Thursday, April 11, 2024

Trump's Virtues Part II - TomKlingenstein.com

The Woke radicals tell the Trump voters they are a threat to democracy. Think about that. They're saying, "You Trumpsters are a threat to democracy." The woke radicals also tell us ad nauseam that America is systemically racist. Trump knows this is deadly nonsense, and he says so. This charge of systemic racism bounces off Trump because he has no white guilt, or any guilt for that matter. Trump tells his supporters what they already know: They are not racist and they do not have white privilege. The woke radicals shut up those who disagree. Trump will not be shut up. If they manage to put him in jail, he will still roar like a lion. 

Where we went wrong with the COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Shatner



"Last year, I had a life-changing experience at 90 years old. I went to space, after decades of playing an iconic science-fiction character who was exploring the universe. I thought I would experience a deep connection with the immensity around us, a deep call for endless exploration.
I was absolutely wrong. The strongest feeling, that dominated everything else by far, was the deepest grief that I had ever experienced.
I understood, in the clearest possible way, that we were living on a tiny oasis of life, surrounded by an immensity of death. I didn't see infinite possibilities of worlds to explore, adventures to have, or living creatures to connect with. I saw the deepest darkness I could have ever imagined, contrasting so starkly with the welcoming warmth of our nurturing home planet.
This was an immensely powerful awakening for me. It filled me with sadness. I realized that we had spent decades, if not centuries, being obsessed with looking away, with looking outside. I did my share in popularizing the idea that space was the final frontier. But I had to get to space to understand that Earth is and will stay our only home. And that we have been ravaging it, relentlessly, making it uninhabitable."
~ William Shatner

Liberal College Student Has Advice For Elon Musk

Friday, April 5, 2024

Why is Biden going back on Israel?

America's on the Verge of WW3

America’s Debt “Death Spiral” Gives Us $1 Trillion Reasons To Act Now

With Rising Debt, the U.S. Federal Government Is in Bad Company

Fwd: Even Trudeau in Canada changing tune on immigration


Trudeau said temporary immigrants now make up 7.5% of the population, up from 2% in 2017, adding that they need to get the numbers "back under control."

"We want to get those numbers down," he said. "It's a responsible approach to immigration that continues on our permanent residents, as we have, but also hold the line a little more on the temporary immigration that has caused so much pressure in our communities."

The influx of immigrants into Canada since the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a dire crunch in several areas and has also led to increased rent prices and a strain on the health care system. 

"One of the reasons why we got here in the first place was that (provincial and federal) governments just didn't want to touch this issue out of a fear of looking xenophobic," Mike Moffatt, founding director of the Place Centre, told Reuters in February.

The publication said Canadian citizens supported immigration at a historically high level in 2020, which has since fallen to a three-

Trudeau's shift toward current public opinion on immigration also comes after his challenger, Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre, has taken a big lead in many opinion polls in the country.

Amid migrant surge, Canada's Trudeau says immigration there needs to be brought 'under control' | Fox News


Thursday, April 4, 2024

Talking to an anti COVID vaccine person

>I got mine almost right out of the gate, was sick for a little over a week and
>have been fine since, No vaccines just natural immunity. I don't have any
>comorbidities other than being an old fart. The Mrs has been vaccinated and
>boosted a couple of times and has gotten it twice. Once pretty bad. Screw that
>vaccine.


I went for four years without getting COVID until the JN1 variant had a
different enough spike protein to have vaccine escape. I see no reason to say
screw the vaccine. I've seen the data that during the height of COVID, the
unvaccinated had several times the overall death rate.

I have a long history of respiratory illnesses, so the vaccine is likely
something that I needed.

After a doctor said that I was past COVID-19, I developed post-COVID bronchitis
that refuses to go away. This is what I am trying to get over.


>I see every reason to say "screw the vaccine"
>1.They knew out the gate that it would not prevent catching the virus.
>2. They knew out the gate it would not prevent the spread.
>3. They knew out the gate of the potential for respiratory and cardiac issues.
>4. They doctored virtually every statistical/numerical issue related to Covid
>with the end result that we as a people are completely in the dark as to what
>the fuck is going on. 
>5. They restricted access to any known effective
>medicines. I could continue the list probably to at least 20-30. I think the
>whole purpose was to get the people to accept being guinea pigs for the MRNA
>experimental gene therapy


I have tried where possible to look at the scientific studies regarding this
disease.

Your "out of the gate" points are incorrect.  It is true as the disease mutated
the vaccines were less effective, but they were still better than nothing.

