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Most Americans Have Not Put on Pandemic Weight, Actually

Plus: Homeschooling rates have doubled, the USPS is about to get even slower at delivering mail, and more...

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Pandemic weight fluctuations go both ways. A confusingly worded write-up of a survey from the American Psychological Association (APA) and some viral tweets about it have spawned some panic about pandemic weight gain in the U.S. Many have been interpreting the survey to say that Americans have put on an average of 29 pounds during the pandemic, with American millennials putting on an average of 41 pounds. Yikes!

But let's look a little closer. Turns out, these are the averages among people who say they put on unwanted weight—so about 42 percent of the adults surveyed. That's not insignificant, but it's also nowhere near the dire situation the first statistics alone suggest. The average is also significantly higher than the median weight gain among the group that put on unwanted pounds, suggesting some extreme weight gain has seriously inflated the picture here. (The APA says about 10 percent of survey participants gained 50 or more pounds.)

The median weight gain among adults who put on unwanted weight was just 15 pounds—so, a large portion of that same group gained less than 15 pounds.

The APA reports that 61 percent of U.S. adults "report undesired weight change since the start of the pandemic," a figure that includes the 18 percent of survey participants who experienced undesired weight loss. The average weight loss among this group was 26 pounds, and the median weight loss was 12 pounds.

Men were more likely than women to report undesired weight loss (20 percent vs. 17 percent), while women were more likely to report undesired weight gain (45 percent vs. 39 percent). But men who gained undesired weight put on more of it: 37 pounds on average, compared to 22 pounds for women.

The youngest adults—Gen Z, which the survey defines as adults ages 24 and under—were the most likely to put on weight, with more than half (52 percent) reporting undesired weight gain.

Forty-eight percent of millennials (ages 25-42 per the survey parameters) put on undesired weight, compared with 41 percent of Gen Xers (ages 43-56) and 37 percent of boomers (ages 57-75). Boomer gainers put on the least new weight compared with other groups, at an average of 16 pounds.

Gen Z and millennials were equally likely—at 22 percent—to report undesired weight loss, compared to 17 percent of Xers and 14 percent of boomers. Weight loss averages among these age cohorts ranged from 22 to 26 pounds.

You can see survey results broken down by some other demographic categories in the chart below.

 

The APA survey was conducted February 19-24, 2021, and consisted of 3,013 adults.


FREE MINDS

Homeschooling rates have doubled. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the number of children being homeschooled—which does not include virtual instruction through a public or private school program—doubled between spring and fall 2020:

In the first week (April 23-May 5) of Phase 1 of the Household Pulse Survey, about 5.4% of U.S. households with school-aged children reported homeschooling .

By fall, 11.1% of households with school-age children reported homeschooling (Sept. 30-Oct. 12). A clarification was added to the school enrollment question to make sure households were reporting true homeschooling rather than virtual learning through a public or private school.

That change represents an increase of 5.6 percentage points and a doubling of U.S. households that were homeschooling at the start of the 2020-2021 school year compared to the prior year.


FREE MARKETS

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is about to get even worse. "Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will unveil the largest rollback of consumer mail services in a generation as part of his 10-year plan for the U.S. Postal Service" The Washington Post reports. The plan is to further cut post office hours, raise postage prices, and allow longer delivery times for first class mail.

"Does it make a difference if it's an extra day to get a letter?" DeJoy asked the House Oversight and Reform Committee in February. "Because something has to change. We cannot keep doing the same thing we're doing."

Battered by people turning to USPS alternatives, DeJoy somehow expects that making government mail service even worse will solve the Postal Service's problems. It's… a take, but probably not a good one.


QUICK HITS

• A shooter opened fire at a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket on Monday, killing 10 people. "A suspect is in custody," CNN reports, "but authorities did not share any information on his identity, the type of weapon used or any possible motive."

• Biden appointed a well-known foe of big tech and big companies more generally to the Federal Trade Commission.

• The Department of Defense is working on draft legislation that could make it easier for military spouses to transfer occupational licenses between states. It's starting with standards for teaching, social work, cosmetology, massage therapy, and dentistry/dental hygiene but "others will follow," the Military Times reports. "All told, Defense Department officials calculate there are about 132,140 active duty spouses in numerous professions that require licensing."

• Journalists continue to be denied access to border facilities for detaining migrant children.

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  1. Pandemic weight fluctuations go both ways.

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    1. Actually, if the weight fluctuations are Pan-demic, then they go inall directions. They are not confined to a gender binary. Even hawt-er! *G-r-r-r-r-rowl!*

    2. another negative health effect of the lockdowns, the total impact of which is never calculated as a cost, only a benefit in potential lives saved

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  2. Homeschooling rates have doubled.

    Thank Gaia school taxes have remained even!

    1. B-but…. I’ve been told that homeschoolers steal funding from public schools!

      1. In union finance, both can be true.

  3. Journalists continue to be denied access to border facilities for detaining migrant children.

    “Look, when we’re the underdogs, it’s different. Power comes at a price. Everyone knows outrage is just an expression of the powerless.”

    1. Journalism is the single most intellectually corrupt institution in America, and that’s even balanced against the massive intellectual corruption running rampant in academia, politics and the corporate world.

      I think that a free and honest press is vital to a nations existence, but at this point I can’t see any hope of salvaging it.
      Going into the future we’re just going to have to assume that everything we read is a political or social narrative, which might not have actually occurred or is severely distorted, like the summer riots and Jan 6.

      1. I find some hope in the emergence of independent journalism. If a journalist I like leaves the NYT, I can support that person directly rather than what the times has become. I find these people fact check the news orgs in a fairly honest, comprehensive way than I see from anyone on TV.
        My hope is that this trend continues and the big news orgs either adapt or die with the changing tides.

        1. Unfortunately, for every one person that seeks out honest journalism, there’s 99 people still getting information from the MSM, and their votes still count.

          1. They’re the ones who, if I make a negative comment about Kamala Harris or AOC, blink and ask me “Why, what’s the problem with her?” in a tight, “watch what you say or I’ll freak out” kind of voice. When I list several reasons why, they respond, “I haven’t heard any of that.” Of course not, because if the Times or WaPo or Vox isn’t saying it, it’s not real.

        2. Big news orgs aren’t going to adapt or die. They and their surrogates are already going after platforms like Substack, attacking them as boiling cesspools of extremism and racism, and lamenting the lack of “moderation,” all of which really just means that people are free to consume whatever information or entertainment they want, without the guiding hand of Their Betters.

          That kind if freedom of information will not be allowed to continue. They’ll bully Substack into a content moderation policy that polices and effectively neutralizes unapproved or opposing ideas, in the interest of “protecting people from fake news or extremist conspiracy theories.”

    2. Did the journalists detain migrant children? That’s how the sentence reads.

      1. How else would you read that sentence? Also, i want to hear more about journalists detaining migrant children – that wasn’t part of the original narrative.

  4. The plan is to further cut post office hours, raise postage prices, and allow longer delivery times for first class mail.

    Now it’s the consumer’s turn to go postal.

    1. Now see, folks. The USPS is a real communications monopoly that can cancel you if you distribute Abolitionist literature or abortion and contraceptve devices and information, or if you place your mailbox so a Postal Worker has to move an extra 3 feet.

      But everyone in the Culture War debate takes the USPS for granted as a force of Nature and doesn’t complain about that.

