#oregon

We thought Democrats hated walls?

 

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio (D) has threatened to fence off the beaches if people don’t exercise social distancing. We thought the Democrats were against walls? Just goes to show that if they didn’t have double standards they would have no standards at all. Recall the mayor’s “dob in your neighbour” hotline which had to be closed after residents spammed it.

Although De Blasio has nothing on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) who has threatened to cut off the water and electricity of businesses which don’t comply with lockdown laws!

We wrote yesterday about what was going on in the state of Oregon where child protective services were sent to the home of a hair salon owner in violation of operating despite the lockdown laws.

We are not quite sure how much longer Americans are prepared to tolerate this dystopian nightmare. We can’t believe that a country that is founded on “freedom” can endure months of being fenced off,  forced to wear masks in public, have utilities suspended or be paid unexpected visits by child protective services to force compliance of draconian laws will wash well over time.

We are putting together a piece on “Am I a Despot or Not?” which looks at each state in isolation and whether governors are a little too exuberant in their use of powers given the relative statistics surrounding coronavirus. The data collection so far has some definite strong candidates for our newly created Enver Hoxha Award. You may be surprised at some of the results which show partisan lines sometimes cross.

Oregon judge tosses out Governor’s stay-at-home laws

An Oregon judge has declared that the coronavirus restrictions enacted by Gov. Kate Brown (D) are “null and void” because her emergency orders were not approved by the state legislature after 28 days. The judge agreed with the lawsuit launched by 10 churches against the State of Oregon which argued that the emergency powers only lasted for a month and that to lengthen them required legislative approval which she did not seek!

Recently, Wisconsin and North Carolina also had stay-at-home orders overturned in court.

Naturally, Oregon Gov. Brown is seeking to overturn this ruling in the Oregon Supreme Court. How the tables turn when dictatorial governors seem happy to ignore the very rule of law that they wish to enforce on everyone else because they believe that they know better than everyone else.

As the churches that filed the lawsuit would say, “practice what you preach.

We wonder how quickly Brown will look to ram these orders through the state legislature so she can comply with the law and beat her peons into submission with the threat of child protective services as an added disincentive to ensure rogue constituents bend to her will even though 99.997% of the state’s residents haven’t succumbed to coronavirus.

Tiananmen Square Hairdresser protests against the totalitarians

Anyone would think Salem, Oregon hairdresser Lindsey Graham must have been using arsenic in the hair dye and sulphuric acid for facial treatments at her salon to have the authorities send child protective services to her home to interrogate her 6-year-old stepson and check bathroom sanitation was up to scratch.

This is the police state gone mad. How vile can governments be to take such actions to force compliance in a completely unrelated matter? The state fined her $14,000 for reopening and as the owner of the building (technically Graham is too) is threatening to terminate her lease.

The state’s draconian stay-at-home laws are forcing some to take drastic measures to feed their families and prevent self-made businesses from folding. As a self-employed organization, we too know how hard it is to build and sustain a client base.

How bad are things in Oregon?  It ranks 45th out of 50 states for COVID infections at 20% the national average per head of population and deaths at 85% below the rest of the country. Some will argue the measures are working. Others, like Graham, would argue that the lockdown laws are inappropriate given the salon staff wear masks and latex gloves.

While we never advocate people to break laws, the question is whether locking up normally obedient citizens when they can do the maths and work out 99.997% of the state’s population hasn’t died from coronavirus.

Forget that the number of people with COVID19 hospitalized in Oregon has fallen 63% in the last month to May 12th to 57 people. Fifty-seven. In a state of 4.3 million. So 99.999% of Oregon’s residents aren’t in hospital for this virus yet the state thinks it is justified to interrogate toddlers, threaten to rip up leases and fine citizens $14,000.

Graham has a Go Fund Me page which has raised $59,000 to help her business and legal costs. Seems like 1,200 donors want to send a “Go F**k You” message to the state’s Democratic Party Governor Kate Brown. They’re sick of the despotic behaviours of tyrants exercising powers based on hysteric assumptions and punishing normally law-abiding citizens who only have good intentions to provide for themselves rather than wait for the state to hand down morsels.

