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Instacart Fires 10 Workers Who Voted To Unionize and Around 1,990 Others

Plus: How the U.S. covered up the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington school district is suing to force its teachers back to the classroom, and more...

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"Instacart is firing every employee who voted to unionize," declared The Verge yesterday, in a tweet that's since gotten more than 13,500 retweets and 12,100 likes.

"Deleting my @Instacart app right now," responded actor Steven Pasquale in one typical response. "There are few companies as evil as Instacart," author Dan Price opined in another.

I'll hazard to guess that they hadn't clicked through to The Verge's full article. If they had, they would see how dishonestly the publication (and others) framed the Instacart story in an attempt to make it seem like employees were fired in retaliation for unionizing.

It's not that The Verge's statement about fired union employees is factually wrongall 10 Instacart employees in Skokie, Illinois, who voted in early 2020 to unionize have been fired, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1546.

But Instacart also fired about 1,990 other employees, too.

In fact, Instacart is letting go around 20 percent of its entire part-time, in-store shopper staff, in the midst of changes to the way the company operates.

Framed in another biased way, we could say only 0.5 percent of the in-store shoppers that Instacart let go were unionized. It's probably most cleareyed, however, to view Instacart's recent round of firings as having nothing to do with worker unionization, despite the weird efforts of some disingenuous journalists to portray them that way.

Business has been booming for grocery delivery services during the pandemic, butas Instacart noted in this recent blog post, and CNN reported on last summergrocery retailers increasingly offering their own online shopping and curbside pickup services has forced Instacart to shift its business model somewhat.

"By late April, Instacart said it had hired 300,000 independent contractor 'full-service shoppers' to meet the surge in customer demand, and the company said it plans to add another 200,000 over the next couple of months," CNN noted in July. "However, some of its in-store shoppers, who are part-time employees of Instacart, are losing their jobs [as a] result of at least two of Instacart's store partners, Aldi and Sprouts, opting to replace Instacart's in-store shoppers, as necessary, with their own employees."


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A Seattle-area school district is suing to get its teachers back in classrooms. The Bellevue School District "asked a King County Superior Court judge to consider a motion of a temporary restraining order Thursday, to force Bellevue educators to provide in-person instruction," reports KOMO News.

A King County Superior Court Ex Parte Commissioner denied the restraining order saying the teachers are able to provide instruction to the students via remote learning.

In the court order, the commissioner wrote, "The proof does not show that defendant's members are refusing to work, as defendant's members continue to be ready and willing to provide remote and other learning/teaching which has been acceptable to plaintiff and is acceptable to state educational authorities."

A King County Superior Court Judge will hold full hearing on Jan. 28.


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  • Washington, D.C.'s "unscientific vaccination plan pits the elderly against the obese," writes Robby Soave.

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  1. Instacart is firing every employee who voted to unionize…

    Trump is president of Instacart now!

    1. But Instacart also fired about 1,990 other employees, too.

      He is!

      1. Lol, never change, ENB.

        1. Who knew all you had to do to shut WK up was point out he got banned.

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    2. “ It’s probably most cleareyed, however, to view Instacart’s recent round of firings as having nothing to do with worker unionization, despite the weird efforts of some disingenuous journalists to portray them that way.”

      That is weird. OK, what did Instacart really do that pissed progressives off?

      1. Opposed unionization. This is a story from February 1st, 2020:

        https://www.vice.com/en/article/qjdvgm/instacart-workers-win-historic-union-election

        “In the days leading up to the election, Instacart enlisted high-level managers to visit the Mariano’s grocery store where the unionizing workers pick and pack groceries for delivery. The managers distributed anti-union literature warning employees that a union would drain paychecks and ‘exercise a great deal of control’ over workers. ‘I encourage you to look at all of the FACTS and vote “NO” on February 1st,’ a senior operations manager for Instacart wrote in one of the memos obtained by Motherboard, dated January 22.”

        1. I don’t see anything inherently wrong with that.

          1. I don’t either. If I owned a business with employees, I’d be opposing unionization, too.

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              1. What the fuck? How do you get banned here?

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            2. It depends on how you oppose it. If you do it like Instacart apparently did, by offering arguments to the contrary and trying to convince them, fair enough. If you bring in Pinkerton to crack some skulls, that’s another matter.

        2. I’m sorry Reason banned you WK.

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  2. A Seattle-area school district is suing to get its teachers back in classrooms.

    The counter being that public education just isn’t that important?

    1. It must be great to be an employee that can dictate where you get to perform the work that your employer is paying you to do.

      1. I’ve enjoyed being able to do that for two years now – as an independent contractor. OTOH, I am not guaranteed a pay check and I handle my own medical insurance and retirement. Most of all, _I_ am responsible for my career, rather than being an interchangeable unionized worker. I’m a professional, unlike anyone in a unionized job.

        1. Well I was gonna lay into you too until I saw that you were not in a union.

          Ergo, cheers!

    2. As usual, the articles on this barely touch on the underlying issues. Something like 25% of kids are failing at least one class due to difficulties with remote learning and many teachers have less than 15 min instruction time. Bellevue is just one of the areas rich enough and who’s kids have enough college prospects that they care enough to challenge the state.

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  4. Its starting (42 cycles to 35)

    https://twitter.com/KSTaxEconomist/status/1352373110771748870

    Here’s the EXCITING NEWS

    @GovLauraKelly
    has DISCREETLY lowered the sensitivity (CT) of State Lab-Conducted PCR #COVID19 Tests.

    She did this AFTER our research found COVID cases are over-reported & AFTER Norman said lowering CTs was “unwise.” #ksleg

    1. https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.26.20080911v3.full.pdf

      Tests for current infection with SARS-CoV-2 are based on detection of the virus’ RNA. Most of
      these tests use the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify diagnostic sequences within the
      virus’ genome. According to leading health authorities, while negative results from these tests
      are frequently wrong, positive results are highly reliable.1-3 Accordingly, the World Health
      Organization (WHO) and most government health ministries accept a positive PCR result on a
      single sample as confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection, even in asymptomatic persons without
      any history of exposure.4-10
      However, in practice, PCR-based testing produces a significant number of false positive results,
      making positive results highly unreliable over a broad range of real-world scenarios.

      Consequently, the frequent assertion that positive test results for SARS-CoV-2 are more reliable
      than negative results is wrong most of the time, and the widespread and official reliance on a
      single positive PCR result as a sufficient basis for diagnosis—which was not the rule in previous
      epidemics—has been a mistake.

    2. https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/329438/9789241516839-eng.pdf

      Home quarantine of exposed individuals to reduce transmission is not recommended
      because there is no obvious rationale for this measure, and there would be considerable
      difficulties in implementing it.
      Population: People who have had contact with infected cases
      When to apply: N/A

      1. DC mayor joins Chicago mayor and NY governor

        DC Mayor Muriel Bowser lifting indoor dining ban is just ‘a miracle of timing’ and not at all evidence that COVID lockdowns were ‘political theater’
        https://twitchy.com/sarahd-313035/2021/01/21/dc-mayor-muriel-bowser-lifting-indoor-dining-ban-is-just-a-miracle-of-timing-and-not-at-all-evidence-that-covid-lockdowns-were-political-theater/

        1. https://twitter.com/MichaelThau/status/1300211625455218688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

          Turns out during all 4 epidemics prior to COVID-19 since 2000, CDC & WHO were concerned about the high false-positive rates for PCR tests & issued guidelines to try and minimize them. But for C19, both somehow forgot all about PCR false-positive rates.

          1. Regular festivus miracles.

            1. And we can no longer air our grievances.

              1. Only approved grievances can be aired

                1. I gotta lotta problems with you people!

                  1. I gotta lotta problems with you PCR’s!

                2. Everything is so terrible and unfair.

              2. What’s going on? Can we not cuss anymore? What happened? I took like a week off, jesus and this place has gone nuclear.

