12 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-3-21

  1. China Joe’s admin brings in a propagandist with questionable ties to the Chinese.

    https://thenationalpulse.com/exclusive/harvard-belfer-china-pushes-ccp-propaganda/

    “Biden Advisers’ Deep Ties To Chinese Communist Party Military And Propaganda.”

    “Harvard University’s Belfer Center – which counts participation from a host of current and former Joe Biden advisers – has repeatedly hosted conferences alongside the Chinese Communist Party, frequently publishing papers peddling CCP narratives, all while refusing to disclose its source of funding.”

    “Compromised Conferences.
    The National Pulse can reveal the center has hosted cybersecurity working groups alongside Chinese Communist Party government and military officials, despite China’s repeated poaching and hacking of U.S. technology:

    The working group in Cambridge brought together 20 representatives including former government and military officials, as well as tech, business, and academic professionals to discuss current issues in the bilateral cyber relationship.

    The group roleplayed “fictitious cyber scenarios” and discussed sensitive technology matters relating to artificial intelligence, Huawei, arms control frameworks, and more:

    Both sides worked through a fictitious cyber scenario to discuss what their respective governments and companies would do in the face of a third party cyber attack on critical infrastructure. The working group also discussed AI, IP theft, supply chain security and Huawei, arms control frameworks, and controlling the spread of malware over the dark web.

    Pictures from the event reveal People’s Liberation Army General Hao Yeli in attendance:

    The conference is held alongside the China Institute for International Strategic Studies (CIISS), which boasts participation from Chinese Communist Party “political figures, diplomats, military scholars, economists, public figures and academicians.”

    The Beijing-based group’s leadership is entirely comprised of former Chinese Communist Party officials, often high-level, or former leadership of Chinese government-run bodies. Similarly, every member of the group’s academic committee has either worked directly for the Chinese Communist Party or a state-run organization.

    Group members have been repeatedly seen their works published by the Press of the Party School of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee, including “How to Become a Great Power: World Order and China’s Role” and “The 500-Year History of Socialism.”

    Nonetheless, the Harvard center felt comfortable swapping cybersecurity tips with the group, even inviting its Senior Adviser, General Hao, for a speech, “Perspectives from the PLA: A Conversation with Major General Hao Yeli.””

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  2. Antifa unmasked.

    https://freebeacon.com/culture/andy-ngo-unmasks-antifa/

    “Andy Ngo fell to the concrete, bleeding from his ear. Vessels in his brain had burst, doctors later told him, and blood pooled on his brain. Ngo, a journalist, had been attacked by members of Antifa while covering one of the “antifascist” group’s demonstrations in Portland in 2019.

    “No hate, no fear,” Ngo recalled the group shouting around him.

    The Portland native learned early on, however, that hate and fear are bedrocks of this radical movement. Ngo began covering Antifa for the Portland State Vanguard, where he went to graduate school, taking on what he called the “dissident beat.”

    “Colleagues were never fond of the stories I was interested in telling,” Ngo told the Washington Free Beacon. “[But] I continued on that path of always being on the dissident beat, covering Antifa, and stuck with it. The gap between local and national press on reporting was so wide, that I had to step in and do it.”

    In his new book, Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy, Ngo details the violent rise of this organized but “amorphous” group in the United States.

    “Antifa is an ideology. It’s amorphous—that is difficult for the average person to understand,” Ngo told the Free Beacon. “There’s another whole structure to Antifa that includes working in the legal, democratic system by systematically mainstreaming tenets of the ideology. The fact that they are decentralized and anonymously organized gives them deniability.”

    That deniability goes “all the way up” to Democratic politicians who “don’t believe there is really any true organizational element” to the group. To take one example, Rep. Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from New York, called Antifa a “myth” when he was asked about the group’s contribution to months of violent riots in Portland last summer.

    Likewise, the media over the last four years have offered little in the way of opposition, as detractors were smeared as pro-fascist or labeled racist or bigoted.

    “Nobody wants to be vocally [critical] of a movement claiming to be antifascist,” said Ngo. “Those who do, myself and other journalists included, get smeared—in my case nearly killed—so they can have control over the narrative.”

    The Associated Press, New York Times, and other outlets not only denied that members of Antifa committed violence last summer, but also molded the narrative into one of positivity and peace. In his book, Ngo points to an example from the Daily Beast, which published a story last summer that claimed businesses in Seattle “loved” the “CHAZ/CHOP” autonomous zone—a six-block stretch of the downtown area that rioters occupied for weeks. But in the zone, six people were shot—two fatally—and others reported being assaulted and raped.

