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He nails the WOKE crowd:

From the Wall Street Journal:

Melinda Gates Was Meeting With Divorce Lawyers Since 2019 to End Marriage With Bill Gates
The split between Bill and Melinda Gates, announced last week, has been in the works for a long time.

Ms. Gates consulted with divorce lawyers roughly two years before she filed for divorce from Mr. Gates, saying their marriage was “irretrievably broken,” according to people familiar with the matter and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The 56-year-old philanthropist has been working with lawyers at several firms since at least 2019 to unwind the marriage of more than 25 years, according to these people and the documents.

The rest of the story is behind a paywall but other sources are reporting that the thin edge of the wedge was BillG's involvement with Jeffrey Epstein and flying on the Lolita Express. Like I keep saying, BillG is not that bright.
Savvy and lucky? Yes.  Bright? No.

Heh - Evergreen State College

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You’ll never finds a more wretched hive of scum and villainy - I had visited there many years ago as they had quite the electronic music department - for a while. The College is notorious for beeing a really bad educational institution - it is consumed by whatever fad or narrative is popular at the time.

I had written about it here, here and here.
Seattle's liberal The Stranger says: Evergreen Ranks as One of the Worst Colleges in the U.S. for Free Speech.
Other media outlets are just as observant: herehereherehereherehere and here for starters.

Well...  It seems that they are trying to reform and to get some better leadership starting at the top.
And then this happened - from Centralia, WA's The Chronicle:

All Three Finalists to Be President of The Evergreen State College Withdraw From Process
A year-long process to find the next president of The Evergreen State College came to a shocking conclusion Wednesday when the college’s Board of Trustees emerged from a three-hour meeting and announced that the three finalists for the job had withdrawn their names from consideration.

Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Fraser said all three finalists — Michael Dumont, Catherine Kodat and Lee Lambert — withdrew following recent interviews with faculty, students, staff and alumni.

“We’re still in a state of surprise and disappointment,” she said. “This is where we are at the moment.”

More at the site. Heh...  I would love to be king there for 12 months - shake the place up a bit. Put a big gold TRUMP TOWER sign on the Administration building.  Get rid of any program that had "studies" in its name. Partner with a nearby voc-tec school and require 120 hours of trade training to graduate - welding, electric, culinary, auto mechanics, construction, etc...

Good video on the problem:

Downside to mask wearing

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Bunch of children in Colorado - from Conservative Playbook:

Radical Racist ‘Black Hammer’ Group Has ‘Liberated’ 200 Acres In Colorado
A recently formed group of far-left radicals have claimed 200 acres of land somewhere in Colorado. It is unclear if they are occupying the land in similar fashion to Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) last year or if they’ve acquired the land through legal means. Either way, it appears they’re moving in and raising money to build their city.

The Black Hammer organization, as they call themselves, has been posting videos and images from the mountainous land that they claim to have “liberated” in some form or fashion. As self-proclaimed anti-colonizers, it seems likely they have simply claimed the land rather than having gone through a legal purchase, but there’s no indication on their website or Facebook page about how the land was acquired. We do know they are attempting to raise $500,000 to build earthbag houses and other buildings for their new city.

Much more at the site.  This is either kiddies running a big LARP game, they are serious or this is just some gigantic troll.  Either way, fun to see while it lasts.  I will give them one late-season snowstorm for them to disband and go back to their mommie's basements.

Talkin' 'bout my g-g-generation

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From Summit News:

Roger Daltrey: The ‘Woke’ Generation is Creating a Miserable World
The Who legend Roger Daltrey says the ‘woke’ generation is creating a miserable world that serves to stifle the kind of creative freedom he enjoyed in the 60s.

The iconic frontman made the comments during a recent appearance on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music 1 podcast.

“I don’t know, we might get somewhere because it’s becoming so absurd now with AI, all the tricks it can do, and the woke generation,” said Daltrey.

“It’s terrifying, the miserable world they’re going to create for themselves. I mean, anyone who’s lived a life and you see what they’re doing, you just know that it’s a route to nowhere,” he added.

