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  • SCOTUS rebuffs abortion industry again over Texas’s six-week ban

    Source: The Hill

    “The Supreme Court on Thursday rebuffed abortion providers’ latest legal maneuver in their challenge to Texas’ 6-week ban …. The order, issued without comment, was unsigned but appeared to divide the court along ideological lines, with the court’s three liberal [sic] justices writing in dissent. At issue is a procedural fight over which tier of the lower federal courts the case should return to after a divided Supreme Court ruled last month that abortion providers could contest the ban in federal court and list Texas state licensing officials as defendants. Abortion providers had asked the Supreme Court to send the case back to a federal district court, where the judge presiding over their challenge had previously blocked the Texas law. But the justices instead returned the case to the conservative U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, which has allowed the ban to remain while the case proceeds.” (01/20/22)


  • Israel: Attorney general orders probe of NSO spyware claims

    Source: ABC News

    “Israel’s attorney general said Thursday he was launching an investigation into Israeli police’s use of phone surveillance technology following reports that investigators improperly tracked targets without authorization. In a four-page letter, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said he had not yet found evidence substantiating the claims in the Israeli business daily Calcalist, which said police monitored the leaders of a protest movement against then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, mayors and other citizens without court approval. But Mandelblit said many questions remained unanswered, and that he was forming an investigative committee headed by a top deputy. … Mandelblit’s letter came a few hours after Israel’s police chief said he had ordered an extensive investigation into the newspaper’s claims. In a report this week, Calcalist said police had used the NSO Group’s Pegasus hacking software to surveil some of Netanyahu’s political opponents, as well as a raft of other alleged misuses of the technology.” (01/20/22)


  • GA: Atlanta DA seeks special grand jury in probe of disgraced former president’s election theft scheme

    Source: CNBC

    “The top prosecutor in Atlanta asked a judge Thursday to impanel a special grand jury to investigate efforts by then-President Donald Trump to sway the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia after results showed President Joe Biden won that state. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said that a special grand jury is needed, among other reasons, to compel the testimony of a significant number of witnesses who are refusing to cooperate with her investigation. That probe ‘has received information indicating a reasonable probability’ that Georgia’s election in 2020 ‘was subject to possible criminal disruptions,’ Willis told Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Christopher Brasher in a letter.” (01/20/22)


  • US regime charges Belarus officials with aircraft piracy over diverted Ryanair flight

    Source: Reuters

    “Four Belarusian government officials have been charged in the United States with aircraft piracy for diverting a Ryanair (RYA.I) flight last May to arrest a dissident Belarusian journalist who was on board, U.S. prosecutors said on Thursday. The charges announced by the U.S. Department of Justice escalate the global uproar over the May 23, 2021, forced landing in Minsk of the Ryanair flight and detention of the journalist Roman Protasevich and his Russian girlfriend. … Four U.S. citizens were among the approximately 132 passengers and crew members aboard the flight, prosecutors said. The defendants were charged in a one-count indictment alleging conspiracy to commit aircraft piracy on a plane where a U.S. national was aboard, violating U.S. federal law.” [editor’s note: I wonder what the US regime would think about, say, the Russian regime claiming that Russian law is binding on American politicians in Washington any time there are Russians nearby – TLK] (01/20/22)


  • Student loan forgiveness arrives — for 70,000 government employees

    Source: USA Today

    “The overhaul of a controversial loan forgiveness program was projected to erase the debt of 22,000 student loan borrowers in the effort’s first weeks. Three months in, more than triple that figure have had their debts wiped out. The U.S. Department of Education released the Public [sic] Service [sic] Forgiveness Loan figures Thursday, a year into President Joe Biden’s term as president. The loan forgiveness initiative, which was rolled out in 2007, was designed to entice people to work as teachers, police officers, firefighters or in other [government] jobs. After 10 years working in those jobs and making payments, their college debt would be erased. … Data from the department shows roughly 70,000 borrowers have qualified for nearly $5 billion in relief.” (01/20/22)


  • First contactless aid flights arrive in disaster-hit Tonga as islands aim to keep Covid-19 out

    Source: CNN

    “The first contactless aid flights arrived in disaster-hit Tonga on Thursday, as the coronavirus-free Pacific island nation takes precautions to keep the virus out of its borders in the wake of a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami. Flights from Australia and New Zealand carrying humanitarian aid and disaster relief landed at Fua’amotu International Airport in Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, after the runway was cleared of volcanic ash and debris following Saturday’s violent eruption of the underwater Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano. It also comes as a senior Tongan politician warned of potential food shortages in the country. The aid will be delivered without any contact, to prevent the risk of Covid-19 spreading in the nation — which has only seen a single case since the start of the pandemic.” (01/20/22)


  • Nineteen-year-old British-Belgian woman sets record for youngest woman to circle the globe by plane

    Source: The Hill
    by Maureen Breslin

    “Zara Rutherford, a 19-year-old Belgian-British woman, has become the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe by plane solo, setting a new world record when she landed in Belgium on Thursday, according to The Associated Press. The record had previously been held by a 30-year-old American woman, who made the flight in 2017, the AP reports. Rutherford’s flight had her cross 41 countries and went over 32,300 miles in a bespoke Shark ultralight aircraft, according to CNN Travel. The teenage pilot took off Aug. 18, 2021, and initially believed that her journey would take approximately three months, but she encountered setbacks along the way, though they did not impede her venture. Rutherford had to stop in Redding, Calif., because of the wildfires in the area causing poor visibility, and she was also denied permission to fly over China and narrowly avoided North Korean airspace, according to CNN.” (01/20/22)