    3. Well, the Trump Administration could have been actively working with the scientific community, revising the PCR guidelines earlier. You know, instead of spending 24/7 spreading lies about the election being stolen.

      1. Why are you posting if you were banned? You don’t even want Canadians to post here but feel free to post after being banned? So your claims of private companies setting their rules are false?

        1. If WK got banned, my questions are, “How and Why?” I thought it took something absolutely horrible—dissemenating kiddie porn kind of horrible—to get banned here?

          1. That was my question yesterday as well. You have to do some pretty egregious shit to get your account banned around here, but I never saw in shriek pederast posts or Mary Stack/Hihn-type copypastas.

            1. Probably something on one of his sock accounts.

          2. JesseAz’s source for my supposed bannishment is Tulpa. That should tell you everything about how credible the information is.

            1. Before we start another H02 thread, I realize I just put two n’s in “bannishment”. Sigh.

              1. Did you figure out which direction the sun rises yet?

                1. Did you figure out how to spell “Brenfords Law”?

                  1. We can SEE the hair spaces WK.

                    If you’re not banned, use the real WK account with no hair spaces

                    You won’t. You’ll try to ignore it and pretend you weren’t banned.

                    1. Any time now.

                      Shut me up.

                      No games.

                2. he figured out that he can use the hailr space trick to avoid the embarrassment of admitting he got banned

                  We can SEE the hair spaces WK.

                  If you’re not banned, use the real WK account with no hair spaces

              2. and hair spaces in your name to make it look like you didnt get banned

              3. That’s an honest typo.

                On the other hand, the WK2 handle seems to ignore that DKR was the 3rd Batman movie in the Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale series. And that’s just shameful.

        2. Anyway, so this is a tacit admission you have conceded my point about Trump’s abdication on doing his actual damn job for the last three months of his presidency.

          1. I thought you didn’t want him doing his job, that’s why you were so frantic to impeach.

            1. “you were so frantic to impeach”

              Cite? Like I am a member of Congress or something?

              1. We can SEE the hair spaces WK.

                If you’re not banned, use the real WK account with no hair spaces

              2. “Cite?”

                Will every post you made since January 6 do?

          2. Umm. No it isnt you retarded fuck. I pointed out how stupid you were below. God damn.

            1. Why would he need to use hair spaces in his name if he wasn’t banned?

              Why play gamea?

            2. More of this^

              1. The Jesse post, not libertarian.

      2. And by the way, this is how fucking retarded you are. Fauci knew we were using too high if cycle rates back in last July. He us the one who was setting the policy guidance for the CDC in regards to testing, not Trump. Trump wasn’t the scientist. The WHO only revised their guidelines 2 days ago. Yet you blame the non scientist for using metrics that over report infection.

        Youre such a lefty shit. Trump had nothing to do with scientists colluding to over report covid. He relied on his advisors like Fauci who knowingly allowed higher PCR rates.

        1. “Yet you blame the non scientist for using metrics that over report infection.”

          Nope. I criticized Trump (and Pence) for not doing their job. They could have been more actively involved in managing the COVID-19 plan, but instead Trump was focused on personal grievances and Pence was focused on being Trump’s toady.

          1. “They could have been more actively involved in managing the COVID-19 plan”

            1. That’s the states job, not the Federal governments.

            2. tOp meN

            1. “That’s the states job, not the Federal governments.”

              Really? There’s no room for the Federal government to coordinate and facilitate among the states? Odd, because Pence had a task force to do just that.

              1. “Really? There’s no room for the Federal government to coordinate and facilitate among the states? Odd, because Pence had a task force to do just that.”

                Plenty of room – to fuck it up, regardless of what Pence did.
                Nor should the states be involved.
                Put the stuff up for sale, and let retailers buy it; it even seems to work with bread.
                Oh, and stuff your TDS up your ass.

              2. The coordination is the delivery of vaccines to the states. The states chose to create filtered lines. That’s on them. So unless you wanted trump to be authoritarian and force states unto federal regulations you have no argument.

                Youre complaining they weren’t authoritarian. God damn youre dumb.

              3. Oh just look at you try and redefine your original statement.

                And no. That task force shouldn’t have even existed.

          2. Trump and Pence did their job you leftist shit. They got vaccines out at a million a day. They deferred to the proper authorities, scientists, for their e pertise. Do you think their job was to go into labs and design testing procedures?

            You are such a leftist shit.

            1. Yes. If there was a discussion going on about the PCR test guidlines being wrong, it was Pence’s job to be aware of that discussion and press the CDC to correct the guidelines. He didn’t do his job on that one.

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              2. The President’s office hires experts to handle their area of expertise. Trump has no science background. He defered to the legacy CDC experts. Despite the PCR tests being too high, which Fauci acknowledged last year, they chose based on their expertise to keep the levels high. They changed these levels solely after Biden was elected. And if you watch the CNN interview of Fauci from this week, his bias is obvious against Trump.

                You are too biased to recognize the obvious.

                1. He/she/it knows.
                  But WK is here to lie and shitpost.

          3. “….. more actively involved in managing…..”

            Pretty vague. How do you know they weren’t?

      3. Yea, Zhou Biden really took charge of the cycle threshold, being a sciencey man of science and all.

      4. “…You know, instead of spending 24/7 spreading lies about the election being stolen…”

        Does spreading lies about Trump 24/7 get you banned?
        Stuff your TDS up your ass, you pathetic piece of shit.

        1. Back at ya, Sevo.

          1. We can SEE the hair spaces WK.

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            You have to know I’m loving kicking you around over playing hair space games because you got banned.

          2. Ah, now I get it. They weren’t “actively managing” the wuflu cuz there’s only so many hours in a day? Is that your evidence?

            Haha. What a doosh.

      5. “Well, the Trump Administration could have been actively working with the scientific community, revising the PCR guidelines earlier.”

        Ok, let’s say he should of. Fine. Stupid Trump.

        Now how does that change the fact that the scientific community is changing its tune only now when he is out of office. How does that change the fact that Mayors and Governors are loosening their restrictions despite the fact that they are still in the middle of a spike?

        I mean, Trump is gone. But those Scientists pushing an agenda and governors making arbitrary shutdowns are obviously changing their tune based on completely different criteria than last month. You have no opprobrium to spare at all?

        1. All the Trump fans here were declaring this would happen as soon as Biden took office, and now, with total confirmation bias that you confessed ahead of time, you are looking for any shred of evidence to support your perceptions.

          1. Hold up.

            They predict that the narrative will change once Trump leaves office. It immediately and obviously does.
            But are you actually trying to insinuate that it only seems that way because of “confirmation biases”?

            1. Yup. Look at how Ra’s tried to spin the two cites he gave that the scientific community was discussing this issue months ago, undermining his own point.

              He spun it as “foreshadowing”. Baloney.

              They were openly discussing it. Trump and Pence could have paid attention to those discussions, but they didn’t.

              1. Facts were known on July of last year. Policies were changed the week of the inauguration. You think this is mere coincidence.

                Youre a fucking idiot.

                1. “Facts were known on July of last year.”

                  Then why didn’t the Trump Adminstration act on changing the testing guidelines? Why do you give them a pass on their incompetence?

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                  2. Trump was deferring to his cadre of experts. Because his experts are biased, you want to blame him. Did you even watch the Fauci interview this week?

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          2. “you are looking for any shred of evidence to support your perceptions.”

            So wait. Is the scientific community changing its tune or not, TWK? Is Cuomo lifting restrictions despite his state still having a spike or not, TWK? I’m not looking for shreds of evidence. It is right there.

