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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Bok van Blerk - Was (video)
Bok van Blerk - Was (English lyrics)

When we were young still
When we were still able
Thoughts were still drunk
Our rent were always late
When windows were open
Your shirt was still a small
Your car still running

And laughter still a cure
The flag still our pride
And food not expensive
Your granddad your rock
Our roads were still gravel
Your letter still in ink
Your life still healthy
your future still shining

Here you are now
Here you are now
Where you wanted
Is this, afterall
Is this, afterall
What you wanted
What you wanted
Here we are now!

When we were still happy
birhtdays still a thing
When she was still next to you
and marriage more than just a ring
when rugby was a sport
values an honour
buildings still short
and lessons still learned

When mistakes were still seldom
and questions pondered
a hit still noisy
we were less damaged

When caring was valued
and thanks still given
when you were still okay
your hope not yet missing

Here you are now
Here you are now
Where you wanted
Is this, afterall
Is this, afterall
What you wanted
What you wanted
Here we are now!

Here you are now
Here you are now
Where you wanted
Is this, afterall
Is this, afterall
What you wanted
What you wanted
Here we are now!
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 09:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6527 views] Top|| File under:

'Monday chili' recipe from This Ain't Hell
[This Ain't Hell] An easy, one pot chili, and this recipe has beans. Flame on.

You’ll Need:
2 pounds ground beef

2 cloves garlic, chopped

One 8-ounce can tomato sauce

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground oregano

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 cup masa harina*

One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

Shredded Cheddar, for serving

Chopped onions, for serving

Tortilla chips, for serving

Lime wedges, for serving

You’ll Do:
1) Place the ground beef in a large pot and throw in the garlic. Cook over medium heat until browned. Drain off the excess fat, and then pour in the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne. Stir together well, cover, and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If the mixture becomes overly dry, add 1/2 cup water at a time as needed.

2) After an hour, place the masa harina in a small bowl. Add 1/2 cup water and stir together with a fork. Dump the masa mixture into the chili. Stir together well, and then taste and adjust the seasonings. Add more masa paste and/or water to get the chili to your preferred consistency, or to add more corn flavor. Add the beans and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with shredded Cheddar, chopped onions, tortilla chips and lime wedges.

*Masa who? If unavailable, corn meal works fine. Hat tip to Ree Drummond for the link.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 08:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nice recipe. I have my own preferences in my kitchen, but I'll try anybody's chili any time. And, yes, that's not necessarily smart, I will admit.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/22/2021 9:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Many sins can be softened with a dollop of sour cream or yoghurt and grated cheddar, M. Murcek.

I like adding red wine and cocoa powder to mine, sautéed onion, bell peppers and celery, and two kinds of pepper sauce. I know there are those who prefer to add beer instead.

But whatever variation, it freezes beautifully, so make a double recipe. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/22/2021 12:10 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ Spicyness is never a problem, I eat stupidly hot stuff all the time. I just don't like recipes that call for "two cups of packed brown sugar" or othere things that a typical chuck wagon cook wouldn't have access to. But I'm not an expert, zealot, purist or connisseur. I do know what I like. Hot enough to make me sweat? Bring it! :-O
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/22/2021 13:35 Comments || Top||

#4  For that recipe I would have added: 2 T of cocoa powder (Hershey's) and 1/2 c of vinegar. Plenty of salt in most cans of beans and tomato sauce, so I don't add salt. The heat comes from the chili powder. The only "real" chili powder is made of 100% ground chilis, unlike the ersatz stuff sold in my local markets. I order my 100% chili powder by the pound from NM.
Posted by: Knuckles Fluper5134 || 02/22/2021 14:05 Comments || Top||

#5  Hey, don't forget the tofu! (j/k)
Posted by: Clem || 02/22/2021 14:14 Comments || Top||

#6  There is a line of soups out there, the ones I've tried are good even if they needs some extra seasoning because their thing is vegetarian, so instead of broth they use water so some salt and whatnot helps it out.

Well, wife brings back a couple cans of their chili, picture looks meaty like other brands of canned chili.

I said, "Honey, you do remember this is a vegetarian brand?"

