Democracy

But not letting someone earn $1,000 to survive is even more obscene

The Guardian remains true to form as ever – clueless about reality.

The author of this piece, Richard Denniss, forgets that the reason mice die in mousetraps is they fail to understand why the cheese is free.

An extra $1m may not be much to a billionaire but $1,000 to someone who can’t survive without it is way more obscene. And governments that imposed draconian laws on people who could least afford it based on junk science and activist health experts drunk on power, are even more out of line.

There is a precious irony in Denniss’ attack on the billionaires. If he took note of who the biggest mutual beneficiaries of lockdowns were, he would see that many of those same billionaires made the extra millions by hopping into bed with left leaning parties who openly supported the destruction of small businesses executed under the guise of compassion.

Still, it is easier for him to blame conservatives than admit that the ultimate impact lockdowns had on human lives by way of suicide, poverty and unemployment came from policies heavily promoted by the left.

Marxist diversity training in Missouri schools

You can’t make this up.

A few weeks ago it was San Diego schools accusing white teachers of being racist. Then a teacher at a Cupertino school was indoctrinating 8yos in a maths class – of all the subjects to conduct it – about deconstructing their own race and accepting their privilege.

Now Cherokee Middle School in Springfield, Missouri made teachers undergo a diversity training program that forced educators to locate themselves on an “oppression matrix” and watch a video of “George Floyd’s last words.”

The diversity trainers, Jeremy Sullivan and Myki Williamson (LinkedIn profile here), both white, asked teachers to acknowledge they were on stolen land and “the dark history and violence against Native and Indigenous People” at the start of proceedings.

The trainers then provided teachers a hand out on the aforementioned “oppression matrix,” which defines white heterosexual males as the “privileged social group” and women, minorities, transgender, and LGBT people as “oppressed social groups.

Teachers identified at the top of the totem pole were told they are responsible for the “racism, sexism, transgender oppression, heterosexism, [and] classism” against minorities who are less fortunate.

Then the concepts of overt and covert white supremacy were introduced. A document claimed that “lynching, hate crimes, KKK, neo-Nazis, [and] burning crosses” are “socially unacceptable” forms of white supremacy, while “education funding from property tax, colorblindness, calling the police on black people, BIPOC as Halloween costumes, not believing experiences of BIPOC, tone policing, [and] white silence” are “socially acceptable” forms of white supremacy. 

As if this wasn’t bad enough, white teachers were forced to actively vocalize confessions about their role in white supremacy as a form of “affirmative consent.” To remain (white) silent was a form of “white supremacy.”

One has to wonder whether those teachers who have been happy to indoctrinate kids with their political biases are now regretting that now the system is now coming for them.

What a disaster to know that kids are being brainwashed by teachers who are now forced to sit through Marxist re-education seminars. School boards should be sacked for allowing such training courses to be tolerated. Alas, activism in the classroom has replaced education.

So much for a platform of unity. Conform or be cancelled, bigots!

The poison of identity politics. By the tenets of the teachings, a white heterosexual homeless man is more privileged than a transgender POC earning $150,000pa.

Got it?

Where would we be without taxpayer funded media?

Where would we be without taxpayer-funded media? Senior counsel at PBS, Michael Beller, suggested that children of Trump supporters should be sent to re-education camps.

He has since been fired.

Maybe he’ll get a role in Biden’s DOJ? Biden’s new civil rights pick is big into eugenics. Seems to tick the ideological boxes.

Amazon said Parler move was in good faith

https://fb.watch/2ZUoqh2Yfy/

Amazon said its move to ditch Parler from its AWS platform was done in good faith. So much good faith that it decided with the best intentions to leak the letter to left-wing media site, Buzzfeed, before sending it to the intended recipient, Parler.

Impeccable ethics and corporate integrity right there. Who doesn’t leak important legal documents before sending to the addressee?

Capitol Hill riot now likened to Kristallnacht & Pearl Harbor

What is it with polarized politics that causes people to make comparisons using yardsticks which are completely unfathomable? So much so that it ends up trivializing major tragedies in the process.

After the despicable, but clumsy Capitol Hill riot, Senator Chuck Schumer compared it to a “day in infamy,” the very words FDR pronounced at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Seriously? Are a bunch of unorganized mugs overestimating their agency in anyway on a par with Imperial Japanese Navy fighter pilots killing thousands?