      We don’t need a Section 320 to deal with the USPS. We need a Section 86 to replace it with private, competitive letter mail and junk mail carriers…insofar as these are still a thing.

    2. Thread Over

  5. My favorite neocon intellectual Bill Kristol cuts through the right-wing lies about the so-called “border crisis.”

    There is no crisis at the border. There is a recurring problem at the border, which is being addressed, and which could be considerably ameliorated by a sensible and humane overhaul of our immigration policies and practices, practices the Trump administration made worse.

    IOW Drumpf was bad and Biden is fixing everything.

    #LibertariansForBiden

    PS — Did you know Reason.com’s editor in chief KMW used to work with Kristol at The Weekly Standard? That proves my point that Koch / Reason libertarians and neocons are natural allies.

    #LibertariansForEmbracingNeocons

    1. IOW Drumpf was bad and Biden is fixing everything.
      Talk about a recurring theme…..

      1. More like an idée fixe – – – – – –

    2. Hey, remember when a compromise was offered about trading increased security for some of that humane stuff he’s talking about and the Dems universally rejected it? Good times.

    3. Which one is Kristol again?

      1. He’s the pro-Israel intellectual who wrote an entire book arguing for the Iraq War. So of course alt-right white nationalists absurdly attempt to smear him with anti-Semitic “dual loyalty” tropes.

        But even if you believe that war was misguided, Kristol is definitely a good guy because he endorses Democrats these days.

        #LibertariansForKristol

      2. A prominent cruise director and think tank gadabout, who killed and skinned his famous father’s legacy and wears it as a skin-suit while demanding the former’s respect.

        1. On the contrary, Bill is definitely living up to his daddy’s grifting legacy by mindlessly parroting whatever his paymasters happen to be promoting. Irving, like most of the northeastern Jewish neocons from whom the movement intellectually sprung, was an ex-Trotskyist who fell out with the political left over its support of the Stalin-led Soviet Union. These guys latched on to Goldwater’s American West-rooted individualism/populism, and unapologetic nationalism, that had emerged within the GOP base, and re-directed it back towards the Rockefeller/Bush form of Yankee Republicanism after Reagan (another conservative who spoke in populist language) left office.

          These guys never actually believed in conservatism as a principle, which is ironic given how much they’ve made a show of preening about it over the decades. They’ve always been political parasites, and are simply migrating to the party whom they think will keep the checks flowing.

        2. perfect

  6. “The average is also significantly higher than the median weight gain among the group that put on unwanted pounds, suggesting some extreme weight gain has seriously inflated the picture here.”

    Yup, its that one guy who put on a million pounds.

    1. “The median weight gain among adults who put on unwanted weight was just 15 pounds—so, a large portion of that same group gained less than 15 pounds.”

      In fact, that “large portion” happens to be exactly half minus one. Someone needs some remedial statistics learning, or even just to use a dictionary.

      1. Or exactly half if there were an even number of subjects.

      2. Also if the median loss was 15 pounds that just means 50% were 15 or more and 50% 15 or less, so <15 pounds of gain would probably represent less than half, since it doesn't include 15.

      3. Well you both got me there! Probably ought to teach me a lesson, but this is the Intertubes, so I doubt it will. But thanks for trying 🙂

      4. Beat me to it. Further proof never to get statistical analysis here, or from the press writ large

  7. “Does it make a difference if it’s an extra day to get a letter?” DeJoy asked the House Oversight and Reform Committee in February.

    Literally no?

    1. Remember, it was Trump who was destroying the USPS – access to mail-in ballots, etc.
      Actually, delivering mail only three days a week, allowing two routes run alternately, would not make much difference in delivery and allow a reduction of about half the route drivers. Mail is dying anyway.

    2. Sounds like the Biden admin is engaged in voter suppression and wants to kill Grandma by denying her god given right to a Social Security check.

      1. Sometimes it is a great notion to stay up with the news. SS has not mailed a check in years. Direct deposit or nothing.

        1. (loved the movie, by the way)

          1. Staying up to date with the news and having the correct information are mutually exclusive.

  8. This is meaningless unless we know what the statistics looked like in any other year. I’m fairly certain every year 42% of 18-24 year olds say they had undesired weight gain.
    Numbers without relevance are useless.

    1. Numbers without context is 50% of modern day journalism. The other 50% is stories about journalism.

    2. Also, if it’s self reported weight fluctuation a lot of people probably just estimated based off of how clothing fits, which isn’t accurate.

      1. I’d assume like all prisoners they were just hitting the weights hard and all this is gain is muscle.

        1. “I’m not getting fat, I’ve just done so many situps and twists that my stomach muscles have explosively grown.” he said while buttoning his pants halfway down his ass since they stopped fitting his waist years ago.

  9. … but authorities did not share any information on his identity, the type of weapon used or any possible motive.
    We all know what that means.

    1. BLM/ANTIFA or Muslim

      LOL

      1. Winner! Winner! Big stuffed animal for Geiger!

        Shooter is Ahmad Alyssa, 21. (And already balding, in the overhead shots) No wonder the cops had him strip down before taking him into custody. I wonder—though we’ll never hear about it, if it happened—if the guy was ululating the usual bullshit about his prophet and god while he was killing those people?

        https://nypost.com/2021/03/23/police-identify-ahmad-alyssa-21-as-suspect-in-boulder-shooting/?shared=email&msg=fail

        1. I don’t think you’re allowed to talk about this

          1. I’m surprised we still have comments here.

            1. Keep pushing to abolish Section 230, and you won’t.

        2. And you know he is “BLM/ANTIFA or Muslim” how?

          1. Lol. So Jeffy.

          2. Yes, because of all those Jews and Episcopalians named after Mohammed.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmad#Lexicology

          3. If you haven’t yet figured out the media’s game (and, clearly, you have not) if the shooter was your average white guy we would have already been bombarded endlessly with calls for gun control, denunciations of white supremacy, protests against racism, a statement by every major and minor Democrat politician in existence, and Don Lemon crying on live television.

            The fact that we did not see any of this means he is not your average white guy and is part of one of those other inconvenient groups that we are not allowed to discuss.

            It isn’t really a matter of what I know, per se, but a matter of knowing how fucking full of shit the media is. And, it seems like he may very well be a Muslim guy with some jihadist sympathies.

            The difference between you, Jeff, and everyone here, is that you’re stupid and pretend that obvious things are not obvious or self-evident.

            https://thepostmillennial.com/revealed-boulder-shooter-ahmad-al-issa-expressed-anti-trump-sentiment-reportedly-had-isis-sympathies/

            1. “ISIS sympathies,” huh? LOL.

              I’m curious how he got the gun, how he got here, where he picked up his increasingly fundamentalist-Islamic ideology, and whether there were any foreign trips in the middle of all that

              You know, for all of these liberty-killing measures that are supposed to make us more secure, none of them ever seem to pick up guys like this before they snap. Well, besides the ones the FBI entrapped, that is.

              1. He may very well have been born here. I don’t think anyone needs to pick up any unique “fundamentalist” theology. Your average devout Muslim believes some very fucked up things as is (i.e. all other religions are inferior and must ultimately submit), even if they are not violent. Islam is inherently political as it is a religion that comes equipped with overt instructions for governance. Any truly devout Muslim, in my opinion, has the capacity to fly head first into a jihadist rage. Just the nature of the religion.