The singer noted how he was lucky to have lived through an era where freedom of speech was encouraged, not silenced.

Yeah - no shit. Thanks Millennials. Complain about us Boomers?
You did this.  You so totally own it.

I had heard that the uppity lawyer was out but had not heard the backstory until now.
From Legal Insurrection:

Coca-Cola Racial Quotas For Outside Counsel Fizzle Out After General Counsel Reassignment
The ex-General Counsel who devised the possibly illegal quotas reportedly received a $4 million payout and is now a special consultant to Coca-Cola earning $666,666 per month for a year. That works out to $12 million this year for screwing up. Woke failure pays well.

What do Coca-Cola and academia have in common? Failure is rewarded, so long as you are woke.

Bradley Gayton failed in less than a year as General Counsel at Coca-Cola. While not all the details are known, Gayton’s imposition of racial quotas on outside law firms doing work for Coca-Cola was an unmitigated public relations disaster, building on Coke flubs in attacking the Georgia voter integrity law, and employee training how to “be less white.”

Considering that the moke was: "a recent hire from the top ranks of Ford" - why did Ford let him go and how much did he get paid to go away quietly? Ford is a very well-run corporation - they do not let fools linger in their ranks. What do they have against Coke - they could have dropped a hint or three.

Wonder where he will show up next - floating his way to the top like a turd in a punchbowl.

True words - Malcom X

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A very wise and prescient man - he was Republican:

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Common sense in one meme

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Happy Star Wars Day

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May the 4th be with you.  Two memes:

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From America's Newspaper of Record:

Report: Melinda Gates Filed For Divorce After Discovering Windows 95 Launch Video
According to anonymous sources, Melinda Gates filed for divorce from her husband Bill after discovering a shocking video of him dancing on stage to "Start Me Up" by The Rolling Stones during the Windows 95 launch.

"Oh my gosh- my husband is a total dork," said a shocked Melinda Gates, according to one witness. "How could he have hidden this from me for so long? How could I have been so blind? Why did Bill hide this dark secret from me?"

Friends of the family say she quickly filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences", likely due to Bill's dark and dorky past.

"He always told me he was a cool guy and really great dancer, and I believed him. I've been living a lie."

Sources also say that since the couple had no prenuptial agreement, Melinda will get Bill's entire fortune, leaving him only with Zune.

The entire clip has been leaked on YouTube and can be viewed below.

JP Sears comes out. Courage.

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He has the courage to express his real nature - going through a transition is hard but he is brave:

In these days

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of WOKE and cancel culture.  Let us remember these great words:

I can not imagine a better anthem for Libertarianism.
This is a war and we must learn to fight back.
To punch back twice as hard. To stand up.

A couple of memes

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From various places on the web:

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May First

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Victims of Communism Day - here is a book to commemorate:

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It is also Beltane - a sacred night.
Building a small fire in the fireplace and setting out some food and drink before I go to bed.

From FOX News:

76,000 California inmates now eligible for earlier releases
California is giving 76,000 inmates, including violent and repeat felons, the opportunity to leave prison earlier as the state aims to further trim the population of what once was the nation’s largest state correctional system.

More than 63,000 inmates convicted of violent crimes will be eligible for good behavior credits that shorten their sentences by one-third instead of the one-fifth that had been in place since 2017. That includes nearly 20,000 inmates who are serving life sentences with the possibility of parole.

The largest state correctional system because it is the most populous state - they are not more "into" incarceration than any other state.  I hate to think of what the repercussions will be - high recidivism for sure.

So true - these times

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From My Pensieve:

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Good point - training

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From 90 Miles:

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A real shame as I liked them and referred to their website often.  From their site:

The Planet on the Plate: Why Epicurious Left Beef Behind
For any person—or publication—wanting to envision a more sustainable way to cook, cutting out beef is a worthwhile first step. Almost 15 percent of greenhouse gas emissions globally come from livestock (and everything involved in raising it); 61 percent of those emissions can be traced back to beef. Cows are 20 times less efficient to raise than beans and roughly three times less efficient than poultry and pork. It might not feel like much, but cutting out just a single ingredient—beef—can have an outsize impact on making a person’s cooking more environmentally friendly.

