Dear KAG: 20200806 Open Thread

And now for something completely different.

In honor of vacation season.


As usual, this is the daily thread, the place to put all information that needs to be out there – Q drops, Q drop decodes, riot information, rumors about MAGA rallies starting up again, news flashes, Chy-na flu updates, fashionable mask photos, satire, memes, and of course cute animal videos.

In the meantime, the short and sweet version of “THE RULES” is here borrowed from Tuesday:

Guidelines for posting and discussion on this site were outlined by our host, WolfM00n. Please, review them from time to time.

The discourse on this site is to be CIVIL – no name calling, baiting, or threatening others here is allowed. Those who are so inclined may visit Wolf’s other sanctuary, the U-Tree, to slog it out.

This site is a celebration of the natural rights endowed to humans by our Creator as well as those enshrined in the Bill of Rights adopted in the founding documents of the United States of America. Within the limits of law, how we exercise these rights is part of the freedom of our discussion.

Fellow tree dweller Wheatie gave us some good reminders on the basics of civility in political discourse:

  1. No food fights.
  2. No running with scissors.
  3. If you bring snacks, bring enough for everyone.

Since it is almost the weekend, the reminders are in place to not swing from the chandeliers, wash your hands and face, and be nice to the liberals whether they deserve it or not. Making your bed, OTOH, is optional.


Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration. The Old Testament reading for today comes to us from the Prophet Daniel, Chapter 7.

[9] I beheld till thrones were placed, and the Ancient of days sat: his garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like clean wool: his throne like flames of fire: the wheels of it like a burning fire. [10] A swift stream of fire issued forth from before him: thousands of thousands ministered to him, and ten thousand times a hundred thousand stood before him: the judgment sat, and the books were opened.

[11] I beheld because of the voice of the great words which that horn spoke: and I saw that the beast was slain, and the body thereof was destroyed, and given to the fire to be burnt: [12] And that the power of the other beasts was taken away: and that times of life were appointed them for a time, and a time. [13] I beheld therefore in the vision of the night, and lo, one like the son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and he came even to the Ancient of days: and they presented him before him. [14] And he gave him power, and glory, and a kingdom: and all peoples, tribes and tongues shall serve him: his power is an everlasting power that shall not be taken away: and his kingdom that shall not be destroyed.


616 thoughts on “Dear KAG: 20200806 Open Thread

  1. Most excellent choices on the videos, DePat!

    I had seen the first two, but had to watch them again…they still crack me up.
    It’s fun to see Randy Q in that bath robe again.

    Love that typewriter symphony video, too.
    It’s a shame to think of all the younglings out there who have never heard a typewriter…much less ever used one.

    That third video is a hoot!
    And sooo spot on!

    Nice choice on the Old Testament verses, too.
    Very timely.

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      1. The Biden sign I saw was in a neighborhood I don’t visit too often. The few people I saw outside were wearing masks and looking terrified.

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    1. Good deal – but when I was a kid, the spokesperson for the drug would have been HOUNDED by the press for FALSE CLAIMS.

      “No other antiviral agent has demonstrated rapid recovery from viral infection and demonstrated laboratory inhibition of viral replication,” said Prof. Jonathan Javitt, CEO and Chairman of NeuroRx.

      Absolute BULLSHIT! This was EXACTLY what HCQ did in the first study by Didier Raoult! AND I would not be surprised if EIDD-2801 AND remdesivir have both done the same by now.

      We EXPECT a competent and bioavailable antiviral to do EXACTLY this.

      I’m happy we have a new weapon!!! BUT…….. DO NOT LIE about it, Mr. Drug Pusher!!!

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        1. Yeah, I figured it out (below). This stuff seems to be working on late cases where lungs are going into cytokine storm. But it also seems to have some in vitro antiviral activity (a lot of things do, TBH).

          Aviptadil is a formulation of Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide (VIP), which is present in high concentrations in the lungs and known to block various inflammatory cytokines. NeuroRx and Relief Therapeutics have partnered to develop the drug.

          According to a statement from the drug maker NeuroRX, independent researchers have reported that aviptadil blocked replication of the SARS coronavirus in human lung cells and monocytes.

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    2. Thanks, Butterfly.

      That article linked to this one, which has a bit more information:

      ………….From the article:

      Geneva-based Relief Therapeutics Holdings AG RFLB.S has a patent for RLF-100, or aviptadil, a synthetic form of a natural peptide that protects the lung. US-Israeli NeuroRx Inc. partnered with Relief to develop the drug in the United States.

      In June the US Food and Drug Administration granted fast-track designation to RLF-100 for treatment of respiratory distress in COVID-19.

      While a Phase 2/3 clinical trial with 70 patients is ongoing, RLF-100 is being administered on an emergency basis to some patients who are too ill to be admitted to the trial.

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    3. OK – this story is getting weird as hell. Aviptadil is NOT a standard antiviral – it’s a friggin’ intestinal polypeptide used in combination with another drug for treating ED (erectile dysfunction)!

      And it’s being repurposed for COVID-19 respiratory problems.


      OK – this is explaining things. It’s a natural lung protectant, or rather a synthetic analog.

      Aviptadil (INN) is an analog of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.[1] Geneva-based Relief Therapeutics Holdings AG RFLB.S has a patent for RLF-100, a synthetic form of a natural peptide that protects the lung. U.S.-Israeli NeuroRx Inc partnered with Relief to develop the drug in the United States. In June 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted fast-track designation to RLF-100 for treatment of respiratory distress in COVID-19.[2]

      So it’s being used for treating respiratory distress in lungs, and is likely allowing other natural processes and drugs to crash the virus (IMO).

      This stuff is good for LATE STAGE disease, when early antiviral treatments have failed or are too late.

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      1. Yeah, I was giving it the side eye because it takes a ‘new drug’ years to get approved and mass produced.

        So I was wondering Who was behind this ‘new drug’.
        IYKWIM 😉

        But it looks like this one has been around for awhile…it’s just being re-purposed in the fight against this ChiComVirus.

