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Houston Says Businesses Must Install Surveillance Cameras and Cops Can View Footage Without a Warrant

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Houston mandates spying outside bars and other businesses. Officials in Houston, Texas, have voted to require an array of businesses—including bars, convenience stores, and strip clubs—to install surveillance cameras and make footage from them readily available to police. The dystopian move is a transparently unconstitutional attempt by city leaders to circumvent Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

To access video from the cameras, police officers will not need a warrant.

The rules apply to all Houston bars, convenience stores, game rooms, nightclubs, or sexually-oriented businesses.

Owners of these establishments must install (on their own dime) surveillance cameras in outdoor areas "providing video coverage from the exterior of the building to the property line." Businesses must keep these cameras running 24 hours a day, and store camera footage for at least 30 days.

If surveillance footage is requested by the Houston Police Department, businesses must turn it over within 72 hours. Failure to comply would mean fines of $500 per day.

The Houston City Council approved this privacy-killing measure on Wednesday by a vote of 15–1.

"Their vote demonstrated a willingness to push aside constitutional protections and subject Houstonians to overbroad police searches," said Savannah Kumar of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. "But a city cannot override the Constitution. We are here to help you protect your rights. If the police come knocking on your door, tell them to get a warrant, whether it's your home or your business."

The measure is set to take effect in 90 days.

"In addition to trampling on the Fourth Amendment rights of business owners, Houston's new law also infringes on property rights," said Institute for Justice Attorney Jared McClain. "This ordinance unfairly saddles certain businesses with thousands of dollars in new expenses to install high-definition surveillance cameras and to archive their footage so it's available for police on demand."

"If you commit a crime, you can rest assured that we will be right on your trail," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner at a press conference about the new law.


FREE MINDS

Seeking metadata? Come back with a warrant, says congressman. The Warrant for Metadata Act, introduced yesterday by Rep. Ted Lieu (D–Calif.), would require federal law enforcement agencies to get a warrant before demanding tech companies turn over cloud-stored metadata. "While federal law shields certain data against warrantless government surveillance, agencies can seize metadata from third-party cloud providers without a warrant," explains The Washington Post.

"As a recovering computer science major, I recognize metadata is incredibly important," Lieu said in a statement:

In Ukraine, for example, reporters are able to use the metadata collected from digital photos on social media—like the location a photo was taken and whether it has been manipulated—to verify the photos' legitimacy. Organizing and analyzing metadata can offer a wealth of information for individuals and businesses to help with things like decision-making and operations.

But, with this wealth of information comes potential risks, especially where civil liberties are concerned. Right now, a governmental entity can seize an individual's metadata stored on the cloud without needing a warrant. Current law has failed to keep up with the advancements and nuances of technology related to cloud computing. That's why I'm pleased to introduce this bill to amend the [Stored Communications Act] and require that a warrant be obtained to gain access to Americans' metadata stored on the cloud.


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Biden administration will appeal order ending transportation mask mandate. Yesterday's Roundup focused on the federal court ruling striking down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) travel mask mandate and the Department of Justice's pledge to appeal the court's decision if the CDC says masks should still be required on planes, trains, buses, and subway systems. Well, now the CDC has weighed in (surprising no one) and says, yes, masks should still be required and the ruling should be appealed.


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• "There was — and remains — no public health evidence that singling out asylum seekers or other migrants for exclusion is effective in stemming the spread of Covid-19," write a team of academics and doctors in a New England Journal of Medicine piece on Title 42 and "misusing public health as a pretext to end asylum."

• The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals won't reconsider its order upholding California's net neutrality law.

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  1. Has the WaPo doxxed you yet?

    1. 74,216,154 Trump voters will take them a while.

    2. People are welcome to come hang out if they want. I have two guns and we can practice shooting them. I hope to have 3... someday

      1. That's one way to deal with doxxers. Maybe you can get the third gun from whomever tries for you. 😉

    3. You could almost take that as a medal of honor.

  2. https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1517114621102018561

    Same pattern repeating itself all over the democratic world: the liberal-left claims it represents the poor, the working class and the downtrodden while their chances for victory overwhelmingly rely on the affluent urban/suburban professional class. That's how Biden won:

    1. I despise Greenwald, but he's correct here. By any reasonable standard Democrats are the party of the rich.

      #OBLsFirstLaw

      1. Might I suggest a correction? Twenty-first century Democrats are the party of the financial AND moral elite.

    2. Ummm your forgetting the fraud, and the removing political opponents from the ballot

    3. Same pattern repeating itself all over the democratic world: the liberal-left claims it represents the poor, the working class and the downtrodden

      They use the word 'represent' rather than 'own' because 'own' makes the slavesproles unruly.

  3. Lawmakers mull a revision of the Insurrection Act.

    Now if you try to take over Twitter it's treason.

    1. So that's why they impeached him....

    2. What if you vote for the wrong party candidates?

      1. Insurrection!

    3. In the movie Black Mass, Whitey Bulger is depicted telling his son that beating another kid wasn't wrong. His mistake was letting anybody see him doing it. Apparently, Trump's error was saying it out loud instead of just doing it.

  4. https://twitter.com/JesseKellyDC/status/1517116979483656195

    “Shut your stupid fat mouth about teaching sex to small children. The next person who talks about it is out of a job.”

    If the Democratic Party had a leader, that’s what he’d say to all of them right now. But they don’t. They have a dementia patient. It’s amazing to watch.

    1. Who is "teaching sex to small children"? Where is the evidence that this was such a problem before Florida's Don't Say Gay law that it necessitated this legislation?

      And why, when Republicans had the chance to narrow Florida's law to ban *only* discussion about human sexuality in K-3, they chose not to, opting instead for the much broader "gender identity and sexual orientation? Hmm? Maybe it's because Team Red wants to ban discussions that are MUCH BROADER than "sex talk"?

      1. Ironically; Directing Commie-School isn't a "speech" issue.

        1. I agree that it's not *unconstitutional* for the state legislature to ban certain topics from the classroom. It is just usually a bad idea.

          1. Because your entire motivation is indoctrination w a side of grooming.

            You care more about teaching critical theory than teaching kids how to read and do math.

      2. GFY. You give Bad Faith a bad name

      3. How many times have you been given links to primary examples?

        Youre so fucking helpless.

      4. And why, when Republicans had the chance to narrow Florida's law to ban *only* discussion about human sexuality in K-3, they chose not to, opting instead for the much broader "gender identity and sexual orientation? Hmm? Maybe it's because Team Red wants to ban discussions that are MUCH BROADER than "sex talk"?

        Weren't you just bitching about narrowing curricula too much?

      5. "Nobody is teaching sex to 9 year olds, that's why we're so upset about a law telling us we can't teach sex to 9-year-olds."

        1. How many times do I have to point this out: The objections to this law are not about the "sex talk". Every sane person believes K-3 teachers shouldn't be teaching kids about "sex talk". The objections are to all of the other NON-"sex talk" discussions that this law bans. Team Red is pulling a cynical con, and you all are falling for it. It is a giant motte-and-bailey fallacy.

          Motte: This law bans "sex talk" in grades K-3. How could you be opposed to that? Are you a GROOMER???

          Bailey: This law bans a lot more than just "sex talk", it bans a lot of speech that we don't want kids to hear anyway. But it sounds hopelessly homophobic to say out loud that we want to ban discussions about the gays directly, so we will sell it as just banning "sex talk" and dishonestly paint opponents as borderline child molesters and pedophiles who want to talk to 7-year-olds about genitals.

        2. But if you think I'm wrong, then point out all of these examples of Florida teachers talking to little kids about graphic sex, and how it was such a problem that it necessitated this law. Go ahead, I'll wait.

          1. I do not want teachers talking to third graders, at all, about gender identity or human sexuality. Because the details of gender dysphoria are heavily controversial, and nobody wants to think that a teacher is pushing controversial views on people.

            For example, if you are telling kids that sometimes a girl feels like she is actually a boy, and gets surgery, you are talking about a deeply controversial subject- one where the "consensus view" among scientists, psychologists and the rest of the country (let alone the world) has changed immeasurably in just the past 5 years. It doesn't matter whether you are using graphical depictions, or you are "aging-down" the vocabulary, it should not be in schools.

            And this is just giving BACKGROUND on the subject for kids. But we now have plenty of confessions from teachers that they aren't just covering the subject, but pushing one side of this controversial subject on kids.

            I do not use the term "groomer", but when it is used, I see it in THAT context. They aren't normalizing intimate touching for a kid as a target of sexual abuse, they are normalizing discussions of sexuality as a target of their gender-bending goals.

