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REPUBLICAN TRAITORS VOTING WITH DEMOCRATS PROMOTE FUTURE MIDDLE EAST WAR

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If I was not pissed-off before learning that President Joe Biden and his cadre of Obama-era Communists planned to commemorate 9/11 by withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan, in essence surrendering to the Pakistani-created Taliban, the idea that Biden would re-engage with the duplicitous Iranians who shout “Death to American” makes me absolutely outraged.

But that pales when one considers that eight known Republicans are willing to join the Democrats to sell out their nation…

Once again, we find the same eight Republican RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) siding with the anti-Semitic progressive socialist Democrats against the interests of the United States and her major friend in the Middle East, Israel.

Richard Burr (R-NC)
Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Mitt Romney (R-UT)
Mike Rounds(R-SD - NOT VOTING)
Thom Tillis (R-NC - NOT VOTING)

These are the Republicans who voted or abstained in the Senate confirmation of Wendy Sherman as the Deputy Secretary of State.

For those who do not remember Wendy Sherman…

In President Bill Clinton’s administration, Wendy Sherman served as an Assistant Secretary of State and then as a Counselor to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. In 1994, Hillary Clinton assigned the task of negotiating an agreement with North Korea to freeze and dismantle its nuclear program. Any sane person knew, at the time, that North Korea viewed nuclear weapons as a survival mechanism for both the Communist country and the Kim dynastic regime. There was no way the regime could survive walking away from years of starving North Koreans to fund the regime’s nuclear ambitions.

Clinton offered various cash inducements, industrial assistance, and diplomatic concessions in return for a North Korean Photo-op that could be spun as a Clinton administration foreign-policy triumph. A pyrrhic victory as the North Koreans took everything offered, lied through their teeth, and continued developing not only nuclear weaponry but also an intercontinental ballistic delivery system.

A major fail in everyone’s estimation that should have precluded Wendy Sherman from ever serving as a diplomat and negotiating another strategic agreement.

If that were not a primary cause to reject Sherman's confirmation…

In President Obama’s Administration, Sherman was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and the lead negotiator in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, full of secret side agreements and technically in default the day the agreement was signed.

Repeating President Clinton’s playbook, Sherman again offered various cash inducements, industrial assistance, and diplomatic concessions in return for an Iran Photo-op that could be spun as an Obama administration foreign-policy triumph. This time something was different, Hillary Clinton was replaced, and the cheese-eating surrender monkey and chief appeaser John Kerry assumed the role of Secretary of State; Kerry was willing to do anything to get a Photo-op, even canceling some of the economy crippling sanctions placed on Iran and unblocking billions of dollars to save Iran’s economy. Meanwhile, the nuclear program and missile development work continued unabated.

Another pyrrhic victory as Iran took everything the U.S. offered, lied through their teeth, and continued developing not only nuclear weaponry but also an intercontinental ballistic delivery system. As Yogi Berra famously observed, “déjà vu all over again.”

Will the third time be a charm for Wendy Sherman?

After a hiatus with lucrative consulting gigs with Albright’s consulting firm and a professorship at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, we find Wendy Sherman returning to the Department of State just as the Biden administration is re-engaging with the murderous Ayatollahs of Iran.

Biden’s administration had said it was ready to join talks with Iran and world powers to discuss a return to the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran has demanded that the US lift sanctions before it returns to talks. It has also rejected discussing other issues, such as its regional activities. <Source>

US President-elect Joe Biden has indicated his desire to return to the accord, while Israel is pushing for any return to the deal to include fresh limitations on Iran’s ballistic missile program and support for terror and destabilization around the world. <Source>

It appears that Biden’s pledge to revive the nuclear deal with Iran, this time promising to correct the “mistakes of the past,” again involves Wendy Sherman. And for those not paying attention, Biden also nominated  Obama’s State Department fixer and Ukraine hoax plotter, Victoria Nuland, to be Undersecretary for Political Affairs.

Let us not forget that John Kerry and members of Obama’s former team may have been negotiating with Iran during the Trump administration and working against the United States' interests.

Kerry is quietly seeking to salvage Iran deal he helped craft

John Kerry’s bid to save one of his most significant accomplishments as secretary of state took him to New York on a Sunday afternoon two weeks ago, where, more than a year after he left office, he engaged in some unusual shadow diplomacy with a top-ranking Iranian official.

He sat down at the United Nations with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to discuss ways of preserving the pact limiting Iran’s nuclear weapons program. It was the second time in about two months that the two had met to strategize over salvaging a deal they spent years negotiating during the Obama administration, according to a person briefed on the meetings.

With the Iran deal facing its gravest threat since it was signed in 2015, Kerry has been on an aggressive yet stealthy mission to preserve it, using his deep lists of contacts gleaned during his time as the top US diplomat to try to apply pressure on the Trump administration from the outside. President Trump, who has consistently criticized the pact and campaigned in 2016 on scuttling it, faces a May 12 deadline to decide whether to continue abiding by its terms. <Source>

Bottom line…

Without a doubt in my mind, former President Barack Hussein Obama was not only anti-Semitic, but he was also an arch-enemy of the State of Israel. To see an addled Joe Biden allow the Obamacons to attempt to salvage one of Obama’s key initiatives in reinstating an Iran Nuclear Deal is to watch traitors candy-coat a turd.

To watch Republicans openly voting against the safety and national security of the United States is not only maddening but sickening.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


BROOKLYN CENTER POLICE OFFICER KIM POTTER: THE INJUSTICE OF PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL THEATER AND PANDERING TO THE MOB

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BCA Arrests Former Officer in Connection with the Death of Daunte Wright

​ST. PAUL — Agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) this morning arrested a former a Brooklyn Center police officer for the April 11 shooting death of Daunte Wright. Agents took Kim Potter into custody at approximately 11:30 a.m. ​at the BCA in St. Paul.

