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European Leaders Find Backdoor Way To Ban Porn on Social Media

Plus: Elon Musk accuses the SEC of trying to silence him, Elizabeth Warren gets her antitrust wish, and more...

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Age verification rules expand beyond porn sites. U.S. activist groups have been pushing age verification requirements for porn website visitors as a way to keep kids from viewing adult content. A look at how that's going in some European countries provides another reason to be wary of this plan.

Officials in Germany and the United Kingdom have made clear that age verification rules aren't intended to be applied only to the likes of Pornhub; social media companies that allow racy content are also implicated. Rather than institute platformwide age verification, these companies may simply choose to ban explicit sexual content and its creators.

That's already happening in Germany.

"Twitter has been blocking the profiles of adult content creators in Germany since late 2020, with at least 60 accounts affected to date," noted Wired this week. "The move comes in response to a series of legal orders by German regulators that have ruled that online pornography should not be visible to children and must be hidden behind age-verification systems.…The exact number of accounts blocked in this way is unknown."

These accounts are allowed to be seen by Twitter users in other countries. But Germans who try to view their accounts get a message saying the content has been blocked "in response to a legal demand."

Twitter "blocked porn profiles for German users after we instigated legal proceedings. We were actually the first authority in Europe to do so and we will continue," Marc Jan Eumann, chairman of Germany's Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media, told Wired.

The magazine also talked to Paulita Pappel, founder of the European branch of the Free Speech Coalition (an adult industry group against censorship), who said German regulators are "using the protection of minors as an excuse to push forward very conservative policies to bring down porn companies but also smaller sex workers and content creators."

Twitter already has policies in place to limit the visibility of adult content by underage users. The policies in Germany make it so no one can see it.

The U.K. may wind up following Germany's lead. After scrapping a porn age-verification plan a few years ago, British leaders are once again pushing for it, this time as part of a larger online safety bill. And officials have confirmed that it will apply to social media platforms like Twitter and Reddit that allow adult content.

"Ministers confirmed this week that social media sites hosting large amounts of pornographic material, such as Twitter and Reddit, would also have to work under the same age-verification rules as adult content sites," The Guardian reported last Sunday. "It means the sites would have to introduce systems to remove adult material in the UK, or introduce age checks to determine whether users are over 18."

"While the government argues that this is about porn websites, what is being proposed is a generalised duty to verify internet viewers' age on websites and services with user-to-user content," Mariano delli Santi of the Open Rights Group told The Guardian. "This brings into scope not only pornographic websites but also search engines, social medias, blogs and almost the entirety of the internet as we know it."

"Censors CONSISTENTLY lie about their intentions," commented Gustavo Turner, news editor for the adult entertainment industry publication XBIZ, on Twitter. While they say "we want to prevent children from being harmed" and write "we want to make 'pornographic websites' implement age verification," what winds up happening in practice is "sexual and LGBTQ+ expression get deplatformed."

"Eradicating adult content from open platforms has been one of the core objectives of the leading religiously inspired, U.S.-based groups that are at the forefront of the War on Porn," noted Turner in an article on XBIZ about the U.K.'s age verification proposals.


FREE MINDS

Elon Musk accuses the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of trying to chill his speech in the course of enforcing a settlement agreement related to civil securities charges against the Tesla CEO. Musk was charged with making "false and misleading" statements for tweeting that he was "considering taking Tesla private." As part of a settlement, he and Tesla had to pay $20 million apiece in fines, Musk had to temporarily step down as the company's chairman, and Tesla had to monitor Musk's public statements.

Now, the SEC is seeking more information from Tesla to see if it and Musk have been complying with their settlement agreement. It's too much, says Musk's lawyer, Alex Spiro.

"The SEC seems to be targeting Mr. Musk and Tesla for unrelenting investigation largely because Mr. Musk remains an outspoken critic of the government," Spiro alleged in a Thursday court filing. "The SEC's outsized efforts seem calculated to chill his exercise of First Amendment rights rather than to enforce generally applicable laws in evenhanded fashion."


FREE MARKETS

The Justice Department is investigating corporate profits. "Elizabeth Warren's bizarre theories about corporate greed driving inflation have made their way into federal law enforcement," Reason's Eric Boehm reports:

In a press release, the department said its antitrust division would begin to "deter, detect and prosecute those who would exploit supply chain disruptions" to earn what the department calls "illicit profit." The goal of the initiative, according to the department, is to prevent companies from "overcharging customers under the guise of supply chain disruptions."

The problem, of course, is that the supply chain disruptions are quite real—and inflation across the economy is the result of both those large-scale issues and government actions, including last year's $1.9 trillion stimulus bill and protectionist policies. To the extent that private companies are raising prices, those things are the likely culprits—and higher prices are the market's way of allocating scarce goods most efficiently, not evidence of price gouging.

"The DOJ and FBI would rather launch a global investigation of 'illicit' supply chain profiteering than acknowledge the obvious and inevitable result when unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus combines with decades of protectionism and regulatory sclerosis," says Scott Lincicome, director of general economics and trade policy for the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.

Anyone who thought increased and expanded antitrust action was only going to harm big tech companies is starting to get a rude awakening.


QUICK HITS

• The percentage of American adults identifying as LGBTQ has surged over the past 10 years, according to a new Gallup poll. This jump—from 3.5 percent in 2012 to 7.1 percent last year—is driven by Gen Z (up to 20.8 percent LGBTQ identification in 2021, from 10.5 percent in 2017) and millennials (up to 10.5 percent in 2021, from 5.8 percent in 2012).

• Behind the new Republican strategy on abortion restrictions.

• Nineteen Austin police officers have been indicted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, stemming from their reactions during 2020 protests, the Associated Press reports.

• Oregon's Supreme Court says former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof doesn't meet the requirements to run for governor.

•  Fifty-four current and former California highway patrol officers have been charged with theft and fraud.

• Ottawa police have arrested two "Freedom Convoy" organizers.

• Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva doesn't want city leaders to talk about "deputy gangs."

• The FBI is putting together a special team to target cryptocurrency crimes, to be titled the Virtual Asset Exploitation Team.

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  1. Age verification rules expand beyond porn sites.

    We need to focus on sexual misinformation.

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    2. European Leaders Find Backdoor Way To Ban Porn on Social Media

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  2. People up north are having their lives ruined by the government, and looking at boobs online in Germany is more important.

    1. We got a line in Quick Hits that kind of refers to Special Hitler's Enabling Act.

    2. Forget it, Don't. It's ENB-town.

    3. What's going on in Russia these days? Nothing? OK, good, move along.

    4. Perhaps if all the truckers browsed porn from their trucks. And blared the Glen Campbell song "I Love My Truck" from their loud speakers:
      https://youtu.be/fsHEfTOZW58

  3. Elon Musk accuses the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of trying to chill his speech...

    There are a few federal agencies that do not have to recognize First Amendment protections.

    1. And just a few service members invaded Normandy.

      1. It was more of an uninvited border crossing.

        1. By a bunch of real wetbacks!

  4. "Elizabeth Warren's bizarre theories about corporate greed driving inflation have made their way into federal law enforcement"

    It's bizarre that Elizabeth Warren thinks inflation is occurring at all. The most knowledgeable economics expert in this comment section has explained multiple times how the i-word is a lie spread by wingnut.com.

