GOVERNACIDE: Two more deaths due to the Gooferment bureaucrats

https://www.theburningplatform.com/2021/04/18/darwin-award-winners-of-the-week/

Tesla With No One In Driver’s Seat Wrecks, Burst Into Flames, Kills Two Men

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Here we go again.

While the NHTSA continues to sit idly by and allow Tesla to continue to beta test its “Autopilot” and “Full Self Driving” features on public roads, yet another two men are dead after a Tesla crash where no one was reported to have been in the driver’s seat at the time.

The Tesla slammed into a tree near Hammock Dunes Place in the Houston Area, a local NBC affiliate reported. The wreck was in the “Carlton Woods subdivision near the Woodlands,” the report says.

According to authorities, “the vehicle failed to negotiate a cul-de-sac turn, ran off the road and hit the tree.”

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Two more deaths in the “bets test” on the public roads.

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BIAS: WSJ mischaracterizes the Texas power system

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-failure-of-texas-size-proportionsstate-struggles-to-overhaul-its-power-market-11618565415

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‘A Failure of Texas-Size Proportions’—State Struggles to Overhaul Its Power Market February storm exposed flaws in laissez-faire electricity system; fixes promise to be complex and costly (Wall Street Journal)

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This overlooks the fact that the “power board” is a bunch of bureaucrats appointed by politicians.

That ain’t laissez-faire!

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LIBERTARIAN: One good form of “term limit”

https://ncc-1776.org/tle2021/tle1109-20210418-02.html

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Fifth, the harshest possible term limits must be imposed. One term and you can’t run for any other office afterward. I used to have reservations about this, but they can’t all be Ron Paul. In fact, none of them can be Ron Paul. Government service was never intended to be a career and the fact that evil, despicable people (you know who they are) openly grow obscenely rich in public office is at least half of what’s wrong with this country. Read the Roman fable of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, to see what degree of patriotic leadership, service to the greater good, civic virtue, humility, and modesty every politician ought to be compelled to exhibit.

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That’s a term Limit that I can understand and support.

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POLITICAL: The Deep State wants to protect Saudi Arabia at the expense of the truth, the Taxpayers, and the 9/11 victims families

https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/548306-9-11-victims-call-for-release-of-fbi-report-detailing-saudi-arabias

Sept. 11 victims call for release of FBI report detailing Saudi Arabia’s involvement in attacks
BY LAURA KELLY – 04/14/21 06:16 PM EDT

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Family members of victims and those injured in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are calling on Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines to release publicly an FBI report detailing what role Saudi Arabia played in supporting the attacks. 

In a letter sent Wednesday evening, the families and victims called for the top intelligence official to release an FBI review completed in 2016 that summarizes a years-long investigation into what responsibility Saudi Arabia bears for facilitating the attacks. 

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Seems like a perfectly reasonable request.

The Taxpayers have paid for it and it should be the “golden rule” (i.e., he who has the gold, Maes the rules).

I’m sure it will be “enlightening”!

And embarrassing to politicians and bureaucrats of both parties.  (That is a euphemism because they both are identical expect for whose friends and relatives get enriched!)

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TECHNOLOGY: EV cars seems to have some BIG problems — with recharging

https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2021/04/15/sans-garage/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EricPetersAutos+%28Eric+Peters+Autos%29

Sans Garage
By eric-
April 15, 2021

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There are many obvious problems with electric cars as mass-market cars, most of which have been discussed. But there’s one that’s regularly overlooked:

The lack of mass-garaging.

Having a garage, of course, is not a necessity. But without one, owning – charging – an EV becomes more . . . problematic.

Without a garage – and the electrical outlets most garages have – where do you plug the electric car in overnight to recharge? An extension cord can be run from an outlet inside the house sans garage to the car parked outside – assuming you have a long enough cord.

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As a fat old white guy “e-leck-trick-cal” injineer, I know a little bit amount moving electrons.  Clearly recharging is going to be an issue in several ways.  L think that this point about recharging infrastructure is a killer.  Anyone who has recharged a phone or laptop knows how long it takes,  Now imagine if your car is unusable while you’re waiting.

