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Poll: Capitalism Is As Popular in America as Socialism Is Unpopular

Plus: A poppyseed muffin prompts the authorities to take a newborn baby, two-thirds of young voters support sex work decriminalization, and more...

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The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll spends a lot of time sussing out American voters' views on President Donald Trump's impeachment and the 2020 election. But something else is tucked in there too: new numbers on the national mood when it comes to capitalism and socialism.

Fifty-two percent of those polled said they viewed capitalism positively, while just 19 percent said the same about socialism. In an almost mirror flip, 18 percent had a negative view of capitalism, while 53 percent viewed socialism negatively.

The poll of 1,000 registered voters was conducted last week (and has a 3.1 percentage point margin of error).

"Democratic primary voters have a net-positive impression of socialism (40 percent positive, 23 percent negative), and Dem voters ages 18-34 view it even more favorably (51 percent to 14 percent)," reports NBC. "But key general-election groups like independents…suburban voters and swing-state voters have a much more negative impression of socialism."

The first votes for the Democratic presidential nominee are being cast in Iowa today.


FREE MINDS

A false positive drug test prompted the authorities to take an Alabama mom's newborn, just four hours after she gave birth. The hospital "declined to comment on why [Rebecca Hernandez] was drug tested in the first place," says NBC. But "in many parts of the state, hospitals test mothers without their consent, and tests are often done on a case-by-case basis" that winds up biased against poor women.

A 2015 investigation from ProPublica found that Alabama's rules—aimed at stopping drug use by pregnant women and new mothers—are some of the most strict in the country.

Hernandez has since been reunited with her new son, but the experience was a "nightmare," she told WAFF last week.

Her doctor, Yashica Robinson, said the false positive probably came from Hernandez eating a poppy seed muffin the day before she went into labor. Robinson criticized same-day drugs tests that trigger the takeaway of newborn children and said hospitals should wait on lab-confirmed results, which in this case cleared Hernandez.


FREE MARKETS

Warren's tax returns show gas-well royalties. The Wall Street Journal observes:

On her first day as President, Elizabeth Warren says she will "ban fracking—everywhere," while putting a "total moratorium" on leases offshore and on federal lands. Ms. Warren has signed a pledge to refuse campaign contributions over $200 from the oil-and-gas industry. She's a past sponsor of a Senate bill called the Keep It in the Ground Act.

So it's worth noting that, for years, she and her husband reported modest income from natural-gas royalties in her native state of Oklahoma….Ms. Warren's campaign has posted 11 years of her tax returns, which show gas income from at least 2008. That year she filed jointly with her husband, Bruce Mann, who had $872 in royalties from gas wells in Oklahoma. There are smaller amounts—a few hundred dollars—reported over the next several tax returns, before the yearly earnings stop….

"Elizabeth and Bruce sold or transferred these mineral interests to her children several years ago," a Warren campaign spokesman said. "Her children still own them. They generated a few hundred dollars a year." How long did Ms. Warren and Mr. Mann receive these royalties? Were the amounts larger in the past? The campaign declined to say. For context, gas wells become less productive over time.

"If you ask us, there's nothing wrong here," the Journal's editorial board adds. But "it belies the purism of her presidential rhetoric. She speaks as if oil inevitably stains everything it touches."


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  1. “I’ll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I recognize Missourah!”

    1. Hello.

      That does it. How dare Trump congratulate the Chiefs? Doesn’t he know they’re racists just like him? And why is he propping Alice up like a nigger pet? We know why! It’s because he’s racist!

      How dare he!?!

      Is this how you prog-rage?

      1. Trump got the state wrong… KC is in Missouri. He quickly deleted and corrected. But remember, we are racist if we bring up 57 states and ageist if we point out Bidens geography gaffes.

        1. “Not the dumbest thing someone from NY or CA has said about flyover country”
          — IowaHawk

          1. This is a guy who tried to buy a football team. You’d think he would know where the other football teams are from.

            Well, at least he didn’t have to deal with Nancy Pelosi’s team winning.

          2. I mentioned that this morning on Facederp and one of my bourgeoisie liberal classmates from high school pulled an ackshually, “all the people I’m around in NYC know where KCMO is”.

            Well, that’s not what I said, but go on acting like you’re one of the proletariat and not a pretentious snob.

        2. There is a Kansas City, Kansas which is right across the Missouri and Kansas Rivers from Kansas City, Missouri.

          However, the Kansas City Chiefs HQ is evidently located in Kansas City, Missouri.

          1. Not just their headquarters, dumbshit. Their stadium, their HQ, everything.

            1. Your citation fell off.

              1. Citation? Really? You’re that dumb?
                Ummm, ask any reasonably intelligent fifth grader.

                1. I did ask you…a 5th grader. Not intelligent but a fifth grader sock troll nonetheless.

            2. the stadium is smack in the middle of Shithole County, MO I dare you to set foot in the Holiday Inn across I-70

              1. Why would I do that? I’m a famous attorney.

          2. Can you locate the New York Giants on a map?

            1. Or the New York Jets?

              1. You find one you find the other.

          3. KCK, KCM. They’re virtually indistinguishable.

        3. The funny part is a lot of people probably would have made Trump’s error.

          1. +1000

            I never lived in Kansas City, Missouri or KC Kansas so I would have no idea.

