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WHO IS STEVE SCALISE AND WHY SHOULD I DONATE TO HIS CAMPAIGN?

You may remember Representative Steve Scalise as the Louisiana Republican who was shot and grievously injured by a Bernie Sanders supporter at a practice session for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity in Alexandria, Virginia,

----- Original Message -----

From: Steve Scalise (Republican Whip) <redacted>

Reply-To: <redacted>

To: steve@onecitizenspeaking.com

Sent: 4/29/2020 9:11:28 AM

Subject: Disappointed


Friend -- I'm sorry to be so frank but I'm disappointed. Let me explain:

[OCS: Why are we friends, I barely know who you are? Sorry to tell the truth in a clear, understandable manner? Why would anyone apologize for doing what should be standard practice?]

1. House Democrats in toss-up districts outraised our Conservative allies over 200%

[OCS: It wasn’t the lack of money that resulted in flipped seats. It was the selection of piss poor GOP politicians, lack of a unified platform, inconsistent messaging, refusal to push back against media distortions, and, in some cases, voter fraud that was never pursued by the party.]

2. Our chances of retaking the House were just downgraded... AGAIN

[OCS: Downgraded – you mean by dishonest and criminal acts by GOP representatives? Or those without the guts to fight? Or traitors to the GOP like Justin Amash who deserted the GOP to join the opposition?]

3. We simply don't have the cash reserves we need to compete in must-win districts

[OCS: President Trump proved that you do not necessarily need cash to dominate the media or build a first-rate campaign team. I find this statement disingenuous because you are raising money for YOUR reelection bid and nobody else. Why should I donate to your campaign – you have said nothing about yourself, your beliefs, or your past performance?]

Listen, I wouldn't be coming to you directly unless the situation was extremely urgent. Whoever controls the House will be decided by a handful of seats and right now I don’t like our chances.

[OCS: Surprise! It’s always urgent and the issue is always critical. I wonder if they have ever heard of the “Boy who cried wolf syndrome?]

Because the stakes are so high, I've managed to organize a 500% contribution match specifically for you. But there's a catch… it only lasts until midnight. So I need you to step up before you close out of this email.

[OCS: Have you ever wondered where those matching funds are coming from? Private donors? Party reserves? Or even taxpayer dollars? Or why the deadline is so specific? To meet a funding or reporting deadline? They never say, even when directly asked.]

*** 500% Match is ACTIVE Until 11:59PM ***

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Are you going to be intimidated by the Democrats' overflowing bank accounts, or will you fight for our Conservative movement?

[OCS: What conservative movement? You mean the bozos that rubber-stamp Nancy Pelosi’s profligate spending on the Deomocrat's progressive agenda?]

You're running out of time to claim your 500% match. We need your help -- that's right, YOU!

-- Steve Scalise

Paid for by Scalise For Congress

Hidden within the email message are two hidden tracking pixels that link you to the sender’s server so they can track your opening and responce to the email. This is what one look’s like…

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And pushing that button brings you to the donor page…

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As if you are donating to President Donald Trump and not Steve Scalise.

Bottom line…

Here in California, I have no clue to who Steve Scalise may be, what he actually represents, his voting record, or even what he looks like.

I am tired of these deceptive ads from the party that promises openness, transparency, and accountability.

The GOP just ratified spending an unprecedented $6 TRILLION and want another $2 TRILLION before even knowing where the money is actually going.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



MICHAEL MOORE SCREWS THE POOCH AND BITES THE HAND THAT FEEDS HIM...

In presenting the highly-politicized documentary, "Planet of the Humans," Michael Moore has screwed the pooch – accidentally revealing truths about the environmental movement which constitutional conservatives have been pointing out for the longest time.

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The feature itself is mind-numbing, sleep-inducing, and monotonically boring. Yet it is worth watching, if only to see some of the leaders of the environmental movement as they really are: agenda-driven, ill-informed, and attempting to destroy America from within. 

THE MOVIE IS AVAILABLE ON VIMEO AT https://planetofthehumans.com/

The movie pulled by YouTube because it did not promote the progressive social democrat viewpoint and the actual copyright claim is bogus under the "Fair Use" provisions of the Copyright Act.

 

Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road — selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America.

This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. It's too little, too late. Removed from the debate is the only thing that MIGHT save us: getting a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption. Why is this not THE issue? Because that would be bad for profits, bad for business. Have we environmentalists fallen for illusions, “green” illusions, that are anything but green, because we’re scared that this is the end—and we’ve pinned all our hopes on biomass, wind turbines, and electric cars?

No amount of batteries are going to save us, warns director Jeff Gibbs (lifelong environmentalist and co-producer of “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine").

This urgent, must-see movie, a full-frontal assault on our sacred cows, is guaranteed to generate anger, debate, and, hopefully, a willingness to see our survival in a new way—before it’s too late.