            And I note how your whataboutism has moved from “Trump” to “Trump Fans”. Three years from now, you will still be unwilling to hold your lefties accountable for their abuses because for some reason Trump Fans on Reason are worse.

            1. And still lying about getting banned.

          3. Lol. You are truly a cultist of the dnc.

        2. As evidence of your confirmation bias: Ra’s himself posted two cites yesterday showing that the scientific community was contemplating problems with the PCR test guidelines months ago, during the Trump Administration, but Ra’s spun that as proof that they waited until Biden was in office to talk about it.

          Except, the cites clearly show that they were discussing it months ago — bolstering my point that the Trump Administration could have paid attention to those discussion, and, say, Pence could have pushed for revising the guidelines in his COVID-19 task force meetings.

          1. They acknowledged the problem earlier, but waited until Biden was in office to actually DO anything about it, you stupid leftwing fuck.

            1. The discussions were right there for anyone in the Trump Administration to see and act on. Why do you guys give Trump’s lack of involvement a pass?

              1. Trump deferred to the scientists for policy as any president does you fucking halfwit. The scientists are only now saying the policies should change you fucking halfwit. No new information occurred you fucking halfwit. The only new here is who is president. And not a single EO signed by Buden effected the test guidelines. So this was a change in house you fucking halfwkt.

                1. Yeah, right. Trump was known for his deference.

                  1. Whereas you’re known for getting banned and then lying about it.

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                  2. Cite one example of him overriding the CDC. Just one.

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          2. Yea, Trump asks for the test to be changed in a way that lowers the case count, and you’d accept that as “following the science”.

            Bullshit.

          3. “Except, the cites clearly show that they were discussing it months ago”

            So for years, the PCR testing methodology was different than for COVID. For months people have been saying that this is inaccurate. Do you have an alternative reason for why they only changed this guidance now? I mean it was an acceptable methodology for years prior to this, only changing for COVID. Why, days after Biden is president, does this change, do you think?

            1. I don’t know if they did it for political reasons, as you state, or if it’s just coincidence, or if it is because the Biden Administration is more engaged with the CDC and WHO than the Trump Administration was.

              What I do know is that you are overlooking that this was an open discussion that the Trump Administration could have engaged in, but they didn’t.

              1. We can SEE the hair spaces WK.

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              2. God damn youre so biased it isnt even funny.

              3. “What I do know is that you are overlooking that this was an open discussion that the Trump Administration could have engaged in, but they didn’t.”

                What, exactly, do you think would have happened if a Trump official said, “You know what, we think you should go back to the traditional way of measuring this, as it is over reporting cases?”

                Because I have a sneaking suspicion that you (and the rest of the leftists) would have called that “Trump interfering with science in order to downplay the pandemic”. Or are you going to insist that no way in hell would you have done that?

                1. I wouldn’t have done that. If Pence engaged the scientific discussion and worked with the CDC to change their guidelines, I would have said, “Job well done.”

          4. So we know the PCR test issues were known months ago yet they waited to change guidelines until today. You think that is Trump doing it when he wanted to have states open up… and not democrats cheering a recession for an election delaying good news.

            Youre a fucking idiot.

        3. Instead, all the Trump fan boys here are once again playing the victim. “All of us poor victims, being victimized by the biased mainstream media. We are helpless and defenseless in a cruel world.”

          1. If you stupid Trumpanzies want to whine about serious victimization by the media, hold onto your hats. We’re just a getting started. The last ten years were nothing.

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        4. And our victimhood justifies any act we commit, such as storming the Capitol building to interrupt the electoral college counting, and killing a police officer. It’s cool, because we are victims.

          1. Totally different from interrupting the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice, burning up down cities and shooting an unarmed protester, because we are the real victims.

            And if you idiots try to point out my hypocrisy, I’m going to shout about whataboutism.

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          2. “And our victimhood justifies any act we commit, such as storming the Capitol building to interrupt the electoral college counting, and killing a police officer.”

            There was once a time when you actually tried engaging in conversation. But, for the record, nobody justified the Riot except for the strawmen in your heads. There was a lot of, “This was horrible, but expected after the Left excused violence all summer.”

            Which is interesting, because you cannot even bring yourself to condemn the scientific community for playing politics- no you outright excuse them.

            1. Directly below, Sevo justifies it as “protesting by the right”.

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              2. That pathetic deflection doesn’t refute his comment.

            2. He has never engaged in honest conversation.

          3. “…such as storming the Capitol building to interrupt the electoral college counting, and killing a police officer…”

            Yep, protesting by the right is ‘storming’ to TDS-addled lefty shits.

  5. President Joe Biden will “direct agencies to conduct a review of federal workers earning less than $15 an hour and develop recommendations for raising their wages.”

    However any wage increase phased rollout with be gender identity and race based.

    1. Predictable the affected aggrieved class’s unemployment rates increased; once again showing America is racist!

      1. Pardon me while I place my order on the McDonald’s app to avoid dealing with a person being paid by the hour.

        1. The midtown McDonalds near me renovated for a few months and put in 10 touch screen kiosks. Instead of six cashiers and people taking orders there are now two “cashiers” to hand you your bag of food who don’t actually handle cash; payment is made at the kiosks. To think that a company with such logistical mastery would figure this all out on their own…

          1. I’m curious to see if this becomes a thing in the drive-throughs as well. It would certainly save some time if the baboons who have to ask for a million modifications while taking their order could just input that shit on their own, instead of having a 15-minute discussion at the order terminal with the cashier about whether they put mayonnaise on the chicken sandwich or not.

            1. I pick my my app-ordered food at the drive through.

              1. I’ve done that as well, but it’s not a common practice where I live.

            2. Probably not at drive throughs. Cashiers are faster at inputting orders because they are used to the interface. However, you could still run the entire operation with roughly 2-4 employees – one cashier at the drive through and one-three to prep orders and hand them out depending on time of day and volume.

              Seattle was one of the first areas to go to $15 min wage and now every family restaurant has a ‘order at your table’ kiosk.

              1. However, you could still run the entire operation with roughly 2-4 employees – one cashier at the drive through and one-three to prep orders and hand them out depending on time of day and volume.

                That’s basically what these places in the lockdown states are doing, since they can’t open their dining rooms even for to-go orders for people who don’t want to sit in the drive-through or order ahead on an app.

    2. I doubt there are many people working directly for the federal government making less than $15. But don’t forget that like ‘Buy American’, this will impact every worker on every project that takes any federal money. This could have some serious impact on trades. Will it even allow exemptions for apprentices?

      1. Most of the people making less than that are Non-Aligned Force employees like food court and hotel workers on installations, or janitors on federal facilities. Even the first-year GS-4 ticket takers at national parks are getting $14.95 an hour.

        Commissary baggers worked entirely on tips when I was in, so I don’t know how that would affect their pay. Maybe the tips go away in favor of the $15/hr.

        The thing to keep in mind with this pay raise is that it could potentially affect every other GS-level salary up the line. You get pay increases based on number of years in service, and there’s a cap on further ones other than cost-of-living after 20 years, assuming you start at Step 1; Step 10 is the salary cap. Now, they could theoretically just cap pay at certain step levels, like they do in the military (an E-5’s salary caps at 12 years TIS, for example), but I am skeptical that would happen. It’s far more likely that EVERY GS employee ends up getting a proportional pay increase from what a GS-1, Step 1 employee will get.

        1. IOW, a GS-11, Step 10, for example, could go from 76,000 a year to 106K overnight, if that proportional increase is done across the board. The cost of federal service pay would go through the roof.

    3. simple answer new job title for same job but gets pay increase. government does that all the time. problem is every time they do this the people who got paid more before demand more and the whole thing snow balls into pay raises for everyone in government. We are so screwed

    1. After telling the crowd at his rally he would match with them to the Capitol building, Trump walked away from them and headed over to the White House.