  • His Name Wasn’t Really Robert Paulson: Meat Loaf, 1947-2022

    Source: Rolling Stone

    “Meat Loaf, the singer and actor best known for his best-selling Bat Out of Hell albums and roles in films as varied as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Fight Club, died Thursday at the age of 74. The news was confirmed by the singer’s family in a post on his official Facebook page. A cause of death was not given. … Meat Loaf first found success on the Broadway stage in the groundbreaking musical Hair, and he had a brief, but memorable role in the Rocky Horror Picture Show as the ill-fated delivery boy Eddie — but it was his 1977 album Bat Out of Hell that turned him into a superstar and rock and roll icon.” (01/21/20)


  • Sources: Disgraced former president’s campaign officials, led by Giuliani, oversaw fake electors plot in seven states

    Source: CNN Politics

    “Trump campaign officials, led by Rudy Giuliani, oversaw efforts in December 2020 to put forward illegitimate electors from seven states that Trump lost, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the scheme. The sources said members of former President Donald Trump’s campaign team were far more involved than previously known in the plan, a core tenet of the broader plot to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory when Congress counted the electoral votes on January 6. … [House Capitol Riot Exploitation] Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi told reporters Thursday the panel is looking into whether there was a broader conspiracy or involvement from the Trump White House in the creation or submission of these fake electors.” (01/20/22)


  • TX: FBI conducts “court-authorized” search of Cuellar’s home

    Source: CNN

    “The Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement Wednesday evening that it is doing a ‘court-authorized’ search of the Texas home of Rep. Henry Cuellar. The FBI also searched a second building housing his campaign office, CNN has learned. … A spokesperson for Cuellar told CNN that ‘Congressman Cuellar will fully cooperate in any investigation. He is committed to ensuring that justice and the law are upheld.’ Cuellar, a moderate Democrat, has served in Texas’s 28th Congressional District since 2005. He has not voted in person at the Capitol since January 12. He currently has an active proxy letter, which allows another lawmaker to vote for him in person in the House.” (01/20/22)


  • US jobless claims rise to three-month high

    Source: Yahoo! Finance

    “Weekly new jobless claims unexpectedly jumped last week by the most since October, with some renewed virus-related disruptions at least temporarily impeding the labor market’s recovery. The Labor Department released its latest weekly jobless claims report Thursday at 8:30 a.m. ET. … Initial unemployment claims rose for a third straight week, coming in near the 300,000 level. This represented some backsliding from recent progress in the trajectory of jobless claims. Claims had reached a 52-year low of 188,000 in December, as many employers attempted to keep their existing workforces in the face of widespread labor shortages. Continuing claims also came in higher-than-expected in the most recent data. These claims, which tracks filers still collecting regular state unemployment benefits, rose by more than 1.6 million in mid-January. Still, continuing claims had come in at the lowest level since 1973 just a week earlier.” (01/20/22)


  • Germany: Report on sexual abuse in diocese faults Benedict XVI

    Source: Seattle Times

    “A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Germany’s Munich diocese on Thursday faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI’s handling of four cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s. The law firm that drew up the report said that Benedict strongly denies any wrongdoing. The findings, though, were sure to reignite criticism of Benedict’s record more than a decade after the first, and until Thursday only, known case involving him was made public. The archdiocese commissioned the report from law firm Westpfahl Spilker Wastl nearly two years ago, with a mandate to look into abuse between 1945 and 2019 and whether church officials handled allegations correctly.” (01/20/22)


  • Blinken: Nuclear talks with Iran at “decisive moment”

    Source: San Francisco Chronicle

    “U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that talks with Iran over its nuclear program are at a ‘decisive moment,’ and warned that Washington and its allies may change tactics if a deal isn’t reached in the coming weeks. Blinken said that the longer Iran fails to comply with the 2015 Vienna accord (intended to rein in Tehran’s nuclear program) the closer it would get to being able to build an atomic weapon. ‘We are indeed at a decisive moment,’ Blinken told reporters in Berlin after meeting senior diplomats from Germany, France and Britain. He added that he believed modest progress had been made during the ongoing round of talks in the Austrian capital. ‘But we are not where we need to be. And if we don’t get there very soon, we will have to take a different course.'” (01/20/22)


  • Grisham: Disgraced former president held secret meetings in days before Capitol riot

    Source: The Guardian [UK]

    “The former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack that Donald Trump hosted secret meetings in the White House residence in days before 6 January, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The former senior Trump aide also told House investigators that the details of whether Trump actually intended to march to the Capitol after his speech at the Ellipse rally would be memorialized in documents provided to the US Secret Service, the sources said. … The secret meetings were apparently known by only a small number of aides, the sources said. Grisham recounted that they were mostly scheduled by Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and that the former chief usher, Timothy Harleth, would wave participants upstairs, the sources said.” (01/20/22)


  • Federal court rules California regime’s gun store shutdowns illegal

    Source: Seattle Times

    “Two California counties violated the Constitution’s right to keep and bear arms when they shut down gun and ammunition stores in 2020 as nonessential businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. Officials in Los Angeles and Ventura counties had separately won lower court decisions saying gun stores were not exempt from broader shutdown orders aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus early in the pandemic. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected both lower court rulings. The Second Amendment ‘means nothing if the government can prohibit all persons from acquiring any firearm or ammunition,’ Judge Lawrence VanDyke wrote. ‘But that’s what happened in this case.'” [editor’s note: Unusual for the 9th Circuit, but nice! – TLK] (01/20/22)


