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Oklahoma House OKs Citizen-Enforced Abortion Ban

Plus: Masculinity tied to inflated IQ estimates, contempt for Warren's crypto bill, and more...

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Another state copies—and intensifies—Texas abortion law. Oklahoma lawmakers on Tuesday voted to totally ban abortion except in cases where the mother's life is at risk—and to put citizens in charge of enforcing the law.

The measure is a more extreme version of one passed by Texas last year to ban abortion at six weeks and let individuals sue anyone who aids someone getting an abortion after that point.

Historically, such early bans on abortions have quickly been declared unconstitutional. But the U.S. Supreme Court held that because the Texas law would be enforced by private citizens and the courts instead of state officials, the Court could not preemptively shut it down.

In the wake of that declaration, Republican-controlled legislatures across the country have been trying to pass similar abortion restrictions. Copycat measures have already been passed in Idaho and introduced in Missouri and Tennessee.

"Abortion rights activists have been warning of this nightmare for months: these bounty hunter laws will have a domino effect across the country, as more and more states ban abortion nearly entirely while Roe v. Wade is still the law of the land," said Elisabeth Smith, director of state policy and advocacy for the Center for Reproductive Rights, in a statement.

Like the Texas law, the Idaho and Missouri versions would ban abortion as soon as fetal cardiac activity can be detected—around four weeks post-conception (which is known as six weeks of pregnancy). The Oklahoma and Tennessee versions would ban most abortions from the very start of pregnancy.

The Oklahoma measure—HB 4327—would be enforced by private citizens, who could sue anyone who "performs or induces" or "aids or abets the performance" of an abortion and be awarded at least $10,000 for every illegal abortion performed.

It passed the state's House of Representatives 78–19 on Tuesday and now goes to the Senate. If passed, it would take effect as soon as the state's governor signs it.

"While abortion remains legal in Oklahoma for now, this vote comes one week after the Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed five other anti-abortion bills—including six-week and 30-day abortion bans—in less than an hour," notes Planned Parenthood.


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Masculinity tied to inflated estimation of IQ. Research published in Frontiers in Psychology looks at gender differences in self-reported intelligence. "Males and participants of both genders who scored high in masculinity offer[ed] higher self-estimates," states the paper, from Australian researchers David Reilly, David L. Neumann, and Glenda Andrews. They also observed "observed a pattern of systematic underestimation in females."

"Psychology and intelligence researchers are unequivocal: men and women do not differ in actual IQ," writes Reilly at Neuroscience News. However, when asked to estimate IQ, male scores "were more often overestimates" and female scores "were more often underestimates." More:

After statistically controlling for the effects of actual measured IQ, we next examined the strongest predictors of self-estimated intelligence. The results showed biological sex remained the strongest factor: males rated their intelligence as higher than females. However, psychological gender was also a very strong predictor, with highly masculine subjects rating their intelligence higher (importantly, there was no association with femininity).

There was also a strong contribution of general self-esteem to participants' intellectual self-image. As noted above, males report higher self-esteem than females.

You can find the full paper here.


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Contempt for Warren's crypto bill. The Digital Asset Sanctions Compliance Enhancement Act, introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) last week, is ostensibly about Russia. It would allow the government "to block and prohibit all transactions" from digital asset trading platforms and transaction facilitators that are owned, controlled by, or helping "any person with respect to which sanctions have been imposed by the United States relating to the Russian Federation." And it would let the Treasury Department "require that no digital asset trading platform or digital asset transaction facilitator that does business in the United States transact with, or fulfill transactions of, digital asset addresses that are known to be, or could reasonably be known to be, affiliated with persons headquartered or domiciled in the Russian Federation if the Secretary determines that exercising such authority is important to the national interest of the United States."

But it also goes beyond Russia, stating that "the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network shall require United States persons engaged in a transaction with a value greater than $10,000 in digital assets through 1 or more accounts outside of the United States" to report it to the federal government.

"Everyone hates" the bill, notes Futurism:

Analysts at the DC-based Coin Center think tank wrote in a blog post that the bill's key conceit—suggesting Russian oligarchs could use crypto wallets to launder tons of money—is implausible, given the public nature of blockchains, which record every transaction on open digital ledgers. Additionally, its broad language would criminalize a host of activities that are not, to the minds of the post's writers, criminal. …

On the other side of Capitol Hill, some Democrats have also taken issue with Warren's attempts to regulate the burgeoning industry as well.

"The future of finance and the internet should not be left to a gerontocracy of regulators who appear to be on a personal crusade against crypto," Rep. Ritchie Torres, a freshman congressman representing New York City, told Politico in an interview about the bill. "Congress, which has a new generation of legislators, should have the final word."

"You should never define any technology by its worst uses," he added. "There's more to crypto than ransomware, just like there's more to money than money laundering."


QUICK HITS

• Today marks the third day of the the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. Here's what happened yesterday. (See also: Josh Hawley's Attack on Ketanji Brown Jackson Illustrates the Emotionalism She Criticized.)

• The city of Los Angeles got more than $600 million in COVID-19 relief funds from the federal government in 2021 and gave around $317 million of it to the Los Angeles Police Department for "payroll expenditures."

