US House passes “defense” bill scrapping military COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Source: NBC News

“A bill to rescind the Covid-19 vaccine mandate for members of the U.S. military and provide nearly $858 billion for national defense [sic] passed the House on Thursday as lawmakers scratch off one of the final items on their yearly to-do list. The bill provides for about $45 billion more for defense [sic] programs than President Joe Biden requested, the second consecutive year Congress significantly exceeded his request, as lawmakers seek to boost the nation’s military competitiveness with China and Russia. The House passed the bill by a vote of 350-80. It now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to pass easily, then to the president to be signed into law. To win bipartisan support for the bill, Democrats agreed to Republican demands to scrap the requirement for service members to get a Covid-19 vaccination.” (12/08/22)

JCPA: A Good Idea, Promoting a Stupid Behavior, Rolled into an Unrelated Bill

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The core of the JCPA is an exemption to US antitrust law for news organizations. Put that way, I’m inclined to like it. Contra high school history/civics texts, antitrust law was invented by and for the benefit of large corporations, and has always functioned to reduce competition and jack up prices. But that’s another story. The intent of the JCPA is to ‘allow’ media organizations to get together and create ‘joint negotiation entities’ (the kind of cartel antitrust law forbids) to ‘collectively bargain’ with digital platforms for compensation. Compensation for what? Promoting and giving advertising to those same media organizations and their content. The idea is that these cartels would have the ‘bargaining power’ to bludgeon Google News, Facebook, et al. into paying news organizations for the privilege of linking and previewing content that sends readers or viewers to that content.” (12/08/22)

Former NYT columnist Bari Weiss releases “Twitter Files Part Two”

Source: The Hill

“Former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss released the second installment of the ‘Twitter Files’ on Thursday night, sharing images of accounts that Twitter allegedly placed on various types of ‘blacklists.’ Weiss posted several images of what appears to be an internal Twitter system that marked certain accounts as being under various kinds of ‘blacklists,’ in addition to flagging other information about the accounts. Jay Bhattacharya, a health policy professor from Stanford University who opposed COVID-19 lockdowns, appeared to have been placed on a ‘Trends Blacklist,’ as was the right-wing Libs of TikTok account, according to the photos. The account of conservative [sic] commentator Dan Bongino was apparently placed on a ‘Search Blacklist,’ while the photos seemed to show Turning Point USA President Charlie Kirk had his account marked as ‘Do Not Amplify.'” (12/08/22)

What Do We Need a State For, Anyway?

Source: CounterPunch
by Kirkpatrick Sale

“In a healthy society of non-human primates, there are no nations, no extended organizations, no supraterritorial forms that might resemble a state. Troops of primates do have a social cohesion about them, creating various temporary leaders or hierarchies according to the function at hand — one for fighting, say, another for vigilance, a third for feeding — and establishing customs and groundrules of permissible behavior. But nowhere do these basically autonomous troops combine into larger associations, nowhere do members of the same species, though clearly knowing themselves to be essentially related, attempt to create large-scale units of social control. … Capitalism, and its fundamental tenet of growth-at-any-cost, and the state system which supports and protects it, must give way to a world of small-scale, non-pollutant, non-aggressive societies that can exist on few resources and human-scale self-government. A world, in short, without the state and its accompanying economic resource destroyer.” (12/08/22)

The Most Shocking Senate Result: Every Incumbent Won

Source: CNN
by Harry Enten

“One of the most common refrains in politics is voters hate Washington and want outsiders to be elected to office. But Sen. Raphael Warnock’s victory in Georgia’s Senate runoff on Tuesday is part of a trend that suggests that, at least in 2022, that wasn’t true. Each of the 29 Senate incumbents who ran for reelection won. This year’s Senate elections marked the first time in at least a century in which no incumbent senator up for reelection lost. So what just happened? Bad challenger quality, a map without a lot of competitive races taking place in an era of high polarization and an unusually tight national environment combined to create history. Let’s start with the fact that Republicans were not able to take advantage of the typical midterm headwinds that move against the president’s party.” (12/08/22)

CA: Company hit with $128 million fine over cannabis gummies

Source: SFGate

“A California cannabis company has been hit with a $128 million fine for illegally [sic] producing millions of gummies. On Monday, a Los Angeles judge ruled that the makers of the popular Kushy Punch gummies were guilty of illegally producing cannabis products at an unlicensed Los Angeles facility. The illicit goods were worth millions of dollars, according to state investigators. The judge ordered the company and its executives to pay a $128 million penalty to the state. The fine may be the largest cannabis penalty in state history. A spokesperson for the Department of Cannabis Control said the agency is unaware of any fine larger than Monday’s ruling. Jennifer Fisher, a San Francisco attorney who specializes in cannabis, said the $128 million is probably the biggest cannabis fine in state history.” [editor’s note: And this is where it’s supposedly “legal” – SAT] (12/08/22)

Prepare for Legal Marijuana

Source: RealClearPolitics
by Debra J Saunders

“New House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos he believes the soon-to-be GOP-controlled House could pass marijuana reform in the next term. Yes, legalization could be a bipartisan issue — just the sort of measure Jeffries says he wants to make happen. Jeffries and Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, have introduced the Preparing Regulators Effectively for a Post-Prohibition Adult-Use Regulated Environment (PREPARE) Act, which, if passed, would do what it says.” (12/08/22)

TreaZine Sedition #5 Is Available Now

Source: Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue Journalist
by Caitlin Johnstone

“The December issue of my print-friendly zine is out now! This one’s got paintings, an easier-to-read format, and a clean, new look. In this month’s Treazine ‘The Disappearing Of Julian Assange,’ sedition 5 features: * US Officials Concern Troll About World Press Freedoms While Assaulting Them * The Guardian Could Help Assange By Retracting All The Lies It Published About Him * Robbing The Global South, Then Scorning Its Poverty * NATO Exists To Solve The Problems Created By NATO’s Existence … and much more. (Friendly reminder that you can subscribe to TreaZine to automatically receive each monthly sedition. As usual anyone is free to print, copy, republish, distribute, or use any and all of these materials in any way they choose, either digitally or in the meat world.)” (12/08/22)

PA: 65-Year Mystery Solved as Philly Cops Finally Identify Murdered “Boy in the Box”

Source: Yahoo! News

“It took more than six decades, but cops in Philadelphia have finally identified the infamous ‘Boy in the Box’ — the city’s longest unsolved homicide victim. The boy was identified as 4-year-old Joseph Augustus Zarelli, police said in a Thursday press conference. Zarelli’s body was found in a cardboard box on the side of a Philadelphia road on Feb. 25, 1957. Detectives probed for decades to identify the boy and his killer to no avail, but were able to positively ID the child this week after genealogists uncovered potential relatives that led detectives to find Zarelli’s birth certificate. … The investigation into who killed Zarelli is ongoing, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said Thursday. Capt. Jason Smith said detectives ‘have their suspicions’ on who killed the boy, but they don’t have evidence to say with certainty.” (12/08/22)