Regarding Trump, Biden and Putin

If Trump were the Manchurian candidate that
people keep wanting to believe that he is,
here are some of the things he’d be doing:

Limiting fracking as much as he possibly could
Blocking oil and gas pipelines
Opening negotiations for major nuclear arms reductions
Cutting U.S. military spending
Trying to tamp down tensions with Russia’s ally Iran.

(Walter Russell Mead in 2017)

COVID Pitch Meeting

From a comedian named Harrison Hill Smith

It’s time to declare an end to the pandemic

“Covid has shown us a future toward which we have long been hurtling, a future of technologically mediated relationships, ubiquitous surveillance, big tech information control, obsession with safety, shrinking civil liberties, widening wealth inequality, and the medicalization of life. All these trends predate Covid. Now we see in sharp relief where we have been headed. Is this what we want?”

https://charleseisenstein.substack.com/p/a-path-will-rise-to-meet-us

Chrome considered harmful

Google Chrome should now be considered malicious software. It’s no longer a “user agent”, as it actually works for Google, and functions as adware and spyware:

“Manifest V3, Google Chrome’s soon-to-be definitive basket of changes to the world of web browser extensions, has been framed by its authors as “a step in the direction of privacy, security, and performance.” But we think these changes are a raw deal for users.  We’ve said that since Manifest V3 was announced, and continue to say so as its implementation is now imminent. Like FLoC and Privacy Sandbox before it, Manifest V3 is another example of the inherent conflict of interest that comes from Google controlling both the dominant web browser and one of the largest internet advertising networks.

Manifest V3, or Mv3 for short, is outright harmful to privacy efforts. It will restrict the capabilities of web extensions—especially those that are designed to monitor, modify, and compute alongside the conversation your browser has with the websites you visit. Under the new specifications, extensions like these– like some privacy-protective tracker blockers– will have greatly reduced capabilities. Google’s efforts to limit that access is concerning, especially considering that Google has trackers installed on 75% of the top one million websites.”

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/12/chrome-users-beware-manifest-v3-deceitful-and-threatening

Demonstrably false media narratives

Andrew Sullivan writes about the many demonstrably false media narratives:

When All The Media Narratives Collapse
In case after case, the US MSM just keeps getting it wrong.

Kyle Rittenhouse
Igor Danchenko (Steele Dossier)
Covington boys
Lab-leak theory of Covid
Afghanistan bounties by Putin
Jussie Smollett
Brian Sicknick – fire extinguisher
Hunter Biden’s laptop
2021 Inflation Scare
Vaccines would end the pandemic
Illegal migrant surge
Critical Race Theory in high schools
Federal Debt & MMT

(This is not a complete list.)

 

The Zen of Data Processing

1. Every business needs a database.

2. Every business needs its OWN database.

3. A loosely organized collection of privately maintained
spreadsheets is not a database.

4. But a unified database is the single source of truth.

5. A database is a window into the business:

If you can see it, you can move it.
If you can move it, you can manage it.

6. A good database is a living breathing malleable thing.

7. Because the business is always a moving target.

8. “A computer is a communication device, first, second and third.”
(Alan Kay, 1968)

9. And so, the database is the central nervous system of the business.

10. Perfection of the database, in both form and content,
is always sought but rarely achieved. Never stop trying.

Hard truths from a hard man

China’s Leninists certainly never forgot hard truths about power.

“People who have little experience with power, those who have been far away from it, tend to regard these things as mysterious and novel,” a younger Xi Jinping once told an interviewer, reflecting on the ruthless purging of his father by Mao and his experience during China’s Cultural Revolution. “But I look past the superficial things,” he said. “The flowers and the glory and the applause. I see the detention houses, the fickleness of human relationships. I understand politics on a deeper level.”

https://theupheaval.substack.com/p/china-empire

Moderate and responsible government

Look how far the left’s war on liberalism has gone.

Due process? If you’re a male on campus, gone. Privacy? Stripped away — by anonymous rape accusations, exposure of private emails, violence against people’s private homes, screaming at folks in restaurants, sordid exposés of sexual encounters, eagerly published by woke mags. Non-violence? Exceptions are available if you want to “punch a fascist.” Free speech? Only if you don’t mind being fired and ostracized as a righteous consequence. Free association? You’ve got to be kidding. Religious freedom? Illegitimate bigotry. Equality? Only group equity counts now, and individuals of the wrong identity can and must be discriminated against. Color-blindness? Another word for racism. Mercy? Not for oppressors. Intent? Irrelevant. Objectivity? A racist lie. Science? A manifestation of white supremacy. Biological sex? Replaced by socially constructed gender so that women have penises and men have periods. The rule of law? Not for migrants or looters. Borders? Racist. Viewpoint diversity? A form of violence against the oppressed.

https://andrewsullivan.substack.com/p/what-happened-to-you-e5f

The Other Basket

At an LGBT campaign fundraising event in New York City on September 9, 2016, Hillary Clinton gave a speech and said the following:

I know there are only 60 days left to make our case – and don’t get complacent; don’t see the latest outrageous, offensive, inappropriate comment and think, “Well, he’s done this time.” We are living in a volatile political environment.

You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. (Laughter/applause) Right? (Laughter/applause) They’re racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic – you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people – now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks – they are irredeemable, but thankfully, they are not America.

But the “other” basket – the other basket – and I know because I look at this crowd I see friends from all over America here: I see friends from Florida and Georgia and South Carolina and Texas and – as well as, you know, New York and California – but that “other” basket of people are people who feel the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures; and they’re just desperate for change. It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from. They don’t buy everything he says, but – he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won’t wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they’re in a dead-end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well.

— Hillary Clinton, CBS News

Now notice:

  1. The people in the Other Basket are basically just a bunch of pathetic losers.
  2. Everyone in the room thinks they are superior to them.
  3. She say we “have to” understand and empathize with them.
  4. That doesn’t mean she has any actual empathy, or would do anything to help.

And that’s how we got to where we are today.

Woke CEOs

“The Woke CEOs want Democrats to win by means fair or foul
because they have tied their fortunes to the Democratic Party,
which is now the party of Wall Street, big corporations, and
upscale whites.

Alleged concern about minorities is just a smokescreen
for what’s really going on.”

— Glenn Reynolds on Instapundit