• The Legal Aid Society is challenging the New York City Police Department's use of a DNA database. In a new class action lawsuit, the group "accuses the city of operating an illegal and unregulated DNA database in violation of state law and constitutional protections against unreasonable searches," reports The New York Times. "The suit calls for DNA profiles that lawyers argue were gathered unlawfully to be expunged and for the database to be shut down entirely."

• J.D. Tuccille: Your favorite crisis doesn't justify a dictatorship.

• BuzzFeed shareholders want to shut down BuzzFeed News.

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  1. "Oklahoma lawmakers on Tuesday voted to totally ban abortion except in cases where the mother's life is at risk"

    Do better, Liz.

    Oklahoma lawmakers on Tuesday voted to totally ban abortion except in cases where the pregnant person's life is at risk

    I have always admired your #AbortionAboveAll advocacy but it should be expressed in a trans-inclusive manner.

    #IntersectionalFeminism

    1. Do better, OBL.

      I’m still waiting on your overdue analysis of how possession of child pornography helps billionaire Charles Koch make more money.

      1. What do you think he manufactures?

      2. It's not so much the possession that helps Mr. Koch.

        It's releasing the CP offender early that helps our benefactor. Because convicted sex offenders probably aren't in a position to demand high wages — making them ideal Koch Industries employees.

        1. Got it, thanks.

          1. I know you read a lot of reviews and news to earn jobs online. gyu Some people don't know how to make money and say they're faking it. I have my FIRST check for a total of $10,000, quite interesting. Just click and open the page to click on the first statement and check....
            .
            The jobs…. https://brilliantfuture01.blogspot.com/

        2. How do you so effectively make these arguments?

          1. How do you so effectively make these arguments?

            I think of a man and then take away reason and accountability.

            1. So, not a man, then?

        3. I still maintain that they are not cost effective, especially if you have to spend resources keeping them away from the unaccompanied minors. Every minute they spend trying to diddle an unaccompanied minor is money wasted.

    2. The right to kill babies is the most important Constitutional right. It was so sacrosanct it did not even require mention in the Constitution.

      #AbortionForAll
      #ZeroethAmendmentIsMostImportant

      1. Wasn't that hypothetical debate presented in one of the Federalist Papers, or something? A rhetorical argument between "regulate everything except abortion" and "regulate nothing except abortion"?

      2. I kinda wish they could wait until after the midterms, since the D's are well on their way to stumbling nationwide, unless someone gives them something big to rally around.

        1. Rallying around killing kids. Lefties are such demonic ghouls.

          1. Now it's 'kids'... What's next? Adults too?
            Pretty soon I'll be able to have conversations with my toes and fingers.

      3. WHAT Baby???
        Pro-Life is just as delusional as the left...........

    3. Former Presidential candidate Julian Castro agrees that trans abortion rights are THE civil rights issue of our time: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jun/26/julian-castro-defends-transgender-womens-right-abo/

      1. How dare you challenge the right of a person to claim their desired oppression!

    4. "former and future bleeders"

  2. "BuzzFeed shareholders want to shut down BuzzFeed News."

    Maybe Reason.com's benefactor Charles Koch could invest in BuzzFeed. Something like "I'll give you X dollars per month if you promise to write Y articles promoting my open borders agenda."

    #Libertarianism101

    1. What about legal weed and ass sex?

      1. I'm pretty sure those are the actual long held beliefs of the editors themselves.

      2. And food trucks (Corellary of Pot and Mexicans?)

  3. ""Psychology and intelligence researchers are unequivocal: men and women do not differ in actual IQ," writes Reilly at Neuroscience News. However, when asked to estimate IQ, male scores "were more often overestimates" and female scores "were more often underestimates."

    Well sure, there is no difference in IQ. Its just different kinds of IQ. Men are better at math and problem solving IQ. Women are better emotions, crying, and pie baking IQ. But pretty much the same.

    I say this, of course, a toxic hetero cis white male (with a very high IQ, of course)

    1. Don’t forget sammiches.

      1. So tasty. Especially ENBs. But she is so inundated with requests for sandwiches she gets angry and threatens your future employment if you ask.

        1. With the help of my new Beautiful Brand Air Fryer (which I bought for $69.99 nearly 1/3rd off the normal price of $99.99, so Drew Barrymore is in the Pay Gap,) I will make ENB a sandwich!

          A nice big hoagie...stacked high with hot meat...and lots of mayonnaise...and enough to spare for her hubby!

          That might make her even more angry because it would be depriving her and her Feminist friends a purpose.

    2. And women can swim just as fast as men. We are all equal in every way.

      1. No the fasted chick ts the 460th slowest dude

        1. The rest of yall definitely owe us Florida Men some sort of dowry/compensation if he becomes president

          1. Florida is living proof that male intelligence has a wider spectrum than female intelligence.

            Florida Man is doing yoeman's work keeping the male average the same as the female.

