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The CDC Extends Its Mask Mandate on Planes, Trains, and Buses…Again

Plus: Elon Musk offers to buy all of Twitter, China's "zero COVID" policy is reaching its limits, and more...

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Federal officials have once again extended the mask mandate for planes, trains, and buses, angering congressional Republicans, the travel industry, and everyone else yearning to breathe free as they travel from point A to point B. Citing an uptick in new cases during early April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that the existing federal mask mandate—which was set to expire on April 18—will continue until at least May 3.

The order "remains in effect while CDC assesses the potential impact of the rise of cases on severe disease, including hospitalizations and deaths, and healthcare system capacity," said the agency in a statement Wednesday.

In a separate action, the Biden administration extended the federal government's public health emergency that was first declared in January 2020. It is now set to end on July 15, 2022.

The refusal to return to normal after two years of emergency masking has drawn criticism from an airline industry that has yet to see customers return at pre-pandemic rates.

"It is very difficult to understand why masks are still required on airplanes, but not needed in crowded bars and restaurants; in packed sports arenas; in schools full of children; or at large indoor political gatherings," Nicholas Calio, the CEO of industry trade group Airlines for America, said in a letter to the CDC obtained by the Associated Press.

Federal data show that the number of flights and flyers hovers around 85 percent of where it was prior to COVID-19.

Public transportation, which is also affected by the CDC order, remains terminally depressed. Ridership on the country's largest rail systems is stuck at about one-third to one-half of pre-pandemic levels. (A slow return to the office and service reductions explain the bulk of those lost riders. A requirement to wear an uncomfortable mask probably isn't helping.)

As the mask mandate lumbers on, so does an effort by congressional Republicans to get it struck down by the courts.

In March, Rep. Thomas Massie (R–Ky.), Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.), and 15 other Republican members of Congress sued the CDC over its masking requirement, arguing it was beyond the agency's powers to unilaterally impose such a mandate.

"Congress never passed a law requiring masks on commercial flights. This lawsuit targets the faceless bureaucrats who are behind the CDC's unscientific regulation so that this illegal mask mandate can be brought to a permanent end," said Massie in a press release at the time.

The congressman said on Twitter that they will seek a national injunction to prevent enforcement of the CDC's mask order on Friday of this week.

Last month, a bill sponsored by Paul that would have blocked the CDC's mask mandate managed to pass the Senate with bipartisan support. It has since stalled in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

For the time being, it looks like you'll be stuck donning a mask as you take the train from your crowded office to the crowded bar after work.


FREE MINDS

Billionaire Elon Musk has offered to buy all of Twitter in the name of free speech. Earlier this month, Musk had become the social media company's largest shareholder when he purchased 9.2 percent of Twitter's stock. His appetite was clearly unsated.

"I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy," Musk wrote in a letter sent to Twitter Chairman Bret Taylor yesterday. "Twitter has extraordinary potential. I will unlock it."

Musk had previously expressed dissatisfaction with Twitter's content moderation policies, arguing they were a threat to free expression. He had mused (on Twitter) about starting his own social media competitor.

A potential Musk takeover of Twitter has provoked reactions of delight from some who expressed hope for a freer platform, and horror from others who worry that the billionaire's dream of a "libertarian" internet plays right into Russian President Vladimir Putin's hands.


FREE MARKETS

Producers are also getting slammed by decades-high inflation. On Wednesday, the producer price index, an inflation measure that looks at the prices paid by U.S. suppliers, increased 11.2 percent from last year. Reports The Wall Street Journal:

That marked the fourth consecutive month with a double-digit gain and was the highest since records began in 2010.

The upswing in producer prices was a signal that strong demand, fueled in part by government stimulus, continues to collide with supply-chain disruptions, pushing prices higher.


COVID-19

China's harsh lockdown of the 25 million people in Shanghai continues, as do the protests of city residents. Reports Bloomberg:

The lockdown in China's main financial hub, now in its third week, has spawned some of the most anti-government criticism in years on the country's tightly controlled social media. The latest trending post to get censored featured an 82-year-old man pleading for medication with a local party official who said he could offer only traditional Chinese remedies….

While food shortages have eased in some places and protests are still rare, simmering rage is rife among 25 million people confined to their homes with no end in sight. Tens of thousands of social media users have passed around acts of individual defiance and reports of suicides on Weibo and WeChat, with censors quickly removing some posts on government misconduct.


QUICK HITS

• Russia has said that any effort by Finland and Sweden to join NATO would see it deploy more forces to the Baltic region.

• Alleged New York City subway shooter Frank James was arrested on Wednesday. Zack Tahhan, a 21-year-old immigrant from Syria, has become an internet sensation after claiming that he tipped police off to James' location. A law enforcement source told the New York Post James called the police on himself.

• The crew of Russia's Black Sea fleet flagship abandoned the vessel yesterday after it was reportedly struck by a Ukrainian missile.

• NASA says its astronauts are not quite ready to spend an extended period of time on the moon.

• Election integrity hawk Mark Meadows was removed from voter rolls in North Carolina as part of a state investigation into whether the former Trump White House chief of staff had fraudulently registered to vote in the state.

• Is Elon Musk really just trolling potheads with his Twitter takeover bid?

NEXT: Why Do Legalizers Keep Blocking Pot Banking?

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  1. Billionaire Elon Musk has offered to buy all of Twitter in the name of free speech.

    AND END DEMOCRACY AS WE KNOW IT

    1. About time. We can't take much more modern democracy.

    2. Apparently, Putin approves free speech.

      1. A potential Musk takeover of Twitter has provoked reactions of delight from some who expressed hope for a freer platform, and horror from others who worry that the billionaire's dream of a "libertarian" internet plays right into Russian President Vladimir Putin's hands.

        I think that everyone knows that if there's anything Vladimir Putin wants, it's a more libertarian society.

    3. Musk wanting free and open platforms is identical to Putin shutting down speech!!!11!!!11!!!!

    4. Musk may let Donald Trump back on Twitter, and that's a threat to free speech.

      1. That’s really what all the screeching is about.

        1. Gotta admit that all the REEEEEE from twitter employees is making my schadenfreude tingle.

          I shouldn't be so happy. I know it's stressful when someone shakes up your world and that's their employment and life. But, on the other hand, fuck 'em.

          All the scolds and censors from places like that have worn me out.

          1. schadenfreude tingle

            That was my nickname in high school.

          2. I shouldn't be so happy. I know it's stressful when someone shakes up your world and that's their employment and life. But, on the other hand, fuck 'em.

            Keep in mind, these anarcho-communist assholes are seething and dilating because Musk might possibly pay them to do LESS work. How much effort do they spend in a typical day chasing down wrongthink to censor?

            1. Probably about none of it. The actual moderation is likely performed by people earning about $15/hour with less than 2 weeks of training, in a completely different facility, and quite possibly are just contractors and actually work for a different company. The vast majority of the elites of Twitter have likely never met their censors in person and would claim to have PTSD from seeing a thousandth of what a Twitter censor has to see daily.

              Yes, the elites have to formulate policies, but moving the line doesn't necessarily make it any easier to define the line. So, great, you no longer ban questioning the vaccine, but if you are going by the legal speech standard, you still have to write guidelines/training manuals to identify when folks pushing snake oil have tipped over into advertising unapproved drugs.

      2. That's a threat to freedom worldwide. All that alt-right wing totalitarianism, toxic masculinity, white privilege, and assholeness is literal violence. Trillions will die if he gets back on.

        1. Small comfort for the folks of NYC where black extremists blow up places and people. How’s that BLM $6 Mil mansion working for ya?

          “Where are all those who stated ‘Black lives matter’?” Adams said on NY1. Do an analysis of who was killed or shot last night. I was up all night speaking to my commanders in the Bronx, in Brooklyn. The victims were black,” the mayor said.
          https://nypost.com/2022/04/14/mayor-eric-adams-slams-blm-anti-cop-activists-following-nyc-shootings/

          1. It appears that Black Lives Matter only when it is a white person taking the life.

            1. And ideally one in a uniform.

    5. Anyway we can fortify democracy?

    6. His main complaint is they don't have a policy to reject geriatric weirdos that like to sniff women's hair.

    7. If billionaires go around letting anyone say anything they like, how free is anyone going to be?

    8. How free can we be without protections in place that maintain our delusions?

      Without the ministry of truth telling us - up is down, good is bad, men are women.

