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Hero: Obama Holds Superspreader Event On Climate Change-Endangered Property To Show People What Not To Do “As he always has, Barack Obama is showing the way by doing the exact opposite,” said NBC anchor and global megastar Chuck Todd. “Once again, the chosen one has seen fit to bathe us in the warmth of his glory and light. We look to our great Hope as the purest, most muscular, most cool example of all the things one should never do during a pandemic on a coastal town affected by sea-level rise. Thank you, sir, from all of us—the American people.”

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

Power leakage, like a pig lagoon spilling into an alpine lake, poisons the marketplace of ideas with delicious nutrients. Ideas that make the institutions more powerful grow wildly. Eventually these ideas evolve carnivory and learn to positively repress their competitors, which is how our free press and our independent universities have turned our regime into Czechoslovakia in 1971, and our conversation into a Hutu Power after-school special. PS: Black lives matter.

Even Xi, whose country can quite easily imagine becoming the economic center of the world, is a provincial strongman—in fact, he sent his daughter to Harvard. Sad!

The Party Of Fear Is Relentless – Western Rifle Shooters Association Stand your ground. Keep building your accountability lists. Help calm the terrified. There will be a reckoning.

“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.” – Orwell’s 1984 THE PARTY OF FEAR IS RELENTLESS – The Burning Platform

Now the ‘I work on the COVID floor at my hospital’ variant is spreading on Twitter thanks to a veterinarian – twitchy.com

Betteridge’s law of headline is an adage that states: “Any head­line that ends in a ques­tion mark can be an­swered by the word no.”

There is no AI risk –  A cat has an IQ of 14. You have an IQ of 140. A superintelligence has an IQ of 14000. You understand addition much better than the cat. The superintelligence does not understand addition much better than you.

Intelligence is the ability to sense useful patterns in apparently chaotic data. Useful patterns are not evenly distributed across the scale of complexity. The most useful are the simplest, and the easiest to sense. This is a classic recipe for diminishing returns. 140 has already taken most of the low-hanging fruit—heck, 14 has taken most of them.

Let’s play “Name that Demographic” Texas gunman stoned to death after shooting into crowd, killing 1 and injuring 3 Police say the shooter was then chased by several party-goers which prompted the shooter to fire into the pursuing crowd. In response to being fired upon, police say the pursuing mob began to pelt the gunman with landscaping stones and bricks. The gunman was repeatedly stoned by the pursing crowd, police said, but still managed to fire his weapon several times striking at least two more people. One of the individuals struck by the gunfire died from their injuries. The gunman was killed at the scene after being repeatedly struck with stones and bricks by the party-goers. Police say all involved individuals in the incident knew each other.

Beware the Ideology Pimps An Ideology Pimp is, simply put, a grifter, a con-artist; a person who had nothing of productive value to offer in life but who has been able to identify an idea or accusation that enables them to galvanize others (sometimes vast numbers of others) to perpetuate their grift. They will use anything- racism, equity, patriarchy, sexism, fascism, capitalism anything that raises emotions and sets people against each other- the angrier, the better. They do not care what is destroyed or who is hurt in the process. 

Raconteur Report: What Part Of “Existential” Don’t People Get? You aren’t going to pick the peas, carrots, and scrambled egg out of the fried rice, and divvy up neat little enclaves. It’s not possible. It’s not practical. And no one could ever do it, in a million years. And even if you magically could, where in hell do you think you’d put them?? No one else wants them, here nor anywhere else. You might could palm them off on Cuba, but only if they can swim there. The only thing that will work EVER, is going to be bog-simple: One side is going to be alive within US territory afterwards. One side is not.

Jeff Bezos does not really own the Post. He sponsors it, as if it was the Indy 500. If he sponsored the Indy 500, and decided the cars should have five wheels and a rocket exhaust, and also it should go farther and become the Indy 2500, they would tell him to go pound sand. If he started telling the news desk what to write and cover, like Hearst, or even like “Pinch” Sulzberger, they would laugh at him and quit. (Pinch’s heir, sadly, seems to have ceded that power to the NYT’s Slack—like many a weak monarch of a waning dynasty, letting his authority decay into an oligarchy. Hard to get it back, bro.)

