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Tech Companies Could Form Their Own Governments Under a New Nevada Proposal

Plus: Replacing cops with health care workers saves lives, tech policy advice for President Biden, and more...

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Nevada aims to bring innovative entrepreneurs to the state without forcing the public to foot the bill.  An unusual proposal from Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak may help attract to his state some tech companies fleeing from Silicon Valley—while also making Nevada a positive model for experimental government.

Sisolak wants to allow "innovative technology" companies to run their own "alternative form of local government," operating schools and courts, imposing taxes, and doing other things expected of and allowed by municipal and county authorities.

Under Sisolak's draft plan, the Governor's Office of Economic Development will consider "Innovation Zone" proposals from tech companies that own at least 50,000 acres of undeveloped land in an area of the state that doesn't already belong to a city or town. If chosen, a company must invest at least $250 million into the area upfront plus another $1 billion over the next ten years.

The new tech-backed towns and cities would initially be governed by existing authorities in the county they're located in, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which first reported on the plan. But the goal is for the new innovation zones to be run by a three-member board of supervisors and other mechanisms of an independent local government.

"During his speech last month, Sisolak specifically named Blockchains, LLC as a company that had committed to developing a 'smart city' in the area east of Reno that would run entirely on blockchain technology, once the legislation passes," the Review-Journal reports.

Sisolak said his goal was to attract new and innovative tech businesses without the usual offering of all sorts of publicly-funded perks and special tax abatements.

The current model for local governance in Nevada is "inadequate alone to provide the flexibility and resources conducive to making the State a leader in attracting and retaining new forms and types of businesses and fostering economic development in emerging technologies and innovative industries," says Sisolak's draft proposal.


FREE MINDS 

An open letter to Biden about Section 230. A January paper from First Amendment expert and Santa Clara University School of Law professor Eric Goldman, explains why President Joe Biden should "save, not revoke, Section 230."

Biden said during his campaign for president that he favors "repealing Section 230, the law that says websites aren't liable for third-party content," points out Goldman. But if Biden really wants to honor reality, rule of law, evidence-based policy-making and the First Amendment, he should leave Section 230 alone. And if he wants to "restore the U.S. as the world's free speech leader," he should leave Section 230 alone.

"It would be disingenuous for the United States to tout its global free speech leadership if we are simultaneously reducing Section 230's protections," writes Goldman.

The world is watching our moves on speech regulation, especially in light of how our moral leadership on the topic eroded in the Trump era. Our moves should promote free speech online, not seek to circumscribe it. Your presidency is a time to rebuild our country. It would be a tragic misstep if your presidency instead tore down one of Congress' most significant technology policy.

Read the full paper here.


FREE MARKETS

Replacing cops with health care professionals saves lives. "A program that replaces police officers with health care workers on mental health and substance abuse calls in Denver, Colorado, is showing signs of success, reports CBS News. "Despite responding to hundreds of calls, the workers made no arrests, the report said — and the city's police chief told CBS News on Friday that he believes the program 'saves lives.'" Read the city's six-month progress report on the program here.


QUICK HITS

• Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is suing a reporter to stop her from requesting records about a state official's discipline for sexual harassment.

• The mutant COVID-19 variant that's more highly transmissible (and has ravaged the United Kingdom) is now running rampant in the United States, according to a new study. The mutated strain—called B.1.1.7—was circulating in the U.S. "as early as late November 2020" and in "at least 30 states as of January 2021," write researchers. "Our study shows that the U.S. is on a similar trajectory as other countries where B.1.1.7 rapidly became the dominant SARS-CoV-2 variant."

• Stealing Snapchat's shtick was no problem for Instagram. But beating TikTok at its game is proving to be much harder.

• Chinese tech companies are fighting over who owns user data.

• Why isn't the U.S. keeping better data on COVID-19 reinfections?

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  1. Some businesses that advertised during Tom Brady’s first Super Bowl

    I forget, was he a known cheater at that point yet? BECAUSE HE IS NOW.

    1. Holy shit, remember Gateway computers?

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          1. Tom Monahan that used to own Domino’s Pizza already tried this. As soon as someone didn’t like his laws oh, they tore it all apart. Forced him to get an abortion clinic they had all kinds of stuff that he didn’t want. So the real deal is oh, it will be allowed as long as it’s completely liberal and congruent with PC groupthink.

        1. Dude, music on floppy disks just sounds better.

        2. They’re just a sub-brand of Acer now.

      2. The big black and white cow box was hard to miss. At least there weren’t porch pirates back then.

    2. I’m surprised any companies other than Chik-fil-A, My Pillow and Gold Bond Medicated Powder were willing to advertised during this Super Bowl at all, since Tom Brady is a Trump supporter (and therefore and insurrectionist).

      1. The squirrels added a couple of “d”s in there.
        What happened to the Edit button?

        1. The E it button was cancxlxd when KMMMW atttached the Copotol.

      2. Don’t tell the bucs defense, but Brady’s white privilege is the only reason they won.

        1. And Gronk’s

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  2. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is suing a reporter to stop her from requesting records about a state official’s discipline for sexual harassment.

    HR records are confidential, but maybe if she would like to meet Landry for drinks they could discuss it.

    1. If you think HR records are confidential, you probably believe Biden is a unifier.

      1. Trump Lawyers Argue,House Democrats are proposing to limit the next round of Covid-19 relief payments to households earning less than $200,000, QWer after criticism that President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package would benefit the rich……READ MORE COMMENT

  3. The mutant COVID-19 variant that’s more highly transmissible (and has ravaged the United Kingdom) is now running rampant in the United States…

    Did you really expect they would give you some breathing room before the sequel came out?

    1. The new cases!!!!

    2. I like how they focus on it being transmission and gloss over if it is deadlier.

      1. I assume it’s not because, if it was, that would be the lead?

    3. BREATHING SPREADS THE VIRUS!

  4. Chinese tech companies are fighting over who owns user data.

    Spoiler alert: it ain’t the user.

    1. Second spoiler alert: it ain’t the tech companies either….

  5. The #BidenBoom keeps paying off for the billionaire class that put him in the White House.

    Reason.com’s benefactor Charles Koch earned $464,000,000 on the most recent business day.

    He’s already up over $2 billion this year. Whereas in 2020 he lost over $5 billion because of Drumpf’s high-tariff / low-immigration policies.

    #InDefenseOfBillionaires
    #GetReadyForTheKochComeback

  6. Why isn’t the U.S. keeping better data on COVID-19 reinfections?

    Because it’s better for various corporate interests for experts to say “we don’t know so keep your mask on and stay socially distant and only shop in approved locations” than to admit it’s less likely than getting hit by lightning?

    1. Buying from Amazon and Walmart are antiviral, but shopping at your neighborhood mom and pop store is like licking a toilet.

      1. Did you see that fucking bullshit commercial Colbert was in during the Super Bowl?

        “When this is over, don’t forget to support you local small business!”

        Nigga, your side already killed these places with your bullshit lockdowns and restrictions. You people are directly responsible for making Amazon, Walmart, and fast food corporations even more powerful by killing their competition for them, and now you’re telling us we need to support these places? Yeah, we wanted to, but we couldn’t because you forbade us from patronizing them, you asshole.

        1. That pissed me off SOOOOO MUCH.

          If we want to ensure there is a community left, OPEN THE FUCK UP NOW.

        2. I can hardly wait for our resident lefties to tell us that the small business decimation is the result of “market forces” and that it’s a good thing.

          1. Until it is in the past, at which point it will be a perfect example of why Capitalism and free markets are the worst- they practically demand that giant, evil corporations win out.

    2. Woah. Millions of people get hit by lightning every year? I must have missed that headline!

      1. He was talking about reinfection.

        1. Oh boy. Terrible reading on my end.

        2. Blargrifth is a leftist, it doesn’t care.

      2. “COVID-19 reinfections”

  7. “Sisolak wants to allow “innovative technology” companies to run their own “alternative form of local government,” operating schools and courts, imposing taxes, and doing other things expected of and allowed by municipal and county authorities.”

    And …. thereby expose themselves to Constitutional restraints? Why would anybody take Sisolak up this offer? The tech companies are doing perfectly fine melding into existing government structures without any concern about constraints on their power.

    “But muh private government!”

