in a row put Biden ahead of Trump in Georgia
[Washington Examiner] The past three polls conducted in Georgia have all shown Democratic nominee Joe Biden ahead of President Trump.

The first poll, which was conducted by SurveyUSA, interviewed 677 of the state's likely voters online from Oct. 8-12. Forty-eight percent of respondents said they would vote for Biden, 46% said they would vote for Trump, 2% said they would vote for a different candidate, and 4% said they were undecided. The poll carried with it a substantial credibility interval at plus or minus 5.7 percentage points.

The second poll, conducted by Quinnipiac over the same time frame, included 1,040 likely voters, who were interviewed via landline and cellphone, generally the favored method of surveying among pollsters. Fifty-one percent said they would vote for Biden, 44% said they would vote for Trump, 1% said they would vote for someone else, and 4% said they were undecided. The margin of error on this poll was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The third poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, surveyed 528 Georgia voters over Oct. 8 and 9 via landline and text. Forty-seven percent of respondents said they would vote for Biden, 46% said they would vote for Trump, 3% said they would vote for someone else, and another 3% said they were unsure of who they would vote for. The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

In 2016, Trump consistently led Hillary Clinton in Georgia polls. In the end, he secured the state by over 5 percentage points.

This time around, the contest has been more of a back-and-forth, with both candidates taking turns in the lead.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/15/2020 06:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How's Stacey "Boxcar" Adams doing lately?

Meanwhile, three polls, huh? That's o.k. Like a contrarian investor, this about ensures a Trump victory.
Posted by: Clem || 10/15/2020 6:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Same loser polling organizations as in 2016.
Posted by: Mad Eye Angonter1301 || 10/15/2020 7:56 Comments || Top||

#3  None of those pollsters I would call reliable and always show above actual numbers in favor of demoncrats.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/15/2020 11:59 Comments || Top||

#4  I think 1972 was the last time I ever talked to a pollster. Our telephone service has a feature that allows us to block robo calls. Between that and Caller ID, we never even hear from them anymore.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/15/2020 13:54 Comments || Top||

#5  clem hit the nail on the head.
Posted by: Chris || 10/15/2020 21:19 Comments || Top||

#6  I don't have a land line, so I don't get polled? Seems unfair!
Posted by: Bobby || 10/15/2020 22:54 Comments || Top||

Ask Ann Anything! ACB Edition
[Townhall] Ann Coulter is in fine form
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/15/2020 05:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The election has focused Ann a bit, she's off her noxious "Trump isn't perfect! Throw him out!!!" kick long enough to accidentally write something funny or insightful again on occasion.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/15/2020 8:15 Comments || Top||

Majority of Americans say better off now than in 2016 despite COVID, riots
[JPost] - A majority of voters in the United States have told Gallup that they're better off now, despite the coronavirus pandemic and riots which have shaken many cities, than they were four years ago. The metric is widely considered a key factor in the outcome of elections.

In 1980, Ronald Reagan asked voters: "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?" The question has since become a standard that presidents running for re-election have held to.

This year, in a poll taken between September 14 and 28, some 56% of respondents believed they and their family to be better off now than they were four years ago, against 32% who said they were worse off.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/15/2020 05:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Actually, six months ago I'd never have believed the impact of the lockdowns would not be much worse than it has been. The question remains: is the collapse still just ahead?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/15/2020 8:29 Comments || Top||

#2  The question is: Do they connect feeling better off to Trump, or do they take the attitude of: "I'll be fine no matter who wins."?
Posted by: charger || 10/15/2020 11:55 Comments || Top||

#3  When people emerge from a bomb blast to find they still have all their limbs, a feeling of elation ensues
Posted by: Menhadden Platypus6642 || 10/15/2020 12:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Likely we've learned at least one valuable lesson from the lockdown which is that there is no need whatsoever for workers to commute to an office anymore. Most, if not all, of the work can be done remotely by telecommuting. The savings in energy, wear and tear on cars, car insurance and infrastructure will be tremendous. And this is not to mention the time workers will save by not having to drive to work anymore. I think a lot of workers are much better off as a result of the lockdown. Sit on that and rotate, Xi.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/15/2020 13:59 Comments || Top||

#5  SO I don't need to go to the factory to build things?
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 10/15/2020 18:25 Comments || Top||

Facebook and Twitter censor potentially damning story about Joe Biden and corruption
This was a reeeaally stoopid effort. See: "Streisand Effect"
[Wash Examiner] Social media executives are about to discover the Streisand effect.