  • Pollster says Biden news conference earned “D” and “F” grades from independents

    Source: Fox News

    “Polling expert Lee Carter revealed Thursday American voters’ reactions to President Biden’s first formal press conference in over 300 days. While Democrats generally reacted favorably to the president’s speech, Carter predicted his approval rating won’t see a drastic change based on the real-time reactions of independents. Biden was pressed by Fox News’ Peter Doocy on his policies that are trending to the left. Biden responded by highlighting his efforts to combat COVID-19 and the successful bipartisan infrastructure bill. Democrats supported his message, but independents and Republicans both gave the president an ‘F’ grade. ‘They said he seems so out of touch – what he said is simply untrue,’ Carter told Ainsley Earhardt. ‘They’re just simply not buying his message.'” (01/20/22)


  • Liberia: At least 29 dead after stampede at church service

    Source: New York Daily News

    “A stampede during an open-air church service in Liberia has left several people injured and nearly 30 dead — including 11 children and one pregnant woman — officials said. The incident happened Wednesday night after a group of armed robbers stormed into a Pentecostal service in New Kru Town, outside the capital Monrovia. … The meeting, known as a crusade, was organized by a well-known pastor known as Apostle Abraham Kromah, who runs the Word of Life Outreach International church, the BBC reported. Hundreds of worshipers were at the scene. Kromah is said to be cooperating with the police in the investigation. President George Weah declared a three-day period of national mourning.” (01/20/22)


  • Report: Millions are dying from drug-resistant infections

    Source: BBC News [UK state media]

    “More than 1.2 million people died worldwide in 2019 from infections caused by bacteria resistant to antibiotics, according to the largest study of the issue to date. This is more than the annual death toll from malaria or Aids. Poorer countries are worst affected but antimicrobial resistance threatens everyone’s health, the report says. Urgent investment in new drugs and using current ones more wisely are recommended to protect against it. The overuse of antibiotics in recent years for trivial infections means they are becoming less effective against serious infections. People are dying from common, previously treatable infections because the bacteria that cause them have become resistant to treatment. UK health officials recently warned antimicrobial resistance (AMR) was a ‘hidden pandemic’ that could emerge in the wake of Covid-19 unless antibiotics were prescribed responsibly.” (01/20/22)


  • France: Appeals court rules Twitter must reveal measures for fighting hate speech

    Source: France 24 [French state media]

    “A Paris court on Thursday ruled that Twitter must reveal its measures for fighting hate speech, in one of several cases thrashing out whether the French justice system has jurisdiction over the US social media giant. Ireland-based Twitter International had appealed a July decision ordering it to share documents and details about its French moderation team and data on their activities against hate speech. That case had been brought by several anti-discrimination groups over what they said was the company’s longstanding failure to properly moderate posts. The appeals court on Thursday confirmed the first judgement and further ordered Twitter to pay 1,500 euros ($1,700) to the groups, including SOS Racisme, SOS Homophobie and the International League against racism and anti-Semitism (Licra).” (01/20/22)


  • US regime sanctions four Ukrainians it alleges were working with Russian regime to destabilize Ukraine

    Source: CBS News

    “The U.S. government on Thursday issued sanctions on four Ukrainians who it said were engaged in Russia-backed ‘influence activities to destabilize Ukraine,’ as Western powers continued signaling to Moscow that any further aggression against Ukraine would result in punitive economic and political consequences. … Two of the four individuals are current members of the Ukrainian parliament, and are accused of working at the direction of Russian intelligence services to ‘create instability in advance of a Russian invasion,’ including by undermining pro-Western politicians and ‘laying the groundwork for a new, Russian-controlled government in Ukraine.'” [editor’s note: In English, the US regime and the US-coup-installed Ukrainian regime don’t like their politics – TLK] (01/20/22)


  • CA: USC frats must post guards at parties after abuse claims

    Source: San Francisco Chronicle

    “Most fraternities at the University of Southern California will be allowed to start having parties again in March if security guards are posted at stairs or hallways in fraternity houses that lead to bedrooms, the Los Angeles Times reported. Strict rules issued in advance of spring recruiting known as ‘rush’ follow allegations of drugging and sexual abuse at several fraternities last year, the Times said Wednesday. All fraternity social events at the college were halted in October after the allegations surfaced. The resumption of social activities will not apply to several suspended fraternities. An investigation of the sex abuse allegations continues under Title IX of federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in schools and educational programs. Sexual violence prevention training will also be mandatory for all USC fraternity members under the rules drafted by representatives of a group with representatives of fraternities, student government, other student groups, safety experts and faculty.” (01/20/22)


  • US regime charges second man in killing of Haitian President Moise

    Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

    “The United States Justice Department has announced charges against a second man it accuses of being involved in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise last year. Rodolphe Jaar, 49, a dual Haitian-Chilean citizen, was charged with conspiring to commit murder or kidnapping outside of the US, the Justice Department said on Thursday. … Jaar voluntarily consented to an interview with FBI agents on December 9, 2021, the complaint states, and an FBI agent said in a sworn statement that he ‘admitted that he provided firearms and ammunition to the Colombians to support the assassination operation.’ … Jaar was convicted of drug-trafficking charges a decade ago and once served as an informant for the US government.” (01/20/22)


  • Google Labs Appoints Team for Research Work on Blockchain Tech

    Source: NDTV [India]