    3. Jimbo, that comment made my morning. 🙂

    4. Also there are more male genusis then female. The mean is the same. This is because there are a more male retards. Men have a higher genetic variance, or as a biologist on econ talk said in an early episode "men are nature's way of rolling the dice"

    5. Physiology and biology researchers are unequivocal: men and women do not differ in actual testicle count," writes Reilly at Neuroscience News. However, when asked to estimate testicle count, male numbers "were more often overestimates" and female numbers "were more often underestimates

    6. And, I will reiterate...this was a study with a sample size of 228, conducted in Australia. Pretending it even properly reflects the population of Australia is ridiculous, extrapolating beyond that is ludicrous.

      Ignore basically 90% of "New Study in Psychology" conclusions. They don't actually do science properly.

      1. They had 228 people come in and fill out a survey and then take a 30 minute online IQ test. The IQ test was hardly comprehensive, not the hours of testing you might have for an SAT or LSAT. The sample size probably wouldn't be effective for telling you general trends in any given city, much less a country, or international population (the study was in Australia).

        The study was worthless and shitty and a complete waste of time and I'm increasingly pissed off that people actually see this bullshit and accept it.

        1. So you’re telling me ENB linked to some bullshit to bash men? Well I never.

          1. But maybe she was being sarcastic and we shouldn't take her seriously, as when feminists say "kill all men."

          2. https://youtu.be/TN93oafXfg0

            This was a funny video where some woke girl with useless degrees and others overestimate their IQ because of said useless degrees.

            The humble military guy smokes the most annoying (and dumbest) of the bunch. Not surprising.

            Also Asian guy wins. Who woulda thought

            1. Also obviously this wasnt any kind of legit study of any sort. But it is funny that the ranking ends up going from the top 3 Asian, white, white, to the bottom 3 people of color and wokesters (who cite emotional intelligence as important, lol)

              But everyone is definitely the same, there are no differences at all between men and women, or any race. Everyone is identical, for sure.

      2. Psychology has become so much less of any hard science (never really was) and more of a social "science" nowadays.

        Hence normalizing DSM diagnoses because they make people feel bad (gender dysphoria).

        Not a coincidence that its a field dominated by the woke and women and it has turned into an emotional pseudoscience.

    7. This is probably more a function of confidence (or the expectations that males should display confidence) than it is anything else.

      P.S. Jimbo - What about sandwich IQ?

  4. Another state copies—and intensifies—Texas abortion law.

    Intensities in ten cities where abortion is illegal.

  5. Masculinity tied to inflated estimation of IQ.

    Is that 12 percentage points in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?

    1. They took an IQ test online. It proves them right.

      1. With a sample size of 228!

        Thanks for your time. NEXT!

      2. Also penis pills and that suction tube thing.

        1. Do those things work?
          Asking for a friend.

  6. I literally cannot believe the tragic mistakes the Republican Party has made in the past 5 to 10 years. How did they manage to push away great thinkers like George W. Bush speechwriter David "Axis of Evil" Frum?

    I'm trying to recall a single instance of a resignation of conscience at Fox News over the network's support for Putin's war. Marina Ovsyannikova risked life and liberty to tell her viewers the truth. Is there one wealthy Fox director or employee willing to forgo a single check?

    #LibertariansForEmbracingNeocons

    1. Back in the early 2000s when the GOP was in its far more respectable neoconservative mode, Frum was questioning the patriotism of Iraq War opponents.

      See his now-classic Unpatriotic Conservatives from 2003.

    2. David Frum is the greatest American patriot since Samuel Adams.

      1. Search for David Frum beer returns zero results. So not as great.

    3. I thought Hayes and Goldberg left for those reasons. And not because they stopped getting air time.

  7. The Digital Asset Sanctions Compliance Enhancement Act, introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) last week, is ostensibly about Russia.

    Big Squaw know crisitunity when she see one.

    1. And how.

  8. Today marks the third day of the the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.

    Is she a rapist yet?

    1. Depends how old one is

      1. This.

        18 year olds and 8nyear olds are peers. So not a big deal. Per KBJ

    2. She’s a Democrat. They don’t rape people.

      1. It's just pre-consensual sexual activity. The person always comes around once their life, career, and family are threatened.

      2. Well, not as individuals.

      3. Well, they at least don't nominate rapists to the top court.

        1. Are we certain?

        2. No, just people that minimize possession of child porn in their sentencing.

          (I think we found another “collector”)

        3. Clinton, Biden.

        4. You mean like for POTUS?

        5. They save those guys for the White House.

      4. Dems dont have credible accusers.

        You know, like that one Avenati found at a bar and convinced her to make a buck.

      5. They rape entire societies. That's different. They know what's best for you and your consent is not required.

  9. The city of Los Angeles got more than $600 million in COVID-19 relief funds from the federal government in 2021 and gave around $317 million of it to the Los Angeles Police Department...

    I mean, they did have to expend marine fuel and almost wade into the ocean to retrieve that lone surfer breaking lockdown.

    1. It was worth it. That guy could have killed everyone.

  10. J.D. Tuccille: Your favorite crisis doesn't justify a dictatorship.

    Mooselini to the north will head that route for the crisis of honking.

  11. BuzzFeed shareholders want to shut down BuzzFeed News.

    16 Ways BuzzFeed News is Neither Buzz nor News

    1. #9 will surprise you!