The initial trial showed that the vaccine was over 90% effective at preventing
the disease and hospitalization.  However, in getting the Emergency Use
Authorization they did not have time to test if the vaccine stopped the spread
of the disease. An official from Pfizer admitted this to the congress of the
European Union, and the anti-vax conspiracy theorists ran with this and claimed
that this proved that the vaccine didn't stop the spread of the disease.
However, that doesn't mean those studies weren't done later, and I have read at
least a couple of studies that showed that the vaccine helped stop the spread of
the disease.

I would like to send you a link that shows that the overall death rate was
several times higher among the unvaccinated.

Best wishes,
John


>You and I have different news sources,,, I still trust mine and do not trust
>yours'. It might be different if they hadn't lied to us continuously throughout
>the whole damn process. There are admittedly numerous "studies" and "papers",,,
>but how many are 100% independent??? which they would have to be for me to
>consider them to be even worth considering


I don't believe that we have been lied to the whole time.  We started with
incomplete information and information evolved as circumstances and our
understanding changed.

I think that scientific papers are trustworthy.  If you can't trust scientific
papers then who can you trust?

It has been my observation that the anti-vax people are mostly conspiracy
theorists. I think that they do themselves a disservice because they will be
vulnerable to preventable diseases.

My cousin refused to take the vaccine and died from COVID.  She regretted not
taking the vaccine.  My sister is a physician who had patients who refused to
take the vaccine and died.

Some people will be healthier than others and perhaps will be fine.  

Best Wishes,

John Coffey

How World War II Began

If, like me, you are interested in history, this video is a very good description of all the events that led up to World War II.



I was glad to see this because I have seen several videos from "Zoomer historian" who is a bit of a Hitler apologist.  He claims that World War II started when England and France declared war on Germany, but history claims that it was when Hitler invaded Poland.  France and England had promised to help protect Poland, so after Germany invaded, they gave Germany an ultimatum to withdraw which Hitler ignored.

"Zoomer historian" also claims that Churchhill was a warmonger, that Hitler didn't want war with England or the Soviet Union, and that Hitler made multiple peace offerings to England after he invaded Poland which the British ignored.

The history is complicated.  There is a big difference between what Hitler said publically and what he said privately.

Germany might have had a historic claim to Austria, which was ethically mostly German.  Austria didn't offer much resistance and the Austrian people cheered Hitler's invasion.  Had Hitler stopped with Austria he might have become a historical footnote.

However, Germany then invaded Czechoslovakia.  Hitler claimed that he only wanted a small part to protect ethnic Germans in Czechoslovakia, but he took the whole country anyway.

Had Hitler stopped there he could still have had peace.  Some countries, like the old Soviet Union or China, are smart in how they do this; they will invade one country and then wait decades for things to settle down to invade the next. 

As "Zoomer historian" points out, Hitler claimed that he only wanted a tiny part of Poland that was ethnically German.  However, once again he took the entire country and World War II began.

Friday, March 29, 2024

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Nicole Shanahan - Google Search

https://www.google.com/search?q=Nicole+Shanahan&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari

Angry about Trump vs. Biden? Blame Garland, Bragg and Cannon | The Hill

According to the Brian Kilmeade show, President Biden expressed frustration with Merrick Garland because Trump isn't convicted already.

"But it should not be this way. Donald Trump could have been knocked out of the race a long time ago, if not for the political incompetence, venality, and ignorance of Merrick Garland, Alvin Bragg, and Aileen Cannon. If these three stooges of jurisprudence had acted competently and ethically, Trump would be out and Biden with him. "

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

The Mission to Bankrupt Trump Continues

The only bloodbath in America right now is the bowels of liberal hypocrisy splattered all over social media

And I genuinely hoped liberal media and politicians had learned their lesson from the Trump presidency and would deal with him differently this time around now that he's won the GOP presidential nomination again.

As comedian Chris Rock told me, the day after Trump's win in 2016, when I asked him why he thought the real estate tycoon had triumphed: "If someone's murdered eight people, don't go around saying they've murdered nine."

In other words, judge Trump accurately and fairly, or deploy absurdly disingenuous exaggeration and surrender the high moral ground.

Regretfully, they haven't.

Speaking in Ohio on Saturday, Trump said if he's re-elected president, he intends to slap a 100% tariff on Chinese cars being manufactured in Mexico and imported into the US.

And he warned: "Now if I don't get elected, it's gonna be a bloodbath for the whole, that's gonna be the least of it, it's gonna be a bloodbath for the country, that'll be the least of it."

I watched the whole extended clip several times so I could assess what Trump meant, and there's absolutely no doubt that he was referring to a bloodbath in America's auto industry.

That was the context of his comment, not anyone being killed.

And the media, and his political opponents, knew it.

