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  • The Associated Press cheers ruthless authoritarianism: According to AP, if you want to get rid of the Wuhan virus, the Chinese approach is the way to go

    12/16/2020 6:06:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/16/2020 | Andrea Widburg
    Ken Moritsugu, of the Associated Press, wrote an article that, while bemoaning China’s initial secrecy about the Wuhan virus’s origins within its borders, seemingly applauds the ruthless power it applied to bring the virus to an end. It’s almost as if Moritsugu is trying to set the table for a new administration to really crack down on lockdown and mask scofflaws in America.Whether or not Moritsugu wrote the headline for the AP article, it certainly sums up the article’s tone: A pandemic atlas: China’s state power crushes COVID-19. The opening paragraph dives right in to let us know that China’s...
  • Bernie Sanders claims authoritarianism is on the rise in Israel

    10/30/2020 7:03:03 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/10/20 | Ben Sales
    In a speech about the dangers of bigotry at a memorial for the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Bernie Sanders included Israel in a list of countries where he claims authoritarianism is rising. Sanders, the democratic socialist Vermont senator, was the keynote speaker at a virtual memorial event hosted by Bend The Arc, a left-wing Jewish advocacy group. The event, held a day after the two-year anniversary of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh in which 11 Jews were killed, centered on warning of the dangerous effects of white supremacy and xenophobia. Sanders spoke about how relatives of his were murdered in...
  • Victoria, A State of Disaster

    08/08/2020 3:49:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    XYZ ^ | August 9, 2020 | Mark Moncrieff
    A week ago, on Sunday the 2nd August 2020 at 1:43pm the State of Victoria was declared to be in a State of Disaster. This was of course due to Covid-19. Between the start of February and the 2nd August, 123 people have died with Covid-19 in their body in Victoria. 123! A State of Disaster basically means that the government can use all government resources, including financial to help to alleviate any disaster. Are we in a disaster? In 2018 there were 158,493 recorded deaths in Australia, that works out to 434 deaths a day. As of the 6th...
  • Washington State: Residents Who Refuse COVID Test to Be Placed Under House Arrest [Gates backyard]

    06/11/2020 11:30:49 AM PDT · by · 16 replies ^ | May 20, 2020 | 21wire
    As many US states struggle to roll-back their highly damaging lockdown policies, various complex technocratic ‘gating’ systems are now being devised by public health officials – all of them presumable designed to prevent a theoretical “second wave” of coronavirus infections and deaths. One such precondition is the call for “mass testing and contact tracing” for COVID-19. This is being proposed as a requirement for the lifting of lockdown restrictions, supposedly until a vaccine or effective treatments arrive which are meant to rescue the public from the alleged unprecedented global pandemic. Most Americans have yet to question what this system of...
  • When Science Becomes a Cult

    05/30/2020 7:21:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    American ^ | March 30, 2020 | William DiPuccio
    Skepticism is at the heart of the scientific method. Question everything. Test everything. Scientific knowledge is established by evidence, not authority. The method is sound, but the execution may be imperfect. That's why I have faith in the methods of science but not necessarily in scientists. Experts in science have a store of credibility that can be maintained only by their performance. I have a great deal of trust in the meteorologists at the National Weather Service because their forecasts are 80%–90% accurate (no weatherman jokes, please — I used to be one!). But if most of their predictions began...
  • Video: Man Pleads That He Can’t Breathe While Cop Keeps A Knee On His Neck — And Dies Shortly After

    05/26/2020 8:13:00 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 89 replies
    Conservative US ^ | 05.26.2020 | Alex Hall
    A video posted on social media this week shows a police officer keeping his knee planted on the neck of a black man who pleaded that he couldn’t breathe and subsequently died shortly afterward. It happened Monday night, when cops were responding to a “forgery in progress.” Police arrived and saw the suspect sitting in a car. According to the Department, the man resisted arrest so he was placed in handcuffs, adding “he appeared to be suffering medical distress.” The Police Dept. added, “At no time were weapons of any type used by anyone involved in this incident.” What the...
  • Chairman Mao's Spirit Comes to Dallas

    05/12/2020 4:06:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | May 12, 2020 | William Marshall
    I think I understand now how the Chinese felt under the reign of Chairman Mao. I actually watched a nice lady from Dallas last week be prosecuted for giving haircuts. Shelley Luther, who was trying to earn a living for her children by doing an honest day’s work at her business, Salon a la Mode, was arrested and prosecuted for that villainous act. Sitting in the courtroom of Dallas County District Judge Eric Moye, she was asked by counsel why she defied economic lockdown diktats issued by the government by opening her business. She replied, “Because I had no other...
  • China-Style Internet Control Is One Of The Worst Ideas For Solving Coronavirus

    04/27/2020 7:19:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 27, 2020 | Ilya Shapiro
    Including the line ‘China was largely right and the United States was largely wrong’ discredits any piece of writing that discusses civil liberties and the rule of law. My former law professor Jack Goldsmith, now at Harvard Law School, and Andrew Keane Woods of the University of Arizona Law School, have a remarkable article in The Atlantic that defends technology companies’ surveillance and speech controls regarding coronavirus information. “Significant monitoring and speech control are inevitable components of a mature and flourishing internet,” they write, “and governments must play a large role in these practices to ensure that the internet is...
  • Americans Protest Progressives' Abuse of Coronavirus Emergency Powers

    04/21/2020 6:44:40 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Apr 20, 2020 | Joseph Klein
    Fundamental constitutional liberties at stake. Americans understand the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves as a result of the China coronavirus. But we will not allow ourselves to become infected with the disease of Chinese authoritarianism. We have been willing to radically alter our normal routines and obey strict social distancing guidelines to get past the worst of this pandemic. Indeed, the American people have made extraordinary sacrifices and endured economic hardships unprecedented in our lifetimes to slow the virus’s spread. But it’s one thing to temporarily disrupt the normal pattern of our day-to-day lives and the economy in...
  • 8 Crazy Things Bernie Has Said To Propagandize Socialism

    03/17/2020 11:00:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 17, 2020 | Katya Sedgewick
    Bernie comes with baggage, and the American public rejected him. Looking at how his campaign is awash in money, however, indicates socialism is not going away. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders likes to say his political ideology never changed. In his case, consistency is not a positive.Over the course of decades in public life, Sanders has made multiple statements praising and apologizing for socialism all over the world. Here are a sampling, as well as explanations for why he’s dangerously wrong.1. Bread Lines Are Great “It’s funny sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is because people are...
  • The Two Middle Classes

    03/01/2020 4:39:50 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 20 replies
    Quillette ^ | February 27, 2020 | Joel Kotkin
    Politicians across the Western world like to speak fondly of the “middle class” as if it is one large constituency with common interests and aspirations. But, as Karl Marx observed, the middle class has always been divided by sources of wealth and worldview. Today, it is split into two distinct, and often opposing, middle classes. First there is the yeomanry or the traditional middle class, which consists of small business owners, minor landowners, craftspeople, and artisans, or what we would define historically as the bourgeoisie, or the old French Third Estate, deeply embedded in the private economy. The other middle...
  • Postcard from Pre-Totalitarian America

    02/20/2020 11:34:12 AM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 19 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | February 18, 2020 | Rod Dreher
    ...Folks, Americans are extremely naive about what’s coming. We just cannot imagine that people who burst into tears in the face of gentle mockery of their political beliefs can ever come to power. They are already in power, in the sense that they have mesmerized leaders of American institutions. I’m telling you, that 2015 showdown on Yale’s campus between Prof. Nicholas Christakis and the shrieking students was profoundly symbolic. Christakis used the techniques of discursive reason to try to establish contact with these young people. None of it mattered. They yelled and cursed and sobbed. The fact that he disagreed...
  • Bloomberg’s Admiration For One-Party Authoritarianism

    02/19/2020 6:18:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    American Conservative ^ | February 18, 2020 | Daniel Larison
    Home/Daniel Larison/Bloomberg’s Admiration For One-Party Authoritarianism Bloomberg’s Admiration For One-Party Authoritarianism Center for American Progress/Flickr FEBRUARY 18, 2020|11:14 PM DANIEL LARISON Matt Purple does a fine job summarizing what’s wrong with Mike Bloomberg in a new article on the main page. This one line captures the essence of who Bloomberg is: It’s that callous indifference that makes him truly unique. It is this same callous indifference that informs so many of his views, including his views on foreign policy. When asked about the Iraq war, he expresses no regret for supporting it. He claims that the invasion was an “honest...
  • China’s Coronavirus Response Shows the Weakness of Authoritarianism