Facebook has restricted its users' ability to share a potentially damning news report about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Twitter has taken similar actions to limit the story's distribution.

"Given the lack of authoritative reporting on the origins of the materials included in the article, we’re taking action to limit the spread of this information," a Twitter spokesperson told the Washington Examiner.

The New York Post published an an article Wednesday morning purporting to show that Hunter Biden introduced his father, then the vice president, "to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company."

Roughly six hours after the report went live, Facebook's policy communications director, Andy Stone, confirmed the story is being suppressed on the popular social media platform pending a fact-check.

"While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post," said Stone, "I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook's third-party fact checking partners. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform."

He added, linking to a Facebook FAQ from 2019, "This is part of our standard process to reduce the spread of misinformation. We temporarily reduce distribution pending fact-checker review."

Not long after Stone’s announcement, Twitter took similar action, making it impossible to share the New York Post article on its platform.

A Twitter spokesperson called attention to its "Hacked Material Policy," which states, "We don’t permit the use of our services to directly distribute content obtained through hacking that contains private information, may put people in physical harm or danger, or contains trade secrets."

Moreover, the spokesperson told the Washington Examiner, "This enforcement action is in line with our guidance on blocking links, specifically, ’At times, Twitter will take action to limit or prevent the spread of URL links to content outside Twitter. This is done by displaying a warning notice when the link is clicked, or by blocking the link so that it can’t be Tweeted at all.'"

Attempts to share the New York Post article on Twitter produce an error message that reads, "We can't complete this request because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful. Visit our Help Center to learn more."

Even New York Post staffers are unable to share the story on Twitter.

"This is a Big Tech information coup," said opinion editor Sohrab Ahmari. "This is digital civil war. I, an editor at the New York Post, one of the nation’s largest papers by circulation, can’t post one of our own stories that details corruption by a major-party presidential candidate, Biden."

Links posted to Twitter before the report was targeted for censorship are also compromised. Instead of taking users directly to the New York Post’s website, the links direct them first to a page that declares, "Warning: this link may be unsafe."

The warning page adds, "The link you are trying to access has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially spammy or unsafe, in accordance with Twitter’s URL Policy."

The New York Post report cannot even be shared privately via Twitter's direct messages function.

If the idea here was to limit the number of people who see the New York Post article, Facebook and Twitter likely just accomplished the opposite. Nothing makes people want to look more than being told they are not supposed to.

Twitter Chief Jack Dorsey
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Posted by: Frank G || 10/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Twitter CEO Dorsey said late this afternoon that he is disappointed in the Twitter department that censored the content for not explaining that the content contained personal email addresses and personal phone numbers without the owner's permission which is against Twitter's policies. Something The Post should have redacted in the published content but did not.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebbereng3110 || 10/15/2020 0:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Do NOT think about green elephants.
Posted by: gorb || 10/15/2020 1:26 Comments || Top||

#3  FB just blocked sharing a US Senate link- when they shared the Nypost story on Hunter biden.
Posted by: 3dc || 10/15/2020 2:38 Comments || Top||

#4  https://twitter.com/SVNewsAlerts/status/1316588082880221186?s=20 Joe made his son split the money with him.
Posted by: 3dc || 10/15/2020 3:09 Comments || Top||

#5  what are the Twitter rules for sharing an email that showed that Don Jr. was involved with corruption on behalf of his father?

that's what I thought
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 10/15/2020 7:13 Comments || Top||

#6  Flak gets heavy over the target.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/15/2020 8:19 Comments || Top||

#7  This means one of two things:

They're either convinced they're losing and are throwing everything but the kitchen sink.


They're convinced they're winning and don't need to even pretend to evenhandedness anymore.
Posted by: charger || 10/15/2020 11:33 Comments || Top||

#8  Yet they allowed Trumps leaked taxes out into their media.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 10/15/2020 13:14 Comments || Top||

#9  Or they don't trust the polls any more than we do and aren't taking any chances.