        Maybe this is one of those new “therapeutics” that Pres Trump mentioned?

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        1. Yes – I believe this is one of those therapeutics. I was reading an article in C&EN about how everybody is testing old drugs right now for antiviral activity against COVID. I’ll bet somebody thought this stuff might be good for lungs, and ran an in-vitro antiviral test, too, results of which may have been enough incentive to push it out for trials.

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              1. Do these people wonder how a malaria drug wound up being used for lupus and RA? Daily. For years. Nope, it’s just orange man bad fish tank cleaner.

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      2. +LIFELOG x3


        Aviptadil is NOT a standard antiviral – it’s an intestinal polypeptide used in combination with another drug for treating erectile dysfunction. However, it’s being repurposed for COVID-19 respiratory problems.
        Strange, but true.

        “Aviptadil (INN) is an analog of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.[1] ”


        +LIFELOG x3

        The drug appeared to have rapidly cleared pneumonitis findings on an X-ray, improved blood oxygen and a 5% or greater average decrease in laboratory markers associated with COVID-19 inflammation.


        Phew you guys are keeping me busy!

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      3. Sildenafil (Viagra)
        Tadalafil (Adcirca, Cialis)
        Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn)
        Avanafil (Stendra)

        All ED drugs, note end in “fil.” These types of drugs help with High Altitude Sickness.

        Viagra, Pfizer’s blockbuster erectile dysfunction drug hit the market in 1998. In 20 years, it’s become ubiquitous: 62 million men all over the world have bought the drug, according to a Pfizer spokesperson. The US military shells out $41.6 million per year for it, and from 2012 onward, the US, Mexico, and Canada spent about $1.4 billion on it annually (although those numbers are projected to fall in the coming years when Pfizer’s patent on the drug expires in 2020).

        Despite the drug’s popularity today, the researchers who discovered it weren’t even looking for it. Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, was originally developed to treat cardiovascular problems. It was meant to dilate the heart’s blood vessels by blocking a particular protein called PDE-5. In animal tests, it seemed to work moderately well: researchers could find evidence that it was impeding PDE-5, and the animals weren’t having any obvious negative side effects. So, it was brought into a phase one clinical trial in the early 1990s, to test whether humans can tolerate a new compound.

        All seemed to be going well—except for one weird thing the men enrolled in the study did when nurses went to check on them. “They found a lot of the men were lying on their stomachs,” John LaMattina, who was the head of research and development at Pfizer while this research was ongoing, said on a 2016 episode of the STAT Signal Podcast (listen in around 7:15). ”A very observant nurse reported this, saying the men were embarrassed [because] they were getting erections.” It appeared that the blood vessels dilating were not in the heart, but rather the penis (dilating blood vessels is part of the process that leads to erections).

        The sildenafil was working—but in the wrong part of the body. And with that, the so-called “potency pill” was born.

        Viagra was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use as an erectile dysfunction drug in 1998. About a decade later, researchers began running new clinical trials to see if it could double as a heart drug as originally intended. Sure enough, in 2005, the FDA approved the same compound for a heart condition called pulmonary arterial hypertension, which constricts the blood flow to the lungs and affects both men and women. The drug that makes Viagra work is now also sold under the name Revatio, for pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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        1. OMG, this explains the utility.

          Back in the day when Dr. Cameron Kyle-Sidell first got us to avoid vents and re-think the disease (and of course, he was censored by the WHO-bots), he was pushing a rethink toward VASCULAR therapies, because pulmonary damage was restricting blood flow in capillaries of the oxygen exchange system. He even emphasized VASCULAR STABILIZATION.
          Part of that solution is obviously pulmonary vasodilators. BOOM!!! This drug seems targeted at exactly what he was talking about.

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    1. This is going to kill off any tourism revenue for NYC.

      Does commie DeBlazio think he’s going to get a federal bailout?

      Yet another reason why we have to get P45 reelected…and take back the House!

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      1. Not only tourism but how about just plain business?
        Next, the Mayor will want to “seal” residents into their apartments like Wuhan.

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        1. They travel thru on the way to other places, for example, up to 50,000 international students on their way to nys college towns, if their institutions are holding onsite classes. Institutions that are, mandate a 2 week quarantine before arriving on campus. Classes start at the end of August, early September.

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    1. $10 million certainly is an enticer! That, along with a change in identity might galvanize lots of “patriotic “ citizens.
      It certainly shows how seriously the WH takes it.

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  2. The Jenna Ellis army delivers some more ammo … have not reviewed all of these

    What To Read Instead Of ‘White Fragility’
    Sooner or later you’re going to encounter these anti-American ideas about addressing racism in your workplace, on kids’ homework, or in the faculty lounge – and you can’t be fragile when confronting it.

    Is White Fragility a Helpful Resource for Christians?
    August 5, 2020

    Racism: Only the Bible Has the Answer (Webinar)

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    1. The Leftist Atlantic can’t even completely stomach “White Fragility”

      The Dehumanizing Condescension of White Fragility
      The popular book aims to combat racism but talks down to Black people.
      JULY 15, 2020


      1. This comment:
        “White Fragility is part of a sort of replacement religion for white urban liberals. That’s aside from being full of bizarre takes on human relations. This black writer in The Atlantic describes it pretty well.”

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    1. I AGREE! Thanks to Affirmative Action, Blacks who are NOT QUALIFIED are taking positions in gov’t and industry that jeopardize people’s health and lives ESPECIALLY the lives of ‘People of Color’

      I give you:

      18 murders in 24 hours: Inside the most violent day in 60 years in Chicago
      ‘We’ve never seen anything like it at all,’ said Max Kapustin, the senior research director at the University of Chicago Crime Lab….

      From 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, through 5 a.m. Monday, June 1, 25 people were killed in the city, with another 85 wounded by gunfire, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

      In a city with an international reputation for crime — where 900 murders per year were common in the early 1990s — it was the most violent weekend in Chicago’s modern history….