But that didn't stop them from instantly pretending he'd meant there would be an actual violent bloodbath of people if he wasn't re-elected.

The Biden-Harris campaign issued a statement, branding Trump a "loser who gets beat by over 7 million votes and then instead of appealing to a wider mainstream audience, doubles down on his threats of political violence. He wants another January 6

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Why McDonald's Defeated The Soviet Union

The Dangers of Middle East Conflict #shorts

https://youtube.com/shorts/K6QsiobWGv4?si=e_qxByH8PB7PwJis

The Older I Get The More Progressive I Become




Conservatives are not assholes. The left portrays the right in a way that is not consistent with reality.

Conservatives are the most accepting people. It is the left that wants to divide people by race.

The left wants to force us to believe that a man can become a woman. This is simply not true. Rejecting on obvious falsehood is not hatred or bigotry.

The economy was much better under Trump than Biden. It got derailed by COVID, but the left has been no better than the right on COVID.

Nixon Warns of the Power of Media

https://youtube.com/shorts/Bb7CWXk9puk?si=P5W1AWj82CBgdYbX

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Nixon Describes Russians and Americans (Applies Today)

https://youtube.com/shorts/_9YKd4oSm7g?si=tBnotzPE1oRLHoVR

Is Health Insurance A Scam?

https://youtube.com/shorts/ghci7IW3W4Y?si=I-EaQDBl55WI6H4a

Is It Difficult To Trust The United States?

https://youtube.com/shorts/jQpQlPgrEos?si=DB5L9wndiXg4EeSb

Richard Nixon: THIS Is What Makes Good Foreign Policy

Was John Cena really naked during Oscars 2024 skit?

Jake Lloyd's mother tells her son's story and what's to blame for his fall

DEI killed the CHIPS Act

Commentators have noted that CHIPS and Science Act money has been sluggish. What they haven't noticed is that it's because the CHIPS Act is so loaded with DEI pork that it can't move.

The law contains 19 sections aimed at helping minority groups, including one creating a Chief Diversity Officer at the National Science Foundation, and several prioritizing scientific cooperation with what it calls "minority-serving institutions." A section called "Opportunity and Inclusion" instructs the Department of Commerce to work with minority-owned businesses and make sure chipmakers "increase the participation of economically disadvantaged individuals in the semiconductor workforce."

The department interprets that as license to diversify. Its factsheet asserts that diversity is "critical to strengthening the U.S. semiconductor ecosystem," adding, "Critically, this must include significant investments to create opportunities for Americans from historically underserved communities."

The department does not call speed critical, even though the impetus for the CHIPS Act is that 90 percent of the world's advanced microchips are made in Taiwan, which China is preparing to annex by 2027, maybe even 2025.

Handouts abound. There's plenty for the left—requirements that chipmakers submit detailed plans to educate, employ, and train lots of women and people of color, as well as "justice-involved individuals," more commonly known as ex-cons. There's plenty for the right—veterans and members of rural communities find their way into the typical DEI definition of minorities. There's even plenty for the planet: Arizona Democrats just bragged they've won $15 million in CHIPS funding for an ASU project fighting climate change.


That project is going better for Arizona than the actual chips part of the CHIPS Act. Because equity is so critical, the makers of humanity's most complex technology must rely on local labor and apprentices from all those underrepresented groups, as TSMC discovered to its dismay.

Tired of delays at its first fab, the company flew in 500 employees from Taiwan. This angered local workers, since the implication was that they weren't skilled enough. With CHIPS grants at risk, TSMC caved in December, agreeing to rely on those workers and invest more in training them. A month later, it postponed its second Arizona fab.

https://thehill.com/opinion/4517470-dei-killed-the-chips-act/


The Truth about Saturated Fat | New Narrative Review

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Old HVAC industry practices are holding us back and costing us money. But we can fix it.

Roku's Ransom: Agree to Forced Arbitration or Lose Your TV!

The Philippines Just HUMILIATED China

2024 Election Map Based On Newest Poll From ALL 50 STATES!

The Downfall of Streaming TV | The Bubble has Burst

RFK Jr.: How I See The State Of Our Union


He is not wrong about the decline of the United States, but he doesn't make clear what kind of government he stands for.  It seems likely that he is a big government politician.

He is not wrong about the decline of the United States, but he doesn't make clear what kind of government he stands for.  It seems likely that he is a big government politician.

Friday, March 8, 2024

Stephen Hicks: How Failed Marxist Predictions Led to the Postmodern Left


This is a lengthy video.  It makes the point that the early Marxists believed that their theories were scientific and that they could predict the future.   