  12. Masculinity tied to inflated estimation of IQ.

    What about belief in Theocracy, Collectivism and Statism? Doesn't that also give people "The Big Head," especially if they think of themse)ves as part of "The Annointed" or "The Vanguard" if not as Fearless Leader His-Own-Self?

    And what about Karens and Chads? Do they have an overblown estimate of their own intellect?

    "Inquiring Minds Want To Know..."

    1. What about Senators from Massachusetts?

      1. That has been an indicator of exaggerated intellect since at least Teddy's Chappaquiddick Bridge Club days. 🙂

  13. https://twitter.com/AuronMacintyre/status/1506326006839316481?t=lE8oqwjbamOxPfHgKzxl2A&s=19

    The hegemonic media adoption of “Don’t Say Gay” is an excellent example of how the left can transform anything, no matter how reasonable or carefully worded, into the boogieman they seek

    Though as Land points out for once the right actually figured out how to return the volley

    [Link]

    1. We need to create the media message first. This bill should have been called something like "Get Grooming out of Elementary Schools".

  14. https://twitter.com/TShampling/status/1506437880939364355?t=6b1edtwU3f9pDykqJuURUg&s=19

    My uni has inserted a substantial DEI section into its annual staff reviews. All (non-faculty) employees now required to demonstrate that they are continuously progressing on DEI issues and to provide examples of their acceptance of the various inclusivity shibboleths.

    1. Yep, the modern university has just about reverted to the theocratic institution of 1000 years ago.

    2. Mine hired 15 new administrators, one for each school. Because one for the whole university wasn't enough.

      1. Tuition adjusted upward commensurately?

        1. No, logarithmically.

  15. So the study could have been characterized as women having lower self-confidence than men, therefore underestimating their capacities.

    1. Shut up and get back on the stripper pole.

    1. Look man, I just came here to sell hardware.

      1. Got any hammers that womyn can use like real men?

        1. Lowe's is down the street.

        2. Yes, with matching Sicles done in Soviet Yellow, Proletariat Grey, or our new Young Pioneer Woman pattern with mini propaganda posters. 🙂

      2. I thought you came to chew bubblegum and kick ass

        1. Eveidently, out of bubble gum and everyone is addicted to Noassatall.

    2. "If you can expect time off from work to celebrate your religious holidays, you have Christian Privilege."

      I guess Jewish and Muslim people don't work at Home Depot?

      1. I don't even get this. On 2020+, how many places eve close for Christmas? Certainly they're not closing for Easter, nobody gets Ash Wednesday off, don't get me started on Maundy Thursday . . .

        Like you can expect, maybe, depending on your sector, to get 'automatically' one religious holiday off a year compared to a Buddhist.

    3. Let's have another round of stigmatizing people for having things and expectations we should want all people to have.

      1. Exactly this.

    4. Privilege is being able to afford home improvement projects.

  16. From Frontiers in Psychology:
    There was also a strong contribution of general self-esteem to participants' intellectual self-image. As noted above, males report higher self-esteem than females.

    Also from Frontiers in Psychology:
    Men are significantly more likely to die from suicide (despite being less likely than women to report experiencing depression), a pattern which is endemic in many parts of the world and has been referred to as a silent epidemic.

    Toxic femininity at work.
    Women not feeling as good about themselves as men or underestimating their intelligence: Public Health Crisis.
    Men continuing to commit suicide at significantly higher rates: Woman up snowflakes, you have nothing to feel bad about.

    1. Apparently teen girls are working to even the suicide gender gap.

      1. Only after they are encouraged to become men though.

    2. Any time someone brings up "gender pay gap" I bring up that girls are 5 times more like likely to attempt suicide, while men are more likely to kill themselves. Perhaps the gap is because men actually get things done

      1. Men are more likely to use a more lethal / violent method.

        Which should kinda be the idea, right? Competence gap.

        1. That's the way I view it

      2. "...You better not mess with Major Tom."

    3. Words I routinely hear from my feminist sister: "Why can't I...?" "Why won't anyone will let me...?" "Why am I not allowed to...?" If my daughter (who actually listens) asked these questions, I'd say "You can, and if something needs done, just do it. You don't have to wait or ask for permission."

  17. https://twitter.com/davereaboi/status/1506629065020743681?t=xtferfdJoBoSMl5XVvbeMQ&s=19

    The more important thing about this exchange isn’t that she can’t define “woman”—it’s the assertion that only a biologist can.

    It’s the same on every issue, from the way the CDC defines Covid to what “medical care” means on the trans issue: Politicized clerics as “scientists.”

    1. I've been told gender is not biological. Can they make up their damn minds?

  18. "Males and participants of both genders who scored high in masculinity offer[ed] higher self-estimates," states the paper, from Australian researchers David Reilly, David L. Neumann, and Glenda Andrews.

    What about swimming ability?

      1. Gender Nazi!

        1. Yes, the NCAA is, but patriots are calling them out.

    1. This study is flawed because there are 27 genders and it only covers two of them.

  19. The Digital Asset Sanctions Compliance Enhancement Act, introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) last week, is ostensibly about Russia. It would allow the government "to block and prohibit all transactions" from digital asset trading platforms and transaction facilitators that are owned, controlled by, or helping "any person with respect to which sanctions have been imposed by the United States relating to the Russian Federation."