      1. Oh. Totally makes forcing 5000 troops to sleep in a garage with 2 toilets. You got me.

        1. Nope, but shows that your beloved Trump is an asshole, too, just like Biden and Harris.

          1. Actually shows that on top of being full of shit, you can’t even pick cherries worth a damn.

          2. Ah, after getting called on it, TWK realizes he better start having some tepid shade to throw at Biden and Harris.

            1. That’s probably what got him banned.

          3. No, you’re right. Troops can be treated like shit because of trump. Youre totally not biased.

      2. “Noooooo… don’t look at my guy, look over there! It’s Trump and he’s doing something! Boo hiss!”

        1. Biden and Harris ain’t “my guy”. On the other hand, Trump was totally JesseAz’s guy.

          1. *sotto voce* Biden and Harris are my bae.

            1. “strong>  The White Knight<"

              AHAHAHAHAH OMFG THIS IS SO AWESOME THANK YOU FOR THIS GIFT

              YOU GOT BANHAMMERED AND ARE SO EMBARRASSED THAT YOU STOLE TULPAS TRICK AND LIED

              WE CAN SEE THE THIN SPACES RETARD AHHAAHAHAHAH

              AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA

          2. Youre a lefty cultist. I criticized trump. You still can’t criticize anyone on the left

      3. Biden’s penis is old and tastes like dust. I can hardly wait until Kamala is President.

        1. What does hers taste like?

        2. Since DK Rises was the last part of a trilogy, your parody name is more accurate than his new handle. I do feel lucky we never had to watch him battle Ra’s Al Gore in Buttman Begins.

        3. In fact, I dislike Harris.

          1. And teliing the truth.

            “strong>  The White Knight<"

            AHAHAHAHAH OMFG THIS IS SO AWESOME THANK YOU FOR THIS GIFT

            YOU GOT BANHAMMERED AND ARE SO EMBARRASSED THAT YOU STOLE TULPAS TRICK AND LIED

            WE CAN SEE THE THIN SPACES RETARD AHHAAHAHAHAH

            AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA

          2. You’ve told everyone a whopping one time now.

      4. Fuck off and die.

        1. Ah, once again the violent, murderous side of Sevo comes out.

          1. Fuck off and die.

          2. Is that why you got banned? Threats?

      5. And his crowd was compelled to be there, too.

      6. “Trump walked away from them”

        So I agree Trump was a chump. Do you agree that the Democrats are complete lying shills too? Or do you not want to talk about that?

        It amazes me how quickly WhatAboutism became ok, in your book TWK.

        1. Yes, the Democrats are often complete lying shills. I agree.

          As I have said hundreds of times, I’m a libertarian, not a liberal, progressive, or Democrat. I didn’t vote for Biden.

          1. Then why the immediate “What about Trump?”

            What does it matter, other than to deflect from the Democrats being lying shills? Why are you carrying water for them?

            1. Because this comment section is infested with Trump lovers like JesseAz. If a Trump lover like JesseAz posts about how awful the Democrats are, I’m going to remind him that Trump was awful, too.

              1. Why would he need to use hair spaces in his name if he wasn’t banned?

                Why play games?

              2. I love how you cry about people calling you a lefty but then call everyone you disagree with a trump lover.

                Yo’ure a cultist. I’ve called out Trump far more times than you’ve ever called out the left.

                I didn’t defend the capitol riots, you defended the BLM riots.

                Above you literally just said it was fine to treat troops like crap because Trump didn’t follow protestors to the capitol.

                You’re not a libertarian. You are biased. You are lefty.

                1. Things that are not true:
                  * I defended BLM riots.
                  * I said it was fine to treat troops like crap.
                  * I’m not a libertarian.
                  * I am a lefty.

                2. Say something critical about Donald Trump.

                  1. He’s an asshole. His accent is annoying. His hair and fake tan look dumb. He cheated on his wife/wives. His business practices were cheap and opportunistic. He’s an attention whore. His tastes in food and fashion suck. His tendency to braggadocio and relentless self-promotion is annoying…

                    He’s still one of the best presidents America has ever had though.

          2. “…I’m a libertarian,..”

            You’re a lying POS.

          3. As I have said hundreds of times

            Citation needed.

            You’re not a libertarian. You’ve done nothing but defend the left.

        2. Whataboutism is completely appropriate when responding to JesseAz, whose unstated premise is “Democrats bad, so people like Trump are good.” Whereas my premise is “Democrats and Republicans are bad.”

          1. “my premise is “Democrats and Republicans are bad.””

            No. Because if you really believed that, you would say, “Yes this is absolutely inexcusable and I am very concerned that these are the people currently running our government. That said, Trump wasn’t much better.”

            Do you see how it might, possibly give people the impression that you hold Trump and Republicans to a different standard? Maybe?

          2. “Whataboutism” is the perfect word to deflect with, whenever my hypocrisy becomes too overt and evident.

            1. “too overt”

              Hey, TWK is not too me. You take that back.

              1. He’s not even him anymore he’s “space space The White Knight”

              2. Well, he didn’t say “too Overt” now, did he?

            2. Why would he need to use hair spaces in his name if he wasn’t banned?

              Why play games?

          3. This is how you are biased. I don’t say Trump is good. Just like Ken does not say Trump is good. We say the Democrats are so much worse in comparison that any smart person would work more towards stopping their march towards authoritarianism than virtue signal their beliefs with no action.

            Your premise is not Democrats are bad. You defend them often. Your premise on these boards are “Trump is terrible.” Full stop. You don’t have a history of criticizing the left at all. You can’t site anything outside of this thread saying so. You have based your whole sock on defending BLM riots, defending the left, and attacking only the right.

            You are so ignorant to how you present yourself.

    2. Fine, we’ll send them on all expensed paid vacation to an exotic destination in the Middle East. Happy?

      1. WK and the other lefties will be.

      2. I hear northern Syria is nice this time of year.

        1. Good point, especially given the “large US convoy” headed there either today or yesterday. Wagner Group might be thirsting for Round 2, and some payback.

          I had thought it would be West Africa or Ethiopia, as that former empire continues to unwind itself.

    3. Schumer and Pelosi need to read up on what happened whenever the old imperials treated their Praetorian Guards like shit… I suppose that’s why they made them take a political loyalty test first, though.

      I imagine that they see unwoke rank and file soldiers as the biggest impediment to their plans for 2021.

      1. Your beloved Trumps:

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/01/14/secret-service-bathroom-ivanka-trump-jared-kushner/

        “Instructed not to use any of the half-dozen bathrooms inside the couple’s house, the Secret Service detail assigned to President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law spent months searching for a reliable restroom to use on the job, according to neighbors and law enforcement officials. After resorting to a porta-potty, as well as bathrooms at the nearby home of former president Barack Obama and the not-so-nearby residence of Vice President Pence, the agents finally found a toilet to call their own.”

        1. Exactly, because Kushner family privacy issues are totally the same thing as billeting troops in parking garages.

          I’m so smart

        2. Nice whataboutism…

          1. Thanks!

        3. Except, apparently, what happened was not because of anything the Kushner’s did, but standard Secret Service policy and bureaucratic SNAFUs.

        4. Wow, this totally excuses leaving troops in parking garages. You win again!

  6. Biden is also slated to repeal a rule that prohibits U.S. aid from going to foreign groups that provide, promote, or refer women to abortion services.

    I don’t know why they’re not talking up our first Catholic president in half a century.

    1. He’s not merely Catholic. He’s a DEVOUT Catholic. Like Pelosi.

      1. Those two aren’t long for the world.
        I wonder if they’ll be screaming “I’m a good Catholic” as they’re dragged by millions of aborted souls to see King Yama.

