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A horrifying message from Minneapolis City Council

Perhaps the most horrifying message a taxpaying resident living in the 3rd Precinct could receive from a city council. This is from Minneapolis. Basically, you’re on your own. Here is some of the advice:

-Don’t walk alone.

-Be hyper aware of your surroundings at all times – pay attention.

-Carry only items you need and carry less cash.

-Be prepared to give up your cellphone and purse/wallet.

-Do as they say.

Who would want to stay?

We’re quite sure the social workers designed to replace the police might struggle to negotiate a peaceful outcome. What a farce. Liberal policy at its finest.

Supply Chains: Ditching China

Yet more evidence of global supply chains looking to diversify. The US Pentagon is investing in a processing plant with Aussie company Lynas to break China’s stronghold on rare earths.

Several months back the Japanese government put out a $2bn package to incentivize companies to pull production out of China back to Japan.

We have invested in a company called Jervois Mining (JRV) in Australia. JRV has a cobalt mine in Idaho. Cobalt is one of the core ingredients used in EV batteries. We think China’s current 80% global share in cobalt refining supply will be the next pin to fall. The investment in US-based domestic capacity is the logical next step. Seems like a no brainer.

NB this doesn’t constitute financial advice.

Cuomo Chips Cancelled by NYS Gov Cuomo

Listen up New Yorkers! Governor Cuomo has said that bars must serve more substantial meals than just a bowl of chips to qualify being within NY State health guidelines.

This all started when bars, desperate for business after months of lockdown, to get patrons in by offering cheap nibbles to poke fun at more party pooper legislation.

At the time, what constituted a meal was vague so a bar in Rochester, NY invented ‘Cuomo Chips‘ for $1 to provide an innovative way to not burden cash-strapped customers ordering a full priced meal.

Ah, but Cuomo had to stay in their pocket. Forget if patrons just wanted a refreshing beer after a hard day’s work. They must eat something that he tells them is appropriate. Cuomo Chips don’t qualify with State Liquor Authority rules!

Seriously, are there any adults left in the room? Can bars and restaurants be allowed to operate menus as they see fit without another list of onerous regulations to comply with?

What a joke. Oh, LA is following similar guidelines. You’ll never guess which party is pushing these rules? Would you believe Democrats? Who knew?

Red Bull fires diversity directors who pushed BLM

ZeroHedge reports,

Red Bull has fired two ‘diversity directors’ who tried to force the company into virtue signalling about Black Lives Matter while also dissolving several ‘culture teams’ who were pressuring Red Bull to take a more aggressive ‘woke’ political stance.”

Who knew that some companies realise their customers don’t want political messages attached to their products? Even worse, many of these movements have been pushed by supposedly woke activists who haven’t the first clue about the manifestos of the reprehensible organizations they want their brand to support.

Look at the success of the Goya Foods pushback! Sales are booming and some supermarkets are having to ration it to a maximum of two items to placate customers.

We await the next round of plunging revenues and audience stats with the NFL, NBA and NBL. Get woke, go broke.

Experience is a hard teacher. You get the test first and the lesson afterwards.

Sydney Trains proves gender discrimination is OK in the public sector

This morning we heard the acting head of Sydney Trains, Suzanna Holden, talk about hiring more women train drivers into the service. The job posting specified “women only.”

After much warranted criticism, the job advert will remove that wording. Let’s make it clear, the intention will remain absolutely unchanged. Male applicants will be discriminated against. Presumably because they aren’t “safety-minded women.

If Holden was true to her Sydney Trains mission statement she would focus on reliability, safety and service over pushing gender politics. Because all passengers truly care about is a reliable and safe service regardless who sits isolated in the train driver seat. What next? Does Sydney Trains require more transgender train driver representation?

If this was the private sector, the company would be fined, excoriated and people forced to resign for such blatant discrimination. It is against the labour laws. Period.

Yet Holden spoke at length about the importance of diversity claiming she was the first female to run the trains in 165 years. Why is that even relevant? Surely her skills should be the only determinant of that position, not her genitalia.

With such discriminatory attitudes she has proven herself already to be totally unfit for the role.

For more government based discrimination, please see our study on the Australian Defence Force. The data shows that trying harder to push women into the forces have had the opposite of intended effect.