    Given the proof of collusion between Trump, the GOP, and everyone on the right with Russians!, this will be an effective way to de-bank the seditious half of Americans.

  20. Surprise, surprise- he/him is also a Ukraine bot

    https://twitter.com/DataDrivenMD/status/1506450665870028803?t=qjJXvKFI_9zsxlovAH9XMw&s=19

    Refusing to wear a mask isn't a sign of normalcy, it's a sign of denialism and selfishness.

    Many of the newly-minted anti-maskers keep shouting that everyone *else* is living in fear.

    No fucking shit, Sherlock— a brain-shrinking/debilitating virus is circulating like wildfire and ya'll suddenly started acting like Donald "it's like a miracle" Trump

    Read the damn room.

    Assuming their brain hasn't aged 10 years from several bouts of COVID: how do they fail to connect-the-dots to see that it's not the masks that are keeping them from normalcy?

    It's their damn selfishness that is driving away acquaintances and friends.

    How do they not realize that their social circles include several persons who are children, disabled, or immunocompromised— that refusing to wear a mask is like flipping them off ???? and expecting to remain on friendly terms?

    That's not normal behavior— it's never been normal.

    All that to say: don't be that person. Just wear the damn mask, and be thankful that— despite *all* the other shit that's going on in the world— you enjoy the *privilege* of being mildly inconvenienced as you go about your day.

    1. Can’t possibly be a real person.

    2. “Just X the damn Y” is sure to be collectivist/authoritarian bullshit.

  21. https://twitter.com/RyanGirdusky/status/1506621609913851911?t=1rjN2NG66m45T5QGOIvXZw&s=19

    (Selzer poll - national) Do you approve/disapprove of the job Biden is doing?

    Overall: 34/52
    GOP: 6/89
    Dems: 70/13
    Indie: 31/52
    Men: 33/56
    Women: 36/48
    Under 35: 27/51
    Over 65: 38/51
    White: 31/59
    Non-white: 40/39
    Suburban women: 52/31
    Evangelical: 26/66
    Midwesterners: 32/56

    1. One of these is not like the others.

      1. What about Reason staff?

    2. Transphobe. They don't even have a fag category

  22. 'On the other side of Capitol Hill, some Democrats have also taken issue with Warren's attempts to regulate the burgeoning industry as well.

    "The future of finance and the internet should not be left to a gerontocracy of regulators who appear to be on a personal crusade against crypto," Rep. Ritchie Torres, a freshman congressman representing New York City, told Politico in an interview about the bill. "Congress, which has a new generation of legislators, should have the final word."'

    Somebody is doing the bidding of the DNC's biggest donors.

  23. Masculinity tied to inflated estimation of IQ. Research published in Frontiers in Psychology looks at gender differences in self-reported intelligence.

    The same journal James Lyndsay tricked into getting an award by using buzzwords.

    1. That still makes me laugh.

      1. 3 hours a day of rape in dog parks is not a laughing matter.

        1. I think it came out to 8 or 9 hours a day

    2. The FIRST thing I do with any psychological paper and study is check the sample size. If it's less than 5,000 it's not worth talking about even slightly, unless it's a third or fourth iteration of a different study and they all concur.

      1. I check to see if someone has successfully replicated the study. More often than not the same researchers can't even replicate the results.

      2. The first thing I dk is stop reading after I see it's a psychological study

  24. https://twitter.com/EricMMatheny/status/1506600694282870784?t=R2r271sbTf4zjQD4gwMZTw&s=19

    Hunter Biden’s Laptop and the Waukesha Killer must use the same PR firm.

    1. They also reduced total covid deaths by 79000 dropping the death count back under 1 million. All praise Biden.

    2. If you would just keep your mask on you wouldn’t be able to drink so much.

    3. I never get the comparisons from dumbasses like you. So the answer was to....just ignore a million people dying?

      Is this what you're arguing?

      What happens next pandemic? Just go for the high score?

      1. 3 million people die a year. Most of them old.

        Covid had the same age based death rate as the population death rate, it was not additive.

        1. A year in America*

      2. lots of people die all the time, get the fuck over it

        or off yourself since youre too scared to live a life with mild risks. either way, no one really cares about your hysterics.

      3. Did anything we do stop the virus? Did the things we do kill people?

        The answer isn't tough.

      4. Acknowledge that government isn't the solution to all problems. And that not all problems have feasible solutions.

      5. I never get the comparisons from dumbasses like you.

        Sounds like a lack of education on your part.

  25. https://twitter.com/KimDotcom/status/1506546728631402497?t=_U8_xbze5tR0zMsHf6JqJA&s=19

    People ask why I focus on the US instead of Russia when it comes to Ukraine.

    I have first hand experience with the corruption, lawlessness, arrogance and arm-twisting with which the US Govt operates domestically and internationally to get what it wants.

    But more importantly…

    I have read the strategy documents which became the blueprint for everything that happened in Ukraine.

    For the US it was always about unbalancing Russia, crushing its economy and Russias ability to be a peer competitor.

    I really suggest you read this: [link]

    No question Russia isn’t a role-model. The US isn’t either. There’s a lot to be desired.