After consultation with the Washington County Attorney’s Office, Potter will be booked into the Hennepin County Jail on probable cause 2nd Degree Manslaughter. The Washington County Attorney’s Office will file charges later today.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation. The BCA has been and will continue to work with the Washington County Attorney’s Office as the case progresses.   <Source>

While some readers may object to this post, it must be said. The rush to arrest a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, Officer Kimberly A. Potter, is little more than unjust political theater that compounds a tragic mistake in what appears to be the accidental death of Daunte Wright.

Examining the fact pattern we find…

(1)  In spite of the politicians, the mainstream media, and the suspect’s attorney, there does not appear to be a racial component in the traffic stop of Wright with three officers (one white male, one black male, and one white female) in attendance during this critical incident. The suspect’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, widely known as a race-baiting liar, has outrageously stated that the killing had been on purpose and warranted a more serious charge. “This was an intentional, deliberate, and unlawful use of force.”

(2)  The traffic stop was legitimate, involving expired registration tags on the subject’s vehicle, the issue of the widely-cited air freshener hanging from the driver’s rearview mirror was an incidental matter and not of concern.

(3)  Wright’s arrest was legitimate and involved a warrant for the failure to appear to answer charges of possessing an unregistered gun without a permit in a public space and fleeing a police officer. All stemming from an alleged robbery attempt.

(4)  It was Daunte Wright who resisted arrest, jumped back into his vehicle, and attempted to flee the arresting officers. In a number of cases, the vehicle is often regarded as a deadly weapon.

(5)  The actual shooting was clearly a mistake when an officer attempted a use a Taser to subdue the suspect and accidentally drew and discharged her service revolver. The intent is clear as the officer calls out “Taser, Taser, Taser" prior to discharge and her shocked utterance, “Holy shit, I shot him,” a second after the shooting -- this speaks to the accidental nature of the shooting.

(6)  The charge under Minnesota State law, Second-degree Manslaughter, is normally used when an individual has created “unreasonable risk” and kills another person through culpable negligence. It appears to me, an untrained layman, that there is always a degree of risk during a routine traffic stop that suddenly escalates into a high-intensity situation. Yes, the officer appears to be negligent in drawing the wrong weapon – although the preponderance of police training develops the muscle memory to draw a service revolver, not a Taser located on the Officer’s weaker side. The maximum punishment for a conviction is 10 years in prison.

With this fact pattern, this tragic matter appears to be a civil “wrongful death” charge against the City, not an arrest and criminal charge against the officer. Firing the officer should have occurred after a shooting review board in accordance with the officer’s reasonable expectations of respect for her “due process” rights.

However, in the background of rampaging rioters, some little more than opportunistic looters treated as legitimate protesters by pandering politicians and the mainstream media, we see a rush to judgment to satisfy a mob.

Those city officials who argued for “due process” found themselves almost instantaneously unemployed when confronted by the City’s Mayor and City Council.

Officer Kim Potter resigned her position as did Police Chief Tim Gannon.

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott commenting on the firing of City Manager Curt Boganey, “The city council had significant concerns regarding how the city responded to the protest. The city council determined it was in the best interest of the city and its residents to seek new leadership in the city. And we do want to thank Mr. Boganey for his service to the city, he has made strides in many areas to make the city better.” 

Boganey’s firing offense: facing an angry crowd of activists demanding that the officer involved be immediately fired, and saying that all employees working for the City of Brooklyn Center are entitled to "due process with respect to discipline. This employee will receive due process and that's really all I can say today."

At the end of the day, Boganey commented, “I lost my job, I still have my integrity.”

Want to see what a scumbag-criminal Daunte Wright was...

Daunte Wright had a warrant out for his arrest for attempted aggravated robbery charges after 'choking and holding a woman at gunpoint for $820 in 2019,' court papers reveal

  • DailyMail.com can reveal that Wright, 20, had a warrant out for his arrest for attempted aggravated robbery charges at the time 
  • Charging papers allege Wright and a second man, Emajay Driver, attended a party in December 2019 at the home of two women in Osseo, Minnesota
  • The women allowed the pair to crash after they said they didn't have a ride home 
  • The next morning, after one of the women went to withdraw $820 in rent money, Wright allegedly held her at gunpoint and demanded she give him the cash
  • His bail was originally set at $100k with orders that he should not contact the victim or any witnesses, refrain from drugs and alcohol and not have any weapon
  • It was revoked in July last year due to his 'failure to not possess a firearm or ammunition and not keeping in touch with his probation officer   

Bottom line…

In my opinion, the suspect, Daunte Wright, tacitly accepted the risk of great bodily harm when he decided to resist arrest and flee the scene rather than comply with the Officer’s lawful orders. Another reason why this shooting should be treated as a civil matter rather than a criminal one.

Funny, how many individuals caught up in these police dramas have criminal histories, are on parole, have warrants outstanding, and choose to run rather than be jailed.

It is time we support those who serve and protect our communities, condemning the race-baiters, politicians, and mainstream media who are so willing to back the actions of thugs and criminals rather than those who we engage to protect our lives and properties.

We are so screwed when we let Marxist politicians and their media mouthpieces incite civil insurrection to bring about a revolution that destroys America from within.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


TELL ME WHY I SHOULD CARE ABOUT THE HOARD OF ILLEGAL ALIENS THREATENING OUR NATION?