Featuring: Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Richard Branson, Robert F Kennedy Jr., Michael Bloomberg, Van Jones, Vinod Khosla, Koch Brothers, Vandana Shiva, General Motors, 350.org, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Nature Conservancy, Elon Musk, Tesla.  <Source>

[OCS: This will be a true test of Facebook, Twitter, and other tech platforms as they “fact check” anything not to their liking and remove it.]

Some of my favorite moments…

Narrator – Jeff Gibbs: "What are they hiding? And why are they hiding it? Is it their ignorance or is it something else? What if they themselves had become misguided? What if they have made some kind of deal they shouldn't have made and are leading us all off the cliff?"

[OCS: It is abundantly clear to me that what is being hidden is that the environmental movement is simply another method to advance the communist agenda.]

Narrator – Jeff Gibbs: “It was long past time for me to come to grips with the other elephant in the living room: the profit motive. The only reason we have been force-fed the story climate change plus renewables equals we saved is because billionaires, bankers, and corporations  profit from it. And the reason we are not talking about overpopulation, consumption, and the suicide of economic growth is that would be bad for business. Especially the cancerous form of capitalism that rules the world,  now hiding under a cover of green."

[OCS: Whoops! Clearly the environmental movement is hiding the fact that it is little more than another justification to destroy capitalism, the most productive force for good in the world, and implement soul-destroying communism that benefits the enlightened leadership and enslaves everyone else. So Malthusian – where planetary resources are limited and must be protected against population growth by de-growth and a return to a bygone era -- and wrong.]

Or in the words of one activist, Vandana Shiva ...

"The only reason coal and soil has been planted for biofuel in this country is the subsidies make it profitable. I think the big crisis of our times is Our minds have been managed to give power to illusions. We should be measuring growth, not in terms of how life is enriched, but in terms of how life is destroyed.”

[OCS: Summary – we should concentrate more on the mechanism of death than we should on living a full and rich life.]

What film would be complete without a mention of Rachel Carson, the environmentalist who wrote Silent Spring and was the proximate cause of millions of deaths and countless misery as the world abandoned the safe and effective method of using DDT to control disease-bearing mosquitos? All in the name of confirmation-biased pseudo-science that only advanced an environmentalist agenda of death.

And then there was the hero of the environmental movement former president Barack Obama and his radical communist appointee Van Jones. Not to mention Al Gore and his Oscar-winning film -- filled with distortions, half-truths, and downright lies.

Interestingly, in a classic display of duplicity, the rather clueless Robert Kennedy, Jr., mentions "free energy forever," yet this is the last thing the environmentalists want. Not only does it kill their political power grab by managing real or imagined scarcity, but it promotes more industrial growth.

The reaction from the environmentalists is hilarious….

Particularly amusing is the comment from “climate scientist” Michael Mann, the creator of “Mike’s Trick,” which led to the debunked “hockey stick.” When the tree ring data did not support his hypothesis, Mann grafted observed measurements onto the tree ring data without proper scientific disclosure – totally erasing the Medieval Warm Period.

Michael Mann, a climate scientist and signatory to Fox’s letter, said the film includes “various distortions, half-truths and lies” and that the filmmakers “have done a grave disservice to us and the planet by promoting climate change inactivist tropes and talking points.” The film’s makers did not respond to questions over whether it will be pulled down. <Source>

A new Michael Moore-produced documentary that takes aim at the supposed hypocrisy of the green movement is “dangerous, misleading and destructive” and should be removed from public viewing, according to an assortment of climate scientists and environmental campaigners. <Source>

[OCS: Of course, telling the truth or even asking questions, is deeply troublesome and problematical to those pushing the communist agenda. It appears that the “climate denier” label is being phased out in favor of “climate inactivist.]

Bottom line…

If the mainstream media stopped shilling for the un-American progressive socialist democrats, America would see, in short order, that these buffoons are little more than useful idiots attempting to sell communism. The toxic political ideology that has never worked and that has brought death, destruction, and misery to hundreds of millions of people.

One need only consider that the logical progression of socialism and communism is an oppressive dictatorship that needs to keep applying more and more force against the people to quell the dissatisfaction with their lot in life. And if one looks at the logical progression of capitalism, one finds more capitalism.

Look for the environmentalists and their cohorts to exploit the coronavirus to push their own form of contagion.

As more people believe the soft communist propaganda churned out by “useful idiots” like the multi-millionaire Michael Moore, we are more screwed than ever.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



GAVIN NEWSOM WANTS TO BE YOUR PRESIDENT IN 2024

Newsom, a wealthy elite un-American progressive socialist democrat, is primping and preening for the 2024 presidential election…

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I (Governor) do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California, that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.

The constitution is absolute…

Nowhere in the United States Constitution nor the California Constitution does the Governor or legislature have the right to force citizens to surrender their freedom, liberty, or property rights without due process.