However, when all the Marxist predictions failed to come true, and following the revelations about cruelty and death in the Soviet Union, the Marxists went back to the drawing board.  They concluded that facts don't matter.  They concluded that results don't matter.  They decided that only political victory mattered.

This conclusion seems like Cognitive Dissonance.   Why wouldn't results matter?  They must think that a free market is so unfair and so unjust that it would be better to adopt a worse system in the name of fairness.  Marxists don't want you to do better, because you won't under their policies.  They want to punish the wealthy.  

One Marxist told me that it is all about who is in charge; they want the people to be in charge.  Funny, I thought that this is the political system that we live in.  The reality is that Marxist governments only exist through force and without exception turn into tyrannical dictatorships.  So much for the people being in charge.

Marxists want group ownership of the means of production.  We sort of have that now.  My retirement fund is invested in hundreds of companies, and so is yours.

If people were perfectly happy, they would not need politics.  However, people are never happy.  It is the nature of human beings to be unhappy about something.  People want the government to fix their miserable lives, but the government can't really do that.  We will never have enough money, and if we try to adopt exorbitant taxes then we will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.   Politicians will promise people the moon, but they can't deliver and never do.

It appears that Alexander Tyler was right when he said, "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury."  So what can we do about this?  I think that it would be good to have Constitutional restraints on federal spedning.

Jordan Peterson: Why You Have To Fight Postmodernism

JORDAN PETERSON Testifies to Thomas Massie Regarding Government Overreach

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Lady Liberty SURE got EFF'D Today

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syitUVholnQ&t=1036s

Years ago, Matt Jarbo was a controversial figure because he flagged some other YouTubers for copyright violation, which is a no-no among YouTubers.   Back when everybody wanted him kicked off YouTube, I defended him.  I said that I didn't care about all the drama because I enjoyed his videos.

He was once my favorite YouTuber because he used to make short 10-minute videos about entertainment.  However, he has turned into this late-night foul-mouthed political streamer.  His videos are too long, too late, and too far left for me to watch anymore.  I assume that he has turned into this shock jock because it attracts an audience.

Somewhere in this video, he says that Trump supporters like getting screwed in the rear because that is the only way they can get it up.   https://www.youtube.com/live/syitUVholnQ?si=PXCyGLdZiFcZKx8s&t=3511

He makes similar comments about Matt Walsh:  

Apparently, he deleted my comment where I talked about Trump Derangement Syndrome and I said that I can no longer support him.

Bidenomics is Working 😂!!

How Are US Soldiers Different From European Soldiers?

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Who Was The Last British Monarch To Be Murdered?

A Leader's Most Important Asset

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/v5ASGK7YnJI

For whatever reason, many Nixon videos have appeared on YouTube lately.  What I find interesting is that he conveys authority better than any of his successors.  People looked at Nixon as a kind of father figure.  He ran on a platform of law and order, which people wanted given the chaos of the country.  He was the right politician for his time.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Disney Mandalorian & Grogu Will be TRASH by LAW

How Americans got Manipulated to Buy into Egalitarianism | Yaron Brook

Historian Reveals The TRUTH About Slavery

Douglas Murray explains what WOKE is in 3 minutes

Debunking the True Cost of Battery Power

Trudeau's Dystopia: How the Woke Conquered Canada. (Prof. Eric Kaufmann)


It is not just Canada.  The Woke agenda snuck up on everybody before they knew what was happening.

I have seen videos about how Marxist writers in the 1960s were proposing a multidecade plan.  They knew that the United States would not accept Marxism any time soon, so they laid out a plan where they would first infiltrate the colleges, and once they won the hearts and minds of the students, then they would infiltrate the corporations with the goal that they could use all these institutions to advance their agenda.

I have heard multiple stories about corporations, i.e. Disney, giving into the demands of their Woke employees.  The people who scream the loudest get their way.  

In 1960, one Marxist writer stated that the class struggle had failed, so they needed to shift the struggle to race, and he called it Critical Race Theory based on the Marxist notion of Critical Theory.

It makes me nervous to live in this country.  I don't know where it is going.  This isn't just a culture war.  It is a battle about the type of government you will have.  One of the employees of the IPCC stated that their goal is to do away with free-market capitalism.  It is not just them.  I see calls for Socialsm everywhere.

The way you get people to voluntarily surrender their freedoms is to tell them that they are victims and that some boogeyman is oppressing them.  In recent years, the boogeymen are white males.

A few years back Lucasfilm announced that they weren't going to cast white males for the main roles in their movies.  Racial discrimination is supposed to be illegal.


President Trump Just Broke the Internet With This New Ad


@john2001plus
0 seconds ago
The video feels like a parody.  The part at 2:22 is reminiscent of a Nuremberg Rally.  