            1. The Chiefs should move to Arkansas City, Kansas to further confuse everyone.

        4. It was all AmerIndian territory at one point anyway, Chief.

          1. The tomahawk chop was something different then.

        5. Look, I’m one of his lawyers, and I’m willing to admit he’s an idiot. Why can’t you?

          1. Why do you keep trying to pull this type of parody off? You get your ass handed to you every time you do. You are not even close to being amusing, nor is it very original. OBL has been doing this schtick for years now. Try being original troll. There is nothing worse then an unoriginal, predictable troll.

            1. Can’t teach talent.
              And this jabroni doesn’t have any

      2. Listen, Canadians might be nuanced enough to have teams from Saskatchewan and Ottawa in the same league with the same name, but it takes real American ingenuity to have city named after a neighboring state in undifferentiated flyover country.

        1. WE FIXED THAT PROBLEM!

        2. And to be clear, Kansas City is on the border of Kansas and Missouri. People come from both states to support them- especially since just a few years ago, St Louis had a team that Missourians could claim fully as their own. It can easily be forgiven for someone to think that the Chiefs are a “Kansas” team. The president’s final message really should have been “The great states of Kansas and Missouri”- not one or the other.

          Indeed, I doubt ENB would have spotted the mistake if their weren’t an article about it.

          1. Look, why are you defending the idiot? He made a really stoopid mistake, on Twitter. I got paid to defend Trump, but what’s your motivation?

            1. Says the famous defense attorney.

              Defending is you name AND Game!

            2. You really do suck at this.

              1. Haha, you are arguing online with a guy who calls himself Alan Dershowitz. If your mom could see you…

                1. You mean sock troll names are not the real person?

                  1. Look at you. Your handle would imply you love the Constitution, when you clearly love Trump much more than the Constitution.

                    1. Havent you heard, Trump is being reelected King in 2020. No need for the Constitution.

        3. It was easy to tell them apart. Rough Riders v Roughriders. How could you confuse them?

          1. Depends on which one is named after the condom.

            1. Fun fact; The Ottawa one was named after the condom, the Sasquatchewan one was named after Teddy’s brave cavalry.

      3. Trump with the shade on the Kansas City Cultural Appropriators.

    2. Well, we have a Missouri City here in Texas.

  2. Fifty-two percent of those polled said they viewed capitalism positively, while just 19 percent said the same about socialism.

    19% margin of economic error.

    1. It’d be more interesting to find out what the 19% who liked Socialism think Socialism is. I bet most would mention Sweden.

      1. Its a system that like totally helps out the poor instead of just giving all the money to the rich.

        1. Sorry, who is giving money out? I want some…

      2. Which is completely hilarious as the Scandinavian countries tend to be much more capitalistic then the US. Less regulations, lower taxes, more business friendly atmosphere, etc…

      3. Sweden is Socialist. Sweden is classified as a parliamentary representative democratic constitutional monarchy.

        The King of Sweden does not appear to hold any real power (King still listed as Head of State though) as power is supposedly held by the peopel via the Riksdag (Parliament). The Parliament chooses the Prime Minister by voting on that person.

        So, the Swedish government wholly or partially owns dozens of enterprises.

        List of government enterprises of Sweden

        There are two types. Government-owned companies are legally normal companies but mainly or fully national owned. They are expected to be funded by their sales. A big customer might be the government or a government agency. The other type is government agencies which might also do activities competing with private owned companies. They usually are funded by tax money but can also sell services. The government has tried to avoid having agencies doing commercial activities, by separating out areas that compete with private companies into government-owned companies, for example within road construction. The reason is both to avoid unfair competition, and a wish to have market economy instead of plan economy as much as possible. Based on the tradition of avoiding “ministerial rule”, the government has avoided interfering with the business of the companies, and allowed them to go international.

        1. Sweden is a resource rich country the size of the western seaboard with a total population about equal to the greater Chicagoland area. Socialism works well for them, but it isn’t really applicable to what we have here in the United States.

          1. Sweden is actually retreating from a large portion of their “socialism”. Denmark is a very business friendly country. And yes Sweden owns some state ran companies, but they also promote free trade and have fairly soft business regulations. The Scandinavian model, as was pointed out by the Danish PM in 2016 to Bernie Sanders, is for a welfare state supported by a strong, aggressive free market.

            1. All of Europe depends on billions of dollars in subsidies from Uncle Sucker in the form of military protection.

              1. Of course they do. But when Trump threatened to make NATO pay for itself, everyone, including Reason, had a heart attack.

            2. Sweden might be moving toward more free market principles and that’s great.

              Unfortunately, Sweden is in the EU which is a super Socialist bureaucracy.