      • National Review — June 22, 2020 — “Chicago recorded 102 shooting victims over the weekend, the highest number for a single weekend in 2020.”

      • CNN — August 1, 2020“A 9-year-old boy heading to his friend’s house was fatally shot in Chicago in the waning hours of July — a violent month in which police say the number of murders in the city jumped nearly 140% from the previous year.…”

      In Chicago for the year, 212 kids have been shot, 36 fatally.

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    2. I’ll tell you what happens next since they pulled that same garbage here months before the shutdowns. First they declare racism a public health crisis, then they start redirecting the tax dollars from everything else into a handful of minority neighborhoods and various Democrat slush funds. If anyone complains, “you’re racist.” It’s a cash-grab.

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  3. Gulag wants your heart health stats… actually all your data.

    Post 10180870
    EU Probing Google’s Proposed Takeover Of Fitbit Over Data, Competition Concerns

    Fitbit now has about 30 million active users and has sold more than 100 million devices

    Alphabet agreed to acquire Fitbit last year for $2.1 billion

    The Commission said it will make a decision on the matter by Dec. 9

    The European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, said on Tuesday that it has launched a full investigation into Google’s proposed acquisition of Fitbit (FIT).

    Based in California, Fitbit is a fitness-tracking firm that makes wearable devices. Fitbit now has about 30 million active users and has sold more than 100 million devices.

    The commission said it is concerned that the proposed transaction would “further entrench Google’s market position in the online advertising markets by increasing the already vast amount of data that Google could use for personalization of the ads it serves and displays.”

    Google’s parent, Alphabet (GOOG) ,agreed to acquire Fitbit last year for $2.1 billion.

    “The use of wearable devices by European consumers is expected to grow significantly in the coming years,” said EU Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, who is responsible for competition policy. “This will go hand in hand with an exponential growth of data generated through these devices. This data provides key insights about the life and the health situation of the users of these devices.”

    Vestager added that the EU investigation seeks to “ensure that control by Google over data collected through wearable devices as a result of the transaction does not distort competition.”

    The commission further said it has concerns about the “impact” of the transaction on the supply of online search and display advertising services, as well as on the supply of ‘ad tech’ services.

    By acquiring Fitbit, the commission determined, Google would acquire the database maintained by Fitbit about its users’ health and fitness as well as the technology to develop a database similar to Fitbit’s.

    “By increasing the data advantage of Google in the personalization of the ads it serves via its search engine and displays on other internet pages, it would be more difficult for rivals to match Google’s online advertising service,” the commission added.

    “Thus, the transaction would raise barriers to entry and expansion for Google’s competitors for these services, to the ultimate detriment of advertisers and publishers that would face higher prices and have less choice.”

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    1. I am so sick of ‘marketing research’ being used as a legitimate reason for…Spying on people!

      The term ‘market research’ was coined decades ago.
      It was considered a benign and harmless thing.

      But that was back when focus groups, surveys and polls, were the way that marketing research was obtained.
      Back then…it was all voluntary.(!!)

      Now, the Big Tech Tyrants are spying on people for their own nefarious reasons and cloaking it as the innocent-sounding ‘market research’.

      Are Fitbit users going to like being spied on by the Goog?

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      1. It knows where you are. What you are doing, including the most intimate of acts. Military are not allowed to use them as far as I know.

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      2. Sounds like something from “The Naked Society”, written by Vance Packard, back in 1964. He seems to have been far ahead of most people in seeing this stuff coming up. We had a number of his books way back when I was a wee lad, so maybe I developed some (more) skepticism thanks to that…

        Vance Packard warned us all, from the 1950s onward, of how we were being manipulated and often fed lies in order to do so. Yet it seems that either people weren’t listening, or have forgotten his warnings.

        A subset of his work (all well worth reading) from Wackypedia (yeah, I know…).

        1957 “The Hidden Persuaders” – on the advertising industry – the first of a popular series of books on sociology topics
        1959 “The Status Seekers” – describing American social stratification and behavior

        1960 “The Waste Makers” – criticizes planned obsolescence describing the impact of American productivity, especially on the national character
        1960 “Oh, Happy, Happy, Happy” – foreword by Vance Packard, with Charles Saxon
        1962 “The Pyramid Climbers” – describes the changing impact of American enterprise on managers, the structured lives of corporate executives and the conformity they need to advance in the hierarchy

        1964 “The Naked Society” – on the threats to privacy posed by new technologies such as computerized filing, modern surveillance techniques and methods for influencing human behavior

        1968 “The Sexual Wilderness” – on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and changes in male-female relationships
        1972 “A Nation of Strangers” – about the attrition of communal structure through frequent geographical transfers of corporate executives

        1977 “The People Shapers” – on the use of psychological & biological testing and experimentation to manipulate human behavior
        1983 “Our Endangered Children” – discusses growing up in a changing world, warning that American preoccupation with money, power, status, and sex, ignored the needs of future generations
        1989 “The Ultra Rich: How Much Is Too Much?” – examines the lives of thirty American multimillionaires and their extravagances.

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  4. Apropos of nothing more than my own amusement, the Federal Individual Income Tax Deduction for SALT (State and Local Taxes) is back in the news. Predictably, high-tax blue states are looking to shove the $10K cap aside because of (consults Magic 8-Ball) “Coronavirus relief”. (In truth, they’ve been trying to get rid of it since it was enacted.)

    And, yet, it’s not a slam dunk.

    The thing is, this is part of PERSONAL income taxes. SALT taxes are state income taxes, property taxes, business licenses, sales taxes, franchise taxes, and the like. While they are capped at $10K for INDIVIDUALS, they are a reasonable cost of business for corporations.

    Let’s just take real estate taxes. The average home price in the SF Bay Area is probably about $1M. Real Estate Taxes alone on that are about $12,500 per year — which is over the cap. But if a corporation owned your property, it could deduct that $12,500 as an ordinary and necessary business expense. If there were no minimum taxes or fees for lawyers and proper genuflections, you could form a corporation with your spouse, buy your house, pay some amount as “rent” to your own corporation, fully deduct your real estate taxes and mortgage interest (as well as repair costs), depreciate your residence, and pay anything remaining to yourselves as a “management fee”. If you accumulated excess cash inside this corporation, you could perhaps purchase your neighbor’s house.