    #DefendBidenAtAllCosts

    1. What about my chewin' tobacky?

      1. Liz is using it in her peace pipe.

        1. From the Chaw-taka tribe!

    2. So Elizabeth Warren is a far right conspiracy nut?

    3. It's bizarre that Elizabeth Warren thinks inflation is occurring at all.

      You make a good point, OBL, but in fairness to Warren, she is a mendacious cunt who never made a true or helpful statement in her disgraceful life.

    4. White Squaw is the HOA board member you see standing in your front yard taking notes on a clipboard as you’re getting home from work.

      Just with infinitely more power

      1. One possibly key factor in her Faux-cohontas pratfall —a lot of Native Americans can’t stand mother-in-law types either and wouldn’t appreciate the association.

  5. The goal of the initiative, according to the department, is to prevent companies from "overcharging customers under the guise of supply chain disruptions."

    Big Squaw Warren no recognize basics of economics, hope to avert her tribe's massacre in fall.

    1. How about some beads and free blankets?

  6. The percentage of American adults identifying as LGBTQ has surged over the past 10 years...

    The T numbers have to be driving it.

    1. I was thinking mental instability was driving it

      1. Mental instability definitely drives the T numbers. I guess figuring out which come first is kind of a chicken/egg deal.

        1. Don't forget the gender identity counseling industry.

        2. That and the prospect of winning swimming competitions.

    2. Probably for the benefits.

      1. For all the rights and privileges that come with being a member of the protected classes how hard is it for anyone to say they are bisexual but just really feel like dating members of the opposite sex right now. Maybe someday they could find some one of the same sex to date, but not now.

        1. Like claiming Native American status in 80s; just be careful kids, scientists are always find ways to disprove your bullshit.

          1. High cheekbones and Mimaw's say so is all the science the DEI folks need.

            1. There's a dipshit at the University of Denver named Glenn Morris who's been red-facing as a feather Indian for decades now. When people have actually bothered digging in to his background, it comes out that his claims to be being a NA all boil down to, "Daddy said we were Native."

        2. Bisexuals, especially Bisexual males are subject to erasure, denied to even exist, by both Heterosexuals and Homosexuals, even though some studies have it that Bisexuals are the majority in the LGBTQ+ continuum. And Pansexuals? Out of the question!

          Can't be a protected class if you aren't even acknowledged to exist.

    3. If lgbtq is truly born this way and not environmental... what explains the surge?

      1. I’m willing to believe you can be born with sexual preference hardwired. What’s driving it is the special status that being part of a “minority group” gives, especially to the Gen Z group.

        Older Milennials were kids when being gay/lesbian was still societally unacceptable so there may be a trend of them getting to their late 30’s or early 40’s and finally coming out.

        1. Exactly. And not just for the younger generation either. Also, social movements don't spread and prevail evenly nationwide. There are still pockets of areas in the country where "Queer" is used as a slur not as an affirmation.

    4. Perhaps not getting ostrasized and bullied in compulsory Gummint Skoolz or prosecuted by Sodomy and Crime Against Nature laws and not getting assaulted or murdered as much as in the past could explain it.

      Or perhaps more people giving up on a psychotic desert God who demanded the murder of LGBTQ+ people in ancient "holy" books could explain it even more.

      It's all good whatever the reason, including for Straight people as well.

    5. Can’t be the T numbers. They’ve been dropping like flies since the chappelle special.

      That’s my guess, anyway. It’d be nice to get an update from tony on this literal holocaust.

  7. "Behind the new Republican strategy on abortion restrictions."

    In addition to running on Biden's success managing the economy and foreign policy and the pandemic, Democrats should remind voters they support legal access to abortion care for any reason right up until birth.

    #AbortionAboveAll
    #BlueWave2022

    1. Don't forget Dem success in keeping the schools safe.

  8. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announces face masks will *no longer be required* in most settings, including schools, beginning MARCH 21ST.

    This will be the most deadly government action against a cult since Waco.

    1. I like the fact that closely following the science gives them a date certain, 6 weeks in the future, when it will definitely switch from dangerous and irresponsible to eschew masking to the only scientifically sound course of action.

      1. They can't come out and say that it's safe today after saying it's not safe yesterday. They're willing to torture your kids for another month just to save a little bit of political face. Disgusting.

      2. Sort of like 10 PM curfews.

    2. ^thread winner. Bravo Fist.

    3. Was just asking a relative how this will affect schools in Seattle. She says for masks to disappear there, the teacher's union contract and the local board are still hurdles.

  9. Behind the new Republican strategy on abortion restrictions.

    Appeasing voter base? Saving fetal lives? The gamut?

    1. Nothing more libertarian than not killing other people.

      1. And nothing more "liberal" than dehumanizing other people.

      2. Politically. It is a bizarre strategy. What is it they say? Never interrupt your enemy when they are busy shooting themselves in the foot?

        The left is absolutely imploding. The only hold they have left over suburban women is abortion fears. And now is the time? You could not wait until the fallout from Democrat overreach flips control of the government? You gotta go now, with state laws designed to create supreme court cases?

        1. Yeah, they're fucking up when all they have to do is be less insane than the D's for like, 6 months. THIS IS NOT A HIGH BAR TO CLEAR.

        2. The left is absolutely imploding. The only hold they have left over suburban women is abortion fears.

          ^

        3. They’re not called the stupid party for nothing.

      3. Few people are as anti-abortion as I am, but we can't ignore the very real tradeoffs in forcing women (AKA birthing persons) to gestate against her (or his) wishes.

        1. But what of the abortion rights of the unborn? Is not dismemberment by D and C not likely to prevent them from "their body, their choice?".

          1. This.
            Everyone forgets there are always two people involved in every abortion. The child has just as much right to bodily autonomy as anyone else.

          2. I'm not disputing this. As I said, I'm anti-abortion. But we should acknowledge the conflicting liberties.

            1. I think I wrote unclearly.

              I meant to speak to the rights of the unborn to seek out and obtain abortion services. I mean, even men have the right to abortions these days. We should ensure that unborn women also have the right to an abortion . A right that they should not be prevented from exercising by violence (such as dismemberment). The rarity of prenatal pregnancy should not be an impediment to access.

              1. OK, Lorax.

                1. That might be really deep.

        2. No no no. You can't do that. If you admit that the Other Tribe has a legitimate point, that means you are a Traitor to Your Tribe and are no better than being a part of the Other Tribe itself.

          1. The only people worried about tribes here are you and Mike.

          2. If everyone did that it would be chaos: Republicans talking to Democrats, Democrats talking to Republicans, dogs lying down with cats...

            1. You and sarc should discuss your mute list for the 273rd time.

        3. I've brought this up here before, as a question of ethics, not politics:

          If you are willing to interfere in a woman's life to tell her she must have a baby, are you willing to follow up on that by helping make sure she has the financial and other support to raise that baby? I'm not necessarily talking about government assistance when I talk about helping her to have the support she needs.