    Russia was bullied by the West since the end of WW2 despite helping to defeat the Nazis.

    Read the US strategy paper. Ask yourself how you would feel if the plan was to destroy your country.

    1. There's no question that Putin is a bad guy. A really bad guy. But the biggest reasons why Obama, Biden, Matt Welch, and all the rest of the left liberals running the west today hate him so much are:

      1) He's not a communist believer in the Bolshevik revution, but especially
      2) He isn't willing to submit to the globalist new world order run by assholes like Klaus Schwab and George Soros.

      The old post WWII Soviet Union was without a doubt one of the most evil regimes in human existence, and it deserved to be brought down. But the Russia of today really doesn't have a ton in common with that old regime. Today they mostly just want to not have Klaus Schwab making their decisions for them, and to not have nuclear warheads right on their front doorstep pointed right at them, the same way America didn't want nuclear warheads in Cuba just a couple of minutes away from being able to obliterate Miami. And honestly, their point of view on this isn't entirely 100% unreasonable.

      1. All those things may be true, but killing people should not be the way to solve the problem.

        1. No it shouldn’t. That doesn’t mean looking at the totality of the situation, which is extremely complex, means that you support that solution.

        2. Let me be clear: in this conflict Russia is clearly the aggressor, and Ukraine is completely justified in doing whatever it takes to defend their lives and their sovereignty.

          But if we're going to be completely transparent and honest, what's going on didn't happen in a vacuum, and it was extraordinary irresponsible for the west to fool Ukraine into believing that we would risk our own lives and possibly even WWIII on their behalf. We aren't, and we never were.

          1. I believe the correct responce is "hahahahahahahahahahaha you thought Biden would help you after you paid him off hahahahahahahahahahaha"

      2. But the Russia of today really doesn't have a ton in common with that old regime

        Well, the hyper-authoritarianism is still in place, but that's been an evergreen feature of Russian culture for centuries. The Bolsheviks were simply able to ramp it up on an industrial scale.

        1. And it's not like the elections are of any value beyond PR.

    2. Your argument hinges on a nasty type of moral relativism which implies that Western liberal democracy and Soviet totalitarianism and the current successor Russian kleptocracy has little to choose between them. The US is imperfect, but it is in principle, better than the current Russian government and certainly objectively better than the Stalinist regime.

      Characterizing the Cold War as the West bullying the Soviet Union, what are you high on?

      1. You display your ignorance in addressing me as the speaker when the way I've formatted tweets has been consistent for years. Are you neoconlibs just incapable of learning, or does the propaganda limit your brains to recognizing just their dictated formula?
        And no, modern Russia is not more evil than the current western/globalist leadership. It's absolutely fucking pathetic how you're willing to completely abandon freedom and independence to the covid totalitarian globalists as soon as they wave an Emmanuel Goldstein flag in your face.
        But you do you, and keep shilling for totalitarian faggots that seek to destroy our lives.

        1. You know, I'd have a lot more respect for these lefty globalist assholes like Welch et al, if they were willing to take the same stance towards China and the ChiComs hat they do towards Putin and Russia

          But of course they don't. Partially because they don't really have genuine honest principles, bit mostly because they're gutless fucking cowards who are afraid of taking on a strong adversary.

          1. That's different because China is a slave camp running genocidal dictatorship. So their the good guys... Wait what am I missing?

            1. Cheap imports?

            2. Hollywood, Apple, Google, Disney, a good portion of our Congress, the nba, and the social 'justice' fucktards love China, so are actively profiting from, and tacitly supporting slave labor each time they open their cakeholes? That bit?

        2. If you are quoting something then put quotes around it or some indication that they are not your words, as is generally accepted practice.

          That being said, my criticism still stands if you are presenting that quote because you agree with it.

          And apologizing for Putin shows you don't give a shit for freedom or independence.

          1. You being a dumbass isn't my responsibility

            1. You being bad at clearly communicating is your responsibility.

          2. For fuck's sake. It's bog standard, re-posting material does not imply support for that material, or the person involved or cited. Are you saying that ENB agrees with everything she writes about? Soave? Sullum? This would make it impossible to report on anything ethically questionable. Argue with Nardz all you like, but get your head out of ass, man.

        3. Let me understand this:

          Ukraine's government is corrupt, so it does not have any expectations of independence.

          Russia's government is corrupt, but it should have a free hand to do what it wants because it is no worse than anyone else

          This is supposed to make sense.

          1. I'd imagine not a lot makes sense to someone with a toddler's concept of the world around them and morality.

            1. Yes, I am not very good at cognitive dissonance like you are.

              1. Not even gonna cheat for a look, but I'm betting the asshole in question is the one who relies mainly on a 'social media' site for citation, which site limits posts to, oh, the attention span of a 5-year-old, correct? IOWs, his intellectual age.

          2. "...This is supposed to make sense..."

            Brain-dead shit-piles like that hope it's contagious. Stupidity ain't; it's owned by the stupid.

      2. Dunno which 'both sides' asshole you're dealing with, but they're all steaming piles of imbecilic shit, which is the reason they're all muted.
        Fuck 'em all with Tony's dick.

