Inflation

Keeping Warm This Winter Could Be More Costly As Inflation Heats Up

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Rising inflation and higher demand for fuel mean most Americans will see big increases in their winter heating bills this year, the U.S. Department of Energy warns in a report released Wednesday.

About half of American households rely on natural gas for heat, and they will pay about 30 percent more for heat than last year—and perhaps as much as 50 percent more if the winter is 10 percent colder than expected, the department estimates. That means the average family that relies on natural gas to stay warm this winter will shell out $746 between October and March, up from an average of about $570 last year. Homes heated with propane or heating oil, which account for about 9 percent of U.S. households, will also see costs rise by more than 40 percent, while homes heated with electricity can expect a smaller increase of about 6 percent over last year.

"The looming increase, on top of rising prices for many consumer goods and commodities, is likely to cause stress for Americans at many income levels. Economists warn that the larger utility bills are most likely to affect those households still hobbled by the Covid-19 pandemic," reports The Wall Street Journal.

The sharp increase in expected home-heating costs is partially a function of lower-than-normal prices last year, as the pandemic caused demand for fuels of all types to fall during 2020 and prices slid downward accordingly. But the forecasts for the coming winter expect prices to be well above their 2019 baselines too:

Fuel costs are one of the driving factors behind the stubbornly high levels of inflation the country is facing right now. Wednesday's monthly report of the consumer price index showed year-over-year inflation of 5.4 percent, with energy prices up more than 24 percent in the past 12 months.

High energy prices are a global problem right now. In Europe, the price of gasoline has soared in recent months and energy prices as a whole are rising—though part of the problem is a complex pricing scheme imposed by the European Union that disrupts price signals to consumers, the Financial Times notes. The entire country of Lebanon was without electricity last weekend as the state-run electrical grid collapsed temporarily.

Anne Bradbury, CEO of the American Exploration & Production Council, a trade association representing energy companies, said in a statement that the situation in Europe should be a warning to the Biden administration as it considers plans for higher taxes and new regulations that will only keep increasing energy prices. "By pursuing policies that restrict supply and make it harder to produce oil and natural gas here in America, Americans will have to pay more for their energy," she said.

There's a lot of speculation that current levels of inflation are actually undercounting what's happening in the economy right now. So-called shadow inflation is occuring in ways that might not show up in the consumer price index—instead of raising prices, for example, some businesses might cut back on services or simply take longer to get things done.

"The 2021 version of many services isn't quite the same as the 2019 version. But statisticians have treated them as the same, even though some of them have gotten dramatically worse, because they don't have a rigorous way to measure how much worse they've gotten," writes Alan Cole, a former senior economist with the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, in his Full Stack Economics newsletter. "The result has been extra inflation on an unmeasured quality dimension: rather than paying more for the same good, in many places, you instead pay the same for something less than what it used to be."

Shadow inflation can't really happen in the energy sector, so Americans are feeling the full brunt of rising prices. Now, we're facing an expensive winter. Even without any added burdens from federal policy makers who hike prices or crimp supply, fuel prices serve as a stark reminder that rising inflation—which could be here to stay for longer than anyone would like—has serious consequences for just about everyone.


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Field Trip, a Canadian startup, is betting that more Americans would be willing to try psychotherapy with drugs like MDMA and psilocybin. The company runs clinics in Los Angeles, New York City, and Toronto, but has ambitious plans to open 75 other locations over the next three years, Vox reports:

Although ketamine is legal if prescribed by a doctor, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) lists psychedelics like psilocybin and MDMA in schedule 1 of the Controlled Substance Act, which says they have no medical value and a high potential for abuse. But there's also growing evidence that psychedelics could lead to game-changing medications and, when combined with conventional therapy, may help people who aren't seeing results through currently available treatments. Several US cities have already decriminalized psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is overseeing clinical trials into using psychedelics to treat PTSD and depression.

This potentially revolutionary approach to mental health also represents a tremendous commercial opportunity for health care and pharmaceutical companies. But despite promising, privately funded studies into psychedelics, current government regulations prevent the wider availability of psychedelic therapy.

And read Reason's Nick Gillespie on how the slow-rolling legalization of MDMA and other psychedelic drugs is creating opportunities for investors and individuals who want to expand their perspectives.


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  1. Keeping Warm This Winter Could Be More Costly As Inflation Heats Up

    WHAT? Bloomberg Op-Ed Says ‘America Needs Higher, Longer-Lasting Inflation’
    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/business/joseph-vazquez/2021/10/13/what-bloomberg-op-ed-says-america-needs-higher-longer

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    2. No, see, SPB tells us that energy prices don’t matter. The cost of..er…TV’s (?) has stabilized, so the fact that your heating bill has increased by 30% doesn’t actually matter.

      1. 30% compared to last year. What about compared to 10 years ago? Anyone using last year as the only measure is not telling you the whole story.

        1. Even the article cites it being way above 2019 sullum. Read your colleagues work.

          Energy prices are expected to be the highest in 7 years, not one year.

          1. I know that. So seven years ago we were paying these prices. Sure as hell looks like transitory “inflation”.

            1. Hmmm. Who was in office 7 years ago?

              1. Who mimicked the policies of that president 7 years ago?

                1. You’re an idiot.

                  When OPEC, OPEC Plus, and the US cartel say they will limit production in order to boost prices it doesn’t matter what your TOP MEN lawmakers want.

                  That is exactly what has happened. The cartels want $80-90/bbl crude oil.

                  1. I just posted domestic export and import numbers below.

                    It is amazing how much you repeat OSFs lies.

                    Still no inflation though right? You and sullum appear to have the same talking points.

                    1. Buttplug should go to prison for his kiddie porn, and probably more.

                  2. turd lies. It’s what turd does. turd is a pathological liar, entirely too stupid to recognize that or to understand the rest of us know it. If turd quotes numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked such to be worthless. If turd posts something which isn’t a lie, it was accidental.
                    turd lies; it’s what he does.

                    1. Get back to your hood!

                    2. “Get back to your hood!”

                      turd lies. It’s what turd does. turd is a pathological liar, entirely too stupid to recognize that or to understand the rest of us know it. If turd quotes numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked such to be worthless. If turd posts something which isn’t a lie, it was accidental.
                      turd lies; it’s what he does.

            2. Wow you are truly an idiot.

            3. Sure as hell looks like transitory “inflation”.
              It also looks like just plain inflation. Transitory inflation and real, lasting inflation look the same in the short term.

          2. They’re already high globally, right now. Go look at India, along with China, having to shutter factories because they can’t get coal to power the generators that keep the lights on. A lot of the stuff that China doesn’t make, India does, especially in Pharma.

        2. US Oil & Gas is shutting off production to return capital to shareholders.


          US shale discipline a win for shareholders, a loss for motorists
          Pioneer chief executive says investors will punish companies that increase production

          A decade ago, shale drillers were spending money like drunken sailors on shore leave. Their goal was to produce as much oil and gas as possible, and neither debt nor weak shareholder returns was going to restrain them

          In the second half of 2017 and much of 2018, many of those shareholders decided they had had enough, sending share prices into a tailspin.

          The message was received, and the virtues of capital discipline and building shareholder returns have become a mantra.

          https://www.upstreamonline.com/production/us-shale-discipline-a-win-for-shareholders-a-loss-for-motorists/2-1-1077328

          The US rig count is way down and stock prices are way up.

          Disclosure – long Devon (DVN) and Antero (AR)

          Production discipline = HIGHER PRICES

          1. turd lies. It’s what turd does. turd is a pathological liar, entirely too stupid to recognize that or to understand the rest of us know it. If turd quotes numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked such to be worthless. If turd posts something which isn’t a lie, it was accidental.
            turd lies; it’s what he does.

      2. We just need to buy more TVs to drive down inflation!

      3. TV bills are not ‘stabilzed’. The cost of cable and satellite service has steaclimbed in recent years. In my market, the companies that own the CBS, CW, and ABC affiliates are currently trying to strong arm Dish Network for more revenue. If they are successful, rates go up. This happens all the time.

        Buttplug is a lying, idiotic, pedophile moron.

    3. Haven’t you heard? Inflation isn’t happening, and even if it is that doesn’t prove anything and in any case inflation is actually a good thing and things aren’t really that bad if you think about it and things could be so much worse.

      1. My favorite is when ‘actually a good thing’ is replaced with ‘you don’t understand the big picture,’ or ‘the situation is very complex and we have a team of experts hard at work.’ Both indicators that one is viewed as mentally inferior to the speaker, or that the speaker is a shitty human incapable of explaining in simple terms.

        1. Or, alternatively, the speaker is an idiot, totally ignorant of the issue at hand, and has been caught peddling some bullshit from Vox or CNN.
          And now is required to back up the claims made.

    4. So we’ve moved on from “it’s not really happening” to “it is really happening, but it’s a good thing”….

      1. Or, like above, “okay, it’s happening, but it happened before so it’s not a big deal.”

        I believe that’s step 2 of the Shitlib Deflection Comment Matrix.

        1. What step is “It’s really happening, it’s not a good thing, but it’s Trump’s fault?”

          1. Towards the end when there’s no one except SPB that believes them that it’s a good thing anymore.

  2. Rising inflation and higher demand for fuel mean most Americans will see big increases in their winter heating bills this year…

    All part of the plan, Brandon.

    1. Wow, memes become mainstream fast!

      “Let’s go Brandon!”

      1. Fuck Joe Biden

        1. Fuck Brandon!

          1. What a dork.

            1. More than a few will be brandon him a dork.

              1. Jesus christ you guys are fucking lame.

                1. You’re the one who can’t keep up.

                2. Let’s go Brandon! Let’s go Stroozle!

                3. Fuck off and die, asshole.

                4. Thanks. I get paid $0.50 for each reply.

                  1. Go have a soda on me.

                    1. Can’t get a soda for $.50 anymore in Biden’s America.

                    2. Am allowed to spend it on soda, except every other November when all proceeds must be rolled back in to postage.

    2. The regime’s war on the American people continues unabated.

      1. The Mercian people must fight back and earn a strike a decisive blow.

    3. Just in time for La Nina. Which, AIUI leads to severe winters for the North American part of the Northern Hemisphere.

      Make your preparations and help your neighbors.