IMMIGRANTS

Once again, I am getting pitches from so-called humanitarian groups seeking my money to help poor and hapless "undocumented immigrants" live a better life in America. Even the Marxists in the Catholic Church claim they are running low on funds. (Of course, they do not mention the pedophilia payouts.)

So, as I look at American children, men and women, and especially senior citizens living on subsistence fixed incomes in these inflationary times, tell me why I should care about voluntary law-breakers.

Pardon me for looking at our children and seeing tremendous amounts of time, effort, and money being spent to educate functionally illiterate, non-English speaking children while our own children are ignored. The teacher's unions openly invite these illegals, knowing they will require more teachers and business is good.

I wish someone would explain why I should care about the Democrat-made crisis at our Southern Border?

Yes, I feel sorry for the suffering of individuals, especially little children…

But, I am angrier at the self-serving parents abusing their children by placing them in physical and emotional danger. Especially those who send "unaccompanied minors" hoping that the Democrats will ignore all laws and push for the reunification of families that sees the parents "legally" entering the country, being able to immediately access a cornucopia of welfare safety nets.

Well, the truth is that I don't give a flying "eff" about the scofflaws entering America and dragging their baggage and culture behind. They want a better life -- not to be Americans. In fact, many of them want to make their money here and return home where they can live well on far fewer dollars. Crossing the border is only the first crime, followed by ignoring court appearances, perjury, forgery, identity theft, and for many committing the same crimes that are easily excusable in their country, like public drunkenness.

Sorry, unlike Cubans, you are not an endangered asylum-seeker when you pass through a relatively safe country where the language, customs, food, and behavior are closer to that found in your country. Oh, that country has tough immigration laws and may prosecute you if you attempt to remain in that country? So be it. I cannot blame that country for maintaining its sovereignty or does not want to divide its communal wealth with illiterate, impoverished, unskilled, and sick refugees. Those countries are not stupid and suicidal by importing a hoard of locusts to devour their crops, leaving them to starve to death.

I have contended that America needs to enact Mexico's immigration laws into American law -- and provide entry only to individuals meeting specific beneficial criteria and from those nations which offer reciprocal immigration rights to Americans.

And it is not just Mexicans and Central-, and South-Americans that are entering our country unchecked. There are the Chinese, Russians, and others from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Including spies, terrorists, and hardened criminals who organize and find easy pickings in their own ethnic communities.

What about the massive importation of drugs that are killing Americans and their children?

Bottom line...

We need immigration reform.

(1) Starting with upholding the United States Constitution and our nation's sovereignty by controlling our borders.

(2)  By streamlining the capture, processing procedures, and court processes to permit immediate return, not releasing illegal aliens into the United States without background checks, medical history, sponsorship, and the capability to avoid using social services with the exception of emergency medical care.

(3)  By demanding all illegal aliens register, as per the existing law, within a specified time period. Unregistered illegal aliens will be returned to their nation of origin after a specified date. To enumerate the number of illegal aliens present in the nation. To create an environmental impact report that will inform immigration reform. To hold a national referendum regarding immigration based on their entrance qualifications and desire to assimilate.

(4)  By holding those corrupt politicians who do not protect the Constitution and the safety and security of our nation responsible at the ballot box, This includes holding political parties similarly responsible for their actions.

We are so screwed if we continue to dance around the above four basic points. 

-- steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


SCARED YET?

With all of the sensational media headlines about mutant strains of the coronavirus…

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Israeli data shows South African variant able to ‘break through’ Pfizer vaccine

The South African variant of the coronavirus is notably more adept at “breaking through” the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine than other variants are, Israeli scientists have found, in a first-of-its-kind real-world study. Israel has used the Pfizer vaccine almost exclusively to vaccinate millions of citizens, with a version by Moderna, based on similar innovative mRNA technology, used minimally. A team from Tel Aviv University and the Clalit healthcare organization sequenced the swabs of 150 Israelis who tested positive for COVID-19 despite having been vaccinated.

“Based on patterns in the general population, we would have expected just one case of the South African variant, but we saw eight,” Prof. Adi Stern, who headed the research, told The Times of Israel. “Obviously, this result didn’t make me happy.” She said that the results show that the South African variant, compared to the original strain and the British variant, “is able to break through the vaccine’s protection.” However, she said that the sample size is too small to put a figure on its increased ability. “We can say it’s less effective, but more research is needed to establish exactly how much,” she said. <Source>

Beyond the headlines, from the research paper…

The main caveat of our study was the small sample size of both the WT and B.1.351 variants. These small samples sizes are a product of (a) the dramatic increase in frequency of the B.1.1.7 variant (first detected in Israel in mid-December 2020) (Fig. 1A), and (b) the low frequency of the B.1.351 variant in Israel [14]. In fact, in our latest samples obtained in late February and early March 2021, we noted fixation of the B.1.1.7 variant, but this interpretation requires caution as our sample size was low (Fig. 1A). Furthermore, caution is required from over-interpreting the odds ratios obtained, as the absolute numbers we found, in particular for B.1.351 infections, are very small.

Our study design was not intended to deduce vaccine effectiveness against either variant, since we observe VOCs conditioned on infection, and do not measure absolute infection rates in the vaccinated or control population. Thus, we can only cautiously speculate on vaccine effectiveness against the B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 strains from these dates. For those wanting to read the paper pre-print, it can be found here.

So where is Dr. Fauci, reading the report, interpreting the data, and informing the public?