    Look at Ghislaine Maxwell’s little pied-a-terre in New Hampshire….owned by a private corporation: “Granite Realty LLC” —

    The SALT deduction limit slams individuals in high-tax states…..but corporations skate.

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    1. It’s not perfect but I am so HAPPY that SALT was in TCJA.

      Don’t eliminate it entirely – just make it so that no middle class household can get BIT by it.

      Then watch as the “rich” get taken to the cleaners (finally!) by their own corrupt state.

      SALT deductions were NEVER about fairness but about making high tax states attractive to the wealthy on the back of the middle classes and on low tax states.

      They may want it back but frankly they can SHOVE OFF.

      No more Democrat tax shenanigans. Done. Through. Over.

      No coronavirus bailouts as an excuse to cover up your own budget messes.

      And remember, the “bailout” is also about federalizing state debt. It’s as much about LOADING DEBT on the Federal government as it is about unloading it from the states.

      Because they want the U.S. to be mortgaged to the hilt.

      Because they want the U.S. to FAIL.

      Because they want the U.S. to be enslaved to foreign powers, forever.


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      1. The very rich are fine — they do corporations, as per my original post. The fooked are the upper middle-class. Think of a dentist with two kids in private school — he gets reamed. SALT limits clobber those with $80K – $2M in annual income in high-tax states (based on income taxes of 6-11% and real estate taxes of about 1.25% of home value).

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        1. THEY VOTED FOR IT!


          They do not want to pay more in taxes then VOTE IN A TAX CONSERVATIVE as governor/mayor/state reps.

          Sorry but they ALSO FUND the DNC in democrat states. As Menchken said:

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          1. Today had the most temperate pleasant weather you could possibly imagine — if all of the world had this weather, humans would have never invented clothes. Is that worth an 11% state income tax, an insane duplication of every Federal bureaucracy, massive corruption, and the schizophrenic pronouncements of Plague God Random Nuisance?

            I’d rather live somewhere where the mold is growing mildew so long as I can be free to do what I wish and earn a living in ways the state doesn’t regulate.

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            1. That is why I am in NC (and buying an the ozone producing UV light Larry Ledwick recommended to kill the mold and mildew.)

              We can vote or we can move. With luck a lot of the idealistic socialists are watching Portland and Chicago with growing horror and FINALLY waking up. Carlos (in CA) and his brother (in NV) say a lot of the democrats they know ARE waking up.

              ONLY when the ideas of the left are allowed to IMPACT those voting for them in a really nasty way, is there hope of a change.

              Hard working Americans have been FUNDING Socialism/Communism for over 100 years starting with the US Fed funding Soviet Russia and now Americans funding Communist China. Heck the 2008 ‘Bank Bailout’ BAILED OUT EUROPEAN BANKS!

              I have spent my entire life working my ass off so lazy SOBs & Bs can sit on their ASSES and do nothing but create babies that commit crimes including robbing me of what little I have left!

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              1. “We can vote or we can move”

                Unfortunately, far too many people opt to move. I’ve been in the touted states with no income tax, etc., and the cost of living is higher than it is in my state. And, frankly, those locales were not my style.

                I choose to stay and vote.

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            2. Well stated. It’s a choice. Live in that wonderful shithole, California, or move on.

              Benn there. Done that. Planning to leave my Nevada shithole. Have lived in six states (Virginia, Maryland, Florida, California, Nevada and Hawaii). Moving again is not a big deal.

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      1. Our VSG President has put all the tools in place.

        His white hats started busting pedo rings and arresting child traffickers in 2017.
        I have to believe that they are working their way up the line, to the big name elites.

        In busting the traffickers…I would imagine that it has made it harder for the elites to get ‘prey’.
        Maybe it will make them do something stupid and careless, in their desperation.

        That creepy tweet from Stephen King was an indicator of this, I think.

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        1. Regarding child trafficking – that was started and initially executed by that totally ‘useless’ attorney general named Jeff Sessions.

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            1. You know, he got VERY weird after that hit and run accident that almost killed him.

              He was always strange, but I loved his books written before that accident. After it, they are almost unreadable.

              I wonder if that’s when they got him with the adrenochrome. To live through the aftermath of the accident.

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              1. There were some tweets by Anons that said King is a druggie, too.
                Has been for decades.

                So, I dunno.
                It probably wasn’t much of a hard sell to get him onto the adrenochrome.

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  5. Jan Jekielek
    “The shift of universities from defenders of #humanrights to protectors of authoritarian [#CCP] Party elites stems from a noxious cocktail of self-righteousness, hubris, & [#China-related] money.”

    Powerful read by Professor @BaldingsWorld


    ………….From the article: [emphasis mine]

    Long the vanguard of liberal change, the American university now leads the appeasement of a hardened authoritarian China. The interest in promoting a broader community of scholars has given way to a toxic combination of business interests, the inability of college leaders to recognize their failure in influencing Chinese education, and their unwillingness to see the reality of a new China.

    Early after the opening of China, American universities worked to build bridges between a Cold War-focused country and a reforming communist stalwart. […] Universities began with the noblest of intentions but, as China changed, evolved into institutions that defend educating the children of elite rulers who direct concentration camps.

    To professors and universities, activism is a virtue in America, but a vice in China.

    Attempts to hold China accountable are met with immediate charges of racism rather than any careful consideration of how to meet the challenges of academic freedom and activity in the face of an emboldened authoritarian China.

    At the peak of hubris, professors refuse to acknowledge the historical failure of their principled ideals to cause change in China or the need to adopt policies of engagement. […]

    Complicating the picture of hubris and self-righteousness, money from China dominates any discussion of university policies and behavior. Chinese students in the United States comprise roughly 30 percent of all foreign students—370,000 in 2019, up from 98,000 in 2009. […]

    American universities bent over backward to serve this growing lucrative market. Universities adopted mass student admission from China—helped by education consultants who housed students in Chinese-speaking dorms, fed them Chinese food with a Chinese cook, and delivered the China Daily to their room. In the process, however, they willfully ignored the risks of dealing with an expansionist authoritarian state and the tradeoffs it required.

