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California Preschools Faced 'Raid' Over Mask Policies 

Plus: Russian tactics in Ukraine getting uglier, DHS does bulk surveillance of money transfers, Biden's overhyped cryptocurrency order, and more...

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Parents balk over toddler interviews by mask police. If California authorities wanted to know Aspen Leaf Preschool's masking policy, all they had to do was look at the school's website. Instead, they conducted what the school's owner called a "simultaneous, multi-school raid" at Aspen Leaf's three locations to check on student masking and question preschoolers about their experiences.

Since last summer, the San Diego preschool has not made children wear masks. "We were open the whole pandemic about not masking children and the reasons why," owner Howard Wu told Fox News. "The policy was on our website. Put simply, the mask guidance says children can NOT mask when eating and sleeping. In full day child care that's 3 hours, so masking at other times offers no health benefit. All the families (except 1 in January) supported the policy."

Wu is now speaking out—in the media and on his own website—about the visits from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), which took place on January 19. Members of the department's licensing division privately interviewed kids as young as 2 about whether they had to wear masks.

Wu called these interviews "unnecessary and inappropriate." The school was open about not requiring masks; there was no need to question preschoolers before issuing a citation. "They could have issued us a citation in 5 minutes and let us take our challenge up through the proper channels," he told Fox. "The simultaneous multi-school raids and the child interviews just felt like a power play."

In a complaint about the agency, Wu quoted parents who did not appreciate having their small children questioned by state authorities.

"I understand that while the licensing agency is authorized to conduct private interviews with the children—this authority was put in place and intended for use when there is a situation of possible abuse, which is ENTIRELY absent from this situation," commented one parent.

"I do not feel this interview served my child's safety or well-being, and I believe it may have given a harmful impression about her obligations to speak with strange adults in private without known caretakers present," commented another.

Wu also suggested that the Social Services department doesn't have the authority to enforce the California Department of Public Health's mask mandate.

The department, however, disagrees. It said in a letter to Wu that it is authorized to "enter and inspect a licensed child care facility at any time, with or without advance notice, to secure compliance with, or prevent a violation" of any laws or regulations. Aspen Leaf Preschool has been issued a Type A Citation, which the department describes on its website as "the most serious type" of violation, "in which there is an immediate risk to the health, safety, or personal rights of those in care."

The school is appealing the citation. But for now, it's making children ages 2 and up wear masks.


UKRAINE UPDATES

Russian tactics in Ukraine are getting even more abhorrent, with Russian forces on Wednesday bombing a maternity hospital in Mariupol. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the bombing was "proof that a genocide of Ukrainians is taking place."

"Perilous conditions were getting worse in several Ukrainian cities where Russian forces were closing in, increasingly striking civilian targets and leaving people trapped without basic needs like water, food, heat and medicines," The New York Times reports. "In the halting efforts to evacuate, thousands of people were able to flee the city of Sumy, but in other cities, for the fourth day in a row, Ukrainian officials said that Russian shelling thwarted most attempts to create safe corridors for escaping civilians." More from the Times:

At the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant, seized by Russian troops in the days after President Vladimir V. Putin ordered the invasion, the outside electricity supply was cut off, threatening the ability to safeguard the nuclear waste stored there, the International Atomic Energy Agency said. For now, the plant has backup power and no radiation leaks have been detected, the agency said, but its warnings signaled that Chernobyl, site of the worst nuclear accident in history, could once again pose a threat to the region.

Russia is also reportedly using thermobaric weapons.

Ukrainian and Russian authorities were once again in talks today, in Turkey, but no progress on a ceasefire was reached.

Read Nancy Rommelmann's latest dispatch from Lviv.

"From a perch in the West, it's easy to see a world standing against Russian President Vladimir Putin," but "look deeper, though, and the suggestion that Putin is isolated may still be something of a Western bias," write Anthony Faiola and Lesley Wroughton at The Washington Post.


FREE MINDS 

Wyden seeks data on DHS financial surveillance. Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden is calling out the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for its "indiscriminate and bulk surveillance" of money transfers between Americans and people in Mexico. Wyden sent a letter to the DHS inspector general about the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) program, which ended this past January after launching in 2019. February 2022 "was the first time anyone in Congress had been told about the program," in which HSI "used its customs summons authority…a type of administrative subpoena—to conduct bulk surveillance of Americans' financial records," wrote Wyden.

HSI told Wyden's staff that it "used custom summonses to obtain approximately six million records about money transfers above $500, to or from Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico."


FREE MARKETS

Worried about Biden's cryptocurrency order? Don't be. I hate to use the word "nothingburger," but that's probably the best way to describe the new (and much hyped) executive order on cryptocurrency that President Joe Biden signed yesterday. You can find the whole thing here. It requires various federal agencies and staff to study various aspects of digital currency and submit reports.


QUICK HITS

• Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to spend another $1.5 trillion. More details here from Reason's Eric Boehm.

• The first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig has died, two months after the operation.

• Today in performative sanctions: The Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra will "remove music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the Russian composer, from its all-Tchaikovsky concert, calling it 'inappropriate at this time.'"

• Lactation consultant Mary Jackson and the public interest law firm Institute for Justice pushed back against a 2016 Georgia law that made obtaining a specific international association's license the only way to legally work as a lactation consultant in the state. Now, a state judge has declared the lactation-consultant licensing law unconstitutional.

• Nick Gillespie talks to Laura Kipnis about "sexual paranoia."

• Former President Donald Trump's "Truth Social" app is experiencing a lackluster rollout.

• The U.S. Senate just passed a plan for a major overhaul of the Postal Service—to the tune of $107 billion. The measure now heads to President Joe Biden, who is expected to sign.

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  1. Parents balk over toddler interviews by mask police.

    WHAT DO PARENTS HAVE TO DO WITH THIS?

    1. Trust the experts.

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    2. They didn't build that!

    3. If I didn’t know better, I’d say their is some coordination between this agency and the FBI to try and get some parents to plan to react violently as a pretense to start investigating all of them as terrorists as part of their beautiful new ant-domestic terrorism agenda.

      But there is no way they’d do something so sinister to their own citizens.

      1. They don't really need a pretext anymore

      2. Maybe it's to see how far they can go before they react violently.

        This is an important question: whether terrorism at this time would be a good tactic ("Hit the man before he gets heavy!") or a bad one (as seemed to be the result in Illuminatus!, which that's a quote from). Is a military defeat of the adverse forces feasible at this time? I mean, could we make so much trouble now that the cops all take off their uniforms and hide, and all other bosses flee? Or would it just get us all killed?

        1. I’m just gonna say it’s best for everyone that I don’t have a kid at that school and leave it at that.

          1. Police powers without all that pesky swearing to uphold the Constitution.

      1. You ain't getting back to normal... not without a very big fight.

        1. I can't find the link, but there was an article in one of your locals up there a few weeks ago about what "normal" might look like. It included the euphemism "mask etiquette" instead of mask mandates, and a bunch of other silliness the left seem to love these days.

          All I could think was, if anyone has to explain it to us, it isn't "normal."

          1. “Normal” is a descriptive of “new”, not the other way around.

          2. "Excuse me sir, you're not following our mask etiquette."

            "Well, then feel free to consider me an inconsiderate boor and fuck right off, then."

    4. the licensing agency is authorized to conduct private interviews with the children

      Well, there's your problem.

  2. Members of the department's licensing division privately interviewed kids as young as 2 about whether they had to wear masks.

    Intimidation needs to start early for children to be adequately acclimated to the new bureaucracy.

    1. Also to identify those willing to snitch as early as possible.

      1. "I'm happy to be keeping people safe!"

        1. Also getting to shop at the exclusive Party toy store.

          1. Yes, I love the nested Joe Biden dolls. After you open the first one there's nothing in there but figure of Corn Pop.

            1. I love the ones with pudding inside.

              1. That isn’t pudding.

    2. "The school is appealing the citation. But for now, it's making children ages 2 and up wear masks."

      Except, of course, for those 3 hours per day that the preschoolers are either eating or sleeping. Rendering the other 5 hours that they're masked up about as useless as they would be if masks worked.

    3. Obedience to The Fatherland must be learned early!

    4. I’m imagining the kids being absolutely adorable during these interviews, like on Art Linkletter or something.

      And picking their noses and wiping them on their desk the entire time they are being asked whether they wear masks.