            Again, this is a deeply controversial subject. Gender Dysphoria is a cultural battle ground and what was uncontroversial 10 years ago, (Gender dysphoria is very rare, and most examples among minors disappear by several years after puberty) has many people screaming vastly different information (gender dysphoria affects up to 10% of kids, and the only treatment requires transition surgery and puberty blockers). This isn't hyperbole. These are actual fliers sent around some of the biggest companies in the world (When I first saw it, it was a notice to employees at Google), and being parroted by liberals including teachers (feel free to peruse LibsofTikTok).

            Whenever we blow up public schools and anyone is allowed to go to the school of their choice, I have no problem with schools teaching whatever parents and them can agree upon. But until then, we are talking about government agents (teachers) speaking from authority, and they should stay out of this controversial issue.

            1. I see. So you don't even want teachers to relate empirically true facts ("sometimes a girl feels like she is actually a boy") because the subject surrounding those facts is controversial? Wow.

              So, it really does sound like you want teachers to teach to the lowest common denominator. Avoid everything controversial, "just the basics", etc. I would hate to see what your idea of a US History curriculum would be. Or an economics curriculum. Would public highschool teachers be allowed to say "capitalism is responsible for lifting more people out of poverty than any other economic system in world history"? Because that is empirically true, and yet, we collectively don't have "consensus" on whether capitalism is a desirable form of economics in the first place. Maybe teachers should avoid the topic of capitalism altogether so as not to alienate and undermine the parents who want their kids to learn about the virtues of socialism...

              How should public school teachers talk about the 2020 election? There is no "consensus" that Biden actually won. Should highschool teachers say that Biden won?

              And at least as far as you're concerned, this law really IS a "Don't Say Gay" law, or at least "Don't Say Trans", if you don't even want teachers to talk about anything about trans issues at all, even empirically true ones that are completely devoid of opinion or judgment.

              And you're also basically endorsing the "heckler's veto" - if a vocal enough segment of the population is able to problematize a topic loudly enough to create enough division, then that group is able to have that topic removed from the curriculum by virtue only of creating division, regardless of the merits of the criticisms in the first place.

              But all that aside, what you describe isn't really education, properly understood. It is just rote learning and skills training. The role of an education, properly understood, should be to improve and develop the student's mind and to help the student become a better person. Not just to cram it full with a bunch of facts. No one ever became a better person without challenges along the way. No one ever learned to think critically or to become proficient in moral reasoning without having to construct arguments or have discussions that were completely devoid of controversy. Your view of an education is to completely entrench the status quo as utterly normative. Because proposed changes to the status quo are by their nature controversial, and you won't have that in the schools. I don't want students to never question the status quo nor to merely learn a bunch of facts. Is that really what you want?

              1. "So you don't even want teachers to relate empirically true facts ("sometimes a girl feels like she is actually a boy") because the subject surrounding those facts is controversial? "

                No. Because there are about a billion other empirically true facts that those teachers can relate. And by the way, you cut off half my sentence. And by the way, the whole reason this is being discussed is that Teachers are on record confessing that they don't just relate a fact, but instead are pushing ideologically framed, highly contested facts like, "getting surgery or taking pills is how they feel better."

                But you keep doing these hasty generalizations. I say "here is a specific controversial issue" and you simplify it to a much simpler fact, and say, "Oh that isn't controversial."

                "So, it really does sound like you want teachers to teach to the lowest common denominator."

                Here you are with your fallacious false dilemma. If we teachers stay away from a hotly contested issue in the american kulture warz, we must be teaching to the lowest common denominator.

                There are a billion facts and subjects out there that are uncontroversial and don't require bringing a current culture minefield into the classroom. It is frankly astounding that you think this is such an important subject to teach in school.

                "And you're also basically endorsing the "heckler's veto" - if a vocal enough segment of the population is able to problematize a topic loudly enough to create enough division, then that group is able to have that topic removed from the curriculum by virtue only of creating division, regardless of the merits of the criticisms in the first place."

                No I am basically endorsing letting parents direct the education of their classes. And that includes choosing which subjects are appropriate for their kids and which ones aren't.

                "The role of an education, properly understood, should be to improve and develop the student's mind and to help the student become a better person."

                The role of education should be left up to the parents. Not you and your social engineering.

                "Your view of an education is to completely entrench the status quo as utterly normative. "

                That's, like, just your opinion man. For 2000 years the west seems to have done fine teaching children to progress through technology and change, and it didn't require rewriting evolutionary laws of nature with gender queer studies. I am confident that my children, learning the lessons they are, and in the education they get, are equally capable.

                And if I am wrong, so what? That's my right. That's "Radical Individualism" Chemjeff- letting people choose the appropriate course for themselves.

            2. But we now have plenty of confessions from teachers that they aren't just covering the subject, but pushing one side of this controversial subject on kids.

              Where are these "confessions"?

              1. I told you: Feel free to see libsofTikTok. On the site there is one example right now:
                https://twitter.com/libsoftiktok/status/1517294110876520448?s=20&t=OfWV5lKhgewpfFhVVEQHIA

                She shares a tweet from a kindergarten teacher bragging about reading a children's book about a kid who cross dresses and "is trans gendered"

                Before coming back out with this "these are just empirical facts", no it is not.

                Very specifically, several opinions are NOT empirical facts:
                1) That the child IS transgendered
                2) That being transgendered means the child IS A GIRL

                Being transgendered is not a medical or scientific fact. The precise term is gender dysphoria, and there is broad disagreement that this is just a natural final state- that it isn't a passing thing, or that it isn't a phase. Broad disagreement among the public and the scientific community.

                Further, this is not discussing the subject. It is pushing one side of the debate. It is forcing the premise that the child is now a girl, when there is broad disagreement in society about whether or not being trans means being a girl- especially when it is fucking over girls in sports right now.

                This isn't about discussing facts. It isn't even about recognizing different beliefs and tolerating differences. This is about indoctrinating children that a biological boy is in all ways a girl.

                But see, you don't have a problem with this, because in the Kulture Warz, you actually don't care if biological girls are chased out of sports by trans girls. You don't care if growing percentages of children are getting ethically dubious medical procedures done because teachers are confusing the shit out of them on things deeply controversial subjects.

                1. And here is a longer form article of stuff that you don't want to read about, and just generalize:
                  https://spectatorworld.com/topic/what-libsoftiktok-exposed/

                  Excerpt:
                  But LibsOfTikTok’s actual words, accompanied by supporting clips, were “This woman is running a ‘sexy summer camp’ for children in Kentucky. She says she think it’s good for toddlers to masturbate.” The woman in question was directly quoted: “I worked with the school systems…my job was not to teach sex-ed… I try to figure out ways to work this into the schools.” That was then followed by LibsofTikTok’s arch comment: “This woman is a predator.”

            3. I do not use the term "groomer", but when it is used, I see it in THAT context. They aren't normalizing intimate touching for a kid as a target of sexual abuse, they are normalizing discussions of sexuality as a target of their gender-bending goals.

              Then you give them far too much of the benefit of the doubt.

              The "groomer" smear is an offensive, bad-faith epithet intended to silence their critics, much the same as bad-faith left-wing actors throw around the term 'racist' to silence their critics. They are trying to shove through their homophobic agenda by accusing anyone who stands in their way as being a bunch of pedophiles. It is sick and disgusting and should not be tolerated by decent people.

              1. Child to adult- (specifically not chemjff because shudder I don’t want to take a nap!
                Adult - Oh, you’re too young to know what you want!
                Child to adult - I am the opposite gender and the only way to correct it is with irreversible surgical treatments and hormonal treatments that will fight evolutionary biology and warp me in ways unknown!
                Adult - Oh you are so mature! Let’s do this right away!

              2. "The "groomer" smear is an offensive, bad-faith epithet intended to silence their critics, much the same as bad-faith left-wing actors throw around the term 'racist' to silence their critics."

                No. If you are teaching kids about controversial sexual subjects, without their consent, and in fact telling them not to listen to the guidance their parents provide, even in some cases telling them to keep this information from the parents...That strikes me as remarkably similar to grooming.

          2. You won't wait. You'll ignore as you do every fucking time.

          3. Jeff,

            Should a teacher be able to get a young girl suffering anorexia diet pills? Or talk to her about body dysmorphia and how being thin is better, etc? Where do you draw the line on teachers acting in the parental realm?

          4. What about the “gender affirming” part of the mission statement, Jeff? (And please don’t say that this only exists in hyperbolic right wing fear mongering. It’s been openly discussed.)

            You think a 6 year old needs to have their gender “affirmed”? By a fucking teacher? Then you’re a sick fuck.

            Can we move on now?