              2. I’m curious how he got the gun, how he got here, where he picked up his increasingly fundamentalist-Islamic ideology, and whether there were any foreign trips in the middle of all that

                It’s possible he’s an immigrant, but the odds are actually quite high that he grew up in the area, and was simply indoctrinated with the typical shitlib anti-American propaganda that they teach in Boulder County schools.

                1. Reports coming in that he is an immigrant from Syria …

                  1. Some guy grabbed shots of his Facebook profile and it looks like he went to Arvada West. Wonder if his parents were tech people who worked in one of the companies in Interlocken, and that’s why he decided to go up to Boulder. It’s not like there aren’t grocery stores in Arvada he could have hit.

                    1. Supposedly born in Syria in 1999. Moved here in 2002. An Alawite, which explains how his family would have the scratch to get here. Guessing he got permanent residency/citizenship at some point.

                      While anti-Americanism is part and parcel of the modern woke High School education, I didn’t think fundamentalist Islam was. Which leads to me ask where he picked it up, when it started to manifest, and, most importantly, how much of it was grooming from some Fed or benign indifference from same. You know, a “Tear Up Texas,” kind of situation.

                      Again, supposedly—from Posebiec, who’s hardly the most reliable commentator—this guy gave off more than a few indicators ahead of time that he might be interested in doing something like this.

                    2. “It’s not like there aren’t grocery stores in Arvada he could have hit.”

                      Target choice gets weird in some of these situations. Remember that asshole who shot up the El Paso Walmart? He lived in Dallas. If he wanted to target a Walmart filled with Mexican nationals and/or Hispanic illegals, he could’ve driven around 635 and hit a half dozen of them. No need to drive all the way to El Paso.

                      Still never heard of an answer why he went all the way out there.

            2. “The difference between you, Jeff, and everyone here, is that you’re stupid and pretend that obvious things are not obvious or self-evident.”

              Uh huh, sure. It was obvious where the shooter’s political sympathies lay from just knowing his name, but it is not at all obvious that a Capitol police officer dying out of the blue from a stroke the day after he collapsed in his office after battling MAGA rioters isn’t a latent health problem that coincidentally expressed itself lethally on that particular day.

              1. The jump from this:

                If you haven’t yet figured out the media’s game (and, clearly, you have not) if the shooter was your average white guy we would have already been bombarded endlessly with calls for gun control, denunciations of white supremacy, protests against racism, a statement by every major and minor Democrat politician in existence, and Don Lemon crying on live television.

                The fact that we did not see any of this means he is not your average white guy and is part of one of those other inconvenient groups that we are not allowed to discuss.

                To this:

                “It was obvious where the shooter’s political sympathies lay from just knowing his name …”

                Is the result of a lack of reading comprehension and/or being a dishonest leftist shit.

                I’m going to go with … a dishonest leftist shit that can’t read.

              2. “[B]ut it is not at all obvious that a Capitol police officer dying …”

                At least you are finally admitting that Sicknick died, and was neither killed nor murdered.

                Baby steps.

                1. He was likely killed. People who are killed is a sunset of people who have died.

                  1. subset

                  2. “He was likely killed.”

                    Cite?

                  3. Still no cites on this. Just going to continue to ignore the FBI, Coroner, and his family.

                    Good work buddy.

                    1. Now that I think about it …. how do we even know Sicknick is dead? Hmm. Well, I am going to take the position he is still alive until I see that autopsy report.

              3. It was more obvious than a weaponized fire extinguisher.

              4. “a Capitol police officer dying out of the blue from a stroke the day after he collapsed in his office after battling MAGA rioters isn’t a latent health problem that coincidentally expressed itself lethally on that particular day”

                This is bait.

        3. I’m sure ENB will follow up on this now that he’s been identified.

          1. If she does follow up, it will be to write about how all the Muslims in the U.S. are again living in fear of reprisals from white supremacists because one of co-religionists murdered a bunch of people.

            One the leftist media finally accepts the facts, they will then pivot to “Oh, the poor Muslims! This must be so hard for them! THEY ARE NOW TARGETS! THE NAZIS AND MAGA TERRORISTS ARE COMING AFTER THEM!!”

            Rule No. 1 for the media? Blame everything on scary white people, Republicans, and Trump supporters.

            1. Here’s a nice collection of all the chemjeff journalists that blew their load prematurely on it being a good ol’ fashioned MAGA hate sporting’ white guy lol

              https://twitter.com/CalebJHull/status/1374389271021297670

              1. The BidenLs twatter account has a few choice postings as well.

              2. Weird how quick they all were to call the guy a terrorist when they thought he was white, but when it turned out that he might be an Islamic radical*, they stopped using that word.

                *(or maybe even just a non-political crazy dude who happens to bear an ethnically muslim name)

              3. And of course the first post that Hull pulled up was from that fat landwhale Julie DiCaro.

                1. I see he also posted a shot from that fat bulbhead Tay Anderson, who can’t even walk around a Target without passing out.

                  1. Also love how a bunch of twatters are referencing Elijah McClain’s death “right down the street.”

                    These doofuses don’t even realize that northwest Aurora and Boulder are on completely different sides of the Denver metro area (seriously, it can take at least an hour, if not longer, to get from Colfax and I-225 to Boulder, especially with how bad the traffic is there now), and one is a long-time gang shithole while the other is a lily-white progressive haven.

                    Tay Anderson in particular isn’t in any position to talk shit, because his neighborhood has seen more black people killed by other blacks in the last 30 years than any cops have done in the last 100.

                2. Jesus fuck. Just looked her up. She is a whale.

              4. “Weird how quick they all were to call the guy a terrorist when they thought he was white …”

                Because everybody knows that “white” terrorism is the “real” threat. What being white has anything to do with terrorism is never answered. Why? Because it an idiotic and blatantly racist trope repeated ad nauseum by racist idiots. When a black guy shoots up a bunch of kids at a barbecue (otherwise known as “any weekend in Chicago”) is that “black” terrorism? Rest assured any “journalist” making that argument would get run out of town for being a “white” terrorist.

                The media are the enemy of the people. Proof? All the stupid coverage today.

          2. She probably will not, unless there is a libertarian angle to the story, such as another round of people calling for more gun control measures.

            1. That’s already happening. See Biden’s speech today.

              1. Well, then ENB or another Reason writer might comment on it.

                1. You really can’t help squawking like a bird, can you?

        4. It’s actually more likely that he’s a Greek Orthodox adherent than a Muslim. Boulder County has a pretty sizeable contingent of them, mostly Palestinians, and they even have a chapel on the northeast side of town.

          1. I could see Coptic — maybe. That could explain the name. But Coptic Christians are ethnically Arab/Egyptian, not “Greek.” Ahmad, however, is a typical name among Muslims.

            1. I’m not referring to Greek as an ethnicity; it’s a ecumenical classification. Sts Peter and Paul Church in Boulder is a Greek Orthodox church, and is attended mostly by Christian Arabs who live in the region.

              Most Copts in the Denver metro live in the Aurora and south Denver areas; that’s why their chapel is in Englewood.

              1. Ok, fine.

                Anyway, it seems like he is a Muslim, somewhat of a jihadist sympathizer, and Trump hater.

                All preliminary, of course.

                https://thepostmillennial.com/revealed-boulder-shooter-ahmad-al-issa-expressed-anti-trump-sentiment-reportedly-had-isis-sympathies/

              2. Neat. TIL…

                Glad to hear you didn’t get caught up in that mess, Red.

