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  • The Assassin Who Helped Create the Deep State

    09/04/2020 6:30:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    American ^ | September 5, 2020 | Robert Spencer
    By now it is abundantly clear that President Trump faces furious opposition not just from the Democrats, the establishment Republicans, and the mainstream media, but from a shadowy, determined cabal of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats who are deeply embedded in the government: the “deep state.” Paradoxically, the ability of such a cabal to grow and operate freely can be traced back in American history to well-meaning efforts to end government corruption -- as well as to the evil act of one deranged assassin. As Rating America’s Presidents: An America-First Look at Who Is Best, Who Is Overrated, and Who Was An...
  • NASA to Reexamine Nicknames for Cosmic Objects

    08/08/2020 10:05:38 AM PDT · by River Hawk · 69 replies
    NASA website ^ | Aug. 5, 2020 | Tricia Talbert
    Distant cosmic objects such as planets, galaxies, and nebulae are sometimes referred to by the scientific community with unofficial nicknames. As the scientific community works to identify and address systemic discrimination and inequality in all aspects of the field, it has become clear that certain cosmic nicknames are not only insensitive, but can be actively harmful. NASA is examining its use of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As an initial step, NASA will no longer refer to planetary nebula NGC 2392, the glowing remains of a Sun-like star that is...
  • COVID-19 Serology Surveillance Strategy

    07/06/2020 4:36:23 PM PDT · by Grandpa Drudge · 4 replies
    CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ^ | June 25, 2020 | CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    CDC is working with state, local, territorial, academic, and commercial partners to better understand COVID-19 in the United States. CDC has an overarching strategy for learning more about how many people have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and how it is spreading through the U.S. population. This strategy includes using serology testing for surveillance to better understand how many infections with SARS-CoV-2 have occurred: At different points in time, In different locations, and Within different populations in the United States.
  • Across the Wide, Growing American Divide

    05/21/2020 4:13:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | May 21, 2020 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Red- and blue-state America was already divided before the coronavirus epidemic hit. Globalization had enriched the East Coast and West Coast corridors but hollowed out much in between.</p> <p>The traditional values of small towns and rural counties were increasingly at odds with postmodern lifestyles in the cities.</p>
  • A deeper look at what happened with Michael Flynn

    05/16/2020 12:53:21 PM PDT · by ancientart · 20 replies
    Aberdeen American News ^ | May 14, 2020 | Art Marmorstein
    "The Travesty of Justice Ends for Michael Flynn” blared one headline last week. On the same day, another headline warned of “The Appalling Damage of Dropping the Flynn Case.” Both articles appeared in major national newspapers, and the writers must have known that thousands of critical eyes would be on every detail of their stories: important to get things right. But the law of the excluded middle should tell us that one of these stories is embarrassingly, egregiously and maybe even career-endingly wrong.
  • In the early days of the pandemic, the US government turned down an offer [by TX patriot] to manufacture millions of N95 masks in America [whistleblower complaint]

    05/09/2020 3:36:37 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 52 replies ^ | May 9, 2020 | Aaron C. Davis Washington Post
    It was Jan. 22, a day after the first case of covid-19 was detected in the United States, and orders were pouring into Michael Bowen’s company outside Fort Worth, some from as far away as Hong Kong. Bowen’s medical supply company, Prestige Ameritech, could ramp up production to make an additional 1.7 million N95 masks a week. He viewed the shrinking domestic production of medical masks as a national security issue, though, and he wanted to give the federal government first dibs. “We still have four like-new N95 manufacturing lines,” Bowen wrote that day in an email to top administrators...
  • The Thin Façade of Authority

    04/13/2020 4:39:15 PM PDT · by Saint Athanasius · 14 replies
    American Greatness ^ | April 12, 2020 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Thin Façade of Authority As we continue to debate about numerators and denominators in determining the real impact of this virus, one common denominator remains certain about the elites advising, crafting, and developing our response: they aren’t touched by the impact of their decisions. The virus will teach us many things, but one lesson has already been relearned by the American people: there are two, quite different, types of wisdom. One, and the most renowned, is a specialization in education that results in titled degrees and presumed authority. That ensuing prestige, in turn, dictates the decisions of most politicians,...
  • How Bad Regulation, Bureaucracy Slowed The Fight Against Deadly Wuhan Coronavirus