Took her a second, donned the pee-wee herman I meant to do that face, and said, "Fine, I'll eat them then."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/22/2021 14:54 Comments || Top||

#7  Even though I now understand there's a genetic reason for cilantro tasting like soap to some people, I still feel sorry for them. Likewise those who don't like cumin, curry or garlic.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/22/2021 15:05 Comments || Top||

#8  And actually, swksvolFF, New Mexico chili often has no meat and one of the best pots of chili I ever ate was vegetarian chili cooked over a fire on a white-water canoe trip. But yeah, I want beef. Or beef and pork. Even caribou. Or occasionally white chili, but I guess now that's rayciss...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/22/2021 15:09 Comments || Top||

#9  Love cumin. Had some Dutch cheese with cumin a long, long time ago... absolutely top notch.
Posted by: Clem || 02/22/2021 15:24 Comments || Top||

#10  I am reminded of an argument I had with my wife. She was cooking turkey bacon, and being an ornery imbecile I thought I'd point out that isn't turkey bacon. A veteran of my BS, she braced, "It is turkey bacon, and its just as good and better for you."

I couldn't argue something subjective like taste, though I could point out the smell chased off the dog and aroused my ire. "No, that is bacon style turkey. Where do you get the bacon cut from a turkey? You have to make a giant turkey hot dog, and slice it so it looks like bacon."

That got me 10 more mornings in a row of turkey bacon on the pan. "Mmmmm, its so good right kids?" "Yeah mom, real good." That's me over there with the dog, sipping coffee.

Now, wife makes chili like what is featured, and I eat it by the quart (usually with Sriracha), but I am self admittedly that guy who answers, "Chili is meat and Hatch based sauce. Everything else is coattails."

Hatch chilis, stemmed and seeded, oven baked then rehydrated, strained - garlic, onion, chipotles and adobo, whatever fancies me at the time such as oregano and cumin and chili powder and paprika and spicier peppers, hit the blender, pour over browned cubed bison stew meat, cook it down.

Its absolutely barbaric nom nom nom
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/22/2021 17:02 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
WSJ - We'll Have Herd Immunity by April
[WSJ] Amid the dire Covid warnings, one crucial fact has been largely ignored: Cases are down 77% over the past six weeks. If a medication slashed cases by 77%, we’d call it a miracle pill. Why is the number of cases plummeting much faster than experts predicted?

In large part because natural immunity from prior infection is far more common than can be measured by testing. Testing has been capturing only from 10% to 25% of infections, depending on when during the pandemic someone got the virus. Applying a time-weighted case capture average of 1 in 6.5 to the cumulative 28 million confirmed cases would mean about 55% of Americans have natural immunity.

Now add people getting vaccinated. As of this week, 15% of Americans have received the vaccine, and the figure is rising fast. Former Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb estimates 250 million doses will have been delivered to some 150 million people by the end of March.

There is reason to think the country is racing toward an extremely low level of infection. As more people have been infected, most of whom have mild or no symptoms, there are fewer Americans left to be infected. At the current trajectory, I expect Covid will be mostly gone by April, allowing Americans to resume normal life.

Antibody studies almost certainly underestimate natural immunity. Antibody testing doesn’t capture antigen-specific T-cells, which develop "memory" once they are activated by the virus. Survivors of the 1918 Spanish flu were found in 2008—90 years later—to have memory cells still able to produce neutralizing antibodies.

Researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute found that the percentage of people mounting a T-cell response after mild or asymptomatic Covid-19 infection consistently exceeded the percentage with detectable antibodies. T-cell immunity was even present in people who were exposed to infected family members but never developed symptoms. A group of U.K. scientists in September pointed out that the medical community may be under-appreciating the prevalence of immunity from activated T-cells.

Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. would also suggest much broader immunity than recognized. About 1 in 600 Americans has died of Covid-19, which translates to a population fatality rate of about 0.15%. The Covid-19 infection fatality rate is about 0.23%. These numbers indicate that roughly two-thirds of the U.S. population has had the infection.

In my own conversations with medical experts, I have noticed that they too often dismiss natural immunity, arguing that we don’t have data. The data certainly doesn’t fit the classic randomized-controlled-trial model of the old-guard medical establishment. There’s no control group. But the observational data is compelling.

I have argued for months that we could save more American lives if those with prior Covid-19 infection forgo vaccines until all vulnerable seniors get their first dose. Several studies demonstrate that natural immunity should protect those who had Covid-19 until more vaccines are available. Half my friends in the medical community told me: Good idea. The other half said there isn’t enough data on natural immunity, despite the fact that reinfections have occurred in less than 1% of people—and when they do occur, the cases are mild.