Bottom line…

Heaven forbid that this schmuck should implement San Francisco-style California communism on the rest of the nation. It appears that the politicians want to remedy the economic catastrophe that they caused with taxpayer money, which they will then manage for political advantage. It is time to hold some of these people criminally responsible for the theft of your future and the deaths and miseries of thousands of citizens.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



INSURANCE INDUSTRY WINDFALL?

With a radical decrease in accidents, crime, and human activity, insurers are poised for windfall profits…

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For most people, insurance is a means of personal risk management, a way to provide a modicum of certainty and protection from major financial losses. In exchange for this protection, you are charged a premium. Theoretically, premiums are calculated on an actuarial basis that ensures the premium pool will statistically cover all of the projected or anticipated losses plus the operational costs and profit of the insurer. Including the multi-million dollar salaries of the senior executives who guide these massive enterprises.

The surprise over “voluntary” premium refunds…

I was pleasantly surprised when my insurance company “voluntarily” offered a premium discount to compensate for the lack of mileage during the “great California lockdown.” That was extremely thoughtful and considerate until I found that the greedy trial lawyers may have been planning a class action lawsuit to recover “windfall dollars” earned by the insurers when accident payouts drastically decreased. A settlement that would likely raise up to a billion dollars in settlement costs and which might earn the lawyers hundreds of millions of dollars in fees. In addition to the trial lawyers, we are seeing consumer advocacy groups like the Consumer Federation of America and the Center for Economic Justice petitioning state insurance regulators to demand that they share their cost savings and windfall profits with their premium payers.

From the Auto Club of Southern California...

The current crisis over the past few months has impacted everyone, and we continue to all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19. Our everyday lives have changed in ways we never imagined, and many of our members, like you, have been staying home, driving less, and may be struggling to make ends meet.

We stand by our slogan, "We're Always with You," and in these uncertain times, we are glad to be there for you by providing legendary service and some financial relief.

I'm pleased to announce you will receive a 20% premium refund in the form of a Policyholder Savings Dividend for the time your policy was in effect from March 16th to May 15th. A check for your dividend is expected to be sent out by the end of May.

You do not need to take any action to receive your dividend. We are able to provide this return of premium since our member insureds have been driving less and therefore have been involved in fewer accidents. We hope this will help ease some of the financial difficulty you may be facing.

Across the country, our team of dedicated professionals are committed to providing you the valuable services you've come to expect from us. Thank you for choosing us to provide for your auto insurance needs. Be safe and stay healthy.

However,  in California, insurance is highly regulated and politicized, and sometimes an instrument of governmental policy (pun intended).

California has been struggling for years as a consequence of their environmental policies and their subsidizing electric vehicles which resulted in a large decrease in tax revenue at the gas pump. So the progressive socialist democrats came up with another sneaky plan. A plan which enhances California’s surveillance activities, increases tax revenues, and allows the insurance companies to increase premiums. The concept is simple: you will pay your gas taxes and insurance premiums which would be calculated on the basis of actual miles driven – monitored by a GPS-enabled tracking system that could interrogate and transmit data from your vehicle to state-accessible servers. Allowing the state to increase tax revenues, charging more for driving in congested areas, automatically bill for toll-road access on the state’s “freeways,” and allow insurers to determine accident fault algorithmically and increase premiums.

Some possible trends…

An extension of the mandatory lock-down period by voluntary restrictions on activities.

Increased usage of private vehicles, especially by the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions, to offset the risks of using public transportation.

Lower oil prices may equate to more affordable driving and longer trips, possibly with the exception of California where gas prices also depend on state-mandated gas blends and restricted refining capacities.

An increase in erratic or drunk driving by uninsured illegal aliens who are said to form much of the agricultural, hospitality, construction, and service workforce.

Speeding on near-empty roads which are relatively free of traffic, even during the rush hour.

An increase in “driving under the influence” as individuals self-medicate to reduce the increasing anxiety of uncertain times.

New car sales may decrease due to less wear and tear on aging vehicles.

Consumers may prioritize spending to decrease insurance coverage and premium costs to increase the availability of “emergency funds.”

Bottom line…

We don’t know what we don’t know, but a number of things are certainties: death, change, taxes, and those who benefit politically and financially from disasters.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



THE TITANIC IS UNSINKABLE

Like those shipboard officials who told the passengers that the Titanic was unsinkable, it appears that some of our politicians are saying the same thing about the United States…

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Among the most essential skills of a politician are ...

To create name recognition with their voting constituency.

To attract media attention by providing revenue-producing content that attracts an audience.

To sell themselves to the funding sources and special interests that power their existence.

To promote the party ideology and brand unless one self-styles, at least in public, as a "maverick."

To create a plausible explanation for the reality we are experiencing.

Simultaneous spin a story into a horror tale that demands urgency of action and drastic public policy interventions but allows for an optimistic outcome.