          When I ask this, I typically get responses that exhibit a scolding, "fuck 'em", "she made her bed..." attitude toward other people's choices. The problem with that is the mothers "moral failure" is affecting a child, who did nothing wrong.

          1. If you are willing to interfere in a woman's life to tell her she must have a baby, are you willing to follow up on that by helping make sure she has the financial and other support to raise that baby?

            That is some middle school level reasoning right there. Again, White Mike, you are the worst of the trolls.

            1. Mike Liarson is a squawking bird named Dee and should be treated as such.

          2. The core problem is the unwanted pregnancy, and you don't get less of that by minimizing the consequences.

            1. Why, if you don’t consider whether the child grows up well or not, do you then care about getting less of something you’re not involved in?

              Seems like you want to butt into others’ lives, but just halfway.

          3. If you are willing to interfere in a woman's life to tell her she must have a baby

            Try it as

            'If you are willing to interfere in a woman's life to tell her she must not killa baby'

            And then take a walk down that ethical path of yours.

            No one is demanding she raise it. Sell it by giving up for adoption.

            Just don't kill it.

          4. I would say there clearly are numerous resources for a women with a child, whether she keeps it or not. That is fully represented today by the number of young women and even teenagers who subsist on government assistance in this country. Yes, they don't live the internet influencer kings and queens they imagine themselves to be, but they can live a lifestyle that is tons better than a good part of the rest of the world. There is clearly an incentive in this country that attracts people from other countries and rewards them for having a child.

            On the other hand, if the woman carries the baby and gives it up there are numerous layers of support for her to access here too, including, if she wants to go that route, a black market where she might sell her little bundle of joy for a tidy sum.

            So are we willing? It doesn't matter. We are paying and providing anyway.

            To throw another nut in there, what about the father? What if he wants the kid he helped create?

            Father wants it mom doesn't? Sorry, abortion. Oh, and the Handmaid's tale comparison invoked.
            Father wants it mom does? Support from family, friends and the government too.
            Mother wants it Father doesn't? Sorry, pay up for the next 18 years, primarily through a government system that will jail you, garnish your wages, take your IRS refunds and likely make numerous mistakes in tallying what you owe her in the process. Fun stuff.

            How do you think a 'My jizz, my choice' movement would go over?

            1. The father’s rights are worthwhile consideration, and certainly much different than a total stranger interfering in the situation.

              And I disagree that the measly benefits the government provides to unwed mothers is comparable at all to a household where children are well provided for. I don’t know where people get the idea that being on welfare is some attractive life.

  10. "European Leaders Find Backdoor Way To Ban Porn on Social Media"

    Remember the Moral Majority and how they were going to steal our porn and how nothing ever came of it?
    Now it's the establishment left and they're totally successful and most older libertarians can't understand that it's happening.

    1. Heh heh……back door porn.

      1. They already tried the full frontal assault.

        1. So they circled around on the flanks?

          1. While leaving a rear guard so they could go for the double penetration.

            1. think that is called a pincer move

    2. Wait... You can get porn on social media?

      Is that true??

      Do I need to rethink the whole "I don't do social media" thing?

      1. Given how many other places you can get porn I don't think lowering yourself to creating a Twitter account is necessary.

      2. You can (soon) get equity porn. For every spank-worthy hottie you ogle, you have to look at 50 photos of fat grannies and assorted gender-fluid tramps.

        1. Suddenly I'm OK with the Europeans limiting where I might catch an eyeful of something I'd enjoy, then.

      3. No, There is no need for "social" media accounts.
        Better porn is available at dedicated sites.

    3. That was because the Religious Right's own sex scandals from Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart, etc. foundered them. Had they kept it zipped up and used the surveillance and social credit tech of today, it would be very different.

      Civil War 2.0 might have taken the form of Heinlein's Revolt in 2100...and with both "National Conservatism" and Woke/Rad-Fem Leftists on the warpath against porn, it may happen yet.

  11. Days since enbs last yglasias refrence: 2

    A new record!

    1. Subscribed.

    2. Still zero on Abortion, though.

  12. Nineteen Austin police officers have been indicted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon...

    They're losing the no-win scenario.

  13. the department said its antitrust division would begin to "deter, detect and prosecute those who would exploit supply chain disruptions" to earn what the department calls "illicit profit."

    Serious question: Has the department *defined* "illicit profit"?

    1. They can't define it, but they know it when they see it.

      1. How do they see the federal tax brackets?

        1. Liberal pornography?

    2. According to Trudeau's Justice Minister it's defined as a "pro-Trump movement".

      https://twitter.com/RebelNewsOnline/status/1494122462895824897?

      1. Maybe he'll offer to buy Canada as well as Greenland for the USA in his next term of office

        1. With today's Dollars? It was stupid when Trump first wanted it. Doubling down would be worse. And other than the Keystone Pipeline, who wants it?

    3. More than zero*.

      *By federal law, all numbers refer not to measured quantities since that would be racist. Numbers now reflect feelings about equity and social justice.

    4. No. Because if you define it, then there are limits on enforcement. When you're going on a fishing expedition, you really want to keep the terms as vague as possible.

      1. Corporate bookkeeper, glancing at the fishbowl on their desk: "That's a gold fish."

        Government snoop (as quoted in the media): "That is a 1200 lb bluefin tuna worth over $30,000."

    5. I think this is there working definition:

      Should five per cent appear too small
      Be thankful I don't take it all

      1. George Harrison was a wise man.

  14. Fifty-four current and former California highway patrol officers have been charged with theft and fraud.

    Stealing from motorists is one thing, but the CHP won't abide stealing from it.

  15. Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it's suing the government of Canada over emergency powers.

    FREEZE THEIR ASSETS

  16. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva doesn't want city leaders to talk about "deputy gangs."

    First and second rule violation.

    1. +1 Robert Paulsen

  17. The percentage of American adults identifying as LGBTQ has surged

    The community has many new throbbing members.

    1. A lot of them are no longer tucked away in hiding.

      1. It's been hard staying undercover for so long.

      2. These puns are a drag!

    2. Not for long.

  18. "Separatist Leader in East Ukraine Urges Civilians to Evacuate to Russia"

    ----WSJ

    Looks like the shooting in the Ukraine war has started, even if the full invasion hasn't begun.

    Russia presented a classic casus belli to the UN security counsel yesterday. They're using "genocide" against Russian speakers in Ukraine as a justification for war, and they've said that the war can be prevented if NATO formally promises to never admit Ukraine as a member.

    "In formally articulating a casus belli, a government typically lays out its reasons for going to war, its intended means of prosecuting the war, and the steps that others might take to dissuade it from going to war. It attempts to demonstrate that it is going to war only as a last resort (ultima ratio) and that it has "just cause" for doing so. Modern international law recognizes only three lawful justifications for waging war: self-defense, defense of an ally required by the terms of a treaty, and approval by the United Nations

    ----Casus belli

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

    Under no circumstances should NATO commit to never admitting the Ukraine--even if it isn't in our best interests to do so at this time anyway. The United States has a significant interest in the Ukraine, especially considering that they're the beginning of Russia's expansionary ambitions. Putin's ultimate territorial goals include our NATO allies, and so it behooves us to see Putin's long term plans fail in their very first step. If we were to capitulate to Putin's demands in Ukraine, he would immediately turn his attention to our NATO allies. It is not in the best interests of the United States for Putin to turn his attention to our allies in a mutual defense treaty.