What matters are the policies Trump wants to implement.  We get very little information other than other side bad vote for me.

Saturday, March 2, 2024

New Rule: Let Your Old Fart Flag Fly | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

TRUMP vs. BIDEN | 2024 Election Map Prediction! (March 2024)

The Game Called Werewolf

How The Media LIES About Israel While Supporting Palestine

We're all confused about Red Meat. Here's Why.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ56uOkjccg

I knew a preacher who dismissed all of science because it always uses qualified statements like, "The evidence would suggest that ...".   This is because science is rarely settled,   Science is subject to change as new information becomes available.  So the preacher thought that science doesn't really know anything.

I look at science in terms of probability.  Trans fats are associated with a higher risk of heart disease.  It doesn't mean that it is the same for everyone or that it is proven, although the evidence is strong enough that we could look at this as a fact.

People can't know everything, so as a rule people just take the best information available to them.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

The Dangers of Posting on Social Media | Konstantin Kisin

Climate deniers don't deny climate change any more

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XSG2Dw2mL8

This is a straw man argument.

It is absurd. The political left deliberately promotes falsehoods and then cry bloody murder when people object to their nonsense. 

 The IPCC has shown its bias by refusing to hire anyone who does not already believe in catastrophic man-made warming. This is not how you do science, by starting with the conclusion. Real science is done by looking at the data and seeing where that takes you.

The IPCC has tried to suppress papers by skeptics and even got a skeptic fired from a university. 

 One person who resigned from the IPCC said that it wasn't so much about protecting the Climate as it was about doing away with free-market capitalism. Other people have resigned from the IPCC in protest claiming that they were too biased. 

 Everywhere I look I see articles claiming that the only solution to Climate Change is socialism. At least for some, this is the real agenda. 

It is questionable to claim that everything is rigidly peer-reviewed when the universities have been taken over by the extreme left. 

 Almost everyone believes that the average atmosphere temperature has increased, by a small amount, and that humans are the cause. There are some minor disagreements over the details, but there is widespread agreement on the basics. However, future predictions of gloom and doom are very debatable and scientifically disprovable. The CO2 level is already at 90% of its potential to block infrared radiation. Climate Alarmism depends upon as-of-yet unproven positive feedback mechanisms. If there were some evidence for this I would be on board, but there is a long list of past predictions that have not come true. 

The solutions involve making energy expensive for everyone and denying energy to developing countries.

Ayn Rand: The Real Motive for the Socialist Mindset


The term "Capitalism" gets thrown around and has become a pejorative on the political left.  So maybe we should define what we mean by "Capitalism".

A free market is one in which you get to make free choices.  The opposite of this is tyranny, but no society is either completely free or completely tyrannical.  Being free to make choices includes the freedom to make voluntary exchanges,  to own property, and to do business for your own benefit.

The definition of Socialism is that the means of production is socially or collectively owned.  By definition, the means of production can't be privately owned, which requires an authoritarian state to take away people's right to engage in commerce.   This makes Socialism not only evil, but impractical because it prevents people from acting in their own benefit, and it prevents the innovation that would come from large numbers of people doing business.  It also takes away incentive structures of success and failure that result in a more efficient free market.

One thing that the political right believes that maybe the political left doesn't is that people respond to incentives.  Give people an incentive to not work and they won't work.  Give people an incentive to be productive and innovative and they will be productive and innovative.

These claims are easily demonstrated by looking at how various economic systems have faired.  Far-left economic systems have faired very poorly and have been a disaster for the people living under them.  All you need for a prosperous society is to embrace a free market to at least some degree.


Could #WWII have been prevented?? Victor Davis Hanson

https://youtube.com/shorts/I-zegNTyj3k?si=lUwnjzvMGMapuWQ0

Worse than Abestos?


My only concern here is that the health claims need to be backed up by duplicatable peer-reviewed research.



World War 3

I have stated that World War 1 was one of the dumbest wars ever. Most of the people fighting that war probably had no understanding of why they were fighting except for nationalism. A combination of tensions and mutual defense treaties, not unlike today, allowed one spark to lead to an immense conflagration of many combatants. All the elements are there for this to happen again. The difference today is that many of those combatants have nuclear weapons.

However, the Treaty of Versailles that ended the war was very punitive toward Germany. Germany, which had been one of the mightiest countries in Europe before the war, found itself having greatly diminished status. Because of this diminished status, they were willing to back a radical who essentially promised to Make Germany Great Again.

It shows that if people think that they have been wronged then they will put up with an authoritarian government that promises to right those wrongs.

