Oppression Obsession

Compulsory masks in Zoom meetings?

It seems a government agency, the Dept of Natural Resources (DNR) in Wisconsin, is mandating people wear masks during Zoom meetings to show they are beyond full compliance with Democrat Gov Tony Evers’ mask order.

Preston Cole of the DNR e-mailed employees: “

Also, wear your mask, even if you are home, to participate in a virtual meeting that involves being seen — such as on Zoom or another video-conferencing platform — by non-DNR staff. Set the safety example which shows you as a DNR public service employee care about the safety and health of others.

Despite no recommendation by the CDC or requirement by Evers to wear masks while at home, the DNR seems more interested in virtue signaling to the governor than the virus itself.

Bob Lefsetz lets rip on Democrats pick

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He is no fan of Trump but today he let rip on the Democrats for playing defensively.

He opened with,

“I don’t get it.

She excoriates Biden in the debates and suddenly he picks her as his running mate? This is why people hate the Democrats. They’re squishy, without a backbone, so busy doing what’s expedient, triangulating, that you can’t believe in them so they lose.

It’s about passion more than dogma. One thing about Trump, you cross him and you’re toast. People are excited by Trump. Is anybody excited by Kamala Harris? If so, why did she have trouble raising money during her presidential run, why were her numbers so bad?…

…And Biden…Come on, he’s done nothing to counter the image of senility. Of course anybody who has followed his career knows he’s the king of misspeaking, which is why he’d better not debate Trump whatsoever, the Donald will kill him. Come on, he killed Hillary, and at least she had her wits about her…

….Yes, the Democrats are playing by the old rules. Afraid to move into the future they’ve literally jetted back to the past, with the aged Biden, and are crossing their fingers that people hate Trump just enough to push Joe over the top…

…And Trump knows you make news 24/7, you’re top of mind, whereas Biden is in a bunker hiding, trying to run out the clock…

…There is absolutely nothing exciting on the Democratic ticket, and no matter how many articles are written, no matter how many headlines appear about Harris, that’s not gonna change. It’s not like she’s a noted left-winger. She’s all about law and order in a country where Black Lives Matter pushed Biden to pick a black running mate. Yes, protests make a difference, without them would Harris be on the ticket? Doubtful. But the underlying problems in this country, starting with income inequality, where’s Harris on that? Opportunity? Bernie got all his campaign funds from the rank and file, he was beholden to nobody and what was Hillary’s complaint? No one likes him and he won’t play the game. Well, Trump won’t play the game and he WON! Hillary’s just pissed that she sold herself out and lost. And the DNC and the media couldn’t take the temperature of the country and realize that the Republicans had tarred Hillary’s reputation to the point where not only those on the right, but many on the left, despised her. If you actually spoke with Americans, you weren’t surprised when Trump won. But the DNC and the media are in a bubble. Give Trump credit, at least he spoke to the downtrodden, he even said he liked the uneducated. May have turned your stomach, but if you dropped out of high school and were working a minimum wage job, Hillary was not speaking directly to you! Oh, forget that Trump hasn’t delivered for these people. Once again, the DNC is playing defense, making it about the other candidate as opposed to their own. And you cannot win if you don’t score points. And remind me what points Biden has scored in these past five months…hell, he can’t even make any news!…

….If the DNC were smart, and it is not, it would unleash Kamala, have her make news every day. But they won’t, because they believe that’ll steal the thunder from Joe, who can’t even produce a drizzle. As for the Trumps’ previous donations to Harris…there are no more gotchas. Trump has won again and again and again.”

Ben & Jerry’s Woke Windfarm Whippy

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Just when we thought COVID-19 had killed off climate change, Ben & Jerry’s social justice warriors will allow consumers to name an ice cream by donating money.

We thought of:

Climate Corona-netto,

Woke Windfarm Whip,

Toxic Solarcell Cadmium Cherry

Windfarm Blade Bury Berry

CSIRO Costings Crumble

It will be fascinating to see how much emissions will have fallen given the drop off in air traffic and other global travel restrictions due to lockdown.

We wrote about the dirt on solar panels here.

