Friday, July 31, 2020
Owner of the Jeep that was set on fire in Macomb County says he doesn’t ...
Some people can't help doing stupid and the have a total disregard for black lives.
A word on bullying.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Re: As clear as Black and White
AP style guide changes...AP style will continue to lowercase the term white in racial, ethnic and cultural senses. This decision follows our move last month to capitalize Black in such uses. We consulted with a wide group of people internally and externally around the globe and considered a variety of commentary in making these decisions.
There was clear desire and reason to capitalize Black. Most notably, people who are Black have strong historical and cultural commonalities, even if they are from different parts of the world and even if they now live in different parts of the world. That includes the shared experience of discrimination due solely to the color of one's skin.
There is, at this time, less support for capitalizing white. White people generally do not share the same history and culture, or the experience of being discriminated against because of skin color. In addition, we are a global news organization and in much of the world there is considerable disagreement, ambiguity and confusion about whom the term includes.
We agree that white people's skin color plays into systemic inequalities and injustices, and we want our journalism to robustly explore those problems. But capitalizing the term white, as is done by white supremacists, risks subtly conveying legitimacy to such beliefs.
Some have expressed the belief that if we don't capitalize white, we are being inconsistent and discriminating against white people or, conversely, that we are implying that white is the default. We also recognize the argument that capitalizing the term could pull white people more fully into issues and discussions of race and equality. We will closely watch how usage and thought evolves, and will periodically review our decision.
We are today making an important change to AP style that stems from a long and fruitful conversation among news leaders, editors and diverse members of our staff and external groups and organizations.
AP's style is now to capitalize Black in a racial, ethnic or cultural sense, conveying an essential and shared sense of history, identity and community among people who identify as Black, including those in the African diaspora and within Africa. The lowercase black is a color, not a person.
We also now capitalize Indigenous in reference to original inhabitants of a place.
These changes align with long-standing capitalization of other racial and ethnic identifiers such as Latino, Asian American and Native American. Our discussions on style and language consider many points, including the need to be inclusive and respectful in our storytelling and the evolution of language. We believe this change serves those ends.
As a global news organization, we are continuing to discuss within the U.S. and internationally whether to capitalize the term white. Considerations are many and include any implications that doing so might have outside the United States.
We continue to discuss other terms, including minorities and people of color, as well as the term "Black, Indigenous and people of color."
Our revisions come after more than two years of in-depth research and discussion with colleagues and respected thinkers from a diversity of backgrounds, both within and from outside the cooperative. The updates become part of the AP Stylebook's race-related coverage guidance
Housing prices in Utah
Herman Cain dies after contracting coronavirus - YouTube
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
AG Barr Issues "SCORCHING" Response to Jerry Nadler's Nasty Attack
A Candidacy With Confidence In It's Political Ideas Doesn't Need Mob Coercion Tactics
Monday, July 27, 2020
Copy of my Facebook post regarding COVID-19
Unfortunately, there are a great many people, mostly in conservative media, who are claiming that the death rate is only 0.3%. They are constantly saying that this isn't much different than the seasonal flu. This number is being quoted so frequently that I tried to find some information to verify it, but I can't find anything. Even Bill Gates said that the death rate is less than 1%, but I can't find anything to back that either.
I think that this idea of a low death rate comes from a California study a couple of months ago that found that there were ten times as many positive tested cases in a sample population than what was predicted. So the argument was made that if there were ten times as many cases then the real death is ten times less. The problem is that the California study was criticized for its methodology. They did not do random sampling but instead asked for volunteers to be tested. The problem is that volunteers probably don't represent the population as a whole, and likely include many people who think that they may be infected.
It has also been pointed out that unknown cases could mean unknown deaths from COVID-19. Just because you have unknown cases doesn't necessarily mean that the death rate is lower.
So there seems to be much discussion about asymptomatic people because the argument seems to be that if there are a large number of asymptomatic cases then the death rate must be lower. However, studies from Wuhan and Italy both indicate that the number of asymptomatic cases is only around 40%. In addition, there are articles all over the place saying that asymptomatic people can still spread the disease.
In regard to unknown cases, I'm going to argue that it really doesn't matter. The number of *known* cases is still growing at apparently an ever-increasing rate, and those people are still dying at a rate of around 4%. About 3 days ago I noticed from official numbers that 100,000 people had died from COVID-19 worldwide in 12 days. That is around 34 times the number of deaths from 9-11, and we spent trillions of dollars fighting wars because of 9-11. As long as the number of known cases keeps increasing and those people keep dying at a significant rate, then this pandemic is a still serious problem.