            1. What mission statement?

  5. https://twitter.com/realLizUSA/status/1517124616149417984

    Here’s a woman dropping off stacks of mail-in ballots in a drop box in Detroit before she realizes they aren’t signed

    1. Democrats Democrating. But they are trying to literally make posting this video illegal right now. https://reason.com/2022/04/21/dont-criminalize-election-lies/

    2. Fake/local/Russian/racist news.

    3. Gotta love this Freudian slip by one of the Dem posters.

      Craze On The Beat
      @CrazeProduction
      Replying to
      @realLizUSA
      Yes????????it’s????????the????????most????????secured????????election????????in????????history????????. You????????lost????????!

      My Emphasis.

      1. Could use that edit button. haha

        Craze On The Beat
        @CrazeProduction
        Replying to
        @realLizUSA
        Yes it’s the most secured election in history. You lost!

    4. So Sidney Powell is using D'Souza to release the kraken. Smart.

      Kinda makes you wonder about the timing. Is it purely about 2024, or could JFK Jr be involved?

      1. Note the lack of a response to the actual video.

        1. It's Shrike, but I haven't seen him use that sock in a long time.

    5. Those ballots aren't going to harvest themselves.
      What are you, opposed to increasing voter turnout? Democracy is literally hanging by a thread.

      1. Democracy, like the economy, can only thrive if actively managed by people who care about you (and know what's good for you).

    6. Does anyone narrating this video realize that there is a section on the envelopes for people who are dropping off ballots for other people to sign as well?

      1. This is why I hate this shit- there is nothing conclusive unless you already know what you want to see.

        1. FWIW though, I looked up online and found this:
          https://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/June_2011_Clerk_Accred_Manual_Appendix_I_362763_7.pdf

          That is updated with sample 2020 mail in ballots, and DeAnnP's description is inaccurate. There is no signature space for the person who "drops off" the ballot. There is only a place to fill out your name at the time you helped the voter complete the ballot.

          1. See Page 40/41

          2. Well the envelopes the woman is carrying do not look white and green to me, but I may be wrong. They look more like these envelopes to me, which are from Detroit which is where the video was supposedly taken.

            https://wdet.org/2020/08/03/Confusing-Design-Could-See-Absentee-Ballots-Mistakenly-Returned-to-Detroit-Voters/

            I could be wrong though. I do find it odd that if you are going to commit voter fraud by forging someone's signature that you "forget" to actually forge the signatures until you are putting them in the drop box , and then suddenly remember.

            1. Again that envelope has the same thing- you don't sign it if you are dropping off stuff. You only sign it at the time you "assisted" the ballot owner to fill out the ballot. If the person is doing that, they were also doing something highly irregular because they were supposed to have filled it out when the ballot was sealed.

              1. Indeed note that the envelope language SPECIFICALLY states that it must be returned by the voter, not someone else.

  6. https://twitter.com/suzseddon/status/1517046731233505283

    Several large food processing plants have been destroyed in the past few days.

    1. Nobody needs 27 kinds of processed food.

    2. Can't quite make out the articles but is it true that they are all meat processing plants?

      1. Never mind that is not true

      2. Seem to be.

      3. No. One is a potato processor and another is a soybean processor. Three headlines don't specify. Eight are meat or meat-related processors, if hot pockets count as meat.

        1. As for time, three are from last year, two are from January, three from February, one from March, and the rest are either undated or illegible.

        2. My understanding is that the Hot Pockets factory exploded when a worker attempted to put one of their products in the breakroom microwave.

    3. on the other hand, processed food is really bad for you.

      1. So is processed morality, aka Democratic and Republican ethics.

    4. Noooooo. Not the hot packets plant.

  7. There was — and remains — no public health evidence that singling out asylum seekers or other migrants for exclusion is effective in stemming the spread of Covid-19...

    WHY SHOULD THEY GET THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT WHEN RED BLOODED AMERICANS DON'T.

    1. U.S. citizens still need a negative Covid test to return home.

      1. What about a negative MAGA test?

  8. https://thelastenglishprince.wordpress.com/2021/07/31/covid-19-a-pandemic-unleashed-with-assist-from-americas-funding/

    By March 2015, both the virulence of the S1 spike protein and the ACE II receptor was known to present a considerable
    risk to human health. NIAID, EcoHealth Alliance and numerous researchers lamented the fact that the public was not
    sufficiently concerned about coronavirus to adequately fund their desired research.11

    Dr. Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance offered the following assessment:

    “Daszak reiterated that, until an infectious disease crisis is very real, present, and at an emergency threshold, it is often
    largely ignored. To sustain the funding base beyond the crisis, he said, we need to increase public understanding of the
    need for MCMs such as a pan-influenza or pan-coronavirus vaccine. A key driver is the media, and the economics follow
    the hype. We need to use that hype to our advantage to get to the real issues. Investors will respond if they see profit at
    the end of process, Daszak stated.”

    1. The whole gang needs to hang, with Fauci first.

      1. No. Fauci last. Make him watch everybody else first.

    2. Why are you posting an article that is 10 months old?

  9. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals won't reconsider its order upholding California's net neutrality law.

    They don't want treated like that Florida MAGA judge.

    1. Are any of them still in their 30s?

  10. Huh. Is the famous Dunning-Kruger effect based on a statistical mistake?

    No, you really are that stupid.

    1. And nobody besides your mom thinks you are good looking.

    2. I read the original papers this article was based on. It is a persuasive case. Complete statistical malpractice.

      On the other hand, the rest of that dude's fucking substack is a bunch of commie claptrap, of course.

  11. Biden administration will appeal order ending transportation mask mandate.

    I am the lord god your Science. You will accept no other science before me.

    1. Took a flight yesterday, 90% of the passengers and crew happily NOT wearing masks.

      1. Ha! You will all be dead in two weeks.

        1. Survived the Winter of Death so everything should be cool.

          1. Ha! I have died in at least 8 global catastrophes since 1970. I hope soon to have natural immunity.

            1. I can't hear you. I live in NYC and the water has been above my head since 2012.

      2. But 80% of Californians are still wearing masks at Costco, even though it's sunny and 70 degrees out.

        1. 80% of Californians (at least the type you saw at Costco) are women, at least when it comes to risk tolerance and social bonding.

          1. I was in SoCal last week. I was amazed at how many people are still wearing masks while outside or driving alone.

            1. Pure pussy culture, merged with hyper-compulsive social signaling.

    2. The science is settled, submit and obey. The science changed, we weren't wrong. Science gives us power without accountability. We love science.

  12. Well, now the CDC has weighed in (surprising no one) and says, yes, masks should still be required and the ruling should be appealed.

    And congressional Democrats collectively slap their foreheads.

    1. I can't believe the CDC is really pushing this. Talk about bad optics and bad politics (not to mention little to no scientific support for the policy - masks failed to slow or stop the spread). It is just dumb.

      Does anyone think that the American people (en masse) are going back to mandatory mask wearing again? They will revolt.

      1. They will revolt.

        Sadly, after the last 2 years, I do not share your optimism.

        1. Due to the fact that there was no revolt in the last 2 years, I would say you are correct.

          1. The only justice is revenge

            1. buy more guns if you live in communist regions like california. They will try to go full Shanghai if they think they can get away with it.

          2. Depends on location. Some Idaho counties tried mandates and everyone simply said fuck you and ignored it. Businesses that tried it quickly learned imminent bankruptcy was the result.

            There were some mask Karens (likely from CA) that tried the shaming technique, "you're gonna kill grandma!" but were ridiculed into shutting the fuck up.

            1. Yeah when I was up there for a family reunion, it was hilarious. The family (in-laws) knew that we were coming from CA and were trying to politely sound us out on our health nazi-ism.

              Uncle: So...er, we don't wear masks at the house.
              Me: Sounds great.
              Uncle: And how are you on vaccination?
              Me: (Misunderstanding) Oh, most of us except the little one are vaxxed.
              Uncle: Well...we don't exactly do that around here...
              Me: Is that going to be a problem? That I'm vaxxed?
              Uncle: What? No...
              Me: Sounds great.

              And then nothing else happened. Oh...Some family from washington boycotted. But that left more beer for me.

              1. Lots of people seem to think California is a monolithic state because it's gerrymandered to have the Democrats from San Francisco in charge. It's a wildly diverse state, people don't always know that.

                As for the "We don't do that" I don't understand why people are still willing to die on that hill. But the leftists really are.

                They were checking vaccine cards -- still -- for the symphony last night. Had someone out in front calling out "Masks on people!" before people went inside. Some people took them off after getting past the door, and more are just pulling them down pretending... but goddamn are they shitty about it "We care about your health, so wear you mask the whole performance" and all that.

                Seriously man, nobody should give a shit if you're not vaccinated. A year ago when it was OG covid and Alpha, things were different. But form Delta on vaccines have not reduced transmission so we're talking 8 or 10 months that we've known this. Omicron vaccines only reduce bad outcomes, transmission reduction is negligible.

                So why fight about it? Why should anyone care about anyone else's health choice regarding this anymore? Yet here we are, still, in 2022.