Today Epicurious announces that we’ve done just that: We’ve cut out beef. Beef won’t appear in new Epicurious recipes, articles, or newsletters. It will not show up on our homepage. It will be absent from our Instagram feed.

We know that some people might assume that this decision signals some sort of vendetta against cows—or the people who eat them. But this decision was not made because we hate hamburgers (we don’t!). Instead, our shift is solely about sustainability, about not giving airtime to one of the world’s worst climate offenders. We think of this decision as not anti-beef but rather pro-planet.

Their YouTube channel was a lot of fun as well - very clever and informative. I just unsubscribed.

The anti-beef movement is based on rhetoric and junk science.  Not real numbers. The Earth is doing just fine.  We have a recorded history of over 100 years of predictions of doom and gloom.  Mass starvations, running out of crucial materials, global ice ages, global heat waves, rising sea level, falling sea level.

None of these predictions have come true.

Not one of them.

I challenge you to prove me wrong.

What Epicurious is doing is pandering to the narrative.  They are engaged in virtue signaling. They need to stop it as it is a stupid behavior, not based in science and they are damaging their brand. This may sell in Hollywood but as we just saw with the Oscar's ratings, Hollywood only represents a very small fraction of this Nation.

Heh - so true

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Been there, done that, got the tee-shirts and some funny stories...

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California - Brad's story

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California - just leave it alone

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The problem will fix itself.  It is just going to get really bad for a while.
The activists and politicans are the problem - not the cure.  From City Journal:

San Francisco’s Substance-Abuse Crisis
The most important walk you can take in San Francisco is not to the grand Golden Gate bridge, down crooked Lombard Street, or to the brightly painted Victorians in Alamo Square. It’s to the city’s large and gritty sixth district, which contains the Tenderloin, Civic Center, and South of Market neighborhoods. What you’ll find there will shatter any preconceived notions about homelessness you might have heard from activists, city departments, and elected officials. You’ll realize that San Francisco doesn’t have a homeless problem—it has a substance-abuse crisis. And Project Roomkey, California governor Gavin Newsom’s hotels-for-homeless plan that he’s touting as a model for the rest of the country, won’t help any more than a band-aid will cure a cancer patient.

Block after block, you’ll see thousands of people who are barely alive. Some are alone; others are piled on top of one another, running into traffic, or standing slumped over, unconscious. They’ll be injecting or smoking heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine in front of you, unaware or unfazed by your presence. Scabs cover their faces and bodies, limbs are swollen red and blue, often bloody and oozing pus. You’ll notice the garbage, rotting food, discarded drug detritus, and feces surrounding them. A shocking number are mere teenagers, but many are old or have aged well before their time.

Your immediate reaction will probably be grief and horror. How can we treat our fellow human beings so cruelly, and how did we, as a society, allow things to get this bad? If we can’t admit these individuals into hospitals today, we should at least erect mobile hospitals to deliver critical medical, psychiatric, and addiction treatment before it’s too late.

Yet Newsom has declared that with programs like Project Roomkey, the United States can solve homelessness. To see the results of the program is to know what a bizarre claim this is. While a small portion of the unhoused are healthy enough to shift into and benefit from such housing, the vast majority are not—and their troubles won’t be alleviated by a hotel room.

We used to have state run mental institutions but the activists got them all shut down because they were not "respecting the rights" of the mentally ill residents.  Excuse me but someone who is mentally ill does not have the capacity to make decisions about their own care or wellbeing. We need to bring back the county work farms.

Get them out of the pressures of urban life, away from the intoxicants and make them do physical labor for a few hours/day. Farming, light manufacturing, etc... Night and day - guarantee it.