There seems to be some resistance to mandates to wear masks. I don't consider wearing a mask to be an infringement on my freedom. It is the equivalent of wearing a hard hat in a construction zone.
I am appalled at how many people are espousing conspiracy theories in regard to COVID-19, especially in regard to a potential vaccine. A small part of the problem is that many politicians are trying to politicize the pandemic, so this contributes to people distrusting public officials and their motives.
Sunday, July 26, 2020
A useless rambling bike ride video
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Use Your Vote! ⎜Levi's®
Levi’s - Use Your Vote
Friday, July 24, 2020
Fwd: Iran sentences the death penalty for government protests
Also in June, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shut down Iran's biggest anti-poverty NGO, the Imam Ali Society, and arrested its founding director, Sharmin Meymandi Nejad, citing "anti-Iran activities". The independent charity had attracted the regime's fury during last year's protests by criticising government officials for "calling the poverty-stricken demonstrators rioters and agents of the enemy".
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
People are already denouncing a potential COVID-19 vaccine as highly dangerous even before knowing which vaccine they are going to use, what will be in it, and what kind of research will be done on the safety of that vaccine.
We don't know for sure that there will be a vaccine.
To make matters worse, people are claiming that this is a conspiracy involving Bill Gates, and claiming that the vaccine will have gene-altering substances in it. Not stopping there, some people are claiming that the new 5G phone network is going to be used to activate nanotechnology surreptitiously implanted in us.
I wouldn't even mention this except that a couple of good friends have earnestly sent me this stuff, and another friend mentioned it to me as a joke. Apparently, these ideas have some traction with people.
There are some very despicable videos on youtube promoting these ideas. The sad thing is that these ideas will make people afraid of a vaccine that could save many lives.
I think that I'm losing my faith in human beings as an intelligent species.
U.S. government taps Pfizer to produce millions of doses of potential coronavirus vaccine
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Why Did The US Get Slammed? | The Ben Shapiro Show Ep. 1055
Tucker, Hannity Targeted With The Most Frivolous Allegations Yet
Monday, July 20, 2020
Fwd: The revolution is winning
From: Larry Trout
This is what the revolution looks like.
Weather Underground terrorists, who made no secret of being anti-AmeriKKKan "small-c" communists, are having more success than they could have dreamed of in the 1960s.
They are dominating the language. You know that whole "white privilege" nostrum that we're paying universities $60K per year to drum into our children's brains? It is derived from their lamentation of "white skin privilege." In their ideology, the revolution to overthrow the capitalist, racist, imperialist system summoned them — lily white radicals — to abandon their privilege and embrace the armed struggle.
Among their most influential thinkers was Bill Ayers. He got a windfall from the government's failure to prosecute him for the bombings he carried out and the mass murders he planned but was insufficiently competent to execute. It was a second career as a "Distinguished Professor of Education" at the University of Illinois. As Sol Stern relates in a 2006 City Journal essay that should be required reading today, this entailed designing curricula used by today's hard-Left academics, based on what Ayers saw as a moral imperative to convert schools into social-justice indoctrination labs.
Of course, in the days before they brought the revolution into the classroom, they pursued it on urban streets, prioritizing war on cops. To the avant-garde, the police are the pointy end of the oppressive government spear, enforcing its laws and imposing the racist society's caste system. For the revolution to succeed, the police have to be discredited, defunded, and defanged. For the Weather Underground, that meant branching into such radical offshoots as the May 19 Communist Organization and conspiring with black separatists....
Boudin and Gilbert had left their 14-month-old son, Chesa, with a sitter in order to participate in the Brinks heist. But unlike Rosenberg, they were captured right after the bloody shootouts. Boudin was sentenced to a minimum 20 years' imprisonment (with a maximum life sentence), and Gilbert to 75 years' imprisonment.
With his parents in custody, young Chesa Boudin was raised by their confederates, Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Like Ayers, Dohrn was a Weather Underground leader who became an academic after eluding significant prosecution for their bombings and mass-murder conspiracies.
In addition to his American academic work, Ayers became a supporter of the late Communist dictator Hugo Chávez's education programs in Venezuela. There, in a 2006 speech with the strongman looking on, Ayers proclaimed, "Teaching invites transformations, it urges revolutions small and large. La educación es revolución!" Later, Chesa Boudin would follow in Ayers's footsteps, working as a translator and think-tank researcher for Chávez's regime.