      1. Bets on Global Warming becoming Global Cooling again?

        1. Wouldn’t surprise me at all. I’d thought we’re supposed to be out of this interglacial by now, based on previous intervals. Shrug. Took over six months for the Covid-related shutdown in the West to finally register in the Mauna Kea CO2 measurements.

          Maybe Dr. Zharkova’s right after all, and we’re headed towards a bad stretch of Solar Minima?

  3. https://twitter.com/MichaelPSenger/status/1448297493746257923

    So to be clear, 25,000 people will be flying in from around the world on jets—many private—to attend a climate summit hosted by the UN, an organization that’s played an outsized role in the world’s COVID mandates from which they’ve been granted a special government exemption.
    Quote Tweet
    Michael P Senger
    @MichaelPSenger
    · Oct 13
    Thousands of delegates attending the UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland to be exempted from COVID rules for travelling to the UK. “25,000 government representatives, media and campaigners…will not be required to be fully vaccinated.”

    1. China dumps pollution. China threatens to keep doing so if we don’t shut up about human rights abuses.

      Concerns John Kerry downplayed China human rights abuses to deal on climate
      https://nypost.com/2021/05/06/concerns-kerry-downplayed-china-human-rights-abuses-for-climate-deal/

      House Republicans are raising concerns about John Kerry, President Biden’s special climate envoy, over recent remarks he made on reaching a potential climate deal with China — saying he trivialized the severity of the human rights abuses inflicted on Uyghur Muslims in the communist country.

      The criticisms of Kerry’s rhetoric come in the wake of his recent interview with Foreign Policy, where he said: “We have differences on economic rules, on cyber. We have other differences on human rights, geostrategic interests, but those differences do not have to get in the way of something that is as critical as dealing with climate.”

      …“Demanding the CCP stop committing genocide doesn’t ‘get in the way’ of climate change negotiations, and to imply climate issues are more critical than the lives of millions of oppressed people living in China is insensitive and improper,” Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-Texas) told The Post in a statement.

    2. The BS is rising faster than the sea level.

      1. I thought The Lightbringer stopped the rising of the seas?

        1. Well then he left, and seas rose once again…

          or some stupid shit like that. 🙂

    3. If they actually believed climate change was an issue, they’d be holding these meetings by zoom like the rest of us proles.

      The amount of carbon a single meeting like this produces, is greater than a good-sized American town does in an entire year.

      This just demonstrates what a fraud the whole thing is.

      1. But these are important people .

    4. Who are you to question The Party? The rules needed to beneficially guide the Proletariat into the bright future are unnecessary and harmful for Our Dear Leaders. If they were to be subject to them, it might interfere with their great plan.

      Are you some kind of anti-vax wrecker?!

  4. That means the average family that relies on natural gas to stay warm this winter will shell out $746 between October and March, up from an average of about $570 last year.

    At least Putin got his pipeline.

    1. Thankfully he wasn’t left out in the cold.

    2. Does that average include Florida and Hawaii? I’m looking to probably pay $2500 this winter.

      1. Canada and all, but I’m probably looking at $4000-6000, Oct to March. Five years ago it would have been $1800 max.
        Justin’s also popped a huge carbon tax on top of all that to make it extra spicy.

        Because it’s not like Canadians need that heat to survive. If it’s 40 below outside for two months, just put on an extra sweater… or winter at your villa in Tuscany like the great and the good do.

        1. Your poor water pipes. Time to give up running water and indoor toilets as well. Drink from a bucket of ice you melt on the wood burning stove.

          1. wood burning

            “Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!…” – t. Greta Thunberg

            1. So what the fuck does she think people are going to keep warm with? Solar power in Sweden and Canada in the winter?

              1. They can huddle.

                Too many of those kinds of people in the World, anyway.

              2. She’s an autistic teenager, FFS.
                Remember when YOU were a teen, and were absolutely certain you knew how the world worked?
                Now imagine someone stuck a mic in your face at that time, and, now, you had to explain your remarks.
                That’s the way *she’ll* feel 20 years from now.

                1. I was also responding to a made up noise attributed to her on an anonymous comment section. I’m not really talking about her.

                  You are right, and I almost feel bad for the poor girl being used as a prop.

                2. It’s true that she is young and might grow up someday.

                  Time made a child person of the year. Can we at least ridicule them?

              3. Solar power in Sweden and Canada in the winter?

                That fifteen minutes of daylight is all you need to keep a city lit and heated, according to noted energy expert, Tony.

              4. That’s just it. She doesn’t think.

        2. I watched a documentary on the Hart Family a few years ago, and the kids were talking about how Stu’s father was in a dispute with the bank over land he supposedly owned, so he had the family squat there until it could get resolved. Apparently, he wasn’t allowed to make improvements while this was going on, so they were living in canvas tents in the dead of winter, freezing their asses off, while Stu went out to snare rabbits so they didn’t starve.

          How you fuckers managed to build a modern civilization out of that wilderness is pretty damn incredible.

          1. It is a hard to grasp how they managed it. It is brutal in the winter.

  5. “As Inflation Heats Up”

    Ugh. Haven’t you been paying attention to Reason.com’s leading economics expert Mr. Buttplug? He says everything is fine.

    1. PS — But even if we assume inflation is real, it doesn’t matter. Billionaires are getting richer, so who really cares if middle class families are having more difficulty paying for necessities?

      #LibertariansForBiden

      1. This is actually the instructive lesson. If you are younger and your income comes from wages, inflation is a nut punch to you. Meanwhile, the relatively older and more affluent have assets like a house and brokerage accounts that generally appreciate along with inflation. The takeaways:

        1) Inflation is really a tax on the lower classes whose net worth is heavily coupled to their salary.

        2) As an individual you should understand how important it is to convert your salary dollars into an asset that hedges against inflation. The longer you are just relying on wage increases, the longer you are actually losing ground.

        1. Inflation is really a tax on the lower classes

          Removing power from the working class and turning them back into serfs is job number one right now for the Western elite.

        2. Inflation is the mechanism by which we tax the middle and lower class.

        3. If you are a retiree, inflation is way more than just a nutpunch.

          For those contemplating early retirement (like me), the OMY syndrome kicked in.

        4. On the other hand, inflation is good for people in debt, especially if they are locked into low interest rates. People with substantial savings are hit harder, since the value of their cash declines, especially when the Fed continues to intervene to stop interest rates from rising to keep pace with inflation. Unless they want to invest that cash in real estate (at the top of the cliff) or in the stock market casino (a house of cards held up by Fed intervention) or in the crypto roller coaster “store of value”.

          1. “On the other hand, inflation is good for people in debt, especially if they are locked into low interest rates…”

            This, and there’s no bigger debtor than the US Federal Government.

            1. Yeah. I look forward to the day we all have trillion dollar coins in our pockets and three of them will buy a loaf of bread …. if there is any bread.

          2. On the other hand, inflation is good for people in debt, especially if they are locked into low interest rates.
            ———-
            And nobody is in more debt than the US Government.

      2. Politicians and their Crony Nazi-Members?
        Where’s the richest area in the USA? Washington D.C.

        1. Spring Valley, I’d assume, although some of the property values took a big hit when WWI chemical munitions were found buried in the yards.

  6. Field Trip, a Canadian startup, is betting that more Americans would be willing to try psychotherapy with drugs like MDMA and psilocybin.

    Hope cooperation from financial institutions isn’t in their business model.

  7. Retail desert, redlining, failure of racist capitalism, etc.

    Walgreens closes five more San Francisco locations, citing ‘organized retail crime’
    https://nypost.com/2021/10/12/walgreens-closes-five-more-san-francisco-locations-due-to-theft/

    Walgreens is closing five more San Francisco locations as drug stores from the Bay Area to the Big Apple are besieged by rampant shoplifting and lax enforcement.

    San Fran shoplifters have been emboldened by a referendum that lowered the penalty for stealing goods worth less than $950 from a felony to a misdemeanor, cops and prosecutors have said.

    A spokesperson for the company confirmed the latest closures to SFGate.

    “Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to that,” Walgreens spokesperson Phil Caruso told the outlet.

    1. Man casually walks into CVS Pharmacy in California, walks out with armful of prescription-strength cough syrup as customers and staff watch
      https://breaking911.com/man-casually-walks-into-cvs-pharmacy-in-california-walks-out-with-armful-of-prescription-strength-cough-syrup-as-customers-and-staff-watch/

      1. He obviously needed it.. He had so little, and they had so much.

      2. The left would only be outraged if he walked out with ivermectin to sell.

        1. Why would someone in San Francisco be interested in horse dewormer?

          1. If there’s anywhere in America where bigger parasite loads can be found, I haven’t heard it.

            1. If there’s anywhere in the US which has a lower total IQ than where the steaming pile of shit Mike lives, it hasn’t been found.

          2. Why would they sell horse dewormer at a CVS?

            1. Lots of horses’ asses in San Fran?

    2. Every chain retailer in SF should leave. The environment is just too hostile.

  8. The Food and Drug Administration will vote Thursday on whether to recommend an emergency authorization for COVID-19 booster shots for people who got the Moderna vaccine.

    MODERNA NEEDS MONEY

    1. Senators with Moderna shares need bigger dividends.

    2. Moderna’s own data showed very little risk from breakthrough infections, even after a year:

      https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/15/covid-booster-shots-moderna-releases-data-on-breakthrough-cases-backing-need-for-third-doses.html

      There were 88 identified breakthrough cases out of 11,431 people vaccinated between December and March, the company said in a release, compared with 162 breakthrough cases out of 14,746 trial participants vaccinated in July through October of last year.

      Severe cases were far less likely:

      Three Covid-19 related hospitalizations occurred in the group that got the shots early on, resulting in two deaths, according to the data. There were no hospitalizations or deaths in the group that recently received the vaccine, although the finding on severe cases was not statistically significant.