  7. How Donald Trump’s Patriot Party could become a political force.

    Don’t start salivating over yet another perpetual spoiler just yet.

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  8. 2 days on and the media worked over time to gaslight. Stating there was no vaccination plan. Bidens plan calls for 1 million vaccinations a day. Current vaccinations are just under that peaking at 1.5 million in a day. Dozens of media members spread the lie of no trump vaccinations plan:

    https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2021/01/21/drew-holden-rounds-up-the-usual-suspects-who-passed-along-cnns-story-about-there-being-no-vaccination-plan/

    Even fauci had to correct the lie yesterday on CNN.

    1. That’s “Trump administration holdover” Fauci to you, bub.

  9. Washington, D.C.’s “unscientific vaccination plan pits the elderly against the obese,” writes Robby Soave.

    Unscientific indeed. Get this, they have any of you with a BMI over 25 as obese. They’ve turned the BMI into junk science!

    1. BMI has always been junk science.

      1. You’ve always been full of shit.

        1. So, you have no relevant comment.

          1. You’ve always been full of shit.
            I’m sure a shit-filled asshole like you can’t see the relevance, but that’s YOUR problem, not mine.

      2. This is where you’ve crossed the line.

  10. Photo op over

    ‘We feel incredibly betrayed’: Thousands of Guardsmen forced to vacate Capitol
    https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/21/national-guard-troops-vacate-capitol-461220

    One unit, which had been resting in the Dirksen Senate Office building, was abruptly told to vacate the facility on Thursday, according to one Guardsman. The group was forced to rest in a nearby parking garage without internet reception, with just one electrical outlet, and one bathroom with two stalls for 5,000 troops, the person said. Temperatures in Washington were in the low 40s by nightfall.

    1. Enjoy your new wars, and fuck off Reason

      https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1352474179740827655

      BREAKING: Large US military convoy enters northeast Syria on first full day of Biden presidency

      1. Reason never promoted Biden.

        1. LOL

          1. Cite to Reason’s promotion of Biden?

            1. You got banned then used Tulpas trick to hide it because you’re embarrassed.

              But you got caught.

        2. And you’re
          Still.
          Full.
          Of.
          Shit.

          1. Full doesn’t really convey the reality of “overflowing” with shit.

          2. Smothering negative stories about one candidate and smothering positive stories about his opponent, isn’t “promotion”! We’ve been over this before.

            Peace in the Middle East, the end of the Afghan war and Biden selling political influence were minor local stories of little news value.

    2. https://dailycaller.com/2021/01/21/hart-a-government-of-politicians-by-politicians-and-for-politicians/

      Political Washington puts inordinate taxpayer assets on the line when it is, itself, being protested. There are FBI billboards across the country, at who knows what cost, asking for information about those who went into the Capitol Building on Jan. 6. I do not remember our politicians sending in National Guard troops or spending millions on billboards when American cities, government buildings and people’s businesses were burning all across America last year. But when there is the slightest threat to them, there is no limit to the amount of your money they will not spend to protect themselves.

      There are more troops in Washington protecting politicians than we have in war zones across the world, all in an overreaction to a small fraction of marauding knuckleheads who ran amok in the Capitol. These self-absorbed career politicians should get over themselves. I have long supported term limits, and I feel further that no elected official like Schumer, “Plugs” Biden or Pelosi should serve more than one face lift or one hair transplant.

      25,000 National Guard troops for an inauguration no one will attend? This is the only personal security detail bigger than the one that looks after Beyonce and Jay-Z. Thank goodness Trump brought so many of our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan to be able to staff this.

  11. Biden looks slated to carry on Trump-style economic protectionism.

    Ha. Who the fuck thought he wouldn’t?

    1. Well, they are both elderly Democrats from the 80s.

  12. Twitter can remove conservatives but not child porn

    Child Sex-Trafficking Victim SUES Twitter in Federal Court, Says the Site Facilitated His Abuse
    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/megan-fox/2021/01/21/child-sex-trafficking-victim-sues-twitter-in-federal-court-says-the-site-facilitated-his-abuse-n1400781

    1. Now there is some mean tweets.

    2. So, let’s see. What actually happened. Back in 2012 (about 6 1/2 years ago), Twitter took until a Thursday afternoon to suspend an account that was posting child porn after it was reported at 3:00 am that morning.

      1. But try posting “The election was stolen” and the bots will shut you down instantly.
        I love Twitter. Such a valuable tool in our arsenal.

      2. You got banned then used Tulpas trick to hide it.

      3. Did you bother to read the story? Twitter told the parents they wouldn’t remove the video as it didn’t violate their guidelines.

        You can try not being ignorant just for once.

        1. Did you bother following the link in the story that they used to back up their claim that “Twitter has a long history of turning a blind eye to child porn”? Here it is, and it is as I described:

          https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/aug/13/twitter-failure-child-pornography

          1. The scenario described in the Guardian link does not fit with the facts presented in the lawsuit. It is a separate example, which you might have reasoned out yourself if you were not kneejerk reacting and then blindly defensive.

            Now, perhaps you are just stupid, as Ken believes, but I prefer to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you are a disingenuous piece of crap.

  13. Yes the US recognized the genocide occurring in China. Seems like this news is smaller than it should be.

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/01/22/why-calling-chinas-genocide-what-it-is-really-matters/

    1. Selling them the rope:

      Hollywood’s Dependence On China ‘Will Grow’ After COVID
      https://thefederalist.com/2021/01/21/hollywoods-dependence-on-china-will-grow-after-covid/

      In the early months of 2020, a virus from China thrust the world into chaos, but a year into the pandemic that wrecked the industry, Hollywood is hardly backing away from the Middle Kingdom. Quite the contrary.

      “Dependency on the market will grow,” Fenton predicts, “which means the wherewithal to push back on CCP encroachment and bilateral imbalances will wane.”

      Numbers released this month confirmed the inevitable. In 2020, ticket sales at the Chinese box office surpassed the North American box office, making China the world’s top moviegoing market. Both markets obviously suffered enormous losses in 2020, but China still came out on top, an outcome experts expected to occur in the coming years anyway. Of course, it’s ironic that a pandemic unleashed on the world in no small part due to Beijing’s moral corruption is what ultimately enabled China to win this particular race. But it gets worse.

      Fenton is a Hollywood executive who spent years working to distribute major American films in China. You may have read his book, “Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, & American Business,” which enjoyed a timely release date in July. It offers some surprising insights into the development of the film industry’s close relationship with China, which Fenton has come to regret facilitating.

  14. https://academic.oup.com/cid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cid/ciaa1491/5912603

    At the beginning of the outbreak, we correlated Ct values obtained using our PCR technique based on amplification of the E gene and the results of the culture [8]. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have performed 250 566 SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR for 179 151 patients, of whom 13 161 (7.3%) tested positive. Up to the end of May, 3790 of these samples, reported as positive on nasopharyngeal samples, were inoculated and managed for culture as previously described [8]. Of these 3790 inoculated samples, 1941 SARS-CoV-2 isolates could be obtained after the first inoculation or up to 2 blind subcultures. The correlation between the scanner values and the positivity of the culture allows us to observe that the image obtained with 10 times more isolates than in our preliminary work (1941 vs 129) does not change significantly (Figure 1). It can be observed that at Ct = 25, up to 70% of patients remain positive in culture and that at Ct = 30 this value drops to 20%. At Ct = 35, the value we used to report a positive result for PCR, <3% of cultures are positive. Our Ct value of 35, initially based on the results obtained by RT-PCR on control negative samples in our laboratory and initial results of cultures [8], is validated by the results herein presented and is in correlation with what was proposed in Korea [9] and Taiwan [10].