    United States professors accepted unreported positions at Chinese universities and shared advanced federally funded data with an adversarial government. Universities also accepted constraints on academic freedom, allowing the Chinese Ministry of Education to appoint Chinese Communist Party-approved employees at language programs to ensure sensitive topics were not discussed. Even policies to block graduate students connected to the People’s Liberation Army became a point of contention for universities despite posing a clear, undeniable security risk.

    Universities rescinded invitations to speakers that might anger the Chinese government or student body to keep high-margin customers happy.

    College leaders and professors engaged in significant behavior to challenge the U.S. government on policies like international student visas and other policies that favored China.[…]

    Universities engage in a self-righteous lack of reflection, believing that the surge in donations and contract work from China and Hong Kong—which grew from $140 million in 2014 to $495 million in 2019—plays no role in their decision to remain silent. […]

    One cannot stand on virtue as the foundation of your business while trading it for market access and remain virtuous. […]

    China has changed. Chairman Xi Jinping has led the harshest crackdown on speech in China and universities since Chairman Mao. Student monitors report on professors and China arrests foreign academics after inviting them for lectures. […]

    […] The current strategy of appeasement will only make college leaders complicit in providing cover for an authoritarian state. For extra revenue, they’ll offer prestige and a valueless education.

    Christopher Balding is a professor at Fulbright University Vietnam.

    ……………..End quote, much much more at the link.

    Bottom line, liberal college leaders have sold their souls to the ChiComs.
    And this creates a danger to us all…because of the power these colleges have, in both politics and in indoctrinating our younglings.

    The goal was to ‘Make China more like us.’
    But it has failed miserably!
    Instead…China has made us more like them.

    Sorry for posting so much of this article.
    I thought it was remarkable, coming from a liberal academic.

    I disagree with him about “China has changed.”

    China knew exactly what they were doing all along!
    This has all been a part of their long-term plan.

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      1. GEE, and here I thought it was TRUE. Texas certainly SHOULD be doing it!

        Commie transplants from New England have turned NC purple.

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        1. It’s been happening here in OK, too.

          People moving here because of jobs.
          They’re thinking that we might get another congressional seat, after this Census is done.

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        2. I know lots of Republicans in my small town. Only problem is…they aren’t Republicans. They are democrats who THINK they are Republicans.

          I kid you not. Have tried redpilling a few, but no go. They watch the MCM, hate PT, and vote in people who think just like themselves.

          In rural TX many are on the government dole, and they vote to keep it that way.

          When I wear my MAGA hat they look scared. 🤣


  6. This little video looks like it was made by an Anon:


    A group of knights and soldiers stand guard at the entrance to a castle.
    They are facing off against a formidable army of gnarly-looking giants, and it looks grim for the knights.

    The giants approach them…then throw down their weapons.
    The giants all begin to take a knee and bow.

    A thought-bubble appears beside one of the knights.
    It says “The Deep State”…as though he is calling the kneeling giants, the deep state.

    The knights and their troops turn to look at what is behind them.
    It is a lone fighter, holding up a fiery circular crown…which morphs into a Q.

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    I can’t stand wearing the cloth ones – they are too restrictive – so I wear the cheapest flimsiest blue accordion masks instead.

    I’ve long worn masks for dusty work like sanding wood, sweeping the garage and blowing the driveway – because I’ve gotten nasty respiratory infections from breathing dust. I already had a few cloth and two kinds of N-95 masks – long before the (insert favorite expletives, pejoratives, obscenities – EPO) Chinese virus was intentionally unleashed on the world and spread by the (insert EPO) DemocRATS.

    I recycle my masks – will only wear them once and when I get a few dirty, I put them in a bowl, spray with 91% alcohol, let sit a few minutes, then soak in Dawn and cold water to remove any make-up or lipstick stains, rinse, roll in a clean towel and hang to dry.

    I bought a pack of 10 at Publix and when I got home with them – found they were made in (insert EPO) Chynah! So I sterilized them with the alcohol and washed with Dawn before I would even wear them!!!!

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    1. Continued – People should only wear cloth masks once – and for those who have to wear them all day – should change cloth or paper masks several times a day – and wash the same way as above.

      Requiring masks for children in school is grotesque, antisocial and a very high risk scenario, will limit language/pronunciation learning and will probably engender some respiratory infections, because children are children and some parents are either negligent, overworked or not fastidious in the least!

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      1. I have watched kids and masks (that summer camp and birthday parties) They HATE them. They drop them on the ground, step on them…. They last about 15 minutes at most. ONLY the little Chinese children actually wear them… sometimes.

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        1. IMAGINE the mutant viruses that could infect children all around the USA!!!!

          I am extremely opposed to masks for children, except perhaps just for an hour or so when they visit grandparents and great-grandparents.

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          1. And that’s what the elite want to do with us: make us compliant, and willing to obey every single command that they make, be it logical, useful, humane, productive, or not.

            Just have a look at Kalifornistan and most of Europe. Looks like they’re having some success, although resistance, at least here, is starting to occur…

            It’s all about power…

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      2. I wrote a letter to the editor about this very topic…of course it was never printed. Only the “don’t be selfish”, “stop killing your grandparents” letters are the ones you see.
        Bottom line, unless you are wearing/using/ storing them correctly they are useless.
        I do not use a mask but I do have one of those cheap ones I got from my dental office before I went to China 5 years ago. What I did…and it could be entirely incorrect since I’ve never seen anything suggesting it….is put one of those ultra-thin feminine pads (about 3×5” with light adhesive) right in the lower nose, mouth area and had plan to simply discard it each time. I thought the additional light padding would create a more substantial barrier for those nasty virus for the time I needed to wear it, yet was easily discarded without having to discard the entire mask.
        The idea came to me because as a former hiker, adventure traveler I’ve used those little pads for numerous uses and they are so easy to pack, so it was just natural to think of them with masks, as well.