  2. The upswing in producer prices was a signal that strong demand...

    See? Biden fixed the economy.

    1. He certainly did. It's too bad for that Putin Price Hike, or else we'd all be able t retire and live off of that crazy Musk and Bezos money.

      1. we'd be able to retire.

        1. Ah yes... The economy so good that everyone is retired, but I can still have someone cut my hair.

  3. Face it. The COVID emergency will not end until another "crisis" provides the same opportunity to make people panic, and the same justification for expanding state control.

    Any bets?

    1. We get “involved” in Ukraine.

    2. Only 43 percent of Americans have had Covid so Covid's still got plenty of legs to last them for quite a while.

      1. How many have never bothered getting tested?

          1. How many Americans likely have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies due to exposure of the CCP virus? Ten-fold greater than what is being reported. Follow the science

        1. These results aren't from the Covid test but from blood draws which may or may not be Covid related:

          "This nationwide antibody seroprevalence survey currently provides estimates of the percentage of people in the United States with resolving or past infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. These percentages do not include people who have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 and have no history of infection."

          "The survey included blood specimens tested for reasons unrelated to COVID-19, such as for routine medical care or a sick visit."

    3. No takers here, I'd imagine.

    4. Either that, or I'll bet you a million dollars.

      'Cause if I win, hey, I really won.

      And if I lose, these fuckers are going to make it so a million dollars won't buy a gumball.

  4. China's harsh lockdown of the 25 million people in Shanghai continues, as do the protests of city residents.

    Time for Xi to take a page out of Trudeau's playbook. THE STUDENT HAS BECOME THE MASTER.

    1. Only a Master of Evil, Chairman.

      1. TURN OVER YOUR BANK ACCOUNT

        1. These aren't the funds you're looking for.

        2. Pretty sure china's government already owns those.

    2. Run and hide, claim to have Covid, and sic the banks on them?

  5. Russia has said that any effort by Finland and Sweden to join NATO would see it deploy more forces to the Baltic region.

    WWIII starts as a chicken or the egg situation.

    1. If WWIII continues to create refugees from countries with the hottest babes, I say let's go for it.

      1. The CIA needs to get it’s ass down to Brazil then.

        1. Columbia. Good lord, the Columbian ladies around here....

          1. Seconded

      2. This is WWV trump cultist.

        1. My bad. I am losing track of how many times I have died from WWx, COVID, and the climate catastrophe.

          1. Probably 4, but if your cat-like, you have 5 more chances.

          2. Whippersnapper! In my day we survived acid rain, nuclear winter , mass starvation, something that we all had to hold hands to prevent and disco.

            1. In my day we survived...

              Don't forget a hole in the ozone layer that burned all lifeforms to a crisp.

          3. I died of climate change (along with everyone else) before I was even born.

            It's been an odd life, I have to say...

    2. Sounds like Russia still has some old tanks they want to submit to rapid unscheduled disassembly, so they can use them for spare parts.

  6. For the time being, it looks like you'll be stuck donning a mask as you take the train from your crowded office to the crowded bar after work.

    Nope. Most of the country doesnt't love like that outside of the NE corridor.

    1. Most of the country doesn't love like that outside of the NE corridor.

      Joel Goodsen and Lana would like a word.

    2. And most of the NE corridor outside of major urban areas doesn't live like that either.

  7. "For the time being, it looks like you'll be stuck donning a mask as you take the train from your crowded office to the crowded bar after work."

    Everyone knows that trains are sacred to progressives and Democrats, and thus must be protected about all else.

    1. You know who else loved trains and made sure they ran on time?

      1. Cornelius Vanderbilt?

      2. Mister Roger?

      3. Autistic 5 year olds?

        1. A friend of mine who is autistic landed his dream job as a train master. He's excellent at it.

      4. Conrail?

        Oh, you said on time. Never mind.

    2. Only Progressives could believe trains can catch COVID and go Achoo Achoo.

      1. *applause!*

    3. Why is the fed even involved with local trains and busses? Should add abolishing the department of transportation to the todo list.

      1. Actually, it is TSA, not the DoT that is to blame. Terrorism is a federal issue (supposedly... don't see any mention of it in the constitution), so, 'naturally' security of all public transportation is a federal issue, and security and safety are the same right? And if that person sitting next to you on the subway has COVID, it will improve your safety by some small amount if you are both wearing masks (according to the CDC).

        Don't mind the fact that the very same TSA tells you take your mask off in the airport so the security agent standing 3 feet from you can verify your face matches your picture ID.

  8. The CDC Extends Its Mask Mandate on Planes, Trains, and Buses…Again

    Of course they did. The primary function of federal agencies is supporting left wing politics, and there are few opportunities to virtue signal as public as masking.

  9. Days since enbs last yglasias reffrence : 9

    I understand that her not working for 6 of those days helped get the number that high

    1. So, if this streak turns into a record, will there be an asterisk?

      1. Depends on if it goes more than 6 days longer than the last, one supposes.

    2. At least when someone else does the Roundup the "Quick Hits" section links aren't a list of all the Reason articles from the previous day. Talk about mailing it in.

      1. You didnt notice all the links to the Florida dont say gay bill from shackford? Never mind. Those were his previous articles.

    3. You're not counting Boehm's mention?

  10. A law enforcement source told the New York Post James called the police on himself.

    So he's a gunman and a snitch.

    1. Will he get the reward money?

      1. Setup for an insanity defense?

        1. I think he genuinely believes himself to be some sort of freedom fighter.

          Psychopaths are sometimes like that. They think of the world like a game. They don't have the empathy the other 95% of humans do.

    1. Out of the 32 students that I teach, 20 of them are LGBTQIA+ and have come out to me.

      Statistically, that claim is impossible. The real number is most probably 0-3. That thought occurs to m even before we question as to how a 4th grade teacher is identifying the sexual preferences of her students.

      These children are being violated. When they are older, they will sublimate the embarrassment and horror of when they were convinced they were perverts . They will be suffused with shame. The Proggies that own academia will use that shame to inspire violent hatred against anyone who resists. The goal of their socialism is to ensure that everyone is violated equally.

      1. It is cult indoctrination. You set up the normal as evil and then tell the kids or cult acolytes how they can not be evil. It is literally grooming.

        People think the term grooming is associated woth pedophiles but it is also used in how cults indoctrinate their followers.

        1. also dont know if you saw the video posted on his page with the angry mentally ill lady "parents need to stay the fuck out of the classroom!" but her rant is telling.

          They have mental problems, and they want to spread their mental illness to susceptible kids to grow their insanity cult while at the same time putting a wedge between them and their parents.

          But they are absolutely saying the previously quiet part out loud. Actually they are screaming it now. They want parents to GTFO the way of their indoctrination. They will say it straight up now, proudly.

          This cant be an issue we let go. Terry Mcawful got smoked and almost ensured it happened by saying "parents frankly shouldnt have a say in school curriculum". For now enough people are still livid about this attitude.

          1. The last few weeks of that account posting videos from teachers has been frightening.

          2. Sounds like K-12 activist teachers are jealous of college profs.

            1. It's more like they were indoctrinated as activists in college, and were encouraged to continue doing so after graduation. That's how cultural marxism works.

          3. If parents need to stay the fuck out of the classroom -I take it this being literally and metaphorically, then teachers need to keep their hands off the genitals of their students. Growing up can be tough enough w/o some dimwit with an axe to grind pushing their sexuality, or faith, or politics on you. I've said it elsewhere, the classroom is a professional space for work, not a space for immature egos to abuse their charges.

          4. Right? This isn't just a disagreement over what's polite any longer. This is fucking evil.

            I hope DeSantis has someone capturing every one of these that pops up at the best resolution they can find it in, because that's the whole campaign right there.

            "This is why we passed the Parental Rights in Education Bill. Remember how the media lied about how this was about teenagers? This is a fourth grade teacher. Fourth graders are nine."

      2. I think you underestimate the power of fashion and madness of crowds, especially in teens.

        1. also probably how they have 20/32 kids identifying as "LGBTQIA+", likely after a month of Pride indoctrination.

          Everyone wants to have cool lore, and straight cis gender is sooooo 20th century.

        2. I am not underestimating anything.

          It is part of the plan that the kids use peer pressure to continue the work. When these kids hit puberty, they will become intimately acquainted with their sexuality. They will subconsciously know they have been lied to, but as the middle and high school teachers lavish praise on the best performers of woke, the performers will enjoy celebrity status over the best students. The best students will study how best to appear woke.

