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Covid-19; You Might Want to Cancel Those Vacation Plans Next Summer ...


Published November 14, 2020 In April 2020, Pew Research did a poll showing that if a vaccine were available, 72% of those polled would take it.: https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2020/09/17/u-s-public-now-divided-over-whether-to-get-covid-19-vaccine/ Gallup did the same poll at the end of September /beginning of October 2020, the number dropped to 50%: https://news.gallup.com/poll/321839/readiness-covid-vaccine-falls-past-month.aspx​ Herd immunity ... Sweden tried that route with its people, getting catastrophic results: https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200813/swedens-no-lockdown-policy-didnt-achieve-herd-immunity​ In the case of the Pfizer vaccine, it's showing initial data of being 90% effective: https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/pfizers-covid-19-vaccine-90-percent-effective-initial-data-68138​ Oxfam ... reported 13% of the world's population has purchased 51% of the promised doses for leading vaccine candidates: https://www.oxfam.org/en/press-releases/small-group-rich-nations-have-bought-more-half-future-supply-leading-covid-19




The GOP's Parler Tricks


Published November 16, 2020 Alexandria Splonskowski, "I was just sick of being censored for just posting different opinions nothing hurtful, nothing harmful, just having a different viewpoint than the far left." https://www.kfyrtv.com/2020/11/11/social-media-app-parler-tops-charts-sparks-controversy According to estimates from Sensor Tower ... from November 3rd to November 9th, 2020, Parler was downloaded more than two million times in the United States. https://www.cnet.com/news/parler-downloads-soar-as-conservatives-flock-to-the-twitter-clone-after-biden-win/




The Republican Legislation Which Could Legalizie Murder During A Riot


Published November 21, 2020 McCloskey's came out with husband Mark brandishing an AR-15 rifle, while wife Patricia had her finger on the trigger of a semi-automatic handgun. ... “I really thought it was storming the Bastille — that we would be dead, and the house would be burned, and there was nothing we could do about it. It was a huge and frightening crowd.” https://www.vox.com/2020-presidential-election/2020/8/24/21398970/mark-patricia-mccloskey-republican-convention-guns-black-lives-matter Because of the outpouring of love by the conservative base for Mr. and Mrs. McCloskey's actions, they were asked to speak at the 2020 Republican National Convention. https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-53891184 ROADWAY OBSTRUCTION AMENDMENT: https://le.utah.gov/Interim/2020/pdf/00004501.pdf




The Supreme Court Rulings Untethering Police From The Law


Published November 25, 2020 Heien v. North Carolina https://www.npr.org/2014/12/15/370995815/supreme-court-rules-traffic-stop-ok-despite-misunderstanding-of-law According to Henry A. Wallace Police Crime Database, along with the Washington Post's police shooting database, between the years of 2005 and 2014 there were around 1,000 people fatally shot every year by police officers. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/investigations/police-shootings-database/ The first happened on June 27th, 2005 in the case of Castle Rock v. Gonzales. barneslawllp.com/blog/police-not-required-protect Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, "Our cases recognize that a benefit is not a protected entitlement if government officials may grant or deny it in their discretion." https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/545/748/




Section 230 And The Real Constitution Crisis: The Freedom of Speech


Published November 29, 2020 47 U.S.C. § 230, a Provision of the Communication Decency Act https://www.eff.org/issues/cda230 Two months later during a Senate Hearing, Professor Eugene Volokh of UCLA School of Law and Feinstein got into a back-and-forth about free speech. https://reason.com/2017/06/19/in-major-free-speech-victory-scotus-rule/ Senator Patrick Leahy Quote 11/29/18 (D Senator VT): The First Amendment was the most important part of our Constitution because it promised the freedom of speech. https://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/112918defendingpressfreedom Freedom of speech executive order https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-colleges/trump-vows-executive-order-requiring-free-speech-at-colleges-idUSKCN1QJ0JD Mitch McConnell calling the SJW's: “the grievance-industrial complex,” https://nypost.com/2020/07/22/mitch-mcconnell-quotes-salman-rushdie-in-cancel-culture-speech/ EARN IT ACT https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s3398 Section 230 is one that would do so by stripping it of all its protections. These protections would only be given back if internet companies follow a list of "best practices" set up by a government commission of 15 people. eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/graham-blumenthal-bill-new-path-doj-finally-break-encryption




Qanon: The Most Dangerous American Conspiracy Theory


Published December 1, 2020 A study published on April 7, 2011 in the Current Biology journal https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(11)00289-2 The most famous incident that involved the pedophile ring was "Pizzagate." https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/12/5/13842258/pizzagate-comet-ping-pong-fake-news For those of you unfamiliar with Qanon, it is a conservative conspiracy group/theory that top Democrats like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and George Soros are the leaders of a worldwide pedophile ring. https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/how-three-conspiracy-theorists-took-q-sparked-qanon-n900531 Agency Advance Democracy, a nonpartisan nonprofit that tracks misinformation, found that 1 in 7 tweets about “#Dominion” https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/11/16/5-facts-about-the-qanon-conspiracy-theories/ "The Storm." https://www.nytimes.com/article/what-is-qanon.html Qanon falls silent after election https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/qanon-donald-trump-2020-us-election-b1721362.html the FBI has classified Qanon as a domestic terrorist group. hsdl.org/c/conspiracy-theory-trends-qanon/




Covid-19; Update, Apparently It Does Impact The Children


Published December 9, 2020 In the Granite School District in Utah, nearly 14,000 in-person and online students received one or more F grades or incompletes in the first quarter — more than twice the number from the first quarter in 2019. Another 1,200 students received all Fs or incompletes — a whopping five times greater than last year. https://www.sltrib.com/news/education/2020/11/08/thousands-utah-students/ Covid-19 vaccine: First person receives Pfizer jab in UK: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55227325 Oregon's McNary High School located in Salem-Keizer Public School district, 38% of grades in late October were failing, compared with 8% in normal times. Also, hundreds of students initially had not just Fs, but grade scores of 0.0%, indicating they simply were not participating in school at all. https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/schools-confront-off-rails-numbers-failing-grades-74571072 In Charleston, South Carolina, administrators and teachers are raising the possibility of adjusting grading the way they did in spring, where instructors were told to give 50s instead of 0s to make it less punitive for disengaged students. https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/nation-world/schools-confront-failing-grades/507-738f4fec-7dc6-4ada-a26c-582ef4724c8c Prior to COVID-19, 37 million people in the U.S. struggle with hunger. Feeding America estimates that as a result of the pandemic, that number may rise to 54 million people, including 18 million children in 2020. https://www.feedingamerica.org/sites/default/files/2020-09/FA_Supply_Demand_One-pager_FINAL.pdf Hospitals face catastrophic financial challenges in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The AHA estimates a total four-month financial impact of $202.6 billion in losses for America’s hospitals and health systems, or an average of $50.7 billion per month. https://www.aha.org/guidesreports/2020-05-05-hospitals-and-health-systems-face-unprecedented-financial-pressures-due#:~:text=Hospitals%20face%20catastrophic%20financial%20challenges,of%20%2450.7%20billion%20per%20month. After ranking countries based on their levels of education and health, the study found that the US ranked 27th in the world on these metrics as of 2016, behind a host of top-ranking Nordic countries, including Finland, Iceland, Denmark, and the Netherlands. https://www.businessinsider.com/us-ranks-27th-for-healthcare-and-education-2018-9 Retention may bestow advantages in the short-term, but longer term detrimental effects on social acceptance may lead to the documented longer term negative effects of retention. Alexander, Entwisle, and Dauber (2003) found that early-retained children in Baltimore schools, relative to matched promoted children, were more likely to drop out of school in adolescence, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2864494/ About 13 million US workers have more than one job. https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2019/06/about-thirteen-million-united-states-workers-have-more-than-one-job.html




The New Year's Resolution That Democrats Need To Make — And Complete — In 2021


Published December 21, 2020 AOC calls Amazon jobs a 'scam' because more than 4,000 of its employees are on food stamps. In 2019, she called into question why Amazon paid zero in federal income taxes on more than $11 billion in profit. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/news/aoc-calls-amazon-jobs-a-scam-because-more-than-4000-of-its-employees-are-on-food-stamps/ar-BB1c3Zry?li=BBnb7Kz Walmart and McDonald’s are among the top employers of beneficiaries of federal aid programs like Medicaid and food stamps, according to a study by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. https://www.gao.gov/assets/720/710203.pdf Other notable companies with a large number of employees on federal aid include Amazon, Kroger, Dollar General, and other food service and retail giants. About 70% of the 21 million federal aid beneficiaries worked full time, the report found. Walmart recently reported net income of $5.14 billion for its most recent quarter, while McDonald’s reported net income of $1.76 billion for the same period. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/19/walmart-and-mcdonalds-among-top-employers-of-medicaid-and-food-stamp-beneficiaries.html In a 2013 study by Americans for Tax Fairness, it was found that Walmart's low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report published to coincide with Tax Day, April 15. https://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2014/04/15/report-walmart-workers-cost-taxpayers-6-2-billion-in-public-assistance/?sh=5f8f13fb720b Though the full-year net income fell 5.7% in 2013, they still generated a net income profit of $16 billion. https://www.forbes.com/sites/maggiemcgrath/2014/02/20/wal-mart-lowers-outlook-as-profit-falls-and-same-store-sales-decline-could-a-family-dollar-acquisition-turn-things-around/?sh=3f210b1b1cdc It shows there are 41.2 million working people, or nearly 30 percent of the workforce, receiving public assistance such as food stamps, housing subsidies and cash assistance to make ends meet. https://www.ibtimes.com/welfare-america-most-low-wage-full-time-workers-use-food-stamps-housing-assistance-2300713




Washington D.C. To Host First-Ever Purge: Beginning January 6th, 2021


Published January 4, 2021 Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., was the first senator to announce plans to object to the electoral vote count. He received swift criticism from senior Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2021/01/03/senate-republican-schism-electoral-vote-certification/4112162001/ Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and nine other Republican US senators or senators-elect said on Saturday they will reject presidential electors from states where Donald Trump has contested his defeat by Joe Biden, “unless and until [an] emergency 10-day audit” of such results is completed. Utah Senator Mitt Romney described it as “nonsense”, the idea that a congressional audit would restore trust in the election, saying the American people trusted federal judges more than Congress. Though I disagree with the assessment of citizens trusting federal judges, he is correct that an audit itself would restore complete faith in the process (given that almost half of the country doesn't believe the process anyway if the results don't pan out). https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/02/ted-cruz-republican-senators-reject-election-result-biden-trump McConnel: "the politics of fear have no place in our society," https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/wheres-my-money-mitch-mcconnell-home-vandalized-after-dollar2000-stimulus-check-vote-blocked/ar-BB1cq6VQ?li=BBnb7Kz Rep. Gohmert Calls for Street Violence as Another Legal Loss Sends MAGA World Spiraling U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Kernodle, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, dismissed a hail-mary lawsuit filed by Gohmert and 11 Arizona Republicans that attempted to give Vice President Mike Pence the ability to overturn the results of the November presidential election won by Joe Biden.Gohmert then seemed to encourage violence as a means to this end. “But bottom line is, the court is saying, ‘We’re not going to touch this. You have no remedy’—basically, in effect, the ruling would be that you gotta go the streets and be as violent as Antifa and BLM.” https://news.yahoo.com/rep-gohmert-calls-street-violence-183409939.html These Are The Republicans Who Have Acknowledged Biden’s Victory https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2020/12/10/these-are-the-republicans-who-have-acknowledged-bidens-victory/?sh=70eb9357417b




The Aftermath of Democracy's Funeral; How Did We Get Here?


Published January 7, 2021 Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said ... https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/live-blog/electoral-college-certification-updates-n1252864/ncrd1253068#blogHeader ... reality it was Donald Trump Jr. that had the loudest ... https://thehill.com/homenews/532886-donald-trump-jr-gathering-of-trump-supporters-in-dc-should-send-a-message-to-gop Eric Trump solidifed this conflict with a tweet ... https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/06/politics/eric-trump-republicans-2022/index.html




Elements of Mental Health That Need Exploration in Public Schools


Published July 6, 2021

A Guard Child report (a website that compiles Child Internet Crime and Abuse Statistics from Pew Research, the National Crime Prevention Center, and Crimes Against Children Research Center, among many others), found that 90% of children ages 8-16 have seen online pornography.

https://www.guardchild.com/statistics/

A 2017 article by the Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH) shows that abstinence-only sex education has backfired immensely.

https://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(17)30297-5/fulltext

Stanford medical released a report in 2020 that the biology of the youth of this country is changing.

https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2020/04/stanford-study-finds-stronger-one-way-fear-signals-in-brains-of-.html

in late 2015, Germany's education minister, Johanna Wanka, supported a nationwide use of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in the classroom, the German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse reported.

https://www.businessinsider.com/afp-german-teachers-want-edited-mein-kampf-on-curriculum-2015-12




The Importance of President Joe Biden's First Transgression


Published January 17, 2021 "I see no way this gets 10 Republican Senate votes in its current form," Brian Riedl, a budget expert at the conservative-leaning Manhattan Institute in touch with GOP offices, said in an interview. https://www.businessinsider.com/biden-stimulus-plan-uphill-battle-through-congress-republicans-economic-aid-2021-1 In fact, this latest inaccuracy portrayed by Biden has even been used to stoke the fires of the "Ocasio-Cortez v. Biden (Traditional Democrats)" war. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-stimulus-plan-aoc-problem “We will finish the job of getting $2,000 in cash relief to people who need it the most,” Biden said, adding that the “$600 already appropriated is simply not enough.” https://www.marketwatch.com/story/two-ways-joe-bidens-proposed-stimulus-checks-are-different-from-the-first-two-rounds-11610735997




Immigration and the Last Echos of MAGA


Published January 22, 2021 Often we have heard the argument that it was Antifa which was bussed in and stormed the US capitol. https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-antifa-police-dc/fact-check-d-c-police-did-not-act-as-private-security-for-antifa-on-jan-6-claims-feature-old-video-idUSKBN29B2V7 Attorney General Bill Barr called Antifa the "new form of urban guerrilla warfare.” https://www.foxnews.com/transcript/bill-barr-antifa-is-new-form-of-urban-guerrilla-warfare With quotes from people like Jenna Ryan ... https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-capitol-siege-riots-32a212d3ac899905be744632d236862c You are nervous. ... https://www.heritage.org/immigration/commentary/does-the-us-owe-amnesty-future-illegal-immigrants An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS issues ITINs to individuals who are required to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have, and are not eligible to obtain, a Social Security number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration (SSA). https://www.irs.gov/individuals/individual-taxpayer-identification-number The $900 billion relief package approved in December ... According to the National Immigration Forum, https://www.marketwatch.com/story/two-ways-joe-bidens-proposed-stimulus-checks-are-different-from-the-first-two-rounds-11610735997 ... provided a pathway to citizenship for 11 million people living in the country illegally. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/18/us/biden-executive-orders-first-days.html Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants https://apnews.com/article/biden-8-year-citizenship-path-immigrants-4f2dffdb7a688e1e126a62a8acd59730




Wall Street Vs. The Middle-Class; How We Learned to Count Cards In The World's Largest Casino


Published January 29, 2021 Melvin Capital is a hedge fund (worth US$12.5 billion until recently) took a "short position" on Gamestop. https://theconversation.com/gamestop-how-redditors-played-hedge-funds-for-billions-and-what-might-come-next-154076 Friedman said the Nasdaq's role as a "self-regulatory organization" is to make sure activity in the market is "legitimate" and to root out manipulation in the market. https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/nasdaq-monitors-social-media-halts-unusual-trading-friedman-market-manipulation-2021-1-1030011156 There isn't enough space in this article to list everyone who lives in the world of wealth or power and has been incarcerated for various felonies tied to these activities. https://www.govtrack.us/misconduct It has already been determined that there will be hearings by the Democratic leaders of the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/28/gamestop-cruz-ocasio-cortez-blast-robinhood-over-trade-freeze.html Because of the upheaval that this has caused, even Adena Friedman, CEO of NASDAQ, has spoken ... https://news.yahoo.com/nasdaq-head-calls-regulators-manage-182306902.html Bill Ackman, CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, https://www.forbes.com/sites/antoinegara/2020/03/25/billionaire-bill-ackman-100-fold-return-on-coronavirus-hedge-2-billion/?sh=1f994d326fcc Per Dictionary.com, manipulate means: to adapt or change (accounts, figures, etc.) to suit one's purpose or advantage. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/manipulate




Minimum Wage and Income Inequality


Published February 4, 2021 “None of us on either side want to live in a scorched-earth Senate,” McConnell said. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/01/26/mcconnell-scorched-earth-fillibuster/ For the third time in six years, the majority party in the Senate detonated the so-called nuclear option in April 2019 ... https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/03/us/politics/senate-republicans-nuclear-option.html You see that when the minimum wage had been increased to go along with inflation (which was done in ... https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/minimum-wage/history/chart Yet since the late 1960s, lawmakers have let the value of the minimum wage erode. https://www.epi.org/publication/raising-the-federal-minimum-wage-to-15-by-2024-would-lift-pay-for-nearly-40-million-workers/ Early in 2020, Pew Research released two studies that exemplify the wage inequality in America. https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2020/01/09/trends-in-income-and-wealth-inequality/ The wealth gap between America’s richest and poorer families more than doubled from 1989 to 2016. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/02/07/6-facts-about-economic-inequality-in-the-u-s/ The average full-time minimum worker needs to work at least 97 hours to afford a two-bedroom rental or 79 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom rental, according to the report. https://www.businessinsider.com/full-time-minimum-wage-workers-cant-afford-rent-anywhere-us-2020-7#:~:text=The%20average%20full%2Dtime%20minimum,rental%2C%20according%20to%20the%20report.




The Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Catastrophe From A Frontline Worker's Perspective


Published February 8, 2021 The Covid-19 vaccine has been approved under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-vaccines This is a new type of vaccine, one that doesn't include any live or dead virus, one that modifies your RNA so your immune system can fight off the virus. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html




The Defect and Other Lies By Omission


Published February 10, 2021 I have included in the bibliography a link which has the history of the US deficit, https://www.thebalance.com/us-deficit-by-year-3306306 “This is a cowardly budget. I'm going to tell you why because he didn't -- and I think there's a set-up going on here.” https://www.foxnews.com/transcript/hannity-obamas-cowardly-budget-will-bankrupt-the-country




Is The U.S. Constitution Worth The Paper It's Written On?


Published February 16, 2021 “It will be of little avail …
https://ammo.com/articles/founding-fathers-quotes#:~:text=%E2%80%9CAny%20government%20is%20free%20to,a%20party%20to%20the%20laws.%E2%80%9D&text=%E2%80%9COur%20new%20Constitution%20is%20now,certain%20except%20death%20and%20taxes.%E2%80%9D
“The Constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the Judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.”
https://www.constitutionfacts.com/?section=funZone&page=famousquotes.cfm “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.”
http://www.whatwouldthefoundersthink.com/the-founders-on-a-living-constitution Also, in a 2000 Office of Legal Counsel memo,
https://www.lawfareblog.com/indicting-president-not-foreclosed-complex-history




Rush Limbaugh Was Right About ONE Thing; Also, Dems Need To Pull Their Heads Out Too ...


Published February 21, 2021 "Can somebody point to me the conservative on the ballot?" Limbaugh asked on his radio show, according to a transcript posted to his official website.
https://www.businessinsider.com/rush-limbaugh-donald-trump-not-conservative-2016-9 "What I would say to Senator McConnell: I know Trump can be a handful, but he is the most dominant figure in the Republican Party," the South Carolina Republican continued. "We don't have a snowball's chance in hell of taking back the majority without Donald Trump. If you don't get that, you're just not looking." There is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility," McConnell wrote Monday in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal of the riot. "His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world's largest megaphone. His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended."
https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/16/politics/trump-mcconnell/index.html "Former President Trump's actions that preceded the riot were a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty," added McConnell. "Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day."
https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/13/politics/mitch-mcconnell-acquit-trump/index.html Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez insisted …
"We, the Democratic Party, gave up a lot of leverage," Ocasio-Cortez said of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act passed in March.
https://www.businessinsider.com/we-need-new-leadership-aoc-criticizes-pelosi-and-schumer-2020-12 "Why does AOC complain that you have not been grooming younger people for leadership?"
https://www.businessinsider.com/pelosi-rejects-aoc-concerns-about-democratic-party-leadership-video-2021-1
With the recent $1.9 Trillion proposal released by Biden,
https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/14/politics/biden-economic-rescue-package-coronavirus-stimulus/index.html




Utah GOP Thinking For Themselves; Breaking From LDS Church And Party


Published February 24, 2021 “Part of our doctrine is the principle of moral agency — people make choices for themselves,” said Jack Gerard, an LDS general authority Seventy. https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2018/09/12/recreational-use/ Utah has unfortunately ranked in the top 10 in the nation for overdose deaths over the past 10 years. https://www.ksl.com/article/50049960/covid-19-complications-likely-increasing-the-severity-of-utahs-opioid-crisis#:~:text=As%20with%20COVID%2D19%2C%20the,falls%2C%20and%20motor%20vehicle%20crashes. “It is a time for Utahns to celebrate,” Christine Stenquist, a medical cannabis patient and founder of the advocacy group TRUCE Utah, said. “I think it’s fantastic that we’ve crossed this hurdle.” https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2018/11/07/medical-marijuana-leaps/ The replacement legislation crafted by lawmakers and both sides in the Prop 2 debate overhauls pretty much everything. https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2018/12/03/utah-house-passes-medical/ “Although Senator Romney and I usually vote together — and with a majority of Senate Republicans, we voted differently,” said the statement from Lee issued through his 2022 reelection campaign. “It shows neither one of us blindly defers to anyone.” https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2021/02/19/sen-mike-lee-is-defending/ “I’m not in a place yet where I’m comfortable with the bill as it stands right now,” Cox said Thursday at his monthly news conference with PBS Utah. “Those discussions are ongoing. We still have a lot of work to do.” https://www.advocate.com/transgender/2021/2/19/utah-gov-meeting-transgender-kids-changes-your-heart




Why Are The Wealthy Profiting From Human Suffering?


