The new badges of slavery are things like this… forcing you to make an “in-person” visit in order to obtain medication. That’s stealing your time. Call it a “time-tax”. Call it unconstitutional badges or incidents of slavery.

September 9, 2020 § Leave a comment

In the latest addition to the Supreme Court’s coronavirus docket, the justices will have to decide whether to preserve a district court’s order that makes it easier for patients to access medical abortions during the pandemic. The district court blocked the Trump administration from enforcing federal regulations that require patients to make an in-person visit to a medical provider in order to obtain a pill that is used to induce abortions. The administration filed an emergency request asking the Supreme Court to reinstate the in-person requirement, and on Tuesday, physicians’ groups filed a brief opposing the request. Amy Howe has all the details on the case in a story for SCOTUSblog (that was first published at Howe on the Court).

The golden rule of hunter-gather life is pretty simple:

November 29, 2021 § Leave a comment

The golden rule of hunter-gather life is pretty simple: Do everything to bring the band together; do nothing to split it apart. Don’t sow division. Don’t hog up more than your share (of food, sex partners, attention). If you happen to be blessed with muscle, don’t throw it around. If you happen to be a great hunter or a dazzling beauty, don’t flaunt it over others. Be one of the good guys, in other words. Of course, if there’s an instinct in humans to get along with each other in groups, there’s also an instinct to get ahead. We proposed that agonistic structure in stories generally, not just in Victorian novels, reflects the ancient morality of hunter-gatherer life. Living in groups, as humans must, means constantly balancing our selfish impulses with group needs. Protagonists of stories properly balance individual self-interest with the needs of the group. In general, protagonists sacrifice their self-interest for the common good when the two are in conflict. Not antagonists. Pretty much the definition of a bad person among hunter-gatherers is the bad team player who reliably puts his or her own interests above the group’s.

https://quillette.com/2021/11/29/the-universal-structure-of-storytelling/

Xi Jinpig… afraid of a cartoon

November 29, 2021 § Leave a comment

Singapore, Beijing same oppression

November 27, 2021 § Leave a comment

https://restofworld.org/2021/singapores-tech-utopia-dream-is-turning-into-a-surveillance-state-nightmare/

Slave States: CSA; Nazi Germany; Apartheidist South Africa; Totalitarian CPC-run PRC

November 27, 2021 § Leave a comment

It’s not a government… it’s a totalitarian, racist-Han Chinese Communist Party faux-state.

There may be a tipping point when consumers in the US and the EU and elsewhere become so troubled with how China treats its Uyghur and Tibetan populations (see this and this) or how it is acting against Hong Kong or Taiwan or with its efforts to exert control outside China. These sorts of things are leaking out more of late as the bloom is off the rose and we are hearing more and more from our own clients (American and otherwise) saying that they are having employees refuse to go to China or consumers complaining about their goods being made in China. Take a company like Patagonia which has a stellar reputation for caring about the environment and people and even goes so far as to call itself The Activist Company; how much longer can it maintain its moral high ground while still having some of its products made in China?

The International Olympic Committee.. immoral, spineless, in it for the money and notoriety

November 26, 2021 § Leave a comment

“The International Olympic Committee, as a civil nongovernmental organization, is strictly politically neutral at all times,” Bach wrote last year in a column published by The Guardian. “Neither awarding the Games, nor participating, are a political judgment regarding the host country.”

Not opposing evil, is supporting evil.

And what if Hell gets the games?

Why is the UH allowing a genocidal government access to Mauna Kea?

November 26, 2021 § Leave a comment

Stephen Laudig <stevelaudig@gmail.com>Wed, Jul 28, 9:12 AM
to Amy

1. The University of Hawaii is partners with the PRC government and allows PRC government agents access to Mauna Kea. [https://www.tmt.org/page/about#who-is-building-tmt]2. The PRC government that UH is in partnership with is committing genocide in Tibet and Xinjiang. 3. #2 makes #1 wrong in every sense of the word ‘wrong’.
https://www.rferl.org/a/british-parliament-resolution-china-genocide-uyghurs/31217983.html

Some people there’s simply no ‘talking to’

November 6, 2021 § Leave a comment

as they are not there to ‘conversate’ but to pep rally.

They are mentals with the vote and that’s a problem in a democracy.