      1. I’m imagining the kids ...

        Bet you are ...

      2. Nothing more adorable than The State interviewing three year olds without their parents consent or knowledge.

        1. In San Diego, no less. Where one of the worst abuses proving why that was bad happened.

          Want to be horrified? Read about Dale Akiki. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faith_Chapel_Church_ritual_abuse_case

          Children can be gaslighted with ease. Enough so, you can do it purposely, or not even knowing you're doing it. They might lie to be agreeable then believe the lie and repeat it later. They might find being locked in a room with strangers quite traumatic as well. There are very good reasons government agents are not supposed to isolate and interview children without their guardians participation and consent.

          1. I was in San Diego when that happened. Even knew someone who knew Dale Akiki and his family.

            1. Akiki was a monster. The dude liked to volunteer at his church and he and his wife loved kids and helping out their community. Obviously satanists. Who else would give their time for a good cause like that? heh.

              Poor bastard spent nearly 3 years in jail, too. When the trial went off they actually had the gall to repeat all this testimony on the stand -- impossible things, like the accounts of slaughtering an elephant and a giraffe in the church basement, which only had normal doors like your house would.

              And the worst part is, after the repeated "counseling" and interviewing, these kids believed this happened. They were so gaslighted they were sure they were part of satanic rituals. I wonder how many of them are fucked up adults with that kind of shit in their formative years.

              1. I remember when the jury found him innocent, they all DEMANDED to speak to the media NOW!!! I’ll never forget how they seethed with outrage at the DA’s office!

        2. Un-fucking-real that it even happened. Talk about abuse of authority.

          1. But at least Dee, the one true libertarian, finds it adorable.

  3. The U.S. Senate just passed a plan for a major overhaul of the Postal Service..

    If they aren’t dropping Saturday delivery, then it’s not an overhaul.

    1. Dude, in fed-speak, overall means more funding.

      1. *overhaul*

      2. Overall it means more money too.

    2. Deliver first class mail Mon Wed Fri
      Deliver all other mail Tues
      Deliver packages Thur
      No overtime
      Done

      1. Shut it down and sell off the buildings and the trucks to the highest bidder.

        Done.

        1. I would dig owning a brick PO building. Loading dock in the back for deliveries. Build a quarter and halfpipe in the parking lot out back. Yep, punk rock as hell.

          1. They were going to close my local a while back because it was too old and they deemed it not efficient or worth repair. Then we had a massive rainstorm (because here it is feast or famine) that dumped several inches in an hour and collapsed a portion of the roof. It forced their hand and we really expected them to just sell and quit the location.

            They ended up repairing and reopening it. But at the time we all brainstormed what we'd do with the place. I thought it would be cool as all get out to gut it where the roof had fallen and just leave the facade/lobby and the loading dock are enclosed with the middle like an open courtyard.

            It has a stone front that looks like Mike Brady was the architect, that really dates it to the late 60s.

            In the end I'm glad they are open. I actually use the post office now and again and the next nearest is several exits up the freeway. Real estate in this town has doubled or tripled in price in the last decade, too, so anyone who wants it would be in for many millions and obviously tear it down to put in more time shares and million dollar+ 1br condos.

    3. The USPS since 2020 has a contract with Amazon that requires Sunday delivery.
      Private company and all that. /snort.
      https://postaltimes.com/postalnews/amazon-package-contract-changes-us-postal-service/

  4. Russian tactics in Ukraine are getting even more abhorrent, with Russian forces on Wednesday bombing a maternity hospital in Mariupol.

    No one hates that ex-KGB fuck as much as I do, but has this been verified yet?

    1. Yeah, that sounds like bullshit to me.

      1. Yeah. It's very possible that the hospital was hit by accident somehow, but a deliberate bombing of a maternity hospital sounds like bullshit to me.

        1. "Maternity hospital" sounds like bullshit to me.
          What the hell is a maternity hospital? A pregnancy clinic? A obstetrician-gynecology center?

          1. An abortion clinic ...

            1. THAT'S EVEN WORSE!

              Putin is violating Ukrainian women's fundamental human rights!

          2. What the hell is a maternity hospital? A pregnancy clinic?

            Basically. It's a facility devoted primarily to providing maternity care through the course of pregnancy to delivery.

            Although it's not a separate facility of its own, UC Health at the Anschutz Center in Aurora, CO has a Center for Midwifery devoted exclusively to pre-natal care and baby delivery, for example.

            1. A midwifery center still doesn't sound like a "maternity hospital" to me.

              Maybe it's just a case of Engrish meeting poor journalism.

              1. Probably couldn't figure out the best translation for "birthing ward."

          3. What the hell is a maternity hospital?

            There's no such thing. They mean 'maternity ward' or 'maternity wing' or the OB/GYN/NICU department.

            1. I visited a maternity hospital in Kiev back in 1982. Russia and former Soviet countries have maternity hospitals.

        2. The uncritical reporting of Ukranian propaganda has been rather disheartening to see. I thought we were smarter than this.

          "Proof that a Ukranian genocide is taking place."

          Look, I was critical as fuck when the US accidentally bombed a hospital in Afghanistan, but that wasn't evidence to me that the US was on an ethnic cleansing mission. It was just evidence of the wrongness of having an ongoing military mission in the country and the unavoidable collateral damage that comes with it. You can criticize Russia all you want for just how much harm they're causing without parroting utter nonsense.

          1. Ukraine, which has lied relentlessly, claims 17 injured and 3 dead.
            I'm not accusing them of lying about those numbers, just pointing out that those numbers don't match up to the "active maternity hospital" story they're trying to spin.

            1. The basement was being used as a bomb shelter since at least Mar 2, which would likely limit casualties.
              https://worldtwentyfour.com/science-amp-health/ukrainian-maternity-ward-moves-to-basement-for-shelter.html

              1. So not a maternity hospital anymore

              2. Also, looking at footage from the AP, if they were targeting the hospital, they did a poor job. I mean, they definitely damaged the hospital but the 30 ft. hole in the Earth a couple hundred feet away and the fact that the hospitals upper floor appears generally in tact strongly suggests that they missed.

                1. Even though the bomb landed in front, the building was destroyed.

                  1. Even though the bomb landed in front, the building was destroyed.

                    No. Still standing, stairwells in tact. No stories partially collapsed on any other. Hell, half the facade was still attached. The bomb didn't destroy the building the way airliners destroyed the Twin Towers, or the Pentagon, or the Federal Building in OK City. If the order was given to "Fire upon, hit, and destroy that building." they abjectly failed at the latter two.

        3. Everything the Russians are hitting at this point is "by accident." Their tactics and targeting are shit. They have no idea what they're aiming at, where they're going or what they're doing in country.

          1. The performance of their army has been shockingly poor, even after adjusting for propaganda.

            1. Did you hear that big caravan is only about 15 miles from Kyiv and getting closer? For two straight weeks.

    2. The Russian Foreign Minister said the hospital was being used by Ukrainian fighters, and that there were no patients present.

      1. I think it's been independently reported that there actually were some civilian casualties, so I don't buy that either. Just seems like an accidental strike. War-hawks are screaming about it because they're so eager to have the USA World Police come in and dispense justice.

        1. Even if it actually were an accidental strike, the Russian Foreign Minister chose not to go with accidental strike in his statement. He went with saying it was a strike against "ultra-radical Ukrainian forces", implying it was an intentional strike.

          The very latest update, by the way, is Russia is on their third statement about the shelling of the hospital, with a Kremlin spokesman saying they will look into the incident: "We will definitely ask our military, because you and I don't have clear information about what happened there. And the military are very likely to provide some information."

          https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-says-claim-that-it-bombed-childrens-hospital-are-fake-news-2022-03-10/

      2. So not much different from the Israel-Palestininian fighting with the usual credulous people gobbling up the propaganda without verification if it fits their narrative. According

      3. You want a real mind fuck? Some of the dead were reported to be children.

        So, if the argument is regarded as a truly he said/she said it's metaphorically "He tried to kill me by slapping me across the face and I had to hold up little Johnny to defend myself." vs. "She swung at me first." I can understand Ukrainian Americans feeling passionately about the issue but how regular Americans don't raise their hands and slowly "Nope. No thank you." their way backwards out of the room, I'll never understand.

        1. how regular Americans don't raise their hands and slowly "Nope. No thank you." their way backwards out of the room, I'll never understand.