This is the line of the Chinese Communist Party because the Chinese people view the 19th century as the century of humiliation. Western powers, mostly Great Britain, dominated China in the 19th century. There is much resentment in China over this. The Chinese were once a world power, and the Chinese people want to again have high status in the world. The CCP has promised to give this to them, essentially promising to Make China Great Again.

Russia has taken a similar view. In his interview with Tucker Carlsen, Putin claimed that other countries are oppressing Russia, and claimed that the United States wants to control everything. Russia has multiple times been an empire and Putin compared himself to Tsar Peter the Great.

With many countries vying for status, there is great potential for war.

Tucker Carlson Admits What Politician Truly Scares Him

Tucker Carlson often sounds conspiratorial, but he makes a good point here.




Fwd: murderer Ibarra immigration status adn sponsership

Under Biden-era immigration protocols, Venezuelan migrants can be "sponsored into" America by individuals or groups that are willing to take responsibility for the new arrivals. 

According to reports, Ibarra provided Covenant House, a youth homeless shelter in New York City, as his sponsor to gain entry into the U.S.   

But in an email exchange with this writer, the Executive Director of Covenant House wrote that, 

Covenant House New York did not sponsor Jose Antonio Ibarra's entry into the country and has not done so for any other person.  We do not know how our address came to be on his form, but there have been and continue to be instances when our address is given at the border.

Assuming that is accurate – and I have no reason to believe it is not – how is this possible?  Can asylees simply conjure sponsors out of the air? Does DHS not do the most rudimentary checks into the putative sponsors of asylum claimants?

The sponsorship issue begs other questions.  What, exactly is genuine "sponsorship" based on?  Considering that upwards of 85% of asylum claims are ultimately denied? 

And further: Do sponsors bear responsibility for keeping tabs on those they sponsor?  Including potential legal liability? 

...

But positing that ICE did become aware of Ibarra's criminal status: What provision is there for a case like Ibarra's? Considering that Venezuela's President Maduro has suspended repatriation flights?  Where does a Venezuelan criminal like Ibarra go? Who houses him in the meantime? 

Has the Biden administration thought any of this through? 

The questions around this crime go to the heart of our current immigration debacle – and we deserve answers.  Apparently, ICE is currently taking the "no comment" approach at this time regarding the specifics of Ibarrra's status. 

Laken Riley's death in Georgia begs big unanswered questions. Here are 10 | Fox News



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Saturday, February 24, 2024

The Poetry, Power, and Philosophy of Andor's Monologues

New Evidence Suggests Long COVID Could Be a Brain Injury

'As part of the preprint study, participants took a cognition test with their scores age-matched to those who had not suffered a serious bout of COVID-19. Then a blood sample was taken to look for specific biomarkers, showing that elevated levels of certain biomarkers were consistent with a brain injury. Using brain scans, researchers also found that certain regions of the brain associated with attention were reduced in volume.

Patients who participated in the study were "less accurate and slower" in their cognition, and suffered from at least one mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety, or posttraumatic stress disorder, according to researchers.

The brain deficits found in COVID-19 patients were equivalent to 20 years of brain aging and provided proof of what doctors have feared: that this virus can damage the brain and result in ongoing mental health issues. 

"We found global deficits across cognition,"'

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

I escaped Scientology...here's what Tom Cruise is really like: Mike Rinder

The SHOCKING Details Of Katie Holmes' Escape From Tom Cruise & Scientology

The Gin Craze

The Milankovitch Cycle Timeline: Where are we now?

The Hockey Stick Trial: Science (and free speech) Dies in a DC Courtroom

In a 39-page report, climate scientist Judith Curry gave her opinion that it is "reasonable" to have referred to the hockey stick in 2012 as "fraudulent" in the sense that "aspects of it are deceptive and misleading."

However, Judge Alfred S. Irving excluded Curry's report, which cataloged the manipulations of data to get a hockey stick shape and quoted severe criticisms of the hockey stick made even by climate scientists supportive of the climate-change consensus (most of these made privately).'

...

The trial closed with Mann's counsel, John Williams, making a naked appeal to the jurors' political prejudices. Williams urged the jury to award punitive damages so that no one will dare engage in "climate denialism" – just as Donald Trump's "election denialism" needed to be suppressed. "In 41 years of trying cases to juries," John Hinderaker wrote on the Powerline blog, "I have never heard such an outrageously improper appeal."

https://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2024/02/19/the_hockey_stick_trial_science_dies_in_a_dc_courtroom_1012630.html

Trump’s VP: Ranking the candidates from most likely to least

Monday, February 19, 2024

New Rule: Stop the Spiel | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)



Not everything is sunshine and roses.  Food costs up to double what it used to.  Under the Biden administration, 6.9 million people have come into the United States illegally, of which 2.5 million came in last year.   Our national debt and spending have skyrocketed, and our foreign policy is at best questionable.

