GOV/MIL Leftists Call For New "Secret Police" Force To Spy On Trump Supporters (AN ABSOLUTELY MUST-READ THREAD)

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Census, Fed data on minorities challenge critical race theory narratives of white suppression

Black wealth rose significantly over the last ten years, while neighborhood segregation declined, data shows.

Updated: August 19, 2021 - 10:59pm

Minorities have increased their mobility and financial standing over the last decade, according to federal data that challenges some of the narratives of the so-called Critical Race Theory spreading through schools and media.

While the Federal Reserve reports that “the typical white family has eight times the wealth of the typical black family and five times the wealth of the typical Hispanic family” it also acknowledges that African-American and Hispanic families have made significant gains.

While income inequality exists among racial and ethnic groups, the Brookings Institute points out in several reports that black and Hispanic households have made statistically significant economic progress especially in the years prior to pandemic-related shutdowns in 2020.

An analysis by the Federal Reserve, for instance, found wealth for African Americans and Hispanic Americans grew far faster during the Trump years than for whites.

Between 2016 and 2019, median wealth rose for all race and ethnicity groups, the Fed report states, but growth rates during this period “were faster for Black and Hispanic families.” Wealth increased for Black families by 33 percent and for Hispanic families by 65 percent during this period, compared to white families, whose wealth only increased by three percent.

The Federal Reserve defines wealth as the difference between families' gross assets and their liabilities and describes patterns related to median and mean incomes.

And while minorities still have a higher rate of poverty, their poverty rate reached record lows in 2019, according to Census data. The Black poverty rate of 18.8 percent was the lowest it has been since 1959 when poverty estimates were first recorded for this group.

In 2019, the poverty rate for Hispanics, 15.7 percent, was also the lowest on record since data for this group was first recorded in 1972. The poverty rate for Asians was also the lowest on record of 7.3 percent. The poverty rate of 7.3 percent for non-Hispanic Whites in 2019 was the same as the poverty rate of 7.3 percent in 1973.

The dream of reaching middle class and suburbia also substantially improved in recent years.

African Americans now make up 12 percent of the middle class and 13 percent of the population. To put that in perspective, 84 percent of the middle class in 1979 was white, nine percent was Black, five percent Hispanic, and two percent “other.”

By 2019, whites had fallen to 59 percent of the middle class, while 12 percent was Black, 18 percent was Hispanic, and 10 percent was listed as “other.”

Another Brookings analysis found that Black household median incomes also increased. In 2018 Black household median income was $41,511 compared to a 2007 pre-recession peak of $41,134. Income increases in this group were also geographically widespread. Among the 50 metropolitan areas with the largest black populations, 18 saw a statistically significant increase in black median household income between 2013 and 2018.

Census data also indicates that the real median income among African Americans grew by 7.9 percent in 2019, outpacing 2018’s income growth of 2.6 percent and 2017’s income decline of 2.4 percent. Black median income growth in 2019 under former President Donald Trump surpassed income growth rates under previous administrations.

Ken Blackwell, a former mayor, state treasurer and Ohio Secretary of State, told Just The News that black families want public safety, quality education and the ability to work and be self-sufficient.

“That's what most black folks in this country want, because that's what most Americans want. They're not locked into this battle of ethnicity, ethnic groups or racial groups. They want to be part of an opportunity society," he said. "And when you see leaders, political leaders in our cities, choosing not to make our cities fields of dreams, but because they are talking about defunding the police.

They're talking about racial and ethnic division. They're turning our cities into killing fields not fields with dreams, and people are going to start pushing back against that.”

Raynard Jackson, founder of Black Americans for a Better Future, who has been working with black entrepreneurs nationwide, told Just The News, that at his events hundreds of young black, Asian, and Hispanic individuals are looking for business opportunities, not government handouts. “We need to get more of these corporate executive to talk about business opportunities within Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen SAIC” to attract a younger generation, he said. “We just want to be treated like a part of the team. And we're looking for opportunity to expand our businesses.”

He also said blacks in his network are vehemently opposed to so-called Critical Race Theory. “We're vehemently against this whole notion that you're going to tell a five-year-old black kid that his classmate and a five-year-old white kid is superior to you strictly because of the color of his skin when he came out of his mother's womb. That's crazy. You're poisoning the mind of pure, innocent kids and black parents, specifically, are vehemently against it. I cannot tell you the level of hostility they have to that notion.”

According to a RedFin survey that analyzed U.S. Census data and its own housing market data, Redfin found that people of color accounted for 28 percent of suburban populations nationwide in 2018, an increase of nearly two percent from 2010.

The biggest increase in suburban areas analyzed was in Las Vegas, where people of color accounted for 40.2 percent of its suburban population in 2018, up from 30.5 percent in 2010, the report found. Salt Lake City and Seattle suburbs saw the next largest increases.

Suburbs of major cities nationwide also increased in ethnic diversity, including outside of Atlanta, Birmingham, Cincinnati, Dallas, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

One factor contributing to an increase in people of color moving to suburbs is the cost of living in cities became prohibitive, Redfin notes.

Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather notes “there’s an important distinction between suburbs close to cities and those farther away. When Americans who are priced out of big cities move for more affordable housing, they tend to settle in nearby suburbs where they can still enjoy urban amenities.

“As many big coastal cities have grown too expensive for most Americans, people are spilling out into areas further away from city centers in search of affordable housing, resulting in more dense and more diverse suburban neighborhoods. The sprawl has changed some suburbs from bedroom communities into mini cities, with walkable restaurants and shops, and it’s changed the way we think about suburbs. Living near the center of a city is no longer so important, especially with the surge in remote work since the pandemic began.”

Another trend noted by the Census Bureau in its 2013-2017 American Community Survey five-year estimates, found that segregation by race and ethnicity had also declined since 2000.

Among 51 metro areas analyzed, 45 metro areas saw a decline among black-white segregation since 2000. While the majority saw reductions of only 1 to 4 percent, 16 areas saw declines of 5 percent or more.

Detroit saw the greatest decline of nearly 12 percentage points, followed by the metro areas of Kansas City, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Chicago, Buffalo, Cleveland, and Minneapolis in the Midwest region. In Southern and Western metro areas, noticeable drops in segregation were found in Tampa, Louisville, Orlando, Houston, Memphis, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Miami. Segregation by race declined even though in some of these areas black populations increased both in metro and suburban areas.

In the largest 100 metro areas analyzed, Blacks accounted for 52 percent of neighborhood populations in 2000 compared to 45 percent from 2013-2017.
 

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Pew: Democrats Increasingly Favor Government Censorship of ‘False’ Ideas
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The Pew Research Center has released a survey showing that Democrats increasingly favor government censorship of “false information online.”

In just three years, the share of Democrats and Democratic leaners who support government censorship of information has risen a remarkable 25 points, from just 40 percent in 2018 to 65 percent today, Pew revealed this week.

A significant majority of Democrats now “say the government should take steps to restrict false information, even if it means limiting freedom of information,” Pew stated.

By contrast, Republicans and those who tend Republican have moved in the opposite direction during the same time period, creating a stark partisan divide in choosing between freedom of speech and government control.

While in 2018, 37 percent of Republicans favored government restrictions on the information flow (just 3 percent below Democrats at the time), today that number has fallen to just over a quarter (28 percent).

This means that Democrats’ support for government censorship is now more than double that of Republicans.

Pew reports on growing partisan divide in debate of censorship vs freedom of speech.

Pew reports on growing partisan divide in debate of censorship vs freedom of speech.

Both Democrats and Republicans prefer Big Tech censorship to government censorship, but even in this case, Republicans overwhelmingly favor freedom of expression to any censorship at all, while Democrats lean heavily in the opposite direction.

Pew found that among Democrats and those who lean Democrat, those who support tech companies restricting the free flow of information to filter out “false” ideas has risen from 60 percent to 76 percent in the past three years.

Among Republicans and those who lean Republican, on the other hand, the share of those who support tech censorship has dropped by 11 percent during the same period, from 48 percent in 2018 to just 37 percent today.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23: With an image of himself on a screen in the background, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg testified about Facebook's proposed cryptocurrency Libra, how his company will handle false and misleading information by political leaders during the 2020 campaign and how it handles its users’ data and privacy. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 23: With an image of himself on a screen in the background, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg testified about Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency Libra, how his company will handle false and misleading information by political leaders during the 2020 campaign and how it handles its users’ data and privacy. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

This means that the partisan divide in the debate between Tech censorship vs. free speech has more than tripled over the past three years, from a split of 12 percent in 2018 to a gulf of 39 percent in 2021.

Numerous accounts suggest that the task of discerning “false” information from true data or mere opinion is fraught with difficulty and easily influenced by the subjective preconceptions of “fact-checkers.”

In his dystopian novel 1984, George Orwell famously referred to holding and sharing unacceptable opinions as “thoughtcrimes,” which were investigated and punished by “thought police.”

“The thought police would get him just the same,” Winston Smith reflects in the novel. “He had committed – would have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper – the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it.”

“Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever,” he continued.

“You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you.”
 

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Snyder: What Is America Going To Look Like If This Continues?

SATURDAY, AUG 21, 2021 - 09:30 PM
Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

You can’t have a civilization without civility. We may possess technology that is more advanced than any previous generation of Americans has had, but when it comes to how we treat one another and how we conduct ourselves, we are the worst generation in U.S. history by a very wide margin. We have truly become a “Hollywood culture”, and I don’t mean that in a good way. The average American spends 238 minutes a day watching television, and it is inevitable that putting so much garbage into our minds is going to result in garbage coming out. Most Americans learn how to express themselves by emulating what they see on their screens, and so now we have tens of millions of extremely crude people running around all over the place.



If you spend any time in public at all, you know exactly what I am talking about.

Most Americans dress like slobs, act like pigs and endlessly spew profanity wherever they go.

This is something that Mark H. Creech discussed in an article that he published this week
While at the grocery store this week, a woman was ahead of me in the checkout line using the word, “Mother F&*#@%.” To the left of me, in another line, was a different woman on her cell phone. I could overhear her saying to someone, “F&$#” this, and “F*#@” that. I felt that I was drowning in a cesspool of profanity.
Recently, my wife said she was in the checkout line at Walmart, and a man was using such language without any inhibitions. Not being the kind of person to hold back, Kim said to him, “Sir, would you please not use that language? There are children present.” To which the man defiantly replied, “No!” His companion then backhanded him on the arm and said to, “Cut it out.” That was the end of it.
Sadly, it has gotten to a point where even our national leaders are not afraid to use profanity.

Earlier this week, it was being reported that Kamala Harris used profanity while engaged in a heated discussion about the crisis in Afghanistan…
Vice President Kamala Harris reportedly refused to stand alongside Joe Biden as he addressed the nation on the Afghanistan chaos, allegedly saying “you will not pin this shit on me” despite her massive role in Biden’s US troop withdrawal decision.
Before Biden gave an 18 minute speech to justify his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan as the Taliban took over the country, Kamala Harris reportedly refused to stand alongside him as he spoke. “You will not pin this shit on me,” Harris reportedly said.
However in April, Harris had bragged that she played a key role in Biden’s decision to withdraw, as was reported by Politico. She even confirmed that she was the last person in the room with the President during the major discussion regarding his decision to pull out US troops by September 11.
And profane language that Joe Biden once used about Afghanistan received renewed attention this week because of the drama unfolding in Kabul…
According to Holbrooke, when Biden was asked about America’s obligation to maintain their presence in Afghanistan to protect vulnerable civilians, he scornfully replied by referencing the US exit from southeast Asia in 1973.
‘**** that, we don’t have to worry about that. We did it in Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger got away with it.’
Of course foul language is not just limited to one side of the aisle.

Our leaders like to consider themselves the pinnacle of civilization, and they have often criticized the Taliban for tearing down historical statues and forcing women to wear masks.

But over the past year, far more statues have been torn down inside the United States than the Taliban ever dreamed of tearing down, and at this point we are forcing everyone to wear masks.

Critics say that the Taliban does not allow freedom of speech, but when Taliban officials were asked about this they simply pointed out that Facebook is even worse when it comes to freedom of speech.

And they are right.

Critics say that the Taliban treats women horribly, and that is certainly true.
But women are treated shamefully in our nation too.
Here is one example
A creep groped a woman on a Brooklyn street this week — and then pummeled her when she tried to fight back, disturbing new video shows.
The 26-year-old woman was walking at the corner of South 4th Street and Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg around 2:15 a.m. Saturday when a stranger approached from behind and grabbed her buttocks, video released by cops early Tuesday shows.
When the woman attempted to slap the suspect, he socked her in the face multiple times, the clip shows.
And here is another example
The woman and her boyfriend were on their way to the Chicago Transit Authority Red Line subway at State Street and Jackson Boulevard Saturday night. They were waiting for the elevator at ground level to go down to the platform.
But they never made it. Instead, trouble found them, surrounded them, and attacked them.
They were viciously assaulted by a large gang of teens, and the woman was pummeled so badly that she actually needs plastic surgery
“I need plastic surgery, because the bones are broke, and still bleeding inside,” the woman said.
The scars and bruising are concealed behind the shades the woman now wears over her eyes. But the pain is deeper.
Murder rates were way up all over the country last year, and they are way up again all over the country this year.

We have become a brutal, violent, blood-soaked country, and that is because we have a brutal, violent, blood-soaked culture.

At one time the U.S. could lecture the rest of the world about morality because we lived in a civilized society. But now we have lost whatever moral high ground we once possessed, and at this point we need the rest of the world to lecture us.

So what is going to happen as the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted on a daily basis continues to steadily disappear?

I am deeply, deeply concerned about our future, and this is a theme that I explored in my new book entitled “7 Year Apocalypse”.

We are in a highly advanced state of social decay, and it is getting worse with each passing year.

In recent days, I have heard so much criticism of the Taliban’s culture, and many of those criticisms are right on target.

But our culture is detestable too, and it has become that way because of the choices that we have made as a society.
 

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Google Whistleblower Zach Vorhies Discusses New Book “Google Leaks” with Gateway Pundit – And Reveals Radical Group Leading Censorship Efforts at Google (VIDEO)

By Jim Hoft
Published August 22, 2021 at 12:22pm


Back in August 2019 Google senior engineer Zachary Vorhies went public and exposed Google and its operation to control the global information landscape.
What a hero.

Vorhies released hundreds of documents to Project Veritas that revealed Google’s news blacklist, “human raters,” and the corruption and lies of the world’s most powerful company.

James O’Keefe III and Project Veritas broke the story.

Vorhies told Project Veritas he went public after receiving a letter from Google, and after he says Google allegedly called the police and FBI to perform a “wellness check” on him.

On Sunday Zach Vorhies joined The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft to discuss his new book “Google Leaks: A Whistleblower’s Exposé of Big Tech Censorship.”

Zach discussed the dark tactics of Google, the success of his latest book, his next big project, and the threat AI poses on individuality and human rights.

Zach told The Gateway Pundit that it was the radical trans activists who are leading the efforts at Google to define conservative content providers as Nazis.

He said he feels sorry for them.

We opened up the interview discussing Google ads and how they censor against conservative content.

There are few who have been affected more than The Gateway Pundit by Google censorship, lies, and demonetization.

This was an excellent interview. We hope to talk to Zach Vorhies more in the future. As Donald Trump said to Zach in 2020, “You, sir, you are an American hero!”

** You can buy your copy of Google Leaks here.


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Parental Rights Group Challenges ‘Equity’ Trainings: How to Become a ‘Critical and Rational Thinker’

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DR. SUSAN BERRY23 Aug 202116

U.S. Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) has released its response to the “21-Day Challenge” programs marketed to schools and businesses by “equity” consultants riding the Critical Race Theory (CRT) wave.