                1. The symphony? By god that's like old school virtuous elitists amplified with new-age COVID virtuous elitism.

                  1. That's the problem. This isn't a blue town, but the symphony management is from a very Democrat town and the classical music community has been moving farther and farther left.

                    You used to be able to ignore that, it's about the music so whatever. Now, they're losing subscribers because of it but don't realize that's why.

                    Whatever, I didn't buy summer subscriptions to a festival I've been going to for years over masks. I was given a survey from the symphony about covid and they got an earful. No new subscription there, either. They also got a "nice" letter about other virtue signalling nonsense and I don't think I was alone as last night's show they just played a recording saying "turn off your phone" and started, like in the before times, without the CEO virtue signalling from the stage like previous shows this spring.

        2. I was vastly disappointed by this country's reaction to Covid.

  13. The Warrant for Metadata Act, introduced yesterday by Rep. Ted Lieu (D–Calif.), would require federal law enforcement agencies to get a warrant before demanding tech companies turn over cloud-stored metadata.

    Unless it's on firearm purchases.

    1. What if they have it stored on thumb drives?

      1. Then they are discriminating against all the fingers, and should be cancelled.

        1. If they're asking for data without a warrant, there's only one finger they need to see.

    2. It doesn't mention the installation in FBI's lobby of Zoltan's Warrant Printing Machine, 25 cents a throw.

      1. Yeah, unless there is some consequences for lying on warrant applications, and they’re not approved at 99%, requiring warrants by the feds is not offering us any protection.

        1. It does, however, provide metadata on the warrants for metadata....

    3. Just asking for a friend, but couldn’t private companies just give the data out by choice? Isn’t that what good useful idio…err corporation’s do?

  14. "As a recovering computer science major . . . "

    What a beautiful phrase - - - - - -

    1. And woke too, assuming he means a rejection of toxic bro culture and denouncing logic and numbers.

    2. It doesn't alter the fact that Lieu is an idiot, an authoritarian asshole, and a menace to his constituents. It does mean that what he got out of his 'computer science major' was that files have metadata -and the apparent need to tie Ukraine to this.

    3. Let's take his assumption that CS is something to recover from (a self-deprecating joke I can appreciate). Going from that to politician is a bit like replacing your coke problem with meth.

      1. I can understand needing to recover from CS but at least when I took a break I did something respectable like being a truck driver. Jeez, if I went into politics I'd have to tell my mother I was a piano player in a whore house.

        And she knows I never practiced the piano.

  15. Any chance at all that the CDC will just go back and follow the law to impose the mask mandates in the safest place on earth?

    1. Disney?

  16. "If you commit a crime, you can rest assured that we will be right on your trail," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner...

    "You know, unless you're law enforcement setting up fake confidential informants to raid innocent homeowners. Then maybe we'll eventually get around to you once a few people have died."

    1. We will catch you, then release you because bail is racist. Then we will use your crime as an excuse to go after law abiding gun owners.

      1. Maybe NY Transit authority can get Houston to install functional cameras in the subways.

  17. Officials in Houston, Texas, have voted to require an array of businesses—including bars, convenience stores, and strip clubs—to install surveillance cameras and make footage from them readily available to police.

    Unconstitutional on its face. Looking forward to the lawsuit.

    1. I demand to see all the video from the strip clubs, to help the cops hunt down criminals. I will concentrate on the totally nude BYOB places.

    2. Seems like an equal protection violation too. Why single out certain types of businesses?

    3. Shocking this somehow passed almost uncontested. You'd think the 5 Republicans on the council might have formed a voting block against it, but only one of them cast a nay vote. Interesting nobody thought about whether they actually have the power to do this.

    4. Install time-lapse cameras that capture one frame of footage per day.

  18. "Biden administration will appeal order ending transportation mask mandate."

    And how:
    'In addition to the CDC’s claim the mandate remains “necessary for the public health,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki argued the appeal will “ensure the CDC’s authority and ability to put in mandates in the future remains intact.” ' (The Dispatch, 4-21-2022)

    Once again, we get a glimpse behind the mask, er, veil. The quest for power is motivated by the desire for power. Everything else is smoke and mirrors.

    1. Google, how many days to midterm elections?

      Google says, "In 201 days."

      1. Google is pretending that they're still going to let you vote I see.

        1. You will be able to vote as much as you like, but ballot counts are already being prepared.

    2. "will ensure the CDC’s authority and ability to put in mandates in the future remains intact.”

      Until the GOP is in power.

  19. https://twitter.com/DrewHolden360/status/1517137227687604224

    The American people continue to disappoint the media by failing to appreciate the Dem’s “technologically elegant and often invisible policies” like the American Rescue Act.

    1. Has there ever been a country where the media and the government were as enmeshed as the US?
      Pravda and Xinhua News Agency are/were mouthpieces of the government, but not the rulers themselves. Whereas the US media are the Democratic Party itself.

      1. Has there ever been a country where the media and the government were as enmeshed as the US?

        Italy and Germany in the 1930s

      2. It's the same, the media is staffed by party members.

  20. What's the over/under on how many months it will be before one of the antiaircraft missiles we're handing out like candy to Ukrainians is used to shoot down a civilian airliner by a terrorist?

    1. Everyone without a mask on the plane was doomed anyway - CDC

      1. They will already be dead by the time it hits cruising altitude. After that, the "terrorist" is just reducing the carbon footprint of that deathtrap.

      2. They were all actually Russian spies, even the children. It was necessary for Ukraine to shoot them down. But also, it was actually the Russians who did it anyway.

    2. Depends. How long will it take for Russia to capture some?

  21. This is how progressives think about government (NY times, 4-21-2022):

    'More than a decade ago, the political scientist Suzanne Mettler coined the phrase “the submerged state” to describe a core feature of modern American government: Many people don’t realize when they are benefiting from a government program.

    “Americans often fail to recognize government’s role in society, even if they have experienced it in their own lives,” Mettler wrote. “That is because so much of what government does today is largely invisible.”

    Her main examples were tax breaks, including those that help people buy homes, pay for medical care and save for retirement.'

    Yes, tax breaks ( presumably only for social benefits supported by progressives) are a generous "government program". And, sadly for Democrats, the people just don't appreciate them enough. May I suggest a D campaign pitch: Vote for us and we might let you keep some of your money, if you want to spend it in accordance with our master plan.

    1. Great, now lets talk about everything the government has screwed up behind the scenes.

      1. Hell, we could spend the rest of our lives talking about the stuff they have screwed up in front of the scenes.

    2. https://twitter.com/johnandcasper/status/1516871309585575936?t=2r1ryCXBDCvpCRMOHcRchA&s=19

      Damn 36 new tax hikes in Biden’s budget 11 of those are tax hikes on energy. Tell us again Mumbles how you are doing everything you can to help the American people. Can we say hi inflation and recession. It’s just around the corner.

      1. Nobody needs 23 kinds of jobs.

    3. 30 trillion in debt rung up for 300 million Americans.
      That's 100K apiece.
      Submerged, indeed. Drowning in debt.

      1. Declare it all student debt and just cancel it.

      2. If I can get together 100k to pay off my chunk of the debt, can I be excused from further taxation?

        1. Haha no. In fact, there’s an additional tax for that.

          1. Exactly.

            Dig the nicest ditch ever and they don't have you stop digging, they hand you a bigger shovel.

  22. "The Warrant for Metadata Act, introduced yesterday by Rep. Ted Lieu (D–Calif.), would require federal law enforcement agencies to get a warrant before demanding tech companies turn over cloud-stored metadata."

    Somebody is looking ahead to a future where Democrats are not in charge.

  23. Newly released information in Georgia shows many of the flash cards and tabulators in Fulton County were opened and removed before polls closed with 2 of the drives having no legally witnesses auditing on election night in violation of state law. The removal of drives was not needed and no valid reason for the violation of state laws has been given.

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/greater-victory-margin-19000-votes-unverifiable-fulton-county-2020

    1. Most secured election ever. Biggest voter fraud team ever.

  24. Houston mandates spying outside bars and other businesses.

    Everyone of these businesses is accessed by a public street. If Huston wants 24/7 coverage of the outside of these buildings it can put up its own cameras on its own property.

    1. How 'bout no?

      1. Not saying it is a good idea. But why does the business have to put them up? Seems like this is more of a financial burden on disfavored business then an honest attempt to solve crimes.

        1. Could it be that surveillance, like controlling speech, done by a private party--one step removed from the instigating government agency--side-steps those pesky constitutional restrictions?

          1. If that was their goal, they really misunderstood the constitution. Putting cameras in public places is WAY more likely to pass constitutional muster than warrantless seizure of private property.

            Which is not to say that latter won't get through. It shouldn't, but some portions of the constitution are more debased than others at this point.