Nobody updated me. Girl Scout Cookies

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Facts About Money That Will Blow Your Mind

The last point is a stunner...

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/rleWxlohIUs

How to Think About Climate Change | William Happer

The biggest lie in the World #cattle #beef #farming #food

https://youtu.be/cmtW9ckRqt0?si=y2XrCfzoDVurkt65


Best wishes,

John Coffey

Human Nature Vs. Ideas From Collectivism to Sh**Holes

https://youtube.com/shorts/Do4M_4-hNWA?si=HdGB3JIxOx-L2EDd

The Extremely Depressing Case of Richard Hunne

Characterization of Trump over COVID

Oh Well:

I never had Covid But I do remember putting many people into Body bags while Trump belittled its effects

Me:

I feel that this is an unfair characterization of Trump. He said many things while we didn't know what was going on. This is like CNN's political spin: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/politics/donald-trump-coronavirus-mike-pence/index.html

Trump took very decisive action early on. I don't like everything about Trump, but I think that he did a very good job and his actions were closer to the left than they were to the right at the time: https://trumpwhitehouse.archives.gov/briefings-statements/president-trumps-historic-coronavirus-response/

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Tucker Carlson and Jordan Peterson Reveal the WEF's Dark Agenda


Population growth can be a legitimate issue.  We see that in overcrowded cities everywhere.   We see conflicts arising right now out of overcrowded countries.

However, these problems aren't beyond fixing.


Population growth can be a legitimate issue.  We see that in overcrowded cities everywhere.   We see conflicts arising right now out of overcrowded countries.

However, these problems aren't beyond fixing.

The price of a lost tooth

When I was a small child, I might have gotten a quarter for a lost tooth, maybe. Of course, a quarter went further. Candy bars cost a nickel. In 1969, they went up to a dime.

The Kim Komando Show reported that some parents are giving their children between $20 and $100 for their first lost tooth.

Seems to me that this represents everything wrong with modern society. Inflation aside, some people have grown up with a sense of entitlement that did not exist in previous generations.

My parents came out of The Great Depression and World War II. They had different priorities. People today have two to three times the spending power, which is great, but some have no sense of frugalness.

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Best wishes,

John Coffey

http://www.entertainmentjourney.com

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Richard Wolff: How You Are Being Exploited

Richard Wolff on Capitalism



This is a fundamental misunderstanding of economics.  I have worked many different jobs with many different salaries.  Not one of these I could have earned the same amount of money working on my own.  I didn't have the resources.  It was my employer that provided the facilities, the equipment, the customer base, and the know-how that allowed the business to make money.  I voluntarily traded my labor for the resources that the employer provided.  On my own, I wouldn't have been nearly as productive.  I would have starved.

Voluntary exchange works.  

Richard Wolff has never run a business.  If he had, he would see the world differently.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Is this some kind of joke?


It might be useful to look at the M3 money supply.


Senator Wants to Prosecute Climate Realists!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs_cAiqeqas

The chance of this happening in the United States is close to zero but not zero.  Sometimes, mass hysteria takes over, and I could see this happening in other countries.

Fwd: Methane Causing the End of the Ice Age

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On Mon, Feb 12, 2024 at 1:04 AM al wrote:
John,
I think this video came after the one you sent. It talks extensively about a dramatic peak in methane in the atmosphere, which has much more to do with global warming than CO2. I found it interesting.

 

Al, 

This video is three months old and I already saw it.  

I think that his claims are speculative.  We have been in the Pleistocene ice age for 2.6 million years.  It was caused by the huge decline of CO2 over the last 40 million years.  To say that the ice age would suddenly end because there is a spike in methane is speculative.

Although methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2, it exists in the atmosphere at a much lower quantity, like 200 times less.  We measure it in parts per billion.


There is some concern that natural bodies of water, like large lakes, that contain greenhouse gasses could release those gasses if disturbed.

Water vapor is the most influential greenhouse gas.  Minor changes in CO2 level can change how much water vapor is in the atmosphere creating positive feedback.  

There is disagreement on whether clouds produce positive or negative feedback, but I think that common sense would say that it is negative.  If it is positive as the IPCC claims, then this would imply that there would be a runaway greenhouse effect.  However, past spikes in warming did not see this.  Actual climate is complicated involving many factors.

By definition, the amount of radiation hitting the earth and radiating from it is balanced.  Greenhouse gases cause a change in the equilibrium producing a slightly higher temperature.