“Welcome to a new kind of 21-day challenge!” USPIE, an organization that grew out of the battle against the Common Core standards and federal control of education, states on its website as it seeks to boost “critical and rational thinking” during the age of “systemic racism” and “white privilege.”

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The group explains further:
US Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) developed this activity in response to the 21 Day Challenges focused on racism, equity and diversity being used in schools, churches, businesses and government. Every story has two sides. This is the other overlooked side. Take this challenge if you dare to think critically and rationally. Open your mind.
USPIE Communications Director April Few provides parents with the following introduction to the group’s “challenge”:

https://www.brighteon.com/83a4d414-c946-47e3-a2fe-55ae8ac0aa2a 2:58 min

Week 1 of USPIE’s challenge centers on the concepts of “Truth,” “Good and Evil,” and “Education Versus Propaganda.”

Topics covered during Week 1 include the “Truth About Slavery” and the “Truth About Marxism.”

In Week 2, participants will learn about the “unique experiences of the American founding,” including “President Abraham Lincoln: Gettysburg Address,” “Dr. Martin Luther King: I Have a Dream,” and a tribute to the “Old Hollywood” that “loved America.”

Week 3 of the challenge teaches participants how to build on their skills and communicate what they have learned with their fellow Americans. Topics include a breakdown of what teachers, children and business employees are currently being trained in each day: CRT, the 1619 Project, and “white privilege,” and how to fight against this indoctrination in schools and in the workplace.

Participants are invited to share their feedback on USPIE’s 21-day challenge on the group’s Facebook page.

The challenge comes in response to those created by numerous “equity” consultants who have risen to prominence as the Biden education department announced in June it will spend the Democrats’ American Rescue Plan’s “historic funding for schools” as a means to advance “equity” as a central focus of education in the nation’s public schools.


WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 29: U.S. President Joe Biden holds up a face mask as he delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House on July 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden spoke on his administration’s effort to get more Americans vaccinated and plan to combat the spread of the Delta variant. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Eddie Moore, Jr., Ph.D., who operates America & Moore, a diversity, education, research, and consulting company, offers a number of 21-day challenges, including the “Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge,’ and the LGBTQ+ Equity Habit Building Challenge.”

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According to his bio, Moore serves as director of The Privilege Institute (TPI) and The National White Privilege Conference (WPC).

The United Way also advertises its 21-Day Equity Challenge as “a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community.”

Topics for United Way’s challenge include “understanding privilege,” “housing and redlining,” “justice system inequities,” and “allyship.”

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Michigan League for Public Policy is another organization marketing its “21-Day Racial Equity Challenge.”
 

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I read this when it was first posted.

Made my blood boil !!!

Started to read it again, see if anything new added. Could not do it, ran up my blood pressure, which is amped up enough over the Afghanistan thing !!!
 

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Educators sue Missouri school district for CRT training, telling them to vote for socialists

The school district violated the educators' First Amendment rights, said Kimberly Hermann, chief counsel for Southeastern Legal Foundation.

Updated: August 23, 2021 - 11:15pm

Two educators in the Springfield, Mo., school district are suing their employer for violating their First Amendment rights by requiring them to take Critical Race Theory training, which included telling the employees to vote for socialist candidates.

The Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF) filed the lawsuit against the Springfield school district on behalf of the two educators.

"Last year, the school district there required all of its employees — so anyone down from a bus driver driving the kids to school, all the way up to an AP history teacher, actually teaching them in the classroom – required them to do what they called an equity and anti-racist training," Kimberly Hermann, SLF chief counsel, told the John Solomon Reports podcast.

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This training told educators to commit to "equity" and become "anti-racist educators," she added.

Hermann argued that the training violated the educators' First Amendment rights by "compelling the teachers, and the educators in these trainings to agree with the doctrines that they know are illegal ... they're then being asked to go into the classroom and violate the students’ equal protection rights."

In the training the educators were given documents to take into the classroom that teach them "to place each child on an oppression matrix" and to put themselves on an "oppression matrix and identify that you are a white supremacist because, say, maybe you voted for Donald Trump," Hermann explained. "Or maybe because if you are a victim of a crime, and possibly the person committing that crime is a person of color and you call the police, you are then a white supremacist."

The trainers also taught the educators to "espouse socialist ideas" and "to vote for socialist candidates," while also teaching socialist ideas to kids as young as four or five years old, Hermann said.

This is a First Amendment case because the required training was for all school district employees and discriminated based on viewpoint, causing them to self-censor their true beliefs and "forcing them to accept beliefs that they just simply don't agree with," she explained.

(The Southeastern Legal Foundation has represented John Solomon in several open records cases.)
 

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Taylor McCray: Once You Can’t Voice Opinions Contrary to the Norm, You’re No Longer Free

Taylor McCray is organizing the Will You Stand Rally coming up on September 5th, and joins this episode of Freedom One-On-One to discuss what motivated her to launch this movement. She explains that our freedoms are being stripped away one by one, and if we are going to preserve our freedom we have to make our voices heard.

by Freedom One-on-One
August 25, 2021

We are facing unprecedented times in our nation’s history. Never before have we seen this blatant of an attack against our Constitutional Rights than what has transpired since COVID-19 began in 2020.

Our First Amendment Rights of free speech, worship God without restriction and peaceably assembling have been systematically stripped away hardly a peep from our supposed elected officials. It’s all been done in the name of safety.

Taylor McCray has some choice words for those refusing to take a stand against this tyrannical power grab by our government. From her perspective, once you are not allowed to voice opinions contrary to the norm, you’re no longer free.

This is where we are at today.

With Big Tech, the Mainstream Media and our government colluding together to silence any and all opposition, we find ourselves in a country that no longer represents American values. We are supposed to be a nation where we are free to voice our opinions. However, today, we face complete censorship, deplatforming and ultimately being cancelled from society.

We have a small window of opportunity to make our voices heard before it is too late. This is why Taylor is organizing the upcoming September 5th Will You Stand Protest and Rally in Ft Worth, TX. There will be additional locations across the country also participating in this protest.

Our Constitutional Rights are being stripped away from us. What are you going to do about it? I say show up and make your voice heard.
 

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After Pledging They Would Violate Law To Teach CRT, Teachers Scramble To Hide Evidence

By Luke Rosiak
Aug 25, 2021 DailyWire.com

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Teachers who signed a pledge that they would teach Critical Race Theory ideas even if it was against the law are now desperately trying to hide their involvement, with dozens of names disappearing over the last two months.

The petition, sponsored by the communism-praising Zinn Education Project, said that lawmakers in many states “aim to prohibit teachers from teaching the truth about this country: It was founded on the dispossession of Native Americans, slavery, structural racism and oppression; and structural racism is a defining characteristic of our society today.”

The signatories, including many who teach in conservative areas, projected an aura of boldness. “We, the undersigned educators, refuse to lie to young people about U.S. history and current events — regardless of the law,” the petition said.

Some, however, have since apparently decided to conceal those beliefs from the parents who employ them.

In all, over the last two months, Zinn removed the names of 37 signatories who were apparently not as courageous as they first believed, according to a data analysis by The Daily Wire.

Seventh-grade teacher Romelo Green signed the pledge from Brookhaven, New York, a perennial conservative stronghold on Long Island in which nine out of ten elected officials are Republican. He teaches American History for South Country Central School District at Bellport Middle School in nearby Bellport, a town that is 1% black, 2% Hispanic, and 2% Asian, according to the Census.

After realizing that his name was online, Green panicked.

He contacted the Zinn Education Project, which wrote back to him: “We removed your name. This has been such a tough school year already and then for teachers to face retribution for pledging to teach the truth is too much! Please keep us posted.”

He also repeatedly contacted The Daily Wire, which published a version of Zinn’s list. “I wanted to ask that my name be removed from this list as soon as possible… Time is of the essence,” he wrote.

But in a phone call with The Daily Wire to determine on what grounds he was asking his name to be removed from an article, Green was all over the place.

First, he said he only “may” have signed it, and if he did, it was accidentally. “You may accidentally put your name on something… I went on that site to find some content for my class… I don’t even remember what content I was getting from the site… I must have seen this pledge and signed it. It was probably my doing, without even realizing it,” he said, adding that he does not always read things carefully.

But the now-deleted data shows that he didn’t just click a button or enter his name – he typed a paragraph describing why he agreed with its message. “I am committed to teaching the truth about our nations [sic] history. To educate young minds about the traumatic history many minorities have lived and experienced for centuries. My goal is to teach about the past in hopes for the next generation to build a more just society,” it said.

Next, Green said that he does not necessarily disagree with the petition – he just didn’t want people to know. When asked if he was asking for his name to be removed from the petition because his views have changed, he said only, “I just want my name removed is all.”

“Since I attached my name to it and said I’m going to teach it to your kids, it’s causing me a lot of trouble,” he said, adding that a union rep told him it “doesn’t look good on me. Especially because it’s only my first year, non-tenured.” He said he was also contacted by two people in his department about it.

When asked if he would abide by laws or rules even if he disagreed with them, he at first said “if my district says not to teach it, that’s what I’m going to do.”

But soon after, he said he would not change his teaching methods, but would simply avoid the phrase “critical race theory.”

I’m going “to just do what I’ve always been doing, and not call it that, that’s what I’m going to do,” he said.

College senior Emma Niebaum of Omaha, Nebraska, also signed the pledge. Her mother told The Daily Wire that her daughter “didn’t even know what CRT was until my husband explained it to her a few months ago… Emma said she retracted her testimony or whatever it is called after she found out about CRT.”

However, when Emma contacted The Daily Wire, she did not express any change of heart, merely stated “please remove my name from there,” and did not return a request for more information. Zinn still has testimony from her saying “If we want things to change we need the next generation to know what’s happening now.”

One name removed was a prank that seemed to hit a little too close to home for organizers: “Karl Marx” signed it from Washington, D.C.

But in a lesson for policymakers who are considering whether a ban on teaching divisive topics like systemic racism or critical race theory would be effective, it seems unlikely that most of the removed names actually changed their positions, rather than simply decided to be more covert.

Some teachers had a sense of entitlement about their right to push opinions on children while being paid as government employees in a community’s public schools. Monico DaRugna of Gilbert, Arizona, wrote: “It is not up to the Government to run our schools.”

Anna Jablonski of Portland, Oregon was far from shy when she signed the petition, saying: “WE MUST TEACH THE TRUTH TO HEAL AND GROW HEALTHY AS A SOCIETY. It f***ing pisses me off that I wasn’t taught as a kid or young adult and that the truth is still concealed.” But her name is now gone.

For many, the focus on political opinions in school seemed to come at the expense of basics like grammar. “Students deserve to know unedited history and it’s [sic] effects today,” Amanda Redmond of Bend, Oregon, wrote.

The Zinn Education Project is named after Howard Zinn, whose FBI file says he taught a class in Marxism at Communist Party Headquarters in Brooklyn.

A list of teachers who pledged to defy potential laws as of June 23, by location, is here. Below are the 37 names which disappeared by two months later.

Arizona
Gilbert, Az
Stefanie Campanella
California
Capitola, Ca
Amanda Lindell
Santa Rosa, Ca
Warren Smith
Union City, Ca
Tina Bobadilla
Colorado
Denver, Co
Victoria Tubbs
Georgia
Summerville, Ga
Karen Appelbaum
Indiana
Greenfield, In
Amanda Brown, Maranda Anderson
Louisiana
Youngsville, La
Anita Romero
Michigan
Clarkston, Mi
Amy Kemmer
Portland, Mi
Kelli James
Minnesota
Alexandria, Mn
Jacob Clauson
Osseo, Mn
Laura Wagenman
Missouri
Farmington, Mo
Michael Bowles
Saint Charles, Mo
Brittany Janis
Montana
Hamilton, Mt
Kate Naughter
North Carolina
Raleigh, Nc
Michael Robbins
Nebraska
Omaha, Ne
Emma Niebaum
New Hampshire
Dover, Nh
Nicole Haahr
New York
Brookhaven, Ny
Romelo Green
New York, Ny
Lindy Gillette
Rochester, Ny
Andy Graysy, Nancy Ares
Oregon
Corvallis, Or
Diane Elliott
Eugene, Or
Lisa Iacovetta
Portland, Or
Anna Jablonski, April LaCombe
Tennessee
Cleveland, Tn
Shara Troutner
Spring Hill, Tn
Louise Braswell
Texas
Coppell, Tx
Ann Carlsson
Dallas, Tx
Jamie Gravell
Washington
Seattle, Wa
Ames Zocchi, John Benner
Wisconsin
Ashland, Wi
Dani O’Brien
Milwaukee, Wi
Katie Wilhelm
Pewaukee, Wi
Katie Herrmann
 

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AUGUST 26, 2021

BREAKING: Second DHS Whistleblower Says ‘Cultural War’ Taking Place Within Agency … Impossible to Deny Work Visa Renewals; DHS Employees Reprimanded for Denying Visas … ‘Approving Someone Coming into the Country’ to Take an ‘American Job is Unforgivable’
  • Department of Homeland Security [DHS] Insider: “There is a cultural war going on [inside DHS] between the conservatives and the people who like open borders, and it’s been going on for years. The conservatives are losing.”
  • DHS Insider: “If you are getting a bonus because you’re approving of someone coming into the country and working -- which could potentially be an American job -- I think that is unforgivable.”
  • DHS Insider: “We’re supposed to be there to protect national security, and we’re supposed to be there to protect American jobs.”
  • DHS Insider: “A friend of mine that worked with me in immigration, who was a computer guru, couldn’t get a job with Microsoft. He went to work for immigration, and he stamped up and approved applications by Microsoft to bring in foreigners to do the job that he could have done.”
  • DHS Insider: “When they [visa renewal applicants] ask for an extension under the deference policy, we’re supposed to accept the fact that the first approval was valid, and therefore, we just approve it. It’s numerically centric. They [DHS] want us to approve as many [applicants] as possible.”
  • DHS Insider: “Immigration officers get a bonus at the end of the year, depending on how many files have been processed. Process includes denial, but the chances are that the vast majority of them are approvals.”
  • DHS Insider: “It’s a bad thing because it incentivizes approvals. If they denied 90 percent, there would be a far less amount of cases processed because it takes so much longer. If you approve a bunch of cases, then you are going to obtain a higher bonus because the processing numbers are higher.”
  • DHS Insider: “I expect retaliation [from the government], I’m not afraid of it. I’m doing the right thing.”
[WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aug. 26, 2021] Project Veritas released a new video today featuring a sit-down interview with a second Department of Homeland Security [DHS] insider who blows the whistle on the agency’s “cultural war,” saying that immigration officers are incentivized to approve visas when the applicants are often unqualified.

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https://www.projectveritas.com/a0b8c456-825e-4bb0-b03e-38764a8b7940 9:16 min

The insider said the DHS’ internal culture war is between employees who believe in national sovereignty versus those who do not believe in borders at all.



“There is a cultural war going on between the conservatives and the people who like open borders, and it’s been going on for years. The conservatives are losing,” the insider said.

This latest whistleblower to come to Project Veritas explained how the federal government encourages immigration officers to approve as many visa applications as possible.

“When they [visa renewal applicants] ask for an extension under the deference policy, we’re supposed to accept the fact that the first approval was valid, and therefore, we just approve it. It’s numerically centric. They [DHS] want us to approve as many [applicants] as possible,” the whistleblower said.



“Immigration officers get a bonus at the end of the year, depending on how many files have been processed. Process includes denial, but the chances are that the vast majority of them are approvals,” they said.

“It’s a bad thing because it incentivizes approvals. If they denied 90 percent, there would be a far less amount of cases processed because it takes so much longer. If you approve a bunch of cases, then you are going to obtain a higher bonus because the processing numbers are higher.”