              Add in a tax burden almost double of the USA, 70% unionized national workforce, and near absolute government control of healthcare… you have Socialism trying to hide itself via Lefty Propaganda.

      4. 14% of those thought capitalism referred to their poor spelling structures and odd capitalization of letters, the other 4% couldn’t distinguish between Doric, Ionic or Corinthian.

        1. I laughed.

  3. ‘Mini Ice Age’ warnings for next 30 years with -50C temperatures in coldest areas

    A Grand Solar Minimum only comes around every 400 years and Professor Zharkova warns icy spells and wetter summers could be a mainstay until 2053.

    She claims the dramatic cold snap in Canada, which saw temperatures plummet to -50C, are thanks to the minimum.

    “The Sun is approaching a hibernation period,” Professor Zharkova, who has published multiple scientific papers on solar minimums, said.

    But does this theory have Star Power like Global Warming does?

    1. There is no way the sun affects climate dude. That is just crazy talk. Everyone knows the climate Gods control the climate.

      1. The Sun as a god is so… most of human history
        Get with the times!

        1. Nanahuatzin
          Alaunus
          Ra
          Helios
          Istanu
          Utu
          Sol
          Jóhonaaʼéí
          Tapati

      2. By climate gods you mean Exxon and GM, right?

        1. I thought her name was Great-a or something like that – – – – – – – –

      3. The only way to control the climate is to give the government all of your money and live like it’s 999. Just ask Alexandria.

    2. Wait a minute… the climate models dont take into account sun activity and largely assume a constant energy transfer. This cant be right. Adjust the science until it matches the models!

      1. Adjust the sciencedata until it matches the models!
        FTFY.

    3. Professor Valentina Zharkova

      Did she go on to blame this on the actions of some extremely powerful extraterrestrial source? Goes by the name of Ming?

      1. Max Von Sydow’s greatest role.

        1. As well as Ornella Muti’s.

          1. My teenaged self sat in rapt attention throughout that entire movie, looking for the slightest nip slip.

    4. I live by the riv-er!

      1. In a van, I’m sure.

        1. I’m going with yellowy eyes

    5. Solar Cooling is real, you anti-intellectual Philistine.

      Now, where’s my Littl Nas X?

    6. Duh, that’s weather not climate.

    7. Needs a 16 year old autistic kid to scream incoherently about the impending doom. Maybe then greedy adults will increase their carbon emissions to save the planet.

  4. Democratic primary voters have a net-positive impression of socialism (40 percent positive, 23 percent negative), and Dem voters ages 18-34 view it even more favorably (51 percent to 14 percent)…

    Not your grandfather’s party anymore.

  5. The best Super Bowl ad…

    It was, and any reform advocates who didn’t set aside ideological differences to praise the man who loves praise and is in a position to do more aren’t really serious about reform.

    1. I tried to share a link to it last night in response to the two takedowns of the Bloomberg ads here.

      When I searched on Google, the hate was already building. I couldn’t even find a direct link to the ad on google. But Huffpo already had a piece hating it. And the Daily Beast was positively unhinged, calling it offensive and having mentally deficient analysis that supposedly “debunks” the ad because she is out because of a pardon, not because of Trump’s criminal justice reform.

      The left is scared out of their minds that this play is going to work.

      1. “The left is scared out of their minds that this play is going to work.”

        Lowest black unemployment in US history and reforming the worst excesses of the War on Some Drugs helps African-Americans vote for your party. Who knew?

        I wonder how Trump’s doing in all of these national opinion polls among African Americans? Even getting 20 percent of their vote would be devastating to Democrats.

  6. Anti-solar panel can generate electricity at night, researchers say

    This type of theory about new tech might have happened if fossil fuels were not subsidized and all energy production was free to work out which is best in the market.

    1. How about if, like, all energy was free?

      1. Nothing is “free”.

    2. Interesting article. On of the stupider ideas I’ve seen lately, though. Contrary to the article’s claims, photovoltaic solar panels are not “heat engines”. That is a specific term for a specific way of turning energy into work.

      Photovoltaics, on the other hand, exploit an electro-chemical property that allows photons of the correct energy to knock an electron loose to directly generate current. Photons of the incorrect energy are either reflected or absorbed as waste heat.

      Now, you could in theory use a heat engine to generate energy at night. Heat engines depend on a temperature gradient and it doesn’t much matter which direction the gradient is sloped. But the slope of the gradient does determine the maximum theoretical efficiency of the engine. The temperature differential between the earth and space is high enough to generate reasonable amounts of energy but the engine presumably won’t all the way out in space – it will be somewhere in the atmosphere with a resulting much smaller differential. We can barely make solar panels efficient enough to be cost-effective under ideal circumstances. I don’t see this ever getting beyond an interesting science experiment.

  7. Coronavirus is causing the Chinese stock market to crater.

    They’re going to have to start selling off America.

  8. E.U. and U.K. set out conflicting red lines for post-Brexit deal

    I look forward to some sweet USA-UK trade policy.