                1. I wouldn’t step foot in that neo-yuppie, virtue-signaling trash can. It’s unfortunate that most of the rest of the Denver suburbs started parroting Boulder’s political stupidity.

                  The hilarious part of that city is that it’s so fucking white and wealthy, they end up going through a virtue-signaling garment rending every few years because minorities perpetually feel “unwelcome” there. Most of the city’s minority population are students at CU, not permanent residents.

                  1. “But you can fly fish in the middle of town!”

                    I had family that went to the University of Colorado. They told me it was a beautiful place. Denver and the Rockies certainly are.

                    1. Wanna know why it’s so nice up in Boulder? The white liberal swells restrict development to “protect the environment,” so housing costs are sky-high just like they are in California. If you didn’t get your house their in the 1970s, or aren’t making over $200K a year, you’re going to have a hell of a time buying an affordable home.

                      Boulder has long been a haven for upper-class white liberals who have long looked down on other Denver suburbs for not being “progressive,” despite doing everything they can to keep their minority servant class from actually living in the city.

                    2. I steer well clear of Boulder because of all their progressive nonsense, and weirdly the few people I’ve met from there are younger people who generally have much more income than I do, yet still live with three to five other people in some rental house.

                      The guy I know ‘best’, which isn’t very well, works in the oil industry and regularly rends his garments over his destruction of the environment yet finds it difficult to walk away from so much money. This means he actually does volunteer with organizations that are specifically against his own company, which is almost unfathomable to me when he could just quit.

                    3. This means he actually does volunteer with organizations that are specifically against his own company, which is almost unfathomable to me when he could just quit.

                      Where else is he going to find all that money to consooooooooooome whatever consooooooooooomer shit he and his left-wing chucklefuck buddies are indulging in?

                  1. Yeah, if that speculation is accurate, it looks more like a Muslim than a Christian Arab.

                    1. I hadn’t realized the significance of this date. https://twitter.com/RaheemKassam/status/1374400027175444488

                      From the tweet:

                      Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of the Islamist attack in Brussels which left 35 dead and 340 injured.

                      It was the 4th anniversary of the Westminster (London) attack which killed 6 and injured 49.

                      Jihadist shithead looks really likely.

                    2. Jihadist shithead looks really likely.

                      WHIIITTEEEE SUPPREMACCCYY!!!!

      2. BLM/ANTIFA or Muslim, or someone the FBI was supplying guns to.
        I actually thought it would be, and still may be a disgruntled ex employee. I knew something was up when they took so long to release the name.

    2. It’s time to signal our fellow right wingers about how we are victimized by the mainstream media!

      1. How about, maybe, just once, taking a long hard look at the idiocy pervading the media class and, maybe, just once, admitting that it is, maybe, a problem when all of their talking points merge into a uniform campaign of coordinated racism?

        https://twitter.com/CalebJHull/status/1374389271021297670

        But they don’t pay you to be honest, do they?

        1. Or you could stop playing the victim, and just avail yourself of the plentiful alternatives to mainstream news.

          1. Calling out people that pretend to be journalists but are really just propagandists isn’t playing the victim.

            Do you think these people should be able to do this without criticism?

            1. Right. So, you criticize them on a comment board where you hang out with a bunch of people who you hang out with every day whom you know already share your views. That’s just sitting around virtue signaling.

              1. “So, you criticize them on a comment board …”

                So, what is the problem? You don’t want them being criticized? Is that the issue?

              2. Then wtf are you here for bird?

              3. GFY

                Go away, and dont come back

          2. “Or you could stop playing the victim, and just avail yourself of the plentiful alternatives to mainstream news.”

            Why is it hard for you to even conditionally admit that there is a problem in the way the media covers these stories? I gave you a link that documents several examples. Can you at least come to terms with the fact that it is happening?

            What is the issue? Why stake do you have in pretending this isn’t happening?

            1. We forgot that Dee is the arbiter of what is appropriate for these comment boards.

              1. White Flight is probably pissed as shit right now that it wasn’t a white guy and is just lashing out. That’s just my opinion.

                1. No, I’m really sad there has been more senseless violence in our country. (Well, not Mother’s country, but most of the rest of us are Americans.)

                  Had no desire for the shooter to be white.

                  1. “Had no desire for the shooter to be white.”

                    CITE???

                    1. I do have several cites I can give that you are a prick.

                    2. So no cite then.

                    3. “I do have several cites I can give that you are a prick.”

                      TU COCK!

                  2. “I’m really sad there has been more senseless violence in our country. (Well, not Mother’s country”

                    You’re not sad about senseless violence north of the border?

                    1. She’s made it very clear she hates Canadians.

            2. The issue is that you and your fellow right wingers use this libertarian website as a place to hang out every day and have an anti-liberal bitchfest. And there are few liberals even hanging out here, yet act like assholes toward the libertarians here and the magazine that hosts you for free.

              1. “The issue is that you and your fellow right wingers …”

                The issue is that you assume that everyone is a right winger for noticing simple and non-partisan things, like the fact that the media is full of shit and that prominent “journalists” falsely report on a variety of topics exclusively through a partisan lens in order to skewer conservatives.

                You do not have to be a “right winger” to notice the disparity in how events are covered by a largely left leaning media.

              2. “And there are few liberals even hanging out here”

                Besides you and Jeff, and Tony, and dildo, etc. but yeah, other than all the liberals, there’s not many liberals.

                1. I don’t know, I think Square = Circle is a liberal type but he’s the honest kind of liberal. It isn’t liberals I have issues with, it’s outright Progressive nutjobs I take issue with.

                  It’s not liberals fault that Progressives have basically taken over the title even though they have just about no overlap with classical liberal thought.

                  In fact, classically liberal folks have quite a bit in common with libertarians.

                  1. Yes, when I say “liberal” I’m referring to leftists, not classical liberals.

  10. #BidenBoom update.

    In 2021 Democrats have raised the minimum wage by: $0.00 / hour

    In 2021 Reason.com benefactor Charles Koch’s net worth has increased by: $4.09 billion

    Mere weeks into the Biden Administration, Mr. Koch has already recovered most of what he lost in 2020 due to Drumpf’s high-tariff / low-immigration policies. I remain confident he will rejoin the planet’s top 10 richest people by the end of this year.

    #InDefenseOfBillionaires

    1. Hey, OBL, wasn’t that $4.09 billion number higher last week? And the week before that?

      Ruh-roh! The Biden boom is over already?

      Sad.

  11. “Does it make a difference if it’s an extra day to get a letter?” DeJoy asked the House Oversight and Reform Committee in February. “Because something has to change. We cannot keep doing the same thing we’re doing.”

    DeJoy went on to say, “And why all this pressure to deliver 100% of the mail? And how important is delivery to the exact address? Anything on the same street should be close enough.”

    1. Mail exchange is a good way to meet your neighbors.

    2. I believe Newman’s delivery rate was only 15%.

    3. I for one hope they raise the rate high enough that junk mail becomes cost prohibited; killing two birds* with one stone.

      *1) being the junk mail I hate and 2) being the assholes whose entire job is to bring junk mail to me.

    4. “And why all this pressure to deliver 100% of the mail? And how important is delivery to the exact address? Anything on the same street should be close enough.”

      Same street, or same number on a different street. Fielder’s choice.

  12. “A suspect is in custody,” CNN reports, “but authorities did not share any information on his identity, the type of weapon used or any possible motive.”

    “So we will be reporting in the information vacuum that it was QAnon Incel with an AR-15.”