But the consistent and rapid decline in daily cases since Jan. 8 can be explained only by natural immunity. Behavior didn’t suddenly improve over the holidays; Americans traveled more over Christmas than they had since March. Vaccines also don’t explain the steep decline in January. Vaccination rates were low and they take weeks to kick in.

My prediction that Covid-19 will be mostly gone by April is based on laboratory data, mathematical data, published literature and conversations with experts. But it’s also based on direct observation of how hard testing has been to get, especially for the poor. If you live in a wealthy community where worried people are vigilant about getting tested, you might think that most infections are captured by testing. But if you have seen the many barriers to testing for low-income Americans, you might think that very few infections have been captured at testing centers. Keep in mind that most infections are asymptomatic, which still triggers natural immunity.

Many experts, along with politicians and journalists, are afraid to talk about herd immunity. The term has political overtones because some suggested the U.S. simply let Covid rip to achieve herd immunity. That was a reckless idea. But herd immunity is the inevitable result of viral spread and vaccination. When the chain of virus transmission has been broken in multiple places, it’s harder for it to spread—and that includes the new strains.

Herd immunity has been well-documented in the Brazilian city of Manaus, where researchers in the Lancet reported the prevalence of prior Covid-19 infection to be 76%, resulting in a significant slowing of the infection. Doctors are watching a new strain that threatens to evade prior immunity. But countries where new variants have emerged, such as the U.K., South Africa and Brazil, are also seeing significant declines in daily new cases. The risk of new variants mutating around the prior vaccinated or natural immunity should be a reminder that Covid-19 will persist for decades after the pandemic is over. It should also instill a sense of urgency to develop, authorize and administer a vaccine targeted to new variants.

Some medical experts privately agreed with my prediction that there may be very little Covid-19 by April but suggested that I not to talk publicly about herd immunity because people might become complacent and fail to take precautions or might decline the vaccine. But scientists shouldn’t try to manipulate the public by hiding the truth. As we encourage everyone to get a vaccine, we also need to reopen schools and society to limit the damage of closures and prolonged isolation. Contingency planning for an open economy by April can deliver hope to those in despair and to those who have made large personal sacrifices.

Dr. Makary is a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, chief medical adviser to Sesame Care, and author of "The Price We Pay."

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 07:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6572 views] Top|| File under:

#1  However, we have been told by many experts that there will be no such thing.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/22/2021 7:38 Comments || Top||

#2  By April, most senior citizens (and those with vulnerabilities) should be vaccinated. The rest will either not even feel any symptoms or only experience mild ones.

The virus is not likely to mutate into a killer machine. It wants to survive, too.
Posted by: European Conservative || 02/22/2021 7:54 Comments || Top||

#3  My contact in St. Petersburg stays indoors because of the high morbidity there at this time. No social gatherings. No photos. She writes her poetry. Cuts her own hair with old scissors. Very cold there and lots of snow. Sad times.
Posted by: Dale || 02/22/2021 8:00 Comments || Top||

#4  I for many years have refused the vaccines offered.I have worked many years and have not been sick. Never missed a day of scheduled work. I will continue as I have done with no fear or trepidation. I am in contact every day with many people, front line as they say. I do not live in fear. I seize the day.
Posted by: Dale || 02/22/2021 8:07 Comments || Top||

#5  "The Price We Pay." No, I am free of such thought's.
Posted by: Dale || 02/22/2021 8:09 Comments || Top||

#6  Reviewing my Worldometers spreadsheet, it seems everything peaked in early January. Deaths did have a huge spike Feb. 13 (6,869) but "Serious/Critical" (ICU) is 55% of the peak in early January.

Light at the end of Joe's 'dark winter' tunnel? Or -
Posted by: Bobby || 02/22/2021 8:49 Comments || Top||

#7  These "experts" in general are profoundly ignorant of what immunity to COVID-19 means, and don't know how to measure it until long after the fact. We'll know what "herd immunity" to COVID-19 amounts to, I estimate, a couple of years after the amount of new cases bottom lines. We won't know it until after it happens. YMMV.
Posted by: Knuckles Fluper5134 || 02/22/2021 14:11 Comments || Top||

#8  The other half said there isn’t enough data
The "other half" always wants more data. They will only stop objecting to contrary conclusions after the pandemic is done and gone. Long gone.
Posted by: Knuckles Fluper5134 || 02/22/2021 14:13 Comments || Top||

#9  You will obey St. Fauci and you will like it.