Deliver all messages with assurance and certitude, even if the politician is ignorant of the specific facts and has little touch with reality.

Have an excuse why their prior predictions or actions did not work out as expected.

Be shameless and be able to "power through" embarrassing moments that would shame or cripple a more moral person.

Other than that, they can lie, cheat, and steal with impunity as few voting constituents are angry enough to hold them accountable for their egregious actions.

How else can one explain the continued incumbency of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and a host of other like Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Maxine Waters (D-CA), and those who are un-American progressive socialist democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and turncoats like Mitt Romney (R-UT)?

How else can one look at the corruption and scandal swirling about the Obama Administration and claim that former President Barack Obama knew nothing -- ignoring the fact that these matters were covered by his advisors, Daily Presidential Brief, and endlessly by the news media. Like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, it appears that he is shameless and able to "power through" embarrassing moments that would shame or cripple a more moral person.

Bottom line…

It is time to ratchet up your anger over what our elected officials, mostly governors, and mayors, have done to our nation. It is time to vote these miscreants, mostly progressive socialist democrats, out of office. 

It is time to condemn both parties who have provided a choice between worse and worst.

If you do not believe the United States is unsinkable, consider what happened to the Titanic or the Roman Empire.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



HAVE THEY NO SHAME? DEMOCRATS ENDANGER SENIOR CITIZENS

Elder abuse?

While I have no particular love for former Vice President and corrupt politician Joe Biden, it pains me to see a fellow senior citizen – obviously suffering from a cogitative deficit, possibly as a result of a stroke or onset dementia, be exploited to advance a political agenda. Clearly, Biden is medically unfit to serve as the President of the United States, and yet his handlers put him before the cameras. It has gone far beyond simple verbal gaffes – the man is struggling to speak in complete and coherent sentences. Even reading from written notes is not working.

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Even worse, dictatorial progressive socialist democrats are killing senior citizens… 

Common sense, backed by hard-number evidence, indicates that the most vulnerable to COVID-19 are the senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions. So why would any Governor demand that nursing homes and adult care facilities, with a large contingent of senior citizens, accept patients that have active COVID-19?

By order of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, unofficially running for the Democrat nomination as a replacement for Joseph Biden in the 2020 election…

New York Mandates Nursing Homes Take Covid-19 Patients Discharged From Hospitals

New York told nursing-home operators that they will be required to accept patients infected with the new coronavirus who are discharged from hospitals but may be still convalescing, amid more cases in the state that are straining the health-care system.

[OCS: Why are the major medical facilities closing down operations are furloughing employees if they are at capacity and sending employees home. New York has an abundance of hospital beds and ventilators. ]

The decision will draw pushback from some nursing-home officials, who have warned that such moves endanger residents who aren’t infected by the virus, because discharged patients may still be contagious. A group representing doctors who work in nursing homes, known as AMDA, the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, said in a recent resolution that “admitting patients with suspected or documented Covid-19 infection represents a clear and present danger to all of the residents of a nursing home.”

In the directive sent Wednesday to nursing homes, which was viewed by The Wall Street Journal, the New York State Department of Health said, “No resident shall be denied readmission or admission to the [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of Covid-19.”

In addition, the document said, nursing homes “are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for Covid-19 prior to admission or readmission.” <Source>

[OCS: This is unconscionable. Craziness leading to increasing active COVID-19 patients and deaths.

It is a fact that most nursing homes and adult care facilities have trouble meeting infection control standards with limited facilities, employees, and patients that wander from area to area. Patients who may not even be able to follow instructions.]

California is now admitting they were wrong…

LA Health Director Admits ‘We Were Wrong’ in Handling 40% of County COVID-19 Death Cases

We now know that in its zeal to shut things down to save frontline medical professionals and old people, the LA County Health Department missed a big tell.

There have been reports of coronavirus deaths at nursing homes since last month. The clusters were developing at eleven separate nursing home-like facilities. But now we know that fully 40% of the Wuhan virus deaths were people in nursing homes and “institutional” facilities. The County reports that 3,115 cases occurred in nursing homes and similar facilities; 1,826 of the cases were residents and the rest were staff.

But the possibility that asymptomatic people could spread the disease was known earlier.

The CDC reported that based on the Kirkland, Wash., nursing home cases, Chinese data and cases in Singapore, there was a distinct possibility of passing the disease along without ever developing symptoms. <Source>

Bottom line…

Once again, we find that the un-American progressive socialist democrats will say or do anything, fair or foul, to advance their ideological power grab and agenda.