          The power of propaganda.

      4. The Russian Foreign Minister said

        Stop right there.

    3. No one hates that ex-KGB fuck as much as I do, but even if verified:
      Obama: 1
      Trump: 0
      Putin: 1
      Biden: 0

      The tie between Obama and Putin (so far) will be decided by casualties:
      Obama: 42
      Putin: 3

      Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize with the deadliest civilian hospital air strike (so far)!

      1. Biden's pissed you're limiting it to "hospitals" and robbing him of credit for his child carpool strike.

        C'mon, man!

        1. Biden actually wishes you'd forget that.

        2. *Puts hand over mic and whispers to other judges*

          OK, the 3-way tie between Obama, Putin, and Biden will be decided by casualties:
          Obama: 42
          Biden: 10
          Putin: 3

          Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize with the deadliest civilian hospital or aid-worker carpool air strike (so far)!

    4. Ok, now I'm 50/50 on whether Russia was deliberately trying to blow up a bunch of pregnant women or Ukraine did it all themselves...

      https://twitter.com/ASBMilitary/status/1501959111470112770?t=M4iscOTzYvS5hPF5fXMrnw&s=19

      RUSSIA: “The nature of damage to the hospital can mislead the mass audience in Europe & US—For which this performance was made. But not experts. A high-explosive aviation ammunition, even of lower power, simply would not have left anything from the outer walls of the building”

      “Photographs of the hospital grounds contain evidence of two separate staged explosions near the hospital. Buried underground and another small power directed to the hospital building”

      “The analysis of the statements of reps of Kiev nationalist regime, photographic materials from the hospital, leaves no doubt. The alleged “airstrike” that took place is a completely orchestrated provocation to maintain anti-Russian excitement among Western audiences”

      “We have repeatedly stated earlier that the medical institutions of Mariupol, including the hospital № 3, stopped their full-time work at the end of February. All staff and patients dispersed by nationalists”

      “The hospital building, due to its favorable tactical location close to the city center, was converted into a stronghold of the Azov National Battalion. This is massively reported by residents of the city, who moved both to the controlled Kyiv and areas controlled by the DPR”

      - Russian MoD

      1. The photos from the AP news that I link to above feel very much like gaslighting. And I intentionally say gaslighting and not propaganda because I don't necessarily get any message from them except "What the hell am I looking at here?"

        I've seen people climb or be pulled out of the rubble of Oklahoma City or NYC or countless tornadoes. I've seen photos of people fleeing wildfires and flooding but, for some reason AP leads with a photo of a woman wearing a fine and clean outfit standing around what looks like stuff she *just* bought from Wal-Mart. I can see that she's bleeding, but that only makes it more confusing.

        I also noticed what the MOD pointed out. There's a 30 ft. hole several hundred feet in front of the building but the building itself appears largely in tact. Like I said above, almost like the Russians actually missed the hospital. And again, speaking to gaslighting, "the Ukrainians actually blew up a building to frame an attack" almost certainly seems like targeting but "They targeted and blew up a hospital." seems like an awful gaslit description of the photos I saw as well.

        1. It's just so odd. There are 4 cars on the lawn right side up and at relatively similar states of destruction. How did they get there? The blast landed all 4 cars right side up? Why do they all look partially crushed from the top? If the blast blew them there shouldn't the frames be twisted? Shouldn't they show directional impact from the force of the blast? If the force was above all of them, how did they get flung onto the lawn? Were there just abandoned cars sitting in front of the hospital before the bombs went off? Again, no propaganda, but WTF am I looking at?

    5. Hmmm? Sounds like the same headline when Iraq invaded Kuwait.

    6. Why verify, when one can simply repeat things that fit in with one's worldview and narrative? Works for the 50-centers. works for progressives in general, sure as fuck works when it's a 'women's issue' and outrage needs to be stoked.

  5. "Russian tactics in Ukraine are getting even more abhorrent"

    Well, war always has a silver lining from a Koch / Reason libertarian POV. After all, our philosophy exists to make billionaires (especially our benefactor Charles Koch) even richer. And a more brutal war should create more refugees, which means more cost-effective imported labor.

    #OpenBordersWillFixEverything
    #CheapLaborAboveAll

    1. PS — And the worse Putin behaves, the more likely it is that our Democratic allies will finally get the US - Russia war they've been craving since 2016. Calls for a no-fly zone have already gone mainstream! 🙂

      #LibertariansForWarWithRussia

    2. It’s the magic combo of cheap refugee labor and those nice fat military contracts!

      1. I've been demanding dramatically increased military spending ever since Russia hacked our election. That attack was literally my generation's Pearl Harbor or 9 / 11.

        #SheWon

        1. #shewasntrunningin2020

          1. Hillary is ALWAYS running.

        2. Dude, if Pearl Harbor and 9/11 had a baby, that baby would be January 6th. How could you possibly leave that out?

          1. I thought January 6th was like Pearl Harbor plus 9/11 times Russia stealing our elections.

          2. So you’re just forgetting about the similarities between The Civil War and 1/6?

            Why are you posting pro-Confederate propaganda on a libertarian website?

            1. The War of Northern Aggression predates modern, assault-style fire extinguishers by at least a few years.

              1. Fair enough.

              2. Vicksburg totally goes the other way if fire extinguishers.

          3. Are you of the opinion the events of January 6th were no big deal?

            1. I was skiing @Beaver Creek missed the whole fucking revolution.

            2. BOOTS ON HER DESK!

  6. Wyden seeks data on DHS financial surveillance.

    Like Congress is going to do anything about it.

    1. Raising campaign funds IS something.

  7. It requires various federal agencies and staff to study various aspects of digital currency and submit reports.

    A lot of government computers are going to be mining bitcoin.

    1. They still use those univac mainframes with the big tape reels spinning back and forth.

      1. ACHTUNG! Alles touristen und non-technischen peepers!
        Das machine control is nicht fur gerfinger-poken und mittengrabben. Oderwise is easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowen fuse, und poppencorken mit spitzensparken.

        Der machine is diggen by experten only. Is nicht fur geverken by das dummkopfen. Das rubbernecken sightseenen keepen das cotten picken hands in das pockets, so relaxen und watchen das blinkenlights.

        1. *golf clap*

    2. They will need to find a way to make money if it becomes illegal for them, and family members to benefit from insider stock knowledge.

  8. "In a complaint about the agency, Wu quoted parents who did not appreciate having their small children questioned by state authorities."

    Stupid seditious parents, thinking they have some proprietary status over their children.

  9. The Russians are committing abhorrent acts in Ukraine, while the abhorrent acts committed by the Biden administration's j6 show trials get no coverage

    1. The what now?

      —Reason

      (Yea I’ve made this joke before. And I’ll keep making it until Reason covers this story, which if it involved anyone except Trump supporters they’d have already covered. The media is the enemy of the people.)

  10. Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to spend another $1.5 trillion.

    The two most expensive words in the English language in that sentence.

    1. At least the 7% inflation was proven to be transitory.
      It's up to 8% now.

  11. The first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig has died, two months after the operation.

    It turns out the pig had gotten an mRNA vaccine.

    1. I thought they meant the heart came from a cop.

      1. They have no hearts

        1. Hence the miracle they survived as long as they did.

        2. Except for the ones that stopped a violent insurrection on J6

    2. Died *with* the heart or *of* the heart?

  12. The Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra will "remove music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky..."

    Do they still play Wagner?

    1. "Wagner's music is better than it sounds."

      1. “It scares the hell out of the slopes”.

    2. That'll show the Russians! They can't stand against this kind of pressure for long.

      1. Wasn't that Van Halen?

    3. You know who else liked Wagner?

  13. Days since ENB last referenced ygleasis : 2

  14. Now, a state judge has declared the lactation-consultant licensing law unconstitutional.

    The Constitution is lactation-consultant licensing intolerant.

    1. We could really milk this one for the puns, but that would be udderly abhorrent.

  15. the suggestion that Putin is isolated may still be something of a Western bias

    Is anyone with ballistic nukes "isolated"?

    1. That's a touchy iso-topic.

      1. Very good!

    2. Certainly not when the very European nations that he is threatening are still buying huge quantities of oil from him.

  16. Nick Gillespie talks to Laura Kipnis about "sexual paranoia."

    Hawt.