    If the Ukrainian people support going to war with Russia rather than submission, then that's what they should do. God bless free people everywhere who chose to fight for their freedom against the aggression of tyrants.

    1. I should have added:

      "The United States has a significant interest in the Ukraine [even though they aren't sufficient to justify the U.S. going to war] . . . . If the Ukrainian people support going to war with Russia rather than submission, then that's what they should do. God bless free people everywhere who chose to fight for their freedom against the aggression of tyrants."

    2. One wonders what a Trump administration might have done differently.

      Biden seems to be working very hard to encourage this conflict by loudly signalling an impotent response.

      Meanwhile, Trump talked like a bit of a crazy person. He personally insulted the leader of North Korea. He seemingly threatened nuclear war. And the Koreans shut up and bargained.

      Neocons left and right pushed him to go to war with Iran. He refused. And then he assassinated a terrorist leader and his Iranian sponsor. And then he held his powder dry as the Iranians had a fit. And they dialed it way the hell back.

      I don't know that any of this happens if there are no "adults back in charge". The adults seem to be significantly bad at avoiding war.

      1. Fatty Vindman would beg to differ. Trump didn't want to follow the official line on Ukraine so lard ass got in on impeaching him. Looks like Biden is really taking care of Ukraine.

        1. Well, Ukraine took care of Hunter.

          1. They may have bet on the wrong dog. Not sure I would count on the Biden clan for protection.

          2. Hunter Biden got assassinated?

          3. SleepyJoe can’t wait to get in there and start burning paperwork.

      2. What likely would've happened with Trump: he would've made it clear Ukraine was on its own, so better come to a fucking agreement. Especially if that agreement is to simply stop killing its own citizens.

      3. What would have actually happened under Trump:

        He would have offered some contradictory word salad that contained the phrases "Russia shouldn't invade Ukraine, but if they do, I hope they find Hunter Biden's employment contract" and "Why are we still in NATO in the first place" and "let Germany deal with it, they know how to fight Russians" and then tweeted a meme of him bodyslamming a CNN reporter and everyone would focus on that instead of war.

        1. So, no war then?
          I’ll take it.

        2. So, letting Ukraine sort things out, rather than act like a washed up HS bully? Does a trump word salad compare to a biden Alzheimer's montage? Nice job on trotting out your obsession w/ trump's tweets, but like the rest of the opinion, it has no bearing. The important concept, trump would be less likely to commit the US to war.

        3. Why ARE we still in NATO?

        4. To a TDS addled asshole like Jeffy, this is an insult.

      4. One wonders what a Trump administration might have done differently.

        A Trump administration probably wouldn't have had to do anything. Note how stable the situation was while he was in office.

      5. It’s almost like the “adults” actually want a war with Russia.

        But Biden was totes the better candidate.

        1. How much does the Durham story matter if there’s a war?

    3. "They're using "genocide" against Russian speakers in Ukraine as a justification for war, and they've said that the war can be prevented if NATO formally promises to never admit Ukraine as a member."

      Captain Obvious might have pointed out that if NATO promised to never admit Ukraine as a member, that wouldn't really do anything to stop the alleged genocide of Russian speakers in Ukraine. The alleged cause of the war and the way Russia is giving to avert it don't seem to be connected. Are there any other places in the world where Russia would turn a blind eye to genocide because NATO promised not to admit a member, or is the Ukraine the only one?

      1. The other option is to make that promise with no intention of keeping it.

        What's going to happen if we break the promise, Russia invades the Ukraine? Seems like that happens either way, why not just lie to them and see if that avoids bloodshed?

        1. Because then our word becomes worthless which could hamper future negotiations we care about, not that our word isn't already:

          Bush: Libya dismantle your weapons program and you'll avoid the wraith of the USA
          Obama: Easy pickins!

          1. Our word is already worthless, we lie about foreign policy goals more often than we tell the truth about them.

            If Russia is indeed an adversary do we have an obligation to be truthful with them? If they're not an adversary why all the sabre rattling?

          2. US already promised to not expand NATO to former Warsaw Pact countries when the USSR broke up 30 years ago. Only took a decade to break that promise for, again, no benefit whatsoever, and big risk/cost, to the American people.

            1. Because war in Europe can never ever ever happen again.

              1. Europeans do love starting wars with each other. Good thing for Americans we're nowhere near Europe and it's really not our fucking problem.

              2. Engaging on foreign wars is outside the scope of the Constitution and a violation of the NAP, but I wouldn't expect Jeffy to have a principled stance on anything.

                1. I’ll be honest, I didn’t take him for a neocon.

                  1. He’s really just a contrarian with TDS.

          3. Anyway you slice it, it's do as we say or the bunny get it.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_SFFOYDsZs

      2. Captain Obvious might also point out that NATO's stated reason for being hasn't existed for 3 decades and that there's absolutely 0 benefit to the American people in adding former Warsaw Pact countries to surround Russia.
        Keep your Russian/Putin derangement to yourself.
        Or, keep proving your grasp on foreign policy is exceedingly weak.

    4. And the Biden regime has been telling us for days "the Russians" are going to perpetrate a false flag attack.
      So much projection.

    5. "Putin's ultimate territorial goals include our NATO allies"

      Sure they do, Ken McCain.
      Who wouldn't want to risk a nuclear war or assassination to absorb a bunch of shithole countries with negligible mineral resources?
      Strategery!

    6. "The United States has a significant interest in the Ukraine, especially considering that they're the beginning of Russia's expansionary ambitions. Putin's ultimate territorial goals include our NATO allies, and so it behooves us to see Putin's long term plans fail in their very first step. If we were to capitulate to Putin's demands in Ukraine, he would immediately turn his attention to our NATO allies. It is not in the best interests of the United States for Putin to turn his attention to our allies in a mutual defense treaty"

      With all due respect, and remember I'm saying with all due respect, this is one of the most idiotic things you've ever said.
      It's even more idiotic than you telling us how hezbollah was so scary that taking out Suleimani was a disastrous idea.

    7. "The United States has a significant interest in the Ukraine,"

      You do know that Hunter lost his job, right?

    8. Doesnt that translate to case for war? Why the latin fart sniffing?

    9. And if the USSR had invited Mexico to join the Warsaw Pact back in the day, would the USA have viewed that as just 2 nations discussing their mutual defense options, or a provocation?

  19. The FBI is putting together a special team to target cryptocurrency crimes, to be titled the Virtual Asset Exploitation Team.

    In the Tax Collection System, hiding the government's money from it is considered especially heinous. In the sea of alphabet agencies, the dedicated armed bureaucrats who sniff out your unapproved money are members of a 133t gang known as the Virtual Asset Exploitation Team.

    These are their murky stories.

    1. Is the assistant prosecutor a hottie?

    2. Better name: Cryptocurrency Undercover Nefariousness Team

      1. I can't wait to see that emblazoned on a jacket.

    3. needz a better acronym.

