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Two from the Olympics

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UPDATE at the bottom...

A bit of schadenfreude for this morning:

Heh - Gavin was a so-so lifter.  He decided to identify as a woman.  He failed there too.

Why is it always the marginals who try and pull this WOKE shit.  Kaepernick is a mediocre football player whose only claim to fame is that he took a knee. The hammer thrower. The race car driver. The list goes on.

UPDATE: Had an interesting thought over coffee this morning.  What if Hubbard lost on purpose. This allows the tranny movement to say that there is a level playing field.  That gender doesn't mean anything. That it is totally OK for trannies to participate in events as they do not carry an inherent advantage from their birth.

Every so often, the Gods smile.

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Today? They are beaming.  Go here and work your way up to the top - start at 06/09/2021:

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Object of desire

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I saw.  I want.

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And...  Should have figured.  It's a thing - Twelve bucks at Amazon:

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Needless to say, it is on its way...

Just the headline is enough - from the London Daily Mail:

Moment man in yellow floral dress is arrested 'for stealing school bus then driving front loader through home he shared with his estranged wife' after being discharged from psychiatric hospital

All hail diversity

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I will be so happy when this bullshit blows over and we can go back to content of character.
From The Heritage Foundation:

Diversity University: DEI Bloat in the Academy
The promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) on college campuses has become a central concern of higher education. Universities have created administrative and staff positions tasked with developing programming and offering services related to DEI. While it is widely understood that universities have devoted significant resources and attention to DEI goals, there has been little systematic examination of the scope of DEI staffing in the academy. Similarly, it is unclear how DEI staffing varies across institutions and how levels of DEI personnel compare to other staffing priorities.

University DEI Staffing
This Backgrounder presents information on DEI personnel at 65 universities representing 16 percent of all students in four-year institutions in the United States.1
National Center for Education Statistics, “Table 303.25: Total Fall Enrollment in Degree-Granting Postsecondary Institutions, By Control and Level of Institution: 1970 Through 2019,” Digest of Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d20/tables/dt20_303.25.asp?current=yes (accessed July 19, 2021).

After reviewing publicly accessible websites, these authors found that the average university they sampled listed more than 45 people as having formal responsibility for promoting DEI goals. DEI staff listed by universities totaled 4.2 times the number of staff who assist students with disabilities in receiving reasonable accommodations, as required by law. DEI staff levels were 1.4 times larger than the number of professors in these universities’ corresponding history departments. Moreover, the average university had 3.4 people working to promote DEI for every 100 tenured or tenure-track faculty members.

Much more at the site - the numbers do not lie.  Diversity has morphed into a big business.
They need to go back to their core purpose - educating the next generation.
Providing them with the skills to deal with life.

Thinking

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Great quote from Fyodor Dostoyevsky by way of Chris Lynch:

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Not a good day for cultural icons - from TMZ:

RON POPEIL - INFOMERCIAL KING DEAD AT 86
Ron Popeil, the Renaissance man who created the Pocket Fisherman and Hair in a Can, has died ... TMZ has learned.

Family sources tell TMZ, Ron experienced a severe medical emergency Tuesday and died early Wednesday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. He was surrounded by his family.

Popeil created the famous Showtime Rotisserie & BBQ and coined one of the most iconic catch phrases ever -- "Set it and Forget it!!!" The product grossed more than $1 BILLION in domestic sales, shattering QVC and other sales records.

Ron was born in New York City in 1935. His first entry into business was with his dad at his manufacturing facility in Chicago, where they sold kitchen products. It obviously made an impression on him, because Ron learned and then perfected the art of kitchenry.

Ron created the famed Chop-O-Matic in 1959 and it sold like crazy -- 2 million units. He followed that up with the Veg-O-Matic and another great catchphrase ... "But wait, there's more!!!" And that one's become an infomercial industry standard ... reused by product after product.

His secret to sucess? His stuff was actually pretty good - well designed and durable.

The Cleveland Redskins changed their name to show the world just how stupid woke they are.  Only problem is that the team was named in honor of Louis Francis Sockalexis who was the first American Indian to play commercial baseball. They are now known as the Cleveland Guardians - after some statues: "The Guardians of Traffic"  They watch a bridge.

Thanks to Don Surber, we find out that there is already an athletic team called The Cleveland Guardians.
From the Cleveland Plain-Dealer:

Social media buzzing over another Cleveland Guardians team in wake of Indians announced name change
Social media is still buzzing over the Cleveland Indians’ choice of the Guardians name, since a roller derby team seems to already bear the moniker – and website.