“Ms. Neff, who owns a hardware store adorned with images of Mr. Trump as Rambo and the Terminator, was in Washington on Jan. 6 to support the former president — but refused to go into further detail. Citing false evidence, she called the coronavirus vaccine a “poison” and said she worried that Democrats were planning extermination camps of Mr. Trump’s supporters.”

How does a conversation with such a mentality go?

Vaccine as poison? That’s a mentally ill position

Extermination camps? That’s a mentally ill position.

Not all are capable of rational discourse.

Americans believe in voting so much that they allow the mentally ill the franchise. And we live the results of this choice.

The American disease described…

October 29, 2021 § Leave a comment

People get sick while traveling; it happens. But what was especially troubling about this case was that one of the family members hadn’t made the trip to Wuhan, yet had still become infected with the new virus after several days of contact with family members. It was a clear sign the virus was potentially transmittable between people. Just as chilling: One family member — a 10-year-old who was later described in the medical journal The Lancet as being “non-compliant to parental guidance,” seemingly because he didn’t wear a surgical mask during the Wuhan vacation like another child on the trip — had become infected yet didn’t demonstrate any symptoms of the virus. That was great for him, but awful for everyone else. To Zhang and others, it meant many more asymptomatic people in the country and elsewhere could already be carrying and spreading the new virus, without anyone knowing they had been infected.

Mimic nature or create peril

October 29, 2021 § Leave a comment

Many of the wild animals that were butchered in the Wuhan markets are susceptible to infection and can transmit viruses. And they were often stored in cramped, unhygienic conditions, making it easy for pathogens to jump species. The storage and handling of the animals has long been a matter of concern, partly because similar conditions led to serious problems elsewhere in the country. In 2002, the SARS-CoV coronavirus first appeared in and around a similar market in the southern Chinese city of Foshan, about 621 miles from Wuhan. More than a third of the early patients who developed the SARS disease were food handlers who likely had close contact with some of these same animals.

The less nature imitating the circumstances humans create, the greater the likelihood of danger and risk and risk of an ‘unnatural’ kind.

This is why I read Taibbi

October 29, 2021 § Leave a comment

When Barack Obama was elected on November 4th, 2008, America’s political landscape appeared altered permanently. Obama’s “realigning” victory put his party in full control of the state, armed with a whopping 78-seat advantage in the House and a 59-41 edge in the Senate. Conventional wisdom held that the combination of massive youth and minority turnout and Obama’s re-conquest of so-called “Reagan Democrat” districts was a knockout blow to Republicans from which they’d never recover. The demographic picture was only going to get less white going forward, leaving Republicans, as the New York Times put it on Election Night, “contemplating where they now stand in American politics.” Pundits were convinced merely competent leadership by Obama would leave Democrats with a permanent supermajority.

What happened over the course of the next eight years, when the dream of forever-rule evaporated and the Democrats found themselves having to explain being vanquished by a foul-mouthed game show host, is the subject of Meltdown. To this day, the all-but-mandatory explanation for the Democrats’ 2016 disaster is a combination of racist reaction and Russian interference. Though race certainly played a significant role, the deeper explanation, still taboo, is the perception that the Obama administration’s handling of the 2008 crash was both corrupt and profoundly disillusioning. When the SS America struck an economic iceberg, the country watched Democrats fill the lifeboats with guilty bank CEOs, then waved from the horizon as everyone else went down with the ship.

I would only add that this failure relates to lobbyists and bribes and people like Max “Fuktard from Montana” Baucus. Opposed Single Payer.

“Obama expressed deep frustration with Baucus regarding negotiations over the Affordable Care Act saying “A part of me wanted to get up, grab Baucus by the shoulders, and shake him till he came to his senses.”

“Baucus has been criticized for his ties to the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries, and was one of the largest beneficiaries in the Senate of campaign contributions from these industries.[45] From 2003-08, Baucus received $3,973,485 from the health sector, including $852,813 from pharmaceutical companies, $851,141 from health professionals, $784,185 from the insurance industry and $465,750 from HMOs/health services, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.[56][57] A 2006 study by Public Citizen found that between 1999 and 2005 Baucus, along with former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, took in the most special-interest money of any senator.[58]

On December 26, 2013, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Baucus to the post of Ambassador to China[66] The President submitted Baucus’s nomination to the Senate on January 7, 2014.[67]

Later career

Max Baucus served on the Board of Advisors to Alibaba Group until May, 2019.

This Alibaba connection is how the Chinese Communists bought Baucus.

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