    1. It worked so well for Omni Corporation.

      1. “You build the fucking THING! Now I gotta’ deal with it?”

        1. “We practically ARE the military.”

          1. “AAAAHHHH!!! DOOON’T TOUCH MEE MAAAAN!!”

            ::gurgles::

            1. “Bitches, leave.”

              1. Ha!

                You win. That scene was great lol

      2. Interesting fact: OCP bought Detroit for a dollar

        1. They overpaid.

          1. They were counting on selling all the copper pipes, but someone had already stolen them.

    2. It works with sharia law right?

    3. The tech companies are doing perfectly fine melding into existing government structures without any concern about constraints on their power.

      Exactly. The only thing a proposal like this really does is set up a “company town” model like those that existed in the Gilded Age. If the oligarchs really want to recreate the labor wars which resulted from that, then this sounds like a great way to help bring that about.

      1. but now there is globalization and so we could literally have China running “local” American governments

      2. The difference between the nineteenth century company town and this proposal in Nevada is the legal systems in place surrounding them. These companies would be treated as analogous to county government, thereby being required by the state to fulfill the same responsibilities and be equally required to follow state and federal law.

        I think the idea is very interesting, has the potential to be innovative, and has genuinely never been attempted before. We could learn much about the limits of democracy and the conditions under which polycentric governance can succeed.

        1. These companies would be treated as analogous to county government, thereby being required by the state to fulfill the same responsibilities and be equally required to follow state and federal law.

          Haha, you really think these billion-dollar corporations would allow themselves to be restricted by the same rules as a normal municipality?

          We could learn much about the limits of democracy and the conditions under which polycentric governance can succeed.

          Bitch, please.

          1. Please what? If they don’t allow themselves to be restricted then they cannot participate. Its pretty simple. The terms of service are made clear to everyone before the agreement is settled.

            1. Tech companies have a great record of following terms of services.

              1. So you are going to judge this proposal based on an emotional impulse about how certain tech companies have made you sad in the past rather than evaluating the idea on its own merit?

                1. No, historical precedent.
                  Eat a bullet.

                2. Pointing out tech companies behavior concerning terms of service is an emotional impulse?

                  Project much?

                  1. It sure seems like an emotional impulse. At the very least it is a poorly conceived side-effect of collectivism.

            2. Please what? If they don’t allow themselves to be restricted then they cannot participate. Its pretty simple. The terms of service are made clear to everyone before the agreement is settled.

              Yeah, if it’s one thing billion-dollar tech megacorps will do, it’s willingly subject themselves to local restrictions. They would certainly never use their money as leverage for rent-seeking or carve-outs.

              1. Don’t Be Evil.

    4. “thereby expose themselves to Constitutional restraints?”

      The feds are no longer restrained by it, why would anybody else be?

    5. Going back to the era when the Casinos ran Nevada…

      1. You mean when the Mafia ran Nevada, I lived their during that age, and surprisingly they did a better job at running the place than the current government. Now with this law going on we are starting to enter a true cyberpunk era. Oops my mistake cyberwoke. anyway, hopefully I can get harking skills back up to par. I’m way out of the loop now.

        1. damn we need a edit button on here, hacking not harking.

          1. Both skills will be useful.

  8. “Despite responding to hundreds of calls, the workers made no arrests, the report said — and the city’s police chief told CBS News on Friday that he believes the program ‘saves lives.'”

    “Let’s face it, the culture under my leadership leads my employees to believe they can, no, must introduce violence into every encounter.”

  9. Replacing cops with health care professionals saves lives.

    Wait until they learn verbal judo and union up.

    1. I felt like that comment potentially understates the value of replacing cops with more appropriately trained workers. Using the term “saving lives” makes it sound like the the concern is cops who shoot people when responding to these types of cases, which obviously happens but is still not the typical case. Having people who are trained to work with drug addicts rather than trained to restrain them should lead to a much more effective rehabilitation process, the same way that disabled students in twenty-first century schools are assigned behavior specialists whereas a hundred years ago they may have went straight to the loony bin.

      Of course, I share your concerns about unions, regardless.

      1. Of course, this all depends on the 911 caller being able to accurately diagnose mental illness while fleeing an attacker with a butcher knife, right?

      2. This is just another example of a big government solution to a big government problem. End the war on drugs and all the other laws that have lead to militarization of the police. It’d be a lot easier to train police in basic de-escalation if they weren’t busy being trained in urban warfare.

        In some jurisdictions in this country, the idea that police are there to protect and serve isn’t actually ridiculous.

        1. Substance abuse is a health problem with no criminal solution. End the War on Drugs.

        2. I agree with you entirely. However, what Denver is doing here is equally a structural solution. Even in a world without militarized police and a war on drugs, cops still will not be the correct people for responding to mental health problems.

          1. “structural solution”

            We’ll see if it’s a solution. Adding another layer of bureaucracy doesn’t have a good track record.

            1. A valid concern. Much does remain to be determined. Hopefully it is a step in the right direction, or at least an inspiration for more market-oriented solutions to fill in the demand for such services.

      3. disabled students in twenty-first century schools are assigned behavior specialists whereas a hundred years ago they may have went straight to the loony bin

        That’s why the administrators/assistants in schools outnumber the teachers and we have doubled the total staff in schools since about 1980 with no concomitant increase in results. Bad idea.

        1. Double?
          More like 20-30 times.

          1. My bad.
            More like 10 times.

        2. Don’t be silly. Administrative bloat is a real problem but admin/assistants do not outnumber teachers. This also does not explain why having dedicated staff to address students with special needs is a bad idea.

      4. a hundred years ago they may have went straight to the loony bin.

        Actually, they could just leave school and get a job or go to war. It was more typically adults that were committed by the State. Children were more frequently, either actively or passively, committed by their parents.

        1. Does it make a difference whether they are committed by the state or by the parents? I wouldn’t think so.

        2. A hundred years ago they dropped out of school and ran for office.

          The more things change…

  10. But the goal is for the new innovation zones to be run by a three-member board of supervisors and other mechanisms of an independent local government.

    It’s not Galt’s Gulch if the existing government knows where you are and what you’re doing.

    1. Or maybe it is. I fell asleep through a lot of the end of the book.

      1. spoiler alert: Galt gets tortured

        1. And gives a long speech.

          1. Many long speeches – – – – – –

            1. So, on the torture front, he gives as good as he gets.

    2. Musk is too busy profiting from green energy subsidies to build the screening device.

      None of the heroes in Rand’s books seem to be appearing in the real world. Yet, somehow, all of the villains are.

      1. Her villains were a lot more realistic than the heroes.

      2. The main reason is the best and brightens heros in Rands books were also smart enough to know that they didn’t have the power or the right to change the world to their subjective code, and fore that code on other people. The people at the highest points in today’s society believe they are gods

        1. The people at the highest points in today’s society believe they are gods

          This is why I prefer the company of religious people these days. They are much better at distinguishing between faith and blind loyalty than the Science! crowd.

        2. They did have the power. That power took the form of a strike but it worked.

      3. Because real entrepreneurs would rather be billionaires and put up with the government taking 40% of their money, than to go be a millionaire somewhere and get to keep 100%.

  11. But if Biden really wants to honor reality, rule of law, evidence-based policy-making and the First Amendment-

    Yeah, you can stop there.

    1. (singing) “These are a few of my favorite (racist) things…”

    2. Who else would appoint a Reality Czar though?

      1. That’s why a reality TV star would make a great President!

        1. That would be a Reality Tsar, though.

  12. Another Reason writer decided to smear Ron Paul this weekend. Apparently, he’s partly to blame for the sexual harassment allegations surrounding YAL.

    1. Wait until Census 2020 takes House seats away Democrats and gives them to Red states.

      Republicans impeaching el presidente Biden and el vice presidente Kamala Rouge for election fraud and conspiring to start Civil War 2.0 would be hilarious.

      HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

      1. Its 221-212 in the House of Representatives.

        The Democrats in NY were challenging the results because of election machine fraud. 109 votes or something separate the candidates.

        HAHAHAHAHHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        1. I hate to wake you up, but you’re never going to see an unrigged federal election again.

          Time and time again in the last few months you said “Wait for X”, and time and time again we watched the establishment yank the football away like with Lucy and Charlie Brown.