The whistleblower lashed out against colleagues that prioritize foreigners getting employment in the U.S. over Americans.

“If you are getting a bonus because you’re approving of someone coming into the country and working -- which could potentially be an American job -- I think that is unforgivable,” they said.

“We’re supposed to be there [at the DHS] to protect national security, and we’re supposed to be there to protect American jobs.”

Project Veritas founder, James O’Keefe, asked the insider about the measures the DHS may take to punish employees for opposing the current visa approval process, and whether the insider feared blowback for bringing this issue to the public’s attention.

“They’ll retaliate against you by virtue of your performance, and what it does is that you’re not entitled to overtime. Not entitled to telework. Not entitled to a lateral transfer. Not entitled to a promotion,” the insider said.

“I expect retaliation, I’m not afraid of it. I’m doing the right thing.”
 

marsh

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Police Arrest Man For Not Sitting At Palm Beach School Board Meeting

By Brock Simmons
Published August 26, 2021 at 8:00pm


Like thousands of other people across the country, Everett Cooper attended his local school board meeting to voice his concerns about mask mandates. His evening ended with a trip to jail as police dragged him out of the meeting, literally for refusing to sit down in a separate room where the unmasked and undesirables were “allowed” to be.

As Orwellian as this sounds, school board officials in Palm Beach, Florida, ordered the police to drag several people out of the meeting. These people weren’t even sitting in the same room with the school board members. Their crime? Standing up. Literally. They weren’t doing anything to disrupt the school board business.

In the video, you can hear school board chair Frank Barbieri interrupt Superintendent Michael J. Burke, apparently seeing people on a monitor feed standing in the adjacent room. Barbieri starts telling people to sit down, then starts ordering police to drag people out as he identifies them.

“School police have advised me that people in the unmasked room are standing and refusing to sit. I’m giving you one last chance, sit down in your seats, because those people standing will be removed from the meeting. Sit down in your seats. Officers you can take anybody out of the meeting that’s refusing to sit in the seats, take them out of the meeting. Officers…. The lady in the white and black top, remove her from the meeting, please. The man in the blue shirt, remove him from the meeting. The man in the black shirt, remove him from the meeting. The lady in the blue shirt, sit down, thank you.”

Again, they weren’t even in the same room as the school board.

WPEB CBS12 has the videos on their facebook page:

View: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=165541445695953&ref=external
.58 min

As things devolved, police eventually arrested Everett Cooper. “Because I chose to speak, I’m now being arrested,” Cooper pleaded in cell phone video that was captured by a bystander, as seven, yes, SEVEN, brave police officers heroically followed the school board’s orders and put their lives on the line to protect us from this concerned parent who wasn’t disrupting anything. “Relax, stop resisting,” repeats one of the officers, as it’s clear Cooper is just standing there, doing nothing to actively resist. “My name is Everett Cooper, I am being arrested for standing in the back of the room,” he says to onlookers as police drag him away.

https://www.facebook.com/6f516844-2663-4041-8f94-e74044e9e9ca .44 min

According to WPEC, Cooper is charged with disturbing the peace, resisting an officer, and trespassing.

Just imagine the outrage if a Republican controlled board did this to liberal protesters.

According to his profile on the Palm Beach School District webpage, Frank Barbieri is an attorney at high powered law firm, specializing in real estate law and homeowner’s association law, and previously served on land use and zoning boards. Basically a male Karen who looks like Mitt Romney and John Kerry’s lovechild. You can reach his official school board office at 561-434-8136.

The board eventually voted to pursue legal action against Governor DeSantis regarding the mask ban, despite every parent who spoke during the comment period siding with DeSantis and opposing mask mandates, to raucous applause after many of the speeches. Full video of the board meeting was also posted by

WPEC:
https://www.facebook.com/2c56ddde-5ccc-40c0-9372-54630f744d43 1:52:03 min
 

marsh

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August 26, 2021
By
Steven Hoffman

We have skipped all the Greek letters to now arrive at the “T’s” with the Tyranny variant of Covid-19. This mutation is not really new it is just manifesting itself in ways unheard of just a few short years ago. Where the elderly and those with underlying conditions seemed more susceptible to Covid, tyranny variant seems to affect people of all ages, sexes and colors. It seems to be found most often in people with government jobs. Others have caught it but the symptoms are fleeting. The more power the more susceptible they seem to be. Some of the signs to look for are an inflamed ego, an elevated temperature when questioned, muscle contractions that cause a self-satisfying smug look, and the inability to follow even the simplest of their own edicts.

The severity of the tyranny infection seems to vary by country, leadership and the amount of freedom its citizens once enjoyed. In a country such as China the variant is hardly noticeable with the exception of Hong Kong. Any resistance to the infection is immediately met with unyielding force, crushed and washed down the drain for safety’s sake. (See Tiananmen Square) This ensures the tyranny can continue to spread throughout the leadership of the CCP.

In the United States of America the tyranny infection takes the form of restricted property rights, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It seems the infected have deemed they can decide who and when rent can be collected on personal property, but you still must pay your taxes on the same. If your lifetime dream of pursuing a small business the infected have issued edicts on when you can open, who you can serve and who you cannot. Because “we say so” commands have been issued demanding that everyone wear masks whether they work or not. Now the citizens are being told to take an injection to ward off Covid that is still not approved 10 months after its conditional release. Soon booster shots will be required for the full rights as Americans. (The current FDA is approval for emergency use)

The push is so hard the tyranny infected are pulling out all the stops for the vaccine. Using every useful idiot from internet influencers, ordinary looking crisis actors, to Hollywood stars to convince the sceptics. Anyone that questions why if you get the shot you need to wear a mask is labeled anti science. The same cheerleaders that promised to end Covid with the shot are now scrambling to excuse the booster shot. Some companies and business are requiring the shot to continue employment. But not the CDC, White House, FDA, or those that work at Pfizer and Moderna.

This variant hasn’t just struck in America. If you look around the world it has spread faster than a virial video. In EU and England every country is using some form of trace app to follow citizens around in the name of safety. Every nation there has experimented with some form of lock down.

The strongest strain of the tyranny strain is in Australia, with a close second New Zealand. Down under the latest lock down is labeled “no regrets”. Citizens of Australia can’t enter of leave the country without permission from their government. If you fly to different parts of the country you have to endure a 14 day lockdown. During this imprisonment you must check in with the authorities at their whim. Usually every other day. Even if you are not quarantined you are not permitted to leave your house for any reason except medical appointments or food, even then you are restricted on the distance you may travel.

But all is not lost. In some countries herd immunity is fighting back against the tyranny variant. In England in preparation for another lockdown the defunded unarmed police parked unmanned vehicles around the cities to give the appearance of a larger force. Local yobs pelted the vehicles with eggs and fruit.

France after insisting on vaccine passports for everyday interactions had to contend with protests as large as last year’s yellow vest protests. Proving they are no longer a prison colony Australians are taking to the streets and defying government orders despite hefty fines. The nations trucker hoping to recreate the success of 1979 Razorback blockade intend to bring the country to a halt on Aug 31st.

The founding fathers had hoped to hand to us a vaccine against this type of infections they saw coming. Unfortunately the Bill of rights and the constitution need an informed and educated public to be 100% effective. This tyranny strain is so strong that attempts to redress these grievances on January 6th were met with an overwhelming force. Percipients not part of the unindicted coconspirators have been thrown in jail without their due rights. Any information contrary to the approved narrative is met with censorship or outright banning.

Attempts to protest any edicts issued by the infected is met with violence from Antifa the brown shirts of today.

So how to protect yourself from this variant. Unlike the original Covid, being rich and famous so you don’t have to follow mask edicts, travel restrictions or keeping 6 feet apart doesn’t work. This tyranny variant is much more transmittable. You should at all times mask up you social media so as not to be infected by those that believe in their lord and savior Dr. Fauci. Quarantine yourself from news sources that rely upon fear mongering for ratings or internet hits. Make sure to stay at least six feet away from those most likely to be infected, like government bureaucrats, single cat ladies and anyone that works in media.

Stay safe out there
 

marsh

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Army Servicewoman Brags about Enforcing ‘Martial Law’ on U.S. Citizens: Obey or ‘Become the Enemy’ with Guns ‘Pointed at You’
Shane Trejo |
Aug 27, 2021



A woman who is a servicewoman under the name of “Bronson” released a TikTok video bragging about how the American people must submit or they will “become the enemy” in an impending “martial law” scenario.

“Understand that if active-duty military actually get deployed within the United States, that weapon is not just pointed at other people, other countries. It is pointed at you. If you do not get in your house when I tell you to, you become the enemy. Martial Law!” she said.

Her TikTok account can be found under the handle, @nuggets_n_chicken. She has posted many other videos doubling down on her comments, making it clear she pines for the day when she can enforce martial law on U.S. citizens.

The video can be seen here:
Rumble video on website .14 min

TruNews host Lauren Witzke noted in a Telegram post about the video that “if [military personnel] fight like they do against a bunch of 70 year old cave-dwellers, I think we’ll be alright.”

Witzke makes a great point. The U.S. military standards have only dropped as diversity and inclusion have become a focal point for the armed services, and the Taliban just clowned the U.S. military in humiliating fashion after a 20-year forever war for defense contractor profits.

Big League Politics has reported on how women cannot reliably pass the combat fitness test even as the standards are reduced and the institution is cheapened to accommodate them:

Almost half of female soldiers have failed the weakened Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) in the first half of 2020, according to data that was released on Monday.

In comparison, only seven percent of male soldiers failed the ACFT throughout the year. This is another stake through the heart of the Left’s equality lie.

The ACFT consists of six different events, and the test has been changed since last year. Women are now allowed to skip the leg tucks, which had a 41 percent fail rate. Even though the test has been weakened, 44 percent of women still failed the test in the first half of the year.

Big League Politics has reported on how the military is going woke, no longer caring so much about winning wars or keeping America safe as they do about promoting feminism and transgenderism at home and abroad…

The lie of equality is only going to continue to weaken the U.S. Armed Forces and national security. This is more proof that diversity is not our strength.
 

marsh

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An emergency is a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action, not a two-year siege on our civil liberties

ByDavid Ware
27 August 2021

Think back to November 2019, to before you heard about the outbreak of the virus in China. If somebody asked you back then to give an example of an emergency, what would it have been?

A weather event such as a tornado, which means run and take shelter as quickly as you can; a tsunami, which could mean from minutes to hours to find higher ground; a hurricane, which could mean days to prepare and stock up on supplies. A natural gas explosion in a business or a home that requires instantaneous response. A heart attack that requires medical attention right away.

Flu kills people in America and around the world every year (over 60,000 in the U.S. alone in 2018), but we don’t consider it an emergency. Lung cancer is a tragedy, but cigarettes and tobacco products have not been made unilaterally and universally verboten. Driving without seat belts endangers life, but society has never elevated it to the level of declaring an emergency to monitor and ensure that everybody buckles up.

I keep hearing people say that freedom of choice does not apply in an emergency. In case of a tornado sighting, you really don’t have a lot of time to make a deeply thought-out decision. You head for the cellar or the nearest ditch or safe room. Nobody that I know, particularly not I, would ever argue that such a 30-second, emergency rush for safety has any serious consideration about violating civil liberties as to choice. You probably wouldn’t ask a family member or friend for permission before you help them escape the imminent threat. I don’t know anybody that would argue that they intended to just stand there and get blown away rather than to be helped to escape their demise.

But COVID-19 is not a tornado! It is not even a hurricane! Right now it is the status quo. Once an egg shell is broken, there is nothing anybody can do to restore it to its former state. Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again. This nursery rhyme dating from the 18th century reminded impressionable children when I was growing up in the 20th century that some things cannot be undone, that there is a limit to what those in authority can do.


You Can’t Uncrack An Egg

How many governors and mayors today are scurrying around like the king’s men (and some perhaps like the posterior of his horses) trying to put poor Humpty back into his eggshell? You know that is going to be a futile pursuit. Yet nearing two years after the release of SARS-CoV-2 into the world, many of these same authorities are still considering it an emergency.

That is so wrong on so many levels. First, it no longer constitutes an emergency demanding immediate response. Second, trying to eradicate COVID-19 is as futile as trying to eliminate the common cold (40% of which are also caused by coronaviri, incidentally). Third, the result is that many more eggs in the carton are being broken in the process, due to careless and unnecessary handling.

Egg shells are fragile and the less you have to touch them or tamper with them, the better. You could try to inject some kind of hardening solution into the shell to make it unbreakable, but that would surely cause it to break in the process. Even if you manage to get this unknown vaccine into the eggshell, it would totally transform the contents. Into what? Nobody knows! It depends on what kind of foreign substances you introduce into it.

If it hatches, it might not be the chicken that you expected. True, medical science has grown by leaps and bounds over the centuries. But there’s still so much more that we do not know than there is that we do know. I have mentioned the disastrous pharmaceutical thalidomide before, which caused pregnant women to give birth to children who lacked limbs or who had disfigured limbs, some like flippers. Those who prescribed the drug certainly had no evil intention to cause such permanent harm to an entire generation. But the result was the same: iIt happened.
"nearing two years after the release of SARS-CoV-2 into the world, many…authorities are still considering it an emergency."
We’ve got to get out of this tornado-just-sighted-on-the-ground-nearby mentality when dealing with COVID-19. It is a medical crisis. It is also a commensurate crisis endangering our civil liberties. But it is not an emergency that demands that we take immediate actions without considering their consequences.

Just like with thalidomide, we do not know what the long-term effects of any of these experimental genetic material injections may be on the human body. They may preserve some lives. They’ve already extinguished tens of thousands of lives.

The choice should be upon each person’s conscience to make that decision for himself or herself, or on behalf of their minor children. I hope you don’t expect or allow government to dictate your religion, your life’s mate, your livelihood, and so many other very personal matters. Why are you willing to allow it to dictate your medical decisions? Those should be between you and your doctor…with you as the decision-maker.

When they tell you that they have just done a scientific trial and successfully put Humpty together again, are you going to rush to Fox News to see the coverage of this breaking news alert? Will you surrender your life and death choices to such charlatans? If so, then you are less educated than every previous generation of elementary school children in America!

Your inability or unwillingness to make crucial life decisions for yourself does not constitute an emergency for everybody else. Nor does the attempt by governments to unsuccessfully play God result in a permanent state of emergency. All too often, the more the authorities do, the worse everything gets.

Remember what President Reagan said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
 

marsh

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Do National COVID Mandates Fulfill The Public Good?

SATURDAY, AUG 28, 2021 - 05:30 PM
Authored by Scott Mason via The Epoch Times,

A crisis has now darkened Western democracies just as surely as long-benighted dictatorships.

Wherein does it lie? In the disdain with which its proud technocrats dismiss conscience. Conscience is no quantifiable thing; it has no weight or measure, and it cannot be listed among a nation’s assets. Science can’t prove it exists.



Yet conscience is no mere trifle. Conscience distinguishes humanity from the brutes of creation. It is the little spark of celestial fire that motivated the obedience of our nations’ greatest heroes in their darkest hour. It is the voice of God in the soul.

Over the past 18 months, our fundamental freedoms have all been assaulted by a virus. The public incursions against freedom have been protested, but the small private matter of conscience has received scant attention.

Why? Because it is the casualty of “friendly fire”—by friends who never acknowledged it.

Conscience was caught in the politicians’ war on COVID-19 and its variants. They confessed their faith in science to defeat it. Progress demanded it.

Computer models predicted the threat to the control of “the system” of public health to be so terrible that to defend their Technopoly, as coined by Neil Postman in his book of the same name, politicians seized extraordinary emergency powers to aid science in its certain victory.