Notice that pig is suddenly in videos supporting the "great reset"? Hmmm.
Posted by: Clem || 02/22/2021 14:16 Comments || Top||

#10  Keep in mind that most infections are asymptomatic, which still triggers natural immunity. We really don't know what "natural immunity" is, so he is overstating his case. For example the high degree of immunity demonstrated by the under age 18 demographic is not understood and has not been explained. Most likely most COVID-19 infections trigger natural immunity, is all I would say at present.
Posted by: Knuckles Fluper5134 || 02/22/2021 14:18 Comments || Top||

#11  The math is rather obvious: 30 million or so confirmed cases, 30 million or more inoculations with another million a day being added. That's 20% of the population, concentrated in the most vulnerable.

Add to that possibly 2x the cases that were asymptomatic and who are carrying T-cell immunity, so another 60 million unreported.

Thats approaching half the US population, with the most vulnerable becoming immune. Most of the remaining are less likely to have anything more than a cold-like or light flu-like symtoms.

The math has been obvious. 99.5* or more survive, most without extreme illness.

What Trump did work. What Governors like DeSantis (Florida) and Abbot (Texas) did work - quarantine and protect the vulnerable, especially the elderly and those in nursing homes, apply localized control for masking and shutdowns only when the case rate jumps to a threatening level.

Of course this blows Fauci, Biden, and the Establishment health industry-government goons out of the water, and it breaks the control freaks' narratives on the left and in government, so the press will never let go of it. They can't possibly have Trump and Republicans being right, and they can't let people become "uncontrolled".
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/22/2021 19:44 Comments || Top||

#12  And FYI, Dr Markey is not the first one to come out with this analysis. Several others, epidemiologists, predicted it based on their observations of asymptomatic transmission, a lack of testing, overdependence on "confirmed" data, overdependence on antibody based immunity tests for something that's T-cell mediated (because antibodies are cheap and easy, even if they are not accurate nor completely indicative/applicable), and many other ignored factors. Politics blinded science - just look at Fauci saying you don't need masks, then yes you do, then not really effective, then mandated, then you need 2 masks... not a shred scientifically irrefutable empirical evidence to back up ANY of his statements. Yet the press lionized that hack.

The remarkable thing is how quickly multiple effective vaccines were developed and tested, and how rapidly and widespread their production and distribution is -- once the government got the hell out of the way except in a minimal fashion.

So be thankful, and if you are high risk get your vaccine as soon as you can, and then throw the damned masks away 3 weeks after your final dose, and go out to a restaurant.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/22/2021 19:58 Comments || Top||

#13  Dale, you are right when you say you "dont have a thought" - the Price we Pay was a book about ripoff medical costs, and how insurance and hospital corporations are screwing us. I disagree with Mackey's intent toward government solutions, but he isn't wrong when it comes to price gouging and irrational limitations on care by the medical and insurance establishment with the government enforcing it.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/22/2021 20:01 Comments || Top||

Musk on Population implosion
Posted by: 3dc || 02/22/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6524 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Consider this,
WHITES ARE A MINORITY in the world population and always have been. In 1950, Whites were 28 percent of world population. The National Policy Institute in Augusta, Ga. says by 2060 people of European descent will have fallen to 9.8 percent. We are, as a race, on the same path as the Whooping Crane a few years ago, and for the same reason.

There are only 850,000,000 white people in the world out of a population of 7.5 billion. There are far more people of black heritage in this world. White people are a world minority - not a world majority and the white demographic is decreasing yearly due to low birth rates, opioid abuse, low fertility rates, etc.
And, in the next 10 to 15 years, the half dozen 'majority-minority' states will likely be joined by as many as eight other states where whites now make up less than 60% of the population."
The US is not far behind at present 72 per cent of the US population is non-hispanic whites; the US Census Bureau predicts they will become a minority between 2055 and 2060. Not every one likes the new face of America.
Posted by: Porch Jungle1549 || 02/22/2021 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  The US is not far behind at present 72 per cent of the US population is non-hispanic whites

Hispanic is an ethnic classification not a race. The term comes from the Roman name for Spain, Hispana, which is a part of Europe.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/22/2021 6:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Irish are not the same as Spanish. They have different skin tone, language, culture, and history.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/22/2021 12:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Personal ambition levels differ as well. Sort of a broad stereotype. Your results may vary.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 12:34 Comments || Top||

#5  The term comes from the Roman name for Spain, Hispana, which is a part of Europe.