Fauci: Israeli COVID-19 study misleading on vaccine effectiveness

Fauci explained that the while the S. African variant can break through the vaccines, they are still effective at preventing serious illness and death. In an interview with FOX Television Stations also on Monday, Fauci explained that the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines still look to be effective at preventing serious illness and death. "So what might happen is that when you get these new variants, some of them may not be protected against when you’re talking about mild-to-moderate disease, but at the same time, people are not going to get severely ill and wind up dying," Fauci told Fox. <Source>

Nothing is misleading about the paper, the researchers, or their work. And misinformation comes solely from the media outlets seeking to create sensationalism to attract audience attention. Or Dr. Fauci pushing a political agenda.

Put in context by a well-credentialed Brit with statistics expertise…

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Professor Francois Balloux
Chair in Computational Biology Systems Biology
Genetics, Evolution & Environment
Division of Biosciences
University College London

I joined the UCL Genetics Institute (UGI) as a professor of Computational Systems Biology in 2012 and became Director of the Institute in 2015.

Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, UCL is London's leading multidisciplinary university, with more than 13,000 staff and 42,000 students from 150 different countries.

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Bottom line…

Once again, the mainstream media is trying to assist the progressive socialist democrats and their continuing power grab.

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Whether you opt-in or opt-out of the vaccine program, remember you are an adult and have the right to assess your own appetite for risk. Personally, I opted-in because I am at the highest risk level and believe that, while I might contract the virus, it might be less severe or less deadly in my particular case. Because of the near-exclusive use of the Pfizer product in Israel and the abundance of quality Israeli research, I chose Pfizer over Moderna and never considered any AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

It’s up to you whether to panic and stress out over something you cannot control or take prudent precautions to mitigate your risk and that of family members, friends, colleagues, and community members.

We are so screwed when we can’t trust our government or the mainstream media.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


ANOTHER "INNOCENT BLACK MAN" GUNNED DOWN BY THE POLICE?

It starts like a bad joke: three police officers, one black male, one white male, and one female, approaches a subject with an outstanding warrant – for illegal gun possession, fleeing a police officer, and failure to appear in court – and while surrounded by cops may have been accidentally shot after resisting arrest and trying to flee in his vehicle, itself a deadly weapon.

According to official statements and released body-cam footage, it appears that Officer Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, accidentally shot Daunte Wright while meaning to use her Taser. You can hear Potter calling out “Taser, Taser, Taser,” which is the standard procedure before a taser is deployed. This is reinforced by her shocked exclamation, “Holy Shit, I just shot him.”

Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz plays the race card when there is no apparent racial intent…

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The family’s response…

Of course, the family will portray Daunte Wright, 20, as either a fine upstanding citizen or someone attempting to turn their life around. So nobody should be surprised when Daunte Wright's mother, Katie Wright, told reporters at the scene that her son called Sunday afternoon to tell her that police had pulled him over for having air fresheners dangling from his rearview mirror, in violation of Minnesota law. No mention of expired license plate tags, no mention of an outstanding warrant. And certainly no mention of an attempt to escape custody.

The picture released by the family…

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The outstanding warrant for failure to appear to answer gun-related charges and fleeing a police officer…

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Social media portrays a thug with money, possibly flashing gang symbols, and posing with a gun…

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Enter Benjamin Crump…

As I wrote this post, I was waiting to see if the bottom-feeding, race-baiting, lying lawyer, Benjamin Crump, or someone similar, would helicopter in to handle media relations, setting up a GoFundMe page and creates a non-profit foundation in anticipation of a large wrongful death payday. I didn’t have to wait long.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump announced on Monday that he has been retained to represent the family of Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Black man who was shot dead by a police officer during a traffic stop Sunday.

“Daunte Wright is yet another young Black man killed at the hands of those who have sworn to protect and serve all of us — not just the whitest among us. As Minneapolis and the rest of the country continue to deal with the tragic killing of George Floyd, now we must also mourn the loss of this young man and father. This level of lethal force was entirely preventable and inhumane. What will it take for law enforcement to stop killing people of color? The growing number of Black men and women who have been killed or harmed by police is far too hefty a price for the equality we are seeking. We join Daunte’s family in demanding justice for him, and holding those responsible for his death accountable.”

Effect on Derek Chauvin murder trial for the death of George Floyd…

With this recent shooting and the second night of riots in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, we may as well forget trying the Chauvin Case on the merits of the law. This “accidental" shooting in Minneapolis and the subsequent riots make me believe that while the prosecution may not overcome reasonable doubt, the jury may be influenced to unjustifiably convict Chauvin by the current social unrest, the possibility of additional rioting, and the possibility of harm to themselves or their family if they do not return a verdict acceptable to an agitator-led mob.

Bottom line…

There was nothing racial in this shooting, but as the saying goes… “If it bleeds, it leads” and “if  it’s race, it gets space.” It appears everyone will win except the public, the police, and, of course, Daunte – the family gets big bucks, Crump gets his payday, the race-baiters have a new cause célèbre, the politicians get face-time to virtue signal as social justice warriors, and the media gets to sensationalize another story to attract an audience.

It is unlikely that the police will risk further actions that jeopardize their career to bring rioters, looters, and arsonists under control. Already the City Council and Mayor have assumed command of the Police Department and banned the use of non-lethal crowd control measures.

Don't get me wrong. This was a terrible tragedy for Wright, his family, and especially his girlfriend sitting next to him. This was a horrific, career-ending mistake for the police officer. But, I will not and cannot accept those who would racialize this unfortunate event for their own self-gain. Nor will I condone the rioting, looting, and arson that seems attached to Black Lives Matter and others who capitalize on legitimate protest. 

If there were any honest brokers left, you would know them by their attempts to defuse, deracialize,  and deescalate these rebellions.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


LAZY AMERICANS CHOSE CONVENIENCE OVER FREEDOM AND SECURITY

With apologies to Benjamin Franklin…

"Those who would give up their freedom for a little temporary convenience deserve neither freedom nor convenience."