This unwavering faith in science was completely irrational, if not unscientific. Science itself tells us that viruses are not living organisms. They cannot be killed. They also mutate. All the gains from rushing the slow safety protocols of science to contain last year’s virus were swiftly lost in subsequent variants.

As the unflagging determination to win the war continues, the illogic of the position grows. That is because it never was a fight about science—it was a fight to defend the pride of the idol of technocracy and extend its dominance. That means more control for the technocrats.

The Pfizer vaccine now fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is a marvel of speed and deployment. But its success rate of 39 percent against the dominant Delta variant would have never got it to trial a year ago. The FDA’s Aug. 23 approval seems more a participation trophy for “speed and application” than for actual success.

But my concern is not to observe this evident absurdity. It is to note the moral consequence of fighting an extended, vain war against an immortal and invisible enemy, with no defined exit strategy.

For it is now abundantly clear. Approving a failed vaccine while mandating passports allows for a permanent group of second-class citizens even after a state of emergency has ended. And it normalizes mandatory vaccinations for everyone, even when they are not useful.

In September, Quebec and B.C. will require vaccination passports for non-essential activities, and some other provinces are considering following suit, while the federal government is planning to mandate vaccinations for commercial air, train, and cruise ship passengers as well as for all federal employees. We’d be naive to think it’ll stop there.

Consciences are being crushed in the mission creep. Why do I cite conscience as a problem?

When politicians waived the legal liability of the vaccine manufacturers, they also demanded the medical community set aside its ethics, first through a sustained “campaign” of pressure to “take the shot” and now through mandates. If the campaign of pressure defied the bedrock ethical principle of informed consent established in the Nuremberg Code, then the mob’s call for mandates on doctors and patients to defend our idol of technocracy is in defiance of our very essence as human beings.

Martin Luther once noted that “to go against conscience is neither right nor safe.” The great civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. echoed his words. In his autobiography, he writes:
“On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expedience asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ And Vanity comes along and asks the question ‘Is it popular?’ But Conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ … The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge, moments of great crisis and controversy.”
The worth of individual conscience is the great legacy of the West, and its blessings have spread with the Nuremberg Code, and in political defences of conscience.

But we are on the eve of its eclipse.
We are rejecting the lesson of history. Individuals ignore their conscience at the peril of their own souls, and when technocratic science is given the lead over the conscience of the nation, so much greater is the ruin. This can however be avoided.

English playwright George Bernard Shaw described a Native American elder’s account of his own struggles with conscience: “Inside of me there are two dogs.

One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, ‘the one I feed the most.’”


The moral goodness of the freedom of association, the freedom of peaceful assembly, the freedom of thought and expression, and the freedom of conscience and religion are enshrined as fundamental rights in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They have been set aside these last 18 months under the auspices of an emergency. The good dog has been deprived of his food.

The question I would ask Canadians and our politicians is: What sort of nation is being preserved when fundamental civil liberties have been cast aside and the inviolability of conscience has been despoiled as a medical necessity, a casualty of war? What sort of country will we return to, and what will our children inherit when the freedoms our Charter calls “fundamental” give way to appeals to what is safe, or politic, or popular, rather than what is right?

It is indeed a time of crisis.
 

marsh

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"Don't Take Me for Granted"

SATURDAY, AUG 28, 2021 - 11:30 AM
Authored by NM Gordon via Economic Prism (emphasis ours),

Freedom in America, and throughout the world, is in decline. In fact, it has been in decline for many years.

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Perhaps a little freedom lost in exchange for security and comfort may seem like a fair trade in certain cases. But caution is advised. As the idea of what freedoms are acceptable to give up expands, the air of freedom becomes polluted.

Small losses of freedom, whittled away incrementally, add up. You may not notice it from day to day. Yet over time the sum losses have resulted in a world that’s dramatically less free.

Compulsory seatbelt requirements or drivers licenses may not be a big deal. One could argue this government regulation is a small sacrifice that’s intended to provide public safety. Yet maybe the world would be a better off without it.

And what about body scan searches to board an airplane? Or proof of vaccination to enter an indoor business or to cross state lines? What about vaccine passports?

Do these measures make you safe? What about government issued digital money, and the banning of cash transactions?

By and large, privacy in America, and throughout the world, no longer exists.

The surveillance state runs rampant. Facial recognition technology is vastly improving. The monitoring of financial transactions has become a staple of the 21st century.

The SEC, IRS, FCC, FDA, EPA, TSA, DOJ, DOD, FTC, CIA, FBI, DEA, Department of Labor, Department of the Interior, Commerce Department, and much, Much, More. These bureaucratic agencies all have an intended purpose that was, at one time, deemed necessary by those elected to represent the people.

In practice, they all serve to centralize power and encroach on individual freedom and liberty…

Government Salvation
In 1913, the Sixteenth Amendment was ratified, which legalized the federal income tax. That’s when the welfare-warfare state really began its inexorable march. That’s when freedom took a backseat to the pursuit of big government.

The Federal Reserve Act, the New Deal, gold confiscation, war spending, social spending, social security, Medicare, big business bailouts, COVID stimmy checks, generous unemployment payments, lockdowns, national eviction moratoriums, money printing…

By the close of the first two decades of the 21st century, a large part of America had become a nation of dependents. Freedom had been lost.

At the same time, everyone says they love freedom. In fact, everyone says they cherish freedom. Yet this only holds true so long as freedom doesn’t interfere with their social security, Medicare, or other big government checks.

And therein lies the paradox. People say they love and cherish freedom. They’ll celebrate it on Independence Day with reverence and zeal. Yet they will sacrifice it for safety and security. They will incrementally trade freedom for the promise of government salvation.

The future democratic tyrannies, predicted Tocqueville in 1840, will extend “over the whole community,” and maintain men “in perpetual childhood.” The government “provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry.”

It “covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd…till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”

Alas, Tocqueville’s prediction has come true in America and in democracies throughout the world. Moreover, once lost, freedom can take centuries to return.

Make of it what you will. Say what you want. Freedom, no doubt, is the ability to say, “screw your freedom.”

And freedom is also the ability to reply with, “screw you, I’ll do what I want.”
In America, today, there is still the freedom to say this; but, the ability to act – to do what you want – has been, and continues to be, regulated from existence.

Ultimately, freedom, like many things in life, should not be taken for granted…

Don’t Take Me For Granted
I’m your worn in leather boots. I’m the warmth you find in your morning coffee cup. A tank of gas and an open highway. I’m the choices you get to make. So make them wisely.

I was there when Eve ate the forbidden fruit. I was there when Peter heard the rooster crow. A gold coin and a handshake. I’m the heart beat and the breath that keeps you alive. Where’s your gratitude?

I’m the voice that speaks what’s on your mind. I’m the integrity that comes with doing what’s right. A 12-guage shotgun loaded with 00 buckshot. I’m the time and security stowed away in your private property. I am refuge.

I’m the pop in your left hook. I’m the humility of a secondhand suit. A pack of smokes and a six pack. I’m the dreams you had on high school graduation night.

Nothing will ever stop you.

I’m stronger than a Spartan army. I’m the softness of freshly fallen snow. A rip roaring fire and your loved ones. I’m the spirit in your Sunday morning worship and praise. I am everlasting.

I’m the bounty of a fall harvest. I’m cool water flowing from a mountain spring. A pocket full of cash and the big city. I’m the sour saxophone interlude in Rosie’s Angel Baby. My imperfection’s my perfection.

I’m as rare as a four leaf clover. I’m as precious as a warm jacket on a winter night. Liberty and autonomy if you want it. I am freedom and I’m here for you…

But don’t take me for granted.
 

marsh

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If You Thought The Classrooms Were Bad, There’s a More Toxic Strain of Critical Race Theory Flowing From US Courtrooms
August 28, 2021 (20h ago)



Critical Race Theory has become the central issue in American politics over the past year, thanks largely to the efforts of commentators like Christopher Rufo and army of grassroots parent activists standing up against the anti-white, anti-American poison being taught in American schools.

But Critical Race Theory, or CRT, didn’t originate in America’s primary schools. CRT began as a legal doctrine within America’s law schools — and it is in this capacity that it can still do the most damage.

Case in point: A federal judge in Nevada just recently demonstrated the potential of CRT as a legal doctrine in what might be called America’s first entirely CRT-driven constitutional ruling. If allowed to stand, this ruling would enshrine open borders as a permanent feature of American law.

The case in question hinges on the fate of Carrillo-Lopez, a Mexican national and career criminal with a dizzying array of aliases.


Police arrested Lopez in June 2019 for trafficking in meth, heroin, cocaine, and illegal guns. In early 2020 he was given a life sentence.

Gustavo Carrillo-Lopez

United States Federal authorities deported Carillo-Lopez in both 1999 and in 2012. Carillo-Lopez managed to re-enter the United States for a third time, for which he now faces a felony case for illegal re-entry.

That is, Carillo-Lopez did face a felony case until Obama-appointed District Court Judge Miranda Du nixed it. Why on earth would she do that? Well, according to Judge Du’s elevated legal reasoning, punishing illegal entrants into America is presumptively racist. Of course!

Judge Miranda Du

The specific statute in question is Section 1326 of the U.S. code. Section 1326 makes it a felony for previously-deported individuals to re-enter the United States. The default prison term for such an offense is up to two years in prison.

Sentences can range as long as twenty years in prison, however, for offenders like Carrillo-Lopez who had previously been deported for illegal behavior.
Indeed, illegal reentry accounted for more than 20,000 cases in 2019 alone, making it one of the most common criminal charges brought in federal court.

The Section 1326 law therefore serves an important role, as it offered an easily-provable crime enabling the punishment and removal of foreign criminals — that is, until Judge Du declared that Section 1326 is racist.

Du opened her ruling by observing that Section 1326 has a so-called “disparate impact” on “Latinx” defendants.
Carrillo-Lopez argues, convincingly, that Section 1326 disparately impacts Mexican and Latinx defendants. While no publicly available data exists as to the national origin of those prosecuted under Section 1326, over 97% of persons apprehended at the border in 2000 were of Mexican decent, 86% in 2005, and 87% in 2010. [Court House News]
A rational-minded person might observe that the law’s “disparate impact” naturally results from the fact that Mexico borders the United States, and “Latinx” peoples make up a large majority of illegal migrants overall –and an overwhelming majority of those who illegally reenter the country after being deported. But Du has no patience for such a reasoned argument:
The government attributes that impact to other causes—geography and proportionality. Specifically, the government argues that the stated impact is “a product of geography, not discrimination” and the statistics are rather “a feature of Mexico’s proximity to the United States, the history of Mexican employment patterns, and other socio-political and economic factors that drive migration from Mexico to the United States–not discrimination.” … The Court is not persuaded. [Court House News]
And… that’s pretty much Du’s entire argument! She is simply “not persuaded.”

According to Du, any racial disparity resulting from a law’s enforcement is sufficient to find the law discriminatory. Du goes on to suggest that the real reason that “Latinx” persons are prosecuted for illegal reentry more often than other groups is that the southern border suffers from “over-policing” relative to the northern one (and why might that be, Judge Du?).

After attributing “disparate impact” to Section 1326, Du then litigates its entire ninety-year legislative history. Ultimately she concludes that The Act of 1929 — the original immigration law out of which Section 1326 eventually emerged — was created with “racist intent.”
The Act of 1929 was passed during a time when nativism and eugenics were widely accepted, both in the country at large and by Congress, and … these racist theories ultimately fueled the Act’s passage. [Court House News]
Du then goes a step further, though, and argues that, even though later U.S. immigration laws contained the same provisions banning illegal reentry, such laws were not adequately “cleansed” of the 1929 act’s “racist origins.” As a 1952 reenactment of the illegal reentry law, Du says Section 1326 is “infected” with the virus of racism. Du’s evidence is as follows:
  • Some supporters of stricter immigration laws used the word “wetback”
  • There was a “relative lack of discussion” when reimplementing the law, which “suggests an acceptance of its history”
  • The core wording of the law wasn’t changed.
  • Congress overrode a veto from President Truman which complained the law was discriminatory
“The Court recognizes that this evidence is circumstantial,” Du nobly concedes, before proceeding to nullify one of the country’s most important criminal laws anyway.

Du’s argument regarding President Truman’s veto is in fact the most specious part of her case. President Truman’s veto of the bill did not call the deportation provision) of the immigration bill racist, and in fact did not highlight the deportation issue at all. Instead, Truman focused on a separate part of the bill concerning national origin quotas, and simply called for a general overhaul of U.S. immigration law. The only thing Truman said about the law concerning deportations is that it was “unnecessarily severe.” But Du bulldozed ahead anyway:
Although President Truman did not address Section 1326 specifically, the veto statement represents in no uncertain terms a contemporary admonishment of an overly punitive and discriminatory immigration policy. Truman expressly drew the INA into dialogue with prior immigration legislation, from both 1924 and 1929, which were concededly racist. But the 1952 Congress rejected that call and overrode the veto. The Court finds that Congress’ failure to heed President Truman’s call to “reimagine” immigration while simultaneously making the INA, and particularly Section 1326, more punitive in nature, is evidence of at least indifference to the nativist motivations of the statute’s predecessor. [Court House News]
Du is furious that a 70-year-old session of the U.S. Congress didn’t pass laws she wanted, and marshals this as her transcendent proof of legal “racism.” On this basis, Du declares Section 1326 to be null and void.

So who is this legal prodigy capable of consigning America’s second-most used federal criminal statue to the ash heap of history with a single magisterial wave of her CRT wand?

As it turns out, Du’s biography accentuates the treachery of her jurisprudence strikingly well. Du is a Vietnamese boat person, who left Communist Vietnam at age 9 with her father and settled in America at age 10. Du’s family was initially sponsored by a family in rural Alabama, and she later graduated from the University of California-Berkeley’s law school.

Du came from nothing. America handed her everything, and allowed her to take a lifetime job interpreting the meaning of the American Constitution.
And how has Du repaid the favor? By declaring the country’s laws racist down to their essence, and therefore illegal. But we shouldn’t be surprised.

This is almost certainly the ideology Du was fed at the University of California, and it is the ideology she has been rewarded for espousing every step of her career. So much for the argument that immigrants can’t assimilate!


But the significance of Du’s ruling is far greater than the story of an ingrate Judge.

Judge Du’s ruling is not some run-of-the-mill “liberal judge” ruling, of the kind America has seen hundreds of over the decades. The ruling represents nothing less than the apotheosis of radical CRT in the American judicial system.

Critical Race Theory has become a household term in America. Most Americans associate it with the radical, explicitly anti-white doctrines that have been shoved into public school lessons and the corporate “diversity” seminars they are forced to attend or risk losing their jobs.

But before it was injected into the nation’s kindergarten classrooms, CRT was conceived in the nation’s law schools.

The earliest critical race theorists were all current or future law professors: Kimberlé Crenshaw (UCLA and Columbia), Mari Matsuda (UCLA and Hawaii), Derrick Bell (Harvard and Oregon), and so forth. Critical race theory is evil and toxic when put in the hands of a public school principal. It is far deadlier when given over to a willing federal judge, because CRT offers an ideological framework that justifies even the most extreme, anti-constitutional rulings in the name of our corrupt ruling class’ radical agenda.

Consider this introductory essay on CRT featured by the American Bar Association:
CRT is not a noun, but a verb. It cannot be confined to a static and narrow definition but is considered to be an evolving and malleable practice. It critiques how the social construction of race and institutionalized racism perpetuate a racial caste system that relegates people of color to the bottom tiers. CRT also recognizes that race intersects with other identities, including sexuality, gender identity, and others. CRT recognizes that racism is not a bygone relic of the past.
Instead, it acknowledges that the legacy of slavery, segregation, and the imposition of second-class citizenship on Black Americans and other people of color continue to permeate the social fabric of this nation.