    How did it come to this? Antifascist movements began under the Weimar Republic as an offshoot of the German Communist Party called Antifascist Action. It spread across Europe—notably, to the United Kingdom. There, it blended with British “punk subculture” and developed an anarchist flavor distinct from its pro-communist German counterparts. This newer strain of antifascism was then exported to the United States.

    By the end of 2016, following the election of Donald Trump, local, centralized chapters of Antifa were proliferating. In addition to educating members in critical race and gender theory, firearms usage, and creating anonymous online personas, these hubs act in unison with unaffiliated bands of “black-bloc” misfits during their planned protests and violent attacks.

    Antifa intimidates opponents with threats of violence and harassment, ranging from doxxing to death threats to actual physical violence, as in Ngo’s case. The group is responsible for attacks on police officers and the deaths of fellow protesters and civilians—including several during last summer’s wave of riots and protests.

    Antifa justifies the violence as “self-defense.”

    “The word ‘violence’ is being systematically remade to conform to their worldview,” Ngo writes in Unmasked. “Looting and arson aren’t violence, they argue. And yet physical violence directed at their opponents is also not violence but rather ‘self-defense.’””

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  3. Word.

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  4. Since they have already bought, installed, and own Beijing Biden…

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/beijing-tells-biden-administration-to-play-by-ccps-rules_3681191.html?utm_source=news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-02-02-2

    “China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi warned the Biden administration not to cross Beijing’s “red line” in a half-hour speech on the evening of Feb. 1.

    “The United States should stop interference in the affairs of Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang,” Yang said, calling the issues regarding the three regions China’s “internal affairs.” He made the remarks while speaking at a virtual event hosted by New York-based nonprofit the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

    Yang added: “They constitute a red line that must not be crossed. Any trespassing would end up undermining China-U.S. relations and the United States’ own interests.”

    He also told the United States that it should “strictly abide by the One China principle” with regards to Taiwan, a self-ruled island that Beijing claims is part of its territory.

    The Trump administration confronted China on its human rights violations against Falun Gong adherents, Hongkongers, Muslim minorities, Tibetans, and Uyghurs, by imposing visa restrictions and sanctions against Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials responsible for the abuse.

    Additionally, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo designated CCP’s persecution of Uyghurs and other majority-Muslim ethnic minorities as genocide and “crimes against humanity” last month.”

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  5. This is a couple years old, but worth a look. It’s possible that the situation has changed, but YouTube is still full of rabbit holes. I don’t even search for anything political when I watch a video, but the suggestions that come up after a video are often “out there”. We need to be extra discerning these days, especially if a video or article seems to confirm our preconceptions.

    “Whether the subject of the original video selected was right-leaning or left-leaning, or even nonpolitical, the algorithm tends to recommend increasingly more extreme videos — escalating the viewer, Tufekci wrote, from videos of Trump rallies to videos featuring “white supremacist rants, Holocaust denials, and other disturbing content.”

    Watching videos of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, led to videos featuring “arguments about the existence of secret government agencies and allegations that the United States government was behind the attacks of Sept. 11,” Tufekci wrote.”

    https://www.vox.com/technology/2018/12/12/18136132/google-youtube-congress-conspiracy-theories

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  6. I must be sleepwalking. The next 2 I accidentally posted on yesterday’s thread.

    Biden is caging children!

    But no faux outrage from the left.

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/02/politics/migrant-children-facility-immigration/index.html

    “Biden administration prepares to open overflow facility for migrant children”

    “The Biden administration is opening an overflow facility for unaccompanied migrant children apprehended at the US-Mexico border, the federal agency tasked with the children’s care told CNN in a statement.

    The Health and Human Services Department will reopen a facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, that can accommodate about 700 children and can be expanded if necessary.

    The reopening of the facility comes amid an increase in apprehensions of unaccompanied children on the Southwest border, fueled in part by deteriorating conditions in Latin America and a perceived possible relaxation of enforcement, and reduced capacity limits at other facilities due to Covid-19. It also comes as President Joe Biden rolls out new immigration executive orders tackling migration to the US southern border.”

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    I’m sure the leftist protesters will be back at any minute now….

    Any minute…..

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  7. Dark money?

    Try Chinese…..

    And of course, more hypocrisy from Dems.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-23/-dark-money-helped-pave-joe-biden-s-path-to-the-white-house

    “‘Dark Money’ Helped Pave Joe Biden’s Path to the White House”

    “Anonymous donors provided $145 million to pro-Biden groups
    After scorning it, Democrats embraced practice against Trump”

    “President Joe Biden benefited from a record-breaking amount of donations from anonymous donors to outside groups backing him, meaning the public will never have a full accounting of who helped him win the White House.

    Biden’s winning campaign was backed by $145 million in so-called dark money donations, a type of fundraising Democrats have decried for years. Those fundraising streams augmented Biden’s $1.5 billion haul, in itself a record for a challenger to an incumbent president.

    That amount of dark money dwarfs the $28.4 million spent on behalf of his rival, former President Donald Trump. And it tops the previous record of $113 million in anonymous donations backing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.

    Democrats have said they want to ban dark money as uniquely corrupting, since it allows supporters to quietly back a candidate without scrutiny. Yet in their effort to defeat Trump in 2020, they embraced it.”

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  8. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene fights back, and points out the hypocrisy of those whining about her.

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  9. Womp, womp, womp…..

    Liar.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/02/report-aoc-was-not-in-the-capitol-building-during-the-riots/#more-342195

    “AOC Tale of Her Capitol Hill Riot Experience Turns Out to be Mostly Fake News

    It’s not always about you, AOC. Stop lying.”

    “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) cannot stop talking about her “near-death” experience during the Capitol Hill riots on January 6th.

    One problem: AOC was in her office in the Cannon Building.

    AOC poked holes in her story in an Instagram post when she talked about how the trauma from a past sexual assault came roaring back during the experience. A Capitol Hill officer went into her office to check on her and help her leave the building. AOC said he “didn’t feel right” because he looked at her with “anger and hostility.”

    Even her staffer thought he would have to fight the policeman.”

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    “She also said:

    Ocasio-Cortez said that the officer was “looking at me with all this anger and hostility. At first, in my brain and in my mind, I just came from this super intense experience just now, maybe I’m reading into this, right? Like maybe I’m projecting, maybe I’m projecting something on to him that, maybe I’m just sensing anger but maybe he’s not trying to be angry, um.”

    “But I talked to… my legislative director, and he said ‘no, I didn’t know if he would help us or hurt us either, and [he] was actually like ‘this man came with so much hostility, that um” she said. She said that her staffer was “sizing him up” to see if he “would have to fight him.”

    She compared this experience to “so many other communities in this country where you don’t know if you’re safe or not.” The officer told her where to go, and she said “we’re just so rattled in that moment, and the situation felt so volatile with the officer that I run over, I grab my bag, and we just start running over to that building.”

    A person can access the Cannon Building via a tunnel. But no one made it past the Capitol.

    Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) has an office two doors down from AOC.”

    “AOC attempted to talk her way out of it by describing the area as the “Capitol complex” when the attack happened specifically in the Capitol building.”

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  10. Failures, at all levels.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/02/californias-continuing-responses-to-covid-19-pandemic-are-full-of-failure-at-all-levels/

    “California’s Continuing Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic are Full of Failure at All Levels

    Failure highlights: “Hero Pay” store closures, TV-free Super Bowl, and a chaotic vaccination program.”

    “I have written about California Governor Gavin Newsom’s recall challenge, partly from the harsh pandemic restrictions that he ignored when convenient.

    However, there is much failure at all levels in the Golden State. For example, Kroger, the parent company of Ralphs and Food 4 Less, announced that it is closing two of its stores in Long Beach due to city officials imposing a “hero pay” increase of $4 per hour for some workers.

    In announcing the closure, Kroger cited a recently passed Long Beach City Council ordinance that mandated the hazard pay bump for at least 120 days amid the increased health risk to workers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The new law affects grocery stores with at least 300 employees nationwide or more than 15 employees per market in the city.

    “As a result of the City of Long Beach’s decision to pass an ordinance mandating Extra Pay for grocery workers, we have made the difficult decision to permanently close long-struggling store locations in Long Beach,” a company spokesperson said news release. “This misguided action by the Long Beach City Council oversteps the traditional bargaining process and applies to some, but not all, grocery workers in the city.”

    Another virtue-signaling rule imposed by local officials hurts the very citizens they swore to serve. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has moved forward with a similar proposal for stores in unincorporated parts of the county.”

    “When it comes to mandates, no aspect is too trivial for California bureaucrats. Just as they approved outdoor dining and Americans prepare for the Super Bowl, restaurants and bars won’t be able to bring out the big screen TV.

    It’s a ritual of dining out to look out for the big screen televisions to keep updated on the Lakers score or monitor the NFL or soccer, even if your occasion is celebrating Mom’s birthday or closing a business deal.

    But with Los Angeles County’s new rules for outdoor dining, which took effect Friday, TVs must remain off.

    It’s one of several new regulations imposed as the county allowed eateries to have outdoor dining again after a devastating winter surge in COVID-19 cases.”

    Finally, analysis of the California COVID-19 vaccination program shows that it lags behind other large states.

    California’s initial vaccine plan mirrored federal recommendations by prioritizing nursing home residents and 2.4 million healthcare workers. But as states like South Dakota, West Virginia, Texas and Florida moved on to new groups of patients, California trailed behind.”

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