  25. Bidens WH gives out almost 800 million in no bid contracts to 2 companies that were previously ran by current members of his administration.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house-earmarks-790-million-to-groups-with-ties-to-senior-biden-officials

    1. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

      1. And who you set aside 10% for.

        1. The Easter Bunny?

        2. I just had a really great laugh imagining Joe making the Ultimate Gaffe one day and saying, live on camera, about something like this deal, "I'm gettin' ten percent of that!"

          The pindrop moment would be epic.

    2. Just imagine if Trump did that.

      1. Come on. Getting accused of pee sex is much, much worse.

      2. He did. But not as brazenly as biden is or Obama did.

        1. Be fair. You should say "not as cleverly or righteously".

          1. Or not as ignored by the MSM.

  26. "There was — and remains — no public health evidence that singling out asylum seekers or other migrants for exclusion is effective in stemming the spread of Covid-19," write a team of academics and doctors"

    You know what else our government has done in the name of COVID without public health evidence?

    1. Everything?

    2. Yes, but that only affected American citizens - this affects illegal immigrants which makes it a sin, an abomination before God.

      1. Also a violation of critical theory. Which I guess makes it a sin.

  27. "Huh. Is the famous Dunning-Kruger effect based on a statistical mistake?"

    Sarcasmic and White Mike hardest hit.

    1. You apparently can neither read nor understand that article or statistics itself.

      1. Nor do you. Rather that kvetch about autocorrelation, which is important and does show that the outcome is flawed, the author could push for suggesting trying to replicate the study. The hallmark of the scientific method, as it were. But it's easier to stick to one's biases, be they Dunning and Kruger's, or Fix's. Fix, an economist who believes that productivity has little or no impact on income very clearly brings his sociopolitical biases into his work.

        1. That dude is a garbage economist all the way around. One of his articles was like "The elite steal wealth by getting governments to allow free markets. As proof, look at all the money Pharma companies made on COVID vaccines." WHAT?

          Also, he does this exercise where he basically shows that higher GDP countries tend to have more equal life-spans. And his argument is that it is because governments with high GDP have basic sanitation.

          He is one big commie looking to prove it with terrible models.

      2. Fuck off, JFree. Sarcasmic and White Mike have been yelling "Dunning-Kruger" at half the posts here for ages.

        If you don't know what I'm referencing, piss off.

      3. You determined that from a joke?

    2. I never took Dunning-Kruger to be an absolute law, regardless. It's about people underestimating the gaps in their knowledge, until they've learned enough to see how big the gap is. It's not every single person in every single area of expertise, but it's certainly a trend. How many first year law students suddenly think they're the best lawyer on the planet? How many medical students think they know exactly how the government must respond to COVID?

      It's useful as something to watch out for-that person who has all the confidence in the world but doesn't know what they're talking about. It's a real thing. It just may not be the majority of idiots.

      1. Dunning-Kruger is evident whenever anyone talks about quantum physics.

        1. There's a guy on youtube I watch sometimes, a lawyer. He talks about the law, obviously, but also principles underpinning it and some politics and moral foundations. He's more of an entertainer than really educational.

          But one night he got it into his head that Einstein was wrong, that the theory of relativity is bullshit, and that he's smarter than Einstein. His main basis for this is that he saw a very simplified video aimed at explaining the theory of relativity to middle-schoolers, just in the most basic terms they understand, and he decided there's a logical fallacy built into it because he doesn't understand it. And then he's vehement that he's somehow debunked Einstein.

      2. The article does list an additional attempt to replicate and they DID find a small correlation between your skill level and how well you thought you would do on your test. But the gap was both ways. That is, if you were a freshman in college, you would likely mis-estimate your score by a larger amount than a college professor- but you were just as likely to UNDERESTIMATE your score as overestimate it.

        1. That too is prob just statistical artifact . The further one's actual skill is from median/norm, the more likely it is that there is also a wider variance re perceived skills. Which also means that anything to test a Dunning Kruger idea would have to focus on outliers (which are the bugaboo of normal stats)

  28. Days since enbs last yglasias reffrence :16*
    Jesse AZ I'm waiting on ya

    1. 2 posts lower =)

    2. Only reason I stopped in today... 😉

  29. The ACLU of TX is on the right side of something? Raining frogs, is it?

    1. And brimstone.

  30. For ML.

    Matthew Yglesias
    @mattyglesias
    ·
    58m
    Right now they’re fighting in court to get people to wear cloth masks on planes (except when they’re eating or drinking) but there’s nothing happening on Trump’s tax returns.

    The promising spirit of resistance activism pissed away by a party leadership that doesn’t make choices.

    3 tweet rant on why the DoJ hasn't arrested trump and his family.

    1. Sorry. For the good rev lol.

      1. 0

        1. He says so much stupid shit think I can do this daily for a while.

          1. Good, I can't count very high

    2. So besides having so little dirt that the district attorneys that were digging for a crime had to end the investigation and resign in shame, the regime's prosecution office can't even make a show of his tax returns.

      Turns out that Trump is far less corrupt than I ever thought possible.

      1. You Russian troll!

      2. I have never understood the hunt for the tax returns. There is no doubt that every asshole IRS agent is itching to take down Trump. Due to the fact that annual audits have produced Jack Shit tells us all that we need to know about his tax returns.

      3. The walls are CLOSING in!!!

  31. ‘This Is On You!’: Woman With Same Name As Doxxed ‘Libs Of TikTok’ Reveals Threats, Blasts WaPo’s Taylor Lorenz
    "You are putting my parents and my autistic sister in danger you sick f***s."
    https://www.dailywire.com/news/this-is-on-you-woman-with-same-name-as-doxxed-libs-of-tiktok-reveals-threats-blasts-wapos-taylor-lorenz

    1. Cat fight!

    2. I hope they gawker te wa posst

      1. Quel surpise, LoS shows up when someone suggests that the favored mouthpieces and running dog media vessels be held accountable.

    3. What a dumb bitch 🙂

  32. Speaking of, I eagerly await Reason's article on the libertarian case for protecting Disney's copyrights in perpetuity.

    Can we get a HELL YEAH?! Jesse Kelly’s KICK-A*S thread rallying the Right to leave the ‘OLD Right’ behind a must-read for 22 and beyond
    https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2022/04/21/can-we-get-a-hell-yeah-jesse-kellys-kick-as-thread-rallying-the-right-to-leave-the-old-right-behind-a-must-read-for-22-and-beyond/

    1. Libertarians should be opposed to the state taking anyone's property and giving it to the masses. Including intellectual property.

      1. Or perhaps libertarians should be opposed to the government enforcing a monopoly on a dead person's ideas in perpetuity.

        Or in Disney's case, where they mostly took stories that were written by other people, hundreds of years old, and therefore in the public domain, and decided that they were now theirs FOREVER, and oh, by the way, we're going to need some legislation and court backing to make that happen.

      2. I have no big problem with IP law...But I do have a problem with IP in perpetuity.

        Most libertarians I have talked with in the past have a problem with IP law in general. So I would be shocked to see libertarians defending the idea of perpetual IP.

        1. I'm fine with some level of copyright / IP / patent protection under the law. Creators should enjoy some period of exclusivity in order to market their creations.

          But the original version of copyright in the US Code expired after 7 years or whenever the author died, IIRC. Patents, similar deal (also, you were supposed to come up with something that was original and actually worked, but that may be a separate discussion).

          What we have today is a far cry from what was intended. And what Disney (with their pals in government) has done to it is completely absurd.

  33. https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1516459427586621445

    I really want to see the parallel world in which people visit Taylor's house and the homes and workplaces of her relatives to dig up dirt on her. I have a strong feeling the people defending Taylor doing this to private citizens won't be similarly supportive if it's done to her.

    1. Duh. My asshole priestess is on the side of justice. Your asshole priestess is Satan/Hitler.

    2. And I bet they'd get really shitty if someone did it to them.

  34. https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1517142869521289216

    Another $500 million today:

    Feb. 26: “Biden approves $350 million in military aid for Ukraine”

    Mar 16: “Biden announces $800 million in military aid for Ukraine

    Mar. 30: “Ukraine to receive additional $500 million in aid from US"

    Apr. 12: “US to announce $750 million more"

    1. any help for americans?

    2. https://twitter.com/TimRunsHisMouth/status/1517051948163284993?t=zvsifPOA9UonO3oaIHJ5Bg&s=19

      Why is Zelensky now weighing in on the French election? I thought he was busy.

    3. How much comes back to the Big Guy?

    4. $2.4 Billion to help Ukraine defend itself from Putin's invasion is the best investment the Biden administration has made to date.

      Had Biden given Ukraine another several billion dollars worth of armaments (and the 28 Polish MIGs that Biden blocked), the war would have been over by now (with Zelensky winning.