    1. What will become of the EPL? Before the arrival of the continentals (with all their tactical acumen, talent and coaches), it was a ‘up and down’ backwater unwatchable soccer.

    2. Bah. Trade policy.

      What we should do is go ahead and make US states out of East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Mercia, Northern Ireland, Northumbria, Scotland, Sussex, Wales, and Wessex.

  9. A recent national poll by Data for Progress found an outright majority of all voters support decriminalizing sex work…

    Majorities like personal liberty but don’t vote that way.

  10. Iran not sharing evidence from airline crash with Ukraine after audio leak: Iran official

    I cannot wait for unreason to keep blaming Trump for Iran purposely shooting down this airliner.

    1. unreason. Bet you think that is so clever on your part.

      1. I thought that was the name of this place.

        UnFree Minds and unFree Markets are what all the articles are about here.

        1. You have not exhibited a particularly free mind.

          1. Says the coded sock troll.

  11. China Pledged to Build a New Hospital in 10 Days. It’s Close.

    They put up a Pest Tent in Deadwood in less time!

    1. I am sure it is very well constructed.

    2. saw some pictures on the news, looks more like a prison all the windows have bars. Are they using the virus as an excuse or they are not telling us something about the virus, like it turns people into killer zombies?

      1. Different virus. The zombie virus is known as Solanum. However several authorities (see World War Z, and the zombie survival guide) do point to China as the source of the outbreak.

        The CDC has not speculated as to origin however they do maintain several web pages on preparing for a zombie outbreak.

        https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/zombie/index.htm

        Also remember “a blade never needs reloading”

        More seriously this is a bad bug. One estimate I heard today was that about 25% with the disease are sick enough to require intensive care. I saw that China is bringing in military doctors and nurses.

  12. The brilliant Joy Reid won’t let the vicious cyberattack on her old blog slow her down! She continues to speak truth to power.

    Wow. Historian John Meacham told Brian Williams, when asked to assess the level of Trump’s power after Senate Republicans took step 1 in voting that only the electorate can remove him but he can use his power to rig the election, that Trump is now “functionally a monarch.”

    Functionally. A. Monarch.

    Libertarians oppose monarchy right? That’s why we must support the eventual Democratic nominee in November. (Unless it’s Tulsi Gabbard.)

    1. functionally a monarch

      Nice band name.

    2. Better a monarch than a democrat

    3. Libertarians love monarchs and should be concerned about the possible effects of border walls on migrating monarchs and other pretty insects.

      https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/border-wall-construction-threatens-texas-butterfly-sanctuary-180971416/

  13. Fifty-two percent of those polled said they viewed capitalism positively, while just 19 percent said the same about socialism. In an almost mirror flip, 18 percent had a negative view of capitalism, while 53 percent viewed socialism negatively.

    Uh, huh. What percent could define both capitalism and socialism?

  14. A false positive drug test prompted the authorities to take an Alabama mom’s newborn, just four hours after she gave birth.

    She wasn’t going anywhere and didn’t have access to illicit drugs in her recovery. Rushing to remove the baby before confirmation is not child welfare but punitive.

    But drug warriors need their fix.

  15. Trump Iowa goal: Win general election while Democrats struggle through caucuses

    In February 1984, President Ronald Reagan, assured of his party’s nomination for reelection, nevertheless decided to fly to Iowa to hold two rallies, one in Waterloo and the other here in Des Moines, on the day Democrats held their presidential caucuses.

    Reagan’s move frustrated Democratic leaders. The state party chairman called the visit a “stunt” and “not worthy of a president.” Another Democrat, speaking anonymously to the New York Times, said, “Let’s face it: Reagan’s media event will clobber our media event.”

    I wonder if Democrats will go back to hating Ronald Reagan?

    1. They never stopped.

    2. The difference is the media will not cover Trump’s event.

  16. Students write to college admin to divest from fossil fuels. Admin writes back offering to shut off their gas heating at the school. Students respond by crying they arent being taken seriously.

    https://hotair.com/archives/john-s-2/2020/01/31/students-demanded-disinvestment-fossil-fuels-professor-offered-turn-off-heat/

    1. +1000

    2. Professor Parker responded to that note saying, “You are right that I am being provocative but I am provoking some clear thinking, I hope. It is all too easy to request others to do things that carry no personal cost to yourself.”

      Cool dude.

      1. brilliant, as they say in the uk

        1. Splendid!

  17. Fifty-two percent of those polled said they viewed capitalism positively, while just 19 percent said the same about socialism. In an almost mirror flip, 18 percent had a negative view of capitalism, while 53 percent viewed socialism negatively.

    Unless the poll gave precise definitions of capitalism and socialism, polls like this are meaningless. Because people just wind up substituting their own definitions for these things.