  9. Mark Zuckerberg spent $419M on nonprofits ahead of 2020 election — and got out the Dem vote
    https://nypost.com/2021/10/13/mark-zuckerberg-spent-419m-on-nonprofits-ahead-of-2020-election-and-got-out-the-dem-vote/
    The Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) and the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) passed a staggering $419.5 million of Zuckerberg’s money into local government elections offices, and it came with strings attached. Every CTCL and CEIR grant spelled out in great detail the conditions under which the grant money was to be used.

    This is not a matter of Democrats outspending Republicans. Private funding of election administration was virtually unknown in the American political system before the 2020 election.

    Big CTCL and CEIR money had nothing to do with traditional campaign finance, lobbying or other expenses that are related to increasingly expensive modern elections. It had to do with financing the infiltration of election offices at the city and county level by left-wing activists and using those offices as a platform to implement preferred administrative practices, voting methods and data-sharing agreements, as well as to launch intensive outreach campaigns in areas heavy with Democratic voters.

    …For instance, CTCL/CEIR funded self-described “vote navigators” in Wisconsin to “assist voters, potentially at their front doors, to answer questions, assist in ballot curing … and witness absentee ballot signatures,” and a temporary staffing agency affiliated with Stacey Abrams called Happy Faces counting the votes amid the election night chaos in Fulton County, Georgia.

    1. This is the problem. Some think the 450 was just the usual get put the vote money. This is the issue:

      Zuckerberg’s money into local government elections offices, and it came with strings attached.

      It allowed activists into election offices.

      1. Again, this was specifically called out in the article I posted back in December.

        The short term good news is that Republican state legislatures have the ability to solve this. Because this method relies on one or two high-population districts getting to high participation (at the cost of many, less populous districts), the actual state legislatures can reign this in.

        The long term bad news is that this is vulnerable to state-wide ballot measures that are passed by popular vote. Before Soros and Zuck get these practices cemented with a ballot effort, Republicans need to pass laws that forbid disproportionate funding to one or two precincts by one or the other party (or its activists).

        1. The problem is you do not connect the issues of fraud and illegal violations of the law to these actions despite 15+ cases now being adjudicated finding illegal changes to voting laws, lack of chain of control on lock boxes, etc.

          You treat it as an or, not as an and.

          They are tied strongly together.

          1. No the problem is that if we don’t fucking focus on this very real structural change to the voting of these states, fraud WON’T MATTER. If you get 95% participation in Fulton County while rural counties get 40% participation, you don’t need to cheat. You will win on every issue.

            I have no beef with voter ID. I have no problem with signature requirements and I fully believe you can create a secure system that prevents fraud. But *the* pressing issue is the disparate impact of NGO funding of voting precincts. And to the extent that the Media can constantly dissemble and obfuscate around fraud claims, trying to scream about fraud when fraud soon won’t matter is a TACTICAL mistake.

            1. No the problem is that if we don’t fucking focus on this very real structural change to the voting of these states, fraud WON’T MATTER. If you get 95% participation in Fulton County while rural counties get 40% participation, you don’t need to cheat. You will win on every issue.

              Yeah, there’s a reason that Oregon is entirely run by Democrats, and it’s entirely due to Portland voting for them almost exclusively. I believe outside Multnomah County, the non-Democrat vote would have to aggregate to around 75% just to overcome that.

              This is a big reason why I think we need to either increase the number of representatives dramatically, or start carving out more states. Teton County in Wyoming, for example, is Champagne Socialist Central in that state thanks to all the rich shitlibs who use it as a tax haven despite living in California or other high-tax areas most of the year. Let them be their own state so their interests are better represented. Same with King County and the rest of Washington State, or Cook County and Illinois, Salt Lake County and Utah, or The State of Jefferson and the rest of California.

            2. The changes participated in the fraud overt. Again you are arguing as an or, not as an and.

              The structural changes were illegally upping government spending as a per capita basis in only blue areas. The same blue areas utilized workers as a condition of said funding that led to much of the claims of fraud and illegal rule changes.

              They are completely interconnected. I’m not sure why you keep denying this.

            3. I mean, one of the stories out of Wisconsin is that this funding paid for extra ballot collection boxes and then directed the hiring of activist groups as the collection agents for said boxes. And they lost the chain of custody documents for these boxes.

              How is that not directly participating in the fraud?!?!

              You’re allowed to admit both happened.

            4. This is in the very linked article:

              One investigation by Wisconsin Spotlight exposed how Zuckerberg’s grant conditions corrupted local elections. Emails revealed that CTCL connected city election administrators to Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein, a former Democrat operative and the head of the National Vote at Home Institute’s efforts in the Dairy State. Spitzer-Rubenstein became the “de facto elections chief,” according to Wisconsin Spotlight, especially in Green Bay.

              Emails show Spitzer-Rubenstein asking city clerk Kris Teske if he could help “cure” ballots and enlisting pressure from the Democrat mayor when Teske declined over legal concerns. Multiple times, Teske brought these concerns to her superiors, saying the “grant mentors” weren’t familiar with state law and that their “help” was probably illegal.

              And is one of the issues brought up in Wisconsin. Fraud is directly linked to this funding.

  10. There is no simple solution to the problems plaguing supply chains right now

    Oh, “the plague” is potentially much worse:
    If you can’t get it, why want it; and it isn’t wanted, why build it?

  11. Katie Couric admits she’s a hack.

    She’s a liberal journalist.

    1. You spelled that last word, “propagandist”, wrong.

    2. Was her book titled Matt Lauer Can Suck It?

      1. No, but Matt Lauer’s book was titled Katie Couric Did Suck It

        1. Where in the World is Matt Lauer?
          In Katie Couric’s mouth.

    3. So the story is that she talks about editing out RBG’s ‘harsh’ comments on NFL players kneeling for the anthem from a 2016 interview. She admits that this was because she’s a ‘big fan’ of RBG, and wanted to ‘protect’ her from criticism.

      Now, we’ve been accusing the mainstream media folks of this sort of crap for years, and of course they deny it, so to have a rather senior interviewer talk about doing this like it’s nothing unusual is interesting.

      Funny thing is, RBG’s ‘harsh’ take was basically: “Well, I think it’s stupid and disrespectful and counterproductive, but hey, it’s a free country, right?”

      1. They’ve stopped pretending to be objective.

      2. it’s a free country, right?

        What a horrifying trigger. I’m literally shaking.

      3. Sub-headline: Katie’s other excuse for doing this was that RBG was too old, out-of-touch, and senile:

        “She “was elderly and probably didn’t understand the question,” Couric explained . . . “

        1. Not too elderly or senile that Katie thought she should resign from the supreme court though.

      4. to have a rather senior interviewer talk about doing this like it’s nothing unusual is interesting

        In fairness, for Katie Couric it’s not unusual at all.

      5. Anyone expecting integrity from the chattering classes after the successive Journolist scandals were made public—-where the participants not only didn’t lose their jobs and prestige, they were promoted—probably also believes in the Great Pumpkin.

    4. RGB was also a hack:

      As well, the day after the interview, the Supreme Court’s head of public affairs emailed Couric to say Ginsburg had “misspoken” and requested that her comments on the matter be removed from the piece. Couric eventually mostly did as they requested.

    5. All this sorry episode does is confirm that journo-lists wear kneepads for their ideological fellow travelers.

  12. SHOCKING: Army Suicides Up Nearly 50% Over Same Time Last Year
    https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/2021/10/13/shocking-army-suicides-up-nearly-50-over-same-time-last-year-n1523670

    The CDC reported an overall suicide rate in the U.S. of about 14 people per 100,000 in 2019. The highest rates were among men over 75 and women in the age range of 45-64.

    Army personnel trend younger than both of those groups, and the 2020 suicide rate for active-duty servicemembers was 28.7 per 100,000 — or more than double the national rate.

    What’s changing?

    No one can say for sure, although officials have discounted COVID as a cause.

    But I can’t help but notice that since Presidentish Joe Biden was sworn in back in January, the military brass has been purging the ranks of so-called “extremists” while also berating the troops about the service’s “racism.”

    President Harry Truman ordered all the services to integrate in 1948, and since then, the military has been probably the most successfully integrated institution in America.

    While we may never know what causes a soldier to take his or her own life, we’ve come a long way — down — from celebrating their courage to officially castigating them for imaginary crimes.

    1. During the Obama’s first and second terms, they shit on the military in every way they could think of.

      Why expect anything different during his 3rd term?

    2. Army Suicides Up Nearly 50% Over Same Time Last Year

      All part of the plan. An ideological purge and a daily dose of woke will do that.
      If this was WW2 Milley would be standing in front of a firing squad right now.

    3. Watching your friends die, or come back to America with metal and plastic replacing flesh and blood, only to find out it was entirely in vain…has to be one Hell of a nutpunch.

      Washington D.C. and the MIC made it like literal bandits though, and plenty of the officer corps got great OER bullets out of it, so it wasn’t all bad…

    4. Far higher than the much screeched about ‘they’re literally killing us’ murder and suicide figures for transgender folks, yet strangely, not getting anywhere near the press coverage.

    5. Eh, I’m pretty sure military suicides are ALWAYS higher than the general population.

  13. Trump is now calling on Republicans not to vote — declaring “Republicans will not be voting in ’22 or ’24” if his election fraud hoax is not “solved” first.

    Surprised social media haven’t reinstated his accounts by now.

    1. Also surprising?

      A new Rasmussen poll says 56% of all likely voters say that cheating likely played a role in Biden winning the election… Including more than a third of Democrats.

      This despite a complete ban on anyone being allowed to ponder such topics publicly.

      Oof….

      1. This will never be studied, but I wonder how many of those people were convinced that election fraud tipped the election because of the complete ban on mentioning it?

        1. I said the same thing before the election and after the election: if they are not rigging the election, they certainly are doing an excellent impression of people who are rigging an election.

          1. I know, right?! You’d think Team D would be all over having audits, knowing their guy easily won the election. Alas, this is not the case. Little wonder people think the election was stolen.

            1. Nobody hires 100 lawyers to hide an election victory. Nobody has the DOJ interfere in a state ordered audit because they won fair and square.