          Democracy in the US is dead, and soon in the rest of the West too. The Chinese model has gone global.

          1. House elections are going to be harder to fuck with, though, when you can’t count on the Democrat machines in big cities to do their thing.

            1. And the house will become even more irrelevant.

            2. That is what refugee resettlement, H1-B expansion (spare me the, “they’re not allowed to vote,” tripe) and pathway to citizenship for DACA and others is for.

              It’s unlikely most House elections are rigged (but see, the Project Veritas stings in Harris County as a counter-example), but not all of them need to be.

      2. IIRC The sum total of seat movement is approximately 3 seats.

        1. The seat movement was in the opposite direction the polls predicted; the dems were suppose to gain seats not lose them.

    2. He doesn’t even need a cover up. Someone in the organization had CP, so they are all guilty. Yet he works for a magazine that let’s someone who posted CP to continue posting.

      1. Expect more dissents to be charged with CP crimes. Not saying this guy didnt violate this law. When all other political weapons fail, the last crime that garners bi-partisan loathing is child crimes.

        Thats how they got Roy Moore.

        Sex trafficking is another.

        It works because many Republican voters still have moral standards that Democrats dont.

    3. I’m confused by her outrage. Is she pro-life to begin with or expressed any respect for pro-life groups and ideas? It seems like conservatives have criticized and distanced themselves from the man over the allegations. The organization is cutting ties. What is it she’s looking for? Unprompted condemnation of something individuals haven’t been asked about? I really get the feeling she just hates conservatives and pro-life positions. This does just add to the evidence that Reason hates Ron and Rand Paul or any right-leaning libertarian

      1. She seems like the kind of person who’s trying to carve out a position as the libertarian equivalent of a Bulwark writer.

      2. Dissent must be destroyed and any excuse will be used.

        unreason Commies are proof of that.

      3. She’s a Catholic, so yes. But a lot of young pro-lifers (particularly the ones who are online all the time) are extremely woke. They think Trump poisoned the pro-life movement and are desperately trying to nudge the movement in a more liberal direction. They think that if they adopt left-wing talking points on every issue (except abortion), pro-choicers will realize they aren’t that bad and consider banning the mass murder of unborn children.

        1. Kind of like sucking up to the Nazis in the hopes that they’ll stop gassing Jews then… Good luck with that kids.

    4. Zuri Davis
      @ProperlyZuri
      Might be inflammatory, but whatever. Between #YALtoo and the arrest of a pro-lifer for child pornography, I’ve lost all respect for orgs, news groups, and politicians who turned a blind eye to abusive behavior on their side. If you’re silent now, don’t ever speak on Democrats.

      Wow.
      The complete denial of self awareness is impressive.

      1. Well, only looking at half of the story is what Zuri Davis is best at, so….

    5. If the yal wanted it sweet under the rug they would put (D) next to their name

    6. Has Davis actually contributed anything since that ode to Garret Foster last summer? The limited stuff I saw on her Twitter feed was simping for BLM and complaining about systemic racism, so I really don’t know what she brings to the table from a libertarian perspective.

      1. She quit Reason a few months back according to her. For family health reasons. Don’t know if that was a full quit, or just a sabbatical.

      2. She wasn’t good here, writing on criminal justice issues. I don’t think I’m that tough a grader, but when I can do something as easy as read the statement of facts from the appellate opinion covering your issue, and it either contradicts your point or shows you only addressed half the story, I’m going to be annoyed.

    7. Surprise surprise, another “libertarian” Reason author turns out to be a Democrat.

      1. It’s the best path to institutional power and career climbing.
        Posting woke homilies and DNC agitprop on twitter, is today’s equivalent of fraternal handshakes in the 50’s.

    8. Real libertarians will not be tolerated by fake ones, just like real liberals will not be tolerated by progressives.

      1. Nice summary.

  13. At this point, Reason‘s top priority is protecting the right of technology giants to do as they please.

    “They’re private companies, bro. They have the right to de-platform you. Sure, they wouldn’t exist without the state, but we’re just gonna ignore that. Let the ‘free’ market be. Just start your own government!”

    1. *Reason’s

      No clue why that apostrophe looks so wonky.

  14. The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election

    The Commies are admitting they used unconstitutional changes to election laws and election fraud to steal election 2020.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    1. LOL

      Yeah all those billionaires and Wall Street workers supported Biden hoping he’d implement “communism.”

    2. Why Did TIME Magazine Spill the Beans About Anti-Trump Shadow Campaign?

      Commies are so stupid and desperate. Trump was the result of their incorrect assumption that Communism is what America wants.

      The more times they “Impeach” Trump, the more popular and correct he becomes.

      1. Nope, it’s a naked display of power for the purpose of intimation.

        They’re saying “Look at what we did and there’s nothing that you can do about it. We control all the levers of power now.”

    3. Dude, you are WAAAAAAY late on this; it was already discussed the day it came out.

      1. It should probably be discussed every day

        1. Until it becomes illegal.
          Apparently twitter was suspending people for reposting it.

          1. Does Twitter have a “certain facts referred to in this post are inconvenient” flag?

          2. Haha, Twitter was actually suspending people for reposting an established news source admitting the election was rigged?

            These fucking people. Remove their Section 230 protection today.

        2. It doesn’t matter if it is or not. The Supreme Court still ruled that a Democrat EO can’t be undone by a Republican EO, in practice, and it’s still in place and will remain so indefinitely as if it is a law.

          As you’ve pointed out yourself, what is and what should be are no longer relevant to each other.

          1. Wtf did this post here for?

        3. Anyway, I’d be happy if Reason covered it for just one day, after the numerous articles that denied all of it.

          1. Covered it favorably or objectively. I can already envision Reason pieces along the lines of “Shadow government that doesn’t exist mischaracterized by Time Magazine”.

  15. Debasing the Constitution: Why Chief Justice Roberts is Not Presiding over Trump’s Impeachment Trial

    Roberts is a violator of his oath of office too and thinks he can control the Commies who now think they run things.

    America is in Civil War 2.0 that Democrats started. el presidente Biden really believes he has power. HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    1. The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

      Without the Chief Justice it ain’t a constitutional trial.

  16. “Sisolak wants to allow “innovative technology” companies to run their own “alternative form of local government,” operating schools and courts, imposing taxes, and doing other things expected of and allowed by municipal and county authorities.”

    Uh, how is this new? Almost every mining town in the western US, including Nevada, had some legacy of “company town”, sometimes with their own currencies.

  17. Sisolak wants to allow “innovative technology” companies to run their own “alternative form of local government,” operating schools and courts, imposing taxes, and doing other things expected of and allowed by municipal and county authorities.

    So once the government outsources all the functions of government, how much will we still have to pay for government?

    1. Just follow the classic IRS guidelines:

      1. How much money did you make last year?
      2. Send it to us.

      1. The + IRS = Theirs

        1. Nice. I hadn’t heard that before.

  18. Leftist Riots Vs. Capitol ‘Insurrections’ And The Clueless Media That Conflates Them

    Poor Commies at unreason. They are clueless about Libertarianism, economics, politics, and America in general.

    1. except the media don’t conflate them, they say the capitol riot was worse.

    2. They’re not clueless, they know what they’ve done.
      In the great battle between freedom and slavery it became time to pick a side, so they did.

  19. Republicans Win the Final Congressional Seat in NY22, But Dems Trying to Grab It Back, with Glaring Hypocrisy

    According to The Hill, that decision now puts the House seats at 221-212, and Republicans only need to flip five more seats to regain control. That’s a huge pick up in the 2020 race.

    Election 2020: Trump wins the plurality of legal votes in states that matter. Republicans win Senate majority from legal votes. Republicans get within 5 House seats of flipping the House (Census 2020 will give Red states 5+ House seats).

    Poor Commies. No wonder they are desperate. They are losing Civil War 2.0 just like they lost Civil War 1.0

    1. Sedition for thee but not for me?

    2. Funny how everywhere it was hard to fraud the Democrats lost seats.

  20. Insurrections continue happening in D.C., Portland, and Washington.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/blm-antifa-washington-dc-burn-it-down

    1. It’s only an insurrection if it happens in Nancy and AOC dominions. Burn down the proles neighborhoods, but don’t you dare sit in Nancy’s chair.