      Seems like Biden's handlers don't want Zelensky to win (because that would piss off Putin).

      Perhaps the $3.5 million given to Hunter Biden by the wife of the former Moscow mayor has influenced the Big Guy's decision making on foreign policy, especially if he received his customary 10%.

  35. In related news the cousin of the Huston mayor started a security camera business

    1. Turns out his cousin is Scarface from the Geto Boys. Normally I'm against such obvious largess, but Scarface deserves it. I just wish Bushwick was still alive to get paid...

      1. In "Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta", they knew where the real gangsters were -- in government.

        Damn it feels good to be a gangsta
        Gettin' voted into the White House
        Everything lookin' good to the people of the world
        But the Mafia family is my boss
        So every now and then I owe a favor gettin' down
        Like lettin' a big drug shipment through
        And send 'em to the poor community
        So we can bust you know who
        So voters of the world keep supportin' me
        And I promise to take you very far
        Other leaders better not upset me
        Or I'll send a million troops to die at war
        To all you Republicans, that helped me win
        I sincerely like to thank you
        Cuz now I got the world swingin' from my nuts
        And damn it feels good to be a gangsta

  36. https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1516851288788639749

    NEW: Former Intelligence Officials, Citing Russia, Insist That Big Tech's Monopoly Power is Vital to U.S. National Security

    1. Liberalism is now fascist corporatism.

      1. where have i seen this before?

        1. Italy, Germany.

          1. Spain

    2. I imagine these are the very same former intelligence officials who wrote the pre-election letter swearing Hunter's laptop wasn't real.

      1. Is there any real chance that the current intelligence officers are any less corrupt than the former ones?

  37. To access video from the cameras, police officers will not need a warrant.

    No problem, just claim the "cameras weren't working at the time" like the ones on the NYC subway or in Epstein's cell. That excuse works every time.

    1. and this is of course exactly what will happen whenever the camera footage is of a cop suspected of something.

    2. Cheap China junk.

  38. " The dystopian move is a transparently unconstitutional attempt by city leaders to circumvent Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

    To access video from the cameras, police officers will not need a warrant."

    Uhm, Third Party Doctrine means they never needed a warrant - they just need a subpoena.

  39. Federal Judge in California says individuals can sue corporations for contributing to climate change. This will go well.

    http://climatecasechart.com/climate-change-litigation/case/county-san-mateo-v-chevron-corp/

  40. https://twitter.com/Doc_0/status/1517150710898470923

    The pushback from groomers and their powerful, media-dominant, filthy rich enablers should convince America's parents that the battle for their children will not end with voting Dems out of office in November. That's just the BEGINNING. That's Step One.

    Do you understand now that these people are absolutely, fanatically committed to the belief that your children belong to THEM - that you middle- and lower-class Deplorable bitter clingers are not wise, intelligent, or moral enough to teach your own kids about sex, racism, etc.?

    Do you understand that while it's certainly not every teacher or school district that's a problem, public education is riddled with these fanatics - and they hold positions of great power throughout the education bureaucracy? It's not just a couple of kooks here and there.

    You angry, activated parents haven't done much yet except speak up at a few school board meetings and discuss the problem online - but you've already been banned, shamed, treated like terrorists, and threatened with reprisals by left-wing corporate ideologues.

    1. There is a war going on for sure.

      1. Kind of almost forces you to believe Paul when he wrote that "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

        There's a devilishness in the current gentry class that's inhumane and inhuman.

        1. It's a cultural revolution with their own red guards (antifa) and everything. It's bad and getting worse.

    2. Your posts on this article alone have convinced me that you're one of the dumbest fucks to ever breathe.

      There's a slim chance that if you stopped getting your 'news' from other dipshits on twitter, that you might someday rise up to at least retardation.

  41. “Lawmakers mull a revision of the Insurrection Act.”

    Well, now no one can say Reason never covered the unconstitutional 1/6 committee.

  42. "Lawmakers mull a revision of the Insurrection Act."

    I know! If anyone mentions Trump during a protest, that makes it an insurrection, right?

    1. If anyone mentions Trump during a protest, that makes it an insurrection, right?

      And if anyone wears a red hat, it doesn't even have to have "MAGA" on it - just a plain red hat, it's a violent insurrection. I mean, why not? If words can be considered violence, why not colors too?

      1. Crips and Bloods.

        1. "I am a nightmare walking, psychopath talking ..."

    2. Trespassing on public property's gotta be in their somewhere.

  43. lol how many Houston Is Terrible articles does it take for everyone to know never goto Houston.

    1. Leadbelly literally wrote a song about it.

      1. Sugar Land bound ...

    2. If Florida is "America's wang" then Houston is America's taint. Which, having the misfortune of living there for a couple of years after college, I can assure you is an apt metaphor.

      1. Hmm, since Houston sits between New Orleans and Brownsville, which one is the cunt and which the asshole?

        Oh, never mind.

        1. Really that whole gulf coast area from the FL panhandle all the way to Brownsville would be the taint, Houston just kind of sits right in the middle of it.

    3. hey, Houston doesn't have zoning. Which puts them ahead of pretty much every other city.

    4. I really want to go visit it. Looks like a cool city. Lots of Buc-ees as well, which is important to a simple man, such as myself.

      1. BUCS @Buc-ee's minds blown

        1. Both auto related even!

  44. “The Houston City Council approved this privacy-killing measure on Wednesday by a vote of 15–1.”

    The Houston City Council is majority Democrat (11-5). Most of the Republicans appear to be RINOs. Strange, since everyone knows all Texans are racist, Nazi, White Supremacist, misogynistic, MAGA hat wearers.

  45. The rules apply to all Houston bars, convenience stores, game rooms, nightclubs, or sexually-oriented businesses.

    Ever been to Houston? There's a "gentleman's club" at practically every highway off ramp along I-45. That's a shit ton of cameras.

  46. If you don't like private businesses being drafted by the government to implement the panopticon, build your own city.

    1. build your own city.

      With hookers! And Blackjack!

      1. On second thought... forget the blackjack.

        1. chicks, guns, fire trucks, hookers, drugs and booze.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6LhrNIVI7k

          1. That should be a convenience store.

            1. I think I have seen truck stops like that.

          2. Yet another older movie that Hollywoke wouldn't be willing to make now.

            1. Johnny Dangerously either.

              1. Fargin' Basteges...

  47. Well, now the CDC has weighed in (surprising no one) and says, yes, masks should still be required and the ruling should be appealed.

    Because fuck you The Science, that's why.

  48. not only are unskilled people ‘incompetent’ … they are unaware of their own incompetence.

    If you've ever worked with someone who suffers on this end of Dunning Kruger, you know the effect is real. How well this can be defined scientifically, I'll leave up to the scientists. But there are absolutely people who are so stunningly incompetent, that they're not aware of it and go crashing through the world (or at least one narrow end of a particular profession-- often technical) doing massive amounts of damage.

    1. The Dunning-Kruger Effect is Autocorrelation

      This article would be better, potentially more accurately, and certainly more honestly/transparently titled: "How I Use Statistics To Prove I'm Not Retarded And You Can Too!"

    2. But there are absolutely people who are so stunningly incompetent, that they're not aware of it and go crashing through the world (or at least one narrow end of a particular profession-- often technical) doing massive amounts of damage.

      Politicians and bureaucrats are also poster children for the Dunning-Kruger effect.

    3. Whether it's statistically validated, it's a worthwhile thing to have a name for. You can see this every day in others, and if you try you can often catch it in yourself.

    4. Between the fact that we've all seen the D-K effect, and the author calls himself a foe of what we call economics, I find the study difficult to believe.

  49. Oh look, here's one of the math textbooks banned in Florida for supposedly having "CRT math".
    Evidently, the only "CRT" content in it was brief biographies of two black mathematicians.
    Where exactly is the "woke math" here?

    https://twitter.com/juddlegum/status/1517120717023846400

    1. whatever. The screen told you to care about this and now you do. it's fucking irrelevant and everyone knows it.

      1. It's pretty clear that, not having taught mathematics, nor really developed any of the lessons or methods being taught, and generally being dead, Cox and Vaughan don't care that they're being included/excluded from the text. On top of that, there's no evidence that Cox and Vaughan were the reason the text was rejected. But Legum poured through the text books looking for some black faces to turn into victims... for the greater good of course. Race-baiting at its finest!

        1. Gee, maybe if DeSantis and his crew would have provided specifics as to why specifically they were rejecting certain textbooks, they wouldn't make people have to guess as to why.

          Did Florida ban this textbook just because it had biographies of two black mathematicians? I can't say for certain. Maybe DeSantis should.

          1. no one fucking cares except internet libs frothing at the mouth.