              1. When the guy who called “heads” does not want you to examine the coin, there is a reason.
                – and –
                If I won a contest fair and square and the other guy kept accusing me of cheating, I would be the one DEMANDING a full audit. Not just a recount. A full “rectal exam” audit. Democrats did exactly the opposite. Once again, there is a reason.

        2. This will never be studied

          It will be, but 100 to 500 years from now, and viewed as part of a move to decades of totalitarianism.

      2. But not a widespread role.

      3. BECAUSE we’re not allowed to ponder.

  14. Czech voters defeat a populist.

    Hopefully the Times references Trump in their piece.

    1. He’s no longer a blue Czech.

    2. Will it be fact czeched?

    3. If you’re talking about the London times, it would be Czech mate.

      1. His ego was writing Czechs the vote counters couldn’t cache.

    4. How did “populist” become a synonym for “bad guy” here? What makes the HyR writer or editor think the term’s even meaningful in any important way to us, when it says nothing about policy? OK, so I’m reading the linked piece now.

      1. All I got so far from the Times piece regarding its Czech context is that it’s vaguely anti-democratic, which is bizarre considering populism is usually nothing if not democratic. Diving deeper….

        1. Now I get that their boss is a media magnate and that since the opposition to him is a “center-right” bloc, “his Ano party veered to the right, railing against immigration and the European Union.” Still, the article is vexingly more about other countries in eastern Europe than the one it’s supposedly reporting on.

          Finally at the end, “handouts to pensioners, young rail travelers and other budget-busting measures”. So it would appear the opposition is to spending, but agrees on nothing else. Wish we could form such a united opposition to excess spending in the USA and other countries!

      2. Without even reading it I can tell you.

        He is against mass unfettered immigration from wartorn middle eastern locations.

        And is probably not a communist.

        Therefore, “populist” just like Trump. And therefore bad. Was I close?

      3. If you’re an elitist of any sort, “populist” means someone who appeals to the masses/deplorables/sans dents, even if they are not popular. Democracy is always held up as a high ideal, until the the majority starts to vote incorrectly.

        1. In other words, voting against this guy means you need to Czech your privilege?

    5. If he’s angry about it, he should get 2 minutes for a cross czech.

    6. Actual headline: “Czechs Defeat a Populist, Offering a Road Map for Toppling Strongmen”. And by “strongmen”, they mean illiberal populists who oppose the European Union, Muslim immigration, and the LBGTQ agenda. (Not my interpretation, this is specifically what the story says.) This story was written by the Times former Moscow bureau chief, a TDS-addled hack who once compared Trump to Robert Mugabe. So yeah, the story is all about Trump and how the Dark Lord and His evil anti-globalist agenda can be defeated.

      1. Strongmen who impose unpopular immigration policies, unpopular vaccination mandates, and unpopular lockdown policies are never to be called strongmen, because they’re showing bold leadership.

    7. Does anyone here nave independent knowledge of contemporary Czech politics, who might be able to make sense of it for us, TIA?

      1. All I know is that the Czech government has been quite sane for decades, so it would be surprising if the defeat of this “Populist” came at the hands of a leftist globalist pro-Aristocracy coalition.

      2. Are you looking for a fact Czech?

    8. Did they vote in a pragueressive?

  15. Time spent playing video games is unlikely to impact well-being…

    Girlfriends excluded from study.

    1. Studies excluded from study.

    2. Good news for the never workers.

    3. Were there any to include?

      1. The baby’s momma. The birth certificate of course says, “Father unknown” so she can get full welfare and he doesn’t need to have any money taken from his check to pay for his kid.

  16. Nothing in today’s links about access to abortion care?

    I miss ENB.

    #AbortionAboveAll

    1. I miss the hookers stories.

      1. Lucky for you, usually when she takes a break from am links it’s because she’s working on a long piece about whores.

      2. They always pull you in hooker, line and singer?

  17. https://twitter.com/JesseKellyDC/status/1448357176939008003
    I called for every part of the Right to come together to stop the communists as nothing else matters unless they’re stopped.

    Yet the Libertarian Party in various forms seems to be the only one who has a problem with it. Odd.
    Quote Tweet

    1. https://twitter.com/JesseKellyDC/status/1448029328890081280

      It is not 1910. It 2021. This is a different time and we are a different country. Decades of federal interference in private markets has turned them into one entity with one purpose: Further the goals of the American communist. 5/

      No major corporation is going to take on the government. They’ll be steamrolled out of existence. In some cases (the airlines), they OWE their existence to federal bailout money. 6/

      Which brings us to the American citizen having his civil liberties assaulted. What protection does he have? You’re arguing about what governors should or shouldn’t do, but what about the helpless citizen? What say you do him? 7/

      “Governors shouldn’t mandate things to businesses!” Well, yeah. They shouldn’t. In a perfect, such actions would be wrong. But we do not LIVE in a perfect world. We live in a world where the average citizen has no protection left. Every part of the culture has abandoned him.

      …Libertarians and conservatives and nationalists and every other branch of the Right must set things aside to defeat the communists or else we’re all just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Stop these people. Now. That’s the only “principle” that matters.

      1. Proper Libertarians won’t admit to being anywhere near the right. It makes them feel icky. They’re also utterly allergic to coalition building.

        Sometimes instead of being a majority, one man with courage is simply grist for the tank treads.

        1. Sometimes instead of being a majority, one man with courage is simply grist for the tank treads.

          Like I’ve pointed out before, for all the jerking off that western media love to do with that clip of Tank Guy at Tianenmen Square, the ChiComs response to that effectively ended any kind of mass protests against the government for about 20 years.

          Deng remembered what happened the last time a bunch of radical Chinese college students decided they knew better than the people in charge, and he nipped that shit right in the bud.

    2. Beat me to it. Should see if you are in thread first. Ha.

    3. The other fact is that one cannot look at the people criticizing (for instance) Abbot *incessantly* while maybe giving a limp wristed tsk-tsk to Biden and Newsome, and not come to the conclusion that we are actually debating principles here. Principles are a smokescreen for preferred outcomes.

      1. Principles that leave you under the boot of government aren’t really principles. Sometimes you do have to fight back to protect liberty.

    4. Contradicting Brandon leads to some convoluted whataboutism.

  18. President Klain says stop complaining about inflation and higher prices. These are first-world problems.

    1. And President Yellen says stop complaining about your financial privacy.

      1. You’re lucky you have any money at all.

        1. You will own nothing and be happy.

      2. It’s just some basic data, and it will be very easy to collect along with the other basic data they already collect.

  19. the average family that relies on natural gas to stay warm this winter will shell out $746 between October and March, up from an average of about $570 last year. Homes heated with propane or heating oil, which account for about 9 percent of U.S. households, will also see costs rise by more than 40 percent, while homes heated with electricity can expect a smaller increase of about 6 percent over last year.

    “Come on, global warming!”

  20. The NFL players union is asking the league to make public more than 650,000 emails that it collected during an investigation into workplace misconduct.

    So much for mutually assured destruction.

    1. Witch hunts are addictive.

  21. Captain Kirk went to space yesterday and was profoundly moved by the experience.

    Was he eloquent? If so then you know it wasn’t a JJ Abrams produced event.

    1. I thought they meant his 90 year old bowels.

      1. He isn’t named Shatner for nothing.

    2. Of course he’s moved. Ain’t too many of the original cast left to be spokescritters for Blue Bezos.

  22. Insurrection much? Terry McAuliffe pushed ‘the big lie’ WAY BACK in 2020 saying he was worried ‘the election would be rigged’ (watch)
    https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2021/10/14/insurrection-much-terry-mcauliffe-pushed-the-big-lie-way-back-in-2020-saying-he-was-worried-the-election-would-be-rigged-watch/

    1. We covered the big lie pre-crime here in the HnR comments starting in about April 2020. This is when various democrat operatives began talking about various changes to election procedures and about how Trump was planning to steal the election.

      By August, Biden had a 16 point lead. Yet a top democrat election expert was running around telling everyone that it would look like Trump won in a landslide on election night, but not to worry. By the time the democrat challenges and recounts were finished, Biden would win in a landslide.

      Anyone can thumb through the archives. It was repeatedly discussed, well before the election. Team D was talking exactly how one might expect someone who was rigging an election to talk.

      So it is not exactly shocking that someone might jump to the insane conclusion that Tue election may have been tampered with after the exact events that were predicted actually occurred.

      1. Yet a top democrat election expert was running around telling everyone that it would look like Trump won in a landslide on election night, but not to worry. By the time the democrat challenges and recounts were finished, Biden would win in a landslide.
        ———
        This was the major key. Basically, don’t riot until we finish counting.

  23. Organization’s ‘opposition map’ identifies middle-class white parents as ‘die-hard’ opponents of ‘culturally responsive schools’
    https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2021/10/13/organizations-opposition-map-identifies-middle-class-white-parents-as-die-hard-opponents-of-culturally-responsive-schools/

    1. CLAIM: The National School Boards Association is asking the Biden administration to label parents who protest school policies domestic terrorists.

      AP’S ASSESSMENT: False…

      …NSBA’s letter to the Biden administration does state that threats against school board members “could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes”that could be prosecuted under anti-terrorism and anti-hate crime statutes. But the NSBA has not asked Biden to label parents in any particular way.

      How is that campaign to raise trust in the media coming along?

      1. That is truly impressive

        1. Where have we seen fact checking like this before? Oh, yes…

          During the Winter War, the Soviet air force made extensive use of incendiaries and cluster bombs against Finnish civilians, troops and fortifications. When Molotov claimed in radio broadcasts that they were not bombing but rather delivering food to the starving Finns, the Finns started to call the air bombs Molotov bread baskets. Soon they responded by attacking advancing tanks with “Molotov cocktails,” which were “a drink to go with the food.”

          I would suggest we could refer to woodchippers as ‘media broadcasters’.

      2. This is straight-up Nork stuff. Not even the People’s Daily is so brazen about its propaganda.

  24. On the inflation front…. Team Biden has chutzpah, I will give them that. They are out in force spinning the largest Social Security COLA in… Well, A damned long time…. as a fantastic and historic accomplishment for seniors by team Biden.