  21. “And if he wants to “restore the U.S. as the world’s free speech leader,” he should leave Section 230 alone.”

    No, the new regime wants nothing of the sort. Free speech leads to narratives that compete with the Democrat’s party line.

    1. If 230 leads to the need for restoration, how would leaving it in as is help?

  22. Nancy is violating her own entry rules, which she seems to only be fining GOP members for. There is also the issue with the fines being unconstitutional.

    https://justthenews.com/accountability/political-ethics/gop-lawmakers-accuse-pelosi-violating-own-rules-demand-she-pay-fine

    1. It wont matter soon.

      Census 2020 numbers will be taking away 5+ House seats from Democrats and giving them to Red states starting in 2021.

      Civil War 2.0 and rigged elections from here on out mean that Democrats will have to try new tricks to be in charge of an illegitimate federal government.

      1. The ballot printers duped you last time; pretty sure they’ll dupe you again unless those is charge start doing their jobs instead of working for the Nazi’s.

        1. They didnt dupe me but they duped RINOs like Mitch McConnell and John Roberts.

        2. They didn’t dupe any but the extremely naive and wilfully blind.
          They could print them out of a printer labeled “fraudulent ballots” and these people would still deny the evidence of their own lying eyes.

          1. “Where’s the proof that millions of printed ballots aren’t legitimate??”, lol.. 🙂 I can hear it now, “All votes must be counted and our new E.O. say’s printer ink gets to vote too!”

            1. What! RU trying to steal and suppress gallons of black ink! What RU all racist! lol… 🙂

  23. “Despite responding to hundreds of calls, the workers made no arrests, the report said — and the city’s police chief told CBS News on Friday that he believes the program ‘saves lives.'”

    So the police chief admits that police use deadly force when they get frustrated and write false reports to justify their actions. That’s refreshing. Sort of.

    1. But are they reviewing the training procedures?

  24. Once again, ENB attempts to distract readers as Biden/Pelosi/Schumer prepare to conduct an unconstitutional impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump (who was the most effective single term president, and the most libertartarian president since Cal Coolidge), continue to destroy the US energy industry, unconstitutionally impose martial law in DC, and attempt to destroy the US dollar and US economy by spending billions of taxpayer dollars and raising taxes.

    1. The more times Commies at unreason and their political elite idols “impeach” Trump, the more popular and correct he becomes.

      Lefties are so stupid. All their plans ultimately fail and make it worse for them long term.

      All future presidents might be one term and parents are really on board with charter and private school choice. el Presidente Biden wont even serve a fantasy full term of 4 years.

  25. “But if Biden really wants to honor reality, rule of law, evidence-based policy-making and the First Amendment, he should leave Section 230 alone. And if he wants to “restore the U.S. as the world’s free speech leader,” he should leave Section 230 alone.”

    Reality? Rule of law? Evidence? Free speech?

    Show me where to find any of these in the Democratic platform or party.

  26. Uh; Let’s state something that should be obvious to any mammal on the planet — Any government without Gov-Guns (force over others) is a voluntary organization. Do tech governments get to use guns to enforce their “government”?

    1. Words are violence, so words will be used to control an armed Nevada populace.

      HAHAHAHAHAHA.

    2. The tech companies don’t need guns. They can shut down your accounts.

      1. Get their corporate partners to review your mortgage, car loan, credit cards, etc.
        Nobody should have to do business with an insurrectionist white supremacist something something.

      2. I fail to see how anyone would do business with companies that shut down accounts just because they can. If the tech companies don’t have guns how will they maintain their monopoly? Perhaps there’s legitimate fear of corporations using Gov-Guns via “crony socialism” but I’m still baffled how NV Democratic Governor would pitch something that really shouldn’t mean anything more than people signing onto corporation contracts of employment or service. The pitch as described means nothing; unless there’s an alternative motive behind it.

  27. “Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is suing a reporter to stop her from requesting records about a state official’s discipline for sexual harassment.’

    Somebody is into “discipline”.

  28. “The mutant COVID-19 variant that’s more highly transmissible (and has ravaged the United Kingdom) is now running rampant in the United States”

    So the fuck what.

    1. The quicker I get exposed to all these variants of the Kungflu, the better.

      I havent wore a mask in the last 11 months and I interact with thousands of people each month. I didnt even get the Flu this winter. I’m an asymptomatic super spreader!

      1. Nobody got flu last year.
        Nobody got a cold last year.
        Nobody got cancer last year.
        Nobody got killed in a traffic accident last year.
        The only thing anybody got last year was the Communist Chinese virus.

  29. Why isn’t the U.S. keeping better data on COVID-19 reinfections?

    Does it matter? Whether or not you’ve been infected or whether or not you’ve been vaccinated, you’re still required to wear a mask, socially distance, keep the schools, churches, small businesses, and sources of fun closed, shun those not sufficiently enamored of Joe Biden or the Nanny State, and all the rest of the Great Reset so why does it matter whether you can get re-infected or not? Just do like everybody else, panic, shit your pants, then go blow your brains out.

  30. “The Americans did this very well,” Macron told media in January. He confessed at that time that he was “very admiring” of the Trump administration’s “extremely innovative model” of vaccine production.

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/coronavirus/americans-did-very-well-trump-administrations-vaccine-plan-wows-world

    To think this was done without a plan according to Biden’s administration.

    Vaccines from both companies have already been administered over 35,000,000 times in the U.S., according to CDC data. By contrast, the European Union — with a 35% larger population — had as of Friday reported roughly 12,750,000 doses administered, according to data compiled by the EU.

    1. And somehow Joe lost 20 million vials his first 2 weeks.

      https://www.yahoo.com/now/nearly-20-million-doses-covid-114530762.html

      And yes, I know the “non partisan” fact checkers are trying to claim Joe didn’t do anything, it just somehow happened on his watch.

      1. The corporate media will not blame Biden for a single thing that happens during his administration.

        1. To be fair the only actual decision he gets to make is applesauce or a pudding cup.

          1. The corporate media will not blame The Biden Administration for a single thing that happens during his administration.

          2. To be fair the only actual decision he gets to make is applesauce or a pudding cup.

            Depends or Depends Extra Dry.

        2. They will at some point.
          He will be used as a meatshield when it becomes convenient/necessary.

  31. From the Daily Fail:

    Ariel Robinson, 29, and her husband Jerry, 34, are both in jail on suspicion of beating their adopted daughter Victoria to death on January 14 at their home in Simpsonville, South Carolina. On social media, Robinson gushed that they ‘completed’ her family and allowed her to teach all of her children equality by parenting them the same way despite their different races. But on January 14, the couple called 911 to report that Victoria was unresponsive. She later died in the hospital and doctors gave blunt force trauma as the cause. Her biological extended family now say that she and the two white boys were being abused by the Robinsons for months and that the system ‘failed’ them. Police are yet to provide a motive for the suspected murder.

    Motive: “Kill these crackas’ babies.”

    1. Odds that CPS knew about some of the abuse beforehand, and soft pedaled it because it didn’t meet the narrative? I dunno if more likely than not, but I’d guess it was a damned sight above zero.

  32. One of the reasons Covid panic continues?

    “60% of our emissions that need to be reduced come from you, the person up the street, the senior on a fixed income, right? There is no bad guy left. At least in Massachusetts to point the finger at or turn the screws on and break their will so they stop emitting. That’s you. We have to break your will.”

    https://pjmedia.com/columns/stacey-lennox/2021/02/07/massachusetts-climate-official-ismay-proposes-turning-the-screws-to-break-citizens-will-to-stop-climate-change-n1423867

    1. “I probably shouldn’t say that publically.” Too late, asshole.

      These people really are evil.

      1. I thought the mask isn’t supposed to come off these days.

  33. Biden is revving up to let Iran enrich their own uranium again:

    WILMINGTON, Del.—President Biden said the U.S. won’t make the first move to restart negotiations with Tehran over the 2015 nuclear accord, indicating he would only lift sanctions if Iran stops enriching uranium beyond the limits of the nuclear deal.

    “Biden Won’t Lift Iran Sanctions to Bring Tehran Back to Negotiating Table”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-says-u-s-won-t-lift-iran-sanctions-to-bring-tehran-back-to-negotiating-table-11612713617?

    There are a number of problem with the Iranian nuclear deal that Obama signed, Trump scrapped, and Biden wants to rejoin.