            1. That little morality lesson's from the rejected textbook BTW. There's other examples but Reason is rejecting the image links.

              1. Anyway, Jeff is cherrypicking and lying that the biographies are the reason.

            2. Lying Jeffy asks for examples. ML gives him one, aaaand, no response from Lying Jeffy almost four hours later.

          2. Gee, maybe you don't know shit. Lots of State DOEs send books and review reports randomly to a group of teachers as a Chinese wall specifically to prevent administrators from hand-selecting specific books.

            I understand you enjoy victimizing black people even after they're dead. So, is your aim to give DeSantis/Administrators more direct power over textbook selection or do you just want to dox a few, potentially black, teachers for checking off a/the "prohibited material or unsolicited strategy, including CRT" checkbox?

    2. FLDOE: We combed through schoolbooks looking for math lessons.
      Chemjeff/Mr. Bean: We combed through discarded schoolbooks looking for black people to victimize.

      You and Judd are the guys who attacked Jussie Smollett aren't you?

    3. The rejection also included books not up to state standards such as many of the Common Core books that lowered grade level math you retarded shit.

      1. It's funny to see people still race baiting like it's pre-2008 around here. Between Obama, Trump, Biden's relatively unprecedented popularity, CHAZ, and COVID, Jeff feels like the dude who passed out at the party or soccer match yesterday and woke up today thinking it's the same time.

  50. I look forward to the CDC appeal. I have always wondered how an airplane, with HEPA filtration, is so unclean compared to a bar or basketball game.

    1. I have always wondered how an airplane, with HEPA filtration, is so unclean compared to a bar or basketball game.

      You just don't understand The Science. So just sit back, listen to your "betters," and think of England.

    2. never question "tha science" with science.

  51. The Nazi's have invaded Houston!!
    Go BACK to CA Nazi's!!!

  52. • "There was — and remains — no public health evidence that singling out asylum seekers or other migrants for exclusion is effective in stemming the spread of Covid-19," write a team of academics and doctors in a New England Journal of Medicine piece on Title 42 and "misusing public health as a pretext to end asylum."

    No surprise here, as the NEJM also editorialized in support of unscientific lockdowns, mask mandates and vaccine mandates.

  53. Shocking moment Mike Tyson loses his cool and unleashes barrage of punches on passenger 'who wouldn't stop talking to him' on flight to Florida

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10739709/Mike-Tyson-loses-cool-repeatedly-PUNCHES-passenger-wouldnt-stop-talking-him.html

    If Mike Tyson tells you to stop talking to him, it's best to stop talking to him.

    1. The incident took place days after Tyson smoked pot on Joe Rogan's podcast

      Totally relevant detail, I'm sure.

      "The devil's lettuce made him do it!"

      1. In their defense, we are talking about Mike Tyson. Saying "He smoked weed recently." is probably the most relevant, accurate, and impartial statement.

        -The incident took place 15 yrs. after his most recent drug conviction.
        -The incident took place 17 yrs. after he retired from professional boxing.
        -The incident took place 30 yrs. after his rape conviction.

      2. Whats funny is on that new podcast tyson talks about it being legal to box but illegal to box outside a ring. Him and Joe were laughing about it.

      3. "a stoned Tyson said he 'really believes' that the rich abduct vagrants to chase and hunt them on large private estates, unbeknownst to the uninitiated 99 percent."

        Two years ago I would have laughed.
        Now? Sure, why not.

        1. Those are all suicides, the Clinton's told me

        2. I'll have to see the news media label it a baseless and dangerous conspiracy theory before I believe it.

    2. It's back to jail for Tyson, a repeat offender with a history of violence.

    3. Will Smith approves.

    4. But was he wearing a mask?

  54. Looks like Ken Schultz has stopped posting his thoughtful analyses (likely due to trolls). Two weeks ago, I saw several of Ken's comments posted on the WSJ, where I often post comments as well.

    Seems like there are far fewer libertarians posting on this website compared to several years ago, while most comments now posted on the WSJ website are by libertarians.

    1. Ken's a Republican, not a libertarian.

      1. Ideas! But please don't call sarc leftist as he calls everyone else what he wants to call them.

        1. When someone praises Republicans, tells everyone to vote for Republicans, and explains over and over how anyone who isn't a Republican is evil, well then sue me if I conclude that the person is a Republican.

          Being that I've done none of that with regards to the left, yet you continue to insist that that's what I support, I can only conclude that you're a lying sack of shit.

          1. When someone praises Republicans, tells everyone to vote for Republicans, and explains over and over how anyone who isn't a Republican is evil, well then sue me if I conclude that the person is a Republican.

            He does/did usually preface it with "The Left holds all the levers of power currently." rather overtly indicating that he's advocating unilaterally for Republicans to restore balance/obstructionism.

    2. Ken has dealt with trolling just fine before, usually by muting them (see sarcasmic). Ken currently stopped posting because he got in a nasty, drawn-out fight with Nardz over the Ukraine in which they were both being obnoxious and rude to each other.

      He's taking a sensible break and I imagine we'll see him back soon.

      1. I can't see sarcsmic, he's muted

  55. Interesting story about the New Right. Evidently it's more authoritarian than we've been led to believe.

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/04/inside-the-new-right-where-peter-thiel-is-placing-his-biggest-bets

    I wonder if this could describe many people here:

    But they share a the basic worldview: that individualist liberal ideology, increasingly bureaucratic governments, and big tech are all combining into a world that is at once tyrannical, chaotic, and devoid of the systems of value and morality that give human life richness and meaning—as Blake Masters recently put it, a “dystopian hell-world.”

    1. That magazine called Michelle Obama a beautiful fashion icon. Peter Mayhew was a fashion icon compared to her. Yeesh.

      1. It's a good article worth reading, even if their previous opinions on Michelle Obama were suspect.

        1. I honestly couldn't be paid to give a fuck.

          Currently I'm "reading" The Conservative Sensibility by George Will on audiobook. Basically it's what I listen to when I drive. That is a hell of a lot more insightful than any article in that garbage magazine.

          1. How long is that fucking audio book?

            1. 24 hours, 37 minutes

            2. 2hrs, 8 minutes left

    2. dude you're linking to Vanity fucking Fair as if that rag would produce some kind of insightful think piece on "the right wing" lol

    3. I wonder if this could describe many people here:

      But they share a the basic worldview: that individualist liberal ideology, increasingly bureaucratic governments, and big tech are all combining into a world that is at once tyrannical, chaotic, and devoid of the systems of value and morality that give human life richness and meaning—as Blake Masters recently put it, a “dystopian hell-world.”

      Uh, are you (or Vanity Fair) saying it's wrong to believe the world is becoming more dystopian or wrong to oppose dystopian hell-worlds?

      1. Do you think the world is getting worse due to the union of individualism, government bureaucracy, and Big Tech? If so, you might qualify to be a part of the New Right. Peter Thiel might have some cash for you.

        1. I don't see increased individualism. Quite the opposite. I see increased tribalism and a loss of individualism. If by "government bureaucracy" he means the administrative state that allows bureaucrats to make and enforce laws with no accountability, then yeah that's a big problem that isn't going away. As far as Big Tech goes, nobody is forced to use it. That puts me one out of three. No, I don't agree with the guy.

        2. "the union of individualism, government bureaucracy, and Big Tech"

          So you think that the union of government bureaucracy and Big Tech is a good thing?
          Wow!

          1. The world of 1984 was highly individualist (to the point of being isolationist), bureaucratic, and technology-oriented. Orwell is a member of the New Right.

            1. You think 1984 was highly individualist? I think of individualism as rejecting collectivism and state control, which is not something I associate with that book.

              1. First, did you read 1984? Do you think they're torturing Wilson out of some sort of BDSM fantasy or because he rejects collectivism?

                Second, rejecting collectivism is a definition, but not the only one. When a rebellious teen leaves his family to hang out with his peer group, Is that individualism? If he leaves his family *and* his peer group, is that individualism? What if he leaves his family and his peer group to go jump off a bridge?

                1. If you mean the book was highly individualist in that Wilson was an individual and they robbed him of that in Room 101, then yes I can see that point of view.

                  1. Not just Wilson, but yeah. Part of the mechanism by which Big Brother maintains power is by attacking unsanctioned social interactions and reducing neighbors/communities/families/tribes to individuals.

                    1. I didn't think of it that way. I'm going to have to rethink the book a bit. Thanks.

        3. Oh, I see. You assume a) the 'liberal' in "individualist liberal ideology" means 'of or relating to liberty' and not the contemporary, divisive, pseudo-individualist, "Free-Thinking Nonconformist Comes Out As Non-Binary Just Like Every Single One Of Her Friends." liberal-left ideology and b) a bunch of people subscribing to an ideology is synonymous with individualism.