    03/30/2020 3:05:13 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 3 replies
    Issues & Insights ^ | March 30, 2020 | I and I Editorial Board
    Amid all the political name-calling and finger-pointing over who’s to blame and how to attack the Wuhan coronavirus, one thing surprisingly gets little mention at all: regulation. But bad regulation not only slowed our response, it likely added to our death count. We’re happy to note that in recent days and weeks, President Trump has helped ease the regulatory burden of our response to the coronavirus, pushing Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control, our main health agencies, to bend, suspend and in some cases upend useless rules. But that doesn’t mean...
  • House Democrats to introduce a coronavirus stimulus plan Monday as Senate bill stalls (BARF)

    03/23/2020 11:22:35 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 42 replies
    CNBC.Com ^ | Mar 23 20201:45 PM EDT | Jacob Pramuk
    House Democrats will introduce a sprawling plan to blunt the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic as efforts to pass a bill in the Senate hit roadblocks Monday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her caucus would unveil legislation Monday “that takes responsibility for the health, wages and well-being of America’s workers.” It would include, according to a statement from the California Democrat: Requirements that corporations getting bailout money shield workers’ wages and benefits, and limits on CEO compensation, stock buybacks and layoffs. Direct payments to Americans, along with expanded paid family and medical leave. Grants and loans to small businesses....
  • Coronavirus Response from CDC Is an Omen for Single-Payer Healthcare Shortages for All

    03/18/2020 11:45:29 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 15 replies
    The Independent Institute ^ | 03/11/20 | Greg Eyermann
    The CDC and its response to coronavirus has provided Americans with a small taste of what life under a government-run, single-payer healthcare system would be like, with the bureaucrats who make decisions that have life-or-death impacts reigning supreme in regard to what care will be provided and who will be allowed to get treatment. Who wants more?
  • Illinois primary election updates: Polls open across Chicago amid concerns the coronavirus pandemic could affect turnout

    03/17/2020 5:46:35 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 7 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | March 17, 2020 | Staff
    Polls across Chicago opened Tuesday morning amid a cloud of concerns about how the coronavirus pandemic could affect voter turnout. Days before Election Day, efforts to contain the virus escalated in Illinois with the announcement of schools temporarily shuttering and restaurants shifting to only take out or delivery services. The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners and the Cook County Clerk scrambled to find new election judges after many opted out of the role because of COVID-19. About 850 election judges, or about 10% of the people who had signed up for the role, told Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough’s office...
  • Rogue Federal Agency Makes Up Own Rules to Harass Tech Companies

    03/16/2020 5:11:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | March 16, 2020 | Brian McNicoll
    In the past, when federal contractors complained about the treatment they received from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, agency officials would dare them to take it to the judge because “he works for us.” But Google took the dare – it took a complaint about harassment by the agency over alleged employee discrimination to an administrative law judge who works for the agency. And the judge agreed Google was right.Google said it turned over 740,000 pages of documents, at a cost of 2,300 man hours and $500,000, to address an inquiry by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance...
  • None Dare Call it a Coincidence: Andy Stern and the White House Biodefense Program

    07/15/2010 11:31:13 AM PDT · by opentalk · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | Jul 10th 2010 | LaborUnionReport
    There are many who argue that President Obama has (repeatedly) broken his promise to bring transparency and openness to the White House. In literal terms, however, Obama may not have actually broken that specific promise ,.. it’s just that people may not have understood what Obama meant by transparency and openness. ..Here’s a case in point: First Dot: Several months ago, the union world was shocked when Andy Stern, the ignominious president of the Service Employees International Union abruptly “quit” as leader of the Purple Hand. Surprise and speculation swelled. Was it the Blago Trial? Is he sick?Second Dot: Then,...
  • ‘It’s Just Everywhere Already’: How Delays in Testing Set Back the U.S. Coronavirus Response

    03/11/2020 5:55:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 92 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 11, 2020 | Sheri Fink and Mike Baker
    Dr. Helen Y. Chu, an infectious disease expert in Seattle, knew that the United States did not have much time. In late January, the first confirmed American case of the coronavirus had landed in her area. Critical questions needed answers: Had the man infected anyone else? Was the deadly virus already lurking in other communities and spreading? As luck would have it, Dr. Chu had a way to monitor the region. For months, as part of a research project into the flu, she and a team of researchers had been collecting nasal swabs from residents experiencing symptoms throughout the Puget...
  • Trump Okay with BLM Resignations [semi-satire]