Meanwhile, in Chicago, Ayers and Dohrn seamlessly became prominent in Democratic Party politics. At their Hyde Park home in 1995, they held a coming-out party for an ambitious political unknown, a community organizer named Barack Obama. Two years later, the future president breathlessly endorsed Ayers's polemic, A Kind and Just Parent?, as a "searing and timely account." The book is an indictment of the U.S. criminal-justice system, which Ayers likens to South Africa under apartheid. As Stanley Kurtz has recounted, Ayers helped pave Obama's way into the radical Left's extensive fundraising networks; the two collaborated as board members of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, doling out more than $100 million to community organizers and education "reformers."
Susan Rosenberg's terrorism sentence was commuted by President Bill Clinton in 2001, part of the scandalous array of clemency grants on his last day in office...
Not to worry, though. By 2020, she was recruited to become vice-chair of the Board of Directors at Thousand Currents, after years as an "activist" in the thriving fields of criminal-justice "reform" and prisoners' rights. (In the media-Democrat complex and on the campus, former terrorists who've found new ways to march the revolution through our institutions are transmogrified into "social-justice activists"). Like the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Thousand Currents is a grant-making foundation of the radical Left, similarly tapped into its fundraising networks — such groups as the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (a deep-pocketed non-profit that promotes racial causes and also supports the Tides Foundation and George Soros's Open Society Foundations, among other heavyweight donor organizations) and the NoVo Foundation (funded and controlled by the Buffett family).
Currently, Thousand Currents' signal project is Black Lives Matter.
The principal organizational framework for BLM is the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, run by three women: Opal Tometti, Alicia Garza, and Patrisse Cullors — the last of whom, in a 2015 interview, observed, "Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories."
Since George Floyd's killing by Minneapolis police in late May, BLM has been flooded with donations. Its operations are opaque, however, and it has not qualified for non-profit status. To navigate around this inconvenience, the BLM Global Network Foundation is sponsored by Thousand Currents, which has non-profit status — meaning donors can make tax-deductible contributions to Thousand Currents, which, in turn, supports BLM. The arrangement appears to trace back to 2016, when the Kellogg Foundation provided Thousand Currents with $900,000 for "building the infrastructure and capacity of the national #BlackLivesMatter to support and strengthen their local chapters' organizing capacity."
Meanwhile, Chesa Boudin, the son of Boudin and Gilbert raised by Ayers and Dohrn, is a rising political star. Just 39, he has authored the memoir Gringo: A Coming of Age in Latin America, studied at Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, gotten a law degree from Yale, completed a stint in a big-city public defender's office, and, just last year, been elected that city's chief prosecutor — district attorney for San Francisco.
Boudin's candidacy was backed by the Left's financial network, BLM, and such luminaries as Communist icon Angela Davis and Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), the avowed socialist, who appears to be the most influential supporter of the Joe Biden presidential campaign. At the victory party the night of Boudin's election, ecstatic supporters chanted "F*** POA!" (i.e., the Police Officers Association). He had run on a platform of ending what he sees as undue law-enforcement focus on people of color, thwarting federal action against "undocumented" immigrants, and prioritizing investigations of — not by — the police.
He's making good on these promises. For example, he has stopped bringing charges that include a sentencing enhancement California's legislature enacted to curb gang violence, fretting that it is disproportionately applied to people of color.
Just a few weeks ago, moreover, he announced a new initiative: The district attorney's office will no longer charge cases that rely on information from police officers said to have engaged in misconduct — including excessive force or racial bias. Of course, while police must on occasion use superior force in order to subdue criminals, we've seen in recent months that any law-enforcement use of force is now liable to be condemned as excessive. And racial bias, even in the absence of proof of conscious discrimination, is claimed to be "unconscious"; it is derived from statistical voodoo that scrutinizes the race and ethnicity of suspects in police encounters while studiously ignoring the offensive behavior that may have prompted police action. Boudin explained that his office has established a "Trial Integrity Unit," which is compiling a list of cops as to whom there have been misconduct claims. The list is to be updated regularly.
That is, it is an ongoing, open-ended investigation of the police department, for the benefit of criminals.
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Dreyfus affair - Wikipedia
Friday, July 17, 2020
An mRNA Vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 — Preliminary Report | NEJM
The mRNA-1273 vaccine induced anti–SARS-CoV-2 immune responses in all participants, and no trial-limiting safety concerns were identified. These findings support further development of this vaccine.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Microwave ovens and VCRs were not yet affordable and very few people had them. In terms of technology, people were more interested in CB radios.
Arcade videogames were just beginning to take off. Although still primitive, in terms of gaming they were significantly better than what could be done on a computer or on one of the very primitive overpriced home consoles available at the time.
The country as a whole was in a serious malaise. The economy did not do well in the 1970s and took a big downturn during the presidency of Jimmy Carter. Inflation was high, unemployment was up, economic growth was almost non-existent, and interest rates along with energy costs were at record levels. Consequently, most people were just trying to get by.