    Which makes me wonder what the actual inflation rate is…

    I know that some items I buy are up by nearly 100% in just the last three months. A 24 pack of Wal-Mart brand toilet paper that was under 11 bucks pre covid was $21 yesterday. 2 liters of soda have doubled in price this year.

    And I unfortunately have to buy a car. A family car with a third row. Turns out, even after large jumps in sticker price, they are still going up. Right now those vehicles are going for somewhere between $3,000 and $15,000 above sticker price.

    I thought about saving cash and getting a minivan on the used market. People hate a used minivan. They depreciate terribly, right??

    So I check out the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid… You know, to save on gas. A few are available. 2 years old… 75,000+ miles.

    $38,000 and up.

    Holy crap.

    1. So, not so much on those alleged ‘gas savings’?
      Get a 6 y ear old gas powered mini van.

      1. They are Almost going for more than they were when new. If you have a minivan or large SUV, now would be a good time to sell.

        1. Only problem would be buying a replacement.

          1. Ding, ding.

            I had offers from the dealership to rebuy my hybrid for about what I paid for it 12 months earlier. I like it though, and holy shit, the replacement cost.

        2. I have a 2003 Sienna with 312K miles that runs like a champ. If you look, you can find stuff like that for under 5 grand. But it takes a lot of looking, Cyto.

    2. Sorry, no minivan here but do have an 11 year old Hyundai Sonata I’m looking to sell and will cut you a deal.

      1. No deal on that… But if you know where I can find a deal on toilet paper…..

        1. I have some. It’s labeled “now with 10% fewer splinters”.

        2. Use leaves. I’ve also found the WaPo and NYT to be useful for this.

          1. It’s a shame CNN isn’t printed.

    3. Anything with a hybrid and that many seats is a capital investment in your Uber career.

      1. Yep. Set up a small business, depreciate the shit out of that car.

  25. https://twitter.com/politicalmath/status/1448627516944666631

    When stuff breaks, the response is not “oh shit, we really did need those people, didn’t we? We definitely need to change our attitude and show them respect”

    It’s “those selfish bastards, how dare they stop making my life easy and pleasant. How can we best punish them?”

  26. Ken and i have gone back and forth about the 3.5T to 2T reduction and how Ken thinks it is still a win. However Pelosi admitted yesterday that the reduction to 2T is solely a gimmic.

    “We will not diminish the transformative nature of what it is,” Pelosi promised. She then admitted budget gimmickry will be at the heart of the bill — “So, mostly cutting back on the years.”

    https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/pelosi-confirms-bait-and-switch-budgeting/

    The reduction is not a reduction. They simply reduced the years on a sunset clause. And we all know those clauses never sunset. It is a big game and Americans are too uninterested to take note.

    1. What is the possible end game for that crazy old hag? Does she think she will live forever or there will be a statue of her in town ?

      1. Biden thinks that. She is just as ignorant.

      2. A few more years in power and her mountain of cash might be inflation proof.

  27. https://twitter.com/politicalmath/status/1448486989154693123

    I can’t remember who said that the culture war was over and all that we’re seeing now is the left walking through the battlefield shooting the wounded, but that’s what came to my mind as I read this story

    …This is the vital context for when the right tries to do crazy things like ban private vaccine mandates.

    People are fucking scared. They have no protection, not from the courts, not from the law, not from their own employers.

    They’re begging for someone to be on their side.

    1. https://twitter.com/politicalmath/status/1448381801433600011

      It really is concerning that the center-right has very few practical solutions to protecting conservative interests other than “let’s be sad and hope they stop beating us with bats”

      1. Why do you think the left and their quisling apologists here are so bent out of shape about people pushing back against cultural Marxism in the schools? The left relies on the right’s apathy in order to advance their agenda, and when they get any kind of substantive pushback, this is the result–calling parents criticizing their policies and actions “domestic terrorists,” and resorting to the evergreen complaint that such pushback is “divisive.”

        If anyone wonders why the neocons got kicked to the curb, it’s because they were constantly wringing their hands about how resistance to the left should be avoided because it wasn’t “unifying” and we needed to “keep the temperature down,” as if the left would somehow abandon the culture war if they saw bigger paychecks from a marginal tax cut.

  28. If you process your own firewood, it warms you several times.

    1. I remember when wood stoves became popular during the 1970s energy crisis. But now, burning wood is considered bad because of air pollution according to the progs with some places banning fire places. So just suck it up and put on an extra sweater!

      1. Climate Tsar John Kerry’s private jet puts out more air pollution than any wood heater.
        Fireplaces are wicked inefficient unless a Russian fireplace/masonry heater.
        If you can fit a small stove inside the firebox like a Jotul 602 (neck down the flue with a pipe, remove the damper and insulate the gap) it makes for a wonderful heating source.

      2. Fireplaces are incredibly inefficient, but cleaner. Wood stoves can be pretty dirty because air supply is limited and there can be a lot of incomplete combustion if it’s not running well.

        1. If a stove is run properly, there is only smoke when starting and when the fire dies. Air is adjusted based on stove temperature. Not enough air and it smokes. Too much and one can over temp the stove risking damage. Magnetic thermometers are about $20 and work well. Modern stoves come with a secondary burn chamber that ignites gasified wood/uncombusted materials in the gas. Helps deal with smoke and increases efficiency. Avoid the catalytic models since they have a consumable product.
          Wet wood will also smoke and not put out the BTUs.
          Adjust the intake air and not the damper – the latter leads to smoke as well. A few cheapo stoves sold at big box stores don’t have an adjustable air intake – avoid these.
          Burned 5+ cord last year of half tamarack and half mixed hardwood. Ash in the pipe and creosote swept from the pipe was about a gallon.
          Installs with insufficient draft (pipe not tall enough) may also smoke.

          1. Yes, I know about stoves.

            A lot of people around here have the outside wood burning furnaces. Seems like a lot of people figure that since it’s not in their house, they can just burn whatever shit/wet wood they have. I see those things smoking away all the time. Air quality can get kind of bad on cold, calm days in the valleys. I like how it smells, though.

            1. I think those boilers adjust heat/temp using an automatically controlled damper, which is going to cause smoking because it restricts exhaust. The folks that live in town, especially if using in warm weather for heating water, are pissing off their neighbors royally. Agree that those things probably get fed a lot of wet wood.

    2. I can verify this as true. I have propane heat and it’s like $5/gallon delivered now. Better get going on firewood.

  29. A judge in D.C. is beginning to hold prison officials in contempt for their treatment of J6 protestors.

    https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/10/13/judge-holds-authorities-in-contempt-for-violating-civil-rights-of-jan-6-defendant-n456288

    Refusing to release or treat medical conditions even in the face of judicial orders.

    This is on top of a judge this last week gleefully admitting they are giving out harsher sentences than prosecutors have asked for over misdemeanor offenses (45 days) despite the judge acknowledging no violence committed by the defendants.

    This os the definition of political treatment. And liberals applaud, reason ignores.

    1. Internal documents released show no officer saw a weapon on or near Ashlii babbitt before the shooting. No good reason for the shoot.

      https://www.foxnews.com/us/documents-ashli-babbitt-death-foia-capitol-police

      1. The obvious inference is that he was told to kill anyone passing that door. Which he did.

        Who gave that illegal order, is an interesting question. I’ve no doubt this Lieutenant will live a similar life to Mr. Horiuchi.

  30. Jesse Kelly blisters the right and libertarians who declared the Texas mandate to protect individual liberty is the same or worse than bidens mandate to force behaviors

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JesseKellyDC/status/1448029328890081280

    Crushes the use of the nirvana fallacy or “in a perfect world” line of arguments


    Jesse Kelly
    @JesseKellyDC
    ·
    Oct 12
    It is not 1910. It 2021. This is a different time and we are a different country. Decades of federal interference in private markets has turned them into one entity with one purpose: Further the goals of the American communist. 5/
    Jesse Kelly
    @JesseKellyDC
    ·
    Oct 12
    No major corporation is going to take on the government. They’ll be steamrolled out of existence. In some cases (the airlines), they OWE their existence to federal bailout money. 6/
    Jesse Kelly
    @JesseKellyDC
    ·
    Oct 12
    Which brings us to the American citizen having his civil liberties assaulted. What protection does he have? You’re arguing about what governors should or shouldn’t do, but what about the helpless citizen? What say you do him? 7/
    Jesse Kelly
    @JesseKellyDC
    ·
    Oct 12
    “Governors shouldn’t mandate things to businesses!” Well, yeah. They shouldn’t. In a perfect, such actions would be wrong. But we do not LIVE in a perfect world. We live in a world where the average citizen has no protection left. Every part of the culture has abandoned him. 8/
    Jesse Kelly
    @JesseKellyDC
    ·
    Oct 12
    Every part EXCEPT a few red states. The power of the red state is quite literally the only American institution with a juice left to take on the communist hordes that surround us. People are scared and desperate. And your message to them is…what? 9/

  31. Women found in 2 instances of trying to apply for ballots for nursing home residents to vote in their name. There are tens thousands of nursing home residents on the country and this has been considered a problem for decades (in a previous thread i posted half a dozen examples). This time luckily 2 women were caught due to how sloppy their attempts were. But if anyone remembers the anonymous new Jersey official last year discussing how they use the avenues for vote fraud, this is not uncommon. It is merely often ignored.

    https://justthenews.com/nation/states/three-charged-alleged-election-fraud-2020-election

    1. Georgia Elections Workers Fired After Hundreds of Registration Applications Found Shredded
      https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/georgia-elections-workers-fired-after-hundreds-of-registration-applications-found-shredded/ar-AAPokEs

      Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger issued a press release about the workers’ firings that said his office is investigating the allegations. The release said an estimated 300 election-related documents for Georgia’s municipal elections were allegedly shredded. Election-related documents for primary or general elections are required to be kept in Georgia for at least 24 months following the election in question, according to Raffensperger’s office.

      The documents that were allegedly shredded were received over the last few weeks, Fulton County Registration and Elections Director Richard Barron said in a news release.

      The workers, who were not publicly identified, were thought to have checked out the voter materials to process them but were suspected of shredding some of the documents instead.