Tenets of CRT include:
  • Acknowledgement that racism is a normal feature of society and is embedded within systems and institutions, like the legal system, that replicate racial inequality. This dismisses the idea that racist incidents are aberrations but instead are manifestations of structural and systemic racism.
  • Rejection of popular understandings about racism, such as arguments that confine racism to a few “bad apples.” CRT recognizes that racism is codified in law, embedded in structures, and woven into public policy. CRT rejects claims of meritocracy or “colorblindness.” CRT recognizes that it is the systemic nature of racism that bears primary responsibility for reproducing racial inequality. [ABA]
The purpose of Critical Race Theory, as promulgated in the academy, is to find so-called “racism” in every aspect of American society

Judge Du’s ruling is therefore the quintessence of CRT.

[Long article - read the rest on website]
 

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CDC Now Targeting ‘Gun Violence’, Restarts Research Program On ‘Epidemic’ Of Firearm Deaths

By Emily Zanotti
Aug 27, 2021 DailyWire.com

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MARCH 30: CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky speaks to the press after visiting the Hynes Convention Center FEMA Mass Vaccination Site on March 30, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Walensky recently said she had a sense of impending doom as the rate of coronavirus infection has recently been rising across the U.S. (Photo by Erin Clark-Pool/Getty Images)
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has branched out from issuing COVID-19 recommendations and its director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, now says that the health services agency will be restarting its dormant “gun violence” research program in order to address the “epidemic” of firearm deaths and injuries.

Walensky made the announcement in a sit-down interview with CNN where she noted that, for the first time in “decades,” the CDC will weigh in on the issue of gun control.

“Something has to be done about this,” Walensky told CNN. “Now is the time — it’s pedal to the metal time.”

The CDC “saves lives and protects people from health threats,” according to its own mission statement. It says it “works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.”

Historically, the CDC has largely been limited to addressing illnesses and pathogenic health threats, advising on health and wellness (most recently, a salmonella warning about prosciutto), and helping Americans prepare for natural disasters.

Leftists have long argued, however, that the CDC should be involved in researching the causes of “gun violence” and methods of prevention. The Dickey Amendment, passed in 1996, prevented the CDC from using government funds to explicitly advocate for gun control, but according to The Atlantic, the CDC’s leadership generally refused to tough the subject of firearm injuries and deaths, fearing “political — and personal — retribution.”

Walensky, fresh off of updating the agency’s recommendations for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 — back in July, the agency recommended that even individuals vaccinated against the virus wear face masks indoors — now wants to reverse her predecessor’s decision to shy away from the issue of guns.

“The scope of the problem is just bigger than we’re even hearing about, and when your heart wrenches every day you turn on the news, you’re only hearing the tip of the iceberg,” Walensky said. “We haven’t spent the time, energy, and frankly the resources to understand this problem because it’s been so divided.”

“Generally the word ‘gun,’ for those who are worried about research in this area, is followed by the word ‘control.’ And that’s not what I want to do here. I’m not here about gun control. I’m here about preventing gun violence and gun death,” Walensky said, adding that she was following up on President Joe Biden’s commitment, in this year’s State of the Union-style address to Congress, to consider gun violence as a “public health epidemic.”

Walensky claimed that her focus on gun violence will involve groups like the National Rifle Association (NRA) and that she plans to focus, at least partially, on gun safety. It is spending roughly $8 million “on 18 research projects to prevent gun-related violence and injuries,” studying whether programs that teach children gun safety cut down on childhood gun deaths, and whether hanging posters with suicide hotline numbers in gun stores reduce gun suicides.

“My job is to understand and evaluate the problem, to understand the scope of the problem, to understand why this happens and what are the things that can make it better – to research that, to scale that up, to evaluate it and to make sure that we can integrate it into communities,” Walensky said. “We have a lot of work to do in every single one of those areas because we haven’t done a lot of work as a nation in almost any of them.”

“Every day we turn on the news and there are more young people dying. I swore to the president and to this country that I would protect your health. This is clearly one of those issues that is harming America’s health,” she told CNN. “Something has to be done about this. 40,000 firearm related deaths a year. 120,000 serious firearm-related injuries per year.”
 

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Why So Many Americans Reject Legal Due Process In The Age Of COVID

MONDAY, AUG 30, 2021 - 06:20 PM
Authored by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute,

The policy response to the covid panic of 2020 in the United States was one of the most widespread direct attacks on fundamental human rights in decades. Overnight—and without any deliberation, debate, or checks and balances—millions of Americans were denied their basic rights to seek employment, to freely assemble, and to engage in religious practices.


Business and churches were closed, and countless Americans were ordered to stay in their homes and abandon their sources of income.

This was all done with no legal process other than the issuance of edicts from a tiny handful of politicians, usually executives such as state governors and city mayors.

Those who pressed for lockdowns and the effective confiscation of property—for that's what a forced business closure actually is—denied that any sort of due process or “checks and balances” were necessary.

Rather, the lockdown advocates insisted that the public instead embrace unreservedly the “recommendations” of experts in government offices, who insisted that coerced lockdowns and business closures were the only reasonable response to the assumed threat of covid-19. Were one to suggest in mixed company that businesses ought to be afforded a hearing before being forcibly closed—or that an individual ought to receive some sort of due process before being deemed a “nonessential” worker—this was likely to elicit scoffing and contempt.

There’s no room for due process anymore, the official narrative tells us.

This new turn toward obedience to expert-fueled executive power didn’t appear from nowhere. Rather it is, in part, a manifestation of a long ideological process that has gradually replaced respect for legal checks and balances and due process with a deference to scientific experts. These experts, it is alleged, must not be subject to the slow and inefficient process of legal constraints on state power.

This process is explained in a 1963 essay by French political scientist Bertrand de Jouvenel titled “The Political Consequences of the Rise of Science.”1
De Jouvenel’s basic premise is this: with the rise of liberalism in the West—what some call classical liberalism—greater care was taken to erect legal obstacles that slowed or prevented state action against individuals. This was done to ensure due process was afforded to ordinary people. This position became especially widespread and respected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as many gained a greater mistrust of government institutions and their agents. The idea was that political institutions could not seize life, liberty, or property from a person unless the state was first subjected to a reliable and stable legal process.

But this due process was slow, and was backward looking in the sense that it had been built up on legal foundations of avoiding past abuses by regimes. In a certain sense, it is conservative by nature.

De Jouvenel writes:
Precedent is the most ancient basis of law, and the safest….
Judicial procedure is the sole remnant of the old idea of “the right way,” and therefore an islet of stable procedure in a sea of shifting processes.
The most revered experts under this way of thinking were the legal experts or—to use de Jouvenel’s preferred term—the jurists, who ensured that legal process was respected so as to ensure the maintenance of legal rights.

But by the twentieth century, this respect for the jurists had begun to be replaced by deference to other experts, especially to scientific experts and policy experts, who promised to be able to manage and direct society toward specific outcomes. Moreover, the public’s growing faith in technology as a means of fine-tuning society began to challenge the now seemingly old-fashioned ideas of due process and stable procedure.

Consequently, de Jouvenel writes,
Now the judgment has been reversed: those who operate traditionally [i.e., the jurists who demanded respect for the old legal processes] are a drag upon progress.
Outcomes, rather than the legal process, become the driving motivation for policy. The model for society at this point shifts from a courtroom or parliament to a laboratory. Progress comes to be defined as the adoption of lightning-fast scientific efficiency:
Social organization [under the new experts] becomes a matter for systems engineering, and specific decisions become problems of operations research….
Unwittingly and indirectly, the scientist undermines the juristic order…. Our expectation of and enthusiasm for progress are in contradiction with fidelity to “the ways of our fathers.” But the “ways of our father,” so dear to ancient moralists, have always served as a significant basis for jurists.
So let’s look at how this has played out during the covid crisis.

That “science” was more important than due process in the minds of a great many Americans became immediately obvious for anyone who tried to stick up for “due process” during the spring of 2020.

Rather, policy became guided by the idea that experts will tell us the proper goals of government policy, and then governments were expected to impose the coercive measures necessary to achieve those goals. This process was seemingly efficient and progressive: the experts wanted X and Y, so it was expected that the state would use its police powers to force everyone to do X and Y. The end.

Political debate, legislative process, and adherence to legal processes, on the other hand, became mere impediments to accomplishing these important “scientific” goals.

The means through which this was to be accomplished was also explained by de Jouvenel, who noted that in the old liberal ideal of legal process, the legislature was to take the lead, with the executive acting merely to carry out the legislators’ wishes. This was the old Lockean model. But it failed to last.

Rather, in a regime that defers to scientific expertise, executive power has the upper hand, and the old Lockean model is turned on its head:
Science is a contributory influence to the dissolution of a juristic order. In the political realm, it is blatantly clear now that ”the executive” is nothing like what Locke imagined: he saw it as a power subordinate to the legislative, and as “seeing to” the execution of the laws. This implied that a decision of the executive should look back to the laws in force, whereas we are well aware that that such decisions in fact look forward to the results to be hoped from them.
In this new model, only the executive is well suited to conform to the demands of the new model of expertise. The executive can act fast, with minimal deliberation, and with attention paid more to outcome than to process.

Growing executive power is a natural fit for a society geared toward deference for technocratic experts. By this way of thinking, it’s best to just move forward and let the legislatures and courts catch up later.

And this what we have seen over the past eighteen months. Experts and executives take the political lead with a variety of orders and edicts, and it’s up to the courts and the legislatures to follow the lead of “decisive” action taken in the name of science.

Thus, only many months after the fact can those who oppose the executive’s preferred policies hope to regain some semblance of legal rights and due process through the courts or legislative action. By then, of course, grave damage might have already been done to human rights and economic institutions. And experience suggests that legal rights, once abolished, are exceptionally difficult to regain months or years later.

The public is likely to tolerate this, however, because the new model of scientific expertise has been so successful among so much of the public. In this new way of thinking, it is important to “do something” and to “trust the experts” and to disregard legal limits on executive power. To demand otherwise is to be “against science.”
 

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‘Just the News’ Highlights Big Tech and Big Finance Cracking Down on The Gateway Pundit, General Flynn, and Alex Berenson in “Cancel Culture Purge”

By Joe Hoft
Published August 31, 2021 at 7:00am

Last week The Gateway Pundit reported that Google canceled its ad network on our popular conservative website.

‘Just the News’ reported over the weekend that The Gateway Pundit was not alone.


We reported last week on Google’s latest effort to hurt The Gateway Pundit by attacking our advertising revenue. Google, Facebook and Amazon control over 75% of online advertising and frequently target and censor conservative websites.
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Over the weekend, Just the News commented on Google’s attack against The Gateway Pundit and others.
In recent days, Twitter permanently banned independent journalist Alex Berenson, Google demonetized The Gateway Pundit from its ad network, and Chase Bank canceled the credit cards of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

With national attention riveted over the weekend on two major stories — the frantic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan amid its fall to the Taliban and category 4 Hurricane Ida slamming into the Louisiana coast — Big Tech and woke finance dramatically extended the reach of cancel culture with brazen moves to silence and harass three high-profile voices of political and scientific dissent: independent journalist Alex Berenson, popular conservative news and opinion website The Gateway Pundit, and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
On Saturday, Twitter permanently banned Alex Berenson, who has built a large social media following challenging public health establishment orthodoxy on COVID issues ranging from lockdown to vaccine mandates…
…Meanwhile, on Thursday search and online advertising giant Google took aim at The Gateway Pundit, a conservative online news and opinion site that is ranked in the top 200 of U.S. websites according to Alexa and in the top 50 of English language news websites, according to a study prepared for media industry news site PressGazette.
“Google demonetized the Gateway Pundit from their ad network,” the site’s founder and editor Jim Hoft reported on Saturday.
Jim Hoft shared:

In explaining its move, Google cited two categories of violations: “Dangerous or derogatory content” and “Misreprentative — Unreliable and harmful claims.”
“The Gateway Pundit has an outstanding record of accurately reporting the top news stories of the day,” Hoft shot back. “Because of our continued success and our honest conservative bent we are regularly censored.”
Loss of revenue from Google Ads can be a severe blow to a digital news site, given the platform’s commanding position within the online advertising marketplace.
“For the record,” wrote Hoft, “the Google advertising platform is one of the largest ad networks on the internet. So now Google is not only censoring and shadowbanning conservatives, they are taking away their ad money.

“Google is truly one of the most dangerous companies in the world today.”
The third victim of the weekend purge was former Trump National Security Adviser and director of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Obama administration Michael Flynn, who posted to his Telegram account a notice from Chase Bank notifying him of the cancellation his credit cards.
“After careful consideration, we decided to close your credit cards on September 18, 2021 because continuing the relationship creates possible reputational risk to our company,” read the terse update from the Cardmember Services division of Chase, the banking subsidiary of financial services behemoth JPMorgan Chase.
These actions were as un-American enslaving fellow Americans.
 

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James O’Keefe strikes again…
Posted by Kane on August 31, 2021 3:50 pm

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View: https://youtu.be/83b_u5V51U8
12:06 min
Commie teacher with Antifa flag on his classroom wall
‘I have 180 days to turn them into revolutionaries’

Read all the details at Project Veritas…

Check out these highlights below…

View: https://twitter.com/i/status/1432738730641666049
2:54 min

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Sacramento High School Teacher CAUGHT on UNDERCOVER VIDEO Bragging About Indoctrinating Students to Become ANTIFA “Revolutionaries;” Views American Children as “Martyrs for a Cause” – (Video)

By Julian Conradson
Published August 31, 2021 at 6:40pm

A high school teacher in Sacramento California has been caught bragging about indoctrinating his students with communist propaganda so they can become “revolutionaries” who are willing to commit their lives to ANTIFA’s anti-American ideology.

Gabriel Gipe, the AP government teacher at Inderkum High School, was exposed by Project Veritas in another one of their brilliant undercover operations. One of their reporters met with Gipe at a restaurant where he happily boasted about his radical beliefs and his membership within the local Sacramento chapter of Antifa.
“You need to retrain the way people think. Consistently focusing on education and a change of cultural propaganda, it’s like we have to hit both fronts. We have to convince people that this [Socialism] is what we actually need.”
Gipe explains how students in his class are offered extra credit for going out and participating with the black-bloc mob as they terrorize the community. He teaches them that activism is “so much more than sending a tweet” and pressures them to get “involved.”

This radical psychopath believes that his whole job as an educator is to train his students to be violent activists. Gipe says that he tries to indoctrinate them with as much as possible by “scaring the f-ck outta them,” because he only gets 180 days to “turn them into revolutionaries.”
“There is a reason why Generation Z, these kids, are becoming further and further left. I’m probably as far left as you can go.”
He prominently displays communist propaganda around his classroom and brainwashes his students with “extreme ideology” because – as he puts it – “extreme times breed extreme ideologies.”

He even has a photo of Mao – the Chinese dictator responsible for millions of deaths – prominently displayed in his classroom.



One student had complained about the Antifa flag being displayed in the classroom, saying it made him “uncomfortable.” Gipe told the teenager he must be a fascist because the flag is “meant to make fascists feel uncomfortable.”



Inexplicably, this seems to be the norm for educators at woke Inderkum High School. According to Gipe, in his department alone, there are 3 other teachers who completed the same credential program and are “definitely on the same page.”

The whole shocking video can be seen here:

View: https://twitter.com/i/status/1432831270028029953
10:00 min

More and more teachers are being caught indoctrinating their students with this evil marxist ideology – The public school system is no longer a place of education, it has become an incubator that trains children to become social(ist) activists.

Home-schooling looks better each day.
 

