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    Today, 12:39 AM
    I recall Fauci saying early on ( March or Apr perhaps) that masks do not help against corona. Then there was a flip-flop.
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    Today, 12:33 AM
    Prez Trump probably would tweet soon to offer moral support to Rudy and to take Borat to task, bit surprised it hasn't happened already. They go way back. Not just Mike Pence, most other public figures probably would not have taken the "interview" from living room to bedroom with while sipping whisky.
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    Today, 12:07 AM
    How does this fit in "Ameruca First" model. Granted his top donor is Israel's richest person and it's the only socialist democarcy in mideast that offers free abortions aka "baby murders", what's in it for US? Would this help get back 100s of billions in taxpayers funded welfare aid their lobbies groomed politicians sent there? When it comes to their settlements on occupied lands, that's supposed to be thier business; then how is this any of our business and how much time/resources American officials are spending in arm twisting other countries to start praising a neighborhood bully? "America First" In first, US establishes permanent military base in Israel US rebukes Germany for refusal to say Iran's threat to destroy Israel is anti-Semitic
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    Yesterday, 11:56 PM
    Trump administration set to label human rights groups ‘antisemitic’ for criticizing Israel "By smearing leading human rights organizations as 'antisemitic,' the corrupt and increasingly authoritarian Trump Administration is escalating its relentless war on human rights, justice, and the truth" - Palestinian BDS National Committee By Michael Arria October 22, 2020 At Politico, Nahal Toosi reports that the Trump administration might soon declare that number of prominent human rights organizations as antisemitic and discourage other governments from supporting them, all due to these organizations’ alleged support for the BDS movement.
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    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:05 PM
    See post #23 for others:
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:30 PM
    I was going to post about this a few days ago, but I forgot about it until this topic of Marxism vis-à-vis Social Justice "wokeness" came up. It's an article by the ICFI (International Committee of the Fourth International ) at their World Socialist Web Site: Factional warfare erupts in New York Times over the 1619 Project From the article: That's right ... socialists are defending Jefferson (or at least his statues) and American history against the "woke" crowd ...
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    Yesterday, 08:15 PM
    Based on what he has said and written. Everything he writes and speaks about regarding work, life, safety and so on points to self responsibility and living your life as you see fit. Now, I suppose it could be all bullshit...but everything can't be bullshit.
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    Yesterday, 08:10 PM
    As far as I can see, Rowe is one of the few who would be in political life that would not decide our lives, rather understands freedom. I understand why you think otherwise, but I have to run with that. Just like I did with Ron Paul.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:59 PM
    For more on the intricacies involved in the post-modernism/Critical Theory/Marxism/etc. aspects of Wokism, here's the content pointed to by the "differ somewhat" link from my previous post: Postmodernism Versus Critical Social Justice New Discourses (14 April 2020) Wait, what?! Postmodernism in its original form would be against Critical Social Justice?! You heard that right. It, like Marxism, would have been, and to the extent that it still gets forwarded, it is. To explore this seemingly bizarre fact, James Lindsay and Helen Pluckrose join old-school postmodernist and libertarian thinker Thaddeus Russell on the Unregistered podcast. In this episode of the Unregistered podcast, these three thinkers take a very deep dive into the roots of Critical Social Justice and its Theory. This means diving deep into each of Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, critical theories more broadly, postmodern Theory, and the more modern fusion of these, for the agenda of Social Justice through identity politics: Critical Social Justice.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:28 PM
    In my previous post, I misspoke when I said that Critical Theory is an "outgrowth" of post-modernism. "Woke" Social Justice theory is actually a fusion of Critical Theory and post-modernism, which developed more or less independently and were brought together in the 1980s & '90s ... In a sense, post-modernism was co-opted by neo-Marxists ... or, depending on how you look at it, neo-Marxism was co-opted by post-modernists ... (this dynamic is mentioned in the article below ...) Actually, post-modernism is a post-Marxist movement, rather than a neo-Marxist one. (It is "post" Marxist because the acid bath of deconstruction dissolves Marxism as thoroughly as it does capitalism - or any other such "meta-narrative.")
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    Yesterday, 06:42 PM
    I think the critical bit will be the part I bolded and underlined. This would definitely end up going to SCOTUS. ACB will have been seated by then - and assuming the same split as described in the OP, and that ACB sides with the guy who just elevated her, Trump wins. And the left then precedes to completely lose its shit, with actions and consequences only to be guessed at ... On the other hand, if one or both of those assumptions are wrong, and Biden gets POTUS, things will be less explosive, at least in the short term (the right just isn't nearly as hysterical or prone to "civic" chaos and violence as the left is). In the long run, though, a Biden win under these circumstances might end up providing more impetus to secessionism and separatist sentiments on the right than a Trump win would do, so that could be interesting. Pretty much the only thing I'm certain about is that, unless there's a clear (enough) winner, it's going to be a complete, utter and wretched mess ...