    1. Emo Fonzie is sexually paranoid?
      That's so sad.

  17. "I hate to use the word "nothingburger," but that's probably the best way to describe the new (and much hyped) executive order on cryptocurrency that President Joe Biden signed yesterday. You can find the whole thing here. It requires various federal agencies and staff to study various aspects of digital currency and submit reports."

    Meh. I would bet most male officials will continue their noble focus researching sex trafficking and porn. But I suppose thinking about ways for the government to control all financial exchanges might be porn for Warren and other Democrats.

    1. Link missing if you meant to include it.

        1. No idea why it linked to my comment. I copied the main article link. It was in the article.

    2. She said un-ironically right after the story about DHS surveilling 6 million wire transactions without a warrant or Congress’s knowledge.

      1. It is not possible that the noble and dignified Biden and his agencies would implement surveillance and control outside congressional direction with anything but the best of intentions at heart. How dare you question your betters, they know what's good for you.

        1. Look, they’re just going to look into some things and get back to us with some recommendations. Nothingburger.

          1. Are Nothingburgers the New Normal?

            1. Part of the transition.

  18. "Lactation consultant"

    As a left-libertarian, the only law I support with respect to lactation consultants is they should be forced to say "chest feeding" rather than "breast feeding." Because lactating transmen find the former more inclusive.

    #IntersectionalFeminism

    1. Being a lactation consultant sucks.

      1. They milk it for all it’s worth.

        1. They keep abreast of developments in the feeled.

      2. But there's an engorged market for them.

      3. I’m still eternally grateful to the lactation consultant who helped my wife with our first child.

        1. Because you are a loser.

        2. Hahahahaha!

          1. It was the 2nd pair of boobs he ever saw.

  19. The U.S. Senate just passed a plan for a major overhaul of the Postal Service—to the tune of $107 billion.

    The 1st class stamp only has to go up 2 cents to cover that.

    1. I'm too lazy to look it up, but years ago someone put together a montage of Postmaster Generals announcing "If we raise the rate by x cents we'll never have to raise it again".

      1. That was the royal we.

    2. Stock up on forever stamps! Fight the system!

      1. I still have my Blue Chip Stamps. That ship hasn’t sailed yet…has it?

  20. This is how you know you're totes on the right, good side:

    https://twitter.com/yegg/status/1501716484761997318?t=ojUiyy8MX1abc38jA5n8_Q&s=19

    Like so many others I am sickened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the gigantic humanitarian crisis it continues to create. #StandWithUkraine️

    At DuckDuckGo, we've been rolling out search updates that down-rank sites associated with Russian disinformation.

    In addition to down-ranking sites associated with disinformation, we also often place news modules and information boxes at the top of DuckDuckGo search results (where they are seen and clicked the most) to highlight quality information for rapidly unfolding topics.

    DuckDuckGo's mission is to make simple privacy protection accessible to all. Privacy is a human right and transcends politics, which is why about 100 million people around the world use DuckDuckGo. (We don't have an exact count since we don't track people.)

    1. Nothing like incessant, overwrought propaganda that conditions illogical emotional response, and censorship of alternative viewpoints to let you know your cause is righteous...

      1. If your cause is righteous and just, the truth should always be told because it can only be an ally.

        I don't see that happening here.

        1. Zelensky = Fauci

          1. And Avenatti, for that matter. But without Stormy Daniels, or any other clients to defraud. Although, in Fauci's case, like any career bureaucrat, he's been defrauding the US people his entire life.

      2. The entire problem is, who decides what is "misinformation?" What are the criteria to call something misinformation? Especially since nothing coming out of Ukraine or Russia can be independently verified as true right now. For example, the maternity hospital story sounds pretty much like a bunch of bullshit to me, and it can't be independently verified.

        Add that to the fact that, even if information could be verified, there are very few organizations left in the world whose "verification" I would trust.

        1. I have no doubt the hospital was hit. That isn't something to make up.

          I do doubt that it was deliberately targeted. Russia won't risk its few allies by committing open war crimes, and hardening Ukrainian resistance is counterproductive for them. It's war. Buildings get destroyed, even if you aren't intended to. Intent doesn't matter nearly as much as you might hope when you are using explosives.

          On the other hand, Zelenski wants to push every last Russian problem in order to bolster support. I can't blame the man. While his forces are doing better than expected, they are still at a decided disadvantage numerically, and it is his duty to claw at every small bit he can get.

          1. I'm sure it probably was hit by something. I understand collateral damage. Shit happens in war.

            The story is still bullshit. It's highly unlikely that Russian forces deliberately bombed a children's hospital, knowing it was a children's hospital. Putin is not "committing genocide in Ukraine" by bombing children's hospitals. It was a mistake- collateral damage, a tragic targeting error, a malfunction... OR, it's not outside the realm of possibility that the Ukrainians were fighting from inside the hospital. That's not uncommon either. The Palestinians are fucking famous for it. But do you think any outlet is going to cover the Russians saying, "Hey, the Ukrainians were shooting from the window." Nope.

            All we're getting is Zelensky's soundbite, close on the heels of his plea for a no-fly zone, which we denied him, and NOW LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!

            1. Putin (and Russia) are still responsible for everyone who dies due to their invasion of Ukraine, even if they didn't intend to kill civilians, just like an armed robber is responsible for anyone who dies as a result of the felony they are committing.

              But "genocide" has a specific meaning, and shouldn't be thrown around every time someone is killed.

              1. No, you cannot absolve Ukraine for all wartime deaths, most probably but not all. Collateral damage by either side is fine to blame the aggressor but once your tactics become moving civilians into harm's way for the propaganda victories, those are on you. Not sure if that is this case but it is a common tactic.

          2. "On the other hand, Zelenski wants to push every last Russian problem in order to bolster support. I can't blame the man. While his forces are doing better than expected, they are still at a decided disadvantage numerically, and it is his duty to claw at every small bit he can get."

            Exactly. This is where I part company with Nardz. Zelenski has a duty to try and pull this stuff right now.

            1. Zelensky has a duty to pull this stuff right now, sure. That doesn't mean American media and internet search engines have a duty to parrot it uncritically and block other sources of information.

              Ukrainian war propaganda wouldn't piss me off so bad if weren't being regurgitated as if it were indisputable fact.

              1. "That doesn't mean American media and internet search engines have a duty to parrot it uncritically and block other sources of information."

                I absolutely agree, but this is this and that is that. They're actually two different things even if the latter feeds off the former.

            2. Nah.
              Zelensky has a duty to work for his people.
              If Ukraine has no chance to beat Russia without starting world war 3, he needs to surrender immediately.
              What do you think happens to Ukraine and Ukrainians if he succeeds in fucking over the rest of the world?
              Ukraine gets absolutely demolished, and Ukrainians have nowhere to flee to.
              Ukrainians are fighting for Zelensky's and oligarchs' corrupt funding from western/globalist forces. That's it. Oh, and for neonazi extremists to continue having a significant role in military and government.
              Crimea is Russian. Crimea wants to be Russian, overwhelmingly.
              Should Zelensky continue shelling the Donbass, invade and subjugate them? What does that get Ukrainians?
              Zelensky is a piece of shit, the new Fauci.

              1. Bro, when people say you're spouting pro-Putin propaganda, this is what they mean, this whole "Russians are noble and right and fully justified in invading Ukraine but Ukrainians are evil and bloodthirsty for fighting back"/"Zelensky is an wicked, selfish neo-nazi because he won't sell his country out to keep his title as president"/"everything would be so peaceful if Ukraine would just lay back and take it" schtick.

                1. Russia's a dick.
                  Ukraine's leadership are assholes.
                  Reality is what it is.
                  If Ukraine can't win w/o world war 3, what is their leadership getting people killed for?

                2. Zelensky already sold out. Check the Panama papers.
                  Look at Russia's demands. What there is worth suicide for Ukraine?
                  Zelensky is a corrupt puppet, and literal neonazis are his sponsor's muscle.
                  https://thegrayzone.com/2022/03/04/nazis-ukrainian-war-russia/

              2. No.
                You're completely 100% wrong there Nardz. In fact I don't even understand how you reached some of those conclusions.

                And Moonrock's is right to say "Bro, when people say you're spouting pro-Putin propaganda, this is what they mean".