Published February 27, 2021 When setting up the infrastructure, former Governor of Texas George W. Bush …
“Deregulation was something akin …”
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/21/us/texas-electricity-ercot-blackouts.html First off, the Enron Scandal.
https://www.britannica.com/event/Enron-scandal The Wall Street Journal did an excellent job giving the numbers, context, and impact of Covid-19 on the market.
Wading into the market during swoons big and small has been profitable over the past 10 years.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-did-stock-markets-rebound-from-covid-in-record-time-here-are-five-reasons-11600182704
The latest available government data, via the Federal Reserve from 2016, shows a relatively small share of American families (14%) are directly invested in individual stocks but a majority (52%) have some market investment mostly from owning retirement accounts such as 401(k)s.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/teresaghilarducci/2020/08/31/most-americans-dont-have-a-real-stake-in-the-stock-market/ The stock market hit a new high, over 30,000 in November 2020. At that time, the national unemployment rate was 6.7.
https://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/national-employment-monthly-update.aspx In the month of November 2019 it ended at 28,054.41
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/29/dow-futures-black-friday-thanksgiving-holiday.html




President Joe Biden Has Added Another Hypocrisy To The List


Published March 1, 2021 California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna. "There is absolutely no justification for a president to authorize a military strike that is not in self-defense against an imminent threat without congressional authorization."
https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/27/politics/syria-airstrike-biden-letter-to-congressional-leadership/index.html “The United States took this action pursuant to the United States’ inherent right of self-defense as reflected in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter,” Biden wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President pro tempore of the Senate Patrick Leahy.
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/27/biden-tells-congress-syria-strikes-are-consistent-with-us-right-to-self-defense.html As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee …
Biden acknowledged, “We voted to give him the authority to wage that war. We should step back and be supportive.”
https://www.factcheck.org/2019/09/bidens-record-on-iraq-war/




Democrats Voted To Increase Income Inequality Over The Next 4 Years


Published March 9, 2021 The experiment gave 125 people living in neighborhoods at or below Stockton's median household income, $500 per month for two years with no strings attached, measuring participants' job prospects, financial stability and overall well-being.
https://www.npr.org/2021/03/04/973653719/california-program-giving-500-no-strings-attached-stipends-pays-off-study-finds A study of the period from February 2019 to February 2020 that was recently released determined that full-time employment rose among those who received the guaranteed income and that their financial, physical and emotional health improved.
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/6039d612b17d055cac14070f/t/603ef1194c474b329f33c329/1614737690661/SEED_Preliminary+Analysis-SEEDs+First+Year_Final+Report_Individual+Pages+-2.pdf “‘Today … we must cultivate the science of human relationships — the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together and work together in the same world at peace,’” Biden said. “To live together and work together. That’s how I see America. That’s how I see the presidency, and that’s how I see the future.”
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/10/27/joe-biden-quotes-fdr-goal-heal-pandemic-political-divisions/5989076002/ “The president’s preference is not to get rid of the filibuster,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said,
https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/08/biden-filibuster-reform-474503 So looking at those Democrats who voted against the measure and why you begin to see a trend.
A Congressional Budget Office analysis last month projected that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would increase the cumulative budget deficit by $53 billion over a decade.
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/541860-the-eight-democrats-who-voted-no-on-15-minimum-wage "It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one."
https://www.mountvernon.org/library/digitalhistory/quotes/article/it-is-better-to-offer-no-excuse-than-a-bad-one/ In fact, it nearly doubled from 40 cents to 75 cents during the change from 1945-1950.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/minimum-wage/history/chart




Marjorie Taylor Greene And The Crumbling Republican Infrastructure


Published March 12, 2021
Democrat from Rhode Island David Cicilline told reporters he plans to propose a rule to bar members not serving on committees from proposing motions to adjourn, emphasizing that he was “dead serious.”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahhansen/2021/03/10/marjorie-taylor-greene-delays-19-trillion-stimulus-bills-final-passage-in-house/ "I think this is an end result of what the House has become, what the posture of the House has become," said Rep. Rodney Davis, a Republican from Illinois. "I think what you're seeing with a lot of the shenanigans on the floor is because so many members have so much time on their hands to be able to go to the floor, and worry about what's happening with suspension bills rather than moving along, trying to look at legislating into the future." GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a high-profile member of the House Freedom Caucus, told CNN he had nothing to do with the effort to force the roll call votes but he had no problem with Greene exerting her rights as a member of Congress.
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/08/politics/marjorie-taylor-greene-delays-votes/index.html In February of 2021, Greene was stripped of all her committee assignments with 11 Republicans joining the vote to oust her.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55940542 I know that my actions, my vote may have political consequences. And I understand that. I absolutely understand that. But I can't be afraid of that.
https://www.npr.org/2021/02/18/968921857/gops-murkowski-who-voted-against-trump-will-likely-survive-challenge




Throwing Reparations At A Systemic Problem Isn't Going To Fix It, President Biden


Published March 15, 2021 The Agriculture Department expects farmers in 2021 to earn $11.8 billion more from selling crops than they did last year. Livestock receipts are also projected to climb, by $8.6 billion.
the government responded by pouring historic amounts of taxpayer dollars into the sector. Last year, a record $46 billion were paid in direct farm subsidies, accounting for almost 40 percent of the industry’s earnings last year.
https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/18/biden-farm-problem-bailout-money-469941 A month into his presidency, Joe Biden has indicated he’s in no hurry to undo the punitive trade measure his predecessor placed on China. Biden has announced no policy changes so far, and none of the 32 executive orders he has signed involve China or trade.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/biden-may-leave-trumps-china-tariffs-in-place-201328100.html The nation’s shrinking pool of minority farmers is due to receive $5 billion of assistance in the Covid-19 relief bill, reflecting the Democrats’ focus on the lingering impact of racism and their battle to take control of the Senate.
A century ago, there were almost 1 million Black farmers in America, representing 14% of U.S. farmers. By 2017, the last agricultural census, the number had dwindled to about 45,500--1.3% of the total number of producers. Black-operated farms accounted for only 4.7 million acres of farmland, 0.5% of the total.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-09/biden-bill-s-aid-to-minority-farmers-spotlights-post-trump-pivot a National Foundation for American Policy analysis concluded The Trump administration gave more taxpayer dollars to farmers harmed by the administration’s trade policies than the federal government spends each year building ships for the Navy or maintaining America’s nuclear arsenal. The spending on farmers was also higher than the annual budgets of several government agencies.
Total American agricultural exports to China were $24 billion in 2014 and fell to $9.1 billion in 2019, according to the American Farm Bureau.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2020/01/21/trump-tariff-aid-to-farmers-cost-more-than-us-nuclear-forces/ American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said of the Trump tariffs in 2019, “China’s announcement that it will not buy any agricultural products from the United States is a body blow to thousands of farmers and ranchers who are already struggling to get by.
“In the last 18 months alone, farm and ranch families have dealt with plunging commodity prices, awful weather and tariffs higher than we have seen in decades.
https://www.fb.org/newsroom/china-trade-standstill-more-bad-news-for-farmers almost all of President Donald Trump’s $28 billion bailout for those affected by the China trade war went to White farmers.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/03/08/reparations-black-farmers-stimulus/ Also, earlier in the year on an interview with Axios on HBO, President Joe Biden‘s senior advisor, Cedric Richmond, confirmed that the White House plans “to start acting now” on reparations for African-American citizens.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKppKR5EFeQ




Blue Lives Will Matter More If Blue Lives Stop Sexually Assaulting People


Published March 23, 2021 According to research from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) police officers in the US were charged with forcible rape 405 times between 2005 and 2013. That’s an average of 45 a year. Forcible fondling was more common, with 636 instances. According to the 2016 federally funded paper Police Integrity Lost: A Study of Law Enforcement Officers Arrested, it says "Police sexual misconduct and cases of police sexual violence are often referred to as hidden offenses, and studies on police sexual misconduct are usually based on small samples or derived from officer surveys that are threatened by a reluctance to reveal these cases." https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/19/us/police-sexual-assaults-maryland-scope/index.html Per a recent RAINN ((Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) study, only 230 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to police. That means about 3 out of 4 go unreported. When taking these numbers into account, one can only imagine when the dynamic of the perpetrator having that much power behind them. https://www.rainn.org/statistics/criminal-justice-system A former Jackson officer—choosing to remain nameless— said she left the department before her two-year employment commitment was fulfilled because of sexual harassment she endured from colleagues and her direct supervisor. https://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/cops_courts/records-allege-misogynistic-culture-at-jpd/article_cd4359bd-885e-5da9-8be4-3396f54f8092.html In a stunning report by the Casper Star Tribune in 2018, these differences were shown in glaring light. https://trib.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/wyoming-law-protects-sex-assault-suspects-more-than-those-accused-of-any-other-crime/article_7163209a-89bc-5ffc-8c41-56aaef7e4721.html About 48% of Americans said they have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in police, down from 53% the previous year and an all-time high of 64% in 2004. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/08/12/americans-confidence-police-falls-new-low-gallup-poll-shows/3352910001/




US Court Systems May Legally Classify GOP Base As "Mindless Individuals"


Published March 25, 2021 Using the examples laid by the Southern Strategy in the era of Nixon, most of which are still carried out today, it has been ingrained in the conservative movement to mold, adapt, assimilate to an area they can exploit. https://www.southerncultures.org/article/southern-strategy-from-nixon-to-trump One of the key factors in this ability to perpetuate deception resides in the fact that humans aren't very accurate at it. A 2016 paper by the American Psychology Association states, "research has consistently shown that people's ability to detect lies is no more accurate than chance, or flipping a coin. This finding holds across all types of people — students, psychologists, judges, job interviewers and law enforcement personnel." https://www.apa.org/monitor/2016/03/deception#:~:text=Research%20has%20consistently%20shown%20that,Social%20Psychology%20Review%2C%202006). Sydney Powell Court Filing "No reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact,” Powell's attorneys said in a court filing defending her against a billion-dollar defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/20520809-sidney-powell-court-filing




Another Mass Shooting; Why American Arrogance Ensures Failure


Published March 29, 2021
The"Charleston loophole,"
This legislation would give authorities 10 business days for federal background checks to be completed before a gun sale can be licensed.
"These bills are a transparent attempt by gun control advocates in Congress to restrict the rights of law-abiding Americans under the guise of addressing the violent criminal culture in America," Jason Ouimet, head of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, said in a written statement.
https://www.npr.org/2021/03/11/976000003/house-passes-bills-to-strengthen-gun-laws-including-expanding-background-checks The second is the Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act of 2021, H.R. 127.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/127 According to a report by the Department of Justice called "National Instant Criminal Background Check System Section," in 2018, 4,240 background checks were denied nationwide after the three-day investigation period elapsed.
https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/2018-nics-operations-report.pdf/view Per the American Journal of Public Health findings, Reports suggest that up to 60% of perpetrators of mass shootings in the United States since 1970 displayed symptoms including acute paranoia, delusions, and depression before committing their crimes.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4318286/#!po=4.21687 The Salt Lake City Police Department is hoping to recruit a licensed social worker to help them in crisis intervention situations in the field.
https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/slcpd-looking-to-hire-social-worker-for-crisis-intervention The first being The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, H.R. 8
https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/8




If The LGBTQ+ Community Wants To Be Taken Seriously, Stop Using The Same Attacks As The GOP


Published April 1, 2021 “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to
the mainstream of society."
https://www.lectlaw.com/files/cur52.htm YouTuber D'Angelo Wallace uploaded a video at the end of March called "'Super-Straight' TikTok exists and it's as bad as you think …
“‘I’m super straight, I don’t like trans-women.’”
"That was iconic, she wins." He continued, "Legitimately, that was the best one of this entire compilation."
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-ttGQ_EDR8 British Attorney Rosa Freedman published an article in 2020 about the backlash she has received for her support of women's rights--yes, this includes people from America.
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/why-the-comparison-between-trans-rights-and-the-holocaust-is-so-offensive
Per Amnesty International "According to Holocaust Memorial Day … https://www.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/lgbti-network/remembering-holocaust-murder-lgbti-people-not-yet-history




The Climate, The Unions, The Future: Do Gen Z and Alpha Stand A Chance?


Published April 4, 2021

They attempted to form a “Beef Trust”—a collaborative group made up of the five largest meatpacking companies—with its base of packinghouses in Chicago’s Packingtown area.

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Meat-Inspection-Act


The Jungle brought about changes in the meat industry. With Amazon and the details about conditions upon which you have to poop in a bag begs the question how much? They are stopping unions and forcing unrealistic expectations. How much more do we need to incur before we realize we are re-living the 20th century all over again. Pandemic, stock market crash, woman vote (LGBTQ).
https://www.newsweek.com/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-posts-letter-amazon-admitting-it-keeps-finding-urine-bottles-after-1579159

When Democrat Senator Warren from Massachusetts criticized the corporate giant because of the controversy above, the corporate Twitter account responded to Warren's criticism by saying, "One of the most powerful politicians in the United States just said she's going to break up an American company so that they can't criticize her anymore." https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/amazon-s-anti-union-pr-efforts-amid-alabama-vote-are-ncna1262687

A 2019 report by Nature Ecology & Evolution found that up to one million plant and animals species face extinction, many within decades.

https://www.businessinsider.com/signs-of-6th-mass-extinction-2019-3




How Drugs, Fraud, And GOP Fundraisers Are Connected


Published April 6, 2021

President Trump's full campaign effort raised $495 million between Oct. 15 and Nov. 23, according to new FEC filings, a total that includes the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and other affiliated committees.
Much of the money being raised to help fund election challenges, like donations being solicited through requests to challenge the election outcome, isn't being funneled to a specific group.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/meet-the-press/blog/meet-press-blog-latest-news-analysis-data-driving-political-discussion-n988541/ncrd1250011#blogHeader

It wasn't readily available and difficult to find. In doing this, the Trump campaign has found themselves in hot water. "Bandits!” said Victor Amelino, a 78-year-old Californian, who made a $990 online donation to Mr. Trump in early September via WinRed. It recurred seven more times — adding up to almost $8,000. “I’m retired. I can’t afford to pay all that damn money.”
In the final two and a half months of 2020, the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and their shared accounts issued more than 530,000 refunds worth $64.3 million to online donors. To put how magnanimous these amounts are, there is one statistic I'd like to share. Mr. Trump, the R.N.C. and their shared accounts refunded far more money to online donors in the last election cycle than every federal Democratic candidate and committee in the country combined.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/03/us/politics/trump-donations.html

After an eight-day trial in May 2016, a jury found the companies had committed more than 117 million knowing violations of the Telemarketing Sales Rule. This included 99 million calls to phone numbers on the do not call registry, and more than 4 million additional calls in which they made misleading statements to induce DVD sales. Also, in 2018 the US Department of Justice imposed a $45.4 million fine but suspended all but $487,735 based on the companies' inability to pay the entire amount. The years spent in court pretty much decimated the business financially, but the ruling was definitely the final nail in the coffin.
https://www.ksl.com/article/46288307/feature-films-for-families-slapped-with-hefty-fine-for-telemarketing-calls




Can The DNC Take Us Back T0 The '60s American Economy?


Published April 13, 2021

Tyler Goodspeed, former acting chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under former President Trump. "With this so-called skinny proposal, we’re seeing a proposed increase in non-defense discretionary spending of 16%, it’s highest level as a share of the economy since 1965."
https://news.yahoo.com/bidens-budget-proposal-is-the-most-reckless-fiscal-policy-in-the-last-half-century-fmr-cea-chairman-121301060.html

Fiscal Year 2022 Discretionary Budget Request (Biden Budget): https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/FY2022-Discretionary-Request.pdf


Infastructure Act:
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/1102/text

The first part of Biden's plan is expected to focus on physical infrastructure…
A Monmouth University poll released in January …
The tax portion of his proposal is called the "Made in America Tax Plan" …
https://www.newsweek.com/bidens-2-trillion-infrastructure-plan-popular-public-convincing-gop-still-longshot-1579978?_gl=1*ke3f59*_ga*UzV3WE1NSzBUd2FrRWxlNjctdkhjZE9uZG5odzd5Wnl4enl6YWxxNDNWdmtRbWVScG91b2xBZWhyRUp5QXFHVQ..

His greatest response was during his inauguration speech in January of 1937. “I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished. But it is not in despair that I paint you that picture. I paint it for you in hope—because the nation, seeing and understanding the injustice in it, proposes to paint it out. We are determined to make every American citizen the subject of his country’s interest and concern; and we will never regard any faithful law-abiding group within our borders as superfluous. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5105/




How Derek Chauvin's Trial Illustrates The Judicial As Being The Most Powerful Branch Of Government


Published April 23, 2021

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, who has examined over 100 use-of-force cases there. "This was something unique. The world saw what happened. To have video, witnesses, forensic evidence and multiple police officers testify against one of their own is unique and demonstrates how high the bar has to be in order to actually have that kind of accountability,” he said.
https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_6080f250e4b0e7cb020a4d28

Another recent example of how the issues in many areas are systemic comes from Virginia. Army Second Lieutenant Caron Nazario was pulled over and pepper sprayed by Joe Gutierrez and Daniel Crocker. A lot of the news coverage goes over the event from start to finish, I'm going deeper because there is a direct corolation between what DA Gill said and this event specifically. Though Nazario is suing the city, and Officer Gutierrez was fired, neither policeman did anything illegal per the Supreme Court Of The United States. I went through it more in-depth during the article "Supreme Court Rulings Untethering Police From The Law," in the case of (case), the Supreme Court ruled that as long as an officer admits they did not know the law, as in not knowing that a temporary plate was valid, and admit in court they don't know it, then anything stemming from their misunderstanding is admissible as evidence. So if they had found anything while they had Nazario detained, it would have been admitted. This is just another example of SCOTUS power. I cannot imagine the founding fathers being happy in the fact that those who are charged with law enforcement not being required to know the law.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56696345

"Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice," she said. "For being there to call out to your mom, how heartbreaking was that," Pelosi said during the news conference. "And because of you ... your name will always be synonymous with justice."
https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/20/politics/nancy-pelosi-george-floyd-reaction/index.html

legal statute in Virginia which claims that rape can only apply to couples living apart or in cases where the victim suffers serious physical injury.

https://www.encyclopedia.com/law/law-magazines/john-wayne-and-lorena-bobbitt-trials-1993-1994#:~:text=Releasing%20Lorena%20Bobbitt%20after%20psychiatric,to%20leave%20Virginia%20without%20permission.

Heien v. North Carolina

https://www.lexisnexis.com/community/casebrief/p/casebrief-heien-v-north-carolina

Founding father Thomas Jefferson knew this could happen, and essentially predicted the future in a letter penned in 1823. “At the establishment of our constitutions, the judiciary bodies …”

https://www.foundingfatherquotes.com/articles/28




How Long Will The DNC Continue To Insult The Intelligence Of Their Base?


Published April 27, 2021 "Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice," Pelosi said at an event with the Congressional Black Caucus shortly after the verdict. "For being there to call out to your mom, how heartbreaking was that," Pelosi said during the news conference. "And because of you ... your name will always be synonymous with justice." https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/21/politics/george-floyd-nancy-pelosi-derek-chauvin/index.html “The Biden administration and President Biden have definitely exceeded expectations that progressives had,” said Ms Ocasio-Cortez during a virtual town hall meeting. “I think the infrastructure bill is too small,” she said. “I have real concerns that the actual dollars and cents, and programmatic allocations of the bill, don’t meet the ambition of that vision, of what’s being sold.” https://news.yahoo.com/aoc-says-biden-exceeded-expectations-232950917.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAEn1RJVf4jM3cjW-1KWOB9tnVG0SQNY_mRMur8nN5tzoKFFDPO8KTY4r10Z8hGPk3pHE1-P04h_H06fmT3d3PDPOMfzNGqYtH1EZXy0Gs4fg81qsGrWNWU2zjHVkOLgTrwBQ27Vo_BGeyP1eCcc_ZTJx5z-9OIORGjcvJW48jaA2




How The GOP Is Legitimately Trying To Dismantle The First Amendment State By State


Published April 28, 2021

Utah Roadway Obstruction Amendment:

https://le.utah.gov/Interim/2020/pdf/00004501.pdf

Oklahoma HB 1822:

https://openstates.org/ok/bills/2021/HB1822/

Anyone who “accosts, insults, taunts, or challenges a law enforcement officer with offensive or derisive words, or by gestures or other physical contact, that would have a direct tendency to provoke a violent response.” Offenders would have faced up to 90 days in jail and fines, and the proposal also would have increased penalties for rioting.

https://apnews.com/article/breonna-taylor-legislation-kentucky-crime-louisville-7b29e3cb57fb09be57707fd2c2d29cb8

Texas SB 912:

https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=87R&Bill=SB912

US Protest Law Tracker.
https://www.icnl.org/usprotestlawtracker/

These included imposing term limits on members of Congress, abolishing the federal income tax and placed severe limits on the federal government’s ability to levy taxes, implement new regulations or spend money.

https://conventionofstates.com/cos-simulation

“a constitutional convention would be a Brexit-scale crisis for the US.”