On the international scene, things did not look good. The Soviet Union appeared aggressive by invading Afghanistan. Iran was making the U.S. look bad with the hostage crisis. Opec controlled the world's energy supply.
With the election of Ronald Reagan in November, I had high hopes that things would change for the better, but it would take a long time for things to turn around.
The book of 2020
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
EXCLUSIVE: Chinese virologist accuses Beijing of coronavirus cover-up, flees Hong Kong: 'I know how they treat whistleblowers' | Fox News
Monday, July 13, 2020
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Indy mother becomes 2nd homicide along downtown canal in 1 week | Fox 59
Jose admits he returned fire, but didn't hit anyone. He says explaining to Jessica's son Greyson that he'll never see his mom again has been the hardest part for the family.
"It's hard to tell him his mom is in heaven and if you want to talk to her you have to look up and say, 'I love you mom,'" said Ramirez.
Just one week earlier, two people were shot on the same part of canal. During one of those shootings, a 14-year-old identified as Curtis White Junior died during what police describe as an attempted armed robbery.
"Our message is that the canal is still a safe to go," said IMPD Capt. Jerry Leary.
Young mother, 24, is 'shot dead in front of her fiancé after saying "all lives matter"'
Why You Shouldn't Trust the Left | Ben Shapiro LIVE at University of Southern California
Saturday, July 11, 2020
You're free, stop whining | Ben Shapiro LIVE at The George Washington University
Friday, July 10, 2020
VIRAL VIDEO: COVID-19 through the eyes of a four-year-old | WWLP
Thursday, July 9, 2020
A Letter on Justice and Open Debate | Harper's Magazine
The IQ Problem | Jordan Peterson & Stefan Molyneux
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Sucker Punch Teen = 2 Felony Charges
From: Albert Nelms
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Scott Adams on Climate Change
Monday, July 6, 2020
The Mikhaila Peterson Podcast #9 - Jordan B. Peterson - Family Update June 2020
Saturday, July 4, 2020
COVID-19 death rate
If I look at the known cases versus known deaths, we get 4.5% for the U.S. and 4.7% for the world. However, some are claiming that there are ten times as many cases that we don't know about, meaning that the death rate is actually much lower. On the other hand, one source said that we might be underestimating COVID-19 deaths because the people were never tested.
I also saw one article that said that the death rate has been going up worldwide:
California man who posted regret for attending party died a day later of coronavirus
The Pandemic’s Big Mystery: How Deadly Is the Coronavirus? - The New York Times
According to data gathered by The New York Times, China had reported 90,294 cases as of Friday and 4,634 deaths, which is a C.F.R. of 5 percent. The United States was very close to that mark. It has had 2,811,447 cases and 129,403 deaths, about 4.6 percent.
Hydroxychloroquine can help save hospitalized coronavirus patients, study finds
Life in The New Abnormal World
I used to like this channel, but I don't find this useful at all. It is all conspiracy theories. The virus is real. People dying is real. You can argue over the details, but we need better treatments and vaccines. Things will return to normal, maybe in 6 months to a year.
For me, I'm afraid. I'm more at risk. My 80-year-old leukemia patient mother has been told that she would die from this disease if she were to catch it. Her health is frail already.
We have only been social distancing for barely over 3 months. I started on March 21st. Most of what has transpired has done so in a single season. What will things be like in another 3 months? I don't know, but one possible outcome is that things get much worse. People need to take steps now to prevent a much worse outcome for the remainder of the year.
This is all very inconvenient I know. We are in the middle of a worldwide crisis. We have to act accordingly.
Friday, July 3, 2020
Did You Know There is a Black National Anthem?
Just watch NFL football. The NFL is planning to play the black national anthem before the real national anthem on their opening week. This is a big turn-off for me. I look at the NFL as a sports entertainment venue. I go there to get away from it all. I don't want to see or listen to their political rhetoric. So, I say goodbye to the NFL. NFL call me when you're ready to be a sports entertainment venue again.Btw, the black national anthem as a piece of music is not that great. Thank goodness it's short. Lol
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Fwd: Acknowledging the Past | Columbus in Context
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Date: Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 12:47 PM
Subject: Re: Acknowledging the Past | Columbus in Context
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Fwd: Motorists Now Being Targeted "Literally" By "Peaceful Protesters" When Trapped In Traffic
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Date: Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 5:04 PM
Subject: Re: Motorists Now Being Targeted "Literally" By "Peaceful Protesters" When Trapped In Traffic
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