We discussed the problems with recycling wind turbine blades here.

Perhaps Ben & Jerry’s may do well to refer to the CSIRO study on the impacts of going 100% fossil-fuel-free.

Before we even get to 100%, the CSIRO’s energy transition costings forecast costs to exceed $1 trillion with a “T” out to 2050 (p.135). Note this report isn’t even a net-zero study – just lower emissions. So by that logic, net-zero will cost even more. CSIRO assures us that “these costs do not include the full integration costs of renewables, but that these costs are expected to be significantly less than $175 billion.” Who cares about billions in a world of trillions? Significantly less? Can anyone name a government project that has come in on time and on budget? Submarines? NBN? The beauty of spending other people’s money.

We wish to put forward to Ben & Jerry’s how they will manage to keep their ice cream frozen without the help of the carbon economy? From the aluminium (one of the most energy-intensive materials to produce) freezers, to the electric motors to maintain the correct temperature. To the cups and plastic spoons to serve and the use of oil to make the cones.

Perhaps the most interesting stats come from the ice cream maker itself. It suggests that making 1 pint of ice cream leads to 2lb of CO2 emissions. Driving a car 1 mile leads to 1lb of CO2 emissions. So technically if one is able to drive to the supermarket and back they could produce fewer emissions than the ice cream they end up buying. Perhaps they should stop selling ice cream to save the planet?

You’ll never guess what else Ben & Jerry’s support? The Black Lives Matter movement. We look forward to the company banning all vanilla ice cream to stop the systemic racism the company seems to believe is still rife, despite race-based hate crime hoaxes being the norm, not the exception.

BLM activist wins Missouri Dem primary

Missouri Democrat Cori Bush defeated a 10-term incumbent in Tuesday's primary election. (Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP via Getty Images)

In Missouri’s heavily Democrat-leaning 1st congressional district, which includes St. Louis, BLM activist Cori Bush has defeated 10-term incumbent Rep. Lacy Clay after she lost to him by 20 points in the 2018 primary. On Aug 4th, Bush received 49% of the vote to Clay’s 46%.

Bush has been endorsed by Bernie Sanders who said, “She is a true progressive who stands with working people and will take on the corporate elite of this country when she gets to Congress.”

Senator Sanders, we do think it slightly amusing that Bush posed for a photograph outside a Mercedes-Benz sponsored event.

Palestinian American activist Linda Sarsour also retweeted a post quoting Cori Bush’s statement confirming she “has always been sympathetic to the BDS movement” –  the boycott, divestment and sanction campaign against Israel.

In a recent video message to Muslims, Bush pledged to oppose President Trump’s “Muslim ban,” and “an end to U.S. imperialism, endless wars and policies of destabilization in the Middle East and in Muslim-majority countries.”

She added that “not only are we standing up for black lives, but for oppressed people everywhere, be they Palestinian, Afghani, Somali, Pakistani, Yemeni, Syrian, or Jewish, both here at home and abroad…Our people have a shared experience of dehumanization, a shared experience of aggressive policing, state violence, hyper-surveillance, racism and xenophobia…this has to change.”

Strange Bush included Jewish people when she openly supports a group that is anti-Israel.

More evidence of the hard left taking over the Democrats? Not so fast…

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is up against Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones who she narrowly defeated in 2018 for the Michigan 13th congressional district.

As we mentioned recently, Squad member Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was not endorsed by the state’s largest newspaper the Star Tribune, criticizing her unethical behaviour.

Also, Obama did not include Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in his endorsements for NY Democrats.

The last member of the Squad, Ayanna Pressley is up for her primary on September 1st. She unseated 10-term incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano in 2018. Pressley is infamous for making the following remarks – which Joe Biden would undoubtedly approve given his recent gaffe:

“We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice.”