    02/18/2020 9:14:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 14, 2020 | Jarrett Stepman
    Despite China’s incredible economic success as of late, it’s important to remember that it is still fundamentally a communist country. Recent events have been a stern reminder. Freedom can be messy, but it’s nothing like the mess an authoritarian regime creates when it fears losing power. The disturbing outbreak of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China and the communist government’s response to it should be a reminder of the consequence of a system based on state control, without rule by the people and a vibrant civil society. Many are impressed by the fact that China built a 1,000-bed hospital in 10...
  • Buttigieg Threatens Senators [semi-satire]

    02/10/2020 8:51:21 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 Feb 2020 | John Semmens
    Bolstered by news that he was the choice of 26% of Iowa Democrats in this week's presidential nomination caucus, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg struck a "no tolerance for congressional defiance" stance and vowed to "land Air Force One in the backyard of anyone of them who opposes my policies" during an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo. Oddly, the Mayor characterized his approach as "the very essence of what democracy is all about. The President is the elected leader of all of America. Senators and Representatives are elected by much smaller constituencies. We cannot allow these smaller constituencies to...
  • Lawmakers want to declare ‘climate emergency’ in Washington

    01/25/2020 7:51:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 64 replies ^ | Jan. 24, 2020 | Melissa Luck
    OLYMPIA, Wash — Several lawmakers, including Spokane Rep. Marcus Riccelli, want the state to declare a “climate emergency” and give the governor the power to declare an energy emergency and limit greenhouse gas emissions. House Bill 2829 was read for the first time in Olympia Friday. It states that a climate emergency “threatens our state, region, nation, civilization, humanity, and the natural world.” The lawmakers state that the effects are already being felt and that they “will only intensify without swift intervention.” Those impacts include more intense and frequent wildfires; glacier loss; flooding; drought; dwindling fish runs; insect die-off; Orca...
  • Preacher Gets Arrested At Transgender March (Becoming A Pattern In Toronto

    06/29/2019 6:17:39 PM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 29 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/22/2019 | Dorre Love
    Dorre Love gets arrested for preaching the Gospel of peace at trans march. ...
  • Pelosi and Warren obviously need a history lesson

    01/07/2019 7:48:57 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 7, 2019 | Jack Hellner
    Nancy Pelosi said it looks as if Trump just wants to abolish Congress and that a border wall is immoral. Elizabeth Warren says the Republican Party is corrupt and caters to the rich and powerful .... Here is just a small sample of what Pelosi, Warren, Obama, the Clintons, and other Democrats have done over the years where the media and other Democrats not only didn't care, but supported the moves wholeheartedly. Obama, the authoritarian, couldn't get DACA through Congress, so he dictatorially and unconstitutionally implemented it. Pelosi didn't care about Obama usurping congressional authority. ... The immoral and corrupt...
  • Measuring Left-Wing Authoritarianism in America

    12/19/2018 10:18:06 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 12/18/2018 | Joshua Rabotnick
    In January of 2017, when the political controversy over Donald Trump’s perplexing win over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 national election was at its peak, my professor began his political psychology course by asking the lecture hall the following: “How many of you wish Hillary had won the election?” The question was voluntary, yet nearly every hand in the room shot up. “Okay, and how many of you supported Trump winning the election?” The room was quiet as not a single hand was raised, followed by a few chuckles. “Next, how many of you feel that liberals are safe walking...
  • In the Kavanaugh affair Peterson sadly missed an opportunity to teach us how totalitarianism grows.

    10/11/2018 3:22:10 PM PDT · by LoveLedUsHere · 20 replies
    10/11/18 | Stephen Stacey
    I think like many inventors who have something precious to offer the world, they sometimes don't know how precious their creation is. And JP has created a wondrous worldview that is helping people - and society - align with an improved future. And, sadly, his tweet requesting that Judge Kavanaugh should resign showed no respect at all for his own creation and he is struggling to know why. He gave an insightful comment a couple of weeks back - that the left uses the natural system of categorization - something that is absolutely essential to our own ability to deal...