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No, New York Times, there is no good reason to let non-citizens vote - regardless of what self-obsessed immigrants demand

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The New York Times has published an essay by a permanent resident, urging Democrats to expand the US franchise to non-citizens. While we should be thankful someone said the quiet part out loud, the author's argument is nonsense.

"There Is No Good Reason You Should Have to Be a Citizen to Vote," blares the headline over the opinion piece, published Wednesday and authored by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian. She argues that now "it's time for Democrats to radically expand the electorate."

Comment: Democrat strongholds are already at it, whether through overt action, or obfusticaton.

Gold Seal

'Just magical': Joy for Tamberi and Barshim as they opt to share gold in men's high jump

Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Ital7 share gold medal
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Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy celebrate after winning gold in the men’s high jump final at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photograph:
Two athletes who agreed to share gold medals in the Olympics men's high jump competition, in what is likely to be remembered as one of the most heartwarming moments of the Tokyo Games, have been flooded with praise.

Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Barshim of Qatar were locked in first place after a tough few hours of competing on Sunday. The two athletes, who are also good friends, were then given the option to settle matters with a jump-off.

Barshim had a better idea: how about two golds?

Bacon n Eggs

New California hog farming law could cut off nearly all of the state's pork supply, bacon prices would skyrocket

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A new California law for farms could cut off nearly all of the state's pork supply, which would create a bacon shortage in the state and drive up prices substantially.

In November 2018, California voters overwhelmingly approved California Proposition 12, the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative. The bill is aimed at more humane treatment of farm animals would "establish minimum space requirements based on square feet for calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens and ban the sale of veal from calves, pork from breeding pigs, and eggs from hens when the animals are confined to areas below minimum square-feet requirements," according to Ballotpedia.

Starting on Jan. 1, 2022, the second deadline of the law goes into effect, which requires "egg-laying hens to be housed cage-free and breeding pigs raised with twenty-four square feet per pig," which would mean expanding animals pens to about 4 feet by 6 feet.


Hard work is racist? Woke profs unironically demand to give black employees extra 'time to rest and recover'

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Are some more deserving of rest than others?
Black employees are exhausted. Over the past year, their cognitive, emotional, and physical resources have been disproportionally depleted due to two deadly and intertwined pandemics: Covid-19 and structural racism. Black people are more likely to lose their jobs and be hospitalized or die from Covid-19, while still facing disproportionate threats of brutalization and death from policing compared to white people.

Additional factors exacerbate these experiences. First, assaults against Black people were major news stories in 2020, broadcasted regularly across all types of media. This is what's known as a racial mega-threat — a negative, large-scale, race-related event that receives significant media attention — which heightens racial trauma. Research shows that this type of ongoing experience creates psychological racial battle fatigue — a natural depletion response to commonplace, consistent experiences of heightened distress due to racism.

Comment: Speechless.


When will the COVID revolt come?

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At some point, there will be a revolt. The longer the arbitrary insanity persists, the more violent the reaction will be.

The most cheerful headline I have seen in weeks was on Glenn Reynolds' New York Post column: "No, Karen, we're not masking again." I hope he is right. I do wonder, though. I have no doubt that the second part of his headline — "A winning GOP message for 2022 [and] beyond" — is correct. At least it's correct if it is expressed as a conditional: It would be a winning strategy were it adopted. As Reynolds notes, "There is a great deal of pent-up frustration and resentment over the inconvenience, the loss of freedom and the general climate of hectoring that the government's pandemic response has created." Indeed. And he's right, too, that
It's irritating to be lectured by officials who claim to be smarter than you. It's infuriating to be lectured by government officials who claim to be smarter than you — but clearly aren't.

The on-again/off-again claims on masks and vaccination are just part of it. Tired of masks? Get vaccinated, they told us. Now they're saying wear a mask, even if you've been vaccinated and even if you're associating with others who've been vaccinated.

