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How many voters think Biden has dementia? 38%

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2020 presidential candidate, former VP Joe Biden
Nearly four-out-of-10 voters believe Joe Biden has dementia. Most voters, including just over half of Democrats, feel it is important for the likely Democratic presidential nominee to publicly address the issue.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters think Biden is suffering from some form of dementia. Based on what they have seen and read, 48% disagree, but 14% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Twenty percent (20%) of voters in his own party think Biden has dementia. But that compares to 66% of Republicans and 30% of voters not affiliated with either major party.

Critics contend that Biden's frequent gaffes and confusing statements suggest he has dementia. Sixty-one percent (61%) of all voters believe it is important for Biden to address the dementia issue publicly, with 41% who say it is Very Important. Thirty-six percent (36%) say it is not important for Biden to speak out on the issue, including 19% who feel it is Not at All Important.

It is important to note that Rasmussen Reports did not define "dementia" in its questions.

Comment: Biden's state of mind will become the state of the nation if he is elected. Apparently this doesn't concern those who have already lost the plot.


Activists set up guillotine outside Jeff Bezos' home, call for end to Amazon

Guillotine outside Jeff Bezos' DC residence
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Guillotine set up by protesters outside Jeff Bezos' DC residence
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was targeted on Sunday by activists, who set up a guillotine outside his Washington DC home and called for an end to the "exploitation" of the company's employees.

In front of the guillotine was a sign reading: "Support our poor communities not our wealthy men."

Footage from the scene shows demonstrators outside the residence saying: "It is still exploitation, and when they become threatened, and we have no voice, the knives come out."

Comment: Sitting outside Bezos' house listening to music is not going to change the lives of those in poor communities, but it sure will make these idiots feel like they're doing something great and important.


Police investigating protesters after confrontation with armed St. Louis 'Karen and Ken' homeowners

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The 'private property' sign in front of the neighborhood invaded by protesters
A couple pointed guns at protesters who were on private property outside their home Sunday night, as the demonstrators marched past on their way to St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson's residence to demand her resignation. Police are now investigating the incident to determine whether the protesters committed trespassing and fourth-degree assault by intimidation.

Comment: It's pretty clear from the video that they did commit trespassing.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey stood outside their home on Portland Place, a private street, as hundreds of protesters, some of them armed, marched by and chanted. The McCloskeys had been inside their home when they heard loud activity outside and saw "a large group of subjects forcefully break an iron gate marked with 'No Trespassing' and 'Private Street' signs," St. Louis police said.

"The group began yelling obscenities and threats of harm to both victims," the police said. "When the victims observed multiple subjects who were armed, they then armed themselves and contacted police."

Law experts have noted that Missouri's Castle Doctrine allows homeowners to use deadly force to defend their private property from intruders.

In an interview with KSDK, the local NBC affiliate, Mark McCloskey said that he called to the protesters that they were on private property and told them to leave when they first broke through the gate. When they did not, he got his rifle and stood outside, continuing to tell the crowd that they were on private property.

Comment: Here's Tucker Carlson's commentary on the event:

For more background, see:


Gilead's coronavirus treatment remdesivir to cost $3,120 per U.S. patient with private insurance

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Gilead Sciences announced Monday the much-anticipated pricing for its coronavirus treatment remdesivir, saying it will cost hospitals $3,120 for a typical U.S. patient with commercial insurance.

The company announced its pricing plans in preparation for it to begin charging for the antiviral drug in July. The company has been donating doses to the U.S. government for distribution since it received emergency use authorization in May.

The drugmaker said it will sell remdesivir for $390 per vial to governments "of developed countries" around the world, and the price for U.S. private insurance companies will stand at $520 per vial. In the U.S., that means Gilead will charge a lower price for government programs and a higher price for private insurers.

"Whether you're covered by a private insurer, whether you're covered by a government insurer, whether you're uninsured with Covid-19, there will not be an issue for access with remdesivir," Gilead CEO Daniel O'Day said in an interview Monday with CNBC's Meg Tirrell on "Squawk Box" after the announcement.

Bad Guys

TIME skewered online after denouncing superheroes as 'cops in capes': 'Stop ruining everything'

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TIME magazine has urged the world to stop glorifying superheroes, arguing that they're basically straight white cops with capes - making them extremely problematic. This seems very reasonable, tweeted basically nobody in response.

Hollywood is finally being held accountable for romanticizing the police, TIME gleefully noted in its trailblazing takedown, but the campaign to reexamine the insidious 'good cop' narrative in entertainment should be extended to fictional vigilantes who often possess unfair super-privileges.