But whether that poses any problems for the Major League Baseball club remains to be seen.

Heh - should have looked before you leaped.

An observation - you will comply

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From My Pensieve:

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Hard to argue with the truth...

Cities and mental health

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A new study - same as the old study.  Same test, same results. From CNN (July 20, 2021):

City children have better mental health and cognition if they live near woodlands
City children who have daily exposure to woodland have better cognitive development and a lower risk of emotional and behavioral problems, according to a new study published in Nature Sustainability.

Researchers studied 3,568 adolescents aged 9 to 15 at 31 schools across London over four years to examine the associations between natural environments and cognitive development, mental health and overall well-being.

Old study?  From this blog - February 26th, 2019:

No surprise there - urban mental health
No brainer article at The London Times:

Growing up near green spaces is linked to better mental health
Children who grow up in greener surroundings have a greatly reduced risk of developing mental illnesses later in life, research suggests.

A study that tracked almost a million people found that those who were raised among the lowest levels of green space were as much as 55 per cent more likely to develop disorders such as substance abuse, stress-related illnesses and schizophrenia.

Also interesting:

The link to good mental health was just as strong for those who lived in green areas of cities as for those who grew up deep in the countryside.

The article I linked to looked at millions of people - the later one was just 3.5K - different study.  Same conclusion.

No surprises at all.  People in cities are crazy. No polite way to put it.

Gymnastics - press corps edition

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From My Pensieve:

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The cartoon is Bruce Tinsley's Mallard Filmore - great stuff...

First, from The Daily Caller:

China Seethes At NBC For Showing ‘Incomplete’ Map Missing Taiwan During Olympic Opening Ceremony
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials are furious with NBC Universal for showing an “incomplete” map of the country during Friday’s opening ceremony at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

As Chinese athletes entered the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, the NBC broadcast displayed a map of China that did not include Taiwan or the South China Sea as recognized parts of Chinese territory. The CCP considers both territories to be a rightful part of their country, despite that claim being disputed by various members of the international community.

'Scuse me? Last time I checked, Taiwan was a Sovereign Nation with its own government.  Back off there bubba...

Second - and this is wonderful and about fscking time that someone did this.
From The Jerusalem Post:

Olympics: Moment of silence for Munich massacre victims for the first time
A moment of silence was observed in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics for the Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich massacre.

During the 1972 Olympics, 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were murdered by eight Palestinian terrorists in Munich.

This is the first time the victims were honored in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

The families of the 11 victims had long asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to hold a minute's silence at the opening ceremony, but had until Friday been turned down.

It only took what - 49 years - for someone to offer this basic memorial and remembrance?

Japan is a very classy Nation - wonderful people.

Great quote - been there, done that

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Found at Chris Lynch's site

"Sometimes success is 3% brains and 97% not getting distracted by the Internet."
-- Shane Parrish

Caution: Drink Alert

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Put down your morning beverage before reading this - from MRC's Newsbusters:

CNN Says CNN+ Service Will Not Be Liberal, 'We're Not an Opinion Network'
CNN announced with great fanfare that they’re creating a “CNN Plus” streaming subscription service for the first quarter of 2022. Chief digital officer Andrew Morse laid it on thick in the press release: “As the most trusted and recognized name in news, CNN has unrivaled global reach, world class talent and a deep existing library of content, including award-winning series and films.”

But it became truly bizarre/hilarious when Morse told the "Strictly Business" podcast at Variety there would be no “political slant” to CNN Plus content.  Andrew Wallenstein tried to define the personality of the new venture.

WALLENSTEIN: Is it more irreverent? Is it less traditional? Is it more ideological, I have to ask? Is it going to be something that, you guys are known as the liberal network, and if you really want to go "deep lib," here's CNN Plus?

MORSE: I don't think anyone who's looking for "deep lib" would seek out CNN. It's just not what we do. But no, it’s not going to be ideological. We’re just not in that game. We’re not an opinion network, we’re a news network.”

So you’ll be able to watch Kamau Bell ask giggly softballs to Antifa or the CNN Films love letter to RBG, but “it’s not going to be ideological.” Morse claimed people turn to CNN for "trust," for "credibility," for "authenticity," for programming that's "smart and entertaining."

