Virtue signaling

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.

Oh, the sanctimony squad strikes again

Oh, the sanctimony. 88 faculty colleagues at Notre Dame co-signed a letter requesting Judge Amy Coney Barrett halt her confirmation process and step aside til after the election.

It would have helped if among those 88 erudite academics, that one might be from the law faculty. Alas, among those who signed the letter criticizing Barrett, 4 were gender studies professors, 4 were peace studies professors, 9 specialized in English and another 7 were librarians. None from the Notre Dame Law School.

This follows a pattern we have reported on before where left leaning academics/activists pass off high numbers of co-signatories as a sort of validation process. Closer analysis reveals how often the very people who would make these letters credible are often conspicuously absent.

We list some of them here:

1) Remember 11,000 cosignatories to a non-peer reviewed paper on climate change that included Mickey Mouse and Albus Dumbledore?

2) Or the Feb 2020 Safe Climate Declaration which hosted 100 speakers of which less than 5% were climate scientists. Most were from academia, media and high schools.

3) Or the 268 cosignatories of an open letter in support of Extinction Rebellion (XR). Perhaps the most hilarious signatory to the letter was Matthew Flinders. Our esteemed explorer seemed to have navigated his way back to life after 200 years.

4) Or the the sanctimonious video made by the World Mental Health Coalition (WMHC) where all members co-signed the case for Trump’s lack of mental capacity. Sounds impressive using “world”, doesn’t it? Given the World Psychiatric Association represents 200,000 members worldwide, WHMC’s 37 members seems rather pathetic by comparison. Be sure to read how they were prepared to ditch their Hippocratic oath to smear Trump.

5) The liberal artists who caved so soon after signing a letter condemning cancel culture.

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.

Merriam Webster dictionary updates use of word ‘sexual preference’ after Democrat Senators disparage ACB

You have to hand it to the Stalinists running the Merriam-Webster dictionary. As soon as Democrat Senators Mazie Hirono and Cory Booker disparaged Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett for using the term ‘sexual preference‘ as an “offensive” term it updated its online definition accordingly.

Senator Hirono remarked, “You use the term sexual preference to describe those in the LGBTQ community…Let me make clear: ‘sexual preference’ is an offensive, an outdated term. It is used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice. It is not.

Naturally, ACB said she never used the term in a pejorative manner.

It reminds us of the scene from 1984 when Winston’s friend Syme says,

A word contains its opposite in itself. Take ‘good,’ for instance. If you have a word like ‘good,’ what need is there for a word like ‘bad’? ‘Ungood’ will do just as well…

…The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect. Newspeak is Ingsoc and Ingsoc is Newspeak.” 

It wasn’t so long ago that The Guardian‘s editors openly encouraged journalists to amplify language when referencing ‘climate change’.

Double plus good.

Crazy Mazie

Keeping it classy! Democrat Senator Mazie Hirono’s question to Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. When one can’t attack her credentials, just go for sleaze.

What next? “Have you been engaged in a child sex trafficking ring?”

These people have NO shame.

NBA Game 5 2020 viewers -70% vs 2019

Rut Roh! It seems that all the political activism on the basketball court has seen NBA Game 5 drawing only 5.7 million viewers, according to TVLine, representing a nearly 70% decline from the 18.22 million viewers who tuned-in for Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals when the Golden State Warriors took on the Toronto Raptors.

No wonder the NBA is promising to keep its woke activities behind closed doors in 2021.

The NBA finally figured out that fans watch sports to distract themselves from politics and financial/marital/work stresses, not have it shoved down their throats.

#GetWokeGoBroke

Disney’s Double Standards

Never let social justice get in the way of the almighty dollar or RMB.

Disney is having a hard time explaining why it was happy to threaten to pull the company’s production apparatus from Georgia if the state passed a controversial ban on abortions performed after a fetal heartbeat is detected but was happy to shoot part of the film, Mulan, in the Xinjiang region in China where the government has been accused of oppressing the country’s Muslim-minority Uighurs.

Disney responded as follows:

The film is a celebration of female empowerment, based on a 1,500-year-old Chinese poem…The scenes in Xinjiang amount to just 78 seconds and were done to capture the region’s dramatic desert scenery and the historic Silk Road. Most of the movie was shot in New Zealand.

We don’t have an issue with corporations acting in the best interests of shareholders. We only wish they would be consistent in their application of social standards. Ideally, they should shut up.

Sadly, in an ESG consumed finance world, listed corporations are focused on making ever more woke gestures and statements to appease institutional funds who run guilt tripping rackets which coax gullible investors into thinking they are being socially responsible when in reality they’re forking over higher fees to line their pockets in a market structure ruined by low margins ETFs. It is a total con.