          College applications are already a woke joke.

          1. Faculty position applications might be worse.

      3. This is also in the context of the alphabet squad including basically everything under the sun.

        When you add "questioning" in there, that can include a lot of kids, especially a high percentage of kids at susceptible age that could be influenced to think they have super powers, they might be gay, they might be another gender, or they might be part animal. Kids are already in a state where they are learning their place in the world and society, once you start throwing this weird post modern shit at them you could get them to identify as "questioning" in about 5 minutes.

      4. Schools fail to teach kids to read and right. How and why they even talk about sexuality, especially with 4th graders, is grounds for termination.

        1. So many typos

        2. Your write.

        3. grounds for termination

          I am assuming you have to have a vagina to get away with this shit.
          If I had ever discovered a man talking to my 9 year-old son about being gay, I would have been hard pressed to stop beating him before he was dead.

      5. It is easy, the teacher is validating and valuing the kids who say they are alphabet people. This is the result of the children looking for adult approval and the kids do not have a fully formed understanding of what any of this really means.

        1. They are doing a good job of ensuring future income inequality. The kids from quality households will either ignore them, or be set straight by their parents. The other kids coming from shitty households will be so fucked up that they are guaranteed to stay at the bottom of society.

        2. This why all these batshit nutjobs are elementary school teachers- little kids are so much easier to influence. I guarantee these loonies don't have any normal, healthy adult relationships that are not entirely centered around their mental problems, so they use these kids to get the validation they crave and can't get from regular, sane adults.

          Even before the FL bill, they were ALWAYS elementary school teachers. They probably all spent their high school years sitting in the back of the cafeteria being loudly and aggressively weird and wondering why no one likes them. They probably wouldn't survive a month as a high school teacher.

    2. she literally just posts their own content.

  11. NASA says its astronauts are not quite ready to spend an extended period of time on the moon.

    They'll miss the earth so much. They'll miss their wives.

    1. In their defense, it's lonely out in space.

      1. Only a lunatic would like the moon.

        1. I've seen interviews with Apollo astronauts who said they were not impressed with going to the moon. They said it was monochrome, rocky, lifeless and boring.

          1. "Splendid desolation" was one of the more poetic descriptions.

            1. Michael Jackson at Disneyland. Don't have to share it with nobody else.

        2. What if they really love cheese?

        3. The Moon is a harsh mistress.

        4. "lunatic, moon"

          Haha, took me a second. Interesting how words evolve and meanings are lost.

    2. A rat done bit my sister Nell.
      (with Whitey on the moon)
      Her face and arms began to swell.
      (and Whitey's on the moon)
      I can't pay no doctor bill.
      (but Whitey's on the moon)
      Ten years from now I'll be payin' still.
      (while Whitey's on the moon)
      The man jus' upped my rent las' night.
      ('cause Whitey's on the moon)
      No hot water, no toilets, no lights.
      (but Whitey's on the moon)
      I wonder why he's uppi' me?
      ('cause Whitey's on the moon?)
      I was already payin' 'im fifty a week.
      (with Whitey on the moon)
      Taxes takin' my whole damn check,
      Junkies makin' me a nervous wreck,
      The price of food is goin' up,
      An' as if all that shit wasn't enough
      A rat done bit my sister Nell.
      (with Whitey on the moon)
      Her face an' arm began to swell.
      (but Whitey's on the moon)
      Was all that money I made las' year
      (for Whitey on the moon?)
      How come there ain't no money here?
      (Hm! Whitey's on the moon)
      Y'know I jus' 'bout had my fill
      (of Whitey on the moon)
      I think I'll sen' these doctor bills,
      Airmail special
      (to Whitey on the moon)

      1. Gotta throw it in:

        A doctor vaxxed my sister Nell.
        (with Fauci on the tube)
        Her face and arms began to swell.
        (and Fauci's on the tube)

        My sister's only 10 years old
        (but Fauci's on the tube)
        She's at more risk from common cold
        (while Fauci's on the tube)

        Another mandate came last night.
        ('cause Fauci's on the tube)
        No mask, no booster, no civil rights.
        (but Fauci's on the tube)
        I wonder why he's buggin' me?
        ('cause Fauci's on the tube?)
        A new lie comes in every week.
        (with Fauci on the tube)

        Cash is gone, it's all been spent
        Pay raise doesn't make a dent
        Inflation's at 15 percent
        And Brandon is the President

        A doctor vaxxed my sister Nell.
        (with Fauci on the tube)
        Her face an' arm began to swell.
        (but Fauci's on the tube)
        With the 14 days I gave last year
        (for Fauci on the tube?)
        How come there ain't no freedom here?
        (Hm! Fauci's on the tube)
        Y'know I jus' 'bout had my fill
        (of Fauci on the tube)
        I think I'll sen' these doctor bills,
        Airmail special
        (to Fauci on the tube)

        1. Brilliant.

        2. GSH would likely find this clever.

      2. Good ole Little Nell. Providing amusement since Oscar Wilde's day.

    3. As NASA is far from ready to send anyone to the Moon for any length of time, it is something of a moot issue.

    4. “The Astronaut Office is in the process of developing a framework for Artemis training, but this framework has not been formally chartered nor have any Artemis crews been announced,” NASA’s Inspector General said in a recent report. “As such, specific mission-focused training for the Artemis II mission — the first crewed Artemis flight — has not yet begun.”

      When you're "in the process of developing a framework" it sound like you're getting ready to start, but don't want to tell your boss you haven't really made any progress yet.

  12. "horror from others who worry that the billionaire's dream of a "libertarian" internet plays right into Russian President Vladimir Putin's hands."

    Yes, damn it! The only way to ensure a free society is by severely limiting speech and association, so that people hear only the correct information.

    1. Records also show Chinese company extending lines of credit to the family of Joe biden for us to 99k at a time.

      https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/04/chinese-partners-financed-bidens-spending-spree-while-bidens-sought-visa-help-for-them/

      1. At a minimum the above is a FARA violation as the bidens then started to use Joe's contacts to seek out Visas for the family of the CEO of the company.

      2. Whatever Putin puppet.

        1. Putin is already stealing the 2022 elections. How dare you.

          1. He has been doing his best to sow doubt into the voters since he pulled that heist in '16.

    2. Still everybody's talking about how the media fucked this up, and not the more important question -- what do we do now that we know the president is bought?

      1. Wait for the Republicans to win in 2022, impeach him, have the Senate find him not guilty? At least we should get some good WaPo editorials calling Republicans hypocrites for being against the impeachment of Trump but for the impeachment of Biden out of it.

  13. Election integrity hawk Mark Meadows was removed from voter rolls in North Carolina...

    Hoisted on his on petard.

    1. He will have to use his neighbor's mail-in ballot.

  14. The offer price also includes the number 420...

    I'll take 69 shares, please.

  15. "The upswing in producer prices was a signal that strong demand, fueled in part by government stimulus, continues to collide with supply-chain disruptions, pushing prices higher."

    Fake news! Production costs have nothing to do with consumer prices. We demand that the Biden Administration sets prices lower (and wages higher).

    1. Inflation is profit!
      (Someone here actually said that)

      1. Reord corporate profits.

        Wealth of Elon Musk
        2012: $2,000,000,000
        2022: $273,600,000,000

        Wealth of Jeff Bezos
        2012: $18,400,000,000
        2022: $181,300,000,000

        Wealth of Mark Zuckerberg
        2012: $17,500,000,000
        2022: $76,800,000,000

        1. So, what have you done for mankind* since 2012?

          *And focus on things that other people would happily pay for.

        2. Wealth is not profits you brain dead illiterate.

          1. Balance sheets go up for several reasons, but fuck it, all asset increases are taxable income.

        3. Great job proving that three people managed to gain wealth over a decade. I would never have believed it otherwise.

          1. I really don't get what he's trying to say here. Down below he claimed that it was due to inflation.

            Perhaps he's day drinking.

            1. These people take the word of AOC and Warren at face value. I'm sure he thinks he made a killer point.

              Economic illiterates led by other commie economic illiterates.