      1. From wiki:

        “The Streisand effect is a social phenomenon that occurs when an attempt to hide, remove, or censor information has the unintended consequence of further publicizing that information, often via the Internet.”

        In other words, we’re not supposed to notice the real news, i.e., Barbra Streisand is totally over rated.

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        1. It’s a one of a kind voice though, just remember her from 40 years ago. So far superior to the cookie-cutter Chenoweths of today, voices that radiate nothing. That being said, she’s no Ella Fitzgerald.


  8. Here is the list of Debate Moderators that the Trump Campaign is recommending:

    Bret Baier, Fox News
    Gerry Baker, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business
    Maria Bartiromo, Fox News, Fox Business
    Shannon Bream, Fox News
    David Brody, CBN
    Rachel Campos-Duffy, Fox News
    Kevin Cirilli, Bloomberg TV
    Larry Elder, Salem Radio Network
    Saagar Enjeti, The Hill
    Harris Faulkner, Fox News
    Major Garrett, CBS News
    Michael Goodwin, New York Post, Fox News
    Ambrosio Hernandez, Univision
    Joe Kernen, CNBC
    Hoda Kotb, NBC News
    Susan Li, Fox Business, Fox News
    Bill Hemmer, Fox News
    Hugh Hewitt, Salem Radio Network
    Tom Llamas, ABC News
    Dagen McDowell, Fox Business, Fox News
    David Muir, ABC News
    Norah O’Donnell, CBS News
    Charles Payne, Fox Business, Fox News
    Rick Santelli, CNBC

    I’m not crazy about some of those…but I guess the campaign figured that they should have some ‘moderate’ leftists on that list.
    And there are No people from OAN!
    Or Breitbart.

    Liked by 6 people

    1. That list looks suspiciously like it was bait in a honeypot trap operation. Whoever submitted a certain few names were now marked as a self-identified campaign traitor.

      Liked by 3 people

    2. The debates should be moved up. ASAP!

      “Voters will begin receiving ballots in key swing states as early as next month. In North Carolina, elections officials will start sending ballots to voters on Sept. 4. Four more battleground states — Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida and Minnesota — will begin mailing ballots or start early voting by the end of September.

      All of that will happen before the first presidential debate, on Sept. 29. Arizona, Ohio and Iowa will start early voting right after, in the first seven days of October.”

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    3. They should have a panel of three. Then expand the list with Michele Malkin, Dinesh d’Souza, and the like — people who actually know what is going on, so they can ask informed questions.

      Liked by 2 people

  9. NYC to have COVID-19 checkpoints at major bridges, tunnels; state GOP leader slams move

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that New York City will have COVID-19 checkpoints at key entry points to New York City to help enforce the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers.

    De Blasio said the new traveler registration checkpoints will be at major bridge and tunnel crossings to remind travelers coming from 34 impacted states and Puerto Rico about the mandatory quarantine.

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  10. ✭ Wayne Dupree ✭

    Truck drivers say liberal cities who defund police will be out of food within 72 hours…Smiling face with open mouth and tightly-closed eyes


    Report: Truck Drivers Tell Cities Who Defund Their Police “Learn to Grow Food” Because They Won’t Deliver

    ………….From the article:

    Truck drivers say liberal cities who defund police will be out of food within 72 hours…[…]

    The trucking industry wants to make it very clear that they will not venture into cities that have defunded their police, so if they want food supplies, they either keep their police or learn to grow their own food.

    Trucking companies are not willing to risk their driver’s safety or compromise their hauls in cities where the bad guys rule the roost.

    They said they’ll simply cut off the supply chain and if that happens, liberal cities will run out of food within 72 hours.

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    1. SNICKER….

      I have been saying this for a while. There are parts of NYC where truckers refuse to drive and companies have to pay ‘combat pay’ to get ANYTHING taken into NYC.

      A couple months ago trucker warned the protestors the truckers would not STOP if they blocked the road and referenced Reggie Denny a construction truck driver who was pulled from his truck and severely beaten during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Her Tweet of course was BANNED. (If you do not think truckers have been discussing this problem for the last few months… I have a nice bridge to sell you.)

      Since then, a Trucker was pulled from his rig and beaten after driving into AN INTERSTATE HIGHWAY protest.

      Police apprehend the driver of a tanker truck who drove into hundreds of protesters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 31, 2020.Eric Miller / REUTERS

      MINNEAPOLIS — A tanker truck drove into a throng of protesters on a closed interstate near Minneapolis on Sunday, with the driver pulled from his rig and beaten,

      It did not appear any of the marchers were injured when the truck raced towards them on I-35, blowing its horn, sending protesters scattering before coming to a stop, according to the witness and a tweet by the Minnesota Department of Public Security (MNDPS).

      Police arrived soon after and arrested the truck driver, who was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, MNDPS said.

      Video of the incident shows protesters swarming the vehicle before it comes to a stop….

      A Reuters witness said the truck driver was dragged out of the cab of his tractor-trailer rig and beaten by protesters before he was taken into custody by Minneapolis police….


      #1. I very much doubt the INTERSTATE was CLOSED LEGALLY at the time. Turns out they were on the interstate BEFORE the cops blocked it for their protest. see comment below. The idiot who actually gave out that permit needs a LOOOooong stay in a mental ward.

      #2. Those big rigs DO NOT STOP ON A DIME! Also a tanker is going to stop even more slowly than a regular truck BECAUSE OF THE INERTIA OF THE LIQUID. If he stops too quickly the liquid keeps going, and the trailer jackknifes. Think of a truck doing donuts whirling through those protestors or FLIPPING and possibly spilling and igniting the contents.

      Here are the protestors SWARMING the truck.

      You can see the road curves:

      The ‘Protestors’ Dragging the driver out so they can beat the crap out of him.