    “Blockchain, the technology that supports the crypto sector, has emerged as an interesting field of knowledge in recent years, several researchers say. In a bid to ramp up research work in the Blockchain sector, Google Labs has appointed a new team to focus on the up-and-coming tech. Google Labs is an incubator that tests and develops new-tech developments and projects, parented by the search engine giant. Shivakumar Venkataraman, an engineering vice president at the company has been chosen to head this new group. … As of now, Google has not revealed any plans of listing cryptocurrencies as payment options for its services.” (01/20/22)


  • DeSantis, Perdue Push State-Level Election Police Forces

    Source: Common Dreams

    “Former Republican Senator, gubernatorial candidate, and ‘big lie’ promoter David Perdue said Thursday that he wants a special election police force for Georgia. His proposal comes on the heels of a similar plan from Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for a police force authorized to investigate and arrest alleged election law-violators. ‘First Florida, now Georgia,’ tweeted CNN political correspondent and host Abby Phillip. ‘A reminder, the idea that there was enough fraud in the 2020 election to warrant this kind of proposal is a massive lie.’ Perdue, after a campaign heavily backed by Wall Street and amid criticism over suspiciously timed stock transactions, was defeated last January in his bid for Senate reelection by Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s runoff race. Last month, Perdue announced his bid to be Georgia’s governor in a challenge to incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp and in order ‘to stop Stacey Abrams’ from taking the office.” (01/20/22)


  • Turkey: Central bank ends string of interest rate cuts

    Source: ABC News

    “Turkey’s central bank kept a key interest rate unchanged on Thursday, halting a string of rate cuts that triggered a currency crisis and sent consumer prices skyrocketing. The bank’s Monetary Policy Committee said it decided to keep its policy rate ‘constant’ at 14%, putting on hold a rate-cutting policy that has reduced borrowing costs by 5 percentage points since September despite soaring inflation. By contrast, many other central banks have increased rates to control surging prices. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists on lowering borrowing costs to boost growth. He has long argued that high interest rates cause inflation, even though economists say raising them is the way to tame soaring prices.” (01/20/22)


  • Looking Back on Two Plague Years

    Source: Liberty
    by Stephen Cox

    “If the covid episode has given us anything good, it’s the reductio ad absurdum of the rule of experts (or supposed experts; Fauci has been a fool ever since the start of the AIDS epidemic, when he announced that, according to the science, AIDS can be contracted casually). Experts — at least those appointed by politicians, and what are their qualifications? — have an occupationally induced blindness to problems that are not in their field. Ask a Lit professor like me how many years of Lit should be required, and ’17!’ will be the answer. Who cares about the other things that people have to do? So the experts on covid eradication turned out to care for only one thing — eradicating covid. They didn’t do it, because they couldn’t do it, but they let nothing stand in the way of their pursuit of that single, all-consuming goal. And look at the results.” (01/20/22)


  • The Enemy: Unjust Authority

    Source: Agorist Nexus
    by Wendy McElroy

    “[Benjamin] Tucker understood unjust authority as any coercive force not developed spontaneously and naturally out of the constitution of the individual himself or herself. For Tucker, the dual buttresses of society by force were the authority of the Church and the authority of the State, a union he referred to as a double-headed monster. He sought to eliminate both. In place of the forceful jurisdiction of Church and State, he wished to establish the self-jurisdiction of the individual within a voluntary society. … Tucker acknowledged that noble intentions might well underlie the Christian principle of loving your neighbor. In fact, if the principle of brotherly love were consistently applied, a crime-free society based on human cooperation might be the result. But to enforce brotherly love by force or law was a contradiction in terms. … Tucker was equally clear about what constituted the authority of the State, which an individual could never rightfully join or employ.” (01/20/22)


  • The Filibuster: Schumer Gets it Half Right

    Source: Garrison Center
    by Thomas L Knapp

    “I’m firmly on record as favoring gridlock. In my opinion, the less the Senate ‘gets done,’ the better off most Americans are. I’d support a constitutional amendment requiring a unanimous, or at least high super-majority vote, to actually pass any bill. It should be hard, not easy, to subject 330 million Americans to legislative dictates. But I’m also in favor of requiring politicians to actually debate the bills they propose or oppose instead of just blocking consideration of those bills. … The ‘talking filibuster’ should be restored as a permanent Senate rule instead of offered up as a one-off workaround.” (01/20/22)


  • Congress’s 1/6 Committee Claims Absolute Power as it Investigates Citizens With No Judicial Limits

    Source: Glenn Greenwald
    by Glenn Greenwald

    “In its ongoing attempt to investigate and gather information about private U.S. citizens, the Congressional 1/6 Committee is claiming virtually absolute powers that not even the FBI or other law enforcement agencies enjoy. Indeed, lawyers for the committee have been explicitly arguing that nothing proscribes or limits their authority …. This abuse of power is not merely abstract. The Congressional 1/6 Committee has been secretly obtaining private information about American citizens en masse: telephone records, email logs, internet and browsing history, and banking transactions. And it has done so without any limitations or safeguards: no judicial oversight, no need for warrants, no legal limitations of any kind.” (01/20/22)


  • A Priori Certainty vs Physics

    Source: Ideas
    by David Friedman

    “I have recently had an extended conversation with some supporters of the Austrian school of economics about the differences between the way they do economics and the way I do. One thing they offered as part of what distinguished their school of thought was the idea that one can determine economic laws by logical reasoning based on axioms known with certainty, just as one could know facts such as the Pythagorean Theorem without measuring any triangles. The interesting thing about that example is that it isn’t true.” (01/20/22)