Precisely. It does not include either Portuguese or their Brazilian descendants, who will admit to being Latino.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/22/2021 17:42 Comments || Top||

#6  if you go deeper into this it becomes a jumble

multi racial and multi ethnic children are the actual majority here; almost the entire black population is partly white, almost the entire non white hispanic population is partly white; this is also happening in the asian population and the indians and eskimos, etc.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 02/22/2021 18:39 Comments || Top||

#7  Nearly all of the people in the US labeled "Hispanic" consider themselves "white."

US whites still outnumber non-whites by more than 2-1 and will continue to be a clear majority for at least two more generations.
Posted by: Jumbo Glaimble6928 || 02/22/2021 20:08 Comments || Top||

#8  This was not talking whites and blacks. This was talking most of the world outside the 4th world having a population implosion.
Posted by: 3dc || 02/22/2021 20:11 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Whistleblower at Smith College Resigns Over Racism (alarming video)
[bariweiss substack.com] We all know that something morally grotesque is swallowing liberal America. Almost no one wants to risk talking about it out loud.

Every day I get phone calls from anxious Americans complaining about an ideology that wants to pull all of us into the past.

I get calls from parents telling me about the damaging things being taught in schools: so-called antiracist programs that urge children to obsess on the color of their skin.

I get calls from people working in corporate America forced to go to trainings in which they learn that they carry collective, race-based guilt — or benefit from collective, race-based virtue.

I get calls from young people just launching their careers telling me that they feel they have no choice but to profess fealty to this ideology in order to keep their jobs.

Almost no one who calls me is willing to go public. And I understand why. To go public with what’s happening is to risk their jobs and their reputations.

But the hour is very late. It calls for courage. And courage has come in the form of a woman named Jodi Shaw.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6530 views] Top|| File under:

#1  IOW: "Comrades, I warned you not to release The Ideoweapon before its targeting mechanisms were perfected! But not to worry... if you'll all just be as brave and tolerant as me, and scurry around congratulating yourselves on your courage as you clean up the mess... we can claim credit for saving civilization, and try again later."
Posted by: Ho Chi Shusogum5632 || 02/22/2021 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Welcome to the new post covid america, the sneak peek, not the 1st resignation under "racism', won't be the last,it's the "shape of things to come" as an old advert said 'triumph'.

shoud designate this article under 'commies' as this is part of political/cultural/race war

just a thought^^^^

.... how is Fred... did I miss the update ?
Posted by: Pitch Jingle1549 || 02/22/2021 2:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Why do we tolerate this ridiculous shit?
We're the majority, FFS
Posted by: Guillibaldo Shulet3268 || 02/22/2021 3:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Today James Kunstler opined:
I hope Jodi Shaw sues the living shit out of Smith College, its president, and its board of trustees. She has a Go-Fund-Me page. It contains the video she made. Send her some money so she can support her kids and hire a lawyer. There’s a desperate need to impose consequences for the failure of authority in this land. And to put this insane race hustle behind us so we can get on with the task of preserving civilized life in a society that is about to implode from further failures in economics and politics.
Posted by: Knuckles Fluper5134 || 02/22/2021 14:28 Comments || Top||

#5  how is Fred... did I miss the update ?

in the middle of the night when you posted, Pitch Jingle1549, all I knew was that Fred was still in rehab. But this afternoon he posted a bunch of article in the hopper for tomorrow. Clearly he is better enough to have energy and concentration for that... Whether he is ready to go home and resume his normal routine, I’ve no idea, but I expect he will need to continue building up strength and endurance for a bit.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/22/2021 17:56 Comments || Top||

