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In California opposing a Marxist group is now a hate crime

California, true to form, showed its totalitarian roots.

A couple that painted over a Black Lives Matter mural that was approved by the city of Martinez have been charged with a hate crime. The release notes “defacing” with “black paint” which somehow relates to “systemic racism.” We imagine that given bitumen is black, that colour paint was the best hue to mask the mural.

Who knew that opposing a Marxist group is now a federal offense in California?

Unfortunately we had another woke District Attorney Diana Becton flex her political beliefs in the statement rather than apply the law objectively. Where have we seen this before? Three examples spring to mind.

1) Fulton County DA Paul Howard is pushing the death penalty for former Atlanta Police officer Garrett Rolfe in the death of Rayshard Brooks despite the evidence. How convenient that he is up for re-election and fighting allegations of sexual harassment and a toxic work environment. Also note that The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has opened an investigation of Howard and his use of a nonprofit to funnel at least $140,000 in city of Atlanta funds to supplement his salary.

2) Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx ruled emphatically that Empire actor Jussie Smollett was guilty beyond doubt but dropped all 16 charges related to his hate crime hoax despite the unnecessary $100,000 cost to the Chicago Police. How ironic that Michelle Obama’s former chief-of-staff called Foxx to discuss the concern of the Smollett family. Foxx never recused herself on conflict of interest grounds, however the end result certainly gives rise to suspicions favours were called in.

3) St Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said she would find a way to charge the McCloskeys for defending their home with automatic weapons when 500 BLM protestors trespassed on their gated private property. Gardner said, “Make no mistake: we will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights, and will use the full power of Missouri law to hold [the McCloskeys] accountable.”

Forget objective judiciary’s when DAs are unabashed activists.

As an aside, all four attorneys listed above are Democrats that happen to be black. This is an observation based on fact.

We are confident that there have been activist attorneys of other party affiliations and races over the years. So much for independence and fair trials when DAs push for an outcome without the presumption of innocence. A sad indictment indeed.

Surely to end systemic racism, applying laws based on identity won’t be the answer.

Six F-1 drivers take a stand against hypocrisy

Before the Austrian F-1 GP, Max Verstappen, Antonio Giovinazzi, Daniil Kvyat, Carlo Sainz, Charles Leclerc and Kimi Raikkonen chose to stand while 14 other drivers took the knee in support of BLM.

Good to see that some sports stars aren’t prepared to be shamed into political stunts especially one driven (no pun intended) by one of the biggest hypocrites in the paddock, who drives for a manufacturer with a history of slavery.

As we pointed out last week, Aussie driver Daniel Ricciardo perfectly summed up the fear of being cancelled for not speaking up.

Here’s betting all 14 kneelers haven’t even read the reprehensible Marxist manifesto of #BLM movement they knelt for.

We can’t wait for the next woke cause. It will probably be surrounding climate change. Just think of how mothers dropping their kids off to soccer practice in a second hand SUVs will be chastised by these F-1 kneelers as they whiz around tracks in 5mpg race cars. Never mind that they came to the circuit in helicopters after landing at a nearby airport on private jets post spending half the season in coronavirus lockdown on 300ft super yachts with bikini clad supermodels.

Larry Elder trolls Beyonce

Beyoncé’s jumped on Twitter to protest the unequal system. She wrote,

‪”I’m encouraging you to continue to take action. Continue to change and dismantle the racist and unequal system.”‬

‪–@Beyonce 6/28/20‬

Black conservative Larry Elder replied,

‪”Lord knows the “system” hasn’t worked out for her and hubby.

‪#SellingVictimhood‬”

Note Forbes call her the richest self-made woman at $500mn.

Who knew? Minneapolis residents crank self-loathing to the max

The New York Times reported that Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis residents – encouraged by woke white women – declared their town a “safe zone” for the underprivileged.

The residents were requested not to call the police if they felt threatened or if their property was damaged in some sort of deranged pact. Naturally they were asked to acknowledge that any crimes were a side effect of white privilege.

As a result 300 homeless took advantage of their generosity and descended on the park in 200 tents. With them, followed drug dealers and other crime to the area posing a moral dilemma for these self-loathing liberals.

One of the mothers behind the movement admitted that she no longer feels the area is safe for her young kids to play outside.

Unfortunately one resident, Mitchell Erickson, broke the pact by calling the police after some youths held him at gunpoint demanding he hand over his car keys. Days later he felt regret when he said,

Been thinking more about it…I regret calling the police. It was my instinct but I wish it hadn’t been. I put those boys in danger of death by calling the cops.

Maybe if they hadn’t pointed a gun at him and attempted to steal his car that their lives wouldn’t have been in danger at all?