Photos Show New York’s Central Park Great Depression Hooverville The group of unemployed living in crude huts in the Central Park lower reservoir may be forced from even these inadequate homes if plans for the proposed conversion of the reservoir into a children’s playground are completed. Here is a closeup of one of the shacks and its occupant. It is built at the entrance of a water conduit.

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  • ghostsniper August 6, 2021, 7:44 AM

    Well that clears up my long wondered question as to why everything any more is seemingly geared toward a childish or adolescent perspective. For the past 40 years or so the public indoctrination system has been on a constant effort to get rid of everything that helps create adults out of children and implement more and more things that destroys the ability to think. This is also behind Vox Day’s retarded effort of the “Night of the Pillow” to exterminate boomers, a link to the past. A child leading children.

    “To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • Richard August 6, 2021, 7:58 AM

    First, the bowling video is one of the coolest things I’ve seen a long time. Whoever the drone pilot was, major kudos to you, and the quality of the video is exceptional.
    Second, vis-a-vis the Part of Fear, it’s becoming ever clearer that we, the unvaxxed, are not going to be left alone, but rather aggressively pursued and beaten into submission through the myriad instruments of torture at a corrupt governments disposal. Imagine not being allowed to purchase groceries or other essentials, for instance.
    This was a enjoyable science fiction movie. Who would have ever guessed that it would come to pass in our lifetimes?

  • gwbnyc August 6, 2021, 9:48 AM

    We had the Bowl-a-Rama on University Place, a real hoot. It exists now on the 23rd Street Piers.

    Way back in the day Bettie Page photographer Irving Klaw, whose store was nearby at 212 E14th Street, fielded a bowling team there.

  • Dirk August 6, 2021, 10:05 AM

    Brubeck/jazz, Magic!


  • Dirk August 6, 2021, 10:07 AM

    Obama, who says crime doesn’t pay!


  • PA Cat August 6, 2021, 12:14 PM

    Apropos of the cat catching the Olympic diver, here’s one that can knock a motorcyclist off his bike:

  • John the River August 6, 2021, 6:55 PM

    Well, my town’s police department contacted me today with my appointment time. My interview in line with my application for a firearms license in this; The People Republic of Massachusetts.
    Started it last January; the Firearms Safety Class (I paid for), the Live Fire training and Qualification course ( I paid for), the three letters of recommendation attesting to my character (I maintain that absolutely no monies changed hands!), finally submitted the paperwork and now the interview.

    Then I am told that should expect that in no more than another three months (maybe) I will be apprised of the determination of my application. The most likely result will a premise permit with a ridder to travel to a gun range for practice. Only.

    Until then I cannot legally buy a firearm or ammo. Out of state friends have offered to purchase some pieces for me and lay in a supply of ammo, but though I thanked them for the offer, I declined since in my jurisdiction it would illegal to do so.

    I’ll let you know how it goes.

  • Anonymous August 6, 2021, 7:04 PM


    EXCLUSIVE: Scaled back? Not so much! Obama’s 60th birthday bash looks anything but intimate as massive tents dwarf the mansion and John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union arrive on Martha’s Vineyard ahead of the celebration

    * A-list celebrities, musicians and politicians began rolling into Martha’s Vineyard Friday afternoon ahead of Barrack Obama’s 60th birthday celebration
    * Among the biggest arrivals are John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, who flew in just after 3:00pm seen in exclusive DailyMail.com photos
    * DailyMail.com has also learned that Jay-Z and Beyoncé are already on the island as is George Clooney who, along with Oprah Winfrey, are just some of the big names believed to have made the final cut on the guest list
    * The 500-guest birthday celebration was ‘scaled back’ earlier this week to a small gathering with close friends and family due to Covid concerns
    * But one local businessman on Friday quipped that Obama has an expanded definition of what constitutes a ‘close friend’
    * ‘His close friends apparently include his golfing buddies, politicians, celebrities. Those people are here on the island and I doubt he’ll be turning them all away,’ the local said
    * A vast marquee was seen being erected behind the Obama’s waterfront property as workmen busily put up the canvas and set up catering equipment
    * On Thursday DailyMail.com photos show Barack Obama hitting the links at the Farm Neck Club Thursday ahead of his 60th birthday celebration in Martha’s Vineyard
    * ‘Just make sure you get a good picture of me!’ Obama joked to our DailyMail.com photographers as he enjoyed a round of golf with three friends