If you are a senior citizen and/or have underlying conditions – beware, the Democrats are out to kill you. But don’t worry, your vote for the Democrats will be submitted after your death.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



PARTISAN PUBLISHING PASSES FOR "SCIENCE"

In his Nobel Prize Lecture, The Pretense of Knowledge, economist Friedrich von Hayek argued, “Unlike the position that exists in the physical sciences, in economics and other disciplines that deal with essentially complex phenomena, the aspects of the events to be accounted for about which we can get quantitative data are necessarily limited and may not include the important ones.”

It appears that Vox, a radical left media outlet, is reporting the results of a “disturbing new study” using “sophisticated new research” suggesting that Sean Hannity’s show helped spread the coronavirus.

But first a few facts…

(1) No matter how scientific the research appears, correlation does not immediately indicate causation.

(2) Researchers can control or distort the results of any research by omitting significant variables or statistically manipulating the results. In this research, there are multiple independent variables that do not seem to be controlled.

(3) Most statistical studies in the social sciences have large error bands surrounding their findings, but use the mathematical artifacts of division to report results with what appears to be decimal point precision.

(4) I could legitimately support the argument that Sean Hannity’s audience skews older and thus it;s more susceptible to the ravages of Covid-19. Or the equally ludicrous assertion that one is more likely to die from Covid-19 if you voted for a liberal governor since the “hotspot” concentrations of Covid-19 infections and deaths lies mostly within the geographical areas governed by progressive socialist democrats. Or even, corrupt progressive socialist democrats who have massive deficits and did not adequately prepare for a pandemic in the face of this well-known potential threat to their constituents. Assertions capable of producing the sensational headlines used by click-baiting media.

(5) And, I could suggest that those who listen to Fox also are greatly influenced by their peers and the overwhelming saturation of news and commentary coming from the large mainstream media whose audiences, when compared to the audiences of cable news, are significantly larger.

A look at Vox reporting…

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A disturbing new study suggests Sean Hannity’s show helped spread the coronavirus
Sophisticated new research links Hannity’s coronavirus misinformation to “a greater number of Covid-19 cases and deaths.”

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, media critics have warned that the decision from leading Fox News hosts to downplay the outbreak could cost lives. A new study provides statistical evidence that, in the case of Sean Hannity, that’s exactly what happened.

[OCS: If by evidence, you mean “a body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid,” than the cited statistical “evidence” is little more than “statistical” inference, supposition, or conjecture.]

The paper — from economists Leonardo Bursztyn, Aakaash Rao, Christopher Roth, and David Yanagizawa-Drott — focused on Fox news programming in February and early March.

At the time, Hannity’s show was downplaying or ignoring the virus, while fellow Fox host Tucker Carlson was warning viewers about the disease’s risks.

[OCS: Let us not forget that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Donald Trump’s top adviser on matters related to the coronavirus, said on January 21, that the coronavirus  was “not a major threat” to the U.S.” More specifically, “Obviously, you need to take it seriously, and do the kinds of things that the CDC and the Department of Homeland Security are doing. But, this not a major threat for the people of the United States, and this is not something that the citizens of the United States right now should be worried about.”

And let us not forget Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, inviting people to congregate in San Francisco’s Chinatown. “I’m here today, particularly, to say thank you to the community for the sense of family values and sense of community that they provide. 

But also to say to everyone: we should come to Chinatown.  Precautions have been taken by our city.  We know that there is concern surrounding tourism, traveling all throughout the world, but we think it’s very safe to be in Chinatown and hope that others will come.

It’s lovely here.  The food is delicious, the shops are prospering, the parade was great.  Walking tours continue.  Please come and visit and enjoy Chinatown.”

This was a new virus, never seen in the animal or human population and most of the scientists were as clueless as to the degree of contagiousness and lethality of the virus as the common physician.

That many journalists and commentators – two separate animals – got it wrong initially is not an indictment of their motives or even politics.] 

Using both a poll of Fox News viewers over age 55 and publicly available data on television-watching patterns, they calculate that Fox viewers who watched Hannity rather than Carlson were less likely to adhere to social distancing rules, and that areas where more people watched Hannity relative to Carlson had higher local rates of infection and death.

[OCS: Polls? You mean those things that depend on how questions are framed and respondents selected? Considering the inherent errors in starting with such “data,” one is reminded of the old data processing adage, “Garbage In, Garbage Out.”]

“Greater exposure to Hannity relative to Tucker Carlson Tonight leads to a greater number of COVID-19 cases and deaths,” they write. “A one-standard deviation increase in relative viewership of Hannity relative to Carlson is associated with approximately 30 percent more COVID-19 cases on March 14, and 21 percent more COVID-19 deaths on March 28.”

[OCS: Looks very scientific – until you examine the methodology and spot all of the limitations and assumptions that render the research useless.]

This is a working paper; it hasn’t been peer reviewed or accepted for publication at a journal. However, it’s consistent with a wide body of research finding that media consumption in general, and Fox News viewership in particular, can have a pretty powerful effect on individual behavior.