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BIAS: CNN promotes BLM interest; it’s not news

https://thepostmillennial.com/watch-cnn-technical-director-says-network-is-trying-to-help-blm

AMERICAN NEWS Apr 15, 2021 12:41 PM EST
BREAKING: Project Veritas busts CNN director admitting coverage of black-on-Asian hate crimes would ‘set back’ BLM movement
“A bunch of black men that have been attacking Asians,” Chester said. “I’m like ‘what are you doing?’ Like… we’re trying to like help like with the BLM.”

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CNN technical director Charles Chester was caught on camera by Project Veritas stating that CNN tailors its reporting to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Luckily, no one watches CNN unless they are stuck in airport!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Where the WuFlu is concerned, we all should question every hypothesis with integrity

https://www.reddit.com/r/YouShouldKnow/comments/mnvm6n/ysk_everyone_can_be_a_scientist/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3

Posted byu/GRantedblock14 

YSK: Everyone can be a scientist

Why YSK: Getting an advanced degree in a scientific discipline does not automatically make one a scientist, nor does the absence of such a degree exclude one from making significant contributions to science.

When new evidence demands it, a scientist must be able to question every hypothesis. A scientist’s acceptance of idea must be based on measurable, repeatable findings, which the scientist must disclose with total integrity.

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Where the WuFlu is concerned, we all should question every hypothesis.

And the integrity of EVERY politician and bureaucrat who pontificates about it!

Masks?  Rejected — just like chain link fences can keep out mosquitos.

Lockdowns?  Rejected — Stupidly delaying the onset of herd immunity.

RNA “vaccines”?  Rejected — Absurdly untested genetic engineering.

“Vaccines”? Rejected — these are NOT what we know as vaccines.

Mask compliance? Rejected — it is about “control”; not health.

Argh!

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LIBERTARIAN: Why is the state of highway bridges a Federal Gooferment problem?

https://www.cato.org/blog/bidens-crumbling-bridges

APRIL 9, 2021 2:51PM
Biden’s Crumbling Bridges
By Chris Edwards

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says America’s roads and bridges are “crumbling.” The administration’s infrastructure plan says, “After decades of disinvestment, our roads, bridges, and water systems are crumbling,” and it notes that 45,000 bridges are in “poor condition.”

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Why is the state of highway bridges a Federal Gooferment problem?

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SOFTWARE: EVERNOTE can’t sort the contents of a note.

Earl John S. (Evernote Help and Learning)

Apr 9, 2021, 10:04 PDT

Hi there,

Thank you for contacting Evernote Support.

I understand that you are unable to find an option to sort the contents of a note, and if it is not possible, you want to know why it isn’t.

In Evernote, you can sort your notes but not its contents. This feature is not yet built in the Evernote app. However, thank you for sharing this good idea with us. It’s super valuable in helping us build the best Evernote we can. I’ve gone ahead and made note of this for our development team. While we can’t commit to getting all feature requests into the product, we do rely on our community to tell us what they’d like to see in the future. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other ideas.

Your ideas and feedbacks are incredibly valuable to us so we built a new “Share Feedback” button into the app to make it quick and easy for you to send us your thoughts. If you are using a Mac, you can find the “Share feedback” by clicking the “Help > Share feedback” in the menu bar (Please see attached image). The comments go directly to our product team. I encourage you to use the button to submit your feedbacks and ideas.

I hope this helps.

Please message us again if you have any outstanding concerns.

Best Regards,

Earl John S.
Customer Support Representative

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Seems like a simple straight forward function to have?

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INNOVATION: Sounds like transhumanism is just around the corner

https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/8/22374749/elon-musk-neuralink-monkey-pong-brain-interface

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There’s probably no substitute better than just watching the 3m 27s long video as it runs through how the macaque monkey is playing Pong without a joystick.

But in case you don’t want to click or watch or engage, here’s the outline on what’s going on from The Verge: 

Pager, a 9-year-old macaque monkey, had a Neuralink implanted about six weeks before the video was shot, the video’s unnamed narrator says.