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Friday, February 9, 2024

No upward trend in hurricanes

Tucker Carlson Interviews Putin

I just finished watching the two-hour Tucker Carlson interview with Vladimir Putin.  

https://tuckercarlson.com/the-vladimir-putin-interview/

Putin claimed that Ukraine is historically part of Russia.  This seems to me to be a bit like China claiming ownership of Tawaiin.

Putin tried to make the case that outside forces have tried to oppress Russia.  He claimed that there were previous agreements that NATO would not expand toward Russia which it has done five times.  He claimed that Ukraine was going to have American military bases which would be a threat to Russia.  He claimed that Ukraine supports modern-day Nazis.

He claimed that Russia has been willing to negotiate peace but the other side hasn't, and that it is the United States that is preventing negotiation.  However, he contradicts himself by saying that to get negotiations the United States has to stop supplying Ukraine with weapons "and it will all be over in a few weeks and then we will be willing to negotiate."

Putin comes across as very nationalistic, which is normal, but it seems to me that he is authoritarian and brutal in his methods.

Famous "Expert" Climate Predictions That Never Happened

Michael Mann climate scientist wins defamation case

"After a day of deliberations, the jury ruled that Simberg and Steyn defamed Mann through some of their statements. The compensatory damages were just $1 for each writer. But the punitive damages were larger. The jury ordered Simberg to pay Mann $1000 in punitive damages; it ordered Steyn to pay $1 million in punitive damages.

Mann did not respond to requests for comment. But in a statement posted to the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, he said: "I hope this verdict sends a message that falsely attacking climate scientists is not protected speech."

Simberg's attorney sent an email that cast the decision as a victory for him. In an email, Steyn's manager Melissa Howes said, "We always said that Mann never suffered any actual injury from the statement at issue. And today, after twelve years, the jury awarded him one dollar in compensatory damages."

Mann's trial comes at a time of increasing attacks on climate scientists, says Lauren Kurtz, executive director of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, who notes that her fund helps more scientists each year than the year before."

Just for the record, Michael Mann's hockey stick graph showing a rise in atmospheric temperature in the last few decades has been widely criticized.  The main complaint is that it leaves out the medieval warm period, making the current warming trend look unprecedented.  Poeple have also complained about his methodology.

Michael Mann has made failed predictions.  It seems somewhat justified to call him a fraud, and expressing this opinion should be protected free speech.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Denying the Catastrophe: The Science of the Climate Skeptic's Position

"It is important to begin by emphasizing that few skeptics doubt or deny that carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas or that it and other greenhouse gasses (water vapor being the most important) help to warm the surface of the Earth. Further, few skeptics deny that man is probably contributing to higher CO2 levels through his burning of fossil fuels, though remember we are talking about a maximum total change in atmospheric CO2 concentration due to man of about 0.01% over the last 100 years.

What skeptics deny is the catastrophe, the notion that man's incremental contributions to CO2 levels will create catastrophic warming and wildly adverse climate changes. To understand the skeptic's position requires understanding something about the alarmists' case that is seldom discussed in the press: the theory of catastrophic man-made global warming is actually comprised of two separate, linked theories, of which only the first is frequently discussed in the media.

The first theory is that a doubling of atmospheric CO2 levels (approximately what we might see under the more extreme emission assumptions for the next century) will lead to about a degree Celsius of warming. Though some quibble over the number – it might be a half degree, it might be a degree and a half – most skeptics, alarmists and even the UN's IPCC are roughly in agreement on this fact.

But one degree due to the all the CO2 emissions we might see over the next century is hardly a catastrophe. The catastrophe, then, comes from the second theory, that the climate is dominated by positive feedbacks (basically acceleration factors) that multiply the warming from CO2 many fold. Thus one degree of warming from the greenhouse gas effect of CO2 might be multiplied to five or eight or even more degrees.

This second theory is the source of most of the predicted warming – not greenhouse gas theory per se but the notion that the Earth's climate (unlike nearly every other natural system) is dominated by positive feedbacks. This is the main proposition that skeptics doubt, and it is by far the weakest part of the alarmist case. One can argue whether the one degree of warming from CO2 is "settled science" (I think that is a crazy term to apply to any science this young), but the three, five, eight degrees from feedback are not at all settled. In fact, they are not even very well supported...

Despite these heroic efforts to try to find observational validation for their catastrophic warming forecasts, the evidence continues to accumulate that these forecasts are wildly overstated."


https://www.forbes.com/sites/warrenmeyer/2010/10/15/denying-the-catstrophe-the-science-of-the-climate-skeptics-position/?sh=639399591c66