    2. Can't he just send everyone a check so they can pay the new higher prices?

      1. Sending everyone a check is what caused the prices to increase!

    1. I vaguely remember another President who spoke off the cuff regularly....trying to place who it was.

      The difference between Donald Trump and Joe Biden speaking off the cuff is that one hurt some feelings and one is going to start WWIII. It's telling about the "words are violence" crowd that the first is worse than the second.

      1. Come on! Shutting down transvestite story hour at the children's library is much worse than nuclear devastation of all global cities.

        1. Pure censorship when public funds aren't used to groom kids.

        2. Again I ask the question, if DC and NY get nuked, why should I care?

          1. Library of Congress, some museums, and there are decent working people who live in both cities. We do have the tendency, I know I do, to tar all urban-dwellers as useless non-producing cowards, because they buy food at the store, can't fend for themselves in most situations. But, ignorance can be changed, if a person wants to change, so many of these folks are not total shitheads.

          2. Yeah, why should anyone care about millions of innocent people getting killed in an event that would probably lead to total nuclear war?

            1. If DC gets bombed 96% of them voted for their own destruction.

      2. The US is a racist nation that deserves to get nuked by Russia.

        1. Totally agree. Non racist places like Russia definitely should turn the home of us racists into the world's largest glass floored, self lighting parking lot.

  16. ...the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that the existing federal mask mandate—which was set to expire on April 18—will continue until at least May 3.

    They also said they totally have that authority so don't anyone push back on it.

    1. They've investigated themselves and found themselves totally trustworthy.

  17. "China's harsh lockdown of the 25 million people in Shanghai continues..."

    And Newsom has another COVID boner.

  18. The refusal to return to normal after two years of emergency masking has drawn criticism from an airline industry that has yet to see customers return at pre-pandemic rates.

    You were given COVID handouts to shut your yaps.

    1. Surprisingly, NBC also included this exact language in their reporting. They had the head of the airline trade association saying that the Science says that their filtration and circulation system works and being on an airplane is one of the safest places you can be fo covid.

      Smash cut to "expert" saying this doesn't tell the whole story... because you don't just sit on an airplane when you travel.

      Sooooooo...... totally ignore the point and say something irrelevant? Check.

      Still, the other 99 times they have done variations on this story, they completely ignored that fact.

      So... progress?

      1. I wonder if airline execs want it both ways. They claim to want restrictions lifted, which would mollify airline staff and some customers. But they also know that many people will boycott flying without COVID theater, and are hoping that restrictions, blamed on the feds, continue.

  19. "A law enforcement source told the New York Post James called the police on himself."

    See? Defunding the police works.

    1. McGruff the crime dog convinced him, he took a bite out of, himself. Calling Crimestoppers is one step up, I suppose.

  20. ...a bill sponsored by Paul that would have blocked the CDC's mask mandate managed to pass the Senate with bipartisan support. It has since stalled in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

    Those midterms aren't going to lose themselves.

  21. Just get vaccinated and we can all return to normal.

    1. Ain't it the truth! I remember being told that the Pfizer vaccine was going to be 90% effective, so please get your shot. Now approaching the 4th shot in; has anyone recalculated - and released - evidence on just how effective the first shot was??? {I know, I know, one of you will come back with "zero percent")

      1. There's been tons of data released. I don't think there's any question that the Pfizer vaccine was reasonably effective at reducing hospitalization. As it evolved, however, the question became how long was it effective, what was the time frame of drop-off, and how rapidly did it drop off? And I think the evidence shows that the dropoff was fairly sharp and rapid.

        Then there's the eleventy boosters, but according to some of the top virologists in the world, you're being repeatedly boosted with the ancestral variant, not the Delta, definitely not the Omicron, not the Omicron BA2 Electric Boogaloo edition, so the effectiveness of the boosters right out of the gate was questionable.

        1. Much cheaper anti viral drugs also showed reduced hospitalizations when used early.

          Imagine if vaccine study data only was publicized if for vaccines given when already in the hospital.

          1. Yes, but we're not allowed to talk about those. So STFU on that topic, Mr. Rogan.

            1. We all need to STFU until Dr. joe Friday weighs in.

        2. You do make a good point about sequels. By the 4th or 5th installment only die hard fans line up outside theaters (and vaccine clinics). And the latest episode is weak sauce.

      2. In Snohomish Country, WA VE had fallen to 33% in December. All vax/no vax info is now completely missing from subsequent reports.

        My link is getting banned but if you search for "Et tu, Snohomish?" you will find it.

        1. I'm reading your article now. Looks like good research and high detail.

          1. I've been watching the lying liars in Washington lie for over two years now. April 8, 2020 was the day Inslee ordered the field house at Century Link field dismantled. We both know that if there was even a 1% chance that hospital would be needed, Inslee would have kept it up. He knew hospitals wouldn't be overrun, but we remained in lockdown for like 18 months, and still he won't give up emergency powers.

            1. I'm not so sure about that. Cuomo preferred to put COVID positive patients back in nursing homes than to use the hospital ship docked in NYC. For whatever reason, surging needed hospital capacity is one of the few interventions the COVID elite didn't like.

        2. Reason is blocking your links now? Wtf.

          1. Maybe it triggers on the same commenter posting the same link multiple times?

            I mean, I find it very hard to imagine that the Reason Commenting System has anything that sophisticated in it, but I suppose it's not impossible.

            1. Actually, I'd say it's more likely the squirrels are just having a seizure today for some random.

    2. 2 more weeks to flatten to curve, Diane (Paul).

    1. JANUARY 6TH WASN’T ANYTHING LIKE THE WHITMER KIDNAPPING NOW SHUT UP!

      — Haircut

    2. Only 20? That doesn't even sound like that many. I have to admit I'm surprised.

      1. At least. They haven't done a full accounting from what I can tell.

        1. And that is "embedded agents", which sounds distinct from security or plainclothes.

          1. Or informants.

      2. Yeah but the agents are
        The guy who took down the barricades
        The guy with a megaphone telling people they can go into the capitol
        The guy that broke the window
        Etc

        You don't need many people

    3. The deep state needed its Reichstag fire so it could shut down debate about November 8.
      It's a lot easier to scream "insurrectionist" than answer pertinent questions.

      1. Exactly.

      2. Many said this at the time. J6 was the best gift the dems could possibly get.

        Granted, it seems like a gift they at least partially bought for themselves

    4. Which means it was 10x that many. Would be nice to see the GOP actually do something about this, but the party of stupid is unlikely to get a rebrand anytime soon.

  22. “Is Elon Musk really just trolling potheads with his Twitter takeover bid?”

    Poor Christian, referencing 420 isn’t trolling potheads.

  23. Serious ethics problems continue to be found in leading university research as college researchers fail to disclose ties to activist groups and others.

    This time in anti herbicide research published wkth stunning new claims of high exposure for 60% of Americans. Lead researcher is from a pro organic food industry whose conflicts were not present in published research.

    https://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2022/04/13/anti-pesticide_researchers_may_have_committed_serious_ethics_breaches_826830.html

    1. Hey, the purpose of Academia is activism not education.

      1. Fortunately I'm not a fan of academia nuts.

        1. White chocolate is a construct of colonialism.

          1. White chocolate is an abomination before God. 60% cacao or better for me.

            1. Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli ?

          2. And racist.

  24. "It is very difficult to understand why masks are still required on airplanes, but not needed in crowded bars and restaurants; in packed sports arenas; in schools full of children; or at large indoor political gatherings," Nicholas Calio, the CEO of industry trade group Airlines for America, said in a letter to the CDC obtained by the Associated Press.

    "Because fuck you, that's why." - the CDC

  25. "On Wednesday, the producer price index, an inflation measure that looks at the prices paid by U.S. suppliers, increased 11.2 percent from last year."

    Sorry. I just can't believe that.

    Reason's leading economics expert says the i-word is a wingnut.com disinformation campaign. In fact, we're currently in the best economy ever.

    #DefendBidenAtAllCosts

    1. The spittin tobaccy / rig count ratio backs up your claim.

      1. And don't forget the Warren Buffett Net Worth Index, which Mr. Buttplug considered more important than GDP growth from 2009 to 2016.

        The WBNWI is plus $16.4 billion for 2022.