                1. Some of it is still accurate though, as I understand it, even if it's expressed poorly. Ukraine really was supposed to do stuff under the Minsk accords to deal with the Azov folks who actually do sound like fairly unpleasant people. Who can probably be safely referred to as "neo-Nazis".

                  I dunno. Part of me has a hard time grasping what it even means to be a "country" over there, having grown up American and having looked at a bunch of maps of how the lines have shifted so radically over the last thousand years. Hell, I found a map from 1000 AD showing that a whole great big chunk of Eastern Europe including most of Ukraine, Belorussia, and as far east as Moscow as under the "Kievan Rus". So maybe Putin is just charging hard for Kiev to hand over the keys to the kingdom to the rightful heirs to the empire. 😉

                  Map

                2. You're entitled to disagree, but that's not a substantive response there.
                  What do you think Ukrainians get from fighting, and what makes you think Zelensky is some uniquely uncorrupt, noble politician who rose to the presidency of the most corrupt shithole in Europe all on his own and is now worthy of Fauciesque hero worship?

                  1. Nardz, the truth is probably somewhere in-between.

                  2. What do you think Ukrainians get from fighting

                    Their own country and pride. The same thing Americans would fight for if they were invaded.

                    and what makes you think Zelensky is some uniquely uncorrupt, noble politician who rose to the presidency of the most corrupt shithole in Europe all on his own and is now worthy of Fauciesque hero worship?

                    You're putting words and opinions in my mouth that I never said. That's a Shrike trick and it's pissing me off.
                    Don't do it again.

            3. I don't mind him trying it. I just don't have to accept it unskeptically.

              Just because info out of Russia is largely propoganda doesn't mean that stories out of Ukraine largely aren't. The problem is when our media and politicians pick one side and just accept everything coming from that side as fact and everything from the other side as a lie. It's OK to sympathize more with Ukraine and still do a little bit ok critical thinking and due diligence before passing unverified bullshit to the public.

          3. It's similar to the Holocaust memorial being hit. Or the cluster bombs in the parking lot. This sort of thing provokes strong emotional reactions from the outrage junkie sorts. If there is evidence that these were deliberate targets rather than tragic, shitty accidents during a tragic, shitty and unjust episode, I have yet to see any.

    2. We'll, looks like DDG is gonna have to go.

      I don't want the search engine to get involved in tweaking search results. Google does this shit too while their results are better overall than DDG (which is Bing under the hood).

    3. Who needs to track people if we control the bias of the information they get?

    4. Not too concerned because Duck Duck Go is terrible, anyway.

    5. "Like so many others I am sickened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the gigantic humanitarian crisis it continues to create. #StandWithUkraine️"

      Like so many others I am sickened by modern vapid Americans who think that forwarding some tweets and posting a hashtag is actually doing something.

    6. And guess I'm switching to the Brave search engine now.

      1. Brave is probably going to start doing it too. This is being mandated by the EU.

        1. They have been extremely forward on their free speech stances.

        2. I'll buy you a six-pack if Brave dies this based on the EU's horseshit. Something middle of the road, not 6 $40 dollar bottles of sour. And, then there's the matter of getting to a sterile address.

      2. Brave is legit

      3. I’ve switched on my laptop, but hadn’t done it on my phone yet. Guess it’s time.

      4. I've found the results are pretty limited, but it can be useful.

    7. The comments are brutal:

      "The whole point of DuckDuckGo is for you to NOT do that"

      "You've got that magic "disinformation finder" eh? You're just sure you're going to only downrank things that are wrong?
      I'm positive that's exactly how it'll play out.
      And I'm sure you won't use this against anyone else in the future.
      lol"

      "I'm old enough to judge for myself. I don't need a search engine holding my hand.
      Does anyone know of another search engine that doesn't treat it's users like stupid children and fiddle politically with the results?"

      "I expect neutrality from search results, not the system taking sides. I want to read all sides to the argument without censorship. You are basically asking people to avoid your product."

      "So tired of all these companies who decide to 'help' people make up their minds..
      It's ridiculous..
      The more they do it, the more one tends to believe the opposite narrative"

      1. Yea, he badly misunderstood his customer base

        1. PrIvAtE cOmPaNiEs always look for ways to piss off their customers.

      2. Chuck P. (The Artist formerly known as CTSP)
        March.3.2022 at 6:13 pm
        Flag Comment Mute User
        "There is no such thing as misinformation. There is only information and people too stupid or lazy to discern its veracity." - Me, just now.

        Deriving from Chuck P.'s law: There is no such thing as misinformation being posted online. There is only information and platforms convinced their users are too stupid or lazy to discern its veracity.

        1. I wonder if this has anything to do with Duckduckgo's announcement?

          Election Wizard
          ????????@ElectionWiz
          JUST IN: EU sanctions against Russia *require* search engines and social media companies to suppress and/or disappear Russian news outlets.
          https://twitter.com/ElectionWiz/status/1501920161053519875

          1. Are we still allowed to refer to them as "liberal democracies"?

            1. Only ironically.

              Perhaps it's a woke thing and they're now authoritarian fascist states that identify as "liberal democracies".

            2. Not allowed, required. They're Liberal Democracies and calling them anything else is Dangerous Russian Disinformation that must be stamped out.

            3. Again, this is the EU we're supposed to want Ukraine to join and NATO to defend.

          2. Yes. And the EU leadership have always been totalitarian progressive pieces of shit.

    8. Pro-Russian AND pro-Brave propaganda all at once?

      Well played Nardz, well played.

      1. I broke Ken down, so now I have to build him back up

        1. LOL

          You two have been going at it for a while now. Maybe declare a cease-fire and let passions cool a little?

          1. I haven't seen him show up even as a gray bar since yesterday. I wonder if he finally decided to blow this particular popsicle stand.

  21. Nearly half of all voters cast their ballots by mail during the 2020 election

    However, because those ballots had to de-virus for two days before opening, many votes were late and not counted.

  22. Absolutely no mention of Ukranian soldiers/militia using the maternity hospital, just like there was no mention that Russians were returning fire against Ukrainians based in that nuclear reactor perimeter...

    It's almost like they're trying to drag the rest of the world into the conflict or something...

    1. It's at the point where Ukraine is an enemy of the American people.
      In addition to trying to start world war three and colluding with corrupt US politicians/officials to sway elections, they're stealing $billions from us. And have been for 8+ years.

    2. Why does "the good guy" do nothing but lie?

    3. I've heard the Russians claim that but I'm not sure if there's independent verification. Would be interested in seeing anyone who can support that Ukrainians were operating out of the hospital.

      1. It probably was an active hospital treating soldiers/militia and some kids.

        Which, of course, means Putin deliberately targeted Ukrainian mothers to kill their unborn freedom fighters with chemical weapons to raise a false flag if you're reading MSM.

      2. It should be noted that Palestinians and Israel make the same claims whenever they kick off another slapfight.

        One side says, "hospital targeted! Women and children killed!" and the other says, "they were housing fighters and munitions in the building so it wouldn't be targeted, and using civilians as human shields."

  23. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1501927311305805824?t=t1smGa_fS1UNEnrfaoaxRw&s=19

    BREAKING: EU votes to impose economic sanctions on Hungary and Poland in midst of Ukraine war — despite both countries welcoming 1.6 million refugees
    [Link]

    1. The number one job any democracy has is to keep smaller nations off the pole

    2. This goes back to a comment I made in an article a few days ago about the evil Victor Orban:

      https://reason.com/2022/03/07/putins-aggression-is-isolating-the-new-nationalists/?comments=true#comment-9391485

      If they can cancel Russia, they can cancel Hungary. Orban is not an idiot. He knows the score. Hungary is a non-nuclear state with a population 10 million people and army smaller than the NYPD. He understands who is in charge.

      When the European Union acts like a thug boss disciplining a foot solider that fails to follow marching orders, whose interest does that serve?

      Eastern European nations are in a vice. Russian thugs, or EU thugs? What a choice.

      Keep this in mind the next time the words "sovereignty" and "freedom" are bandied about when some writer tries to claim a distinct moral superiority by Europeans over those evil Eurasian Russians.

      1. Eastern European nations are in a vice. Russian thugs, or EU thugs? What a choice.

        It would be nice if these nations could go through more than one generation without getting jawboned and coerced by one superpower entity or another.

        1. They'll have to settle for watching us get jackhammered by our own politicians now

        2. If one thing is abundantly clear it is that having a nuclear arsenal is a precondition to true sovereignty, and having a real seat at the grown ups table.