"What are superheroes except cops with capes who enact justice with their powers?" the magazine bravely (and rhetorically) asked.


Suspect Steven Lopez arrested in fatal Louisville BLM protest shooting

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The LMPD blocked off the scene of a shooting at Jefferson Square Park in Louisville, Ky. on June 27, 2020.
A frequent participant in Louisville's month of protests has been accused of fatally shooting a photographer in Jefferson Square Park after a dispute with another person.

Steven Nelson Lopez, 23, is facing charges of murder and first-degree wanton endangerment, Louisville Metro Police officials said Sunday after releasing his arrest citation. Lopez is accused of killing Tyler Gerth, a 27-year-old Louisville photographer who had become a vocal supporter of the protests.

At 8:59 p.m. Saturday, MetroSafe Communications reported multiple gunshots being fired in Jefferson Square Park. Arriving officers found one person shot in the face in the middle of the park near a short concrete wall, according to Lopez's arrest citation.


Mikhaila Peterson interviews her father, Jordan Peterson, about his reaction to benzodiazepines and their struggle to find proper treatment in the West

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Jordan Peterson photographed with his daughter and granddaughter in Moscow, 16 February 2020
Welcome to the Mikhaila Peterson Podcast, episode 9. This is a brief podcast with my dad Jordan Peterson about what happened to him and my family in the last year.


'Dilbert' creator enrages Twitterati saying he lost jobs and 'my TV show for being white'

Dilbert creator Scott Adams

Dilbert creator Scott Adams
"Dilbert" creator Scott Adams is under fire for claiming that his show was canceled because of his race.

The cartoon, which ran on UPN from 1999 to 2000, was based on a comic strip by the same name and featured a pessimistic office worker as the title character.

"I lost my TV show for being white when UPN decided it would focus on an African-American audience," Adams wrote on Twitter. "That was the third job I lost for being white. The other two in corporate America. (They told me directly.)"

He's not the only TV figure injecting race into the social-media conversation.

Comment: Adams has tapped into a largely untold story about the distortion of employment in the last 40 years. The thread is telling:

A few examples from the 1.6k replies:


What is the real goal of the 'Stop Hate for Profit' campaign against Facebook? Hint: it has nothing to do with 'hate speech'

facebook and the dollar
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"Change your policies, or you'll never see one of these again."
A deep-pocketed astroturf campaign has created the impression that Facebook users are up in arms about racism on the platform, but the 'Stop Hate for Profit' campaign is a naked political power-grab by the usual suspects.

The campaign emerged earlier this month and has gathered a huge amount of support from corporations eager to check the Black Lives Matter box and burnish their image. But it's not clear if these companies have looked into who's behind the initiative, or what their intentions are. Stop Hate for Profit's organizers appear less concerned with stopping "hate" than they are with muscling their way into Facebook's boardroom and seizing the power to permanently silence political opponents.

Stop Hate for Profit's website is operated by the Anti-Defamation League, an advocacy group notorious for its heavy-handed censorship tactics that has bragged about its involvement in YouTube content purges and regularly smears critics of Israeli policy as froth-mouthed anti-Semites. Listed co-sponsors of the campaign include activist organizations Color of Change, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a "media freedom" group called Free Press, which according to its mission statement seeks to "change the media to transform democracy to realize a just society." In practice, that apparently translates to lending "free press" cover to ideologically-motivated censorship campaigns.


Massive protests? Crowded chain stores? No, it's SMALL BUSINESSES to blame for post-lockdown Covid-19 spike, says MSM

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Only one of these two situations is Covid-safe, according to MSM
Looking for someone to blame for the post-lockdown case spike that has some states reimposing coronavirus lockdown measures? Go no further than your local small businesses, say media outlets urging a return to lockdown.

Many states have reported unsettling rises in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, so much so that states like Texas and Florida have put the brakes on allowing bars, restaurants, and other places people gather to resume operations in the last week, insisting it's too dangerous to continue. Local and national media have been quick to point the finger at those small businesses that gave lockdown-crazed Americans a tiny taste of their pre-pandemic lives, insisting it was these nods to the "old normal" - getting a drink with friends at the bar, or grabbing lunch with a relative at the corner restaurant - that are to blame for the recent case spikes.

But this rush to pin the case increases on small businesses reopening ignores several other potential causes of the uptick - the most obvious being the massive protests against police brutality that have thronged the streets of American cities large and small for the past month, rarely taking note of anything like social distancing and sometimes degenerating into rioting and violence. The focus on small businesses also ignores the continued role of big-box stores and chain restaurants - which have also seen heavy traffic as restrictions are lifted, yet somehow seem immune (no pun intended) to the media scoldfest.