  15. https://twitchy.com/dougp-3137/2021/01/21/there-you-go-pete-buttigieg-tells-workers-losing-jobs-because-bidens-killing-the-keystone-pipeline-what-to-expect-next/

    Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg defends Biden’s elimination of Keystone pipeline jobs, saying those workers need to get “different ones”

    1. https://twitter.com/crabcrawler1/status/1352359779985993728

      On Twitter(dot)com you can watch people’s individual lives be destroyed as Joe Biden costs them their jobs.

      And this is still technically day one.

      1. Colorado’s been wrestling with that recently in some Western Slope towns that relied on coal mining that the Democrats are trying to kill. They want to figure out a way to replace those jobs so the communities don’t fall into poverty, but the fact of the matter is that you can’t just replace $50-80K/year jobs overnight. Especially in the energy industry, which is still pretty labor-intensive.

        And then Democrats wonder why blue-collar whites increasingly keep going over to the Republicans.

        1. Oh, I don’t know; Reason has lots of posts ot really good jobs that can be done from anywhere

    2. Learn to code

      1. Because 45 year old former blue collar developers are killing it these days

      2. And then have your job outsourced to a firm in India, or given to an H-1B that can be paid cheaper.

        A big problem here is that these left-liberal cultural elites actually believe there can be enough jobs to make everyone an elite, (which is why everyone should go to college, so they can be elite), and that a society which hasn’t provided jobs for everyone to be elite has fundamentally failed.

        They literally don’t notice the Morlocks that actually keep their society from crumbling around their ears don’t necessarily require humanities or even STEM degrees to do their job. They might get a trade school certification, but that’s the extent of it because those trades are still working off the old guild-style master/journeyman/apprentice system after several hundred years, or get thrown right in doing the shit jobs and work their way up. And you definitely don’t need a degree to sling hash in a restaurant, just a work ethic.

  16. Bidens first executive order was masks on federal property. He and his family broke the EO that night.

    https://justthenews.com/government/white-house/biden-bidens-family-seen-violating-federal-mask-mandate-just-hours-after

    New press sec Psaki defended it as being a celebration.

    1. While she was not wearing a mask on federal property.

      1. Jesse, you missed the “celebrating with his family” exception the ruling class gets for its religious holidays, but we don’t get for Xmas.

        1. Do not get uppity, pleb.

        2. Yeah, I missed that. I was too busy laughing at the Bernie cultists running out to buy dorky mittens. Why no reporting on the assuredly millions of white supremacist insurrections running out to buy bison headdresses?

    2. “He and his family broke the EO that night.”

      IMPEACHMENT!!!!!

      1. Yeah, but did they get peed on by Russian hookers?

        Nuance is key.

  17. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1352010307116425225.html

    I’m moved to tears to see all of the heroes in intelligentsia offering testimonies of how they can finally breathe again. It is definitely not an orgiastic form of Collective Munchausen. What my American friends have had to endure over the last 4 years is the benchmark by which all past, present, and future stories of victimhood should be gauged. Some whiners complain about escaping genocidal hate to come to the land of the free.

    Nonsense. No one has suffered as much as a liberal professor at Oberlin College under Trump’s regime. I can’t type anymore because I’m truly moved to tears by the heroism of the professors that were able to carry on with their academic duties under Trump. Tears of joy are streaming from my face as I realize that science can finally resume.

    1. Now that’s some good sarcasm. I like Saad.

  18. “Biden is also slated to repeal a rule that prohibits U.S. aid from going to foreign groups that provide, promote, or refer women to abortion services.”

    Didn’t I tell you all how great Biden would be from a Koch / Reason libertarian perspective?

    #LibertariansForTaxpayerFundedForeignAbortions

    1. Good way to create more immigrants.

    2. Ok, that’s a good hashtag. OBL can still deliver good sarc sometimes.

  19. UK still has leadership the ruling class doesn’t trust

    The witch-hunting of lockdown sceptics
    The demonisation of dissenters has reached hysterical proportions.
    https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/01/19/the-witch-hunting-of-lockdown-sceptics/

  20. Biden looks slated to carry on Trump-style economic protectionism.

    Buy American policies didnt start in 2016 dumbfucks.

    1. Neither did kids in cages, but that stopped no one from calling it a Trump-era policy

  21. Antifa no longer needed

    Curious timing: Now Twitter decides to suspend several prominent accounts allegedly associated with Antifa
    https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2021/01/21/curious-timing-now-twitter-decides-to-suspend-several-prominent-accounts-allegedly-associated-with-antifa/

    1. Pretty soon nobody will be on Twitter.
      I hope.

    2. You are working so hard on finding these “curious timings”.

      1. You’re working so hard on defending Biden and the left.

      2. Looks pretty easy to me.

  22. Virtue Hoarders: our scolding elites
    How the professional-managerial class presents its power over the working class as moral superiority.
    https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/01/21/virtue-hoarders-our-scolding-elites/

    ‘We must be heretics’, says Catherine Liu in her new book, Virtue Hoarders. ‘We should blaspheme.’ Her call for sacrilege is directed against the pieties of the professional-managerial class (PMC), which dominates ‘political organisations, publishing, media, private foundations, think tanks, and the university’. This is a class ‘convinced of its own unassailable position as comprising the most advanced people the earth has ever seen’; insistent on ‘its ability to do ordinary things in extraordinary, fundamentally superior and more virtuous ways’.

    Liu has some fun ridiculing the pretentiousness of PMC self-experimentation, observing that ‘from returning to the “land”… to keto diets, only drinking sewage-laden raw water, and intermittent fasting, its self-indulgence is always a kind of sanctimonious austerity’. Her point, though, is a serious one: that this elite ‘finds in its particular tastes and cultural proclivities the justification for its unshakable sense of superiority to ordinary working-class people’. As she puts it: ‘PMC virtue hoarding is the insult added to injury when white-collar managers, having downsized their blue-collar workforce, then disparage them for their bad taste in literature, bad diets, unstable families, and deplorable child-rearing habits.’

  23. https://twitter.com/Humble_Analysis/status/1352065710369882112

    In 2020, there were at least 45K excess deaths among those under 45; only 8500 of these, at most, can be explained by Covid itself. The remainder are hysteria induced deaths of despair.

  24. https://twitter.com/OBusybody/status/1352313329067454464

    1/2 BECAUSE OF LOCKDOWNS:
    -909 million undernourished by 2030
    -24 million additional children out of school
    -13 million additional child marriages by 2030
    -3.3 million unsafe abortions
    -500,000 extra HIV/AIDS deaths
    -400,000 extra tuberculous deaths
    -100,000 extra malaria deaths

    1. But it’s just affecting the deplorables. My caste is doing just fine.

      1. We know the real WK is a barrista.

        1. You “know” so many things that are not real.

          1. We know you are full of shit.

          2. You got banned then used Tulpas trick to hide it.

          3. You got fired? Did this happen at the same time you got banned?

  25. What’s up Peanuts? How is the Trump Fan Club doing today?

    That Patriot Party seems so Trump-like. Take a cult TV reality star and mix in a nationalistic jingle.

    Keep up the good work! PATRIOT PARTY!

    1. Hey Mr. Buttplug! Have you seen the latest fantastic news about this amazing Biden economy?

      Jeff Bezos earned $2,350,000,000 yesterday.

      I think we’re looking at a repeat of 2009 – 2016, the strongest economic run in US history.

      #BidenBoom

      1. correction 2009-2019.

        1. Huh? You were constantly pointing out how terrible the Drumpf economy was even before the pandemic. Remember when Sam’s Club closed all those locations? Remember how the GDP growth rate was a tiny fraction of Obama’s?