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Unanswered questions…

We are all familiar with those unilateral “take it or leave it” technology "terms of service" agreements that essentially strip our fundamental freedoms and allow third-party corporations to access, download, aggregate, sell, and repurpose the details of our lives in exchange for accessing entertainment, communication with others, and purchasing goods and services.

All courtesy of electronic devices that can continuously track our locations in real-time and provide data from several sensors, including microphones, cameras, and biometric devices. Where you have purchased and own the hardware, but lease the chip-embedded firmware and software.

Essentially we do not know who is listening, what is being recorded and stored, what security protections are in place, who has access, and what third-party data will be added after the fact.

What makes such surveillance and data collection difficult is an absolute government-issued identifier like a Social Security Number, Passport Number, or Driver’s License. Even the use of vendor-generated GUIDs (Globally Unique IDentifiers) is ineffective because while they can link output data to the devices that were used to create files, they still lack an “absolute” connection to an individual’s identity.

It is known that the major credit repositories and medical information exchange bureaus have your Social Security Number, Driver’s License, and other non-public personal information; but they are not linked to real-time devices and transactions.

This may be changed in the near future if California implements a “Digital Driver’s License” program…

Assembly Bill A.B. 1503, authored by the uber-progressive open borders advocate Miguel Santiago, a progressive socialist Democrat from the predominantly Hispanic East Los Angeles area, who has authored legislation that would create a Digital Drivers License and ID pilot program?

This is the same radical Assembly Member that joined a radical socialist, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, to create and advance legislation that would stop crimes committed by minors from later being used against them in adult proceedings. Assembly Bill 1127 also allows people to petition the court for resentencing if their prior juvenile record was used to enhance an adult felony conviction. It is a stunningly bad idea because Mexican gangs often use minors to commit crimes, including murders knowing that juveniles are treated less harshly than adults.

The beginning of the end of privacy in California...

ASSEMBLY BILL -- NO. 1503
Introduced by Assembly Member Santiago -- February 19, 2021


An act to add Article 6 (commencing with Section 13020) to Chapter 1 of Division 6 of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST

AB 1503, as amended, Santiago. Digital driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Existing law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue to a person a driver’s license as applied for when the department determines that the applicant is lawfully entitled to a license.

Existing law requires the license to state specified information, including the true name, age, and mailing address of the licensee and a brief description and engraved picture or photograph of the licensee for the purpose of identification.

Existing law authorizes the department to issue an identification card to any person attesting to their true full name, correct age, and other identifying data as certified by the applicant for the identification card.

This bill would authorize the department to establish a pilot program to evaluate the use of mobile or digital alternatives to driver’s licenses and identification cards if specified requirements are met including that the Department of the California Highway Patrol approve alternative licenses and that the pilot program be completed no later than January 1, 2028.

The bill would require that the department limit data exchanged between the department and any electronic device or provider of an electronic device, as specified.

The bill would authorize the department to evaluate the use of private industry partners in the conduct of the pilot program, as specified.

The bill would authorize the department to include the issuance of Real ID driver’s licenses and identification cards in the pilot program upon authorization of the United States Secretary of Homeland Security.

The bill would require the department, if it conducts the pilot program, to submit a report to the Legislature, as specified. <Source>

A stunningly bad idea…

Given the safety and security of information contained in government databases, the number of former intelligence and law enforcement officers who have infiltrated the organizations of likely system providers, and the present security of mobile devices, this is a bad idea and should be stopped before it strips individuals of their fundamental right to enjoy citizenship without being molested by the government-- in particular the progressive socialist democrats who believe they have the moral superiority to dictate how you should live your life.

Bottom line…

Without a fundamental statement of your digital rights and mandatory harsh penalties, without plea bargains, for those government and corporate officials who abuse access to electronic devices and use your data without explicit permission, you are screwed.

Especially if the data is processed and conveyed to foreign nations where it remains beyond American jurisdiction. Like the information on all government workers, including information obtained in classified background checks for security clearances, that was taken from the Office of Personnel Management by the Chinese Government.

Our digital privacy is tenuous at best, do not allow your remaining freedoms to be stripped away. Do not be Californicated. 

-- steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE ARROGANCE OF TECH TITANS WHEN TELLING PEOPLE WHAT CONTENT THEY CAN CONSUME

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, speaking before the World Economic Forum Global Technology Governance Summit 2021…

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Everyone seems to have an opinion about this - what is good content, what's bad content, what content what should up, what should be down? We engage with many different groups across many different topics, and I'd say that's one conversation.”

[OCS: Therein, Wojcicki seems to have revealed the real problem. Everyone has an opinion, some conditioned by self-interests, some by political ideology, some by the desire to create sensationalism to drive profits, and some to burn down the system.

There is no legitimate way that any technological system, even with the best artificial intelligence and machine learning, can do little more than adding up the number of similar words and then act on that pattern. Facts and context being subjective rather than objective.

In the words of Friedrich Hayek, it is all the “pretense of knowledge.” You do not know that which you do not know.

Leading to the best course of actions, present everything, excluding, of course, calls to violent action, child pornography, and similar subjects. Let the people decide. The tech platforms pretend they protect children under 13, but the truth is today’s 13-year-old is more worldly than yesterday’s 23-year-old.]

“There's a different question, which is, 'Well how good a job do you do at removing that content once you've identified it?'. This report that just came out showed exactly where we are, which is at 99.85% [success]…So it's our goal is to break [the debate] into two different conversations - first what the policies should be, and then do we do a good job enforcing them once we have those policies?”

[OCS: Wojcicki is delusional or self-serving. Given bots and automated content injection mechanisms, there is no legitimate way to stop the flood of content.

