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Biden faded fast and choked in the last section

First of all, Kristen Welker did a very good job as moderator. Even Trump praised her.

Joe Biden started off well but faded fast in the back half of the debate. He didn’t handle the saga around his son, Hunter, well. He sounded rattled and will only draw more eyeballs to the suppressed media coverage.

Trump explained his points far better that in the first debate. Getting rid of COVID in the first question allowed the more powerful points for Trump in the back half where he could made significant ground around the economy, foreign policy, race and health.

Trump executed well by slamming Biden for being a “politician” who promises stuff but doesn’t deliver. That he hasn’t achieved the things he proposes now in 47 years in politics or 8 years as VP. Biden even disparaged Obama by saying he can do things he wants if he is president.

When Biden raised Hitler in the debate, he started to back pedal fast. Why talk about Nazism?

Biden’s stupidity was to touch on $15 minimum wages to help small business. Is he nuts? What small business in trouble thinks that recovery will come through higher wages?

Biden asked people to fact check his position on fracking. He said he wouldn’t ban it in today’s debate but is on tape countless times saying he would. Too easy to prove he is lying. Biden’s renewables push was hopeless and Trump made it clear why the US doesn’t need to be in the Paris Accord.

At the very end Biden chucked the oil industry under the bus in the closing remarks of the climate change section. Trump pushed him and he took the bait to say he wants to phase it out for good. Surely not the thing to say in fossil fuel dependent swing states.

In summary, this election will be determined by “lived experience“. Nothing is more powerful than becoming irate at a politician telling you what you aren’t experiencing.

We think the actions of mostly despotic Democratic mayors and governors throughout coronavirus have sent a negative message about what happens when citizens lose control and cede power to law makers.

We still believe Trump has got this.

The only kneeling required by the Wallabies is in prayer (to survive)

When will the Wallabies wake up and realize that the last 18-24 months of woke political correctness has been a large part of the near collapse of the franchise?

From the handling of Israel Folau’s dismissal, players pushing climate change activism even though sponsored by companies with larger than average carbon footprints or the complete stuff up of broadcast rights, the Wallabies are virtual roadkill.

The franchise has lost its #1 sponsor in Qantas in recent days. So all told, for a business that has been looking to financially recover from a sizable out-of-court settlement, rebuild after a clean out of the board including the CEO on top of the release of the head coach who said he had no relationship with senior management, do the players believe that kneeling for a group that espouses Marxism, including the destruction of the nuclear family is the type of activism to bring advertisers and sponsors rushing to fill the void with equal wads of cash?

The franchise needs to show leadership, not displays of corporate Marxism. Management needs to take a firm stance and show future sponsors that the leadership team is in control of the largest money spinner, not the other way around.

Have the Wallabies not seen the fan drain in other sporting codes like the NBA which is now ditching on field protests in 2021 because the ratings have plummeted so dramatically?

Why do they want to kneel for BLM now? Why not in the first two Bledisloe games if they felt so triggered about it being such an issue? Does anyone believe that seeing yet another sporting code fold to this brainwashing will sway the overwhelming majority of fans already on board with racial equality?

This seems like any old attempt to get publicity. Will all players kneel? Or will some choose to stand? Will some players who don’t wish to take a knee end up complying for the sake of not being attacked by the cancel culture mob?

All the Wallabies need to do is focus on winning. That’s what makes the turnstiles tick over. We think re-signing Israel Folau – with a stricter contract around his social media postings – would do wonders for bringing the team back to life. 

When all is said and done the team is a business, like any other. Such displays of social justice tend not to resonate with paying customers who merely want to consume the product. It is a dangerous game to test their loyalty.

Perhaps the Wallabies should ask themselves when they intend to finish the virtue signaling? Or will they merely switch to the next social issue de jour to protest about?

#GetWokeGoBroke 

That has been the problem all along. It isn’t time to double down. It is time to reflect on getting on par with the glory days of rugby. 

Obama steps in for Joe in Pennsylvania

How bad must Joe Biden’s campaign be for Barack Obama to be wheeled into the swing state of Pennsylvania? Apart from being the most divisive president in US history, why isn’t Joe Biden standing alongside Obama? Where is the bromance? Wouldn’t it be more powerful to have Joe Biden in screen shot?

We don’t recall any former president being so vocal in a presidential campaign. Obama’s speech was full of total falsehoods, as can be expected. Much like his eulogy for John Lewis.