  32. Rising inflation and higher demand for fuel mean most Americans will see big increases in their winter heating bills this year, the U.S. Department of Energy warns in a report released Wednesday.

    Bloomberg opinion said this was a good thing yesterday.

    Ron McKlain calls inflation high class problems.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/WHCOS/status/1448473693651341317

  33. 1. There is no inflation.
    2. Democrats cutting off US energy sources will not make getting energy for heat harder of more expensive this year.
    Basement Bunker Biden says so.

    1. The energy companies give two shits about you. They’re gonna drill if it makes money and they ain’t gonna drill if it don’t. There’s thousands of opportunities for oil companies to drill in the USA. They haven’t been doing so because of the low energy prices. Most of everything happening now was set in motion under Trump. To the extent any one politician is responsible for the energy price today you would hold Trump responsible because of the way drilling works. The oil companies owned our govt under the Trump administration and yet they weren’t drilling wells in 2020, 2019, 2018 because of lower energy prices.

      1. And sullum admits he doesn’t know how energy exploration works or how permits are required.

        1. The drilling rigs went offline during Trump’s presidency because of low energy prices. That’s reality. There’s no arguing that. Now that oil is up you’re gonna see more rigs come back online.

          1. If they only could.

          2. No, the permit process was cut in jan of this year. A well takes 3 to 6 months to get online. Biden basically ended new well exploration.

            Youre an idiot.

            1. Liar. Biden didn’t do shit.

              They wanted prices higher so they dropped over 1000 working rigs.

              You really don’t know shit about how markets work.

              1. turd lies. It’s what turd does. turd is a pathological liar, entirely too stupid to recognize that or to understand the rest of us know it. If turd quotes numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked such to be worthless. If turd posts something which isn’t a lie, it was accidental.
                turd lies; it’s what he does.

          3. You really are a dunce. The reality is, if energy firms were like you, and based their actions on the present, versus planning on future markets, they would quickly go out of business.

      2. The oil companies owned our govt under the Trump administration and yet they weren’t drilling wells in 2020, 2019, 2018 because of lower energy prices.

        So, we’re admitting that a less restrictive regulatory regime results in lower prices? Nice to see some progress.

        1. Not even close. The oil companies drilled themselves into bankruptcy. Advances in drilling tech resulted in unprecedented production and that started during Obama’s administration if Trump had actually done anything to increase domestic energy then we’d be seeimg the effects of those efforts now. What you’re seeing now was all set motion during Trump’s administration.

          1. That is some funny shit right there.

            1. If he spins any harder he’ll be in China by sundown.

          2. U.S. total annual crude oil exports have increased every year since 2010 and reached a record high in 2020 of about 3.18 million barrels per day (b/d). U.S. crude oil imports fell to about 5.88 million b/d in 2020.

            Again. Youre an idiot.

            1. You’re talking about “exports”. Again you’re being deceptive. You need to look at total US production and you will find that when OPEC put the squeeze on US shale, US and worldwide exploration decreased.

              1. Holy shit you are an idiot. Exports up, imports down, prices were low. This means domestic energy wasnglowing nicely. They could decrease reliance on imports while increasing exports. Their reliance on OPEC was at an all time low in 2020 you retarded fuck.

                How do you gaslight so easily? Biden neutered energy exploration on jan. He also neutered energy transport over pipelines. Instead you blame OPEC like it is the fucking 1970s.

                You and your other OSF member are right on ignorant patsies.

          3. Fuck off and die, asshole.

          4. Trump almost killed off the domestic O&G industry.

            Over 600,000 jobs were lost just in 2020.

            1. More comedy.

              1. https://www.eia.gov/dnav/ng/hist/e_ertrr0_xr0_nus_cm.htm

                Look at the Trump rig count of 374 by the time he tried Jan 6.

                only 374 dude.

                Oil men, welders, truckers, frackers were laid off by the 100,000.

                You can’t put this on AOC as stupid and sexy as she is.

                1. turd lies. It’s what turd does. turd is a pathological liar, entirely too stupid to recognize that or to understand the rest of us know it. If turd quotes numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked such to be worthless. If turd posts something which isn’t a lie, it was accidental.
                  turd lies; it’s what he does.

                2. “You can’t put this on AOC as stupid and sexy as she is”

                  Yuck. You would find that flat dick shaped nose attractive along with her donkey chompers.

                  Btw, why did you post links to child pornography and why didn’t you respect the decision of Reason to ban you permanently? Why are you still here? Why did you take a handle that was banned for linking to child pornography and add the number 2 to it and think that would absolve you of your penchant for pedophilia?

                  As Sevo would say: Fuck off and die, steaming pile of lefty shit.

            2. By not issuing an EO banning mandates in blue states?

            3. Trump almost killed off the domestic O&G industry.

              Uh, we became an exporter of energy during his administration.

              Over 600,000 jobs were lost just in 2020.

              Huh, wonder what happened that year that might have led to worker losses?

              It’s hilarous how the hicklib pederast continually picks his bushels of cherries.

              1. “Trump almost killed off the domestic O&G industry.”

                How can they be so stupid to say shit like this, and somehow manage to cross the street without getting run over?

                1. You think turd gets out of the basement? Not me.

                2. Not sure the institute where he resides lets him out to cross the street.

      3. Aha! I was right! It WAS Trump’s fault all along!

        1. By your own measure, it was Trump’s fault.

          1. No, by your liberal narrative not backed by reality it is.

          2. Fuck off and die, asshole.

      4. Fuck off and die, asshole.

  34. Katie Couric admits she’s a hack.>/i>

    Good thing there is no mote in the eyes of reason editors.

    1. Plank.

      You got your metaphor backwards. The mote-spotter has a plank in their eye.

      1. Good catch. Definitely large planks in their eyes.

        1. In the midst of a pandemic, sometimes it is fun to be pedantic on the internet. Someone should out that on a pendant.

  35. Kamala Harris is being subjected to ridicule for using child actors in a puff piece she did for YouTube. The White House response was full of non-denial denials, and it leaves some interesting questions about the whole episode open to interpretation. He’s the basics of the White House response–and YouTube’s explanation:

    “A White House official told CNN the vice president’s office did not select the kids who participated in the special. In a statement provided to CNN on Tuesday, a YouTube spokesperson said the company selected the children and defended the hiring process.
    “The casting process for this show was no different from typical unscripted kids shows across other networks and streaming platforms,” the statement read.”

    —-CNN

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/12/politics/kamala-harris-child-actors-youtube-video/index.html

    1) The question wasn’t whether the White House selected the kids who appeared in the puff piece. The question was whether the kids were actors, and the correct answer is “yes”.

    2) Although YouTube is saying that the process they used to select the actors was like, “the casing process for unscripted kids shows”, they did NOT say that Kamala Harris’ puff piece was unscripted. From watching the video, I believe Kamala Harris’ lines, as well as the kids’ lines, were both scripted and rehearsed.

    3) The White House appears to be desperate to rehabilitate Kamala Harris’ public image. I suspect we’re all waiting for the wheels to fall of Biden any day, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Biden bows out before, rather than after, the midterms. The people running the White House will need Kamala Harris to be . . . um . . . ready for prime time.

    4) Kamala Harris encouraging kids to pursue a career in science is a good thing, even if that’s not the path Harris herself pursued to the top. I would never say that Kamala Harris slept her way to the top and shouldn’t be considered a role model for children who are interested in science for that reason–because that would be wrong. Besides, Willie Brown said he didn’t appoint her just because they were dating, and if Willie Brown says something, then it must be true. She chose “public service” as a career, so let me say it again, “I would never say that Kamala Harris slept her way to the top”.

    5) Regardless of whether there was an actual quid pro quo between the White House and YouTube, it is unseemly for the White House to have YouTube make puff pieces on behalf of Vice President Harris. YouTube is a subsidiary of Google, and Biden’s Justice Department is suing to break up Google on antitrust grounds. Having YouTube make puff pieces for Biden’s White House while Biden’s Justice Department is suing to break them up-over YouTube’s policies among other things–is a serious conflict of interest issue that should be investigated by a House or Senate committee–at the very least.

    Kamala Harris may be breaking a tie in an evenly split Senate on whether to accept a consent decree that Google signs with the Justice Department over the antitrust case. No one who is a former Attorney General of the State of California should need to be told that this was a clear conflict of interest issue–regardless of whether there was an actual quid pro quo. Kamala Harris should recuse herself from casting any tie breaking votes on Google specific legislation in the future.

    1. Here’s the video in question. Kamala Harris shows up at 3:20.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wlxq4S-4CCY

      If that’s unscripted, I’m the King of Sweden.

      1. I watched some clips. It was absolutely terrible, and OBVIOUSLY scripted. There’s no way to defend this, at all.

        If it was orchestrated by YouTube and Harris, that’s bad because it further demonstrates that tech is shilling for democrats and creating bullshit puff pieces.

        If it wasn’t, and Harris just didn’t know they were actors or that the whole thing was a sham, then her people are incredibly stupid and incapable of doing the part of the their job that requires them to make sure their boss doesn’t look like a complete and utter fool.

        Neither is good for Harris.

        And how are they so mind bogglingly stupid, to think this video was good in any way, or that they wouldn’t get immediately busted for using child actors?

        1. “And how are they so mind bogglingly stupid, to think this video was good in any way, or that they wouldn’t get immediately busted for using child actors?”

          1) They’re in a bubble.

          They have no idea what real people are really like outside the bubble. They’re elitist contempt for average people makes them believe that this is the kind of crap people want to see. They probably looked at the final product and told themselves it would sell like hotcakes.

          2) They can count on the news media to deflect.

          The question was whether it was necessary to hire child actors to interact with Kamala Harris, and CNN’s answer was that the White House didn’t select the child actors–as if that were the answer to the question. This is like asking Bill Clinton whether he lied under oath, and being told, in response, by the media, that what happened between Bill and Monica was consensual. That wasn’t the question! Look at YouTube’s response–the question of whether it was scripted isn’t answered by the YouTube saying that they used the same process to hire the actors that they use in unscripted kids programs. That wasn’t the answer to the question of whether it was scripted!