    1. And even after it turns out to be a gay Malagasy harem-keeper with a crossbow, White Knight will use that article as proof, PROOF, that it was MAGA.

      1. I would not. I haven’t issued a word of presumption about the perp’s identity or motives.

        I know it was like manna from heaven for Trump fans when it turned out the initial reports that Sicknick may have died as a result of being hit with a fire extinguisher were retracted. Suddenly, you had this one stroke of luck you could hang all your denialism about the January 6th insurrection on.

        However, I didn’t just make up the fire extinguisher story. I was going by news reports at the time. And the first time I saw (actually saw) that there was a retraction of the story, I admitted I was wrong.

        1. And the first time I saw (actually saw) that there was a retraction of the story, I admitted I was wrong.

          Cite?

          1. No cite??

            1. Wow.

              No proof of any kind of admission provided.

              What are we to make of that?

          2. He admitted it after 9 days of us linking him retraction then switched to bear spray did it and now claims temporal proximity is proof despite FBI testimony, coroner reports, and family statements. He just feels it is true.

            1. Ah, one of JesseAz’s patented highly inaccurate recaps.

              1. No that’s pretty much what happened Dee. We were all there.

    2. I wonder if this is the Record High Mass Shootings Surge that the media has been parroting.

  13. Biden appointed a well-known foe of big tech and big companies more generally to the Federal Trade Commission.

    There’s going to be a lot of angry sex when they eventually get into bed together.

    1. ^

  14. Is “undesired weight gain” the same as food rape?

    1. “Food rape”

      LOL
      Well done

    2. Ugh. Now I’m really confused. Is it still rape if I enjoyed that cheesecake?

      1. It’s always rape if you regret it later.

      2. False consciousness

      3. “It’s not your fault.” x20

  15. “Journalists continue to be denied access to border facilities for detaining migrant children.”

    They should try from the Mexican side.

    1. Transparent administration.

    2. Haha. Someone’s trying to muscle in on the fist market.

  16. The Department of Defense is working on draft legislation that could make it easier for military spouses to transfer occupational licenses between states.

    Troop support is not a cronyism suicide pact!

  17. All told, Defense Department officials calculate there are about 132,140 active duty spouses in numerous professions that require licensing.

    Slippery slope!

  18. Journalists continue to be denied access to border facilities for detaining migrant children.

    Thank Gaia for them, or they’d actually have to pretend continued outrage WITH PICTURES.

  19. A shooter opened fire at a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket on Monday, killing 10 people.

    Must’ve been mostly white people.

    1. Well, it is Boulder, so yeah. Most of the city’s non-white service sector employees live in Longmont or Lafayette.

    2. SAY THEIR NAMES.

      1. ^ Nice.

  20. 10 percent of survey participants gained 50 or more pounds

    , in a lame attempt to earn a comorbidity for upping their chances of getting the vaccine.

  21. How Christian fascist ideology led to the Atlanta killings:

    “Believers are told that Satanic forces, promoting a liberal creed of “secular humanism,” lure people to self-destruction through drugs, alcohol, gambling, pornography and massage brothels. Long, who had frequented two of the massage parlors he attacked, was arrested on his way to Florida to attack a business connected with the pornography industry.”

    https://www.salon.com/2021/03/23/the-evil-within-us-how-christian-fascist-ideology-led-to-the-atlanta-killings/

    1. Why should I even engage with a premise from a writer that doesn’t even know the definition of Fascism?

      1. And one who’s struggling to get out of 6th grade for the third time?

    2. Wonder how widespread these views are, though.

      Sinning on Saturday night, repenting on Sunday morning has been around forever, but most born-again Christians viewer backsliding as a personal failing, requiring fixing yourself by getting right again with Jesus. Prostitutes were fellow lost sinners, not dehumanized tempters.

      1. It’s only common as a caricature of Christian belief by people who reject Christianity.

        1. What is only common?

          The cycle some born-again Christians go through of repeatedly backsliding and repenting? I personally witnessed several people that fall into this pattern of behavior. I’m not saying most born-again Christians, but always a few people who do this.

          1. Successfully voping with backsliding was always part of Born-again/Evangelical/Charismatic doctrine.
            That’s where big chunks of Al-Anon’s twelve-step program came from.

            1. You can tell someone doesn’t actually understand Christianity when they ask why Christians sin after repenting.

              1. You can tell Dee doesn’t actually understand pretty much anything by all her posts.

      2. The author observed a lot of scary trends in the mixing of right-wing politics and fundamentalist Christianity. But there were a lot of yellow flag phrases in the article which lead me to think he is not an unbiased observer, and is either exaggerating or not seeing everything.

        1. “The author invents a lot of scary tropes

          Fixed that for you. This is demagoguery only thinly disguised as analysis.

        2. The author observed a lot of scary trends in the mixing of right-wing politics and fundamentalist Christianity.

          You mean the same shit these tards have been complaining about since the 1980s?

          1. He documented what he saw well enough, I believe he saw it. It’s just a matter of how prevalent any of this is, and what he didn’t see or didn’t include in the article because of his biases.

            1. Nah, it’s just the bizarro version of Satanic Panic.

    3. or or or work with me here….

      the guy was crazy

    4. Well, from what I know about Christian theology and reading the author’s assumptions and statements, this is about as accurate as an Amazing Atheist YouTube analysis on the Synoptic Gospels.

      If this was any other religious group (excepting Mormons and Orthodox Jews) Salon would be screaming about demagogic hatemongering… and they’d be right, because that is what the article is.

      Seems to have inflamed the hate of Strazele/Jeff even more though, which was the article’s purpose.

      1. chemjeff hasn’t even commented on this topic.

        1. Sure, Jeff. Sure.

        2. “chemjeff hasn’t even commented on this topic”

          ???
          I mentioned Strazele.

          1. Baloney, You wrote “Strazele/Jeff”.

            1. Fuck off Stroople/Chafe

            2. I always get a good chuckle when you show you don’t know what’s going on. Thanks!

    5. Wow, I guess I would qualify as having secular humanist views, but I’m wary of all those things except alcohol and porn, and even those I recognize as fraught with danger of addiction for some people. I would never, ever promote gambling, especially.

      1. Pretty much this.
        I support legalized drug use and prostitution because I believe people should be free to make their own decisions, but by the same token I don’t think that they’re healthy, profitable or wise.

        1. Wait, you are actually being polite today. Having trouble processing, but appreciated, in all seriousness.

          1. “Wait, you are actually being polite today.”

            This isn’t Grindr, you sad, lonely, morose motherfucker.

            1. Could have used many more adjectives, so being extra nice.

          2. You haven’t pissed me off yet today.

        2. At least they didn’t try to blame smoking on secular humanists.

    6. Well, to Salon’s credit we know the shooter wasn’t progressive because the sex workers weren’t underage and there wasn’t a black book involved, afaik.

  22. authorities did not share any information on his identity, the type of weapon used or any possible motive.

    Ah, HA! Someone who self-identifies as *male*!

    1. Could have been a misgendering incident, the worst crime of all.

      1. Which then leads to everyone Dead Naming the shooter

    2. We also know he was illiterate – he couldn’t read the sign on the door that this store was a gun-free zone.

      1. Heh….funny

  23. Wow, get a load of this shit: it was already sort of obvious, but now they’re no longer even bothering to hide the fact that the Blocko Mofo is acting as a de facto shadow president / co-president.