      Maybe Cryptocurrency Reassessment Investigation Management and Enforcement? (CRIME)

  20. "Officials in Germany and the United Kingdom have made clear that age verification rules aren't intended to be applied only to the likes of Pornhub; social media companies that allow racy content are also implicated."

    Meh. Just wait for the next phase when you have to enter your Party card ID number for access to the internet.

    1. Meh. Just wait for the next phase when you have to enter your Party card ID number for access to the internet. grocery store.

      1. And show your "Good Behavior" card.

    2. These rules are already common in Asia, and not driven by the American religious right.

  21. The daily average case load of omicron, nationally, has us back to where we were with the Covid case load back on December 6, 2021---before omicron erupted.

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases.html

    The pandemic appears to be ending, and despite everything else that's happening in the world, this is probably the most important news of the day.

    Why isn't the disappearing pandemic the first story on every news outlet?

    1. Because they are all busy reporting on the spate of hate crimes committed by BLM supporters?

      Because they are all busy getting to the bottom of the subversion of the 2016 election by Hillary Clinton?

      Because they are all busy running down the ties between the Biden family and Ukraine in light of the drums of war being beaten so loudly?

      Because they are all busy with internal investigations into their newsrooms for Doxxing and stalking donors to the Canadian trucker protests?

      Because they are all busy examining the links between Democrat politicians and violent protests during an election cycle?

      Because they are all busy writing stories contrasting the quick bail release of a BLM black nationalist who attempted to assassinate a Jewish political candidate with the dozens of Trump supporters held without bail for over a year without trial for the crime of trespassing?

      1. They *do* sound remarkably busy with all of that... 😉

      2. Can you provide directions to wherever it is you are?
        It sounds so much nicer than reality.

    2. Why isn't the disappearing pandemic the first story on every news outlet?

      Obviously it's a grand conspiracy. I mean, there's no evidence at all, which is positive proof.

      1. Read Cyto's reponse, then sarcasmic's.
        The boy ain't right and watches way to much CNN.

        1. He thinks discussion on liberty is just a hobby horse.

      2. Ideas!

      3. That’s not actually outside the realm of possibility, you know that right?

    3. Telling people not to worry doesn't rile anyone up.

    4. It was like #2 on my news feed this morning. Totally MSM, too.

  22. Ottawa By-law
    @OttawaBylaw
    Attention animal owners at demonstration

    If you are unable to care for your animal as a result of enforcement actions, your animal will placed into protective care for 8 days, at your cost. After 8 days, if arrangements are not made, your animal will be considered relinquished.

    https://twitter.com/OttawaBylaw/status/1494306645274509316?

    1. In the states they'll shoot your dog. In Canada they'll steal it.

      1. And then euthanize it after 8 days.

    2. Canada needs some John Wicks

      1. Laughed and strongly agree.

    3. What if they leave their kids behind?

      1. Neglect. Parental rights terminated. Kids redistributed to good Party Members.

  23. Today in propaganda:

    As seen on NBC and ABC morning news, they are trying out a new narrative... The damage that Russia's invasion of Ukraine is wreaking upon the US economy.

    Both networks started with reports of the stock market going down. ABC stressed that Americans lost an average of $2,700 in their retirement accounts yesterday. And the reason is clear: fears of war in Ukraine is driving stocks lower. ABC pointed out that analysts say Russia's war on Ukraine could drive oil prices up by $5 per barrel, raising gas prices by five to ten cents.

    This is a serious blow to the US economy, they said, driving inflation higher.

    It is like they have a magic spigot in the white house. They turn it on, and magically the national media believes that Russia is the prime driver of the stock market. - and even more absurdly, that Russia is the cause of inflation.

    1. “It is like they have a magic spigot in the white house. They turn it on, and magically the national media believes that Russia is the prime driver of the stock market. - and even more absurdly, that Russia is the cause of inflation”

      Just another symptom of Long TDS.

      1. It has clearly affected the lefties on this board. It's real, it's dangerous, and it's not to be fucked with.

        1. It’s also amusing though.

    2. everything is russia's fault.

      First they stole the election for Trump.

      Then they DIDNT steal the next election for Trump.

      This was all to setup Biden to look bad when they saber rattle for NATO.

      Now they are sabotaging the Biden economy to make him look bad.

      What's next? A Browns' superbowl win next year?

      1. "What's next? A Browns' superbowl win next year?"

        I sure hope not. Wouldn't that be the Seventh Sign of the coming of the Apocalypse?

      2. Hey, the Browns are tired of disappointing their own fans. Time to expand.

    3. It is like they have a magic spigot in the white house.

      And the very reasonable inference - a threat of war is creating instability in the stock market - that any reasoning person could make, must necessarily be propaganda driven from the White House?

      Oh wait, of course it is. Because everything's a conspiracy. And everything's fascism.

      "Two people came to the same logical conclusion. Therefore it's COLLUSION and CONSPIRACY and FASCISM!!!"

      1. Yes. There's definitely collusion, fascism and all sorts of criminal conspiracies currently being perpetrated by you gentry class luvvies.

      2. Coming up:
        Jen Psaki says at a briefing, "Be sure to call your mom on Mother's Day"

        Cyto, and half the Reason commentariat:
        "She's threatening every American with punishment if they don't call their Mom!"
        "It is more proof of collusion between the government and Big Telecom!"
        "It's a sneaky political trick to try to steal the Mom vote away from Republicans! Yet one more reason to vote against Democrats!"
        "IT'S FASCISM! IT'S TOTAL FASCISM!!!"

        1. My mom’s dead.

          1. Sorry to hear that.

        2. You clearly didn't get instructions for what to do if someone noticed this push.

          A word of advice:. Don't think for yourself. Wait for the script.

      3. If there is such a thing as Trump Derangement Syndrome, then there is also such a thing as Democrat Derangement Syndrome (DDS). And most of you suffer from it.

        Everything that a Democrat does is proof of their perfidy. If they do something awful, well, that is proof enough. If they do something not-so-awful, well, it is because they are insincere, hiding dark motives, etc., so they are still awful. They are so awful they become cartoon caricatures of comic book villains, and barely register as human beings at all.

        It would be nice to have a discussion grounded in reality, instead of "how is this latest action proof of more evil from Democrats?"

        1. Please get back to us when they do something not nefarious or evil. Say, cutting a program or repealing a bad law.

        2. Why does everyone assume I’m a leftist! Jeff thought to himself as he repeated their, and the neocons that support them, talking points.

          1. Sure, because "leftist" means "recognizing Democrats as human beings". Idiot.

            I am proudly in favor of the idea that, in general, all people should not be treated like caricatures of cartoon villains.

            Are you willing to get on board with this radical proposition?

            1. Now do Trump supporters Lying Jeffy.

            2. Are you willing to get on board with this radical proposition?

              Sure, when your lefty neighbors stop acting like caricatures or cartoon villains, fat boy.

            3. If Democrats don’t want to be treated like Ayn Rand villains, maybe they should stop acting like Ayn Rand villains.

              (And if Republicans don’t want to be treated like whatever caricature shrike paints them as, maybe they should lay off the abortion shit.)

        3. Given what's going on north of the border right now the left doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt.

          At some point they have to do something honest and good if they want people to assume they have it in them.