Want to bypass the textual analysis of messages, place the message within a graphic with odd spacing – much like a Captcha “I’m Not A Robot” challenge.]

“We have been asked many times by governments, by press, by advertising, by the creator community, about this violative rate and we were able to show exactly how good we are at enforcement of our policies. We were able to show that we have a very high ability to find this content and show exactly what that number was. We were also able to show that we were able to reduce it significantly over time.”

The machines are good, we can find content across the board, but something like hate speech, or something that has a lot of context, would be something that would be harder from a machine standpoint to be able to detect. We've been able to really fine tune our machine so that we can find a lot of this content and it is flagged, but it doesn't necessarily mean that it's removed. So what happens is the machines will flag it and then it will be sent to human reviewers who will determine whether or not this is in fact violative or not.”

[OCS: The question that is not often asked and very rarely answered is, how many humans or organizations are fact-checking and manipulating the content? And, of some concern, how much of this manipulation occurs at the behest of  the tech tyrants, government, special interests, and paying clients?]

If you're looking for COVID information, we actually can say, 'Look, your local health authority, the CDC or whatever [the equivalent in whatever] country you're in, or the World Health Organization, those are all organizations that we can trust, as opposed to some channel that just showed up that we don't have any kind of authoritative information about. So we definitely have a concept with information about authoritative sources and we make sure that when people are looking for information that is sensitive, we show those authoritative sources. But if you're in the entertainment area or you're looking to how to fix something or how to learn something about some obscure topic, it's really hard to put some judgment about what is the best content that's out there.”

[OCS: There is little or no doubt that the Chinese Communist Party compromised the leadership of the World Health Organization.

The WHO was not telling the truth about the Chinese Communist Party virus, they were passing along Chinese Communist propaganda that downplayed China’s role in creating the global pandemic and worsening its effects on innocent people.

Chinese individuals trying to warn the world were suppressed by China’s tech platforms and subsequently by  American tech platforms. None of the tech tyrants had a clue as to the truth, continuing to infantilize their audience as if they were mommy and daddy explaining something bad to a child.]

When we deal with information, we want to make sure that the sources that we're recommending are authoritative - news, medical science, etc. We also have created a category of more borderline content, where sometimes we'll see people looking at content or there'll be content that's lower quality and borderline, so we want to be careful about not over-recommending that. That's content that stays on the platform, but it's not something that we're going to recommend.”

[OCS: Most technology-based platforms wrongly assume that the large mainstream media outlets like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, etc., are sources of authoritative information.

These media outlets are clearly not objective as they present a politically tinged narrative, use the work from many authors with various degrees of fact-checking, and rarely report first-hand scientific results.

They report scientific findings -- as interpreted by narrative-crafting journalists, first as a source of a news release itself that purports to interpret scientific findings, and then through their own journalists. The simple fact is they are reporting mostly what they are told and lack the credentials, time, and money, to locate and report on similarly authoritative, but contrarian positions.

Even worse, reporting what the self-serving, hyper-politicized government is handing out is foolish.

We have encountered fake news in both instances, which resulted in the censorship, automated or manual, of accurate information.

One need only consider the censorship of legitimate news coming from a major newspaper – where information stored on Hunter Biden's laptop was labeled as “Russian Disinformation” before the election and was suppressed, thus depriving Americans of an informed choice. Or, consider the number of contradictory government positions on pandemic-related issues like masks, distancing, and lockdowns. Or the suppression of a panel of highly-credentialed experts speaking about contrarian views of "the science." ]

Unfortunately, there were a lot of people who were uploading content that was not factual, that was not correct. It's much easier to just make up content and post it from your basement than it is to actually go to the site and have high quality journalistic reporting. That was just an example of what happens if you don't have that kind of ranking. So, we want to enable 'citizen journalism' to be able to report and other people to be able to share information and new channels, but when we're dealing with a sensitive topic, we have to have that information coming from authoritative sources, so that the right and accurate information is viewed by our users first.”

[OCS: Not to mention state actors working on behalf of governments to promote propaganda. Unfortunately, these sources may automatically be deemed authentic and credible – even if the content being presented is misinformation or disinformation. 

How do you determine authoritative sources in a day when there is little or no real journalism being practiced – especially at corporate-owned media where profits and partisan allegiances drive the narrative?]

My conclusion…

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Bottom line…

Nobody is inviting me to the Davos World Economic Forum Global Technology Governance Summit. I wouldn’t pay them thousands of dollars for travel (private jet, of course), lodging, food, and incidentals. So my opinion appears on my blog – and at the mercy of the tech titans who control my platform, and by extension, my content. I could be shuffled off to the “bit bin” should my content displease the powers that be. My voice lost in the ether no matter how cogent my insights or brilliant my exposition.

And therein is the essential issue of technological censorship. I am paying for the right to be heard, not the right to be censored. You have the right to determine your own version of the truth based on your upbringing, education, experience, and environment.

We are so screwed when free speech is compromised by a cadre of elites who believe that their wealth, position, education, credentials give them the moral superiority to tell me what to think, say, or do.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


BLACK LIVES MATTER -- DOWN FOR THE REVOLUTION WITH A MILLION DOLLAR HOME

Rural, mostly-white Topanga Canyon in California is the last place I would expect one of the trained Marxist co-founders of the radical violent communist front group Black Lives Matter would buy a $1.4 million house through a “corporate entity” …

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors Lands Topanga Canyon Compound

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Buyer: Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Location: Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles, Calif.