NASA’s Hubble brains plan to end racism

One could be forgiven for thinking that with all the rocket scientists that grace the halls of NASA, at least one bright spark might have questioned the measurable impact of removing words from the space agency’s lexicon. It wrote,

“As the scientific community works to identify and address systemic discrimination and inequality in all aspects of the field, it has become clear that certain cosmic nicknames are not only insensitive, but can be actively harmful. NASA is examining its use of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion...As an initial step, NASA will no longer refer to planetary nebula NGC 2392, the glowing remains of a Sun-like star that is blowing off its outer layers at the end of its life, as the “Eskimo Nebula.” “Eskimo” is widely viewed as a colonial term with a racist history, imposed on the indigenous people of Arctic regions…

Can NASA point to one triggered Eskimo who has filed a formal complaint? We always thought black holes were called that because of their colour. Many stars happen to be white. Are stars supremacist?

The Agency will be working with diversity, inclusion, and equity experts in the astronomical and physical sciences to provide guidance and recommendations for other nicknames and terms for review.

We look forward to NASA sending racism into orbit for good through the power of language. We can be absolutely sure that these “experts” will be the last people on earth qualified to make any suggestions.

We request that any organization that puts forward this kind of woke nonsense be forced to quantify the net impact of their actions on the very minorities they seek to protect.

For a group that put man on the moon, surely they should be lobbying to replace the racist American flag with a Eskimo Nebulas Matter flag instead.

Bike shop co-owned by Lance Armstrong lectures Austin PD on ethics

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How amusing that a bicycle store co-owned by former Tour de France (TdF) cyclist Lance Armstrong decided to lecture the Austin Police Department on ethics. Mellow Johnny’s in Austin is ending a five-year contract worth up to $350,000 with the Austin PD to purchase, resell and service bikes for a downtown patrol unit used to manage large crowds and events. As a business, it is free to choose who it wishes to contract with.

The bike shop issued the following woke statement,

Businesses can no longer be non-participants in the communities they serve…We chose what we think will do the most to suture these divides and place our community on the right side of history.

Perhaps these SJW employees might reflect on their moral preening when considering the fact their boss admitted to deliberately using illegal performance-enhancing drugs to cheat his way to millions in endorsements and help win all 7 TdF titles. Why didn’t they refuse to work for a company knowingly co-owned by someone with such reprehensible morals and ethics?

Unfortunately, the downside forced this message from an unrelated bike shop with the same name.

“While Mellow Johnny’s Fort Worth shares the name with Mellow Johnny’s Austin, the two stores operate under separate management and ownership.

Mellow Johnny’s Fort Worth is not connected in any way to the decisions made by the Austin location’s management.

Mellow Johnny’s Fort Worth supports our community as well as responsible and ethical law enforcement.

#rideyourbike

Perhaps Mellow Johnny’s Fort Worth should offer to fill the void left by Austin?

State of recurring Disasters

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews has made a very strong case for rejecting identity politics in all of its forms.

It has now come to light that he and his team prioritized social inclusion over ability when selecting the private security firms to manage hotel quarantine during coronavirus. This is widely regarded as the source of the second outbreak. Guards with no training who ended up in some cases fornicating with guests under their watch. You can’t make this stuff up.

This is the same individual who refused to censure his Deputy Chief Health Officer Annaliese van Diemen for tweeting,

Sudden arrival of an invader from another land, decimating populations, creating terror…Forces the population to make enormous sacrifices & completely change how they live in order to survive. COVID19 or Cook 1770?

How is it possible that social justice took a front seat to a pandemic? Surely ALL Victorians would gladly trade identity politics for sound health policy prescriptions which didn’t lock them up for another 6 weeks.

Andrews was only too happy to have his police force fine people playing golf or fishing but didn’t prosecute a single person for attending a BLM rally which by itself must have also led to a spike in cases.

Here are some more pearls of wisdom we’ve noted over the years.

Years ago, the Victorian premier championed that he had 200,000 likes on FB, twice as many as Mike Baird in New South Wales. He also made the completely worthless boast that “Mike Baird gets no ‘Likes’ after 10pm“. Is that a true test of leadership? That only 3% of Victorians like him?

We recall Andrews pushing the Victorian Police to host segregated seminars for potential new recruits in order to accommodate their religious beliefs.

In October last year he said misogynist slogans on vehicles would lead to an automatic cancelation of registration. Presumably misandrist slogans were ok.