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-super-constitutional-convention-balanced-budget-amendment-20160706-snap-story.html




The Bastardization Of The Second Amendment


Published May 4, 2021

District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/07-290.ZO.html

McDonald v. City of Chicago

https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=10450488700560329027&hl=en&as_sdt=6&as_vis=1&oi=scholarr

Sullivan Act

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/141708

Klenosky v. New York City Police Department

https://casetext.com/case/matter-of-klenosky-v-ny-city-police-dept#p793

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Corlett

https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/new-york-state-rifle-pistol-association-inc-v-corlett/

“Outside the home, firearm rights have always been more limited, because public safety interests often outweigh individual interests in self defense.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-handgun-idUSBRE8AQ13C20121127




Voting Restrictions Impacting White People, And Not For The Reasons You Think


Published May 7, 2021

In 2018 he did an interview with Axios on HBO where he made it clear he wanted to derail the constitutional provisions which allow for birthright citizenship. "It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't. You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress. But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order." He continued, We're the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States ... with all of those benefits. It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end."

https://www.axios.com/trump-birthright-citizenship-executive-order-0cf4285a-16c6-48f2-a933-bd71fd72ea82.html

Coming in from Pennsylvania, May 2021 is Bruce Bartman. He was sentenced to 5 years probation for illegally voting twice in 2020 for Trump.
https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/03/politics/pennsylvania-probation-illegal-ballot-trump-2020/index.html


Rush Limbaugh- “The problem with [racial] profiling is that it works.”
https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2021/05/04/rush-to-the-democrats-stop-the-war-on-police/

There is a complete laundry list debunking all of the GOP and Trump talking points regarding real versus perceived voter fraud done by the BBC, and I recommend checking it out in our bibliography.

https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-55016029



Dr. James Dobson, Christian Author and Founder of Focus on the Family even went so far as to specify that it is a very personal covenant to make. "In a world that might say one vote doesn’t matter…it does matter becaue each person is of infinite worth and value to God."
https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/20-christian-quotes-about-voting-and-politics/

Dr. Richard Land for the Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College he wrote,
"Christians have a sacred duty to vote, and when we vote, to vote our convictions, our beliefs and our values."
https://ses.edu/voting-the-christians-duty/




For Accountability Among Officers; Abolish The Police Bill of Rights


Published May 12, 2021

“On-Duty Shootings: Police Officers Charged with Murder or Manslaughter, 2005-2019,” which showed some really concerning numbers. “Since the beginning of 2005 (through June 24, 2019), there have been 104 nonfederal sworn law enforcement officers with the general powers of arrest (e.g., police officers, deputy sheriffs, state troopers, etc.) who have been arrested for murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting where the officer shot and killed someone at incidents throughout the United States. Of those 104 officers, to date only 35 have been convicted of a crime resulting from the on-duty shooting (15 by guilty plea, 20 by jury trial, and none convicted by a bench trial).” The report continued, “In the cases where an officer has been convicted, it is often for a lesser offense. Only 4 officers have been convicted of murder (there were four officers whose murder convictions were overturned, but the officers were later convicted of federal crimes arising out of the same incident).”

https://www.bgsu.edu/content/dam/BGSU/health-and-human-services/document/Criminal-Justice-Program/policeintegritylostresearch/-9-On-Duty-Shootings-Police-Officers-Charged-with-Murder-or-Manslaughter.pdf


By 1977 a Howard County police chief abandoned his call for public disciplinary hearings, citing the new law. A court ruled that an officer who was fired after using excessive force had to be reinstated and given back pay. Also in 1977, a human relations commission in Prince George’s County was told it could not investigate police brutality allegations — a decision the county’s only Black council member at the time called a “slap in the face.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/08/29/police-bill-of-rights-officers-discipline-maryland/

In June 2020, over strong objections from police unions, New York state repealed a law that had kept police disciplinary records secret since 1976. Known as 50-a, it shielded police records from being released, thereby adding an additional layer of protection from accountability.
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-cuomo-police-reform-disciplinary-records-20200612-5zryohkuwjew7ksjowhtswmsk4-story.html

According to the New York Post, more than 5,300 officers have either retired or left the force, a 75% increase from 2019 when 3,053 officers departed.

https://nypost.com/2021/04/24/are-nypd-officers-rushing-to-retire-amid-citys-anti-cop-climate/

This is not just an isolated incident. In Kansas City, MO president of the FOP Brad Lemon said in May of 2021, “We’re going to lose about 100 to 110 officers this year which is a huge increase over any other year we’ve ever had.”

https://www.kctv5.com/news/record-numbers-of-officers-leaving-the-kansas-city-police-department/article_915bbadc-af8e-11eb-a699-176e993b13f6.html

Also, in the outskirts of Denver in Aurora, Colorado the number of officers who left the Aurora Police Department increased 61% from 2019 to 2020, according to data gathered by human resources. A former Aurora police officer who recently quit spoke with local news affiliate Denver7 on conditions on anonymity said of the Aurora Police Department, “There is not support for us." She also blames the high turnover rate on faulty policies that fail to protect officers.

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/aurora-police-faced-a-61-spike-in-officers-leaving-the-force-in-2020-compared-to-2019

Republican Maryland Larry Hogan—who was a fervent supporter of the Bill Of Rights—made the most accurate statement of the day when his veto got the override treatment by the state legislature. ““They will result in great damage to police recruitment and retention, posing significant risks to public safety throughout our state.”

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/04/10/maryland-repeals-police-bill-of-rights-overriding-hogan-veto-480731




LGBTQ+ Vs. NYPD: Stonewall Has Never Really Ended


Published May 21, 2021

Per another 2020 report by the National Registry of Exonerations, police officers committed misconduct in nearly 37% of exoneration cases since 1989.
https://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Documents/Government_Misconduct_and_Convicting_the_Innocent.pdf

Police disciplinary records are currently confidential in 21 states.
https://innocenceproject.org/police-misconduct-wrongful-convictions-what-you-should-know/

"NYC Pride seeks to create safer spaces for the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities at a time when violence against marginalized groups, specifically BIPOC and trans communities, has continued to escalate," Heritage of Pride, the nonprofit that plans NYC Pride events, said in a statement on Saturday. "The sense of safety that law enforcement is meant to provide can instead be threatening, and at times dangerous, to those in our community who are most often targeted with excessive force and/or without reason. NYC Pride is unwilling to contribute in any way to creating an atmosphere of fear or harm for members of the community."

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/16/us/pride-parade-nypd-ban-trnd/index.html

In a study done by the Williams Institute at UCLA in September, 2019, one of the key findings personified the sentiment from the Heritage of Pride’s statement was fortified. “The United States has had a significant history …”

https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/publications/lgbt-discrim-law-enforcement/




Liz Cheney: Bless Your Heart, You No Longer Have The Party You Thought You Did


Published May 24, 2021

"Republicans are being counseled to move the party to the left, but in my experience, those who advocate more liberal policies for the GOP are wrongheaded or Democrats, or both."
https://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/16/liz-cheney-launches-run-for-senate/comment-page-9/

He said the Republican Party "can't grow" without former President Donald Trump amid a bitter internal row about the GOP's long-term political direction. "Can we move forward without President Trump? The answer is no," said South Carolina Sen. Graham in an interview with Fox News in early May, 2021
https://www.businessinsider.com/lindsey-graham-says-republicans-cant-grow-without-trump-2021-5

We learned with the Wikileaks dump in 2016 that the party leadership was doing everything in their power to mute Bernie Sanders because they wanted Clinton to win.

https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/

“It’s very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make clear that we aren’t the party of white supremacy.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/liz-cheney-republican-party-white-supremacy-b1806493.html




Why America Must Stop Indoctrinating Children; Psychological Victimization


Published June 4, 2021

Illinois became the first state to make it illegal for police to influence children. This means that right now, if police want to lie to children to illicit a response they're fishing for is OK. Share Sharon and Bradley.
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/illinois-house-votes-ban-police-lying-young-suspects-77996256

According to the non-profit Innocence Project … both New York and Oregon have introduced similar bills.

https://innocenceproject.org/historic-deception-bill-passes-illinois-legislature-banning-police-from-lying-to-youth-during-interrogations/

A 2017 article published by New York University Law Review explained that children are two to three times more likely than adults to falsely confess to a crime.

https://www.nyulawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/NYULawReview-92-5-Spierer.pdf

For Illinois specifically, the Illinois Innocence Project found that about one-third of wrongful convictions based on false confessions have involved minors.

https://innocenceproject.org/historic-deception-bill-passes-illinois-legislature-banning-police-from-lying-to-youth-during-interrogations/




A Middle-Class Revolution: How Service Industry Workers Have Become The New Silent Majority


Published June 8, 2021

There have been two major reasons why these numbers are low and people aren't returning to their old jobs. The first is the fact the pandemic forced life changes that now require a lot more flexibility. According to the seventh annual Bright Horizons Modern Family Index, many employees aren't interested in returning to the same work environment they left behind a year ago. Nearly 6 in 10 parents who began working from home at the start of the pandemic want to keep doing so, according to the report. Nearly half want to work remotely if an emergency arises, while 41% want the option of working remotely whenever they want.
https://www.brighthorizons.com/~/media/Corporate/MFI-2021/2021-MFI-Report-FINAL

In a Business Insider article from April, 2021 interviews with various franchise owners showed the same problem across the board. "We are struggling to get people," one McDonald's franchisee told Insider. John Motta, a Dunkin' franchisee who serves as chairman of the Coalition of Franchisee Association added, "It's just craziness out there. People are closing early, people are not opening lobbies. This is the COVID of 2021. "This is the pandemic of 2021 — lack of people to work." https://www.businessinsider.com/mcdonalds-subway-struggle-to-find-workers-forcing-changes-2021-4

As recently as first-quarter of 2021, Pew Research released a study showing that about six-in-ten U.S. adults (62%) say they favor raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, including 40% who strongly back the idea.

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/04/22/most-americans-support-a-15-federal-minimum-wage/




EpiPen & Narcan: Less Death = More Profit, Contrary To What You've Been Told


Published June 13, 2021

Per Food Allergy Research and Education, each year in the US, 200,000 people require emergency medical care for allergic reactions to food.

https://www.foodallergy.org/resources/facts-and-statistics

Forbes magazine did a complete breakdown of the value of the EpiPen in 2016. The way it was broken down was pretty succinct. The methodology was explained as such.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/frankdavid/2016/08/29/epipen/?sh=52f6d2c94f30

Overall they broke down the medians and found that generic Naloxone can cost between $20 and $40 per dose, while Narcan can cost around $130 to $140 for a kit that includes two doses.

https://time.com/5229870/naloxone-surgeon-general-cost-where-buy/

Consumer Reports did a study in 2017 about the price increase and insurance company response. They found that at the time, if you had commercial insurance, a $25 coupon could lower your copay to zero, depending on your insurance coverage.

https://www.consumerreports.org/drug-prices/epipen-alternative-that-costs-just-10-dollars/




Working Class Americans Subsizing Taxes For The Wealthy, Carrying The Weight For All


Published June 15, 2021

Shortly after the leak, Treasury spokeswoman Lily Adams made a clear statement that the Biden administration has decided to turn the attention of its legal hounds towards someone they are trying to shade as the ultimate villain. "The unauthorized disclosure of confidential government information is illegal. The matter is being referred to the Office of the Inspector General, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, all of whom have independent authority to investigate."

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/08/investing/irs-propublica-leak-investigation/index.html

Some of the findings from the IRS tax data recovered showed that in 2007, Jeff Bezos, then a multibillionaire and now the world’s richest man, did not pay a penny in federal income taxes. He achieved the feat again in 2011. In 2018, Tesla founder Elon Musk, the second-richest person in the world, also paid no federal income taxes.

https://www.propublica.org/article/the-secret-irs-files-trove-of-never-before-seen-records-reveal-how-the-wealthiest-avoid-income-tax


A good example of using a loophole came in 2008 when Gene Simmons of the rock band KISS bought a professional Australian football (soccer) team ... for 24 hours.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XZlqehsXf5c

"My guess is the IRS, somebody at the IRS leaked this in order to affect the tax debate and remind people that there are some very wealthy Americans," he said. "There are some very wealthy Americans. But it's important to remember we don't tax wealth." He added: "Our tax returns are, by law, confidential because of just this kind of shenanigans. These people ought to, whoever did this, ought to be hunted down and thrown into jail."

https://www.businessinsider.com/mcconnell-propublica-tax-leak-billionaires-republican-outrage-2021-6

Conservative Kentucky representative James Comer came out to help lead this charge of knowing misdirection. "Everyone knows there are billionaires that take advantage of the tax code. When Donald Trump was running for president, he talked about that," Comer stated. bureaucrats for far too long."

https://americanindependent.com/gop-congressman-james-comer-tax-loopholes-for-the-rich/

In a “Vice: Profiles” episode featuring Matthew Lesko, he spoke about his time while working with various businesses and his experiences with them in the realm of finances and government grants.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utiIdR-XVJg




Voting Restrictions Are Morally and Ethically Un-American


Published June 27, 2021

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced in June, 2021 that the Justice Department is filing suit against the state of Georgia over its sweeping election law recently passed by Republicans, alleging it violates the federal Voting Rights Act by seeking to disenfranchise Black voters.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/justice-department-sue-georgia-voting-rights-law-sourcejustice-department-sue-georgia-voting-rights-law-source/story?id=78488089


In August of that year he made a speech in Florida proclaiming, “You know,” Mr. Trump knowingly told the approving crowd, “if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card. You need ID.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/01/us/politics/trump-id-groceries.html

What are the parts that could be so impactful then? President Biden has said: "What I'm worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is. It's sick. Deciding that you're going to end voting at five o'clock when working people are just getting off work.”

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56650565

As we know, per the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, along with Pew Research, have done surveys over the last dozen years or so. On any given year, only 31%-35% can pass the citizenship test.

https://woodrow.org/news/national-survey-finds-just-1-in-3-americans-would-pass-citizenship-test/




The Separation Of Church And State STILL Does Not Exist In America; Part 2


Published June 21, 2021

One of the primary reasons why jurors with a felony aren't allowed to serve goes back a few hundred years when an archaic law was passed ..
https://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?handle=hein.journals/aulr53&div=13&id=&page=


Per both The Spruce and Legal Match—both are sites that explains different state laws for legal marriage purposes—first cousins are allowed to marry each other in Alabama. This is because Alabama recognizes common law marriages. A common law marriage is one where two persons has mental capacity to enter into a marriage, have an agreement to be married, and carries themselves out in public as a married couple; including first cousins.
https://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/alabama-marriage-laws.html#:~:text=First%20cousins%20are%20allowed%20to,public%20as%20a%20married%20couple

After more than four hours of debate, the Republican-led Senate voted 25-6 to pass HB 314, which would slap doctors with up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion. The Alabama House passed the bill earlier this month.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/14/politics/alabama-senate-abortion/index.html

In a 2016 research report done by the University of Utah School of Medicine found that Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161129085014.htm

Alabama HB 314 (The Human Life Protection Act):

https://legiscan.com/AL/text/HB314/id/1980843

in Alabama it is now possible for a doctor to be sentenced up to 99 years for performing an abortion. HB 314, called the “Human Life Protection Act” makes it possible for a doctor who performs an abortion to receive a Class-A felony, unless under incredibly restrictive reasons; most of which centers around a “serious health risk” to the mother or if the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly.”
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/15/us/alabama-abortion-law-felony-trnd/index.html

Fulton vs. City of Philadelphia:

https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/19-123_g3bi.pdf


The justices decided that Philadelphia's refusal to use Catholic Social Services for foster care services unless it agreed to certify same-sex couples as foster parents violated the Constitution's First Amendment guarantee of the free exercise of religion. The ruling, written by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, was a victory for Catholic Social Services (CSS), part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and represented the latest instance of the Supreme Court taking an expansive view of religious rights under the U.S. Constitution.
https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-supreme-court-rules-catholic-group-lgbt-rights-dispute-2021-06-17/

There are currently 12 states, along with Washington DC that teach some form of creationism in public schools. Though there are plenty of examples to give, I think the most egregious is in Louisiana.
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/01/creationism_in_public_schools_mapped_where_tax_money_supports_alternatives.html




Immigration: Looking At The Numbers, The GOP Isn’t That Serious


Published June 23, 2021

To become a US citizen the main steps are as follows:

https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learn-about-citizenship/citizenship-and-naturalization

beginning in 1996 through regulations set forth from the US Department Of Treasury, the ITIN was a way for those who held no legal documentation allowing them to work in the US …

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/individual-taxpayer-identification-number

Another Pew Research Poll also found that in 2015—again during the Obama administration—that two-thirds (67%) of lawful immigrants eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship had applied for and obtained citizenship by 2015. This is the highest share since at least the mid-1990s. https://www.pewresearch.org/hispanic/2017/06/29/mexican-lawful-immigrants-among-least-likely-to-become-u-s-citizens/

Pew Research released a 2020 report illustrating some interesting facts about the Trump-era immigration policies. The number of interior arrests made by ICE (known as “administrative arrests”) rose 30% in fiscal 2017 after Trump signed an executive order giving the agency broader authority to detain unauthorized immigrants, including those without criminal records. They went up again in fiscal 2018 but decreased in fiscal 2019.

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/03/02/how-border-apprehensions-ice-arrests-and-deportations-have-changed-under-trump/

During Trump’s tenure, he peaked in 2018 with 337,287—a full 100,000 less than his predecessor. In 2020 those numbers further dropped to 185,884.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/ice-deportations-decline/2020/12/23/b9c8841c-4532-11eb-b0e4-0f182923a025_story.html




YouTube Influencers & Law Enforcement Suffering From The Same Systemic Problem: Enabling


Published July,16 2021

The Pulitzer Prize winning Salt Lake Tribune, in conjunction with PBS Frontline, recently re-opened an inquiry into a case that has been shelved for over two years. On August 23rd, 2019, a 31-year old man named Michael Chad Breinholt was shot INSIDE a police department while he was being restrained by handcuffs and two policemen in a West Valley City Police Department.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2021/07/12/video-west-valley-city/

In the same report done by the Salt Lake Tribune and PBS Frontline, the discovered that 38 Utah officers have shot in more than one encounter since 2004. https://www.sltrib.com/news/2021/07/13/most-never-shoot-someone/




Steven Crowder: You Will Never Change His Mind (And Not Because He’s Right)


Published June 29, 2021

A study published on April 7, 2011, in the Current Biology journal by neuroscientists Ryota Kanai, Geraint Rees, and co-written with Colin Firth and Tom Feilden ...

https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(11)00289-2

Ethan Klein Debates Steven Crowder (Ft. Sam Seder) - H3 Podcast # 248 - YouTube




Bill & Britney; The American Judicial System Is Utterly Incompetent By Design


Published July 2, 2021

While in a criminal procedure, the court must instruct the jury that it cannot draw an inference of guilt from a defendant’s failure to testify about facts relevant to his case …

https://www.advocatemagazine.com/article/2016-october/pleading-the-fifth-in-civil-cases



"substantially unable to manage his or her financial resources or to resist fraud or undue influence."

https://www.newsweek.com/britney-spears-conservatorship-what-latest-ruling-means-her-future-jamie-spears-1605888




A Police Department Doing The Right Thing? It’s happening In Greeley, Colorado!


Published July 2, 2021

“A Greely police officer has been charged with a felony in Weld District Court. On Monday, the Weld District Attorney’s Office charged Officer Kenneth Amick with one count of second degree assault (F4). A court date has been scheduled for August 23 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 17.”

https://www.weldda.com/News/2021-News/Greeley-police-officer-charged-with-felony

According to the reports, Amick and several other officers responded to an alarm that had been set off at City Center North. Upon arriving on the scene, City Center employee informed the officers that a man had been threatening to set the building on fire. The officers located the suspect in the building lobby and identified him as Wilson. As Amick was walking Wilson out of the building, Wilson complained that the handcuffs were too tight around his wrists and became increasingly “agitated,” police said. “Officer Amick suddenly placed (the man) into a chokehold,” the department said in a news release. “After several seconds, (the man) showed ill effects from this hold while being placed on the ground. A second officer attempted to intervene during this initial encounter.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/colorado-cop-charged-with-felony-assault-after-fellow-officers-reported-him-for-using-chokehold-on-suspect/ar-AALAJUe?li=BBnb7Kz

In June 2020, Colorado state lawmakers passed SB20-217.

https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb20-217

The other recent event of note in Greeley when it comes to accountability occurred in April of 2021. Sgt. Zachary St. Aubyn, who works in professional standards and was a public information officer, was the subject of a sexual harassment complaint.

https://www.greeleytribune.com/2021/04/22/greeley-police-sergeant-on-paid-administrative-leave-pending-investigation-of-internal-complaint/




President Biden Could Lift Every Walmart Employee Out Of Poverty … If He Wanted To


Published July 14, 2021

In a 2020 report published by Mother Jones showed that in the state of Georgia alone, there are an estimated 3,959 Walmart employees on publicly funded healthcare—Medicaid. In fact, Walmart leads the state in that statistic.

https://www.motherjones.com/food/2020/11/which-companies-have-the-highest-number-of-workers-on-medicaid-and-food-stamps/

The nonpartisan watchdog agency—the U.S. Government Accountability Office—2020 analysis of data from the Census Bureau …

https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/walmart-mcdonalds-largest-employers-snap-medicaid-recipients

According to a 2014 report by Americans for Tax Fairness, Walmart receives an estimated $6.2 billion in subsidies every year …

https://americansfortaxfairness.org/issues/corporate-tax-dodgers/the-walmart-tax-subsidy/#:~:text=In%20April%202014%2C%20ATF%20released,taxpayer%2Dfunded%20programs%20to%20survive.