    Either
    Capitalism = Wall Street fat cats foreclosing on poor homeowners
    Or
    Capitalism = Mom and Pop stores in the heartland

    Either
    Socialism = Soviet gulags and death camps
    Or
    Socialism = Western European social welfare states
    Or
    Socialism = Government paying for roads and bridges

    1. Your definitions are dumb. Read a text book.

      1. That may have been his point, but I’ll let him defend it.

      2. All of those terms are what many people colloquially use as operating definitions of “capitalism” and “socialism”. So unless these polls have precise definitions, they are worthless, because they aren’t measuring support for, or opposition to, anything precise, only people’s subjective feelings towards them.

        1. cap·i·tal·ism
          /ˈkapədlˌizəm/
          noun: capitalism
          an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.
          ——–
          so·cial·ism
          /ˈsōSHəˌlizəm/
          noun: socialism
          a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.
          policy or practice based on the political and economic theory of socialism.
          (in Marxist theory) a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of Communism.

          1. he’s explaining why the poll is useless. and he’s right

            1. No, chemjeff is never correct.

  18. Can you spot what’s wrong with this tweet?

    Nothing, since he cited “the entire USA”? 😉

    1. As a proud Kansan, I’ll say that tweet looks pretty damn good to me. (And yes, I know which side of the river Arrowhead sits.)

    1. Well, technically, the impeachment was successful. Schiff might have won the trial, too, if it hadn’t been for my creative argumentation. I rock!

      1. Bill Clinton would have never been impeached if he followed your advice to shut the hell up.

    2. I cannot wait until the GOP controlled House repeals the 2019 Impeachment of President Donald Trump.

  19. Warren’s tax returns show gas-well royalties.

    It’s her people’s custom to use every part of Gaia’s carcass.

    1. Gas Well was my nickname in college.

      1. Considering my post Superbowl digestive track, I am going to venture that Gas Well is my nickname today. I am lucky in having a private office and no meetings (except by phone) scheduled today. I warn everyone to stay away.

  20. Comedy group to Biden at iowa rally “you could be the next Hillary.”

    https://pjmedia.com/election/protester-taunts-biden-in-iowa-you-could-be-the-hillary-of-2020/

  21. First Drumpf ruined the economy. Then he built concentration camps. Then he killed the leader of ISIS without informing Pelosi beforehand. Then he started World War 3 in Iran. Now he’s completely botching the response to this terrifyingly deadly viral outbreak. Joe Biden explains:

    We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.

    #VoteDemocratToFightViruses

    1. But remember Twitter isn’t biased against conservatives or anything. They just ban conservatives for saying something mean to Progs and allow Progs to get away with this kind of doxing and targeted harassment because REASONS!!

      1. Tik tok finally was shamed into not banning live action.

    2. I am sure the NYT will publicly fire Schmidt in order to preserve journalistic integrity.

  22. “Her children still own them. They generated a few hundred dollars a year.”

    How much is our planet’s health worth??? For the children if not us.

  23. Good on reason to drop their TDS for even 1 minute and acknowledge the ocean johnson ad was a powerful one.

    1. So good. And direct. Damn, he’s running circles around all his opponents right now. It’s kind of amazing.

  24. Venezuela’s Capital is Booming. Is This the End of the Revolution?

    The Socialist Elite always think they immune to the coming violence. As the Socialist system collapses, there is nobody willing to protect it from violence at the hands of average people who suffered.

  25. “Coronavirus is causing the Chinese stock market to crater.”

    It’s not just China, and, unfortunately, it’s not just Wuhan.

    “”Just several days ago, (Beijing) was welcoming the Lunar New Year in a scene of prosperity, but in the blink of an eye it’s turned into an empty city,” he wrote.

    “Pedestrians can hardly be seen around popular sites such as the Forbidden Palace (and) … Tiananmen. There are very few cars too. All the shops in the commercial district of Xidan are closed. Empty and miserable.”

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/30/asia/gallery/chinese-cities-lockdown-coronavirus-intl-hnk/index.html

    Go to that link, and you’ll see photos of the empty streets of Beijing and Shanghai, too.

    The economic impact on the U.S. isn’t just confined to hurting the shares of Disney via a lack of attendance at Shanghai Disneyland either. Apple can’t sell iPhones that aren’t being manufactured because their contractors are shut down. Everything manufactured in China and shipped to the U.S. is being effected.

    1. Apple Inc. said this weekend it will close all of its stores and corporate offices in China through Feb. 9. The company, which employs 10,000 people in China, is also contending with work stoppages by factories that produce components for the products it sells around the world.

      Levi Strauss & Co., which in October opened its biggest China store in the city of Wuhan, the center of the outbreak, is among the international brands that together have closed thousands of outlets around the country, including McDonald’s Corp. and Starbucks Inc., in part to comply with government requests for people to remain off the streets.

      Chinese factories that were supposed to be quiet for a few days to celebrate Lunar New Year are looking at possible closures and staff disruptions of weeks if not more, threatening production plans at Apple, as well as Tesla Inc. and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA .

      https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-closes-china-to-the-world-straining-global-economy-11580689793?