The next shoe to drop will be to ban all Twitter and Facebook posts claiming that Trump won the election.
Posted by: Matt || 10/15/2020 13:39 Comments || Top||

#10  What happens if somebody tries to link to coverage of this story in the Daily Mail or the Washington Examiner...or Rantburg or Breitbart? What if somebody posts a link to a link to the New York Post?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/15/2020 14:06 Comments || Top||

#11  ^ Their behavior is noted by the INGSOC panopticon and they're marked for a appointment with O'Brien at the Ministry of Love
Posted by: Pliny Graising8882 || 10/15/2020 14:26 Comments || Top||

#12  Abu Uluque, that is an interesting question. I think Facebook wrote some code to pull-down links to that NY post article. I posted it on my Facebook and it was gone within the hour.

I posted a story to a story on the censorship and that one is up 8 hours later. That second story included a l =ink to the NY Post article so a second generation link seems to be fine.

The attempted coverup will ensure more people hear about the crime.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/15/2020 17:44 Comments || Top||

#13  The answer is simple, send federal marshals to immediately seize ALL of FB's and Twitters papers, files, and electronic media. Remove all employees and then dig through to find their REAL policies.

Oh and send Zuck and Carson (Twitter CEO?) to Gitmo and then parts of various stan's for interrogation. After all, didn't the Patriot Act allow that?
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/15/2020 21:18 Comments || Top||

#14  The answer is simple, send federal marshals to immediately seize ALL of FB's and Twitters papers, files, and electronic media. Remove all employees and then dig through to find their REAL policies.

Oh and send Zuck and Carson (Twitter CEO?) to Gitmo and then parts of various stan's for interrogation. After all, didn't the Patriot Act allow that?
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/15/2020 21:18 Comments || Top||

-PC Follies
USA Today: America's history of racism was a preexisting condition for COVID-19
[USA Today] Louisiana pastor prays as his parishioners die, first from cancer and now from COVID-19. An Indigenous community in New Mexico lacks adequate health care as the death toll mounts. A sick hospital worker in New Jersey frets about infecting others in her heavily populated neighborhood.

As the country cries out for a vaccine and a return to normal, lost in the policy debates is the reality that COVID-19 kills far more people of color than white Americans. This isn't a matter of coincidence, poor choices or bad luck — it's by design.

A team of USA TODAY reporters explored how the policies of the past and present have made Black, Asian, Hispanic and Indigenous Americans prime targets for COVID-19. They found:
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/15/2020 06:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If it's by design, talk to the designer(s) in Wuhan.
Posted by: Cesare || 10/15/2020 7:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes, all that cotton money was a necessary input to get the Wuhan lab built...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/15/2020 7:31 Comments || Top||

#3  An Indigenous community in New Mexico lacks adequate health care as the death toll mounts

Ah, but they have the federally operated Indian Heathcare Service. Its the wonderful one payer (or non- payer) government healthcare you so want. It's what you are going to get with socialism. BTW, those Navajo aka indigenous community surround the Hopi reservation. Seems the Hopi are not hit as hard as their neighbors. Wonder why the difference? /rhet question cause the finger pointers don't want to address the real reasons.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/15/2020 8:06 Comments || Top||

#4  or it could be vitamin D deficiency in POC

btw, there are about 30% more male deaths than female deaths from Covid19 - is that because systemic sexism against men or is it because of gender difference in diabetes
Posted by: Lord Garth || 10/15/2020 8:46 Comments || Top||

#5  ^If you were to check, which nobody will, you'd find that it is due - principally - to compliance with masking/social distancing rules.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/15/2020 8:50 Comments || Top||

#6  I call BS. You have no idea what cultural norms happen on a rez
Posted by: Frank G || 10/15/2020 9:08 Comments || Top||

#7  Whereas you do?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/15/2020 9:16 Comments || Top||

#8  I'm a citizen of a Southwest US County with several Kumeyaay reservations, not a furriner that's the one making the claims
Posted by: Frank G || 10/15/2020 9:31 Comments || Top||

#9  Ahh, the cat is out of the bag! As we furreiners say.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/15/2020 9:56 Comments || Top||

#10  Branch Covidians live on a reservation of their own minds
Posted by: Snease Glenter9030 || 10/15/2020 10:27 Comments || Top||

#11  Southwest US County with several Kumeyaay reservation

San Diego area. I thought you lived in the East?
Posted by: 746 || 10/15/2020 10:33 Comments || Top||

#12  Whereas you do?