        #BillionairesForBiden

      2. For the last time, it’s rig count/spittin terbacky.

        Things are good when the numerator is up and the denominator is down

    2. Inflation is bad.

      Wealth of Elon Musk
      2012: $2,000,000,000
      2022: $273,600,000,000

      Wealth of Jeff Bezos
      2012: $18,400,000,000
      2022: $181,300,000,000

      Wealth of Mark Zuckerberg
      2012: $17,500,000,000
      2022: $76,800,000,000

      U.S. Minimum Wage
      2012: $7.25
      2022: $7.25

      1. Lol. Stroodle thinks inflation causes profits of business owners and not businesses growing.

        Hilarious.

        1. He is also whining that his net worth has not increased like people who have produced things that millions of people voluntarily pay for. (Yeah, I know Musk has also been grifting the feds, but if he shakes up the woke establishment I will forgive him.)

          1. Shit, I despise EV's -they're the affluent educated liberal virtue-signaling vehicle of choice, but if one is going to bilk any groups, I say fuck the rich lefty hypocrites, and fuck the feds. Sadly, the latter means that the taxpayers are on the hook for the snake oil.

          2. Considering how many fast food places--generally the domain of the lowest-paid service class members--I see advertising starting salaries at $12-15/hr, it looks like labor demand and inflation are taking care of the last line item just fine.

      2. Do you own a Telsa? Buy stuff from Amazon? Use Facebook? Then those people got rich off your free will. Don't like it, stop using their products.

        1. Like most idiots, he wants the stuff but hates the fact that free commerce rewarded the producers.

          1. like most *communists*

            1. That's what I said.

        2. ^ This.

      3. So if inflation made those guys rich, are we all rich now, or did they do something different?

      4. Are you really arguing that those guys amassed any of their riches through inflation, Shrike?

        That's beyond fucking stupid even for you.

        Seriously, you're to stupid to fifty-cent here. Try Huffpo. =====>

        1. Maybe the Sock Farm has a Nickel Program?

      5. The minimum wage is basically irrelevant now, since companies have to pay 14 to 18 dollars an hour to get anyone to work.

        Or maybe holding the minimum wage low for so long is why the unemployment rate is so low now.

      6. imagine displaying this much of a deficit in critical thinking and the economy all in one post.

        LO fucking L

  26. ...a bill sponsored by Paul that would have blocked the CDC's mask mandate managed to pass the Senate with bipartisan support.

    So Paul is going all DeSantis on us by banning the mandates? So much for freedom.

    1. Democracy = compassionate government control

  27. The CDC wants to be sure no one ever again listens to a thing they say.

    1. It's fun not listening to the CDC while we're chained up in their basement.

      1. Some of us live in 'Free America (tm)'.

      2. It puts the vaccine on its skin.

      3. It puts the mask on its face, or else it gets the lockdowns again

  28. Well I got myself an unmask and they work as advertised. So if you need to wear a mask, and enjoy being able to actually breathe, I highly recommend getting one.

    1. And the great thing about the Unmask is they work as well as the other masks.

      1. If I was sick and visiting a nursing home I would wear something else. But otherwise the Unmask is great.

        1. Why would you visit a nursing home if you were sick?

          1. Cuz he hates grandma?

          2. Cuz he’s got a bear in his trunk?

          3. Governor cuomo’s orders?

      2. Good to see that low bridge troll mocking the face diapers now that it is no longer controversial to do so.

        Of course, some of us (including Diane Reynolds (Paul.)) started doing so in June-July of 2020 when the science was clear that they did nothing. Sarc labeled us all Trump-humpers and haters-of-truth back then, but I am sure that he is fully reformed and ready to admit that celebrating the arrests and tasings right along his 'true libertarian' buddies, White Mike and Jeffy, was wrong.

        1. To be fair, I don't recall when I started getting critical of masking. If I remember my own evolution on this entire COVID issue, I didn't start getting really angry until around April/May of 2021 because that's around the time I got fully vaccinated and then said, "Ok, return to normal time..." and then proceeded to wait, and wait... and wait... and wait. And wait.

          And wait.

          And wait and wait.

          When it became clear that simply getting the vaccine wasn't going to return us to normal, and in fact was going to do the exact opposite of that, then I started getting militant.

          1. I was pretty much over it by about March of '20.

      1. Got to virtue signal instead of standing up for supposed principles.

        1. Or, you know, get on a plane or a bus.

    2. Fucking idiot wearing a fake mask.

      1. its truly an absurd product that is a perfect microcosm of the COVID mania that has swept society

        "Hey listen, we all know masks dont work, and we are just wearing them in some sort of mass delusional psychosis. So here's a product that certainly ALSO doesn't work, and in fact, it doesnt work even better. But it does allow you to also pretend you CARE(TM) while fully knowing you arent actually making any difference. And it is 5% more comfortable! For 500% the cost!"

        I think we are at peak stupid here.

    3. I think the only place I have had to wear a mask was on a plane recently, and even then it wasn't being strictly enforced.

      Yes there was a message overhead that its federal law, but especially once everyone has a bag of peanuts or a drink in front of them, no flight attendant was harassing the 97% of the plane that had it off or chinstrapped.

      I keep a disposable hospital mask that folds up tiny in my pocket in those scenarios but I dont wear it. If a business asks me to put it on Ill either comply with it if I need to transact with them, or ill take my business elsewhere.

      I havent had to put my mask on since the delta variant. No one has said anything. Most people are over this shit. Just dont wear it.

  29. "The CDC Extends Its Mask Mandate on Planes, Trains, and Buses…Again"

    Can we expect an apology (or even an admission of regret) from even one of the dozen Reason writers/editors who lied about and demonized Trump for five years, and who cheered on Biden and other race baiting Democrats who still want to ban carbon and impose socialism in America?

    Of course not.

    1. They all had their hands between two pillows...

      1. Those aren’t pillows!

    2. Return to normal!!

    3. Be fair! COVID panic, green energy, and socialism is what all the cool kids are doing.

    4. "Can we expect an apology (or even an admission of regret) from even one of the dozen Reason writers/editors"

      Boehm already answered that:

      "Who do you plan to vote for this year?
      "I will vote strategically and reluctantly for Biden"
      "If you could change any vote you cast in the past, what would it be?"
      "I can't imagine thinking a single vote is valuable enough to spend time regretting."

      No apologies, no regrets.

  30. > The latest trending post to get censored featured an 82-year-old man pleading for medication with a local party official who said he could offer only traditional Chinese remedies…

    Traditional Chinese medicine exists because of Chairman Mao. At the time it was viewed disdainfully in the same way we would view homeopathy: Old fashioned nonsense. But Mao didn't want western medicine, he didn't want western anything. So he promoted "traditional" Chinese medicine, and what was once the purview of quacks became officially respected and encouraged.

    1. Why do you hate Chinese people, you racist?

      1. I'm waiting for white Mike to weigh in with the traditional Chinese wordle update.

        1. I’m waiting for Dee to tell us about comparing Farmville scores with her in-laws in Ukrainian.

          1. The ones who live in Hong Kong? Who are parents to his African American wife?

            1. Man this character has a lot of lore...

              What are his pronouns? He's gotta have some goofy as "they" shit going on.

              1. zhir/zhey

  31. Today in propaganda:

    Watched Today Show and Good Morning Americs coverage of the arrest of the NYC subway attacker.

    Both finally mentioned something about potential motive. Both played a clip of him speaking from a video he posted to the internet. Both played a clip where he says he just wants to kill people and see them killed in front of him.

    Neither played any of the rest of the several minutes long rant they pulled the clip from where he almost exclusively talks about his hate for white people and for black people who don’t hate white people and basically all things race. Nope, they zeroed in on what might be the only race neutral statement in the hours long collection of rants.

    1. Only white people can be racist because white people have power over the other races. Had they played those hateful rants then viewers might get the impression that the guy was racist. But it's not possible for him to be racist because of his race. So they couldn't play them. It would screw up the narrative.

      1. sarcasmic
        July.17.2021 at 1:40 pm
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        Ever seen a black Mexican?

        Me neither

        sarcasmic
        October.28.2021 at 3:21 pm
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        Show me a racist Good 'ol Boy and I'll show you a red hat.

    2. So the last 2 large public mass attacks... terror attacks, if you will... were perpetrated by men who were motivated by the same ideology.

      In both cases, the press actively suppressed coverage of motive and ideology.

      Meanwhile, our government says that white supremacists are the greatest threat to the nation.

      Can you see how the propaganda machine works? Or are you still with the "they just didn't cover it because it isn't interesting" crowd?

      1. Also see the Houston cop ambush under Obama term.

        Tons of BLM ideology in his posts but ignored by media.