CNNs ratings are tanking - they have lost about 70% of their viewers since President Trump left office. They are flailing trying to bring back some revenue for their investors. They should just do their jobs and tell the truth.  They would become epic.  Screw the narrative - the truth is the new narrative. (and you can quote me)

Classic gold - from CNN:

Is Hunter Biden's art any good?
Hunter Biden has been many things over his 51 years. But, in the last few years at least, he has been an artist.

"For years I wouldn't call myself an artist," he told The New York Times, from his Los Angeles home and studio, last year. "Now I feel comfortable saying it."

Boy howdy.  Some more:

So I reached out to Sebastian Smee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic for The Washington Post, to get his evaluation of Hunter Biden, artist.

And the interview:

Cillizza: Let's start simple: Is Hunter Biden's work any good, aesthetically speaking?

Smee: For me, not really.
I've only seen it in reproduction, so I'm sure I'm missing a lot: texture, layering, detail. Parts of them look technically impressive. But the style is eclectic in a way that makes his work feel neither one thing nor another.
Most great artists, whatever style of art they make, have been trying to make art all their lives. They are fully devoted to what they do. To me, Biden seems a bit of a dabbler.
His work has the feeling of an afterthought. It doesn't feel like it needed to be made, except perhaps as a therapeutic exercise. I have no trouble with that. It's as good a reason to make art as any. But if I were a museum curator, I would struggle to find compelling reasons to share it with the public.

And this:

Cillizza: The New York Times last year described Biden's paintings as "leaning toward the surreal." Is that how you would describe them? Why or why not?

Smee: People sometimes say "surreal" when they mean random.
From what I've seen, Biden's work is less surreal than decorative. Decorative is OK: Matisse was decorative. But Matisse was not random. You can feel the internal logic in every work he made, and from work to work throughout his career. In Biden's case, I'm not feeling that at all.

And this:

Cillizza: Finish this sentence: Hunter Biden's work resembles the work of ____________." Now, explain.

Smee: "... a cafe painter."
By which I mean, you see a certain kind of art in coffee shops, and some of it is OK and a lot of it is bad, and sometimes it's surprisingly good. But you wouldn't, unless you were related to the artist, spend more than $1,000 on it.

Heh - it is not art, it is paying for access.  Nothing less, nothing more.

From America's Newspaper of Record:

Desperate Humanity Sends Robot Back To 2004 To Stop Mark Zuckerberg From Ever Inventing Facebook
With humanity languishing under the evil tyranny of Facebook, everyday citizens have pooled their resources together to send a killer robot back in time to 2004 to prevent Mark Zuckerberg from inventing the wicked technological scourge in the first place.

"We've created the ultimate bionic A.I. humanoid to find Zuckerberg and prevent this dark future before it begins," said Bubba Crullers, head technician on the project. "We're not trying to kill him or anything-- instead, we've programmed the robot to befriend young Mark and try to get him really into World of Warcraft, or introduce him to a really beautiful but controlling girlfriend, or make him take up bass guitar and join a lousy punk band, or convince him to study abroad in Tibet and become a monk."

"Whatever works-- we don't care. We just have to stop Facebook."

Experts predict that as soon as the robot's mission is completed, utopia will instantly break out around the earth, no one will ever believe any misinformation about anything ever again, and conservative uncles will have more time to watch World War II documentaries.

(Update: According to sources, the robot has completed its mission, which unfortunately caused young Zuckerberg to focus his energy on uploading his consciousness to a globally-connected supercomputer and he now rules the world. So, that backfired. All hail Zuck!)

At least they tried.  Well - maybe the next robot will be able to alter the course of robot #1
Started out as a fun idea but got waay out of hand.  This robot would solve a lot of our problems.

Start them young - Hasbro

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This is heinous. I hope that they go broke big-time.  They need to suffer for even letting this be considered.
From Project Veritas:

Critical Race Theory ‘Indoctrination’ EXPOSED Within Children’s Toy Manufacturer Hasbro; Insider Leaks Internal Training Given to Employees … ‘By Age Four, Kids are Showing a Strong and Consistent Pro-White, Anti-Black Bias’
Project Veritas released a new video today exposing children’s toy manufacturer Hasbro, which is currently partnering with “Conscious Kids” to force Critical Race Theory [CRT] upon its employees during mandatory trainings.