Jihadist Perceptions of a Rising Superpower: Troubles Along China’s Belt and Road
Head to Small Wars Journal - a single paragraph tease
China’s domestic security policy and its growing international influence are fuelling jihadist animosity throughout Asia and beyond. Beijing’s crackdown in Xinjiang is the most commonly cited China-related grievance within global jihadist discourse and has gained traction in recent years, but there are additional narratives emerging about China’s foreign policy and its increasing presence in the Islamic world. Beijing is becoming markedly more assertive in pursuing its geopolitical ambitions and in securing its growing international interests. This has not gone unnoticed and the Islamic State (IS), al-Qaeda, the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and others have explicitly declared China an enemy. These groups perceive China as an imperial or colonial power that is actively expanding its political, economic, and military footprint abroad, supporting repressive governments, and exploiting natural resources.
And so it is, just as they would be, if they could — and as ISIS did for a few years in Iraq and Syria, until wiped out as a independent entity.
If China’s influence continues to grow and these perceptions continue to spread, the Asian giant could conceivably become a higher priority enemy for a broader range of elements within the global jihadist movement over time.
Posted by: 3dc || 02/22/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6525 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  Aaahhh yes,

Uncage the Snakes of Islam against China

(they know, in Chinese culture SNAKES are extremely powerful),

avenge your Uyghurs brothers and sisters,

as they are held as slaves by the Haram Yellow.

(Yellow a very unclean color)


Make there bodies into لەغمەن ‎, ләғмән 菜 and the Guardians in heaven will provide you with 12x12 virgins; no need for the hidden imam (bbuh) this Fatwa provides you.

Go forth the Snakes of Islam, go forth.

/ satirical closed
Posted by: Pitch Jingle1549 || 02/22/2021 1:48 Comments || Top||

#2  China is not the Russia of the 90s.

They will plow through this 'save your culture the Reds are coming!' bullshit even if it is weaponized against them. It does not abide by asshole conventions made to benefit terrorists and criminals. The only reason the west loses these high risk conflicts is because they're afraid of collateral and civ opprobrium back home. The Hans won't give a shit.

It may come down to NATO having to choose to defend AQ, Talibaners,ISIS, and assorted sasquatches against them. I can fully expect such a decision to go through but it will be opposed by the taxpayers back home I'll bet.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/22/2021 4:55 Comments || Top||

#3  But the CIA is ready to make the same mistake all over again. "We'll get it right this time." Yeah. Sure...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/22/2021 8:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Intelligence collection is difficult and boring. Shi@ disturbing and support to the MIC, that's where the real money is to be found.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 8:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Chinese Turkoman Muslims were enrolled in Al Qaeda and its offshoots (Afghanistan, Kashmir)as early as 1988. There has been minimal reporting from Khotan and Hashgar in Xinjiang, and one is left to wonder if the Islamists are going to take the elimination of their Muslim brothers without a response.
Posted by: b || 02/22/2021 8:47 Comments || Top||

#6  The Islamofacists are all about going after soft targets.

The Middle Kingdom is not one of those. They may be at first, but the term 'going mongol' stills has a ring to it and holds a place in their response scenario.

Especially within their own borders where the narrative can be controlled.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/22/2021 15:07 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Kelly Loeffler starts voter organization to rival Stacey Abrams' political machine after GOP losses in Georgia
[FOX] Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler is starting a voter registration and outreach group called "Greater Georgia," in her first major public move since losing her Senate seat to Democrat Raphael Warnock in a Jan. 6 runoff.

Loeffler's group will mirror some of the functions of "Fair Fight," the Stacey Abrams-affiliated group that many Democrats credit with the significant progress the party has made in the state in recent years. Loeffler's group will focus on registering "conservative-leaning" voters, engaging low-propensity voters and strengthening election security.

"Our state is greater — and our democracy is stronger — when everyone’s voice is heard, and that’s exactly what Greater Georgia’s work is about," Loeffler, a Republican, said in a statement. She will be the chairwoman of the group.

"But for too many in our state, the importance — and even the sanctity of their vote — is in question," she said. " That’s why we’re rolling up our sleeves to register conservative-leaning voters who have been overlooked, to regularly engage more communities, and to strengthen election integrity across our state."

Loeffler will be seeding the group with a seven-figure investment and it will use the donor network she built from her runoff effort against now-Sen. Warnock. She is not ruling out a Senate run in 2022 but her focus, for now, will be on Greater Georgia, a group spokesperson told Fox News.

Former Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., who also lost a runoff election in January to Sen. Jon Ossoff, has already filed preliminary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and announced that he is considering running for the seat currently occupied by Warnock.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 10:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6545 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I certainly wish her all the best. Unfortunately, until the fok'ing CORRUPT PROCESS is cleaned up all the organizing, groups, and money collecting will be for naught.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 10:10 Comments || Top||

#2  This is how the Republicans flipped a couple of seats in Orange Co. California.