    4. Cyto, join us in the real world please, not the world of conspiracies lurking around every corner

      1. LOL
        Collectivistjeff thinks it's playing dumb, but collectivistjeff really is that stupid.

      2. "Conspiracies" is chemjeff speak for spoilers.

      3. Hi Mother's Lament! I'm not going to read your vile comment, because you previously have claimed that you think I am a literal Nazi. Since that is the case, there is no way you will ever offer a comment in good faith directed towards me. Because if you did, it would mean validating the argument of, in your view, a literal Nazi. So I am safe to ignore everything that you say because nothing that you could possibly say in response to me could ever be offered in good faith.

        1. LOL! It is so obvious that you and sarcasmic are in the same black-block cell or whatever the fuck you lefty shills call your little circle jerks. You two engage in the same fallacious counter-arguments within days of each other all the time.

          Today's is: "Reply to keep the troll going, but describe your opponent as you would a 'mean girl'. Don't forget to mention Nazis!", which was sarcasmic on Wednesday.

        2. Yep, we broke Lying Jeffy just like sarc. Poor Jeffy.

        3. How not to ignore people, A Jeffy comment.

          For fucks sake, if you can't or don't want to acknowledge people you mute, ignore them fully.

          You have a compulsory need to respond. Get mental help.

          1. You could always mute chemjeff. Your problem solved!

            1. You could always take a baseball bat to the mouth. Our problem solved!

            2. Most of us don’t mute people just because we disagree with them ideologically.

              But you wouldn’t understand that because you’re an authoritarian who can’t stand people not thinking you’re the smartest person in the room.

        4. Hi Chemjeff! I on the other hand am going to respond to your vile comment, because I'm not afraid of debating Nazis.

          If you weren't constantly lying you could engage in actual debate too, without being frightened of always looking stupid and dishonest and having to run away.

          Glad to see you're butthurt about it.

      4. I understand that nothing you post is either sincere or reflective, but I will tackle it anyway.

        Two supposedly independent news organizations chose to remark on a stock market fluctuation that was entirely unremarkable in context of the last 6 months. Both cited, for the first time, fears of war in Ukraine as the reason. Fears that were no different on that day than they were any of the prior 7 days. Days with equal volitility up and down.

        Now, what access do reporters have to the mind of the market? There are millions of investors. 10.6 billion shares were traded that day. These reporters probably spoke to zero investors... But even if they called the 10 biggest institutional investors and they actually got an honest answer..... That hardly speaks for the market.

        Yet, two independent news organizations had the exact same analysis... Out of the blue. And it isn't like Ukraine is the tail wagging the western dog. There is very little interdependence between the US and Ukraine. Certainly not enough to rock the economy.

        I did not see all of Today, so I don't know if they did the same inflation and oil dance. I would guess they did, since the rest of the story was so similar. But that was the bridge too far. Claiming that Russia threatening Ukraine is the source of US inflation because of a supposed 1.5% rise in gas prices is just silly.

  24. "The SEC seems to be targeting Mr. Musk and Tesla for unrelenting investigation largely because Mr. Musk remains an outspoken critic of the government,"

    What happened to Resist!?

    1. Suddenly not cool.

    2. #StopResisting

      1. #LieBackAndDoNotResist

    3. "People" - "people" like collectivistjeff or Mike Lauren or sqrlsy - still have "resist", and identify as "resistance", in their social media profiles... as their every post advocates more obedience to, and control for, centralized authorities.

    4. After Bush was elected, dissent was patriotic.
      When Obama was elected, dissent was racist.
      When Trump won, resistance was not just patriotic, but compulsory.
      Dissent is racist again and resistance has now become treason.

    5. plus he moved to Texas and hires non-union workers

  25. "The percentage of American adults identifying as LGBTQ has surged over the past 10 years, according to a new Gallup poll. This jump—from 3.5 percent in 2012 to 7.1 percent last year—is driven by Gen Z (up to 20.8 percent LGBTQ identification in 2021, from 10.5 percent in 2017) and millennials (up to 10.5 percent in 2021, from 5.8 percent in 2012)."

    Getting your dick cut off is truly suffering for fashion.

    1. I may be just an old Gen Xer, but back in my day, a jump in 'identifying as something', especially among the younger generation, and especially for non-essential social behavior was definitively known as a fad.

      1. And being a Goth or a Punk never got you your pecker and tits cut off.

        1. True, sorta. I've seen guys pierce their own nipples and suffer the consequences and I know plenty of former-goth (or emo not sure when the transition was made) girls with cutting scars who openly acknowledge that they were a stupid kid. The passing of Bob Saget kinda bookends the era of watching skaters castrate themselves.

    2. They should ask the more salient questions... Have you had sex with someone of the same sex?

      I suspect that if you broke out the gen Z crowd into individual letters instead of taking the aggregate, most of the growth is in the incelncrowd who now have a suit of labels to choose from.

      1. Yeah, the full acronym is now so long it's almost more impressive not to fall under one of them.

        lgbtqia2s+

      2. They should ask the more salient questions... Have you had sex with someone of the same sex?

        This question has already been asked and answered, multiple times, here at Reason. I was even going to question whether Reason writers read each other's articles but ENB penned one herself:
        https://reason.com/2015/07/23/despite-all-the-panic-millennial-teens-h/
        https://reason.com/2013/08/19/what-hook-up-culture-study-finds-no-casu/

        Their position and that data essentially reduce this question and this data and Reason's response to "More people than ever prefer the letters L, G, B, T, and Q to 'none of the above' than ever!" They posted the data showing that hookup culture is a myth and that younguns are having less sex. Which means, definitively, more people aren't actually LGBTQ they're just identifying as it and Reason is advertising/celebrating that like T's haven't been corrosive to women's rights or private property rights. Yay woke libertarianism!

        1. The sophist, Marx-indoctrinated mass of lefties refuse to accept that the freedom to be whatever they want necessitates the freedom of others to disapprove of their choices. So it is unsurprisingly ironic that the ones yelling loudest about close-minded bigots behave like close-minded bigots.

          They outed themselves when they went after JK Rowling. You don't fuck with Harry Potter's mom without consequences.

          1. i finger-blasted Harry Potter's mom in college.
            #tarareidwasaskingforit

      3. There should be a mass movement for everyone to just claim to be in the alphabet squad just to show what a joke it is, and also to undermine the victim points that happen for any category one can claim to be in that isn't straight white male.

        1. On the one hand, they're doing just fine on their own. On the other hand I've identified as a lesbian for over 30 yrs. Mrs. Casual keeps hoping that, at some point, the joke will get old.

          1. I've heard a guy pronounce, with a straight face, that he was a lesbian trapped in a man's body.

            So much angst.

        2. 100% of people could identify as gender fluid, demisexual and wouldnt have to change anything about their life. That's what most school kids are doing anyways

          1. 100% of people could identify as gender fluid, demisexual and wouldnt have to change anything about their life. That's what most school kids are doing anyways

            ^

      4. You'd have to believe that sex is static for that to work, and that's now extremely bigoted.

      5. "I suspect that if you broke out the gen Z crowd into individual letters instead of taking the aggregate, most of the growth is in the incelncrowd who now have a suit of labels to choose from."

