28 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-19-21

  1. Good grief.

    Haven’t these people ever watched a sci-fi movie? This is how they start…..

    I guess Covid taught us nothing about the dangers of tinkering in a lab with things that shouldn’t be tinkered with.

    “Scientists are still growing human brains in labs… with eyes”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2021/08/18/scientists-are-still-growing-human-brains-in-labs-with-eyes-n409817

    “In order to better understand the workings of the human brain and how stem cells might be used in modern medicine, scientists have been growing what are known as “organoids” in the laboratory. As the name would imply, organoids are miniature versions of human organs, grown in a petri dish and stimulated with stem cells. A lot of research has made progress with various organs, but perhaps one of the creepiest and potentially ethically questionable is the growth of human brain cells. Starting with brain cells from a human donor, the scientists grow them into miniature versions of brains. But one of the more recent experiments at University Hospital Düsseldorf in Germany produced an even stranger result. The tiny brains began to grow a pair of rudimentary eyes. And the eyes were capturing light and feeding information to the brain. (Science Alert)

    Mini brains grown in a lab from stem cells have spontaneously developed rudimentary eye structures, scientists report in a fascinating new paper.

    On tiny, human-derived brain organoids grown in dishes, two bilaterally symmetrical optic cups were seen to grow, mirroring the development of eye structures in human embryos. This incredible result will help us to better understand the process of eye differentiation and development, as well as eye diseases.

    “Our work highlights the remarkable ability of brain organoids to generate primitive sensory structures that are light sensitive and harbor cell types similar to those found in the body,” said neuroscientist Jay Gopalakrishnan of University Hospital Düsseldorf in Germany.

    A human brain grown in a laboratory that begins spontaneously growing eyes and processing visual sensory input should be pretty questionable to start with. That sounds an awful lot like an actual brain in operation and trying to figure out its environment. But perhaps you see it as some sort of natural biological process and not really that big of a deal. Then I have another story for you from the same field of science.

    A couple of years ago, in a laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, scientists were growing similar human brain organoids. They were letting them develop quite a ways, adding mass for six to eight months. That’s when somebody thought to hook up an electroencephalograph to the mini-brains. In case you hadn’t already guessed, they detected brain waves. And the brainwaves were virtually indistinguishable from the brain waves detected in prematurely born human infants. (Nature)”

    ““After these organoids are in that six-to-nine-months range, that’s when [the electrical patterns] start to look a lot like what you’d see with a preterm infant,” says Alysson Muotri, director of the stem cell program at the University of California, San Diego.

    The finding suggests that organoids can help scientists study the earliest phase of human brain development and perhaps reveal the earliest biological beginnings of conditions such as schizophrenia and autism.

    But the presence of humanlike brain waves in a dish is also likely to focus attention on the ethical questions surrounding this sort of research.

    I noticed how casually they tossed out the phrase, “likely to focus attention on the ethical questions.” Ya think?”

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    We’ve learned nothing.

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  2. So it’s OK?……

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    And it was 2 days ago when he said 4 or 5.

    He also keeps lying about being bound by Trump’s earlier plan. That’s a lie too.

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  3. The FBI is garbage. They allowed a candidate they knew was compromised to skate thru while they rabidly pursued his opponent who they’ve tried to frame for crimes like these since he was elected. What a joke.

    No Deep State here, right?

    “EXCLUSIVE: FBI Knew Of Hunter Biden’s Missing Laptop As Early As December 2019

    The FBI had knowledge that a second laptop had been stolen from Hunter Biden and that laptop contained material making the Biden family a national security risk, subject to Russian influence.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/08/18/exclusive-fbi-knew-of-hunter-bidens-missing-laptop-as-early-as-december-2019/

    “The FBI knew as early as December 2019 that Hunter Biden believed Russians had stolen his laptop, which he believed made him vulnerable to blackmail because of compromising evidence on the laptop combined with his father’s presidential ambitions. This explosive revelation establishes that either Joe Biden lied to the American public, or the intelligence community lied to him.

    When The New York Post went public in October 2020 with videos, text messages, and emails from an abandoned MacBook laptop belonging to Hunter Biden, Joe Biden told Americans the laptop was a Russian hoax.

    But now Brian Della Rocca, an attorney representing John Paul Mac Isaac, has told me that the video of Hunter Biden telling a prostitute he thought Russians had stolen a second laptop, leaving him susceptible to blackmail, was “definitely on the hard drive” of the Biden MacBook abandoned at Isaac’s shop and later seized by the FBI.

    This new revelation establishes that, since December 2019, the FBI had knowledge that a second laptop had been stolen from Hunter Biden and that that laptop contained material making the Biden family a national security risk and subject to Russian influence.

    Joe Biden surely received briefings on these risks well before his October 2020 denial of the authenticity of the laptop, so the question is: Did the FBI fail to provide Biden a truthful briefing on this intel, or did Biden fail to level with voters?”

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    “While the corrupt media blacked out the story, at the final presidential debate before the election, then-President Trump confronted Biden with the details revealed from the MacBook, calling it “the laptop from hell”:

    [Y]ou were getting a lot of money from Russia. They were paying you a lot of money, and they probably still are. But now, with what came out today, it’s even worse. All of the emails, the emails, the horrible emails of the kind of money that you were raking in, you and your family. And Joe, you were vice-president when some of this was happening, and it should have never happened. And I think you owe an explanation to the American people.

    After denying any improprieties by either himself or his son, Biden responded by telling the American public:

    There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said that what he’s accusing me of is a Russian plant. They have said that this has all the … five former heads of the CIA, both parties, say what he’s saying is a bunch of garbage. Nobody believes it except him and his good friend, Rudy Giuliani.

    When Trump countered by asking Biden if he was saying the “laptop is now another Russia, Russia, Russia hoax?” Biden said: “That’s exactly what [I] was told.”

    At the time Biden professed to voters in October 2020 that he was told the laptop was another Russian hoax, what the FBI or the intelligence community would have likely told Biden was unknown. However, the revelation that, since December 2019, the FBI had a copy of the video showing Hunter saying Russians had stolen his laptop, and the laptop contained sex videos that put him at risk for blackmail because of his father’s plans to run for president, changes the complexion of things.

    This new detail means that the FBI knew, not just of the existence of the MacBook with compromising videos and damaging emails and text messages related to Joe Biden, but that there was a second missing laptop, likely with similar information on it, that had been stolen from Hunter and believed to be in the possession of Russians. The FBI also would know that Hunter had spoken on his father’s presidential ambitions “all the time” and saw himself as a potential blackmail target.

    It is unfathomable that the FBI or overall U.S. intelligence agencies would not have immediately briefed then-candidate Biden on the situation. During the run-up to the 2016 election, the FBI and intelligence community provided defense briefings to both the Clinton and Trump campaigns as a matter of course. Amazingly, the FBI used one of those intelligence briefings to spy on Donald Trump based on the Crossfire Hurricane investigation launched based on unverified gossip.

    Specifically, on August 17, 2016, as part of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into the Trump campaign, FBI Agent Joe Pientka was tapped to brief Trump, Michael Flynn, and Chris Christie as part of a two-hour meeting warning the team of foreign intelligence threats.” As The Federalist’s Sean Davis previously reported, declassified information would later be established that Pientka had been “selected to attend on behalf of the FBI so he could ‘record’ or ‘overhear’ from Trump, Flynn, or Christie ‘any kind of admission’ that they were colluding with the Russian government to steal the election from Hillary Clinton.”

    Even if the FBI hadn’t launched a more-justified investigation into “The Big Guy” based on the concrete evidence contained on the MacBook indicating an illegal pay-to-play agreement involving the former vice president who was then a presidential contender, a defensive briefing to Biden on the risk of Russian blackmail based on Hunter’s stolen second laptop would be indispensable to our national security interests.

    In the case of Trump, the FBI would also later insist mere months after first receiving the unverified and now debunked Steele dossier that an Intelligence Community Assessment include details from a former MI6 officer’s memorandums that claimed the Russians had “kompromat” on Trump.”

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    Or option C, they’re both lying.

    C. Final answer.

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  4. Wow. Looks like Biden’s losing allies.

    “Germany Calls Biden’s Afghanistan Pull-Out the “Biggest Debacle” for NATO

    U.S. allies “embittered,” as rogue states and terrorist groups cheer Taliban victory.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/08/germany-calls-bidens-afghanistan-pull-out-the-biggest-debacle-for-nato/

    “German Chancellor Angela Merkel and members of her government condemned the Biden administration’s catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan in harsh terms.

    The debacle in Afghanistan was “an extremely bitter development. Bitter, dramatic and terrifying,” Chancellor Merkel said while speaking to reporters on Tuesday.

    In her sharpest attack on Biden’s decision yet, the German chancellor suggested that the Biden administration’s hasty and messy withdrawal was motivated by “domestic political reasons” rather than geostrategic necessities.

    The German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported Merkel’s remarks:

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on Monday about the quickly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized control.

    “This is an extremely bitter development. Bitter, dramatic and terrifying,” said the chancellor.

    “It is a terrible development for the millions of Afghans who want a more liberal society,” she said. (…)

    “I am thinking of the pain of families of soldiers who lost their lives fighting there. Now everything seems so hopeless.” (…)

    Earlier, according to participants at a meeting of party members, Merkel said she believed the US decision to press ahead with the withdrawal was taken for “domestic political reasons” were partly to blame.

    The head of Merkel’s Christian Democratic party (CDU) and chancellor candidate in the next month’s general election, Armin Laschet, had even harsher words for Biden’s failure in Afghanistan. “It’s the biggest debacle that NATO has suffered since its creation and it’s a change of era that we are confronted with,” he said.

    German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier saw the Biden administration-led pullout as “shameful.”
    “The images of desperation at Kabul airport are shameful for the political West,” the president said. “We are experiencing a human tragedy for which we share responsibility.””

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    Buyers remorse.

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  5. Gen. Woke needs to be relieved of command.

    “Mark Milley Deserves To Be Fired And Court-Martialed For His Afghanistan Lies

    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley is an utter disgrace to his uniform, to our Constitution, and to the great United States and its amazing people.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/08/18/mark-milley-deserves-to-be-fired-and-court-martialed-for-his-afghanistan-lies/

    “Joe Biden’s emergency Afghanistan press conference Monday accomplished exactly the opposite of instilling confidence in the American regime, by neither promising accountability for this catastrophic failure nor releasing a plan to stabilize the situation, reassure our allies, and recapture at least some deterrence against our watching enemies. This is a disaster with evil consequences that will reverberate long and far.

    The lack of accountability worsens the debacle by teaching Americans, our friends, and our foes that things this grossly incompetent will happen again. As Ben Domenech pointed out Monday, “Whoever Biden doesn’t fire, their performance Biden believes is acceptable. If this is acceptable, how can the American people possibly trust the NSA, CIA, or the Pentagon? Even their most recent predictions were completely off. Once again, the intel community and expert class totally failed us, predicting this would take months and the Afghan army would fight.”

    The right thing to do would be for Biden’s generals to all resign so he doesn’t have to. Top of the list is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, who has spent the entirety of the Biden administration — as well as well before it — playing politics instead of doing his job. Because of his lies and cowardice, Americans and Afghans have died and our national security has taken a massive blow.

    Just juxtapose Milley’s behavior against the increasingly alarming timeline from a July 30, 2021 inspector general report to Congress. This timeline below, just of June and July, shows Milley publicly acknowledging increasing Taliban control of Afghanistan as the military he leads prepared to leave.”

    “The report grimly notes — again, two weeks ahead of the crisis in Kabul:

    The news coming out of Afghanistan this quarter has been bleak. The Taliban offensive that began early in the quarter accelerated in June and July. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified on June 23 that the Taliban controlled about 81 districts. Less than a month later, on July 21, he told reporters the group now controlled about half of Afghanistan’s 419 districts, or more than twice as many as before. According to media reporting, the Taliban also controlled large stretches of multiple major highways, and at least six international border crossings as this report went to press. The ANDSF [American-propped up so-called Afghan army that fled Kabul in August] has retaken some districts and the Afghan government still controls all 34 provincial capitals, including Kabul, but from public reporting, the ANDSF appeared surprised and unready, and is now on its back foot. Civilian casualties hit a record high in May and June, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

    What has Milley been doing as these events culminated in a spectacular national failure? Defying elected civilian control of the U.S. military, participating in top generals’ decades of big lies to foment their greed at America’s expense, demoralizing troops by endorsing the same racial extremism the Chinese Communist Party uses to destabilize the United States, and training military resources on American citizens over nonviolent political views. These are grounds for his resignation, firing, and prosecution.”

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  6. “Biden is a huge bully and coward.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/08/biden-threatens-nursing-homes-gop-governors-over-covid-and-avoids-afghanistan-questions/

    “President Joe Biden is having a fantastical week! The man decided to hold a press briefing to threaten nursing homes and Republican governors in the name of the collective good while avoiding the elephant in the room: Afghanistan.

    Get Vaccinated in Nursing Homes or No Money for Seniors
    Biden told nursing homes the government will withhold Medicare and Medicaid funding if they do not require their staff to get the COVID vaccine:

    “With this announcement, I’m using the power of the federal government as a payer of healthcare costs to ensure we reduce those risks to our most vulnerable seniors,” Mr. Biden said.

    The administration plans to issue a new regulation through the Department of Health and Human Services that would make Medicare and Medicaid funding for nursing homes conditional on their staffs being vaccinated.

    The White House said the new requirements, which will be drafted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, could take effect as early as next month and would affect more than 15,000 nursing homes that employ roughly 1.3 million workers.

    Shorter Biden: Either do this or I’ll withhold something else that helps seniors.

    What!? You sound so compassionate when you threaten to withhold money from seniors. Give me a break.”

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  7. Biden in the wrong man for the job.
    He is a good man, but the wrong man for the job.
    But people had to get rid of Trump, the right man, but they had to get Biden.
    We may not recover from that.

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  8. Reaping the consequences of Joe’s failed leadership.

    “South Korea’s Ruling Party Wants Faster Transfer of Military Control from U.S.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/08/south-koreas-ruling-party-wants-faster-transfer-of-military-control-from-u-s/

    “The debacle of the Afghanistan Abandonment is rippling throughout American foreign relations.

    In the wake of the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, the head of South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party is now asking to gain operational control of its military, the leader of the country’s ruling Democratic Party.

    “The Afghanistan crisis should be used as an opportunity to further nurture the will and ability of a strong independent defense by recovering wartime OPCON,” Rep. Song Young-gil wrote in a Wednesday Facebook post.

    In wartime, combined U.S. and South Korean forces would be led by the head of United States Forces Korea, currently Gen. Paul LaCamera. The administration of South Korean President Moon Jae-in has looked to accelerate the process of gaining full control over its military.

    “We need not only the importance of the ROK-U.S. alliance, but also an attitude of self-defense that our country will protect itself,” Song wrote. The Republic of Korea is the official name of South Korea.

    Approximately 28,000 American troops are on the border in the event North Korea decides to invade.

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in has made obtaining “operational control,” or OPCON, of those joint forces a major goal of his administration, but delays over the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues, appear to have made that impossible in its remaining term.

    “We have to take the Afghanistan crisis as a chance to strengthen self-defence capability through OPCON transfer,” Song Young-gil, a lawmaker who serves as chief of Moon’s Democratic Party, said in the title of a Facebook posting.

    Asked about the effect the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan could have on the South Korea-U.S. alliance, an official of the presidential Blue House said it was carefully monitoring and considering the Afghan crisis, but did not elaborate.

    The decision follows the South Korean ambassador’s harrowing escape from Afghanistan.”

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  9. So now we’re abandoning our own too?

    This is sooooo much better than mean tweets, right?

    “Dem Rep. Garamendi Says It’s ‘Not Sensible’ To Provide Safe Passage For Americans From Afghanistan”

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  10. NancyJill, do you actually know folks who have changed their mind about Biden? Those who I know continue to dig in and support him.

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  11. Being a Democrat means you always blame others for your failures.

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    Can you show us on this doll where the bad man touched you?…..

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  13. Hacks.

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  14. Even CNN is admitting it’s a disaster.

    “CNN reporter in Kabul: “If this isn’t failure, what does failure look like exactly?””

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  15. More buyers remorse. 🙂

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  16. Enjoy!

    “Inflationary $3.5T Plan Would Hurt Poor, Elderly, Minorities”

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/08/19/inflationary_35t_plan_would_hurt_poor_elderly_minorities_146270.html

    “Politicians often talk about reducing inequality and helping the most vulnerable. Today, worsening economic conditions threaten to take us in the opposite direction. Poor, minority, and elderly families are hardest hit by rising inflation—a whopping 5.4% price increase in July compared to a year ago, a spike not reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics since the Great Recession started in summer 2008. Democrats’ $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” spending plan would make inflation worse, leaving more American families scraping by today and saddling future generations with astronomical debt.

    Soaring food prices under President Biden hurt black and brown families most, Bloomberg News reported. A Bloomberg News/Morning Consult survey shows about one in three Americans are spending more on groceries. More than 40% of black respondents reported higher costs at grocery stores in 2021. Morning Consult economist John Leer said minority communities are being hit harder because of the disproportionate impact of the pandemic.

    For the federal government to spend $3.5 trillion that’s intended to help the vulnerable is digging their hole deeper rather than helping. It perpetuates a cycle of dependency rather than helping Americans stabilize and create generational wealth. Work is the top antidote to poverty and breaking the cycle of poverty. But permanent and government payments disincentivize work, both for the employee (by making unemployment more attractive) and the employer (government spending-induced inflation increases labor costs and makes automation more attractive, etc.)

    Inflation means low and minimum-wage workers are poorer, and with prices rising so fast, minimum wage workers are poorer than they have been in decades, according to Business Insider. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported minimum wage workers in 2019 were disproportionately likely to be black Americans compared to white, Asian, or Latino workers.”

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    As it’s designed to do. Gotta keep them on the plantation eagerly awaiting govt handouts to help.

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  17. We do have one friend who is quite liberal yet is shaking in his boots at this point over the state of our union. And my neighbor is doing an awful lot of complaining as of late as I hold my tongue in saying “I told you so”!

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  18. I said from the beginning the objective of the Dems was a Trojan horse move…. Kamala….have mercy!…as if Biden wasn’t bad enough….🥴

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