          Hungary and Poland do not have nuclear arsenals so their choice between which dick they want in their ass on any given day is going to be operative state of affairs for the foreseeable future.

    3. Apparently the EU isn't going to let the Ukraine crisis go to waste.

  24. Today in performative sanctions: The Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra will "remove music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the Russian composer, from its all-Tchaikovsky concert, calling it 'inappropriate at this time.'"

    I'm really proud to have played a small role in promoting hatred of Russia over the past 5 years. We in the global #Resistance consistently demonstrate our emotional maturity.

    #LibertariansForGettingToughWithRussia
    #(AndYesThatIncludesCancelingDeadRussians)

    1. No more Russian dressing at the Koch cafeteria salad bar?

      1. And stop saying 'rush hour'!

  25. It requires various federal agencies and staff to study various aspects of digital currency and submit reports.

    "This agency finds that digital currency is cool and recommends implementing it as soon as possible."

  26. https://twitter.com/remnantposting/status/1501928784920031232?t=y7H-a1QbsdE3vOB5WLAfoQ&s=19

    Yes, the US has been so open about funding foreign biolabs, that's why the State Dept is sh¡tting its pants, putting this propaganda out everywhere, and begging people not to notice what's actually in those documents—which have all been deleted from the State Dept website.
    [Link]

    1. Fauci in hiding.

  27. The U.S. Senate just passed a plan for a major overhaul of the Postal Service.

    During an election year? BIDEN IS TRYING TO SUPPRESS MAIL IN VOTING!11!1!!!!!11

    1. Nice catch. A friend of some guy saw a flatbed full of mailboxes being hauled away for just this purpose.

  28. Inflation is only 8%.

    We can do better.

      1. Sorry OBL, looks like inflation is real. No denying it.

        1. If it’s settled that inflation is real and denying it is wrong, shouldn’t we start calling it THE Inflation? I only ask so I can update the sign on my lawn if need be…

    1. "Whip Up Inflation Now!"

  29. RNC sues the J6 committee over records request to salesforce seeking all emails and discussions from December through January of firm that backs RNC communications. This would be a bigger snooping job on an opposing political party than Watergate could have dreamed of... yet silence from a supposed libertarian magazine.

    https://nypost.com/2022/03/09/rnc-sues-jan-6-panel/

    1. yet silence from a supposed libertarian magazine

      Deliberate, purposeful, silence from a supposed libertarian magazine.

      1. +1

        ENB - we know you read the comments. Why isn't this being covered? Not enough sex workers involved?

    1. I swear I saw that game when I was a kid.

      1. Contra was better.

    2. They had that at the roller rink when I was a kid.

  30. "The school is appealing the citation. But for now, it's making children ages 2 and up wear masks."

    Better they should tell the kids over 2 years old to identify as 2 years old.

    1. Masks are so pre-war.

  31. https://twitter.com/DefNotDarth/status/1501933748517892104?t=FE_Kp2yW2BFyOxoxNEG-FA&s=19

    The replies here are all you need to understand what the media has done to civilization.

    Oh, we don’t approve of some of the actions of a country’s government?

    Let’s starve their citizens! Especially children! Hooray!

    This’ll make Putin decide not to be a dictator anymore!

    You think starving regular people & discriminating against people with Russian names will make them somehow change the dictator’s mind about something? Or take our side & root against Russia?

    Starve their kids. That’ll totally join you & NOT join the Russian military. Morons.

    [Links]

    1. Russia started a shooting war against the international order. what do you think happens to the people of the country being invaded?

      1. Russia invaded 4 days after Kamala Harris encouraged Ukraine to join NATO, which has been a continual antagonist to Russia and has encroached ever closer with "defensive" military and missile bases.

        Putin has a legitimate national security concer on his doorstep, in an ex-USSR province.

        This does not excuse his actions, but it does explain a lot about the flagrant hypocrisies and falsehoods used to promote this grand new distraction.

        1. His stated justifications for starting this war are nothing that Russia has any right to expect. They are nonsense. Putin's war is unjust.

          1. His stated justifications for starting this war are nothing that Russia has any right to expect.

            Why?

            Not trying to be snarky but, when it comes to geopolitical dick measuring contests, everyone at the table makes demands and sets conditions that, arguably, they have no right to expect. Don't like it? What the fuck are you going to do?

            The U.S. government does the same thing, and spent the last 20 years demonstrating the point.

            Justification, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder.

            1. Putin is using those reasonsto justify violenceto get his.way, you do understand that?

              To accept that justification is to accept that Putin's ordering the killing of Ukrainian's is just.

              1. This doesn't answer the question, but provides another opinion. Why do you believe putin is using the concern that VPOTUS encouraged Ukraine to join NATO is 'nothing that Russia has any right to expect' and merely justification for violence? Any other nation, if faced with a bordering country being encouraged to join an opposing organization by an adversary, would have some right to act. But not in this case, according to you. Did we not have the right to take action to prevent the USSR from military expansion into South and Central America, from placing missiles in Cuba?

                1. Exactly this.

                  Well said.

                2. Ukraine was not joining NATO anytime soon . Harris has no authority to do make a binding offer. Russia had its troops mobilized long before that.

                  So how does that justify Putin starting a war?

                  One nation has no right to dictate to another what its international relations and alliances are to be.

                  1. One nation has no right to dictate to another what its international relations and alliances are to be.

                    Who says?

                3. Do you think Kennedy would have been in the right to turn the Cuban Missile Crisis into a shooting war?

                  If not, what is the difference?

                  1. Why are we pretending that the Bay of Pigs invasion never happened?

                4. Any other nation, if faced with a bordering country being encouraged to join an opposing organization by an adversary, would have some right to act.

                  What you're saying is that if Country A is *encouraged* to join an organization - not actually joined, but some other country is encouraging them to - then that gives any neighboring country opposed to that organization the right to invade?

                  If your standards for starting war are that lax then any country is justified in invading any other country.

      2. Zelensky: give us money, weapons, and fight world war 3 on our behalf! Sacrifice you economic well being to save us!

        Putin: leave us alone and mind your own business.

        1. Nardz: Stop asserting your right to self determination, Ukrainians, it is inconveniencing me.

          To Putin: Ukraine's foreign policy is not your business.

          1. Then go to Ukraine and fight, Mr virtuous

            1. All I am saying is that Putin's war is unjust and criminal.

              1. Okay ... and all Nardz is asking is why aren't you over there stopping him?

          2. What about the LPR and DPR, do they have a right to self determination? Kiev has been waging war on them for 8 years, to the tune of 14,000 dead.

            1. Why do you care about Ukraine's internal matters?

              1. Because I've known since 2014 that are state department fucking around in Ukraine would lead to a more volatile world with potentially catastrophic consequences

                1. Jfc, *our state department

              2. Wait did the same guy who just said:

                Nardz: Stop asserting your right to self determination, Ukrainians, it is inconveniencing me.

                To Putin: Ukraine's foreign policy is not your business.

                Just say:

                Why do you care about Ukraine's internal matters?

                JFC it's the contemporary Ukraine version of Reason's "It's too local." and "Care about the parts of the border construct we want you care about and ignore the others." bullshit. Except, you know, in support of what would likely be WWIII.

                1. No, it is a reference to Nardz "leave us alone" hypocrisy.

        2. They're both right to say those things.

          I'm going to be honest with you Nardz. Casting shade on Zelensky for begging for help is kind of dumb.

        3. And Putin's business is murdering Ukrainians.

      3. Russia started a shooting war against the international order.

        Russia started a war against the Ukraine, sir.

        1. Over matters which Ukraine, as a sovereign, independent country has a right to decide for itself as spelled out by international law.

          1. Who enforces international law?

      4. "Russia started a shooting war against the international order"

        Libertarians for Wilsonianism!

        1. I am not sure if that can truly be called Wilsonian, but it has largely kept the peace in Europe and you seem quite eager to throw it away, which will have the likely outcome of more wars.