And there's talk of more lockdowns, which a growing body of scientific evidence suggests were perfectly useless and downright harmful.
As Molly Bloom exclaimed in a different context, Yes, Yes, Yes!

Penis Pump

Minor Russian politicians try to win votes at polling stations by using exact same name as opposition


"This is the only way these crooks can fight against me," Boris Vishnevsky said about two rival candidates with the exact same names.
Boris Vishnevsky is a known figure in St. Petersburg.

An opposition politician who heads the liberal Yabloko party's committee in the local legislature, he is also a man known locally as a defender of the city's cultural heritage and as a columnist in the independent newspaper Novaya gazeta.

But ahead of elections in September, the number of public figures named Boris Vishnevsky appeared to suspiciously multiply.

In May, Vishnevsky announced his candidacy for both the St. Petersburg legislative assembly and the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, representing two districts in the center of his native city.

Comment: Note that the ruling United Russia party and its candidates do not need to resort to such tactics to gain votes: Despite small gains for the far right and Navalny, Russia's weekend elections suggest no political change is imminent


Lagoon turns shocking pink and fish farming may be to blame

Argentina pink lagoon
Screenshot: Aerial view of a lagoon that turned pink due to a chemical in the Patagonian province of Chubut, Argentina, on July 23, 2021.
A lagoon in Argentina has turned pink and environmentalists say dumped chemical waste is to blame. The colour comes from sodium sulfite, an antibacterial product used in fish factories.

The lagoon, near the town of Trewlew and 1,400km south of Buenos Aires, receives runoff from an industrial park and has turned the colour of fuchsia before.

In recent weeks, residents living near the lagoon blocked roads used by trucks carrying processed fish waste to treatment plants on the outskirts of their city.

Comment: See also:

Bizarro Earth

'Coronavirus variant that could kill one in three infected people is a realistic possibility', SAGE warns

People wearing masks
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People wearing face masks walk on Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles, California, March 29, 2021
The emergence of a new COVID variant with a similar death rate to MERS, which kills one in three infected people, is a "realistic possibility", the government's scientific advisers have warned.

However the experts also say the virus could result in "much less severe disease" in older people and those who are clinically vulnerable in the long term.

In a paper published on Friday, the scientists outline the chances that a new variant will evade current vaccines, saying one of the causes is "almost certain" to happen.

Comment: After 16 months of lockdowns that deprived people of sunlight, exercise, human contact, and their sense of wellbeing, a great many are suffering weakened and compromised immune systems, and will be many times more vulnerable to any viruses that might enter into circulation: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Pandemic is Over! (If You Want it)


Sky News Australia has been suspended from YouTube following a review of old videos

Sky News Australia has been temporarily suspended by YouTube following a review of old videos published to the channel.

The one-week suspension by YouTube follows a review of content for compliance with YouTube's policies on COVID-19 which are subject to change in response to changes to global or local health authority guidance on the virus.

Sky News Australia acknowledges YouTube's right to enforce its policies and looks forward to continuing to publish its popular news and analysis content back to its audience of 1.85 million YouTube subscribers shortly.

Comment: This is yet another example of Big Tech trying desperately to control reality. No news outlet is safe. See also:

Black Magic

Abusive Aussie police commissioner on lockdown protesters: 'Filthy, disgusting and selfish' - and that's only the beginning

Gary Worboys
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NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys
When New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Gary Worboys raged last week about perceived 'filthy, disgusting and selfish' people among the population of Australia, the only thing that was missing from the scripted, theatrical performance was a mirror.

The same can be said for New South Wales Police Minister, David Elliott, who described government dissenters as 'very selfish boofheads.' The word boofhead is defined by Collin's Dictionary as 'a very stupid person' or 'a person or animal with a large head'. Both definitions can be applied to Elliott. Reading his lines carefully last week as he sported what looked like a cement block on his shoulders, little doubt was left in the minds of anyone who had ever questioned Sigmund Freud's theory of psychological projection.