        1. Sqrlvo here to advance the cause of liberty... by attacking opponents globalist totalitarianism.
          Great job, boomers

        2. Looks like an asshole is being assholish in a gray box no surprise.
          Fuck off and die.

          1. You first, sqrlvo.

          2. OH, OH! Asshole upset at being called on bullshit!!
            Fuck off and die, asshole. Make the world a better place

            1. SmegmaLung, this is NO way for you to earn yourself a SQRL necklace! NO SQRL necklace for YOU! BAD dog!

              SmegmaLung ALA Swine-Stone Cowboy!!! Pearl-handled Pig!

              Show us how it's done, Sevo the Pedo! Ye who has "muted" me and SUPPOSEDLY doesn't read my pearls of wisdom! Go trample yourself in your own pig-shit, pearly swine! Rhine-stone pig-pedo in a speedo!

              Oh Ye Rhinestone-whine-stone pig-pedo in a speedo! What is YOUR favorite year of Rhine-whine-wine, Ye Greatest of ALL Great-Sour-Grapes Oink-oink-oenophiles?

            2. Stuff it up your ass, shitpile.

  26. Got him dead to rights this time! The walls are closing in! It's the tipping point! The beginning of the end!

    "Official guilty of illegally entering Capitol grounds Jan. 6"
    [...]
    "WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday convicted an elected official from New Mexico of illegally entering restricted U.S. Capitol grounds but acquitted him of engaging in disorderly conduct during the riot that disrupted Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential election victory..."
    https://www.chron.com/news/article/Capitol-riot-trial-opens-for-Cowboys-for-Trump-17019457.php

    Trump was only two nyties away from collapsing our government; the shitbag Tony told us that!

    1. The science changed!

      1. In three short months!

  27. @BokoHarambe
    Imagine controlling education, the media and every institution of power and still only getting less than half the people to agree with you:
    How abhorrent and anti human must your ideology be?

  28. A look into the corruption of journalists and fact checking.

    https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/invasion-fact-checkers

    1. Journalists as mall cops--I like that.

  29. https://twitter.com/caitoz/status/1506558121871048709?t=2AmqAI_J8r9z05HCnjsMMw&s=19

    If this picture was printed out and framed, and then used as a bludgeon to bash you in the face whenever you looked at an electronic screen, it would feel like how all this Ukraine war propaganda feels when you haven't swallowed the official narrative.

    [Pic]

  30. Research published in Frontiers in Psychology looks at gender differences in self-reported intelligence. "Males and participants of both genders who scored high in masculinity offer[ed] higher self-estimates," states the paper, from Australian researchers David Reilly, David L. Neumann, and Glenda Andrews.

    Their sample size was 103 males, 125 females. Thanks for wasting our time, any conclusion is going to be utterly worthless.

    1. But it makes men look bad, so it’s good.

      1. IQ is already a fairly nebulous thing to begin with. I've taken tests, I've scored anywhere from 134 to 156. It can depend on the test, how thorough it is, how you're feeling that day. Believe it or not, you can just have a really good day of guessing right because they have multiple-choice questions, and it can inflate your score. I usually tell people I'm in the 140-145 range, but I could have a bad day testing and score lower, and it would be utterly meaningless in terms of reaching a conclusion.

        They took a 30 minute online test after the survey. That's really not comprehensive.

        1. But what is your implicit bias score?

          1. I hate fags
            Fatties
            The youn
            The old
            The jews
            The spicks
            The wops
            And the chinks.
            But I love the niggers

    2. Sounds like "Frontiers in Psychology" is due to be canceled, if they can write about "both genders" without a trigger warning. Are they stuck in 1995 or something?

      1. Yeah, aren’t we up to like 80 or something ?

  31. Hey, that ultra-sound girl is kinda cute.

    1. Tough for me to tell, I can only see her glove.

      1. That's her left hand. She's doing her own ultra-sound.

        1. Totally not on "vibrate".

  32. Josh Hawley's attack? since when is questioning someone now called attacking someone? the left has gotten stupid in how they represent things to make them what they are not for political gain

    1. It's an attack if it is limited to the person's past work output, rather than a holistic critique of their entire life.

      1. If he'd just asked her if she liked beer, it would be investigatory. But since he's asking her about things she's done previously, it's an attack.

        Let's keep in mind this is a woman who has been aiming at getting on the Supreme Court since she was in high school. Surely she consistently had in mind in the past that she was going to have to face a confirmation hearing, even if she never knew what part of her record people were going to look at. She can't be ambushed with the work output of her lifetime when it's all been directed at trying to reach this moment. Nobody is coming out with nebulous allegations about something she might have done sometime in the summer of 1987.

        1. She also can’t be ambushed because Hawley informed her of his concerns, regarding her actual rulings, before the hearing began.

    2. When the questions are obvious bullshit just meant to put on a show for their idiot voters.

      1. Give an example.

        1. The Kavanaugh rape hearings.

      2. Hawley cited her past statements and decisions dumbass.

        1. I will say that it is for show, however. Hawley has made up his mind to vote against her nomination and is putting forth a record for the cameras to justify why he'll vote against. It really is all politicking.

          1. At least his assertions are backed by primary citations and not made up events from 30 years ago.

            Don't know why Hawley is getting attacked for that.