As is so often the case with those obsessed with identity politics, their cure to stopping discrimination is to introduce policies that absolutely guarantee it remains. Even worse they can’t see the double standard.

Free market a far better manager of coronavirus than the political class

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As states across America were coming to grips with ‘flattening the curve‘ of COVID-19 through punitive mandated lockdowns, who knew that coronavirus cases would surge after protestors assembled after the murder of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020?

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The same goes for the state of Victoria in Australia. While Premier Dan Andrews openly punished and heavily fined those who dared to play golf, sail or walk in a park, he turned a blind eye to public protests where little social distancing could be practised. Now he is reaping what he sowed. As much as we dislike the deeply socialist policies pushed by Andrews, the reaction is none-the-less absurd.

20.5% of all Victorians have been tested. 0.44% of those tested have returned positive to COVID19! That means 99.56% of those tested are fine. How does the media rationally look at the data? The headlines read “New Record Hit.” So what? Could it be that telling the public 99.56% of those tested are returning negative results won’t drive ad revenue? Best focus on the minuscule and blow it out of proportion.

Should we cynically view editors as expediently casting aside all the lessons on journalistic ethics and integrity in order to push clickbait that fits a narrative, regardless of who is affected?

Worse, politicians – who live in fear of the 24-7 news cycle – cower behind medical experts who have given nothing but wildly inaccurate forecasts to the detriment of the economy. Now that a ‘second wave’ is imminent, lawmakers are only too eager to double down on all of the mistakes made at the beginning.

When are we going to grow a collective pair and stand up to this nonsense? It is not hard to work out that the more we test, the more we detect.

Why aren’t politicians just making it clear that the pandemic will outlast the economy if we choose to let it? Why doesn’t the government conduct daily press briefings on suicide, motor vehicle accidents or the flu? In the US, twice as many people die each year from medical errors than have died so far from COVID. Where are the daily updates? Where are the media reporting these updates?

There is absolutely no attempt to be balanced. Of the 3.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, this is still around 6% of the 60 million who contracted H1N1 swine flu under the previous administration. Orange man bad. Let’s jettison context and perspective.

19 Jul COVID deaths

In the chart above we tally a list of COVID-19 deaths in Australia and the US by state.

NY has the highest number by a factor of two. Even though NY Gov Cuomo thinks he has been the most effective at handling the crisis. Never mind the number of deaths that resulted from his direct policy to put infected patients into nursing homes.

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Let’s look at some more data – 13% of Americans have been tested as of July 20th. Of that, only 9% have tested positive to coronavirus. New York has tested a quarter of its residents and returned 8.5%.

Infection as % test

Yet death rates are far from scary in the US. New Jersey has the worst rate of 0.17683% deaths vs the state population. New York is marginally lower at 0.16549%. That means 99.8% of those living in these states haven’t died from it. In Hawaii, 99.998% haven’t succumbed.

Come to think of it, why haven’t the Australian mainstream media bashed Tasmania for having more deaths per head of population than Victoria? Where is the narrative shaming Taswegians?

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The infections data in NY are at 2%. So 98% of people aren’t knowingly infected. 99% of South Dakotans aren’t infected either.

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We know we are well off finding a vaccine. So the more panic porn the media indulges in, the worse it will ultimately be for them too. They will be killing the golden goose. The economy can’t survive with well over half the workforce being subsidized by the government. Prudent risk management is the order of the day.

Politicians need to step up and push back. Reintroducing lockdown laws and pulling up the draw bridge at the border are kneejerk, one-size-fits-all approaches which only expose how hopelessly equipped the political class are at handling crises.

Premier Andrews has demanded that people must wear masks. He openly encouraged people to make their own if need be. Wear a tea cosy? Essentially what he is saying is that mask efficacy is utterly irrelevant. Only the gesture is required. So what is the point?

Perhaps we just need to reflect on our own behaviours. Sure most of us squirt some sanitizer if we see it and politely keep our distance by standing on dots stuck to the floor but it is dawning on many of us that the risk/reward ratio is getting ridiculous. Anyone with half a brain could see that BLM protests would cause a spike in cases.

Remember when people became panicked about flying after 9-11? It was only when cheap airfares were offered that the free market was able to coax travellers to risk their lives for $25 return to WhoopWhoop.