Obama made it clear in his speech that Joe Biden will create 10 million green jobs paid for by the $2 trillion gained from repealing the Trump tax cuts.

If Pennsylvania is so on board the Green New Deal, why did Biden claim recently that the Pennsylvania boilermakers union endorsed him? Their entire livelihoods are driven by making products used in the fossil fuel industry. Union leaders flatly denied endorsing him.

The irony is that Obama doesn’t realise he is one of the reasons that gave birth to Donald Trump’s presidency. We just hope his magic rubs off on Americans like it did the Brits ahead of the Brexit referendum.

Yelp to list businesses accused of racism

For those who don’t know, Yelp is a site that collects ratings about all manner of services – from restaurants, plumbers, electricians to hair salons. One can even search exclusively for black-owned businesses.

Yelp has now decided to add a function which alerts consumers of businesses accused of ‘racism.’

It wrote:

At Yelp, we value diversity, inclusion and belonging, both internally and on our platform, which means we have a zero tolerance policy to racism….Communities have always turned to Yelp in reaction to current events at the local level. As the nation reckons with issues of systemic racism, we’ve seen in the last few months that there is a clear need to warn consumers about businesses associated with egregious, racially-charged actions to help people make more informed spending decisions….Now, when a business gains public attention for reports of racist conduct, such as using racist language or symbols, Yelp will place a new Business Accused of Racist Behavior Alert on their Yelp page to inform users, along with a link to a news article where they can learn more about the incident.

What if Yelp incorrectly accuses a corporation/business of racism based on a false claim?

Remember what happened to Oberlin College?

The whole issue started when a student from Oberlin College was caught shoplifting two bottles of wine from Gibson’s Bakery while trying to buy another with fake ID. Allyn Gibson, son of the owner chased down the shoplifter but was attacked by his accomplices. The perpetrators claimed racial profiling by the store.

Oberlin College’s Dean of Students, Meredith Raimondo, joined in student protests calling Gibsons a “racist establishment.” It was then that Oberlein ended all business with the bakery (which had been an ongoing supplier to the college since 1885). Flyers were printed and the store attacked.

Several faculty staff joined the protestors who tried to shut down Gibsons despite the college president Carmen Twillie Ambar suggesting they were on private time and only representing their First Amendment rights, not representing the school.

After a police investigation turned over nothing to suggest racism on any level, Oberlin resumed its contract with Gibson’s but refused to publicly retract the accusations.

Gibson sued for defamation and won US$25 million. The three perpetrators admitted they’d made it all up and that the shop owner had a right to charge them for their crime. 

We will have no sympathy if Yelp falls into this woke trap and gets sued for falsely accusing innocent businesses.

Sinister Big tech’s intentional election meddling

Big tech is determined to tell users what they deem is suitable for consumption. The top screen grab is from Facebook. Head of Comms, Andy Stone, made it clear the social media giant would curtail the Biden conflict of interest news story under the guise of ‘fact checking.’

The NY Post article that surfaced overnight revealed emails from Hunter Biden’s PC which showed he was leveraging his then VP father’s relationship with Ukrainians execs.

Twitter went to an even more interesting approach to suggest the NY Post link was “unsafe” to prevent views.

What we do know from history is that the more efforts made to cover one’s tracks, the more one guarantees to raise awareness to those problems on a stratospheric level.

Ultimately, big tech firms were granted immunity from prosecution as they promised to be mere hosts of content without fear or favour. Now that they are using discretionary editing, they should lose their sanctuary status and be liable to prosecution for suppressing free speech.

These are deep-seated liberal activist platforms. As businesses they are free to exercise commercial decisions. However they don’t have a right to flaunt laws without real world consequences.

Today big tech crossed a line and outed themselves as interfering in the election.

Mirror mirror on the wall who pays the most tax of all?

The politics of envy? Alive and well it would seem. Our inbox has been jammed with statements complaining that those evil rich bastards, especially Trump, are ripping off the rest of Merrika. Oh and the tax law is racist too. That was a new one for us!

Apart from tax avoidance being a national pastime, we asked those making the claim demanding the rich to grow a conscience at what $ amount should those same tax laws not apply to others?

Looking at IRS data (we’ve yet to update the figures to the latest set but the trend has been crystal clear), the Top 1% chip in 38% of total income taxes. The bottom 50% less than 3%. That is up from 19% and 7% respectively in 1980.

The most egregious claim made to us was that the tax system was racist. Black actor Wesley Snipes was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns to the value of $23.5 million. We also noted that Martha Stewart was done for tax evasion.

As we said the other day. If Trump is convicted of tax evasion then he deserves to be punished like anyone else.

Ultimately we wonder whether all those triggered liberals would avoid making any tax deductions if were they filthy rich?

Emmy Schmemmy – ratings down 67%

Living proof that normal people couldn’t care less about woke celebrities telling the commoners about their politics.

It’s hard to keep up. One year it’s climate change, another #METOO, another asylum seekers, another LGBTQI. Now BLM and COVID.

One would think the organizers would realize that woke causes have driven a 67% drop in eyeballs. That’s the power of virtue signaling. Diminishing returns.

100% self inflicted. That why the more celebs bang the Democrat drum, the better it is for Trump. Keep up the good work. Americans are done with these clowns whose only grip on reality comes after checking into the Betty Ford Clinic.

Meghan inspired by Marxist BLM co-founder

The ever woke Meghan Markle is apparently looking to make a film about the life of BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors.

Cullors, as we have written before, is a self-professed Marxist who wants to destroy the nuclear family and end capitalism.

Never mind. Sources close to Meghan said,

Meghan has been blown away by the incredible work Patrisse has done. She thinks her story needs to be told — and she would love to be the one to make it.

Harry & Meghan said, with respect to the Netflix deal, “Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope…As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us.

We’re not quite sure how a hateful ideology that wants to destroy traditional family values and capitalism are the sorts of thing that align to a couple raising a kid in a multi million dollar mansion.

We’ll be more inspired when Meghan gives up all the perks, moves to subsidized project housing while giving away Archie to be raised by faceless community leaders to fulfill Cullors’ socialist utopia. We thought not.

Statistical skidmarks at Sturgis

Thousands of bikers rode through the streets for the opening day of the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle rally Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Sturgis, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

There are lies, more lies and then there are statistics. When the COVID-19 autopsy is finally published we will know that had credible biopsies been conducted, such ineptitude would never have led to the disastrous outcomes and misinformation we have faced today. The media have been willing accomplices, taking a morbid fascination with daily reporting to help arrest falling ad revenues and relevance.

It is worth pondering the slew of dud predictions made to date by so many activist medical academic bodies across the globe. These forecasts have been the very opinions by which so many poor policies have been forged by local, state and national governments. Even worse, these healthcare hacks have faced absolutely no accountability for those wildly inaccurate advisories.

Australian senior medical experts told the government the country risked 5,000,000 infections and a best case scenario of 50,000 deaths. The actual figures are 26,465 and 781 respectively. Consequences? Zero.

It is hard not to think of the actions of these whackademics as akin to the climate science cult which has portended doom for the longest time. How timely that the Dr Tedros, of the completely discredited World Health Organization, said, “In particular, the Covid-19 pandemic has given new impetus to the need to accelerate efforts to respond to climate change.” To think if we had eradicated fossil fuels that the pandemic wouldn’t have been worse than a spot of hay fever?

Speaking of fossil fuels, it is a perfect segue into the carbon criminals who attended Sturgis, South Dakota (SD) last month.

A recent report published by the Institute of Labor Economics (ILE) – which to the best of our knowledge is not in the healthcare sector – suggests that the 10-day Sturgis motorcycle rally during August 2020 was a super-spreader event leading to 260,000 infections, or 19% of the nation’s total during that period.

Medical experts warned that SD would have 10,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals because the state refused to lock down but it never exceeded 100 at the peak. SD has some of the lowest rates in absolute and relative terms. Governor Kristi Noem made a point to allow residents to exercise common sense and keep operating. What a surprise it is now the best performing state in the US. No wonder the media hates its narrative busting success.

The mainstream media wasted no time to heap scorn on 480,000 irresponsible two-wheeled outlaws who have now apparently burdened the taxpayer with another $12.2bn in unnecessary health costs. Even if that number was accurate, we shudder to think of the $ trillions in economic damages caused by largely Democrat-controlled states and cities which have forced their minions into lockdown. Never mind that the political elites – who exert control over them – have brazenly violated many of the rules they issue dire warnings over. We wrote about that here.

Then these doomsayers wonder why events like Sturgis happen? Could it be that people are growing tired of the hypocrisy and see right through the “rules for thee, but not for me” double standards.

Naturally journalists went into overdrive saying that SD had the highest spike in the rate of coronavirus cases in the nation after Sturgis. That was partly true. Note that is the “growth rate”, not the “absolute” number.