          1. Bart: What do you think of my earring?
            Lisa: How rebellious, in a conformist sort of way.

            1. Stan: All right, so how do I join you?
              Michael : If you wanna be one of the non-conformists, all you have to do is dress just like us and listen to the same music we do.

        4. Again, individualism does not belong package-dealed in with the others. Can the State Worshippers please quit pretending they're individualists? Disingenuous and duplicitous as hell.

          1. They can't. I don't understand it myself, but totalitarians seem to have a need to lie about their ideology. You see this with the Soviet constitution guaranteeing human rights, North Korea calling itself democratic, the footsoldiers of the corpo-state calling themselves anti-fascist, etc.

          2. From what I gather from the article, their main complaint with regards to individualism is the libertarian focus on the rights of the individual, which they see is sometimes destructive to traditional ways of life. Reading through the article, the New Right people interviewed seem to circle back to the idea that their vision is to support local *communities* and *families*. They don't say "individual liberty". Instead it's about creating a system where a man's work is rewarded and well paid (and yes, specifically about men) and he can support his assumed-to-be traditional nuclear family on his salary alone. Concepts of individual liberty stand in the way of the economic restructuring that would be required to make that happen.

            1. That there is some mental gymnastics, to be sure. Individualism is incompatible with government bureaucracy. Seems to me to be the Statists stealing a concept and using it to their own advantage while promoting and doing the complete opposite. In other words, being disingenuous and duplicitous. Lying.

            2. Instead it's about creating a system where a man's work is rewarded and well paid (and yes, specifically about men) and he can support his assumed-to-be traditional nuclear family on his salary alone.

              Ahhh yes. The romantic manufacturing age where a man could support a family by himself.

              Funny thing is, by today's standards that family would be living in poverty.

            3. Instead it's about creating a system where a man's work is rewarded and well paid (and yes, specifically about men) and he can support his assumed-to-be traditional nuclear family on his salary alone.

              That is the natural outcome of individual liberty and small government.

              Concepts of individual liberty stand in the way of the economic restructuring that would be required to make that happen.

              If you define "individual liberty" in the socialist/communist sense of "the state subsidizes lifestyle choices, education, healthcare, parenting, and single motherhood", you are correct: that kind of "individual liberty" stands in the way of that system.

              The kind of "individual liberty" that conservatives and libertarians favor is one in which you are responsible for your own future, in which the social safety net is replaced by charity, and in which education and healthcare are fully privatized.

              In such a society, a nuclear family is likely going to be the predominant outcome, since it is the most efficient way of providing for the well-being and education of children.

      2. Jeffy is an admitted pro-institutionalist, which means he definitely supports the one world government under construction.

        1. I support a one-world government committed to principles of liberty and subsidiarity. Clear enough for you?

          1. You will get neither because no globalist wants them.

          2. I support a one-world government committed to principles of liberty and subsidiarity.

            You consistently oppose both liberty and subsidiarity.

    4. You'll own nothing and like it.

    5. One of these things doesn't belong. Hint: "individualist liberal ideology".

    6. But they share a the basic worldview: that individualist liberal ideology, increasingly bureaucratic governments, and big tech are all combining into a world that is at once tyrannical, chaotic, and devoid of the systems of value and morality that give human life richness and meaning—as Blake Masters recently put it, a “dystopian hell-world.”

      And how does that world view amount to "authoritarianism"?

      Note that what you call the "New Right" isn't talking about imposing its "systems of value and morality" on other people; what they are talking about is being able to freely choose the "systems of value and morality" that they want to live by, something that people like you are trying to deny them.

  56. Left to starve in their tomb: Putin orders troops to seal Mariupol's last defenders - and thousands of civilians - in steelwork catacombs and 'not to let a fly escape' as Vladimir declares city 'liberated'

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10738453/Putin-orders-men-NOT-storm-Mariupol-steelworks-declares-city-liberated.html

    What an asshole.

    1. Guess he’s in for a penny in for a pound on being a war criminal.

      Wasn’t he purportedly there to spread brotherly love and liberation to the Ukrainians? It’s like that was just bullshit he was using as a pretense or something.

  57. Dunning-Kruger Effect my be small or perhaps not exist, but we all know people afflicted with it. Absolute idiots who think they are experts in something. We've all had one as a boss at one time or another. And we've all seen movies where the writers or director seem afflicted with it, trying to convince us of absolute rubbish. And of course, 9 out of 10 politicians suffer from it. (The remaining 1 out of 10 merely being idiots).

    So perhaps we should rename this the Dunder-Mifflin Effect.

    1. The expression "a little knowledge is dangerous" has been around for centuries. It basically means the same thing.

  58. Houston mandates spying outside bars and other businesses. Officials in Houston, Texas, have voted to require an array of businesses—including bars, convenience stores, and strip clubs—to install surveillance cameras and make footage from them readily available to police. The dystopian move is a transparently unconstitutional attempt by city leaders to circumvent Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
    -----
    If you want that footage, put it in your own camera.

  59. Looks like Chris Wallace now regrets leaving Fox News, but virtually all Fox News viewers are happy he left.

    https://www.newsmax.com/us/cnn-shutting-down/2022/04/21/id/1066663/

    1. Ha! I was just talking about him the other day when the story about the Republicans leaving that lefty org that ran presidential debates came up. That time he and Biden debated Trump.

  60. Gay man sues West Virginia Spirit party store for 'trauma' after 'worker branded him a "f****t" and chased him bare-chested when he tried to return gender-fluid Halloween outfit'

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10739769/Gay-man-sues-Spirit-Halloween-store-Charleston-manager-called-gay-slur.html

    The incident has since left Anderson's life in ruins, he told the Daily Beast.

    'It’s ruining my life,' he told the outlet.

    'It’s ruining my friendships. It’s ruining my relationships. I’m not Trevor anymore. I can’t believe that one man has completely changed my life, to where I don’t even recognize my feelings and my mind.'

    What a fucking pansy-ass faggot.

    1. Also, cross-dressing in a Catholic Schoolgirl's Uniform as Mr. Green from Clue *should* ruin all your friendships, gay or straight.

  61. Speaking of Ken, he would probably be interested in the fact that CNN+ is already being scrapped, just weeks after it launched. I know Ken had quite a few rants explaining why they would crash and burn.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/cnn-streaming-service-cnn-plus-is-shutting-down-rcna25406

    CNN's parent company said Thursday it will shut down CNN+, a streaming service launched less than one month ago.

    Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. announced the streaming service's operations would end April 30. The service — which carried live news, original series and interactive features — launched March 29.

    "In a complex streaming market, consumers want simplicity and an all-in service which provides a better experience and more value than stand-alone offerings, and, for the company, a more sustainable business model to drive our future investments in great journalism and storytelling," said J.B. Perrette, president of global streaming at Warner Bros. Discovery, in a statement.

    1. So CNN is as popular online as it is on cable. Who would have thought?

    2. And Sean Hannity is top of the heap at the 10:00PM slot.
      Racheal Madcow is scaling back her attempt at journalism at MSDNC.
      CNN is fading fast. How soon before the fatman ends up looking for work? What's going to happen to Lemon when he finally has to face a judge and jury?
      Rumor has it Stelter is next on the chopping block.
      Meanwhile Joe Rogan continue to steam roll every body.

  62. People have no privacy expectation, when outside their residences. Even in a private business, the privacy expectation is far less than in a house or apartment.

    Even in your own back yard, you can't have the same privacy expectation, because neighbors or passers-by can see in.

    Further, Hi-Def cameras are inexpensive. So many people now have Ring doorbells and other security cameras.

  63. What happens in Houston doesn't stay in Houston. Probably within ten years time the entire nation will be under the lens.
    Then it will be in your home.
    "The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision, which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course, no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment."
    George Orwell/ 1984

  64. I installed a 16 camera 4K system with 4TB storage in a convenience store/gas station.
    That 4Tb of storage lasts THREE days.

  65. "The dystopian move is a transparently unconstitutional..."

    Like that will stop them?!? Hell, the courts will find a way to do some mental gymnastics to call it constitutional like they have border checks nowhere near the border, sex offender registries, civil commitments, civil forfeitures, DUI checks, etc., etc., etc.

  66. Have you heard of the ‘Dunning-Kruger effect’? It’s the (apparent) tendency for unskilled people to overestimate their competence. [...] Is the famous Dunning-Kruger effect based on a statistical mistake?

    Sanchez correctly points out that if there is no correlation between self-assessment and actual ability, that reproduces Dunning-Kruger-like statistics. But if there is indeed little correlation between self-assessment and actual ability, that means that people of low ability tend to overestimate their ability and people how high ability tend to underestimate their ability, which is exactly what the Dunning-Kruger effect actually means. If there actually was a high correlation between self-assessed and actual ability, then there would be no Dunning-Kruger effect.

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