David Johnson, who is a Harvey Nash packaging engineer contracting with Hasbro, sat down with Project Veritas founder and CEO James O’Keefe, to discuss the CRT training in which he was forced to participate. Johnson leaked a video to Veritas showing “Conscious Kids” co-founders Katie Ishizuka and Ramón Stephens lecturing Hasbro employees about infants’ inherent racism.

“I decided to come to Project Veritas because I oppose the indoctrination of children that they wanted to push, and I felt that more people needed to know about it,” Johnson said.

“They want to introduce children into racial bias at an early age before they're really able to understand what race and racism is,” he said.

Much much more at the site.  I feel sick.  This is beyond comprehension.

I think that the key issue here is trust.  We trust companies like Hasbro to provide safe and entertaining toys for our children.  Now, it seems that they are producing toys that are avenues for marxist indoctrination.  We can no longer trust them. Once you lose the public trust, you can not get it back.  Simple as that. Hasbro is dead.

The city has gone to hell in 10 years.  The people in charge own this. From One America News Network:

1 Dead, Several Injured In Downtown Portland Shooting
One woman has died after being treated for serious wounds at a local hospital following a shooting in Portland, Oregon. Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau has said six others were wounded during the shooting on Saturday morning.

Authorities originally said eight people had been injured, including one critically. That number has since been updated.

Reports said Portland police responded to word of gunfire in the downtown area around 2 a.m.

And of course:

The incident currently remains under investigation and authorities said they have made no arrests at this time.

No word on who, what or why.  We know where and when. Incomplete reporting. Peaceful protest? Gang activity? Black on black violence again? Inquiring minds want to know.

Meanwhile, Chicago enjoys another week of peace and quiet:

Shot & Killed: 16
Shot & Wounded: 100
Total Shot: 116
Total Homicides: 18

We really need to get some adults in the room - this Nation is falling apart at the seams just like the communists want.

Guess why I use Infogalactic all the time. From the New York Post:

Wikipedia co-founder says site is now ‘propaganda’ for left-leaning ‘establishment’
Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger has warned that the website can no longer be trusted — insisting it is now just “propaganda” for the left-leaning “establishment.”

Sanger told UnHerd’s Lockdown TV Wednesday that he started the “encyclopedia of opinion” in 2001 purely on the basis it would offer true neutrality and offer “multiple points of view” on “hot button issues.”

Now, he insisted, conservative voices are “sternly warned if not kicked out” if they try to add a different take on establishment views — which Sanger deemed “propaganda.”

“You can’t cite Fox News on socio-political issues. It’s just banned now,” he insisted of the apparent clampdown on respected conservative voices.

Got to love the liberal echo chamber. Pushing the narrative, one willfully ignorant person at a time.

Been a really quiet last week or so

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A lot of shit happening - election audits showing massive fraud, Haitian Presidential assassination by American agents, etc... but these have yet to have all the details so I am only mentioning them in passing.  Nothing else really catches my eye.

So true - flat squirrels

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Choose or get the fsck out of the way:

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A new book - American Marxism

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Big fan of Mark Levin.  He can get a bit passionate (more like hyperbolic) on his radio show but when he writes, he is incredibly good at laying out the truth and backing it up with meticulous research.  He knows his history and how various groups with their own agendas have been able to hijack the American political system without most people being aware.

I had pre-ordered a copy of his latest book: American Marxism and it came in today's mail.  Skimming it now over dinner and will start reading it seriously tomorrow over coffee before work.

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I love that it is at #1 nationwide on Amazon. Hard to argue with the numbers.

And it starts - slow at first

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Give people time to recognize the signs and portents.
Decide which side they are on.
A few headlines with links:

What is really curious is that the side of the building was hit, not the roof.  There is a traffic light about 20 feet away - metal pole - no indication of damage.  There are also tall trees near at least one side of the building - these generally take the strikes as they are the tallest conductive element in the area. No.  The wall with the mural was what was destroyed.

Cuba sees the light - protests

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From The New York Times:

Cubans Denounce ‘Misery’ in Biggest Protests in Decades
Shouting “Freedom” and other anti-government slogans, hundreds of Cubans took to the streets in cities around the country on Sunday to protest food and medicine shortages, in a remarkable eruption of discontent not seen in nearly 30 years.

Hundreds of people marched through San Antonio de los Baños, southwest of Havana, with videos streaming live on Facebook for nearly an hour before they suddenly disappeared. As the afternoon wore on, other videos appeared from demonstrations elsewhere, including Palma Soriano, in the country’s southeast. Hundreds of people also gathered in Havana, where a heavy police presence preceded their arrival.