      1. Out of one side of their mouths, the Chinese government is telling companies and its people to stay off the streets.

        Out of the other side of their mouths, they’re saying that the U.S. and international airlines are overreacting by canceling flights and restricting travel to and from the country.

        1. Misery loves company, meets realpolitik?

  26. More bad economic news.

    Charles Koch has already lost $2.42 billion this year.

    Reason.com really needs to help its benefactor out by running at least 5 articles today denouncing Drumpf’s high-tariff / low-immigration policies. Because how are billionaires supposed to prosper under such conditions?

    #DrumpfRecession

  27. House Democrats have a list of inquiries they plan to pursue when the impeachment saga is over.

    “The investigations and oversight will continue,” said Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York, head of the Oversight and Reform Committee, the lead investigative panel in the House. “We’ve got several cases.”

    “Starting, of course, with Fast and Furious and Hillary’s private server.”

    1. And the Bidens, don’t forget the Bidens – – – – – –
      And the IRS.
      And Fusion GPS.
      And the Russian ‘contributions’ and ‘speaking fees’ to a certain politicians ‘charity’.
      And how Lizzie found four exactly coordinated anonymous witnesses to a private conversation with comrade Bernie.

  28. Liberalism’s ‘cesspit’?: IAN BIRRELL says tech giants have turned San Francisco into a dystopian nightmare of addiction, homelessness and criminality

    So if you are going to San Francisco, feel free to wear flowers in your hair but local women say avoid sandals on your feet. Dog owners complain they have to wash human faeces from the legs of their pets after a walk.

    1. Heather MacDonald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute think-tank and a conservative essayist[,] believes we are witnessing a ‘real-life experiment’ into what happens if society stops enforcing bourgeois norms out of sensitivity to vulnerable people.

      “Laboratories of democracy”, Baby!

      1. You forgot to capitalize Democrats.

        1. There is nothing capital about democrats.

    1. Sorry. My link is better than yours. Mine shows Charles Koch already losing $2.42 billion in the first month of 2020.

      #WorstEconomyEver
      #IMissObama

    1. Too bad. She richly deserved it.

      But there is hope: the government may have to cut federal pensions at some point.

  29. It was good to see Andy Reid win one.

    I’d have bet on San Francisco if I’d bet, for sure. As explosive as KC’s offense can be, San Francisco’s defense matched up better against them than KC’s defense did against San Francisco’s offense.

    One of the broadcasters on the field pointed out that San Francisco’s defense was pushing KC around for three and a half of four quarters, and then asked Reid what the difference was in the last half of the fourth quarter. Reid said something diplomatic, after complimenting SF as a team, blah, blah, blah . . .

    The difference was coaching.

    Shanahan Jr. is a great tactician. He went up against a coach with more experience–and not just in Superbowls.

    1. Mahomes threw two interceptions in the Superbowl, with a QBR of 78.1.

      The MVP was Andy Reid.

      1. And SF needs some good corners; Sherman’s smart, but he’s several steps closer to 40 than SF needs back there.

        1. As a lifelong 12, I was sad to see Sherman go. We don’t have anyone near his level of smarts currently, but watching him yesterday, he just doesn’t dominate anymore. I remember when QBs never threw to his side of the field. And his inability to cover receivers when Mahommes got outside the pocket after broke plays? After playing on the same team as Wilson for so many years, you’d think that would be one of his strengths.

          1. I thought Sherm would have a great game, and…he did not. Clearly not the same player he was in Seattle. Speaking of which, I hope the Seahawks get some of the right pieces in place this offseason to make a challenge next year.

            1. It needs to start with our O-line. We are a run first offense but our offensive line is to inconsistent for that. Also, our defense doesn’t really have a personality anymore. We were supposed to be transitioning to a blitz style offense away from a dominating secondary but mediocre blitz game (most sacks were coverage sacks) but our pass rush wasn’t great. Our secondaries are not at the level of the LOB and we were supposed to compensate with a strong blitz game. Hopefully they decide which they want to be and fix it.

              1. Agreed – I’d like to see them get better at pass rush. As you say, it was not very good this year.

      2. I thought damien William’s deserved it more. 130 all purpose yards and 2 td including the clincher.

        1. More than Mahomes. for sure.

          1. The Superbowl MVP is a joke because to often it isn’t given to the key player. And you knew they were going to give it to Mahomes from the coin flip if the Chiefs won.

    2. The difference was Mahomes finally started hitting the broad side of a barn in the passing game. (Credit to the Niners’ defense for rattling him early)

      Yeah, Reid is a hell of a coach, but Spagnola should get more credit in the fourth quarter for finally shutting down Garoppolo and company.