          3) This is why the Biden administration’s approval ratings are dropping and their disapproval ratings are rising among Independents–and Democrats!

          It would be worse if this shit was actually working, but the American people’s opinion of the news media and the Biden administration is drowning in a rising tide their bullshit. Everyone knows they’re full of it. It’s like one of those “secrets” that everybody knows but no one talks about because they promised not to tell anyone.

          1. It’s so absurd it would be comical and I would be laughing about it, if I weren’t too busy reworking my household budget to pay for heating oil.

            1. “What’s heating oil?”
              Florida man

      2. Makes “Love It or List It” look like a reality show by comparison…

        1. Oh, and the comments are now turned off…
          Wonder why?

          1. You can still give it a “thumbs down” dislike. I also reported it and selected the option “child abuse.”

    2. “The video was produced by Toronto-based Sinking Ship Entertainment.”

      This is fucking GOLD.

      1. They can’t find children to interact with Kamala Harris in any kind of believable way, so they hired actors and scripted it.

        It’s all so fake.

        The dream world progressives live in is fake, and the hologram of it they project into the real world disappears in the light.

        Meanwhile, Harris totally spazzes with children–even when she’s on script. She’s a terrible actress, but it’s better than what she’d do in real life.

        Kids don’t act that way. People don’t act that way. It’s all fake. You couldn’t sell that shit on the Disney channel for being too fake.

    3. I don’t get it. Who watched it? Who thought that wasn’t scripted?

      And why does anyone care?

      1. People care for a number of reasons.

        For one, they keep doing everything they can to prop Kamala Harris up–possibly to run in 2024, if Biden bows out after the midterms in 2022–but also, possibly, to take over if Biden doesn’t make it to the midterms. Once the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill either passes or fails, we might see Biden retire to Rehoboth Beach.

        Another reason they care is because the progressive vision of the world is a scripted fairy tale, and this whole production seems to be an excellent metaphor for that.

        I care, personally, because I’m serious about the conflict of interest regarding the White House pressuring YouTube to do a puff piece for Kamala Harris. Both Biden himself and the White House spokesperson have admitted to flagging specific posts and accounts for Facebook to delete–while Facebook is being sued by the FTC to break them up over their tolerance for “misinformation”. I wouldn’t put it past them to pressure Google to do a puff piece on Kamala Harris–while they’re under threat of being broken up by way of a pending antitrust suit to break them up driven by Joe Biden’s Justice Department.

        How can it possibly be okay for Google’s YouTube subsidiary to curry favor with the Biden administration by making puff pieces for Kamala Harris? It isn’t just that the currying favor part. It’s also that Kamala Harris will be in a position to make a big difference in the outcome of Google’s consent decree once the antitrust case is settled. When the consent decree comes up before Congress, Kamala Harris is likely to be the tie breaking vote on whatever speech codes they’re currently negotiating with the Justice Department. How can that be okay?

      2. People care because this is just one more way the administration is blowing smoke up their asses. And because it’s so in-your-face absurdly blatant and ridiculous.

    4. “…if Willie Brown says something, then it must be true…”

      Ken, you’re gonna out OBL here…

    5. Imagine if Trump had done this. The kids would be kicked from the Film Actors Guild and if they lived in a blue state, CPS knocking on their doors.

  36. https://twitter.com/tg61124/status/1448644181170262025
    Live look at Antifa in Seattle proudly displaying the Hammer & Sickle

    1. Note: these people aren’t Insurrectionists, the people waving the American flag are.

  37. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1448641833131773958.html

    Inflation further divorces money from value, which makes it harder for average workers and consumers to compare the value of goods to make intelligent purchases and investments. It’s like your cable modem suddenly downshifting to dial-up speed due to a corrupted signal.

    …Once prices and wages have been inflated, government can chip away at your earnings in countless ways, from direct taxes to hidden and pass-through blood-sucking concealed as “business taxes” or “regulations.” You’re less likely to notice these assaults when money is distorted.

    The more zeroes get tacked onto everything, the harder it gets for average people to compare the value of goods and their own labor – and the harder it gets for them to measure the cost and value of government. Analysis becomes a privilege of the rich and powerful.

  38. Lockdown forever:

    https://twitter.com/TheAtlantic/status/1448467708530597897
    We set out to flatten the curve, and we ended up stamping out the flu. So which measures do we maintain and which do we let go?

    1. Oh, fuck no. Don’t worry, morons, the flu will be back.

  39. I was out of touch for most of the last 24…

    Did we cover the news about the school board terrorist who got dragged out of the meeting where the school transgender bathroom policy was being discussed?

    It seems that his daughter was raped by a student with male equipment who was wearing a skirt in the girls bathroom….

    I have not looked into this… Did that story check out? A buddy says the school told him they would handle it in house (and not call the police)… And when he objected – loudly – they called the police. On him.

    What did we figure out? Or is that memory holed and we are going back to “that has never happened” as the baseline reality we all must acknowledge?

    1. It’ll get memory holed. School board is claiming they knew nothing until this hit teh webz, insists on due process for the accused. Which will be tough considering that they transferred him at the end of the school year and he was promptly arrested for a rape in a classroom at the start of the next. Bang-up job, school system.

      https://www.nationalreview.com/news/loudoun-county-school-district-breaks-silence-on-transgender-sexual-assault-case/

      1. The dems here in Virginia are sending out postcards that Youngkin wants to cut public school funding by 10 billion and replace with vouchers for private schools. I wondered if it was a covert ad from the GOP because you would have to be completely retarded to think the public schools here are doing their job in the past year especially and I’ve heard from a few prog neighbors who are thinking of voting republican just because of this

    2. The article on this site yesterday did even mention the transgender policy as an issue under dispute, just CRT and COVID. I presume this is because transgender rights are a pet issue of the staff and what happened is embarrassing to that cause.

  40. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1448613650571403271

    Biden fell completely asleep ‘chin-to-chest’ at his nephew’s wedding on Monday and when staff woke him up he would only eat a sandwich from Capriotti’s, per Pennsylvania worker at the event

    1. Wuz everyone wearing a face diaper?

      1. If by “everyone,” you mean servants, then yes.

  41. https://twitter.com/MattWalshBlog/status/1448445695539793921

    It kind of blows my mind that the Biden Administration is about to start monitoring all of our bank accounts and somehow this isn’t a major topic of conversation even on the right. The vaccine mandates are bad. This is worse. A lot worse.

    1. “Oh, very well. We’ll make everyone’s financial transactions publicly available in real time. Except, of course, those that might harm National Security.”

    2. There’s been some reports about how the banks are getting MAJOR pushback on this from their customers. If this is supposed to “close the tax gap,” as that piece of shit Yellen claimed, then why the fuck do they need to track anything over $600?

      Oh, I get it, going after offshore accounts wouldn’t be possible, because that would throw sand in the gears of your party’s biggest shitlib donors. So you’re going to force banks to eat the administrative costs of making a report every time someone “buys a couch,” as Wyoming’s senator put it, because lord knows the uber-rich look for the best bargains at Furniture Row, and we don’t want those hiding from the gaze of the IRS.

      This reminds me of the Obama administration’s stupid policy that any precious metal purchase over $250 or whatever it was had to be reported to the IRS, because people were investing in gold and silver. This ended up fucking a lot of small business owners because they had to report all those transactions on an IRS form.

  42. https://twitter.com/loftipixels/status/1448367209680711687

    WATCH THIS: Joe Rogan annihilates
    @drsanjaygupta
    over vaccinating children. Sanjay seems utterly lost here; almost as if he’s never been challenged on this outside of the imploding television medium of 30 sec scripted sound bites and groupthink circle jerks.

    1. That was embarrassing for Gupta as he tried to defend his network.

  43. “About half of American households rely on natural gas for heat, and they will pay about 30 percent more for heat than last year—and perhaps as much as 50 percent more if the winter is 10 percent colder than expected, the department estimates.”

    This should be alarming to environmentalists, as well. One of the reasons they’ll be paying 30% more for natural gas is because their utilities will be needing to pay more for a limited supply. What happens to those utilities that can’t get the supply they want? I’ll tell you what–they’ll be burning oil. They’ll be burning coal if they can. Coal gives off 40% more in the way of carbon dioxide for the same amount of energy as natural gas. Trying to eliminate natural gas from our energy grid is an incredibly stupid thing to do over a short period of time–even from an environmental perspective.

    This is just the progressive mentality of forced sacrifice coming to the fore. They ruin everything they touch, including legitimate environmental issues. Progressives are America’s most horrible people. They want the government to force us to make sacrifices for the sake of making sacrifices. Forced sacrifice scratches their religious itch. Forced sacrifice makes them feel like they’re part of something bigger than themselves and makes them feel like their lives have meaning. It’s a sickness.

    1. Nope, you’re just trying to blame your political opponents because you either don’t understand or refuse to understand what actually happened. The prices today are a consequence of what OPEC did years ago to squeeze American shale production. We need to find out what the OPEC countries’ economies need and then we need to squeeze the fuck out of it.

      1. Imports have dropped for 10 years dumbass.

      2. “The prices today are a consequence of what OPEC did years ago to squeeze American shale production.”

        You’re lucky the Moonies didn’t get to your first, or you’d be hassling people at the airport for change.

        1. “You’re lucky the Moonies didn’t get to your first, or you’d be hassling people at the airport for change.”

          Moonies aren’t THAT stupid; this asshole would be giving the change away.

      3. “Soaring natural-gas and coal prices are pressuring power-generation companies and manufacturers to switch to using oil, a trend that could add half a million barrels a day to global demand, the International Energy Agency said Thursday.”

        —WSJ, October 14, 2021

        https://www.wsj.com/articles/gas-shortage-forces-power-plants-to-switch-to-oil-boosting-demand-11634200084?

        1. The sooner we develop domestically produced green energy the better for all of us. Replying on oil and gas alone is clearly a bad idea.

          1. Relying on green energy alone is a worse idea.

            1. Not if you count nuclear as green.

          2. Be sure to keep telling people that as the economy struggles, inflation kicks in, heating costs go up by 30% during the winter, and there are blackouts. You should be out there spreading the gospel on this. People need to know, and the more they hear your spiel, the better! Setting aside the question of whether government regulation crushing fossil fuel production and mandates are somehow the best method to innovation in the energy industry . . .