    By Laura Collins, Chief Investigative Reporter and Shawn Cohen On Martha’s Vineyard For Dailymail.Com

    Published: 19:21 EDT, 6 August 2021 | Updated: 20:38 EDT, 6 August 2021

  • Walter Sobchak August 6, 2021, 7:05 PM

    The previous item was from me.

  • Mike Anderson August 6, 2021, 7:40 PM

    @John the River: In all that time, you could have sold your house, moved to Texas, taken your firearms training, applied for and obtained a concealed carry permit, bought your favorite new gun and taken it home the same day (thanks to that permit), gone to the range to run a couple hundred rounds through it, AND written a postcard to your homies back in Mass. (Oh, and a DD214 puts you in the fast lane.) But, I understand that home is where the heart is. Glad mine’s deep in the heart of Texas.

  • John the River August 6, 2021, 8:24 PM

    (Mike) Yeah, I know.
    I used to shoot, I used to shoot with friends. All of whom have moved out of state. One of the reasons I haven’t shot in over 35 years. Some vestige of my former skills and training seems to have lingered. The Live Fire instructor commented (might have been blowing smoke up my ass…) that I shoot like ex-military (I’m not, but most of my old shooting buddies were).
    I was born in Massachusetts. Started learning to shoot in the Boy Scouts. Hunted rabbits with a .22 and a bow.
    I’m loath to abandon my home state to the criminals running it now. And I have many younger friends that give me hope that the future of my state is not hopeless. As long as I can stand with them and support them, I will do so.
    “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty”. Massachusetts State Motto.

  • ghostsniper August 7, 2021, 4:18 AM

    John sed: “I’m loath to abandon my home state to the criminals running it now.”
    You cannot abandon that which has already banned you.
    By your own words they are already abusing you.
    How much abuse are you willing to take?

    Why Did it Have to be … Guns?
    by L. Neil Smith

    Over the past 30 years, I’ve been paid to write almost two million words, every one of which, sooner or later, came back to the issue of guns and gun-ownership. Naturally, I’ve thought about the issue a lot, and it has always determined the way I vote.

    People accuse me of being a single-issue writer, a single- issue thinker, and a single- issue voter, but it isn’t true. What I’ve chosen, in a world where there’s never enough time and energy, is to focus on the one political issue which most clearly and unmistakably demonstrates what any politician — or political philosophy — is made of, right down to the creamy liquid center.

    Make no mistake: all politicians — even those ostensibly on the side of guns and gun ownership — hate the issue and anyone, like me, who insists on bringing it up. They hate it because it’s an X-ray machine. It’s a Vulcan mind-meld. It’s the ultimate test to which any politician — or political philosophy — can be put.

    If a politician isn’t perfectly comfortable with the idea of his average constituent, any man, woman, or responsible child, walking into a hardware store and paying cash — for any rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything — without producing ID or signing one scrap of paper, he isn’t your friend no matter what he tells you.

    If he isn’t genuinely enthusiastic about his average constituent stuffing that weapon into a purse or pocket or tucking it under a coat and walking home without asking anybody’s permission, he’s a four-flusher, no matter what he claims.

    What his attitude — toward your ownership and use of weapons — conveys is his real attitude about you. And if he doesn’t trust you, then why in the name of John Moses Browning should you trust him?

    If he doesn’t want you to have the means of defending your life, do you want him in a position to control it?

    If he makes excuses about obeying a law he’s sworn to uphold and defend — the highest law of the land, the Bill of Rights — do you want to entrust him with anything?