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Sacramento High School Teacher CAUGHT on UNDERCOVER VIDEO Bragging About Indoctrinating Students to Become ANTIFA “Revolutionaries;” Views American Children as “Martyrs for a Cause” – (Video)

By Julian Conradson
Published August 31, 2021 at 6:40pm

A high school teacher in Sacramento California has been caught bragging about indoctrinating his students with communist propaganda so they can become “revolutionaries” who are willing to commit their lives to ANTIFA’s anti-American ideology.

Gabriel Gipe, the AP government teacher at Inderkum High School, was exposed by Project Veritas in another one of their brilliant undercover operations. One of their reporters met with Gipe at a restaurant where he happily boasted about his radical beliefs and his membership within the local Sacramento chapter of Antifa.

Gipe explains how students in his class are offered extra credit for going out and participating with the black-bloc mob as they terrorize the community. He teaches them that activism is “so much more than sending a tweet” and pressures them to get “involved.”

This radical psychopath believes that his whole job as an educator is to train his students to be violent activists. Gipe says that he tries to indoctrinate them with as much as possible by “scaring the f-ck outta them,” because he only gets 180 days to “turn them into revolutionaries.”

He prominently displays communist propaganda around his classroom and brainwashes his students with “extreme ideology” because – as he puts it – “extreme times breed extreme ideologies.”

He even has a photo of Mao – the Chinese dictator responsible for millions of deaths – prominently displayed in his classroom.



One student had complained about the Antifa flag being displayed in the classroom, saying it made him “uncomfortable.” Gipe told the teenager he must be a fascist because the flag is “meant to make fascists feel uncomfortable.”



Inexplicably, this seems to be the norm for educators at woke Inderkum High School. According to Gipe, in his department alone, there are 3 other teachers who completed the same credential program and are “definitely on the same page.”

The whole shocking video can be seen here:

View: https://twitter.com/i/status/1432831270028029953
10:00 min

More and more teachers are being caught indoctrinating their students with this evil marxist ideology – The public school system is no longer a place of education, it has become an incubator that trains children to become social(ist) activists.

Home-schooling looks better each day.
There was a time when this piece of shit would have been arrested
 

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Broadway Composer Says Maoist Takeover of Arts is Like Living in a “Totalitarian State”

“No one dares say it out loud.”


1 September, 2021
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Acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz says that the mob’s takeover of arts and culture feels like something straight out of a Maoist “totalitarian state.”

In an interview with the Telegraph, Schwartz highlights the insanity of the left’s new “cultural appropriation” purity test, where if artists want to avoid retribution from the woke brigade, they are only allowed to write about “someone who is exactly like you.”

“Everyone in the arts in America is talking about the tyranny of cancel culture and cultural appropriation,” said Schwartz. “The funny thing is, no one dares to say it aloud. It’s like living in a totalitarian state.”

The composer of 2017’s Prince of Egypt slammed the new Maoist ideological militancy which employs censorship and intimidation tactics to suffocate independent creativity.

“We’ve lost the ability to have our world view challenged by another point of view. It’s as though we’ve become terrified of ideas. But ideas are how society progresses,” said Schwartz.

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The former president of the Directors Guild of America said that positive depictions of white characters are routinely decried as “white saviors,” adding, “What’s also strange is that if you write a character who is bigoted, people now assume you hold those views yourself.”

Noting that it’s a “weird time” for the arts, Schwartz underscores how the mob is mimicking the behavior of the Salem Witch trials, where “accusation is everything” and people are condemned and vilified for opinions they had 20 years ago.

The composer compared the mob’s treatment of those deemed to have made such infractions to “making people wander around wearing dunce caps saying they are sorry.”

Schwartz is by no means an obscure figure, having won three Grammys, three Oscars and a Golden Globe.

His strident condemnation of the relatively small but vociferous mob who have weaponized cancel culture to terrify artists into being amplifiers for their various inane social justice causes should be applauded.

“I think the pendulum has swung so far it’s got to swing back now. It’s just too crazy,” concluded Schwartz. “The whole point about art is empathy. At the end of the day we have to deal with it if we want to live in a free society.”
 

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HIDDEN LAWS Enable Parents to CONTROL School Boards

By Jim Hoft
Published September 2, 2021 at 11:42am
Guest post by Ken Eyring from Granite Grok


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Elitist School Boards have implemented policies and curricula that go against parent values and wishes, like mask mandates and CRT. This has lead to hotly contested meetings because parents are fed up with being ignored. But now parents have a weapon of their own to take back control!

The Government Integrity Project (GIP) has uncovered laws that give parents legal authority to mandate THEIR wishes and decisions are implemented!

No more pleading with school board members about masks… or CRT… or DEI/J… or any other decisions that are being made against your will. Mandate what you want your school board to do via a voter-approved petition – and they have to do it!

This newfound power is not limited to mask policies. Parents can take decision-making control into their own hands for any issue at any time.

Parents have this authority via RSA 197:2 (in single town school districts), and RSA 195:13 (in cooperative school districts), to call for a special meeting (i.e. special election) so voters can vote to override the school board.

The two sample petitions below are written to empower PARENTS and GUARDIANS with the authority to decide whether or not their children will wear masks in school. The GIP has provided the petitions in PDF as well as Word format to make it easy for you to modify the petition language for CRT, DEI/J, or any other issue you want addressed in your school.

It’s simple. Follow the steps below for your type of school district.

Single Town School Districts:
1. Download a copy of the School District Petition template: (PDF, Word)

2. Fill in the blanks with the name of your school district and name of your town (see completed example below), and make as many copies as you need.

3. Modify the subject matter to define what you would like to be voted on. In the example provided in the template link above, the subject matter is shown below:
“(a) The use of face coverings shall be optional for all students at the sole discretion of their parent or guardian, (b) the use of face coverings shall be optional for any employees and visitors on school district facilities and attending school sanctioned events.”

4. Per RSA 197:2, you will need to obtain original signatures on the petition for 50 or more registered voters, or 1/4 of the registered voters of the district, whichever is less.

5. Deliver the signed petitions to your school board or to someone you know in the District office. Make sure to get a stamped date/time receipt.

Cooperative School Districts:

1. Download a copy of the Cooperative School District Petition template: (PDF, Word)

2. Fill in the blanks with the name of your school district and name of your town (see completed example below), and make as many copies as you need.

3. Modify the subject matter to define what you would like to be voted on. In the example provided in the cooperative template link above, the subject matter is shown below:

“(a) The use of face coverings shall be optional for all students at the sole discretion of their parent or guardian, (b) the use of face coverings shall be optional for any employees and visitors on school district facilities and attending school sanctioned events.”

4. Per RSA 195:13, you will need to obtain original signatures for 5% of the registered voters in the district on the petition.

5. Deliver the signed petitions to your school board or to someone you know in the District office. Make sure to get a stamped date/time receipt.
Suggestions


1. Obtain at least 10% more signatures than are required by law in case some of the ones you collect are invalid.

2. Try to collect the contact information of those who sign the petition so that you can alert them to the date/time when the special meeting will be held.

If the voters approve the Warrant Article, the School Board will be compelled by law to follow the will of the voters.

Sample Completed Template for Timberlane Regional School District:

 

marsh

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Federal Use Of Facial Recognition Technology Expanding: GAO Report

THURSDAY, SEP 02, 2021 - 09:20 PM
Authored by Ken Silva via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Pedestrians walk along Powell Street in San Francisco on May 14, 2019. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) survey shows that at least 10 federal agencies have plans to expand their use of facial recognition technology over the next two years—a prospect that alarms privacy advocates who worry about a lack of oversight.

The GAO released the results of a survey of 24 federal agencies, finding that 18 of them use facial recognition technology. Fourteen of those agencies use the tech for routine activity, such as unlocking agency-issued smartphones, while six reported using facial recognition software for criminal investigations and five others use the technology for surveillance, the Aug. 24 report found.

“For example, [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] reported that it used an FRT system (AnyVision) to monitor its facilities by searching live camera feeds in real-time for individuals on watchlists or suspected of criminal activity, which reduces the need for security guards to memorize these individuals’ faces,” the GAO said. “This system automatically alerts personnel when an individual on a watchlist is present.”

According to the GAO, at least 10 government agencies plan to expand their use of facial recognition technology through 2023. To do so, many agencies are turning to the private sector.

For example, “[the] U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations reported it began an operational pilot using Clearview AI in June 2020, which supports the agency’s counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigations,” the GAO said.

“The agency reported it already collects facial images with mobile devices to search national databases and plans to enhance searches by accessing Clearview AI’s large repository of facial images from open sources to search for matches.”

The GAO’s Aug. 24 report follows June research that focused specifically on law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology. The GAO’s June report revealed the vast troves of data held by federal law enforcement, including 836 million images held by the Department of Homeland Security alone.

The June report also revealed the lack of oversight regarding facial recognition technology. According to the report, 13 of the 20 federal law enforcement agencies that use the technology didn’t know what systems they use.

“For example, when we requested information from one of the agencies about its use of non-federal systems, agency officials told us they had to poll field division personnel because the information was not maintained by the agency,” the report said.

“These agency officials also told us that the field division personnel had to work from their memory about their past use of non-federal systems and that they could not ensure we were provided comprehensive information about the agency’s use of non-federal systems.”

The lack of oversight of the government’s use of surveillance technology is an issue that has drawn the attention of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

Democrats have largely focused on the racial disparities in the accuracy of facial recognition, while some Republicans have expressed concerns about domestic surveillance.

Michigan resident Robert Williams, a Black man who was wrongly arrested in January after Detroit police incorrectly identified him as a felon based on shoddy facial recognition technology, testified about such problems at a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing.

Why is law enforcement even allowed to use such technology when it obviously doesn’t work?” Williams said to lawmakers July 13. “I get angry when I hear companies, politicians, and police talk about how this technology isn’t dangerous or flawed or say that they only use it as an investigative tool.

“If any of that was true, I wouldn’t have been arrested.”

Williams said he supports the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act, which would halt the use of facial recognition technology by federal agencies until that use was authorized by Congress. However, little action has been taken on the measure—though Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) reintroduced the legislation in June.

With inaction on the federal level, states and localities have taken to curbing the use of facial recognition technology.

The state of Washington enacted a law in March 2020 that requires government agencies to obtain a warrant to run facial recognition scans. Local jurisdictions such as Oakland, San Francisco, and King County, Washington, have also banned government use of the technology.

Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) support such efforts, arguing that the expansion of facial recognition technology must be halted until lawmakers can enact safeguards.

Others have cautioned against banning useful technology in the zeal to protect privacy.

“Critics miss the fact that the benefits of law enforcement use of facial recognition are well-proven—they are used today to help solve crimes, identify victims, and find witnesses—and most of the concerns about the technology remain hypothetical,” the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a largely pro-tech industry think tank, stated.

“In fact, critics of the technology almost always make a ‘slippery slope’ argument about the potential threat of expanding police surveillance, rather than pointing to specific instances of harm. Banning the technology now would do more harm than good.”
 

marsh

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Lawsuit: Apple and Google Are Recording Users Without Their Knowledge
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A recent lawsuit alleges that the virtual assistants of tech companies like Apple and Google are listening in on users even when they’re not supposed to.

The Washington Post reports that this week, a judge ruled that Apple will have to fight a lawsuit brought by users in federal court in California which alleges that Apple’s voice assistant Siri is improperly recording users’ conversations. The judge ruled that the lawsuit could continue despite Apple’s attempts to have it thrown out.

The Associated Press
Apple set to preview updates for iPhones, Siri and more

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Judge Jeffrey S. White of the federal district court in Oakland, did dismiss one element of the lawsuit which involved users’ economic harm. But he finally ruled that the plaintiffs could continue pursuing allegations that Siri activated without prompting and records user conversations that it shouldn’t have, passing that data on to third parties and violating user privacy.

This case, which aims to gain class-action status, is just one of many brought against Google, Apple, and Amazon over the companies’ voice assistants. So far the tech giants have denied that their voice assistants are spying on conversations and only listen in for “wake words” and to receive commands. An Amazon spokesperson said in a statement that Amazon only stores user audio when a wake word is used and even then only a “small fraction” of user audio is manually reviewed.

A similar suit to the one recently filed against Apple has been taken against Google and is going through the federal court system in California. It’s estimated that 128 million people in the United States use a voice assistant on a monthly basis, according to eMarketer, meaning that potential privacy issues could cause major complications for tech giants.

Breitbart News has previously reported extensively on privacy issues relating to Amazon’s Alexa and the amount of voice data recorded by the devices.

Read more about the latest lawsuit against Apple at the Washington Post here.
 

marsh

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Hemingway: The Left Will Manipulate Everything From The Supreme Court To You

Propaganda from the corrupt corporate media, Hemingway said, is just one way that political agendas such as swaying a court decision can be pushed.


Jordan Davidson

By Jordan Davidson
SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

The left will use narrative-setting tactics including Big Tech censorship, media control, and judicial manipulation to push a political agenda, said Federalist Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway.

“I think there’s reasonable concern about the court and unreasonable concern about the court and that people need to have perspective on all of these things,” Hemingway said in an episode of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s speaker series “Conceived in Liberty.”

She noted that former President Donald Trump’s judicial appointments “are among his greatest achievements of his administration” and despite concerns that “these justices [should] be a little stronger,” she said “these are justices who are not behaving as some of what conservatives had gotten used to for other nominees from ostensibly conservative presidents … when it comes particularly to issues of religious liberty or tackling the administrative state.”

Trump’s appointees for federal courts, Hemingway said, also “really are impressive.”

“There are some excellent judges at these lower levels who have just done really courageous, tremendous work. And when you’re picking someone to be on the Supreme Court, you’re usually working with nominees that your predecessors put on federal courts. And so what I think is really impressive about Trump’s several hundred conservative appointments to these other courts, is that next time you have a conservative as a president, they will be picking from a much better pool than what even President Trump had to work with,” Hemingway said.

While the Biden administration doesn’t seem to “have a great chance of truly packing the court” because that would be “too radical,” Hemingway said, they are employing ways “to control the outcome of certain decisions.”

“And when people have tried to pack the court before they didn’t succeed in increasing the number of justices maybe but they did succeed in bullying members to rule a certain way,” Hemingway noted. “I do think that is something where they would have a much better chance of success and is something that people should be concerned about.”

Propaganda from the corrupt corporate media, Hemingway said, is just one way that political agendas such as swaying a court decision can be pushed.

“I don’t think the credibility of the media can go down much more than it already has. People are not trusting them and I actually think that’s a good thing,” Hemingway said. “I think people thought for a long time that the media were just biased, that they just needed encouragement to do a better job of journalism.

What’s different about the moment we’re in now is that I think people realize they’re doing their job. Their job is not journalism, their job is propaganda.”

“That’s good that people have woken up to the reality that the media are that hostile to conservative ideas, founding principles, and so they’re not expecting them to be improved by complaining about bias or pointing out hypocrisy,” she continued. “They actually understand that they are in many ways the primary political opponent of lovers of freedom and the founding principles upon which this country has had so much success.”

Certain reporters can still be trusted, Hemingway said, but the left creates “this massive echo chamber.”

“They control narratives. And people who aren’t part of that leftist media landscape are much less funded, much less supported and so it’s important that people who do want to get good information support those media outlets and reporters who are doing a good job.”

Hemingway concluded the conversation by discussing her new book “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized our Elections.”

“I didn’t like the way that people were talking about [the 2020 election] so I wanted to dig into it,” Hemingway explained. “I had already thought prior to the election that the way the media had behaved and the way the tech companies had censored discourse, and the way polls were so corrupt, that that was a form of rigging the election and so that’s what I really wanted to look into were the ways that the media, Big Tech, and these fake polls can do so much to harm whether or not we have free and fair elections.”