  • He was first taught to play video games with a joystick for a banana smoothie reward, delivered through a metal straw. 
  • While he was doing this, the Neuralink device recorded information about which neurons were firing — learning, essentially, to predict hand movements by recording which regions fired. After learning the patterns, the joystick Pager used to play was disconnected from the computer. 
  • The monkey appears to go on playing the game using only his mind — playing a game of Pong with no joystick whatsoever.

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Glad I won’t be around for the mandatory chipping!

But for the souls who are “differently abled”, or whatever the politically correct term is today, this could be a Godsend.

For others, it might be a curse.

To me a beer flavored smoothie might entrap me.

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MONEY: Penny candy and other economic lessons

https://schiffgold.com/interviews/peter-schiff-with-tucker-carlson-inflation-is-a-painful-tax/

Peter Schiff With Tucker Carlson: Inflation Is a Painful Tax
APRIL 6, 2021  BY SCHIFFGOLD 

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We’re told inflation isn’t a problem. But a quick trip out to the grocery store or to fill up your car with gas tells you otherwise. Prices are going up. Peter Schiff recently appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show to talk about inflation. He said the price of everything is going up and the value of everything is going down.

It’s clear that prices are rising.

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I’m tired of ranting about inflation. 

Just do a search on the blog for “three silver dimes” and you’ll see some of my best examples (i.e., the Roman’s cloak, penny candy, 1968 gas prices).

It all comes down to the politicians and bureaucrats having an incentive for silent taxes.  If some Gooferment goon came in every year and seized 2% of your wealth (i.e., 2/100ths of your house), then you’d understand.

I don’t know what I can write that will make the point of inflation is due to the FED. (The Federal Reserve Bank is a misnomer. IT ain’t “federal”. It reserves nothing. And, it ain’t a “bank”. It is a private cartel of the elite banks run for their benefit and that of the entrenched politicians.)

Sure the rich, the elite, politicians, and bureaucrats love inflation.

It’s a racket.

“It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it! You, and I, are not in the big club.” — George Carlin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5dBZDSSky0

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HEALTH: The Today Show just pointed out that “official advice” on Covid is bogus

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/04/08/the-new-covid-trend-that-will-probably-irritate-fauci-and-the-panic-peddlers-n2587591

The ‘Random Act of Journalism’ The Today Show Did That Blows Apart the COVID Panic Narrative
Matt Vespa |  @mvespa1|
Posted: Apr 08, 2021 2:45 PM

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The variants are out there. Stay indoors and fear for your lives. We all know there are variants of viruses. They’re living things that adapt. It’s why there is no uniform flu shot every year. It’s why there’s no cure for the common cold. We get it. Viruses change. Stop peddling the science fiction that if we don’t listen to your garage (sic) advice on COVID, variants will appear. The best was Dr. Sanjay Gupta who pretty much said that if we wear masks (i.e., listen to them)—then the variants won’t appear or develop. If we don’t, then they will pop up. They’re still clinging to the mask absolutism like grim death, aren’t they? It’s not a shield. You all know this. You can still catch COVID while wearing a mask, but let’s move on to yet another point that shreds the ‘fear for your lives’ narrative. States that are still under lockdown are seeing COVID cases spike. Those that have reopened have seen a decline. The Today Show noted this, while The Daily Caller decided to comment on this by quoting the late great Rush Limbaugh, who noted such incidents as this as a “random act of journalism.”

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“States that are still under lockdown are seeing COVID cases spike”

Guess that “We, The Sheeple” are not paying attention.

BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), anyone paying attention will take note.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Online Scammers Selling Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Cards

https://www.newsmax.com/health/headline/online-scam-coronavirus-vaccine/2021/04/08/id/1016823/

08 April 2021 10:53 AM
Online Scammers Selling Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Cards | Newsmax.com 

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For as little as $20, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine card online. Scammers abound on the Internet offering look-alike three-by-four-inch cards that are falsified copies of the official vaccine cards issued by the Centers for Disease Control to those who are legally inoculated.