          1. Guess we're just going to ignore the Balkans for the entire 90s...
            Just like the msm

          2. More wars? Oh no!
            There were totes no wars for the last 30 years until now...

            1. That kind of says everything about how unserious you are.

              1. The person echoing Kamala Harris is calling others unserious...

          3. Western Europe.

  32. Still nothing about the Washington state magazine ban for mags over 10 capacity. Self defense is one of the primary human natural rights of being a human, and is specifically enumerated in the bill of rights. Even ENB should be able to figure the right angle on this one out - sex work is often dangerous because it is illegal, restricting the right to self defense makes it harder for sex workers to defend themselves, therefore this bill (expected by all to be signed into law soon by governor Inslee) hurts sex workers.

    1. It’s always all about the sex workers.

    2. Also no word on a guy who got convicted of a weapons charge based on his estraneg son testifying against him even though he was not there

    3. Haven't heard a peep on Durham charging that Sussman's lies (which Sus did not in any way dispute were lies, but only called irrelevant) were in fact material to the election process and were used as a basis for action by feds, pols and media.

      1. As I’ve stated before, Reason has a vested interest in ignoring any stories related to election fraud, including 1/6. They were part of the narrative that their was nothing to see since before the election, and came out vociferously against any claims about it immediately after.

    4. we Californians are just watching with amusement...

  33. https://twitter.com/tomselliott/status/1501901624943464449?t=p1Zpzyszg-bcM-OLig8gLA&s=19

    .@VP Harris awkwardly starts laughing when asked about the Ukrainian refugee crisis
    [Video]

    1. Sometimes it difficult to separate jokes from what might be true.

    2. If Nardz didn't have twitter, Nardz wouldn't know what to think! If you call that 'thinking'.

      1. Sqrlvo's misery brings me joy

        1. Your stupidity is what you deserve.

          1. Did that make sense in sqrlvo's head?

            Lol

    3. Well, you all imagined it. That’s why we’re here today — because we have the ability to see what can be, unburdened by what has been, and then to make the possible actually happen.

      Actual quote, VP Harris.

      I don't know if the speechwriter is the world's biggest moron, or if Harris is because she keeps approving these speeches.

      1. Assuming she was reading what someone had written on paper. Sounds like she may have been ad libbing (badly).

        1. That makes it worse.

      2. Two other possibilities:

        1. Harris is living out her childhood Miss America fantasies
        2. They're doing this intentionally for fun, just to see the kind of stupid shit she can get away with saying before anyone mentions it

        1. "I'm Presidentin'!"

      3. KAMALA HARRIS: "I am here, standing here on the northern flank, on the eastern flank, talking about what we have in terms of the eastern flank and our NATO allies, and what is at stake at this very moment, what is at stake this very moment are some of the guiding principles..." https://t.co/QOsMKRTRsQ

      4. It's trying a bit too hard to sound poetic, but I don't really see the problem with that quote.

        There are much more glaring and obviously terrible things Kamala has said, if you're looking for them. Like when she felt the need to explain in a speech that Russia and Ukraine are both countries that exist in Europe because she assumes grown-ass adults have the intellect of 4th graders.

        1. The problem is we’re at the brink of WW3 and it’s just another glaring example of how completely incompetent our executive branch is.

          The rest of the world’s leaders all know we are a joke, and it makes the world less safe.

        2. I'm just probing the market for a quote of the day calendar. As far as Harris's vapid nonsense goes, this is like a 5 out of 10.

          1. You put the best 365 examples of stupid shit Kamala says on a calendar and I’ll buy it.

            1. There's probably enough material for decades worth of calendars.

              1. I’m only committing to one. I can see myself getting bored after a year.

            2. A friend of mine has a deck of Hillary cards with different quotes, crimes and other hilarious factoids about that witch on each card.

              Fun stuff on euchre night.

  34. Hey, all of you 'both sides' assholes! You get to have CA regulate your vehicles again!
    "California regains right to set own emissions standards"
    https://www.electrive.com/2022/03/10/california-regains-right-to-set-own-emissions-standards/
    Yes, Brandyshit, that's you!

    1. It would be tragic if someone shotgunned every member of the CARB before they had the opportunity to issue any new rulings. And then shotgunned anyone who took up the position with the intention of changing them. Over and over and over again, until they got the message.

      Tragic.

  35. https://twitter.com/HollyBriden/status/1501946316837965825?t=yojTyf5tvoIbYjcryekwfg&s=19

    Praying today that justice is served and this hero remains free to make the world a better place by continuing to show us what *could* happen if we don’t tackle systemic racism in this country. #Jussie #SubwayEatFresh #BlackLivesMatter
    [Pic]

    1. Satire?

      1. #SubwayEatFresh

      2. The Esq. gives it away.

  36. Parents balk over toddler interviews by mask police.

    Is it too soon to just drag them into a nearby alley and garotte them?

    1. The parents balked? So the toddlers get a free base!

      1. What’s worse, balking or pouncing?

    2. The toddlers?

  37. https://twitter.com/ColumbiaBugle/status/1501764815752249344?t=ZaHSGHW7YZ0Fqpw21wwvkQ&s=19

    Congratulations America! Our America Last House of Representatives just passed a bill that sends nearly 14 billion dollars to help Ukraine with their border crisis!

    1. Why are we sending money to Ukraine, when they are obviously committing genocide against trans people?

      1. And women aren't allowed to participate in the draft. Sexist pigs.

      2. Plus, I heard they are shooting russian immigrants.

    1. There's at least one pedophile scandal amongst the elites every single week, and there's CSPAN video of the president fondling little girls but when you point that out you're a Qanon Pizzagate conspiracy theorist.

      1. I'd never seen that video before. That's extremely disturbing. I couldn't even watch the whole thing.

        1. And Biden's daughter also claims she took "inappropriate" (her words) showers with him as a young teen.
          But crickets from the same media who called Trump an incestuous pervert for bragging about how good looking his daughter was.

        2. ick. the first two were enough.

  38. Doesn't sound like a "nothingburger" to me, ENB.

    "Within 120 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Commerce, the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, and the heads of other relevant agencies, shall establish a framework for interagency international engagement with foreign counterparts and in international fora to, as appropriate, adapt, update, and enhance adoption of global principles and standards for how digital assets are used and transacted, and to promote development of digital asset and CBDC technologies consistent with our values and legal requirements."
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/03/09/executive-order-on-ensuring-responsible-development-of-digital-assets/

    What are the odds she didn't actually read it?

    1. Digital dollars will be much easier to freeze than bank accounts, when the government decides to cancel people.

      And I'm sure they won't crack down on competing cryptocurrencies once they have their own official version.

    2. This is why I never got on the crypto train--because something like this was inevitable.

      I mean, for fuck's sake, the intel agencies turned the internet into a giant data-mining repository for them to spy on the entire planet, was anyone really naive enough to believe that crypto currency would be safe from their clutches, too?

    3. > What are the odds she didn't actually read it?

      Unity.

      1. But Twitter told her it was no big deal. Case closed.

  39. FUCK Joe Biden.

  40. Worried about Biden's cryptocurrency order? Don't be. I hate to use the word "nothingburger," but that's probably the best way to describe the new (and much hyped) executive order on cryptocurrency that President Joe Biden signed yesterday. You can find the whole thing here. It requires various federal agencies and staff to study various aspects of digital currency and submit reports.

    Remember how Trump would sign 'nothingburger' EOs which were truly entirely toothless and the media went into fainting-couch fits of the vapors? I do. So why would Reason, whose Four Pillars are Weed, Food Trucks, Crypto and Sex Workers shrug at something like this?

    Oh, and to the best of my knowledge, I haven't seen any comment on the Sturgeon General's demand for data from Social Media companies on Medical Misinformation-- misinformation which I presume would NOT include the REAL efficacy or dangers of vaccines. But that's another subject.

    Make no mistake, this EO from Biden over crypto is a shot across the bow and an early sign of what has been proposed by Congress on how to control, track and extract revenue from crypto transactions via the exchanges (which I'm told are an unnecessary element of doing business in crypto).

    1. There have been articles here on it, but the attitude is that there is little to be concerned about as the Surgeon General has no real power. It is fascinating the lack of hysterics over Democrat moves against free speech and association.