    1) It’s unconstitutional.

    The Non-Proliferation Treaty was ratified by the Senate in 1969. The president doesn’t have the authority to unilaterally alter it without the consent of two-thirds of the Senate. Obama never submitted his agreement with Iran to a vote in the Senate because he knew he didn’t have the votes, and, today, there is no way Biden could get two-thirds of the Senate to consent to a treaty allowing Iran to enrich their own uranium–in defiance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

    2) It allows Iran to enrich their own uranium.

    Per the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran forfeited their right to enrich uranium, for civilian purposes, when the IAEA determined they had violated the treaty by enriching uranium in secret.

    Either of Iran’s allies on the Security Council, China or Russia, could have scrapped sanctions with a single vote, but they both elected to subject Iran to sanctions, as well–because they aren’t insane.

    Russia, at the very least, would be more than happy to supply Iran with uranium that has been sufficiently enriched for civilian purposes. Iran preferred to suffer a decade of crippling sanctions rather than accept uranium enriched by others–surely because uranium that has been sufficiently enriched for civilian purposes is insufficiently enriched for their nefarious purposes.

    Last week, Iran successfully launched a satellite into orbit using a new multistage rocket with solid rocket fuel. The range is estimated to be about 3,100 miles, not far enough to hit the United States, but guess what? They haven’t stopped working on the rocket technology that will make Iranian ICBMs a real threat. Because they can’t hit us now doesn’t mean they won’t be able to in the very near future.

    Iran must not be allowed to enrich their own uranium. If they are allowed to enrich their own uranium, it means both the United States will be the guarantor of security in the region for the foreseeable future–whether we like it or not–and it means that odds of there being a huge conflagration in the Middle East led by the United States go up astronomically. The neocons in the Biden administration want to be the guarantors of security in the Middle East.

    People who believe that the United States will extract itself from guaranteeing the security of the Middle East and that the Middle East would be at peace–if only Iran were a nuclear power–are some of the dumbest people on earth. It isn’t as dumb as the idea that the government will someday become so flush with tax revenue that they decide to cut spending, but believing that a nuclear Iran leads to peace and and a U.S. exit is far more dangerous.

    1. 1) It’s unconstitutional.

      The Non-Proliferation Treaty was ratified by the Senate in 1969. The president doesn’t have the authority to unilaterally alter it without the consent of two-thirds of the Senate. Obama never submitted his agreement with Iran to a vote in the Senate because he knew he didn’t have the votes, and, today, there is no way Biden could get two-thirds of the Senate to consent to a treaty allowing Iran to enrich their own uranium–in defiance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

      You really think the modern Democratic/Media/Liberal Republican complex gives a shit about treaty ratification? Biden’s puppeteers just unilaterally put the US back in the Paris Climate Accords, even though it was never sent to Congress.

      Hell, Iran getting nukes is useful for these people. They get to undermine our relationship with the GCC, AND provide a pretext for invading Iran whenever their nukes go online.

      1. It just means that a the next Republican can come in and undo it again–which is a real benefit of non-ratification regardless of what the Democrats think.

        Generally speaking, this is why foreign governments usually won’t negotiate with a president, too, unless he has fast track authority from Congress. The fact that the treaty isn’t ratified means other countries would be foolish to depend on it.

        The next time the Republicans win the White House, they’ll just pull the rug out from under it again. The NPT itself remains in effect no matter who is president–so, yeah, ratification still matters.

        Oh, and if it still matters to the voters, it still matters.

        1. I’m rating you “highly optimistic” that the next Republican is going to do these things. Trump was not a typical Republican, which is why the Bush/McCain wing of the party worked with the media and the Democrats to get his opponent elected. The next time they let a Republican win the Presidency, it will be one who will serve their own ends while playing the role of the dutiful scapegoat for left-liberal oligarchs, neo-yuppies, and progressive idiot college students.

        2. Keep in mind that Trump tried to end Obama’s EO on DACA with his own EO, and the Supreme Court ensured that the precedent is now set that any EO passed by the Democrats is established law as long as a Democrat judge blocks efforts to change it.

          That fuckhead Roberts basically ensured that Democratic presidents will get to govern however they see fit, if they can make Roberts afraid that the media will rake him over the coals for going against their agenda.

          1. The Supreme Court kicked the can down the road.

            Even Shikha Dalmia expected DACA to be declared unconstitutional, and it is.

            1. It doesn’t matter if it is or not. The Supreme Court still ruled that a Democrat EO can’t be undone by a Republican EO, in practice, and it’s still in place and will remain so indefinitely as if it is a law.

              As you’ve pointed out yourself, what is and what should be are no longer relevant to each other.

              1. “The Supreme Court still ruled that a Democrat EO can’t be undone by a Republican EO, in practice, and it’s still in place and will remain so indefinitely as if it is a law.”

                They just asked him for more information. There wasn’t anything permanent about that law.

                1. And yet here we are almost a decade later…

        3. No if you have an (r) next to your name you have to go through all of the “correct” beuricratic channels in order to pull out of a (D) item. The “correct” way will change half way through the process every time

        4. “The next time the Republicans win the White House”

          Oh Ken…
          I do love your optimism.

        5. “Oh, and if it still matters to the voters, it still matters.”

          Lol

  34. Watching Tom Brady and the Bucs defense dissect the Chiefs into oblivion last night was something else. For all the butt-kissing that Eric Bieniemy was getting for not being hired as a head coach, Todd Bowles clearly deserves it more. Andy Reid’s idiot son getting drunk and putting a kid in the hospital certainly didn’t help matters.

    At one point, Mahomes got clapped so bad on a sack he was walking around lopsided the rest of the game.

    1. Joe Gibbs won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks, Theisman, Doug Williams, and Mark Rypien, none of whom were considered to be the top quarterbacks of their time.

      In contrast, Belichick won the lottery. When Brady won last night, Belichick was exposed.

      1. Also, Tyrann Mathieu is an idiot. The fuck you think you’re doing winding Brady up like that? Pissing him off doesn’t “get in his head,” it only increases his powerlevel.

        1. Also, chirping when your team is losing annoys the football gods. See also: the entirety of the second half.

      2. In contrast, Belichick won the lottery. When Brady won last night, Belichick was exposed.

        Having Brady certainly covered for a lot of personnel decisions that Belichick’s made over the years, especially in draft picks.

        1. And that was with Brady repeatedly restructuring his deal to give the team more money to get other players. Imagine how barren the cupboard would be if Brady had behaved like anyone else and said “Nah, pay me”.

          Belichick is a great coach and an average (at best) GM. He’ll never lose the GM hat, not in New England anyways, but short of lucking into another generational talent at QB that’s the only way the team is going to improve.

          1. I’ll say this for Belichick–he’s an incredible historian of the game. I could listen to that dude talk football for hours. If he hadn’t been a football coach, he’d probably be a sports professor at a college somewhere.

          2. He’s an amazing coach, but subpar GM.
            He makes his assistants look waaaaaay better than they are.
            The only assistant more overrated than Bienemy is Josh McDaniels, who is straight trash.

    2. It was a disappointing game; KC was never in it.

      1. Yeah, I don’t want to belittle Tampa Bay’s victory, but as a viewer it was disappointing to see how dominant it was.

        1. Tampa played really well.
          The refs were almost as bad as the Chiefs offense, but at least the refs adjusted a little after halftime.
          Really proved that offense is all Reid and Mahomes.
          With the distraction of Reid’s son putting a couple kids in the hospital, KC really needed Bienemy to step up.
          He did not. At all.

          1. Evans did a World Cup-tier flop on that deep pass from Brady in the first half.

            1. Yeah that call was so bad and basically handed NE the most important TD of the game.

              1. KC’s shown the ability to score points in bunches, so it wasn’t a game-changer at that point. Reid reverting to his incompetent clock-management ways, and Bieniemy completely failing to adjust at halftime, is ultimately what did them in.

            2. I’m mad about that one, would’ve won $30 on my square if they’d kicked a fg

    3. What’s sad about it is they didn’t even really dissect them, they just played 2 deep and doubled Hill+Kelce on most plays. It’s pretty simple, and to your point if Bieniemy were all he’s cracked up to be he would’ve adjusted at half time. A competent offense would’ve just taken 8 yards on every play until the Bucs brought the safeties down.