A January 2020 Forbes article showed that because of the Trump-era tariffs and their disastrous impact to American farmers …

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2020/01/21/trump-tariff-aid-to-farmers-cost-more-than-us-nuclear-forces/?sh=58a7836e6c50

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised the Biden administration to end the tariffs imposed by Trump and his administration.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2021/07/07/imf-tells-biden-to-dump-trumps-tariffs/?sh=4904d6ef42b3


Americans are quitting at record rates — almost 1 million people voluntarily left their jobs in June.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/careersandeducation/we-all-quit-burger-king-sign-goes-viral-as-staff-walk-out/ar-AAM6SV0




How IRS Incompetence Has Allowed The Killing Of Positive Tax Policies


Published July 20, 2021

Portman, who is involved in negotiating the bill, cited “pushback” from fellow Republican lawmakers who dislike the idea of expanding the reach of the IRS, which they have accused over the years of unfairly targeting conservatives.
IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said at a congressional hearing in April that the national gap between federal taxes owed and actually collected is about $1 trillion annually, more than double what official government estimates have previously indicated.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/senator-bipartisan-infrastructure-bill-loses-irs-provision/ar-AAMi6kO?li=BBnb7Kz

In a 2018 article written by Bishop Toups of the tax law firm "Daily, Montfort, and Toups" revealed just how minute any real accountability is when it comes to fibbing on your taxes. Though the IRS estimates that 15.5% of us are not complying with the tax laws in some way or another, only 0.0022% of all taxpayers were convicted of tax crimes.
https://taxattorneydaily.com/fraud-and-tax-crimes/#understanding-the-numbers

The Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration, or TIGTA, who was overseeing the audit, found the IRS had targeted not just conservatives but also scores of groups with words like "progressive" in their names. But the TIGTA audit didn't absolve the IRS. Democratic Senator from Oregon Ron Wyden said the overall picture was "equal opportunity mismanagement and equal opportunity bedlam."

https://www.npr.org/2017/10/05/555975207/as-irs-targeted-tea-party-groups-it-went-after-progressives-too

"My question isn't about who's going to resign, my question is who's going to jail over this scandal? There are laws in place to prevent this type of abuse. Someone made a conscious decision to harass and to hold up these requests for tax-exempt status. I think we need to know who they are and whether they violated the law. Clearly someone violated the law."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2013/05/15/boehner-on-irs-scandal-whos-going-to-jail-over-this-scandal/\

In an official statement, the IRS "expressed its sincerest apology" for mistreating the conservative organization called Linchpins of Liberty—along with 40 other conservative groups—in their applications for tax-exempt status. Also, in a second case, NorCal Tea Party Patriots and 427 other groups suing the IRS also reached a "substantial financial settlement" with the government.

https://www.npr.org/2017/10/27/560308997/irs-apologizes-for-aggressive-scrutiny-of-conservative-groups




Utah & Wyoming: The Gross Misuse Of Hate Crime Laws


Published July 22, 2021

In a 2016 report released by then Utah Republican State Senator Stephen H. Urquhart about the hate crime legislation in Utah, he broke it down simply.

https://law.utah.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Hate-Crimes-Memo.pdf

In 2020, there was an update to the law when it comes to the Civil Rights Violation section of the law, but it really just expanded the vagueness. It now includes the wording, “A person who commits any primary offense with the intent to intimidate or terrorize another person or with reason to believe that his action would intimidate or terrorize that person is subject up to a Class A misdemeanor.”

https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title76/Chapter3/76-3-S203.3.html

19-year-old Lauren Gibson was arrested in July, 2021 in Panguitch, Utah. A Garfield County Sherriff’s deputy says he was ending a traffic stop in that town when friends approached to console the persons that had been pulled over.

https://www.abc4.com/news/local-news/garfield-co-sheriff-defends-decision-to-arrest-woman-for-hate-crime-over-stomping-on-back-the-blue-sign/

As recently as March, 2021, Wyoming has no hate crime laws on the books.

https://apnews.com/article/legislature-wyoming-legislation-hate-crimes-crime-48af2dad7b9fd2f480a469abd9168542




Why The GOP Is Incapable Of Understanding Their Hypocrisy Towards The January 6th Insurrection


Published July 30, 2021

"You want an Emmy? And Oscar? What are you trying to go for here?” the male caller asked. “You’re so full of shit,” he added, before using a homophobic slur and several profanities.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/d-c-officer-michael-fanone-received-threatening-expletive-laced-voicemail-n1275379

Fox News personality Laura Ingraham appeared to mock police officers who testified before the House select committee.

https://www.newsweek.com/laura-ingraham-mocks-police-testimony-january-6-best-performance-awards-1613793

There have been other GOP leaders who have been pushing the legislation of “re-fund the police.” The idea is because less money has been allocated to many law enforcement offices nationwide, the officers are incapable of doing their jobs effectively.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/major-cities-refund-the-police-as-crime-skyrockets-and-businesses-backfire

In the middle of the night during a Shadow Docket session of the Supreme Court, the conservative-majority judiciary granted emergency requests by Christian and Jewish groups challenging COVID-19 crowd restrictions imposed by New York state.

https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/us-supreme-courts-shadow-docket-favored-religion-trump-2021-07-28/

American’s who identify as GOP have made it clear that they do not trust this Supreme Court—even when it is to their favor. A recent poll shows that only 49% of Republicans trust the SCOTUS.

https://thehill.com/regulation/565152-supreme-courts-approval-rating-dips-to-49-percent

Over the last year, we have seen the court rule for pro-conservative measures like Brnovich vs. Democratic National Committee. This ruling allowed limiting the ability for minorities to challenge state laws they believe are discriminatory under the historic Voting Rights Act by a 6-3 margin. Around the same time, they also voted 7-2 in favor of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) for a third time in California vs. Texas.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/01/politics/supreme-court-6-3-conservative-liberal/index.html




Philosophically Speaking, The DNC Could Be The More "Evil" Of The Political Parties


Published August 5, 2021 Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called her Democratic colleagues “cowards” for not being proactive enough in pushing to extend the existing federal eviction moratorium before Congress adjourns for summer recess. https://www.nationalreview.com/news/aoc-lashes-out-at-fellow-dems-over-inaction-on-eviction-moratorium-cowards/ Millions of Americans are facing homelessness after a push to extend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) eviction ban collapsed at the end of July, 2021 before congress left for a summer recess. https://thehill.com/policy/finance/565988-biden-pelosi-struggle-with-end-of-eviction-ban COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are once again increasing in nearly all states, fueled by the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, which is much more contagious than past versions of the virus. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html In 2012 and 2013, at the urging of Governor Sam Brownback, lawmakers cut the top rate of the state’s income tax by almost 30% and the tax rate on certain business profits to zero. https://www.cbpp.org/research/state-budget-and-tax/kansas-provides-compelling-evidence-of-failure-of-supply-side-tax




Covid-19: The GOP’s Lack Of Scientific Understanding Is Going To Lead To A Lot More Death


Published August 8, 2021

“So vaccines are supposed to be permanent, right? That’s inherent in the name. They’re supposed to last 10 years, 20 years, a lifetime. It is abundantly clear these vaccines don’t meet that definition. Okay? They don’t work like traditional vaccines.”

https://whas.iheart.com/featured/the-clay-travis-and-buck-sexton-show/content/2021-08-05-clay-travis-and-buck-sexton-a-deep-dive-with-alex-berenson-covid-fact-and-fiction/

According to the CDC, as of mid-July 2021 over 339 million vaccine doses had been given to 187 million people and only three deaths have been linked to the vaccine.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/adverse-events.html

In searching the year 2011 on the CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System website it was found that 51 deaths were caused by the flu vaccines. This means that the numbers show the flu vaccine is dangerous by more than 10-fold.

https://vaers.hhs.gov/index.html

A report done by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association found that the Covid-19 virus is exploding in regards to children. In the last week of July, 2021, About 72,000 kids tested positive for the coronavirus in the U.S. The saddest part about this is in the fact that this amount of cases are up from 39,000 that were reported the prior week.

https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/children-and-covid-19-state-level-data-report/

Republican Missouri Governor Mike Parson was interviewed in July 2021 and presented the viewpoint of the GOP pretty succinctly. “These kids gotta get back to school,” Parson said. “They’re at the lowest risk possible and if they do get COVID-19—which they will, and they will when they go to school—they’re not going to the hospitals, they’re not going to have to sit in doctors offices. They’re going to go home, and they’re gonna get over it and most of it all proves out to be that way if you look at the science of it.”

https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article244349402.html

A reporter asked her “Do you feel any responsibility for keeping people in Georgia safe? There are children, skinny people who have died of the coronavirus. Do you feel any responsibility to the people of Georgia?” Greene responded by laughing. She followed it up with a perfect non-answer. “You crack me up,” she said. “You know what? I think people’s responsibility is their own.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/07/22/child-marjorie-taylor-greenes-district-died-covid-shes-still-attacking-masks-vaccine/




The Biden Infrastructure Bill; The GOP Is Providing An Education On The Art Of Flip-Flopping


Published August 10, 2021

“The Congressional Budget Office estimates that over the 2021-2031 period, enacting Senate Amendment 2137 to H.R. 3684 would decrease direct spending by $110 billion, increase revenues by $50 billion, and increase discretionary spending by $415 billion,” the report said. “On net, the legislation would add $256 billion to projected deficits over that period.” ...

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/05/politics/bipartisan-infrastructure-plan-senate-cbo-score/index.html

New York Republican Representative Nicole Malliotakis said it pained her to vote against the $1.9 trillion American rescue plan. But in the weeks that followed, the first-term Republican issued a news release celebrating more than $3.7 million from the package that went to community health centers in her district as one of her “achievements.”

https://apnews.com/article/personal-taxes-health-coronavirus-pandemic-business-government-and-politics-d0b1f48aa32baf6b47880faf15d5dea3




Police Receiving A Special Gift From Uncle Sam: More Military Weaponry


Published August 13, 2021

The report released by the Inspector General in June 2021 about the chain of events that led to protesters being teargassed near the White House in June 2020 reveals there are still some unanswered questions.
https://www.doioig.gov/site-page/statement-inspector-general-mark-lee-greenblatt-regarding-special-review-report-review-us


Nine inmates refused to re-enter their individual cells for lockdown and began damaging plumbing in a housing unit. This unit was somewhat special as it housed some of the state's most violent criminals.
https://www.cleveland.com/crime/2021/08/pepper-balls-used-after-inmates-in-maximum-security-pod-at-cuyahoga-county-jail-refuse-to-go-into-lockdown.html


Under a Freedom of Information Act request, hundreds of letters were obtained showing that local law enforcement agencies across America wrote to the Department of Defense in 2017 and 2018 making the case to receive an armored vehicle under the 1033 program.
In the above-mentioned requests, law enforcement officials predicted they would roll out these vehicles into their communities 10, 20, 40, 70, or more than 100 times a year, and in situations that are not automatically dangerous.
https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_6101967be4b000b997dd9429

An April report done by Stephen Semler (an independent consultant and Associate Researcher for Armament Research Services and cofounder of Security Policy Reform Institute) showed that in Q1 of 2021, a large amount of military vehicles were transferred through the 1033 program. In fact, military vehicles (246) comprised most of the total acquisition value ($21,902,009 out of $33,506,765). https://stephensemler.substack.com/p/the-flow-of-military-equipment-to




Qanon vs. Social Justice Warriors; Both Political Parties Have Been Pushed To The Brink


Published August 16, 2021

Earlier in August 2021, A California surfing school owner was charged with killing his two children in Mexico. Though this is a tragedy in and of itself, when you examine the motivation, it’s chilling. Matthew Coleman, the man responsible for the murders, was a 40 year old Qanon and Illuminati conspiracy theorist who thought the children "were going to grow into monsters so he had to kill them."

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/california-dad-killed-his-kids-over-qanon-serpent-dna-conspiracy-n1276611




Afghanistan; Biden Finishing The Greatest GOP Mistake Of The 21st Century


Published August 18, 2021

George W. Bush Mission Accomplished Quotes:

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/05/01/bush.transcript/

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley, urged Mr. Biden to keep a force of about 2,500 troops, the size he inherited, while seeking a peace agreement between warring Afghan factions, to help maintain stability. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who previously served as a military commander in the region, said a full withdrawal wouldn’t provide any insurance against instability.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-wanted-to-leave-afghanistan-he-knew-the-risks-11629214842

According to current and former administration officials, there have been reports stating that the president told his policy advisers that he was tired of the US providing life support for the Afghan government.

To be perfectly honest, I think the real reason he began to remove the troops was made in a veiled statement shorty after the collapse. “I’m now the fourth American president to preside over war in Afghanistan—two Democrats and two Republicans. I will not pass this responsibility onto a fifth president.”

https://www.newsweek.com/joe-biden-us-conflict-afghanistan-will-not-extend-fifth-president-1619908

US-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement :

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R40011.pdf

Some may not recall, but in 2020, the RNC put up a webpage praising Donald Trump for signing a “historic peace agreement with the Taliban.” With the recent events between Biden and the Taliban taking place, the site has since been removed.

https://www.newsweek.com/gop-removes-webpage-praising-trumps-historic-peace-deal-taliban-1619605




The GOP News Machine vs. Mike Lindell; Is Hannity The Glue Keeping Republicans Together?


Published August 24, 2021

Rather, they bring on “credible” guests to espouse this deception. A prime example took place on late June 2021 when ex-President Trump went on the “Clay and Buck” conservative talk show.

https://www.clayandbuck.com/full-transcript-president-trump-joins-clay-and-buck/

Shortly after the August 2021 attack, right-wing host Sean Hannity took the opportunity to use the death of innocents as a way to sell Lindell’s pillows. “How would you like to be in Kabul today, as an American, and you can’t get to the airport?” he asked listeners. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/hannity-mypillow-afghanistan-lindell-trump-b1904640.html

He spoke to Real America's Voice host Steve Bannon revealing that his war with Fox News is costing him $1 million per week. "Fox and Fox Business are the only ones that didn't approve [the direct message ad]," Lindell explained.

https://www.salon.com/2021/08/03/worst-station-in-history-mike-lindell-reveals-his-war-with-fox-news-is-costing-him-1m-a-week-_partner/

This is not the only example of the relationship between Lindell and Fox News souring. During this entire kerfuffle he’s went on record saying things like, “"I said the other day [Fox News] should be a weather channel, and the next day I changed my mind because they wouldn't report an oncoming storm." He also called fox the “worst station in history.”

https://www.businessinsider.com/mike-lindell-fox-news-mypillow-cyber-symposium-donald-trump-election-2021-8

The final nail in the coffin of their appeals process came in August 2021 from Federal Judge Carl Nichols (a Trump appointee) said that the three major defamation lawsuits will go forward to trial. The ruling is a devastating blow to Powell, Lindell and Giuliani as they continue to fight the case.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/11/politics/defamation-lawsuits-sidney-powell-rudy-giuliani-mike-lindell/index.html




How The US Judiciary Is Damaging Border Control Far Worse Than Biden Ever Could


Published August 26, 2021

The Border Patrol made about 200,000 arrests at the southern border in July, marking the busiest month at the border in 21 years and a 12% increase over the previous month, and the highest monthly total in two decades. Another interesting statistic from the report shows that this 200,000 arrests far surpasses the peak during the last major wave of migration at the U.S.-Mexico border, which occurred in May 2019.

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/southwest-land-border-encounters

In August 2021, U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton, in Corpus Christi, Texas, ruled that the February guidance from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency violated a federal law requiring that the government "shall detain" people who commit certain crimes or are otherwise deemed eligible for deportation. "Put simply, the Government has instructed federal officials that 'shall detain' certain aliens means 'may detain' when it unambiguously means must detain," Tipton wrote.

https://www.reuters.com/legal/litigation/us-judge-blocks-bidens-limits-immigrant-arrests-deportation-2021-08-19/

The number of interior arrests made by ICE (known as “administrative arrests”) rose 30% in fiscal 2017 after Trump signed an executive order giving the agency broader authority to detain unauthorized immigrants, including those without criminal records. They went up again in fiscal 2018 but decreased in fiscal 2019.

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/03/02/how-border-apprehensions-ice-arrests-and-deportations-have-changed-under-trump/

The Supreme Court made a decision to directly damage the Biden immigration policy heavily by issuing an order that the “Remain In Mexico,” formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), be reinstated.

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-supreme-court-requires-biden-revive-trump-era-remain-mexico-immigration-2021-08-24/




Philosophically Speaking; Maybe the Afghani People Don't Want The US Version of Freedom


Published August 29, 2021

One of the most telling statements regarding the thought of generational war was reiterated recently by Carter Malkasian, a longtime Afghanistan observer and author of “The American War in Afghanistan.”

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/20/1029451594/the-afghan-army-collapsed-in-days-here-are-the-reasons-why




SCOTUS Texas Abortion Ruling: Ensuring Women Don't Forget Their Place In "Christian" America


Published September 5, 2021

the majority wrote that while the clinics had raised "serious questions regarding the constitutionality of the Texas law," they had not met a burden that would allow the court to block it at this time due to "complex" and "novel" procedural questions.
https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/02/politics/texas-abortion-supreme-court-sb8-roe-wade/index.html

Whole Woman’s Health vs. Jackson:

https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/21a24_8759.pdf

Per Healthline, a pregnancy that's six weeks along is still an embryo. It's not a fetus until the 9th week after conception or 11th week after the last menstrual period. Dr. Stephanie Ros, an OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the University of South Florida, made the case pretty clear. "At six weeks, most women would not have any clue they were even pregnant if they weren't carefully tracking menstrual cycles, and that doesn't even take into account the millions of women with irregular cycles who might go six weeks or longer between periods as a normal part of their life." https://www.insider.com/heartbeat-bans-6-weeks-when-do-pregnancies-have-heartbeat-2021-5

The Salem, Massachusetts-based Temple filed a letter with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration arguing that its Texas members should have legal access to abortion pills. The group's attorneys contend that its status as a non-theistic religious organization should ensure access to abortion as a faith-based right.

https://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2021/09/04/the-satanic-temple-begins-legal-maneuver-to-skirt-texas-new-abortion-ban




Defunding The Police: When Backlash Occurs, The Democrats Cower


Published September 8, 2021

“The court finds that the current ballot language is vague, ambiguous and incapable of implementation, and is insufficient to identify the amendment clearly,” Hennepin County District Judge Jamie Anderson wrote. “It is unreasonable and misleading.” The race was on. The City Council approved the new language 12-1 a few hours later. The rejected language for the proposed amendment to the city charter, approved by the City Council last month, would have asked voters whether to replace the police force with a new but mostly undefined Department of Public Safety that “could include” police officers. https://apnews.com/article/police-death-of-george-floyd-minneapolis-9dee89330df81321b42ac39a704b8bcf

Though it would be impossible to determine the exact number of crimes the average American unknowingly commits in a day, there was a great book written by Harvard University professor Harvey Silvergate in 2009 called “Three Felonies A Day.” His research showed that America is so over-criminalized that the average citizen commits three felonies a day.

https://ips-dc.org/three-felonies-day/

That July, the City Council went so far as to debate moving $70 million from its police budget and holding onto it to be used for policies intended to help “reimagine policing.” The ordinance failed. Let’s fast-forward a year to 2021. City officials—who recently increased Atlanta’s police budget by 7 percent—are inching toward greenlighting what critics describe as a sort of new high temple to cops: an 85-acre public safety training center for police.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/this-city-went-from-defund-to-planning-a-massive-new-police-fantasyland/ar-AANBNbp?li=BBnbfcL

According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, those worries are unfounded. In 2020, as the overall U.S. economy shed 6% of workers, local police departments lost just under 1% of employees after a decade of steady expansion.

https://time.com/6093684/police-quitting-federal-data/?amp=true&__twitter_impression=true




The Enacted GOP Legislation Dismantling The First Amendment State By State (2021 Update)


Published September 8, 2021

International Center For Not-For-Profit-Law “US Protest Tracker Law”:

https://www.icnl.org/usprotestlawtracker/?location=&status=enacted&issue=&date=&type=legislative




Covid-19 Vaccine: Are Religious Leaders Turning Their Backs On Their Flocks?


Published September 17, 2021

In addition, the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will issue a rule using emergency authority to require employers with more than 100 employees to ensure their workers get vaccinated or get tested weekly. That would have an impact on some 80 million private sector workers.
The Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have said they will further issue a rule requiring vaccinations for workers in most healthcare facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement, including hospitals, dialysis centers, ambulatory surgical settings, and home health agencies - about 17 million healthcare workers.

https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/how-will-bidens-vaccine-mandate-impact-workers-companies-2021-09-13/


Vanderbilt University Medical Center released a complete list of every faith that both approves, and oppose, vaccines as a core tenet. Every major faith (i.e. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islamic, Judaism, etc.) believes in the vaccination of its parishioners.

https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/immunizations-and-religion

As early as January of 2021, the leaders of the Mormon faith have made the church's official stance pretty clear. “In word and deed, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has supported vaccinations for generations,” the leaders wrote in the statement.

https://www.thechurchnews.com/leaders-and-ministry/2021-01-19/church-leaders-vaccinated-president-nelson-first-presidency-202151

“It’s a bit strange, because humanity has a history of friendship with vaccines,” Francis said, noting that children for decades have been vaccinated against measles, mumps and polio “and no one said anything.”

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/pope-questions-vaccine-skeptics-including-cardinals-80036790


“No church official can sign any kind of document supporting the notion that church doctrine/teaching is opposed to vaccination or that the church is opposed to vaccination mandates,” reads a letter sent to all bishops and stake (regional) presidents from the faith’s Area Presidency.

https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2021/09/10/lds-church-wont-help/




A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Nationally Embrace Economic Radicalism


Published September 17, 2021

In fact, the wealthiest 1% of Americans are responsible for more than $160 billion of lost tax revenue each year, according to a 2021 report by the US Treasury. In her article, “The Case for a Robust Attack on the Tax Gap,” Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy Natasha Sarin did an economic deep-dive into the realities of how much the wealthy truly pay in taxes each year.

https://home.treasury.gov/news/featured-stories/the-case-for-a-robust-attack-on-the-tax-gap

In a 2018 article written by Bishop Toups of the tax law firm “Daily, Montfort, and Toups,” it was revealed just how small the chances are from facing any real accountability when it comes to fibbing on your taxes. Though the IRS estimates that 15.5% are not complying with the tax laws in some way or another, only 0.0022% of all taxpayers were convicted of tax crimes.

https://taxattorneydaily.com/fraud-and-tax-crimes/#understanding-the-numbers

It’s really that simple. The US Department of Labor, among all other government agencies which receive funding from the taxation of the public have their numbers available to anyone who wants to look. The History of Federal Minimum Wage rates between 1938 and 2009 are available.