A deafening silence - the Oscars

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I figured it would bomb but I did not realize how big the crater would be. From Variety:

TV Ratings: Oscars Plummet to Record Low, Down 58% Compared to Last Year
The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, broadcast live from both Union Station and the Dolby Theatre in L.A. on ABC, hit a staggering low.

Per Nielsen Live+Same Day preliminary national numbers, an average of 9.85 million viewers tuned in on Sunday evening to watch a more intimate and stripped-down version of the Oscars in the midst of a pandemic. That’s a 58.3%, 13.75 million viewer drop-off from last year. The Academy’s third host-less show in a row scored a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 in the fast national ratings, a 64.2% dip from 2020.

For comparison, last year’s ceremony garnered a 5.3 rating in the key demographic and 23.6 million viewers per the night’s time-zone adjusted fast national charts. The Oscars in 2019 delivered a 7.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 29.6 million viewers. While up 12% from 2018, that viewership figure represented the second-smallest audience ever for an Academy Awards telecast at the time. 2018 delivered the previous smallest viewership tally with 26.5 million viewers.

Don Surber had an excellent post on this and offered these viewership numbers:

2014: 43.7M
2015: 37.2M
2016: 34.4M
2017: 33M
2018: 26.6M
2019: 29.6M
2020: 23.6M
2021: 9.8M

Ouch!  For an event like the Oscars, eyeballs are everything. Good.  Maybe they will wake up.

Some relative numbers

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A good sense of what we are dealing with:

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Knuckledraggin - a three-fer

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Knuckledraggin My Life Away is one of my daily reads.  Here are three memes from today:

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Seventeen more at the site.  Like I said, a daily read.

Now this would be fun to watch

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Stopped watching Saturday Night Live when Lorne Michaels took over and it stopped being funny.
This would be worth watching just for the opening monologue - from USA Today:

'SNL': Elon Musk tapped as next host with Miley Cyrus as musical guest
"Saturday Night Live" is switching things up with its next host: Elon Musk.

The coveted slot, usually occupied by British actors like Carey Mulligan or former boy band members like Nick Jonas, is now reserved on May 8 for Tesla CEO and SpaceX chief engineer, Musk.

I'll have to see if it's available streaming.

Wise words - Dr. Thomas Sowell

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The truth in two tweets:

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Coming to a TV in 3... 2...

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From My Pensieve:

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Bet they never try to loot a Harley dealership.

There is hope - a parallel

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From Chris Lynch:

In the Dark Ages questioning any dogma of the Church got you labeled as a heretic. Today questioning any leftist dogma can get you labeled as a racists/homophobe/ name the slur and cancelled. This process eventually got old in the Dark Ages and helped lead to the Enlightenment. Hopefully some light will shine through in our age as well...

A very good thought. We do go through cultural cycles.

Happy something?

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Arf day or something like that? Stalin's birthday too.  If it wasn't so late, I would go around and turn on all the lights, run the heat up to 85°F, open all the windows and do some welding.

The Earth is doing just fine - it is just that population on its skin that is causing the problems. Most of them are fine and well worth getting to know.  My complaint is with the shrill few who think they know everything.  Big hint - you don't.  Not by a long shot.  Start here: Dunning-Kruger

Besides, you are anoying to those of us who DO know everything.

From Jason Rantz at My Northwest:

Rantz: WA Dept of Health lets providers deny vaccines to white people for equity
The Washington State Department of Health lets providers deny vaccines to white people in a race-exclusionary system they claim creates equity and removes barriers. It does neither.

The African American Reach and Teach Health Ministry (AARTH) is a vaccine provider in Washington state. Eligible recipients can sign up for vaccines using their online scheduler. But if you’re white, you’re not able to access any open vaccine appointments.

By default, white people are put on a standby list — one of two lists segregated by race — for vaccine access. They will only provide their online appointments to people of color.

Now isn't that...  what is the word I am looking for...  racist?

Chauvin guilty on all charges

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Sacrificial lamb.  Will there be rioting anyway?

The appeals process will be interesting to say the least.

This is not what I was expecting.