      2. It took until last year with rand Paul pushing as hard as possible to get the FBI to classify the shooting of the republican baseball practice as a far left politically motivated shooting

    3. I am interested in the command and control mechanism of this. Yet again, we have a story being covered in lockstep, but in a completely counter-intuitive way. Not one outlet ran with the racist rants, even though they are flooding the internet at the moment.

      Someone at reason has to be well positioned to get this story. You guys have buddies at these places. Somebody knows how the word gets passed along. Go find them. Get the story.

      1. I highly doubt there's a coordinated effort. All these journalists have the same politics and went to the same schools. They all just know what to cover and what to ignore.

        1. So youre saying its a coordinated effort.

          1. If the coordination isn’t on official letterhead it doesn’t count.

            1. also has anyone checked their pockets for notarized membership cards?

          2. That it may not be an explicitly coordinated effort is perhaps worse. That all the major news media makes the same questionable decision to ignore parts of a story because they all think the same way, and work to protect the same interests as a matter of course makes the problem of the press not properly performing its watchdog role in our public discourse more intractable.

        2. Zero chance there is not some form of coordination.. The problem with "they all share the same ideology" is the phrases. The mistakes. The counterintuitive takes... they are in lockstep, and they do not propagate over time. They appear everywhere, all at once.

          I am not even talking about the obvious political stories. We all watched the Brett Kavanaugh story being created in real time. Journalists and politicians meeting up at Chuck Schumer's apartment, fake coverage, leaks... that is normal backdoor dealing based on ideological alignment.

          I am talking about the instantaneous recognition that Waukesha was no longer a story. We had a few hours of coverage.... then..... memory hole. As soon as it was a person and not an SUV, they all dropped it. Sure, they just spent a year singing the party song about BLM and being anti-racist... but that was really abrupt and really, really against type.

          There is more than one political faction behind the political coverage.. but they sing with one voice on so much beyond that. Not even far left dissenting voice is out there. They use the same words, cover the same story, the same spin, at the same time.

          Even if they just all watch the same podcast and copy this one guy's takes, there has to be a way to get those phrases out there in way less than an hour.

          1. And if anyone breaks from the narrative, like the NY Post did on the Hunter Biden laptop, they get shutdown and castigated as "irresponsible".

          2. This can still be explained by team oriented beliefs and emergent group behavior

          3. These are the same people who would accuse conservatives who shared the same ideas as getting marching orders from Rush Limbaugh. Even though many did not listen to him.
            Same idea here. They don't need a central authority.

            1. You’ve done exactly that.

            2. This is the same class of people who set up the Journolist for the express purpose of coordinating news narratives.

              Just because it got exposed doesn't mean follow-ups were never established.

      2. Why feel surprised? All the "reporters", and their official sources, went through the same indoctrination at university humanities departments, belong to the same political party, and embrace the same partisan ideology. And said ideology tells them that the purpose of media is to indoctrinate others.

    4. I think my favorite has been the contrast with Rittenhouse.

      "White supremacist kills 3 BLM supporters in Kenosha"

      vs

      "Alleged suspect in subway shooting arrested"

      "Alleged" has been almost ubiquitous, and there has been no mention of his race or racist, well documented, rants.

      They really are the enemy of the people. Straight propaganda.

  32. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that the existing federal mask mandate—which was set to expire on April 18—will continue until at least May 3

    If my seppuku suggestion isn't going to get any traction with the CDC, can they at least go Yakuza and chop off a finger every time the screw up?

    1. The only fingers the world government boys would ever offer would come from the serfs.

  33. Russia is pathetic and sucks at everything. They claim they accidentally blew up their own ship:

    "Russia says Moskva 'still afloat' but Ukraine military claims warship started sinking when hit

    Russia’s defence ministry has said the fire on board the warship Moskva, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, is “under control”.

    The ship was reportedly struck by two Ukrainian missiles in the Black Sea late on Wednesday night. It was famously defied by Ukrainian troops on Snake Island at the start of the war.

    In a statement, the Russian defence ministry said:

    The fire on the cruiser Moskva is under control. There are no flames visible. Ammunition supplies are no longer exploding.

    The cruiser Moskva is still afloat. The main missile armoury has not been damaged.

    The crew of the cruiser were evacuated to Black Sea Fleet vessels nearby. Measures are being taken to tow the cruiser into port.

    The causes of the fire are currently being established."

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/apr/14/russia-ukraine-war-latest-russia-says-warship-seriously-damaged-after-ammunition-explosion-us-to-send-800m-in-military-aid-to-ukraine-live

    1. The White house lies about Biden getting shit on. They lie as much as you claim russia does. Even about the small shit. Literally in this case.

      Where's your outrage there?

      1. What makes you think it was bird shit? They were in a corn silo. It looked like corn starch.

        1. Sir Strudel thinks there’s corn starch in a silo.

          1. I said it "looked like cornstarch" which it means it looked more powdery than typical bird shit. They were in a silo and apparently this stuff was falling all over the place. Yall are the retards for jumping to conclusions without considering the available evidence.

            1. Lol, you still don’t realize how dumb this take is even after I pointed out why.

            2. Not from Iowa I see. Corn Starch? Freakin moron strudel. I've been in enough grain bins to know you continue to be a dumbass.

        2. Corn silo, the largest bait pile in the world. Yup, no birds anywhere.

    2. Russia is pathetic and sucks at everything.

      That's not true. Russia is great at stripping the land of natural resources and building weapons. Other than that yeah, they suck at everything.

      1. India has decided not to buy MiG-29K 4th generation carrier-based multirole fighters from Russia, due to their constant malfunctions, Russian news outlets report.

        The reports have been confirmed by the MiG Corporation.

        According to the Indian military, the Russian-made planes are “riddled with problems”. Specialists have found issues with the quality of the airframe, the control system, and the simulator program for training.

        https://uawire.org/india-rejects-russian-mig-29s-due-to-constant-malfunctions

        1. I didn't say the weapons were good.

          1. Ok, I misunderstood you when you wrote "great... at building weapons".

            1. They export natural resources and weapons. Better?

              1. Yep

    3. You know, if you're going to make a claim and then provide supporting commentary - you should try to find commentary that supports your claim.

      Nothing you posted says that Russia claims they accidentally blew themselves up.

      1. Moskva, the pride of Russia's navy and its flagship in the Black Sea, is still afloat and armed despite a fire on board, according to Russia's Ministry of Defense.

        The Russian Ministry of Defense had earlier on Thursday admitted that the missile cruiser had been damaged by a fire that had broken out on the vessel and triggered an explosion. Ukrainian authorities have said the fire on the Moskva was caused by a Ukrainian missile strike.

        Former U.S. Navy officer Malcolm Nance tweeted that, in his expert view, the Moskva was "finished."

        But Russian authorities have denied such claims.

        In a quote reported by Russian state media RIA Novosti on Telegram, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that "the source of fire on the cruiser "Moskva" is localized. There is no open fire. Explosions of ammunition have been stopped."

        https://www.newsweek.com/russia-says-moskva-warship-remains-buoyant-armed-1697920

    4. “It was famously defied by Ukrainian troops on Snake Island at the start of the war.”

      That was a lie that’s already been debunked idiot.

    5. "Russia is pathetic and sucks at everything."

      LOL yeah. Totally.

      Well, except for the time they hacked the 2016 US Presidential election — while notoriously tech-savvy genius Barack Obama was President, no less — and installed a 3 decade Russian intel asset in what was BY FAR the biggest scandal in the history of the known universe.

      But other than that? Bunch of incompetents who can barely tie their shoes. 🙂

      1. Right-wingers are useful idiots.

        1. Wait--I thought left-wingers were useful idiots since they vote D, despite how that party despises the working class. Tell 'em, OBL!

          1. Know better, do better:

            "Trump's first impeachment scandal is just one discrete part of an entire “litany of Trump-Russia intersections," as The New York Times put it in a remarkable piece featuring Russia expert and former Trump national security aide Fiona Hill. In a single paragraph, the Times connected these dots:

            1. Trump's decades-long pursuit of business opportunities in Moscow.

            2. Trump's persistent Putin worship.

            3. Trump campaign aide J.D. Gordon weakening support for Ukraine in the GOP's 2016 platform.

            4. Gordon dining with Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak that same week.

            5. Longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone asking WikiLeaks through a third party to send along forthcoming Clinton campaign emails stolen by Russian hackers.