    3. 2nd and 5, couple minutes left SF up 20-17, after a 5 yard run to open drive.
      Shanny calls pass, it’s batted down.
      That was the game.
      Stopped clock and forced them to throw on 3rd down.
      Stick with the run, Shanny.
      That’s 2 Superbowls it’s cost you

      1. I thought they should have gone for it on 4th and 2 in the 2nd quarter instead of settling for that field goal.

        1. Sorry, third quarter.

      2. Kc had all 3 timeouts. Ended game with 2 if o remember. Wasnt an issue.

        1. KC couldn’t stop the run.
          3rd and 2 is a big difference from 3rd and 5.
          You can run or pass then. But 3re and 5 is automatically a passing down.
          Time was getting tight.
          A first down there puts tons of pressure on KC.
          It was a dumb call.
          Butter the bitter Falcon fan in me is relieved that Shanny didn’t correct his mistake

          1. Hmm
            But
            Not butter

    4. When it comes to Kansas City, you have got to stay pedal-to-the-metal at all times. Their offense is way too explosive to play conservative once you get a lead.

      That was the same mistake the Texans made a few weeks ago, and the Oilers made against the Bills way back when. Who gives a shit if you win 63-3 and people get their feelings hurt? Put your foot on their throat and don’t ever take it off.

    5. The best part was calling time out twice when KC was just trying to end the game. You’re down by 11 with 55 seconds left, but sure, be a douche about it.

    6. Shanahan blew this lead with questionable play calling in the last half of the 4th quarter, going away from what was working and eating clock and getting Jimmy Garappolo clobbered in the process. He made similar mistakes with Atlanta when they were up 28-3 against New England. He apparently didn’t learn from that. KC made the plays when they had to, but give Shanahan a strong assist.

    7. LOL – Reid hasn’t won one yet. The 49’ers are challenging the ruling that KC won, something about the whistleblowers on the field and their being limited to calling on only 11 players instead of as many as they want. A totally unfair and rigged contest.

      1. Didn’t the Russians hack their computers and post their playbook on Wikipedia also?

      2. And don’t forget the 49ers actually won the yardage game but because of an archaic rule regarding the score, the Chiefs “technically” won.

  30. “Bike lane causes traffic misery for teachers on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge”
    […]
    “When traffic backs up on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, Rebecca Kittredge takes a shortcut that can get her to work in Larkspur half an hour faster — by a route that’s twice as long.
    Driving an electric car that qualifies her for the fast-moving diamond lane on Interstate 80, she instead heads to the Bay Bridge and drives through San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge, looping the bay to get from Berkeley to her Marin County teaching job.
    “It really shouldn’t be faster for me to double-bridge,” said Kittredge, who is in her 20th year teaching at Redwood High School.Morning peak traffic on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge’s westbound upper deck has increased by nearly a third, from 3.5 million vehicles a year in 2010 to 4.5 million in 2019.
    […]
    Yet Kittredge and other motorists have a bigger complaint: the new bike lane.
    Beloved by cyclists, it consumes what used to be the right-hand shoulder of the westbound span, where vehicles pulled over after a stall or crash. Without that lane, small fender-benders have caused more than an hour of gridlock, annoying everyone but especially vexing teachers who have to get to work on time. Those at Redwood High and neighboring schools have become vigorous bike lane opponents.
    […]
    “Since opening in November, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge bike lane has carried roughly 160 commuters in each direction on an average weekday,…”
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Traffic-is-misery-for-teachers-who-cross-the-15024783.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result

    Note that last number is *daily* and *both ways*, so to satisfy 40 self-righteous people, 4.5 million people lose an hour each morning (and we can assume the same is true in the evening).
    I really can’t say enough about bikers…

    1. The bicycle mafia is real. In my city they freaking have the city council wrapped around their fingers, even though it’s -10 degrees for five months out of the year and 90% of them put their bikes away until May. They zip through red lights, pound your hood and flip you the finger if you try to reclaim the right of way, and worst of all have some sort of deranged snooty holier than thou attitude that prevails them. I’ve been so happy with the rent a scooter craze. We force them to use the bike lanes, and now those bike nazis have to deal with the afterwork drunk bro on a Lime scooter as they peddle their precious $4,000 Trek bike home.

      1. I commute on my bike and I hate the bikers too. They ruin everything

  31. Great State of Kansas

    There’s two problems right there. But anyway, it’s not always easy to remember which of the 57 states a city is in.

  32. Capitalism Is As Popular in America as Socialism Is Unpopular

    That is likely to be true whether capitalism polls at 1%, 50%, or 99%, given that they are pretty much diametrically opposed.

  33. Like clockwork, after about 30 minutes of TV, they come bounding his way, begging for new toys. “Any toy that has pink on it,” Morris told me, “it’s ‘Daddy, can I have this? Daddy, can I have this?’”

    You don’t honestly expect parents to tell their kids no, do you?

  34. >>the false positive probably came from Hernandez eating a poppy seed muffin the day before she went into labor

    25 years since the Seinfeld joke this is still a thing?

    1. The War on Drugs also has a 2 week memory cycle.

      1. and is mostly unconstitutional.

        1. I think you mean entirely unconstitutional

          1. yes but someone will always say something when i get all extreme so i tempered it

    2. That’s right Hernandez. White lotus. Yam-yam. Shanghai Sally.

      1. “I’m Keith Hernandez” every damn time we see him still. It will always be funny.