    If he ignores you, sneers at you, complains about you, or defames you, if he calls you names only he thinks are evil — like “Constitutionalist” — when you insist that he account for himself, hasn’t he betrayed his oath, isn’t he unfit to hold office, and doesn’t he really belong in jail?

    Sure, these are all leading questions. They’re the questions that led me to the issue of guns and gun ownership as the clearest and most unmistakable demonstration of what any given politician — or political philosophy — is really made of.

    He may lecture you about the dangerous weirdos out there who shouldn’t have a gun — but what does that have to do with you? Why in the name of John Moses Browning should you be made to suffer for the misdeeds of others? Didn’t you lay aside the infantile notion of group punishment when you left public school — or the military? Isn’t it an essentially European notion, anyway — Prussian, maybe — and certainly not what America was supposed to be all about?

    And if there are dangerous weirdos out there, does it make sense to deprive you of the means of protecting yourself from them? Forget about those other people, those dangerous weirdos, this is about you, and it has been, all along.

    Try it yourself: if a politician won’t trust you, why should you trust him? If he’s a man — and you’re not — what does his lack of trust tell you about his real attitude toward women? If “he” happens to be a woman, what makes her so perverse that she’s eager to render her fellow women helpless on the mean and seedy streets her policies helped create? Should you believe her when she says she wants to help you by imposing some infantile group health care program on you at the point of the kind of gun she doesn’t want you to have?

    On the other hand — or the other party — should you believe anything politicians say who claim they stand for freedom, but drag their feet and make excuses about repealing limits on your right to own and carry weapons? What does this tell you about their real motives for ignoring voters and ramming through one infantile group trade agreement after another with other countries?

    Makes voting simpler, doesn’t it? You don’t have to study every issue — health care, international trade — all you have to do is use this X-ray machine, this Vulcan mind-meld, to get beyond their empty words and find out how politicians really feel. About you. And that, of course, is why they hate it.

    And that’s why I’m accused of being a single-issue writer, thinker, and voter.
    But it isn’t true, is it?

  • Snakepit Kansas August 7, 2021, 6:29 AM

    JTR, Asking the State for such permission to own a gun does not compute with me. Asking for ID and instant background check at the gun store, I understand, but that should be it. State required license, classes, etc. etc. then having some numbnut analyze all the data and pass judgement on you is criminal in itself. We should never yield responsibility for our own protection to the government. Ownership of that responsibility lies in the our own hands, as long as we are physically and mentally capable. You may not be looking for violence, but violence is looking for you.

  • John the River August 7, 2021, 6:52 AM

    Yes, Gentlemen. You are correct. But it is the place in which I find myself. I appreciate your taking the time to write.
    I’ve been a ‘law-biding citizen’ my whole life. So these are the laws that have been imposed by this single-party state in which I was born. I will obey those laws. Until the time comes when it’s time to stop obeying the law. That time I fear is coming.

    Good thing I didn’t mention the finger printing requirement before the interview, God knows what you’d have to say about that.

  • Dirk August 7, 2021, 7:39 AM

    Without re reviewing the Constitution, I can find zero previsions allowing Govt, at ANY level the power to choose who can and can’t carry a gun. JTR, I feel for you.

    Here in Oregon the law clearly states “ Shall Issue” to non criminals. With a Shall issue law, why on gods green earth does a citizen pay the sheriffs office anything.

    Daily I grow even more tired of the nonsense.


  • talgus August 7, 2021, 10:18 AM

    Big tents at Obama’s (house is dwarfed). scaled down, not a chance. more like scaled up. now probably 300 servants for the guest and his lordship.

  • John the River August 7, 2021, 12:04 PM

    Now would be a good time for a large meteor strike just off shore.
    I’d pray for a earthquake generated tsunami, but the fault lines run the wrong way.

  • Octothorpe August 7, 2021, 7:50 PM

    It seems that the revulsion toward tattoos is a modern development. There was a craze for tattoos in the Victorian period, for example. The markers for class division/ideological division shift over time, unfortunately (for those of us in the history racket) in unpredictable ways. No, I have no tattoos–I have better things to spend my so-called disposable income on (mostly books). YMMV.