            6. Trump announcing: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

            7. The Seychelles islands getaway in which military contractor and Betsy DeVos sibling Erik Prince huddled with the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund to establish a pre-inaugural backchannel to Russia.

            8. Former Trump 2016 Campaign Chief Paul Manafort sharing internal polling with Russian intelligence operative Konstantin V. Kilimnik.

            9. Trump’s mysteriously undocumented two-hour meeting with Putin in Helsinki in 2018, after which Trump publicly sided with Putin over the U.S. intelligence assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

            10. Trump & Co. spreading Russian disinformation in 2019 asserting that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election to help Clinton.

            11. Trump’s pardoning of both Manafort and Stone in December 2020.

            12. Trump more recently calling Putin a "genius" and soliciting him to release dirt on President Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

            That's a succinct dirty dozen, and it's still just the tip of the iceberg. But all of these threads teased out over the course of the last handful of years is exactly why the phrase "Trump-Putin axis" is so resonant, particularly in light of Russia's corrupt war and the unconscionable war crimes Putin is committing in Ukraine."

            https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2091794

            1. Sir Strudel: the gift that keeps on giving.

              1. I mean, it has to be a long parody play at this point right?

                1. Maybe. But there’s people really that stupid out there.

            2. Well that was damn near retarded, Shrike.
              Also lol for the Daily Kos. You better not cry if someone posts 4chan links.

              1. Trump's decades-long pursuit of business opportunities in Moscow.
              Just like McDonald's, Coke, Nike, the Clintons and millions of other American businesses

              2. Trump's persistent Putin worship.
              Lol, no. How desperate that you have to make this number two.

              3. Trump campaign aide J.D. Gordon weakening support for Ukraine in the GOP's 2016 platform.
              Weakening support even? Did you read this before you posted this?

              4. Gordon dining with Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak that same week.
              So? Maybe Kislyak even "weakened" Gordon's support. It's still got nothing to do with your allegation and there's nothing wrong with it. This is six years before an invasion that happened under Biden. Not Trump.

              5. Longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone asking WikiLeaks through a third party to send along forthcoming Clinton campaign emails stolen by Russian hackers.
              Which weren't stolen by Russian hackers, but by Seth Rich, and every media company in the world should have been asking for them. That has zero to do with your allegation. And they weren't "campaign" emails you lying fuck. It was government business she was doing illegally on a private server.

              6. Trump announcing: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”
              I hope somebody does too. The extent of Clinton criminality needs sunlight. Also has nothing to do with your Trump Russia hoax.

              7. The Seychelles islands getaway in which military contractor and Betsy DeVos sibling Erik Prince huddled with the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund to establish a pre-inaugural backchannel to Russia.
              Which didn't happen as the Senate Investigation proved. No pre-inaugural backchannels to Russia.

              8. Former Trump 2016 Campaign Chief Paul Manafort sharing internal polling with Russian intelligence operative Konstantin V. Kilimnik.
              And 45 other journalists from other countries also present at the meeting and sharing internal polling data isn't illegal or even wrong to share. This is just stupid and desperate.

              9. Trump’s mysteriously undocumented two-hour meeting with Putin in Helsinki in 2018, after which Trump publicly sided with Putin over the U.S. intelligence assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
              Hold up. He was already president, it wasn't "undocumented" (undocumented but "publicly"?), and that assessment is fictional.

              10. Trump & Co. spreading Russian disinformation in 2019 asserting that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election to help Clinton.
              WTF, this doesn't even make sense.

              11. Trump’s pardoning of both Manafort and Stone in December 2020.
              Good. Their indictments were dishonest bullshit. Also irrelevant to your allegations.

              12. Trump more recently calling Putin a "genius" and soliciting him to release dirt on President Biden's son, Hunter Biden.
              Citation on Trump soliciting Putin to release evidence on Hunter. Also here's what Trump actually said "I went in yesterday and there was a television screen, and I said, “This is genius.” Putin declares a big portion of the Ukraine — of Ukraine. Putin declares it as independent. Oh, that’s wonderful.
              So, Putin is now saying, “It’s independent,” a large section of Ukraine. I said, “How smart is that?” And he’s gonna go in and be a peacekeeper. That’s strongest peace force… We could use that on our southern border. That’s the strongest peace force I’ve ever seen. There were more army tanks than I’ve ever seen. They’re gonna keep peace all right. No, but think of it. Here’s a guy who’s very savvy… I know him very well. Very, very well.
              By the way, this never would have happened with us. Had I been in office, not even thinkable. This would never have happened."

              Well absolutely nothing there. Aren't you clowns embarrassed?

              1. Here is number 10. Note it was a Politico reporter now working at the NYT who exposed a DNC operative working with the Ukraine prior to 2016.

                https://www.cbsnews.com/news/did-ukraine-try-to-interfere-in-the-2016-election/

                So it is even dumber that Kos uses the example.

              2. And he thinks other people are the idiots.

      2. This is the typical cognitive dissonance from the left-leaning/progressive types. It extends to all out-groups. For example, conservatives are a menace who are taking over the nation thus must be guarded against, but also stupid and inbred. If one is more honest, it's not cognitive dissonance, it's bias, bigotry, and an embrace of obvious lies to support a worldview.

        1. To be fair, liberal urban POCs are certainly not inbred. If anything, they are outbred.

    6. There are no flames visible. Ammunition supplies are no longer exploding.

      Yeah, they all went up so fast there's nothing left to burn or explode now.

      1. And the flames are completely out now. Seawater tends to have that effect:

        https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/14/europe/russia-navy-cruiser-moskva-fire-abandoned-intl-hnk-ml/index.html

        One of the Russian Navy's most important warships has sunk in the Black Sea, a massive blow to a military struggling against Ukrainian resistance 50 days into Vladimir Putin's invasion of his neighbor. Russian state news agency TASS reported Thursday evening that the guided-missile cruiser Moskva had sunk, citing a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense. "During the towing of the cruiser Moskva to the port of destination, the ship lost its stability due to hull damage received during a fire from the detonation of ammunition. In the conditions of stormy seas, the ship sank," the statement said, according to TASS.

    7. You know, Nardz better be careful about all his shilling for Putin or he could end up like this:

      Russia descends into farce as paranoid Putin 'arrests man who invented Putinism'
      Pip Cook
      https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1595496/Russia-news-Vladimir-Putin-Vladislav-Surkov-arrest-Ukraine-war-update-1595496

      1. (Parenthetically I like the author's cute name too. Archie Bunker would say: "You're a real Pip!") 🙂

    8. The ship was reportedly struck by two Ukrainian missiles in the Black Sea late on Wednesday night. It was famously defied by Ukrainian troops on Snake Island at the start of the war.
      ------------
      Was it really defied, though?

      1. What difference, at this point, does it make? It's fish habitat now.

  34. Mask Mandate on Planes, Trains, and Buses…Again

    The reboot of Planes, Trains and Automobiles is half as funny but twice as woke.

    1. those aren't pillows!

  35. If a complete Marxist takeover does not occur, this will be remembered as the point at which the U.S. succumbed to the allure of Lysenkoism. We can call it Faucism.

    If the takeover does occur, this is one of those flashpoints that rebels will look back on and say, "Why didn't someone assassinate these people when it was still possible."

    Rochelle Walensky should be gifted with an all expenses paid trip through the ChipMax 484BT.

    1. I'd chip in for one.

  36. "Numerous Senate Democrats Reportedly Warn Diane Feinstein is No Longer Fit as Memory Rapidly Deteriorates"
    https://www.mediaite.com/news/numerous-senate-democrats-reportedly-warn-diane-feinstein-is-no-longer-fit-as-memory-rapidly-deteriorates/?msclkid=430f810bbc0211ec87e8105ae0e885e4

    She can't remember what an assault rifle looks like.
    And now when will droolin' Joe get outed?

    1. But if you grade on a curve and the President gets a 100.....

  37. "Blame Trump? Jury hears that defense at Capitol riot trial"
    [...]
    "Dustin Byron Thompson, an Ohio man charged with stealing a coat rack from the Capitol, doesn't deny that he joined the mob on Jan. 6, 2021. But his lawyer vowed Tuesday to show that Trump abused his power to “authorize” the attack...."
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/blame-trump-jury-hears-that-defense-at-capitol-riot-trial/ar-AAW9Y4i?ocid=BingNewsSearch

    Sumbitch can't spell "protest"; get a new lawyer.