      1. What was amusing for me was the broadcast team saying, after the Chiefs went down 14-3, “Hey, it’s not a big deal because you KNOW Mahomes is going to bring them back in the 4th quarter!”

        I’ve got a buddy who switched to being a Chiefs fan after the Broncos got their shit pushed in by the 49ers in Super Bowl 24; I’ll have to check and make sure he’s not on suicide watch.

    4. I would’ve liked to see the Chiefs adjust. At all. Even a little bit.
      Maybe this will make people like Mike Florio STFU about “Bienemy not getting hired = rAcIsM!” – but then again, he and people like Mina Kim’s still push the Kaepernick lie.

      1. It’s amazing how a great quarterback can make a coach look like a genius.

        When Bieniemy was being touted as head coaching material, I seriously did a double-take, because he absolutely bombed out when he was the offensive coordinator at CU. These sports media guys are absolute morons who don’t seem to get that great coaches can win even with average talent, and great players make average coaches look a lot better than they really are.

        1. It’s especially amusing in the case of Mahomes, who regularly just runs 20 yards the wrong way and heaves it downfield. It works more than it should because of how talented Mahomes is, but it’s not some brilliant strategy. With just about any other QB that kind of play fails most of the time, and if it happens with regularity coaches get fired.

          1. Elway used to do that shit all the time, too.

    5. So those English pirates were once again raping and murdering the helpless indingonous people. Will the white Supremecy never end!

      1. Argghhh!

  35. “But if Biden really wants to honor reality, rule of law, evidence-based policy-making and the First Amendment,”

    What in the actual fuck has Biden said or done during his half century in government that indicates he want to honor any of those things? Still in denial?

    1. These types of statements are not for free thinking people. They are for the journo-bureaucracy class that cannot yet come to terms with the idea that the election was rigged against the working class and their election interference destroyed the country.

  36. Santa Clara University School of Law professor Eric Goldman…

    Sounds like another California Commie. So of course the tart would choose him to quote.

  37. “• Why isn’t the U.S. keeping better data on COVID-19 reinfections?”

    If ENB actually read the article cited at
    https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/covid-reinfections-may-be-more-common-realized-why-isn-t-n1256898
    she would have realized that since just 5 Americans (and just 50 people worldwide) are known to have been infected a second time with covid, this is clear and consistent evidence that 99.99% of people who were infected with covid remain immune from reinfection.

    Since CDC recently estimated that 4.6 times more Americans have been infected with covid (than have tested positive), and since 27.6 million Americans have tested positive so far, 127 million Americans have been infected so far (i.e. 38% of all Americans).

    And since 26.7 million Americans have been vaccinated for covid so far, 154.6 million Americans (i.e. 47% of all Americans) are now immune from covid.

    That data is consistent with data showing that natural herd immunity has been and is now taking place in thousands of communities, hundreds of counties, and more than a dozen states.

    But Reason, like other left wing media propagandists, continue to deny the existence of natural herd immunity.

    1. Holman Jenkins delineated how the CDC, Biden admin and left wing media propagandists continue to deny that natural herd immunity is now occurring in thousands of counties and many states.
      https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-virus-lessons-were-getting-wrong-11612562285

      The Virus Lessons We’re Getting Wrong
      It’s crucial to distinguish real failures from those caused by chasing political phantoms.

      excerpt

      It’s absurd that only now the CDC, very quietly, has begun recognizing, as it does with the flu, most cases go unreported. As of Dec. 31, when the media was highlighting 19.7 million “confirmed” cases, the CDC now estimates 83 million were infected.

      The consequences will never be acknowledged. We prioritized a vast testing enterprise that could not possibly help us control the spread. We failed to invest in antibody studies that might now be helping us guide early vaccine doses away from 100 million or so who already have some natural immunity.

      A long-running University of Southern California survey shows that risk perceptions have been distorted in exactly the way you would predict: Americans overestimate their risk of dying from Covid and underestimate their risk of catching it, with the result that millions likely have been selecting a level of risk that ill serves them, their families and society.

      And where to begin with a Bloomberg News headline that blares about South Dakota’s “Failed Experiment in Herd Immunity.” The failure wasn’t herd immunity, the goal we all are seeking, but achieving it through infection rather than vaccination.

      If the press can’t understand herd immunity after 11 months, how can we expect the public to?

      In the first weeks of the pandemic, the CDC warned that most Americans would encounter the virus. This advice eventually disappeared from its website. It was never mentioned by any politician. Why? It sounded too much like government washing its hands of protecting the public.

      Mr. Biden is a new president from a party that was out of power in the executive branch, so he took advantage of his second day in office to say something true: “There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months.”

      That chance is now gone. His body language must show the government forcefully fixing things it can’t fix. And he has an even heavier lift ahead to prepare Americans for the next chapter: the virus becoming endemic and continuing to be a threat to life and health for decades to come.

      1. To see which counties have achieved (or are very close to achieving) natural herd immunity, simply look at all the counties in purple at:
        https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/us-map

        As more Americans receive covid vaccines, counties with a 10% covid case rate will very likely achieve herd immunity (as if 46% are infected, and another 20% are vaccinated, two thirds of the population will be immune, which has been the herd immunity benchmark for the past century.

        1. As of 2/3/2021, 157 counties in the US had surpassed a covid case rate of 13% (i.e. percent of population testing positive). Since the CDC now estimates 4.6 times more Americans have been infected (than have tested positive), counties with a 13% case rate have an average infection rate of 60% (.13 x 4.6 = .598), and are very close to achieving natural herd immunity, which occurs after about two thirds of people have been infected or vaccinated.

          I discovered that state prisons were the source of covid outbreaks in sparsely populated rural counties that have the highest covid case rates (but I only researched about 40 counties).

          But it appears that most counties in the US will achieve herd immunity after they attain a 13% or 14% covid case rate, and that number will decline as covid vaccines are more widely distributed.