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What took them so long to demonstrate the stupidity of “vaccine passports”?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Taxpayers get screwed again!

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/new-york-fund-coronavirus-aid-undocumented-immigrants

MONEY AND POLICY
Published 5 hours ago
NY creates $2B fund to provide illegal immigrants with COVID relief
Fund to offer one-time payments of up to $15,600
By Megan Henney FOXBusiness

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New York lawmakers struck a deal this week to establish a $2.1 billion coronavirus relief fund for undocumented immigrants and other unemployed workers who were ineligible for federal aid during the pandemic. 

The fund, which was announced as part of a broader $212 billion state budget agreement, will offer one-time payments of up to $15,600 to undocumented immigrants who lost their jobs during the virus-induced crisis.  

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Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerk has just incentivized illegal immigration.

Who’s side are the politicians and bureaucrats on?

Certainly not the Taxpayers.

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INSPIRATIONAL: How little we know!

A New Force of Nature

An experiment two decades in the making has provided strong evidence that the current theory describing the universe’s fundamental forces is incomplete, suggesting the existence of a fifth force currently unknown to science. 

The experiments, carried out at Illinois’ Fermilab, focused on subatomic particles known as muons—basically fat but short-lived electrons. Magnetic measurementsconfirmed, with much higher precision, tantalizing previous 2001 results that the particles’ properties deviate slightly from theoretical predictions. Scientists think the anomaly may come from an unknown interaction with the quantum foam—a sea of virtual particles perpetually popping in and out of existence. 

The chance of a fluke was calculated at around 0.0025%. If correct, the finding may suggest physics beyond the Standard Model—the theoretical framework that describes all known elementary particles but still faces a number of challenges (like explaining gravity). 

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More evidence that humans know so little.

Maybe that should be the new norm for a know it all like me — muon — as in “Mooo on you dumb cow”.   Actually cows are probably smarter.

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PEACE: Just declare “victory” and bring the girls and boys home

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/546562-cross-partisan-groups-urge-biden-to-stick-with-may-1-afghanistan-withdrawal

Cross-partisan groups urge Biden to stick with May 1 Afghanistan withdrawal
BY REBECCA KHEEL – 04/06/21 09:00 AM EDT 

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A coalition of advocacy groups for veterans and military families from across the political spectrum is calling on President Biden to adhere to a May 1 deadline to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

In a letter to Biden on Tuesday, the nine organizations argued the May 1 deadline “presents the best opportunity any president over the past twenty years has faced to end America’s longest ever war.”

“On behalf of our membership and veterans across the country who have answered the call to serve our country, we urge you to honor the sacrifices our troops and their families are willing to make on America’s behalf by not asking our women and men in uniform to remain entangled in a conflict with no clear military mission or path to victory,” the groups wrote in the letter obtained by The Hill. “Our members are proud of their service, but they know it is long past time for America to come home from Afghanistan.”

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“Biden did not just support the war. He served as Bush and Cheney’s Senate gatekeeper and whip, guaranteeing a majority vote for the war in the upper chamber while controlled by the opposition party. If Biden had any moral courage at all, he could have stopped that war.”
― Scott Horton, Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism

So I don’t expect much from Biden.

I would urge every vet to speak up and get us out of this quagmire.  

It broke the USSR and will do the same for us.

Like Viet Name, just declare “victory” and leave.

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GUNS: Biden will ignore the Second Amendment?

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/546941-biden-expected-to-announce-executive-action-on-guns-thursday

Biden expected to announce executive action on guns
BY BRETT SAMUELS AND ALEX GANGITANO – 04/07/21 01:04 PM EDT

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Advocacy groups, including Brady, Giffords, Everytown and parents of victims of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, have met with Domestic Policy Council Director Susan Rice and Biden adviser Cedric Richmond in recent weeks.Anti-gun violence advocates, including some who attended meetings with Biden officials, told The Hill in February that, through executive order, Biden could eliminate ghost guns by defining what constitutes a gun.

The term ghost guns refers to guns available for purchase, typically without a background check or a serial number, that are not fully finished or may have a missing part.