    03/09/2020 10:34:24 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 March 2020 | John Semmens
    President Trump's decision to move some of the offices of the Bureau of Land Management geographically closer to the land being managed, has led to more than a 50% attrition rate in the staff. Of the 187 personnel that would be required to relocate 87 have chosen to leave their jobs. Steve Ellis, who retired from BLM's top career-level post in 2018, denounced the relocation policy as "a brain drain. There is a lot of really solid expertise walking out the door." Trump, however, sees things differently. "We all know that the bureaucracy is bloated with excess personnel," he said....
  • Crenshaw Calls for Immediate Republican Action at the Federal Level to Stop Climate Change

    03/06/2020 5:29:26 PM PST · by Farcesensitive · 48 replies
    BLP ^ | Mar 6, 2020 | Shane Trejo
    Rep. Dan “McCain 2.0” Crenshaw (R-TX) came out with an op/ed this week in National Review arguing that conservatives need to embrace the reality of climate change and propose a government solution to the supposed problem. “With ever-more-extreme “solutions” such as the Green New Deal being proposed, conservatives have quickly taken the bait, falling into the tired political trap set by leftists. But I believe we no longer have to do this. We can fight back against the alarmism with tangible solutions based on reason, science, and the free market,” he wrote. Crenshaw bragged in the op/ed that he is...
  • Why Bureaucracy, Not Your Doctor, Is Making All Your Medical Decisions

    12/27/2019 9:20:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 27, 2019 | Diane Waldman
    With the current third-party payment structure, you doctor does not practice as much medicine on you as insurance executives and federal bureaucrats do. Americans, who practices medicine on you? The answer may seem self-evident, but it is not. In our current health-care system, millions of nameless, faceless government or private insurance bureaucrats practice medicine on you without a license for medicine.You may think your life is in your doctor’s hands, but it is not. The bureaucrats, not you or your doctor, make your medical and financial decisions. Consider these health-care decisions: DiagnosisTreatment: what, when, where, by whomMedicationsPaying for care Your...
  • Sanders' Dubious Climate Plan [semi-satire]

    11/19/2019 10:08:47 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 17 Nov 2019 | John Semmens
    Now in fourth place among the Democrats vying for the Party's 2020 presidential nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders hopes his $16 trillion plan to mitigate global warming will revive his flagging campaign. The gist of his plan is to expropriate private sector energy companies and use the ill-gotten gains to foster a government-owned alternative energy "ministry." The target is to have 100% of the United States energy needs met from wind, solar, hydropower or geothermal energy by the year 2030. Sanders rebuffed claims that the notorious inefficiency and ineffectiveness of government would undermine his plan, pointing out that "the expected...
  • New York Times Confirms: It’s Trump Versus the Deep State

    10/29/2019 8:42:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | October 28, 2019 | ROBERT W. MERRY
    Even the Gray Lady admits the president is up against a powerful bureaucracy that wants him sunk.. The New York Times on Thursday published a remarkable piece that essentially acknowledged the existence of an American “deep state” and its implacable hostility to Donald Trump. ... American foreign policy has become the almost exclusive domain of unelected bureaucrats impervious to the views of elected officials—even presidents—who may harbor outlooks different from their own. This is a big deal because, even in today’s highly charged political environment, with a sitting president under constant guerrilla attack, few have been willing to acknowledge any...
  • Polis creates 'Office of Future of Work,' third new taxpayer-funded office this year ( Colorado)

    09/06/2019 7:05:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Center Square ^ | Sep 4, 2019 | Derek Draplin
    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday signed an executive order establishing a new office that his administration says will research the state’s “rapidly changing economy and workforce.” The office, called the Office of Future of Work, will be part of the Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), and will have to report annually to Polis with policy recommendations. ... Details on what the new office will cost taxpayers were not released. Sage Naumann, spokesman for Colorado Senate GOP, mocked the office on Twitter, saying it’s the third new office created this year. “The Democrats’ insistence on creating a new layer...