“The people are dying of hunger!” one woman shouted during a protest filmed in the province of Artemisa, in the island’s west. “Our children are dying of hunger!”

One clip circulating on Twitter showed protesters overturning a police car in Cardenas, 90 miles east of Havana. Another video showed people looting from one of the much-detested government-run stores, which sell wildly overpriced items in currencies most Cubans do not possess.

In a country known for repressive crackdowns on dissent, the rallies were widely viewed as astonishing. Activists and analysts called it the first time that so many people had openly protested against the Communist government since the so-called Maleconazo uprising, which exploded in the summer of 1994 into a huge wave of Cubans leaving the country by sea.

And of course, this being the NYTimes, they do not mention that the government of Cuba is communist until the fifth paragraph and only in passing.  Cubans are not denouncing 'Misery', they are denouncing the Communist rule that has given them nothing but misery for the last 60+ years - ever since Fidel Castro and his cronies took over.

I would love to visit there some day - almost flew in there once but that is a story for a different time...

From the Washington Examiner:

Hunter Biden's art gallery vandalized, employee attacked
A man accused of vandalizing Hunter Biden's art gallery and attacking an employee has been arrested, police say.

Rodrick Webber, 47, was detained at approximately 3:40 p.m. Friday at the George Burgess Art Gallery in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City after he defaced artwork inside the gallery, representatives for the New York Police Department said in an email to the Washington Examiner.

Webber allegedly spray-painted the word "Daddy" on a wall inside the gallery, damaging a painting worth $14,500, and when a gallery employee approached him, Webber assaulted him, authorities said.

#1) - didn't know which were Hunter's "art pieces"
#2) - didn't complete his painting - tried while someone was nearby -and-
#3) - committed the assault

Could have been pulled off a lot better if Webber had done some basic research and had had some forethought and planning. Now, any other attempt at this will be a wanna-be copycat and not a brilliant and true art piece. Webber flubbed it big-time - flubbed it for all of us.

Heh - versions

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Just another swamp rat. "She" sounded conservative but it was only a show - from Big League Politics:

Caitlyn Jenner Admits ‘She’ is Running for California Governor to Aid Transgender Agenda, Not Because of Republican Values
California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner recently appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Live where he admitted he doesn’t care about the GOP, Trump or America First.

Jenner confirmed that he only cares about promoting LGBT insanity and that is what is driving his run for governor. This is what the Republican Party is promoting as political leadership in this day and age.

“My loyalties do not lie with Donald Trump. My loyalties do not lie with the Republican Party. My loyalties and what I’m fighting for are my community, the LGBT community, and particularly the trans issues that are out there because there are many of them and so that’s where my fight is,” Jenner said to Carlson.

Video at the site.  Like I said, this is good to know now as he was sounding pretty good as a candidate - California needs a strong dose of conservatism.  Get things turned around and back on track.

I am all for people having freedom of expression and being free from discrimination but come on now.  About 4% of the US population is homosexual.  The percentage of THAT population that are gender-confused amounts to a rounding error. About 0.1% of the 4%

US Population:  332,500,000
# of homosexual: 13,300,000
# of gender-confused: 13,300

You are shoving all of this in our faces for only 13K people?  If all of the trannies in the USA moved to San Francisco (about 900,000 people), they would only amount to about 1.4% of the total S.F. population. Sure - have your parades and seriously rock out.  Have fun but do not shove your issues in our faces.  We do not hate you, we know some of you and care for you but this constant beating of the drum is getting tiring.

I think that people could be justified in thinking that there was some issue of mental health at play here - Narcissistic Personality Disorder perhaps? I know that there is a much higher rate of suicide.

Happy 100th birthday - Harvey Ball

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You may not know the man but you have certainly seen one of his works.
From Infogalactic:

Harvey Ball
Harvey Ross Ball (July 10, 1921 – April 12, 2001) was an American commercial artist. He is recognized as the earliest known designer of the smiley, which became an enduring and notable international icon.

Yeah - this lil' bugger:

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Fascinating work with AI

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Using text to generate images - one example:

This text input:  “a cityscape at night” produced this image:

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More here: Alien Dreams: An Emerging Art Scene

Creepy porn lawyer is learning about Karma firsthand. From CNBC News:

Disgraced Trump foe Michael Avenatti weeps as he is sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for Nike extortion scheme
Michael Avenatti, the brash attorney who had been a leading foe of then-President Donald Trump, was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison for a brazen, botched scheme to extort athletic apparel giant Nike out of up to $25 million.

