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    Today, 04:24 AM
    The ScienceTM in 2010: The ScienceTM in 2020:
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    Today, 12:43 AM
    Tho Bishop - Part of the Problem #798 On this episode of Part Of The Problem, Dave is joined by Tho Bishop! Tho Bishop is an Assistant Editor for the Mises Wire. Prior to that he served as Deputy Communications Director for the House Financial Services Committee under Rep. Spencer Bachus and Rep. Jeb Hensarling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPw9sj3L98Q
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    Today, 12:05 AM
    Jussie Smollett heads to trial, nearly 3 years after the former ‘Empire’ star was accused of hate crime hoax The 39-year-old actor and singer is charged with lying to Chicago police in 2019 when he claimed he was the victim of a racist and anti-gay attack near his Streeterville apartment. https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2021/11/28/22800734/jussie-smollett-former-empire-star-hate-crime-hoax Matthew Hendrickson & Andy Grimm (28 November 2021) Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in the trial of former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett — nearly three years after he claimed he was the victim of a hate crime only to later be accused of staging the attack. The controversy significantly tarnished Smollett’s career when he was criminally charged and led to his character being written off the hit Fox televsion show “Empire.” It also brought intense scrutiny on Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office when the initial disorderly conduct charges against Smollett were suddenly dropped months later. That decision by Foxx’s office led to the appointment of former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb as a special prosecutor in the case tasked with reinvestigating the allegations against Smollett, as well as possible wrongdoing by Foxx and her staff.
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    Yesterday, 10:47 PM
    A week later, and the mealy-mouthed assholes are still at it. If it wasn't for the fact that the corporate media are so lacking in self-awareness, one would be forced to conclude that they are doing it on purpose. https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1465028734453493764
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    Yesterday, 10:36 PM
    https://twitter.com/PapiTrumpo/status/1465140247919009797 1465140247919009797
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    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    Checkmate, fools! Fauci is The ScienceTM. The ScienceTM is Fauci. https://twitter.com/FaceTheNation/status/1465003501541597191 1465003501541597191
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    Yesterday, 10:01 PM
    Speaking of which (h/t Peter Boghossian): Universities Try to Force a Consensus About Kyle Rittenhouse https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/11/universities-forced-consensus-kyle-rittenhouse/620809/ Conor Friedersdorf (26 November 2021) At universities, the recent acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse should be an opportunity to study a divisive case that sparked complex debates about issues as varied as self-defense laws, guns, race, riots, the rights of defendants, prosecutorial missteps, media bias, and more. If administrators were doing their jobs, faculty and students would freely air a wide variety of viewpoints and have opportunities to better understand one another’s diverse perspectives. Instead, many administrators are preemptively imposing their preferred narratives. The Rittenhouse saga began in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, amid rioting that followed the police shooting of a Black man. Rittenhouse, then 17, armed himself with an AR-15-style rifle and walked into the chaos, claiming that he intended to protect the community. He wound up shooting three men, killing two. Last week, a Wisconsin jury found him not guilty of murder, crediting his claim that, at the moment he fired, he feared for his life and acted in self-defense. This, many analysts argued, was a plausible conclusion to draw from Wisconsin law and video footage and testimony presented at trial.
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    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    Regardless of what one thinks about what happened on "1/6" (or what should be done about it), the mind can only boggle at the bizarre irrationality of invoking such a grotesquely irrelevant non sequitur. This makes Pee-wee Herman's "I know you are, but what am I?" look like the epitome of well-reasoned rebuttals. And yet, there are a lot of people who will actually regard and accept this as an adequate and even telling rejoinder.
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    Yesterday, 09:14 PM
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to cjm again. (Also moving to the Open Discussion forum, as this subject has a much wider range of relevance than just the COVID angle.) I haven't watched to OP videos, but the write-up accompanying the second one is quite interesting. Just some random thoughts/observations:
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    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to RJB again.
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    Yesterday, 07:02 PM
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to dannno again.
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    Yesterday, 07:01 PM
    Yeah, no. Just no. People should continue to pay attention to (and post about) the Rittenhouse affair for just as long as it continues to engage or interest them (however long that might be), and not for one moment less. I don't agree. People are able to walk and chew gum at the same time, and they are able to pay attention to more than one story at once, as well. At any given moment, there is more than just one important/significant thing going on in the world.
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    Yesterday, 06:17 PM
    The @libsoftiktok account has posted the same sort of thing from a lot of other companies, too (such as Best Buy and Kaiser Permanente.) It's another symptom of the "woke" takeover of corporate HR departments - and they don't even need the endorsements of the CEOs or board members, either (most of those people wouldn't have the spine to stand up to them anyway, even if they did have objections). And the same Twitter account covered a lot of colleges/universities cranking out the same kind of guff (turned up to eleven) in the wake of the Rittenhouse veridct: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?552730-Postcards-from-the-Clown-Show&p=7074000&viewfull=1#post7074000
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    Yesterday, 05:33 PM
    Statistics, comrade? How very quaint ...
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    Yesterday, 05:23 PM
    What is the sound of one hand clapping?
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    Yesterday, 04:19 PM
    All of the following is under an "if I understand correctly" qualifier: I think it depends on the scope of the particular pardon. If Benton was pardoned specifically and only for offenses that he had already been charged with or convicted of, then new charges on other offenses would still be permitted by the pardon. But if Benton got a partial "blanket" pardon for some of the things he might have done prior to the issuance of the pardon, then new charges might not be permitted. Or if Benton got a full "blanket" pardon for anything he might have done prior to the issuance of the pardon, then new charges would not be permitted. So on the basis of this new indictment against Benton, I'm guessing that his earlier pardon must not have been a "blanket" pardon (or if it was, it must have been a partial "blanket" and not a full one). Recall that when Nixon was pardoned by Ford, Nixon hadn't even been charged with - let alone convicted of - anything at all. So it is clearly possible to pardon someone for something for which they merely might be charged or convicted, rather than just something for which they already have been charged or convicted. If Assange or Snowden were to be granted full "blanket" pardons, then I don't see what the Feds/DoJ could do about it, other than ignoring the rules or cheating (which, of course, can't be ruled out). Also important to note is that presidential pardons only cover federal matters. States are not bound by them, and presidents cannot pardon (preemptively or otherwise) for state-level offenses.
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    And thank you, Lord, that there was one twenty-three pound bird left for me to fill with my Scarboro Fair stuffing. Want me to mail you some leftovers, old salt? Sounds like you had another pretty good Thanksgiving yourself. Despite it being a time of more manufactured trouble.
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by acptulsa on 07-02-2017 at 08:46 AM
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So, you take a sniff, mistake an anti-Fed argument for a minimum wage argument, and jump off board? Do you think victims of inflation and the systematic destruction of manufacturing jobs should be stripped of the right to vote, but corporations should get to vote even though they are things, not people? You say government is the problem, not the corporations, but I don't see you acknowledging who or what it is that is paying the lobbyists to make the particular bribes they make.

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Did a delay in response give the gunman more time? Cops face questions over why it took three hours for SWAT teams to storm Orlando nightclub as police chief admits officers may have shot some of the VICTIMS

...Police Chief John Mina has also admitted that some of the victims may have been hit by officers' gun fire.

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We're So Lucky to Have Such Great Choices

by acptulsa on 09-23-2012 at 10:16 AM
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I just can't decide who to vote for in the presidential race. They're both just so perfect! I can't believe it. Things are just going so well I never considered firing the president, but this Romney guy is just such a temptation!

Romney promises us more war. Obama promised us just the opposite, but that's ok, because he saw Dubya's two wars and raised us three police actions. I think that's a wonderful thing, and can't wait for the next one. I heard somewhere that with six you

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by acptulsa on 09-23-2012 at 10:14 AM
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Once upon a time, there was a thing called the Interstate Commerce Commission. It was founded to prevent kamikaze capitalism amongst railroads in a day when their efficiencies and primitive technology pretty much guaranteed them a monopoly in viable transportation.

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