        Most of the growth is young white girls (esp those with some money) who have lots of woke friends, and they dont have a "thing". So they claim "non-binary" or gender fluid, or pansexual. It gives them a victim status card, and now they go from being "the problem" to being a noble wokester who can still bitch about the cis-hetero-white guys that are the REAL problem.

        But it comes down to a fad. They want to be "in" and right now that means having a victim/identity status. But the above allows them to be "in" and not have any actual commitment. When they eventually marry a straight white male, its "just who I ended up being in love with".

        1. even as far back as the 80's and 90's it was a thing with white college girls only back then it was simply "bi" or "lesbian" until graduation. now it's "nonbinary" but same principle.

          1. Exactly this. It hasnt changed because women havent changed (except for of course the pregnant men and the women with 10 inchers swingin around...those "women" are...different)

        2. It gives them a victim status card, and now they go from being "the problem" to being a noble wokester who can still bitch about the cis-hetero-white guys that are the REAL problem.

          There's a lot of this, for sure (and a lot of kids just like having the pressure to conform to a gender role taken off).

          But this to me seems like a predictable result of Marcusean Marxism - Marcuse saw that by the 1960s the actual working class had lost interest in Communism and that the new vanguard of the revolution was the student movement - i.e. the children of the Bourgeoisie.

          We're to the point where Marxist economic views are largely gone and being "Left Wing" now means standing up for the rights of the Bourgeoisie against their working class oppressors.

          1. We're to the point where Marxist economic views are largely gone and being "Left Wing" now means standing up for the rights of the Bourgeoisie against their working class oppressors.

            Like this young lady:

            https://dailycaller.com/2021/02/25/new-york-times-smith-college-racism-oumou-kanoute-jackie-blair-cafeteria-employee-working-class/

  26. "Oregon's Supreme Court says former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof doesn't meet the requirements to run for governor."

    Too white male.

    1. Far too simple; he doesn't meet the residence requirements.
      Turns out Oregon thinks the governor should actually live in Oregon.

  27. “Musk was charged with making "false and misleading" statements for tweeting that he was "considering taking Tesla private."”

    I’d be interested in finding out how the Government knew whether or not Musk was considering taking Tesla private when he tweeted.

    Time traveling mind readers?

    1. Maybe it was because the specific valuations he touted were obvious joke numbers.

      1. Compared to its current valuation?

          1. Yeah, didn't he do it circa the day too?

            I agree that "I'm considering taking the company private." isn't misleading but "I'm considering taking the company private for $420/share on 4/20.", even if a joke, is misleading or manipulative.

            1. .. even if a joke, is misleading or manipulative.

              To dummies.

              1. If the government doesn't protect Tony, of what use is it?

              2. Is that how libertarians regard fraud? It's OK as long as the victims are stupid enough? No judgement one way or the other, I'm pretty firmly in the 'there is a moral obligation to part fools from their money' camp, I was just under the impression that not everything that falls under that umbrella is necessarily legal or libertarian.

                1. That wouldn’t directly be fraud though?

                  1. IDK, $420 on 4/20 seems pretty obvious, but how convoluted can/does the joke get before it's not reasonably a joke? Especially given the (in)ability to exercise such control (i.e. Bill Gates saying he's going to take Microsoft private at $420/share on 4/20 is a bit less credulous). Seems like a thing for a jury to decide.

  28. "How American cash for Canada protests could sway US politics"
    [...]
    "The Canadians who have disrupted travel and trade with the U.S. and occupied downtown Ottawa for nearly three weeks have been cheered and funded by American right-wing activists and conservative politicians who also oppose vaccine mandates and the country's liberal leader. Yet whatever impact the protests have on Canadian society and the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, experts say the outside support is really aimed at energizing conservative politics in the U.S. Midterm elections are looming, and some Republicans think standing with the protesters up north will galvanize fund-raising and voter turnout at home, these experts say..."
    https://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/article258492058.html#storylink=cpy

    It's a vast right-wing conspiracy! "These experts" are more than willing to connect the dots for those stupid enough to buy such bullshit!
    Paging Joe Asshole, Molly G, turd, Tony...

    1. Myrtle Beach online?

      1. I think that's one of those don't hate the player, hate the game links.

    2. It's a vast right-wing conspiracy! "These experts" are more than willing to connect the dots for those stupid enough to buy such bullshit!

      Especially since the leaked data is freely available and the majority, by number, of donors are like $25 from various nobodies in Canada. As usual, the Bee hits it out of the park:

      Man Donates To Truck Convoy Under Name ‘Hunter Biden’ So Washington Post Won't Dox Him

      1. "As usual, the Bee hits it out of the park:"

        *chefs kiss*

    3. if they think showing support for Canadian protesters is necessary to motivate Repub turnout for the midterms, they haven't been paying attention.

  29. Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it's suing the government of Canada over emergency powers.

    Is the CCLA, like the Eastern block countries in the 80s, at least 10 years behind the times? No way would the ACLU touch this kind of case now.

    1. Sure they would. They would file amicus briefs on behalf (and at behest) of the government.

      1. yeah, suing the truckers for violating the civil rights of those in fear of COVID

  30. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announces face masks will *no longer be required* in most settings, including schools, beginning MARCH 21ST.

    Vaccine Verification for large events no longer required as of MARCH 1ST.@KING5Seattle pic.twitter.com/dEJ4Wfbu2I

    — Chris Daniels (@ChrisDaniels5) February 17, 2022

    why not right now? I can never understand why they always have some future date where the science will magically change.

    City of Oakland city council voted to enforce vax passports to get into restaurants. They voted in December for this rule to be put in place in February . WTF. What are you even doing?

    1. As long as you work on their schedule, they're unconcerned about reality doing so.

    2. It’s like Groundhog Day, only 6 more weeks of virtue signaling.

    3. Stocks have to be bought and sold, you know. It takes time.

    4. Because they can, and people will obey, thus you should obey, and everyone should know its pure obedience to their orders- and that's what this has always been about.

  31. O/T: Sen John Cornyn (R-TX) on the Senate passing a stopgap three week funding bill: "Nobody wants a government shutdown".

    The Angry Hippotamus waves his arms and yells: "I do! I do! I do!"

    1. I guess I'm nobody too.

  32. Any information aboout the fda official that said the purpose of mandating boosters was to generate a constant stream of revenue?
    Nothing? Too local?

  33. And the Chron used up most of the front page bragging that SF residents are keeping the masks regardless requirements (and effectiveness)!
    Virtue signaling is sooo stylish!

    1. We HAVE to keep them on in Santa Clara Valley but most residents would smugly (if not snugly) wear them anyway—even outdoors where we’ve NEVER had a mandate!

      1. Surprisingly we’ve never had the whole passport thing

  34. >>>Fifty-four current and former California highway patrol officers have been charged with theft and fraud.

    not Poncharella!?!

  35. Now, now. Elizabeth Warren has a reasonable theory. After all, that would explain why it's happening now, under trifecta government by the political party of major billionaires (including Bezos, Bill Gates, Buffett, Ballmer, and Bloomberg). As soon as Republicans were no longer in place to keep corporate greed in check, corporate greed was free to cause massive inflation.