Hemingway also researched how “left-wing tech oligarchs spent hundreds of millions of dollars to embed into electoral systems.”

“I think it’s important that we all can trust these entities that are supposed to administer elections without partisan bias. By funding in key cities and key states, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, this privatized funding of elections really did a lot to make people feel less confident in the integrity of the election and that’s something that really is a big issue going forward.”

The Bradley Foundation recognized Hemingway as a 2021 Bradley Prize winner in August, noting her achievements help achieve the organization’s goal to “restore, strengthen, and protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism.”
 

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National Archives Places ‘Harmful Language Alert’ On Page Hosting U.S. Constitution.


The webpage of the U.S. National Archives that hosts the nation’s own Constitution has a “harmful language alert” for readers at the top of the page.

The alert now appears on many pages on the archives.org website, and links to a page entitled “NARA’s Statement on Potentially Harmful Content,” which they define as:
  • reflect racist, sexist, ableist, misogynistic/misogynoir, and xenophobic opinions and attitudes;
  • be discriminatory towards or exclude diverse views on sexuality, gender, religion, and more;
  • include graphic content of historical events such as violent death, medical procedures, crime, wars/terrorist acts, natural disasters and more;
  • demonstrate bias and exclusion in institutional collecting and digitization policies.
Bizarrely, the warning does not appear on a page about Jim Crow, which has no fewer than 6 uses of the word “n*gg*r.” Nor does it appear on a page with the word “k*ke.”

It does, however, appear on the page of the U.S. Constitution:

 

marsh

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China’s Bot Army Incited ‘Racial Injustice’ Protests In America, CNN Admits.


A report highlighting Chinese government-backed influence campaigns on social media platforms found that the effort sought to mobilize protests against “racial injustice,” CNN has finally admitted.

The network’s summary of the recently released Mandiant Threat Intelligence and Google report notes how bot accounts linked to a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) disinformation network attempted to incite Asian Americans to protest against racism and those claiming COVID-19 originated in China.

“US officials believe the operation is linked to the Chinese government,” the article adds.

As the CNN article admits:

In April for example, experts saw thousands of fake accounts calling on Asian Americans to protest racial injustice in the US and “disinformation about the virus’ origins.” While experts found no evidence these posts were successful in mobilizing protesters, the report says “it does provide early warning that the actors behind the activity may be starting to explore, in however limited a fashion, more direct means of influencing the domestic affairs of the US.”

The report identifies how the bot network attempted to catalyze a protest on April 24th in New York City:

In April 2021, thousands of posts in languages including English, Japanese, and Korean, images, and videos were posted across multiple platforms by accounts we assess to be part of this broader activity set that called on Asian Americans to protest racial injustices in the U.S. The accounts specifically called on Asian Americans to protest on April 24 in New York City and “fight back” against the purported “rumors” caused by Dr. Li-Meng Yan, Guo Wengui, and Steve Bannon, and in some instances provided an address that they claimed Guo lived at.

Posts shared by the fake accounts included messages such as “the racism is the virus.”
https://thenationalpulse.com/breaking/covid-vaccine-vial-maker-researcher-indicted/


“This direct call for physical mobilization is a significant development compared to prior activity, potentially indicative of an emerging intent to motivate real-world activity outside of China’s territories,” the report says.’

“While experts at Mandiant and Google say they have not seen these specific pro-Chinese accounts wade into election specific content to date, they did warn that the actors responsible could be gearing up for a more expansive disinformation push,” CNN adds. Platforms such as TikTok, however, have been used to sabotage Trump rallies during the 2020 election cycle.

The National Pulse first reported on the existence of a Beijing-backed, online bot army in early 2020, which, at the time, was used to criticize former President Donald Trump and his COVID-19 response.

More recently, over 20 advocacy groups comprising the “Stop AAPI Hate” coalition sent a letter demanding the Biden White House terminate the Department of Justice’s Trump-era “China Initiative” – which identifies and prosecutes Chinese Communist Party espionage operations – and publicly discredit the COVID-19 “lab leak” theory.

No evidence of a quid pro quo over the CCP’s attempts to bolster these campaigns digitally and the campaigns’ attempts to shift U.S. government policy on China has yet emerged.
 

marsh

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Buchanan: Is Democracy Versus Autocracy The New Cold War?

WEDNESDAY, SEP 08, 2021 - 04:45 PM
Authored by Pat Buchanan,

“He may be an SOB, but he’s our SOB.”

So said President Franklin D. Roosevelt of Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza, and how very American. For, from its first days, America has colluded with autocrats when the national interest demanded it.

George Washington danced a jig in 1778 when he learned that our diplomats had effected an alliance with France’s King Louis XVI. The alliance, he knew, would be indispensable to an American victory.

In April 1917, the U.S. went to war “to make the world safe for democracy” in collusion with four of the world greatest empires: the British, French, Russian and Japanese. All four annexed new colonial lands and peoples from the victory for democracy we were decisive in winning.

In World War II, we gave massive military aid to Joseph Stalin’s USSR, which used it to crush, conquer and communize half of Europe.

Antonio Salazar, dictator of Portugal, was a founding member of NATO. During the Cold War, we allied with autocrats Syngman Rhee of South Korea, Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, the shah of Iran and Gen. Augusto Pinochet of Chile. The second largest army in NATO is under the autocratic rule of Turkish President Recep Erdogan.

Our major allies in the Arab world are Egypt’s Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew a democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, and the various kings, princes, sultans and emirs along the Persian Gulf.


Yet, President Joe Biden has defined the global struggle as between democracy and autocracy and said, “Democracy will and must prevail.”
“We agree with that strategic vision,” echoed The Washington Post.
But is this an accurate depiction of great power rivalry today?



If the autocratic-democratic divide is the fault line, on which side do Erdogan, Sisi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman fall?

Are we really in an ideological war with Vladimir Putin’s Russia today, as we were during the Cold War with Stalin’s USSR?

We have quarrels with Putin over Crimea and the Donbas, and he wants to keep Ukraine and Georgia from joining NATO. But where is the evidence that Putin seeks to change our democratic form of government into an autocracy?

Putin’s objections to us are to our policies, not our democracy.

Back in the 1950s, Nikita Khrushchev had boasted that America’s grandchildren would live under Communism. When has Putin proclaimed any such grand ideological Kremlin goal?

Is our quarrel with China ideological in character?
China is a great and growing economic and military power, with quarrels with most of its neighbors.

It has trade issues with Australia; a border dispute with India in the Himalayas; and differences with Vietnam, the Philippines and four other nations over who owns the islets in the South China Sea. China also claims Taiwan and the Senkaku Islands occupied by Japan.

But with the exceptions of Taiwan and Hong Kong, which it claims as sovereign Chinese territory, Beijing has not pressed any nation to adopt a political system similar to that of China’s Communist Party.

It coexists with Communist Vietnam, autocratic Myanmar, theocratic Afghanistan, and democratic India, Australia and Japan.

Beijing’s quarrel with us is not that America is “a democracy.” China’s objections are that we block its ambitions and back the nations of South Asia and Southeast Asia that thwart its strategic goals.

The quarrel is not ideological, but political and strategic.
Why, then, turn it into a war of systems? Where is the evidence that Beijing is trying to communize her neighbors, or change their political systems to conform to her own?

However, there is considerable evidence to demonstrate that the United States actively seeks to subvert the rule of Putin in Russia.

Though Putin’s Kremlin is accused of having hacked the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016, even if true, how would that compare with U.S. interference today in the internal affairs of Russia?

Are Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe objective and neutral in their coverage in Russia? Do the many nongovernmental organizations and the National Endowment for Democracy take a hands-off approach to the internal politics of Russia?

What did the Kremlin do to advance the political ambitions of Donald Trump to compare with what our diplomatic and governmental institutions and quasi-government agencies appear to be doing to undermine Putin and advance the candidacy of Alexei Navalny?

If American democracy is in an ideological war with Russia, who is on the offensive here? Who wishes to change whose political system?
“The U.S. national interest and the promotion of democracy, or at least political stability, abroad are not so easily separated,” writes The Washington Post.
But where did America acquire the right to interfere in the internal affairs of other nations to change them to conform to our own?

If our goal is to democratize Russia and China, i.e., change their political systems to conform more closely with our democratic one, is that not tantamount to a declaration of ideological war by us?

Is this not the essence of ideological warfare?

And who, then, is the aggressor in this new ideological war?
 

marsh

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My University Sacrificed Ideas for Ideology. So Today I Quit.

WEDNESDAY, SEP 08, 2021 - 07:40 PM
Op-Ed authored by Peter Boghossian via Common Sense with Bari Weiss,

Peter Boghossian has taught philosophy at Portland State University for the past decade. In the letter below, sent this morning to the university’s provost, he explains why he is resigning.



Dear Provost Susan Jeffords,

I’m writing to you today to resign as assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University.

Over the last decade, it has been my privilege to teach at the university. My specialties are critical thinking, ethics and the Socratic method, and I teach classes like Science and Pseudoscience and The Philosophy of Education. But in addition to exploring classic philosophers and traditional texts, I’ve invited a wide range of guest lecturers to address my classes, from Flat-Earthers to Christian apologists to global climate skeptics to Occupy Wall Street advocates. I’m proud of my work.

I invited those speakers not because I agreed with their worldviews, but primarily because I didn’t. From those messy and difficult conversations, I’ve seen the best of what our students can achieve: questioning beliefs while respecting believers; staying even-tempered in challenging circumstances; and even changing their minds.

I never once believed nor do I now that the purpose of instruction was to lead my students to a particular conclusion. Rather, I sought to create the conditions for rigorous thought; to help them gain the tools to hunt and furrow for their own conclusions. This is why I became a teacher and why I love teaching.

But brick by brick, the university has made this kind of intellectual exploration impossible. It has transformed a bastion of free inquiry into a Social Justice factory whose only inputs were race, gender, and victimhood and whose only outputs were grievance and division.

Students at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues. Faculty and administrators have abdicated the university’s truth-seeking mission and instead drive intolerance of divergent beliefs and opinions. This has created a culture of offense where students are now afraid to speak openly and honestly.

I noticed signs of the illiberalism that has now fully swallowed the academy quite early during my time at Portland State. I witnessed students refusing to engage with different points of view. Questions from faculty at diversity trainings that challenged approved narratives were instantly dismissed. Those who asked for evidence to justify new institutional policies were accused of microaggressions.

And professors were accused of bigotry for assigning canonical texts written by philosophers who happened to have been European and male.

At first, I didn’t realize how systemic this was and I believed I could question this new culture. So I began asking questions. What is the evidence that trigger warnings and safe spaces contribute to student learning? Why should racial consciousness be the lens through which we view our role as educators? How did we decide that “cultural appropriation” is immoral?

Unlike my colleagues, I asked these questions out loud and in public.

I decided to study the new values that were engulfing Portland State and so many other educational institutions — values that sound wonderful, like diversity, equity, and inclusion, but might actually be just the opposite. The more I read the primary source material produced by critical theorists, the more I suspected that their conclusions reflected the postulates of an ideology, not insights based on evidence.

I began networking with student groups who had similar concerns and brought in speakers to explore these subjects from a critical perspective. And it became increasingly clear to me that the incidents of illiberalism I had witnessed over the years were not just isolated events, but part of an institution-wide problem.

The more I spoke out about these issues, the more retaliation I faced.

Early in the 2016-17 academic year, a former student complained about me and the university initiated a Title IX investigation. (Title IX investigations are a part of federal law designed to protect “people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.”) My accuser, a white male, made a slew of baseless accusations against me, which university confidentiality rules unfortunately prohibit me from discussing further.

What I can share is that students of mine who were interviewed during the process told me the Title IX investigator asked them if they knew anything about me beating my wife and children. This horrifying accusation soon became a widespread rumor.

With Title IX investigations there is no due process, so I didn’t have access to the particular accusations, the ability to confront my accuser, and I had no opportunity to defend myself. Finally, the results of the investigation were revealed in December 2017. Here are the last two sentences of the report:

“Global Diversity & Inclusion finds there is insufficient evidence that Boghossian violated PSU’s Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment policy. GDI recommends Boghossian receive coaching.”

Not only was there no apology for the false accusations, but the investigator also told me that in the future I was not allowed to render my opinion about “protected classes” or teach in such a way that my opinion about protected classes could be known — a bizarre conclusion to absurd charges. Universities can enforce ideological conformity just through the threat of these investigations.

I eventually became convinced that corrupted bodies of scholarship were responsible for justifying radical departures from the traditional role of liberal arts schools and basic civility on campus. There was an urgent need to demonstrate that morally fashionable papers — no matter how absurd — could be published. I believed then that if I exposed the theoretical flaws of this body of literature, I could help the university community avoid building edifices on such shaky ground.

So, in 2017, I co-published an intentionally garbled peer-reviewed paper that took aim at the new orthodoxy. Its title: “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct.” This example of pseudo-scholarship, which was published in Cogent Social Sciences, argued that penises were products of the human mind and responsible for climate change. Immediately thereafter, I revealed the article as a hoax designed to shed light on the flaws of the peer-review and academic publishing systems.

Shortly thereafter, swastikas in the bathroom with my name under them began appearing in two bathrooms near the philosophy department. They also occasionally showed up on my office door, in one instance accompanied by bags of feces. Our university remained silent. When it acted, it was against me, not the perpetrators.

I continued to believe, perhaps naively, that if I exposed the flawed thinking on which Portland State’s new values were based, I could shake the university from its madness. In 2018 I co-published a series of absurd or morally repugnant peer-reviewed articles in journals that focused on issues of race and gender. In one of them we argued that there was an epidemic of dog rape at dog parks and proposed that we leash men the way we leash dogs. Our purpose was to show that certain kinds of “scholarship” are based not on finding truth but on advancing social grievances. This worldview is not scientific, and it is not rigorous.

Administrators and faculty were so angered by the papers that they published an anonymous piece in the student paper and Portland State filed formal charges against me. Their accusation? “Research misconduct” based on the absurd premise that the journal editors who accepted our intentionally deranged articles were “human subjects.” I was found guilty of not receiving approval to experiment on human subjects.

Meanwhile, ideological intolerance continued to grow at Portland State. In March 2018, a tenured professor disrupted a public discussion I was holding with author Christina Hoff Sommers and evolutionary biologists Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying. In June 2018, someone triggered the fire alarm during my conversation with popular cultural critic Carl Benjamin. In October 2018, an activist pulled out the speaker wires to interrupt a panel with former Google engineer James Damore. The university did nothing to stop or address this behavior. No one was punished or disciplined.

For me, the years that followed were marked by continued harassment. I’d find flyers around campus of me with a Pinocchio nose. I was spit on and threatened by passersby while walking to class. I was informed by students that my colleagues were telling them to avoid my classes. And, of course, I was subjected to more investigation.

I wish I could say that what I am describing hasn’t taken a personal toll. But it has taken exactly the toll it was intended to: an increasingly intolerable working life and without the protection of tenure.

This isn’t about me. This is about the kind of institutions we want and the values we choose. Every idea that has advanced human freedom has always, and without fail, been initially condemned. As individuals, we often seem incapable of remembering this lesson, but that is exactly what our institutions are for: to remind us that the freedom to question is our fundamental right. Educational institutions should remind us that that right is also our duty.

Portland State University has failed in fulfilling this duty. In doing so it has failed not only its students but the public that supports it. While I am grateful for the opportunity to have taught at Portland State for over a decade, it has become clear to me that this institution is no place for people who intend to think freely and explore ideas.

This is not the outcome I wanted. But I feel morally obligated to make this choice. For ten years, I have taught my students the importance of living by your principles. One of mine is to defend our system of liberal education from those who seek to destroy it. Who would I be if I didn’t?