          #DrumpfDepression

          1. It’s hard to remember all the lies.

    2. Good news my dear friend!

      Your sexual *ahem* peccadillos are still cool with twitter, because Trump saying mean things about Democrats is far worse than kiddie porn. (of course)

      https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/megan-fox/2021/01/21/child-sex-trafficking-victim-sues-twitter-in-federal-court-says-the-site-facilitated-his-abuse-n1400781

  26. My friends have put up a new video so that we can find and finally “stop” people like Jesse and Ken. Here’s an excerpt:

    The greatest threat facing America today comes from within: radical extreme conservatives, also known as domestic terrorists. They’re hidden among us, disguised behind regular jobs. They are your children’s teachers. They work at supermarkets, malls, doctor’s offices, and many are police officers and soldiers…

    We have to fight back,” the clip continues. “In this new war, the battlefield has changes. Computers can be more valuable than guns. And this is what we need now more than ever: an army of citizen detectives… I’m proposing we form a citizen army, our weapons will be computers and cell phones. We who are monitoring conservative extremists on the internet and reporting their findings to authorities.”

    Won’t you hunt them, too?

    Watch the whole thing here: https://twitter.com/donwinslow/status/1351329266084925440

    1. Anyone posting on Reason H&R is no threat to the body politic.

      1. Fuck off and die, turd.

      2. And you’re a threat to school children.

    2. “Won’t you hunt them, too?”

      Naah, too few of them.
      TDA-addled lefty shits like you, OTOH, are far more numerous, far more dangerous and full of shit besides.

    3. Is this incitement?

    4. “ radical extreme conservatives”

      Literally no such thing.

  27. “It’s not that The Verge’s statement about fired union employees is factually wrong—all 10 Instacart employees in Skokie, Illinois, who voted in early 2020 to unionize have been fired, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1546.

    But Instacart also fired about 1,990 other employees, too.”

    If Instacart was taken over by the government, they’d all be working for the taxpayers–and this wouldn’t be a problem!!!

    This isn’t the only awful thing that’s happening because of unions like the United Food and Commercial Workers union. One of the stories that was largely ignored yesterday was Biden’s firing of the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. This was notable for a number of reasons, among them the fact that the NLRB is an independent agency–that is NOT under the control of the president. Biden has no constitutional or legal authority to fire someone from an independent agency who was confirmed by the senate.

    Why did Biden fire someone in an independent agency without the authority to do so?

    [Peter Robb’s] term was slated to last until this coming November, but unions, including the Service Employees International Union and Communications Workers of America, had been urging Biden to break with precedent by forcing him out immediately

    —-Bloomberg

    https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/biden-moves-to-oust-top-labor-board-attorney-robb

    If Biden is willing to unconstitutionally and illegally fire people from agencies over which he has no legal control, at the behest of labor unions that the NLRB oversees, is there any good reason to think he’ll restrain himself from packing the Supreme Court?

    The Republicans in the senate should do everything they can to refuse to confirm anyone Biden appoints to replace Robb. Trump waited until Robb’s predecessor’s term expired before appointing Robb, and there is no good reason why Biden should be allowed to act like an authoritarian dictator in this regard, without any consideration for the Constitution, the law, or even appearances.

    Biden was expected to act like an authoritarian dictator, and that’s exactly what he’s doing.

      1. WHITE WATER! ROSE LAW FIRM! VINCE FOSTER! BLUE DRESS! BENGHAZI! ARGLE BARGLE!!! BABY KILLER! AARHHHHHH!

        1. Man. The biden cultists is also a Clinton cultist. Explains the pedophilia though.

        2. The actual buttplug is shaped like Epsteins head.

      2. What a ridiculous suggestion. It’s only wrong if Trump does it.

        1. Asshole, what did you do to get banned? Just curious in the hopes we can encourage you to do it again.
          Check with turd; he’s managed to get banned several times and I see he’d your new BFF.

          1. There’s this funny process that happens with trolls.

            They originally come here because they think libertarians haven’t really heard the gospel truth of progressivism. They think if they just explain it to us, then we’ll all become progressives, too.

            After interacting with us for a while, they realize, subconsciously or otherwise, that pretty much everything they believe is irrational, ignorant, and more or less indefensible. It’s all based on their limited understanding of the world, the way the world really works, etc. And when it hits them that rather than being knowledgeable and smart, they’re really just fashion victims, they react in a couple of ways.

            One way is to slink off back to wherever it was they went before. They go back to a world where being fashionable is all that matters. A special few, however, can’t do that. Libertarians won’t be persuaded by ignorance and stupidity, and all their attempts at facts and reason are frustrated because the road of facts and reason always seems to end in libertarianism. What do they do?

            They simply cannot accept a world where their ignorance and stupidity isn’t considered knowledgeable and smart. They don’t change a thing about they way they “think”–until they become increasingly so ignorant and so increasingly stupid that it reaches troll levels.

            This is how trolls are born. They all seem to go through the same process. They can’t be knowledgeable and smart, so they become dumber and dumber to try to make that feel normal and themselves feel okay.

          2. Thats the parody of the WK banned sock.

            1. Then I suppose we should be flattered.

        2. ‘Scuse me; I see we have a new-new WK.
          Good; he if anyone, needs a parody account.

          1. Poe’s Law!

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe%27s_law

            Given the crazy things people are saying today, how could you know it was a parody?

            In regards to the real White Knight, her CPU overheated the day she started arguing that shooting an unarmed protester was perfectly justifiable because she were trespassing on public property, and I’m not sure her system ever rebooted properly.

            It’s not that we paint our critics into these corners so much as that they don’t really think about the logical conclusions of their beliefs beforehand. We libertarians think about that a lot–way ahead of time! Like I said, a lot of our critics think we haven’t thought things through.

            They’re wrong about that.

    1. You forgot to mention that this is literally unprecedented. Which is only a problem when Trump does it.

      1. The separation of powers is the line between republic and empire, between republic and dictatorship.

        ” A crisis arose in 1862, when the Diet refused to authorize funding for a proposed re-organization of the army . . . . The King’s ministers could not convince legislators to pass the budget, and the King was unwilling to make concessions. Wilhelm threatened to abdicate in favour of his son Crown Prince Frederick William, who opposed his doing so, believing that Bismarck was the only politician capable of handling the crisis. However, Wilhelm was ambivalent about appointing a person who demanded unfettered control over foreign affairs.

        Bismarck was intent on maintaining royal supremacy by ending the budget deadlock in the King’s favour, even if he had to use extralegal means to do so. Under the Constitution, the budget could be passed only after the king and legislature agreed on its terms. Bismarck contended that since the Constitution did not provide for cases in which legislators failed to approve a budget, there was a “legal loophole” in the Constitution and so he could apply the previous year’s budget to keep the government running. Thus, on the basis of the 1861 budget, tax collection continued for four years.[28]

        Bismarck’s conflict with the legislators intensified in the coming years. Following the Alvensleben Convention of 1863, the House of Deputies resolved that it could no longer come to terms with Bismarck; in response, the King dissolved the Diet.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_von_Bismarck#Minister_President_of_Prussia

        When the Treasury, the IRS, the Justice Department, the National Labor Relations Board, etc. starts doing what the president says–instead of following the Constitution and the law–that’s when it becomes a dictatorship.

        When that happens in the United States, it will probably be in a situation where the president has control of Congress and do pretty much whatever he wants without their interference or opposition. In other words, we won’t know we’ve crossed that threshold until congressional opposition is ignored both by the president and the bureaucracies that make up the government. However, just because we don’t realize we’ve crossed that threshold yet, doesn’t mean we haven’t crossed it. The first indication is the president ignoring the Constitution and the law, and an independent agency like the NLRB following the president’s orders instead of the law.