Price:  $1.4 million

Year::2003

Specs:  (approx.) 2,400 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus 1-bed/1-bath guesthouse

Lot Size:  .27 acres

A secluded mini-compound tucked into L.A.’s rustic and semi-remote Topanga Canyon was recently sold for a tad more than $1.4 million to a corporate entity that public records show is controlled by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, 37-year-old social justice visionary and co-founder of the galvanizing and, for some, controversial Black Lives Matter movement.

[OCS: Not only is this area somewhat isolated, but it is also located in an area of extreme fire danger, especially in extremely dry brushy adjacent areas.  Ironic to locate in a known fire danger area when the rest of the nation is plagued by her Black Lives Matter activists/agitators with their radical tendencies to riot, loot, and burn other people’s property.

Seeing that she graduated from UCLA (and the University of Second Choice), one cannot help but remark that the University of California (Berkeley, and Los Angeles) have justifiable reputations for training “elite” radicals.]

Kahn-Cullors, a UCLA and USC graduate married about five years ago to social activist (and amateur boxer) Janaya Khan, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, created the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag in 2013 in response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin. Since then, the largely decentralized movement has been at the influential forefront on issues of police brutality and racially motivated violence against Black people, particularly in the wake of George Floyd’s killing last summer that sparked massive protests across the United States and around the globe. Kahn-Cullors’ published “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” in 2018.

[OCS: Let us not forget that the entire Trayvon Martin affair was created by the mainstream media who thought George Zimmerman was “white” when he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense. Martin, a thief, and a thug initiated an attack on Zimmerman. Another example of the media creating their own firestorm to drive their progressive socialist democrat narrative and profits. And, it appears to be repeating in the Derek Chauvin trial concerning the death of George Floyd another drug-addled thug.]

A winding 15 minute drive from The Commons at Calabasas and a slightly longer and somewhat less serpentine drive from Malibu’s Getty Villa, the pint-sized compound spans about one-quarter of an acre. The property’s not-quite 2,400 square feet is divided between the a three-bedroom and two-bath main house and a separate one-bed/one-bath apartment capable of hosting guests long term with a private entry and a living room with kitchenette.

Interior spaces feature bamboo floors and, in the spacious open-plan living room, dining area and kitchen, vaulted ceilings clad in knotty pine. A whitewashed raised hearth brick fireplace anchors the living room and numerous skylights baths the cavernous space with natural light.

The two guest bedrooms and hall bathroom are fairly ordinary, as is the simple and up-to-date though not especially high-end kitchen, while the primary bedroom offers a vaulted and wood-clad ceiling plus a small sitting area with glass sliders to the backyard.

An un-landscaped dust bowl with little charm besides the natural beauty of the trees and rugged mountains that envelope the property, the backyard offers little more than a covered patio for alfresco dining, a small deck and a tiny freestanding cabin best suited as a home office, meditation retreat or art studio.

[Interior pictures are available at the source site.]

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Not what I would expect from a communist radical down with the revolution.  It is not exactly an enclave of blacks like South Central, Baldwin Hills, or other “communities of color.” But, then again, Topanga has always been accepting of hippies and oddballs who want to be left alone.

Bottom line…

I guess that even a radical communist needs a place of refuge from time to time – when they are not encouraging others to destroy America from within. Funny, the very system that allows her to buy a nice property is the one she seeks to destroy.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


SIMPLE: NOT REALLY

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Perhaps one of the greatest leaders/statesmen to live is Winston Churchill who famously observed …

"All great things are simple, and can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope." 

Likewise, it appears that these simple concepts have their opposites…

freedom – slavery

justice – injustice

honour – dishonor

duty – unheeding

mercy – cruelty

hope --  despair

Choose one…

Now, ask yourself, which political party seems to ignore freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, and hope as they ignore freedom as they attempt to enslave us with taxes and restrictions on our freedoms, attempt to panic us into accepting their political agenda, create divisions between Americans with their identity politics, subvert justice with a tiered system that favors the politically-connected, and generally ignore all positive precepts of humanity?

I am not saying that the GOP is without its faults, primarily cowardice, fecklessness, and unwillingness to fight for American values. They may occasionally talk about these values, but they are ineffective and fail to use the instrumentalities of power when it is in their hands. By their words and deeds, they appear ready to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

What is needed is principled leadership…

No, not establishment types like Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader in the United States House of Representatives since 2019. Not establishment types like Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader in the United States Senate since 2021. Certainly not the chameleons like Lindsey Graham who jumps across the aisle to advance the progressive socialist democrat agenda much like his mentor, the late Senator John McCain.

Who then can lead the charge in 2022?

Folks, it is 578 days from today to the 2022 mid-term election on November 8, 2022. Less if you consider the bruising primaries and the early voting days in the mid-term election.

I don’t see a GOP platform.

I don’t see specific ready-to-go programs that will counteract, repeal, and replace Democrat socialism.

I certainly don’t see a grassroots organization.

I do not see pushback against the mainstream media, court challenges, and coordinated messaging.

I don’t see the vetting necessary to keep candidates safe from opposition research and outright lies.

I don’t see Special Counsel John Durham’s report. Why does attorney Marc Elias still have his law license?

I do see a self-proclaimed leader in former President Donald Trump who claims he is the de facto head of the GOP. Unfortunately, lazy as ever, surrounded by dodgy people, and spending significant time fighting various lawsuits.

I do see the Romney-Bush-Rove establishment team working behind the scenes to spoil the election if they cannot elect one of their own. I also see the GOP supporting earmarks by simply rebranding them as “community project funding”— outrageous spending be damned. 

I do see that we are screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


ICYMI: BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IMPLEMENTS CREEPING FASCISM

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It appears that the Biden-Harris Administration is avoiding the protections afforded to U.S. citizens by the Constitution by using corporations to implement policies that are prohibited or are politically distasteful, and that would create significant public pushback.

