Texas has its first major blackout in 50 years (2.8M customers), due to a freak storm, failing wind power, a nuclear reactor having to be shut down, and poor planning. In the same time, California has yearly failures that impact more people, and the national grid has collapsed on far larger scale a half dozen times. So California Progressives and the ignorant left all pounce to say, "Nya nya" and pretend this shows that Texas is stupid to not be on the national grid, and have more problems like they do. That's what healing, and unity looks like to progressives.
Ahhh, Disney has gotten woke, and it's impacting their bottom line and how rational people perceive them. Disney employs Jack Morrissey who in the wake of various violence and even murders of Trump supporters joked that "#MAGAKids should go head first into the wood-chipper" (along with a cartoon gleefully illustrating it). Disney re-hired James Gunn, who tweeted about sexually and physically abusing kids, and his membership in NAMBLA. They also defend their decision to work with China, including filming a movie near Muslim Uighurs real concentration camps. But Gina pointed out the historical reality that the problem with the Nazi's wasn't just the top down abuse of the Jews, it was that the government was reflecting the will of the people (or they fed off each other) -- and it was the people that did much of the persecution directly. Basically, that we should think on that before we look the other way on political venom that is being bandied about. Fired! You might think it was the Nazi references that was a bridge too far (they claimed anti-semitism, when the statement wasn't the slightest bit anti-Jewish), and trending on Twitter at the same time are a bunch of Democrats comparing Josh Hawley to Nazi's, and the star of Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) compared Nazi Concentration camps to temporary immigration detention centers, or Nazi's to Trump supporters. No firing for that far more offensive comparison. The problem is her comparison hit WAY too close to home to be tolerated by the left... she was fired from the Disney show Mandalorian, because demanding the left stop their hate (or consider the consequences), is a bridge too far for Disney -- but pedophilia and mass murder or comparing conservatives to Nazi's are more acceptable.
Electric cars are great for the tech side. They're quiet, torquey, and if you prefer to plug-in all the time over getting gas every other week or so, then they're clearly better. They also give you HoV lane access if you live in a completely asshatted part of the country. If you have solar and charge during the day directly, energy wise might be a bit green. There's lots of upsides. Just don't get preachy about it, because environmentalism is one of their weakest points, not their strongest.
The Tuskegee experiments (as horrendous as they were) are exaggerated to be that white doctors with the approval of the U.S. government gave black men syphilis to secretly study the effects of the disease: institutional racism! None of that is really true. The facts were that after a Norwegian study on the impacts of syphilis on white males, the Tuskegee study group wanted to repeat it, and so recruited black caregivers, from a black college (Tuskegee University), to track the impacts of the disease on black males who already had it (399 syphilitic, and 201 clean patients), which was openly published in medical journals. 15 years into the 40 year study, we discovered a cure (penicillin treatment), and 240 men that enlisted in the military were cured (against the wishes of some researchers), but another 100+ were never informed of their malady, and the study continued because no one questioned the ethics of a study already in process. Once the public learned of the details of the study in 1972, they were so appalled that we demanded informed consent laws for all future studies (to prevent that from happening).
I was dealing with the large consulting firms and their internal training which basically said, “you are never hired because management likes how things are now... so your job is to find out what they really want, and then give them the excuses/justification for changing things in that direction”. So Consulting firms are often just providing cover for managers who don’t want accountability (they can always blame the consulting firm if things go poorly).
Progressives get money and votes by claiming how bad everything is, and offering ways to change it. (While milking power, influence or skimming money in the change-over). And a government commission is just a consulting firm for government. It is there to provide cover for a progressive agenda, under a faux brain trust of experts that likely know little about what they're talking about, and are burying the potential consequences so they don't lose the sale. A bipartisan one is just a charade of finding one or two RINO's or sell-outs that will support the other side for a cut.
Biden promises to replace the U.S. governments 650,000 vehicle fleet with Electric Vehicles as a shift to be more "green". He also promised to buy American, which isn't really possible in a global supply chain, but it sounded good to the gullible. He said it would "only" cost taxpayers $20 billion to buy government workers new cars (they only cost $4.4B in 2019, so he's basically saying he wants to drive up vehicle costs by 5x). Of course it's all dumb. Government will either go too slow (and this announcement was a fraud) or too fast (and cause more problems than they cure), but never has government ever got it just right and done better by managing from the top, than just leaving it those who know more about the problem. But it makes those addicted to thinking they're making a difference feel good, and isn't that what's important?
If you have seen the headlines claiming that President Biden reversed President Trump's "transgender Military ban", then you have been duped by FakeNews and leftist propaganda. This lie has already permeated the left's alternate reality where we'll be arguing it for years, and the facts will only irritate them.
From the 1960s until about 2012: People with “current or history of psychosexual conditions, including but not limited to transsexualism, exhibitionism, transvestism, voyeurism, and other paraphilias” were barred from enlisting in the military.
In 2008 Obama stuffed the pork-laden Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act with a diversity and inclusion "Studies", and in 2012 President Obama’s secretary of defense (Ash Carter), under the cover of their FakeScience recommendations, announced that while while other paraphilias would be banned from military service those transgenders currently serving would be allowed to continue serving. New enlistment remained prohibited.
One year into the Trump administration (2018), a policy was enacted briefly allowing transgender enlistments (adding not removing liberties), but Secretary of Defense Mattis quickly qualified that policy with a restriction that “transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria — individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery — are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances." They continued to allow people who are already serving openly to remain, as well as any who would serve “in accordance with their birth gender.”
The media misreported it as a ban. That's not a ban. That was an INCREASE in diversity, and even trans diversity, but putting a cap on how serious a disorder could still effectively serve, as that wouldn't do anything to help military effectiveness, and would stick taxpayers with large bills (≈$132,000 per surgery). Without this, anyone that wanted could enlist, get the surgery at taxpayers expense, then drop out once recovered.
In 2019, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the policy is not a “ban” because “not all transgender persons seek to transition to their preferred gender or have gender dysphoria.”
What really happened is, “Biden orders military to pay for gender reassignment surgeries, and take on the severely mentally ill". Remember the facts that post-op transexuals have extremely high suicide rates, depression and other emotional issues, require extensive therapy, and many regret the surgery and would take it back if they could. I think these people deserve compassion, but we probably shouldn't be recruiting them to give them weapons (to the point some might have their fingers on the triggers of our Nuclear arsenal), all in the name of wokeness. You can be excluded from the military for a variety of physical or mental variations (weight, height, substance abuse, education, bad finances, earrings (ear gauges), tattoos, criminal record, and so on)... but if you want to stick Uncle Sam with your gender reassignment surgery and make the military liable for any hysterical outbursts that hurt others, Biden is all for it.
Orange is the New Black (ONB) was one of Netflix's early success series, that ran for 7 seasons, and is well liked by reviewers and viewers (96/82 on rotten tomatoes). While I generally liked the characters and writing, it gets a bit manic, woke and Social Justice preachy in the story. You quickly realize it is just it is just Lesbian Hogans Heroes -- with a darker view of the world, but all the same cynical and slightly bigoted undertones. Instead of being anti-German, it's anti-straight white male patriarch, anti-authority... everyone in power is incompetent or an asshole. The prison is filled with good people that just had a tough childhood and made some bad choices, are mentally ill and not getting treatment, or they are framed victims. It's all societies fault. The story arc is interesting, but the dogma of the writers gets thicker and thicker as the writers try desperately to make you bond to the criminals and empathize with their bad chocies resent the authority protecting society from them (or them from each other), and hate the system as much as they do.