      They had PLENTY of time to get out of the way (NO RIOTER WAS HURT)

      This is a comment by a BLACK DRIVER

      Joshua d
      2 months ago
      I’m a truck driver, I’m also a black man outraged by Floyd’s death….If that were me, I would of tried to stop as it seems he did but the minute that crowd circled me, I’d of hit the gas and ran them over.

      From what I see those protesters were on the bridge, on a curve, where a driver can’t see until it’s too late.

      At 60mph it takes 2 football fields for a loaded truck to come to a stop….I’m not dying at the hands of a mob no matter what their reasons are. If it’s Me or them, I’m running them down and not stopping until I’m free of that crowd

      A second good comment.

      Gone Fishing
      2 months ago
      “Oh my God what just happened?”
      You failed to file for a permit with MDOT to be walking down the middle of the interstate to protest for starters

      here is the rest of what happened!

      A truck driver minding his own business travelling at posted speed up hill around a curve loaded full of flammable liquid comes up on a bunch of ignorant fools blocking the interstate with no police coverage or permit. These fool obviously know nothing about how long it takes a semi full of flammable liquid to stop safely. The semi driver lays on the horn and does a great job slowing the truck down as safely as he can without having an accident and burning all you fools to death.

      How did you reward this truck driver….. YOU LYNCH HIM! Guess why he tried to speed up. You all should be arrested for assault. All lives matter even this truck driver life.

      Just in case you were wondering:

      2 months ago
      Fyi they did file a permit, DOT “was in the progress” of blocking the roads.

      So THE ROAD WAS STILL OPEN TO TRAFFIC AT THE TIME. (It ain’t closed till the POLICE put up the barricades.)

      Another comment:
      “And after this the police immediately cleared the interstate in case the fuel the truck was hauling exploded.”


      NOW do you think ANY trucker will drive into a city and risk getting BEATEN and POSSIBLY KILLED? If they do they WILL NOT STOP!

      Liked by 5 people

      1. Thanks, Gail!

        Yep, I remember that poor truck driver on the interstate in Minneapolis.
        It was outrageous what happened to him!

        Been seeing tweets from truck drivers for weeks now, that all basically say the same thing:

        ‘Defunding the police? I’m not going there!’

        And similar comments about the rioting mobs in the streets:

        ‘Nope. Not going there!’

        So if these cities are seeing empty shelves at the stores…that’s why.

        Liked by 3 people

  11. Adam Housley

    I’m told the raids from Cleveland and Miami are all about Ukraine money laundering. Billions stolen. It’s big deal. Money stolen from USAID.

    Liked by 7 people

  12. Important article on #Flynn case
    Plus today, the Court asked the parties to address the disqualification statute. J. Sullivan improperly inserted himself into the case as litigant when he filed a petition for rehearing-
    He’s disqualified himself@GenFlynn

    — Sidney Powell 🇺🇸⭐⭐⭐ (@SidneyPowell1) August 6, 2020

    here’s the link in the tweet

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    1. Because they have joined in the fun and games.

      “The youngest child we’ve rescued…was 2 years old. 34 men raped that 2-year-old over a 36-day period…. “When it comes to sex trafficking, you’ve got backroom deals, you’ve got plea deals, you’ve got misdemeanors.” — @BooyensJaco

      He also says sex #Trafficking laws are not being enforced in the US. Afterall the USA has the biggest COMMERCIAL Sex traficking in the world. A pimp with a 1/2 dozen young children to sell can easily make a million a year tax free.

      If you have not viewed this all the way through do so. Jaco tels how US laws have been PERVERTED to PROTECT the PREDATORS and it is disgusting.

      Jan Jekielek’s interview of Jaco Booyen from S.Africa on Child Sex Trafficking in the USA.

      Liked by 3 people

      1. Youtube/word press SUBSTITUTED A DIFFERENT VIDEO. (It is 10 mins on the same subject)

        I will try again: (DIFFERENT URL than above)

        Liked by 1 person

        1. They did it again!!!

          I am getting really PISSED at the internet messing with me.

          This was the URL I posted TWICE:

          Liked by 2 people

        2. Gail…it’s a Playlist.

          This video with Ken Paxton is the 1st one on the Playlist.

          The 2nd video is the one that you are wanting to post.

          But because it is in a Playlist, it appears in the order that it is loaded into the playlist.

          To get to the video with Jaco Booyens talking about child sex trafficking — simply hit the Fast Forward at the bottom of the video.

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              1. no, no rain…but plenty of sunshine.
                hubby picke te first tomatoes from the garden and had them last evening with dinner. he said they were delicious.
                the corn has tassels…which is hysterical because the plants never grew above a foot tall and there are no cobs on the short stalks…
                HUGS to you dear!!

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              2. Hmmm…it is cold here – have to check temp – but, everything is wet from dew (?)

                Yum – tomatoes – no corn harvest here until late September – that is weird – tassels already – there will be another grain harvest by the end of the month – one in September – and the fourth in October – good year for grain.

                Thanks for the warm hugs!!!

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              3. every year we plant about 2 dozen corn kernels…they come up and do well until July…then they stop getting tall…last year we did have corn cobs–roughly 3 inches long…LOL…just not the proper nutrients in our clay soil…but every year we fertilize and hope next year will be better…

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              4. Oh, I see – very enterprising of both of you – our supermarket has great farm partners – so we get it fresh from the farm – weather too funky this year to plant – maybe, next year.