For students of history, the government’s covert/overt control or coercion of private organizations is fascism, somewhat short of socialism, where the government owns and controls the means of production in the name of the people, where oligarchs that support the government do well, and the others disappear.

Thus, we find ourselves faced with creeping fascism as we approach China’s State Capitalism model, where the state engages in public/private corporate activities which benefit the state but where the state does not claim ownership of the means of production. Many believe this is a necessary step in transitioning to socialism or communism.

An example of corporatists selling out the United States…

Consider Apple, where the highly-paid and wealthy executives want to do significant business in the expanding markets of China and benefit from the low costs of labor, including forced slave labor under inhumane conditions, to fabricate its products. Not only will Apple refrain from loudly criticizing China’s human rights violations, especially in Asia, but they may implement certain product features which are beneficial to the Chinese Communist Party. Features that give rise to real-time location and activity tracking of the type that would be prohibited to the U.S. government under the U.S. Constitution. Tracking that the China-friendly, some say bought and paid for, Biden-Harris Administration might use to track their opposition on a path to securing perpetual power. Or Apple will restrict a free-speech app (Parler) from its store while allowing censored state-friendly sites free access. Or IBM, which missed by the personal computer and internet revolutions and is a major vendor of governments and large corporations.

Improving the user’s experience or something more nefarious?

There is little doubt in my mind that the progressive socialist democrats want enhanced surveillance capabilities and a way to limit a citizen’s freedom and especially mobility.  Can you think of any reason for short-range electric vehicles that operate in battery-degrading extreme temperatures or force the user to log in to receive power at every step of a long journey?

Consider the development and implementation of a private tracking system, one whose data can be freely aggregated with other commercial databases and sold to the government? Here is New York’s concept. Remember, New York State is run by a socialist Governor and the City of New York by an out-and-out Communist Mayor.

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Notice the use of the Statue of Liberty, the symbol of freedom, in the background.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of Excelsior Pass — a free, voluntary platform developed in partnership with IBM, which utilizes proven, secure technology to confirm an individual's recent negative PCR or antigen test result or proof of vaccination to help fast-track the reopening of businesses and event venues in accordance with New York State Department of Health guidelines.

[OCS: Considering progressives believe the poor and people of color are too stupid or lazy to obtain a photo-id to vote, how are these individuals going to get smartphones and printed passes to enjoy other activities?]

Similar to a mobile airline boarding pass, individuals will be able to either print out their pass or store it on their smartphones using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app. Each Pass will
have a secure QR code, which participating businesses and venues can scan using a companion app to verify proof of COVID-19 negative test results or proof of vaccination.

An individual's data is kept secure and confidential at all times.

[OCS: Considering the recent breaches of government, corporate, and healthcare systems, can you believe this bullpucky? Remember those super-secret HIV/AIDS list that leaked?]

As part of this initial launch, participating New Yorkers may choose to use Excelsior Pass to verify their COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results as needed to gain entry to major stadiums and arenas, wedding receptions, or catered and other events above the social gathering limit.

[OCS: Social gathering limits are a direct violation of the Constitution’s First Amendment, doubly so for religious services. This is Hobson’s “take it or leave it choice: your "free" choice to obey instructions or forfeit your participation in desirable events.]

Interested New Yorkers can opt in to use Excelsior Pass and learn more here ; interested
businesses can opt in and learn more here . Major venues have already announced they will begin utilizing this technology in the coming weeks, including Madison Square Garden in New York City beginning next week and the Times Union Center in Albany. Beginning April 2, Excelsior Pass will expand to smaller arts, entertainment and event venues.

[OCS: Big Brother is watching.]

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Universal Airline app…

IATA Travel Pass for Travelers

The IATA [International Air Transport Association] Travel Pass is a mobile application under development allowing travelers to store and manage certifications for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. The app should be available in iOS and Android stores by March 2021.

The information provided through the IATA Travel Pass can be used by governments requiring testing or vaccination proofs as a condition of international travel during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. A critical aspect is the fact that the information supplied is verified. It is a secure means to manage health requirements, much more efficient than paper processes.

With this app, IATA also aims to provide governments with the confidence to reopen borders without imposing quarantines on incoming travelers.

How the IATA Travel Pass works

The IATA Travel Pass will help people to travel at ease while meeting any government requirements for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. It will encompass:

  • Global registry of health requirements – to find accurate information on travel, testing and vaccine requirements for journeys 
  • Global registry of testing/vaccination centers – to identify testing centers and labs at departure location which meet the standards for testing and vaccination requirements of the destination
  • Lab app – to locate authorized labs and test centers to securely share test and vaccination certificates
  • Digital passport module - to enable passengers to create a ‘digital passport’, receive test and vaccination certificates and verify that they are sufficient for their itinerary, and share testing or vaccination certificates with airlines and authorities to facilitate travel. This app can also be used by travelers to manage travel documentation digitally and seamlessly throughout their journey, improving the travel experience.
  • Governments decide the requirements to travel; airlines and passengers need to comply - Traditionally there have been visa and vaccination requirements in many countries. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic governments have imposed additional restrictions: quarantine measures, testing requirements and eventually vaccination requirements. IATA Travel Pass is a tool for travelers but communicates with governments,  airlines, and test centers/vaccination providers to get verified information to those who need it in a safe and secure manner.

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Consider the creation of a master travel itinerary and check-in points for all other activities. Bye-Bye Freedom.

Bottom line…

Rahm Emanuel should be Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for describing the method by which his country was compromised and lost to the sands of time.

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We are so screwed,

-- steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS