26 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-19-21

  1. This is why we can’t have nice things.

    An excellent tool when used properly and legally, but not so much when it’s abused by govts to spy on unsuspecting citizens.

    “Revealed: leak uncovers global abuse of cyber-surveillance weapon

    Spyware sold to authoritarian regimes used to target activists, politicians and journalists, data suggests”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/18/revealed-leak-uncovers-global-abuse-of-cyber-surveillance-weapon-nso-group-pegasus

    “Human rights activists, journalists and lawyers across the world have been targeted by authoritarian governments using hacking software sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, according to an investigation into a massive data leak.

    The investigation by the Guardian and 16 other media organisations suggests widespread and continuing abuse of NSO’s hacking spyware, Pegasus, which the company insists is only intended for use against criminals and terrorists.

    Pegasus is a malware that infects iPhones and Android devices to enable operators of the tool to extract messages, photos and emails, record calls and secretly activate microphones.

    The leak contains a list of more than 50,000 phone numbers that, it is believed, have been identified as those of people of interest by clients of NSO since 2016.”

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    “The Guardian and its media partners will be revealing the identities of people whose number appeared on the list in the coming days. They include hundreds of business executives, religious figures, academics, NGO employees, union officials and government officials, including cabinet ministers, presidents and prime ministers.

    The list also contains the numbers of close family members of one country’s ruler, suggesting the ruler may have instructed their intelligence agencies to explore the possibility of monitoring their own relatives.

    The disclosures begin on Sunday, with the revelation that the numbers of more than 180 journalists are listed in the data, including reporters, editors and executives at the Financial Times, CNN, the New York Times, France 24, the Economist, Associated Press and Reuters.

    The phone number of a freelance Mexican reporter, Cecilio Pineda Birto, was found in the list, apparently of interest to a Mexican client in the weeks leading up to his murder, when his killers were able to locate him at a carwash. His phone has never been found so no forensic analysis has been possible to establish whether it was infected.”

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  2. What!

    That’s crazy conspiracy talk! 🙄

    “Biden Administration Officials Warming to China Lab-Leak Origin for Coronavirus

    WHO chief now says that it was ‘premature’ to rule out lab leak possibility.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/07/biden-administration-officials-warming-to-china-lab-leak-origin-for-coronavirus/

    “We are about six weeks into the 90-day deadline the Biden administration set for a report into the origins of COVID-19.

    The last time we checked on the status of this report, officials indicated that the analysis may not be “definitive” as to how the pandemic started.

    Now it appears that the administration is warming to the idea that the SARS-Cov-2 virus leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.

    Senior Biden administration officials overseeing an intelligence review into the origins of the coronavirus now believe the theory that the virus accidentally escaped from a lab in Wuhan is at least as credible as the possibility that it emerged naturally in the wild — a dramatic shift from a year ago, when Democrats publicly downplayed the so-called lab leak theory.

    Still, more than halfway into President Joe Biden’s renewed 90-day push to find answers, the intelligence community remains firmly divided over whether the virus leaked from the Wuhan lab or jumped naturally from animals to humans in the wild, multiple sources familiar with the probe told CNN.

    Little new evidence has emerged to move the needle in one direction or another, these people said. But the fact that the lab leak theory is being seriously considered by top Biden officials is noteworthy and comes amid a growing openness to the idea even though most scientists who study coronaviruses and who have investigated the origins of the pandemic say the evidence strongly supports a natural origin.

    Interestingly, during a hearing of a subcommittee for the House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology this week, microbiologists explored a range of theories regarding the pandemic’s source point. One of the these experts commented on the “risky” research being conducted by scientists in Wuhan.

    The second argument, the “lab-leak” theory, is based on the fact that “the closest known relatives of SARS CoV-2” were found more than 1,000 miles from Wuhan, but the laboratory with the largest collection of bat-associated coronaviruses in the world is in Wuhan. [David Relman, MD, a microbiologist and professor at Stanford University School of Medicine in California] also cited the “risky work” occurring at laboratories in Wuhan and the fact that lab accidents also happen “more often than we had thought.”

    Additionally, he pointed to the lack of transparency and incomplete data samples and sequences shared by those laboratories.

    This development aligns with statements from the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), who acknowledged it was premature to rule out a potential link between the COVID-19 pandemic and a laboratory leak.”

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    Yep, I’m sure those suckers who bought the politicized BS the WHO was spreading with the help of the Lancet will be apologizing any minute now…..

    Yep….. any minute now…..

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  3. Idiots. 🙂

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  4. Routine….. 🙄

    On a Sunday…..

    Sure……

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    I’m sure this is just a coincidence…..

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  5. Funny indeed.

    Now you know Covid escaped a lab in Wuhan China. This is just classic projection by the commies.

    But don’t worry though, Twitter won’t call it “misinformation” or remove it, because they always bow down to their Chinese overlords.

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  6. Good. 🙂

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    https://dailycaller.com/2021/07/18/new-mexico-democrat-denied-communion-abortion/

    “A New Mexico Democrat announced Saturday that his bishop denied him communion amid debate among Catholics and public figures over the reception of the Holy Eucharist by pro-abortion politicians.”

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  7. They’re not even trying to hide their intentions at this point.

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  9. Kamala, Joe, and their media pals continue to gaslight America on the vaccine. They’ve gone from being against Trump’s program and vaccines, to fully embracing it and trying to take credit as if it were all their own doing.

    But we have receipts. 🙂

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    “Vaccine Skepticism Is the Fault of Anti-Trump Democrats”

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2021/07/18/vaccine-skepticism-is-the-fault-of-anti-trump-democrats-n1462675

    “Democrats are blaming Republicans, Fox News, and the anti-vaccine movement for “vaccine hesitancy.” What makes this criticism ring hollow is that it was Democrats who were the original anti-vaxxers. In their eagerness to defeat Donald Trump last fall, Democrats ginned up hysterical opposition to vaccines that were close to being approved for emergency use by the FDA.

    Newsweek:

    On September 24, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said the state will independently review all vaccines authorized by the federal government. “Frankly, I’m not going to trust the federal government’s opinion and I wouldn’t recommend to New Yorkers based on the federal government’s opinion,” he said in a statement.

    This lack of trust in the government was picked up on by some anti-vax groups, saying Cuomo was reiterating their own arguments against vaccines generally. Cuomo’s spokesman Richard Azzopardi responded to these groups, telling Newsweek “the anti-science crowd should knock it off and stop twisting our words.”

    “What we don’t trust is a federal government that has been caught red-handed multiple times circumventing the health experts and ‎making political decisions seemingly to boost the president’s re-election chances.”

    The skepticism went all the way to the party leadership, including the party’s presidential candidate.

    At the start of September, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris said she would not trust President Donald Trump‘s word alone that any vaccine developed is safe and efficient.

    A week later, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made similar remarks during a speech in Delaware, saying, “I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump.”

    Said Nancy Pelosi at the time: “Unless there is confidence that the vaccine has gone through the clinical trials, and then is approved by the independent scientific advisory committee, as established to do just this, there will be doubts that people will have.””

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  10. Here’s some more reality on the issue.

    It’s their constituents leading the way.

    “CDC: Blacks and Hispanics still least likely to be vaccinated”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2021/07/19/cdc-blacks-and-hispanics-still-least-likely-to-be-vaccinated-n402993

    “Vaccination rates are continuing to slow in the United States and there’s simply no denying that reality. Despite the President threatening to send people door to door to jab you, significant numbers of people remain either hesitant or flatly opposed to rolling up their sleeves. This has the CDC continuing to struggle with the data and look for ways to improve the rates. Some of that data has turned out to tell a story that’s a bit different than the one you’re generally hearing on cable news, however. You’ve probably been told that “white Republican males” are the chief drivers of low vaccination rates, and they certainly show up in the mix. But the overall demographic data shows that whites, in general, are volunteering to be vaccinated at a far brisker pace than either Black or Hispanic citizens, though whites are lagging well behind Asians who are leading the pack. Overall in the United States, Asians lead with 62% being fully vaccinated. Whites are at 47%, Hispanics have reached 39 percent, and Blacks are still stuck at a 34 percent vaccination rate. (KFF.org)

    As of July 4, the country was just shy of reaching President Biden’s goal of having at least 70% of adults vaccinated with one or more doses of the COVD-19 vaccine, with 67% of the population 18 years of age or older receiving at least one dose according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While this represents a marked achievement and is leading to steep declines in COVID-19 cases and deaths, vaccination coverage—and the protections provided by it—remains uneven across the country. In particular, Black and Hispanic people have had persistently lower rates of vaccination compared to their White counterparts across most states. These lower vaccination rates leave Black and Hispanic people at increased risk for infection, illness, and death, particularly as new variants, like the Delta variant, spread.

    Reaching high vaccination rates across individuals and communities will be key for achieving broad protection through a vaccine, mitigating the disproportionate impacts of the virus for people of color, and preventing widening racial health disparities going forward. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that vaccine equity is an important goal and defined equity as preferential access and administration to those who have been most affected by COVID-19.

    Aren’t we reaching the point where we have to stop pretending that minority communities are somehow being left behind and are unable to get vaccinated? While there still may be a few pockets around the country where the vaccine distribution plans were so completely botched that people have had a hard time finding a pod, there certainly aren’t many. We’ve seen repeated reports of large stockpiles of doses nearing their expiration dates.

    Just as an experiment, after reading about these figures over the weekend I called the two CVS outlets closest to me to ask about an appointment for a vaccination for an unnamed “family member.” I asked how they could make an appointment and how long they should expect to wait. Both of them told me to have the person (over the age of 12) just come straight down at any time during operating hours. No appointment is needed. They would have someone waiting to vaccinate them. For free.”

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  11. I’m always confused why Republicans focus on the violence in Chicago. Its murder rate is 10th in the country among major cities and 17th in terms of violence. . As for Democratic run — most major cities are Democratic run. Now if we look at smaller population centers and the murder rate, we can see Chicago’s violence rate is relatively average. In smaller cities (under 60 000), Pine Bluff, AK, and Meridan MS among others have higher rates than Chicago. If I compared violent crime Chicago would only be in 10th compared to small town/cities. Looking at medium size cities, place Fort Myers, Birmingham AL, Little Rock, Baton Rouge, Jackson MS have higher murder rates. Even places like Council Bluffs, IA and Jackson TN have a higher violence rate. Smaller Republican leaning cities are just as violent.

    If you compare violence rates by state; the political affiliation and geography is obvious. Washington DC actually has the highest violence rate but its not a state (apparently no taxation without representation is okay now) So the top ten violent states are; Alaska, New Mexico, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, Missouri, Nevada, Arizona…. mostly southern Republican leaning states. Illinois is 20th; New England states fill the bottom along with Puerto Rico (this is really uprising as most Caribbean countries have very high crime rates).

    In the international rate, the US homicide rate is similar to Cuba and Kenya at about 5 per 100,000. Canada and eastern European are about 2 per 100 000. At about 1 per 100 000 rates you have the Nordic countries. If you want to tie murder rate with political affiliation, we can correlate lower murder rates with more socialism.

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  12. As the Democratic representatives are all vaccinated, I imagine they are carriers but not affected by Covid. Given the high increase in Covid cases in Texas, this isn’t surprising but also points to the value of being vaccinated.

    African Americans and blacks in general are very suspicious of gov’t mandated health care and big pharma. Canadians have a very high vaccine rate — it will approach 80% once everyone has their second shot — but my Somali friends don’t trust the vaccine. Not because of anti Trump propaganda, but because of the history of medical experiments on blacks in both the US and in Africa.

    I like to read and view both sides of an issue or in politics in general. I tried listening to Ben Shapiro a few times and I had to quit; not because I didn’t like his bias but because of the smugness of a young man who has no clue of the reality working people face every day. In addition, he does lean into his bias to such an extent that its misleading. David Packard is a leftist counterpart who I rarely listen to as well as the Young Turks.

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  13. IOC’s decision to have Beijing host the Winter Olympics is as tone deaf as FIFA giving the World Cup to Qatar. I’m curious which country gave the higher bribes to host these events.

    The human right violations alone is enough not to let Beijing or Qatar host anything but the climate and environmental problems adds to it. Over 6,500 migrant workers have died so far to build the soccer stadiums in Qatar due to unsafe construction practises and heat constantly over 40 degrees Celsius. In Beijing they need to build an artificial mountain for the alpine events, make snow and truck snow from thousand kms away. In both places, many of the sites will be moth balled and sit unused esp the soccer stadiums in Qatar.

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  14. Speaking of tone deaf, the Catholic church continues to see the sawdust in its parishioners’ eyes yet completely oblivious to the huge log in their institutional eye. In some places in Canada, Catholics are protesting their church’s tone deafness by refusing to go to mass. Refusing communion to Democratic politicians may lead to greater backlash then its worth — are they refusing communion to pro death penalty politicians? Its also against Catholicism. The vast majority of Catholics I know violate most of their church’s social teaching but attend mass as both a religious and cultural practise.

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  15. “I’m always confused why Republicans focus on the violence in Chicago. Its murder rate is 10th in the country among major cities and 17th in terms of violence.”

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    2 reasons.

    1. It’s too easy.

    2. The toughest gun laws in the nation, always the top 10 in murders, always top 5 in “most dangerous.”

    Either way, of these 20 %$@%$%#$@ cities, all but 2 are run by Democrats.

    We’ll even use the NYTimes numbers….

    “St. Louis — Mayor Lyda Krewson (D) — PMR: 90.4
    Baltimore — Mayor Bernard Young (D) — PMR: 55.8
    Detroit — Mayor Mike Duggan (D) — PMR: 47.6
    New Orleans — Mayor LaToya Cantrell (D) — PMR: 46:4
    Cleveland — Mayor Frank G. Jackson (D) — PMR: 41:3
    Kansas City, MO — Mayor Quiton Lucas (D) — PMR: 40.0
    Cincinnati — Mayor John Cranley (D) — PMR: 33:4
    Milwaukee — Mayor Tom Barrett (D) — PMR: 31.7
    Chicago — Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) — PMR: 28.6
    Atlanta — Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) — PMR: 27.9
    Philadelphia — Mayor Jim Kinney (D) — PMR: 27.4
    Washington — Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) — PMR: 27.3
    Louisville — Mayor Greg Fischer (D) — PMR: 23.0
    Miami — Mayor Francis X. Suarez (R) — PMR: 22.2
    Indianapolis — Mayor Joe Hogsett (D) — PMR: 21.9
    Oakland — Mayor Libby Schaaf (D) — PMR: 21.0
    Toledo — Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz (D) — PMR: 20.8
    Tulsa — Mayor G.T. Bynum (R) — PMR: 20.0
    Minneapolis — Mayor Jacob Frey (D) — PMR: 18.7
    Greensboro — Mayor Nancy B. Vaughan (D) — PMR: 18.6

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  16. That was 2020, back at the beginning of the “Defund” movement which took over the Democrat party. Things have only worsened since, despite the efforts of the NYT and liberals to suggest otherwise. They never take responsibility for their legion of failures.

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/crime-wave-2020-homicide-records-nationwide-crime-spike

    “Murder rates skyrocketed – and in some cases, even smashed records – in major U.S. cities as the nation grapples with a surge in violent crime in 2020.

    The cities often associated with murder and other violence, such as Chicago and New York City, were joined by less likely suspects – Louisville and Milwaukee, among others – in reporting higher than usual numbers for 2020, statistics compiled by Fox News show.

    Here’s a look at a crime breakdown and which cities are facing such issues as 2020 comes to a close.

    In Kentucky, Louisville Metro Police Department recorded more murders this year than ever before by the agency, statistics show. At least 177 people have been killed year-to-date in Louisville as of Dec. 27, up 99% from the 89 murders during the same time in 2019, according to the most recently available statistics from LMPD.

    This year’s murder figures surpass the previous record, from 2016, by 60 homicides, statistics show. Louisville murders have only reached the triple-digits four other times in recorded history: 2017, with 105 people killed; 1976, with 103; 1971, with 110; and 1970, with 104, according to LMPD records.

    An estimated 92% of this year’s murder victims in Louisville suffered fatal gunshot wounds, police said. Victims included three children who were 5 years old or younger and 13 people who were between the ages of 11 and 17.

    Elsewhere, Milwaukee Police Department reported one of the biggest upticks in murders so far this year compared to last, almost doubling the number of homicides reported by Dec. 30, statistics show.”

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    And what do they all have in common?

    Dem run cities, many of which actually did cut police funding during the surge.

    They own this.

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  17. For your viewing pleasure….

    “As Democrat-Run Cities Defund The Police Amid Crime Crisis, Residents Say, ‘It’s A War Zone’…”

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  18. And the media stares at it’s feet and pretends it sees nothing….

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  19. I love it.

    For the mainstream media, what they saw as the disease was actually their cure.

    But Orange Man’s Bad, and Karma’s a %$#@#@……. 🙂

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  20. Actually Chicago is 17th not in the top 5 for violence. And as my previous posted demonstrated, on a per capita basis some of America’s smaller population centers are just as violent if not more so. This is evident in a state by state comparison where Republican leaning states are prominent in the top ten violent states. If we blame Democrats for violence in their cities, do we blame Republicans for violence in their states? And as I stated earlier if we are asserting that political party or ideology determines violence then New England liberalism is the direction for a more peaceful US and the only way to improve beyond that is Nordic social democracy.

    Yes — violence went up in 2020 but it went up everywhere (so the stats I found, about 2014, would go up in each city or state) . Was it BLM, Defund the Police, right wing violence, a political class willing to use violent rhetoric, covid, increase in gun ownership, or is it something long term. Since the demographics haven’t dramatically changed, it shouldn’t be long term. The increase in murder rates started about three months after Covid arrived in the US but of course this was part of a long hot summer of BLM, defund the police, etc. It was also an election year full of rhetoric and then there was a right wing response in the Proud Boys, etc which the police allowed to wander the streets fully armed.

    The following article is quite good in discussing the rise in gun violence and notes other crimes are actually within the normal range. The outlier is gun related violence which suggests the increase in gun sales during covid may have more to do with it than any defund the police rhetoric.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jun/30/us-crime-rate-homcides-explained

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  21. The media and Trump were a mutual support system. They gave him coverage during the 2016 primaries because he was good for ratings and he in turn needed the coverage. This continued all through his presidency.

    However, again we have to be careful of any statistic comparing this year to 2020. I imagine 2020 saw an increase in news consumption due to Covid, protests, and the election. People consume news and look for information when they are afraid of the unknown or need reassurance. Biden is president, vaccines are there for the taking and the long hot summer of 2020 doesn’t look to repeat ie the police are behaving themselves. About the only people demanding information and news are Trump supporters hence FOX and the right wing echo chamber continues to attract viewers. The rest of the country is comfortable with the current admin and has no need for news and information

    A true comparison would 2019 to 2021. 2019 was a bit more boring than 2020.

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