A good preemptive move - Minnesota

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From FOX News:

Minnesota’s Walz declares state of emergency prior to Derek Chauvin verdict
Gov. Tim Walz, the Minnesota Democrat, declared a state of emergency Monday night in the counties around Minneapolis as the city prepares for the verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial.

Fox 9 reported that Walz held a news conference to lay out his plans to maintain security. He said the state is bringing in police backup from Nebraska and Ohio. The report pointed out that the Minnesota Senate approved $9 million in emergency funding to deal with potential unrest.

Good move - this is going to make the long hot summer look like a tea party. I lived through that time - was 16. Cities were erupting in violence. Now, the gloves are off.  People are coordinating through social media.  This is all Obama's legacy. He wanted to institute division so we could be Balkanized and controlled.  He got it.

Very glad I no longer live in a city. Toxic places.

This recent resurgence of radicalism. Burn, baby burn!  Nobody is saying anything about build, baby build.

In the '60's, there was rioting but there was also building. Day-care centers, food banks and co-ops, schools, "free" medical clinics. There were all sorts of social institutions created, some still running today.  Some of them were wonderful (food banks and co-ops), some of them were kleptocratic and corrupt (marxist of course) but they purported to do good for the local communities.

We see nothing of that today. Assistant Village Idiot explains this much better than I can: 

Lack Of Art
Critical Race Theory, and Critical Theory in general doesn't have any art I can think of. Not poetry, not music, theater, film, painting, sculpture, nor literature. It may just be that I am not up on such things. I don't think it is mere recency, as both have been around for years, nor is it a bias from unfair comparisons from centuries ago. I am not asking that it produce an equivalent to the high Renaissance. Existentialism is also recent but does not suffer from the same lack. there is plenty of interesting theater, poetry, and literature from them, and I think only a little stretch of the concept brings in the visual arts including film.

I suppose you might make a case that successive philosophies since the enlightenment have each produced less art of a durable nature, and Theory is just that much farther down the line, but you would have to go some to convince me that was more than a merely convenient explanation.

This is a major red flag for the intellectual foundation of a philosophy, that artists in no medium can bring forth anything of interest. The heart of artistic expression is transposition, of reframing or new understanding of one concept and making it manifest in another. If you can find nothing to transpose, it means there is nothing there.

This is unsurprising, as Theory never pretended to be making anything, only analyzing it. It's right there in the name, Critical Theory. It critiques. It is described as a tool for interrogating everything else. "Interrogate" is supposed to have a more refined meaning than the picture that pops into our head from movies, of guys sitting in a chair under bright light, getting beat up after any bad answer. It's supposed to mean "asking questions." In reality, it's pretty much the sadistic guys with the brass knuckles. You either aren't interrogated at all because you're on their side, or you get the crap beat out of you.

So we interrogate history with Critical Theory. We look at American education through the prism of Critical Race Theory. We examine music or literature via Theory. But we never make anything with it. Making something requires talent, courage, and effort. A critical theorist might have any or all of these things. But they aren't required for the job.

Some excellent comments too - go and read.

'Ya got a point - Zombie Movies

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The Japanese Prime Minister's visit

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Turns out it was even worse than I had thought. Posted about Harris meeting with him yesterday.
Now this - from The Conservative Treehouse:

Biden Administration Conduct Hot Mess of Diplomatic Blunders During Japanese Prime Minister Visit
President Obama was well known for his diplomatic blunders, stumbles and curt demeanor with many foreign dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II. Unsurprisingly it appears the JoeBama administration is picking up right where Obama left off.

Japanese Prime Minister Joshihide Suga was the first world leader to visit the White House since Biden’s installation, and the poor form began with no-one greeting the head of the Japanese government upon arrival. When you consider the leftist narrative about stopping Asian hate, there is a rather ironic aspect to this visit and snub.

More at the site.  They could not be more insulting if they were actually trying.  The fact that they are just being totally clueless makes it even worse.  We need adults in the room STAT.

That's about it:

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Politically incorrect but...

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still, a good point:

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