[OCS: This is an example of the chicken and the egg – and which one came first dilemma. Do the viewers watch Fox because it supports their viewpoint or do they watch Fox commentators (not journalists) for hard news? Do the viewers watch Fox because it appears more fair and balanced or because they found programs on CNN and MSNBC are one-note anti-Trump sources who lie without shame? I might suggest that older individuals, in particular, are already somewhat set in their ways and patterns of life and are less likely to change long-term behavior based on what any commentator might say.]

It seems that people really do see media as a guide to some of their most intimate life choices. Given how much a certain segment of older, white, conservative Americans trust Fox, it seems very plausible that they took cues from their favorite anchors on how to handle the coronavirus outbreak.

[OCS: “Very plausible” does not sound like “evidence” to me.]

For some Americans, that choice may well have been a fatal one.

[OCS: The same might be said of Dr. Fauci’s and Nancy Pelosi’s early advice.]

To read this article in full and in context, it can be found <here>.  Or better yet, read the actual research, “Misinformation During a Pandemic” and decide for yourself whether the authors’ research has merit.


Abstract

We study the effects of news coverage of the novel coronavirus by the two most widely-viewed cable news shows in the United States – Hannity and Tucker Carlson Tonight, both on Fox News – on viewers' behavior and downstream health outcomes. Carlson warned viewers about the threat posed by the coronavirus from early February, while Hannity originally dismissed the risks associated with the virus before gradually adjusting his position starting late February. We first validate these differences in content with independent coding of show transcripts. In line with the differences in content, we present novel survey evidence that Hannity's viewers changed behavior in response to the virus later than other Fox News viewers, while Carlson's viewers changed behavior earlier. We then turn to the effects on the pandemic itself, examining health outcomes across counties. First, we document that greater viewership of Hannity relative to Tucker Carlson Tonight is strongly associated with a greater number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the early stages of the pandemic. The relationship is stable across an expansive set of robustness tests. To better identify the effect of differential viewership of the two shows, we employ a novel instrumental variable strategy exploiting variation in when shows are broadcast in relation to local sunset times. These estimates also show that greater exposure to Hannity relative to Tucker Carlson Tonight is associated with a greater number of county-level cases and deaths. Furthermore, the results suggest that in mid-March, after Hannity's shift in tone, the diverging trajectories on COVID-19 cases begin to revert. We provide additional evidence consistent with misinformation being an important mechanism driving the effects in the data. While our findings cannot yet speak to long-term effects, they indicate that provision of misinformation in the early stages of a pandemic can have important consequences for how a disease ultimately affects the population.

[OCS: I wonder if the researchers really considered that cable news is a minor segment, audience-wise, of the mainstream media outlets and that cross-pollution between the various information sources renders their study as specious conjecture.]

Bottom line...

I am always reminded of an old adage: “any discipline which puts ‘science’ in its title is not science at all: social science, political science, library science, domestic science, and so on. All these ‘sciences’ deal with chaotic systems where a controlled experiment is often impossible.” One might rightfully label them pseudo-sciences. 

This paper will live in the archives and on the resumes of the authors -- but otherwise will be buried in the sands of time. Unless some other researcher needs to pull quotes to justify their own work.

With "science" like this, we are majorly screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



ANOTHER CHINESE CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER IGNORED BY POLITICIANS

While the politicians are preoccupied with the catastrophe that is the Wuhan virus and the possible compromise of global telecommunications systems by Huawei’s 5G products and services, little attention is being given to BeiDou…

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With the emergence of authoritarian “Big Brother” surveillance by China, and to some extent, the United States, the value of owning the keys to the tracking system is invaluable. One need only consider how many military, commercial, and individual services are based on location services?

BeiDou

BeiDou, Chinese for the constellation known as the “Northern” or “Big” Dipper,” including the North Star used in navigation systems, is the Chinese Navigation Satellite System.

While not complete at this date, the system is integrated into many military, commercial, and individual applications – including approximately 70-percent of Chinese smartphones, according to the Ran Chengqi, director of the China Satellite Navigation System Management Office. The same smartphones that form a backbone element of Communist China’s surveillance society.

According to published reports… “BeiDou receivers have been integrated into over 6.5 million taxis, buses, and trucks. And as of 2019, it had more than 400 million users worldwide. Over 30 countries, largely in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, use the system, including for various projects in Indonesia, Kuwait, Uganda, Myanmar, the Maldives, Cambodia, Thailand, and Russia.”

Chengqi reports that two more satellite launches will complete the 3rd generation BeiDou system by June 2020.

Bottom line…

Unlike American politicians who focus on 2-year, 4-year, and 6-year cycles, the Chinese take the long view. It is not uncommon for the Chinese to say, if not now, then when – and the when can be 20+ years in the future.

So while the politicians dither with their anti-Trump campaign and the intelligence agencies are preoccupied covering their past criminality, who is watching the store? Certainly not Representative Adam Schiff, the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, who was so focused on Trump that his committee missed the early warnings of the Wuhan virus that were emanating from the intelligence community.

If we do not wake up soon, we will be majorly screwed by the Chinese who have stolen our technology, built-out their economy, improved their military – and decimated our economy and social order. All while politicians are worried about their own political futures, positions, perks, privileges, and profits.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



POLITICIANS ARE HOLDING OUR NATION HOSTAGE

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There is no doubt that the un-American progressive socialist Democrats and their mainstream media cohorts continue to excoriate President Trump over testing for the Wuhan virus. Both the active test and the post-infection antibody tests are the current focus of the attack. The politicians cry, “there are not enough tests,” as if testing people will mitigate the damage to our republic and our economy.

But will there ever be enough tests?

Even though testing is of limited value as you can become infected moments later after the test or possibly re-infected later, this is the straw man argument used to keep the economy shuttered for the political benefit of the Democrats.

It appears that the mayors and governors of some states are attempting to extort money from the federal government by predicating re-starting local businesses based on specious testing criteria.

The longer the state remains sheltered in place, the greater pressure on the population -- which translates to greater pressure on the federal politicians to bail out states for pre-virus budget shortfalls and unfunded pension liabilities.

Instead of prioritizing expenditures and eliminating non-essential employees and programs, these mayors want to dip into everyone’s pocket to redress their own incompetency and profligate spending. The goal, of course, is to secure their political position, perks, privileges, and profits—all while their constituency suffers -- some with life-altering consequences and the loss of life-long savings.

Let us not forget that testing proves nothing – we must still protect the most vulnerable among us, if not from COVID-19, then the seasonal flu, or pneumonia – whatever. Let us remember, the great shuttering was designed to flatten the curve -- not the curve of people stricken or dying, but the curve relating to healthcare resources. All of this suffering was to prevent the government from looking bad and unprepared as much as it was to be able to care for the sick. In the process, all elective surgeries were canceled, medical personnel furloughed, and hospital finances crippled. What laid us low was not the number of beds or the number of ventilators, but the lack of personal protective gear for the nurses and caregivers. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom paying a Chinese company $500 million up-front on a billion-dollar contract for PPE. Of course, he refuses to release the details of the transaction, with some claiming he needs the secrecy to keep the federal government from swooping in and confiscating the supplies. BYD, the company with ties to the Communist Chinese government, has no known expertise for manufacturing PPE, their expertise lies in electric vehicles and lithium batteries. Talk about rewarding our enemies and ignoring Americans? 

Massive wealth distribution...

Why should the citizens of states who have fiscal responsibility, sensible spending, and lower taxes provide funds to states who are giving money and support services to illegal aliens?

Why should we bail out pension funds that are the product of policies created by corrupt politicians and their union cronies?

We are borrowing money from past, current, and future citizens to redistribute money to others -- many unworthy of consideration -- to save political jobs.

Bottom line...

Can anyone explain why, in the face of the newest spending bill expansion from one-quarter trillion to one-half trillion -- with the Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer getting virtually everything they wanted -- the Republicans are celebrating this as a great victory? Perhaps, I would, too, if it wasn’t my money and I was immune from the consequences of my actions.

This is Venezuelan economics. The government is sending billions to cities, counties, and states and their special interests while men and women who have worked their whole lives, saved their entire lives are as financially dead as if they were stricken with the virus. Talk about inequality and disparity between the rich and the poor – how about taking a closer look at the gap between those in the public sector and those in the private sector?

Where did the 2.2 trillion in previously authorized spending go? Why is Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a big-spending progressive, allowed to bankrupt the nation?

Why are petty tyrants telling us what to do -- even though the numbers are murky and the path unclear?

When the final tally perhaps shows that the current pandemic was the equivalent of a bad flu season, who will we blame for the destruction of our republic, our economy, and our lives? We must blame us -- for allowing these reprobate politicians to hijack our republic and our economy. 

Do you realize that President Trump and the progressive socialist democrats have done more to advance the progressive agenda in four months than at any time in history?

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



SCHIFFING THE BED

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How is it possible that Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) has not been sanctioned for his demonstrable, deplorable, and disingenuous lying?

Schiff wrote a rebuttal memo that stated that Representative Devin Nunes’ memo detailing corruption and anti-Trump bias at the FBI was false and full of distortions and misrepresentations based on classified information in Schiff’s possession.

“The HP SCI Majority's move to release to the House of Representatives its allegations against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) is a transparent effort to undermine those agencies, the Special Counsel, and Congress' investigations. It also risks public exposure of sensitive sources and methods for no legitimate purpose. FBI and DOJ officials did not "abuse" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign.”

As more and more information from the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of State, and other agencies are declassified, we now see that Adam Schiff is a bald-faced liar who knowingly lied to Congress and the American people.

Schiff continued to claim that he had “ample of evidence of collusion in plain sight” and that evidence of collusion has been borne out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Unfortunately, the Mueller Report turned out to be exculpatory and was replete with distortions, omissions, and other significant flaws – not to mention the abysmal performance of a clueless Mueller before Congress. So why did Adam Schiff refuse to present his “evidence” as part of the Trump impeachment trial in the United States Senate? Over and over, Schiff claimed he had special “classified” information which he never released.

Now comes the latest Schiff show…

It appears that Schiff is calling for another investigation into the Attorney General Barr’s statements concerning the firing of Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) Michael Atkinson.

There is no doubt that Adam Schiff and his staff colluded and conspired to engineer a complaint of President Trump’s allegedly illegal conduct on a telephone call with the President of Ukraine. It appears that Atkinson was part of the collusion, changing and backdating the requirements of an official complaint as well as misinterpreting the law governing his oversight activities. Atkinson testified before Schiff’s Committee, yet his testimony remains classified and was never presented to Congress.

Atkinson was fired for cause and the unclassified information supports claims of Atkinson’s malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance. Like the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the firing was justified and supported by incontrovertible evidence.

Except from the Schiff and Nadler letter…

We write to request that you investigate whether recent public statements by Attorney General William Barr regarding former Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) Michael Atkinson violated applicable Department of Justice (DOJ) policies and rules of professional conduct.

In a televised interview on April 9, 2020, Mr. Barr blatantly mischaracterized Mr. Atkinson’s conduct and DOJ’s own actions relating to the complaint filed last summer by an Intelligence Community whistleblower.

[OCS: If mischaracterizing information on a television show were worthy of investigation, Adam Schiff and almost every Member of Congress is guilty of unprofessional behavior.]

The complaint detailed President Trump’s efforts to coerce Ukraine to announce a politically-motivated investigation of his rival in the 2020 presidential election.

[OCS: Here the big lie is repeated. There was no coercion except in the minds of the Democrats who were trying desperately to find a hook with which to attack President Trump.]

Mr. Barr’s remarks followed the President’s admission on April 4 that he fired Mr. Atkinson in retaliation for Mr. Atkinson’s handling—in accordance with the law—of the whistleblower complaint.

[OCS: From what we know about FBI Director James Comey and ICIG Atkinson, both were fired for cause, and if justice is to be served, should be investigated and prosecuted.]

The House of Representatives’ investigation independently confirmed the whistleblower’s account of the President’s abuse of power, for which the President was subsequently impeached.

[OCS: Yes, the President was impeached by the Congressional Democrats on unprecedented and unconstitutional grounds – and cleared of wrongdoing by the U.S. Senate.]

Mr. Barr’s misleading remarks appear to have been aimed at justifying the President’s retaliatory decision to fire Mr. Atkinson.

[OCS: There is no proof that the President fired Atkinson as retaliation. But there is proof of Atkinson’s misbehavior.]

In maligning Mr. Atkinson and falsely portraying him as insubordinate, Mr. Barr misrepresented DOJ’s legal opinion concerning the whistleblower complaint.

[OCS: Where is evidence that AG Barr misrepresented anything? Especially because AG Barr appears to choose his words carefully and is not beholden to any political party.]

Mr. Barr’s remarks also ignored the impropriety of DOJ’s coordination with the White House to prevent a whistleblower complaint concerning presidential misconduct from reaching Congress.

In order to keep Congress in the dark about the existence of the complaint, the White House and DOJ collaborated to develop meritless justifications designed to circumvent the clear statutory requirement that all such complaints “shall” be transmitted to the congressional intelligence committees.

[OCS: The Inspector General of the Intelligence Community is restricted to investigating misconduct of the intelligence committees and has absolutely no legal authority to investigate Presidential activities or matters relating to foreign policy. The entire complaint was based on secondhand and sometimes bogus information from an individual who appears to have conspired with other individuals and Schiff’s staff to mount a political operation against the President of the United States.]

Public confidence in our system of justice depends on the integrity, fairness, and impartiality of DOJ’s leadership. It is, therefore, imperative that the Attorney General be held to the same high standard expected of all Department personnel, particularly in matters involving the President’s own interests. We appreciate your prompt attention to this request.

[OCS: Where were Adam Schiff and Jerome Nadler, when Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with Bill Clinton before his wife’s FBI interview or when the leadership of the DOJ and FBI were found to be corrupt?]

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Bottom line…

This is just another publicity stunt by Schiff and Nadler to demonize the President of the United States.

I am waiting for Schiff to release the Michael Atkinson transcript and the next Congress censuring or removing Adam Schiff – provided the GOP wins back the House, improves their Senate Majority, and retains the Presidency.

We are living in perilous times and can no longer afford to give any progressive socialist democrat the benefit of the doubt. They are an evil and malignant cancer on the body politic.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell