Hanson – Why the left suddenly hates Russia; Durden – After the coup, what next?
NORTH KOREA: Brody – Let’s make a deal; Drudge Links 08-09-17; Spiering – The Donald warns.
GOOGLE: Durden – Co-worker support; French – Free speech evaporates; Desantis – Media misrepresents; Conger – the 10 pages; Boyle – Deep State/Fake News.
HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber sites.
LEADS: Lattanzio et al. – Brooks Jennings shot; Kelland – Pot lethal.
RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Mark Levin (08-08-17);
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Why Does the Left Suddenly Hate Russia?
The Russians also had problems with French and Germany troops . . .
“After 70 years of accommodating and appeasing Russia, Democrats suddenly foment a red scare.
“. . . The fact that Russia is the sole country in the world that always could destroy the United States has, since 1949, proved an incentive to U.S. administrations, particularly Democratic ones, to find some sort of wary realist accommodation with the Russians.
“Russia’s semi-Western heritage, its Christian Orthodoxy, and its fears over unassimilated Muslim populations in theory might have offered shared incentives to check radical Islam.
“Its worries that its border regions were being populated with nuclear powers — China, India, North Korea, Pakistan — might have made it interested in triangulating against nearby Iran, a would-be nuclear nation.
“Russia distrusts China as much as we do—as China and the U.S. in turn distrust Russia, as Russia and China distrust us. The idea that a nuclear North Korea could prompt nearby Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan to become nuclear should be worrisome to the Russians.
“Russia’s weakening economy, its slipping natural-gas grip on Western and Eastern Europe, its oil income halved — all that might have made a vulnerable Putin somewhat receptive to being of some help, now and again, with a few common concerns.
“Privately, the United States might have recognized that Russia saw post–Cold War NATO expansion as a threat, because a few of its former Soviet republics were being realigned with old rivals. Iconic World War II battles, such as the horrific Kiev Pocket or the siege of Sebastopol, might have provided some context as to why Russia felt that Crimea and Ukraine resonated with the Russian people in way not fully understood in the United States.
“The point is not advocacy of friendship or alliance with Putin’s Russia, and certainly not a renewal of the failed Obama-Clinton reset. Instead, we should be open to a realist understanding that on occasion we might cooperate with Russia both to avoid a nightmarish Armageddon and to solve rare common problems. . . .”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “After the Coup, What Then?”
“. . . Do the people not have a right know who are the snakes collaborating with the Never-Trump press to bring down their head of state? Is not discovering the identities of deep-state felons a story that investigative reporters should be all over?
“If Greg Miller is obligated to protect his source, fine. But why are other journalists not exposing his identity?
“The answer suggests itself. This is a collaborative enterprise, where everyone protects everyone else’s sources, because all have the same goal: the dumping of Trump. If that requires collusion with criminals, so be it.
“The Justice Department is now running down the leaks, and the ACLU’s Ben Wizner is apoplectic:
“Every American should be concerned about the Trump administration’s threat to step up its efforts against whistleblowers and journalists. A crackdown on leaks is a crackdown on the free press and on democracy.”
“That’s one way to put it. Another is that some of these “whistleblowers” are political criminals who reject the verdict of the American electorate in 2016 and are out to overturn it. And the aforementioned “journalists” are their enablers and collaborators.
And if, as Wizner’s asserts, protecting secrets is tantamount to a ‘crackdown on the free press and democracy,’ no wonder the free press and democracy are falling into disrepute all over the world.
“By colluding, the mainstream media, deep state, and the special prosecutor’s button men, with a license to roam, may bring down yet another president. So doing, they will validate John Adams’s insight:
“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
Brody: LET’S MAKE a DEAL: Spratleys for North Korea?
China wants unchallenged use of the islands – self-manufactured-off its shore. North Korea can be swapped for a chain of sub bases and airfields . . .push one domino and the rest will follow.
Drudge Links (8-09-17)
Charlie Spiering, BigGovt: “Donald Trump Warns North Korea: Threats to United States Will Be Met with ‘Fire and Fury’”
“President Donald Trump warned North Korea to stop threatening the United States with its ongoing achievements in nuclear weaponry.
“‘North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,’ Trump said.
“Trump said that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un had been ‘very threatening’ which was behavior beyond that of a normal country.
“‘As I said they will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before,’ he repeated.”
“. . .just because something is legal does not mean it’s right, and the result is a crisis in the culture of free speech in the United States. As the politicization of everything proceeds apace, the “company line” has increasingly moved well beyond promoting its own products to promoting a particular kind of politics. . .” David French
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Leaked Internal Messages Reveal Co-Worker Support for Fired Google Engineer’s Controversial Memo”
“James Damore, now a former Google employee, caused outrage when he circulated a manifesto on Friday, complaining about Google’s “ideological echo chamber” alleging women have lower tolerance for stress and that conservatives are more conscientious. The chess master, who studied at Harvard, Princeton and MIT and worked at Google’s Mountain View HQ, was fired on Monday after the search giant’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, said portions of Damore’s 10-page memo “violate our code of conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes” despite saying in the same memo that Google employees shouldn’t be afraid of speaking their minds.
But, according to screenshots obtained by Wired, internal discussions that followed Damore’s memo and its fallout show Google employees both embracing and advancing its views. Damore himself indicated in the following message that his former coworkers had reached out privately to express “their gratitude for bringing up these very important issues.”Others chimed in publicly as well.. .”
David French, NRO: “Lena Dunham and Google Demonstrate Why Our Free Speech Culture Is Slipping Away”
Unrelated? Sperm count continues to erode.
“Progressive corporations enforce an ideological monoculture. Dissent and get fired.
“When I talk about free speech, I often ask the audience two questions. First, did you know that the Supreme Court has been steadily expanding free-speech rights? Second, do you feel freer to speak now than you did five years ago? The answers are always the same — some variation of “no” and “heck, no.”
“The first assertion is undoubtedly true. Federal courts have consistently protected free speech from government interference and have been relentless in shutting down viewpoint discrimination. When government officials target speech because of a speaker’s views, they lose time and again.
“At the same time, millions of Americans are extraordinarily reluctant to express even the most mainstream of (particularly) social conservative views. They’re convinced that if they do that, they’ll be publicly humiliated, investigated, and perhaps even lose their jobs. They’re convinced that outspoken liberals enjoy greater opportunity in key sectors of the economy, and if conservatives want to thrive, they best keep their opinions to themselves.
“Two recent incidents highlight this concern. The first comes courtesy of actress Lena Dunham, the paradigm of the celebrity social-justice warrior. Early last Thursday morning, she tweeted at American Airlines that she’d heard two of its employees engaged in ‘transphobic’ talk. Specifically, she said she heard two flight attendants talk about how they thought transgenderism was ‘gross,’ and they’d ‘never accept a trans kid.’ She did not see them harassing anyone. She was simply eavesdropping on a conversation.
“How did American Airlines respond? By launching an investigation into the offending employees (they couldn’t substantiate Dunham’s claims). Is that now the standard? Will American Airlines investigate employees without any allegation that they’ve actually mistreated a single customer merely on the grounds that their employees’ private conversation offended a leftist?
“The second incident comes courtesy of Google, one of the most powerful corporations on the planet. An anonymous employee penned a multi-page memo addressing why there are fewer women than men in key fields in the tech industry. In the memo, he noted that Google values gender and racial diversity but has created an ‘ideological echo chamber where some ideas are too sacred to be honestly discussed.’ This means that Google responds to gender imbalances with ‘extreme and authoritarian’ measures. At the extreme, it views all gender disparities as ‘due to oppression.’ Its authoritarian response is to ‘discriminate to correct this oppression.’”
“The writer than explores at length cultural and biological differences between men and women and then proposes some measures to increase female representation in the field without resorting to discrimination.
“And how did his colleagues respond? How did Google respond? Employees demanded that he be fired. . .”
Alexandra Desanctis, NRO: “The Mainstream Media Misrepresents a Google Engineer’s Memo”
Robert Spencer has a similar problem when he argues that Mohammed never existed . . . Spencer, Robert (2012) Did Muhammad Exist? An Enquiry into Islam’s Obscure Origins. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books. We may someday accept the notion that an impulsive people (Low IQ) needed rules and consequences to attend to the boring demands of marriage, rearing children, and growing food. . .It could be that the followers trained the mullahs! (See also Lynn, Richard & Vanhanen, Tatu (2006) IQ and Global Inequality. Augusta, GA: Washington Summit.)
“The controversial memo is not ‘anti-diversity,’ but you wouldn’t know that from reading mainstream outlets’ coverage of it.
“It is getting more difficult by the day to have a rational public conversation about anything. The latest panicked hubbub is over a memo about diversity in the tech industry, written by a Google engineer. Last night, that Google engineer — James Damore — was fired for supposedly “perpetuating gender stereotypes.”
“As the memo circulated over the weekend, and after news of Damore’s firing emerged late last night, the media yet again displayed their remarkable inability to report accurately on anything that contradicts progressive dogma.
“Instead of describing the actual substance of the memo — which was remarkably measured and data-driven — news outlets have routinely chosen to slander Damore as “anti-diversity” and to claim repeatedly that Damore argued women shouldn’t be allowed to work at tech companies.
“Neither of these claims is true. In fact, Damore’s memo was premised on the fact that he values diversity and believes it isn’t being properly cultivated. “I strongly believe in gender and racial diversity, and I think we should strive for more,” he stated explicitly in the memo. Regardless of whether one agrees with his solutions to the problems he identifies, it is ridiculous to assert that he is “anti-diversity.”
Kate Conger, Gizmodo: “Exclusive: Here’s the Full 10-Page Anti-Diversity Screed Circulating Internally at Google [Updated]”
“James Damore – I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes. When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions. If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem. Psychological safety is built on mutual respect and acceptance, but unfortunately our culture of shaming and misrepresentation is disrespectful and unaccepting of anyone outside its echo chamber. Despite what the public response seems to have been, I’ve gotten many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude for bringing up these very important issues which they agree with but would never have the courage to say or defend because of our shaming culture and the possibility of being fired. This needs to change.
“- Google’s political bias has equated the freedom from offense with psychological safety, but shaming into silence is the antithesis of psychological safety.
“ – This silencing has created an ideological echo chamber where some ideas are too sacred to be honestly discussed.
“ – The lack of discussion fosters the most extreme and authoritarian elements of this ideology.
“ – Extreme: all disparities in representation are due to oppression
“ – Authoritarian: we should discriminate to correct for this oppression
‘- Differences in distributions of traits between men and women may in part explain why we don’t have 50% representation of women in tech and leadership. Discrimination to reach equal representation is unfair, divisive, and bad for business. . .”
Matthew Boyle, Big Journalism: “Exclusive — Deep State Teams with Fake News: Email Evidence Proves New York Times Soliciting Anti-Trump Bureaucracy Leakers”
“Emails from a reporter for the New York Times to government employees obtained exclusively by Breitbart News demonstrate that the newspaper’s employees are not just on the receiving end of leaks, but are actually soliciting government employees to become leakers. What’s more, the emails demonstrate the Times colluded with the president of government union to encourage and solicit these leaks—something that may become highly problematic for both institutions. . .”
Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
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The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,). Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC. Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded! I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.
Vince Lattanzio et al., NBC: Brooks Jennings shot
(Jennings was a GOP Committeeman . . . According to Chris Stigall (WPHT), Carter had a yard full of signs complaining about the GOP & Trump)
“Jennings, a husband and father to a young boy, was a member of the Republican Committee of Chester County. He joined the group in 2014.
“Pennsylvania GOP Chair Val DiGiorgio said he was ‘very well respected’ and ‘one of the most personable, nicest gentlemen.’
“Court documents show Carter pleaded guilty to a simple assault charge stemming from a 2012 incident.
“Neighbors said others had run-ins with Carter related to parking and other issues.
“Carter was arraigned on the murder charges Tuesday afternoon at a district court in West Chester. He is being held without bail. It’s not immediately clear if Carter has retained an attorney. . .”
Kate Kelland, Reuters: “Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study”
Folmer’s favorite weed! Incidentally, patients have always felt cheated if they saw a physician and left without a prescription. . .
“LONDON (Reuters) – People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have never used the drug, scientists said on Wednesday.
“The risk grows with every year of use, they said.
“The findings, from a study of some 1,200 people, could have implications in the United States among other countries. Several states have legalized marijuana and others are moving toward it. It is decriminalized in a number of other countries.
“‘Support for liberal marijuana use is partly due to claims that it is beneficial and possibly not harmful to health,’ said Barbara Yankey, who co-led the research at the school of public health at Georgia State University in the United States.
“‘It is important to establish whether any health benefits outweigh the potential health, social and economic risks. If marijuana use is implicated in cardiovascular diseases and deaths, then it rests on the health community and policy makers to protect the public.’”
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MARK LEVIN (08-08-17)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, We may be on the brink of war with North Korea and it’s not because of the Trump administration. The Obama administration stood by while North Korea developed its nukes. The current threat from North Korea is the culmination of years of failure from Obama and the foreign policy establishment in Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump has said that North Korea will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. Immediately Democrats and the media are trashing the President for his statement and saying that he is reckless and that it encourages North Korea. This is not a question of whether we thought what Trump said was wise or unwise, but is about the fact that we are at the brink of war.
“After that, Deputy Assistant to the President, Sebastian Gorka calls in to talk about Trump’s statement on North Korea. Either China puts a stop to this or Trump or the next president will have to make a devastating decision.
“Later, Mitch McConnell thinks everything is fine and is full of excuses. The guy needs to be thrown out. He and the Senate are under-performing, we cannot make progress as long as McConnell is in the Senate.”