They say “lobbyist”. I say “bribist”. Federal, state, local … all the same.

April 18, 2019 § Leave a comment

Booker, Harris, O’Rourke are ‘gaming’ the phrase “no money from lobbyists”.

If you are critical of Zionism, you are cancerous according to this group of supposed ‘US Democrats’. You can be “pro-US” or “pro-Zionist”, not both. Choose a side.

April 17, 2019 § Leave a comment

“There are a few discordant voices, but we want to make sure that what’s a very small problem doesn’t metastasize into a bigger problem.”


There’s a civil war on in the US. White supremacists are warring and losing.

April 13, 2019 § Leave a comment

Dopefest: David Brooks and Cass Sunstein.

April 10, 2019 § Leave a comment

If it is signed by a PRC lawyer, it is signed by a CCP lawyer.

April 10, 2019 § Leave a comment

It is worth remembering that Chinese lawyers who openly challenge the CCP’s views face disbarment, imprisonment and torture. The Beijing Lawyers Association (北京市律师协会), which has had Zhang as chairman and Chen in committee positions, itself stands accused of complicity with the persecution of human-rights lawyers. Chen Jihong’s status as an “outstanding lawyer Party member” (优秀律师党员) makes him even less likely than a less-connected lawyer to dare contradict the Party-state’s defence of Huawei.

If it is the CPC-run PRC speaking, it’s likely dishonest

April 10, 2019 § Leave a comment

“The series of warnings against Chinese technology company Huawei in various Western countries is often predicated on a legal argument: according to recent legislation, all Chinese citizens and organisations are obliged to cooperate upon request with PRC intelligence operations — and also maintain the secrecy of such operations. Such duty is explicitly stipulated in Article 7 of the 2017 “PRC national intelligence-gathering activities law” (中华人民共和国国家情报法).

This law in effect only codifies common practice in an increasingly totalitarian regime. Even before current CCP Secretary General Xi Jinping came to power, it would have been difficult for a Chinese citizen to turn down a request for cooperation from the PRC intelligence apparatus. With Xi’s centralisation of CCP power, and in an atmosphere of constant struggle against “hostile foreign forces“(境外敌对势力), refusing cooperation becomes all but impossible, regardless of the actual letter of applicable laws.

Rule by law

Ironically, the laws that now bring so much trouble to Huawei were originally adopted to streamline CCP control under the concept of “rule by law” (依法治国) — not to be mistaken for rule of law. The “rule by law” system is designed to help the CCP exercise its monopoly on power without everyday political intervention. The CCP decides what the law is, and most situations are then dealt with mechanically through approved procedures until the Party decides otherwise.”


Pinker me this…

April 10, 2019 § Leave a comment

What would the label be for someone who is the opposite of a polymath? A polydunce?

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