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/minimum-wage/history/chart

90% represents the top tax brackets for America’s highest earners in 1963. In fact, between 1948 and 1963 it never went below 90%. And from 1964 to 1972 it never went below 70%. This is in stark contrast to 2021 where the top tax rate is topped out at 37%.

https://taxfoundation.org/historical-income-tax-rates-brackets/




Curbing Climate Change Isn’t Going To Modify The Inevitable Outcome, But There Could Be A Fix


Published September 26, 2021

Assuming a moderate mitigation strategy, a 2-degree warming threshold, and accepting a 67% likelihood of remaining below the threshold, the Point of No Return will arrive in the year 2035. If removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere is strong, the Point of No Return gets delayed to 2042. With the same assumptions but a 1.5 degree warming threshold, the Point of No Return has already passed. Greenhouse gas removal, if implemented immediately, might push the Point of No Return to 2026. For a more aggressive (fast) mitigation strategy, the Points of No Return, assuming no greenhouse gases are removed from the atmosphere, will arrive in 2027 and 2045 respectively for the 1.5 degree and 2-degree targets.

https://environment-review.yale.edu/too-little-too-late-carbon-emissions-and-point-no-return

A study prepared by the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London in 2015 shows that the population of marine species has declined by a whopping 49% since 1970. This is the worst sea population decline ever. Irregular fishing and commercial killing of sea animals has led to this situation, say experts.
https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/gk-current-affairs/story/endangered-sea-creatures-264041-2015-09-21


A 2018 report published in Nature says that a recent weakening of the “Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation” (AMOC) is coming to an end, but will stay at a “prolonged minimum” for the next two decades.

https://www.carbonbrief.org/slowdown-atlantic-conveyor-belt-could-trigger-two-decades-rapid-global-warming


By 2050, plastic in the oceans will outweigh fish, predicts a 2017 report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in partnership with the World Economic Forum. The report projects the oceans will contain at least 937 million tons of plastic and 895 million tons of fish by 2050.

https://www.businessinsider.com/plastic-in-ocean-outweighs-fish-evidence-report-2017-1




The Inconsistencies Plaguing The Role Of Haitian Immigration During The Biden Administration


Published September 28, 2021

Denouncing their actions as “outrageous,” President Biden vowed there would be consequences for the Border Patrol agents photographed riding horseback while swinging reins and charging at Haitian migrants trying to enter the country. "Those people will pay," he said in a statement.

Abbott said the agents were “simply maneuvering horses.” Their actions were necessary, he added, because the Biden administration was failing at one of its most basic constitutional duties: to “secure the sovereignty of the United States of America.” If any agents lose their jobs, Abbott said he had a backup waiting for them: “I will hire you to help Texas secure our border.”

The month of September 2021 has seen a massive influx of Haitians approaching the US-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas. During this month some 30,000 Haitian migrants tried to enter the country, surprising and overwhelming immigration officials. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/09/27/texas-governor-greg-abbott-promises-border-patrol-agents-jobs/

“Policies were specifically designed to deter Haitians from coming in. These policies became the prototype for what became a global system of migrant incarceration,” says Carl Lindskoog, a professor of history at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey.

https://www.vox.com/22689472/haitian-migrants-asylum-history-violence

Between September 19 and September 27, 2021, 37 U.S. expulsion flights landed in Haiti with 3,936 migrants on board, including 2,300 parents and children who entered U.S. border custody as families, according to Department of Homeland Security data. In many cases, these flights are guaranteeing more human suffering and death. "I don't think Haiti can really absorb thousands of homeless people, many of whom don't have family or support networks in the country, in this short amount of time," Adam Isacson, an analyst for the Washington Office on Latin America who monitors migration issues, told CBS News. "It's probably going to work to the advantage of gangs and extortionists who pretty much run vast parts of Port-au-Prince. These people are going to be exploited." https://www.cbsnews.com/news/haiti-migrants-us-expels-nearly-4000-in-nine-days/




SCOTUS 2021: Ultra-Partisanship & Upcoming Dockett, Generations To Come Will Be Impacted


Published October 5, 2021

In a 2020 article published in the Harvard Political Review, the entirety of how the Supreme Court ended up becoming such a political juggernaut was broken down succinctly. When looking at Article III of the US Constitution—the portion which defines the judiciary—it’s pretty scant (comprising of a mere 375 words). The relative brevity of Article III reflects what the founders intended as the original position of the courts in the government’s balance of power: dead last. Many of the founding fathers addressed their concerns of the American judiciary having so much power.

https://harvardpolitics.com/illusion-nonpartisanship-court/

The last serious consideration for court packing was in 1937 by former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In an attempt to force his New Deal legislation through, he had seriously considered the move. However, congress never enacted the plan to expand.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/supreme-court-reform-proposals-packing-term-limits/

In remarks given at the University of Louisville, Justice Amy Coney Barrett pushed back against media characterizations of the court’s decision-making as politically motivated, insisting that “judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties.” She urged the public and the media “to evaluate what the court is doing on its own terms,” noting the distinction between criticizing the court’s reasoning and accusing the justices of “acting in a partisan manner.” Her colleague, Justice Stephen Breyer, has also argued that the court’s legitimacy depends upon the public perceiving that its decisions are based on the rule of law rather than partisan politics. While their concerns are understandable, their actions may be contributing to the very partisan perceptions they oppose.

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/supreme-court-justices-say-institution-must-be-nonpartisan-they-make-ncna1279280

Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization; New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn. vs. Bruen; Carson vs. Makin—

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/abortion-gun-rights-religion-agenda-us-supreme-court-2021-10-01/




DNC vs Kyrsten Sinema: With Obstruction & In-Fighting, Nothing Will Move Forward Until 2023 … Maybe


Published October 7, 2021

DNC chair Tom Perez reinforced this with a statement released shortly after Sinema’s 2018 victory. “Congratulations to Kyrsten Sinema and Arizona Democrats for such a stunning victory. Arizonans went to the polls last Tuesday looking for bold new leadership, and that’s exactly what they’re going to get with their first-ever female senator and our nation’s second openly LGBTQ senator. Unlike her predecessor, Senator-elect Sinema is ready to fight on day one for quality health care, a VA system that works the way it should for our veterans, comprehensive immigration reform, good-paying jobs, and an economy that works for all Arizonans.”

https://democrats.org/news/dnc-on-kyrsten-sinemas-historic-victory/

Even with this maverick identity she has taken, her statements around the time of the Biden nomination presented her in such a way as to think she would toe the line like all other politicians. She stated, “We certainly don't agree on every issue; I always vote for Arizona first. Vice President Biden is authentic, genuine, and has a track record of building bipartisan coalitions to achieve results. Not all candidates in this race represent those Arizona values. Joe Biden does." https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/08/17/kyrsten-sinema-not-participating-democratic-national-convention/3381673001/

At a 2019 Arizona Democratic Party meeting, the resolutions committee unanimously recommended tabling the notion of formally censuring Sinema, either by solely progressives or the state party as a whole.

https://ewscripps.brightspotcdn.com/d8/6d/c1b0d54d4d89977acc4ca432cd7e/edited-sinema-censure.pdf

The entire crux of his censure is almost mirrored in that of Sinema. "Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders," the resolution said. "Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party's values on his own. That has not happened." It continues the rebuke of McCain "for his continued disservice to our state and nation," and said state Republican leaders "will no longer support, campaign for or endorse John McCain as our U.S. Senator."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/01/26/mccain-gop-arizona-censure/4909683/

The letter to Sinema has a number of different facts included. Facts like “Studies have shown vote-by-mail to be consistently free of fraud. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology study found only 0.00006 percent of 250 million votes by mailed ballots nationwide were fraudulent. Additionally, scholars at Stanford University analyzing 1996-2018 data in California, Utah and Washington found vote-by-mail did not advantage one political party over another.”

https://www.ncpssm.org/documents/letters-117th/letter-to-senator-sinema-to-approve-the-for-the-people-act/

"Her vote for (Attorney General William) Barr—that was over the top," said Debbie Leverance, a 68-year-old educator from Globe. "She could have voted against him and Republicans wouldn't have held that against her. I would just like her to remember that she is a Democrat." https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2019/09/21/sen-kyrsten-sinema-averts-censure-arizona-progressives/2402666001/




How The Political Far Left & Far Right Are Weaponizing Racism


Published October 14, 2021

Before his bond hearing began, a federal judge warned Brandon Fellows he could be opening himself up to perjury–or even obstruction of justice–charges if he testified on his own behalf. “Most people do not do this,” US District Judge Trevor McFadden told Fellows. “Obviously your attorney has discouraged this. I do not think this is a good idea … but I’m going to allow you to take the stand, if you wish.”
https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/national/capitol-riots/capitol-rioter-brandon-fellows-admits-to-two-new-felonies-while-representing-himself-in-bond-hearing-judge-trevor-mcfadden/65-a40af9c2-9809-4adb-aaec-7e36ad12b308

In an October 2021 poll done by the University of Virginia and Project Home Fire showed that a large majority of people who voted for ex-President Trump say they are concerned about anti-white discrimination in the United States. 84% of Trump voters who responded to the survey say they either strongly or somewhat agree that discrimination against whites will increase in the US in the next few years.
https://thehill.com/homenews/news/575899-84-percent-of-trump-voters-are-worried-about-discrimination-against-whites-poll?amp&__twitter_impression=true

For those who are unaware, here's one tidbit. Yes, per a 2018 study done by The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the disparities in numbers between black people and their counterparts being in jail has declined between 2006 and 2018, but that doesn't mean the problem is fixed. black Americans remain far more likely than their Hispanic and white counterparts to be in prison. The black imprisonment rate at the end of 2018 was nearly twice the rate among Hispanics (797 per 100,000) and more than five times the rate among whites (268 per 100,000).
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/05/06/share-of-black-white-hispanic-americans-in-prison-2018-vs-2006/

In fall of 2021, Professor Gordon Klein, a lecturer in accounting at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, filed a suit against the school for an unspecified amount of damages. He has been at UCLA for 40 years overall. The lawsuit stems from Klein being suspended briefly by the school in the summer of 2020 because he refused to give black students easier tests. His problems began when a student wrote to him on June 2nd, 2020 (eight days after George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis), asking for him to mark black students' work more leniently, because the black students were traumatized by Floyd's murder.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10047421/Professor-sues-UCLA-suspending-refused-mark-black-students-work-leniently.html




Why Dr. Oz Will Win His Senate Election; Doctor + Bad Medicine + GOP Ignorance = Political Success


Published December 02, 2021

Dr. Rand Paul was suspended by YouTube and other media outlets due to the egregious nature of his inaccurate statements about mask ineffectiveness when it comes to Covid-19. Paul falsely claimed in the removed video, “Most of the masks you get over the counter don’t work. They don’t prevent infection," adding that “cloth masks don’t work." Of course, being suspended for giving out misinformation has become a badge of honor amongst the GOP. After the suspension, Paul tweeted, “A badge of honor ... leftwing cretins at Youtube banning me for 7 days for a video that quotes 2 peer reviewed articles saying cloth masks don’t work.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/youtube-suspends-sen-rand-paul-over-video-falsely-claiming-masks-n1276534

In the 1980s, Dr. Fauci served as a volunteer physician in Haiti. This time he served there had a profound impact on his worldview, especially when it came to AIDS. In his senior government role, he unfairly stigmatized Haitians as a disease vector for AIDS. This proclamation decimated Haiti’s tourist industry, which has not recovered to this day. Haitians in the US were subject to brutal discrimination, especially when trying to find work or rent apartments over the concern of being carriers of the disease. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzK3dg59TuY&t=1373s

Also, because of how badly he had portrayed the AIDS epidemic as it pertained to the LGBTQ+ community, the San Francisco group called “Act Up” sent an open letter to Dr. Fauci excoriating him over his inaccuracies.

https://aep.lib.rochester.edu/node/49111

In a Feb. 5, 2020 email to American University President Sylvia Burwell, who served as HHS secretary under former President Barack Obama, Fauci advised her against wearing a mask at the airport. “The typical mask you buy in the drugstore is not really effective at keeping the virus out, which is small enough to pass through the material,” he wrote.

in an email he sent to Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson on March 2nd, 2020 (when there were 91 confirmed cases in the US) when he said that “A pandemic now appears likely. Depending on the mortality rate, this could result in hundreds of thousands of deaths.” He claimed that even if the mortality was 1% and just 5% of the US population got it, “we could have a few hundred thousand deaths.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/05/faucis-2000-emails-a-day-show-how-little-us-officials-knew-in-the-early-days-of-the-covid-pandemic.html

Yet there have also been times that Fauci’s expertise has helped prevent other pandemics. Namely, Ebola. In fact, to keep one step ahead of that disease, he would treat Ebola patients himself. It was through this experience that he was able to help the Obama administration stave off the horrific affliction.

https://www.science.org/content/article/why-nihs-anthony-fauci-treating-ebola-patients-himself

It’s no secret that Oz has come under scrutiny for many, many years over what has been considered “junk science.” In a report in the British Medical Journal, the researchers, led by Christina Korownyk of the University of Alberta, charged medical research either didn’t substantiate—or flat out contradicted—more than half of Oz’s recommendations. “Recommendations made on medical talk shows often lack adequate information on specific benefits or the magnitude of the effects of these benefits,” the article stated. This article took place shortly after a study he widely trumpeted lauding coffee bean weight-loss pills was retracted despite Oz’s assertions it could “burn fat fast for anyone who wants to lose weight.” The list goes on.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/12/19/half-of-dr-ozs-medical-advice-is-baseless-or-wrong-study-says/

Though AAPS often takes positions that are associated with conservative groups, it sometimes goes even further, pushing fringe views that most mainstream conservatives do not endorse, such as the belief that mandatory vaccination is “equivalent to human experimentation.” They also believe Medicare is “evil.”

One of the more well-known members of this group is Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who was outed as a member in 2010. Since then, his spokespeople have come out and said that while the senator is no longer a member, he is supportive of AAPS’s fight against Obamacare.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/02/aaps-make-health-care-great-again/607015/

In the fall of 2021 Paul reintroduced his SCHOOL Act. At it’s essence, if you refuse to have your child vaccinated and they are forced to stay home, you can get additional government assistance to homeschool them.

https://www.paul.senate.gov/news/dr-rand-paul-introduces-school-act-empower-parents-increase-education-options-and-flexibility




Abolishing The Electoral College; Another Method Of Accomplishing Equality Crushed By GOP Backlash


Published October 19, 2021

57 members of the Michigan House and Senate, including Republican leadership in each chamber, signed a joint letter to express opposition to the National Popular Vote initiative.

“The practical matter today is, we basically elect the president of the battleground states of America,” Anuzis said in September. “That’s not good for the process and that’s not why the Electoral College was designed.”

Michigan Freedom Fund executive director Tori Sachs said, “The ‘National Popular Vote’ is an attempt by liberals in California and New York to disenfranchise and silence Michigan voters. It is imperative that the candidate who receives Michigan’s electoral votes is determined by Michiganders — and not by voters in other parts of the country.”

https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2021/10/gop-lawmakers-national-popular-vote-proposal-would-give-big-cities-veto-power-over-michigan.html



In a 2012 paper published in the BYU Law Review it was written. "As such, if opponents wish to abolish the Electoral College, the sole constitutionally proper mechanism for doing so is a federal constitutional amendment, not an interstate compact negotiated by a handful of states."
https://digitalcommons.law.byu.edu/lawreview/vol2012/iss5/3/


“From a purely partisan perspective, Republican presidential candidates have won the national popular vote only once in the last 32 years,” read the statement from Reps. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Ken Buck of Colorado, Chip Roy of Texas, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, Tom McClintock of California and Nancy Mace of South Carolina. “They have therefore depended on the electoral college for nearly all presidential victories in the last generation. If we perpetuate the notion that Congress may disregard certified electoral votes — based solely on its own assessment that one or more states mishandled the presidential election — we will be delegitimizing the very system that led Donald Trump to victory in 2016, and that could provide the only path to victory in 2024.”
https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/06/gop-electoral-college-challenge-backfire-455204

The National Popular Vote Initiative:

https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R43823

Article II, section 1, clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution provides: “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors….” These 17 words are the Constitution’s delegation of power to the states concerning how they may award their electoral votes. method of awarding electoral votes.

https://www.nationalpopularvote.com/section_9.1#myth_9.1.1




Qualified Immunity; Examining Statewide Legal & SCOTUS 2021 Ruling On Police Reform


Published October 22, 2021

The first case (Rivas-Villegas vs. Cortesluna) concerned Daniel Rivas-Villegas, a police officer in Union City, California, who responded to a 911 call from a 12-year-old girl who, along with her mother and 15-year-old sister, had barricaded herself inside a room to hide from her mother's boyfriend, Ramon Cortesluna, who was reportedly using a chainsaw to destroy things in the house.

In the second case (City Of Tahlequah vs. Bond), three police officers in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, responded to an emergency call from a woman whose ex-husband, Dominic Rollice, was drunk and refusing to leave her home.

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/18/1047085626/supreme-court-police-qualified-immunity-cases

“To those going forward who are going to engage in gun violence in the commission of a crime, you are put on notice,” Gill said. “Starting today, there will be no more plea bargains, and we will now throw the book at you.”

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2021/10/20/no-more-plea-deals-gun/

On August 23rd, 2019, a 31-year old man named Michael Chad Breinholt was shot INSIDE a Utah police department. When the police eventually went to grab it, a scuffle ensued. The video is available online if you want to watch it, however, I'll give a quick summary.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2021/07/12/video-west-valley-city/

Rivas-Villegas vs. Cortesluna—

https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/20-1539_09m1.pdf

City Of Tahlequah vs. Bond:

https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/20-1668_19m2.pdf




Income Inequality: Are The Democrats Evil, Or Just Completely Useless?


Published October 31, 2021

Under the proposal, the federal government would require billionaires to pay taxes on the increased value of assets such as stocks on an annual basis, regardless of whether they sell those assets. Currently, rich Americans do not have to pay taxes on their accumulations of wealth, such as real estate, stocks and artwork, because they are taxed only when an asset is sold.

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/with-corporate-tax-off-table-us-democrats-turn-billionaires-fund-spending-bill-2021-10-25/


Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made a statement about this opposition which is more telling than what I think he originally intended. “Everyone is going to have to compromise if we are to find that legislative sweet spot that we can all get behind. Nobody will get everything they want."
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/democrats-reconciliation-bill-sinema_n_61707f9ee4b03072d6f1ceaf

The 91% pertains to the top tax rate on the highest earners …

https://www.tax-brackets.org/federaltaxtable/1963

the 2.6% refers to the ratio of the minimum wage to the average annual household income.

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/minimum-wage/history/chart

before it essentially flattened in the 1970s and took a turn for the worse as the decades have progressed.

https://equitablegrowth.org/patterns-economic-mobility-united-states/




The Great Resignation Will Result In The Largest Impact On The US Workforces For Generations To Come


Published November 3, 2021

The reality is that those enhanced benefits ended for millions of Americans beginning in September of 2021 …

https://www.forbes.com/sites/zackfriedman/2021/09/05/unemployment-benefits-end-tomorrow-for-millions-of-americans/?sh=729cc5507f02

According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, four million Americans quit their jobs in July 2021, causing a record-breaking 10.9 million open jobs by the end of the same month. https://www.bls.gov/news.release/jolts.nr0.htm

This thought process seems to be justified in the fact that resignations are highest in tech and health care industries. The report shows that while resignations actually decreased slightly in industries such as manufacturing and finance, 3.6% more health care employees quit their jobs than in the previous year, and in tech, resignations increased by 4.5%. In general, the study found that resignation rates were higher among employees who worked in fields that had experienced extreme increases in demand due to the pandemic, likely leading to increased workloads and burnout.

https://hbr.org/2021/09/who-is-driving-the-great-resignation

Sharon Cockayne told the Utah Fox affiliate (FOX13) that she wanted to hire three people at her store near Salt Lake City International Airport but wasn't getting any applications. "I've brought my 16-year-old son in after pulling him out of school once, my boyfriend has come in to help me, it's gotten to that point," she said. "It's scary."

https://www.businessinsider.com/labor-shortage-subway-utah-employment-staff-salt-lake-son-school-2021-11




Climate Change Now Considered A Disease in Canada; How This Diagnosis May Impact Global Healthcare


Published November 12, 2021

For those of you unaware, during the fall of 2021, an elderly woman in Canada was diagnosed as being the first human on record to have contracted “Climate Change.” The woman, who is in her 70s, was diagnosed in the summer shortly after a heatwave in June sent temperatures soaring past 121 degrees Fahrenheit. Though this woman was the only one who had been diagnosed with this atmospheric ailment, record-breaking heat in Canada this summer is believed to have killed more than 500 people in British Columbia alone.