        1. I don’t necessarily disagree, but the authority here is debatable.

          If a Republican tried this there might be a 5-4 split denying his authority. But since Biden did it I suspect there will be a 6-3 or better majority permitting it.

          This is the first time a President has removed an NLRB general counsel since the position’s creation in 1947. Mr. Trump let Obama appointee Richard Griffin torment businesses until his term expired in November 2017.

          Congress intended for the position to be “independent.” While the National Labor Relations Act doesn’t forbid a President from firing the general counsel, the Supreme Court in Morrison v. Olson (1988) upheld limitations on the President’s ability to terminate an independent counsel. Justice Antonin Scalia, the lone dissenter, argued persuasively that the law violated the separation of powers.

          By firing Mr. Robb, Mr. Biden may be provoking a legal challenge to Morrison, which some conservatives on the High Court want to revisit. The Court’s original sin in this area, Humphrey’s Executor (1935), could also be up for an overdue reversal.

          We’re told Mr. Robb is exploring his legal options, but savor the political irony. Mr. Biden is asserting executive powers illuminated by Justice Kavanaugh while teeing up a challenge to Congress’s establishment of unaccountable government agencies and actors. Bring on the lawsuit, Mr. Robb.

          1. “The court’s decision in Seila Law v. CFPB limited but didn’t overturn its 1935 ruling in Humphrey’s Executor, giving cover to bipartisan, independent agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The majority opinion of the divided court drew a crucial distinction between the CFPB’s single-director structure and independent agencies that have multi-person leadership panels with members from both political parties.”

            https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/supreme-court-casts-doubt-on-future-of-independent-agency-heads

            As things stand, what Biden did is illegal and unconstitutional. Violating our First, Second, or Fifth Amendment rights isn’t legal or constitutional pending the overturning of whatever cases the Supreme Court hasn’t deemed to overturn yet either.

    2. To be fair, Biden didn’t fire the guy–his handlers did.

      Biden’s just the figurehead through which these people operate. He can’t even remember what he said five minutes ago without intense memorization.

      1. If Biden signed and dated the letter that threatened to fire Robb if he didn’t resign, then he’s responsible for making the threat.

        If Biden signed and dated the letter firing Robb without cause, then he’s responsible for firing Robb.

        If Biden should be removed from office because he’s so mentally incompetent that he can’t be held responsible for the threats he makes, the laws he breaks, and the letters he signs, then he should be removed from office.

        1. Yeah, but you’re talking about how things operate in a non-dysfunctional, high-trust, monoculture civilization that isn’t fully captured by global megacorps and left-wing cathedrals.

          It doesn’t matter if Biden is too incompetent or not to know what he’s actually signing, the point is that he’s there to be a figurehead through whom the ruling class can push their globalist/corporatist agenda. That’s also why Harris is his VP, so that if Biden goes too far off the reservation, he can be 25A’d and she can take over–because she is fully on board with what that ruling class wants, and would have been in the top seat anyway if Tulsi hadn’t shanked her.

          1. After 2016 and especially 2020, if it isn’t obvious by now that Democratic primaries are a selection, not an election process, and that these people are specifically chosen by the upper party operatives and their business/media/NGO allies because they will push a specific socio-economic and foreign policy agenda, then I don’t know what to tell you.

  28. Libertarians are now worse than al queda and ISIS, and being hunted by the intel agencies, but at least that tyrant Trump is gone

  29. I don’t have to imagine it.

    Imagine America Is a Teenage Girl
    Feeling things is an act of bravery.

    By Samantha Hunt
    Ms. Hunt is a novelist and short story writer.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/22/opinion/kamala-harris-girls.html

    1. America is finished; to be influential and in authority, you have to prove yourself to be emotionally stunted and damaged goods.

      Holding your shit together = toxic masculinity. Meanwhile Chinese soldiers are being trained to kill and Chinese schoolchildren are learning STEM.

      Thanks, emotional basketcases.

    2. Is her husband’s name Mike?

    3. It certainly speaks to the emotionally stunted paradigm that leftists see the world under.

  30. https://twitter.com/SteveGuest/status/1352365006214623232

    I’m old enough to remember when Dr. Fauci went on 60 Minutes in March 2020 and said, “Right now in the United States, people should not be walking around with masks. … There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.”

    1. Was he lying then or is he lying now?
      Either way, he is a liar.

      1. Both?

        Do I get a prize?

    2. Science said we didn’t need them then, and science says we need them now.
      What’s not to get? This isn’t hard you know.

      Ra’s is the kind of idiot who thinks science is a method and process rather than an ideology.

      1. Ahem, it’s Science!, not science.

        1. She blinded me with it.

          1. WK’s certainly been hyperactive throughout this thread.

      2. Yes that science has been working so well so far!

  31. https://twitter.com/politicalmath/status/1352484748736663555

    One last thing on this:

    The teachers union agreed to kids returning to school today. They made a deal and had an agreement.

    They raised this new objection on Tuesday.

    They got parent’s hopes up, had the parents make plans, and fucked them over 48 hours before kids went back

    1. Sooner or later there will be school board elections and a new teachers contract to negotiate and approve. Then we will see just how appalling the parents think this was.

  32. Hive mind

    https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/1352436928843558918

    A new trend on the left: Calling the Senate’s 60-vote threshold the “Jim Crow filibuster.”

  33. So we’re demanding tests and quarantines for people flying in, but not for caravans crossing the border, because one is public health and the other is racism, just like I’ll need ID papers (covid vaccine docs) to leave my house to go to the polling place but it will be racist to demand those papers at the polling place.

    1. But you can vote by mail now , which means:
      A: your vote will be traced back to you if you vote “wrong”
      B: your vote will be tossed in the trash

      1. C: Your vote will be cast for you by Twiebook.

  34. Fuck you and your precious Democrats, Reason

    https://twitter.com/detroitnews/status/1352626679156453378
    Indoor dining at restaurants in Michigan will resume on Feb. 1, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced this morning.

    1. But sarcasmic, wk, jeff, and the other dumb leftists think this is just a coincidence.

      1. Only good things happen with SleepyJoe.

      1. Because smothering negative stories about one candidate and smothering positive stories about his opponent, isn’t “promotion”! We’ve been over this before.

        1. You got banned then used Tulpas trick to hide it.

      1. You got banned then used Tulpas trick to hide it.

      1. You got banned then uses Tulpas trick to hide it.

      1. Denial
        Anger
        Bargaining
        Depression
        Acceptance

        These are the five stages of grief.

        Reason staff may be aware that the Democrats are doing bad things, but when it comes to Trump losing being the cause of that, they’re still in the denial stage.

        It’s only been one day!

        Give them a moment to catch up.

        1. Sorry that your “most libertarian President of our times” lost.

          1. Actually, I’m not. The dude was a cretin.

            1. Yes he was, and he was still the most libertarian president in the last 75 years.

      2. Why would you need to use hair spaces in your name if you’re not banned?

        Why play games?

        1. He thinks the rest of us are as stupid as he is.

          Don’t forget he fucked up water. He might be the dumbest person here and that’s a real accomplishment.

  35. In other related labor/union news Amazon has suddenly decided that it does not trust the validity of mail in voting and wants voting only in person.

    https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/amazon-vote-alabama-in-person/2021/01/22/id/1006785/

    1. Robespierre: “(in French) “Wait a minute, guys. Not me. Them over there. Not me, please, Please……” thunk

      1. “Je jure que je suis de ton côté. Regardez mes mitaines.”

    2. My President has been anointed and crowned so it doesn’t matter anymore.

  36. Busnesses could start an alternative to Unions to promote their business culture because Unions have been controlled by law. Then employees would have an alternative to join in support of constructive progress to make promotion a matter of performance.

    1. Making promotions a matter of performance is illegal.

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