  36. European Leaders Find Backdoor Way To Ban Porn on Social Media

    Uh, if the age verification is up front, it would be a front door. If the porn still exists and is accessible, it's not a ban. Last but not least, "THIS IS THE FUCKING GOOD SAMARITAN SCREENING AND BLOCKING OF OFFENSIVE MATERIAL YOU FUCKING ASK FOR AND DEFEND YOU DUMB CUNT."

    1. Yup, and they'll never ever admit it.

  37. "Editorial: No, San Francisco’s school board recall wasn’t a rejection of progressive politics"
    [...]
    "Despite the best efforts of Twitter pundits and the national media to shoehorn a meta narrative onto San Francisco’s school board recall, Tuesday’s vote was not, in fact, a broader referendum on progressive politics or mask mandates or the ills of a hyper abundance of wokeness...."
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-No-San-Francisco-s-school-board-16924385.php

    Whistling past the graveyard, SF Chron Style.

    1. So what was it about then ? I can't wait for the Chron to tell me it was a white supremacy conspiracy.

  38. Porn, porn, porn...oh, wait, something liberty-oriented is going on in Canada. Glad that got a whole sentence! Back to porn...

    1. The internet is for por.
      So grab your dick and double click for porn porn porn

    2. Not just porn, porn, porn... but "OMG! REGULATORS ARE BLOCKING AND SCREENING OFFENSIVE MATERIAL IN THE EXACT WAY EVERY DUMBASS REASON EDITOR HAS SAID AND CONTINUES TO SAY IS THE CORNERSTONE OF FREE SPEECH ON THE INTERNET!!!"

      It's not the "Don't Tread On Me" flag or even the "Specifically requested the opposite of this" flag. This is, so shortly after his death the P.J. O'Rourke, "This is *exactly* what I asked for but not the outcome I wanted." flag. Reason is straight up flying the feelz porn flag.

  39. Only 4 more weeks to flatten the curve in Washington!

    At least Inslee is unmasking the kids.....eventually.

  40. I'm in Spain now. Nordvpn places me in Denver. Porn flow enabled.

    1. Insurrectionist.

  41. Google, how many days to midterm elections?

    Google says, "In 263 days."

  42. For some great libertarian commentary on The Freedom Convoy.

    Why the Truckers Must Win
    ...
    Quick hits: This is really incredibly extreme stuff. [...] how incredibly authoritarian these sort of centrist technocrats are and how much of a free pass they get from the international liberal human rights set... I mean there's been barely a whimper of protest certainly not from other western leaders. This is a remarkable escalation.

    [...]

    It does seem that you can indulge in all kinds of deeply authoritarian measures so long as you're a photogenic liberal."

    1. What would a trucker "victory" look like?

      1. For Trudeau to do what the premiers of the other provinces are doing. You may not be aware because you probably watch the news, but for those of us who don't, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec (QUEBEC!), Newfoundland are dropping their mandates.

        You might also catch the comments of a one Tom Ford who, in my estimation made the most reasonable, on point comments on coronavirus of any world leader, bar none.

        Oh and listen to this retarded fucking question by the reporter.

        According to the reporter, there are two outcomes of dropping the mandates for businesses: They'll lose business because their customers won't feel safe, but if the business chooses to keep the passport, they'll be the recipients of targeted harassment.

        The truckers ARE winning.

      2. I would imagine Canada catching up to the rest of the developed world, moving on, dropping silly mandates, and stopping the doxxing/unbanking of actual peaceful protestors.

        Something like that.

        1. The emergency powers, however, will remain accessible to the PM.

      3. Oh, and by the way, the people of Ontario are still quite critical of Tom Ford because he was on board with the lockdowns and mandates over the last two years. Apparently a few guys honking their horns and some kids playing in a bouncy-castle were enough to help him see the light.

      4. Gee, Jeff, what are they protesting? Does that give you an idea?

        1. "...Does that give you an idea?"

          The lying pile of lefty shit "jeff" and "idea" should never be closer than two paragraphs apart.

        2. Jeffy's idea of winning is diverting attention from real issues, so as long as the truckers are being talked about, he knows he is losing.

          1. HOBBY HORSE!!!!

      5. I imagine it would probably look like the government not assuming the power to fuck with people's private lives and livelihoods, and respecting people's bodily autonomy.

        What a fucking nightmare hellscape that would be.

        1. "What a fucking nightmare hellscape that would be."

          To a statist, absolutely

      6. I’m glad you stopped pretending you’re not a statist.

      7. Defend that status quo.

        1. Don’t see where chemjeff did that? He just asked a question.

          1. That’s because you’re on the spectrum.

  43. Bad news. There's a new SARS-CoV-2 variant in town.

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/17/health/ba-2-covid-severity/index.html

    1. Hope it kills you

      1. And a great weekend to you too, sweetie

    2. The majority of the populations has antibodies now either through vaccination, boosters, or natural immunity (or any combination of the three).

      People stopped caring before that was the case. Now that the majority have almost zero risk or hospitalization/death, and the rest have decided they are OK with the small/insignificant risk to their health, even less care.

      A few overly anxious, nanny staters with mental disorders still really care about COVID. And the news is happy to keep selling them the drug they are craving. The rest of the world is moving on.

      1. This, minus the antibodies portion, has been the case since the onset. Once the extremely low fatality rate was confirmed, there was no need for the pandemic status, or the bizarre reactions from public health officials, federal, state and local government.

        1. Omicron sweeping across the country with an R value higher than measles has caused a mass amount of mild infections + more long term antibodies.

    3. That news is like over a month old.

      1. It's only like a few seconds in COVID time.

      2. Yes and no. I’ve been reading about the new variant, as you have, for about a month. The study is newly published.

    4. God damn it, I've died from the original Bat Soup variant, the lab-grown gain-of-function variant, the Delta variant, the Xi variant, and now I'm going to die from this one too?

      1. This time it'll be with not of. We've got vaccines now and the midterms are coming up. Just like was foretold back in 2020 and 2021.

    5. We all know you mean 'good news' for you and your fellow trolls. You don't post shit that isn't meant to get under someone's skin.

    6. So, Omnicrom part deux?

      Can't they get an original variant off the ground anymore? We are measuring variants of the variants and clutching pearls now?

    7. This will never end for the Branch Covidians.

    8. I just know Joe Rogan is to blame for this somehow.

      1. It... was... the horsepaste... [death rattle]

  44. https://twitter.com/KyleSefcikForMD/status/1494498418273697792?t=DjNWWCCG6nmcFrAepogArA&s=19

    It’s Official! We start our Convoy on February 25th! We have finished the dates, times, routes, pit stops and have everything ready for the March 1st arrival on the National Mall, DC. I’ll be posting the detailed routes tomorrow! #freedomConvoyUSA2022
    [Link]

    1. Twitter sucks.

  45. I really have a hard time believing that a generally progressive, center left technocracy in Europe would be engaged in this activity.

  46. Sounds like the Eurozone is moderating in good faith.

  47. Porn is only for rich people and officeholders.

  48. >European Leaders Find Backdoor Way To Ban Porn on Social Media

    Oh no, there go Friday and Saturday nights for libertarians.

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