“… has diabetes. She has some heart failure ... She lives in a trailer, no air conditioning.” https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/climate-change/580527-canadian-woman-becomes-first-person-diagnosed

In a 2020 survey, 76% of Canadians are “very confident” or “moderately confident” that the country’s health care system would be there to provide help and assistance if they had to face an unexpected medical condition. In fact, when looking at the polling data, Canadians overwhelmingly favor government-ran programs and also feel that this liberalism is a part of their larger, national identity. https://researchco.ca/2020/08/18/health-care-canada/

When you combine the fact that in 2021, the number one issue for Canadian voters was climate change …

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/canadas-infernal-summer-puts-climate-change-forefront-election-2021-09-01/




Philosophically Speaking; The US Economy Will Be Destroyed By 2030—At Least History Says So


Published November 18, 2021

“Representatives of organizations of citizens opposed to the mask-wearing ordinance … met last night and formed the Anti-Mask League.” This is the first part of an article published in 1919 that announced the formation of a new organization hell-bent on destroying all mask mandates brought about due to the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918.

https://www.businessinsider.com/san-francisco-anti-mask-league-1918-spanish-flu-pandemic-2020-5

Also, if you want to get deep into philosophy, I tend to agree with Friedrich Nietzsche and his ideal that the mere pursuit of happiness is something that is a waste of time. In the “Last Man” parable, Nietzsche writes of a pathetic being who lives in a time where mankind has had to “invent happiness.”

https://bigthink.com/thinking/man-doesnt-want-happiness-says-nietzsche/

if Bitcoin is held as a capital asset, you must treat them as property for tax purposes. General tax principles applicable to property transactions apply. Like stocks or bonds, any gain or loss from the sale or exchange of the asset is taxed as a capital gain or loss. Some people "mine" Bitcoin by using computer resources to validate Bitcoin transactions and maintain the public Bitcoin transaction ledger. According to the IRS, when a taxpayer successfully “mines” Bitcoin and has earnings from that activity whether in the form of Bitcoin or any other form, he or she must include it in his gross income after determining the fair market dollar value of the virtual currency as of the day you received it. https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tips/tax-payments/tax-tips-for-bitcoin-and-virtual-currency/L1ZOgU00q

For example, in Duval County, Florida, personal property taxes apply to all tangible property you own that produces income. This not only includes all furniture, tools and equipment you use in a business, but also the furniture inside your rental homes.

https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tips/home-ownership/what-are-personal-property-taxes/L2KFeovaB

At its peak of the Great Depression in 1933 we had an unemployment rate over 24% … https://www.thebalance.com/unemployment-rate-by-year-3305506




The Rittenhouse Trial: The Best Example Of Everything Wrong With The US Judicial System


Published November 23, 2021

Rittenhouse's attorney accused prominent republicans of trying to profit off his client, calling it "disgusting." He continued, "There's a lot of people trying to profit on this, and I don't think people should." These comments came about around the same time that GOP Florida representative Matt Gaetz said he was hoping for a not guilty verdict because Rittenhouse "would probably make a pretty good congressional intern." Republican representative Paul Gosar later tweeted that he would "arm wrestle" Gaetz to "get dibs for Kyle as an intern." During this same time, GOP representative Madison Cawthorn went live on Instagram to praise the verdict. "KYLE: IF YOU WANT AN INTERNSHIP, REACH OUT TO ME," a caption posted on the video said.

https://www.newsweek.com/rittenhouse-lawyer-slams-gop-congressman-trump-over-job-offers-1651671

Not to be outdone, the DNC has also ham-fisted in charges of racism against the entire process. Democrat representative Cori Bush came out and claimed that the judge, jury, and defendant Kyle Rittenhouse were all white supremacists following the jury declaring that Rittenhouse was not guilty on all counts. “The judge. The jury. The defendant. It’s white supremacy in action,” Bush claimed. “This system isn’t built to hold white supremacists accountable. It’s why Black and brown folks are brutalized and put in cages while white supremacist murderers walk free. I’m hurt. I’m angry. I’m heartbroken.” https://www.dailywire.com/news/democrat-cori-bush-faces-backlash-for-claiming-judge-jury-rittenhouse-all-white-supremacists

The fruit of the poisonous tree is a doctrine that extends the exclusionary rule to make evidence inadmissible in court if it was derived from evidence that was illegally obtained. As the metaphor suggests, if the evidential "tree" is tainted, so is its "fruit." The doctrine was established in 1920 by the decision in Silverthorne Lumber Co. vs. United States, and the phrase "fruit of the poisonous tree" was coined by Justice Frankfurter in his 1939 opinion in Nardone vs. United States. Keep in mind that this thought process also carries over to any additional illegal activities that stem from an illegal activity in progress.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/fruit_of_the_poisonous_tree

Prosecutors argued it was clear that Mr. Rittenhouse’s possession of the gun was illegal and that the jury should be asked to decide on the charge. The defense lawyers argued that the statute barring “possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18” did not apply in this case.
Mr. Rittenhouse was 17 at the time of the shootings.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/11/us/kyle-rittenhouse-gun-charge.html

The subsection that defense attorneys relied upon to seek dismissal reads: “This section applies only to a person under 18 years of age who possesses or is armed with a rifle or a shotgun if the person is in violation of s. 941.28 ...” That section of law isn’t specific to minors, but rather forbids any person from having a short-barreled shotgun or rifle. The judge allowed the dismissal.

So, let’s wrap our minds around this. The dismissal hinged on the fact that because it is illegal for ANYONE to possess a short-barreled rifle and the rifle Rittenhouse had was past that specific length, this means the he was then legal to carry the firearm at the age of 17 even though it’s illegal for any minor to have a firearm unless supervised by an adult for target practice. This interpretation meant that because the gun itself wasn’t illegal, it therefore made the possession by the minor legal in the eyes of the judge.

https://apnews.com/article/why-did-judge-drop-kyle-rittenhouse-gun-charge-d923d8e255d6b1f5c9c9fc5b74e691fb




SCOTUS Denying Last Request Of Death-Row Inmate Whose Wish Is To Be Comforted By God When He Dies


Published November 26, 2021

The main argument against Ramirez having his pastor present was brought about by the openly conservative/religious members of the court who worried about their competence to supervise execution protocols, to judge the sincerity of inmates’ religious convictions, to prevent litigation gamesmanship and to handle what Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said could become “an unending stream” of lawsuits requesting all sorts of religious accommodations.

There were two main arguments brought up by Seth Kretzer, a lawyer for Ramirez, that were justified, but completely ignored. The first argument from Kretzer came from when he said it was Texas’ protocol that was a moving target, as the state had allowed touching and audible prayer by spiritual advisers at 572 executions over four decades through 2019. Justice Kavanaugh said “that does not move me at all,” as the chaplains at those executions were prison employees and thus not a security risk. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/09/us/supreme-court-pastor-texas-execution.html

In February 2021, SCOTUS listened to the arguments of an Alabama inmate named Willie B. Smith III in because Alabama had a law at the time excluding all spiritual advisers from the death chamber. The Supreme Court ruled that Mr. Smith was NOT to be executed unless the state allowed his pastor to be present in the death chamber.

"If you're asking whether I take my faith seriously and I'm a faithful Catholic, I am." She continued, "Although I would stress that my personal church affiliation or my religious belief would not bear in the discharge of my duties as a judge."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/09/24/fact-check-amy-coney-barrett-quote-missing-context-viral-meme/3496107001/




The GOP Is Imploring Millions Of Americans To Go On Welfare—But Only The “Right” Kind


Published November 30, 2021

… Paul to reintroduce his SCHOOL Act.

In essence, while federal education dollars are currently sent to states and then distributed amongst public school districts, Dr. Paul’s legislation would allow federal funds for K-12 education to follow the eligible child, learning in person or remotely, to the school of their choice. Whether in public school, private school, or homeschool, the funds can be used for a wide range of educational needs, including tuition, curriculum materials, technology, support for special education, or classes outside the home.
https://www.paul.senate.gov/news/dr-rand-paul-introduces-school-act-empower-parents-increase-education-options-and-flexibility

According to the US Census Bureau national homeschooling rates grew rapidly from 1999 to 2012 but had since remained steady at around 3.3%. COVID has definitely changed all of that. In the first week (April 23-May 5) of Phase 1 of the survey, about 5.4% of U.S. households with school-aged children reported homeschooling. By fall, 11.1% of households with school-age children reported homeschooling (Sept. 30-Oct. 12).
https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2021/03/homeschooling-on-the-rise-during-covid-19-pandemic.html

Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul says 34% of Kentucky’s total labor force is at risk of losing their jobs if the vaccine mandate goes into effect. Though he does have sound medical thinking when he says we must focus on targeting the Delta variant and other mutations, it's his assertion that masks are one step above useless in stemming the spread of the current virus that raises concern. Claiming, "No evidence that the masks work at all for kids and in schools, they don’t prevent outbreaks."
https://www.wbko.com/2021/11/23/sen-rand-paul-ky-will-lose-workforce-following-vaccine-mandate-masks-dont-work/

DeSantis is pushing a bill to pay workers who refuse their companies’ requirements to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Iowa’s Republican Governor Kim Reynolds signed a similar law providing unemployment benefits for workers in that state who refuse their employers’ requirements that they get COVID vaccines. The law was also passed during a special session and took effect immediately.

https://news.yahoo.com/gov-ron-desantis-pushing-bill-030549564.html

Florida SB 2:

https://floridataxwatch.org/research/legislative-update

According to a 2014 report by Americans for Tax Fairness, Walmart receives an estimated $6.2 billion in subsidies every year, primarily from the Federal Government.

https://americansfortaxfairness.org/issues/corporate-tax-dodgers/the-walmart-tax-subsidy/#:~:text=In%20April%202014%2C%20ATF%20released,taxpayer%2Dfunded%20programs%20to%20survive.

A 2020 report published by Mother Jones showed that in the state of Georgia alone, there are an estimated 3,959 Walmart employees on publicly funded healthcare—Medicaid.

https://www.motherjones.com/food/2020/11/which-companies-have-the-highest-number-of-workers-on-medicaid-and-food-stamps/




Biden Keeping Trump Tariffs Showing The Parties As Being One & The Same


Published November 30, 2021

Per a 2021 report done by the National Association of Home Builders, skyrocketing lumber prices in 2020 and early 2021 caused the average price of a new single-family home to increase by nearly $30,000. The latest framing lumber prices are down significantly from their peak in May but are trending upward yet again.

https://www.nahb.org/news-and-economics/housing-economics/national-statistics/framing-lumber-prices

Currently, democrats are circulating a $28 billion plan to dramatically expand existing farm bill conservation programs while authorizing $5 billion in new direct payments to farmers who plant cover crops (totaling $32 billion—or roughly the same amount of the Trump-era direct farmers aid due to the tariffs). The cover crop payments would be routed through the Farm Service Agency, according to the document circulating among House Democrats. The $28 billion is intended to be included in a massive budget reconciliation bill that Democrats are trying to pass to address climate change and domestic spending priorities. "We are leading the way on helping farmers tackle the climate crisis with a historic investment of $28 billion in the Build Back Better Budget for climate-smart agriculture—the largest investment in conservation since the Dust Bowl," Democratic Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow from Michigan said.

https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/16529-document-details-28-billion-in-conservation-spending

Per a Politico analysis, direct farm aid climbed each year of Trump’s presidency, from $11.5 billion in 2017 to more than $32 billion in 2019.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/14/donald-trump-coronavirus-farmer-bailouts-359932

Since 2018, Trump has repeatedly insisted that China pays the tariffs he has imposed on Chinese imports. This claim is false—the tariffs are paid entirely by US importers. His advisers, such as Peter Navarro, knowing the claim is false, have tried to defend him, and the tariffs, by arguing that China pays the tariffs indirectly, through currency depreciation and lowering export prices.

https://www.cfr.org/blog/92-percent-trumps-china-tariff-proceeds-has-gone-bail-out-angry-farmers

Fueled by the fact that US farm exports to China are expected to hit a record $31.5 billion during President Joe Biden's first year in office, the US Agriculture Department said in the spring of 2021. That's $4.5 billion higher than the department forecast in November 2020. US farm sales and shipments to China have surged since late last year, most notably for corn, the USDA said.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/18/trumps-gift-to-biden-record-ag-exports-to-china-469818

“Section 1005’s rigid, categorical, race-based qualification for relief is the antithesis of flexibility,” Judge Marcia Morales Howard of U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, in Jacksonville wrote. “The debt relief provision applies strictly on racial grounds irrespective of any other factor. Every person who identifies him or herself as falling within a socially disadvantaged group who has a qualifying farm loan with an outstanding balance as of January 1, 2021, receives up to 120% debt relief—and no one else receives any debt relief.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/23/us/politics/biden-debt-relief-black-farmers.html

Earlier in 2021, on an interview with Axios on HBO, President Joe Biden‘s senior advisor, Cedric Richmond, confirmed that the White House plans “to start acting now” on reparations for African-American citizens. "We have to do stuff now to improve the plights, status, and future empowerment of black people all around the country."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKppKR5EFeQ





Historical Events

The 2020 Election; This Nightmare Will Never Be Over (A Tale of Division During the Digital Age)


Published November 12, 2020 Fraud—and by this, I mean actual election fraud, not fraud as currently used by the Republican administration as a tool to stoke fear: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/11/voter-fraud-used-to-be-rampant-now-an-anomaly/ Mr. Trump had said the U.S.-China trade tariffs were great for the country ... we know they nearly bankrupted the farming industry: https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2020/01/21/trump-tariff-aid-to-farmers-cost-more-than-us-nuclear-forces/?sh=3c083e046c50 Or when Nancy Pelosi illustrates why she is the pinnacle of "Karen Technology: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/it-was-setup-pelosi-snips-salon-publicized-her-rule-violating-n1239139




Kamala Harris: Hillary Clinton Version 2.0


Published November 19, 2020 The first was her reticence towards the support and implementation of state-wide body camera laws for police officers in 2015. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/how-kamala-harris-record-on-police-body-cameras-fits-into-the-2020-debate-on-criminal-justice The second was when she had worked with the Legislative Black Caucus of California in 2015 on helping to make changes when it came to police shootings. https://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-ca-harris-police-shootings-20160118-story.html In 2016 it was made abundantly clear through an email information dump on Wikileaks https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/ Old Guard vs New Guard https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/11/nancy-pelosi-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-feud-1407292




40 Years of Democrat Hypocrisies


Published December 4, 2020 Consistently over time it has shown that those who are college educated, and those who view college positively with a 2 to 1 ratio, tend to be Democrats. https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/essay/the-growing-partisan-divide-in-views-of-higher-education/ Pelosi quote:"That’s my responsibility: to protect the Constitution of the United States." https://time.com/5762021/nancy-pelosi-trump-impeachment-gamble/ Pelosi quote: “Today the Republican majority is not judging the president with fairness but impeaching him with a vengeance. In the investigation of the president, fundamental principles which Americans hold dear ..." https://www.sungazette.com/opinion/other-commentaries/2020/02/impeachment-trial-remember-when-pelosi-nadler-insisted-on-bipartisanship/ Pelosi's spokesperson Drew Hammill said in a statement. "This business offered for the Speaker to come in on Monday and told her they were allowed by the city to have one customer at a time in the business." "I trusted that," Pelosi added. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/09/03/what-we-know-nancy-pelosis-hair-salon-trip-amid-coronavirus/5708541002/ Biden reveled in the politics of the 1994 law, bragging after it passed ... https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/6/20/18677998/joe-biden-1994-crime-bill-law-mass-incarceration Biden quote: "It was a big mistake that was made." https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2019/01/21/biden-says-he-regrets-1990-s-crime-bill-calls-big-mistake-mlk-day-event/2639190002/ Filthy 15 - https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/pmrcs-filthy-15-where-are-they-now-60601/




The Stimulus Part Two: More Giveaways


Published December 29, 2020 Tucked into Congress’s massive stimulus bill: Tens of billions in special-interest tax giveaways https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/12/22/congress-tax-breaks-stimulus/ The Second Stimulus Legislation https://rules.house.gov/sites/democrats.rules.house.gov/files/BILLS-116HR133SA-RCP-116-68.pdf The PPP is implemented by ... https://www.severson.com/the-cares-act-litigation-thus-far-and-a-prediction-of-litigation-to-come/ One lawsuit contends that the guidance of CARES Act funds ... https://www.wlvt.org/blogs/cares-act/states-join-in-lawsuit-against-cares-act-education-spending/ Conservative Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York. https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/12/21/exasperated-over-last/ Restaurant chains P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and Chop’t received aid of between $5 million and $10 million. Numerous organizations ... https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/06/coronavirus-stimulus-list-of-ppp-small-business-loan-recipients-released.html An end to most forms of surprise medical billing is in the legislation. The most significant climate-change legislation in at least a decade (and arguably ever)--which is a surprise given how little the republicans want any funding to go towards that. https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/12/what-is-in-covid-stimulus-omnibus-climate-pell-grants-medical-billing.html In April, another lawsuit came about ... https://www.maldef.org/2020/08/maldef-statement-on-federal-court-ruling-in-discrimination-lawsuit-on-cares-act/ According to the IRS (ITIN): https://www.irs.gov/individuals/individual-taxpayer-identification-number




Pardon Me, Mr. President?


Published January 1, 2021 On November 26, a Venezuelan court convicted and sentenced six executives of Houston-based oil refining company Citgo ... https://www.ropesgray.com/en/newsroom/alerts/2020/12/The-Controversial-Conviction-of-the-Citgo-6-a-New-Wave-of-Anti-Corruption-Enforcement-in-Venezuela CITGO employees Tomeu Vadell, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Alirio Jose Zambrano, Jose Luis Zambrano and Jose Angel Pereira ... https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/26/politics/citgo-6-found-guilty-venezuela/index.html US Slaps Sanctions On Venezuelans For Jailing Ex-Citgo Executives. https://www.barrons.com/news/us-slaps-sanctions-on-venezuelans-for-jailing-ex-citgo-executives-01609342803?tesla=y This thought seems to gain tranction in a 2018 New Yorker article ... https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/what-james-comey-and-donald-trump-have-in-common State Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla of Manhattan ruled in 2019 that Trump pay $2 million ... https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/11/08/trump-foundation-saga-troubled-charity-ends-2-million-judgment/2532798001/ 1973 issued an internal memo stating that the position of a sitting president cannot be indicted. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-indictment-explainer/can-a-sitting-u-s-president-face-criminal-charges-idUSKCN1QF1D3




All of History's "Winners" Have Failed Us


Published January 9, 2021 Anti-suffragists everywhere were concerned with societal disruptions. Corrine McConnaughy, who teaches political science at George Washington University said ... https://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/10/22/450221328/american-women-who-were-anti-suffragettes Trump beat Clinton with white women in 2016 by a final tally of 47%-45%. Not a huge margin, but given all of the scandals the president had been in concerning women, it was surprising to see him win that demographic. https://time.com/5422644/trump-white-women-2016/ I think the most accurate assesment of how this happened was from Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/20/14061660/women-march-washington-vote-trump Names like Mobil Oil Corp, Amoco Corporation, Chevron Corporation, etc. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Standard-Oil The US Congress eventually put a stop to Rockefeller’s monopoly. https://inspirationfeed.com/john-d-rockefeller-quotes/ On January 25th 1936, during a political event at the Mayflower Hotel ... https://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-socialism-20190213-story.html "I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." https://www.nps.gov/frde/learn/photosmultimedia/quotations.htm#:~:text=%22I%20pledge%20you%2C%20I%20pledge,Deal%20for%20the%20American%20People.%22&text=%22In%20these%20days%20of%20difficulty,love%20toward%20our%20fellow%20man.%22 "It seems to me to be equally plain that no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country." http://docs.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/odnirast.html




The 100 Year Lie: Dissecting Every Number & Historical Fact Of The GOP’s Impact On America’s Economy


Published November 6, 2021

"...100% of what is collected is absorbed solely by interest on the Federal Debt...all individual income tax revenues are gone before one nickel is spent on the services taxpayers expect from government."
- Grace Commission report submitted to President Ronald Reagan on January 15, 1984.
http://www.oaknorton.com/shockingquotes.cfm

“The last time taxes were this high as a percentage of our economy, there was a good reason … We were fighting World War II. Today, our high taxes fund a surplus. Some say that growing federal surplus means Washington has more money to spend. But they've got it backwards. The surplus is not the government's money. The surplus is the people's money.”

https://taxfoundation.org/looking-back-bush-tax-cuts-fifteen-years-later/

William Donaldson, a former Wall Street executive with respected Republican credentials who became chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission under Bush, quit in 2005 after facing resistance from the White House and Republican members of the panel, who criticized his support for stiffer regulations on mutual funds and hedge funds.

https://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/20/business/worldbusiness/20iht-prexy.4.16321064.html

Though there have been examples of Beck doing this over the years, there is one example that I feel uses the cleverest attempts at deception; a 2009 interview he did with Thomas Woods—author of the book "Meltdown.” During this time Beck was pushing the narrative that the stimulus package done by Obama was becoming a rallying cry from liberals for wealth distribution using FDR's The New Deal as its core. Thomas said, "So when you actually look at the evidence, you don't look at, you know, Franklin Roosevelt gave some sweet little speeches and he comforted everybody. When you look at the cold hard facts of the matter, from 1933 to 1940 unemployment averaged 18%." https://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/196/21300/

is one of the best uses of half-truths and weaponizing the lack of knowledge on behalf of the party being deceived. First off, there is some merit to the unemployment numbers. In the 1930s they were extremely high and peaked at 24.9% in 1933. That's the truth part. The problem comes when you examine the years. The final pieces of legislation completing the programs brought about by TND wasn't passed until 1937.

https://www.thebalance.com/unemployment-rate-by-year-3305506

Coolidge loathed taxes, once saying, “Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.” He also hated regulations, once stating "I would like it if the country could think as little as possible about the Government and give their time and attention more undividedly about the conduct of the private business of the country.” It was truly a time of paradise for the conservative movement once all of Coolidge's policies went into effect.

https://ammo.com/articles/calvin-coolidge-quotes

Though running as a Democrat, former New York Mayor Al Smith made it clear from the first day he ran that he was a die-hard economic conservative. Using these conservative ideals as a spring-board, it was during his speech in 1936 where he used a phrase which would become the calling card of future GOP attacks on any liberal agenda. "Just get the platform of the Democratic Party, and get the platform of the Socialist Party, and lay them down on your dining room table, side by side, and get a heavy lead pencil and scratch out the word 'Democrat,' and scratch out the word 'Socialist,' and let the two platforms lay there. Then study the record of the present Administration up to date. After you have done that, make your mind up to pick up the platform that more nearly squares with the record, and you will put your hand on the Socialist platform."
https://teachingamericanhistory.org/document/betrayal-of-the-democratic-party/

By giving veterans money for tuition, living expenses, books, supplies and equipment, the GI Bill effectively transformed higher education in America. Before the war, college had been an option for only 10-15% of young Americans, and university campuses had become known as a haven for the most privileged classes. By 1947, in contrast, vets made up half of the nation’s college enrollment; three years later, nearly 500,000 Americans graduated from college, compared with 160,000 in 1939. This was the kind of thing the conservatives were completely against.
https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/fdr-signs-g-i-bill

In just the 5 years from 1922 to 1927 the purchasing power of wages rose 10%. It was a kind of golden era in other ways. Hollywood would never again be more glamorous and there were giants in the sports arenas whose names are still legend – the Manassas Mauler, Jack Dempsey, Knute Rockne, The 4 Horsemen, Red Grange, Babe Ruth and Big Bill Tilden. No I’m not saying President Coolidge was responsible for them but they were larger than life figures that went with America’s place in the world. https://kaiology.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/reagan-on-coolidge/




Elements of Mental Health That Need Exploration in Public Schools


Published July 6, 2021

A Guard Child report (a website that compiles Child Internet Crime and Abuse Statistics from Pew Research, the National Crime Prevention Center, and Crimes Against Children Research Center, among many others), found that 90% of children ages 8-16 have seen online pornography.

https://www.guardchild.com/statistics/

A 2017 article by the Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH) shows that abstinence-only sex education has backfired immensely.

https://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(17)30297-5/fulltext

Stanford medical released a report in 2020 that the biology of the youth of this country is changing.

https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2020/04/stanford-study-finds-stronger-one-way-fear-signals-in-brains-of-.html

in late 2015, Germany's education minister, Johanna Wanka, supported a nationwide use of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in the classroom, the German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse reported.

https://www.businessinsider.com/afp-german-teachers-want-edited-mein-kampf-on-curriculum-2015-12




Examining Courses Offered At Prager University—Lesson 1: “What Unites Americans?”