    Biden regularly consults with Barack Obama on a ‘range of issues,’ Psaki says

    Press Secretary Jen Psaki said she expects the pair will continue to consult throughout Biden’s presidency

    Psaki was asked by a reporter whether Obama had visited the White House and how often the two speak, to which she responded that Obama and Biden have a relationship that is not defined as president and vice president – instead, they are “friends.”

    You’ve truly got to hand it to these motherfuckers, in spite of the fact that thus fucking asshole has used up his eight years of eligibility to run the country, they’ve managed to come up with a very clever way to do an end run around the spirit of the constitution, and I’m not sure there’s anything anyone can do about it. This is so goddamn un-American, it’s sickening.

    1. And don’t get me started on Jill’s “pillow talk”!

      1. That’s Dr. Jill !

        1. “Dr.” Jill

          1. “Doctor”. Abbreviations are misogynist.

    2. “…and I’m not sure there’s anything anyone can do about it.”

      Oh, I am. Sure there’s a solution, that is. Not sure we’ll be happy once it’s picked.

    3. Pretty impressive means of implementing Chicago-style machine politics in as well. No wonder this motherfucker bought a house in DC instead of fucking off back to Chicago or Hawaii.

    4. Obama wasn’t running things during his terms, why would he start now?

  24. “Does it make a difference if it’s an extra day to get a letter?” DeJoy asked

    “How about if it’s an extra week? An extra month?”

    1. Not if the PO is picking up the late charges, it doesn’t

    2. and I thought the USPS was more wary of slippery slopes in the recent years.

  25. https://twitter.com/EricMMatheny/status/1374357127645511680?s=19

    Every single day of the Biden Administration feels like one big act of revenge against the American people for having voted for Trump.

    1. What are you talking about? They are sending us checks!

      1. But they’ll be late.

    2. “In defeat, malice. In victory, revenge” has always been the motto of the Democratic Party.

      1. Seriously. We need a Reconstruction 2.0.

        1. Well, you know what had to happen first before you got Reconstruction…

      2. Now do the Liberal Party.

        1. The Trudeau’s excepted (Zoolander and his slimey Pa), the Liberal Party has usually been okay. Most recently with Chrétien and his personal privacy bills and paydown of the debt.

          Unlike the Democrats, the Liberals didn’t fight for slavery, create the Klu-Klux-Klan, pack up our Indians on a trail of tears and practice genocide against them in the West, and invade all sorts of countries.

          1. So, we count things that American political parties did back in the 1800s as if they are relevant to current politics. Seems just a tad disingenuous when the major American parties of today are clearly not the same as the historical parties.

            Do you also, then, give the Democratic Party credit that they were not pushing the Green New Deal, using Title 9 to trash due process, or strongly pro-abortion rights back in the 1830s?

            1. American political parties did back in the 1800s as if they are relevant to current politics.

              Not “American political parties”, the Democratic Party. The Republicans were founded as an anti-slavery party if you remember your history.
              But literally the worst racial policies in the modern West until Hitler is too old for you?
              Okay.
              How about resegregating the Civil Service in 1913? How about Japanese internment? How about Jim Crow or violent opposition to the Civil Rights Act in ’57,’60 and even ’64? What party was Bull Conner or George Wallace? How about the Bay of Pigs? Who got America into Vietnam? Which party got it out? Who locked a generation of Blacks into dismal projects?

              Seems just a tad disingenuous

              Right back at you.

              the major American parties of today are clearly not the same as the historical parties.

              One.
              One southern Democrat switched parties.

              The rest, including those who filibustered the ’64 CRA, stayed Democrats until they were out of office. Most remained Democrats until they died.

              There was no switch. The record of who was in Congress proves that.

              This is a lie perpetrated by Democrats, the party of slavery, of Jim Crow, of the Black Codes, of the KKK, of segregation, of thousands of Confederate monuments placed to intimidate black people. The party of redlining, of destroying the black family, of creating ghettoes.

              Do you also, then, give the Democratic Party credit that they were not pushing the Green New Deal, using Title 9 to trash due process, or strongly pro-abortion rights back in the 1830s?

              What the fuck?
              Seriously, what the fuck is this? Do you understand how stupid this sounds?
              How the hell do you figure a time machine is some sort of valid argument?

              1. “if you remember your history.”

                Dee only remembers history that fits the narrative. And even then, usually only if it’s in the morning email.

  26. Odd…

    https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1374159559019925506?s=19

    BREAKING: Law enforcement issues temporary flight restrictions over Boulder, Colorado while they investigate supermarket shooting; news choppers grounded –

    1. That is weird.
      What possible reason could that serve?

    2. lol @ one of the comments:

      “best to triple mask as well until further information is made available”

  27. “Gen Z, which the survey defines as adults ages 24 and under—were the most likely to put on weight”

    I think I added weight every single year from 0 – 24. Don’t most people?

    1. I didn’t stop growing taller until around 27. It was super-slow, but noticeable.
      My brother, on the other hand, reached his adult height of 6’2″ by 14. Shot up like a weed and then just stopped.

    2. Yeah, but at least in my case, it really started rising in my 40s. And dropping, now that I take measures to keep it off, mainly by avoiding most of what’s called “food” in the grocery store.

      1. Good way to avoid bullets to if you live in the Boulder area

  28. USPS: Dump the first class mail monopoly. Problem solved.

    My damned condo complex mail box has been broken for a year now. Someone broke into it. USPS says it’s our responsibility to fix it. But it’s USPS property, so association says only USPS can fix it by law (and then bill us). Meanwhile, the USPS contractors are fucking idiots who jam the mail into the broken box and I’ve had several pieces last as they fall behind the back of the box and into the wall itself. Aaargh. Fuckers, all of them. They could have stepped up and been heros this pandemic, just like fedex and ups, but instead they chose to be dicks.

    1. that’s what you get for your section 8 housing, sorry you’re poor

      1. Lol. It’s funny because it’s true.

      2. Brutal

    2. USPS says it’s our responsibility to fix it. But it’s USPS property, so association says only USPS can fix it by law (and then bill us).

      Sounds like the solution is to just rip the mailbox out of the wall, tell USPS not to deliver mail there anymore, and have everyone get a PO box at the post office if they really want a mailing address.

        1. If the Post Office isn’t maintaining what is supposed to be their own property, and is effectively enabling mail fraud and theft by not fixing their mailbox, they’ve effectively ceded ownership.

          1. Oh, they’d start caring right exactly when you want them not to.

  29. https://twitter.com/LakesFirearmsTr/status/1374150755565907968?s=19

    Just spent an hour talking with my neighbor. Mid 40s. Grew up in communist Romania. He’s losing his mind over what he sees happening to this country. He can’t understand why so many are going along with its destruction.

    This echoes the conversation I had the other week with another mid 40s friend who fled from communist Europe, in this case Bulgaria. Neither one can figure out why so many are so willing to give up their freedoms and who actively welcome communism.

    1. Because these tards have never had to live under it, so they think it will be Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism, not Horrific Gulag Communism.

      They’re already running the Cultural Revolution, it will just be a question of when the worm turns and all these dumbshit youth leftists end up being sent out to the farms to get worked to death by Mexican overseers.

      1. “Bienvenidos, pendajos….”

  30. Journalists continue to be denied access to border facilities for detaining migrant children.

    You mean the cages?