  35. “Laws in 35 states allow cops to have sex with someone in their custody”

    I’m fairly certain cops fuck people in all 50.

  36. also half of KC including all the money suburbs are in Kansas so fuck off.

    1. Not to mention that the “Washington Redskins” play in a Maryland suburb, and both the “New York Giants” and “New York Jets” play in a garbage landfill in New Jersey.

      So really, who gives a fuck. The critics are mostly the same jerkoffs who say Obama is a genius even though he thinks America has 57 states.

  37. Call me when the pollsters ask:

    “Do you think people should be free to exchange things of value, including their own labor, without coercion from others?”

  38. Adam Schiff does not know who the whistleblower is and has never met him.
    https://www.yellowbullet.com/threads/the-whistleblower-and-his-friends.2613712/

    1. Is any of that tinfoil hat nuttery true? If so…. why don’t we actually know about that, instead of weird conspiracy theory sites posting it?

      1. This showed up on my phone via google news feed. Could be the photos are fake or not. At this point I have no idea. Just passing it along in the public interest.

        1. Somebody around here knows. How about you paid DNC “rapid response” guys? What i the deal?

    2. Yet every time Eric Ciamarella is mentioned, he gets on his high horse…

  39. At long last, it’s finally here: the start of Gillespie and Welchie Boy’s democratic party primaries.

    Best of luck to you and your team in selecting a candidate. Especially since they all absolutely suck.

    1. +1000

  40. Today in media news:

    The Today Show had a panel discussion (rare for them) about Iowa. They featured Savannah Guthrie as moderator/interviewer and Chuck Todd as the liberal voice (yes, journalist and former white house correspondent Chuck Todd) and Clair McCaskill as the conservative voice (yes, former democrat Senator Clair McCaskill).

    They discussed the race and strategy and even the big money of Mayor Bloomberg.

    But they very scrupulously avoided the Only issue of interest to the democrat base and political insiders on this issue – the DNC rigging the game to exclude people from the debates and then suddenly switching the rules to include Bloomberg even though he does not qualify.

    This, from the DNC that rigged the last presidential primary to ensure a Hillary Clinton victory over Bernie.

    Not a peep about it, even when discussing Bloomberg and money and the debates. Clair McCaskill helpfully offered that money isn’t everything in politics though, which was kind of salient.

    1. How about the poll that Buttigieg had gagged?

    2. We should probably all consider ourselves lucky if nobody gets murdered in cold blood by the DNC this time around.

      Speaking of that, I wonder how that intense Seth Rich murder investigation is coming along these days, if they’ve got any hot new leads they’re pursuing

    3. The fix is in and the Bernie Bros are livid. DNC also looking at changing the super delegate rules to stop Bernie. The Democrats will be lucky if there isn’t actual blood shed on the convention floor. The Bros will not vote for Biden or Warren in the general. They’ll vote Trump, Libertarian, Green or just stay home.

      1. Yup. Bernie Bros surely are not going to let the DNC do the fix again like in 2016.

        1. Michael Moore says it is time to stop just taking it.

          You know what is gonna happen? They are all gonna shut up and turn out to hate Trump. Most will have reconfigured it in their brain that Bernie getting screwed out of the nomination was actually a Trump plot.

  41. How unhinged is the left over Trump’s ad?

    Former Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-SC) reacted to Trump’s commercial on Twitter, saying, “That ad was offensive AF,” adding, “The “I freed a Negro” ad.”

    Via Daily Beast article, who’s point was that Trump is totally a racist neo-nazi and his criminal justice reform didn’t even have anything to do with Johnson’s release. No, really.

    1. It was much less racist when Obama let her remain imprisoned. Why doesn’t Trump care about the diversity of our prison populations?

  42. President Trump’s tweets are illiterate.

    His average supporter is a poorly educated, superstitious, subliterate, bigoted slack-jaw.

    I perceive a connection.

    1. You are boring, and an asshole.

      1. I perceive a connection.

        1. What is funny is that this is 24 hours removed from the data that proves conclusively that the opposite is true on this very site.

  43. I have lived around the KC area for over 10 years, mostly on the Kansas side, and I didn’t immediately realize Trump’s gaffe because almost EVERYONE in Kansas, the eastern side at least, was really excited that the Chiefs made it to the super bowl.

    Any Kansans that were offended by Trump’s tweet probably were one of the few who didn’t care about the Super Bowl

    1. The point isn’t that Trump offended anyone. The point is he’s the fucking President and he doesn’t know basic American geography.

      1. Nah Trump was right. Can we just get a sharpie and rename it Missouri City? It makes no sense, right? Maybe the founders were confused and gave it the wrong name. Not many people know this but people in those days they didn’t have good maps. They were in wagons and just stopped somewhere. So they thought they were in Kansas and didn’t go far enough. I know about maps. Nobody knows about maps better than I do.

        1. It used to be called Kansas town before it was Kansas city.

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