What many statisticians fail to account for is the law of incredibly low numbers to begin with in SD.

Note the relatively unchanged trajectory of deaths from COVID-19 (below), which the CDC admits is directly responsible for only 6% of the total. 94% are caused by co-morbidities.

Neighbouring Iowa and North Dakota were also pointed to as states which were affected by these renegades. Death rates have not moved much, if at all.

The divergent trends of coronavirus cases and deaths is an increasingly global phenomenon. Lockdown or no lockdown, better approaches to hygiene and more precautions taken by age groups more susceptible to the virus are no doubt a factor.

Yet governments are still ignoring hard evidence and blindly following inept medical advice in order to hold onto these new found powers so they can preach how virtuous they are to save a handful of lives but destroy 1,000s upon 1,000s of livelihoods. It is shameless and we hope voters punish them at the ballot box.

In closing, these two charts on SD more accurately reflect the media and medical activists. Infections marking the level of amplified hysteria and death rates depicting the lack of trust we should place in these institutions.

Oscars to go “full woke” in 2024

If Hollywood wasn’t cringeworthy enough at the best of times, the Oscars will require films meet two out of four inclusivity and diversity standards to be eligible for Best Picture from 2024.

Never mind that it is an industry which infamously turned a blind eye to serial sexual assault offenders because it suited their careers to say nothing for decades. Now it will all be about telling us how we should look at their efforts to combat systemic liberal privilege. 

In order to be able to be selected for best picture category producers must prove diversity and equitable representation on screen and off, addressing gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and disability.

Will that mean that movie makers may have to select actors that are less than suitable for a role just to hit woke targets as opposed to ability? Is that what movie goers pay for? These social justice warriors should be careful for what they wish for. Here are some examples.

Political correctness seems to dominate Hollywood of late. Whether complaints that not enough actors of colour were represented in Dunkirk or JK Rowling copping flak from LGBT activists because Albus Dumbledore wasn’t openly gay enough in the Fantastic Beasts film. 

The ratings for the Oscars has plummeted over 40% over the last 5 years. The same goes for the Emmys and Golden Globes. People are tired of listening to the most out-of-touch people on the planet. 

Halle Berry came out with some ridiculous comment about rejecting a role on the basis of transgender appropriation. Isn’t the whole point of acting to pretend?

Erasing history is another game Hollywood frequently plays. American pride soared with the iconic planting of the flag on the moon. In ‘First Man’ that scene was omitted. Wasn’t that the point of the movie? To celebrate American excellence?

Comedy is a forte too. One of the Golden Globe MCs stated a few years back that, “The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.” We challenged Hollywood – would they dare say “The only black people that thank Mohammed are Democrats and ex-crackheads”? After all it’s just comedy, right? Of course they are the very racists they condemn.

Or crass. Sarah Oh said at the Golden Globes, “Break out the tissues because you’re going to want to masturbate to all of them” when referring to the upcoming nominees.

Only Ricky Gervais has ever said anything of value about celebrities in his monologue this year. 

At the Golden Globes, celebrities changed the menu to vegan to combat climate change as these same people arrived in individual limousines after returning from their lavish vacation islands on private jets. Joachim Phoenix promised us he would wear one tuxedo for the entire awards season. The selfless sacrifice! Who wouldn’t be inspired especially his speech which included, “We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. Then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.”

Many movies which have attempted to go woke have pretty much all flopped at the box office. Elizabeth Banks, producer of the remake of Charlie’s Angels, said,

Look, people have to buy tickets to this movie, too. This movie has to make money. If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.”

In Hollywoke it is clearly the audience’s fault for not watching rather than the unappealing content. 

Cinema attendance in the domestic US market is back at 1993 levels. In the 1990s Hollywood made 400-500 films annually. It now pumps out more than 700. The average revenue per film continues to head south. The strategy seems to throw more at audiences and hope it sticks. Are the movies the industry rates itself on actually reflected in the box office?  Out of touch with the audience?

It is interesting that $100m box offices were a cert for an Oscar Best Picture award til 2004 after which it has been hit and miss since. 10 films in the last 15 Best Pictures have failed to breach $75mn.  

So instead of Hollywood being so preoccupied with espousing politics, perhaps it should look to the audience it ‘preaches’ to and starts ‘reaching’ them. We are quite sure that telling them they should accept a black lesbian as Hitler in a remake of The Bunker will draw them to the flicks.