It would be a blessed day if China Cough was the leading problem.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/15/2020 11:03 Comments || Top||

#13  Frank G lives in California, 746. As I recall, and I may be wrong about this too, g(r)omgoru did research at Los Alamos at one point.

Finally, inner city POC (and also inner city people of pallor and ultra-Orthodox Jews, so it’s either — or a combination of — poverty and dense populations) often appear in Covid-period videos displaying poor public mask wearing and social distancing, increasing their potential exposure to the disease. Poverty and dense populations have been known since Roman times to increase the odds of catching any transmissible disease, which is why the rich flee to their country homes in times of plague.

So no, it is not coincidence, but that does not mean malign American government design. USA Today is full of pandering idiots.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/15/2020 11:04 Comments || Top||

#14  Branch Covidians live on a reservation of their own minds.

Well said - and true...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/15/2020 11:22 Comments || Top||

#15  g(r)omgoru did research at Los Alamos at one point.

I even bought staff on the reservation: tax free smokes and, once, a two necked water jug - a souvenir for my mom (it said Made in Hong Kong on the bottom).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/15/2020 11:40 Comments || Top||

#16  Just to be clear the USA does NOT own Racism.
It has been historically documented being worldwide for over 5,000++ years. Since The USA is only about 245 years old, it is an issue brought in from Europe and Asian and areas.

In fact Out-right slavery is still practiced in Africa and the Middle East. Various forms of are practiced in Asian countries and China.

Now to stir the pot.
Is it racism to acknowledge certain races have different abilities and disabilities or Physical, mental, aggressiveness, passiveness, and longevity vs. other groups?

BTW: Before someone grabs a branding iron...
I am mixed race, married to a mixed race wife, into an family composed of other races including: European White, Asian, black, Tribal Caribbean, Indian, Polynesian, Arabic,and etc.

Posted by: Nobody || 10/15/2020 11:47 Comments || Top||

#17  Champlain documented quite clearly that the Native Americans hated each other plenty fierce before any European hoisted sail westward.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/15/2020 11:57 Comments || Top||

#18  rez's are interesting and all quite different, we played b-ball against the Spokane's at Inchelium, they usually crushed us.... my fav though is the Omak Stampede
Posted by: 746 || 10/15/2020 12:13 Comments || Top||

#20  People-of-Pallor

Love it!
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/15/2020 12:19 Comments || Top||

#21  In fact Out-right slavery is still practiced in Africa and the Middle East.

As well as the global sex trade.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/15/2020 12:33 Comments || Top||

#22  Is it rayciss to mention that Chinese like to copiously abuse smokable tobacco and spit in the streets?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/15/2020 12:59 Comments || Top||

#23  Is it rayciss to mention that Chinese like to copiously abuse smokable tobacco and spit in the streets?

Nope - I see it every single day here in Quincy - Asian population's about 15% of the total (approx. 100K).
Posted by: Raj || 10/15/2020 13:22 Comments || Top||

#24  People-of-Pallor

I stole that from badanov, Skidmark.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/15/2020 17:07 Comments || Top||

#25  As far as I can tell (by outbreaks in San Diego) the main issue seems to be living with lots of people in the same house combined with willingness to get to a hospital when you show signs.

Combine that with Hospitals willingness to use treatments suggested by Trump (Hydrochloroquine for example) or not may also be a huge factor in some of the bluest areas.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/15/2020 17:48 Comments || Top||

#26  these ppl literally blow anything out of their ass and hope it sticks
Posted by: Chris || 10/15/2020 21:17 Comments || Top||

#27  Yes, 746, TW is spot on. Eastern (more rural) San Diego County. My daughter now lives just off Barona Rez
Posted by: Frank G || 10/15/2020 22:23 Comments || Top||

U. of Minnesota lecture outlines 12-step recovery program ... for WHITENESS
[NotTheBee] You really can't make it up, folks.