    1. "GO HOME WITH LOVE AND PEACE, REMEMBER THIS DAY FOREVER!"

      "He incited my client to take a coat rack"

      On the other hand this isn't a terrible strategy to use with a kangaroo court. They're already handing out insane sentences for nothing. Maybe play along with the game and give them what they want and they'll be satisfied with that.
      Mind you, signing a forced confession with the NKVD or Gestapo never worked out well.

      1. It may seem like a good strategy, but it's really just making a deal with the devil and hoping his side wins in the end.

        1. BTW, it will be interesting to see how a defense lawyer proves what 8 or 10 investigations have yet to prove.

  38. Citing an uptick in new cases

    Hmm. Suppose "new cases" were considered hourly or weekly?

    1. I thought they stopped counting.

    2. https://protect-public.hhs.gov/pages/hospital-utilization

      1.97% hospital beds taken by somebody with a positive covid test.

      Isn't hospitalizations supposed to be the new metric?

  39. "BUILD YUR OWN INTERNET IF U WANT FREE SPEECH! MUH PRIVATE CUMPANNY"
    *Musk buys Twitter*
    "NOOOOOOO! FREE SPEECH IS HATEFUL! U R PUTIN AND HITLER! ONLY DICTATORS LIKE FREE SPEECH! UNSAFE! NOOOO!

    I think now we're starting to see the true spirit behind the 'my private company' arguments used to excuse all the censorship of the last five years.

    1. That said, I suspect some panicked lefty, Clinton bodyguard or WEF acolyte might take a shot at Musk for this. He's been a thorn in the side of globohomo and the Democrats for a year or two.

      1. Elon Musk didn’t kill himself.

        1. God damn. Hillary assassinating people. What a legend! I hope it's true.

          1. Enjoy
            1 – James McDougal – Clinton’s convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr’s investigation.
            2 – Mary Mahoney – A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown. The murder happened just after she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.
            3 – Vince Foster – Former white House councilor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.
            4 – Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors.
            5 – C. Victor Raiser II and Montgomery Raiser, Major players in the Clinton fund raising organization died in a private plane crash in July 1992.
            6 – Paul Tulley – Democratic National Committee Political Director found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock, September 1992… Described by Clinton as a “Dear friend and trusted advisor.”
            7- Ed Willey – Clinton fund raiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved in several Clinton fund raising events.
            8 – Jerry Parks – Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security team in Little Rock. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little Rock. Park’s son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton. He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.
            9 – James Bunch – Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a “Black Book” of people which contained names of influential people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas.
            10 – James Wilson – Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater.
            11- Kathy Ferguson, ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases, as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit. Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.
            12 – Bill Shelton – Arkansas State Trooper and fiancee of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancee, he was found dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his fiancee.
            13 – Gandy Baugh – Attorney for Clinton’s friend Dan Lassater, died by jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a convicted drug distributor.
            14 – Florence Martin – Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal Mena Airport drug smuggling case. He died of three gunshot wounds.
            15 – Suzanne Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.
            16 – Paula Grober – Clinton’s speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978 until her death December 9, 1992. She died in a one car accident.
            17 – Danny Casolaro – Investigative reporter. Investigating Mena Airport and Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He slit his wrists, apparently, in the middle of his investigation.
            18 – Paul Wilcher – Attorney investigating corruption at Mena Airport with Casolaro and the 1980 “October Surprise” was found dead on a toilet June 22, 1993 in his Washington DC apartment. Had delivered a report to Janet Reno three weeks before his death
            19 – Jon Parnell Walker – Whitewater investigator for Resolution Trust Corp. Jumped to his death from his Arlington, Virginia apartment balcony August15, 1993. He was investigating the Morgan Guarantee scandal.
            20 – Barbara Wise – Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang. Cause of death unknown. Died November 29, 1996. Her bruised, nude body was found locked in her office at the Department of Commerce.
            21- Charles Meissner – Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.
            22 – Dr. Stanley Heard – Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee, died with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash. Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton’s advisory council personally treated Clinton’s mother, stepfather and brother.
            23 – Barry Seal – Part of the the Mena Arkansas airport drug operation
            24 – Johnny Lawhorn Jr. – Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair shop. He was found dead after his car had hit a utility pole.
            25 – Stanley Huggins – Investigated Madison Guarantee. His death was a purported suicide and his report was never released.
            26- Hershell Friday – Attorney and Clinton fund raiser died March 1, 1994 when his plane exploded.
            27 – Kevin Ives and Don Henry – Known as “The boys on the track” case. Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas airport drug operation. A controversial case, the initial report of death said, due to falling asleep on railroad tracks. Later reports claim the two boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a Grand Jury.

            1. THE FOLLOWING PERSONS HAD INFORMATION ON THE IVES/HENRY CASE:
              28 – Keith Coney – Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck, July 1988.
              29 – Keith McMaskle – Died stabbed 113 times, Nov, 1988
              30 – Gregory Collins – Died from a gunshot wound January 1989.
              31 – Jeff Rhodes – He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989.
              33 – James Milan – Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death was due to “natural causes.”
              34 – Jordan Kettleson – Was found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup truck in June 1990.
              35 – Richard Winters – A suspect in the Ives / Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up robbery July 1989.

              1. The following Clinton bodyguards died under suspicious circumstances:
                36 – Major William S. Barkley Jr.
                37 – Captain Scott J. Reynolds
                38 – Sgt. Brian Hanley
                39 – Sgt. Tim Sabel
                40 – Major General William Robertson
                41 – Col. William Densberger
                42 – Col. Robert Kelly
                43 – Spec. Gary Rhodes
                44 – Steve Willis
                45 – Robert Williams
                46 – Conway LeBleu
                47 – Todd McKeehan

                1. 48 -World-renowned “space economist” Molly Macauly was brutally murdered in Baltimore park.
                  49-John Ashe- The former President of the UN General Assembly was awaiting trial on bribery charges involving the Clinton Foundation when he turned up dead, apparently having crushed his own windpipe while lifting weights in his home
                  50-Victor Thorn - Prominent Clinton critic was found dead of apparent suicide on his birthday
                  51- Joe Montano
                  52-Shawn Lucas- DNC Lawsuit Processor
                  53-Seth Rich - His family’s private investigator said "There is evidence Seth Rich had contact with WikiLeaks prior to death"
                  54-Klaus Eberwein was found dead before testifying against the Clinton Foundation in Haiti coverup
                  55-Man who sought Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers committed suicide
                  56-Steve Mostyn- part of Hillary’s inner circle ‘Suddenly’ committed suicide.

                  1. 55 should read "Peter W. Smith, who sought Clinton's emails from Russian hackers, committed suicide"

                  2. He fell down an elevator shaft onto some bullets

      2. I have a friend who has been predicting that sort of end to Musk for a while, though he thinks that Musk will be allowed to get as far as a heavy lift vehicle, but not something that could actually offer any escape to Mars.

    2. Hey, private companies are only tolerated as long as their policies support the official narrative. Something something woke capitalism.

      1. Great comment today, as now substack links are banned on Reason. 😉

    3. I can’t imagine anyone used that tactic

    4. ^ML, we knew it all along. It was always obvious that none of these people actually felt it would be ok to have your own platform.

      Remember when Apple and Google and paypal deplatformed Gab? Because Gab was an open platform? Yeah i remember that.

  40. Where's our Russian state TV guy? Was Nardz drafted (conscripted) and sent to die Ukraine?

    1. Fuck off, Shrike.

  41. dismantle CDC.

  42. also lol Russia. Fifty Days of Loss.

  43. https://twitter.com/julie_kelly2/status/1514359131322433540?s=20&t=sCxhtIJE1-1QGLvGyf38Ag

    "At least 20" assets on the ground on J6, and prior surveillance of Oath Keepers before J6.

    1. Now, let's see who they were and what they did. Who wants to bet that an FBI asset was responsible for moving the barricades?

      Still waiting for the FBI to release data on Ray Epps...

  44. Elon Musk is the coolest billionaire of all time.

    We dont deserve him

  45. China's harsh lockdown of the 25 million people in Shanghai continues, as do the protests of city residents.

    Never give up your guns. Never ever ever ever ever give up your guns.

    Common-sense gun control is common-sense tyranny.

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