  • The New Threat of a Different Kind of Pandemic

    Source: American Consequences
    by Trish Regan

    “In August 1998, a shot was heard around the world. Russia had just defaulted on its government bonds, and a prominent New York hedge fund was about to pay the price. Long-Term Capital Management, the $126 billion hedge fund started by Nobel Prize-winning economists and some of Wall Street’s finest investors, began hemorrhaging cash. Despite losing hundreds of millions of dollars a day on its Russian bond portfolio, the fund’s trusted financial computer models told it to hang on… a decision that nearly took down the entire U.S. financial system. Now, 24 years later, a similar situation is emerging all over again — and in a far more disastrous, dangerous, and large-scale way. What was once known in financial circles as the ‘Russian flu’ back in 1998 could become our present-day 2022 global financial pandemic.” (01/20/22)


  • One Year Into His Presidency, Joe Biden’s Immigration Policy Hasn’t Made Anyone Happy

    Source: Reason
    by Fiona Harrigan

    “President Joe Biden took office one year ago today promising that his administration would undo the damage former President Donald Trump did to the U.S. immigration system. He had big plans for reform and restoration. However, the U.S. immigration system does not look much better than it did on Inauguration Day 2021, despite improvements on the margins. … CBP expelled over 1 million people under Title 42 in 2021, with over 7,000 migrants getting kidnapped and attacked by cartels and Mexican authorities post-expulsion since Inauguration Day. The Biden administration has also used Title 42 to deport thousands of Haitians to Haiti, even though many of the deportees hadn’t lived in Haiti for years and were actually coming from South America. … But Biden’s critics falsely claim that the Southern border is open.” (01/20/22)


  • The Unseen Consequences of the Interstate Highway System

    Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
    by Jacob G Hornberger

    “Today, it’s easy for socialists to point to the Interstate Highway System and exclaim, ‘Look at what we socialists did to facilitate transportation within the United States.’ However, as with all socialist projects, it’s necessary to also see what is unseen about socialist projects. For one thing, what is one of the main complaints of statists today? Isn’t it air pollution? Well, guess what one of the principal causes of air pollution is. That would be automobiles. The Interstate Highway System was a gigantic subsidy to the automobile industry. … There is also all the large amount of suffering that was inflicted on people through the forcible taking of their homes and businesses all across the country through eminent domain. Entire neighborhoods, some of which had been in existence for decades, were destroyed to make way for this massive socialist program.” (01/20/22)


  • “Let’s ban algebra, too!” adds Florida legislator who is clearly not three kids in a trench coat

    Source: Washington Post
    by Alexandra Petri

    “Florida legislators are working hard to pass a bill that, as the Associated Press observed, would ‘prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel ‘discomfort’ when they teach students or train employees about discrimination in the nation’s past.’ ‘This is good,’ added one legislator, in a trench coat and hat, whose voice sounded somewhat muffled, as though it came from around his rib cage. ‘But it doesn’t go far enough.’ His whole body swayed and undulated strangely. ‘Yes!’ his head added. ‘It is good, but we need to pass more laws.’ ‘More?’ one of his colleagues inquired, handing him a drink of water. He missed grabbing the water the first time and then poured it all over his face and body, and a voice from beneath his belt said, ‘Stop it, Jeremy!'” (01/20/22)


  • Kamloops, Child Graves & Church Burnings

    Source: The Pamphleteer
    by Davis Hunt

    “After anthropologist Sarah Beaulieu discovered what she thought to be 200 potential child burial graves on the site of Kamloops Indian Residential School, Canadians had a conniption. In July of 2021, Beaulieu stepped up to her new micro soap box and declared, ‘They were children, robbed of their families and their childhood. We need to now give them the dignity that they never had. Those are our next steps.’ It quickly became about children disappearing from similar schools all across the nation which dovetailed nicely with the ever-present message of colonial oppression being the America’s defining feature. The narrative arc came to us as if rolled off of a grievance conveyor belt and rippled through the Anglosphere as Justin Trudeau took to his cuddly pulpit and referred to ‘a dark and shameful chapter’ in Canadian history. But it didn’t stop there.” (01/20/22)


  • Perilous Times: Understanding Treason and Sedition

    Source: Tenth Amendment Center
    by Andrew P Napolitano

    “These are perilous times. They are made worse by the government’s political reaction to lawless behavior, which is a greater threat to personal liberty than the behavior it seeks to punish. Last week, the feds obtained an indictment of 11 members of the Oath Keepers for their role in trashing the Capitol building and attempting to interfere with the functions of government on Jan. 6, 2021. The evidence of their guilt of trashing and obstruction is manifest. The hooligans who invaded the Capitol were lawless by any rational standard. But did they really agree to overthrow the government by force? Here is the backstory.” (01/20/22)


  • The Obedient Generation

    Source: Brownstone Institute
    by Clayton Fox

    “We, this nation, have raised you obeisant. The generation that ‘turned on, tuned in, and dropped out’ (and the slightly younger punks) raised you with none of their same rebelliousness, nor with the faith and humility of their parents. So what did they give you instead? Obey, and you’ll be rewarded. The life of the West is sweet and full of delicious cherries for those willing to shut up, shut down, and lean in. Shut up. Shut down. Lean in. … You are returning to campuses under absurd new restrictions. Even with three doses of vaccine required for everyone, you are going back to remote learning. Why? Why are you being treated this way? For whom? The panic is not for you, the injunctions are not for your benefit …. Those same elders who have raised you obeisant, obedient, who have given every ounce of themselves to the largess of ‘leaning in,’ they want to protect themselves.” (01/20/22)