Basically doing the aggressive voter registration and 'help them to the ballot' efforts.

It teeters on the edge of legality because vote coaching is illegal but 'sort of' takes place anyway. But unfortunately the Dems do it so the Reps are stuck doing it also.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 02/22/2021 11:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Agree that this is the way to go. Stories I've read generally credit Stacey Abrams with a massive voter registration machine between November and January. It apparently worked--so if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
Posted by: Tom || 02/22/2021 12:43 Comments || Top||

#4  "if you cant beat them join them" ... no.
Posted by: irish rage boy || 02/22/2021 15:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Where was this effort BEFORE the elections?

Now, how about suing over the mail ballots before the next set of elections?
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/22/2021 19:33 Comments || Top||

#6  join them my ass. You don't beat a bully by joining them.
Posted by: Chris || 02/22/2021 19:50 Comments || Top||

VIDEO: Victor Davis Hanson on Woke Ideology and the Way Forward for Conservatives
[LI] Victor Davis Hanson is one of the most important and authoritative conservative voices in America today. In a recent episode of American Thought Leaders from the Epoch Times, Hanson talked at length about a variety of topics.

This is so worth your time.

Hanson opened the discussion by analyzing the meaning behind the Democrats’ latest attempt to impeach Trump. As a scholar of history, Davis then breaks down how a ’woke’ ideology will hamper progress in the United States, using comparative examples from around the world.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 06:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6514 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We have to respond with the mantra:

"I have no white guilt."
Posted by: Dacama || 02/22/2021 6:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Or maybe, "go stuff your Woke bullshit"
Posted by: Harry Sproing9050 || 02/22/2021 11:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Jim Kunstler wrote this today on "Woke" ideology:
there should be a cost. I hope Jodi Shaw sues the living shit out of Smith College, its president, and its board of trustees. She has a Go-Fund-Me page. It contains the video she made. Send her some money so she can support her kids and hire a lawyer. There’s a desperate need to impose consequences for the failure of authority in this land. And to put this insane race hustle behind us so we can get on with the task of preserving civilized life in a society that is about to implode from further failures in economics and politics.
Posted by: Knuckles Fluper5134 || 02/22/2021 14:08 Comments || Top||

Rare visit to Israel by Egypt’s oil minister sends signals to Biden, Erdogan
[IsraelTimes] The trip, following similar delegations of Greek and Cypriot leaders, is intended to show that the regional allies are united and coordinated, both against friends and foes.

Analysts say that one of the key purposes of the meetings — beyond the energy discussions — was to send a message to Turkey, and its president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Although the visit of Egypt’s Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister to Israel on Sunday had the trappings of a routine discussion about energy cooperation by regional partners, it also sent a message to rivals and to the United States.

Tarek el-Molla’s trip was noteworthy for the mere fact that he was the first Egyptian minister to visit Israel since foreign minister Sameh Shoukry met with Netanyahu in 2016. And El-Molla is no minor player. "El-Molla is very close to Sisi," pointed out Gabriel Mitchell of the Mitvim Institute, an Israel-based think tank. "He is arguably one of the most visible Egyptian ministers outside the presidency."
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/22/2021 00:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6536 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Egypt and Israel have a common foe that happens to be Erdogan's self-percieved constituency and a also a bloc that Washington is very weak-kneed about now, to wit, muzz extremists.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/22/2021 7:41 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Researchers say they've successfully communicated with individuals inside their dreams
[Just The News] A group of scientists at Northwestern University are claiming that they successfully communicated with individuals in the throes of "lucid dreams," potentially suggesting a breakthrough in the study of the relatively poorly understood phenomenon of dreaming.

Researchers at Northwestern "found that individuals in REM sleep can interact with an experimenter and engage in real-time communication," the university said in a press release announcing the findings.

Dreamers participating in the study were reportedly "capable of comprehending questions, engaging in working-memory operations, and producing answers."

In the study, the scientists note that dreams "take us to a different reality, a hallucinatory world that feels as real as any waking experience" and that "these often-bizarre episodes are emblematic of human sleep but have yet to be adequately explained."