Published October 17, 2021

Also, a 2020 report from the Government Accountability Office found that 70% of adult workers participating in Medicaid, which provides health care to low-income Americans, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, are working full time.
https://www.manufacturing.net/labor/news/21203842/report-millions-of-full-time-workers-still-need-govt-aid

As of 2020, America is ranked 27th in the world for upward mobility (the literal American Dream).

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/ranked-the-social-mobility-of-82-countries/

Video link for “What Unites Americans?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0Bh_6IwGuA





Pop Culture

The Separation Of Church And State Does Not Exist In America


Published December 6, 2020 According to a study done by Christianity Today in 2020, for United States Protestant pastors ... https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/october/pastors-endorse-political-candidates-personal-pulpit-lifewa.html 2020 study done by Lifeway Research ... https://lifewayresearch.com/2020/10/27/more-pastors-endorsing-candidates-apart-from-church-role/ Trump catered to them by signing an executive order relaxing the IRS ban ... https://www.abajournal.com/news/article/trump_expected_to_sign_order_relaxing_irs_ban_on_political_activity_by_tax But until you use some of that Netflix money ... https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/satanic-temple-chilling-adventures-of-sabrina-lawsuit-netflix-1203034905/ They also found through the National Election Pool exit poll, Bush received 78% of the vote among white evangelicals, up 10% from 2000. https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2004/12/06/religion-and-the-presidential-vote/




The War On Drugs (Or: How To Perpetuate A Failure)


Published December 11, 2020 Police still make over 1 million drug possession arrests each year and 450,000 people are incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses on any given day in the US. https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2020.html Every 25 seconds, someone in America is arrested for drug possession. The number of Americans arrested for possession has tripled since 1980, reaching 1.3 million arrests per year in 2015--these numbers are especially surprising given they are six times the number of arrests for drug sales. https://www.hrw.org/report/2016/10/12/every-25-seconds/human-toll-criminalizing-drug-use-united-states As Nixon was quoted as saying, "I want a goddamn strong statement on marijuana … I mean one on marijuana that just tears the ass out of them." https://www.csdp.org/research/nixonpot.txt After legalizing everything, the ensuing years ... https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/dec/05/portugals-radical-drugs-policy-is-working-why-hasnt-the-world-copied-it After decriminalization, the number of people in Portugal receiving drug addiction treatment ... https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/law-and-social-inquiry/article/abs/uses-and-abuses-of-drug-decriminalization-in-portugal/1F68DA5A8F0369F3FBA6B2B04E454BBE The present study examined the impact of Project DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), a widespread drug-prevention program, 10 years after administration. A total of 1,002 individuals who in 6th grade had either received DARE or a standard drug-education curriculum, were reevaluated at age 20. Few differences were found between the 2 groups in terms of actual drug use, drug attitudes, or self-esteem, and in no case did the DARE group have a more successful outcome than the comparison group. - https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1999-03346-017 In 2016 another study was done by the National Institute of Drug Abuse https://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/df_high_school_and_youth_trends_june2016_final.pdf After legalizing everything, the ensuing years saw dramatic drops in problematic drug use, https://transformdrugs.org/drug-decriminalisation-in-portugal-setting-the-record-straight/




The Eternal Wellspring Of American Exceptionalism


Published December 17, 2020 Per Pew Research, a studiy in 2015 showed the US was ranked 38th in math and 24th in science. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/15/u-s-students-internationally-math-science/ According to a new study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington showed that overall, the US ranked 27th in these metrics as of 2016. https://www.businessinsider.com/us-ranks-27th-for-healthcare-and-education-2018-9 In a 2018 study by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation sampled 1,000 Americans and found that only 36% could actually pass the test. Pew research has had similar results with their finding when they have done the same test periodically over the last 15 years. https://woodrow.org/news/national-survey-finds-just-1-in-3-americans-would-pass-citizenship-test/ The history of the world is dictatorship, tyranny, subjugation, whatever you want to call it of populations ..." https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/09/12/an_explanation_of_american_exceptionalism_for_vladimir_putin_and_barack_obama/ In 2018 Glenn Beck surmised that our American Exceptionalism was centered around taking care of your fellow man. "America, this is who you are: You just set a record high in charitable giving this past year. America, you eclipse the world in total dollars given from your own hard-earned wallet. And the vast majority of that money — $287 billion — was given, not by corporations or foundations, but by single individuals. People like you and me." https://www.glennbeck.com/glenn-beck/america-this-is-who-you-really-are Though there are no specific statistics for people who don't wear masks simply because they don't want to, a Pew Research poll in September of 2020 does give us a clue. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/10/29/both-republicans-and-democrats-cite-masks-as-a-negative-effect-of-covid-19-but-for-very-different-reasons/ Of course, the CDC has said otherwise to this person's assertions about masks and safety. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/p0714-americans-to-wear-masks.html Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel was heard wondering aloud ... When the fund was reopened, for instance, 160 members of Congress, nearly all Republicans and including current Vice President Mike Pence, opposed it. https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/12/politics/jon-stewart-911-bill-first-responders/index.html




The War On Christmas


Published December 25, 2020 Dr Fauci: "I don't want to do that," he said. "I want people to be more careful. I want them to limit traveling to the extent possible." https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/22/health/us-coronavirus-tuesday/index.html Henry Ford is the one who really kicked off the "War on Christmas" in the modern sense. “Last Christmas most people had a hard time finding Christmas cards that indicated in any way that Christmas commemorated Someone's Birth." https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/12/war-on-christmas-short-history-101222 Looking into the past, it seemed that by the mid 1980s, much of the kerfufle over the "War On Christmas" had died down. Two landmark Supreme Court Cases earlier in that decade mtsu.edu/first-amendment/article/737/lynch-v-donnelly “All over the country, Christmas is taking flak. In Denver this past weekend, no religious floats were permitted in the holiday parade there. In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the ‘holiday tree,’ and no Christian Christmas symbols are allowed in the public schools. Federated Department Stores—that’s Macy’s—have done away with the Christmas greeting ‘Merry Christmas.’” https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/12/war-on-christmas-short-history-101222 Chicago Tribune poll showed that 68% of respondents affirmed their belief in a War on Christmas. http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1868542,00.html




How So Many People Live In A Fact-Free World (Or: What Exactly Is Being Taught In Our Schools)


When examining what they teach, it is no wonder that Texas has had so many controversies over the textbooks spanning the last decade... He found a score of inaccuracies ... "These textbooks were teaching pretty much the opposite of the truth," Lester said. "Some of the publishers have corrected the passages in question, while others have not" Quinn said. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/11/17/texas-textbook-inaccuracies/19175311/ In 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, Texas textbook controversy ... https://www.texastribune.org/2015/10/05/controversial-social-studies-textbooks-under-fire-/ https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/09/21/historians-urge-texas-education-board-reject-racist-textbook ... published by Bob Jones University Press and A Beka Press--both of which are Christian educational institutions. https://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2012/06/21/a-close-look-at-some-evangelical-textbooks/ https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/08/photos-evangelical-curricula-louisiana-tax-dollars/




Suspending Donald Trump's Twitter Account Is Dangerous To The Nation


Published January 19, 2021 Earlier in 2021, Amazon suspended web-hosting service for Parler. https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2021-01-13/amazon-says-parler-danger-to-its-employees John Matze Jr., the CEO of Parler LLC, claimed he's gone into hiding after receiving death threats from Amazon https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-16/parler-ceo-goes-into-hiding-blaming-amazon-flak-death-threats In a report by Forbes magazine, the FBI knew for weeks ... https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2021/01/14/weeks-before-the-siege-the-fbi-was-investigating-parler-users-call-for-proud-boys-violence-on-capitol-hill/?sh=1b8a6b276a0c With reports that former President Donald Trump is planning to issue around 100 pardons ... https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/17/politics/trump-pardons-expected/index.html




The Toxic Misdirection of Online Influencers (Or: How Did We Get Here Part II)


Published January 24, 2021 A 2017 report released at Psychology Today ... https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/culture-shrink/201703/the-psychosocial-risks-social-media-and-the-internet In a 2019 article about the subject of body positivity ... https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/national-international/anti-diet-movement-influencers/152689/ From both of them losing their contracts with multi-billion dollar makeup corporation Morphe, https://www.insider.com/morphe-cuts-ties-jeffree-star-cosmetics-backlash-drama-shane-dawson-2020-7#:~:text=Cosmetics%20company%20Morphe%20announced%20on%20Friday%20that%20it%20would%20%22cease,co%2Dcollaborator%2C%20Shane%20Dawson. ... keep in mind this number is hovering around 4.5 billion views. https://socialblade.com/youtube/user/shane In a 2019 article about the subject of body positivity ... Mallorie Dunn, founder of the body positive fashion line SmartGlamour said, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-truth-about-exercise-addiction/201608/what-does-body-positivity-actually-mean




Eugenia Cooney Is Peddling Anorexic Fetishism


Published February 13, 2021 * In 2017, 8.5 million American adults suffered from both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorders.1 https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/addiction-statistics
Medically, addiction is known to be a “chronic, relapsing disease” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
https://danapointrehabcampus.com/blog/2019/11/what-percentage-of-addicts-stay-clean/ Bankole Johnson. Professor of neuroscience at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and author of Addiction Medicine, S told Scientific American …
Joseph A. Califano, Jr., former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare and founder of the National Center on Addiction and Substance.
https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/success-rates-and-statistics The TRUTH About Pro-Anorexia Forums
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZb0taGNLmU




Hey, Cancel Culture-Stop Shoving Your Morals Down Our Throats


Published February 18, 2021 In the 1950s, as today, the FCC also prohibited …
https://chnm.gmu.edu/exploring/20thcentury/regulatingtelevision/ In Gallup surveys in the 1950s, over 90% of the adult population identified as Christian, with only a small percentage claiming no religious identification at all or identifying with a non-Christian religion.
https://news.gallup.com/poll/187955/percentage-christians-drifting-down-high.aspx




Cancel Culture Part 2: Breathtaking Hypocrisies


Published March 4, 2021 The issue I have with them firing her is in the fact that lead actor Pedro Pascal had put out a controversial tweet in 2018. https://mobile.twitter.com/pedropascal1/status/1009572721548595201?lang=en Per a 2017 study done by Prison Policy Initiative, it states that in 2015, police shot 124 people experiencing a mental health crisis. In 36% of those cases, the officers were called to help the person get medical treatment, and shot them instead. https://www.prisonpolicy.org/research/mental_health/ Hate crimes have surged nearly 20 percent during his administration. https://www.newsweek.com/hate-crimes-under-trump-surged-nearly-20-percent-says-fbi-report-1547870 Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional (LCDP) in the State of Delaware Dr. Todd Grande made a couple of profound statements in a recent video discussing cancel culture. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TNI1Nas4yfk




Trisha Paytas Is Failing At The Art Of Deception


Published March 7, 2021 During the YouTube release of her Frenemies podcast at the end of February, 2021
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gAYjmSVKWd8




Cancel Culture Part 3: Baby Boomers Invented It, The GOP Is Perfecting It


Published March 17, 2021 Senate Bill 211
https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/21rs/sb211.html Right now they are utilizing CC in an attempt to push an agenda that would allow cops to not only harm someone badly but also give the victim a Class B misdemeanor to boot; Republican state Senator Danny Carroll of Kentucky and his Senate Bill (SB) 211.
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/ky-general-assembly/2021/03/11/kentucky-senate-passes-riot-bill-criminalizing-insulting-police/4655757001/




Online Influencer Sloan Privatized Video Accusing Bob Saget Of Inappropriate Behavior


Published March 20, 2021
Sloan's YouTube video "Inside Bob Saget’s Inappropriate Relationship with the Olsen Twins"
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx53Ycrelu8
A tweet sent after the premiere of My Life: Rape of 2 Cory's got construed that Saget was a culprit. He was never mentioned in the film, but it took on a life of its own. https://roguerocket.com/2020/03/10/bob-saget-feldman-fakenews/




QAnon, James Charles, and Politicians; When No One Takes Accountability


Published April 9, 2021

In one of the final scenes, Ron Watkins spoke about his newfound fame as a key spreader of baseless claims about voter fraud after Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 election. Then he said: “It was basically three years of intelligence training, teaching normies how to do intelligence work. It was basically what I was doing anonymously before.“ Realizing his mistake, Watkins quickly added, “...but never as Q.”
QAnon followers believe Q is a government insider with close ties to the Trump administration …
https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7m58a/q-accidentally-outed-himself-but-qanon-followers-dont-care


In his 2021 paper in Psychology Today, Travis Langley Ph.D. defined Whataboutism pretty succinctly. "Whataboutism, a broader term (that would include tu quoque arguments) for distracting from criticism of one person, organization, or idea by diverting attention to someone else's shortcomings without addressing the original issue at all."
https://www.psychologytoday.com/za/blog/beyond-heroes-and-villains/202103/sleeper-effect-whataboutism-and-risk-in-unreliable-sources?amp


According to Republican Senator Ted Cruz on Fox, “This is a humanitarian crisis and it is a direct result of President Obama's lawlessness and unwillingness to enforce the law." If it was so bad at the border. If Trump knew that these programs were so horrible, why did he continue it. Whenever the mouthpieces like Sean Hannity and Glen Beck are asked about "kids in cages," they always remind their listeners that the cages were started during the Obama era.
https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=news&id=1385


This year sees Charles in a scandal that is of his own making when he admitted to flirting and sexting with men who say they're younger than 18. He even acknowledge them by saying "These conversations should have never happened."
https://www.businessinsider.com/james-charles-apologies-leaked-dms-youtube-teen-screenshots-morphe-brands-2021-4

One of the main reasons why the general populace is OK with all of this is due to us becoming completely emotional as a society, and it’s only getting worse. A 2018 study done by the American Psychology Association shows that Generation Z is experiencing levels of stress and anxiety at a much higher rate than any other generation.

https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2018/stress-gen-z.pdf

Stanford medicine released a report in 2021 showing that the kind of stresses in our current world can completely re-route a child’s biology.

https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2020/04/stanford-study-finds-stronger-one-way-fear-signals-in-brains-of-.html




Jake Paul; Google Bam Margera For A Look Into Your Future


Published April 15, 2021

Paradise shared her story in a YouTube video posted April 9, accusing Paul of forcing her to perform oral sex on July 20, 2019. She says she was not a fan, but met Paul through a mutual friend who was hanging out at the Team 10 house. She adds that “as soon as you go in,” your photo is taken and you must sign an NDA, which is why she believed she wasn’t allowed to talk about the alleged assault.

https://www.vulture.com/2021/04/jake-paul-denies-justine-paradise-sexual-assault-allegation.html

TRIGGER WARNING: Jake Paul Sexually Assaulted Me - YouTube
https://youtu.be/Q1iYfSdLORo




Debunking All Of Rush Limbaugh’s 35 “Undeniable Truths” Part 1


Published April 18, 2021 Rush Limbaugh's Original & Updated 35 'Undeniable Truths' (lectlaw.com)

67.7% were self-made, while 23.7% had a combination of inherited and self-created wealth. Only 8.5% of global high-net-worth individuals were categorized as having completely inherited their wealth.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/26/majority-of-the-worlds-richest-people-are-self-made-says-new-report.html

A 2017 article by the Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH) shows that the abstinence only sexual education has backfired immensely.

https://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(17)30297-5/fulltext




Debunking All Of Rush Limbaugh’s 35 “Undeniable Truths” Part 2


Published April 20, 2021 Rush Limbaugh's Original & Updated 35 'Undeniable Truths' (lectlaw.com)

In 2012 and 2013, at the urging of Governor Sam Brownback, lawmakers cut the top rate of the state’s income tax by almost 30% and the tax rate on certain business profits to zero. Under ‘supply-side’ economic theory, these deep tax cuts should have acted—as Brownback then predicted—like “a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy,” stimulating strong growth in economic output, job creation, and new business formation. But in reality, Kansas underperformed most neighboring states and the nation on all of those measures after the tax cuts Kansas’ 4.2% private-sector job growth from December 2012 (the month before the tax cuts took effect) to May 2017 (the month before they were repealed) was lower than all of its neighbors except Oklahoma and less than half of the 9.4% job growth in the United States.”

https://www.cbpp.org/research/state-budget-and-tax/kansas-provides-compelling-evidence-of-failure-of-supply-side-tax

"The history of the world is dictatorship, tyranny, subjugation, whatever you want to call it of populations — and then along came the United States of America …”
https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/09/12/an_explanation_of_american_exceptionalism_for_vladimir_putin_and_barack_obama/




How Reddit Is Crushing The Voices Of The Politically Independent


Published May 1, 2021

Democrats held control of the House for 40 years between 1952 to 1994

https://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/politics/campaign2004/house.pdf

“licensed radio and television broadcasters to present fair and balanced coverage of controversial issues of interest to their communities, including by granting equal airtime to opposing candidates for public office.”

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Fairness-Doctrine

She was suspended by the U.K Green Party in 2018 after it emerged her father, David Challenor, was appointed as Knight's election agent despite him previously being charged with multiple serious sexual offenses, including taking indecent photographs, false imprisonment, rape and sexual assault of a child in November 2016.

https://www.newsweek.com/reddit-aimee-knight-challenor-fired-hundreds-subreddits-private-protest-1578657




Why Tess Holliday Is Body Positivity's Biggest Liar


Published May 10, 2021

Per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) published in 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association, there are five criteria that MUST be met in order to diagnose someone with Anorexia Nervosa. There are two that Holliday does not meet. “Restriction of food intake leading to weight loss or a failure to gain weight resulting in a ‘significantly low body weight’ of what would be expected for someone's age, sex, and height.” And, “Fear of becoming fat or gaining weight.”


https://www.verywellmind.com/diagnostic-criteria-for-anorexia-nervosa-1138312




Gen Z: Far Too Opinionated For Knowing So Little


Published May 15, 2021

A 2018 study done by the American Psychology Association shows that Gen Z is experiencing levels of stress and anxiety at a much higher rate than any other generation in history.

https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2018/stress-gen-z.pdf

Stanford medicine released a report in 2021 showing that the kind of stresses found in our current, online world can completely modify a child’s biology.

https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2020/04/stanford-study-finds-stronger-one-way-fear-signals-in-brains-of-.html

When a TikTok user, who has since been removed from the app, uploaded a short clip from the 2010 Eminem and Rihanna song, “Love the Way You Lie.” The user called out the line, “If she ever tries to fucking leave again, I'm a tie her to the bed and set this house on fire.” In the text written over the uploaded video, the user wrote, “Yesssss lets cancel him.” Since then, that initial post has gone viral. Posts related to the #canceleminem hashtag currently have approximately 3 million views as of early March, 2021.

https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/music/a35765776/why-eminem-gen-z-cancelled-tone-deaf-lyrics-explained/




A Middle-Class Revolution: How Service Industry Workers Have Become The New Silent Majority


Published June 8, 2021

There have been two major reasons why these numbers are low and people aren't returning to their old jobs. The first is the fact the pandemic forced life changes that now require a lot more flexibility. According to the seventh annual Bright Horizons Modern Family Index, many employees aren't interested in returning to the same work environment they left behind a year ago. Nearly 6 in 10 parents who began working from home at the start of the pandemic want to keep doing so, according to the report. Nearly half want to work remotely if an emergency arises, while 41% want the option of working remotely whenever they want.
https://www.brighthorizons.com/~/media/Corporate/MFI-2021/2021-MFI-Report-FINAL

In a Business Insider article from April, 2021 interviews with various franchise owners showed the same problem across the board. "We are struggling to get people," one McDonald's franchisee told Insider. John Motta, a Dunkin' franchisee who serves as chairman of the Coalition of Franchisee Association added, "It's just craziness out there. People are closing early, people are not opening lobbies. This is the COVID of 2021. "This is the pandemic of 2021 — lack of people to work." https://www.businessinsider.com/mcdonalds-subway-struggle-to-find-workers-forcing-changes-2021-4

As recently as first-quarter of 2021, Pew Research released a study showing that about six-in-ten U.S. adults (62%) say they favor raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, including 40% who strongly back the idea.