One has to wonder how much more of this self-inflicted madness will continue? If they were to properly assuage all white guilt they’d hand over the title deeds to their properties to the underprivileged and move into the tents outside.

Nancy Pelosi cancels the history of Congress

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Despite Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi being in office for over three decades, she has finally deemed that the portraits of Speakers who served in the Confederacy be removed. She made the following statement:

Ahead of tomorrow’s Juneteenth observances, the portraits of four previous Speakers who served in the Confederacy have been removed from the walls of the U.S. Capitol under the supervision of House Clerk Cheryl Johnson. The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy. Allowing men who embody the bigotry and racism of the Confederacy to be honored within them sets back our nation’s work to confront and combat bigotry wherever it appears.

Why now, Nancy?

Yet more pathetic virtue signalling which is 100% based on the politics of identity and zero to do with those she claims to be helping. And we thought the kneeling with Kente scarves was nauseating enough…who knew that race politics had seasons? Anyone would think an election was around the corner??

We say again, even if one hated Trump, how can anyone think the Democrats are a credible alternative with pathetic stunts like this?

CHAZ fights racism with more racism

Some woke white liberals must be questioning their own personal economic consequences for remaining in CHAZ. A CHAZ leader demanded that whites pay people of colour $10 before they leave. Will that be a one-off fee? A daily charge? Will a proof or receipt be required?

The leader says he “remembers” their faces so they better be sure to check their privilege before leaving. So much for equality.

Defeat racism with more racism.

Wow – Leaked audios of Democrat politicians’ true colours surrounding George Floyd crisis

We thought the worst comment  was made by a Democrat primary candidate, Elliot Engel who was hot-mic’d at a George Floyd protest saying, “if I didn’t have a primary, I wouldn’t care!

Although Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was happy to tell Alderman Raymond Lopez that he was “full of sh*t” when he asked her what she was going to do with the problems of gangbangers wanting to settle scores in his neighbourhood with AK-47s? Grab your popcorn.

Enjoy – if many of these Democrats didn’t have double standards they’d have no standards at all!

Minneapolis votes to disband the Police Dept

It appears that 9 out of 13 Minneapolis City councillors have voted in favour of disbanding the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) and shift its funding towards a “community-oriented, nonviolent public safety and outreach capacity.

Perhaps they need to watch The Untouchables where Al Capone infamously said, “I grew up in a tough neighbourhood and quickly learnt you could get much further with a kind word and a gun than just a kind word.”

Soft-touch all looks pretty on paper. However, we question how violent crime will be curtailed? We doubt that criminals will see this as anything other than an invite to turn Minneapolis into a crime hub to coordinate it with no police present.

Minneapolis has a crime rate twice the national city average and 4x the state of Minnesota. According to Neighborhood Scout, only 4% of cities in America are more crime-infested than Minneapolis. 50 crimes are committed per 1,000 residents annually split 8/1,000 for violent crimes and 42/1,000 for robbery. Do facts matter to the council? Will crime drop off if community groups hold hands and sing kumbaya to home-owners as felons loot their abodes?

The outcome? We would imagine that those who may have relied on the police to help them with incidences of burglary, robbery or assault may just have to pack their bags and leave. Minneapolis has grown from around 368,000 inhabitants in 1990 to around 425,000 today.

For whatever faults the MPD may have had, isn’t it worth reflecting on 59 years of continuous Democratic stewardship which led to the failures that caused the problem in the first place?

This isn’t a lesser of two evils argument but a perfect time to clean house within the police department and union. For the Mayor to sack the police chief and install someone to change MPD’s behaviors rather than just through the keys into the burnt-out police station. It is not as if the MPD had a lot of choices after Floyd’s death to stand their ground. With it the majority of good cops will be on the street.

We wouldn’t be surprised if businesses pack up and leave too, like they did in Detroit. Investment will fall because who would want to pour money into an abandoning ship? Insurance companies will see no point signing up policies in a city that doesn’t have proper law enforcement to lower the risk profile.

Who ends up losing? Residents, forced into more crime-infested poverty. Democrat policy at its finest. Utterly clueless.

While being woke might appear optically pleasing to the mob while emotions are high, this supposed proven public safety initiative adopted in places such as Eugene, Oregon; Austin, Texas; and Denver, Colorado still rely on their city police forces to marshall the tougher stuff. Minneapolis wants to go all in.

One can only imagine that the services of a Wyatt Earp will be required when it all goes completely pear-shaped. You can’t make this stuff up. Even the mayor, as whipped as he is knows a police force is still a necessary evil. How can he not resign?