          Crowley, CO – 31.0% (State Prison)
          Chattahoochee, GA – 25.5% (Fort Benning)
          Dewey, SD – 23.5% (Indian Reservation)
          Lincoln, AR – 22.8% (State Prison)
          Lake, TN – 22.3% (State Prison)
          Norton, KS – 21.8% (State Prison)
          Bent, CO – 21.9% (State Prison)
          Bon Homme, SD – 21.5% (State Prison)
          Trousdale, TN – 21.2% (State Prison)
          Buffalo, SD – 20.6% (Indian Reservation)
          Buena Vista, IA – 20.2% (Meat Packing)
          Eddy, ND – 19.5%
          Alfalfa, OK – 19.2% (State Prison)
          Ellsworth, KS – 18.9% (State Prison)
          Forest, PA – 18.4% (State Prison)
          Jackson, AR – 18.4% (State Prison)
          Bethel, AK – 18.3%
          Dakota, NE – 18.2% (Meat Packing)
          Childress, TX – 18.0% (State Prison)
          Lee, AR – 17.8% (State Prison)
          Lafayette, FL – 17.6% (State Prison)
          Lassen, CA – 17.6% (State Prisons)
          Hale, TX – 17.4% (State Prison)
          Nobles, MN – 17.2% (Meat Packing)
          Seward, KS – 17.1% (Meat Packing)
          Lincoln, CO – 17.0% (State Prison)
          Foster, ND – 17.0%
          Big Horn, MT – 17.0%
          Logan, CO – 16.9% (State Prison)
          Menominee, WI – 16.9% (Indian Reservation)
          Pawnee, KS – 16.9% (State Prison)
          Sheridan, KS – 16.7%
          Wayne, TN – 16.7%
          Yuma, AZ – 16.6%
          Walsh, ND – 16.3%
          Maverick, TX – 16.3%
          Texas, OK – 16.2% (State Prison)
          Aurora, SD – 16.1%
          Ford, KS – 16.1% (Meat Packing)
          Finney, KS – 16.1% (Meat Packing)
          Lee, KY – 16.1%
          Santa Cruz, AZ – 16.0%
          McKinley, NM – 16.0%
          Potter, SD – 15.7%
          Morton, ND – 15.6%
          Stutsman, ND – 15.5% (State Prison)
          Lyman, SD – 15.4%
          East Carroll, LA – 15.4%
          Nelson, ND – 15.3%
          Lubbock, TX – 15.3%
          Culberson, TX – 15.0%
          Chicot, AR – 15.0%
          Madison, ID – 15.0%
          Cass, IL – 15.0%
          Burleigh, ND – 15.0% (State Prison)
          Val Verde, TX – 14.9%
          Crocket, TX – 14.9%
          Woodward, OK – 14.8%
          Dickey, ND – 14.8%
          Benson, ND – 14.7%
          Sioux, ND – 14.7%
          East Feliciana, LA – 14.7%
          Davison, SD – 14.7%
          Haywood, TN – 14.6%
          Webb, TX – 14.6%
          Whitfield, GA – 14.5%
          Faulk, SD – 14.5%
          Rolette, ND – 14.5%
          Morgan, KY – 14.4%
          Toole, MT – 14.4%
          Yell, AR – 14.3%
          Scurry, TX – 14.3%
          Oglala Lakota, SD – 14.2%
          Imperial, CA – 14.2%
          Gove, KS – 14.2%
          Plymouth, IA – 14.2%
          Clinton, IL – 14.2%
          Lawrence, IL – 14.2%
          Douglas, SD – 14.1%
          Fayette, IL – 14.1%
          Lamb, TX – 14.1%
          Colfax, NE – 14.0%
          Minnehaha, SD – 14.0%
          Nemaha, KS – 14.0%
          Crawford, IA – 14.0%
          Okfuskee, OK – 14.0%
          Kearny, KS – 13.9%
          Republic, KS – 13.9%
          Pickett, TN – 13.9%
          Wilbarger, TX – 13.9%
          Griggs, ND – 13.8%
          Beadle, SD – 13.8%
          Richmond, VA – 13.8% (State Prison)
          Potter, TX – 13.8%
          Hemphill, TX – 13.8%
          Kings, CA – 13.8%
          Sevier, AR – 13.8%
          Stark, ND – 13.7%
          Obion, TN – 13.7%
          Grand Forks, ND – 13.7%
          Teton, WY – 13.7%
          Perry, IL – 13.7%
          Ramsey, ND – 13.7%
          Trego, KS – 13.6%
          Golden Valley, ND – 13.6%
          Henry, IA – 13.6%
          Miami Dade, FL – 13.6%
          Towner, ND – 13.6%
          Utah, UT – 13.6%
          El Paso, TX – 13.6%
          Pershing, NV – 13.6%
          Madison, LA – 13.6%
          Clarke, AL – 13.6%
          Graham, AZ – 13.5%
          Apache, AZ – 13.5% (Indian Reservation)
          Rush, KS – 13.5%
          Roosevelt, MT – 13.5%
          Kusilvak, AK – 13.5%
          Jones, TX – 13.5%
          Hansford, TX – 13.5%
          Dodge, WI – 13.5%
          Hale, AL – 13.4%
          Coddington, SD – 13.4%
          Dubois, IN – 13.4%
          Dyer, TN – 13.4%
          Jones, IA – 13.4%
          Tom Green, TX – 13.4%
          Deaf Smith, TX – 13.3%
          Sanborn, SD – 13.3%
          Thomas, KS – 13.3%
          Moore, TN – 13.3%
          Terry, TX – 13.3%
          Dawson, TX – 13.3%
          Sioux, IA – 13.3%
          Wright, IA – 13.3%
          Cass, IN – 13.3%
          Navajo, AZ – 13.2% (Indian Reservation)
          Charles Mix, SD – 13.2%
          Hot Spring, AR – 13.2%
          Ward, ND – 13.2%
          Kandiyohi, MN – 13.2%
          Starr, TX – 13.2%
          Adair, OK – 13.1%
          Webster, IA – 13.1%
          Jerauld, SD – 13.1%
          Pickaway, OH – 13.1%
          St. Francis, AR – 13.1%
          Brule, SD – 13.0%
          Union, MS – 13.0%
          Putnam, TN – 13.0%
          Saline, NE – 13.0%
          Calhoun, IA – 13.0%
          Woodbury, IA – 13.0%
          Coke, TX – 13.0%
          Cottle, TX – 13.0%
          Zavala, TX – 13.0%
          Crockett, TN – 13.0%

          1. The CDC’s recent estimate that 4.6 times more Americans have been infected with covid (than have tested positive), indicating that 127 million Americans have already been infected with covid (i.e. 27.6M x 4.6 = 127M) is at
            https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/burden.html#anchor_1607017301754

            Amazingly (or not), Reason hasn’t even published an article yet citing this CDC document (which was originally published back on January 15).

            While natural herd immunity for covid has been taking place in hundreds of counties and more than a dozen states, Reason (like all other left wingers) remains in deep denial.

            1. A search on Google for “natural herd immunity” continues to generate hundreds of false and misleading articles written by Big Pharma funding recipients, Trump haters and covid lockdown lovers claiming that natural herd immunity for covid cannot occur and is a myth, and accusing anyone who claims otherwise as dangerous.

              1. The primary reason why Big Pharma, Big Medicine, CDC, FDA, Big Tech, Democrats and left wing media propagandists have denied the existence of natural herd immunity for covid (and why they’ve demonized anyone who tells the truth about herd immunity) is because they want to vaccinate ALL Americans for covid (including the 127 Million Americans who are already immune due to past infection).

                Why won’t Reason tell the truth about, defend the rights of the 127 million (i.e. 38% of) Americans who have recovered from covid?

                There is no reason to vaccinate these folks, or to restrict their freedoms (including limiting their ability to travel or engage in other business/social activities, requiring them to wear masks or remain social distant from others).

                What ever happened to follow the science?

                1. And whatever happened to Reason’s previously longstanding support for the truth and for freedom?

                  1. Rich Uncle Charles wasn’t a fan, so it had to go.

            2. You keep talking about herd immunity, but it is not a simple concept, particularly with humans since we cluster in so many different ways. It is a percolation problem that has many isolated regions, semi-isolated regions, and complex connections. It will be different in different societies and at different times of the year because human behavior is not immutable.

  38. “Nevada aims to bring innovative entrepreneurs to the state without forcing the public to foot the bill. An unusual proposal from Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak may help attract to his state some tech companies fleeing from Silicon Valley—while also making Nevada a positive model for experimental government.

    Sisolak wants to allow “innovative technology” companies to run their own “alternative form of local government,” operating schools and courts, imposing taxes, and doing other things expected of and allowed by municipal and county authorities.”

    and by “alternative form of local government” you mean “alternative form of tyranny”, right?

    I’ve always wanted a government who can track me as well as Google and is just a shell for the CCP said nobody ever

    1. It’s voluntary. You don’t have to work for them, you can leave anytime you want. That’s the difference. Plus it’s Big Tech, so unlike factory towns of the past, you can actually work remotely and avoid Big Tech Town schools and parks and housing while still working for Big Tech.

      Now contrast that with California who is trying to find a way to tax people who leave. Now contrast that with the US who actually is taxing people who leave.

      1. “You don’t have to work for them, you can take your kids out of school/move/get a new doctor/new utilities/join witness protection anytime you want!”

    2. Innovative? Uh…I guess they never heard of a ‘company town’? I can hardly wait to ‘own my soul to the company store’.

      1. “I guess they never heard of a ‘company town’”
        It’s called Washington and it’s owned and operated by Alphabet DNC Inc. and it’s corporate partners.

    3. “I’ve always wanted a government who can track me as well as Google and is just a shell for the CCP said nobody ever”

      It doesn’t matter what we say, it’s what we have now.

  39. We had the most exciting sports event of the pandemic over the weekend, and chances are you’ve never even heard of it. Of course I’m talking about King of the Hammers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NKjZYXjbuU

    In short, it’s a 165 mile course that combines rock crawling with high speed desert racing–and it’s open to pretty much everybody. They have a two mile qualifying race the day before, and if you land in the top x number of people, you’re in the big race. They have unlimited classes, with 40″ tires, 100:1 gear ratios, and 800 hp, and they have races for smaller stuff like quads. There are usually 400 teams and 60,000 people who show up creating “Hammertown”, the experience of which is often described as Burning Man meets Mad Max. There are pro-shops who do this, but there are also tons of people who build custom vehicles out of their garages at home. It’s very much an aspect of and descendent of the California car culture that gave us hot rodding, etc.–still vibrant and alive.