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It’s clear to me that the Federal Gooferment is prohibited by the Second Amendment from any action to restrict gun rights.

Everything they do is unconstitutional.

And thus null and void.

The Dead Old White Guys must be rolling over.

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IDEA: Boycott MLB by supporting Little League!

https://townhall.com/columnists/larryoconnor/2021/04/06/this-is-bidens-baseball-boycott-n2587459

This Is Biden’s Baseball Boycott
Larry O’Connor
Posted: Apr 06, 2021 10:40 AM

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You can start by choosing to attend a Minor League Baseball game… preferably a team not affiliated with an MLB franchise. Or, perhaps, a college baseball game. Even better, go rediscover the love of the game by patronizing your local Little League. And take the money you would have spent on tickets, parking, food, beer, and souvenirs and donate it all to the kids who still understand the game is about joy and love and competition and working together as a team. 

Even better, those kids stand for the national anthem before the game, they don’t have agents and they’re thrilled to play for the rich reward of a snack bag handed out by alternating parents after every game. It’s in their contract. 

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Talk is cheap; especially when the action requested is so easy and fun!

See you at Little League.

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POLITICAL: Sounds like bureaucrats covering their A-double-Q’s

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/04/06/dhs-erases-report-about-illegal-aliens-on-fbi-terrorism-watch-list-crossing-u-s-mexico-border/

DHS Erases Report About Illegal Aliens on FBI Terrorism Watch List Crossing U.S.-Mexico Border
JOHN BINDER
6 Apr 2021

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has erased a report that detailed illegal aliens on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Terrorism Watch List and No-Fly List crossing the United States-Mexico border.

On Monday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency published a press release detailing Border Patrol agents’ apprehension of two illegal aliens from Yemen who are on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and the No-Fly List.“Two Yemeni Men Arrested by Border Patrol Identified on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List,” the title of the CBP press release read. By Tuesday morning, though, the release had been removed from the CBP website and has not been republished.

A link to the original press release shows up as an “Access Denied” page with a note stating “You are not authorized to access this page.”

A CBP spokesperson told Breitbart News in a statement:

The news release in question was not properly reviewed and contained certain disclosure and policy information related to national security that required CBP to remove it from our website.

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I guess no one wants to make the boss look bad,

However, this has be more widely known.

Even if it reflects positively on “the bad orange man”.

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INSPIRATIONAL: “… … most white people and ​b​lack people are awesome people”

https://nypost.com/2021/04/05/charles-barkley-rips-politicians-for-stirring-racial-division/

Ex-NBA star Charles Barkley rips politicians for creating racial division
By Mark Moore
April 5, 2021

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“​I truly believe in my heart most white people and ​b​lack people are awesome people, but we’re so stupid following our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, and their only job is, ‘Hey, let’s make these people not like each other. We don’t live in their neighborhoods, we all got ​the ​money, let’s make the whites and ​b​lacks not like each other, let’s make rich people and poor people not like each other, let’s scramble the middle class.’ I truly believe that in my heart​,” he continued. ​

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Man, I love this guy.

Every time, I hear one of his pronouncements I am astonished at how much I agree with him.

If he runs for office, then I’ll vote for him.

At least, he has common sense and a good heart.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Inflation: a hidden tax on income

https://buff.ly/2Pnn5AE

How The Nation’s Central Bank Is Covertly ‘Nudging’ Americans To Accept Digital Money & The Great Reset – LewRockwell

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Inflation is how government robs money from taxpayers.  For example, wage earners put good money into Social Security and 50 years later take out inflated money that has reduced purchasing power.  A $321 average Social Security check in 1980, adjusted for inflation, should be $7529.  Instead the average Social Security check is ~$1543 today.

Zang notes: “Wealth never really disappears; it just shifts location.”

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I keep ranting about I have to live to 132 to steal back all the FICA that was stolen from me.

I’ve reported and cited that the Rate Of Return for “Social Security” is a NEGATIVE 8%.

Imagine how wealthy a society we would have if we were allow to keep our own earnings and plan for our own retirement?

