Hating Trump is no excuse for comparing 1/6 to 9/11

Source: The Hill
by Joe Concha

“‘I’d like to see Jan. 6 burned into the American mind as firmly as 9/11.’ So said George Will on ABC’s ‘This Week’ on Sunday, in what is a growing chorus by super-serious people in political media pushing a super-insulting comparison between the Jan. 6 Capitol riots and the 9/11 attacks that occurred almost 20 years ago. … Yep, that’s right: George Will — once one of the most respected political pundits on television — is pushing for a 1/6 commission. Making that argument on its own, without evoking 9/11, is fine, a subject reasonably open to rigorous debate. But to somehow tie Sept. 11 as a reasonable comparison is patently offensive …. Of course, Will doesn’t mention that maybe, just maybe, there’s a political motivation for such a commission, as it would thrust Trump to center stage once again.” (06/03/21)


Central Bank Digital Currency: The Fed’s Coming Power Grab

Source: National Review
by Paul H Jossey

“Recent volatility in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ether, and Dogecoin has emboldened the Biden administration and congressional Democrats to call for government regulation of digital currencies. Senate Banking Committee chairman Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) fired off a scathing letter on May 19 to President Biden’s acting comptroller of the currency urging him to scrap a Trump-administration policy granting limited-purpose bank charters to some cryptocurrency firms. Bank charters should not be granted to firms involved with such ‘risky and unproven digital assets,’ he wrote. Yet Brown and others ostensibly concerned about cryptocurrency risks want the Federal Reserve to charge ahead with its own ‘central bank digital currency’ (CBDC). … despite rhetoric about imposing fairness and equity in the financial system and financial-technology (FinTech) landscape, a government digital currency would not improve financial inclusion, combat illegal activity, or strengthen the dollar’s global status.” (06/03/21)


TX: George P. Bush announces run for attorney general

Source: Syracuse.com

“George P. Bush on Wednesday launched his next political move: a run for Texas attorney general in 2022 that puts the scion of a Republican dynasty against a GOP incumbent shadowed by securities fraud charges and an FBI investigation. Bush, who has served as Texas'[s] land commissioner since 2015, is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the nephew and grandson of two former presidents. He is the last of the Bush family still in public office — and was the first to break with them over supporting former President Donald Trump, who has mocked the family that was once the face of the Republican Party.” (06/03/21)


The Bryan Hyde Show, 06/03/21

Source: The Bryan Hyde Show

Being informed these days means walking a fine line between useful information and fearful propaganda. Having said that, a lot of us are wondering why prices are climbing so noticeably. Peter Jacobsen has a concise and informative take on why inflation is at a 12 year high.” [various formats] (06/03/21)


Why On-Chain Governance Is Critical for Blockchain Growth and Longevity

Source: Bitcoin.com
by Reuben Jackson

“The decentralized properties that make blockchain architecture unique can also be its Achilles heel, demonstrating the importance of bringing network governance on-chain to promote a more inclusive and democratized consensus on network upgrades.” (06/03/21)


The Covid blame game could destroy trust in science

Source: spiked
by Norman Lewis

“The one real success of the Covid pandemic has been the vaccination programme. Vaccinations are a triumph of science and expertise, government and commercial foresight, risk-taking and, above all else, mass consent and cooperation. Contrast this with the unseemly scramble of politicians and scientists to rewrite their roles in the Covid crisis to avoid being held responsible for any errors. … As all other forms of authority have diminished over the past century, science has become the last bastion of authority in Western society. The critical controversies of our times continually appeal to the authority of science. But this only belies the lack of authority elsewhere in society. What happens when even that prop goes?” (06/03/21)


F. Lee Bailey, 1933-2021

Source: New York Times

“F. Lee Bailey, the theatrical criminal lawyer who invited juries into the twilight zone of reasonable doubt in defense of Patricia Hearst, O.J. Simpson, the Boston Strangler, the army commander at the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam and other notorious cases, died on Thursday in Atlanta. He was 87. His son Bendrix confirmed the death, in hospice care, but did not specify the cause. …Bailey flew warplanes, sailed yachts, dropped out of Harvard, wrote books, touted himself on television, was profiled in countless newspapers, ran a detective agency, married four times, carried a gun, took on seemingly hopeless cases and courted trouble, once going to jail for six weeks and finally being disbarred.” (06/03/21)


CA: Top court weighs overturning hundreds of death penalty sentences

Source: Los Angeles Times

“For decades, California’s highest court has left it up to individual jurors to decide whether certain circumstances increase the severity of a crime and thereby warrant the death penalty in murder cases that qualify for the ultimate punishment. On Wednesday, the state Supreme Court heard arguments on a change to that long-standing practice, which could potentially overturn hundreds of death penalty sentences in California. At issue is how juries review ‘aggravating’ factors — such as whether a crime was gang-related or involved multiple victims. Defense lawyers in the case argued that to ensure equal application of the death penalty, state law and the state Constitution require juries to be unanimous in their reasoning on each factor.” (06/03/21)


Discovery, Covid, and Policy

Source: Heartland Institute
by Daniel Sutter

“In early April, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) changed its guidance on surface transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. After more than a year of cleaning and disinfecting, the CDC now believes surface transmission is relatively infrequent. This case illustrates the role of discovery in public policy.” (06/03/21)