That sentence was much lower than the nine years that was the bottom of the sentencing range suggested by federal guidelines, and not anywhere close to “a substantial” prison term sought by federal prosecutors for the California lawyer.

And he is not out of the woods yet:

At his trial next week, Avenatti is accused of crimes that include defrauding clients out of millions of dollars. One of those clients was a mentally ill paraplegic.

Avenatti next year is due back in Manhattan federal court to be tried on charges related to allegedly swindling Daniels, out of $300,000 in proceeds for a book she wrote.

Hope he enjoyed the ride because it has been a short meteoric and fast one.
Lots of time to contemplate his actions.
Pray for redemption - there is always hope for that.

Seen online

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One of the social media websites - I unsubscribed earlier this year and do not miss it one bit:

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A list - the "pandemic"

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From Zuby Music by way of My Pensieve:

20 Things I've Learned (Or Had Confirmed) About Humanity During The 'Pandemic'

    1. Most people would rather be in the majority, than be right.
    2. At least 20% of the population has strong authoritarian tendencies, which will emerge under the right conditions.
    3.  Fear of death is only rivalled by the fear of social disapproval. The latter could be stronger.
    4.  Propaganda is just as effective in the modern day as it was 100 years ago. Access to limitless information has not made the average person any wiser.
    5.  Anything and everything can and will be politicised by the media, government, and those who trust them.
    6.  Many politicians and large corporations will gladly sacrifice human lives if it is conducive to their political and financial aspirations.
    7.  Most people believe the government acts in the best interests of the people. Even many who are vocal critics of the government.
    8.  Once they have made up their mind, most people would rather to commit to being wrong, than admit they were wrong.
    9.  Humans can be trained and conditioned quickly and relatively easily to significantly alter their behaviours - for better or worse.
    10. When sufficiently frightened, most people will not only accept authoritarianism, but demand it.
    11. People who are dismissed as 'conspiracy theorists' are often well researched and simply ahead of the mainstream narrative.
    12. Most people value safety and security more than freedom and liberty, even if said 'safety' is merely an illusion.
    13. Hedonic adaptation occurs in both directions, and once inertia sets in, it is difficult to get people back to 'normal'.
    14. A significant % of people thoroughly enjoy being subjugated.
    15. 'The Science' has evolved into a secular pseudo-religion for millions of people in the West. This religion has little to do with science itself.
    16. Most people care more about looking like they are doing the right thing, rather than actually doing the right thing.
    17. Politics, the media, science, and the healthcare industries are all corrupt, to varying degrees. Scientists and doctors can be bought as easily as politicians.
    18. If you make people comfortable enough, they will not revolt. You can keep millions docile as you strip their rights, by giving them money, food, and entertainment.
    19. Modern people are overly complacent and lack vigilance when it comes to defending their own freedoms from government overreach.
    20. It's easier to fool a person than to convince them that they have been fooled.

Bonus thought:

21. Most people are fairly compassionate and have good intentions (this is good)

As a result, most people deeply struggle to understand that some people, including our 'leaders', CAN have malicious or perverse intentions (this is bad).

Printed in full because it was impossible to excerpt.
This is the complete list of what we are dealing with.

Country of origin - of course

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On the heels of the last major outage (here, here and here) Michigan now has 20,779 customers without power. A whole bunch of outages scattered over the Dearborn/Detroit area and a some large swaths in the rural areas to the North.

The only news items I can find are for the 06/20 storms that caused the prior outage - this was two weeks ago.
Fun and games with infrastructure. 
They paid to build it in the first place.  Cheaping out on maintaining it is downright stupid.
But I want to fund this music festival. This food give-away. This social program.

And they wonder why their inner cities are such 3rd world shitholes.

Falling apart - Afghanistan

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The way the current administration handled this is idiotic.  Tragic. The people responsible need to be hung and their rotting corpses kept on public display "pour encourager les autres". From Reuters:

Tajikistan calls up reservists to bolster border as Afghan troops, fleeing Taliban, seek refuge
Tajikistan's president on Monday ordered the mobilisation of 20,000 military reservists to bolster the border with Afghanistan after more than 1,000 Afghan security personnel fled across the frontier in response to Taliban militant advances.