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  13. Rita Cosby
    Really moving video of US troops in #Poland heralding the selfless sacrifice of my father’s comrades during the 76th Anniversary of the #WarsawUprising. Beautiful testament to the amazing and unwavering bond between our two incredible countries. #WarsawRising #Warsaw #freedom

    brooks brown

    Replying to @RitaCosby

    I TRULY BELIEVE POLAND AND THE PEOPLE OF POLAND ARE OUR #1 ALLY IN ALL OF EUROPE. They love Us, America and President Trump and we love and stand beside Poland. Poland takes no crap off the E.U.
    11:40 PM · Aug 5, 2020·Twitter for Android

    Here is that tweet unpacked, so that the video will play here:

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  14. BREAKING: Mueller pitbull Andrew Weissmann is actively recruiting “whistleblowers” from the Justice Dept. to testify to Schiff & Nadler about perceived “weaponization” of Durham’s investigation (which covers Mueller/Weissmann) by AG Barr for “political purposes” ahead of election

    — Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) August 5, 2020

    Liked by 3 people

  15. planned parenthood refuses to return PPP loans they were NOT eligible for.
    In May, it was revealed on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Tonight that Planned Parenthood affiliates received $80 million in forgivable loans through the PPP program in violation of the rules of the relief program.

    The report noted 37 affiliates of the organization applied for and received the PPP funds. SBA officials and some members of Congress demanded the money be returned, asserting possible criminal prosecution may apply.

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, told Fox News when the loans were discovered that Planned Parenthood had violated the PPP rules since the “parent organization has close to half a billion dollars in assets” and “is not eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program.”

    “Those funds must be returned immediately,” Rubio stated. “Furthermore, the SBA should open an investigation into how these loans were made in clear violation of the applicable affiliation rules and if Planned Parenthood, the banks, or staff at the SBA knowingly violated the law, all appropriate legal options should be pursued.”

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Does that OPEN them to FEDERAL WARRANTS????

      Something like this?

      Tuesday, June 30, 2020

      Federal Seizure Warrants Freeze Funds Tied To COVID-19 Unemployment Fraud Scheme

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The U.S. Attorney’s Office has taken swift action to seize $48,742.50 in funds held at bank accounts allegedly used to perpetuate COVID-19 unemployment fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray. The federal asset forfeiture seizure warrants executed by the United States Secret Service were unsealed by the Court today.


      ….A person who has violated the FCA must repay all of the falsely-obtained reimbursement and is liable for a civil penalty of up to $11,000 and three times the amount of actual damages the federal government sustained for each false claim that was submitted. In addition, a person who has violated the FCA may be terminated from participation in federal health care programs, including the Medicare and Medicaid programs. <— ME LIKELY!

      Both the United States Attorney General and private citizens may bring lawsuits alleging a violation of the FCA. When brought by private citizens, these actions are known as qui tam lawsuits, and the citizens who file these suits are known as “whistleblowers.” …

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  16. can’t believe we need an actual amendment to a bill for this…but
    Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) introduced an amendment to the HEALS Act that would prohibit any stimulus cash from supporting any entity that is under Chinese ownership, control, or influence, New York Post reports.

    The legislation also mandates that the Secretary of the Treasury retrieve CARES Act funds provided earlier this year to Chinese firms after reports that Chinese-owned companies received millions of dollars PPP funding.

    “China unleashed this plague on the world and they must be held accountable — not given a cash bonus by the American government,” Cotton said in a statement.

    “My amendment would ensure all coronavirus relief funds stay right here in the United States where they’re needed the most,” he continued.

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  17. H/T CITIZEN817

    Liked by 6 people

  18. H/T DORA

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  19. ANOTHER dem hoax…what a bunch of fakes!
    On Tuesday, the woman who founded the advocacy group MeTooSTEM, which was created to fight harassment in the sciences, admitted that she was the creator of a hoax Twitter account of a queer, Hopi scientist supposed to be an Arizona State professor who died of COVID-19 over the weekend.

    On July 31, BethAnn McLaughlin, the founder of MeTooSTEM, announced on Twitter that the supposed professor, who went by the name “@Sciencing_Bi” on Twitter, had died of COVID-19 after battling the virus for months. She wrote on Twitter, “She was a fierce protector of people. No one has ever had my back like that,” as Inside Higher Ed noted.

    But after numerous Twitter users who communicated with or followed the @Sciencing_Bi account started questioning whether the account was real, McLaughlin finally confessed on Tuesday she had faked the account, with her attorney releasing this statement to The New York Times: “I take full responsibility for my involvement in creating the @sciencing_bi Twitter account. My actions are inexcusable. I apologize without reservation to all the people I hurt.”

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  20. The Dems on twitter have been freaking out about this:

    David Brody

    EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Mike Pence calls out Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts by name. He says, “Chief Justice Roberts has been a disappointment to conservatives.” Watch from my interview with @VP in Florida today. Full report on @700club Thursday + clips on @CBNNews

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  21. Liked by 5 people

    1. One of the comments to that has a short vid showing the top of the BRUSSELS World Trade Center on fire. Ironically, there is a huge banner across the building saying “The Future Is Here”….

      Erm, hope not…

      Doesn’t seem to be that big of a fire (not on the YSM here, yet). Apparently another maintenance job resulting in a fire. Hmmmm…..


  22. ANOTHER book deal…Fiona Hill. impeachment witness = book pay off
    Former National Security Council senior director Fiona Hill, who testified as part of the House impeachment hearings, will release a book next fall, her publisher announced.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media, a New York-based publishing firm, announced Wednesday that it has acquired Hill’s already-written book, titled, “There Is Nothing for You Here: Opportunity in an Age of Decline,” and plans to release it in late 2021.

    Hill, who handled European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, will cover her life and the future of a polarized America.

    “The book will draw on Dr. Hill’s deep expertise in the United States and Europe, as well as her personal experience on both continents, to explain how our current, polarized moment is the result of long historical trends — from imperial overreach to postindustrial decline — that have long afflicted Russia and the United Kingdom, and which now are beginning to affect the United States,” the publisher said in a statement.

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      1. no…even worse…
        “The book will draw on Dr. Hill’s deep expertise in the United States and Europe, as well as her personal experience on both continents, to explain how our current, polarized moment is the result of long historical trends — from imperial overreach to postindustrial decline — that have long afflicted Russia and the United Kingdom, and which now are beginning to affect the United States,” the publisher said in a statement.

        “Hill will describe the origins and growth of deep, geographically concentrated opportunity gaps, and show how they have fueled the rise of populism at home and abroad,” it continued.

        basically garbage wrapped up in royalties

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