This is the point. Citizens are fast learning that politicians are only too happy to exercise these newfound powers based on junk science. It is truly amateur hour. Naturally, when politicians on fat taxpayer-funded salaries say they are “in this together” their words don’t resonate with those that actually work in the real world.

CM will take climate change seriously when the 11,000 signatories do

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What do

Mouse, Micky
Professor
Micky Mouse Institute for the Blind
Namibia

Dumbledore, Albus
Headmaster
Hogwarts
United States of America (the)

Aardvark, Araminta
Professor of Zoology
University of Neasden
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)

have in common?

They are but three of the 11,000 signatories attached to the non-peer reviewed paper which the media made absolutely zero attempts to question the validity of. Typical drip-feed brainless and contemptable reporting. No wonder mainstream media ratings continue to flail.

Although one could argue that anyone could poison the signatory well (this link has been temporarily suspended). The site notes,

If you are a scientist from any scientific discipline [does that include criminology, psychology, anthropology, communication, history, law or any other social science?], we invite you to sign our Viewpoint article “World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency” by Ripple et al. 2019, which is now in press with Bioscience Magazine. It is important that we get signatories from a wide variety of scientific disciplines. By signing, you will be included in the full list of scientists who have signed this article. Before signing, we ask that you view this short article by clicking the “Read the Article” tab below (the main text can be read in < 8 minutes), or read the condensed version directly below. When you click “sign the article” and add your name, you will be indicating that you generally agree with our article, helping get this message to world leaders. Note that signatories speak on their own behalf and not on behalf of their affiliated institutions.

This is akin to someone asking for likes or shares on social media feeds. It dilutes its validity by the very argument of thinking the quantity is superior to quality. After all, Einstein once said to someone who claimed he would get 100 scientists to debunk his thesis, “it only takes one to prove me wrong!

Even if one was to argue that wicked flat-earther climate sceptics added Mouse, Dumbledore and Aardvark, the reality is that the system’s lack of due process is self-evident. Furthermore, “generally agreeing” to an abridged version says more about the scientists who would put their name to such a paper without understanding the full contents. It is like people blindly signing a petition to stop rubbish bins being installed at a beach even though they are visiting interstate and unlikely to ever return. Sheep.

This is a common failing of the climate alarmist movement. Extinction Rebellion had many heavily green-leaning CEOs sign an open letter to The Times. It turned out most were affiliated with each other in one way or another and operated out of headquarters 100s of miles from the epicentre of the protests which disrupted local businesses which had to suffer the consequences of their selfishness. Hardly independent minds.

Portland municipal building bans urinals

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Well, apparently one way to remove “arbitrary barriers in our community” is to get rid of urinals at the newy designed Portland administrative building. Not to worry, Democrats control both houses as well as the Governor in Oregon. 

Portland Chief Administration Officer, Tom Rinehart, believes this will lead to more inclusivity. Just wait for the blowback when men who identify as men start using the women’s bathrooms and leave the seat up! Talk about barriers in our community!!

Perhaps the focus should be on things that truly matter to staff. The Oregon Public Employees Retirement Scheme (PERS), of which Portland public servants are a part of manages a $76.7 billion is still suffering a $22.3 billion shortfall, according to the fund’s most recent update. In 2019 it is expected to be $26bn. The pension system’s current annual rate of return is 7.2%. It is currently hitting at 1.5%.

Several ideas on how to bolster Oregon’s pension system are floating around. One is to move members into a 401(k)-style plan but this is tricky for several reasons. First, the state’s Supreme Court dissolved previous PERS measures in 2015and ruled that existing benefits were untouchable. Another problem is that Oregon has the only public defined benefit plan in the country without an employee contribution requirement.

Naturally removing urinals will go great lengths in solving the pension problem which looks to be a busted flush.