Barack Obama ran as the great uniter, "Not a red America or blue America, but the United States of America"... and he governed as a far-left impotent fascist dictator that increased the divide on racial and party lines, and the rise of Occupy Wall Street, BLM, Antifa, ISIS, and so on. It's what community organizers do. Joe Biden, had the closest “win” with the lowest vote integrity of any President, ever, why shouldn’t he demonstrate contemptuousness of the other sides interests in the name of unity and healing? Instead of acting at all like the moderate he pretended he was on the campaign, his caustic inauguration speech and immediate executive order lets everyone know he is just attempting to be Obama 2.0 with 1/3rd less brains or charm. He didn't extend an oliver branch or show any moderation/compromises/healing on his first day, or his first week in office. He picked a radical/extremist cabinet based on gender or skin color (and ideological extremism) instead of qualifications, and ramrodded 30 executive orders through in his first week (causing 70,000 jobs), and he broke multiple campaign promises in the process. Zero unity or healing was offered, it was all divisiveness.
After 12 years of Occupy Wall Street, BLM and Antifa riots and hundreds of assaults (and a few murders) on Trump supporters... who knew that a few Republicans acting like Democrats (or Democrats dressed up like Republicans) would suddenly flip the left and their media from being riot apologists and defund the police fanatics into, "shoot them in the face" and complete totalitarian authority fans? Since the intelligent response for the violence apologist left would be to either (a) say nothing (b) apoligize and say "I see now that I was wrong", they instead turned this into a partisan opportunity to divide us more -- and blame the other side, for what they started, agitated, and are trying to further with their histrionics (whether they are bright enough to recognize it or not).
The New York Times was living up to their all propaganda narrative with an article headlined, "One Year, 400,000 Coronavirus Deaths: How The U.S. Guaranteed Its Own Failure" and the subhead blaming Orangeman, "After the White House declined to pursue a unified national strategy, governors faced off against lobbyists, health experts and a restless public consumed by misinformation." Their points were:
Local governments wallowed in a cesspool of distrust and incompetence
The reason Operation Warp Speed and the Vaccine wasn't starting as well as it could have, was because there was no national policy
Of course like most progressives, they get it backwards. (Without understanding the past or present, their ideas for the future are doomed). The facts are that:
Questioning authorities is called Scientific skepticism. And there is more questioning when the experts flip-flop and can't explain why. (Like they flipped on efficacy of lockdowns, masks, told people there would be no vaccines this year, that hydroxychloroquine did or didn't work, that it was/wasn't spread by the asymptomatic, that the death rate was 20x what it actually was, they cooked the books on how many have it or died from it instead of just with it, and so on).
If you think there was distrust at the local level, with politicians they know -- imagine how much MORE distrust their would have been from a top-down Washington Bureaucrats. Local works better in more places than it works poorly -- and where it failed poorly was generally Democrat run places.
Operation Warp Speed did offer federal guidelines back in October... the places that failed the worst were Blue States that decided they knew best. Red States like Texas, South Dakota, etc., were performing wonderfully from the start. The problem wasn't that the Fed didn't run it, it's that Democrats run things poorly.
Before he's even inaugurated, Joe Biden's supporters demanded and acted on Digital Kristallnacht: attacking conservatives on Social Media in order to find unity for the cause and spreading hate and division in the name of healing. The least historically informed will think I'm being absurdly hyperbolic... it was only 7,000 digital businesses that were destroyed instead of physical ones damaged, but the black-hearted idea is the same, "if you disagree with us, we will put you in a digital reservation / concentration camp and remove you from our version of civilized society". This polarization (and Biden's silence) sets up the ultimate litmus test: do you support this, or are you an American? The President of Mexico (Lopez Obrador) spoke out immediately against it as did Russian Dissident Alexei Navalny , showing they are more American than Joe Biden, his supporters, and the majority of the American media who supported it or remained silent. Anyone that is not outraged over Big Tech's Executive Order 9066 and the digital interment of the Trumpanese, is not a good person.