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Expect any Gooferment program to be done well?

https://dossier.substack.com/p/new-yorks-vaccine-passport-program

New York’s vaccine passport program is already failing
The Cuomo-IBM idiocracy can’t produce a good product.
Jordan Schachtel
Apr 5

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Liberty advocates, rejoice! The idiocracy is going to save us from another form of COVID tyranny. Thanks to a combination of bungling authoritarians and decaying legacy corporations, these entities are simply too incompetent to pull off a functioning vaccine passport program. 

New York’s rollout of its vaccine passport already has the markings of a five alarm dumpster fire. The New York State “Excelsior Pass” vaccine passport system, which was created by IBM, has so many issues that I wouldn’t be surprised if the program was scrapped altogether before the end of the calendar year. It has massive security flaws, a shrinking customer base by design, it remains incredibly impractical, and it’s incredibly easy to manipulate. Excelsior Pass sucks, thanks to the idiocracy that was responsible for its design and implementation.

*** end quote ***

I’d expect a fiasco from the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerk but IBM?

Guess they should have gone with Tata.

At least it would have been a cheaper disaster!

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POLITICAL: Too much politics is killing everything!

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/04/no_author/major-league-baseball-risks-losing-the-last-of-its-politics-weary-viewers-after-moving-game-over-georgias-election-law/

Major League Baseball Risks Losing The Last of Its Politics-Weary Viewers After Moving Game Over Georgia’s Election Law
By Michael McCaffrey
RT News
April 6, 2021

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Sports fans like me are simply exhausted by the endless hyper-politicization of everything in our culture, and we look to sports to escape, not to be politically assaulted. MLB would be very wise to avoid playing politics any further and instead focus on fixing their ailing game and playing decent ball.

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It’s killing any patience I have with the “theater”.

The NFL pseudo patriotism was a “big straw” in breaking “this camel’s back”.

Argh!

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TINFOILHAT: Were the Capital “revolt”, “riots”, “secession”, “sedition”, just plain old “political theater”

https://sharylattkisson.com/2021/04/unanswered-questions-about-capitol-riots/

Unanswered questions about Capitol riots
DATED: APRIL 6, 2021 BY STAFF

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How many firearms were seen or confiscated from individuals inside or on the Capitol grounds on January 6?

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Of course, if it was a “revolt” or an “attempt to take over the Gooferment”, it was the lamest one that I’ve ever seen on TV.

In actuality, I believe it was “political theater” by persons and groups unknown to enshrine Biden and disgrace DJT45.

If too, it worked.

“We, The Sheeple” are rubes for this type of propaganda.

Sigh!

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TECHNOLOGY: Digital services ARE “common carriers”

https://www.protocol.com/bulletins/thomas-scotus-twitter-trump-ban

BULLETINS Justice Thomas argues for making Facebook, Twitter and Google utilities
Thomas argues that some digital platforms are “sufficiently akin” to common carriers like telephone companies.
Issie Lapowsky
April 5, 2021

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Thomas argues that while private companies aren’t subject to the First Amendment, common carriers are unique to other private businesses in that they do not have the “right to exclude.” Thomas suggests that large tech platforms with substantial market power should be bound by the same restrictions. “If the analogy between common carriers and digital platforms is correct, then an answer may arise for dissatisfied platform users who would appreciate not being blocked: laws that restrict the platform’s right to exclude,” Thomas writes.

Such a restriction would substantially curb tech giants’ ability to moderate content, a proposal that both tech giants and those on the left who want to see more aggressive content moderation online would almost certainly reject.

Thomas goes on to describe the sheer scope of Facebook and Google’s market power, citing Facebook’s roughly 3 billion users and Google’s 90% market share in search. “It changes nothing that these platforms are not the sole means for distributing speech or information. A person always could choose to avoid the toll bridge or train and instead swim the Charles River or hike the Oregon Trail,” Thomas writes. “But in assessing whether a company exercises substantial market power, what matters is whether the alternatives are comparable. For many of today’s digital platforms, nothing is.”

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And, as I have often posted before, if they want to moderate content, then they should be responsible for ALL content!

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