    There are two Southern Californias. I’m not surprised if you don’t know that–Governor Newsom doesn’t seem to know it either or he’d probably have shut the event down this year. One of the Californias is YUGE into off-roading. Moab may be to off-roaders like what Hawaii’s North Shore is to surfing–the signature vacation spot for people into that. But Southern California is a place where people have so many premier places to offroad in the desert every weekend, with Glamis being an obvious example. King of the Hammers isn’t even the biggest off road event in the area. That would go to the Baja 1000. And we haven’t even started talking about overlanding, etc.

    1. I’m sure it’ll be just as fun with electric trucks, Ken.

      1. Electric trucks are really torquey. I’m sure they’d do well with rock crawling. I just don’t think they can keep going for 12 hours–all electric. And the race usually begins in the morning and ends at night.

  40. Tech companies could form their own governments?
    Well Apple already has their own religion….

  41. “…a company that had committed to developing a ‘smart city’ in the area east of Reno that would run entirely on blockchain technology…”

    Well, at least they won’t have to worry about heating it in the winter….

  42. “….the new innovation zones to be run by a three-member board of supervisors…”

    Maybe they can bring in experienced municipal supervisors from San Francisco, after it is emptied out….

  43. Gateway Computers! I remember them. The ate Packard Bell for breakfast with quality computers at a reasonable price. A good company. But along came Dell and made a better and cheaper computer. This is why markets are good. Mock Dell all you want, but their computers are solid. They are standing on the shoulders of Gateway. It’s progress. Not the progress of the progressives, the progress of the free market. In those days the market for computers was relatively unregulated.

    Gateway was part of that progress.

    1. Dude, you’re getting a Dell!
      And dude, I’d still have my spokes-dude job under current laws!

  44. Sisolak wants to allow “innovative technology” companies to run their own “alternative form of local government,” operating schools and courts, imposing taxes, and doing other things expected of and allowed by municipal and county authorities.

    Ok, yeah, no. From the awful crap we’ve seen out of Silicon Valley, this is about the worst idea ever. If this is considered “libertarian”, then I’m heading for the exits.

    1. “local”

      “you keep using that word…”

      1. FFS, even if by some miracle the company isn’t compromised or a shell for China or Nancy Pelosi……what would stop them from outsourcing almost every government position….imagine calling 911 and talking to someone in Bangladesh. It’s like a bad SNL sketch

        1. Imagine Jack Dorsey running your town… with no election to get rid of him.

    2. Leave the door open for me too!

      Don’t get me wrong, I am all in favor of private, competitive services that are alternatives to government and crony monopolies.

      But if the police and courts of this modern-day version of a “Company Town” are governed by “Political Correctness,” “Wokeness,” and “Intersectionality” instead of individual rights and responsibility, limited government, and equal justice before the law, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near the extra-territorial jurisdiction of this “Company Town!”

      This place would be to libertarians what “sundown towns” were in the days of Jim Crow to black people or anyone who didn’t “think, walk, or talk right.”

      Oh, and here’s the tip-off: These “Company Towns” have the power to tax, which means, to quote Daniel Webster and John Marshal, “the power to destroy.” To Hell with this “experimental government!”

      1. Missing from this analysis is also that there’s no way in hell the local government just voluntarily gives up control over it’s most profitable citizens. Like they’re just going to look at all the 6 figure tech employees and say “sure, we don’t actually want any of your tax revenue, your employer can keep it”.

        So what you’d end up with is just another layer of government on top of what you already have. Not only will your HR department gain the power to tax you, you still get to answer to the kind of people who work on your local zoning board. Proposals like this make those reeducation camps sound appealing.

        1. Like they’re just going to look at all the 6 figure tech employees and say “sure, we don’t actually want any of your tax revenue, your employer can keep it”.

          Depends on who they bribe.

  45. Speaking of which, I’m currently sitting and waiting quietly to see if Reason will even COMMENT on the biggest media story of the last eight to ten years.

    1. Which one? The Time article?

      1. See I don’t even have to say which story and the sharp among us already know what I’m talking about… because the story is that fucking big.

        1. it was a mostly peaceful shadowy cabal

        2. 8-10 yrs.? What’s the story about the DNC, an outgoing administration, and the FBI now known to have fabricated a lie to impeach a duly-elected administration, chopped liver?

          C’mon Paul, ENB is a principled lady. She can’t tell you that organizations like a shadow government or Antifa don’t exist and then acknowledge when, from their own mouths, they make proclomations. After the first few ‘head-in-the-sand’ crack reporting efforts on impeachment, lockdowns, and mostly peaceful riots, you can’t expect ENB to turn around and cover stories like this, it would be two-faced; and that’s just not who she is.

          1. Her one face is one too many.

    2. If they do, they’ll tsk tsk it away.

  46. How is this going to work now that all the Democrats corporate partners are operating federally?

  47. Great!
    Google with qualified immunity.

    1. They already have full imunity

  48. “But the goal is for the new innovation zones to be run by a three-member board of supervisors and other mechanisms of an independent local government.”

    Actually, they have 5 members. This has already been done by the Communist Chinese kissing “Mouse”.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reedy_Creek_Improvement_District

  49. Replacing cops with health care professionals saves lives. “A program that replaces police officers with health care workers on mental health and substance abuse calls in Denver, Colorado, is showing signs of success, reports CBS News.

    There are all kinds of problems with this.

    One, it treats drunks, druggies, and the mentally ill as a separate class of citizens, which may give them a green light to behave even worse.

    Two, if a drunk, druggie, or mentally-ill person gets violent, the health care professionals would still need the back-up of police with badges, clubs, TASERS, pistols, rifles, shotguns, and tear-gas grenades.

    Three, if movies like The Snakepit, Gaslight, or One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest are indicators of “best practices” of the mental health industry, I’d rather take my chances with Ossifer Friendly.

    At least with Ossifer Friendly, I am a person with both rights and legal standing if I am falsely arrested, imprisoned, or tortured, and any heirs would have a claim if I am murdered.

    1. Opps, forgot to close an HTML tag. Why can’t this Forum have buttons for this? What is this, the Nineties?

      1. That was the last time comprehensive internet regulations were passed, what do you expect?

        1. Not saying “there oughta be a law,” of course. I’m just wondering why Reason can”t have a simple Edit button, especially if the Koch Family funds them?

    2. I’m sure the state hospitals are still pretty grim. But the best practices from mental health have for sure changed a lot since those films were made.

      1. That may be, of course, but the institutionalized are still considered non-persons for all intents and purposes. From there, all the abuse falls into place. If it’s not drugging or electroshock, it could be something else.

    3. Curious about this after the proliferation of red flag laws and calls of insurrection against unarmed people. And by ‘curious’ I mean, it’s pretty obvious that they’re doing what they’ve been doing for the last decade or so. State run healthcare obligates your healthcare provider to say something if they see something. They’re doing it for your own good.

    4. Everyone acts like this is some kind of new, forward thinking idea.

      We already have a situation where we dispatch clip-board wielding social workers into the field, and very often, they bring a sheriff deputy for backup so… when shit goes sideways (translation: Your de-escalation language didn’t work out as planned), someone with some training can deal with it.

      1. Oh 2005, how innocent you were.

        While some colleagues questioned why Smith went to Clark’s house alone, others said it illustrated an unsettling truth.

        “I don’t know that you can ever totally prevent something like this from happening,” said Amnon Shoenfeld, head of King County’s mental-health system.

        Scott Kuhle, president emeritus of the state DMHP association, said he would never go out on a case alone, and he avoids home-based evaluations by asking police to take the patient to an emergency room.

        “This to me is extremely important: If a person shows any concerning behavior, I walk away. I’m not a policeman. I don’t have a black belt,” said Kuhle, of Pullman.

  50. Repeal section 230. End all social media, forums, newsgroups, online chatter of all kind.

  51. It will be interesting to see what evolves from various attempts.
    Considering that a lot of high tech companies are based in California, they will be probably be some sort of social justice nightmare that will be created. Hopefully there will be a less woke, more free scenario that develops to contrast with the nightmare.

  52. A city run by tech companies. A surveillance state on steroids. And don’t you dare so or post anything not previously approved by Jack Dorsey or Zuckerberg.

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