      1. So Reason has commented on the SGs demand, but that comment was "meh"?

        1. Pretty much. The articles posted did not think it good, it was just nothing to get too excited about.

    2. It's definitely not a nothingburger:

      "the Secretary of the Treasury... shall establish a framework for interagency international engagement with foreign counterparts and in international fora to, as appropriate, adapt, update, and enhance adoption of global principles and standards for how digital assets are used and transacted"

    3. When did Sex Workers replace Buttsecks as one of the Four Pillars?

      1. I think Buttsecks Workers is a fair compromise.

      2. Sex workers encompasses a wider range of activities. Titty streamers, for instance.

  41. Bio labs explained. The US - through the efforts of GOP senator Lugar of Indiana - established labs to help destroy left over biological weapons from the Cold War, which Russia has a history of using, including recently with their dissidents. This has been noted and commented on for years including at least one press release during the Trump administration. You can believe the Russians. like Nardz and Geiger always do, or your own democratically elected government, but their is no counterevidence to the US version, while there is against the Russian version.

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1501744772188307460

    1. You can believe the Russians, like Nardz and Geiger always do, or your own democratically elected government.

      I believe you are an idiot.

      1. For blowing up your propaganda? Is that all you've got, or waiting on the Kremlin?

        1. That is all I have got.

          You do all the heavy lifting on your own.

          1. I didn't think so.

            1. You did think so. See, heavy lifting. That was all you.

              1. Poor Joe has no idea what’s going on here.

        2. Replacing one persons propaganda with another's isn't blowing anything up, you terrific retard.

          Interesting how you think you'll get attaboys for telling a libertarian forum what noble, helpful guys the CIA and NSA are.

          1. "you terrific retard"

            That made me choke on my water.

          2. I think grotesque may be more apt than terrific. Of the strictly party line dim bulbs, this one is really one of the worst.

          3. This isn't a libertarian forum. It's a right wing forum where the MAGA guys are the liberals.

            1. “MAGA guys are the liberals.”

              Interesting concept. Care to elaborate?

            2. The viewpoint of Libertarians is much closer to conservative Republicans than to Democrats.

              It didn't used to be that way, especially before COVID.

              The GOP has clearly established they're the only one of the 2 major parties that even remotely cares about everyone's Constitutionally protected (in theory) freedoms.

            3. So libertarianism isn't liberal?
              WTF. If I were your boss at the fifty-cent factory I'd can your ass for monumental ignorance.

    2. I’ll believe neither and keep looking at facts as they become available.

      1. Can you believe this bootlicking Russian slut? Pathetic.

      2. The facts exist and disprove the Russian line promoted by Geiger and Nardz. What else do you need Sherlock?

        1. My handlers at the KGB did not warn me that I would run into such stiff and sophisticated resistance.

          1. Posting on a "Libertarian" site overrun by right wing crackpots who always believe the conspiracy first, why would they warn you?

            1. Maybe you want to explain first how libertarianism of any sort comports with your fetish for Top Men, the CIA and Authoritarian Government.

            2. [W]hy would they warn you?

              They did not warn me.

        2. What Russian line exactly?

    3. Bio labs explained

      Sounds reasonable. Why couldn't they explain this last week when biolabs was just a Crazy Dangerous Russian Disinformation Propaganda Conspiracy Theory?

      1. Because everyone understands that to admit anything is to open the door to the immediate validation of every bit of Russian propaganda, whereas getting caught in a stupid lie makes the Russians look like idiots that cannot be trusted.

      2. Because Fauci needed a week to delete all his emails.

      3. It takes a while to concoct a story. Like that scene in the Bourne Ultimatum. Takes time to get out to the press, see if it plays etc.

    4. Then why do we care if the labs are captured? Yesterday, I was under the impression these labs were doing gain of function research. Shady as shit and more evidence that the CDC has been trying to circumvent laws preventing them from doing dangerous shit, but not exactly surprising and hardly black helicopters type explanation.

      Now you're saying these labs decomission bioweapons. If they decommission bioweapons, then it wouldn't matter if they got captured because their stock of bioweapons would only be minor backlog shit. You've actually succeeded in making the USG sound like they're giving a cover story and the Russian government sound like it's telling the truth. WTF.

      1. Sorry illocust but there's a limit to logic and you're way past it.

        1. No, gain of function research made sense for why we were concerned about a lab being captured. A more deadly version of a common virus being released would fuck us over, and could even happen accidently if a lab is captured by people not following safety protocols.

          This new story doesn't explain the concern by USG officials at all. Why are we concerned about buildings with minimal dangerous material in them? The entire point of the lab is to render dangerous materials not dangerous.

          This story makes it sound like either A.) It is just a fucking cover story made by an incompetent usg (redundant I know), or B.) We're covering up massive graft where we pretended to decommission weapons, when we were really just throwing them into an empty warehouse and using the cash for hookers and blow.

          1. Illocust, by "minimal dangerous material ", we don't know that, nor is the possibility of any facility being taken over by the Russians ever of no concern.

            The US has never used chemical weapons. Russia has and is known to have the world's largest stockpile of them.

            1. The US has never used chemical weapons.

              And what is depleted uranium, chopped liver?

            2. The US has never used chemical weapons.

              Agent Orange on line 2.

          2. Wellllll they did have hunter Biden on the payroll........

        2. “there's a limit to logic”

          Interesting concept.

      2. Yeah, I think I'm going to remain skeptical of anything the government says about foreign labs and deadly pathogens.

        1. Well I, for one, trust the government and remain an anti-septic.

    5. Wait, is the claim "We need more time and money to finish destroying these 30 yr. old stockpiles of Soviet bioweapons." supposed to make it sound legit? FFS, the link itself mentions how we destroyed 12 tons of the stuff in *Uzbekistan*. Are we to suppose there's like 10,000 tons of stuff the Soviets just abandoned in the Ukraine 30 yrs. ago? And if they'd had just 3*1* years they would've gotten it all destroyed?

      1. No no, that’s not it. You see, Russia hasn’t made any advancements in this technology, and also doesn’t have any bioweapons from 30 years ago.

        So really it’s just all that old technology that they’ve lost, and now that they’ve got THAT, they’re about to start making bioweapons.

      2. My bets that we gave someone a contract to destroy the stuff, that someone never actually did the job, and we just kept paying them forever.

        1. Sounds like a good jobs program for certain people’s relatives, maybe some internships for Ivy League colleges.

  42. >>"Truth Social" app is experiencing a lackluster rollout.

    it's a stupid name. T forgot how to market things with the T name

  43. Run Timmy - it's the California burka police here to enforce secular religious law.

  44. As this is California, why don't they get a slew of actors to go to the school and tell the kids how important masks are. They could show pictures of themselves at awards ceremonies, at the Super Bowl, at gala events, and of course show how important it is for all the people serving them hand and foot, that masks are required.

    1. In California they hire kids to make TV ads nagging adults to use less electricity between 4 and 9 PM, when "renewable energy is less available" and to hector us for dooming the planet to climate disaster.

      1. use less electricity between 4 and 9 PM

        Curious. Wind drives harder in the evenings until the temp difference between land and ocean equalizes, and solar is going strong until at least 6 through summer months.

        Maybe they need to reserve all that power for peak loads when people come home and immediately plug in their car so they can get to work the next day. That would also happen to be the tipping point when those with solar on their roof no longer provide enough power and start drawing from the grid instead of feeding it.

        Face it folks, 100% renewable means Luddite home evenings.

        1. Nobody needs 27 different electrical appliances.

  45. One more month to slow the spread:

    https://www.npr.org/2022/03/10/1085739883/mask-mandate-planes-trains-ferries-tsa-cdc

    The Transportation Security Administration is extending the current mandate for mask use on public transportation and in transportation hubs through April 18. The mandate had been set to expire on March 18. The extension is based on a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    1. Defund them all.

    2. Found carved on a bench in front of a federal building in Atlanta:

      CDC + N95 = 4ever

  46. Did Ken take a break, or did somebody break Ken?

    1. I guess he took my muting him for now really hard... 😉

      1. Oh, yeah. I’m sure it’s you.

    2. You give 10% of your income to a racist, homophobic, transphobic church. You send your kids out to recruit for this church.

      This makes you a racist, homophobic, transphobic bigot. Pretty fucking simple!

      1. Why do you put so much effort into being boring to strangers on the internet?

      2. "transphobic"

        Lol. Who's scared of trannies and perverts?

      3. "You refuse to acknowledge bloodsucking as a normal behavior. That makes you a racist, hemophobic, transylphobic bigot. Pretty fucking simple."

        Proggie vampire logic.

    3. Tulpa stole his handle.

  47. I bet everyone complaining about this, also begs the government to do other things that require it to be this heavy-handed.

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