Now Trump-hating Arnold Schwarzenegger has made a video comparing the events of Jan 6, 2021 to Kristallnacht in 1938. Are a bunch of unorganized mugs overestimating their agency in anyway on a par with the 4 million strong Sturm Arbeitlung of Nazi Germany? Seriously?

We are surprised that Schwarzenegger or Schumer didn’t make mention of the 20+ lives lost during the BLM/Antifa protests which were ideologically more disturbing for the aggressive manner in which history has been erased. A far better example of groups who don’t care about democracy.

We were surprised they didn’t speak of all the decent law enforcement officers who were maligned, beaten and in some cases murdered, like retired police chief David Dorn.

We are surprised that they didn’t mention the thugs waiting out the front of the White House who physically assaulted people, including senators who were leaving a Trump rally. Precious little display of democracy there.

We wonder why Arnie couldn’t see how the original cause of protesting the death of George Floyd morphed into something that extended to punish, destroy, assault, murder, loot, burn and crush those that didn’t conform to the Marxist manifesto of BLM or any other grievance du jour? Just bash innocent people.

How could he have missed so many leading Democrats pushing to defund the police and encourage rioters? Incoming VP Kamala Harris said, “protestors should not let up“. Don’t forget she was a big supporter of the Minnesota Freedom Fund which helped bail out alleged child sex offenders and other felons.

Speaker Pelosi said, “people will do what they will do.” Rep Ayanna Pressley proclaimed, “there needs to be unrest in the streets!”

Unfortunately, Schwarzenegger said that we need leaders who have a “servant’s heart.” Those that will put public interest above their own. Fat chance finding it in people like Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who apart from being the third most powerful person in the country, represents a district that has some of the highest rates of poverty in America.

There is one area we agreed with Arnie – wishing Biden the best of success for his administration. That would be a welcome change to the last 4 years where the left leaning media and political machine of the Democrats have done their utmost to delegitimize Trump’s presidency.

We also don’t think Biden tweeting that the outcome on the Capitol would have been different if BLM were the perpetrators instead of Trump supporters is the stuff that builds unity. That type of race-baiting division suggests harmony is a long way off.

Schwarzenegger needs to go back and study history again. He might refresh his memory and consider Big Tech censorship as a modern day form of book burning where the removal of people’s rights to free speech undermines the very democracy he emphatically demands be protected.

How do you like dem Apples?

How is it that Twitter has survived for so long allowing violence, vitriol and hatred on its platform yet Apple and Google chose to do zip about it? We know the answer.

However, when a conservative alternative is deemed to have ‘broken’ the rules, Apple comes down like a tonne of bricks. The rank hypocrisy.

Apple has never suspended Twitter from the App Store when hateful and violent bile has been and continues to be spread.

Kathy Griffin retweeted the image of a bloody decapitated head of President Trump (the one that she was desperately sorry for in 2017) the day after the election result was called by the media. Almost 10,000 retweets, 64,000 likes and a laundry list of hateful replies. Is this not violence?

Or a more recent tweet from Griffin,

Look, you stupid bitch, go throw your dad that BJ he wants and then walk him out of the White House and the Presidency forever. Force him to resign immediately. twitter.com/ivankatrump/st…

Of course some will argue she is a comedian (a terrible one at that) and therefore deserves a pass on distasteful content as it is an art form.

Still, doesn’t suggesting that Ivanka perform fellatio on her father violate community standards? If anyone (including a comedian) suggested one of Obama’s daughters perform oral sex on her father, Twitter would censor it (appropriately) and the mainstream media would run with it for days lambasting this despicable behaviour and go out of their way to cancel the offender.

John Henson, host of Food Nation, tweeted, then deleted,

“I hope Barron gets to spend today with whoever his dad is.”

Is slut-shaming FLOTUS fair game? Is making fun of a minor appropriate? Even if people delete tasteless tweets, why isn’t Apple demanding that Twitter take stronger action and threaten to suspend it from the App Store until it has dealt with people who violate community standards?

What we find particularly sinister is the way Big Tech is flexing its muscles and bullying companies they have ideological differences with conform to their moral code. Maybe Apple should demand a seat on the board of Parler to approve its decision? It would be one thing if Apple put Twitter in the penalty box as well but alas, corporate double standards are a thing. It is not the principle that matters, but the side.

Why doesn’t Apple suspend Tinder from its App Store until it deals with the countless cases of sexual assault? In a survey conducted in Australia, 48 out of 400 Tinder users claimed they were a victim of sexual assault. Of that, 11 claimed they had a formal response from the company.

Isn’t Apple big on supporting #MeToo? It has an entire series, The Morning Show which deals with sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. So it is happy to make a buck off content that relates to inappropriate sexual behavior but not be prepared to stand up for real victims who get hurt by apps like Tinder where Apple’s very own words to “adequately address these proliferation of these threats to people’s safety” isn’t extended.

Spare us the double standards!

Stop Press: Now Amazon has piled in to dump Parler from its web services.

Welcome to the dystopian nightmare. Black is white. Freedom is slavery. War is peace. Got it?

Clowns to the bitter end

The Party of Unity has decided it wants to move to impeach Trump or declare the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

Despite Trump saying he’ll ensure a transfer of power on Inauguration Day, the Democrats revealed their true colours again. They know neither is achievable but will stage the theatrics anyway for posterity to say they did their best to dump Trump.

Vying for the title of world’s biggest hypocrite, Speaker Pelosi said, “The president of the United States incited an armed insurrection against America…The gleeful desecration of the U.S. Capitol, which is the temple of our American democracy and the violence targeting Congress are horrors that will forever stain our nation’s history.

We’ve already said our piece on the despicable act. Where was Pelosi when so many anti-Kavanaugh protestors stormed the Capitol?

Wasn’t it Democratic Rep Maxine Waters who openly incited people to attack members of Trump’s administration?

Wasn’t it Pelosi who turned a blind eye to all the destruction left in the wake of BLM protests by saying “people will do what they will do“?

Wasn’t it Democrat Rep AOC encouraging the drawing up of a blacklist of those who served Trump in order to publicly dox them?

In any event, with two weeks to go, why put America through yet more nonsense? If anyone is in more danger of failing to comply with the mental instability edicts of the 25th Amendment, it is Nancy Pelosi.

Welcome to a preview of the kind of juvenile antics before Biden has even taken office. We doubt America voted for more of this nonsense.

Speaker Pelosi makes her first move in the Newspeak world

New rules for the 117th Congress in the House of Representatives under Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will eliminate words such as father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather,, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, grandson and granddaughter and replace them with gender neutral terms parent, child, sibling, parent’s sibling and first cousin.

There is a deep irony when looking at Pelosi, a woman who always dresses in a manner commonly associated with her gender, to do this. She also made an 8 hour non-filibuster on DACA in 2018 which included the following:

I’m reminded of my own grandson. He had a very close friend whose name is Antonio. He’s from Guatemala and he has beautiful tan skin and brown eyes and the rest. And this was such a proud day for me because [when] my grandson blew out the candles on his cake, they said, ‘Did you make a wish?’ He said, ‘Yes, I made a wish.’ They said, ‘Well, what is your wish?’ He said, ‘I wish I had brown skin and brown eyes like Antonio.’

Pelosi will establish a ‘Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth,’ with the purpose of ensuring traditional family terms will be “gender neutral” going forward.

We have no doubt this will make absolutely zero contribution in eradicating inequality across America.

We often wonder why the overwhelming majority must be instructed to give way to fringes within minority groups. We are quite sure that minority groups aren’t monoliths and that the majority of those within them are just as comfortable accepting traditional families calling their kids son or daughter. We have no issues referring to people in ways that encourage a polite society but it shouldn’t be compelled. Yet it should work both ways. Isn’t that how we unite?

We won’t be the least bit surprised to see backlash from the very people these rules are supposed to protect because they never wanted to be clumped in with a prescribed view which probably never sought to consult them in the first place. This is exactly what happened with Bill C-16 in Canada.

Furthermore, if the radical fringes so demand equality then they should have no qualms about the English language functioning as it has or centuries. Sadly, equality to these groups is often deemed a form of discrimination in today’s woke world.

Don’t forget in 2017, California passed legislation which gave courts the power to jail those who repeatedly refused to call people by their preferred name or pronouns.

Alas, every new proposal and bill which seeks to foster equality manages to achieve the exact opposite. Promote diversity with segregation. Liberal logic.

We’re guessing the majority of Americans, including minorities, just want to have government focus on ending lockdown induced poverty and getting the economy back on its feet so they can feed their father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, grandson and granddaughter.

Media worth consuming – a recap of December 2020

My good mate Jonathan Rochford of Narrow Road Capital has compiled a brilliant summary of the recent madness in markets, politics and economics. One could be forgiven for thinking it is a lot like satire. Link here.

Hilarious parody – “Bravery” by JP Sears

JP Sears takes another dig at coronavirus restrictions in a Hollywood-esque cringe style video.