Sincerely,
Peter Boghossian
 

JF&P

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{ attended PSU back in the 70s....I dropped out of a civics class as the instructor was clearly a communist.

Look at Portland today.
 

artichoke

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Colorado Springs bans CRT in schools after this epic speech by black father…
Posted by Kane on August 20, 2021 9:40 pm

View: https://youtu.be/L2fGVbMYp54
3:44 min
Derrick Wilburn makes an impassioned speech

:applaud::applaud:
Good result. I don't like that you have to get a black face to endorse your idea. Our district doesn't have so many black families, but those we have always stand up on the pro-CRT and "we are facing horrible microaggressions". They tried running an absolutely toxic black candidate for school board, fortunately and amazingly we were able to vote her down. Used to be that toxic PC stuff always won.
 

artichoke

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After Pledging They Would Violate Law To Teach CRT, Teachers Scramble To Hide Evidence

By Luke Rosiak
Aug 25, 2021 DailyWire.com

Illustration from Kangah / Royalty-free/ Getty Images

Teachers who signed a pledge that they would teach Critical Race Theory ideas even if it was against the law are now desperately trying to hide their involvement, with dozens of names disappearing over the last two months.

The petition, sponsored by the communism-praising Zinn Education Project, said that lawmakers in many states “aim to prohibit teachers from teaching the truth about this country: It was founded on the dispossession of Native Americans, slavery, structural racism and oppression; and structural racism is a defining characteristic of our society today.”

The signatories, including many who teach in conservative areas, projected an aura of boldness. “We, the undersigned educators, refuse to lie to young people about U.S. history and current events — regardless of the law,” the petition said.

Some, however, have since apparently decided to conceal those beliefs from the parents who employ them.

In all, over the last two months, Zinn removed the names of 37 signatories who were apparently not as courageous as they first believed, according to a data analysis by The Daily Wire.

Seventh-grade teacher Romelo Green signed the pledge from Brookhaven, New York, a perennial conservative stronghold on Long Island in which nine out of ten elected officials are Republican. He teaches American History for South Country Central School District at Bellport Middle School in nearby Bellport, a town that is 1% black, 2% Hispanic, and 2% Asian, according to the Census.

After realizing that his name was online, Green panicked.

He contacted the Zinn Education Project, which wrote back to him: “We removed your name. This has been such a tough school year already and then for teachers to face retribution for pledging to teach the truth is too much! Please keep us posted.”

He also repeatedly contacted The Daily Wire, which published a version of Zinn’s list. “I wanted to ask that my name be removed from this list as soon as possible… Time is of the essence,” he wrote.

But in a phone call with The Daily Wire to determine on what grounds he was asking his name to be removed from an article, Green was all over the place.

First, he said he only “may” have signed it, and if he did, it was accidentally. “You may accidentally put your name on something… I went on that site to find some content for my class… I don’t even remember what content I was getting from the site… I must have seen this pledge and signed it. It was probably my doing, without even realizing it,” he said, adding that he does not always read things carefully.

But the now-deleted data shows that he didn’t just click a button or enter his name – he typed a paragraph describing why he agreed with its message. “I am committed to teaching the truth about our nations [sic] history. To educate young minds about the traumatic history many minorities have lived and experienced for centuries. My goal is to teach about the past in hopes for the next generation to build a more just society,” it said.

Next, Green said that he does not necessarily disagree with the petition – he just didn’t want people to know. When asked if he was asking for his name to be removed from the petition because his views have changed, he said only, “I just want my name removed is all.”

“Since I attached my name to it and said I’m going to teach it to your kids, it’s causing me a lot of trouble,” he said, adding that a union rep told him it “doesn’t look good on me. Especially because it’s only my first year, non-tenured.” He said he was also contacted by two people in his department about it.

When asked if he would abide by laws or rules even if he disagreed with them, he at first said “if my district says not to teach it, that’s what I’m going to do.”

But soon after, he said he would not change his teaching methods, but would simply avoid the phrase “critical race theory.”

I’m going “to just do what I’ve always been doing, and not call it that, that’s what I’m going to do,” he said.

College senior Emma Niebaum of Omaha, Nebraska, also signed the pledge. Her mother told The Daily Wire that her daughter “didn’t even know what CRT was until my husband explained it to her a few months ago… Emma said she retracted her testimony or whatever it is called after she found out about CRT.”

However, when Emma contacted The Daily Wire, she did not express any change of heart, merely stated “please remove my name from there,” and did not return a request for more information. Zinn still has testimony from her saying “If we want things to change we need the next generation to know what’s happening now.”

One name removed was a prank that seemed to hit a little too close to home for organizers: “Karl Marx” signed it from Washington, D.C.

But in a lesson for policymakers who are considering whether a ban on teaching divisive topics like systemic racism or critical race theory would be effective, it seems unlikely that most of the removed names actually changed their positions, rather than simply decided to be more covert.

Some teachers had a sense of entitlement about their right to push opinions on children while being paid as government employees in a community’s public schools. Monico DaRugna of Gilbert, Arizona, wrote: “It is not up to the Government to run our schools.”

Anna Jablonski of Portland, Oregon was far from shy when she signed the petition, saying: “WE MUST TEACH THE TRUTH TO HEAL AND GROW HEALTHY AS A SOCIETY. It f***ing pisses me off that I wasn’t taught as a kid or young adult and that the truth is still concealed.” But her name is now gone.

For many, the focus on political opinions in school seemed to come at the expense of basics like grammar. “Students deserve to know unedited history and it’s [sic] effects today,” Amanda Redmond of Bend, Oregon, wrote.

The Zinn Education Project is named after Howard Zinn, whose FBI file says he taught a class in Marxism at Communist Party Headquarters in Brooklyn.

A list of teachers who pledged to defy potential laws as of June 23, by location, is here. Below are the 37 names which disappeared by two months later.

Arizona
Gilbert, Az
Stefanie Campanella
California
Capitola, Ca
Amanda Lindell
Santa Rosa, Ca
Warren Smith
Union City, Ca
Tina Bobadilla
Colorado
Denver, Co
Victoria Tubbs
Georgia
Summerville, Ga
Karen Appelbaum
Indiana
Greenfield, In
Amanda Brown, Maranda Anderson
Louisiana
Youngsville, La
Anita Romero
Michigan
Clarkston, Mi
Amy Kemmer
Portland, Mi
Kelli James
Minnesota
Alexandria, Mn
Jacob Clauson
Osseo, Mn
Laura Wagenman
Missouri
Farmington, Mo
Michael Bowles
Saint Charles, Mo
Brittany Janis
Montana
Hamilton, Mt
Kate Naughter
North Carolina
Raleigh, Nc
Michael Robbins
Nebraska
Omaha, Ne
Emma Niebaum
New Hampshire
Dover, Nh
Nicole Haahr
New York
Brookhaven, Ny
Romelo Green
New York, Ny
Lindy Gillette
Rochester, Ny
Andy Graysy, Nancy Ares
Oregon
Corvallis, Or
Diane Elliott
Eugene, Or
Lisa Iacovetta
Portland, Or
Anna Jablonski, April LaCombe
Tennessee
Cleveland, Tn
Shara Troutner
Spring Hill, Tn
Louise Braswell
Texas
Coppell, Tx
Ann Carlsson
Dallas, Tx
Jamie Gravell
Washington
Seattle, Wa
Ames Zocchi, John Benner
Wisconsin
Ashland, Wi
Dani O’Brien
Milwaukee, Wi
Katie Wilhelm
Pewaukee, Wi
Katie Herrmann
It's very good that they're keeping track of these names. These retractors sound like people I would not want teaching my kids. Green "doesn't read things carefully" and so on. Niebaum was a college student and still signed something with words she didn't understand. These are losers, not suited for training people to be successful adults!
 

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MSNBC Guest Calls for Drone Strikes on Americans Opposed to Vaccine Mandates

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BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 30: Anti-vaccine activists hold signs in front of the Massachusetts State House during a protest against Governor Charlie Baker's mandate that all Massachusetts school students enrolled in child care, pre-school, K-12, and post-secondary institutions must receive the flu vaccine this year on August 30, 2020 in …
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Frank Schaeffer, a recent guest on MSNBC, deemed those who are opposed to coronavirus vaccines or vaccine mandates “bioterrorists,” and suggested they should be “treated as such.”

“Anti-vaccine and anti-mask anti-science conspiracy theory-spreading leading activists are bio terrorists. Period,” the author of Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God said.

“They should be treated as such. Drone strikes on selected worst offender pod-casters anyone?” he asked:

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Notably, Schaffer called pro-lifers the “American Taliban” during an appearance on MSNBC’s The ReidOut last week to discuss the pro-life Texas abortion law.
“We have a situation in Texas right now tonight where the American Taliban, because that’s what it is — there’s not an American evangelical right-wing movement — there is an American Taliban — is weirdly similar in so many ways to the Middle Eastern Islamist terrorists,” he asserted.

“There is a new American Taliban, and their goal is theocracy, which means to take our religious beliefs, which for them are Old Testament law, not Christianity, and force secular Americans, non-evangelical Americans, progressive Americans, women, people of color into that box,” he continued, explaining it was “not hyperbole.”

“This is happening right now tonight in Texas. This is happening right now with the people dying of COVID, children dying of COVID, because pro-lifers have seen fit to stand against Joe Biden`s vaccine as a way to own the libs,” he continued, once again calling those individuals “literally bioterrorists.”

“And their price is to be literally bioterrorists. That’s where we are tonight, Joy,” he added:

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His recent remark, floating drone strikes against “bioterrorists,” follows President Biden’s divisive coronavirus speech on Thursday, in which he announced sweeping vaccine mandates and raged against unvaccinated Americans, placing the blame squarely on them.

“This is not about freedom or personal choice,” he said. “It’s about protecting yourself and those around you — the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love.”

“We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin,” Biden said to the unvaccinated. “And your refusal has cost all of us.”

Notably, daily coronavirus cases were up over 300 percent from Labor Day 2020, despite months of Biden at the helm and widespread vaccine ability across the nation.
 

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Snyder: There Is No Turning Back After This...

FRIDAY, SEP 10, 2021 - 04:20 PM
Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

This is the most sickening thing that Joe Biden has ever done. That is saying a lot, because Biden has a long history of doing sickening things. For the past couple of hours I have been trying to find the right words to put what we just witnessed into proper perspective. This truly is one of the most pivotal moments in American history, and there will be no turning back after this.

We are descending into full-blown tyranny, and I have literally felt sick to my stomach as I have pondered the ramifications. What remained of the country that so many of us once loved is being absolutely eviscerated, and it is deeply heartbreaking to watch it happen.


The new mandates that Biden has decided to impose on the entire country aren’t just un-American. The word “evil” gets thrown around a lot these days, but in this case it perfectly fits the situation.

No government has the right to try to put something into your body by force.

Many have pointed out that such mandates are uncomfortably close to physical rape, and there is absolutely no place for such mandates in a free and just society.

According to CNN, Biden’s offensive new mandates “could apply to as many as 100 million Americans”, but I have a feeling that the true number could be even higher than that.

Biden’s new mandates apply to all federal employees and contractors, anyone that works at any business that has 100 or more employees, and to the entire health care industry.

Previously, the Biden administration had allowed federal workers that didn’t want to be vaccinated the option of submitting to regular testing instead, but now the option for testing is out the window
President Biden on Thursday signed an executive order mandating that all federal employees and contractors get vaccinated against COVID-19, with no exceptions for those who agree to regular testing for the virus, according to a source familiar with the plans.
Vast numbers of federal employees will now be faced with the heartbreaking choice of either taking an injection that they do not want or giving up their careers.

But Biden didn’t stop there.

Shockingly, he has decided to target more than 80 million Americans that work for large companies that employ at least 100 workers. The following comes from the official White House website
The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing a rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work. OSHA will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to implement this requirement. This requirement will impact over 80 million workers in private sector businesses with 100+ employees.
As you read that, you probably thought to yourself that this can’t possibly be legal.

And you would be right.

But the Biden administration is probably counting on getting in front of some friendly judges that will issue favorable rulings that will make it “legal”.

On top of all this, the Biden administration is also going after any health care institutions that accept Medicaid or Medicare. Here is more from the official White House website
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking action to require COVID-19 vaccinations for workers in most health care settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement, including but not limited to hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical settings, and home health agencies. This action builds on the vaccination requirement for nursing facilities recently announced by CMS, and will apply to nursing home staff as well as staff in hospitals and other CMS-regulated settings, including clinical staff, individuals providing services under arrangements, volunteers, and staff who are not involved in direct patient, resident, or client care. These requirements will apply to approximately 50,000 providers and cover a majority of health care workers across the country.
Basically, this covers pretty much the entire health care industry in this country.

Any health care worker that refuses to get an injection won’t just lose a job. In essence, they will become banned from ever working in their chosen field ever again.

There is much more to Biden’s plan, and you can read all about it right here.

In his speech announcing these new mandates, Biden made it quite clear what he thinks about our “freedoms”…
“This is not about freedom or personal choice,” Biden said.
“It’s about protecting yourself and those around you.”
Others on his side of the political spectrum have also spoken very derisively about freedom in recent days. Sadly, there are millions of Americans that actually support this sort of tyrannical approach.

Of course before he entered the White House Biden promised us that this would never happen. For example, he made the following statement back in December
While speaking in Wilmington, Del., on Dec. 4, 2020, Biden was asked whether COVID vaccinations should be mandatory. He said, “No, I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory.”
And as recently as July, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was speaking against any sort of a federal mandate
In July, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that a federal vaccine mandate was “not the role of the federal government.”
She was right when she said that.

But now here in September she is strongly defending what Biden has just done.

Following Biden’s speech, there was a tremendous explosion of anger on social media, because people are recognizing that this is full-blown tyranny.

We have come to a moment when none of our national leaders can afford to be silent. This is a moment that will fundamentally change our country forever, and history will judge those that refuse to take a stand very harshly.

Fortunately, some national leaders are already speaking out. For example, Representative Thomas Massie has correctly recognized that Biden’s mandates are clearly unconstitutional
Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky blasted Biden’s order as ‘unconstitutional.’
‘OSHA has no more authority to enforce this (there’s no statutory authorization) than CDC had to issue the eviction moratorium,’ Massie said. ‘Which is to say they both have ZERO authority to do these things. Congress makes the laws in a constitutional republic.’
And a couple of governors are already threatening to take the Biden administration to court. In fact, Kristi Noem says that she has her legal team standing by
Reacting to the news, Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said her “legal team is standing by ready to file our lawsuit the minute @joebiden files his unconstitutional rule.”
“This gross example of federal intrusion will not stand,” she said.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp also sounds like he is ready for a legal fight
She was joined by fellow Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who wrote ‘I will pursue every legal option available to the state of Georgia to stop this blatantly unlawful overreach by the Biden administration’ on Twitter Thursday evening.
Unfortunately, the outcome of such cases is usually determined by the political leanings of the judges that are assigned to them.

In this country, most judges simply do whatever they feel like doing. So most of the time liberal judges issue rulings that liberals would like, and conservative judges issue rulings that conservatives would like.

Needless to say, it shouldn’t work that way, but at this point our judiciary has become just about as lawless as our society as a whole.

And lawless societies almost always end up descending into tyranny, and that is happening to us right now.

These are such dark days for our nation, and they are only going to get darker.

For years, I have been pleading for the American people to wake up because our liberties and freedoms were steadily being eroded.

Now we have gotten to a point where the guy in the White House is enthusiastically taking a sledgehammer to the few liberties and freedoms that we still have left, and unless the American people stand up and object they will soon be totally gone.
 
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