            Using the coercive power of government to force people to make sacrifices for the common good–as progressives interpret it–is what being progressive is all about, and when the average American consumer realizes, over the winter, that using the government to force Americans to sacrifice their standard of living and their heat was all an intentional part of the progressives’ master plan?

            We may find that the progressives are relegated to their traditional role after the midterms–confined to no real power between the presidencies of Jimmy Cater and Joe Biden. What’s that, 44 years? We’ve had energy crises before. They don’t generally go well for the president, even when it isn’t his fault, and this time, it clearly will be Biden’s fault. This is what he wanted–by your own admission, isn’t it? Didn’t Biden campaign on eliminating natural gas from the power sector? Isn’t he pushing for Green New Deal legislation in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill right now? Didn’t he sign a stack of EOs to that effect already?

          3. The sooner we develop domestically produced green energy the better for all of us.

            Too bad most of our “green energy” relies on equipment made in China.

      4. ‘We need to find out what the OPEC countries’ economies need and then we need to squeeze the fuck out of it.’ You really are an idiot. Your assertion that this is OPEC, not dimwit (read, you) left/progressive policy coming to roost, firmly in hand with the shambles to supply chains from the overreaction to the ‘pandemic,’ is risible.

      5. This is one of the talking points the Left is attempting to put out there to deflect/redirect away from their destructive policies.

  44. GREEN ENERGY is WAY MORE EXPENSIVE!
    50% of Biden’s new E.O.’s were shutting down resources for “Green Energy”.

    How the Nazi-Regime will monopolize the energy industry.. Then we can complain about inaccessible energy and healthcare together.

    1. It will be Trump’s fault.

      1. No, I think we’re supposed to blame OPEC or something. Not sure. Ask LOS.

    2. Power outages corrupt

  45. Rising inflation and higher demand for fuel mean most Americans will see big increases in their winter heating bills this year

    The unvaccinated shouldn’t be allowed to heat their homes.

    /The Usual Suspects

    1. Deny the unvaccinated access to ‘public’ utilities? That should get some traction on Twatter.

    2. You think you’re funny, but you’re not.

      The purge must be conducted openly, brutally, so that the masses understand that the rules of society have changed, forever, that their former rights and freedoms are gone, and that from now on any type of resistance or deviation from official ideology will not be tolerated, and will be ruthlessly punished.

      1. Olbermann’s always been an asshole.

        1. Agree. Will say, he did a great job in his piece on Tony Gwynn when he passed.

    3. The unvaccinated shouldn’t be allowed to heat their homes.

      If enough of those fuckers die it will alleviate demand.

      1. turd lies. It’s what turd does. turd is a pathological liar, entirely too stupid to recognize that or to understand the rest of us know it. If turd quotes numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked such to be worthless. If turd posts something which isn’t a lie, it was accidental.
        turd lies; it’s all he does.

      2. Sick bastard

      3. “They won’t surrender they’re bodily autonomy, so let’s kill them by denying essentials”

        But killing an unborn child is different, right?

        Also, thanks for the quote. You’ll be seeing it again the next time that you insist that you’re not a monster.

      4. Perhaps one day you’ll be able to read all of those squiggly lines on your GED.

  46. Already decided to helicopter the money, now the question is where does it hover?

    “New California task force grapples with a big question: Who would qualify for reparations?”
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/New-California-task-force-grapples-with-a-big-16531349.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result

    1. That’s a toughy. Really, taking money from individuals who never owned slaves to redistribute to individuals who never were slaves should be a non-starter, but the Collectivist mind-set is some twisted shit.

  47. “‘Adapt or Die,’ U.K. Environment Agency Warns on Climate Change”
    […]
    “LONDON — The British Environment Agency on Wednesday delivered a stark warning to world leaders on the need for decisive action to combat climate change, ahead of a U.N. summit in Glasgow this month when delegates from nearly every country will discuss strategies to tackle global warming….”
    https://biznewspost.com/health/adapt-or-die-u-k-environment-agency-warns-on-climate-change/

    And we MEAN it this time!
    Try this: Gimme ONE non-trivial, specific, prediction, which proves true and I’ll stop laughing. Just ONE!

    1. “delegates from nearly every country will discuss strategies to tackle global warming”

      “Let’s eliminate private property for the working class. They’ll own nothing and be happy.”

      1. “Let’s eliminate private property for the working class. They’ll own nothing and be happy.”
        ^^^^^^^^^^^This^^^^^^^^^^^^

  48. Fuck off and die, asshole.

  49. Wrong place; meant for shit lord above.

  50. Inflation and high fuel prices, an incompetent oaf in the White House. It’s feeling a lot like 1979-I miss my underoos and Star Wars figures

    1. 1979, except the movies suck and we’re in far more debt.

    2. The economy is pretty much always better under Democratic administrations. How do you explain that fact?

      1. I don’t know, but now I know how to beg the question.

      2. In terms of what? = The economy is pretty much always better under Democratic administrations.

        GDP growth? Unemployment rate? S&P500 return? Labor participation rate? Median family income?

        This is the problem with uber-lib fuckheads like you Sullum. You throw out meaningless bullshit like someone throwing trash on the sidewalk.

        Your writing is total shit. How do you explain that fact?

      3. Democratic administrations usually follow republican ones in recent history. It’s quite possible (though I’m not making the claim one way or another) that the economic success during D administrations is the delayed effect of the preceding R administration.

      4. This claim is always made, and rarely holds water. When the economy is bad, it due to a current or prior (R) administration’s policies. It’s never due to the failings of the current (D) administration. When it’s an (R) administration in office with a good economy, then it’s due to a prior (D) administration’s policies. From this, one can determine a few things. You are a dunce. You are biased. You are not telling the truth.

      5. It takes a while for their policies to wreck the economy?

    1. 90k dead because they didn’t get the vaccine. 90k people suffocating to death. Put that in your pipe!

      1. Want to compare blue states?

      2. How many dead in New York?

      3. 90k people suffocating to death

        Suffocating to death on bullets, car bumpers, with terminal cancer and with lethal levels of drugs in their systems, because Stroozle’s “Covid” statistics include all that.

      4. Huh? Florida has < 60k deaths and half of them happened before anyone was vaccinated.

        Anyway, anyone who died unvaccinated made their choice and took the consequences. What do you care?

      5. Put that in your pipe!

        He would, but the hospitals already beat him to it with their vents and killed the patients themselves.

      6. What the fuck are you even talking about?

        1. It’s funny how he thinks emotional appeals will help.
          A big part of the point (or my point anyway) is that we need to get fear and emotion out of the equation when coming up with an appropriate response.

          1. Even an emotional appeal should explain what he means. 90k people suffocating to death? Because we put them on vents? We can’t even discern what he’s blabbering about long enough to feel sorry for the people who died.

  51. By the Green New Deal policies, higher energy costs are the desired outcome. The Biden administration certainly has not been doing anything to keep energy costs down.

    1. I guess you’d prefer cheap oil and negative GDP like we had under Trump?

      1. I thought we can’t blame covid on the president now that it is biden? But still can blame trump?

        Yeap, youre an idiot sullum.

      2. More Covid deaths under Biden than Trump.

      3. “…negative GDP like we had under Trump?”

        asshole lies. It’s what asshole does. asshole is a pathological liar, entirely too stupid to recognize that or to understand the rest of us know it. If asshole quotes numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked such to be worthless. If asshole posts something which isn’t a lie, it was accidental.
        asshole lies; it’s what he does.

      4. That is a bizarre response to what I wrote. It made no sense whatsoever.

      5. “N-n-negative GDP!!!”

        You mean during the Covid lockdowns? Because the economy was red hot before governments started…

        “Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!

        As expected of Stroozle.

      6. LOS and Buttplug keep using shutdown numbers in regard to economic measures. This is either dishonesty or utter stupidity.

  52. US Oil and Gas Rig count plummeted from by 75% since 2012.

    https://www.eia.gov/dnav/ng/hist/e_ertrr0_xr0_nus_cm.htm

    All the way down to 374 operating rigs by Trump’s last month in office.

    Trump was a FUCKING DISASTER for US Oil and Gas!

    1. So he was saving the planet, right?

    2. turd lies. It’s what turd does. turd is a pathological liar, entirely too stupid to recognize that or to understand the rest of us know it. If turd quotes numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked such to be worthless. If turd posts something which isn’t a lie, it was accidental.
      turd lies; it’s what he does.

    3. Aaaaand Buttplug doesn’t understand the difference between oil drilling and well maintenance. A drop or rise in drilling activity doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with economic factors. 90% of the time they’re waiting on geologists to find new locations. When government permissions are involved it’s the State, not federal government.

      You should kick whoever told you that this was a big deal square in the nuts, for making you sound like an idiot again.

    4. So Trump shut down all the oil wells and the gas was flowing like water from a spring. The Biden regime opens the wells back up and we get gas shortages and price spikes. Curious.

      1. To turd and his lefty buds, facts are highly flexible.

  53. Won’t have to worry about natural gas prices once the government mandates that all heating and cooking must be electric.

    The rolling blackouts, yes.

    1. When folks get sticker shock at their electric bills and will be fuming over no longer cooking with gas.

    2. Well, you can always drive to the restaurant in your electric car… oh wait

  54. Would it be “green” energy if we find a way to bottle up all the hot air in DC, and release it when needed?
    Bonus bucks if the sounds can be removed in the processing.

  55. Anyone here think that Reason will say anything at all about revered liberal feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg basically calling Colin Kaepernick and the rest of the national anthem kneelers a bunch of stupid ungrateful idiots, and Katie Couric covering that up until now because she’s looking to sell a book?

    I don’t think that they will. Like Couric herself, the fugazi libertarians at Reason are by and large a bunch of media lefties, and their most genuinely held principle is to protect their own. So it will probably just get ignored. And you just know that almost all the women working at Reason were in tears and inconsolable when old Saint Ruthie kicked the bucket!

    1. Maybe the coverup was another of RGB’s dying wishes.

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