    1. So last year….

  31. https://twitter.com/HISTORY/status/1374366321727700992?s=19

    On #ThisDayInHistory in 1775, Patrick Henry voiced his opposition to the increasingly oppressive British rule by declaring, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

    1. Context: (reads like today, no?)
      If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

      It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

  32. Mormons are Nazis.

    Kill all the mormons.

  33. https://twitter.com/drsimonegold/status/1373621230457212931?s=19

    Yesterday, one of the largest global protests in history took place; people in 40+ countries gathered to demand their freedoms be restored, their rights be protected, and destructive lockdowns be lifted.

    Mainstream media was silent.

    You need a voice:

    1. Local news.

    2. I don’t understand why the Davos Mandarins are being so overt and ballsy right now. Yes, they have control of the microphone, but not total control, yet anyway, because this stuff still happens.

      1. The only reason I can think of that makes sense (versus things like, the impending alien invasion is telling them to), is that world economies are so bad, so near complete failure, that if that class doesn’t make their move now to grab the reins, total economic collapse will prevent them from doing it at all.

        Make no mistake, while I still think the USD is likely the prettiest horse in the glue factory corral, we’re in deep shit. And when we go, everyone goes.

        1. The way everyone just went nuts on borrowing, we know that hyperinflation is guaranteed, so maybe you’re right and they’re just trying to position themselves.

            1. Holy Shit.

            2. Cripes!

              Time to stock up on bags of rice and ammunition.

  34. “Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will unveil the largest rollback of consumer mail services in a generation as part of his 10-year plan for the U.S. Postal Service”

    This guy thinks big. Stalin could plan for half that time.

  35. “A shooter opened fire at a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket on Monday, killing 10 people. “A suspect is in custody,” CNN reports, “but authorities did not share any information on his identity, the type of weapon used or any possible motive.”

    —-ENB

    And it might be noted that if past performance is any indication of future results, the chances of any of those things being reported accurately in the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting may be worse than 50/50.

    1. True. Some nut who’d, five-six years ago threatened the Boulder area DA with death, and generally been a crazy, harassing lunatic, had his name splashed around as the perpetrator. They did look somewhat similar, to be fair. And you’d expect a crazy guy to do something like this in Boulder.

      A lot of news that comes out initially from a crisis , turns out not to be true. With low-trust societies—like ours is devolving towards—nobody trusts the official news anyway, and rumors are king.

      Anyway, I doubt this story goes that much further. Though it might spark some renewed gun control push. Wonder where he got the gun? And I wonder how the first wave of cops got hit.

      1. Everything we thought we knew about Columbine was wrong.

        “Twenty years later, I am still on this story not just because of what happened, but also because of how the media responded. We got it wrong. Absurdly wrong. We were shocked and horrified and desperate for answers, serving a public hungry for a reason for the “madness,” so we found an answer. It was wrong.”

        —-The Guardian

        https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/10/columbine-parkland-gun-crime-dave-cullen

      2. Case in point: even with the shooter’s (alleged) name of Ahmad Alyssa, per the NY Post, his alleged LinkedIn page says Ahmad Alissa, and there’s a facebook page with Ahmad Al Issa. https://m.facebook.com/ahmad.alissa.794

        The last one being a guy born in Syria in 1999, and being a former student of Arvada West HS in Colorado, like the guy with the (almost empty) LinkedIn page.

        You figure it out. Though if the guy was a former refugee, got radicalized post HS, and then shot up a grocery store…this story’ll sink faster than DeShaun Watson’s chances of staying in the NFL.

        1. And when we start talking about motives, etc., forget about it.

          We’ll know more months from now. This is why we shouldn’t argue about the specifics of any given case. The principle involved generally doesn’t hinge on any particular point of fact.

          The principles behind the Second Amendment, casus belli, etc., etc. The principles behind the Second Amendment remain the same regardless of whether a terrorist, non-terrorist, racist, or non-racist, crazy person, or non-crazy person used a shotgun, AR-15 or a really big knife. Going to war was in our best interests or not regardless of whether the Lusitania was carrying explosives, regardless of what really happened in the Gulf of Tonkin, and regardless of whether Saddam Hussein had WMD.

          Our principles are based on facts that have long been pored over for years and aren’t much in dispute. Politicians and partisans have been trying to manipulate our opinions with noble lies since before Plato wrote about noble lies. There is nothing new under the sun. The principles remain the same, even, despite technological change, although that may mean they need to be applied differently in light of technological changes.

          There isn’t anything about the type of gun used in the most recent mass shooting or the motive of the shooter or the identity and personal characteristics or ideology of a shooter that’s about to make me think that 100 million law abiding gun owners should forfeit their freedom and suddenly be treated like criminals by the government despite the fact that they’ve never pointed a gun at anybody or done anything wrong with their gun.

          And when we argue over these details, we give them an importance they don’t deserve. The proper response to an idiot who thinks the last mass shooting changes everything is to ask them whether that means Americans should be arrested and thrown in prison for doing nothing wrong. The real battle is probably persuading average Americans that people who won’t support throwing average Americans in prison for doing nothing wrong–despite what the media says–are not simply denialists.

          1. Let’s apply it to all other rights. No one is allowed to speek, because a terrorist might speek. No body is allowed to vote because a terrorist might vote. Nobody is allowed to a trial because a terrorist might get a trial…. Oh crap I just stumbled onto the democrats policy agenda

          2. Motivating people is the point. Especially in a democracy where, ostensibly, the people get to say what stays and what goes.

            People are motivated by propaganda. By stories that make sense to them. Not principles.

            Which is why the ethnicity of this killer, and what he used, are important when the fight is between those who would take away the liberty of the people to continue possessing modern small arms, versus those who would maintain it.

            One set of facts helps the stories that the gun banners want to spin. Another set does not. Or more accurately, causes other principles of their governing philosophy to come into question.

        2. The Deshaun Watson thing just seems like such obvious extortion. The plaintiff lawyer, Buzbee, seems like the slimiest of ambulance chasers, and his behavior looks like maximum pressure with no substance.
          Did Watson get IG “masseuses” expecting them to be escorts? Probably. Did he ask for a happy ending? Probably. Did he whip his dick out (in the privacy of his own home, assuredly already naked getting the massage)? Probably.
          Is any of that sexual assault?
          Probably shouldn’t be.
          These women knew what the deal was, especially if he’s flying them in, and are looking for a bigger payday is my guess at this point.

          1. Yeah, but 22 different women. 13 of them Buzbee felt confident enough about to file civil complaints on. Ogg is sniffing around it, allegedly. We’ll see, but it looks like dude had a particular fetish, the Texans knew about it and kept a lid on it, and now the dirty laundry is getting out for reasons.

            Buzbee may be a scumbag plaintiffs’ lawyer, but he’s a skilled one. Did a lot in the Deepwater Horizon litigation and the ‘BP cooking 15 of their employees in Texas City’ litigation. Ironically, for all of the “he lives next to Bob McNair!” stuff, I think he moved. I walk by his house frequently—it’s in a nice part of River Oaks—and it looks emptied. Plus, his very fat and friendly Lab isn’t in the backyard anymore to woof and wag at me as I walk by.

  36. A shooter opened fire at a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket on Monday, killing 10 people.

    I think we have to acknowledge that this country has a problem with this sort of thing. We need to ban high-capacity grocery stores.

    1. Haha. We all need to be like NYC and shop at corner stores.

      No more Walmart shooters…

      But if we were to switch to homeschooling would that eliminate school shootings?