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/04/22/most-americans-support-a-15-federal-minimum-wage/




Cancel Culture Part 4: The Magical Mystery WAP (Or: How Cardi B IS #MeToo)


Published May 16, 2021

"Whether or not they were poor choices at the time, I did what I had to do to survive," she said in a statement.

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-47718477#:~:text=Cardi%20B%20has%20defended%20herself,a%20stripper%20before%20finding%20fame.&text=Nothing%2C%22%20she%20said%20in%20the,before%20drugging%20and%20robbing%20them.




Trisha Paytas-In 1543 It Was Discovered the World Orbits The Sun, Not You; With Peace and Love


Published June 10, 2021

“As of me recording this [video], as soon as I put this up I’m sure a ton of people are going to unsubscribe [saying] ‘we’re going to show her,’ and that’s fine. If I’m cancelled, I’m cancelled. I’ve been cancelled a bunch of times. And to be honest, cancelling me isn’t going to do much because I’m kind of like that cockroach that stays on the internet.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGdE5YpFxlU

Dunning-Krueger effect. In psychology this is “a cognitive bias whereby people with limited knowledge or competence in a given intellectual or social domain greatly overestimate their own knowledge or competence in that domain relative to objective criteria or to the performance of their peers or of people in general.”

https://www.britannica.com/science/Dunning-Kruger-effect




How Eugenia Cooney Is Normalizing Predatory & Grooming Behaviors


Published June 18, 2021

In five decisions – Roper v. Simmons (2005), Graham v. Florida (2010), Miller v. Alabama (2012), Montgomery v. Louisiana (2016), and Jones v. Mississippi (2021)
https://www.sentencingproject.org/publications/juvenile-life-without-parole/

One of the followers that had seen Cooney’s first response to the controversy asked, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYDntcVbr40

With recent medical studies by Stanford Medical showing that there is a biological shift happening in mankind where our brain signals in the amygdala are being pumped on steroids because of the internet,

https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2020/04/stanford-study-finds-stronger-one-way-fear-signals-in-brains-of-.html




Steven Crowder: You Will Never Change His Mind (And Not Because He’s Right)


Published June 29, 2021

A study published on April 7, 2011, in the Current Biology journal by neuroscientists Ryota Kanai, Geraint Rees, and co-written with Colin Firth and Tom Feilden ...

https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(11)00289-2

Ethan Klein Debates Steven Crowder (Ft. Sam Seder) - H3 Podcast # 248 - YouTube




How Alec Baldwin and Dick Cheney Expose Lack Of Diverse Morals Between Parties


Published December 5, 2021

Comedian Bill Maher added his own comedic flavor to the tragedy. "What I don't understand about this whole thing is that the guy who got shot, this is his statement today, he said my family and I are deeply sorry (his face got in the way) for everything the vice president and his family had to go through this weekend. Wow, that is one loyal Republican. He also referred to the buckshot wound in his face as 1,000 points of light."
http://www.jokes4us.com/celebrityjokes/dickcheneyjokes/billmaherjokes.html

Late night talk show host David Letterman put in a barb with his joke, "We can't get Bin Laden, but we nailed a 78-year-old attorney." https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/business/technology/2006/02/15/gunning-for-cheney/9230d5b2-31cc-488c-89b8-c835b307f19e/

"As bad as it may have been kept, meaning, you know, the people that take care of the equipment and the guns and everything else ... But even if it was loaded, and that's a weird thing - maybe he loaded it," Trump said. He continued, "He's a cuckoo-bird, he's a nutjob. And usually, when there's somebody like that, you know, in my opinion, he had something to do with it."
https://thehill.com/changing-america/enrichment/arts-culture/580625-donald-trump-makes-dark-suggestion-about-alec

… when Ferrell returned in 2018 when he dredged up the moment Cheney shot his hunting pal to scare off viewers who miss the former vice president over Trump Vice President Mike Pence. "Cheney shot a guy. In the face. Those were the days," the duo crooned—Ferrell was joined by Leslie Jones as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to reminisce about their time in the White House.
https://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/ferrell-recalls-disastrous-bush-administration-snl-article-1.3783599

… on the Season 34 Episode 22 show when Will Ferrell was playing then-President George W. Bush and made the comment, “Okay. Good! Then, we’re in agreement. Okay? You cool it with the world tour, and I’ll keep my mouth shut! By the way, they still only know about the one face shooting.”
https://snltranscripts.jt.org/08/08vcheney.phtml

Donald Trump Jr. has been peddling T-shirts on his web site that mock the fatal shooting on Alec Baldwin's movie set. The T-shirts include the tagline "guns don't kill people, Alec Baldwin kills people."

https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/578293-donald-trump-jr-sells-t-shirts-mocking-alec-baldwins-fatal

In an interview with George Stephanopolous, when asked what his response was regarding the statements made by Trump, Baldwin made his feelings clear. "Just when you think that things can't get more surreal, here's the former president of the United States making a comment on this tragic situation.” It’s the next statement by Baldwin upon which this article today hinges. Responding to a question from Stephanopoulos about whether he's become a target because of his political views, Baldwin said, "I don't think that anybody has said anything about and has used this as an opportunity other than people you would fully expect to have done that."

https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/584164-baldwin-calls-trump-criticism-following-rust-shooting-surreal

“Spare me your fake sanctimony. The media is in full on panic mode to protect Baldwin from ANY criticism because they agree with his politics. If the shoe were on the other foot, Baldwin would be the first guy out there pissing on anyone involved & the media would be joining him.”

https://twitter.com/donaldjtrumpjr/status/1452698475808927745




YouTube Influencers & Law Enforcement Suffering From The Same Systemic Problem: Enabling


Published July 16, 2021

The Pulitzer Prize winning Salt Lake Tribune, in conjunction with PBS Frontline, recently re-opened an inquiry into a case that has been shelved for over two years. On August 23rd, 2019, a 31-year old man named Michael Chad Breinholt was shot INSIDE a police department while he was being restrained by handcuffs and two policemen in a West Valley City Police Department.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2021/07/12/video-west-valley-city/

In the same report done by the Salt Lake Tribune and PBS Frontline, the discovered that 38 Utah officers have shot in more than one encounter since 2004. https://www.sltrib.com/news/2021/07/13/most-never-shoot-someone/




Examining The Demi Lovato And "California Sober" Backlash; This Time She Isn't Wrong


Published July 27, 2021

In a 2021 interview with Healthline, Vanessa Kennedy, PhD, director of psychology at Driftwood Recovery, said complete abstinence from mind-altering substances that have the potential for addiction is the definition of “sobriety.”
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/demi-lovato-says-shes-california-sober-what-does-that-mean#Harm-reduction-has-a-place-for-some

“Vanderpump Rules” actress and model Lala Kent called Demi Lovato’s "California sober" approach to addiction recovery "offensive" to both her and other people who have gotten sober. "I don’t like to judge, but I actually think that that’s super offensive."
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/lala-kent-slams-demi-lovato-125626387.html

Lovato’s posts on 4/20 of 2021 would indicate these pleas are falling on deaf ears. The 420 posts are the one that I feel are most damaging to the perception of their sobriety. These posts were also the ones calling into question how serious Lovato is about their recovery.

https://www.nickiswift.com/387981/the-real-reason-demi-lovato-is-facing-backlash-for-her-420-posts/

"Telling myself I can never have a drink or smoke marijuana is setting myself up for failure because I am such a black-and-white thinker. I had it drilled into my head for so many years that one drink was equivalent to a crack pipe."

https://people.com/music/demi-lovato-celebrates-4-20-in-l-a-after-controversial-choice-to-smoke-weed-and-drink-in-moderation/




Billie Eilish; Live By The Woke, Die By The Woke (Cancel Culture Part 5)


Published August 1, 2021

When you go on your Twitter and inform 63 million people all at once that you completely denounce the “All Lives Matter” Campaign as “fucking racist,”

https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/celebrity/stop-making-everything-about-you-billie-eilish-denounces-all-lives-n1221216

In a statement on her Instagram story, the Grammy-winning singer said she was "appalled and embarrassed" by the clip. She continued with "I love you guys, and many of you have been asking me to address this. And this is something I want to address because I'm being labelled something that I am not."

https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-57564878

"I'm obviously not happy with my body, but who is?"

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a37191949/billie-eilish-body-image-weird-why-anyone-cares/




How “The Simple Cure For Loneliness” Is Possibly The Most Psychologically Damaging TED Talk Ever


Published September 1, 2021

The Simple Cure For Loneliness TED Talk—

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSXh1YfNyVA




Ric Flair & Bob Dylan: The Times They Are A-Changin' (Cancel Culture Part 6)


Published September 22, 2021

A 2021 lawsuit alleges that Dylan, the Nobel-winning folk singer-songwriter, plied a 12-year-old girl with drugs and alcohol before sexually abusing her in 1965.

Given that in 2020 Dylan sold his entire music catalog to Universal Music for $300 million, the 80-year-old will probably never have to fear the financial collapse usually reserved for those who are younger and in his same situation.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/aug/16/bob-dylan-accusations-sexual-abuse-lawsuit

The second takeaway comes from the fact that the judiciary of various states are trying to fix legal loopholes allowing the sexual abuse of a minor. Though I know different states have different statutes of limitations when it comes to rape and misconduct, I was initially surprised that this suit was allowed to go to trial, given the number of interim decades. That’s when I found out about New York State’s Child Victims Act.

https://www.news10.com/news/ny-capitol-news/child-victims-act-look-back-window-to-close-next-month/

“My issues have been well documented over my 40+ year career. The impact of drinking too much (which nearly killed me 5 years ago) has been told time and time and time again. The reason Rory (or anyone else for that matter) never heard stories of me forcing myself on ANYONE is simple: it never happened.”

“To clarify, the 'helicopter' as it was called, is accurate.”

https://www.cinemablend.com/television/2573864/ric-flair-response-sexual-assault-claims-controversial-dark-side-of-the-ring-episode




How "Has-Been" Bam Margera Is Exploiting Addiction/Mental Health For A Quick Cash-Grab


Published October 2, 2021

Margera’s lawsuit against Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, and other production companies associated with each was filed in a Los Angeles Superior Court in early August, 2021. The entire case hinges on a wellness agreement that Margera signed, and a promise to remain sober if he wanted to be involved with the filming and production of “Jackass: Forever.”

https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Bam-Margera-Jackass-Lawsuit-wm-1.pdf

his legal team claims it required him to take three breathalyzer tests a day, two urine tests a week, and regular hair follicle tests. Additionally, the suit states that the document mandated that he take “several pills” every morning while “a doctor hired by Paramount” watched him do so via FaceTime. If he missed a drug or alcohol test, failed one, or refused to take the medication Paramount’s doctor allegedly prescribed him (which, aside from “pain medication,” is unspecified in the lawsuit), he would be cut from the Jackass franchise, the suit claims.

According to the lawsuit, Paramount hired Margera to work on “Jackass Forever” in March of 2020, and he spent the next several months developing ideas and shooting scenes for it. But in August of 2020, Paramount fired Margera on the grounds that he had violated his wellness agreement, the suit states. George Azadian, the founder and president of Azadian Law Group, said he hasn’t seen anything like the sort of wellness agreement Margera describes.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/epn834/why-exactly-is-bam-margera-suing-johnny-knowxville-jackass-forever-team-wrongful-termination-lawsuit

Margera’s friend and former co-star Steve-O called the whole thing “absurd.” He continued, “everyone bent over backwards to get you in the movie, and all you had to do was not get loaded." He added, “I have no idea how he managed to get anybody to file a lawsuit.”

https://screenrant.com/jackass-4-steve-o-bam-margera-lawsuit-reaction/




Dave Chappelle & Shane Dawson: Cancel Culture Has Finally Died (R.I.P. 2014-2021)


Published October 11, 2021

There was one statement Chapelle made specifically that did rouse the crowd to their feet when it came to him being cancelled. “If this is what being canceled is like, I love it.”

Stevie Wonder made some comments that I think pertain to this situation of perception perfectly. “What we need to cancel is hate. What we need to cancel is fear because we have to have love, and we should never cancel that. I want us to cancel the idea of feeling that we don’t want anyone to laugh because if we don’t laugh, we cry. And I don’t believe that was God’s intention — ever.” And this is coming from a man whose career has spanned everything from segregated water fountains in certain southern locations to seeing us elect the first black president. If anyone knows the inherent problems with cancel culture and the societal ills it's trying to eliminate, it would be him. He knows.
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/general-news/dave-chappelle-netflix-special-critics-cancel-culture-1235028197/

Chapelle says "Gender is a fact. Every human being in this room, every human being on earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on earth. That is a fact." He then goes on to make explicit jokes about the bodies of trans women.

"With 2021 on track to be the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States -- the majority of whom are Black transgender people -- Netflix should know better. Perpetuating transphobia perpetuates violence," David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, said in a statement. "Netflix should immediately pull The Closer from its platform and directly apologize to the transgender community."

LGBTQ+ activist Taylor Ashbrook tweeted her disappointment Tuesday. "As a trans woman, I have usually defended Dave Chappelle's specials because I think they're hilarious and his jokes about trans women never felt intentionally malicious," she wrote. "The Closer changed my mind on that. That special felt so lazy and disingenuous and I'm really disappointed."

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/06/entertainment/dave-chappelle-netflix-controversy/index.html

She is hitting the company in a dramatic fashion by pulling the aforementioned Dear White People. Having recently concluded its run, Moore tweeted that she "will not work with [Netflix] as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously homophobic content."

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/08/entertainment/jaclyn-moore-dave-chappelle-netflix-boycott-cec/index.html




How Demi Lovato Is Using Mental Illness As Advertising Fuel For Their “Unidentified” Series


Published October 29, 2021

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly about what inspired her to want to do a show about potential life-forms in space, she shared an event that happened on her 28th birthday which changed everything. “I made [alien] contact, and it was a pretty mind-blowing experience. Ever since then, I started to look into this more and I wanted to do a show about it.”

https://ew.com/tv/demi-lovato-unidentified-interview/

"I really think that if there was anything out there that would want to do [harm] us, it would have happened by now," they said. "But I think that we have to stop calling them aliens because aliens is a derogatory term for anything. That's why I like to call them E.T.s!" https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/12/entertainment/demi-lovato-aliens/index.html

For example, our own Milky Way is part of the “Local Group” of galaxies. The Local Group contains about 50 galaxies; mostly smaller dwarf galaxies. The Milky Way, Andromeda and the Triangulum Galaxy are the three large spiral galaxies in the Local Group. It contains about 1 trillion times the mass of the Sun.

https://www.universetoday.com/30522/galaxy-cluster/

“Demi Sings Skyscraper to an Extraterrestrial Entity.”

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vnfXeffcdCM&t=63s

where he said, “young impressionable people are looking at the mental illness we are celebrating in this country,” when discussing the current levels of mental health awareness showed en masse by the younger generations.

https://podcastaddict.com/episode/129503022

In October, 2021 there was a tweet in which he said “You have a mental illness and it doesn’t cease being a mental illness just because our society is too weak, rotted, and depraved to tell you the truth. #International Pronouns Day”

https://twitter.com/jessekellydc/status/1450873180332101638




The Astroworld Tragedy; How Journalism Amplifies The Worst Of Situations For Self-Serving Results


Published November 15, 2021

By the time of this article being published, he’s already offered refunds to everyone who attended the event, along with covering other expenses like all of the funeral costs for the 10 who have passed since the tragedy occurred.

https://www.npr.org/2021/11/08/1053425095/astroworld-festival-travis-scott-concert

The first comes from an “explosive” story by the New York Post about Canadian rapper Drake with the headline “Drake Apparently Spent $1M At Strip Club Night After Astroworld Tragedy.”

https://nypost.com/2021/11/13/drake-apparently-spent-1m-at-strip-club-after-astroworld-tragedy/

Dozens of lawsuits have been filed and a criminal investigation opened after the deaths at the music festival. One of them includes what Drake might have known about the tragedy unfolding at the Astroworld concert in Houston before he took the stage. "The allegation about Drake is that he also should have been aware that people were being injured and hurt," said Meredith Duncan, a law professor at the University of Houston Law Center Faculty. "And by him taking the stage and performing that he was going to add to that situation."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/drake-astroworld-concert-houston-travis-scott-1.6247161





PragerU

Examining Courses Offered At Prager University—Lesson 1: “What Unites Americans?”


Published October 17, 2021

Also, a 2020 report from the Government Accountability Office found that 70% of adult workers participating in Medicaid, which provides health care to low-income Americans, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, are working full time.
https://www.manufacturing.net/labor/news/21203842/report-millions-of-full-time-workers-still-need-govt-aid

As of 2020, America is ranked 27th in the world for upward mobility (the literal American Dream).

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/ranked-the-social-mobility-of-82-countries/

Video link for “What Unites Americans?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0Bh_6IwGuA




Examining Courses Offered At Prager University—Lesson 3: “How To Get Kids To Listen”


Published November 11, 2021

“How To Get Kids To Listen” Prager Course

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_toRV6ziOYg

The prior 12 months of her practice before writing the article saw her helping young patients that had been raised with this blind obedience as a core value. Some of the worst cases involved a 3-year-old being molested by an older child, a 5-year-old being molested by an older child, and a 14-year-old was date raped by a boy at a party. Dr. Markham does make it clear that there was more than one factor that contributed to these events saying: “Are these children responsible for what happened to them? Of course not, and neither are their parents. No matter what. And if they had been able to say ‘No!’ louder, would these events still have unfolded as they did? Maybe. Maybe not. We can't know. But we do know that bullies and molesters select targets who they think won't stand up for themselves.”

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/peaceful-parents-happy-kids/201709/do-you-want-raise-obedient-child

In a Psychology Today article about parenting and respect, parenting specialist Dr. Jim Taylor laid the case out pretty succinctly. He notes that respect is a two-way street, and that respect starts at home. “If you can teach your children to respect you, themselves, and others when they are young, they're likely to carry that value with them as they enter the real world and use it to become successful, happy, and contributing adults.” He continues the correlation with “When you earn your children's respect, they also learn to respect themselves. Respect is so important because, without it, children can't value themselves or others. Children who don't respect themselves are more likely to drink alcohol, take drugs, have sex, and treat others badly.”

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-power-prime/201001/parenting-respect-starts-home




Examining Courses Offered At Prager University—Lesson 2: “Fewer Penalties, More Crime”


Published October 27, 2021

PragerU—"Fewer Penalties, More Crime”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeluhNNyCwk

Chief Judge Evans Bail Reform Report (General Order 18.8A)

https://www.cookcountycourt.org/MEDIA/View-Press-Release/ArticleId/2664/Chief-Judge-Evans-releases-bail-reform-report

Prison Guard Are Hoidal explained the reasons why the reform is working pretty succinctly. "We are prison 'officers' and of course we make sure an inmate serves his sentence but we also help that person become a better person. We are role models, coaches and mentors. And since our big reforms, recidivism in Norway has fallen to only 20% after two years and about 25% after five years. So this works!" Also, knowing that if a person brutally murders their family, you’ve only got about two decades before they are going to be your neighbor. That seems like a pretty good incentive to rehabilitate.

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-48885846

“the three strikes sentencing system established by a 1994 ballot initiative, Proposition 184, to impose life sentences when new felony convictions are serious or violent; allowed resentencing for convicts serving life sentences for felonies that were not serious or violent, except in the case of rape, murder, or child molestation.”

https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_36,_Changes_to_Three_Strikes_Sentencing_Initiative_(2012)




Examining Course Offered At PragerU #4: “Why Even Atheists Should Teach Their Children About God"


Published November 21, 2021

Why Even Atheists Should Teach Their Children About God https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H0GbJgsuko&list=PLIBtb_NuIJ1w9rrlXRueM3opfoV0rUenS&index=2

A 2000 Commerce Department report showed that internet access in homes had risen from 18.6% in 1998 to 26.2% in 1999, and 41.5% by August that same year. That report also showed that 51% of all American homes had at least one computer. https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=119358&page=1

One of the things that is important to keep in mind when reading the results of this Harvard study is in the fact that it consisted mainly of children of white females of relatively high family socioeconomic status, and therefore might not be generalizable to a broader population.

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/religious-upbringing-adult-health/

In one instance of how ethnicity can cause disparities in the results (in both positive and negative positioning), the 2010s saw major epidemiologic studies being done that show how race directly impacts levels of depression. Some of these studies that have been done suggest Black people have a higher prevalence of depression, while others have shown that Black people have a lower prevalence of depression than their White counterparts. These differences have led to what has been termed the “Black-White Depression Paradox.”

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0239618

In 2017, David M. Barnes, Ph.D. and Lisa M. Bates released a paper showing that the overall literature review yielded 34 articles reporting 54 relevant outcomes. The results showed that black people have a lower prevalence of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in eight of the nine comparisons observed. In contrast, black people have higher levels of psychological distress (in terms of “high distress” and mean scores) than Whites in 42 of the 45 comparisons observed. The final summation was grim at best stating that the systematic review of the epidemiologic evidence supports the existence of a “double paradox” by which black people’s lower prevalence of MDD relative to Whites’ is inconsistent with both the expectations of social stress theory and with the empirical evidence regarding psychological distress. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00127-017-1394-9

Also, given that a 2014 Pew Research piece showed that when breaking down church attendance by ethnicity, that more black citizens attend church once a week (47%) than their white counterparts (34%), also shows that the conflation of religion and depression only further confuses the existing paradox mentioned above.

https://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/compare/attendance-at-religious-services/by/racial-and-ethnic-composition/