  • Contrary to media hysteria, Florida’s COVID policies are pretty sensible

    Source: Orange County Register
    by John Stossel

    “If you watch most TV news, you’d think the rules, bans and shutdowns really save lives. Florida killed people because Florida didn’t impose tougher rules, we’re told. ‘Florida leads the nation in new COVID cases,’ says Action News in Tampa. ‘Florida has the worst rate of coronavirus anywhere in the country!’ rants ‘The Young Turks’ host Cenk Uygur. But it’s not true. Florida has had fewer deaths than 16 other states. Mississippi, Arizona, Alabama and New Jersey had the most deaths per capita. New York, where most TV anchors and I live, had the sixth most deaths. Florida did better even though Florida has more high-risk old people. What’s going on?” (01/20/22)


  • Trump Fans Have Found Their Safe Space

    Source: The Atlantic
    by Elaine Godfrey

    “For Donald Trump and his supporters, crowd size is more than just a bragging point. It’s proof that they are part of the American majority. ‘A person that comes here and has crowds that go further than the eye can see … and has cars that stretch out for 25 miles, that’s not somebody that lost an election,’ Trump told the crowd at his rally in Florence, Arizona, on Saturday. Before the 2020 election, Trump and his fans would often ask reporters how Joe Biden could possibly win when he didn’t have rallies as big as Trump’s. Now that Biden is president, Trump-rally goers say things like Trump couldn’t really have lost. Look at all of these people! … Many American liberals live in political bubbles. Some people in overwhelmingly blue parts of the country, for example, were shocked to find that Trump got so many votes in 2016. … But Republicans also live in bubbles.” (01/20/22)


  • What East Germany Can Teach Americans about the Current Supply Chain Crisis

    Source: Foundation for Economic Education
    by Walter Block

    “What is happening with our supply chains? They seem very rusty, if not altogether broken. There are numerous ships at several California ports waiting patiently to be unloaded. We are talking thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of gigantic railroad car sized containers, all just sitting there; well, floating there. Meanwhile, our supermarket shelves are sometimes as much as half empty. Grocers are all too often out of the foodstuffs and other things we used to take for granted. A similar situation took place a while ago. Supermarkets in West Germany were chock full of products. In East Germany? Not at all.” (01/20/22)


  • Guantanamo: American Empire’s Prison From Hell

    Source: Common Dreams
    by Karen Greenberg

    “It’s now more than 20 years later and that American offshore symbol of mistreatment and injustice, the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is still open. In fact, as 2021 ended, New York Times reporter Carol Rosenberg, who has covered that notorious prison complex since its first day, reported on the Pentagon’s plans to build a brand-new prefab courthouse at that naval base. It’s intended to serve as a second, even more secret facility for holding the four remaining trials of war-on-terror detainees and is scheduled to be ready ‘sometime in 2023.’ Close Guantánamo? Not soon, it seems. The cost of that new construction is a mere $4 million, a relatively minor sum compared to the $6 billion dollars and counting that detention and trial operations had claimed by 2019, according to the estimate of one whistleblower.” (01/20/22)


  • 2021 In 21 Numbers

    Source: American Institute for Economic Research
    by Peter C Earle

    “In 2021, we saw the unwinding of a number of policies and practices put in place in 2020, as well as the reversal of certain trends. Even as some states cast off lockdowns, compulsory masking, and other pandemic policies, others lifted and reapplied stringent measures time and time again. Even in the last weeks of the year there remained some policymakers acting as if it were February 2020. Political rifts in American society seem as deep and divisive as they’ve been in the living memory. Inflation is back, the current administration is being pilloried in polls, transportation snarls are everywhere, Russian troops are poised to invade a neighboring country, and in retrospect 2021 looks more and more like 1979. Here, in my sole estimation, are 21 noteworthy data points — prices, percentages, dates and other forms of quantitative information — that highlight or exemplify certain developments in 2021, the second year of the pandemic.” (01/20/22)


  • How Kevin McCarthy sold his soul to Donald Trump

    Source: The Hill
    by Myra Adams

    “Based on his recent statements and actions, one could argue that [House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)] has sold his soul to former President Trump in what could be construed as a multi-layered ‘Faustian bargain.’ First, the ‘agreement’ precludes McCarthy and other GOP members from sharing with the Jan. 6 House committee their knowledge about Trump’s role and communications with him before and during the [Capitol riot]. In return — to the delight of McCarthy — Trump will leverage his fundraising power and actively campaign to help the GOP win control of the House in November’s midterm elections. Meanwhile, McCarthy must accept the cult-like hero-worship of Trump by the GOP base. … Second, if the GOP wins control of the House, assume that Trump will tease and dangle the ‘keys’ to the House speaker’s office in McCarthy’s face.” (01/20/22)


  • Can You Say Marginal Rate of Substitution?

    Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
    by Gary Galles

    “Once, when my newborn son was barely back from the hospital, I was holding him in my arms with my wife looking on. I asked him, ‘Can you say marginal rate of substitution?’ My wife recognized that as a bit of economics jargon and accused me of trying to turn our son into an economist like me. While it was said as a little joke between the two of us, the longer I teach and write, the more I seriously wish people actually thought in such marginal terms, because many of the times that we confuse ourselves and others are due to our failure to do so.” (01/20/22)


  • The End of Anarchy – An Introduction

    Source: Center for a Stateless Society
    by Shane Ross

    “To read Proudhon, to many non-mutualist thinkers beyond anarchist academia, is laughable. Anarchist communists will insist that Bakunin, Kropotkin and Bookchin expand on Proudhon, rendering the original mutualist promise as empty (ironic considering the massive amount Bakunin took directly from Proudhon.) Anarchist capitalists insist that his theories were flawed, socialist, and/or didn’t rely on the non-aggression principle or Austrian economics (or generally some otherwise lackluster defense of the freedom of capitalists). Marxians, much to the dismay of left anarchists, will insist that Marx ‘debunked Bakunin and Proudhon’ during his time (as if the schools haven’t had a dialogue for as long as Marxism has lived). … Anarchy is dead, according to Marxists — but reality is displaying quite the opposite.” (01/20/22)


  • America’s Secret Government Crisis

    Source: Antiwar.com
    by Patrick Eddington

    “America’s founding generation believed that an informed citizenry was vital to the survival of the Republic. Writing to theologian and philosopher Richard Price on January 8, 1789, Thomas Jefferson observed with satisfaction how his countrymen had come to largely embrace the new constitutional form of government just recently adopted. ‘A sense of this necessity, and a submission to it,’ Jefferson told Price, ‘is to me a new and consolatory proof that wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.’ But what if that same government takes deliberate, calculated steps to try to ensure that the public is not well informed about the government’s own actions, especially those carried out under a legal cloak of secrecy?” (01/20/22)


  • The world no longer cares what Joe Biden says

    Source: Fox News Forum
    by Tucker Carlson

    “Joe Biden shuffled forth from seclusion [Wednesday afternoon] for a rare solo press conference. You may have seen it. It’s about as common as Punxsutawney Phil emerging. In fact, according to statisticians who keep track of this sort of thing, it was only his second since taking office a full year ago. And by the end, you were wishing that Joe Biden spoke in public less often. … Biden treated us to a stream of consciousness thoughts about his son’s former employer; that would be a small, corrupt nation called Ukraine. Apparently, Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia — unlike, say, our southern border with Mexico — is a sacred boundary created by God that must be protected at all costs, up to and including, American lives. Why is that? Joe Biden didn’t say.” [editor’s note: Hunter Biden was not employed by “Ukraine.” He was employed by Burisma, a private energy company. Not that our readers are dumb enough to bet the ranch on Tucker Carlson’s factual claims, of course – TLK] (01/20/22)


  • The right-wing threat to free speech

    Source: spiked
    by Wendy Kaminer

    “Thirty years ago, right-wingers parroted anti-porn feminists in their campaigns against sex education and information about reproductive choice. Today right-wing parent groups invoke offended-listener theories to remove books they don’t like from public schools and libraries. A plethora of pending and enacted red-state laws now ban the teaching of ‘divisive concepts,’ barely defined, under the guise of banning so-called critical race theory. … Supported by right-wing book banners, like the deceptively named Moms for Liberty, these laws promise individual parents the power to ban books and lessons that offend them, and, in some cases, to initiate potentially lucrative private lawsuits against alleged offenders. … Censors don’t seek rights; they seek power over their ideological opponents.” (01/20/22)


  • Quantum Vibe, 01/20/22

    Source: Big Head Press
    by Scott Bieser

    Cartoon. (01/20/22)


  • Diplomats & experts: Negotiate, or expect “drastic escalation” by Russia

    Source: Responsible Statecraft
    by Anatol Lieven

    “On Monday January 17, the Quincy Institute convened a small closed door working group of former American and British ambassadors and experts on Russia and Ukraine to discuss possible scenarios in the context of the present crisis between Russia and the West. Senior fellow Anatol Lieven chaired the meeting and summarizes its conclusions here.” (01/20/22)


  • You No Longer Believe the Government? That’s Not Enough

    Source: Everything Voluntary
    by Alex R Knight III

    “No one really believes the government itself anymore. Those days began dying, in all truth, when JFK did. Public incredulity of media and its relationship to government has only escalated ever since. But people are still talking about the 2022 mid-term elections – even after the grossly obvious rigging of the 2020 ones – as some form of salvation. If the ’20 votes had been vetted and tallied by archangels with haloes over their heads, it would’ve still been a phony and illegitimate end result. ‘Democracy’ – even ‘constitutional republicanism’ – is an intellectually and ethically fraudulent, false, and callous lie. … You shouldn’t just stop at not believing what those who call themselves government and those who support them and their ideas tell you. You need to go the further step and stop believing in their system altogether.” (01/20/22)


  • “World’s Greatest Deliberative Body”? Hardly

    Source: CounterPunch
    by Jim Goodman

    “Originally if one wished to filibuster a bill they were required to hold the floor, stalling a vote on legislation by verbal arguments until the majority tired and compromised or moved on to other matters. Filibuster rule modifications during the 1970’s (yes filibuster rules can be changed) in effect, ended the need for a ‘talking’ filibuster. Today a Senator merely needs to register their objection to pending legislation and their intent to filibuster. That’s all it takes to avoid debate and prevent legislation from even being considered for a vote.” (01/20/22)


  • The Tide Is Turning On Gun Control

    Source: The American Conservative
    by Cody J Wisniewski

    “Contrary to popular misconceptions, the Second Amendment did not create a right to keep and bear arms. Rather, the Second Amendment acknowledges and seeks to protect the People’s natural right to self-defense and the tools required for the exercise of that right, which obviously include firearms. … It should not be a polarized and partisan issue. Historically, the right of armed self-defense was understood and exercised by figures who were far from conservative or libertarian, from Eleanor Roosevelt and George Orwell to the Black Panthers and Malcolm X. In a dangerous world, they understood that one’s life should not be left to the mercy of an aggressor. In light of 2021 — a second consecutive year of record violence — are some on the left rediscovering the importance of self-defense? There’s reason to think so.” (01/19/22)


  • Big Tech Freaks Out About Bipartisan Crackdown

    Source: The American Prospect
    by David Dayen

    “If the Senate Judiciary Committee advances a bill it is marking up today, you’re going to die. At least, that’s the assessment of Kent Walker, chief legal officer of Google, who claims that the proposed legislation would ‘threaten America’s national security,’ slow down urgent searches for information like ‘stroke symptoms,’ and hamper access to COVID vaccines. If it sounds overheated, well, it is. But it’s part of a coordinated, borderline-hysterical campaign from the most powerful companies in the business world, aimed at preventing any restrictions on their practices. The Judiciary Committee has planned to mark up two bills. The first would prohibit Big Tech platforms from preferencing their own products over rivals …. The second would regulate the two dominant app stores (Apple’s and Google’s) to stop monopoly price-gouging and offer choice in managing apps.” (01/20/22)


  • Year of Action: Organizing, Strategizing, and Mobilizing in 2022

    Source: Libertarian Policy Institute
    by Richard Manzo

    “After spending the last year building up its infrastructure and drafting policy, the Libertarian Policy Institute has pushed forward into the New Year with a plan to improve communities across the country. … Candidates who don’t belong to the Republican and Democratic parties face hurdles in nearly every aspect of campaigning. From stricter ballot access requirements to disregard by the media, anyone who rises above the traditional party framework to focus on policy is challenged before they even get a chance to start. The good news is that LPI is tapped into a deep well of political experience and rather than complain about those barriers, we help candidates overcome them by providing expertise in key areas …” (01/20/22)


  • Involuntarily Celibate: Explanations and Practical Solutions to a Dangerous Phenomenon

    Source: Quillette
    by Rob Brooks

    “Of the 50 plus shades of online anger, one fascinates me more than the rest: the anger of the Incel. Beneath the euphemistic portmanteau of ‘involuntary’ and ‘celibate’ lurks a sinister mass of self-loathing men. They know they are unattractive, and in online forums they blame women. The Incels speak a specialised language. ‘Stacy’ and ‘Becky’ aren’t individuals, but types of women who sleep with attractive ‘Chads.’ Incels obsess over their ‘beta’ status and how to become ‘alpha,’ like the Chads. And occasionally Incels talk of taking arms against their seas of troubles …. Are Incels an aberration of 21st century Western culture? Do they arise because the Internet breeds misogyny and radicalises men against feminism? Or do local circumstances, in the places where they live their offline lives, prod some men toward Inceldom when they go online[?]” (01/19/22)


  • Iran’s Revolution Is Eating Its Own

    Source: Foreign Policy
    by Ray Takeyh

    “A few months into his presidency, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is already in trouble. Although the commentariat has focused on his nuclear truculence, Raisi is facing both elite defection and mass protest at home. … The Islamic Republic is skilled at turning its dedicated supporters into dissidents. In the aftermath of the contested 2009 presidential election, the reform movement was equated with sedition and Iran’s most popular politicians were excised from body politic. The problem for the government is that the reform movement’s leaders are still the most popular politicians in Iran. Their goal of creating a regime that is democratic in practice but religious in character may have been thwarted by the hardliners, but they do command a unique place in the popular imagination. This is why the only way the government can stop them from winning elections is through mass disqualifications of their candidates.” (01/19/22)


  • Thomas Friedman Roars Back to Form

    Source: TK News
    by Matt Taibbi

    “Two amputee British actors, sitting in a tree, something, something, C-O-W!” [editor’s note: No, there’s not really a summary pull quote that I can find in this piece. But it’s too fun to not share – TLK] (01/20/22)


  • The Joker: A Premonition

    Source: Brownstone Institute
    by Jeffrey A Tucker

    “It was two years and a few months ago — only a few months before lockdowns — that I dragged myself to see The Joker, a movie I dreaded but ended up respecting. ‘It’s a movie about one man’s descent into madness,’ said the ticket taker. ‘Nothing else.’ … As for the ‘just one man’ interpretation, that’s hard to sustain. The street scenes. The subways packed with people wearing clown masks, headed to the protest. The rich, established businessman running for mayor and the protests that engenders. The strange way in which this unsettling and violent figure becomes a folk hero on the streets. There was surely a larger point here.” (01/19/22)


  • Amy Wax and the Problem of Right-Wing Double Standards on Immigration

    Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
    by Ilya Somin

    “University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax faces investigation and possible sanctions from her university, as a result of her statement that ‘as long as most Asians support Democrats and help to advance their positions, I think the United States is better off with fewer Asians and less Asian immigration.’ Her support for racial discrimination in immigration policy is not an isolated remark. … On the issue of sanctions, I largely agree with the Academic Freedom Alliance’s letter about this case, emphasizing the principle that universities should not punish faculty for out-of-class political speech …. That said, Wax’s statements on immigration are deeply problematic, and deserve severe criticism. Worse, they are symptomatic of a broader pattern on the right. All too many conservatives support discrimination and injustice in immigration policy of a kind they would reject elsewhere.” (01/19/22)