  37. Hello my name is kev kuck it has been 15 days since I last clicked a sullum article

  38. “Does it make a difference if it’s an extra day to get a letter?”

    See this type of thing is the real problem. It is not “big government” vs. “small government”. It is stupid government. Government that hoovers up enormous amount of money and resources and then only gives shit in return.

    1. And if the USPS wasn’t part of the government with a Federal monopoly, we wouldn’t have this problem.

      It seems like the obvious solution would be to privatize it. Would you agree?

      1. Thereby shrinking the government, right?

        1. Indeed. I was trying to lead Jeff there step by step, but he didn’t bite.
          How often do we see big government that’s stupid? Pretty much all the time.
          Inevitably if we eliminate all the stupid government programs, what remains will be smarter.

          Maybe Jeff doesn’t see the correlation..

          1. Pretty sure Jeff’s mental abilities are such that separating his fantasies from reality is difficult.
            And, given his problems responding to the written word, I’m not certain he really understands there is an objective reality not connected to the voices in his head.

    2. Small government, by virtue of its size, is incapable of hovering up enormous amounts of money and resources

      Big government, by virtue of its monopoly on services, is incapable of giving anything but shit in return for the enormous amount of money and resources its size requires

    3. The rich should still pay more taxes though, so we can enable waste and incompetence in other areas.

      Right, Jeff?

  39. USPS easy fix.
    1. Deliver first class mail Monday and Friday.
    2. Deliver all other “mail” Wednesday, to allow citizens to just sweep it directly into the trash.
    3. All “other” mail must pay a rate that covers all its costs, including a green new deal surcharge to cover the costs of the trees it is printed on, as well as the delivery costs.

    No overtime, no weekend pay, revenues pay expenses, win-win-win.

    1. Try to get that passed. The USPS wanted to stop Saturday deliveries to save money and the assholes inn Congress put a stop to it. Why? Unions? Donor demands? Waiting for the next issue of the Saturday Evening Post? Who knows?

  40. LMAO

    Lawyers for pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell said that “no reasonable person” would believe that her false conspiracies about the 2020 election were “truly statements of fact.”

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/23/pro-trump-lawyer-sidney-powell-election-theft-claims-not-statements-of-fact.html

    1. Saw that. We shall see how well that flies with the court.

      I’m with all those who are hoping she just successfully argued for her own disbarment.

    2. I’d like to read the whole paragraph that those three words were a part of for context, but for some reason CNBC managed to forget to write it.

      Also, for some reason, the article headline attributes the words to Powell, but then in the body seems to attribute those words to Powell’s lawyer and not Powell.
      Golly.

      1. Further, it’s quite common for newbys to pick a handle in the hopes of a sympathetic reception.
        There’s a good chance “a libertarian” is a lefty under a false flag.

        1. “a libertarian” has posted quite a few comments over past weeks.

          1. True. He’s clearly a sock as well.

      2. Struggle session in front of a corrupt court backed by the full force of a corrupt and illegitimate government.
        It’s straight up extortion by Dominion via a lawsuit that should’ve been immediately thrown out of court with the party bringing it severely sanctioned.
        But fuck it, no laws anymore.
        Leftist lives are on borrowed time.

      3. “but then in the body seems to attribute those words to Powell’s lawyer and not Powell.”

        A distinction without much importance, but technically you are correct.

        1. “…you are correct.”

          Which is the important part.

          1. Not really. Being technically correct about something of little importance is called being “pedantic”.

            1. Who spoke the words is not of ‘little importance’ to those of us who recognize that the one cop died of a stroke, and the other one murdered an unarmed person.
              To TDS-addled assholes like you, well….
              Fuck off and die; make the world a better place.

              1. Not me. I would not ever refer to either Brian Sicknick’s or Ashli Babbitt’s death as not important.

    3. I don’t know, if Rachel Maddow can get away with re-defining “really literally” to not mean really literally then Powell should be able to have this dismissed as well.

  41. “Most Americans Have Not Put on Pandemic Weight, Actually”

    Reason’s title is a lie, as most survey respondents reported putting on weight during the pandemic (more than twice the number who reported losing weight).

    ENB failed to point out 42% of American adults were obese, and 10% were severely obese, before the China virus.

    Had it not been for severely obese people (who were hospitalized and died from covid at very high rates), far few Americans under the age of 75 would have been hospitalized and died of covid.

    Obesity is a greater public health threat than covid, as obesity is also the leading cause of Type 2 Diabetes and Kidney disease, and is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke and injuries.

    So why is ENB lying about and downplaying the risks of obesity?

    1. Do you have a link to the full survey data? If 42% reported undesired weight gain, then that would mean that 24% must have reported desired weight gain for your “more than twice the number” claim, which seems rather unusual

      It would also mean that if 18% reported undesired weight loss, then only 16% could have reported a desired weight loss, which also seems unusual

      1. According to the survey data shown in ENB’s article, 42% of American adults reported gaining weight (mean of 29 lbs), while 18% reported losing weight (mean of 26 lbs) during the pandemic.

        1. You said most respondents reported gaining weight, 42% is not most respondents

          1. Yeah, I’d say about 66+% would qualify as ‘most’

            If the original headline had simply said “almost half of respondents” then it would be hard to quibble.

            1. And it really is a quibble when you consider that a lot of people reported gaining a lot of weight.

    2. Reason’s title is a lie, as most survey respondents reported putting on weight during the pandemic (more than twice the number who reported losing weight).

      Yeah, it’s a lot of words that don’t refute the assertion. If 42 out of 100 adults gain 29 lbs. and 18 of the same 100 adults lose 26 lbs. the group has, on average, gained weight.

      Unless she’s got a larger survey of Americans or some data on the other 40 members of the group who intentionally lost weight, she’s simply pushing the veggies around her plate in order to avoid eating them.

  42. Journalists continue to be denied access to border facilities for detaining migrant children.

    If only they could do some journalisming, if only for old time’s sake. From Project Veritas:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xff5mHG2hy8

    1. How the hell will journalisming help craft a narrative? That’s not what Bezos, Koch, Soros or Steyer pays them for.

      1. Sadly the most true thing that will appear on this site today.

    2. Apparently they don’t want the world to see that the toilet drinking continues unabated under the new literally hitler regime.

    3. Once again, were it Trump doing this we all know that there would be 24/7 video of ‘brave truth tellers’ being turned away at the gates along with chin tugging article here on ‘Trump’s troubling opposition to a free press.’

  43. ban grocers. actually.

    1. What we really needed during the pandemic was a way for Grubhub to deliver food straight to the consumer’s mouth without spreading COVID. I hear nursing homes were really good at this. Maybe we need more special licensing?

      1. 300 hours training for license to deliver food is a good start

  44. • Journalists continue to be denied access to border facilities for detaining migrant children.

    Fact check: This is because of covid restrictions, not because the Biden administration lacks transparency.

    Follow the scientism.

    1. is anyone asking why the jornolists want to detain the migrant children?

  45. We need laws allowing retail workers to be armed.

  46. So now that we know the Boulder shooter guy was not a white supremacist, the media won’t file this under hate crime, but the more generic gun violence- yay!

    1. All the print that fits the narrative.

    2. Jihadi mowing people down, even if it was with a braced Ruger AR-pistol, isn’t as helpful to the narrative as it could be.

      Lump the victims together into a mass shooting statistic and keep on trying. You know there’ll be another one soon.

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