The new findings "can enable a variety of practical applications and a new strategy for the empirical exploration of dreams," they write.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 06:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6521 views] Top|| File under:

#1  One can imagine all sorts of possibilities __ none of them good.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/22/2021 7:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Field testing now occurring in the White House.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/22/2021 8:18 Comments || Top||

#3  see "Dreamscape"
Posted by: Warthog || 02/22/2021 9:43 Comments || Top||

#4  You have no business in my dreams. Stay out!
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/22/2021 14:05 Comments || Top||

#5  No surprise. What researcher hasn't dreamed of Raquel Welch or Dolly Parton's mammories?
Posted by: Clem || 02/22/2021 14:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Hypnosis and REM sleep are strongly related. Investigation of hypnosis is generally anathema to medical researchers. I never heard "hypnosis" even mentioned in my medical education decades ago.
My most common lucid dream starts with dreaming I am attending a social gathering, but there is no coffee available. So I start searching for a source, sometimes I walk around looking for coffee beans, a pot, water, a stove, or maybe a Starbucks. Then I realize the dream means I just want real coffee, so I wake up and make some.
Posted by: Knuckles Fluper5134 || 02/22/2021 14:23 Comments || Top||

#7  "When you go into a bathroom in your dream, turn around and leave. It's a trap!"

/Dr. Admiral Akbar
Posted by: Frank G || 02/22/2021 14:50 Comments || Top||

#8  "Nightmare on Elm Street"
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/22/2021 16:30 Comments || Top||

#9  I regularly communicate with Charlotte McKinney.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/22/2021 16:34 Comments || Top||

#10  Excellent reference Warthog
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 02/22/2021 20:06 Comments || Top||

-PC Follies
White supremacy a 'transnational threat', U.N. chief warns
GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Monday that white supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are becoming a "transnational threat" and have exploited the coronavirus pandemic to boost their support.

Addressing the U.N. Human Rights Council, Guterres said the danger of hate-driven groups was growing daily.

"White supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are more than domestic terror threats. They are becoming a transnational threat," he told the Geneva forum. Without naming states, Guterres added: "Today, these extremist movements represent the number one internal security threat in several countries."

In the United States, racial tensions simmered during the turbulent four-year presidency of Donald Trump. His successor Joe Biden has said the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters was carried out by "thugs, insurrectionists, political extremists and white supremacists".

"Far too often, these hate groups are cheered on by people in positions of responsibility in ways that were considered unimaginable not long ago," Guterres said. "We need global coordinated action to defeat this grave and growing danger."
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 05:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6512 views] Top|| File under:

#1  White supremacy aka western civilization certainly demonstrated it's 'threat' when it conquers most of the world in the 18th-19th century. You want to give up the science, medicine, technology and institutions you've appropriated since? Nearly every place it was adopted, life expectancy increased.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/22/2021 6:27 Comments || Top||

#2  I have thought of the scene from Monty Python's Life of Brian, What have the Romans done for us?
Posted by: Clem || 02/22/2021 6:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Has anyone produced an actual (non-circular) definition of "white supremacy"? All I've heard so far is it's a loosely defined much of "everything Marxists don't like".
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/22/2021 7:10 Comments || Top||

#4  The UN is a transnational progressivist threat to the United States and most of the world. The pygmies in the UN aspire to be a world government. UN out of the USA.

Posted by: Shiva Protector of the Hohlraums || 02/22/2021 8:30 Comments || Top||

#5  United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is Portuguese. Therefore European. Therefore white.

Now would be a very good time for him to take a step back and shut up.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/22/2021 12:13 Comments || Top||

#6  Marxism IS white supremacy. So is socialism. Now what ya going to do?
Posted by: Silentbrick || 02/22/2021 12:36 Comments || Top||

#7  Marxism IS white supremacy. So is socialism. Now what ya going to do?

They will blame it on white males and jail anyone that says otherwise.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/22/2021 12:56 Comments || Top||

#8  The UN is an "adult day car center" for the losers in 3rd world kleptocracies. They couldn't "win"
at home so they sent them to the UN to steal what they could there.
Posted by: magpie || 02/22/2021 13:00 Comments || Top||

#9  evict the occupants raze the building and create a park/playground. that would be a useful use.
Posted by: irish rage boy || 02/22/2021 15:51 Comments || Top||

#10  If white supremacy truly is gaining steam perhaps its because folks have begun refereeing to whites as the cause of all of the worlds problems and in some cases suggested genocide or similar as a solution without a peep from the UN.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/22/2021 17:02 Comments || Top||

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