          2. Well of course it's for show. Hawley's not going to vote for the bitch any more than the Dems would have voted for Barrett or Kavanaugh.

            It's the implication that he didn't ask her anything of substance that's the issue, when he's clearly going after her record and how her own ideology informs it.

    3. Also, unlike Sullum's characterizations, Hawley honed in specifically on someone who was sharing and distributing child porn, and got a 3 month sentence when he should have spent years in prison according to guidelines and recommendations. He called out her own words that he found disginenous, saying that because he was 18, he was viewing sexual acts of his "peers," though many of them were pre-pubescent.

    4. I'd encourage everyone to actually go WATCH the 30 minutes of Hawley's questioning of her. Watch it on 1.5 speed because people in Congress never talk fast enough, and you'll be done in 20 minutes.

      Here's a youtube link to the proper timecode: https://youtu.be/q8TZsBTzJ5o?t=30116

      Hawley was respectful, courteous, didn't interrupt her to force his own voice into the question. Characterizing it as a vicious attack is disingenuous given the history of vicious attacks we've seen on Thomas, Bork, and Kavanaugh.

      1. I think you should add Barrett to that list, unless you think religious tests are appropriate.

  33. https://twitter.com/GadSaad/status/1506466985873485832?t=y3LcTp3WEgjQR6BcfyMXbQ&s=19

    My wife is upset at me because I just came home with a giraffe. She was angry that I would do so because we agreed to adopt a dog. How the f**k am I suppose to know the difference? I’m not a f***ing zoologist.

    1. Look at the bright side. No more breaking out the ladder to trim the trees.

  34. >>males report higher self-esteem than females

    if everyone is whoever they want to be, how is this a thing?

    1. Most people want to be what they really are?

    2. I bet they also report larger penis sizes too

  35. "Psychology and intelligence researchers are unequivocal: men and women do not differ in actual IQ," writes Reilly at Neuroscience News.

    This is 100% false. Even a cursory search can help you find information that shows men score farther out on both extremes (super dumb, and super smart) and women's IQs bell curve more than men's. (fewer morons, fewer geniuses)

    1. Yeah, there's an "on average" missing there. People are really bad at thinking about things like that. It's quite possible that women are actually smarter on average than men and that the smartest people in the world (as well as the stupidest and most violent) tend to be men.

  36. Contempt for Warren's crypto bill.

    Speaking of female IQs... damn she's something isn't she?

  37. Josh Hawley's Attack on Ketanji Brown Jackson

    Questioning and criticizing her actual jurisprudence is an "attack" but making up gang rape stories about a nominee is "brave"

    1. It took a lot of courage for Chrstine Blasey Ford to pretend she has two front doors due to her past trauma, and not because she's using her house as a partial rental property.

      1. It took a lot of courage to claim that the accusation was "credible" when the accuser didn't know what month or what city her accusation occurred in.

        1. Or how old she was at the time.

    2. Hey, the rape accusations were credible. What's not credible are accusations using the accused's own previous writings and rulings that are public record!

  38. https://twitter.com/390Band/status/1506657485863620614?t=RWu29P0-rfSH8VCP2YRajQ&s=19

    They can find the bank records of the Canadian truckers but can’t find or tell us who the clients of Maxwell are. Hmm

    1. Well, they probably put a lot more money and effort into hiding themselves from sight than a bunch of Canadian truckers did.

  39. https://twitter.com/DolioJ/status/1506660323004198919?t=kPvlbS7qu-1R6pQprrN2dg&s=19

    I suspect the arrest had more to do with the exposure of the UKR's illegal use of the mall to hide military equipment, than the strike, since Russia already released the drone footage that actually led to the strike.

    [Link]

  40. In case you missed it, Russia is demanding that hostile states pay for oil and gas in Rubles. Goodbye petrodollar.

    1. But totes worth it, because putinmanbad!

    2. That's probably less of an issue than Saudi Arabia playing footsie with China over possibly buying oil in yuan.

    3. In case you're GG, you make asinine statements like this.

  41. How else was LA supposed to pay for the extra work involved in enforcing the COVID mandates and keeping the press from filming CA's elite breaking them?

    1. It costs money to drive out to someone's restaurant and turn off their electricity and gas for not complying with COVID mandates.

  42. What a STUPID legal take....

    So... As long as state prosecution doesn't make the charges idiot people can take the legal system at their whim and make up charges that violates Constitutional Precedence???

    When you all loose your gun rights the same way; don't come crying to me STUPID idiots.

  43. Abortion is a long way of argument. There are many aspects to be consider. But for me, let us just give the rights of every person. In the end we are just humans, we deserve equal rights. This also the opinion of my friend who owns we buy houses east cleveland company.

    1. Finally, someone that all sides of the Abortion debate can equally hate.

  44. MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE, GOVERNMENT POWER!!!!!!

    Screams the Puritans who really belong on the Left not the Right.

    1. Three Cheers of GOV-GUN forced REPRODUCTION on everyone!

    2. Is your name Britney? 🙂

  45. 'Masculinity tied to inflated estimation of IQ.' If one draws a conclusion from research done with a group size of 228, then perhaps the takeaway isn't that masculinity was the link, but bias is.

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