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    Yesterday, 06:22 PM
    Streamed live earlier today ... skip to 11:40 ... Denver Shooter Matthew Dolloff Appears in Court
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    Yesterday, 04:52 PM
    PA Supreme Court now rules that late ballots need not have valid, matching signatures. Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Ballots Can’t Be Tossed Out over Mismatching Signature Breitbart News 23 Oct 2020 HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously Friday on a key concern surrounding an avalanche of mail-in ballots in the presidential battleground state, prohibiting counties from rejecting ballots because the voter’s signature on it may not resemble their signature on their registration form.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:56 PM
    That is an excellent analogy. A lot of people seem to think that Critical Theory (CT) and wokeness are inherently Marxist, or that they are some kind of new-fangled version of Marxism. But they aren't. Post-modernism (of which CT is an outgrowth) rejected Marxism just as sternly as it rejected capitalism. As @wokal_distance points out below (and which James Lindsay has also said elsewhere). the only thing CT takes from Marxism is Marxism's "theory of conflict." CT does not endorse any particular economic system, Marxist or otherwise. Critical Theorists may adopt the rhetoric or Marxism as and when it suits their purposes, but it is a big mistake to think that their end goal is the institution of "state socialism" or what-have-you. Their objective is to acquire as much money and institutional/social power as they can, by whatever means. As a result, Critical Theory is presently a much more fundamental and insidious threat than Marxism is even close to being.
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    Yesterday, 03:32 PM
    I think that's almost certainly what happens. And it's not like these rhetorical techniques haven't been used since humans first started talking (and maybe even before that). But the woke have distilled, concentrated and weaponized them - and then the rank-and-file left, being "woke adjacent" and having been exposed to this stuff via social media, have adopted them, too. Monkey see, monkey do ...
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    Yesterday, 03:15 PM
    13/ When "fighting racism" or doing some other work of wokeness, getting paid is encouraged. This is often done while claiming that capitalism is evil (by a woke definition). Here, Robin DiAngelo trashes capitalism while charging $20,000 per speech and $340 for a phone consultation. 14/ Getting clout is just as important as getting paid, as this allows you to preach wokeness.
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    Yesterday, 03:15 PM
    @wokal_distance on "Woke Hypocrisy on Capitalism" Twitter thread: Thread compiled @ 1/ While activists disrupt, dismantle and deconstruct everything from art to tech, corporations are going woke. Why? Because despite the woke rhetoric about "income inequality," there is ZERO ideological conflict between wokeness and capitalism. None.
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    Yesterday, 02:37 PM
    @wokal_distance on "Woke people are liars" Twitter thread: Thread compiled @ 1/ Woke people are liars. They are blatant hypocrites. Always. Every time. Without exception.
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    Yesterday, 12:53 PM
    Speaking of actors riding motorcycles who are freedom folks... You know who was also...a sound money, end the fed, anti-globalist? John Quade, best known as "Chollo" in "Any Which Way But Loose"
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    Yesterday, 10:40 AM
    ‘We’re not getting rid of fossil fuels for a long time’ - Biden Democratic nominee Joe Biden is seeking to clarify comments during Thursday night’s debate that he would transition away from the oil and gas industry. “We’re not getting rid of fossil fuels,” Biden told reporters after the debate. “We’re getting rid of the subsidies for fossil fuels, but we’re not getting rid of fossil fuels for a long time.” When asked whether oil industry workers would lose their jobs, Biden said they wouldn’t. “There are a lot more jobs that are going to be created in other alternatives,” he added, in a reference to clean energy jobs he says his plan will expand.
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    Yesterday, 08:04 AM
    Not seeeing any major impact from this so far. Borat seems to have expanded his range suddenly, few years ago he targetted an anti-war libertarian proponent of blowback theory (RP) and this time has turned on a pro-war major opponent of bb theory. What is going on? Unless Rudy is now also in anti-war camp. But this could cause tensions between right and left wings of neoconservatives. Political impact wise, this could be designed by Dem wing of liberal Left to further de-energize 'Christian base'/Family Values folks of GOP ahead of Nov polling. Likely won't have same shock impact as 2016 Trump Access Hollywood tape leak but Christian conservatives like Mike Pence and Mike Lee may need to be watched/advised if Trump election team wants to play it really safe.
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    Yesterday, 07:40 AM
    From follow the money stand point, he's probably as much if not more in pockets of Wall Street Deep Pockets as Trump and unlikely to shake any oil carts for "clean energy" unless untill upper WS manegemnt approves it and that is unlikely to happen in near future. Biden was more coherent than last debate but still seems to be forgetful. He said by 2025 in debate yesterday but his campaign pages say 2050. If he has not changed his stance and misspoke, he is getting old too fast. Biden Promises 100% Clean Energy, Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 bloomberg Joe Biden, the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race, proposed achieving 100% clean energy and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 If his reflexes were sharp, he could have brought up Fed Reserve induced Wall Street bankers/Blackrock directed $Billions or perhaps $Trillions future debt money that has gone into a "clean energy" electric car company under Trump watch (for which Jeffrey Epstein used to lobby foreign investements) during lockdown when no one was driving.
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    Yesterday, 07:06 AM
    In 1957 and 1968, the US and the world lived through similarly severe pandemics, but few people at the time even knew about them. “Elvis Was King, Ike Was President…” author and economist Jeffrey Tucker notes that in the H2N2 “Asian Flu” season, 116,000 Americans died. Because the population of the US was a little over half what it is now, in per capita terms, the impact was every bit as great as COVID’s has been to date, with again mostly the frail elderly targeted. Tucker recalls that ” nothing was shut down. Restaurants, schools, theaters, sporting events, travel – everything continued without interruption.”
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