The ultra-woke white lady pictured above, who is a University of Minnesota alumnus, has SEEN THE LIGHT and assembled a 12-step recovery program which mirrors Alcoholics Anonymous's 12-step program ... but this program is for recovering from the horrible sin of BEING WHITE.

Here are Miss Balloonhead's 12 steps toward racial salvation from her lecture entitled "Recovery from White Conditioning":
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/15/2020 06:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When they do crap like this, I want the instructors, their faculty overlords, and the college prez to be exiled to a place as remote as possible from anything remotely touching the wonders of Western Civilization for at least one year.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/15/2020 8:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Rachel Dolezal the first to enroll?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/15/2020 8:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Soon to be mandatory training at universities and ‘woke’ corporations which white and Asian people will be required to attend.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/15/2020 8:40 Comments || Top||

#4  A self loathing white girl working for the wilder foundation and imbedded in some Saint Paul Public Schools.

Cristina Combs is a clinical supervisor of Wilder school-based mental health.
Posted by: Woodrow || 10/15/2020 9:50 Comments || Top||

#5  Followin da benjamins, as another Minneapolis race hustler would say.

Soon she'll be "consulting" for Woke corporations at $8,000 per hour.
Posted by: Clulet Crulet3818 || 10/15/2020 10:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Maybe I can establish a 12-step recovery program for wokeness. I doubt many universities would subscribe to it as similar prices...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/15/2020 10:37 Comments || Top||

#7  When they do crap like this, I want the instructors, their faculty overlords, and the college prez to be exiled to a place as remote as possible from anything remotely touching the wonders of Western Civilization for at least one year.

Naw. Just turn off their water, electricity and gas for a year.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/15/2020 13:16 Comments || Top||

#8  It doesn't take 12 steps to learn how to be a failure at life.

It comes naturally for many many people.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/15/2020 15:23 Comments || Top||

#9  A self loathing white girl

Oh no. She knows precisely how wonderful she is. It’s just the rest of you white folks — whatever your actual pedigree — who are all kinds of evil, and she will happily show you how.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/15/2020 17:11 Comments || Top||

#10  "Yo peepz!" or, Hypocritical Theory

Beware! Wicked, wolfish white people,
Those wascals! There, under that steeple!
They hate all you others.
Condemn them, my brothers!"
The shepherdess shrieks to her sheeple.
Posted by: Hupolunter Turkeyneck1559 || 10/15/2020 17:57 Comments || Top||

#11  Oh gawd. Just read the article and the rest of my day is gonna be one long groan. Shoulda known better.
Posted by: Hupolunter Turkeyneck1559 || 10/15/2020 18:04 Comments || Top||

ACB Calmly Answers Questions While Typing Up Appellate Court Decision And Cooking Dinner For 9
[Babylon Bee] WASHINGTON, D.C.—It was quite a spectacle at the Senate hearing for Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court this morning, as Judge Barrett calmly answered the committee's questions while cooking dinner for her family of nine with her right hand and typing up an appellate court decision with her left hand.

"That's a great question, Senator, thank you for asking," she responded to one line of questioning as she chopped up onions to put them in her stew. "Sorry if I'm crying during my response -- it's just the onions." She eloquently answered the inquiry while moving on to skinning the potatoes, simultaneously typing up a 50-page decision for the Seventh Court of Appeals with her other hand.

At publishing time, Judge Barrett had gotten out her knitting.

RBG must be spinning at warp speed somewhere on Arlington about now.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  RBG was heard to say, "Yes, I wanted a woman to replace me, just not a real woman."
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 10/15/2020 2:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Hard heart at the weighing of merit:
"I wonder just who might inherit--"
'All rise!" A red toque.
The accused makes a joke:
"So, it's you, Amy 'Nuremberg' Barrett!"
"Approach the bench, b----!"
"Only if i can punch ya!"
[much kickboxing ensues, ending when RBG brains ACB with smuggled bike lock]
Posted by: Hupolunter Turkeyneck1559 || 10/15/2020 18:45 Comments || Top||

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