Therein lies the answer. The free market will be a far better manager of coronavirus than the political class. Let stores decide on mask policies or seating arrangements. If customers don’t show up they must innovate in ways to attract them. Necessity is the mother of invention, not incompetent elected officials telling us they know better. They simply don’t.

Can the NYT or WaPo top this for nauseating adoration of a failed leader?

It is hard to believe that anything could top the gut-wrenching nausea of this opinion piece in The Age. NYT or WaPo might blush.

Dan Andrews, for our foreign readers, is the deeply left-leaning Premier of Victoria who is facing criticism over deploying poorly trained private security guards who slept with guests staying in hotels during lockdown and contracted coronavirus. The Age is a left-leaning mainstream newspaper in Australia.

Warning: Keep a bucket by your side when you read it.

NYC mayor helps paint BLM outside Trump Tower while gun crime soars

As shootings in NYC skyrocket triple digit percentages and NYPD officers quit at records levels, hard-left Democrat NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio decided to join in the divisive fun of painting “Black Lives Matter” outside Trump Tower with Rev Al Sharpton.

Did the mayor forget the BLM chants of “Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon” or “What do we want? Dead cops!! When do we want them? Now!” when their supporters referred to the NYPD?

Apart from lacking originality, perhaps the mayor might have considered calling DC Mayor Muriel Bowser who would have told him she was heavily criticized by BLM leaders for “appeasing white liberals” with her virtue signaling mural outside the White House.

We remind readers of the Marxist roots of the Black Lives Matter organization which has outsourced its donation administration to a group which has a convicted terrorist as a board member.

DeBlasio is no stranger to sick stunts. Early last year he bathed skyscrapers in pink lights to celebrate late term abortion legislation. According to a NYC Health Department report released in May 2018, between 2012 and 2016 black mothers terminated 136,426 pregnancies and gave birth to 118,127 babies. Shouldn’t all black lives matter? Compare that to the 11 blacks shot and killed by the NYPD in 2019, all of them in possession of a deadly weapon.

We wonder if DeBlasio would like to explain how he thinks he will advance the fortunes of the black community by stunts that alienate other groups and policies that all but guarantee to make them less safe.

As we keep saying, the more that liberals allow their derangement to be exposed to sunlight, the more the ranks of the silent majority will swell to reject the antisocial behavior the left champions in November. Keep up the good work.

You’ll never guess who the BLM fundraising arm has as its vice-chair…

As the kneeling for Black Lives Matter continues at sporting events across the globe, why not let one of the BLM founders, Alicia Garza, enrich our understanding of the Marxist group some more.  Garza has repeatedly talked about how convicted cop killer and wanted domestic terrorist Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, is one of her main inspirations. Shakur assassinated a New Jersey state trooper and now lives in exile in Cuba. She was also involved in bombings and several executions of cops in New Jersey, New York and San Francisco.

It gets worse.

Susan Rosenberg, the vice-chair for the left-wing Thousand Currents group, which handles the administration of the donations made to Black Lives Matter, is a convicted terrorist who was sentenced to 58 years for weapons and explosives charges while a member of the May 19th Communist Organization. She spent 16 years in prison before President Bill Clinton commuted her sentence on his last day. Among other things, Rosenberg was suspected of helping Shakur escape from prison in 1979.

Why does the mainstream media keep portraying the BLM organization as a clean, wholesome and noble organization with good intentions when it has such reprehensible beliefs and practices utter hypocrisy when it comes to ALL black lives?

NYPD Blues – 411% surge in cops quitting the force

It seems that NYPD officers are quitting in force after Mayor Bill DeBlasio said he’d cut $1 billion off its budget.

Yesterday the NYPD claimed that 179 cops filed for retirement between June 29 and Monday, a 411% increase over the 35 who quit during the same time period in 2019.

One NYPD cop said, “There’s just droves and droves of people retiring. But there’s no surprise here, who the hell wants to stay on this job?…Why would you want to stay on this job when people don’t appreciate what you do?”

Between June 29 and July 5, NYC saw 74 shooting incidents with 101 victims versus 26 shootings with 33 victims during that time last year. Meanwhile, 18 people were murdered in NYC last week — 6 more than the same period last year.

Defund the police? Seems like De Blasio will have to Defend the NYPD soon before he has a crimewave on his hands.