We noted the shocking state of affairs with the unionization of the Victorian CFA and its dreadful administration. Huge uptick in salaries, staffing and administration costs with a decline in equipment procurement.

Or the rorts for votes scandal.

Or joining China’s BRI without consulting the federal government on national security grounds.

We could go on.

The ability to steer through a crisis is the true test of any leader. All of Andrews’ flawed thinking might be nice to haves in the moral preening stakes. Sadly coronavirus has exposed them as utterly meaningless and outright dangerous. Putting forward ridiculous parameters for hiring put Victorian lives in more danger.

How he hasn’t resigned is beyond us. Despite being the most disastrous premier in Australian history, Andrews continues to get comforting support from mainstream and social media. Maybe he believes their propaganda that he is doing a decent job. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Americans renouncing citizenship?

An interesting graphic showing those Americans who renounced their citizenship by year. Note the surge under Obama and the tail off when Trump took office.

Apparently the numbers are surging again ahead of the US election. 5,816 Americans have renounced their citizenship in 1H20 according to Bambridge Accountants, a 1,210% increase over the prior six months ending in December 2019. In all of calendar year 2019, 2,072 Americans handed in their citizenship. 

Michelle Obama says she has a form of low grade depression

Pity poor former FLOTUS Michelle Obama. Apparently quarantine has left her with a form of “low-grade depression” because she has become dispirited by the coronavirus, racial strife and the hypocrisy of the Trump administration.

We feel for her having to suffer being holed-up in a $15m Martha’s Vineyard mansion.

We think she can solve for the racial strife anxiety by simply rolling over and speaking to her husband, perhaps one of, if not the most racially divisive president in US history.

Our favorite example was his speech to the Black Caucus ahead of the 2016 election which we wrote about in Sept 2016,

I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election.

Is it any wonder Joe Biden came up with “You ain’t black” or that blacks aren’t as open minded as latinos so easily?

Or when Barack Obama encouraged in a speech to military personnel at MacDill Air Force Base to commit acts of mutiny if so required after Trump won the election by saying,

“each of us has…the universal right to speak your minds and to protest against authority; to live in a society that’s open and free; that can criticize our president without retribution.”

Or the many land mines he left for incoming President Trump before he sat in the Oval Office. Abstaining from a UN vote with respect to Israel, expelling Russian diplomats and even signing a refugee swap agreement with then Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull.

Perhaps Mrs Obama would feel less dispirited had her husband shown some class by not turning the eulogy of John Lewis into a campaign rally. MLK Jr’s niece could lend her some advice.

Or maybe she could smile a bit more were it not for the huge list of scandals under her husband’s own administration?

Black conservative Larry Elder put a wonderful montage as to the hypocrisy of Obama when it comes to race.

Well, well, well…

Largest Newspaper in Minnesota Endorses Ilhan Omar’s Primary Challenger

You have to hand it to the radical left of the Democrat Party. Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar said that America’s economic and political systems must be “dismantled.”

What a way to show Americans a sense of deep gratitude for not only rescuing the Somali born asylum seeker from a refugee camp in Kenya but having a system that allowed her to be elected to the highest level of government in that same country.

Not so fast. Even in the woke state of Minnesota, the Star-Tribune – the state’s largest paper – has endorsed Antone Melton-Meaux, a primary challenger to Omar. The paper’s editorial noted,

“Melton-Meaux brings a different sensibility to this race, one grounded in helping resolve disputes to move forward — a skill this country is much in need of. Whether it’s health care, criminal justice or affordable housing, Melton-Meaux appears progressive, but pragmatic. While Omar wants to lead a movement, Melton-Meaux seeks to serve the Fifth District…

…Omar’s 2018 victory launched her into the national spotlight as the first Muslim woman and first refugee elected to Congress. But her time has been marred by missteps, including remarks on Israel widely regarded as anti-Semitic, an outsized number of missed votes, and campaign-finance issues. Omar has sent more than $1.6 million to her husband’s D.C. political consulting firm, E Street Group, and is herself the target of a Federal Election Commission complaint regarding travel expenses.

It is worth pointing out that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t make the cut of Obama’s NY house seat endorsements.