Global Coal-fired power statistics – Diary of a Wimpy Kid

What is it with the self-flagellation over coal-fired power? The announcement that the Morrison government intends underwriting “ONE” coal-fired power plant brings with it the hysteria of publicly force-feeding kindergarten kids with highly radioactive sludge at recess time. Naturally, none of this outrage is based on facts. It is all tokenism.

Here are the stats for coal-fired power stations globally:

Coal Capacity

Australia has only 2.5% of the coal-fired capacity of China. Versus our total of 58, China has almost 3,000 in service.

Coal Operation

Coal-fired plants that have been announced, are under construction, permitted and pre-permit stage around the globe total 1,046. Where are the climate activists in China, India, Vietnam, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Philippines, Japan, Russia, Mongolia, Botswana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Korea, Thailand, Malawi, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Turkey, Egypt, Poland and South Africa?

New Coal

The mt CO2-e output of each country is as follows. Note China produces 36x more CO2.

Coal CO2

So China and India are responsible for 58% of coal-fired power generated emissions and will be 50% of all new capacity additions going forward.

Coal CO2 Contrib

China has 100x more coal-fired power on the drawing board than Australia yet we behave as though we are the biggest climate sinners on the planet! China and India have consistently been 70%+ of all new coal-fired plant capacity additions since 2006.

Coal Capa

So do Australian activists honestly think that canning one domestic new coal-fired power plant will have the slightest effect on global temperatures when our Asian and African neighbours are full speed ahead?

There have also been arguments made by activists that our coal exports should be counted against our totals in terms of emissions. Fine. Then by that logic, FNF Media expects the total emissions of every car sold in Australia (including fuel consumed) to be charged back to Japan, China, Korea, America and Europe. Every aircraft, every electronic device, every imported building material, crane, bulldozer, wind turbine, solar panel and truck that transports it. It would equal itself out pretty quickly.

Our global neighbours seem to be prioritizing national growth over climate alarmism. For it would appear they do not have the same level of brain-washed fanatics telling our kids that they have inherited a planet that will make them the last people on earth to survive.

The quickest route for Australia to end its prosperity is to cower to this insanity. To fall in line to the idea that renewables are cheaper (they aren’t) and more green is preposterous. Wind turbine blades are being put into landfill and solar panels are toxic to recycle and likely to end in the same place. Germany is giving us a great beta test case of how renewables are failing them. Indulge yourself here.

Coal-fired plants in Australia are forced to run sub-optimally to cater to the demands of the fluctuations in renewables which must be given priority to the grid. Ask anyone in large scale manufacturing how being forced to run at fluctuating levels destroys efficiency. It really is that simple.

Coal Price

Thermal coal prices are far from going out of control. So our power plant electricity generation isn’t becoming pricier due to input costs.

We have to stop becoming emotional about numbers and data and look at what they are telling us rather than build a narrative and reverse engineer the results. It always catches up to us in the end.

Our government needs to show some backbone and provide easy to understand data about reality. Rather than fold at the confected outrage which appears backed by crony capitalists.

Now that former PM Turnbull is weighing in on the debate (contradicting comments made while PM) saying that it is lunacy to pursue coal. Given his record of poor judgment, it stands to reason building cleaner coal-fired power plants is a sensible way to lower energy prices and remain a competitive global economy.

As FNF Media likes to say, the numbers will always be right in the end. Fiddle them at your peril.

Yael Stone forgets that the scheduled flights will still take off

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Yet more moral preening from celebrities. While Yael Stone might think such virtue signalling has a purpose, she needs to get to grips with the fact that the scheduled flights between the US and Australia will still be taking off, with or without her. Did she miss Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes introduction?

Her net impact is likely to be a number so close to zero so we thought we’d assist with the maths before she pulls the plug.

280 million trips were made by commercial aircraft last year according to the IATA. Her one way trip to Australia would mean she represents represent 0.000000357% of all annual flights taken.

Given that airlines, by the IATA’s own stats, annually produce the equivalent to 2% of all man-made emissions or 0.000016% of the total CO2 in the atmosphere, her flight would make up around 0.0000000000057%.

The Boeing 777-300ER that would likely carry her has a maximum take-off weight of 351,000kg. Let’s assume she weighs 50kg and carries 50kg of luggage. Her impact on the pilot’s fuel calculations would be 0.0028%.

Overall her “skin in the game” as she calls it, would result in a 0.0000000000000022344% personal impact on flight shaming based CO2 emissions.

FNF Media strongly advises she reads the 20-year forecast from Boeing.

Demand in the commercial market is forecast to more than double in the next two decades. To meet this demand…the number of jet airplanes in service nearly doubling to 50,660.