The crossings on Sunday underscored the rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, where foreign troops near a complete withdrawal after 20 years of war and with peace negotiations stalled.

Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon made a flurry of international calls to discuss the situation with allies in the region, including Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin whose country has a big military presence in Tajikistan.

Putin assured Rakhmon that Moscow would support the former Soviet republic to stabilise its border with Afghanistan if needed, both directly and through a regional security bloc, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Russia operates its largest military base abroad in the impoverished Central Asian country, where it stations tanks, helicopters and ground attack aircraft.

Tajikistan is looking into setting up camps for potential refugees from Afghanistan, government sources told Reuters earlier on Monday.

If we had a better president, these people would be flown over here with their families and given refugee status.  They have proven their dedication to freedom already - they would be incredible citizens. 

My real concern is that we left intellegence behind when we abandoned Baghram Air Base - the Taliban is going to come in and find out who in what village was sympathetic to the cause of Freedom. These people will now be tortured and murdered but not before their wives and children are tortured and murdered before their eyes.  This is what we are facing and this is what our current military leadership will not see.  Does not fit the narrative.

Out of touch - New York Times

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Wonderful - they bash the flag on this of all days - from Breitbart:

New York Times Politicizes the American Flag On July 4 Weekend
The New York Times politicized the American flag over Twitter on the eve of Independence Day by saying the “flying the American flag” shows a “person’s political affiliation” nowadays.

The Times, which has had no problem politicizing religion in the past, now tweeted that “flying the American flag from the back of a pickup truck or over a lawn,” which Americans have graciously done with Old Glory on holidays — such as Independence Day to show their support for America — is now “increasingly seen as a clue” to which they call an “imperfect one” to “person’s political affiliation.”

They are not the authority. They are not the majority.  They are just sad and out of touch.
Living in a bubble for so long does that to you.

Need to give time to the other half:

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Looks like a fun rabbit hole

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From Assistant Village Idiot - presented in toto:

James Mellaart
I had never heard of him until listening to an archaeology podcast today, in which James Mellaart was mentioned in passing, with much humor.  He was a legitimate and important archaeologist specializing in Anatolia.  He also fabricated artefacts and then "discovered" them, and made up stories about what he had seen and the sources for his knowledge.  That's right, he just made stuff up, and in the 1960's the Turkish government banned him from doing research there. He had help from his Turkish wife in the forging. As is usually the case, it started small and then got completely out of hand.  He was eventually described as living in a fantasy world.

Note:  The first link goes to "Luwian Studies," an interesting site in itself. Luwian is one of the sister languages to Hittite in Anatolia and is such is either the first or one of the first to split off from Indo-European in the North Caucasus, then migrating counter-clockwise around the Black Sea down into Anatolia.

The podcast also mentioned that the artist Tracey Emin became very impressed with a megalith nearby and married it.  One of the presenters wanted to pursue this and find out what she was thinking, but the other waved him off, saying "You don't want to know anything about why she did this.  She's as mad a box of squirrels," which I thought a useful phrase to pass on to the rest of you.

Save this for reading later tonight or tomorrow - looks like a lot of fun.

The new Walmart employee

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A recent hire:

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Remember Pouty McPoutface who came in third and turned her back on the American Flag?
Yeah, me neither even though this happened just a few days ago.

Seems she wasn't always an America hater - from the New York Post:

Old Gwen Berry photo shows her beaming while holding US flag amid Old Glory controversy

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An old photo showing Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry beaming while holding the American flag has gone viral in the wake of her shunning the Stars and Stripes last week during the national anthem.

The image — which was posted to Berry’s old website in June 2015 — shows her exuding joy as she holds up the flag after she achieved her dream of representing the country at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Fox News reported.

Berry, 31, a two-time Olympic-qualifying athlete, incurred widespread wrath when she snubbed the flag on Saturday while the anthem was played at the Olympic trials in Oregon.

She reacted to the backlash by writing on Twitter: “At this point, y’all are obsessed with me.”

And she doubled down later by insisting the anthem is “disrespectful” to black Americans.

Amazing what seven years will do. Like I said in my earlier post, she lost any chance at endorsement with her little stunt.  Nike may be WOKE but WOKE is rapidly nearing its sell-by date. Predicting that it will be anathema in two years. Toxic shit that the liberals latched on to for some bizarro-world reason. Even they are waking up now.

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